Incredible LDS Scripture Website

Latter-Day Saints are mostly aware of the web page This is a great site that allows you to easily traverse the scriptures as you study. However, there is another site that everyone should be aware of: This website has been around for several years but is still largely unknown.

If you use the footnotes in the LDS scriptures, you will love the features of this site. There are three main frames on the page. The left frame is used to traverse the scriptures. The bottom frame is used to read the scriptures directly from with all the footnotes. The real gem of this site is the top frame. Here you have links to the General Conference talks for each referenced verse.

For instance, my favorite scripture is Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith”. This site shows me this scripture was referred to over 20 times in General Conference. Because General Conference talks are available on from 1971 to the present, you can easily click browse through the conference talks to gain insight.

Whether you are preparing a lesson or doing personal study, this site is a wonderful tool.

One Mad Hombre

I’ve been dreading this for years. My boy is in sixth grade and is preparing for a three day school excursion. Sixth graders go to a place called “Clear Creek”. It is up in the mountains at a school district camp. The activity lasts three days and two nights. The camp is staffed with teenagers.

What am I so mad about? Well, I don’t believe in sleepovers. My wife and I don’t let our children go to friends houses to stay overnight. There is plenty of evidence that sleepovers lead to bad things. Issues range from inappropriate discussions to sexual molestation. Molestation can come from parents or older kids in the house. Frequently families allow their kids of different ages to have sleepovers on the same night. So you can have a 12 year old boy having his friend over the same night as the six year old girl with her friend. Even if I trust the family I may not trust their kid’s friend. You’re basically sending your kid over to someone’s house where you don’t know how the situation is going to change. Studies show that sleepovers at cousin’s homes are the worst.

I had sleepovers as a kid; probably hundreds of them. I personally didn’t see anything horrendous but I saw enough to make me wary. My wife had similar experiences. It is just not something we do in our family. My boys will go to Boy Scout campouts and other overnight activities but they will be older and there will be better security measures in place and if not, I will attend.

The school pushes this Clear Creek thing very hard. Yes there are some security measures in place but guess what, if I don’t send my children to our friends homes around the neighborhood, I sure don’t trust the government to have them overnight. Remember and never forget, PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE PART OF THE GOVERNMENT. They are no different than the IRS or the DMV.

You may be thinking, “Just don’t send your kid”. Well it sure doesn’t seem that simple to me. There is enormous pressure to attend. Pressure from other adults, teachers, classmates and of course my own kids. I’m just ticked that the school district puts me in this position. They could be driven up each day without doing this overnight bologna.

I am mad that I have been put in this situation.

The Government is setting up Land Mines in Utah Mountains

Wow! Is that a title for a blog or what? Before you start thinking I’m one of those nuts who believe the government is using jet contrails to mass vaccination on the public; please read the following article: 

Poisoning in Utah intensifies efforts for a national ban

By Matthew Daly Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008 12:21 a.m. MST

WASHINGTON — Dennis Slaugh and his brother were riding all-terrain vehicles when they noticed what looked like a survey stake, marking federal land in Utah’s rugged Cowboy Canyon.

Curious, Slaugh touched the stake, and it exploded, spewing a cloud of sodium cyanide in his face and chest. Slaugh, 65, said he suffers long-term health effects from the 2003 incident. He has difficulty breathing, vomits almost daily and can no longer work driving heavy equipment because he is too weak.

The cyanide device, called an M-44, is one of two poisons used by the federal government to kill coyotes and other wild animals that threaten sheep and other livestock. M-44 and sodium fluoroacetate, more commonly known as Compound 1080, are distributed by the Wildlife Services agency, an arm of the Agriculture Department. The poisons killed more than 14,000 wild animals in 2006, including coyotes, foxes and wolves, the agency reported.

The Agriculture Department says the devices are a relatively humane way to kill predatory animals, adding that because the poison is contained in specific delivery devices, the risk to non-target animals is reduced. Compound 1080 is used in “livestock protection collars” strapped onto sheep or goats, while sodium cyanide is used in an ejector that has bait designed to attract predators but not livestock. It releases poison into the wild animal’s mouth.

After years of complaints by environmental groups, the Environmental Protection Agency said last week it is investigating Slaugh’s poisoning, which critics say is only one of a host of incidents in which hundreds of dogs and other pets have been killed and dozens of people have been poisoned or injured.

“It’s only a matter of time before someone is killed,” said Brooks Fahy, executive director of Predator Defense, an Oregon-based group that works to protect coyotes and other wildlife.

“These devices cannot differentiate between a coyote, a wolf, a dog or a person,” Fahy said. “When pulled on, even lightly, the device spews enough sodium cyanide to kill a person.”

The EPA investigation comes as the agency considers a proposal to prohibit use of the poisons on federal land. A bill by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., would go further, banning the poisons altogether.

“Compound 1080 and M-44 sodium cyanide capsules are lethal, dangerous and unnecessary poisons. They pose a very serious threat to our nation’s citizens, wildlife and domesticated animals,” DeFazio said.

He called the two toxins “super poisons” that could be used by terrorists to harm Americans. Compound 1080 is so lethal that a single teaspoonful could kill dozens of people. There is no known antidote. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., called DeFazio’s fears overstated.

A farmer and cattle rancher, Salazar said both pesticides are safe, “environmentally sound tools registered by the Environmental Protection Agency and used only by trained and certified applicators.”

Use of the pesticides “is highly target-specific, in limited applications, and in compliance with the regulations of the EPA and local jurisdictions,” Salazar wrote in a letter urging colleagues to defeat DeFazio’s bill.

Without effective tools to protect them from predators, livestock losses from coyotes and other wildlife could be two to three times higher than current levels — estimated at $16.3 million per year in the sheep industry and $51 million in cattle losses, according to the Colorado Wool Growers Association, which represents the state’s 1,600 sheep farms and ranches.

“Regardless of the size of operation, each sheep farm or ranch needs protection against predators, and many operations rely on the assistance and expertise” provided by the Wildlife Services agency, the group said in a letter opposing the ban.

Salazar encouraged colleagues to “stand up for the thousands of livestock producers in our country who provide the world’s most abundant food supply and oppose this legislation.”

DeFazio said it’s unfortunate that the bill’s leading opponent is a fellow Democrat and Westerner but said he would push forward with the measure, the latest in a years-long effort to ban the two poisons.

The bill comes as the EPA has taken a long-delayed step toward banning use of the poisons on federal lands. The agency has set a March 5 deadline for public comments on a proposal drafted in response to a petition from a coalition of environmental groups.

The EPA has not reached a decision on the petition and is conducting its own analysis to determine if the pesticides “pose unreasonable adverse effects on the environment,” said Dale Kemery, an agency spokesman.

Compound 1080 is made primarily by Alabama-based Tull Chemical Co., while M-44 capsules are produced by the Agriculture Department’s Pocatello Supply Depot in Idaho. Warning signs in English and Spanish are required near locations where the poisons are used.

I spend a lot of time in Utah’s mountains with my family and as a youth leader. I am completely against this method of controlling predators. The image below shows you what to watch out for.


John Edwards—Destroyer

Democrats are known for making statements targeted at intellectual light weights. They are the party of emotion. However, John Edwards made a statement the other day that I found amazing and I believe should be addressed. His candidacies have always relied heavily on agitating the lower class and that was certainly the purpose of this statement. Here it is…

“Corporate greed is killing your children’s future. Exxon Mobil’s profits last year, I don’t even know the number, was a record. How much money do these people need?” –Dec. 31 (Bloomberg)

Who exactly are “these people”? They must either be the shareholders or the employees of Exxon Mobil. Either way, I think I can speak for both groups. My father worked for Exxon Mobil for over 20 years. He supported our family with his paychecks. In addition to my father working there, I worked there several times. Finally, I am an Exxon Mobil shareholder.

First the employees: the higher the profits of the company—the higher the salaries and benefits to its employees. The higher the profits—the more job security. Higher corporate profits mean hiring more employees, which translates into opportunities for employee advancement. In a nutshell, the more money the company makes, the more employees prosper. It is not greedy to work for job security, increased paychecks and advancement.

Next the shareholders: I am a shareholder of Exxon Mobil. That makes me an owner of the company. Several years ago I purchased shares at $48. They are now worth approximately $93 a share. So to Mr. Edwards’s question: how much money do I need? Well the answer is A LOT. I want the stock to go higher and higher and higher. I want to be able to retire. I want to be able to pay off my home and I want to have enough money to pay for a kidney transplant if necessary. That isn’t greed.

Now Edwards could also be referring to a subset or shall I say a superset of employees known as executives. Being a fierce conservative you may expect me to staunchly defend corporate executives and I will. I want the officers of the company to work hard at crushing competition and maximizing profits through cost cutting. If they don’t do this, the company will not survive. An executive is like a jockey. He should be whipping his horse all the way to the finish line. They must do this because that is what the leaders of the competition are doing. Crushing competition and maximizing profits is not just good for employees and shareholders but also the consumer. It drives innovation, quality and lower prices. It makes society richer. These men are hired to fight and fight hard. They are not paid to donate corporate profits to charity, feed the poor or cure cancer. They are paid to increase corporate profits.

Now I do understand that many executives are robbing the American investor. For that you can refer to my other web site Though I have strong opinions on the subject, it is not noticeably responsible for higher gas prices.

There is no such thing as “corporate greed”. It is a false term which represents nothing. It is a term that was skillfully crafted to make those with less, angry with those who have more. It does not build, it destroys.