omegaseamaster75

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  1. omegaseamaster75

    LDS Missionary arrested

    So it would seem. We are likely not in possession of all of the facts related to this case. I know they really put the screws to you on the mission field, but he had to have felt some sort of pressure to make it through his bishop, stake president and MTC. I'll assume that the news story is accurate and he did not confess until he was on his mission.
  2. omegaseamaster75

    LDS Missionary arrested

    @mrmarket May not be aware of the clerical privilege laws in Utah. I know I am not and at first glance you might legitimately ask "what the heck". What I do know is that somehow a pedo was allowed to enter the mission field. Someone has some explaining to do.
  3. omegaseamaster75

    LDS Missionary arrested

    Happened in the mission where I live. I never met the kid.
  4. omegaseamaster75

    Corona Just Killed My Job

    well said. I wonder if any of these items were ever mentioned as a cautionary tale for other members of the ward?
  5. omegaseamaster75

    Corona Just Killed My Job

    See highlighted parts, you can cremate. In the example given cremation needed to have been a valid option. While not encouraged it should have been part of the conversations especially with a mortgage and 7 small children at home.
  6. omegaseamaster75

    Pornography Addiction

    Good ideas but they need to be his ideas, not his girlfriends or wife's ideas.
  7. omegaseamaster75

    Pornography Addiction

    I agree with the underlying issues. HE needs professional help. Has this been sought out? When I say professional help I mean that you pay money to someone to find out what is the root cause of his addictive behavior.
  8. omegaseamaster75

    Pornography Addiction

    Decide if you can live with a relapse, and all the lies and deceit that come with that. It will happen and it doesn't make him a bad person, but it will happen.
  9. omegaseamaster75

    Corona Just Killed My Job

    I see this also, individuals want help making a budget and saving money, but its hard to squeeze blood out of a rock without taking drastic measures. If people are serious about digging themselves out of a financial mess very, very hard decisions need to be made. They really need to ask themselves can I afford to live in the house I live in? do we need two car payments? or even one car payment? maybe I can't afford to live where I want to live and need to move. Do I really need a smart phone? Cable TV? Netflix? Eating out? Vacations? When you break it down to the essentials you can save. Most are unwilling to take the steps necessary to dig themselves out of their hole.
  10. omegaseamaster75

    Corona Just Killed My Job

    You are correct however you did not provide any context. While I am certain that this was a very difficult time for her, and I am sure that the Stake president followed the spirit and did what was best. There are lessons to be learned. Which I suspect most people can't see. What is your takeaway from her experience?
  11. omegaseamaster75

    Corona Just Killed My Job

    Does no one cremate anymore? You can get someone cremated for around 1k.
  12. omegaseamaster75

    Corona Just Killed My Job

    Let's put it to bed. it is my OPINION that paying someone mortgage is not a good usage of church funds. As I have previously stated I am not nor want to be a Bishop and have to make these very difficult decisions. I do know that missing a mortgage payment will not make you homeless. I think this defines clearly that it is not a short term shelter problem if a member fails to meet this particular financial obligation Let's use your example. A recent widow who uses all of her liquid funds to pay for a funeral instead of paying her mortgage. You can't be serious with this can you? Who would be so fiscally irresponsible? The poor little old widow was a fool with her money and now you want to trust her with the Lords? Like many here I have held those positions as previously stated. I have seen these items paid and when "asked" offered my opinion/counsel. Sometimes taken sometimes not. Never once have I voiced an unsolicited opinion as a ward clerk or finance clerk at the end of the day the Bishop should heed his own counsel and do as the spirit dictates. As a stake auditor I often had very frank discussions with bishops and clerks about the handling of fast offerings.
  13. omegaseamaster75

    Corona Just Killed My Job

    The short answer is it depends. I can foresee a circumstance where paying someones rent MIGHT rise to the level of good usage of fast offerings. To be clear I am not a judge in Israel nor to I want to be. Questions might be asked. 1. When did you know you weren't going to make rent? 2. Have you depleted your savings (because we should all have a savings account for this kind of thing). 3. Have you asked for help from friends and family? 4. Have you asked for govt. assistance? 5. What bills did you pay that precluded you from paying rent? 6. Are you gainfully employed? a. Maybe you can't afford to live where you live? b. Maybe you are under employed? c. Have you taken a second job? 7. Do you track your monthly expenses? see question 5 8. What steps are you taking to prevent this from occurring again? I am sure there are others but then it is for the Bishop to decide knowing that he is the steward of the funds that his ward doles out (better him than me).
  14. omegaseamaster75

    Corona Just Killed My Job

    Paying a mortgage for someone does not solve a short term need because there is no short term disaster impending. Ergo not an appropriate usage of fast offerings. Your citation while also dated is also not official doctrine of the church nor best practice. I have been a ward clerk, finance clerk and stake auditor. Training or not a simple reading of the handbook and common sense tells you this is not a good usage of church funds. Someone prove me wrong.
  15. omegaseamaster75

    Corona Just Killed My Job

    I believe that it is happening, however that is not the intended usage of those funds. Unless you are in an industry and understand how our the financial system in the United States works I can see how easy it is for bishops to make this error (be taken advantage of), a our clergy receives no formal training so unless someone tells them how things work they might assume that this is a perfectly good usage of church funds. Every time I hear about someone getting their mortgage paid by the church my stomach turns.