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Monday, 19 September 2011

The book of mormon

I was really excited this morning to have one of my questions answered about the hill cumorah! 
I have often wondered how the last battle between the Nephites and lamanites could have taken place on a little hill in new york state.  I searched to find out if there are any weapon remains or bones or anything around that area that might indicate that a war had taken place there.  I found no evidence at all!  This was about 6 months ago I that I was searching over this question.  I prayed for an answer and then left it to the lord, believing that there is an answer and I would find it in process of time. 
I had actually forgotten that I had this question, but the Lord had not forgotten!  This morning I was listening to a talk tape by Chris Heimerdinger (on of my favorite authors of childrens books)  and he laid the answer out plain and clear! 
The battle of the Nephites and Lamanites (and the Jaradite nations hundreds of years earlier)  had NOT taken place on cumorahs hill!  There are in fact two hills called Cumorah!  The hill we know of in New York state was named Cumorah by Oliver Cowdery (there is no mention of either Joseph Smith or Moroni referring to this hill as the hill Cumorah written of in the scriptures).  
The hill Cumorah that the famous wars took place on is located somewhere in south Mexico/Guatemala area.  The hill in New York was formed by glaciers (no caves form by this process).  The mountains in Guatemala were formed volcanically.  This means there are loads of caves for Mormon to hide the plates in(all the plates except those he gave to Moroni).  The climate is right in this area as well, the Nephites and Lamanites lived in a sub tropical region (not new york).  Only 3% of ancient sites in Guatemala have been excavated!  These mountains are also high enough for Moroni to have had the vantage point to count all his troop, as its described in the scriptures (Nephi and his 10,000  Lehi and his 10,000.....).
Well, I found all this really fascinating!  And I was so pleased that I was patient in waiting for the Lord to answer my Question.   
This is a drawing of a stone found at an ancient site.  It depicts Lehi'd dream.  It is called 'stela 5' or 'Lehi stone'!

Monday, 5 September 2011

Isaac and Rebekah

I've just started a new book called 'The Third Thousand Years' by W. Cleon Skousen.  I'm really enjoying it already.  The book has begun with Abraham and followed on to Isaac.  I am so awed by the faith of Isaacs wife Rebekah who move very far away from her family to Marry this stranger because she had a witness that it was what the Lord wanted her to do.  I've enjoyed reading this because I had to move across the country with my husband and I knew that it was what the Lord wanted.  The Lord has blessed us so much here but I have frequently complained anf mourned because of being so far from my family.  I know it's natural to miss those you love when you are far from them, Rebekah must have had similar feelings to those I have experienced but she responded with Faith.  She is a wonderful example to me.
 
  "And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said "I will go" 
 
 she went with next to no notice!  This love story can be found in Genesis 24.  
 
 

Friday, 2 September 2011

Devotional

I studied at BYU-Hawaii for a while.  It was an amazing experience, I hope to go back there one day.  Every Wednesday they have a devotional with a guest speaker. I was thrilled to find they put these devotionals online!  Every Thursday I listen to these devotionals whilst washing the dishes!  This week was all about forming habits.  I found it really interesting and have resolved to do my best in forming two specific habits. 
  1. I have bought myself a little 40p prayer book.  I am in a good habit of praying regularly each morning and evening but these prayers are often quick and I often don't pray about all the important issues I ought to be talking to heavenly Father about.  So I am hoping to develop a habit of heartfelt sincere prayers.
  2. This blog was intended to be a daily thing and I am only managing about 4 days a week.  I'm hoping once schools back in that our daily rhythm will help me set this habit. 
The link to the BYU devotionals is:


Monday, 29 August 2011

The power of music

I’ve been thinking about writing a blog about the powerful effects of music for a while now. 

I haven’t really listened to much music since I was a teenager.  I don’t know why but it hasn’t interested me much since then, until now. 

Five years ago I was suffering with postnatal depression.  I received a priesthood blessing which specifically told me to seek good music and hymns.  Foolishly I didn’t.  The Lord is so wise and I now believe that seeking such music may have helped shorten or ease my depression.

Reading in 1st Samuel 16 (in the Old testament)  King Saul is troubled by an evil spirit (not sent from the Lord).  His servants suggest he uses music to help him.  King Saul seeks the best musician and his music helps to sooth his soul.  

It turns out that when King George of England was having memory trouble he also read this passage of scripture.  As a result he Commissioned Handel to write music specifically to help him with his memory.  This is why George Frideric Handel wrote his water music  


From what I’ve been reading
on music and the brain, if students use this sort of music as background music whilst they are studying for exams they can improve their grade by as much as 8%.  Music used in one of the experiments I read was Mozart's SONATA for TWO PIANOS It's really beautiful! 

It’s not that the music makes students learn any better but that the music stimulates both hemispheres of the brain.  So if a student is studying maths this stimulates the left hemisphere of the brain.  If they are simultaneously  listening to Handels water music the right hemisphere is also stimulated (the artistic imaginative side).  So the student will make connections between the two - maybe an equation will become associated with a melody or image.  This means when they need to recall a piece of information there are more and stronger connections and associations for them to draw on which makes the required information more accessible.



I also found out that Thomas Jefferson used music to help him write the declaration of independence and Albert Einstein played the violin to help him think through problems!



Besides all this the scriptures tell us that:

“For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart;  the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.”  D&C 25:12



I’ve included a few links in this blog to beautiful and inspiring music. If you know any particularly beautiful or inspiring pieces of music please leave a link in the comments box. Thank you. xxx



My favorite violinist is Andre Rieu he is soooo amazing.

I also really enjoy this particular rendition of Rhapsody in Blue.




Saturday, 27 August 2011

Sabbath Morning

We had a lovely Church camp on Friday and Saturday (in spite of the rain)!  So once again it is a beautiful Sabbath morning, the Children are still asleep....perfect!
I've been really pondering Proverbs 31 for the last few weeks wondering how I can be  a proverbs 31 woman in the 21st Century!
Here are a few verses from this awesome chapter:


 10 ¶Who can find a avirtuous bwoman? for her price is far above rubies.
 11 The heart of her husband doth safely atrust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
 12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
 13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her ahands.
 14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
 15 She ariseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
 17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
 19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the adistaff.
 20 She stretcheth out her hand to the apoor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
 22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her aclothing is silk and purple.
 23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
 24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
 25 Strength and honour are her aclothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
 26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of akindness.
 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of aidleness.
 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

What an amazing expectation the Lord has of us!  but we must not be overwhelmed.  All things are possible with the Lord, we are like clay in the potters hands.  Line upon line, here a little and there a little the master CAN make a masterpiece of our lives.  I thank God for his help in working miracles in my life each day.  With the Lord ALL things are possible!



Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Lost in the post

I did write a post but somehow navigated away from the page and lost it all...boohoo!


However I will not be beaten!!  So here is that post again:


Yesterday I was reading in the last chapter of the book of Mosiah.  I thought the verses I read were very timely considering current world events.  In these verses I think the word 'king' can be used interchangeably with the word 'dictator':


16 Now I say unto you, that because all men are not just it is not expedient that ye should have a aking or kings to rule over you.
 17 For behold, how much ainiquity doth one bwicked king cause to be committed, yea, and what great destruction!
21 And behold, now I say unto you, ye cannot dethrone an iniquitous aking save it be through much contention, and the shedding of much blood.
 22 For behold, he has his afriends in iniquity, and he keepeth his guards about him; and he teareth up the laws of those who have reigned in righteousness before him; and he trampleth under his feet the commandments of God;

These verses were written by a king, they are not anti-monarchy but later in the chapter it is pointed out that it is good to have a king if that king is righteous, however you cannot always guarantee that you will have a righteous king.  Doing things 'by the voice of the people' is much more likely to bring about righteousness. 

I've been thinking about getting a small prayer book to remind me to pray for the things I too often forget.  surely those caught in the conflict in Lybia need our prayers.  If anyone can help the true king of heaven and earth can!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Bountiful Eye

This morning I read proverbs 22.  I was really struck by verse 9 that says:

"He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed;  for he giveth of his bread to the poor."

I once heard it said that you never give a crust without the Lord giving back a Loaf!  I hope I can be generous with my time, talents and money.  Fight the monster called greed! 

This is one of the reasons why I am so excited about my 'Crafting for Charity' project.  I'm hoping this can be a constructive way of using my time and (developing) talents that might help others. 


Surely His eyes must have been the most bounteous of all.  I often wonder how I will feel when I get to look into His eyes.  I know the Lords eyes are looking over me now.