What A Time Of Year!

The holidays have just ended, tax season has began, and many people are broke.  You would think that this time of year would not be a time of growth for businesses.  For a small town called Ajo in Arizona, located just 40 miles North of the United States / Mexico border, it has been a very great time.  Olsens Marketplace IGA has been generating a lot of sales for Don Olsen (it’s owner), and Don Olsen has just opened up Cheeepoles, a new discount store in Ajo.  The prices are 30-70% off of retail.  People are flocking in.  He just had a birthday, where people flocked to his IGA store during that.  Very soon, Don Olsen will be selling his fresh made sausage, like he sells in his IGA, on the Internet.  A few other people in town have been thinking about starting an online business or marketing a current business on the Internet.  The Internet Monster marketing system is preparing to launch.  With the Internet Monster marketing system preparing to launch in about a day, it should be ready for these people to be able to use it to market their websites, including Olsen’s Sausage website.  This has been a very exciting time!

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Scriptures and Authoring

Many times, when we read the scriptures, we do not realize how real the stories are and just what that means.  The people who wrote those documents lived the life that we read about.  When we do not see the story of their life, they still lived a real life.  They also wrote in a similar manner as we write today.  Even though they wrote in Hebrew  or Greek, they did still write in a similar manner.

When we write, we write with a purpose.  We are taking notes, logging events, creating music, or telling stories.  When we write a story about something, we usually tell the whole story as such.  We do not usually just jump around and write a sentence here and a sentence there.  We usually stay on our topics.

The authors of the Holy Bible did the same thing.  They told stories, created songs, logged events, and took notes.  Most of the Holy Bible is stories.  Genesis is about the beginning of the Earth.  Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are all biographies on Jesus Christ.  These are stories that must be read in their entirety in order to get the whole message.  You do not pick up a mystery and flip to the end of the book to start reading.  You also should not attempt to pick up the Holy Bible and just read scriptures that are referred to from an article and expect to get the true meaning of the verse.

When the Holy Bible was written, they did not write it as chapters and verses.  They wrote down stories on parchment paper, which was later translated to Latin and English, and later was given chapters and verses so that we can refer to our scriptures in group studies and articles.  It was not so that we can loose the context and meaning of the Holy Bible.

Here is just one example of some text that is in the last book of the New Testament of the Holy Bible that some people use to say that there will be no more revelations or scriptures, and that we already have everything we need in the Holy Bible:

“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” – Revelations 22:18-19

You understand that when that scripture was written, it was done as a separate book on parchment paper.  John the Revelator did not just pick up the Holy Bible after Jesus’s brother Jude had finished writing and start from there.  He was writing in a book called Revelations, and it was not a part of the Holy Bible.  It did not become a part of the Holy Bible until some people came along a few hundred years later and decided to collect the various books of scripture and bind them together to make the Holy Bible.  This is important knowledge in understanding what those above scriptures mean.  He was not referring to scriptures, revelation, or even the Holy Bible.  He was referring to the book that we call Revelation in the Holy Bible.  That is the book that he sealed with those scriptures.

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Meet Jay Link

Jay Link is a web programmer who spends a lot of his time making games that play right on his web pages.  He is quite skilled, and makes a variety of games.  Most of his games are available free of charge.  Here are just a few of the games that he has made for us to play, free of charge, 24/7:

Taipan!
Based on the Apple II version, is a game of running a trade ship out of Hong Kong in the 1850′s.  It is a trading game with pirates, a nasty loan shark, and plenty of other excitement.

Escape From The Zoo
A game about being locked into a zoo after hours and the animals escape.  You have those animals after you and you need to escape (alive is preferred)!

ATC-SIM
Air Traffic Controller SIMulation (ATC-SIM) is a game about just that.  You are in charge at air traffic control, and you need to keep the planes flying, but not crashing.  You also need to keep the passengers from being frightened from coming to close to other aircraft.  Can you handle the stress of the job?  Let’s find out!

He has also created many other games that are still under testing and development.  His games do not need you to download anything to play them.  Just go to his website and play away.

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Guidance And Revelations

God works in wonderous and mysterious ways.  The way he has guided man over the course of time.  How he has even used those who had wicked intentions and used their works to his advantage is amazing.  One of these examples is man wanted to move Christmas from Jesus’s true birthday to the middle of winter.  When Joseph Smith was called to prophecy centuries later, he was not commanded to move Christmas.  This is the time that we are more giving and willing to help others the most.  In most parts of the world, it is in the cold of Winter that those in need most need our help.  If you ask me, Christmas being moved to the Winter was also a part of God’s plan to save more lives and bring more people to know him.  The more we reach out to those in need, the better of a chance they have to find out about the Gospel of Jesus Christ through us.

This morning, I woke up and could not remember what I wanted to do this sabbath morning.  I knew that I had plans since 2 weeks ago about what to do on Christmas Sunday, but I could not think of it now.  I knew I was missing what I wanted to do to make this Christmas special.  I prayed about it and pondered on it.  Then I had a memory come to me from several months ago, about a project that I had moth-balled because of a lack of time and resources.  I also had another memory of some assets I had not touched in a while and remembered where they were and how to access them.  I also had an idea come to mind about all of this in only a few minutes about how to use those abandoned resources to use launch the moth-balled project.

The results of these revelations resulted in the completion of a project far more special than what I wanted to do for my own memory of Christ’s Birthday.  It allowed for me to give a service to the world that will help everyone remember Christ all year round.  The service is a search engine for songs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Now, you can find songs based on length, tempos, verses, moods, and more.  It is not the same project that I had originally wanted to complete, as the original project would have required the support of administrators of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  I was never able to contact anyone, so much of the project was abandoned.  What remains is the music search engine, which was completed and is opened to the world today for everyone to find their favorite songs free of charge.  With it being easier now to find those perfect songs, hopefully we will see more of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our media, and therefore in our hearts, which brings more of the lost sheep unto the good shepherd.  The music search engine is currently located at http://cedarhamilton.com/church/songsearch.asp, but it is on the agenda to move this tool to another location once it’s permenent home is ready, so be careful about linking to it.  You can link to this blog and people can find it from here if you would rather.

Also, while I was examining the hosting account (the abandoned resource) I was going to put this tool on, I found another article that is also interesting.  It was an article from months ago, before I used blogs to organize my articles.  I used to just write articles on pages and upload them to my various hosting accounts and servers across the web.  I still find it interesting to find some of the articles that I forgot about in hosting accounts, on servers, in search engine results, and in other locations around the Internet.  This newest find is in a hosting account that is on the agenda to decomission at some point in the future.  It was about the “I am a Mormon” advertisements that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was running.  It can be found at http://cedarhamilton.com/church/whatsup.asp.

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Jesus Christ is the Reason for the Season

For centuries, Christmas has been celebrated with many traditions that are not Christ centered.  Christmas trees, Santa Clause, and so many other Christmas traditions are not really Christ focused.  Things like angels and nativity scenes are a part of what the true Christmas is about.

Sure, Christ was not actually born on December 25th, but it is the day that we celebrate it.  In the year 2011, this date falls on a Sunday, which has been our given Sabbath for about 2 millenniums.  The sabbath is our day to put off our work, and things of the world, and focus on Christ.  On a year that this holiday falls on the Sabbath, I like to cancel the traditionals that are not Christ centered, so I can expirence Christmas the way my maker intended me to.  It gives a special feel to Christmas throughout the Christmas of that year as well as future years.

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“Standing Up – Marriage” – LDS Church Video

Here is a video from LDS.org with a funny introduction, great topic, and good information on the topic.  It is a video that deals with marriage; keeping it strong and enjoyable.  You can click here to view it and others of it’s series on LDS.org or view it below:

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How To Use Search Queries To Get On Page 1

Recently I was watching a guy get his websites on page 1 of a search engine in a matter of days.  He explained how he did it, but I was not buying what he said on the matter.  The memory of his video stayed with me while I was pondering how he really did it.

Recently, I have been working on a search core again.  I this has been reminding me of some of the things that I learned when I was programming search engine cores several years ago.  When you code things like search engine cores, you really learn how the system works.  At that point I realized what he did.

Then I also realized that I will want to give a course about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and how search engines work.  I have been trying to train my email list to become elite marketers.  This is in preparation to launching an Internet marketing monster.  That can position this elite group to almost be able to market effectively on autopilot and make a lot of money for themselves.  I have already given them a course on bulk email marketing.  This means everything from how to configure, build, and manage lists.  If you are interested in joining my email list and taking advantage of some of these free courses, you can do so here.

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Ground Breaking For Internet Monster

This will be Internet marketing, traffic generation, and sales conversions like I have never seen or heard of in the past.  While it is possible that is has been done, I have not seen it, nor have I heard about it.  Is it possible that it is because the Internet is so vast?

I doubt it.  Most big marketers know that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the key to large amounts of high quality traffic to a website.  If the system I have started building is available already, their Search Engine Optimization (SEO) needs some serious work, and it therefore is not the same as what I am building.

The big marketers also know that List Building is a large portion of sales conversions.  Sales conversions means turning visitors into buyers.  That is another thing that this system will do nicely.

The system will have much of it’s functionally available to you for no charge.  It will also be so simple, I can say if you know how to use email, you will be able to get up and running with this in only a matter of hours.  If you are more advanced, it will take you a few minutes to get up and running.  It is the fusion 2 of the most powerful forces in Internet marketing: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and List Building.  It will really be a powerhouse for those who join my EMailing List now and get in as soon as it opens.

To join Cedar Hamilton’s EMailing list click here.

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“Create” – LDS Church Video

Here is a video that I really enjoy from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I previously had it posted to another one of my websites until it quit working.  Now I will try to post it again, because I think that the church really did a great job on it and Dieter F. Uchtdorf is one of my favorite general authorities.

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Do We Have Other Gods?

After the Israelites were lead out of captivity in Egypt, Moses acquired the 10 commandments from God.  The first of these was “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3).  Upon his approach to the Israelites from where he spoke to God at the burning bush, he found the Israelites had made golden calves to worship as idols.  Still to this day, many Christians are doing similar actions.  As times passes, some things change: technology, how we do things, etc.  The natural man still needs to be overcome by faith, as it always has been.

Today, instead of golden calves, or Baal, we often have other things that act as Gods to us.  I am not just talking about other beliefs like evolution, reincarnation, or atheism.  I am talking about things that Christians are doing that are not in keeping of the commandments and pull us away from God and his ways.

The biggest of these is money.  We all need money to get by in the world today.  It is a need for us to have.  Money is our food, water, and shelter.  Sometimes it is more than that as well.  In many cases, we have no issue at all with letting our desire to have more money than we need to sustain ourselves interfere with our keeping of the sabbath or integrity.  It is not too uncommon to find Christians saying “I had to in order to make money.”.  Sometimes we have businesses that we could close on Sunday, but figure that the need to make a buck exceeds the need to keep the sabbath.  When we think that something of the world is more important than keeping commandments of God, we have other Gods.  Money is one of those Gods that we often fail to see for what it is.  It is okay to seek wealth for the building of the Kingdom of God, but when our seeking of wealth is destroying the Kingdom of God (causing us to sin), we need to rethink our priorities.

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