Wednesday, May 29, 2013


“Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman,
neither the woman without the man,
in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 11:11
( I think there is symbolism to the  chapter and verse numbering of this scripture)

This week my wife and I have noticed a pair of collared doves in our yard. Below is a photo of them on our lightpost. I have never seen a white collared dove which I assume is the female. She is beautiful. Doves themselves represent "motherhood".. and they are a symbol of nurturing, gentleness, and wisdom. Here is an interesting fact: Doves often cease their foraging for food just before their babies are born. This temporary starvation insures a pure formulation of "crop milk" *(otherwise their offspring could not digest bits of solid food in the "milk"). This is great example of maternal attributes as well as self-sacrifice for the sake of their progeny.

*Members of the pigeon family (pigeons and doves) are the best known of the birds that produce a substance called " crop milk" for their babies, with the others being the Greater Flamingo and Emperer Penguin. This is not a true milk, such as the milk produced in the mammary glands of female humans and other mammals.

 Sidenote: I first saw these doves appear on Sunday evening, the night that the three planets (Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury) were to align. Little did I know that it would be cloudy that evening and I was unable to see the planets. Instead  that evening, a male dove and a female dove stayed for about 20 minute on top of our lamp post in front of our home. It was symbolic. The male dove symbolized Jupiter, the female dove Venus (Venus is often featured with a dove.) and the light post represented the planet Mercury.


In contrast to the last post on the direction the world is headed, the following are some thoughts on Gods Ways; The Dyad which is the way of progression, procreation, order and unity. It is:
Some brief history. Instead of waiting for further instructions, Eve was beguiled, did not wait for further instruction, and thus partook of the fruit prematurely. Adam was then faced with a dilemma or in other words, a priority problem. To partake or not to partake, that was his question. He could either remain faithful and obedient to the Lord and not partake of the fruit, causing him to be a lone man in the Garden by losing his helpmeet who had been given to him by the Father, as well as disobeying the commandment to multiply and replenish the earth OR he could partake of the fruit, stay united with the Mother of All Living. He could not do both. Either way he was going to be "disobedient" to something. Either way he was going to lose something. A choice between the Garden and his helpmeet, he chose to lose the Garden and keep his helpmeet. He chose to stay with his wife and to keep the commandment to multiply and replenish the earth rather than to remain separate and single. Smart man.

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife,
and they shall be one flesh.”
Abraham 5:18
If you read the verse with substituting man with Adam and wife with Eve, as well as capitalizing father and mother. It would then read..

“Therefore shall Adam leave his Father and his Mother,  and shall cleave unto Eve,
and they shall be one flesh.”

(The word cleave means to adhere closely; to cling, to remain faithful, to stick or hold together and resist separation.)

While many are concerned, and rightfully so, of the ills of our society, I believe it has to do with the breakdown of the union of the husband and wife. Selfishness, Greed, Addictions, Lack of Patience. Currently, there are many who are progressing individually. Yes, progression can be individual. But there's a point beyond which you cannot go…without having dyadic progression (male/female unity). Perfect oneness with God involves a marriage that is the development of both husband and wife. Not the product of one person pulling it off. It requires joint development, joint progression and joint effort.

Progression involves multiplying and replenishing. The wife can not have children except through the husband, the Husband can not have children except through the wife.  Unfortunately in this world, we’ve turned marriage into just romance, when the more God-like way is self sacrifice. Having children is gift from God to become and learn to be like a God. It is not easy to have children. They turn your life upside down. Children can be the cause for many marital problems. However, if their are problems that arise in marriage.. work it out jointly… together…. If you can’t work it out.. it is failing jointly. Divorce destroys families.. and it snowballs and effects the children. It has irreversible consequences. The dissolving of a marriage is devasting to the children. It creates chaos in their lives, a life of pain.. almost impossible to repair. The scars remain longer than we might think.

We live is a corrupt, immoral, confused, fallen, sensual world. What is right is wrong and what is wrong is right. We more than ever need to stand for truth even if our leaders don't. Marriage between a man and woman is order. It is harmony. It produces life, peace and "fulfills the measure of creation" which "brings joy." Unfortunately, when it is employed in other ways, it produces pain, misery and sometimes catastrophic results. It is a right of every child to come into a family where they have the benefit of the family as established by God. The father and mother are literally symbols of God. They are in His image and likeness. We can either conform to God's pattern or be destroyed.

 Sidenote: Part of why America has been blessed is that for the most part, the men all have the mark of the covenant, even though the ordinance has been changed to being performed as infants. While for centuries we have received divine favor. It is being lost now. Circumcision was originally connected with marriage. It was to be performed a month before the man would marry his wife. (giving time to heal) Both the husband and wife would be sealing the betrothal with blood. (the wife on the night of the marriage) It is in obedience to the role as a father.. going back to the covenant made by Abraham.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Unfortunately, we are gradually compromising with the world. Whether it is from the desire for a wider acceptance, or for keeping our tax-exempt status, or from responses to opinion-polling and focus testing.

We are led to believe that God has become more broad minded, and loving and that the Christian thing to do is to accept all. Many would think it is okay to now accept now gay marriage. This is completely false and in error. However, We are culturally being lined up for this possibility to happen, it will be a self-fulfillment. Potentially, the laws of the country will eventually require Churchs to perform gay marriage in their meetinghouses.

A letter signed by the First Presidency of the Church will be read in Sacrament Meetings which has been sent to all Latter-day Saint congregation leaders throughout the United States. The letter will include the reaffirmation of Church to support the Boy Scouts of America’s recent decision.

“As in the past, the Church will work with BSA to harmonize what Scouting has to offer with the varying needs of our young men. We trust that BSA will implement and administer the approved policy in an appropriate and effective manner. “ (emphasis mine)

The word ‘harmonize’ is a concern to me. The word means to bring or come into agreement, to blend or bring into accord with.

The Associated Press noted that many religious organizations are upset with the decision. Assembly of God, which had a strong partnership with the Boy Scouts over the years, said that it could no longer support the BSA, and would encourage churches dropping Scouting programs. Many Southern Baptist churches which have sponsored scouting programs would look for alternatives. “Frankly, I can't imagine a Southern Baptist pastor who would continue to allow his church to sponsor a Boy Scout troop under these new rules,” said Land. “I predict there will be a mass exodus of Southern Baptists and other conservative Christians from the Boy Scouts. Christian values must take priority over what is ‘politically correct.’ ”

On front page of MSN announcing the decision by the Boy Scouts, there was a photo of a Boy Scout holding a sign that read “Gay, Mormon, Eagle Scout for Equity”. Here is a screenshot of how it appeared online:

I wonder if we are taking tolerance and turning it into accepting abomination? I am not sure how far this will go before the Lord does something about this.


Sunday, May 26, 2013


"Three planets are coming together in the evening sky this weekend, putting on a celestial show that won't be seen again for more than a decade."
Tonight if the weather is clear, it will be possible to see an alignment of the planets: Jupiter, Venus and Mercury in the western horizon. They'll form the tightest grouping that won't be see until 2026. The celestial show peaks tonight, Sunday, May 26, 2013, when  these three planets will appear as a bright triangle of light in the western sky beginning about 30 minutes after sunset. Venus and Jupiter are the two brightest planets in the solar system. They've been aligning and  approaching each other in the evening sky for weeks, and faint Mercury is now joining them, appearing below and to the right of Venus.
Why is this so usual? There's a legend/tradition that Copernicus (the astronomer who formulated the heliocentric model of the universe which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center.) never saw the planet Mercury in his life. Whether that is true or not, Mercury is a tough planet to spot because it never gets very far from the sun. Tonight would be the best night to see it. Below is a photo I took last night. There was a brief moment that I was able to see all three planets before the cloud coverage. 
I think there is some beautiful symbolism in this alignment. First of all, Venus is the female symbol. The mother whose functions encompassed love, beauty, fertility and prosperity. Jupiter is a male symbol. In Greek theology, Jupiter is the reigning God, Zeus. Both of these planets have been coming together closer for weeks, and now this weekend...the planet Mercury appears below them, possibly a symbol of a son. It is interesting that Mercury was named after the winged messenger of the gods. These three planets (Father, Mother, son or messenger) will create an inverted triangle pointing toward earth.

Zoomed up photo of the planet taken last night.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


"And behold, in the end of this book ye shall see that this Gadianton did prove the overthrow,
yea, almost the entire destruction of the people of Nephi."
Helaman 2:13

 "And now it had come to pass that there were many,
even among the Nephites, of Gadianton's band."
Helaman 6:18

In the next few days, the Who's Who in the world of power, control, money will be in Salt Lake City for some important events.  Financial Executives and Corporate Stockholders of Goldman Sachs will hold their meeting tomorrow, and Zion's Bank will be holding their annual meeting on Friday. Next week there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Utah Data or "Spy" Center that is being built just south of the Salt Lake Valley.

It is very unusual to have all of the Goldman Sacs stockholders to come to Salt Lake for their annual shareholders meeting. It will be held in their 2nd largest corporate office in downtown Salt Lake located on Main Street. In a national news article entitled "How Salt Lake City won over Goldman Sachs, it was quoted: “When the world’s biggest investment bank, Goldman Sachs, holds its annual shareholder jamboree this week, it will not be in the financial centers of New York or London, where most of its traders work. It will be in Salt Lake City, home of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the largest Mormon population in the world." Link to article

I took a walk during my lunch break today and took some photographs of some of the buildings in downtown Salt Lake. Most of these buildings are newly built within the past few years, with some of them still under construction.  Above is the Goldman Sachs new office building on Main Street just a few blocks away from the Salt Lake Temple. 

It was reported in the above article that Utah leaders has been trying to persuade the banking giants that it is the “Wall Street of the West”, by offering them tax incentives.

Goldman’s senior bankers earned an average of $2,900,000 each last year, led by its chief executive, Lloyd Blankfein, whose $21,000,000 milion  pay package made him the most highly paid banker in the world.  In November 2009, the chief executive of Goldman Sachs declared in an interview, as a banker: "I'm doing God's work." Link to article

I think it is important to mention that Goldman Sachs was sued on April 16, 2010, by the SEC for the fraudulent selling tied to subprime mortgages, a product which Goldman Sachs had created. With Blankfein at the helm, Goldman has also been criticized "by lawmakers and pundits for issues from its pay practices to its role in helping Greece mask the size of its debts. Blankfein earned a total of $54.4 million in 2006 as one of the highest paid executives on Wall Street. His bonus reflected the performance of Goldman Sachs, which reported record net earnings of $9.5 billion.  Also, Lloyd Blankfein is the Gala Chairman of the Rockefeller family's Asia Society in New York.


This is a photo of West Temple which is directly across from the Salt Lake Temple. It could be called the "Wall Street" of Salt Lake. Most of these building were built to "protect" the beauty and surrounding of the temple. Since when does Babylon protect Zion?

Here are couple of other interesting buildings that are currently under construction in downtown Salt Lake. I am not sure where all the money is coming from to build these buildings. Salt Lake already has a Federal Court house, but is now building a new 10 story glass building.

Here is a photo of the new State-of-the-Art Police Department called the "Public Safety Building"


Also, a massive construction just south of Salt Lake is the US Government "Spy Center" supposedly to keep us also "safe".   It is called Utah's Data Center. A special ribbon cutting ceremony will be held next week on May 30th. Invited to attend is the "most loyal partners at the local, state, and federal level who have had the vision and fortitude to enable us to build this powerful Intelligence Community data center "for the good of the Nation". LINK to article

A new exposé in Wired Magazine reveals details about how the National Security Agency is quietly building the largest spy center in the country in Bluffdale, Utah, as part of a secret NSA surveillance program codenamed "Stellar Wind." An investigative reporter James Bamford, says the NSA has established listening posts throughout the nation to collect and sift through billions of email messages and phone calls, whether they originate within the country or overseas. The Utah spy center will contain near-bottomless databases to store all forms of communication collected by the agency. This includes the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails — parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases and other digital "pocket litter."


I want to mention more about this building that is across the street from the Beehive House and close to the Temple. I need to do more research, but I have always felt this to have a strange feel to this place. It is a "Gentlemen's Club". Members include LDS members Spence Eccles (banker) and Senator Orren Hatch, as well as Senator Bennett.

From the website: "For more than 120 years, the Alta Club has been the gathering place for Utah's business, educational and political leaders. Originally modeled after the private clubs that flourished on the east and west coasts in the late nineteenth century, we've retained our traditional spirit while embracing the present. Located in the beautifully restored and historically significant Alta Club building in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, we've recently completed a $4.2 million renovation of our four floors." Link

 A few scriptures:

"And seeing the people in a state of such awful wickedness,
and those Gadianton robbers filling the judgment-seats
—having usurped the power and authority of the land;
 laying aside the commandments of God, and not in the least aright before him;
doing no justice unto the children of men."

 Yea, wo be unto you because of that great abomination which has come among you; and ye have united yourselves unto it, yea, to that secret band which was established by Gadianton! 

46 And it came to pass that the robbers of Gadianton did spread over all the face of the land; and there were none that were righteous save it were the disciples of Jesus.

Friday, May 17, 2013


Who will be gathered and dwell in Zion?

It will be those most like the Savior himself.  They will demonstrate that they are most like the Savior through their everyday service that they render to all others who stand in need. The Savior served the lowest, the poorest, the most outcast of all the people throughout the land of Israel. The angels will gather those who likewise attend to the poor, the outcast, the unwanted, the unloved, and the unappreciated in our midst. The angels will NEVER gather those who seek the spotlight; the honors and the praise of men; the glory and the attention; or even the acknowledgement and praise for their service or their work. Instead, the angels will gather those who silently serve others and do so because they love their fellow man and only wish to help however they can.

It will be difficult in our society, yet the Lord promised that He would do it. What happens when you have people with various degrees of ability to contribute in Zion. Zion will have the elderly, the young etc who can not contribute but yet consume. Everything is held in common…so how can this society function?  It is because everyone will know the Lord, and have a great love for one another. It will not bother those who will work more and others less.  It works because everyone has love for one another.

Everything depends on how we treat others. It is only within us. That no matter what others do, we react to them without condition and without expectation (love). Faith and Love are the most powerful forces in the Universe.

Love is all that God does. Love does drive Creation itself. Love is God’s view of creation. That is why we can have all trust and all confidence in Him. He is a loving God.

I heard this song the other day. I think it is powerful. The message is that nothing can separate us from the love of God. God's love never ends.

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers,
nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God,  which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Romans 8: 38-39

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


"And it came to pass that Enoch journeyed the land, among the people;
and as he journeyed, the Spirit of God descended out of heaven, and abode upon him."
Moses 6:26

(Photo of  a friend on top of the Parawon Gap) 

A Journey is a defined course of traveling; it is one's path in life. Just like there are not two people created exactly alike, so to, one's path in life in mortality is not exactly the same as someone elses. What we do have in common is that our soul's journey started from a premortal home,  we all pass through mortality, and then we hopefully return back safe to Heavenly parents.

There is a poem that I think very few Latter-day Saints are familiar with. It is called the Hymn of the Pearl. It is found within the apocryphal work called The Acts of Thomas. It is said to have been spoken by the apostle while he was in prison.  Interestingly, it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the apostle’s life, but speaks of a journey of an individual who lived in the glorious kingdom of his parents, where he enjoyed the abundance of glory and light. His parents decide to send him on a journey to retrieve a special treasure, The Pearl, which is guarded by a terrible serpent.

The parents remove their son's glorious robe and royal vestments and prepare him to go on his mission. If he was successful in his mission, this glory would be restored to him.

But as he began to mix with “mortals,” he began to forget his earthly mission and Whose son he truly was. The Royal Parents do not forget their child, but send him a letter to remind him of who he is and what his mission is. He remembers his mission and goes on to conquer the serpent dragon and obtain the pearl, then returns to his royal home.

When he reaches his (heavenly) home, he regains his royal robe and mantle and is crowned with glory. He is welcomed home by his Parents, his elder Brother, and the rest of the Royal Court.


Some close friends of mine are currently hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. The Pacific Crest Trail  is a long-distance hiking trail which travels along the highest portions of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges. The trail starts on the US border with Mexico and ends on the US/Canada border. It is 2,663 miles long and will take them around 5 months to complete. They will experience elevation gains from sea level to 13,153 feet. It is quite the journey for them.  I coorrespond with them and they have mentioned encountering "Trail Angels" and also what is called as "Trail Magic"... or what I would call...Ministers and Miracles.

Here is an exerpt that my friend shared:
"Day 4 was spent traversing mountain top to mountain top overlooking the desert we were about to descend into. The view got me thinking about the origin of the word temples. The greek word Tempulem and similarly the Hebrew word for temple.... both mean the sacred cut. It comes from when the Greeks who would go away from society (cut off from the everyday world) and on a hill or mountain (exactly like we were) look up at the stars and contemplate man's role in the cosmos. Temples are sacred spaces cut off from the mundane, and consecrated to the divine."

Friday, May 10, 2013


 Today is a significant day. The date is Friday, May 10, 2013. The One World Trade Center in New York City was crowned with it's spire today. The height of the building is now complete and reaches its symbolic height of 1,776 feet.

Now topped with it's spire, this building is now the tallest structure in the US, and the 3rd tallest in the world. It was built on the northwest corner of the site where the twin World Trade Center towers were destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. 

The northwest corner is the opposite to the southeast corner. There is significance to corners. When building sacred structures,  it is the southeast corner that is significant.. not the northwest.  The cornerstone of temples is always placed at the southeast corner. The southeast corner is the only corner that sunlight will hit 365 days a year no matter where the sun's location is in the sky.

In a news report I read the following quote:
"It's going to have a light that you can see from tens of miles away," said Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler. "And that light will change colors and in the next few months we are going to be activating that light, and it will be a beacon of hope just like the Statue of Liberty."

This "Light" of Hope on top of the One World Trade Center is a man-made and artificial light. It is said that it will change "colors" as well. There is only ONE LIGHT that can give HOPE. It does not change, it is not artificial and will never go out. It can always been seen no matter the distance, not just tens of miles away.. but from anywhere in the universe. The Light is Jesus Christ.

Doctrine and Convenants 50:24: "That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day."

The reason why I posted this picture is because I think it is highly symbolic and actually is reflection of the state of our country. This new building is blocking out the sun. More could be said about other things this building represents.

Isaiah 5:20: "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light, and light for darkness"

In the southern hemisphere, there was a total solar eclipse today. Here is the link:

Monday, May 6, 2013


Part of our mortal experience is comprehending that everything has an opposite. For example: good and evil,  light and darkness, health and sickness, pleasure and pain. Another part of living in this world is discerning between truth and deception.  What is real and what is an imitation.

A few days ago, I was down in the Mojave Desert. Below are a few photos I took in a conservation area called Red Rock Canyon. It is a beautiful protected area of land including the wildlife. It is not uncommon to see tortoises roaming the trails as well as other endangered species.  I took my daughers out here on an evening hike and took a few of these photos. If I had to describe it, I would use words like: serenity, peace, beauty, calm, and tranquil.
After our hike we drove through Las Vegas, which is only a few miles away from the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. These two locations are polar opposites of each other. The one appeals to the spirtual man, the other to the carnal/physical man.  Nature elevates the spiritual man,  Materialism appeals to the carnal man with the over indulgence of money, food, and other pleasures of the flesh.  One is Zion like.. the other is Babylonian.
Polar opposites are found all through the scriptures for example the Tree of Life versus the Great and Spacious building. While the list could be extensive, here a few other pairs of opposites.
  • Spiritual and Ascend       vs    Carnal and descend
  • Clean and Reborn           vs    Impure and Dying
  • Blessed and Annointed    vs    Cursed and Cut off
  • Multiply and Replenish     vs    Desolate and Perish
  • Faith and Hope                vs    Fear and Despair
  • Love and Charity             vs   Envy and Selfishness
  • Miracles and Healing        vs   Terror and Sickness
  • Humble and Repentant     vs   Prideful and Wicked
  • Gathered and Preserved   vs   Bundled and Destroyed
  • Natural and God created   vs   Counterfeit and Man Made
From a familiar blog to many of you, the difference between two men in the Book of Mormon is described. Lehi and Korihor. A true prophet vs a false prophet
  • Lehi followed Christ. Korihor did not.
  • Lehi was a disciple of the Lord's. Korihor was an enemy of His.
  • Lehi propounded a true message, Korihor a false one.
  • Lehi was Christ-like. Korihor was an anti-Christ.
  • Lehi spoke the truth. Korihor was a liar.
"They were polar opposites. But the question illustrates that the god of this world is immitative. The difference between truth and error does not lie in the difference between religion and irreligion, but instead between true religion which will save, and false religion which cannot save. If it were any less a test, the very elect would not be deceived in the last days. Unless there are false prophets claiming they are authorized by God to preach false and idle messages, God cannot send true ones to declare the truth. The opposition of the one is required for the other. The enemy of your soul does not create a new religion, but immitates the true one. The Lord's messenger will be mirrored by the adversary's, but the reflected image will be reversed. Those who follow the image will find themselves descending, while they think they are ascending to God. Hence the name: "the Deceiver." He deceives, and even mirrors God's angels by the claim to be an "angel of light" while spreading darkness. The Deceiver's false prophets will point you to themselves, to their great works, wonderful accomplishments, and the pride you should take in following them. The Lord's will point you to Him and preach repentance. The false prophets will speak of riches here, and suggest God's favor can be measured by success in this world. The Lord will speak only of riches in another world which are only obtained through the sacrifice of all things here."  LINK

Thursday, May 2, 2013


Below are two photos of billboards that I saw yesterday on my way to work in Salt Lake City. Both billboards just have just one word on it.  One says HOPELESS, the other one says DISCOURAGED. Many people are both without hope and are discouraged. We live in a time when the future is uncertain and for most it may look bleak.

a state of despair, having no expectation of that which is desirable and positive,
having no confidence in a future event,

to dishearten, to depress the spirits, to deprive of confidence;
to attempt to repress or prevent, to dissuade from. 
The root word of "dis" means "away from".  The root word of "courage" means "heart, innermost feelings, temper". (The Latin root word "cor" means heart.(mind, soul). 


Seeing these billboards made me wonder the impact of negative words have on us. Obviously, this is part of some larger advertising campaign for a possible drug like Prosac or for counseling services.. but even still, I think it is a reflection of the world in which we live. I wonder instead of reading large negative words everyday but positive words, if that would help our society. I think one of the things that we will need MOST in the days ahead is COURAGE and HOPE.  Courage is a form of love, Hope is a form of Faith. Yes, as the Book of Mormon prophets who experience and lived through the destructions of their civilization spoke on FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY. May we all be in possession of all three.

About four years ago, this video was created. I know many who read this blog have already seen this video. But for those who might not,  here is the LINK

Moroni 10:20
Wherefore, there must be faith; and if there must be faith there must also be hope; and if there must be hope there must also be charity.
Moroni 7:42
Wherefore, if a man have faith he must needs have hope;
for without faith there cannot be any hope.
Ether 12:32
And I also remember that thou hast said that thou hast prepared a house for many,
yea, even among the mansions of thy Father, in which man might have a more excellent hope; herefore man must hope, or he cannot receive an inheritance in the place which thou hast prepared.
Moroni 7:41
And what is it that ye shall hope for?
Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ
 and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal,
and this because of your faith in him according to the promise.
Ether 12:4
Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world,
yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith,
maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast,
always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.