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General Discussion / Re: Urgent advice needed
« on: November 12, 2017, 06:52:33 pm »
Admitting that there is a problem is a huge step. If you are seeing him in a safe setting, giving him the opportunity to think about it and come to a realization about the situation may be enough. Many men will go inactive after a set-back with marriage because of the high pressure to have a successful marriage and the lack of a support network.

Some people try and stick it out until their children are out of the house and then leave.

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Doctrines & Scholarship / Re: Can humans sweat blood?
« on: October 31, 2017, 07:36:56 pm »
It doesn't happen in the course of normal human physiology. But subjecting a human body to infinite spiritual pain may do things that we do not know much about. I take it as one of those things we would otherwise not be able to prove or disprove without revelation. It has little bearing on my testimony.

But I would suggest that analogies and symbology in the Bible are not so much to compare to the physical looks, but rather to compare to what the thing does. Such as Christ being described as wearing many different crowns at the second coming likely describes the he will take over all of the governments rather than actually wearing a tower of crowns.

So whether Christ actually sweat blood or not, the more important thing I learned from these passages of scripture is about the pain that sins place upon the soul, and that Christ took my portion of that pain upon himself.

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I love doing the pre-priesthood session dinner. Now I will have twice the budget to spend, but only once a year. I have mixed feelings.

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Forum and Member News / Re: Joining the change gang
« on: October 31, 2017, 06:46:12 pm »
My in-laws will be moving there next summer, too. It seems to be a happening place.

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Forum and Member News / Re: Life Changes too
« on: October 31, 2017, 06:44:46 pm »
Good luck. I am not sure how I would react. With my current job I would probably curl into a ball and not move. It would just be too much. I am glad there are people willing to undertake those callings.

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Forum and Member News / Re: What is your temple and why??
« on: October 31, 2017, 06:38:56 pm »
I live 3 hours from 4 different temples. I claim the St. Louis Temple as I went there most often while in medical school and residency. After I proposed, I thought I was going to get married there, but a few days later I learned that my wife wanted to get married in Logan, UT. If we ever moved to Logan, perhaps that would become my temple. But I still live a few hours away from St. Louis and we get free baby sitters when we go there, so that is my favorite.

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Mormon Life / Re: FYI --Options on keeping family safe online
« on: October 21, 2017, 10:27:47 pm »
It is good to see that the tools to help families are improving. Hopefully there are plenty of open discussions in the families about why and what, too.

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General Discussion / Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« on: October 21, 2017, 10:23:27 pm »
The North Korean people absolutely believe they can beat the Big Noses (United States).

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General Discussion / Re: It Never Fails!
« on: September 28, 2017, 10:13:40 pm »
I hope good things are coming your way, because you are bringing good things to others.

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General Discussion / Re: Mid-life crises
« on: September 28, 2017, 10:05:43 pm »
It is a good excuse to buy a fast car, motorcycle, or go on an extravagant vacation.

Perhaps reconnecting or moving nearer to family will help. Generational connections are quite powerful.

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General Discussion / Re: It Never Fails!
« on: September 26, 2017, 09:24:02 pm »
So many scriptures come to mind.

Lovest thou me more than these? Feed my sheep.

Lord, when saw we thou an hungered, and fed thee, or thirsty and gave thee drink? Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

But was it really a scowl of disapproval that you were alone with a sick and elderly male? Or is this just someone whose normal face appears that way? My face always looks like I didn't sleep well. But it is doubly bad when I actually haven't slept well. Or did he say something?

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General Discussion / Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« on: September 26, 2017, 09:08:14 pm »
He may well fit the "Rocket Man" title, but it's a legitimate concern that two world leaders with nuclear weapons at their disposal are carrying on this kind of personal, emotional feud & continually escalating it.

We are looking at two impulsive, ego- & hormone- driven boys who have trouble controlling their actions or their mouths, admitting any personal fault or accountability, or recognizing that everything we do or say has consequences that we can't always control. This is the kind of toddler playground behavior that responsible mommies & daddies do their best to redirect. And we have supposedly grown adults doing it, with billions of human lives at stake. I am not sure whether Kim or Trump is more worrisome, & the combination of the two of them is an absolute catastrophe.
It is easy to tell which one is more worrisome. In one country anyone who said anything remotely negative about the president would be executed and their children and parents placed in a concentration camp to die of starvation and torture. In the other country a whole industry has cropped up to bad mouth the president, and it is considered patriotic. In one country hundreds of thousands are starved because of the leaders. In the other country there is abundance of food, so much that even the poor tend to get enough to eat. In one country information is so suppressed and distorted that they believe their rich neighbors to the south are dying in poverty. In the other country there is so much information that you can choose any point of view to believe. In one country hundreds of thousands have been killed in camps to maintain the state's rights. In the other country the individual rights are paramount.

In one country the leader is akin to Pol Pot and Stalin. In the other country the leader has finally gotten the entire world, and especially China to do a bit more to enforce sanctions, something that Clinton, Bush, and Obama never accomplished. I do not like the way Trump communicates. I did not vote for him. But I often view him as similar to an incision and drainage of an infected wound. Gross to watch, but necessary to get the infection out.

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Doctrines & Scholarship / Re: "It mattereth not what ye eat or drink"
« on: September 23, 2017, 11:14:18 pm »
My ward started using wine a few months ago. It has been a nice change. We got a surge in sacrament attendance for those curious as to what wine tasted like.

(That might have just been a dream, but it would be nice to do it that way).

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News of the Church / Re: BYU on the way to "party school" reputation
« on: September 23, 2017, 11:07:31 pm »
Slow down there. Next you'll be telling me that shorts that do not always cover the knees will be appropriate to wear.

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General Discussion / Re: It Never Fails!
« on: September 23, 2017, 11:04:20 pm »
Have you told him that you would like to replace the refrigerator?

Next, butter him up. Tell him that because we have been in such a phenomenal bull market, that you would like him to sell some of his gains and buy a new refrigerator and pay down some credit cards. If he doesn't have gains, then Edward Jones is worse than I currently think it is, with their high fee, front loaded, used car salesman type actively managed horrible investments.

Finally, if you think he has a problem with too much "financial porn" (CNBC, Fox Business, etc), send him to bogleheads.org. That is a website of altruistic investors dedicated to the Jack Bogle (founder of Vanguard) philosophy of investing in low cost index funds. They tend to beat ALL other forms of investing. Have him submit his investments to their scrutiny and they will and honestly evaluate them for him. They do this quite often. It might encourage him to make some reasonable changes, such as paying off credit cards before investing anything else, firing the financial advisors (salesmen), getting out of Edward Jones, stop day trading.

You can even get him to think that the scrutiny was his own idea. Just ask him if he has heard about a great investment website called bogleheads.org, and he will stumble upon the rest.

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I do not think it too wise to get the branch president involved in this. For me that would lead to resentment and closing off even more, at least if I did not realize that there was a problem. I could be reading the whole situation wrong, but it still sounds like communication might be the bigger issue, and that can be worked on over the next month or two.

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