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?

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Hi ____!

You are grandchild of the week, so we are praying especially for you. We pray that you are happy, healthy, safe, love learning, and love God. We pray that you are inspired to make good choices: obedient to parents, kind sister, loyal friend, keep the commandments, positive outlook, and good student. Your mother told us you like your new school and have made a good friend. That’s good news. Education is so important just as it is important to have one or two true friends. An old saying goes like this. if you want to know the true quality of a person, take a look at her friends. A true friend will help you become a better person, and likewise you will help her. True friends don’t spend time saying mean things about others either, but instead they play hard, include those weaker/younger/newer than themselves, and just have good, clean fun.

So, what things are you interested in these days. With a big move, sometimes our interests change. I’m still playing music, drawing some, reading a lot, and working on my garden. This week we got some gogi bushes. They are really interesting plants. Not only can you eat the berries but the young leaves are pretty tasty, too. Since gogis aren’t that sweet, we eat them on our morning muesli along with raisins. We are also planting a tree called moringa, which has nutritious and delicious leaves and seed pods. The pods are like very long green beans or asparagus. Both of these super foods grow like crazy in most places in the world and could be the answer to world hunger. Anyway, we’re planting these along with lots of fruit trees for a backyard food forest.

One thing we have to address before our garden can become a reality is the presence of cute but destructive cottontail rabbits and quail. We’ll have to at least keep the rabbits out of the yard. The coyotes that used to be around here seem to have moved on. Plus, the rabbit population is much smaller. BUT where there is one rabbit there are plenty more that you don’t see.

Every week I pick a conference talk to study. This week I studied Covenant Daughters of God by Jean A. Stevens from the General Women’s Meeting, which I hope you got to enjoy with your mother. It reminded me of your recent baptism and how special that day was for me. Of course, I know it was special for you, too. I liked how she said covenants, like baptism, let God know who we really are and open the gate on the path to eternal life. When I chose to be baptized at age 13, I was a pioneer. No, I didn’t walk across the country or ride in a covered wagon. However, as a convert, I was the first in our family to make the covenant of baptism. Later, I learned about some 3rd cousins church converts, but at 13 I was a pioneer just as any bonnet-wearing saint of 100 years earlier. My choice was the most important thing I had ever done in my young mind, and in all actuality, it was every bit as monumental as I believed.

As important as it is, baptism is only the beginning or the starting line. As President Bednar said, “As we stand in the waters of baptism, we look to the temple.” Sister Stevens gave us a lot to think about, when she said. “When daughters of God focus on the temple and on their sacred covenants, God is able to send blessings in personal and powerful ways… What can we do now to prepare for those blessings?”

If we don’t keep our promises or faithfully keep our covenants, it’s like sitting down on the starting line. Who would do that? But, you might be thinking, I can’t be perfect all the time. So true! We all sin and make mistakes. BUT!!!! Keeping covenants means we try NOT to make mistakes and REPENT when we mess up. It’s really not hard to understand. And guess what! That is also the way to make your home life a happy life. No, you aren’t responsible for the actions of others, BUT the way you choose to act affects others. If you are a big grouch or act naughty, it’s hard for your parents to be cheerful. If you are rude to your brother, it’s hard for him to feel happy. No, you can’t make your parents mad or your brother unhappy, BUT you can add to anger and unhappiness that they might not feel otherwise. Do you see how your choices can help your family be happy? The same is true for school, church, and in your community. When you smile easily, laugh cheerfully, and act kindly, the whole world smiles, laughs, and is kind with you. Can you see how a love of the Savior is reflected in the way you choose live your life?

So, dear Sammy, please, remember the promises you made at baptism to take the name of Jesus Christ upon you, always remember Him, keep His commandments, and serve Him to the end. It all seems so overwhelming until you realize the Holy Ghost will guide you, especially if you remember to pray for His help. The scriptures tell you exactly what to do, if you take the time to learn what is in them. The commandments are easy to follow if you remember that ALL of them lead you to do good--no, they will never lead you to hurt, anger, lie, steal, or any other bad thing. If you mess up, you can apologize and begin again. God loves us and made the whole thing very simple.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

what will it be

Jesus the Christ Chapter 16 continued...

John 6:7112:1-7; 13:26; 13:29
Matthew 26:6-13
Mark 14:3-9
Matthew 27:5
Acts 1:18
John 17:12

I knew Judas Iscariot sold Jesus to His enemies. However, I wasn't aware that he was a thief as well. Apparently, he was the treasurer or holder of the purse for Jesus and the Twelve, and a stingy treasurer at that. John called him a thief, while Matthew and Mark were less forward about that point. It seems even though Jesus saw a spark of greatness in the man, Judas couldn't rise above the natural man.

Likening this scripture to myself, my question must be: can I let my spark of greatness shine forth to build the kingdom of God (and myself), or will I allow my human nature to drag me down? Which will it be selfishness or service, grudges or forgiveness, kindness or meanness, humility or pride, faith or fear?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

quiet workers

Chapter 16 of Jesus the Christ continued...

Acts 1:13
Luke 6:15

Simon and Judas (not Iscariot) are mentioned very little. Jesus loves and can use in His ministry the quiet and un-famous. When I wonder if my little service in His kingdom will matter, these men help me realize it will. Just because no fanfare announces me doesn't mean my service isn't important to Jesus.  Quiet workers matter.

"But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth," Matthew 6:3.

Monday, October 20, 2014

act in His name

Chapter 16 of Jesus the Christ continued. It's not a long chapter but there are lots of categories with 12 apostles. Apparently, biblical scholars aren't too sure if there were two or three men named James in the Bible. One was Jesus' cousin, another Jesus' brother, and another the brother of John. The puzzlement occurs because some say the cousin and the brother are the same man. I'm no scholar, and it doesn't really matter. Suffice it to say, at least two men named James were apostles to Jesus Christ.

Acts 1:13
Acts 12:17; 15:13-21; 21:18
1 Corinthians 15:7
Galatians 1:19; 2:9,
Epistle of James

Reading the Epistle of James, I am reminded of so many things. Most compelling at this time, the admonition that faith without works is dead reminds me to do good to all men. This is not easy somethings, but perhaps, nothing worth doing is really easy. James tells me that I can faithfully praise Jesus' name all day long, but if I don't act in His name, I fail.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Praying For...Gayle and Lizzy C...that they will be happy, healthy, safe, scholarly, and faithful...that they will be spared the problems of this world like so many children facing poverty or even war that seem oblivious to the deprivations...that they will love their neighbors and pray for their enemies and vice versa...that leaders of nations will make choices that strengthen families and protect liberty...that their communities will protect childhood and grow gardens instead of cultivating more incivility.

Jesus Word..."Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me," Psalm 119:133. I've noticed when I have a schedule, I stay closer to God. Strange? Maybe, nevertheless, order seems to keep my mind from iniquity or at least from idleness. It's odd to be grateful for something like an IPhone, but I love how the calendar feature helps me stay orderly with schedules, birthdays, shopping lists, and such.

Garden Gate...I got my windowfarm up and going as well as four pots of moringa started. Moringa is the perfect green for soups and smoothies. It's amazing that it is so unknown. Not only is it an amazing food source, it is a beautiful landscape plant/tree. My sprout farm is growing like gangbusters. Because of the warmth, they only take 4-5 days to mature instead of the 6-8 days in the Pacific NW. Sprouts are again replacing lettuce in our salads, since they are so much more nutritious and delicious.

Movement...Gardening and Ginjoga are helping with mood and fitness. I just got a hula hoop, too. It is so much fun and great for core strengthening. Actually, it isn't an official hula hoop. The ones made now aren't like those from my childhood. My hoop is a canyon hoop.

Sound of that my virus headache is mostly gone, I can play my violin again. I've missed it very much. Still enjoying the ukulele. I'm almost good enough to sing along as I play.

Viewing Pleasure...saw Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day and thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it would be raunchy with Steve Carell, but it was a definite family flic. The book it was based on holds a special place in my heart, as it was the book one close family friend brought to read to Katie in the hospital. We had to turn him away, but I'll never forget the thoughtfulness of that act.

Cucina Fresca...I love bread and have since I can remember. No, I didn't ever care for the day old, stale Orowheat of my childhood. However, I became quite proficient in making all manner of whole wheat breads. Then my wheat allergy forced me to cease and desist. I never missed cheese, meat, butter, eggs, or any of the other things that health and conscience caused me to stop eating. But bread....I've experimented with all sorts of gluten free options, some which have been passible. I even followed Ann Esselstyn's waffle advice. None satisfied my bread need....until now...

I had a heart iron years ago, when my children were little. After thousands of Sunday morning waffles, it quit working. I tend to wear out appliances, because they don't sit in the cabinet gathering dust. Since then I've purchased and used lots of others with varying degrees of success. My husband bought me this for my b-day along with the Belgian one I requested. After a trial run of both, I donated the Belgian to charity. My current recipe is a dramatic departure of the fat filled processed food variety of yesteryear. Delicious, simple and very healthy, it remains the best way to eat a bowl of oatmeal in the history of mush for breakfast Blend 3 cups GF rolled oats, 2.5 cups water, one banana, and 1/2 t optional salt until smooth. Stir in 1/2 t baking powder. Cook according to your waffler's directions. When topped with strawberries and frozen banana ice kream, they fill the traditional birthday breakfast bill beautifully. Homemade fresh applesauce brings back our old Sunday morning habit. Leftovers can be used for all sorts of bread applications such as sprout and avocado sandwiches and Navajo tacos.

J gave this Chef's Choice M840 WafflePro Express Waffle Maker, Traditional Five of Hearts to me for my birthday.

I've also perfected my Oil-Free Sambar recipe, which I like to eat often.

2 T lentils or split mung beans
2 T brown rice
1/4 t red pepper flakes or 1/4 t cayenne
1/2 t Mustard seeds
1/2 t Cumin seeds
1/2 t Fenugreek seeds
2 sprigs Curry leaves
1 garlic cloves, pressed
1 small onion, chopped
1 moringa drum sticks, peeled and cut 1/2 inch
OR 1c asparagus, 1 inch pieces (reserve)
1 potato, diced
1 c diced summer (reserve) or winter squash
1 c moringa leaves or chopped cabbage (reserve)
3 roma tomatoes, diced
1/4 t tamarind extract
1/2 c chopped cilantro (reserve)

Soak beans and rice for a few hours up to 24. Rinse and drain. In a medium hot pan stir red chilies, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, when they crackle, add fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, garlic, and chopped onions and cook for few minutes. Add water, potatoes, soaked beans and rice, salt, drumstick, and tomatoes. Cover and cook for 7-8 minutes. Add asparagus, morninga leaves, and summer squash if using, and cook for 3 minutes. Add tamarind juice, and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in cilantro and serve hot with as is or with more rice. In southern India, this is eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.