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    askandanswer reacted to The Folk Prophet in Good news from General Conference!   
    I don't feel that catering to the selfish and weak by way of compromise according to their demands and interests is the best course of action. In fact, I think it's a bad idea. Essentially it sounds like you're saying that if people are snotty, immature, self-centered, and un-Christlike then it's partially the leaders' faults for not accommodating the membership's interests better. Seriously. How far would we take such an idea. Video game hour instead of Sunday School? That'll get more people there, right? And massages. Maybe have snacks handed out in every class. Movies too! On big screens in darkened theaters. Yeah...that's my kind of church!!
     
    Alright, alright...I'm being ridiculous and extreme again to make a point.
     
    I don't deny that some better efforts in this regard should be made by some leaders some of the time. But more-so, I believe this is a gospel of sacrifice, and if people are not willing, catering to that isn't going to strengthen them, but only hurt the institution. Yes -- it's a balance. But we aren't given callings primarily to please us. We are given callings to serve the Lord, build up Zion, and to help us learn how to forget ourselves.
     
    So instead I propose the following:
    Teach people how to patiently and reverently listen to a series of bad talks. Focus on members humbly loving their struggling teachers. Follow the curriculum as outlined by our leaders and teach members to sustain and support them by attending the classes they are meant to and participating with thought and care. Follow the Spirit in prayer and humility in all callings given If someone is overly comfortable in a calling, perhaps it's time for them to stretch and grow Continue spending money on socials - continue finding creative active socials with little cost (wherein do you not think this is happening?) Continue spending money on youth activity - or find creative active socials with little cost (off schedule sport activities) (Wherein do you think this is not happening?)
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    askandanswer reacted to sxfritz in Good news from General Conference!   
    I've been in caustic wards. I know what it is like.
     
    With the commonly stated three fold mission of the Church being mission, temple, and edify the Saints (fourth is service, per the handbook), my personal philosophy is edify the Saints has to be primary. If the people coming to church are not filled with the Spirit then the other two missions will fail. I feel, a bishop should focus on needs internal to the active members of the ward and the mission, temple, and service missions will fill themselves. If a ward focuses on mission but you have a ward grumbling because they hate their callings or there is animosity toward leadership, or whatever internal problems a ward can have, they members are not going to invite people in and people coming in won't stay. Same with the temple. If people are not happy they will not be drawn to the temple. That doesn't mean not teaching the principles and of course people's happiness comes from obedience to the gospel, but a bishop can do a lot to focus on harmony within a ward rather than statistics of activity and conversions and endowments. 
     
    Some things I've thought of:
    Teach people how to give talks. So many Sunday meetings are butchered by a series of bad talks. Focus on teacher development. Rotate in a good number of classes other that Gospel Doctrine - always have a choice of another class such as family relations. Maybe even classes on self-reliance. If someone hates their calling, release them. Waiting for them to change and find the Spirit could be driving people away. If someone loves being in Scouts, leave them in Scouts. Same with Primary teacher (they are hard to find). Spend money on socials - or find creative active socials with little cost Spend money on youth activity - or find creative active socials with little cost (off schedule sport activities) If people enjoy being at church on Sunday, or other days, it will be natural to tell their inactive friends about what's going on. It will be natural to invite people to come out or to listen to the missionaries.
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    askandanswer reacted to skalenfehl in quick replies needed   
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Palerider in Road tripping with cake!   
    why not email it?
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    askandanswer got a reaction from The Folk Prophet in Road tripping with cake!   
    why not email it?
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Jane_Doe in Is God all-powerful?   
    I agree with you Kirkko, I believe that even God is subject to a law of justice. Where the law comes from, and how it is enforced, I do not know, but I suspect it is a universal constant. It is perhaps the same law that enabled God to progress from man to God. Two reasons why I think God is subject to law:
     
    1. I cannot think of any other reason why God would require His Beloved Son to endure the agonies that He did unless He was compelled to, in order to satisfy some sort of externally imposed requirement. Surely God would have done all in His power to avoid the suffering His Son went through if there was a way that it could have been avoided. He did not prevent the suffering of His Son, so perhaps it was beyond His power to do so. Somebody, or something, demanded that sacrifice. It's hard to see how it was the voluntary, free-will act of a Father who loved His Son and who could have achieved the same outcome - the atonement - through a less difficult approach. I think that because God was subject to a law of justice the atonement was the only way to satisfy the demands of this law. If there was an easier way, God would have done it. This argument is supported by:
     
     Alma 42:25
    25 What, do ye suppose that mercy can rob justice? I say unto you, Nay; not one whit. If so, God wouldcease to be God.
    Alma 42:1313 Therefore, according to justice, the plan of redemption could not be brought about, only on conditions of repentance of men in this probationary state, yea, this preparatory state; for except it were for these conditions, mercy could not take effect except it should destroy the work of justice. Now the work of justice could not be destroyed; if so, Godwould cease to be God.
    Alma 42:2222 But there is a law given, and a punishment affixed, and a repentance granted; which repentance, mercy claimeth; otherwise, justice claimeth the creature and executeth the law, and the law inflicteth the punishment; if not so, the works of justice would be destroyed, and God would cease to be God
    2. I believe that where God lives could be described as a kingdom, possibly even the Celestial Kingdom. Every kingdom is subject to some kind of law because there cannot be a kingdom without law. It may be that this includes the kingdom where God dwells.
     
    36 All kingdoms have a law given;
     37 And there are many kingdoms; for there is no space in the which there is no kingdom; and there is no kingdom in which there is no space, either a greater or a lesser kingdom.
     38 And unto every kingdom is given a law; and unto every law there are certain bounds also and conditions.
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    askandanswer reacted to CelesteL1st in Exploring the LDS   
    I was baptized, first communion and confirmation.  Did all my catechism classes.  Attended catholic school until 2nd grade.  It took the kissing of the Arch Bishop's ring for me to question my catholism.  Just read my intro once it is posted for my testimony.  The most comforting and calming principle in the church for me is the fact that it is line upon line and precept upon precept.  It means Father in Heaven does not expect me to understand everything at once.  I'm still growing and often feel like a toddler or an adolescent.  Just keep finding out what you need to so you can make a decision from your heart and not from peer pressure.  Prayer helps.
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    askandanswer reacted to Connie in Gospel promises   
    There are lots of gospel promises or blessings we can obtain. I have a list of 23 possible blessings that come from studying the scriptures. I compiled the list for a talk i gave a couple of years ago based off some quotes from modern-day prophets i found in my studies. So it is by no means a comprehensive list. I think it was Elder Scott who said that we would receive a "wealth of blessings [as a] result of scripture study."
     
    I don't know if you would consider some of these as promises. Many of them are fairly basic but some are kind of fantastical sounding. If you're interested in the quotes, let me know. I still have them. Here's the list:
    1.  Learn how to live in times of war.
    2.  Learn how to deal with persecution and apostasy.
    3.  Learn how to do missionary work.
    4.  Learn how to respond to the dangers of materialism.
    5.  Help us keep our thoughts clean and pure.
    6.  Increase the Spirit in our homes.
    7.  Increase reverence.
    8.  Increase mutual respect and consideration for others.
    9.  Decrease contention.
    10. Parents will counsel with their children in greater love and wisdom.
    11. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents.
    12. Increase righteousness.
    13. Increase faith, hope and charity.
    14. Increase peace, joy and happiness.
    15. Strengthened resolve to obey commandments.
    16. Strengthen our testimony of Christ.
    17. Increased power to avoid temptation.
    18. Increased ability to hear the promptings of the Holy Ghost and receive revelation.
    19. Increased confidence in ability to overcome the challenges of life.
    20. Give direction to our life.
    21. Calm an agitated soul.
    22. Heal emotional challenges.
    23. Accelerate physical healing.
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    askandanswer reacted to Palerider in Gospel promises   
    I the Lord am bound when he do what I say ....DC 82:10
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Finrock in lifetime member with question   
    Baptism
     
    7  And it came to pass after many days there were a goodly number gathered together at the place of Mormon, to hear the words of Alma.  Yea, all were gathered together that believed on his word, to hear him.  And he did teach them, and did preach unto them repentance, and redemption, and faith on the Lord.
    8  And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another's burdens, that they may be light;
    9  Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
    10  Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?
    11  And now when the people had heard these words, they clapped their hands for joy, and exclaimed: This is the desire of our hearts.
    12  And now it came to pass that Alma took Helam, he being one of the first, and went and stood forth in the water, and cried, saying: O Lord, pour out thy Spirit upon thy servant, that he may do this work with holiness of heart.
    13  And when he had said these words, the Spirit of the Lord was upon him, and he said: Helam, I baptize thee, having authority from the Almighty God, as a testimony that ye have entered into a covenant to serve him until you are dead as to the mortal body; and may the Spirit of the Lord be poured out upon you; and may he grant unto you eternal life, through the redemption of Christ, whom he has prepared from the foundation of the world.
     
     
    Sacrament
     
    (Book of Mormon | Moroni 4:1 - 3)
    1  THE manner of their elders and priests administering the flesh and blood of Christ unto the church; and they administered it according to the commandments of Christ; wherefore we know the manner to be true; and the elder or priest did minister it—
    2  And they did kneel down with the church, and pray to the Father in the name of Christ, saying:
    3  O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them.  Amen.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Blackmarch in Oxford University   
    Sorry to tell you this Jamie, but despite the best efforts of the Aztecs to kill off all flamingos, according to each of my recent counts, on April 9, March 21, March 6 and February 2 the number of real flamingos exceeded the number of plastic flamingos by between 3 (9 April) and 7 (21 March). However, given the frequency with which these figures change, its quite possible that by tomorrow, the number of plastic flamingos will once again prevail. Interestingly, the situation with plastic turtles is the complete opposite of the plastic flamingos, but that's a story for another post.
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    askandanswer reacted to skalenfehl in Stop posting about your kids on FB! Nobody cares.   
    If I see something or someone too  many times in one session, I've spent too much time of Facebook. 
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Jane_Doe in Considering Baptism and becoming a member in the LDS (Mormon) Church?   
    ladykaystone, no matter who or what anybody is, has been ,or may become, the LDS church is the best place for anybody to be. It is the place, the vehicle, the sheep-fold, the healing place, that God has prepared to help His children return to Him in peace, happiness, safety and joy. 
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    askandanswer got a reaction from pam in Moving to Utah   
    Reluctant as I am to correct my seniors, may I suggest that your sense of direction may not be as sharp as it was in your younger years. :) I think the place you are referring to is just south of Papua New Guinea, and a little to the west of New Zealand. I can understand why you think Georgia might be the Celestial Kingdom, but you need to keep in mind that one of Satan's cleverest tricks is to make convincing counterfeits that look like the real thing.
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    askandanswer reacted to char713 in Agency and Sin   
    I think it is an important distinction to remember that that the Savior is perfect - the most perfect person to have ever lived - not just because he committed no sins, but also because he committed no transgressions. I do believe that sinlessness, while not easy or very likely, it is possible. Transgression-lessness(?) is impossible. Even young children who pass away before the age of accountability commit transgressions. 
     
    And to quote C.S. Lewis (because that's what I do):
     
    "No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. …A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means – the only complete realist."
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    askandanswer reacted to Traveler in Modern day "Book of Mormon"   
    The question is not far from anyone considering a legacy.  We are told to keep a family history.  So in essence - are we not all asked to create our own modern Book of Mormon.  I have started this task - It includes my genealogy, my experiences growing up in the shadow of goodly parents and noble brothers and sisters.  It includes the courtship and marriage to my wife and our struggles raising our children.  There are views of current events and how economic changes affected our family, friends and neighbors.  There are views of social political events and my opinions concerning such things.  I have included some of my posts from this forum as well as some posts from various others to demonstrate how topics of our day are discussed. 
     
    I have only begun and hardly scratched the surface.  But like Nephi I have divided my record in two parts.  One of spiritual incites and one a life record.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Backroads in Oxford University   
    Sorry to tell you this Jamie, but despite the best efforts of the Aztecs to kill off all flamingos, according to each of my recent counts, on April 9, March 21, March 6 and February 2 the number of real flamingos exceeded the number of plastic flamingos by between 3 (9 April) and 7 (21 March). However, given the frequency with which these figures change, its quite possible that by tomorrow, the number of plastic flamingos will once again prevail. Interestingly, the situation with plastic turtles is the complete opposite of the plastic flamingos, but that's a story for another post.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from mordorbund in Modern day "Book of Mormon"   
    If you were a modern day Mormon or Moroni, compiling and editing the history and records of this people for the use and instruction of a people far into the future, what would you focus on and why and what would you leave out. 
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    askandanswer reacted to AngelMarvel in Single for eternity?   
    I can tell you a little story about Mom and Dad.
     
    Mom was a Registered Nurse her whole life until about 26 years ago when her knees gave out on her and she couldn't stand for any length of time. Was a super smart single woman... about 57 or so years old. Divorced.
     
    Dad... a widower for many years has the mentality of a 12 year old. He is mentality challenged. Dysfunctional in many ways. Has no idea about money... can't count change. If you told him to go buy a pair of socks, he would ask for $100 to buy them...but he would ask for $25 to go buy a car. (That's an extreme...but, it's pretty much how he is) But, ask him for directions and he will tell you exactly where something is using north, south, east, west type directions.
     
    One Sunday, Mom was being lazy and decided she wasn't going to church. But, the spirit kept prompting her to go...so she got up and went.
     
    While there, she saw an old friend that she had not seen in a long while. This old friend came up to her and said, "I want you to meet someone". That "someone" was dad. So, that's how dad and mom got introduced.
     
    Had mom not followed the spirit, she would not have been in church that day to see her long lost friend who introduced her to dad.
     
    Now... here's the other part of the story. Remember above I said that Mom is a super smart woman and dad has the mentality of a 12 year old? Why in the world would Mom be interested in a man that was mentality challenged when she was such a smart woman... it wasn't his looks, because he's not really a handsome man?
     
    Because the Lord knew that years later Mom would be the one that needed care giving, but would still have her full brain function. He also knew that Dad...even though he was mentality challenged would be the caregiver and be willing to do all the daily living chores that she cannot do.
     
    Dad ended out being the one that would hold the house together for Mom and him. He cooks, cleans, shops, gets up at least 3 times a night to give her the care she needs. He's done it by himself for many years until the last 5 years when we had to move in to take over most of the care.
     
    Mom is completely bedridden now...but, dad still shops, cleans, cooks, and gets up at night with her. But, now he can only minimally take care of her which is why we moved in to help. But, mom still has her brains intact and she handles all the banking, bill paying, and even holds a calling from her bed. She does those things that dad could never do because he doesn't understand how to do them.
     
    So... I guess what I am saying is... try harder and don't throw away anything that the Lord may put in front of you. This family has seen miracles in our lives because of  Mom and Dad being together.
     
    Listen to the spirit. Let the spirit guide you...but, YOU need to get out there and do the work. You need to be open to even the possibilities that the person you see that may not be beautiful... may not be smart, but...could actually be "the one".
     
    Hope you found her already.
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    askandanswer reacted to mordorbund in What would you like to see made into a movie?   
    I'm still waiting for a Carmen Sandiego movie. It would be presented in a format similar to the Law and Order series (scenes jumping from one location to the next with the Interpol detective interviewing random people). The plot would be something along the lines of a rookie Interpol cop flies solo on his first assignment after he discovers his partner is in the middle of an organized crime syndicate known for stealing various national treasures. Now working outside the rules, he's on a deadline to find out who is ultimately behind all of it and why. The film climaxes atop the Statue of Liberty where the criminal mastermind ups the ante to steal America's beloved monument! I call it Gumshoe (or Gumshoes if you want 2 rookies working together, I can live with that).
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    askandanswer reacted to mordorbund in What would you like to see made into a movie?   
    What bugged me in particular with Lehi's crying repentance is that there's a perfectly good script for him to recite in 1 Nephi 1:8-14. You just need to put it in first person and modernify the language. C'mon writers, (or even Lehi-actor) you don't even have to do any work for this background-monologue!
     
    Of course the book could be a solid film. You have 4 brothers in a black-ops mission. Their relationship breaks down as plans A & B fail tremendously. Plan C is your classic "I'm making this up as I go along" by the hero. And that's just the first 10 pages!
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    askandanswer reacted to prisonchaplain in One thing that has been really been bothering me...   
    Also a personal opinion...from one who has no dog in the fight...is it not risky to rely too heavily on the medical arguments?  If the message is that coffee is bad because caffeine is bad, or because of some alleged medical risk, then arguments arise.  How come we can have this item, that has caffeine?  What about this new study that says coffee does not cause pancreatic cancer?  Was Joseph Smith wrong?  Was the church wrong?  It's all so unnecessary.  Most people realize that the risks of coffee and tea to health are possible, but not sure--and that whatever the risks, they do not rise to the level of alarming.  So, if Joseph Smith, and the other prophets and apostles did not say that the reason for the WoW is primarily for physical health, or to avoid addiction, why lay much stress on those arguments?  Why tell young people that such are the main reasons, when that is not what was spoken?
     
    Ironically, I'm increasingly seeing that my line of reasoning may apply to some of the social issues of our day, as well.  We want our communities to be godly, so we lobby for scriptural moral standards.  If we try to hard to apply sociological or psychological reasoning to these standards, we may lose some of our own young people, when they found those arguments unsound, or even questionable.
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    askandanswer reacted to Finrock in Smartphone use in Sacrament meeting   
    In my family my children are not allowed to bring electronic devices to church. It is too much of a temptation and a distraction. They bring good old paper scriptures so if they want to look something up, which they usually don't, they have those. I believe sacrament services should be cell phone free, especially. Cell phones should  be turned off and put away for one hour. I personally feel that we should treat sacrament meeting and being in the chapel as if we were in the temple. Sacrament meeting already has become too casual in many instances in my opinion.
     
    -Finrock
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    askandanswer reacted to Latter-Day Marriage in reaction to sexless marriage and the sacrament   
    I see sex as a renewal of our marriage covenant, it certainly renews my commitment and desire to be with her in the CK.
     
    I think however that when it comes to a sexless marriage, the important question is WHY is it a sexless marriage?  If there is some medical situation or military deployment etc. then I don't see why God would condemn them for it as long as they stay faithful to each other.  If it is sexless because one or both spouses are being unChristlike (selfish, petty, unforgiving, etc.) then the unChristlike behavior causing the sexless marriage is the problem and they are under condemnaton for that.
     
    We should not focus on the external actions, we should focus on what is going on in the heart.
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    askandanswer reacted to JimmiGerman in Single for eternity?   
    (Australian dugout canoe, faster than the wind, a mighty weapon in the race for the maiden!)