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I'm a dedicated Mormon family man with wide ranging interests in religion, politics, history, science, nature, technology, education, language, and art.

An experienced web application engineer by profession, I'm formally educated in English literature and literary criticism with additional studies in physics and electronics.

On the side, I perform puppet-comedy shows, dabble in mime as time permits, and am trying to be a part-time farmer.

I am a firm believer in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I run a web portal for LDS blogs.  I also often write about Mormon related subjects on my own blog, Sixteen Small Stones.

As a conservative republican curmudgeon, I believe strongly that the U.S. Constitution should be interpreted through the natural rights philosophy of the Declaration of Independence and principles of limited government, liberty, responsibility, virtue, self-reliance, thrift, and self-control.

I was born and raised in the western United States. I have also lived in Santiago Chile and traveled in Puerto Rico, Italy, and Israel.
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Didn't learn to read until I was nearly 9 years old. Read The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion by the time I was 11 years old.
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"As I submit to you my testimony of Joseph Smith, I acknowledge his humanness along with his great spiritual powers. He did not claim to be divine, nor a perfect man. He claimed only to be a mortal man with human feelings and imperfections, trying honestly to fulfill the divine mission given to him."
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"There should be no exaggerated emphasis on the fallibility or mortal failings of Joseph Smith. They were only things that are a part of any human being. He and his work enjoyed the benediction of Deity."
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"As the years pass since Joseph’s life and death, his history will no doubt be analyzed, picked at, criticized, challenged, and pored over. But the evidences of the truthfulness of his statements will continue to mount. The devotion and commitment of those who accept the restored gospel will continue to be severely tested. Their faith will be sorely tried, as has been the case with so many in the past. But like Joseph himself, millions will live and die faithful to the gospel he restored. As time moves on, the stature of Joseph Smith will loom ever larger. He will stand higher and higher in the esteem of mankind. Ever so many will come to a profound conviction, as I have, that there is a divine source to the message he taught and an eternal purpose to the work which he restored on earth."

Apostle James E. Faust, 1981

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+Jonathan Max Wilson Yes Brother, how are you doing, sorry for late reply, i sign out early, it was getting late here. But its morning now and i will be leaving for work, i like your posts and comments to much.
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My latest blog post:

Living prophets and apostles have often warned members of the church of an increasingly wicked and sinful world. And yet, among the members of the church there are some who disagree. On the contrary, they say: the world is not getting worse. It is actually better than it has ever been and is continuing to get better all of the time.

They point to numerous indicators– increased literacy; increased health, nutrition, sanitation, and education; higher standards of living; lower child mortality rates and longer lifespans; improved access to clean water; the spread of democracy and freedom through a global economy; a flood of technological innovations that simplify tasks and improve lives; significant decreases in crime; fewer wars and fewer casualties in war; and on and on.

So how can we say that the world is going to hell in a hand-basket with all of this progress? Sure there are problems, but we’re continually working on them and the world is getting better all of the time. People are living better, safer, more productive lives than ever before.

And in some ways they are right. On the whole, the world is certainly far more prosperous today than ever in its history.

But they are also making a grave mistake: They are confusing prosperity and peace with righteousness. Their argument is simply the prosperity gospel applied on a macroscopic scale instead of an individual one.

Read more at:

http://www.sixteensmallstones.org/to-hell-in-a-handbasket-conflating-prosperity-and-peace-with-righteousness/

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Some years ago a psychologist with whom I was acquainted described a study that was done at Brigham Young University in which Mormon college students were purportedly shown pictures of people or families and asked to rate which were more righteous. The students apparently overwhelmingly identified those people who looked wealthy as righteous and those who looked poor as less righteous. K
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Good posts, God bless you
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Some highlights from the Weird Al Yankovic Mandatory Fun Concert last night in Sandy Utah. 
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"The solutions that we wish and pray for do not always come about.
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Like Habakkuk of old, we may in our anguish feel that we could bear anything if we could only understand the divine purpose in what is happening. The ancient prophet learned that the righteous live by faith and that faith is not an easy solution to life’s problems. Faith is confidence and trust in the character and purposes of God.
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It is, in short, not the path to easy disposition of problems, but the comforting assurance of the eternal light, by which we may see, and the eternal warmth, which we may feel.

'The Lord is good: Blessed is the man that trusteth in him.' "

-Elder Marion D. Hanks, 1975

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"We do not say that everyone who accepts the restored gospel will escape the wars and plagues and desolations of the last days. But we do say that all their sorrows and sufferings will be swallowed up in the joy of the gospel.

Some who are true and faithful will perish along with the wicked and ungodly in the days ahead. But what does it matter whether we live or die once we have found Christ and he has sealed us his?"

- Elder Bruce R. McConckie, 1981

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"Those who make happiness the chief objective of life are bound to fail, for happiness is a by-product rather than an end in itself. Happiness comes from doing one’s duty and knowing that his life is in harmony with God and his commandments."

- Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, 1980

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"There is, my brothers and sisters, no other 'plan of happiness', only multiple-choice misery."

-Elder Neal A. Maxwell, 1980

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For those of you interested, the company I work for is being acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo.

Here is the press release:
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150828005046/en/Thoma-Bravo-Acquire-Majority-Stake-DigiCert#.VeHeTa29KJI

"While financial details were not disclosed, the Thoma Bravo investment represents one of the largest technology investments ever made in a Utah-based business."

I'm proud of what I have been able to contribute to DigiCert's success so far and am thankful for many of the great people I get to work with.

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I play basketball against the Digicert team in the Dimple Dell league sometimes. They are nice guys.
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I was biking home from work today and a bee comes flying out of nowhere, straight toward my face, and gets wedged between my helmet strap and the side of my head. Then it immediately stung me on the side of my face.

It's a good thing there was a lull in traffic because I was on the margin of a major road and did a bit of flailing as I tried to swipe the bee out from the strap.

Biked the rest of the way home.

I hope my face doesn't swell up. Nobody would notice anyway with my big head. ;)
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"It is the understanding of almost everyone that success, to be complete, must include a generous portion of both fame and fortune as essential ingredients.

The world seems to work on that premise. The premise is false. It is not true."

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"You need not be either rich or hold high position to be completely successful and truly happy.

In fact, if these things come to you, and they may, true success must be achieved in spite of them, not because of them."

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"We want our children and their children to know that the choice of life is not between fame and obscurity, nor is the choice between wealth and poverty. The choice is between good and evil, and that is a very different matter indeed.

When we finally understand this lesson, thereafter our happiness will not be determined by material things. We may be happy without them or successful in spite of them."

- Elder Boyd K. Packer, 1980

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"The enduring strength of the kingdom is not to be found in the number of its members, the rate of its growth, or the beauty of its buildings. In God’s kingdom, power is not equated with body count nor with outward routine compliance with prescribed performances. It is found in those quiet uncharted acts of love, obedience, and Christian service which may never come to the attention of official leadership, but which emulate the ministry of the Lord himself."

- Elder Dean L. Larsen, 1981

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A little Yoda humor. 😆
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