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    Biden's Mandate may be a tad too far

    When I was a kid I had the smallpox vaccine 3 time because it did not take. We knew when it did not take because when it took it left a scar. It was finally established that the reason it did not take is because I have natural immunity to smallpox. If someone has had COVID-19 and is immune there is absolutely no reason to get the vaccine. After my quarantine for testing positive for COVID-19 I was informed by my health care professionals (including the Utah State health department) that I would not need the vaccine. But interestingly this was all before the "vaccine" was released. I have been informed that having recovered from COVID-19 and having had the "vaccine" (for no other reason than to calm my wife) that I am now 7 times less likely to be re-infected, require hospitalization or die. There is a report out of Israel that says that those with natural immunity that have not had the "vaccine" are 7 time less likely as well. I have yet to see any data that the "vaccine" benefits someone with natural immunity. Which ought to make sense because the "vaccine" was reverse engineered from those those with natural immunity to create the exact same RNA messaging of those with natural immunity. Until our government accepts natural immunity I am convinced that ALL the call for "vaccine" mandates are as corrupt as the FBI and Olympic committee has been concerning young female gymnasts. The Traveler
  2. Perhaps I have missed something that @Just_A_Guy could better clarify. But requiring any discloser of someone's personal health records - I believe is in violation of HIPPA laws. The Traveler
  3. If you make personal references - I believe that such should be uplifting, encouraging and centered in Christ (not so much personal beyond what is necessary for helping others). The Traveler
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    Biden's Mandate may be a tad too far

    I do not think he (as with most politicians) have ever made it - or for that matter anything else. It would seem from history that from time to time someone from outside of politics has entered the political fray and accomplished things of use to society - as was the case of our nation's founders. The Traveler
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    Biden's Mandate may be a tad too far

    While we are on this subject - I wonder if the following revelation applies from Doctrine and Covenants Section 58: The Traveler
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    What the history books don't tell you...

    History books tell us a lot. Not only about the history that such speaks to and about but also written history purports the thinking during the times and philosophies of the era when the history was written. One of the discoveries of history is that the so called Caucasian race is not really a race by the modern definition of terms but rather a multi race culture or peoples of many different nationalities, languages and genetics. It is also a historical fact that the peoples of much of the history of Europe were themselves citizens of slavery and were owned by their king and their over lords. History calls this type of citizenship - feudalism. But there was another level within feudalism that was refereed to at the time as slavery - where people were openly traded for goods and services or even as punishments for crimes. Such slavery also carried the term of indentured servant. I have an ancestor that was sent to the Americas from Scotland in the early 1600's as a slave as it was recorded at the time. The reality of history and history books is that slavery is not a raciest institution. But slavery does have raciest connections with specific nationalities and ethnic groups in various geological areas. Sadly slavery has been historically difficult for the many dark skinned peoples of Africa that is still very much a problem even today. History does indicate that there are social and ethnic structures that actually are systemically raciest and that such is most prevalent (both in the past and even today) in some of the cultures of Africa. Without a doubt the cultures and peoples of Africa have suffered long in history and continue to suffer currently. What we are currently seeing is a effort to gaslight the problems of today's slavery in an effort to blame those cultures that historically worked the hardest to end slavery as the origins and perpetrators of slavery. One of the great efforts of this gaslighting is to re-write history based on today's thinking and political climate. I personally do not think this effort to change and rewrite history is divinely inspired but is at its heart and core an evil intended to divide this once great nation and subject it's people to a modern form of slavery where the citizens are owned by the state which our not so distant past history was called socialism. The Traveler
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    Judgement and attributing motives

    The problem with scriptures (prophetic insights) is that such is often interoperated by the reader/listener. Anciently it was understood that a righteous person was someone that made and kept covenants given to them by G-d. Conversely a unrighteous person was one that refused and broke the covenants G-d has made with them. If we extend this understanding of righteousness verses unrighteousness we can understand that a righteous judgment is a judgment made through and according to G-d's covenants. A unrighteous judgment is a judgment made outside of or contrary to G-d's covenants. The Traveler
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    The Holy War

    Please maintain this understanding throughout the rest of the season. Tithing should be paid against all accounts. With Utah in the Pac 12 and BYU in the Big 12 we ought to be able to wish (support) each other. In short - as Coach Sitake said prior to Saturday's game - "There is something very wrong with wishing bad things for anyone."
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    Doctrine Fallout

    In this world - including our time and place in history - I have discovered in my own lifetime that my particular views have changed as has my understanding of various doctrines. For example I was raised with the notion that G-d created the earth about 6,000 years ago and that all the species of living things were each created and commanded to reproduce after their own kind. I was taught that believing in evolution of species was evil and would destroy one's covenants and belief in the true and living G-d. Beginning at the age of about 8 years old I began to recognize miracles, such as the power of prayer and the influence of G-d in my life. During my 14 year (which is at the age of 13 because the theory of counting number begins at 1 rather than 0) I read the Book of Mormon and had a profound experience (in some ways similar to young Joseph Smith) such that I knew the Book of Mormon to be inspired and a divine gift - though I really did not know detail doctrines taught in the Book of Mormon. From then on I began to be influenced by my late great grand father that I came to understand was watching over me until I received the Melchizedek Priesthood and was married in the temple. This influence along with the Gift of the Holy Ghost - I consider to be the greatest miracle thus far in my life that has guided me to marriage and family. Never-the-less I have learned that every sole has agency to decide for themselves if they will covenant with G-d and endure their covenants. All of my children have struggled with their covenants and two have decided to turn away from their covenants (for now). Sadly I have observed many turn away from their covenants - for all kinds and varieties of reasons. In all cases this turning from covenants has included moral indiscretions (rebellion against the Law of Chasity and the Word of Wisdom). Though doctrines are often cited I have pondered why these two laws and principles are so decisive. As a missionary, I had a personal conversation with Elder Legrand Richards. I talked about a good minister I knew the had a testimony of the Book of Mormon but believed he must watch over his flock rather than be Baptized. Brother Richards look me in the eye and told me the only reason people are not involved with the Church is because of sin. This is why new members must be baptized for the remission of sins. I have come to understand that sin not only separates us from our covenants and communion with G-d - but it prevents us from recognizing the many and profound miracles that are taking place in these Last-days. The reason that apostates do not believe G-d's prophets is not because of doctrine nor is it their understanding of doctrines - it is because they transgress divine laws, they refuse the sacred ordinances and break their everlasting covenants. It is my personal observation that no one is part in and out of the Church - ether they make and keep covenants of they eventually fall away into various mists of darkness's. All of this we are told of and warned of in scripture. I am of the mind that the greatest purpose of the covenant Saints of this present day and time is to call this generation to repentance - through gentleness, meekness and loved unfeigned. I personally struggle with this and tend to speak without such cautions. Because I am concerned that the time is drawing near when the wicked (those that will not make or keep covenants with G-d) will be destroyed. And that only the righteous (those that make and keep covenants with G-d) will be spared. As I listen to the conference talks - it seems that doctrines are hardly spoken of at all but all that speak at Conference seem to call us to return to making and keeping our covenants - especially concerning the covenants associated with the sacrament and Sabbath Day (which is pretty much all of the sacred covenants of salvation). The Traveler
  10. I do not think you have much of an idea of things that can be done to tick others off? As a side note - many years ago the Stakes of Provo put on an 4th of July celebration with a show at the BYU stadium. As a teenager my friends and I were asked to sleep in the stadium to guard the expensive lighting and sound equipment. Good thing no one tried to take anything - especially for us - we were all dear hunters and armed to the teeth. The Traveler
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    The Holy War

    Mark this day (tomorrow - Saturday Sept 11) it is likely the last time there will be any meaningful rivalry in any games (especially football) played in the future. However, we have learned by sad experiences throughout the history of mankind that those that base their opinions in hate - will likely continue to be unhappy and vengeful even after there all the reasons have been erased in time. The Traveler
  12. I have wondered if at the final judgment that G-d will open the heavens and let us each see the Celestial Kingdom and all it entails - and them many Latter-day Saints (and others) will look on in disappointment and say, "I paid tithing , made temple covenants, attended church all my life and endured the hardships of being a Saint for this?" And then G-d in his mercy will show another kingdom with the question - "Perhaps this is more to your liking and a Kingdom of Glory that better fits your expectations. And the response will be - "Oh this is much better. Thanks so much - this is what much better for me." The Traveler
  13. I thought to respond to this thought of "Celestial Caliber". It was drilled into me as a youth that a person is not accomplished by that which is done when it does not matter but rather that which is done despite all else that does not matter. For example - a kind person is not defined as someone that is kind to friends. To friends, kindness does not matter as much. Therefore a kind person is kind to their enemies. Such kindness matters because it is so rare and different. The only one that I can even imagine that qualifies as "Celestial Caliber" is Christ who sacrificed his "Celestial" standing and acquired or achieved possessions mostly for those that would never appreciate his gift to take advantage of it or accept it. Most of a religious stripe do so for what they think is their benefit - their salvation - their forgiveness, their attainments of glory that they may acquire heaven and live in blissful relationship with G-d. And if they make any motions towards others it is because they expect to be greatly rewarded for it. Sometime I wonder if an the kindness of a atheist is more Christ like than a standard Christian. Whenever I have had a discussion about what is required to obtain heaven - that most think that they are quire sure they qualify and are equally quite sure they know of others that do not qualify - so they ought to condemn them for their shortcomings. I am sure I am obligated to treat all others with kindness - especially my enemies - but I cannot possibly see much logic that I will ever benefit for such. It seems that the more I think myself Christ like --- the more it is evidence that I am not so much as what I think I am. My only hope is that when it come to the final judgment - that G-d will be most merciful to all those that obviously fell short of being "Celestial Caliber". If not - I of all, will not make it. But I do have hope that anyone that lives with hope in this life will have hope at that day. In the meantime - I plan to do all I possibly can and recommend all others do so as well. That we all hope and pray for mercy especially for all that hope and pray for mercy. The Traveler
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    3.5 Trillion spending bill

    Impressions from D&C 87 This prophesy is generally understood to foretell of the Civil War - that was somewhat already expected when this revelation was given. For the most part the Saints avoided the Civil war but ever since the Saints have been much invested. It appears that the prophetic wars will continue until the collapse of "all" nations - which will end the shedding of the blood of the Saints. I have additional impressions concerning this particular prophesy (section 87) that apply to things currently unfolding but I will leave such up to those that read the scriptures. The Traveler
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    3.5 Trillion spending bill

    It is interesting to me that throughout history that prior to any catastrophic event that there were "signs" indicating that something was wrong - but, for whatever reason the vast majority of individuals felt that they would somehow be excluded and an exception to what was changing. It is my understanding that for the most part the Latter-day Saints will not be exempted from the trials and tribulations of the Last-days except that they will be better prepared to endure them. As I understand economics - deficit government spending is a precursor to inflation. Inflation is a cause of suffering and unrest that is almost always a companion of war. Not since the Civil War has a war been fought on our American soil. I could be wrong but I am under the impression that the Saints will be drawn into war that is a continuation of previous wars in which the Saints has fought. The Traveler
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    Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)

    I am trying to understand this logic. Are you suggesting that technology and medicine are the solutions? Or that there is something seriously wrong with the American People as opposed to other Peoples? Or both? From a "religious" (LDS) standpoint (prophesy) - could there be any other possibilities in your mind? The Traveler
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    The Holy War

    Thanks to a coach from BYU The Traveler
  18. I have come to the conclusion that if we take any eternal principle relevant to the Plan of Salvation and think to understand it only considering our mortal experience - nothing will make sense. In order to understand G-d's Plan of Salvation it is necessary to have a perspective that includes a pre-existence, mortal experience and a spiritual afterlife that all must proceed preparations for what is called "The Final Judgment" or "Resurrection". Note that I have linked the final judgment with the resurrection as though they are the same event. I will not argue that they are the exact same event but that they are tightly coupled or linked and cannot take place separately. Here are some scriptures from the D&C that I think apply: It is my personal conclusion that the Plan of Salvation must include more elements than our mortal experience - but let us not for a moment discount the importance that we each as individuals obtain from our mortal experience. And so this particular phrase quoted from above means much: "Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed." The Traveler
  19. I kind of like this particular saying - because I believe that 90% of the things people worry about never happens. But then such proves that worrying about something is likely the most effective thing many people do about the problems they face.😉 The Traveler
  20. You need to follow your heart. We need to follow the science - spoken by someone that has no background (interest) in science. Politicians that criticize those of a different political stripe for doing what they praise their fellow politicians for. Someone that thinks that scripture or the words of a prophet will solve differences of religious opinions. Saying something literally with the intent of symbolism - example a sports caster talking about a speedy receiver by saying, "He is literally flying down the field". Thinking that something you have - it is mine, I can do with it what I want? - especially when the same complains of how wasteful others are. Anyone gaslighting - Blaming others for their bad choices, bad behavior, mistakes or inabilities to accomplish lasting relationships. Sourer grape complaining - Especially those that fail to maintain religious covenants that blame religions for the world's ills. The Traveler
  21. I understand that the 9/11 attack was brought to us from elements in Afghanistan but now after 20 or so years what has been improved or solved? I understand the reason to withdraw from Afghanistan and I wonder why we thought it a brilliant idea to fight a war we never intended to win. I think what bothers me with what I am currently seeing is that our current leadership promised that what is now happening was not even possible. I do not object to leaving – I object to the lying about our leaving. If our leaders cannot be truthful about leaving Afghanistan --- What can we believe as reasons concerning anything our leaders are doing? When I trained others in white water rafting I would often express the idea that regardless of what has happened - always the greater concern ought to be on what is coming next. It is my general impression that what is coming next is more turbulent and threatening than what we have recently faced. (recently - meaning in the last 100 years or so) The Traveler
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    Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)

    If I were to voice my honest opinion - I believe there are many and much more important "things" for individual and social good health than getting the booster as soon as possible. The Traveler
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    Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)

    This is a most interesting problem that I personally believe that the method for solution is more important than the solution. Allow me to explain. As near as I can determine the only reason to pass any particular law (mandate) is so one segment of the population can force their moral implications on another segment of the population that disagrees. This implies that laws are in essence morals in which there is some alternate leaning. It is obvious why there are no laws that define the universal gravitational constant or the value of pi. It is because there is no serious disagreement. The only time there needs to be a law is when one segment of the population wants something defined and an additional segment refuses to conform. As a result human history is all about those that assume the power to implement their particular moral code as official law. Those that think morals should not or cannot be legislated are (in my mind) completely out of touch with reality. As we come to realize this problem with how laws are defined we can come to understand why human laws are both corrupt and inefficient at the very core. We make every effort to appear that whatever morals we translate into law are "just". We assume that justice is a most noble exploit so we attempt to justify the justice of our morals with logic but the reality appears to me that when we cannot logically justify our morals that we will resort to what ever powers are available to use to force others to accept our morals. This has left me with the impression that the method we employ to define our morals and laws are actually more important than the morals and laws in and of themselves. As much as I personally find myself at odds with the majority concepts - I have no suggestion for any better determination than what the majority favors. In short as bad as the majority opinion and morals are - every other possibility available to us mortals has always turned out to be much worse. As so we even define science as the majority opinion of scientist - which BTW has been proven wrong many times. But we are rather stuck with such anyway. The Traveler
  24. The truth is that we do not know much of anything concerning the divine kingdom of heaven. He have revelation that "eternal" marriage is a divine covenant ordained by G-d. And yet we cannot even resolve if Jesus was married. Not here on earth nor in heaven. There are arguments that there is no marriage in heaven and yet we believe that the everlasting covenant of marriage is necessary for living like G-d in the Celestial Kingdom. I have faith that no one is complete (perfect) unless they are married and loyal to that covenant. I have faith that the creation of life requires a divine oneness. It is interesting to me that whenever scripture speaks of "one" G-d that the Hebrew word ehad which is also used to describe the oneness of marriage. It is also common in scripture to compare the covenant between G-d and man to the covenant of marriage. I have tried to wrap my logic of male gender around marriage to G-d and I quickly get lost in that process and have never heard a good resolution for it from anyone. If I put together all the scripture about our Father in Heaven all that I can come up with is that He is the father of our spirits and I am not sure exactly what that means. But I also respect the logic referenced in the sacred hymn, "Oh My Father" that comes to the conclusion that I have a mother in heaven. But I would put forth one other thought concerning two brothers that opposed each other for a "birth right" in the pre-existence - that in all types and shadows that exist in scripture that when two brothers have been in conflict for the divine birth right that in all cases it has been given to the younger of the two making it obvious that the first born does not mean the eldest but the most noble. But every time I point this out it seems to upset a lot of Latter-day Saints. The Traveler
  25. I think the greater problem is the connecting of that which is spiritual with that which is physical concerning define laws, ordinances and covenants. Many can understand that with divine law that there is a letter of the law and a spirit of the law but seldom do they track such differences through ordinances and covenants as well. In the parable of the 10 virgins we learn that just because something has been restored that not all participating will benefit. Whenever such discussions take place - I am reminded of Jesus speaking at the last supper indicating that he would be betrayed by someone present. It is interesting that not one Apostle figured out it was Judas but rather asked - "L-rd is it I". The Traveler