askandanswer

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    askandanswer got a reaction from Sunday21 in My walk to work this morning   
    Isn't that a little too far? Couldn't you just move the kitchen table into the bedroom? 
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Leah in Dating a misson bound girl   
    Think about where the call came from - her mission call is signed by the Prophet. Will you argue against the prophet and try to persuade someone to act contrary to the will of God as expressed through His prophet? That sounds like a poor foundation on which to start a marriage. Also think about how much better she will be as a wife once she has experienced the extraordinary growth in knowledge, faith, wisdom and commitment that comes from serving a full time mission. If you love her now, just think how much more you will love her once she has finished her mission.
     
    I first became attracted to the woman who is now my wife while she was serving a mission, but I made sure that she never had any idea how I felt about her until after she had finished her mission.  
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Crypto in LDS.net Annual General Conference get-together   
    Come on guys, be adventurous and think outside the square. I've scoped out an excellent location for an October get together here in Australia.  
     

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    askandanswer got a reaction from Ratbag in Doctrines verses personal covenants   
    "True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior.

    The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior. Preoccupation with unworthy behavior can lead to unworthy behavior. That is why we stress so forcefully the study of the doctrines of the gospel."

    Boyd K Packer, October 1986 General Conference
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    askandanswer got a reaction from notquiteperfect in My walk to work this morning   
    Isn't that a little too far? Couldn't you just move the kitchen table into the bedroom? 
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    askandanswer got a reaction from pam in My walk to work this morning   
    Isn't that a little too far? Couldn't you just move the kitchen table into the bedroom? 
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Litzy in My walk to work this morning   
    Isn't that a little too far? Couldn't you just move the kitchen table into the bedroom? 
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Vort in My walk to work this morning   
    I've said it before and I'll say it again....
     
    I have lots of cousins....
     
    .... and they all need visas.
     
    Is this one of your cousins who needs a visa? :) 
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    askandanswer reacted to Just_A_Guy in I feel called to the LDS Church...but I still don't know if it's true   
    If memory serves, it took 145 years for D&C 137 to make it into the canon.  When you're in a church that purports to be led by modern revelation, "never say never" is a fairly safe maxim to live by. 
     
     
     
    a)  If God could set one set of requirements for the salvation of Jews in 1000 BC and another for the salvation of non-Jews in AD 35, why can't He have one set of requirements for the salvation of blacks in 1848 and another set for the salvation of blacks in 1979? 
    b )  Let us assume that holding the priesthood and temple rites are, objectively speaking, required for the exaltation ALL people, regardless of when or where they lived.
     
    The LDS Church currently has a policy that it will not do proxy temple ordinances (including, for males, proxy priesthood ordinations) for Jewish victims of the Holocaust (unless a particular victim has a living descendant who authorizes the work).  Theologically, that policy makes it literally impossible for certain Jews to return to their Heavenly Father, or to be with their families forever.
     
    Now, the leadership of the Mormon Church--and the bulk of its members--have accepted the policy because i) it facilitates the Church's work in other arenas, and ii) I think most of us have the gut sense that the restriction is temporary and that, sooner or later, the work will be done.
     
    If it's OK to do that with dead Jews (who, per Mormon theology, are still conscious and presumably are very frustrated indeed at the delay in the work for their salvation), why is it unacceptable to do that with any other race if the net result is in the Church's best interest?
     
     
    I don't have the time to get into the scriptural details on such a discussion; but I would note in passing that my children's relationship with me in our nuclear family is not remotely threatened or diminished by the existence of my children's grandfather.  As far as my kids are concerned, I'm still "daddy"; and to them, that's all that matters. 
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    askandanswer reacted to pam in My walk to work this morning   
    I walk to work every day.  From my bedroom to my kitchen table where I set up my laptop.
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    askandanswer reacted to PolarVortex in My walk to work this morning   
    It's a great place for kites.  Even better is Ocean Beach, though.  The wind there is so strong that I think you could let out a few miles of cord.  I think I have a picture of it somewhere... let me see... yes, here it is:
     

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    askandanswer got a reaction from Maureen in Matt 10: 34-35 and Matt 5:9   
    Thank you Maureen
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    askandanswer got a reaction from PolarVortex in I feel called to the LDS Church...but I still don't know if it's true   
    Dorian, perhaps the more important question for you to reflect on is when will you let your decisions and feeling about the LDS church be guided by faith rather than empirical research and reasoning? It may be that at the moment, your balance between these two points may be a little skewed in favour of reasoning and on the question of whether the LDS church is Gods' true church, you may need to reset the balance a little more towards faith. Its always possible to find questions and stumbling blocks and unexpected oddities that can suddenly grow from molehills to mountains and become stumbling blocks that get in the way of our search for eternal truth, but the exercise of faith can quickly shrink them back down to molehills, or make them disappear altogether. 
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    askandanswer reacted to SpiritDragon in I feel called to the LDS Church...but I still don't know if it's true   
    Hi Dorian,
     
    let me just focus on #2 this morning.
     
    In the OT the priesthood was even more restricted than it was in 1954. Anyone outside the lineage of Levi with few possible exceptions was not eligible for the priesthood. The children of Israel were also forbidden to marry foreigners. It may seem ugly and narrow minded, but it was God's decree, and before I would accuse God of being too exclusive, I'd be more inclined to accept my own lack of understanding while accepting He has a purpose.
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    askandanswer reacted to Vort in Are women's TR questions different?   
    She actually had to live at a gym? The poor woman.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from The Folk Prophet in Doctrines verses personal covenants   
    "True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior.

    The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior. Preoccupation with unworthy behavior can lead to unworthy behavior. That is why we stress so forcefully the study of the doctrines of the gospel."

    Boyd K Packer, October 1986 General Conference
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    askandanswer got a reaction from lagarthaaz in How many wards meet in your building?   
    There was a time when two wards and a branch met in our chapel but the branch was dissolved years ago so now its just two wards and some people still say the chapel is too small. Its been probably close to three years now that every sacrament meeting, when the person conducting gets up to announce the intermediate hymn and the final speaker, that they will remind the congregation to clean up after themselves in the chapel, to replace the hymn books, stack the chairs and clean the boards. The counsellor in the bishopric who first started doing this was released about two years ago but other members of the bishopric followed his lead and continued to make the same announcement each week. This same counsellor could sometimes be seen vacuuming the chapel early on Sunday mornings if he didn't think it was clean enough. I suspect that these things would continue to happen each week even if members were not reminded of it but I guess there is no harm in repeating the message. I don't believe the other ward makes a similar announcement in their meetings. Its also my observation, and not just me, that when its the other ward's turn to clean the chapel, they don't do it as well as our ward does but nobody seems to get really bothered by it. 
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Jane_Doe in How many wards meet in your building?   
    There was a time when two wards and a branch met in our chapel but the branch was dissolved years ago so now its just two wards and some people still say the chapel is too small. Its been probably close to three years now that every sacrament meeting, when the person conducting gets up to announce the intermediate hymn and the final speaker, that they will remind the congregation to clean up after themselves in the chapel, to replace the hymn books, stack the chairs and clean the boards. The counsellor in the bishopric who first started doing this was released about two years ago but other members of the bishopric followed his lead and continued to make the same announcement each week. This same counsellor could sometimes be seen vacuuming the chapel early on Sunday mornings if he didn't think it was clean enough. I suspect that these things would continue to happen each week even if members were not reminded of it but I guess there is no harm in repeating the message. I don't believe the other ward makes a similar announcement in their meetings. Its also my observation, and not just me, that when its the other ward's turn to clean the chapel, they don't do it as well as our ward does but nobody seems to get really bothered by it. 
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    askandanswer reacted to classylady in Can you handle the heat?   
    Sushi or wasabi?  No way!
     
    Something sweet.  I'm thinking I'll have a Lindor milk chocolate truffle.
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    askandanswer reacted to Blackmarch in how can we tell good from evil   
    I lke this rule of thumb from from galatians 5:
    22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
     23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
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    askandanswer reacted to The Folk Prophet in What are your views on Catholics   
    Depends on the Catholic.
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    askandanswer reacted to Vort in death penalty   
    Like this:

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    askandanswer got a reaction from PolarVortex in Are The LDS Dating Sites Ever Fruitful?   
    Oh no... the polar bear in my profile picture is not wearing a shirt.  Or pants.
     
     
     
    I take it the ginger bread person is appropriately dressed?
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    askandanswer reacted to PolarVortex in Are The LDS Dating Sites Ever Fruitful?   
    So can the profile "headlines," which often make me laugh out loud, e.g., "Foodie seeks bad cook for weight loss purposes."