"In our day of abundance, we are easily be misled into thinking that the blessings of our productive society permit us to be self-reliant. Of course that is only temporary. The principles upon which our society’s abundance are built have been discarded. Therefore, our “riches will become slippery” as the fruit of true principles vanish from those who dishonor the foundation upon which prosperity is conferred.
Safety in the coming scarcity of the last-days will only be found through Zion. Because the occupants of Zion will be one, they will follow two controlling principles which create the “self-sufficiency” of Zion.
First, the counterpart to the world (or Babylon as the scriptures have nicknamed the world) is Zion. Zion will require the laborer to labor only for Zion, not for themselves.
Second, we must perform the required great labor. We cannot expect to eat or be clothed in Zion if we do not work to produce the necessities of Zion."
Friday, October 22, 2021
Monday, October 11, 2021
"With a hand that could be felt, the Lord opened my mind to the fact that it would be possible to sail, and he opened my will to desire to accomplish the project. . . . This was the fire that burned within me. . . . Who can doubt that this fire was not merely mine, but also of the Holy Spirit . . . urging me to press forward?"Hugh Nibley observed, “Most of what is mysterious and contradictory in the story of Columbus comes from the refusal of the experts to believe what he tells them. They say he was an outrageous liar when he was actually telling the truth!"
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
This latest real estate development is called The Grove on Main. Interesting they called it "The Grove".
The project includes 240 apartments, 12 townhomes, condominiums, and detached homes with 70,000 square feet of landscaped open space, ground floor retail space and underground parking. Some of the amenities include a palm tree lined pool and recreation center. Here are a few photos.
So, here is an honest question that I would love to ask at the next Face to Face event with the Brethren.
Is this helping the poor and the homeless? Or does it seem that the LDS Church is becoming more of a real estate company building homes? Is providing shelter to the homeless include charging 2000 buck a month for a two bedroom apartment?
I wonder if we are better landlords than good Samaritans.
Church Newsroom Video: The downtown revitalization project for which The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broke ground in 2018 is complete — and locals say it’s helping the city find its soul.
Monday, September 13, 2021
Photos published in the Salt Lake Tribune of BYU Football Game this past weekend in Provo, Utah.
Sidenote:.. One more thing that is also two faced.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Some Utah Stakes now mandating wearing masks again at Church.
"While we seriously considered requiring only unvaccinated adults to wear masks, we think unity in our stake and wards remains a critical ideal to seek and even though the data makes clear that this is now a pandemic of the unvaccinated, indeed more than 97 percent of the positive cases and hospitalizations are those of unvaccinated people in our communities."
"In all honesty, we are frustrated and disappointed as it seems the sure was completely preventable especially when our prayers of last year were answered with the vaccine rollout earlier this year. Nevertheless, we must join together and unite as brothers and sisters to do our part to end this pandemic and protect others during this surge including those who have chosen not to be vaccinated."
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Social media pressures us to look our best when we post photos. Photoshopping pictures before posting them on a social media has become a common thing among teenagers and even celebrities. Phone apps have been created to easily make you look better than you really are. While this innocent action might seem like a simple wish to enhance a look and appear our very best....let's just call it what it is.. VANITY.
- Flawless and smooth skin
- Whiten teeth
- No more wrinkles or blemishes
- Removed age spots
- Contoured/adjusted facial features
- Enhanced eye color
Last year I was surprised to see Church released photos of President Nelson where he too looked like he has some photoshop love with enhancing the color of his eyes to be more blue to maybe match his suit a little more. See below.
Friday, July 16, 2021
Here are a few more photos from the hike:
Here is a photo of the last mile stretch that one must hike to get to the top. It is fraught with unstable boulders, steep inclines and sheer drop-offs near at the top.
Friday, July 9, 2021
Only Part of the Story
I have had the sense that we were only getting part of the story with COVID-19. Early on Trump’s claim that the virus was leaked from the Wuhan lab was scoffed at by the media. Nobody is scoffing now. Both Fauci and Biden are demanding answers from China and the lab as the source of the virus is the leading theory of its origin.
Before the FDA approves a drug it must be shown to be both safe & effective but since 2009 Emergency Authorization Use can be given if “the totality of scientific evidence” makes it “reasonable to believe that the product may be effective.” It does appear that both of the major vaccines are very effective against preventing serious life-threatening COVID infections.
As for safety, federal law requires a weighing of risks and benefits, taking into account the “material threat” posed by the emergency. The vaccines short term safety in the groups tested also appears safe (ish).
Finally, an EUA can be granted only when “there is no adequate, approved, and available alternative to the product.”
Ah there’s the rub!!
By the time the FDA provided EAU for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (December 11th, 2020) there were dozens of studies already published showing efficacy and safety of Ivermectin. (See Ivermectin for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 Infection: A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Trial Sequential Analysis to Inform Clinical Guidelines-Table 1—https://covid19criticalcare.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Ivermectin_for_Prevention_and_Treatment_of.98040.pdf)
In order to justify the EAU any safe and effective existing drug had to be squashed. This process shows a concerted effort between government and the scientific community. Here’s the FDA argument (https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/why-you-should-not-use-ivermectin-treat-or-prevent-covid-19). What you won’t hear in the article is that Ivermectin is either unsafe nor ineffective, nevertheless it is written to give that impression.
Merck, the company who once produced Ivermectin for the human use of 4 billion doses did a 180 degree about-face once the drug was generic and they were seeking EAU for their own vaccine.
Their statement includes this lie “A concerning lack of safety data in the majority of studies.”
40 years of use has shown this drug to be safer than either aspirin or Tylenol.
I have become convinced that Ivermectin is an effective and safe drug against COVID-19, both as prophylaxis and early treatment and there is growing evidence that it is also effective against COVID variants. Numerous studies report low rates of adverse events over the many decades of its use in parasitic infections. I have joined an organization of physicians called Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) who promote its use in the setting of…
- prophylaxis for at risk persons
- early treatment
- illness resulting from the COVID-19 vaccines
I am using the recommended dosing of the FLCCC.
I am in the process of acquiring Ivermectin from a Canadian pharmacy for use among family and friends if and when the medication is unavailable through traditional pharmacies*.
McKay Platt, MD, FACS
*lvermectin Prophylaxis for high-risk individuals: 0.2 mg/kg per dose* — one dose today,
2nd dose in 48 hours, then one dose every 2 weeks
Post COVID-19 exposure prophylaxis***: 0.2 mg/kg per dose, one dose today, 2nd dose in 48 hours
MEDICATION RECOMMENDED DOSING
lvermectin 0.2 mg/kg per dose – one dose daily for minimum of 2 days, continue daily until recovered (max 5 days)
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
“This area will become a peaceful, quiet space on Temple Square,” said Andy Kirby, director of historic temple renovations for the Church. “The plans for this area will also provide a more direct and clear view of the Salt Lake Temple from the northwest area of Temple Square, enhancing the prominence of the temple.”
Restrooms will be added to support events in the Tabernacle and Assembly Hall.
"This change is being made because all sessions of general conference are now available to anyone who desires to watch or listen."Just because all sessions of general conference are now available to anyone who desires to watch or listen is a really odd reason to eliminate these sessions.
Monday, June 7, 2021
I find it interesting that the Church chose to publish this coloring page just before the vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration meet this week on June 10,2021 to discuss whether to authorize Covid-19 vaccines for children 11 and younger. We are starting to see the mainstream media report the need for little children to start to get vaccinated even though the numbers of people getting Covid is rapidly dropping.
Almost all vitamins, medications and other vaccines have the list of warning labels. Even the most basic like Vitamin C and aspirin have warnings on the bottles to protect the manufactures of any adverse side effects so they can shift the risk from themselves through warnings. If you choose to proceed then you assume the risk. You can't blame anyone because you were sufficiently warned.
On the other hand, for the Covid vaccines were are just told that they are safe and effective.
Surely there is nothing wrong with these emergency authorized vaccinations that all normal FDA requirements have been waived and that the pharmaceutical companies are not liable for any injuries caused by the vaccine.
Are we suppose to submit our children to participate as basically "lab rats" for a vaccine that does not publish what the warnings of the side effects could be on a child. Remember, if your child should have complications, the companies are not liable for any injuries caused by their vaccines.
If you want to read additional research: here is a good link:
Thursday, June 3, 2021
This past year, Mother Nature has not been very kind to the State of Utah.
- Devastating Wind Storms
- and now Water Drought
It makes you wonder why all four elements of Earth, Fire, Air and Water have combined together to wreck havoc on the state of Utah. Some associate these basic elements with the four destroying angels. In his vision, John the Revelator saw “four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree” (Revelation 7:1). These are God’s angels who will hold great power and indicates that the four angels have power over the winds, or the elements, of the earth. Elsewhere in the book of Revelation, angels are described as having control over fire (the angel “which had power over fire”; Revelation 14:18) and water (“the angel of the waters”; Revelation 16:5).
Two days ago, our LDS Governor of Utah, Spencer Cox declared an official declaration calling for the whole month of June to be PRIDE month. The official declaration signed below ends by saying:
Now Therefore, I , Spencer J. Cox, governor of the great state of Utah, do hereby declare June 2021 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Utah.
PRIDE MONTH? Usually we set aside just one day to observe something important. Do we really need an entire month! It might be good to remember that Pride in most Christian societies is considered a deadly sin. In fact is it one of the seven deadly sins and often is listed first. According to the standard list, they are Pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth which are contrary to the seven heavenly virtues.
"The Doctrine and Covenants tells us that the Book of Mormon is the “record of a fallen people.” (D&C 20:9.) Why did they fall? This is one of the major messages of the Book of Mormon. Mormon gives the answer in the closing chapters of the book in these words: “Behold, the pride of this nation, or the people of the Nephites, hath proven their destruction.” (Moro. 8:27.) And then, lest we miss that momentous Book of Mormon message from that fallen people, the Lord warns us in the Doctrine and Covenants, “Beware of pride, lest ye become as the Nephites of old.” (D&C 38:39.)"So what I find so interesting is that after declaring this entire month to embrace Pride, Governor Cox is asking all of us to. get this, to pray to God for some divine intervention. Surely to Lord will bless us to escape this drought as we proactively celebrate our PRIDE. Yes, Heaven help us.