My favorite quote

I’m not one to have favorites. Perhaps because I go through phases and change my mind so much I never stick with something long enough to make it a favorite. Maybe it’s because there are too many good things in this world to narrow down to a select few.

Soooo, since I don’t have a favorite quote, I’m going to share the scripture that caught my attention recently.

2 Nephi 9:51 (The Book of Mormon)

Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness.”

The last line might be the best. :)

Someone I Admire

No I didn’t forget. I had several opportunities yesterday to blog but we were camping out of reach of the magical cell service fairies.

When I saw the subject “someone you admire” for this post, I quickly thought of a sister in our ward that I have recently started getting to know. As I thought about her qualities I then thought about several women in our ward who continually impress me. So, here are some of the qualities of women that I am proud to associate with and strive to be more like.

One of the first things that come to mind is how positive these women are. Even when faced with challenges such as their husbands traveling for work, pregnancies, demanding callings, life with three, four or even more children, an so on, their positive attitudes and encouragement for others impress me. This handful of women constantly have a smile of their faces. Constantly. So much so that even when I’ve talked to one on the phone I can hear her smile as she talks to me. It’s amazing.

Another thing about these women is their willingness to reach out to others even when their lives are packed to the rafters with activities and responsibilities. Offers of babysitting, meals, and simple gestures of help never seem to cease.

It’s easy to get discouraged in life. Whether it’s your children, your housing situation (seems to be everyone’s story around here), yours or your husbands job, financial struggles, or other responsibilities, it’s always refreshing to surround yourself with those who can offer a positive beat to your life when you find it hard to make one yourself.

I’m not naming names but I just happen to have a picture of one of these amazing women I’m glad to call my friend.

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Religious views

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS or Mormon) most people already get the gist of what I believe. Even people who don’t know us well are quick to draw connections with our LDS affiliation. Just recently as we were unloading from the car after church our neighbor asked where we had been and then qwhat religion we were. Before I could spit out all the words she nodded and said, “ah, I thought so.”

In light of the recent Supreme Court rulings I want to briefly address the touchy subject that has dominated the news recently.

It’s been hot here too…

Ha. Just kidding.

I’ll be honest. I haven’t fully figured out what might be the best logistical way for our government to deal with same-sex marriage. There are complications at what seems like all levels of government. How do they deal with separation of “church and state” and how do they figure out all the financial implications that accompany the changes to related laws? It’s a bit of a mess if you ask me.

Here’s what I do know. Families are important. Super important (not to put it casually or anything). Children do best with capable and committed mothers and fathers. Male and female influences are important for children. They are different. They bring different things to the table that the opposite likely cannot.

With that said, I also know that the human race is a fallen species. We live in a fallen world. The only thing we can do about that is strive for the ideals that we know or feel to be right.

In general, Christians (and likely most religions) teach to be tolerant, supportive and accepting of the people who either struggle with, choose or even feel they are made to be a certain way which is different from what we believe to be correct. Difficult is the situation where lines are blurred between the person and the life they live. I don’t know how I would handle it if a family member or friend were to proceed with a same-sex orientation lifestyle. Certainly no banishment would occur but what part(s) of their life would be part of mine? I can’t say. Would lines be drawn? Most certainly.

I was impressed by what President Packer said at the most recent General Conference.
Tolerance is a virtue, but like all virtues, when exaggerated, it transforms itself into a vice. We need to be careful of the “tolerance trap” so that we are not swallowed up in it. The permissiveness afforded by the weakening of the laws of the land to tolerate legalized acts of immorality does not reduce the serious spiritual consequence that is the result of the violation of God’s law of chastity.

And because I can’t remember at the moment how to put the picture where I want it, you may now enjoy this picture of the family I love more than any thing.

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Blog revival

There have been a few people to do this (some more successful than others) so I thought I’d give it a shot. Thirty-ish days of daily blogging. A 30-day challenge. Three zero. I can do that. (?)

There are tons of challenges floating around the net. Since I don’t like all of even one of them, I’m taking the pick and choose approach.

Today’s topic: write your goals for the month.

Let’s start with the obvious. Take up a 30-day blogging challenge.

You can do anything for a month, right?

So let me take a moment to celebrate our goal for last month. Devin and I took on a sugar fast AND we did it AND we survived.

When friends heard about this adventure there were plenty of questions. What does that mean? Can you eat fruit? Honey? “Sugar free” with artificial sweeteners?

Our goals were to break our habit of daily sweet binges and hopefully “reset” our taste buds so that less was just as satisfying. No cake, cookies, candy, ice cream or the likes. No added sweetener (even honey) to our smoothies or oatmeal. However unsweetened smoothies were a treat.

Our only rule breaking rule was if we were invited to dinner. Then we were aloud to have the dessert offered to us. We laughed yesterday when we realized we weren’t given the opportunity to implement that rule.

I’m glad and proud to say I did it. My two cheats are when I “had” to test Abby’s hot chocolate to make sure it wasn’t too hot and when I had to get her milkshake started in the straw because it was so thick. Devin, unfortunately, was offered a chocolate biscuit while Home Teaching. It would have been rude to refuse. Uh-huh.

This last month has proven beneficial. Today we planned to get doughnuts from our favorite place. My goodness. Too much sugar. Way too sweet. Whipped cream has seen a reduction in sugar from about 2-3 tablespoons of sugar to seriously 3-4 DROPS of honey. Although I was plotting to eat every sweet in the cupboard today, it’s 2pm and I haven’t even opened it. Then again, it’s only 2pm.

Devin lost anywhere from 3 to 15 pounds. I managed not to gain any.

It was an interesting experience. I’d keep going if there were other obvious and immediate benefits like weight loss or energy changes.

I’d do it again…maybe.

So we will see if I am as successful in doing something as I was with not doing something.