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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When Christ died — Power and Choice

We may think that the Jews or the Romans killed Jesus. But we forget that no one could take His life. They did not kill Him so much as Jesus gave up His life willingly. He chose to die. He finished His course. He fulfilled His calling. It was all part of the plan. Jesus let that act happen–no one could take His life, not the cross, not the Romans, not the Jews — He gave up the ghost willingly. He chose. He was the only one since Adam who had power over physical death. It’s the ultimate gift...

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Hot Cross Buns

This is one of my favorite Easter traditions — hot cross buns, because of course I like sweets and breads. I like buns, it’s a good tradition for Good Friday. The history of hot cross buns? Well, they are popular on Good Friday. They are popular in England. They are made to celebrate the Savior’s crucifixion, because there is a cross on the top of them. I am not a big fan of the symbol of torture, but I like the frosting on the top. They may date back even further than Christ though — to some Goddess named Eostre...

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How is Easter determined?

It seems so late this year — Easter. How does that happen? The date for Easter is determined by a few astrological happenings: the   Spring Equinox, Passover, and the Full Moon. I guess you could say we’ve become rigid in our understanding of dates since we follow the Gregorian calendar — we no longer look at the moon to determine the date. But, the Jewish calendar is based on the moon — thus a lunar calendar. The moon determines when we celebrate Easter — it falls on the first Sunday, after the first full moon after the spring equinox....

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Joseph Smith treatise on Priesthood

This is the Joseph Smith treatise on priesthood that I talked about in my last post. I wanted to save it so I can read it again. Sometimes I read something great and then I forget just where it was. So I often use my blog to catalogize all my studies and notes. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I started this blog — I needed a place for my Hugh Nibley audio files. Joseph Smith had so much knowledge to impart. He talks quite a bit about Enoch and explains, “the doctrine of translation is a power...

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Eyewitness of Joseph Smith

I love reading first-hand accounts and lately, I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a witness. Is there a difference between being a witness and an eyewitness? Or does “witness” imply “eyewitness”? In the legal system, a good witness has to have seen something first-hand. Second-hand accounts come in second, though they have some validity. Especially a witness of miraculous events or a witness of Jesus Christ should be an eyewitness — the witness should report what he saw with his own eyes. I came across an interesting account from one of Joseph Smith’s scribes, who was...

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The Gathering of my people

My youngest son, at the University of Utah,  was preparing to teach his first class in Gospel Doctrine, so we were looking at the lesson, entitled “The Gathering of my People.” First of all, I just want to acknowledge that this calling is one of those tender mercies, one of those signs that God intervenes in your life. Anyway, I never realized that the “gathering” theme was so prominent in the scriptures. Why does God want to gather his people? From the days of Adam to the last days, the Lord tries to gather his people. But why?  Joseph...

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Silicone Teething Necklaces

I remember the day that my daughter-in-law, Arleene, showed me her idea for a business — now called Mama and Little. She had recently given birth to her first baby, and was looking at silicone teething necklaces. But she didn’t really like the bright red, yellow, and blue colors of the beads. The one style that was out there had beads going all the way around. Moms were saying that it got tangled in their hair. Arleene explains, After my son was born in July 2013, I soon realized I wasn’t going to be able to wear jewelry around...

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Early Sacrament with Joseph Smith

I often wonder what it would be like to partake of the sacrament during the times of the early apostles or during the times of the early LDS church with Joseph Smith. I often sit in our sacrament meetings waiting for the little tiny pieces of bread and sip of water to pass my way. And I think of the large pieces of bread and wine that the Savior blessed for His disciples. Even during the early days of the LDS church, the members of the church treated the sacrament as more of a supper. Like the Lord’s last...

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Sarai and Abram save each other

Sarah and Abraham created a perfect balance of the divine masculine and feminine. We often overlook their experiences — perhaps due to losses in ancient records and alterations of texts. Women were not scribes. And patriarchy was the lens from which to view life. Thus, stories of women were lost or hidden. However, we find relics of some of the women of the Bible. Sarai, wife to Abram is one. I’ve compiled some of the information and in doing so, have found that Sarai and Abram save each other. Abram and Sarai gather souls About 1900 BCE, God told...

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Kingdom of God and Holy of Holies

I started reading a book on Temple Mysticism by Margaret Barker, wherein she writes that the Kingdom of God was considered to be the Holy of Holies (Temple Mysticism.) I found this interesting since many people are confused about the Kingdom of God. Is it belonging to a certain church, or is it being Christian, born again, or what? Early Christian writers claimed that Jesus, the High Priest shared the secret mysteries of the Kingdom of God — Peter saying, ‘We remember that our LORD and teacher, commanding us, said: “Keep the mysteries/secrets for me and the sons of...

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Why are pink and red associated with Valentine’s Day?

I thought the color red was supposed to make you angry. Yet it’s a predominate color for Valentine’s Day. And Pink. Red is associated with energy, strength, power, and danger. But it also symbolizes passion, love, and desire. The color red increases your heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure. Maybe that’s why it’s used in the “red-light district.” The color red has high visibility — good for stop signs, signals and fire extinguishers. It’s used to denote danger too. I suppose you’re in dangerous territory when you fall in love. Researchers found that if you see the color red before...

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Free Avraham Gileadi talks

If you like studying Isaiah with Hebrew scholar, Avraham Gileadi, the Isaiah Institute has two newly released (free) videos of his talks he gave at the South Towne Exposition Center on October 9 & 10, 2015:  “Mission of the Servant and the 144,000”   https://vimeo.com/197823487 “The Callout According to Isaiah & the Prophets”  https://vimeo.com/197828360 Also available are these Two free pdf downloads: “Scriptural Evidence of the Callout” Given October 15, 2016-Manti, UT.  Gileadi’s fireside notes download “Serving as Kings & Queens” Given May 14, 2016 at the Zion Conference” A Time of Awakening” UVU Ballroom, Orem, UT. Keynote Address   “Dr. Gileadi is the only LDS scholar I know of...

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History of New Year’s and Feast of the Circumcision

Our much celebrated, New Year’s Day is mingled with the holy rite of circumcision. I was curious why the dark, wintry day of January 1st had become the celebrated New Year’s Day and the beginning of a New Year. The History of January 1st goes something like this: The Romans dedicated the 1st of January to the god Janus — some kind of god of the gates or doors, a god with two faces, looking backward and looking forward. Then when Julius Caesar was murdered, the Senate voted to honor him on January 1. Some countries celebrated the New Year...

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David Suchet reads the Bible

I found a great recording of the Bible read by David Suchet. He’s the actor who plays Agatha Christie’s Poirot. His voice and reading of the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible is my favorite. I’ve been trying to find an audible version of the scriptures that conveys the story without the narrator being overly dramatic (which drives me crazy) or just being a bore. I listened to all the trials on my Audible.com account and found this one. I bought it and couldn’t be happier with my choice. A long time ago, I heard Arthur Henry King read...

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The Savior

I believe that Jesus Christ is my savior. Lately I have come to better understand what that really means — “Savior.” I began to look at the role of a savior in general terms. Perhaps it is easier to grasp if you have acted as a savior for someone else, where you have had to experience some suffering. I believe that many of us came to this earth to learn about the proxy savior role. And as you come to understand this you suddenly understand how and why Christ suffered for your sins. You will see this savior-role in...

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Joseph Smith’s birthdate

Joseph Smith was born December 23, 1805, in Sharon Vermont. His mother, Lucy Mack Smith was 30 years old. His dad, Joseph Smith Sr, was 34. It was Lucy’s fifth pregnancy, and fourth child. I’ve read many books about Joseph Smith; the most recent was Richard Bushman’s book, “Joseph Smith, Rough Stone Rolling“. The title aptly describes his life — Joseph said, “I am like a huge, rough stone rolling down from a high mountain; and the only polishing I get is when some corner gets rubbed off by coming in contact with something else…” (History of The Church 5:401)...

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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)