I bought these 12 bronze medals of the LDS prophets yesterday at a thrift store. They were issued in 1975 by the Certified Mint of Phoenix, Arizona. They end with then current prophet, Spencer W. Kimball.
Monday, January 1, 2018 - the viewing
Here are some pictures of a preface to and a letter composed by some of Creighton's relatives, as if it were Creighton himself speaking (click on each image to enlarge):
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - the funeral
Here is the funeral program, including obituary:
And here are pictures from the interment in West Jordan. In order to remember Creighton's appreciation for crazy socks, each of the pallbearers wore crazy socks.
For better or for worse, my family and I are in many ways addicted to technology. Our phones seem to be the last thing we consult before going to bed, and the first things we look at it when we rise. Our daughters live and die on social media. We are often in the same room together, all looking down at a screen and not really together in any sense of the word. I check emails, social media, news, calendar, Church sites, coin websites, shop for stuff, and do crossword puzzles all through technology. It is completely interwoven in my job as well. It's in our phones, cars, computers, watches, etc.
While technology can bring us together (such as in this email) it often divides and isolates me from my wife, and us from our children.
I readily acknowledge that technology will only become more prevalent in the world, but I am wondering how my family and I can strike a healthy balance between the cyber world and real-world experience and relationships.
The concepts presented in this article have caused me to reflect:
How do you monitor your children and yourself to use technology wisely?
What rules or guidelines do you use?
Do you ever have technology "fasts" in your home?
How do you stay grounded with humans?
Elephantnavel ================================ Insightful reply from my brother:
My first reaction: I hate my cell phone; I hate Social Media. Then it occurred to me: this new technology is also powerful and good.
Like anything (and I mean anything) if used incorrectly, it become a vice. If used properly, it becomes a tool.
I teach the stake missionary preparation class. In one of our lessons, we talk about sharing gospel.
This ain’t your father’s mission. In the old days, we would go out finding people. Now, people are finding us.
In my opinion, the days of searching for investigators will diminish as investigators search for us. In other words, using technology will be better than going door to door. For example, see how these missionaries are using technology in Japan to get people to attend English classes at http://goeigo.org/.
After my mission prep class on finding people, I send them the links below. I also give them the attached handout. I am really pro-technology when being a member missionary.
I know this really does not answer all of your questions. Bottom line: make technology something that strengthens real relationships!
P.S. These are the links I send my mission prep class.
• Explore the mormon.org website and explore the site’s resources, such as videos, articles, and profiles posted by members of the Church. Share a video, article, or other page with others using social media.
• Create your own profile on mormon.org. Share your profile with others using social media.
• Share a Mormon Messages video and your feelings about it using social media.
The Church has many websites about harnessing the power of the Internet.
Alcohol The world favors allowing adults to drink alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is considered essential at parties and other social functions. On the other hand, we readily acknowledge how harmful alcohol is:
Fetal alcohol syndrome
Drunk driving and countless automobile accidents and deaths
Humiliating and embarrassing behavior in public
Frequent accompanying violence and abuse
Contributes to obesity
I just don't understand why our society so fiercely defends the use of such a harmful substance. Sexual Practices Much of the world condemns the Mormon Church for our past practice of polygamy, yet casually condones all sorts of sexual practices, including adultery, fornication, cheating on others, multiple lovers, pornography, and homosexuality.
Racism In a previous post, I elaborate on the abundant contradictions of racism.
God The USA believes in God. We pledge allegiance to our republic as one Nation, under God. Our motto is, "In God we trust" (this saying is on all of our coins and currency, and it is a federal law to have that motto posted in all schools). The current year indicates how many years it has been since Jesus Christ came to earth. Ironically, nowadays most people seem to be afraid to mention Gods existence for fear of public disdain. There are almost no movies that openly tout the existence of God. We have eradicated the practice of prayer or the mentioning of God from our public schools. We seem to be speaking out of both sides of our mouth.
The world at large generally condemns racism, but turns a blind eye when it come to some forms of racism:
The existence of Black Entertainment Television (BET). If there were a White Entertainment Television, the world would freak out and call it racist.
The campaign for Black Lives Matter.
Of course black lives matter, as do brown lives, yellow lives, red
lives, white lives, etc. But if there were a counter-campaign promoting White Lives Matter, people would attack it as racist.
The existence of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Again, if there were an association for the advancement of white people, society would go nut on its being racist.
Awarding scholarships to students based on race.
Martin Luther King said we should base our judgments of others on the
content of their character, not the color of their skin. I agree with
The social acceptance of allowing black people to call each other a "brother."
This happens all the time on television and in music. It is a subtle
reminder that, if I am not black, I am not accepted by you. On the other
hand, if I have black skin, I am automatically considered a part of
The widespread practice of denominating Americans into subgroups with hyphenations.
If we don't want racism to be at the forefront of our minds or mouths,
why call anybody an Asian-American, Native American, or African-American
(especially if they're not from Africa)? How would the world react if I
were to insist on being called a Caucasian-American, or a
Welsh-Dutch-American? (If I was born in the United States, shouldn't I be considered Native-American then?)
The social acceptance of allowing black sings to use the "n" word in their music, whereas condemning its us everywhere else as the most heinous, abominable word in existence.
If we truly want to eradicate racism in all its forms, we cannot tolerate it in any direction, toward any population -- large or small.
Over the past decade the promotion of homosexuality continues to gain popularity. It is strange. In my youth there was indeed a homophobia in society, and almost nobody was (openly) homosexual. There was a general disapproval for those who practiced homosexuality. Nowadays things have changed dramatically, and continue to do so. It almost feels like it is against the law to disapprove of homosexuality. I fear sharing my opinion publicly, for fear of attacks. Even people in my church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, many of whom claim to be believers, are speaking in favor of accepting homosexuality and going against the doctrines on the family. I live in fear that my career may be threatened because of my stance on this issue, and hence fear to speak out about my feelings and position. It is as if I am now the one in the closet. Questions I would like to address: 1) Am I against the practice of homosexuality? Yes. Why? Because:
Homosexuality threatens the traditional family where one man is married to one woman. It blurs and confuses gender roles. Homosexuals often adopt the mannerisms and dress of the opposite gender. Homosexual women often act like men, and homosexual men often act like women. I often wonder nowadays what it is to be (and look like) a man. Kids need a mother and a father, each of whom provides vital modeling and nurturing to the child.
Homosexuality impedes the propagation of the human race. Homosexuals cannot procreate; however, legislation allows them to adopt children of heterosexual parents.
The acceptance of homosexuality promotes more homosexuality. Society's promotion of homosexuality, and the allowance of homosexual couples to adopt children open children's minds to considering homosexuality as a viable alternative. Conversely, it reduces the likelihood that children will envision a heterosexual family, where one husband and one wife are parents who raise their children.
2) Do I think we should persecute homosexuals? Absolutely not. They are my brothers and sisters. I do, though, view homosexuality as a sexual sin, in that it goes against God's intended purposes for the family and for the way the body procreates. I also view extra-marital, pre-marital, and adulterous sex as serious sins, all because they tinker with the powers of procreation. In addition, I would be uncomfortable allowing homosexual adults to tend my son, out of fear that their lifestyle might permeate into my son's mind as an acceptable alternative to consider. 3) As an administrator at a public school, how do I treat homosexual students? I love them! I strive to treat them just the same as all other students, by showing them kindness, courtesy, acceptance, enthusiasm for life, and encouragement in their academic progress. 4) What is my position on transgender bathrooms? I don't know. Maybe we just need gender-neutral, individual bathrooms. 5) What about people who are born with homosexual tendencies? That is a sensitive subject. I am sympathetic to those who have those tendencies. I view it in the same light as anyone born with any sort of tendency: look to God and give it your all to keep His commandments. The widespread acceptance of homosexuality is an untried experiment. There are future we may not now foresee, and I fear the destruction of a stable society.
The following is a transcript of a telephone conversation between my father, Samuel Brooks Jr., and Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland, while my father was living at the Legacy Village of Provo. The conversation took place on November 1, 2016, at 1:20 pm.
JRH: Carolyn, Carolyn, is Sam there?
JRH: Sam are you there, can you hear me?
Dad: Yes, can you hear me?
JRH: Yes, I can hear you loud and clear. Well, I love you Sam and wanted you to know I've been thinking about you. I want you to know that the Brooks
flag is flying high. It boosts my spirit just to hear your voice, Sam. Are you doing okay today?
Dad: I'm doing okay. JRH: I hear you're sick, Sam, and wanted you to know how much I love you. I love you Sam, and I just got home last night from being overseas. Not
only do we have the tie of Southern Utah, we also have the tie at BYU. Thanks
for all you did as a great leader at BYU. You are a world class colleague. Thanks for being a great, great colleague. You did a wonderful job. I love you like a dear friend. I love you like crazy. I want you to know that I will put your name on the prayer roll in a prayer circle
that is specifically for general authorities and the Quorum of the
Twelve. It will be on the prayer roll led by Thomas S. Monson and
that's not so bad! I love you, Sam. Your whole
family will be on the prayer roll for just the general authorities and Quorum of the Twelve. You are a dear friend. Carolyn, keep me posted, please and tell me how he's doing. Carolyn,
keep in touch and tell me how my boy is doing. Carolyn, make sure you keep in touch. Stay in touch.
To the man who formally believed in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
Where did you stray? Do you no longer study the scriptures, and offer sincere prayers?
Why the nit-picking on little things? You overlook the big picture. Do you not remember how you once felt? Do you not remember those calming moments when the Holy Spirit enveloped you, and you both felt and knew it was true, real, beautiful, and good? Where does the real issue lie? Perhaps your concerns are decoys from the real concern. Are you struggling with a commandment, such as the Word of Wisdom or chastity? Do you struggle with pornography?
Or is some aspect of Church history gnawing at you? Can you put that concern on hold until you understand more, or are you going to throw out everything and denounce the Church as false on account of one or two hang-ups? Don't forget: One cannot judge 19th century behavior with 21st century eyes. It simply isn't fair. I have found that there is usually more to the story, and that eventually it will all make sense.
I would invite you to reflect on where you have been, and what you have learned and known. All is not lost. Give the doctrines a chance again. Try again. And sincerely repent. Sincerely, Your friend
Proverbs 22:6 - "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
Ephesians 6:4 - "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."
Mosiah 4:14-15 - "And ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye suffer that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and quarrel one with another, and serve the devil, who is the master of sin, or who is the evil spirit which hath been spoken of by our fathers, he being an enemy to all righteousness.But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another."
3 Nephi 18:21 - "Pray in your families unto the Father, always in my name, that your wives and your children may be blessed."
DC 68:25 - "And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine
of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of
baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands,
when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents."
DC 83:4 - "All children have claim upon their parents for their maintenance until they are of age."
DC 93:43 - "And now a commandment I give unto you—if you will be delivered you shall set in order your own house, for there are many things that are not right in your house."
DC 121:41-44 - "No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile—Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death."
Responsibilities of Children:
Ephesians 6:1-3 - "Children, obey your parentsin the Lord: for this is right.Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth."
Colossians 3:20 - "Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord."
Last night my friend Ed McCarthy took my wife and me along with some other friends to the St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Riverton to attend a presentation entitled Call from the Crucified Heart: A Program with Relics of the Passion. The nine-part presentation chronicled the last days of Jesus Christ's life, and each part (or "meditation") featured a relic from His life, as follows:
(click on each image to enlarge it)
Mediation #1: The Last Supper (relic = a piece of wood from the table at which Christ ate the Last Supper)
Mediation #2: Scourging at the Pillar (relic = a piece of wood from the column of the flagellation)
Mediation #3: The Crowning of Thorns (relic = a piece from the crown of thorns that Jesus wore)
Mediation #4: The Way of the Cross (relic = the veil of Veronica, which is the cloth that Veronica used to wipe the face of the Savior as he made his way to Calvary)
Mediation #5: Crucifixion(relic = a replica of a nail used to nail Jesus to the cross, and which was made with some filings from the true nail)
Mediation #6: The Cross (relic = piece of wood from the cross on which Jesus was crucified)
Mediation #7: St. Longinus and the Piercing of the Side of Jesus (relic = fragment of bone from St. Longinus' skeleton)
Mediation #8: The Burial Shroud (relic = piece of the coverlet used to wrap the shroud that covered Jesus' body)
Mediation #9: Epilogue (relic = fragments of bone from each of the original 12 Apostles as well as a couple of other New Testament disciples)
Each piece was displayed by a member of the Knights of Columbus:
Painting of Brigham Young, which hangs in the annex building of the Brigham Young Home in St. George, Utah. I like how the portrait depicts the reddish quality of his hair, which our tour guide affirmed to be historically accurate: