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    Why Eternal Progression?

    I can't figure out how we're going to deal with the sense of overload, or boredom or fulfillment that often comes from repeating the same experience too many times. In mortality, no matter how great, enjoyable, fulfilling, fun, exciting, or whatever, an experience is, eventually we tire of it and what to stop and take a break. Or, looking at a similar concept, when a person who was miserable no longer becomes miserable, the not feeling miserable becomes the new norm and not feeling miserable is no longer enough to bring peace and contentment. When a person starts to feeling happy, if they feel happy for long enough, happiness becomes the new norm and feeling happy is no longer enough to bring them peace and contentment. And when they start to feel really happy, then..............ad infinitum. There is something about mortality that means that no matter how good the conditions are, or what those conditions are, or how much we are enjoying them, we eventually, sometimes even quickly become accustomed to new conditions of living and are no longer happy with what we had, and want more. I wonder if the same principle will apply in immortality, and if not, how this tendency to quickly become bored or no longer satisfied, will be dealt with.
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    Progression between kingdoms?

    I've sometimes wondered about the efficacy of the above ^^ as a methodology for coming to know and understand God's character. Joseph taught that “It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God” and it seems to me as if one way of learning about God's character is to study the choices and decisions He has made and to try and work out the values and motives that underlay them and the opportunities that were foregone by choosing X rather than Y. I suspect that if we study enough choices and decisions, and make it a thorough study, understandings and insights would begin to emerge that are not readily apparent through other methods of coming to know His character. I would be very interested to hear the thoughts of others about this.
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    Progression between kingdoms?

    Some differences, and I would argue that they might be significant differences, are that D&C 76 also includes some information about a kingdom that is not a kingdom of glory, which is an idea completely absent in Jacob's vision, (verses 25 - 46 of section 76) and Doctrine and Covenants also describes the characteristics of those who will go to each kingdom. But its not only the vision that we need to consider, but also how it is interpreted. The interpretation by Brother McConkie of Joseph Smith's interpretation of Jacob's vision includes the idea that the ladder represented not just three kingdoms, but that it also "represented progression from telestial to terrestrial, and from terrestrial to celestial degrees of glory." This idea of progression is not readily apparent in either the original recording of Jacob's vision, in Genesis, or in the visions recorded in D&C 76
  4. I've long accepted the view espoused by Bruce R McConkie, and I believe others, that there is no progression between kingdoms However, a few minutes ago I came across the following, I think from Elder McConkie's son in his book Gospel Symbolism in the chapter on The Mountain of the Lord's House: In his dream Jacob saw a ladder reaching from earth to heaven, with angels ascending and descending on it. Above the ladder stood the Lord, who (and we must assume that Jacob ascended the ladder) covenanted with Jacob, as he had with Abraham and Isaac, to bless him and his posterity throughout all generations. He was told, as had been his fathers, that through his seed all the families of the earth would be blessed. Joseph Smith tells us that the "three principal rounds of Jacob's ladder" were the same ascended by Paul (2 Corinthians 12:2) and that they represented progression from telestial to terrestrial, and from terrestrial to celestial degrees of glory (Smith, Joseph. History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1927 (published by the Church). 5:402). To me, it seems as if Brother McConkie is saying that Jacob and Paul progressed from one kingdom to another. Is this a correct understanding of what Brother McConkie is saying, and is Brother McCnkie correct in his idea that there is progression between kingdoms? As a side issue, I note that the interpretation by President Marion G Romney of Jacob's vision as recorded in Genesis 28:12 is somewhat different from Joseph Smith's explanation. Joseph Smith said "Paul ascended into the third heavens, and he could understand the three principal rounds of Jacob’s ladder—the telestial, the terrestrial, and the celestial glories or kingdoms." (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith p.305) President Romney said "Jacob realised that the covenants he made with the Lord were the rungs on the laddter that he himself would have to climb in order to obtain the promised bliessings - blessings that would entitle him to enter heaven and associate with the Lord." ("Temples - the Gates to Heaven" Ensign, March 1971 page 16) I was planning to teach President Romney's interpretation in my Elders Quorum lesson tomorrow but now I'm not so sure, given that it seems to be different from what Joseph Smith said.
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    Essential Oils, Do they work?

    As part of their contract negotiations with Santa, the United Elves Brotherhood has placed a temporary ban on deliveries to Canada. Perhaps you can bring your expertise to assist?
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    Essential Oils, Do they work?

    Rudolph has the same problem at the moment. Speaking as chief reindeer carer, can you let me know if the peppermint has any impact on nasal shininess?
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    Cain

    A warning, or a mark, is only any good if its meaning is clear. There's no point in putting a stop sign at an intersection if people don't know that that sign means to stop. As illustrated by the multiple possible meanings expressed in this thread, the meaning of the mark on Cain is unclear and open to multiple interpretations. It therefore seems to me that as a warning, or mark, or indicator, it has failed to serve its primary purpose. I'm also a bit curious as to why the mark persisted for so long amongst Cain's descendants. Surely the desire to kill Cain in revenge for his killing of Able ceased long ago but the mark has persisted.
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    Prince Andrew

    3 Even those things which were from the beginning before the world was, which were ordained of the Father, through his Only Begotten Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, even from the beginning; (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 76:13)
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    If the Earth were hit by a comet...

    I wouldn't directly answer the question - instead, I would point out all the faults in the question and explain what information the question lacked and still needed in order to give a precise answer. Being able to give a comprehensive answer to what information is missing and why it is needed to answer the question shows that you have the knowledge required to give an answer and also might motivate the examiners to construct their questions more carefully in future.
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    Ward Boundary Changes

    Interesting. Anecdotes like this add to my impression that there are some cultural differences in how the church operates in different countries.
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    Ward Boundary Changes

    Hymn 270 - I'll go where you want me to go. It may not be on the mountain height Or over the stormy sea, It may not be at the battle’s front My Lord will have need of me. But if, by a still, small voice he calls To paths that I do not know, I’ll answer, dear Lord, with my hand in thine: I’ll go where you want me to go. I’ll go where you want me to go, dear Lord, Over mountain or plain or sea; I’ll say what you want me to say, dear Lord; I’ll be what you want me to be. There’s surely somewhere a lowly place In earth’s harvest fields so wide Where I may labor through life’s short day For Jesus, the Crucified. So trusting my all to thy tender care, And knowing thou lovest me, I’ll do thy will with a heart sincere: I’ll be what you want me to be. I’ll go where you want me to go, dear Lord, Over mountain or plain or sea; I’ll say what you want me to say, dear Lord; I’ll be what you want me to be.
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    Ward Boundary Changes

    The time that I've seen this happen most frequently is when a couple divorce and don't want to still attend the same ward together. In these instances, I've never seen a request to attend a ward outside of your boundaries be denied. When they did the boundary realignment in our stake a few weeks ago, as part of the FAQ session of the meeting, a member of the Stake Presidency read out the church policy on being a member of a ward outside your boundaries ( as opposed to simply attending another ward) and apparently the request needs to go to the First Presidency.
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    Ward Boundary Changes

    Sounds like you need to go out and find, teach and baptise some young 'uns. If people are uncomfortable with the demographics of the ward they are in, that is an issue about which they can do something.
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    Ward Boundary Changes

    We are into the second week of a major boundary realignment. All four of our city wards had their boundaries realigned but no new wards were created. Everyone has known for more than a year that there was going to be some sort of boundary changes, but nobody knew until it was announced what the changes would be. We had a special stake meeting on Sunday evening three weeks ago when it was announced and the meeting attracted about as many people as what we normally get for stake conference. All four bishops were released and new ones called, the old wards came to an end, and new wards, with new names, were announced. The official reason given for the changes was so that there would be a more even distribution of Priesthood throughout the stake. Most people seem to be pretty happy with the changes. Our Stake President and his second counsellor are particularly happy as they had been serving as both Bishops and members of the Stake Presidency since late June. As yet we have no new Elders Quorum President as we lost our previous president through the boundary changes. I guess the Stake Presidency have done a pretty good job with the changes because I haven't heard any negative comments so far. I'm getting the impression that boundary changes are not announced at random times because I know that within two weeks of each other, there was another major set of boundary changes in another Australian stake far frome here and the neighbouring District became a Stake at about the same time.
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    Emotional affair and children

    Your situation, and the advice you need, is accurately given by Elder Matthew Carter during the Sunday afternoon session of the October 2018 General Conference in a talk entitled Wilt thou be made whole. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2018/10/wilt-thou-be-made-whole?lang=eng As I have counseled with others seeking to repent, I have marveled that people who were living in sin had difficulty making correct decisions. The Holy Ghost would leave them, and they often struggled to make choices that would bring them closer to God. They would wrestle for months or even years, embarrassed or frightened of the consequences of their sins. Often they felt that they could never change or be forgiven. I have often heard them share their fear that if their loved ones knew what they had done, they would stop loving them or leave them. When they followed this line of thinking, they resolved to just keep quiet and delay their repentance. They incorrectly felt that it was better not to repent now so that they would not further hurt those they loved. In their minds it was better to suffer after this life than go through the repentance process now. Brothers and sisters, it is never a good idea to procrastinate your repentance. The adversary often uses fear to prevent us from acting immediately upon our faith in Jesus Christ. When loved ones are confronted with the truth about sinful behavior, while they may feel deeply wounded, they often want to help the sincerely repentant sinner to change and to reconcile with God. Indeed, spiritual healing accelerates when the sinner confesses and is surrounded by those who love them and help them to forsake their sins. Please remember that Jesus Christ is mighty in how He also heals the innocent victims of sin who turn to Him.13 With your husband being a leader in the church I expect that he would have a sound understanding of the doctrines of repentance and forgiveness and act accordingly. Also, from my own experience, I know that our perspective on repentance looks very different before we repent than after we repent. Before we repent, we often see it as a scary, embarrasing, fearful, painful process. After we have repented, we often see repentance as a great miracle for which we are truly grateful. Satan doesn't want us to repent so he really focusses on the fear and embarassment.