Gwen

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  1. We have a sister that can't hear. we got her a large print of the lesson and she reads while we talk around her. There is a sister that sits beside her and makes sure she gets important announcements and such. But then she is nearly 90, got baptized about 1yr ago, and loves doing anything to get out of the home for awhile.
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    Baptism for paradise?

    I have never thought of it as 2 sperate places as much as 2 different states of being. The spirit world is one big waiting room, some are in a state of paradise and some are in a state of prision. "Prision" is a halting of progression. If I need something to move forward (like baptism) but I am dependant on someone else to provide it (proxy baptism) then I would feel imprisioned. After the ordinances are complete then one can progress as they chose, agency is restored which is a state of paridise.
  3. A statement from the weather forcaster that everyone was using to make decisions. A pretty stand up guy. A Botched Forecast/Dose Of Humility : The Alabama Weather Blog
  4. Sorry not you you, general you. Lol I have been explaining this all day to my northern friends. The most understanding one being the one that lives in Alaska. I'm just tired. I have a good article that explains it but it has some language. Lol
  5. The south doesn't get snow. You can't judge others based on your experience. This is the most snow I have seen in my entire life. I am not personally prepared or have the experience to deal with this weather. I don't even have proper clothing for it. Our community preparedness is no better. Why be prepared for something that rarely happens. If we admit our limitations we get laughed at and called names if we move forward and things fall apart we get laughed at and made fun of. I don't mind the joke or two and make them myself. I know my kids sledding with a boogie board on frozen grass is funny. The problems come when the jokes shadow the seriousness of the situation or ridicule and name calling begin.
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    Sledding in Tennessee

    so you are the one that wanted snow....... now we know who to blame.
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    "Soft" porn

    I think this is probably the case with the fitness site. We are trained that modesty is to be covered. So it's logical to think uncovered is sexual. By default it doesn't matter anymore the why or how or how much one is uncovered it's immodestly sexual, aka porn. I hope such ppl never take a biology class. Context and personal vices do matter.
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    "Soft" porn

    I've seen hamburger/shampoo/rice/etc commercials I would consider soft porn. Not so much because I was stimulated by it but clearly the goal of the creators was to cause stimulation. Anatomy and education (nursing/birth pics/videos) are not soft porn ................. that said if you have had a problem with porn in the past anything that shows the body in any way may be stimulating to you personally. I would advise that person know their strengths and weaknesses and avoid such images. That doesn't mean they get to regulate it for the world, they just need to accept who they are.
  9. If he can behave like a normal person then I'd have no issue inviting him to my home. That is an environment I control. However, I might be hesitant to let my kids go to their home without me. Not for fear that he would do something to them but what if he's had a slip and has porn around the house the kids could find? I find it very rude to invite all but one member of the family to an event. It's a family event or not. To address the question in general topic of the thread title..... I think we should keep our kids safe from danger but that is not the same as not exposing them to "other's sins". I try very hard not to shelter my kids from different ppl. They need to learn that everyone has different values and lifestyles. They need to learn how to accept and respect that. They need to learn proper manners around it. My kids have seen my brother covered in tattoos and smoking. They understand this is their uncle and we love him. As they get older they will begin to understand what the bar in my other brother's garage is. He is their uncle and we love him. Both men respect my family as well, they don't drink/party with my family there and when smoking they take it away from everyone outside. They are coming to understand my sister's partner, they know our personal values but they also know that is their aunt and we love her and anyone she loves. My kids are safe around all of them but they are not sheltered from "their sins". I think it's more important for them to learn unconditional love than to be sheltered from ppl who are different.
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    Nursery Moms URGHHHH

    If they see it as social hr some may bring a friend (thus the talking and odd numbers). I would be blunt about it. I would tell them to leave or take their child. If they take the kid then it becomes a RS problem. lol If they insisted on staying I would put them to work. Give them lessons or songs to teach, remind them that we teach by example and demand that they set the standard for prayers and reverence. I would not move the class forward without their setting the proper example for the basic church behavior you are attempting to teach the kids. It wouldn't be long before they grew tired of me and left. lol Be respectful but straightforward and honest. If you want I'm sure you could find many quotes to include in your discussion/letter (if you choose to go that route) to back the teaching by example and the problems with not going to class (that is part of our covenants by the way). You could also give their names to the bishop explaining that they seem to have a lot of energy and words they want to use each sunday and maybe they need to be considered for a calling. :)
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    A date... at your ex's place

    Personally more awkward is the fact that he thinks he is returning to his mission while actively dating and snuggling with girls in other ppl's houses (invited or otherwise). I'm not saying he's breaking the law of chastity but he's clearly not mission focused. lol
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    10 random scenarios

    Here the changing tables are in the handicap stalls. They also sometimes have wall chairs (not sure what else to call them), a place to safely strap the baby who can't stand so mom can pee. If you have children who can not take care of themselves you have no choice but to use the handicap stalls. The normal stalls are too small to help a child unless you leave the door open which always bothers me. The reality is we all sometimes have to wait for a stall, handicap or otherwise. One thing that bugs me is when ppl with handicap stickers park illegally because all the handicap spaces are taken (by ppl with handicap permits). If the spaces are taken you park somewhere else or come back later, the fire lane isn't an overflow. It also upsets me when cops park in the fire lane so they can run in for a sandwich or something. Here most places have a parking space right next to the handicap reserved for cops only. It will sit empty while there are cars in the fire lane.
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    Young Women doing Baptisms

    LOL So I had a random memory after my last post. "I think they called them a teddy. You would pick up a jumpsuit, teddy, and a pair of socks." And then I questioned if that's what they really called them so I did a search for "undergarment teddy"..... don't do that by the way. lol I am correct that is what they called them as a teddy is simply a one piece undergarment.... however, the majority of today's versions are designed as lingerie. Imagine my surprise to discover that... lol
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    Young Women doing Baptisms

    The ones I've used were a cotton one piece (covered about like a one piece swimsuit area) that usually ran big so the crotch never really touched you. lol It was just an extra layer just in case. The baptism jumpsuits really are thick enough that I'm not sure you would know if someone wore them or not. Colored undies will show through but that's due to the color so...... The boys from what I saw were just normal white briefs. And no I wasn't "looking through" their wet jumpsuit. We would line up along a counter and as you walked through the line they would measure you for a jumpsuit and at the end of the counter were baskets of socks and undergarments and you picked up what you needed and then went off in different directions to the changing rooms. So I could see the boys basket of undies. lol For endowed members doing baptisms there are the one piece garments they use for initiatory that can be used. However, the last time I did baptisms was nearly 13 yrs ago. lol
  15. A thought that just crossed my mind..... If we don't learn to receive then how will we ever be saved? After all we can do Christ will fill in the gap. If we can't accept/receive his gift and are bound to accomplish it on our own we will always fail.