Monday, July 27, 2009

Well last week I did some canning. Mom has been doing a lot of canning of late. She got some sirloin and ground beef from Sam's. So Thursday Tracy and I came over to do some canning. We first did the sirloin. We had to cut it up into chunks and put it in the bottles. We got the bottles filled and put them into two different caners to go at the same time. Hailey was very interested in what we were doing. We had to tell her cutting meat was uck. Once the sirloin was done we then did some ground beef. This was easier. We did not have to cut them. We did a batch for Tracy. She had to take the kids home to put Hailey down for a nap. I decided I want some more sirloin. So Dad went back to get more. I helped mom do cut up a batch for her to can. On Friday I went back to finish the project. I had to get more bottles first. So I did a batch of the ground beef in pint jars. The sirloin was in quart jars. I then cut up some sirloin into stakes. We also took a part of the ground beef and into zip lock bags. The stakes and bags of ground beef went into the freezer. I got 12 bottles of canned beef and 12 of canned sirloin. In the future I am going to can some chicken, pork, and maybe sausage. It was fun to cut up the meet and put them into the jars to can. It was therapeutic as Tracy said. Below is an action shot of the canning process. I did not think of taking pictures until after it was almost done.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

My Talk on Service

Most people think of service as some big time consuming thing like working in the soup kitchen/ food pantry or disaster clean up somewhere. I think of it as the little things we do everyday for everyone, especially our families. Of course the greatest example of this is Christ. Yes, He had his huge miracles but He also did so many little things for so many people everyday. The little things every day add up to something big over time. When I hear the word service I think of the words selfless and The Savior. Hope that helps! Good Luck :) Rachel Harper Heath (cousin)

Service is going over to the same persons house to fix his sprinkling system 3 times in the same month. Seth Jackson (missionary companion)

My thoughts? I think we make service far too complicated. Aside from the atonement of course, if you were to add up all the good from all service in the world, from the huge service projects down to the small, I'd think the greater good comes from the little things you can easily do every day... especially service toward our families. That's not to say the big service projects aren't important, but if we remember to take the tiny opportunities as they come, we'll make a difference." Velda Harper Christensen (cousin)

True joy, Christ.... That's what I think! Esther Cairns Udall (friend)

Service is what we freely give even when it is not easy or convenient...and in return without fail....Everyone is blessed....We are serviced for servicing... Renetta Hellberg Frederick (aunt)
Spencer W. Kimball, “Small Acts of Service,” Ensign, Dec 1974, 2
I have learned that it is by serving that we learn how to serve. When we are engaged in the service of our fellowmen, not only do our deeds assist them, but we put our own problems in a fresher perspective. When we concern ourselves more with others, there is less time to be concerned with ourselves. In the midst of the miracle of serving, there is the promise of Jesus, that by losing ourselves, we find ourselves. (See Matt. 10:39.)
Not only do we “find” ourselves in terms of acknowledging guidance in our lives, but the more we serve our fellowmen in appropriate ways, the more substance there is to our souls. We become more significant individuals as we serve others. We become more substantive as we serve others—indeed, it is easier to “find” ourselves because there is so much more of us to find!
George MacDonald observed that “it is by loving and not by being loved that one can come nearest to the soul of another.” (George MacDonald Anthology, Geoffrey Bles, London, 1970.) Of course, we all need to be loved, but we must be giving and not always receiving if we want to have wholeness in our lives and a reinforced sense of purpose.
Dallin H. Oaks, “Why Do We Serve?,” Ensign, Nov 1984, 12
If our service is to be most efficacious, it must be accomplished for the love of God and the love of his children. The Savior applied that principle in the Sermon on the Mount, in which he commanded us to love our enemies, bless them that curse us, do good to them that hate us, and pray for them that despitefully use us and persecute us.

This principle of service is reaffirmed in the fourth section of the Doctrine and Covenants:
“Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.” (D&C 4:2.)
We learn from this command that it is not enough to serve God with all of our might and strength. He who looks into our hearts and knows our minds demands more than this. In order to stand blameless before God at the last day, we must also serve him with all our heart and mind.
Service with all of our heart and mind is a high challenge for all of us. Such service must be free of selfish ambition. It must be motivated only by the pure love of Christ.
If we have difficulty with the command that we serve for love, a Book of Mormon teaching can help us. After describing the importance of charity, the prophet Moroni counseled:
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ.” (Moro. 7:48.)
Derek A. Cuthbert, “The Spirituality of Service,” Ensign, May 1990, 12
Service changes people. It refines, purifies, gives a finer perspective, and brings out the best in each one of us. It gets us looking outward instead of inward. It prompts us to consider others’ needs ahead of our own. Righteous service is the expression of true charity, such as the Savior showed.
How, then, does service increase our spirituality? May I share with you briefly ten aspects, from which you can choose those most applicable to your own situation?
First, service helps us establish true values and priorities by distinguishing between the worth of material things that pass, and those things of lasting, even eternal, value. “If you would find yourself, learn to deny yourself for the blessing of others. Forget yourself and find someone who needs your service, and you will discover the secret to the happy, fulfilled life.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, May 1979, p. 34.)
Second, service helps us establish a righteous tradition. This is so necessary, particularly among young people. Wise parents will provide service opportunities in the home for their children from an early age. The Lord has counseled: “For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; … “Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness.” (D&C 58:26–27.)
Third, service helps us overcome selfishness and sin. Have you ever realized that all sin is selfish, whether it be lying, cheating, stealing, immorality, covetousness, or idleness? Sin is for one’s own ends, not another’s—certainly not for the Lord’s ends. Service, on the other hand, is unselfish and constitutes a positive power for good.
Fourth, not only does service overcome selfishness and sin, but it helps to recompense for sin. The prophet Ezekiel explained this when he declared, “None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right.” (Ezek. 33:16.) Again, James taught that to “save a soul … shall hide a multitude of sins.” (James 5:20.) We can express regret and feel remorse for things done wrong, but full repentance should include recompense, such as service gives.
Fifth, service helps us generate love and appreciation. We come to know people by serving them—their circumstances, their challenges, their hopes and aspirations.
Sixth, service is the principal way of showing gratitude to the Savior. We need to fill ourselves up with gratitude for His redeeming love, His infinite atoning sacrifice, His obedience to the will of the Father. As we become full of gratitude, it overflows into service, and “inasmuch as [we] have done it unto one of the least of these [his] brethren, [we] have done it unto [Him].” (Matt. 25:40.)
Seventh, service channels our desires and energies into righteous activity. Every son and daughter of God is a storehouse—even a powerhouse—of desires and energies, which may be used for good or evil. This great potential needs to be harnessed to bring blessings to others.
Eighth, service helps us cleanse ourselves and become purified and sanctified. Not being perfect, are we not all sinners? Yes, we all need the redeeming and atoning blood of Christ to purge us of our sins. How is this accomplished? The way is through Christlike service, as expressed by the prayer of St. Ignatius Loyola, which I learned in my youth:
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds; …
To labor and not ask for any reward
Save that of knowing that we do Thy will.
(Prayer for Generosity, 1548, in John Bartlett, Familiar Quotations, 14th ed., Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1968, p. 1806.)
Ninth, charitable service helps us do as the Savior did, for was not His whole ministry one of reaching out and helping, lifting and blessing, loving and caring? Jesus declares, “I am among you as he that serveth” (Luke 22:27), and again, “For I will raise up unto myself a pure people, that will serve me in righteousness” (D&C 100:16). There are good people everywhere giving charitable service.
Tenth, service helps us to get to know the Savior, for “how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served?” (Mosiah 5:13.) As we immerse ourselves in the service of others, we find our spiritual selves and come unto Him.
In all of these ways, righteous service brings us nearer to Christ, increases our spirituality, and brings others likewise. Such service is helping to prepare a people worthy, in the Lord’s due time, to redeem Zion.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Got my new car!

I picked up a new car on Monday July 13th. I was very frustrated with the car buying process. I had a lot of help from the folks. Thank you very much mom and dad. We had gone to a few places and looked a lot on line. Dad happen to see a car I might be interested in. He called the number to find out about it. Turns out the place he called did not know how they got onto The business is called Elite Car Rental. They get cars and rent them out. Some of the cars have a little bit of damage and they fix them up. After a while they sell the cars to auto dealerships or in auctions. Dad and I went over to look at cars on Friday July 10th. I was considering two cars a Suzuki Ferenza for 5,200 and the Chevy Cobalt for 8,500. I took the night to think and pray about which one. The Chevy had the better review. It also got a very good gas mileage. I felt like the Chevy was the car. So Saturday we went to buy the car. We get there and the car is taken to a dealership. but they said they could get it back and trade in a car in it's place. I spent time the rest of the weekend researching insurance. I went with a local place that is with Travelers Insurance. It is the same place with my house insurance. I got this best deal on the car insurance and a discount for my house insurance. Which then takes us back to Monday. We went down around noon and picked up the car. I got a great deal. I found during my research that 2007 Cobalt was going for 10,000 to 13,000 range. I got mine for 8,800 including sales tax. Mom and dad paid for it and I am paying them back. I gave them 6,000 and will make small monthly payments to them. I am happy with my purchase and am glad the car buying is over. Check out these pictures.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

News about the new class for next year.

I got a call from my principal on Monday. Actually she called my folks house. When I started working at the school that was where I was living. I happened to be there when she called. She told me about the new class. I was kind of afraid that this would be the class I was given. We talked a bit about it and then I wrote her again and she responded. I don’t see a change but at least my thought and feelings are shared. And what might those thoughts and feelings be you might ask. Good question. I am glad you asked.

I feel like my new class is just like my old class just with different younger faces. I was getting burned out with my old class. I really don’t see this helping with being burned out. I didn’t improve or go up or down; I went sidewise with my class room experience. I was never sure what was getting through to them in lessons and activities. Most were nonverbal and even the verbal students had difficulties communicating. The same can be said for the new class. The old class had lots of behavior issues and difficulties. The same is true with the new class. Sure the behaviors may be different but they are still there. I liken the classes to this analogy. I had been having a red apple. I was ready for a change for a banana. But I was offered a green apple. In fact this is the class I had a feeling and was afraid I would be getting. I want a group that is calm and which can get the feeling of accomplishment. That can work with, have fun with while working, and get some feed back from. Plus this would be the 4th year with a particular aid, who because of her health reasons can be unreliable, bless her heart. She means well but does not contribute much. She is out a lot and you can’t count on her. The sad thing is that everyone knows it. I don’t mean or like to complain but this is how I feel about it. I was starting to look forward to the start of the school year. Now not so much. Thanks for listening. That’s my rant for now. (Unless I get going on about car shopping. Still looking.)

Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th of July

I hope everyone had a good 4th. Mine was good. I went to our ward pancake breakfast. I was asked to help with cooking of some pancakes, but when I got there I was not needed. I helped out with Ethan, Sydney, and Hailey. The primary were incharge of the activity. So Tracy was busy and Eric was helping. After the breakfast I had to water mom and dad's plants. I also had to go to the bank and get some gas. I then went with Eric and family over to Tracy's folks. They grilled out chicken and had a very tasty dinner. Tracy brought over a slip and slide for the kids. Ethan and Sydney really enjoyed it. Hailey got tired of the slip and slide after a while. We stayed untill about 7 or so. I later watched some fireworks on t.v. and heard some of my neighbors shoot off fireworks. All in all a pretty good day.