Friday, June 29, 2012

Evertaster!






My friend Adam just had his book come out! Check out this trailer.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Power of Deliverance by L. Tom Perry



Video of this talk can be watched here:


Power of Deliverance by L. Tom Perry

In Elder Perry’s talk entitled “Power of Deliverance” he speaks about many situations in the scriptures where people were in bondage to some degree or another and how they were delivered.
One of the first stories of deliverance is Lehi’s departure into the wilderness with his family. They were to be delivered from the destruction that waited Jerusalem.

Nephi says:
 “But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance” (1 Nephi 1:20).

There were several times that Nephi was delivered (from Laban, from his wicked brothers who wanted to kill him on multiple occasions, from starvation, etc.)

One of the other stories Elder Perry shared is the story of the people of King Limhi verses the story of the people of Alma. Both were in bondage, but the Lord was slow to hear the cries of the people of Limhi “because of their iniquities; nevertheless the Lord did hear their cries, and began to soften the hearts of the Lamanites that they began to ease their burdens; yet the Lord did not see fit to deliver them out of bondage.” Alma 21:15

Alma and his people settled in the land of Helam, then an army of the Lamanites came into the borders of the land. “And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage.”Mosiah 24:13

The difference? The people of Alma had already begun to be baptized and make covenants. They were already humble while the people of Limhi were compelled to be humble.
One of my favorite scriptures about deliverance is 2 Nephi 10:20

“And now, my beloved brethren, seeing that our merciful God has given us so great knowledge concerning these things, let us remember him, and lay aside our sins, and not hang down our heads, for we are not cast off; nevertheless, we have been driven out of the land of our inheritance; but we have been led to a better land, for the Lord has made the sea our path, and we are upon an isle of the sea.

Often times we are driven from a place that is comfortable and familiar to be lead into a wilderness of trial. We need to always remember that as long as we are following the Lord he will lead us to where we need to be, even a “better land.”

Parables






Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (Luke 18:9–14)

A Pharisee is a religious leader who obeyed strict and zealous obedience to the Law of Moses. At times Pharisees also held political standing, controlled social movements, and the school of thought among the Jewish people.
A Publican is a tax collector. Often they worked with the Romans to collect taxes and were seen as “tax trolls.” At the time, the Jews and the Romans didn’t think highly of each other. Therefore, it was natural for the Jews to look upon the Publicans with discontent since they were working with the Romans.
Matthew, a Jew and a Publican, no doubt then was seen as a traitor to accept this employment from the Romans.
In the parable of Pharisee and the Publican found in Luke 18:9–14
The Pharisee, obsessed by his own virtue, prays much like the Zoramites on the Rameumptom, (Alma 31–32; 35) basically thanking God that he is better than everyone else including the Publican.
The Publican on the other hand humbly asks for mercy.
This parable demonstrates the need to pray humbly.
The Wicked Husbandman (Luke 20:9–18)
The husbandman is someone who was assigned to watch over the vineyard— sort of like a property manager oversees the property for the owner.
In this parable the Vineyard is the Lord’s church and the husbandmen are the church leaders of the time the parable was given. The Master is God Himself. The servants in this parable represent ancient prophets who were rejected. The heir refers to Jesus Christ, who should have been respected by the people, but was rejected and killed.
At the season the Master sent His servant that the husbandmen should give him the fruit of the harvest. The greedy and wicked husbandmen beat the servant. Time after time the Master sent servants, but they were harmed or killed.
Finally the Master sent His Son. The Husbandmen killed the Son, thinking that they could rob the Master of His vineyard.
This parable was given shortly before Christ’s death. Christ was basically foretelling His death, who His murders were, and their motives for killing Him.







The Great Supper (Luke 14:16–24)
The parable of the Great Supper was addressed to the learned men of the time the parable was given.
The specially invited guest to the supper was the covenant people of Israel.
On the day of the feast, after all the perpetrations where made, the Lord sent a Messenger to summon the guest. For their own selfish and vain reasons, all the guests’ decided not to come. Since the invited guest didn’t come, the Lord then invited others (Gentiles, Pagans, and other strangers beyond the walls of the holy city.)
This has to do with missionary work and gathering all who will come unto the Lord and partake of the gospel.  The scripture that comes to my mind is Peter’s vision of the unclean animals found in Acts 10 and the phrase “What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.”

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Alex Boyé



I do a ton of graphic work for United Studios of Self Defense. This year we donated a sizable amount to a charity called One Life at a Time. 


Alex Boyé was one of the performers at the benefit concert. 


Sensei Nate was totally pumped and couldn't stop smiling. Alex is one of his favorite singers and Nate was so excited to have the chance to meet backstage and talk with Alex about the Shaolin art. Apparently Alex had been by our studio and seen some of the monks perform on our T.V. and was just as excited to meet Nate as Nate was to meet him.




Here is a clip of the monks:




And a clip of my favorite song from Alex:



Note: I need to thank my way awesome friend, Cecily, for getting us involved and for pulling us back stage in introducing us to Alex! I'm telling you, I have the greatest friends in the world!


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Love My Visiting Teachers

If ninjas invaded my house and took me to their base, I know my visiting teachers would put plastic over the broken windows and watch my kid until I am able to escape. <3<3<3

Now that's dependable!

Marriage Like a Tree

Image from Shutterstock.com





I LOVE trees and love tree analogies and allegories. The scriptures are full of tree allegories and now I have come up with my own.



Grafting = The process of wherein one is joined to another
Digging, watering, and pruning= Work, Nurturing
Fertilizer = Poop!           
Decaying branches = Bad influences or actions, other wickedness (inward influences that can harm a tree.)
Bugs, storms, etc. = outside influences that can harm the tree.


Marriage Like A Tree. (Becoming One)

Marriage is like two trees planted side by side. Their roots intertwine making them stronger. They stand together, embracing one another as the storms of life cycle through their seasons. They know that no matter how terrible the storm, the sun will shine again.

Then comes the vineyard laborer with his ax; hacking and sawing off decaying and unfruitful branches. No matter how painful, we must give up childish games and worldly pursuits for a healthier union.

But with our roots intertwined and our faults left behind it is still not enough to truly become one.
How cruel can the laborer be? He cuts at our best branches, the most healthy and strong.
He gives us trial after trial—testing us. We wonder how strong we can be when it feels like everything around us is falling apart.

Then he slices into us, grafting our best branches into one another. "Oh I see." This trial is helping us be one. Now I don't mind the CRAP (dung) being smeared all over us now.

Next we are sliced into by the merciless blade without the grafted branch of our partner to fill the gap. Our wounds left exposed as sap bleeds from our limbs. Now it’s our turn, and our choice, to either pull away and heal alone leaving ugly scars or to embrace each other, surrendering all we have no longer being "Me" but becoming "We" and we heal, becoming one.

Lunch with the Military

I'm not quite ready to go public about this project yet, but I've been doing a few things with the military lately and getting ready for a HUGE mission next year.

Yesterday I was invited to a lunch at the armory after a long and hard two week training and was able to snap a few pictures with my phone.






Favorite Quotes on Education


 “Seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith” ( D&C 88:118 ).
■ “Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand;
“Of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms—
“That ye may be prepared in all things when I shall send you again to magnify the calling whereunto I have called you, and the mission with which I have commissioned you” ( D&C 88:78–80 ).


■ President Gordon B. Hinckley, fifteenth President of the Church: “You face great challenges that lie ahead. You are moving into a world of fierce competition. You must get all of the education you can. The Lord has instructed us concerning the importance of education. It will qualify you for greater opportunities. It will equip you to do something worthwhile in the great world of opportunity that lies ahead. If you can go to college and that is your wish, then do it. If you have no desire to attend college, then go to a vocational or business school to sharpen your skills and increase your capacity” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1997, 70; or Ensign, May 1997, 49–50 ).
■ Elder Henry B. Eyring: “It takes neither modern technology nor much money to seize the opportunity to learn in the moments we now waste. You could just have a book and paper and pencil with you. That will be enough. But you need determination to capture the leisure moments you now waste” ( Education for Real Life, 4).
■ Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Because of our sacred regard for each human intellect, we consider the obtaining of an education to be a religious responsibility. Yet opportunities and abilities differ. I believe that in the pursuit of education, individual desire is more influential than institution, and personal faith more forceful than faculty” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1992, 5; or Ensign, Nov. 1992, 6 ).
■ Elder Russell M. Nelson: “Energy is always required to provide lift over opposing forces. These same laws apply in our personal lives. Whenever an undertaking is begun, both the energy and the will to endure are essential. The winner of a five-kilometer race is declared at the end of five kilometers, not at one or two. If you board a bus to Boston, you don’t get off at Burlington. If you want to gain an education, you don’t drop out along the way-just as you don’t pay to dine at an elegant restaurant only to walk away after sampling the salad” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1997, 97; or Ensign, May 1997, 71 ).

 “Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.
“And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come” ( D&C 130:18–19 [Scripture Mastery]).


Notes from my Institute Class


“Here, then, is eternal life—to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all gods have done before you, namely, by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and are able to dwell in everlasting burnings, and to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power. And I want you to know that God, in the last days, while certain individuals are proclaiming His name, is not trifling with you or me.”
Joseph Smith, The King Follett Sermon

“Above all, start by separating yourself from people, materials, and circumstances that will harm you. As those battling something like alcoholism know, the pull of proximity can be fatal. So too in moral matters. Like Joseph in the presence of Potiphar’s wife,  just run—run as far away as you can get from whatever or whoever it is that beguiles you. And please, when fleeing the scene of temptation, do not leave a forwarding address.”
JEFFREY R. HOLLAND, Place No More for the Enemy of My Soul

“A family needs a father to anchor it,” Elder L. Tom Perry

Ephesians 6:12
 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ether 12:6
 6 And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.

Hebrews 11:1
 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.


Faith comes by hearing. Hearing requires effort
Faith without works is dead

Pled, perform, communicate and Act



1 Kings 18:1 (controlling the elements)
 1 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.

“Faith is not only a feeling; it is a decision.” ELDER NEIL L. ANDERSEN

“Don't you quit. You keep walking, you keep trying, there is help and happiness ahead. Some blessings come soon. Some come late. Some don't come until heaven. But for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come. It will be alright in the end. Trust God and believe in Good Things to Come.”
― Jeffrey R. Holland

In a relationship, assume the good, doubt the bad.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-2
 1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Through the atonement life will be fair
“The religion embraced by the Latter-day Saints, if only slightly understood, prompts them to search diligently after knowledge. There is no other people in existence more eager to see, hear, learn, and understand truth” (JD 8:6).



What should we do the keep the Holy Ghost with us?

Keep the commandments
Pray for Guidance
Attend church
Partake of the Sacrament
Do not take harmful substances
Do not violate the law of chastity
We pray to show our love for God

Why do we not receive inspiration or revelation when requested?
The answer is left to our own judgment. We must Reach conclusions and make decisions
There is not a right or wrong to ever question
Or you are asking between alternatives that are equally acceptable

How can we recognize answers?
Repeated thoughts
It will be intellectually sound in your mind
And you will have good feeling in your heart. We must bring the heart and mind together
Your mind can trick you and your heart can trick you but not to two together.

D&C 8:2-3
 2 Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.
 3 Now, behold, this is the spirit of revelation; behold, this is the spirit by which Moses brought the children of Israel through the Red Sea on dry ground.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Super Power Tip: How to enhanced you physical senses and maximize happiness.

Super Power Tip: How to enhanced you physical senses and maximize happiness. 



  • ■ Elder James E. Faust, then of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “The Spirit of the Holy Ghost is the greatest guarantor of inward peace in our unstable world. It can be more mind-expanding and can make us have a better sense of well-being than any chemical or other earthly substance. It will calm nerves; it will breathe peace to our souls. This Comforter can be with us as we seek to improve. It can function as a source of revelation to warn us of impending danger and also help keep us from making mistakes. It can enhance our natural senses so that we can see more clearly, hear more keenly, and remember what we should remember. It is a way of maximizing our happiness” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1989, 41; or Ensign, May 1989, 32–33 ).


How to get the Holy Ghost:



■ “He that is baptized in my name, to him will the Father give the Holy Ghost” ( 2 Nephi 31:12 ).
■ “God bestows [the Holy Ghost] on those who love him, and purify themselves before him” ( D&C 76:116 ).
■ Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “To have the Holy Ghost as your companion, you must be worthy, cleansed by the Atonement of Jesus Christ. So, your obedience to the commandments, your desire to do His will, and your asking in faith will determine how clearly the Master can guide you” (in Conference Report, Oct. 2002, 81; or Ensign, Nov. 2002, 76 ).





"A millennium of experience through sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and all the powers of the universe combined cannot approach the sublime and complete experience of one brief moment under the influence of the Holy Ghost.”
Bishop Keith B. McMullin ,By the Holy Ghost, 'ye May know' truth.



Elder James E. Faust, then of the Quorum of the
Twelve Apostles: “The Spirit of the Holy Ghost
is the greatest guarantor of inward peace in our
unstable world. It can be more mind-expanding
and can make us have a better sense of well-being
than any chemical or other earthly substance. It will
calm nerves; it will breathe peace to our souls. This
Comforter can be with us as we seek to improve. It
can function as a source of revelation to warn us
of impending danger and also help keep us from
making mistakes. It can enhance our natural senses
so that we can see more clearly, hear more keenly,
and remember what we should remember. It is a
way of maximizing our happiness” (in Conference
Report, Apr. 1989, 41; or Ensign, May 1989, 32–33).

Monday, June 4, 2012

More time management and keeping a perspective.

Part of that testing here is to have so many seemingly interesting things to do that we can forget the main purposes for being here. Satan works very hard so that the essential things won’t happen” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1997, 78; or Ensign, May 1997, 53–54 ).




On Death:
"Mortality is very brief but immeasurably important. . .We know that death is a necessary transition. It will come sooner or later to each of us. Our mortal bodies will return to earth, and our spirits will return to the spirit world"
“If we make every earthly decision with this judgment in mind, we will have used our mortal probation wisely and its days will give us peace in this life and eternal life in the world to come” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1998, 15, 18; or Ensign, May 1998, 14, 16–17 ).




“Work is the law of life; it is the ruling principle in the lives of the Saints. We cannot, while physically able, voluntarily shift the burden of our own support to others. Doles abound in evils. Industry, thrift, and self-respect are essential to salvation.
“We must maintain our own health, sow our own gardens, store our own food, educate and train ourselves to handle the daily affairs of life. No one else can work out our salvation for us, either temporally or spiritually.
“We are here on earth to care for the needs of our family members. Wives have claim on their husbands for their support, children upon their parents, parents upon their children, brothers upon each other, and relatives upon their kin” (in Conference Report, Mar.–Apr. 1979, 132; or Ensign, May 1979, 93 ).

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Time Management



Elder Marvin J. Ashton, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said: “The direction in which we are moving is more important than where we are at the moment. Goal setting should cause us to stretch as we make our way”


“Life is best enjoyed when time periods are evenly divided between labor, sleep, and recreation...all people should spend one-third of their time in recreation which is rebuilding, voluntary activity, never idleness.”

 Brigham Young (American religious leader, 2nd President of the Mormon church, and colonizer who significantly influenced the development of the American West. 1801-1877)

There you go. Straight from a prophet of God.

So let’s look at the diagram below:


As a religious person I put God at the center.

If you are not a religious, then insert the most important thing in your life here.

I will talk about the second over lapping spaces, "Family" in my case, in a minute.


So if we follow Brigham Young’s advice and divide out 24 hour day into thirds we would have 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of recreation, and 8 hours of work.

Sleep. 

Seriously, why aren't you getting 8 hours of sleep? Wouldn't you love 8 hours of sleep every night?

You deserve it and your body needs it.

Since I am a morning person and wake up at 6:30 every morning no matter what time I go to bed, I have to set a bed time for myself to make sure I get my 8 hours of sleep.


Notice the little slices of "Family" that are in the sleep section. Anyone who has had a baby knows what this is for. Even if your child is not sleeping through the night you can still get 8 hours of sleep. It might not be in one continuous stretch, but you can still get it.


Recreation.

Seriously, I can have 8 hours of sword fighting, baseball, and Facebook?

Ehem. No.

Lets break up the word: Re-Creation

So how do you re-create?

This is a personal question only you can answer.

Here are a few things on my list:

Read scriptures
Breakfast
exercise
Journal
Cook something impressive
Spend time with the Cat
Family Scripture Study
Shower
Devotional
Facebook
Work in the garden
Clean out purse
Read books in reading pile
Do nails
bubble bath
Fighter Practice
Read Institute Manuals
Paint
Decorate
Get myself ready for the day


Work.

I shouldn't have to explain this one.

Some people go into an office
Some are stay-at-home parents or work from home.


What every your work is, do it and do it well.

I put designing book covers and writing in this area. Some people might consider that re-creation, but that is my work.

Some of my author friends might, put writing in "Re-Creation" and promoting their books under "Work.”


So what if you work 4 ten hour shifts or are required to work longer than 8 hours a day?
Re-adjust and make it work.

I work 8 hours, but I have a one hour commute to and from work. Do I steal out of my sleep or recreation time?
No. No stealing. Listen to a good audio book, sing songs on the radio, or pray while driving for part of your re-creation time. Just don't try to sleep while driving, please.

Should housework count as re-creation or work?
It’s up to you.
I put taking my vitamins under "Work" because I hate taking them, but someone else might put it under "Re-Creation"

I put exercise under "Re-Creation," but some people might consider that work.

As far as blogging goes, My "Her Eden" blog is re-creation because I feel like it’s more journal entries.
My blog: http://www.astorybookworld.blogspot.com/ I count as work because I promote my work and others books as well.


I want 8 hours of re-creation and 8 hours of work, but my kids keep interrupting me. What do I do?

I asked this same question and a very very smart lady, Karen Hepworth, told me this, "Your kids are ALWAYS number one."

Kids are work and kids are re-creation. That’s why I have the family slices in both “Work” and Re-Creation.”

"The most important calling of a priesthood holder is that of husband and father. The most divine station of woman is that of wife and mother. . . . Fathers should lead their families in holding meaningful family home evenings. Such experiences will build family unity and influence each person toward increased righteousness and happiness."
(Family Home Evening, 1980 — Spencer W. Kimball, N. Eldon Tanner, and Marion G. Romney)


It doesn't matter how awesome of a book you are writing, or how your project will help millions of people someday, your family is number one.

I have designated "family time" and I try to include my family as much as I can. For example: I sometimes get my exercise by putting Kal'el in the stroller, running to the park, then chasing him all over the playground. Or if I'm cooking I ask if Kal’el if he wants to stir something or help me carry in groceries. Now obviously there are some things I need to do without him......... Hang on, just heard something crash downstairs.

23 minutes later.

Okay, I just put him down for a nap. Hopefully I can finish this blog post and edit it before he gets up.






"When we plan our lives and use our time wisely, the Lord will bless and magnify us to better serve in His kingdom." 

The Gospel and the Productive Life Student Manual.


As I make my lists and put them into my “Re-Creation” category and my Work category I always put the most important at the top, that way if I don't get everything done at least I got the most important done.

If I am waiting on phone call, email, or material to get the first thing on my list done, I move on to the second thing until I get what I need to finish the first. You see this A LOT in the publishing world. People are always waiting on something: edits, proofs, etc.

Then when you get the number one thing crossed off, number two is not such a big task because you've already started it.

I also make a list of things that need to be done daily, things to be done weekly, and things to be done monthly.

Here are a few things on my lists:

RE- Create Daily
Read scriptures
Breakfast
Workout
Journal
Take care of cat
Family Scripture Study
Shower
Devotional
Water plants

Work Daily
Vitamins
Clean house

Work Monthly
Clean Garage and Zombie Shelter

(Yes, I have a zombie shelter)


Re-Create Weekly
Clean purses

Re-Create Monthly
Go to Temple
Visit Teach
1 hour of extraction work 
Visiting Teaching Report


I've even color coded the things on my list. purple is “Re-Creation” and green is “Work.”

Hang on, I think Kal'el is out of bed.

45 min later

Okay, I need to wrap this up, and go be a mommy.

For more awesome quotes I didn't have time to put in here see the book The Gospel and the Productive Life.

Here is the chapter on time management.



You can also download the whole book for FREE here:




http://institute.lds.org/courses/the-gospel-and-the-productive-life.asp