Friday, December 30, 2011
Please go there- you won't be disappointed!
More "anti-resolution" articles:
1. New Year’s Resolutions: Recycling the Trivial? Or Reaching for the Nobler?
2. Why so few Latter-day saints make resolutions. http://ldsmag.com/component/zine/article/458?ac=1
This is the article that started it all! Here's the logic =
"Because we've been doing it in increments, all year every year. Ours is a religion that urges constant introspection, constant course adjustments, and weekly repentance so we can take the sacrament and be washed clean all over again. Waiting until January 1 st to modify our actions sounds almost ludicrous, if not downright impossible."
Thursday, December 29, 2011
I was going to go with The Prophetic Book of Mormon, the longest of the three, but decided on not just one book but two books that are not even on my original list. One of them is the last book my father was reading when he died. He never finished it and the book marker he was using is still there. The book is written by Jeffrey R. Holland one of the 12 apostles and is called CHRIST and The New Covenant. I actually bought the book, but let my dad read it first. Now I'll finally be getting to all of it for the first time. The other book is Isaiah, Prophecies of the Restoration, by Monte S. Nyman.
With the two books it's a total of 543 pages and I'll have to read 45.25 pages a month. What will you be reading this year?
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
But I have learned about other ways to work on making oneself better. Check out some of these ideas.
1. Come up with a word to focus on for the year. You can read about it here.
Then click on the title of the blog and you can see what word she chose for this year.
2. Look back over your life and make a list of things you did right this year! Read about "setting goals backwards" here!
3. No link for this one, but it comes from Annette Bowen. She comes up with a scripture or a quote or phase to focus on. One year I think it was something like "take joy" or "find joy" so every situation she was in she'd look for the joy.
4. If you're going to make a resolution, then you should know about this idea of quarterly check ups. See about that here.
Monday, December 26, 2011
And I mean REALLY REALLY SMALL. The population of Dietrich, pronounced deet-rick is 200 (in 2006 it was 166) and nearly doubles when school is in. Dietrich is where I work. It's a 42 mile drive for me one way. I work in the school there which has one building for pre-school to 12th grade. Last years graduating class was a total of 9 students! Things are different there to say the least. For about a month I was working in the HS and could often hear kids say "Dad, can I go to the bathroom?" I also heard 'Grandpa'. All the middle and HS teachers (the same) are LDS and male- all 7 of them. Now I'm in the Elementary school (5th grade) and out of 20 kids, only 6 are not LDS. The school has 2 buses. One that lives overnight at the drivers house and sits in front of the school all day because the driver is also a para-educator. On activity days the bus drops the LDS kids off at the church building because it's right on the way. Here's some other facts about Dietrich:
- Some kids wear cowboy boots, shirts, and buckles
- Girls come with curlers in their hair the night before a performance
- The week before thanksgiving the WHOLE town is invited for a Thanksgiving lunch at the school. Old people and young families will show up for food.
- Almost everyone is related. In the 5th grade class, you've got cousins, and 1st cousins once removed.
- If kids forget their text book, paper, etc, they can go leave campus and go get it - AT HOME, especially if they live across the street. (Some of the teachers do- live across the street that is)
- Some high school kids belong to FFA or Future Farmers of America.
- Around town you can see lots of dogs wondering around with no collars or tags. It's OK if they come to school, because they belong to someone there, and all the kids know it's name.
- I had a 16 year old ask me if I'd ever been to a movie theater before.
- There is one small store called 'the Merc', in the same building as the local bar is.
- If kids want to go on field trips they need to raise money for it through fund raisers like bake sales.
- Often speeches in class are about cows, or shooting a stray dog, or going hunting.
- The mascot is a "blue devil", some little blue guy they tried not to make so evil.
- There is a special ed program, but no gifted and talented program and both is needed.
- There is one principal for the whole school who also happens to be the superintendent. (He's LDS too)
- You can see a few whole pig roasters around town like this one that the HS students made.
All in all it's a nice place to work. The people are very friendly and don't mind you mixing PSR worker with the school staff. There is not a cast system like there is in bigger Hansen Idaho, a population in 2007 of 959 where my first job was. The nearest largest town to all of them is Twin Falls Idaho, population of 44,125 estimated in 1010, where I live.
The population of Bellevue WA is 122,363.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
It was this that got me in the mood to decorate. I'm so thankful!
I have to contain myself from getting a new one each year!
I had 3 black dogs growing up, so they remind me of them.
Coco got his mouth on a few this year and made them his chew/throw toy,
but I still have a lot.
and the others are just so cute I couldn't not hang them up!
I've left it just where she put it!
My home is beautiful. There are a few pictures missing-
another woodland Santa setting, the 3 small lighted green tress and the white colored tree out front, and a lamp and TV decorations. I think this year is the prettiest yet. I wish my house was this pretty all year long.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
The Christmas Story
Many people are familiar with the Nativity story as told in Luke 1–2.
But there are many other places in the scriptures that talk about the
miraculous birth of the Savior Jesus Christ.
Consider including these verses in your personal scripture study this month:
Book of Mormon
Doctrine and Covenants
Pearl of Great Price
Friday, December 9, 2011
Another tradition came to me from a friend over 10 years ago. The tradition is this: Instead of reading of the Saviors birth one night a year, read about his whole life by reading all 4 gospels the 3 months before the sacred holiday.
Christs birth is prophesied in The Book of Mormon. It's in Helaman chapter 14. You can read it here. Even in America they knew about the star and 5 years from the date specified in that prophecy they saw the star.
Then in the next book called 3rd Nephi Christ comes to the people in America after his resurrection in the old world. Some call this the 5th gospel. This book tells about his visit after his mortal life on earth. He comes to his other lost sheep, also his covenant people, in the Americas after his resurrection in the old world.
finish on Christmas!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
There is one story in the New Testament about just what I'm talking about. It can be found in Luke 16 In this chapter the Savior is telling us a story. Some will say- it's just a story. Yes- but a story about the afterlife by he one who would really know about that. Had we not listen up?
This is the story: 2 men die. One was rich and unrighteous and had no name. The other was a poor beggar named Lazarus who went to Abraham's bosom. The rich man when to hell, and SAW ABRAHAM AFAR OFF and Lazarus. He asks Abraham for Mercy, by having Lazarus bring him just a little water. Abraham explains that he had received good things on earth (They have their reward) and poor Lazarus evil things, but now he is comforted. Then Abraham explains the gulf that the Savior had not yet breached, so there is no passing in between. Once hearing this he begs Abraham for Lazarus to be sent to his 5 brothers as he thinks they will believe someone that comes from the grave. If they will not hear Moses and the prophets neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead.
1. We recognized each other.
2. We will feel pleasure and pain.
3. We will think about our family.
4. We will each be ourselves.
We will know each other in the next.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
I've tried to read my scriptures every day since I was 16 (I'm 39), but recently life has been so hectic that I actually thought of giving it up and only reading on Sundays. There are so many members who don't make the scriptures a life long pursuit and I've wondered how they can do that. The scriptures are such a boon to me. I don't know what I'd do with out them. I've had as prophets have said 'a love affair' with them'.
Last night I started to read Jacob ch 2. I read 1 verse and I felt the need, the impression I guess to pray. A scripture came to my mind- the scriptures will tell you all things what ye should do. I didn't think I'd find any mind blowing answers in this chapter, but maybe as I kept reading ideas and help would come. I know people have counseled to pray before you read so you have help to understand, but I've never found that to work for me. In fact it does the exact opposite.. I get more, much more by just reading and studying what comes to me. But I prayed. I prayed for the things I need, am fasting for.
Jacob ch 2 is about pride, plural wives and hearing the pleasing word or God vs. a call to repentance. Many things caught my attention. The pleasing word of God which healeth the wounded soul. I automatically thought of my experiences with my present bishop and my previous one. I went to have my soul healed. One time it happened and one time I heard nothing of the sort. With my life experiences the last 2 years that is what I needed, not a call to repentance. I got the pleasing word of God from Bishop Mix. He didn't read me any verses, but I heard the voice of the Lord through him. Again I'm thankful for that knowledge of what the word of God via the scriptures and a bishop can do for a person.
Then I came to the verses about seeking first the Kingdom of God verses riches. I love what it says about being in the phase of seeking for riches what you're suppose to seek them for- OTHERS, not yourself. I put a box around vs. 17, but studied the many foot notes of vs 18.
17 Think of your abrethren like unto yourselves, and be familiar with all and free with your bsubstance, that cthey may be rich like unto you.
I'm in a terrible financial mess. I can't pay all my bills and need to make about 600 more a month. The non-profit credit counselor told me I should consider bankruptcy. Never in my life would I ever NEED to do that if I had not married. Never in my life would I ever consider that. I'm looking for a roommate to help a little.
Funny how the messages in that chapter were the things I'm dealing with. The scriptures have the answers.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Remember this post? I realized latter that it was a loss, hence why the huge anger and tears. I lost a place to go for help, a possible supporter, a confidante, the Lords voice. I've always had that. Never had I felt like I did then about a bishop.
Today I went to see my new bishop. What a difference. He knew I needed to speak to him, before I even asked (it's not hard when you're crying all through sacrament mtg). He prayed before hand the most beautiful complete prayer. He listened, he asked questions, he spoke words of comfort. Oh I wanted to praise his name to the Lord, to praise the Lord.
He asked first about my childhood, what kind of family life I had. He asked about my mission. Elder Gardner came up. Turns out I did the right things. I wasn't as bad as I thought.
I told him about my marriage, about how things are now and about my finances. These are some of the things he said:
The Spirit tells me your a good person. I'm here as the Savior. I take that seriously. I'm here to help you get to happy again.
The Spirit tells me the Lord loves you. He knows exactly what you're going through. This is a trial, a trial of your faith.
Something that everyone else out there has experiences just like this, or a family member that has so close to this.
You'll be stronger because of this. You'll look back and understand why you had to go through this.
Maybe you're here to help me, or I'm here to help you.
You will have an opportunity in the future to marry again, I don't know when or with who, I haven't felt anything about that.
Let's talk some more.
Counseling may be something we can do.
Oh, what a difference! What a relief. I know I am in good hands. Really good hands.
I must of needed to move here for him! He had me end in prayer. I thanked the Lord for him.