"I'm not a chicken. I'm just really hesitant." -Frasier Crane
Question #91157 posted on 04/14/2018 10:30 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Has there been a national tunnel worm outbreak? Why won't the government or Pres. Worthen address this crisis? I'm not a freshman, so can I sleep at night?

-Scared of Worms

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Dear Scared,

I don't want to scare you anymore than necessary, but you are totally right. There has been a national tunnel worm outbreak. Are you ready for the truth? If not you better buckle in because you're in for a bumpy ride.

The BYU tunnel system, as you may know, is the natural habitat for tunnel worms. But, as populations have been growing the worms have become restless. Due to the lack of pre-mission freshman (which are much tastier and fresh than RM freshman) and the protection provided to campus by the 100 Hour Board the tunnel worms have been running low on food.

In order to compensate for the lack of tasty freshman the worms began to expand. The government contacted BYU to ask what to do about the tunnel worms. BYU told them that there was nothing to do, so the governnment decided to take things into their own hands. The government used Facebook to track the tunnel worms. It was a great success until the recent scandal forced them to lay low. Furthermore, the steel tariffs Donald Trump imposed on China raised the cost of tunnel worm traps. Now the subway systems of America can't afford to protect themselves.

Your only hope is to become a stinky old senior so that the tunnel worms won't be interested in eating you. Really. Also, don't tell anyone you got this info from me. Top secret government agencies don't like snitches. With the cover up going on, they'll try hard to hide the truth. And, this is the truth*. Totally the truth*. The real truth*. Honestly*.

Totally Real Facts

Question #91159 posted on 04/14/2018 10:18 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have an ethical dilemma. One of my coworkers is dealing with cancer that hasn't responded well to treatment and she wants to turn to "alternative" pseudo-scientific treatments instead. They aren't covered by insurance so our workplace is holding a fundraiser for her. On the one hand, her situation is so hard and I want to be supportive of her. On the other hand, I don't want to funnel money to people that are, at best, misguided and, at worst, actively trying to defraud incredibly vulnerable people. What should I do? I don't know this coworker very well at all, so I wouldn't feel comfortable telling her that I think she should save her money and follow her oncologist's advice instead of pursuing alternative treatments.

-Cancer sucks

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Dear person,

That's not a fun interpersonal situation. I personally would donate to a legitimate cancer research fund in lieu of the fundraiser. Then, if anyone tried to get me to participate in the fundraiser in any way, I would politely decline and let them know I donated to a charity. If they asked why I would then tell them. Perhaps this course of action is self-righteous and annoying, but using alternative treatments instead of conventional ones typically leads to death

I realize that because she hasn't responded to conventional treatments, your coworker likely just wants to do something that helps her feel more in control of her treatment. As you mentioned, this means she is incredibly vulnerable. However, never feed sharks just because fish are sad. 

Maybe listen to whatever Tipperary says. It would be nicer to do something else for her and her family. I think I am becoming grumpy in my old age and this answer is really unhelpful, sorry about that. But I have no regret because dōTERRA and foot massage specialists and anti-vaxxers and other sharky minions of the alternative health plague are the worst and deserved to be denounced everywhere.

-Sheebs

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Dear friend,

That seems like a difficult situation to be in. You want to support your friend, but you also want to balance what they want with what would actually be good for them. Sheebs suggests donating to cancer research which is a good way to go. My other suggestion would be to offer something a bit more personal.

You could bake them a meal, or watch their kids so they could have a date night, or offer to drive her to the doctors office. Maybe you could get her something that could help her be comfortable like a nice warm piece of clothing, or a heating pad, or maybe a nice book to read in the doctors office. There are plenty of things you could do for them directly. You'll know you're helping and they'll know you care. 

Good luck helping out your friend. I'm sure you'll find the right thing to do. Hope this helps!

Peace,

Tipperary

Question #91156 posted on 04/14/2018 2:42 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

So I'm planning to submit mission papers soon, but something has been bothering me for some time. On the mission papers it asks what insurance I have but my insurance expires this month. I asked my Bishop if the church will cover me while on the mission or if I am required to pay for insurance. My family is not too well off, and they were wondering if it is possible for me to list no insurance the two years I'm on a mission and then when I come back get insurance. That being said, I'm concerned that not having insurance may affect where I am able to go, and I was wondering if this is true.

Second part of the question:

Long story short if I enter South Korea I will be arrested and put in the military for two years. I am a dual citizen(only found out end of last year) and was wondering if I put this on the mission papers, will I be restricted only to the US? The papers state that if I have travel restrictions I may be restricted to only the US, but this only applies to South Korea. My bishop doesn't know what to do and neither does my RA. Perhaps there is someone with similar experiences that can help? Thanks, and any and all advice is welcome.

-My Name Here

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Dear you,

This is only answering the second portion of your question: please include your travel restrictions on your mission papers. Cause you know what? Serving in the U.S. will still give you incredible opportunities as a missionary. It's not like serving foreign somehow makes you a better missionary. And you definitely don't want to even chance being called to South Korea.

Finally, considering the papers only say you may be restricted to the US, it sounds like that's just a general condition they state so as to allow themselves leeway in assignment when travel restrictions come up.

~Anathema

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Dear MNH,

I can't speak for all countries, but I know if you stay in the U.S. you'll be covered by the Church's insurance. However, I believe this applies only to issues that arise in the mission field—it won't cover preexisting conditions. I asked some friends, and it seems like there's a lot of different opinions out there, and I couldn't find an authoritative source that discusses missionaries and insurance. I don't know if that would limit where you can serve—I would assume the Church would have insurance for their missionaries across the world, but I might be wrong. If any readers know, please leave a correction! Until then, it looks like your bishop would know best, and if he isn't sure ask him to ask up the line of authority until he finds someone who knows. However, if it comes down to not having insurance but saying you do and being able to serve internationally versus saying you have no insurance and serving in the States, I would definitely suggest staying in the U.S. If you do end up getting sick or in an accident, you (and your family) will be infinitely grateful that you stayed in the U.S. where you had insurance. And let me say that missions in the States are the best!! I served in the South and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. 

Best of luck in your mission preparations!

-guppy of doom

posted on 04/15/2018 1:01 a.m.
I served overseas, and had several companions who didn't have insurance. Things might have changed since then, and it might be different for other missions/countries, but we didn't pay for healthcare, only paid for prescriptions. The church had a running tab at the best hospital in the country, and whenever possible, that's where we went. I believe that people who were sick in more remote areas had to pay out-of-pocket and were reimbursed later. It wasn't like paying out-of-pocket for an ER trip in the US- healthcare is a fraction of the cost in many other countries, even for non-citizens. I was really nervous when a doctor prescribed me a medication that I'd taken before in the US- I knew that my insurance company paid $600 for a small supply- but somehow I got it for only about 10 euros on my mission without an insurance benefit. It's possible that a lack of insurance might prevent you from going to some countries, but it doesn't mean you can't leave the US. And, obviously, lying on your mission papers is a terrible idea, whether it's about insurance or the whole Korea situation.
posted on 04/15/2018 11:49 a.m.
The church requests that missionaries and their families who are able and are willing to make the sacrifice to continue medical insurance coverage do so. You will need to discuss that with your parents.

It provides insurance for those who are not able to do so.

Whether or not you provide your own insurance does not affect where you are assigned to serve.

~ Senior missionary whose assignment covers that issue.
posted on 04/15/2018 4:14 p.m.
You may indicate, and your bishop and stake president may also write, on your missionary application, that due to your dual citizenship and the fact that South Korea will not allow you to visit for two years without serving compulsary military service there, that you should not be assigned to South Korea.

That should take care of that. If, for some weird reason, it does not, notifying the missionary department after the call has been issued will enable them to arrange for re-assignment.

~Decades
Question #91149 posted on 04/14/2018 2:42 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Once, when I was little, I went to a college campus to attend a sports camp, in one of their common areas, they had a pool table looking thing (same material as a pool table for the top, and outside) that I really liked to play on, but I've never been able to find it since, The table was somewhat longer and narrower, and both sides had four pool balls, and instead of pockets, both ends had an opening running along the whole end that the ball could fall into, and the goal of the game was to use the cue ball to knock the opponents four pool balls into one end, kind of like shuffleboard, sort of, and it didn't have a pool stick, you just had to use your hands. I've been trying to search for this and all I can ever find is shuffleboard, but that's not right because the table was built like a pool table. Is this a real game? what is it called?

-Casper

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Dear Friendly Ghost,

It would appear as though none of us here on the Board know what this pool-like table is, or what the game for which it is used to play is. And considering all we have to go off of is your description, it's more likely that you will find success through your own searches than we would.

Sorry not to be of more help.

~Anathema

posted on 04/16/2018 1:19 p.m.
Sounds kind of like bumper pool (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bumper_pool) without the bumpers.