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    Traveler reacted to beefche in Why is taco seasoning so bad?   
    Um, what is wrong with making eye contact? I would LOVE having a neighbor like that!
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    Traveler reacted to Backroads in Why is taco seasoning so bad?   
    So I'm not a ham-and-cheese person. I think it's disgusting. 
    Back in the day at Scout camp, staff prep week happened to be during a high-altitude Idaho snowstorm. And I had lifeguards to train in the freezing lake. We spent a morning miserable, then hiked back to the lodge for lunch where they served... ham and cheese on cheap rolls. It was amazing. Best food ever. Why? It was hot.
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    Traveler reacted to Backroads in Why is taco seasoning so bad?   
    Some years ago I started mixing my own seasoning and never looked back.
    You also may not be letting the meat sizzle enough. You want a nice char.
    You also may not be my ancient neighbor who hails from middle-of-nowhere, Mexico and possess all Mexican cooking wisdom.
    Word to the wise: If you're in my backyard when her three billion descendants are over dinner, do not make eye contact with anyone over the fence. If they get the slightest inclination you are aware of their presence, a giant paper plate of food will be prepared for you and you will have to eat it. It may be delicious, but it is also a month's worth of food on one plate. 
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    Traveler got a reaction from Backroads in Why is taco seasoning so bad?   
    I thought I would add that ingredients, methods and attitude matter as much as seasoning (thought seasoning is also considered ingredients).   It is interesting to me that one can find the basic recipes or chain restaurants on the internet.  However, not all hamburger is created equally - the same applies to produce.  A good restaurant will purchase a class better of ingredients than what is usually made available at the average neighborhood grocery store.  Some of the best cooks I know - prefer growing their own ingredients and spices rather than relying on the services of industries of mass distribution.
    I would much prefer to eat a home cooked meal - especially if meat is involved.  The problem for me is the time needed to prepare a meal properly sometimes is not worth it - so eating out is more a matter of convenience than the best of taste. 
    I also mentioned that attitude can contribute to taste - I do not completely understand why but I have discovered that when back packing into wilderness areas - everything I cook seems to taste much better than when cooked in the convenience of our home - especially if fish is involved.  Interesting as well - whenever I am on a long distance bicycle ride (100+ miles) whatever I eat tastes wonderful.
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler reacted to beefche in Why is taco seasoning so bad?   
    If you are using a store bought taco seasoning mix, this could be it (I can't stand that stuff--too salty and taste like preservatives, to me). Make your own and make sure you get quality ingredients. I recommend going to a local International market or Latin market to get your seasonings. I make my own and store it in an airtight container. Whenever I need Mexican seasoning (taco, chili, taco soup, etc), I use this. 
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    Traveler reacted to Suzie in Why is taco seasoning so bad?   
    I love Mexican food but I don't like the food served at typical Mexican restaurants (besides Taco Bell and other fast food places). The food is very different.  Having said that, I make tacos often and we all enjoy it.
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    Traveler reacted to Midwest LDS in Why is taco seasoning so bad?   
    I think it just depends on the recipe. I made some Mexican Street Tacos last week with steak, red onions, cilantro, and lime that was honestly (not bragging I'm still pretty new at trying to make stuff like this) was as good as the stuff I get at my favorite Mexican places.
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    Traveler reacted to CV75 in Lehi and the twelve visitors   
    Good question. As visions go, numbers can be both literal and figurative, and have blended significance, as with other terms such as "luster", "brightness", "book"  and other elements of the vision. In a figurative sense, "12" among the ancient Jews represented perfection, or the union of the people with God. In a literal sense, the vision prefigured the mission of Christ (the "One" and "the first") and His Twelve Apostles, and suggests it may be far more expansive than just their mortal time on earth.
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    Traveler got a reaction from NeuroTypical in Church Leaders Condemn Violence and Lawless Behavior   
    @Suzie I have pondered under what circumstances I would destroy property and with the use of force take another person's life.  As a young 17 year old I pondered and struggled with these thoughts through a long night while in the military having just received orders that would take me into Vietnam during a time of war the following day.   I believe there is a fine line that divides standing to protect freedom and liberty and fighting against freedoms and liberties.  I would not be so bold as to attempt to tell anyone where that line must be drawn but only to say that I personally have the greatest of respect for those that stand before that line as I did while in the military and those officers (police) that do so each and every day that our society may have some semblance of peace. 
    To be honest - having been there and pondered taking the life of other human beings - I realize that those that stand there are not so different from myself, with flaws and mistakes and a propensity to strike back in anger when sufficiently provoked.   I came away from my military experience with the determination that I would rather suffer and die myself than to be the means of brining suffering and death to others but I would if necessary and the only possibility.
    I do not know how this country can move forward as the "United States" - without a willingness to listen to those with whom we disagree without hate and rage and a willingness to sacrifice something ourselves. 
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler reacted to Jane_Doe in True and Living   
    I totally agree with @Carborendum's answer above for the OP.
    However, I don't think that this particular part was addressed.  I'm interpreting the quoted part as "doesn't everyone think that their God (LDS Christian or not) is the True and Living one, whom we can know and worship?".  I'll break my response up into two parts:
    True: ok, I can't think of a person whom doesn't believe their views are the most true / correct.  That's why they do hold those views after all.  Though, I do know people whom believe in openly relativist truths.  
    Living: *Jane tries to figure out how to phrase this the best* .... I do know people (Christian and non) whom believe God distant.  Non-participatory in our lives, non-approachable, non-knowable, etc.  One thing I love about the LDS Christian faith is the stress that God IS involved, is approachable, and is knowable.  If you seek wisdom, then just go ask Him!  It's that simple!    He lives!!!  Go talk to Him and have the real active relationship with Him!!!  
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    Traveler reacted to Vort in True and Living   
    I've mentioned before that one meaning of "true" is "it points straight", as in truing a rifle. A gun that shoots true hits what you're aiming at, assuming you can aim a gun correctly. I think this is a valid and important meaning of a "true Church".
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    Traveler got a reaction from NeuroTypical in Church Leaders Condemn Violence and Lawless Behavior   
    @Suzie I have pondered under what circumstances I would destroy property and with the use of force take another person's life.  As a young 17 year old I pondered and struggled with these thoughts through a long night while in the military having just received orders that would take me into Vietnam during a time of war the following day.   I believe there is a fine line that divides standing to protect freedom and liberty and fighting against freedoms and liberties.  I would not be so bold as to attempt to tell anyone where that line must be drawn but only to say that I personally have the greatest of respect for those that stand before that line as I did while in the military and those officers (police) that do so each and every day that our society may have some semblance of peace. 
    To be honest - having been there and pondered taking the life of other human beings - I realize that those that stand there are not so different from myself, with flaws and mistakes and a propensity to strike back in anger when sufficiently provoked.   I came away from my military experience with the determination that I would rather suffer and die myself than to be the means of brining suffering and death to others but I would if necessary and the only possibility.
    I do not know how this country can move forward as the "United States" - without a willingness to listen to those with whom we disagree without hate and rage and a willingness to sacrifice something ourselves. 
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler reacted to Suzie in Church Leaders Condemn Violence and Lawless Behavior   
    The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles released a statement:
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    Traveler got a reaction from romans8 in Singular righteousness vs unified righteousness   
    I believe this is a great topic for study.  Anciently the meaning of righteous was someone that covenants with G-d.  Here are some of my thoughts:
    - The home teacher that had the greatest impact on my family was a guy to took special interest in our children.  He sometimes came to their sporting events or competitions.   Every Sunday he would talk to the kids about their sports or anything they were doing prior to sacrament meeting - rather then sitting in his pew reverently. 
    - I have always been concerned with temple recommend interviews when I am asked if I am worthy to be at the temple.  One of the main reasons I personally attend the temple is to become more spiritually in tune (more worthy to be there).  Attending the temple - at least for me - is part of a repentance process and an effort to become more closer to being worthy to be in the presents of the Father and the Son.
    - When I lived in Maryland working for the Defense Department - I was the only member in Anti Submarine Warfare division at the Naval Base where I worked.  I also worked for a company in Utah where most were LDS and was a lead engineer on projects where all the engineers were worthy LDS.  To be honest - I felt to be more of a instrument used by G-d when I was the only member.  Sometimes spiritual strength comes of necessity.  The big problem in being in Maryland is being so far from family - but this was also a blessing.  My wife and I had only been married for 3 years when we moved to Maryland where we had no friends or family - we became close having to rely on each other.  It was perhaps our greatest challenge and blessing and made our family very strong and united.
     
    It is my personal belief that those that focus on their individual spirituality and worthiness - do so not understanding their covenants with G-d.  The first covenant with G-d is a turning from individual self righteousness to the care and love of others.  To morn with those that morn and comfort those in need of comfort.  Something I struggle with - weather I am in the midst of the saints are alone myself.  But it does seem there is more opportunity  to morn with those the morn and comfort those in need of comfort in the wilderness seeking out and looking for the one lost sheep than safely in the fold with the 99.
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler got a reaction from romans8 in Lehi and the twelve visitors   
    I will attempt an answer.  To the First:  Egypt was the center of ancient Western Civilization.  We know that Lehi was a wealthy individual.  Most likely his wealth came from trade which would give him connections in Egypt.  As you are referencing the first chapter of first Nephi you may be surprised to note that Nephi's writing definitely has roots in ancient Egypt.  Nephi opens his writing with a classic Egyptian Colophon made famous from the Bremer-Rhind Papyrus.  This becomes a striking testimony of the Book of Mormon's origins and truthfulness because this ancient Egyptian Colophon was not know at the time Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon.   Along this same line - Egyptians would close their remarks with phrases like "And thus it is" or "And so it is".  Nephi uses the closing of "And thus it is, Amen" - which demonstrates a most interesting blending of ancient Egyptian and Hebrew.
    As to the second reference of 12 heavenly beings.  In this we find poetic symbolism very similar to the Book of Revelation in the Bible.  Because the Apostles chosen by Christ are vessels bringing truths of heaven they are symbolically represented as 12 heavenly beings.  Because of the symbolism we are not to think of them individually but as a quorum of 12 - distinct to that which is ordained of G-d and not man.  Thinking in terms of their individual names is pointless to the revelation.  In the Bible the Apostles are referenced as the "foundation" of the religious structure built by Christ and thus a means to identify the true and living church or structure of G-d.  To be differentiated from the counterfeit strictures built up by men (including well meaning men).
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler reacted to Anddenex in D&C 2   
    I think it is simply means that the Lord through Elijah would reveal the binding powers of the priesthood to Joseph.
    It could be similarly said, "Behold I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of John the Baptist...." Simply meaning that through John the Aaronic Priesthood would be revealed and given upon this earth at that time.
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    Traveler reacted to Just_A_Guy in Censorship?   
    I, for one, have no intention of creating an account on some alternative to Facebook. My Facebook presence is primarily to keep in touch with loved ones, not to participate in political discourse or keep up on the news.
    Frankly, if any of the leaked Parler info turns out to be legally actionable and leads to arrests, then I say—good.  I’m not loving the idea of speech actually being shut down, but I’m very in-favor of prosecuting people who use their free speech make death threats, coordinate the invasion of public buildings, gloat about getting physical with cops, and the like. 
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    Traveler got a reaction from seashmore in Temple Clothing Bags   
    If you cannot find the bag fitted with the hook as you desire - you could add your own with a combination carabiner and j-hook.
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler got a reaction from JohnsonJones in Censorship?   
    A close look at history; there was a great apostasy in the church and many that incited  the mob were previous members that fell away.  But what is most interesting to me is that all the suffering inflicted on the Saints prepared them for leaving the USA into the west.  Despite the hardships of the westward movement - the Saints were led away to a place of safety while the nation fell into a bitter civil war - the worst conflict this nation has been involved in - so far.  Sometimes I think history repeats itself.
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler reacted to Fether in No title... just felt everyone should see this   
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    Traveler reacted to scottyg in Censorship?   
    I have been wondering if this place where the church was founded and grown (Utah and the U.S.A.) will start to decay while other places, such as South America, Asia, and Africa will overall be stronger in the Gospel at the time of the Lord's coming. In terms of spreading the Gospel message, Africa is booming right now. Before the Lord's coming to the Americas, the Nephite nation, who was the more spiritual for hundreds of years, began to dwindle, while by and by the Lamanites were the ones that grew in greater spirituality. It wouldn't surprise me at all to see today's "Lamanties",  (those who didn't have the Gospel at it's beginning), be stronger than the "Nephites" as we near the end.
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    Traveler reacted to NeedleinA in Censorship?   
    Well... interesting enough we just had 4 Missionaries in our home last night.
    Their message and invitation primarily revolved around the blessings of sharing the gospel with our friends via "Facebook".
    Who could we invite to learn about God on "Facebook"?
    How could we share the gospel with our "Facebook" friends? etc. etc.

    We were loving in letting them know that we are not really a social media family, but we would try in other ways.
    Once they left, my wife and I said, "we gave them the polite version, not the we won't support Facebook because of their policies/actions a company version".

     
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    Traveler reacted to CV75 in What is “Sunday Best”? (Style/symbolism/culture)   
    I would say “Sunday Best” is whatever conveys your best intent to the Lord, your humble willingness to submit your will and desires to His, and your respect for the holy ordinance of the Sacrament. It is an offering to the Lord for the period of time spent in His house on His holy day (some extend this principle to what they wear at home). This is largely assumed by cultural norms, and within the faith community subset, the example of leaders and the feelings of fellow worshippers. The “widow’s mite” counts, so I do not think it is acceptable to the Lord to compare oneself to others with a spirit of shame or enmity over clothing, and modesty would prevent drawing attention to oneself for their own satisfaction.
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    Traveler reacted to estradling75 in Censorship?   
    In Revelations we learn that there will be Tribulations in the last days and that Lord will cut this time of Tribulation short to prevent it from overpowering the saints.  This seems similar to some events recorded in the Book of Mormon.  Samuel had prophesied the coming of Christ in 5 years and gave the sign of his Birth.  During the intervening 5 years things got so bad that  the faithful were scheduled to be executed.  Ponder on that Ponder on how bad thing are that we have a (most likely) government driven execution.   Please note that at this time one of the Nephi was leading the faithful.  So the faithful were following the prophet and they were going to be executed.  They were not spared by the Church, or by the Prophet, or by the Government, they were spared by the direct intervention of the Lord in giving the sign.
    We have no reason to expect the last days to be any better.
    So the question becomes what can we do?  And that answer is also found in the scriptures.  When the early saints got repeatably kicked out homes and attacked and mobbed.  Joseph Smith prayed for the Lord to intervene.  The Lord's answer was very clear.  Follow the mortal means of redress, work the system, use the tools already given you and allowed.  Then he added, "When" (not "if" but "when") that Fails then the Lord will come out and intervene for his people.   So clearly we have a job to do, and just as clearly we should not put our faith in the system to really work but rather keep our faith in and on God.
    The other thing we are instructed to do is Preach the Gospel.  Prophets and scriptures are clear on the power of the gospel message.  The scriptures and prophets are also clear that not everyone will accept the gospel message when it is preached to them.
    Those are our God given tools in these times (and all times really) and we need to use them well.
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    Traveler got a reaction from Anddenex in Censorship?   
    I listened very carefully to your supplied video of Trump and heard no call for any violence.  Would you provide that time into the video so I know what you are talking about.  BTW, I do recall a Hollywood type posting a picture of them with the severed head of Trump - I do not recall twitter or anyone else suggesting her accounts or freedom of speech be withheld.
     
    The Traveler