Just some thoughts

I just want to share my Christ scripture for the day from the Christ-centered daily thought calendar I made for this year.

Jan 3

10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. (John 4:10)

This spoke to me today.  What is this gift of God?  What is the living water?  I feel that it is the sustaining power that can come to us from Christ through the Atonement that he wrought for us to bring us back into the presence of God and give us immortality and the chance of Eternal Life.

I believe the Sacrament prayer gives us an idea of that:

79 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen. (D&C 20:79)

Of course in the LDS Church we substitute water for wine now.  But it has the same symbolism.  He shed his life blood so that we could have the gift of the Holy Spirit with us always and guide and sustain us.  As he asked the woman at the well, though, he also asks each of us to give of ourselves.  He asked the woman at the well for water to drink.  Likewise, as I have been reminded by Mother Theresa, when he was on the cross he was reported to say, “I thirst.”  Just as He gives us the living water, we are asked to use what we have been given to serve Him through serving others and sharing His Gospel.  That’s the way I see it. I also believe we can each pray and ask God for this gift of living water in our own lives

I would also like to say I will miss the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas S. Monson, who died yesterday.



The Master Plan and the Future of Man

We have all gone astray

Each in our own way.


Who has trod a straight and narrow path?

Every law fulfilled and obeyed?

Have you aligned yourself straight on the course?

Have you erected a perfect house?


The straight edge we use is flawed.

There must be some margin of error in this imperfect world.

But the law of God is perfect.

And Christ has said, “Be ye therefore, perfect, even as I am.”


Jesus was known as a carpenter’s son.

But he was more than an earthly carpenter’s son.

He was the Son of the Master Mason.

He said,“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”


All men of the earth will face this doom.

Their temples will be destroyed.

Many of the temples are already in disrepair.


But do not despair

The Word by whose mouth all creation came

The Framer of Worlds

The Carpenter who died on the straight beams of the cross

Will take up his chisel and work on each of us

In our wayward ways

until we are ready for judgement


Wherein we will be proven and fit

For the place which has been prepared

In the Plan of the Great Master

Who knows in just what structure we must abide.


Whether a mansion of great grandeur or a humble hovel.

Our life’s journey will prove in which abode we will dwell.


The Fool


I’m just a fool in love

Never can break through to get what I want.

No, I’m just a fool in love.


So close that I can hear it

So near that I can feel it

I think that I can taste it

But I’m shut outside the door


I’ve dreamed.

I’ve schemed.

It’s all in my childish head.

But I can’t seem to get out of this bed of dreams and wishes.


Inside a glass case, I see the beauties of the world

But the world cannot and will not touch me.

I’m alone and unfulfilled.

And I always will be.


I’m just a fool in love.

Don’t bother with me.

You’re just another piece of my puzzle that doesn’t quite fit.


(image from the Moonlight movie that inspired this poem)


Sarah’s Personal Manifesto

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1. Look. Look for value. Look for beauty. Look for truth. Look for a way to correct error    and harmonize when there is conflict   .

2. Nothing is free. For every gain there is a cost, a loss. And for every loss there is a gain.

3. Do not worry about how other people treat you, other than to stand up assertively for your own needs and desires as appropriate. Worry more about how you treat others because you will not be judged for how others treat you, but how you treat others.

4. Believe. Believe in hope. Believe that it can be better. In Christianity we call this hope ‘Christ’

5. Natural laws describe the way things work in the natural world. Man-made laws were created by men to enact order in the social world in order to make things better for the society except for those that were made for certain individuals’ own self-interests. Rules in general can also be seen as guidelines that direct behavior in order to help people become more effective and create a safer and more harmonious environment.

6.  Justice enforces laws for the sake of keeping order and consistency. Mercy allows for individual growth and understands that we may not get it right the first time. But mercy cannot rob justice and a price must be paid.

7.  Connect. To connect with others means to bind yourself with others in order to make your individual self a part of a bigger whole.  When parts come together to make something new power is amplified such as when you use a tool to accomplish more.

8. Learn to express your emotions. This is how we communicate.  And a smile is the most beautiful expression of joy to behold.

The Garden of Eden

When God first created the Earth he put man in the Garden of Eden.  Eden has been translated as meaning: paradise and delightful, as well as fruitful.  It was a garden with fruits of many kinds.  Fruit can be seen as a source of nutrition and therefore, life and power.  Fruit is technically the ovule of the plant, containing its seed, or embryo, the beginning of new life of a new plant.  This garden was the place where Adam and then Eve were like the two gametes inside the enclosure or ‘paradeisos’ (Greek word,meaning literally, enclosed park).  This was the beginning of life for mankind.

God created an earth that He pronounced as “good”.  God, being the fountain of all goodness, could not make anything ‘bad’.  Therefore, God’s initial creation was good, and a place of delight and goodness.  But within this paradise were the seeds of possibility and discord that were waiting to be released.

God told Adam and Eve that they could eat of all the fruits in the garden, but of the fruits of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil they were forbidden to eat.  They were told if they did eat of it they would “surely die”.  This is because within the seeds of this fruit were the beginnings of not just good, but also evil.  Knowledge could only be attained through a full mortal experience, a school- ground that would contain contrasts.  For one way that people learn is through contrasts.  We learn what is good by seeing the bad and comparing the two.  We know light by knowing its absence and we know cold by experiencing hot.  Although we do realize now that these opposites are not really opposites, but are actually on a continuum.  But as we all know, continuums, or number lines, have two sides, positive and negative, which could be called opposites.  With these opposites, we experience opposition.  Where there is one side of the coin there is the opposite side.  But you can’t pick up the coin without picking up both sides.

Eve partook of the fruit of the knowledge of Good and Evil when the Devil in the form of the subtle serpent, tempted her by saying if she took of this fruit she would become as God, knowing good from evil.  The Devil was truthful in saying that through this she could gain knowledge and wisdom and be on the path towards becoming like God, but he also told a lie, saying “and thou shalt not surely die.”  The Devil intimated to Eve that she could have the good part without the bad, that she could pick up one side of the coin, but not the other.  But of course this was not the case.

Before the earthly life, the Devil had wanted much the same thing.  When told of the Plan of Salvation, the Devil’s alternative plan was that he would go down and make sure that everyone was saved and all would make it back to Heavenly Father.  He also asked for the glory to be his because of this.  He wanted everything to go right through his power.  But he did not want the risk of free choice.  He wanted all the good, but didn’t seem to realize that his version of good could not come without bad.  He did not realize that the plan would have to include risk and opposition in order for people to learn and grow.  People do not learn and grow when they have no choice and are forced to do this or that or have everything done for them.  The Devil wanted all the good things without the sacrifice and risks that would have to come.

In contrast, Jesus Christ understood and took on the responsibility of the great sacrifice that would be needed.  He took on this responsibility as the preeminent Firstborn and most developed and perfected son of God.  He also offered up the Glory to God, not asking for himself the glory.

So the Devil was trying to deceive Eve with his typical way of trying to entice her to take all the good glory to herself and not worry about the consequences.  Eve partook, perhaps wanting to progress and follow God’s commandment to multiply and replenish the Earth.  Perhaps she was tempted by the idea of goodness without the consequences, but after she partook, she realized, at that point, with the inklings of knowledge of good and evil, and her conscience having pricked her, she realized what she had done in transgressing the commandment and perhaps knew she would be cast out, so she told Adam he should also partake so they could be together.  Or perhaps she wanted Adam to have the same knowledge she had.  I don’t know the exact details of course.  But she did partake of this fruit and so did Adam, and from that time on they were cast out of the Garden, from Paradise, from God’s presence, to the world where contrasts existed and where the principles of entropy prevailed wherein in order to survive mankind had to work.  In this world, estranged from God, the creator and organizer and fountain of all good, they had to experience sorrow in order to understand joy and had to feel pain in order to appreciate pleasure.

When casting Adam and Eve out of the Garden, God placed “at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life” (Genesis 3:24) in order to keep Adam and Eve from partaking of that fruit and living forever in their fallen state.

The Tree of Life contains the fruit which has been described as “sweet and pure and white” above all that is sweet and pure and white.  It has been interpreted as the Love of God and is basically, Eternal Life, or all the blessings of God given to his heirs, who will find joy living again with God in eternal splendor and love.  This is the end result of the plan of salvation and is the fruits of really becoming as God is.

But Adam and Eve and all mankind now have to work towards this tree through following the Gospel plan.  In the Book of Mormon is recorded the vision of Lehi and his son Nephi who both saw the vision of the rod of iron leading to the Tree of Life.  The rod of iron was interpreted as meaning the word of God.  Therefore, through following the word of God mankind could reach Eternal Life.  The Word of God could be seen as the commandments of God.  As Jesus said, “Man lives by every word that proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God” (Mathew 4:4).

But Jesus himself has also been described as the Word.  “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. “ (John 1:1) “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14).  Therefore, the idea is that if man follows the commandments of God through the Son, Jesus Christ, they will reach the Tree of Life or Eternal Life, Exaltation, or all that God has to give us.

This is the Plan of Salvation and the growth and development of man.

Once in the mortal world of opposites and opposition, the objective of mankind becomes unifying the disparate elements, taking the divisions and opposites and bringing them together in one.  This can be seen in a number of different elements.  For example, the man and the woman come together in unity to create a family unit and procreate with God to multiply and increase.

Also, mankind, having been separated from God, seeks reunification with God, through the AtONEment wrought by Jesus Christ, the mediator, and the one who performed the great sacrifice.

In Buddhism we also see a tradition of seeking unification.  In this tradition, mankind tries to make sense of the duality of the universe and in order to overcome pain and suffering the Buddhist seeks to transcend the dualities of good and evil and reach a state of Nirvana or Original Mind in which they become one with the universe or with God by sublimating the individual to the oneness of the universe.  Adherents seek oneness of mind with their body and their actions.  In this way they gain control over themselves and are not controlled by their circumstances.

Other traditions also seek harmony and equilibrium in their environments and in their souls.  The extremes of the continuum are avoided and the unity of the middle way is sought after.


L ife –

new, changing, vital, and alive

O pen –

available, ready for action, able to accept and receive, and to give!

V ibrant –

vibrations, strong and pulsating, full of activity and eager to thrive!

E nergy-

the essence of creation, arising out of nothingness to create with faith and hope all that

lives and is!