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?

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!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

oh spring!

Praying For...Quinn, the funniest little man in the world. I seem to always pray for the same thing. Because of traumatic events in my childhood, I know how important it is to protect the innocence of children. I pray for Quinn's health, happiness, innocence, safety, and that his spirit will be touched my the power of the Holy Ghost to know Jesus Christ and God, The Eternal Father. I also pray that adults will remember how important it is to be gentle with little children...to nurture and provide for them.

Bibliophilia...sent Quinn The Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House, No. 2) and Knights And Castles (Magic Tree House Research Guide). While these books aren't excellent literature, they are lots of fun for little children to read. He feels so grown up now that his story books are chapter books.

God's Word...Easter is not about eggs and chicks and bunnies and all that silly children's stuff. Easter is the season to celebrate the atonement of Jesus Christ. He died for me and for all mankind that we might live again. It is up to our choices concerning the commandments, our repentances, and our acceptance of the grace of Jesus Christ if our resurrection will be unto eternal life or eternal damnation.



Sound of Music...I'll always love my violin; it introduced me to the beauties and joys of music. But...I wanted to play something silly and fun. I acquired a cheap ukulele. After only a couple minutes, I could play my first song, Amazing Grace. It is so much fun to learn the Primary songs for the year on this silly little music maker. Too bad I didn't think about this during the fall and winter, when I was laid up with an injury.

Cucina Fresca...after inventing (or so I thought) Pasta e Verdura (caramelized onions, mushrooms, tomato, lemon, kale, red pepper, and fresh herbs with a tiny bit of pasta) I found a cookbook called, Pasta e Verdura at the library. There are over 100 veggie recipes to try along the same lines to pour over potatoes, rice, or pasta. I'm in heaven trying new things. I'm going to try my version of their Browned Savoy Cabbage Fettucini (It's really the same recipe as my kale sans tomato and lemon but with garlic. While the book is vegetarian, it isn't fat-free vegan. Most recipes have tons of oil or dairy products or both. Still, my slimmed-down, vascular system-loving versions are very tasty.

Nature...this spring is beautiful and unbelievable. Because of the wettest March in the history of record keeping, plants are growing by leaps and bounds. The weirdest part is the pollen. There is so much the car window must be washed each day; it can't be driven with a yellow opaque windshield. The stuff is thickly coating everything around here.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Who Am I?

"I am a beloved spirit daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, I have a divine nature and destiny. By divine design, I have unique gifts and talents that will help me fulfill my destiny as a daughter of God. Knowing who I am gives my life purpose and helps me make the right decisions." Paraphrased from Come Follow Me, January 2014

Genesis 1:26–27 (I am created in the image of God.)

Psalm 82:6; Moses 1:39; Abraham 3:22–26 (My divine potential is to inherit eternal life. Eternal life is existence in the Heavens in the presence of God as opposed to eternal damnation or eternity with Satan in Hell.)

Luke 15:4–6, 11–32; John 3:16; D&C 18:10–15 (To God the worth of a soul is great.)

In the world today, negative influences toward womanhood flourish. Young woman are deceived from many sources that their worth is in their sexuality. Certainly, sexuality and sensuality are gifts of God, however, their purposes are specific. Not for casual recreation, these are to be shared with one's spouse in a loving marriage. Additionally, young woman feel pressure to cultivate these sacred gifts prematurely in a way to make them cheap to the exclusion of cultivating other divine gifts. I suppose my views are old fashioned, but that doesn't make them incorrect. Simply because society says something is legal and acceptable, doesn't make it moral or correct. In the past, women understood their roles to nurture the rising generation as a moral force for good in society. I'm convinced this can still be the case even if women don't care to be homemakers. Why can't woman choose virtue and nurturing over blatant sexual sin and manliness? Women can be doctors, lawyers, teachers, astronauts, politicians, and so forth, while still choosing femininity, honor, integrity, gentle strength, and decency. If all women chose to boycott pushers of vulgarity and filth, muck peddlers would soon be out of business. The trend of men refusing marriage would end. Like the old saying goes, why by the cow when the milk is free. After all women still make up approximately half the population. If half refused to follow this ever-increasing, extremely alarming trend, we could change society, cut violence and crime, and create peace and security for the children of tomorrow. This nurturing is the God-given duty of women no matter their chosen profession.

"From age immemorial, societies have relied on the moral force of women. While certainly not the only positive influence at work in society, the moral foundation provided by women has proved uniquely beneficial to the common good," The Moral Force of Women, D. Todd Christofferson, October 2013.