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    askandanswer reacted to Ironhold in A conclusion from Mark 6:7?   
    Plus, it often happens that people are put into a calling because something about that calling would make them rise to the occasion, developing something about themselves in the process.
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    askandanswer reacted to zil2 in A conclusion from Mark 6:7?   
    Have you noticed that gospel learning, in particular, follows a spiral pattern - one principle teaching you about another principle, practice leads to learning, which improves practice...  IMO, it was time for the apostles to practice, so that they could learn more, better, faster.
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    askandanswer reacted to Vort in Worse than looking for a needle in a haystack   
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Anddenex in Worse than looking for a needle in a haystack   
    The short version: A radioactive capsule measuring 8mm by 6mm fell off the back of a truck somewhere on the 1,400 kilometer route from a mine to a major city. People are looking for it. If you come within one meter of it you'll receive radiation equivalent to about 17 chest x-rays. The package left the mine on January 11 but nobody realised it was missing until January 25.   
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-28/radioactive-capsule-search-perth-to-pilbara-/101902914
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    askandanswer got a reaction from LDSGator in Worse than looking for a needle in a haystack   
    The short version: A radioactive capsule measuring 8mm by 6mm fell off the back of a truck somewhere on the 1,400 kilometer route from a mine to a major city. People are looking for it. If you come within one meter of it you'll receive radiation equivalent to about 17 chest x-rays. The package left the mine on January 11 but nobody realised it was missing until January 25.   
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-28/radioactive-capsule-search-perth-to-pilbara-/101902914
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    askandanswer reacted to Carborendum in Worse than looking for a needle in a haystack   
    Looks like they found it.
    https://www.cnn.com/2023/02/01/australia/australia-radioactive-capsule-found-intl-hnk
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    askandanswer reacted to Carborendum in From my scripture reading this morning   
    I agree that they were trying to defer to the KJV for those Isaiah verses.  But I have a different take on these passages about Malachi's prophecy.
    Joseph had already received the words from Moroni a long time before the translation of the BoM.  They were recorded. Many of the Isaiah verses specifically had changes from the KJV because they were "corrections".  The JST tends to parallel those changes. D&C 128 indicates that Joseph merely considered the words of Moroni a "plainer translation".  But the words of the KJV constituted an adequate translation as is. The JST shows no change from the KJV. Put this all together, and it would seem that the prophecy given to the ancients was simply different than the same message that the Lord wanted delivered to our dispensation. 
    What would "reveal unto you the priesthood" really mean to them?  The Jews after the Diaspora didn't have the same order of priesthood as what they had before teh scattering,  or understanding of it as we do today.  It wouldn't make any sense to them.  So, different words were spoken to them. The use of the word "turn" is simply a clarification that could easily go either way.  In English, it is plainer the way Moroni rendered it.  In Hebrew, it would be more standard to render it as it stands in the KJV.  Still, the KJV basically says the same thing as Moroni said it. The primary difference I see is the "utterly wasted" vs "smite the earth with a curse."  I have my own ideas about this.  But my ideas don't really stand up to scrutiny.  So, I'm still working on that part.
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    askandanswer reacted to zil2 in From my scripture reading this morning   
    Carb's uncle wants to know if it will be as beautiful as Carb's aunt.   Carb's aunt will be satisfied with the absence of pus in Carb's uncle.
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    askandanswer reacted to Just_A_Guy in From my scripture reading this morning   
    3 Nephi 22 is quoting Isaiah 54, and in the BoM the translator has made a decision to reflect the KJV.  In other translations of Isaiah 54:12, the words the KJV renders as “windows”, “agates”, and “carbuncles” are commonly rendered “battlements” or “fortifications”, “rubies” or “gemstones”, and  “jewels” or “shining gems” or “beryl” or “crystal”.
    Basically, Isaiah is poetically saying that it’s gonna be beautiful.
    By the way - there is precedent for the Book of Mormon’s translator relying on the KJV even though a more accurate English rendering could have been rendered.  Compare Malachi 3-4, 3 Nephi 24-25, and Joseph Smith-History 1:36-39.
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    askandanswer reacted to Carborendum in From my scripture reading this morning   
    The Hebrew words kadkod and eben refer to precious stone and high quality stone respectively.  The precious stone is often thought of as a ruby.  The high quality stone is quite generic, leading to such a variety of translations.  It could be something like marble (which was certainly sought after) or it could be some type of semi-precious stone.
    The KJV translation used agate per a different definition which was basically a naturally occurring glass which was considered a precious stone because such stones were harder than our glass today.  I have no  idea what those translators thought a carbuncle was besides my uncle. ( @zil2).
    As JAG says: It's just conjuring up images of a beautiful place.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from LDSGator in Victories - Are Things Turning Around?   
    Los Angeles, yes. New York City, yes. San Francisco. maybe. Washington DC - let me get back to you on that one. My town? At least one.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from zil2 in Victories - Are Things Turning Around?   
    Los Angeles, yes. New York City, yes. San Francisco. maybe. Washington DC - let me get back to you on that one. My town? At least one.
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    askandanswer reacted to CV75 in From my scripture reading this morning   
    Carbuncle is a precious red gemstone: Carbuncle (gemstone) - Wikipedia
    Agates are semi-transparent, but windows in those days were open to the air, not glazed. I'm surmising that these "beautiful and versatile gemstones" Agate - Wikipedia formed the window opening or even the shutters for the opening, so that even when closed, light would shine through. Some say the use of this stone allows those in the house to see the glory of Zion but not the fullness of the presence of God -- meaning that we live in Zion in the last days by His protective grace until we are perfected and quickened sufficiently to see God.
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    askandanswer reacted to mikbone in Do People Have a Presence?   
    Luke 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
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    askandanswer reacted to zil2 in Victories - Are Things Turning Around?   
    Are there 10 righteous people in, say, San Francisco?  New York City?  Los Angeles, Washington DC?  Your town?  
    Seems like the presence of righteous people delays destruction of the wicked.
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    askandanswer reacted to Vort in Do People Have a Presence?   
    Such people are gifted.
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    askandanswer reacted to Carborendum in A Bit of Satire   
    https://dainikbidyaloy.com/2023/01/26/hillary-clinton-boasts-of-having-no-classified-documents-from-her-time-as-president/
    Hillary Clinton Boasts Of Having No Classified Documents From Her Time As President
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Backroads in Worse than looking for a needle in a haystack   
    The short version: A radioactive capsule measuring 8mm by 6mm fell off the back of a truck somewhere on the 1,400 kilometer route from a mine to a major city. People are looking for it. If you come within one meter of it you'll receive radiation equivalent to about 17 chest x-rays. The package left the mine on January 11 but nobody realised it was missing until January 25.   
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-28/radioactive-capsule-search-perth-to-pilbara-/101902914
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Just_A_Guy in Where are the 12 Tribes?   
    From my scripture reading this morning:
    3rd Nephi 21: 26 And then shall the work of the Father commence at that day, even awhen this gospel shall be preached among the remnant of bthis people. Verily I say unto you, at that day shall the work of the Father commence among all the dispersed of my people, yea, even the tribes which have been clost, which the Father hath led away out of Jerusalem.
     
    Wherever the lost tribes are, the work of the Father has commenced among them. With the latter-day work today being led and carried out by God’s living prophets and apostles, It would be unusual if they were not closely involved in this work with the lost tribes.
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    askandanswer reacted to Just_A_Guy in Child Labor Laws   
    Utah passed a “free range parenting” law a couple of years ago, and it’s interesting (since I work with DCFS) how often I’ll be reviewing a case with a caseworker, and I’ll tell them that we can’t file a court petition due to the free range parenting statute, and the caseworkers want to argue with me about it.
    Their hearts are in the right places, but I think modern psychological theory drastically underestimates what kids are capable of.
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    askandanswer reacted to Ironhold in What have we come to?   
    I don't know how many people here remember it, but a few years ago there was a massive to-do down in Houston. 
    The city council passed the "HERO" law, which was supposed to be a broad swath of pro-LGBT legislation.
    Several ministers in Houston felt that something of that magnitude should have been put to a vote, and so they launched a petition movement to get it on the next election. 
    They crossed the local threshold needed, but for reasons that weren't fully explained *entire pages* of signatures were rejected by the city.
    The ministers sued, their goal being to either force the city to explain or force the city to accept those signatures.
    In response, the city's lawyers demanded that the ministers turn over transcripts of their sermons and prayers, including any that discussed LGBT issues. 
    This went over like a sneeze in an elevator, with pundits like Glen Beck making national-level noise about it. One of the "God's Not Dead" films even referenced it. 
    The city threw the lawyers under the bus, the petition was allowed to stand, and sure enough the voters rejected the law at the ballot. 
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    askandanswer reacted to LDSGator in Utah HB215. The one with the vouchers and scholarships.   
    You are being conservative. 
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    askandanswer got a reaction from LDSGator in Utah HB215. The one with the vouchers and scholarships.   
    Juse one reason among.......thousands of others.
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    askandanswer reacted to scottyg in The Shortening before the Baking   
    I would be very surprised if we don't see a Supernova, or some other cosmic event, before the second coming. It could also be a tool used by the adversary. Whatever signs are coming, one will need the Holy Ghost to correctly understand them (and those who attempt to interpret them) for what they really are.
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    askandanswer reacted to The Folk Prophet in Utah HB215. The one with the vouchers and scholarships.   
    I've been surprised at how much my daughter learns without us as parents actually teaching her. Granted, she seems to be a little genius in a lot of ways. But it's constantly amazing to me. As an example, years back before we had ever even thought about starting to teach her how to write we came across a drawing she'd done on her own where she'd written the word "CAT" on it.
    What's my point?
    Well... I cannot help but wonder about the variables that go into how and why a child learns or does not. My daughter clearly learned to write the word CAT from television and board books. That combined with her intelligence and she just worked it out. I am, in many ways, confident that we, as parents, could never teach her a thing and she'd end up being functionally literate. (Note: we're not going to put that to the test. It's just something I believe.)
    That being said...we did provide her with resources to learn how to write CAT. She had board books with words in them that we read to her before bed. She watched a lot of TV/Internet shows that were learning based. So from a certain perspective, it WAS our parenting that taught her to write the word CAT. It just wasn't direct. It was moderately intentional though. We read to her because we knew reading to kids was important. We turned on educational type shows intentionally.
    When I see a story about a 17-year-old who can barely read above a 4th grade level though....there's something else going on besides just "homeschooling". There are other factors at play...some of which may well be intentional restriction, parental apathy, innate intelligence, genetics, etc., etc. The point being.... stupid, lazy, weird parents have stupid, lazy, weird kids. Homeschooled or not.
    It is interesting to think about, for sure.