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  1. clbent04

    Where is Carborendum?

    To your point, I hate the stuff
  2. clbent04

    Where is Carborendum?

    More odd you assume the guy likes kimchi by assuming he served a mission in Korea. Do I have to serve a mission in Mexico to like tacos?
  3. clbent04

    Where is Carborendum?

    Carb is of the Asian persuasion.
  4. clbent04

    Where is Carborendum?

    Seriously, guys, where is Carb?
  5. This was pretty much gonna be my exact response to the OP. +1
  6. clbent04

    Where is Carborendum?

    Looks like Carb deleted his profile. Does he post under another profile. Can someone tell him I miss him?
  7. @Anddenex If you made a concerted effort, do you think you could experience the Holy Spirit as described in Doctrine and Covenants 9:8? "But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right." I think everyone can receive answer to truth and light through this form of experiencing your bosom burning. As of this last month, I've been on a mission to get a burning-bosom-answer to know if Jesus Christ is the Savior, if the Book of Mormon is true, and if Joseph Smith was a prophet. What I don't know, however, is how much obedience, fervency in prayer, sincerity, or faith in Jesus Christ must be mustered in order to receive the Holy Spirit in this fashion upon specifically praying for an answer. I've experienced this burning bosom before, but never through prayer. This last Friday, for example, I prayed for an hour to know these things for myself. I prayed as sincerely as I could. I concluded praying not having received an answer and was left thinking that I must be lacking in faith in Jesus Christ, that I am not sufficiently humble, that I need to pray with greater fervency and so forth. And I know it's probably those impressions that I was left with afterwards that were an answer in itself as a precursor I need to focus on before receiving these spiritual truths. I know God will answer me by way of being visited by the Holy Spirit and experiencing a burning in my bosom, but I just don't know how far away I am from that happening.
  8. I agree. I used the number 1,000 more as an arbitrary number to illustrate a point saying even if I've conscientiously experienced the Holy Spirit that many times in my life, it's still a small fraction of my life here on Earth. So I'm just trying gauge myself to think how far away I am at truly allowing the Holy Spirit to constantly abide with me.
  9. I've always thought "the fruit of the Spirit" is synonymous with the feelings you are supposed to have when the Holy Spirit accompanies you with the principal feelings being love, joy and peace. How do you interpret Galatians 5:22-23 in relation to having the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit? Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law" Does it seem possible that Joseph Smith or even any General Authorities today experience the loving, joyful, and peaceful feelings of the Holy Spirit 24/7? These men are the most fit, spiritual body builders on Earth. They are basically like a bunch of Arnold Schwarzenegger's in his physical prime with how much closer they are to the Spirit compared to average members in the Church. Having observed them personally makes me think it's possible they are continually and conscientiously feeling the fruits of the Holy Spirit 24/7.
  10. Is having the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit the same as feeling the Spirit 24/7? I've notably felt the Spirit maybe 1,000 times in my life which would equate to a very small fraction of my 33 years here. I know many of you are more spiritual than I, so I would be curious to know if you spiritually feel the accompaniment of the Holy Spirit at all times, specifically the warm, radiating presence of the Holy Spirit that undeniably testifies of truth and light.
  11. clbent04

    Joseph Smith and Polygamy

    @Just_A_Guy I will definitely look into Brian Hales work. And thanks for the breakdown and synopsis. Follow up question. Was it just the RLDS church that tried being secretive about the practicing of polygamy, or did the LDS church also try to cover it up for awhile?
  12. I've been wondering lately about the claims that Joseph Smith introduced polygamy for more carnal than godly reasons. What gives me the most pause on this topic are the claims that Joseph Smith had relations with married women and also women who were underage between 12 and 14 years old. Does anyone have any good literature they can point me to based on an LDS apologist perspective? Most of the apology stuff I've come across just gives me greater concern on the matter.
  13. clbent04

    Top 6 Greatest LDS Athletes

    I’d put Weddle before Bailey. Weddle is definitely a top 10. Bailey I’d say maybe a top 10 at best
  14. clbent04

    Top 6 Greatest LDS Athletes

    Dempsey has a cool story. Read several articles about him today. Did your grandfather have a favorable impression of him? I was reading something about some critics suspecting foul play with Dempsey plastering his fists before the fights, but I think that theory was debunked
  15. clbent04

    Top 6 Greatest LDS Athletes

    I had to look up Jack Dempsey. Hadn’t heard of him before. Definitely belongs on this list. Heavyweight champion for 7 years in a row