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Thanks for joining me! I give the credit of the progress in my life to God, and love the example of his Son, Jesus Christ, whom He sent to take upon Himself our sins and sorrows. Come along with me on my journey into a healthier lifestyle, and I hope my expierence will inspire both you and me

Doctrine and Covenants 89:3

“Given for a principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints, who are or can be called saints.”

 

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Garden planning

Ok, so here is a quick sketch of my yard (soon to be, if all goes well), with a play area for the kids and where I would like the gardening areas. I am working on a more detailed one, but will need to take measurements. We will also need to see where we can put the chicken coop too for the time being.

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Yeah, I know, it isn’t very pretty, but I didn’ have a stylus pen on me. The dark blue stars are trees. Light blue are garden boxes.  I’ll be doing the back to eden style of gardening. My town drops off truckloads of woodchuck mulch for free as a service, so I have plenty of material to work with. I am not sure where the chickens will go yet, we will figure that out when we move in. I am also hoping to plant a few fruit trees, so I hope there are no major pipes on the larger side of the property. If so, I’l have to plant them on the driveway side (in the back)

I do need to research flowers, but here are several of the crops we are planning thus far.

Apple trees, peach trees, blackberrys, raspberries, strawberries, grapes,

Tomatos, spinach, carrots, lettuce, peppermint, lavender,

The Sacrament

Here is the talk I gave on Sunday that I promised to give to you guys. I decided to briefly look into what God commanded his people to do before Jesus instituted the sacrament just before His Great Atoning Sacrifice, what the sacrament represents, and some things we can reflect upon in our preparation to partake of the sacrament.

So, what did people do before Jesus instituted the sacrament?

Believers practiced Passover, which was instituted in the days of Moses. Passover reminded the children of Israel about how the destroying angel passed over them, secure in their houses by the sacrifice of a lamb, and slew all the firstborn children who lived in Egypt. The children of Israel were commanded by the Lord to continue this practice, of sacrificing a lamb and placing its blood upon their doorways. The feast of the Passover had the sacrificed lamb, wine, and unleavened bread. This was to continue until Jesus instituted the sacrament.

Why did Jesus institute the sacrament?

The sacrament, symbolizing the sacrifice of our Lord, Jesus Christ, ended the spilling of animal blood, for the son of God, the Lamb, the redeeming sacrifice, had come. Elder James J Hamula said “In this simple yet profound manner, Jesus instituted a new ordinance for God’s covenant people. No longer would animal blood be spilled or animal flesh be consumed in anticipation of a redeeming sacrifice of a Christ who was yet to come. Instead, emblems of the broken flesh and spilled blood of the Christ who had already come would be taken and eaten in remembrance of His redeeming sacrifice. Participation in this new ordinance would signify to all a solemn acceptance of Jesus as the promised Christ and wholehearted willingness to follow Him and keep His commandments. To those who would so signify and conduct their life, spiritual death would “pass over” them, and eternal life would be assured.” Jesus, just before his death at the conclusion of the Passover feast, instituted the sacrament with instructions for his apostles.

What does the sacrament represent?

The bread and water are important symbols of Christ. They represent the body and blood of our dear Savior, who took upon himself all the sins and sorrows of his people.

Elder Hamula continues: “As the meal drew to a conclusion, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to His Apostles, saying, “Take, eat.” “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” In a similar manner, He took the cup of wine, offered a blessing on it, and passed it to those around Him, saying: “This cup is the new testament in my blood,” “which is shed … for the remission of sins.” “This do in remembrance of me.” In his sacrifice, Christ redeemed us from death, sin, and made it possible for us to return to our Father in heaven. All of us will be resurrected at the end of times, but Christ made it possible for us to return home and live with God as joint heirs with Christ.

Elder Hamula reminds us that “…we are reminded of our own inevitable personal resurrection, which consists of more than just the restoration of body and spirit. By the power of the Resurrection, all of us will be restored to the presence of God. That reality presents to us the fundamental question of our lives. The fundamental question facing all of us is not whether we will live but with whom we will live after we die.” Our savior loves us, and desires us to return with him to our God, our Father in Heaven. With this knowledge, we can begin to understand why we would need a constant reminder of who we are, who Jesus Christ is, and what He has done for us. So I’ll ask,

Why do we partake of the Sacrament?

We all sin and transgress, it is easy to fall into traps through our journey of mortality. Unrighteous thoughts and feelings entertained in our minds, biting words or actions, prideful, unyielding hearts difficult to overcome. Such things make us unclean, soiled with sin, soiled with transgression. Jesus made it clear that “no unclean thing can dwell there, or dwell in his presence;” in Moses 6:57. The experience of Alma the younger comes to my mind. When he was stopped by an angel, his soiled condition became clear to him. Alma said in chapter 36:15 “Oh, thought I, that I could be banished and become extinct both soul and body, that I might not be brought to stand in the presence of my God, to be judged of my deeds” The Sacrament becomes to us a mercy, that we may become unburdened from our sins, transgressions, and sorrows. I am grateful to my God for the “Matchless gift of his divine son.” Put so well by the prophets and apostles at the end of The Living Christ.

President Henry B. Eyring has said “Of all the blessings we can count, the greatest by far is the feeling of forgiveness that comes as we partake of the sacrament. We will feel greater love and appreciation for the Savior, whose infinite sacrifice made possible our being cleansed from sin. As we partake of the bread and water, we remember that He suffered for us. And when we feel gratitude for what He has done for us, we will feel His love for us and our love for Him.”

We can also reflect upon the day we entered the waters of baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost confirmed upon us. On the covenants we made that day to take upon us His name, and always remember Him. This day marks the time when we are to begin partaking of the Sacrament. Each time we partake of the sacrament, we are making those covenants anew.

What do we remember when we take the bread and water?

Elder Hamula put it well in few words things we can ponder on when we take the bread and water each week: he begins

“With torn and broken bread, we signify that we remember the physical body of Jesus Christ—a body that was buffeted with pains, afflictions, and temptations of every kind, a body that bore a burden of anguish sufficient to bleed at every pore, a body whose flesh was torn and whose heart was broken in crucifixion. We signify our belief that while that same body was laid to rest in death, it was raised again to life from the grave, never again to know disease, decay, or death. And in taking the bread to ourselves, we acknowledge that, like Christ’s mortal body, our bodies will be released from the bonds of death, rise triumphantly from the grave, and be restored to our eternal spirits.”

We can reflect upon the great mercy of or Lord, how through him, all this is possible. Because of Christ, we can live with our families with God the Father eternally. We can remember how Christ is our cornerstone, who we build a firm foundation upon.

He continues: “With a small cup of water, we signify that we remember the blood Jesus spilled and the spiritual suffering He endured for all mankind. We remember the agony that caused great drops of blood to fall in Gethsemane. We remember the bruising and scourging He endured at the hands of His captors. We remember the blood He spilled from His hands, feet, and side while at Calvary. And we remember His personal reflection on His suffering: “How sore you know not, how exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not.” In taking the water to ourselves, we acknowledge that His blood and suffering atoned for our sins and that He will remit our sins as we embrace and accept the principles and ordinances of His gospel.””

Cloth Diapers

Let’s talk about diapers. I’m a mother of three young kids, and this is a part of daily life. With my first I used disposable diapers, all the way until he was poty trained. Then I used a disposable on him each night. With my second child, after months and months of costly disposables, I thought I’d give cloth diapers a try, and started using them when she was about 18 months old. I was determined to stick with it until at least they had paid for themselves. 😉

These diapers (the pink and green are larger, newer ones) are now one and a half years old, with very heavy usage! This is almost my entire stash, and it still works very well. To wash them, I just plop (or scrape (ewww)) the solids into the toilet and wash off the poopy remnants in the sink. (I wash the sink off afterwards, that part is pretty fast) Then with all the inserts pulled out of the diapers, I put it all through a rinse cycle with 1/3 cup of baking soda. Then I wash the diapers with a dye and fragrance free soap like a normal load, and then run it again with 1/3 cup baking soda to get out any remaining soap. (Detergent buildup causes very, very smelly diapers) This has worked quite well for me, and this way I have found I don’t need to boil the inserts to draw out nasty smells. In using cloth diapers, I don’t have to be constantly buying more and more disposable diapers, or filling up trash cans with nasty diaper goo. (Anyone who has worked with disposables knows exactly what I’m talking about…) Bonus points for no toxic chemicals sitting on the baby, a much lower cost, and less trash!

Till next time!

Raw milk run

We litterally drink the stuff, and unless it is left too long, it tastes amazing! I went with two of my kids to pick this batch up. A neighbor (who lives 20 minutes away lol) of mine is super generous, and has given us three gallons a week for nearly half a year. They get quite a bit, and just give away their excess. They are among the best people I know. 🙂 They have randomly given me other things as well, like pumpkins, pineapples, and tomatoes. I thank them for their generosity, and will miss our weekly get togethers when I move. 😭 We have become great friends, and I aim to pay their generosity forward by helping others, as they have helped me and mine.

I go off on tangents dont I? Back to the raw milk! I like it raw, still full of enzymes and beneficial bacteria, with the cream still in it. Fun fact: pigs are fed skim milk to make them fat! Components in the cream help your body digest components in the milk, they complete each other. I really don’t recommend drinking fat free milk. 😉 Do you see the cream line on these?

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Cow milk and cream seperates quite nicely, so if I wanted to, I could skim a portion of it off and make things like whipped cream, butter, and ice cream. Usually we just drink it with the milk though. When we move here in a couple of weeks, I’l need to figure out what to do about raw milk, though it will probably not be an option for a while. We will be in the city so having a cow or goat is out of the question. It may take a while, but I’ll work something out. I’m not a fan of pasturized, homogenized (milk dosent seperate from cream anymore) store bought milk. It is exciting though, planning the different fruits, berries, and veggies to grow! There is a great many exciting things comming up! My posts should be more entertaining soon lol. 😉 Oh, if you do pick up milk in glass, make sure your containers are secure. Hehe, I slowed down a little too fast one time and broke a gallon all over my front passenger floor. I’m glad it was just the one, it could have been all three! But I had quite the milky mess. I had to run a lot of hot water over it, to hopefully wash out the milk from the everywhere under the rugs. I’m sure glad water/milk can escape out of the car, or my car would still stink!

Sunday!

No homestead, or home of any type really, is complete without God, thus on Sundays, I’ll post my study topic for you guys. 🙂 I agreed to give a 15 minute talk in Sacrament meeting next week, about the Sacrament. I’ll post it next week for you guys to read at your pleasure and Ill let you know how things went.

Mathew 26:26-28

“26 ¶ And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

What did people do before Jesus instituted the Sacrament to remember what Jesus promised to do?

Why did Jesus institute the sacrament?

Does anyone have the authority to bless and pass the Sacrament today?

Why do we partake of the Sacrament?

I consider giving a talk in church a great opportunity to learn about different topics. I end up studying much more intensely then I otherwise would, a single topic, for a much longer period of time. It is a great blessing and motivation. You should have seen me the first time I gave a talk in front of a crowd though, lol, it was horrible. I sped through in less then a minute, and didnt remember anything, and I was trembling with terror. It was so awful that the following year, when I was asked again, I started crying. 😅 I had a lot of work to do in overcoming that particular issue, and it took some work and motivation, but here I am, up to 15 or 20 minutes. I still get nervous, but its more of a jittery anticipation. I no longer fear people. 😉 It took me five years.

Till next time!

Lots going on, but I made Bread!

So we are in the middle of buying our first house. I totally plan on gardening on it, back to eden style. We are still a few weeks from closing, but I decided to start ploughing a new lifestyle.

We all know that not everything we buy at the store is good for us. I’m stepping out and saying MOST of what we buy at the store isnt good for us. I can’t yet grow things, but I can grind some wheat for bread. A while back my mom gifted me a wheat grinder, and I used it off and on, but not seriously. I still bought everything too, staying away from a few chemicals like MSG and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) and I still ate candy and other treats I knew were bad and full of chemicals.

Back to grinding wheat into flour. Did you know the longer the flower remains unused, the less nutritious it is? No, don’t think about all the enriched bleached (eww) white flour you have eaten. (cake, breads, crackers, noodles, etc) The food on the grocery shelves was prioritized for shelf life, not nutrition. You can’t sell stuff that goes bad in a week you know.

So I made some bread. The first several attempts I made bricks with raw middles, salty bricks, and puny skinny bricks. Bread isnt fun to eat if it’s a brick. 😉 The good news though, is that bread is dirt cheap to make, so a few failures is well worth the effort in my opinion.

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Here is a picture of this glorious loaf I made today! It was a wonderful success! (A little butter and jam made it heavenly)

Here is what I did:

Warmed (cool enough you can still stick your finger in) about a cup of raw milk on the stove with 1tbsp yeast, 2 tbsp raw honey, 2 tsp raw salt (not the pure white salt) and 2 tbsp freshly ground whole wheat flour.

When that was warm, I placed it into a larger mixing bowl and added whole wheat flour until it was fairly solid, but still sticking to my fingers quite a lot. At this point I added 1/3 cup of coconut oil and mixed that in. The dough became sticky again when that was completely mixxed in, so I added another cup of flour, half a cup at a time. At this point the dough was only sticking a little bit to my fingers, and it was very workable. I kneaded the dough for perhaps 5 more minutes, until the dough no longer broke apart roughly as I kneaded, and seemed nice and elastic.

I set the bowl down to let it raise for half an hour, with a plate over the top to keep it from drying out.

The dough at this point looked to have raised about double it’s original size,  so I buttered the bread pan, then kneaded the dough a little more,  and shaped it into a loaf,  rough side down.  The top was nice and smooth. I had some raw cream sitting on top of my raw milk,  so I painted to top of the loaf with it to try to prevent a brick. This recipe worked, for my bread rose very well while cooking, had no holes, and was light and fluffy! It wasnt a brick! 🙂 It is nearly the end of the day right now, and that loaf is nearly gone. Talk about success! And I know there is nothing bad in that Bread!

Till next time!