Thursday, July 2, 2015

FEMA Camp Parent Trap - FREE eBook

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FEMA Camp Parent Trap
is a free short story. It was written in 2013 by Ilyan Kei Lavanway and posted as a blog entry on this blog, about two years before Jade Helm and Operation Maple Resolve and Common Core. The scenario depicted in the story is becoming increasingly relevant, so much so, in fact, that it was expedient to publish it as a free eBook available in all formats through Smashwords.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Letter to all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regarding US Supreme Court decision on Same-Sex Marriage

Letter to be read to all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
on Sunday, July 5, 2015 or July 12, 2015, in a setting other than sacrament meeting:

Full introductory letter, statement and background material below:


June 29, 2015

TO: General Authorities; General Auxiliary Presidencies; and the following leaders in the United States and Canada: Area Seventies; Temple, Stake Mission and District Presidencies; Bishops and Branch Presidents

Dear Brethren and Sisters:

Enclosed is a statement by the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve in response to the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States. The statement also pertains to the situation in Canada. Local leaders are asked to meet with all adults, young men, and young women on either July 5 or July 12 in a setting other than sacrament meeting and read to them the entire statement.

Also included is background material which may be helpful in answering questions that arise.

Stake presidents are asked to see that bishops receive copies of this letter and the enclosures.

Sincerely yours,

Thomas S. Monson
Henry B. Eyring
Dieter F. Uchtdorf


Because of the recent decision of the United States Supreme Court and similar legal proceedings and legislative actions in a number of countries that have given civil recognition to same-sex marriage relationships, the Council of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints restates and reaffirms the doctrinal foundation of Church teachings on morality, marriage, and the family. As we do, we encourage all to consider these teachings in the context of the Plan of Salvation and our Heavenly Father’s purposes in creating the earth and providing for our mortal birth and experience here as His children.

Marriage between a man and a woman was instituted by God and is central to His plan for His children and for the well-being of society. “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 1:27-28). “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). Strong families, guided by a loving mother and father, serve as the fundamental institution for nurturing children, instilling faith, and transmitting to future generations the moral strengths and values that are important to civilization and vital to eternal salvation.

A family built on marriage of a man and a woman is the best setting for God’s plan of happiness to thrive. That is why communities and nations generally have encouraged and protected marriage between a man and a woman, and the family that results from their union, as privileged institutions. Sexual relations outside of such a marriage are contrary to the laws of God pertaining to morality.

Changes in the civil law do not, indeed cannot, change the moral law that God has established. God expects us to uphold and keep His commandments regardless of divergent opinions or trends in society. His law of chastity is clear: sexual relations are proper only between a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully wedded as husband and wife. We invite all to review and understand the doctrine contained in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”

Consistent with our fundamental beliefs, Church officers will not employ their ecclesiastical authority to perform marriages between two people of the same sex, and the Church does not permit its meetinghouses or other properties to be used for ceremonies, receptions, or other activities associated with same‐sex marriages. Nevertheless, all visitors are welcome to our chapels and premises so long as they respect our standards of conduct while there.

The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to love and treat all people with kindness and civility - even when we disagree. We affirm that those who avail themselves of laws or court rulings authorizing same-sex marriage should not be treated disrespectfully. Indeed, the Church has advocated for rights of same-sex couples in matters of hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment, and probate, so long as these do not infringe on the integrity of the traditional family or the constitutional rights of churches.

The Church insists on its leaders’ and members’ right to express and advocate religious convictions on marriage, family, and morality free from retaliation or retribution. The Church is also entitled to maintain its standards of moral conduct and good standing for members.

As members of the Church, we are responsible to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to illuminate the great blessings that flow from heeding God’s commandments as well as the inevitable consequences of ignoring them. We invite all to pray that people everywhere will have their hearts softened to the truths God established in the beginning, and that wisdom will be granted to those who are called upon to decide issues critical to society’s future.


Background Material for Bishops and Branch Presidents on the U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Same-sex Marriage:

The Church has provided a statement dated June 29, 2015, prepared by the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States. The response reaffirms the divinely-revealed reasons and proper doctrinal context for the Church’s unequivocal position regarding matters of morality, chastity, marriage, and the family. As the response notes, the Church’s teachings on these subjects are grounded in the scriptural declarations of God’s eternal plan for the salvation and exaltation of His children and are framed in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” While the statement stands on its own, below is additional information that may be helpful to you in responding to questions that may arise.

For much of human history, civil laws have generally been compatible with God’s laws. Unfortunately, there have been notable exceptions to that pattern. For example, it is legal in the United States to perform an abortion on an unborn fetus. However, this practice is not morally acceptable before God. (See Handbook 1, 17.3). The consumption of alcohol, while contrary to God’s law, is legal in most nations of the world, but the physical and social toll for doing so is a painful matter of record. So, too, with issues of unchaste sexual behavior, whether it be heterosexual or homosexual in its orientation. As the First Presidency has previously said and as this current response affirms, “Changes in the civil law do not, indeed cannot, change the moral law that God has established. God expects us to uphold and keep His commandments regardless of divergent opinions or trends in society” (First Presidency letter on “Same-Sex Marriage,” January 9, 2014).

What is the Church’s Policy on Homosexual Relations?

“Homosexual behavior violates the commandments of God, is contrary to the purposes of human sexuality, and deprives people of the blessings that can be found in family life and in the saving ordinances of the gospel. Those who persist in such behavior or who influence others to do so are subject to Church discipline. Homosexual behavior can be forgiven through sincere repentance. “If members engage in homosexual behavior, Church leaders should help them have a clear understanding of faith in Jesus Christ, the process of repentance, and the purpose of life on earth.

“While opposing homosexual behavior, the Church reaches out with understanding and respect to individuals who are attracted to those of the same gender. “If members feel same-gender attraction but do not engage in any homosexual behavior, leaders should support and encourage them in their resolve to live the law of chastity and to control unrighteous thoughts. These members may receive Church callings. If they are worthy and qualified in every other way, they may also hold temple recommends and receive temple ordinances” (Handbook 2, 21.4.6).

Does the authorization of same-sex marriage affect my right to religious freedom?

Our individual right to religious freedom is protected by the First Amendment to the United States’ Constitution and by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As we exercise that right, we must also exercise tolerance and respect toward others’ rights but do so without condoning behavior that goes contrary to the laws of God. “While we strive for the virtue of tolerance, other commendable qualities need not be lost. Tolerance does not require the surrender of noble purpose or of individual identity. The Lord gave instruction to leaders of His restored Church to establish and maintain institutional integrity - ‘that the Church may stand independent’ (D&C 78:14)” (Elder Russell M. Nelson, “Teach Us Tolerance and Love,” April 1994 general conference).

How do I respond respectfully to those who consider the Church’s position on this matter unchristian?

Our objection to same-sex marriage is not based on animosity toward anyone, but on our understanding of God’s purposes for His children. For us, the issues are not simply “tolerance” and “equality.” The issues are the nature of marriage and the consequences of redefining a divinely established institution. In addition, redefining marriage in the law can have profound consequences for society, particularly for children. Mothers and fathers matter, and they are not interchangeable. “On the subject of public discourse, we should all follow the gospel teachings to love our neighbor and avoid contention. Followers of Christ should be examples of civility. We should ... be good listeners and show concern for the sincere belief [of others.] Though we may disagree, we should not be disagreeable. We should be wise in explaining our position and, in doing so, ask that others not be offended by our sincere religious beliefs and the free exercise of our religion” (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Loving Others and Living with Differences,” October 2014 general conference).

What if I have reservations of my own regarding the Church’s position on this subject?

“Members who ... have doctrinal questions should make a diligent effort, including earnest prayer and scripture study, to find solutions and answers themselves. Church members are encouraged to seek guidance from the Holy Ghost to help them in their personal lives and in family and Church responsibilities.

“If members still need help, they should counsel first with their bishop. If necessary, he may refer them to the stake president. “... Stake presidents who need clarification about doctrinal or other Church matters may write in behalf of their members to the First Presidency” (Handbook 2, 21.1.24).

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Living Apostle Explains God's Equation for Happiness

If someone were to ask you the profound yet simple question, "Do you understand God's equation for happiness?" what would you say?

If you feel stumped by the question, you might use your handy mobile device to look up
and search for a good answer.

The answer is simply, "Happiness is the Sum of Obedience."

Referring to God's laws as outlined in the Ten Commandments, Elder L. Tom Perry explains this in his April 2013 General Conference address titled Obedience to Law is Liberty.

Compare this with the book Circumscription Hypothesis for a thoughtful perspective on the simple beauty of our complex universe.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Reign of Judges Title of Liberty is the most timely and relevant film ever conceived

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Julie Rowe Near Death Experience

The following article highlights timely and relevant details of a near death experience by Julie Rowe
. The article is presented in the link below for each individual to consider and evaluate, regardless of your beliefs or geographical location.

Compare Julie Rowe's account to the account given in the John M. Pontius book, Visions of Glory: One Man's Astonishing Account of the Last Days

As you read, please bear in mind that the Old Testament prophecy recorded in Joel 2:28-32 has been fulfilled in our time.

Please also bear in mind that while timely and relevant, these and similar personal experiences are just that. Personal. They do not necessarily represent official doctrine. For clear and unequivocal doctrine, look to the General Authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Keeping in mind all of the above, enjoy and share the following:

Monday, February 23, 2015

Relying on The Lord in the Last Days

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While visiting the Philippines I was asked to give a talk in Sacrament Meeting at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
, in the Victorias First Ward, Cadiz Philippines Stake.

I felt impressed to speak about Relying on The Lord in the Last Days. This is among the most relevant and timely topics to address, and it bears a certain sense of urgency. At the suggestion of my dear wife, I chose to focus a goodly portion of my talk on the importance of temple ordinances in the last days.

I have a deep and abiding personal conviction that vicarious work accomplished exclusively in the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is of utmost concern to the salvation of mankind and the perpetuation of Earth as a habitable planet. No kidding.

For those who prefer the convenience of an eBook, I have published the talk as such.

Read the talk with an open mind. It is provided completely free in all eBook formats at Smashwords. It includes active hyperlinks to a plethora of authoritative sources and explanatory articles.

Regardless of what you believe or where you live, this talk is for you. Feel free to use it, share it, re-post it, print it, distribute it, record it, and do anything you like with it.

For those not familiar with Smashwords, you can download eBooks in all popular formats from one convenient location. You do not have to join or buy anything to download eBooks that are offered with 100-percent free sampling.

I would have been happy to make this eBook free as well on Amazon Kindle, but Amazon will not allow me to list Kindle books free.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dreams of the Last Days - Where are all the stars?

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This dream had sufficient impact on me that I decided to publish it as a free eBook at
. For those not familiar with Smashwords, you can download eBooks in all popular formats from one convenient location.

A Kindle edition is available on Amazon for 99 cents. Unfortunately, Amazon will not permit me to list it for free.

Of course, you can read the same account below. However, for those who prefer the convenience of an eBook, I have published it.


I had a strange dream during the wee hours last Sunday, 1 February 2015.

I only recall pieces of it, but I recall that during the dream, it was a continuous, clear, uninterrupted experience, so vivid, I felt as if I were still enveloped in it upon waking.

What I could still recall when I sat down to write this account some twelve hours after the fact, is this:

I was walking on the flight line of some enormous airport, following a glowing, violet-hued, disk-shaped craft that hovered about fifty feet above the tarmac and moved toward an enormous hangar-like structure. It moved slowly, at a pace just a bit faster that my walking pace.

The craft seemed to have a single-pilot cockpit situated near the trailing edge, between two canted vertical fins. The body was biconvex, circular in shape, thin overall, but thinner at the edges. I could not ascertain how it hovered, but there did not seem to be any turbine or propeller wash, and no rocket exhaust, so it must have been propelled by means other than aerodynamic or rocket power.

As it moved along, I became aware of a frightening but subtle, low-frequency rhythm which I believe had nothing to do with the craft but rather came from the environment.

The craft was not large. About the size of a fighter jet, though shaped differently. As the craft approached the enormous hangar, a large, rectangular door opened upward and inward to allow access. I walked in as the craft hovered forward, ahead of me. The door opened in anticipation of the craft so that the craft never had to slow down or stop.

After walking across an enormous, empty floorspace, I became aware that the back wall of the hangar was another large, rectangular door. It, too, opened into a vast, empty hangar space, and the scene repeated, and then a third hangar door, same routine.

The deeper I walked and followed this craft into the bowels of this colossal hangar complex, the more dimly lit yet clearly visible everything seemed. The dim light was similar to the green hue of night vision goggles, but clear and in focus, not fuzzy or blurred. The ceiling of these hangar sections was astronomically high.

Then, at the back wall of the third hangar section, a row of large, steel double doors was arrayed before me. The craft hovered through an open gap above the wall in which these double doors were arranged.

As I approached a set of the double doors, they opened toward me, and I walked into a fourth room that had no ceiling whatsoever. It had high walls but opened right up into the night sky.

The craft was now a considerable distance ahead of me, and my attention turned to the four or five men wearing white lab coats walking single file, spaced about twenty paces one behind the other, coming toward me along the wall situated several dozen yards to my right.

I had the impression that they were scientists, and that they were exhausted, having worked round the clock, to no avail, trying to come up with a solution, or answers, regarding a recent and unprecedented phenomenon.

I looked up in bewilderment at the clear, cloudless, pitch black sky. I could sense it was open sky extending to infinity. A question just rolled out of my mouth without my thinking of what to say, and without my having any previous familiarity with the problem these men had been working to resolve. I asked, "Where are all the stars?"

The man closest to me answered, "We don't know."

I was surprised that they answered me at all, as I wondered if my presence there was not in violation of some security protocol. I had never been there, and they did not know me, nor I them, yet it seemed to them as if my arrival there was nothing unusual. Perhaps because everything was already unusual. Or were they expecting me?

I scanned the blackness overhead more carefully, and noticed a single pinpoint of light high above the wall to my right and toward the back of the room. Somehow I intuited that that direction should be North, and again without thinking, another question rolled out of my mouth, "Isn't that Polaris, the North Star?"

The reply was again, simply, "We don't know."

Then I woke up.

I have no idea what this means except that perhaps the Earth will be removed from its present location just before the return of Christ in his glory. Or maybe it was not earth at all.

I might not have bothered to post any of this on my blog. However, I experienced a follow-up during waking hours a week later. That indicates to me this is something worth sharing and, at the very least, not dismissing as just another weird dream.

Today, Sunday, 8 February 2015, I was sitting in Sacrament Meeting at Church, reading in The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

Out of the blue, the memory of this dream popped up. As I pondered it I felt inspired to search the words of the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah that are reiterated in the Book of Mormon, in Second Nephi.

After some searching, I came across the following passages in 2 Nephi 23:10 (compare Isaiah 13:10), and 2 Nephi 23:13-14 (compare Isaiah 13:13-14).

Below are the precise sentences that jumped out at me as I was reading these verses. I encourage you to read the entire chapters yourself for the sake of context.

"For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light ..."

"Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place ... And it shall be as chased roe, and a sheep that no man taketh up ..."

What makes this even more significant is the fact that the Prophet Isaiah is the single most quoted prophet in the Book of Mormon, and a prophet whose writings Christ himself instructed the Nephites, and us in our day, to search diligently.

See 3 Nephi 20:11 and 3 Nephi 23:1.