I don’t know how long it’s been since I wrote a “Spiritual Matters” post—I mean, yesterday’s post aside. Today I woke up feeling quite, quite good for a Monday and I attribute it more to writing yesterday than to the content of the post. Wait, let me say that betterer. I mean, I feel good because I wrote about spiritual matters yesterday, not just because of the specific content (about dealing with pain).
I was pretty tired last night, but I learned another cool thing while I reread what I wrote. I tried to tack it onto the post, but I couldn’t find the scripture I was looking for.
Elder Neal A. Maxwell
Today I listened to Elder Maxwell’s April 1997 General Conference talk (referenced in yesterday’s post), “From Whom All Blessings Flow.” It’s 6 minutes, 45 seconds long, and well worth listening to. (Elder Maxwell was ill with cancer at the time; he died 21 July 2004.) He quoted my scripture for me, right at the end of his talk.
- “Behold, my brethren, he that prophesieth, let him prophesy to the understanding of men; for the Spirit speaketh the truth and lieth not. Wherefore, it speaketh of things as they really are, and of things as they really will be; wherefore, these things are manifested unto us plainly, for the salvation of our souls. But behold, we are not witnesses alone in these things; for God also spake them unto prophets of old.” (Jacob 4:13)
I often read or hear the expression, “Worship the Lord in Spirit and Truth” (not sure if Spirit and Truth are capitalized), and I wonder what it means. Worship the Lord, I get; Spirit, I get; Truth, too. But why put it all together?
Last night I stumbled upon a possibility. Today I wish to add to it. Read More →
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about apologies and how to accept them. I’ve even done a little research. Seems like there are those who find it difficult to apologize and those who find it easy. There are also those who find it easy to accept apologies and those who find it difficult to accept them. I suppose there are also those who find it easy to not get offended and those who find it hard to not get offended.
The beginning of one of the blackest times in my life–saying goodbye to my best buddy, our dog, Christy, March 2003.
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I have never known myself to get to the end of a first-time project and remember to photograph the end processes. So, I have no photos of the final assembly of the scarecrow. However, if you purchased the pattern, you have the same instructions I followed.
I tried a couple of different techniques:
- I sewed the raffia to the scarecrow’s head (remember I don’t like glue) before assembling the hat.
- I sewed the hat to the head (I don’t know if that was part of the instructions or not; by the end I was doing whatever I thought needed to be done to complete the project).
- Got the idea to add a crow from Bee Sroe on the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group.
- I added the Mini Pumpkin from the Halloween Pin Loom Set by Deborah Bagley.
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Once upon a time I took an art class wherein we were to determine, by process of elimination, which medium we worked best in. We did collage, wire sculpture, printmaking, and paint. Of the 8 or 9 students in the class, I was the only one who made a two-dimensional (rather than 3-D) sculpture. It seemed three-dimensional stuff was not my thing. (Actually I was thinking practically: “I’ve got to get this home on the airplane, so it has to fit in my luggage without getting smashed.) I can work three-dimensionally, but I’m not going to use this scarecrow to prove it.
So far . . .
He’s not terrible-looking, but I’m a little concerned about the arm and shoulder on the right (in the photo). I don’t know what happened there. While I was willing to remake his jeans, I was not willing to disassemble his shirt and sleeve structure. Let’s just say I’ve learned a lot from this experience.
If you think I’m going to say I learned that I’m not good at it and should quit while I’m only a little bit behind the rest of the kids, you don’t know me. I’m not good at it, this is true, but it’s because I lack experience. I’m going to have to get me some more.
I’m almost done with this guy and we’ll just see what lies on my horizon.