The City of Enoch and the Gulf of Mexico

I recently read that Joseph Smith said the City of Enoch was located where the Gulf of Mexico is today. When God translated the entire city, the gulf was created. Interesting idea, so I read up on it and the geology of that area. March 30, 1873: At evening prayer circle: President Young said Joseph the Prophet told me that the Garden [172] of Eden was in Jackson County, Missouri, and when Adam was driven out of the Garden of Eden, he went about 40 miles to the place which he named Adam ondi Ahman, and there built an...

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Joseph returned plates to cave Cumorah

Wilford Woodruff kept a journal. In one entry, he wrote that Brigham Young said that Joseph Smith returned the golden plates to a cave in the hill Cumorah. So this is not a primary source (from Joseph himself) but interesting: December 11, 1869: At School of the Prophets: President Young said in relation to Joseph Smith returning the plates of the Book of Mormon, that he did not return them to the box from where he had received them. But he went into a cave in the Hill Cumorah with Oliver Cowdery and deposited those plates upon a table...

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Clare Middlemiss, only woman private secretary

Clare Middlemiss is the only woman to hold the position of private secretary to an LDS Church president. It’s rather remarkable. When David O. McKay became the ninth president of the Church, in 1951, he did not follow suit and keep D. Arthur Haycock on as his private secretary. Haycock had held that position through the previous presidency of George Albert Smith. But, David O. McKay retained his personal secretary of 16 years — Clare Middlemiss — and for the next 19 years she was the private secretary to the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter...

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Empathy

I love this animated video of Brene Brown’s talk about empathy. I’m sure you’ll recognize some of the people in your own life, who only look down the hole and have no empathy for your predicament. Let’s hope you’re not the one peering down the hole, but instead, the person who climbs down, and listens....

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Joseph Smith’s dreams

I’ve searched for some of Joseph Smith’s dreams, looking for primary sources. The recorded dreams and their sources follow. Source: An American Prophet’s Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith, edited by Scott H. Faulring — 1. One day after Joseph Smith (in Kirtland, Ohio) sees in vision the Celestial Kingdom, January 21, 1836, (recorded by Warren Parish — now D&C 137), Joseph records after a long day of meetings on  Jan 22, 1836, I then observed to the brethren that it was time to retire. We accordingly /closed/ our interview and returned home at about 2 o’clock in the morning....

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The faith of the founding fathers

July 4th has become an American holiday celebrating independence. However, John Adams thought it would be July 2nd. In a letter, dated the 3rd of July, 1776, he wrote to his wife, Abigail: “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns,...

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Do I favor one child over another?

When my kids wonder if I love one child more than another — or if they think I’m favoring one,  I remind them that I love each of them equally — “you’re like a box of fine, exquisite chocolates, and I don’t have just one favorite.” True, some days I may seem to favor the dark chocolate almonds, but then I want a butterscotch square, or a dark raspberry creme, or a bordeaux. Of course, there are those days when I have said to myself “– too many butterscotch squares today, I need a break.” I have raised kids...

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A Correct Account of the murders of Generals Joseph and Hyrum Smith

June 27, 1844 marks the day that the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith were murdered. I read a new account of the event, recorded, and published in 1845, by an eyewitness, non-Mormon, by the name of William M. Daniels. The published work was in the LDS Church Historian vault, became available in digital format in 2003, and now resides in the Harold B. Lee Library. The following excerpts are the words of William M. Daniels, taken from his writings, A Correct Account of the Murders of Generals Joseph and Hyrum Smith: I shall avoid stating anything...

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The Book of Enoch Audible

Lately, I’ve been listening to the Book of Enoch on Audible — a great way to become familiar with this ancient text. I’ve never read the entire book — I’ve read parts of it, but I’ve always wanted to read all of the book. Here is my solution: I like to listen to books and talks on my iphone — while driving or walking, and as I wind down at the end of the day, it helps me relax and fall asleep. This Audible edition is the entire, original  Book of Enoch, read by Steve Cook — an enjoyable narrator. The...

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Baptism of Fire Resources

One of the exciting comforts of living in this chaotic world, is the promise that God will not leave you alone. Truly. He will bless you with the first comforter, the Holy Ghost, which is real. It is an event, likened to the event when you were born. Here are several good sources on the “baptism of fire” also known as being “born again” and experiencing “the mighty change” — An event that comes through the process of repenting and overcoming trials. Although some few may receive the baptism of fire at the time of the ordinance of the laying...

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How to prepare for the day of the Lord

As I sat in Sunday school, I reflected on the lesson about “Looking forth for the great day of the Lord come.” The teacher asked, “how can we prepare for the Millennium?” We skipped the part leading up to the Millennium — the dreadful day of the Lord — the destructions, the chaos, the extreme trials. We jumped to the time after Christ comes to earth during the Millennial Era. We didn’t talk about how we establish Zion or how we become worthy of Zion. In fact no one brought up Zion. We talked about how wonderful it will...

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Why do we say, “bless you ” when someone sneezes?

I sneeze loudly. My husband always wants a warning, but I can’t warn before I sneeze. He says, “bless you,” like some people. I was curious about the origins of the “Bless you,” when you sneeze.  I read that perhaps some evil spirit was catching a ride with me, or my spirit could be escaping every time I sneeze. Those are some of the mythic origins of blessing you when you sneeze. Some crazy theories about sneezing and blessing: 1.  Your spirit gets sneezed right out of your body (especially with a loud and explosive sneeze)  and the “bless you” protects your...

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Tuck me in meaning

When I was young, my parents would “tuck me into bed.” As any parent knows, kids hate to go to bed at night — in fact it’s quite amazing to hear the excuses your kids will come up with — drinks of water, trips to the bathroom, anything to delay the inevitable. I remember saying “will you tuck me into bed?” I found the source of that saying which dates back to the Saulteaux native Americans. “Tucking in” was a life-saving event before falling asleep. I was reading a book about the Cree and Saulteaux Indians. These tribes lived in...

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How Isaiah changed my life

It was the summer of 1992, Irvine, California — Avraham Gileadi was giving one of his early seminars on the Book of Isaiah. We had a copy of his book on our shelf and we eagerly looked forward to his class. It was good timing, and one example of God’s hand in my life. But like so many things, I did not see the blessings until many years later, when I could look at my life from a new perspective, after having passed through my trials of descent. The Book of Isaiah changed my life because I understood the purpose...

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Symbolism of the Cube

I was sitting in the back of church, reading silently about the enormous golden Cube — the golden cube that comes down from heaven when Christ returns to reign. It’s “1,500 miles in each dimension, with walls of jasper and precious stones, buildings of gold and gates of pearl.” (Barker, p. 1) The golden cube symbolizes the Bride, the Holy of Holies — the Kingdom of God. When Christ, the bridegroom returns to earth, the Bride will receive Him and then He will establish the Kingdom of God on earth. I followed the reference in the Book of Revelation...

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Babies and mommies and mammaries

It’s funny how experience is the ultimate teacher. I had no idea what it was like to be pregnant, nursing a baby, being a mother. All my best laid plans flew out the window. And every baby/child is different. And every mom has circumstances that often prevent the best intentions of all soon-to-be moms. I guess that’s why I can’t judge another mom — I mean simple things like breast-feeding or bottle feeding is often specific to each baby and mom and circumstance. I was going to be a medical doctor. But I changed plans and had my first...

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Names and naming

Names and naming have more meaning and significance than we probably understand. You may love your name or you may hate your name, but the process and custom of naming seems to go back to our pre-earth life. And extend beyond this life. And vary by custom and history. And carry power or not — earthly or Godly. Getting a new name The custom of getting a new name spans history. In this world, it begins with Adam who was Michael in the pre-earth life and helped form the earth with Jehovah. Adam when he left the pre-earth life...

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Collaboration in a Flipped Classroom

Student Teachers in higher education have traditionally used their classroom time for presenting information in the form of lectures to students (Michel, Cater III, & Varela, 2009).  During the one- to three-hour class time, students absorb information required in other learning and testing (Herreid, & Schiller, 2013).  The passive nature of this didactic teaching method does not always engage students in active learning – a critical component of learning (Michel, et. al., 2009). Some of the drawbacks for students include lack of time to take accurate notes, distractions, fear of interrupting to ask questions, inability to follow the lecturer,...

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Bran Muffin Recipe

Ok so this is my favorite bran muffin recipe, that I’ve created. In fact, I could eat too many in one sitting. If I have applesauce, I use that, if not I use a very ripe banana — either one works well. I also have used all honey for this recipe and that works too. All molasses works fine too. Of course, I have a thing for brown sugar mixed with melted butter — I can eat that right off the spoon. When I was a little kid, my mom used to mix medicine with brown sugar on a...

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“Though matter is replaced through an endless cycle of creations and dissolution, only spirit retains conscious identity, so that strictly speaking “only progeny is immortal,” each “mounting up from world to world” acquiring ever more “treasure” while “progressing towards His perfection which awaits them all.” (Nibley, Treasures in the Heavens)