Month: September 2008

Worth the read….

Congress has balked at the Bush administration’s proposed $700 billion bailout of Wall Street. Under this plan, the Treasury would have bought the “troubled assets” of financial institutions in an attempt to avoid economic meltdown.…


Well, my family now has a new addiction. I recently purchased the game SPORE by EA games, and we have done nothing but play this game in the evenings since I brought it home. It is a fun game where you start out with a small bug in water, and then evolve to space flight. During the time you are controlling the DNA and evolution of the creature. It is really fun. Our 8 and 9 year olds also love it.

I would recommend this game to anyone who likes SIMs 2 or any game like it. You have control …

Crunch the numbers…

Lets do some number crunching. What is the $700,000,000,000 actually going to cost each tax payer if each one of us pays our share for this bailout package? Well, there were a total of 134,372,678 individual tax payers in 2005. Out of those, only 90,593,081 paid taxes, there were 43,779,597 individuals that were considered nontaxable.

So, if we take the $700,000,000,000 that is going to be spent to bailout bad financial decisions and divide it by the 90,593,081 tax payers. After doing the math, it means that each of us that actually paid taxes could see a $7,726.86 increase in …

2 Nephi 31:20

In 2 Nephi 31:20 it says, “… ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.” There is one phrase in that scripture that really caught my attention. “perfect brightness of hope”. What exactly is a perfect brightness of hope?
Perfect: “entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings”
Brightness: “vivid or brilliant”
Hope: “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best”
What I think this phrase means is that you have to have a flawless …

Religion = Gospel + Church + Culture

I think religion has three main components.

First, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is perfect, never changing, and simple. The Gospel is always Christ centered.

Second, the Church. The church is the organization that is used to administer the gospel teachings and to aide its members. Church has a wide range of definitions:

any division of this body professing the same creed and acknowledging the same ecclesiastical authority

public worship of God or a religious service in such a building

ecclesiastical organization, power, and affairs, as distinguished from the state

All of these definitions fit into …


In Second Nephi Chapter 5 it talks about how the Descendants of Nephi (Nephites) separate themselves form the Lamanites. There is one verse in that chapter that caught my eye.

27 And it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness.

What exactly does it mean to live after the manner of happiness?

Here is a list of things that make me happy. But I think it is only a start in achieving a life after the manner of happiness.

When I come home and punk kid #5 runs to the door yelling “DA DA!” When punk…

Iniquity of their fathers

In the Book of Mormon and Bible you see the term “iniquity of their fathers”, or “traditions of their fathers” often. And it gives a lot of examples of how Nations were brought down because of the iniquity and traditions of their fathers. Basically people are sinning because of the iniquity and traditions of their fathers.

In the 2nd Article of Faith it reads:

“We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression. “

These two principles sound like they are in contradiction of each other. But if you look at them in …

Vain imaginations and pride

In the Book of Mormon there is an account of Lehi’s Dream (1 Nephi 8). In this dream he describes “the great and spacious building”.

26 And I also cast my eyes round about, and beheld, on the other side of the river of water, a great and spacious building; and it stood as it were in the air, high above the earth.

27 And it was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female; and their manner of dress was exceedingly fine; and they were in the attitude of mocking and pointing their

In the July 2008 Ensign there is a talk titled “Sharing the Gospel using the Internet” that was taken from a commencement address at Brigham Young University-Hawaii (December 15, 2007) given by Elder M. Russell Ballard Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Elder Ballard talks about how the Internet can be used to help share the gospel and your personal testimony in Jesus Christ. I read this article a while ago (I don’t read the Ensign as much as I should) and have been pondering it for some time now. To follow his advice, I am going to post …