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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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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“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)