More Scripture Chains

There are 11 basic doctrines that seminary students are supposed to know something about by the time they graduate.  For the past couple of years, we’ve been trying to keep track of the scriptures that we come across that relate to these doctrines.  Here are this year’s: (numbers listed alone are in the Doctrine and Covenants)
  1. Godhead: There are three separate personages in the Godhead: God the Eternal Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost.  They are one in purpose and doctrine.
    1. 8:2-3
    2. 76:22-24
    3. 82:10
  2. Plan of Salvation: The plan of salvations includes the Creation, the Fall, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and all of the laws, ordinances, and doctrines of the gospel.
    1. 19:16-19
    2. 58:26-27
    3. 58:42-43
    4. 14:7
    5. 18:10, 15-16
    6. 64:23
    7. 76:22-24
    8. 82:3
  3. Creation and Fall: The earth was created by Jesus Christ and was not made out of nothing.  Adam was the first man created on earth and was created in the image of God.  As a result of the Fall, we all can experience joy and sorrow, know good and evil and have children.
    1. 18:10, 15-16
    2. 19:16-19
    3. 59:9-10
  4. Atonement of Jesus Christ: Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ everyone will be resurrected and overcome physical death.
    1. 19:16-19
    2. 58:42-43
    3. 18:10, 15-16
    4. 64:9-11
    5. 64:23
  5. Dispensation, Apostacy, and Restoration: A dispensation is a period of time when the Lord reveals His gospel doctrines, ordinances and priesthood.  When people turn away from the principles of the gospel and don’t have priesthood keys, they are in a state of apostacy.  The Restoration is God’s reestablishment of the truths and ordinances of His gospel among men on earth.
    1. 19:16-19
    2. 58:26-27
    3. 76:22-24
  6. Prophets: We sustain the President of the Church as prophet, seer, and revelator and the only person on the earth who receives revelation to guide the entire Church.
    1. 58:42-43
    2. 1:37-38
    3. 76:22-24
    4. 82:3
  7. Priesthood: The priesthood is the eternal power and authority of God.  God gives priesthood authority to worthy male members of the Church so they can act in His name for the salvation of His children.
    1. 25:12
    2. 19:16-19
    3. 58:26-27
    4. 59:9-10
    5. 76:22-24
  8. First Principles and Ordinances: “We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, repentance; third, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
    1. 58:42
    2. 8:2-3
    3. 18:10, 15-16
    4. 19:16-19
    5. 64:9-11
  9. Ordinances and Covenants: An ordinance is a sacred, formal act that has spiritual meaning.  A covenant is a sacred agreement between God and man.
    1. 14:7
    2. 59:9-10
    3. 64:23
    4. 82:3
    5. 82:10
  10. Commandments: Commandments are the laws and requirements that God gives to mankind.  Keeping the commandments will bring blessings from the Lord.
    1. 58:26-27
    2. 1:37-38
    3. 10:5
    4. 14:7
    5. 25:12
    6. 59:9-10
    7. 64:9-11
    8. 64:23
    9. 82:3
    10. 82:10
  11. Marriage and Family: “Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God” and “the family is central” to His plan of salvation and happiness.
    1. 25:12
    2. 58:42-43
    3. 14:7
    4. 18:10, 15-16
    5. 58:26-27
    6. 59:9-10
    7. 64:9-11
    8. 64:23
    9. 76:22-24
    10. 82:3
    11. 82:10

6 Things to Remember

Yesterday was Ward Conference.  Our Bishop gave a great talk on 6 things to remember that prove that our Heavenly Father loves us.  I didn’t want to lose them so I wrote them down and figured I would put them here so I could have them forever.  Here they are:

  1. He provided the Plan of Happiness.
  2. He provided the gift of agency.
  3. He provided the world for us to live in.
  4. He provided our physical bodies so we could participate in the Plan of Happiness.
  5. He provided the GIFT of the Holy Ghost.
  6. He provided His only Begotton Son for us.  “For God so love the world…”

That’s a lot of hard work.  I’m so grateful for all of it!

Soggy Bottomkins

We all got together and carved pumpkins last Friday night.  It was fun.  Liz brought a couple of friends and EmaLee and Brian came with the kids.  All of the adults had a pumpkin to carve – Erek helped me clean out the inside of mine.  I wish that I would have thought to take pictures of us doing all that.

That was Friday night.  Today is Tuesday.  It’s only been a little over 72 hours (maybe like 84) and here’s what they look like already…

"I'm melting!"

Scripture Chains

In seminary this morning, we talked about the fruits of the Spirit and I had them create scripture chains for each of the fruit.  I wanted somewhere to keep track of their chains and this seemed like a good spot.

Ike: Do Good

  • D&C 11:12
  • Alma 37:37
  • Jacob 2:19
  • Mosiah 5:2
  • Helaman 14:31

Keanu Meyers: Do Justly

  • D&C 11:12
  • Micah 6:8
  • Alma 41:14
  • Abraham 1:26
  • 2 Nephi 28:16

Carmen: Soul is Filled with Joy

  • D&C 11:12-14
  • 1 Nephi 8:9
  • 1 Nephi 13:37
  • 2 Nephi 2:25
  • 2 Nephi 9:18
  • Alma 28:14
  • Alma 29:9
  • Alma 33:23

Steven: Walk Humbly

  • D&C 11:12
  • 1 Nephi 16:3
  • 1 Nephi 13:16
  • Mosiah 3:19
  • 2 Nephi 4:32

Allen: Judge Righteously

  • D&C 11:12
  • Matthew 7:1-5
  • 3 Nephi 14:1
  • Romans 14:4

Kaelynn: Peace in Mind

  • D&C 11:18
  • 2 Nephi 9:12
  • 1 Nephi 15:19
  • 2 Nephi 3:24
  • 1 Nephi 13:37

Keanu Pukahi: Enlighten Mind

  • D&C 11:13
  • D&C 91:5
  • D&C 84:46
  • D&C 8:2-3
  • D&C 9:8

Lili: Knowing the Things of God

  • D&C 11:12
  • D&C 1:28
  • Words of Mormon 1:8
  • 2 Nephi 9:13
  • 3 Nephi 18:28

What a great group of kids!

Mom-Daught Duo

This happened a couple of weeks ago but I had to stop what I was doing to get this down.  It was killing me…  Another random Friday on the train – this time in the morning…

A mother-daughter duo got on and sat across the aisle from me.  The girl was at least 13 but talked whined like she was 9.  As soon as they got on, she ran to a table seat (I know – already cringing, right?) and said, “Ooooo!  Mommy!  Let’s sit at a table!  I want a table seat!”

Visions of Veruca Salt turning into a blueberry went through my head.

Mom: Ok sweetie, whatever you want. 

They sit down.  Pause.

Daughter: Mommy, I’m thirsty.

Mom hands daughter a soda and pulls out a newspaper.  It’s 7:30 in the morning.  I didn’t dare look to see what kind.  It’s either full of sugar or caffeine – either way it’s going to ruin someone’s day.  Then, a little later while goin through San Clemente…

D:  Mom!  Look at those houses!  Mom!  Mom!  (Loudly, while smacking the back of the newspaper)

M:  Uh-huh.  Nice.  We should make friends with those kind of people.

D:  Totally!

Pause, while staring at houses.  Then…

M: Do you want to get your hair trimmed soon, or are you ok?

D:  (thinks about it)  I’m ok right now.

M:  You shoulda washed your hair last night sweetie.

D:  Yeah, I shoulda.  Oh well.

M:  Bet you didn’t practice drums last night either.

D:  Mooooooooommmmmmmmyyyyyyy I was having too much fuuuuuuunnnnnnnnn!

M:  I know sweetie.  (Patting her hand) That’s what summer is for.

Long pause.  I had to do something so I tried to tune them out.  But then, up around Irvine…

D:  I want a Saint Bernard puppy.

M:  Wow, those things get big.

D:  Yeah, the one I wanted was THIS big.

M:  Wow, that’s big already.  Are you sure it’s a puppy?

D: Yes, and it was SOOOOOO cute!

M:  How much was it?

D:  I don’t know, but it must have been expensive because the Chihuahua was one-thousand-three-hundred so it must have been more than that… like twelve hundred!  (a – I didn’t know that they sold dogs by the pound, and b – she’s obviously not paying much attention in math class.)

M:  Oh, wow.  (Um, Mom – how about using this as a teaching opportunity to 1 – tell her that 1200 is not more than 1300  or 2 – tell her how much work a dog of any size is?)

D:  Yeah, but it was sooooooo cute!

M:  Did they have any sheep dogs or anything?

D:  Oh, I don’t know.  I just wanted the Saint Bernard because it was sooooo cute.

I had to pack up my stuff at this point, but I think it would have been fun to follow them around downtown LA that day(they were going to do some serious shopping).  I wonder if Mom ended up giving Daughter a piggy-back ride back to the train station.  Or, better yet, if they got a Saint Bernard “puppy” to take home.  Daughter has obviously never seen any of the six Beethoven movies.  People constantly seem to amaze me.


I went to Chipotle for lunch yesterday and I couldn’t help but read the back of my cup…

You can judge me if you want to, but I DON’T CARE.  That little bit of salsa & cheese & sour cream HANGING OUT in the bottom of my burrito foil after I’m done eating is MINE.  IT’S ALL MINE.  Digging down into those foil crevices is my tongue’s favorite part of the day.  Even better is that every time I eat a Chipotle burrito, the little surprise at the bottom of my foil is different.  I mean, sometimes it’s carnitas the most awesome pork ever, and sometimes it’s chicken or steak…

SO FINE, I guess you can go ahead & call me a “FOIL LICKER” but that foil holds that one, last delicious bite that I couldn’t ever think of throwing away.  It’s like my burrito flavor savings account – but it’s in a bank that won’t ever need a BAILOUT.

Ha!  FOIL LICKER!  And then the pic:

Silly Boys

We’ve got some family coming into town this weekend.  They’re not staying very long but have given us a really good excuse to clean up the house and the yard and stuff.  Because Jon went to trek and then to summer camp with the scouts this summer, the yard was kinda let go.  Can’t really blame him – way too many things to do plus a wife that doesn’t do bugs.  He was going to just hire a landscaper/gardener for a day this week to pull weeds and decided yesterday to make the offer to his scouts instead.

So, between 9 and 10 this morning, we had 6 scouts show up to weed our yard.  Three of them worked on the back yard and three in the front yard.  I was sitting at the computer working on our ward newsletter so I could hear what the 3 in the back were talking about.  They were cracking me up!  Here are some pieces of their conversations:

Scout 1: Go fetch me a drink.

Scout 3: Why me?

Scout 1: Because you’re the smallest.

Scout 3: What does that have to do with anything?!

Scout 1: You’re also the most athletic.  You could use the work.

Scout 2: I found a worm!

Scout 3: Ooo!  We should feed it to the fish!

Scout 1: Yeah – we could use it as bait!

(I glanced out the window and didn’t see a fishing pole or line or anything so I’m not sure what they were going to try and do with it.  I saw them all walk over to the pond and then…)

Scout 2: We should cut it in half.  I think it’s too big.

Scout 3: He’s coming!

(Jon was coming in the front door and there’s a straight shot out the back window from the front.  They all run back to their spots.  A few minutes later…)

Scout 1: *singing* …strumin’ on the ol’ banjo!

(They started singing rounds!  Not even joking!  It was AWESOME! … About 10 minutes later…)

Scout 2: Hey Scout 3, you should let me pierce your ear with this.  I bet it would work.

Scout 3: Why would I want my ear pierced?

Scout 1: Woof!  WoofWoof!  (barks like a dog)

Scout 2: I don’t know, I just think it would be cool to say that you did it yourself.

Scout 3: But if you did it for me then I couldn’t say I did it myself.

Scout 2: Whatever.

Scout 1: Woof!  WoofWoofWoof!!

Scout 2: What are you doing?

Scout 1: Barking.

Scout 2 and 3: Woof!  WoofWoofWoof!


Scout 1: Who wants to sing church songs?!  (And then in his loudest and deepest voice…)  BOOK OF MORMON STORIES THAT MY TEACHER TELLS TO ME…

Scout 2 and 3: DUN. DUN. DUN.


Scout 2 and 3: DUN. DUN. DUN.


Scout 2 and 3: DUN. DUN. DUN.


(Long pause…)

Scout 1: There were like 8 Canadians at my EFY.

Scout 2: Did they try to eat you?

Scout 1: No, but the liked Canadian bacon.  It’s just like ham.


Scout 2: *lauging* Scout 1!  You have butt circles!

Scout 1: I was sitting in wet grass.

Scout 3: *laughing* Your cheeks are blushing!

Scout 1: Good thing I wore sweats.  They’re really absorbant.

That all took place in about 3 hours or so.  I wasn’t evesdropping the whole time.  That would just be rude!  🙂