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Latter-day Saint Life / Re: returning to meetings in the chapel.
« on: September 29, 2020, 10:25:45 pm »
We have 2 children living at home who are high risk.  We have felt impressed that we will be kept safe if we do all we can to protect ourselves. We are resuming in person church the week after GC using a rotating schedule, but are webcasting the meeting as well.

My wife worries that if they do away with the webcast, but don’t return for in person meetings before a vaccine is available, we’ll be labeled as less active.

We had stake conference this past weekend. They announced that our meetings will increase from 25 people at a time to 100, after GC. In the bishop's letter today (sent by email), he specifically stated that we are not to judge others as less faithful, or inactive, or whatever (forgot how he phrased it) if people choose to not attend in person and only attend by Zoom (which will continue). I appreciated that.
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Politics / Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« on: August 29, 2020, 05:16:28 pm »
Palmon, I'm with you. From CNN, the reason Biden/Harris need to speak out against the violence is because their poll numbers have gone down. Great reason to speak now. Forget the murders, burnings, and other violence...poll numbers are a great reason to speak against such evil. I honestly think the only thing that will help our country to be united and find peace is to turn to the Prince of Peace.
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General Discussion / Journals
« on: August 02, 2020, 06:30:30 pm »
I have some journals that I began while in college and on my mission. I continued for a few years after my mission, but when it became clear to me that I wouldn't have children, I stopped writing in journals. In my mind, the only people interested in my journals would be my children, grandchildren, etc.

Since I'll not have progeny, I've been thinking of trashing them. My mission journals I think might be interesting to others, but my college ones...ugh.

Is there any reason why I shouldn't throw them in the trash? I just keep seeing (in my head) them being thrown away when I die and can't foresee them being saved for any reason. What think you?
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Latter-day Saint Life / Re: returning to meetings in the chapel.
« on: July 23, 2020, 05:33:48 pm »
We will begin limited return to church beginning this Sunday. Our ward will be broken up to 2 sessions each Sunday limited to no more than 25 attendees. Essentially, we are assigned a date and time and will be required to check in (to prevent too many people), wear face mask, sanitize at the door (hand sanitizer will be given by ushers), sit in assigned seat, no singing, limited restroom use and must clean after use. So essentially, you will attend once a month to partake in the sacrament. The 2nd meeting each Sunday will be broadcast on Zoom so those who are staying home that Sunday or chose to not attend at all may participate in the meeting. Sacrament can still be done in the home. If anyone is in a high risk category or simply chooses to not attend but do not have access to priesthood authority can request the sacrament be brought to them.
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Latter-day Saint Life / Re: returning to meetings in the chapel.
« on: July 23, 2020, 05:26:06 pm »
I'm with you, dy. I love Irish and Scottish accents. When my husband and I went to Ireland for our honeymoon, we went to the zoo. As I waited for my honey to return from the restroom, one of the workers talked with me. I genuinely had no idea what he was saying. When honey came to me and we took our leave, he said, "What were you talking about? You had a look on your face that said you were enthralled with his story." He laughed when I confessed I had non idea...just loved listening to the guy talk. LOL!
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Film, Theater, and TV / Re: BYUtv
« on: July 18, 2020, 07:16:31 pm »

I also really enjoy The Fixers. It is about a group that goes all over the world building structures that help various communities. They involve the locals and do amazing work within a handful of days.

There was an episode of building a stable for a couple of therapy horses in Bulgaria. It featured one of my friends from my mission who founded the organization who runs the stable/therapy. So many miracles behind the scenes to get that episode.
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General Discussion / Re: Time to refinance?
« on: July 14, 2020, 07:23:34 pm »
Sure, mirk. That place needs more color...Hoo, Hoo, HOOSIERS!

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General Discussion / Re: Time to refinance?
« on: July 10, 2020, 08:24:25 pm »
I looked into refinancing our car, but I would only save about $5.00 a payment....not worth the hassle.

But, on the upside, we will be completely debt free in about 5.5 years--no mortgage, no student loans, no car. Cannot wait! Then we will prepare our house to move...not sure where yet, but we live in a not so good neighborhood and I've wanted to move for over 5 years, but too much debt prevents us. Now I can stick it out for 6 years or so.

Looking at houses now just to get a feel for what I'll want...I've looked in Colorado and Montana just for fun...Indiana allows for more house/land for the amount I'm willing to spend. Haven't decided yet if we want to move out of Indiana. My husband pretty much leaves it up to me. I've thought of Florida just because I love sun and sand, but I love the 4 seasons too.
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General Discussion / Re: Always wear clean underwear ...
« on: May 25, 2020, 05:45:32 pm »
We have a saying here in the Midwest during tornado season....don't sleep naked!
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Politics / Re: A Modest Prediction
« on: May 18, 2020, 07:28:45 pm »
I'm not a fan of Pres Trump, but even I can see the absolute disgusting bias the media has against him. And I get so sick of being placed in a position to defend him (although I typically don't aloud because as proven in this thread, so many have such a strong bias that they cannot see their own bias). I get that people don't like him, don't agree with him, whatever, but the made up stuff is just ridiculous.

And I said the same thing about Pres Obama. The media had a disgusting love fest for him and those who opposed him so vehemently made up stuff about him.
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Part of my grievance is founded in local leadership.  In a pandemic you would think there would be an upsurge in tending the flock. This includes passing Sacrament, texting  people, making calls. Of course, I am not part of the inner circle, so maybe that IS happening, but I am not aware of it.
My testimony is not grounded in people or places or things. But I watch the steady drip of leavers and this is why they leave.

Jana, in the good ol' US, there are people who have not been contacted. I've had difficulty attending church before the pandemic because I'm caring for my dad (who lives on the other side of town). I work full time, often on Saturdays as well, and then have to get all my other responsibilities done. Sundays was my day to go to my dad's, cook for him for the week, and clean/do laundry. Then this pandemic happened. I'm still busy--thankfully, I already worked from home, so no changes there. But, now I am responsible for shopping for my dad, I still try to cook for him (but take it to him), and transport my sister to her appointments (she has no car). But, with church being broadcast on Zoom, I can attend that. But, not one person has contacted me from the ward. I get it--our ward was dissolved and we were placed in a new ward about 6 months ago, so many didn't know me, then I don't attend much. I have no calling and am not assigned any ministering sisters (that I'm aware of).

My point is that you are not alone in feeling lonely and forgotten sometimes. In your case, it's likely due to a weak leadership and lack of active members. In mine, I haven't reached out to be more visible. The Church is still true. We endure and press on.
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Cooking, Food, and Food Storage / Re: Throw-together recipes
« on: April 24, 2020, 12:42:02 pm »
Why is it called grilled cheese if you add meat to it and not a grilled sandwich or a melt (tuna melt, frisco melt, etc)? In my head, grilled cheese means, well, cheese that is grilled. A grilled sandwich or melt means a sandwich that has meat and cheese and is grilled. Language is interesting...
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Film, Theater, and TV / Re: What are you watching?
« on: April 19, 2020, 12:11:03 pm »
CG, I saw Donny in Joseph in Chicago and was blown away by his performance. The scene when Joseph was in jail and singing, Close Every Door, was sublime. I was so looking forward to the DVD when it was announced. And yep, very disappointing with the staging.

Goodness, I'm so grateful for small blessings. Releasing these videos are so welcome!
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General Conference / Re: 2020 April Saturday Sessions
« on: April 15, 2020, 09:44:01 pm »
I'm grateful for Taalcon's thoughts and expressions. I may not always agree with him, but I find myself thinking of things a different way because of what he shared.

I absolutely do not want to hold a priesthood office. But, I would not be surprised that in the future, the Brethren will reveal more responsibilities for women that we may have traditionally seen as part of the priesthood (as we've seen with women being witnesses). I've always felt that women do hold priesthood power (well, women who are endowed). I also can understand why this subject may be distressing to some, especially to women.

I'm sorry if some subjects or expressions are upsetting to others here. I think of everyone here on this forum (as well as some who no longer frequent our forum) as family members and am very fond of them. But, I hope people won't feel pressure to stop posting or sharing their thoughts. I, for one, am very grateful for those thoughts.
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General Conference / Re: April 2020 Sunday Conferences
« on: April 05, 2020, 09:16:04 pm »
I also thought that Pres. Nelson was saying, without coming out and saying it specifically, that the Shanghai Temple was a temporary temple. Only open to natives (no tourists), converted to temple from a small meetinghouse, and being open while Hong Kong Temple under renovation. I got the impression that the Shanghai Temple would be open relatively soon since no construction of a new building.
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