Archives for February 2011

My life is like a kitchen floor

When we first moved into our home, we were delighted by the bright and spacious kitchen. It had 6 recessed lights in the ceiling, plus one over the sink. After a few months, one of the lights burned out. I put "buy replacement bulbs" on my list of things to do. Perhaps a month later, a second light burned out. I moved my shopping trip up the priority list slightly, but there was really no rush. It was still easy to see, I told myself. … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- President Packer on “Scientific neglect”

No, it's not what you're thinking. I believe this story is from when he served as mission president in  New England, 1965-68, and I'm still not quite sure what to make of this story, other than that President Packer is not always the "hard-liner" he is made out to be. … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- Elders Ballard and Packer on meetings

"Are you using the ward and stake councils effectively as they were intended? Don’t let them become meaningless exercises in organizational bureaucracy. The way some leaders conduct council meetings, you would think they really believe in a fourteenth article of faith:'We believe in meetings—all that have been held, all that are now scheduled—and we believe there will yet be held many great and important meetings. We have endured many meetings and hope to be able to endure all meetings. I … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- George Q. Cannon on Doctrine from the Stand

If we hear any principle taught from the stand that we do not understand, let us seek to comprehend it by the Spirit of God. If it be not of God, we have the privilege of knowing it. We are not required to receive for doctrine everything that we hear. We may say, "I do not know whether this is true or not; I will not fight it, neither will I endorse it, but I will seek knowledge from God, for that is my privilege, and I will never rest satisfied until I have obtained the light I require." If you … [Read more...]

Why are Mormon homemakers so creative?

I like making stock. It makes me feel resourceful. Industrious. Virtuous. Rather than throwing away a chicken carcass, I wring a little more value out of it by boiling it with a few vegetables. Some cookbook authors declare homemade stock to be incomparably better than canned stock, but I honestly can't taste the difference. I like making stock for the virtue of it, not the aesthetics. It's one of the few things I do in my homemaking that feels conservative and productive.A recent post … [Read more...]