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President Hinckley 30-01-2008, 09:18 Permalink You were generals in the War in Heaven and one day when you are in the spirit world, you will be enthralled by those you are associated with. You will ask someone in which time period they lived and you might hear, "I was with Moses when he parted the Red Sea," or "I helped built the pyramids'" or "I fought with Captain Moroni." And as you are standing there in amazement, someone will turn to you and ask you which of the prophets' time did you live in? And when you say "Gordon B. Hinckley" a hush will fall over every hall and corridor in Heaven, and all in attendance will bow at your presence. You were held back six thousand years because you were the most talented, most obedient, most courageous, and most righteous.

Elder Boyd K. Packer thor0128

President Hinckley 30-01-2008, 09:00 Permalink

You were generals in the War in Heaven and one day when you are in the spirit world, you will be enthralled by those you are associated with. You will ask someone in which time period they lived and you might hear, "I was with Moses when he parted the Red Sea," or "I helped built the pyramids'" or "I fought with Captain Moroni." And as you are standing there in amazement, someone will turn to you and ask you which of the prophets' time did you live in? And when you say "Gordon B. Hinckley" a hush will fall over every hall and corridor in Heaven, and all in attendance will bow at your presence. You were held back six thousand years because you were the most talented, most obedient, most courageous, and most righteous.

Elder Boyd K. Packer

By Scot Facer Proctor

Not all of us have such a fancy pointing stick as President Hinckley. Kirtland Temple.

We marveled at the contrast of Joseph Smith's visit to the White House to meet with President Van Buren and President Hinckley's visit to the White House to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor given a United States citizen. The White House, Washington, D.C.

President Hinckley said that "Sister Hinckley would have loved this event." The White House, Washington, D.C.

You just can't help breaking into a smile when you are around Gordon B. Hinckley. Kirtland Temple.

President Hinckley is patient with all the photographers who are constantly taking his picture. He did say to us one time, in a quiet tone , that "if all the cameras in the world were thrown into the ocean, there would be a great flood." Kirtland Temple.

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The loss of a great man 28-01-2008, 07:22 Personal Permalink http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/news-releases-stories/beloved-church-president-gordon-b-hinckley-dies-at-97

Beloved Church President, Gordon B. Hinckley, Dies at 97

SALT LAKE CITY 27 January 2008 President Gordon B. Hinckley, who led The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through twelve years of global expansion, has died at the age of 97.

President Hinckley was the 15th president in the 177-year history of the Church and had served as its president since 12 March 1995.

The Church president died at his apartment in downtown Salt Lake City at 7:00 p.m. Sunday night from cause’s incident to age. Member of his family were at his bedside. A successor is not expected to be formally chosen by the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles until after President Hinckley’s funeral within the next few days.

President Hinckley was known, even at the age of 95, as a tireless leader who always put in a full day at the office and traveled extensively around the world to mix with Church members, now numbering nearly 13 million in 171 nations.

His quick wit and humor, combined with an eloquent style at the pulpit, made him one of the most loved of modern Church leaders. A profoundly spiritual man, he had a great fondness for history and often peppered his sermons with stories from the Church’s pioneer past.

He was a popular interview subject with journalists, appearing on 60 Minutes with Mike Wallace and on CNN’s Larry King Live, as well as being quoted and featured in hundreds of newspapers and magazines over the years. During the Salt Lake Olympics of 2002, his request that the Church refrain from proselytizing visitors was credited by media with generating much of the goodwill that flowed to the Church from the international event.

In recent years, a number of major developments in the Church reflected President Hinckley’s personal drive and direction. In calling for 100 temples to be in operation before the end of the year 2000, the Church president committed the Church to a massive temple-building program.

In 1999 — 169 years after the Church was organized by its founder, Joseph Smith — the Church had 56 operating temples. Three years later that number had doubled, largely because of a smaller, highly practical temple architectural plan that delivered these sacred buildings to Church members in far-flung parts of the world. Many more Church members can now experience the sacred ceremonies that occur only in temples, including marriages for eternity and the sealing of families in eternal units.

President Hinckley was the most traveled president in the Church’s history. His duties took him around the world many times to meet with Latter-day Saints in more than 60 countries. He was the first Church president to travel to Spain, where in 1996 he broke ground for a temple in Madrid; and to the African nations of Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Cape Verde, where he met with thousands of Latter-day Saints in 1998. In 2005, he traveled nearly 25,000 miles on a seven-nation, nine-day tour to Russia, South Korea, China, Taiwan, India, Kenya, and Nigeria.

At a general conference of Church members in April 2001, President Hinckley initiated the Perpetual Education Fund — an ambitious program to help young members of the Church (mainly returning missionaries from developing countries) receive higher education and work-related training that they would otherwise likely never receive.

Closer to his Salt Lake City home, President Hinckley announced the construction of a new Conference Center in 1996 and dedicated it four years later. Seating 21,000 people, it is believed to be the largest religious and theater auditorium in the world and has become the hub for the Church’s general conference messages to the world, broadcast in 54 languages.

Even before his term as president, President Hinckley’s extensive Church service included 14 years as a counselor in the First Presidency, the highest presiding body in the government of the Church, and 20 years before that as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

President Hinckley was born 23 June 1910 in Salt Lake City, a son of Bryant Stringham and Ada Bitner Hinckley. One of his forebears, Stephen Hopkins, came to America on the Mayflower. Another, Thomas Hinckley, served as governor of the Plymouth Colony from 1680 to 1692.

President Hinckley’s first job was as a newspaper carrier for the Deseret News, a Salt Lake City daily. After attending public schools in Salt Lake City, he earned a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Utah and then served two years as a full-time missionary for the Church in Great Britain. He served with distinction and ultimately was appointed as an assistant to the Church apostle who presided over all the European missions.

Upon successfully completing his missionary service in the mid-1930s, he was asked by Heber J. Grant, then president of the Church, to organize what has become the Church's Public Affairs Department.

President Hinckley began serving as a member of the Sunday School general board in 1937, two years after returning home from missionary service in Great Britain. For 20 years he directed all Church public communications. In 1951 he was named executive secretary of the General Missionary Committee, managing the entire missionary program of the Church, and served in this capacity for seven years.

On 6 April 1958, while serving as president of the East Millcreek Stake in Salt Lake City (a stake is similar to a diocese), President Hinckley was appointed as a general authority, or senior full-time leader of the Church. In this capacity he served as an assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles before being appointed to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on 5 October 1961.

President Hinckley received a number of educational honors, including the Distinguished Citizen Award from Southern Utah University; the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Utah; and honorary doctorates from Westminster College, Utah State University, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Southern Utah University, Utah Valley State College and Salt Lake Community College. The Gordon B. Hinckley Endowment for British Studies, a program focused on the arts, literature and history of the United Kingdom, was established at the University of Utah.

President Hinckley was awarded the Silver Buffalo Award by the Boy Scouts of America; was honored by the National Conference for Community and Justice (formerly the National Conference of Christians and Jews) for his contributions to tolerance and understanding in the world; and received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In 2004, President Hinckley was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in the White House.

In March 2000 President Hinckley addressed the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. He also addressed the Religion Newswriters Association and the U.S. Conference of Mayors and twice addressed the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.

President Hinckley wrote and edited several books and numerous manuals, pamphlets and scripts, including a best-selling book, Standing for Something, aimed at a general audience. In it he championed the virtues of love, honesty, morality, civility, learning, forgiveness, mercy, thrift and industry, gratitude, optimism and faith. He also testified of what he called the “guardians of virtue,” namely traditional marriage and family.

President Hinckley married Majorie Pay in the Salt Lake Temple in 1937. They have five children, 25 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. Sister Hinckley passed away 6 April 2004. thor0128

What's up 09-01-2008, 16:05 Personal Permalink Well we are in the second week of the new year already! I have put up some new test web pages at http://www.masaweb.info/forms/ if you are interested! New flash pages, plugins and more.

I will be posting another review of a neat piece of software I have found for ripping DVD for iPods movies. more to follow. thor0128

Jailbreaking my iPod 15-02-2008, 13:56 Permalink Okay this is not for the weak of heart! It took about 3 hours to do. But now I can have all kinds cool stuff games, fancy themes, BossPrefs, Books and Book of Mormon on my iPod touch!

The biggest deal was down grading my firmware! after that everything went great! firmware 1.1.1 (where I started) jailbreak, 1.1.2 add BSD, then the official (mac dev team) jailbreak of 1.1.3!

I have add a couple of things like FTP, SSH so I can use my iPod as a get little internet device! thor0128

What I beleive 04-02-2008, 12:02 Personal Permalink Thomas S. Monson Named 16th Church President

SALT LAKE CITY 4 February 2008 Thomas S. Monson is the new president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it was announced today at a news conference in the Church Office Building. President Monson, 80, succeeds President Gordon B. Hinckley, who died 27 January.

The new world leader of the Church has called to serve with him in the First Presidency, the top governing body of the 13-million-member faith, President Henry B. Eyring, 74, first counselor, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 67, second counselor.

President Boyd K. Packer, 83, is the new president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The vacancy in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will be filled later. thor0128

iPod Touch 13-03-2008, 14:26 Personal Permalink Well it has been a week or two since I have posted. First I have updated the Family web site. We have also changed servers at Little Oak Hosting so we have had to redo a few things.

Second I have un-jailbroken my iPod Touch back to 1.1.4 firmware. I am working with the new iPhone SDK to create my own code for my touch. It is all based upon Xcode so it is not that bad to learn.

We got rid of the 1992 Ford Tararus since the transmission was slipping. Now looking for a another car for Nikki and Zach to drive. We got a 37 inch LCD panel TV in our bedroom, it is pretty cool. Working on a few large projects at work that look like they are going to close this year. Jason and Cam are talking about moving out of the house into their own place (roommates), so that will be cool. thor0128

New Tech 25-04-2008, 06:48 Apple, Computer Permalink This is very cool, check it out A page reader on the web! COOL! thor0128

Wow new RW is coming 25-04-2008, 06:01 Apple Permalink Well it seems I did not make the beta team again from RW. Well I am told they are up to build 3000 as of this morning. It is pretty cool what you can pick up on Twitter. Thanks for the info Nik. thor0128

More on RW 4.0 23-04-2008, 07:16 Apple, Personal Permalink http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/2008/04/23/exclusive-preview-rapidweaver-matures-with-version-4

Check out the above link! It show the slick new features of release 4.0 of my favorite web design tool for MAC! Most RW users are dying to get their hands on the new version! I have applied for the beta so maybe I will be picked! Then I will have more to say AFTER I GET TO PLAY WITH IT! Oh yes it is for Leopard users only! thor0128

Happenings 18-06-2008, 13:07 Personal Permalink Well it has been a busy couple of weeks. With my trips to Arizona for work. Nikole has graduated from High School (Oh Yeah!), we had Glenn Junior, Adam, Mindy, Brayton, RE and Weston here for the past few days. It has been wonderful too have them all here visiting. The Kids have all grown so much!

More to follow. thor0128

What I beleive 31-07-2008, 07:14 Permalink Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I am asked if I believe in Jesus Christ? The answer is yes. Click Here thor0128

What I believe 31-07-2008, 06:33 Personal Permalink Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is very important to me. Many times I have been asked if I believe that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Saviour? Or do you believe in Jesus Christ. Maybe this will help!

http://www.youtube.com/swf/l.swf?video_id=eislHi_6Rbs&rel=1&eurl=http%3A//www.ldsmag.com/youtube/080731bread.html&iurl=http%3A//i.ytimg.com/vi/eislHi_6Rbs/default.jpg&t=OEgsToPDskL8kWyTcXFZHNdP2USnK3hF&hl=

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Latest Happenings. 20-10-2008, 12:31 Permalink I have not blogged in a about a month. So here is what has happened:

  1. The house has received new windows a new coat of paint!
  2. We are looking at replacing our front entry door
  3. Did my first 5K this past weekend.
  4. Revamping my web site

That is about it... thor0128

My feed back on MS products for MAC 20-11-2008, 11:53 Permalink Okay I have just finished up installing MS Office:mac 2008 Special Media Edition for Digital Media Enthusiasts on to my Macbook Pro:

Here is my opinion of the installation process.

why build an installer that requires you to shut down all applications for a mac!
2. why the heck do we still have to download and install each update at a time?
why does Expression Media take so bloody long to import 2.5K worth of pictures?
It took 30 minutes I would hate to have had 100K worth of pictures it would have taken days!
Okay end of complaining....

Okay the interface changes:

Why the crap did the package Messenger 6? it sucks. 7 is not much better. Can’t run Apple Script or Automator workflows from the Office script menu (BOO HISS) Still has lots of know issues with Leopard (MORE BOOING AND HISSING).. I still like Pages, Keynote, and Numbers better...

Just my 2 cents worth...

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Happy Tuesday! 18-11-2008, 11:16 Permalink Well I have been on calls since 5:30 am today.

But have a couple of very happy customers today! Hurray!

OK, I love my new paint sprayer (Graco X7) it has provided me great service and it is very easy to use. very easy to clean!

What I am not happy about is my HP 3600n, I just spent 140.00 for a yellow cartridge that lasted less than 150 pages! First the printer did not recognize it, had to inserted 4 times! That is the last time I buy genuine HP cartridges!

Sometime OEM is better! thor0128

What's new on Monday! 17-11-2008, 13:38 Permalink Okay it is Monday! Happy Monday!

I am doing live customer demos today. Hurray! That is done! got one coat of white trim paint on the front door! thor0128

What's New this Saturday 17-11-2008, 10:37 Permalink Well it was a good day today, I removed old front door on the house and installed a fiberglass door, on the house.

It took about 3 hours to complete. It looks sharp, now for it to warm up enough to paint it blue! I need to go get some new inside trim to match the rest of the house.

In the afternoon we went too the new 007 movie with the kids (Jason, Cam, Nikki, Zach and Sue) it was a pretty good one I guess.. Note too self don’t show up 10 minutes before the movie because you get bad seats..

After the movies we all went to B&N book shopping then to Grand China for dinner tasty!

More later.. I have to get ready for a demo for work.. Fun fun fun.

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