August 14, 2018

"Boundaries"



“Boundaries”

cji
8/15/18

Limited access by knowledge
wanting to cross the lines
changing paradigms
causing chaos to order
daydreaming too often
wildfires exciting motion
within the scope of thought
while carelessness there
yet organization found
within/without boundaries!

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"Lasting Friendships"



“Lasting Friendships”

cji
8/14/18

Space finding two strangers
yet in the meeting friends
as in space both move about
time to time reuniting again
changing conditions known
older, married, working still
or even further on the road
retired while active minds
treasured to pick up a phone
enter on the Internet found
lasting friendships for real
such as ours through space
two strangers friends still!

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August 13, 2018

"Giving Away"



“Giving Away”

cji
8/14/18

Precious things of the world
giving away to everyone
never to be used up by one
replenishable nano-seconds
whether water or the air
memories ever precious
infant smiles or laughter
first love’s light breath
giving away to earn more
sharing of goodness all
happiness intangible
nothing of worldly value
tangible or to rust/moth
precious things of the world!

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"Missing Your Happiness"



“Missing Your Happiness”
cji
8/13/18
Each day to first thing see
when exiting our cabin small
happiness and understanding
concern for our journey today
always Sashka there to greet
caring for our immediate needs
thus now missing your happiness
treasured as an eternal memory
this new friendship within our lives!
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August 12, 2018

"Latter-days"



“Latter-days”

cji
8/13/18

Sign seekers always about
seeking meat and potatoes
rather than the basics first
however never-the-less
unbelieving all that’s there
missing most of all Isaiah
having transgressed the laws
violated all of the Commandments
adultery, chastity, honesty
taking Lord’s name in vain
coveting another’s wife/belongings
stealing, dishonoring parents
violating the Sabbath Day
even to murder and beyond
changing the covenants
baptism, confirmation, priesthood
most of all marriage
broken the everlasting covenant
eternal marriage ignoring
keeping not the Father’s Plan
defiling the earth by many
seeking a sign not truth
seeking justifications
these are the latter-days!
Isaiah 24:5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinancebroken the everlasting covenant.

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August 11, 2018

"What is it You Seek?"




“What Is It You Seek?”

cji
8/12/18

So many seeking Babylon
the joys of happiness
finding only at the gate
scabs, balding, stink
begging for someone
many seeking justification
wanting to play and sin
then walk uprightly
preachers/ministers
saying this is okay
while only the few
seek the Kingdom of God
on this Sabbath which is you
remembering at judgment
if it is not the Kingdom of God
it’ll matter not at all what
so many seeking Babylon
which is everything
but the Kingdom of God
for one cannot be obedient
in all things of the Father
while in the embrace
of Babylon, of Babylon!


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August 10, 2018

"In Conclusion"



“The Conclusion”

cji
8/11/18

The Scriptures are so plain
beginning, middle, ending
some a full diagnosis
then a prescription
finally the prognosis
therefore to be awake
when the conclusion given
for the whole duty of man*
obedience of Commandments
(all of them – all of the time)
this is if you love (fear) God
then why so we dispute?

·         ECCLESIASTES 12

13 ¶ Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

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August 9, 2018

"All About Families"



“All About Family”

cji
8/9/18

Little boys with fathers
little girls with mothers
little children with families
all about family important
families are/can be eternal
obedience and love forever
sharing – caring – loving
little children with families!

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"Right Hand or the Left"



“Right Hand or Left”

cji
8/10/18

Where do we find a fool
one who hates freedoms
one who contends always
one who demands respect
one who demeans truth
on the right hand or left
for the fools is on the left
liberals are on the left
haters and demeaners too
how sad for our nation
even worse for the voters
who’ll elect fools
who’ll elect fools!


·         ECCLESIASTES 10
A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.
Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.

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"Happy Memories"



“Lasting Memories”

cji
8/8/18

Whether it be little Amy
or any number of children
many older vets like self
many of the crew aboard
all nations of the world
the lingering tantalizing
sunrise or evening sunset
lasting memories within
even some on photos
so much to absorb
maybe best Harrison
waving the white napkin
within each memory!

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"A Happy Name"





“A Happy Name”

cji
8/7/18

Little children all around
each with a smile grand
so many names to learn
thus ‘a happy name’
one and all – together
families as they should
siblings helping sharing
moments of confidence
America is still strong
families are strong
children are happy
America is still strong!

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"Three in Marriage"



“Three in Marriage”

cji
8/6/18

Three in marriage
sex, children, money
each worldly concerns
each equals selfishness
selfishness, selfishness
while Father’s plan
eternal, forever, as one
caring, sharing, loving
three in marriage choices
worldly or the eternal
as one forever and ever!

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"Wind"



“Wind”

cji
8/5/18

Illusive and untouched
while yet a terror
at times a doldrum
never knowing moments
as the child of two
name of Wind capable
sometimes asleep
sometimes rampaging
smiling as the wind
telling either apart
chance or blessing
blessing or chance
untouched or illusive!


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August 3, 2018

"Dust and Shadows" last post for six days

Notice: next six days there will be no posts as I'll have no WiFi or access to the Internet - will catch up when able. It's been over 50+ years since I started writing every day - chuck



“Dust and Shadows”

cji
8/4/18

We came of dust
becoming shadows
some small or large
casting to and fro
sunshine even rain
deep darkness’s light
foreboding brooding
smiling and happy
dust and shadows
more or less us
dust and shadows!

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August 2, 2018

"Chaos"



“Chaos”

cji
8/3/18

If you can’t win
create chaos
destroy the winner
deny human rights
violate all the laws
too many to arrest
mob violence normal
decent becoming rot
if you can’t win
create chaos!

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August 1, 2018

"Almost There"




“Almost There”

cji
8/2/18

Jumping up and down
without hesitation screaming
‘are we there yet, are we’
over and over again crying
now as adults still crying
wondering where they are
screaming ‘are we there’
and as Father looks sees
hears – and frowns down
knowing in the last days
there will be no excuses
knowing how many to fail
falling short of almost there!


Well for sure we know in the last days – there will be no excuses – either one accepts and acknowledges that Jesus is the Christ – cji
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July 31, 2018

"Lessons From Eve" Ministering August 2018


https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1987/10/lessons-from-eve?lang=eng


Lessons from Eve


President and Sister Benson, I hope you can feel the love and spirit emanating from the thousands of sisters at this General Women’s Meeting. President Hinckley and President Monson, we extend our love to you and your companions. The attendance of members of the First Presidency symbolizes their support for each of us. On their behalf, I extend their gratitude and love to all of you.
I deeply appreciate the invocation and the messages delivered by the General Presidency of the Relief Society and by this wonderful women’s chorus.
Sister Doxey has recounted the privilege that each of us has to strengthen the family—the basic component of society, and the fundamental unit of the Church. The family is provided in God’s plan to nurture his children and prepare them to return to him—as families.
Sister Evans has helped us understand that the human race doesn’t run on a smooth track. The route more closely resembles an obstacle course with hurdles, puddles, or snares lurking around every turn we make. Life isn’t meant to be easy. The race isn’t to be won by the swift or the flashy. Victory comes only to those who muster the faith to stay on the track—the strait and narrow way.
Sister Winder has put our purpose in perspective. She has taught an eternal truth—“Men are, that they might have joy” (2 Ne. 2:25). And she has emphasized one of the means by which true joy is realized: rendering selfless service of worth to others.
As the male participant tonight, I bear a great responsibility to convey deep feelings of gratitude. For the men of the Church, I say thank you!
Not only do I express gratitude, but our affection as well. Represented in this vast audience are our dear companions, our mothers, our sisters, our daughters, and our granddaughters. We respect and honor you. We support your wonderful efforts. We are grateful to receive the benefit of your counsel and insights in challenges we share as partners. And we thank you as mothers or potential mothers for your partnership with God in providing life. Without women, the whole purpose of the creation of this world would be in vain.
This truth we learn from scriptures about the priesthood, the Creation, Adam and Eve.
Before the world was formed, the Lord Jesus Christ was Jehovah, “the Great I Am … the beginning and the end, … [who] looked upon the wide expanse of eternity, and all the seraphic hosts of heaven” (D&C 38:1; see also D&C 29:1; D&C 39:1).
He told Abraham, having first shown him “the intelligences that were organized before the world was; among all these there were many of the noble and great ones;
“And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers” (Abr. 3:22–23).
The Lord then revealed that Abraham was one of them, chosen and foreordained before he was born.
Scriptural verse then continues:
“There stood one among them that was like unto God, and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, … and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell” (Abr. 3:24).
Then “the Gods, organized and formed the heavens and the earth” (Abr. 4:1).
You will recall that after the earth had been created, divided, beautified, and inhabited with plant and animal life, the crowning achievement of the Creation was to be man—the human being. “So the Gods went down to organize man in their own image, … male and female to form they them” (Abr. 4:27; see also Gen. 1:26).
The very purpose of creation was to provide bodies, to enable these eagerly awaiting spirits to enjoy mortal life and experiences.
Question: What was the role of the priesthood in the process of creation?
The Prophet Joseph Smith taught:
“The Priesthood is an everlasting principle, and existed with God from eternity. … Christ is the Great High Priest; Adam next” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1938, pp. 157–58).
“The priesthood was first given to Adam; he obtained the First Presidency, and held the keys of it from generation to generation. He obtained it in the Creation, before the world was formed” (Teachings, p. 157).
President Brigham Young said, “Priesthood … is the law by which the worlds are, were, and will continue for ever and ever” (Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1941, p. 130).
Thus, priesthood is the power of God. Its ordinances and covenants are to bless men and women alike. By that power, the earth was created. Under the direction of the Father, Jehovah was the creator. As Michael, Adam did his part. He became the first man. But, in spite of the power and glory of creation to that point, the final link in the chain of creation was still missing. All the purposes of the world and all that was in the world would be brought to naught without woman—a keystone in the priesthood arch of creation.
When Eve was created—when her body was made by God—Adam exclaimed, “Bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man” (Moses 3:23).
From the rib of Adam, Eve was formed (see Gen. 2:22; Moses 3:22; Abr. 5:16). Interesting to me is the fact that animals fashioned by our Creator, such as dogs and cats, have thirteen pairs of ribs, but the human being has one less with only twelve. I presume another bone could have been used, but the rib, coming as it does from the side, seems to denote partnership. The rib signifies neither dominion nor subservience, but a lateral relationship as partners, to work and to live, side by side.
Adam and Eve were joined together in marriage for time and for all eternity by the power of that everlasting priesthood (see Gen. 2:24–25; Moses 3:25; Abr. 5:18–19). Eve came as a partner, to build and to organize the bodies of mortal men. She was designed by Deity to cocreate and nurture life, that the great plan of the Father might achieve fruition. Eve “was the mother of all living” (Moses 4:26). She was the first of all women.
From our study of Eve, we may learn five fundamental lessons of everlasting importance:
1.   She labored beside her companion (see Moses 5:1).
2.   She and Adam bore the responsibilities of parenthood (see Moses 5:2).
3.   She and her partner worshipped the Lord in prayer (see Moses 5:4).
4.   She and Adam heeded divine commandments of obedience and sacrifice (see Moses 5:5, 6).
5.   She and her husband taught the gospel to their children (see Moses 5:12).
From these five fundamental lessons, we can study patterns which apply to present-day circumstances. Let us review them, lesson by lesson.
1.   She labored beside her companion. Adam held the priesthood. Eve served in matriarchal partnership with the patriarchal priesthood. So today, each wife may join with her husband as a partner unified in purpose. Scriptures state clearly, “Neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord” (1 Cor. 11:11). “They twain shall be one flesh” (Matt. 19:6; Mark 10:8; D&C 49:16). Marvelously, it takes a man and a woman to make a man or a woman. Without union of the sexes, neither can we exist, nor can we become perfect. Ordinary and imperfect people can build each other through their wholeness together. The complete contribution of one partner to the other is essential to exaltation. This is so “that the earth might answer the end of its creation” (D&C 49:16).
So labor and love in partnership. Honor your companion. Any sense of competition for place or position is not appropriate for either partner, especially when enlightened by scriptural understanding.
2.   As Adam bore responsibilities of fatherhood, so Eve bore the responsibilities of motherhood. She did not shirk them. So with welcome arms you may gratefully greet those children God may send, through your divine design as cocreator. With your husband, be obedient to the commandment to multiply and replenish the earth, as your opportunity, your spiritual guidance, your wisdom, and your health allow. You will gain joy and rejoicing in your posterity. That enrichment becomes more beautiful and precious with each passing year.
For you childless sisters and those without companions, remember the eternal timetable of the Lord is much longer than the lonely hours of your preparation or the total of this mortal life. These are only as microseconds when compared to eternity. Your willingness and worthiness are surely known to Him. The spiritual rewards of motherhood are available to all women. Nurturing the young, comforting the frightened, protecting the vulnerable, teaching and giving encouragement need not—and should not—be limited to our own children.
Sisters, be patient. I know something of the pressures you feel. Your kitchens are too small. Your budgets are too tight. Demands upon you exceed your capacity to help all who cry out to you. Through it all, “Improve the shining moments; Don’t let them pass you by” (Hymns, 1985, no. 226). Take time for spiritual regeneration.
I’ll share a few lines that have sustained Sister Nelson through the years. They also reflect her sense of priority:
Cleaning and scrubbing can wait ’til tomorrow.
For babies grow up,
We’ve learned to our sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs.
Dust, go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby,
And babies don’t keep.
I’m glad Sister Nelson has not tried to be a “supermom.” But she has been a “soothing” mom. This she has done simply by being herself.
When priorities are in place, one can more patiently tolerate unfinished business.
“Time flies on wings of lightning; We cannot call it back” (Hymns, 1985, no. 226). And while it passes, remember the precious eternal perspective. As you faithfully endure to the end, you will gain rewards promised by your Father in Heaven. They include thrones, kingdoms, principalities, powers, dominions, glory, immortality, and eternal lives (see D&C 75:5; D&C 128:12, 13; D&C 132:19, 24; Moses 1:39).
3.   Eve and her partner worshipped the Lord in prayer. As “Adam and Eve … called upon the name of the Lord” (Moses 5:4), a precedent was established. As each of us follows that pattern of prayer, blessings of wisdom and personal peace will ensue.
“Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good” (Alma 37:37). Pray alone in your closet—in the solitude of your own sanctuary. Pour out the longings of your soul. Then pray with and for your husband, your sons and daughters, your sister and brother, your mother and father and all in your family. Let the weight of your innocence be felt as you lovingly motivate others to good works. With your mind so attuned to the Lord and his power, your influence for good becomes immeasurably great. And in this world of sin and temptation, the power of prayer will protect you and be a shield for your loved ones.
I plead with the women of the Church to accept individual responsibility to know and to love the Lord. Communicate with him. He will impress upon your mind inspiration and personal revelation to give you strength.
4.   Eve and her husband heeded divine commandments of obedience and sacrifice. They received “commandments, that they should worship the Lord their God, and should offer … an offering unto the Lord” (Moses 5:5).
This direction to worship and sacrifice was obeyed by Adam and Eve. Later they learned that this was “a similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten of the Father, which is full of grace and truth” (Moses 5:7).
When Christ came to the earth, he fulfilled the promised role as he became the ultimate sacrificial lamb. His atonement brought about a greater destiny and a nobler concept for us. We are still commanded to sacrifice, but not by shedding blood of animals. Our highest sense of sacrifice is achieved as we make ourselves more sacred or holy.
This we do by our obedience to the commandments of God. Thus, the laws of obedience and sacrifice are indelibly intertwined. Consider the commandments to obey the Word of Wisdom, to keep the Sabbath day holy, to pay an honest tithe. As we comply with these and other commandments, something wonderful happens to us. We become disciplined! We become disciples! We become more sacred and holy—like our Lord!
I pay tribute to beloved ladies in my life who have taught sanctifying lessons to me.
For a short time during the first year of our marriage, Sister Nelson maintained two jobs while I was in medical school. Before her paychecks had arrived, we found ourselves owing more than our funds could defray. So we took advantage of an option then available to sell blood at $25 a pint. In an interval between her daytime job as a schoolteacher and her evening work as a clerk in a music store, we went to the hospital and each sold a pint of blood. As the needle was withdrawn from her arm, she said to me, “Don’t forget to pay tithing on my blood money.” (When her mother learned I was bleeding her daughter between two jobs, I sensed at that time she may not have been too pleased with her new son-in-law.) Such obedience was a tremendous lesson to me. Sister Nelson’s commitment to tithe became my commitment, too.
You righteous daughters, never underestimate the influence for good you can exert upon your fathers. I haven’t met a father yet who claimed to be perfect. So in his imperfection, stand steadfast in loving patience with your dad. Let me illustrate this point with a personal story.
Many years ago when our daughters were very young, Sister Nelson and I took them fishing. We were having a wonderful time. Everyone was catching fish. Then shades of Saturday night’s darkness brought a curfew to our fun. So great was my enthusiasm for our success, I allowed myself to rationalize aloud with the girls. (Rationalization is one of the real obstacles to obedience.) Knowing that the next day was Sunday, I jokingly said, “If we get up tomorrow two hours earlier than normal, we could catch some more fish and then quit promptly at our usual wake-up hour.”
Silence followed. My companion and our daughters all glared at me. Icy stillness was broken when our seven-year-old said, “Daddy, would you eat those fish you caught on Sunday?”
Then she added, “Would you ask Heavenly Father to bless fish you caught on the Sabbath?”
Needless to say, we did no fishing the next morning.
Their commitment to the Sabbath became my commitment, too.
So it is, dear daughters. As you obey each of God’s commandments, your holiness will fortify the foundation of your fathers’ faith. When the two of you are together spiritually, one plus one is clearly greater than two.
5.   Adam and Eve taught the gospel to their children. Today, men and women still have that worthy work to do. But before you can teach, you must first learn of your premortal existence, the Creation, the Fall, the atonement of Christ, and the reason for mortality. Study the scriptures and internalize them. Teach faith, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Then let your commitment to the mission of the Church be evident in all you do. Preaching the gospel, perfecting the Saints, and redeeming members of your family will cause you to concentrate on covenants and ordinances of eternal significance.
As you exercise your agency, teach things that are elevating and useful. Teach the principles of honesty, self-reliance, avoidance of unnecessary debt. You will build a more stable society by so doing. And remember your example. What you are is more important than what you do or what you say.
We can’t all do all things. Circumstances, available time, and talents vary widely among us. Your diversities take you to numerous arenas of activity. There let your presence be felt.
Your foes in a sordid society demean the sacredness of women and the sanctity of motherhood. Your world, sickened by unchastity and plagued with sexually transmitted disease, needs your righteous example. For the wrath of God is provoked by governments that sponsor gambling, condone pornography, or legalize abortion. These forces serve to denigrate women now, just as they did in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.
You can—you must—make a difference. You are vital to the Lord’s team—one team with one purpose. Through your diversity, build strength in unity. Bind yourselves together in all holiness. Anchor yourselves to “the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Eph. 2:20).
As Sister Winder mentioned, the funeral service for Sister Camilla Kimball was held earlier today. Magnificent and well-deserved tributes were paid to her. We can learn from her great example of courage. Let us emulate her faith and likewise heed this teaching from the Book of Mormon, which gave her such strength and security:
“Remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall” (Hel. 5:12).
Beloved sisters, let your lives be committed to your Father in Heaven, to his Only Begotten Son, and to his church, restored by them in this latter day. I testify that it is true and that President Benson is the prophet on earth today. A dispensation of the gospel has been entrusted to our care. Everlasting priesthood principles, laws, and powers depend upon our partnership.
I invoke the blessings of Almighty God upon you that you may be successful in fulfilling your divine destiny, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
“Lessons We All Need”

cji
8/1/18

Eternity is a very long time
too simplify be obedient
to obey needs knowledge
what to obey and why
being taught in righteousness
lessons we all need to know
Deuteronomy 5 tells all
but via example we grow
 do what is re-teachable
what you’d have others do
thus you to do always
lessons we all need!

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