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?

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

gangbusters

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 Music...now 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
Salt
Water
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.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

manner of preparing

Hi Gayle!

Because you are our grandchild of the week, we pray that you are happy, healthy, safe, a good student, and love Jesus. Of course we wish these blessings for your all the time. We wonder what you are doing lately. What things are fun, interesting, and important in your life right now. We are back in AZ enjoying the sunshine and warm weather. I started some seeds for moringa trees, which you see pictured on the front. Morninga is not only lovely and lacy with delicate white flowers, it is a highly delicious and nutritious vegetable. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. The green seed pods are a vegetable similar to asparagus used especially in soups. I never knew trees could be vegetables. In cold places, the tree is grown as an annual plant, but warmer places don't need to replant it every year. They can grow very tall, but we intend to keep ours under 10 feet to make harvesting easier.

Did you get to watch the General Women's Meeting with your mother this year? It is wonderful that this meeting now includes girls of eight and up. Girls mature faster than boys and need to be taught with women at a much younger age. When we saw you in September, we were astonished and pleased at how grown up you have become. You are quite a young lady now.

This week I studied Sister Burton's talk from the GWM on being prepared for your future. I liked how she pulled in the story of the Ten Virgins or Ten Young Women. I sure wouldn't want to be one of the foolish ones; would you? It's so true; the five wise young women could not share their oil with the unprepared foolish young women. They (and we) should be like the Nephites, preparing in a manner which never had been known. But how do we do that?

Spiritually we can prepare by following advice from President Spencer W. Kimball and Elder Richard G. Scott. "Attendance at sacrament meetings adds oil to our lamps, drop by drop over the years. Fasting, family prayer, home teaching, control of bodily appetites, preaching the gospel, studying the scriptures-each act of dedication and obedience is a drop added to our store. Deeds of kindness, payment of offerings and tithes, chaste thoughts and actions  -these, too, contribute importantly to the oil with which we can at midnight refuel our exhausted lamps." "Personal worthiness is an essential requirement to enjoy the blessings of the temple. Worthy character is best forged from a life of consistent, correct choices centered in the teachings of the Master." Get into a habit of daily study scripture without fail. You don't have to read for hours and hours. To get into the habit, start by reading for ten minutes daily. If reading is difficult, read along with CDs or MP3, BUT do read.  As you develop these habits, notice how they change you.

Preparing for the future needs to include temporal preparation, too. "World-class athletes and university doctoral students spend hours and days and weeks and months and even years of preparation. Daily drops of preparation are required of them to come out on top," Linda K. Burton. Some ideas from Tad Callister's talk I studied last week give some great ideas for temporal preparation. The prophet has counseled girls to prepare for a future career even if they are blessed with the privilege to be stay at home mothers like I was and your mom is. Not only should you learn homemaking skills, which you will need regardless of your future, but you need to develop a love of learning. Read about Ben Carson and the way he went from the stupidest boy in school to a renowned brain surgeon. Also, memory cards capture lost moments for study. I've done this and know its power. Give it a try. Write any math facts, scriptures, poetry, song lyrics, and school stuff that you want to learn on a few cards. Carry them in your pocket. Whenever you find a pause moment, such as sitting in a doctor office or riding in the car or a lull in the day's activities, pull out the cards and go through them.  When you have mastered a bit of memory work, put the card in a box to look at once a week. Add new cards. Almost like magic, these things will begin to stick in your mind.

Some people think all this preparing means life won't have fun in it. I tell you they are on the wrong track. Being smart is way fun. Learning new things is invigorating. Becoming a good cook and excellent house keeper brings a lot of satisfaction, protection of belongings, plus some yummy tidbits. Developing talents in music, art, sports, or whatever raises self-satisfaction. Relating to others in a charitable manner (1 Corinthians 13) ensures true friendships and strong family relations. Serving fellow men teaches empathy. Most importantly, increasing faith and strengthening testimony bring incredible joy and peace, which are great blessings in this confusing world. In short, preparations in worthwhile pursuits makes for a happy life and eternity.

I know one thing for sure. A productive life if nothing else is a lot more fun than that of the couch potato. For several years, I was pretty sick and stayed in bed most of the time. It was awful even though I could watch all the movies I wanted. Do you have any idea how boring screen time can be? Uuuugh! No thanks.

When I pray about you and lots of other times, I wonder what you are doing and hope you are joyful. Send a letter, drawing, or school paper if you wish. Since we are so far apart, it is really the only way to keep in touch. If you can't that's OK, too.

Friday, October 17, 2014

the test

Jesus the Christ Chapter 16 continued...Learning about each apostle is interesting and inspiring, although someone following my posts might not believe I think this. Distraction is more the issue than diligence. Yesterday, I started unpacking a box. Before I knew it, the day was done and my devotions were slim. Certainly, I listened to a couple sermons while cleaning the kitchen and did a few other devotional things. However, I didn't sit down, devotedly study, and write in this journal as I should, nor did I do so the day before. In this middle of the night, I realized my lack so am up early to make sure this important activity takes priority.

John 11:16
John 14:1-7
John 20:24-29

Thomas loved Jesus and His teachings, however T didn't seem to understand the big picture. Years ago the term Doubting Thomas was still in use. I'm not convinced that Thomas doubted but more that he lacked comprehension. Thomas could see the worth of the Savior during His earthly ministry but didn't grasp the full significance of Jesus Mission. Willing to be martyred along with Jesus, Thomas showed his love and support as well as his misunderstanding of Jesus' divinity. Lacking in faith of the testimonies of his brethren, he would not believe without personal physical confirmation. Thomas' experience gave Jesus a perfect vehicle for a lesson concerning faith. "...because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed," John 20:29.

So the question is do I faithfully believe the words and will of Christ, or do I rely on personal physical confirmations like Thomas? Certainly, I believe in the Son, Jesus Christ, God, the Eternal Father, and the Holy Ghost. However, I do enjoy the testimony that miracles and blessings bring. What does that say about me? Well, I'm grateful for miracles and blessings, counting them all during daily prayer. Still, I do believe as well as try to ascertain and live by God's will for my life. But...distractions sometimes (often) pull me away from the path I know I should travel. That must be the test.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

sweet medicine


Matthew 10:3...entirety of Matthew

Humble Matthew was called to follow Jesus before the official call to the apostleship. When Matthew, a despised publican, prepared a feast for Jesus, self-righteous Pharisees pointed out that Jesus would rather eat with a tax collector than them. They could not understand Jesus at all. Jesus said, "I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Maybe Matthew's feast included those in need of special teaching and ministration of the Master. Matthew couldn't be included in this designation although the scribes and pharisees might have believed that was Jesus' meaning. Either way the Great Physician didn't need to hang around those that thought they needed no ministration but those who received His healing. 

This is true today. Many arrogant or misguided people hold themselves apart from Jesus' healing word and ways. We seek out those willing to listen. Some of the others may come around. Some may not. Nobody can be forced into His discipleship now any more than they could have been back in the day. The Great Physician heals only those willing to partake of His sweet medicine.