Thursday, December 8

The Book of Mormon

So powerful and beautiful the messages that are found therein.  It speaks directly to us.
Journals and records are important things for posterity as well as countless others.  I love this book.  I love that the men in it recorded their feelings and experiences.  Their faith and great love for those around them no matter how wicked or righteous.  It all points back to one thing, and one person.  The Atonement, the greatest sacrifice and act of love ever known among men by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

His name may offend some.

If it does, I am sad for the position you are in.  It is only the truth that pierces the wicked to the core.

Jesus Christ is the source of all healing, all power, all beauty, all light in this world.

And the Book of Mormon is an excellent way to come to know who He is, and what results from following His commandments and walking in His footsteps.

May I and those whom I love and care for always stay true to what we've been taught and felt in our hearts.  There is much deceit in this world.  Much flattery.  But the day of God's judgement will be swift and unexpected.

Wednesday, December 7

Christmas Presents

Nice little church bag

Homemade appliques (freezer paper kind) made into 'ball pillows'

purse for my niece

Bed hand made by my Grandpa (original design) and painted, embellished by me

Also made by Grandpa

Doll outfits

Extra set of bedding 

Stuffed elephants-left Angela's "Elly"

Above, Sarah's dress, matching doll dress and hand bag

Thursday, December 1

Same Gender Marriage

So one of my friends posted this video:    I was raised by lesbian parents

And I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share this response to it.  While it was a very well done speech, I think this girl got her point across as well. 

"That guys was awesome! Very intelligent, very handsome, very charismatic. But I still think he is arguing the wrong issue. In a country where many children are raised by single parents, or multi-generations, the question is not who is fit to raise children. There would be calls for mass sterilizations if that were the case. The argument is much more basic than that - it comes down to the family being the basic unit of society, the basic ingredient of our country and world. Eons ago when the first man married the first woman, it wasn't because he crawled out of a cave and fell in love. I believe it was because of specific instruction from God. In fact, getting married for love is a rather new concept in the history of the world. Trying to change marriage to fit people's lifestyle just doesn't make sense to me.   It seems natural to me to let people live their lives as they see fit, but not to call it something it is not."  -April Johnson

The definition of marriage has changed so much in the past eighty years, that perhaps the new type ought to have it's own name - like civil union.

Webster as of 2008 defines marriage as: "(1): the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as a husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law. (2): the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage."
Here is the Webster 1828 dictionary definition ofmarriage: "(1): The act of uniting a man and woman for life; wedlock; the legal union of a man and woman for life. Marriage is a contract both civil and religious, by which the parties engage to live together in mutual affection and fidelity, till death shall separate them. Marriage was instituted by God himself for the purpose of preventing the promiscuous intercourse of the sexes, for promoting domestic felicity, and for securing the maintenance and education of children." Note that Webster relates current and common use of words in a culture. (taken from

Fascinating subject.  I'd like to study more into it.  As for myself, I believe that we were put on this earth to learn to get along with the opposite gender, to become one, to raise children and to become an eternal unit.  God certainly created the correct body parts to make that possible far before artificial insemination.  I suppose that because of our scientific capabilities we feel we can justify whatever makes us 'happy'.  I know God is the source of true joy.  Therefore, I will trust in His plan for us as His children and believe that the way He set it all up is more valid than our own emotions.

Stellaluna and Cardboard Butterflies

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