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    Boring General Conference

    General conference is supposed to be relevant for the time, not to please us with deep teachings or things WE think is important... so no, I don't see it as boring but important spiritual instruction/insight However, general conference has barely begun, we'll see what else is in store for us
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    The Beast

    Yeah, I was wondering about that as well. I do believe that John was referring to Nero but also that the beast and its mark is not just one single person or concept but rather the spirit of it which continues until Jesus says: it is enough. During the ages we have seen rotten leaders who behave just like him, blaming and persecuting the saints or the seekers. A corrupt and tyrannic ruler. But I'm just guessing here. sadly, the church anything official about it... which is also why I'm guessing that it at least refers to Nero since he probably wouldn't have spiritual significance to us (maybe)
  3. Well, the first thing that came to my mind was the Savior's words when He said: "Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so" So I would say yes, the attitude of the people can affect teachings and operation.... To a certain degree. I don't believe that God surrenders to our opinions and sins and make compromises. However, I do believe that God adapt the church to work so as many as possible can be saved without violating the celestial laws
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    President Nelson vaccinated

    Yeah... if the vaccine was so dangerous, God would have stopped the prophet from doing it and even urge others to do so.... I'll get the shot
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    Conference October 3-4, 2020

    Well, we are discouraged to use the short form LDS. However, when you refer the people themselves, you can definitely say things like "Latter-day saint culture"... it even has lesser syllables than for example "evangelical culture" ๐Ÿ˜ Reference: "When referring to Church members, the terms "members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," "Latter-day Saints,โ€ "members of the Church of Jesus Christ" and "members of the restored Church of Jesus Christ" are preferred. We ask that the term "Mormons" and "LDS" not be used." https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/style-guide
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    Milton Berle on US movie ratings

    "Den skaldede frisรธr"
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    Milton Berle on US movie ratings

    It was called "The bald haircutter" It could be argued that the title itself is a red flag ๐Ÿ˜‚
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    Milton Berle on US movie ratings

    Personally I'm very careful about what I watch no matter the rating. I was invited to watch a movie in the cinema with a G rating with my sister, and I thought "well, can't do any harm watching a "childish" movie. Well... It contained sex scenes (and of course, it was adultery just to make it even worse), full body nude scenes and heated up homosexual scenes... Let's just say that I still haven't fully recovered. Moral of the story: even though this is an extreme case, it shows that just because a movie has a certain label, you never really know if it has been made so that The Lord would approve it. Parental guides and alike are still the best guidelines for whether the movie reflects your standards or not
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    I'm so excited!

    If I may say, and this is just a guess based on observations..... I think it's because we as a whole have forgotten Him in our doings. When I hear members talk about church stuff, I rarely hear The Lord mentioned. It's more focused on things we do practically like the Word of Wisdom, self reliance, and family history. While these definitely are good things, people outside of the church will not associate us with The Lord if we don't show that we do such things because of Him. think about it, we even got commanded to focus on the church's proper name instead of "Mormons". Plus, since we often have used Moroni as a symbol, quite a few think that we worship angels.
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    Art of the First Vision

    I really like the one from the "pillar of light" comic. Not because of its artstyle (personally I think it's too dramatic), but I really like how the rest of the personages from the vision is included just as they should
  11. And that's why I mentioned God's part in tithing men are not supposed to dictate how much an honest tithe is, but I can guarantee that you don't want to cheat/mock God.. we know what happens to those kinds of people, so let's just listen to the prophets and the apostels when they have spoken And yes, we are not universalists and I have never indicated that either.... quite the opposite actually
  12. Well, the only thing I can do in this case is to quote the brethren's official statements This is from the first presidency letter from 1070: "For your guidance in this matter, please be advised that we have uniformly replied that the simplest statement we know of is that statement of the Lord himself that the members of the Church should pay one-tenth of all their interest annually, which is understood to mean income. No one is justified in making any other statement than this. We feel that every member of the Church should be entitled to make his own decision as to what he thinks he owes the Lord, and to make payment accordingly." This goes hand in hand with what Robert D. Hales quoted from Handbook 1 in his talk "The divine law of tithing": "The First Presidency has written what the law of tithing is for us today: โ€œThe simplest statement we know of is the statement of the Lord himself, namely, that the members of the Church should pay โ€˜one tenth of all their interest annually,โ€™ which is understood to mean income. No one is justified in making any other statement than this.โ€ (First Presidency letter, 19 March 1970.)" The conclusions: Members are entitled to make their own decision as to what they think they owe the Lord, and to make payment accordingly. No one is justified in making any other statement than the one in the first quote These statements are the newest ones and been repeated ever since. I think though the misunderstanding happened by assuming that I didn't take God into the picture. However, I did say that we should do it by The Spirit of The Lord. In other words, it doesn't mean that whatever we pay in tithing is honest, it means that that it's between you and The Lord with no lifted finger from others. No mortal has the right to say that I have to add $10 extra in tithing to make it right, whether it should be gross or net or what money on my bank account constitutes my income I pesonally think it is really wise how we should let any judgement of our tithing come from God and not man since we mortals tend to become almost like devils when it's about money, especially other people's money
  13. Hi and welcome rustyoz! First of all I feel inspired to give a reminder that tithing is ten percent of one's annual income. How we define income is up to the individual, and even though we can give our personal insights, we are not allowed to instruct others how tithing should be defined beyond this. Now, the questions is, to whom do those money belong to in the first place? This is a really important question, because it's the owner of the money who decides by The Spirit of The Lord what should be defined as income. If I understand this correctly (and let me know if I'm wrong), it's the son who's the owner of the money in the first place. If that's the case, he should prayerfully decide himself whether he considers the money as income or not. Hope that this comment will help in any way
  14. It's quite interesting because Brigham Young's (and Joseph Smith's) descriptions COULD indicate what has been told that heaven for one person would be hell for another (eternal burnings vs fire and brimstone)
  15. Two toughts: 1: being burned alive is one of the most (if not the most) painful way to die. now, doing that in fire and brimstone eternally is quite a strong picture for not being in God's precence. Only one who really despise God would wish for that 2: It's indicated that Gehenna was used as a rubbish heap at the time of jesus. If it's true, a pile of waste burning day and night would make people think twice about risking being compared to that