Please do not assume that because the Mormon Church is arguably the most organized religous institution in the world, that all of its members uniformly believe the same things and think the same thoughts. I'm a lifetime Mormon born in 1982. I have never believed that black men or women are inferior to whites (or any other race), notwithstanding having heard those offensive, quirky explanations for the exclusion of black men from the Priesthood at least once or twice in Sunday School.
Your regular, everyday Mormons (like me) tolerate these slip-ups because we understand that the people who make these policies or statements are just as fallible as we are. That isn't to say that they're not causing harm, though, and all Mormons have a responsibility to speak up when they see something that doesn't look quite right. Such questioning Mormons (whom you might be surprised to learn you have more in common with than you might suppose) are the ones who influenced the 1978 revelation and last week's press release. Not Bishop Whomever.
Mormon canon may be one of the most difficult bodies of doctrine to understand. There is no formal medium for dissemination of doctrine or beliefs. Current apostles contradict past apostles, or even other apostles during the same session of General Conference! And some of our beliefs evolve through a conglomoration of statments (or non-statements) and practices over time. This is uncomfortable for a lot of members because there is a lot of incongruity. Mormonism, more than any other religion to my knowledge, requires its followers to continuously question their own beliefs and test them against ever-emerging doubts. This micorcosm of conflict has refined my understanding of God more than I could have ever imagined.
I appreciate your criticism. I think it is useful for columnists like yourself to juxtapose Mormon beliefs and values with those prevailing in society. It gives those of us within the Church perspective. Just try to keep in mind that we are much more open minded than we might appear.
Occupy was neither confused nor incoherent, though the media were. Occupy was demanding economic equality, such as America had and benefited from in the 1950s-1960s, to replace the increasing economic inequality we see now in the huge wealth and unreasonable wages of the 1% while the real wages and wealth of everybody else keep sinking. Fair wages for fair work, is that so hard to understand?
I had the same abnormal wear on the 225 45 R17 after only 2 wks of use, Costco blamed it on alignment which i got checked weekly through Firestone, not the alignment. After a few replacements with Michelins, same abnormal wear... I gave up and went with Firestones. No issues and it has been over 1 yr.
How can this happen when they have been making tires for what seems like 100 years. Has to be cutting corners like everything else. Hard to find anything manufactured with quality anymore like when we were kids from toys to tires. Sad we as the people with purchasing power have let it come to this.
Scott - you should post the name of the Dealer - most dealers accommodate this problem... Alignment was their excuse in the 1980's and it would be difficult today unless you had an accident with your wheels and or hit a curb at 100mph. and bounced off. Copy this note and show it to the dealer - Jerk!
If you think this is bad, check out Archer on FX ;0)
Are they coming out of China now?
I just had Michelin 225 45 r17 replaced this week after only 13 months and 16k miles (60,000 mile rating). Tire dealer blamed the wear on alignment. No warranty coverage. I told them I would never buy another Michelin tire. I actually ordered them in special and paid and extra $75 per tire because of the Michelin name.
One can only hope that his 'whack to the side of the head' wakes him up to his incompassionate conservatism when it comes to public health issues.
He's currently rated 0% by the American Public Health Association.
Maybe the whack also woke him up to his slap down of U.S workers when he voted NO on repealing tax subsidies for companies which move US jobs offshore.
Or maybe that was his point.
You know, Greed is Good.
Now this is wild.
Is this time travel back to the Victorian Age?
What year was it that women got the right to vote? 1920?
Almost a hundred years later and they're getting resistance to wearing pants?
If the male brethren can't keep their attention on the temple services, due to their greater interest in the female brethren, then it might be time for the Quorums to take a hard look at how vibrant their message is.
Warning! The male brethren should be wary of such a radical move by the female brethren.
The next thing you know, the female brethren will demand to be part of the priesthood.
Perish the Thought.
And for the lighter side:
I have found that Idaho Stores do not care one bit for their customers. I lived there for a few months and I had so many problems with most shops. Especially Fantastic Sam's in Caldwell, ID. I paid for a full hair dye and then high lights. The girl only dyed the first 1 1/2 inches of hair. I asked for a refund and they would not give me one. I finely had to write the corporate office whom told me that they are franchises and does not own the shops. I told them I was going to post posters on our car saying Fantastic Sam's Scams in Caldwell, ID. That my husband works at a factory and there are over 5000 people whom would see the sign. They finely refunded me my money back. Why should we have to go through all the stress to get good customer service there? I even told the Mayor, I would never move to that county, ever. I can understand why this man was so upset. Really, customer service is number 1 in retail.
Following is the statement of the First Presidency of the Church made in June 1971 regarding women’s dress:
“The Church has not attempted to indicate just how long women’s or girls’ dresses should be NOR WHETHER THEY SHOULD WEAR PANT SUITS OR OTHER TYPES OF CLOTHING. We have always counseled our members to be modest in their dress, maintaining such standards in connection therewith as would not be embarrassing to themselves and to their relatives, friends, and associates.
“We have advised our people that when going to the temple they should not wear slacks or miniskirts, or otherwise dress immodestly. We have not, however, felt it wise or necessary to give instructions on this subject relative to attendance at our Church meetings, although we do feel that on such occasions they should have in mind that they are in the house of the Lord and should conduct themselves accordingly.” (Priesthood Bulletin, June 1971.)
The Brethren who published this statement are prophets of God who are motivated by...a deep desire to assist us all to live happily and righteously.
We are the families on the front lines of Canada’s oil sands development. What message does it send to the world about Canada’s oil sands production when Baytex Energy is forcing my family and our neighbours from our homes through open venting its oil sands processing tanks? Penn West Petroleum and other Alberta companies capture their oil sands gasses and run closed systems: why won’t Baytex take the same responsibility? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqfFeKWm9lc Help us get back into our homes. Breathable air and a thriving energy sector are not mutually exclusive. Baytex and Canada can do better. Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StopBaytex
Just remember that service animals are not "pets." They are necessary aides for their human and, by ADA laws, are allowed to go places other animals aren't... Also, not all handicaps are visible and easily identified like 'seeing eye dogs" - some service dogs are there to alert to imminent issues such as migraines, epileptic seizures, diabetic issues, etc. which can cause accidents or death if not noticed in time...
That table rock cross is as much an eyesore as it is inappropriate.
Just rename it the Mount Soledad Sword. https://www.facebook.com/groups/tablerock/
This is what passes for news? I think it's a cheap shot at a man who has had problems. He apologized, faced up to it, and will have to stand in front of the voters. They will decide his political future.
I wonder if any of the stone-throwers have run for office? I hope they're attending local school board, planning and zoning, city council, or irrigation district meetings, given they are so free to judge others? At least Senator Crapo is in public service.
I'm not saying he is perfect or that he has not made mistakes. But sitting on the sidelines and tossing barbs at another human being is tawdry and demeaning. Before judging others, we must first judge ourselves. Thank you.
Crapo, himself, is a scar of the face of Idaho
Hey what do you say we vote this drunken looser out of a job!
History has shown that minimum wage increases have had negative impacts on low wage/low skilled workers. Undeniably. There have been more than 30 time series studies done in the US since 1970 that have studied the correlation between minimum wage increases and employment for low wage/low skilled workers. The majority of them show a negative correlation.
Sorry NMarriot..but I think you're a fucking idiot.
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