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Here are few things that are bouncing around in my brain.
First: It’s super cool the US men’s national soccer team was able to beat Ghana yesterday. It looked like a win by the skin of their teeth. Even though they played well, I don’t hold out much hope for them getting out of the group stage.
Second: Cold weather. Over the last couple of days the weather has gotten colder. In the 50’s which is reminding me I would like to move somewhere warmer.
Third: Is the scripture from Acts 5:15
15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.
I was surprised at the power that Peter had acquired in the short time since Jesus Christ ascended to heaven. I would like to have that type of faith and power.
Fourth: surprising new music from Willie nelson.
There’s a guitar in the corner
That used to have a song
I would hold it while it played me
And I would sing along . . . Willie Nelson
You may not like Willie’s style or sound, but at 81 he is still a poet.
Normally I am not a Willie fan. I don’t like his style or sound. However, If you’re looking for a break from your normal music playlist give his new album a listen; maybe you’ll find something that speaks to you.
I read some advice that suggested one of the things I might try each day is writing for 10 minutes. They said just to let it flow.
The last couple of nights Kate has been waking up a couple of times a night, I think because she is growing and hungry. It has been difficult for me because I have been getting to bed later than I should and then we I am awakened it is difficult to go back to sleep. Saturday into Sunday morning was bad. Kate woke up sometime after 1:30 and by 3:00 am I still wasn’t asleep so I took a couple of ibuprofen for my head ache. After 30 minutes I still had a headache so I thought I would take a shot at driving to Park city. I’ve always been affaid to make the attempt because it’s mostly uphill. I had let me car get a full charge and so I headed up. I was surprised to see my car, a Nissan Leaf, made it all the way to Park city with only draining half a charge. I was pushing the car and I went over the speed limit a couple of times. I really was not try to conserve any electricity going up. Once arriving on the main street in Park City, I then reset my miles per Kilowatt hour meter and started down. I didn’t realize how much I had heated up the battery, because the two hills I charged up on the way back really drained my battery and kept my average to 7.7 by the time I arrived home. I will try the drive again, but I am going to let the car rest a bit before coming back down.
It was fun to see th potential distance for a full charge at 117 the next morning.
It seems every year I get poorer, even when I am making more money. Everything seems to be getting more expensive. Housing, Cars, healthcare, food and school. Part of why I feel poorer is that the kids get more expensive every year.
I wonder when, or even if, things are going to change for most people. Here is a couple of articles I’ve read in the last couple of days that are backing up what I feel. I do feel that the really rich, that control the 95%, of the wealth continue to find ways to leach off more time and money from the 97% of the population that only have 1% percent of the wealth.
Here are the articles I read.
How geneneric is talking about the weather?
It snowed yesterday and my feet are cold right now.
I am also driving an electric car. Batteries are less efficient in the cold. Therefore, my car is less efficient.
Overall, the cold just seems to be more painful to me now than it has been the past.
Maybe this is just a way that I’m being prompted to prepare for a move to somewhere warmer. We will see.
I was just thinking about all the hugging that must go on in every city in every country all day everyday. I think that is the power that keeps the world together.
I think we need to get world leaders who are about to go to war in the same room and have them hug for 20 seconds each day for a week before they can start the war.
What do you think?
As I approach this Christmas season, I look around and I see and know of many in need. My son is serving as a missionary in Mexico; One of his friends is in Africa, and even here in Salt Lake City I see and know of people in need. My son’s friend in Ghana Africa tells us about the people there that don’t have food in there houses, or clean water to drink. I think he feels uncomfortable because he had grown up not realizing people had lived like that when he grew up in a place where we enjoy so much abundance. I see and know of people in need right here in my city. There are the homeless and the panhandlers I see every day. I know of people suffering from Alcoholism and drug addiction. I know of people suffering from loneliness and depression. My first thought is, “I wish I had more money so I could do something that would help them.”
I have been thinking about this subject over the past couple of months as my son, and his Friend have been serving as missionaries in countries where people enjoy so little. Then yesterday in church I remembered something that had happened to me in my own life that may be the answer. One of my companions, when I was a missionary, was from Papua New Guinea, another one of those places where they don’t enjoy many luxuries. Jimi Kairi remembers him, his mother, his brothers and his sisters going without food because his father would spend the little money he earned on Alcohol. One day an older couple, who were missionaries from the US, invited Jimi’s sisters to primary. Primary is the meeting for children in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The girls enjoyed primary and told their brothers and sisters about it. The whole family was taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. The family, including the parents made a commitment to follow Jesus Christ and joined his church. Jimi said that this made a tremendous difference in his life because his father stopped drinking alcohol. And used that money to buy food for his family. Jimi said they were never hungry again.
In America, and throughout the first world, we don’t have a famine of food like many areas of the world, but there does seem to be a famine of happiness and peace. Some places have a famine of all three things. This I do know. If people make a commitment to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, they will stop the famines in their lives. Making a commitment to follow Jesus Christ does not stop life from being difficult, it will not bring you worldly possessions, but it will bring us happiness and peace to our lives. Some may argue the teachings of Jesus are old fashioned and explain they don’t need the binding chains of Christianity to make them happy. I say let them try, maybe they can find happiness. But I can make you a guaranty. If you make a commitment to follow Jesus Christ, it will make you happy and bring happiness to your life.
So at this season of giving and throughout the year. Even when I have no money to give. I can give others hope for happiness and peace.
Think about the basic teachings of Jesus Christ. If all people would follow these principles, it is easy to see that the world would be a better place.
Love God. Love your neighbor as yourself. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Do not lie. Do not Steal. Do not Kill. Do not sleep around.
And a couple from the modern era. Do not take substances into your body that are dangerous and addictive. Eat healthy
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is simple and easy to understand. It is almost impossible to argue if all people would do those things then the world would be a better place.
My admonition to all the young men serving missions in these areas of famine; Remember, the message you carry will have more effect for good in the lives of people you talk to, than any amount of money, food, water or electricity could ever have.
Amanda has been hanging in there with the pregnancy. It seems to be much more difficult for her because of here age. She says she feels more tired and more sore than she was ten years ago. She is doing a good job of keeping her spirits high. I feel bad because I can’t really do much to help carry the load.
Guess who we saw at the temple today?
For the past couple of years I have attempted to be a regular temple attender. I had had several tough years during and after going back to school to get my bachelors. So I thought I would try and tempt the lord to give me some blessings from regular temple attendance. The first thing that happened was I got laid off, from a pretty lame job. Then I ended up in St. George teaching a couple of classes at the college. That was fun, but it wasn’t what I really needed to be doing to provide for my family. About 6 months after getting laid off, I was blessed with a good job. I still believe it was Emerson’s praying that really got me the job. But, I will blame some of it on the temple attendance.
Some time in the first quarter of 2012, my cousin Martin and his family were sealed in the temple. So I asked him if he wanted to be my temple buddy and help keep me motivated to go regularly. So he agreed and we have been going ever since. We had been going to the Jordan River temple on Tuesdays because we could go before 6AM, but only on Tuesdays. Then the schedule changed at the Jordan River Temple because of the new movie. We realized we could go to the 6AM session at the Salt Lake temple and the timing for work would be about the same. So about a month ago we started attending the Salt Lake Temple.
Our second time in the Salt Lake Temple there was a lady, with a group of friends, that looked really familiar and then I realized it was a lady I had seen speak at General Conference last April, April of 2013. Martin even remembered her name, Sister Elaine Dalton. That was kind of fun to see a prominent member of the church in the temple.
This week we changed the day from Tuesday to Wednesday because of a thing I had going at work. While in the waiting room I recognized one of the Ladies from Sister Dalton group walking in, and sure enough there was Sister Dalton followed shortly behind. What a coincidence seeing her again. Then after the session Martin and went to the name desk to pick up the family names we had just completed. We notice Elder Uchtdorf and Elder Eyring stading about 40 feet away in front of the stained glass panel in the main section of the entrance to the temple. There were a couple of security people close by. We asked the young women at the names desk how often things like this happened. She said “I have been working here over a year. And this is the first time I have seen anything like this. They are doing temple president training.” When I turned around I also saw Elder Cook. As we walked back to Martin’s work, were our cars were parked. We talked about other times we had seen and met general authorities of the church.
Just before reaching the car I got a text from Richard Coffy, A fiend of mine from South Carolina, who is now working in Salt Lake. The text said “What are you doing in City Creek?” I texted back that my cousin and I were just getting out of the temple. He said he was surprised to look out the bus window and see me walking across the street.
Seeing all of these people is just one of the blessings I am getting from regular temple attendance.
Last week end we drove up Big and Little Cottonwood canyons with the leaf, while listening to the second session of General Conference. We also drove up the canyons to check out the leaves.
My goal was to see how the leaf did up the hills and how much it would recharge going down the hills. Up the first canyon we were down to about 25 miles and 40% battery when we turned around. by the time we got to the bottom were up to 47 miles and 50% battery. It’s pretty cool that just going downhill can give the car more juice.
The second canyon we were down to 13 miles and 32% on the battery. At the bottom we were at 42 mile and 40% on the battery.
Another cool effect was the next morning on a full charge it said it would go 116 miles. It’s never been that high before.
The next uphill drive is going to be up to Park City. We’ll see how that goes 😉