Saturday, June 30, 2012


  In posting this last entry, I noticed that the next one (this one) would be my 500th entry. I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my inner-most thoughts with whomever has the time and interest in reading them.  For quite some time, I could not share mission experiences with people including my own family because they could not relate to them.
I married a wonderful woman whom I have been able to relate to fully and who has accepted what I have had to say and think - as unorthodox as it may seem, sometimes.  Where she has had doubts, we have had gone through remarkable things together so that our faith and bonding could be whole, as if to weld us together in the perfect union.
The other outlet I have for sharing this stuff is this blog - and it has been fun.  The thing that got me going on the blog was a visit by a former bishop of mine.  We had them over for dinner and I shared some of the things we had gone through in our lives and mentioned some of the stuff that is found here on the blog.  When I got on the topic of the second Civil War that is coming to the United States (not based on my own feelings, but based on what I had been reading about, back in 2008), I was met with incredulity, disbelief and challenged to produce what I had read.  I could not sift back through the hundreds and thousands of pages of stuff that I had covered and was met with some ridicule and scorn when I could not.  I was more than a little miffed as I knew that I had passed through at least 3 or 4 completely separate quotes about the topic and had been witness to a direct spiritual manifestation as my wife and I read Section 87 of the Doctrine and Covenants together one night about 10 years ago.  It became clear to us of what is coming and we began from that time forth to prepare more earnestly.

It was that pivotal after dinner conversation with our former bishop that inspired me to start keeping track of this stuff - a journal of sorts.  In a "not so flattering way", it is also a way of being able to say, "I told you so" when all of this stuff does go down, as I have been absolutely hammered by people (mostly those who previously held positions of power over me) for giving heed to this stuff.  In migrating to Montana, I find many others who feel as I do (including those who are in positions of power over me there, as well) and I find great comfort and satisfaction in that fact.  I find that I am no longer a "stranger in the land" as I felt on the left coast.

So after finishing out 500 entries, some catching more interest than others, and having almost 90,000 individual page views for each of the last two years since I started keeping track, I thank you for listening.  If one person's life is changed for the positive in becoming a better follower of our prophetic counsel to prepare for Christ's second coming, then all the time and effort has been worth it.  If someone's curiosity to seek out the pure, unsullied doctrines of the kingdom of God has been piqued due to what is written here, then I have a deep and abiding satisfaction in having spent time on this.


I featured a quote on this woman a few posts back when I was talking about polygamy.  I find reading about the early Saints' lives fascinating.  These people just rolled - they were totally amazing people!

This gal used the power of the Priesthood multiple times to heal and obviously had the gift of healing in spades.  She had multiple inspired dreams, many visions and multiple angelic visitors.  What a fantastic life.  What is most troubling about reading her writings is that, if this gal were to exist among the largely faithless members today, she would be horrified at our atrophied state and lack of faith in our day-to-day living.  We are quickly becoming like the Jews of Jesus' day who had the authority but lacked the power and faith to accomplish many mighty miracles in theirs and others' lives.  The day quickly comes when we cast the "Samuels" off the wall who have come to warn us of our awful state just before the impending destruction.

Here is the link to her journal:


I hope you find it as inspirational as I did!

Thursday, June 28, 2012


This is not a political blog - but on a day when I and millions of other people have lost many fundamental freedoms, I have to post this video made by a guy whom I served with as Zone Leaders in Joao Pessoa, Brazil.  Sums up exactly the state of our union:


The concern I have is this: If Obama wins in November, the country will continue down the Marxist path at an alarming rate that will make the first four years look like a picnic.  If Romney wins, our Constitutional freedoms will take a hit, but worse, I fear when the economy plunges off the cliff (see previous posts), the LDS at large will be blamed for it.  I have heard whisperings that Romney was tapped by those who truly control things.  Years ago in 2002, I said that the housing prices would take a 40% plunge.  We are there.  The next plunge is going to be brutal beyond measure - there will be no comparison to what we have gone through and what we call the "Great Depression".  The mind cannot comprehend what is coming.  

May God help us all who are striving for His approbation....

Sunday, June 24, 2012


So, I do not shy away from the controversial on this blog and this topic will prove it....

I just got done reading a thoughtful blog on the topic - I like to read up on this topic that seems to bring out so much human angst and emotion.  In my marriage to my sweetheart, we have shared many a heart-felt hour poring over the discussion.  We both are at peace with the doctrine - 18 years later.  BTW - I have no intention of attempting it in this life - way too much difficulty in providing for my small family and meeting all the needs of them and my dear wife.  The challenges of another set of logistics would be daunting - the daily crush of meeting just the basic physical needs of one family unit is just too much.  However, I know it is completely possible to make it happen - especially in a place where temporal matters do not exist.

Clearly, Abraham and most all of the greats of time participated in it and Jesus himself apparently did having at least two, if not three wives that we are aware of.  Jesus put his stamp on it when he declared that he does the works that Abraham did (what else could that mean?) and that Abraham himself was enthroned in heaven as a God.  If Abraham were a vile person, that statement simply would NOT have been made.  So, what does all this mean?

It comes down to personal testimony and a deep and abiding understanding/testimony of the law of consecration and stewardship (simply being asked to take care of something to the full measure of its necessity, and then doing it).  When my wife was struggling with the effects of mental illness tied to the lack of B-12 in her diet and post-partum issues (an earlier post), I was beside myself and wanted to walk away.  It was in my extremity that I had a heavenly intervention and fully learned the concept of consecration and stewardship.  It was at that point that I feel I won the (true) love of my wife and the approbation of God.  I had prayed mightily and asked to be released from that trial - and indeed received permission to walk away, if that were my choice as there is true agency in everything - but I also would have sacrificed ALL blessings tied to enduring to the end and never learned the pivotal lesson of life and Christ-like living.

So what does this have to do with polygamy?  My mother passed away six months after my wife and I lost our 9 month old son.  Before she died, I remember her many times telling my father that he was under no circumstances to marry another woman if she were to go first.  Precisely because she would potentially have another to deal with on the other side - and did not want things to be messy.  One thing my mother was - was the stereotypical jealous woman.  If another woman so much as gave my father a sideways glance, my mother was all over it.  I was intrigued by that human characteristic in my mother as I watched it growing up.  So, the night my kid passed away, I was blessed with a particularly poignant dream in which I was shown what would befall my wife and I for the next three years as we passed through the healing process of losing our little treasure from heaven.  The second part of that dream involved knowing that "everything would be alright" given with a distinct sign.  We puzzled over that until my father gave me a call out of the blue a month after my mother died on Christmas day.  He related that my boy and my mother had visited him in the night in an open (waking) vision and had set the record straight and given him other counsel.  My boy was just there as a bonus or priesthood representative (he had been called over to the other side by my G-g-gfather because "he needed more help attending to family business").  Well, Dallin (my boy) was helping out with that kind of thing obviously in a big way.  The one portion of the message my mother gave to my father was that she was wrong in her desire that he not marry another and that he should proceed as soon as possible and be fulfilled and happy in the remaining years of his life.  My boy in his spirit form and according to my father, was slightly taller and broader shouldered than I was when I was in my prime at around 25 years of age.  He described my mother as in her prime - about how she looked like when she and my father were married in their mid-twenties.  So, for all the people who struggle with that doctrine of God - and I am not aware of too many women that don't - here is my little piece of the puzzle.  I know my dad is not making it up (speaking strictly from a logical standpoint) so that he could run off and immediately get re-married without waiting the requisite 2-3 year period, as some of my female siblings have accused....  I know that, simply because he did not know the details of the second portion of my dream I had the night my kid died and could not have known exactly how those details dovetailed into the impeccable timing of his phone call to me.  A complete improbability.  It simply happened, as stated.

So many people will kick against the pricks - many will leave the Church and allow themselves all kinds of excuses based on that doctrine that seems to be even more divisive than even the hellish practice of abortion.  After what my wife and I have passed thru, it is safe to say that we understand the concept of stewardship as God intended it.  When our child was called over to the other side to accomplish God's purposes, our time of nurturing was over and we had to comply with a heavy heart but with an attitude of "Not my will, but thine be done".  Not quite an Abrahamic test by any means; as our son was not handed over, nor did we have to build an altar and gather the sticks for the ultimate test in obedience, but when it was all said and done, we did have to endure with faith and without angry recrimination at God for having allowed us to pass through such a trial as that one. 

Reading some of the early writings of how the wives of polygamous marriages gained a "testimony" of the principle, I am astounded at their faith.  God did not leave them alone to mourn - but gave most all of them fantastic experiences in order to endure their ordeal in faith and long-suffering; just as my wife and I were given our faith-building experience in the face of tragedy.

Here is the quote from the blog topic on plural marriage that got me going down this bunny trail:

My wife’s ancestor, Sarah Levitt, was present during the early Nauvoo period. She asked her husband if she would have to share him. He encouraged her to pray about it. She had a dream. In the dream she was told that she wouldn’t have to share her husband (he died later). She wrote that she had a vision of the heavenly order and the beauty of it. She also wrote that the practice would be the means of “saving thousands and damning thousands. It was too sacred for fools to handle.”

Truly, the most powerful doctrines of the restored gospel are too powerful for fools to handle - precisely why they are so divisive and are used to separate the wise and foolish virgins in preparation for the glory that may come in the following life, if obedience is the outcome and not the rebellion of the "wise and learned" who think to counsel God and his servants.

Friday, June 22, 2012


My favorite female in this entire dispensation would have to be Eliza R. Snow.  I named two daughters in honor of her great life.  Not sure how she would rank against the "all-time greats" list.  There was little written of the three Mary's of Jesus' life, nor of Eve; God's pick to initiate the human race - but these gals had to be exceptional; the best of the best in order to float to those lofty positions.  But, I can read Eliza's poetry, much about her life in general and know she was one sharp gal!  What she says has weight with me as I know she lived a difficult, yet righteous life and exercised her priesthood and prophetic gift to the utmost of any early male or female.  Here is what she had to say about the future of our nation:

June 1, 1847, Emmeline Wells: "Brother Leonard spoke in tongues in an Indian language, and prophesied of the destruction of this nation before the coming of the Savior. The power that rested upon him was so great as to produce such an intense sympathy with those in the room, that they were all wonderfully affected. Sister Eliza R. Snow walked the floor to keep her breath. All felt the distress and agony that awaited the nation, more particularly the priests and harlots being destroyed in their wickedness. Sister Eliza Snow spoke afterwards in the pure language of Adam, with great power, and the interpretation was given."

June 1, 1847, Eliza R. Snow: "Spent the eve. at br. Leonard's with Priscinda, Zina & Sarah--Great instruction was brought forth--br. L. spoke of the American government--its fall &c. after which the Lord manifested the contrast of the happiness of the saints and the suff'ring of the gentiles when the Lamanites go forth. Language cannot describe the scene."
Interesting times to come.  As per scripture, the Lamanites in their vengeance, will be the means of delivering the chastisement.  The more righteous among them will have the privilege of building up the temple at the New Jerusalem under the direction of the few righteous Ephraimites (or Gentiles as the Book of Mormon calls us) that remain.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Folks - this is the single-most excellent film I have watched on what is wrong with our money system.   Note that anyone who has tried to challenge the international banking system, was either assassinated or were attempted to assassinate from Andrew Jackson to Lincoln (greenbacks) to JFK with his silver certificates.  I absolutely HATE corruption and those who purvey it.  They WILL be destroyed - and I intend to be a part of the solution.   We must embrace this and preach it to all we know:


Tuesday, June 19, 2012


The secret combinations among us must be destroyed - or it will bring down this entire nation.  While this is not a political blog - the line between politics and spiritual matters is often blurred because nothing that is temporal was not first created or conceived spiritually.  They are intertwined - one cannot be touched on without touching the other one.  This is from a Facebook post from a group called "Latter Day Saints for Ron Paul" and this commenter relies heavily on quotes from President Ezra Taft Benson - which I heavily endorse!

Great commentary Connor. Always fun to read your posts and see your grounded stances in principle.

I too, have to plead guilty of being a bit of a "conspiracy" kook on this one, as a prior poster has said they are. There is a malignant thing behind the scenes, and we have good history documenting just such evil.

Congressman Larry McDonald, a John Birch Society guy, super well informed, was murdered by the Establishment Moneychangers (who bankroll[ed] Communism all over the globe---with US Taxpayer support, of course. His message was much too potent for it to be tolerated. He pulled the curtain back on the FED for all to see how wrong it was, and that it was private. Yes, they "disappeared" him into oblivion, along with the rest of that flight from South Korea on a Boeing 747 in the early 1980's. Amazingly, the media just couldn't report who it was that was aboard that flight---a Congressman deeply hated by the CFR Moneychangers. The report was that it was shot down by the Russians for going into their airspace, but indeed that was the cover for something even more sinister. It was forced to land on an island, according to John Birch Society people who have sent and shared articles, and it's crew and passengers were never heard or seen again, for they had been "shot down." The plane however was never found, nor it's wreckage, nor bodies, nor anything whatsoever. (I should go find links and articles, but I won't now, people can go look themselves for the info.)

Then there was a congressman from idaho, I've heard people talk of how they set him up, he was a vocal opponent to the fed, and they destroyed his life and he spent most of his last years in Prison and they tortured him there brutally, destroying his ability to walk correctly and his health was a shambles as a result of the brutality and abuse. I'll have to go re-read and freshen up on details. Congressman Hansen, I think it was?

Gary North speaks of a conversation with W. Cleon Skousen talking about Reagan having the CFR Moneychangers bringing him to heel, letting him know that if he did not choose G. H. W. Bush as his running mate, he would never see the White House as President. And what happened at the RNC in 1980 when Reagan announced CFR Bush as VP? People were stunned. Bush had been a vicious opponent to Reagan, a very harsh critic, and then at the last minute, Reagan would be stupid enough to choose this monstrous man as his VP? This was the "voodoo economics" guy who trashed Reagan constantly, a man who was CIA director, and we even have evidence was part of the nasty operation in the Kennedy assassination. (I hope I'm not opening up too many cans of worms here, there are books and documentaries on all these topics.)

Gary North gives his account here of that mess at the RNC in 1980:

Then, the globalists shot Reagan and miraculously he survived. With that bullet, they had given him warning and put him on alert, he was not in the driver seat. It was the CFR who surrounded him along with his VP who were running the show, along with the shadow government behind the scenes.

And who runs the shadow government of the Moneychangers? Well, here we have the real statement---a statement that a friend shared in his Highland, Utah ward back in the Bush years which upset many in the combined Priesthood and Relief Society meeting where he, as High Preist Groupleader gave the lesson:

“The United States is not the kingdom of God, neither is England, Germany, or France….Satan has control now. No matter where you look, he is in control, even in our own land. He is guiding the governments as far as the Lord will permit him. That is why there is so much strife, turmoil, and confusion all over the earth. One master mind is governing the nations….it is Satan himself.” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 3, pp 314–15)

Today, this "secret combination" that seeks the overthrow of all nations, lands and countries has had over 25 years of strengthening since Ezra Taft Benson in 1988 stated it was/is "increasing its evil influence and control upon America and the entire world."

Why are we to "awake to a sense of our awful situation" as commanded in Ether 8 of the Book of Mormon? Because, we have indeed permitted and suffered this secret combination to be built above us, and it will not tolerate a Ron Paul for president, as it would not tolerate a Ronald Reagan implementing his campaign promises. It will not sit back with all the murders and devastation it has done to date, and let the Paul's continue to be the focal point of a mass movement running against their control grid and rising tyranny. No. There has been a private conversation and/or meeting of some sort with the Paul's. They've surely been spoken to and given the terms laid out in how the game is played. Perhaps they've been threatened with the murder of family members? Perhaps they've been given threats of a myriad types that one can speculate on? Something has happened, there is something that has occurred of malignity and threat. Rand Paul now flees interviewers that hitherto he was most gracious with. (Luke Rodowsky.)

Truly, we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against evil wickedness in high places, and until the vast majority repent and change their upholding of these moneychanger backed, CFR politicians, this secret combination will grow and strengthen until it unleash a blood bath, and surely, the blood bath will ultimately be turned upon the heads of all those who have sworn allegiance to it, for God has decreed that all who suffer this secret combination to be built up above us, will be overthrown to their own destruction when it is fully accepted and spreads into the whole country. When this country begins to murder those resisting this secret combination, then will surely the judgements of God fall in righteous wrath upon this nation and break it to pieces like a "potters vessel" as has been prophesied by Wilford Woodruff, unless this nation of people repent of their political sins and otherwise.

Thank goodness that despite all of the evil, all of the sophistry and lies, there has been enough of support of right by enough citizens to have actually sparked the "Ron Paul Revolution" and the remarkable way it has spread. There is a “remnant in the land” who value freedom and liberty, who are versed in the principles of the US Constitution, and they do not accept, but resoundly reject the sophistry of “ambitious and scheming leaders” who bring us the Warfare/Welfare statism and its growing oppression and tyranny, taxes from which there is little or no relief.

For this freedom movement it to succeed, however, and the US Constitution to be once again enthroned as "inviolate," the "more part of the righteous" need to awake from the sleep of hell and cease upholding evil and wickedness---cease upholding evil schemers and incumbent traitors to the US Constitution, such as Orrin Hatch, Mitt Romney and others who uphold ghastly abominations like the NDAA with its provisions to murder US Citizens and strip them of their due process. These men indeed, "wear the mask of honesty" and deceive many good intentioned people to surrender principle for sophistry.

LDS Church President, Ezra Taft Benson, plead with the church to re-read once again the account of 3 Nephi in the Book of Mormon---or rather, it was the Lord ultimately making the plea---then likening and paralleling that book to our time with this critical point of many points made:

“Secret combinations flourished because, as Helaman tells us, the Gadianton robbers ‘had seduced the more part of the righteous until they had come down to believe in their works and partake of their spoils’ (Helaman 6:38). . . even as today.” (Conference Report, April 1987, Ensign, May 1987, p. 4.)

Benson, like Gordon B. Hinckley years later, tried to wake the people, for the Book of Mormon, they both asserted, is “as current as the morning newspaper.”

Sadly, not enough in the LDS church "know and love" the Book of Mormon. But a Seer, standing before the church, clearly stated the consequence between those who did know and love the book, versus those who do not. This he did in the First Presidency Christmas Devotional of 1986:

"I have noted within the Church a difference in discernment, insight, conviction, and spirit between those who know and love the Book of Mormon and those who do not. That book is a great sifter." (Ezra Taft Benson, "Jesus Christ—Gifts and Expectations," Christmas Devotional, Salt Lake City, Utah, 7 December 1986;Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, pp. 60-61.)

Monday, June 18, 2012


Well, two Christmases ago, I was contacted through facebook about the first family that I had the privilege of teaching and baptizing in Brazil.  The oldest girl, who at the time of the parents' baptism, was just three years old and who used to climb on me like a jungle jim, was now a beautiful young woman and a recent new mother who had married a BYU law student, finishing up their last few years at school.  The mother, whom I had baptized years ago was in town to visit her new grand child.  So - not wanting to miss this opportunity for the world - I asked my kids who was up for a winter Christmas break adventure and we started off into some very bad weather the day after Christmas.  We eventually made it to Provo, UT after some harrowing driving and had a wonderful reunion - although I have to admit, my Portuguese was definitely in need of some shoring up.....

While driving from Ogden to SLC and further down into Provo, my 15 year old daughter could not help but notice the number of billboards involving plastic surgery and "body alterations".  I had to say she was onto something - and I could not dismiss it as a bunch of plastic surgeons who were really hurting at the time (we were in a recession - and that kind of thing is typically funded by discretionary income....).  It really left an impression on me - I am married to a gal who has tons of natural beauty and that may put makeup on just a couple of times a week on average - and not much at that.  So this phenomenon left an impression on me and reminded me of the prophecy of how SLC would be classed among the wicked (vain/homosexual) cities of the world.  According to Wikipedia, this is actually the case:

Less than 50% of Salt Lake City's residents are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is a much lower proportion than in Utah's more rural municipalities; altogether, LDS members make up about 62% of Utah's population.[59]

Salt Lake City has been considered one of the top 51 "gay-friendly places to live" in the U.S.[64] The city is home to a large, business savvy, organized, and politically supported homosexual community. Leaders of the Episcopal Church's Diocese of Utah,[65][66] as well as leaders of Utah's largest Jewish congregation, the Salt Lake Kol Ami,[67] along with three elected representatives of the city identify themselves as gay. These developments have attracted controversy from socially conservative officials representing other regions of the state. A 2006 study by UCLA estimates that approximately 7.6% of the city's population, or almost 14,000 people, are openly homosexual or bisexual, compared to just 3.7%, or just over 60,000 people, for the metropolitan area as a whole.[68]
In 2007 Salt Lake City was ranked by Forbes Magazine as the most vain city in America based on the number of plastic surgeons per 100,000 and their spending habits on cosmetics, which exceed that of cities of similar size.[69] However, this likely reflects a concentration of plastic surgeons within the city limits but whose client base includes the entire metropolitan area. Forbes Magazine also found the city to be the 8th most stressful. In contrast to the 2007 ranking by Forbes, a 2010 study conducted by and bizjournals concluded Salt Lake City was the least stressful city in the United States.[70]

Now, I have nothing against anyone who is homosexual - they should be loved with an extra measure in order to ensure that they know where they can find a haven when they are ready to repent - but the practice and creeping/slide of morality should not be tolerated in the least.  I just saw a  great (wholesome) movie called Shunned and it illustrated the example of how a lack of love can lead to unwanted consequences in someone who has gone astray.

Sunday, June 10, 2012


This blog is a hobby - and I do not have a lot of time to throw at it, but many of these posts are just scratching the surface of information I have gained or gleaned on some particular topic.  Many times, I have a spare 5 mins to spend on it, or I have read an article as I am falling asleep (thus the shoddy nature of the writing), and I just tap out something simple.  So, if readers click on the "Post More Info" button on the bottom of the article, I am happy to revisit something.  I posted the soils data for northern Utah that shows where liquefaction is most likely to occur in the Salt Lake Valley.  CLICK LINK

Why do I car about this stuff?  Because my wife and I bought our first home in the valley - a fixer-upper that was built mostly from unreinforced structural brick - which kept me up alot thinking about how it would ride a shaker out.  Also, I care because, since I have moved from the valley, I have read enough stuff to know that there will be a massive (read M8.5-10.0+) earthquake in that valley within the next 0-20 years which will cause massive bad results.  Of course, my concern is "What will become of the Temple, Church HQ, etc?" in the event of such a massive shaker.  The SL temple is not re-inforced in any way and I believe its strictly a mass building - one that relies on sheer mass and gravity to ride out the massive stresses and g-forces that are experienced in a M7+ event.  I have been studying up on how the Greeks and others used mortise and tenon joints (with the locking feature being a cast-in-place metal plug) on their stone buildings which helped them ride the tremors out.  The Incans used similar technology plus interlocking stones - veritable 3D puzzles - to keep things together in their seismically active areas.  I do not believe that the SL temple has that luxury in its construction.  But it is in a similarly active seismic Zone 5 - so how will it survive what surely must be coming?

I am fairly confident that Brigham Young nailed things on two levels when he uttered prophetically as he struck his cane into the ground and designated the spot the temple is built on as the place where, 40 years later, a temple would stand erected - and, at a later time, that that temple would see its way into the Millennium - past all the prophesied destruction.

Years ago, I read a report that indicated that when American Stores (I think they are now defunct) went to build their store in the downtown core (just south of temple square), they did the geological survey of what is below them so they could gauge how deep to go with their pilings in order to support their building's mass on what is typically known to be alluvial material (small to larger gravel washed out of the mountains - stuff you would find on the bed of a former lake...).  I would love to get my hands on that report, BTW - if anyone knows where the link is.  I have scoured the internet for hours trying to locate it again so I could do a decent piece on the topic and cannot find it....  Anyway, the results were stunning.  The entire area directly under them and north to the capitol building sits directly on top of a granite plug that rises up from hundreds to thousands of feet out of the alluvial soil and provides a base on which to build a large temple.  In a massive shaker, a building that relies solely on mass as its seismic counter-measure will probably survive if the forces are normal to the foundation (up and down) and not too heavily in shear (side to side).  Any similar building of that mass on alluvial soil would simply disappear up to its spire or worse, as alluvial soil acts like a bunch of ball bearings.  Try it - get a bunch of BBs, put them in a deep tray and get blocks of similar dimensions but varying densities (increased mass per unit volume).  Put them on a shaker table (local h-ware store if you don't have one sitting around in the basement) - and see how the heavier the mass, the deeper it sinks.  The foam block will pretty much just float on top of the ball bearings while the lead block will disappear as the BBs are displaced around it.  I am confident that the areas directly around Temple Square and very "gay" alphabet streets and UofU area will take a massive hit as the energy manifested in an earthquake is directly proportional to the distance from the fault (right on top of it) and the depth of portion of the fault that erupts (this one will probably erupt at the surface of the earth, judging by the escarpments we see a little further south in the Cottonwood Canyon areas. Also, the benches are just big gravel beds where the faster moving water from the canyon creeks hit the placid lake waters of the Lake Bonneville shoreline - and dropped the sediments, etc.

While working with the Youth in one of the wards in the valley, we did a service project to clean up the City Creek Park just above (north) and east of Temple Square.  At the time we were baffled at the bags full of discarded clothing that we collected from the bushes.  Mostly shorts, underwear and the occasional t-shirt...  There was a lot more clothing than actual conventional trash.  I had never heard of gay cruising (at that point) until I read about the old I-15 rest stop between Lehi and Provo that was shut down for such activity - people acting like wild dogs, roaming around looking for a "casual encounter" much like the infamous senator from Idaho that was busted in an undercover sting in a mid-west airport.  Yup - there are tons of gays in the valley - and they are acting no better than the wild animals - except the wild animals at least mostly have enough sense/instinct to do the mating rituals with the opposite gender....  And thus, the statement that SLC would become one of the most wicked cities on the face of the earth is pretty much coming to fruition....and wicked cities tend to get wiped out - as the Sodomites found out.....

So, that report along with a confident prophetic statement or two from Brigham Young put my worries to bed.  The geological data shown in the link above confirms it - you can see that the liquefaction data in the Temple Square area matches the data in the canyon areas where the granite for the SL Temple was taken from.  Rock solid - while the surrounding area is pretty much ball bearing city.

On a side note - the liquefaction data also bears out what we know from other prophetic statements that there will be large tent cities on the foothills of the Oquirrhs (west side of the valley) when the destruction in the valley occurs.  There may be liquefaction in the west side - but nothing like the middle of the valley and the east benches.  While many in those tent cities will be refugees from the massive devastation that occurs on the West Coast (where I am now writing this at....),  who will flee from really bad, to "not as bad", (its all relative, isn't it?), many of the refugees will be displaced from the destroyed east side (where the main Wasatch Fault is) and down south from the Lehi and Point of the Mountain areas where the east/west fault lines intersect the north/south fault lines in the valley.  This is pure guesswork on my part - but, I believe, without divine intervention to intercede, I do not believe the new temple down in Draper will make it due to its extremely bad location.

When it was being built, I marvelled at how close the Oquirrh Mtn temple is to the older Jordan River temple - there is alot of new development out in that area - but really; enough to support a whole new temple when the WJ temple was largely under-utilized when I was there 15 years ago?  My personal feeling is it has been built (and heckastout, at that, just like the new Nauvoo Temple) to withstand the fury of what is coming, and so that the people that come to the refugee camps of the Oquirrh foothills can be converted and receive their endowments in their hour of need as they are humbled and become acquainted with their Maker in their extremity.  There will be a massive influx into the Church at that time - and at points afterward.  It will be amazing - the last gathering before the burning.

So, I guess the message of this post is, there is alot of destruction coming to those areas and that if you have questions or would like more info - please check the button at the bottom of the post and I will pass on more info as I have time.  Also, as we approach the next couple of years, please pray for me - that I will know when the right time to "pre-evacuate" is.  Being on the coast, and watching all of the prophesied wickedness come about, I know we are setting ourselves up for deserved destruction, but I am still here earning a living so I can afford to be prepared to ride this thing out.  The key (as Noah, Lehi and many others found out) is knowing when enough is enough..... and when its time to pull the handle between the knees and punch out and save yourself....

Saturday, June 9, 2012


There have been alot of disturbing reports in the news lately that touch on cannibalism.  The first one that seared my mind many years ago was Jeffrey Dahmer who kidnapped little kids (boys), violated them (he was a homosexual - and that little detail is never pointed out in the media), and then he would kill them and then have a meal of various body parts.  Yep, pretty shocking, disgusting stuff.

The latest headline grabbing act of cannibalism is pretty much a carbon copy of Dahmer's despicable acts.  So what is the driver behind this kind of stuff.  Oh, the stupid liberals will call for gun control, then discover that a knife was used, then attempt to put a ban on the Chicago Cutlery....  Absolutely ridiculous stuff.  All the while the liberals are calling for adopting homosexual indoctrination in our schools, sex education touting "if it feels good, then do it", responsible drinking and drug use, etc.  Things they WILL have to answer for.  And I will be there - maybe not on the jury - but on the sidelines of the trial ensuring my witness is added to the narrative of how they have taken God's greatest work (this nation of freedom and justice) and made it into a hellish sea of destruction.

The conservative in me rejects any such ridiculous and devilish notions.  There have always been "gateway" sins that initiate a person on the path to debauchery.  This progression is not always followed to the letter, nor does it always end in unholy BBQ, but the ending is the same with the person bound in the everlasting chains of hell and under the power of the adversary and his minions.  Here we go with what these downward spiraling steps are:

- Word of Wisdom issues - drinking, ever hardening drugs that dull a person's senses
- Pornography and awareness of sexuality outside of a healthy context (distorting the sacred union of  man/woman)
- Mild Law of Chastity issues - french kissing, petting, everything but sex before marriage
- Egregious Law of Chastity issues - Sex before marriage or outside of marriage with opposite sex
- Homosexual relationships
- Murder
- Cannibalism

I am not sure a human being can sink lower than this last one, other than denying the Holy Ghost - and I think that denying the Holy Ghost is somewhere in the middle of those, depending on a person's light and knowledge.  All of these things lead to a next more serious sin until an individual feels trapped and unredeemable - where hope of the atoning blood of Christ appears to be out of reach.

So next time you meet someone who has pulled out of a spiritual nose-dive and get to talk to them about their journey into the abyss, see if it does not follow a similar pattern.  I think you will be surprised that this pattern is followed pretty closely.  Next time someone points out their belief that there is no harm in homosexuality - that its just a preference, point out that its possible that its just a mere two steps away from twisted barbeque..... and that it is one of the d'evils steps on the 12 step program to total personal, soul wrenching destruction and should be avoided like the plague.  It would be good to note here that most pre-modern cultures that have ended in the dust heap seem to have the tell-tale cannibalism as one of their last phases before self-annihilation.  The archeaologists always seem to find the tell-tale signs of bones cut with knives and other man-made objects and surmise that it was just part of their culture as a whole - and that it was a long-standing practice.  The Aztecs are one example where right before their end body parts ended up on the menu, natives of Easter Island yet another.  Yet, these same peoples made amazing advances in architecture, science, medicine, etc. - and the two (cannibalism and cultural advancement) are mutually exclusive.  Cannibals do not make good scientists (at least in biology and medicine), as they always end up eating their experiments.  In modern science, the closest group that made it to the heights of learning while simultaneously plunging to the depraved depths of debauchery, were the Germans under Hitler's regime.  So these archeaologists are making their suppositions based on a false line of thinking when they find the scored bones directly under the ash layer that showed the end of the depraved civilization.  The cannibalism was the last step of depravity before God allowed that group to be destroyed - or to destroy themselves so that another generation of innocent ones would not have to be exposed to the gross sin and base animalistic existence their fathers/mothers would bring them up in.  I have not read any ancient records to back this up (other than what some of the modern explorers have said about some of the modern peoples of Papua New Guinea who have been known to have their rival tribes over for dinner...), but I would suspect that homosexuality became rampant in those cultures just before the wanton murder and cannibalism set in.  No doubt, by inference, the people in Noah's day (whose culture was "filled with violence" and state-sanctioned gay marriage [CLICK to see my previous post on this topic] and late-term abortion; also experienced their share of cannibalism as people continued the depravity cycle to the bottom.  Of course, the result was total and complete annihilation by God for their actions.  We, of course, can expect nothing less for our collective crimes.  There, however, will be a few more than 8 saved this time around - probably more like 8%, or a little more by my worst-case guestimate and the destruction will come by the proscribed fire and not the former watery deep.  When it comes - if I happen to be a casualty of it, I will be cheering it on until I am no longer.  I am sick of the absolute garbage I see going on around me - so bring it on, so that the surviving generation can make a clean start.  As my BAC friend says - Come Quickly Jesus!!

Back on topic:  The d'evil will never know joy, sacred union of man and woman, the thrill of child birth, the perfect coupling of two loving people; and man and woman with their unique affirming and strengthening differences, he will never know the pain and ecstasy of life, never kneel across the altar and experience the long-term commitment of God's most sacred of ordinances that exalts and helps two people go the distance through the eternities.  He will never know the sensation of giving life or even the sweet kiss of death that comes to the righteous.  It is for this reason that he puts all the stuff on that list in the fore-front of our fallen society and his end-goal is to destroy family, life and eternal union.  The end-game of this whole exercise and homosexual agenda is to destroy our attempts to, without any interference, marry for time and all eternity in the House of the Lord.  If you lend even a small measure of support to that agenda - YOU ARE DOING THE DEVIL'S BIDDING - are my personal enemy (and more importantly, God's!) and need to repent speedily for your destruction will surely come.  I promise you that.

Do people struggle with same sex attraction?  Sure they do!  There are minions born with both pieces - and sometimes the doctors make an educated guess at birth on which way they should go in gender assignment.  They may struggle with same sex attraction as much as I struggle with opposite sex attraction (after marriage), but that does not give me or anyone else license to act on it.  For those individuals who suffer, it may be that they bear that cross their entire lives - and I believe they will be handsomely rewarded for having valiantly struggled.

Folks, we are at a cross roads.  We are in an election year where we get to make a choice - and we have one clear bad choice when it comes to God's definition of marriage - and a few alternatives.   I pray we all choose wisely, for I know that there will be destruction and hellish consequences awaiting us if we do not make the right choice.  God allowed the Noahidic peoples to be destroyed based on the exact issues we are facing today of abortion, destruction of the family and marriage through the homosexual agenda and violence.  LET US CHOOSE WISELY!

Friday, June 8, 2012


I find alot of good stuff on LDSFF and this is one of those little tid-bits that seems to really seems to make sense.  I feel the Lord will come (in glory) sometime between 2029-2036 - and that the half hour of silence is indeed 21 years in the Lord's reckoning (1000/24 = 42; and half of 42 =21).

I am not entirely sure I have any prophetic utterances that support this, but I feel confident that it is solid.

Here is what I read that got me going:

Re: Understanding the 1/2 hour of silence

Postby Book of Ruth » Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:23 am
Please be a little patient with me as I bring up yet again the 7th seal. Because our cannonized scriptures D&C 77 specifically says that those things of the 1st 1000 years are of the 1st seal up to the 7th. From the Prophet Joseph Smith, is it over simplifiying to say we are in the 7th seal based on the calendar.

I'm just saying, the Prophet put it into the D&C in the most plain terms. I'm thinking there was a reason for that. Why all the specifics about the meridian of time, etc if time itself had no merit?

Is the 1/2 hour of silence when the Lord preaches to the world through earthquakes, famines, pestilence, etc? Is it a "type" of when He opened His ministry at the age of 12 and began to preach Himself? Meaning, that since He preached 21 years, 33 (death) - 12 (beginning of ministry)= 21 years approx. Could this possibly be a coincidence that the 1/2 hour of silence =21 years. I don't think so.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


I may be missing something here - and I have seen no commentary that would back this up; but didn't we just have a sign in the heavens regarding the second coming of our Lord and Savior?  Did not Venus (the woman) just pass directly in front of our sun (so that the entire world could see her at the same time)?

Here is the reference in Revelations (click on link to get it in context): 

Revelation 12:1–17

 And there appeared a great sign in heaven, in the likeness of things on the earth; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
 And the woman being with child, cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up unto God and his throne.

I just woke up from a very poignant dream where I saw it and was trying to get my camera to snap a pic of it as it appeared in the clouds.  Maybe its just me, but that appeared to be a perfect fulfillment of that scripture.....  If this IS it, the next route is the coming forth of the anti-Christ to rule all nations with an iron rod.  After getting whigged out about the last pope prophecy and a whole host of other stuff, I would say we are in it and are on the last 20-25 year track until Jesus comes again in glory.  Woohoo!!!

Any thoughts or info out there would be greatly appreciated. 

Monday, June 4, 2012


This is not a political blog - but I do have to say my wife and I will, for the first time in our lives, go independent for Ron Paul who is actually backing the Constitution - and has never said it is "outmoded" like some people in the high halls of power seem to think it is....  I cannot back Romney since he dissed his own g-pa who fled to Mexico to live out his life under (what I thought after reading Section 132) what is the higher law for those who have the character and the backbone and raw will to live it; basically saying that those who live the way Abraham and other greats did, were freaks.  I cannot back someone who flip flops on issues like a loose piece of tin on a roof in a windstorm, and who has the backbone of a jellyfish....

So I am left with no choice but to back someone who just has character and is faithful to his wife (that is my minimum requirement for politicians as of late).....  Its not just me either who is becoming part of the prophecy of our political future where Joseph Smith said the two parties would go to war and the Independent movement would rise up out of the resulting mess.  We are IN IT folks.

Next steps:

1) Completion of the existing Financial collapse.
2)  (un)Civil War.  There is rarely any civility in it.....
3)  Weakness due to internal strife will cause us to be invaded by the "red" forces.  Gee; wonder who or what that could be....
4)  Nasty war of desolation on our own soil accompanied by plagues, limited nuclear, etc.

Here is what got me spun up:

Originally published June 4, 2012 at 11:52 AM | Page modified June 4, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Poll: More independents, more polarized parties

Call it a pox on both the Republican and Democratic houses.
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Call it a pox on both the Republican and Democratic houses.
More Americans now call themselves politically independent than at any point in the last 75 years, according to a new poll. The survey also shows that those who do align themselves with a party are more ideological and have become more polarized than at any point in the last 25 years, particularly on issues important in this year's presidential and congressional campaigns.
Party loyalty, however, only goes so far; neither Republicans nor Democrats say their own party is doing a good job standing up for its traditional positions.
Five months before the November elections, the Pew Research Center poll released Monday sheds light on how the electorate feels about the nation's two major political parties. And sour seems to be an understatement.
The results indicate a collective thumbs down to both the Democratic and Republican Party, showing that an unprecedented 38 percent of adults rejected both parties and call themselves independents. Only 32 percent now say they are Democrats and 24 percent now call themselves Republicans.
This flight away from the two major political parties began in 2008, a time of intense partisanship as President Barack Obama battled Republican Sen. John McCain for the White House.
Then as now, independent voters are a critical constituency that candidates must win over to prevail in competitive general elections.
Exit polls show these voters have sided with the winning candidate in all but two of the past 10 presidential elections. Independents broke for Obama, 52 percent to 44 percent for McCain four years ago. And recent polling suggests independents are about evenly divided now between Obama and Mitt Romney, his likely Republican rival.
Independent voters also have been on the winning side in congressional contests eight out of nine times since the 1994 election, when Republicans took control of the House for the first time in 40 years.
So both Republicans and Democrats are making serious plays to win them over.
The survey found that the face of the independent voter also is changing, posing challenges for Democrats.
More Hispanic and younger voters - key Democratic voting blocs - say they are politically independent and Republicans are aggressively courting them.
Hispanics who describe themselves as independents have jumped from 31 percent in 2006 to 46 percent now. And nearly half of Americans born since 1981 now say they are independents.
To be sure, 56 percent of Americans still identify themselves as a member of either the Democratic or the Republican parties.
But the parties are pushing out those in the ideological middle.
The vast majority of Republicans, 68 percent, say they are conservative, up from 60 percent in 2000. And the conservative Democrat has become scarce as the share of self-described liberals in the party has grown 10 points since 2000, from 28 percent to 38 percent. As the moderates abandon both parties, the poll finds partisans' views on the major issues in this year's campaign have become more deeply polarized since the Pew Center first measured those views in 1987.
The poll measured opinions on 48 different questions about basic political values, and found Democrats and Republicans farther apart than at any point since 1987.
The sharpest differences between partisans fall mostly on the issues at the core of this year's campaign regarding government's role and effectiveness: whether regulation helps or hurts business, how involved government should be in people's lives and whether government programs are effective or wasteful. Sharp differences also centered on the question of how much of a "social safety net" government should provide - whether government should make sure every citizen's basic needs are met or take care of those in need even if it means more debt.
Shifting opinions on these issues are not limited to core partisans: Independents who lean toward either Republicans or Democrats are also more sharply polarized from each other than they were 25 years ago, particularly on how much government should do and how effective it is.
Obama holds a slim edge over Romney in the poll, 49 percent to 45 percent, among registered voters, and the results suggest the sharpest divides between Romney and Obama supporters are over the role and effectiveness of government.
About one-fourth of voters are "swing voters," or those who are not firmly committed to a candidate. Ideologically, this group is closer to Romney on the social safety net, but closer to Obama on social issues and questions about labor unions. They fall about evenly between the two on the role of government.
The poll also found a liberal shift on social issues in recent decades, with fewer saying they hold old-fashioned values about family and marriage, or the role of women.
The Pew Research Center 2012 Values Survey was conducted by telephone April 4-15 among a random national sample of 3,008 adults. Interviews were conducted by live interviews and respondents were reached on landline and cellular telephones. The margin of sampling error for results based on all interviews is plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.
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Well, when prophets and those with God's plan in visionary view first gave breath to this over 150 years ago, people probably choked on their gum.  The idea that was put forth by the likes of Joseph Smith and Eliza R. Snow, the two Pratt brothers and many others, that this planet and others are actually from another locale in the universe is just wild to contemplate.   Here is the link to the Eliza R. Snow hymn from an earlier post I did on how the everlasting hills shall tremble when we have planetary chaos again in the future:  CLICK LINK AND READ STANZA 1 AND STANZA 12

I love it when science finally catches up with revealed religion.  Read on:

May 22, 2012

A Universe with Billions of Binary Planets?


The discovery that there are perhaps billions of solo rogue planets and binary planet systems in the Milky Way alone has led to a new theoretical study by astronomer Hagai Perets and his colleague at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics that proposes a possible answer: the distant planets are not part of the original stellar system - they were captured by the star.
Astronomers know that there are many so-called "free floating planets" in space - planets that have been tossed out of their original solar system by a random gravitational encounter with another planet. Some of these orphan planets have recently been detected. The CfA team calculated that it would be possible for a star to capture one of these orphans if the conditions were right; namely, if the star and planet happen to pass close to each other with only a small velocity difference, and if there are no other massive bodies nearby to interfere with the "adoption." They ran a series of computer simulations to test all these and other possibilities, and they found not only that such a capture was possible, but that a star could even capture several orphan planets.
In fact, they found that sometimes two free floating planets could capture one another and form a binary planet. None of these binaries has yet been seen, although some astronomers think that since Pluto and its moon Charon have such similar masses they are a binary system, although not necessarily one that was captured.
The new results seem to offer a reasonable, if exotic, explanation for some of the complex planetary configurations that have been discovered, and they remind us that nature is full of surprises.
The Daily Galaxy via Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Incidentally - do we not have a binary system?  Aren't our moon and our planet inextricably tied together in their celestial tracks?


I have to say, I have long looked at this prophecy in the Book of Mormon as one of the most difficult to fulfill - looking at the historical state of the native American tribes.  It has just seemed so improbable - until lately, as our nation seems to be rife with division and problems and we are now ready for the judgments of God to descend upon us:


I know that the Book of Mormon (and all her prophecies) shall be fulfilled ever jot and every tittle.  The verse above was written by Moroni who had just witnessed his entire people being mowed down by the vengeful Lamanites (in what is never spoken of in polite circles of as a race war of total annihilation).   He read the prophecies of 3rd Nephi that the Savior had uttered - and said that those very same things would happen to us in our day - the same that had happened in his day when those chosen ones let go of the iron rod, etc..

And I know that this individual saw our day - the second Civil War that is coming which will lead to the remnant of Jacob being able to mow down the weak and the wicked who have lost their spiritual and physical strength.  The wicked will kill the wicked at that point.  Looking at the gang problem in LA and the angst of the members of La Raza and those who desire Atzlan, it will be a horror for those who have to deal with them who have not been safely gathered out.  They will be vicious.  The righteous descendants of Jacob (Manasseh) who have chosen the Lord as their guide, of course, will be a boon to the Saints and will largely be responsible for building up the New Jerusalem. The wicked, however, will be relentless and bloody in their race war of total annihilation once again.

Having read the prophecies of what is coming, those who have gathered to safety in the mountains will be afflicted, as well, by the gangs who will prowl like wolves picking off the weak and unprotected.  The laws set down by people at that time will have to be "zero tolerance" towards gang activity, looting, etc, or they will be over-run by those of gadiantonesque behavior.   Summary executions will be the norm until things stabilize once again and Zion begins to flower and prosper after the initial destructions and purgings have passed.

Here is the prophecy that I have been alluding to:

Millennial Star:
This generation shall be visited by an overflowing scourge. Of the precise nature of it we are not informed. It shall pass over the nations night and day. The affect of this visitation will be so direful and calamitous that the reports of its terrible ravages will fill all people with vexation. The operations of this fear-inspiring and destructive agent will continue until the appearance of the Lord in his glory.
Some of the judgment are definite as to locality. As an instance may be cited the approaching disruption of the Unites States of America. One of the horrors announced by the prophet upon that nation is now a matter of history the war of the Rebellion. Another and more appalling condition awaits that ill-fated people. It shall fall upon them like the visitation of a whirlwind, sweeping the country like a mighty flood. The populace will be divided into innumerable factions, and blood, carnage and woe will be rampant among them, filling the hearts of the more peacefully disposed with fear and dismay. Many will laugh at such a prediction, but, unless the people repent, it will come as surely as night follows day. Weakened and powerless from internal broils and disturbances, the nation will become a prey to the remnants left of the aboriginal inhabitants, who will be filled with vengeful rage at the wrongs that have been perpetrated upon them and furiously spread destruction in every direction. 13 Sept., 1880, p. 584-587. 

This should not strike fear in your heart - fear is not of God.  It should however, empower you to make the necessary changes in your life in order to be ready to face what comes shortly.

Saturday, June 2, 2012


I am not sure where I first saw this, but I mentioned it in a class and everyone looked at me with a blank stare.  I thought it was common knowledge that the Lord basically allowed a volcano to explode, causing a young family to be forced to move from the cold state of Vermont to "warmer" climes of upstate New York where they could possibly eke out a subsistence living more easily - and where a young boy would go to a glacially-formed hill to be shown a record that had been deposited there by an ancient people that had previously inhabited the land.  The greatest factor in the climate change that led to the dawning of this last dispensation, was the eruption of Mt. Timbora.  Here is a detailed account from wikipedia:

Year Without a Summer

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Year Without a Summer
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1816 summer temperature anomaly with respect to 1971–2000 climatology
Volcano Mount Tambora
Date April 10, 1815
Type Ultra Plinian
Location Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia
8°15′S 118°0′E / 8.25°S 118°E / -8.25; 118
Impact Caused a volcanic winter that dropped temperatures by 0.4 to 0.7 °C worldwide
The Year Without a Summer (also known as the Poverty Year, Year There Was No Summer, and Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death[1]) was 1816, in which severe summer climate abnormalities caused average global temperatures to decrease by about 0.4–0.7 °C (0.7–1.3 °F),[2] resulting in major food shortages across the Northern Hemisphere.[3][4] It is believed that the anomaly was caused by a combination of a historic low in solar activity with a volcanic winter event, the latter caused by a succession of major volcanic eruptions capped by the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora, in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), the largest known eruption in over 1,300 years.
Historian John D. Post has called this "the last great subsistence crisis in the Western world".[5]


The unusual climatic aberrations of 1816 had the greatest effect on the northeastern United States, Atlantic Canada, and parts of western Europe. Typically, the late spring and summer of the northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada are relatively stable: temperatures (average of both day and night) average about 68 °F (20 °C) and 77 °F (25 °C) and rarely fall below 41 °F (5 °C). Summer snow is an extreme rarity.
In the spring and summer of 1816, a persistent "dry fog" was observed in the northeastern US. The fog reddened and dimmed the sunlight, such that sunspots were visible to the naked eye. Neither wind nor rainfall dispersed the "fog". It has been characterized as a stratospheric sulfate aerosol veil.[6]
In May 1816,[1] frost killed off most of the crops that had been planted, and on 4 June 1816, frosts were reported in Connecticut, and by the following day, most of New England was gripped by the cold front. On 6 June 1816, snow fell in Albany, New York, and Dennysville, Maine.[7] Nearly 12 inches (30 cm) of snow was observed in Quebec City in early June, with consequent additional loss of crops—most summer-growing plants have cell walls which rupture even in a mild frost. The result was regional malnutrition, starvation, epidemic,[clarification needed] and increased mortality.
In July and August, lake and river ice were observed as far south as Pennsylvania. Rapid, dramatic temperature swings were common, with temperatures sometimes reverting from normal or above-normal summer temperatures as high as 95 °F (35 °C) to near-freezing within hours. Even though farmers south of New England did succeed in bringing some crops to maturity, maize and other grain prices rose dramatically. The price of that staple food, oats,[8] for example, rose from 12¢ a bushel ($3.40/m³) in 1815, equal to $1.52 in today's purchasing power to 92¢ a bushel ($26/m³) in 1816, equal to $12.6 today. Those areas suffering local crop failures had to deal with the lack of roads in the early 19th century, preventing any easy importation of bulky food stuffs.[9]
Cool temperatures and heavy rains resulted in failed harvests in Britain and Ireland as well. Families in Wales travelled long distances as refugees, begging for food. Famine was prevalent in north and southwest Ireland, following the failure of wheat, oats, and potato harvests. The crisis was severe in Germany, where food prices rose sharply. Due to the unknown cause of the problems, demonstrations in front of grain markets and bakeries, followed by riots, arson, and looting, took place in many European cities. It was the worst famine of the 19th century.[7][10]
In China, the cold weather killed trees, rice crops, and even water buffalo, especially in northern China. Floods destroyed many remaining crops. Mount Tambora’s eruption disrupted China’s monsoon season, resulting in overwhelming floods in the Yangtze Valley in 1816. In India the delayed summer monsoon caused late torrential rains that aggravated the spread of cholera from a region near the River Ganges in Bengal to as far as Moscow.[11]
In New York City, the temperature dropped to −26 °F (−32 °C) during the ensuing bitter winter of 1817. This resulted in a freezing of New York's Upper Bay deep enough for horse-drawn sleighs to be driven across Buttermilk Channel from Brooklyn to Governors Island.[12]
The effects were widespread and lasted beyond the winter. In eastern Switzerland, the summers of 1816 and 1817 were so cool that an ice dam formed below a tongue of the Giétro Glacier high in the Val de Bagnes. In spite of the efforts of the engineer Ignaz Venetz to drain the growing lake, the ice dam collapsed catastrophically in June 1818.[13]


It is now generally thought that the aberrations occurred because of the 1815 (April 5–15) volcanic Mount Tambora eruption[14][15] on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia (then part of the Dutch East Indies, but under British rule during Napoleon's occupation of the Netherlands), described by Thomas Stamford Raffles.[16] The eruption had a Volcanic Explosivity Index ranking of 7, a super-colossal event that ejected immense amounts of volcanic ash into the upper atmosphere. It was the world's largest eruption since the Hatepe eruption over 1,630 years earlier in AD 180. That the 1815 eruption occurred during the middle of the Dalton Minimum (a period of unusually low solar activity) may also be significant.[citation needed]
Other large volcanic eruptions (with VEI at least 4) during the same time frame are:
These other eruptions had already built up a substantial amount of atmospheric dust. As is common following a massive volcanic eruption, temperatures fell worldwide because less sunlight passed through the atmosphere.


As a result of the series of volcanic eruptions, crops in the above-mentioned areas had been poor for several years; the final blow came in 1815 with the eruption of Tambora. Europe, still recuperating from the Napoleonic Wars, suffered from food shortages. Food riots broke out in the United Kingdom and France, and grain warehouses were looted. The violence was worst in landlocked Switzerland, where famine caused the government to declare a national emergency. Huge storms and abnormal rainfall with floodings of the major rivers of Europe (including the Rhine) are attributed to the event, as was the frost setting in during August 1816. A major typhus epidemic occurred in Ireland between 1816 and 1819, precipitated by the famine caused by "The Year Without a Summer". It is estimated that 100,000 Irish perished during this period. A BBC documentary using figures compiled in Switzerland estimated that fatality rates in 1816 were twice that of average years, giving an approximate European fatality total of 200,000 deaths.
New England also experienced great consequences from the eruption of Tambora. The corn crop was grown significantly in New England and the eruption caused the crop to fail. It was reported that in the summer of 1816 corn ripened so badly that no more than a quarter of it was usable for food. The crop failures in New England, Canada and parts of Europe also caused the price of wheat, grains, meat, vegetables, butter, milk and flour to rise sharply.
The eruption of Tambora also caused Hungary to experience brown snow. Italy experienced something similar, with red snow falling throughout the year. The cause of this is believed to have been volcanic ash in the atmosphere.
In China, unusually low temperatures in summer and fall devastated rice production in Yunnan province in the southwest, resulting in widespread famine. Fort Shuangcheng, now in Heilongjiang province, reported fields disrupted by frost and conscripts deserting as a result. Summer snowfall was reported in various locations in Jiangxi and Anhui provinces, both in the south of the country. In Taiwan, which has a tropical climate, snow was reported in Hsinchu and Miaoli, while frost was reported in Changhua.[17]

Cultural effects

Hong Kong sunset c. 1992 after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo.
High levels of ash in the atmosphere led to unusually spectacular sunsets during this period, a feature celebrated in the paintings of J. M. W. Turner. It has been theorised that it was this that gave rise to the yellow tinge that is predominant in his paintings such as Chichester Canal circa 1828. Similar phenomena were observed after the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa and on the West Coast of the United States following the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines.
The lack of oats to feed horses may have inspired the German inventor Karl Drais to research new ways of horseless transportation, which led to the invention of the draisine or velocipede. This was the ancestor of the modern bicycle and a step toward mechanized personal transport.[18]
The crop failures of the “Year without a Summer” may have helped shape the settling of the "American Heartland", as many thousands of people (particularly farm families who were wiped out by the event) left New England for what is now western and central New York and the Upper Midwest (then the Northwest Territory) in search of a more hospitable climate, richer soil, and better growing conditions.[19]
According to historian L.D. Stillwell, Vermont alone experienced a drop of 10,000 to 15,000 people, erasing seven previous years of population growth.[5] Among those who left Vermont were the family of Joseph Smith, who moved from Sharon, Vermont, to Palmyra, New York.[20] This move precipitated a series of events which culminated in the publication of the Book of Mormon and the founding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[11]
In July 1816 "incessant rainfall" during that "wet, ungenial summer" forced Mary Shelley, John William Polidori, and their friends to stay indoors for much of their Swiss holiday. They decided to have a contest to see who could write the scariest story, leading Shelley to write Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus and Lord Byron to write "A Fragment", which Polidori later stole and rewrote as The Vampyre[21] — a precursor to Dracula. In addition, Lord Byron was inspired to write a poem, Darkness, at the same time.
Justus von Liebig, a chemist who had experienced the famine as a child in Darmstadt, later studied plant nutrition and introduced mineral fertilizers.

Comparable events

Here is more on the explosion - what a massive bang; four times the size of Krakatoa!!