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    Boring General Conference

    Boredom is in the eyes of the beholder
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    Long fasting: My first three experiences

    Every time I fast, it feels v - e -r- y looonngg.
  3. 16 Therefore, when they are out of the world they neither marry nor are given in marriage; but are appointed angels in heaven, which angels are ministering servants, to minister for those who are worthy of a far more, and an exceeding, and an eternal weight of glory. 17 For these angels did not abide my law; therefore, they cannot be enlarged, but remain separately and singly, without exaltation, in their saved condition, to all eternity; and from henceforth are not gods, but are angels of God forever and ever. (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 132:16 - 17) Do the following conclusions flow from the above verses, and how firm or tenuous is the support for these conclusions? 1. You can be disobedient to God’s law and still be an angel living in heaven in a saved, but not exalted condition. 2. If the type of angels referred to in these verses did live with God, that would be inconsistent with the two well supported ideas that to disobey God’s law results in a form of uncleanness, and that no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God. If those two ideas are both true, then we can conclude that this particular type of angel does not live with God. 3. There is a place referred to as heaven, where these angels are said to be appointed to, but God does not dwell there.
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    Mosiah 26:23

    23 For it is I that taketh upon me the sins of the world; for it is I that hath created them; and it is I that granteth unto him that believeth unto the end a place at my right hand. (Book of Mormon | Mosiah 26:23) What does the bolded, underlined word refer to?
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    Chesterton's Fence

    THis is very similar to something that's happened to me three times in the last two weeks. THe car in front of me suddenly slows down. THe first time it happened, I immediately pulled out of the lane to overtake it, and when I did, I saw the reason why he had slowed - there was a speed camera just ahead. The next two times the car in front of me suddenly slowed, I also slowed, and drove passed the nearby speed camera at a much safer speed. I've learned my lesson now about what to do when the car in front of me suddenly slows down.
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    The Beast

    This ^^ is a most unusual manner of expressing admiration and appreciation for my sharp wit and brilliant sense of humour. I guess there are still aspects of Tex-orean culture that I still don't understand
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    Apostle or GA in trouble??

    A King in California in a land where the Book of Mormon says that no King will ever reign? America must be changing more than I realized.
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    The Beast

    The beast is nothing more than a breast without the r without which it is pretty much r (m) less
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    Piers is right and Meghan is wrong

    Would their have been as much adverse reaction to the questions about the colour of Meghan's future baby if the questions had been about the colour of his eyes rather than the colour of his skin?
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    Piers is right and Meghan is wrong

    I didn't watch or listen to the interview, but I have read fragments of the extensive media commentary and reaction. The thing that surprised me was the statement issued by the Palace in which the Queen "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan." It took a tv interview in a foreign country for the Queen to learn about that? That suggests, at the least, some significant internal communication problems.
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    Bruce R. McConkie’s Legacy.

    I'm not saying I agree or disagree with your point, and include the scripture below as another perspective and as a bit of food for thought. 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. (New Testament | 1 Corinthians 9:20 - 23)
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    Bruce R. McConkie’s Legacy.

    Just a short anecdote that I heard about Elder McConkie a few hours ago during the Saturday night session of stake conference - it doesnt contribute anything to the question being discussed here but I think its worth sharing. This was shared by a counsellor in the Mission Presidency, recalling an incidence when he was 12 years old attending a stake conference at which Elder McConkie was presiding. Elder McConkie gets up and says he has a message that the prophet has charged him to deliver to the saints in this city. But while waiting for his turn to talk, he says he felt the spirit prompting him to talk about something completely different. So what to do, he asks the congregation, follow the prophet or follow the spirit? He explains that he will follow the spirit and then report to the Prophet what he has done when he gets back to Salt Lake. Later in tonight's conference, the visiting Area Seventy decided to elaborate on that theme by spending several minutes discussing Doctrine and Covenants 46:2 2 But notwithstanding those things which are written, it always has been given to the aelders of my church from the beginning, and ever shall be, to bconduct all meetings as they are directed and guided by the Holy Spirit. The Area Seventy went on to carefully explain that the promptings of the Spirit trump whatever it might say in the written material that the church relies on, specifically the scriptures and the Handbook.
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    Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

    The next time this question comes my why, if my memory is working, I will be tempted to commence my reply by saying something like, "so what you're asking is why do things that I think are bad happen to people that I think are good?"
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    Asking for trials?

    2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. (New Testament | James 1:2 - 3)
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    Asking for trials?

    Since trials provide us with opportunities for growth, is it a good idea, or not a good idea, to ask God to bless us with a trial? Or do the ordinary circumstances of everyday life present us with enough growth opportunities, without the need to ask for more? What do you think are the good and bad points of asking God to bless us with a trial?
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    In the phrase "Hear Him"...who is "Him"?

    3 Listen to him who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him— 4 Saying: Father, behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou wast well pleased; behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified; 5 Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life. 6 Hearken, O ye people of my church, and ye elders listen together, and hear my voice while it is called today, and harden not your hearts; 7 For verily I say unto you that I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the light and the life of the world—a light that shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not. (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 45:3 - 7)
  17. 8 Yea, his weeping for Zion I have seen, and I will cause that he shall mourn for her no longer; for his days of rejoicing are come unto the aremission of his sins, and the manifestations of my blessings upon his works. This revelation was given in April 1830. In this revelation, God told Joseph that "I (God) will cause that he (Joseph) shall mourn for her (Zion) no longer." Does this mean that after April 1830, Joseph no longer mourned for Zion?
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    In the phrase "Hear Him"...who is "Him"?

    I think you should hear whoever is speaking. I think that I share @Carborendum's view that the only time the Father has actually spoken is when He has introduced His son. If that is the only time we hear Him, there wouldn't really be much to listen to. I think that when we perceive communication from the Holy Ghost, whether or not it is heard or felt or nudged, the content of the communication is not from the Holy Ghost, it is only conveyed through the Holy Ghost and does not originate from him. We should definetely seek to perceive that communication, but I don't think we should consider him as the originator of the content of the communication. I suspect that the question may be complicated by the occasional tendency for people to refer to Jesus as the Father. If Christ is both the Father and the Son, as some passages in the Book of Mormon seems to suggest, then when we hear Him, we hear the Father and the Son.
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    Is it easy or hard.

    Short answer - it varies. Nothing always stays the same, so sometimes it is easy and sometimes it is hard. And sometimes what is hard for one person will be easy for another and vice-versa. And sometimes, for the same person, what was once easy can become hard, and vice-versa.
  20. Does Doctrine and Covenants 7: 5 -6 support the conclusion that the work of salvation going on on this side of the veil is somehow greater, or more important than the work of salvation going on on the other side of the veil? It seems from these verses that Jesus is saying to Peter that John, by asking to remain alive and continue the Lords work here on Earth has asked something greater than what Peter asked. I suspect that Peter would be just as busy as John in carrying on the work of salvation, with the only substantial difference being the location so I'm a little puzzled as to why John's work would be thought to be greater. 5 I say unto thee, Peter, this was a good desire; but my beloved has desired that he might do more, or a greater awork yet among men than what he has before done. 6 Yea, he has undertaken a greater work; therefore I will make him as flaming fire and a aministering angel; he shall minister for those who shall be bheirs of salvation who dwell on the earth.
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    Asking for trials?

    A divergent point of view is expressed in the Book of Mormon in Mosiah 3:19 19 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father. (Book of Mormon | Mosiah 3:19)
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    Asking for trials?

    For most of us, maybe all of us, trials will indeed surely come, all the time, and each trial contains within it the potential for learning and growth. But it seems to me that asking for, and receiving, and responding to, a custom made trial from God has greater potential to produce better quality learning outcomes than the unorganised, random circumstances from which most of our trials presently come. Something designed and delivered by God is likely to be of greater value than the ordinary events of day to day life.
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    Asking for trials?

    Trials might, or might not be required for growth, but I think there is reason to believe that they have the potential to positively impact the nature and rate of our growth. I think a person who is faced with many trials and deals with them well is likely to grow more, and faster, than a person who does not experience such trials or who does experience them but handles them poorly. And I'm all for letting God supplement my efforts to grow - that's probably the main reason to ask God for a trial ; as a means of asking and allowing Him to supplement our growth in a manner that He has personally prepared.
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    Asking for trials?

    This sounds like an excellent reason to ask to be blessed with situations that challenge us and cause us to become desperate - perhaps, even, a trial.
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    Asking for trials?

    Thank you @Vort, this is very useful food for thought.