Flexible

Flexible

It’s good to be flexible when you work in the temple.  Tonight was no exception.  The first half of the evening I was moved around from place to place.  That’s okay with me.  It turned out to be a very enjoyable evening.

One guest completed the work for his mom and his dad.  I asked about having them sealed and he said they have an appointment to meet up with his brother in Utah and do the sealings there.

How cool is that!

Sad News

We got some sad news tonight that one of our friends was in a very serious car accident and in critical condition.  We added her name to the prayer rolls at the temple.

Disappointing News

I read where someone commented that a member of the First Presidency is “out of touch” with “modern morality” because he is a “bigot”.  It’s disappointing because this person is “out of touch” with “God’s laws of morality” and are showing their insecurity and hatred.

It’s all kind of crazy thinking on their behalf, and here’s why…

God defines morality — not society.  If society did we’d still be dancing around a golden calf, getting drunk and having sex with anything that moves.  But, at a time when that was going on, God gave 10 commandments to his prophet, Moses, and commanded that such practices stop.

The law of chastity is quite clear — Sex is between a legally and lawfully wedded man and woman.  Anything else God has declared as a sin.

Home Again

Home Again

We’re back home again.  It is becoming increasingly more difficult to update my blog while on the road.  But, I’m home again and here’s a re-capture of the last two weeks.

Software Issues

I’ve been dealing with software issues with a program by Smith Micro called Poser 11.  The software does what it does quite well — that is 3D rendering and animation.  What it doesn’t do well is file and data management.  I’d give them an A+ on the 3D stuff, but an F in file and data management.

With my expertise in the Windows file structure and data handling, for me to have issues with a software package does not speak very highly of that software package.  Again, they do the 3D stuff well, but their programmers could use some schooling on Software Quality Assurance, file handling, and data structures.

A summary of the issue is this…

You cannot create a Poser scene on computer A, save it to a USB drive, and then take it to computer B and open it.  The only way it will work is of Computer B looks just like Computer A in every aspect.

I’ve spent days on getting their software to find these files.

Utah Trip

We went to Utah for Rebecca’s wedding.  We got there on Friday, and spent most of the day helping her and Stephen pack the moving van.  We spent the evening with Amber and Jason and their friends.  I treated everyone to a huge ice cream feast after dinner.

Wedding Day

The wedding was at the Provo City Center Temple. It is quite beautiful.  I remember the night the Provo Tabernacle burned down.  Now, it is a lovely temple in the center of the city.

We had a bit of a break between the wedding and reception.  When we got to the reception we were all a bit surprised at the decorations.  Rebecca wanted to keep it very simple.  At least there wasn’t any drama during the wedding or reception.

Sunday

We attended church with Amber and Jason.  After church we went to Sarah’s house and had a BBQ.  Natalie and Amber and their husbands and kids got to meet Sarah, Becky, and some of the nieces and nephews who live in Utah.

Monday

Monday was Amber’s day to do stuff with us.  Natalie joined us and we went to the Church History Museum and saw the interactive display I provided images for.  I thought it was going to be one on the Hill Cumorah.  Instead, they used pictures from Fayette and did a virtual tour of the log home there.

Tuesday

Amber was off for her IVF treatment, and Natalie and boys joined us for breakfast at Becky and Glenn’s.  After breakfast, Natalie, Brad and Mike and I went and got In and Out Burgers.

In the evening, we had dinner at Amber’s and celebrated Bethe’s birthday.  Jennifer arrived just a few minutes before we had to leave for the airport.

Summary

We had a wonderful trip and got to see all 5 of my daughters and their children!!!

Amazing Body

Amazing Body

The amazing body cannot be replicated by science.  I’ve learned during this flu that the body asks for what it needs.   I’m learning to listen to my body.

Usually I can’t sleep in.  My body says it is time to get up, and I get up.  However, since contracting this flu I can sleep until 9:30am (like I did today.)  It’s obvious my body needs the sleep.

I’ve also noticed the things I crave to eat, if we have it handy and I eat it, I feel physically better.  For example, I was craving maple syrup.  I had some and shortly after consuming it, I coughed up the gunk that was making me wheeze.   Again, the amazing body knew what it needed.

Getting Close

I feel like I’m getting close to being better.  I looked up how long the contagious period is for this flu, and I’m definitely past it now.  (The CDC said 5-7 days.)  It’s now dealing with the symptoms.

The worst symptom is the fatigue.  You think you’re up to going down to the basement to get a bottle of canned fruit.  So, you make the journey, and when you get back upstairs, that amazing body is saying, “You need to lie down.”

I dragged the laundry basked to the kitchen and felt like I had just ran the 440.  It’s the body’s way of saying, “Take it easy.”

Take It Easy

Speaking of Take It Easy, I watched a YouTube video of the Eagles singing Take It Easy.  The camera would swing to the audience and it was full of young ladies — groupies.  It was funny watching their reactions to the lyrics.

Okay, I’m going to take it easy today.  I want to be feeling up to attending my temple shift tomorrow.

City of David

City of David

The City of David was a district just south of Jerusalem.  When the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in the 1st Century, they left no stone unturned, and the City of David was buried in Rubble.

It is important to note that the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. was bad.  The entire old city was razed, which fulfilled prophecy (Matt.24:1-8).  What we see today is not what existed at meridian of time.  In fact, some modern archaeologist question if the Dome of the Rock is actually on the Temple Mount!  They say it was more towards the City of David.  (Now, that is interesting because that would mean the temple could be built without disturbing any of the Islamic sites.  However, it would also mean the Western Wall was not part of Solomon’s Temple.)

We visited the excavation of the City of David today.  This modern excavation, in time, will answer many questions.

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View of Old Jerusalem in the Rain

The railing you see in the picture above are walkways.  To the center left, the slope down is the ancient City of David.  To the right of center is the Dome of the Rock.

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City of David

The visitors’ center at the City of David is quite nice.  John and Linda took time to take pictures of the carving on the wall.

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City of David Gift Shop

We were waiting for Matt and Becca in the gift shop.  It was cold and rainy outside.  The one young lady (the blond) was from San Antonio, Texas.  She explained dreidels usually say, “Something Important Happened There.”  The ones sold in the City of David say (in Hebrew), “Something Important Happened Here.”

The Tunnel

Hezekiah built a tunnel under the City of David. Today you can walk that tunnel.  Actually, there are two tunnels, one for the water, the other for access by people.  We walked the dry one.

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In Hezekiah’s Tunnel

The water from the tunnel empties in to the Pool of Shiloam (or Siloam).  This pool is where those going to the temple would stop and wash.  Today, it is an archeological discovery (discovered in 2004).  As a result of this discovery, we can now visit the very steps where Jesus healed the blind man.

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Matt and Becca at the Steps Where Jesus Healed the Blind Man

It is a special place to be in this tunnel (above).  Because of the destruction of Jerusalem, these steps would have been outdoors in Jesus’ time.  However, today they in this reinforced tunnel where they are still working on uncovering what the Roman’s covered in 70 A.D.

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Walking Where Jesus Walked
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Looking Down the Stairs

Earlier Today

I neglected to mention my breakfast.  Here’s an example of breakfast at the Abraham Hostel:  milk, salad, yogurt, bread, jam, hard boiled eggs and an orange.

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Breakfast

It’s okay for a few days, but if you’re staying long term it can get a bit boring.

On the way to the car, in a puddle of water, Linda found a glove she lost.  She was so excited to find it… as you can see (below).

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Linda Found Her Glove!

We stopped at Omar so I could purchase a carving of Jesus for Elder and Sister Riggs (you can see it on the 2nd shelf above Brent Top’s elbow.)  And, I ran in to Brent Top.  It’s funny because Omar and I were just talking about him the other day, and … here he is.

I asked him to point to his business card on Omar’s shelf.

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Brent L. Top at Omar’s

For lunch we stopped at a convenience store.  The weather got nasty and we picked up some stuff to eat at the hostel.

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Convenience Store Lunch

Dinner was at the hostel.  They put on a Shabbat Dinner every Friday night.  It’s a nice time and you always meet new people.  We sat by a couple.  He was German and she was Russian.

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Our Table at the Shabbat Dinner

John volunteered to do the blessing on the wine.

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Shabbat Dinner Blessing the Wine

Ah, dinner.  Not a lot of protien, but I survived.

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Shabbat Dinner

Tomorrow is church.  Shabbat has started.

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Singing is Mandatory

Small Session

Small Session

We had a small session tonight.  I think there were two men and three women.   The weather outside was cold, but not snowing.  I wish more people would attend the temple.  (I’m going to make a goal next year to go more often myself.)

The brother who was officiating asked me to follow.  So, we had two brethren and two followers.  Three sisters… and two followers.  The session moved quickly.

Amazon Deliveries

I get a message from Amazon telling me to expect a delivery.  It didn’t arrive.  So, I checked the UPS website and it appears there were some delays… even though it said it was on the truck for delivery.

What’s up with that?

My guess is the driver ran out of time before getting all those packages delivered.  So much for 2 day deliveries.  I’m glad it wasn’t anything requiring a timely delivery.

We are spoiled.  I remember when anything your ordered had a disclaimer:  Please allow 4-8 weeks for delivery.

That’s right you millenials!  If you ordered something from the back of a comic book, it would take a month or two before you would see it.

I remember ordering this spy kit.  I saved a lot of money for it.  It took about 7 1/2 weeks to arrive.  I was one anxious 10 year old.

My Orders

My Orders

My orders today (from my wife) are to stay in bed and elevate my foot.  At one point I got up to look for something and she said, “You’re supposed to be laying down.”

Ever since my accident my feet have been giving me problems.  This morning is about the worse it has ever been.  I am taking her advice and giving it a rest.

I’ve been trying to connect the dots here.  I have no idea what brings on these “flare ups”.  It’s like this… If you are hitting your thumb with a hammer, and it hurts afterwards, then you know you’ve got to stop hitting your thumb with a hammer.  In the case of my feet, I can’t figure it out.  Yesterday I was on my feet a lot.  However, the time before when it flared up, I had been sitting a lot.  Go figure.

Temple

When I woke this morning I thought there is no way I could go work in the temple.  But, as the day progressed, the pain receded.  So, I went to the temple.

I told our shift coordinator about the calcification on my Achilles tendon.  It worked out well.  My assignments were all ones where I could mostly sit.

Happens

Happens

Yes, it happens.  It happens when you don’t want it to happen.  It has its way of just popping up at the most inopportune times.

Is there something in the air?

I won’t get in to everything that is going on, but most of it has to do with flakey people.  My parents taught me to be responsible.  The earliest lesson I learned in this regard was when I was about 12.

Toad

I was playing in the orchard at the end of the street.  I found a slot car chassis, and brought it home. There it sat for several days.  Nothing was done to it.

Toad, a boy who lived a few doors down came asking about it.  I told him I found it, and I gave it to him.  You’d think that would have been the end of it, and that I would have been thanked for returning it to its rightful owner.

Nope.  It happens that didn’t work, or so he said.  As a result, I ended up buying him a new slot car.

Ever since that day I am careful to take responsibility.  I’m also careful that I don’t put myself in a situation like I did with the slot car.

Unpaid Judgements

You’d think having an unpaid judgement hanging over your head would be a high priority to resolve.  I have one former tenant in that situation, and several others who SHOULD be in that situation.

My comment to Elizabethe was that someday they’ll go to buy a car or a home and the judgement stop them from getting credit.  She replied that they probably will never get to that point in life.

Sad, but true.

Needed Break

The temple is a needed break tonight.  If I weren’t going to the temple tonight I’d probably withdraw myself from the world.

Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017

For Halloween 2017 we went to the temple.  I officiated the first session which had 47 people.  Most of them are site missionaries, plus there were people there for a couple who are being endowed and then sealed.

I goofed up after the session.  I have an assignment to go to sealings,  so I went to the sealing of the couple who were there to be sealed.  Unknown to me they had a proxy session going on in the other sealing room.  Oh, well.

Earlier in the Day

Earlier in the day I had hard drive problems.  As a result, I decided to re-format this hard drive.  It wouldn’t work.  It kept locking up the USB 3.0 port.

I think I’ve figured it out.  The drive pulls more power than the wall wart I am using.  I found a 3A wall wart.  I will try it tomorrow.  It is time to invest in bigger wall warts.  You can always use a higher amperage wall wart, but an under-powered one can/will cause problems.

Hmmm… I wonder if someone makes a multi-drive power supply for external USB drives.  Most of them use the same size coaxial plug.  As a result, there’s no reason someone can’t make a universal multi-tap supply.  It would save on power strip outlets too.

 

 

Route 66 FHE

Route 66 FHE

We had a Route 66 FHE (Family Home Evening) tonight with the Taylors.  The invited the Amsdens, Harris, and a new couple in the ward – the Myers.  Paul and his wife also came.  We had fun.

Instead of doing a traditional slide show, I prepared short videos.  Each was set to music.  Each had a theme.  For example, one was about cars, another service stations, and so forth.

Jodi asked everyone to bring a dish to share.  I made stuffed mushrooms.  Jodi made pulled pork sliders.  There was plenty of food, and it was all good.

Senior Portrait Session

Earlier in the day I had a senior portrait session with this young lady…

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Senior Portrait Session

As you can see, she has beautiful long hair.  We had fun working together.

She is the first client to ask for senior portraits on the temple grounds.  She wore a lovely dress and we took pictures around the temple.

As a result of this client calling, I know my Google placement is working.   I won’t go in to details, bus her grandmother told me about one photographer who saw this as an opportunity to pad her portfolio.  That knowledge gives me something to talk about the next time I address a group of photographers.

It would be like this…

Suppose you took your car in for an oil change, and the mechanic said, “Oh, I’ve always wanted to put a high performance exhaust on one of these.  Would you mind if I did that?”

There are too many hacks out there giving the photography industry a bad name.

Recommend Desk

Recommend Desk

Working at the recommend desk in the temple is always a delight.  Meeting people as they come to the House of the Lord is an awesome responsibility when you think about it.  It is your job to assure people have the correct documents to enter the temple.

Being a “destination temple”, you meet people from all over the world too.  People come from around the world to visit the Palmyra Temple.  Many ask to look out the window to see the Sacred Grove from the temple — something no other temple has.

As one person put it, it is the only temple you can look out a window and see one of the Lord’s outdoor temples.

Sacred Grove

Becky took the car after dropping us at the temple so she can visit the Sacred Grove.  She returned later to go to the 7:30pm session.

In spite of Hill Cumorah Pageant being over, we had several guests.  They had enough for a sealing session that it wasn’t necessary to augment it with ordinance workers.  I wish every night was like that.

Rain

Rain is slowing the progress on the roof.  They are 90% complete.  They have a few pieces to attach and rain gutters and then they are done.