askandanswer

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    askandanswer reacted to john doe in Is it okay to marry a foreign man?   
    It is if you are also a man. Of course, that rule would also apply to a domestic man.
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    askandanswer reacted to Bini in Is it okay to marry a foreign man?   
    It's doabl but be prepared to face extra challenges that otherwise you wouldn't face coming from the same cultural background. One thing not mentioned that I wanted to bring up is not to get infatuated by fanciful stereotypes. I can't tell you how many times I've heard women (mostly of my own race, which is Filipino) talk about how wonderful it would be to marry an American man and how all their problems would just go away. I've seen a similar, though reversed mindset, from men who think that marrying an Asian (or third world woman) will guarantee him a subservient wife. Don't allow yourself to fall into this fantasy world. People are people. Doesn't matter what country or race you are, we all have wants and needs, dreams and aspirations - opinions (believe it or not). If you do find yourself relating to someone from another country, move forwards by learning about their culture, and what their family does as tradition. Also, be open about how YOU were raised and the things you will continue to do as tradition. Good luck!
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Crypto in So, I'll be posting less often, now.   
    When it comes to seeking and finding divine truth, honest, humble, faith filled, sincere prayer, coupled with diligent, humble, faith filled scripture study will get you more in the way of spiritual understanding than participation in online discussions. (And I've always disagreed with the implied suggestion that you have a second rate mind  :) )
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    askandanswer reacted to The Folk Prophet in So, I'll be posting less often, now.   
    I'd suggest that developing a perception of Mormons based on debates you've presented in an online forum is an invalid method.
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    askandanswer reacted to NeuroTypical in Today's Testimony Meeting - Venting   
    And this is why Robert Lund rocks.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Saul Hudson in Conflicting opinions on Kingdoms of Glory   
    from Bruce R McKonkie devotional entitled seven deadly heresies, given at BYU in 1980
    http://speeches.byu.edu/?act=viewitem&id=658
     
     
     Heresy five: There are those who say that there is progression from one kingdom to another in the eternal worlds or that lower kingdoms eventually progress to where higher kingdoms once were.
     This belief lulls men into a state of carnal security. It causes them to say, "God is so merciful; surely he will save us all eventually; if we do not gain the celestial kingdom now, eventually we will; so why worry?" It lets people live a life of sin here and now with the hope that they will be saved eventually. The true doctrine is that all men will be resurrected, but they will come forth in the resurrection with different kinds of bodies—some celestial, others terrestrial, others telestial, and some with bodies incapable of standing any degree of glory. The body we receive in the resurrection determines the glory we receive in the kingdoms that are prepared. Of those in the telestial world it is written: "And they shall be servants of the Most High; but where God and Christ dwell they cannot come, worlds without end" (D&C 76:112). Of those who had the opportunity to enter into the new and everlasting covenant of marriage in this life and who did not do it, the revelation says: 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. 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. [D&C 132:16–17] They neither progress from one kingdom to another, nor does a lower kingdom ever get where a higher kingdom once was. Whatever eternal progression there is, it is within a sphere.
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    askandanswer reacted to james12 in more than one type of light?   
    Parley P. Pratt suggested a connection in his book The Science of Theology. He said:
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    askandanswer reacted to Silhouette in Is it necessary to always bless the food   
    Regarding blessing the food "again". The food is still there, isn't it? No one stole it. It hasn't gone bad, has it? Your enemies have not poisoned it, have they? It's still nourishing, isn't it? It will prevent your going hungry, won't it?
    There are myriad reasons to bless the food "again", or at least give thanks for it. You could request that it "continue" to bless you.
    I see no issue with "vain repetition" here, as long as your heart is sufficiently meek and humble enough to realize that the food CONTINUES to be provided by God.
    As with pretty much everything, it's all about intent.
    It's sort of like tithing, to me. Some argue that tithing has already been paid on such and such an amount by someone else, so they question whether or not it's necessary to pay tithing on that same money "again".
    The truth is that tithing isn't about scorekeeping what has or hasn't been paid on an amount. It's about whether YOU keep the commandment of tithing, or are you going to try to slide by with the excuse that it's already been paid on this amount.
    Same with blessing the food. We are thankful for it once. Does that mean we are not thankful for it the next time it satisfies our hunger and gives us strength?
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    askandanswer reacted to PolarVortex in Religious Affiliation on the forums   
    For LDS members, can you add a slider with "Liahona" at one end and "Iron Rod" on the other?  I can adjust according to my feeling each day. 
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    askandanswer reacted to jerome1232 in Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos'   
    I just called my Dad's phone, he didn't answer. I left a voice mail asking him to send me a letter, no letter came. He must not exist either. My brother says he got hold of him, but let's ignore that.
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    askandanswer reacted to PolarVortex in Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos'   
    I've never read anything by Carl Sagan that was friendly to any religion.  At his core he struck me as an agnostic, but he had some atheism on his fringes, especially atheism against a creationist anthropomorphic God.  I was turned off by the smugness in one of his books... "The Dragons of Eden," perhaps.
     
    Funny how the most scientific people can get really unscientific about the big things in life.  Sagan died of some serious medical illness at a fairly young age.  At the time of his death, I remember reading stories about how he and his wife were together a lot as his time slipped away, because they both knew it would be a permanent farewell and were certain that they'd never see each other again.  Now, if they said they "doubted" that they'd see each other again, I could respect that.  But their statement of total certainty about something that nobody could prove always made me roll my eyes.
     
    Anyway, I'd recommend that you skip the book and watch the series instead.  The original Cosmos series (1980, PBS) was hugely entertaining, and it's all on YouTube now.  I remember watching it as a very young man, and I can still remember specific scenes because they were so vivid and imaginative.  And you can hear Dr. Sagan say "billion" in that curious way that was widely mocked by Johnny Carson.
     
    if you're into science that doesn't cluck its tongue at God, you might try David Berlinski, who I think is terrific.  He's also on YouTube but has some books that really expanded my thinking.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Crypto in Conflicting opinions on Kingdoms of Glory   
    from Bruce R McKonkie devotional entitled seven deadly heresies, given at BYU in 1980
    http://speeches.byu.edu/?act=viewitem&id=658
     
     
     Heresy five: There are those who say that there is progression from one kingdom to another in the eternal worlds or that lower kingdoms eventually progress to where higher kingdoms once were.
     This belief lulls men into a state of carnal security. It causes them to say, "God is so merciful; surely he will save us all eventually; if we do not gain the celestial kingdom now, eventually we will; so why worry?" It lets people live a life of sin here and now with the hope that they will be saved eventually. The true doctrine is that all men will be resurrected, but they will come forth in the resurrection with different kinds of bodies—some celestial, others terrestrial, others telestial, and some with bodies incapable of standing any degree of glory. The body we receive in the resurrection determines the glory we receive in the kingdoms that are prepared. Of those in the telestial world it is written: "And they shall be servants of the Most High; but where God and Christ dwell they cannot come, worlds without end" (D&C 76:112). Of those who had the opportunity to enter into the new and everlasting covenant of marriage in this life and who did not do it, the revelation says: 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. 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. [D&C 132:16–17] They neither progress from one kingdom to another, nor does a lower kingdom ever get where a higher kingdom once was. Whatever eternal progression there is, it is within a sphere.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from The Folk Prophet in Conflicting opinions on Kingdoms of Glory   
    from Bruce R McKonkie devotional entitled seven deadly heresies, given at BYU in 1980
    http://speeches.byu.edu/?act=viewitem&id=658
     
     
     Heresy five: There are those who say that there is progression from one kingdom to another in the eternal worlds or that lower kingdoms eventually progress to where higher kingdoms once were.
     This belief lulls men into a state of carnal security. It causes them to say, "God is so merciful; surely he will save us all eventually; if we do not gain the celestial kingdom now, eventually we will; so why worry?" It lets people live a life of sin here and now with the hope that they will be saved eventually. The true doctrine is that all men will be resurrected, but they will come forth in the resurrection with different kinds of bodies—some celestial, others terrestrial, others telestial, and some with bodies incapable of standing any degree of glory. The body we receive in the resurrection determines the glory we receive in the kingdoms that are prepared. Of those in the telestial world it is written: "And they shall be servants of the Most High; but where God and Christ dwell they cannot come, worlds without end" (D&C 76:112). Of those who had the opportunity to enter into the new and everlasting covenant of marriage in this life and who did not do it, the revelation says: 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. 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. [D&C 132:16–17] They neither progress from one kingdom to another, nor does a lower kingdom ever get where a higher kingdom once was. Whatever eternal progression there is, it is within a sphere.