I enjoyed this past week’s assigned reading for the Come, Follow Jesus study for Sunday School. I also listened to the above video. One of the truths for this week’s study is that paying tithing opens up the windows of heaven. So much so that you will have more things than you have room to receive. The part about tithing in the above video is at the 47:56 mark. See also Doctrine and Covenants 119. I know this is true! We have paid tithing our whole marriage, and I’ve seen the blessings happen. Repeatedly we have given boxes and boxes of material stuff away because we don’t have room enough to keep it all.
I love this story by Charlotte Arnold, a single mother, about how she put this promise to the test. She had only enough money to pay tithing or buy groceries. Which did she choose? Go here to read the story, so you can find out!
To continue with the theme of “spiritual treasures” that I blogged about last week with a story about seeking for riches, I’m sharing another story about treasure today. My story today relates to spiritual treasures, told by Elder Enzio Busche. You can go here to read it. He tells of a business client and friend who tried to get him drunk for evil purposes. Elder Busche prayed and was guided the Holy Spirit as to what to say to totally turn the situation around for good. You will be cheering for both of them in the end as the client apologizes and they embrace.
My favorite paragraph from the whole story:
“It is really necessary that we as members decide day by day whether we want to allow our fears to direct our actions or to live with a constant prayer in our heart to be able to analyze all feelings and emotions that come to us. Thereby we learn to draw upon the powers of heaven, which will enable us to overcome and to stand on holy ground, guided and directed by the Holy Ghost. What does this really mean? What is this real treasure that will enable us to stand in happiness and joy, in confidence, and with power each day of our lives? It means that we have to develop a close relationship with Christ, the Savior, the Redeemer, the Messiah, Jehovah, the Only Begotten of Elohim, and let him and his Spirit take possession of our lives. That means learning to accept, appreciate, and to always follow the promptings of the Spirit. It takes courage and commitment to follow the promptings of the Spirit because they may frighten us as they lead us to walk along new paths, sometimes paths that no one has walked before, paths of the second mile, of acting totally differently from how worldly people act. For instance, we may be prompted to smile when someone offends us, to give love where others give hate, to say thank you where others would not find anything to be thankful for, to accept jobs that others would be too proud to do, to apologize where others would defend themselves, and to do all the seemingly crazy things that the Spirit prompts a righteous, honest, listening heart to do. Being led by the Spirit enables us, as the scriptures say, to build up treasures in heaven, ‘where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal’ (Matt. 6:20).”
I’m a bit melancholy this past wee, what with one day of gray skies, chilly weather, and then hearing the news that a dear friend’s husband died this morning, because of COVID complicating his cancer. Interestingly enough, just the day before news of the death I got some info about COVID at a meeting. it will help you if:
-you want to prevent COVID
-you test positive and want to know what you can do at home to treat it
-you test positive and your doctor does not treat COVID
Please go here to check out all of truthforhealth.org’s resources, including info on vaxx mandates and vaxx exemptions. Click here to get their “Patient Guide to Early COVID Treatment.”
What if your employer is pressuring you or your loved ones to get the vaxx? Go here to get educated about what to say and do. It’s written by Kristen Chevrier of Your Health Freedom. Be sure to click on the slides in that post from Dr. Paul Thomas MD, full of questions, starting on slide #5, to ask your employer. If you don’t need this info, please pass it on to someone who might!
I love to read picture book biographies all year round, but especially in October, as I focus on heroes for Heroween, my substitute for Halloween. Here are some new picture book bios I’ve found recently that we’ve enjoyed, plus some other fall-themed books we’ve read.
If you ‘d like more fall-themed books, please go here to see what we read October 2020. For more picture books biographies go here.
Another principle for this week’s Come, Follow Jesus reading, besides blessings flowing from paying tithing, is that “My sacrifices are sacred to the Lord.” We see this in the story behind Doctrine and Covenants 117. Newel K. Whitney was asked to leave his home and business in Kirtland and go to Missouri. Then Oliver Granger was asked to give a different sacrifice. The Lord asked him to stay and settle the finances of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I love this story by Marian Pond over here, about a mother’s sacrifice. As a young woman who grew up in the 70s when feminism was totally blossoming with talk of women’s rights, Marian always thought she would have a career in the biochemistry world. She writes that she made a huge sacrifice when she decided to be a full time stay-at-home mother.
Early on in the throes of motherhood of young children she found herself saying, “I hate kids!” That was a turning point for her. She sought counseling. She studied principles of righteous parenting. She followed the still, small voice. She learned how to be a better mother who set boundaries. She got to the point where the joy flowed. As she writes, “Motherhood surprised me with its opportunities for great personal growth. By keeping a gospel focus, I’ve been able to embrace my role as a mother and discover the joy of it! Experiencing this kind of joy has filled me with gratitude to Heavenly Father for the role He has prepared for me.”
If you would like more stories about people living the gospel, please go read my Celestial Family Devotionals ebook over here.
If you’ve ever read the Tuttle Twins and love those books, you’re going to love the new Tuttle Twins cartoon series! If you haven’t, I invite you to go buy the books here and enjoy them.
My children and I watched this first episode of the cartoon today. My 12 year old laughed out loud a few times, which totally delighted me. I love that this cartoon is educational and not brain candy. A new episode will be released every other Tuesday this fall. You can watch it on YouTube or on the Angel app.
Here are the notes for this episode, from YouTube:
“Ethan and Emily Tuttle start a lemonade stand just to lose it to a bad law. But when Grandma Gabby moves in with the family, she takes the twins on her wheelchair time machine to France and the Old West They learn what makes a good and bad law. But will the twins be able to reclaim their lemonade stand in time? This story is influenced by the economist Frédéric Bastiat and his groundbreaking book, The Law.”
Did you see the online class for moms and kids using Paola Brown’s Teach Me Health and Homeopathy curriculum over here? It’s so amazing! I love using it, learning about health, terrain theory, and how healing really works.
Maybe it interests you, but you decided it’s not for you because you don’t have children.
Or maybe you’re interested in learning all these truths yourself without involving your kids in a formal class. Or you have kids, but they are too young to take the class with you.
Great news! I’m facilitating Paola’s Homeopathy Book Club just for moms, this fall, to study health and homeopathy, sans the kiddos, using a book club culture!
It’s Paola’s Homeopathy Book Club for Moms!
You use the same book as the kids use in the kids class, Evie and the Secret of Small Things, which Paola wrote, but you study it in a book club culture. Fun and learning at the same time without managing the kiddos!
Here’s why it’s so cool:
-it’s for newbies to homeopathy, laying a sound foundation to learn about this completely reliable and amazing system of medicine
-it’s also for not-so-newbies, who want to clarify understanding of things like the law of similars, provings, using a materia medica, how to take a case, and how to use a repertory
-you learn what potency and dosing can look like for an acute case
-you learn how we need to avoid bias when taking a case
-you learn about the history of homeopathy with Samuel Hahnemann and you delve deeper into the dangers of suppressing disease.
–you also learn to think about various treatments found in conventional medicine
-you learn what sources are used for homeopathy remedies
-you get to watch several interviews Paola did with the director of pharmacy at Boiron, maker of the most popular homeopathic product, Arnica
-you will learn how to find a homeopath for your family and best practices to use
-you get to dive into terrain theory, and learn who was right? Bechamp or Pasteur?
-you learn how to make a health and illness timeline for each member of your family
-you get to practice taking lots of cases to boost your confidence for doing it in real life
-you learn the key notes for 19 remedies each used for acute cases: Allium cepa, Nat mur, Arnica montana, Rhus tox, Bryonia alba, and Silicea, Symphytum, Ledum, Apis, Arsenicum, and Nux vomica, Cantharis, Causticum, and Urtica urens, Hypericum, Staphysagria, Belladonna, Carbo veg, Aconitum napellus
-the Online Book Club Area includes over 45 custom made or curated videos tailored to the Book Club to help you and your friends make the most of the material.
-you get a fabulous, fun Graduation Gift! (digital, included with Handbook)
For all your dedication and hard work in completing this 8-week Book Club Program, and to support your journey of growing homeopathy knowledge, Paola is so pleased to provide you with an amazing, special digital gift. It provides you access to digital copies of several forgotten (yet truly wonderful) homeopathy books, a coupon book for homeopathy related products from several of the best homeopathy stores, access to continuing education resources from some of Paola’s favorite homeopaths, and additional printables and infographics. This is indeed a small treasure chest of value that Paola and I know you will enjoy!
-Starts Tuesday 11/2, Then held 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 1/3 and 1/10. We skip the week of Thanksgiving, and the weeks before and after Christmas
-over Zoom, so no need to pay a babysitter… put the kids in front of a screen and come in your PJs with some treats!
-tuition fee is $50, $20 early bird price if you register by Friday 10/29, midnight. Pay by Venmo to @Celestia-Shumway. Register after Oct. 29 and pay $50.
-at least $79 materials fee, which you order here. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and order the following pictured below (these prices are the discount prices which occurs when you buy at least 2 items):
Evie and the Secret of the Small Things, for $48
Book Club Handbook for Evie and the Secret of Small Things, for $31
This story is so amazing! It will knock your socks off! It’s about dead composers who visited a woman, named Rosemary Brown, as angels to dictate to her their unfinished symphonies. We’re talking Beethoven, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and more. She had lengthy conversations with them, she claims. You’ll find the story in a podcast episode by Marlene Peterson. I’ve always loved Marlene’s podcast, but this one takes the cake! Go here to listen! It’s very inspiring! I listened to it after hearing some bad news. It totally eased my pain.
Here’s where you can find a digital copy of Rosemary’s book.
For this week’s Come Follow Jesus scripture readings, I have a story for you about treasure! It relates to the story behind the revelation given to Joseph Smith in Doctrine and Covenants 111. The story is that Joseph Smith went to Salem, Massachusetts, in hopes of finding a bag of money, secret treasure, left in an abandoned house. According to this story, by Kim Burningham, a man named Burgess had told him about it. Joseph hoped to use it pay off the debt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had created when building the Kirtland Temple. (Note: After I wrote this, a week later, I found a video with Hank Smith and John Bytheway interviewing Dr. Elizabeth Kuehn, a scholar who has thoroughly studied this time period. She says that this story about a man named Burgess is not a story to rely on, as it was told decades after it supposedly happened. Watch the videos below. At the 07:33 mark Dr. Kuehn talks about the story behind Jonathon Burgess and seeking treasure in Salem, Massachusetts. Then at the 37:42 mark she says that there are no existing sources to understand completely the reasoning behind the trip. So now I’m saying I don’t know who told Joseph about any treasure.)
Alas, when Joseph and his friends got there, they couldn’t find the treasure. So Joseph talked to God about that and Section 111 is God answering him. God basically told him, “Don’t worry about not finding the treasure. I have other treasures for you in this town. Don’t worry about the debt.” Then comes one of my most favorite scriptures, “Therefore, be ye as wise as serpents and yet without sin; and I will order all things for your good, as fast as ye are able to receive them. Amen.” (D&C 111:11)
I love that promise! If we are as wise as serpents, yet without sin, then we are promised a blessing that we will have “all things for our good.” ALL things! What are these things dependent on? “Our ability to receive them.” If we increase our capacity to receive good things, we will receive them. It’s up to us. That capacity involves becoming as wise as serpents, without sin.
I also love that Joseph was told, “I have much treasure in this city for you, for the benefit of Zion, and many people in this city, whom I will gather out in due time for the benefit of Zion, through your instrumentality.” (D&C 111:2.)
Back to the story I linked above. It’s here. It’s about a man who prepared to teach this section for Sunday School. He thought he would skip over this section to get to the other ones that were part of the lesson. He considered Section 111 to be an “insignificant scripture” at first. Later in the week he revisited the scripture and decided to study it more. After much study, he found out that part of the “treasure” that came out of this city Salem was his ancestor, Nathaniel Ashby. Nathaniel heard the gospel preached by Erastus Snow, who visited the town years later after Joseph was there. The Ashby family got baptized, moved to Nauvoo, and then to Utah. The Ashbys were some of the treasures, gathered out in due time, for the benefit of Zion.
It just makes me wonder “When have I expected a blessing, like treasure, and then not found it, but were rewarded by a treasure of a different kind?”
If you haven’t found your expected treasure yet, don’t give up hope, your treasure will come in a different way, in God’s due time. I have seen it happen in my own life. I know it happens.
This is a variation of the recipe over here. It is so yum and fabulous for fall and winter dinners. It is full of squash, which might put off some family members. So leave the word “squash” out of the title and make sure you use “bacon and beef” in the title.
It definitely counts as low-carb and keto and a THM-S recipe.
8 c non-starchy veggies. In the above picture I used yellow squash. I scooped out the seeds and then chopped the rest into matchstick pieces. You could also use zucchini or cabbage or spaghetti squash
2 c sour cream
1 pack bacon
1 T garlic powder
1 T mineral salt
1/2 t black pepper
3 c grated sharp cheese
2 lbs ground beef
1 chopped onion
I have an abundance of summer squash this year so this is what I’ve done to enjoy it. It’s a great way to use your graden harvest!
Grease a casserole dish, bigger than 9 x 13. I’m not sure if this will even fit a 9 x 13 pan, maybe, you’ll have to experiment, but you are forewarned that it might not. The cousin of this casserole, over here does have 8 c of non-starchy veggies, and it fits, but that version has less sour cream. Anyway, get your bacon baking in the oven according to the package directions. Chop up the onions, toss into a pan to cook on low with the ground beef. While that’s cooking, slice the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Then cut into matchsticks. When beef and onions are thoroughly cooked through, drain fat off (unless you have grassfed-beef, because the toxins of beef store in the fat) then mix the beef onion mixture in with all the other ingredients (except for bacon) in a big mixing bowl, then spread evenly in the casserole dish. After bacon is cooked and cooled, chop into small pieces and sprinkle on top. Sprinkle Italian seasoning and more salt and pepper on top. Bake covered at 350 degrees for one hour until golden brown. Alternatively, saute the squash until soft before assembling the casserole.
This serves a family of 6 with plenty for leftovers!