Monday, November 22, 2010

41u Why Neil Birch Began This Blog and Has Introduced in Early June of this Year a Blog Index!

To Access This Blog's Index, Please Scroll Down To the Fifth Paragraph From The End of This Post. Much of this post is a repeat of my post 40l.


Elder M. Russell ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ethiopia in March 1985 - Photo:

In this post I aim to review briefly how it came about that I became a blogger. I didn't grow up with computers and the Internet. I saw my first computer about two weeks after graduating from high school in Roseville, California (U.S.A.) in early June of 1950.

My father had worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad there since he was 17. He arranged for me to get a job there as a yard clerk only after I promised him I would not let that job keep me from beginning college right away. (I faithfully lived up to that promise. I received both a bachelors and masters degrees over the years from two Universities, one in Provo, Utah (BYU) in 1960  and one in San Jose, California (California State University, San Jose, California) in 1973.

When I first walked into the Clerks' Office from where I would do various jobs throughout that very large railroad yard, the first thing my bosses did was let me become acquainted with a large metal device which had electricity running into it. That was the first computer I ever had laid my eyes upon. As I remember, it was about eight feet long and about four and a half feet tall. It sorted cards which each represented a railroad car that was in our railroad yard right then. Those cards were each eventually sorted by that machine into the particular train in which that railway car would leave that railway yard to go in one of all four directions.

It was just a month or so later while in my first year of Junior College that I saw a television program for the first time.

Over the years in my occupation as a social worker for the LDS Church I began to become involved again with computers and ended up with my own lap-top I used until I retired in April 1996 in Salt Lake City, UT. I don't own a lap-top now but used one for a good number of years, even when my wife, Melva and I served a mission in Finland from 2004 to 2006.

That lap-top eventually wore out and now we have a desk top computer and printer. I learned to use the Internet along the way and it helped us much while serving as missionaries in Finland.

For about six months in late 2007 and in early 2008, I did Family History Extraction work through the Internet on our computer as a church assignment. I regularly did a very large volume of that work each month.

It took much time and was very intensive. I enjoyed it because I knew it was helping LDS families do the necessary research on their family lines to be able to have the temple work done in LDS temples for ancestors who had already passed away from this life without having heard of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. *

In about February or March of 2008 I happened to read a speech on the Internet delivered by an LDS Church Apostle, Elder M. Russell Ballard, whose photo is featured in TODAY'S THEME above.   He gave that speech at the BYU- Hawaii December 15th, 2007 graduation. In the July 2008 Issue of the Ensign Magazine published by the LDS Church Elder Ballard expanded some on what he had said at that BYU-Hawaii graduation. I quote just a brief portion of what he wrote for that article.
"From its beginnings, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has used the power of the printed word to spread the message of the restored gospel throughout the world. The Lord, over the centuries, has had a hand in inspiring people to invent tools that facilitate the spreading of the gospel. The Church has adopted and embraced those tools, including print, broadcast media and the Internet . . ." (Emphasis Added)
Elder Ballard in that article, once again, urged members of the Church to set up their own blogs on the Internet so as to tell of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I had already begun following his advice, after going about getting help, in beginning my own blog. I named it: Have You Really Read the Book of Mormon? I named it that because in an April 2007 PBS Television Nationwide (U.S.A.) broadcast I watched, I couldn't believe that certain ones of that program's Narrators had ever read the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

Professor Alex Caldiero - Google Search
One of those Narrators who I have quoted from time to time in my blog posts said, and I quote: 
"I hear Joseph Smith's voice everytime I read it (The Book of Mormon). He was a farmer. He was young. He was unlettered and he put this all together. So you have this rough hewn kind of text..." Alex Caldiero, poet and scholar, Utah Valley University, (Clarification and Emphasis Added)
I, Neil Birch, know personally that Joseph Smith translated that book by the power of God. I had come to understand and know spiritually the truthfulness of that Great Book over many years and from his quoted words above, I knew that man must have never even read a page of it.The Book of Mormon provides us, among other very important things, a history of a complex nation of Israelites that were led by God to what is now known as Central America arriving there in about 570 B.C.

In it, as you may well know by now, there is much in that book about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This Holy book stands side-by-side with the Holy Bible as a divine testament of the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Enough said about that for now. In the October 2009 Issue of the Ensign Magazine, my name was mentioned (on page 24) in an article authorized by Elder Ballard. It was reported that I had begun and had continued my LDS blogging and was feeling very good about what I was doing.

I must also mention the role of the moregoodfoundation (Orem, Utah, U.S.A.) in helping me to begin my blogging. It was from something they had posted on the internet that first gave me access to Elder Ballard's BYU-Hawaii graduation address mentioned above.

That is a non-profit organization that provides much information about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, through the Internet. One of their officials, Richard K. Miller, invited me to their offices in order to give me assistance in beginning to blog for the first time in my life. I not only received very good help from him in learning the basics of blogging, but over two and half years he (although he left that organization over a year ago) and one other moregoodfoundation employee, Fabiola Sikes continued to answer my questions on various matters related to my blogging.

That organization has also, by means of the internet, informed organizations and individuals with whom they have contact, about my blog. That has helped increase my readership considerably!

I have, as of this date, November 22, 2010 published my two hundred and fortieth Blog Post in my English language blog. I have not published that many in my Spanish language blog which is translated by a kind couple who originally came from Argentina and ended up in France, but have just moved to Cairo, Egypt. They are strong members of the LDS Church and I appreciate their translations which are done free of charge. I earn nothing from my blogging, except blessings from Heaven! (I really need those!)

In early June of this year (2010) I took a huge step forward in my blogging. In that month I introduced a new Blog Index from which you readers can search for topics which interest you and then are guided to click on an electronic link which pulls up a post in which I have written about that specific topic.

Now instead of going on with more words I will offer you an opportunity to use a small excerpt of blog post links that I have copied over from my Blog Index to this post.

At the end of this blog post you will be able to gain access to that entire Index. I have not yet had the time to put all of my published posts into it, (I am about forty posts short of doing that) but it won't be too very long until I have done so. Of course, I will continue adding to it as long as I continue to blog which I hope will be for a long time.

Because I first published my Blog Index on about June 8th, which is the annual anniversary of the Prophet of the LDS Church announcing that the Priesthood would then be available to men of all races throughout the world, I would like you to click on the link below for that post. I really enjoyed writing that post.

There is a very beautiful musical video within it that you will enjoy. Maybe today will be the first time you will have had the opportunity to use my Blog Index even though it has been available about six months.

Now, I'm not asking you to click on each of these links I'm providing you from my Blog Index, just the second one down. I added the other links just so you would know better what my Index looks like. Clicking on the link I'm providing will take you right to my Post 38l. I hope you will enjoy that experience. (However, you are welcome to click on the other links too if you so desire!)


Preparations For The Resurrected Jesus Christ's Visit to Ancient America -Post 31f

Priesthood Revelation Regarding Availability of Priesthood to All Races Commemorated -Post 38l

Prophecy and Revelation Is Always Found in Jesus Christ's Church -Post 35b

Prophets Speak for Jesus Christ -Post 12

(The) Purpose of This Blog -Post 1



I deeply appreciate your readership and very much hope you you will find that which was presented to you in this blog post, very beneficial.

As noted in the first paragraph of the previous post, I initiated on June 7, 2010 an Index for all of the key subjects found in the approximately 200 posts I had then published in this blog beginning in March of 2008. I am still in the process of including each of those posts in this Index. 

I believe you will find it a very helpful tool as you search for information related to the subjects covered in this blog!

Credits: I give credit to Fabiola Sikes for suggesting the need for this Blog Index. Without her suggestion I most likely would have never set this up.

Corollary credit needs to be given to: Richard K. Miller for suggesting electronic linking for this index. He made useful suggestions for doing that.

Jonathan Smith of Genoa, Utah, a relative through my marriage. His technological advice helped me apply some principles learned from Richard Miller.

Bryce Mitchell of Herriman, Utah, a step-grandson. He helped me understand some of the technological advice given me previously.

Bruce Westenskow of Murray, Utah, a member of our LDS Ward. He is a professional in the Internet field. His help was crucial! My lack of training in Internet matters made it difficult for me to pull all of the advice together by myself that I had been provided by the above-named skillful persons!

I now will provide you the opportunity of experiencing a video of the Mormon Messages Series which is one of my most favorite videos of that special series.  It is entitled: "What My Father Taught Me As a Boy" It is narrated by former president and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley (since deceased).


In my recent post, 41r, I quoted from a book of an LDS Expert Microfilmer, Steven W. Baldridge (a friend and Church colleague) who has filmed, along with others, precious records literally throughout this entire earth so that the records of our dead will be easily available to you or me so that the vicarious temple work mentioned above in this blog post can be done for them.

As I mentioned in Post 41r, I personally have read Steve's book once through and have read a good number of his chapters a second time. I am amazed at the scope of the microfilming work that he has done in a relatively short time. I admire the sacrifice he has made in living the life he had to live to accomplish what he did. He has made it possible for many of us to be able to research our ancestors in order to have the temple work done for them which is needed.

I particularly appreciated Steve's enjoyable sense of humor that he seemed to always possess even in the middle of the greatest challenges. I guarantee that your personally having his book will be something you will be glad you did!

Steven W. Baldridge

The Front Cover of Steve Baldridge's Book
This book is available by contacting : Steve Baldridge, 627 East 5400 South, Murray, UT 84107, U.S.A.


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I deeply appreciate your readership and very much hope you you will find that which was presented to you in this blog post, very beneficial.

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Neil Birch