Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Our Church Callings

A big part of our lives is our callings in our church.  We both serve in the temple.  I serve as 1st counselor in the young women organization and Ken serves as 1st counselor in the elder's quorum presidency.  All of the above are a big part of our lives, but I realized I don't ever post about them or take many pictures.  When I am with the youth, I am busy and rarely remember to take out my camera and take pictures.  I am determined to try to do better.  I love the girls and grow to love them more and more all the time.  I will also try to get a picture of the elders quorum presidency.  They are, as I write, meeting in our living room.  I would run in a take a picture right now, but I am not presentable!  For history's sake, I'll post a potpourri of pictures that I have, then occasionally post more:
One day, after serving in the temple, I was waiting for Ken.  The flowers in front of the temple were just glorious, so I took a few pictures.  One of my favorite colors!

We feel so grateful to serve in this sacred place each week.

We had youth conference in Morley's(friends) cabin in Brian Head.  My responsibility was Friday night's dinner.  I forgot to take pictures of the dinner: sloppy joes, chips, veggies and dip, and creamy jello salad.

Our friends, the Burdicks had just come home from their mission in Florida.  They did a great presentation for the youth on preparing for a mission.

The service project the next day was to deep clean the Morley's cabin.

The next Tuesday, I was in charge of the all-youth activity.  We had pizza, then went to the temple to do baptisms for the dead.

For a recent class activity, we went to the St. George Family History center.  Only three came, but we had a great time.

The family history center is a great place to spend an evening.  They have so many fun things for the youth to do and explore.

One of my Mia Maid claimed she had the best chocolate cookie recipe in the world.  So for a recent Mia Maid activity we tried them.  I think she may be right.  In case you're interested, here is the recipe.
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Katelin Nordfelt

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven.0 to 350.  Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.  Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.  Dissolve the baking soda in hot water.  Add to the batter along with the salt.  Stir in the flour, chocolate chips, and nuts.  Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.  Bake for about 10 minutes, or until edges are nicely browned.

Our fundraiser for camp this year was to do a ward cookbook.  We did make a lot of money.  But it really was a leader project.  I did a lot of it.  
July's all-youth activity was group games.  This is human battleship.

And bunny/rabbit

The very next week, we, the Mia Maids were in charge of the all-girl activity.  It looked like we were copy catting as we also planned to do group games.  But we had planned it a couple of months before.  We did all different games and really had a fun time.

And finally, now a couple of weeks later, I did get that picture of the elder's quorum presidency.  They meet at our house every Wednesday evening:
Ken, 1st counselor, Rob Marshall, 2nd counselor, Samuel Roth, secretary, and Terry Walker, president.  

Monday, July 16, 2018

My Birthday

My birthday was a big day.  Joan, Tom, and Whitney were with us as Joan and Tom were helping Whitney move to SLC.  She has accepted a new job up there.  We went to the Bear Paw for breakfast to celebrate then Joan and Tom left for SLC.
That afternoon, we visited some friends.  Then later, Pam and Roger came over to visit and give me a gift.
This was my gift from Kristen.  I got other wonderful gifts from family and friends.
Then that evening, Michelle and Brian and family came through.  They were on the way home from the Prince reunion in Logan.  They took us out to dinner at the China Palace.  We then came home and had cake and ice cream.  
Ken bought me this beautiful and delicious cake.  Happy birthday to me!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

What Did the Prophet Ask Us To Do? with Addendum

I have already posted this, as I do each six months.  But shortly after, President Nelson spoke to the youth in a worldwide broadcast.  I felt I had to add what he asked them to do to this list.  So here is the updated version:
What Did the Prophet Ask Us to Do?

Sunday morning, Revelation

Follow the example of the Prophet Joseph:  Find a quiet place where you can regularly go.  Humble yourself before God. 

Pour out your heart to your Heavenly Father. 

Turn to Him for answers and for comfort.

Pray in the name of Jesus Christ about your concerns, your fears, your weaknesses- yes, the very longings of your heart. 

And then listen! 

Write the thoughts that come to your mind. 

Record your feelings and follow through with actions that you are prompted to take. 

I urge you to stretch beyond your current spiritual ability to receive personal revelation.

Nothing opens the heavens quite like the combination of

Increased purity

Exact obedience

Earnest seeking

Daily feasting on the words of Christ in the Book of Mormon

Regular time committed to temple and family history work

Continue to be obedient

Express gratitude for every blessing the Lord gives you

Patiently honor the Lord’s timetable

Increase your spiritual capacity to receive revelation

Let this Easter Sunday be a defining moment in your life

Choose to do the spiritual work required to enjoy the gift of the Holy Ghost and hear the voice of the Spirit more frequently and more clearly.

Come unto Christ and lay hold upon every good gift, beginning with the gift of the Holy Ghost, which gift will change your life.

Saturday afternoon, Let Us All Press On

I exhort you to study the messages of this conference frequently- even repeatedly- during the next six months.

Conscientiously look for ways to incorporate these messages in your family home evenings, your gospel teaching, your conversations with family and friends, and even your discussions with those not of our faith.

We invite all of God’s children on both sides of the veil to come unto the Savior, receive the blessings of the holy temple, have enduring joy, and qualify for eternal life.

Identify those things you can set aside so you can spend more time in the temple.

Priesthood Session, Ministering with the Power and Authority of God

Know the difference between a prayer and a blessing

Use the priesthood to bless.

Don’t just give admonitions and instructions- Bless!

Stake presidents and bishops: ensure that priesthood holders know how to give a blessing.

Inspire members to:

Keep covenants

Fast and pray

Study Scriptures

Worship in the temple

Serve with faith


Be Righteous

Listen to the Holy Ghost

Minister to the one!

Open doors

Give priesthood blessings

Rise up, O men of God!

Worldwide Devotional Talk to Youth, Hope of Israel

1.       Take your questions directly to your Heavenly Father in prayer.  Ask Him to guide you.

2.      Listen to the counsel of your parents and church leaders.

3.      You are invited to be part of the greatest cause on earth- the gathering of Israel.  Everyone deserves to hear the gospel.  He invited every young man and young woman to enlist in the youth battalion of the Lord to help gather Israel.

a.      Read daily from the Book of Mormon

b.      Disengage from a constant reliance on social media in order to decrease its worldly influence upon you by holding a seven-day fast from social media.  A seven -day break from fake.  Notice how you feel and think.  Notice if there are thing you want to stop or start doing.

c.       Make a weekly sacrifice of time to the Lord.  For three weeks, give up something you like to do and spend that time helping someone.

d.      Do a thorough life assessment with the Lord and perhaps with parents and/ or bishop.  Keep on the covenant path.  Come back through repentance.

e.      Pray daily that all of God’s children might receive the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

f.        Stand out.  Be different.  Be a light.  Wear “weird” as a badge of honor.  Set a standard for the rest of the world.

g.     Read “For the Strength of Youth prayerfully.  Read it and study it.  Talk about it.  Give “For the Strength of Youth” to someone.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Pi Anyone?

One evening before bed, Brielle was working on her summer project: memorizing pi. I had to film this incredible feat. This child is brilliant.  I'm sure she's learned a lot more of it by now.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Kitchen Table Wisdom

Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That HealKitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal by Rachel Naomi Remen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I didn’t realize, until I came to Goodreads to review this book, that it was published so long ago. It has been around since 1997. It has had time to become well-read and highly acclaimed.
Having a doctor for a father has colored my world on alternative medicine. But as I read her philosophies, mostly expressed through her experiences counseling cancer patients, I realized that hers and my dad’s philosophies were similar. He had many patients that came from many miles around, I think mostly because he listened to them. He dealt with the psychological effects of illness.
This author realized a huge hole in the medical world- dealing with the emotional and psychological part of medicine. She developed a practice to help patients. Being ill herself, she understood them and their needs. The book is a collection of experiences had in her practice and in her life.
Two takeaways for me: 1)Listen, listen, listen to people. Sometimes that is all they need. 2) Though she was never able to give Him His proper title, God is essential in healing. She described Him, miracles, spiritual experiences, people recognizing His power, etc in her book, but wasn’t sure what to call all of that. I longed to teach her and give her the full picture.
This author is a good person, doing good things. This book is full of love and insights. I think it would especially be helpful to one going through a chronic or fatal disease.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Ken and Friends Bike Minnesota

Jared and the boys dropped Ken off in Brainerd, Minnesota on Saturday, June 2nd, to meet up with his group of biking friends from St. George and Las Vegas, to go on their annual biking adventure.  This year, they biked the Paul Bunyon Trail (from Brainerd to Bemidji) and the Heartland Trail (from Park Rapids to Cass Lake) in Minnesota. This year's group was their largest ever, with 15 people. Many of the original group (Greg, Patsy, and Alex Last; Scott and Joyce Seegmiller; Ken; and Jeff and Derena Adamson) were there. They were joined by some "newbies" (Derena's Aunt Margaret, and her grandson, Henry, Lamar and Breena Woodbury; John and Christy Camp; and Greg and Patsy's daughter, Melissa Goodwin). The bike trip took 6 days. The weather was incredibly cooperative, with almost every day being full of sunshine, starting with the low temps in the 50's or 60's and finishing with high temps in the 70's. One night a strong thunder storm moved through the area and dumped a bunch of rain, but by morning the weather had cleared and we had another delightful day. The only exception to bright and beautiful weather was the first day, June 3rd, when we had our coolest temperatures, combined with some cloudiness and a strong headwind most of the day. The first two days were the toughest. We rode about 65 miles both of those days. The other days were generally 40 to 50-something miles. We rode slowly and just enjoyed being together and being out in God's gorgeous woodland and lake creations. We saw a black bear, lots of bear scat on one section of the trail, a very large snapping turtle, a few snakes, and lots of birds. We found the folks in that area to like roadside attractions. We enjoyed seeing many of them, such as: multiple statues of Paul Bunyon; his ox, Blue; his wife Lucette; one of his mythical friends, Colonel Cobber; and a large Tiger Muskie fish.
Taking a photo opportunity on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in Crow Wing State Park.

A cold first morning of riding. The mighty Mississippi in the background.

A mowed section of one of the biking/walking trails in Crow Wing State Park.

View under a highway bridge that crossed the Mississippi River. The Paul Bunyon Trail paralleled near the upper stages of the Mississippi River for much of the Trail.

One of our many group stops along the trail throughout each day to visit, rest, drink, and refuel.

A photo op just before hitting the trail to start our 2nd day at the Rodeway Inn in Pine River, MN.

One of our typical rest stops.

Documenting our first roadside attraction, Colonel Cobber. From L to R: Margaret, Henry, Derena, Jeff, and Alex.

Greg, Alex, and Melissa in front of a small statue of Paul Bunyon in Hackensack, MN.

I loved the incredible fragrance of these blooming lilac bushes. My bike is the one on the left.

This is Paul Bunyon's wife, Lucette, in Hackensack, MN.

An apartment of Purple Martins in Hackensack, MN.

One of many, many, beaver lodges we saw in the numerous lakes and ponds alongside the trail. Notice the huge snapping turtle on top of the beaver lodge.

Melissa, Alex, Greg and Ken sitting in the hand of a much larger statue of Paul Bunyon, in Ackeley, MN.

Another roadside statue. This one is obviously in Dorset, MN.

An old-style fitness sign posted on the outside wall of a cute shop in Nevis, MN.

The Tiger Muskie statue in Nevis, MN. The Muskelunge Family of fish is hugely popular in this part of the world. This family of fish includes the Northern Pike, Tiger Muskie, Striped Muskie, and Spotted Muskie.

Trailside view of the gorgeous woods.

Sunset on Walker Bay at Walker, MN.

A train in Cass Lake, MN. getting ready to start its day.

Getting ready to start our ride in front of our hotel in Walker, MN., Walker Hotel (of course!)

One of a number of small, free, library book boxes we found in the small towns along the trail.

Arriving in Bemidji, MN. and taking a photo op along the shore of Bemidji Lake.

Bemidji, MN. is the first community below the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Here, the river leaves Bemidji Lake.

Our 3rd statue of Paul Bunyon, this one with his ox, Blue, in Bemidji, MN.

My yummy lunch in Bemidji, MN.

The start of the snowmobile trail, the Blue Ox Trail. We chose not to ride this trail. It was an extension of the top of the Paul Bunyon Trail, located just outside Lake Bemidji State Park, which is the top end of the Paul Bunyon Trail.

L to R: John & Christie Camp, Greg Last, Melissa Goodwin, Alex Last, Ken Hinton, Derena and Jeff Adamson, and Breena & Lamar Woodbury.

Entrance of the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN.

Part of the theme park inside the Mall of America

My favorite sign in the entire Mall.

It was fun to see an advertising picture of back home. The picture of the bikers on the right side was taken just north of Virgin, Utah and shows Smith's Mesa and Pine Valley Mountain in the background.