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by brianj
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Gospel Discussions
Topic: Do you ever wish you were born during the Millennium?
Replies: 1
Views: 46

Re: Do you ever wish you were born during the Millennium?

No. I used to, but no longer. When I was taught the gospel, and when I served my mission, the missionary discussion on the plan of salvation had an isosceles triangle on one of the pages, with two horizontal lines dividing it into three sections. The big section at the bottom represented all the peo...
by brianj
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Gospel Discussions
Topic: What's bad about Buddhism
Replies: 8
Views: 146

Re: What's bad about Buddhism

I wanted to just focus and ask every reason why Buddhism isn t good besides the obvious lacking priesthood keys but what's so bad about meditating and following 4 good principles about finding inner peace? I hope you don't take offense, but this question indicates an immature pattern of thought. It...
by brianj
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: What would you do?
Replies: 80
Views: 1434

Re: What would you do?

In the 1960s President Kennedy threatened nuclear war, going so far as to load nuclear weapons on aircraft and have the pilots sit in the cockpits with the jets running. Within minutes of an order those jets would have been in the air, flying toward the Soviet Union. For this game of brinksmanship J...
by brianj
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Gospel Discussions
Topic: How to defeat cravings for worldly things
Replies: 10
Views: 227

Re: How to defeat cravings for worldly things

Distraction usually works for me. Temptation is much more difficult to fight if we are continually dwelling on the subject of the temptation.
by brianj
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Gospel Discussions
Topic: How did the Nephites see the resurrected Jesus Christ?
Replies: 3
Views: 154

Re: How did the Nephites see the resurrected Jesus Christ?

The Nephites were not experiencing a vision. Our Savior really did personally visit them. He really was present. Think of it this way: sometimes we have stake conferences where we watch a video broadcast from church headquarters and get to see or hear from general authorities, but at other times we ...
by brianj
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Gospel Discussions
Topic: What's bad about Buddhism
Replies: 8
Views: 146

Re: What's bad about Buddhism

I wanted to just focus and ask every reason why Buddhism isn t good besides the obvious lacking priesthood keys but what's so bad about meditating and following 4 good principles about finding inner peace? I hope you don't take offense, but this question indicates an immature pattern of thought. It...
by brianj
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: GA Excommunicated
Replies: 219
Views: 6602

Re: GA Excommunicated

Do you really believe that breaking Elder James Hamula's right to confidentiality and telling everyone that he didn't become disillusioned by apostacy is really helpful to him & his family rather than the church? So, to you, it's better for Elder Hamula & his family for people to wonder about which...
by brianj
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: your thoughts on this video?
Replies: 133
Views: 5589

Re: your thoughts on this video?

I had another thought recently on this. I don't think you can be living the law of chastity and be actively lesbian or gay. OK, that's not really saying a lot; when you consider society and gay/lesbian issues we already know that. But it does mean the 12 year isn't keeping the law of chastity. I'm ...
by brianj
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Why Would North Korea Attack Guam ?
Replies: 21
Views: 635

Re: Why Would North Korea Attack Guam ?

What would North Korea gain by military action against Guam ? Would anybody on this planet gain anything by a North Korean attack against Guam ? What did Japan gain by attacking U.S. forces on Hawaii and the Philippines in 1941 ? Consider that it led to the destruction of Japan as a military power ...
by brianj
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Gospel Discussions
Topic: How can I personally form a closer relationship with Heavenly Father?
Replies: 10
Views: 256

Re: How can I personally form a closer relationship with Heavenly Father?

Pray sincerely. So often people use vain repetitions and go through the motions without really trying to have a conversation. Pray often. Read your scriptures daily. When something piques your interest really study it. Listening to music while driving is fun, but take some time to listen to somethin...
by brianj
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Has anyone created a cryptocurrency for LDS community?
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: Has anyone created a cryptocurrency for LDS community?

I have to disagree with the claim spiritoftruth made, because I don't believe that cryptocurrency is any better or worse than physical currency or other electronic transactions; it's just a different way of exchanging goods and services. That being said, I don't know that there is any need or desire...
by brianj
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: This was in the Outer Darkness section, but more should become aware of what Homosexuality means for the World.
Replies: 7
Views: 506

Re: This was in the Outer Darkness section, but more should become aware of what Homosexuality means for the World.

I think a couple important points need to be challenged. To begin with, I dispute the idea that experiencing same sex attraction is a sin. If anybody here, or anywhere else within the church, is experiencing this or struggling with it please know: it is not a sin to experience this. The sin comes fr...
by brianj
Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: What would you do?
Replies: 80
Views: 1434

Re: What would you do?

Well, it's time to mix it up a bit and ask: WWJD? Yep, what would Jesus do... I'd bet my life, my testimony, and my family that it wouldn't involve any more deaths or threats. Everyone here agrees, I'm sure. I win. I always do. Great question. What would Jesus do? https://www.lds.org/manual/book-of...
by brianj
Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Emergency Preparedness & Self-sufficiency
Topic: What if...
Replies: 8
Views: 426

Re: What if...

One thing that needs to be pointed out is that the Korean war never ended. A temporary cease fire has been in effect for the last 64 years, but a state of war still exists and this has never been forgotten by leaders of North Korea even though Americans and most South Koreans like to pretend the war...
by brianj
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Last Days / Signs of the Times
Topic: Notes on "Ezra's Eagle" Prophecy
Replies: 37
Views: 3446

Re: Notes on "Ezra's Eagle" Prophecy

To be that critical of the words "unto the half" you would have to be able to read the original text, not the translation. Then you would also want to see if it was part of the dead sea scrolls to see if it matched. I'm guessing that would be Hebrew. This is why we believe the BOM is the most corre...
by brianj
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Cuts to government
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: Cuts to government

Yeah sounds good... until you think about the way this is set up. It sounded good until I took half a minute to look it up. Yes, a President receives Presidential salary for life. No, a one term Senator or House member does not collect their salary for life. A hypothetical House member who was paid...
by brianj
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Tempted to get tattoo to prove I'm not a fool.
Replies: 47
Views: 1154

Re: Tempted to get tattoo to prove I'm not a fool.

The names you mention there I have never heard of, and with a hint from your references, I don't want to know who they are. It seems from your responses that you are judging a book by its cover, and that someone having a lot of tattoos proves who they will always be. I also see that you are in Utah...
by brianj
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Last Days / Signs of the Times
Topic: Notes on "Ezra's Eagle" Prophecy
Replies: 37
Views: 3446

Re: Notes on "Ezra's Eagle" Prophecy

I'll say it another way then, just like the units of the prophesy regarding Christ's death were days, not hours, the units of measure for Ezra's prophecy are presidential terms, not years. Just like in physics, if you try to calculate a formula with mismatched units the solution does not make sense...
by brianj
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: GA Excommunicated
Replies: 219
Views: 6602

Re: GA Excommunicated

Apart for the private particulars of this case, the manner in which this was handled from the Public Affairs department of the church leaves something to be desired. First off we have the rather strange statement that this was not due to "disillusionment or apostasy". Since when is one excommunicat...
by brianj
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Last Days / Signs of the Times
Topic: Something big brewing?
Replies: 52
Views: 3257

Re: Something big brewing?

We were returning to Utah from California yesterday. Crossing Nevada, we saw several trucks carrying Bradley's and a train pulling several cars loaded with tanks all heading west. I assume you mean the military hardware was heading southwest, and this shouldn't be any surprise at all. In the Califo...
by brianj
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Last Days / Signs of the Times
Topic: The year with no rainbow...
Replies: 34
Views: 1921

Re: The year with no rainbow...

Christ comes at the end of seven years of tribulation. That hasn't started yet so it would be at least six more years of rainbows. With events in North Korea today I'm wondering if it's about to start. I don't accept that Christ will come at the end of the tribulations. There is a lot that has to h...
by brianj
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Last Days / Signs of the Times
Topic: Notes on "Ezra's Eagle" Prophecy
Replies: 37
Views: 3446

Re: Notes on "Ezra's Eagle" Prophecy

The problem I have with this vision from 2 Esdras is with the popular interpretation of chapter 11, verses 16-17. People claim that this refers to Franklin Delano Roosevelt but don't pay close attention to verse 17: There shall none after thee attain unto thy time, neither unto the half thereof. FD...
by brianj
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: GA Excommunicated
Replies: 219
Views: 6602

Re: GA Excommunicated

Sad.

What does the church correlation department do?
by brianj
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Tempted to get tattoo to prove I'm not a fool.
Replies: 47
Views: 1154

Re: Tempted to get tattoo to prove I'm not a fool.

Well, first of all, I have always been against tattoos. Now, we all remember the song "You Can't Judge a Book by it's Cover", right. Well, lo and behold, yes you can. You can get a good idea of what's inside from the cover, can't you? And we all know that many of those with tattoos are more likely ...
by brianj
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Thoughts on Musk's neural lace business venture
Replies: 8
Views: 302

Re: Thoughts on Musk's neural lace business venture

I think it is interesting that the mark of the beast can be in the hand (micro chipping) or the forehead (neural lace). I have thought of the beast as AI for awhile because power is given to him to both speak and perform miracles. Revelation 13:15-16 15 And he had power to give life unto the image ...
by brianj
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Last Days / Signs of the Times
Topic: Notes on "Ezra's Eagle" Prophecy
Replies: 37
Views: 3446

Re: Notes on "Ezra's Eagle" Prophecy

The problem I have with this vision from 2 Esdras is with the popular interpretation of chapter 11, verses 16-17. People claim that this refers to Franklin Delano Roosevelt but don't pay close attention to verse 17: There shall none after thee attain unto thy time, neither unto the half thereof. FDR...
by brianj
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Last Days / Signs of the Times
Topic: Something big brewing?
Replies: 52
Views: 3257

Re: Something big brewing?

We were returning to Utah from California yesterday. Crossing Nevada, we saw several trucks carrying Bradley's and a train pulling several cars loaded with tanks all heading west. I assume you mean the military hardware was heading southwest, and this shouldn't be any surprise at all. In the Califo...
by brianj
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Tempted to get tattoo to prove I'm not a fool.
Replies: 47
Views: 1154

Re: Tempted to get tattoo to prove I'm not a fool.

Well, first of all, I have always been against tattoos. Now, we all remember the song "You Can't Judge a Book by it's Cover", right. Well, lo and behold, yes you can. You can get a good idea of what's inside from the cover, can't you? And we all know that many of those with tattoos are more likely ...
by brianj
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Teen Tasered While Strapped Into Chair
Replies: 9
Views: 392

Re: Teen Tasered While Strapped Into Chair

Not defending because I don't know anything about the circumstances beside the posted video. That aside I am a retired LEO who spent most of his career, 11 years, working in the corrections system. I have been trained on and have used a similar restraint chair and taser. So the question I have is w...
by brianj
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Thoughts on Musk's neural lace business venture
Replies: 8
Views: 302

Re: Thoughts on Musk's neural lace business venture

Fiannan wrote:
Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:16 am
Interfaces work both ways. Never forget that.
Really? I have never seen output to a mouse or video camera, or input from a display.

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