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?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

who

This concludes the seventh chapter of Jesus the Christ.

Matthew 1:18-25
Isaiah 7:14; 9:6 Every time I read Isaiah, I burst out singing songs from the Messiah.
2 Peter 1:20
Genesis 12:3; 18:18; 22:18; 26:4
Acts 3:25
Galatians 3:8
Matthew 9:27; 15:22; 21:9; 20:30-31
Luke 18:38-39
Romans 1:3
2 Timothy 2:8
Acts 2:30; 13:23
Psalm 132:11
Luke 1:32
Matthew 1:23

Joseph married marry right away, thus becoming the adoptive father of her impending offspring. Both Mary and Joseph were of the lineage of David. Thus the prophecy was fulfilled that the Messiah would be born of the house of David. During his lifetime, many acknowledged him as the son (descendent) of David, which was akin to calling him Messiah. Of importance is the fact that the 'kings' of Jesus time were not of the lineage of David, making them alien rulers. If the rightful heirs had been on the throne, Joseph would not have been a carpenter but the crown king. Putting these pieces together makes me wonder if politics were as heavy influencing the execution of Jesus as was jealousy from religious leaders. True of the Savior, Jesus Christ and true of others, most the time we are unaware of the greatness of those before us.

This brings to mind C.S. Lewis' words in The Weight of Glory. "It is a serious thing," says Lewis, "to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no 'ordinary' people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations -- these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit -- immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously -- no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be a real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner -- no mere tolerance or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment."

So, liking these ideas to myself, I must refrain from wrong judging and assumptions. What if, just what if, the one standing before me in all their dull ordinariness might be a great one in the sight of God if that one deviates from the current path of sin or ordinariness? OR what might I be if I choose to live up to my potential and allow the atoning grace of the Savior to work in my life? Who are you? Who am I?

Monday, July 21, 2014

all things through Him

Studying Chapter 7 of Jesus the Christ, where Gabriel announces the births of John and Jesus. John is the forerunner to Jesus.

Luke 1

It is totally understandable that Zacharias was incredulous when Gabriel announced Elizabeth's impending conception. This part of the history of John and Jesus teaches me how important faith is. When the Holy Ghost whispers instructions, it isn't ours to scoff at particulars. We must follow the will of God and believe that all things can be done through Him. Although Mary's reaction was similar, hers was mere confusion instead of disbelief. It is fine to question but not ok to let faith falter.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

warmer climes

Praying For...Claire the sweetest little girl on the face of the earth...that she will be happy, healthy, safe, and know Jesus as her Savior and Friend...that the evils of this world will pass her by...that her introduction to school will be kind and gentle...that hearts of the leaders of nations will be softened toward their citizens, their neighbors, and God-given liberty.

Jesus' Words..."Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward, Psalm 127:3. With each generation, the window to get it right with little children is so small. We don't get any do-overs. As adults, we must remember to follow Jesus' example to turn the other cheek. In essence we must act like adults. How does the child want to be treated by the adult especially during conflict? We are all born with free agency and are required to act with charity during difficult situations. There is never an excuse to berate, belittle, or strike a child. I learned that as soon as they can talk, they can begin to understand reason. If we put ourselves in their place and try to figure out why they are crying or whatever, we can name the feeling. When the child feels love and understanding, they are more able to gain composure. But if we yell at them or worse, we teach them to act anger in frustrating situations.

Remembrance...Friday was Katie's birthday. If she had lived, she would be 26. Since N needed my help, I went over with the intent of stopping at the cemetery afterward. Aaarrrrgggh! The sprinklers were on. So Katie and I had a short conversation in the car. I wonder if I'm the only one that remembers her on her birthday now...

Dr Ginger, Medicine Woman...so excited that plant based, nutritional medicine is going mainstream...



Cucina Fresca...I developed a 15 minute meal with things in my fridge and pantry.

Rotini con Piselli e Pomodoro...AKA Nana's Ninja Noodles

1 pound whole grain spirals (tinkyada brown rice tastes the most like traditional pasta)
1/4 c minced red onion (can substitute green onions but put them in after the carrots are tender)
1 large clove garlic, pressed
1-2 carrot, diced
1 c minced green cabbage (dehydrated works well here)
4-5 cherry tomatoes quartered (reserved/optional)
a couple twists freshly ground black pepper
1 T powdered dehydrated mixed vegetables
1/8 t red pepper flakes
6 T tomato paste
1 t Italian herbs
10 oz frozen peas
2 T raw pumpkin seeds (or pine nuts)
1 T minced fresh parsley
2 T nutritional yeast (optional)

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Cut up veggies. Add the pasta, cabbage, and peas and cook until al dente, 7-8 minutes. While pasta is cooking. Water saute veg, pepper flakes, and herbs over medium high heat adding more water as it is absorbed. Don't let it burn. While veg are sauteing, cook a package of some frozen/fresh green veg or make a green salad. It takes about 7 minutes for the veggies to soften this way. Drain the pasta, reserving 2 cups of the pasta water. Stir in tomato paste, nutritional yeast, and 1 c. hot pasta water into onions until a sauce is formed. Toss pasta and sauce Gently fold in the cooked pasta, peas, and the cheeses, adding more reserved pasta water if necessary. Transfer to a heated serving platter and garnish with a tiny sprinkling of coarse salt, reserved tomatoes, parsley, and pumpkin seeds. Serve with a side of some green vegetable or large green salad dressed with maple mustard dressing (a variation of Jane Esselstyn's 321 dressing): 1 T real maple syrup (or honey), 2 T salt free mustard, 3 T rice vinegar OR 2 T quality balsamic vinegar, and 1 T apple cider vinegar.

Bibliophilia...I'm looking forward to getting back into my study of the great books, which one of my scholars is pursuing. I love to mentor young adults. They keep my outlook fresh.

Sound of Music...I love Alex Boye's music. He has a new song out that makes me smile. Here's his newest original song. Listen to it! I want to learn to play and sing this one. It would be cute on uke.

Thimble News...Working on designing a new dress. In the past, I made a skirt completely by hand. I'd like to try this with the new dress in my head. I thing it will be pretty. It's sort of along the lines of a regency empire but I want it to be more comfortable and casual with a modest neckline. The bodice will be a raglan peasant with an empire waist A-line mid-calf skirt. The fabric is a very light floral eyelet that I will line with whisper thin muslin. Right now it's only in my mind, although I do have the cloth. It will be good for warmer climes.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

lessons they taught me

Matthew 22:15–22

Article of Faith 1:12

The ideas for this lesson sound like lots of fun. We are to begin by making farm animals from play dough. After discussing what would happen to the animals without a fence. I am supposed to put a fence around the animals. For my class, this might work better with little plastic farm animals. I'll have to check out the cost of each at the store. Anyway...the idea is to help the children see that fences keep the animals safe. Even cattle out on the range have fences to keep them off the road.

Next we'll discuss the rules of a simple game, family, home, school, and primary class. A few months ago, we had a lesson like this but only specific to our primary class. Some of my children seemed to know no boundaries. After that lesson, they are much more thoughtful and like the order we have in our class.

Next, I'll tell a story about a city boy, who took his dog out without his leash. Because he ignored the law, the dog was hit by a car and severely injured. After he and his mother returned from the vet, they had a discussion about law. Most laws are created for protection. If he had followed the leash law, his dog would not be hurt. Then we'll discuss laws that the children know about. As an advocate for bicycle helmets, I'll bring up a law that applies directly to them as children. King county law requires helmets for all bicyclists. Other laws we might talk about, which they can understand include: Stop at all stop signs. Don’t be cruel to animals. Do not steal. Do not litter.

To introduce the scripture story, I'll explain a bit about taxes. Since the father of one child in our class is an EMT, telling the children that taxes pay for EMTs, police officers, firefighters, roads, libraries, and schools will be interesting to them. I'll ask that particular child what it would be like not to have EMTs. This will lead nicely into the scripture story in Matthew 22, where the leaders tried to trick Jesus with their questions about taxes. Using a coin, Jesus told the people that they should obey their country’s laws and Heavenly Father’s laws. Jesus taught the people that it was important to obey the laws of their country.

Finally, I'll end with our favorite activity of drawing a specific idea about the lesson. I will ask them to draw themselves obeying a law. Maybe I'll demonstrate drawing a chick, since farm animals within fences was part of the lesson. They like drawing lessons. During this time, I softly play primary music from an app on my phone. They also talk a great deal.

After my first week with them, I didn't want anything to do with teaching them. I've raised my children and didn't have the desire to take on a bunch of wild animals. After ranting about it to my husband and briefly praying about it, I knew my time with them would help me as much as it would help them.

My goal with these children became getting them to a point where they could listen instead of talking out/throwing tantrums/screaming and participate appropriately and happily. For the most part, we have gotten to this point. They are nice children who respond very well to respect and love. The idea of listening first to be understand then seeking to be understood has worked wonders with them. Because they know I love/respect them and they will have a chance to share important things about their lives, they are more willing to listen during listening time, sing during singing time, and participate during participation time.

Each week at the beginning of our class, we have a little tradition. Using a bean bag (it's actually a lavender filled bag-I also use lavender essential oil on days when they are overly active), we follow the idea of the talking stick. Whomever has the talking bag is the only one who is allowed to talk besides the chief (me.) If anyone forgets, I immediately remind them to be respectful of their friend's turn. This has taught them to listen patiently as well as to speak confidently. Near the end of class, I take out our poster, which is a picture of Jesus and a CTR symbol. I present scenarios, make choices after asking themselves, "What would Jesus want me to do?" They love this game.

When I leave at the end of my mission, they will be fine. Probably, they won't give me a second thought, but I will always remember them and the lessons they taught me.

Friday, July 18, 2014

If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments

The conference address I studied this week Is If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments by Robert D. Hales. All quotes are from this sermon unless otherwise noted.

“Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever,” Moses 4:2.

“he suffered temptations but gave [them] no heed,” Doctrine and Covenants 20:22.

“he [learned] obedience by the things which he suffered,” Hebrews 5:8.

"Because our Savior was obedient, He atoned for our sins, making possible our resurrection and preparing the way for us to return to our Heavenly Father, who knew we would make mistakes as we learned obedience in mortality. When we obey, we accept His sacrifice, for we believe that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws, ordinances, and commandments given in the gospel.

Jesus taught us to obey in simple language that is easy to understand: 'If ye love me, keep my commandments,' John 14:15. and 'Come, follow me,' Luke 18:22."

He goes on to discuss selective obedience and how it has "diminishes God’s standards in our culture and in our laws." He talks about growing in obedience by understanding the crucial role of agency, using the different ways Jesus and Lucifer did or didn't obey. We must choose obedience to God and His laws, or it isn't obedience. Jesus further demonstrated this principle on the cross, when He said. “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt,” Matthew 26:39.

"Spiritually mature obedience is the Savior’s obedience. It is motivated by true love for Heavenly Father and His Son." I've always worried that my judgement will be depart from me instead of well done. This sermon directly addresses that thought.

"why do any of us choose to be disobedient when we know the eternal consequences of sin? The scriptures provide an answer: the reason Cain and some of the children of Adam and Eve chose to disobey is because 'they loved Satan more than God,'" Moses 5:13. That's a sobering idea.

"Our love of the Savior is the key to Savior-like obedience. As we strive to be obedient in today’s world, we declare our love and respect for all of Heavenly Father’s children. Yet it is impossible for this love for others to modify God’s commandments, which were given for our good! For example, the commandment “thou shalt not … kill, nor do anything like unto it”13 is founded upon spiritual law that protects all of God’s children, even the unborn. Long experience suggests that when we ignore this law, immeasurable sorrow results. Yet many believe it is acceptable to terminate the life of an unborn child for reasons of preference or convenience. To rationalize disobedience does not change spiritual law or its consequences but leads to confusion, instability, wandering in strange paths, being lost, and grief."

I've been contemplating political correctness and believe it is a ploy of Lucifer. We cannot say ought for fear of offending others and being branded an -ist or a -phobe. While I won't go out of my way to hurt the feelings of others, in the future I cannot acquiesce an issue because of the -ist/-phobe fear. If it is sexist to stand against murdering unborn children, then so be it. It is wrong to sit back and seemingly agree while many things become 'wrong'. AND why is it ok for the minority to scream injury and the rest to give up saying Merry Christmas. It is a Christian holiday for Heaven's Sake. Examples of this insidious practice of accepting Lucifer's sinful plans loosely veiled in the guise of sparing the feelings of others runs deep and wide in Western culture. It will be to our detriment.

No, I don't intend to become confrontational. I plan to listen to others, remain calm, and express my opinions based on my understanding of keeping Jesus' commandments. Biting my tongue in these circumstances isn't standing as His witness or isn't proclaiming His gospel...but neither is contention. I'll tread lightly but carry my stick of knowledge. My stick is pretty much a twig right now, so this must mean I must work harder at gaining more knowledge. In addition, I must pray harder for grace to help me be calm and respectful, when discussing hot button issues. Loosing one's temper negates any ounce of credibility and puts barriers willingness of others to consider truth.

God be with you 'til we meet again.