Sunday, April 27, 2008

Sabbath Day, April 27, 2008

Thomas S. Monson, “Treasure of Eternal Value,” Liahona, Apr 2008, 2–7

When I was a boy, I enjoyed reading Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson. I also saw adventure movies where several individuals had separate pieces of a well-worn map which led the way to buried treasure if only the pieces could be found and put together.

I recall listening to a 15-minute radio program each weekday afternoon—Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy. As it began, a voice filled with mystery would emanate from the radio: “We now join Jack and Betty as they approach the fabulous secret entry to the elephants’ burial ground, where a treasure is concealed. But wait; danger lurks on the path ahead.” Nothing could tear me away from this program. It was as though I were leading the search for the hidden treasure of precious ivory.

At another time and in a different setting, the Savior of the world spoke of treasure. In His Sermon on the Mount, He declared:

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

The promised reward was not a treasure of ivory, gold, or silver. Neither did it consist of acres of land or a portfolio of stocks and bonds. The Master spoke of riches within the grasp of all—even joy unspeakable here and eternal happiness hereafter.

I wish to provide the three pieces of your treasure map to guide you to your eternal happiness. They are:

1. Learn from the past.

2. Prepare for the future.

3. Live in the present.

Let us consider each segment of this map.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

"Skin In The Game"

Note: This post was an email sent to me from a friend. I did not create nor verify the content of it, however, it is interesting to read so I decided to post it on my blog.

To: Friends and Supporters

From: Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families

Date: Monday, April 7, 2008

“Skin In The Game”

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have gotten into considerable trouble
lately for embellishing their personal stories. In contrast, Senator John
McCain has demonstrated a remarkable degree of humility in recent speeches.
Rather than refusing to recognize his faults, he has owned up to them,
which is highly unusual for self-aggrandizing politicians in today’s media-
intense culture.

Far from suggesting that he is the “political messiah” we need with the
solutions to every problem, McCain acknowledges that he has been an
“imperfect public servant,” who has made mistakes. A Washington Times
reporter wrote, “Coming at the end of two terms from President Bush, who
almost never admits to an error in judgment or action, Mr. McCain’s public
introspection was startlingly frank.”

Some critics might be tempted to dismiss last week’s series of speeches as
just the political rhetoric of a candidate trying to “reinvent” himself for
the general election. I disagree. After winning the New Hampshire
primary, Senator McCain said:

“I learned long ago that serving only oneself is a petty and unsatisfying
ambition. But serve a cause greater than self-interest and you will know a
happiness far more sublime than the fleeting pleasure of fame and fortune.
For me that greater cause has always been my country, which I have served
imperfectly for many years, but have loved without any reservation every
day of my life.

I am grateful beyond expression for the prospect that I
might serve her a little while longer.”

Yesterday’s New York Times also explored another aspect of Senator McCain’s
humility. In a 2,700 word report, the Times delved into the service of
Lance Corporal Jimmy McCain, the senator’s 19 year-old son, who joined the
Marines at the age of 17, and recently returned from Iraq . (The senator
also has 21 year-old son, Jack McCain, who is attending the Naval Academy ,
and an older son, Doug, who was a Navy pilot.)

The love of God and Country is clearly a value cherished in the McCain
family, and the senator has steadfastly refused to exploit his son’s
service in Iraq as a political prop, even when it might be politically
expedient to do so. In my view, that speaks volumes about the senator’s
integrity and character, especially when he talks about the necessity of
victory in Iraq and when he refers to the evil of Islamofascism as “the
transcendent challenge of our time.”

Former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, a Democrat, told the New York Times
that Senator McCain has, “... to use a gambler’s term, skin in the game.
It’s among the most important things that people want to know about John
McCain in trying to decide whether or not to trust him.”

Over the weekend, one of Barack Obama’s supporters, liberal talk show host
Ed Schultz, called Senator McCain a “warmonger.” Liberals never learn.
The Left said the same thing about Ronald Reagan. Whether it was the
Soviets in Reagan’s day or radical Iranian Holocaust deniers today, the
Left always assumes the worst about America and hopes for the best when
dealing with our enemies.

Thankfully, the American people have demonstrated more commonsense when it
comes to choosing a president to answer that 3:00 AM phone call. Americans
tend to trust the man with “skin in the game,” who knows what he believes
and who has confidence in our country.

I believe Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will become yet another sad
footnote in American history by joining the long list of defeatist
Democrats rejected at the ballot box – Hubert Humphery, George McGovern,
Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis and John Kerry.

Bill & Hillary’s Tax Returns

The Clintons sure have done well under the American capitalist system they
love to bash in their populist speeches. Their newly released tax returns
show that the dynamic duo brought in $109 million from 2000 to 2007. Not
too shabby at all! By any reasonable standard, that makes them rich, and
as we know from the campaign speeches of John Edwards, Nancy Pelosi and Ted
Kennedy – the rich in America are the problem.

I’m being sarcastic, of course. But it never ceases to amaze me how much
hypocrisy there is on the political Left. I remember how badly the Left
bashed Ronald Reagan after he made a few bucks when he left the White
House. But compared to the Clinton money machine, Reagan was in the minor

Hillary and Bill are promising us that if we send them back to the White
House, they will raise taxes on the “rich.” Unfortunately, they don’t
define that word as only those who made $109 million in seven years. No,
when the taxes go up, a whole lot of Americans will discover that the class
warriors of Washington , D.C. , are very inclusive when it comes to “soaking
the rich.”

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sabbath Day, April 13, 2008

Life is interesting.

It can be lonely at times...even when there are many great people around you.

Decisions can be hard to make, big or small.

However, when I use the power of prayer I know that I am not alone when I make decisions. My Heavenly Father is there to help me in my quest to make the right decision.

Prayer is my friend when I am making decisions or when I need comfort or when I just need to know that I am not alone.


Friday, April 11, 2008

Lyme Disease...Open Your Eyes!

I post this as back-dated because I have been ill from Lyme this week...I call it a Lyme week. I saw a specialist on parasitology Friday. He said that I need to go off of the Doxycycline. It should be interesting to see how it goes from here since I have been sick for 15-20 years (estimated) and I have only been treated with Doxycycline for 4 months. This disease is baftling, frustrating, confusing! Life is great and is meant to be lived!

With my research on this subject and my ability to speak out clearly about it, I choose to be a spokesperson on this subject. I have lived, am living the life of Lyme disease. Life can have quality! Life should be quality that is great! It is my goal to help others with this dreadful disease have great lives as well!

Monday, April 7, 2008

"Lyme Disease: A Clear and Present Danger"

Comment from the YouTube site:
"Thank you so much for making this video. 15+ doctors later, i am still sick. When is the CDC going to wake up and change the standard testing to the Western Blot? Who profits from the ELISA? There we will find our answers. This is such a TRAVESTY to MANKIND."

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Sabbath Day, April 6, 2008

This weekend has been truly inspirational. Conference weekend is usually like that.

Unlike other conference weekends, however, I was able to experience a solemn assembly to show approval and support of the new Presidency and Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It was an unusual and spiritual experience to see the transition from President Gordon B. Hinkley to that of Thomas S. Monson. As we all miss President Hinckley, this weekend proved that the work will go forward through a new Prophet who has all of the ability, humor, and vigor that President Hinckley possessed.

I am amazed at the work that has been accomplished in The Church and that our leaders are so very strong in their endeavors. I hope to be a strong part of the work ahead. I have a testimony that the work is right and true. There is nothing that could cause me to doubt the work or deny the faith that I hold dear.

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Have a great week!