Sunday, August 16, 2015

Salt Lake City Cemetery maps

Here are some maps of the Salt Lake City Cemetery (click on each photo to enlarge):

General Map

Prominent LDS Leaders

Photographs of Prominent LDS Leaders

Other Notable Individuals

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Picture Hanging in the DUP Museum

Here is an interesting picture hanging in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum in Salt Lake City:

(click to enlarge)

Monday, May 04, 2015

Top Reasons Why I Love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

In no particular order:
  1. Their amazing website.
  2. Their videos are inspiring. 
  3. The Mormon Channel!
  4. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir produces amazing music.
  5. The yearly Christmas Concert at the Conference Center. It always has amazing performances, and their free. 
  6. Their selfless humanitarian service. They do so much to help others!
  7. The tithing and fast offerings that the Church uses to help so many.
  8. Church History Library. They have an amazing collection of artifacts, books, documents, etc. on the history of the Church
  9. Church History Museum
  10. Temple Square. It is so neat, clean, inspiring, heavenly, and peaceful.
  11. Church meetings each Sunday. I almost always walk away with a firmer resolve to be a better husband, father, and man. I am a better person because of going to church.
  12. Church callings. It causes me to look outside of myself and serve others.
  13. The wonderful legacy of the Pioneers.
  14. Missions. So much of who I am today came from my mission: my wife, my bilingual ability, my ability to live on a budget, get along with others, meet and interact with others, my love for Portugal, etc.
  15. All of their prophets have been inspiring, brilliant, good men:
    1. Joseph Smith
    2. Brigham Young
    3. John Taylor
    4. Wilford Woodruff
    5. Lorenzo Snow
    6. Joseph F. Smith
    7. Heber J. Grant
    8. George Albert Smith
    9. David O. McKay
    10. Joseph Fielding Smith
    11. Harold B. Lee
    12. Spencer W. Kimball
    13. Ezra Taft Benson
    14. Howard W. Hunter
    15. Gordon B. Hinckley
    16. Thomas S. Monson
  16. Amazing members and other leaders who have taught me so much:
    1. Hugh Nibley
    2. Elaine S. Dalton
    3. Emma Smith
    4. Neal A. Maxwell
    5. LeGrand Richards
    6. Bruce R. McConkie

  17. Joseph Smith's phenomenal contributions:
    1. The Book of Mormon. 
    2. Teachings about God our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ.
    3. Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible.
    4. Doctrine and Covenants
    5. Pearl of Great Price
  18. General Conference is always so inspiring!
  19. Going to General Priesthood Meeting every six months with my dad and brothers, and their sons.
  20. So many of my member friends are among the most inspiring people I have met anywhere on the planet.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Lyrics to the Justice Trio song from Studio C

Justice Trio is coming around,
Coolest superheroes in town
Brain attack, he’s the leader of the team,
And yeah, he’s just as smart as he seems

Steel Blade, he’s a lethal force,
Quick as a rabbit, strong as a horse!

Rotting Flesh, she has leprosy (cough, cough)

The Justice Trio will blow your mind
Sit back and watch them fight crime

(Steel Blade) You’re a big hit!
(Brain Attack) Mind if I help?
(Rotting Flesh) Need a … hand?!

When it seems like evil is going to win
Discover the power that lies within

(Rotting Flesh) Going somewhere? Oh, that’s my liver!
(Brain Attack) Mind block
(Steel Blade) Earth slam
(Rotting Flesh) Make it rain - Gonna get it
(Brain Attack) Teleport
(Steel Blade) I’m infected!
(Rotting Flesh) Yay! We can be leper friends!
Justice Trio’s coming around
Coolest superheroes in town
(Brain Attack) With your help we can -- ow! Don’t touch me! I told you to wear gloves!

(Rotting Flesh) Sorry, they don’t make gloves for my nubs

Friday, November 28, 2014

Loving Others and Living with Differences

I love the way Elder Oaks crafted his General Conference speech about loving others despite differing views. I learned much. I can share my views and beliefs, and I don't have to engage in any contention (which would be counter-productive anyway). Counsel to self: don't contend with others!

Black Friday

Black Friday is the antithesis of the Christmas spirit. People are concerned about buying things.


I do not understand how one can justify performing an abortion. It is terminating the life of a human being.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Pursuit of Happiness

Marlin Jensen wrote a great speech on keys to happiness in this life. Here it is:

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Chick-Fil-A Values for Employees (Core 4)

This sign is posted at the cash registers of a local Chick-Fil-A. I love the values, ethics, and service-mindedness they espouse:

  1. Create eye contact
  2. Share a smile
  3. Speak with an enthusiastic tone
  4. Stay connected to make it personal

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Copperton, UT

Today we went for a drive through Copperton, Utah. Founded in 1926, it is a unique, tucked-away, almost time-forgotten township. Here are some pictures of some of the unique architecture of its homes (click on each photo to enlarge).

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Book - The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brain

I agree with so much of what Nicholas Carr says in his book about how the Internet is changing the way we think. The Internet has splintered my thinking and my attention span. I think in snippets, and I jump around in my reading. I am less patient than before, because now I can find essentially any information on any topic in a matter of moments on the Internet. That immediacy does not allow time for reflective, deep, or complex thought.
            Before the Internet, I used to read more books and I was physically much more active. Now I often sit on my can and whittle away my time on mindless cyber searches.
            Before remote controls, I used to have to get up and change the channel manually, personally. And back then we only had about five channels. Now I flit from channel to channel, often spending more time hunting for something interesting to watch instead of actually watching something.
            Before the shuffle function on iTunes, I used to listen to albums in order, in their entirety. Now I only listen to songs. Gone are the days of listening to an entire album as a complete piece.
            Before cell phones, I used to enjoy solitary time where I could do an activity without physical or mental interruption. Now I feel leashed to elsewhere at all times. My ability to plan in advance is also diminishing, because I can simply phone whomever to inform them of my oft-changing plans.
Before texting, I used to interact with people face-to-face. Now we bow our heads and face a screen. 

         All of this has made me a more superficial, uncreative, flabby, unreflective person.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

"The Second Coming," by William Butler Yeats

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are fullof passionate intensity.
    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
    The darkness drops again but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Hello. Is there anybody out there?

Nobody visits my blog any more, which is nice. I can safely publish my thoughts and feelings for an audience that isn't there. I can blare my horn in the forest, and nobody responds.

Like a journal.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Five Siblings All Wed The Same Day at the Temple

I like the way these couples come across as wholesome and jubilant. What a wonderful day for the family. Here's their story.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Brothers Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith

Today my family and I visited the LDS Church History Museum in downtown Salt Lake City. Of an interesting note were the death masks of Joseph and Hyrum Smith:

 (click on each photo to enlarge)

We also saw a touching painting about his death:

Here is the plaque to the side of the painting:

For more information about Joseph Smith, click here.

And for information about how he was killed, click here.