A good friend of mine gave me some advice a few years ago. He suggested that I should post something positive in between blogposts that might come across as critical. So here is one such post.
Every year in January, I take a day off of work and spend it up in the mountains either to snowshoe, snowboard or ski. Here are a few photo that I took this year. It is a whole new world up there. Free from mandates, masks and mayhem.
Another piece of advice that I thought was super helpful that I want to incorporate into my life.
Do something deliberate for God every day, to bless someone else–even if they do not appreciate it or recognize what motivates you.
And it came to pass that in this year there was one Samuel, a Lamanite, came into the land of Zarahemla, and began to preach unto the people. And it came to pass that he did preach repentance unto the people. Therefore he went and got upon the wall thereof, and stretched forth his hand and cried with a loud voice, and prophesied unto the people whatsoever things the Lord put into his heart.
"Behold ye, the people of this great city, and hearken unto my words; yea, hearken unto the words which the Lord saith; for behold, he saith that ye are cursed because of your riches, and also are your riches cursed because ye have set your hearts upon them. Yea, heavy destruction awaiteth this people, and it surely cometh unto this people, and nothing can save this people save it be repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ."
And now it came to pass that Samuel, the Lamanite, did prophesy a great many more things which cannot be written.
Last Saturday, I took my family to hear a man who was born without arms or legs. While he was not up on a tower, he was up on the steps of Utah Capital that overlooks downtown Salt Lake. In my opinion, this disabled man reminded me of Samuel the Lamanite, the great prophet in the Book of Mormon. For those who don't know much about Samuel, he was an unlikely prophet who cried repentance to a prosperous people living in the great city of Zarahemla. These people thought they were righteous and had built a magnificent Temple in the center of their city. However, they had set their hearts upon riches and had become prideful. Samuel cried repentance to this people to warn them of their pending destruction if they didn't turn from their wicked ways.
Before hearing the man speak on the Utah Capital steps, I walked the around the Salt Lake Temple and multi billion dollar mall that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have built adjacent to the Temple. In a few weeks on March 22, it will mark the 10 year anniversary of the dedication of the City Creek Mall where the Prophet, President Monson and his two counselors as well as Utah's top government leaders chanted three times, "Let's go shopping". Here is a link to some of the photos I took of the event.
It is interesting that after ten years, the shopping mall is largely empty with few shoppers. I can't help but think that the billions of dollars used by the Church to built this mall could have been spent helping to clothe the naked, feeding the poor, and helping the sick. I took this below photo of a man named David and his dog named Peedy. While he was grateful for the assistance I offered to him, he said it meant more to him that I would sit down with him and talk to him like a friend instead of garbage like most people do who pass him by.
President Russel M Nelson and his wife Wendy spoke on Sunday at a special meeting for all those who live in Europe. Sister Wendy spoke first. She shared the famous story about the Emperor's New Clothes and the importance of following her husband, the Prophet.
"Today I’d like to talk with you in Europe about truth and prophets. In the literary folk tale the emperor's new clothes by Danish author Hans Christian Anderson, swindlers convinced the emperor that the new attire they made for him is of the most exquisite pattern, material, and colors. They emphasize that anyone who cannot see the extraordinary clothing is unworthy of his office or simply stupid. Everyone is duped by the charlatans even the emperor's most trusted officials. All the town's people join in the chorus telling the emperor how magnificent he looks as he proudly parades in front of them. No one wants to be thought of as stupid. However, one child boldly proclaims the emperor has no clothes on and that was the truth. Today it can be difficult to know who speaks the truth, but my testimony is that prophets of god always speak the truth. While many in the world's great and spacious building convincingly profess that evil is good and good is evil. Prophets speak the truth....
And now how will your life be blessed as you choose to follow President Russell M Nelson the prophet of god on the earth today who for four years has led The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under the direction of Jesus Christ himself. I’m grateful that my husband is the kind of man who many years before he was called to be an apostle said quote, “I never ask myself when does the prophet speak as a prophet and when does he not. My interest has been how can I be more like him” end quote. As his wife, may I offer you several examples of president nelson's life that you may want to emulate."
To listen to the entire meeting. Here is the link where you can listen to the things in Presidents Nelson's life that you should emulate in your life...
or we can read in our scriptures about the life of Christ and how we should emulate Him like taking care ofthe sick and the afflicted, and the poor and the homeless.
Elder Rasband and his wife, Melanie spoke in a devotional broadcast on Sunday, January 9, 2022. In her talk, Sister Rasband shared the following story about when President Nelson pointed at her when she arrived late to a meeting.
Here is the excerpt from her talk that was shared in the article.
Years ago, when President Nelson was president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder and Sister Rasband attended an annual mission leadership seminar in Provo. Sister Rasband was scheduled to attend a meeting with the mission presidents’ wives, and for whatever reason, she arrived late.
“The room was full of our devoted sisters,” Sister Rasband says. “I stepped in near the back of the room, looking for a seat I could slip into.”
But as she was looking for a seat near the back, eye caught the eye of President Nelson, who was seated on the stand.
“He smiled. I smiled back, despite my embarrassment for being late,” Sister Rasband says. Then President Nelson held her gaze as he motioned with his finger for her to come take a seat on the front row. Not wanting to draw attention to her late arrival, Sister Rasband indicated that maybe instead she could stay and sit near the back. But President Nelson continued to smile and again beckoned for her to come and take the front-row seat that had been reserved with her name on it.
“There was power in that pointing finger,” Sister Rasband said.
So she smiled back, took a deep breath, and “walked the long walk” to the seat awaiting her on the front row. After the meeting, Sister Rasband bolted from her seat to try to catch President Nelson and ask forgiveness for not responding to his request the first time. His response was to again smile and lovingly say, “Thank you for being obedient.”
“The Son of God has also invited each one of us to come unto Him to step up and be like Him. The Lord taught, lifted, blessed, forgave, and loved, ministering one by one like President Nelson did for me. Like we can do for others,” she said.
Did you catch that last sentence? ....
The Lord taught, lifted, blessed, forgave,
and loved, ministering one by one
like President Nelson..
It might just be me... but I think that sentence has it backwards. That word order puts Nelson as the example being followed by the Lord. It should read...President Nelson ministered like the Lord. Have we started to elevated President Nelson over Jesus Christ in saying that the Lord is like President Nelson?
The following is an excerpt of an interview by the original inventor of the mRNA and DNA vaccines:
transcript of the above excerpt from the interview
Mass Formation Psychosis.
When you have a society that has become decoupled from each other and has free-floating anxiety in a sense that things don't make sense, we can't understand it. And then their attention gets focused by a leader or series of events on one small point just like hypnosis. They literally become hypnotized and can be led anywhere. And one of the aspects of that phenomena is the people that they identify as their leaders, the ones typically that come in and say you have this pain and I can solve it for you...I, and I alone, can fix this problem for you. Then they will lead, they will follow that person through h.. It doesn't matter whether they lie to them or whatever. The data are irrelevant. And furthermore, anybody who questions that narrative is to be immediately attacked. They are the other. This is central to mass formation psychosis and this is what has happened. We had all those conditions. If you remember back before 2019, everybody was complaining the world doesn't make sense, blah, blah, blah.. and we're all isolated from each other. We're all on our little tools [phones]. We're not connected socially anymore except through social media and then this thing happened and everybody focused on it. That is how mass formation psychosis happens and that is what's happened here.
Now there's ways to get out of it.
Matthias's recommendation is you got to get people to realize that what we've got is a situation of global totalitarianism. In his experience in Europe, making people realize there's a bigger threat than the virus can cause a separation psychologically in this fusion this hypnosis that has happened. The problem is then you're just substituting a bigger boogeyman from the current one and somebody else can come in and manipulate that. The real problem, and it gets back to your core point, we're sick as a society and we have to heal ourselves. And one of the things we have to do is come together. We have to recreate our social bonds. We have to buy into integrity, the importance of human dignity, and the importance of community. That's how we get out of this. And I think that this insight of Matthias Desmond is really central to kind of making sense of all of this crazy. We got a world in which the Press is incentivized to push a storyline because they're all controlled by the same large funds that Pfizer is and so is Tech. I don't know how we're going to get out of it but it's got to start with us, all of us, finding common ground.
Public Service Announcement #2
written by my friend who is medical doctor
On average a person with the seasonal flu infects 1-2 other people, COVID-19 roughly 2- 2.5 people and Delta variant 6-7 persons. The new Omicron variant is higher, perhaps as high as 10. It is likely to spread through the population over the next two months, hence the timing for this posting.
6 months ago I wrote a small piece on Ivermectin that was posted on this blog as a Public Service Announcement. I have subsequently learned a good deal more about early outpatient treatment of viral illnesses including COVID-19 and its variants that I’d like to share. Rather than delay the information by taking the time to give footnote references, I’ll give a list of sources for those interested in doing their own research.
Bullet point summary of early treatment measures.
Nasal spray with a virucidal agent twice a day if exposed to the virus or if you develop early symptoms. High risk individuals may benefit from a more frequent flush every 4 hours. These flushes include dilute povidine 1.5% (8 0z. available at Walmart in a 10% concentration for $15.50 or 3 oz. of 5% concentration in a nasal spray for $10, a 1.5% solution is available in a nasal spray as Viraldine at a rather higher cost).
OR dilute 3% hydrogen peroxide.  
Throat gargle twice a day with either of the same solutions at the first sign of a sore throat.
Many sources recommend Vit D (1000 iU/day or more, Vit C 1000 mg/day, & Zinc 8-11 mg/day depending on weight. (Costco sells a “Super C Immune complex with Vitamins A, C, D, E and Zinc in roughly these doses).
Zinc ionophores including quercitin (an over-the-counter anti-oxidant derived from apples peels), hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin (both prescription medications with a long safety record but under attack by many in positions of authority and therefore somewhat hard to get) can get the zinc into the cells infected with viruses (not just COVID-19) and prevent their replication.  even in more severe later hospitalized patients. At this point I have not heard the relative efficacy of these ionophores.