isacarrot

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    Making a scripture study tool, thoughts?

    Haha thank you! I think both of your comments are great ideas. I hope that this website eventually becomes more practical - in the sense that I can search for all the Lord's promises to me for example. Continuing with that example, the tricky thing is that some promises are given by someone that isn't the Lord to someone else that isn't me, but still apply as if they were given from the Lord to me! For example, in 1 Nephi 13:37, an angel says to Nephi, "blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall publish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be." Although this is most directly a promise from an angel to Nephi, it is indirectly but arguably more importantly a promise from the Lord to me and others in my era. The problem is that I'm trying to follow the text as close as possible when filling in the metadata - so this promise will not come up in the results if I were to search for promises from the Lord to me. I'm not 100% sure what to do about this. Right now I have one tag called 'global', which I've used occasionally to tag promises that apply to all mankind, and therefore to me too. I might decide to use additional tags to help viewers make good use of the database. If you have any more ideas I welcome them! Still very much a WIP
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    Making a scripture study tool, thoughts?

    Hi all! Just wanted to announce that I just now finished indexing every promise/covenant in the Book of Mormon*. There ended up being 1,023 entries. The metadata is still largely incomplete and messy - that's my next task. But thought there might be someone who would find this interesting. Looking for feedback if possible. Cheers! *except Jacob 5. When I have more patience I'll need to go back and do that
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    Oh hi. Yes I'm a carrot

    Haha so I said the "Restored Church of Jesus Christ" in my first post since it rolls off the tongue a little easier and I thought it was even mentioned in the Church Style Guide. I thought to look it up and in fact one of the 40 Latter-day Saint sects in Independence, MO is called the Restored Church of Jesus Christ! I was about to complain to the Mormon Newsroom via hotline when I noticed that the Style Guide actually says that "restored Church of Jesus Christ" with a lower-case "r" is appropriate. So forgive me if I misled you into thinking I was one of the 20-odd members of the aforementioned sect. I'm sure you had all sorts of questions.
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    Making a scripture study tool, thoughts?

    No you're seeing fine haha. I just haven't gotten to 2 Nephi yet. Check back in a month!
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    Oh hi. Yes I'm a carrot

    I guess I've sort of introduced myself in other threads already - oh well. I came to ThirdHour primarily to pick brains about a scripture study project I'm starting. It's in this thread. I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my whole life. Served a mission too. I've been reevaluating my beliefs over the last few years and it's been a thoroughly painful process. Still active and faith-seeking. My faith crisis is the impetus for my project. I will probably be here and there, posting intermittently. I appreciate the warmth with which I have been received already and I look forward to future conversations.
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    Military Obligation

    Thank you for the response! Can you correct me if I'm misunderstanding you? You're saying that basic training includes learning what to do to physically protect yourself and others when other armed forces cannot. Also, that someone who has not learned this is not as trustworthy, and by extension (from what I've been able to tell from your other comments) should be barred from things like voting privileges and government welfare. Let me know if I didn't botch that up too badly. With even my limited experience in the military I can already sense animosity between officers and enlisted. I hope that once I'm commissioned I can help ease that, at least within my circle of influence.
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    Military Obligation

    I enlisted almost 6 months ago. I'm in a college program (not ROTC) so I've been minimally exposed to the military - nevertheless, I thought I'd jump in the middle of this conversation and share my opinion here. I agree that citizens of a nation have a duty, to some degree, to defend the nation when the threat exists. People who claim freedom have a duty, to some degree, to defend that freedom when the threat exists. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the (false) assumption is being made that defense = military. Military is one critical way to defend a country. I think that there are other critical ways (through politics, economics, education, technology, practicing charity, etc). I think it is therefore a fallacy to assume that some degree of duty to defense = a specific duty to military. Correct me if I've missed another premise stated somewhere in this 4-page discussion that will fill in the apparent logical gap
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    Making a scripture study tool, thoughts?

    Also yes @zil it's terrifying. The worst are people though. They seem to enjoy scalping and skinning us alive before finally eating us. Savages.
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    Making a scripture study tool, thoughts?

    Thank you for the kind words! The GC labeling is correct. I would have preferred to have spelled out "Oct" or "Apr" so it's more obvious - but I'm using Google Sheets for the database and it's very quick to interpret that as a date and that screws stuff up. I guess I could find a way around that but I don't want to XD As for the fulfillment, backstory and "purpose", I fill that in myself if possible, trying to be objective and use evidence from the text. You're right about the Fulfillment part. Tags I just sort of make up. Maybe I ought to add a key somewhere to help people decode the UI.
  10. Hi all, I'm starting a database of all promises, covenants, and prophecies in scripture: www.promiseindex.org I wanted to post here to get your feedback about the direction I'm going. It will be harder to make course corrections once I'm 2,000 entries in, versus now when I only have ~200. If you wouldn't mind taking a quick look and letting me know what you think (any initial thoughts? would you use it? suggestions?), I would be grateful. As far as I've translated the forum rules correctly, this is the place to post website links, correct? Let me know if I'm wrong. I'm new Thank you!