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?

Paradigm Shift

"When people make comprehensive lifestyle changes, including a plant-based diet, they often feel so much better, so quickly, that it reframes the reason for making these changes from fear of dying, which usually is not sustainable, to joy of living, which often is," Dean Ornish.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Writing these letters is getting easier and feels more natural now. Sometimes I use lessons from Primary manuals to help my fill out ideas I'm trying to illustrate. In this letter, I used part of a lesson from the Primary 2A manual.

Hi Tyson!

It was so fun to see you at the pizza place. I can’t tell you how impressed I was with your nice manners. You are growing up to be a respectable boy. Good manners and respectable actions are so important for missionaries AND successful businessmen. You won’t have any trouble in that department.

I was also excited to hear you are taking up karate. Uncle Jason, Uncle Spencer, and I loved the sport. When I learned how to flip a man twice my size, I was so jazzed. Learning to discipline my body and mind, I acquired skills that helped me in many situations. Besides it's lots of fun to do flying sidekicks and yell kiai. Did you know that kiai is very important to the sport; it's not just yelling. Ki means energy and Ai means join. In other words, kiai is a merging of your energy. When you yell kiai, you instantly squeeze and send an instant release  of your stored energy. What in the world does that mean? Kiai helps you kick and hit better, because it pushes your energy into the movements. So…the only time in the world, when your mom will be happy with you for yelling is during karate practice. Sooooooo…practice, practice, practice-but don't practice on other people, especially your sister. Also, don't practice on cats or dogs. Jason, Spencer, and I had a huge punching bag in the basement.

We sure hope you put as much energy into loving school as you do loving karate. School is sometimes hard, but is so worth the hard work. Maybe at seven you can't see that it will ever get you anywhere, but it is vital to your future happiness. So if you run into difficulties, ask your mom and dad to help you. Some of the most intelligent people in the world had a hard time learning to read and do math, but they had parents or other mentors that helped them out until they could do things for themselves, like Disney, Edison, and Einstein. I don't know if you have difficulties in school or not, but I do know that ANYONE can become the smart kid if they do their homework plus a little bit extra.

You say, "EXTRA? why would I want to do EXTRA?" Well, you like Lego; I know. Did you know Lego is math? Fractions, multiplication, statistics, engineering, and geometry are part of playing with your favorite toy. Yup! have to do your homework before you get out your Lego. And then there's reading stories. The very act of getting lost in a new story stretches your synapses. Whether you read to yourself or someone reads to you, you are learning how the English language is put together and how to solve problems. Who doesn't like a good story!

We are enjoying our tiny cottage by the river up here. Although we see a lot of two legged and four legged tame animals (humans and dogs) instead of squirrels and such, we have seen some ducks on the river. I've never lived in a city before. It's kind of interesting, but I'll always like the country best. Wide-open spaces and quiet are more important to me than close stores.

We are going to visit people from our mission tomorrow. Since it's Super Bowl crazy here, we have been invited to watch the game after church. I don't generally advise watching television on Sunday, but this is a special occasion. However, I'm not too sure it is keeping the Sabbath Day holy. What do you think?

With your baptism coming at the end of the summer, you ought to start thinking about things like keeping the Sabbath Day holy. What does that mean? Since the beginning of the world, one day each week has been set apart for learning and thinking about God and for doing good to others. Keeping the Sabbath day holy means we do things that remind us of God, such as going to church, reading the scriptures, and doing other reverent things. it is not always easy to know whether an activity is something we should do on the Sabbath. The best way to know what to do is to follow Jesus Christ's example.

The Pharisees were people who didn't like Jesus Christ and what he did. They tried to trap him into saying things that were wrong or against the law. They asked him if it was wrong to heal someone on the Sabbath day. They wanted him to say it was. Jesus pointed out that if the Pharisees had a sheep that fell into a hole on the Sabbath, they would help it out. Since people are more important than sheep, helping people is a good thing to do on the Sabbath. You can read about this in Matthew 12:10-13.

If an activity is something that Jesus would do, such as helping or being kind to others, it is a good thing to do on the Sabbath day. So, I guess I answered my own question. I'll go visit the people, which the people in Jesus' day called fellowshipping, but I won't watch the football game.

Well, Tyson, we are pleased to call you our grandson. We love you and pray that you will be safe, healthy, faithful, scholarly, kind, gentle, gospel-strong friend, a loyal brother, and an obedient son. Choose to be happy, too.

Love Ya Lots!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

filled to brimming

John 4:1–42

The Jews usually avoided Samaria and always her people when traveling. However, Jesus purposely traveled there. Jesus loves ALL people on earth as the sons and daughters of God. Today's “Samaritans” are people or groups considered inferior. Taking our cue from Jesus, we should love and serve all people as the sons and daughters of God.

Because the Samaritan woman was humble, desired knowledge, and she believed His words, she made it easier for Jesus to teach her. To become more receptive to the Savior’s teachings, we should take on her attitudes: humble, teachable, and believing.

As Jesus spoke to her, the Samaritan woman changed. Jesus brought about this change, because He taught her at her level of understanding; He also testified of himself, used object lessons, and he showed compassion. Following His example, we can be better teachers to our family and friends.

Jesus told the Samaritan woman that he could give her “living water," which are the doctrines of the gospel, the love of God, and the Atonement. Jesus wants to give All God's children living water. Although I'm far from perfect, I can see how this living water has changed my life. Many of my cousins and siblings have had trouble with drugs and alcohol, which I've avoided. I want to be clean like Him, so I do my best to keep my earthly temple clean.

Another example...As a child, I was taught I had a bad temper and no control over such. It took much heart ache and many years to dig out of that incorrect teaching. Temper tantrums in children or adults are NOT a character flaw at least in the beginning. They are an inability to express and control emotion correctly. Without proper, gentle, charitable teaching, children with this trouble grow into adults with this trouble. Jesus living water taught me that I have free agency and can control, guard, and express my emotions in healthy ways. I was not born to tantrums any more than a person is born to murder. Even now the 'science' of neuroplasticity recognizes that the mind can subject even a diseased brain to behave according to desire instead of some inborn preclivity to misbehaving.

I could go on and on with examples of the change Jesus' living water has made in me, but I'll leave it here. Gratitude for His grace and word fill my soul to brimming, which is difficult to express adequately.

Monday, January 26, 2015

enter the kingdom

John 3:1–22

Jesus taught Nicodemus that he must be “born of water" to enter the kingdom of God. To be born of water is to be baptized. Baptism is a symbol of rebirth, because immersion in water symbolizes the death or burial of past sins. When we rise out of the water, we are born again and start a new life. To be born of the Spirit is to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Baptized church members are not born again by the mere fact of baptism alone.

Other actions are required:

Believe in Jesus Christ John 3:16, 18.

Experience “a mighty change in … our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually” Mosiah 5:2; Alma 5:12–14, 26.

Change "from [a] carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness” Mosiah 27:25.

Become “[God’s] sons and daughters” Mosiah 5:7; 27:25.

Become “new creatures” Mosiah 27:26.

Have “the image of God engraven upon [our] countenances” Alma 5:14,19.

Repent so our “garments [are] purified until they are cleansed from all stain, through the blood of [Christ]” Alma 5:21; Alma 5:19, 33–34; 22:18.

Accept and use the atonement for faith, repentance, grace, and comfort--just as the Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness for the children of Israel to look upon in faith for healing and comfort. John 3:14-18.

Love light and shun darkness John 3:19-21.

I will forever be grateful for rebirth, grace, comfort, direction, and light. How is it I was born at such a time and place as this with liberty of religion and speech as well as plenty, peace, safety, and security. I'm truly blessed.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

epiphany, “DO IT.”

Praying For...Oakley, a darling granddaughter of nearly eight...that she will discover her talents and develop her testimony, allowing her to focus her energy on positive activities. Active, engaged children don't often grow into self-absorbed, rebellious youth...also that her parents extend plenty of affection and charity...that leaders of nations both friend and foe will be blessed with an epiphany of peace and good will toward all...that children around the world will know the joy of faith, safety, security, and plenty.

Jesus' Word...two scriptures have been on my mind the last little while..."Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do," 2 Nephi 32:3. "Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life," 2 Nephi 31:20. I've been sort of introverted the last few weeks, which has given me freedom to feast. However, I miss my online journal, too. I've got to find a happy medium, since both are important to my happiness.

Movement...We are both getting older, 59 and 51, and haven't liked what we see or how we feel. Even though we both walk and do other exercise, poor posture, pain, stiffness, and slowing down are beginning to occur. Yes, I've had lots of positive rewards from yoga, rolling, and physio-stretching, but old-people symptoms getting worse for the next 30 or 40 years are not my idea of living. I see older loved ones with backs and such that ache so much they have difficulty moving and become less active. We never watch television. However, this week we were staying at a place with television. I saw the tail end of a PBS fund raiser with Classical Stretch and Aging Backwards as the focus. Listening to Miranda's short lecture about posture, pain, stiffness, and so forth, I was inspired that this was an answer to my prayers about my current pain level. I immediately looked for everything I could find on the internet about it, read her book, and tried a mini workout; I felt fantastic. We did a full workout the next day. True, it's only been a week, but we both can't believe how much we like it. Instead of feeling like going back to bed after a workout, we are energized by Classical Stretch. Instead of creeping along with extra sore muscles, as we have beginning other exercise programs, we feel less pain and more mobility. It's so invigorating that I can't wait to do it each morning and often add a second session in the afternoon. Most exercising take monumental effort to continue. "Oh, no, is there really 15 minutes left." With CS I have the opposite reaction. "Has it really been half an hour already?" What a relief! Both of us are already standing up straighter. Probably, my favorite part is the nostalgic of my beloved childhood ballet classes that the movements stir up. Anyway, in the short run, we both enjoy this exercise program with the intention to continue walking.

Dr Ginger, Medicine Woman...I don't do scales, because numbers don't really mean anything. I like the waistband method better. If my waistband stays loose, I'm good. If it gets tight, I exercise and eat more. I'm so done with reducing serving size. Since I love to eat, I refuse to go hungry. However, the thing I eat more of is salad: mega-huge, hot or cold, mostly greens, salad with no oil, fats, tahini, avocado, etc. Works like a charm and doesn't trigger anorexia/bulimia. Salad can be cold or hot.

Pen and Brush and Music and Scholarship...I'm getting back into watercoloring again. I can't believe I let it go, because I enjoy it so much. I painted a freehand of the view from our little cottage the other day. No, it's not great, but I loved doing it. Over the years, I developed a habit that hasn't served me well. During that extended time of illness and then injury, I let inaction become my default way of operating. Instead of pursuing things that bring me joy, I waste time and walk away from my path. Painting, music, studying, teaching, genealogy, and writing give me a sense of connectedness, strength and fulfillment. Yet, I've become too undisciplined, excusing my behavior with my old ills. I truly am better, now I need to put that energy and focus into the talents already flourishing in my life. To quote my son's namesake, Spencer W. Kimball, “DO IT.”

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Although I write to one of the grands each week, I keep forgetting to post these. Because I've been traveling and not in a permanent place the last couple weeks, I'm a bit off kilter as far as posting goes. I hope I get back into the swing of things soon. Life is good but a bit crazy right now.


I loved seeing you at the pizza place. You are growing up to be a beautiful young lady. We are praying especially for you as our grandchild-of-the-week. Right now our biggest prayer for you is a strong testimony of Jesus Christ and His gospel. Both of us love what trying to live the gospel has done to help us be better people. We love the peace and hope and joy that come with knowing that families can be together forever in the presence of Heavenly Father. It is so important to gain a testimony of these things for yourself. Personal, daily prayer and scripture study are vital in this quest. But...and this is a big but...God doesn't expect you to be perfect all at once. Line upon line we learn to be kinder, gentler, and more faithful, repenting when we mess up. We pray that you will be happy, healthy, safe, secure, and scholarly.  We pray that you will discover your talents, allowing you to focus you energy on positive activities. Active, engaged children rarely grow into self-absorbed or apathetic adults. Life is too interesting to waste it in rebellion or boredom.

Before our place was ready for us, we stayed at a small cottage overlooking the ocean. It was so beautiful and bright. Watching the ferries go back and forth, watercolor sketching the scenery, and smiling at the sea gulls antics, I didn't have time to get bored. Really, I never do get bored, because there are so many things to do and learn in this life. I wish we could have stayed there the whole tax season, but the tiny house by the river is equally as quaint if not quite so bright. Here, I will get to walk along the river and explore the antique shops in this town, since everything is within walking distance. It will be lots of fun.

Plus, I've always loved tiny houses. When I was 9 or 10, my friend's married cousin moved into her home with his wife and children. Soon she found herself sleeping in the living room with the other children. Her dad and cousin built a tiny house in the backyard, where she, niece, and her cousin's daughter lived for a year and a half. It was darling with its fluffy pillows and tiny table and chairs. We used to pretend we were living in our own house like Anne Shirley in Anne of the Island. Since then I've always loved small cottages. Now I get to try out tiny house or cottage living. Too Fun!!

So I sort of hurt myself a few weeks ago and my silly back wouldn't stop hurting. I got a blessing and began praying to find a solution. Soon, I saw this sort of flow-y, ballet-like, tai chi-ish exercise class on PBS called classic stretch and felt it was the answer to my prayer. I tried the exercises, which really did stop my pain. Yes, Heavenly Father answered this prayer, like He always answers my prayers. It's so much fun and so energizing, I do it twice a day. Do you like to do any movement? When I was your age, jumping rope was fun. My teacher read The Secret Garden, where Mary learns to jump rope and gets stronger. I was never coordinated enough to jump with the girls at recess, but I enjoyed jumping while running around the playground. Do you like jumping rope? Have you read The Secret Garden? Likely, it's a bit difficult for you quite yet, but maybe not.

I wish we had had more time to visit, when I saw you at the pizza place. I would have asked all about your favorite things. Do you like school? I'm glad to hear you are reading like crazy, but I wish I had asked what sorts of books you like. Anyway, I loved watching all y'all enjoy yourselves.

By the way, when I saw you, I noticed that you have a lovely smile. Plus, you were very kind and friendly to Sammy. Please, don't loose your easy, happy smile and friendly ways. Your smile can light up a room and cheer people. Your friendliness helps people feel accepted and loved. Not everyone can smile and be friendly like you. What a wonderful gift God has given you!

Well, we love you very much and want you to always remember this. When you have hard times, it is important to remember all the people that love you. It can give you so much strength. Choose to be a happy girl. Always strive to be good, but don't be too hard on yourself. Remember, only one perfect person has ever lived on this earth. Try to be like Him, of course, but realize you still have a lot to learn. You will make plenty of mistakes, just learn from them and move on. Be kind. Be grateful, Be prayerful, Be loyal. Be smart. Be clean. Be humble. Be loving.

Love Ya Lots!
Papa and Grammy