You Can’t Get Back to Neutral Ground

“When the Prophet had ended telling how he had been treated, Brother Behunin remarked: ‘If I should leave this Church I would not do as those men have done: I would go to some remote place where Mormonism had never been heard of, settle down, and no one would ever learn that I knew anything about it.’Crossing the Bridge 2017 09 13 (3) msn

“The great Seer immediately replied: ‘Brother Behunin, you don’t know what you would do. No doubt these men once thought as you do. Before you joined this Church you stood on neutral ground. When the gospel was preached, good and evil were set before you. You could choose either or neither. There were two opposite masters inviting you to serve them. When you joined this Church you enlisted to serve God. When you did that you left the neutral ground, and you never can get back on to it. Should you forsake the Master you enlisted to serve, it will be by the instigation of the evil one, and you will follow his dictation and be his servant.’”15



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14″ Bolt Cutter Recovery

2020 01 03 S (3) m2sn Recovery of Bolt CutterThis is a 14′ bolt cutter that had been dropped into concrete and never cleaned that I bought at a used tool store.

2020 01 04 S (1) ms Recovery of Bolt Cutter, after 12 hours in vinegar

I soaked the cutter in acid, disassembled it, then cleaned it with a wire brush.

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2020 01 05 (4) msn Recovery of Bolt Cutter

I’ve very pleased with the results. I made a $5 piece of junk into a $30 cutter.


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Photos of the Christmas Lights on Temple Square

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I Live in Terror—

I live in absolute terror of a catastrophic computer hard drive failure. I’m at risk of losing 90 thousand photographs, some of which were taken by my grandmother when she was a missionary in Illinois. I would lose my journal entries going back to 1984. They are extensive and detailed. This year’s journal is 154 pages long. And there are family history documents.

Even so, I can sleep at night because I have an insurance policy. I have three of them.

2019 12 09 (11) msn 3 Exterior Hard Drives

All my data is backed up to three 4-tereabyte exterior hard drives. I hook up one of the hard drives and backup all my data. A week or two later, I back up my data to the next hard drive. When these hard drives are not in use, I store them in safe places. Being disconnected protects them against a virus, ransom ware, a power surge or grand kids with creative ideas.

If the house burns down . . . well . . . I’ll cover that in another post.

2019 12 12 (4) msn Computer with Exterior Hard Drive

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Salt Lake Temple Square Nativities

Different cultures have different ways of displaying the birth of Our Savior.2019 12 15 (19) msn Nativity

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When Mom Comes Home

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How to Clean Data from a Hard Drive

2019 12 09 (45) msn Erasing a Hard Drive

Before disposing of a computer, it is wise to erase all the data. Simply pressing “delete” isn’t good enough. All that does is change one bit, which, in effect, makes that “space available”. The data remains until over written by something. My method is more dramatic and more fun.

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