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  1. Yeah, I would be interested. Most of my religious reading isn’t LDS-oriented anyway so I’d probably fit in. 🙂
  2. Thanks for the book suggestion. It sounds interesting.
  3. Thanks, everyone! I’m always curious how other denominations interpret things, and why. This was really helpful.
  4. I’ve always been taught that Jesus came to teach and minister to Jews/the House of Israel, and that the gospel went to the gentiles after Jesus’ death. However, I’m not really convinced that’s what the New Testament says. Matthew certainly does, but Mark, Luke, and John don’t. In fact, they specifically contradict that idea with Jesus staying with the Samaritans for two days in John 4 and many people believing him (contrary to the instructions Matthew gives in 10:5 for the Twelve to not even enter a Samaritan town) and Jesus frequently traveling through gentile areas, teaching and healing. Acts does seem to promote this idea with Cornelius in chapter 11, but even that requires you to ignore that a gentile was baptized in chapter 8. One of the places Matthew clearly states this idea is in 15:24, but the earlier Mark parallel in 7:27 isn’t entirely obvious, although I can see why someone would argue that Mark here (but only here, from what I can see), promotes this idea. So, two questions. 1. Have you been taught that Jesus went only to Jews/the House of Israel? 2. If so, what is the evidence for that, outside the gospel of Matthew? I’m not as familiar with the epistles so there might be something there. It’s time for bed in my time zone, so I won’t be around till morning, but I’m really curious to read anyone’s thoughts about this.
  5. I am so incredibly sad as I read the stories of the people who were killed. So many were immigrants, some of whom were trying to find a safer life than their own homes could offer. Daoud Nabi was born in Afghanistan in the late 1940s. He would have been younger than I am when the Soviets invaded, and Afghanistan is still at war, 40 years later. But the shooter called him and other Muslim immigrants “invaders.” His sons were late for prayers and survived. Somalis were part of the leadership of the al-Noor mosque, and some were killed. My ds is doing a gap year in an African country where he teaches Somali and other children from different African countries to read. To think of them getting shot while they are praying is horrible. Palestinian refugees were shot. They’ve been refugees for at least 50 years. People born in India, Pakistan, Jordan, Bangladesh. Syrian refugees. Any immigrant community has so many stories to tell, but it also has people who hate its members simply for moving to a new country. This is certainly not unique to New Zealand and it’s hard to be an immigrant anywhere and always has been. But there’s no denying that anti-immigrant rhetoric has increased worldwide in the last 5-7 years and I’m really concerned that it’s getting worse. And yes, I do think anti-immigrant rhetoric in the US empowered the shooter to do what he did. He made that clear in his manifesto. This photo shows a man being taken to the hospital with his finger raised to siginify there is one God.
  6. It’ll depend on the family and the area. I’ve seen that idea more often applied in places where there are lots of LDS teenagers and not so much in places where there aren’t many LDS kids. You’d probably find more resistance to a serious teenage relationship though, no matter the religions involved, until after high school at least. Temple marriages are only for LDS, but we can marry whoever we want elsewhere. I don’t care at all if my teenage sons date people who aren’t LDS.
  7. I use lots of lemons in tabbouli and hummus. Tabbouli: 1/4 cup bulgur, soaked in the juice of three or four lemons 2 tomatoes, finely chopped One bunch green onions, finely chopped One bunch parley, finely sliced One big bunch of mint leaves, minced A nice blop of olive oil Salt to taste After the bulgur has rehydrated, combine everything and let it sit for at least an hour to let the flavors blend. Add more lemon juice if needed - this a is green and lemony dish. Hummus: 1/2 cup or so of lemon juice 1 tsp salt, or to taste 6 cloves garlic, or to taste 3 cups cooked garbanzo beans 1/2 cup tahina 1-2 tablespoons olive oil and some spices to serve Combine everything in a blender or food processor, adding more lemon juice if it needs to be thinned down to blend. Adjust for salt lemon - it should be noticeably lemony. Let it sit for a bit, then spread it on a plate and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with zaatar, sumac, paprika, and/or cayenne pepper. We like to squeeze lemons onto German pancakes, French toast, or crepes and sprinkle them with powdered sugar.
  8. I did the math and figured out that even if ten percent of the kids bring something, they’ll have enough food. And since some people live much nearer to the school than I do, and since my ds will be helping to serve at the event, I’m skipping the food assignment. I wish they’d just asked for money to cater the event. I’d have happily given the equivalent of $10US to not deal with the hassle of making food and delivering it to the school. Ds would have taken the food to school in the morning and left it on a table until it was served at noon.
  9. I need to send a main dish to school with ds tomorrow. It’s supposed to feed 10 people and I need to prepare it today. It will sit in my barely-functioning fridge overnight (it’s getting replaced tomorrow afternoon) and then sit out for five hours tomorrow. It will have to be transported in plastic ice cream containers because those are the only disposable containers I own. Any suggestions? Could I add beans to a salad to make it enough like a main dish? I know this sounds like a recipe for food poisoning, but food handling procedures are a lot looser where I live so try to ignore that part. Something that doesn’t need to be in the fridge at all would be wonderful. ETA that the food is for adults, and others are bringing salads and sides. Also, no pork products.
  10. I love that book. I hadn’t read it in years then found the kindle version last year and had such a nice time reading it again.
  11. The first few times I posted, on the old old board in 2003, I was firstname in thenstate. But then I didn’t want to use my first name, and I don’t stay in any given location long enough to use it as part of my name, so I switched to an Arabic name I used in college while I was living in the Middle East. It’s usually translated as “princess” but I prefer the translation “commander” or “general” instead, not that any of those three words fits me. But I’ll stick with it since, the Arabic word for “introverted homebody” doesn’t work for a name. My avatar is a design dh drew that I made into a quilt.
  12. Yeah, sesame seeds won’t give you the flavor of sesame oil any more than adding olives to a dish will give you the flavor of olive oil. I’ve had to leave sesame oil out of lots of recipes when it’s unavailable locally. Just go to the store or don’t try to replace it. You’d lose some flavor, but unless sesame oil is the primary flavor, it’ll still taste good.
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