Tonight reading in 2 Nephi 27-28
This is the chapter that is most quoted by General Authorities than any other. There are so many wonderful things in 27. It talks a lot about the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and the translation by Joseph Smith and how this was prophesized many years ago. It talks about the records that have been sealed, to be revealed at a later time. It is because of the wickedness of our days and that we would not be ready to hear the message in them. It makes me so curious as to what may be in them that we would not be ready to hear. It is promised that all things from the beginning to the end will be revealed. It makes me so want to be worthy to hear this. But as I was reading this, a very strong feeling came over me and the question entered my mind. Why should I worry or be curious about what is sealed, if I am not reading and learning what has been revealed?. I thought for a minute about how quickly I can finish off a large suspense novel and compare that to how long it takes me to read the Book of Mormon or how often I start and never finish. I have read parts of the Bible, but never the entire book. I have read the Doctrine and Covenants completely one time. I do not want to be standing before God and have to explain why I could not take the time to read the words that have been saved, translated and prepared for me. I feel a little bit like the child that comes to their parents asking advise, only to turn away and ignore that advise completely and wonder why they are sad and make bad choices. (my children never do this!)
One more thing that I have heard so often “With their lips they do honor me” This caused me to think critically of how often I do things with lip service only and not with the purest of intent. I can think of many. I think of how we, as our imperfect selves try to look a certain way around others–to appear “perfect” It is so easy to fall into the trap of putting on the show of activity, instead of doing things for the correct purposes and doing so out of the spotlight.
One of the things I love about my husband is that he is the same around the men he works with on sunday and the men he ropes with during the week.
Monthly Archives: January 2014
Tonight reading in 2 Nephi 27-28
Jordan’s favorite dinner growing up was Sloppy Joes. She recently told me it was because Mary Kate and Ashley always ate them on “It takes Two” and she wanted to be just like them. Well back then, my idea of sloppy joes was brown a pound of ground beef and add a can of Manwich. That made my little Mary Kate and Ashley wanna-be very happy but I always knew there could be more.
Well there is and I found the answer on Pioneer Woman, what a shock!!!!
These are so good. I can’t believe what I have been missing all these years.
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 2-½ pounds Ground Beef
- ½ whole Large Onion, Diced
- 1 whole Large Green Bell Pepper, Diced
- 5 cloves Garlic, Minced
- 1-½ cup Ketchup
- 1 cup Water
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Chili Powder (more To Taste)
- 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
- ½ teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes (more To Taste)
- Worcestershire Sauce, To Taste
- 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste (optional)
- Tabasco Sauce (optional; To Taste)
- Salt To Taste
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
- Kaiser Rolls
Add butter to a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain most of the fat and discard.
Add onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, or until vegetables begin to get soft.
Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard, and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Also add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and Tabasco if desired. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
Spread rolls with butter and brown on a griddle or skillet. Spoon meat mixture over the rolls, topping with a slice of cheese if it makes your skirt fly up. Serve
I cannot express how much the few days of keeping this journal has helped me to feast upon the scriptures versus reading the pages to count it off my to do list. As I read I am looking for things that I have not noticed before. I am relating them to my life in a whole new way. All because I know that I will be writing my thoughts when I finish for the night. I apologize for my ramblings, but this section is for my records and this blog provides an easy method of documenting and saving my thoughts. If you are reading this and looking for a fun recipe to try, keep reading and you will find one.
Tonight I am reading 2 Nephi 25-26. Yes still comparing Isaiah. I marvel at the prophecies of prophets so many years ago, that have been fulfilled or will be fulfilled. In verses 15-16, it talks about the nations speaking from the dust. I was so excited because as I read this, I got it without referring to my handy study guide. How can a nation and it’s people talk to us from the ground? Through their records. And what records came from the ground? The Book of Mormon. I got it!!!!!!!!! Still not sure if I am ready to say “delightful” How many times have I shared with my kids, my experiences and what I have learned from them. We do not need to make every mistake to learn. We can learn from the experiences of others whether they be good or bad. That is what the scriptures are all about. We are human and have the same tendencies, trials, temptations and basic human nature. We see over and over the same patterns throughout history. How many times in the scriptures do we see happiness and prosperity when the people are following the commandments and are humble and teachable. Then after awhile, they become prideful and forget the ways of the Lord and bad things happen. Over and over this happens. look at these example and learn and avoid the pitfalls that they experienced.
Sin never was happiness and never will be. These verses talk about Satan as the master counterfeiter. He leads us to believe that we should do as we please, live life as we choose and that we need all of the earthly things to make us happy. He is very, very good and reels us in slowly. When we start to fight a little, like the fisherman, he lets out the line a little until we stop fighting and let ourselves be pulled in a little more. No one goes from faithful to unfaithful in one jump. It is a series of many, many small hops.
I was up to mom’s this weekend to stay the night and take her to church. I left my scriptures and book at home and since I am at the part comparing Isaiah and the fact that I am afraid to tackle it on my own, I skipped the night. I have not yet found them “delightful” and try as I may, I cannot decipher Isaiah without a little help. But I did want to write a few notes about the talks in Sacrament meeting. It was such a good meeting with some great speakers. The topic was “Be of Good Cheer” The first speaker was a young woman that had recently moved to Morgan. I am not sure the connection as she is single and working in Salt Lake with her family living out of state. She concentrated her talk on our purpose here on earth, explaining that one of our greatest purposes is have joy. She related how she struggles with that in her own life and how this talk helped her learn how to better find that. Her talk was based on the fact that we will have joy when we are keeping ALL of the commandments. So she has decided to take the 10 commandments and find the areas that she needs improvement on. I am like her in that I think we can check off Thou Shalt Not Kill, but after that it is a little less rosey for me.
One that she said she needed to work on was no other God’s before me. What are we putting before God?. She said that she reads the scriptures every night but it is usually after a night watching TV and then she is tired and unable to read much or concentrate and then by the time she prays she is almost asleep. She felt she could improve by reversing the time commitment.
She had some great quotes that I wish I had written down because I can’t remember them or who said them
One that I thought was so good was if we were on a train and went through a dark tunnel, we would not tear up our ticket and ask to be let off , we would sit in our seats and trust in the conductor
The other quote was that no one will be happy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We need to take those small moments and cherish them and they will help us though the others.
I truly wish I had written the others down because there were so many. I am not sure what the Lord is trying to tell me because this last week my reading and now these talks have focused so much on my happiness and joy being linked to my energy and commitment to the gospel. Nothing is going to change in my life if I don’t focus on these things. I have such moments of pure joy as I try to envelope myself in the gospel and then my natural man side takes over and lets those old nagging thoughts enter my mind that I am not doing enough, I am not worthy enough for what I am asking for. Then I find it a little harder to focus on my recommitments Satan knows me oh so very well. But as the talk said cherish those moments of joy and link them to why the joy is present. TRY A LITTLE HARDER TO BE A LITTLE BETTER..
Dave went on his mission to Korea and came to love the people and the food. One of his favorites was Bulgogi. When we were first married we frequented a Korean restaurant up by Hill Field called Best Teriyaki. The food was amazing and Dave got to practice his Korean on the owner. She loved it when he came in. She would see us and automatically recite our order. Always bulgogi and kimchi for Dave and teriyaki chicken for me. And always an order of Yaki Mandu.
I found this recipe the other day and gave it a try and it nailed it. So good. Now I just need to learn how to make kimchi, although I cannot see myself burying some cabbage in the backyard anytime soon. I served this with steamed rice and it was a big hit.
- 1 1/2 lbs. lean steak, frozen (I used New York Strips)
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 2 1/2 Tb. brown sugar
- 2 Tb. sesame oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tb. fresh grated ginger
- 1 bunch green onions, chopped, whites and greens separated
- 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 tsp. sriracha (or kochujang Korean chile paste)
- 1 Tb. toasted sesame seeds
- While the steak is frozen, trim the fat and slice paper thin. Frozen meat is much easier to cut thin than thawed meat. Place in a large bowl and top with: Soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, onion whites, pepper and sriracha. Toss to coat and allow the steak to thaw and marinade for 45-60 minutes.
- Heat a wok (or large skillet) to high heat. Use tongs to transfer half of the meat to the hot wok. Spread the steak pieces around the skillet and allow them to sear on one side before using the tongs to move them around and caramelize on all sides. Once the juices have evaporated and the steak has a nice brown color, remove from the wok, 5-8 minutes.
- Cover the cooked steak to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining meat, and throw out the left over marinade. Serve warm, sprinkled with the reserved green onion tops and sesame seeds
Tonight I am entering the part that I usually skip. The part where Nephi documents the teachings of Isaiah. For all the times I have read the Book of Mormon, I have never read these chapters. It was always my cue to skip any chapters that start with compare to Isaiah. These have been too hard for me to understand. You would think if you had to engrave things on plates, you would not be so wordy. Everything is symbolic and for me that is so hard to understand. Who knew if you referred to a cedar and oak tree, you meant proud and lofty.
I am reading in 2 Nephi 10 and 11 and 12
I loved 10:23-25 where Jacob tells his people to “not hang down our heads” and “be of good cheer” We as members of His church should have such great joy in the knowledge we have and should be cheerleaders in spreading that word and promoting optimism and happiness. President Monson said “Fear not , be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith” It shows that the message of the church leaders is much the same as it was in Nephi’s day. As I read these chapters where they are speaking to a large gathering of their people, I think this is much like our general conference now.
As I was pondering these verses, I thought about all the things that I worry about from day to day. Some of these worries can be so consuming and crippling. Will my children find the right spouses, will they be blessed with children, will they be healthy, will we have enough to retire …….on and on and on. There have been times when I lay awake with these thoughts so consuming that I almost dread the future that I cannot control. As I read these things, I felt some peace in the realization that if I focus on coming unto Christ and following His lead and example, I will have peace and joy, regardless of the things that happen. This life is not the prize, but how I live it will determine the much bigger “prize”. That will be the joy that I will feel if I can say I did my best and have no regrets.
In chapter 11:8 it talks about the words of Isaiah being written to lift us up and bring joy and if we read and study these words with the spirit in which they were written, we will find them delightful. We’ll see about that. The fact that I am reading them is no minor accomplishment I hold out judgment as to whether they are delightful!
I love the start of a new year as it seems to give me that desire to improve areas of my life that I have been neglecting. I hate to admit that each year they are somewhat the same. If I really thought about that, it could discourage me and cause me to ask “why bother” But really if I am at least making the effort and setting the goals, I am moving forward, even if it is so slowly, you could miss it.
For the past several years, I have felt in somewhat a rut. I do not feel as if I am moving towards anything or making myself better. I have a saying up in my house from President Hinckley that states “Try a little harder to be a little better”. I love that saying as he is not saying be perfect but just try a little harder. For me that has been the deal breaker, because if I can’t do it all, I just don’t do it. So as soon as I make a mistake or miss a night of scripture study, I stop. This year my goal is to do exactly that. Just be a little better today than yesterday
I have a favorite saying by Mother Tersea that helps to keep on track and not get so discourage.
God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try – Mother Teresa
I do know that when I am focused on the things that are important, it is much easier to deal with the things that aren’t. It is not necessarily what I am doing wrong, but what I am not doing right.
In past years I have set complicated goals that never reached fruition so this year I am setting very basic ones and building on them
- Daily Scripture Study. I am reading the Book of Mormon now along with the book “Verse by Verse- The Book of Mormon. I am taking a chapter at a time in the scriptures and then reading the accompanying section in the book. I am making a short (doable) note each night of something I learned that night. I am posting the notes here on the blog so that I have easy access to them in one place. Hopefully even if you are not LDS or believe in the Book of Mormon and are reading this, the message will be one of joy and hope.
- Faithful Temple attendance-monthly
- Track food on WW app-when I was doing this faithfully I was very successful
- Exercise 3 times a week.
- Start a budget and stick with it.
- Have a wedding fund
Date night once a month with Dave
Like I said they are basic and I can expand from there. These are my cornerstones of self improvement and I think will increase my joy of life and make the other areas of my life more successful
The title of this blog is Feast Upon my Words. I have been reading faithfully every night and I have found a strange thing happen. At first it was get through my evening read so I could get on to my novel or check Pinterest , but slowly I have found myself becoming engrossed in what I am reading and I find things in the verses that I have never noticed before. For the first time, I find myself saying, Boy this is meant for me.
SCRIPTURE STUDY JOURNAL
I am reading in 2 Nephi 9:13-16, where it is talking about when we are resurrected and brought before our judgment and have a perfect knowledge of our sins –every thought and action. It points out that we would not even need a judgment as we will be able to recollect everything in our life and will know which kingdom we would be worthy of. This caused me to really stop and consider all the little things I think, say and do each day and how I really do not want some of them replayed. I feel the need to refine my thoughts and actions as to make the good thoughts and actions my default behavior. This is very evident in the example that Dave sets. He has over the past few years become very faithful in his scripture study and I can see the effects of that in his everyday behavior and his intolerance of worldly things. Sometimes that can be very annoying when I like those worldly things!!!! But reading tonight has shed a new light on his life choices. Believe it or not he chooses scripture study over the “Bachelor”.
2 Nephi 50-51 I love how it states “Feast upon that which is not perishable”. I had never really thought about this scripture until tonight. How many things do we participate in everyday that do not make a difference or help us grow? It is a lesson in spiritual economics. If we are spending time with these things that do not matter, we do not have time for the things that do. How much time is wasted with things such as TV, facebook, pinterest et?. John Bytheway stated “Satan works more from distraction than confrontation”. I know this is how he gets me. I am easily distracted. These things are enjoyable and are okay to do within moderation. We need to balance it with the things that matter most.