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  1. I can't allow a statement like this to stand without a response. @Godless you are completely wrong to discount the power and effectiveness of faithful, sincere, humble prayer. Having said that, I do enjoy your posts and often see them as helpful and thought provoking alternative views point on this forum.
  2. I'm inclined to think that the following is still true, but I'm not making any predicions about the details or exact processes of how it will happen. no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.”
  3. I also made a note about this in my scripture study this morning. I don't think Nephi was comparing apples with apples when he made this comparison. One possibility that could explain the Earth's greater responsiveness to God's will could be that perhaps its agency is not as great as mans. It might have a lesser ability to choose.
  4. When Disney does a Make a Wish event with a kid does Disney give them the base model Disney experience or the pro Disney experience?
  5. This ^^ only covers one side of fast offering. I suspect that large amounts, perhaps even the largest amount, goes to disaster relief or to other non-LDS organisations who are better at disaster relief than we are. As far as I know, all of those funds go out without any strings attached – there is no request or expectation that the recipient of those funds, regardless of their ability, will provide any form of service ever. I think its interesting that the providers of the funds, ie, church members, are expected to provide service when they need such funds, but those who do not contribute to these funds are not expected to give anything when they receive these funds.
  6. Helaman 12:4 4 O how afoolish, and how vain, and how evil, and devilish, and how bquick to do iniquity, and how slow to do good, are the children of men; yea, how quick to hearken unto the words of the evil one, and to set their chearts upon the vain things of the world[MS1] ! I think this description applies reasonably well to the Nephites, particularly during the reign of the judges. I think it applies, but not as well, to people in general. But if that is true, it could suggest a design fault, ie, that the propensity of men to be how they are described in this verse might be a result of how mankind has been created. What is it about men and their agency that so consistently leads them to act in this manner and could they have been designed, with their agency intact, in such a way that they did not so consistently act in this manner? If it is a natural and innate part of man’s nature to act in this way, perhaps there is something wrong with how man has been designed. It is not hard to imagine a man whose natural inclination is to serve God but we don’t seem to have been designed in that way. I wrote the above notes a short time ago while doing my scripture reading this morning. If verse 4 is true, it would add support to the idea that the children of men have been created in such a way that their natural tendency is to be foolish, vain, evil and devilish, and quick to do iniquity. If that is the case, would that be by design and if so, what are the likely benefits of that particular design feature? I'm inclined to think of it as a design fault but I know that there are no faults in the works of God so there must be some other explanation.
  7. Welcome to the site Mrykalov, I hope you participate in and enjoy many of the discussion that go on here.
  8. There have been a great many times when the Lord has not done what I wanted or expected or asked for, but the fault has been with me and not with Him.
  9. Things like that occasionally happen out here in the mission field. We've sometimes gone months with a bishop working with just one counsellor. The most extreme case I can recall is about 20 year ago when the ward I was in had a first counsellor who acted as bishop for almost 8 months. The new bishop who was eventually called did not even live within the ward. Members of that stake sometimes told themselve that they were part of a mi-stake because all sorts of shenanigans went on to cook the books and make it seem as if we had enough members to upgrade from being a District to a Stake.
  10. When I went and had a look, there was a sign at the entrance saying "If you're looking for the 12 tribes we're no longer here."
  11. I've done some looking and have narrowed it down to just 5 continents, som of which are getting smaller every day, thanks to rising sea levels
  12. This might be nit-picking, but its hard to see how one could be seperated from sorrow without also being seperated from love, compassion and empathy.
  13. There was a slight problem in the Betalguese star system that required a moment of my attention. My apologies.
  14. Next time something like this happens I recommend the following: Take into account the killoquad redundant molochortz ramostadt differential. Then calculate the bilateral kellolakterals of the differential elements of the sinewave. And don't forget to include the isophilavial constant in the complex heisenberg formula for the pheromantral function denominator at about 5:10 pm on Thursday.
  15. To seek the rest of the Lord suggests that some part of Him is missing and that we need to go and look for it. Actually, I have been thinking about which General Conference talk I should base my Priesthood lessons on for next week, and in part because of your post I think I'll go with this one.
  16. Usually between 5:07 pm and 5:16 pm, especially on Thursdays.
  17. Lol, of course I took these into account, these are fairly basic and fundamental components of the overall calculation. Equally fundamental is the need NOT to include the isdphilavial constant in the Heisenberg formula for the pheromantral function denominator. That actually comes in much later in the process. (Don’t worry, it’s a common rookie mistake to include it prematurely in calculations of this kind and perfectly understandable.) And when we exclude it, as we properly should, we see that my premise is actually right on target.
  18. "Awaken to our awful situation". I can't believe this, is @mirkwoodreally urging us to be(a)woke?
  19. In contemplating the second coming, I think we sometimes tend to focus too much on the negatives. I think that the lead up to the second coming was accurately described by Charles Dickens when he wrote: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” ― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
  20. Since Satan's power is finite and limited, does it then follow that as human population increases, Satan's power, per person, decreases?
  21. I would generally agree wholeheartedly with this idea, but in this case we are talking about @LDSGator so some exceptions might apply.
  22. I have no doubt that God intervenes in some lives on some occasions. I have often wondered, and still have no idea, how it is decided in what manner, and when, and to what extent, He will intervene in some lives and not in others. I'm confident that these divine interventions are not random and that they are done on the basis of some sort of rules or principles. I think it would be a very interesting exercise to try and work out a rough set of guiding principles that could help to predict and explain how and when God will, and won't, intervene in someone's life in a particular way. I guess a starting point in building such a set of principles would be the fact that whatever God does, it is for our good and is done on the basis of love.
  23. I think you might be over-estimating God's interest in you