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  1. Phineas

    BoM Is Abolitionist

    It doesn't work. The people clamoring to defund or abolish the police are out of their freaking minds.
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    Looking For Perfection In An Imperfect World

    We can't find perfection. We are all carnal, sensual, and devilish creatures. People suck. The only person that didn't suck was Christ. The only way we can find perfection is to be perfect in Him. This does not mean that we can't increase in virtue by making good choices.
  3. I've noticed that Americans are deeply divided these days when comes to both cultural and political issues. I've also noticed that this division cuts through the Latter-day Saint population as well. I mentioned on another thread that anti-tribalism is a prominent message of the Book of Mormon. Christ taught that contention is of the devil. The ideal society formed following Christ's coming had no manner of ites. How is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints doing right now at living up to these ideals? As far as I can tell, most active church members on both sides of the spectrum are getting on along with each other during church functions. I hope this is the case across the board. Is the current war of ideas negatively affecting our church or are we still doing ok?
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    Book of Mormon white supremacy??

    There’s definitely some language in the BOM that sounds white supremacist. But the BOM as a whole has a very inclusive anti-tribal and anti-racist message. You got to step back and look at the big picture.
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    Nephi’s bow.

    Oh thanks. I missed that part.
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    David Snell article: Why, David?

    Sounds a lot like another leader in our day. 😉
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    Nephi’s bow.

    Works for me.
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    David Snell article: Why, David?

    Is it evil-speaking to acknowledge the human frailties of a prophet?
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    Nephi’s bow.

    I always found this to be a very odd story to include in the Book of Mormon. It’s so mundane. Nephi’s bow breaks. Everybody is upset. Nephi makes another one. Problem solved. Maybe somebody can explain to me why I should care about this story. Also, on my recent reading of the story, I noticed something even more strange. Other people had bows too. Nephi’s bow wasn’t the only one. Why was it such a big deal that Nephi’s bow broke?
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    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Yeah. I never understood this line of criticism. In an ongoing saga, characters evolve. They have character archs. Phineas and Ferb isn’t a saga. It repeats the same gimmicks in every episode. And that’s fine for a children’s cartoon. But with a saga like Star Wars, I like to have things shaken up a bit. To each their own.
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    Progression between kingdoms?

    You’re right. It’s close to universalism. The idea is that all can be saved. Not that all will be saved.
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    Racial Error in Come Follow Me Manual

    Very good points. I have trouble accepting Brandt Gardner’s theory that all the language of skin color is entirely metaphorical. But whatever you believe about the skin color language, The Book of Mormon certainly has an anti-tribalism message if not a an anti-racism message. The crowning event of the book is Christ coming and bringing about a society without any “ites.”