On this initial post of “Mike’s Stock Picks” I am posting and expanding on two stock picks I posted earlier today on Facebook: iQIYI and AbbVie.
I am continuing 2018 serving as the Valiant 10B teacher in my local LDS Ward (Congregation). I am teaching 5 boys and 3 girls who are 10 (and turning 11 this year) about the Old Testament.
This weeks lesson (lesson 1) is titled “Heavenly Father’s Plan for Us”. It helps us understand our purpose on the earth and answers that age old question of “who am I” and “why am I here”.
I often to use a Slide Deck (created on iOS’s Keynote) to display wirelessly onto a TV in the classroom. Here is [download#53#nohits] for anyone interested. I saved it in PDF format, but if someone wants it a different version, let me know, and I can send it to them.
I have recently been called (given the responsibility) as a Primary Teacher in my Ward for 10 and 11 year old children, including my oldest, 11-year old Mikey. This year they are studying the Doctrine and Covenants and LDS Church History in the Primary 5 manual. Yesterday was my first time teaching. I wanted to add some A/V to the lesson in hopes of keeping their attention. I found a blog called “Short Attention Span Sunday School“.
The lesson yesterday was lesson 35 “The Nauvoo Temple Is Used for Sacred Ordinances”. I used a lot of the information from Short Attention Span Sunday School’s Primary 5 lesson 35 post.
I created a slidedeck on my iPad using Keynote and decided to share it in hopes that others may find it helpful. Note – this is a large file as I embedded a video in it.
Let me know if this is helpful to anyone.
Yesterday I spoke in Sacrament Meeting for the Ward (local congregation) that I attend of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When I speak I like to write out my talk and then put some additional bullet points at the end of the talk, which I may or may not include. However, when I actually speak I do not usually actually read it word for word, other than quotes. While I was sitting in Church prior to speaking I went through and add some additional thoughts that are not included on this. After reading it, any feedback would be appreciated.
As most in this room likely are aware, today is February 12th. That means that Valentine’s Day is in just 2-days. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
On Valentine’s Day, we celebrate love. So today I want to speak with you about love.
Tomorrow Mikey starts 5th grade, Josh 3rd, and Hannah 1st. Amanda and I decided to hold a short family home evening. Josh read 1st Samuel 16:7. We talked about how the Prophet Samuel was looking for the next King and how he learned that’s the Lord doesn’t care about how we look on the outside but the inside. We likened this to how there will be all sorts of different kids at school and we should not judge them based on how they look or what they wear but instead try to see them how God sees them and love them as God loves them. We then had Mikey read Matthew 11:28-30. We discussed how Christ took upon Him all of our heartache and pain, our sorrow and our stress, as well as our sins during the atonement and that we can put all of this on Him and accept in return His yoke, His burden, which is to love each other and follow His commandments.
We finished Family Home Evening with each kid (including 3-year old Lizzy) getting a Father’s Blessing.
Happy anniversary to the one I love the most, my better half, my eternal companion, Amanda!
In the 1st Year of Marriage, my true love and I experienced – “Oh honey how much I love you”.
In the 2nd Year of Marriage, my true love and I experienced – “A new house” and “Oh honey how much I love you”.
On Wednesday, August 5, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) will be meeting. Agenda 15-07021 item 3C is a continuation of the long debate held in the Assembly and the State Senate. NV Energy is currently estimating that 235 MW cap on net metering “net energy metering rules (NEM1)” will reached on or about August 24, 2015. I have been reading the new net energy metering rules (NEM2) proposal put forth by NV Energy on July 31, 2015. During Legislative debate, NV Energy had stated that the 235 mw compromise would not be met before Spring 2016. Acting under the information presented by NV Energy the legislature directed NV Energy to make a proposal to the PUC for NEM2 and to ensure a smooth transition from NEM1 to NEM2. Without going into the specifics of NEM2, I believe that with NV Energy now stating that NEM1 will meet its allocation at least 6-months sooner than what they lead the legislatures to believe and that they cannot guarantee applications being turned in if they will be part of NEM1 or NEM2, this is not keeping with the intent or application of SB374. As Senator Patricia Farley stated, it is important to not “disrupt the net metering market in Nevada during the transition period.”
SB374 Section 2.8 states that one of the purposes of enacting this legislation is to “encourage private investment in renewable energy resources”. Since consumers in the state of Nevada who file applications for net metering right now do not know if they will be approved under NEM1 or NEM2, nor has NEM2 been approved by the PUC, this transition period is causing unnecessary confusion which will prevent another purpose of the law as defined in Section 2.8, naming it will not “Stimulate the economic growth of this State” in the fast growing solar energy sector and its 6,000 employees.
I believe that the PUC should require NV Energy to continue accepting and approving under NEM1 until December 31, 2015. That will provide clarity and avoid confusion. During the next few months, the PUC, NV Energy, representatives of the Nevada solar industry, and other parties can work together on adopting, changing, or rewriting NEM2 as necessary to best serve the various stakeholders in Nevada and the new NEM2 rules will apply for all applications received after January 1, 2016.
239 years ago 56 men pledged their “pledge [their] lives, [their] fortune, and [their] sacred honor” in an act of rebellion against the government. The government had, in the minds of these 56 “traitors” had made “repeated injuries and usurpations” of the people’s rights and liberties. These 56 men stated for all “That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States”. Continue reading
almost two years ago, I wrote about the 2nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe it is worth reposting:
As often quoted, the Second Amendment of the God Inspired US Constitution reads:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
All too often, people quote the last half of it “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” This part is definitely important, but it misses the why.
A well regulated
Well regulated means working properly. In the context of firearms a more modern phrase maybe “well trained”. This is why I attend Front Sight Training Institute, to allow myself to be well trained in correct firearms handling.
The Militia Act Of 1792 states that all “free able-bodied white male citizen between the ages of 18 and 45 [are part of the] local militia company” (later amended to state all persons)
“I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.” — George Mason (1788)
being necessary to the security of a free State
If the people are ever disarmed, then who would protect the country from foreign and domestic traitors?
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed
If I would to try to write it in a slightly longer, slightly more modern vernacular, I might say “All able bodied people should receive training in proper gun handling, to ensure the security and freedom of the individual, the States and the Country from foreign and domestic traitors and tyrants, and then have and keep with them firearms. This right shall not be reduced or removed.”
Front Sight Firearms Training Institute is a world-class gun training school on 550 acres near Las Vegas, NV. I’ve written about them before and have done various giveaways in the past to attend their phenomenal training.
Recently, Front Sight started a new video series called “Front Sight Reality Check”. In this series, they examine footage from shootings and give feedback on the good, the bad, and the ugly. Front Sight doesn’t do this in an attempt to be “Monday morning quarterbacks”, but to help the viewer thinking about the training they have received so that, should they find themselves in a similar situation, they would be better prepared. As of the date of this post, six episodes have been released. You can watch all 6 below and are each about 5 minutes long.