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    What is charity?

    I've always thought that it was a little uncharitable of Nephi and Moroni to describe as nothing, those who lack charity. I question the accuracy of describing as nothing a person who may have many valuable spiritual gifts, but who might be lacking in charity. I much prefer the way the Lord himself worded the idea in Doctrine and Covenants 19 And if you have not faith, hope, and charity, you can do nothing. (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 18:19) Not you are nothing, but you can do nothing. How is it not uncharitable to describe as nothing one who lacks charity? We are all something, we are God's greatest creation, whether or not we have charity.
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    Charity: Feeling jaded on charity

    I think the person who calls, if they are asking for help for something they could do themselves, may indeed be doing themselves some harm. I also think that the person who answers the call, if they do so with a cheerful and willing heart - because God loves a cheerful giver - will be blessed for what they do, regardless of the needs or motivations of the caller. 6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (New Testament | 2 Corinthians 9:6 - 😎 I think it would make for a fascinating study to try to guesstimate the primary considerations that God takes into account when trying to decide how to respond to a plea for help. Sometimes He parts the sea, sometimes He makes the waters stand up in a heap, sometimes the rivers of water are turned out of their course, and sometimes He just tells you where to find ore to make tools to build a ship. I think there are probably reasons for the different responses to what is essentially the same problem of how to get across a body of water. I think that God is well able to make such judgements as to what is needed and how best to respond to a request for help, but my judgement skills are not as good as His. As to the idea of whether helping such a person is the best use of our time and energy, I haven't yet reached the point in life where all of my decisions and actions are determined by what I think is the best way to use my time although I acknowledge that that is a worthy goal to aim for. Too often my actions and decisions are based on what I want rather than what I think is best.
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    Charity: Feeling jaded on charity

    It seems to me that what you are feeling is more manly rather than Godly. Such feelings are both natural, and necessary to change. I think that the best way to change your feelings from natural to Godly is by having an increased love for those you serve. If you cannot feel an increased love for these people then you can start one step further back and pray for a desire to love those you serve. As you pray with sincerity, humility, faith and real desire, God is likely to grant you the righteous desires of your heart and you will begin to feel a desire to love these people. As you consistently and gratefully act on that desire, you will come to love them and your sour feelings will be transformed. It all starts with you having the faith and the desire and humbly taking the problem to the Lord in prayer.
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    So have you been feeling kind of powerless lately?
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    Asking evil spirit to depart

    So if women can be the instrumentality through which miracles are performed, perhaps through their faith and prayers, would it then follow that they are exercising the Priesthood?
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    Asking evil spirit to depart

    I agree with @Backroads It was by faith that the brother of Jared moved the mountain - not by the power of the Priesthood. If mountains can be moved through faith, then probably evil spirts can be cast out in the same way. See also 21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. 22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. (New Testament | Matthew 21:21 - 22) With the exception of conveying authority to the performance of ordinances, I think there is nothing that can be done through the Priesthood that cannot also be done through faith.
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    Quantum stuff is scary

    Its a completely different situation in Australia. THe national covid death toll is still below 1,000 and individual cases are regarded as some unusual and important that they are always a major item in the daily news media reports. Despite these very low numbers, all state governments here still take a highly conservative approach to any outbreaks. Last week an outbreak started in our second larget state from an employee in a covid quarantine hotel. WHen it got to 13 cases of community transmission, the state government there locked the state down again for the next 5 days - borders were closed, no going to work except for essential workers, no leaving your house except for shopping, work and exercise and to provide care, no one who is not family coming into your house, no more church, not being allowed to go more than 5 kilometers from your home, compulsory mask wearing in public and fines amounting to slightly less than the average weekly income for not wearing a mask.
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    Blue Ponds in Utah Desert

    So we cut down and burn trees to make a fertiliser that helps things grow? hmmm......
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    Quantum stuff is scary

    I think that Abraham 3, particularly verse 12 is an even better example than Doctrine and Covenants 131: 8 of how science and theology can inform each other.
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    Quantum stuff is scary

    I think that improving our understanding of theology is one of the most neglected methods of improving our understanding of science. Surely the best way of improving our knowledge of anything is by studying the source of all knowledge? God already knows what we are still trying to find out. I believe that a systematic study of theology can lead to a better understanding of science, and that a systematic study of science can lead to a better understanding of theology and that this focussed study could produce some very early results. I think that at present, science and theology are studied as two seperate things, to the detriment of both. I'm not sure why people don't use their knowledge of one as a means of building their knowledge of the other. The tools required for building both sorts of knowledge are the same. As President Nelson said, quoting Elder Maxwell, Oh, there is so much more that your Father in Heaven wants you to know. As Elder Neal A. Maxwell taught, “To those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, it is clear that the Father and the Son are giving away the secrets of the universe!”13
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    Quantum stuff is scary

    Inasmuch as prayer is believed to be, or result in, some sort of communication, or transfer of information between God and man, possibly mediated through the Spirit, and that this communication seems to happen at a speed uninfluenced by distance, the idea of quantum entanglement is the only possibility I have been able to come up with so far that might shed some light on how the Spirit communicates with us. On a related matter, can the influence and operations of the Holy Ghost be understood as some sort of field? (I have only a very vague idea of how the term “field” is used in physics and what it means, even though I have read several definitions)
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    Conclusions from D&C 132: 16 - 17?

    My comment here will be a bit of a diversion from the main discussion but this is just what occured to me as I read the above. If it is a good thing to become a King and a Priest unto God and a king of kings and lord of Lords, and I believe that it is, and if this benefit is achieved primarily through one's posterity, then it seems as if those who have had greater opportunities to have more posterity, specifically, those who engaged in plural marriage, will have some advantages over those who have not engaged in plural marriage. I've often thought that one's situation in the celestial kingdom and opportunities for advancement there will have more to do with one's overall righteousness and obedience in this life rather than the number of one's posterity. I'm also a little puzzled by the idea that becoming the father of many fathers who will have sons of their own from generation to generation will somehow add to my glory because no matter how many sons I have, I will continue to be someone else's son and therefore have the same status/relationship towards my father as my sons will have towards me.
  13. 19 ¶ And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. 20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. (Old Testament | Isaiah 13:19 - 20) Hillah (Arabic: ٱلْحِلَّة‎ al-Ḥillah), also spelled Hilla, is a city in central Iraq on the Hilla branch of the Euphrates River, 100 km (62 mi) south of Baghdad. The population is estimated at 364,700 in 1998. It is the capital of Babylon Province and is located adjacent to the ancient city of Babylon, and close to the ancient cities of Borsippa and Kish. Wikipedia Is there any disagreement between Isaiah's prophecy and wikipedia or can they both be correct? If only one is correct, which one is wrong?
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    What is a burning in the bosom?

    Is it right to make light of such matters?
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    What is a burning in the bosom?

    A topic on this discussion for me immediately raises as yet unresolved questions about the relationship between the spirit and the body and how a spiritual experience can be felt/experienced as a physical sensation. The physiology of the process is intriguing and I like to think that because the process involves some sort of physical experiencesome aspects of how the Spirit works might be open to scientific exploration.