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    Traveler reacted to Still_Small_Voice in Worst and Best drivers (by State) in the USA   
    Did you miss the sarcastic joke on my other comment about some four by four drivers feeling they are invincible?  You were supposed to laugh at me. 
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    Traveler reacted to Anddenex in What should we do to "Save the Constitution" that is definitely hanging by a thread?   
    This is the circumstance in Georgia where the individuals watching the votes received and being counted were told to go home and counting was done. When the people left, these individuals pulled out suitcases of ballots that were hidden under tables. They began counting these votes when everyone was gone. In one video of this, it appears one of these individuals are running the ballots multiple times. So, yes, corruption without consequence.
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    Traveler reacted to JohnsonJones in What should we do to "Save the Constitution" that is definitely hanging by a thread?   
    That's probably an easier question.
    Remain righteous and worthy.  Keep your covenants.  Be a worthy Priesthood Holder and listen to the Brethren. 
    Basically, be Righteous and follow the Lord.
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    Traveler got a reaction from MrShorty in Worst and Best drivers (by State) in the USA   
    I heard of a Utah highway patrolman that pulled a car over on I-15 for driving way too slow.  It seems that the driver thought the highway sign was the speed limit.  Then the patrolman noticed that the two passengers in the back seat were both white as a ghost with apparent fear.   He asked if they were okay and they responded not really but they were much better after they got off of I-215 onto I-15.  😂
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler got a reaction from MrShorty in Worst and Best drivers (by State) in the USA   
    I heard of a Utah highway patrolman that pulled a car over on I-15 for driving way too slow.  It seems that the driver thought the highway sign was the speed limit.  Then the patrolman noticed that the two passengers in the back seat were both white as a ghost with apparent fear.   He asked if they were okay and they responded not really but they were much better after they got off of I-215 onto I-15.  😂
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler got a reaction from MrShorty in Worst and Best drivers (by State) in the USA   
    I heard of a Utah highway patrolman that pulled a car over on I-15 for driving way too slow.  It seems that the driver thought the highway sign was the speed limit.  Then the patrolman noticed that the two passengers in the back seat were both white as a ghost with apparent fear.   He asked if they were okay and they responded not really but they were much better after they got off of I-215 onto I-15.  😂
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler got a reaction from Still_Small_Voice in Worst and Best drivers (by State) in the USA   
    You bring up some good points - but also keep in mind that our society is very mobile.  Something that does not appear is the effect of illegal immigration.   50 years ago if someone was involved in an accident with someone without insurance - it was most likely (over 50%) that the uninsured party was illegally in this country.  However, point that out today is considered raciest.  Though this is not specifically listed among the stats and if I was a betting person - I would bet it is a contributing factor.
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler got a reaction from JohnsonJones in Worst and Best drivers (by State) in the USA   
    I must admit I was surprised to see Utah has the nation's safest drivers.  Growing up in Utah, I thought that the worst drivers in Utah were transplants from California - especially on snow.  We call it a California stop when someone slows down (without stopping at stop sign). 
    Note that the information comes mostly from insurance companies.  Insurance companies are experts at determining what is safe driving - their lively hood depends on it.  My father was an insurance agent.  Much against his advice, I purchased a sports car during my college years.  My father advised me that there is a reason different cars cost more to insure.  For example, he once showed me an article that the average time for a brand new Corvette from the time it is driven off the lot before it has its first insurance claim is 8 minutes.  It has been many years and my memory may be off a little but I understand that is why insurance for a new Corvette is expensive.
    I also learned that the color of the car makes a difference (red cars get more tickets).  And those that have their cars modified, are a greater risk.  If you have an accident you are more likely to have another one in the next year - this is why insurance companies will up your rates or cancel your policy.  If you purchase a new or different car - you are more likely to have an accident in the next 6 months.  Those that keep and maintain their car for 10 years or more are less likely to have an accident than those that purchase a new or different car every couple or years.  It is also interesting to me that if someone changes their insurance company - they are more likely to have an accident.
    As a youth my father had me read every article he could find about driving risks.  For example, 80% or highway accidents happen during lane changes - so someone that changes lanes (weaving in traffic) is more likely to have an accident.  I believe that regardless of how good a driver someone thinks they are - if they are not primarily a defensive driver - they are not as good as they think.  And I personally do not think that aggressive driving is compatible with defensive driving.   
    For my last thought - I believe that if someone would commute to work for a week by bicycle - it would change their driving.  I believe that the evolutionary law of survival of the fittest (not the seemingly best) applies to driving - but is greatly increased if you are on a bicycle.
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler got a reaction from NeuroTypical in Worst and Best drivers (by State) in the USA   
    For fun here is an article on drivers.  I was most surprised that Utah has the best overall drivers.  Here is the link:
    https://www.carinsurancecomparison.com/which-states-have-the-worst-drivers/#methodology
    Scroll down to the overall table.
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler got a reaction from JohnsonJones in Worst and Best drivers (by State) in the USA   
    I must admit I was surprised to see Utah has the nation's safest drivers.  Growing up in Utah, I thought that the worst drivers in Utah were transplants from California - especially on snow.  We call it a California stop when someone slows down (without stopping at stop sign). 
    Note that the information comes mostly from insurance companies.  Insurance companies are experts at determining what is safe driving - their lively hood depends on it.  My father was an insurance agent.  Much against his advice, I purchased a sports car during my college years.  My father advised me that there is a reason different cars cost more to insure.  For example, he once showed me an article that the average time for a brand new Corvette from the time it is driven off the lot before it has its first insurance claim is 8 minutes.  It has been many years and my memory may be off a little but I understand that is why insurance for a new Corvette is expensive.
    I also learned that the color of the car makes a difference (red cars get more tickets).  And those that have their cars modified, are a greater risk.  If you have an accident you are more likely to have another one in the next year - this is why insurance companies will up your rates or cancel your policy.  If you purchase a new or different car - you are more likely to have an accident in the next 6 months.  Those that keep and maintain their car for 10 years or more are less likely to have an accident than those that purchase a new or different car every couple or years.  It is also interesting to me that if someone changes their insurance company - they are more likely to have an accident.
    As a youth my father had me read every article he could find about driving risks.  For example, 80% or highway accidents happen during lane changes - so someone that changes lanes (weaving in traffic) is more likely to have an accident.  I believe that regardless of how good a driver someone thinks they are - if they are not primarily a defensive driver - they are not as good as they think.  And I personally do not think that aggressive driving is compatible with defensive driving.   
    For my last thought - I believe that if someone would commute to work for a week by bicycle - it would change their driving.  I believe that the evolutionary law of survival of the fittest (not the seemingly best) applies to driving - but is greatly increased if you are on a bicycle.
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler reacted to romans8 in Was Jesus married   
    1 Nephi 11:20 makes a reference to a virgin holding a child in her arms.
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    Traveler got a reaction from NeedleinA in I think I just lost my kid in the Church   
    I believe we live in a time similar to Nimrod and the Tower of Babel.   Mostly from scripture we are led to believe that Nimrod intended to build a "way" to heaven.  Josephus in his "Tradition of the Jews" indicated that Nimrod intended to build a high place that would save mankind from an additional flood.  We know that in the last days that there will be a great deal of "trouble" come unto the world.  The question is not how to avoid trouble but rather where we put our faith in time of trouble.  Do we place our faith in that which is flesh and of this world or do we put our faith in spirit and that which is of G-d?
    I have always felt that if the brethren with the presiding keys are making bad decisions - I should take the matter up directly with them - not my parents, not other members, not the press, or not anyone else that was not involved in "the" decision.  In the early history of our church Joseph Smith made a very bad decision to go a head with the Kirtland Safety Society.  This brought about the greatest excuse for apostasy seen in the Last-days.  Half of the Apostles, the two councilors of the First Presidency and most of the witnesses of the Book of Mormon "golden" plates fell into apostasy.    
    I have a son that is struggling with all things divine.  He served a mission, married in the temple, attended his meetings and read the scriptures daily.  When his wife left him - he blamed G-d.  He could not understand why things went wrong when he was doing everything right.  He no longer keeps any of his covenants - including the Law of Chasity.   He demands he is happier now than when we was loyal to his covenants.  As I have discussed this with him - I have reminded him that great sailors are not made great sailing on calm seas - that the greater the storm the greater the faith that is needed to overcome and sail through the storm.  Great sailors are made great by great storms.
    Having faith in leadership does not mean that they will not make mistakes - but faith is that G-d will assist them even in their mistakes.  I have told the story from my youth of meeting with President Hugh B. Brown and having the privilege of asking him questions.  I thought in my youthful intelligence that I could "catch" him with the following question:  Do we support our bishop even if we know for sure that they are wrong?  His answer was that we support our bishop - especially if he is wrong because he will need our support far more then; than when they are obviously right.    I would add - supporting our leaders does not mean that we do what ever they tell us and never give any feed back.  It means we sit in counsel with our leaders - in the same manner that when we pray to G-d we open our hearts and speak according to our understanding - and exercise faith that G-d will answer our prayers - but not always as we though our concerns ought to be ansered.
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler reacted to prisonchaplain in I think I just lost my kid in the Church   
    "Thus sayeth the Lord, the piano playing is too loud."
    That actually happened. I believe the pastor spoke with the individual afterwards, and indicated that she was 'in the flesh,' with that last word she gave. He did not discount that God had used her in the past, nor deny that she had spiritual gifts. This one was of personal opinion, rather than the Spirit, though. And...if he (the pastor telling her this) is wrong, then he will bare that responsibility before God.
    Okay...it's not an LDS example, but there are many similarities. Leaderships discerns a matter, and truly believes it has God's answer. Most of the time their spot on. God has spoken. Once in awhile errors are made.
    So...either the young man in the OP has many built up grievances, and this was the final one, or he's being rather judgy--something that particular generation loves to accuse us mature ones of. He may be right, but sometimes we can be so much so that we're still wrong.
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    Traveler reacted to Jane_Doe in I think I just lost my kid in the Church   
    Have faith in the Lord and in your son.
    A testimony is not truly built or broken on one individual's statement -- even though they certainly can cause mega rough spots and flared tempers.   Let time pass and trust the Lord.  The Spirit has your son & family in hand.  If you want to pray to feel that comfort & strengthen that faith, that is certainly a good idea.   I know I've prayed "Master the tempest is raging" many times.
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    Traveler reacted to NeedleinA in Next Year Predictions   
    1. Trump will serve a 2nd term, but not without some form of military intervention first, even it is just the threat of force.
    2. Covid will have been slowed to almost a crawl, at which point China will release a 2nd virus. Having learned the world's weaknesses with Covid19, they will take active measures to push  deeper into countries than ever before, with the primary objective of turning them against the USA. 
    3. "Certain cities will become more dangerous and violent. - At least one federal elected official will be killed." - agreed, in addition to at least two governors who were involved with harsh lock downs.
    4. Small businesses that were crushed by the lock downs in 2020, will join lawsuits and drive certain cities into near bankruptcy.
    5. The Church will have it's missionary force cut by 33%. Individuals will be less and less willing to serve missions realizing they will be stuck in lock downs from the 2nd Chinese virus.
     
    Oh... never mind, please disregard my thoughts above. I missed the "best thinkers" part. 😉
    I'm really not that pessimistic, BUT if I'm right on any of the points above I'll be sure to quote myself towards the end of 2021 and claim prognosticator status!
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    Traveler got a reaction from NeedleinA in Next Year Predictions   
    Who would have guessed this year at this time last year.   So I wonder - what the best thinkers and prognosticators deduct based on current trends.  I will start.
    Biden will be the next president.
    Signs of inflation will start to take place in the economy.
    Interest rates will rise - so will unemployment.
    Certain cities will become more dangerous and violent. - At least one federal elected official will be killed.
    There will be "talk" among several states of secession - all among party lines - beginning with Texas. 
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler got a reaction from mordorbund in Isaiah Translation   
    I was in the military during the Vietnam era - I have seen entire nations turn against each other as well as themselves claiming the spiritual high ground from their interpretation of ancient texts.  Currently we are seeing entire political parties turning against each other and claiming that sacred scripture justifies their actions.  For thousands of years - there have been wars and massacres justified by expert interpretation of scriptures.  And those with variant opinions (opposing the experts) of scripture interpretation; denounced as heretics, brutally punished by those "more" expert in scripture.  We would not have an Old Testament today if it had not been for the Pharisees - and yet they and their expert interpretation of scripture was the motivation behind the movement to crucify Christ.   
    The interpretation of scripture cannot and will not save anyone from their sins.  And no one will be saved without the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
     
    The Traveler 
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    Traveler reacted to Godless in The election   
    Should it be investigated? Sure. Should the election be held hostage because if it? No.
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    Traveler got a reaction from Anddenex in The election   
    I do not know how many caught the December 8th evening broadcast of Tucker Carlson on Fox News.  It appears that one of the Democratic congressmen from California has been working with and colluding (sleeping) with a Chinese agent since they were a city councilman.  The irony is that this congressman sat on the Security Committee and openly accused Trump of Russia collusion even after a Chinese nationalist and spy (they were sleeping with) worked on his campaigns bundling campaign money.  He also strongly, in public, demanded Trump be impeached for working with and assisting Russian interests - while he was doing exactly that with China.
    We will see if there will be any investigation into any Democratic official (including Biden and his son) assisting Chinese agents access - not only to information but Chinese influence into US political policies - not just within the Democratic Party but inside influence in official US policies.  Perhaps even in voter corruption?
    Even if we assume that Tucker Carlson has reported "fake news" with fake evidence - We shall see if there is even an investigation - even of what Tucker reported or if it all disappear under the political and news carpet.  
    Does China influence high tech -TicTok, Twiter, Facebook?  Sports - National Basketball Association and players?  Government information and policy concerning the COVID (Chinese) pandemic - especially from Democrats?  Liberal and mainstream news outlets?
    How deep is our election problem?
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler got a reaction from Anddenex in The election   
    I do not know how many caught the December 8th evening broadcast of Tucker Carlson on Fox News.  It appears that one of the Democratic congressmen from California has been working with and colluding (sleeping) with a Chinese agent since they were a city councilman.  The irony is that this congressman sat on the Security Committee and openly accused Trump of Russia collusion even after a Chinese nationalist and spy (they were sleeping with) worked on his campaigns bundling campaign money.  He also strongly, in public, demanded Trump be impeached for working with and assisting Russian interests - while he was doing exactly that with China.
    We will see if there will be any investigation into any Democratic official (including Biden and his son) assisting Chinese agents access - not only to information but Chinese influence into US political policies - not just within the Democratic Party but inside influence in official US policies.  Perhaps even in voter corruption?
    Even if we assume that Tucker Carlson has reported "fake news" with fake evidence - We shall see if there is even an investigation - even of what Tucker reported or if it all disappear under the political and news carpet.  
    Does China influence high tech -TicTok, Twiter, Facebook?  Sports - National Basketball Association and players?  Government information and policy concerning the COVID (Chinese) pandemic - especially from Democrats?  Liberal and mainstream news outlets?
    How deep is our election problem?
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler got a reaction from Anddenex in The election   
    I do not know how many caught the December 8th evening broadcast of Tucker Carlson on Fox News.  It appears that one of the Democratic congressmen from California has been working with and colluding (sleeping) with a Chinese agent since they were a city councilman.  The irony is that this congressman sat on the Security Committee and openly accused Trump of Russia collusion even after a Chinese nationalist and spy (they were sleeping with) worked on his campaigns bundling campaign money.  He also strongly, in public, demanded Trump be impeached for working with and assisting Russian interests - while he was doing exactly that with China.
    We will see if there will be any investigation into any Democratic official (including Biden and his son) assisting Chinese agents access - not only to information but Chinese influence into US political policies - not just within the Democratic Party but inside influence in official US policies.  Perhaps even in voter corruption?
    Even if we assume that Tucker Carlson has reported "fake news" with fake evidence - We shall see if there is even an investigation - even of what Tucker reported or if it all disappear under the political and news carpet.  
    Does China influence high tech -TicTok, Twiter, Facebook?  Sports - National Basketball Association and players?  Government information and policy concerning the COVID (Chinese) pandemic - especially from Democrats?  Liberal and mainstream news outlets?
    How deep is our election problem?
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler got a reaction from Anddenex in The election   
    I do not know how many caught the December 8th evening broadcast of Tucker Carlson on Fox News.  It appears that one of the Democratic congressmen from California has been working with and colluding (sleeping) with a Chinese agent since they were a city councilman.  The irony is that this congressman sat on the Security Committee and openly accused Trump of Russia collusion even after a Chinese nationalist and spy (they were sleeping with) worked on his campaigns bundling campaign money.  He also strongly, in public, demanded Trump be impeached for working with and assisting Russian interests - while he was doing exactly that with China.
    We will see if there will be any investigation into any Democratic official (including Biden and his son) assisting Chinese agents access - not only to information but Chinese influence into US political policies - not just within the Democratic Party but inside influence in official US policies.  Perhaps even in voter corruption?
    Even if we assume that Tucker Carlson has reported "fake news" with fake evidence - We shall see if there is even an investigation - even of what Tucker reported or if it all disappear under the political and news carpet.  
    Does China influence high tech -TicTok, Twiter, Facebook?  Sports - National Basketball Association and players?  Government information and policy concerning the COVID (Chinese) pandemic - especially from Democrats?  Liberal and mainstream news outlets?
    How deep is our election problem?
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler got a reaction from Anddenex in The election   
    I do not know how many caught the December 8th evening broadcast of Tucker Carlson on Fox News.  It appears that one of the Democratic congressmen from California has been working with and colluding (sleeping) with a Chinese agent since they were a city councilman.  The irony is that this congressman sat on the Security Committee and openly accused Trump of Russia collusion even after a Chinese nationalist and spy (they were sleeping with) worked on his campaigns bundling campaign money.  He also strongly, in public, demanded Trump be impeached for working with and assisting Russian interests - while he was doing exactly that with China.
    We will see if there will be any investigation into any Democratic official (including Biden and his son) assisting Chinese agents access - not only to information but Chinese influence into US political policies - not just within the Democratic Party but inside influence in official US policies.  Perhaps even in voter corruption?
    Even if we assume that Tucker Carlson has reported "fake news" with fake evidence - We shall see if there is even an investigation - even of what Tucker reported or if it all disappear under the political and news carpet.  
    Does China influence high tech -TicTok, Twiter, Facebook?  Sports - National Basketball Association and players?  Government information and policy concerning the COVID (Chinese) pandemic - especially from Democrats?  Liberal and mainstream news outlets?
    How deep is our election problem?
     
    The Traveler
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    Traveler reacted to CV75 in “Even if the church was not true, I would still be a member”   
    No, as I am by nature irreligious. Had I not received a spiritual witness of its truthfulness, I would never join any church at all.
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    Traveler reacted to NeuroTypical in Soliciting Opinions on Healthy Relationships Quote   
    This is a quite common notion in marriage and family therapy circles and literature.  Probably because MFT folks' schedules are packed with endless examples of people who never learned to own (or even identify) their emotions.  Endless, endless, nevereding flow of individuals who need to be trained to say "I'm lonely", instead of "s/he is a jerk who doesn't love me".   So they learn to use "I" statements, but the other person still doesn't fix the problem, so their spouse/so is still a jerk, and they end up getting resentful.    The quote advances the notion that just because I feel lonely, doesn't mean my SO will pick up on it, or understand, or know what to do, or even want to do anything about it at that moment.  So, when you express an emotion and a need, and don't get what you want, you have a choice.  You can get resentful, or you can do something else.   There are a lot of 'something else's - doing something out of love is a good way to avoid some of the negative ones.