Is it a sin to drink coffee?

Ask a Mormon what they think.

Ask a Mormon what they think.

Most Active Mormons that hold a current temple recommend that allows them to enter their sacred Temples do not drink coffee and feel it is an important part of living The Word of Wisdom as found in Doctrine and Covenants Section 89 of their modern revelation scriptures. *

Now to the question as to whether it is a sin or not. Many Mormons will answer that it is a sin and you should not do it. Other Mormons will refer to the exact verbiage which says only “Hot Drinks” so they say it can be any hot drink and some say that means you could drink cold coffee. Others will refer to you clarifications that modern Mormon Prophets have made where they pointed out specifically that Coffee and Green and Black Tea should be avoided.

Ok, obviously the Mormon or LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) Word of Wisdom does not apply to those that are not of their faith so anyone that is not a Mormon is not sinning when they drink coffee or tea.

Even within the LDS Church people will interpret the Word of Wisdom differently than others. When members are asked the questions for their Temple Recommend Interview they only ask “Are you living The Word of Wisdom” The answer is either yes, no or sometimes “I’m Striving to live it”.

So Mormons that have been through the Mormon Temples have made additional promises in those temples to God and to their spouses so they are held to a bit of a higher standard. This puts pressure on Mormons and even stresses many of them out.

Other Christians get the idea that Mormons think they can earn their way to heaven instead of having the grace of Jesus which is not true but misconceptions abound anyway.

Coffee has been researched and written about for many years and you will find articles that point out positive aspects of coffee and others that point out the dangers of coffee or too much of it.

What is harder for many Mormons to live and what gets ignored may be the things that are not spelled out exactly in The Word of Wisdom. When President Hinkley a former LDS Prophet was asked on National TV if he drank coke he said no that he did not and many members then took that to mean that they should not drink coke or any cola beverage. The Word of Wisdom is asking and suggesting to us that we be wise and prudent. Obviously when you take anything into your body that harms it that would in essence not following The Word of Wisdom. Many will try to justify drinking their soda and that is ok but when they weigh over 300 lbs justification does not really matter.

The Word of Wisdom also speaks of what you should eat and many Mormons ignore those words of advice and they focus on other more overt things such as “Not Smoking”.

In reality many Mormons choose not to obey their own Word of Wisdom so you will find Mormons that Smoke, Drink beer and such but those Mormons who strive to live the Word of Wisdom really do try to avoid harmful substances as outlined in the revelation.

So my answer: If a Catholic is drinking coffee no it is not a sin. If a doctor is smoking is it is a sin? An educated man that does something he knows is bad for him is unwise. That is the difference between knowledge and wisdom. I would classify this more as stupid behavior than I would sin.

If a Mormon that has made promises not to drink coffee is drinking coffee then rather than saying it is a sin I would lean toward saying he or she is holding themselves back from what they could be.

When you have a healthy body and a clean mind you are more apt to hear the Spirit of the Lord. He can direct you and help you be inspired to help others and yourself. When you cloud your mind with beer or other drugs you are less apt to hear that Spirit of the Lord and many times even less likely to follow the promptings of the Spirit.

*Doctrine and Covenants : 1 A Word of Wisdom, for the benefit of the council of high priests, assembled in Kirtland, and the church, and also the saints in Zion—

2 To be sent greeting; not by commandment or constraint, but by revelation and the word of wisdom, showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days—

3 Given for a principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints, who are or can be called saints.

4 Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation—

5 That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him.

6 And, behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make.

7 And, again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies.

8 And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.

9 And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly.

10 And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man—

11 Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.

12 Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly;

13 And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.

14 All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life, not only for man but for the beasts of the field, and the fowls of heaven, and all wild animals that run or creep on the earth;

15 And these hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.

16 All grain is good for the food of man; as also the fruit of the vine; that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground—

17 Nevertheless, wheat for man, and corn for the ox, and oats for the horse, and rye for the fowls and for swine, and for all beasts of the field, and barley for all useful animals, and for mild drinks, as also other grain.

18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;

19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;

20 And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.

21 And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen.

Confessions of a Mormon Bishop

Here is another article that I did not write that I have decided to include in my blog because it was so poignant.

So often we picture him as judgmental rather than loving

So often we picture him as judgmental rather than loving

Confessions of a Mormon Bishop

by Russ Hill on March 19, 2013

I pulled into my driveway at 12:30 this morning.

I sat in the car in front of our dark house for a few minutes. Everyone inside was asleep. The whole neighborhood was still. And yet my mind was racing. So many questions. So many emotions. Sadness. Hope. Inadequacy.

Welcome to the life of a Mormon bishop.

Like pastors, priests, and clergy in other religions, those of us asked to serve as a bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spend hours behind closed doors meeting with people who allow us into the darkest corners of their lives.

They come to us for various reasons. Because of guilt. Because they have lost hope. Because they have been betrayed. Because they don’t know where else to go. Because they feel worthless. Because the person they are isn’t the person they want to be. Because they have questions. Because they have doubts. Because they believe in a forgiving God yet feel disconnected from Him.

They come and sit in front of me. Some hesitate. Take a deep breath. And grasp for courage to say out loud what they have been hiding inside for days, weeks, or years.

Others almost run in. They spill before I sit. They’re anxious to clear their conscience or announce their doubts.

Each one is different.

For hours every week I sit. And listen.

I did not ask for this opportunity. I never considered I might someday have an office in a church. I have no professional training for this position. I am not a scriptural scholar. I have not walked through vineyards with robe-wearing monks. And, if you’re wondering about vows of celibacy let me introduce you to my four kids.

All I did was answer a phone call. Show up for a meeting. And nod when asked if I would serve.

I don’t sometimes wonder why me. I always wonder why me.

And yet they come. Share their stories. And look to me for wisdom.

I’m not sure any of them have learned from me. But, I have learned so much in the hours I’ve sat in that office listening to them.

I have learned that we believe it is a strength to conceal weakness.

I have learned that it is easy to want others to overlook our flaws as we expect perfection in them.

I have learned that it is hardest to show compassion and grant forgiveness to those closest to us.

I have learned that while curiosity is a strength it can also be a curse.

I have learned that we are creatures of habit.

I have learned that faith is a muscle.

I have learned that it is far easier to deny deity than to deny desire.

I have learned the mystery surrounding death forces a consideration of spiritual matters.

I have learned that observance of the Sabbath recalibrates perspective and improves judgment.

I have learned that most of us bear scars from the failure, disappointment, and fear in our lives. And, we prefer to wear long sleeves.

I have learned that to deal with life’s pain most of us choose one of the following: alcohol, drugs, pornography, or spirituality.

I have learned alcohol and drugs are the easiest path. As long as you’re willing to never stop drinking, smoking, or swallowing.

I have learned pornography is highly addictive and has nothing to do with sexual appetites and everything to do with escape. And that the habit is never overcome in isolation.

I have learned that we feel like a failure when we make mistakes even when we profess a belief that the purpose of this existence is to make and learn from them.

I have learned that forgiveness is the greatest gift we can offer someone. And ourselves.

I have learned that many know about Jesus Christ but more of us could make an effort to know Him.

I have learned that the strongest among us are those with the cleanest mirrors.

I have learned that the sins of parents profoundly affect children. And are often repeated by them.

I have learned that affection from parents profoundly affects children.

I have learned that most communication between parents and children is what psychologists call “superficial.” Strong relationships are built on the “validating” variety.

I have learned that children desperately desire parents who listen.

I have learned that churches are not museums or catwalks for perfected saints but rather labs for sinners.

I have learned that “tolerate” and “love” are two very different verbs despite what popular culture professes.

I have learned that there’s more sadness in this world than I had realized.

I have learned there is more goodness in this world than I had realized.

I have learned that to be happy is a choice.

I have learned those preoccupied with serving others have less time to count their problems.

I have learned that a habit of one brief moment of spirituality a day can alter one’s entire direction.

Once again I am including something written by someone else because it was so poignant.

I have learned that we want God to grant us space to make decisions but step in to stop others, nature, mortality, or illness from hurting us or those we love.

I have learned those who have made more mistakes have a great gift. Empathy. Now to the matter of searching out someone who hungers for it.

Indeed, I have learned I have much to learn.

The names of those I meet with will never be known. Confidentiality demands I never disclose their stories.

But, late last night as I sat in my car on the driveway I decided I should compile a list of what the people I meet with are teaching me.

And, I wanted to share it.

What are the advantages to using a Licensed company?

What are the negative ramifications for a customer that uses a non-licensed alarm installer in the state of New York. I was on an estimate the other day and I got into a conversation with a prospective client about the importance of using a licensed alarm company such as mine. She said that she had done some Internet research on the topic of licensed alarm installers in the State of New York and decided to call only licensed companies as she would assume that they are more qualified to do the job but nowhere could she find what the negative ramifications for the client would be that used a non-licensed installer. She saw the penalties for the alarm company but again nothing about the client. Honestly after all of these years in the business I couldn’t definitively answer her question other then speculation about insurance coverage, etc.
So I ask you – What are the negative ramifications for a customer that uses a non-licensed alarm installer in the State of New York.
Thank you for all you do for our industry.
The issue isn’t limited to New York; it’s a great question for all licensed jurisdictions, which is most states. Considering all of the requirements for getting an Alarm Installer License in New York I’m surprised you couldn’t come up with a few quick responses. So why would a customer care if the alarm dealer was licensed? Maybe price is all the customer should care about, or a suave sales pitch, or immediate installation, a fancy advertisement, or reputation or just a recommendation from a friend. Well I can think of a few responses, and I’m sure there are many more.

Licensing laws generally include some level of competency requirements;
education and testing; maybe continued education or certification levels. The license insures at least some level of competence.
criminal background check for all employees who will have any contact with the customer. Customers don’t do their own background checks and this may be the single most important response you could offer.
Some jurisdictions require licensed dealers to maintain certain minimum standards of operation, such as contracts, insurance and standards.
Most jurisdictions will receive and act upon complaints made against licensed contracts, a remedy that may not be available if the customer chooses to deal with an unlicensed contractor.
A licensed dealer has demonstrated that at a minimum he is willing to abide and conform to the licensing laws. That choose to disobey the licensing law may be ignoring lots of other laws that are designed to protect consumers.

You may want to ask a few questions of your own when confronted with a customer who is making you bid against a non licensed contractor. [and let’s face it, you may have some difficulty competing with an unlicensed contractor – why? because the unlicensed contractor doesn’t have your expenses for license compliance, insurance, employee wages; might even get his equipment at Midnight Alarm Supplies or off a truck]. So ask, would the customer allow his or her kids to be picked up by a school bus employing driver’s without driver’s licenses or vehicle insurance? No? Then why would they allow someone unlicensed into their home and trust them with their security and safety?

I served on as the Chairman of the DOPL Alarm Licensing board for several years and this question came up many times. When people use non licensed companies they have less recourse when they file a complaint. When a licensed company does something they should not then they could lose their license or be fined. When a non licensed company does the same it is harder to deal with. 801 428 1384

Also it is prudent to check your security companies BBB report (Better Business Bureau )

Peak Alarm has an A+ rating unlike many of our competitors who have F ratings and over 3000 complaints on two of our larger competitors compared to our 4 complaints in the last 3 years.

Is it a sin to put someone down that is gay?

Ask yourself, what would Jesus do?

Ask yourself, what would Jesus do?

Some people think that being gay is a sin and many people will make fun of or ostracize people that are gay. What they don’t realize is that by making fun of anyone they are participating in something that is wrong and they should repent and change. What would Jesus do is a good test question if you are wondering whether you should say or do something to someone else because of their behavior.

Answer below comes from a Mormon Apostle – Elder Oaks. This is out of the middle of a talk called Protect the Children from October 2012 LDS General Conference.

When we consider the dangers from which children should be protected, we should also include psychological abuse. Parents or other caregivers or teachers or peers who demean, bully, or humiliate children or youth can inflict harm more permanent than physical injury. Making a child or youth feel worthless, unloved, or unwanted can inflict serious and long-lasting injury on his or her emotional well-being and development. Young people struggling with any exceptional condition, including same-gender attraction, are particularly vulnerable and need loving understanding—not bullying or ostracism.

With the help of the Lord, we can repent and change and be more loving and helpful to children—our own and those around us.

This is found in the October LDS Conference of 2012 Elder Oaks Protect the Children –

Wow, would most people that tease, make fun of or treat people bad, think they are sinning? Elder Oaks is an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Elder Oaks says we can repent and change if we have been involved with anything like this.

We should strive not to make fun of others

We should strive not to make fun of others

Stand in Holy Places by Christy Spencer

Christy is a Young Women Youth Leader in the Poplar Grove area

Christy is a Young Women Youth Leader in the Poplar Grove area

Most of my blogs are written by me, today I make an exception because of the impressive talk that I heard at a Church yesterday March 24, 2013 by Christy Spencer who is a Young Women youth leader at a local Church. So many youth scoff at religion and Christy points out some very important principles.


From the beginning of history, there are records of holy places. The alter where Adam made sacrifices to the Lord, the portable temple that Moses and the Israelites used while they traveled in the wilderness, the temple of Solomon, the temple of Zerubbabel, and the temple of Herod, where Christ was often found.

After the death of Christ and his apostles, there were no temples for centuries. With the restoration of the Gospel, God commanded that temples again be built up. In these buildings He endows us with power, we make sacred covenants and learn sacred truths that will help us return to live with God again. Just the beauty of these buildings causes non-believers to stop and marvel, consider higher, nobler thoughts, and at least ask the question “What is that all about?”

I remember when I was a little girl and my parents would go to the temple each month. Though I didn’t understand what they did there, I remember the feeling they brought home with them. I was excited for them to be in this big, mysterious, lovely place. So excited in fact, that I could never sleep while they were gone. I’d lay there in bed, kicking my feet, turning my pillow every which way trying to find the cool spot, and sitting up every time I heard a sound that might be them coming home.

Finally after what seemed like hours, my mom would come into my room and hug me. I still remember the special temple smell that clung to her clothes. She only smelled like that when she came home from the temple. Oh, and she seemed SO BEAUTIFUL when she came home. She was never upset that I wasn’t asleep. She would just hold me, and tell me about how she had just had such a special experience in the House of the Lord. Then, and only then, could I calm down and fall asleep.

I must have been about 4 years old when my primary group went to the grounds of the Provo temple. I remember being told not to be quiet, but to be reverent there. Flowers were blooming, the water fountain sparkled, and the building itself seemed SO… strong. I asked my teacher if I could touch it. As I put my little hand on the cold stone, I KNEW this was GOD’s HOUSE. I felt that same feeling as when my mom held me when she came home.

Your own memories of the temple are probably quite different than mine. But I would guess that they are mostly associated with similar feelings. Peace, happiness, awe and reverence, family, and a reminder of the reality of God.

The theme for the youth this year is “Stand in Holy Places and Be Not Moved” (Doctrine and Covenants 87:8). Though our ultimate goal is for each of the youth (and all of us) to make and keep covenants in the temple, this theme is not telling us to move to the temple or stay there 24/7. It is telling us to take that “temple feeling” wherever we go.

The Mesa Arizona temple, unlike most others, is not in the best part of town. The majestic and meticulous gardens are a stark contrast to the blighted neighborhood, with dilapidated houses and graffiti covered walls nearby.

This is much like our righteous youth of our ward. In school they are surrounded by peers who destroy their bodies with tattoos, piercings, immodest clothing, marijuana, hookah pipes, coffee, swearing and vulgar music. Our righteous youth of the 25th ward stand out like the Mesa temple.

They, like the temple, are not made less by their environment. They are kind, they listen to promptings from the Holy Ghost, they befriend the lonely, they pray to God. They participate in seminary, service projects, sports, Scouts, Personal Progress. When we attend the temple, the workers often comment on the sheer size of our group and how impressive it is to have so many righteous youth.

I believe our youth have indeed embraced the theme to Stand in Holy Places, and be not moved. They understand that it’s not just attending the temple, but like the Israelite’s traveling temple, or like my mother’s late night hugs, they bring the “temple feeling” to others who wander in the wilderness, or who stay awake with anxiousness. Our youth ‘Stand in Holy Places’ as they bare their testimonies, share scriptures, stop gossip, and treat others with kindness instead of criticism.

If the gardeners of the temple grounds stopped weeding, how long would it take before it became overgrown? If they weren’t constantly planting new flowers every season, how long would it be before the garden became plain? If a recommend weren’t required at the door, how long would it be before enemies of the Church came inside and started to destroy it?

This again, is a symbol for our lives. We must be vigilant to remove the weeds that pop up in our hearts. We must constantly plant new things (thoughts, words and actions) that are beautiful and bring happiness to others. We must have a vigilant guard that doesn’t let anything into our minds, hearts, and homes that is unworthy. But just like the temple can’t care for itself, we cannot be pure without the atonement of Jesus Christ.

I know that as each of us model our lives after the temple, we will find ourselves standing in the Holiest place of all as we return to our Heavenly Father, confident in our worthiness to be there, because we have become LIKE Him.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Families are sealed together forever

Families are sealed together forever

Couples make sacred covenants to God and to each other in Temples.

Couples make sacred covenants to God and to each other in Temples.

Temples are sacred places on earth where ordinances for the living and for the dead may be done.

Temples are sacred places on earth where ordinances for the living and for the dead may be done.

Christy points out that by deciding to stay away from certain behaviors such as smoking pot or getting drunk the youth of today can avoid some of the pitfalls that make life even harder. Many kids and adults just laugh and say “Don’t Judge me” or they say “Do you think you are better than me because you don’t drink?”

These attitudes pop up partially from the guilt that they feel and also from kids or adults that really do have a self righteous behavior.

By having goals in our lives and staying on a good track avoiding premarital sex, drugs and other things such as tattoos we avoid many of the problems that come with those actions.

Kids that don’t have sex before marriage don’t get pregnant or have to pay child support. Kids that don’t get tattoos have a better shot at getting additional jobs that they might not otherwise get. Most of the time later in life people wish they did not get those marking on their bodies. I have talked to many people that would like to get them removed now years later.

Kids that are not addicted to drugs or other substances are more healthy. So it is not that the kids going to church are better than the other kids that don’t, it is not that they walk around with a holier than thou attitude but it comes down to what will help the children become more responsible adults and avoid many of the problems that many youth go through. Two thumbs up for all the volunteer time that Christy puts in with the youth. She has taken the time to learn all of the names and to get to know the youth in the area. Christy, God bless you in your efforts to bless the lives of young people with your selfless service.

Larry Love

Full House Asian Bistro in Park City at Kimball Junction

Sushi and many other items are freshly made each day

Sushi and many other items are freshly made each day

Full House Asian Bistro in Park City. The address is 6300 N Sagewood Drive in Park City at the Kimball Junction shopping center east of the Junction just South West of Smiths.

I ordered the Seaweed Salad with Calamari and it was fresh and very flavorful. It was on special for $8 and then I ordered a Bento Box with Sushi and Sashimi A and B and it was $12.

The Sushi was fresh and cut well as was the sashimi. I was very pleased with the meal and walked out feeling great. So often when you eat certain foods it tastes good but after the meal you get really tired or feel like you just don’t move very well. This food was fresh and made me feel healthy.

For Lunch you will pay around $10 to $20 dollars and for Dinner plan on about $20 to $40 each depending on what you get. I used to look for deals when I was younger and now I look for quality and taste with a great atmosphere.

Seismic Shut off valves

Shut off your gas when an emergency happens

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Seimic Switch that can shut off a gas valve in the event of an earthquake $1000

Remote Actuator Switch that will shut a valve using a remote panic button. $1,250

Seismic 3 Way Valve $1,590

MS Monitoring Switch will tell you if the valve is open or closed. $350

A qualified plumber should install these valves. The valves can be ordered for different configurations. The 3 way valve is for pneumatic systems.


Should I give money to beggars

When do we give and why

When do we give and why

Some people see the woman on the side of the freeway exit and say “Look at her, she has NIKE shoes on or she is smoking and has $7 dollars to buy cigarettes so why should I help her?

Look at him he is able bodied how come he does not go to a temp service or how come he does not go looking for work?

Others look at people asking for money and say “Look at them, they have two hands, two feet, why can’t they go work for their money?

Not too long ago there was a TV documentary on that showed beggars in New York and how they would ask for money during busy times and then go get in their cars and drive home. They were using this as a business, finding that during a busy time they could make much more then when they were working a regular job. They would change clothes and go beg and then change clothes and become a different person later on. Do these type of beggars give real beggars a bad name? Someone that is truly in need may suffer because people like this is actually just taking advantage of people.

Many times homeless people don’t want help or at least the type of help that is being offered. Many of them would rather live on the street than being confined to an institution. Trying to eat right.

Two buckets and a bowel?

Two buckets and a bowel?

Modern beggars are changing and most of them even have phones and apparently some of them have apps that allow them to accept credit cards. That blows me away. A recent NPR interview about a couple that lived on the street was very interesting as it explained how the couple would get their phones charged when they found an available outlet on the outside of a building.

Is this a business?

Is this a business?

The Mormon scripture in the Book of Mormon is clear saying that we should not deny the beggar. It also says that we should not judge them by saying that they brought this upon themselves. Many people even Mormons will try to argue this point although the scripture seems very clear. Mosiah 4: 16-19

16 And also, ye yourselves will asuccor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the bbeggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.

17 Perhaps thou shalt asay: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just—

18 But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.

19 For behold, are we not all abeggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?

You can't tell him to go to work sweeping or any such thing.

You can’t tell him to go to work sweeping or any such thing.

The Old Testament considers begging to be bad. Psalm 37:25 promises that the children of people who are truly righteous will never be reduced to begging for their food. Two verses in Proverbs portray begging as the result of laziness. The person who is too lazy to plow and plant in the spring will find himself begging during the harvest. To prevent this from happening, lazy people are advised to “consider” how ants store food whenever it is available. (Proverbs 20:4, Proverbs 6:6-8). This verse is similar to Paul’s injunction in the New Testament that penalizes people who refuse to work by withholding their food (2 Thessalonians 3:10).

Read more: What Does the Bible Say About Beggars? |

Why do we fail at caring for the elderly?

Why do we fail at caring for the elderly?


Both of the beggars that Jesus met were blind. Mark 10:46ff and Luke 18:35ff recount the same story of Bartimaeus, a blind beggar who called loudly as Jesus’ passing entourage moved through Jericho. In spite of the rebuke of many bystanders, Jesus turned aside and asked the beggar what he wanted. “Rabbi, I want to see,” said the beggar. Jesus replied that the man’s faith had healed him. The effect was immediate and the former beggar began to follow Jesus. A second man who had been blind since birth was another beggar. When Jesus saw him, he told him to go and wash himself in the Pool of Siloam. This act of obedience resulted in his healing.


One of the Bible’s earliest demonstrations of the ongoing power of the message of Jesus also involved a beggar. This man had been crippled from birth and habitually begged at the gate of the temple in Jerusalem where the early church members met to pray every afternoon. When Peter and John arrived one day, he asked them for money. Peter demanded the beggar’s attention and announced that though there was no money to be given, they would give what they had. Then Peter pulled the beggar to his feet and commanded him to be healed in the name of Jesus. It happened. The sermon that followed persuaded 5,000 people to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead, that he was the Jewish Messiah. Peter and John were arrested and jailed by the religious leaders but released the next day.


Jesus told a story about a beggar, Lazarus, and a rich man. Lazarus had begged daily in front of this rich man’s house but the rich man never gave him anything. Both men died. The beggar found himself in comfort with Abraham, but the rich man was in agony in a burning fire. He was thirsty so he asked Abraham to send the beggar to give him a drop of water to cool his tongue. Abraham reminded the rich man that he was reaping what he had sowed in the way he had treated the beggar when they both lived. He refused his request.

Read more: What Does the Bible Say About Beggars? |

My wife sometimes feels like she wants to give money to beggars and at other times she does not feel inclined to do so. My children at times have also given money to beggars. One time I was with some friends and we passed a beggar by the Mormon temple in the winter and the wife of my friend went to her car, got a blanket and came back with that instead of money. Many times in Guatemala when I was there beggars would ask for money and we would offer to by them food and many times they would turn the food down and explain they wanted the money instead. Most of them had drinking problems and would use the money to drink. Coming back to the scripture references: When we start going through these things in our mind are we in essence judging them?

Today March 12 2013

I life fun pictures like this

I life fun pictures like this

CERT: This Friday we will try to hold another Hispanic CERT class at a local church. We had 25 people sign up and only one come last Friday. I teach the CERT class both in English and Spanish. Community Emergency Response Team Training for Disasters. This is sponsored by Salt Lake City.

MY LIFE: Some people seem paranoid that so much information about themselves may be found on the Internet. I don’t worry about it so much, my life is not that interesting that too many people would care much what I am doing or intimate details about my life. My friend’s brother thinks the government is watching him. If the government wants to watch me then have at it. They will have a fairly boring time with my life. No one would want to take my ID because most of the time I only have about 10 dollars in my wallet and not much more in the bank.

FOOD: Food is a big part of my life, cooking and eating. I like to prepare new items on a regular basis and I love to taste different entrees.

MUSIC: Music is also a large part of my life. I used to play the clarinet all the time, I played sax and flute as well. Now mostly I play the piano, sing and sometimes I play my wooden flutes. I also love to listen to music.

I will be in a musical production of The Prodigal Son May 10th and 11th at 7PM on both nights and 3PM on SAT at 1400 West 700 South in Salt Lake City. I will be the Father. The music is all original by Andres Paredes. Daniel Tuutau will be the son and we have a 30 person choir and some instruments as well. We are now practicing 3 to 4 times a week and from what I see so far this production will be well worth anyone’s time. There is no cost to enter and the 3PM performance is the one families are encouraged to attend since we would like the night performances to be more formal without crying kids and such. I also sing in a Tongan Choir from time to time. Years ago I sang in a Filipino choir.

INTERPRETING: I interpret part time for Linguistica and they send me to Hospitals and clinics. I speak Spanish quite well and I am striving to get rid of my Gringo Accent although it is difficult. I have been watching some Spanish NOVELAS with my wife. These are soap operas and many of them are very well done. I can justify the time because they do help improve my language skills.

CHILDREN: My Daughter is in Oklahoma with her husband and 1 year old son getting ready to transfer to a new air force base. They still don’t know where yet so we are excited for their future adventures. My 19 year old Son Josh is still living on his own and learning the lessons of life. I just make dentist appointments for everyone in the family. My 26 year old son is still working in the grocery industry riding his expensive bike to work and in races (since he was 15) and is doing well. His wife will have my second grandchild in May (my first grandaughter) My 17 year old Michelle is way too beautiful and I worry about her, she has been working late at her new job and staying up late to do homework, she is involved in track and wants to play volleyball as well when it comes up. Right now she does not have a boy friend so life is not as complicated but that won’t last long. My 14 year old is having a harder time in high school, he just went shooting with the scouts last week and had fun. I went sledding with him and the scouts last month and he likes the activities but for some reason has no desire to get any of the merit badges.

WORK: I estimate security and fire alarm projects for my work. I just attended a 4 day training class on Bosch Security Systems that was very informative. I have been certified in Bosch for several years now. I am a Master Fire Alarm Tech with the State of Utah and NICET II in Fire Alarm. I was the Chairman of the Alarm Board for the State of Utah for several years I was on the Board from 2004 to 2011. I have 18 years of experience in the security industry and I was a Military Policeman in the Utah National Guard for 7.5 years from 1982 to 1989.

CHURCH: I am active in a local Church and I feel it is a positive influence in my family’s life and in my life. I am a Godfather to one beautiful little girl and soon to be the Godfather of another little girl and I make rosaries as well.

SCOUTS: I am on a scout committee right now and I used to be the Hispanic Scout Master in the area although I am not Hispanic but I am comfortable about Hispanics sometimes more so than other groups of people. I recently wrote an article for a local paper about Gay Scout Masters and apparently they will be putting in the paper this month. I personally am not gay but I don’t see any reason that the scouting program should keep gays from participating as leaders or as scouts. I consider myself a reasonable person. None of the leaders should talk about sexual matters with the boys or girls. This should apply whether the leaders are gay or straight.

CIVIC: I am a local county delegate and I was a State delegate before. I don’t agree with everything that each of the parties say and I really don’t fit well in either party.

STUDY: I like to read and I like to study different topics. Recently I have been studying JOY. Mostly in the scriptures and not only the meaning but what brings people joy and the difference from FUN or Happiness if there is a difference which I believe their is.

CULTURE: I was married to a Filippa for 19 years and so that culture is part of me and will always be. I have been married to my second wife for almost 7 years and I love the Guatemalan culture and that is part of me as well. I have many Mexican friends so I get to taste their food and culture too. I was in the Presidency of a Spanish Church so I met people from all over the world and to me, that experience has enriched my life. I was on a church mission in 1983 and 84 in Guatemala and that has been a blessing in my life as well.

KARATE: I teach free classes to kids every SAT at 8AM at a local church and I have taught karate for years. The styles is seikoshta (saykoshta) you can look it up and see some of my training videos. I don’t claim to be a great master or even an expert although I enjoy the classes and the children seem to as well. I have also taught adults. The main reason I teach is to give people that can’t afford classes the chance to learn.

STUFF: I am not attached to Stuff like I used to be. I love books although things are less important to me than they used to be. I try not to place much importance on physical things. I do love to collect flashlights. I also like to collect wooden flutes when I travel. I love to travel and see new places, learn about new cultures, religions and try new things.

WISDOM: I feel I am becoming more wise and patient in my life as I get older. I seem to listen more and appreciate more. I appreciate flowers, a nice view and life in general. My eyesight is not what it used to be and this makes me think about the afterlife more than I used to. I do believe in the afterlife and God. My brother said to me the other day “How can an intelligent person like you believe in God?”I still do and he tells me negative things about my church and other churches and I have read most of those things already and I still believe. I love life and choose to not be offended at much any more if at all.

What is the cost to upgrade my security system?

Peak Alarm
Attn: Larry Love
(801) 428 1384

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All of this pricing is for example purposes only for estimation. Please contact Larry and he can get you current pricing. Our proposals are valid for 30 days.

D4512 (28 point panel) $293 panel and 2 line keypad $45 more for ATM large display keypad- The panel comes ready to monitor over the Internet. If you want to monitor over the phone line then add the phone line module for $45

D7412GV4 kit – (75 point panel, Fire, Security & Access capable) $300 or $396 for fire package plus see keypad options below. Panel and Keypad is $453

The installation at $130 per hour would normally only take 2 hours to take the old one out and put the new one in. The information below may also be of help to you if you want to add additional devices.

Many of the existing security systems don’t give you information on the keypad as to what the trouble are. New Bosch panels will give you detailed information when there is an issue.

We suggest that you test the battery and if it is over 5 years old it should be replaced. They normally only last 3 to 5 years. You can purchase a new battery from us or directly from Batteries Plus here in town. The cost from our shop is $25 dollars. 7, 7.5 amp hour 12 Volt battery. The charging circuit should have about 13.7 volts DC and the batteries should have over 12 volts DC. Each panel is different so check the panel information.

We also encourage you to perform functional tests regularly and verify with the central station that they are getting the signals.You may call our central station at 800 444 72314 and put the system in test by giving them the name and the password and then set the system into alarm and call them back to make sure they got all signals.

When you change your phones to digital many times your fire alarm or your security system will stop functioning normally. Most of those older dialers are not meant to work or at least are not UL listed to work with digital lines so it would be prudent to install a system that can be plugged into the Internet.

These older panels require analog phone lines. In about 4 years analog lines will no longer be available and everything will be digital.

Skip down to PRICING to see panel upgrade information.

Other options on Fire Alarms and Security for communications are as follows:

A. Cellular backup in case your phone line or internet connection gets cut. A backup system normally runs from $200 to $300 and $16 to $25 per month for the cell service.
B. High Supervision Cellular $600 plus $34-$55 per month for the cell signals since it dials out over 4000 times a month. (Every 5 minutes)
C. Radio communication. If this is used for fire alarm it has to communicate with a minimum amount of other transmitters to qualify and the cost is about $1,200 for equipment and installation.
D. Direct Internet connection. There is a $210 dollar limited module that just sends whatever signals the current panel is sending but it does it over the internet instead of the phone line.
E. The two way module from Bosch allows your service company to get signals from the panel and they can also communicate over the Internet to update codes or do diagnostics.
F. Many of the new panels come with an internet connection or port so you just plug them in.


You asked for some general pricing to upgrade your keypad so I have put together some prices with options that should be helpful. Security pricing is just like pricing a car, you specify your budget, features, the warranty you would like and then narrow it down. For this example I will give just 2 options for your facility. BOSCH is used in most government facilities (D9412)

D4512 (28 point panel) $293 panel and 2 line keypad $45 more for ATM large display keypad

D7412GV4 kit – (75 point panel, Fire, Security & Access capable) $300 or $396 for fire package plus see keypad options below. Panel and Keypad is $453

The installation at $77 per hour would normally only take 2 hours to take the old one out and put the new one in. The information below may also be of help to you if you want to add additional devices.

1. Do you need over 28 points on this panel? If yes then go to option 5.

2. Do you need the panel to be commercially listed to monitor fire alarm and security? If so then go to option 5.

3. Do you need the panel to also control access control, security and fire alarm? If yes then go to option 5.

4. OPTION 4 – B4412 – The new Bosch B Series is a small to medium security system that has many great features and a great price. This panel can be partitioned into 8 areas. (28 points)

The B5512 is a 45 point panel. USB programming and plugs into your network or Internet connection.

5. OPTION 5 is the Bosch D7412GV4 or the D9412GV4 panels.

The example will use the D7412GV4 package. The D7412GV4 can do up to 2 doors of door control, up to 75 points of fire and or security points. The D9412GV4 can do up to 8 doors of door control and up to 246 points of Fire and or Security. The panel can also be divided into 32 different areas. This package comes with the dual line dialer on the fire package or single line on the security.

Both packages come with the enclosure, panel installation, transformer, backup battery,


A. Phone module to add to the B4412 is $45 (B430)
B. Network IP module for GV4 Panel B420 or B426 $210
C. A B208 octo input module for GV4 or the B Series panels to add sets of 8 points each module $90
D. A B308 octo output module for GV4 or the B Series Panels to add sets of 8 outputs each $99
E. Cellular Backup unit for either panel B440 $248 (Requires monthly plan)
F. High Supervision Cellular for Fire Alarm $400-$600 plus about $34 to $60 per month plan
G. Radio communication equipment $1200 installed
H. The GV4 is UL listed for Fire Alarm but depending on how many flows, tampers, horn/strobes the cost to integrate this panel will vary. We can come by and do a site visit and help you through the process.
I. Wireless transmitters for doors or windows EN1210W $68
J. Wireless Motions EN1262 $164 or High Traffic unit EN1261HT $160
K. Wireless smoke detectors EN1242 $153
L. Wireless KIT for B series panels B820 $71 and B810 $90
M. Wireless KIT to integrate with GV4 panel ENKIT SDI2 $233
N. Hardwired Smoke detectors are about $31 zoned or $75 addressable
O. Siren $20-$45 (This can have a blue light or yellow and siren or just siren)
P. Hardwired Contact recessed $14 plus wire and labor
Q. Hardwired BMS Contact high security $133 plus wire and labor
R. Glass Break EN1247 $153
S. Hardwired glass breaks vary from $38 and up
T. CO detectors are around $133 and up. Commercial detectors are different than residential
U. D8125 $71 (Addressable expansion module for GV4 panel)
V. D9127U addressable module for GV4 panel $25 each
W. D7412GV4-B Fire Alarm kit is $396 no keypad
X. D7412GV4-C Burglar package $300
Y. D9412GV4-B Fire Alarm kit for 246 points $591
Z. D1255 Keypad $153- Normal keypad
AA. D1260 ATM style keypad for GV4 is $225
BB. D1265 Touch keypad for GV4 is $300 (Over 2 requires additional power supply)
CC. D1256 Fire Alarm keypad $153 limited buttons (Red keypad)
DD. B4512 Panel $180 (28 point)
EE. B5512 Panel $203 (45 point)
FF. B920 Keypad $113 (2 line keypad)
GG. B930 Keypad ATM style built in menus $158 (large screen)
HH. D900V2 (C900V2) dialer capture module for use with most fire and security panels to send IP signals $333

Both of these panel will also handle the RADION wireless as well. The examples given are for Inovonics.

*Hardwired points will vary in installation cost depending on location and difficulty of installation. Example if we have to drill through a will in order to get wire to a point then it will take more time. If we have to rent a 26 foot lift to run wire then obviously that would raise the cost. If the point has to have wire installed then it will cost more and if the point is 200 or 500 feet away that is a factor as well. So the above figures will help you with the equipment cost estimation and the labor estimation will vary depending on the project. If you have drop tile and the point is close normally we figure 1 hour for a hardwired point. We would figure 15 minutes for a wireless point but normally the cost evens out somewhat.


A wireless Contact is $68 plus $20 labor or $88 (Do have to change batteries every 3-6 years)

A hardwired Contact is $14 plus $10 wire plus $77 labor or $101
So as you can see going wireless can end up saving 15-20 percent depending on quantities.

A recessed contact is $14 plus $77 for one hour or $91

A BMS High Security Contact is $130 plus $77 or $207

A recessed contact that is 400 feet though a warehouse would have the extra length of wire added as well as the lift charge.

D5512 and D4512 Panels with the D920 and D930 Keypads This panel has a USB connection and connects to your internet

D5512 and D4512 Panels with the D920 and D930 Keypads This panel has a USB connection and connects to your internet

These prices are for examples only so if you need updated pricing please contact Larry at and he can get you current prices.