Saturday, March 31, 2012

Salad Days 351-359

Next week people!  Next week I will have made it through 365 days of salad.  Hard to believe.  I do need to make up my mind as to what I should do for the next 365 days.

Friday, March 23, I kept it simple.  Salad greens and Italian dressing.

Saturday, March 24, I got one of those salads from the store.  I need to find a way to pack quick grab and go salads of my own without everything getting slimy and gross.

Sunday, March 25, we made Broccoli Salad.  My Friend Vicky Hilton introduced this tasty salad to us years a go.  It is still a favorite.

Monday, March 26, we were entertaining McKay's boyfriend who was in town from New Mexico... once again I went with easy... salad from the store.

Tuesday, March 27, easy cop out again... salad greens and Italian dressing.

Wednesday, March 28, I went with the trusty Taco Salad.

Thursday, March 29, I went with fruit salad... i.e. peaches and cream... tehe.  cheating a bit, but I hadn't gotten to the store yet.

Friday, March 30, I still had broccoli so I made a Broccoli Salad again.  I can't stand to waste food.

Today, March 31, I had a warm spinach salad... and more broccoli in the evening.  Thinking about things, I might go with soup or salad for the next year... and post recipes of new things I try.  What do you think?  Should I do that next?  Or does anyone still read this and know what I've said?

Book of Mormon Study - Alma 2

I know I've been doing gospel study nearly all day - with all of the Conference sessions and all - but I'm on a roll.  I had to read the Book of Mormon too.  So, I read Alma 2.

Three times in this chapter it's pointed out that the Nephites were strengthened by the Lord in their trials. The battles were not taken from them but they were strengthened enough to be victorious.  I think most of your trials are like this... they are not taken from us but we are given just enough to make it through  the tough times.

I can't imagine the sheer terror they must have felt, being confronted by such violence and hatred. Altogether, nearly twenty thousand people were killed in one day. I can't even imagine.  That's a blood bath!

I have trials in my life, some that really do frighten me- but nothing like a scantily clad Lamanite boasting a cimeter trying to kill me. Yeah- I'll take my trials over that.  LOL.

What I took from this, though, is that no matter what my trials are, no matter how scary they might be, in my faith, the Lord will strengthen me so I can be victorious.

Faith... again.  Better work on that some more.

What did you think/learn today?

Favorite Thoughts from Saturday Afternoon Conference

Loved this session as well!  The MTC choir was great.

This time I wrote several things that were my impressions and not so much what was said.  Thus, some of these thoughts won't reflect exactly what was said, but definitely what was learned.

... In the Parable of the Laborer, no one was treated unfairly... everyone knew and agreed to the wages for the work... why should you be jealous when I choose to be kind?... I wish I could get that through to my kids and to my students and to my own heart...

... envy is a mistake that keeps giving...

... forgive and let go and move on...

... remember the thrill of being merciful... it will make a difference when dealing with people making poor choices...

... AWAKE and be MEN...

... keep saving for a mission... you never know, he just might surprise everyone and go... I need to be ready...

... DON'T delay.  It is getting LATE...

... prepare for Sunday meetings...

... Live worthy of temple covenants...

... help youth to be self-reliant, learn to work, live within their means, avoid debt and to save...

... get to higher ground...

... the Prodigal Son did come back... sigh...

... support single parents...

... no one is alone...

... in due season we will all reap...  What did we sow?

... you  can't be wrong by doing it right...

... refrain from judging others...

... calm down, they are good kids.  Don't be too hard on foolish behavior, yet help correct sin...

... read Book of Mormon regularly... be persistent...

... might not be perfect, but keep trying...

... Ask for revelation...

... careful, quiet speech, better health with exercise, good foods, and sleep, and driving away anger invites revelation...

... carefully record inspiration...

... look for the answers... no answer takes away agency... the right answer will bring peace...

So, there are a few of my impressions.  What did you learn?

Favorite Thoughts from Saturday Morning Conference

I love conference.  It's like getting an extra boost to make it through the winds of life that batter us all around.

First of all, the music always lifts me.  I love the Tab Choir.  I think angels will sound just like that in heaven.

Here are the thoughts I wrote in my conference journal:

... find the courage to change...

... resolve to live worthy of the blessing God has to extend...

... oppose evil...

... children are the joy of the Lord...

... no pain will last forever...

... my first calling is within my family...

... we often learn more from our children than from our parents... So TRUE!

... make time for family...

... children are the heritage of the Lord...

... must teach the doctrine, better to teach to UNDERSTAND the doctrine...

... create a Spirit filled atmosphere...

... Be ACTIVE in the gospel... by 1) deepen understanding of God 2) focus on covenants and ordinances and then live up to them 3) unit the gospel with the church...

... follow the pattern...

... LOVE of God is the root to success...

... the gospel requires sacrifice...

...be more generous...

... adversity brings strength...

... choose the right in all conditions...

Can't wait to hear the next session beginning any minute now. 

What have you learned?

My own Spin... Easter Wreath

So... I started looking at Pintrest recently.  I mostly went to do something with Kimber.  It's not like we are on the computer at the same time.  It's just so we can share ideas and common interests.  However, it seems so unproductive to "pin" something and than to never "DO" anything about it.  Why not try some of the things I see?  So I tried to do just that.

I liked this Easter Wreath.  It was so cute!

It looked easy.

I headed to JoAnn's to find what I needed...

... and it wasn't there.

I was bummed.

I put my mind to work.  How could I do this in a slightly different way?

I found a foam ring... I found small lace daisies... I found a cute pink ribbon (although it wasn't exactly the same), but I couldn't find the green fuzzy yearn.

I went round and round through the store looking for inspiration.  I had to come home with something.  I went to Salem just for this and I couldn't go home as a failure.

Then it hit me.

FEATHER BOA!

So I bought it.

I took it home and my friend Shar and I put two together... one for me and one for my daughter.


Ok... it is not quite the same.  but I like it!  It's little more like a "Grinch" wreath.  LOL.  Still.  I feel successful and festive... and slightly domestic.  It's so unlike me.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - Alma 1

Nehor, Nehor, Nehor, oh how you sound like so many out there today! Proclaiming what you term the truth, buying people's allegiance with lies and misperceptions, playing to their vanity. And how easily the people succumbed.

Of course they did. He made the path wide and easy. He removed the struggle, the accountability and humility and replaced it with selfishness, laziness and pride.

Sinning always seems the path of least resistance. But we see in the end of this chapter (and pretty much all cases of sinful behavior) that it is not the path to happiness. Only righteousness is.

This man, Nehor, claimed to be a man of God; killed an elderly hero because he didn't like what he had to say. It's amazing how a wicked and weak mind can justify sinful and destructive behavior!

In comparison, the righteous, in spite of other church members going astray and fighting, held steadfast and immovable, continually living the gospel they knew to be true.

I think of people being offended when I read this. How many people do we know wait, watch and judge other members, then stop coming to church because they have been hurt or offended by someone in the church? I've known quite a few. It's sad, really. In fact, it's really sad. It hits close to home.

There is no eloquence, only truth, to this sentence: People should attend church because of their relationship to Heavenly Father and the Savior, and their willingness to follow them. They shouldn't allow another imperfect person to keep them from that. We go to church because we have covenanted to.

Boyd K. Packer said:

“We can learn from the oyster. Irritations come, and he tries to get rid of them. But if he cannot get rid of them, he handles the irritation by making a pearl. Through patience, faith, and obedience, the irritations that come can be endured and covered, and we can become like beautiful pearls. We wish to make some suggestions as to how you may respond if unfavorable publicity appears in your local area. We do not think it either wise or appropriate to react to all criticisms nor to challenge those responsible for them. Nor is it wise to enter into debates with them either individually or before audiences. In the spirit of the Master, we should turn the other cheek and pray for them which despiteful use you. However, when opportunities arise to present our message which do not involve contention or debate, we suggest you take advantage of them. Members may respond to the inquiries that come to them individually. The following illustrates some positive approaches to handling persecution. Samuel Johnson wrote something that I think has an application here that we ought to remember. ‘A fly can string a stately horse and make it wince, but one is still a stately horse and the other, well…’ Let me give you an example. When I was president of the mission, one of the newspapers in the area in New England published an article about the Church. It had picked it up from another paper that was scurrilous. It was entirely wrong, and it was headlined across an inner page of the paper. The article was a kind of harkback to some of the untruths to which we were subjected a few generations ago. The missionaries got all excited about it. Some of them drove a hundred miles to bring that newspaper for me to see what had happened. I read it and said, ‘Well, thanks; go on back and preach the gospel.’ They couldn’t understand why I wasn’t excited about it. They couldn’t understand that I was excited about it and tried not to show it, I guess. They said, ‘What shall we do?’ And I said, ‘Go about your work; preach the gospel.’ ‘But aren’t you going to call the editor, and aren’t you going to demand equal space and answer this?’ And the answer was no, because I didn’t have time. All it takes is one critic or one heckler to take you right out of commission if you feel the necessity of answering everything that comes your way. If you are bitten by a fly, scratch it and go back to work. You see, if I had called that editor and said, ‘Now look,’ and ‘We demand,’ and so on, I suppose it’s possible that we could have had him print a retraction of it—maybe a two-line retraction of the last corner of that last page in the want ads where nobody would see it—he might have been persuaded to do that much. We did nothing until later; then we began to cultivate his help and suggestions. All we did was have two missionaries go to see him and say, ‘We are two missionaries, and we don’t know very much. We’re here without any compensation, paying our own way. We are supposed to preach the gospel in this town, and nobody seems to want to hear us. Now you are a newspaper editor, and you’re in touch with people and know how they feel and how to communicate with them. Tell us what to do to get our job done. Will you help us?’ Who could resist that? And he didn’t. So the day came within the year when there was another article in that same newspaper, headlined, that said, ‘Latter-day Saints Have Dual Reason for Celebrating Christmas.’ Then in columns side by side were quotations from the New Testament and quotations from the Book of Mormon that sustain and bear witness of Christ; there was an explanation of the fact that we had a double reason for our worship, a double reason for our witness that Jesus is the Christ. Why don’t you stay at your posts and just not get excited?”

These people understood that and, in spite the choices and behavior of some of the members who had been swayed by the words of Nehor, they stayed true to what they believed and continued to stay strong and steadfast in the Church of Christ. They made pearls.

They didn't judge the church by the people. They followed the Lord. And because they did, they were blessed and prospered. They made pearls.

John Taylor said:
“Peace is the gift of God. Do you want peace? Go to God. Do you want peace in your families? If you do, live your religion, and the very peace of God will dwell and abide with you, for that is where peace comes from and it doesn’t dwell anywhere else.” M. Russell Ballard said: “The Lord’s promise of peace comes from knowing and living the principles of our Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness.”

What did you think/learn today?

Book of Mormon Study - Mosiah 29

Well... I've reached the end of Mosiah.  Marvelous are the words in this book.

It's interesting that Mormon decides to put most of Mosiah's letter word for word, rather than summing it all up. His own words show his humility and the love and concern he had for his people. Sometimes I forget that these aren't just great stories, but that they were real people. He was inspired to set up the government by the voice of the people, with judges and judge, and systems in place to ensure fair and appropriate judging by all and for all.


He gloried in following God, in liberty and the freedom to choose.

Verse 27 is eerily similar to the direction of this great land today, "And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you..." Things are changing here- and not for the better. The tide of standards and integrity are receding; the voice of the people is crying louder and louder for redefining of family; stripping away the rights of the workers and people's freedom to choose. Many are being tricked into thinking that this is a new form of enlightenment, and "upgrade" to how things have been done in the past.

Not so.

God's standards will never change.

Anyway- I don't want this to become a political thing. I don't like politics.  I just thought that was a interesting point.

What did you think/learn today?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

My Own Brand of Magic

I am inspired by many of the beauties of this world.  How can I not be.  God is good.

It is my goal to be that good.  (in more ways than one).  I make an attempt and fall short.  However,  I practice.  Here is my last attempt at creating magic with Cinderella at Central High School.

 I started with my model...
It was real magic that we some how got this whole set on the stage... ready for tech and dress... in thee and a half weeks.  We had a lot on the line.  My daughter, Kimber was due with her first baby.  I couldn't leave the director, the kids, and the show in a tight corner.




We got this far after our first week.  Not bad... considering.  I love what my friend Dean was having for breakfast.  Actually, it was mostly mine.  I lived on diet Pepsi for a couple of weeks.  I was so tired!







 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Friday before Tech we pulled a late nighter.  A few of my heroes stayed at the school with me and painted, and painted, and painted.  We also multi-task and set all the lights too.  It was an amazing transformation.  Thanks to John, McKay, Hannah, Lillian, Kimber, Ray, Yvonne, Jacob, Micheal, Jon, Mary, John C., Erin,  Lucas, Jeff, Chris, Nathaniel, Keegan, Dean, and Josie who stayed up with me, we made it.
 

 

 

 

We even glitified (I know it's not a word) the set, the props and each other.  Actually, Jeff is the King of Glitter.  LOL.  Also, I have to mention the many parents that stopped in a couple afternoons to paint lines.  I'm a stickler for detail.  Everyone was real good about just going with it.
  
 

 I even threw in my two cents on Cinderella's big dress.  
Then it was the moment of magic.

































We had "Cinderella Day" and little girls from far and wide came to take pictures with the cast.


Lillian caught the magic.

The best magic is sharing it with family... Hannah performed as a towns person....

...and a mouse puppeteer.

Well... that's a wrap.  I believe this turned out to be one of my best shows.  However, I'm sure that the best is yet to come.