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LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley Dies at Age 97

Posted on: January 27, 2008 I Written By

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The President and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, President Gordon B. Hinckley, died today at 7 PM at the age of 97. It’s a sad day for members of the LDS church who haven’t known another prophet for a long time (President Hinckley entered office in 1995).

President Hinckley was an inspiration for so many and did so much to help the LDS church grow from obscurity. His loss will be felt by many members. Even today in church someone prayed that the prophet wouldn’t suffer from the lonely longings for his wife. While not the answer expected, I’m sure that the prophet is incredibly happy to be reunited with his sweet wife.

I can’t imagine what President Thomas S. Monson is going through tonight. Not only is he going to be the next prophet, but he also just lost a close friend that he worked with almost every day for the past 40? years. I can’t speak for anyone else, but ever since I was a kid I had hoped that Thomas S. Monson would be given the opportunity to be the prophet. President Monson will be an amazing prophet and I can’t wait to hear him speak in General Conference in April.

My prayers and best wishes to the Hinckley family and Monson family.

Flosi the Mob Buster

Posted on: July 3, 2007 I Written By

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I went on a mission for my church and Italy and while there I had a mission President who use to be a mob buster. He had the best stories of tracking members of the mob, getting carried into houses in couches and all sorts of great stories.

Well, I haven’t seen my President in probably 8 years. Imagine my surprise when I see him on an ABC News video. Pretty amazing what a small world it is. I guess he wasn’t exaggerating when he talked about what he did for the FBI.

Here’s looking to you Flosi the Mob Buster!!

Quality LDS Oriented Content on the Web

Posted on: February 1, 2007 I Written By

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I recently got an email on my main website that is like a city search for Utah County. I wasn’t sure what to think of the email. It was from an organization that wanted to promote quality LDS content on the web. I thought this was a noble purpose since so many people have LDS people all mixed up. However, I wasn’t sure how to respond. I’ve copied the email below to show you what they said.

My name is {Name REMOVED} and I’m a representative for the More
Good Foundation
. Your site is a great resource for people exploring what Utah
has to offer – we are able to help you provide content for those who may be less
familiar with the Church.

The More Good Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping
identify, develop, and promote positive LDS-oriented information on the
Internet. (You can read more about the Foundation at
www.moregoodfoundation.org.) I think it would be helpful to the people visiting
your site if you included some articles related to the Church, such as articles
about some of its basic beliefs, or about Joseph Smith or Jesus Christ. These
don\’t have to be huge articles; just some content that explains who Mormons are
and what they believe. I could easily see a series of such unique articles on
your site that would provide helpful information to your visitors.

This is where the More Good Foundation can help out. We can provide articles
like these so that you can post them easily. The articles would already be
keyword optimized for relevant search terms, and they would include links to
related information on your site and at non-commercial external sites. You, of
course, would be under no obligation to post the articles if you felt they would
detract from your site’s focus or if you felt they were somehow not up to a
level of quality you would like to see.

Again, this is free. We do this because we want good quality LDS-oriented
information available on lots of sites around the Internet.

This all really raises the question of whether I should start a crashutah blog. I’ve considered it a few times, but I’m afraid I’d probably just transgress it.

The Work and the Glory: A House Divided Interviews

Posted on: November 23, 2006 I Written By

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I’m very excited for the third video of The Work and the Glory: A House Divided opening today. Unfortunately, I’m outside of Utah and so I won’t be able to see it for a few months. However, I’ve found a number of interviews with Joshua Steed about the latest The Work and the Glory video. The thing I’m looking forward to most is that supposedly in this movie they actually have a little closure to the storyline.

Enjoy The Work and the Glory and I’d love to hear anyone’s review of the movie after they’ve seen it.

Fox 13 – Eric Johnson Interview

ABC 4 – Eric Johnson Interview

ABC 4 – Michael Bowen Interview

ABC 4 – L.A. Premiere

Creating Your Own Google Map Mashup

Posted on: August 29, 2006 I Written By

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Finally, someone made it possible for even a non technical person to be able to create a google mashup on google maps. It’s still in beta, but I really LOVE the idea. I’ve wanted to do this for a number of my own projects recently. My projects aren’t worth figuring out how to access Google’s API’s, but this could be the perfect service for me. One example, is that I want to be able to map out the boundaries of our ward and also mark who lives in each house. That’s what I talk about a church keeping track of its members.

Mitt Romney Interviewed by Charlie Rose

Posted on: August 13, 2006 I Written By

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It looks all but certain that Mitt Romney is working on a run for the Presidency. I think people who know him know he’d be a great President. I can only imagine the good that Mitt Romney could do for the budget and economy. The guy is a genius at making smart cuts. He had a recent interview on the Charlie Rose show. I really liked Mitt’s answer to being a mormon. I can’t wait to see how the Presidency all works out. Enjoy!!

Dmitry Chaplin and Martha Nichols Get Sent Home on So You Think You Can Dance – Mormon Dancers

Posted on: July 22, 2006 I Written By

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I know this post is a little late, but I’m glad that Martha is gone from the competition. She deserved to leave. Dmitry should have stayed since he was competing against someone who is a nice solo dancer, but sucks in all of the partner dancing. What was America thinking.

Either way, Benji Schwimmer is rocking and rolling and I think has one of the best chances to win. He definitely isn’t the best dancer. I personally think Heidi or Ivan is. However, I think Benji just might be like they are saying “America’s Favorite Dancer.” I just can’t imagine Benji dancing in Celine Deion(However you spell her last name).

As an update to a post on So You Think You Can Dance on Fox I have further found out that not only is Benji Schwimmer a mormon, but his cousin Heidi Groskreutz is indeed a mormon(at least someone on a message board said they knew her and said she was). Not to mention she’s still my favorite(and HOT). If you don’t believe she’s hot and an amazing dancer then watch this Youtube Video of Heidi and Benji dancing. I’m 99% sure Jaymz Tuaileva is a mormon. Otherwise, why would his profile say:

“My dad used to dance at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii when he was younger. I would call that dancing professionally. He used to do a mean fire dance that’s for sure.”

Jaymz should have busted out a fire dance and he’d still be on the show. For the record, the fire knife dancers at the PCC (Polynesian Cultural Center) is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in my life. My jury’s still out on Allison Holker(that last name looks way to much like hooker…she needs to get married) being a mormon. I’m not a betting man, but I’d bet she is a mormon living in Orem, UT.

Other So You Think You Can Dance Info:
Old School Video of Benji Schwimmer Dancing – A Benji TV Network or DVD?
Benji Schwimmer and Heidi Groskreutz (From So You Think You Can Dance) Dancing at Showcase Division 2005 US Open Swing Dance Championships
Still Healing from Allison Holker’s Departure from So You Think You Can Dance, Watch Disney’s High School Musical
So You Think You Can Dance Tour
Enlightening Questions About So You Think You Can Dance(SYTYCD)
Benji and Heidi’s Club mambo, Black Mambo and Broadway Dance, Fake Your Way to the Top

LDS Mission to Italy Rome Mission – Converts Bring True Joy

Posted on: June 11, 2006 I Written By

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Today I got an email from someone who I taught the gospel on my mission to the Italy.  I have been talking with him online quite a bit recently so I’ve know quite a bit about how he’s been doing and also about how the lds church on the beautiful Island of Sardegna in Italy was doing.  However, an email from him today really caused me to pause and think about what I was able to accomplish on my mission.

In his email he said that today was the anniversary of his baptism into the church.  He had now been a member of the church for 6 years.   I was so happy that he was still an active member that had remained faithful.

In writing my reply to him I recounted many of the wonderful experiences I had with him during the conversion process.  We met him at a service activity we did with some disabled kids at a park and where he volunteered also.  At the end of the activity(we basically just played with the kids), he saw me holding a Book of Mormon in my hand and asked me why I held it.  I explained to him about the Book of Mormon and then gave it to him as a gift.  He was so appreciative that the next day he brought us a Catholic book of prayers.  It was so nice of him, but definitely a wake up call for us.

Well, without going into all the details he asked us a few months later how he could become a member of the church and all we had done was serve him.  We had never even taught him a lesson.  The power of service, love and example is amazing.  He’s gone through some hard times, but I’m grateful to think that I may have in some way influenced his life for good.

A scripture camed to mind when I was writing him an email.  It’s in Doctrine and Covenants 18:15:

And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!

My joy is great because he is still faithful 6 years later.  One day we will have joy together in the kingdom of our father.

Keep the Faith!

Gladys Knight and Saints Unified Voices Wins a Grammy

Posted on: February 18, 2006 I Written By

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I came across some fabolous news today about the SUV choir started by Gladys Knight won a Grammy.

This is really quite amazing. An lds group getting a grammy other than the Mormon Tabernacle choir? The other cool part is that my stake just reorganized and I’m told that I’m now in Gladys’s ward. Hopefully that translates to some great special musical numbers. Although I must admit that personally I often enjoy the intermediate hymn, because then it lets me sing which is something I love.

Great Audio Files on LDS.org

Posted on: June 5, 2005 I Written By

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I was going to www.lds.org today so that I could read the latest ensign and espescially the First Presidency message. As I did so I was looking at what mp3 downloads I could do so that I could burn them to cd and listen to them in the car. I couldn’t believe how many great things the church had. There are a ton more things they could add to it, but there was a good start on things that I could listen to to make my commute to work more uplifting. It was so great. The book they had available in mp3 that blew me away was Jesus the Christ. What a fabolous book and all in audio format. Now I just have to figure out how many CD’s I’ll have to burn for the whole book. I guess I need to get an MP3 player in my car, because then I could burn the whole book probably whereas with just an audio CD I can only burn part. With conference I could burn one session of conference on an audio CD. With just burning them as MP3’s I could burn 3 whole conferences. What a difference.

Here’s the link to the site:
LDS Audio Files

You can also sign up for email updates when they add more audio files to it. I hope the church continues to do more with this.