Saturday, December 26, 2009

SUGAR and how it gets your kids into TROUBLE!

The complex carbohydrates found in vegetables, grains, and fruits are good for you; the simple sugars found in sodas, candies, icings, and packaged treats can do harm, at least when eaten in excess. It's as simple as that. Here's why:

Excess sugar depresses immunity. Studies have shown that downing 75 to 100 grams of a sugar solution (about 20 teaspoons of sugar, or the amount that is contained in two average 12-ounce sodas) can suppress the body's immune responses. Simple sugars, including glucose, table sugar, fructose, and honey caused a fifty- percent drop in the ability of white blood cells to engulf bacteria. In contrast, ingesting a complex carbohydrate solution (starch) did not lower the ability of these white blood cells to engulf bacteria. The immune suppression was most noticeable two hours post-ingestion, but the effect was still evident five hours after ingestion. This research has practical implications, especially for teens and college students who tend to overdose on sodas containing caffeine and sugar while studying for exams or during periods of stress. Stress also suppresses immunity, so these sugar-users are setting themselves up to get sick at a time when they need to be well.

An overdose of sugar. Eating or drinking 100 grams (8 tbsp.) of sugar, the equivalent of two- and-a-half 12-ounce cans of soda, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by 40 percent. The immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours. In contrast, the ingestion of complex carbohydrates, or starches, has no effect on the immune system.

Sugar sours behavior, attention, and learning. Studies of the effects of sugar on children's behavior are as wildly contradictory as a sugar-crazed four-year-old after a birthday party, but the general consensus is that some children and adults are sugar-sensitive, meaning their behavior, attention span, and learning ability deteriorate in proportion to the amount of junk sugar they consume.

Sugar promotes sugar highs. Some persons are more sugar sensitive than others, and children may be more sensitive than adults A study comparing the sugar response in children and adults showed that the adrenaline levels in children remained ten times higher than normal for up to five hours after a test dose of sugar. Studies have also shown that some children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) react to glucose intolerance tests with a dip to low blood sugar levels. High adrenaline levels or low blood sugar levels produce abnormal behavior. For related topics, See

Research suggests that children are more sugar sensitive than adults, and the effects are more pronounced in younger children, according to Dr. Keith Conners, author of Feeding the Brain. This could be related to the fact that the brain grows rapidly in the preschool years, exaggerating the effects of sugar on behavior and learning.

In an interesting study, researchers fed normal preschoolers a high-sugar drink, containing the amount of sugar in the average can of soda, and compared them with children who received a non-sugar drink. The sugar group experienced decreased learning performance and more hyperactivity than the non-sugar group.

Some children are sugar junkies. We've noted that some of our eight children have more of a sweet tooth than others. When I've brought home food gifts from patients and laid them on the kitchen table, within minutes the highly-sugared ones would be "missing," to be found later in Stephen's secret stash.

Children tagged with the ADHD label are often sugar-sensitive. There may be several reasons for this. Hyperactive kids are impulsive and need instant gratification. They need more energy and they need it now! Unable to curb their appetite, they overdose on junk foods. Some studies of hyperactive children show a higher blood sugar rise following a high sugar meal than one finds in normally active children. Hyperactive children seem to metabolize sugar differently. In response to a high sugar meal, hyperactive kids increase their output of the stress hormone, cortisol, the hormone that plays an important role in regulating blood sugar levels. Dr. Keith Conners, author of Feeding the Brain, concludes from his original research that while the neurotransmitters in the brains of normally active children signal the hormones to regulate blood sugar, brains of hyperactive children do not seem to send the same signals.

While studies show that activity levels go up in both hyperactive and normal children on high- sugar diets, the hyperactive children also become more aggressive. Adding protein to a high- sugar meal mellows out the behavioral and learning deterioration. Chalk up another point for eating a balanced breakfast.

Sugar promotes cravings. The more sugar you eat, the more sugar you want. A high sugar meal raises the blood glucose level, which triggers the outpouring of insulin. This excess insulin lingers in the system, triggering a craving for more sugar, thus adding another hill to the roller coaster ride.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Smells…..(don’t forget to read Caryn’s “shout” as well..)

Thursday, December17, 2009


So, this morning I am still processing "smell" as well as moving on in the principles of values clarification. First smell.


My awareness is increased. This morning after my shower, I smelled my towel. It has an odor. It probably doesn't smell good and needs to be washed. But in an odd way, I kind of like the smell or at least find it intriguing. The smell needs a label. Let's call it "Hemmingway." (There is a story behind that, maybe later) Then I went in and had breakfast. As I poured the milk on my cocoa pebbles, there was a wiff in the air. I pulled the milk jug close to my nose, uh…sour milk. I ate my cereal anyway, but poured the remaining inch of milk down the sink and poured a drink from the new jug of milk in the fridge.


So, now I am sitting down to see what the scriptures say about smell and odor.


  1. Isaac is old and blind, but he can still smell. He uses smell as a way of "seeing." Rebekah took Esau's "goodly raiment" and put it on Jacob in order that Isaac would give the birthright blessing to Jacob. Genesis 27: 27 says: "And he (Isaac) came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is the smell of a field which the Lord hath blessed, therefore…"


    I actually like that label. I think my towel smells the "smell of a field which the Lord hath blessed."


  1. Song of Solomon. So there are three "smell" scriptures in this book of scripture. I think this is an aspect of smell I don't value, or embrace, or something along those lines. The whole using smell as a romantic or seductive tool. Anyone want to enlighten me here?


  2. Esther seemed to understand the reason behind smelling beautiful. She spent twelve months purifying herself "to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, and with other things for the purifying of the women." I assume somehow smell was involved here. In the end, the King loved her best, which is nice.


  1. Noah, upon emerging from the ark, builds an altar and offers a burnt offering sacrifice of every clean beast and every clean fowl. In response, it says the Lord "smelled a sweet savour" and said in his heart, "I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake." Gen. 8:21 I suppose it smelled good like the Sunday roast cooking as you walk in the door from church, or Thanksgiving dinner. I had not thought of the Lord smelling, but this scripture would indicate that He does. In addition, if we are disobedient to the Lord's commandments, He "will NOT smell the savour of our sweet odours" offered up to Him. Leviticus 26:31. I think of this figuratively. Logically, idols made my man, cannot smell. Deut. 4:28


  2. Moses was told how to make a special perfume and anointing oil for use by the priests in the tabernacle. It was a very specific recipe: spices: stacte, onycha, galbanum; plus frankincense. Each a very specific weight, tempered together after the art of the apothecary, pure and holy, beat some of it very small. In addition, no one else was to make and use this particular perfume for any other use. If they did, they would be cut off. Exodus 30:38


  3. David agrees with me that God smells good. Speaking of the Messiah, he gives this description: "All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad." Psalms 45:8


  4. Isa 3:24/ 2 Ne 13:24: This is the passage of scriptures talking about the daughters of Zion who walk with stretched-forth necks and wonton eyes. It includes the tinkling ornaments, cauls, tires like the moon, chains, bracelets, mufflers, bonnets, ornaments of the legs, headbands, tablets, ear-rings, rings, nose jewels, changeable suits of apparel, mantels, wimples, crisping pins, glasses, fine linen, hoods, veils…and in the end… "instead of sweet smell there shall be stink." What does this mean to you?


  1. Mary, who loved Jesus very much, just prior to the final Passover week, "took a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment." It was Jesus, not Judas Iscariot, who saw the beauty in this act. I am not sure I understand culturally all that was going on, but I can feel how it expressed the respect and love Mary had for Jesus.


  2. D&C59:19. "Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul." It seems God wants us to enjoy the fullness of the earth with a thankful heart. This would include all the good smells that come with it.


  3. Revelations 5:8 describes 24 elders who fall before the Lamb, every one of them has a harp and a "golden vial full of odours, which are the prayers of saints." Have you ever visualized your prayers in this way?


I think today I will be more aware of smells.





Upcoming enrichment trouble...

Folks, I was really excited last week when I was asked to do a nutrition/fitness lesson for Enrichment in January. Now I'm worried. Weight is a very sensitive topic, especially for those who know they are overweight, but try not to think about it. Part of that is spawned by magazine covers and movie stars who have unrealistic bodies (and budgets to achieve those bodies). The attempted new, miracle diet or pill is tried with the end result that we are slightly chubbier and infinitely more hopeless and discouraged and depressed!

Of course, my lesson is supposed to be filled with facts and gospel references. I have been amazed at how strongly the spirit has testified of truth as I study fitness & nutrition! I honestly believe that body stewardship is real and that we can actually lessen our potential and ability to do things if we mistreat our bodies. Here is a crude example. At present, our society refuses to call certain behaviors a sin. If you do they refer to them as "value judgments" because immorality is against my values but is not a sin which would recognize God exists and that men are accountable for their actions. The majority of societies are very sexually liberal. It's everywhere & in all types of media. We are considered odd and old fashioned if we adhere to the God given commandment to abstain before marriage, exercise complete fidelity, and abhor pornography.

Similarly, the majority of the American society, and at alarmingly increasing rates other societies, have adopted the behavior of abusing their bodies with food. Now, I clarify that it usually isn't a conscious choice at first. The human brain is AMAZING! It remembers that when you were 13 and the kids at school teased you about your braces. To make you feel better Dad took you to McDonald's for dinner. It was just you & him & he gave you his undivided attention! It was an incredibly rewarding experience! Now you're 16 and you just got seriously rejected by the boy you've been dreaming about for months. It feels awful & as you drive home you pass the McDonald's where you had that wonderful evening with your Dad. Those wonderful feelings tickle the surface and temporarily ease your disappointment as you dip those fries into the ketchup and begin on your Big Mac. The fat in these foods re-enforces the temporary mood lift and the connection between McDonald's and feeling better. Without even noticing it you've started to condition yourself to seek out high fat foods when you are feeling blue.

The problem is life is extremely stressful... all the time! And, these foods are at our finger tip CONSTANTLY! It is my personal testimony that food is fuel! When it is used as rewards or other emotional substitutes it only digs emotional craters that are extremely difficult to climb out of. If we used food at fuel then the piece of cake and ice cream at a birthday party would be completely acceptable and very enjoyable. However, most of us fill our pantries with rewarding indulgences to be partaken of constantly.

The body stewardship problem is that when you eat foods that are not fuel you are actually harming your body. Being over weight isn't about comparing yourself to Barbie. She isn't real! Body stewardship is about taking the best care of your body. Your body will work for you now, last much longer in a much higher quality of life, keep you free from all the negative physical & emotional side effects of being over weight & unhealthy. And possibly the most important, you will be healthy & ready to do whatever the Lord has for you to do. When you are overweight, you usually are on several medications to ease the side effects, your heart is working much harder than it should, you get out of breath extremely easily, you don't sleep well, you are at a much higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, depression, diabetes, and cancer.

My aim is to help each sister realize that she can and needs to achieve & maintain a healthy weight, without offending anyone or using too much of my personal opinion. To me it's also about self mastery. In the Doctrine & Covenants in the revelation about the Word of Wisdom the Lord tells us that is can be followed by even the weakest of saints. I would honestly say it's a bit different how where we don't have to work for our food. It's in the store on the shelf, at the office in the break room, at home in our pantry, and every mile and a half in between. But, I feel a strong desire to master this part of myself to increase my ability to master other characteristics, like anger, patience, compassion, hard work, integrity, etc. And, the quest is a lot easier when those you love are on the same journey with similar goals & desires.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

December 16, 2009


I have been thinking all day. It is my blessing and my curse. So today I have been thinking about Amy, Charlie, and Ellie and their dilemmas. If I were them, what would I do? I am have also been thinking about Gerry, Harry, Irene, Jackie, Kate, and Lawrence. It is not hard for me to see that all of them are at various points outside the lines of truth. I have spent the day putting myself in their place, and trying to reframe my way back within the lines of truth. I have been all over tarnation and I think I am at a point I just want someone to "TELL ME WHAT TO DO!"


Let's take the example of Charlie. "Charlie, 8, has just been invited to join a club made up of boys he has been wanting to be friends with. When he asks whether his best friend, David, can be included, the club leaders tell him that they would ask David if he didn't smell so bad. What should Charlie do?"


If I were Charlie (although how we might expect an 8 year old to think this through is beyond me) first I would ask myself…does David indeed smell bad? Let's say, no David never smells bad. I think the other boys are just using that as an excuse to be exclusive. I don't want to be part of a group that excludes others for no just cause, so I now have a couple of options. I can just quietly decline their invitation. This keeps my conscience clear, but it also means David and I may end up socially deficient. I can try reasoning with the group, hoping to persuade the group to see that David does indeed not smell, and that there is nothing positive to be gained by excluding him. Who knows, perhaps David has a trampoline in his backyard and none of the rest of us do. The group may respond positively, or the group may respond, "you are weird, never mind about joining, go away." Or they may restate their original position and leave it at that.


So, what if David really does smell bad, or at least smells bad at times. Maybe he is experiencing early adolescence and has not learned that adults must bathe every day in order to smell well, or good, or at least not at all. Or maybe his Mom uses some exotic laundry detergent that has an aroma that nobody likes. Or maybe David has some chemical imbalance that causes him to smell bad. What to do! As a friend, do I have a responsibility to be honest with David and give him a chance to explain his smelling problem? Scott Peck in the "Road Less Traveled" states that one aspect of love (defined as: the will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth) is the Risk of Confrontation. Peck goes on to point out that whenever we confront someone we are in essence saying to that person, "you are wrong; I am right." So loving requires stringent examination of one's wisdom and the motives behind this need to assume leadership. If our roles were reversed and David informed me that I smelled bad, I would feel embarrassed, awkward, and want to run away from the situation. Hard to say whether I would now alienate myself from David as well as others…or be able to look honestly and constructively at resolving my smelling problem. If I am 8 and my Mom does all my laundry, I may not have a clue how to solve the laundry detergent problem.


In case you have not guessed, I still have no clue how to approach this problem. SOMEONE JUST TELL ME WHAT TO DO!


So, now two true stories about my life…one about smelling bad…one about feeling left out.


"Mom…her hair smells bad."

My mother worked in Primary most of the years I was growing up. This was when Primary was held on a weekday afternoon. She was usually in the Primary presidency, so would go around and pick up various people for primary. I was probably about 6 years old at the time. I would sit in the back seat, and we would stop and pick up an older sister who lived on 17th East. Every week I had to brace myself. She would get in the car, and the smell from her hair would start to permeate the cabin. I don't know what it was…some special hairspray she used, or just had a perm, or what. But I would almost start to feel nauseated by the smell of her hair. I would lean up to my mom's ear in the front seat and say "Mom, her hair smells bad." I am sure my mom was thoroughly embarrassed. I would pinch my nose and cover my mouth. But the 10-minute drive to Primary became a trial in my young life.


"Left out"

I was the only girl in a neighborhood of boys. It worked out okay while we were young. I could play cowboys and Indians like any tomboy. But being a part of the group became trickier as we approached adolescence. When we were in 6th grade, Clinton Allred who lived at the end of the street had a boy-girl party. I was not invited. I watched my friends walk up the street to the party. I felt very left out. Clinton and I had played together our whole lives. We had been together in the "Sword in the Stone Club" and been in our own "Beetles" rockband. I could not understand why now I was on the outs. Was I not pretty enough? Not one of the new popular kids? I cried. But life went on. We each made new friends and found new groups to belong to.


How do I integrate these life experiences in my decision about David and Charlie?


Last, I started to think about the truth model. Well what are the true principles of smell? Does God smell bad, good, or not at all? Personally, for me God either has no smell or smells good. Are there bad smells in heaven? Do skunks smell in heaven? But what if smell is objective…some people love the smell of coffee, I do not.


Maybe I just need to keep reading the book. Hopefully the author has more to say.


Where does the idea of “Rooftop Shout” come from?


December 16, 2009

Historical Background of today's blog:

Many years ago when Carl and I were raising our children, our ward (probably KW2) had an amazing Relief Society president. Her name was Linda Hoffman. Below is her money-making sweetroll recipe which she disclosed as she was moving from the area. Beyond that, she set up parenting classes for the young mothers and couples in the ward. Sort of an early version of Relief Society Enrichment activities. Each course lasted about 12 weeks and were held for about 20 people at a time. Carl and I participated in one of the courses. One of the extra books used in the course was one titled: "Helping Your Child Learn Right from Wrong…A Guide to Values Clarification" by Sidney B. Simon and Sally Wedkos Olds. I held onto the book for years and years referring back to it occasionally. One of the things I liked in the book was the concept of how we grow into owning a value until it is our "rooftop shout." This was also the "Covey" era where many of us were writing personal and family mission statements and buying dayplanners that drove how we spent our time on values rather than deadlines. This is also the time when the "Truth Model" began to take shape for me personally.


About a month ago, the family was engaged in conversation when I realized each of us have different "rooftop shouts." I wanted to understand what they each were, how the family member got there, and evaluate whether I should be joining them. I went hunting for this book. Unfortunately, I had just "dejunked" (one of my values) and given it away. But I now have a new-to-me, used copy and wanted to share with you some of its ideas over the next little bit.


"Helping Your Child Learn Right From Wrong..

Cpt 1: Who Needs Values?

Amy, 6, often visits old Mrs. Maloney down the street, who always has home-baked cookies for her. On Halloween, her older cousin, Brad, whom Amy adores, asks her to tell him where the old woman lives. Brad says he want to go trick-or-treating to her house, but Amy thinks he wants to play a trick on her. Should she give Brad Mrs. Maloney's address?

Charlie, 8, has just been invited to join a club make up of boys he has been wanting to be friends with. When he asks whether his best friend, David, can be included, the club leaders tell him that they would ask David if he didn't smell so bad. What should Charlie do?

Ellie, 11, knows that her friend Florrie stole a record from the school's music room. Florrie's parents cannot afford to buy the record and she wants to practice playing her flute with it so she can play in the school concert. Ellen hears that a bully who terrorized the younger children is being blamed for the theft. Should she speak up? To Whom?

Children face conflicts like these every day. Day in and day out, children have to make decisions on the kinds of issues that have engaged the minds of the world's greatest philosophers. But too many children (and adults as well) do not know that to do or how to think when faced by a values conflict. They have no way of evaluating different values systems. They may have superficially absorbed what they have heard from their parents, but they have not built an underlying structure of values to base their actions on. Such children are not sure what life is all about, what the purpose is for their own lives, and what is worth trying to achieve. What are these children like?

Gerry is apathetic. She goes along taking the path of least resistance, since she feels that no value is better than any other.

Harry jumps from one belief to another. On Monday he believes one thing, on Tuesday the opposite; he has no strong anchor in his life.

Irene agonizes over every decision. No matter what she decides, she is sure it is wrong, because she has no firm ground on which to base her decisions.

Jackie is always "in Rome, doing as the Romans." He goes along with his companions in any activity they suggest, from singing in the church choir to shoplifting.

Kate can't agree with anyone. Since she can always find some argument against any value, she is always ready to argue with whatever anyone else believes in; her only value is the opposite from whomever she is with at the moment.

Lawrence is always playing a role. One day he is Honesty personified; the next day, he will do anything to "take care of Number One."

Why is this? Why aren't these children's parents teaching them right from wrong? Giving them guidelines for life? Parents try. Parents have always tried. But what was once relatively clear is now impossibly murky. Which values should we live by? Cooperation and concern for others are good—but so are independent initiative and enlightened self-interest. All of us recognize some absolute values—yet my list of absolute values differs from my neighbor's.

Even when we believe in something, we are not always sure of how to act upon those beliefs. Even when we are sure of our own values, we cannot isolate our children from the rest of the world. Their lives inevitably become more complex as they encounter other people, different experiences, and new ideas. They think. They change. They grow. They begin to question parental values. And we adults questions our own values.

Since values are constantly changing, the intelligent person is likely to change attitudes and opinions many times in the course of a lifetime. If we teach children our present values, what do we do two, five, or eight years from now when we hold other values? Say that we taught them false values, that they must now throw them out and learn new ones? No, we cannot.

But we can give them something better. We can give them a system that they can use to arrive at their own values. Even young children can apply this system to their everyday lives. Amy can use it to help her decide whether she should tell her cousin where Mrs. Maloney lives. Charlie can use it to decide whether or not to accept the club's invitation, and what to say to David. Ellen can use it to decide whether to speak to Florrie, to go to the school principal—or to do nothing. This system is what this book is all about."


Sweet Rolls (from Linda Hoffman)

2 tsp. Salt

1/2 cup potato flakes

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup powdered milk

Combine the above.


Drop in 1 stick margarine. Add 3 cups hot water.

Combine until margarine is melted.


Add 4 cups white flour.

Beat until very elastic, about 4-5 minutes in mixer.


Add, 2 eggs. Beat in.

Add 2 scant Tbls. Instant yeast.

Beat until yeast is well blended.

Add about 3 cups white flour (add last cup, part at a time. Dough is very soft. Almost sticky, but if lightly tapped will not stick to the end of a finger.

Cover canvas board with 1/2 cup flour. Dump dough on canvas. Cover all sides of dough with flour. Clean and grease mixing bowl. Dump back into bowl, cover, and allow to raise about 1 hour until tripled in size.

Dump dough back onto floured canvas. Divide into 4 sections. Roll out one at a time to rectangle about 10 inches by 6 inches. Melt 1/2 cup margarine. Combine 1 cup sugar and 2 Tbls. Cinnamon. Spread butter and cinnamon sugar on dough. Roll and cut for sweat rolls. Place on greased pan and allow to raise about 1 hour.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Icing: 1 stick butter, 1 lb. Powdered sugar, 1/4 cup milk, 1 tsp. Vanilla


Ice while warm.




Wednesday, December 2, 2009

So, helping President Fronk...what pops into your head on each of these?

--an experience/story where Jesus was there?

--something Jesus said?

--a question Jesus asked?

--a parable Jesus told?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Family History...names to take to the temple

Hello Family:

My second rooftop shout for the day is (what a surprise) Family History! I had a little breakthrough this weekend and was able to finally put together the descendant lines for 3 more of Levi Dunn’s children by his first wife. [Levi is the uncle of THE Simeon Dunn]. But my rooftop shout for the day is: is so easy to use and it is so easy to find temple names….that you all are going to have to process them yourselves if you want family names to take to the temple.

If I am babysitting, and you are going out the door, please still feel free to ask if I have a card I want you to take. But it is plenty for me to keep track of the cards I have. Also I have had a change of behavior. I have started sending male names to the temple to be done. I am hoping this will help with the backlog of males so that we can get more of the sealings up to date. This may make no difference, I’ll let you know.

I recently released back into the system a bunch of names on Dad’s side. Here are the PIN numbers if anyone wants to pluck them up and take them to the temple. Just sign in at, click the "Search" tab, and search by #.

Frederikke Wilhelmine Zinkernagel PIN M2P7-ZDM
Carl Julius Zinkernagel PIN MR63-382
Walter Wharton PIN 9417-QR9
Mary E. Turner PIN 9DWG-53Z
Olof Svensson PIN M2P7-HSZ
Peder Simonsen PIN M2P7-CZX
Marin Simonsen PIN MPMP-33J
Robert Morrison Shoemaker MPMP-3RG
Andreas Zachariasen Schultz PIN M2PK-NYZ
Louis F. Scholcoff PIN M2PK-VSY
Georgianna Powers PIN MDRL-S55
William G. Peterson PIN M2PK-JTB
Lemuel Peterson PIN M3RY-JB6
Lemuel Peterson PIN M2P7-CJK (needs to be combined with the one above)
Gerrand Peterson PIN 9417-QNK
David Peterson PIN M3RY-R76
Lemuel P. Layton PIN 9417-QHV
William F. Justice PIN 3RY-51W
Lizzie Justice PIN MM61-BXP
Lars Jorgensen M2P7-HBP
Beulah E. Griffin 9417-Q94
William L. Featherer M3RY-52S
Samuel Craighaid Lewis Featherer MPMP-S3F
Harry Featherer MPMP-SWS
Franklin Featherer MPMP-SS4
Emily M. Featherer MM61-BH6
Charles G. Featherer MPMP-9KK
Eliza Denny PIN 9JQJ-HLP
Elizabeth Hancock Crispin MP3M-3VV
Jens Andersen MR63-STK
Fred B. Allen M2P7-HQH
Sarah M3RY-RWF
Bathseba M2PK-J7S


Hello Family: my rooftop shout for the day. This was the topic of our 5th Sunday bishop’s discussion. If you are curious about the details of the bishop’s talk, they can be found here:

After church, we discussed what we gleaned at the dinner table and also in family home evening.
As always, I appreciate all your insights and will watch for added posts to the blog. Here are highlights for me personally:

Service includes:
serving with our hands (work, doing, actions);
serving with our minds (planning, attending, seeing);
and serving with our hearts (compassion, listening, sharing, loving).
All of these types of service are valuable and needed. While we may have a natural disposition to be better at some types of service than others…
there is value in increasing our capacity for all these types of service.
There is value in paying particular attention in how we serve those we home and visit teach.
There is value in "acting fast" (before we talk ourselves out of giving service) and Camilla Kimball’s council to "never suppress a generous thought."
There is value in having "confidence" (definition: faith in the joint venture between God and oneself.)
One of the benefits of being "old" is watching your posterity serve one another and others. Thanks to all.