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  1. I’m really not a fan ideas that put of the “mark of the beast” being a literal thing or being sensational. Rather, the marks that matter (good and bad) are on our hearts. “Woke” stuff can be silly, harmful, and a small part of it is actually good. As to the specific examples of posting pronouns (name tags, emails, etc)…. It’s kind of a “whatever, you do you” in my mind. I’m more concerned about underlying trends (like negating the idea foundational of gender). Name tags are just a symptom of a sick world.
  2. Honestly a lot of these answers are “it depends”. A major factor being the age and how close the kids/family are. I know that my kids will encounter other people who’s behavior I’m not ok with, so teaching them why this isn’t ok and how to deal with things is also important. As yo your situation: elementary age you can still veto friends. However, relatives are more complicated- you can more place “we will see you less” boundaries. But it also possibly gives you room to talk to the parents since you actually know them. Things that are just a no dealbreaker: hitting, anything sexual, breaking things. Things that maybe we can maybe work through and have “my house rules”: noise volume, taking turns, etc.
  3. The three weeks are a buffet of options to pick from. Anyone whom had a special moment related to any topic is free to talk about it, and the teacher brings a list to talk about to fill any gaps in discussion. But we don’t try to cover every point.
  4. We’re fine on our home, but thank you for the concern.
  5. My family is directly affected by this shortage- baby boy is still a baby and I’m physically unable to breastfeed. We had several cans of formula in the recall. Since then we’ve been able to get formula, but the prices are super high and it takes work - buying one of the few little cans on the shelf, rather than in bulk like I prefer. In fact I need to go shopping this morning best we’re nearly out (again). Im a person who’d rather keep focused on helping people and working through things, rather than making things political (whomever is to blame).
  6. Back in the day, my sisters & I loved it so much we decided to memorize it and perform it for our parents. We each had parts, costumes, sets, etc. I was the Brothers (yes all 11) during this part. We put puppets on my hands to show the "many" people I was playing and then all the Brothers "punched" Joesph & threw him in the pit (played by the baby of the family whom did get all of that attention). Even today I still have the songs memorized and still sing them to my baby boy when he's having a rough night and I need songs I can sing for an hour straight.
  7. Hugs for @Vort and his wife
  8. I totally get that. though I would like ooh t out that the Orthodox churches do also claim that church authority matters through their lines.
  9. We actually read Moroni 10:3-5 together tonight. After explaining to her what it meant, she said “but I already know the scripture are true.” “But you need to know because you asked God yourself, not just because Mommy and Daddy told you.” “Ok, Heavenly Father are the scriptures true? He said yes. What do we do next?” …. Not sure here… Alma 32 and highliighting the word “faith” was her assignment to do over night and we’re talk about it tomorrow afternoon.
  10. The impacts to me & my family have been relatively minor. The most annoying are supply chain issues and the recreation center has very limited hours due to staffing shortages.
  11. This doesn't really seem to be specifically about Catholicism, more just about general Creedal theological philosophy (that is am much bigger umbrella than Catholicism specifically). I'm going to start with this broad picture, and then move into more specifics. The idea of the "immovable mover" pre-dates Catholicism, the Creed's and even Christ's mortal ministry. The founding philosophers on this question were the Ancient Greeks (Plato, Socrates, etc). These philosophers rebelled against the very Pagan materialist pantheons around them (let's face it: Zeus is essentially a super-powered bratty teenager), and instead looked for larger meaning in non-material things. Eventually they came to largely see anything with physical components as being lesser, and more interested in the essential essence of something. History moved forward: after the pagan Greeks came the Pagan Romans and then the Christian romans and then the Early Church Fathers*, most notably Saint Augustine*. (*I'm using caps / their traditional titles out of respect to those faiths, even they are not ours). The earlier philosophical traditions influenced the later ones, some for good and lots for ill (this is part of the Great Apostasy). This idea that "physicality = lesser" heavily permeated Creedal understanding of God. The humanity of Christ was greatly downplayed. The humanity of the Father nigh erased. Focus become of the "essence" of God, reflecting back on that Ancient Greek mentality. In this tradition, God could not be God unless this primordial God-essence predated everything else. He had to be the one to be alone in the beginning. To have good and evil be simply what He declared them to be. Honestly I find, the deeper you look into it, the more nebulous it is and "because God said so and He's the prime mover". God must be alone in the beginning else's He's not God. <<In contrast>> The restored Gospel of Jesus Christ does not teach this. We acknowledge a eternity that is MUCH more massive. For example, in addition to the Father & Christ always existing, we acknowledge that each of us always existed. That doesn't remotely make the Father any "lesser" -- He's still our Father after all! We acknowledge that we each can become joint-heirs with Christ, becoming one with Him & the Father. That likewise doesn't threaten the Father's or Christ's divinity, rather I think it is more marvelous over the "prime mover" view. We can become like God and perpetrate things forward, though we know very little details of what this actually looks like (use humans fail to grasp the tiniest iota of eternity). As to what is right versus wrong: for LDS Christians, what is right is inherently right, and what is wrong is inherently wrong. There's no reality where going around murdering random folks is not wrong-- it's just inherently wrong and inherently bring misery. God says "thou shalt not kill" because He doesn't want us to go down that miserable road. He tells us to do other things (like being honest) because those inherently bring joy in the big picture. These things just are. Our Father in Heaven so deeply embodies the road to happiness / joy / glory / mercy / justice that they are at the core of who He is as a person. Everything He/Christ/HS tells you to do is for your Good. It embodies that Goodness. God's mission is to bring about the glory & eternal life of man. Not to be the "prime mover" the Ancient Greeks saught.
  12. For context: I am trying to improve teaching my elementary aged daughter about the Gospel & strengthening her testimony. She's also extremely "to do list" oriented: she thrives/required having clear stated expectations, a stated goal, outlined schedule of the day, and stated check marks to get there. Which is VERY different than how I'm wired! And I don't want her getting baptized just because it's an expected box to check -- granted, she'll be ecstatic to check the box. The Gospel isn't just going through outward doings (obviously), though also don't want to discount my daughter's testimony because she wired differently than I and does enjoy the outward. So, my question for to-do-list oriented people: what's your experience with learning the Gospel? Do you have any insight here? Pinging @Backroads because her teaching experience could be really useful here?
  13. I was teaching my daughter the story of Jesus’ betrayal this last week. We were acting it out with a bunch of toys and her playing the part of Jesus. The Pharases toys came up to Judas and said “we want to hurt and kill Jesus! If you show us who he is, we’ll give you 20 cents.” Daughter’s hand shot in enthusiasticly in the air. “I want 20 cents, I’m Jesus! Mommy can I have 20 cents?”
  14. Prayers for you, the family, and all folks struggling under the many burdens of this world.
  15. It's not so simple as those class lines, but yes it is welfare and rewards poor money-management / planning. I'm not saying that every person who graduated with student debt did so because they were not responsible (that's not remotely true!), but it does directly penalize those whom 1) never went to college, 2) went to college and worked really hard to minimize debt, and 3) set the expectation that finically irresponsibility is rewarded. The anti-religious point I'm not going to quite agree with. I find it more people just don't want to pay their debts.
  16. Options: 1) ignore and forget it. 2) in a separate text/call say “hey just so you know, this happened”. And then ignore and forget. And never open unfamiliar attachments.
  17. There is not really an issue with it directly. But when you’re actively in that dark place, it’s very very VERY easy to feel like others talking at you are don’t “get it”.
  18. Even if you passionately disagree with some big-picture school thing, making the classroom teacher's life hard is just childish. Express your opinions in the correct venue, in a mature fashion, with people whom are actually responsible for the decision & can make a difference.
  19. I remember the names of most of them. For elementary, your teacher really influences a lot of the experience. That wanes more with middle and especially high school as other aspects grow in focus. With exception for some high school teachers that really left a mark. But I also won’t be super upset hearing a teacher passed away- I just don’t get upset that way. There’s a few I might go to their funerals if I was in the same town.
  20. I didn't get the chance to watch conference yesterday, and upon seeing this thread the first talk I watched this morning was Elder Holland's. Depression & suicide is a topic that in unfortunately very personal to me. I had some major childhood trauma that drove me to deep depression and suicidal thoughts at an extremely young age. It was my secret war-- growing up in the 90's we didn't talk about abuse or depression or suicide. Not a church, not at home, not anywhere. This was my secret war and to my young knowledge I was the only one in the world going through something like this. Christ & a testimony of Him was literally the only thing that kept me going at points-- the knowledge that at least He knew & understood. I remember vividly when Elder Holland spoke directly of his own struggles with depression from the General Conference pulpit in "Like a Broken Vessel". It was... huge for me. By then I had actually began to address my struggles in a personal & clinical setting, but hearing of it from the pulpit-- an Apostle's own struggles-- was HUGE for me. That talk is still a major favorite of mine, surpassed only by his later talk "Songs Sung & Unsung". They were instrumental in finally fully healing my wounds. Watching Elder Holland's latest talk this morning with this thread in mind, I am of two thoughts. The dominate one is how I feel right now, as somebody who's come through that tunnel and now stands on the other side: I loved it in tears. I found it extremely touching, Christ-centered, emphatic, humble and generally very on point. I am so glad to have this spoken from the General Conference pulpit, directly, without euphemism, from an Apostle I know has seen the darkness. However, thinking of your daughter, I thought of how I would have reacted back then... and that's more of a mixed bag. When I was deep in that pain, many times I didn't want medicine or to be better-- I just wanted to be left alone. In my illness, I thought I "deserved" this and any wanna-be heroes were arrogant & naive fools whom didn't understand the monster I was. It was a point of deep illness, that foundationally warped my perspectives. And frankly made life super hard for me & anyone whom cares (I did/do have many loved ones). Prayers for you, your daughter, and all of your loved ones.
  21. I'm of several thoughts here. The first was "well people really really sucked at following it, and didn't ever seem to get really better." Which yeah the people in Old Testament times really struggled with these basics and as a whole continued to do so over the centuries. In fact, we today still really struggle with these same things. But my next thought was "And God knew that this would be so, and everything works for His plan". The Law of Moses was never meant to be the final destination, rather a preparatory law. And it did indeed serve that purpose.
  22. When non-members ask me "how can you believe in the Book of Mormon when we lack literal evidence of it being true from scientists?" My response is to laugh and say "If I was a person whom required scripture to be super-literal-true-with-21st-century-scientific-take-on-things, then I would throw all Abrahamic faiths out the airlock based on Genesis alone. There is so much of it that is blatantly shown to be false by modern science -- *if* your judgement of Truth is based on 21st century scientific interpretation. For example: the world was not created in exactly 8,640 minutes (6 days). Frankly, the people of ancient Israel were not counting minutes with this story-- counting minutes isn't the point! Rather, the creation story is about God creating the Earth conveyed symbolically & His power. I 100% believe the Creation story it is true, but in that symbolic interpretation that ancient people wrote/told it in, not 21st century minute-counting." And I could go on with other examples. I don't believe people literally lived to 900+ years old. Literally an entire global flood. Etc. Other parts of scripture I very strongly believe are literally true- such as Christ literally raising from the dead. Others I don't know the blend literal versus symbolism, such as the Garden of Eden. Frankly, I don't really find that exact blend to matter on Eden or most other parts of scripture. Aside: speaking as somebody whom spent many years studying evolution and all-- science tells us how things occur. Faith tells us why. My job studying evolution and the natural workings of the world was me getting paid to be amazed at His craftsmanship. Understanding just the tiniest fraction of it and marveling.
  23. Do you not do chores, shopping, cooking, and other housekeeping over the weekend? That is part of our labors too.
  24. My daughter’s activity days tomorrow: having a lesson on goal making and passing out goal books.