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    This gives me motivation to connect with the spam artist that contacts my work's email. Multiple times a day, he tells me about how the financial robot can solve my financial woes.
  2. Having had some experience with kissing gone beyond the FSOY standards, I decided I wouldn't participate in any kissing unless we're standing or wearing seat belts. Satan and I know my weaknesses, and those are objective check points. The only people I expect to adhere to those standards are myself and any guy kissing me. That being said, I feel a bit obligated to warn you about passionate kissing, which some call making out. Once that line is crossed, and you feel that feeling, you want to feel it again. It can be incredibly difficult to deny yourself once you've given in, even when you know it's the proper thing to do. I'll get a little personal. When I was in high school, I had some lie down, passionate make out sessions with my boyfriend. When a divorced RM I was interested in dating after college suggest we cuddle, I was all for it. Cuddling led to spooning, and I didn't know how to change course in the middle of it. Before I saw him again, I called him and told him that, while I still liked him and enjoyed cuddling, I was not comfortable with spooning. He said he understood, but it wasn't longer than a few months before it was happening again, because we both allowed it. It's the old story of how to boil a frog. It also influenced the final lesson I gave to my YW as I moved out and they graduated high school (3 of them were going to BYU-I, and a fourth has joined them). I had planned to teach them about the talk to "Stay in the Boat," not realizing they had that lesson the week before. So we compared Joseph of Egypt and Potiphar's wife with Samson and Delilah. I told them that if any guy ever got "Delilah-y" with them, to be like Joseph of Egypt and RUN! One girl, probably trying to come off as her usual sarcastic self (although I suspect she had reasons), challenged me with, "What if he's on the boat?" I looked her straight in the eye and said, "Push him out."
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    Singing in Church

    That's what I thought, but @Still_Small_Voice made it sound like there were places that had state-wide mandates against singing, which is why I brought it up.
  4. I've attended in-person every Sunday but one (Labor Day, when I was out of town) for a couple of months. I forget, when, exactly, we were allowed to go back, but I was overwhelmed with the Spirit the first two weeks. Probably because my in-home services were awful. My roommate relocated to her parents' home for a couple of months, leaving me essentially alone, and my worship was basically putting chairs on my patio so a ministering brother could come over and spent 15 minutes chatting and praying with me. Except for April, when there was no approval to administer sacrament to members outside of your own home. This week, we opened the overflow, but that's because people were taking the 6 foot guideline seriously. The side pews are small enough that one person can sit against the wall and another in the aisle and still be following it. Also, there was a full row taken up by a single sister on one side and a childless couple on the other. Why people don't leave large rows for large families baffles me, even in the Before Times. As a person, I'm pretty adaptable in a general sense, so the microphone sanitizing and new administration procedures didn't feel like an interruption for me. The masks I'm used to. I'm a receptionist for an eye doctor, and I've been masking at work since early April. Our ward has also adapted pretty well to the alterations in administering. The bread is broken and placed into individual cups, spaced every other slot, while the sacrament hymn is played. One Fast and Testimony meeting, I sat just behind the Aaronic Priesthood holders, so I had a pretty good view of them preparing it, and it reminded me of how the Atonement is a very individual thing. I shared Chieko Okazaki's quote, "Did you know that if you were the only person in the world who needed the Atonement, He still would have died for you -- just for you?" The young men walk around with a full tray in one hand and an empty tray in the other, standing in the pew in front of you so you can drop the empty cup in the empty tray. A few weeks ago, it was quiet enough that I heard the blessers (our ward has no priests) empty the empties into the trash. The sound of the plastic cups tapping against each other as they fell felt symbolic of our community of individuals ridding ourselves of our sins and shortcomings by turning them over to the Lord, who promptly discards them. Those administering the sacrament wait until the congregation has received both bread and water before the blessers hold the trays for the passers, and then each other. It serves as a reminder to me that JOY is an acronym for: Jesus, Others, Self. We find joy when our focus is in that order. While I'm glad to be back, the only reason I'm attending in person as often as I am is to receive the sacrament and wave at my Sunbeams, sometimes able to talk to them outside after church. Our ward also has set up closed circuit broadcasting of the non-ordinance portions of the meeting.
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    Singing in Church

    I didn't realize this was a state-regulated thing. I'm in notoriously red Nebraska and we haven't been singing. Either our no-singing mandate came from local Church leaders, or your city/state has passed a regulation that I can't imagine mine passing, since we never officially went into shutdown.
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    Help me find a song

    Instrumentals are hard to figure out, but I love a good mystery. (There's a progressive rock/metal song that has instrumentals similar to "Incomplete" by the Backstreet Boys that I haven't been able to relocate for the better part of a decade.) Do you have any more context? What made you think of it, where do you remember hearing it first/most often? I'm currently listening to the entire August Rush soundtrack to see if that pops anything. Update: I've created a Pandora station which I'll carefully curate to prefer songs with "a clean acoustic feel With a drum set, guitar, saxophone" if anyone else wants to participate.
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    I apologize

    *hangs head in shame* Can you ever forgive me?
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    I apologize

    You're right. Guess that puts me in.... ................ the dog house.
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    This is HUGE! Temple Prayer Roll

    Before I received my own endowment, I would call and put names on the prayer roll as needed. My dad would do the same, since it was a three hour drive one way to his temple. When I worked Tuesday nights as an ordinance worker, the office workers that night arrived earlier than they did on other weeks to transcribe the names for the prayer roll left on voicemail.
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    I apologize

    Why would you post kittens on National Dog Day?
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    If you inherited 5 million dollars

    I'd get my two sisters and myself debt free with our own homes and reliable vehicles (nothing that screamed "I inherited $5 million"), maybe help out with their or their husbands' schooling if they'd like. Then I'd update my parent's homes as they saw fit (including forcing my mom to get a professional to finish the bathroom remodel her brothers started over a year ago). Since I've been technically homeless a couple of times, I'd make sure mine had a few spare bedrooms to take in folks on the edges of my circle needing temporary places to stay until they could get back on their feet. Probably also foster/adopt as many cats as city ordinances allow. With whatever remains, I would put 1/3 in savings/investments, 1/3 to getting us some dedicated curling ice (although part of me likes playing on arena ice) and be recklessly philanthropic with the rest of it, one fistful at a time. Humane Societies, LDS Humanitarian Aid, a gaming app called Givling that crowdfunds to help people with student loans and mortgages, United Ways, public libraries, local food pantries, paying it forward at the grocery store, domestic violence shelters, random Go Fund Me projects, etc.
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    I apologize

    You don't know what monster you have unleashed. Pointless challenges are my specialty. *cracks knuckles*
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    I apologize

    You will not be the last word in this thread.
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    Facebook Missionaries

    I had a similar experience in 2008. I met a handful of people who formed a group that built each other's testimonies, but we were all online. One of the members of our stake presidency said, from the pulpit at conference, that facebook was bad news and anyone considering serving a mission should delete their account. We had an Institute lesson one night, I forget what about, exactly, but it prompted me to email the instructor (who was on the stake high council) about my experience with online friends. He thanked me for sharing my experience with him, and asked if he could share it with the stake presidency. I of course agreed and now that same (now released) member of the stake presidency is very active on facebook. It's all about responsible internet use. There was also a girl in my YSA ward who found the Church and was baptized because of discussions she had with missionaries on back when that was a thing. So, it's not like it's an impossible thing to do. Just have to be genuine about your reasons for forming the relationships. If you meet someone, in person or online, with the sole purpose of getting them baptized, it usually doesn't lead to a lasting conversion. Whereas, if you meet someone with the hope that your relationship with them will bring them closer to Christ, you're more likely to see those results stick.
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    Facebook Missionaries

    While I love that more missions have opened up to using facebook for missionary outreach, I have to confess some of it seems less than genuine. I've noticed an uptick in friend requests from missionaries who have served in my stake/area, but who have never worked with me, and some who have never even met me! They probably just see a double digit of mutual friends and go for the add. While that rolls my eyes, I usually decline the request and go about my day. Recently, I was added to a local history group on facebook. I'm not from the area I currently live in, so it's been kind of neat to see some of the posts there. A few weeks ago, I saw a post from someone saying they were new to the area, interested in history, and asked for some places to visit. After seeing the OP's responses to some of the suggestions, I became curious and checked out their profile. Yep, it was a missionary. And, I don't know why, but suddenly I felt that the OP had "baited" people into a discussion about history. I was left with the impression that they would immediately respond to anyone who reached them with a PM about Church history in the area and it all felt....disingenuous. I know if someone did that to me, got me talking about something I was interested in, only to have the other party slam me into something only marginally related, it wouldn't leave me with a favorable taste for the second topic. That said, I'm loving the area missionary pages and the interactions they're having with local members. Virtual tours, highlighting talents and testimonies of members and missionaries alike, it's all very uplifting.