It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels he is worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who has made him. ~Abraham Lincoln
Question #91553 posted on 08/08/2018 9:24 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is it possible to completely delete accounts and passwords from companies or websites? I have a lot of either apps or websites that I've made an account on, tried it out, and now never use. Is there a way to get rid of them?

Thanks

A:

Dear Concerned User,

The short answer is: not really. Some companies actually erase your information from their databases while others just mark you as inactive but keep your info. But the problem with that is that even if they delete your info from the current database, they have backups that are run regularly that still have all the information you gave them. There was even a recent breach of one of Reddit's old backups from like 11 years ago so people's info was stolen. Even though it was old information it can be used for nefarious purposes because a lot of people either don't change their password for each site or haven't changed their user information for the past 11 years (or both). Basically, when you make an account for anything online you are agreeing to give them your information permanently (that's what's said in the terms and conditions you probably didn't read because it's not really written for the average Joe to understand and we have gotten into the habit of just clicking without reading them anyway). 

The best thing you can do it use a password manager. Some people use a spreadsheet to keep track but that isn't convenient. Password managers can store your current passwords along with generate secure passwords for future accounts and autofill all of them. If you are still hesitant to use one, let me just say this: if you just type the same password into every account you make you are not very secure and if any of those sites expose your info everything you've ever logged into can be accessed. Just use a password manager so you still only need to remember one password but this password is to access your password manager.

My recommendation for a password manager would be LastPass. Here's an article that tells you how to get it set up. It's pretty detailed despite being called a "beginner's guide" so just look at the section that applies to you. You can get LastPass on your phone or as an extension/add-on for your internet browser. 

As far as what you can do in the future? Just be safer going forward. And don't reuse your passwords (especially not ones that you used for new apps that may not be mature enough to securely store your information).

-Spectre

Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

were there any knights or dukes or other British titles that were associated with places in what would become the USA? Such as Duke of Boston, or Baron of Virginia

Provost of Provo

A:

Dear Provo(st),

I couldn't find any barons, dukes, or lords, but there were several american knights before the revolution! One of the most prominent examples was Sir William Franklin. Sir William Franklin was the illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin, was a titled knight, and was the last colonial Governor of New Jersey. He remained loyal to the crown and after the war he was exiled to England. 

There were some other knights, but it seems that there were very few because the american colonies were so far away from London that it was hard for colonists to relieve the attention of Parliament or lobby for knighthood. 

Peace,

Tipperary

Question #91551 posted on 08/08/2018 5:36 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

A question in regards to modesty. But don't worry, this is a simple question :)

The Board's recent answers about modesty, bikinis, etc have been very interesting and thought provoking, so first of all, thank you for those thoughtful answers.

Of course, currently, BYU's swimwear policy is essentially "no two piece bathing suits," or to wear at least two pieces that cover essentially the same amount of skin as a traditional one piece.

Previous answers have made good points about many two piece/bikini type swimsuits often being more modest than many one piece swimsuits, and the fact that there are no set doctrinal rules about what it means to be modest while swimming, and shifting cultural attitudes and the (perhaps slight) desexualization of bikinis.

All this considered, how likely is BYU to change their swimsuit policy? BYU has changed some long traditions (caffeine) though not yet changed others (beards). For whatever reason though, I personally just can't imagine them changing the swimsuit rule.

So, do you see them changing the rule anytime soon? Anytime in the distant future? Why or why not?

-Pear

A:

Dear Pear,

Considering beards were banned in the 1960s due to a fear they made people look like hippies, and we still allow monstrosities like this, I'm gonna go with the swimsuit rule changing maybe twenty years after the beard ban is lifted.

However, I do know of an interesting story: about eight years ago BYUH only allowed one piece swimsuits at their pool. One day that rule suddenly changed to allow modest two piece swimsuits. The word went around town that the BYUH president's wife had gone to the BYUH pool in a modest tankini and was kicked out by the lifeguards for not following the rules. Outraged, she complained to her husband, who then changed the rules so his wife could swim there. This was during the last BYUH president's reign and nobody liked him, so the story could have been fabricated but I believe it. Basically, until the rules inconvenience those in authority, we won't see a change. 

-guppy of doom

Question #91546 posted on 08/08/2018 5:36 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

When parents are sealed to their children, does everybody have to have a recommend?

-Wondering

A:

Dear Wondering,

According to lds.org all adults need to have a full use temple recommend, children over 8 will need a limited use recommend for the sealing, and children under 8 do not need a recommend.

Peace,

Tipperary

Question #91535 posted on 08/08/2018 5:36 p.m.
Q:

Greetings, fine writers!

I've got a question that you are likely in a better position to research and answer than I am. I'm curious whether we have any records of how early leaders and scriptorians in the Church studied the scriptures and Conference talks. Back in the day, they didn't have the benefit of the Topical Guide, extensive footnotes, an LDS edition of the Bible, search, Institute manuals, loads of LDS books, etc., so I imagine it was a much more manual, gradual, and individual process than it usually is today. Hence my curiosity. What methods and techniques did they use? How did they record/keep track of their studies? How did they deepen their knowledge of the Gospel? I suspect those of us here in the digital age could learn a lot from their examples about truly studying the scriptures.

- The Detective

A:

Dear Detective,

Sorry this answer has taken so long. I don't know how early church leaders studied the scriptures, but my high school seminary teacher was very old school in his scripture study. Here are some of the old school techniques he used:

Making Lists: Making your own lists of scriptures is a really good way to familiarize yourself with the scriptures. Some people keep a journal with their scriptures to fill with lists of different subjects such as repentance, or prayer etc. After a while you end up with your own personal topical guide to make future scripture study easier

Cross Marking Scriptures and Making Notes: Physically writing notes in scriptures makes it a lot easier to remember or find specific scriptures. It also is useful for cross referencing other versions and creating your own personal footnotes. The best part about writing notes in your scriptures is that you can include ideas, inspiration, interpretation, and impressions about specific verses.

Reading the Book of Mormon and Bible Side by Side: I've heard this is what many of the early converts to the church did. It's a lot easier to compare verses when you can have the Bible and the Book of Mormon open at the same time without losing your spot. Using both books and comparing them can help open new perspectives and see connections you wouldn't normal see.

Getting Up Early to Study the Scriptures: I've heard that many general authorities get up extra early in the morning to do their scripture study. There are less distractions in the morning, and if you study a verse in the morning you have all day to think about it.

Pondering: If all we do when we read the scriptures is read straight through them, we miss out on a lot. Stopping and pondering after we read a verse or chapter helps us get a lot more out of it. Occasionally my seminary teacher would choose one verse to study and then stop and think after every word. He would look up words in the dictionary, read other verses, think about what that word meant in the context of the verse, and by the time he was done he would spend 20 minutes on a single verse. A lot of times I read my scriptures on my phone and then speed off to work or to my classes without time to think. Thinking about what we read more is really valuable.

Using Old Dictionaries: My old seminary teacher found a dictionary from the 1840's and uses it to study the scriptures. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon as accurately as he possibly could, but the English language has changed since then. By using a dictionary from the time period you can have a better idea of what the intended meaning of words were.

Spending a lot of time studying the scriptures: A really good way to know the scriptures well is to spend a lot of time reading them. I've met people who can tell you where in verse in the Bible is because they've read it so much. Phones are really convenient because I can pull up the scriptures and read when I have 5 minutes to spare, but if that's the only scripture study I do, I won't know the scriptures as well if I set aside 20 minutes or more every day to study. 

Technology gives us so many amazing tools to enhance our scripture study, but there's a lot we can learn from the past. Hopefully you'll like at least one of these.

Peace,

Tipperary

posted on 08/09/2018 7:28 p.m.
Being in Prison: George Reynolds created (by hand!) a complete concordance of The Book of Mormon over a period of 20 years. He started the book when he was in prison for practicing polygamy. See: https://archive.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/complete-concordance-book-mormon

- Dad, Certainly.
Question #91241 posted on 08/08/2018 5:36 p.m.
Q:

Dear Sherpa Dave,

Please give me your best bad advice.

-Rainbow connection

A:

Dear Kermit,

Sit on an answer and don't work on it for 2000 hours.

Keep it real,
Sherpa Dave

A:

Dear,

Do what your heart tells you. 

-Uffish Thought, who accidentally jumped in on someone else's question. Oops. My heart told me to do it. 

A:

Dear Rainbow ~

Always jump in on other people's conversations and give advice where it wasn't solicited.

~ Dragon Lady, who is also not Sherpa Dave

A:

Dear Rainbow,

"Don't go to bed angry."

No. Go to bed. The likelihood you'll prolong an argument and end up making things worse is far greater than you resolving everything amicably. Sleep and talk again tomorrow. 

"Live every day like it's your last."

No. Plan for tomorrow. Fill your days with good, fun and productive things that will also help you thrive and do fun things in the future too.

"Dance like nobody's watching." 

No. You're going to hit somebody. Dance like you're excited for everyone to come and have a great time dancing with you. 

"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."

No. You shouldn't handle animals because it's traumatic and could injure them. It's worth it to have three birds in the bush.

- Rating Pending (who is also not Sherpa Dave but is inserting his two cents here BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDS YOU NOT INSERT TWO CENTS INTO MOST THINGS. Coins are very infrequently sanitized.)

A:

Dear RC,

Keep talking to your ex. Keep hoping that maybe things will change and you can work it out. Keep giving him chances.

Love,

Luciana

Question #91539 posted on 08/08/2018 6:18 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Are there any “BYU Crushes”-like Instagram pages that still update?

-Asking for a friend

A:

Dear Friend of a Friend,

BYU Crushes has an active Instagram account--the last thing they posted was on July 5 (BYU Crush, on the other hand, hasn't posted anything since January 2016, and Your BYU Crushes hasn't been active since 2015). If you're looking for a cool, up and coming Instagram account, it looks like BYU Crush Shoutouts just barely started. Or at the very least, they don't have any posts yet, and only 16 followers, so I would assume it's a new account.

-Alta