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?

Friday, October 31, 2014

salt and pride

Chapter 17 of Jesus the Christ continued...

Matt. 5:13-20
Luke 14:34-35
Leviticus 2:13
Ezra 6:9
Ezekiel 43:24
Numbers 18:19
2 Chronicles 13:5

The idea of salt in these passages are many fold. First, salt was a symbol of the covenant between Jehovah and Israel. Also, salt in that area of the world has impurities in it that cause the saltiness to evaporate. While the substance that remains looks like salt, it has little flavor or savor. This represents the self-righteous religious hierarchy of the era. They appeared to be followers of God, but they had lost the spirit of worship only embracing the outward appearance. Insincerity said Jesus, would cause calamity and "in no case [allow anyone to] enter into the kingdom of heaven."

That leads to the question, am I sincere or self-righteous. That old pride is an easy sin into which everyone can slip. We have the truth don't we? That is likely what the Pharisees thought. Yes, truth can set you free, however, skewed vision blinds us to how we let pride twist it. I should guard against pride...but how is this done? Every day without fail, pray with true faith, study God's word, attempt to live according to the Word, repent often, listen to inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and allow Jesus to light the inner light...but doesn't that sound like a Pharisee-ish checklist? That's the problem. Do these things with a singleness of heart, a willingness to follow God's will, and an eye on the kingdom to come.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

opening my eyes to joy

Chapter 17 Jesus the Christ continued...

Matthew 5:3-12
Luke 6:20-26

Some rewards come in this life and some in the next. Either way living according to Jesus' example brings joy. After watching a few people partake of worldly pleasures and shout the fun of it all, I've watched their lives crash down with terrible consequences. Because of this observation, I'm happy I made the choice to follow Jesus. No, I can't say I've done perfectly or even reasonably well at being His disciple. Nevertheless, I would rather take my consequences over those that imbibe and so forth. For the most part, I'm pretty happy.

"As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full," John 15:9-11.

When I was in the throws of raising children, those busy, busy times, I was too busy to count my blessings. I lamented, 'Where is all the joy?' As the trials of middle age reached their zenith, I was forced to fold or fight. My choice was to fight futility by immersing myself in gospel study. During the time since then, I've learned how to see and count blessings and miracles, opening my eyes to joy.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

knows what I need

Hurray!!! Jesus the Christ Chapter 17...

Matthew 4:23-25, 5, 6, 7

Luke 6:17-49

Because it's the world's most complete manual for how a Christian should act...(well there's also 1 Corinthians 13...well I guess it's powerful but there are other powerful scriptures as well)...I'm terribly excited to study it in depth again. Jesus knows just what I need to be a good person.

Monday, October 27, 2014

and finally

Jesus the Christ Chapter 16 conclusion!!!!

Matthew 19:27
Matthew 10:42
John 21:5; 13:16; 15:14-16
Acts 1:15-26
Hebrews 3:1
Mark 3:14-15

Jesus chose His apostles of devoted disciples. Not one of them was perfect but men striving to do right and follow Jesus. At the beginning of their calling, their constance in the presence of Jesus allowed the Master to teach and guide them. Sometimes He had to rebuke one or another of them for they were mere children in the gospel--Jesus even called them children from time to time.

With the exception of one, they rose to full stature as apostles or 'ones sent by God.' Under special instructions of the Savior and with full authority of the Holy Priesthood, they spread the gospel throughout the area traveling amazing distances for the time. Even then they were just men striving to do their best.

Paul illustrated this when he said. "...lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."

Sunday, October 26, 2014

couldn't be better

Praying For...Sammy and Eliana...that they will be happy, healthy, respectful, safe, scholarly, and faithful...that they will be spared the tragedies and deprivations of this world or at least oblivious to them as so many children in loving families are sheltered from war and poverty in this way...that they will love their neighbors and pray for their enemies as Jesus taught and vice versa...that leaders of nations will make choices that strengthen families and protect liberty...that their communities will protect strive to childhood, promote education over indoctrination, and grow gardens instead of cultivating incivility.

Jesus' Word..."After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." Matthew 6:9-13. Whenever I feel stuck during my prayers, I sing this scripture. No, it's not exactly like reciting a prayer, but it reminds me of things I should include in my prayers. Also, using a prayer journal seems to help me focus my attention. Lately, Henry B. Eyring taught about preparing with a journal. My paraphrased version of his teachings are as follows. Take the time to prepare for prayers, which encourages two-way communication. Invite the Spirit with hymns and scripture reading. Prepare to pray each day with a prayer journal. Write down thoughts from hymn and scripture time, then list blessings, people in need, people that affect me, interesting or important incidents, questions I need answered, and prayers answered the day before. While praying, pay attention to how the Holy Ghost guides my thoughts and words. Record experiences from that prayer. So far this has been very effective. lots of Marrin history adventures. He sure does make events come to life. Also, re-reading DonQuixote and Portrait of a Lady. Enjoying the free history, government, economics, and literature lectures offered by Hillsdale College as well as working with a particular mentoring student who shows great promise.

Time With Family...I've seen quite a bit of family in the last week. Visited Grandma twice. Attended the open house and did lunch with both parents and their respective spouses on different days. Hope to take Aunt Dean, Aunt Yvonne, and Grandma to the open house tomorrow but that is still up in the air. It's nice to be close enough to visit often. Spoke with Spencer and Emily several times in the last couple weeks. Might have another opportunity to sit with Emily's kids in December. Glad she trusts me to care for them. Talked with Gracie, Nikki, and Jason recently. I love my family. Things couldn't be better unless we were all in the same area.

Nature News...this morning we walked at dawn, which we love to do here most days. On a street light and nearby roof, we saw two Great Horned Owls. When the first flew off, we weren't sure what it was but knew it was large by the wingspan. Respectfully, the other one stayed put to allow us to observe and identify. It's flight over the housetops was majestic.

Garden Gate...yesterday was a wonderful day. After an early morning temple session, we headed even further east to a tropical nursery. There I purchased two mature gogi bushes and a curry tree. On impulse we bought a year old moringa and wish we had bought a couple more. True, we have several started in the window, but now we have the chance to eat drumsticks from our own tree in a couple months. At least we'll have plenty greens next year. With gogi berries at $26 a pound and powdered greens about the same, it makes lots of sense to grow my own. Talking to the fruit expert helped me solidify my garden plan. Store bought fruit can't hold a candle to fresh from the tree a minute ago back yard fruit. To me, if a plant doesn't give flowers or food (or help others that do), it is pretty useless. Digging up the horrid oleanders will be a pleasure. Woo Hoo!

Cucina cooking this week except some pinto beans and veggie broth in the sun oven...stove is broken and awaiting repair man tomorrow. Ate lots of salads, fruit, and green drinks plus a few microwaved potatoes.

Movement...absolutely LOVE hula hooping. It's much harder than I remember but a very fun way to whittle that old belly. Walking and ginjoga are still enjoyable. However, when the gardener came over and pruned a citrus tree in about 30 seconds, I decided to let him do all the heavy sort of work like that in the future. It took me 3+ hours to take the top off the grapefruit without even getting to shaping the sides. He is so experienced; he can do that sort of thing in his sleep. So...I'll design the plan and do light pruning, but I'll let him dig the holes and do the heavy pruning. That way I won't end up in bed for days after overworking myself.