The Aztec king Cuauhtémoc

This is another piece of 2-28-Whenever….
1525 – The Aztec king Cuauhtémoc is executed by Hernán Cortés’s forces.
http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/260-cuauhtemoc-winner-in-defeat-1495%E2%80%931525
Cuauhtemoc was defeated more by famine than by force of arms. The Spaniards, backed by their Indian allies, seized the city market and the defenders were threatened with starvation. Indomitable as ever, Cuauhtemoc decided to raise fresh forces in the countryside to aid the beleaguered city. But he was captured while crossing the lake in a pirogue and, with that, all Aztec resistance ended.

Cortés treated his foe chivalrously. “A Spaniard knows how to respect valor even in an enemy,” he declared. Then, to his eternal discredit, he allowed Aldrete, the greedy royal treasurer, to have Cuauhtemoc tortured to make him reveal the whereabouts of hidden treasure.

Cuauhtemoc, insisting that there was no hidden treasure, heroically stood up under the ordeal. In the end, a shamed Cortés delivered him from Aldrete’s hands. But there was a final horror. In 1525, Cuauhtemoc was serving as an auxiliary on a Cortés-led expedition into Honduras. Convinced by an Indian convert to Christianity that Cuauhtemoc was conspiring against him, Cortés had him tried for treason. Found guilty, he was sentenced to hang.

The history here is extremely interesting, and I would recommend you go to the link and read the whole article this came out of.
http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/260-cuauhtemoc-winner-in-defeat-1495%E2%80%931525

Tenochtitlan (The Impossible City)

Aztecs ~ Spanish Invasion

2-28- Who Knows When?

1784 – John Wesley charters the Methodist Church.

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John Wesley

John Wesley was an Anglican divine and theologian who, with his brother Charles Wesley and fellow cleric George Whitefield, is credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism. His work and writings also played a leading role in the development of the Holiness movement and Pentecostalism.

 

 

1827 – The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.

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B & O railroad

 

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B & O Railroad 3

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B & O Railroad 2

 

 

1844 – A gun on USS Princeton explodes while the boat is on a Potomac River cruise, killing eight people, including two United States Cabinet members.The Princeton’s reputation in the Navy never recovered from a devastating incident early in her service.

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Princeton

On February 28, 1844, during a Potomac River pleasure cruise and demonstration of her two heavy guns for dignitaries, one of the guns exploded and killed Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer, and other high-ranking U.S. federal officials. President John Tyler barely escaped death in the incident.

 

 

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PRINCETON

 

 

 

 

1849 – Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, four months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor.
February 28 – Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay. The California leaves New York Harbor on October 6, 1848, rounds Cape Horn at the tip of South America, and arrives at San Francisco, California after the 4 month 21 day journey.

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SS CALIFORNIA

 

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SS CALIFORNIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1883 – The first vaudeville theater opens in Boston

Benjamin Franklin Keith, “the father” of American Vaudeville.
1883 established his own museum in Boston featuring “Baby Alice the Midget Wonder” and other acts. His success in this endeavor allowed Keith to build the Bijou Theatre. The Bijou, a lavishly appointed, state-of-the-art, fireproof theatre, set the standard for the shape of things to come. At the Bijou, Keith established a “fixed policy of cleanliness and order.” He strictly forbade the use of vulgarity or coarse material in his acts “so the that the house and the entertainment would directly appeal to the support of women and children.

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1883 Vaudevillexroads.vir

 

 

1940 – Basketball is televised for the first time (Fordham University vs. the University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden).
Back on February 28, 1940, W2XBS broadcast a men’s basketball doubleheader from Madison Square Garden. Fordham took on the University of Pittsburgh in the first game followed by a matchup between New York University and Georgetown University. Not many people watched the game as it was estimated that fewer than 400 television sets existed in New York City back then, when a top-of-the-line set, a Clifton, sold for about $600.

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First Basketball Broadcast

The game didn’t go well for the Rams, who fell to the Panthers, 57-37, and the fact that it was televised was hardly news, not even getting a mention in The Ram’s coverage of the game. But many years later, no one can imagine television without college basketball.

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http://www.earlytelevision.org First color television set

1954 – The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.
The first color system was developed by John Logie Baird in 1928. It used mechanical techniques. In the early 1940s, CBS pioneered a system which transmitted an image in each of the three primary colors sequentially. A wheel with segments of red, green, and blue rotated in front of the camera, while a similar wheel rotated in front of the television screen, synchronized to the one at the camera. The system was simple and produced excellent pictures, though it had many drawbacks, including low resolution, flicker, and most signifcant, it wasn’t compatible with existing black and white broadcasting.

 

 

1958 – A school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunges down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children die in what remains one of the worst school bus accidents in U.S. history.
1958 floyd county bus crash darkest days in eastern Kentucky’s history

On a cold and cloudy morning, after a period of heavy rains and thaw, a Floyd County school bus loaded with 48 elementary and high school students bound for school in Prestonsburg, Kentucky on U.S. Route 23 struck the rear of a wrecker truck and plunged down an embankment and into the swollen waters of the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River, where it was swept downstream and submerged.

22 children escaped the bus in the first few minutes as it became fully submerged in the raging flood stage waters and made it safely out of the river. However, 26 other children and the bus driver drowned. National Guard and other authorities and agencies responded. The bus was finally located by Navy divers, and removed from the river 53 hours later.

1959 – Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object intended to achieve a polar orbit, is launched. It failed to achieve orbit.
Discoverer 1, the first of a series of US satellites that were part of the Corona reconnaissance satellite program, launched on February 28, 1959.
While Discoverer 1 was a prototype KH-1 (Key Hole 1) spy satellite, it did not contain a camera or a film capsule as later such satellites did.

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Discovery 1

Discoverer 1 launched on a Thor-Agena rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and became the first man-made object ever put into a polar orbit. NASA reports that while difficulty was encountered receiving signals after launch, the satellite broadcast intermittently later in the flight.

1975 – In London an underground train fails to stop at Moorgate terminus station and crashes into the end of the tunnel, killing 43 people.
FEBRUARY 28, 1975: Forty-two Tube passengers were killed after their train failed to stop at Moorgate station in the worst ever crash on the London Underground on this day in 1975.

Driver Leslie Newson, 56, also died after ploughing – without any apparent reason – into a wall at the terminus of the Highbury branch of the Northern Line at 8.46am.
The force of the 30mph crash was so immense that it caused three carriages to completely crumble up and sever passengers’ limbs with twisted shards of steel.
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/-on-this-day–worst-ever-tube-disaster-as-43-die-in-moorgate-crash-172128948.html#dE5xXye

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Getty Images-Getty – The aftermath of a tube train crash

A total of 74 people were hurt on the train, which was later found to have had no faults and appeared to speed up as it entered the station at the peak of rush hour.

 

1983 – The final episode of M*A*S*H airs Final Episode #TBT, with almost almost 106 million viewers. It still holds the record for the highest viewership of a season finale.

1991 – The first Gulf War ends.
Alternate title: Gulf War
Iraq WarWorld War IIYom Kippur WarArab LeagueOrganization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)Arab Bank for Economic Development in AfricaOrganization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC)World War I
Persian Gulf War, also called Gulf War, (1990–91), international conflict that was triggered by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990. Iraq’s leader, Ṣaddām Ḥussein, ordered the invasion and occupation of Kuwait with the apparent aim of acquiring that nation’s large oil reserves, canceling a large debt Iraq owed Kuwait, and expanding Iraqi power in the region.

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http://www.britannica.com Persian Gulf War 1

1993 – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raid the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas with a warrant to arrest the group’s leader David Koresh. Four BATF agents and five Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff.

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Waco Texas

On February 28, 1993, a gunfight erupted soon after federal law enforcement agents raided the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, in an attempt to investigate allegations of illegal weapons and child abuse. When the smoke cleared, four agents and six members of the religious sect were dead. Following a 51-day standoff, the authorities launched a new assault, this time with tear gas. Their plan backfired, however, when an out-of-control blaze, likely started by the Branch Davidians themselves, burned the complex down and claimed at least 75 lives, including those of 25 children. On the 20th anniversary of this tragic siege, take a look at where the key players are now. http://www.history.com/news/waco-20-years-later-where-are-they-now

1997 – An earthquake in northern Iran is responsible for about 3,000 deaths.

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Map of Iran

The earthquake occurred at 12:57 UTC (4:27 p.m. Iran Standard Time) and lasted for 15 seconds.[1] At least 1,100 people were killed, 2,600 injured, 36,000 homeless, 12,000 houses damaged or destroyed and 160,000 livestock killed in the Ardabil area of northwestern Iran. Severe damage was observed to roads, electrical power lines, communications and water distribution systems around Ardabil.[2] Hospitals and other medical buildings were overflowing with patients as a result of the earthquake. More than 83 villages experienced some form of damage.

1997 – GRB 970228, a highly luminous flash of gamma rays, strikes the Earth for 80 seconds, providing early evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way.

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Gamma ray burst

The burst had multiple peaks in its light curve and lasted approximately 80 seconds. Peculiarities in the light curve of GRB 970228 suggested that a supernova may have occurred as well.

1998 – First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace.

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A maintenance crew preparing a Global Hawk at Beale Air Force Base


The Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) surveillance aircraft. It was initially designed by Ryan Aeronautical (now part of Northrop Grumman), and known as Tier II+ during development. In role and operational design, the Global Hawk is similar to the Lockheed U-2.
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A RQ-4A in U.S. Navy markings


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RQ4

The RQ-4 provides a broad overview and systematic surveillance using high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and long-range electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors with long loiter times over target areas. It can survey as much as 40,000 square miles (100,000 km2) of terrain a day.

photo-Photograph taken by US Navy Global Hawk with an aerial view of wildfires in Northern California, 2008

Photograph taken by US Navy Global Hawk with an aerial view of wildfires in Northern California, 2008

2001 – The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington.
The Nisqually earthquake (also commonly referred to as “The Ash Wednesday Quake”) was an intraslab earthquake, occurring at 10:54 am PST (18:54 UTC) on February 28, 2001. One of the largest recorded earthquakes in Washington state history, it measured 6.8 on the moment magnitude scale and lasted approximately 45 seconds. The epicenter of the earthquake was Anderson Island, about 17 km (11 mi) northeast of Olympia.

The focus was at a depth of 52 km (32 mi). Tremors were felt as far away as Scio, Oregon, across the border in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and 175 mi (282 km) east in Pasco, Washington. There were also reports that it was felt as far away as Spokane, Washington and Sandpoint, Idaho

2004 – Over one million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (310 mi) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947
The 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally (Chinese: 228百萬人手牽手護台灣; Pinyin: 228 Bǎiwànrén Shǒuqiān Shǒuhù Táiwān; meaning literally “228, one million people hand-in-hand to protect Taiwan” – 228 standing for February 28) was a demonstration in the form of a human chain held in Taiwan on February 28, 2004, the 57th anniversary of the 2/28 Incident.

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a-giâu – Own work


Approximately two million (estimation ranged from 1.9 to 2.3 million depending on the reporting media) Taiwanese formed a 500-kilometer (310 mi) long human chain, from the harbor at Keelung, Taiwan’s northernmost city, to its southern tip at Eluanbi, Pingtung County to commemorate the 228 Incident, to call for peace, and to protest the deployment of missiles by the People’s Republic of China aimed at Taiwan along the mainland coast.

2005 – A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.
The Al Hillah bombing killed 127 people, chiefly men lining up to join the Iraqi police forces, at the recruiting centre on February 28, 2005 in Al Hillah, Iraq.

February 28 – 127 Iraqis are killed by a suicide car bomb outside a medical center in Hilla, south of Baghdad. The bomber, who later turned out to be a U.S. educated Jordanian lawyer from al Qaeda targeted a large crowd of mainly teachers and police recruits outside a health clinic. It was the deadliest single blast in Iraq’s history.

2013 – Pope Benedict XVI resigns as the pope of the Catholic Church becoming the first pope to do so since 1415.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/pope-benedict-to-resign-citing-age-and-waning-energy/
LONDON — Citing failing strength of “mind and body,” Pope Benedict XVI stunned his closest aides and more than 1 billion Catholics by resigning on Monday, becoming the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years and ending the tenure of a formidable theologian who preached a gospel of conservative faith to a fast-changing world.

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Pope Benedict XVI

In keeping with his reputation as a traditionalist, Pope Benedict delivered his resignation — effective Feb. 28 — in Latin, to a private church body in Vatican City. “I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me,” he said. “For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of bishop of Rome, successor of Saint Peter.”

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Pope Benedict XVI

ISIS Executioner ‘Jihadi John’ Is Named as Mohammed Emwazi

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/isis-executioner-jihadi-john-named-mohammed-emwazi-n313171

LONDON — The identity of the masked executioner clutching a knife in ISIS beheading propaganda videos was revealed on Thursday.

A U.S. intelligence official confirmed to NBC News that a Londoner named Mohammed Emwazi is the person known as “Jihadi John” in the ISIS videos. The militant’s identity was first reported by The Washington Post, which cited “friends and others with familiar with his case.” The BBC also named the individual without citing sources.

Emwazi is a Briton born in Kuwait who is known to intelligence services, according to the BBC and the Washington Post.

The Washington Post reported that Emwazi grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming before traveling to Syria in 2012 and joining ISIS.

The Metropolitan Police said it would not confirm the reports and British government officials declined to comment.

“Jihadi John” appeared in the videos showing the execution of American hostages James Foley and Steven Sotloff and Britons Alan Henning and David Haines.

He was given his nickname by the U.K. press because he was one of four Britons, dubbed the “Beatles” by their prisoners. He is also thought to have used the nom de guerre “Abu Saleh.”

Previously, British and American officials have said they believed they had ascertained his identity.

Emwazi, who had strong links to Somalia according to U.K. security sources, appears to have become radicalized after he left university.

A spokeswoman University of Westminster spokeswoman confirmed to NBC News that a student named Mohammed Emwazi left the college in 2009.

“If these allegations are true, we are shocked and sickened by the news,” she said in a statement. “With other universities in London, we are working to implement the government’s ‘Prevent’ strategy to tackle extremism.”

U.K.-based human rights group CAGE said it had worked with Emwazi in 2010 after he complained of being arrested and questioned by agents from Britain’s intelligence agency MI5 who accused him of links to Islamic extremism.

Emwazi told CAGE he had been detained in Tanzania in 2009 while attempting a post-college safari vacation with friends, and that he felt he had been harassed unfairly by intelligence agencies upon his return to Britain, the human-rights group said in a statement Thursday.

CAGE also released an email Thursday allegedly from Emwazi in which he complained that British authorities were unfairly preventing him from traveling to Kuwait.

“I have been trying to find out the reason for my refused Visa issue from my home country Kuwait, and a way to solve the issue,” the email from 2010 read. “So through my friends in Kuwait, it has been said to me that Kuwait has no problem with me entering, and the reason for my refusal is simply because the U.K. agents have told them to not let me in!”

He added: “Now I feel like a prisoner, only not in a cage, in London. A person imprisoned and controlled by security service men, stopping me from living my new life in my birthplace and my country, Kuwait.”

CAGE research director Asim Qureshi said in the statement that Emwazi bore a “some striking similarities” to Jihadi John in the beheading videos but that there was “no way” he could conclusively identify him as the man behind the mask.

http://player.theplatform.com/p/2E2eJC/nbcNewsOffsite?guid=nn_05ami_isis_140819

Kidnapped American James Foley Apparently Killed by ISISNIGHTLY NEWS

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Book Of Gomer Parable

Book Of Gomer Parable ( It wasn’t raining when Noah built The Ark )

These are the generations of Gomer, son of Homer, son of Omer.

And in the days of Gomer, Noah,the Prophet, went unto the people saying, “Prepare ye for the flood which is to come, yea, build yourselves a boat, that ye may not perish.”

Now, Gomer was a member of the Church, and taught Sunday School and played, yea, even on the ward softball team
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And Gomer’s wife said unto him, “Come, let us build unto ourselves a boat as the Prophet commandeth, that we may not perish in the flood.”

But behold, Gomer saith unto his wife, “Worry not, dear wife, for if the flood comes the government will provide boats for us.”

And Gomer did not build a boat. And Gomer’s wife went unto Noah and she returned saying,

“Behold, Honey, the Prophet saith unto us, “Build a boat, that we may preserve ourselves, for the government pays men not to grow trees, wherefore the government hath not the lumber to build for you a boat.”

And Gomer answered saying, “Fear not, oh wife, for am I not the star pitcher on the ward softball team? Wherefore, the Church will provide for us a boat, that we will perish not.”
And Gomer’s wife went again unto Noah, and she returned unto Gomer, saying, “Behold, mine husband, the Prophet saith that the Church hath not enough lumber to build a boat for everyone, wherefore, mine husband, build for us a boat that we might not perish in the flood.”

And Gomer answered her saying, “Behold, if we build a boat, when the flood cometh, will not our neighbors overpower us and take from us our boat; wherefore, what doth it profit a man to build a boat?”

And Gomer’s wife went again unto Noah and she returned, saying, “Behold, the Prophet saith, build unto yourselves a boat, and have faith, for if ye do the Lord’s bidding, He will preserve your boat for you.”

But Gomer answered his wife, saying, “Behold, with this inflation, the price of wood has gone sky high, and if we wait awhile, perhaps the price will go down again. And then I will build for us a boat.”

And Gomer’s wife went again unto Noah, and she returned saying, “Thus saith the Prophet, build for yourselves a boat RIGHT NOW, for the price of wood will not go down, but will continue to go up. Wherefore, oh husband, build for ourselves a boat, that we may perish not.”

But Gomer answered his wife, saying, “Behold, for 120 years Noah hath told us to build a boat, to preserve us from the flood, but hath the flood come? Yea, I say, nay.
Wherefore, perhaps the flood will not come for another hundred and twenty years.
And Gomer’s wife went again unto Noah and returned saying, “The Prophet saith, he knows it has been 120 years, but nevertheless, the flood will come, wherefore, build unto yourselves a boat.”

And Gomer answered her saying, “Wherewith shall we get the money to build ourselves a boat, for are we not now making monthly payments on our snazzy new four horsepower chariot? Wherefore, when our payments end, perhaps we shall build ourselves a boat.”

And Gomer’s wife went again unto Noah and returned saying, “Behold, the Prophet saith that we should cut down on our recreation, and our vacations, and even give each other lumber for Christmas, that we might thereby get enough lumber to build a boat.”

But Gomer saith unto her, “What a drag! Are we to cease enjoying life, just because we must build a boat?” Wherefore, Gomer built not a boat.

But behold, one afternoon Gomer heard thunder in the sky, and he feared exceedingly and he ran, yea, even to the lumber yard to buy lumber.
But behold, the lumber store was crowded with great multitudes, all seeking to buy lumber, and there was not enough lumber to be found for the multitudes.
And on the same day were all the fountains of the deep opened, and the windows of heaven were broken up, and the floods came — and behold, Gomer had no boat. And as the water rose above Gomer’s waist, his wife saith unto him,

“Behold, Honey, I told thee so!”

— Author Unknown

Cyber Appreciation Day

 

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I truly appreciate you

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Been There, Wish I Could Do That.
I have been checking out a lot of the other blogs out there. When someone likes what I posted, I go to their place and make sure I don’t make a mess, and poke around and peruse….
I thank you followers and liker’s for making me feel like I’m not just a waste of digital presence. I only arrived here in your sight about a month ago, and am truly a fish outta the water.
I don’t know how to do much yet, but I will learn. My biggest bad habit is my stubborn way with not quitting. No mountain can impede my progress, and now I think I have digital friends to share my “everything” with.
Over the years I’ve tried to continue to believe people are inherently good, although I don’t see it in real life, very much. I am beginning to see it here on the blog. I didn’t go to Woodstock. I was already shying away from the crowds when that was happening.
I am reclusive, yet here on the net I am alone and yet finding Friends. I still don’t have the interactions I had hoped would transpire, but I’ve only been here a month.
Thank You for being willing to let me be this much more social with you. I do appreciate all of you, and hope to be a part of this neighborhood for a long time.

The Book Of Mormon

What’s this you ask? I know you didn’t come here for a sermon, prayer meeting or any kind of religion. No one wants to be preached to, especially when they just stopped by for a cup of joe, and maybe a good read. How can a person feel comfortable with religion suddenly thrown in their face? Now I’ve made you uncomfortable, and that was not my intention. I had hoped to give you a background on a book most of you wouldn’t ever thinking about picking up, let alone actually read.
On my first post in this blog, I wrote about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, more commonly called Mormons. I am one, no, don’t get scared, I won’t try to convert you. I’m just not that kind of guy. A persons beliefs are personal, and really shouldn’t be brought up just anywhere. Maybe not here either, but now it’s too late because I already brought the subject up. Why would I do that to you?
You came here to see what I’m all about, and regardless of my affiliations, you want to know if I am worth knowing or just another waste of time and resources. I am conservative, with time, resources, power, water, and opinions. You don’t have to worry about the “Mormon” thing, you won’t go to Hell for not reading about this particular topic.
The Book Of Mormon is: Scriptures. Of course you already knew that, but did you know it was translated into the English language by Joseph Smith (no relation) in the early 1800’s? This particular book is more than, Thee’s Thou’s and Thy’s. It’s about a society of people, and their history. I didn’t read the Book Of Mormon for years when I was looking for a path in which to express myself in churchly ways. Because of the title, I refused to read it! It’s actual title is The Book Of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ.
Why would I want to read that, when I could read Doc Savage-The man of bronze, or The Incredible Journey, or Journey To The Center Of The Earth? So I didn’t read it for years after I first encountered it. Knowing a person can’t knock what they know nothing about, I had to check it out. I didn’t want to read it, but my daughter was going to be baptised and become a member of the L.D.S. church, so I gritted my few teeth and looked into it.
I read The Book Of Mormon as a novel. I just sat in a corner and read it. I pretended all of the scriptural advice wasn’t slapping me in the face, and just read it for what it was. It’s actually interesting. It’s the history of a group of people, a family who were out of their element in the mid-east. They were considered righteous and faithful to the commandments of God. Being so, they were told by an angel Jerusalem was to be destroyed, and they should leave the area. The family was told how to accomplish this, and what they needed to do to prepare for a journey to what was called “A Land Of Promise”. The promise was, if they were willing to follow all of God’s commandments, and live righteously, they would be a great people and prosper.
Their history was recorded on plates of brass in the mid-east, and on plates of gold in the new promised land. The idea of bringing this book up wasn’t to be all religious or to convert you, but to let you know what I discovered when I was younger. What’s that you ask?
Don’t judge a book by its title and don’t read one because it has a great cover with nice illustrations! I found the books with catchy titles and flashy covers were really not all that good, in fact usually the flashy covers and cool titles are the best content!
Sorry to have bored some of you, scared some of you, and freaked out the rest of you.

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Book Of Mormon

Currently, Not Out Of The Water Yet

I am going to try to not be very negative while writing all the things that just seem to get my goat. I am presently in Sparks Nevada helping family in a time of need.  While I help here in Sparks, I thought I might retry to get things going again on the web.

Who Are The Mormons or Latter-Day Saints, And Are They Christian Or Do They Worship Satan?
There seems to be a lot of folks that don’t know much about the Mormon religion or philosophies. So much bad press and misunderstandings have hampered the American people, and probably the world, from learning the nature of this particular sect of Christianity. The Mormon faith is christian based, meaning they do believe in God and Christ.

Many of the misconceptions come from people not having a full understanding of the faith. The Mormon church is actually named The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. Founded in the 1830’s by Joseph Smith, through devine guidance, the Mormon faith came about with the translation of some ancient brass and gold plates found in America (in the Ohio area).

Those plates were the history of some people that had lived in Jerusalem, around 600 b.c., who then by decree from God, were told to build a boat of an unusual design, board the craft and leave that area. When those people sealed themselves up in the boat, they had faith their God would bring them to ” The Promised Land “. That land of promise is the ” New World ” now known as the Americas.

Those folks that made that journey were told Jerusalem was to be destroyed, as the area was becoming corrupt and was an abomination in the eyes of their God. They were warned of the impending destruction of their homes, and told to leave the city taking only their livestock and a very few possesions. The one commandment they were given had to do with a history of their people, written on brass plates. They were to secure those plates and leave to follow Gods will. That history is an history of the Ten Tribes of Israel.

The basis of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints are the brass plates those people brought with them, and further histories, written on gold plates after they came ashore in the Americas. Those plates contain some of the history, doctrines and scriptures of that group of faithful people, we now call the Nephites. Those plates are what was translated into The Book Of Mormon, one of the sets of scripture the church uses even today.

Many of the misconceptions about the Mormon faith are semantics. All ancient histories are written in the perspective of the time they were written. As modern people with a more full understanding of what has happened throughout history, we need to look beyond the words and to recognize the meanings of what has been recorded and passed down to us from old. The Book of Mormon is a history of the ancient people that came to the new world, by the hand of God, and reveals the fact: When a people are rightous, honest, and just, and follow the commandments of God, they will prosper. When they turn their backs on that philosophy, they are attacked, enslaved, or killed. The history contained in the Book of Mormon is about 1000 years of duration from about 600 b.c. until 420 a.d. and describes the lives and then the demise of that people.

Without getting too confusing about the semantics of the faith, I’ll just state a few things people seem to have trouble with, don’t understand or have learned entirely wrong.
Myth 1) The Mormons don’t worship God or Christ but worship Joseph Smith. That is the opposite of the facts. Mormons, or the people of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, do believe in and worship both God and Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith is venerated and given credit for his role in translating the ancient plates and starting the church, but he is not worshipped.

Myth 2) Mormons don’t follow the rules of the country and are into deviant acts such as polygamy. This is another case of not understanding the situations of the past and not allowing all of the facts to be presented.
During an especially difficult time in the mid 1800’s while our country was at war, a group of soldiers fought for America. One Battalion, the Mormons, although persecuted, still took to arms at the behest of the president of the United States. These 1000 men left their wives and children to help our nation. Polygamy was the answer the Saints came up with to care for the wives and children of those soldiers.
This was not an open invitation for sex or lust, but an idea to keep the families of these men strong and productive. The way it was set up, an able man would wed the wife of another man and care for her and the children, while her first husband was away at war. For each wife a seperate household had to be provided, so if a man was able and willing to marry two or three women, he’ld have to provide that many seperate residences, and provide for each family he promised to care for. Only the wealthiest of men could even do this.
This was done so the children could grow up with the knowledge and blessings of the church and family, and be taught all of the responsibilities of being a member of the church. The Mormon faith is such that family is the central focus of the religion. At the end of the war, and with the President of our country saying polygamy isn’t in line with our country’s beliefs or policies, polygamy was halted by the members of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. Other churches, or ex-members of the Morman faith, started up new sects of the religion, and still follow some of those practices, but the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints halted that practice, and abides by all of the laws and rules of our country.

Myth 3) The Mormons are devil worshippers. Those that don’t want to know how a system is set up might suggest that, but the truth is the members of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints don’t worship the devil, or Lucefer. Although they will admit the devil is a brother to Jesus, I am not going to get into all of the reasoning for that statement. The Morman philosophy is not about worshipping Satan, but God through Jesus Christ.

Myth 4) Mormans don’t use the Bible, but have their own scriptures. The truth is the Bible, providing it it a true translation, such as the King James Version, is one of four sets of scriptures the members of the church use. The other scriptures in use by those of this faith are, The Pearl of Great Price ( a translation of some papyrus scrolls found near the Dead Sea ) the Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenents, a book with many of the church’s tenants recorded therein.

In conclusion, all religions have a foundation in truth, although we may never know how much is true and how much is wishful thinking. In this era of scientific thinking, many of the things we’ve been taught are in fact turning out to be of a factual basis. It’s up to the individual to decide for themselves what may be true for them, and what is not.

One tenant of the Mormon faith is: Pray earnestly, and ask of God, in the name of Jesus Christ, that you may come to know the truth of these things. You are not expected to blindly follow any ideas, or just blindly have faith. Seek the answers earnestly, read and study the scriptures, and pray for an understanding. Reflection will give you some of the answers you seek.

For more information or clarification of anything I’ve written here, call on the L.D.S. Missionaries in your area. They will welcome a discussion with you about all things pertaining to the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, and any questions you may have regarding the faith or philosophies I’ve written of.
Rusty Garner-Smith