Veteran’s Day 2015

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Veteran’s Day in America, Armistice or Remembrance Day for many others, is a day to remember those who served to protect the freedom of their friends, families, and those they have never and will never meet. Today is a day to show your gratitude and appreciation of the sacrifices made by every person who defends their country, and protects those within her arms. I hope those who read this have or will thank a veteran in person or through prayer. Remember that they put their lives on the line to protect our great Republic.

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I am reminded of the passage in Alma Chapter 46 when those who follow the Lord are in danger. Captain Moroni stands to lead the righteous and Title of Liberty is flow high, proud, and for all to see.

And it came to pass that as many as would not hearken to the words of Helaman and his brethren were gathered together against their brethren.

 And now behold, they were exceedingly wroth, insomuch that they were determined to slay them.

 Now the leader of those who were wroth against their brethren was a large and a strong man; and his name wasAmalickiah.

 And Amalickiah was desirous to be a king; and those people who were wroth were also desirous that he should be their king; and they were the greater part of them the lower judges of the land, and they were seeking for power.

 And they had been led by the flatteries of Amalickiah, that if they would support him and establish him to be their king that he would make them rulers over the people.

 Thus they were led away by Amalickiah to dissensions, notwithstanding the preaching of Helaman and his brethren, yea, notwithstanding their exceedingly great care over the church, for they were high priests over the church.

 And there were many in the church who believed in theflattering words of Amalickiah, therefore they dissentedeven from the church; and thus were the affairs of the people of Nephi exceedingly precarious and dangerous, notwithstanding their great victory which they had had over the Lamanites, and their great rejoicings which they had had because of their deliverance by the hand of the Lord.

 Thus we see how quick the children of men do forgetthe Lord their God, yea, how quick to do iniquity, and to be led away by the evil one.

 Yea, and we also see the great wickedness one very wicked man can cause to take place among the children of men.

 10 Yea, we see that Amalickiah, because he was a man of cunning device and a man of many flattering words, that he led away the hearts of many people to do wickedly; yea, and to seek to destroy the church of God, and to destroy the foundation of liberty which God had granted unto them, or which blessing God had sent upon the face of the land for the righteous’ sake.

 11 And now it came to pass that when Moroni, who was the chief commander of the armies of the Nephites, had heard of these dissensions, he was angry with Amalickiah.

 12 And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.

 13 And he fastened on his head-plate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and hebowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of Christiansremain to possess the land—

 14 For thus were all the true believers of Christ, who belonged to the church of God, called by those who did not belong to the church.

 15 And those who did belong to the church were faithful; yea, all those who were true believers in Christ took uponthem, gladly, the name of Christ, or Christians as they were called, because of their belief in Christ who should come.

 16 And therefore, at this time, Moroni prayed that the cause of the Christians, and the freedom of the land might be favored.

 17 And it came to pass that when he had poured out his soul to God, he named all the land which was south of the land Desolation, yea, and in fine, all the land, both on thenorth and on the south—A chosen land, and the land ofliberty.

 18 And he said: Surely God shall not suffer that we, who are despised because we take upon us the name of Christ, shall be trodden down and destroyed, until we bring it upon us by our own transgressions.

 19 And when Moroni had said these words, he went forth among the people, waving the rent part of his garment in the air, that all might see the writing which he had written upon the rent part, and crying with a loud voice, saying:

 20 Behold, whosoever will maintain this title upon the land, let them come forth in the strength of the Lord, andenter into a covenant that they will maintain their rights, and their religion, that the Lord God may bless them.

 21 And it came to pass that when Moroni had proclaimed these words, behold, the people came running togetherwith their armor girded about their loins, rending their garments in token, or as a covenant, that they would not forsake the Lord their God; or, in other words, if they should transgress the commandments of God, or fall into transgression, and be ashamed to take upon them the name of Christ, the Lord should rend them even as they had rent their garments.

 22 Now this was the covenant which they made, and theycast their garments at the feet of Moroni, saying: Wecovenant with our God, that we shall be destroyed, even as our brethren in the land northward, if we shall fall into transgression; yea, he may cast us at the feet of our enemies, even as we have cast our garments at thy feet to be trodden under foot, if we shall fall into transgression.

 23 Moroni said unto them: Behold, we are a remnant of the seed of Jacob; yea, we are a remnant of the seed ofJoseph, whose coat was rent by his brethren into many pieces; yea, and now behold, let us remember to keep the commandments of God, or our garments shall be rent by our brethren, and we be cast into prison, or be sold, or be slain.

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A Light Dust of Snow| Poetry

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A light dust of snow, far from last late frost.

Soft bright rays beam down, fairylight not lost.

Shine upon my maid, Youth is yet her friend.

Sleeps she ‘neath branches, sweet dreams yet to send.

To laugh and still dream, through hardship and strife,

’tis but her choice course, through trials of life.

Just as the blossom comes after the rain,

so does the smile just after the pain.

Such is the pathway through darkness to bright,

bring oh thou sunshine, bring joy and bring light!

Bring spirit and spark, bring lilac’s clean scent.

Revitalize Hope, her dear chorus rent;

Troll bells of mercy, forgiveness its due.

Do always remember, to ever press through.

 Fear not, my maiden, there is yet a plan.

For now just delight, and day dream ’til then.

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He Is Risen!

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Stock-Image-Separator-GraphicsFairy21“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.  And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass. And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communedtogether and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart tobelieve all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, heexpounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burnwithin us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself:handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them hishands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus itbehoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should bepreached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye beendued with power from on high. And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.”

~Luke 24 KJV

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My prayer is that you had a wonderful Easter celebration. Our Lord is RISEN! He has paid the price and all we need do is accept His love, guidance, and ever loving present gift of atonement.

May you be blessed and find your strength in Him who overcame all.

Spring Break in Pictures

Spring has sprung here at Mt Hope! So much to do, and with the lovely weather like we’ve been having, it’s easy to get distracted in the beauty of the day. It has been a full week. Now that the good weather is come, many adventures are sure to be on their way. I hope you enjoy some of the pictures from this week:)

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The third installment of the series I’m revisiting:)

 

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Henrietta in full bloom with her gorgeous pear blossoms

 

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Still working on that blue-striped sweater

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board games, bike rides, cleaning, and visiting with Anne Shirley and her friends in Avonlea have been the entertainment for us girls this week

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The most perfect batch of rolls that I have ever made

    I used the 30-min Roll recipe for the batch above. They were absolutely divine!

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“…Thou annointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over…”

Psalms 23

What did you do this past week?

A Week in Pictures| 2nd week|March

We live in a time of insurmountable blessings.

I have been reminded that God is ever good and is always watching.

Here are some of the fun and light things that happened last week!

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Met up with my dear friend Anne to help decompress from the stress of dead week and finals. To paraphrase the great Mrs Lynde, “The sun will go on rising and setting whether I pass in digital electronics or not”

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My little sister met a frog named Fred and he spent the night in the kitchen

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Fred had to go home the next morning

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Found an 18-wheeler in front of where I parked the other morning while going picking my brother up from Bible Study.

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FINALLY got the truck cleaned out and detailed! So good to have it back up and running!

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Continuing the adventures with Anne:) She never ceases to bring comfort to a troubled mind and a heart in need of a kindred spirit.

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And lastly, a return to a large project started months ago

What did you do this week?

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 “Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.”

~Alma 37:37

Purim

This last Thursday was Purim.

Although I have never traditionally celebrated the holiday, as I am not Jewish, it is amazing to think we still know the date of when Esther freed her people.

I hope this video helps you better understand what happened on that day so many years ago.

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“To confirm these days of Purim in their times appointed, according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves ad for their seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry.”

Esther 9:31 KJV

Literary Heroine Blog Party

For a couple years now, I’ve been wanting to participate in the
Literary Heroine Blog Party.
I finally found the courage to join in:)
Click the picture to visit Kellie’s blog!
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~ The Questions ~
1.   Introduce yourself! Divulge your life’s vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random!

Hi! I’m Kelsey:) I love life! God has given us a beautiful world to experience our ups, downs, and in-betweens. I am a stay at home daughter currently pursuing a higher education degree in Electrical Engineering. I greatly enjoy reading, writing, and being creative. Sewing, crocheting, knitting, and experimenting in the kitchen make me happy when I’m not enjoying the wonders of science and of our amazing Earth.

2.   What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine?

A true hero (a woman is a hero as the word hero is actually gender neutral) is someone who is willing to stand for truth and light. She has the courage and the moral fiber to fight for what is right regardless of the trials ahead of her. She defends the weak and succors those in need. She knows her place but isn’t afraid to challenge authority if she knows that she has something unique to contribute to the cause of the righteous.

3. Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to.

Eowyn of Rohan (The Lord of the Rings)

Lucy Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia)

Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables and the rest of the series)

Kendra Sorenson (Fablehaven series)

4.  Five of your favorite historical novels?

The Chromicles of Narnia (I know that is more than one but they are each equally wonderful), Great Expectations, Anne of Green Gables, Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion, The Once and Future King

5.  Out of those five books who is your favorite major character and why?

My favorite major character, out of the five listed above, is Anne Shirley. I love her spirit, tenacity, and abounding imagination.

6.   Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why?

Now, I understand this question is asking for favorite secondary character, but I would much rather share my second favorite major character.  Lucy Pevensie isn’t afraid of being honest and no matter what she faces, she doesn’t ever lose her faith. Even when her brother and sister and cousin doubt her, she is strong and brave and true.

7.   If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to – and what would you plan to do there?

There are several places that I would love to visit. There are two major ones that I wold consider my dream. The first dream vacation I would take would be to tour the villages and old kingdoms of Arthurian legend. The second wuld be a full tour of each of the American Civil War battle fields.

8.   What is your favorite time period and culture to read about?

I greatly enjoy reading about medieval, 18th, 19th, and early to mid 20th cultures.

9.   You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation, tap dancing… what is your act comprised of?

Yes, I have been asked to perform harp for the last three Decembers at a Christmas festival in our area.

10.   If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent?

I would love to be Anne Shirley or Eowyn of Rohan or Kendra Soreson.

11.  Favorite author(s)?

Jane Austin

Charles Dickens

CS Lewis

JRR Tolkein

David Eddings

12.   In which century were most of the books you read written?

They are written in many different centuries and worlds:)

13.   In your opinion, the ultimate hero in all literature is…

King Arthur of Camelot or Samwise Gamgee (one for the real world and one for fantasy)

14.   In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is…

Sauron

15.   Describe your ideal dwelling place.

I enjoy where I live. I think it would be nice to have a lovely, cozy, fireplace again though

16.   Sum up your fashion style in a short sentence.

My style is comprised of whatever suits my mood ranging from fantasy princess to chic & classic to tomboyish.

17.   Three favorite Non-fiction books?

The Bible

The Book of Mormon

Modern Essentials (essential oils guide book)

oh and the Little House series (more than three but I needed to throw in a fun one! at least I didn’t say a textbook lol)

18.   Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon?

Outside with my siblings playing with the horses or sheep. I love trail rides:)

19.   Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat – in such a way as will best portray your true character.

dream hat? I wear different hats for different occasions…I like my black stetson for dressing up, but I like my straw hat for sunny days, I appreciate my riding helmet, but I also like my ball cap for working in, and I LOVE little handmade, lightweight, knit hats for keeping my head covered and warm while still looking classy. I collect hats so it’s hard to pick just one 😉

20.   Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year.

The adventures with sheep, pheasants, kittens, horses, 4-H, school, and adjusting to a new lifestyle

21.   Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.

“I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”

~Luke 15:7 KJV

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The Benefits of Essential Oils

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On this journey to strengthen our physical bodies in order to better serve others, I want to introduce the use of essential oils.

Essential oils are what cause aromatic properties in various plants. These oils have medicinal and healing properties. Different oils have different properties. Certain oils can be astringent, while others are soothing, some extract toxins, some can stop bruising, and the list goes on.

Some of the most commonly known essential oils include tea trea (melaluca), peppermint, lavender, oregano, orange, and lemon grass. These are very oils that you can find in almost every grocery store that sells supplements. However, these oils tend to be the most commonly polluted. Many companies are not careful in the method through which they process their oils and people that are new to the world of homeopathic healing might not know this. Subsequently people can become extremely ill and those under treatments with these oils can go even toxic. That is why it is VERY important to purchase clean oils that are diffused through the air and applied to the body.

However, if you are using peppermint oil to rid your basement of rats, low grade oil is cheap and will do the job just as well as any higher grade product.

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Below is list of my TOP 5 Essential Oils  and how I use them for healing:

1. Frankincense Oil (although it is rather expensive): eczema relief, antiseptic, astringent, aids PMS relief, stomach pain relief, digestive system cleanser, stress relief, eases coughing,

Frankincense should NEVER be used during pregnancy

2. Lavender Oil: great for soothing restlessness, easing sleep, calming nerves, relieving headaches, easing pain

3. Tea Tree (Melaluca) Oil: astringent, antiseptic, cleansing acne, aids alertness, great for stimulating scalp, helps stop dandruff

4. Helichyrsum Oil: eczema relief, supports liver, anti-spasmodic, expectorant, anti-microbial, anti-septic, regulates nervous system

CAUTION should always be used as Helichrysum is an anticoagulant

5. Peppermint Oil: aids alertness, refreshing, eases stomach aches, helps calm indigestion, scent is an unappealing deterent for rats

I hope that this list gives you and idea on where to start with your use of essential oils.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments:)

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