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Mormon Life / SoCal Nauvoodles, an Elder is coming your way
« on: March 06, 2019, 01:44:20 pm »
Last night Elder Blake Childs, (eldest son of our Stake High Council member assigned to the Lancaster Branch) opened his mission call.  He will labor in the California Los Angeles Mission, with a short layover in the MTC inj Mexico beginning 9 July 2019 to learn Spanish. 

He is a fine young man.  If you should run into him, please make him welcome.  Since he will serve a Spanish-speaking mission, I guess changes are lessened that you will have contact with him, but I'm all spreading the word to make connections where connections can be made. 

All prayers for him and his family are appreciated.

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News of the Church / Sister Missionaries Can Wear Pants Now
« on: December 20, 2018, 11:09:34 pm »
https://www.lds.org/church/news/all-sister-missionaries-now-have-option-of-wearing-slacks?lang=eng''

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Sister missionaries should continue to wear dresses or skirts when attending the temple and during Sunday worship services, leadership and zone conferences, baptismal services, and missionary training center devotionals, according to the letter. In areas where for cultural reasons it is not acceptable for women (including sister missionaries) to wear dress slacks, sister missionaries may choose to wear ankle-length skirts for additional protection from extreme weather and vector-borne diseases such as Zika, dengue fever, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and malaria, according to the letter.

The adjustment to dress standards, which takes effect immediately, was approved by the First Presidency and is primarily motivated by safety concerns, said Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and chairman of the Missionary Executive Council.

“Adjustments to the missionary dress and grooming standards have changed over time since the beginning of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in 1830 and will continue to do so in the future,” said Elder Uchtdorf. “As we adapt these standards, we always carefully consider the dignity of the missionary calling to represent Jesus Christ; the safety, security, and health of our beloved missionaries; and the cultural sensitivities of the places where they serve.”

Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President and a member of the Missionary Executive Council, elaborated on the changes for sister missionaries.

“There are a lot of vector-borne diseases because of mosquitoes and ticks and fleas,” said Sister Cordon. “This helps the sisters to prevent any of those bites or at least minimizes them.”

Sister missionaries in roughly half of the Church’s missions have previously been wearing dress slacks during the wet seasons to help protect them from mosquito-borne viral diseases such as dengue fever, Chikungunya, and Zika. This latest change will allow all sister missionaries to do so year-round, based on their own discretion.

“This is truly optional,” said Sister Cordon. “The sisters can wear dresses, they can wear slacks, whatever will help them in their service as they’re out amongst the people.”

In addition to safety concerns, Sister Cordon said the change will help sister missionaries who serve in cold climates to stay warm. Wearing dress slacks will also make it easier for sister missionaries to ride bicycles.

“Sister missionaries are amazing people,” said Sister Cordon. “We want to make sure that they’re protected.”

In missions where sister missionaries were not previously approved to wear dress slacks, the mission provides funds for young sister missionaries who entered a missionary training center before March 1, 2019, to purchase three to four pairs of dress slacks (or long skirts, as explained above).

Details of the revised missionary dress and grooming guidelines can be found online.

I think this is an excellent decision, especially for Sister Missionaries on bikes. 


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Forum and Member News / I have joyful news to report
« on: November 25, 2018, 01:52:35 pm »
On Friday evening, November 23, I was sealed to my parents in the South Carolina Columbia Temple.  Isn't it mind-boggling how an earthly experience that took less than ten minutes has eternal implications?  I'm still walking on air.

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Forum and Member News / Requesting prayers for a dear friend of mine
« on: November 15, 2018, 11:26:00 am »
Susan and I went to high school together.  I graduated a year ahead of her.  She's a magnificent person; kind, warmhearted, retired teacher who motivated her students throughout the years.  This is what she posted on Facebook yesterday:

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Some news for my Facebook Friends:
Because of an unusual cough that began in early May, I had a chest x ray and then a CT scan in June. The CT scan showed that I have cancer of the bone in such areas as two vertebrae, several ribs, my lumbar region and my right collar bone (!). It was also determined that cancer is present in the lymph nodes under my right arm. After weeks of MRIs, biopsies and a PET scan, it was determined I have breast cancer that has metastasized to my bones.

I, of course, was stunned. There have been, however, an astounding number of blessings throughout this journey. One is that I have had no pain. I could have found out about the cancer because I was in excruciating pain. An unbelievable thing is that my niece Dr. C, [full name redacted]/i], is the world expert on breast cancer metastasizing to the brain (Thank goodness I don’t have it in my brain). C is 44 years old, is beautiful inside and out, and is smart as a whip. C (who is at UNC Chapel Hill) and Dr. Matt Rees, the oncologist at the Levine Cancer Center of Rutherford County, have worked together on many cases. They, therefore, are collaborating on my treatment plan. Anyway, long story short, I am being treated with hormonal therapy—drugs that target and destroy the cancer cells. This is not a form of chemotherapy.

I am able to do all treatments here in Rutherford County. I have two shots of Faslodex once a month. The next day I begin a cycle of taking the pill, Ibrance, 21 days in a row. You may have seen Ibrance advertised daily on TV. I have not experienced side effects like nausea or loss of hair. I am closely monitored for changes in my blood and platelet counts. At the end of three weeks, the largest lymph node reduced in size, indicating that treatments were already affecting the cancer! I am able to carry on my normal daily activities. I have reduced and spaced out my activities and do get more rest. So, for a very serious illness, I have the best possible situation.
 
The love, prayers, and support that I have received in the last few months have been astounding. I am so blessed and thankful.

Please include Susan and her medical support team in your prayers.

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I've been doing this for about 15 years.  It's a calling I enjoy.  The way it works now is that the format is a two-sided 3-column format that fits onto an 8.5 x 11 paper in landscape format. I email it to the Branch Presidency and they print it out and distribute it, as health issues often preclude my Sunday attendance.

I was approached today by one of the counselors in our Branch Presidency who told me the Branch President would like to do a bulletin in an electronic format.  I'm all for consolidating some of the info that presently appears in our bulletin (because I feel it's redundant and I believe that most of the people who accept a bulletin handed to them as they enter the chapel only want to see who is speaking that day and which hymns they will be singing). 

I can see developing a format that will work as a file on Facebook and (with some tutelage) also on our Branch lds.org page, knowing that we can't please all the people all the time.  However we do want to serve as many of our members as we possibly can.

Right now, I'd like to hear from any of you who have done or are doing this and how it works for your unit.  Any suggestions, comments or even warnings would be greatly appreciated.  If you are in a Bishopric and your unit has a method you find to be successful, please feel free to chime in.

Thanks in advance.

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Stake Conference is coming up at the end of this month.  Whisperings are abounding that unit boundaries are changing and a new Stake will be formed.  Does a General Authority have to be present?  If so, a GA from what level, i.e., Seventy, Area Authority?  As of this date, no official announcement has been made concerning visiting speakers. 

I have a possible scheduling conflict that weekend, but I certainly don’t want to miss something as important as formation of a new Stake in our corner of Zion.

Any info would be appreciated.

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Mormon Life / Be One
« on: June 02, 2018, 02:37:29 pm »
Did any Utah Nauvoodles attend last night's 40th anniversary celebration at the Conference Center?  I streamed it and watched while I worked.  What an amazing production!  If you saw it, what did you find to be most impressive about the evening?

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News of the Church / Fake News Hoax and The Priesthood Ban
« on: May 18, 2018, 12:22:04 am »
I thought I'd see something about this here at Nauvoo by now.  Tonight at work I listened to a Facebook live message from Zandra Vranes about the hoax perpetrated by a site purporting to be the LDS Newsroom.  She spoke for about an hour and a half about how devastated she and other African-American Saints were when they realized they had been had by an ex-LDS member in Texas named Jonathan Streeter, who allegedly wanted to "spark discussion". 

I listened to her entire message and learned more about what marginalized members of the church (racial minorities, LGBQT, divorced members, single members, etc.) go through and feel than I had ever imagined.  I'm still digesting various parts of her message. 

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Forum and Member News / Question for Roper
« on: April 06, 2018, 08:06:50 pm »
Hi Roper,
I've been listening to the audio version of Heidi Swinton's biography of Pres. Monson, To The Rescue.  In several chapters, people named Hepworth are mentioned.  At one point, Pres. Monson had a childhood friend named John Hepworth.  When Thomas and Frances Monson were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple, a couple named Peter and Flora Hepworth were present in the sealing room.  If I recall correctly, you come from Idaho, but since the name Hepworth caught my attention as I was listening last night  (and it's not a common name to me), I thought I'd ask if you are related to these people. 

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Nauvoo International / Our Branch President is now living in Armenia
« on: March 19, 2018, 11:54:32 pm »
Our beloved Branch President recently lost his job here in this area.  He was the Controller of our local gold mine.  (Yes, we have a gold mine.  It's called the Haile Gold Mine.)  A larger company bought the mine and did a lot of restructuring, so DBP (dear Branch Pres) found himself without a job.  Less than two weeks later, he found a new position.  He will be in Armenia for the next 2-3 years.  His wife and their youngest DD will remain here in their home.  The older kids are all out, about and married. 

He has not yet been released.  We expect that to happen the week after General Conference.  He is also the Seminary Teacher.  He gets up at 3 am his local time to Skype/Facetime with the few Seminary students we have in our Branch.  He still emails me information to publish in the Sunday Bulletin.  This man will be sorely missed. 

Please join with the prayers of our Branch members that his time in Armenia will be productive, that he will exude the love he has for the Restored Gospel to all with whom he comes into contact.  Please also pray for his delightful wife and daughter as they cope with his absence.

His name is Stuart Tracy.  Many thanks in advance.

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General Discussion / Asking for tech help again, please. iPhone related.
« on: October 14, 2017, 08:53:37 pm »
I decided I had too many emails on my iPhone 6s+ and tried to figure out how to do a mass delete.  I can't even begin to figure out what I've done, but now the envelope icon on my phone shows 14,651 emails.  When I go to the inbox, there are no emails there.  I can't imagine where they are, but I'm obsessing over that red number showing 14,651.  What do I need to do to get rid of it?  More info:  I'm using IOS 11.0.3 My email account is from my local provider.  It's a POP3 account. 

Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.

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General Discussion / Independence Day Talk given at Sacrament Meeting
« on: July 05, 2017, 08:10:35 am »
A valued friend of mine posted notes yesterday on his Facebook wall from a Sacrament Meeting talk he gave in 2014 about Independence Day.  He has given me permission to share it off Facebook:

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“Thy Liberty in Law”
© Douglas R. Gunson
(Adapted from a talk I gave Sunday, July 13, 2014; FB does not accommodate footnotes, so all source material was not included. However, I am happy to provide the info upon request.)

My friends, today we celebrate the Fourth of July and the birth of our great nation. In our recent worship services at Church we did not sing one of my favorite patriotic hymns, “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” but we did sing “America the Beautiful.”
You may recall some of the following words from the third and second verses:
Oh, beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
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Oh, beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!

I am always moved by this Hymn’s references to heroes, patriots, and pilgrims, as I noticed some of you were during the song. I couldn’t help but ponder during the meeting the refrain from the second verse and particularly its last line:

America! America!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

Now I know many of you might be thinking, of course he likes that line – he’s a lawyer. But, that was not the reason. Most Americans, if they even sing that line, let alone contemplate its meaning, are likely under the impression that it is the rule of law provided by the Constitution of the United States and our state constitutions that is the basis of our individual and collective liberty. And to a large extent, such opinion is accurate.
The U.S. Constitution fashioned for us a balanced government dedicated to “establish[ing] justice, ensur[ing] domestic tranquility, provid[ing] for [our] common defense, promot[ing] the general welfare, and secur[ing] the blessings of liberty” to those living then, now, and in the future. The Lord even said, “I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose . . . .” And for what purpose?

The Lord declared, “for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles; [and] that every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment.”

That passage refers to “all flesh” and is not limited to citizens of the United States. Dallin H. Oaks explained how this has been so: “The United States Constitution was the first written constitution in the world. It has served Americans well, enhancing freedom and prosperity during the changed conditions of more than two hundred years. Frequently copied, it has become the United States’ most important export. . . . [E]very nation in the world except six have adopted written constitutions, and the U.S. Constitution was a model for all of them.”

Such events appear to have been known even among Biblical prophets. Micah and Isaiah proclaimed that from the land of Zion should go forth the law. And we know that one definition of Zion, is “this the American continent.”

Notwithstanding that our Constitution is the means whereby our freedoms are maintained, preserved, and protected, it is not the “source” of our liberty. Interestingly, President John Adams in writing to certain officers of the Massachusetts’ militia on October 11, 1798, said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” President Adams clearly understood that the ability of our Constitution to accomplish its purpose is entirely dependent upon something – a people who are religious, a people who are moral. This concept should not be foreign to us. In histories, textbooks, and scriptures we read time and again about the failing of governments due to the wickedness of the people. From them we have learned that government stability, especially in democracies, can only be sustained when the people on the whole are moral or “righteous.”

The Lord’s commandment to those who inhabit this land (the Americas) specifically has been consistent throughout the ages. To one of the earliest societies in this hemisphere God revealed that “whoso should possess this land of promise, from that time henceforth and forever, should serve [H]im, the true and only God, or they should be swept off . . . .” And to a later group of people the Lord instructed that they would only prosper to the extent they kept the commandments of God. Unfortunately for them, neither nation were able to persist. Their final prophet lamented, “O ye fair ones, how could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord! O ye fair ones, how could ye have rejected that Jesus, who stood with open arms to receive you! Behold, if ye had not done this, ye would not have fallen.”
To our generation God has cautioned, “And this cometh unto you, O ye Gentiles, that ye may know the decrees of God—that ye may repent, and not continue in your iniquities until the fulness come, that ye may not bring down the fulness of the wrath of God upon you as the inhabitants of the land have hitherto done. Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ.” Thus, our liberty is not merely in law, BUT in the law of the Lord!

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” When we focus on each of these elements, we see that Christ is “Life” or the source of life. He is the Creator and Redeemer, the Author and Finisher of not just our faith, but also of our lives. Paul in writing to the Hebrews and to the Ephesians testified that the Father entrusted the creation of worlds and of all things to his Son. As the Creator, Christ is the giver or author of life. Likewise, as the prophesied, foreordained Redeemer, the Father gave all power and authority to the Son; and He paid the price, even to the very last, so that all may be forgiven, will be resurrected, and will be judged of Him. As our Redeemer He is the finisher, which term is not merely limited to the one whom we meet at the end of our journey, but more importantly the one who makes sure that the finishing touches are made, that everything is “complete,” or that we may become perfect even as He is perfect. Thus, because of Christ we live and we will continue to live. He is life.
Jesus also taught that He is the “truth,” or in Him and in His teachings all truth can be found. Although God has revealed many things and the scriptures contain a wealth of God’s word, which truths we believe; we also believe that God does now reveal and will yet reveal many great and important things (i.e., truths) pertaining to His kingdom. Such truths are typically revealed in response to questions. And then, if we follow the truths we receive, we can be free. If we choose to ignore the truth, if we choose to live some other way, whether or not such choices are consistent with the laws of the land, the result will be captivity. Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. . . . If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” If Jesus is “truth” as He said, then as we come to know Jesus, He shall make us free. Thus, He is truth; or in other words – He is liberty.
In addition to being life and liberty, Christ is also the “way.” Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” So, what is the “way” to an abundant life or I might say how does one pursue happiness? A popular question many pose these days with the letters “WWJD,” is in part a recognition of this. “What Would Jesus DO” is the question we should ask ourselves. His instruction was, “Love one another as I have loved you”; and “if ye love me, keep my commandments.” He also declared, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things that ye must do . . . ; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do.” Although the things that Jesus would do are not always easy or popular, they are right and the way to true happiness. One prophet some 150 years before the birth of Jesus taught, “And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.” Hence, Jesus is “the way,” – the way to pursue happiness.
So, to sum up these self-evident truths taught by Christ and articulated by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, not only have all men, women, and children, “been endowed by their Creator with [the] inalienable rights . . . [of] life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” but Christ (the Creator) is “life,” He is “liberty,” and He is “the way” to pursue happiness for all.

So, where does that leave us? Well, “For of him unto whom much is given much is required.” Therefore, in summation I adopt the words of President Abraham Lincoln given in Gettysburg, PA, to our day notwithstanding they were first expressed 150 years ago:
“. . . [Y]ears ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. . . . [W]e are [still] engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. . . . It is for us the living . . . to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which [those who have gone before] . . . so nobly advanced. It is . . . for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored [predecessors] we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these . . . shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, [and] for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Yet in this ongoing contest of liberty, if our Constitution is ever “on the verge of crumbling to pieces,” as a latter-day seer was heard to express, and if at such time it can be saved at all, it will be preserved by those committed to Christian principles who, by “[living] the gospel faithfully, even [while] others around [them] don’t live it at all.” Our individual and collective liberty is in law, but it is the law of the Lord, who is God. Our source of freedom, whether the world recognizes it or not, is Christ – Our collective Hero. So, I conclude where I started, with a paraphrase of the third stanza of America the Beautiful:

Oh beautiful, [Our Hero] proved
In liberating strife,
who more than self [ALL God’s children] loved,
And Mercy more than Life – (His Life)!
And “as He died to make men holy, let us” – by our thoughts, our words, and our deeds share this message of Christ with everyone, and “live to [keep] men free.”


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Forum and Member News / Andrew R
« on: May 04, 2017, 05:36:19 pm »
Andrew R, did you know that Scott Garbett's mom died on Sunday, April 30?

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Mormon Life / Memorial Donations
« on: May 04, 2017, 05:19:38 pm »
The mother of a dear friend of mine has passed to the other side of the veil. I would like to make a donation on her behalf to one of the funds listed on the online donation link. Is there a way to indicate that these funds are donated in memory of a specific person?

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General Discussion / Who narrates the BOM on lds.org?
« on: April 26, 2017, 07:43:43 pm »
It is my habit to read/listen to my daily reading assignment when I get home from work at night. I come inside, feed Sophie the Wondercat, kick off my shoes and pull up lds.org on my PC. I feel I get more out of my reading by employing two senses.

I have noticed there is a new narrator. He sounds like he deals with nasal congestion.  His voice doesn't sound as authoritative as the previous narrator. I've also noticed I now have the option to listen to either a male or female voice. I haven't tried listening to the female voice yet.

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