Why I go to Church

I was able to go to Relief Society for the first time in ages today. It was just like the RS meeting you probably attended: women of different backgrounds sat listening to a teacher of firm faith but no training try with erratic success to engage the class on weightier topics. The sister who talks too much did. The sister…

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I am a prophetess

Okay, I’m not really a prophetess. But I am a super good critic of Church programs, as I found the other day when reading some old blog posts. Back in 2012, I used the words “church-supported family gospel study” to describe my wish for a church-wide gospel study program for Seminary coordinated with Sunday School, right here on my blog.…

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Thou whited wall

I have been trying to get with the Bishop to talk about changing up my callings. Primary is never a good place for me to serve, and right now, I just feel like I need Relief Society. I am so spiritually tired. I can’t remember the last time I went to church and came home refreshed. It’s been years. I…

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Hollyhocks

I mentioned I’m doing a watercolor subscription. This isn’t from this month’s box, but I’m trying to paint at least once a week and had a hole: The orange ones were first and were terrible, so I decided to stop and apply what I learned and try again. The pink was second, blue last. Sydney has me cut out the…

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Re-Return of the groundhog

These blasted groundhogs are making me crazy. Where the heck are they coming from? Are they like cabbage patch kids — sprouting up under a leaf somewhere? For real, how can there possibly be so many groundhogs in this world? I started a compost heap in the old cut flower bed, and two greedy groundhogs have moved in the burrow…

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If God is omnipresent

I read something yesterday about the nature of God — that He is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. It was an argument against the ideas of Mormonism’s God with parts made by a Trinitarian. I thought it fairly reasoned. But if God is omnipresent, how can humans be separated from Him? If we aren’t separated from Him there is no hell.…

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Watercolor Changes and Joseph Smith

I signed up for a watercolor subscription service. It’s been fun to take up a new hobby! I’ve always wanted to learn to paint. I have a bachelor’s degree in design, but I never got to take any of the 300 and 400 level classes in my specialization, BFA Industrial Design, because I was getting married and had the opportunity…

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A bear sighting!

Jared, Sydney, and I were driving home today after a lunch at Eileen’s, when Sydney and I thought we saw a bear in the five acres! Jared turned the van around and went to investigate. He got this beautiful picture of our bear: I spent the day getting sunburnt while power washing the front porch, steps, railings, and front sidewalk.…

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Not much to report

Today it’s supposed to thunderstorm. I wasn’t sure whether or not to spray, but I did it anyway just in case the storms miss us. The tomatoes and beans are looking very good! I picked 5 unripe tomatoes and accidentally knocked a green one off in the process. Oops. I figured they better come inside or they’d split in the…

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Hi ho cherry-oh

I was getting a backlog of cherry tomatoes, so I decided to use them up making The Pioneer Woman’s Tomato Tart. I went to Del’s today to get some of his gold cherry tomatoes for the color, he sent me home with a metric crap ton of tomatoes. I think I have at least a gallon. I also cleaned 21…

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