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Don’t ring that bell

Posted in Religionon Feb 11, 2009

Bell in Romanian Fortress

Bell in Romanian Fortress

On my LDS mission in Romania, I visited a little fortress on top of a hill in a small town. In the fortress is this bell which has had several uses.

A few hundred years ago, the bell was rang to warn of attack. During the world wars, it rang for an air raid attack. Now it is used for more general emergencies such as a fire in the town.

When wandering through the fortress, there was a sign next to the bell indicating that it was only to be rung in emergencies, but other than that, there was nothing stopping me from pulling the cord and ringing the bell.

But I think the bell should be rung for other types of attacks and emergencies too. Perhaps it should ring for the economy, or perhaps it should ring to warn of attacks on the traditional family.

Food storage

Posted in Insights, Religionon Jan 12, 2009

Recently, I’ve heard a few comments like, “If there is ever a food shortage, I know exactly where to go: my nearest Mormon neighbor.”

Those who think this might find themselves in a very long line when crisis strikes.  The problem likely is, there are not yet enough Mormons in your neighborhood to feed the neighborhood.

Everyone should have some sort of food storage beyond the week supply that might be in  your cupboards.  It is easy to get started, simply buy a few extra packages of food every time you go to the grocery store.  Slowly you will buy more food than you eat and you will find yourself with a few extra weeks or months of food to help in food shortage situations.

When thinking about food storage, you may want to think of these scenarios:

  • You can save money on food by stocking up on items that are on-sale.
  • There could be a problem, such as strikes or storms, that prevent you from obtaining food from your grocery store for a few days or weeks.
  • In a bad economy, there could come a situation where you have less-stable income, and you could use your food storage as a type of savings, to allow yourself to eat even without income.
  • And then there is the apocalyptic scenario where society and economy fails.

There are many strategies about what foods you should buy and how much.  There are many stores on the Internet which sell home storage food kits which may or may not be worth it.  I recommend starting with a couple months of food storage of things that you commonly eat.  After you see how you use that, then you can think about medium and long term storage.

For more guidelines on storing food, I recommend the Family Home Storage webpages from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Rainy missionary day in Cluj

Posted in Religionon Oct 13, 2008

I thought I would continue with posting various photos from my LDS mission in Romania. This picture was taken on an especially rainy day in Cluj-Napoca, from a window near my apartment.

Cluj-Napoca as a missionary

Posted in Religionon Oct 8, 2008

Here is another mission photo.  I was with James Nickerson in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, as missionaries, and he took this picture of me.  We were contacting people in an apartment building, and thought the view was pretty good.

Five new LDS temples announced

Posted in Religionon Oct 6, 2008

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has recently announced the planned construction of 5 new temples. The church plans to build temples in Cordoba, Argentina; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Rome, Italy; Philadelphia, and the greater Kansas City, Mo., area.


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Update: Oct 8:Jared made me aware of the LDS Newsroom Article which gives more definitive locations to the locations of all the new temples. I’ve updated the map accordingly, although some locations may still not be exact.

Here are a few of my notes/thoughts from the Saturday afternoon session of General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Elder Wirthlin – Learn to laugh.  Leason learned from his mother: “Come what may, and love it.”
  • Elder Holland -Angles are dispatched to help us in times of need.  But not all angles are from the other side of the veil.
  • Gerald Causse – Little children have a great ability to learn and trust… the same qualities help open the door to the holy spirit.
  • Lawrence E Corbridge – Christ offers a well of living water… He is the bread of life.  He is the only way.
  • Elder Christofferson – Building a Zion. Zion is zion because of the attributes and character of its citizens.
  • Elder Bednar – Council in all that we do. Prayer becomes more meaningful as you express heartfelt gratitude.

I’m ready for general conference

Posted in Religionon Sep 29, 2008

Last spring I set a goal to review all the most recent LDS general conference talks before the October conferece, which is scheduled to occur this weekend. Yesterday, I finished that goal.

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