Monthly Archives: January 2015

Joseph Traveled to Kirtland

Joseph Traveled to Kirtland

On, or around, February 1st, 1831, Joseph traveled to Kirtland with his wife Emma.  They entered the N. K. Whitney Store and Joseph said to Mr. Whitney, “I am Joseph the Prophet; you have prayed me here, now what do you want of me?”

It was here in this store…

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Whitney Store

…where the School of the Prophets met.  In this very room…

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School of the Prophets

Also in this room is where Emma Smith complained about the use of tobacco.  This lead to Joseph asking the Lord, and the result was the 89th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants, also known as the Word of Wisdom.

Joseph and Emma spent some time at a home across from the store, and later in a house near the temple.  The temple was built with much sacrifice by the saints.  The temple today is owned by the Community of Christ Church.

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Kirtland Temple in the Snow

We enjoyed our morning tour of the church sites there in Kirtland.

Ice at the Falls

Ice at the Falls

I’ve always wanted to see the ice at the falls.  I’ve heard stories of Niagara Falls freezing, so I wanted to see what it is like in the winter.

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Ice in the Water

In the above picture, you can see chunks of ice.  In size, the larger ones are probably about the size of a small car.


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Snow on the Binoculars

My steps where tiny shuffle steps, and for the first time, since breaking my leg, I wore my Wolverine boots (greatest boots in the world for anti-slip).  I had to ask Gary to slow down at times.  I know now how Elizabethe feels.  But, even now, she can out-walk me.

I love the above picture because of the “expressions” on the binocular faces.  The third one has a big grin.  The first one must have some  sort of eye infection.  I think they look funny.

Here’s a picture looking up the river towards the falls.  This is on the Canada/USA border.

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Frozen River and Mist from the Falls

On the left is the U.S.A.  On the right is Canada.  The river below is a massive ice field.  It reminded me of a dried up tub of spackle.

We left Niagara Falls and headed to Ohio.  We rolled in to Ohio just at dusk and went and watched Meet the Mormons (2nd time in two days).  Gary had not seen it, so I watched it again with him.    It was just as good the second time.

We stayed at the Red Roof Inn down the road from the church sites.  When they saw my missionary tag, the adjusted my room rate down a few dollars.  That was a pleasant surprise.

Packing for a Road Trip

Packing for a Road Trip

Packing for a Road Trip is a little different than packing for a flight.  On a road trip, you don’t have to worry about things like nail clippers, pocket knives and bottles of water.

While I had all day to pack, it seemed like time went quickly.  Being a photographer, part of packing is charging batteries.  Using my newly made charging try, I stacked up all the batteries and started charging them one by one.  The biggest problem is remembering where I put them.

Came dinner time, Elizabethe suggested we use our gift card and go to Salvator’s Pizza.  We did.  While the doctor said I can wean myself off my cane, it was so icy out there I had to use it just to keep from falling on the ice.

After dinner, we met David and went to the Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center to watch Meet the Mormons.  What a great movie!  It profiles 6 people – a black bishop in Atlanta, a Tongan football coach for the Navy, a Costa Rican kick-boxer and mother, an engineer in Napal, a mother of a missionary, and the Candy Bomber.   Six great stories with one thing in common — they are all Mormons.

We came home and I finished packing my bag.

Goal Setting

Goal Setting

I went to a presentation by Dr. Ema Gupta about goal setting.  It was a great, informative and inspirational presentation.

Some of the new things I learned were…

  • Crossing your legs effects your ability to concentrate.  Don’t cross your legs when trying to concentrate.
  • Writing goals in your own handwriting is more effective than typing them on a computer.  (Oops!)
  • Before creating a goal, write down the emotion behind the goal.  Emotions are more effective than thoughts.

I’ve always thought of myself as a goal-oriented person.  After this presentation, however, I see I need to re-vamp the way I look at goals and execute my goals.

Physical therapy today had me doing some new exercises.  A couple of them really wore me out.  I’m learning some new stuff there.

This evening we had the annual MPWCC meeting.  Well, now that the meeting is over, it is no longer the awful long name.  It is now The Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce.


The Canal Connection for short.

Yup.  Much better than the Macedon-Palmyra-Walworth Chambers of Commerce.  Just the Canal Connection.

If you’re not a member, you should join.

Book Now for Pageant 2015

Book Now for Pageant 2015

Book now for Pageant 2015.  It’s only a few months away, but rooms are going quickly.  And, it appears we are already full for the season.  We may not have room, but we know people who do, so feel free to call anyway.

If you have never been to the Hill Cumorah Pageant, it is presented by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It is a large, 600 cast, play about the history of the Book of Mormon.  Some of that ancient history, actually took place on the Hill Cumorah some 1600 years ago.  If you have never seen it, you’ve got to see it.

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Hill Cumorah Pageant

I realize not everyone can make it here during Pageant Week.  For those who cannot, we offer great accommodations walking distance from many of the church’s historic sites.  In addition, the Finger Lakes area is a beautiful area.  There are so many things to see and do while you visit here.

Those who are interested in photography can sign up for a guided tour/photo day with me – Photographic Craftsman and Certified Professional Photographer, D. Brent Walton ( and  photography by db walton llc offers classes, workshops and one-on-one training.



Teaching Primary

Teaching Primary

Teaching Primary is an important calling in the church.  I was asked to be the 2nd adult in a class today.  It was a class of 6 year olds.

The lesson was an appropriate lesson for Palmyra, New York.  It was an introduction to Joseph Smith and his early childhood.  I can’t imagine what it would be like being a small child learning about Joseph Smith while sitting in a classroom only 1/4 mile from the sacred grove.  That must be awesome.  Of course, they won’t realize how awesome until they are older.

In Sunday School we learned about the baptism of Jesus.  It made me miss Israel.  I sure want to go back, but that will have to be delayed until my leg is better.  I would loved to have gone next month, but I’m glad we decided against it.  I’m not ready yet.  (This last week my leg has hurt like crazy.)

Matt is a great Sunday School teacher.  What makes it more fun is we went to Israel together last year.

The sister missionaries came over for dinner.  As we are using our food storage for the winter, we had canned meatloaf (2011), canned greens (2013) and mashed potatoes and gravy.  The meatloaf sure cans well.  It amazes me how well you can store meat in the form of a meatloaf in a quart jar.

Store Management

Store Management

Store management, or the lack there of, can present some real issues.  I went to a store and there was only one employee on the floor.  I’ve written more at

Today was one of those crazy days when I felt like it took all day to respond to e-mails and update things.  Some times, 24-hours seems like it isn’t enough.  Other times, it seems like it is too much.

While going through some old pictures, looking for ones to print, the time just seemed to zip by.  While I enjoy this process (it’s kind of like looking through an old scrapbook), it is also time consuming.  For a photographer, it is a must-do job.

Since When

Since When

Since when did it become okay to embrace and celebrate sin?  Yes, I know it has been this way for a while, but it really is dragging society down.

I was looking at many of the posts about the State of the Union address and global warming, and so on, when this thought came to me.  God has never destroyed the world or a people with mans’ doings.  It has always been through God’s own means.

While we’ve been told to care for this earth, I really don’t think we have much of an influence on the weather.  When we look at the great flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, Jericho, etc., we see that none of those were destruction by man.  They were all sent by God.

This got me thinking further…

I think we have less to fear about WWIII than we do the wrath of God for disobedience to his commandments.   Let’s face it, if God wanted, he could send an earthquake anywhere in the world and churn the earth at that location such that few would survive.

Reading the bible, the two big destructions we read about are the great flood and Sodom and Gomorrah.  Both came as a result of men refusing to keep God’s laws – specifically his law on chastity.  I know it has been a problem for a long time, but it has only got worse.  Just watch a TV show from the 60s, and then watch one from today.  Pay attention to family, marriage and intimacy as it is portrayed on TV.  It’s pretty sad that we’ve got this corrupt.

Pics with Gary

Pics with Gary

I took pics with Gary Morse today.  The assignment theme is “friends”, and so I invited my friend Gary to go to lunch and pose for some pictures.

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Brent and Gary Having Lunch

We went to Tom Wahl’s in Newark and I set the camera on the tripod and used the self-timer.  Nothing burgers, fries and root beer… now that’s what friends enjoy.  The self-timer worked out great.  While this isn’t as exciting as doing a model shoot, it is the type of shot I needed.  (I’ll be glad when I can actually get on one knee to shoot.  I wouldn’t even attempt it at this point.)

I have no control over what the church magazines do with the images, but I’ll print copies for me and Gary to enjoy.  (Elizabethe will also enjoy scrapbooking the pictures.  She complains I don’t get pictures featuring me very often.)

Prior to that I had physical therapy.  They really wear you out.  I understand the concept, but what in the world did they do before we had such knowledge?  Perhaps people never fully recovered, but even at that, there’s no full-recovery guarantee with physical therapy.

We haven’t had much snow, just sub-freezing weather lately.  What snow is on the grounds is icy and crunch.  I really dislike ice now.  A lack of confidence in my leg being able to respond quickly to some slippage makes me very leery about walking where there might be ice.

Elizabethe spent the afternoon canning cheddar cheese in 8 oz. bottles and ground beef.  They both can very well.  She put up about 5 pounds of cheese and about 5 pounds of ground beef.  That’s a lot of tacos.

I asked about cream cheese, and she said she read that it cans quite well too.  So, the next time it is on sale, I think we’ll do some canned cream cheese.  Just call it triple-c.



I used the word sexy today and a friend asked, “You’re Mormon, aren’t you?  Are you allowed to use the word sexy?”

I had to laugh.  It’s funny how people think about Mormons.  Some think we live like the Amish, and others simply have no clue as to what a Mormon even is.

There’s a great web site where various members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints introduce themselves.  Here’s the link:

Here’s one of my favorites:

Most Mormons are main-stream, normal people.  In fact, some, like Lindsey, are simply amazing talented people.    There was one video, and I can’t find it right now, but the guy was a Harley-Davidson rider.  In his video he says people ask, “Can Mormons ride Harleys?”

Of course the can.

Perhaps the problem is many people associate sexy with sex.  Yeah, I know… it’s part of the word.  Some associate the word with erotic.  Perhaps there’s a better word in the English language that can be used to describe something that is emotive in nature, but not necessarily in an erotic sense.

To me, the Pentax digital 645 ( is a sexy camera.  That’s how I’d describe it.

So, yes, I can use the word sexy.


We drove out to Syracuse to attend a join meeting between FLPP and PPSCNY.  We had a great meeting.  They started off with a swap meet where I found a nice lightbox for $30.  I had to borrow the cash from Elizabethe.  She then entered the 50/50 drawing.  She won $62.  I tried to convince her that I didn’t owe her the $30 now that she was ahead.

She didn’t buy my argument.