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I do not think the students need to solve all other problems in the world prior to addressing one that is pressing on their minds. Gun violence and suicides are not insignificant. I knew someone that committed suicide with a gun just last year. Those that utilize guns are much more successful in ending their lives.

It is random violence like school shootings that can make us feel helpless, as it is nearly impossible to plan and defend against. And mass school shootings have been increasing in recent years. Listening to audio of the shootings as the shooter wanders around killing anyone he can is truly horrifying. And knowing that your child is now more likely to be a victim to this type of horror can make one reconsider previously held political views.

Forum and Member News / Re: Baby Boy
« on: March 18, 2018, 06:47:33 pm »
His nadir weight was 4 lbs 9 ounces. Last weigh in was a week ago and he was 6 lbs 10 ounces. I am guessing he is over 7 lbs now. He is gaining weight faster than my daughter did. But, if he wants to be 6'4" like me, he'll need to get a move on.

I have noticed definite differences. My daughter never liked to be held or snuggled. To calm her (aside from feeding and changing the diaper), I would hold her away from my body with her head in my hand and bounce her. For my daughter, it wasn't until she got her first real cold at about a year old that she really snuggled, and from then on that was a sign that she was sick. To calm my new baby boy, he wants to be held close to the body. My wife is certainly happy with the snuggling.

He was turning from tummy to back at 2 weeks. But that might have been because his head was so much heavier than his body, that once he got going, it was easy to do. He did that for a week, and then gained weight and has not been turning over anymore.

I have yet to be peed on, unlike my wife, multiple times.

We brought him to church today. We will wait to bless him until we move to Washington.

There will be a call to action for helping refugees, including a program wherein members open up their homes to help tens of thousands relocate, helping the refugees learn English, obtain employment, and NOT trying to convert them. They will change religions on their own if they so desire. For those that do not have large enough homes, there will be a new perpetual immigration fund.

Doctrines & Scholarship / Re: Abraham and Isaac
« on: March 10, 2018, 02:14:10 pm »
What I find most unbelievable from the Abraham story is that Sarah had a son at the age written about her. But I have difficulty with the ages and life spans as presented in the old testament.

Mormon Life / Re: The Tender Mercies/Answered Prayers Thread
« on: March 10, 2018, 12:51:12 pm »
The second group offered me a job.

I am still awaiting my license, then I can apply for a new DEA number in my new state, then I can complete the paperwork for hospital privileges. 3-4 months of torture to go.

What I thought was a tender mercy, that MD emailing to take my place and work for my group the very next day, he changed his mind. He is not coming. This reinforces my hesitance to call something a tender mercy or divine intervention too early.

General Discussion / Re: Question about your talents
« on: March 10, 2018, 12:45:38 pm »
In learning I believe that knowing the right question to ask is harder than finding the answer. In that case, identifying is more important.

However, with talents I do not believe that you can identify them until you have given it enough hard work, diligence, and discipline to see if you have that talent or can disqualify it. To become a master at something the commonly held belief is 10,000 hours spent working at it. We cannot all spend 10,000 hours at every task to see if we have a talent for it. For most tasks a few hundred to several thousand hours may be enough to see if you will develop it well enough to continue it on. So for talents, you need to do it to know how to identify it.

If you are speaking about Gifts of the Spirit, then that is something different entirely. But again, I do not think you can identify which one you may possess unless you try.

Doctrines & Scholarship / Re: Abraham and Isaac
« on: March 06, 2018, 09:17:16 pm »
For me, one point of the story is that Abraham had just fled a place where the people practiced human sacrifice. Abraham must have really developed the ability to know when God was speaking to him verses his own inner voice. If this was me, I would further need to be sure that it was not schizophrenia. Since I know that I currently have not experienced that level of clarity of communication with God, I can be sure that any such thoughts like that are not of God.

General Discussion / Re: Judgmental
« on: March 04, 2018, 08:13:30 pm »
I think our judgements are often clouded by small sample size. Knowing someone of a particular race, religion, gender, etcetera, and seeing how they behave is not enough sample size to let us judge wisely. Experience can give one wisdom to make better judgements, but that must be true experience. I have placed over 1100 epidurals for labor pain. I am starting to get a good sample size to know how women laboring will respond to what I say and do. What I have learned is there is a wide variety of responses to stress and pain, but they do fall within typical patterns. The more I do, the more I will be able to tailor the experience to the individual. Also the more forgiving I am of everyone's frailties.

Doctrines & Scholarship / Re: The Flood
« on: February 24, 2018, 10:51:17 am »
By some Noah is considered one of the greatest of God's spirit children to come to earth. Yet from what we read in the scriptures, he taught repentance for a couple of hundred years and had zero conversions aside from his own family. That is a far tougher mission than my German one was and makes me feel a little better about not having much baptism success there.

Forum and Member News / Re: Baby Boy
« on: February 24, 2018, 10:44:37 am »
He is a champion sleeper. He occasionally awakens for food and diaper changes. He has gained some weight back. My 3 year old loves everything about him, except for breast feeding. That makes her nervous.

Doctrines & Scholarship / Re: The Flood
« on: February 20, 2018, 08:43:29 am »
I am of the firm belief that the Holy Spirit can not only reveal every truth in the universe, but can describe every truth in the universe to each person in a way, level, and language that they can understand.

It would be like explaining how to understand math math using basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or even more advanced forms. It might even help me understand different aspects of math by utilizing physics, or music, or engineering, or chemistry, or statistics, or any number of different subjects. Each time I learn a new thing it expands my understanding of the nature of the universe, but it does not diminish what I had previously learned.  I just now know it in a better context.

Solomon's belief "that there is no new thing under the sun" is false if you think he is referring to human understanding of the world. If you think he is referring to human emotions, passions, foibles, and motivations that lead them to act, then perhaps that is true.

General Discussion / Re: New Exhibit
« on: February 20, 2018, 08:26:33 am »
Are you a fan of Futurama? Their portrayal of 1000 year old history is just like that.

Doctrines & Scholarship / Re: The Flood
« on: February 18, 2018, 11:32:45 pm »
There are many prominent quasi-doctrines that have some backing from early apostles that some people may have learned about at some point when they were devouring church doctrine, so it is deeply engrained into them. I do not tend to tiptoe around the issues, but am often more blunt that I do not believe that interpretation. I acknowledge that some have believed it in the past, but that I do not think it is a literal version of what happened.

Doctrines & Scholarship / Re: The Fall
« on: February 17, 2018, 07:41:22 pm »
If the story is changing to match new understanding, which I think it is, then I think it will continue to change as we learn more about evolution and the physical origin of humans and the earth.

Mormon Life / Re: The Tender Mercies/Answered Prayers Thread
« on: February 17, 2018, 06:06:42 pm »
So far the first group I wanted to work with no longer has a position available, so I am now awaiting word from the second group. I was last in contact with them in December. They may end up being a better fit, as I won't lose many of the skills I have been working on in the other group.

In other news our baby boy came 3 weeks early. I think he wanted to beef up for the exodus west.

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