john doe

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  1. I read about this a couple days ago. Very interesting that the Omanis would allow them to check out the site. I have my doubts that they will find any definitive proof that Nephi was there, but if they find evidence that a ship may have been built there in the Lehi timeframe, that would be big.
  2. I have my my doubts about whether Junior tithes at all any more. Last I heard he and the church don't see eye to eye on a few things.
  3. I finally called the school and told them that if they really need the money to raise my taxes. The fundraisers were all overpriced junk that could be purchased elsewhere for less. KIds don't need to be taught to be hucksters at age 7.
  4. I saw the topic title and thought this thread was going to be about a LGBT-owned bicycle factory. Sorry, carry on.
  5. Someone hasn't been paying attention during General Conference. This from Elder Ballard during the April 2015 conference: "Fortunately the Lord has provided ways for us to reach out to you. For example, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve assigns every missionary to his or her mission. Although this is done without a traditional face-to-face interview, technology and revelation combine to provide an experience that is remarkably intimate and personal. Let me tell you how this happens. Your photograph comes up on a computer screen, together with key information provided by your bishop and stake president. When your picture appears, we look into your eyes and review your answers to the missionary recommendation questions. For that brief moment, it seems as if you are present and responding to us directly. As we look at your photograph, we trust that you have cleared in every way the “raised bar” required today to be a faithful, successful missionary. Then, by the power of the Spirit of the Lord and under the direction of President Thomas S. Monson, we assign you to one of the Church’s 406 worldwide missions. No, it isn’t the same as a personal, face-to-face interview. But it’s close." A sustained prophet does indeed call and approve every mission call.
  6. If they hate you, that's a good thing, isn't it? That means they won't try selling their product to you anymore.
  7. I don't get the inference here. If someone's name is submitted to be a bishop and he is not called, does that make him a less valuable worker in the Lord's vineyard? Is whether a person is called a bishop some sort of litmus test for his worthiness? I think the danger here is the idea that not being called to a certain position in the Church somehow makes you less in the eyes of God or Christ. If your name is rejected for being a bishop and the Stake President is suddenly less cordial to you, doesn't that make it a 'him' problem and not a 'you' problem? There are generally a few men at any given time who are perfectly worthy to be bishop in any given ward, but just because one is chosen to be called does not mean that the others somehow don't 'measure up'. I think you will find in the Celestial Kingdom many great men who were never called to high callings in the Church. God is not a respecter of persons or their calling. It doesn't matter. Some people are foreordained to be leaders, some people are foreordained to sustain their leaders and aid them in fulfilling their callings and duties. If a church leader has no followers, how effective of a leader can he really be? Personally, I think that being a Sunday School teacher, or Priesthood/Relief Society instructor, or Primary teacher, are just as important, and possibly more important, callings as bishop. After all, the bishop may address a ward a couple times a year, but the weekly instructors are the ones who really deliver the Gospel Message to ward members on a regular basis.
  8. Sorry, I first read this as Navel Irrigation. I wash my belly button daily to get the lint out.
  9. I guess I don't understand the angst against using a church building. What good does it serve if it can't be utilized? Of course, if it's being used and then left dirty by the users, that's a user failure, not a building failure.
  10. Outwardly they're chuckling, but inwardly they're thinking "What a jerk. Here I am thousands of miles away from home in a strange place, and some clown is harassing me about it." They're really hoping you'll be more welcoming next time they see you.
  11. I think Brigham was a great Prophet. He was definitely an inspired and inspiring man, who held the Church together during one of its most difficult times following the death of Joseph and the forced removal across the plains. One of the problems we run into is that many fundamentalists seem to think that revelation stopped with Brigham or shortly thereafter. Those same fundamentalists like to point to the mainstream church, the one that most likely excommunicated them or their fathers, and claim that this is not the same church that Brigham presided over. But that 'criticism' is somewhat true. We aren't the same. That does not mean that our doctrine or tenets have changed. Truth has not changed. Yes, we do some things differently now than we did then. But just as Brigham did some things differently than Joseph, successive Prophets have done and said things differently than Brigham. That's why we we have living Prophets, so that we can constantly receive 'course corrections', and remain on the path laid out by Jesus Christ. We receive revelation from our current Prophets to help us deal with today's issues and problems, so that we don't remain stuck in the 1850's mindset. We live in 2015, not 1865. I for one, am glad that we get those things, those renewed focuses, those 'course corrections' so that we can deal with today's world, not the world of our ancestors.
  12. Perhaps you haven't noticed it before, but thousands of dead people in Chicago vote every election.