It was my first birthday. I, of course, cannot remember anything directly, but I was told a lot about the trip by my parents. My father, Louis C. Kleber, worked as an executive with U. Lines in the London office, 50 Pall Mall. Our chief steward for the crossing was a lovely older gentleman named Cornelius who made an extra effort to make me feel special. Our table was full of U. Lines red balloons and a big cake with one candle. All the passengers and crew sang Happy Birthday to me, and I was very happy.
I sailed on the SS United States again, and on other ships, but surely the highlight of all the travel in my life must be my first birthday on the SS United States. The SS United States Conservancy was proud to witness the release of the signature craft beer Hull in ounce cans. Not only did Tradition Brewery donate all proceeds from the silent auction and the sale of Hull at the event to the Conservancy, but they also pledged to donate 5 percent of all proceeds from the sale of cans of Hull going forward!
At this time, cans of Hull can be purchased exclusively from the Tradition Brewing tasting room. They plan to launch the beer in stores in New York, Washington, D. More information can be found on their website. Thank you, too, to the individuals and organizations who made the event such a success: That was when I began to study her physical appearance as well as her history. The element of her history that stood out most to me was her quest to be the fastest liner ever, and to bring home the Blue Riband and Hales Trophy.
The mere fact that she is still around, and has no hull issues to this day, gives her even more prestige. There are very few links to the grand history of ocean liner travel. Even in a static state, the ship still can—and will—have meaning for generations to come. She is a symbol of national pride. My father was a diplomat with the U. State Department, so we traveled constantly throughout the s. We liked taking ships because we could bring our wild and crazy Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible.
How is that for luggage? Basically, we moved every two years from Europe to the States. I do know we traveled first class and each had our own purser — they were always very nice and so attentive.
I always had an earache during the crossings which was a bummer, especially because I wanted to swim in the pool so, so, so much. In those days, you just suffered through stuff, so I watched my brother play in the pool instead. Another memory is the dining. The water glasses were so thin and delicate that during one meal, I bit into my glass.
I was fine, but the staff made a huge fuss. My father never traveled with us on those voyages. He would accompany us to the dock, and we would watch as he waved goodbye amidst the streamers paper cuts!
Then off we went. We had diplomatic passports, so we never waited in line. Sadly, that perk was lost on me back then. For each issue of No. The editors examine the lasting allure of the SS United States , and imagine a future imbued with the luxury of her past. One day they told us it was too windy to go out onto the Promenade deck, and Daddy decided to take me out to see how windy it was. The whole voyage was way cool. I loved riding in the elevators with sailors, and people watching.
I did think the water in the swimming pool was way, way too cold. Someone told us that the famous psychic Jeane Dixon had predicted the ship would sink, and the mandatory lifeboat drills convinced us she was right!
I was thoroughly relieved when we arrived in New York. Seeing the Stature of Liberty from the sea, and thinking what it meant to people like my Holocaust survivor mother, blew my eight-year-old mind.
The captains of each ship thoroughly enjoyed the moment. You could truly feel her immense speed under your feet — she was the epitome of the nation at that time, our very best at peace. My dad, William A. Winchell, was assigned Port Authority officer for the U.
After two years, he returned to the United States while coordinating Army personnel disembarking from the Big U. Lines gave him a rare metal model of the ship on a green jade base with her name engraved as a present acknowledging his successful participation.
At some point the model, as well as his photos of the ship and the menus he saved, will come to me. My father, Channing Cole, helped to build this great ship. My dad started out in Newport News shipbuilding at age seventeen and rose through the ranks until the day he retired. I remember him telling me and my brother that he had engraved our names on the bow of the SS United States.
We were so proud; we went to school and boasted about it. Our boasting ended quickly when all our friends told us their dads had done the same thing! I can only imagine how many names were engraved into her hull before she was painted.
My father would take us in the car down to the dry dock from time to time to see how construction of the ship was progressing. When she was completed, he went on her sea trials, as he did with many ships he helped to build.
His trial trips usually lasted a week or more, and we always a party to welcome him when he arrived home. Family housing on the base was not yet ready for us, so we were headed to Germany to stay with my grandparents while our home in Puerto Rico was built.
My mother told me that our cabin steward was especially attentive to her and her little brood of four kids all age 5 and under. She was also about two months pregnant at the time! My favorite memory from the journey was the gala party!
I remember my delight at getting a fancy paper hat to wear. Even though I was only five years old, and have only a few memories from my time on the SS United States, I feel privileged to have sailed aboard this great ship. The SS United States was a major part of my childhood and adolescence. Starting in , we sailed back and forth across the Atlantic for family vacations. Later, my brother and I commuted to and from boarding school by ourselves each fall and summer.
Our father worked for U. The purser would give us a crash gate key so we could go anywhere on the ship. The stewards on the promenade deck would play with him by tying a red ballon to the end of the stick and pretending he had caught a fish in the scuppers. We loved Gala Night, even as children.
Our parents looked so glamorous. Once I was older, my mother would buy me a new evening dress for the event. I adored the glass panels in the ball room. In , I danced with Sean Connery there. I met other celebrities too: Several crossings were so rough, the dining room chairs were strapped down, the elevators were lined with padding, and velvet ropes were strung along the hallways. As kids, we loved to swing on the ropes and hang upside down! I remember the smells and the low hum of the engines idling.
When I boarded the ship, it felt like coming home. Courtesy of Jim Green. She spent most of her formative years in Holliston, Mass. Jim dutifully retrieved the headscarf and returned it to the grateful passenger — and so began a friendship and partnership that lasted 60 years. Was their encounter fortuitous or calculated? They raised three children: John, Heidi and Christopher. Her quick smile and bubbly personality were infectious. She was preceded in death by her older sister Margaret, younger brother Henry Jr.
Courtesy of Louise Kleber. The workers waved to us as we passed underneath, and we waved back. I was bound for Southampton — the first leg of my trip to India on a Fullbright fellowship. I shared a cabin with two other Fullbright scholars also bound for India, and a new member of the diplomatic corps.
When we inquired about the loud banging noise we could clearly hear from our cabin, we were told an automobile owned by Kirk Douglas had broken loose in the storage hold. I remember being surprised and upset that photographs of the people on the pier who had come to see us off were for being offered for sale.
Now, over fifty years later, I cherish the photo I bought. Although his reindeer were too shy to speak to the media, Santa shared some wise advice for parents and children alike. For quotes from Santa, photos of the ship ablaze with lights, and commentary from supporters who attended the event in person, check out the following pieces: Mary Anne Chamberlain right poses with a friend she made aboard the ship left , a young girl from Germany.
I remember thinking it was funny being in a pool when there was a huge ocean right there, and sneaking into first class with my brother to explore the front half of the ship. A very nice steward caught us and gently brought us back to our parents in cabin class. Everyone was quite good-natured about it. My father took a great interest in the SS United States , he was so impressed by her speed and grace in the water.
My brother and I loved standing on the deck and watching the wavy, light green-blue trail the SS United States left behind as she sped through the water.
We also loved people-watching, listening to the many different languages spoken on board, and going through the safety drills. The SS United States was a true and strong seafaring beauty, with real elegance and magnificent attention to detail in every way. As the years go by, our appreciation for the SS United States grows exponentially! He will be conducting a survey of chimneys throughout the city to ensure swift delivery of presents on Christmas Eve.
The ship will be aglow with new lighting, bringing this iconic symbol of America to life again for this special time of year. As the year draws to a close, the Conservancy continues to advance redevelopment plans for the SS United States. Extensive new feasibility studies and technical assessments garnered through the Crystal Cruises option agreement have proved to be a valuable resource in ongoing talks with a number of developers and cities. To read more about these efforts in our annual appeal letter, click here.
Click here to make your contribution today. Lumley, who primarily covers the music scene in Cleveland, Ohio, recently got the opportunity to tour the SS United States. Maybe her rescue and rebirth could herald another such time. Courtesy of Wilma Herzog. I had no intentions to stay in the United States forever, either. And what a beginning: I felt like a king! I had not eyes enough to see.
How can I say how impressed I was by this grand ship and its service? How we were spoiled as passengers: My immediate family survived, but was then homeless and had to flee. We ended up living in primitive shelter where each morning I received a bowl of wonderful, warm soup sponsored by the American Quakers.
While we dug in empty potato fields looking for overlooked potatoes, and ate dandelion greens and boiled nettles, we were told that in the USA, they dumped shiploads of wheat into the ocean. My desire drew — that marvelous, wealthy land, I had to see it, no matter what!
No one in my family knew I was to go to New York for a year; I did not want them to interfere with my plan. After all, I would be back in one year. One day during the crossing, the SS United States encountered bad weather. The crew installed red velvet ropes for the safety of the passengers. At mealtimes, the tables were nearly empty, only a few dared eat.
I got terribly seasick, so the room steward brought me some dry bread. I had never sailed on a ship before, and until a German girl who travelled frequently informed me, I had no idea that I had to tip anyone! I was shocked, and worried that I did not have enough money for decent tips for the cabin steward and table steward.
I took two envelopes and put 15 Deutsche Mark in each, and little letters saying thank you for all the wonderful service, and explaining that I had no more money to give!
Then, I entered American soil with just 5 German marks in my pocket. When I put my book of poems into my suitcase, I did not know that it would become my one and only consolation. Everything was strange to me, a country girl. The efficient elevators, people running busily this way and that way, and not looking at each other. I just looked and looked! Often people asked me questions that made me wonder, like whether there was toilet paper in Germany.
Lots of questions about the war, of course. I sat up nearly all night and to calm my soul, I read aloud all the wonderful German poems in my book written in our wonderful German language by our great German poets. It was not easy. After six months in New York City, I met my future husband, and in , our daughter was born. I learned so much in the United States — most of all, I learned to be grateful, and to express it.
I hope it will be restored. Courtesy of Julia Hatmaker. Click here to watch those interviews. It is for people like me, a way into a new life … and a new world.
Click here to read the full piece. They wanted to take me to see Europe in the springtime. Before she married my father, my mother was a stage actress by the name of Inez Rawlson and a part of the international jet set. My mom went to all the European fashion shows: I saw the invitation before my parents, dressed myself in my fanciest clothes, and set off to the location on the invitation.
My parents searched high and low for me before spotting the invitation and realizing I had gone without them! Each dinner felt like an occasion, with the getting dressed formally, the many courses of delicious food, and the flaming desserts. While we were in the English Channel, the ship hit rough water and tilted. I was in the Letter Writing Room when it happened — you could compose your correspondences there, it was stocked with writing supplies as well as photos of the ship — and held onto a decorative column for dear life!
The memory of that crossing with my parents will always be special in my heart. Courtesy of Michael Pittner. I was a mere eleven-year-old lad, and an adventurous one, so the second we were aboard, my goal was to explore the ship from stem to stern.
I would return to my parents to tell them where this was located and where that was to be found — I was just bubbly with excitement. I was astonished that a ship could have a swimming pool. Yuk to the taste, yay to the swimming. What an odd game, but, there it was. Something to do while racing across the Atlantic.
It was fun playing peek-a-boo with my parents who had the bunk below. We actually felt ashamed to eat those luscious meals. I remember, too, the celebration on the 4th of July, though I had no clue what the fuss was about.
There were party hats, music, balloons, outstanding food, and lots of fun. Standing at the gangplank with mouths wide open from amazement of the size of the ship, we were photographed and later received the pictures onboard. Not only was the SS United States beautiful on the outside, but also the interior was wonderful to see, too luxurious for our way of life then. But we fell so fast asleep that we had not noticed the departure and therefore left old Europe without any fanfare at least for us.
After breakfast the next morning, we went right on deck. The sea was a bit rough, the sky covered with clouds, and the ship rolled a little, but still one could see in the distance the last European islands disappear. There were such chunks of meat on each plate that one portion alone would have made a lunch for all of the residents of the little village in Germany from which we came! In addition to the alphabetic listing of passenger names and the rank explanations of ship officers, it also was a roadmap for the common areas of all kinds, explaining the varied horns, bells and whistles, the daily programs and all sorts of interesting technical information about the ship itself.
Each day onboard was similar to the one before: As the sun rose over the horizon on our last morning on the ship, we could see islands, fireboats, and in between wisps of fog, the famous Statue of Liberty. Skyscrapers something we had never seen before, except in books loomed over the New York skyline and we passed many piers.
We pulled up along Pier 86 at around 8: Being new immigrants, we were the last to be processed by passport control. When we were finally were able to disembark, our luggage was ready to be picked up on the pier and we were able to complete the customs process in short order.
Manhattan skyline as seen from a ferry on the Hudson River, Courtesy of the Charles W. I was told by the manager of the recruitment department that it was the only time such an ad was placed. In spite of my age either 15 or 16 , I was called in, took a typing test, and passed it.
With nothing on my record, and no odd behaviors, I passed that hurdle, too. I guess it was not generally known that a passenger ship could be converted to a warship, and as I worked with plans, it was imperative that I not photograph them for sale to a possible enemy. Virtual interaction became real contact. Now that former FBI official Mark Felt has revealed that he was Deep Throat and Post reporter Bob Woodward has confirmed it, Bennett hopes legions of Watergate enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists will turn their attention elsewhere.
September 15, - Relevance: Speaking as a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University, there is no real resemblance between Mormons, even in the nineteenth century, and adherents of Wahhabi Islam.
As the focal point of the Mormon faith, a new temple tends to raise property values because church members like to live nearby.
And for those outside the faith, temples have a reputation of being good neighbors and can anchor the long-term quality of an area. For some, his tearful and cheerful family reunion at the bottom of the airport escalators seemed like the classic final scene of an honorable Mormon mission.
Evangelical Christians and Mormons. In the same room. And — believe it or not — getting along famously. Millet, former dean of Religious Education at BYU, who has been participating in the meetings since their inception.
All your wildest dreams will come true Universe - Utah October 29, - Relevance: Fox has only ordered six episodes thus far, according to Jared Hess. The Netherlands, which had maintained a policy of neutrality during World War I had hoped again to remain neutral, but the Dutch military was unable to hold against the Germans Peter and Erica VanAmerogen were too young to fully understand what was happening to their country.
But now their childhood memories are a fascinating testimony to the strength of the human spirit. The purpose is to draw individuals and groups closer to Christ by serving as He served.
For three decades, he visited sub-Saharan Africa again and again, until he returned April 16 as the man Latter-day Saints revere as a prophet to the world to visit an emerging continent where a stake or district is created about every other week.
Some people told me it would be easy to pick up again, but my "bike" is now a different model. And I like it. I can talk about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all I want, because the show is about Mormons and for Mormons — as well as anyone else who likes inspiring stories and values-driven content. He dropped candy attached to handkerchief parachutes from his World War II plane to the German children.
The tall, blond missionary speaks in clear Mandarin and listens carefully to their replies. The Mormon missionary, whose real name is Trevor Hess, sticks out in this part of Sunset Park, which is home to many Chinese immigrants.
So his church instead sent him to proselytize in a Chinatown. And it could be a real tearjerker. Hatch, a songwriter, has written a ballad for the Senate's ultimate liberal lion, his dear old friend and longtime legislative ally, Sen. Missionaries, Mormons and Moonies, oh my! Baltic Reports April 30, - Relevance: More than half of the men who graduated from high school with me went on missions for the Mormon Church, issuing forth with their Bibles, suits, and nametags to save the world.
A June CDC report says alcohol abuse accounts for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults ages in the United States — 88, deaths per year between and And a May WHO report says 3.
David Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints combined their efforts to give their young people aged 14 through 18 a real-life handcart experience.
Most dressed in pioneer attire -- women in aprons, long skirts and sunbonnets, men in jeans, long-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats -- and came prepared to push or pull or just walk along with the authentically constructed wooden handcarts. They helped set a new world standard Saturday and they are hoping the record is broken as soon as possible. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham raised , pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina over the weekend, unofficially shattering the Guiness World Record of collecting the most food in one location in a hour period by more than 31, pounds.
Apex Herald - Morman church hopes to have record broken. From his perch atop the steeples of LDS churches around the world, statues of the Angel hold trumpets to their lips and stride steadfastly towards the east in anticipation of the second coming of Christ.
BYU ranks 79th in latest U. One side of the magazine pages will feature Duty to God, and the reverse, Personal Progress. A special middle section will feature real responses from young men and women sharing what they find appealing about those who keep Church standards.
Bain, who was also named Mr. Soccer by The Deseret News, joined the BYU men's soccer team in the semi-professional Premier Development League for part of the summer, registering a goal in the Cougars' loss to Real Monarchs that closed the season. He said if former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney were to become president, he would have his "first lady, second lady, third lady". The Mormon church outlawed polygamy in the 19th Century.
Religious freedom under increasing pressure around the world, latest Pew report finds Deseret News - Utah January 15, - Relevance: Sharing water with a Christian contaminated the well, the Muslim women said. When Bibi spoke back, they accused her of blaspheming the Prophet Muhammad. That was five years ago. She has been in prison ever since, and in the interval two Pakistani politicians who stood up to defend her have been killed.
The Asia Bibi case is just one piece within a much larger puzzle of religious friction around the world captured in a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday. This is Pew's sixth annual report tracking religious persecution around the world, a dense 90 pages of data, with scores of drafts and charts. We are both minorities in America. They wear special undergarments, we wear special undergarments.
You know, what is he doing here? Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles created the first stake similar to a diocese of the Church in Yerevan, Armenia. The first edition of the Book of Mormon has always been the cornerstone. Its appeal as the first printing of the scripture of a major world religious denomination, released just days before the official establishment of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is obvious.
Rocky Spiker — Elder Spiker to his colleagues — held open the door as ticketholders rushed to get out of the cold. Drive past that sign down a tree-lined lane that follows the Provo River and you will come to a guard shack, the only opening in a chain-link fence that surrounds a wonderland of modern technology which the Church, and occasionally BYU, uses to prepare and broadcast messages to the world.
It can unite and bring peace and harmony to large groups, but it can also cause anger, strife, and long-lasting, deadly wars. Throughout history these ten cities have been significant spots for major religious events. They continue to be pilgrimage sites for millions. For The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it represented groundbreaking methods of taking the gospel message to multitudes.
Here is a rundown of how the other four Mormons fared in their Game 7 starts. How a cowboy made it big by taking risk out of real estate Richmond-Times Dispatch - Virginia May 10, - Relevance: Today his companies and their 80, shareholders own more than hotels, almost exclusively top-line Marriott and Hilton brands, in 31 states, making them one of the nation's largest hotel owners.
Locally, he owns the Richmond Marriott Hotel downtown. Mormon women salute historic step, envision even greater strides toward equity Religion News Service August 21, - Relevance: Decisions like this make me feel valued and heard.
Those who assemble them do not know where the kits will be delivered, but hope that they will meet the needs of someone somewhere in the world. This is the story of how one of those newborn kits filled an unexpected need in an unexpected way. Listed on those pages inside the binder are the players who are serving, or are about to serve, LDS Church missions around the world. It includes information about when they leave, when they return, where they are serving. That's not always easy in a crowd of people whose minds are on football and beer.
As they pedaled through the grassy lot just south of the stadium, dressed in pressed white shirts and ties, the two year-olds — who gave their names as Elder Redd and Elder Waite — said they hoped to introduce some fans to Jesus Christ. It makes you feel real good, and it bring us pride as church members and as part of the larger community. And it alleviates the burden for our government. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on July But these aren't your typical church videos.
The LDS Church, to its everlasting credit, isn't holding back -- they are making a concerted effort to tackle addiction head-on. These videos are real, honest, raw, and in some cases, quite heartbreaking. Wixom made this declaration as she addressed the General Women's Meeting that originated in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City and was broadcast throughout the world.
The effort and hard work of each member on the team made the experience worth it. Mormon women salute historic step, envision even greater strides toward equity Salt Lake Tribune - Utah August 20, - Relevance: They're opposed to Obama more than they like, trust or accept Romney as the party's standard-bearer.
And they recognize that the former Massachusetts governor is their only real choice. But such perceptions are old news. Mormon missionaries in the Pacific now come from all over the world, not just the United States. And while there are many Polynesian members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the South Pacific and elsewhere, Mormon congregations are becoming increasingly diverse.
But her talent is not the only thing that sets Bethea apart in the world of ballet. It was a block party with live music, carnival games and more. Yet, one in seven people, or one billion of the world's population don't have access to clean water.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes all communities should have access to fresh drinking water free from contamination which is why it helps fund clean water initiatives around the world. But in many parts of the world, that's not reality. In the country of Nepal it's been one man's goal to make sure running water is a way of life for his people.
Sandwiched between China and India is Nepal, land of the highest mountain in the world: It's also estimated that half of its nearly 30 million people live in poverty. One man, Bishnu Adhikari, wants to change that. There's also real missionary work going on — honest-to-goodness contacting and teaching. Just not in person — but rather online. While nearly all of the missionaries arriving at the Provo MTC stay there for three to 12 weeks for training purposes before being sent across the globe, a handful of missionaries are assigned there full time for the entirety of their missions to help staff the chat services on mormon.
Following the counsel of the prophet Brigham Young to gather at Zion, these Latter-day Saints left Liverpool, England, in May and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley that November after enduring some of the harshest trials experienced by the pioneers. City Council members voted unanimously for an agreement to develop about acres of what is now open land owned by Suburban Land Reserve, a for-profit real estate arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She met with Elder Quentin L. Robbins of the Presidency of the Seventy. His Birth and Resurrection. Members of the Church are encouraged to invite their friends or family of other Christian faiths to audition with them. We invite individuals from all ethnicities to audition. Utah ranks highest in the nation in number of AP tests taken, number of AP tests passed, scientists produced per capita, percentage of households with personal computers, and proportion of income given to charity.
Not every birth is routine, which is why LDS Charities works with physicians around the world to provide neonatal resuscitation and maternal care training. Learn how this remarkable program remains self-sustaining and how these efforts are breathing new life into communities and families across the globe.
Bountiful man shares his toy-building hobby with the world Standard Examiner - Utah January 24, - Relevance: The year-old Bountiful resident has been building and working with his hands his whole life, building seven homes, working on a motor home, restoring several classic cars and constructing a lighted Christmas village with more than buildings, complete with trains and motor cars. What Drives Mormon Humanitarian Work?
You cannot believe in the Fatherhood of God without also believing in the brotherhood of man. Faith and mental health: An Idaho health-care worker and devout Mormon, Chad who asked that his real name not be used began wondering if he was totally upfront with patients. Soon, he started scrutinizing his past, looking for times he might not have been completely honest. He began phoning and e-mailing past bosses and acquaintances.
Did he deliver every paper on the route? What about that Snickers bar he snatched from the discard bin as a teenage bag boy? Or the sod that fell off the landscaping truck he was driving?
Or the loaned scrubs he kept in college? Gay of the Seventy is a man known for his ability to build relationships and better the lives of others around him.
Dixon, chairman of the Distinguished Utahn Event Committee. The museum will display of the pieces. From a portable device that can charge a phone for a week to a spray technology that biodegrades plastics found in landfills, students have created technologies that are turning heads nationwide.
I have pointed out that there is a dearth of information regarding New World cultures during Book of Mormon times, that many cultural and religious aspects of these cultures rely heavily on interpretation of the data, and that names of some ancient cities and personalities may be forever lost.
Speaking from Utah where he runs a successful real estate firm and develops property, Will S Jones said he had a hugely memorable experience while based at Church College between and , and wanted the school kept open. The station will continue to function just as it has since consolidating operations several months ago at EnergySolutions Arena. Pate of the research in his books on geography and names from the Book of Mormon. Locations and people mentioned in the Book of Mormon are not known universally, as the places and characters in the Bible are.
But using Mayan hieroglyphics or pictures and referencing their meanings with dictionary definitions in various languages, Pate believes he may be cracking some of the mysteries behind the scripture used in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
People of real intelligence realize that the opposite was probably true: The African-American voting bloc combined with enough whites suffering from liberal guilt guaranteed a higher vote total for Obama. The truth of the matter is, if Mitt Romney had not been a Mormon, his vote total might very well have been significantly higher.
The majority of Dutch students refused to sign such a document. For young men between 18 and 30 years of age, there were two alternatives: An extraordinary amount of work requiring the coordination of many Church departments and hundreds of people around the world goes into preparing for general conference. The five sessions of conference draw a total of about , people to the Conference Center every six months and are broadcast to millions more around the world.
Boy with broken heart touching hearts around the world Deseret News - Utah February 21, - Relevance: But the Facebook page Mitchell's Journey — filled with poignant reflections, photographs and meaningful videos — has attracted thousands of followers all over the world.
Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, announced the site during his talk at the devotional. Carr achieved a personal best time of 8 minutes, The first event, which was broadcast in June to more than 34, video streams around the world, featured David Archuleta, who had recently returned from a full-time mission. Former Cougar superstar Jimmer Fredette announced to the world, via Twitter, that he is engaged. Keller recently compared the choice of voting for Mitt Romney or for President Barack Obama as "flipping a coin where Satan is on both sides.
During a fireside Sept. They also reminisced about the years when Dale Murphy was playing baseball for the Atlanta Braves and they were living in the Roswell Ward. While Kantor concedes "nobody thinks that as president he would sort of impose Mormon doctrine or rule with, you know, a Bible on his desk in the Oval Office and make decisions that way," she investigated how he applies his religion to political and personal decisions.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is facing a new challenge: He's having trouble raising money from some Jewish donors who mistakenly believe one of his opponents, Michele Bachmann, is Jewish. Some Jewish donors are telling fund-raisers for Romney, a Mormon, that while they like him, they'd rather open their wallets for the "Jewish candidate," who they don't realize is actually a Lutheran, The Post has learned.
Is it the mother-baby bonding time, something in the milk itself or some unseen attribute of mothers who breastfeed their babies? Now a new study by sociologists at Brigham Young University pinpoints two parenting skills as the real source of this cognitive boost: Breastfeeding mothers tend to do both of those things, said lead study author Ben Gibbs. But the brothers weren't playing a real game of basketball. Jimmer was dribbling the ball, and T. The father said it looked like some form of torture, but Jimmer was enjoying every minute of it.
Under construction at 35 E. President Gordon Bitner Hinckley died last week aged Nativities from around the world on display starting Thursday Statesman Journal - Oregon November 30, - Relevance: Last year's offerings depicted the birth of Jesus in olive wood from Israel, myrtlewood from Oregon, crystal, glass, metal and Legos.
City Creek Reserve Inc. The problem with that premise is that the church is different from a corporation, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told Reuters.
The Reuters story, written by Peter Henderson, categorizes the church's "investment strategy" as "risk-averse," and claims investors "would call for less spending on real estate and more on charitable causes to improve membership growth — the Mormons' return on investment. Here's the synopsis of the article: Time Again is taking time off the "three chords and the truth" mission to let one of its members go off on a "tacky name tags and questionable third-testament" mission.
Because punk rock and Mormon missionary work apparently don't conflict on virtually all levels in Time Again's world, the punk act announced it was going on a two-year hiatus to allow guitarist Elijah Reyes the chance to prostilyze around the world. Skaggs, of Murrieta, Calif. Skaggs will be posting her reflections in real-time on Twitter and again later in her blog about Mormonism.
Kennecott Utah Copper has acquired the undeveloped but coveted swath of land known as the Northwest Quadrant in a swap with the real-estate arm of the LDS Church.
The mining giant says it has "no current development plans" for the acreage west of the Salt Lake City International Airport — a migratory bird haven that hugs portions of the Great Salt Lake.
Youngsters get a taste of the pioneer life as they pull handcarts through rugged terrain southeast of Socorro News Bulletin - New Mexico August 23, - Relevance: Six months of planning and hundreds of man-hours in research and preparation have resulted in an accurate portrayal that gave youth and adult volunteers a real "Handcart Trek" experience. It also helped them appreciate the sacrifices made by many of their ancestors.
Participants also gained first-hand knowledge about an important chapter in American history. It was an arduous, but fun and faith-building experience, they said. An unsettling year, with religion in a starring role Washington Post December 18, - Relevance: Event coordinators are hoping for 3, students, divided into two teams. There are 70 volunteers to facilitate responsibilities such as helping out with people management, first aid and judging.
News July 29, - Relevance: The audience cheered wildly as the Tony Award-winning "The Book of Mormon" began, with the show's gleefully naive missionaries singing in front of a backdrop of the Salt Lake City skyline and Mormon temple that resembles the real one just two blocks away.
Owens, a member of the Church who found the Bible while cleaning out a closet at her home in Lakeside, Arizona, said the book was given to her father in about by a Mr. Speck, one of his real estate employees. Owens kept the Bible for 25 years after her parents died, and this January she felt the need to find a place for it.
Manti Te'o's deceased girlfriend tweeted late Wednesday night. On a Twitter account -- not verified, naturally -- the "girlfriend" said the "myths" about the story that has sports fans scratching their heads will be addressed Thursday. Whatever she says, she'll find it hard to top what's already come out about the Notre Dame linebacker and the woman he called the "love of my life. But for Ray Hansen, it usually is the vacation. Since , Ray Hansen, of Herriman, Utah, has had a goal to attend every temple in the world.
On one trip, they flew into St. Louis and drove to Memphis, Tenn. This year, she wanted a new challenge. Eskelsen, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, set a world record on Saturday for finishing a half-marathon pushing a triple stroller with her three sons — her youngest just 4 and a half months old. They were attending a weekend-long conference, held in five separate sessions, and broadcast to Latter-day Saint congregations around the world to enable the more than 13 million members to participate wherever they live.
LDS mom qualifies for U. Olympic Marathon Trials, and she balances her intense training with her children and her LDS faith, according to a story from Runner's World. Amber Green lives in St. George with her husband and three sons. She ran her first marathon in "just to see if she could," according to Runner's World.
She has come a long way from that first run and fell just short of qualifying for the Olympic trials several times in the past two years. Her children kept her going when she felt like giving up. Like Romney, the Dudenhefers are proud Republicans — and devoted Mormons.
So seeing a fellow member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints achieve such heights feels like real progress to them. Kennedy in or how African Americans feel about Barack Obama. Andersen said during a panel discussion at a major global gathering of business, government and thought leaders. For its global meetings, Horasis, an independent think tank based in Zurich, Switzerland, brings together a community of some world leaders from 70 countries to pursue solutions to the most critical challenges facing corporations and societies.
Mormons who 'have been changing the world' highlighted by Catholic news site Deseret News - Utah April 18, - Relevance: Now America has its first Mormon with a real shot at the White House. Much more than other Christian churches, Mormonism is a way of life, not just a liturgy and a theology. Understanding his religion is much more important to understanding Romney than it was to understanding Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton.
To sing with those voices is even more rare. Earlier this month, St. Church members around the world ages 13 and up have until then to submit their videos online for consideration. LDS doctrine 'completely linked' to traditional family, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the faith's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said Tuesday in the keynote address during the opening ceremonies of the ninth World Congress of Families.
One hundred fifty years to the day later, some visitors boarded buses at Marietta High School in Marietta, Georgia, that would transport them to Kennesaw Mountain State Park, where they would participate in a real-time hike that would take them on the same path those Union troops took to approach Cheatham Hill the moment the battle began.
And in December, people from around the world voted. In a news conference on February 4, , President Thomas S. Monson said of the program: I believe men and women need to get a type of education which will enable them to meet the exigencies of life. Mormon church has built downtown housing; will people come? Now the tough part: Getting people to buy them.
The downtown Salt Lake City condos arguably present the most difficult marketing challenge in the massive mixed-use development, given the continued downturn in the residential market. Creators of the contest invited entrepreneurs from around the world to submit a mobile or web app that would affect the world of family history.
The most Mormon country in the world? After all, one in every four U. But did you know that the multi-island Pacific nation has the highest number of Latter-day Saints per capita — in the world? Osmond is mature versatile entertainer, even if aura of childhood start remains Richmond Register - Kentucky January 14, - Relevance: He first gained fame as a child and then teen star with his sister Marie.
Fans of his early years remain passionate about him, but Osmund continuing show business success is based on his real, versatile talent, not simply nostalgia. Mark Catholic Church were dispelled by masterful performances demonstrating his range and depth. But humble he was not. I am the only man in the world it would be safe to trust with it.
Little did Larson know that half a century later that magazine he envisioned would be read all over the world. Today celebrates the 50th anniversary of the BYU Studies academic journal, a publication that strives to apply Doctrine and Covenants Does Mormonism have a Mitt Romney problem? The Economist February 24, - Relevance: Billboards have now gone up in a dozen American cities, featuring real members.
There the curious can chat with a missionary, or browse some 80, profiles to find Mormons who are like them. Over the past year, according to the church, people have initiated about 1m chats via the site, often asking about the Mormon record on gay rights, or other controversial things.
And since the launch of the October campaign there have been 30, more Mormon profiles to look at. In less than four years, Meyer, a Mormon mother of three from Arizona, has become one of the world's bestselling authors, despite Stephen King saying she "can't write". Every two seconds this year, someone in the UK has bought one of her books.
Since her first novel, Twilight, was plucked out of an agent's slush pile and published in , Meyer has sold more than 85m copies worldwide. Almost 5m of those were snapped up in the UK. On March 5, the school made another historic achievement: Efrey Guzman, 46, a former LDS branch president of a Latino congregation in Sandy, was charged with aggravated sexual assault and aggravated burglary, first-degree felonies; and sex abuse of a child and forcible sexual abuse, second-degree felonies.
These resources include the free U. Plates of Gold" from July 7 to July Birthplace of the Book of Mormon, Palmyra is the first stop on a nationwide tour in support of the film, which was directed and produced by Austrian filmmaker Christian Vuissa. Vuissa says the film "tells the true story, the real story behind Smith and the Book of Mormon in a way that has never been told before," and he hopes his film "helps people realize what an impact Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon have had not only in the Latter-day Saint faith, but also in history.
Excellent seminary teachers made the scriptures real Herald Journal - Utah March 27, - Relevance: This many years out of high school, I am still relieved to be done.
Seminary was a haven for me, a chance to give focused attention to the important ideas that otherwise were crowded out during my slightly overbooked youth. I remember explaining LDS Seminary to friends who were not religious. My seminary was a scripture-study class for young people that met early in the morning. The property at Clark and Chestnut streets is adjacent to the former site of the proposed Chicago Center for Jewish Life, a multimillion-dollar building that would have offered a sanctuary, school, kosher cafe and crisis intervention services for Jewish travelers and members of Lubavitch Chabad of the Loop, Gold Coast and Lincoln Park, the Hasidic Orthodox community that built it.
The BYU-Pathway program, specifically PathwayConnect, was recently featured in an in-depth article by The Chronicle of Higher Education, highlighting its innovations and painting the program as a model of online education. It was only a matter of time, with the advanced use of social media, that top leadership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would join the world of tweeting. Twitter, not related to the song birds of spring, is a social messaging tool that lets users give short messages of news interest, inspiration and opinion.
They were ignorant, and they have caused real hurt. While the video was politically neutral, it got people talking and thinking, including me. Center for Disease Control. The time the Swiss Mormons rolled in and changed everything. In fact, there was no real town to speak of in this remote corner of the American southwest before the Stuckis, Hirschis, and Toblers—some 85 Swiss pioneers in all—unloaded their covered wagons and began to build. This demand or invitation is not that people become prophets to a nation.
The revelation is not an ineffable expression of the mystery and futility of apprehending God. In his book, "The Book of Mormon: Givens starts a section with a quote from theologian Emil Brunner: All that we can know is the world.
God is not the world. Heard the one about the Mormon stand-up comic? Guardian - UK November 23, - Relevance: However, Baker is a Mormon.
A peachy, astute, witty year-old Mormon who has never had sex. The book — The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance — is all about what it's like to live in Manhattan when the list of things you can't do cigarettes, wine, coffee, drugs, swearing, sex outside marriage, marriage to someone who isn't Mormon seems far more seductive than the things you can studying scripture, prayer and where the majority of your contemporaries think you might be — in Baker's words — "a whack job".
Until now her faith is something she has avoided talking about when she first meets someone "You know how in films people spit out their drinks when they're surprised, and you think that never happens in real life?
The Twilight saga is a story about love. And the founding of the Mormon faith. And orphans, in a really weird way. Twilight is a story about all of these things. Since the series' debut in , multitudes of thinkers and scholars have claimed to know the real, profound meaning behind Stephenie Meyer's famous vampire-romance novel series.
This tends to happen sometimes when books ignite widespread consumption and discussion: Just run a quick Google search on "The Great Gatsby is a story about" if you need further proof. But the degree to which Twilight has been analyzed, re-analyzed, reframed, and close-read makes it something of a lit-crit Choose Your Own Adventure story.
Below rests La Paz, a sprawling Latin American community that stretches across a massive geological bowl carved deep in the earth. Skyscrapers and stately government buildings are bordered by red brick apartment buildings numbering in the thousands. Most of La Paz's streets seem to travel two ways — up or down. And a distant gaze in almost any direction is obstructed by a snow-capped Andean peak, a reminder that La Paz elevation 12, feet is a mountain city.
After more than two years of planning, "El Salvador del Mundo" -- the Spanish-language adaptation of the popular Mormon stage production "Savior of the World" -- successfully channeled the considerable talents of amateur and first-time actors from several cultural backgrounds into a cohesive and poignant production depicting the circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ.
First, the blog Murilovisck from Brazil: I'm 25 years old and am a Latter-day Saint. My blog about news and curiosities about the church is participating in a national competition for Brazilian Blogs.
I'm in the top 3 blogs in the category Religion. I ran over blogs and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in Sao Paulo on Jan.
Two churches, different financial trajectories Inquirer - Pennsylvania February 15, - Relevance: At the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, south of Vine, church leaders are turning property accumulated over generations - such as cemeteries - into cash in a bid to fill huge financial gaps. The Missoula Montana Stake put their show on March David Campbell, co-author of "Amazing Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us" and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said at a policy briefing Thursday that "the moderation you see in Romney the candidate, and I suppose in Romney the governor of Massachusetts, I would say pretty nicely reflects what you see in the public opinion polls of the rank and file of the Mormon community.
The main video in the "Light the World" initiative has earned more than 34 million views, according to a church blog. The 25 shorter videos with daily service suggestions leading up to Christmas have garnered over 30 million views. Yet, like all Olympic dreams, the road to the medal podium for this Latter-day Saint athlete was long and hard. She was the reigning World Cup skeleton racer for the — season—and a favorite to win the gold at the Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy—when a four-man bobsleigh lost its brakes and crushed her leg during a training accident in Calgary.
This year's conference theme, "Converted unto the Lord," is taken from the scripture found in 3 Nephi Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, on Dec. Speaking during the First Presidency Christmas Devotional, President Eyring said Latter-day Saints know from the true record in the Book of Mormon that God's prophets had long taught the people that light would be a sign of the birth of the only begotten Son of God in the flesh.
While there are over operating sites throughout the world, serving nearly 7, students, Rexburg will be the th site to open in the United States and Canada. And what does he do in his spare time? The year-old champion attends the Page 3rd Ward of the Page Arizona Stake and works hard to balance his role of husband, father, active Church member, firefighter and wakeboarder.
The show features a cast of talented actors, singers and musicians sharing testimony through drama and song of the divine mission of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the world. As times change, new circumstances present new challenges and possibilities. And yet, through it all, this immemorial longing we call religion continues on. In the s, sociologists came to a consensus that religion was fading.
As knowledge and freedom increased, they theorized, so modern society would outgrow religion. Thirty years later, however, that hypothesis was reversed. One of these sociologists, Peter Berger, explained the miscalculation this way: On the contrary, in much of the world there has been a veritable explosion of religious faith.
Religion, it can be said, is just as relevant now as it has ever been. From hand-crafted nativities to live presentations, the nativities from around the world bear testimony of the divinity of the Savior's birth. Traditional Christmas nativity scenes include Jesus in a manger with figurines of His mother, Mary; Joseph; angels; shepherds and farm animals. Would it be better if the country just got over this notion of American exceptionalism?
Oh, I think it would. I mean, this is This is -- by the way, this is one reason why I say -- and people laugh at me, but I would say in years, this country will be Mormon. It's a stupid religion and a stupid country. What i am curious of is: Am I able to post large segments of my written marterial on the site for constructive criticism and review? I see you have a forum so you can post there. I think it could make sense that Bori would be inside of her seeing as Bori is a demon and she did go to hell.
You could say that when D made the deal to save her soul, as her soul was coming back Bori was the cat demon that got into her. And that can be the origin of her powers. Only later did the actually demon start to manifest itself. Hence, the event with Ros. I would prefer to read about her with the speech impediment. With a few tweaks, though, I think it could work. However, I suspect if you aged her to about 15 or 16, you could fix her speech and have her personality develop more.
Going back to Masquerade. After some thinking, I like your idea of turning the modeling agency into a military section. He was born into a poor family so the only way he could afford to live in Whatever City and pay for college was to join the military.
Operation Facade is a plan to field test military equipment deemed safe enough to wear. Because their cover is a modeling agency or whatever they have to make the gadgets and costume look stylish. Hence, the stylish hero. Although, it is unknown where she actually gets her equipment and who she is working for. If I ever get to it, I would probably want this to be my first novel.
But I could make it work as a comic. I think that the readers that are drawn to military action generally want intensely masculine heroes. A dual supermodel-soldier would probably compromise that. No offense to models, but modeling is not typically seen as a really manly field. Second, it feels kind of… confused? I think that your story needs a better underlying reason for why the military would use supermodels.
Here are a few big, obvious plot holes: In short, I think that military supermodels like DHS alligators could only work in a highly eccentric story.
The character is a superspy that is undercover as a supermodel. His police organization specializes in agents that have high-profile cover stories because people would rather blab to a supermodel or a celebrity than a cop. This premise is still pretty wacky, but I think it could work.
Not sure about this as a novel. For one, I think this will be action-centric. Where else can Masquerade and Porcelain fit? What other types of stories could feature two stylized, gadget-toting heroes? Whereas, I struggle to grasp the human anatomy is more formal art stlyes. In these cases, I think it helps that the stylishness is not a central part of the character or his origin story.
Well, there was Team America… a national security team enlisted an actor because he was a master of disguise. I think that worked. Acting is definitely stylish, but he was recruited for a clear and logical reason his disguise skills. If the character is selected, I think the main issue is whether your side-characters are being properly motivated to hire the kind of character you want them to.
But is it really that bad for a superhero to be stylish? Maybe they could fit in to a futurisic setting like the Batman Beyond one. Now I need to switch back into Showtime Mode and start planning these issues. How do yo feel about legacy characters? All the men in his family have donned the same persona to fight crime think The Phantom.
Ash is a man torn between his legal ideals and his familial duty. I can think of a few reasons readers might prefer a hero making his own superhero concept, but the conflict between his legal ideas and family duty sounds promising.
He dealt with chemicals and was wary about taking her there, but her begging just got to him. When there an unexpected eplosion happened and he had died from it. In particular, I think that the main character could be a bit more distinctive. This article was really useful. Butt how can I do the origin story for an evil organization? Any help would be great. Anonymous, Be specific about the chemicals she was exposed to.
Research various chemical compounds , maybe you can find some with unique properties that you could add to her super powers. Maybe there are experimental chemicals being developed that might have interesting effects on the body and mind. The only link that he shares with the villains is that they all became the way they were by Alva.
It did seem like he was going to redeem himself at the end, but then he and Ebon became that monster-thing. With most of the villains, that would be accurate, but Virgil knew Hotstreak and had problems with him before either of them were metahumans. The comics may differ. I like your site and I was starting to write about new comic book characters that I just made up, if you have the time can you tell me what you think about them.
The name of the group is called Enigma, and I only have Michael Powers almost completed. Backstory- The story starts off with Michael Powers waking up from a coma. The reason why he was in the coma in the first place is because he accidently killed his mother and father during his fourteenth birthday party along with all his friends and their parents.
The shock of seeing his parents melt away and only their clothes remain was too much for him to handle, so he went into a coma. Somehow he knew that he had caused their death. He had been in the coma for seven hours when he woke up. Michael starts walking around the hospital not being noticed until he interrupts an operation of a man who just died in the operating room, by putting his hands on him and bringing the man back to life.
This both surprises and scares the doctors and nurses, which seem to not know what to do. One of the doctors picks up a phone and calls security while another tries to restraint Michael. While Michael was trying to free himself from the one doctor, two security guards came running into the room. Both security guards grabbed Michael while the doctor who had called them was moving toward Michael with a shot.
That is when it happened again, all of a sudden everybody in the room started melting away, within five seconds there was nothing left but their clothes. All the people were gone, even the man that Michael just brought back to life. So Michael started running, and ran out the hospital and kept running, knowing that somebody would be looking for him for what he did. What Michael Powers does not know is that he is the offspring of an alien and a human.
Personality- spiritual, over-idealistic, sheltered, conflicted, Does not understand humans, thief, untactful. Backstory-A refugee in a war torn afican nation whose powers suddenly activate when her life is threaten. When her powers activated a group of men had just killed her father and mother and were going to rape her. Lisa also finds out that she is driven to insane levels to destroy anything that produces large amouts of pollution.
And the air and water pollution makes her sick, because she is magically tied to the planet. Personality- sophisticated, unstable, self-appointed, not human, analytical, dangerous, unprincipled, sel-fish. Backstory-Kevin Becker is a normal teenager out with his girlfriend at the local park at night. There is only one old man in the park with them who is reading a paper under a street lamp.
Suddenly a large glowing object falls from the sky and cras hed into the park between where he and his girlfriend and the old man is sitting.
His girlfriend starts running away, just as Kevin starts to turn and run away to the old man grabs his chest and falls to the ground begging Kevin to help him.
It was a hard decision but Kevin decided to help the man. While Kevin was going over to help the man, something hit Kevin and knocked him out. It took him a long time but he finally realized that the voices he heard were people working on him.
He keep asking himself why are people working on me? Unknown to Kevin Becker he was not at a hospital but a secret military base being looked at and inspected by top people in their feilds because alien Nano-Tech had merved with him at the molecule level. And nothing like this has every happen like this before on the planet, so the defense department wanted to know how and why it happened. Superman has the incredible odds of one in gazillion of actually turning out as a an attractive human.
Also, if the alien in the equation is not as human-looking, it can come across as bestiality, depending if the human is the superior or inferior species. Generally, people previously raped get very defensive when people suddenly invade their personal space, they often mistaken affection for ulterior motives, view normally innocent relationships as pedophilic or disturbing. Who gets over it so easily, even with therapy?
Despite how sad this question would be on a topic such as this, how neccesary is an origin story? Comparing that kitty from Bolt her name escapes me , and Timothy Mouse from Dumbo, for example. The kitty, even as one of the main characters, the audience is forced into a default origin story declawed.
Timothy Mouse, also one of the main characters in his movie, still serves as a charming character, without origin story. How can I tell the difference that a character must absolutely need a backstory at all? I have 3 main characters, but the focus rests mainly on the female character of the trio.
So we will probably be a bit disoriented when that fantastic element emerges. Also, I think the element of importance matters. He was involved in pyrokinetic experiments in the military or something. Thanks for all of your advice it was very helpful, and got me thinking. Also I decided to write Enigma as five completely different short stories about five completely different people instead of trying to bring them all together as one group.
Here is a rewrite of Naketa Brood. To anyone else, if you have the time can you read my rewritten characters and tell me what you think, all comments goood or bad are welcome. Starting around five years ago, when we got in the middle of this mess. Sometimes lies feel better than the truth. You can live a peaceful future, and forget this time, which will become only a memory.
He looked on the verge of tears, and I felt I should be, but I was almost too sad to cry. He turned to leave, but then came back. Very quickly, I was in his arms, and his lips were firmly pressed to mine. It had started a very suddenly, a very full kiss. And it only continued to become more so as I felt his tongue enter my mouth. I then realized exactly what I was doing, I had my arms around his neck, and one hand was drifting up into his black hair. My lips were moving just as frantically around his, filled with the equal passion, and hope, that just maybe our problems could be forgotten and we could continue as people were meant to live.
His arms pulled me closer, melding my body into his. I just held onto him tighter, he knew my reply, he knew I felt the same way. And we both knew there was nothing ahead for us. He looked into my eyes, caring. Please do not look back. Just remember me, this me. He released me, and I was instantly void of his warmth. But I obeyed, turning around, and slowly closing my eyes. There was a beeping noise.
His lifeless form lying there, his lips that were just seconds ago on top of mine, dripping with blood. As I opened my eyes, I felt a single tear escape, I watched it drop onto the floor. It was like a blink. Nothing more, nothing less. Dirt and grass was spit from my mouth. My eyes drifted to my clothing, jean shorts, yellow tank top. In the back of my mind I knew what had happened, and what to expect, but I never really believed it before.
My head turned immediately at the sound of my name, and I gazed upon a much younger Ash. He still had the cap, that hid his marvelously uncontrollable black hair. Ash started walking ahead, and I just followed, still in a daze. Ash got a very puzzled expression, then shrugged. I just sat down and ate the delicious food, silently. I thought about what I needed to do now. Ash had said to keep us ignorant, or more so, keep them ignorant.
And I knew what was going to happen, so it would be easy, right? Unbeknownst that it would later be critical information. I suddenly remembered how it started, at least most of it, but it was enough. What day is it? My fingers rested over my lips, I was trying to remember, it had been Friday. Could we spend the night here? Many, many things were wrong with the seemingly perfect reality they knew.
There were enemies all around. Again a revelation hit me, of what I used to be. Circumstances made a big change on me, I was almost a whole different being. But how could I fake my old self? I slipped into my sleeping bag, and rested my head.
Ash and Brock were still eating and talking over by the fire, and my thoughts drifted to what had happened earlier, or rather later. And then he was gone, and yet he was sitting only a few feet away from me now. It was still dark, but we needed to get going. I slid partially out of my sleeping bag and started shivering frantically. With clenched teeth I stood up and instantly started shuffling my feet.
The ground was cold, my arms were cold, and the bones in my legs felt as if they vibrated. Why did I wear these clothes? I think it was the sound of teeth chattering that woke him, rather than the sound of his name being hissed. He just opened his eyes and squinted at me. The tone of his voice was strange, it almost hurt.
I leaned over and kissed him very lightly, and shortly on the lips. But I just ran afterwards, I ran and sat down behind a tree. Then I heard noises, Ash was packing, and it sounded like Brock had gotten up too. All of us were soon traveling in the darkness.
I knew what had happened last time, and I was extremely determined not to let it happen again. I led the group as far away, as quickly as I could. It was soon dawn, and then almost noon. We were far away!
We were off at a full sprint, adrenalin pumping. It came as a total shock when I felt excruciating pain and my leg gave way.
How could I be shot? The sound of electricity cracking came to my ears as I continued to run. A gun shot was heard, but I kept running. I must have been crumpled in a heap on the ground, looking pitiful, but I closed my eyes and prepared for the inevitable.
But I managed to open my eyes and……there was Ash, he had blocked the bullet. And the only word I could think of was: Look at what one little mistake made! Look at how easy it was to fail! I had a whole other chance, and look at how quickly I had failed. And what to do now? There was nothing to live for! That caused me to fall asleep, and thus, I woke up. Ash was not there. Now what had happened!?
My head ached with the confusion of it all. Confusion, and utter confusion. This had already happened, and now it was happening again! Did I get another chance? That was defiantly what it appeared to be. This time would be different, but unfortunately that meant it had to be the same as the first time, the very first time. The beginning would have to be the same, Ash would have to find out a little bit, but not all. It was dark, and I again found myself in my sleeping bag.
But this time I had nothing planned. Unfortunately I had to live out this day just as before, I had to watch two close friends die. I banged my fist against the ground. What was I supposed to do after!? But now I have to surrender to this enemy called sleep. When I finally re-opened my eyes it was well into the day. The glint of dew was gone from the ground. He was off getting water. Strange knowing the future, strange changing it, strange living the past over again.
Brock would be shot when he returned, which could be any moment now. I scurried out of my sleeping bag and rolled it up. It really was a beautiful day, I just never really paid attention, with my mind on other things. The sun was high and radiant, a sleeveless shirt allowed my shoulders to feel the internal warmth it gave. Only a light breeze, just enough to let the forest dance. And shadows haunted the floor, almost silhouetting the disaster to come in this picturesque setting.
We were all just so innocent. I glanced over at Ash, carelessly living life without a notion, even a hint, that this was a turning point. Nowhere to be cowardly, no time to be strong. And that leaves you to feel it, just let it all come at you full force. I could feel the muscles in my fists tightening. How could life be so cruel? We were happy, with goals and dreams, and fantasies. And all that can be ripped away so easily.
No matter how far you reach for them back, your hands return empty, clutching nothing but the darkness. It was a good thing Ash was strong. Brocks voice was cut short by the gun shot. That distinct sound of a last breath, you can always tell by the sorrowful screech it leaves in your head. I could never bear to watch. He held his fingers to Brocks neck, checking for a pulse.
Cautiously peering into his face I saw a couple tears slither downwards to meet the ground, then suddenly his sad expression changed to one of almost anger. He whispered at me through clenched teeth. And then a shot rang out again, barely missing my own body. Except this time I remembered to grab my sleeping bag. His face was wet with tears, but he still had a sense of control about him.
We both ran now, together, anywhere but that clearing in the forest. And we just kept going. It must have been hours later. The shoes that covered my tired feet were caked with dust; I was just so thankful to stop and sit down. Ash was seated beside me, and his face looked hard and cold. Our heavy breathing was all I could hear, until Ash spoke. I hope we lost them.
But who were they? Keep ourselves out of danger instead of searching for it like we had before? Just stay here in the forest and hide forever? Never knowing anything or getting any answers? We were both lying down but propping ourselves up with our hands. Oh if only Ash knew what the future was! If only he could see that knowing nothing WAS really the best!
I knew he was too stubborn to convince now, when he had just witnessed everything and was enraged. So I neutralized the situation.
Oh that hurt, especially coming from him. HE had actually been the one to come up with the idea to wait, and settle down, but that had been after another attack. I released the death grip that was holding a sleeping bag. The fabric was cold as I rolled it out along the ground, then slipped in fully clothed. But the sun was up, and the wind was down. Now I was punishing myself; how could I act that way?
I turned my head. His back was towards me, and his right hand drifted against his face then returned. Ash had a lot to cry about his ever faithful friend, Brock the brotherly figure.
And now me, acting totally out of character. I was making this harder. This was definitely wrong, he looked….. So I moved a little closer, slithering in my sleeping bag. It had happened so fast. But now it was anger, a great hatred towards those who had brought all the suffering upon him. And who could blame him? I had felt the same way; the two of us had harnessed it, and controlled it, together. But I cannot act that way now! Is it required that I act?
My voice cut off there as the words finally sank in to my own consciousness. Damn right I wanted revenge! So I had to say it,. Finally a response, he turned his head slightly to stare at me. I want to track them down and assault them with my bare fists. A plan to find out who they are, exactly. I say we learn to fight. But, what could I do? I was thinking about the origin of another one of my characters, Lisa Myers, and decided to rewrite her also.
Please if anyone has the time let me know what you think. With heart pounding in her ears Lisa Myers slide into an ally way. Her mind raced how could he have found her, she had changed her name, she changed her looks, she did every thing, even cut ties with her family. She could hear him screaming to her to come back. Mind racing though her thoughts and also trying to comprehend all of it she looked around frantic. Garbage was strewn across the cold darkened ally; it smelled of rotten fish and salad dressing.
She ran further into the ally and quickly ran behind a Dumpster. She hit the brick wall and cut her left arm on the Dumpster. Hissing softly she grabbed her arm and slid down the side of the wall and grabbed her knees. She tried to steady her breathing. The air seemed to thicken and every thing seemed to close around her. He slammed the Dumpster, he was right next to her.
Her heart pounded so hard in her ears it drowned out the traffic on the street. It pounded so loud she could swear he heard it. He had found her. This was it, she was never going to see light again! He grabbed her by her arm and stood her up to standing position. She flinched and tried to burry her face, and not look at him, wishing she could be anyone but her.
She looked up into a gun and her heart dropped, she felt fear in the pit of her stomach. She looked him in the eyes and he sneered. Lisa began thinking back how it all started. She looked around to glance at the clock radio for the time. Lisa exclaimed angrily jumping out of bed and reaching for her clothes that she picked up last night in case something like that would happen, after she slipped into a black slipknot shirt and tight emo pants, she ran into the bathroom and brushed her teeth and combed her hair and ran out to the living room downstairs, and out the door.
She raced his mom to her truck because it was ten minutes until 8: She said still pretty pissed at himself because she unplugged it so she could plug in her laptop, so it could recharge as she typed her essay for U. Who had by the way been a senior at the time, they were a couple for about two months.
Where they met was at their period class, they were being measured for their tuxedoes for the big winter concert later that week, after Lias was done being measured, she walked to the side of the rail and saw Barrett playing with the baby of one of the women that were measuring them. From that moment she realized that she loved him right then. Lisa replied to the message saying that she was already at the student parking lot.
And that she should meet him there since they both had U. After they got out of the car and said goodbye to her mom, they waited for Barrett at the student parking lot which it was crowded by cars. Someone yelled out her name and Lisa turned and saw Barrett sort of jogging towards her and Nicole. Barrett agreed as he leaned forward to kiss her sensually. They walked to their first period class holding hands and cuddling like they always did every morning of a school day.
S history Barrett and Lisa sat next to each other sending notes to one another. Or do something else with each other, they normally went to the movies and sat in the very back to make out once everyone was out of the theater because the movie was over. All four of them got kicked out of the AMC for a month because of the rough housing. Barrett passed a note to Lisa as Mr. Secoda was showing slides on the projector on the white board, Lisa unfolded the note and just started to read it when Mr.
Secoda snatched it out her hands and took a glance at it and said. Her throat was too dry. He announced at the students and everyone cheered and yelled yes. Secoda read out loud the note, Lisa felt that she was getting warmer and warmer by the second. Secoda, she felt this power surging through her and her hearing came back. She could see Mr. Secoda laughing with the note still in his hand and then the note suddenly self distructed in Mr.
Secoda screamed, and screamed for help as a students ran to get the fire extinguisher to use on his chest,hands and face. Secoda was badly burn, his hand got extremely burnt and his hair burnt away. When the ambulance got there , Mr. And once they stuffed him in ambulance Lisa was still shocked at what had just happened in front of her. No one could do things like that with their minds.
Secoda was playing with fire and if you played with fire you are guaranteed to be torched. Secoda, girls were whispering in each others ears and guys were saying how cool it was that Mr. Secoda got hurt because they hated him so much.
Lisa, Barrett, and Anna Pandell were sitting in their favorite lunch table by the baseball field, and they all ate their lunch except lisa.
Who was still pretty shaken up about Mr. Secoda, all that screaming Mr. Secoda did took away her appetite. Secoda being so hard on account of others feelings, I feel terrible.
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