Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Sunday citation

This is a quote from last October's General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Edward Dube said it in his talk, Look Ahead and Believe.

"Our Savior, Jesus Christ, who sees from the beginning to the end, knew very well the road He would travel to Gethsemane and Golgotha when He proclaimed, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). In the sight of the Lord, it is not so much what we have done or where we have been but much more where we are willing to go."

Saturday, December 21, 2013


I found some songs that you can sing with your little toddler or older baby while you do exercises for pregnancy!

Do your squats while doing the motions for this song. You stand up slowly from a squat as the snowman gets bigger, and then you drop down slowly into another squat as it melts. If you do it several times you will feel it!
Once there was a snowman

These are some songs with actions that you can do while tailor sitting:
If you're happy and you know it
Two little eyes
The wise man and the foolish man

Although technically you can sing about any song while tailor sitting, it's fun for the kids to do the actions with you.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Sunday citation

This is a great quote from Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow:

"As to [Joseph Smith] being a man of truth and honor I, nor any one else that knew him, have any reason to question for a moment. But then I never went forth to preach the principles of this Gospel depending entirely upon any information I received through him or any other man; but I believed on his words, coming as they did to me as the words of truth, from an inspired man of God. ... The Spirit of God, the Holy Ghost which all men may receive and enjoy, ... confirmed the truth of what he had told me, and it became knowledge to me of that nature which no man can give nor take away." (23:268.)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

An amazing documentary for anyone interested in the Old Testament

Brian and I have been watching a lot of documentaries on YouTube lately. Some turn out to be pretty good, others are rather lame. This one embedded below, about the ancient Hittite people, was definitely worth watching. It appears to be well-based in fact, they refer to many sources and scholars and they use some great human interest stories from the lives of the Hittite kings. I would definitely recommend it.

The Bible randomly mentions the Hittites a couple of times. I had just assumed they were some Canaanite tribe that hung around. But it turns out they were a huge empire based in Turkey. I loved the interesting relationship the Hittites had with the Egyptians, especially Ramses the II. It is so interesting that the arrogant Ramses suddenly made a treaty with the Hittites, their archrivals, just about the time when Moses would have led the Israelites out  of Egypt. Interesting coincidence, eh?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Double standard in environmentalism?

Wind power and ethanol ... the wave of the future, the salvation of mankind. Right? Wrong! I have always been taught to take care of the earth. My parents taught me to take care of our animals, to not waste water, to avoid eroding the soil and to not throw garbage anywhere but in the garbage. And for being anti-environmentalist, my parents are actually remarkable recyclers. They believe in taking care of nature. But they don't believe in the power struggle and corruption that describes the current environmentalist movement.

Here are a couple of articles that my husband found that represent, to me at least, the double standard that is in our current brand of environmentalism.

The secret environmental cost of ethanol

Wind farms can kill eagles without penalty

Sunday, December 8, 2013

A Sunday citation

Last week I posted a quote about evolution and creationism. At the end it mentioned that it was sad that people aren't educated about the other scientifically viable theories for the beginning of the earth. I was only taught one, and as far as I knew, there was only one. But there are more. Here is a theory I found in the Old Testament institute manual that I find fascinating:

"A second theory argues that Abraham was told through the Urim and Thummim that one revolution of Kolob, the star nearest the throne of God, took one thousand earth years (see Abraham 3:2-4). In other words, on could say that one day of the Lord's time equals one thousand earth years. Other scriptures support this theory, too (see Psalms 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8). If the word day in Genesis was used in this sense, then the earth would be approximately thirteen thousand years old (seven days of a thousand years each for the Creation plus the nearly six thousand years since Adam's fall). Some see Doctrine and Covenants 77:12 as additional scriptural support for this theory.

"Although the majority of geologists, astronomers and other scientists believe that even this long period is not adequate to explain the physical evidence found in the earth, there are a small number of reputable scholars who disagree. These claim that the geological clocks are misinterpreted and that tremendous catastrophes in the earth's history sped up the processes that normally may take thousands of years. They cite evidence supporting the idea that thirteen thousand years is not and unrealistic time period. Immanuel Velikousky, for example, wrote three books amassing evidence that worldwide catastrophic upheavals in recent history, and he argued against uniformitarianism, the idea that natural processes in evidence now have always prevailed at the same approximate rate of uniformity. These books are Worlds in Collision, Ages in Chaos, and Earth in Upheaval."

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Sunday citation

Here is a great quote that I found in the Old Testament institute manual. This quote is by Dr. Harold G. Coffin, who was (I don't know if he's still there) a professor of paleontology and research at the Geoscience Research Institute, Andrews University. For those wanting to read the full quote with all the evidence he presents, click here.

"On a television panel celebrating the centennial of Charles Darwin's book, Origin of Species, Sir Julian Huxley began his comments by saying, 'The first point to make about Darwin's theory is that it is no longer a theory, but a fact. No serious scientist would deny the fact that evolution has occurred, just as he would not deny the fact that the earth goes around the sun. [Sol Tax and Charles Callender, eds. Issues in Evolution, p. 41.] This is a confusing statement that tells only part of the truth. First, the word evolution must be defined.

"The world itself merely means 'change,' and on the basis of this definition, evolution is a fact. However, most people understand evolution to mean progressive change in time from simplicity to complexity, from primitive to advanced. This definition of evolution is not based on fact. The study of inheritance has revealed principles and facts that can prove evolution--if we understand evolution to mean 'change.' But the obvious minor changes occurring to living things today give no basis for concluding that limitless change has happened in the past. ...

"Yes, new species of plants and animals are forming today. The almost endless intergradations of animals and plants in the world, the fantastic degeneration among parasites, and the adaptations of offense and defense, lead to the inevitable conclusion that change has occurred. However, the problem of major changes from one fundamental kind to another is still a most pressing unanswered question facing the evolutionist.  Modern animals and plants can change, but the amount of change is limited. The laboratories of  science have been unable to demonstrate change from one major kind to another, neither has such change happened in the past history of earth if we take the fossil record at face value.

"Constant exposure to one theory of origins, and only one, has convinced many that no alternative exists and that evolution must be the full and complete answer. How unfortunate that most of the millions who pass through the educational process have little opportunity to weigh the evidences on both sides!" (Coffin, Creation, pp. 13, 15.)