clbent04

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  1. clbent04

    Arizona Sunsets

    Hahaha. Nice @anatess2
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    Warning in my Patriarchal Blessing

    Agree. Nothing we receive is earned. We live by God’s grace alone.
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    Warning in my Patriarchal Blessing

    This is what happens when you trigger the @The Folk Prophet. You better just bend over and let him bite you cause you're gonna get it one way or another.
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    Warning in my Patriarchal Blessing

    The power of the Priesthood has been monumental in my life. Through it, I discovered the truthfulness of the gospel. Priesthood blessings opened up eyes to the power of God entrusted to men here on earth. And it really is a live, active, powerful, Heavenly force. I truly believe the worthy and most faithful Priesthood holders among us can move mountains if it is God's will. Honestly. I believe that 100 percent in my heart after experiencing the incredibly powerful Priesthood blessings of comfort I once received as a young man in need. That said, before I had the testimony I do now of the Priesthood, as a 19-year old I was somewhat skeptic if the Stake Patriarch's words were inspired in regards to warning me to avoid materialism. But even then, I took that part of the blessing seriously. It just made me think is all considering how the events unfolded shortly before receiving that blessing. Few things I respect more in this life than a worthy, Melchizedek Priesthood holder.
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    Warning in my Patriarchal Blessing

    I can see the reasoning behind waiting till they were 55, but as of right now we have it set at age 25 for the trust to be accessible to our daughter. And granted there’s a monthly withdrawl limit set in place. We’d like her to have some of her trust to draw upon early on to help her get on her feet. We want her to value money but not stress about it.
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    Warning in my Patriarchal Blessing

    I think that’s an excellent test. The hardest thing for me to give up wouldn’t be the extras. It would be the basic comforts and necessities of life. Access to a hot shower, money to buy food, my own bed to sleep in. That would be a huge test of faith for me. It’s reassuring to know I don’t have to worry about where my next meal is going to come from, or where I’m going to sleep tonight. When Jesus called upon traveling ministers to further the work, many times they had to solely rely on faith to survive. Granted, I’m thinking of apostles of old like Paul who lived the faith on an entirely different level. Modern-day apostles and full-time missionaries don’t have to rely on faith alone to survive the same way. I don’t think I would have a problem selling my possessions so long as I still had a place to sleep and food to eat. But I probably would struggle if it was taken to the next level.
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    Warning in my Patriarchal Blessing

    We have a sizable trust in place right now for our daughter, along with some life insurance policies on both me and my wife. I worry if we contribute too much to the trust and our daughter found out how much is in there, she might rely on it too much rather than develop her own talents and work ethic. My wife and I have talked about this quite a bit as to exactly what age we want to allow her to start drawing on the trust, and what the monthly withdrawl limits should be.
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    Warning in my Patriarchal Blessing

    What percentage of your income or threshold would you use as a "significant" amount given to those less fortunate?
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    Warning in my Patriarchal Blessing

    Thanks. I do think how much you save is a factor in materialism, i.e., if you're willing to buy unnecessary luxuries at the expense of not saving you might be leaning closer to materialism.
  10. She's doing great, thanks for asking. Still high energy, but she's increasingly doing better sitting for long periods of time. I just got to make sure I have the right activities to keep her active mind busy. My issue now is I got to help my wife get motivated to go back to church. It's been just my daughter and I who have been back to church so far. I took such a long break from church, it's been somewhat detrimental to my wife's development in the gospel. She converted when we were dating, we attended church together for 4 years, but then I took my 4-year sabbatical from church, and she in turn stopped attending as well. I never stopped attending as a matter of not believing in the church (more so just not believing in myself), but unfortunately partly due to that period of inactivity my wife has become somewhat skeptical of religion in general. I shared my testimony with her last night while laying in bed stating why I believe in the church, and I felt the Holy Spirit present, but it may take some patience and work to help get us back where we once were.
  11. I received a warning in my Patriarchal blessing I review occasionally. The warning says "you must also avoid materialism, for that will be a temptation you will face." To back up a little, I received this blessing when I was 19 years old during my first year in college. I remember the Stake Patriarch who gave me this blessing was an older man probably around his late 70's early 80's. He and his wife were the kind, humble type, and I enjoyed my time visiting with them. Before the blessing, the Stake Patriarch asked me what I wanted to do career wise. I had no idea. I still had yet to declare a major. I answered something to the effect of anything where I can make money, and explained to him I had enjoyed making money whether it was from some of my first jobs or some small businesses I ran as a kid. After talking for 45 minutes or so, I remember he proceeded with the blessing. He came to the part I quoted above, and I thought, wait, does that have anything to do with the information I just provided him, or is this really a warning from the Holy Spirit? I wondered afterwards if I would have received the same warning if I didn't tell him before the blessing the part where I enjoyed making money. I thought maybe the Stake Patriarch was taking what I said in our conversation too seriously. The warning seemed odd to me as a 19-year old since I never obsessed about money or material possessions. For one, I didn't have much of either, although I was blessed with parents who did a great job providing for us. So even though I told him I enjoyed making money, I didn't place an emphasis on it or anything I owned. I was more focused on experiencing life and being with friends even if we were doing nothing but bonfires in the middle of the night, or driving out to the hot springs. Although I was slightly skeptical about this one part in my Patriarchal blessing, I still took it seriously. I do a self-inventory check every now and then to honestly access the value I put on my material possessions among other things. Interestingly enough, the older and more advanced I become in my career, the more I find this warning pertinent. My first job out of college was as a tax consultant with a mid-sized private firm. I made decent money for a first year corporate tax consultant, but still, when I did my next self-inventory check I really didn't have many possessions or place too much of an emphasis on money or belongings. Back at the beginning of my career, I drove a Kia, bought a 3-bedroom starter home, and didn't own anything of interest other than my childhood basketball card collection (which I valued 2 years ago with an online price guide and found out is worth a whooping $75 altogether. so much for all those MJ cards I thought were gonna be thousands someday lol). I never knew how my career was going to turn out, or what I would amount to, but as time went on I discovered I had a high aptitude in my profession. I never anticipated becoming as successful as I am. From the time I had started my first job out of college, I was promoted to a manager position within 3 years, a director position 3 years after that, and then, somewhat recently, I was promoted to VP of Tax for a Fortune-500 company. I have a large network including other corporate tax professionals across the nation, and only 3 others I know of have been promoted to a VP level tax position under 10 years. To put this in perspective, within a 9 1/2 year period, my annual tithing contribution is now equal to my entire salary I made working that first year out of college. And so, with the advancement in my career and increase in salary came the possessions. I bought the cars I always wanted to drive, the big house with the zip code (mostly for the better school district and shorter drive time to work), and the pricier basketball cards I could never afford as a kid. We're blessed to live debt free having paid off all our auto and home loans, and we save roughly 50 percent of our income. But then I find myself going back to my Patriarchal blessing and asking myself how I'm doing. I find myself more than ever spending money on possessions. And admittedly I like these possessions. I'm a car guy. I love the modern, high-end, exotic sports cars. I love the designs, the performance, participating in the car clubs and auto shows, the weekend roadtrips... We have a barn-sized, two-story garage with a hydraulic stacking system that allows the cars to be stacked three high. It's a common hang out area where we go be it friends or family. We'll either take one of the cars out for a joyride, shoot pool, or just lounge around near the kitchenette and TV area. I was hanging out in "the barn" as we call it by myself last night looking around and then reflecting on my Patriarchal blessing once more. I thought how much enjoyment from my possessions is too much to where it becomes materialism? I suppose any enjoyment from my possessions could constitute materialism. To be honest, I love the cars, but I'd be happy without them too. I get a certain amount of enjoyment from having them, but as long as I can say I'm mostly fulfilled through my relationships rather than possessions, I think that's the test for me. As others who rely on their Patriarchal blessings have come to learn, what may not have made sense to you at one point can become prophetic later.
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    FANTASY-FOOTBALL THIRD HOUR

    This week and next week will be bye weeks for FANTASY-FOOTBALL THIRD HOUR. I will possibly be hosting another FFTH event in two weeks if we get at least 2 other users again who respond with 5 draft picks. Please reply with your draft picks anytime starting now until 12/23/2018 8PM MST.
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    FANTASY-FOOTBALL THIRD HOUR

    Did your vacation involve you doing nothing but post on this website? I thought @Grunt was going to turn out to be my Tom Brady, but my hats off to you, sir. Well played.
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    FANTASY-FOOTBALL THIRD HOUR

    Results are in. And the winner is..... drumroll please...... @clbent04!! It was a good matchup over these last 2 weeks. Honorable mention to the top 5 users/potential draft picks with the most likes over this last 2-week period: @zil @MormonGator @Carborendum @anatess2 @Vort. These 5 users combined got an impressive 825 likes over the last 2 weeks, the highest possible amount of points to be achieved for this Fantasy-Football Third Hour. Special notice to @Carborendum and @zil who each broke the 200 mark at 231 and 201 likes. Results from 11/25/18 to 12/9/18 Draft Pick Results from 11/25/18 to 12/9/18 @mirkwood @person0 @clbent04