NEW! Exploring The Book of Mormon In Americas Heartland Photographic Book

NEW!  Exploring The Book of Mormon In Americas Heartland Photographic Book
NEW! Exploring the Book of Mormon In America's Heartland, A Visual Journey of Discovery by Rod L. Meldrum is a gorgeous, large format 200+ page heirloom quality photographic journey into the exciting new "Heartland Model" geography. Click on the Picture above to learn more. Picture Book Cover Click to Order

Friday, July 22, 2011

Memorial in Honor of Jim Lawton passed July 17,2011

In Honor of Jim (James) Lawton 77yrs young Memorial to a great human being.

 (Click above link to visit the whole memorial page for Jim. Update Billy Lawton did murder his father currently in Utah State Hospital, avoiding the Captial Murder Trial that may never happen)

Memorial in Honor of Jim Lawton passed July 17,2011

Jim Lawton

This is a Memorial page for the Family / Friends / anyone who was touched by the life of Jim (James) Lawton, 77 years young.

I last saw Jim on Saturday evening he left around 10:30pm or so after our usual evening conversations about the going on's in life, we talked of the past, the future things we wanted to do and a various spectrum of topics, however this night would be our last conversation together in this life.
Some time between 11pm and 8:30am Sunday morning Jim was taken from this life by a force of darkness who choose to end his life. And left him on a mountain road out side of Joseph, Utah, The investigation as to who & why is ongoing. But the fact is a wonderful human being had his life shortened. We shall at this time not post these events, they can be found elsewhere in the news. (I will share on another page the ongoing investigation / story, at least what is publicly allowed. Should be up this weekend)

Jim is to be remembered for who he was, what he did, his entertainment, his joy, laughter, his "Jimizsm" my wife and children call them, his words of advice. So much to remember of him, let us keep them and share them for all to learn as we remember his life.

This is a work in progress, and I would invite anyone who knew him, or met him to share their thoughts, stories, or things Jim told them of his life's adventures. We will share as we can his memories.
And Photo's of this kind, friend to all human being. May we all meet him some day again.

If you would like to add a comment(s) or photo's about Jim please feel free do do so under comments and we will add them to the page. Also if you would like to email them, send them to.

The Measure of ones life is based on the lives he touches in a good way during his sojourn here on Earth. Our memories are a result of his actions, let us remember the good and fun times.

New: Official Obituary.

James Roland Lawton
January 24, 1934 ~  July 17, 2011
Hometown: Monroe, UT  
James Roland Lawton, 77, passed away July 17, 2011 near Elsinore. He was born January 24, 1934 in Long Beach, California to Roland and Loraine Dorothy Eberhart Lawton. He married Isis Brown, later divorced. He married Judith Ann Phelps March 17, 1979 in Carson City, Nevada. The marriage was solemnized January 1981 in the Bellvue Washington Temple.

After graduating from Jordan High School, Jim life guarded at Green Valley Lake.
He served honorable in the US Coast Guard for six years, three of which were on the "Voice of America" in Rhodes, Greece.
He graduated from college and loved being a teacher to elementary school children.
He returned to Green Valley Lake as a real estate broker, a contractor and log home manufacturer.
Jim was a life-long learner, who love and lived every minute of every day to the fullest.
He was a friend to all people. He was forever young and invited all to his 100th birthday party in 2034. Most of all, he was a devoted family man.
Survived by his wife Judy, of Monroe; children: Brian (Marna) Price, San Clemente, CA; Jeff (Marcia) Price, Escondido, CA; Shery Gonzales, Dunsmuir, CA; Janet (David Genovese) Reilly, Aliso Viejo, CA; Billy Lawton, Monroe; 17 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson; sister, Carol (Robert) Hotchkiss, Havre, Montana. Preceded in death by parents; step-father, Stuart Weber; brother, Freddie Lawton.
Graveside services and interment will be held Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 1:15 p.m. in the Riverside National Veterans Cemetery in Riverside, California with military honors.
Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.
Online guestbook at

If you have a thought, memory, story, experience with Jim please add it in our comment place below and we shall add it to the main Memorial page with the rest. Thank you.

Friday, July 15, 2011

News from the FIRM Foundation. Up coming educational events in America, you may attend.

News from the FIRM Foundation
 The Foundation for Indigenous Research and Mormonism
Exciting Happenings from the Heartland of America!
FIRM Newsletter               July, 2011
It has been said that time flies when you're having fun.  Well then, we are having the time of our lives because time has certainly been flying by!  There has been so much happening the past few months that the list of news items has overwhelmed what can realistically be included in a single newsletter or even two or three of them!  There are several time-sensitive items that must be shared, however, which has prompted this newsletter.
Many hundreds of you have been awaiting your pre-ordered copies of the new pictorial book, Exploring the Book of Mormon in America's Heartland; A Visual Journey of Discovery.  I am thrilled to say that I received the first four copies by FedEx a few days ago and they are absolutely gorgeous!  Those who have seen these are delighted with how they have turned out and excited to get their copies.  This is a book that any LDS will be proud to have on display in their home to show neighbors and friends the astounding new evidences of the Book of Mormon in America's heartland.  We should begin shipping the many hundreds of pre-ordered books by the middle of next week, which brings us to the following deadline for any additional pre-orders.
NOTICE: The Pre-order special discounted pricing of 15% off (Save $5) ends Monday, July 18th at midnight and all orders after that will be priced at the standard retail price of $35 plus Tax (where applicable) and S&H.  You can still take advantage of this special pricing today if you order online or by phone now!  If you would like to pick up your copy of the book directly from us and save postage, you will need to call us directly at 801-429-9751 to place your order since the bookstore checkout automatically calculates shipping on all orders.
Pre-orders will be shipped out next Tues. - Thurs., July 19-21 providing that the truck arrives on schedule on Tuesday!
Those who are picking up your book(s) are welcome to stop by our home/office for pick up during this time. Call first at 801-429-9751 to ensure arrival.
Please take the time to review all of this important newsletter. The excitement is growing and more and more faithful LDS are coming back to the idea that the United States is the nation prophecied to be on the sacred lands of the Book of Mormon.     
  Rod L. Meldrum - President
ps. Be sure to see the SPECIAL OFFER (click this link) Take advantage of the pre-order offer while it lasts, because it will only be available online for 4 more days!

FIRM Upcoming Events - July thru Nov 2011
We are finalizing a series of events in the Northwest, Arizona/New Mexico, Midwest and Southern United States!
We need your help with these presentations!  Please look over the list of cities/states and if you live near these locations and would like to be involved or simply help spread the word, please email us and let us know!

 You can help us locate and reserve venues, pass out fliers, contact media, and setup/conduct the presentations in these areas.  We have been blessed to have many "Heartlanders" in all of the areas listed below, so it won't require too much time or effort for any one person, but together we will have wonderful, well attended events to share this information with as many as possible.
 It is becoming more and more difficult to come to all the places where folks have requested presentations, so it is unknown if we'll be able to come back again to many of these cities for several years. So, please mark you calendars and plan to come, help, and participate in these educational, uplifting and exciting presentations and conferences.
Check the Upcoming Events tab on the website for locations, times and topics to be presented at each event.
*Tentative* Schedule of Events, Presentations, and Conferences
 Please be sure to verify event information online before coming...   in case of venue change, cancellation, topic change, etc!
- Monday, July 25th, Salt Lake City, UT 8 am - 11 pm
  Native American Celebration in the (Liberty) Park
- Sat. Aug. 6, Sunstone Symposium
   Weber State University, Ogden, UT
Wed. Aug. 10, Burley, ID
- Thurs.  Aug. 11, Twin Falls, ID
- Fri.  Aug. 12, Caldwell-Nampa, ID
- Sat. Aug. 13, Boise, ID
Boise, ID Regional Conference
- Sun. Aug. 14, Boise, ID
- Mon. Aug. 15, Kennewick-Richland, WA
- Tues. Aug. 16, Salem, OR
- Wed. Aug. 17, Newport-Salem area, OR
- Thurs. Aug. 18, Portland, OR
- Fri. Aug. 19, Tacoma, WA
- Sat. Aug. 20, Seattle, WA
 Northwest Regional Conference
- Mon. Aug. 22, Moses Lake, WA
- Tues. Aug. 23, Spokane, WA - Coeur d'Alene, ID
- Wed. Aug. 24, Kalispell-Columbia Falls, MT
- Thurs. Aug. 25, Idaho Falls, ID
- Fri/Sat. Aug. 26-27, Boise, ID
  Super Preparedness Fair

- Thurs. Sept. 1, Kanab, UT
- Fri. Sept. 2, Show Low, AZ
- Sat. Sept. 3, Show Low-Snowflake, AZ
Show Low, AZ Regional Conference
- Tues. Sept. 6, Albuquerque, NM
- Wed. Sept. 7, Safford, AZ
- Thurs. Sept. 8, Tucson, AZ
- Fri. Sept. 9, Mesa, AZ
- Sat. Sept. 10, Mesa, AZ
Mesa-Phoenix, AZ Regional Conference
- Sun. Sept. 11, Prescott, AZ
- Mon. Sept. 12, Las Vegas, NV
- Fri/Sat. Sept. 16-17, American Fork, UT
America's Freedom Education Weekend
- Fri/Sat. Sept. 23-24, SLC, UT
FIRM National Book of Mormon Conference
  Focus on Native American Legacies
- Fri. Sept. 30, Bountiful, UT

- Mon. Oct. 3, Alamosa-La Jara, CO
- Tues. Oct. 4, Colorado Springs, CO
- Wed. Oct. 5, Littleton-Denver, CO
- Thurs. Oct. 6, Fort Collins, Co
- Sat. Oct. 8, Kansas City/Independence, MO
Kansas City/Independence, MO Regional Conference
Sun. Oct. 9 - Sat. Oct. 22 Legacy LDS Tour of Church History & America's Heartland!
- Sun. Oct. 23, Independence, MO
- Mon. Oct. 24, Springfield, MO
- Tues. Oct. 25, St. Louis, MO
- Wed. Oct. 26, Nauvoo, IL
- Thurs. Oct. 27, Nauvoo, IL
- Fri. Oct. 28, Indianapolis, IN
- Sat. Oct. 29, Indianapolis, IN
  Indianapolis, IN Regional Conference

- Wed. Nov. 2, Grand Rapids, MI
- Thurs. Nov. 3, Detroit, MI
- Fri. Nov. 4, Columbus, OH
- Sat. Nov. 5 Columbus, OH
     Columbus,OH Regional Conference
- Sun. Nov. 6, Dayton-Cincinnati, OH
- Mon. Nov. 7, Knoxville, TN
- Tues. Nov. 8, Huntsville, AL
- Wed. Nov. 9, Memphis, TN
- Thurs. Nov. 10, Jasper, TX
- Fri. Nov. 11, Lumberton, TX
- Sat. Nov. 12, Beaumont, TX
Southeast Texas Regional Conference
- Sun. Nov. 13, San Antonio, TX
- Mon. Nov. 14, Austin, TX
- Tues. Nov. 15, Midland, TX
- Wed. Nov. 16, El Paso, TX
- Thurs. Nov. 17, Tucson, AZ
- Fri/Sat. Nov. 18-19, Mesa, AZ
 Arizona Regional Conference
- Mon. Nov. 21, Las Vegas, NV

 (These Events are for Anyone, of any faith, or belief system, or non - belief system, it does not matter. It is based on Archaeological data, Hard theory based on real evidences. Members of the LDS Faith will understand more of the information based on their background on some of the topics, however all are welcome, and so will your questions as time permits. Below is the link to Aaron Shafovaloff's interview with Rodney, Aaron attended Rodney's Manti event a few days later and asked some good questions.  After you attend one of these events in your local area, Please feel free to add comments about your experience and thoughts about the presentation here on the blog under comments. And visit Rodney's Web sights linked here if you still have questions, email them. We would like your feed back of your experience. from H.N.A.A.&N.A. Blog)  

 Upcoming July Events
 America's Freedom Education Weekend 
Friday & Saturday, September 16 - 17, 2011
The Patriots Weekend of Education!
FIRM in the News         
FIRM Events in the News
We are grateful for more media coverage of presentations and conferences over the past few months.
Our Regional Conferences in St. George, Logan, and Manti, Utah as well as Blackfoot, Idaho drew crowds of up to 180 attendees, while our presentations at Bryce Canyon, Beaver, Cedar City, and Morgan, Utah all enjoyed newspaper articles about the events which helped alert many others! In addition, we had radio interviews and coverage of many of our events.

Special THANKS to the Beaver County Journal, The Spectrum (St. George), The Herald Journal  (Logan), Sanpete Messenger (Manti) and The Ogden Valley News for their informative articles.

One very special event was the LDS Cherokee Gathering at the Salt Lake Temple and the following day in Morgan, Utah. Over 100 Cherokee attended the temple session and conference and speakers included Franklin Keel, senior Director at the US Bureau of Indian Affairs along with Wayne May, Lenora Grandell, Rod Meldrum and others.
Rod Interview with Aaron, Manti
Rod Meldrum Interview with Aaron at Manti
 Rod L. Meldrum interviewed by anti-Mormon protester at the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti, UT on opening night! The story?  While attempting to pass out pro-Mormon fliers about our conference in Manti the following day in Manti, FIRM Foundation president Rod L. Meldrum was asked for an interview by Aaron Shafovaloff of Mormonism Research Ministry. It was interesting that many of the protesters immediately recognized Rod as they approached the intersection where they came to 'mingle' after their prayer vigil.  Since Aaron was being civil, Rod agreed to the interview.  Amazingly, the interview, in its entirety without editing, was placed on youtube.  Watch how well the Heartland Model answers basic questions about the Book of Mormon by clicking HERE. 
Milestones of Freedom Event
Held July 1,2 and 4th, 2011
Rod L. Meldrum, president of the FIRM Foundation
spoke several times during this patriotic event!
Special Thanks to Scott Swain!
Rod at Milestones of Freedom 2010
Church History & Book of Mormon History; Touring America's Heartland with Rod Meldrum and Legacy Tours and Travel!
Oct Tour Group, Kirtland Temple
Kirtland Temple, Oct. 2010, click to watch tour members tell of their experiences and feelings about the tour!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

LSF (Lone Survivor Foundation)

America is a Free land because of the Brave Warriors who protect it, the rights I have and the freedom to learn, study, share as I choose to do such as this blog, is due to the millions of warriors who have served through out time, to keep our God given Freedoms just that Free for all of us to use.
In archaeology I notice and in my histories learned that when freedom is lost, then those who seek tyranny, power, control over others, they erase history, change it to fit their agenda's, and destroy as much of it as they can in order to keep their power and control. History does continue to repeat, as humanity fails to learn by it, some due to the false history taught.
We will always need Honorable Warriors to defend us. So I honor them on this blog and all others who have served. Just a very small gesture as I wish I could do more for them.
I have added this link and information to anyone who would Honor and respect the Families and Warriors of America.

 A Page link on hiddennorthamericanarchaeology.blogspot for additional information about Marcus Luttrell.

The Lone Survivor Foundation is a Federal 501(c)3 Non-Profit
Founded in 2010 by Navy SEAL (Ret.) Marcus Luttrell

He lived and wrote the book "Lone Survivor" Which can be purchased from most book sellers, a link to the book, very worth the read, his motto is "Never Quit!"

 Petty Officer Matthew Axelson , He held their left flank on the mountain for 2 hours, under murderous fire. He was shot twice, both times badly hurt, but he kept fighting, his last words were of home: "Tell Cindy I love her." (His wife)
Awarded Navy Cross for Combat Heroism.
 Petty Officer Danny Dietz Provided our covering fire all afternoon, Desperately wounded, he once more opened fire at the enemy blasting away up the hill, No one was tougher than Danny. Awarded Navy Cross for Combat Heroism.
 Lieutenant Michael Murphy Who walked out into the open ground to use his cell phone to call for help, "My men are taking heavy fire... we're getting picked apart. My guys are dying out here...we need help." Right then Mikey took a bullet straight in the back, he slumped forward, dropping his phone and his rifle. But then he braced himself, grabbed them both, sat upright again, and once more put the phone to his ear. "Roger that, sir. Thank you." Then he stood up and staggered out to our bad position, on our left and started fighting again, firing at the enemy and hitting them.
Awarded Metal of Honor for his actions that day.

Leading Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell, (Lone Survivor of Seal Team 10, operation Redwing)
If you ask him he is Not a hero, just doing his job, the others are the Hero's.
Awarded Navy Cross for Combat Heroism.
Nothing on this site can do justice to these men and others like them, the book Lone Survivor details this very well, and is a memorial to Seal Team 10, and the others who perished in the attempt to rescue / aid them. I strongly urge everyone to read this true story and learn what our Warriors go through to protect others from the bad guys on Earth.

I invite everyone to help these  foundations to help our wounded warriors & their families some wounds run deeper than those you can see, the loss the family deals with is the same. They don't start the wars, but they do serve with Honor and Courage. America is Free because of the Brave. Lets Honor them with any support you can. Thanks.

Lone Survivor Foundation

Thank you for your patience while our
site is under construction; be watching for our
new site coming Spring 2011

To contact the Foundation via email:
Phone: (903) 894-8315(c9ab44)
Click here to make donation, or mail checks to:
LSF, P.O. Box 1367, Waller, Tx 77484(c9ab44)

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Today another tragedy for the families & friends of Seal Team 6, and others who were shot down. Here is the reported story. Let us remember them as well.

Update: Most of 31 U.S. Dead in Copter Crash From Navy’s SEAL Team Six — Taliban Claims Credit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that more than 20 Navy SEALs from the unit that killed Osama bin Laden were among those lost in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
The operators from SEAL Team Six were flown by a crew of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. That’s according to one current and one former U.S. official. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because families are still being notified of the loss of their loved ones.
One source says the team was thought to include 22 SEALs, three Air Force air controllers, seven Afghan Army troops, a dog and his handler, and a civilian interpreter, plus the helicopter crew.
The sources thought this was the largest single loss of life ever for SEAL Team Six, known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group.
ABC News:
A helicopter crash in Afghanistan killed 31 Americans, including as many as 25 Navy SEALs in one of the worst single-day U.S. losses of life since the war began, a senior military official told ABC News early this morning.
A total of 38 people were on board the Chinook helicopter when it crashed overnight in the eastern Afghan province of Wardak.
Initial reports indicate up to 25 Navy SEALs were on the aircraft at the time.
It was also carrying seven Afghan Special Forces troops, one interpreter, five member helicopter crew and one dog.
Troops were apparently involved in a raid at the time.

Aaron Carson Vaughn USA Navy Seal KIA with his band of brothers.

Tells a little about Aaron, and there is a link there to an interview with his wonderful grandmother worth a listen.

Toby Keith - "An American Soldier"

For all the Warriors who have lived, do live and will live who seek peace and a time when they will no longer be called upon to go to war, the time is coming.

"Peace is Coming"

Today, as the world is torn by wars and chaos, there has never been a painting more timely than this new masterpiece from artist Jon McNaughton. A story of faith during war.