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  1. Sometimes, I get picked to play hymns during our stake seminary graduation and, as you may have guessed, tonight is one such occasion. However, I have actually picked up a hymnal and gone through some songs for myself. My question to you all is, while the guidance of the Spirit should always be sought when selecting hymns, what songs do you think are worth consideration for such a big event?
  2. Interesting point. The Jewish leaders were already holding His feet to the fire, and He would have been adding coals by shirking His family duties.
  3. In Mark 6:3, we read "3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. My guess is they were reliant on Him for their temporal needs.
  4. I'm talking about situations where we haven't explicitly been counseled to vote one way or the other.
  5. The Family proclamation was a call for government officials - and us, as citizens - to uphold the sanctity of marriage and the family. My question is, if the Church comes out in favor of a certain policy, does the Lord want us to support the policy?
  6. We read in 2 Nephi that My question is, how have the Book of Mormon prophets who have heeded this counsel been able to use the temporal education they gained for the benefit of themselves and/or other people? I've come up with one example: The prophet Nephi, son of Helaman. In Helaman 3:7, we read Presumably, to become a chief judge would have required him to be educated as to the laws of the land. Therefore, it could be said that this knowledge enabled him to maintain "justice and equity" in the land.
  7. Why not 8% or 20%? My belief is that perhaps 10% is kind of a happy medium. The Lord doesn't want us to pay too little, which would force the Church to rely on loans or other sources of income. Yet, He knows that some of us can't afford to pay more than that.
  8. I see there are lots of theories as to the geography of the Book of Mormon. My question is, has anyone written out some kind of visual representation of the theoretical locations - relative or absolute - of the places in the Book of Mormon? I think one would be very helpful for study of the Book.
  9. Moroni says the war started towards the end of the "nineteenth year of the reign of the judges". By the time Trancum comes into the picture, the war had been going on for about 7 years (Alma 51:37).
  10. I think what we read in the Captain Moroni scriptures is a combination of temporal and spiritual wisdom. For example, Moroni relied both on spies and on Alma to give him vital information. Teancum "saw that the Lamanites were determined to maintain those cities which they had taken, and those parts of the land which they had obtained possession of; and also seeing the enormity of their number, Teancum thought it was not expedient that he should attempt to attack them in their forts. But he kept his men round about...yea, and he truly was preparing to defend himself against them, by casting up walls round about and preparing places of resort." (Alma 52:5-6) How did Teancum know what to do? How did Moroni know how to defeat the Lamanites, given the recorded words of Alma and information from the spies? I think Moroni's training was primarily on the job - he was, after all, called to be a general in his twenties.
  11. I was listening to a Mormon newswoman talk about sleep. She said that latter-day prophets have spoken on the importance of sleep, and cited the Doctrine and Covenants scripture and a story about how President Marion G. Romney was counseled by another Apostle to get enough sleep so Pres. Romney would be more able to receive revelation. Which bring me to wonder - has any other prophet spoken out on how important sleep is? I couldn't find a conference talk or anything else.
  12. Thank you all for the new insights! I feel like I now understand why the Lord calls full-time missionaries and Ward missionaries. Just as sports players can only do so much - and so need to work with other players to win - there is only so much a ward or full-time missionary can do, so He sends both for maximum effectiveness.
  13. I was just called as an assistant ward mission leader in preparation for my full-time mission. The way I understand it, ward missionaries work with, but do not take the place of, the full-time missionaries. They can sometimes be more effective than full-time missionaries. As residents of the local area, they likely have friends whom they can convince to go to church activities and to talk to the full-time missionaries. Which makes me wonder: If the Lord can send a ward missionary to a non-member's house, why would He assign a full-time missionary companionship to the area?
  14. I'm looking for the version that was removed from the 1985 edition of our hymnals, but I can't find it anywhere. Will someone please help? Thanks! Edit: I found a PDF that I think might be for the original hymn, but I'm not sure, because I've only played an arrangement from some white book of hymn arrangements. Here's a link to the file:
  15. As my browser window was open to an article entitled, "You're Already Doing Family History", I had a thought. Every Facebook status update you share, every text message conversation you have, and every photo you've taken could be considered a journal entry, though nothing beats taking time out of your day to reflect on everything you've done and everything you felt and, perhaps, all the service that others have done for you.