NeedleinA

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    NeedleinA reacted to Carborendum in Biden Corruption Emails   
    I've only got time for a quick response on this.  Forgive me for being incomplete.
    First, I'll admit this is the most difficult to see from the liberal perspective because you have to look past the rhetoric to see the substance.  I'll give just one example and I gotta go.
    The Paris Climate Accords.  It was supposed to be this monumental step towards saving the planet.  But if you look at the numbers, you realize that it did NOTHING to reduce global emissions.  It only served to shift emissions from the US to other nations like China.  And they haven't done a thing to abide by their limits.
    Then Trump gets us out.  Ever since we abandoned that agreement, the US emissions have gone down significantly.  How can that be?  The Accords guaranteed success.
    The reason is that the details of what was actually agreed upon indicates no real substantive change.  It was only symbolic so satisfy the green mob.  It didn't do anything.
    But by freeing American industry and incentivising them to be more efficient, they found ways to be more efficient. And greater efficiency means greater waste.  And it also means less energy to produce the same product.  Less energy means less emissions.
    Later.
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    NeedleinA reacted to Vort in New Church video - What is Religious Freedom?   
    Here is an excellent deconstruction of Frank Fox's hit piece on Trump, done in devastating style and yet without personally attacking Fox, even where he probably deserved it.
    https://khadlock9697.medium.com/on-nevertrump-and-gaslighting-an-open-letter-to-frank-w-3190ffce656c
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    NeedleinA reacted to Vort in New Church video - What is Religious Freedom?   
    Then perhaps this is my fault, for which I apologize. I thought most Latter-day Saints had heard of the Fox brouhaha. I thought Fox was way off-base in his attacks and in his actions, dragging religion into a political screed against Trump. I was not familiar with Darin Southam's vicious rebuttal. I'm not completely without sympathy for Southam's position, but it seems to me that he crossed a line as much as Fox did. And if Fox did it first, that doesn't justify Southam.
    My point is not to condemn either man. My original point was to decry Fox's actions as foolish and unwise, and a sign that even highly educated Latter-day Saints who you would think should know better still fall into the trap of accepting the wider "Orange Man Bad" meme. I didn't mean for it to become an attack on Dr. Fox's character.
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Anddenex in New Church video - What is Religious Freedom?   
    From the Church Newsroom - What is Religious Freedom?
    I suppose that means the opposite it true. As religious freedom goes down so does: prosperity, harmony and stability. Food for thought as we look around at ourselves and others.
     
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    NeedleinA reacted to Just_A_Guy in New Church video - What is Religious Freedom?   
    I don’t know Fox, and haven’t seen the videos by or against him.  I’ve read a synopsis of his arguments, and was frankly thunderstruck that a man of his credentials and background would cite to so many relatively-easily-discernible falsehoods in furtherance of his position.
    IIRC, Fox’s broadside first sought to establish his own credentials by citing to his background at BYU and his past work under the auspices of the First Presidency.     I will leave it for others to argue over whether he’s setting himself up as some sort of “prophet”; but it does seem quite clear that he wanted this to be distributed widely and he wanted it to be associated with both BYU and the Church.   In that context it would seem odd for him or his supporters to insist that any pushback should only be offered in private.
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Anddenex in New Church video - What is Religious Freedom?   
    From the Church Newsroom - What is Religious Freedom?
    I suppose that means the opposite it true. As religious freedom goes down so does: prosperity, harmony and stability. Food for thought as we look around at ourselves and others.
     
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from scottyg in New Church video - What is Religious Freedom?   
    The last video led me to the following: Political Neutrality
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Still_Small_Voice in Presidential Debate - Tomorrow   
    Just ask Clinton if the polls are ever really off.
    Polls, polls and more polls. 2016 = wrong, wrong and more wrong.
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Still_Small_Voice in Presidential Debate - Tomorrow   
    A Facebook search for top related FB groups, "Latinos for Biden" vs. "Latinos for Trump".
    Latinos for Trump: 64,000
    Latinos for Biden: 2,000
    Side note: You aren't going to fool the majority of Cuban-Americans to vote for someone pushing a plan that resembles old country socialism, sorry Biden.
    A Facebook search for "Blacks for Trump" vs. "Blacks for Biden" produced the following top groups:
    Black voices for Trump: 177,000
    Black Women for Biden: 1,500
    One could argue that either Facebook or my search criteria is lacking, but... I didn't make up the search results, I'm simply sharing them.
    The media would lead you to believe that only racist white men vote for Trump.
    My 'Latina' wife voted for Trump last time and will do the same again this time.
     
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    NeedleinA reacted to scottyg in Question on "Faith Crisis"   
    This is in reply to no one in particular.
    I have never had (up to this point in my life) a "faith crisis". I have been told by the spirit several times that Jesus is the Christ, and that His church was restored to the earth by His prophet Joseph Smith. Each succeeding prophet since that time has held the keys necessary to move His work forward. It doesn't matter if a policy in the church changes, or if the world as a whole moves farther away from the principles of Christianity. The spirit has conveyed truth to me in a very clear way. I have received a witness the work is true, so nothing else matters. I take what comes my way with faith, and don't worry about asking why...why would I question a loving God who knows more than I do? Why would I not trust the answers He gave me? The efficacy or truth in those answers do not lessen over time, so why should my convictions? Why would I allow the opinion of another person in regards to a topic that has no real impact on my life or how I worship sway my testimony? Who really cares? Let them think what they think. The gospel is simple, and it is the adversary who constantly pushes pointless questions into people's minds - they are pointless because their answers cannot possibly be answered in this life, and their answers would really have no meaningful impact anyway. The evidences of the restored gospel that we do have strengthen my faith, but they are not my foundation...it is the testimony of the Holy Ghost. Some may call me the prototypical sheep...just blindly following what the leaders of the church tell me to do. But, the fact remains that every single trial I have had in my life has been overcome as I put the Lord first and wait upon Him. When I follow the counsel from the living prophet, I am happy, and all things eventually work themselves out. Every part of my life is better because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I have seen the lives of so many who leave the church fall into disarray, emptiness, and confusion. I try to help them as best I can, but I do not let their their lives or actions influence what I know to be true. The church's message is true or it isn't; so we as a people need to stop forcing some middle ground to appear. It is hard at times to be a member of this church, but life is ultimately harder when you are not a part of it. Think back to, remember, and trust in the answers that a loving Father in Heaven has given to you...not in the philosophies of men.
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Vort in Actors/Producers/Directors of negative "Mormon" shows...   
    I just about spewed my lunch all over my monitor from laughing... thanks!
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    NeedleinA reacted to Vort in Question on "Faith Crisis"   
    I hope this is not the case. I have tried hard to teach my children that they cannot hold me responsible for their own failings. Maybe I wasn't a good enough parent, and maybe I still am not, but in the end, they have to live their lives. Not me. And they have to decide what they will and will not do, what they will and will not believe, how they will and will not choose to feel. Yet after all that, I am still very much invested in their happiness and success. It matters to me a whole lot, perhaps as much as anything else in this life matters to me. My telling them that their fate is in their own hands is not to wash my hands of them; it's to empower them, to make them realize that only they can forge their paths.
    Similarly, I take the "it's not our job to make you comfortable" (which applies to me in my ward just as much as it does to you in yours) not as a challenge or rebuke or declaration of not really caring very much, but as a statement of the nature of reality. I hope and believe that my fellow ward members value me and care about me and my family. But their caring and good wishes won't actually do anything for me if I turn away.  God reaching for me with outstretched hand to grasp me won't be of any benefit if I don't take his hand. The choice is mine. That's what I think it means, and I hope that's eventually what comes across to you.
    I, too, have seen both of these things. I suppose I fall on what some would consider the heretical side of the organic evolution topic, and I remain pretty unconvinced by the heartland argument. But if there is deep division from such issues, perhaps it's a reflection of a deeper cultural malaise that we see in stark relief in our American political circles. Middle ground has been soundly rejected; one side has done so, vociferously, for decades, and the other side appears to have resigned itself to that division and no longer makes much attempt to bridge the gap. I wish I knew the solution. I suppose it must be Godly love, for what else could it be? What else can heal such wounds and divisions?
    These seem like hard questions. I want to say that of course we can put aside differences and worship together. When I say or think such things, it makes me feel warm, so I think it's probably true. But where the rubber meets the road, I'm no so sure. I have numerous cousins, nieces, and  nephews who have distanced themselves to various degrees from the teachings and practices of the Church. Some still consider themselves faithful members, while some don't consider themselves even so much as Christians any more. Others fall at various stages between those. If I'm brutally honest, I will admit that at times it's hard even to hold a philosophical conversation with them. When the harsh words start flying from their side, I have to fight back the urge to respond with a Sterling Rebuke of Diamond Truth, gutting their laughable arguments and showing with devastating accuracy just how wrong their apostasy is and how it cannot possibly hold up to careful, reasoned inspection.
    Because that kind of thing does no good. I can't think of any examples of Jesus busting heads with scriptural citations and logical beatdowns to prove his brilliant point.
    Somehow, love must prevail over such foolish hostility and bad feelings. I have met people who can perform this magic. But I am not one of them, not yet, not to the degree I have witnessed from them. I'm still plugging along, far behind the curve, preparing to meet my God and knowing that, when I do, I will be woefully underprepared and utterly without excuse. Nothing to do at that point but kneel quietly before my Lord and accept whatever judgment he has to render.
    But I do hope that, traveling further down this path, I eventually manage to grow up enough to become useful to God's kingdom. Maybe even in this lifetime. Then I'll know how to deal with people  like you and me, people who strive for the truth and who want it, but who haven't yet figured out exactly what they're supposed to be doing and how they are to come to the knowledge they seek but don't yet have. Because right now, I feel like the blind leading the blind. And were I to stand before God tonight and give an accounting of myself, I would have no excuse for my current blindness but my own stubborn refusal to act in the way I've been told for my whole life that I should act.
    Have patience with us, MrShorty. We're not there yet, either. I'll try to reciprocate. I'm at best a pale, distorted reflection of the Savior. But I'm a brother, and I try to remember to act like one. I often forget, and I'm ashamed of that. But I like to think my failures and deficiencies don't define me, and that yours don't define you.
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    NeedleinA reacted to NeuroTypical in Presidential Debate - Tomorrow   
    Dat Biden tho.  He never said he wanted fracking banned, but he wants to transition out of the oil industry?
    Best Trump Troll Tweet ever:
     
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Still_Small_Voice in Presidential Debate - Tomorrow   
    Just ask Clinton if the polls are ever really off.
    Polls, polls and more polls. 2016 = wrong, wrong and more wrong.
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Still_Small_Voice in Presidential Debate - Tomorrow   
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Still_Small_Voice in Presidential Debate - Tomorrow   
    Trump was right back on the campaign trail last night - up in your state in fact working to target those Minnesotans like rust belt workers.  Trump may be many things but one thing he is not is lazy. He doesn't appear to take anything for granted and is more than willing to work for it.

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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Still_Small_Voice in Presidential Debate - Tomorrow   
    A Facebook search for top related FB groups, "Latinos for Biden" vs. "Latinos for Trump".
    Latinos for Trump: 64,000
    Latinos for Biden: 2,000
    Side note: You aren't going to fool the majority of Cuban-Americans to vote for someone pushing a plan that resembles old country socialism, sorry Biden.
    A Facebook search for "Blacks for Trump" vs. "Blacks for Biden" produced the following top groups:
    Black voices for Trump: 177,000
    Black Women for Biden: 1,500
    One could argue that either Facebook or my search criteria is lacking, but... I didn't make up the search results, I'm simply sharing them.
    The media would lead you to believe that only racist white men vote for Trump.
    My 'Latina' wife voted for Trump last time and will do the same again this time.
     
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    NeedleinA reacted to Vort in Finding Grace - LDS-influenced movie that is simply faith-based   
    38.2.1.5
    Recording the Words of Ordinances and Blessings
    Patriarchal blessings are recorded and transcribed. The exact wording of other ordinances and blessings is not recorded in writing or by recording device. However, a family may record father’s blessings.
    38.2.1.6
    Photographs and Video Recordings of Ordinances and Blessings
    No one should take photographs or video recordings of priesthood ordinances or blessings or of baptismal services.
    I should also point out that this is not strictly a matter of recording sacred ordinances, but of portraying them. The Church may commission a film that portrays the performance of an ordinance. That is the purview of the leaders of the Church, and I have no fault to find with it. But I maintain that it is inappropriate for Church members to portray a holy ordinance for entertainment purposes. That is an example of Christemporoi, which I believe is a form of priestcraft. These things are sacred, and are not to be exposed to the ignorance and ridicule of a fallen world.
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    NeedleinA reacted to Carborendum in Biden Corruption Emails   
    Scott, and all other leftists with similar attitudes?
    I 100% understand why you're not voting for Trump.  I've heard all the arguments.  I get it.  I'm not going to try to argue that you should vote for Trump.
    But why on earth do you think Biden is a better alternative?  EVERY accusation leveled at Trump is MORE true and WORSE with Biden.  Then add to that, all the incompetence (before senility set in) and the senility that is more and more obviously taking him over.  What on earth could be a motivation to think he's a better choice?
    Race?  Biden is more racist than Trump ever was. Rudeness and bullying attitude? Biden is just as guilty or more.  Trump is just better at it and has a more noticeable style.  Environment?  I could show you their track records to prove Biden's been worse. Women's rights?  Again, I could show you their track records. Gay rights?  Again I could show you their track records. Healthcare?  Believe it or not, I could show you their records. Lifting the minority populations out of poverty and out of prisons?  Are you kidding?  hands down, Trump wins. Abuse of power?  Seriously? If you honestly don't know why Biden is worse in every one of these categories, then you have been blinded by the MSM, and you really need to see the other side of the news.  The stuff that the MSM won't tell you because it may "hurt poor little innocent Biden."
    So, yes, I get that fact you think Trump is a megalomaniacal sycophant who should have never held office.  And a part of me agrees.  But what on earth would make you think Biden is the LESSer evil?
    I recognized this fact when I was a Never Trumper.  And I chose not to vote for either.  To me voting for Trump was like wanting to stand in toilet water. But Biden and Clinton were like standing in a septic tank.
    This time around, I realize that the whole house is full of toilet water that hasn't been cleaned out in a long time.  But Trump at least flushes the toilet.
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    NeedleinA reacted to Carborendum in Taking Odds on the Election   
    Yup, the media sealed the coffin on Trump's Presidency in that debate and the aftermath.  Too many low information voters were unable to hear about Biden's corruption.  They were fed lies about Biden's positions that most moderate Democrats are against.
    Too many low information voters who think Trump handled the pandemic poorly.  Too many think the economy is doing poorly -- with or without the pandemic, it is doing remarkably well compared to the anemic growth during Obama/Biden.
    Too many low information voters who think Trump is a racist.
    Too many low information voters who think Biden somehow helped them in the past 47 years.
    Too many low information voters who think that Trump broke some law or other somewhere.  They can't point to what laws.  But by Jove, he's broken some, I'm sure of it!  And he deserves to be impeached... again!
    And combine that with the fraud, we all know is happening to some degree on both sides, is kicking into high gear to help Biden.   And there doesn't appear to be any help for Trump on that.
    So, get prepared for ultra high taxes, court packing, more people believing they are "victims", and being told the lie that America is no longer the land of opportunity.  Be prepared to get into more wars.  And, of course, be prepared for further curtailing of religious freedom.
    I'm going to start praying for a hurrying of the Second Coming.
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from scottyg in New Church video - What is Religious Freedom?   
    The last video led me to the following: Political Neutrality
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from scottyg in New Church video - What is Religious Freedom?   
    The last video led me to the following: Political Neutrality
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from DennisTate in Are members in your area: Awake or Asleep?   
    The following quote from President Benson has really resonated with me this morning:
    So it led me to wonder, how is your ward, your Relief Society, your Elders Q, etc. doing in the "fight for freedom"? Awake or asleep?
    I wonder how many faithful members would step forward only "if" the Church said we are going to do 'X' to fight for freedom but are unwilling to do so unless the Church does the thinking, planning & lifting for them?

    In my Church circles, Ward, EQ & High Council I feel like I only see about a 10-15% 'awake' attitude. I don't know if more are awake, but don't want to publicly rock the boat, or are oblivious or what?
    So, curious, what do you see in your area?
    It appears, according to Pres. Benson, it will be the members who step forward to save the Constitution, not the Church.
    Thoughts?
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    NeedleinA reacted to Traveler in New Church video - What is Religious Freedom?   
    What is interesting to me is that in the history of this world - some of the most egregious offences against freedom of religion come from religious institutions.   I do not fault brother Fox for mixing his religion with politics.  I do not agree with his assessments but he has the freedom to say it.  Others have their freedom to disagree.  Trump is an enigma to me - I have never been comfortable  with his morals.  I am not sure he is presidential material.  But there are some thing he has done that I believe is good for our country.
    #1. Prior to Trump no one was willing to say that our border policy was horribly wrong - especially our southern border policy.  If anyone wants to discuss details - I would be glad to do so.  I will be short in saying that drug cartels and other foreign interests have obviously bought off politicians to block border security and limit ICE.  I am more in line with Trump than the criminal elements controlling politicians (swamp).
    #2. Prior to Trump no one was willing to stand up to the bazar claims of climate change and carbon pollution.  I will be glad to debate this issue - we are not destroying our environment with carbon.  I am not saying that we should not be concerned about the environment - just that carbon never was nor is it now a threat to live on earth.  I agree with Trump - the carbon threat does not exist and we need to re-think our environment concerns.  Utah has a severer inversion problem that needs to be address but the environmental  groups are not properly focused - I used to be a member of the Sierra Club but I no longer support their mostly political (not environment) concerns. 
    #3. Health Care.  I am old enough that I remember when the government stopped allowing itemizing health care costs on income tax returns.  The reason given was that health care costs would drain the government coffers.  This was also an era that did not include the cost of health care insurance in health care costs and doctors made house calls.  But two things happened.  Employers started including health care benefits - and with that the costs of health care has increased out of control.  Every place that government has stepped into to help with health care - has only made the problem worse.  I agree with Trump - we need to re-do our health care - I believe people must be invested in their health more than anyone else.  The two biggest problems with health in America is overweight and sedative life style - the two most often responses of health care is drugs and surgery.  There is an obvious disconnect that will prevent incentives to be healthy.  It is considered hate speech to fat shame.
    #4. Foreign affairs.  In the last 50 years I have never read a single article praising the American foreign policies in hindsight.   I agree with Trump that we have blundered - or corrupt foreign policies to the profit of politicians peddling favors.   I do not know for sure but it does look like to me the Biden has cashed in on corruption. 
     
    I could add several more numbers to this list.  I do wish we had someone better.  For me it is like my support of the Big Bang Theory - I know it is flawed and is not the answer but I support it just because it is the best we've got.  I will be so glad when a better theory comes to light - but not near as glad as I will be when someone better than Trump shows up.
     
    The Traveler
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    NeedleinA reacted to Midwest LDS in New Church video - What is Religious Freedom?   
    That would make sense to me. From a historical perspective some of the most successful empires in history practiced religious toleration towards their subjects. Persia is one of the best known examples of this, but several of the great Indian empires including the Mauryan and Gupta empires also demonstrate this principle. Religious toleration, from a purely secular viewpoint, reduces civil unrest and foments loyalty amongst your subjects. Of course it's also ideal from a religious perspective as well, Agency being of supreme importance to God, but there is lots of good historical data backing up the concept.