KScience

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  1. I am put off that so many people consider just day to day living requires a firearm to feel safe. I have plenty of examples of language mix ups and we tease each other about using "English" but at least we can all agree on dismissing the metric system and measure distance and speeds in miles
  2. See I get the "don't tell me what to do" attitude. I would be fine with no cars on church property (little eco-warrior moment here ) and would assume there was a good reason for it The arguments for carrying concealed weapons have come across a little startling. I have no doubt that visiting my friends in Montanna in a sleepy little town in the middle of nowhere would be fine. However my friend in Washington D.C. (they live in a "nice" area) and my best friend in San Francisco live in much more urban areas, and I would be uncertain without talking to them first. Had to chuckle at the mental image of any of them being gang members. "Do you think you have a real chance of getting shot here? Do your pals live in depressed urban areas and deal with drugs and other crime regularly? Are they gang members? Do they have domestic issues at home? " So do you only need to carry as you have these friends too?
  3. I totally agree that its apples and oranges. I have no desire to see the US disarmed, makes no difference to me as I don't live there, but it does put me off visiting my pals. Its understanding why it's apples an oranges that interests me
  4. Just didn't want anyone to think I am anti firearms as that would bias my comments. I am just curious about what drives the reactions to the changes in the handbook
  5. Perfect use of the vernacular!!!!
  6. There are lots of comments on this post about people feeling the need to protect themselves and their families. Do you anticipate dealing with violent crime on a regular basis? The general feeling in the UK is that there is infrequent violent crime, so there is no need to carry guns. It is safe to walk the streets, even as a woman on my own I have walked through central London late at night. There is a concern with rising knife crime in some cities, and how we can target the youth involved in this but it is not an everyday occurrence; indeed most people would not know anyone involved in violent crime. And I worked in inner city schools and areas of deprivation for 15 years before changing career. My gut feeling and a little research shows that the UK has FAR lower violent crime than the US UNODC homicide rate: Interesting analysis here: Discussing the different reporting methodologies, differences in definitions of crimes and affect of estimated under reporting of crimes https://dispellingthemythukvsusguns.wordpress.com/ Just want to point out that I am not against using firearms. I shoot and hunt and own a Browning 12 Bore. However the difference between owning a shotgun and a handgun; let alone carrying one in public are culturally vast.
  7. I have been surprised how much attention this has been getting, I would feel very uncomfortable knowing that people were carrying weapons in the congregation. The perspective of needing a firearm is so foreign to me and I lived on an army base with armed patrols and car inspections looking for explosives due to the threat of terrorism from Ireland (with terrorist attacks an unfortunate almost common occurrence). In the UK we do have gun crime (although knife crime is a wider issue) and terrorist attacks to contend with but we don't have the same public desire to be carrying firearms. I know that the gun/no guns issue is huge in the US but have very little understanding of the need to always be carrying. I would like to understand the mindset more.
  8. I didn't read the article because I just roll my eyes at the statement that is being made and have very little patience for the point of view that women are somehow being demeaned by the church weather due to dress standards or any of the other perceived slights. Was just going for a little humour with the pants comment as we generally do not discuss our underwear in public.
  9. WIsh I was a mountie. I am actually a lecturer in Equine studies, but over the summer have been covering the yard so that they can take leave
  10. KScience

    Ezra Taft Benson was right.

    This sentence just made me feel rather OLD.......... It does not feel THAT long ago!!!! And of course he was right.... and nice to be reminded of an old talk.
  11. KScience

    Secular Society

    In my emails I came across the church media releases urging us to invite people to church; and it made me wonder about the cultural differences which make this easier/ more challenging in different parts of the world. After hearing a discussion on the radio about the UK being a growing secularist society and a debate about how this affected laws/morals etc I looked at the Office of National Statistics and thought about the people I associate with. Key data: In 2011, there were 4.1 million fewer people reporting as Christian (from 72 per cent to 59 per cent of the population), 6.4 million more people reporting no religion (from 15 per cent to 25 per cent) Christians had the oldest age profile of the main religious groups. Over one in five Christians (22 per cent) were aged 65 and over. People with no religion had a younger age profile than the population as a whole in 2011. Four in ten people with no religion (39 per cent) were aged under 25 and over four in five (82 per cent) were aged under 50 Thinking about people I associate with at work I am the only church goer and within my wider friendship group (outside of church members) I only know one other person that attends regularly and one other that has spoken about a general belief in God. If I bring up church in general conversation e.g. how was your weekend/ what you up to this weekend my work colleagues are genuinely curious and many have said that I am the only person I know who goes to church. Some have even said they are baffled how I can believe in God as I am so "intellectual". My last job was in a church school (Church of England) and some parents and staff were uncomfortable with the local church's involvement (usually easter & christmas). I really think that I would appreciate being able to talk more widely about religious themes with people of all faiths. Having a very small group to discuss with in our ward doesn't help. Especially as in RS and SS its almost as if no one has read the material in preparation and so much time is spent just outlining what has been read so it does not feel like we actually get to discuss and explore the content rather than just describe events or policies. So I guess I am wondering is this a cultural issue? Am I expecting too much by expecting to have conversations along spiritual lines in everyday life? What are your experiences of discussing spiritual/religious issues?
  12. First I need to disclose that I did not read the article....... BUT As an English member "pants" has a whole other meaning........ Wearing pants not so controversial!!!! I now get to admit that I wore not just trousers but jodphurs to church a couple of weeks ago, I was on an overnight shift at work and ran over so did not have time to change or I would have missed the sacrament. No one batted an eyelid...Love this ward SO much
  13. Hi, Well done for starting to get your relationship on the right track. IMO you still have some way to go before you are ready to marry this man. If you don't trust him enough to share this information with him, do you trust him with your life and your eternity? If the roles were reversed how would you feel? Is there anything that he could be hiding from his past that would be a game changer for you? If so have you explicitly asked him about this? He has reacted really positively so far, but does he believe that you go to church regularly, just don't have a temple recommend? How will your lives fit in together with him being focussed on the gospel and going to church, scripture study etc?? You have a lot of conversations which need to take place before you are ready to join your lives together e.g. How are you compatible spiritually, financially, emotionally, physically? Do you have common goals that you will work towards as a family? I can understand the need for short engagements but you guys need to have a really intense series of conversations before marriage or you are going to have a stormy start to your relationship. If he wants a wife who has the same spiritual values as him, how will you achieve this? I understand how difficult it is dealing with anxiety ( I am moving and joining a new ward next weekend and fully expect to be vomiting in anxiousness, but this will not stop me ) I would recommend prayerfully taking your anxiety to Christ and ask him to sustain you and support you so you can attend, for just a sacrament meeting). My only caveat would be DON'T go to church JUST to please your partner, you both deserve people who will fulfill all parts of your life and make each other happy.
  14. KScience

    Missionary age soon to be 16yrs old!

    You can't start learning to drive until 17 here in UK...... cycling, walking or bus for my son ...YES I was a mean mum (actually busy working single mum and with the price of petrol we only used the car when absolutely necessary)
  15. Are there that many LDS dating sites that customers have a choice and can chose a rival with a better reputation? As a single sister I feel I should be more in the know.... I am obviously limiting my dating opportunities