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Protesting Utah oil and gas leases

Here is an interesting article on what kind of protesting is legit. The brief mention to prop 8 makes it hit home for me.

Protesting Utah oil and gas leases – Los Angeles Times.

All matters of protest aside, I think he was somewhat justified in his actions. I can understand the possibillity for fraud charges though if he was bidding with no intent of following through. That’s an interesting matter. Maybe I’m biased as I don’t want to see beautiful Utah torn up to collect oil.

Murrieta Prop 8 Results

I just got this forwarded to me from bribus09:

Congratulations to you and everyone that helped here in Murrieta! The Registrar just released the final numbers…here is how it breaks down for Murrieta:

36,855 Total votes cast (83.1% Turnout)
25,082 YES votes (68%)
11,328 NO votes (30.7%)

Hate On 8

If this is what tolerance looks like, I’d like some ideas of how we can be more tolerant of others who have beliefs differing from ours.

Graffiti on an LDS church building

Graffiti on an LDS church building

This is only a taste of what has been done and what is to come if we fail to pass proposition eight next week. Even if you don’t believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, I implore you to consider voting yes on 8 to protect the freedoms that have been established and no longer promote intolerance like this.

I’m sure there was a post and more info that goes along with this story, but I couldn’t find anything on connorboyack.com.

Prop 8 Supporter Violently Attacked for Distributing Lawn Signs

This is a sad story about the intolerance of others. I really don’t think it is fair for anyone to call supporters of Prop 8 intolerant of gays. This is exactly why we need to support this measure and ensure that the term marriage is protected. Otherwise we will continue to be treated with intolerance for our traditional beliefs.

Protect Marriage – Yes on 8 ยป News

Love the sinner, hate the sin.

Chase Acquires WaMu through FDIC Sale

This shouldn’t impact customers of Washington Mutual greatly, but is news we should know about either way.

Washington Mutual is seized to avert failure – Salt Lake Tribune

I guess this solves the issue of Chase getting branches in California. Too bad I’m not a huge fan of Chase. I guess it’s time to start looking for a new bank for the business. Oh wait, I’ve already been doing that. Maybe I’ll close my $94 personal account at WaMu, I mean Chase, now.

Pricey parking could ease traffic – Los Angeles Times

The LA Times had an interesting article yesterday about ways to combat traffic. I have been saying for years that we need to switch all freeways to toll roads and charge commuters based on when and how far they drive. If we hit people with charges to their pocketbook, they will quickly learn to take mass transit, move closer to work, carpool or travel at off times. Traffic problems will go away.

I had never thought about the parking situation and how something like that could do the same thing. I certainly see that it is possible to get people to leave their cars at home if it cost too much to park at work.

Pricey parking could ease traffic – Los Angeles Times

First Presidency Announced

A very good press conference this morning:

Thomas S. Monson is the new President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with Henry B. Eyring as First Counselor and Dieter F. Uchtdorf as Second Counselor.

I’m anxious to see what they will bring. I think that Elder Uchtdorf was a good choice that will help bring the Church forward with the growing international membership.

See the LDS Newsroom for more information as it becomes available.

I think the weather has been very interesting to match the news. We had the rain yesterday when they were in the Temple in Salt Lake City to sustain and ordain President Monson and now today, at least here in Southern California, it is beautiful. We have mostly clear sunny skies and I hear we got a good amount of snow overnight which will help sustain life throughout the year.

The Rain Brings New Life

It never fails. I can get home at a reasonable time with full intent on getting to bed by 10 and it ends up being nearly 11 before I even start writing! I got lost reading some things about the press conference tomorrow and setting up a group on facebook promoting it. We will find out who the new president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be. Tradition would hold that it will be Elder Thomas S. Monson, the longest serving member of the Quorum of the Twelve (currently Fourteen), however it could be any worthy male. In theory we all should each get a confirmation of his call because we will need to sustain him at the next conference.

I’m honestly more anxious to see who his counselors will be. I read an interesting article from the Salt Lake Tribune which talked about each of the men he was likely to choose from and there are so many good choices of counselors I don’t know how anyone can choose one. I think it is too early for David A. Bednar to be called, but he would be amazing in the position I imagine. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland could probably do wonders as well. There are many others very capable of serving in that capacity as well.

I woke up to rain this morning. I absolutely love waking up to the rain. It is just so refreshing and always makes me think of having the opportunity to wash away whatever things we need swept away and giving us the opportunity to start anew – and clean. It’s interesting the timing of the rain lately. We had rain last Sunday, the day of President Hinckley’s passing and then again today, the day before the Quorum of the Twelve announces the new President of the Church. I tend to think of it more as washing the earth and anointing it for a new prophet. Of course we don’t need to wash away any of the wonderful things that Hinckley has done for us, but maybe it is more of a call to repentance for those who are in need. Having never been in the church under another prophet, this will certainly be the beginning of a new era for me.

President Hinckley brought the Church into the 21st century. He took control of the media and kept the Church in the spotlight, favorably. He wasn’t afraid to go out there and talk with news reporters, something I’m terrified of doing. He made the designs for the newer smaller temples and presumably had a large part in the way the current temples operate. He oversaw the construction of nearly 80 temples during his call. Roughly one third of the members of the Church today were baptized while he was President. I’m one of those and that is just an amazing figure to fathom.

In our branch council meeting this morning we had some rare extra time and discussed one word summaries of President Hinckley and then if these traits were skills or attitudes. After listing many things like charitable, loving, compassionate, temples, duty and clear sighted we went through and found that most of them were attitudes or combinations of attitudes and skills. Most of the traits we listed were not purely skills. What that means to me is that we have a huge amount of control over our lives, simply by changing out attitudes to the situations we are put in. I clearly need to exercise some attitudes to learn some skills to help make the world a better place. President Hinckley was a humorous man, but he never had fun at another’s expense. Sometimes he may have taken the expense on one of his own jokes, but I don’t think they were ever ill hearted. He was admired by so many not of our faith that he must have mastered charity, a Christ-like love, at an early age.

On to other subjects, I ate way too much this evening. I probably should have stopped at break the fast, but I went over to the Dowden’s and had more food, then more and then dessert. I forgot the doughnut holes at home this morning, so I’ll have to take them to Diana later in the week.

Stephanie taught an amazing lesson today for Sunday School. I learned way more than normal and hadn’t realized things even after reading the material three times that she pointed out to us! I guess it just shows you can’t do it alone.

In priesthood – in short – we talked about how to ensure that we always have the Spirit with us. Obviously we need to be mindful of things that would push it away like procrastination or not keeping our priorities straight. Brother Rider compared it to maintaining a level of physical fitness. It just isn’t possible to maintain an achieved level without some exact level of work each week. It may be as little as twenty minutes twice a week, but without it you will fall back. You will have the knowledge of the better fitness level, but won’t physically be able to attain it without more than the level required to maintain – and will have to do “make up” work. We need to keep our priorities straight and not stay up so late that we are late in the morning and constantly put off nourishing ourselves with the Scriptures or other good sources of knowledge.

Kristin posted a link to a site that is encouraging reading the Book of Mormon in 97 days in honor of President Hinckley’s 97 years of life with us. I’m thinking about taking the challenge, but want to make sure I can commit to keeping it before I do officially.

Well, speaking of not staying up to late, and 30 minutes and .10″ of rain later, I think it’s about time to sign off and get some sleep.

President Gordon B. Hinckley Dies at 97

Just in case you haven’t been surrounded by LDS friends this evening or didn’t get a call/text message, Gordon B. Hinckley, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died at home this evening around 7 p.m. MST.

Here is a preliminary article from the Church. I’m sure more information will be following shortly.

LDS Newsroom – Beloved Church President, Gordon B. Hinckley, Dies at 97

The Cheesecake Factory Opens in Anaheim, California

The Cheesecake Factory – Investor Relations – News Release

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 4, 2007–The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (NASDAQ:CAKE) today announced the opening of its 139th Cheesecake Factory restaurant at the Anaheim Garden Walk in Anaheim, California on December 3, 2007. The restaurant contains approximately 10,900 square feet and 300 seats. The opening marks the Company’s 20th new restaurant opened in fiscal 2007.

Looks like it is time for a trip to Disneyland!

Still at Home in Fallbrook

We are still riding out the firestorm at home in Fallbrook. We checked out the flames a few hours ago and couldn’t even find any visible from any of our ridges. It appears as if it is still burning near Reche and Old 395, so we think we are in the clear. It is all up to the wind at this point!

I am going to bed now and turning my primary/work cell off. I will be running fire watch from 2-6:30 tomorrow morning. Someone should be up around the clock if the need arises to contact us, please call the home number or my private cell.