5.30.2019

Hanging out with this little guy after his dog neuter surgery....



I'm dog sitting this week and not only that, but doing after-surgery care. 

This little fella was neutered yesterday and because he is perhaps the most hyper-crazy-HDAD dog you'll ever meet, the vet's office offered to keep him overnight last night and sedated to make it a little easier.

It was funny because they called to say surgery was over and he did great.  I thanked for them for the call and got ready to hang up.  I expected to pick him around 4:00... but before I could hang up, suddenly they launched into an offer to keep him there overnight and board him... FOR FREE.  Whhhhaaaat?  Ha ha. 

They said they don't usually board neuters overnight - just spays - but that they would do this and keep him sedated and calm for the night before I had to bring him home.

I just laughed.  And thanked them.  Because yes... he's THAT antsy, hyper, active... use whatever words you wish.  I asked them, "So, you noticed he's a bit hyper, huh?"  They just laughed as well.  Yep.

But he's a SWEETHEART; and oh-so-sweet though!  The most loving, happy, TRUSTING and innocent dog ever.





So today I picked him up, and because he has anxiety when I leave the room, and because I want to keep him calm and resting, I've been basically 'stuck' in the office most of the day.  I've gotten out to do a few things - and put him on a leash and taken him out a couple times, but for the most part, trying to keep this little crazy pants 'quiet and resting' is a full time job.

But oh... what a sweet face.  And worth every second.








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5.27.2019

You just never know who you'll see shopping at Walmart



Yesterday I was on a mission to find a certain kids swimming pool.  I checked online and my 'good' Walmart had them in stock, which totally surprised because it's a million degrees out and it's a holiday weekend.  But cool!  I needed a few grocery items as well so bright and early, I drove the 10 miles to the 'good' Walmart near me (as compared to the 'bad' Walmart but I'll get to that in a moment).

As I parked and turned off the car, I heard a really, really loud, big truck approaching down the parking lot aisle.  This surprised me because it sounded like a semi truck and while semi's do park there, they don't drive down the tiny little parking lot aisles; they pull in and around to park at one end of the parking lot.  But I was busy so I didn't look up, just finished getting my cellphone put away into my backpack and getting my keys and grocery list.  The truck sounded as though it was right behind me and then, suddenly turned off.  They had parked.

I got out of my car and saw the 'semi' truck.  It was a very, very large truck but not a semi.  It was a huge 'regular' truck - which my brothers and my Dad would chide me for not knowing just what KIND of truck it was, but I don't care about trucks.  So it was just a 'really really' big, regular truck.  A diesel obviously, by the sound, and well... it was huge by regular standards.  And my brothers and Dad have owned really, really big trucks.

So I see this huge truck park in 1 1/2 stalls because it's so long... and yes, you can think about the male 'need' for a huge truck here...  because I then hear the truck's drivers door slam shut and see some brown hiking boots attached to legs, from under the really huge (and tall) truck, coming around the front of it to my side.

Now, you all know I love to camp and hike, so the legs attached to hiking boots caught my attention, as they had legit hiking socks attached to them as well.  And because I was putting my backpack on, and starting to walk towards the store, and it was early morning so there weren't many customers in the parking lot at that time, I was just glancing at the hiking boots while I was walking through the parking lot.

Now, you have to understand that this little Walmart is out in the country.  Redneck, farming country.  And although all types of people live, work and shop in this area, you don't see legit hikers often and this guy had some legit boots on.  With hiking socks... not crew socks.  Which I think, is what really caught my attention.  His socks.  Because hiking boots with no socks or short crew socked with a pair of cargo shorts would be more the norm.

So, the legs, with the legit hiking socks and boots that I could only see from the calves down, as he hadn't came around the front of his truck yet, walked towards me and....

Hmmm.  Well THAT was a surprise.

This huge, huge, loud, huge, massive truck expelled a little, skinny guy sporting really long, gray/white hair.  Down to the middle of his back and pulled back in a ponytail.  Probably about 5'6" tall and wore a size small shirt.  That was my first surprise.  As he would have had quite a jump down from the driver's seat to the ground below.  But what threw me was that looking at him, I would have guessed him in a Jeep Wrangler or maybe a sporty SUV... never a truck and never a HUGE, massive truck like the one he jumped down out of.

I didn't judge him for it... I was just surprised by it.  Kind of happily surprised.  I like people who break the norms or expectations of society.  But then I was even happier... because my spry little parking lot companion was also sporting a kilt.  Not a plaid, Scottish kilt but an awesome khaki, cargo kilt.  His wife-beater tank top, his khaki cargo kilt, his hiking boots and his ponytail... this guy was awesomeness at Walmart and certainly not the norm for shoppers in this area.

Now, all of this took about 10 minutes to type out but in reality it was a 4 second encounter in the Walmart parking lot.  I took it all in, in the mere seconds I passed by him on my way to the store's front doors... and was thinking "I wonder where this guy is from, because he doesn't look like he's from around here..."  but sure enough, a glance at his license plate told me he was driving a massive truck that was indeed, licensed in our state.

I'm not from this area either, and having lived in Los Angeles and a few other large cities, I'm always quietly thrilled to see people letting their personalities show and not just dressing or acting like society says you should.  And believe me when I say the redneck guys in this area would not take kindly to men in 'skirts' so kudo's to this man for his cargo kilt and the fact that I could tell his truck had never been 'mudding' a day in his life.  So sparkly and shiny.


Damn Near Kilt 'Em Men's Highlander Utility Kilt Small Khaki

So my 4 second glance at this guy ended and I walked into the store, only to see my second customer of the morning... and I smiled at the comparison.  This was the more typical male shopper I see at this country Walmart.  An older fellow, also had long, gray hair.  But this guys was not slicked back in a ponytail. No, this was the legit farmer type.  Long hair because it would be a hassle to go into town to get it cut.  Not really washed in a few days at least.  Quite large in stature, (another typical for this area) with his farmer's cap on, as well as his dirty old farm boots.

And I smiled because I love all these people.  These are my people, this is my Walmart.  And the discrepancy between the first two customers of the morning was fun to see.  Both gray haired men were similar in ages... but as different as night and day.

I just smiled and went on my way...  trying to find the kids pool I came for.  (Which they did NOT in fact have in stock even though their Walmart App said they did.)











Liberty Men's Stonewashed Denim Bib Overall



*As a side note.  Because I really wanted this kids pool, I checked my Walmart app and saw it was apparently in stock in the 'bad' Walmart which was actually closer to my house but I don't shop there because it's not only near a high-crime area but the parking lot is insane with people trying to hit your car with theirs, your vehicle is likely to be broke into, and the layout of this store is absolutely stupid and makes no sense so shopping there just makes me angry because it's not user friendly.  And the employees?  They all hate their jobs and refuse to acknowledge you... which the 3 young women ignoring my requests for help with a dismissive look and continuing to discuss their lunch orders in detail while one of them input it on her phone to place an order for their lunch (at 10:00 am?) were doing quite well.  (The ignoring part.)


But because this store said they had the pool in stock, I passed the exit to my home and continued to the 'bad' Walmart to get the pool they had in stock.

And as I walked into THIS Walmart, I again smiled because this time I wasn't next to a guy in a kilt, nor a farmer in his dirty, unwashed overalls.  This time I was directly behind a guy sashaying into the store in his tennis shoes, cute little turned down socks, tight t-shirt and very, very tight and tiny little shorty shorts.

I tried to find them online, but the closest I could find were these little shorts with bananas on them.  His, however, had tiny little sailboats all over them. 



Oh... I never did get the little pool.  Although their app said they had them in stock at this store as well... they lied.





.... don't mind my rambling, it's just the coffee talking again.




5.26.2019

Death in Grand Canyon started it all... so is three (3) 'death' books too much for a birthday gift?





My father-in-law was visiting last weekend and during some quiet 'down' time where he was enjoying quiet time on the back deck overlooking the woods, he picked up a book of mine and started to read through it.  It is "Death in Grand Canyon" and is a really interesting read!  I first saw it for sale in the Grand Canyon (which, when you think about it... is rather strange, right?  Like showing a movie of a plane crash on an airplane....) but it was $25 in the Grand Canyon book stores and I knew I could get it for a better price online so I did - I ordered it from Amazon when we got home.  And I love it.  The kind of book you can pick up and start to read at almost any point as it's not a 'read cover to cover' kind of book. 

But I'm getting off topic.  The topic is that my father-in-law really liked it and spent a couple hours reading it while he was here.  I offered to let him borrow it and send it home with him, but he was flying cross country with only a carry-on - which was packed to the seams and bursting already.  No room for a thick book. 

It just so happens his birthday is in just over a week so I thought I would order it for him from Amazon.

Now, I'm too cheap to pay for Amazon Prime, which would mean free shipping.  But I'm also too cheap to pay for shipping so I have to make sure my minimum purchase is at least $25 of Amazon items in order to get free shipping.  So in addition to Death in Grand Canyon, I spied a similar Death in Zion and decided I would get him both books.

Wouldn't you know, I was 45 cents ($.45) away from free shipping.  Drat!  Glancing down the page I saw a Death in Yosemite book offered and the way I see it, 3 books that I know he would enjoy is a good gift, right?  But then, I started to think about how that looks.  I'm sending this man three books about death in National Parks.  Death.  So when my sister-in-laws visit him and see these books laying there on the dining room table, they question "Hey Dad, why in the world do you have three books on DEATH?"  "Oh, daughter-in-law M gave those to me for my birthday!"

Hmmm.

I could probably send the one book and it would be a good "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" gift as he specifically told me how much he loved it and wished he had time to read more of it while he was here.  Two books might still be 'ok' as they are so similar and a pair of books on the same subject is understandable.

But in order to get the free shipping, and adding that third book... well, I have a feeling that sending your father-in-law THREE books proclaiming "DEATH!!!!!" in the headlines might be a bit weird.

Three just seems too much.

So now I'm off to Amazon to find something small to add to the two books I'll get him, in order to reach my $25 minimum purchase to receive free shipping.

I need something that sells for $.45......






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Over The Edge: Death in Grand Canyon, Newly Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition

 

  

Death in Zion National Park: Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness in Utah's Grand Circle

 

Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite

 

 


5.07.2019

The Keurig K-Classic - tons of photos


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Although we were a Keurig family from 2005 until just a few years ago when I switched to the (now defunct) iCoffee, we are once again becoming a Keurig family as my beloved iCoffee seems to have been a 'flash in the pan and gone in the middle of the night' company... which closed up shop and disappeared.  Which is very, very unfortunate because they had a better product than Keurig.  Thankfully my DaVinci iCoffee is still working FABULOUSLY because I don't want to have to give it up... ever.  And I can't replace it right now since they aren't being made.

However, you are indeed seeing double in the photo above; not just one, but two new Keurigs.  We have an event coming up that will feature a coffee bar and I decided to purchase two classic Keurigs for it.  In researching the current coffee makers Keurig is producing, I decided to go with the K-Classic.  It had the 3 different size servings that I wanted as well as the 48 ounce water reservoir.

Keurig K-Classic


Key Features:
• Brews coffee, tea, hot cocoa, specialty, and iced beverages
• Brews 6 oz., 8 oz., and 10 oz. sizes
• Always ready and brews in under a minute
• Removable 48 oz. Water Reservoir
• Programmable Auto Off feature
• Indicator lights
• Removable Drip Tray
• Compatible with My K-Cup® Reusable Coffee Filter

Interestingly, Best Buy and Amazon beat the pants off the price of the machine compared to when you order direct from Keurig.  As of this posting the prices for this exact model range from the lowest of $86 to the highest of $119.  I'll link to Amazon below and you can see what the market price is as of the time you are reading this post. 

In comparison to the Keurigs we've owned in the past, this one has a lot more plastic and has changed in sizes and shapes from the versions we've owned previously.  As a matter of fact, I thought this was an exact copy of our previous Keurig but I had an old water reservoir I had saved from our last Keurig, thinking I could use it again if/when we ever got a new one.  Alas, I can't.  They completely changed the shape and design.  I'll post photos of that too just in case any of my readers are also saving their old reservoir from a broken machine.


Love the 3 size option except I do wish it had a 4 oz. option as I enjoy the strong 'espresso' size brew sometimes.



The AUTO ON/OFF button allows you to change whether or not you want it to stay on the whole time or go into a sleep mode after a couple hours.  The old versions stayed on all the time but this is a newer feature.


The add water button is at the top.  This lights up when your water level is low and you need to add more.
They also have the descaling button and the heating buttons to let you know when you need to clean your machine or to let you know it's working to heat your water and you need to chill for a minute and let it do it's business.



I admit... I don't like all the plastic on these newer versions.  I liked the plate being metal, although I'm not sure I have a good reason for it.




Here's a shot of the difference in the water reservoirs.  The older, classic version on the left and the new K-classic on the right.



I pulled this old reservoir out of our pantry storage.  It hadn't been used in a few years and you can see some water mineral build up on it - so ignore that.  But you can see the design differences and why you can't reuse the older reservoirs in the new machines. 






Running the first brew through the systems...  the water was HOT which is one of the reasons I always loved my old Keurigs.  I had coffee that was almost 200 degrees.  I like my coffee right around 192 degrees which is something my Keurigs have always been good at.  Other coffeemakers weren't as consistently hot.



After the initial water run... the first brewing! 



They both worked perfectly straight from the box!  We will be putting them to good use at the coffee-bar in just a couple weeks.  Everyone can brew their own coffee with a variety of k-cups straight from baskets, and topped off with whatever coffee condiments they wish. 




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5.03.2019

Facts most Mormons don't know about their own religion.

 

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Facts most Mormons don't know about their own religion. (or what Mormons won't tell you)

Joseph Smith Era (1805 - 1844)
  1. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon with a rock in a hat with his face pressed up against it.
  2. Emma tried to poison Joseph twice. (according to Brigham Young)
  3. Joseph Smith illegally married at least 33 women, some of whom were as young as 14 years old. Some of Joseph's marriages were secured by promising salvation or threatening damnation.
  4. Joseph Smith married at least 8 to 11 women who were already married to other men. This practice is known as polyandry, for which no reference can be found on the Church's web site. In some cases, Joseph married the wives of men whom he had sent away on missions.  Brigham Young also married other men's wives. Infographic of Joseph's Wives
  5. Leaders of the Church, starting with Joseph Smith, systematically lied about practicing polygamy.
  6. Joseph Smith routinely lied to his wife Emma about his extra-monogamous activities, often making her feel alone, abused and foolish.
  7. Mormons insist that the name of true church of Christ must include his name, citing 1 Cor 1:11-15 and 3 Nephi 27:3-8. But on May 3, 1834, the original name of the church ("Church of Christ") was changed to "The Church of the Latter-day Saints," thus deleting any reference to the name of Christ.
  8. Just seven weeks after Joseph’s Masonic initiation, Joseph introduced the LDS endowment ceremony. It's obvious he copied it from Masonry.
  9. LDS Scholars and Leaders taught that faithful blacks were destined to be just servants in the next life.
  10. A black mormon was sealed to Joseph Smith as an eternal slave.
  11. Even though Joseph Smith ordained a black man to the priesthood, the Church institutionally denied individuals of African descent full blessings of membership for over 100 years.
  12. The Word of Wisdom was a suggestion from Emma Smith
  13. Joseph Smith taught "that no official member in this Church is worthy to hold an office" if he neglects to obey the Word of Wisdom. By his own teaching, Joseph was not worthy to hold his calling of prophet.
  14. Joseph smith wrote the account of the first vision 11-12 years after it actually happened and only named one person visiting him.
  15. Although the Priesthood is now taught to have been restored in 1829, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery made no such claim until at least 1834.
  16. The gold plates weighed 200 lbs to which Joseph smith was reported to "run" with. He also once evaded attackers by running away carrying 200 pound plates...
  17. After Joseph Smith's prophecy to sell the copyright to the Book of Mormon failed, he explained it away by saying that some prophecies come from the devil. 
  18. Joseph smith gave conflicting accounts of an angel who guided him to the plates. He once said it was nephi, then moroni. This changed several times.
  19. All early Mormon Leaders including Smith, described the Moroni visit as a "dream" until 1831, the year after the church was organized.
  20. Almost 20 years before Joseph Smith produced the Book of Mormon, his father coincidentally had a dream nearly identical to the narrative of "Lehi's Dream" in the Book of Mormon.
  21. The Book of Abraham is a funeral scroll and Egyptologists have dated it in first century AD, nearly 2,000 years after Abraham could have written it. Joseph was completely wrong in his translation.
  22. Joseph Smith showed his ineptitude for translation when he declared a Greek Psalter to be Egyptian hieroglyphics. 
  23. Joseph Smith made a number of  prophecies that never came to pass. Apologists use manipulative tactics to justify Joseph's failures.
  24. Reformed Egyptian doesn't and has never existed.
  25. Joseph and Hyrum did not have garments on when killed. They removed them because it 'was hot'. (George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle The Journals of William Clayton, 222-24.)
  26. Joseph had a bar in his home
  27. The early mormons practicing polygamy KNEW it was illegal. (Illinois Anti Bigamy Act of 1833)
  28. In 1830, Joseph Smith had an interview where he only mentioned "an angel" when referring to the first vision. No God the Father and No Jesus Christ. Also, in the first ever account of the first vision, you will find he did not see "two personages," he only saw "the Lord."
  29. Joseph Smith drank wine, alcohol, beer, and had tobacco. He disobeyed the Word of Wisdom until the day of his death. (History of the Church, vol. 6, pg. 616)
  30. Joseph Smith's last words, "oh lord, my god..." were an attempt to shout the Masonic signal, "Oh Lord, my God, is there no help for the widow's son?"
  31. There are 10 versions of the first vision, the most popular one written 18 years after the event.
  32. Joseph Smith "tried the faith" of the Saints by riding through Nauvoo smoking a cigar just after having preached about the Word of Wisdom
  33. Joseph Smith & the Book of Mormon claim that the ancestors of Native America came from Israel (genetics and linguistics proves otherwise)
  34. Joseph Smith claimed that prior to the arrival of the Jaredites about 2,200 BC, the Americas were uninhabited (archaeology proves otherwise)
  35. Sidney Rigdon was the one who sparked the extermination order. Not the Missourians or Gov. Boggs.
  36. After Joseph's death, Book of Mormon witnesses accepted James Strang's leadership, angelic call, metal plates, and his translation of the metal plates as authentic.
  37. Joseph Smith taught that an angel with a drawn sword threatened him with destruction if he did not marry more women. (Journal of Discourses, Vol.20, p.28 - p.29)
  38. Four years before publishing the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith was tried in court and found guilty for deceiving Josiah Stowel into believing that he could locate hidden treasure through divination.
  39. Joseph Smith changed his doctrine from Monotheism to Polytheism after his 1st vision occurrence.
  40. Joseph used to call himself the "Author" of the BOM. Later changed it to "Translator".
  41. Joseph Smith dressed up like an angel to fool his followers
  42. Joseph was fooled into thinking the Kinderhook plates were ancient records and even attempted to translate them. This demonstrates that he had no real gifts of translation or Divine revelation.
  43.  Joseph Smith Tried to Win the White House and Turn the US into a Theocracy
  44. Joseph Smith tried to steal Orson Pratt's wife while the apostle was on his mission. "not me" claims founder, "it was my assistant!". Pratt almost commits suicide, and Bennett, the assistant, goes on to write a book. J.S. denounces it claiming Bennett was a liar from the beginning. 
  45. Anything about the DANITES - "MORMON HIT MEN"
  46. William Law, Austin Cowles, Todd Compton, and Jedediah Grant all left because  J.S. wanted their wives
  47. D&C 101 - Used to state the LDS church was monogamous while Joseph was privately teaching polygamy.
  48. In Kirtland, Joseph Smith set up an illegal bank that ultimately failed and caused many of the saints to lose their money. There is also evidence showing that Joseph intentionally misrepresented the solvency of his institution.
  49. Laws Joseph smith broke: Adultery. Rape by coercion. Attempted murder. Treason. Theft. Conspiracy to defraud. Bank fraud. Fraud. Perjury. Witness tampering. Assault. Battery. Public intoxication. Glass looking. Destruction of property. Inciting a riot. Jail breaking. Treason against the United States. Treason against Missouri. Treason against Illinois. Bribery.
  50. Joseph was NOT a martyr sealing his testimony with his blood nor was he a "lover of the cause of Christ" as the church proclaims. He died unwillingly in a gunfight because he used tyrannical force to destroy free speech in an effort to hide his sexual exploits.
  51. Smith did not use the "Urim and Thumim" to dictate any part of the Book of Mormon text we have today.
  52. Mormon teachings regarding a "Celestial Kingdom" and "three degrees of glory" come from a 17th-century Christian author.
  53. None of the witnesses saw the golden plates.
  54. Smith would have been familiar with. Such a resemblance is too close to be a coincidence.
  55. Rather than translating with Divine help, evidence supports that Joseph Smith plagiarized a significant portion of the Book of Mormon from the Bible, Ethan Smith’s View of the Hebrews and other books contemporary to Joseph’s time. 
  56. In defiance of God's command to not join any churches, Joseph Smith tried to join the Methodist Church.
  57. Joseph Smith and other early leaders taught that because animals had spirits, they should only be eaten in times of "dire necessity". Not only does the Church ignore this aspect of the Word of Wisdom, it also acts in direct defiance and hypocrisy by owning and operating the largest cattle ranch in the United States.
  58. Mormon Women Have Had the Priesthood Since 1843
  59. Joseph Smith taught that one of the tests of whether a revelation was really from God was its consistency with previous revelations:   if it contradicted previous revelations, it was not from God.   Many of his revelations, and the revelations of many of his successor prophets, have indeed contradicted previous revelations.
  60. In the official version of Joseph Smith's "first vision" he states that it occurred in 1820 as a result of his being moved by a large religious revival in the area to wonder which church was the true church.   There was no such religious revival in the area between 1817 and 1824.   This throws doubt on the entire chronology of events as depicted by Joseph Smith
  61. On 25 March 1838, Martin Harris testified publicly that none of the signatories to the Book of Mormon saw or handled physical records.
Brigham Young Era (1844 - 1877)
  1. Mark Twain questioned the Book of Mormon witnesses and reviewed the Book of Mormon.
  2. Brigham Young was Racist (Bottom right paragraph) as well as many previous apostles/prophets.
  3. The moon and the sun are inhabited!
  4. Do Mormons believe they can get their own planet? No, they believe they can get their own universe!
  5. Samuel Smith, the destined prophet after Joseph Smith, was probably poisoned by Hosea Stout (One of Brigham's Cronies). This then allowed Brigham Young to take full control of the church.
  6. Joseph Smith set apart his son, Joseph III, to succeed him as prophet. Brigham Young admitted this, but ultimately refused to cede his own leadership to Joseph III. 
  7. Brigham Young claimed that there was a cave located at the Hill Cumorah containing "wagon loads" of ancient records "piled up in the corners and along the walls". No such cave has ever been found.
  8. Brigham Young owned a distillery in Utah and sold whiskey to saints for Pioneer Day celebrations.
  9. Brigham Young taught that Adam is our father and God, a teaching that later prophets have admitted as not true. More broadly, apostles have told us that the Lord permits false doctrine to be taught within the church. 
  10. Mormons believe that Adam and Eve were the first human beings on earth.   This contradicts all scientific evidence showing that there have been humans for many thousands of years before the traditional time for Adam.
  11. Brigham Young wrote a letter to Bishop Warren Snow of Manti, approving of violent actions taken by Snow. The Bishop had castrated a young man who was courting a woman Snow wanted to take as his own plural wife. 
  12. Brigham Young, in all his sermons, mentions nothing about Joseph Smith's "first vision."   In one of his few references to the visionary beginnings of Mormonism he asserts that God did not appear to Joseph Smith, but rather sent an angel. 
  13. Brigham Young taught that God had sex with Mary. 
  14. Adam and Eve are aliens according to B.Y., J.S. and Heber C. Kimball. (J.D. 3:90, J:D 1:356)
  15. Dramatic Readings of Brigham Young - Video Series
Modern Era (1900 - Now)
  1. Every Mormon has scriptures depicting Min (The God of Sex and Fertility) with an erect penis. In 1968 They removed it. In 1987 they re-added it. LOL.
  2. Almost none of the church leaders for the first 70 years of church history would by today’s Church standards be qualified to serve missions, enter the temple, get baptized, or even attend BYU.
  3. You will not reach highest degree of heaven without being in a polygamous relationship. (D&C 132)... So if a Mormon tells you they don't believe in polygamy they're not even aware of the true doctrine. Mormons believe they'll be practicing it in the afterlife.
  4. Up until the late 90s, Mormon authorized pictures of Jesus had him with white garments.
  5. The Church allowed an adulterer, Richard Lyman, to serve as an apostle for 18 years before excommunicating him. Although it appears that fellow members of the quorum did not know about Lyman's adultery, these "prophets, seers, and revelators" should have had the spirit of discernment to know of Lyman's unworthiness.
  6. Doctrine & Covenants 121:36 teaches that "the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven", and can be "handled only upon the principles of righteousness." Given this fact, ordinances performed unrighteously (such as those by Apostle Lyman for 18 years) should not be acceptable in the eyes of God or the Church. However, such ordinances are rarely, if ever, re-performed.
  7. Apostle John A. Widtsoe taught that refined flour was contrary to the Word of Wisdom in 1930
  8. The official change of the Word of Wisdom from principle to requirement came with no claim of Divine instruction. On the contrary, the shift seems to have taken place for political reasons surrounding Prohibition and desire for mainstream Christian acceptance.
  9. The Word of Wisdom forbids eating meat except in Winter/Cold/Famine.
  10. Before 1978, Mormons taught that murder was so heinous that the atonement wouldn't apply. Thus, to atone for these sins the perpetrators must have their blood shed upon the ground as a sacrificial offering.
  11. Thomas Monson is a multi-billionaire (LDS church is a corporation sole).
  12. There are 613 Pharisaical rules in Mormonism
  13. The apostles are RICH and yet they are exempt from paying tithing. 
  14. Despite being "lay clergy", mission presidents receive a significant amount of financial benefits from the Church. What is more disturbing, however, is that these leaders are explicitly told not to disclose information on funds received, even to tax advisers or the government. 
  15. The church often sells properties valued at over $500,000 to corporations held by apostles' wives for $10, and then helps them sell the property and disburse the funds to corporations held by their kids.
  16. In the temple, Mormons promise to give all their money everything they have to the LDS Church.
  17. Mormons believe that all other churches are an abomination
  18. The 15th amendment gave black males the right to vote in 1870. The LDS church prohibited black males from holding leadership until 1978.
  19. The 19th amendment gave women right to vote in 1920. LDS church currently prohibits women from holding leadership.
  20. In September 1993 the LDS church excommunicated six faithful members for intellectualism, feminism, and attention to historical accuracy.
  21. The second anointing is done in the temple on a regular basis.
  22. The Mormon church will not disclose any of their finances and instead declare bi-annually that through self-audits, all finances are in accordance with their principles
  23. Mormons shouldn't have sleepovers!
  24. At the beginning of the Wentworth Letter, Joseph Smith states: “all that I shall ask at his hands is that he publish the account entire, ungarnished, and without misrepresentation.” The church then purposely ignores Joseph Smiths advice in the Gospel Doctrine manual and removes a IMPORTANT paragraph IN THE LETTER, that has Joseph Smith saying the Americas were not inhabited before the arrival of the Jaredeites around 2200 B.C. which we know is false.
  25. James Talmage had pot.
  26. The LDS church is growing the slowest it's ever been! (They could possibly be only 5 to 10 years from 0% growth as % of world population.) e.g. Graph1, Graph2, Europe PDF
  27. Mormons at BYU are not allowed to follow the 11th article of faith.. If you start the school Mormon and then leave the church you get KICKED OUT, and your TRANSCRIPTS GET WITHHELD. Current day example
  28. The LDS church paid almost $900K to Mark Hoffman for documents that were forgeries. Tithing and Prophets that speak with God at work! They also tried to hide it after.
  29. The church isn't even a church, it's a trademark owned by a corporation
  30. Elder Oaks and Nelson are modern examples of LDS polygamists. (Sealed to multiple women)
  31. Monson has now given 61 consecutive talks w/o testifying of JS, the BOM, or the Restoration.
  32. Church's stance on tithing: "You can't afford basic life necessities? Pay us more money!"
  33. Cult-like characteristics of the LDS Church -- Half-way down.
  34. How the church uses the "spirit" to brainwash members into never questioning logically.
  35. The Mormon Church has a legacy of bashing Christians and Christianity.
  36. No masks on Halloween!
  37. President Joseph F. Smith got caught in an attempt to lie to a Federal court in 1903 -- Quote
  38. The Church reports -----  inflated ----- and inaccurate membership numbers. 
  39. In 1886, John Taylor received a revelation regarding the practice of plural marriage. In the revelation, the Lord told Taylor "I have not revoked this law, nor will I, for it is everlasting." Four years later, Wilford Woodruff contradicted Taylor's revelation by issuing the 1890 Manifesto.
  40. The Church historically lied and presently still lies in telling the membership and outside media that polygamy ended in 1890. In actuality, Church-sanctioned and performed plural marriages continued until 1904 and beyond.
  41. The Church requires an oath of commitment from temple participants before the participant knows to what he or she is committing.
  42. Until 1990, the temple ceremony contained violent penalties requiring members to make symbolic gestures of slitting their own throats and bowels. Recent Church leaders have been dishonest about these penalties. The removal of these penalties, among other changes, came not by revelation but as a result of a 1988 survey that found that many members were uncomfortable with the endowment.
  43. As disturbing as the temple penalties are, the fact that the ceremony changed is also troublesome because Joseph Smith taught that "ordinances instituted in the heavens are not to be altered or changed."
  44. Church leaders teach that Joseph Smith destroyed the Nauvoo Expositor because it told anti-Mormon lies. In actuality, the newspaper truthfully exposed the Prophets sexual exploits.
  45. Members of the Church are taught that prophets talk to God and speak for God. But some modern-day prophets admitted that they had never seen, heard, or received revelations from God. 
  46. The Quorum of the Twelve and members of the First Presidency are sustained as "prophets, seers, and revelators". Regardless, they haven't prophesied, seen, or revealed much of anything over the last 100 years.
  47. For years, Church leaders have lied that Thomas B. Marsh left the church over "milk strippings". In truth, Marsh left in large part because he didn't agree with the violent practices of the Danites.
  48. Boyd K. Packer and other church leaders have openly advocated obscuring and editing history by teaching us that "some things that are true are not very useful."
  49. The 12th article of Faith states that "we believe in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law." One way in which the Church ignores its own counsel is by baptizing illegal immigrants, and even giving them leadership callings
  50. The Church has knowingly allowed and at times encouraged unethical missionary recruiting practices including baseball baptisms in the U.K. and soccer baptisms in Latin America. On my own personal mission missionaries would make up names, promise kids they get to go swimming, and give them cakes if they got  baptized.
  51. Church leaders teach members to bear testimony in order to obtain one. This is a manipulative practice that leads to confirmation bias.
  52.  In the past, the Church tried to deny Young's violent teaching. Now, most leaders admit that it was taught but denounce it as a false doctrine
  53. The Church has never truthfully admitted to, or apologized for, its involvement in the Mountain Meadows Massacre, a tragedy in which 120 emigrants were brutally slaughtered by Mormons at the command of Church leadership.
  54. For many years, leaders of the Church taught that dark skin is a curse that is caused by inferiority and sub-par valiance in the pre-existence. Some leaders have even suggested that dark skinned "members of the Church are changing to whiteness and delightsomeness."
  55. Despite overwhelming evidence of racism in the early modern Church, leaders continue to claim that the reason for the priesthood ban is unknown. As such, the Church has never admitted error or apologized for excluding blacks from the priesthood.
  56. The Church has a long history of discriminating against women and teaching that they are to be subordinate to men. 
  57. In campaigning against marriage equality on Prop 8 in 2008, the Church violated requirements of  tax exempt organizations. These actions contradict the charge to obey, honor, and sustain the law.
  58. Many homosexual members feel guilt, depression, and shame as a result of the stiff anti-gay rhetoric taught by church leaders. Some have even been driven to suicide
  59. In the 1970's, LDS-owned Brigham Young University conducted electroshock therapy on gay students to try to make them straight. This lasted for MANY years. Mark E. Peterson's Pamphlet.
  60. The Church relies on FAIR, FARMS and other apologists to defend the faith, but intentionally keeps some distance in order to maintain plausible deniability.
  61. When Mormon leaders announced in 1890 that the practice of plural marriage was ended, it was a lie. Church officials continued secretly to perform plural marriages and to enter into them for about sixteen years.
  62. Many Mormons assert that the reason polygamy was practiced in early Utah was because there were not enough men to provide husbands for worthy women.   This is historically false - Utah census records for the 19th century show that Utah had a considerable excess of men.
  63. Mormons teach that a rape victim has "lost her chastity"; a woman should fight off her attacker or be killed in the attempt.   Thus, young Mormon women are taught that their chastity is more valuable than their life.   The result is that a Mormon woman who survives a rape is made to feel guilty, and is thus victimized again, this time by her church.
  64. Claim: Joseph Fielding Smith ripped out the pages about the 1st vision and placed them in his personal safe sometime after 1921. Then later when rumors about another version of the first vision started appearing, Smith returned them to the historic "letterbook 1" that dates beginning in 1832 for Paul Cheesman to "discover" to use for his master's degree thesis. The damage is clear.
  65. Since 1950, every 3.5 years the percentage of world population that is Mormon raises .01%
  66. To reach the current Catholic 17% percentage of world population, it will take 5,950 years, or be the year 7963.
  67. The LDS church counts resigned and deceased members until their 110th birthday.
  68. Former Apostle Delbert Stapley tried to dissuade Mitt Romney's father when he was governor from the issue on civil rights. Sickening.
  69. Blacks and the Priesthood Statement.  Summarized statement.
  70. Oaks admits there's no inspiration in callings (2:47)
Literary Works of the Church (Book of Mormon, D&C, etc)
  1. There is no archaeological evidence of the Book of Mormon.
  2. Analysis of the Book of Napoleon and The Late War and how it influenced Joseph's writings
  3. Beer and other grains are acceptable according to D&C 89:17. Wheat for the man, and for mild drinks, as well as other grains.
  4. Contradictions in LDS Scriptures
  5. The story of Laban in First Nephi illustrates that God's command must invariably be followed, even if it means committing murder. This is a dangerous message that inspires religious extremism
  6. Many Book of Mormon names and places are strikingly similar to local name and places that Joseph 
  7. Many things stated in the Book of Mormon didn't even exist in the Americas
  8. Deutero-Isaiah speaks of the destruction in the past (Isa 42:24–25), and the restoration as imminent (Isa 42:1–9). How then could this be contained on the Brass plates since Lehi left BEFORE the destruction of Jerusalem?  Therefore, The Book of Mormon could not be quoting from the brass plates, and it is a false, or forged book of scripture.
  9. There has been at least  5,280 changes to the Book of Mormon.
  10. DNA evidence shows that Native Americans do not come from Middle Eastern heritage. Recently, the Church changed its claim that "the Lamanites are the principal ancestors of the American Indians" to the Lamanites "are among the ancestors of the American Indians".
  11. The King James version errors of the Bible are the same in the Book of Mormon.
  12. The Church has changed the dates of events in the D&C in order to make Joseph's conflicting claims appear more plausible.
  13. The "Teachings of Brigham Young" manual dishonestly implies that Brigham was a monogamist by listing only two non-concurrent wives. Church editors have also changed all of Brigham's mentions of "wives" to "wife".
  14. The Book of Mormon uses the same logic to justify killing Laban that Caiaphas used to justify killing Jesus. (John 11:50)
  15. Mormon scripture (D&C 84:86, 91) says that true missionaries from God will not rely on their own money or supplies ("purse or scrip") for support, and this will be a test to distinguish them from false missionaries.   Modern Mormon missionaries now rely on themselves for support; i.e., they do "carry purse [and] scrip."
  16. The Book of Mormon portrays Lehi as a devout Israelite (a prophet), but he is completely ignorant of which tribe he belongs to (1 Nephi 5:14-16). This would be extremely unlikely.
  17. The Apostle Paul said that a deacon should be married and the head of a household.   But most Mormon deacons are boys only twelve to fourteen years old.
  18. The D&C says (116, also 78:15 and 107:53-57) that the Garden of Eden was in Missouri, but the Book of Moses (PoGP, supposedly written by the prophet Moses, 3:10-16) says it was near the River Euphrates, which to Moses and his hearers meant the river in present-day Iraq.
  19. The Book of Mormon says that one must be saved in this life - after you die, it's too late (Alma 34:32-35). But Mormons spend much time and effort in baptizing dead non-Mormons in proxy ceremonies so that they can be saved in the afterlife.
  20. The one prayer which Jesus commanded his disciples to use (the "Lord's Prayer") is almost never used by Mormons.
  21. The "Word of Wisdom" (D&C 89:8) recommends using tobacco as a poultice for bruises, and for sick cattle.   This has no medical basis in fact.
  22. Mormons believe that marriages performed in a Mormon temple are for "time and all eternity" - that is, the couple will be in a married state in heaven.   But Jesus said that this is a false idea - there is no married state in heaven (Matt 22:23-30, Mark 12:18-25, Luke 20:27-36).
  23. The Book of Mormon (Jacob 2:24) says that God considered the multiple wives of David and Solomon to be an "abomination."   But the D&C (132:38-39) says that it was not wrong.
  24. Mormons claim that their church is patterned after the early church of Jesus' apostles, but there are major differences.
  25. Joseph Smith claimed to have seen in vision both the prophet Elijah and the prophet Elias (D&C 27:6-9). He apparently was unaware that in the Bible those two names refer to only one prophet (one is the Hebrew version of the name, the other Greek).
  26. According to Mormon scripture (D&C 84:19-22) no man can see God unless he has the Melchizedek priesthood.   This revelation was given in 1832.   The priesthood was supposedly restored at some unknown date in 1829 or 1830.   But Joseph Smith claimed in the 1830s to have seen God in 1820, long before he received the priesthood.
  27. Numerous Bible passages (Ex 28-31; Num 3:7; Neh 7:63,65; Heb 7:12-14) clearly say that only Levites can offer sacrifices.   No Levites are mentioned as accompanying Lehi from Jerusalem.   Yet according to the Book of Mormon, sacrifices were offered by Lehi (1 Nephi 5:9) and his descendants (Mosiah 2:3).   By what authority, then?
  28. The Book of Mormon frequently condemns secret "combinations" (societies) and the taking of oaths of secrecy.  Yet an essential part of the Mormon temple's endowment ceremony is an emphasis on the secrecy of the oaths taken during the ritual and its other details.
  29. The explanation in the Book of Mormon for writing the important records in Egyptian (Mormon 9:32-33) is that it would have required too much space on the precious gold plates to write in Hebrew.   This does not make sense, since Hebrew is a very concise language, using consonants almost exclusively, compared to Egyptian, which required a large number of complex characters and would have been unsuitable for engraving in limited space.
  30. The Book of Mormon began with a monotheistic perspective. Hundreds of changes were added at the first revision to replace "God" with "Son of God." It appears that Smith failed to complete the search and replace operation, as their are many verses remaining in the Book of Mormon that are trinitarian in nature. "And the honor be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, which is one God" -Statement from the 3 witnesses
  31. There are 3 (or 4) immortal beings running around on the Earth according to Mormons.
  32. LDS Church releases statement on Blacks and the Priesthood - "Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past" ... This contradicts the Book of Mormon
Quotes from Mormon History:
  •  "It's wrong to criticize leaders of the church, even if the criticism is true." - Dallin H. Oaks
  • "Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so." - Brigham Young
  • "If I had forty wives in the United States, they did not know it, and could not substantiate it, neither did I ask any lawyer, judge, or magistrate for them. I live above the law, and so do this people." - Brigham Young [ JoD 1:361]
  • The Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as president of this Church to lead you astray." - Wilford Woodruff (members say mistakes in the past were because they were 'just men')
  • "I have never preached a sermon and sent it out to the children of men, that they may not call scripture." - Brigham Young (Despite this prophetic utterance, later church leaders have dismissed as non-scriptural the Journal of Discourses, from which this quote and many other of Brigham's teachings come.)
  • "If your children are taught untruths on evolution in the public schools or even in our Church schools, provide them with a copy of President Joseph Fielding Smith's excellent rebuttal in his book Man, His Origin and Destiny." - Ezra Benson
  • "There is a reason why one man is born black and with other disadvantages, while another is born white with great advantages. The reason is that we once had an estate before we came here, and were obedient, more or less, to the laws that were given us there. Those who were faithful in all things there received greater blessings here, and those who were not faithful received less." - Joseph Smith Doctrines of Salvation, volume 1, page 61.
  • And when I am far on the road to conviction, and eight men, be they grammatical or otherwise, come forward and tell me that they have seen the plates too; and not only seen those plates but “hefted” them, I am convinced. I could not feel more satisfied and at rest if the entire Whitmer family had testified. - Mark Twain
  • “The truth is not uplifting; it destroys. Historians should tell only that part of the truth that is inspiring and uplifting.” -B. K. Packer
  • Larry King: Does the Lord speak through you? "I Think" -Gordon B. Hinckley
  • Larry King: Do you condemn polygamy? "I condemn it. Yes, as a practice, because I think it is not doctrinal." -Gordon B. Hinckley (We still have Doctrine & Covenants 132 canonized. We're still practicing plural marriage in the Temples. Apostles Elder Oaks and Elder Nelson are modern examples of LDS polygamists in that they're sealed to multiple women.)
  • On whether his church still holds that God the Father was once a man, Hinckley sounded uncertain, "I don't know that we teach it." (I don't know is not a good answer from a Prophet...)
  • About disclosing how tithing is being spent: "Well, we simply think that the…that information belongs to those who made the contribution, and not to the world." - Gordon B. Hinckley (No members have access to this information!)
  • ""The best thing you can do for a single frustrated women... Is work on the Man" - Elder Oaks
Investigating the Truth is a Glorious action. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence:
 Favorite Quotes about Seeking Truth:
  • “If we have the truth, it cannot be harmed by investigation. If we have not the truth, it ought to be harmed.” - J. Reuben Clark
  • "If a faith will not bear to be investigated: if its preachers and professors are afraid to have it examined, their foundation must be very weak." - George Albert Smith
  • "Well, it's either true or false. If it's false, we're engaged in a great fraud. If it's true, it's the most important thing in the world. Now, that's the whole picture. It is either right or wrong, true or false, fraudulent or true. And that's exactly where we stand..." Gordon B. Hinckley
  • "I think a full, free talk is frequently of great use; we want nothing secret nor underhanded, and I for one want no association with things that cannot be talked about and will not bear investigation." - John Taylor
  •  "Convince us of our errors of Doctrine, if we have any, by reason, by logical arguments, or by the Word of God and we will ever be grateful for the information and you will ever have the pleasing reflections that you have been instruments in the hands of God of redeeming your fellow beings." -Orson Pratt
  • If intense pressure is used to dissuade people who wish to talk with former members or critics, it is a clear sign of information control. Controlling information is one of the most essential components of mind control.” -Steven Hassan, Mental Health Counselor specializing in recovery from mind control cults for over 30 years
  • “For faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction --- faith in fiction is a damnable false hope.” - Thomas Edison
  • "If you are comfortable with a lie, you will never look for the truth." - Anon
  • "Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy. Think of how many people rely on these prophecies, however vague, however unfulfilled, to support or prop up their beliefs. Yet has there ever been a religion with the prophetic accuracy and reliability of science? There isn't a religion on the planet that doesn't long for a comparable ability - precise, and repeatedly demonstrated before committed skeptics - to foretell future events. No other human institution comes close." - Carl Sagan
  • “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • "When I became convinced that the universe is natural—that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood, the sense, the feeling, the joy of freedom. The walls of my prison crumbled and fell, the dungeon was flooded with light, and all the bolts, and bars, and manacles became dust." -Robert G. Ingersoll
  • "It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts." - Sherlock Holmes
  • The problem with ideology is it gives you the answer before you look at the evidence. So you have to mold the evidence to get the answer you've already decided you've got to have. - Bill Clinton
  • "Smart people believe weird things because they are skilled at defending beliefs they arrived at for non-smart reasons." - Michael Shermer
  • All scientific work is incomplete – whether it be observational or experimental. All scientific work is liable to be upset or modified by advancing knowledge. That does not confer upon us a freedom to ignore the knowledge we already have, or to postpone the action that it appears to demand at a given time. Who knows, asked Robert Browning, but the world may end tonight? True, but on available evidence most of us make ready to commute on 8:30 the next day. -  Sir Austin Bradford Hill
  • Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Once we take ownership of an idea - whether it's about politics or sports - what do we do? We love it perhaps more than we should. We prize it more than it is worth. And most frequently, we have trouble letting go of it because we can't stand the idea of its loss. What are we left with then? An ideology - rigid and unyielding. - Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
  • “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance - that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” - William Paley (Question all answers)
  • Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe. It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. - Thomas Paine
  • The religious seek comfort, not reality. They seek comfort from reality. - Rick Fetters
  • The chief difficulty I see in the sceptical movement is in its polarization: Us vs. Them – the sense that we have a monopoly on the truth; that those other people who believe all these stupid doctrines are morons. - Carl Sagan
  •  "Morality is doing what is right, no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right." - Larry Mundinger
  • The skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches, as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found. - Miguel de Unamuno
  • The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge." -Daniel J. Boorstin
  • "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." -- Philip K. Dick
  • "I'm sure you believe the church is true, but I have a different method of determining truth than you. I've learned to trust facts and evidence over what I want to be true just because it feels good. And this is what the evidence leads me to believe. If you want to disregard evidence because that's not how you find truth, you can, and I will disregard your testimony for the same reason."
Websites/Papers/Research Material from others:
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