Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Are We Too Much like the World?

"We are in the world, and I fear some of us are getting too much like the world.  Rather than continue a peculiar people, some are priding themselves on how much they are like everybody else, when the world is getting more wicked.  The Lord, as He prayed for His Apostles, said 'The world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.'  As Latter-day Saints, we too have been called out of the world."  Benson

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Problem of Entitlements

In an excellent article from Meridian Magazine yesterday, Richard and Linda Eyre spoke on the Problem of Entitlements in the rising generation.  I encourage you all to read it.

They posed questions such as:  Are you letting your kids fall into a trap that can make their lives (and yours) miserable? Instead of giving our kids a sense of responsibility, are you giving them the exact opposite—a sense of entitlement?
Are you setting your kids up for disaster by not teaching them how to handle money?  Is your home a little microcosm of a bad economy and a sick society….built on wants rather than needs, and on bail outs, debt, and instant gratification?Are yesterday’s parenting methods completely unsuited for today’s world?  And are some of the “old reliables” like allowances and withholding of privileges just not helpful anymore and perhaps even becoming counterproductive in raising responsible kids?

Read Full Article HERE:

Promote Good Literature and Music

"Promote only good literature and music in the home.  Introduce your children to the best in art, music, literature, and entertainment.

The Book of Mormon declares that 'everything which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God.' And 'whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil.'

Let us use that standard to judge what we read, the music we hear, the entertainmemt we watch, the thoughts we think."  Pres. Benson 

Monday, June 27, 2011

What Kind of Magazines Come into you Home?

"Now, what kind of magazines come into your home?  With perhaps one or two execptions, I would not have any of the major national slick magazines in my home.  As President J. Reuben Clark Jr., so well put it, "Take up any national magazine, look at the ads and, if you can stand the filth, read some of the stories -- they are, in their expressed and suggestive standards of life, destructive of the very foundations of our society."  Pres. Benson

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Interview with Author Emma Lou Thayne; "The Place of Knowing"

Recently we were privileged to meet with author Emma Lou Thayne in her SLC home.  She and her husband Mel welcomed us warmly as we sat to visit about her new book "The Place of Knowing"; a spiritual memoir/autobiography.

18 yrs. ago while driving down the canyon with her son-in-law, she was involved in a terrible accident that nearly took her life.  A six pound iron rod, from another vehicle, pierced through the window and through her face.  She was 'taken out' through a near-death experience and healed slowly in both body and soul.

The book is filled with spiritual messages about the meaning of life, death, how trials help us to find out who we are and.....that 'knowing' is a process, not an event.  She says "Sometimes it takes being anonymous to discover who we are."

On a trip to Ireland with her daughters, years ago, their German guide told them to "roll down the window and listen to the silence."  She carried that on with her own family suggesting an hr. of alone time each day.  And, after her accident she was 'forced to be quiet' as she couldn't read for 7 months.  "I learned to listed to inner music that I'd been too busy to listen to" she said.  Later she added that for her "everything holy comes at night" an indication that silence and listening are necessary for being open to the heavens and .... 'a sky full of stars'.

We were grateful for the rare opportunity to get to know this wonderful woman.  She is now a beloved friend and kindred-spirit of sorts.  In her 87th year she is still a strong soul though her physical energy may be limited.  Recent set-backs have slowed her pace but you'd never know it by the manner she speaks from the depths of her heart or the way in which her spirit-of-light fills the room and opens the heavens.  She's a noble soul to learn from and we truly hope that this younger generation of blogger moms and others - will read her writings and ponder on her messages.  If we are to endure what is ahead we need to learn from previous generations.  They were placed here at their time to set a foundation for the rest of us.  We sincerely know that their lives have had great meaning and purpose -- and that we would do well to learn from their counsel and teachings.  (Think 'wisdom of the ages', 'prophets', 'prophetesses', 'obedient souls'.)


Sister Thayne is perhaps most well-known for her words to a beloved hymn "Where Can I Turn for Peace".  Yet she is also a much honored and anthologized writer of thirteen books of poetry, essays, and fiction.  She has been a pioneer for women in business, education and the arts.

See also:
Salt Lake Tribune: From near-death to ‘spiritual mentor’

HuffingtonPost: On Learning to Go Away: Reflections of a Mormon Poet

Brenda's Blog:

Best-selling author Steven R. Covey:
“I think this book is Emma Lou’s tour de force. I read it in two sittings, resenting any interruption. Her‘voice’ and spirit and visual poetic nature reached my heart and spirit, as if apart from my mind. The depth of her spirituality and belief in the goodness of people inspire me.”

Friday, June 17, 2011

Spirirual Learning takes Precedence

"Spiritual learning takes precedence.  The secular without the foundation of the spiritual is but like the foam upon the milk, the fleeting shadow.  One need not choose between the two for there is opportunity to get both simultaneously; Secular knowledge, important as it may be, can never save a soul nor open the celestial kingdom nor create a world nor make a man a god."  - Pres. Kimball
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Saturday, June 4, 2011


Amazing new release from top-selling author Jeff Benedict, Professor of English at Southern Virginia University.

Book opens eyes to the deadly E-Coli Outbreak that changed the way America Eats. It's the true story of what happened when E.Coli came to dinner in America and how it changed fast food. Hundreds of children were sickened and four died.

"Painstakingly researched and gut-wrenchingly immediate, POISONED tells the story of a pivotal moment in American History, ....that graphically demonstrated the dangers of food-borne illness....."

A must-read for anyone interested in knowing about food safety, food poisoning, dangers of uncooked meat, the 1993 account of the 'Jack in the Box' outbreak and the industry's wake-up call.

Benedict conducted over 250 interviews and poured over thousands of pages of documents to present this riveting account and recount the revolution of the way we must eat.