NeedleinA

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    NeedleinA got a reaction from NeuroTypical in Encouraging Temple recommend renewals?   
    Thank you for the variety of answers thus far. 
    If I were to try and summarize the reasons given so it appears to be:

    a. Not a priority to even attend the temple, so why do I need a recommend for a place I'm not interested in attending and serving in.
    b. Avoid recommend interviews since they are not living the standards to enter the temple anyways.  
    c. Recommend holds no spiritual value by itself
    d. Lack of time for interview
    e. Avoid the experience/wait/rush/privacy of the interview itself
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from NeuroTypical in Encouraging Temple recommend renewals?   
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Elder Djarot Subiantoro shared the following:  
     
    At least in this particular case, it is my next HC speaking assignment. 
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    NeedleinA reacted to Fether in Encouraging Temple recommend renewals?   
    I thinks it is largely for statistics. Which I would be 100% fine with if they came out and said that, I would love to valiant in helping our leaders keep track of where we as Saints were as a whole… but I also recognize the many Saints may have trouble with that
     
    I would be completely down for this view too, I would probably always be in the mood for a temple recommend d interview. But the setting and environment had never been like that. 
     
    All of my experiences in getting interviews have been sitting in a hall waiting for my appointment which is 15 minutes late. I sit down and the bishop asks me the questions verbatim and I respond with 1 word answers. I remember once I expressed a question and thought on the question about being honest with our fellow men and it was simply blown off since it wasn’t part of scripted conversation. Then when I go to the stake presidency, there is even more of a assembly line feel.
    I get the sentiment, I just don’t buy it
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    NeedleinA reacted to beefche in Encouraging Temple recommend renewals?   
    I don't mean to sound inconsiderate, but what conversations are you having in a temple recommend interviews? Other than the initial chit chat, my interviews consist of questions being asked and answers given. I can only think of a couple of interviews that had conversations and that was because I asked questions to gain clarification on questions that I had been thinking about. 
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    NeedleinA reacted to Jane_Doe in Encouraging Temple recommend renewals?   
    @NeedleinA, I’ll raise my hand as one of those people that is hard to schedule, despite being an active very believing lady. . Here’s the OCD honest reasons, all of which work together, but last is the biggest —
    -The shortage of time is indeed a factor.  Both for the interviews themselves and actually attending the temple. 
    - My non-member husband, while supportive of me believing and participating locally, is complicated when it comes to matters of tithing and me being gone for a 6 hour tremble trip.  Especially when I was working 100 wks, and we did/do have little kids at home without outside support.  
    - While I love the principle of the temple, my experience actually going ... has been a mixed bag. There’s a lot of complicated emotions there. 
    - (The biggest reason) I love the gospel deeply, and all of the above are very delicate- close-to-the-matters of great importance.  And to be frank, I do NOT trust my local leadership to discuss them with the needed delicate reverence.  I either don’t know them at all (majority of them) or I’ve been trampled by them in the past and had trust very broken, and it’s not the type of broken that having a conversation will fix anything.  
     
    I believe in the Gospel deeply. And the time of temples being closed will pass. Regardless of whether or not it’s open, I’m going to keep living my life worthily. But I really don’t want to open up to a man whom I don’t know well and/or has hurt me badly in the past.
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    NeedleinA reacted to laronius in Encouraging Temple recommend renewals?   
    I think having a temple recommend is largely symbolic and the power of that symbol is largely what we make of it. It begins with our approach to the interview. When viewed as an interview with the Lord it can become a profoundly sacred experience. There is a big difference between those who are there just to answer the questions right and those who see the opportunity to express the depth of their conviction and love of the Lord. Both may be considered worthy but the experience seems to mean so much more to those who recognize the importance of the principle taught over and over in the temple of returning and reporting. It is something that happens at various intervals: daily in prayer, weekly with the sacrament and every two years with temple recommends. I think for these people the physical recommend is a reminder of that ultimate report we all will have with the Lord that the temple prepares us for.
     
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    NeedleinA reacted to NeuroTypical in Encouraging Temple recommend renewals?   
    Have the Executive Secretary call people to schedule a TR interview.  And stay out of people's business unless it's within your stewardship. 
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    NeedleinA reacted to scottyg in Encouraging Temple recommend renewals?   
    Yes, you should always have one current.
    Yes, they have always been lazy as well as disinterested. Covid increased the numbers a bit, but people are lazy with all kinds of things both in and out of church. I can't tell you how many requests for interviews I have had from people who have had theirs expired for some time...and only need it to attend a wedding they have the following day. They usually call me last minute as I am eating dinner with my family, or even the morning of the temple event as I am starting work.
    A sad truth is that many people don't ever attend the temple on their own. They only go to family fuctions to save face and look like they are good card carrying members to their family members. Our bishop used to allow people to renew their recommends even if they never attended church. This is no longer the case since the questions have been revised. We also have many folks who just don't keep the commandments. An example is tithing...lots just choose not to pay it. Even a former bishop of our ward around 11-12 years ago is currently in this category.
    We have not been able to increase our numbers despite multiple requests.
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    NeedleinA reacted to laronius in Encouraging Temple recommend renewals?   
    Encouraging is a good start but from pre-covid experience real progress in this area only happened when executive secretaries started working the expired recommend list setting up appointments with the bishop. This got the lazies in and those with worthiness issues progressing towards worthiness again. Some things just require that one on one level of effort. Either that or maybe a temple recommend lottery. 
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    NeedleinA reacted to mirkwood in Encouraging Temple recommend renewals?   
    Yes.
     
    As to your other questions:  I don't know.
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    NeedleinA reacted to Anddenex in To pay the ransom OR not pay the ransom? That is the question   
    Elder Porter visited my mission in San Antonio and spoke at a conference. He provided the following scenario due to recent kidnappings and ransoms. He said, "President Hinckley asked the following question, 'What would you do if I am kidnapped and a ransom was given'"? He answered his own question with, "Nothing. You do nothing." He then said, "This goes the same for you."
    It was under the impression that if any of the leaders of the Church were to be kidnapped and a ransom paid, then it would only encourage/entice more kidnappings and ransoms. I thought the story was interesting.
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Anddenex in To pay the ransom OR not pay the ransom? That is the question   
    So, what do you think... should Colonial have paid the $5 million in ransom to the hackers of the east coast pipeline?
    Should hospitals who get ransomware do the same?
    Somali pirates?
    Hostage takers?
    What would be better in the long run?
    Feed the beast now, only to condition it to repeat the same behavior again?
     
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    NeedleinA reacted to mirkwood in Men's hearts failing them   
    Halfway into the year my shift has gone to jail 4 times as often as the previous TOTAL year.  We are only 6 months into 2021.
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Carborendum in War in the Middle East   
    This has been making the rounds. If you haven't see these two ads (Russia army recruitment ad vs. USA army ad) ... it is worth a watch/reality check.
     
    Spoiler: USA army ad is about a person with two mothers.
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    NeedleinA reacted to mirkwood in Honoring parents, leave and cleave, and single folk   
    Why wait?
     
     

     
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    NeedleinA reacted to Carborendum in War in the Middle East   
    Let's see:
    Romney says Russia is trouble for us.  The Democrats laugh at him.  We're not in the cold war anymore. Hillary colludes with Russia to play around with the election against Trump. First they laugh at people saying Hillary colluded with Russia because we're not in the cold war anymore. Then they accuse Trump of colluding because he simply must have in order to win the election.  Because, of course he did.  Russia is the big baddie now. Trump says some condescending things about Putin and makes threats against Russia for some military actions that Russia took. Somehow this is considered colluding with Russia. Biden is President and Russia is emboldened to make threats against America.  Russia is not a problem.
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    NeedleinA reacted to mirkwood in Stupid Apocalypse   
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    NeedleinA reacted to Vort in It's about time / I think I'm going to throw up   
    My two immediate reactions on seeing this.
    https://www.yahoo.com/gma/husband-wife-chad-lori-daybell-203934244.html
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Carborendum in Benefits of marrying for time only in the temple?   
    Regrettably, having the same impression as of late.
    Same boat, hoping the chess moves and proactive hand are revealed sooner than later.
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    NeedleinA reacted to Carborendum in Benefits of marrying for time only in the temple?   
    It's all a series of chess moves, folks.  We're in the endgame now.
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    NeedleinA reacted to Vort in Benefits of marrying for time only in the temple?   
    Things have seemed exceedingly reactive lately. I hope I'm wrong. I hope that time will bear out a careful, proactive hand at work.
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Carborendum in Mission News   
    My son is currently in Utah waiting to go to Spain. Supposedly Spain only has 30 missionaries in the country right now. It has started to open for tourism, but not missionaries yet.
    He served in wards surrounding UVU campus in Orem. He said he was constantly approached by rogue jack-LDS trying to show how un-LDS they were. Playing loud lewd music was a common theme.
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    NeedleinA reacted to Carborendum in Mission News   
    I thought this might be a great thread for people to talk about family members on missions.
    My daughter is recently dealing with really loud neighbors.  She had earplugs and ear muffs trying to fall asleep.  She could clearly hear the lyrics of the music being played in two apartments over.   They apparently have also see drug deals happening in their parking lot. 
    Things happened.  The mission home decided to get the wheels rolling to move them to another location.
    My son, The Bear, just got his mission call to Kobe, Japan.  He's already gotten on Duolingo to learn Japanese.  We're trying to figure out how to get scriptures and gospel principles in Japanese.  No progress yet.  He enters the MTC in August.
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Carborendum in President Nelson vaccinated   
    Same in our area.
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Carborendum in President Nelson vaccinated   
    Same in our area.