It’s their birthday on Monday and we made plans to celebrate, however we won’t be able to because of the lockdown. I was wondering if it was okay to leave their birthday cake at their door and not go within 2m of them. I wasn’t really sure who to ask
A little background: I’m an exmo currently riding out the global pandemic in the Dominican Republic where I served as a missionary almost 20 years ago. I live with a family that I baptized back then; I am basically part of the family now. I no longer believe, having gone through my faith crisis about 4 years ago, but the mother of the family still believes and for the most part I’ve held my tongue on a lot of things. She loves the church, it makes her happy, and she is blissfully ignorant of church history. Mind you, this is not a rich family. They are considerably poor. A large reason why I chose to ride out the crisis here was to be able to help them put food on the table until things get back to normal.
Cut to this morning - as I am preparing my morning coffee (Dominican coffee is delicious, by the way... Café Santo Domingo to be exact), she casually mentions the fact that the bishop told her that they will now be coming door to door to collect tithing. Due to this whole quarantine, and with meetings being cancelled, the bishop wants to provide members the opportunity to pay their tithing. Down here no one pays online, it’s still collected with the slips and envelopes. When she told me this, my blood started to boil, not unlike my heathen coffee on the stove.
So naturally I chose to open my mouth and tell her that she does not need to pay her tithing. And thus began a long conversation about the church’s finances. During this morning chat, she learned that the church in fact is worth over $100,000,000,000 US dollars, that the general authorities receive $100,000 every year, and that the humanitarian aid that the church gives back is a pittance compared to its massive holdings. She also learned about temple construction and the ludicrous idea of constructing temples in places like Rome, Shanghai, and Dubai.
And since I had her ear, I chose to bring up other concerning issues I have with the church. Like the fact that Joseph Smith practiced polygamy and was married to girls as young as 14 years old. And the fact that the revelation to end polygamy came conveniently at the same time Utah wanted to become a state. And that technically polygamy still exists, just in the afterlife.
I also brought up the fact that blacks couldn’t hold the priesthood until 1978, something she was completely unaware of. When I mentioned the curse of dark skin in the Book of Mormon, she told me that that scripture always bothered her. I shared some quotes from Brigham Youn... keep reading on reddit ➡
I bet so many American people who condemn the unrest we are currently dealing with were yet are still for the protests in China. All the calling out they did about lebron for not saying anything. Yet when players had something to say here about OUR issues oh you wanted silence. They’re paid to play a sport right? They should shut up and stop making political statements. All lives don’t matter until BLM goes up. Crookedness doesn’t just go to authority and politicians it goes to your neighbors your community. People who would constantly feed a lie that’s who it goes to. It’s plain as day you don’t need 3 men on top of one guy especially his neck. Not everyone is my fellow American we just coexist in a sea of liars and hypocrisy.
I've seen a lot of old door levers in churches in Europe, and also knobs, though usually none that could be turned. But in "modern" days it seems like some countries like the US favor knobs, while others (like e.g. Germany) favor levers. Of course there are technical differences, but I do wonder when and why the fashions diverged.
I (22M, UK) have just finished my bachelor’s degree in English lit, and I’m looking into TEFL if / when the world starts opening up over the next few months. I’ve spent about 10 hours a week over the last few years in classrooms as part of a university mentoring scheme, and feel comfortable working with kids, but don’t have any TEFL qualification. From what I’ve read, everyone seems to rave about the CELTA qualification, which is somewhat confusing because the countries that seem to offer the best work conditions (South Korea, Taiwan etc) apparently don’t really care much about your certificate, while places like the Middle East expect full teaching licenses and master’s degrees, far beyond a CELTA. The only countries that seem to require the CELTA are European countries, which seem to regularly be ripped apart on this forum for non-liveable pay. So, am I missing something? I’ve considered doing one (probably International House, Budapest) but I’m finding it really hard to justify > €1,000 for a qualification that won’t actually approve future earnings (I am aware that money probably isn’t why most people get into this line of work, and that actually learning how to teach might be worth that money for someone without experience in schools); it would make me feel a lot more comfortable with getting a “proper” qualification if it would give me an immediate benefit in an impending tough job market.
On YouTube, it can be seen that many European countries have lifts that just have an outer door, where a passenger needs to open manually that swings outwards (rather than slides apart), but the lift car itself does not have a door itself - so the wall of the lift shaft can be seen as the lift moves. Isn't that dangerous?
In a separate note, how do people in wheelchairs use the manual doors as they seem to be quite heavy? Also what if someone forgets to close the door?
One lady opens her door to the man and he says, “please I am starving, I have nothing but some rocks in my pocket. If you let me eat some eggs, I’ll show you eating my rocks!”
The lady lets the man in and gives him some eggs. The man then asks for a pan to lay the eggs. Then he asks for oil to put on the pan. Then he asks if he can use the stove to cook the eggs. After all is said and done, the man thanks her for the breakfast and prepares to leave, but the lady interrupts him: “aren’t you going to eat your rocks?”
“I’m full, but I think I’ll save them for the road.”
In the U.S. we mostly lock our doors, though there are some rural communities that consider being able leave your doors unlocked a high value thing. Typically they are tough on crime and will imprison thieves. But most of the U.S. isn't like this; we're big on locks and fences. What are your opinions?
>ANSA (Italian press agency) just informed that Italian government is going to stop all the sporting events that requires crowd in less than 1m space for the next 30 days in all the country. Sporting events will be able to be held only behind closed doors in this period.
>If this will be in the final decree no cycling event will surely be held in Italy in the month of March. So no Strade Bianche, no Tirreno, no Sanremo, no Binda, no Larciano.
I just don't understand it. Where I'm from a package will be delivered to your neighbors if you aren't home. If your neighbors aren't home you can pick your package up at the post office or in some cases schedule a second delivery at a time convenient for you.
I see so many posts off people's packages getting stolen from their porch. Besides the annoyance this has to be a major cost item for companies / the post office.
Is there any (good) reason why this I'll just leave it outside policy hasn't been abolished. You wouldn't leave your bike outside without a lock right.
How has this impacted the likes of Italy/Spain etc ? Anyone see any communication/forward thinking on this topic they can put forward here or abroad ? Does closing the borders except for supply chains /include personal supply chain deliveries?
I have an offer from a guy running a garbage collection services company out of Albany, NY to go knock for him for a week over my college spring break. The thing is I would fly out of Seattle this Friday into Boston and then take public transportation (either a bus or train) from Boston to Albany and spend a week knocking. Then I would take the same route back from Albany to Boston to Seattle.
I have a decent summer of knocking doors for pest control under my belt and am a broke college kid. A friend of mine who I knocked with this last summer went out there early this January and made $9k in a week knocking for this company and says that it's a way easier sell than pest control.
Here are my concerns though:
The drifter says, “Well hello, sir! Say, I’m mighty hungry, might you have something I could eat?” The farmer replies, “No sir, I have nothing to spare.” The drifter says, “Well then, I noticed you have some Honeysuckle growing out in your fields....mind if I go get myself some honey?” The farmer laughs at him, saying, “You can’t get honey from Honeysuckle!” The drifter confidently says, “Well if it’s no trouble, I sure would like to try.” “Be my guest!” the farmer exclaimed, and shut the door in the man’s face.
An hour or so later, the farmer hears a knock on his door. Opening it, he finds the drifter again, with honey all over his mouth and chin. The farmer is most surprised. The drifter says, “Sir, I want to thank you for the honey- it was delicious! And I must say, I am awful thirsty after that....while I was back there, I spotted some Milkweed growing, mind if I go get some milk to wash down the honey?” The farmer smirks and says “You can’t get milk from Milkweed!” The drifter shoots him a grin and says “Well, sir, if you don’t mind, I’d like to give it a try....” The farmer throws up his hands and says, “Well go ahead, then” and closes the door on the man.
A few hours later, the farmer hears yet another knock on his door. He opens it to find the drifter, sporting a big old smile and a milk mustache. The farmer is aghast; he can’t believe his eyes!The drifter says, “Sir, I want to thank you for that milk, it sure was delicious! Say, while I was back getting milk from that Milkweed, I noticed you have some Pussywillow growing back there, and....”
The farmer interrupts, “HANG ON, LET ME JUST GRAB MY HAT!”