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  1. He can still be an idiot... he'll just be an idiot somewhere else.
  2. "I somehow expected (the park) to be more impressive" Let's be honest, nothing in, or about Los Angeles is impressive.
  3. Wow... thanks for all the comments. I was mildly interested in watching this show, but not at all interested now... sounds like this Krakauer, is a total Krack pot. And by the way, I'm thinking of a lot of different words to describe him, but this site doesn't allow them.
  4. Hey Traveler, Thank you. I really appreciate you taking the time to type out such insightful responses to each of my comments. Very thorough and very well thought out. I can find no disagreement with anything you've said, and you've given me a better perspective with which to view Muslims, as a whole. As I said, I don't disagree with anything you've said, but I would like to add a couple of comments in regards to the first topic (beheadings). I certainly agree that historically, Christians have been quite brutal to their non-believer neighbors. But for the most part, I'd like to think (in these "modern" times), that's all behind us now... but that's not so much the case in regards to radical Muslims. Also (and this is just a bunch of numbers... math), statistics from 2018 show there to be approximately 1.2 billion Muslims (worldwide), with roughly (according to US intelligence agencies) 15% to 25% of Muslims being "radicalized". On the low end, that means 180 million are radical. I only point this out because it indicates the number of radical Muslims (worldwide) is significantly greater than half the overall population of the entire United States... or another way of looking at it is, there are 10 times as many radical Muslims, as there are members of our Church. In no way does this invalidate anything you said, but I would suggest it is perhaps some cause for alarm. Thanks again.
  5. Other than illustrating the falseness of the Muslim religion, I don't think my questions do matter... but I guess I was expecting to get blow-back about the things I heard or read and how they aren't true and how horrible of me to ask about them. Maybe I was just dancing around the elephant in the room, so I appreciate your straight forwardness about Muhammad being a false prophet, but I'm honestly still curious about some of the things I mentioned... namely, are they true? In regards to the pamphlet, it's all fine and good about us (Muslim and LDS) understanding each other better, so it's cool and likely helpful to some (as for me, it would be in a limited and unique set of circumstances, that I can't currently imagine)... I guess I just live a busy life and haven't yet found myself in situation that I need to know specifics about our religious differences (but the same applies to most any religion, not just Muslim). I just thought as this is a thread about Muslims specifically, I could ask some honest questions. And I didn't mean to sound like I was singling the pamphlet out (of all church resources) or disputing it's relevance, there's lots of services that the church offers that I haven't utilized. The Emotional Resilience class, or Employment Services come to mind. Likewise, there are things that the church offers (and encourage) that I do participate in... the Emergency Preparedness Fairs that are held by many Stakes on an annual basis, for example. But maybe that's a bad example, as only about 20% of the members have a year supply of food, so I suppose there are a whole lot of members who don't care to take advantage of the information shared at those. My bad, I guess a lot of members still have a ways to go before we learn everything. PS. Most of my family on my Dad's side are Baptist, so I feel your pain. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  6. I truly feel for the first 2 posts... but the Brandon post is hilarious! ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  7. Evidently some of you here know a bit about Muslims. I know virtually nothing about Muslims, so I'm curious if the following things which I've read or heard, are bunk or have something to them... I have no problem with Muslims (or any other religion), or those with other gender preferences, other races, cultures, etc. I know the Lord gave us our agency, so we are allowed to live as we see fit, as best suits our thoughts and/or believes. But I'm curious about the following. Why is a religion of G-d espousing cutting off people's heads for not believing the same as they do... I thought agency was one of our gifts? Muhammad himself said he was so frightened by his visit from the spirit that he thought it was a demon... I thought fear could not come from G-d, but is of the adversary? Why would G-d send a messenger to frighten him... was Muhammad right, and his wife and the blind man wrong? Is it true that if someone converts to being Muslim, that they will always be "beneath" those born to it (a second class citizen, so to speak)? I agree there are some striking similarities, but after reading the pamphlet from the church, it's very obvious that both can not be right... they do not believe Jesus to be the son of G-d, and they believe Muhammad to be the last prophet, and their "scripture" to be the final words from G-d. Honestly curious, but if this ruffles feathers, feel free to delete it. But I'm still curious.
  8. Thanks Ironhold, that's pretty freakin awesome. I don't live in Texas any longer, and it doesn't appear (at least to me) to really save anyone all that much money... but just the fact that they have such a thing, is amazing. By the way, if you're not the absolute geographic center of Texas... you gotta be pretty darn close.
  9. Are you talking about the difference between "want" and "need"? For most... somewhere in the back of their mind, ice cream is there, and they want it, they always want it... but it's a latent desire. They know about it, they've had it before, they will eventually have it again. Then someone says it's available, or they're about to go to the ice cream store... you no longer "want" ice cream... instantly you "need" ice cream. There's a mysterious part of the brain, which using algorithms that are only understood by the adversary, which subtly change the wiring in our "desire" matrix, (his favored tool was evidently many years of mind numbingly innocuous cereal commercials), but I digress... In short, he has managed to supplant a simple "want", with the much more demanding, yea even irresistible "need". Although many have managed to resist this "update" to their brain, in most it has taken hold, and in it's insidious way, has spread through out the brain taking over other functions as well. Thus, this newly created and mostly irresistible compulsion, is simply the joining of a "want" and a "need"... or as referred to by the adversary, a "weed". This is only one of the adversary's many masterpieces... the ability to have a latent desire, or "want", that upon hearing a select word or phrase, is instantly changed to a "need". Unfortunately, once the "weed" algorithm is introduced to the fertile soil of the mind, it's virtually impossible to be rid of. Best of luck to you Fether. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  10. Happy super late birthday Mirk! ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  11. Been a member here for quite a while, but never much of a "poster" as I always seemed to find what I was looking for elsewhere. But as was already pointed out... many of the other sites have gone the way of Sears and Roebuck. I'm not looking for anyone to agree with me, just offering my 2 cents with the following. 1) I love forums and wished there were more (or at least some) that were still active. I say this because I'm pretty much computer illiterate (and yes, that's kind of by choice), so I don't do the facebutt, discord, or other things that I would place in the category of social media. 2) The other thought I'll offer up, is I find all the interesting and thought prompting discussion I need on a wide variety of Spiritual topics from my own Ward members, full-time missionaries and long time LDS friends. As was also pointed out, there's not really much new under the Sun, in regards to even the most "in depth" Spiritual topics. So really... in a forum, I tend to be looking for the latest and greatest in the realm of temporal items and topics... meaning preparedness stuff. Maybe it's just me, but with the state of affairs in the world today, I find it interesting that there isn't much being brought up or discussed about that. Instead I'm seeing (and although it's heartfelt and sincere), discussions about whether treats at a church activity should be gluten free or not. Not to sound uncaring, but in the calamitous times in which we live, that's pretty low on my list of concerns. And as a side note... I'm completely allergic to dairy, so I simply bring my own treat, or skip the treats. I'm seriously not seeing the big deal about this. Seriously hope no one is offended or takes this the wrong way, as that's not my intent... it just seems that the few topics here that get traction, are almost pointless. Sorry if I've rained on anyone's parade.
  12. It was my wife's and mine's great pleasure to assist our sons financially so they could serve missions, but our little family of 4 has only been members of the church for 8 years. The wife and I being 43 when we joined and our sons were 10 and 13. The oldest has been home for about 4 months now and the younger has been out for about 2 months (he's serving in Monterrey, Mexico). Although I'd like to think that perhaps I did something right, somewhere along the way, for the most part I stand by the claim that my sons chose to serve missions not because of the way I raised them, but in spite of the way I raised them. Any positive influence most certainly came from their Mom.
  13. Wingnut, thanks for your comments, but in AZ, during the summer, 5 minutes is 4 1/2 minutes too long. And (in Arizona), its the person who left the child who would be charged, if anyone was. Anddenex, the "Being stupid should be expensive", is a twist on an old John Wayne quote, that many have used and modified for the sake of humor. As the gate keeper of poor attempts at humor, I will bow to your obvious disgust at mine, and be more mindful in the future. I would however, point out once more, that was not the point of my original post... it was that saving a child (in my opinion) was more important than someone's window.
  14. I apologize if I'm taking your post the wrong way, but breaking one of the windows to save a child (regardless of which window you choose), doesn't fall into my definition of stupid. :)
  15. Wow, From all the, "I'll call the cops..." responses... I guess I'll be the bad guy... Let me start by saying, I have several family members that are cops and I live in AZ. The "bad guy" and "older children" issues aside (those would have to be topics for other discussions)... If I see an infant, toddler or pet, in a car that is closed (or even mostly closed) and unattended, the first thing I'll do is break out the driver side window, get them out, and then and only then, call 911. In a hot environment, the small child or pet will be dead before 911 arrives, unless you get them out of the vehicle that very moment. This would be the same as seeing a child drowning in a pool and saying I'll call 911 to have the paramedics get them out. Seconds will count... and minutes will simply be too long. Sorry for any toes I may have stepped on... PS. My sister (one of the family cops I mentioned) is the one who said break the driver window. Usually its not where the child or pet is sitting and it has to be repaired pretty soon, if you want to drive the car. She says being stupid should be expensive.
  16. All I can say is Wow. My son and I are home. It was a wonderful time, in a beautiful country, with a loving and humble people. So I'm not really sure what to say about my trip, or rather, where to begin... I know there's poverty in the world... I've seen it on TV. However, there's a vast difference between having been aware of such a thing... and then sitting in someone's home and having them insist on you having something to eat and drink, when they have dirt floors, no windows or doors and might have only 2 light bulbs (and will bring one of those bulbs from another room, to illuminate the one you're visiting in), simply because you honored them by making the walk to come visit them. Its amazing what I (and most all Americans) take for granted. I asked my son before heading down there, what I might bring as a small gift for the families we would visit? He said they take a great deal of pride in dressing nicely for church, but only some of the men own a tie (they are too expensive), and that American chocolate was highly sought after (but due to the cost, only available to the very rich, upper class). I know it may seem shallow, but I took 6 dozen ties and 30 pounds of assorted chocolates. A tie went to every male member of every family we visited, as well as a pound of chocolate to the woman of each household. For me, it was a very emotional trip, filled with excitement and spiritual experiences. We even went through the Temple with the Mission President and his wife. On a side note, the wood work in that Temple is magnificent. Having said that, I thought I'd share something funny that also falls into the category of being prompted by the Spirit. I know this will sound "girly", but I put a great deal of thought into what I'd wear while I was there. This is not like me at all, but I was concerned with wanting to look nice, but not wanting to look "too" nice... due to the poorness of these fine people... (I hope that makes sense). Anyway, my concern was whether to take slacks or jeans, button-up shirts or pull-overs, and should I take a hat (which my doctor insists I never go anywhere without, due to past skin cancers). I began to feel sure that I should just take jeans with button-up shirts (and I dressed the same everyday, with the only difference being a white shirt vs. a grey shirt, for each day). I also felt sure I should take my black hat and black boots. Although all of this is pretty much normal for me (being a country boy from Texas), I admittedly stood out among the Paraguayan people. The first couple days we were out visiting, we went into areas that the missionaries are not allowed into after dark... as it is just too dangerous. For some reason, the Mission President gave my son permission anyway (after having seen me). I was unaware of the danger, or the "special" permission which was given. Remember, most of the conversations were in Spanish. The areas we were in (those first few nights) had lots of open air markets, taverns, etc. Considering how run-down these areas were, there was lots of activity, with lots of people moving about (on foot, and via mopeds, motorcycles and even a few older cars). Although some light spilled into the rough stone streets from open air businesses, most of the limited lighting was from the few street lights and the head lights of traffic. So as we're out walking these very old, and run-down areas, I begin to notice that some of the groups milling around outside certain businesses, would rapidly disappear as we approached. Others would almost stare as we went by, and some even offered what seemed to be "odd" greetings (like, Its good to see you here, Thank you for being here, etc.), a couple even shook my hand while offering their greeting (not my son's or his companion, but just mine). I asked my son several times, if he knew these people, if they were members, or just in general... what was going on? He and his companion just smiled and said we'd discuss it later... Mucho Gusto, was all I said in return... as my son said this was a typical and respectful reply, meaning roughly, Much Pleasure. It was days later when I was told of an enclave of Mennonites who live in a remote area of Paraguay. They are seldom seen. They are of German descent (the men being 6'+ tall, and of course white... and by the way, I'm 6'2"), and they only wear jeans with white, black or grey button-up shirts, and always wear black boots and black hats. But here's the kicker... many years ago, some small gang decided to cheat the Mennonites, and a short time later, the entire gang disappeared. Although no one really knows what happened, it started the belief that the Mennonites either killed them or had them killed. Apparently it is now common knowledge that the Mennonites are a peaceful and fair people, but that if you cross or harm them in anyway... you will be "dealt" with. Evidently it is considered good fortune to even have them in your general area, due to the lack of law enforcement, as they are looked upon as "peace keepers". My son and his companion even laughed later, as they told me the moment I stepped off the airplane, upon my arrival in Paraguay, my son's companion turned to him and said, "You didn't tell me your Dad is a Mennonite". I wonder if there's a new rumor now, that you better not bother the missionaries, as they're close friends of and under the protection of the Mennonites.
  17. So long, and thanks for all the fish.
  18. Where'd that bus come from!?
  19. I don't recall this being mentioned by anyone yet, but it was brought up to the wife and I before we entered the Temple for the first time (the wife and I joined the Church in our early 40s... which was 8 years ago this month, so our first time in the Temple was a short 7 years ago)... Have you received your Patriarchal Blessing yet?
  20. I'm in AZ, so maybe I'm missing something that UT Mormons are more aware of. Also I'm in my 50s and although tattoos were not rare when I was young, they have definitely taken a place in society which they didn't use to hold. They are common now... much more so than ever before. Maybe they're just more common in AZ (than UT) or maybe we have more converts here, but either way, there are lots of people in my ward with tattoos. Both men and women. Some wear long sleeves, and some have tattoos that can't be concealed (or at least not completely). No one seems to notice... or care (at least not here). Maybe some do judge, but if so, they keep it to themselves. I will also add my 2 cents to the prevailing opinion that what others think, is of minimal importance. On a side note... I saw a bumper sticker once that said, "Don't hate me because my sins are different than yours". I'm certainly not implying that you're a sinner because you have tattoos. But I am saying that "if" in someone's eyes, you are less than them because you have tattoos... Just remember that no one is perfect, so anyone who would say such a thing, is a total hypocrite. :)
  21. The first time we went to a Sacrament Meeting (as investigators, and with the Missionaries), I asked them, if we should take the Sacrament. They said if we would normally take communion (generic Christian term for Sacrament), where we had been going to church, then yes, we should feel free to do so here as well. Since I'm a convert and don't have the advantage of having grown-up in the church, I'll add (not knowing whether it really makes a difference or not), that sometimes a policy might change or be regional, so for the sake of, "maybe" it makes a difference, this was 8 years ago, and in the Phoenix, AZ area.
  22. But... no pun was intended.
  23. Do dry practice drills and work on your presentation from the holster. Remember, slow is smooth, and smooth is fast. Don't for get proper sight alignment, sight picture and trigger press.
  24. On the surface this seems to be a case of an officer over stepping his bounds (and/or authority), but I wasn't there and would wonder why the Veteran didn't simply offer up his CCW permit without being asked? Its my experience that once an officer knows you're one of the "good guys" (i.e. they've seen your CCW, and therefore know you're a productive member of society, and not the common riff-raff they're used to encountering), they have no issue with you holding your own gun. I'm not familiar with the laws in TX, but I think pretty much anywhere, an officer of the law is allowed to secure himself from imminent danger in a given situation, until he understands what's going on. I know this doesn't allow him to step on one's rights, but he's allowed a lot of "latitude" to investigate something "suspicious". On a side note regarding the charge of "rudely displaying his gun"... In AZ we recently did away with the "brandishing" law. Of course this is irrelevant if you're interacting with law enforcement, but based on the title alone, I initially thought the article was about him interacting with another citizen who claimed to have been threatened or something like that...