Wednesday, June 15, 2016

 The Beginning of Joy.....

These two, I think they'll figure it out.

Cade Scott and Kayti Harris engaged to be married on August 16, 2016. Twin Falls, Idaho, LDS Temple.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

This is the last paragraph of my latest email from my 19 yo daughter. She is currently serving an LDS mission in Missouri, and was HS'ed using the TJED principles. I am going to share the letter, and then analyze it a little for you.

Dad & Mom,
I want to thank you for my life. Being out here in MO, I have noticed how much the youth struggle in staying close to the Lord while there is such evil all around them. One of the sisters talked about her daughter and how when she came home from school, she ran to her room to read the BoM before anything else and then after dinner and before school everyday. She told her mom that it was her way of cleansing her self from the outside world and from school. I am so grateful for both of you that are so in tune with the spirit and kept me out of things. Thank you for working on creating zion in our home. Thank you for helping me to know my Savior, His Atonement, and to always turn to Him for anything and everything. I have been so blessed. The way I was raised has been helping me a ton out here. I am not shocked by the world. It is really hard to explain.

My husband and  were discussing this...what were the things that made this work?
First, our family is so NOT perfect. We fight and yell, and get in bad moods, but we consistently prayed together, and tried to discuss the principles that we thought were important. She had a lot of freedom to follow her own interests, and among other amazing talents that she developed, she read. A lot. Tolkien, Tolstoy, Hugo, Porter, Austin, Homer, Card and on and on.....and what I think all that literature did for her was, mature her beyond her years to understand all the evil that is in the world, the ugly consequences that poor choices bring, and the beautiful redemptive quality of Grace. So was she sheltered? Physically, yes. Emotionally? No way. She has lived with the greatest lives ever lived. And so she, my friends, is ready to conquer the world.

Thank you Demilles, for sacrificing an easy life for the "called" life. Because of the gift of your research and understanding written in to books, I have just reaped the most priceless gift of parenting.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

 A couple months ago, darling started talking about a new position somewhere that he was curious about.  I said, "Well, send in your resume'."  And now I am here, single parenting and crying about leaving this home and land that I have invested my heart in.  And he is there, thrilling at this chance of new adventures and challenges.   We have a contract to buy our next home, right in the center of his new daily farming routines.  It was given to us by the Lord.  There is absolutely no explanation for how else it all came about.  But it is big, and solid, and so much like what I would design if I were to build from scratch.  And it has land, and trees, and pasture, and a little wild patch with sage brush so we don't miss our vast expanse of desert too much.  And it's by the lake (well reservoir, but lake sounds better) and I hear one can learn to sail there, and I've always wanted to learn to sail.

Here is our soon to be new Front Door.  Can't wait to make it mine. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

CHARACTER......from the Duggars

vs. Deception
Earning future trust by
accurately reporting past facts
Ephesians 4:25
vs. Unawareness
Being aware of that which is
taking place around me so that
I can have the right responses
Mark 14:38
vs. self-indulgence
Instant obedience to the initial
promptings of
God’s Spirit
Galatians 5:24-25
vs. Natural Inclinations
Seeing and responding to life
situations from God’s frame of
Proverbs 9:10
vs. Wastefulness
Wise use of that which others
would normally overlook or
Luke 16:10
vs. Disorganization
Preparing myself and my
surroundings so that I will
achieve the greatest efficiency
1 Corinthians 14:40
vs. Unconcern
Showing the worth of a person
by giving undivided attention
to his words and emotions
Hebrews 2:1
vs. Willfulness
Freedom to be creative under
the protection of divinely
appointed authority
II Corinthians 10:5
vs. Loneliness
Cheerfully sharing food,
shelter, and spiritual
refreshment with those God
brings into my life
Hebrews 13:2
vs. Disrespect
Awareness of how God is
working through the people
and events in my life to
produce the character of Christ
in me
Proverbs 23: 17-18
vs. Judgment
The God-given ability to
understand why things happen
I Samuel 16:7
vs. Extravagance
Not letting myself or others
spend that which is not
Luke 16:11
vs. Unresponsiveness
Recognizing and doing what
needs to be done before I am
asked to do it
Romans 12:21
vs. Callousness
Exercising my senses so that I
can perceive the true spirit and
emotions of those around me
Romans 12:15
vs. Hypocrisy
Eagerness to do what is right
with transparent motives
1 Peter 1:22
vs. Stinginess
Realizing that all I have
belongs to God and using it for
His purposes
II Corinthians 9:6
vs. Slothfulness
Visualizing each task as a
special assignment from the
Lord and using all my energies
to accomplish it
Colossians 3:23
vs. Presumption
Visualizing what God intends
to do in a given situation and
acting in harmony with it
Hebrews 11:1
vs. Covetousness
Realizing that God has
provided everything that I
need for my present happiness
I Timothy 6:8
vs. Unreliability
Knowing and doing what both
God and others are expecting
me to do
Romans 14:12
vs. Fairness
Personal responsibility to
God’s unchanging laws
Micah 6:8
vs. Impurity
The moral excellence and
purity of spirit that radiate
from my life as I obey God’s
II Peter 1:5
vs. Self-pity
The spontaneous enthusiasm
of my spirit when my soul is in
fellowship with the Lord
Psalm 16:11
vs. Incompleteness
Knowing what factors will
diminish the effectiveness of
my work or words if neglected
Proverbs 18:15
vs. Simple-mindedness
The ability to avoid words,
actions, and attitudes which
could result in undesirable
Proverbs 22:3
vs. Tardiness
Showing high esteem for other
people and their time
Ecclesiastes 3:1
vs. Pride
Recognizing that God and
others are actually responsible
for the achievements in my
James 4:6
vs. Indifference
Investingwhatever is
necessary to heal the hurts of
I John 3:17
vs. Fearfulness
Confidence that what I have to
say or do is true and right and
just in the sight of God
Acts 4:29
vs. Resistance
Not setting my affections on
ideas or plans which could be
changed by God or others
Colossians 3:2
vs. Inconsistency
Fulfilling what I consented to
do even if it means
unexpected sacrifice
Psalm 15:4
vs. Selfishness
Giving to others basic needs
without having as my motive
personal reward
I Corinthians 13:3
vs. Prejudice
Acceptance of others as
unique expressions of specific
character qualities in varying
degrees of maturity
Philippians 2:2
vs. Double-mindedness
The ability to finalize difficult
decisions based on the will
and ways of God
James 1:5
vs. Harshness
Showing personal care and
concern in meeting the needs
of others
I Thessalonians 2:7
vs. Rejection
Clearing the record of those
who have wronged me and
allowing God to love them
through me
Ephesians 4:32
vs. Self-centeredness
Making my own schedule and
priorities secondary to wishes
of those I am serving
Philippians 2:20-21
vs. Anxiety
Structuring my life around that
which is eternal and cannot be
destroyed or taken away
John 6:27
vs. Under-achievement
Approaching a need, a task, an
idea from a new perspective
Romans 12:2
vs. Rashness
Knowing how important right
timing is in accomplishing
right actions
Proverbs 19:2
vs. Faint-heartedness
Purposing to Accomplish
God’s goals in God’s timing
regardless of the opposition
II Timothy 4:7-8
vs. Rudeness
Limiting my freedom in order
not to offend the tastes of
those God has called me to
Romans 14:21
vs. Contentiousness
Guiding vital truth around
another’s mental roadblocks
II Timothy 2:24
vs. Giving-up
The inward strength to
withstand stress to accomplish
God’s best
Galatians 6:9
vs. Restlessness
Accepting a difficult situation
from God without giving Him
a deadline to remove it
Romans 5:3-4
vs. Apathy
Expressing with my spirit the
joy of my soul
I Thessalonians 5:16,19
vs. Unthankfulness
Making known to God and
others in what ways they have
benefited my life
I Corinthians 4:7
vs. Unfaithfulness
Using difficult times to
demonstrate my commitment
to God and to those whom He
has called me to serve
John 15:13
vs. Anger
Yielding my personal rights
and expectations to God
Psalm 62:5

Friday, January 11, 2013

I have become so much more skeptical as of late.  Read this, and perhaps join me.

Saman Mohammadi

Glenn Greenwald writes in his article, “The ‘war on terror’ – by design – can never end”:
“There’s no question that this “war” will continue indefinitely. There is no question that US actions are the cause of that, the gasoline that fuels the fire. The only question – and it’s becoming less of a question for me all the time – is whether this endless war is the intended result of US actions or just an unwanted miscalculation.
It’s increasingly hard to make the case that it’s the latter. The US has long known, and its own studies have emphatically concluded, that “terrorism” is motivated not by a “hatred of our freedoms” but by US policy and aggression in the Muslim world. This causal connection is not news to the US government. Despite this – or, more accurately, because of it – they continue with these policies.
One of the most difficult endeavors is to divine the motives of other people (divining our own motives is difficult enough). That becomes even more difficult when attempting to discern the motives not of a single actor but a collection of individuals with different motives and interests (“the US government”).
But what one can say for certain is that there is zero reason for US officials to want an end to the war on terror, and numerous and significant reasons why they would want it to continue. It’s always been the case that the power of political officials is at its greatest, its most unrestrained, in a state of war. Cicero, two thousand years ago, warned that “In times of war, the law falls silent” (Inter arma enim silent leges). John Jay, in Federalist No. 4, warned that as a result of that truth, “nations in general will make war whenever they have a prospect of getting anything by it . . . for the purposes and objects merely personal, such as thirst for military glory, revenge for personal affronts, ambition, or private compacts to aggrandize or support their particular families or partisans.”
If you were a US leader, or an official of the National Security State, or a beneficiary of the private military and surveillance industries, why would you possibly want the war on terror to end? That would be the worst thing that could happen. It’s that war that generates limitless power, impenetrable secrecy, an unquestioning citizenry, and massive profit.”

Friday, December 14, 2012

Scripture Keys for Today:  Mosiah 8

-The working of miracles is to benefit fellow beings

-The wisdom of men is blind

 17 But a seer can know of things which are past, and also of things which are to come, and by them shall all things be revealed, or, rather, shall secret things be made manifest, and hidden things shall come to light, and things which are not known shall be made known by them, and also things shall be made known by them which otherwise could not be known.
 18 Thus God has provided a means that man, through faith, might work mighty miracles; therefore
 he becometh a great benefit to his fellow beings.

 20 O how marvelous are the works of the Lord, and how long doth he suffer with his people; yea, and how blind and impenetrable are the understandings of the children of men; for they will not seek wisdom, neither do they desire that she should rule over them!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I've had this exact question...and so have my friends

A new Post from Spencer, Answering E.

Question for Spencer–How do you keep a balance of living in this world (i.e. the culture of this world) with striving for Zion? As I have read your story, I too am filled with joy and a deep desire to prepare myself for a Zion life. I find myself becoming more and more serious and my conversations becoming “heavy” to those around me. I have intense desires for a Zion life–I have ever since I was a young child and became “aware.” I find that this is not good for my children who need a mother who is “light” and unburdened by the call. Yet when I learn these things of Zion, the cultural norms of our world (I’m speaking of things that would be considered “acceptable” to our LDS culture–movies, TV, books, politics, medical practices, to name a few) seem to repulse me and I become more unrelatable–respected, but unrelatable. How then do you, knowing what you so definitively know, operate as a father, husband, friend, community member, etc.?
E, I will attempt to discuss this process. May the Lord be with me.
When we are shown the great love and compassion the Savior has for all that He has been given by the Father. Who we are, every one of us has been given to Christ by the Father or we would not be on this site.. He knows our needs, and our wants. When we see this clearly, our needs and wants diminish considerably, we change and we see the process so much clearer and far more deeply. This clarity is then imparted to us in regards to what all of us must past through so we can lay this mortal by and put it all, everything, holding nothing back on the altar and consider each person in their present place, in their present progression in a new light. The Lord gives us this vision and we become changed by it. Dificult, Yes. Necessary, for sure. He then shows us our standing before the Lord, as we progress through this veil of tears and into the place where Zion penetrates our wanderings and daily walk until it consumes us. The things of this world then seem to start taking care of themselves. A transition takes place in us and our efforts can then become multiplied, blessed and sanctified. People then begin to know instinctivly that we love them in ways that are higher then how we used to Love, act and how we used to be. Higher than the lone and dreary world which bogs us down and causes us to flee from the world because we are fearful it might splash on us and contaminate our efforts. Because it certainly has the tendency to drag us down with it.
We then no longer are motivated out of attraction, lust or the desire for status or power or gain. Our pride becomes swollowed up in the Love He shows us and the purpose that burns in our bones like a fire shut up within them. Our desire to do this and become this, is known by the Lord in the same fashion that we are known.
We than start treating others as He treats us. They become caught up in the rapture of His purposes and begin to accept all other souls in the place they dwell and our desires become the spark which moves them to see with new eyes and feel with a new heart. Others than begin to lift up their heads and turn to the Lord and transform themselves bit by bit till they are no longer comfortable with where they reside and live. The discomfort of it all cause them to shift, move and reevaluate their present status.Through this they then begin to look to Him and Do all that they do in the Name of the Lord, that He may begin to sanctify their service, work, thoughts and actions to their own good and the good of all that are around them. We can not become a community of Monks and bring this wortk forward.
Thus Zion is established. For the desire of Zion is to become one. One in heart, one in purpose, one is spirit. O N E ! Even as The Father and the Son are ONE. This becomes a mighty work. The energy continues to grow and like “ Hurricane Sandy” it becomes a mighty force that desroys, shakes up and causes change, all old things are taken away or destroyed and the only place to move is to stand still and mourn or move forward and learn of Him who is the author of this change.
Recall with me in the garden of Eden, on the Tree of Good and Evil, on this very tree which the Father and the Son had planted, we find opposition. Good and Evil. Change comes from loss, pain, struggle movement. We must recall, the Lord said, “Be ye therefore even as I am”. To align with Him we must be like Him. And often that takes going below it all while also being above it all. Can we receive only those parts of sanctification which are glorious, without seeing, and experiencing that which is painful, trying and difficult? I do not believe this is the path. He will succor us. He will lead us along. It is the path to Him and the Path to Zion. Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life. I testify of Him in the Name of Jesus Christ Amen. (Spencer)