wenglund

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    wenglund got a reaction from Vort in Who Named the Book of Mormon?   
    It is easier to say than the American Testament of Jesus Christers. 
    Thanks, -Wade Englund-
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    wenglund reacted to clwnuke in Single men serving full-time senior missions   
    I visit https://seniormissionary.lds.org/srsite/ fairly often and look at the opportunities to serve. I guess I just can't see a whole lot of difference between getting up every morning and working at the Family History library, or the Temple, or getting up every day and working on the Tokyo mission finances. However, if I'm a single widower I'm not currently allowed to do the latter. 
    If I ever become single again I guess I could just move to Tokyo and serve an unofficial full-time volunteer mission for a few years
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    wenglund reacted to NeuroTypical in New garment styles   
    Indeed.  Here's some touching related stuff:  Genesis, Samuel, and Job all contain accounts of rending clothing as an expression of grief upon hearing of the death of a loved one.  Over time, the practice evolved into having special 'rendable' clothing, for the sole purpose of wearing so you can rend it at the appropriate time (at a funeral, etc).  In modern days, some Jews will use a Kriah ribbon, meant for rending:
    The principle has remained the same across time, the clothing style, fabrics, etc, change as time moves on. 
    Is there a difference between this:

     
    and this?  
     

     
    Perhaps not as big a difference as one might think.
     
    Looking this stuff up was more touching than I thought, and more analogous to our garment wearing than I had originally remembered.  If you're interested, here's a random link I found.  Take a look, maybe watch the video. 
     
     
     
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    wenglund reacted to NeuroTypical in New garment styles   
    I hear tell that God gave some pretty detailed instructions to the Brother of Jared on how to build a boat.  But from what I can tell, when He's dealing with clothing designers, architects, web developers, and the like, He usually just gives us principles and we take it and run with it.
    Are you thinking that the church is somehow erring in this new garment style?  That it's somehow not approved by the Lord?  Anything you're basing that on, besides your question?
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    wenglund reacted to mikbone in New garment styles   
    Do you know why it is ok to use water instead of wine; or bread, chex mix, or even Bananas for the sacrament?
    It is because they are emblems.  The emblems become empowered by our thoughts and actions.  The sacrament is blessed but Garments are not.
    It’s up to you to sanctify your garments. 
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    wenglund reacted to askandanswer in Rich Young Man   
    Tomorrow night, for the first time since 1997, we will have the Prophet in Australia. Not only one man, but many thousands will come driving and walking, and maybe even running, from near and far, seeking to know what they can do to live a better life and be a better person. Who does this? Pretty much everyone who attends General Conference.
    No doubt, tomorrow night the Prophet and others will provide us counsel and teachings based on some or all of the ten commandments. Most likely many present at the meeting will be having issues with some or all of the commandments.
    No doubt, many present will believe that they have either kept, or tried hard to keep the commandments from their youth. In fact, even I keep the commandments - usually. 
    Quite possibly, tomorrow night the Prophet will request us to do some things and not do other things. And no doubt many will leave the conference tomorrow grieved and concerned about what the Prophet has asked while others will be rejoicing at what they have heard. 
    And I don't think Australia is the only place where this will happen. 
    So after 2,000 years, when Christ tried this teaching technique, if it was not successful, you think a more effective technique would be used. It's still used at every General Conference so maybe its not unsuccessful. Christ and His servants and propehts are unlikely to repeatedly engage in practices that have no impact even if what/who they are working with is slow to respond.
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    wenglund reacted to NeuroTypical in Rich Young Man   
    Both the rich young man and the BSOA are cautionary tales against placing your desires ahead of righteousness.  (Kind of a stretch, but hey, whatever.)
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    wenglund reacted to mordorbund in Rich Young Man   
    Gotta admit. I'm struggling to see the Friends of Scouting and Boy Scouts connection here.
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    wenglund reacted to JohnsonJones in Rich Young Man   
    If Acts is to be believed, this matter of giving all you had to the church became a matter that was typical of many of those who entered the church.  This Young man was told this, but it seems that later, this was actually something that was done by members.
    Furthermore, it may also imply that this had already been done by the apostles to a degree, if not completely.
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    wenglund reacted to Fether in Rich Young Man   
    Elder S Mark Palmer in his April 2017 GC talk said “We don’t know what happened to the rich young man after he went away sorrowful, but I am confident Jesus still loved him perfectly even if he chose the easier path. Perhaps later in life, as he found his great possessions hollow, he remembered and acted on the singular experience of His Lord beholding him, loving him, and inviting him to follow Him.”
    I would invite you to read his talk, it’s fantastic.
    https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/04/then-jesus-beholding-him-loved-him?lang=eng&country=b
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    wenglund reacted to GaleG in The Parable of the Prodigal Son   
    i found a good examination at https://www.gotquestions.org/parable-prodigal-son.html
    The aspect of the eldest son acting like a Pharisee was something new to me.
    Thank you,
    Gale
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    wenglund reacted to person0 in Church policy change on same sex marriage   
    It can be.  Depends on the circumstances.
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    wenglund got a reaction from clbent04 in Is Having the Constant Companionship of the Holy Spirit the Same as Feeling the Spirit 24/7?   
    Yes. In fact, the human brain has evolved, for survival purposes, to tune out the constant sensations in our life and devote the limited awareness resources to anomalies. Rarely are we conscious of the fairly constant and relatively clean air around us, though that doesn't mean that it isn't there.  However, when there is an anomaly, like finding that relatively clean air displaced by dense smoke and/or substantial impurities and repugnant odors, we become acutely aware. The same is true for extreme changes in temperature. 
    Likewise, we tend to only become aware of the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit when we lose the companionship through the smoke and impurities and stench of sin or when the Spirit heats up or sounds louder above its gentle warmth and near silent whispers. (Jn 3:8, Act 2:1-4)
    Not coincidentally, the  Hebrew and Greek words for spirit also mean "wind or "breath"--see HERE.
    Thanks, -Wade Englund-
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    wenglund reacted to Vort in Is Having the Constant Companionship of the Holy Spirit the Same as Feeling the Spirit 24/7?   
    My gut-level reaction is that, yes, that is exactly what it means.
    It's possibly worth noting that the Savior himself was left alone at one point. Don't know if that means anything or not.
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    wenglund reacted to The Folk Prophet in Is Having the Constant Companionship of the Holy Spirit the Same as Feeling the Spirit 24/7?   
    I interpret it to be an end goal that we work towards and harvest as fruit after enduring to the end. The spirit is the food, soil, water, sunlight, etc. But the fruit only grows upon maturity whereupon it can be harvested. It's not some magic spell that you're given the gift of the Holy Ghost and suddenly you have perfect joy, peace, longsuffering, etc. in your personality. But as the Spirit works on (feeds) your spirit throughout your life you grow in these things and they become the fruit of your faith and obedience and the Spirit's attendance in accordance therewith.
    No. They are fallen mortal men and have fallen mortal feelings of anger, frustrations, stress, jealousy, and all that stuff. By the time they're older they, after a lifetime of effort, are hopefully better at controlling these things and having more of the good feelings in their life. But they are not perfect.
    Are you under the impression that Arnold, in his prime, never got sick, never felt sore, never had a less than perfect workout, etc?
    Hmm. I guess this is what's meant when I hear people talk about putting GA's on an unrealistic pedestal.
     
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    wenglund got a reaction from clbent04 in Is Having the Constant Companionship of the Holy Spirit the Same as Feeling the Spirit 24/7?   
    Yes. In fact, the human brain has evolved, for survival purposes, to tune out the constant sensations in our life and devote the limited awareness resources to anomalies. Rarely are we conscious of the fairly constant and relatively clean air around us, though that doesn't mean that it isn't there.  However, when there is an anomaly, like finding that relatively clean air displaced by dense smoke and/or substantial impurities and repugnant odors, we become acutely aware. The same is true for extreme changes in temperature. 
    Likewise, we tend to only become aware of the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit when we lose the companionship through the smoke and impurities and stench of sin or when the Spirit heats up or sounds louder above its gentle warmth and near silent whispers. (Jn 3:8, Act 2:1-4)
    Not coincidentally, the  Hebrew and Greek words for spirit also mean "wind or "breath"--see HERE.
    Thanks, -Wade Englund-
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    wenglund got a reaction from clbent04 in Is Having the Constant Companionship of the Holy Spirit the Same as Feeling the Spirit 24/7?   
    Yes. In fact, the human brain has evolved, for survival purposes, to tune out the constant sensations in our life and devote the limited awareness resources to anomalies. Rarely are we conscious of the fairly constant and relatively clean air around us, though that doesn't mean that it isn't there.  However, when there is an anomaly, like finding that relatively clean air displaced by dense smoke and/or substantial impurities and repugnant odors, we become acutely aware. The same is true for extreme changes in temperature. 
    Likewise, we tend to only become aware of the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit when we lose the companionship through the smoke and impurities and stench of sin or when the Spirit heats up or sounds louder above its gentle warmth and near silent whispers. (Jn 3:8, Act 2:1-4)
    Not coincidentally, the  Hebrew and Greek words for spirit also mean "wind or "breath"--see HERE.
    Thanks, -Wade Englund-
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    wenglund got a reaction from clbent04 in Is Having the Constant Companionship of the Holy Spirit the Same as Feeling the Spirit 24/7?   
    Yes. In fact, the human brain has evolved, for survival purposes, to tune out the constant sensations in our life and devote the limited awareness resources to anomalies. Rarely are we conscious of the fairly constant and relatively clean air around us, though that doesn't mean that it isn't there.  However, when there is an anomaly, like finding that relatively clean air displaced by dense smoke and/or substantial impurities and repugnant odors, we become acutely aware. The same is true for extreme changes in temperature. 
    Likewise, we tend to only become aware of the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit when we lose the companionship through the smoke and impurities and stench of sin or when the Spirit heats up or sounds louder above its gentle warmth and near silent whispers. (Jn 3:8, Act 2:1-4)
    Not coincidentally, the  Hebrew and Greek words for spirit also mean "wind or "breath"--see HERE.
    Thanks, -Wade Englund-
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    wenglund got a reaction from clbent04 in Is Having the Constant Companionship of the Holy Spirit the Same as Feeling the Spirit 24/7?   
    Yes. In fact, the human brain has evolved, for survival purposes, to tune out the constant sensations in our life and devote the limited awareness resources to anomalies. Rarely are we conscious of the fairly constant and relatively clean air around us, though that doesn't mean that it isn't there.  However, when there is an anomaly, like finding that relatively clean air displaced by dense smoke and/or substantial impurities and repugnant odors, we become acutely aware. The same is true for extreme changes in temperature. 
    Likewise, we tend to only become aware of the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit when we lose the companionship through the smoke and impurities and stench of sin or when the Spirit heats up or sounds louder above its gentle warmth and near silent whispers. (Jn 3:8, Act 2:1-4)
    Not coincidentally, the  Hebrew and Greek words for spirit also mean "wind or "breath"--see HERE.
    Thanks, -Wade Englund-
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    wenglund reacted to The Folk Prophet in Is Having the Constant Companionship of the Holy Spirit the Same as Feeling the Spirit 24/7?   
    No. Having the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit is a direct equation. Worthiness = companionship. "Feelings" on the other hand, are tied into a myriad of different things. Not "feeling" the Spirit does not mean the Spirit is not with us if we are worthy.
    Now what qualifies as "worthy" is a different, complicated question.
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    wenglund got a reaction from dprh in The Parable of the Prodigal Son   
    Very profound.  I am so glad you reminded me of this life-changing message.
    My discovery, however, is related, but somewhat different. It goes to the core cause both for why people are enticed to seek riotous living or jealousy and coveting..
    To me, the driving force behind each is a substantial lack of appreciation and gratitude for what we have.  The younger brother came to understand this, in part, after reaching the depths of despair, and was thereby caused to yearn for even just a portion of what he once had. 
    The elder brother had yet to gain this insight, and was thus moved to jealousy, believing, as Elder Holland suggests, that what he had wasn't enough.
    Sometimes, like fish in water, we fail to fully appreciate and value the living water of the Gospel. It is so commonplace that we take it for granted, that is, until we are taken out of the water and it is lost to us in ways of despair unto repentance.
    My goal is to try my best now to see the incomparable value of the gospel without having to experience despair, and thus be moved like the father to fall on the neck, weeping with joy at the return of sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, to the gospel of Christ.
    Thanks, -Wade Englund-
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    wenglund reacted to Alaris in The Parable of the Prodigal Son   
    I believe the parable of the Prodigal son may be more personal to Jesus than we realize. I felt this strongly as I watched this incredible  enactment of the parable:
     
     
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    wenglund got a reaction from Vort in The Parable of the Prodigal Son   
    There is much to be learned from the parable of the Prodigal Son. Today, I learned something new and profound from the parable by switching from my typical manner of contrasting the two brothers, to comparing what they had in common in terms of attitude and perception. It became a powerful cautionary tale for me in how I view the gospel.
    I would be interested to learn if anyone else discovered something new from the parable?
    .  Thanks, -Wade Englund-
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    wenglund got a reaction from Vort in The Parable of the Prodigal Son   
    There is much to be learned from the parable of the Prodigal Son. Today, I learned something new and profound from the parable by switching from my typical manner of contrasting the two brothers, to comparing what they had in common in terms of attitude and perception. It became a powerful cautionary tale for me in how I view the gospel.
    I would be interested to learn if anyone else discovered something new from the parable?
    .  Thanks, -Wade Englund-
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    wenglund reacted to zil in LDS Library   
    There is valid reason for this to work, if the "off" either shuts off power or triggers an operating-system-level reset of memory.  Applications, regardless of the platform, sometimes leak memory (which means they put something in a specific memory space, or allocate the space but don't use it, and then never release the space when they're done with it).  They also sometimes "trip flags" - settings which may indicate an error or state which prevents normal function.  Disconnecting power from the RAM (memory chips) will free up space, thereby speeding up apps or enabling them to work properly, and will generally reset any flags to their default state.  My personal computer is powered off every night, except Friday and Saturday.  My phone is power-cycled at least weekly.
    (I expect you probably know these things, but many folk don't and therefore think the "reboot" (or better, power cycle) instruction is a stalling tactic or evidence of ignorance or indifference, but it's valid - regardless of whether you have the ability to find the memory leak or other problem (which end users clearly don't) and fix it.)
    And now one of my favorite Dilbert cartoons: