My life in review

Launie and Larry ran to the field they would play in each week only to find it cleared, with wooden stakes with red plastic flags that had been driven deep into the ground every so often. In the front of the field that bordered Redwood Road there was a sign that said something about a construction company and a new shopping center that was to be built soon. Launie and Larry came up with a plan that if they pulled up all the stakes that the company might give up and not build the shopping center on their play field and so both of them proceeded to run through the field and pull up all the survey stakes.

Another day Launie’s dad dropped them off at the airport to play and Launie and Larry began to check for dimes that had been left in the pay phones. After about 15 minutes of checking all the phones they had about a dollar fifty of dimes and one of the phones rang. On the other end of the line was a stern voice that told them they were steeling and they should stop what they were doing immediately. Their adventures continued throughout the summer until school started again.


Philip Yordan showed up in Church one day and I was introduced to him. We found out he lived in the church we used to go to before Onequa was torn down and the new church built. His father was a movie producer and had even won an Oscar at one point for Broken Lance. His father had purchased the church in order to make movies. Later he took me to his home where he lived all alone in our old Bishops office. We played in the rooms where we used to have church classes but now they were filled with costumes for monster movies, Nazi movies and costumes of all types. Philip ended up dressing up like a Russion General and I dressed up as a Nazi soldier. We then walked to my home with a long monster claw that moved when you pulled the wire ring in the end and we scared my mom just about to death by putting the monster claw up next to the window. Later when I turned 16 I ended up teaching Philip to drive and we both drove to the grand canyon in my 1964 dodge dart.



As I began reading my life story that I wrote I found it to be quite boring so I really should re-write the story to add some spice or at least make it more interesting or else no one will ever have the desire to read it. So I included the facts below although the story above should be a bit more interesting.

I Larry Gene Love was born 17 March 1964 to David Lee Love and Marilyn Love 1935 (Gordon was her maiden name) My Dad’s father was Dave Roland Love and my mother’s father was Reed C Gordon and Elizabeth Gordon Griffiths. Overall I had a great childhood filled with playing in the neighborhood with great friends and nothing really traumatic or horrible happened although life did happen which was filled with struggles and joy. When I was really young I would pretend and go into my own little world sometimes using cars or other toys. Several of my childhood years are kind of a blur and since my Dad got drunk quite often I would block out the yelling and arguments.

When my mother found out she was pregnant with me she yelled for joy and my Dad just yelled. Apparently the doctor told her she would not get pregnant again after my Brother Dave was born so it was quite the surprise. David Lynn is my older brother and he was born 7 years before me and my sister Sandy Lee was born 9 years before me.


David Lynn Love –
Businessman and Contractor (NewStar Construction) David makes his own beer in his garage and has quite the setup. In the past he has been into Jeeps, Motorcycles, traveling to Mexico and many other things. He has a home in West Bountiful and one in Tory Utah. David married Teresa Hatch and they have three beautiful daughters and a bunch of grandkids.

Sandy Lee Love – RN Nurse – Sandy married Rick Peck when she was 15 and Jennifer and Allison Peck were born and later she married a David Valentish and Ryan was born. Later Sandy married August Pierman. Augie was in the Air Force and later got a job at Hill AFB for years until he retired and now he works for a safety training company part time.


David Lee Love – My Dad was an honest man and was great at his job (Drywall) they called him Mr. Clean. He would go to work dressed in white cloths and come home still white. Dad got throat cancer when he was 58 and he died at 58 as well. I remember dad taking me to air shows, bird hunting, fishing and to the park to use the metal detector which I still have and it is still functional after more than 35 years. Dad did have a problem with drinking and that is what led to my parents divorce after 26 years of marriage. My brother Dave was closer to my dad than I was. I do remember many things he taught me and one of those things was if you borrow something return it in better condition than you got it. I remember one day in the car with my grandpa and dad, they were both smoking and I rolled the window down in the back to try and breath some clean air and my dad got mad that I was making a big deal about the smoke inside the car.

Marilyn Gordon – My mom was an incredible mother and wife. She always took care of us, played with us, rode bikes with us and even played sports with us. I remember her singing to me to wake me up. Mom always went to church and the only time I ever heard her swear was when she fell out of the car at church on her tailbone and she said damn several times and I think she said shit a few times too. Mom used to take us camping as well. Mom always made sure she took care of my father and had food ready for him when he got home. Looking back I can see that she was co-dependent and she understands this now. Dad promised her that he would take her to the temple to get married for time and all eternity yet that never happened. In the Navy he started smoking and drinking and he did not want to go to church and only came a few times for my programs where I was singing. Mom got married in RED dress. Mom later married Ron Gillett and after his death married Bill Sheppick who later died as well. She recently had one heart valve replaced and two valves repaired and a clip put on her heart. She has several problems currently and is healing very slowly. She is 77 this year. (2012)

Years and other experiences to remember

1968 I remember when I was 4 years old going to Connie Kelly’s house and her sister Karen made a daycare and taught several of the neighbor kids the ABCs and other things on a small chalk board and they made us snacks this was before I turned 5. This is my first real memory. I also remember being in a small plastic swimming pool with Connie and we both had our legs up on the side of the pool and I asked my mom why Connie had a better tan than I did. At that time I had no concept of what a black person was, all I knew was that Connie had a better tan and she was my friend. Later as I listened to my Dad say that all the blacks should go back to Africa and all the Mexicans back to Mexico and such I knew that this type of attitude was not reasonable or right so those teachings and attitudes did not rub off on me, in fact just the opposite did. We used to sit and watch “All in the Family” together and the white male (Carrol Oconner) played a man that had many issues with the blacks and now I understand that the writers of the show were trying to teach us all a lesson of how stupid those attitudes were.

When I was 4 or 5 I was in a primary children’s choir that sang “We thank thee oh God for a prophet” as David O McKay walked in the east door of the Riverside State Center on 200 North and 1000 West or about 950 West. This is one of my earliest memories and I remember his white hair although I don’t remember anything he said.

1969 I remember being in school and seeing either the lunar landing or take off to the moon in school on the TV there. I was 5 years old at the time.

1969 I got a new bike and rode it over to the school when I was 5 and I crashed and broke the mirror. Yes it had a banana seat and a bar in the back and two mirrors. I don’t have that many memories when I was 5 or before. I also remember singing in a primary children’s choir when David O McKay the Mormon Prophet came into the east door of the old Riverside Stake Center on 200 North.

1969 I remember kindergarten at Onequa and taking naps during the day and playing with big wooden blocks. They also had small kitchen toys for the girls. 1970 (6 or 1st grade) was a blur as was 1971 (7 years old 2nd grade) I do remember the class room in 2nd grade and the desks but I don’t have any solid memories that I can hold onto from those two years. I don’t know if it was because my Dad’s alcohol issues and the yelling but I would go into my room and pretend everything was fine and go into my own far away worlds.

1972 (8 years old 3rd grade) I was baptized by my Grandfather Reed Cassity Gordon in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. I remember after we were done that we had to wring out the white clothes on a machine that squeezed the water out with 2 rubber wheels that were close together and you had to turn the handle. Then grandpa took us to “Grandpa’s territory” which was Fernwoods Ice Cream uptown in Salt Lake. In third grade I also met Launie Sperry and red head girl and we would go to my house one week on Friday after school when we got out early and the next week we would go to her house and play. We had many fun times I remember my mom would make us tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches. Launie was my first kiss and my first real friend that was a girl. Scott Hansen and Jeff Oviatt were also good friends of mine at this time. Scott lived on the other side of the block and Jeff lived another half block away. I remember Scott Hansen’s mother saying that the second coming of Christ would not occur until we had a black President of the United States. At that time people would laugh at something like that. I remember Jeff’s mom making us marble cake and it was the best with a big glass of milk. Angie and Amber were Jeff’s sisters and the neighbor girl Rochelle Richardson was always over playing with them as well. I liked Rochelle but she was younger than I was and seemed so little.

1973 (9 years old 4th Grade) I changed from Onequa to Jackson Elementary because they were going to tear the school down and build a church. John Reed (An LDS Bishop and a Music teacher) offered to teach me Clarinet lessons for free and that was the start of my love of music. Mr. Reed would spend time teaching me music and always throw in a lesson on morals as well telling me that I did not have to follow the crowd and that I could be honest and strong. This man was a real influence on my life. We got one of the first colored TV sets in our area about this time although I am not sure of the exact year. We only had 3 channels 2,4 and 5 and later we got 7 and 11.

1974-75 (10-11 years old 5th Grade)
Had Miss Greene and Miss Randal as teachers and they were a boat load of fun. They even took my cousin Tory and I to Lagoon. One of them took pictures and one day took me all over the place to take pictures of me. When I was 11 my mom cut all my hair off during the summer at my request and then she put shaving cream on my head and shaved it with a razor. Once at a restaurant someone pointed at me and said “Kung Fu” I looked like a young kid on a TV show at that time. My cousin Tory Burningham and I would walk to school together and we hid soda cans along the way so we could pull one out from under a bush and start kicking them.

1975-76 (11-12 years old 6th Grade)
This is the year I got beat up for having a Mexican girlfriend. Tammy Salazar. I remember going to her home and not understanding anything they were saying and I still felt right at home. They had velvet paintings on the walls and one day when I was sick Tammy came to my house with her mom and brought me an Elton John record. Jimmy Angelo was a school crossing guard and one day we took his flag away from him and another day we got into a fight and I punched him in the nose. To this day I still feel bad about punching him. I didn’t really have a good reason to hit him I just did it. I think about it now and wonder why I did it.

1976-77 (12-13 years old Middle School 7th grade or as they say now Junior High. It was Northwest Middle School) This is when I started thinking I was cool and I started swearing a bit here and there and walking around the halls with tough kids acting tough. I laugh at this now but I still kept up with my music and even walked to Backman Elementary after school for lessons with yep, Mr. Reed. My mom at this time would play with us in the yard and even go on long bike rides with us. This is the year I met Jana Trinnamon (now Johnston) who became to me the very best friend I had ever had. We did everything together and we were not quite boyfriend girl friend. In fact if I remember right when I was in 7th grade I started kissing girls or maybe better put letting them kiss me. Back then with us that was all it was, was kissing which now seems to lead to sex fairly quickly unlike back then. Laurie Rivera asked me if I had ever french kissed and I told her no and she said “I will teach you.” I did not complain but let her teach me. Jana was different and I could talk to her. I was twelve when I got ordained as a Deacon at Church and become the Deacons quorum president and I was also 12 when my Dad walked past me while I was sitting on the front steps with a large suit case, he set it down, patted me on the head and then picked it up again and got in his car and left. My mom cried and when I finally figured out what happened I told her I was happy that he was gone because that meant there would be no more yelling and no more smoking and drinking in the house. So at this time mom and I started doing more things together and she went to work as a nurse’s aid and I began to learn to cook. She would come home and I would try to have something ready. She was always very nice to me, she would never say this is burned or this is too salty but she would eat it and say thank you. It was while I was in 7th grade that I began taking Karate classes with my brother David and I really got into it, I cleaned out the garage and made a Karate studio with a punching bag and posters of Bruce Lee and all. I was able to take formal Kenpo training for several years and then I took additional classes in Kung Fu and Jeet Kun Do. Sometimes I would practice for 3 hours a day. I was also trying to practice my Clarinet as well. I had a real Karate uniform and obviously it gave me more confidence and for the most part I avoided fighting through Jr High and High School.

1977-78 (13-14 8th grade at Northwest) I remember taking the bus to school and my mom would give me 20 cents. It was ten cents there and ten cents to get home. Jana Trinaman and I this year painted my room one day all sorts of colors with a big eye ball where the dartboard used to be in my room since all the small holes made for a great eye and we painted fish and broken pipes and the stars on the ceiling. The neighbor could see through the window and he went to my mom to prepare her before she walked into the house. He said you’re going to get very angry and I thought I would warn you. She came in and took one look at my room and got a big smile on her face and told us what a great job we had done.

1978-79 (14-15 years old 9th Grade at West High) I got an All American Award this year and I was chosen to go to Europe on tour with a band for a month. This band had one or two from each of the 50 states and I was the only one from Utah. We even cut a Record in London. (Its like a CD but bigger) I started to play SAX this year and Flute and bit of piano as well. When I was 14 I was President of the Teachers Quorum at Church and I asked the Bishop to be released so I could visit other churches. Everyone was so worried about me. Now I think back to all the reading I did at such a young age. I don’t know how intellectual a 14 year old can be although I was very interested in doctrine at that time in my life.

1979-1980 (15-16 years old 10th grade at West High School)

1980-1981 (16-17 years old 11th grade at West High) My mom got married to Ron Gillett this year and I moved to Magna Utah and I drove into Salt Lake for my 11th grade year in Ron’s old 1964 Dodge Dart. He was an incredible patient man that taught me so many lessons without ever having to yell at me. (well maybe a couple of times but not often)

1981-1982 (17-18 Years old 12th grade at Cyprus High School in Magna) I was in 4 Music classes, a drama class, law enforcement half year and parenting the other half and seminary all year. I went to Basic Training in the Summer when I was 17 years old and got my head shaved bald (I had quite long hair) I had several good friends this year.

1982-1983 (18-19 years old Security Guard then LDS Mission Guatemala) I remember working in bars as an armed guard and I was not old enough to be in the bar but I was old enough to get an armed guard license and having such I was put in the bars on the weekends and later when I returned from my Mission I had additional language skills in order to talk to people out of fighting.

1983-1984 (19-20 years old) Got back from my mission and then got a Job at Davis Security again.

1984-1985 (20-21 years old) Met Jenny Corpuz Diamse who came to the US from the Philippines when she was 8 years old.

1986-1987 (21-22 years old) Jenny Corpuz Diamse came from the Philippines when she was 8 years old and I met her when she was 18. I Married Jenny in the Salt Lake Temple May 24th 1986 – Then got a job at OC Tanner – Got our first apartment on 148 Utopia in Salt Lake.

1987 – My first son Tory Sheyn Love was born 21 Jun
1988 -During these years we went to the park quite a bit
1989 – Got out of the Utah Army National Guard after 7.5 years
1990 – My first daughter was born Kaneasha Celi Love
1996 – I believe this was the year I was Ordained as a High Priest – Left OC Tanner and got a job at FSS Fire and Security Specialists for 2 years and while there our children got to attend 2 private LDS Schools and I had the privilege of teaching Spanish at both schools.
1997 – I believe this is the year that I went skydiving in Lehi and Tory got to go up in the small plane. The ride up was more scary than jumping out of the plane which was a thrill. I had been bungi jumping before this and I did not really enjoy that near as much as skydiving. We even did a summersalt out of the plane and the video tapped it.
1998 – Began work at American Security & Fire, Inc.
2001- Got back from a cruise with Jenny, Tory and Kaneasha and then moved to our new house on 1562 Transwest in Sandy. We had been living with Jenny’s brother in his basement for 2 years to save to get into a home.
2002 – Salt Lake Olympics – Got to go to a couple of events and the practice event for the opening ceremony.
2005 – Divorced Jenny Diamse Sept 15th
2006 – Married Lizeth De Jesus Barrera Morales 9/9/06 – Sealed to Lizeth and Josue Alexander, Michelle Alexandra and Osmar Humberto on the same day in the Salt Lake Temple.
2007 – Tory Sheyn Love married Dash in the Temple
2012- Mom had open heart surgery in September – Josue (Josh) started college at UVU and lived in Orem Utah. Joshua Hess Kaneasha’s husband graduated UVU was commissioned a 2nd LT in the Air Force and will be going to Oklahoma for Flight training soon.

CERT Instructor for SLC in Spanish and English
Democracy school teacher with Comunidades Unidas
Certified Legal observer ACLU
Master Fire Alarm Tech State of Utah AE034
NICET II Fire alarm #107204
Passed ReadyKey Pro training in California 2011

I love musicals and my kids grew up watching them with me. I love to go to the ballet and I even like some Operas. I enjoy Shakespeare although I don’t even to pretend to understand all of it. I like to read it before I go to the plays and then I get more out of it. I love to watch gymnastics especially the floor exercise. I love to sing still although my voice is not really a choir voice but I do sing in choirs and I try to tone it down when I do. I like to play the piano and sing and some older people don’t mind when I play and sing although my younger kids are not really into it. I don’t wear Levi jeans very often and my kids are used to seeing me in slacks and button up shirts for the most part. I love to try new kinds of foods and my children have had many experiences going out to eat at many different ethnic restaurants. I always say, look at what a person has the most of and give them more of that and they will be happy. I have lots of books and I know I need to start getting rid of them. I love books. I love guns, knives and flashlights as well.

Relationships with:

John Reed – Music teacher that played in the Utah Symphony and he also taught me the Clarinet and much about life. He played in bands where everyone would get drunk but him and I will always remember the valuable life lessons he taught me.

Miss Randle and Miss Greene – I remember learning to dance with Miss Greene and even swinging her around and throwing her up in the air. They took Tory and I to Lagoon at the end of the school year. They really cared about their students.

Launie Sperry – Launie and I were friends in 3 grade and part of 4th and since she changed schools we grew apart and lost contact. When we got into West I considered myself too COOL to be Launie friend and I know I am the one who missed out.

Jana Trinnamon – Jana was part of my life in Jr High and Part of High School. We sang together, goofed off together, rode bikes together, painted together and were the best of friends.

Rochelle Richardson – I liked Rochelle and thought she was really cute although when I moved to magna we never really kept in contact. I saw Rochelle years later at the Mall and caught up with what was going on in her life.

Angie Oviatt – Angie was a good friend and also a very nice girl

Amber Oviatt – Amber was very young when I knew her but she was super cute and nice to me.

Jeff Oviatt – Very good friend even though he was a year or two older

Bob Oviatt- Bob was like a second Dad to me

Maurine Oviatt – Made great cakes and has a beautiful singing voice

Rorie and Peggy Tafoya – I went to their house a few times and I wanted to be Rorie’s boyfriend but it never worked out that way.

Who am I?

I am husband, father and a man of faith. Many feel that faith in God in this day and age is old fashioned and foolish. I have had many faith building experiences that I cannot deny although some would say that they are coincidence or that our minds want to believe these things so bad that we continue to believe when the teachings are not reasonable.


I have always wanted to take art and music to children in disaster situations. Many times food and clothing is taken to these areas and the children end up being more traumatized over time and using art and music as a tool I feel would alleviate suffering.

TO Stay in good physical condition for my entire life although many times I slack off and get out of shape and don’t eat as well as I should.

Religious views:

Political views:

Views about life and specific issues:

Republicans Democrats true colors

Future leaders of USA

Picture of my daughter and I at the Governors mansion

Democrats are usually more in favor of government intervention in economic matters (business regulation, stronger unions, etc.) but prefer fewer laws on social matters (gay rights, legal abortion, legal weed, stem cell research, etc.)

While Republicans…

Are the total opposite? They prefer less government in economic matters (less regulation, smaller unions, lower taxes, etc.) but want more regulation on social matters (no gay marriage, outlaw abortions, outlaw weed, etc.)

In general, Democrats are more in favor of trying new and different things, while Republicans are more in favor of sticking to what works. I won’t say this is a good thing or bad thing on either side.

• I will answer this question with my own personal opinions… lots of other people will do exactly that as well and you may end up with very different answers. This will just give you the biased view point of a single person – biased for one party and against the other. I don’t feel I am exactly for either party or against either party.

To really decide if you want to support one of the political parties, I advise you to get your information from them directly. Avoid the bias and opinions of people who sometimes feel very strongly about things, but also sometimes make some very unfair assumptions and generalizations. Go to the meetings and find out, ask questions, meet the people and see what you think. is the official website for the democrat party. is the official website for the republican party. In case you wondered, GOP stands for “Grand Old Party.” That is a nickname for the republican party.

Research each party as impartially as you can, then decide what makes sense to you. Not all people (or even all candidates) of a particular party believe everything in the party platform (the platform is the basic ideas that comprise the philosophy of the party).

And regardless of anything, I highly advise you to vote for the best candidate for each office. Voting for the person not the party is the only way I believe we can get the best government possible.

Now we hear of libertarians, constitutionalists, independents and many others. When it comes down to it the majority of the people are uninformed or misinformed. Many people listen to talk shows where the host is biased and can make things sound so good that if people don’t do their own research they end up believing the talk show host and his or her ideas. The danger in this is many times the misinformation is closer to lies so having true information about all the parties is very important. One side will call the other side evil or use information that may be questionable.

• Who knows anymore what either party stands for? Once Bill Clinton was in office he acted in many way like a Republican and on other issues like a Democrat. I have attended both the Democrat and the Republican Conventions recently and it seems they try to tell you what they believe and many of them don’t walk the party line after they are elected. One of my Boy Scouts was trying to decide which party to support and after going over both sides with him and having him attend the conventions with us he is leaning toward Democrat party because he says they are less hateful. Think about that for a minute, you have a Boy Scout that made this decision after talking to me and other leaders and his observation of the Republican party is that they are full of hate especially when it came to the immigration issue. This young man walked about the conventions and talked to people and listened.

• Once politicians get into office they need to be able to work with each other. Personally I feel that having a good balance of both parties is healthy since it helps to balance out the extremes. Many say that if you compromise then you are failing and without compromise nothing really gets done or things get slowed down.

Traditionally a Republican stands for getting Government out of our business, cutting taxes and reducing big government. Supposedly if businesses don’t have to pay as many taxes they can in turn hire more people and provide jobs. (The bailouts really proved this works right?) lol – The problems with things like this is they sound good on paper but many times corruption sneaks in and complicates the issue.

Republicans feel that people should work for what they get and it is better to teach a man to fish than to give him a fish. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.

They (Republicans) are also supposed to be very big on family values. Known for their anti-abortion ideals (except where rape, incest and the life of the mother are at risk) This was the stance until recently when some of them are trying to change the Republican platform to take any exceptions for abortion out completely. When extremes enter the parties it seems to cause additional problems. Many Churches including the LDS Church talk about these exceptions yet if we do away with these would we have young girls having abortions with hangers in dirty basements?

I don’t want to say that Republicans are pro-war because it not only sounds bad but that is not a true statement. Republicans feel that having a strong National Defense is important and they want to invest in that in order to keep our country free. Democrats will cite the investments that many Republicans have in companies that make weapons and use this as ammunition to say negative things about Republicans and it certainly does look bad.

• Republicans for the most part believe in the right to bear arms and protect the right of citizens to own weapons for hunting, protection etc….Their argument is that if there are laws made so you can’t bear arms then the only people that will obey those laws will be honest people leaving only the criminals with guns. This right is also to protect us from corrupt Government. Republicans are also normally pro-death penalty saying it is a deterrent to murder if you know you will be put to death. This however is not always the case since our system will keep people on death row for years before the death penalty can take effect. You have heard many of the saying “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”.

On the gay marriage issue Republicans tend to go against legal gay marriage and lean more toward giving them many of the rights but not calling it marriage since the traditional thought process in Religion seems to be that Marriage is between a Man and a woman. I would not say that all Republicans are religious and many religions favor Democrats for their compassion hence the issues get even more polluted. Another problem is that you have far religious right groups claiming to be Republicans or conservatives that hold up signs like: “God hates gays” and completely crazy statements bringing the aspect of hate back into the party. Overall most Republicans do not feel this way so lumping all Republicans into being hateful towards gay people is not right either.

On the Immigration issue many Republicans tend to quote “Rule of Law” and don’t want any form of amnesty. Some moderate Republicans realize something reasonable has to be done although most of them don’t want to appear weak in that area for fear of losing the next election. The far right Republicans (Tea Party) want mass deportation and moderate Republicans want to fine them and run background checks etc….We should have separation of Church and State but the LDS Church is a large influence in Utah and the Church came out asking law makers to be more compassionate in their law making when it comes to immigration laws that could separate families. Many law makers tend to vote based on their faith dealing with many issues while others seem to ignore it. * More on Immigration at the end.

interestingly enough I found the Democrat Party convention to have a nicer ambiance. From above you can almost quote the opposite of the issues I already mentioned.

Democrats believe that there should be more social programs to help the poor and these programs can be managed and paid for by Government through taxing the rich or re-distribution of wealth. (This is why allot of minorities vote Democrat) I am not saying this is a good or bad idea because obviously there are programs that work. They believe there should be more compassion in the immigration system allowing for Parents of US Citizens to stay and not be deported etc they are for the most part against capital punishment or the death penalty……

Pro-life allowing the mother to make the decision about abortion (Republicans will say that Democrats are Pro Abortion), Pro-gay marriage saying that all people should have the same rights regardless of their sexual preference, Anti-gun attitude leaning toward peace and less accidents and less crime with less availability of guns and harsher laws. They have more of an anti-war attitude as well. Oh, rather than just giving a man a fish the Democrats want to start a Gov program that gives out fish and teaches people to fish and they will set up a committee to study the program and then start a whole Gov office to manage the fish and the teaching of how to fish, and that will require an ongoing tax from the people. Health care for all people and much of it to be free for the poor etc…..This can end up being a very good thing although many times it gets complicated very fast and becomes costly.

After saying all that and if you look up the real definitions and go to the conventions you will learn that it is never as cut and dried as some people want you to believe. It is not as simple as I put it either but you have to start somewhere. Many say when you’re young you’re a Democrat since they start scholarship programs and have free programs for the poor and when you get educated or start a business you become a Republican and when you’re older you become a Democrat again so there will be programs to take care of you. Either way if you’re too extreme on either side you’re not reasonable. Now we have people that are very liberal showing up at the Republican conventions trying to change the platform. Two caucuses ago two gay people stood up and objected to the Republican platform obviously trying to change things such as this within the party and that may not be such a bad plan although they were shut down fairly quickly using Roberts rules. I being a registered Republican was allowed to be a Democrat delegate which was also quite interesting. Two conventions ago some of the people they had running for office were obviously very extreme and could not win yet whoever decided to spend the time to run did it even thought it brought embarrassment to the party. There is an Election this year where the Incumbent is a Democrat and the Republican running against that person does not have the experience yet they were the person that was willing to run so it happens on both sides.
The websites listed along with the platforms show a general idea about the beliefs of Republicans and Democrats but until you get involved it is hard to explain it.

Attending Conventions and viewing attitudes and listening to platforms and their written statements. I would be open to correction if I got anything wrong. I tried to be non-biased especially since I don’t really consider myself to be a died in the wool republican (That means a hard core Republican) nor a democrat since I have conflicts in different areas on both sides of the issues. They both have good points and they both have points I personally would consider not so good or prudent. The people in office should represent the people and many times they don’t since they represent where the money comes from. Some Republicans and some Democrats spend so much time complaining about the United States and saying what is wrong with it that they miss the opportunity to make lasting change by working together because they disagree on so many things.

Getting involved is much better than being apathetic and not doing anything or sitting home and then complaining about government. If you got involved in either party you could be a force for good trying to help those that are not being reasonable to think about issues more carefully. Becoming a delegate is a good thing to start out with. Read both party platforms and then attend both of the caucuses and both conventions if you are serious about trying to decide. Don’t just listen to your parents or neighbors about what they think. Go get informed.

CERT activity for educational promotion video

CERT volunteers working together

Community Emergency Response Teams train to help mitigate injuries and death in disaster situations and they also help with other community functions as needed

Salt Lake City held a CERT event today and had a film crew come in to make a short movie in order to inform and educate people about the CERT program. CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. The training consists of approximately 24 hours of training in first aid, search and rescue, fire suppression, cribbing and several other areas as well. CERT members learn how to be safe and what to do and what not to do in the event of an emergency.

Disaster First Aid is a bit different than normal first aid and we concentrate on ABS at first. “Airway” “Bleeding” and “Shock” since these are the three main killers with most injuries. Additional training on other items is given as well although you can save 40% more victims with basic first aid when a disaster happens that you would if you did not administer the basic first aid.

CERT training can help you gain the knowledge to save lifes in your community and in your family.

Good Evil trates a process

Good Michelle

Evil Michelle

Just kidding my beautiful daughter is not Evil

I was recently reading a book and came across some interesting ideas. The fiction book (fiction normally means it is not true but made up although many fiction books are based on truth) said that when any crimes are committed you can narrow it down to one of 5 different motives. 1. LUST 2.ENVY 3. ANGER 4.AVARICE 5. VENGEANCE. Ok so I must admit I did not know what Avarice was so I looked it up. Avarice is GREED or when you are really unbalanced and will do anything or money.

So I thought about these for a few minutes and later I had a dream about them and woke up and wrote some thoughts down. In the book the person points out that rather than calling these motives it would be better to call them “failings” They also said that someone that is affected by these enough to kill has a hate of the truth. You really have to think about that one.

So I thought if we took the opposite of these 5 things what would happen? If these attitudes,behaviors or failings cause you or give you reason to do bad things would trying to develop the opposite of each one cause to do do good things? Many times we define good and bad differently than we did in the past. Let’s look at the opposites. 1.Love or selflessness 2. Admiration and being happy for the success of others. 3. Joy or Happiness not indifference. 4.Being generous by donating your time and money to good causes and being a giving person. 5. Forgiveness and this in the bible is to be done 70 x 70 although if the person does not really repent then you should not let them keep taking advantage of you so there are basic guidelines you can follow. So trying to develop these good opposites should help you become a better person if logic stands to reason. I was thinking of some of the other opposites and not all of them fall into what you might call good and evil although they should be on the list.

Lies – Truth
Destructive – Creative
Apathetic – Proactive
Dirty – Clean
No plan – plan
Cheating – faithful/loyal
Negative – Positive
Dishonest – Honest/trust
Evil – Good
Force – Patience
Hate – Love
Act Without thinking – Prudent
Manipulate – Allow
Wasteful – frugal
Disorganized – Orderly
Violence – Passive
Offense – Defense
Covert – Overt
Grounded – Liberty
Selfish – Service
Addictions – Self Control
Rude – Courteous

When you look at these items the more we act upon the positive the more people will want to be around us. Most people shy away from very selfish people or rude people. Most churches tend to teach that God, the Higher Power, Christ or Buddha have these qualities. Does Karma always pay off? I don’t know but many people would like to believe it does by paying mean evil people with bad things. Personally I don’t think God goes around rewarding evil with evil that is not the nature of God as we find in the holy scriptures.

Rather than avoiding Lust why don’t we love. Rather than avoiding envy why not be grateful for what we have and appreciate it when others do well? Rather than avoiding anger can’t we just not allow others to get under our skin, no one makes me angry I choose to be angry. Rather than avoiding greed we should strive to do the best we can and share when it is appropriate. Rather than avoiding vengeance could we become the type of people that did not hold onto grudges or dwell on the bad about people? Someone that has a hate of the truth implies that they understand what is true and what is not and they prefer to be on the other site of things.

A person that is a loving, grateful,happy, generous and forgiving person is much nicer to be around when you look at the opposite. So my challenge to each one of you is to start changing one or two things every month so you can start to follow the opposites and become a nicer person. No matter your religion or beliefs.

Dim Sum in Salt Lake City

HoHo Gourmet on 1504 South State Street in Salt Lake is a great place to go for Dim Sum. Normally we go on Saturday around 11AM. It is busy and that is much of the fun because normally you will have several different languages being spoken all in one room. They do have an upstairs but you will have a better all around experience if you stay on the main floor. They wheel carts out with the DIM SUM, which is Chinese breakfast. Each little plate or bowl normally costs between 2 and 4 dollars depending on what you pick. It used to be $2 each and then the price went up a bit. On the plate you normally will get 3 items or so and you can share. The salt crusted shrimp normally comes with several. The white flower tea is very good as well. We have our favorite items we order and the Chinese broccoli is one of those items. It is steamed in oyster sauce and I make it at home and it is good but it is never the same. Eating should be an experience not a quick event. The food is great and you will also have fun when you open yourself up to the culture. We have eaten at several other places for DIM SUM but we keep coming back to this great restaurant. We normally spend about $12 dollars per person when we go and that is quite a bit of food. Their ginger crab is also fabulous.

Dim Sum in Salt Lake

Dim Sum a great eating experience in Salt Lake

The other place restaurant Salt Lake City

Greek salad the other place

The other place restaurant

Apart from the large quantities of food “The Other Place Restaurant in Salt Lake City” is a great place to eat. Breakfast is incredible as is the rest of the menu. Sometimes you need to wait a bit to get your order but that is the same with any good busy restaurant. The picture is of the Greek Salad and it has grilled chicken and lots of vegetables. The address is 469 East Broadway which is 300 South. In Salt Lake to find addresses it is very simple once you get the grid system down. 200 East is 2 blocks east of the MORMON Temple which is at the center of Salt Lake. So 469 East is just over 4 and one half blocks east of the Temple and 300 South is 3 blocks south of the Temple. There is additional Parking in the rear. If you are hungry and want a great deal of food for a fair price this is a great place to go.

Sushi in Layton Utah now

All you can eat sushi

Tony’s Sushi in Layton

In about 2 months Tony will be opening TONY’S in Layton Utah. This restaurant will have all you can eat sushi for $15.95 for Lunch and $26.95 each for dinner. The address will be 22 North Main in Layton Utah. We have eaten at Simply Sushi many times and much of the time Tony has been our Sushi chef. My wife always asks specifically for Tony since he is so awesome. The quality is high and not only do you get a smile but sometimes even a joke or two.

Disaster roles will be diverse

Our different roles in a disaster

by Larry Love

Trained CERT team

This is one of the Hispanic CERT classes that graduated in 2012

Did you know that in the event of an emergency many nontraditional assignments will need be made to help with things such as Child care for displaced children, Food Preparation, setting up rest areas, Search and Rescue workers and victims, construction of outside toilet facilities, transportation, collecting supplies for first aid & fire suppression.
A 7.4 earthquake has just hit Salt Lake City, now what is your role in the next week going to be?

As a certified CERT instructor we teach people to first take care of themselves, their family and then check on their neighbors. If an X mark is placed on the door or next to the door this will indicate to search and rescue teams that they do not need to go to that home thereby making it so they don’t waste time. After that, people should report to their local meeting places to get assignments. Each community has the responsibility to pre-plan where these meeting places will be.

Depending on your talents and your abilities you will be able to help your community during an emergency. Obtaining knowledge through programs like CERT*, The American Red Cross ** and HAM Radio training can be a great benefit to your neighborhood. Understand that we should not expect any outside help in the first 72 to 96 hours, emergency responders such as Fire and Police have been assigned to respond to large buildings, schools and Hospitals so that leaves the people in the local areas on their own.

At these local meeting places there will be different areas set up to assist in the different assignments. Some of these areas will require people that have been trained and others will not. Many of these jobs will be geared to making assignments and keeping track on paper of people, equipment and situations. If you cannot stand the sight of blood or if you have other physical limitations there will be many other opportunities for service. Federal assistance depends on accurate paperwork so while it may seem strange to be keeping notes during a time like this it is very important and will also help people focus which will assist them so they can better deal with tragic events.

Here is a list of some basic areas at a local meeting place that could be implemented as needed. Each local meeting place will expand as needed and may or may not need to have all these areas.

1. First Aid areas: An Urgent treatment area, a delayed treatment area for those that can wait and a morgue area.

2. Search and Rescue operations: Assignments will be made from this area to different parts of your community and one example would be having cribbing materials that can be checked out to help lift heavy debris off of people that are trapped.

3. Fire Suppression area: Gather tools and equipment that can be assigned out to put out small fires such as shovels fire extinguishers etc… Stress should be put on the fact that we will not be fighting any large fires but can help with evacuation of surrounding buildings and or homes.

4. Communications – HAM Radio operators and small GMRS radio communications. Runners can also be used.

5. Transportation of equipment, supplies, teams and victims

6. Command Centers will also be in charge of allocating the volunteers that show up to assign them to the different areas. If you are not CERT trained you still may be sent out with CERT trained people and those that go out into the neighborhoods should have basic safety gear so they do not get injured while trying to help others.

Some of the gear that would be prudent to have in your kit would be the following:

A. Dust Masks and CERT Vest or other bright color vest

B. Safety goggles

C. Good work boots (steel toe if possible) If you step on a nail while wearing other shoes you will become a victim instead of being able to help.

D. Medical non-latex exam gloves and basic first aid supplies

E. Leather Gloves

F. Hard Hat with head lamp

G. Water and snack foods like granola bars

This list is very different from your basic 72 hour kit.

CERT trained members receive quite a bit of equipment in their kits at the end of their 7 week training course. It is a 21 to 24 hour training class. There will be 2 weeks of disaster medical training which will help you gain the skills you need to save lives.

It is also very important to understand that the CERT teams are not trained as Law enforcement officers or as Fire Fighters and should not act as such. The main goal of CERT is to help the most people in the shortest amount of time after a disaster. CERT teams are self activated although they can be activated for things such as parades and other City or State functions.

The importance of working together needs to be stressed. The first CERT trained person that shows up at a local meeting place will be in charge, if they wish to allow someone else that comes later to take that spot that is fine as well. Many of these meeting areas are Churches and we need to remember that we need to work together with leaders of the community, churches and different organizations. The Church or community organizations can help CERT by taking care of tasks such as child care for displaced children, food preparation, rest areas, toilet areas and hand washing areas so CERT can concentrate on their main objectives.

Make a goal to enroll in some classes so you can be better prepared in the event of an emergency. Decide what your role will be beforehand.

*CERT Community Emergency Response Team Training – – Call John Flynt at 801 799 3604 or Charlie Eckhart (801) 641 6785 to set up a class in your area.

** American Red Cross First Aid, AED and CPR training- 1(800)-733-3767 Call for local training sessions

***Local HAM Radio Training – Call Charlie (801) 641-6785 or Marvin Match who also teaches the classes locally.

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Larry Love teaches Spanish and English CERT classes for Salt Lake City. He grew up in the Rose Park. He and his wife Lizeth have 5 children and enjoy being part of the community. Larry is the Vice President of American Security & Fire, Inc. a local commercial Security and Fire Alarm company. Larry was a Military Policeman in the Utah National Guard for 7.5 years and has also served on 2 committees for the State of Utah at the Governors request. Larry is a current county delegate and a past State Delegate. Larry has been involved with Comunidades Unidas (United Communities) and is a Spanish Medical Interpreter.

Apathy Religion Family and Life

Baby Sharks at Sea World

Family Vacation to create memories of being together

Childhoods are often filled with memories of our closet friends, neighbors,family,baptisms,school,music, major events like vacations or activities such as going to the zoo or movies. Much of my childhood is missing for obvious reasons although I don’t hold any hate or resentment because of this but there is a bit of sadness for what could have been. My wife always says “Hubiera no existe” meaning what could have been does not exist because what happened happened and what is, is.

As we move through life we get involved with projects,education and activities and as we do we make those aspects of our life a priority and often expect others to do the same. Sometimes people become unbalanced and immerse themselves into things forgetting those around them. Two classic examples of this can be found in many families. I remember a family member that constantly read his Bible and granted the Bible is very important and we all can learn many great lessons from it although he would ignore his family and shut himself away reading God’s word. Eventually they got divorced and the family became divided. Another example is a friend of mine that would focus so much on his sports programs that he did not even notice when friends entered the room or his house. I would say hello and he would sometimes nod and other times not even look up. I suppose you could categorize these as addictions although they don’t seem like dangerous addictions.

Many people go through stages where we place great importance and time commitments to activities in our lives such as religion, sports, hunting, reading, music while other portions of our lives spin out of control. I know when I was young I would spend hours escaping to my karate studio to practice while I was ignoring other parts of life. Sometimes you need to say “no” to activities. I love to sing and I am in a new quartet and I have decided to make time for this activity which means other things will have to wait. In the past and even now I have been involved in scouting and although it is not my forte I still try to make time for it whether it is to just spend some time helping. I do appreciate the scout leaders that really throw themselves into that service. Other people tend to escape by sleeping too much or watching soap operas or any given number of activities. Looking for talents in life is a fun and interesting adventure. For a while I tried to learn to paint and my daughter and I played with it and had fun although I learned that is not my strong point. I do consider myself an artist although not that type of artist.

Apathy on the other hand can come because people get tired or too busy and don’t want to add yet another thing to their lives. Apathy to some people may not be exactly that to others. As you watch the news you can only do so much and knowing about all the sadness and suffering in the world can contribute to depression. So being the person at church that is always in the service of others can mean that he or she is a wonderful person or possibly that he or she is really co-dependent and has issues that need to be dealt with. I do believe we can hide behind God, Religion and Church and use them as an excuse to hide or ignore other more important matters.

Being able to drop these words onto a page actually does relieve stress, I don’t claim to be a great writer, nor to be able to solve worldwide problem such as hunger or suffering although as you get older you tend to ponder more and worry less about looks and appearance. When our family was worried we would be separated by immigration issues those things became the most important issues in our lives. When you are in a realm such as that you notice different people, you notice different aspects of life. When you have it all together you worry about what time the movie might start Saturday night but you don’t worry about things like deportation. A good friend of mine fell off a ladder recently and all of his priorities changed when he was put in the hospital. I have one friend in Guatemala that will sacrifice quite a bit taking several busses to get to Church since her Church is quite far from her home. She goes at least twice a week. I have another friend here in the US that was getting a ride to Church and when her friend’s car broke down she stopped going. She could have taken the buss but she uses the broken car as a reason for no going. Each time someone tries to offer a suggestion to her she overcomes it with excuses. It comes down to the fact that she really does not want to go to Church and rather than admit that publicly it is easier to come up with excuses. Being honest is hard even when we try to be honest with ourselves it is hard. Many people say things like “I don’t care what people think” but overwhelmingly most people do care what others think and most people spend hours thinking about what others think about them. I understand that people don’t sit around and think about me because they have many other more important things to be worried about.

So do I have some words of wisdom to wrap this long winded speech up? Not really, just a few words: The most important things in life are not things. When my mother fell down and eventually got moved into a home that was not hers the things left in the house were just that “Things” Nothing of real importance. Sure my sister wants the china cabinet and I took some of the food storage but when it came down to it the most important part of that home are the memories and the essence that my mother took with her and that still lives inside her. With her independence being taken away or better put compromised she lost much of her passion for painting, cooking and even reading although she still does read. She only took a few of her books and I look at my own home and this really hits me where it counts. I have boxes of books in my house and why? I can find most anything on the Internet so why do I hold onto these books? I need to spring clean early. Have a great day tomorrow. Work will win when wishy washy wishing won’t. You can’t change others you can only change yourself.