My twelve days experience

December 7, 2008

Two years ago, my family and I decided we should do something special for Christmas. I had read in the Ensign years ago about the Twelve Days of Christmas.  It was an idea to give presents to people in a way that they will not know.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Christmas Traditions: LDS Style

December 6, 2008

One thing I have noticed over the years, is that we LDS have our own set of traditions which seem to follow, sometimes other faiths, sometimes they are our own special additives to the Holiday season.

So I am going to run down a few: Read the rest of this entry »


Primary Presentation day

November 30, 2008

So today was our primary presentation in sacrament meeting.  For those of you who have kids in it you know what is like, you cringe, you laugh, you find yourself cheering them on.  This of course maybe the case for everyone but as a parent I watch my children during these events waiting for three things:

1. The wave, when your sunbeam waves as soon as he sees you even if he is supposed to be singing. Read the rest of this entry »


From me to you

November 28, 2008

Just to let everyone know.  Today, this blog has surpassed the monthly mark for pages read.  I thank each one of you who read this blog.  You have given me plenty to think about and discuss over the past year.  It is amazing.

I was looking on Alexa.com the other day and I noted something.  I wanted to list this for each of you to look at because you might want to compare your own sites or you are just interested in playing around.

According to Alexa, Banner Sword and Shield ranks as the 8,583,051busiest website.

By Contrast I have put a list of some of the bigger Mormon sites (blogs) out there so you get a comparison:

LDS.org – 2,965

Mormon Times (Deseret News) 86,742

By Common Consent 321,798

Times and Seasons 406,767

Feminist Mormon Housewives 453,287

Mormon Matters 498,611

Mormon Mentality 668,495

Juvenile Instructor 3,193,386

So yes a ways to go yet but interesting nonetheless.


Get To Know John Parry

November 25, 2008

After a bit of a hiatus Get To Know has returned.

John Parry Sr. was an early convert from Wales.  He was born in Newmarket in Flintshire in 1789, he later in life became a baptist preacher.  Working in his home community he was a Cambellite preacher, leading the John Parry Association.  As one could imagine, his was fertile ground for the church.  Read the rest of this entry »


Is Zion’s pull so strong Part 2

November 23, 2008

In the first part I discussed modern influence with moving to Utah, or Zion.  Today I wanted to talk a bit more about the source of this interest for me.

A few weeks ago I picked up a book in the local LDS bookstore.  As per usual I found a number of used books I wanted but I stuck with this one.  This book was not a Mormon written book, it is amazingly written by an Anglican minister who was studying Mormonism.    Reading who wrote it I had to admit I was skeptical of the source. Read the rest of this entry »


Card and Sir John A.

November 22, 2008

So last night I was reading a borrowed copy of the Diaries of Charles Ora Card: The Canadian Years.  I was fascinated to see that he traveled with Elders Lyman and John W. Taylor to Ottawa, to see the Tory Government of the day.

In the fall of 1888, a year after they arrived in Lees Creek (present day Cardston), these men went east to lobby the government.  As they crossed you got snippets of Cards opinions about various locations.  The prairies were rolling, Northern and Central Ontario had an absense of trees according to Card.  (I think this would shock us now)   Read the rest of this entry »