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  1. I agree, @Suzie. It is a terrible tragedy that is being allowed to happen. However, the solution isn’t complicated. At least not to me. 1. The path to legal immigration needs to be fixed. This is number one. It needs a major overhaul in its requirements. The requirements should include an appointed oversight committee, appointed by elected officials, that reviews the cases, with random sampling to determine what is working and where the slowdowns/corruptions are occurring. This, unfortunately, has become a bureaucratic mess on purpose. Many have used this “mess” as a way to line their pockets by prioritizing those who have money for bribes. 2. The Nephites protected their borders and I believe this just makes good sense. Part of the reason there are massive groups of people arriving there after wading through the desert, paying coyotes to smuggle them in, or literally climbing the walls is because it is available. Our borders are not secure and so people take their children there in hopes of giving them a better chance at life. This is, quite frankly, an awful carrot on a stick. Take away the option and this will stop. This has the added bonus of helping to keep traffickers of various “goods” being filtered through a more manageable border system. 3. If we fix number one and two, then the third option needs to include paths to citizenship. Military and/or government service seem like fairly obvious paths in addition to expanding the education of various trades at the same time. This could even potentially be done on state levels where the states themselves create paths to citizenship. Perhaps I am over-simplifying things. Maybe I’m just flat out wrong. But from what I can see, we don’t seem to have any other options and what we are doing isn’t working.
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    Anyone Else Watching The Mandalorian?

    Close to a good ending... Spoiler ahead: The fact that the little metal knob wasn’t given to Grogu was a major bummer.
  3. Despite how wonderful and inspired it is, the US Constitution is the means to an end, not the end itself. The ultimate end goal of mortality is to be exalted in the Celestial Kingdom. Our ultimate priesthood duty is to get everyone else there, too. The Jaredites fell to wickedness. The Nephites and Lamanites fell to wickedness. Likewise, most of us are familiar with Moroni’s warning of secret combinations. But another warning that he offers is: Ether 2:9 And now, we can behold the decrees of God concerning this land, that it is a land of promise; and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall serve God, or they shall be swept off when the fulness of his wrath shall come upon them. And the fulness of his wrath cometh upon them when they are ripened in iniquity. 10 For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God. And it is not until the fulness of iniquity among the children of the land, that they are swept off. 11 And this cometh unto you, O ye Gentiles, that ye may know the decrees of God—that ye may repent, and not continue in your iniquities until the fulness come, that ye may not bring down the fulness of the wrath of God upon you as the inhabitants of the land have hitherto done. 12 Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written. So, if you are asking what can be done to save our people and our liberty in this country, my answer is that we trust in God and keep His commandments. Likewise, we encourage everyone else to trust in God and keep His commandments. The further we stray from Him, the closer we are to being swept off. If we trust Him and keep His commandments, the promise is that we will prosper in the land.
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    The election

    To be fair, this is the main issue with MOST so-called “journalists” these days. News is more info-tainment than ever before. And nobody takes them to task based on their erroneous reporting. If a journalist was caught lying or misreporting in years past, they would have lost credibility and most likely their job. Nowadays the wagons of their political “team” get circled in a tighter pattern around them when their journalistic integrity is brought into question.
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    The election
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    I am grateful to have been blessed throughout this year with steady work/income. I am grateful for having a job that gave me time to spend with my family each day instead of having to travel or be awake only when they are sleeping. #GiveThanks
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    Make the Forums Great Again

    I really just come here to get a feel for how the members of the church view the happenings of life and the world. Many of these topics aren’t broached in real life discussions due to their potential volatility, so it is helpful for me to see how other members view these things. That being said, I simply don’t have the energy to back-and-forth about topics in which I clearly have the better informed opinion. 😜
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    I am grateful for family history work. I have discovered many things about my family that have filled me with joy, sorrow, and the Spirit. I am grateful for the gifts of the Spirit, especially charity, as they have filled my life with meaning and purpose. #GiveThanks
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    I am grateful for the health and strength that my family enjoys despite the challenges we have faced. I am very grateful for the blessings of having a family sealed for eternity in the temple of God. I cannot imagine not having this blessing in my life and love my family so much. #GiveThanks
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    I am grateful for the liberty, comforts, and technology that we have in the world compared to ages past. I am grateful for having the priesthood so readily accessible in the world. I am grateful for having temples that dot the land. #GiveThanks
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    I’m grateful for the relationship that I have with my Heavenly Father. I’m so grateful to Jesus Christ for His atoning sacrifice and example. I’m grateful for my wife and family and that we have a happy home life. #givethanks
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    Presidential Debate - Tomorrow

    I found an interesting speech from Thomas Klingenstein: I realize that it is long, but I found it to summarize the beliefs of many Trump supporters, who otherwise would probably not be Trump supporters. THOMAS KLINGENSTEIN: My name is Tom Klingenstein. I am the chair of the board of the Claremont Institute which is a conservative think tank, managing partner of a New York investment firm and playwright. I wish to make three points. First, Trump is the perfect man for these times, not all times, perhaps not most times, but these times. Second, Republicans are not doing a good job explaining the stakes in this election. They must explain, and this is my third point, that the Democratic Party, which has been taken by its radical wing, is leading a revolution. This makes the coming election the most important one since the election of 1860. Let’s begin there. Unlike most elections, this one is much more than a contest over particular policies—like health care or taxes. Rather, like the election of 1860, this election is a contest between two competing regimes, or ways of life. Two ways of life that cannot exist peacefully together. One way of life, I’ll call it “the traditional American way of life,” is based on individual rights, the rule of law, and a shared understanding of the common good. This way of life values hard work, self-reliance, volunteerism, patriotism, and so on. In this way of life there are no hyphenated Americans. We are all just Americans. Colorblindness is our aspiration. The other way of life I call multiculturalism. Others call it “identity politics” or “cultural Marxism” or “Intersectionality”. The multicultural movement, which has taken over the Democratic party, is a revolutionary movement. I do not mean a metaphorical revolution. It is not like a revolution; it is a revolution, an attempt to overthrow the American Founding as President Trump said in his excellent Mt. Rushmore speech. Republicans should say the same thing. Republicans everywhere, at every level, and at every opportunity. Multiculturalism conceives of society, not as a community of individuals with equal rights but as a collection of cultural identity groups—defined by race, ethnicity, gender, and so forth. According to the multiculturalists, all these identity groups are oppressed by white males. Their goal is to have each identity group proportionally represented in all institutions of American society. As should be immediately clear, achieving this proportional representation requires a never-ending redistribution of wealth and power from some groups—and not just from whites—to other groups. Such a massive redistribution can only be achieved by a tyrannical government and like in all tyrannies, one where dissenters are silenced. In order to achieve this proportional representation, the Democrats require not just endless affirmative action but genuine socialism, open borders, unrestricted trade, seizing guns, sanctuary cities, and much more. The Black Lives Matter/Democrats understand (which Republicans seem not to), that if they are to achieve this policy agenda they must get Americans to change their values, their principles, and the way they understand themselves. They must get us to believe that national borders and colorblindness are racist; that we are not one culture but many; that the most important thing in our history—the thing around which all else pivots—is slavery. More broadly, the multiculturalists must get us to believe that we are unworthy—not just that we have sinned (which of course we have)—but that we are irredeemably sinful, or, in the language of today, “systemically racist.” And sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic and all the other “ists” and phobias. Simply put, multiculturalism must get us to believe we are bad This suggests one way to frame the coming election: as a contest between a man, Trump, who believes America is good and a man, Biden, who is controlled by a movement that believes America is bad. I do not think it is any more complicated than that. For the multiculturalist to change traditional values and principles they must destroy, or radically restructure, the institutions that teach those values and principles. The most important of these institutions is family, but also very important is religion, education (which they have mostly destroyed already) and community life, replacing the latter with government bureaucrats. It is here—in these value-teaching institutions—that we see the underpinnings of the Revolution. This is where the real action is. Republicans seem to be missing in action. Republicans need to explain that BLM and their Democratic enablers wish to destroy the traditional mother-father family. To substantiate this claim, Republicans have only to point to the BLM mission statement. The mission statement, written by avowed Marxists, also lets us know that BLM holds transgenderism to be the burning issue of our time. Republicans must also explain that religion, because it teaches American values, is also on the chopping block. Republicans also must make American see that the taking down of statues is not about removing a few confederate generals; it’s about destroying America’s past, as is the New York Times 1619 Project. The rioters, and their BLM-Democrats enablers, are tearing down the statues even of people like Frederick Douglass who fought against slavery. This is not an accident. It is not collateral damage. Frederick Douglass was a great American. He believed that America in her soul was not racist. He believed in hard work and self-reliance. And because of his embrace of American values the BLM-Democrats have to get rid of him. They must also get rid of Abraham Lincoln, for it is he who best explains what we should aspire to. And it is he who is the best defender of the American Founding. In one sense, this election is a referendum on the Founding. Whether America was founded in 1619, as the BLM-Democrats contend, or, in 1776 as Lincoln, and, until recently, all Americans believed. Republicans must make more of political correctness and cancel culture, which, as we have seen so vividly of late, brutally punishes apostates. Who does Twitter think it is, censoring an American president? Republicans simply cannot stand for that. And Republicans must explain, as I earlier explained, that the multiculturalists are trying to get us to believe that we are systemically racist so that we will surrender to their policy agenda. This too must not be allowed to stand. The American people need to hear what they know in their hearts: they are not racists. Republicans should stand up and say, “no, America is not racist.” Period. If Americans are systemically anything, it is a systemic commitment to freedom and equal rights for all. Perhaps most importantly, Republicans must say over and over that America is “incredible,” to use President Trump’s adjective of choice. They must remind the American people that, as a friend of mine is fond of saying, America has brought more freedom and more prosperity to more people than any country in the history of mankind. Most Americans know this, but this too they need to hear from their leaders. In order to make the case that the Democrats are leading a revolution, Republicans must delegitimize Black Lives Matter—the organization, of course, not the sentiment. To BLM and their Democratic enablers, Republicans must say: “Absolutely, black lives matter. They just don’t matter to you. You don’t care about Mr. Floyd, the black businesses you have destroyed, the blacks who are getting killed because you have forced the police to back off. You’re here for destruction. Not black lives, not any lives.” After delegitimizing Black Lives Matter, the next step for Republicans is to tie BLM’s revolutionary agenda around the necks of Democrats. The BLM wing of the Democratic party has captured the entire party. Run-of-the-mill Democrats may not agree with all of the BLM agenda but they go-along, so they might as well agree. Joe Biden is one of the go-along Democrats. So do not expect all Democrats to sing the BLM tune; even so, most will kneel before them. Listen to Biden. On one occasion Biden said, “Let’s be clear, transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time.” A year ago, Biden may not have even known what transgenderism is. He does not seem to know it, but he has been radicalized. Biden now regularly talks about “systemic” racism. On one occasion Biden said, though without evidence, there is “absolutely systemic racism in law enforcement.” “[But] it’s not just in law enforcement,” he continued, “it’s across the board. It’s in housing, it’s in education . . . It’s in everything we do.” He is wrong on every count, but if indeed he believes that racism is in “everything we do,” that it is systemic, then he believes, whether he admits or not, that the system must be overturned. Biden does not realize it, but he is calling for the overthrow of the American way of life. I presume that is not his intent, but when the words he is reading off his BLM teleprompter get translated into policy, that will be the consequence — the destruction of the American way of life. Biden demurs. There is nothing to fear from Biden says Biden: “Do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters?” No, he does not, but what he does look like is a sap. Republicans must make it clear that these are the “Biden riots.” This brings me to my last point: Trump. I know President Trump has many faults. I myself sometimes cringe listening to him. Sometimes he is his own worst enemy. He is a braggart, often misinformed, petty, sometimes even vengeful. And more. And yet, we are very lucky to have him. I am almost prepared to say that having him is Providential. How else to explain that we find ourselves with this most unusual, most unpresidential man who has just the attributes most needed for this moment. At any other time, he might well have been a bad president. But in these times—these revolutionary times—he is the best president we could have had. He has the indispensable attribute of a leader: courage. As a leader must, he goes where others are afraid to go. And he has common sense, which means he generally wants to go to the right place. Above all else, and above anyone else, Trump is committed to America. He is unreservedly, unquestionably pro-America. He feels no guilt for America’s past. He makes no apologies. He concedes nothing. These may not always be the attributes one wants in a President, but in this day of woke guilt they are the most essential things. And Trump has unlimited confidence in America. In this time of national doubt, this too is just what the doctor ordered. He thinks our culture is “incredible” and that’s the way he wants to keep it. Trump not only thinks America is incredible, he knows we are in a fight for our lives. And despite what one hears ad nauseum from the Democrats, Trump is perhaps among the least racist presidents we have ever had. Trump is not defending the white way of life; he is defending the American way of life, a colorblind way of life which is open to anyone who is willing to embrace it. If we want to save our country, then we should support him—unequivocally. I am. I think this election is that important, and I think Trump is that good. I hope you agree. Remember, Trump versus Biden is the choice between a man who believes America is good and a man who is controlled by a movement which believes America is bad.
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    Is Baptism required for exaltation?

    If it’s not required, we have sure wasted a lot of time in the temples performing vicarious ordinances. From the Handbook: 18.1 Ordinances of Salvation and Exaltation The priesthood includes the authority to administer gospel ordinances that are necessary for salvation and exaltation. People make sacred covenants with God as they receive these ordinances. The ordinances of salvation and exaltation are listed below: Baptism Confirmation and gift of the Holy Ghost Conferral of the Melchizedek Priesthood and ordination to an office (for men) Temple endowment Temple sealing The ordinances of salvation and exaltation are not performed for persons who have intellectual disabilities that make them not accountable and unable to make covenants with God. Nor are these ordinances performed for children who die before age 8. These persons are “saved in the celestial kingdom of heaven” (Doctrine and Covenants 137:10; see also Moroni 8:8–12).
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    Liberals in the Church

    For myself, while I tend towards ideals that most would consider conservative, the truth is that I pretty much view politics as a distraction from what is most important: The Plan of Salvation. It’s why we are here in mortality. It seems to me that many of us spend so much time debating which political ideology has the greater merit that we forget that living and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ has infinitely more merit than all other ideals.
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    Church has issued a statement on Covid-19

    Oof. The worst part is wondering how this might spread to other illnesses. Perhaps even the common cold, and how Mr. Fred spread his germs to Mr. Joe causing him to miss work for 3 days and now wants recompense. I believe the dynamics of the (past) status quo might be susceptible to change after recent events and seeing how these have detrimentally affected the nations.
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    Help from our leaders...

    We disregard the words of the holy prophets at our own peril. Naaman almost disregarded the prophet Elisha’s advice. There was no “thus sayeth the Lord” or anything other than the counsel given. He almost missed the opportunity to be healed. Likewise there were some who didn’t want to look at the serpent on the staff because they didn’t believe it would heal them. They missed the opportunity to be healed. Sounds like solid advice. Let’s not miss our opportunity to be healed.
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    ob·jec·tive·ly /əbˈjektivlē,äbˈjektivlē/ adverb adverb: objectively in a way that is not influenced by personal feelings or opinions Are you trying to tell me that the majority of people aren’t politically influenced by their personal feelings and opinions? In many ways, politics has become a team sport, cheering for the home team while hissing at the opposition.
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    Help from our leaders...

    These two statements seem contradictory.
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    No. I don’t think they are objectively assessing at all. I think they are assessing with a preconceived, desired outcome, just like most people do. That I agree with you. I think, perhaps, you misunderstand what I am saying. I agree with your assessment that they will still be voted for by many people.
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    Well, “objectively assess” is key phrasing here! Of the actual results, unfortunately, I’m pretty sure we both already know.... 😕
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    DICTIONARY id·i·ot /ˈidēət/ noun INFORMAL a stupid person. ARCHAIC a person of low intelligence. As this person clearly has not been given the intel of the situation, by his own admission, he is a person of low intelligence. For what it’s worth, I agree with MG that he is attempting to be deceptive by downplaying the situation. But what else can he do and still hope to get re-elected? How can anyone objectively assess this situation and vote for him (or especially the mayor!) ever again?
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    LAPD Budget

    - Closest I have found. And honestly, it’s all going to come down to whether the officer is justified in shooting someone resisting arrest, under the influence, and using a taser in the process of trying to escape. As usual, the answer to that question greatly depends on your aligned attitude towards current events.
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    LAPD Budget

  24. From the article- “Canada has banned assault-style weapons following the murder of 22 people in the worst mass shooting in the country’s history, Justin Trudeau announced on Friday. “These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time. There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada,” said the prime minister. “Effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import or use military-grade assault weapons in this country.”” Also from the article - ““Justin Trudeau is using the current pandemic and the immediate emotion of the horrific attack in Nova Scotia to push the Liberals’ ideological agenda to make major firearms policy changes,” said the Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer, following Trudeau’s comments. “Taking firearms away from law-abiding citizens does nothing to stop dangerous criminals who obtain their guns illegally.”“ This quote at the end of the article is what I found truly fascinating - “An “overwhelming majority” majority of Canadians – nearly four out of five people – support the ban, according to a poll from the Angus Reid Institute, released Friday.“