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I Didn't Want To Be Baptized

In my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, children are not baptized until they are at least eight years old.  The summer I turned eight, my family was relocating from Leadville, Colorado - the highest city in the United States - to near sea level in Louisiana.  This disrupted life’s routine.  Events that would lead to my baptism were delayed.  I remember being quite happy about this, since I did not want to be baptized.  I don't remember what reason I had for not wanting to be baptized, but I distinctly remember I did not want to be.  We moved again in the fall from a t

“New Mormon History” and Invigorating Faith

When I was in graduate school, a few friends and I would get together and read various articles on Church History. Since I had really enjoyed Church History, this was of interest to me. We read articles from various academic publications. I was familiar with most of these publications, having taken a course from a Professor at Ricks College who assigned reading from them in a church history course. During this course there were some articles that challenged my previous perceptions of church history.

An Easter Message

by Brad Porter, April 16, 2017

Broken Records and the Power of Music

"I don't believe it. Kids don't do that." My daughter said when I explained that I had thrown my heavy metal rock albums away when I was fifteen.

An Anchor In Rochester

Shortly after my baptism, we moved from Louisiana to New York.  When I was 12 years old, the Church was having an area conference in Rochester, NY.   My mother says that on the way to the conference the engine died for no apparent reason.  Dad didn’t know what was wrong and thought we would have to end the trip.  She prayed for a miracle to get it back on the road.  It started and we continued.  I have no memory of this.  

Developing Christlike Attributes - Writing in a Journal

From a speech delivered in the Cedar Hollow 4th congregation, Lehi, UT, Dec. 2013. I was asked to speak on developing Christlike attributes. This was the result. They are notes meant to speak from, so they are not necessarily great reading flow - yet.

Developing Christlike Attributes.

DC98:11 And I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God.

Setting Myself Free with Raspberry Pi and MyVu

I have been spending a lot of time on airplanes lately. There is hardly enough space to sit, let alone open a laptop screen. I've been intrigued by these mini displays that sit right in front of your face, just outside your glasses. After a little research, I found that what I am looking for is not quite here yet. I'd like something that does not completely cover my eyes, so I don't have to look at the screen all the time and can glance at a keyboard. Eye fatigue is a risk with any of them, perhaps even if you're not looking at them all the time.

Waves, Fields, and Antennas

Ricks College, Rexburg, Idaho, 1989. The course was Physics - electricity and magnetism. The professor was Richard Graham. The text, still on my shelf within my view, "Physics", by Hans C. Ohanian. The binding has come off, and the text is in two pieces. Most students took the course because it was on the required list, and vowed never to do anything with it again. For me it gave inspiration for my career. Maxwell's equations fascinated me.

Highlights of 2012

Our two oldest children now attend the University of Utah. We hadn't been to Utah for the holidays for many years so we began 2012 there with them.