User Profile: BetterNTexas

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  • [1] April 28, 2014 at 3:58pm

    There is this idea out there that religious beliefs are not appropriate in a medical setting. For anyone who believes that, I would point to Dr. Russell Nelson. You can read about his career on wikipedia. He once gave a great talk in a church conference on how he utilized prayer and faith in God to receive revelation on how to repair a valve in the heart which had previous to that time been thought by the medical community to be unrepairable. He was involved in much of the early innovation that took place in heart surgery. That “superstitious metaphysical nonsense” might just be the source of a surgery that saves your life or the life of someone you love someday.

  • [1] April 25, 2014 at 12:26pm

    The fact that they left behind the two dogs, locked in the home, shows they intended to cause massive damage to the house as they departed. My great grandma’s house was rented out and the renters left two dogs locked in a room when they left. The flooring had to be ripped up and replaced–not just the carpet, the wood floors underneath too–because the dogs had defecated so much and all of the walls had to be replaced as well as the baseboards and the door frame from the dogs’ frantic scratching.

    It’s cruel and inhumane to the dogs, and its something squatters and bad renters do on purpose to cause huge damage to a home. Those squatters should be arrested for vandalism and cruelty to animals at the very least, if Florida won’t prosecute them for attempting to steal another man’s property.

  • March 28, 2014 at 6:23pm

    Unfortunately, yes. It does happen in Texas. There is a school in my area that has one of the best middle school bands in the entire state. Each year they were competing against other schools from across the state in another city that was several hours away. The parents paid a fee for the buses that took them there and the parents chaperoned the trip. The superintendent of the district decided that it “wasn’t fair” to the other schools in the district that they got to go to this competition.

    So a rule was made that schools in the district couldn’t travel more than 50 miles away. Never mind that there weren’t any competitions within 50 miles of the school to attend. Never mind that the parents in the other school districts were welcome to pay the fee for the buses and chaperone. Never mind that if they couldn’t afford it they could have held fundraisers to pay for the trip. Nope. Those schools weren’t participating so darn it, it wasn’t fair!

    So for a couple of years they didn’t go anywhere but the strangest thing happened–turned out that the school district got recognition partly based on the achievements of that award-winning band. So now it’s back to being able to travel outside the 50 mile zone–but only every other year.

    You don’t need the federal government to come in and insist on anything. You just need a local school board who buys into the whole “but it’s not fair” garbage for it to happen–even in Texas.

  • March 12, 2014 at 12:11pm

    So here’s my thought–I could believe in a plane being stolen by terrorists for EMP purposes. What I could not believe is the President doing this in order to stage an event that would keep him in office. The reason is that while I think it would be more difficult for a terrorist to get his hands on a plane, it would be easy for the POTUS to do so if he really wanted to–and he could do it without 239 passengers to deal with. Why would he covertly hijack/disappear a plane full of people? That takes away the “covert” part of the scenario. It’s too messy.

    But let’s say he would need to get a plane publicly in order to create a plausible deniability should that plane be used in a fake terrorist attack later on. Wouldn’t it make more sense to make a FedEx or UPS plane disappear? It would still be high profile enough to make the news, but it wouldn’t involve the family members of 239 people and several countries searching for missing bodies.

    In any event–it sounds like a great thriller novel.

  • February 28, 2014 at 5:14pm

    And finally about Glenn Beck–

    You think that this man who has spent so much time searching for truth in politics, in history, and in philosophy would spend no time at all fully researching Mormonism? Do believe it’s possible that in the world in which he lives–in the skeptical media world–that he hasn’t been confronted with alternative points of view on Mormonism? I think it’s far more likely that he’s been bludgeoned over the head with it repeatedly.

    I believe the most important thing to do in matters of faith is to turn to the Lord and ask His opinion. Getting a confirmation on one’s faith from the Holy Ghost is the answer, not basing one’s faith on the various opinions of man.

  • February 28, 2014 at 4:54pm

    Archaeology: Proving Book of Mormon sites is difficult for several reasons: First, the Book of Mormon records that the ancient Americas were hit with what could best be described as a super volcano at the time of Christ’s crucifixion. Massive upheaval and changes to the land occurred at that time. You can read the Book of Mormon to see more about that. Second, a genocide took place on the American continents not just once, but twice. First anciently a little over 200 years after Christ’s ascension into heaven, and second when the Spaniards and the Portuguese explorers brought small pox and other diseases to the Americas. Additionally, there were libraries and places of knowledge here in the Americas that were burned by Catholic priests because they were deemed to be heresies. We don’t know what knowledge was contained in those libraries that could have possibly corroborated the archaeology of the Book of Mormon. Unlike biblical history, the history of the ancient Americas was not handed down over time and spread throughout the world and much of it was destroyed. There are hints. Read David G. Calderwood’s Voices From the Dust: New Insights into Ancient America if you’re interested in that sort of thing. Ultimately the Book of Mormon can only be established on faith, not on archaeology. The same is true of the Bible. Jesus’ divinity is not established on archaeology. Jerusalem’s existence doesn’t mean the Bible true. Our belief in the Bible is due to faith.

  • February 28, 2014 at 4:38pm

    The above should say “They are the good fruit we’re commanded to put forth.”
    With regard to Joseph Smith and apostasy: Yes. He did say the Christian church had apostatized. He was not alone in that regard. Martin Luther believed that, for example. When you read the early church fathers, they also indicated concern. The point of the Council at Nicea was that there was division amongst various branches of Christianity as to important doctrines of belief such as the nature of God (for example). If you attend a protestant denomination of any sort, you too believe that apostasy from the original gospel has occurred.
    The difference between Joseph Smith and many others who have made the claim of apostasy is that he says that when he put the question of which church to join to the Lord in prayer, the answer he received was that God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to him and told him he should join none of the churches, as they had apostatized. One can choose to be offended by that or one can believe that God Himself confirmed what Martin Luther and others believed to be true–that an apostasy from Christ’s gospel had occurred. Christ Himself taught in Matthew that one doesn’t put new wine into old bottles. In other words, it was time to call a new prophet for a new dispensation in order to restore His gospel and once again gather His people as He had in days of old.

  • February 28, 2014 at 4:24pm

    We also believe that God commanded the children of Israel to write His word–not just the tribe of Judah, which is what the Bible is–a record of the tribe of Judah. In Ezekiel 37 the Lord commands that Judah should keep a record and Ephraim should keep a record (the word used for those records is “stick”) and that those records will be combined as He gathers His people and prepares them for the time when He will rule and reign. We believe that Book of Mormon is the record of Ephraim that the Lord commanded them to write. It testifies that the record of Judah is true and it testifies of Christ. We believe it to be the word of God just as the Bible is the word of God.
    How are we saved? Through the grace of Christ and His atoning sacrifice for us. Period. It doesn’t matter how good a person is–they cannot earn their way into heaven by their works. However, Christ tells us #1, we must accept His sacrifice and take upon us His name (which Mormons do at baptism), and #2, we must repent and endure to the end. He says that not everyone who says “Lord Lord” will enter into the kingdom of heaven–only those who DO the will of the Father. We are taught in James that “faith without works is dead.” Paul taught that we must be reconciled to Christ. Jesus himself taught that when we keep his commandments we are his friends. Good works are necessary not because we are buying into heaven but because they align our hearts with His and teach us to be like Him. They are “the good f

  • February 28, 2014 at 4:02pm

    To be clear, Lucifer, being in open rebellion to the Father, is no longer part of God’s family. He is cast out forever. He is not, therefore, on the same plane as Christ or the Godhead. He rejected God’s plan, authored his own, and rejected Christ’s atoning sacrifice, refusing in every way to be a part of God’s plan and therefore His kingdom.
    As to the Bible. Yes, we believe it to be the word of God. We read and study it. One of the things it teaches us is that God has established a pattern of speaking through prophets. Throughout the Old Testament, God calls a prophet and the people follow him as he reveals God’s word and all is well. The people fall away and reject the prophets and things are bad. God calls another prophet and tells him to call the people to repentance. When they listen to the prophet, all is well. When they reject the prophet, things are bad. This pattern repeats over and over again. After Christ ascended into heaven He again called a prophet–Peter. He never declared the end of prophets, nor did He declare an end of His words. In 2 Thessalonians Paul cautioned that there would come a “falling away” once again before the 2nd coming of Christ. And what happens when there is a falling away? The Bible shows us repeatedly that God calls a prophet to once again gather His people. We declare that a prophet has once again been called of God, that God is still speaking, that we still have need of His guidance.

  • February 28, 2014 at 3:37pm

    Quadpa702–as I believe you are sincere, I will do my best to answer some of your concerns.

    First, your questions about Jesus and Lucifer. Jesus, God the Father and the Holy Ghost make up we call “The Godhead.” They are three separate personages who are one in purpose. God the Father is at the head. Both Jesus and the Holy Ghost do the will of the Father. Christ testified of this many times. “The plan” you speak of is something we call “The Plan of Salvation” or “The Plan of Happiness.” It was not authored by Christ. It was authored by God the Father. His Son, Jesus Christ, was always, as part of that plan, chosen by the Father to be our Savior and Redeemer. Christ accepted that role and agreed to condescend to mortality and offer himself both as a perfect example (thus pointing the way back to God the Father) and as an atoning sacrifice for all of the sins of mankind. Without His atoning sacrifice we could never, ever return to live with Him or God the Father or the Holy Ghost.
    When we say that Lucifer presented a plan, what we are actually saying is that he what presented was an open rebellion to God the Father disguised as an “alternative” to the Father’s plan. And why disguise it as such? To lead away other children of God with him.
    As to whether Christ and Lucifer are “spirit brothers,” yes, they were just we are also spirit brothers and sisters with Christ. He is known as our “Elder Brother” for a reason. That is not a belief held only by Mormons.

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  • February 26, 2014 at 1:29pm

    The phrase “retiring from public life” to Alec Baldwin doesn’t mean what the rest of us think it means.

    If you read the New York Magazine piece he basically says that he believes he’ll possibly, probably have to leave New York and then only accept certain acting roles.

    Of course the rest of us think that when you “retire from public life” you are saying you want to become a private person who doesn’t do things in the public eye, like say, *acting,* but what do we know?

    I think Baldwin will have trouble convincing the paparazzi that he can keep going in his acting career while being a retired “private person” at the same time.

  • December 20, 2013 at 9:40pm

    This happened to me. My kids were in the choir and we went to the performance and we didn’t even get this level of music. We got canned music that sounded like crap. No carols–the word “Christmas” was not part of the program–forget mentioning Christ Himself. Santa was not mentioned. Instead we got this song about “the reason for the season is to give.” While there is some truth to that, the reason we give is because Christ first gave to us. Instead the entire song was a shake down & a guilt trip all rolled into one–if you aren’t giving and giving then you are bad & selfish. Those weren’t the exact words, but that’s the gist. Hanukkah got a song that told the entire story of the holiday. Kwanzaa, same thing. Christmas was represented with a song devoid of anything related to the holiday, period.

    I was stunned. The looks on parents’ faces was something to see. People complained. The next year we got “a musical tour of the world,” & again Hanukkah and Kwanzaa were told in exacting detail. The song that represented Christmas? A song from Mexico that talked about a baby & his parents who couldn’t find a place to stay. I was fine with the idea except the song they chose made it sound like it was some anonymous homeless family wandering around.

    If you can’t bring yourself to sing the word “Christmas” or “Christ” then just do “Jingle Bells” for Pete’s sake. Otherwise cancel the concert. You’re ruining the holiday & wasting our time.

  • December 18, 2013 at 1:15pm

    This guy could be a scammer or he may not be.

    The bigger problem is that people do buy stuff, remove the item from its packaging and then replace the item with something of little value, wrap it up and return it to the store. Shrink wrapping an item is not as difficult as one would think.

    It actually makes sense for stores to require big ticket items be opened prior to leaving the store…except that most stores have an electronics policy that says if you’ve opened the item, you can’t return it. This is probably why there are several stores out there who are requiring people to fork over their ID when they return items to the store.

    I think the best alternative would be that the customer has to show what’s inside the box when they bring it back for a return before the store will accept it as a legitimate return. That would probably break the cycle–and stop potential scammers in the process

  • December 18, 2013 at 12:57pm

    I was just logging in to say the same thing. I give her some credit here for truthfully portraying what the Left was thinking when Obama was elected. We on the right were all saying, “Uh…you’re kind of acting like he’s the Messiah and it’s creeping us out.” And on the left they were saying, “No no no. We just believe him when he says his election will herald the moment when the seas began to fall and the world will be healed and hope for the change for hope for the change!” And who could forget all of the photos taken of Obama with a manufactured halo around his head?

    And of course now they are anxious to deny they ever behaved that way while simultaneously saying, “How is it that he didn’t fulfill all of his promises?” as though he ever intended to or had the ability to do anything he said he would do. Gotta give Babs props here for actually owning up to the Messiah complex that brought us our current president.

  • November 19, 2013 at 11:16pm

    The Bibles at our Costco in Texas are also labeled “fiction.” My teenagers came home from there the other day telling me about it and how they couldn’t believe it.

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  • November 12, 2013 at 3:58pm

    I agree that it is very possible that the atheist group may be wanting some good publicity off of joining with that Christian group. However, we live in a country where we are free to worship or to not worship according to the dictates of our own conscience. If the goal is to feed the homeless, isn’t it more charitable (and more American, really) to accept the help of those with whom you disagree in order to extend that charity to those who are hurting?

    And what happens if the Christian group discovers that one of the homeless they’re feeding is a non-believer? Will they pick and choose to whom they give charity based on the religious affiliation of those who are in need of help?

    And frankly, if this Christian group’s goal was to share the message that God is good and loving with those who need to know of God’s grace, well, there was a whole group of non-believers willing to work side by side with them. What kind of message have they shared with those atheists by denying them the opportunity to participate in their charitable efforts?

  • October 26, 2013 at 1:10am

    While it is free, I have noticed it is not a huge component in many of the mega churches. My niece is a member of a mega church and she requested baptism and the pastor told her it really wasn’t necessary but if she wanted it he’d do it.

    He baptized her in a metal tub in front of the congregation and kind of made comments beforehand like it was a comedy routine and then kind of dunked her like it was an afterthought.

    I’m not attempting to criticize here, I’m just telling her experience as I witnessed it. I suspect a lot of people in that congregation have not been baptized because it isn’t something that the pastor focuses on. I’ve noticed a similar theme in several mega churches around here. Baptism is nice, but not necessary, so why do it? That’s not how I believe, but it could account for some of the drop in baptisms, at least in the US.

  • October 21, 2013 at 5:10pm

    When I saw the headline I thought Valerie Jarrett or Hillary Clinton or Kathleen Sebelius or Nancy Pelosi, or Debbie Wasserman Schulz or Janet Napolitano…to name a few.

  • October 16, 2013 at 1:11am

    A couple of years ago my daughter was required to complete a very intrusive survey at our local high school. It asked her all kinds of questions about her parents including how often I fed her fast food.

    The teacher said it was a required assignment for the class. He also said it was “anonymous,” to which my daughter said, “But I could see my student ID number at the top of the screen on every page of the survey.”

    I have to say, however, that in the case of the survey in this article, it is unprofessional and poorly written, which does cause me to believe it’s possible it was written by the students. I am not opposed to a class writing up a survey and tabulating the results, but the way it was administered was certainly wrong and overbearing.

    If wasn’t written by the students and the school hired someone to write/administer the survey (and they’re covering that up), then the school ought to demand their money back.

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  • October 1, 2013 at 3:01pm

    My kids are in a very good marching band here in Texas and I get the opportunity to see Lake Travis perform. I haven’t seen their show this year, but their show last year was amazing. While this does admittedly look funny, the risk for injury in this sort of situation is very real and band directors are always talking safety with the kids.

    Marching band members face the same sorts of troubles football players do when it comes to adjusting to the unique turf of each field they play on, and in some cases the way the field is marked is different than how they have been practicing, all of which can lead to a slip up in a show. Usually when someone falls it’s a one person event, but when you’re marching backwards, watching the drum major, the potential for a pile up is high at times. Broken instruments are expensive, but a twisted ankle or a broken arm can sideline a kid for a whole season.

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