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?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

religion of right living

Jesus the Christ chapter 10...

2 Kings 1:8
Matthew 3:1-5
Leviticus 11:22
Mark 1:1-8
Luke 3:2
Exodus 3:1-2
1 Kings 17:2-7
Isaiah 40:3
Malachi 3:1
Matthew 11:10
Luke 7:27
Matthew 3:11
Matthew 3:7-10

I've met many people, who boast the laurels of their ancestors, believing this sets them apart and above. Yes, the actions of pioneers were noble, but they don't make the descendent noble. This is what John the Baptist preached to the posterity of Abraham. Yes, they were a chosen people, but ONLY if they chose the religion of right living. "...faith, which is vitalized belief, in God; genuine repentance, which comprises contrition for past offenses and a resolute determination to turn from sin; baptism by immersion in water at his hands as the hands of one having authority; and the higher baptism by fire or the bestowal of the Holy Ghost by an authority greater than that possessed by himself," Jesus the Christ, Talmage.

So...do I chose the religion of right living? I want to say yes, but I fail so much. In saying that, I guess I can say I do chose the religion of right living. With me it requires plenty of repentance, contrition, and resolution. While the saying that God don't make no junk, may be true, it is also true that he made me far from perfect. That's what this life is for: I get to turn my natural interior of a sour lemon to a sweet peach. Last weekend a relative with advanced Alzheimers came to visit as well as my 5-year-old granddaughter. While she looked at him as an authority figure, he acted like a spoiled child, leading her into all manner of naughtiness. Did I act sweet, gentle, and long-suffering? Hardly! When I was squeezed my sweet demeanor changed and out came a steady stream of sour, bitter lemon juice. Boy do I have some repenting to do...But...that's what makes this religion so wonderful and beautiful and hopeful. God can change my nature from lemon to peach with my permission and my persistence. I wish He would hurry.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

a life time and then some

Chapter 9 of Jesus the Christ:

Matthew 2:15
Hosea 11:1
Matt. 2:19-23
John 8:32 Deuteronomy 16:1-6
Luke 2:41-52
Matthew 7:28-29; 13:54
Mark 6:2
Luke 4:22
Luke 2:35
Luke 2:52
Matthew 13:55-56
Mark 6:3
Luke 4:22
Matthew 12:46-47
Matt. 21:11

Because I'm so fond of children and youth, this part of Jesus' life has long been an interesting study for me. "Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man." Since we are to liken scripture to ourselves, this is instruction for children. Taking this a step further, all are to become as children. Therefore it is instruction for all of us. If we do as Jesus and strive to develop a character like His, we will be happier.

1. Increase in wisdom...seems self explanatory. But what wisdom. If Jesus was taken to the temple and there showed his knowledge and wisdom, likely the wisdom we seek should be spiritual. However, all things are created by God. Doctrine and Covenants 88:79 sheds further light on the wisdom and knowledge we are to pursue. "Of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms." Natural sciences, history, government, economics, the arts, human nature, religion, and languages all seem to be mentioned.

2. Increase in stature...stature can mean physical strength or standing in the community...Did Jesus mean both? His commandment that we love our neighbors pleads for the second. His teachings that the body is a temple points to the first. I say both self-control and charity.

3. Increase in favor with God...of course this tells us to strive for the best: hope, faith, prayer, and scripture study.

4. Increase in favor with man...Jesus didn't mean seek popularity but learn to get along. All through the scriptures we are taught to take our grievances to those that grieve us. We are also taught to be kind, unselfish, humble, patient, long-suffering, slow to anger (or maybe to avoid it all together), eschew envy, behave ourselves, control our tongues, and try to see good in others.

This is a life's work well worth pursuing. Jesus was on earth to be our Governor as well as our Savior. We are to learn to govern ourselves according to His model. I can't say I'm there yet. Probably very few are since following Luke 2:52 will take a life time and then some.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

gifts for a king

This concludes my study of Jesus the Christ chapter 8.

Helaman 14:5
3 Nephi 1:21
Matthew 2:13-18
Jeremiah 31:15
Helaman 14:1-9
3 Nephi 1:4-21

I can't imagine being so power hungry as to kill thousands of innocent children. 'Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely,' John Dalbery-Acton. Herod was an evil man. Sometimes it seems that evil people get away with terrible acts, but they don't. During judgement all deeds will be made known. Those who chose to follow Jesus commandments, repent of poor choices, and accept His atoning grace will receive a beautiful reward. Those who follow the wrong master will receive the reward of the damned.

Until I began studying herbalism, I had no idea what frankincense and myrrh were. Now I know they were valuable medicines. I have used each of these as anti-pathogenics with great success, as well as specific herbal uses. They are also used to make perfumes and incense. Along with gold, they were perfect gifts for a king.

Most modern people are little acquainted with the stars. With so much to entertain us and electric lights shielding our view of the heavens, we don't look up like the ancients. To them a new star must have been a wonder. To us it would have been another interesting thing reported on Yahoo and forgotten tomorrow. Nonetheless, it was the sign given of the birth of the Savior of the World. In the Americas, a further sign was given of a night without darkness.

One of the greatest lessons from this part of Jesus life is the faith shown by believers who waited for His promised birth. Is my faith as strong? Could I have stood firm in the face of death? Could I have endured the hardships of Roman bondage?

Monday, July 28, 2014

perfect freedom

Chapter 8 of Jesus the Christ...

Leviticus 12
Exodus 12:29; 13:2, 12; 22:29-30
Numbers 8:15-18; 18:15-16
Luke 2:25, 38
Mark 15:43
Psalm 40:1
Luke 2:29-32
Matthew 2:1-10
Micah 5:2
John 7:42
Numbers 24:17

Too bad we women gave up or biblical right to rest for 40 days after childbirth. Maybe that's why so many women have postpartum depression. Just a thought.

Anna and Simeon waited for years to see Jesus. I wonder how they felt, when their waiting was over.

I remember when I first connected the dots concerning the wise men. Of course they were from Babylon, which is east of Bethlehem. Wise men or scholars keep records. They probably had the records of the Jews, who were captives in Babylon for a time.

As so many rulers throughout history, Herod was a usurper and always looking over his shoulder for the one who would take his power. While it is horrifying that he wanted to kill the prophesied Christ child, it is not surprising. Boys grow to men. Men seek power. He feared this boy would seize power sooner or later.

It seems most misunderstood the true mission of the Christ. He came to free the children of God from the bondage of sin, not the bondage of political leaders. Maybe I'm like those that wouldn't accept and refused to open their eyes to Jesus. Do I really accept His grace, His atoning sacrifice, and His perfect freedom?

Friday, July 25, 2014

repenting and recommitting

This week I studied Let's Not Take the Wrong Turn, a sermon by Claudio D. Zivic.

"It would be wonderful to have a desire deep in our hearts to keep the commandments without anyone constantly reminding us and to have a firm conviction that if we follow the right path, we will have the blessings promised in the scriptures...How often do we make a mistake about the right way, letting ourselves be led along by the trends of the world? We need to continually ask ourselves if we are being doers of the words of Jesus Christ...There are some mistakes that may be serious, and if we do not correct them in time, they can permanently lead us off the right path. If we repent and accept correction, these experiences will allow us to humble ourselves, change our actions, and once again draw closer to our Heavenly Father...The works and the purposes of God cannot be frustrated. We must not fear man more than God. There is a need of constant repentance...we should never: Set at naught the counsels of God. Break the most sacred promises made before God. Depend upon our own judgment. Boast in our own wisdom...During childhood and youth, people think they will never become old; the idea of death never takes root—that is for very, very old people—and reaching that point is still an eternity away...The day will come in which we shall again meet up with our Redeemer and Savior, Jesus Christ. I plead that on that sacred and sublime occasion we can recognize Him because of the knowledge we have of Him and because of having followed His teachings. He will show us the marks in His hands and feet, and we will join together in a lasting embrace, weeping for joy at having followed His way."

Like many great literary works, Brother Zivic alluded to scriptures without actually quoting many in his sermon. It's a powerful approach. This profound sermon boiled down to one question for me. Do I walk my talk? I can't say with 100% certainty that I do. I have some repenting and recommitting in front of me right now.