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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How to celebrate the Winter Solstice

I’ve always wanted to celebrate the winter solstice because of the religious symbolism. It’s the day of the year with the least amount of daylight, which usually falls on  Dec 21 —  for those of us that live in the northern Hemisphere. The earth’s axis is tilted the furthest away from the sun and hence we get the least amount of light. After the winter solstice, each day is a little brighter. If you live north of the arctic circle — towards the north pole, you won’t t have any daylight at all today — no sun. Poor Santa, he should...

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The Thin Man on Christmas morning

Well, I don’t know what to say about this Christmas morning shot, but I love the Thin Man movies with William Powell and Myrna Loy and that dog, Asta. I love that Nora obviously bought her own Christmas gift. I have a friend that does that (you know who you are!) Nora is so calm. It’s a cute scene — I’m sure you want to know what kind of gun Nick Charles is using for target practice on the Christmas ornaments. 1870  Swiss Tell 1 Air Pistol:   “It’s not true, he doesn’t come anywhere near my tabloids…”    ...

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The Spirit and Power of Elijah

The Spirit and Power of Elijah is much more than temple work. The Lord explains that before He comes again, He will send Elijah the prophet to  “Turn the heart of the fathers to the sons, and the hearts of the sons to their fathers.” (Malachi 4:5-6) Otherwise, it will be total destruction. Did you notice that this version (Young’s Literal Translation and The Jubilee Bible) uses the word “sons” instead of “children” (King James Version)? I went to the online Bible Hub and did some study. Looking at the Hebrew word in this verse of Malachi, it is “banim”...

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What is this Baby Gift called Frankincense?

I’ve always liked to mix up potions and collect herbs. One year, I bought some frankincense for Christmas. I was teaching my kids about the three wise men and their gift of frankincense to Jesus. To kids, this seems like an odd baby gift in today’s world. I ordered some  from my favorite herb shop and it arrived in a small brown paper bag with the name stamped in red across it...Frankincense.  It looked like beads of dried sap. And that’s precisely what it is:  What is Frankincense? Frankincense is called olibanum or in Hebrew, levonah. It is a resin from...

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The Divine Feminine

Since I’ve had some requests for the presentation on “Creating Balance with the Divine Feminine” which I gave at the Zion Conference in May 2016. I have uploaded it here: Divine feminine from Deila Taylor References Barney, K. (2001). Do We Have a Mother in Heaven? Retreived from:          http://www.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Kevin-Barney-           MotherInHeaven.pdf Brown, B. (2012). Daring Greatly. Crawford, C. (2015). The Struggle for Female Authority in Biblical and Mormon Theology. Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 48 (2). Retrieved from: https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp- content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V48N02_cc.pdf Gileadi, A. (2002). Isaiah Decoded.  Fisch, H. (1999). Presence.The Biblical Presence in Shakespeare, Milton,...

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Beeswax Beard Balm Bar

Beards seem to be quite the craze. And my husband is growing it out. But an untamed beard is not my favorite. That’s why I decided to mix up some beard balm and make it in a bar for easier application. Use it like you would a bar of soap — not with water, but after bathing, towel dry your beard, and then warm the beeswax beard balm bar in your hands and then smooth your hands over your beard. Or, my husband says he just smooths the bar over his beard. Keep those beard hairs in line. I...

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The sign of the dove

  I was pruning my bonsai Oak tree when I heard a fluttering. Turning around, I saw a white dove. It seemed so tame and fluttered from the grass up to a tree branch just above me. I was so surprised. Looking around for my German Shepherd, I gave her the command to “leave it.” I continued snipping the small branches of my Oak tree, my head down, when I felt something on my left shoulder. I was shocked. The white dove had landed right on me. What Joseph said about the sign of the dove: In 1841, while...

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The Doctrine of Christ Explained

This topic — The Doctrine of Christ — has become the focus of recent talks, both in the Women’s Conference and in General Conference. The Lord explains His doctrine (to his newly called apostles in 3 Nephi) as follows: I give you authority to baptize with water; that is, I give you authority to perform the ordinance as the symbol of a future spiritual immersion, a spiritual cleansing, the rebirth (to be born again.) On the other hand, I (and my Father) Baptize you with fire and with the Holy Ghost, which is the way you ultimately receive a remission...

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Taking things out of context

  Taking things out of context. We see this in the media. Words taken out of context — phrases taken from a talk, or from a book. We post quotes. We read snippets and headlines. Tweets and cute messages. But even though a quote conveys meaning, sometimes we use these words taken out of context to represent the whole story — which they are not. The political and news media use “soundbites” to promote a certain perspective. It is so engrained in our society that we accept it as truth. I recall the Mitt Romney soundbites that never included...

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Nature Book ideas for Homeschool

When it comes to homeschool, one of the more creative and interesting ways to learn about earth science and biology is by collecting specimens in nature and then drawing pictures of them in a journal. This way, you can identify them and eventually produce a book of nature finds by the end of the school year. I recommend that you (the mom/dad teacher) make one as well as your kids. Sometimes your kids may not be able to draw that well and they may be trying to compare their work to yours — that happened to my daughter and...

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The Wasatch Fault

Of course, I decided to locate the Wasatch fault because my son is now living in Salt Lake City. And I know that the University of Utah where he is going to school is right up there against the Wasatch Mountain Range. I used to never think of Utah as an earthquake state. But I do now. Usually earthquake faults run at the base of the mountain ranges, but sometimes they criss cross. Utah is long overdue for one of those ground moving events. So you can imagine my thoughts when I located several faults branching off from the...

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Jesus is asleep in the boat

Jesus is asleep in the boat.  The apostles are trying their best to keep the boat afloat and not perish, and all the while Jesus is asleep, on a cushion, in the stern of the boat. I never thought about that while reading the parable  — I had only focused on Jesus calming the sea. He had been teaching the people in parables — stories that often have hidden meaning to those who are attune to the spirit and ready for greater truth. After a long day, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other...

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Melting Beeswax

I love beeswax. I use it in my homemade creams and lotions. But I like to know that the beeswax is pure without any other wax. I began to question some of the sources on Amazon when some of the beeswax just didn’t smell right. Many times the product came from China. Who knows if it’s real beeswax. I started looking for a local beeswax source, preferably from a beekeeper. I actually bought a one pound bar from a beekeeper in Ohio — ebeehoney. The prices were reasonable, especially if you buy them in the larger, one pound bars. But if...

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The Great Separation in Taoism

I picked up a book at the dollar bookstore, and as I read it, the author, Benjamin Hoff explained that within Taoism there is a teaching of the Great Separation, you will recognize some obvious similarities to the plan of salvation: “Thousands of years ago, man lived in harmony with the rest of the natural world. Through what we would today call telepathy, he communicated the animals, plants, and other forms of life—none of which he considered “beneath” himself, only different, with different jobs to perform. He worked side by side with earth angels and nature spirits, with whom he...

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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)