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Anxiety

Anxiety

Speaking about anxiety, in the latest issue of the Ensign there is a great article.  Since my accident a couple of years ago I’ve struggled with anxieties and PTSD.  Whether you have anxieties or know someone who does, this article is worth reading.  (click here)

If you don’t know someone who suffers from this, I would still read it.  I would read it so you have a better understanding of the seriousness of mental illnesses like this.  They are real.

Unlike depression, anxiety is typically a result of life events and experiences.  Chronic depression is often a chemical imbalance in the brain.  Depression can cause anxiety, but so can a serious accident, divorce, abandonment, and other things we experience.

I encourage you to read the article.

Flaxen Cord

The other day I was thinking about secret combinations that may be closer than we think.  After reading a couple of online articles about homosexuality and church members, I was struck by the thought that Satan is working hard to infiltrate the church membership.

Love the Sinner – Hate the Sin

We’ve heard the saying, “Love the sinner, but hate the sin.”

Nowhere have I ever read in the scriptures that we should, “Love the sinner, and embrace their sin.”

That’s where I felt uneasy while reading this article.  While I agreed 100% about loving those who suffer with same-sex attraction, the underlying message was this… This man felt attracted to other men, so why should he feel guilty when he’s with the man he loves.

I guess that would depend on what they do when they are together.  The article made no mention of living the law of chastity.  It implied the man came to the conclusion he could be active in the church if he shoved aside his guilt and had physical intimacy with another man.  No, it didn’t come out and say that, but it didn’t deny it either.  I guess we’ve entered the relhm of don’t ask, don’t tell.

Secret Combinations

Nephi talks about secret combinations in 2 Nephi 26:22.  He writes, “And there are also secret combinations, even as in times of old, according to the combinations of the devil, for he is the founder of all these things; yea, the founder of murder, and works of darkness;”

He continues in that same verse, “yea, and he leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord, until he bindeth them with his strong cords forever.”

Isn’t it interesting he uses secret combinations and flaxen cord in the same verse?

Smell of Smoke

I think it was President Kimball who commented about the smell of cigarette smoke being a welcome smell at church.  He was talking about the penitent sinner making an honest attempt to come back to church.  The message being we should help them on the road to repentance and welcome them when they come to church.

I think of Brother Hook in my old ward.  When I met him he was a heavy smoker and not a member of the church; his wife was.  He joined the church and struggled with quitting smoking, but he did.  The ward embraced him, but they didn’t embrace his smoking.

Concern

There is a valid concern about the embracing of homosexuality.  Sex between anyone except a man and a woman who are married is a sin.  Period.  There’s no debate inside the church about that.  But, to say we should treat it differently than any other sin is a flaxen cord.

It Doesn’t Stop Here

It doesn’t stop here.  I’ve also seen articles online that speculate about church doctrines and policies.  While on the surface they appear academic, underneath they have the appearance of destroying trust, belief and faith.

The Cure

The cure in my opinion is reading the Book of Mormon.  I find it amazing how often I read one of these articles and immediately a scripture from the Book of Mormon comes to mind.  (Just like 2 Nephi 26:22 did.)  It’s hard to be deceived when you’re reading the Book of Mormon daily.  I’m not implying you’re not going to sin by so doing, but I am claiming you’ll notice suspicious doctrines.

Making Jam

Making Jam

Making jam is one of those qualities I love in my wife.  She loves to can and preserve and nothing is better canned than jam.

Tops had berries on sell today so we bought some, I picked some rhubarb, and Elizabethe made some blackberry-raspberry-rhubarb jam.  I just had a taste.  That rhubarb really accentuates the berry flavors.

I read where in Ferguson, Missouri, there are riots and looting after the shooting of a black teen by a police man.  If that isn’t a reason to be prepared.  It amazes me at how the slightest upset can cause economic turmoil on a local level.  Imagine what it would be like if it were national?

Just walking through the yard I noticed 3 edible weeds.  Two of them have a spinach-like taste.  If I can’t get greens at Wegman’s, for whatever reason, I’ll be foraging in my lawn.

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I read this afternoon that the actor/comedian Robin William committed suicide.  The news release said he had dealt with rehab for addictions earlier in the year and had been suffering from depression.  I’m sad for his family.  Depression is such a horrible thing to deal with, and to have a loved one’s life end as a result makes it even more horrific.

Our medical world has only recently started to understand depression, some of the causes, and the effects.  Please, if you or a loved one suffer from depression, please get help and get educated regarding depression.  For me personally, knowing a little about the cause helps me better deal with it.

It appears we lost a great comedic mind to depression to today.  I have no doubt his depression is what drove his comedy.  It’s hard to explain, but there is something about creating something others enjoy and love that helps relieve the sting of depression.  There is irony in the clown that paints on a face with a big teardrop, and then goes around trying to make people laugh.  Perhaps there was more of Robin Williams in Patch Adam’s character than we will ever know.

Here’s a video of Williams in an interview with Johnny Carson about the movies Awakenings.

Perhaps in his, and other depression-related deaths, it can serve as a reminder that depression is a serious mental illness.  It is one that deserves attention, but most importantly, love and care.

No Explanation

No Explanation

In many cases, there is no explanation for depression.  Sometimes it is triggered by traumatic events, but for some people, it just happens.  Perhaps it happens because of chemical imbalances in the brain, which is a major theory, but even then, it is not always treatable.

I am really thankful for Elder Holland’s talk in conference titled, Like a Broken Vessel.  (see https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/10/like-a-broken-vessel?lang=eng)  It is good for everyone to read.

Depression can turn once joyful activities in to drudgery.  It can rob one of the ability to have fun.  It can come on suddenly, and then leave just as sudden as it strikes.  (I’m talking about the type of depression for which there is no explanation.  It’s quite different than the my-dog-just-died type of depression.)

Read or listen to Elder Holland’s talk.  It may not apply to you and your situation, but chances are, you have, or will meet someone with a form of depression for which there is no explanation other than it just happened.

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I sprayed all the weeds behind our building with Round-up.  This was after spraying it with some concoction someone posted on Facebook claiming it would kill everything.  As  you can see, it didn’t work.  But, don’t believe that vinegar and salt or Epson salts will kill weeds.  In fact, it didn’t affect any of them.

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Behind the Building

Elizabethe and I took a drive to the Hill Cumorah so I could scout out a site for a large group photo.  I drove to the top, and then walked down the south trail and back up.  That is one steep trail!

They have the towers up for Pageant.  I suppose the stage will go up soon.

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Towers for Lighting

If you haven’t seen the Hill Cumorah Pageant, you owe it to yourself to go.  It is a play with a cast of approximately 600 people.  It is free to attend.  Parking is free.  The only thing that cost there is food if you decide to eat there.  It runs July 11th, 12th, 15th-19th.  Oh, did I tell you that it is free?