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I can’t tell if I’m hazy because I’m fatigued, or I’m fatigued because my brain is hazy.   I’m counting the days before my next appointment.  It will be nice if the doctor can pinpoint the cause of my symptoms.

Church today went okay, but late in the afternoon, I was standing talking to my wife when I just lost all energy.  It was as though someone unplugged my power source.  I didn’t feel dizzy or faint, just zapped of all energy.

Christ Centered

We had a wonderful Christ centered Sacrament meeting today.  President and Sister Evans were our speakers.  They have amazing testimonies and their talks were amazing.

I shared with them afterwards how bad I felt when I had brought a friend to church.  The first speaker talked about the “atonement” without mentioning Christ.  I felt sad that the speaker didn’t talk about how Heavenly Father provided a Savior who would atone for our sins.  Instead, it was more like the “atonement” was some mystical thing.  It’s not.  It is a plan our Heavenly Father had and it was fulfilled by Jesus Christ.

Priesthood Meeting

Today was my first Sunday teaching Elder’s Quorum on the 4th Sunday.  Our lesson was about ministering and how ministering means serving others and not ourselves.  The men in the class gave some wonderful examples from the scriptures.  I felt very good about how the lesson went.

Christmas Day 2016

Christmas Day 2016

It’s Christmas Day 2016 and I’m up early to fix breakfast for the full-time missionaries.  I’m creating a breakfast sandwich bar with eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, hash browns, 3 types of cheeses, various sauces, and 4 types of bread (including San Francisco Sour Dough).  No surprise, but the Elders were on time. (There’s food involved.)

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Missionaries: Elders Smith and Mills, Sisters Larson, Ingersoll, Crofts and Barrett

After breakfast we retired to the sitting room.  Each missionary was given a stocking full of goodies that missionaries can use (and not a bunch of candy.)  A hair comb, toothbrush, mittens, stocking cap, socks, hand sanitizer, and more filled their stockings.

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Sisters Crofts and Barrett ready to open their stockings


They moved church to 11am today because it is Christmas.  It was soooo noisy before church started I couldn’t hear the organ.  I guess it was all the Christmas excitement.

They choir sang and they had several special musical numbers.  Of course, the hymns all had to do with the birth of the Savior — including the Sacrament Hymn – Jesus Once of Humble Birth (my favorite sacrament hymn).

After Church

After church we came home and took a nap.  When we woke, Elizabethe and I exchanged presents.  I gave her her lap desk I made.  She was very excited about it.

Elizabeth gave me a tiny LED camera on the end of a 16 foot cord.  I plan to use it when doing repairs in hard to see places.  She also gave me a speed light for my Fujifilm cameras, however, it isn’t here yet so she gave me a picture of it.  In addition, she gave me some Cokin filters with wallets to hold them.




Nothing.  None.  Nada.  We did not get a single trick-or-treater last night.  But, at least we were able to go to bed early.

This means we have leftover candy, but nothing that I like.  (Yes, one of the drawbacks of being laid-up.  You can’t go buy Halloween candy that YOU like.  Elizabethe asked why I would do that and then just give it away.  I pointed out we did NOT give away any candy and now we’re stuck with stuff I don’t like.  She pointed out she likes what she bought.)

Some days you just can’t win.

Not a whole lot going on today.  Rather than watching TV I’m finding myself participating in an online group about emergency preparedness.  It is supposed to be an LDS group, but there are some ravenous wolves in the flock who want to spread false doctrine.

Nothing drives me more crazy than people who claim to be members of the church spreading false doctrine.  Chapter and verse my friends.

When you hear things said that you have never heard in any class in church, or in any General Conference, or read in any of the standard works, you can pretty much assume it is FALSE DOCTRINE.

Much of their teachings are a combination of science fiction post-apocalyptic writings mingled with scripture.  Hmmm… sounds familiar.

I remember back in the late 60s having a Sunday School teacher tell us that before the Savior comes all technology will cease to work and we’ll all have to walk back to Jackson County Missouri.  FALSE DOCTRINE!  In fact, D&C 115:6 has the answer as to what the gathering of Zion at that time:  “And that the gathering together upon the land of Zion, and upon her stakes, may be for a defense, and for a refuge from the storm, and from wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the whole earth. “

I won’t even go in to some of the whack0 teachings being taught.

Lots of Uploads

I’ve been uploading photos all day to vineyard.lds.org.  Lots of uploads.  The uploading part isn’t the tedious work; giving them search words and titles is the tedious part.

We also had our district meeting today.  One of the church photographers addressed us about getting various angles.  It was good validation.

Check out this wood carving by Omar in Jerusalem.  The front is the Savior, and the back is the Tree of Life. I think I’ll just leave it with this for today’s post. Here’s your 2000 words worth…

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Front – The Savior – Jesus Christ

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Back – the Tree of Life