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  1. Timothy, I'm so sorry that your family is going through this. I second what Just_A_Guy and Jane Doe have said...second and third. I really can't add much more than that other than to say again, I'm sorry you all have this great sorrow to deal with. Follow the counsel that JAG and Jane Doe gave you, and also lean on the Savior. Because of His Atonement, He understands what you are going through right now, He knows what each member of your family is dealing with right now. He can heal you, but He will expect you to do your part as JAG and Jane Doe outlined above. Healing takes time, but through Christ, it is possible for your entire family. Hold to that as you do what you must do.
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    “New” name and church identity

    I agree, but I don't think that's what was intended. My understanding was that if a media outlet, say writes an article about the the church the request is that the first time they use the full name, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Then, in the same article, other references could be shortened to The Church of Jesus Christ. Again within the same article. Of course, "the church" could apply to many different churches, no one is saying otherwise, not Pres. Nelson, or anyone else that I am aware of.
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    “New” name and church identity

    Why not? We are expected to call others by their preferred names, including calling transexual people by their preferred pronoun. I think "LGBTQIA+" is long and a bit redundant, but I use it because that is what those in that group have asked to be called. So under the same token, a church should be able to choose what it prefers to be called also.
  4. Great article. I agree. As I read, the part about how the language can shape us, I was reminded of a TED talk that had a great impact on my thinking. It is called, How Language Shapes the Way We Think by Lora Boroditsky It's worth watching!
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    We need to discuss shaving

    LOL! I love it!
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    We need to discuss shaving

    One of my treasured possessions is a picture of my husband at about 16 -shaving. I don't know why, but I find shaving incredibly sexy. I still love to watch my husband shave occasionally. Perhaps that was TMI, Lol!
  7. So true! I remember on my mission, Sunday's were often the busiest day of the week. I imagine it's so much more so for the prophet and the other Leaders! I'm constantly amazed at how much energy he has at his age!
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    is green tea okay?

    LOL! That reminds me of the time my daughter ate a weed brownie on accident. She said she was very, very happy for the next few hours!
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    is green tea okay?

    I didn't know that. Thanks. The plot thickens...
  10. Not the church, Sunday, but the Lord. President Nelson said the Lord had impressed this upon his mind. But I get your point, and I think you are right. It reminds me of the scripture (which I'm too lazy to look up) that says the church should be called the Church of Jesus Christ because it's His church. If it is called Mormon, then it's Mormon's church. I don't know how this will work out for the church websites and mormonnewsroom etc., afterall, I think we should use the Lord's name respectfully---I am not a fan of bumperstickers that mention the Savior's name. I think He deserves more respect than to be on someone's dirty bumper. And for my taste, a .com with the Savior's name would be taking His name in vain. However, if the prophet says otherwise, I'll accept it. For now, I'm just going to wait and be curious what the Lord and the Leaders will unfold.
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    is green tea okay?

    I'm not planning to take up a new green tea drinking habit or anything, but I do think this is fascinating. Thanks for sharing. We could drill down and ask what about if it's included in the ingredients of something...for example, diet aids, or Zip Fizz. Do you use Nyquil which has some alcohol content? I think it's a personal judgement call...just throwing it out there for fun!
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    Adult Adoptee-dealing with bio fam

    Here's my situation...I don't know my biological father. So I get where you are coming from. Curious, but not looking for a relationship. I asked my mom many times about my bio dad and finally one day (when she had been drinking) she told me that one of her friends had seen him and insisted that I had a right to know about him. So she told me his name, that he is really tall, balding, has a beer belly and one glass eye because he lost the other eye in a bar fight. Years later I told my kids this story, and even though we have never met the man, the kids call him, "Grandpa Glasseye." I know we're terrible. LOL. He doesn't want any contact with me (I did call him once....when I told him who I was there was dead silence on his end.) I'm fine with that. I doubt we would have much in common. I have a biological brother, that i have never met. It might be cool to meet him, but likely we would also have nothing in common. On the other hand, my mom had another child before me that she gave up for adoption. We got to meet him and have a great relationship with him (I'm as close to him as any of my other siblings....but to be honest none of us are really close.) He still maintains a close, loving relationship with the family who raised him as well. The reason I share this, besides to tell you where I'm coming to say that each person and each family is different. You should do what is right for you. Like JustAGuy said, your biological mom probably feels she is helping in some way by suggesting you talk to her parents. But you have no obligation here. Like Connie said, perhaps it's time to change your email address. You are the best person to make this decision. If you don't want any contact with your biological family, if your curiousity has been satsified, then you have no obligation to have any more contact. It doesn't sound like the communication you have had so far with your biological mother has been beneficial to either of you. I think sometimes "no contact" is the best answer in some situations. But if you still have questions, and are willing to deal with all the comes with it, you can continue the connection. Either way, pray about it and then move forward in peace.
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    Chinese exchange student at The Swamp!

    Lol, that is hilarious! Glad you guys are having fun!
  14. I'm sorry for your experience. I have to admit I have some questions though. It's my understanding that temple sealings are not cancelled unless the woman is requesting it so she can be sealed to someone else. But it seems like you said she got the sealing cancelled and then later got engaged. It's also my understanding that when a sealing cancellation is requested, the ex-spouse is asked for a statement. The matter is then considered by the First Presidency. So you should have already had a chance to give your side of the story to the First Presidency, and I would guess you have had many prayers about this as well, You can't go any higher than God and those He has chosen to lead His church on earth. Perhaps if you could clear up these questions (I'm sure I won't be the only one wondering), we would be in a better position to offer advice.
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    Pineapples on Pizza?

    LOL, I'm going to have to come back to your neck of the woods and introduce you to the tasty treat that is pineapple on pizza! It would be great to visit again!!!