Camel Ride

A Camel ride at the Great Pyramids

My friend Dan on a “Free” camel ride.

I just returned from Egypt. As I was thinking about the epic adventure a hilarious experience with a great gospel message came to mind.
When we got to the the Great Pyramids our group of eight talked about the street vendors and their sly and crazy tactics to get us to buy things from them. We bought our tickets and walked through the gates. One of our guys named Dan was an instant vendor magnet. As soon as we stepped off the path and onto the sand Dan was immediately swarmed like a locust plague by several Egyptian street vendors. One Egyptian placed a white keffiyeh (Egyptian head cloth. Think of a Shiekh) on his head while other peddlers were putting carved statues of cats and sphinxes in his hands. He escaped this group by only purchasing four or five souvenirs that were pushed on him.
Once he broke free from the initial ambush he was again mobbed only a few steps later by camel drivers saying, “Free camel ride. Free for you. ” and “Short camel ride. Free camel rides for Americans.” Dan agreed to hop on a camel and get his picture taken. The picture you see attached is the picture I took right before the camel owner started walking Dan toward the back of the Great Pyramid. The strolling camel became a trotting camel as the camel driver started running the camel across the desert around the back side. Jared, the other guy in the photo started running after Dan and I went running for our group so we could collectively rescue him.
Jared wasn’t fast enough to catch the running camel and decided to come back for all of us. Once around the corner of the great pyramid Dan was accosted by several other Egyptian vendors. He asked them to stop several times and eventually they did. By this time they were half way around the tallest of the ancient stone monoliths. Dan asked to get down from the seven and half foot dromedary but the camel’s owner now asked for money to get down off the camel. Dan refused at first and repeated what the hooligan stated at the start that the ride was free. The sly Egyptian informed Dan, “Ride is free. You pay the price to get off.”
This is true about our choices and how Satan tries to trick us. He tells us that the ride is free. No cost. Free for us special people. We choose whether or not to get on the camel. There is always a price to pay. The ride is free but, you have to pay the price to get off.
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There is no “Dark” Switch

There is no such thing as a Dark Switch

There is no such thing as a Dark Switch

Doctrine and Covenants 50:23-25

There is no such thing as a “Dark” switch. Only a “Light” switch. You can not turn on Dark you can only turn off Light. Dark can only exist when Light is not there. Otherwise Darkness flees from the Light and from Truth.

 24 That which is of God is alight; and he that breceiveth clight, and dcontinueth in God, receiveth more elight; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.

23 And that which doth not aedify is not of God, and is bdarkness.

 25 And again, verily I say unto you, and I say it that you may know the atruth, that you may chase darkness from among you;

(The order of the verses is rearranged)

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A Perfect Day

If I were to have a perfect day what would it look like?

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Happy Birthday Daniel Morley

Happy Birthday to my brother Daniel Morley. I am not sure where you are or what you are up to but I just want you to know that I am thinking about you. I hope that you are happy. Today I am reminiscing about the times together in our historic home in Ferron, Utah. I don’t know but one memory came to mind of when we where cleaning the house to get ready to move in. I remember you working hard sweeping and painting and helping me as such a young kid learn how to paint.

I know that we have not seen each other in a long time but I want you to know that I am grateful you are my brother.

Thanks Dan. I hope for your happiness.

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Avoiding Shin Splints

I get shin splints. I have ever since I was on the San Rafael Junior High track team launching into the sand pit over and over again as a long jumper. Recently, my cousin Vaughn Jensen talked me into doing the original distance relay race Hood2Coast. So I have been running. I have been running pretty consistently. Even though I hated distance in high school and college I am really learning to love it. It is very therapeutic listening to the rhythm of my feet and feeling the air reach the very bottom of my bronchi as my lungs expand fully. Although I started to feel big improvements in most areas of my health, the more I ran the more my right shin hurt. It was getting worse with each run. The pain was bearable but consistently was getting worse with each consecutive run. I had to get an answer quick before the issue became to much. I asked everyone I knew that was into running and received some great answers.  Here is what I have done to control and even get  rid of my shin splints.

  • Compression socks – This has been the best thing for my shin splints. No longer does my condition worsen when I run. They really feel good when I put them on. I haven’t tried compression sleeves but some people prefer the compression sleeves to the compression socks. The sales person that I spoke with said that for long runs compression sleeves tend to cause the blood to pool in your foot where compression sleeves eliminate this issue. I purchased Swiftwick Men’s Twelve Aspire Socks. Not only do these ones feel great but they have a cool logo on the calf. The store recommended(slightly more expensive) socks are CEP Men’s Compression Running O2 Socks I have linked to both below as well as a pair of 2XU Compression Calf Sleeves.

  • Ice – After each run, long or short, I ice my shins. This instantly reduces shin splint pain and helps long term with the constant aches. I ice for 10 minutes after each run.
  • Alleve – If I am doing a long run I take an Alleve before the run to reduce inflammation. This serves the same purpose  as #2 but in a preventative way. I never take drugs or medication but this has been so helpful in reducing the inflammation and preventing the shin splint pain.

  • I also stopped running on my toes. I focused on my form and tried to have a proper foot placement.
My brother sent me this video that has also been a great help. It is from RunnersWorld.com and gives a great medical explanation from Dr. M

Make sure to watch the video. It is amazingly informative. Some of the info listed is:

  • Find the right fit in shoe. Look for a shoe that has arch support.
  • Take it easy. Don’t go to hard to soon.
  • Bone density. Eat food high in calcium and vitamin D to strengthen your bones.
  • Shorten your stride. Make sure to take 85-90 steps per foot per minute. This puts less load on the feet.
Hopefully this helps you with your shin splints.
– Curtis J. Morley


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The happiness a child can find in two pieces of rope and a strap of rubber should remind us that joy is all around in the most simple things in life.


Dare to Stand Alone

Thank you President Monson. This message touched everyone in our family.

…you are never alone when you stand with God.

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Sabbath Learning – Forgiveness

“Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die.”

Today I am in Denver, and in Elders Quorum we reviewed Elder Uchtdorf’s talk entitled “The Merciful Obtain Mercy” which talks about forgiveness of others and ourselves. What a beautiful talk.

Some of the golden nuggets of thought that really stuck out to me are after the break.



The Parable of Big Tom

“Years ago there was a little one-room schoolhouse in the mountains of Virginia where the boys were so rough that no teacher had been able to handle them.

“A young, inexperienced teacher applied, and the old director scanned him and asked: ‘Young fellow, do you know that you are asking for an awful beating? Every teacher that we have had here for years has had to take one.’

“‘I will risk it,’ he replied.

“The first day of school came, and the teacher appeared for duty. One big fellow named Tom whispered: ‘I won’t need any help with this one. I can lick him myself.’

“The teacher said, ‘Good morning, boys, we have come to conduct school.’ They yelled and made fun at the top of their voices. ‘Now, I want a good school, but I confess that I do not know how unless you help me. Suppose we have a few rules. You tell me, and I will write them on the blackboard.’

“One fellow yelled, ‘No stealing!’ Another yelled, ‘On time.’ Finally, ten rules appeared on the blackboard.

“‘Now,’ said the teacher, ‘a law is not good unless there is a penalty attached. What shall we do with one who breaks the rules?’

“‘Beat him across the back ten times without his coat on,’ came the response from the class.

“‘That is pretty severe, boys. Are you sure that you are ready to stand by it?’ Another yelled, ‘I second the motion,’ and the teacher said, ‘All right, we will live by them! Class, come to order!’

“In a day or so, ‘Big Tom’ found that his lunch had been stolen. The thief was located—a little hungry fellow, about ten years old. ‘We have found the thief and he must be punished according to your rule—ten stripes across the back. Jim, come up here!’ the teacher said.

“The little fellow, trembling, came up slowly with a big coat fastened up to his neck and pleaded, ‘Teacher, you can lick me as hard as you like, but please, don’t take my coat off!’

“‘Take your coat off,’ the teacher said. ‘You helped make the rules!’

“‘Oh, teacher, don’t make me!’ He began to unbutton, and what did the teacher see? The boy had no shirt on, and revealed a bony little crippled body.

“‘How can I whip this child?’ he thought. ‘But I must, I must do something if I am to keep this school.’ Everything was quiet as death.

“‘How come you aren’t wearing a shirt, Jim?’

“He replied, ‘My father died and my mother is very poor. I have only one shirt and she is washing it today, and I wore my brother’s big coat to keep me warm.’

“The teacher, with rod in hand, hesitated. Just then ‘Big Tom’ jumped to his feet and said, ‘Teacher, if you don’t object, I will take Jim’s licking for him.’

“‘Very well, there is a certain law that one can become a substitute for another. Are you all agreed?’

“Off came Tom’s coat, and after five strokes the rod broke! The teacher bowed his head in his hands and thought, ‘How can I finish this awful task?’ Then he heard the class sobbing, and what did he see? Little Jim had reached up and caught Tom with both arms around his neck. ‘Tom, I’m sorry that I stole your lunch, but I was awful hungry. Tom, I will love you till I die for taking my licking for me! Yes, I will love you forever!’”

To lift a phrase from this simple story, Jesus, my Redeemer, has taken “my licking for me” and yours for you.

Declared the prophet Isaiah:

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: …

“… He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isa. 53:4–5).

This is re-posted from the following address – Talk by President Hinckley

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