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The next phase of food and housing in the United States

You will see people from wealthy areas continue to flood into poorer areas. They will radically increase property prices and bring their politics with them. Property prices will increase so much that the average person in these locations will no longer be able to afford traditional housing.  Very small homes and multi-generational households will increase, in addition to younger people having roommates for a lot longer than their college years.  The number of places that have affordable housing will decrease. Taxes on homes will increase, both in the amount taxed and the number of taxes. Look for new property taxes and subsidy programs that claim to assist in creating affordable housing. There will be disproportional taxes on larger homes, especially as fewer and fewer people buy traditional homes. None of this will solve the underlying problem, and you will see tent cities rise across the country, even while a great many people continue the appearance of normal life.  A similar situat

"They hear thy words, but they do them not"

28 For I will lay the land most desolate, and the pomp of her strength shall cease; and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate, that none shall pass through. 29 Then shall they know that I am the Lord, when I have laid the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed. 30 Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord. 31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. 32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not. 33 And when this cometh to

Silly leper, tricks are for kids!

This morning I was pondering on the recent opportunities God has given me to share some things he has taught me with people who had prayed to him and asked for understanding and guidance on certain topics. What tends to happen in all these situations is that, as soon as they get what they had asked for, the person goes away. They either go away rejoicing with their goodies, content with the free loaves and fishes without stopping to ask where they came from and how and why, or they go away sorrowing, as did the rich young ruler we are always deriding while doing the same thing ourselves. When it comes to gratitude, God does not need our praise. He seeks our gratitude not for what it does for him, but what it does for us. He wants us to have joy, and joy comes from value. We can only value something to the extent that we know what it is, what it is worth, and what it costs. Those are three distinct things. Of a group of ten lepers that Jesus healed, only one came back to give thanks: 12

What are you prepared to do?

Most people will do what is right, subject to their personal comfort. They will do the right thing so long as it is easy and convenient. To be a child of God, and to find and retain a fullness of joy, you must do what is right, all the time, no matter what it costs you, up to and including your life. Children of God do what is right, no qualifications. They will have personal comfort subject to what is right; They will enjoy personal comfort only inasmuch as it is possible while doing what is right. As spartan as the God-first perspective seems, it truly is the only way to encounter and traverse paths that lead to outcomes beyond what you already know how to receive.  The paths you know can only lead to outcomes you already have. If you want something better, it can only be found in what you don’t know how to find. That path will—by definition—include things you don’t perceive as comfortable, easy, or convenient. Those who limit their paths to what is easy, convenient, or comfortable c

Signs and tokens

Good and evil both have their Shibboleths. Throughout the history of the world, those possessing uncommon wisdom and members of nefarious non-public organizations [1] alike could be discovered by those who knew their signs and tokens--things with special meaning to the initiated, but subtle enough to be overlooked by those who don't know what to look for.  In modern times, one need not look for secret handshakes or symbols or phrases to find out which individuals have sworn allegiance to ideologies that purport to be neutral or only mildly harmful on the surface while being extraordinarily harmful in reality.  While these signs and tokens certainly exist and are in use in our day, things have degraded to such an extent accordance with reality to identify those who subscribe to such ideologies--whether they do so via an explicitly subscribed membership, or whether they have merely allowed themselves to be manipulated into unknowingly adopting the same beliefs without even needing th

Feel the calling of a miracle

Religious people like to use the word "call." I haven't met a single one who actually knows what it means.  God is in all and through all things. Light is sprinkled and scattered in differing concentrations in everything we experience in the physical world. From time to time, we encounter things or people that stir something deep inside us. This is God calling to us, desperately trying to pry a bit of light through the dark, thick scales of our ignorance, apathy, and appetite for the meager and insufficient. Given two random people, it is highly unlikely that these sprinkles of light will affect them in the same way. Here's an example. At this precise moment, I find the following song extremely inspirational: However, I shouldn't. The lyrics are cheesy. The music is before my time. The writers really liked LSD. And so on. And yet, listening to this song at this moment causes a flood of feeling and ideas that attracts oth

Oh that you could see more of God's love all at once...

Recently, I was helping one of my young kids learn how to swim. My daughter was convinced she needed a life jacket, and she was wrong. She eventually believed that she was able stay afloat without it, and then became convinced she could swim a short distance without clinging to someone. At one point, she said she would swim to me, and as she was, I slowly backed away until I reached the edge of the pool. As I did, I stepped aside, and she managed to get to the edge of the pool--far further than she thought she could. You do not love or trust God as much as you think you do. If you did, you would act very differently. Many of you need to be stirred up to repentance. God will increase the frequency and intensity of afflictions in your life, because that is the only way he has to reach you, and because he loves you enough to hurt you. Please, please wake up. This is not a cost-free endeavor. Those who are compelled to be humble must pay a greater price for the same joy obtained by those w

Where to move: a case study in revelation

As the events of the last days unfold, many people are seeing an increased need to move in order to improve their situation.  The Lord has promised many times that those who love and obey him will be prospered in the land: And inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper, and shall be led to a land of promise; yea, even a land which I have prepared for you; yea, a land which is choice above all other lands. (1 Nephi 2:20) And he hath said that: Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land; but inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off from my presence. (2 Nephi 1:20) For the Lord God hath said that: Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land; and inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off from my presence. (2 Nephi 4:4) Etc, etc. What does it mean to be prospered in the land? It does not mean that you will be free from toil, affliction, or sorrow. Instead, it means that any

Changing Facebook Profiles

For various reasons, I'm switching Facebook profiles. I will try to post quotes from my books and other writings on the new page. I will make the posts public. If you are on Facebook, you can easily share these posts on your own pages. Of course, you can also always do that yourself. The new profile can be found here if you want to connect:

If ye will cast out the righteous from among you

Amulek told the people of Ammonihah:  21 Yea, well doth he cry, by the voice of his angels that: I will come down among my people, with equity and justice in my hands. 22 Yea, and I say unto you that if it were not for the prayers of the righteous, who are now in the land, that ye would even now be visited with utter destruction; yet it would not be by flood, as were the people in the days of Noah, but it would be by famine, and by pestilence, and the sword. 23 But it is by the prayers of the righteous that ye are spared; now therefore, if ye will cast out the righteous from among you then will not the Lord stay his hand; but in his fierce anger he will come out against you; then ye shall be smitten by famine, and by pestilence, and by the sword; and the time is soon at hand except ye repent. (Alma 10) I tell you that, even now, the righteous are being cast out by the wicked. They are losing their businesses, they are kicked out of their churches, they are being robbed of the fruits of

Free yourself from fools

Recently, we were all shown in plainness how quickly government officials can impose absurd and arbitrary requirements on society with stiff penalties. Did you notice? Do you care? What are you doing about it? As the world marches further from the truth, realize that the foolishness of others will have drastic implications on your daily life. You are on a sinking ship. While the ship is guaranteed to sink, that outcome does not dictate your outcome. Rather, the sinking ship just provides constraints to which you can react in order to determine your outcome.  If you were on a sinking ship, you would probably try to make your way to the lifeboats and launch before the rest of the ship realized the need to do so. You probably would try to avoid being in direct command of the captain, whose foolishness caused the ship to sink in the first place. You would probably want to distance yourself as much as possible from him and his crew, the latter of which did nothing to help their commander ma

I have spoken unto you plainly that ye cannot err

The Lord has given me opportunities to speak plainly of things to come for the purpose of minimizing your suffering, increasing your faith in God, and, ultimately, to help you find the path to the greatest joy. Very, very few people have heeded what I have said. While I have carried unfathomable burdens, some fight it, most ignore it, and those who do respond are barely willing to lift the lightest burden to help carry these things to others.  Example: There is exactly one Amazon review for "Men are that they might have joy." You can't understand what it cost me to write that book, but to think that so many who have read it care little enough about it that they won't even take one minute to write a review in the event it might help someone else read it...what do you think God thinks about that? How is that not like being gifted a billion dollars and then being unwilling to give $1 to a starving person? What does it cost you to post a quote to facebook? What does it co