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    KScience reacted to Jane_Doe in ThirdHour Political Leaning Questions   
    At the national level, pretty much everyone is an idiot.
    I do consider it my civil duty to vote, which usually goes to the person whom seems to be the lesser idiot / corrupt. 
    I would love it if there was a way to simple vote for individual values / stances on specific issues.  Unfortunately, in the USA there is not.
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    KScience reacted to Just_A_Guy in An unfortunate 1950s fundamentalism   
    I think there are a variety of things going on here.
    JFS, JFS-II, and McConkie all had their perceptions of academic scriptural scholarship colored by the fact that the prevailing higher critics of the early 20th century (and on up through the last twenty or thirty years, really) could best be characterized as being positively hostile to the Biblical teachings that McConkie described as the “three pillars of eternity”—the creation, the fall, the atonement.  I think Spackman himself has written about how academic Biblical scholarship has only really begun welcoming overt believers, within his lifetime.  (It’s one thing to believe Solomon built a temple; another to believe God blessed it with His presence.  One thing to acknowledge the possibility that Yeshua-bin-Yusuf really lived and was executed by Romans; another to believe that that death had meaning or was reversed by a resurrection three days later.)  The “fundamentalist” Church leaders of the mid-20th century felt that the spiritual costs of allying with the academic community outweighed the benefits—and I believe they were essentially correct, even if they perhaps didn’t quite understand how or why they were correct.
    Our leaders have made the best sense they could out of the scriptures, using the best tools that they dared to use.  In every way that is essential to our salvation, they were right.  Certainly, we can be grateful for the deeper textual or historical understandings coming from a new generation of scholars using new tools and pursuing new avenues of inquiry.  We can also appreciate the service of the now-departed shepherds who defended their flock from an earlier generation of ravening wolves; and we need not second-guess the shepherds’ techniques just because with the benefit of hindsight the “wolves” have now been largely reduced to paper tigers.
    The shepherds of 1960 did what was needful then.  We look to the shepherds of 2020 to do what is needful now.  We should be wary of “fundamentalists” who demand we define our spirituality by the way we garnish the sepulchers of the dead prophets.  We should also be deeply suspicious of liberals who resurrect dead prophets only because they want an excuse to crucify them afresh, hoping to create a mob that will bury the living prophets along with the dead.
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    KScience reacted to laronius in An unfortunate 1950s fundamentalism   
    From the beginning the prophets have without fail always taught that they are not perfect and that we should always seek the confirming witness of the Spirit. No one leaves the Church for having followed the prophet, only for not having followed the prophet close enough.
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    KScience reacted to pam in How is everybody doing?   
    I kind of like seeing a muzzle on mirkwood.     
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    KScience got a reaction from NeuroTypical in How is everybody doing?   
    Our government announced another 3 weeks of restrictions and it seems like people are settling into a new state of mind. I have lost my ex father in law. My son was very close to him and living in different counties it has been difficult not being there for him, on the end of a phone is not the same.  My sister has chronic COPD has also been affected by the virus and is now making a slow recovery, thanks to amazing medical care.
    I live where I work, but have 3 vulnerable people on site so restrictions were initiated before official government guidelines. With no staff able to come on site I went from part time to full time overnight as we still have the same number of horses who need caring for, whilst also studying full time. My university had confirmed cases before restrictions were put in place so shut down early and all learning has been online for the last 4 weeks. This is challenging for a physiotherapy degree which is mostly hands on and our mandatory placements have been cancelled this year as NHS is too stretched.
    Very grateful for my food storage for the first 4 weeks when shops where overwhelmed and many basic supplies not available. Trying to get an online food delivery slot has become an obsession... currently nothing available in our area between now and 8th May, slots after this have not yet been released.
    Missing my couple of hours at church each Sunday. It's my only chance to have gospel related discussions. The people I live and work with are lovely but can not get their heads around the fact that I believe in God. I usually only work Sunday afternoons but now working more hours.  I have less hours a day but have been more mindful over my personal prayers and scripture study. I have actually heard from my ministering couple. I have got to know the sisters I minister to better (I am new to the ward) as we now have WhatsApp groups. A couple of people form church have reached out which is really touching.
    I am now starting to worry about the longer term implications. I had intended to work through the summer to make enough money to meet my needs, however if I go off the property I am not allowed back on, so that is scuppered.  I also have issues next summer as we will have an extra 5 week placement in July/August so again will reduce my ability to earn enough over the summer.  But I will worry about that after exams are over and see what I can come up with online.
    Now just trying to look forward, its hard to plan with so much uncertainty.
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    KScience got a reaction from NeuroTypical in How is everybody doing?   
    Our government announced another 3 weeks of restrictions and it seems like people are settling into a new state of mind. I have lost my ex father in law. My son was very close to him and living in different counties it has been difficult not being there for him, on the end of a phone is not the same.  My sister has chronic COPD has also been affected by the virus and is now making a slow recovery, thanks to amazing medical care.
    I live where I work, but have 3 vulnerable people on site so restrictions were initiated before official government guidelines. With no staff able to come on site I went from part time to full time overnight as we still have the same number of horses who need caring for, whilst also studying full time. My university had confirmed cases before restrictions were put in place so shut down early and all learning has been online for the last 4 weeks. This is challenging for a physiotherapy degree which is mostly hands on and our mandatory placements have been cancelled this year as NHS is too stretched.
    Very grateful for my food storage for the first 4 weeks when shops where overwhelmed and many basic supplies not available. Trying to get an online food delivery slot has become an obsession... currently nothing available in our area between now and 8th May, slots after this have not yet been released.
    Missing my couple of hours at church each Sunday. It's my only chance to have gospel related discussions. The people I live and work with are lovely but can not get their heads around the fact that I believe in God. I usually only work Sunday afternoons but now working more hours.  I have less hours a day but have been more mindful over my personal prayers and scripture study. I have actually heard from my ministering couple. I have got to know the sisters I minister to better (I am new to the ward) as we now have WhatsApp groups. A couple of people form church have reached out which is really touching.
    I am now starting to worry about the longer term implications. I had intended to work through the summer to make enough money to meet my needs, however if I go off the property I am not allowed back on, so that is scuppered.  I also have issues next summer as we will have an extra 5 week placement in July/August so again will reduce my ability to earn enough over the summer.  But I will worry about that after exams are over and see what I can come up with online.
    Now just trying to look forward, its hard to plan with so much uncertainty.
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    KScience got a reaction from dprh in struggling with the law of chastity   
    Have you confided your feelings to anyone near you?  As lovely as the people are here, internet support only goes so far.
    Meeting let alone dating members is more difficult in some places.  I am in the UK where wards are mostly composed of lots of families and lots of single women. Depending on your age can also make it harder. Is there a Young Single Adult program or institute class you can attend?  Knowing people who are in the same boat and choose the same standards as you can be really supportive.  It may involve a lot of travel, but you get to know people well on a road trip.
    This is a challenge I have also faced.  It IS hard. BUT it is achievable. I found really understanding the purposes for the law of chastity helped. Having a testimony of the purpose of the family and an eternal perspective can help to keep you focussed.  We have very powerful hormonal urges for a reason, but there is a time and a season for all things.
    As a teenage convert myself it took a real shift in my thinking to embrace the law of chastity. I learned to walk away from people and situations that would make it more difficult and fill my life with positive things that would support me to live it more easily. It is SO hard to have faith that there will be a chance for you to find a partner, but stranger things have happened!!!
    I am now an older divorced single sister facing the same challenges as you and feel I have even less chance of finding a partner in the church.  But I live a full life, try focus on the positives and have faith that my Father in Heaven loves me, has a plan for me... even if I don't know what it is.
    If I don't meet a church member, I could have a relationship with someone who respects my values. However these men are few and far between too.
    Sorry for my ramblings,  but I do hope you can find someone to support you through this challenge.
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    KScience got a reaction from NeuroTypical in The COVID thread   
    The 2 week self isolation is imposed to avoid needing to test.
    My son lost his grandfather last week (my ex husbands father). He had a positive test for Covid 19. His whole extended family had a party the weekend before (despite the government restrictions in place).  All of them are now in isolation for 14 days.  That is at least 8 households. None of them will be tested unless hospitalised.
    My son did not go to the party and caught a LOT of flack from the extended family initially.  We can't underestimate the effect of going to family party feel a bit under the weather (and now thinking it was the virus) is having on my sons cousin.  Today his grandmother developed a cough and feels warm to the touch.  She is also in her 70s and has underlying health issues.
    He may be 27 but he is still my son and not being able to travel to console him or just give him a hug is difficult. But not as difficult as it is for the staff in hospitals which were already stretched to capacity. Final year students on my course have already been drafted in to support...and its only just beginning here.
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    KScience got a reaction from dprh in struggling with the law of chastity   
    Have you confided your feelings to anyone near you?  As lovely as the people are here, internet support only goes so far.
    Meeting let alone dating members is more difficult in some places.  I am in the UK where wards are mostly composed of lots of families and lots of single women. Depending on your age can also make it harder. Is there a Young Single Adult program or institute class you can attend?  Knowing people who are in the same boat and choose the same standards as you can be really supportive.  It may involve a lot of travel, but you get to know people well on a road trip.
    This is a challenge I have also faced.  It IS hard. BUT it is achievable. I found really understanding the purposes for the law of chastity helped. Having a testimony of the purpose of the family and an eternal perspective can help to keep you focussed.  We have very powerful hormonal urges for a reason, but there is a time and a season for all things.
    As a teenage convert myself it took a real shift in my thinking to embrace the law of chastity. I learned to walk away from people and situations that would make it more difficult and fill my life with positive things that would support me to live it more easily. It is SO hard to have faith that there will be a chance for you to find a partner, but stranger things have happened!!!
    I am now an older divorced single sister facing the same challenges as you and feel I have even less chance of finding a partner in the church.  But I live a full life, try focus on the positives and have faith that my Father in Heaven loves me, has a plan for me... even if I don't know what it is.
    If I don't meet a church member, I could have a relationship with someone who respects my values. However these men are few and far between too.
    Sorry for my ramblings,  but I do hope you can find someone to support you through this challenge.
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    KScience got a reaction from NeuroTypical in The COVID thread   
    The 2 week self isolation is imposed to avoid needing to test.
    My son lost his grandfather last week (my ex husbands father). He had a positive test for Covid 19. His whole extended family had a party the weekend before (despite the government restrictions in place).  All of them are now in isolation for 14 days.  That is at least 8 households. None of them will be tested unless hospitalised.
    My son did not go to the party and caught a LOT of flack from the extended family initially.  We can't underestimate the effect of going to family party feel a bit under the weather (and now thinking it was the virus) is having on my sons cousin.  Today his grandmother developed a cough and feels warm to the touch.  She is also in her 70s and has underlying health issues.
    He may be 27 but he is still my son and not being able to travel to console him or just give him a hug is difficult. But not as difficult as it is for the staff in hospitals which were already stretched to capacity. Final year students on my course have already been drafted in to support...and its only just beginning here.
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    KScience got a reaction from dprh in struggling with the law of chastity   
    Have you confided your feelings to anyone near you?  As lovely as the people are here, internet support only goes so far.
    Meeting let alone dating members is more difficult in some places.  I am in the UK where wards are mostly composed of lots of families and lots of single women. Depending on your age can also make it harder. Is there a Young Single Adult program or institute class you can attend?  Knowing people who are in the same boat and choose the same standards as you can be really supportive.  It may involve a lot of travel, but you get to know people well on a road trip.
    This is a challenge I have also faced.  It IS hard. BUT it is achievable. I found really understanding the purposes for the law of chastity helped. Having a testimony of the purpose of the family and an eternal perspective can help to keep you focussed.  We have very powerful hormonal urges for a reason, but there is a time and a season for all things.
    As a teenage convert myself it took a real shift in my thinking to embrace the law of chastity. I learned to walk away from people and situations that would make it more difficult and fill my life with positive things that would support me to live it more easily. It is SO hard to have faith that there will be a chance for you to find a partner, but stranger things have happened!!!
    I am now an older divorced single sister facing the same challenges as you and feel I have even less chance of finding a partner in the church.  But I live a full life, try focus on the positives and have faith that my Father in Heaven loves me, has a plan for me... even if I don't know what it is.
    If I don't meet a church member, I could have a relationship with someone who respects my values. However these men are few and far between too.
    Sorry for my ramblings,  but I do hope you can find someone to support you through this challenge.
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    KScience got a reaction from NeuroTypical in The COVID thread   
    The 2 week self isolation is imposed to avoid needing to test.
    My son lost his grandfather last week (my ex husbands father). He had a positive test for Covid 19. His whole extended family had a party the weekend before (despite the government restrictions in place).  All of them are now in isolation for 14 days.  That is at least 8 households. None of them will be tested unless hospitalised.
    My son did not go to the party and caught a LOT of flack from the extended family initially.  We can't underestimate the effect of going to family party feel a bit under the weather (and now thinking it was the virus) is having on my sons cousin.  Today his grandmother developed a cough and feels warm to the touch.  She is also in her 70s and has underlying health issues.
    He may be 27 but he is still my son and not being able to travel to console him or just give him a hug is difficult. But not as difficult as it is for the staff in hospitals which were already stretched to capacity. Final year students on my course have already been drafted in to support...and its only just beginning here.
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    KScience reacted to Vort in struggling with the law of chastity   
    Hmmm. I'm familiar with quite a few unmarried LDS men who might find this inviting news. Maybe it's time for a return immigration of some of the descendants of those English converts of yore back to their motherland.
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    KScience got a reaction from NeuroTypical in The COVID thread   
    The 2 week self isolation is imposed to avoid needing to test.
    My son lost his grandfather last week (my ex husbands father). He had a positive test for Covid 19. His whole extended family had a party the weekend before (despite the government restrictions in place).  All of them are now in isolation for 14 days.  That is at least 8 households. None of them will be tested unless hospitalised.
    My son did not go to the party and caught a LOT of flack from the extended family initially.  We can't underestimate the effect of going to family party feel a bit under the weather (and now thinking it was the virus) is having on my sons cousin.  Today his grandmother developed a cough and feels warm to the touch.  She is also in her 70s and has underlying health issues.
    He may be 27 but he is still my son and not being able to travel to console him or just give him a hug is difficult. But not as difficult as it is for the staff in hospitals which were already stretched to capacity. Final year students on my course have already been drafted in to support...and its only just beginning here.
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    KScience reacted to askandanswer in The COVID thread   
    Some coronavirus Australian oddities that might interest or bemuse you:
    Schools are still officially opened but State governments are begging parents to keep their kids at home. I think that attendance rates are down to about 10%.
    A few days ago I received a text message, the two sentences of which say “Hi, your health is our number 1 priority. That’s why we made the tough call to close all our branches across the country.” This was from my health insurance provider.
    Last Tuesday the government ordered that appointments with hair dressers and barbers cannot be for more than 30 minutes. Less than 48 hours later, they scrapped that limit but asked the cutters and clippers to continue with social distancing practices.  Yesterday, gatherings of more than two people, indoors and out, were banned, but the hairdressers and barbers can stay open.
     A fight is emerging between the federal government and several networks of private hospitals. The hospitals want to shut down and stand down their staff, the government wants them to stay open. It's not clear which way it will go yet. This is a result of the governments ban last week on all elective surgery, which is where the private hospitals get their money from.  
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    KScience reacted to Midwest LDS in Prayer: when you don't want to ask   
    I'm sorry this is tough for you. I think one of the most important discoveries I've made in life is realizing that God wants me to be 100%  honest with him. I know that sounds silly, because why lie to God he already knows everything, but I tried to pretend I wasn't angry or upset with him when important things I really needed were not provided. All burying my anger did was prevent me from being healed and learning to appreciate how God was guiding me and building me up. So I say, I understand sister. I've felt the same way as you before, and I will probably feel that way again. But I do know, as Nephi said in 1 Nephi 11, that "God loveth his children." God be with you in your time of trial, whatever it may be.
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    KScience got a reaction from NeuroTypical in The COVID thread   
    Disheartened by the reports of people swarming to public places over the weekend. The word avoid apparently is not strong enough for most is seems. Schools,  pubs, clubs and cafes, shutdown and yet people have not figured that social isolation is needed. I can see total lockdown on the cards.
    Grateful that food storage has meant I have escaped most of the shopping madness. Appreciating the consistency of the Come Follow me Program, sad that I wont be able to partake of the sacrament for a while and missing my Sunday School class.
     
     
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    KScience got a reaction from NeuroTypical in What are other congregations doing about Church   
    Heard on the news this evening that The Church of England has cancelled all services but churches are staying open and Muslim leaders have called for all services including Friday prayers to be suspended.
    My (inactive) sons response ..... well looks like God told the prophet first
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    KScience got a reaction from NeuroTypical in What are other congregations doing about Church   
    Heard on the news this evening that The Church of England has cancelled all services but churches are staying open and Muslim leaders have called for all services including Friday prayers to be suspended.
    My (inactive) sons response ..... well looks like God told the prophet first
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    KScience reacted to NeuroTypical in What are other congregations doing about Church   
    True.  And yet, moving from kids in school with 100s of other kids, to kids in a small daycare with under 10 - doing so favorably changes the magic bell curve of infection we all keep looking at.
    And, this is for health care workers only.  They don't have a choice - they have to work right now. 
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    KScience got a reaction from Midwest LDS in The COVID thread   
    Well things are changing so quickly.
    UK government have held off shutting schools and implementing social distancing and getting lots of flack for not following most european countries.  But different companies and organisations are cancelling events.
    I have now been personally affected as the university has been shut down and remote teaching for the next 3 weeks followed by 2 weeks of easter break.  Still waiting to hear what is happening to placements, not sure many hospital wards are going to want students in the way.
    And UK travel to US is going to be added to the banned list from Tuesday
     
     
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    KScience got a reaction from Midwest LDS in The COVID thread   
    Well things are changing so quickly.
    UK government have held off shutting schools and implementing social distancing and getting lots of flack for not following most european countries.  But different companies and organisations are cancelling events.
    I have now been personally affected as the university has been shut down and remote teaching for the next 3 weeks followed by 2 weeks of easter break.  Still waiting to hear what is happening to placements, not sure many hospital wards are going to want students in the way.
    And UK travel to US is going to be added to the banned list from Tuesday
     
     
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    KScience reacted to person0 in Career Change - Advice?   
    I took a comprehensive practice CCNA exam on Saturday and scored a 782/1000.  I was actually very pleased with that.  The minimum passing score is 810, so I was just barely off.  I have been going through and studying in depth on the answers and why I missed some of them.  For a about 25% of my wrong answers it was just me not paying enough attention, but I actually knew the correct answer.  For the rest it was for material I didn't initially focus on and have been digging into more (because it seemed trivial compared to the meat of what a CCNA should be able to do).  If I can pass the next practice exam this Saturday, then I will plan to take the real exam on the 15th.  If for some reason I fail that one, or am not ready, I will schedule the second exam for Saturday the 22nd, after an additional week of hard core study.
    Previously I have passed all my real exams on the first attempt with the equivalent of about an A-.  Unfortunately, if I don't pass by the 22nd, I will have to start from scratch because the CCNA material changes on Feb 24th.
    Fingers crossed 🤞  😊
    Prayers will be greatly appreciated.
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    KScience got a reaction from Anddenex in Moving away when you're the Bishop   
    Things will only change if your son changes. If HE wishes to cut ties with the toxic relationship then it will happen, if not your moving him may back fire.  He will just find other people who are similar because he had a need to seek this kind of relationship in the first place.
    You need to address the root cause of his seeking out relationships with people who you dont think are good for him. What does he get out of the relationship?  How can that need be met in a way that is better for him?
     
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    KScience reacted to mordorbund in Three rules for British royals. It's not hard, really.   
    That's why democracies are better. You get to elect whoever you want to disappoint you.