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Sunday, August 28, 2011

WashingtonDC Temple

The beautiful Washington DC Temple that had damaged spires after the earthquake

The damaged spire shown by Scott Trotter
An earthquake on the 5,8 Richter scale was felt on the east coast of America, a rarity. The Washington Temple lost some of its spires as the news blurb states, but no damage inside or elsewhere. The Lord and His angels were no doubt very busy during the quake for their were other Temples in the area including the one on New York

KENSINGTON, MD. — Tuesday's earthquake caused "minor damage" to the Washington, D.C., Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter said the temple's spires and facade were damaged during the earthquake.
"There was no damage to the temple interior and no injuries were reported," Trotter said. "The temple remains operational."
Area resident Douglas Wiggins told the LDS Church News that the tips broke off of four of the temple's six spires. The tip on one of the remaining two spires was bent.
In nearby Washington, D.C., the National Cathedral experienced similar impact, with its central tower and three of its four corner spires sustaining damage in the earthquake that registered a magnitude 5.8 and was centered 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Va.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Man and Woman for marriage

19th August 2011 I sent off an email to Ross Vasta stating that I wanted to keep the definition of marriage as it is when they voting goes to the senate next week. I also signed the petition. Marriage definition is a union between a man and a woman for life and I explained that this is important for our nation, our people and our children.

In Brief:
Late last year the Federal Parliament passed a Greens’ motion calling on MPs to consult with their constituents on whether Australia should introduce same-sex marriage. The motion is putting enormous pressure on the Gillard Government to renege on its election promise to keep marriage between a man and a woman. It is vital we show politicians that there are a large number of people who do not want marriage redefined.
Sign the petition in support of marriage;
•Email your member of parliament to say marriage has too many benefits for children and society to be redefined;
•Ring your MP's office to voice your concern (contact details are available by clicking here - if you do not know your electorate please click here); and,
•Preferably, make an appointment to visit your MP.
Please take action straight away!
The details:
The Greens are pressuring the Gillard Government to renege on its election promise to preserve marriage. Sadly, some Government MPs have bowed to this pressure.
A Greens' motion was passed in Parliament in the last sitting period of 2010 calling on members to consult with their electorates on the issue of same-sex marriage. While this looks democratic on the part of the Greens, their real intent is to build pressure for undermining marriage. Please make use of this ‘consultation’ to tell your local MP that marriage is too important to society to be redefined.
If marriage is redefined, as it has been in Canada, the next push will be for marriage to include polygamous relationships, as is currently being tested in a court in Canada.
This is the most important year ever for Australian marriage. Your courageous and active participation in the debate will ensure the law continues to reflect the complementary and natural reality of the male-female marital union.
:: so what now? | how to get involved

1 | your say | send a pollie_mail 2 | strength in numbers | sign petition
3 | shape opinions | letters to the editor 4 | get_informed | more info
:: sign our petition | join the groundswell
wepetition | To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The petition of the undersigned shows:
On November 15th 2010 in the House of Representatives the following motion was passed: “This House calls on all parliamentarians, consistent with their duties as representatives, to gauge their constituents' views on ways to achieve equal treatment for same sex couples including marriage". This petition is a response to that motion.

Your petitioners ask/request that the Senate:

Note that the undersigned support the current definition of marriage as outlined in the Marriage Act 1961 namely: “marriage means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”, and that we call upon the Senate to act in defence of this definition of marriage and not to permit recognition of any other form of relationship to be considered equal to marriage as defined above

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Scripture study

Jane's keen on Scripture study then applying her findings in her life, as I am in mine. Scripture study is a wonderful way of learning about our Lord and Saviour and what He requires from us. We strive to emulate Him, follow Him and learn of Him. We strive as sisters in Zion, Heavenly Father's mothers in Zion, as elect ladies, His special daughters, to do all that is required of us

Jane's story:
I read all the cross references to Revelation. Then Gifts. The diligence, which quickly became heed and diligence.
Now I am reading Charity. Because I thought I needed more or it. I could see an attitude adjustment was needed.
But something happened to the reading. I got so busy doing the charity, being charitable in word and deed I forgot to read.
I can tell, as my notebook is open with the day and date of the last time I sat and read my scriptures.And it is not yesterday.
I can report though, great success in the change in my heart. And surely that is the desired outcome. Yes the scripture reading has to be there, but if it causes no change what’s the point.
I am sure I need more charity, I mean, who doesn’t? But for now I am going to move on to a new subject. I am considering Gratitude, blessings. thankfulness. That kind fo thing.
Because of late I have been Greatly Blessed. In small (what’s small really?) significant ways.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Another priesthood holder, so very young, has gone

So very sad. Heavenly Father must want this Preisthood holder for a wise and glorious purpose in the Celestial Kingdom. An unmarried returned missionary dedicated to his work of helping to bring democracy to troubled nations and getting rid of the hated and notorious terrorist Osam Bin Laden. Workman';s honour and glory are eternal. May his family be strenthened at this sad lost and may the samll town of Branding be strong and never forget her heroes. They have lost three young men so far. I have cried reading this article

BLANDING, San Juan County — Jason Workman knew since he was a young boy that he wanted to be a Navy SEAL.
He knew the odds of making the elite fighting force were slim. Workman not only accomplished his goal, but he also became a member of the elite Navy SEAL Team 6.
Saturday, Petty Officer First Class Jason Workman, 32, was among the 31 Americans killed, including 22 members of SEAL Team 6, when their helicopter was shot down by insurgents in Afghanistan.

Sept. 7, 2010
Members of the SEAL Team 6 were responsible for killing Osama bin Laden.

Sunday, the small southern Utah town of Blanding, where flags flew at half staff, was in mourning over the loss of their hometown hero. The town of about 3,000 people has already lost two other servicemen in the war.
"This community loved what this young man was doing for us, as well as our other soldiers are doing for us," said Blanding Mayor Toni Turk.
Workman was a man that even if residents hadn't personally met, they were proud to call him one of their own.
"We are so proud of someone like Jason being from a small town to become an elite special forces soldier," said his childhood friend Tate Bennett.
Workman was a star athlete in Blanding, playing high school football, baseball and basketball, reaching All-State status in at least two of those sports. He was also a strong swimmer and competed in triathlons, Bennett said.
But what made Workman a hero to many, Bennett said, was how well-rounded he was.
"He was not only real good athlete and real popular kid, but he was pretty academic. He took a lot of AP classes. He was just really, really well-rounded. He was very personable, very out going."
"He would do anything to help the guy across the table from him," said family friend Rick Eldredge. "He would give you the shirt off his back. He was just willing to do anything for anybody and he's proven by giving his life to this country."
Workman was the youngest of four brothers. Bennett remembered when Workman's older brother graduated from West Point when he was about 14, he was adamant even then that he was going to grow up to become a Navy SEAL.
The other time he remembers Workman being vocal about his conviction to be a SEAL was right after the Sept. 11 attack.
After going on a LDS mission to Brazil (which he finished in Philadelphia due to illness) he went to Southern Utah University and later enlisted with the U.S. Navy.
"He was doing it for sole purpose of becoming a SEAL," Bennett said Workman told him.
Bennett said that Workman knew the odds of becoming a Navy SEAL were slim. But he was determined to make it.
"Not making it just wasn't an option," Workman said. "He didn't become a Navy SEAL by chance. He knew that's what he wanted at a young age and made it happen."
Bennett recalled Workman always had "some crazy story" about the kind of training SEAL prospects were put through.
Once he became a SEAL, Bennett said it was his understanding that Workman's speciality was in explosives.
But he admitted he didn't even know Workman was part of the Team 6 until recently.
Even if Workman had not accomplished his goal of becoming a Navy SEAL, Bennett said he "would have been a hero for somebody in some other aspect, like a firefighter or law enforcement."
Bennett believes that Workman thought his purpose in life was to serve and help others. He was big, strong and smart and, "recognized that his gift was best used in helping other people."
Workman returned to his hometown nine months ago to train area police and deputies, and was planning to return in December to do some more training
Workman is survived by his wife and 21-month-old son who live in Virginia.
The Workman family released a statement thanking everyone for their prayers and support.
"Jason had been in the service for almost 8 years. He loved his job and was great at it. Jason was the Best of the Best. Jason was admired by so many and will be dearly missed," the family said in their prepared statement.
The family said Workman would be buried later this week in Arlington National Cemetery.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Susan Dayley

What’s out your backdoor? asks Susan Dayley
All I can see out my back door Susan is rooftops and trees with a vast sky overhead. Its out my front door the view can be interesting, for here I catch interesting scenes of the heavy rain that pelts down at times, of the sunsets if I'm lucky, and my neighbours hi-set homes, the green of the verge and lawn, red of the geranium, and views of some of my potplants. I would dearly love to look out either door and see mountains, Heavenly Father's most marvelous creations.

Susan's Tokyo Mountains
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. –Psalm 121:1
He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below
He saw everything as far as you can see
Rocky Mountain High
–John Denver

5 Pictures and less than 200 Words.
by susandayley on July 22, 2011
I’m a mountain person. I love looking toward the horizon and seeing them. I love how they draw my eyes upward with promises.
One time I visited a Japanese garden just beyond our hotel in the middle of Tokyo. I looked over the green barrier of the shrubbery to the steel and glass vertical city mountains just beyond. The view confused me. When I lived in Texas, I loved the people and the adventure, but I felt lost in a land without mountains rising on the horizon.
I took the pictures below “out my backdoor.” They are my view north, east and south. To the west is a mound called West Mountain. Somebody from “back east” must have named it. I prefer to think of it as the “hill to the west.” (Actually I don’t think of it much.) I didn’t take its picture.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Robin Mills and Warrawagine Station

Robin and his wife Lyle have been very good friends for many years. Their move to Warrawagine from their farm in Watheroo provided an opening for me to do my Honours and then Doctoral Degree. The first was based solely on Warrawagine and its history, the second covered part of it and six major river basins in Western Australia's vast North West. Their son Chris has been a long time friend of my own sons since the days of Cubs in Watheroo when I was Akela. Robin is in the news frequently, being outspoken on many issues, and he an Lyle are very caring, loving and concerned people, well aware of the tragedies that can unfold in the bush and doing their best to alleviate suffering. Below are several articles related to Robin and his family.

Camel action plan devised - Sally Barker
A new action plan to control feral camel numbers has been developed by delegates at a feral camel conference in Alice Springs this week. The plan is to raise awareness of the feral camel problem and set up an accredited abattoir in the Northern Territory to help reduce the numbers. It's estimated around 600-thousand camels are now roaming around the rangelands and numbers expected to double in eight years. The camels cause untold ecologically damage and smash toilets and bores in order to get to water. Robin Mills from Warrawagine Station in East Pilbara says the action plan is a step in the right direction. He says, "I think the key point was that everybody is aware of the fact that the numbers are escalating out of control, and that we'll have to look at control methods. The initial hope is that we can create a harvesting method whereby they can be utilised and not just shot and wasted sort of thing." The action plan will be sent to federal and state governments for comment.
Robin Mills, Warrawagine Station in east Pilbara

Northern WA too wet to muster
An example of the challenges for WA farmers...while those in the south grapple with drought, several pastoralists in the state's NORTH have had to stop mustering due to torrential rain .
Robin Mills from Warrawagine Station in the Pilbara, says they've measured about 90 millimetres in the last five days.
The unseasonal rain's left trucks bogged, and put the muster back by a fortnight.
Robin Mills: The two trucks are still stranded on the flats just out from the homestead. Their tyres are sort of sitting in about four inches of water at this stage, with mud all round. We've had to let the cattle out, we can't handle them while it's wet. So yeah, it's put a bit of a dampener on things.

Award recognises Pilbara aid
Posted May 19, 2003 11:41:00
A man from the Pilbara, in Western Australia's north-west, has been awarded a prestigious police certificate for his role in saving the lives of two people stranded north-east of Marble Bar two weeks ago.
Warrawagine Station manager Robin Mills was presented with the award by the Assistant Police Commissioner after he found the tourists who had blown all their car's tyres trying to cross rugged terrain.
Mr Mills and his sons used a helicopter to find the missing pair, and supplied them with food and water, a satellite telephone and equipment to fix their four-wheel drive.
Mr Mills says he has been involved in two other rescue efforts in recent years, but says he is not a hero.
"Anybody that's in that position would do the same thing. It's just we're the last station before the desert and it just seems to be an area where that's happened," he said.
"It may not happen again for many years but, I mean, any person would have done what we've done. You don't want to see people stranded out there and I guess one day somebody will come to our rescue."

12 January, 2010 12:01PM AWSTCleaning up Cyclone Laurence
By Lana Reed Cyclone Laurence may have knocked Wallal Downs, Eighty Mile and Mandora down...but it didn't knock them out!
Cyclone Laurence spent eleven days in the Kimberley and four days in the Pilbara before dying out on the 23rd of December, 2009.
It dumped over 600mm of rain, crushed homesteads and buildings like they were cardboard boxes, saw hundreds of cattle perished and put the damage bill into the millions.
Wallal Downs, Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park and Mandora Station took a direct hit as Cyclone Laurence crossed the coast as a Category Five system.
Sandfire Roadhouse was also damaged.
The clean up of Cyclone Laurence will continue for months to come.
ABC North West and ABC Kimberley went down to see the devastation first hand.

. Local hero awarded medal Robin Mills, Geoff Mills, and Ian Walton who rescued two truck drivers from the Nullagine River in the Pilbara. ... Warrawagine Station owner Robin Mills. Mon, 29 Mar 2010 16: 56: 00 0800.
Station owners rescue trapped truck drivers
Updated June 14, 2008 13:52:00
Two truck drivers have been rescued after their rigs were trapped in rising waters in the Nullagine River in the Western Australian Pilbara.
Three trucks were carrying manganese from a mine east of Marble Bar when their drivers tried to cross the rain-swollen river about 4:00am today.
One of the drivers abandoned his truck and made it to the river bank, but the other two were stranded.
Police were called out, as were the owners of a nearby family-run outback station.
Robin Mills owns the nearby station.
His son Geoff drove 180 kilometres to reach the site where he used a jet ski to tow the drivers to safety because the river was too turbulent.
Meanwhile, Mr Mills had used a helicopter to reach the men.
"The second guy - the one that was sitting on the side of the tipper - he was pretty distressed with hypothermia so we were able to lower out of the helicopter thermal blankets and a little two-way radio so that he could talk to us and at least he knew what we were doing," he said.
The two rescued drivers were taken to hospital suffering hypothermia.
Police have praised Geoff Mills, saying he took his own life in his hands to rescue the two men.

Cardo Stud

I spent ten years with my husband and family on this great stud farm. Glen Keamy was an exceptional and caring boss for my husband to work for, and always considered me as his wife. My job was to watch for rain and pelt for the stud ram shed to shut the door to keep the expensive little darlings dry. I would see them lined up at the door, white faces turned to where I was coming from, expressions definitely telling me to hurry up. They were pampered, spoilt, always had their faces washed and a heater to keep them warm in the winter, with fans in the summer. They were expensive and well-bred pedigrees carrying beautiful, fine wool.

The West Australian had this to say about him:
When it comes to merinos, Glen Keamy can only say they have been his life's work.
Mr Keamy, who received a Medal of the Order of Australia, said he was "proud and honoured" to receive the accolade for services to the stud merino industry and local government.
The former Wesley College student grew up on the family's Cardo merino stud, near Watheroo, north of Perth.
As a boy, his earliest memories were conversations about merinos, but he could not have imagined that a lifelong obsession would take him all over the world and earn him international recognition.
He is a former president of the Australian Association of Stud Merino breeders and was president of the World Federation of Merino Breeders.
Mr Keamy said his many years on the Shire of Moora had given him a "great opportunity" to contribute to his local community.