Wednesday, May 23, 2018


I have not shut my mouth since Seattle.

I probably could not shut my mouth if I tried.   Blabbing all this blog stuff is kind of automatic now:

Jacob 5
And blessed art thou; for because ye have been diligent in laboring with me in my vineyard, and have kept my commandments, and have brought unto me again the natural fruit, that my vineyard is no more corrupted, and the bad is cast away, behold ye shall have joy with me because of the fruit of my vineyard.
76 For behold, for a long time will I lay up of the fruit of my vineyard unto mine own self against the season, which speedily cometh; and for the last time have I nourished my vineyard, and pruned it, and dug about it, and dunged it; wherefore I will lay up unto mine own self of the fruit, for a long time, according to that which I have spoken.
77 And when the time cometh that evil fruit shall again come into my vineyard, then will I cause the good and the bad to be gathered; and the good will I preserve unto myself, and the bad will I cast away into its own place. And then cometh the season and the end; and my vineyard will I cause to be burned with fire.

Monday, May 21, 2018


This is where the rubber meets the road, per Brigham Young.  It must have been hard to see the failure of the experiment.  It is interesting to see how situations fail.  Usually, as Brigham Young pointed out, it was due to covetness (seeking for more than you put into a situation), pride, greed, and so much else.

I am a fan of the human condition - but I am not naive.  People will let you down, no matter what.  We all do.  Do we let it sour us?  Or do we just accept that it is part of the human condition?

Great quote - and much to be gleaned from this:

I see men and women in this congregation—only a few of them—who were driven from the central stake of Zion. Ask them if they had any sorrow or trouble; then let them look at the beautiful land that the Lord would have given them if all had been faithful in keeping His commandments, and had walked before Him as they should; and then ask them with regard to the blessings they would have received. If they tell you the sentiments of their minds, they will tell you that the yoke of Jesus would have been easy and his burden would have been light, Matt. 11:29-30 and that it would have been a delightful task to have walked in obedience to his commands and to have been of one heart and one mind; Moses 7:18 but through the selfishness of some, which is idolatry, through their covetousness, which is the same, Col. 3:5 and the lustful desire of their minds, D&C 101:1-8 D&C 103:3-4 D&C 104:3-5 D&C 105:1-6they were cast out and driven from their homes. We have been driven many times; but each time, if they who professed to be the servants of God had served Him with an undivided heart, Ps. 12:2 Hosea 10:2 they would have had the privilege of living in their houses, possessing their lands, 

All of us will yet go through the great sifting.  Better said, we are going through a great sifting right now.  How are we doing?

Saturday, May 19, 2018


We should be having these kinds of experiences....:

Alfred Young Sees a Vision of the Celestial Kingdom

Alfred Young writes in his journal about his vision of the Celestial Kingdom. During the vision he makes an offering to God and Jesus, and is also shown the other Kingdoms in the afterlife.

While among my friends in Tennessee in 1842 I baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

On the following morning September 17th about nine o'clock my brother and myself were sitting on the trunk of a tree in front of his house talking on the principles of the gospel. While conversing a spirit came over me which created a sensation as if a quantity of blood warm water was poured over me coming onto my head first. I was filled with light, peace and joy. I was impressed to retire into some secret place. As I arose to my feet I asked my brother if he would go with me.

As we walked he continued to speak on the principles of the gospel and the gifts that had been made manifest, but I had little to say as I was in deep meditation. When we had retired about 200 paces from the house into a piece of heavy timber I saw a light burst through the tops of the trees a little southeast of me. I was wrapped in a light which far exceeded the light of the sun. A personage appeared clothed in a white robe exceeding in brightness the light of the sun. Around his head this light gathered into a halo of brightness exceeding in intensity everything else around. He was dressed in white robes and his feet were bare. My nature could not bear the presence of this glorious person and I sank to the ground.

My brother, walking by my side, as he afterwards stated, saw my countenance change and that I was sinking to the ground. He took hold of my clothes at the breast and let me gently down. This much I do know that my spirit went out of my body and stood just over it, and gazed at it and my brother standing by it. Whether or not my spirit was commanded to come out of my body by the personage in whose presence I was, I know not.

The personage or angel said to me, "Follow thou me." He ascended upwards in the direction from whence he came and I followed him. He took me into the presence of God the Father and of His Son Jesus Christ, with the exception there was a rail between us; but I saw Them seated on a throne. I had in my hands many sheaves of wheat of the purest white. There was an altar on my left hand and also one directly in front of me. The one on my left appeared to be about three feet in height; the one in front about eighteen inches. I laid the sheaves of wheat that were in my hands on the altar to my left as an offering to the Lord. I bowed myself on my knees on the altar in front of me which was also in front of the throne. I prayed God the Father in the name of His Son Jesus Christ to accept of the offering I had laid upon the altar.

While I prayed, the rail was removed and I stood upon my feet. Jesus arose and stepped from the side of his Father and came near where I stood. I was in their presence and I gazed upon their glory.

Jesus then said to me, "Your offering is accepted and wouldst thou know the interpretation thereof?" I replied, "Yes, Lord." The angel, my conductor, said, "Look," and I saw as it were, an innumerable company that had come up from all nations, kindreds and peoples around the thrown[sic] of God and they fell down and worshipped him and gave glory to Him. Jesus then said, "These are they; thou shalt be the means of bringing into my Father's kingdom and this is the interpretation of the offering thou hast laid upon the altar."

Jesus continued to speak and shewed me many things pertaining to His Father's kingdom. One thing I am at liberty to tell; the others I am not. He told me to look. I looked and saw that there were neither sun nor moon to give light but the Father and His Son were the light that lighted all the kingdoms of the world. This is all of the vision of the celestial world that I am permitted to write.

The angel said again to me, "Look." I looked and beheld a lesser kingdom, typified by the moon. It received its light from the celestial kingdom and the inhabitants thereof seemed to exceed those of the celestial world, but the glory was not equal to that of the celestial. I saw many angels descending and ascending between the celestial and terrestrial worlds. I saw the angels descending and ascending between the terrestrial and telestial worlds and administering to the inhabitants of the latter. The glory of the telestial seemed great but not of that of the terrestrial.

The angel said again to me, "Look". As I looked I beheld another world in which the inhabitants appeared to be less in number than in any of the other. It was neither one of light or of glory; but one of suffering. It was shaded with darkness. It appeared to be a pit; and a thick darkness of smoke ascended upwards as far as I could see. The inhabitants appeared to be suffering beyond anything I can describe. This passed from my vision. For a short time the angel withdrew from me and I was left alone.

[Later in his journal he writes]

My brother William afterwards stated that he saw no person with me nor heard any conversation although he stood near me. But during all the time we were there and while I appeared as if dead it was manifested to him that I was in a vision.

After the angel left me I turned to my brother and called him by name and related to him all that I had seen and heard, some of it he doubted. I said to him, "Brother William you shall yet be witness to the truth of all I have said." At these words he fell to the earth as if he were dead. The spirit suggested to me to touch him and bid him arise. I did as directed and he arose to his feet, bore testimony to the truth of what I had seen and continued to bear that testimony until his death.

I feel to record a tribute of thanks, honor, and praise to God my Heavenly Father and to his son, Jesus Christ, for the glorious things that have been revealed to me in these visions. I regret my inability to properly represent them for want of a proper comprehension of language, to express my ideas by as far as I am able. I desire to leave them on record as a testimony to my posterity and to the world of the goodness, power, and majesty of God and of the truth of the great Latter Day work as inaugurated by Joseph Smith, Junior for the final redemption of the earth.

Autobiography of Alfred Douglas Young (1808-1889)


I was in this room in Kirtland and the Sister Missionary there testified that this occurred.  I had probably read it as a teen, but had lost it in context.  Very interesting stuff!:

Source: Minutes, Salt Lake City School of the Prophets, October 3, 1883.
Presidents John Taylor and George Q. Cannon, Apostles Erastus Snow, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, and Heber J. Grant, and Elders L. John Nuttall and Zebedee Coltrin present.
Brother Zebedee Coltrin said: I believe I am the only living man now in the church who was connected with the School of the Prophets when it was organized in 1833, the year before we went up in Zion's Camp.
President Taylor: How many were then connected with the School at that time?
Brother Coltrin: When the Word of Wisdom [D&C 89] was first presented by the Prophet Joseph (as he came out of the translating room) and was read to the School, there were twenty out of the twenty-one who used tobacco and they all immediately threw their tobacco and pies into the fire.
There were members as follows: Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, William Smith, Frederick G. Williams, Orson Hyde (who had the charge of the school), Zebedee Coltrin, Sylvester Smith, Joseph Smith, Sr., Levi Hancock, Martin Harris, Sidney Rigdon, Newel K. Whitney, Samuel H. Smith, John Murdock, Lyman Johnson and Ezra Thayer.
The salutation as written in the Doctrine and Covenants [D&C 88:136-141] was carried out at that time, and at every meeting, and the washing of feet was attended to, the sacrament was also administered at times when Joseph appointed, after the ancient order; that is, warm bread to break easy was provided and broken into pieces as large as my fist and each person had a glass of wine and sat and ate the bread and drank the wine; and Joseph said that was the way that Jesus and his disciples partook of the bread and wine. And this was the order of the church anciently and until the church went into darkness. Every time we were called together to attend to any business, we came together in the morning about sunrise, fasting and partook of the sacrament each time, and before going to school we washed ourselves and put on clean linen.
At one of these meetings after the organization of the school, (the school being organized_ on the 23rd of January, 1833, when we were all together, Joseph having given instructions, and while engaged in silent prayer, kneeling, with our hands uplifted each one praying in silence, no one whispered above his breath, a personage walked through the room from east to west, and Joseph asked if we saw him. I saw him and suppose the others did and Joseph answered that is Jesus, the Son of God, our elder brother. Afterward Joseph told us to resume our former position in prayer, which we did. Another person came through; he was surrounded as with a flame of fire. He (Brother Coltrin) experienced a sensation that it might destroy the tabernacle as it was of consuming fire of great brightness. The Prophet Joseph said this was the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. I saw Him.
When asked about the kind of clothing the Father had on, Brother Coltrin said: I did not discover his clothing for he was surrounded as with a flame of fire, which was so brilliant that I could not discover anything else but his person. I saw his hands, his legs, his feet, his eyes, nose, mouth, head and body in the shape and form of a perfect man. He sat in a chair as a man would sit in a chair, but this appearance was so grand and overwhelming that it seemed I should melt down in his presence, and the sensation was so powerful that it thrilled through my whole system and I felt it in the marrow of my bones. The Prophet Joseph said: Brethren, now you are prepared to be the apostles of Jesus Christ, for you have seen both the Father and the Son and know that they exist and that they are two separate personages.
This appearance occurred about two or three weeks after the opening of the school. After the Father had passed through, Joseph told us to again take our positions in prayer. We did so, and in a very short time he drew our attention and said to us that Brother Reynolds Cahoon was about to leave us, and told us to look at him. He (Brother Cahoon) was on his knees and his arms were extended, his hands and wrists, head, face and neck down to his shoulders were as a piece of amber, clear and transparent, his blood having apparently left his veins. Upon the attention of the brethren being thus called to Brother Cahoon, the change seemed to pass away and Joseph said that in a few minutes more, Brother Cahoon would have left us, but he came to himself again.
The school room was in the upper room of [Newel K.] Whitney's store. . . .

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


This is pretty awesome....:

"Today Jerusalem was acknowledged as the true capitol of Israel and the US embassy there dedicated. Take a moment to read the promised blessing as well as the prophetic words by Elder Hyde. Then think of the different scriptures from Isaiah in the Book of Mormon and how they are being fulfilled before our very eyes!
Elder Orson Hyde on the Mt. of Olives, October 24, 1841: “Thou, O Lord, did once move upon the heart of Cyrus to show favor unto Jerusalem and her children. Do Thou now also be pleased to inspire the hearts of kings and the powers of the earth to look with a friendly eye towards this place, and with a desire to see Thy righteous purposes executed in relation thereto. Let them know that it is Thy good pleasure to restore the kingdom unto Israel -- raise up Jerusalem as its capital, and constitute her people a distinct nation and government, with David Thy servant, even a descendant from the loins of ancient David to be their king.
"Let that nation or that people who shall take an active part in behalf of Abraham's children, and in the raising up of Jerusalem, find favor in Thy sight. Let not their enemies prevail against them, neither let pestilence or famine overcome them, but let the glory of Israel overshadow them, and the power of the Highest protect them; while that nation or kingdom that will not serve Thee in this glorious work must perish, according to Thy word --- Yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.”

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


So I have a neighbor here in Calgary who is retired, obviously bored and is harassing my house-mates and I.  He got into it with the guy upstairs who is responsible for mowing the lawn and shoveling the walk in front of the house.  He is former RCMP and is connected with folks down at City Hall.

He has been flinging the poo - probably saying stuff that is not true and trying to have them levy a fine against the homeowner for improper yard maintenance.  It is all fun to watch.  Last fall, the guy complained about my vehicle tire being on the curb by six inches.  They towed my vehicle and the trailer I was towing.  It cost around $600 to get the whole thing out of the impound lot.  I was roasting mad.  BUT because of that, I saved about $2,000 in costs associated with having to license all of my rolling stock here in Canada when someone at the licensing place correctly interpreted the law.  I have come to the conclusion that Canada is a typical socialist state - smack-down central; along with so many regs that the economy is strangled.  The billable hour for aerospace up here is approaching $200 while it is closer to $125 per hour in the states.  Most of that is overhead due to over-reaching regulation and government interference.  Horrible overreach and mis-management on many levels.  My Aunt who has lived here all her life told me some wild stories about how she took on a corrupt hospital board up here.  She is scrappy (like me) and she shook the whole mess to the core.  I sure love people with values and morals.

I have tried to stay politically neutral up here as a new citizen - but then I found out a few weeks ago that a corrupt RCMP who was former LDS found some loophole in the law and swept in with some of his cronies and literally smacked down the preppers in the Cardston area about 6-7 years ago.  Stake Presidents even caved and named names of people who were guilty of the crime of having too much food and preparedness items.  Folks - THAT hacks me off to no end.  I am now on the warpath.  I will do nothing of myself - but I will lay down some prayers on behalf of this RCMP puke - he needs to go down with the rest of the corruption, where ever it may be.  Trump-style, to be sure.....

I was praying to know what to do at the temple tonight and I opened the scriptures and got my answer in Alma 33:

Yea, O God, thou hast been merciful unto me, and heard my cries in the midst of thy congregations.
10 Yea, and thou hast also heard me when I have been cast out and have been despised by mine enemies; yea,
thou didst hear my cries, and wast angry with mine enemies, and thou didst visit them in thine anger with speedy destruction.
11 And thou didst hear me because of mine afflictions and my sincerity; and it is because of thy Son that thou hast been thus merciful unto me,
therefore I will cry unto thee in all mine afflictions, for in thee is my joy; for thou hast turned thy judgments away from me, because of thy Son.

Well, I am afraid that this is going to hurt this guy.  I feel for him- because every time I have said a special prayer and pled my case, the fur sure does seem to fly.  Often, the consequences are quite serious (previous blog post).  God has this thing......  There just are certain types of people......  I had a plumber once who was of the same corrupt persuasion.  Just simply an arse who loves to harass people.  School of hard knocks.....  People can choose to live by the Golden Rule - or they can choose to suffer from their own indolence reflected right back on themselves and magnified at least ten-fold.


So, we are surrounded here in S. Alberta by Hutterite colonies.  Every time I turn around, I am finding out that there is another one around us.  I think next to the Church, they must be the biggest land-owners in the area.  And I am thrilled - and intrigued by them.  In studying what they are about, we can possibly learn how to correct the things that went wrong with the United Order, as it was presented as a sub-set of the Law of Consecration.  Having said this, it is much too little, much too late.  Our fate is sealed because of very fundamental things we all are missing to make it work.

The Hutterites, however, have made it work - even if it is a bit archaic and even if it does follow a lesser set of principles.  At least it works - where Consecration, with it's higher ideals did not.

I had some friends over on Sunday who have been tied into the colonies and I learned some very interesting things.  First of all, there is no "share" given to each member of a colony, therefore making it hard to leave if things are not working out.  Under the United Order, you put all your things (plows, tools, horses, etc) into the pot and you were issued a receipt for that "share" or percentage of the total pot.  If things were not working out, you were allowed to leave and take the original "share", plus any interest or increase in the size of the pot, with you.

In the Hutterite model, you are basically a slave or worker bee, for life.  If you leave, you are shunned and have nothing with which to start over with outside of the Colony life.  Divorce is not allowed (for clear Biblical reasons), therefore your options are pretty limited.

When it comes to comparing amongst the members within the life, there is little to compare to.  Most everyone dresses modestly and tv is mostly non-existent, so thankfully, they do not have to compete with the unexplainable draw to the Kardtrashians and other babylonian filth the rest of us have to have our kids exposed to as part of the cost of admission to this ride, and "being in the world, but not of it".

The part that amazes me is the economy of scale of doing everything on an industrial scale.  Their cars/vans are usually new and in perfect running order.  Their farm equipment, impeccable.  When you share costs on big-ticket items, you can do amazing things.  Not every individual farmer needs a 2018 model harvester, so the equipment of the individual tends to be out-dated as other priorities take precedent.  But a group that size, can use 10 quite efficiently.

The other thing that shocked me - was learning from an LDS ranch boss, that they are very hard on the equipment they do have - even as nice as it is.  Repairs for negligence can run into the tens of thousands of dollars.  And this is where the model breaks down.  There apparently is a long distance from the guy running the machine (who is just a slave and will die with nothing to pass on to his kids or to be a "steward" over), to the guy who is cutting the check to fix the broken equipment due to negligence.  In this model, there is no skin in the game, so to speak.  If the stuff is broken, it is not the user's problem - and the equipment manager is left standing when the music stops.  In the Consecrated model, everyone is a steward over all things not their own, and the Golden Rule is key. 

This is where terrestrial living breaks down in my limited knowledge of the failure in Orderville, Logan Valley, Kingston UT and a few others that I am still studying.  In poverty, all work together.  When value sets begin to crumble (some family groups are filled with pride - want nicer clothes, better food, nicer horse/wagon) - or some parents cannot feel to trust their kids with the other kids (I struggle with this - as some kids are media-addled and think the Kardtrashians are the cat's meow - and I do not want my kids around those kids), and the list goes on and on and on..... then it collapses.

So, it is a struggle.  By having a draconian set of rules, the Hutterites have managed to avoid many of the pitfalls.  Most "westerners" would not consent to their lifestyle because they could or would not abide it.  Many suffer from a subtle form of greed and cannot live the golden rule and "return it better than they found it".  Many, as in the days of Peter in the earliest incarnation of this that I am aware of, would suffer from overt greed and would withhold a portion - and thus there would be a imperceptible, but accelerating leaking in the dam that holds back the inevitable tide of human imperfection awaiting to spill out and ruin the experiment.

It likely, other than the companion Consecration analog of Plural Marriage, is the hardest thing a group of people will ever do on this fallen orb.  To get it right - nearly impossible.

The only time it has really ever worked was associated with a catastrophe.  Shem (Melchizedek) with the city of Salem and the flood.  The Nephites after the destruction at the First Coming and then we will shortly have our turn after the destruction of the Second Coming.  By force of circumstance, we will be forced (in a different way than the Hutterites), to make it happen.  It will be refreshing to be in this pickle.  IF we cannot abide the principles in all the forms above, we will not be part of the equation.  The bar is exceedingly high.  Most of us, including myself, have been incredibly complacent.  The wake-up call will be incredibly harsh. 

Ministering is part of that equation.  Being less selfish - and more centered in others' lives.  This is all part of the sifting process.  A Patriarch from a different Stake got up and shared this testimony - and apparently was mocked for it.  I add my witness, that it is so.  We can either choose to get with the program, or we will get tossed off the train.



This is an answer to prayers.....

I have been so fed up with this contrarian rag through the years.  It cannot collapse soon enough.

Sadly, the vermin on that sinking ship will just swim for it, make land and then peddle their wares elsewhere.....

Monday, May 14, 2018


And the US Embassy is raised this day.  FANTASTIC non-coincidence....

"On May 14, 1948, in Tel Aviv, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaims the State of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years. In an afternoon ceremony at the Tel Aviv Art Museum, Ben-Gurion pronounced the words “We hereby proclaim the establishment of the Jewish state in Palestine, to be called Israel,” prompting applause and tears from the crowd gathered at the museum. Ben-Gurion became Israel’s first premier.
In the distance, the rumble of guns could be heard from fighting that broke out between and Arabs immediately following the British army withdrawal earlier that day. Egypt launched an air assault against Israel that evening. Despite a blackout in Tel Aviv–and the expected Arab invasion– joyously celebrated the birth of their new nation, especially after word was received that the United States had recognized the Jewish state. At midnight, the State of Israel officially came into being upon termination of the British mandate in Palestine."

Saturday, May 12, 2018


Glad they did.  There are too many doubage people who are being influenced by people of the world.  Except in possible cases of extreme pain, I think this stuff simply is BAD news.....  It exascerbates existing mental health conditions such as paranoia, schizophrenia, etc.

Glad they released it on 5/11 instead of 21 days earlier......

Get the word out.  el diablo is doing a full court press on our value set.