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. Is your body a garbage disposal or a temple?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

gentle spirits

I don't know what happened to this week. It's Wednesday, and I've not posted since Sunday. Contemplating some inspiration I received for my Primary class, I've had my head in the clouds, quite literally.

Many years ago during a special Sacrament meeting in Hawaii, President Gordon B. Hinckley spoke to every congregation by special satellite broadcast. He was concerned about many things. Mostly, I remember his advice to parents, which was imprinted upon my brain forever. 'Parents do not beat your children. Talk to them; they will listen.'

After praying about my little charges for weeks, I thought I saw in my mind's eye a video of our class sitting around our table talking. The subjects of our conversation came to mind as well.

Although our most troublesome child wasn't present last Sunday when I gave the directions a try, the rest of the children reveled in this grown up treatment. As we discussed, questioned, considered, and related, we all came to one conclusion. Even children as young as 5 and 6 could learn to settle down and be respectful. After I squeezed the actual lesson into about 3 minutes, we drew pictures as usual. I asked them to draw a picture of themselves doing something to calm down angry feelings. Crayoned pictures of children napping, praying, and singing began to appear on white paper. They truly understood that they had free agency to control their own emotions. They know that Satan has no power over them if they chose to follow Jesus.

Next time our wild child graces us with her sweet presence, we'll repeat this lesson. This little girl is so much like me as a child. Or at least she is like me times ten. Nevertheless, she seems to have been taught similarly to me that she has an uncontrollable temper. When she flies off the handle, I see that she has no clue how to get ahold of her emotions and conduct herself in a correct manner. Besides being embarrassing and exhausting, such behavior does little to endear a child to other children or the adults around her. I love her, because she is a child of God, as well as a sweet little girl seriously in need of affection and acceptance. I identify with her plight.

I wish parents around the world could understand that quietly teaching a child to control themselves is ever so much better than using force, violence, or other manifestations of anger/power. The gentle spirits of children respond to gentleness. Likewise, the gentle, free-willed spirits of children will find a way to protect themselves, tantrums being one result.

Little children are a gift from God. He expects us to do our best by them and not offend their gentle spirits.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

time is rolling on

Praying For...Cole, who is at the very end of childhood...that he will be safe physically, mentally, and spiritually from the evils and pitfalls and temptations of the world...that those suffering burdens will know peace...that rulers and leaders will stop their blood thirsty power-seeking and instead pursue peace...that the children of the world will be cherished and nurtured as they should be. Jesus' Word...He is Risen...is there any greater message! Cucina Fresca...while exploring the cookbook, Pasta E Verdura, epiphany hit. Cooking veg in this manner sans oil, butter, and cheese can be made even more healthy by also eliminating the noodles. As we age, we need less calories to fuel the body or at least that's been my experience. Greens and veggies make one lean. So...I'm experimenting along these lines with ideas from this book. Cauliflower is a favorite around here. Slow cooked and caramelized onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes are delicious tossed with steamed cauliflower and topped with diced tomatoes, minced parsley, and chiffonade basil. This is my own creation, but the book gave me the inspiration. It's amazing how satiating and enjoyable a pound of deliciously prepared vegetables can be. Likely, I'll never stop wanting artisan breads, because of addiction. However, I don't need things like that to feel full anymore. Sound of Music...I did it! I've been contemplating the purchase of an ukulele. Last week I did and found it fun/easy to play. Sometimes there are down periods in my days here. It's a lot easier to pick up a ukulele than drag out my violin or seek out a piano. Plus, the ukulele doesn't hurt my neck or hands, when I play it. Primary songs and hymns are a little beyond my skill level but not for long. Teaching Little Children...Lately, a new little girl has been attending Primary. I'm thrilled that she comes. When she's not throwing a tantrum, she's delightful. Because she is so disruptive, the Primary President and I have come up with strategies to work through her tantrums. My poor parents had to deal with my tantrums, but they were nothing compared to the ones this little darling exhibits. It must take huge amounts of energy to act out in this way. I hope by working with her with gentleness and kindness we can show her a better way to deal with disappointment and frustration. True, we only have a couple hours a week, but just maybe we can help in a small way. Garden Gate...it really works! I read you can plant the stem end of cabbage and grow a new plant. My baby cabbages are an inch tall after only two weeks. From seed this would take months. Apparently, this works with all sorts of cabbage, romaine lettuce, celery, and green onions. My gogi bushes are about two feet tall now. I've begun harvesting from the tree collard. The morninga trees are a couple feet tall, too. The ginger is four feet tall. Whew! Right now my attic green house is a jungle. Downstairs, the sprout garden is in full swing; each day we harvest 2 lbs of salad type sprouts. It is so easy and inexpensive to grow sprouts. When we were still buying spinach for smoothies, I spent about $50 for a week. I spend that much for 6 months worth of seeds. With ten minutes a day of 'labor,' I save our family approximately $2800 per year on spinach. If I also count the $4-6 per day I save on frozen fruit for the smoothies, that's another $1800. I love making a dime scream for mercy. We don't make smoothies with sprouts but instead eat them alongside a bowl of muesli. Sprout salads are a weird but tasty addition to breakfast. Dr. Ginger, Medicine Woman...ever since I was a little girl, I've been plagued by kidney infections. I had a doozy this week with back pain and migraines. After a couple days of cranberry juice, distilled water, and Dr. Christopher's kidney formula, it's all cleared up. I love know about self-healing.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sisterhood

This week I focused on Sisterhood: Oh, How We Need Each Other a sermon given by Bonnie L. Oscarson at the 2014 April General Woman's Conference. All quotes below are from this sermon unless otherwise noted. Serendipitously, my mother sent me an interesting email along the same lines today.

"Though in many ways we are different and unique, we also acknowledge that we are all daughters of the same Heavenly Father, which makes us sisters. We are unified in building the kingdom of God and in the covenants which we have made, no matter what our circumstances. This combined (worldwide through the internet and satellite) assembly is, without a doubt, the most glorious sisterhood upon the face of the earth! To be sisters implies that there is an unbreakable bond between us. Sisters take care of each other, watch out for each other, comfort each other, and are there for each other through thick and thin. The Lord has said, “I say unto you, be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine.” The adversary would have us be critical or judgmental of one another. He wants us to concentrate on our differences and compare ourselves to one another."

"We as women can be particularly hard on ourselves. When we compare ourselves to one another, we will always feel inadequate or resentful of others. Sister Patricia T. Holland once said, “The point is, we simply cannot call ourselves Christian and continue to judge one another—or ourselves—so harshly," One Thing Needful: Becoming Women of Greater Faith in Christ, Ensign, Oct. 1987, 29. She goes on to say that there is nothing that is worth us losing our compassion and sisterhood over. We just need to relax and rejoice in our divine differences. We need to realize that we all desire to serve in the kingdom, using our unique talents and gifts in our own ways. Then we can enjoy our sisterhood and our associations and begin to serve. The fact of the matter is, we really and truly need each other. Women naturally seek friendship, support, and companionship. We have so much to learn from one another, and we often let self-imposed barriers keep us from enjoying associations which could be among the greatest blessings in our lives."

Sister Oscarson told a story of a five-year-old little girl that went to church alone each week. Questioned about her motivation, the little girl said she knew her Primary teachers loved her. This is how I want my Primary children to feel. I want people to feel that I love and accept them without judgement. My grandma is like this. After reading the book In His Steps as a nine-year-old, grandma adopted the motto: What would Jesus do? Before responding she stops and asks herself this question. This year in my primary class each week, we spend about five minutes presenting situations the children might encounter where they must make choices about honesty, obedience, kindness, and so forth. In this game, the children now know the question they should ask themselves: what would Jesus want me to do? The children consider and give possibilities. After they give their ideas, we discuss other solutions to each dilemma. At first I wasn't sure how this exercise would go, but the children love it. My purpose is to help these children which in turn helps their mothers, my sisters. Dealing with children is my forte, while relating to adults isn't.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Because of Him



Because of Him, I have hope and joy.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

willingness to try

Before I was born, I lived with my Heavenly Father as His spirit child. In the Council in Heaven, the Father presented His plan of salvation to all His spirit children. Jesus Christ was chosen to be our Savior. Satan sought to amend the plan, taking away free agency; he and his followers were cast out. All who do, have, or will live upon the Earth accepted Heavenly Father’s plan and chose to follow Jesus Christ. Paraphrased from Come Follow Me, February 2014.

Revelation 12:7–9, 11, in the premortal life, we overcame Satan by our testimonies of Jesus Christ.

D&C 138:55–56; Abraham 3:22–26, noble spirits in premortal life were chosen and prepared to do God’s work in this life.

Moses 4:1–4, Satan, the father of all lies, seeks to destroy the agency of man and was cast out.

I remember learning this, when the missionaries taught me 37 years ago. I always wondered what the deal was with Satan. Why was there an adversary on Earth that delighted in getting me to choose wrongly? Finally, it made sense. Jealousy and pride make us blind to correct choices. As an adult, I read a dramatization of the battle the adversary and his angels wage against individuals, The Screwtape Letters. It was chilling but very eye opening. In fact, I think I'll read it again soon.

The idea that each person has a specific God-given mission to discover and perform has inspired me (or put a fire under me) to always find ways to make the world better, to find ways to serve God's children, to find ways to love others as He loves me. Yes, I fail again and again. However, the point isn't our necessarily our success but our willingness to try.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Plan of Happiness and Salvation

“This is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).

Many of the difficult choices I must make become easier with an understands the plan of happiness and salvation. Knowing that I lived with my Heavenly Father before I was born and that He sent me here with a divine purpose, I view my trials and challenges with an eternal perspective. Knowing that womanhood is part of my eternal identity, I want to develop my divine gifts to help me become a better mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, teacher, nurturer, and friend. Knowing that agency is a gift and that I am accountable for my choices, I am inspired to make decisions based on eternal principles. Heavenly Father prepared a plan to enable me as well as all mankind to become like Him, which includes the Creation, the Fall, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and all the laws, ordinances, and doctrines of the gospel. This plan makes it possible for me as well as all mankind to be perfected through the Atonement, receive a fulness of joy, and live forever in the presence of God. Paraphrased from Come Follow Me, February 2014.

1 Corinthians 15:20–22, All people are born and will die.

Hebrews 12:9, God is the Father of our spirits.

Revelation 20:12–13; 2 Nephi 9:10–11; Alma 5:15–21, All people will be resurrected and stand before God to be judged.

2 Nephi 2:22–25, The Fall of Adam brought about mortality.

Alma 34:32–33, This life is the time to repent.

Alma 40:11–14, Choices on Earth determine the state of men after death.

Alma 42:5–15, Alma teaches his son Corianton about the plan of salvation.

D&C 76:30–113, These are the kingdoms of glory.

My extended family members don't understand why I'm serving a mission instead of living in comfort. Because I have a strong sense of duty and believe my choice to serve God matters, I choose this over a rocking chair. I'll ever be grateful to old Brother Doyle for suggesting I take the missionary lessons and get baptized. Additionally, my parents didn't have to give permission for my baptism, but they did. They saw I had a testimony and deep desire to give my life to Jesus. While I haven't an awesome servant, I have tried to do good. Because of the Atonement, I can repent of my short comings. Grace allows me to keep trying and succeed a little more here and there. God loves me and is rooting for my success. Praise Him!