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by DarkJedi
29 Nov 2020, 13:34
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Updated rules of etiquette
Replies: 0
Views: 11

Updated rules of etiquette

After some moderator discussion, the following has been added to the rules of etiquette post in the Rules and Policies section (just a heads up for everyone): Political Discussions Members of the church around the world come in all different political and socio-economic stripes and colors. Politics ...
by DarkJedi
29 Nov 2020, 13:25
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to respond to missionaries
Replies: 27
Views: 388

Re: How to respond to missionaries

I'm a bit shocked that anyone might be proposing physical, inside-the-home visits. We're outside a metro area and have lower covid numbers. It's also an area with a fair amount of anti-mask sentiment and covid denialisim. Even here, no one proposes inside the home visits. Visits are either distanci...
by DarkJedi
29 Nov 2020, 08:20
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to respond to missionaries
Replies: 27
Views: 388

Re: How to respond to missionaries

I did send a text a week ago wherein I reiterated that I'm very busy (long commute), I'm up early and in bed early, and I don't have much of a social life even before COVID. I also said I don't do programs and don't have social media but I preach the gospel by trying to be a good example of a Christ...
by DarkJedi
27 Nov 2020, 09:38
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Give Thanks as an American thing
Replies: 5
Views: 82

Re: Give Thanks as an American thing

I hope everyone had a good holiday. From my point of view, it was very strange (but good). For dinner, it was just my wife & me. Then we had a 2 hr zoom visit with out 3 children & their families plus my nephew & his family. It was surprisingly fun. Most of the time we talked about holidays past wi...
by DarkJedi
26 Nov 2020, 08:37
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Give Thanks as an American thing
Replies: 5
Views: 82

Re: Give Thanks as an American thing

Thanksgiving the holiday does seem to be an American invention, but not necessarily traced to the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims and Native Americans did celebrate a Thanksgiving (apparently) but it may have been more at the urging of the Natives Americans than the Pilgrims. There is evidence that Native Am...
by DarkJedi
25 Nov 2020, 08:39
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: StayLDS Version of the Give Thanks Media Campaign
Replies: 16
Views: 299

Re: StayLDS Version of the Give Thanks Media Campaign

I am changing job locations. Same job and same organization but different location. The new location is closer to home but larger and with a bigger hierarchical tree. Being closer is something I am looking forward to and for which I am grateful. FWIW, the way this change came about is because my old...
by DarkJedi
25 Nov 2020, 07:45
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic
Replies: 29
Views: 1220

Re: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic

But are tithing settlements really necessary for temple recommends? Not with the two year ones, IMHO. I was typing a response that basically said that a bishop can deny a recommend based on information outside of the TR interview. Thus if the bishop believes that you are being evasive about your ti...
by DarkJedi
24 Nov 2020, 16:51
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic
Replies: 29
Views: 1220

Re: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic

I was typing a response that basically said that a bishop can deny a recommend based on information outside of the TR interview. Thus if the bishop believes that you are being evasive about your tithing status (such as not going to tithing settlement), he may withhold a recommend. I suppose he coul...
by DarkJedi
24 Nov 2020, 09:16
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I took a big step on Sunday and it went good
Replies: 5
Views: 95

Re: I took a big step on Sunday and it went good

I'm glad things worked out so well. Your bishop is a good man and there are more like him out there. Unfortunately not everyone gets one like that.
by DarkJedi
24 Nov 2020, 09:13
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Successful Collaboration
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: Successful Collaboration

I'm glad it's working out for you and your daughter and everyone seems to be in consensus. Sounds like you have some good people in your branch and that is something you should be thankful for. I am aware of a similar situation in a neighboring ward where it did not work out so well.