Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Heavy Snow = Death and Destruction

Does anyone else think there is too much snow, or am I the only one? You have to change your whole life around the snow when there is so much of it. And it does weird things to my nerves. Last night I had a dream that my car alarm was going off. I woke up in a start, thinking the dream was real and I jumped out of bed, grabbed my keys, and unlocked and re-locked my car with the remote through the window. It took me a couple minutes still after that to realize that the alarm really wasn't going off and disturbing the neighbors in the middle of the night. Luckily I went right back to sleep, but still... it was weird. This is what massive amounts of snow does to me. And I don't have many pleasant memories of being out in it, either. Last year, when we went to Idaho, I had to drive home in the snow covered freeway by myself from Layton. I was 70 percent sure I was going to die. Obviously I did not. But now it is winter again and it is particularly bad out there today. And sure, it is pretty, and it makes it feel more like Christmas. But I just hope it will all melt from the streets and sidewalks VERY soon.

(Of course, the one day I want to take a real picture is the one day I don't bring my camera--I had to take this with my phone).

Monday, December 6, 2010

I love to bake.

I like cooking too, but my favorite is baking.
I have a little problem sometimes, though. If I try to hurry too fast, I make a mess.


Yes. That is my foot. Printed in flour. I believe there's a little cocoa sprinkled in there too.

This is what happened to the counter:

And it got all over the KitchenAid as well.

That time that I made the huge mess I was making cookies. For some reason I always forget to take pictures of the actual food. Maybe because it's always dark when I finish and the pictures never turn out right. The attempt always frustrates me. Oh well. All that matters is that they tasted good.

Monday, November 29, 2010

I'm like the luckiest person ever. I caught another cold. And also have flu symptoms again. This is after almost two weeks of being better from the flu and cold which turned into sinus infection, then flu again, followed by a weird allergic reaction or something which made me all swollen for a few days. I just am a target for germs I guess. I don't know what's up, but I don't like it.
Sorry about the complaining. I'm done now.
And I will say that being sick does make me more grateful for having good health. I really do realize how blessed I am to not be plagued by diseases and such and not even be sick all that often. And I'm sure I will get better someday. So I can be glad about that.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Such pain! I would like it to go away.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Another great class...

So here's how this goes. I'm writing this because I love my New Testament class. I learn new things every day as I read from my packet and then pair it with my New Testament reading, and I love going to class because Todd Parker is the best. This is the third class I've taken from him. (The other two were the first and second halves of Book of Mormon). And I just think that he is so wise. He got a lot of his information directly from Robert J. Matthews, (who was his religion professor when he was a student at BYU), which has also given me an appreciation for Robert J. Matthews and for the things that he did for the Church. (He was responsible for obtaining the Joseph Smith Translations from the RLDS church that we now have in our LDS Bible, for the Bible Dictionary, and for many of the footnotes in the Book of Mormon and Bible). Since the RLDS church still has the book of Joseph Smith Translations, we are still missing many, but Brother Parker put some of those into our packets, and since the JST is so helpful in correcting things that were taken out or changed in the Bible, I think those are also super interesting.

These are a few of many things that I either got from my packet or from class that I really liked or thought were enlightening:

Celestial people don't enjoy watching violence. And if you do, it might be time to re-evaluate.
-Todd Parker

Matthew 5:41 - Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile go with him twain.
JST - not included in LDS Bible - from "Inspired Version" changes this to - "And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him a mile; and whosoever shall compel thee to go with him twain, thou shalt go with him twain."

Matthew 5:39, 40 - Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek turn to him the other and if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also
JST from "Inspired Version" changes this to - "And unto him who smiteth thee on the cheek, offer also the other; or, in other words, it is better to offer the other, than to revile again. And him who taketh away thy cloak, forbid not to take thy coat also. For it is better that thou suffer thine enemy to take these things, than to contend with him. Verily I say unto you, your heavenly Father who seeth in secret, shall bring that wicked one into judgment."
(This is Jesus' counsel to missionaries not to revile, or contend, or waste a lot of time in court that would prevent them from preaching).
-Todd Parker

Matthew 6:10 - Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven
"When He answers yes, it is to give us confidence. When He answers no, it is to prevent error. When He withholds an answer, it is to have us grow through faith in Him, obedience to His commandments, and a willingness to act on truth. We are expected to assume accountability by acting on a decision that is consistent with His teachings without prior confirmation. We are not to sit passively waiting or to murmur because the Lord has not spoken. We are to act."
-Elder Richard G. Scott

Matthew 6:14, 15 - For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you
Forgiveness Flour
When I went to the door, at the whisper of
Knocking, I saw Simeon Gartner's daughter,
Kathleen, standing there, in her shawl and her
Shame, sent to ask "Forgiveness Flour" for her
Bread. "Forgiveness Flour," we call it in our
Corner. If one has erred, one is sent to ask
For flour of his neighbors. If they loan it to
Him, that means he can stay, but if they
Refuse, he had best take himself off. I looked
At Kathleen . . . what a jewel of a daughter,
Though not much like her father, more's the
Pity. "I'll give you flour," I said, and went to
Measure it. Measuring was the rub. If I gave
Too much, neighbors would think I made sin
Easy, but if I gave too little, they would label
Me "close". While I stood measuring, Joel, my
Husband came in from the mill, a great bag of
Flour on his shoulder, and seeing her there,
Shrinking in the doorway, he tossed the bag at
Her feet. "Here, take all of it." And so she
Had flour enough for many loaves, while I
Stood measuring.

Matthew 7:13, 14 - Enter ye in at the strait gate . . . and few there be that find it
"I'd like to append to them the fact--and this is a true gospel verity--that everyone in the Church who is on the straight and narrow path, who is striving and struggling and desiring to do what is right though is far from perfect in this life: if he passes out of this life while he's on the straight and narrow, he's going to go on to eternal reward in his Father's kingdom.
If you're on that path and pressing forward, and you die, you'll never get off the path. There is no such thing as falling off the straight and narrow path in the life to come."
-Bruce R. McConkie

Matthew 7:23 - Then will I profess unto them, I never knew you
Another JST not included in the LDS Bible - "Then will I profess unto them, ye never knew me."
To believe that Christ doesn't know us denies his omniscience. The reality is that we don't know him. He knows us better than we know ourselves.
-Todd Parker

All things testify of Christ:
Why a brass serpent on the pole? The word "serpent" in Hebrew is similar to the word "Messiah".

Moses' first plague - turning water to blood
Jesus' first miracle - turning water to wine

Moses' last plague - death of firstborn
Jesus' last miracle - resurrection of the firstborn

In Moses' time, when offering up sacrifices, it had to be a lamb, firstborn, unblemished.
Jesus is the lamb of God, firstborn, unblemished.
- Todd Parker

A comparison, given by Robert Norman, between the Book of Mormon and Jesus Christ, which shows that all things typify Christ:

Book of Mormon:
  1. Coming forth declared by an angel - Moroni
  2. Came to restore in time of Apostasy
  3. Laid away in stone receptacle
  4. Taken from receptacle by Joseph Smith
  5. Came forth after stone rolled away
  6. Angel oversees coming forth from receptacle
  7. First one to see (Joseph) forbidden to touch
  8. Attested to by the 12 witnesses
  9. The word of God
  10. Teaches fullness of Gospel
  11. Keystone of our religion
Jesus Christ:
  1. Coming forth declared by an angel - Gabriel
  2. Came to restore in time of Apostasy
  3. Laid away in stone receptacle
  4. Put into receptacle by Joseph of Arimathea
  5. Came forth after stone rolled away
  6. Angel oversees coming forth from receptacle
  7. First one to see (Mary) forbidden to touch
  8. Attested to by the 12 witnesses
  9. The word of God
  10. Teaches fullness of Gospel
  11. Cornerstone of the Church
Matthew 5:21, 22 - Whoso shall say to his brother raca shall be in danger of the council
The word "raca" in Aramaic literally means "empty head". Christ is obviously teaching against the use of words that would be abusive, degrading, or used for derision. Note: "without a cause" in 3 Nephi 12:22 account is deleted from the Matthew 5:22 account. We shouldn't get angry even if we have a cause.
-Todd Parker
Isn't that kind of funny? That raca means empty head? I think it is...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ahhh... Rain

What a glorious sound. I love rain. It makes me want to bake cookies and pie. And go puddle jumping. I love when it rains in October. Fall and rain are the perfect mix.

Just in case you didn't know, this month is also the best of all food holidays. It's National Apple, Caramel, Cookie, Pasta, Dessert, Pizza, and Popcorn month. And this Saturday is National Dessert Day! I expect everyone to take this very seriously and eat dessert then. Please. I just want your life to be happy.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

So that you are no longer frustrated by my lack of a picture of my new (really not so very new and not new to me anymore) car on my blog, here it finally is.

And for anyone else that cares... I love it and I am so glad I got it.
The end.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

One of my online classes always includes several fake dialogues in every lesson. It's always very cheesy and I find it peculiar that they even feel the need to add fake dialogues to the lessons. But. One of the ones I was reading today mentioned something about a specific IKEA commercial and although I have recently discovered I don't love IKEA as much as I used to, I do still like it, and I found the commercial so I could see what it was all about. I keep on watching it and it gets better every time. Here it is for your own viewing pleasure.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Human Development

I just had my last human development class last week. It was a lot of reading, hard tests, long classes and a couple difficult papers packed into the six weeks, but it was worth it because I also learned a lot. My teacher was Larry Nelson, and I think that he just has to be the best teacher for this subject. He shared a lot of personal experiences which really helped the concepts tie into real life, but what I liked most of all is that he tried to get us to think critically. He challenged our perceptions and opinions so that we would understand why we felt certain ways, and if it was for the right reasons. It was a really good class and I learned a lot of interesting things. Here are some of my favorite things that I learned in class:

1. Divine worth means that we are all sons and daughters of God with the potential to become like him. This does not EVER change. Worthiness can change, but worth cannot.

2. Self-esteem is our distorted view of divine worth.

3. Children think lovable = worth being loved. They need to know that their parents love them no matter what. The most important things to focus on are their effort, progress and process.

4. Emotions are physical feelings that come with a physical body. If you think about it, this probably means that we didn't really feel emotions before we came to earth because we couldn't feel anything physically without a body.

5. Play is the most important thing that a child should be engaged in. The greatest amount of cognitive, emotional and social knowledge will come with play. These different types of play are:
Functional play - Simple, repetitive motor movements with or without object.
Constructional play - Creating or constructing something.
Make-believe (pretend) play - Acting out everyday and imaginary roles.
Games with rules - Understanding and following rules in play activities.

6. Instead of teaching children to have masculine or feminine characteristics, we should be teaching them to have Christlike characteristics. THEN they will be "socially competent".

7. Temperament is a physiological response, not a behavioral response. The behavior is what follows the physiological feeling.

8. Shyness is also physiological, not behavioral. The behavior of acting shy is what follows the physiological feeling. A person born shy will always experience higher levels of cortisol and stress. Anything they do to decrease this masks their shyness as a physiological response, but if they are born with it, it is always going to be there.

9. The different parenting styles are authoritative, permissive, authoritarian, uninvolved and oversolicitous.

Authoritative parenting - A parenting style that is demanding and responsive. A rational, democratic approach, in which both parents' and childrens' rights are respected.
- Make reasonable demands for maturity
- Enforce them by setting limits and insisting on obedience
- Express warmth and affection and responsiveness
- Listen patiently to child's point of view
- Encourage participation in family decision making
- Inductive reasoning (e.g., reasoning about consequences of actions to self and to others)
- Good natured/easy going
- Involved in child's life (school, homework, activities, etc.)

Outcomes of authoritative parenting:
- Lively happy mood
- High self-esteem and self control
- Less traditional gender role behavior
- Social and moral maturity
- Academic achievement and educational attainment
- Perspective taking skills
- Consequential thinking
- Friendly assertive sociable behavior
- Peer acceptance
- Emotion regulation
- Lower levels of internalizing and externalizing behaviors
- Better communication skills

Permissive parenting - A parenting style that is responsive but undemanding. An overly tolerant approach to child rearing.
- Nurturing and accepting, but avoids making demands or imposing controls
- Complete independence in decision making

Outcomes of permissive parenting:
- Impulsive
- Disobedient
- Rebellious
- Demanding
- Dependent on adults
- Poor persistence at tasks
- Poor self control and school performance
- Delinquency
- Drug use

Authoritarian parenting - A parenting style that is demanding but low in responsiveness to children's rights and needs. Conformity and obedience valued over open communication.
- Very little give and take
- Cold, harsh, unresponsive, even rejecting
- Parent centered
- Forceful
- Physical punishment (spanking)

Outcomes of authoritarian parenting:
- Anxious, withdrawn and unhappy mood
- Hostile and angry when frustrated (emotional dysregulation)
- More misattributions of hostile intent
- Fewer social strategies
- Externalizing disorders (e.g., aggressive, disruptive, etc.)
- Peer rejection
- Lower communication competence

Oversolicitous- a parenting style that is over protective and over controlling.
- Not allowing children to make decisions for themselves
- Not allowing children to try new things

Outcomes of oversolcitous parenting:
- Anxiety
- Social fearfulness
- Social withdrawal
- Negative self-regard
- Peer rejections

As I'm sure is obvious, authoritative is the best parenting style.

10. Spanking: Places your child at risk for all of the things on authoritarian list. It does not benefit the child, and also doesn't improve behavior unless you only want your child to obey you in your presence.
Spanking destroys the atmosphere of the home.

And now here are some pictures from my textbook.

First of all, here is the cover of the book.

Take a closer look at the picture on it.

I think it is strange.
And this is what I wonder. Why is the shark in an open pool? Why does the girl in the front have her hand up in that position? Is she about to stick it in the fish tank? Why does the woman in the back in the orange shirt have a mustache?

These pictures are just funny and make me laugh. And the captions too.

Except this one makes me sad.

And the little girl in the picture looks like Craig's niece.

These are pictures of things that are just interesting and informative.

This one is mostly just funny

And last of all, here are two quotes we read in class that I liked.

"Charity given out of duty, without expectation of return, at the proper time and place, and to a worthy person is considered to be in the mode of goodness." -Bhagavad Gita

"Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. That is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, the good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life and that destroying, injuring and limiting life are evil." -Albert Schweitzer