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General Discussion / Re: Question about your talents
« on: March 09, 2018, 03:39:27 pm »
For me, the hard part isn't so much figuring out what they are, but recognizing the worth of them.  Too many of us, because we literally never really know a time without our talents, struggle to see them as special.  Some examples:
-people really feel comfortable talking to you, but you don't recognize you're doing anything different. 
-you are not tempted by sexually explicit images or ideas.  You may not see this as an unusual strength in yourself, but a weakness in others.
-you stand out in a crowd, and have a personality that people notice.  You see this as exposing and embarrassing, instead of a powerful tool for good. 
-you have the ability to focus on a task and just get it done, and don't understand or appreciate how rare and valuable that is. 
-you have had a lot of struggles, and keep on getting up.  You see this as nothing; as just something you were forced into.

I don't need to repeat that we all have talents, because the scriptures and prophets say it enough.  But these talents are given to us for our specific assignments, which may not be what we think they should be.  Some notes on that:
-belittling our talents as 'common' or 'anyone can do that' not only makes it difficult to magnify the talent and use it for good, but it can make others feel bad because this thing which is easy for you may be outrageously difficult for them.  Not to mention making us judgmental because others can't do the same things as easily.
-recognizing our talents can help us magnify them, note how they can be used for good, and help us to have empathy by recognizing not everyone has that skill.
-MOST talents do NOT make us leaders or 'stars.'  God doesn't need as many of those.  God needs good people who love and help others.  Remember the value of the One?  Our talent may only be designed to save one--but it may be the ONLY thing that could save that one.  And since that worth is INFINITE, we should never belittle it. 

General Discussion / Re: The Feel-Good Thread
« on: March 04, 2018, 07:53:58 pm »
Iggy, that's not entirely true.  A dog doesn't have to be trained to fight to attack when it feels threatened.  And it doesn't always take much for a dog to feel threatened.  There are thousands of examples of this all over the world every day: a baby pulls its tail, or something else that seems innocuous triggering an attack response. 

General Discussion / Re: Judgmental
« on: February 24, 2018, 03:21:46 pm »

Book Club / Re: The Whitney Awards
« on: February 13, 2018, 03:15:27 pm »
Yeah, almost all of these you can get on Amazon.

Book Club / The Whitney Awards
« on: February 12, 2018, 03:10:54 pm »
In case you don't know, the Whitney Awards are a specific set of writing awards for LDS authors.  The finalists came out today and can be found here: http://whitneyawards.com/2017-finalists/ (sorry the page loads really slow). 
One of the cool things about the awards is that anyone can nominate a book, then the 5 books with the most nominations get into the semi-finals, then finals.  The awards are presented at the Whitney awards gala in Provo  at the end of Storymakers Conference (early May). 

So if any of you are looking for good reads by LDS authors, or have an LDS author whose book you ADORE, that's a great resource!

Doctrines & Scholarship / Re: New Curriculum for Third Hour
« on: February 05, 2018, 01:03:16 pm »
So, my new primary assignment is a very small senior primary class.  Like, I've only had 1 kid the last 2 weeks, and she's VERY well behaved so it's honestly incredibly boring.  So, with sharing time being the 3rd hour, I have just been going to RS the last 2 weeks.  Which is pretty nice.

Yesterday was the 1st full council-type meeting I've attended, and only the 2nd of the year.  Apparently, the 1st time this happened they just explained what was going on, but most of the ladies just don't seem to get it.  Yesterday the RS president got up and basically just said, "Go."  No topic, NOTHING.  Which of course resulted in a couple of minutes of uncomfortable silence.
I am dangerous in these types of situations, because apparently I've been doing these types of meetings myself for the last 40 years.  I'm ALWAYS pondering spiritual and scriptural topics and willing to talk about them.  Combine that with an uncomfortable silence, and I just kind of...can't be tamed. 
So I won't go into details, but I got the topic started on the daily meaning of sacrifice (which I had been pondering because it was the root of my primary lesson for the day), and Christ's sacrifice for us, which led to talking about our infinite, unconditional worth and self-worth and things like that.  The conversation got going fairly well, though I fear I still dominated.  By the end, at least one sister was crying because she had been so touched. 
It kind of blows my mind that people don't think these things through--but I'm way too cerebral. That's why I blow other people's minds by being so unaware of the outside world that I literally run into walls all the time. :) 

Technical Talk / Re: Scam Likely
« on: January 23, 2018, 09:22:05 pm »
FYI, you can transfer your number easily to a new carrier.  They HAVE to let you do it, that's been the law for a good 15 years.

General Discussion / Re: What Kind Of Pets Do You Have?
« on: January 20, 2018, 12:53:06 pm »
I'm glad, Jana.

We have 4 cats. We've had 3 others who have passed.  One of our cats is 17 with kidney disease and I don't think he's long for this earth, though we're coddling him and feeding him expensive prescription food about 20 times a day. 

I'm allergic to cats.  Found out after adopting the 4th current cat.  I'm unwilling to give up my furbabies to please my sinuses, but we won't be replacing these guys after they pass.  Which makes me sad. 

Technical Talk / Re: Scam Likely
« on: January 19, 2018, 12:10:39 pm »
Different carriers do it, some don't do it at all.  There is a crowd-sourced app you can get if your carrier doesn't do it, where people report the scam numbers and if enough people report it, it will show that message on your phone if you have the app installed. 

I personally think we need federal legislation that makes spoofing phone numbers (making your call look like it's coming from a different phone # than it actually is, which a lot of scammers use these days to make the call look local) AND making, selling, or using devices or software to spoof numbers illegal with a hefty penalty. 

General Discussion / Re: What Kind Of Pets Do You Have?
« on: January 19, 2018, 11:57:12 am »
Jana, just to make sure you know, Great Danes have a pretty short life span (8-10 years).  I think it's their size that makes them particularly susceptible to certain physiological weaknesses. 

General Discussion / Re: Dainty Little Automaton
« on: January 19, 2018, 11:53:13 am »
That's pretty cool!  I know we can do GIFs, but I seem to remember having some difficulty embedding video. 

Introductions / Re: hlo
« on: January 14, 2018, 12:25:33 am »
Hello, lil potoo!  What was your name over in old Nauvoo? 

Creative Corner / Re: Throw-together recipes
« on: January 11, 2018, 03:03:05 pm »
Roper: I wonder how that recipe would work with sweetened condensed milk instead of sugar.  Oooo!

General Discussion / Re: Work challenge: the rambling, endless overtalker
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:30:50 pm »
Theoretically, it's about setting and enforcing healthy boundaries.
But I have an aunt who, along with her 9 kids, never stops talking.  Like, literally, follow you to your car and keep talking to you as you smile and nod and get in the car and start it up and roll down the window while you keep smiling and nodding and slowly get out of the driveway and drive away and in your rear view mirror they are STILL TALKING TO YOU.
And no, it's not about anything important.
IOW, boundaries are easier said than done. 

General Discussion / Re: Grades in Elementary School
« on: January 08, 2018, 05:26:02 pm »
The only reason I can see this being remotely a good idea is that, quite often, when presented with complete failure, hopelessness sets in and people (not just kids) stop trying. 

But then again, many people stop trying more if they think they are skating by, too. 

Bah.  I wish parents were just better at THEIR jobs.

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