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Mystery LDS Millionaire Turns Out To Be Brigham Young VIII

By now you may have heard the story about the Latter-Day Saint Millionaire who is looking for a wife through a matchmaking business for followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

I’m sorry to have had to stoop to “click bait”, but times are tough and traffic is down. Turns out it isn’t Brigham Young VIII after all. But you have to admit it, it sure sounds like him. Erin Schurtz, the dating coach from the LDS Matchmaking service described the eligible bachelor as 1) a practicing member of the LDS church – Check, 2) Male – Check, 3) from a big family – check, 4) Between the ages of 30 and 45 years old – check, 5) 6 foot, 1 inches tall and a millionaire – check and check. Well, technically Brigham Young VIII is a billionaire, but if you’re a billionaire you’re necessarily a millionaire as well.

I went to the event website (LDSMillionaireMatchmaker.com) and completed an application for my daughter. (Don’t judge. I would’ve applied myself, but I’m married and male. It ain’t fair, but them’s the rules). Apparently she will have a lot of competition, as 326 women have already applied. On June 7th, up to 20 lucky Sisters, selected by the event organizers will gather to meet the mystery bachelor and 2 of those 20 will be chosen to go on a private date the next day.

I guess praying to find to find his eternal companion didn’t work… God works in mysterious ways.

New Day Resolutions

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? My daughter asked our family this question during Christmas break.  She had obviously already thought this through as she was able to eloquently answer her own question. My wife, always the pragmatic one, laughed, and in Cantonese opined (and I’m paraphrasing), “Making New Year’s resolutions is useless. Don’t waste your time!”  My teenage son, earbuds in, smirked, and turned away, too cool to give this question any consideration. Suggesting that he agreed with his mother. (Always a prudent choice.)

The question made me uncomfortable. On one hand, I had been contemplating New Year‘s resolutions since early December and subconsciously felt guilty that I hadn’t made it official by writing something down. While on the other hand, I agreed with my wife’s opinion, and subconsciously decided that I wouldn’t write anything down because I knew I would ultimately fail to keep my resolutions (again).

However, now, as 2019 has now begun, and I return to work, I realize that I make daily, weekly, even monthly “resolutions”.  I even write them down in an excel spreadsheet and check the actions/accomplishments off as I them done. For example, I resolved this morning to write and publish my first blog of the year (Check). I also resolved to make the first draft of my 2018 Employee Performance Review (Check). Yay me! It’s been a productive day, and it’s not even noon yet. 

It reminds me of a US Marines promotional campaign that advertised, “We do more by 9 a.m. than most people do in a day.”  A comedian (Adam Carolla?) said something like, “Yeah that’s probably not the right message to send to your teenage boy target audience.” 

And Bad Mistakes. I’ve Made a Few.

I had lunch with an old friend of mine, who bought the eBook version of “Suicide By Everest” and gave me a list of spelling errors and grammar issues that he had found. (Thanks Troy W.!). I’ve since gone into the KDP author portal and updated the novel.  Although I hope that I’ve now caught all the errors, I’m sure that readers will continue to find issues.  One of the benefits of publishing on KDP is how easy it is to fix and update.  As new errors are found, I will update this Blog entry.  —Scott

November 28, 2018

Chapter 3: Hong Kong, Subchapter 7. (~page 52, paragraph 2). Was: “…that after Jesus was resurrected and he appeared…”. Corrected “…that after Jesus was resurrected he appeared…”

Chapter 3: Hong Kong, Sub-chapter 14 (~ page 72, paragraph 3). Was: “…as it had been that been that long…”. Corrected: “…as it had been that long …”

Chapter 6: The Happy Ho, Sub-chapter 5 (~page 155, paragraph 11). Was: “As much hard as it may be for you to believe…”. Corrected: “As hard as it may be for you to believe…”

Chapter 6: The Happy Ho. Sub-chapter 7 (~page 162, paragraph 4). Was: “hank you. I’m glad you called.” Corrected: “Thank you. I’m glad you called.”

Chapter 6: The Happy Ho. Sub-chapter 11 (~page 175, paragraph 5). Was: “… thirty-five-year-old man that that seems hell-bent…” Corrected: “…thirty-five-year-old man that is hell-bent…”

Chapter 6: The Happy Ho. Sub-chapter 11 (~page 175, paragraph 6). Was: “…better for everyone if you if you left Utah entirely.” Corrected: “…better for everyone if you left Utah entirely.”

Chapter 7: Salt Lake City. Sub-chapter 3 (~page 188, paragraph 2). Was: “He could climb up one his old favorite mountaineering routes…” Corrected: “He could climb up one of his old favorite mountaineering routes…”

Chapter 7: Salt Lake City. Sub-chapter 6 (~page 199, paragraph 5). Was: “… I’d give you have seven days to pay…” Corrected: “…I’d give you seven days to pay…”

Chapter 9: Bullet Train. Sub-chapter 1 (~page 252, paragraph 3). Was: “…handing Brig his small pack as hed shouldered his own…” Corrected: “…handing Brig his small pack as he shouldered his own…”

Chapter 9: Bullet Train. Sub-chapter 3 (~page 257, paragraph 14). Was: “While you were into the bathroom….” Corrected: “While you were in the bathroom…”

Chapter 9: Bullet Train. Sub-chapter 9 (~page 278, paragraph 2). Was: “…weaved in and out of traffic and bicycles madeg faster progress…” Corrected: “…weaved in and out of traffic and bicycles made faster progress…”

Chapter 10: Lhasa. Sub-chapter 6 (~page 330, paragraph 2). Was: “Tommy followed, dropped his baggage…” Corrected: “James followed, dropped his baggage…”

Top 25 Favorite/Influential Books of All Time

I just started this list (11/20/2018) so I’m sure it will be edited and added to over the years.  What are your favorites? What am I missing?

  1. The Hobbit & The Lord of The Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  3. Suicide By Everest by Scott J. Thurman
  4. A Secret History by Donna Tartt
  5. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
  6. The Passage (Series) by Justin Cronin
  7. The Book of Mormon (God & Various)
  8. The Bible (God & Various)
  9. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand)
  10. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  11. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  12. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  13. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  14. Papillon
  15. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  16. Game of Thrones Series by George R. Martin
  17. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  18. Jaws by Peter Benchley
  19. The Stand by Stephen King
  20. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
  21. The Source by James Michener
  22. Shogun (The Asian Saga) by James Clavell
  23. Memoirs of Geisha by Arthur Golden
  24. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

My Contact Information

Now that I’ve published my book, and I’m in the sales and marketing phase, I find myself constantly having to look up all of the different ways a reader can find my book, or contact me.  So I’m creating this page to gather all the places I exist on the Internet.

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To be continued….