askandanswer

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    askandanswer got a reaction from Anddenex in Respect for Marriage Act   
    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.”
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Anddenex in Respect for Marriage Act   
    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.
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    askandanswer reacted to CV75 in Helaman 12:4   
    I find the difference is that the earth and the dust thereof are not in a carnal state (Mosiah 4: 2) and align with the Lord’s will for them. He uses the dust to create us (Mosiah 2:25-26), and then gives us our agency to do what we will while we are connected with it (D&C 93:33), though it continues to belong to Him. Hence the great sin in our misuse of the dust of the earth concerning our own bodies, those of others, our material stewardships, and all other physical matters that are found in this second estate.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from mirkwood in Respect for Marriage Act   
    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.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from mirkwood in Respect for Marriage Act   
    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.”
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Vort in Respect for Marriage Act   
    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.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Vort in Respect for Marriage Act   
    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.”
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    askandanswer reacted to LDSGator in This possibly reveals me as a terrible person but... Fundraisers   
    Disney is known to go all out for them, often putting them in the Grand Floridian, giving them express passes on rides and shows, etc. 
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    askandanswer reacted to CV75 in Helaman 12:4   
    "What is it about men and their agency that so consistently leads them to act in this manner...?" They are simply less intelligent than Christ, the only one who would not act in this manner.
    "...what are the likely benefits of that particular design feature?" We are designed to progress, from whatever level of intelligence from which we begin, through the merits of Christ. I like the phrase in verse 22, "among all these there were many of the noble and great ones" because it indicates that not all the noble and great ones had yet arrived at this level of goodness to rule but would yet arrive in due course.
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    askandanswer reacted to The Folk Prophet in This possibly reveals me as a terrible person but... Fundraisers   
    Sure. But my point, I think, remains. Their reaction and attitudes and responses are their own. Ours is to serve, sacrifice, give, and love. If we serve, sacrifice, give, and love and it isn't appreciated, we have still done as commanded. Alternatively, methinks, if we say, "well they don't deserve this because of their attitude", might we be falling into the exact trap warned against by King Benjamin. Are we not all beggars applies to having a bad attitude and not having gratitude and soliciting for what we "really" want. We all do this at some level.
    I understand that it says, "succor those that stand in need of succor", the implication being that those who don't really stand in "need", don't...um....need our succor. And I'm not suggesting that we just give to any con man who comes along even though we know they're conning us. That is certainly a judgement call to be made, listening to the Spirit and using our best wisdom. But I do think there is danger in approaching giving with a dominating cynicism.
    I pose this question for consideration: Who is better off at judgment day, he who gives freely to the beggar he knows to be running a con, or he who withholds giving because he suspects a con?
    Once again, I'm not suggesting we blind ourselves to wisdom and give our money to conmen. But I do think there is value in considering the above question as we ponder on how to give.
    As for me (and this is my advice for @Backroads fwiw), I give through the church and only through the church. If I feel I'm not giving enough, I donate more to fast offerings, ward Santa drives, humanitarian aid, etc. Only through church donations. Go buy a bunch of stuff through the vending boxes they put up at Temple Square or some such. There are plenty of ways to give and serve in and through the church.
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    askandanswer reacted to scottyg in This possibly reveals me as a terrible person but... Fundraisers   
    We always take our kids to a store like walmart and have each of them pick a name off of their Angel Trees. The Angel Tree is sponsored by the Salvation Army, and I trust them to do a decent job of vetting true persons in need.
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    askandanswer reacted to The Folk Prophet in This possibly reveals me as a terrible person but... Fundraisers   
    Maybe I'm misunderstanding, but I'm not sure how sponsoring a Christmas can be abused like giving money to a beggar that's just going to buy alcohol or something. I mean if you're buying stuff for a family for Christmas, you buy the stuff. So any abusive things you buy, you bought, so.... Or am I misunderstanding? As far as actually knowing whether the family actually "needs" the sponsoring or not...I wouldn't, personally, stress to much about that. Here's how I figure...if they lied that's on them on judgment day. I was still charitable.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from mrykalov in Hello...   
    Welcome to the site Mrykalov, I hope you participate in and enjoy many of the discussion that go on here.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Vort in Supplemental Evidence   
    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. 
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    askandanswer reacted to Carborendum in Respect for Marriage Act   
    I don't believe it is compromise.  
    https://fablesofaesop.com/the-tree-and-the-reed.html
    We are not yet at full strength.  We are still gathering.  And those that have gathered, not all are faithful.
    Who among us has experienced the power of godliness sufficient to sustain us in the last day?  How many instead would shrink in horror at the armies of Gog gathering around us?
    The reason we don't stand tall is that we do not have large enough numbers with strong reeds and deep roots to withstand the wind.  And we know that the hurricane cannot last.  It is but a moment.
    We have to be brought low before we can learn to depend on the Lord.
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    askandanswer reacted to MrShorty in Cancer (and its treatments) sucks!!!!   
    Here I sit in the hospital after the ostomy reversal. Assuming I am truly cured of the cancer, this should be my last step in treatment (and maybe my last post to this thread). The surgery went well and, after only a day I'm optimistic (maybe unrealistically so) that I will recover quickly.
    It has been a long and difficult year. I still have years of follow up to monitor my body for any recurrence, with no promises. Statistics and other indicators suggest all kinds of reasons for optimism.
    Thanks to all for your prayers and just for being a virtual part of my support team.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Carborendum in Where are the 12 Tribes?   
    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." 
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    askandanswer got a reaction from SilentOne in Where are the 12 Tribes?   
    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." 
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    askandanswer reacted to CV75 in Where are the 12 Tribes?   
    !!! I was just reading in Amos 9:
    3 And though they ahide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:
     
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    askandanswer reacted to NeuroTypical in Kyrie Irving Tweet -- 1984 Type Scenario   
    Since we're talking about it, here: https://george-orwell.org/1984/
    If there's ever been a list of must-reads that a human must read, 1984 should be on it, and near the top.  There's the free link - everyone make sure your kids and grandkids read it too.  It isn't popular any more.
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    askandanswer reacted to laronius in Overhaul of FSY   
    Made me think of King Benjamin's comment:
    29 And finally, I cannot tell you all the things whereby ye may commit sin; for there are divers ways and means, even so many that I cannot number them.
    I think there are now even more ways in our day to commit sin. But I think part of "guideline" approach too is that with good being called evil and evil good we are really going to need to rely on the principles of the gospel to help guide us to make good decisions in given situations because there are so many different things to take into consideration that previous generations have not had to deal with. 
     
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    askandanswer reacted to Vort in Election is Fixed?   
    Let's hope it's fixed. It's been broken since before I was born. 
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    askandanswer reacted to mordorbund in The Rest of the Lord   
    The 3 Nephites have this explained to them. They are free sorrow “save it be for the sins of the world” (3 Nephi 28:9). This sounds like the compassion you speak of. But they are separated from the sorrow of pain and death and I’ll-fortune and such.
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    askandanswer reacted to LDSGator in 2 Nephi 2:15-16 - opposition   
    It does, but you have to remember that LDS constantly have to deal with people who ask questions like yours. The questioners almost always think they possess great knowledge and can “educate” those foolish LDS members.
    So, yes, it can be forgiven if some LDS don’t want to engage with you. Even if your intentions are noble. 
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    askandanswer reacted to laronius in 2 Nephi 2:15-16 - opposition   
    For all intents and purposes Adam and Eve were simply children while in the garden. The joy they experienced while there was real but simple. And their lack of experience and exposure to negative influences meant that joy could not mature into the much deeper and fulfilling joy only experienced by those who have had a chance to mature emotionally and spiritually.
    When they partook of the forbidden fruit, whether through beguilement or somewhat knowingly, I think there was a recognition that there was something more out there than what they currently had. Eve may not have understood that the cost was having to give up the innocent joy they already had whereas Adam might have had some inkling. 
    But the point is that as paradisical as their state in the garden was, it was also very limiting. Perhaps a good analogy would be to compare the exciting young love of a newlywed couple to that deep and mature love of a couple celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary after a life full of ups and downs, sorrows and disappointments, but also moments of great happiness as they endure life together. There is a depth and richness there that cannot be manufactured in paradise. Paradise, like childhood, had to be left behind to pursue what can only be obtained through experience. As such, we don't celebrate what was lost but rather the chance for something far greater.