Monday, January 21, 2019


Photos taken last night of the Lunar Eclipse as seen from down in the desert of Southern Utah. Clouds parted just minutes before totality.


Thursday, January 10, 2019


We delete files on our computers that we think we no longer need or things that no longer have worth. Before the deletion occurs, a prompt will pop up asking us if we REALLY want to delete, just in case we might have second thoughts. It is a safeguard in case the delete button was hit on accident.

Just like deleting files on our computer, we remove things from our life that we no longer want or need. We try to remove unwanted pounds around our waist, remove stains from our carpet, remove plaque from our teeth, and remove spoiled food from the refrigerator. etc.

Last week, I removed a post I wrote about Sheri Dew on my blog. I have respect for Sheri Dew and I did not want to cast a bad light on her. She is a  powerful and influential woman. She recently wrote the book, 'God Wants A Powerful People'. Ms. Dew is the CEO and President of Deseret Book. She is also a director of the Bonneville International Corporation, a broadcasting organization owned by the LDS Church. She has never been married.

Sheri Dew also happens to be best friend's with Wendy Nelson, President Russell M. Nelson's wife. They are such great friends that Sheri and Wendy both bought a home together in Heber before Wendy got married to President Nelson. They still travel together. In fact, Sheri accompanied both President Nelson and Wendy on their Global Ministry Tour in South America.

It probably was wise that I removed the blog post since I did not want to infer or have any proof that  she was influential in any way in the recent changes made in the Church.

But I digress.....

That being said, not all things that are removed are unwanted or bad.
Removal of certain things are actually symbolic and beautiful.
Failure to remove these things would be disrespectful.

For example:


1. Shoes should be removed when stepping on holy ground:

Shoes have played an important role in establishing sacred space and sacred rites from the beginning of time.

At the moment Moses came upon the burning bush out of which God spoke to him, God gave him two commands: don’t come near and take off your sandals.The direction to Moses to remove his shoes was in conformity with what was well known to Moses, for, having been brought up in Egypt, he would have known that the Egyptian priests observed the custom in their temples. 

Shoes have an almost exclusively symbolic purpose. For example, they can represent one’s preparation for a task. The removal of the sandal, slipper, or shoe at the end of the rite signified that the transaction was completed and that the ritual was legally binding.

Something as simple as taking off a shoe establishes a profound covenantal relationship.



2. Robes should be removed in a covenant exchange:

Anciently when entering into a covenant, the two parties would remove and exchange their robes.  A person’s robe is part of himself, and if a person removes his robe, he is showing his willingness to deprive himself of everything in life and exchange for something greater.

We read in Samuel 18:3: Then Jonathan made a covenant with  David because he loved him as himself.  And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David.


3. Veil should be removed in enter into the presence of God 

Not only does the bridal veil show the modesty and purity of the bride and her reverence for God, it reminds us of the temple veil  that was torn in two at Christs crucifixion. The removing of the veil took away the separation between God and man.


It have been leaked on the internet that  their have been recent changes for member of the LDS Church who attend the Temple.

We no longer remove our shoes.
We no longer remove our robes.
We no longer remove the veil.

Just like the prompt that comes up before we delete things off of our computer, I hoped that some of the above information contained in the links were known and that things were not deleted. However,  I wonder if there is still time left that we could "retrieve" the deleted items from the "recycle bin" and restore them back as God intended.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

470: THE PARALLAX EFFECT: The art of fooling the senses to believe something is authentic

Parallax is a late 16th century word that means ‘the fact of seeing wrongly’. The origins of the word comes from the French word parallaxe, and from the Greek word parallaxis which means ‘a change,’  and from parallassein which means ‘to alternate, to vary,  to decline, to wander'.

A parallax effect is used in computer graphics where background images move past the camera more slowly than foreground images, creating an illusion of depth in a 2D scene and adding to the sense of immersion in the virtual experience. 

For some, this effect when viewing 2D images on a large screen can cause dizziness, nausea, motion sickness and vertigo. 

I think it is interesting that a new "movie" that was released  worldwide yesterday uses this effect.


1. Isaiah describes our day

2. Isaiah prophesies of the consequences that will come from disobeying the Lord

3. Isaiah prophesies of events in the last days

4. Isaiah prophesies of woes and judgments that will come upon the house of Israel

Joseph Smith said: "all things pertaining to [our] dispensation should be conducted precisely in accordance with the preceding dispensations...God set the temple ordinances to be the same forever and ever and set Adam to watch over them, to reveal them from heaven to man, or to send angels to reveal them." (Joseph Smith, History of the Church 4:208.)

"For I am the Lord, I change not" (3 Nephi 24: 6)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


Twelve diehard people with soaring birds overhead hiked in frigid temperatures and gusty winds to welcome in the New Year. The view of the sunrise from a peak on an island did not disappoint.