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  1. "...[A]ll of us will, at some time or another, have to traverse our own spiritual wilderness and undertake our own rugged emotional journeys. In those moments, however dark or seemingly hopeless they may be, if we search for it, there will always be a spiritual light that beckons to us, giving us the hope of rescue and relief. That light shines from the Savior of all mankind, who is the Light of the World." – L. Whitney Clayton, April 2015
  2. "The thing that is needed more than anything else today is a return to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in the gospel plan that he gave. Today, as perhaps seldom if ever before, civilization is in need of a knowledge of the true and living God. Yes, the cure for the ills that beset the world today is true religion. We need the humility of prayer, and a determination to learn God’s will and to keep the commandments that he has given. We need faith that our Savior lives, faith in his redeeming sacrifice. In other words, Christ and his teachings should become the center of our lives." – Joseph Anderson, October 1971
  3. To get us started: Belfast, Northern Ireland; Singapore; Heber City, Utah; Antananarivo, Madagascar; Georgetown, Guyana; Elko, Nevada; Jackson, Mississippi; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Tepic, Mexico; Krakow, Poland
  4. Updated "No Temples In" Lists: North American States/Provinces/Territories New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Yukon Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Northern Mariana Islands, Rhode Island, South Dakota, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin Aguascalientes, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Coahuila, Colima, Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Mexico, Michoacan, Morelos, Nayarit, Queretaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Tlaxcala, Zacatecas Africa Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia Asia/Middle East Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Georgia, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen Europe Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Vatican City Also Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Central America/Caribbean Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago Oceania Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu South America Guyana, Suriname Also French Guiana and the Falklands Utah Counties Beaver, Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Juab, Kane, Millard, Morgan, Piute, Rich, Sevier, Summit, Wasatch, Wayne
  5. "The submissive soul will be led aright, enduring some things well while being anxiously engaged in setting other things right—all the time discerning the difference. Required, in particular, is meekness of mind which recognizes God’s perfect love of us and His omniscience. By acknowledging these reassuring realities and accepting that God desires our full development and true happiness, we are readied even as the learning experiences come." – Neal A. Maxwell, April 1985
  6. I heard the big reveal very clearly implied in a radio commercial before ever seeing the movie (it was probably at least a year or two after the show had been released). It was annoying.
  7. “And so we see that Jesus Christ is the light of the world because he is the source of the light that quickens our understanding, because his teachings and his example illuminate our path, and because his power persuades us to do good.” – Dallin H. Oaks, October 1987
  8. Around here, with the numbers of new cases lately, I've been hearing that the hospitals won't be able to keep up if things don't slow down soon. Maybe not even if they do. It looks more like the curve was pushed back a couple months than significantly flattened. Or maybe it was flattened, just not by nearly enough. I am a high-risk individual. I have to physically go to my workplace, where I am not the only high-risk person. Even though officially we are required to wear masks, most don't. I've considered saying I won't come in because I am scared for my health and life and that of my father, who I live with and has more health problems than me, but I have expenses and who knows how long this will go on and how long it would take me to find another source of income? One of my high-risk co-workers has a second, public-facing job. Her expenses are higher than mine. I can see the logic in wanting to catch the virus to get immune and get it over with. But the idea that high-risk people can and should just completely isolate themselves so everybody else doesn't have to that I am feeling (note I said feeling - I realize I may be a bit extra sensitive on this subject and thus reading in sentiments not actually there) reminds me a little of the anti-vax arguments that if we have so much faith in the vaccine, others' lack of immunization shouldn't bother us - ignoring or unaware of those who can't be vaccinated. And as for catching the virus being inevitable, I have been following the news on the various vaccine trials and the general consensus seems to be that we'll have something by early next year; possibly this fall. Maybe that's overly optimistic, but I'm hoping these vaccines are answers to the multiple worldwide fasts this spring.
  9. I'm your only friend I'm not your only friend But I'm a little glowing friend But really I'm not actually your friend But I am Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch Who watches over you Make a little birdhouse in your soul Not to put too fine a point on it Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet Make a little birdhouse in your soul I have a secret to tell From my electrical well It's a simple message and I'm leaving out the whistles and bells So the room must listen to me Filibuster vigilantly My name is blue canary one note spelled l-I-t-e My story's infinite Like the Longines Symphonette it doesn't rest ... There's a picture opposite meOf my primitive ancestryWhich stood on rocky shores and kept the beaches shipwreck freeThough I respect that a lotI'd be fired if that were my jobAfter killing Jason off and countless screaming ArgonautsBluebird of friendlinessLike guardian angels its always near ... (And while you're at itKeep the nightlight on inside theBirdhouse in your soul)
  10. I remembered the SAT as having added an essay section in the mid-2000s.
  11. For the past few months, I've been moving to the other side of the street to avoid people I'm very fond of.
  12. Research for a story they're writing. This answer works for why someone would be looking up pretty much anything.
  13. I did not intend to post any links from grammarly. I've been trying and failing to edit that post since it posted, so sorry about that. Also, I wanted to add that possibly even better than saying, "Family circumstances prevented me from serving," would be to leave it at, "I'm a convert and was unable to serve a mission."
  14. A woman's perspective: The lack of a mission isn't the big red flag here. It's that you didn't go because your parents didn't allow you to. How old is old enough to do things without your parents permission? If I get involved with you, will my input matter or will everything come down to what your parents want? If, as you indicate, there's more to the story, say something like family circumstances prevented you from going. Then give the details after you've had a chance to show your devotion to Christ in other ways. This. Very much. So you're about 22? That's not too old. I am genuinely confused here. General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  15. Interesting. Isn't it through saliva droplets that it's supposed to be doing most of its spreading?
  16. Another Holderness family song parody video pointed out that this one already fits the situation as is.
  17. Not nails, but this is what you reminded me of.
  18. My work involves preparing food for shipment, so I have still been going in regularly. Actually, my hours have gone up for the past several weeks. Probably one of my favorite life stories to share when I get old will be about the day of the earthquake when almost everybody in the country was being advised to stay home and I was paid for several hours of chatting with my friends about books and television while waiting for the power to come on, because apparently we were nowhere near the top of the priority list for the people in charge of our backup generator. I've been staying with my parents, both of whom started working from home around the time church got canceled, but Dad started going into the office a while back because pretty much nobody else is there, so it's plenty socially distant. At the beginning, I would occasionally see kids at the playground a block over, but haven't the last couple of weeks. There is one family that has been out in their front yard a lot when I'm coming home from work, and another family on my street who I hear in their backyard regularly, but other than that I don't see many people out and about in the neighborhood. There have been periodic neighborhood "scavenger hunt" things posted about on facebook where people are encouraged to put pictures or teddy bears in the windows or draw something on the sidewalk in front of their houses for families to look for while taking walks, so I assume there are plenty of walks happening that I don't see. My parents and the other people on the street seem to be texting regularly and we had some early 'everybody stand at least six feet away from each other and talk loudly' gatherings, from which our tentative future block party plans were born. Mom's been doing the shopping, so I don't have much to report on that front. I did make one trip to the drugstore a couple weeks ago, where the checkout counter had an extra table in front of it to give the pharmacists their six feet of distance and the other employees had masks, gloves, and were disinfecting the shelves and the stuff on it.
  19. I wasn't sure whether to post this here or on the Social Distancing Music thread. I decided on here, obviously.
  20. Doctrine and Covenants 28:12-24