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Book of Mormon Study - 3 Nehpi 26

This is one of my favorite chapters in the Book of Mormon. I would love to sit at the feet of the Savior and listen as He teaches me the Plan of Salvation from the beginning to the end.  The Plan of Salvation is my favorite subject!  It is my favorite lesson to teach in seminary.  I takes me 3 days to lay it all out at the very least.  It is such an amazing Plan, a perfect Plan- from the organization of our intelligences to the final judgement and our celestial glory. It never ceases to amaze me how eternally comprehensive it is (and we only know/understand such a small portion of it!) and that it was created because Heavenly Father loves us.


The Plan, of course, could not have been successful unless Jesus volunteered to be the Savior. In doing so, He willingly set Himself apart from the others, stepping from His place as a God to have a human experience.  As the "Director" of the Plan, he step on stage to take on the most difficult role in the script, that of Savior of all …

Book of Mormon Study - 3 Nephi 25

Short but sweet.

I love this chapter.

Things I learn from these words:

Do what I can to avoid burning and DO all that I can to arise.  The key it to follow the "Son of Righteousness".  I love that name for the Savior.  It says it all and it teaches what we need to do.

I also love the last verse... "turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to the fathers..."

This little verse has a lot to say...  we get somewhere in family units... parents must make their children and future generations a high priority in their lives... our families help to motivate us to do good... children must seek to obey and honor their parents and grandparents...  we must seek to bring all family member to Christ, past (work for the dead), current, and future (establishing gospel traditions in the home).

I have had a chance to talk with teenagers about the last days. I am often able to share with them some of the things they could expect, and some of the t…

More policitcal rants

I orginally wrote this paragraph in my previous post.  However, my husband pointed out that it  didn't really fit there.  Thus I rant in a new post.

I'd like to know why so many believe the government should be the ultimate provider of everything we need. 

Personally, I believe that we need a smaller government.Help for others still needs to happen, but it needs to happen because we truly care for others not because it is mandated.

Yes, everyone deserves to eat.However, please explain to me why my taxpaying, community volunteering family eats peanut butter and jelly and the person in line in front of me at the grocery store, who I know personally and who I know for a fact doesn’t make an effort to get a job buys steak, lobster, and fresh veggies courtesy of those who do pay (oh… that would be those evil rich people - those rich people).

Yes, everyone deserve to have health care. Could you please explain to me why I pay for insurance and I can’t get an appointment at Kaiser Perman…

Dear Mr. Harry Reid

Dear Mr. Reid,


Today, I must confess that I am not in a good mood. I blame the political environment.

Let me explain.

Today, as I drove my kids to the High School radio station after radio station was talking about Harry Reid and his opinions of Mitt Romney.

I don’t normally get into politics, but today I’d like to remind you, Mr. Reid, that we are all the “face of Mormonism” – you are, Romney is, I am. Everything we do and say somehow reflects what we believe and what we practice.

Matt.5:14-16 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candle stick, and it giveth light until all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good work and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.”

You, Mr. Reid reportedly believes that Mitt Romney is not the face of Mormonism. What exactly does that mean? I can see from many examples how Romney’s exercise of his religion…

Book of Mormon Study - 3 Nephi 24

One of my favorite Primary songs is I wonder When He Comes Again. 

I can't help but wonder about what it must have been like to sit at the feet of the Savior while He taught scripture.

I wonder if they were excited to receive more scripture. I know I would be!


I know they didn't fully understand what He was telling them, because He spends time in chapter 26 explaining it. So, I guess I don't feel so bad not fully understanding all that He tries to teach me.

But, there is one thing that I do understand and have a testimony of: the principle of tithing. We can give our agency and time to the Lord, but tithing is the only tangible thing He requires of us. Isn't that interesting?  Tithing is the first bill we should ever pay.

Plus, anything I can do that will open the windows of heaven so blessings will be poured upon me, bring it on! I will do it. 

What did you learn?

Book of Morman Study - 3 Nephi 23

Verse 1: "Ye ought to search these things... a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah."


It's a commandment!  Not to browse but to look non-stop for what is in the scriptures.  Not only does he tell us to search in verse 1, but He commands us to search what the prophets have taught in verse 5.

This must be of the most importance! 

Why do we struggle to read our scriptures daily when it is clearly a commandment?  Why do we struggle to dive deep into scriptural knowledge when it is clear that the Savior values the scriptures and the words of the prophets?  Why?

"... for great are the words..." I wonder if the Savior could say that about my words. Not that I'm a prophetess,but just about my speech and the things I speak of. Am I speaking of things that are good and righteous? And I sharing the gospel and using my words to uplift others?

Verses 4-5: Again- it's so neat for me to see myself in th…

Clean Eating Report

So... I've now been attempting to begin the process of "clean eating" for the past week and a half.  It is a processes.  I hate wasted food, so it is taking me a couple weeks to use up all the less-than-healthy food in my house.  I have succeeded in only buying the healthy stuff since I decided to try something new.  The rest of the family is co-operating... for the most part.  Here are most successful food adventures of for the past week and a half:
I came home from my experience with the Chinese medicine doctor and made this Corn Salad.  I used 1 c. yellow corn, 1 c. white corn, 2 tomatoes from my garden chopped small, 1 cucumber from my garden chopped small, 1 small zucchini from my garden chopped small, 1/2 of a red onion chopped small, 1 bunch of cilantro chopped small, 1/2 t. of Taco seasoning, 1/2 garlic powder, 2 T lime juice, 2 T. red wine vinegar, and black pepper to taste, and topped it with sliced avocado.  I then served it with corn chips.  I had them in the…

Book of Mormon Study - 3 Nephi 22

Some of these Isiah chapters are hard to focus on and to understand.  I find that this chapter has a bit of a comforting tone. A couple times the Lord says, "It's gonna hurt, but just for a little bit. It's going to be okay." I know He is referring to the Last Days, the gospel, the gathering of Israel, and such, but I think we can take this in a more personal approach.

Sometimes we have to struggle and we have to feel pain. It's the price of growth.

Darn it!  Many days I'm tired of the struggle.

In those times I find it hard to feel happy about things. Sometimes I even feel abandoned, like God has forsaken me. I find myself asking, "Why did God let this happen?"

There isn't a standard answer for every person and situation- we are all so different in our needs, choices and experiences. When there are times that I feel like I'm struggling, it's nice to be reminded that God is aware of my issues even if He doesn't grant immediate reli…

Book of Mormon Study - 3 Nephi 21

This country, a free land, has been established, allowing the freedom of religion, and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, which are all signs that His time to return is coming. That is exciting!


Verse 6 specifically applies to us: that if we don't harden our hearts, that we repent and come unto him and be baptized and know the doctrine, we will be adopted into the House of Israel.

It is interesting that throughout this chapter, Jesus is very clear about whose plan it was: His and our Father in Heaven's plan. Jesus plays a part- an intricate and necessary part- of that plan, but it is the Father's wisdom and plan. (vv 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 20, 27, 29)

Also of note: Verse 9, the Savior talks about the Restoration of the gospel., and that the Father will bring about the restoration for the sake of Jesus Christ. (His words were "for my sake")

Now, the restoration was for our sake, wasn't it? I mean, we benefit from it: from the truths taught, the ordinances off…

The Week at the Boyack's - Week 15

This week has been an unusual week.  We all did school.  We all did work.  We all got involved in our various activities.  Once again, I wasn't very good about taking pictures.  I guess I just think that we are too boring and don't really have a ton to show the world.  Then Kimber sent me these pictures of Chad from the past Friday night football game.
Chad has joined the "super Fans" of CHS football.  He even came up with a costume... my red bandanna... Lillian's Cheer Camp shirt... a scrap of red fabric from my sewing room... Raymond's red socks... and my mascara under his eyes.  At the games he acts like a nut.  He does push ups when the team scores.  He hasn't done many push ups because they haven't been scoring.  He didn't go to this weeks game because it was in Scappouse and his practice went long.  The team lost.
Case has been playing hard and getting ornery.  He is pick about what he eats.  He throws fights when things don't go his way. …

Book of Mormon Study - 3 Nephi 20

In this chapter Jesus provides the bread and wine, and administers the Sacrament to the Nephites again. They had received it for the first time just the day before (Chapter 18). That tells me the Sacrament must be important.


The first time they received the Sacrament, they were told they would be blessed for doing so. This time, after partaking of the Sacrament, He spoke more specifically (and allegorically) about the blessings of partaking of the Sacrament (8). They not only partook it in remembrance of Him, but He said "he that eateth this bread eateth my body to his soul; and he that drinketh of this wine drinketh of my blood to his soul;"

It solidifies the correlation between the Sacrament and the Atonement. When we partake of the Sacrament, we are not only remembering Him but inviting Him into our souls - - by taking the Sacrament we make Him a part of us.

He also stated that when we shall do this our souls shall never hunger nor thirst, but shall be filled. He wasn'…

Book of Mormon Study - 3 Nephi 19

I love that the people HAD to share!

Verse 3: they "did labor exceedingly all that night, that they might be on the morrow in the place where Jesus should show himself unto the multitude."

They made sure they were going to see the Savior and they invited everyone to join them!  These people understood the spirit of missionary work!

When we know we must share!

I have to examine my own efforts.  Do I labor exceedingly to be close to the Savior?  Do I labor exceedingly to invite others to know him?

They worked and sacrificed because they knew where the Savior would be and they wanted to be near to Him. I know that He wants me to be near to Him in a spiritual sense. I know where He is, and how to get to Him, but how hard do I try to be there?  How hard do I try to invite others to join me?

Food for thought.

I am also impressed that one of their greatest desires was to have the gift of the Spirit.

I love the Holy Ghost. I love what He does, and who He does it for. We learn a lot…

Book of Mormon Study - 3 Nephi 18

Isn't it interesting how, when Jesus was teaching the people, He would turn and teach the twelve disciples a little more. It's the first recorded Priesthood training session in the Book of Mormon!


Cool!

There is a lot of great stuff in this chapter: The institution of the Sacrament (which they didn't have becasue they were practicing the Law of Moses), teachings on prayer, the Holy Ghost, and more!

But, verse 32 stuck out to me today. Jesus is telling them to never turn away someone who wants to come to church and worship because "for ye know not but what they will return and repent, and come unto me with full purpose of heart, and I shall heal them; and ye shall be the means of bringing salvation unto them."

We cannot judge those who want to come- regardless of past mistakes/choices. Salvation is for all, and we never know if that particular time is the time they are ready.

I also love how we learn that:

The Savior heals

and we teach.

We are partners with Christ…

Book of Mormon Study - 3 Nephi 17

I love this chapter!!!!  I wish I was there!

The first principle we learn in this chapter is that knowledge and understanding come from God. They sat at the feet of the Savior Himself and still did not fully understand.


Hearing is only the first step to understanding. The other two are to ponder, then to pray and ask God what to help them understand it all.

There is also another step before hearing that the Savior asked them to do the next day: Prepare their minds.

So, the steps to understanding things of a spiritual nature are:

1. Prepare your mind.
2. Prick your ears
3. Ponder what you have heard (read)
4. Pray for further understanding and confirmation of its truthfulness.

We know that there is a fifth step to this as well:

5. Practice what you have learned.

Knowledge means nothing if it doesn't motivate is to be better.

Another powerful P word in this chapter is used by the Savior Himself: Perceive.

To perceive is to see with understanding.

When we follow the steps to under…

Epiphany

This morning, while saying my morning prayers, I had an epiphany. 

I was thanking the Lord for a new direction and for a acupuncture experience that seemed positive.    I expressed gratitude for the way I was treated in the office and prayed extra hard that this may be the answer I was looking for to achieve better health. 

I noticed the pressure points where the needles had been inserted began to itch as I prayed.

I had a flood of images overwhelm my mind.  The needles had been placed in my feet, hands and wrists.  I gained an understanding that just as my spirit needed the Savior, with his marks in his feet, hands, and wrists, to overcome the "illness" that plague the spirit, my body needed the help of an outside source.  I could see that Malia (the person with the needles) symbolised the Savior for me in this adventure.  I needed help.  I am not going to conquer this weight issue on my own.  I need help beyond the obvious.

I am not clearly expressing what I felt and wha…

Book of Mormon Study - 3 Nephi 16

The word that caught my attention in this chapter was "If" To me, it's such an empowering word. It means that our eternal salvation is up to us. The Savior has already atoned for our sins. We have all that we need here on earth to obtain salvation later. BUT, it ALL rides on OUR choices.....the big IF.


IF we obey, IF we humble ourselves....if, if, if.

IF we choose His path.

IF

Small word, but power.

The Week at The Boyack's - Week 14

This week I did a lousy job taking pictures.  I didn't really get any.  We didn't do too many extra things to make the week exciting.  Hannah went to school, play practice and her final week of HMS Pinafore at Pentacle Theater.  For the last 4 weeks I've been bugging her to take pictures of her running the spot and of her friends at the theater.  What did I get?  A big, fat nothing!  The bum.  So you will all have to imagine Hannah did the spot and that she made new friends and she got real tired.  Saturday was the last night.  Now she may be able to get her homework done before 10 each night.
In fact, the only pictures I have of Hannah now a days are the pictures I steal off of Facebook from her friends.  LOL.  She is rarely home.  but I think she is liking full time school so far.  At least she looks happy.  I think she likes seeing her friends everyday.  She likes going to lunch with Sai.  I don't think she misses her mom yet... but I know she will someday, even if i…

Beginning a "Clean" journey - wish me luck!

So here is the deal… for the past couple of months I just haven’t been myself. I am told that I am borderline everything. My numbers are high enough to “be concerned”, but not high enough to have meds. (which is ok with me because I am not a big fan of meds.) I don’t have the energy I used to. I have this dull headache all the time… not enough of a headache to need a Tylenol, but pressure like someone is squeezing my brain.


The answer to my concerns have always been lose weight. Duh! I’ve been working at it! Hello! I ate salads for over a year and blogged about it. I took all wheat, dairy and soy out of my diet because of allergies. I tried to exercise.

There was NO change! Gah!

I am tired of the same old answers… the medical establishments “party” line.

Someone please explain to me why I wasn’t making progress when I eat between 1200 and 2000 calories a day and exercising!

No one has an answer.

I couldn’t get any real answers at the doctor’s office.

I started to really fast and pray…

Book of Mormon Study - 3 Nephi 15

In chapter 11 it says the Nephites "did open their ears" so they could hear the voice of God and what was being said. Now, here in verse 1 He acknowledges that "Behold ye have heard the things which I taught..."


Nice!  That's like saying, "Well done!"  But there is more!

They opened their ears and heard, and understood, what the Savior said.

According to the Savior, the next step is to remember. The final step is to do.

1. Listen.
2. Remember.
3. Do

Duh!  I can't tell you how often I forget the whole process!  This is what enduring is all about!  It is finishing.  It is doing something about our faith and our knowledge.

That's the pattern to success in the gospel, and in life.

I love learning about the house of Israel in the Old Testament. I taught the Old Testament last year in seminary, and it is fascinating for me to learn about Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph; to see how the covenant which the Savior talks about here in the Book of Mormo…

Book of Mormon Study - 3 Nephi 14

Twenty percent of this chapter was about judging- or not judging. We all do it: assume, jump to conclusions, criticize. We can't help it. We are human. LOL. We look at others who make different choices and attach a level of intelligence and worth to them for those choices.


It is easy to judge other people based on what we see and how we interpret them. But only God knows their intentions and circumstances.

I look at myself a lot, and the things that I do and say. Sometimes I do and say some really stupid stuff. I look back at me ten years ago, even five years ago, and can see how I've changed. I cringe to know that some people out there have judged me- defined my worth and my destiny - by a single act or meeting. They don't know the entire picture- they don't really know me.

Judging strangers is one thing. What about judging those closer to us: our friends and our family? Are we kind and forgiving, or harsh and critical?

The Savior makes it very clear that we will be j…

Book of Mormon Study - 3 Nephi 13

I love this chapter of pure instruction! I’d like to focus on only a couple of the principles I love here.


There is a saying, "Home is where the heart is." Principle: Our eternal home depends on where our heart is. That is one of the messages of this chapter. If your heart is in the accolades of man, in the material things of this world, than your eternal home will be empty, void of increase.

If your heart is dedicated to spiritual matters (which, in reality, are more real than physical matters), if you are committed to the gospel, if your heart is set on heaven, and your eye single to the eternal perspective, than you shall inherit eternal life. AND, you shall also receive the other things that you need (as God sees it) as well.

The Savior makes it clear that there are two ways to see life: worldly or spiritually (eternally.) When it comes down to it, there are only two choices to make.

Which is more real to you?

Which gives you more pleasure: a compliment from a friend or …

Book of Mormon Study - 3 Nephi 12

This is a great chapter!  Our own Sermon on the Mount in the Americas.


To me, the theme of the entire chapter is humility and charity. The 12 disciples were called as servants to serve the people.
My favorite line- the sum-up verse of the entire chapter, or even the entire Book of Mormon, is found in verse 20. The Savior Himself says: "Therefore, come unto me and be ye saved." He goes on to say, "for verily I say unto you, that except ye shall keep my commandments, which I have commanded you at this time, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."

That says everything.

They were commanded, as are we, to come unto Him. To follow His example. To be like Him. To be obedient to all that He commands. And to do it all in humility and charity.

Peace of cake!

Or not- but that's why before He even went into the requirements for inheriting the kingdom of heaven, he made sure they had a way. He gave the Priesthood to Nephi and the 12 disciples. He taught them…

Book of Mormon Study - 3 Nephi 11

A few things that caught my eye in this chapter:




1. It was the people who were at the temple that were blessed to see the Savior first. When we go to the temple we bring ourselves closer to the Savior. For them, it was a very literal and real 'closer.'

2. The spirit is small, yet has the greatest power to reach the soul.  I can think of few things more powerful.

3. V 5- 'and they did open their ears to hear it.' How many times has Heavenly Father spoken to me that I didn't hear... or was it "wouldn't hear? Not because of Him, but because of my inability, or unwillingness, to hear? I need to open my ears to what He has to say to me more.  I need to practice turning my "eyes toward the heavens" and to "look steadfastly" for the answers He is sending me.

4. We only have a handful of recorded times where Heavenly Father Himself speaks directly to His children- and most of those is introducing the Savior. Here is another time where He speaks…

Book of Mormon Study - 3 Nephi 10

This chapter (as with the next 17 chapters) truly do prove that the Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ. It does go hand in hand with the Bible, testifying the reality of the existence of the Savior and the Plan of Salvation.


I can't even imagine what that must have been like to hear the voice of the Savior. The destruction and the loss, the hope and the joy- all in a three day period.  What an experience!

I love how the people in the scriptures loved their own scriptures and read them. They studied their scriptures and referred to them often. Mormon is telling us the search the scriptures so we can know for ourselves that the prophecies recorded in them have come to pass.

If the people would turned to their scriptures back then they would have recognized the signs of the times. The same is true for us today. We should be in our scriptures, studying the prophecies of our time, so that we may be prepared.

I know I am so very grateful that I have access to the scrip…

The Wonders of Peppermint

For several years now, I have been a huge fan essensial oils and herbs for healing.  I've tried every oil company I could find and finally conceeded that Young Living truly had the highest quality oils.

My favorite oil is PEPPERMINT.  It is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion. Jean Valnet, M.D., studied peppermint's effect on the liver and respiratory systems.

These are some of my favorite ways to uses peppermint iol:

1. Rubbing 4-6 drops in the palm and rubbing over stomach and around the navel to help relieve occasional indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.  Used this on Friday to help Hannah recover from a yucky tummy.  She threw up on the way to Seminary.  I sent her back in the house to use the peppermint.  With in 2 hours she was able to handle school and had no more issues with feeling gross.

2. Adding a drop of Peppermint oil to herbal tea may help aid digestion and heartburn.  I also had her drink this.  Can't tell you how muc…

The Week at the Boyack's - Week 13

This week school started in full force.  Tuesday was freshman day.  Hannah went to the high school.  She has chosen to go to school full time this year.  I'm not sure I like it.  I'm going to miss her happy influence at home. 
Meanwhile, at home, Case has been looking for ways to entertain himself.  For whatever reason, he decided that wearing his undies on his head was the best game.  Perhaps he thought he looked more like Spiderman.  LOL
He is one weird child.  I decided he needed to start school too.  I spend about an hour doing "school" work with Case.  This week we started Dragons and Dinosaurs.  Lagi started coming everyday too.  Jo got a full time job (sweet!).  Lagi likes to do "school" too.
Lilli did fairly well getting back into the "school" routine.  Sometimes she has a problem with focus.  however, she was able to get every assignment done this week.  That is what I call success!
Chad started the week like this.  Games.  By Wednesday, we…