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A Month Away

A Month Away

It’s hard to believe pageant is only a month away.  They have trucks staged in the big parking lot at Hill Cumorah.  It looks like the stage construction will begin soon.

My workshop classes for photography are during pageant this year (again).  This means I’ll be in school from about 8am to 5pm daily.  I’ll miss much of the daytime stuff that accompanies pageant, but I’ll be able to watch the show one of those nights.

Social Media Fast

President Russell M. Nelson asked the youth to do a 7-day social media fast.  If the prophet asks the youth to do it, it must be good for others too.  But, like any fast, there are some things to consider.

  1. Do it in private.  Christ warned not to be as the publicans who disfigure their faces and dress in sackcloth and ashes.  In modern terms, I would take it to mean, don’t post stuff on social media like, “Okay, I’m going on a 7-day Facebook fast.  I don’t know how I’m going to manage, but I’m doing it okay.  Starting right now.”
  2. Social media is more than just Facebook.  It’s Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, chat rooms, message boards, etc.  A 7-day social media fast must include all of them.
  3. A fast isn’t complete without an offering.  What will be your offering at the end of your 7-day media fast?  I’ve been thinking a lot about this.  I think it would be appropriate for 7 days worth of internet or phone charges donated to the fast offering fund.
  4. It should start and end with a prayer.  You should have in mind what Heavenly Father wants you to learn from the experience, and you should pray for understanding and strength.

I guess one learning might end up being that people can do with out so much social media.

Church Down South

Church Down South

Church down south was fun today.  Zoe’s name was announced from the pulpit and she was sustained as a new member of the church.

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Avery and Zoe get along amazingly well.  Let’s hope it keeps up.  After all, it’s only been a few months since they became a family.  I don’t say that pessimistically, but let’s be realistic.  Siblings usually will have their spats.

After church I drove the 4 of them (Ashley went home with her grandparents last night), down to Steve’s parent’s house.  They are having a week-long camp with all the grandchildren.  (It sounds fun.  For Rebecca and Steve this will be a nice honeymoon time for them.)

Old Hospital and Prison

Steve showed us around the old hospital and prison.  Talk about a waste of property and resources.  It’s been shut down since 1980s.  The buildings sit vacant, and the grounds unkempt.   (A lot of people blame Reagan for this, but I’ve read several analysis of it and basically, Reagan signed in some budget cuts, but MOVED the burden to the states.  States, like Georgia, responded in kind by closing facilities… and blaming Reagan.)


I dropped Steve and Rebecca off and went back to the hotel.  They joined Elizabethe and I there and I gave them a slideshow of Israel.  It was fun.

Zoe Baptized

Zoe Baptized

Zoe was baptized today.  She was so excited.  Her grin went from ear to ear.

Rebecca and Steve commented the attendance was more than they expected.  The little room was packed to capacity.  Zoe asked me and her Grandpa Martin to talk.  Russ Martin talked about baptism, and I talked about the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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Their Happy Family


Before the baptism we met them for lunch at a diner named Kirby G.  I had a brisket burger.  It was a lean beef patty topped with slices of brisket.  Best burger ever.  As a result, I’ll want to return when we visit Atlanta.

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Zoe and Avery at Kirby G’s

Open House

They had an open house for Zoe after the baptism.  Some of Steve’s family showed up, as well as some friends.  The full-time missionaries were also there.

I enjoyed talking to the elders about missions and stuff.  The elders were telling me they are going away from tablets and just using smartphones now.  (Just wait for the next technology and they’ll be carrying something different.  Technology changes too quickly.)


We stopped and picked up a snack at Chick-Fil-A.  I wish we had one here in Palmyra.  Elizabethe was reading they are #1 where ever they have a location.  That’s impressive.

The Trip There

We arrived her yesterday afternoon.  We had dinner at Rebecca’s with the Sister Missionaries.

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The Gang Friday Night After Dinner

Both Ways

Both Ways

You can’t have it both ways, as the old saying goes.  Yesterday I wrote about priestcraft.  Well, that link came up again.

Here’s the deal…

There are two apostate groups in the church that are diametrically opposed.  One says bishops ask too many sexual probing questions of youth, which in turn drives youth towards sexually acting out.  The other group says bishops don’t ask enough questions which leaves pornography addictions uncovered.

Why people leave the church over this stuff is beyond me.  The one group claims bishop’s go overboard.  While I’ve only had this experience with one bishop, it is my understanding bishop’s are supposed to stick to the recommend questions.  The other group wants bishops to ask detailed questions — especially about things viewed in pornography  — to determine if a person has a pornography addiction.  While the first group is probably right — bishops should not go in to details about ways a person can commit a sexual sin.  The other group is probably wrong.  You can’t have it both ways, and neither is a reason to leave the church.

Word of Wisdom

The same is true about the Word of Wisdom.  The bishop whom I felt went overboard would go in to long drawn out questioning about the Word of Wisdom.  Much of it was his asserting his own doctrine.

So, applying the arguments of these two opposing groups, should bishops go in to details like these?

Do you drink energy drinks that contain tea or coffee?
Have you ever eaten mocha ice cream?
Have you ever used alcoholic beverages in cooking?
Do you only eat meat sparingly during the summer?

I think you’d agree that it’s a little overboard.  It’s simple.  The question to be asked is, “Do you live the Word of Wisdom?”

I think beyond that it is up to the individual to ask for clarification  if they don’t understand, or confess if they do understand.  By the time one makes it to the temple recommend interview, they’ve been around long enough in the church to understand what each of the recommend questions mean.  When it comes to 12-18 year old children, their parents should prepare them for the questions.


The 14 or 15 questions asked are more than adequate — either way.

I’ve asked myself, “What would I do if I were asked a question that I felt was entirely inappropriate?”

I think I’ll ponder and pray about it.  When I have my answer, I can’t promise I’ll share it.  That’s something you’ll have to ponder and pray about too.




Riced Potatoes

Riced Potatoes

I like my potatoes riced.  Riced potatoes involves pushing it through a grid.  It comes out looking like rice.

The first time I had them was in Sweden.  While it’s just a texture thing, I sure like them better than mashed or baked.  So, as you may have guessed, I made riced potatoes to go along with our salmon today.

History Continued

The Thunderbird Drive-In provided much entertainment.  We didn’t have VCRs or DVDs in those days.  If you wanted to see a movie, you went to the theatre or the drive-in.  In our case, the drive-in was across Quinn Road.

I’d go out into the barley field with my dad’s binoculars and watch the cartoons.  I couldn’t hear them, and often wished I could somehow pipe the sound over to the field.

As a family, we’d go to the drive-in every so often.  There was a playground there and I would spend my time at the playground until the ads started.

Dinners at Grandma’s

Sunday dinners were often at grandma’s.  Most of the time it was pork or beef roast.  While grandpa had his background in butchering, the roasts were usually well done.  It wasn’t until later that I discovered a medium cooked roast was much more tasty… and tender.

They had a garden and snap peas, rhubarb, apricots, gooseberries, chokecherries, carrots and onions were the main crops I remember.  Grandpa loved his apricot tree and it grew HUGE apricots.

Most of the fruit ended up as preserves.  Grandma was the best jam and jelly maker ever.  She was also an excellent bread maker and the combination of her bread with her homemade jams and jellies was superb.


I didn’t have many friends out where we lived.  There were two girls who lived next door — Karen and Lisa, but no boys in the area.  That’s probably another reason I liked going to Grandma’s.  There were a couple of boys in the neighborhood that were my age.

Even then, it was hit-n-miss at Grandma’s.  When I couldn’t find a boy may age to play with, I was of on an adventure.

Once, I was at the park and a bus pulled up.  I got on the bus and spent a day with a bunch of older kids at a park near the mountains.  When I came home that night, I was greeted by some very upset grandparents and my mom.  At the time, I didn’t see what the big deal was, but as an adult, I can see where that would have been one scary day for them.

Over Doing It

Over Doing It

Over doing it becomes easier as you get older.  When I was young, I’d know I over did it when the next  morning I woke with achy muscles.  While that happens still, it’s more likely that by the end of the day I am just completely exhausted.

The first task of the day was to mow the lawn.  It’s not an easy or quick chore.  It occupies the better half of a day.  Add weed whacking to the list and you’re talking about a LOT of work.

Real Deals

I probably should have called it a day after mowing the lawn, but Elizabethe suggested we go to Real Deals and get more pecan turtles.  At $1 a box ($6.50 a box on Amazon) they are a steal.

We drove to Real Deals in Lyons and purchased 36 boxes.  We then drove to Real Deals in Seneca Falls to see what else they might have that’s a steal.


Going to Sauder’s put me over the top.  When we got home I was so beat.  Talk about over doing it.  I really should have called it quit after the first Real Deals.

Print Competition

International Print Competition entries opens in just a few days.  Once I get my entries submitted that will be a load off my mind and I can concentrate on other, less pressing projects.

I need 3 painting merits, and only 2 photographic merits to earn two master’s degrees – one in art and one in painting.  It would have been way easier and faster to enroll in a traditional college and get a Master of Fine Arts degree.  I might have been cheaper too… but not as fun.

Wait!  Why am I calling this fun?   I’ve put myself through much torchure preparing for print competitions each year.

Temple Vandalism

Temple Vandalism

I was saddened to read about a young man who broke in to the Saint George, Utah, Temple and vandalized it.  This happened Saturday morning, and the assailant was apprehended by some of the temple workers and subdued until police arrived.  The temple vandalism consisted damage to furniture, fixtures, windows and artwork.  What possesses anyone to vandalize?

On the Brighter Side

It’s Mother’s Day and I made a meal exactly to Elizabethe’s request – chicken, baked potatoes, vegetables, and a salad.  We invited Maureen to join us, as well as the sister missionaries.  (The sisters are excited because they got to Skype with their families before coming over.)

For dessert I made brownies with walnuts.  My brownies are always good, and I served these with sliced strawberries.  What a great combination!

Guest at Church

The sisters asked us to pick up a man whom they taught recently.  When we picked him up, I recognized him as being a man who purchased one of my prints.  We had a nice talk on the way to and from church.

Elizabethe and I are reading Lectures on Faith.  As a result, certain  things really stand out to me.  I’ve read them before, however, this time is a little more different.  Because my familiarity with the Book of Mormon has increased, much of what is said in the Lectures on Faith has more impact.

Bye-bye BSA

Bye-bye BSA

Soon the church will say bye-bye BSA.  I remember when I was a District Commissioner and having a discussion with another L.D.S. Scouter about the fate of Scouting and its relationship to BSA.  The other Scouter was of the opinion back then (late 1980s) that the church would eventually part company with BSA due to BSA’s relaxing of policy and rules.

At the time, the big issues were (1) camping on Sundays, and (2) adult leaders who were not living the law of chastity.  After all, a Scout is morally straight.  In our own district, this was an issue.  I recall one district award banquet a member of the district committee asking for certain members to leave their girl friends home and bring their wife instead. (Evidently, the guy he was addressing has a mistress on the side.)

I also had it out with the council Order of the Arrow advisor for being overly harsh on L.D.S. Scouts because they would leave the Ordeal on Saturday nights.  His words to me were, “As long as I’m advisor, no L.D.S. Scout will earn his sash.”

Skipping Ahead

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Skipping ahead, on my later rounds through church/Scouting callings I was seeing an overall relaxation of Eagle Requirements.  A merit badge counselor could not change the requirements, however, with a wink and a smile he could sign off on a requirement even though the young man hadn’t really met the standard.  This REALLY bothered me.  (It’s kind of like how some universities hand out degrees these days.)  As a result, the Rank of Eagle began to look more like a participation award than it did an achievement.

The Last Straw

There were contentions about women Scouters, women on camp outs with the boys, and more.  While having a woman camping with 11-18 year old boys may not endanger the boys as would having a man camping with girls of the same age group, it was more than impropriety.  There was the issue of male role-models.  And, as sexist as that may sound to some, it was at the top of my concerns.

It wasn’t long before the idea of allowing gay Scout leaders came up.  Many BSA units were sponsored by churches that had moral teachings that sex between anyone other than a man married to a woman is a sin.  The Scout Oath says a Scout should keep himself “morally straight”.  Many saw allowing gay men in as adult leaders would be a violation of this part of the oath.

Bye-bye BSA, that was the last straw.

Still Valuable

My Eagle Award is still valuable.  I think there will come a time when people find out someone is an Eagle Scout and ask, “So, did you receive yours prior to 2018?”  (Or even some earlier date.)

More Site Photos

More Site Photos

I shot more site photos today.  First thing in the morning I went to the Peter Whitmer Farm, Fayette Township, New York, and photographed a few items.   I ran in to the crew from the Church History Department again.  (The same people I’m taking these pictures for.)

On my way there I stopped at Wegman’s to buy some “rustic” looking bread.  The idea is to make it look like the first sacrament meeting in 1830.

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First Sacrament Concept

Sauder’s – Best Sandwich

When I finished there, I was off to Sauder’s for some shopping.  I bought some healthy snack alternatives.  Then, I had lunch there.

It was, by far, the best sandwich I ever had.  The girl behind the counter really piled it on.  It was a feast.

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Sauder’s Mega Roast Beef

Part of the secret to its goodness was I had her put onions on BEFORE she toasted it.  The onions melted in to the cheese were delicious.  Part II of the secret is horseradish AND italian dressing.

Veggie Snacks

Sauder’s has these veggie snacks.  I’m not sure if they are freeze dried, or how they get them like this, but they are almost like potato chips (only thicker).  My favorites are carrots and string beans.  I’m switching out salty snacks for these.



Inking Balls

Inking Balls

There one of those things most people can’t tell you what they are.  Yet, in the early days of printing, every book, newspaper and poster owed its value to the inking ball.

I got to photograph a pair of them today.  Looking like big maracas, this leather covered balls were used to evenly distribute ink to the typeface.

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Inking Balls

They are part of the display at the Book of Mormon Publication site, also known as the E. B. Grandin Building.  Located just down the street from the Beckwith Mansion, this place attracts tens of thousands a year.

Hard to Know

It is hard to know what the publishers will use.  As a result, I submit lots and lots of photographs, and they choose the ones that fill the need.

Tomorrow is the Whitmer Farm.  I’m looking forward to that session because it involves a loaf of artisan bread.  (That’s a fancy way of saying, “Bread, the way they used to make it.”)  The plan is to rise early, stop at Wegman’s, and on to the Whitmer Farm.

Pork Loin

I decided to cook pork loin chops for dinner.  My sister-in-law commented how she didn’t usually like pork chops, but she likes how I cook them.  I’ve had a bad pork chop, and I can see how that would leave you not liking them.  But, cooked just right… they are good.