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I'm a conservative Republican and my wife and I choose to homebirth. My wife and I both have post graduate degrees. You are speaking of something you really know nothing about. Normally, I read your posts and laugh. You have the right to be an ignoramus. But this time, your ignorance is seriously offensive.
Many "emergencies" solved by hospitals are caused by hospitals. We call it the cascade of interventions. Women are routinely induced medically with drugs which cause the uterus to contract much more forcefully than it normally would. An epidural is needed to withstand the pain of such contractions. Babies can be harmed through this process. Sometimes the pelvis can't expand fast enough. Tears occur in the vaginal area. Forceps or suction is used unnecessarily. C-section is relied on prematurely.
Very few of these things take place in a home birth because we didn't have the first intervention, we don't need the rest.
Parents and midwives take care to evaluate whether a mom is healthy and whether the baby is healthy before a home birth is selected. Normally only low risk moms deliver at home.
I suppose though, if I were to follow your logic, that would mean that if all births were done in a hospital, then because the time element is cured, no babies would die in hospitals, right? Isn't that what you are saying? Isn't that your point? And, of course, you are wrong. Babies still die in hospitals.
Bad luck, I guess, right?
Stick to your political rants Leon. You aren't suited to discuss things that matter.
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There was nothing wrong with the old gospel, that's why we restored it. God wanted us to have it again, not what it had become. God wanted us to have propehts (old gospel), apostles (old gospel) and be able to perform saving ordinances in the temple (old gospel).
I'm not sure what our distorted view of the world is. Our view is that the world is a gift to us from God. That this life is a time to prepare to meet God. That this life is an opportunity to raise a family in righteousness. Is that distorted? Ok.
The planets? We do believe that in our Father's house there are many mansions and that he will provide a place for us to live with him and our family forever. We often refer to this place as a kingdom. It has been referred to as a planet by some leaders. I don't know why it matters.
Underwear? Yes, we wear a sacred garment that looks like a t-shirt and long shorts as underwear. It symbolizes our commitments made in the Temple to honor the Lord in all our doings. This is not unlike the Jewish clothing, or Catholic Priest clothing or even a Christian pastor's collar. It's a symbol. There is one major difference, and that is we wear it underneath our clothing to keep it private and only discuss it when angry people bring it up on the internet.
Joseph Smith was a prophet, not a meth user or cocaine addict.
We had no fear of persecution when we left the East and came and helped settle the SouthWest and Mountain West. We had knowledge and experience of ACTUAL persecution, including the murder of our prophet, the theft of our lands and personal property, the displacement of our people from their homes which led to disease and death of our people, including women, children and the elderly. Don't forget the extermination order signed by the Governor of Missouri.
We are a religion. Comma! And the story has just begun.
Please visit www.lds.org to learn more.1 month ago
I'm sorry you think we're a cult. I know many folks who have failed to make any effort to learn about our faith or really know us who feel the same way.
Some folks just have anger in their heart they need to express and we're an easy target.
But we're not a cult in the sense I think you are suggesting. Sure, most religions are a cult in the dictionary definition way.
But to suggest we're anything more than your neighbors, friends, bosses, and employees, who happen to go to church on Sunday and follow the restored gospel, well that's just wrong.
Take a deep breath and try and find and some meaning in your life that will take away the urge to spew out vicious attacks on the internet. You'll live longer and happier.1 month ago
If you were really a lifelong active member of the church, you wouldn't feel this way, even if you "dare think for yourself".
These boys don't need or want your pity. Just because someone thinks differently than you, doesn't mean they are brainwashed.
A parent raises a child to abhor religion and advocate for things like abortion, free welfare for all, free medical coverage for all, endless government spending, the end of marriage as we know it and so forth. That parent is just raising their children according to their own conscience.
A parent is faithful to a religious organization that teaches love of family, love of God, love of country, serving others, sacrificing time for others, personal responsibility, chastity until marriage and so forth. That parent is brainwashing their child.
Our lives are realistic. We work hard and buy homes, cars, and other personal property. We employ people, are employees. We are doctors, lawyers, teachers, garbage men, politicians, fast food attendants and so forth.
Please, relax and go have some fun in this great weather.
RF1 month ago
I just realized I'm not sure where I stand on this issue. I've played a game with my wife where we will count consecutive cars in one lane as we pass them to see how many in a row we get who are using their cell phone, texting or talking. We reached 11 once. That's consecutive.
Drivers are more distracted these days, that's for sure. But I'm afraid if you are going to outlaw texting, there's a few more things you have to consider: Changing the station, hitting your kid with a shoe, eating your chicken nuggets, arguing with your friend on the phone, flipping off the guy who just cut you off, checking out the cute 20 something next to you... the list goes on.
Tough issue to solve, for sure.1 month ago
Have enough confidence in your friends' intelligence and maturity that they won't be coerced into joining a church that they don't think is right or true. We live in the information age. They can go to www.lds.org or mormon.org and research what we believe, just as you can.
You have obviously not read the scriptures you cite as four different gospels. But I do agree with you that all the scriptures you mention do contain parts of the gospel. They aren't all different and they aren't all the same. You'll have to read them to know the difference.
As for your obsession with our aversion to the cross, I'm not sure what the import that is to the discussion. I know that if I put on a cross and said, "I believe this represents the Savior", you still wouldn't be convinced that I'm heaven bound. So what do my opinions on the cross matter to you? Is our aversion to wearing a cross the only thing you don't believe in our church? No. It's not.
The cross is a symbol for many Christians. For some it is more powerful than others, but to my knowledge, it has no magical powers to any one religion.
A cross in and of itself represents a form of execution. Jesus wasn't the only one who died on a cross. I assume thousands did in those days.
So we choose not to focus on his form of execution. We focus on his life and resurrection.
Luckily, for many Christians, Jesus was not executed in modern times, otherwise, they would be wearing electric chairs around their necks! Or a pendant with a little mini-firing squad. Or a vile with a lethal injection. Or a noose.
Could a Mormon wear a cross if they wanted to represent their faith that way? Sure. There is no rule against it.
I'd move on to more substantive arguments.
Finally, I appreciate that you acknowledge my prayers reach the same God that yours do. People on your side often could care less what I pray about, because they feel I pray to the wrong God, so we have that going for us.
And yes, I will pray that your friends aren't coerced into joining the faith. Last thing we need is a coerced member. They end up inactive and angrily posting on online articles later on.1 month ago
I'm not sure what you mean by four gospels. Are you referring to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the first four books of the new testament? Are you claiming that as we hold the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price as scripture, that we have four gospels?
You are confused about what we believe. You are angry based on what you think we believe.
You should view our recent General Conference, available at www.lds.org. There is ten hours of preaching by our leaders. A clear explanation of what we believe.
Be a mature and logical mind. First get the facts. Then disagree if you want. After you disagree, try and not resort to personal attacks and name calling and ranting about things that are not fact based.
Good luck in your growth as a human being and a disciple of the Savior.1 month ago
If someone chooses any non-religious lifestyle, they are criticized by opponents of that lifestyle. I'm thinking democrats v. republicans, vegans v. meateaters, spankers v. nonspankers..whatever it is.
But when religion is at stake, those who disagree with my faith treat me as though I'm a victim and I've been brainwashed. We're not victims. We have plenty of members who don't come anymore. Some who have actually had their names removed from the records. But those of us come and who are active are happily members of the church. We do so voluntarily because we believe it is true and that it makes us happy to do so. We do so voluntarily because it makes us better versions of ourselves.
I'm not brainwashed. I'm a believer. I enjoy my life. My wife is a believer. She says she enjoys her life as well. She is free to stop believing at any time. I will love and cherish her no less for it.
Please stop assuming that because we have decided to follow the teachings of the gospel that we are brainwashed. We are, soul washed, if anything, and thank God for that.1 month ago
ARIZONA WILLIE I agree! Business (which includes customers!) doesn't want it done. It won't get done.
We had a good 20-30 years to show we were serious about immigration enforcement. We weren't. Both sides.
So now what? We want to get serious. Great. Sign me up. But those already here? Push the reset button. Minimize your losses. Charge a fee. Move on with your serious immigration control against the new ones so we aren't back at square one.
But you and I both know, no politician is advocating to put a 22 year old college grad in jail for six months for being illegal. Or a 70 year old elderly person. Or a 15 year old in "juvy". It is not happening. So why argue about it?2 months ago
It's comical the way the responses on here come up with "ideas" that have no chance of ever becoming real policy. In order to pass any of the policies above, you would have to have a Republican President, Senate and House. How is that every going to happen? The state by state solutions might work, but only in shifting burdens from one state to another.
The Honorary Editor/Owner of the Tribune, Leon C., talks "scorched earth". Well, ok. It's obvious that his plan is completely unenforceable. There isn't support for it, there won't be, and it is almost impossible to logistically carry out, let alone the costs of arresting, prosecuting and jailing the numbers of people he is talking about.
I think you've all made my point. There isn't a way to fix 11 million people illegally here, in REAL LIFE (not just hyperbole in a VENT).
Push the reset button. Charge them a fee. Even if the application fee was 500 (there could be other charges and penalties), but if the application fee was 500. 11 million times $500 equals 5,500,000,000. What if the penalty per person for illegal presence was a $1000. You basically charge $1500 (you could charge way more) for each man, woman, and child to get legal. You'd raise over 15 billion dollars without blinking. Then figure out how many of them owe taxes. Penalties, interest, etc. Then taxes being paid going forward.
It's a gold mine folks. A political debate ended. A system on its way to being fixed.
You don't think a family of four would start to become legal for 6k? Think again. They'd pay much more to come out of the shadows. They'd even agree not to be eligible for SS or MC for a certain period of time of paying in. I guarantee it.
2 months ago