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    Sun City is part of Summerlin. In fact, its called Sun City Summerlin.

    My understanding is that the Hillpointe chapel and the Alta/Town Center chapel are the only two that are actually within Summerlin. The rest that are close are just outside the boundaries. When I lived in south Summerlin, where there are no chapels, my bishop told me that they were trying to buy land within Summerlin for a new chapel but Summerlin refused. They wanted more diversity among the churches, which I suppose is nice, but when 25% or more of your community is LDS, you might want to think about allowing them another building or two.
    No way this is a legit stat. In my development of ~60 homes, only three are LDS.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Schr-ute View Post
    No way this is a legit stat. In my development of ~60 homes, only three are LDS.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Schr-ute View Post
    No way this is a legit stat. In my development of ~60 homes, only three are LDS.


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    Topper is right. Once you start getting into the nicer neighborhoods, the LDS population goes up quickly.
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    Gospel Principles today became a ward mission council meeting. I ended up with about 90 seconds for my lesson on the creation. I killed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    Gospel Principles today became a ward mission council meeting. I ended up with about 90 seconds for my lesson on the creation. I killed it.

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    What a waste of a fantastic lesson. I’m teaching the eight year olds this year. I’ll tell you what, I’d bet money that those kids never had a creation lesson like the one they got Week 2.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Schr-ute View Post
    What a waste of a fantastic lesson. I’m teaching the eight year olds this year. I’ll tell you what, I’d bet money that those kids never had a creation lesson like the one they got Week 2.


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    No kidding. I had at least another 30-40 seconds of strong material prepared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    No kidding. I had at least another 30-40 seconds of strong material prepared.

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    So, I have a question.

    I was asked to teach in Priesthood tomorrow, and told that the topic for the fourth Sunday was "The Sabbath". I was happy to accept, and given that it is now 10:24 Saturday night, I thought I could start looking through some stuff, while still keeping an eye on the basketball game.

    Let me remind everyone that I went about four years without attending Priesthood due to another calling. This year, due to conflicts involving Teacher Correlation meetings, football games, etc., I have not attended either of the previous fourth Sunday Priesthood lessons. So I was looking at the resources on LDS.org, and read this:

    On the fourth Sunday of each month, quorums, groups, and Relief Societies discuss a topic selected by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. These topics will be updated with every general conference. The topic until the next general conference will be the Sabbath day. Leaders or teachers may choose from the doctrines and learning activities suggested below, combine several of them, or create their own according to the needs of members.
    Am I reading this right? The previous two fourth Sunday lessons have also been on the Sabbath?? So basically, anyone who has had anything to say about the Sabbath has said it, and they are all bored by the topic at this point. Also, given that I had unavoidable conflicts and have not attended the other two lessons, I have no idea what has been said, what scriptures have been read, what talks may have been discussed, etc. I assume the answer to that is "All the obvious ones"

    I am pretty excited about this lesson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark Addison View Post
    So, I have a question.

    I was asked to teach in Priesthood tomorrow, and told that the topic for the fourth Sunday was "The Sabbath". I was happy to accept, and given that it is now 10:24 Saturday night, I thought I could start looking through some stuff, while still keeping an eye on the basketball game.

    Let me remind everyone that I went about four years without attending Priesthood due to another calling. This year, due to conflicts involving Teacher Correlation meetings, football games, etc., I have not attended either of the previous fourth Sunday Priesthood lessons. So I was looking at the resources on LDS.org, and read this:



    Am I reading this right? The previous two fourth Sunday lessons have also been on the Sabbath?? So basically, anyone who has had anything to say about the Sabbath has said it, and they are all bored by the topic at this point. Also, given that I had unavoidable conflicts and have not attended the other two lessons, I have no idea what has been said, what scriptures have been read, what talks may have been discussed, etc. I assume the answer to that is "All the obvious ones"

    I am pretty excited about this lesson.
    Yes, you're reading it right, but if you asked any in the class what they talked about at the end of January or February I'd expect you'll get a lot of blank stares. It's likely that the number of talks and lessons concerning the Sabbath that those in attendance have heard in their lifetimes is 100+, so as soon as you announce your topic I'm sure you'll have them in your thrall.

    I'd let them teach the lesson, beginning with them thinking about their idea of a really good Sunday that they remember, and have them explain what made it so good, encouraging stories that may not be fully in line with the usual standard. If possible, and it won't always be, show how thinking outside the proverbial box sometimes produces a more spiritually edifying day than the usual Sabbath Day checklist. I'm sure you'll be able to reel it in eventually with some mildly uplifting conclusion. Good luck!

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    Yes, you are correct. Tomorrow will be my third lesson in three months on the Sabbath. Last Sunday I tried to let people know as many times as possible that my family doesn’t watch tv on Sunday. One of the times, it started a one-upper contest on who keeps the Sabbath the best. I’m thinking that tomorrow I’ll go in the opposite direction and let them know that my kids are allowed to play basketball in the front yard and see if I can get anyone to admit they eat out on Sunday.


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    OK, thanks for the confirmation. Luckily, this is High Priests, so their memory is not great on the best of days. I figure my best bet is to go right up to the board and write "DO" on the top of one side and "DON'T" on the top of the other and just let things roll from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark Addison View Post
    OK, thanks for the confirmation. Luckily, this is High Priests, so their memory is not great on the best of days. I figure my best bet is to go right up to the board and write "DO" on the top of one side and "DON'T" on the top of the other and just let things roll from there.
    Yes, do that. Also, read the scripture about making the sabbath a delight. I bet it’s been at least one month since they last read it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    Yes, you are correct. Tomorrow will be my third lesson in three months on the Sabbath. Last Sunday I tried to let people know as many times as possible that my family doesn’t watch tv on Sunday. One of the times, it started a one-upper contest on who keeps the Sabbath the best. I’m thinking that tomorrow I’ll go in the opposite direction and let them know that my kids are allowed to play basketball in the front yard and see if I can get anyone to admit they eat out on Sunday.


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    I like this. Make it a competition to see who is the worst at keeping the Sabbath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    Yes, you are correct. Tomorrow will be my third lesson in three months on the Sabbath. Last Sunday I tried to let people know as many times as possible that my family doesn’t watch tv on Sunday. One of the times, it started a one-upper contest on who keeps the Sabbath the best. I’m thinking that tomorrow I’ll go in the opposite direction and let them know that my kids are allowed to play basketball in the front yard and see if I can get anyone to admit they eat out on Sunday.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark Addison View Post
    Am I reading this right? The previous two fourth Sunday lessons have also been on the Sabbath?? So basically, anyone who has had anything to say about the Sabbath has said it, and they are all bored by the topic at this point. Also, given that I had unavoidable conflicts and have not attended the other two lessons, I have no idea what has been said, what scriptures have been read, what talks may have been discussed, etc. I assume the answer to that is "All the obvious ones"
    Lately I seem to attend some other ward about 1/3 of the time - visiting grandchildren, other travel, etc. I'll quite often get the same Sunday School lesson two weeks in a row - or three weeks later in the case of the one we had here last week. I find it interesting how different the lessons are presented in different wards. I've always gotten at least as much useful information the second time around as the first time attending a particular lesson.

    With what has been suggested so far, your version of teaching this topic could be the best one so far for those who have attended all of them. Let us know how it went afterward.

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    Okay, the fourth Sunday Sabbath-Fest was supposed to be updated with the new general conference. Fourth Sunday is 2 weeks away. Has anyone heard what the topic is supposed to be? Or do we really have to wait until the Conference edition of the Ensign comes out to get a new topic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LVAllen View Post
    Okay, the fourth Sunday Sabbath-Fest was supposed to be updated with the new general conference. Fourth Sunday is 2 weeks away. Has anyone heard what the topic is supposed to be? Or do we really have to wait until the Conference edition of the Ensign comes out to get a new topic?
    I came out last weekend. Update in on Gospel Library. Not surprisingly, Ministering is the topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPiney View Post
    I came out last weekend. Update in on Gospel Library. Not surprisingly, Ministering is the topic.
    Oh. Goodie. Because home teaching is a topic that we've never done before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LVAllen View Post
    Oh. Goodie. Because home teaching is a topic that we've never done before.
    But it's not home teaching, it's ministering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPiney View Post
    I came out last weekend. Update in on Gospel Library.
    It's great you did and were able to go so public with it. Hope the missus is supportive and coping well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    It's great you did and were able to go so public with it. Hope the missus is supportive and coping well.
    You always have such a great attitude about things. My initial reaction Piney's news was more like "Why do they always have to be so in-your-face about it?!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    It's great you did and were able to go so public with it. Hope the missus is supportive and coping well.
    She has suspected for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    You always have such a great attitude about things. My initial reaction Piney's news was more like "Why do they always have to be so in-your-face about it?!"
    I checked Gospel Library but did not see any update about BP's new lifestyle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Student View Post
    I checked Gospel Library but did not see any update about BP's new lifestyle.
    Its in the "Hims" section.
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    Had a talk to give yesterday, loosely based on President Oaks talk, Small and Simple things. By loosely based, I quoted from it twice. There is almost nothing as gratifying in church as sitting down after a talk, knowing that you are currently at the maximum distance possible from your next talk.

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    Had a primary meeting on Sunday to discuss the new policy regarding two-deep teaching for male and female teachers. Our ward has to cover nine female spots to be in compliance. Pretty funny to sit there and listen to the sisters complain about how hard it is going to be to find substitutes.

    I actually support the change. Hopefully it pushes leaders to update a much more ridiculous policy: a male and female can team teach a primary class only if they’re married or siblings. I can imagine the number of affairs were sparked by a sensuous retelling of the 2000 Stripling Warriors to a group of 7 year olds.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Schr-ute View Post
    Had a primary meeting on Sunday to discuss the new policy regarding two-deep teaching for male and female teachers. Our ward has to cover nine female spots to be in compliance. Pretty funny to sit there and listen to the sisters complain about how hard it is going to be to find substitutes.

    I actually support the change. Hopefully it pushes leaders to update a much more ridiculous policy: a male and female can team teach a primary class only if they’re married or siblings. I can imagine the number of affairs were sparked by a sensuous retelling of the 2000 Stripling Warriors to a group of 7 year olds.


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    How is this different than the current policy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Student View Post
    How is this different than the current policy?
    Prior policy --> one female OK, one male not OK. I.e. two-deep requirement now applies to men and women equally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Prior policy --> one female OK, one male not OK. I.e. two-deep requirement now applies to men and women equally.
    What was the policy on men who identified as women and wore the appropriate underwear to manifest their status? Were they individual women teachers, or double men teachers?

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