Jonah

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  1. Jonah

    Joseph Smith, the Father, and the Son

    I don't know how authentic the Joseph Smith papers are, but one section reveals the angel's name was Nephi. https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/history-circa-1841-draft-draft-3/20#full-transcript
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    So we’re not discussing Romney?

    Congress made a tactical mistake not to seek those subpoenas. They knew that Trump and company would stall this in the court for years so they rushed it. There is a current outstanding court case for former White House Counsel Don McGahn to testify. It may get resolved in 2 or 3 years. Seeing that Trump was entering in his fourth year as President and is most likely to win a second term, they should have let this go through the courts and then try the impeachment some time in 2022 or 2023. Maybe it doesn't matter. Truth continues to trickle out as more emails were released in December or January. Trump's next battle is to try to stop Bolton's book. Good luck with that. But even if the book is suppressed, he'll be on the road doing many talking tours. I lost track of all the Trump associates who are in jail or who will still yet go to jail in the future. The Republicans have seemed to admit that what he did was wrong and inappropriate but not worthy of removal and that seems to infuriate Trump; who still thinks it was a perfect call. Even after being acquitted, he is still lashing out on twitter. And now being emboldened by the recent acquittal, he has fired Colonel Vindman. The purge now begins. Hopefully Romney is not the next victim.
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    So we’re not discussing Romney?

    Trump is the only innocent person I ever saw who prevented testimony from key first-hand witnesses in an attempt to support his case. You figure Mulvaney, Pompeo, Giuliani, and those in Office of Management and Budget would voluntarily come to the aid of a President under fire (in the Senate, House, or on FoxNews). At least some Republicans spoke on record that they viewed the President's actions as wrong or inappropriate. The cat still has McConnell's tongue as he remains silent 🙂
  4. Lehi says in 2 Nephi 1:24 - "Rebel no more against your brother, whose views have been glorious, and who hath kept the commandments from the time that we left Jerusalem; and who hath been an instrument in the hands of God, in bringing us forth into the land of promise; for were it not for him, we must have perished with hunger in the wilderness". Does this mean there was no cloud by day and fire by night provided by God during their travel in the wilderness and that hunting by weapons was the only provision of food after the supplies that they took with them out of Jerusalem were exhausted?
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    Fasting - some questions

    I think you meant "Interesting. I've just never seen a Catholic say Mass was less than anything-- including in my intensive study of those beliefs" Not sure how to address that except to say that there are various degrees of beliefs in the church in my opinion; but I never really committed a poll; just based on some personal discussion with my Catholic parishioners.
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    Fasting - some questions

    My dad is a Catholic from birth. Unfortunately he doesn't really believe in Christ's resurrection 😞 I keep telling him that there would be no church without His resurrection. Only the Holy Spirit can convert him.
  7. Jonah

    Fasting - some questions

    imo, yes. Another way that I see it is that private worship gives Christians a chance to spend time alone with God. If I understand correctly, Joseph Smith went into the woods to prayer out loud but by himself. If he actually saw God, it was quite a blessing. Would he have received the same blessing in a communal prayer? I don't know. Were any others in his era praying to know which church to join or if all churches were wrong? I don't know that either.
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    Fasting - some questions

    I would say a personal prayer in private would bring a bring blessing than a public communal prayer.
  9. Jonah

    BOM Study Guide for Non-Mormon

    I saw "2 Hour Book of Mormon: A Book of Mormon Primer" on Amazon.
  10. Jonah

    Fasting - some questions

    Hi Anatess, we can agree to disagree; as we have different opinions. A personal prayer or alms is private in nature. I don't observe a designated fast day sanctioned by the Catholic church. I don't see the early disciples fasting on a monthly basis. The spirit of the law in regards to fasting, imo, expands to non-food-eating activities.
  11. Sorry about that. Will try to do better.
  12. Trying to explain the Trinity is too difficult. I have a hard time comprehending that God has always existed.
  13. I do hear that complaint ... that we we are cannibals because we are actually eating the body of Christ (as opposed to the priest who drinks the blood and eats the body). I differ in that i view John 6:54-56 as spiritual; the Jews took it as literally.
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    Fasting - some questions

    I'll combine #1 and #3 - I can understand our various church teachings on public announcements, but in my opinion, I think a personal fast has more blessings. I don't like to advertise my alms. In regards to #2, I don't like to criticize what people consider solemn. In my church, the music is very liturgical ... quite somber compared to what I see from the evangelicals. In regards to #4, I feel corporate prayer is important, as long as it doesn't follow the pattern given by Christ in Luke 18:11-14 and Matthew 6:5-6. Cheers