scottyg

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  1. The facts of the world? You just tried to prove your point by gendering a spoon. Take a step back and look at the mental gymnastics you are doing to try and prove yourself right. "Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose". I am not going to argue over your traditions, feelings or "facts". All of it is based of of mankind's false perceptions. I will however share my testimony with you that there are 2 genders, male and female. End of discussion.
  2. Way too much unnecessary fluff in college. High school should consist of the general education, and college should be for specialties only...not 2 years of "general education" courses that are a glorified repeat of high school classes that have no bearing on my chosen career path.
  3. Yep. People hijacking words to change their definition to push their agenda. It has always been 2, and will always be 2. For those very, very few people born with a body that has more androgenous features, I feel so sorry for that difficult trial. But, they really are one or the other
  4. I do agree with what you wrote, as I too have neighbors that take things too far, and it leads them down a path of pride, and eventual distancing from the church. One of them has left because he thinks we aren't doing enough to worship the Lord, and he has found a better way on his own. It actually started with him taking the word of wisdom to very far extremes. On the other hand, perhaps I over-wonder about others too much as well. That being said, tying up your children with duct tape and allowing them to become emaciated with non-healing open wounds is about as far as you can get from true gospel teachings. It's just plain evil, and I believe these folks simply used the faith as a cover for their scheme, because unfortunately, our church is full of ignorant patsies. It is no different than any other industry using shady sales tactics, and anyone who uses the church or gospel in any way, no matter how small, to further their business interests of any kind immediately gets a red flag in my book. These are truly disgusting people that hopefully get what they deserve. They are not extreme members, because they never were good members to begin with. I don't care what good things their friends or neighbors have to say in their defense - this is no small mistake on their part. This is who they are. They have no testimony of the church or gospel. If they did, they wouldn't have treated their children this way as the two cannot go hand in hand. Can they change, sure. But right now, they are evil. (I used to be a pediatric nurse, so I acknowledge a potential bias towards those in cases where child abuse is present.)
  5. Is it still entrapment if the goal isn't to punish, but rather to teach and reward good behavior? Our entire earth life could be called entrapment. Even now, though we know there will be consequences, we still sin. We all knew ahead of time that we would, as did God, but we all accepted the plan of having a redeemer. (In full disclosure...I would also partake of a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie. Can't resist em 😋)
  6. If I bake a fresh batch of warm, sweet, moist, gooey, and scrumdiddlyumptious pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, place them in front of my 5 year old, and say "don't eat them", and then go out to mow the lawn leaving said child unsupervised with a tray of cookies, I know full well what will happen...my kid will eat some cookies. They have the ability and freedom to choose, and my knowing exactly what they will choose ahead of time in no way causes them to do so. So, that's not what I do. I also tell my child that she can have a cookie later when I come in, and I leave my child in the care of her older siblings who have more experience. They set an example, encourage, and help guide her into making right choices. Then when I come in later, everyone gets a cookie without anyone having a time-out. (or getting burnt from hot melted chocolate) We cannot become as God without the ability to exercise agency; choosing God and His Christ over the things of this world.
  7. We have 2 bishops in our stake that wear full beards. They both have different reasons why. They have been asked to clean shave, but are not required to do so. Personally, I try to follow the example set by the brethren when in church settings. During the week I only shave prior to mid-week church meetings and on Sunday mornings. Most men don't shave every day as it causes razor burn. My poor neck looked like it had chicken pox from having to shave every day. I don't understand why BYU allows moustaches but not beards though. Just wearing a moustache looks goofy on a majority of men, and I have never heard a young woman say she finds it attractive.
  8. I think it's great, but a majority of other Christian denominations would unfortunately consider it heresy.
  9. If it's disqualified for someone not liking that I don't toe the party line, or thinking that I am just trying to make waves, then that's on them. The "other" / write in section is there for a reason. I will vote my conscience, and refuse to vote for someone who doesn't have both the leadership direction I desire, and the necessary moral character I believe in. The only wasted votes are from those who don't vote.
  10. For what it's worth, last year was the first year I wrote in names for several elections.
  11. ..."in coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost." "If we are to have any hope of sifting through the myriad of voices and the philosophies of men that attack truth, we must learn to receive revelation." Why do we need the influence of the Holy Ghost? Why do we need to receive revelation? Is it so we can be guided and directed...or is it so we can become converted? There is great power in receiving revelation. Although receiving an answer to a heartfelt prayer is great, the conversion that takes place when one spirit converses with another is greater. I like getting spiritual promptings to do things, but the foundation of faith that comes from it is greater than the actual small bit of instruction. If we (and especially our youth) have spiritual experiences with the Holy Ghost, we will over time become truly converted. Gone are the days when you can just follow the crowd...because the crowd is going the other way. Even if an entire ward was doing the right thing, an individual who does not have real faith will not be able to follow them as he will lose his desire to be a part of the church. We know that Covid-19, the alphabet soup community, and church finances have been a trial for many in various ways, but other trials are on the way that will worsen the sifting. We must learn to receive revelation.
  12. That article can also mean those stubborn liberal families that vote straight ticket without actually bothering to see what their conservative neighbors actually believe in. I viewed the church counsel very different from the writer in that all of the young liberal people are ruining everything by not actually looking into the candidates, and just voting with the crowd. Simply voting straight ticket with no thought is foolish and irresponsible.
  13. Luke 9:49-50 is appropriate here. Some people just don't want to let go of their control or influence I guess.
  14. Many miracles taking place there. Here is an awesome picture of one of the church buildings in Laihana. I can't seem to find the zoomed out one, but the fire scorched all of the buildings and cars leading up to the chapel...but stopped right at the property line. Even the trees next to the building didn't get burned down. It is now being used as a shelter and resource center. Pretty cool.