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  1. Well, it all depends on what state you are in and what you call those clumps of cells. If they are termed a "fetus" for example, and you live in new york then there is no problem at all. (we all feel that way at times with regards to our little clumps of cells...mine were a terror in Sacrament meeting yesterday)
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    News Flash!!!

    Seriously??? Simply not true. Why would you say something like that? This is exhibit A of what "Trump derangement syndrome'" looks like. That is a terrible thing to say, and I'm sorry you feel that way.
  3. One more quote from the April 2006 General Conference. (my favorite conference) I recommend reading both talks from Elder Bednar and Elder Stone. "My involvement with the building of the Manhattan temple gave me the opportunity to be in the temple quite often prior to the dedication. It was wonderful to sit in the celestial room and be there in perfect silence, without a single sound to be heard coming from the busy New York streets outside. How was it possible that the temple could be so reverently silent when the hustle and bustle of the metropolis was just a few yards away? The answer was in the construction of the temple. The temple was built within the walls of an existing building, and the inner walls of the temple were connected to the outer walls at only a very few junction points. That is how the temple (Zion) limited the effects of Babylon, or the world outside. There may be a lesson here for us. We can create the real Zion among us by limiting the extent to which Babylon will influence our lives" "We do not need to adopt the standards, the mores, and the morals of Babylon. We can create Zion in the midst of Babylon. We can have our own standards for music and literature and dance and film and language. We can have our own standards for dress and deportment, for politeness and respect. We can live in accordance with the Lord’s moral laws. We can limit how much of Babylon we allow into our homes by the media of communication. We can live as a Zion people, if we wish to. Will it be hard? Of course it will, for the waves of Babylonian culture crash incessantly against our shores. Will it take courage? Of course it will." Elder David R. Stone
  4. "The standard is clear. If something we think, see, hear, or do distances us from the Holy Ghost, then we should stop thinking, seeing, hearing, or doing that thing. If that which is intended to entertain, for example, alienates us from the Holy Spirit, then certainly that type of entertainment is not for us. Because the Spirit cannot abide that which is vulgar, crude, or immodest, then clearly such things are not for us." Elder David A. Bednar, April 2006 General Conference
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    Second marriage and temple garments

    Just make sure you look online or call ahead to make sure clothing rental is available...some of the smaller temples do not offer that service.
  6. True, I didn't think of it that way. Something similar is the calling and setting apart of other church leaders like bishops. The stake president is a high priest, and may choose to ordain an elder a high priest when needed, but he cannot ordain a man to the office or calling of bishop of his own accord. As the handbook states, before a new bishop may be interviewed, called, ordained, or set apart, his recommendation must be approved by the First Presidency. The stake president may extend the calling after he receives written approval from the First Presidency. With this approval, the stake president may also ordain and set apart a bishop after ward members have given a sustaining vote. The approval of the First Presidency is also required before a stake president may release a bishop.
  7. Hopefully the adoption does happen...all children need a father and a mother. I am not disagreeing with you as I am not an expert, and I know this is getting a bit off topic, but Temple Presidents hold Keys. Do the sealers not report to them? I know that the calls of sealers are under the direction of the President of the church, but is the Temple President also not given the sealing power upon his setting apart? Someone needs to make sure that from an administrative and spiritual point of view that all of the conditions for a sealing have been met...I would assume that much if not all of this is done at the stake level, but I would think the temple would have individuals in the sealing office also double check. Wouldn't the temple presidency counsel the sealers if they had any questions...implying that the sealers report to them? Again, sorry for going off topic.
  8. I served my mission from 2005 - 2007, near the beginning of the Preach My Gospel era. Personally, I never asked anyone about baptism until "lesson 3", when baptism as a gospel principle is actually taught. Lesson 3 above is in quotations because Preach My Gospel allows for lesson deviation in favor of spiritual promptings. However, regardless of the lesson order, I never asked anyone to be baptized in a first or second lesson, but I did hear about others doing it. I often let those I was teaching know that that is what we were ultimately working towards, but I never popped the question earlier than a 3rd meeting with the person or family, and I never asked someone to be baptized unless I knew they first had faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and were actively trying to repent of their sins.
  9. In theory it's possible, but very unlikely. Crazier things have happened though. I do not know if the Temple President would allow such a sealing to take place if a sperm donor was the father and the woman had since married...cases such as that may need to be referred to church headquarters, but since I have never served in a capacity to authorize a sealing I have little first hand knowledge. Again, it would get very messy, complicated, and difficult. Regardless, unless there are both a worthy father and a mother a sealing won't happen, period.
  10. This is from the church's handbook of instructions to church leaders. Since Handbook 1 is not available for public distribution I will not post what it says verbatim, but my comment is the gist of it.
  11. My view is similar. I don't believe in predestination, but I do believe in foreordination. Many are called, but few are chosen, and why are they not chosen... In 1992, Elder Marvin J. Ashton said..."Generally our Heavenly Father will not interfere with the agency of another person unless He has a greater purpose for that individual. Two examples come to mind: Saul, who became the Apostle Paul, and Alma the Younger. Both these men were deterred from their unrighteous objective of persecuting and trying to destroy the church of God. Both became great missionaries for the Church. But even as the Lord intervened, they were given choices. Alma, for example, was told, “If thou wilt be destroyed of thyself, seek no more to destroy the church of God.” Many things happen because God has willed it so, and many other things happen because of our actions alone. And sometimes, our actions coincide with the actions of another, creating a coincidence, for good or bad. Also, not everything that happens in life is related to the Gospel. A few weeks ago a co-worker and I got in the elevator at the same time and we were wearing the exact same shirt and tie combo to work. (we must have hit the same sale at JCPenney) It was a fun coincidence...God played no part in that, and that's okay.
  12. Yep. Some events he places in our way for growth and learning; others may be due to the actions of others, and some are just happenstance or coincidence. It's all a part of life.
  13. "And finally, I cannot tell you all the things whereby ye may commit sin; for there are divers ways and means, even so many that I cannot number them." Mosiah 4:29. It is a temptation leading to a sin, nothing more. Why are some people tempted to do or try other things that are harmful to us? Drugs or alcohol, stealing, gambling,, pornography, murder, lying, engage in heterosexual relations outside of marriage? Sin is sin, and those who are a part of the culture of lgbtqixyz, or whatever it is called nowadays, are just pushing an agenda to make their sin not appear as a sin, but as a normal acceptable behavior. The common thoughts are "this is something were 'born this way', so it cannot be wrong to be 'who you truly are'. These thoughts are real...they are feelings, not true to who you are on the doesn't hurt anyone". To that I say read Isaiah 5, especially verse 20. Many know it is wrong, but want approval from others to make them feel better about their lifestyle choices. I once cared for a man in a nursing home that swore up and down that cigarettes weren't bad for you and didn't cause cancer...that the attorney general warnings were all a scheme from the government or something like that. Well, he died from lung disease. Perhaps our weaknesses and temptations have been passed on from the pre-existence...or, perhaps God has given them to us to teach us make us humble. No matter how much we want something to be right, it is still wrong if God says it is, and we must trust in his love and wisdom to truly grow and reach our potential.
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    Local policy

    You did. The Lord's house is a house of order. Well done. 👍
  15. scottyg

    Why Do We Bless Our Food?

    I only express thanks for the food and those who took the time and effort to prepare it. Asking for an actual blessing on the food implies that it is not going to nourish our bodies well without it. If that was the case then most of the earth's population would not exist due to malnutrition. I am not saying that a blessing couldn't actually be requested for the food if it was wanted or for whatever reason needed; but that phrase in prayers everyone seems to say is really nothing more than habit. I doubt they really give it much thought when they say it.