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Everything posted by omegaseamaster75

  1. It's all about context, Uchdorf was a pilot and a senior VP at Lufthansa, he also has/had a relationship with Breitling. He was a businessman who along with wearing Bespoke suits and $500.00 dollar shoes couldn't bring himself to slap a casio on his wrist.
  2. Depending on the type of business your in yeah maybe. It can make a statement without you having to even say anything.
  3. I can't read the whole article, I have noticed that people in general do not wear watches as much as was common in the past. Where I live if you wear a watch it's usually the village watch which is the apple whatever version they are now out with. As far a watch etiquette depending on the type of business your in that's actually a real thing. As someone who owns several nice watches I think that it goes without saying that past a certain price point they are jewelry and are meant to make a statement. You can call it posturing and posing if you want.
  4. I am glad to see that you are following this thread. My 2 cents for what they are worth. You need to be honest. I agree that you don't want to spill your guts to a total stranger and you shouldn't your private matters are just that private. But when things like marriage or long term relationships start to get discussed you need to open up a little so the guy knows what he is getting into. You said you meet on a dating app? Have you dated in person? The whole anxiety thing.....yeah get over it. It comes down to what's important to you. Take a valium if you need to but if you ever expect this relationship to progress you need to get to church.
  5. I call horse dootie on that. So what? it's none of your business and you shouldn't give it 2 thoughts. Good for him.
  6. No, look up the definition before you throw that word around Can they change in that short a period of time? maybe. I don't know what I do know is that the amount of time he has spent being "dis-fellowshiped" should be irrelevant to you as you are not his priesthood leader. No, it is not your place to air your sisters dirty laundry, I'm a little vague on as to why they would have a true confessions session with you and your wife. So your sister is a trained therapist? If she is she is probably crossing some ethical boundries. If she is an arm chair therapist like me she may be in real trouble. What's your question here? Well on the plus side sociopaths don't feel guilt in a traditional sense, so that diagnosis is ruled out. Things can't be so black and white. He will relapse, and if there is no give he will hide it. No, conversations with him and his bishop are none of your business. Look if it as me I would pull my sister aside and smack her on the back of the head. I would have one very firm conversation with her and let her know that I am available to help if she needs it and then never mention it again. Ever.
  7. I'm not sure this is true at all, please provide some proof.
  8. I think so, but i'm just some random guy on the internet. You need to ask your Bishop this question as there is no one answer that applies to everyone.
  9. Pump the brakes, One relapse since full repentance over a year ago? I'd put this on the home repentance plan and not get super wound up about it. You are now an adult, if you can identify what led to the relapse and ensure there are no further issues I would get on my knees ask for forgiveness and go about my business. However if you really feel like you need to confess in the flesh to a Bishop by all means please do so.
  10. On this I can agree 100%. We are better off following their council in all respects.
  11. We need to look at the works individually and see how they line up with the doctrine. Our leaders purposefully do not speak ex cathedra. Their words are carefully chosen and we are the ones who tend to add prophetic warning/advisories to them. When is our prophet speaking as a Prophet and when is he speaking as a wise righteous man with whom we can disagree?
  12. I don't. I do know that the Miracle of Forgiveness is not an inspired work, it isn't cannon, it hasn't been ratified by the body of the church. Furthermore it was written by Elder Kimball not President Kimball.
  13. I'm taking a common sense approach here, I'm not gay, most of the men I go to church with are not gay that I know of. I will assume that you also are not a homosexual (an assumption on my part is that we are all guilty of this sin) I'd go as far as to say anyone who claims not to have ever done it is a liar or needs to be immediately admitted to heaven. I would suspect that most people myself included have not experienced the progression as outlined by then Elder Kimball. Most gay people I know did not "become" gay. So no I cannot prove it, the statement on its face falls flat to most reasonable people. Was he wrong? I wouldn't rule his theory out for everyone, but for 99.9% of people I'll go with he missed the mark on that one.
  14. Boundaries need to be set. She clearly thinks she can have an outburst and get a rise out of you. My advice, assuming you start talking again is the next time she says something offensive or negative towards you leave. Go home immediately don't respond. if she is in your home ask her to leave. Don't discuss it. A few episodes of you leaving or her getting kicked out she will get it and change her behavior or never come around either way problem solved.
  15. I think we can all agree that masturbation does not lead to homosexuality. Now the idea that we should avoid this practice is sound, we should learn to control our carnal urges and do nothing that distances us from the presence of God or the ability to be open and receptive to his guiding influence. So the baby should not be thrown out with the bath water, we should be able to see and understand what the underlying message is as it applies to all of us. However there is a reason that this book is no longer in circulation and is no longer used as a part of the repentance process. In general most people cannot see beyond what they don't agree with and are unable to pull out the pure wisdom and council that we are given in that book.
  16. No, since the MIracle of Forgiveness was mentioned that is a book full of his opinions, some good, some great and some missed the mark by a country mile. Yes, because our leaders on not infallible, they make mistakes. On the whole however it is often wiser to heed their council rather than not.
  17. Maybe think about this before you head back to the house of the Lord Is there anything in your conduct relating to members of your family that is not in harmony with the teachings of the Church? haters gonna hate? how old are you 15? how does that statement make anyone see things your way or prove any sort of point other than being childish. Look this is a difficult situation but it sounds like neither one of you are acting like an adult here.
  18. I think you should say nothing, I wasn't there but was any irreparable harm done? not likely. Second, think about what he said and then think about what you heard, lastly think about what he ment. This member of the stake president does not speak for the church this was his opinion and you may not agree with it (so what) no doctrinal boundaries were crossed. You might have raised your hand and asked him to clarify exactly what he ment but that moment has passed and so now you need to do nothing.
  19. Well you can start with proposition 47 passed in 2014. The measure required misdemeanor sentencing instead of felony for the following crimes: Shoplifting, where the value of property stolen does not exceed $950 Grand theft, where the value of the stolen property does not exceed $950 Receiving stolen property, where the value of the property does not exceed $950 Forgery, where the value of forged check, bond or bill does not exceed $950 Fraud, where the value of the fraudulent check, draft or order does not exceed $950 Writing a bad check, where the value of the check does not exceed $950 Personal use of most illegal drugs In SF if your store is the victim of shoplifting the cops won't even try to get there in a timely manner. Why would they? there is no one to arrest and even if the caught the person it's a misdemeanor anyway, they write a ticket or hold them for a day and they are on their way. Drug use in the street, yup. I see it daily. The criminal justice system is so over run that they do not enforce these "petty" crimes. So what is the result? Rampant homelessness and drug usage.
  20. The simple fact that you feel the need to ask tells me that something needs to change. Is french kissing normal? (i don't have a problem with it) but would you do it in front of your bishop or mother? Probably not, it should probably be reserved fro a more deep and meaningful relationship. While you claim to not have much feeling about it I can guarantee you that your BF does. If you don't plan on going further along than making out I say back it up a little bit slow things down. It is easy to get wrapped up in the physical aspect of a relationship without really getting to know an individual. you've been dating a year? time to make some decisions about your relationship. You don't mention your age so it is hard to advise.
  21. It is not disingenuous. People are choosing to live on the streets. Is this a byproduct of their life choices? Yes of course it is. Let's rule mental illness out or the equation because those are individuals that need help and are unable to make good life decisions. What about everyone else?
  22. Sure people do it, but it's not a long term solution.
  23. I pretty much agree with all but #4 "Welfare benefits or compassionate laws specific to the homeless population. People don't choose to be homeless - they end up homeless for a reason beyond one's control. A lot of these compassionate benefits try to be compassionate to these people to offer them relief from poverty but they don't address the reason the people ended up homeless in the first place. Tokyo is a good example of how compassionate laws can work to address poverty." The people I see and I am in SF right now, want to be homeless, they don't want to conform to the norms of society where they have to follow rules and obey laws. They are addicted to drugs or are otherwise mentally ill and need to be in a care facility and medicated. Barring natural disaster no one "ends up homeless" being homeless in America is a choice.