Monday, July 19, 2010

Early Morning Scripture Study

A blog I follow (  ) Posted this tonight, and I thought that it was really insightful, so I am passing it on. I am a morning scripture reader but mostly because I am too tired to read at night, and when I say I am a morning reader, I say that lightly. I don't read as often as I should but after reading this it motivates me to make a bigger effort into putting more time into my morning scripture study... and I'm going to have to if I am going to finish the Book of Mormon before this baby arrives. :)
The spiritual application of horoscopes

Today at FHE, the person assigned to give the spiritual thought was stuck on a train and was unable to make it; so literally at the last minute, another member volunteered to do it. The thought was short and to the point, but as someone sitting next to me commented, it was probably the best FHE thought he had ever heard. I had to agree. And since it was quite a perfect syzygy of events and connections, I thought I'd share it here.

First, the speaker shared a scripture he had come across in his scripture reading the night before:

For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round.

-1 Nephi 10:19

Second, he recounted a discussion he had with his sister at the breakfast table this morning. Apparently she is big into horoscopes and had the paper out to read about how her day would go. The speaker admitted that he feels horoscopes are a 'load of stuff and nonsense' and said he told his sister as much. When she protested, he explained his opinion:

You read the horoscopes in the morning, so of course that's what you're going to think about during the day. You process everything that happens in reference to what you read, and so you MAKE your horoscope come true. One day try not reading your horoscope until the end of the day and then see how 'true' it is. I think you'll find that it's not really accurate at all.

And that, he said, is when the penny dropped.

So third, he remembered his scripture reading from the night before. (A miracle. For though he usually reads his scriptures at night, he often wakes up in the morning with the page still open where he began, having failed to internalize what he'd read.) He then applied his logic about the worth of horoscopes to the worth of daily scripture study:

If he were to read his scriptures in the morning, that's what he'd think about during the day. He'd process everything that happened to him in reference to what he had read, and thus he would stand a better chance of DOING what they commanded and MAKING the promises of kept covenants come true. By reading at night, there was still the possibility that some of his actions during the day might be reflected in the scriptures, but much of their power and value would be diminished.


So what I got from his thought is this: As the scripture states, when we diligently seek for spiritual manifestations to strengthen our faith, answer our questions, and give us comfort, the Lord is fully prepared to bless us with what we need and even what we want.

This is the best argument I have ever heard in favor of morning reading, and as a night-reader myself, I've made a goal to switch the the morning and see if I can make myself a good horoscope or two (:

More storm pictures:

There are some more pics, its crazy but true. Telephone poles snapped in 1/2, fence posts (& the whole fence) flattened by the wind. Cinder block dugouts flat too! ....and to think Jeff missed all the action!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Last Nights Storm

Perfect weather, it was so nice we decided to go to the pool at 6.... heard a small amount of thunder no big deal pool was closed for it so we played in the sprinklers at our house with friends. Power went out at 7:15...didn't get it back till 2 am ( yes it was HORRIBLE trying to sleep in the house...I was so gratefull when the power came back on and we got our AC back!)  I didn't realize the damage of the storm till we went to church today, several families still don't have power (17+ hours) and tree's are down everywhere ...literally on some streets every house had trees damaged. Cumberland Elementary School (Ehre's school) had at least 50% of their trees broken in 1/2, one tree fell into the school damaging 3 classrooms. One of the baseball dugouts (cinder block type) looked like a giant just stepped on the whole thing.....ohh so much clean up to do!
Here are some pics, there is a lot of clean up to do. I went over to the new house and my heart started to race and I was really worried. As I pulled onto our street I saw the piles of limbs lining ready for pickup tomorrow, and lots of people cutting trees into firewood. But there was our little house, with the HUGE tree in the front yard, perfectly fine. There are some small branches and leaves all over the yard (we can rake them up tomorrow) but we were so lucky. I think we may be one of the only homes on the street without tree damage. :)
This is what the news report said,
"Winds reached up to 75 MPH and there was over two inches of rain in just under an hour. All of this meant lots of damage for Tippecanoe county residents.

Much of U.S. Highway 52 became hard to drive through as traffic lights were out and streets began to flood over the curb.

"We started to pull out on 52 when we saw literally the waves and the people trying to go through the intersection and so we decided to pull over and get away from it all," said Lisa Drayer.

Lafayette police department said there were three structure fires, as well as at least one case of a power line on fire.

"It wasn't too scary, We didn't realize how bad it was until we saw the smoke, so we got out of there pretty early which was good," said Marcel Garcia. Garcia's basement caught on fire.

There were multiple street closures, most due to fallen trees and tree limbs blocking the lanes of traffic. "


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