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I like to make programs and devices smarter and easier to use. I experiment with new, brilliant interface concepts, data structures, and algorithms. I'm a programmer, web developer, and a Mormon.


Mar
21
awarded  Notable Question
Mar
15
comment How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?
Thanks @MatthewMoisen for the notify. @ GarrettJ: Ah, I see that now, and it does answer my appended question, so that suffices. Thanks for pointing that out!
Mar
15
awarded  Enlightened
Mar
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
14
comment How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?
Thanks for the answer! Just so you know, I updated my post to include a question on the LDS belief about the gift of tongues. You're welcome to comment on that in your answer, or I'll still accept this as-is!
Mar
13
revised How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?
Added gift of tongues question as an after-thought
Mar
13
comment How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?
@TheFreemason It's not that it's superior to use "Elder "for missionaries or for them to travel in pairs, it's just a matter of fact: how or why. There's no "Mormons are better" here. I wish people would stop assuming Mormons think they are special.
Mar
13
comment How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?
@TheFreemason This question is no different than other existing ones such as Why do Mormon missionaries travel in pairs? and Why do Mormons use the term "elder" for their missionaries? - to be continued...
Mar
13
comment How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?
@Narnian Stop reading too much into this question; I'm not asking for a comparison. I'm looking for a clear, factual answer about the process of training Christian missionaries.
Mar
13
comment How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?
@AffableGeek Maybe a couple of months, but the ones I've talked to didn't mention using software. @ TheFreemason I think so, since missionary work into every land is a Christian commission, it definitely has relevance.
Mar
13
asked How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?
Mar
12
comment What is the basis that many mainstream Christian groups justify labeling groups like the Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses as Non Christians?
Well, okay. I guess that works in the traditional Christian and Catholic meanings of those words. For clarification, though, Mormons consider all God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Spirit as divine.
Mar
12
comment What is the basis that many mainstream Christian groups justify labeling groups like the Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses as Non Christians?
How do you define divine (in your last paragraph)?
Mar
10
comment When did the LDS church begin teaching the word of wisdom
That's an awesome source you cited; haven't seen that before! Thanks.
Mar
10
revised How has the LDS word of wisdom changed since its introduction?
edited title
Mar
3
comment Which churches today send the most missionaries?
Here's a current NY Times article to back up this post: nytimes.com/2014/03/02/us/a-growing-role-for-mormon-women.html (its focus is on the women serving as missionaries, but many, many relevant facts are stated.)
Feb
24
revised What actions does the LDS church (Mormon) take when a member does not pay tithing?
Added link; fixed spelling
Feb
21
comment What actions does the LDS church (Mormon) take when a member does not pay tithing?
In partial answer to the first scenario in your question, how often one pays tithing isn't a factor (as I understand). Each year, when tithe standing is declared, it doesn't really matter how frequently the tithes were paid. It wouldn't surprise me if some members just wrote a big check once or twice a year. (I imagine it would be harder to keep track of everything though.) Of course, any individual's paying practices are highly confidential so it's hard to do more than speculate here.
Feb
21
comment What actions does the LDS church (Mormon) take when a member does not pay tithing?
@Anonymous Not only is it not mandatory, it doesn't have to be right after college, either. Men can go anytime between the ages of 18-30. Women can go when they're at least 19, but can go later too. LDS missionary service is entirely voluntary. Members who choose not to go are not subject to disciplinary action nor do they lose standing in the Church.
Feb
6
comment Why do Jehovah's Witnesses travel in pairs?
I thought I've seen them proselyte in neighborhoods in groups... though perhaps their actual door approaches are in pairs or as individuals. Anyway, this is a valid question. +1