NeuroTypical

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    NeuroTypical got a reaction from NeedleinA in Backdoor Gun Control   
    Legislating the sale of guns so much, nobody can buy guns, is absolutely a thing that people try to do all the time.  Nothing new here.  It needs to be fought, like any other attempt.
    - Banning certain types of guns, or demanding certain technologies be included in anything to be bought/sold in a state
    - Pressuring banks or credit card companies to refuse to do business with any business that sells guns or ammo
    - Banning certain capacity magazines
    - Regulating the sale of guns/ammo to the point where it's difficult or impossible to buy either
    These are just off the top of my head.  
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    NeuroTypical got a reaction from NeedleinA in The second coming is in March   
    Where?  I don't see anything.

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    NeuroTypical got a reaction from NeedleinA in Backdoor Gun Control   
    Legislating the sale of guns so much, nobody can buy guns, is absolutely a thing that people try to do all the time.  Nothing new here.  It needs to be fought, like any other attempt.
    - Banning certain types of guns, or demanding certain technologies be included in anything to be bought/sold in a state
    - Pressuring banks or credit card companies to refuse to do business with any business that sells guns or ammo
    - Banning certain capacity magazines
    - Regulating the sale of guns/ammo to the point where it's difficult or impossible to buy either
    These are just off the top of my head.  
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    NeuroTypical reacted to NeedleinA in Backdoor Gun Control   
    I'll disclose that I'm not a "gun person".
    I have never owned a gun until the last 6 months. We have them at the home now for personal defense, like many other families I know.
    I often hear gun advocates talk about politicians taking away your gun rights.
    I found this video about a backdoor approach by California to cripple your ability to 'purchase' guns.
    Also curious if @mirkwood has any thoughts on this approach.
     
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    NeuroTypical reacted to NeedleinA in Brigham Young statue vandalized   
    Ya'mon, dem guys! 
    (Jamaican accent free of charge)
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    NeuroTypical got a reaction from NeedleinA in The second coming is in March   
    Where?  I don't see anything.

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    NeuroTypical reacted to Just_A_Guy in The second coming is in March   
    The nice thing about that kind of bet is that if you’re wrong, you’ll no longer be around to pay up (you being a gambler, and the earth being cleansed by burning and all . . .)  
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    NeuroTypical got a reaction from Midwest LDS in The second coming is in March   
    Happy to see another prediction of end times giving a specific time frame.  I'll do what I always do when I hear such predictions:
    Someone bet me!  I have ten bucks that says the second coming will not occur by end of April, 2021.  Who wants to bet?
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    NeuroTypical got a reaction from Midwest LDS in The second coming is in March   
    Happy to see another prediction of end times giving a specific time frame.  I'll do what I always do when I hear such predictions:
    Someone bet me!  I have ten bucks that says the second coming will not occur by end of April, 2021.  Who wants to bet?
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    NeuroTypical reacted to Grunt in The second coming is in March   
    I'm just trying to make it through today, my friend.  Just trying to make it through today.
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    NeuroTypical reacted to Carborendum in Biden Corruption Emails   
    I've only got time for a quick response on this.  Forgive me for being incomplete.
    First, I'll admit this is the most difficult to see from the liberal perspective because you have to look past the rhetoric to see the substance.  I'll give just one example and I gotta go.
    The Paris Climate Accords.  It was supposed to be this monumental step towards saving the planet.  But if you look at the numbers, you realize that it did NOTHING to reduce global emissions.  It only served to shift emissions from the US to other nations like China.  And they haven't done a thing to abide by their limits.
    Then Trump gets us out.  Ever since we abandoned that agreement, the US emissions have gone down significantly.  How can that be?  The Accords guaranteed success.
    The reason is that the details of what was actually agreed upon indicates no real substantive change.  It was only symbolic so satisfy the green mob.  It didn't do anything.
    But by freeing American industry and incentivising them to be more efficient, they found ways to be more efficient. And greater efficiency means greater waste.  And it also means less energy to produce the same product.  Less energy means less emissions.
    Later.
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    NeuroTypical reacted to Scott in Who has gone back to church at the building?   
    It sounds like our stake is going back to church at home.  Too many COVID cases in the wards 
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    NeuroTypical reacted to Vort in New Church video - What is Religious Freedom?   
    Here is an excellent deconstruction of Frank Fox's hit piece on Trump, done in devastating style and yet without personally attacking Fox, even where he probably deserved it.
    https://khadlock9697.medium.com/on-nevertrump-and-gaslighting-an-open-letter-to-frank-w-3190ffce656c
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    NeuroTypical reacted to Vort in New Church video - What is Religious Freedom?   
    Darin Southam's fully fledged attack is reprehensible. You don't publicly attack people about such private matters.. I don't know if the allegations against Fox are true—Southam himself admits the "excommunication" charge was false, yet he still includes it in his discussion—but the attempted character assassination is completely over the top. Brother Fox can reasonably be called out for false statements, irresponsible allegations, misleading claims about his position in the Church and/or acquaintance with various leaders, politicizing a religious discussion, wrongly injecting religion into a political discussion, or a whole host of other things. That's all reasonable and fair game. But insinuating that Brother Fox is a bad Mormon is simply beyond the pale.
    This is so, even if the allegations are true. Some things are sacred, and you don't approach them unless it's absolutely vital and you have both proof of malfeasance and the responsibility to make the clarification. As far as I can tell, Brother Southam provides only hearsay with no real evidence to back up his slander, and doesn't even claim any responsibility or authority to do this exposè. It seems mean-spirited and wholly beyond the pale—again, even if it's all true. This is not a random internet troll getting skewered. It's a publicly named man, someone well-known in the (rather large) BYU community. Literally hundreds of thousands of current and former BYU students know who Frank Fox is.
    I concede that Fox has made himself an easy target by his unwise actions. To some extent, he has brought criticism on himself. But we are brothers in Christ and fellow Saints. This shouldn't happen. Just because he makes himself a target doesn't mean we should feel free to take potshots.
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    NeuroTypical reacted to mikbone in Virtual Sacrament Meeting   
    My family and I have been so grateful for the Lord's inspired home-centered, church-supported Come, Follow Me program.
    We live in Northern California and the limits on social interaction and gathering have become ridiculous.  Take for example Gavin Newsom's recommendations for Thanksgiving.  They really want us to wear our masks in-between bites during meals...
    https://www.newsweek.com/coronavirus-california-gavin-newsom-new-rules-gatherings-thanksgiving-1541402
    https://www.sfgate.com/food/article/Newsom-s-office-says-to-keep-masks-on-eating-15635093.php
    We had a hiatus for a few weeks wherein we were allowed to go to Sacrament meeting at church at a reduced 25% capacity.  Spacing between families, every other row blocked, universal masking, etc.  I didn't like it.
    Now our ward is trying to implement Zoom meetings and Social media gatherings for Sacrament and ancillary services like young men and women.  The local ward secretary has asked that we and some of our children give talks at Zoom church and I have declined.  Only 8-12 people are allowed in the chapel at this time in our County.  And because we have a large family (11 children), we would have to split up the family during these meetings.  
    We have loved home-centered worship and will continue to follow the Come, Follow Me program, as well as providing the Sacrament for the family as we have received the OK to do so from the local Stake.  
    We love to watch General Conference and have been supplementing our family meetings with re-runs of great conference talks from the past.  I have been a proponent of moving General Conference to a quarterly timescale for some time now.
    D&C 20:61 The several elders composing this church of Christ are to meet in conference once in three months, or from time to time as said conferences shall direct or appoint;
    We will return to the chapel as soon as the hysteria has resolved but based on the predictions of our political leaders, this may be the new normal (I personally highly doubt it).

    The above graph is a prediction of daily California deaths by a prominent website www.worldometers.  But as explained below in the link. we should be careful about where we get our information.
    https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2020/05/world/worldometer-coronavirus-mystery/
    If you know anything about graphs, the asymptotic nature of that predictive curve is ludicrous. 
    I know that many of the general authorities spoke on the importance of food supply and many have perhaps taken that as an indicator that things are only going to get worse.  But we also continue to build new temples, and I can't imagine that temples will only be used for living ordinances in the future.  
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    NeuroTypical reacted to Grunt in Sacrament Talk   
    Well, the Stake President was there and nobody pulled my Temple Recommend, so I think I'm in the clear.
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    NeuroTypical reacted to Grunt in Sacrament Talk   
    You should be wishing THEM luck.  They've unleashed the beast.
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    NeuroTypical got a reaction from NeedleinA in Presidential Debate - Tomorrow   
    Dat Biden tho.  He never said he wanted fracking banned, but he wants to transition out of the oil industry?
    Best Trump Troll Tweet ever:
     
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    NeuroTypical reacted to scottyg in Question on "Faith Crisis"   
    This is in reply to no one in particular.
    I have never had (up to this point in my life) a "faith crisis". I have been told by the spirit several times that Jesus is the Christ, and that His church was restored to the earth by His prophet Joseph Smith. Each succeeding prophet since that time has held the keys necessary to move His work forward. It doesn't matter if a policy in the church changes, or if the world as a whole moves farther away from the principles of Christianity. The spirit has conveyed truth to me in a very clear way. I have received a witness the work is true, so nothing else matters. I take what comes my way with faith, and don't worry about asking why...why would I question a loving God who knows more than I do? Why would I not trust the answers He gave me? The efficacy or truth in those answers do not lessen over time, so why should my convictions? Why would I allow the opinion of another person in regards to a topic that has no real impact on my life or how I worship sway my testimony? Who really cares? Let them think what they think. The gospel is simple, and it is the adversary who constantly pushes pointless questions into people's minds - they are pointless because their answers cannot possibly be answered in this life, and their answers would really have no meaningful impact anyway. The evidences of the restored gospel that we do have strengthen my faith, but they are not my foundation...it is the testimony of the Holy Ghost. Some may call me the prototypical sheep...just blindly following what the leaders of the church tell me to do. But, the fact remains that every single trial I have had in my life has been overcome as I put the Lord first and wait upon Him. When I follow the counsel from the living prophet, I am happy, and all things eventually work themselves out. Every part of my life is better because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I have seen the lives of so many who leave the church fall into disarray, emptiness, and confusion. I try to help them as best I can, but I do not let their their lives or actions influence what I know to be true. The church's message is true or it isn't; so we as a people need to stop forcing some middle ground to appear. It is hard at times to be a member of this church, but life is ultimately harder when you are not a part of it. Think back to, remember, and trust in the answers that a loving Father in Heaven has given to you...not in the philosophies of men.
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    NeuroTypical got a reaction from NeedleinA in Presidential Debate - Tomorrow   
    Dat Biden tho.  He never said he wanted fracking banned, but he wants to transition out of the oil industry?
    Best Trump Troll Tweet ever:
     
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    NeuroTypical got a reaction from MrShorty in Pope Appears to Endorse Same-Sex Civil Unions in New Documentary   
    Catholic poster on another board puts it this way:
    As I hear news about Popes, for decades, I've heard similar things from Catholics after this or that news story gets everyone all excited.
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    NeuroTypical got a reaction from MrShorty in Pope Appears to Endorse Same-Sex Civil Unions in New Documentary   
    Catholic poster on another board puts it this way:
    As I hear news about Popes, for decades, I've heard similar things from Catholics after this or that news story gets everyone all excited.
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    NeuroTypical reacted to NeedleinA in New Church video - What is Religious Freedom?   
    From the Church Newsroom - What is Religious Freedom?
    I suppose that means the opposite it true. As religious freedom goes down so does: prosperity, harmony and stability. Food for thought as we look around at ourselves and others.
     
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    NeuroTypical reacted to Carborendum in Question on "Faith Crisis"   
    In all my years of apologetics, I've never heard anything that is "bad" about the Church (that was actually true).  I've heard an awful lot that is taken out of context, or incomplete information, or mischaracterizations, or a symptom of presentism, and often -- just outright lies.
    I've heard bad things about people (and a lot of it was untrue, but some was true).  But the conflating of the two is what I find most difficult to accept from "a middle space".  Of all the things i've heard, they are either perfectly fine once we see the whole story, or we understand that there is more to the story that we simply don't know yet.  We can't throw the baby out with the bathwater.  The baby is fine.  That is what is "all true".  Just get rid of the bathwater that's all used and dirty.
    Again, this is the conflation of people in the church with the Church itself.
    The "Cafeteria Mormon" is merely another way of saying, you're depending on your own wisdom.  You're words epistemology, soteirioligy, Christology are all about using man's methods of finding truth.  What about Divine methods?
    The pattern I notice from all you've written here is that you're still trusting in the arm of flesh for your testimony.  As a place of beginning, that's fine.  That's all most of us have in the beginning.  But just as Adam, we're not meant to remain in a state of ignorance.
    If it never progresses to the point where you're depending on the witness of the Holy Ghost, then you can only go so far.  You will only be so strong.  And you will eventually fall.  And without the witness of the Holy Ghost, man's logic, reason, evidence, knowledge are ignorance -- nothing but sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal.
    You cannot stay where you are.  The Lord does not want us to remain luke warm.  We are not supposed to be fence sitters.  Life will eventually force you to choose.  I pray that you will be open to the Lord's guidance on that.
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    NeuroTypical reacted to MrShorty in Question on "Faith Crisis"   
    As one who judges himself in the middle of a faith crisis, here are some things I see through my glass darkly:
    1) As with so many things today, it seems so polarized. The shrillest anti voices have nothing good to say about the Church, and the loudest pro voices have nothing bad to say. Here in a middle place, where it seems obvious that the Church has made errors but also contains much that is good, it feels awful lonely. It seems difficult to find people and communities to interact with that are comfortable discussing the good and the bad.
    2) Related, there is a predominant "all or nothing" attitude. Many in the Church have long said something like it is all true or it is all fraud. Then the antis grab onto that, demonstrate one undeniable flaw or error in the all or nothing house of cards and claim that the whole thing comes crashing down. I find myself leaning into a "cafeteria Mormon" space, but that space tends to be maligned from both sides, and, again, you feel lonely. It's nice when you find spaces where people are talking about the things they choose to accept and the things they choose to reject from the Church -- that affirm that one can accept and reject pieces without needing to accept or reject the whole kit and kaboodle.
    3) Also related is the frequent fear from the orthodox of "wolves in sheep's clothing". Of course, the antis are fond of calling the faithful mindless sheep. I know that the watchmen on the tower need to be (as Alistair Moody would say) constantly vigilant, but it is sometimes difficult to carve out a space in the Church for yourself when you feel like everyone is suspiciously watching you ready to cast you out as a wolf. It seems like it would help if there were spaces in the Church that were more comfortable with my questions and heresies rather than constantly suspicious of them.
    My epistemology, soteriology, Christology, and such are strongly LDS, so I am most comfortable in LDS spaces. But the things that feel wrong to me can make those LDS spaces uncomfortable as well. How the Church deals with the comfortable and the uncomfortable will impact how I move forward.