Monthly Archives: September 2015

Successful Parenting 9

And the 9th and last principle is Wholesome Recreation. The book states: “Families are strengthened and revitalized when family members join in wholesome, enjoyable activities.” The name of the book is “Strengthening the Family” which is an instructional book by the Church. By the way I did not know that this book existed until I started doing research for this talk. It is one that I wish I had had when my children were growing up. And it is available in the church online store.

And I would like to add my testimony that life is full of teachable moments when you look for them. Use them and enjoy your children while they are young because before long they are gone and that was a missed opportunity. And I would like to say this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

This concludes this group of posts.

Stake Preparedness Fair

For the preparedness minded…. And you would not be reading this if you were not ;] one of the oft over looked areas of research and education is your local LDS church. As an example the LDS community in Cheyenne WY will be hosting a Stake Preparedness Fair at the Laramie County Library on Saturday 2015-09-26 starting at 1000. Here is the program outline.

The Stake Preparedness Fair at the Laramie County Library. Multiple classes will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 10:00 am — Calling Tree Needs and Response, 11:00 am — Family Preparedness Plan (taught by Sister Jill Reading); 1:00 pm — Survival Tips and Tricks (taught by Brother Gil Waddell); 2:00 pm — Financial Preparedness; 3:00 pm — Food Storage and Provident Living.
I know some of the presenters and they are great people and you can consider this a personal endorsement of them and this program.

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Harvest Moon

This looks like something to watch…

: In the days before light bulbs, farmers relied on moonlight to help them harvest their crops. Many crops ripen all at once in late summer and early autumn so farmers found themselves extremely busy at this time of year. They had to work after sundown. Moonlight became an essential part of farming, and thus, the Harvest Moon was born.

According to folklore, the Harvest Moon is the full Moon that falls closest to the autumnal equinox, the hectic beginning of northern autumn. In 2015, the Moon is full on Sept. 28th, less than a week after the equinox of Sept. 23rd. The coincidence sets the stage for a nice display of harvest moonlight.

But wait. This year’s Harvest Moon is not like the others. It’s going to be eclipsed.

On Sep. 27-28, 2015, the super Harvest Moon will pass through the shadow of Earth, producing a lovely amber total lunar eclipse.
On the night of Sept. 27 and into the early hours of Sept. 28, the full Moon will glide through the shadow of Earth, turning the Harvest Moon a golden-red color akin to autumn leaves.

The action begins at 9:07 PM Eastern Time on the evening of Sept 27th when the edge of the Moon first enters the amber core of Earth’s shadow. For the next three hours and 18 minutes, Earth’s shadow will move across the lunar disk.

Totality begins at 10:11 PM Eastern Time. That’s when the Moon is completely enveloped by the shadow of our planet. Totality lasts for an hour and 12 minutes so there is plenty of time to soak up the suddenly-red moonlight.

Auroras Underfoot (signup)The reason the Moon turns red may be found on the surface of the Moon itself. Using your imagination, fly to the Moon and stand inside a dusty lunar crater. Look up. Overhead hangs Earth, nightside facing you, completely hiding the sun behind it. The eclipse is underway.

You might suppose that the Earth overhead would be completely dark. After all, you’re looking at the nightside of our planet. Instead, something amazing happens. When the sun is located directly behind Earth, the rim of the planet seems to catch fire! The darkened terrestrial disk is ringed by every sunrise and every sunset in the world, all at once. This light filters into the heart of Earth’s shadow, suffusing it with a coppery glow.

Back on Earth, the shadowed Moon becomes a great red orb.

One more thing: The full Moon of Sept. 28th occurs near the perigee of the Moon’s orbit—that is, the point closest to Earth. This makes the Harvest Moon a “supermoon.”

The super Harvest Moon eclipse will be visible from the Americas, Europe, and Africa. It brings an end to a remarkable series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses visible from North America—a so-called “tetrad.” Perhaps the heavens have saved the best for last.

If you live in the eclipse zone, mark your calendar for Sept. 27-28, and enjoy the show.

For more beautiful sights in the night sky, stay tuned to

Successful Parenting 8

The 8th principle is Work. The book states: “Family work gives children opportunities to learn to appreciate work and to feel the satisfaction of accomplishment, especially as parents and children work together. Work should be tailored to the age and abilities of children to foster feelings of success and confidence.” They refer to D&C 58: 27-28 which reads: “Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.” President Gordon B. Hinckley said: “We are all inherently lazy. We would rather play than work…But it is work that spells the difference in the life of a man or woman”. Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught that “teaching children the joy of honest labor is one of the greatest of all gifts you can bestow upon them”. Working beside our parents as we grow up gives you those teachable moments that are so precious. For our children to leave home they had to be able to do all the work in and around the home. Our daughter could grow grass and cut it just as well as her brother. And our son one summer had a budget to plan meals, purchase the ingredients, and cook the meals. I told them it was so they did not have to get married until they were ready to.

Successful Parenting 7

The 7th principle is Compassion. The book states: “Parents can show compassion for each other and for their children. They should feel sorrow for the adversities experienced by family members and seek to understand and support family members during their difficult times. They referred to Ruth 1:16-17 which states: “And Ruth said, entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God; Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.” President Thomas S. Monson spoke of a Dr. Glenn Doman, who was a prominent author and renowned scientist. The Doctor reported a lifetime of research in the statement: “What is placed in the child’s brain during the first six years of life is probably there to stay. ..If you put misinformation into his brain during this period, it is extremely difficult to erase it.” President Monson then goes on to say that “this evidence should provoke a renewal of commitment in every parent: “I must be about my Father’s business.” Children learn through gentle direction and persuasive teaching. They search for models to imitate, knowledge to acquire, things to do, and teachers to please.” Again, how do children show compassion? By imitating the adults in their life. Let them help you make and take over a meal to another family.

9-11 revisited

Last night 14 years ago, millions of Americans went to bed quietly, with no thought that the next morning their world would change forever.

That night hundreds packed flight bags they would not live to open. Thousands slept with loved ones for the last time. One never knows what a new day has in store.

Let us live each day to the fullest, and NEVER miss a chance to let those dearest to us know of our love for them.

So RIGHT NOW if you have someone in your life that you love,

TELL them…..


▶ September 11, 1683 (Battle of Vienna)
▶ September 11, 2001 (WTC, Pentagon, ???)
▶ September 11, 2012 (Benghazi)
▶ September 11, 2015 (Iranian/Persian nuclear bomb guarantee)

“Part of the motivation of Islamic terrorists is to reverse the trend of decline in the Islamic world relative to Western culture that many trace as far back to September 11, 1683 when a large Turkish army was humiliatingly crushed by Europeans at the Battle of Vienna.” [Excerpt from article below.]


by Andrew Stunich

11 Sep, 2008

Very few people seem to be aware of why it was that Al-Qaeda chose September 11 for the date of a devastating, carefully planned attack on the United States, but the information is illuminating and worthy of discussion. A better understanding of what drives Islamic terrorism assists in helping to understand why most Westerners’ lack of any sense of history is dangerous. Conversely, Islamic terrorists are driven by events that occurred hundreds of years ago. They comprehend that Islam and Western Culture have been locked in mortal confrontation for approximately 1,400 years with a brief interlude that has caused Western culture to forget what is at stake and what is at risk.

Part of the motivation of Islamic terrorists is to reverse the trend of decline in the Islamic world relative to Western culture that many trace as far back to September 11, 1683 when a large Turkish army was humiliatingly crushed by Europeans at the Battle of Vienna.

In 1683, the Ottoman Turks attacked Vienna. The Turks viewed Vienna as the gateway to hegemony over all of Western Europe. The resulting battle of Vienna was a watershed moment in history. The Turks had made elaborate preparations and had assembled resources and Jihadists eager for booty from throughout the Ottoman Empire. Europe was quite vulnerable as it was fractured into warring kingdoms and weakened by internecine squabbles that nearly allowed the Turks to conquer the European continent. However, the Turkish preparations were so elaborate that they could not be hidden and the Europeans were able to form agreements or treaties to assist each other against the Turks that proved decisive and which changed the course of human history.

The Battle of Vienna was a hard-fought war with an uncertain outcome. The Turks nearly conquered the city. All that saved Europe was the arrival of a relief force headed by Polish King Jan Sobieski. Jan Sobieski and his troops won a major victory against the Turkish forces on September 11, 1683. The victory was so compete that Polish King Jan Sobieski purportedly described the windfall in a letter to his wife as follows:

“Ours are treasures unheard of … tents, sheep, cattle and no small number of camels … it is victory as nobody ever knew of, the enemy now completely ruined, everything lost for them. They must run for their sheer lives . . .”[1]

☛ Educated, fundamentalist Muslims feel the sting of the defeat hundreds of years later. In their view, they are the recipients of Allah’s final revelation and it is humiliating to them that their “perfect” Islamic culture has declined relative to Western culture. They seek to reverse the trend and September 11 was carefully chosen to try and reverse the course of history and create a new September 11 that the Islamic world could celebrate.

Viewed in this proper context, the events of September 11, 2001 take on additional significance. It is too early to write off the attack as simply an American tragedy and a minor victory for the terrorists as many Westerners seem inclined to do. New polls reveal that many Americans are no longer significantly concerned about terrorism, but such lack of concern is far from justified.

There is much to fear by Westerners and much to celebrate by Islamic terrorists since 9/11. September 11 seems to have resulted in great exposure for the Islamic faith much of which is surprisingly and unwarrantedly favorable. While there have been some military setbacks on the battlefield, Islam continues its advance into Western culture via disinformation, immigration and faster rates of reproduction amongst Muslims as compared to non-Muslims. Europe is on the verge of completely being lost to Islam. Despite all of the warnings from such intrepid, brilliant writers such as Oriana Fallaci, I see nothing to indicate that Europeans will ever be able to take the strong steps necessary to rescue their culture from Islam’s ominous advance. Most Europeans seem unable to recognize the mortal danger they are and their descendants are in and most Americans seem unable to grasp that Europe is in actual danger from such a vastly inferior culture.

Equally as alarming, much of the Islamic world seems to be sliding deeper and deeper into Islamic extremism and I see no signs of anything occurring to stop the decline or the trend. For example, Lebanon, Egypt, and Pakistan will be lost to Islamic extremists within the next half century. Oil wealth continues to pour into the Middle East with the adverse effect of hurting Western economies and providing the very revenue being used to finance the advance of fundamentalist Islamic ideology throughout the world, including the United States, as well as to fund international terrorism.

Sadly, the future looks bleak. Far from being the clear warning sign and wake-up call the tragedy of 9/11 could have and should have been, it appears that it will be nothing more than a terrible tragedy and temporary stirring from stupor somewhat akin to rousing a drunk from sleep and giving him coffee that will not result in the long-term steps needed to halt Islam’s insidious, steady advance. While most adult Americans will not see any significant effects of advancing Islam in their lifetimes as long as terrorists continue to be thwarted in their goal of using WMD’s within the United States, their children or grand children will not be so lucky.

I feel sorry for the legacy we are leaving to the next generation. I suspect that in contradistinction to the so-called “greatest generation” of World war II fame, we may well be earning a far less flattering label from our descendants.

The terrorists at least deserve some credit for having a sense of history. Conversely, even the horror of 9/11 seems to have been insufficient to permanently awaken Westerners from their decadent stupor and utter lack of any sense of history.


[1] See Wikipedia, Battle of Vienna:

◉ [Only MONTHS after this article appeared on 9/11/08, America elected Barack Hussein Obama — Mr. Obama described the Muslim call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”]

Herbal seed package

Herbal seed package

Awhile back we were at a trade show having fun talking with people and seeing what everyone had. One of the venders BRETT at Farmer’s Daughter *below* who we have written about before had his long-term storage foods on display. Dona [the jelly lady] and I were talking and pacing –yes it was a quiet time of day- and ended up at Brett’s tables. One of the items that we looked at and discussed at length was a medicinal herbal ‘vault’ that had seed packages for the more common maladies. The seeds package is designed for after SHTF when modern medications will be in very short supply and you will need to grow your own.

Part of my observations was that people really should be buying TWO of the packs.

The reason for buying at least 2 of the kits is so that you can bury one in the back yard for later if you have a total crop failure and the other one to start growing and practicing with NOW while you have the chance to learn about the plants. Remember that we are PRE-paring for when things are SNAP [situation not as planned]. In the coming weeks we will have postings on the contents of the medicinal herbal package, common uses and growing tips.
The Farmer’s Daughter stocks great tasting food packaged for long term storage and it is rated to store for 25 years… I strongly suspect that the shelf life will actually be over double that if stored correctly.

For more info on prepackaged long term storage foods contact
Brett Robinson
Farmer’s Daughter LLC

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Successful Parenting 6

The 6th principle is Love. The book states: “Parents are to love their children in the manner described by Paul, Alma, and Mormon-with patience, kindness, gentleness, unselfishness, and humility.” They refer to Moroni 7:47 which reads: “But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.” D. Michael Barrett who wrote an article in the Ensign titled “Teaching Children Principles of Happiness” stated: “that when parents love others and give willing service, their children see Christ’s teachings reflected in their parents’ lives.” We are to love our children unconditionally just as Christ loves us.