askandanswer

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    askandanswer got a reaction from Vort in I have been deceived   
    I've never heard it sung in the congregations I've attended. My mum used to sometimes play it as part of the prelude music when I was a kid and now I sometimes play it as part of the prelude music at funerals, it seems to fit in quite well with the mood of a funeral. I also occasionally as prelude music before Sacrament meeting as well. This is the favourite hymn of an elderly sister in our ward and she thanks me every time I play it. 
     
    2001-01-0370-the-wintry-day-descending-to-its-close-vocal-and-instrumental-192k-eng.mp3
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    askandanswer reacted to Traveler in What should we do to "Save the Constitution" that is definitely hanging by a thread?   
    Just a note - It seems to me that the pattern in the Book of Mormon that a society (government) is in decline (hanging by a thread) is first manifested in that societies lawyers and judges.  In addition this manifestation began with a two tear application of the law that divided the society into those that were governed by law and those that were not governed by the law - in essence were not subject to law or held accountable under the law.
     
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    askandanswer got a reaction from prisonchaplain in Millenials vs. Gen Z   
    I think there's a fair bit of truth in the first dot point. 
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    askandanswer got a reaction from prisonchaplain in Millenials vs. Gen Z   
    I think there's a fair bit of truth in the first dot point. 
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    askandanswer reacted to prisonchaplain in What is something good that happened to you today?   
    I'm actually suffering from @pam envy right now.
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    askandanswer reacted to NeuroTypical in What is something good that happened to you today?   
    I just finished moving money from my account to wife/daughters, so they'll buy me Christmas presents.   Things are looking up!
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    askandanswer reacted to Just_A_Guy in Millenials vs. Gen Z   
    “Whatever doesn’t kill you gives you inappropriate coping mechanisms and a really dark sense of humor . . .”
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    askandanswer reacted to Suzie in Updates to the Handbook   
    @JohnsonJones I understand your point with regards to the wording however, on closer inspection:
    In matters of doctrine and Church policy, the authoritative sources are the scriptures, the teachings of the living prophets, and the General Handbook.
    The way I read it is that there is a clear separation between doctrine AND Church policy, I think we all can agree on that. The key word in the whole statement is "and".
    So when it says: "the authoritative sources are the scriptures" followed by a comma "the teachings of the living prophets" they are referring to the first part "in matters of doctrine".
    Finally the last statement "and the General Handbook" seems to coincide with the "and" of the first part of the statement "and Church policy".
     
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    askandanswer reacted to laronius in Updates to the Handbook   
    Doctrine doesn't mean canonized. I may teach a completely true gospel principle but my words aren't canonized. Same thing with the prophets. But what we learn in D&C 68:4 is that anything the brethren teach when moved upon by the Holy Ghost is "scripture." Again, not necessarily canonized but when something is taught and received by the Spirit it can nonetheless be of equal value. Without the Spirit even canonized works can be misinterpreted. 
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    askandanswer reacted to Jamie123 in Canadians are Boring People...   
    I didn't mean THAT Murdich. I meant the TV show. Murdoch is a detective in the Toronto police. He is very pragmatic, while his sidekick Crabtree is quite the opposite, forever coming up with outlandish theories involving werewolves and vampires. Their boss is a Yorkshireman called Inspector Brackenreid who's always shouting at the other cops - and anyone else he finds even mildly irritating (which is most people). Most episodes have Murdoch inventing some ingenious gadget to help him solve his case. He's a very devout Catholic. His girlfriend is a doctor.
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    askandanswer reacted to Godless in Liberal Ideas Creeping In   
    In this scenario, I'd say that the opinion is your view of the action and the judgement is your view of the person performing it.
    Opinion: Married women shouldn't be in the workforce if they're in a situation that allows them to stay home.
    Judgement: Married women who are able to stay home but have careers anyway are doing something wrong.
    See the difference? As an atheist, this distinction is important in my dealings with the religious majority. In general, I detest religion,  but not religious people. This doesn't mean that I don't sometimes make judgements about people, we all do. And I find that I tend to be more judgemental when someone's choices or actions clearly have adverse affects on someone else. I don't think women in the workforce falls under that category.
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    askandanswer reacted to mordorbund in Canadians are Boring People...   
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    askandanswer got a reaction from JohnsonJones in What should we do to "Save the Constitution" that is definitely hanging by a thread?   
    Its a question for any who think the Supreme Court may have neutered itself and made its rulings irrelevant. I think if the Court and its rulings become irrelevant and unenforceable, that will be because of a decision by the people and their political rulers rather than as a result of any actions by the Court itself. Any thought or intention of making the court and its rulings irrelevant and unenforcable seems to be about the same thing as a thought or intention not to be ruled by law and reason. 
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    askandanswer got a reaction from mordorbund in What should we do to "Save the Constitution" that is definitely hanging by a thread?   
    With 27 amendments, isn't it a little too late to start talking about saving the constitution? The first time it was changed/amended it ceased to be in its original condition and every change since then has only taken it further away from its original condition.
    Might the elders of Israel have already failed in there opportunity to save the constitution when Utah voted to repeal Prohibition?
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    askandanswer got a reaction from carlimac in The election   
    The inability of the formerly united States to conduct a presidential election perceived by the vast majority of participants to be free and fair is quite puzzling and extremely surprising to this particular outsider. 
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    askandanswer got a reaction from carlimac in The election   
    The inability of the formerly united States to conduct a presidential election perceived by the vast majority of participants to be free and fair is quite puzzling and extremely surprising to this particular outsider. 
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Jamie123 in Worst and Best drivers (by State) in the USA   
    Does this only apply to Backroads? 
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    askandanswer got a reaction from MrShorty in Liberal Ideas Creeping In   
    Since fathers are being encouraged to help mothers out more with their divinenly given roles of caring for the family at home, it doesnt seem unreasonable to expects mothers to help out fathers more with their divinely given role of providing for their families
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    askandanswer got a reaction from MrShorty in Liberal Ideas Creeping In   
    Since fathers are being encouraged to help mothers out more with their divinenly given roles of caring for the family at home, it doesnt seem unreasonable to expects mothers to help out fathers more with their divinely given role of providing for their families
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    askandanswer got a reaction from MrShorty in Liberal Ideas Creeping In   
    Since fathers are being encouraged to help mothers out more with their divinenly given roles of caring for the family at home, it doesnt seem unreasonable to expects mothers to help out fathers more with their divinely given role of providing for their families
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    askandanswer reacted to JohnsonJones in Liberal Ideas Creeping In   
    You've noticed...eh?
    It's been going on for a while, and while some of it is not that disturbing and could be encouraging (liberal in and of itself is not a BAD thing, our religion is not Conservative OR Liberal, it does NOT worship our political beliefs and we should not mistake political opinions or parties as our religion.  Too many worship at the altar of the false idol of politics, putting forth their politics as their religion rather than having the Lord as first and foremost) there are other items which have been disturbing me for a while which are in direct conflict with what was taught and given by the Prophets and Church leaders through the centuries up until now.
    Some liberal ideas are reflected in the Bible and so are not terrible in and of themselves.  We are to render unto Caesar what is Caesar and unto the Lord what is the Lord's for example, to be in the world but not conformed of it (Romans 12).  This can be where we allow people the freedom to be who they want to be without persecution.  The idea of loving your neighbor, or loving the person but not the sin I can see reflected in encouraging those who are in sin to come to our church (And hopefully repent, but that is their free agency) but still not approving of the sin. 
    On the otherhand, there have been a great number of ideas that have been brought into the Church in the past decade.  Some of it is the confusion brought on by those who have created church manuals themselves.  You talk about their criticism of Spencer W. Kimball, but there is a trend to do so now that was encouraged by the Church essays and such.  In it they cast down a few items taught as doctrine in the past (and even declared as such) and instead imply that the leaders of the time were speaking their opinions and that we do not know why they taught such opinions or actions that they took.  This cast doubt on the prophets and their prophetic mission as obviously those at that time did not think these General Authorities were speaking only as men on these topics.  This opens up the gambit where we have no idea when a Prophet is a prophet and when he is a man (Brigham Young on the other hand clarified it somewhat, but today there are items that he said as a prophet that we say he said as a man, and the same for Joseph Smith).  It is very easy now for Saints to take these ideas and apply it to whatever they want in regards to prophets...including statements by Spencer W. Kimball (and ironically, to some of the ideas in the Bible itself, at least if you accept Paul as a prophet).
    However, these changes that go contrary to how the gospel was taught extend to many other facets of the church, and many are directly contrasting to that taught previously.  Sometimes it is just in direct contradiction to things taught in our modern era but other times, they are in direct contradiction to EVERYTHING written and taught in the Church from the Beginning of the Bible, reinforced in the Book of Mormon and by our Modern prophets, and more.  Some of the more disturbing in my thoughts again, is that I see it extended even into the temple and how things are done there (without going into it any more than that).  I see it as driving a wedge into the Church in many ways, and this approach has shown a reduction of Baptisms, retention and many other things reflected in the Church itself...at least to my view.
    So...what is a member to do?  What do I do?  I remember that I received a testimony of the Gospel and the Book of Mormon.  I remember that I have gotten a testimony of the divine calling of the Prophets and the Apostles.  This testimony is MORE than just some emotional feeling that I had, or some emotion that is can be felt otherwise.  It is a distinct and explicit testimony where I have heard the Holy Ghost testifying that the gospel is true.  Because of this I KNOW that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that the Gospel is true.  No matter what else, I KNOW the truths given to me. 
    It does not matter what the changes are to the Church for now.  As Elder Uchtdorf has said in summary..."Where will you go?"  There IS no other place to go.  You stay in the boat because it is the ONLY vessel which was designated as the vessel of the Lord, at least until the Lord comes back.  We do the best we can, even with what is happening around us.  As you are probably not (you may be, but most of the members are not) the Prophet or the First Presidency, there is very little you can do or any of us.  Instead, we follow the Prophet and if there are things that are done that lead people away or are not in accordance with what the Lord desires, it will not be held upon our heads (unless in direct contradiction to the commandments and we are directly told by the Lord not to, which has not occurred to me as of yet) but those who have caused the sins to occur due to their responsibility and power.  As such, we stay in the boat (in the church) and cling as hard as we can to what we know is true.  The gospel is true, and we know that in it we can find a safe haven for when the Lord comes (and he will be coming and is coming).
    I see a LOT of changes (or what you may call Liberal Ideas) that have crept into the Church in recent years.  In fact, if you had me look at the Church today from when I joined decades ago and many of the things that it is teaching or promoting in regards to Church doctrines and to a lesser degree it's history, I may have thought it was an offshoot of the Church rather than the main Church.  However, there is ONLY one church that still brings and delivers the gospel as found in the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.  We can either hold to it and stay in, or give up.  I don't plan on giving up any time soon.  If nothing else, when I have problems or difficulties, I lean back on the testimony I have received so long ago which I cannot deny, and grab onto it in realization that despite any doubts I may have, I still have a testimony that I cannot deny and that holds me to the Church.
     
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Jamie123 in Worst and Best drivers (by State) in the USA   
    Does this only apply to Backroads? 
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    askandanswer reacted to Just_A_Guy in We all need some humor   
    Good news:  they’ve determined that ants are immune to COVID-19.
    Scientists suspect that it’s because they have little anty bodies.
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    askandanswer reacted to Ironhold in We all need some humor   
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