familysearch indexing.

31 10 2010

Grandma gave a great talk about Familysearch Indexing today in church.
Typically, anything related to genealogy is boring (personal opinion)

Grandma did a great job of showing that it is far from boring. For years I have watched Grandma set a great example of doing this important work – she was the perfect person to talk about this subject!

I’ve actually done indexing before.
Years ago, I had a Bishop who was adamant that the best prevention to getting involved in anything unruly on the Internet was to make the Internet feel like a spiritual place.

Wise man.
When you associate the Internet with things of a spiritual nature you view questionable material as being incredibly offensive.

I thought about that as I listened to the Bishopric challenge the entire ward to get involved with indexing. In fact, it has been turned into a competition. The young men vs. the young women and the Priesthood vs. the Relief Society. The groups with the highest number of names indexed win dinner from the losing group.

I hate losing.
So, it looks like it’s time to reactivate the old account and start getting some names done!

The ultimate goal is to obviously encourage the ward to participate in genealogy work – however, there are going to be some wonderful side effects that follow. I strongly believe that when we are able to associate certain media outlets with spiritual things that we will find an increased ability to turn away from questionable material.

“…neither can we without our dead be made perfect.” (D&C 128:15)

? Have you ever done any FamilySearch Indexing?





permission slip.

7 10 2010

Remember when you were a kid and you had to have your parents sign a permission slip so that you could go do something fun?

As a kid you pretty much have to ask for permission to do anything…

Can I go to my friends?
Can I drink a soda?
Can I go play outside?
Can I have a piece of candy?
Can I have this cool toy?

I have come to the conclusion that marriage is like being transported to your childhood.

Permission must be granted before you can go do the fun stuff…

I think I have asked each of these questions at least once since I’ve been married (which has only been 5 weeks now).

I’m currently trying to convince Leah that I need a jacket and a coat.
The jacket will cover me through Fall and the coat is for when the Winter really hits!

Much like my childhood, I have begun to bargain for the goods I would like.
I remember asking my parents what I needed to do in order to qualify myself for a certain treat or toy.

Many years later, I am right back here bargaining again (good thing I got a lot of practice as a kid)

Think about how many times you have gone to Heavenly Father in prayer trying to get a spiritual permission slip signed…

Sometimes we probably go to Him with things we don’t actually need and maybe sometimes things that are outright wrong for us to have.
But we beg…
And we plead…
And we bargain…

And sometimes He says….
Yes.

Joseph Smith asked, asked again and asked again to let Martin Harris take the translated section of the plates. The Lord said, no, no and finally agreed.

Harris lost them.
Joseph was rebuked:

“For, behold, you should not have feared man more than God. Although men set at naught the counsels of God, and despise his words—
Yet you should have been faithful; and he would have extended his arm and supported you against all the fiery darts of the adversary; and he would have been with you in every time of trouble.” (D&C 3:7-8)

In his case – getting the spiritual permission slip signed was not such a good thing…

In my case, getting a jacket and coat – definitely a good thing!

? Do you ask for permission to do or have certain things?





green peace.

27 05 2010

Today is yard day.

I take care of the yard and help with other random outdoor tasks as often as necessary around here.

I did these things growing up as well.

Weeding.
Mowing.
Shoveling.
Planting.
Edging.
Trimming.
and the list goes on.

If you drove past the Aldous home on a Saturday morning you would see 6 kids and 2 parents working in the yard.

If you didn’t know we lived at the house you might think we were a migrant worker family who liked to make yard work a family activity.

I guess it’s not too far from the truth – well the second part at least.

I never really liked yard work growing up.

Dad always said working in the yard was peaceful and relaxing. I found the opposite to be true. I hurried through the work so I could get to the pool!

It’s funny the things that change as you get older.

I love going out into the yard.

Maybe Dad has been right all these years?
Wouldn’t be the first time Dad was right about something and it took me years to realize it. Ugh.

We know that everything was created spiritually first – does that mean that Heavenly Father had “spiritual” yard work?

“…For it was spiritual in the day that I created it; for it remaineth in the sphere in which I, God, created it, yea, even all things which I prepared for the use of man…” (Moses 3:9)

? Do you like working out in the yard?





I’m back.

10 05 2010

I drove into Utah early early early this morning.

I’m unpacked and back in my old room. (at grandmas)

It was a surreal feeling unpacking – I can remember clearly packing everything up.

I was different.
Life was different.

When I left I was:
Broke.
Single.
Unemployed.

And now I’m:
Broke.
In a relationship – with my best friend and love of my life <
Employed.

Nice! Hopefully with the new job I’ll be able to quickly change the broke part.

The biggest difference between November and now?
Spiritual.

The fire is back. I’m studying and obviously writing and I’m looking for any and every opportunity to improve.

We all have high’s and low’s – the key is to ride the high for as long as you possibly can and keep the low’s to a minimum.

Easier said than done.

“Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.” (2 Nephi 31:20)


? How do you keep the spiritual fire alive?








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