The Cure is on your plate!

The Cure is on your plate! Back in the Nixon Era, war was declared on cancer. Strangely, even though a prevention and a cure has been found, the powers that be still fund and fight this war. Obviously, the conflict of interest and motive is profit over health. The China Study and practically a zillion others have found the answer. Cancer, like ALL other degenerative disease, is a food born illness curable by consuming greens, fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. The healthiest people in the world eat little or no meat. Likewise, God's Word teaches that plants are the best foods for man. It's an issue of perspective. You can't exercise away a dirty diet. Is your body a garbage disposal or a temple?

Orlando

"I'm not pointing any fingers here at anybody but myself, and I'm asking something very hard of myself. I'm challenging myself to listen without prejudice, to love without limits, and to reverse the hate. So that's my challenge to me and hopefully you'll accept this challenge too."

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

time out

Went to bed sicker than a dog...won't be writing today.

Monday, August 25, 2014

beautiful way of life

This concludes my study of Jesus the Christ Chapter 12...

Numbers 21:7-9
John 3:22; 4:2
Matthew 4:17
John 3:25-36
Matthew 11:11
Luke 3:2-3
Matthew 14:3-12

The exchange between Jesus and Nicodemus brings to mind some modern Christian misunderstandings. True, we must first accept through faith that Jesus Christ is our Savior. However, Jesus himself reproved Nicodemus for not understanding the ordinance of baptism. He suggests that Nicodemus was not a true teacher, since he didn't teach this to the people. Today, many Christian teachers tell people that they only need to claim Jesus as their Savior and nothing else is required. Jesus spells out in no uncertain terms that baptism by water and spirit are essential for entrance into the kingdom of God.

"while it was true that in His mortal advent the Son had not come to sit as a judge, but to teach, persuade and save, nevertheless condemnation[Pg 162] would surely follow rejection of that Savior, for light had come, and wicked men avoided the light, hating it in their preference for the darkness in which they hoped to hide their evil deeds...The narrative of this interview between Nicodemus and the Christ constitutes one of our most instructive and precious scriptures relating to the absolute necessity of unreserved compliance with the laws and ordinances of the gospel, as the means indispensable to salvation. Faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, through whom alone men may gain eternal life; the forsaking of sin by resolute turning away from the gross darkness of evil to the saving light of righteousness; the unqualified requirement of a new birth through baptism in water, and this of necessity by the mode of immersion, since otherwise the figure of a birth would be meaningless; and the completion of the new birth through baptism by the Spirit—all these principles are taught herein in such simplicity and plainness as to make plausible no man's excuse for ignorance." JTC, Talmage

Then we turn to the murder of John the Baptist for Herod certainly knew the prophet shouldn't be put to death. This is one of the most chilling examples of corrupting worldly power. Not because of any guilt on the part of the accused but because of supposed political sense honor and some personal embarrassment, this Herod put gentle John to death. Although I have never been and am not likely to ever be a political leader, I can say without reservation that killing is only justified in self-defense or the defense of one's loved ones. Even then I'm not sure I could do it. Popularity surely isn't a reason to kill.

The more I study the life of Jesus, the more I'm grateful to have been taught of Him by my parents and my community at large. Even though Christianity wasn't preached in my school, its principles and values were at the forefront of the culture. It's hard to believe how everything has changed. Possibly, some of the misguided ways of enforcing rules and regulations in families and schools in the name of Christ's teachings contributed to the turning away from Christianity today. Certainly, the methods of force and violence were wrong applications, were actually contrary to the example that Christ gave to us all. Still, I could feel and see something in the gospel of Jesus Christ that was worth pursuing. I'm so happy that I did. The joy, love, and gentleness I know from this path are worth everything. I wish people could know and feel what I do concerning this beautiful way of life. I'll keep improving my little corner of the world and hope it spreads.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

greatest blessing

Praying For...Cole, our little professor, that he will be happy, healthy, safe, good, and know Jesus as his Savior and Friend...that he will learn to be a peacemaker...that he will escape the evils and violence of this world...that the leaders of nations will stop their blood-thirsty power-monging to become true leaders instead of heavy-handed dictators and that goes for the president of the US, too...that citizens of the earth will 'listen without prejudice, love without limits, and reverse the hate."

Jesus Word..."A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another," John 13:34. I'm horrified by the war zone that broke this month out in a supposedly peaceful American neighborhood. I'm saddened that this isn't really a new thing. I'm broken hearted that people have lost civility and brotherly love to such an extent that nobody will listen to any opinion that doesn't match their own. We must open civil dialog first seeking to understand. Only when people feel heard will they listen. Racism exists in this country. While it is true that many don't hate others of diverse colors and religions, others do. It's not all light against dark either. I've heard horrible hate spewed by closed minded people of many persuasions. I never really believed that this problem really existed until I experienced it myself. Once a black neighbor, whom I provided free childcare and transportation, brought racism into the picture after two of our children got into a childish fight. My daughter said some terrible things which she had learned at school. He was convinced we taught her those things, refusing to open his eyes to the fact that I served his family daily out of neighborly love. As a minority in Hawaii, I was called names and treated poorly by many. I love Hawaii and the aloha culture but sadly minorities are treated with prejudice by many simple-minded people there. God created humans with variety just as he did animals and plants. Variety is interesting and brings beauty if we can appreciate it.

Bibliophilia...read a cookbook connected with a youtube channel, depression cooking. The book is Clara's Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression by Clara Cannucciari. It's a very special view of that time period with a lot of great ideas for cooking nutritious plant-based food. Sure, there are a few recipes with animal foods, but these are easily skipped. All have too much oil which is easily omitted. Her wisdom resonates with me. "Where there is dirt there is food...we ate lots of pasta, potatoes, and bread with vegetables, which made us strong and healthy...I lived healthy and strong into my 90s eating this way." I've had lots of fun making some of her recipes and plan to make many more. My favorite so far is pasta with peas although I use frozen peas. I sent Cole Archimedes and the Door of Science, The Golden Goblet, and Life of Fred--Cats. To me education is next in importance to religion and family. I send great books and loving letters to the grandchildren to inspire their love of learning, love of God, and love of Grammy. lol

Cucinia Fresca...The other day I made lentil soup that didn't turn out like it usually does. However, it was much better than any lentil soup I've ever eaten. J gave it an 8, but I give it a 9. It would make a good taco filling but is delicious as a stew in a bowl.

New Lentil Stew

2/3 c brown basmati rice
1/4 c lentils
2 1/4 c water
2 T powdered dried veggie mix
1/4 c each dried spinach and cabbage (or 1/2 c each of fresh)
smoked paprika, dried mustard, chipotle, oregano

Bring to boil. Simmer an hour. Serve topped with hot sauce or red enchilada sauce (2-3 c boiling water to soak 3 dried anaheims and 2 dried anchos until soft. Put in blender with pinch chipotle powder and salt, dry sautéed onion and garlic, 2-3 tomatoes, 1-2 T tapioca starch. Strain and heat to desired consistency).

Visitors...we've had one after another visitors over the month, which to me is heaven. Our final visitor left Friday morning, so now is all quiet again...I like this, too. Mom, Arlen, Emily, Nathan, Sammy, Quinn, and Spencer gave us the clear message that we are wanted, needed, and loved. Family is the greatest blessing. Those that can't travel to visit call when they can, which also brings joy.

Nature News...I'll be sorry to leave the most beautiful, peaceful place on earth. The fog between the massive, sweet, smelling fir trees, the cool shade, the deer and other wildlife, the silly raven and hooting owl, the red fox, the crunchy fir cones, the heady scented Clerodendrum trichotomum tree, the dogwoods and and and...oh I will miss this place...but I'm looking forward to my own home and garden again...maybe I'll plant a Clerodendrum trichotomum to remember along with the asparagus, morninga, gogi berry, lisbon lemon, key lime, curry tree, and many gold nugget mandarines I have in mind.

Doctor Ginger, Medicine Woman...WARNING...if you ever use oil of oregano, make sure it's a brand that is cut with olive oil or cut it yourself. I received quite a bad, blistering, bleeding burn on my face this week, because I forgot this crucial information.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Grateful In Any Circumstances

Slowly, I'm getting back on track. This week I'm focusing on the sermon Grateful in Any Circumstances by Dieter F. Uchtdorf. All quotes come from this sermon unless otherwise noted.

"Perhaps focusing on what we are grateful for is the wrong approach. It is difficult to develop a spirit of gratitude if our thankfulness is only proportional to the number of blessings we can count...Could I suggest that we see gratitude as a disposition, a way of life that stands independent of our current situation? In other words, I’m suggesting that instead of being thankful for things, we focus on being thankful in our circumstances—whatever they may be...the choice is ours. We can choose to limit our gratitude, based on the blessings we feel we lack. Or we can choose to be like Nephi, whose grateful heart never faltered. 'I did look unto my God, and I did praise him all the day long; and I did not murmur against the Lord because of mine afflictions,' 1 Nephi 18:16. We can choose to be grateful, no matter what. This type of gratitude transcends whatever is happening around us. It surpasses disappointment, discouragement, and despair. It blooms just as beautifully in the icy landscape of winter as it does in the pleasant warmth of summer...Being grateful in our circumstances is an act of faith in God. It requires that we trust God and hope for things we may not see but which are true...How blessed we are if we recognize God’s handiwork in the marvelous tapestry of life. Gratitude to our Father in Heaven broadens our perception and clears our vision. It inspires humility and fosters empathy toward our fellowmen and all of God’s creation. Gratitude is a catalyst to all Christlike attributes! A thankful heart is the parent of all virtues..."

This study came at a good time for me. It's as profound for me as David A. Bednar's sermon in 2006 on offense. Recently, I witnessed ingratitude from an acquaintance on a grand scale that shocked me deeply. While I don't judge this person, I also can't fathom the situation. Giving pause, I began to explore my own attitudes. Do I demand the king's meat when something much less will fill the bill nicely? Do I ask people to do what I (or my family) ought to do and am capable of doing myself (ourselves)? Do I milk the situation long after the need has passed until it is bone dry? I'm pretty sure I don't, since I prefer to stand on my own two feet as much as possible. However, I may not be grateful for all God's handiwork in my life. I've learned to see the large applique, the miracles, but have I learned to see the fine stitching, the every day, mundane little helps? Seeing the silver lining, the glass half full, the thankful heart will be my new goal. I will choose to be grateful, no matter what.

Friday, August 22, 2014

well worth it

Jesus the Christ chapter 12 continued...

Matthew 12:38-39; 16:1
1 Cor. 1:22
John 2:18-22
Mark 14:58
Mark 15:29-30
John 10:38; 17:21
John 2:19-22
Matthew 27:63
John 2:23-25
John 3:1-21

This is more of the same idea as yesterday. Jesus cleansed the temple and spoke of himself as a temple to be torn down and built up again within 3 days. Although the authorities didn't want to admit the truthfulness of Jesus as Messiah, at some level they knew He was just that. They were highly concerned that he would rise on the third day.

It seems that is going on in the world today. Many profess atheism or other forms of non-worship and sinfulness. Deep down they feel the truth but fight against God with all their might, minds, and strength. They infiltrate our media, entertainment, schools, and so forth. They scream their agenda and demand we acquiesce through political correctness. No, I won't judge others who haven't yet accepted Jesus into their lives. That is their business. However, I also won't capitulate to their demands that I accept sinful practices as normal behavior.

Yesterday, I read in the news that a girl was suspended from school for saying bless you to a sneezer in class. The atheist teacher had a rule in her class that no godly language be used. To some this could be construed as godly language. To most of the rest of the English speaking world, it is a cultural show of concern and good manners. Similarly, I knew a young girl about 15 years ago, who was suspended from school for wearing a t-shirt with a Christian message. There was no dress code stating the children could not wear t-shirts with printing. Nevertheless, this girl's teacher was offended by the wording. The whole thing was dropped when the ACLU was called in.

I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. I wish everyone knew the joy and peace that come from attempting to live according to His example and commands. True, I am far from perfect in this pursuit, but the pursuit is well worth it. I'm grateful my parents believed in Christ and allowed me to choose the direction (if any) I would pursue with Him.

God Bless You!