Launching an all new rustysblog.com

The time has finally come.  As those of you who have followed along for a while now know, I’ve been working on moving over to a self-hosted WordPress blog.  Today will be the last day for the site as you see it now.  Beginning tomorrow, the new site will launch.

What does that mean?

You won’t do anything different!

You’ll still get here the same way you always have – you can go to any of the following:

They’ll all now lead to the new blog.

Everything is already there!

All the content, posts, pages, and even comments that are here are already over there.  You can even check it out right now… www.MormonConversations.com

It’s still a work in progress!

I’ve still got several things I’m working on to make it a much better (more interactive, more engaging, more easy to use) blog.  I’ll update you as I make important changes and add important features.

I’d love your feedback!

My first post there will be a “What’s New” post, where I explain the various parts of the new interface and introduce the new blog design.

Please feel free to leave me comments on what you like and dislike.  What you’d like to see added.  I finally have all control!!! So we can do some great things.  Just let me know what you think, and I’ll make changes accordingly.

Bigger, better content!

Now that I’ve got a self-hosted blog, I can begin some of those terrific projects I’ve been craving… like the Plan of Salvation presentation, and much more. 

Invite your friends!

MormonConversations, will be a place where all faiths are welcome.  We’ll have terrific, doctrinal discussions about Mormonism, our beliefs, and our church.  I’ll answer any questions anyone may have about Mormonism.  And, of course, I’ll provide a steady stream of coverage about things that I feel are important – things that inspire, motivate, and enlighten.  It’ll be the same thing you’ve found here in the past… only better.  So please, share. 

I look forward to a lot fun and engaging conversations in our future.

Kindest regards,
Rusty

Recent Comments, Active Posts

To help facilitate those who try to keep up on the most active discussions going and posts throughout my blog, I’ve now included on the left side (under Recent Posts) two new sections.

  1. Recent Comments – This will show you the most recent comments on any post throughout the blog, and should help you keep up with conversations by showing you where they’re happening.
  2. Active Posts – This will show you which posts are receiveing the highest current activity, both posts and traffic.

Additionally, because there are so many posts now, I’ll be making further refinements to navigation and organization of posts, hopefully to make it easier for you to find things. 

If you have suggestions, comments, or ideas on how to better organize things, please comment here.

And thank you for reading!

Rusty

D. Todd Christopherson, New member of the 12 apostles

D. Todd Christopherson

 Elder D. Todd Christpherson, was just announced as the newly selected member of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church, or commonly known as “The Mormons”), in the Solemn Assembly of Saturday Morning’s session of General Conference.

Here is the biography from Deseret Morning News:

 

Sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy April 3, 1993, at age 48; called to the Presidency of the Seventy Aug. 15, 1998, and sustained Oct. 3, 1998. Former regional representative, stake president, stake president’s counselor, and bishop. Received bachelor’s degree from BYU, juris doctorate from Duke University. Former associate general counsel of NationsBank Corp., (now Bank of America) in Charlotte, N.C.; practiced law in Washington, D.C., Tennessee and North Carolina, and was volunteer chairman of Affordable Housing of Nashville, Tenn. Born Jan. 24, 1945, in American Fork, Utah, to Paul V. and Jeanne Swenson Christofferson. Wife, Katherine Jacob Christofferson; parents of five children.

  • Here is an article announcing this in the Deseret Morning News.
  • Here you can listen to Elder D. Todd Christopherson’s “When Thou Art Converted”, teaching on conversion, prayer, and service.
  • Here you can listen to Elder Christopherson speak on “Allegiance to God” and here you can download it.
  • Here you can read his talk on “Becoming a Witness of Christ” (which is very intetersting).

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The cross we bear

The following cartoon sequence came to me in email the other day, and I thought it was worth posting here…  If anyone knows the creator or source of this cartoon, please let me know, so I can give them adequate credit.  Until then, thank you …. Somebody.

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We often complain about the cross we bear, but we forget that it’s preparing us for the chasm ahead that only the Lord can see.

Rusty

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Beck’s $53 trillion asteroid

Today, CNN posted an article (here), where Glenn Beck discusses some frightening realities that we’re soon going to have to face.It’s worth a full read, but if you’re only interested in the summary, here it is…

  • $14.1 trillion is the size of the entire U.S. Economy
  • $53 trillion is the approximate size of the U.S. bill for Social Security and Medicare promises

In short, we’re insolvent.  With a bill this large, there will be no money for anything else – infrastructure, security, military, you name it – every dollar we pay in taxes would go to funding Medicare and Social Security.

To make those numbers more digestible (since $53trillion is a hard number to get your mind around), from the article:

“A million seconds is 12 days.  A billion seconds is 32 years.  A trillion seconds is 32,000 years.  And 53 trillion seconds?  1.7 million years.”

David Walker (former Comptroller General) says that these promises equate to an IOU of about $455,000 for every American household”.

The problem, as Beck so poignantly illustrates, is that none of this is news – the Government has known about it for a long time, and has done nothing but pass the buck to the next administration.  And what about the American people?  His illustration is that if an asteroid were heading toward earth by the tune of $53 trillion dollars, we’d demand something be done about it.  But here we sit – who’s speaking out?

As I said on my post about Hillary Clinton and honesty (here), where much is given, much is required.  It’s time to require our government to confront a problem that will make the current bickering seem comical. 

Throughout history, when the people stop getting involved, then things go awry – it’s only through ongoing intervention of we the people that keeps a government in check.  So what am I proposing we do?  At the very minimum, be aware, and talk about it.  Perpetuate the conversation.

An elected government is a government that focuses on things that will get them re-elected.  Those things that the people care and talk about the most, are those things that are bound to get the most attention.  But we have to talk.

Rusty

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I speak millions of words a day, a note on honesty

Today, CNN reported here that Hillary Clinton says she “misspoke”, when suggesting she came under sniper fire in Bosnia during a foreign policy speech at George Washington University recently.If you’re not familiar with what happened, you can watch the video of it here, but in short she was responding to a question wherein she described landing in Bosnia in 1996 by saying “I remember landing under sniper fire.  There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base”.

But when you watch the actual video of the landing, you see her walking casually out of the plane with her daughter in tow, over to a greeting party where she shook hands with several soldiers and an 8 year old Bosnian girl who gave her a poem.

Interestingly, in response to the whole deal, she said “I say a lot of things – millions of words a day – so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement.”

First, I’m not sure if she realizes, but to speak even 1 million words in a day you would have to speak 15 words a second for 18 hours straight.  To be “millions”, you would have to at least double that.  I’m also not much comforted by a statement indicating that proportionally speaking, most of what she says should be true.

Still, perhaps I’m splitting hairs.  On the other hand, perhaps we’ve become too acclimated to environments of dishonesty where we try to cover one exaggeration with another one.    Where much is given, much is required.  People in the top echelons of our government are given much authority, and much should be required of them – including honesty.

Honesty seems to succumb to Newton’s first law of motion – mass in motion tends to stay in motion…   Once you start a lie, it seems more naturally follow to support it in a self-perpetuating cycle of dishonesty.

Rusty

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The Blind Painter

I discovered the following YouTube video today – a triumphant story of a man who went blind, but never gave up.  Such, again, is the power within us to overcome all odds, and achieve phenomenal greatness.  Another testament of not letting ourselves be restricted by our past, which I talk about here (The danger of reflection), here (Self imposed limitations), and here (Deciding to make a difference).

Rusty

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