December 31, 2011

HT'ing and VT'ing January 2012



“Positively”

cji
1/1/12

Remembering royal birth
finding links to the past
seeing not just in a mirror
yet all in eternal sight
surrounded in the light
suspending all fear
joy positively to last
while visiting this earth!

Copyright © 2011 – cji


FIRST PRESIDENCY MESSAGE
Living the Abundant Life
BY PRESIDENT THOMAS S. MONSON


Living the Abundant Life
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At the advent of a new year, I challenge Latter-day Saints everywhere to undertake a personal, diligent, significant quest for what I call the abundant life—a life filled with an abundance of success, goodness, and blessings. Just as we learned the ABCs in school, I offer my own ABCs to help us all gain the abundant life.
Have a Positive Attitude
A in my ABCs refers to attitude. William James, a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher, wrote, “The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”1
So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference. To do the best we can and then to choose to be happy about our circumstances, whatever they may be, can bring peace and contentment.
Charles Swindoll—author, educator, and Christian pastor—said: “Attitude, to me, is more important than … the past, … than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.”2
We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. For maximum happiness, peace, and contentment, may we choose a positive attitude.
Believe in Yourself
B is for believe—in yourself, in those around you, and in eternal principles.
Be honest with yourself, with others, and with your Heavenly Father. One who was not honest with God until it was too late was Cardinal Wolsey who, according to Shakespeare, spent a long life in service to three sovereigns and enjoyed wealth and power. Finally, he was shorn of his power and possessions by an impatient king. Cardinal Wolsey cried:
Had I but served my God with half the zeal
I served my king, He would not in mine age
Have left me naked to mine enemies.3
Thomas Fuller, an English churchman and historian who lived in the 17th century, penned this truth: “He does not believe that does not live according to his belief.”4
Don’t limit yourself and don’t let others convince you that you are limited in what you can do. Believe in yourself and then live so as to reach your possibilities.
You can achieve what you believe you can. Trust and believe and have faith.
Face Challenges with Courage
C is for courage. Courage becomes a worthwhile and meaningful virtue when it is regarded not so much as a willingness to die manfully but as a determination to live decently.
Said the American essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide on, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”5
There will be times when you will be frightened and discouraged. You may feel that you are defeated. The odds of obtaining victory may appear overwhelming. At times you may feel like David trying to fight Goliath. But remember—David did win!
Courage is required to make an initial thrust toward one’s coveted goal, but even greater courage is called for when one stumbles and must make a second effort to achieve.
Have the determination to make the effort, the single-mindedness to work toward a worthy goal, and the courage not only to face the challenges that inevitably come but also to make a second effort, should such be required. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, “I’ll try again tomorrow.”
May we remember these ABCs as we begin our journey into the new year, cultivating a positive attitude, a belief that we can achieve our goals and resolutions, and the courage to face whatever challenges may come our way. Then the abundant life will be ours.
Teaching from This Message
Consider inviting family members to share personal experiences when a positive attitude, belief in themselves, or courage helped them. Or invite them to find examples of these three principles in the scriptures. You might prepare to teach by prayerfully thinking of scriptures or experiences of your own.
Youth
Courage to Weather the Storm
By Maddison Morley
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On the second night of my stake’s Young Women camp, we had a big rainstorm and tornado. My ward had about 24 young women attending the camp with two leaders, and we all had to fit into one small cabin for protection. The rain was falling hard, and the wind was getting worse. I had to continually remind myself of the prayer for safety our stake president had offered earlier. Our ward also said our own group prayer in our cabin, and I said my own personal prayers.
A lot of girls were scared, and it was easy to see why. Our cabin was not very sturdy, and we were right by a river. In about 20 minutes the storm got so bad that the whole stake had to run from their ward cabins to the counselors’ cabins, which were on higher ground. My stake president said another prayer, and we sang hymns, Primary songs, and camp songs in an attempt to comfort ourselves. Yes, we were scared, but we felt that everything would be all right. Half an hour later it was OK to go back to our ward cabins.
We later found out what had happened to the tornado that night. It had split into two storms. One of them went around us to the right and the other to the left. What we got wasn’t even the worst of it!
I know that God heard our prayers that night and that He protected us from the worst of the storm. Why would a tornado split unless God needed it to? I know that in the storms of life, we can always pray to Heavenly Father and He will hear and answer us, giving us the courage and protection we need to make it safely through.
Children
Captain Moroni
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Captain Moroni had courage as he faced challenges. He loved truth, liberty, and faith. He devoted his life to helping the Nephites preserve their freedom. You can be like Captain Moroni by facing your challenges with courage. You can even make your own title of liberty by writing on the flag below or on a separate piece of paper the things that are important to you and your family.
Where to Find Out More
Alma 46:11–27: The title of liberty
Alma 48:11–13, 16–17: Moroni’s qualities



“Meeting Needs”

cji
1/1/12

Seeking another way
improving upon service
finding another’s needs
then more than a visit
more than just a hello
giving what’s so needed
loving beyond the mark
meeting needs of another
in love and compassion!


Copyright © 2011 – cji



VISITING TEACHING MESSAGE
Watchcare and Ministering through Visiting Teaching
“Charity [means] far more than a feeling of benevolence,” taught President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency. “Charity is born of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and is an effect of His Atonement.”1 For Relief Society sisters, visiting teaching can be charity in action, an important way to exercise our faith in the Savior.
Through visiting teaching, we provide watchcare by contacting each sister, sharing a gospel message, and seeking to know her and her family’s needs. “Visiting teaching becomes the Lord’s work when our focus is on people rather than percentages,” explains Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president. “In reality, visiting teaching is never finished. It is more a way of life than a task. Faithfully serving as a visiting teacher is evidence of our discipleship.”2
As we provide consistent and prayerful watchcare, we learn how to best minister to and meet the needs of each sister and her family. Ministering can take many forms—some large and some not so large. “Often small acts of service are all that is required to lift and bless another: a question concerning a person’s family, quick words of encouragement, a sincere compliment, a small note of thanks, a brief telephone call,” taught President Thomas S. Monson. “If we are observant and aware, and if we act on the promptings which come to us, we can accomplish much good. … Countless are the acts of service provided by the vast army of Relief Society visiting teachers.”3
From the Scriptures
John 13:15, 34–35; 21:15; Mosiah 2:17; Doctrine and Covenants 81:5; Moses 1:39
From Our History
In 1843, Church members in Nauvoo, Illinois, were divided into four wards. In July of that year, Relief Society leaders appointed a visiting committee of four sisters for each ward. The visiting committees’ responsibilities included assessing needs and collecting donations. The Relief Society used these donations to provide for the needy.4
While visiting teachers no longer collect donations, they do retain the responsibility to assess needs—spiritual and temporal—and to work to meet those needs. Eliza R. Snow (1804–87), second Relief Society general president, explained: “A teacher … should surely have so much of the Spirit of the Lord, as she enters a house to know what spirit she meets in there. … Plead before God and the Holy Ghost to get [the Spirit] so that you will be able to meet that spirit that prevails in that house … and you may feel to talk words of peace and comfort, and if you find a sister feeling cold, take her to your heart as you would a child to your bosom and warm [her] up.”5
What Can I Do?
1. What am I doing to help my sisters feel that I am a friend who loves and cares for them?
2. How can I become better at watching over and caring for others?

December 30, 2011

“Flavored”



“Flavored”

cji
12/31/11

Hard
truths difficult
nothing for
excuses
as
medicine plain
bitter
not sweet
yet
unacceptable
many
water done
truth
and medicine
flavored
to taste
watering
down too
the
value contained
refusing
hard things!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 29, 2011

“Clarity Clear”



“1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and
men, the man Christ Jesus;”

“Clarity Clear”

cji
12/30/11

One God the Father
one mediator the Son
two distinct
individuals
separate in all ways
except that of
thought
reason – goals –
eternal
as husband/wife told
to become as one;

This wisdom is done
for all able to hold
forever and eternal
in scriptures taught
a course never strays
two distinct
individuals
one mediator the Son
one God the Father!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 28, 2011

“Toiling”



“Toiling”

cji
12/29/11

Back braking
work done
burning heat
of the day
sweltering
between decks
hearing
the drum beaten
snapping
of the whips
chains chafing
skin
constant
– unending
toiling
in others work
looking
up not at all
freshening
breezes
birds
singing freely
clouds
wafting bye
surely
none is seen
having
chosen wrong
enslaved
to another
losing
sight forever
Zion’s
Road is lost!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 27, 2011

“Restlessly”



“Restlessly”

cji
12/28/11

Reading –
seeking – trying
finding but
little to entrust
reviewing
history frequent
yet
seeing mistakes repeat
wondering
why so many
refuse
common sense oft
while
clamoring as wise
wisdom
of men/women
lacking much
meaningful
my brain
clamors about
restlessly
in pursuit of all
so much
to learn/discern
wanting
all to join within
but few
which wend a way
staying
the course forward
while
many the distracted
while
many the distracted!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 26, 2011

“Duty”



“Duty”

cji
12/27/11

Finding
only one way
setting sights
higher
understanding
best
while
going beyond
doing
one’s duty
mindful
of the all
leaving
nothing out
surpassing
the mark
doing
what’s needed
the
mission completed
honor
and duty heeded!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 24, 2011

“Remembering Long Ago"




“Remembering
Long Ago”

cji
12/25/11

(Prelude:

Among
the Saints
early in
Israel found
being
sought and hunted
seeming
beliefs different
the
Savior now ascended
finding
only alone joy
unable
to openly sing
yet once
a year came
a Roman
holiday
celebrating
Diana
and this
day to be
one they
too to sing
dance
and be joyful!)

“A Birth”

Angels joyfully
singing
calling on
those righteous
announcing
an infant born
Jesus
the Christ has come
in a
manger to now lay
on fresh
hewn hay
shown
thus to some
forever mercy
to adorn
the few
to be gracious
with bells clear ringing!

“Remembering”

Were we
there then
this night
to know
our
voices enjoined
within
the multitude
remembering
now
what we
then knew
our
Savior and Lord
born
unto Mary
and do
we retain
our
thoughts now?

“Long
Ago”

We sense
in time past
what to
some is gone
just a
passing thought
on the
wind caught
memory
withdrawn
long ago
not to last!

“Christmas”

What
does this mean
reflecting
on each of us
is it
not to be everyday
for many
have needs
not just
one day a year
should
we not kneel
often on
everyday
thankfully
and humble
giving
of service often
forgetting
not James 1:27
making
all be found
none to
be ever lost
none to
be forgotten
as all
are important
reflecting
on each of us
what
does this mean?

“Wonder”

Tis the
time of wonder
amazing literal
truths
for each
of us a Savior
all are
counted/known
each
infant once born
each
breath once taken
each
heart beat felt
eternal
the Savior’s love
with
none – no not one
forgotten
but remembered
in
wonder I ponder
sharing
these thoughts
within
our Savior’s love!

(Epilogue:

The
dates mean nothing
whether the
25th or 3rd
December
or April
for the
Savior came
an
infant like us each
teaching
us of the Father
obedience
pure innocence
this
time of year remembering
while
everyday remembering
for like
the Father the Son
and we
to be like them
caring,
sharing, loving
in the
service of all!)

Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 23, 2011

"Questions and Thoughts about the Martyred"

"Questions and Thoughts about the Martyred"

cji
12/23/11

Over the years many have read the Holy Scriptures - while
many have never heard of them. The later most likely make up the larger group
in the world today. But for now we'll dwell on those who've read the Scriptures
and portend to fully understand them in their fullness. These are those
who've attending schools of higher learning - professing the authority to not
only confer degrees but also an awkward form of the Priesthood. Awkward in that
it must be sustained by the laws of the land, school, nation or the creeds of
men and has no need of a calling from the Father or the Son. Let's be very
clear the creeds of men have no acknowledgement of the heavens being open and
there be any continuing revelation and therefore no contact or communications
with the Father or the Son. Thus none with such a Priesthood can claim if
from the authority of the Father or the Son.

Yet from this group we find volume's of books, pamphlets,
sermons, hell and damnation, and the actual degradation of other
religions. These are considered the learned of our age - but have not
really done all of their homework. They add to their communications the
soul of philosophy, mythology, psychology and here and there some of the
Scriptures as they've access to use. While claiming they've all there is
- they ignore many teachings and about 3400 books of the Old and New Testaments
hidden away somewhere - and in addition while allowing no new revealed
Scriptures they constantly change and add and delete (saying for clarification)
since the 3rd and 4th Centuries.

You can find some 52,000+ of these variations of teachings
within just the US alone - and this number changes weekly. It's a wonder
they understand that God is not a God of confusion but one of simple
clarity. They claim Paul as an Apostle but will also say there were only
12 Apostles and can be no more. They claim the teachings of the New
Testament - but deny their literalness.

But enough - what about those Martyred for the teaching of
the Father - and claiming revelation and keys to be authorized to do
such. Throughout the ages the Prophets and Apostles of God the Father and
His Son our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ have been killed, murdered, or
otherwise abused for some really very simple testimonies. Nothing as complex as
the professional clergy would have us believe or not believe.

The Savior was Crucified for teaching from the Scriptures -
and repeatedly testifying about His Father - and about who he was. Paul,
Stephen, James, Peter, and one could number more and more to this list from the
Old and New Testament - while others have been added during the coming out in
public the Bible as we now have it (considering always the modifications made
by modern man/woman); such as Hess, Wycliffe, Tyndale. Since the early
1800's while most think this killing of those testifying of the Father and the
Son - having seen them and spoken to them has ceased but again it has
not. We've modern Prophet's and Apostles who've also been Martyred for
the exact same reasons of the others.

What are these reasons? Below you will find the 13
reasons all Prophets, Apostles and the Savior himself have been Martyred (Today
they are referred to as the Articles of Faith):

1 We abelieve
in bGod, the Eternal Father, and in His cSon,
Jesus Christ, and in the dHoly Ghost.
2 We believe that men will
be apunished for their bown
sins, and not for Adam’s ctransgression.
3 We believe that through
the aAtonement of Christ, all bmankind
may be csaved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
4 We believe that the
first principles and aordinances
of the Gospel are: first, bFaith
in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, cRepentance;
third, dBaptism by eimmersion
for the fremission of sins; fourth, Laying on of ghands
for the hgift of the Holy Ghost.
5 We believe that a man
must be acalled of God, by bprophecy,
and by the laying on of chands
by those who are in dauthority,
to epreach the Gospel and administer in the fordinances
thereof.
6 We believe in the same aorganization
that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, bprophets,
cpastors, dteachers,
eevangelists, and so forth.
7 We believe in the agift
of btongues, cprophecy,
drevelation, evisions,
fhealing, ginterpretation
of tongues, and so forth.
8 We believe the aBible
to be the bword of God as far as it is translated ccorrectly;
we also believe the dBook
of Mormon to be the word of God.
9 We believe all that God
has arevealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He
will yet breveal many great and important things pertaining to the
Kingdom of God.
10 We believe in the
literal agathering of Israel and in the restoration of the bTen Tribes;
that cZion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American
continent; that Christ will dreign
personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be erenewed
and receive its fparadisiacal
gglory.
11 We claim the aprivilege
of worshiping Almighty God according to the bdictates
of our own cconscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them dworship
how, where, or what they may.
12 We believe in being asubject
to bkings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in cobeying,
honoring, and sustaining the dlaw.
13 aWe
believe in being bhonest,
true, cchaste, dbenevolent,
virtuous, and in doing egood
to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe
all things, we fhope
all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to gendure
all things. If there is anything hvirtuous,
ilovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after
these things.
Joseph Smith, Jr.
"About the
Martyred"

cji
12/23/11

Gone from our sight
men and women to miss
yet their teaching
call
and their memories
last;

Names many of the
past
having given their
all
their cries to us
hiss
to always do the
right;

Over millennium to
know
their minds
flourishing
only to be cut short
each
about the martyred to
speak;

Men/women strong and
meek
of the Father/Son to
teach
our Spirits/Souls
nourishing
helping us to
Celestial grow!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

three days poems

"Days of Love"
cji
12/20/11
Forever and ever spoken
not just in folly but love
treasured memories past
years having traversed time
gathering in the storms often
enjoying the peace so tranquil
raising son’s strong and good
not just till death do us part
but for time and all eternity
sealed within hallowed halls
sacred and holy covenants
days of love without an end
days of love without an end!
Copyright
© 2011 – cji


"Time and Time Again"
cji
12/21/11
Mentioning the future past
thinking of gardens bright
wandering halls of greatness
delving into the written word
seeking unknown to me new
time and time again learning
how much there's to know
how much I've yet to grow
living life's mission in its full!

Copyright
© 2011 – cji

"A
Birthday"

cji
12/23/11

A
Prophet born this day

yet
rejected by almost all

ridiculed
and harassed oft

imprisoned
and stoned

yet a
small boy to know

The
Father and the Son

who
came to him to talk

born
today in Sharon, VT.

holding
to the truth always

favoring
not any but the Lord

knowing
what he knew to know

knowing
the Father and Son

and
understanding they knew

thus
as others before known

he
suffered much in his life

and
was martryed by a mob

having
restored the Kingdom

to
which the Son will come

once
more upon this earth

in
the fulness of His glory!

Copyright
© 2011 – cji

“Awakening”

“Awakening”

cji
12/24/11

How many times to
rest
then stumbling to
awake
finding time to pass
either long or short
for sleeping is
restful
being very deep
indeed
while unknowingly
short
awakening into the
day
the night passed away
yet did we really
rest
yet did we not sleep
awakening in the
night
dreaming of the day
one found in action
the other of
inaction?

Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 18, 2011

“Feelings Unseen”



“Feelings Unseen”

cji
12/19/11

Masterfully hidden to all
escaping unseen within
yet in memories alive
clear, concise, complete
where are we so found
as the child of youth
or the reaper of life
disciplined with honor
or hated by another
feelings unseen move
when light rain falls
misting the view ahead
of where we’ve been
and of what we’ve done
unable to remember all
which we’re to all forget
children of the horror
yet adults hiding thus
thoughts unsought today
from the fields of hurt
once known day by day!


Copyright © 2011 – cji

“Often Thought – Tears Flow”



“Often Thought – Tears Flow”

cji
12/18/11

Uncontrollable anger at times
unexplained to those around
frustration without any lines
where our feet used to pound;

No longer young or eager to be
just thoughts captured at night
untold the nightmare memories
trying always to do what’s right;

Often thought – tears flow today
deepening shadows surround
where once simple child’s play
now old displays so profound;

Shading eyes of loved ones now
that they’ll never experience same
wondering this to do somehow
and yet our freedom’s to claim?


Copyright © 2011 – cji

Week of 12 Dec (13-17)

"Air Puffs"
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cji
12/13/11

Crying into the storms
silenced by the winds
shared with nobody
for unheard as within
air puffs of gales
where none notice
amid the horror
or lambs stolen
windmills destroyed
while all around
men/women found
crying into the storms!


Copyright © 2011 – cji


"Shattered"

cji
12/14/11

Dreams drifting apart often
unable to piece reality whole
mixing in wants of desire
forgetting the needs of time
as clouds roaming aimless
pretending to be above all
filling with ice and debris
blotting out the sun above
wavering in the windstorm
like many a life below
on the rocks of the beach
laying shattered and alone!

Copyright © 2011 – cji


"Softly"

cji
12/15/11

Holding hands in moonlight
swinging beneath stars
laughter in the silence
funny little giggles about
surely this is innocence
curled up ready for sleep
softly a daughter in rest
holding hands in moonlight
with unknown dreams
softly calling the day!

Copyright © 2011 – cji


"Warring Winds"

cji
12/16/11

Paying little attention to all
high above and invisible
clashing as did the titans
armies gathered dispersed
sometimes thundering awe
swirling and demanding
warring winds so unseen
feelings felt in the heat
thus unseeing - seeing not
hearing nothing not deaf
cold and freezing thought
high above and invisible
warring winds so mean!

Copyright © 2011 – cji


"Recovery Reinvented"

cji
12/17/11

Stripping away pride humbled
going inward and withdrawal
finding soul embers burned
discarding old memories
developing new beginnings
tearing into submissiveness
gathering weathered matter
weak to strong to stronger
within one’s self required
basics rediscovered deep
recovery reinvented the me
separating past and present
tomorrow replaces today
lightning now only light
thunder beating to mold
nothing before structured
stripping away pride humbled!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 17, 2011

“Distances”



“Distances”

cji
12/18/11

How far away to know
pre-existence to eternal
billions of years to find
without detours or waver
only the simple paths
obedience and honor
truth with intelligence
Sabbath Day to teach
how far we do reach
down Zion’s road go
or Babylon’s to play
distances measured
all equally found
obediently humble!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 11, 2011

“Overly Cute”



“Overly Cute”

cji
12/12/11

Trite and untrue
overly cute words
repeated very often
droll and repetitive
yet with time spent
many to now accept
meaningless words
overly cute appealing
spoken daily aloud
denying the literal
pretended truths
destroying faith
giving no hope
no eternal life
only attending
without purpose
words overly cute!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 10, 2011

“Messages”



“Messages”

cji
12/11/11

Still small whispers abound
wherein there are memories
returning again and again
the Scriptures are so alive
each Sabbath Day to renew
a past/present/future view
familiar roads to thus drive
new ones then to begin
hard polishing with emery’s
messages old/new found!


Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 9, 2011

“Thundering”



“Thundering”

cji
12/10/11

Hard hitting hoofs scaring
ranging into the slopes
seeking the high ridges
forever stampeding on
into the storms of life
sweltering in fire’s heat
demanding their freedom
wild and courageously
thundering through life!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 8, 2011

“Molten Ice”



“Molten Ice”
(1 Peter 3:7)

cji
12/9/11

Pristine clearly pure
refining in fire/ice
extremes in both
beyond endurance
into a nothingness
yet a twinkling eye
into immortality too;

Molten ice to endure
away the worldly slice
as in oneness troth
eternal life to glance
accepting nothing less
scriptures tell us why
into immortality true!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 7, 2011

“A Zephyr so Felt”



“A Zephyr so Felt”

cji
12/8/11

Hardly a whisper heard
only a zephyr so felt
barely brushing skin
seemingly to linger
the words softly said
hanging lightly there
privately thus to share
as love poems read
a touch of a finger
though a veil thin
at the altar so knelt
misty eyes blurred!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

“In the Woodshed”



“In the Woodshed”

cji
12/7/11

Sometimes in fear alive
we marched to the shed
tears already embracing
father with switch in hand
of but don’t misunderstand
other times models tracing
as time endless so fled
childhood memories survive!


Copyright © 2011 – cji

“Gravity”



“Gravity”

cji
12/7/11

Young children so learn
there’s no fear to fear
heights and far dreams
airborne into the skies
never asking any why’s
enjoying their screams
never shedding a tear
gravity so easy to discern!


Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 6, 2011

“Our Friend Ila”



“Our Friend Ila”
(Happy Birthday)

cji
12/7/11

Sweet sixteen maybe not
sometimes wondering
her friendship unending
smiles for each to share
for so many to care
loved ones defending
higher things pondering
maybe 30 maybe not!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

“Breath’s of War”



“Breath’s of War”

cji
12/7/11

Attacking from the sun
seeking utter destruction
killing and maiming
gleefully leaving ruin
yet killing not spirit
killing not the freedom
killing not the will
wherein one finds war
holocausts of flames
surprise and ambush
breath’s of war known
greed and envy shown
anticipation grown
allowing survivors
who remember all
when governments fail
men/women respond
refusing ever to lose
freedoms God given
whether at Pearl
or New York City
or Washington DC
one can kill persons
one can destroy
but never the spirit
the will of freedom
attacking from the sun!


Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 4, 2011

“Wearing Masks”



“Wearing Masks”

cji
12/5/11

Ice filled the night
a storm raging on
piercing all in sight
strong trees swaying
many weaker broken
men and women too
finding deflections oft
wearing masks of time
pretending unobserved
different masks worn
perfecting excuses pat
as the ice in the night
each hiding the frozen
history unchanging
except by men/women
with masks of ice!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 3, 2011

“Of Religion”




“Of Religion”

cji
12/05/11

Some who think wise
sheltering from the fire
rock bands and drummers
charismatically enhancing
bright lights and exhortation
while meaninglessly lost
each Sabbath Day sought
old time religion to pursue
forgetting the Scriptures
forgetting the Prophets
forgetting the Savior
forgetting the truth
unfeeling to touch
unhearing to listen
unseeing to see
of religion lost
terrible the cost!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

“Powerful”



“Powerful”

cji
12/04/11

Cringing thoughts escape
too many falling short
arguments engage all
some to agree to listen
contention and resolve
logic and intelligence
without merit but sweet
tasting the salt/sugar
before the distasteful
powerful is the rhetoric
powerful are arguments
powerful also is truth
but much harder to bare
not sweet to be heard
but wonderful to digest
confidence is in truth
eternal life is in truth
while without the truth
too many falling short
cringing in their escape!



Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 2, 2011

“Strategy”



“Strategy”

cji
12/03/11

War games and planning
real time in the eternities
never ending warfare
where all do share
willingly or not
some forgot;

Begin again
only one to win
which side to be on
into a battle all drawn
strategy to be utilized
beguiling the many oft!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 1, 2011

“Fascicle”



“Fascicle”

cji
12/02/11

How many parts found
how many parts known
how many just missing
what of the ones gone
forgotten and/or hidden
was it to be completed
or interests to be not so
politically advantageous
fascicles now to search
yet ignored when found!


Copyright © 2011 – cji

First Presidency Christmas Devotional Broadcast Set for December 4



First Presidency Christmas Devotional Broadcast Set for December 4
4 December 2011
The First Presidency invites all Church members and their friends to participate in this year’s First Presidency Christmas Devotional on December 4, 2011, whether in person or by viewing the broadcast.
The one-hour program will originate from the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time. The devotional will include a Christmas message from each member of the First Presidency and music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square.
Tickets are required for this event and have been distributed by random selection. Those with tickets should be in their seats 30 minutes before the event start time. Standby seating for those wishing to attend in person is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The standby line is formed at the north gate of Temple Square.
Those wishing to watch the broadcast from their homes may access it live on various broadcast, cable, satellite, and Internet television stations and broadcast, satellite, and Internet radio stations throughout the world, including Mormon Channel HD Radio. Check local program listings for availability in your area or visit mormonchannel.org, byubroadcasting.org, or ksl.com for more information.
The devotional will also be available online at mormonchannel.org (audio only) and LDS.org (audio and video). Audio and video archives in multiple languages will be available on LDS.org shortly after the broadcast.
The devotional will be broadcast to meetinghouses around the world through the Church satellite system in more than four dozen languages. For those locations with significant time differences from the live broadcast, the devotional will be rebroadcast at various times over the following two weeks.
The devotional has been scheduled early in the Christmas season so that it may be recorded for use later. Leaders may use all or portions of the devotional with local Christmas programs.


“Hearing Heaven Call”

cji
12/01/11

Enjoying peacefulness
gentle music surrounds
fervent prayer spoken
a unision of amens
hearing heaven call
a Prophet of God
called on this earth
speaks to all today
shall we be present
shall we hear all
when peacefulness
hearing heaven call!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

“Small One”

“Small One”

cji
11/30/11

Wanting to run
play in the hall
cell phone in hand
teddy bear too
small one true
taking my hand
hearing a call
still having fun!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

“Such Joy”

“Such Joy”

cji
12/01/11

Each year to pass
loveliness continues
service and gratitude
giving ever so much
taking ever so little
such joy is my bride
aging endlessly young
found in obedience
Father’s daughter here
shared within us all
such joy to the world!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

December 2011 HT'ing and VT'ing Messages













The Choice to Be Grateful
By President Henry B. Eyring
First Counselor in 1st Presidency
The Choice to Be Grateful
Father in Heaven commands us to be thankful in all things (see 1 Thessalonians 5:18), and He requires that we give thanks for the blessings we receive (see D&C 46:32). We know that all of His commandments are intended to make us happy, and we also know that to break commandments leads to misery.
So to be happy and to avoid misery, we must have a grateful heart. We have seen in our lives the connection between gratitude and happiness. All of us would like to feel gratitude, yet it is not easy to be consistently grateful in all things in the trials of life. Sickness, disappointment, and the loss of people we love come at times in our lives. Our sorrows can make it hard to see our blessings and to appreciate the blessings God has in store for us in the future.
It is a challenge to count our blessings because we have a tendency to take good things for granted. When we lose a roof over our heads, food to eat, or the warmth of friends and family, we realize how grateful we should have been when we had them.
Most of all, sometimes it is hard for us to be sufficiently grateful for the greatest gifts we receive: the birth of Jesus Christ, His Atonement, the promise of resurrection, the opportunity to enjoy eternal life with our families, the Restoration of the gospel with the priesthood and its keys. Only with the help of the Holy Ghost can we begin to feel what those blessings mean for us and for those we love. And only then can we hope to be thankful in all things and avoid the offense to God of ingratitude.
We must ask in prayer that God, by the power of the Holy Ghost, will help us see our blessings clearly even in the midst of our trials. He can help us by the power of the Spirit to recognize and be grateful for blessings we take for granted. What has helped me the most is to ask God in prayer, “Wouldst Thou please direct me to someone I can help for Thee?” It is in helping God bless others that I have seen my own blessings more closely.
My prayer was once answered when a couple I had not known before invited me to go to a hospital. There I found a little baby so small that she could fit in my hand. In only a few weeks of life, she had undergone multiple surgeries. The doctors had told the parents that more difficult surgery would be needed for the heart and lungs to sustain life in that little child of God.
At the request of the parents, I gave the baby a priesthood blessing. The blessing included a promise of life being extended. More than giving a blessing, I received the blessing myself of a more grateful heart.
With our Father’s help, all of us can choose to feel more gratitude. We can ask Him to help us see our blessings more clearly, whatever our circumstances. For me that day, I appreciated as never before the miracle of my own heart and lungs working. I gave thanks on the way home for blessings to my children that I could see more clearly were miracles of kindness from God and from good people around them.
Most of all, I felt gratitude for the evidence of the Atonement working in the lives of those anxious parents and in mine. I had seen hope and the pure love of Christ shining in their faces, even in their terrible trial. And I felt the evidence you can feel if you ask God to reveal to you that the Atonement can allow you to feel hope and love.
We all can make the choice to give thanks in prayer and to ask God for direction to serve others for Him—especially during this time of year when we celebrate the Savior’s birth. God the Father gave His Son, and Jesus Christ gave us the Atonement, the greatest of all gifts and all giving (see D&C 14:7).
Giving thanks in prayer can allow us to see the magnitude of these blessings and all of our other blessings and so receive the gift of a more grateful heart.
Teaching from This Message
Writing down our experiences and blessings can help us remember them and give us something to refer back to. Consider asking those you teach to write down what they are grateful for—to help them remember the blessings they have received, recognize the blessings of the present, and look forward to the blessings of the future.
You could also encourage those you teach to follow President Eyring’s example in asking Heavenly Father to direct them to someone they can help or serve.
Youth
Take a Gratitude Challenge
By John Hilton III and Anthony Sweat
09692_000_004Let’s not just talk about counting our blessings—let’s do it! Write a list of 100 things you are thankful for. If that sounds like it is too many, try this:
1. Write 10 physical abilities you are grateful for.
2. Write 10 material possessions you are grateful for.
3. Write 10 living people you are grateful for.
4. Write 10 deceased people you are grateful for.
5. Write 10 things about nature you are grateful for.
6. Write 10 things about today you are grateful for.
7. Write 10 places on earth you are grateful for.
8. Write 10 modern inventions you are grateful for.
9. Write 10 foods you are grateful for.
10. Write 10 things about the gospel you are grateful for.
When we make a list like this, we discover that a list of 100 doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of all the things God has given us.
“Am I Grateful?”

cji
12/01/11

Choosing words carefully
when kneeling to pray
do my thoughts convey
my thanks gratefully?

Do I remember the all
wherein protection came
sacredly in Father’s name
and my humble awe?

Copyright © 2011 – cji


Visiting Teaching MessageClose Audio
Study this material and, as appropriate, discuss it with the sisters you visit. Use the questions to help you strengthen your sisters and to make Relief Society an active part of your own life.
An Extensive Sphere of Action
09692_000_006 The Lord, His Church, families, and communities need the influence of righteous women. In fact, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught that “every sister in this Church who has made covenants with the Lord has a divine mandate to help save souls, to lead the women of the world, to strengthen the homes of Zion, and to build the kingdom of God.”1
Some sisters may wonder if they can accomplish such lofty aims. But as Eliza R. Snow (1804–87), second Relief Society general president, explained, “There is no sister so isolated, and her sphere so narrow but what she can do a great deal towards establishing the Kingdom of God upon the earth.”2 Sister Snow also taught that Relief Society was organized “for the accomplishment of every good and noble work.”3
Participation in Relief Society enlarges our spheres of influence by giving each sister opportunities to build faith, to strengthen families and homes, and to provide service both at home and throughout the world. And fortunately, our efforts as individuals and as Relief Societies need not be large and overwhelming, but they should be deliberate and consistent. Righteous practices such as daily personal and family prayer, daily scripture study, and consistently magnifying Church callings will help increase faith and build the Lord’s kingdom.
To sisters who wonder if these seemingly quiet contributions make a difference, Elder Ballard affirms: “Every sister who stands for truth and righteousness diminishes the influence of evil. Every sister who strengthens and protects her family is doing the work of God. Every sister who lives as a woman of God becomes a beacon for others to follow and plants seeds of righteous influence that will be harvested for decades to come.”4
From the Scriptures
1 Corinthians 12:4–18; 1 Timothy 6:18–19; Mosiah 4:27; Articles of Faith 1:13
From Our History
Eliza R. Snow, who had served as secretary when Relief Society was organized in Nauvoo, was called by President Brigham Young (1801–77) to travel throughout the Church, helping bishops organize Relief Society in their wards.
Sister Snow taught: “If any of the daughters and mothers in Israel are feeling in the least circumscribed [limited] in their present spheres, they will now find ample scope for every power and capability for doing good with which they are most liberally endowed. … President Young has turned the key to a wide and extensive sphere of action and usefulness.”5
What Can I Do?
1. How can I help the sisters I visit recognize and act on their ability to be a righteous influence?
2. How can I use my unique gifts and talents to bless others?

“My Example”

cji
12/1/11

Penetrating all space
my being an example
thoughts and actions
teaching others same;

Remembering my name
for love or distractions
good or bad an example
in this mortal place!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

November 29, 2011

“What We’ve Done”



“What We’ve Done”

cji
11/30/11

So many just sit back
nothing really to do
so easy to be saved
works are just straw
pretending to do more
while nothing is done
spoken from a pulpit
Martin Luther to quote
yet what of Scriptures
just thinking aloud
what have we done?

Copyright © 2011 – cji
2 Corinthians 5:10

November 28, 2011

“Little Blue Bird 2”


“Little Blue Bird 2”

cji
11/29/11

Saddened I was today
you didn’t to me come
sitting alone in my tree
so very was I concerned
thus I flew all about
nowhere you to find
you who’re so kind
I then tried to shout
my sadness earned
did you also miss me
my friend – my chum
saddened I was today!

Then upon my learning
you were sick today
thus quickly I did pray
my small wings churning!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

November 27, 2011

“Declare”



“Declare”

cji
11/28/11

Higher than a mountain
transcending above all
meaningfully very tall
shallow as a fountain;

Deeper than death’s pit
beneath all that’s known
into the eternities grown
where generations sit;

Declare wherever to go
sharing without shame
our Savior’s full name
Jesus Christ to know!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

“A Thank You”



“A Thank You”

cji
11/27/11

A tear on my cheek
biting softly my lip
emotions on the edge
trying to express love
great thankfulness
for your kindness
sharing in our grief
in day’s gone past
morning’s to come
thus so grateful
a thank you
my heart to yours
our love forever!


Copyright © 2011 – cji

“Eternal Verity”



“Eternal Verity”

cji
11/27/11

To know a definite truth
without question/doubt
eternal and forever
without pelf or guile
for within men/women
this quest is taken
only many mistaken
ambiguous to awaken
the teaching of men
scriptures to defile
philosophy to sever
rendering a lost shout
the eternal verity of truth!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

http://byutv.org/watch/83b48593-f5af-40d9-bd64-cf89dc03d7f7

November 26, 2011

“With Charity”



“With Charity”

cji
11/27/11

Mindful of all others
without vanity or lust
sisters and brothers
in whom we do trust;

Going into darkness
finding our way in light
feeling in alertness
blindness given sight;

With charity in our heart
a warmth in our soul
with strangers to impart
allowing all to be full!


Copyright © 2011 – cji

“Little Blue Bird”



“Little Blue Bird”

cji
11/26/11

Little blue bird there
can I talk with you
I’m just a little girl
shy like you too;

I’ll call you bird Blue
Jennifer is my name
we’ll share stories
we’re much the same;

Thus shyly just the two
friends becoming fast
little blue bird there
and a little girl to last!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

"Wake UP!"



Especially at Thanksgiving = Wow !


Click on the link below. What a great lesson and example of how we should all be grateful for who we are.

This will inspire you, your family, friends, co workers. It did me.
http://www.wimp.com/watchingthis/


“Wake Up!”

cji
11/26/11

Gather in your breath
explode smiles all about
sing without worry
wake up and enjoy
so much to be seen
more even to share
trials but the moment
trials but the moment
life is forever and ever
wake up my friend
and be so much more!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

“PTSD and the Guilt Factor”



“PTSD and the Guilt Factor”
cji
11/26/11

(Disclaimer: First I’m neither a medical doctor nor a psychologist. However, I know what I both know and don’t know – which the Egyptians would define as “All that there is – that what I can see and not see.” Secondly, over the years I’ve had to deal with a multitude of doctors and psychologists for a variety of medical reasons. It seemed to appear if one had a medical complaint in the military they almost always had to see the psychologist in residence. c/ork)

Over the years of my life I’ve observed much in a plethora of areas and interests. Having been associated for the majority of this time with the military – most of my immediate friends come from this arena. Combat veterans and I seem to have a kindred spirit whenever and wherever we meet. Understand I was never in combat per se’ but in the mid-to late 1960’s I started two of the first Vietnam Veteran Clubs at the colleges I attended. We in those days counseled each other and helped as we could and would.

Sometime in the 1970’s the Government decided they had some responsibility in doing this and hired psychologists and social workers to do this counseling. However until the mid-1980’s and still today we continue to assist each other – mostly not trusting these government appointed counselors. Most all of these counselors or psychologists had no military experience and if they did – no direct contact with those in combat. With one exception – almost everyone I was sent to see had no combat and almost no idea with how to understand what had/has taken place in my life or others.

One example of this was when I read at a Holocaust Memorial afterwards I was approached by one of these psychologists and asked, “Why can’t I communicate with those like you and others?” His role was to counsel returning men and women from combat areas and he didn’t have a clue. I explained in simple terms that he hadn’t been or done – and what he read in the books wasn’t going to help him very much. He would have to change how he thought about things and open up new windows of how to listen and understand (will address this more in a bit).
The second example was a VA social worker who’d been to Nam – but was an apologist for what had happened and held most of us in some contempt that we didn’t agree with him (i.e. similar to Kerry) as to how evil we’d been in our service to our nation. This is where I believe that the idea of ‘guilt’ associated with PTSD began as a seedling – to explain away anything else of importance in dealing with PTSD.

Thus there were two points which were present in the early days of dealing with PTSD – one a complete lack of knowledge and the second – that we had been or had done something evil – i.e. that we had guilt for our actions.

Addressing the first of these the lack of knowledge – each time I was assigned a new counselor or to see a psychologist they would put me through a series of questionnaires. Mostly the following two events would occur: first, that I should be in a hospital or jail; or second, that they just didn’t understand and could I help them in dealing with veterans.

Those with the first response I would have call a specific number and speak with ‘Chick’ (many might know who this is) – and he would patiently explain that I was okay, etc. With the second response – I knew only that I had to assist this person into understanding – not so as to help me but to help the others he/she would eventually have to be seeing.

A couple of things one must understand – veterans are pretty honest and straight-forward in what they say and think. Each has learned in differing ways to deal with their lives and actions. They answer questions truthfully and fully – which in many cases shocks those who’ve been hired to help them – as it is beyond their scope of understanding. Louis L’Amour in his many novels and short stories was able to convey this in the following way. Usually a stage pulls into town and as the new people to the west were getting off the stage there’s a shooting – good guy versus bad guy. One lies dead in the street almost at their feet and the other rides away. This is brutal and shocking to those newly arrived and they think (rather than understand) one man has just killed a person and ridden off. They understand not the circumstances and for the most part initial judgment has been made and is final. Later, the learning and discerning ones better understand the clarity of what took place – but it could be months or years. This is what happens – the veteran – confronts the bad – deals with it and rides away. Those who are observing haven’t a clue if they’re new to the arena.

It’s the stark honesty which gets most veterans in trouble with the civilized world – they don’t understand the simpleness of either our thinking or actions. Once when taking a science exam – was pondering over what to do about a ‘germ’ trying to enter my body. The teacher came up and drew a little germ on a piece of paper and said, “How would you keep this out of your body?” I picked up a book and smashed it! She wasn’t pleased with the reply (smile). However, to me it solved the problem. And most veterans being mission orientated – solve the problems simply and efficiently.

When working in a drug rehab program (our population was 11-18 years old – first time offenders) we found it took about six months to get most to open up (and this was in a contained environment). In addition, we didn’t have a negative influence from the media or government. As we had to earn the trust of these young people – equally one has to earn the trust of the veteran.

Rumors have a lot to do with earning trust. Currently, most veterans are unwilling to trust anyone who’s the ability to disarm them. Further when one has the power based on ‘generic test results’ to confine or otherwise control a person’s life – the idea of actual trust dissipates in a hurry. Thus the knowledge and understanding gap – the trust gap – and what is eventually reported (supposedly confidential) does not exist in the environment of counseling one with PTSD (whether a veteran or a victim of a violent crime).
The second factor mentioned above is the new rage to associate ‘guilt’ with PTSD. First off what is ‘guilt?’ “Guilt is the state of being responsible for the commission of an offense.[1] It is also a cognitive or an emotional experience that occurs when a person realizes or believes—accurately or not—that he or she has violated a moral standard, and bears significant responsibility for that violation.[2] It is closely related to the concept of remorse.[1]” The idea of violating a moral standard would depend on who’s doing the association. We find many times in reference to veterans the word ‘kill or killing’ and thus meaning that in wartime or combat that this is in violation of the Ten Commandments, etc. However, one must realize in the original Decalogue the word was ‘murder’ and not ‘kill’. There is significant difference in the meaning and usage of these two words – yet it would appear for convenience the worldly of today have self associated the two as meaning the same.
Very few if any of the veterans I’ve known or know are having a problem with guilt in their lives over their previous actions associated with combat in the service of our nation. They have a different association with the thoughts of, “Why me and Not them” in relation to the death of a friend/buddy in combat. This is not guilt – it is trying to discern why things happened the way they did. If this in anyway can be discerned as guilt then everyone who watches the evening news – travels on a highway – or sees a serious accident would have ‘guilt’ feelings why it was someone else killed or injured in an accident or abusive crime. To my knowledge this doesn’t happen as a regular turn of events in most lives.

Even those like Kerry who admitted to killing (murdering) mothers and babies didn’t feel guilt or even remorse of any kind – he used as something political in condemning those who were beneath him or his liberal beliefs. Others have done the same – over and over – and while mainstream media and the world of counselors/psychologists enjoin them – they never condemn them but make excuses for them. The veteran or victims of a violent crime who have PTSD on the other-hand are never freed from being honest and open. The media wants to keep them as the victims and to disenfranchise the worthy veteran.

Sadly today many veterans and even victims of violent crimes will not go to counseling or seek redress for their suffering. Each time the headlines proclaim another violent crime – or similar event to what they’ve suffered (even if years ago) their past open up like a sore wound. For the veteran it’s worse only in the fact they are always subject to confinement for being honest when telling their story or feelings. Do real victims feel guilt – if so only because of our society in defending the criminal at the expense of the real victims?

Guilt is something others inflict upon the innocent to justify their actions being done without remorse. The government and many if not all of their intrusions into another’s life – are failures – planned and executed to be such from the beginning. Councilors and Psychologists who’re untrained and have nothing to do with diagnosis – dealing instead with prescriptions and results (have to meet their numbers) – fail in dealing with most victims and veterans with PTSD. Therefore, as their justifications and excuses they seek to blame the victims and veterans for doing something that was morally incorrect which has caused their present state of being.

What is needed is a wakeup call - shrill and deafening – for those who’re in the fields of counseling and psychological analysis to reprogram themselves to listen to our sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, son and daughters – friends and associates – and stop predetermining based on shallow books – incomprehensible to most. One needs only to keep it simple – honest – and without condemnation of the innocent. A veteran and a victim in order to get on in their lives do just that – speak the truth – simply and clearly.

PTSD and the guilt factor is only one more way in which government and the sciences are saying – they need an excuse and this is it! Don’t believe or accept this as a truth – because it is not. The veteran and victim have not violated any moral law or committed any violent crime – they are not guilty of anything – anywhere – no matter how hard the media and government try to prove otherwise. Sadly, now even more will not seek assistance due to the inference of their guilt. More will continue to still be coming home but never quite reaching it fully. c/ork

“am I guilty?”

cji
11/26/11

Did I do something
morally against society
did I create a monster
a crime so evilly bad
am I guilty of being
did the world change
are the innocent evil
wherefore am I sought
will I never be left alone
is home really there
or as in illusions oft
just a mirage of sand?


Copyright © 2011 – cji
[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guilt

November 25, 2011

“Time Long Ago”



“Time Long Ago”

cji
11/26/11

Distractions without merit
mounted men as knights
castles and fiefdoms found
yet only so small a part
stretching so insignificant
remotely so very alone
thinking as the only one
yet great civilizations about
some raising and falling
all space was occupied
all space was utilized
for in time long ago
like as in life today
yet only so small a part
stretching so insignificant!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

November 24, 2011

“A Long Watch”



“A Long Watch”

cji
11/25/11

Starting in the Spring
standing forth counted
even from our birth
even before this earth
our trials surmounted
blessings thus to bring;

Extending in Summer
lives to thus blossom
being found fruitful
completing tasks useful
finding much awesome
found our own drummer;

Reaching through Fall
our leaves descending
magnificent in color
steps taken now smaller
others on us depending
clarion we hear the call;

Finally into our Winter
where now we stand
thus this a long watch
sewing in the last swatch
obeying the least command
no longer the sprinter!

(Addendum:

To stand a long watch
protecting our freedoms
preparing his kingdoms
Satan’s goals to blotch!)

Copyright © 2011 – cji

“Yes, To Be Thankful”



“Yes, To Be Thankful”

cji
11/24/11

Some will bow heads
others to on a knee
some seeking a quiet
others for oft peace
some to just release
others do also riot
some a humble plea
others sewing threads;

Yes, to be thankful
most of life and of all
yes, to be grateful
most in Father’s awe!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

November 23, 2011

“Trammels”



“Trammels”

cji
11/24/11

Coming from the leaders
guile and mistaken words
interfering with progress
eternal progress it’s true
mixing up the scriptures
turning them into pelf
gaining popularity also
promising all to be saved
while denying them all
with the trammels cost
eternal life is thus lost!

Copyright © 2011 – cji

“Surface People”



“Surface People”

cji
11/23/11

Unable to think alone
depending on others
decisions unmade too
indifference to reason
in apathetical comfort
going to the malls oft
tv and video games
drinking and playing
for these are only
surface people
somewhere
between birth
and sure death!

Copyright © 2011 – cji



“Surface People”
cji
11/12/11
Many years ago there were some very deep thinkers which abounded in small clusters throughout the world. Almost always these persons would know of each other or meet within their geographical areas. In Europe this could extend over the breathe and length of the land: Italy to the Franks; Brittany to Prussia; and throughout the Middle East in all directions. There were some women involved but for the most part these were the men of letters who communicated with others of their peers. The idea of calling them men of letters is this is the way they communicated – and these are what their recorded records became. Now we’ve left the Far East out of the initial thought as they too had similar scholars – but the communication links were not the same as throughout Europe at this early time.
To establish the time of these events one must consider from about 3000BC to the early part of 1700AD. The means of travel were in either large convoys or caravans or with armies of conquest. One used for trade and the other for dominion and destruction. The year 3000BC is about the time of the use of papyrus from Northern Africa (Egypt) and thus a new means of relating or communicating – in a more accessible manner was available[1]. One must not forget writing has been around as long as man has been on this earth (we cannot speak of other than our earth). Thus some of the earliest forms of written communication (called systems of ideographic[2] and/or early mnemonic symbols[3]. (writers note: Some would think we’re going back to this form of writing due to the current increase in illiteracy – but hopefully not.)
Over the last 6 millennium writing and communications have changed greatly as well as the intent of the writers. The religious writers of the first 4 thousand years (ending about 100 years into the 1st Century AD) tended to write from experience and or revelations. Histories were kept and kept accurately by certain members of the various different developing thoughts on theology. These records and books go back again as far as 6 thousand years ago[4].
We can then look at fictional writing – which the early myths of the Greek’s are considered the oldest – being about the 8th Century BC. Some have attributed Epic of Gilgamesh as being the earliest but it was about the 7th Century. One would venture ‘tall tales’ and ‘stories’ were told since the beginning of time – but being written these seem to be the earliest. Interestingly much research since the 1970’s has revealed that the works of Homer may indeed be true – as well as the Epic of Gilgamesh – as this type of writing cannot be accomplished without sound information to support them. I.e. the various myths and illusions add grandeur to the subject – but the overall story is based on some factual information. Today we’d call it Historical Fiction. This however, we do know about the Greeks is that they whole-heartedly accepted rhetoric as a way of life and writing, speaking and in oration of the theater. Thus, they accepted lying as a means of teaching and explaining what they did not understand. This was carried forward and still alive and well in most of the world in one form or another.
After the second century AD – we find much changed in the world of written thought in the European environment – (to include the Middle East, Brittany, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, etc.). With the Primitive Church (which it is called in history) established by Jesus the Christ – and it’s spread across many lands – Scriptures came to life in the fulfillment of Prophecies and also in the teachings from the primary source. There were no longer the need for interpreters or someone to tell you what was meant by this Prophet or that one. This continued until, the schools decided religion was the way to attain wealth and power. These schools mixed neo-Platonism with rhetoric and complicated even the simplest literal words taken from the Teachings of the Savior and the Prophets. Interestingly the Jewish community bought into this new theology of discarding the literal meanings found in the Scriptures. The Gnostics won the day – only through others accepting they’re doctrines instead of the true doctrines.
Thus wherein we’ve two various dimensions – the early writers before fiction and those who came after the accepted usage of fiction (making it up as you go along to impress and please others into acceptance). We now have two schools – those who seek to find and know truth based on common sense[5] and those who seek to attract the attention of others no matter how they do it – with or without truth.
Thus we’ve two schools from which to choose – fiction or non-fiction! Fiction being defined as men/women who decide to interpret for others what someone else has said or meant without regard to research or worrying about what is true or not. The research is an interesting topic all of its own but will be addressed as we continue in context with what we’ve already written.
Research which is done by millions of students every single day has only two goals: 1) to meet the needs of a class assignment; and 2) to satisfy the curiosity of the student. Research is also done by thousands of scholars on a daily basis as well – and it too has certain goals: 1) not to upset the apple cart of their belief system; 2) to upset the apple cart of their belief system; 3) to publish; 4) to validate someone else’s conclusions and 5) to actually reveal as much as possible what can be known about a subject.
Research today is more circular than seeking of a Primary or Secondary sources (which in many cases requires much time and effort). The circular only requires one to quote what others have already said quoting another, etc. without wondering where the quotes came from to begin with. Many times if one source checks an article in the newspaper or in a term paper one will find they quoting redundant sources. Darwin’s theory is much like this – most who accept it as fact – are doing so based on someone else calling it a fact – when in reality Darwin himself said he could never prove his theory and no one else has either.
Thus where are we going with the idea of all of this above and ‘Surface People?’ We started with the scholars of the past – men of letters – who dug deep into the soil of their respective topics – exchanged their information with others – and were always willing to add new knowledge and information where they could find it – accepting that which made common sense and rejected that which did not. They understood that no one knows what is under the surface until they look – and that in all cases they must look before drawing any conclusions. They understand two people can look under the same rock and see many different things – thus they would start by agreeing on what they both see – and then dig deeper to see what the other saw that they did not. Somehow this type of scholarship has faded from the relevant world of today.
Therefore we’ve what I call ‘Surface People’ – those who neither look nor care what’s under the surface or under the rock. They only go on what others tell them and when they pretend at reporting or scholarship they use watercolors or chalk on cement pavements. These are the quote ‘Brenda Starr’s’ of today – pretending to be what they’re not – without any liability for what they report. Interestingly most never follow up on their stories and find out what really happened and seek to make corrections where others can see.
These ‘surface people’ are found in all walks of life (actually more dead than alive) unwilling to learn or change based on new information – when they say, “I’ve all I need!” These are the ones who really don’t know or understand their professions or their responsibilities other than to know to appear altruistic while guessing and fumbling others lives. These are the ones who the public see – day-in-day-out and somehow they become acceptable – like the napkin next to the fork on a set table. They get away because like them most others don’t care about ‘old news’ and if any errors were made in the processing of events of the day.
These are the people who ruin the lives of others! But since the current system is full of these people – (they say the average reader in the US today is about at a 5th grade level) – and most haven’t read a non-fiction book in years – and outside of TV – video games – going to the Mall and hanging out with peers – nothing else matters. This transcends into all ages just different hangouts, etc.
Moral and ethical accountability is basically dead in this nation, i.e. Penn State of today – college kids rioting for all the wrong reasons! Yes something has been done – but too little too late for those who’ve been injured for the rest of their lives[6]. Decision-making in the ruining of another’s life based on incomplete information – splashing it all over the media – without accountability is rampant and the effects are equally damaging with the advent of the Internet – and that while a person can be completely innocent – the Internet never seems to tell that or have that updated information – thus something will and can haunt someone as long as another is willing to search the net to find old news – never corrected – again they (the person searching and the postings) act in spite to hurt this person over and over.
Surface People write the manuals for school – determine the laws for the land – change the existing codes for ethics – and for the most part have never done any homework to validate whether what they’re doing is beneficial to the greater number – as long as those who are around them or vote for them like what they’ve done. Surface people ignore those who either work for them (usage of terms here – one can work for someone or with someone – those working with each other seem to accomplish more than those working for another) or with them. They don’t want to hear that something doesn’t make sense as long as it feels good to them (rhetoric is used to make the people feel good).
What can one do about ‘Surface People?’ Most can do nothing – these people are tenured or considered either not worth the effort (to sue or otherwise hold accountable) or just not affecting enough people to do anything – and anyway it was yesterday’s news or report. Those who care about doing something find the system of laws and answering systems so flawed that nothing can be accomplished without great frustration and time investment. Most lawyers don’t want to do anything within their community to upset the apple cart unless it’ll gain them more fame and fortune. Of course if one of the surface people hit on the wrong person at the right time with the wrong information – then watch out. If someone has the time and monetary resources then something will and can be done.
Why even write this essay? Sometimes the frustration of where our nation and culture are headed seems endlessly doomed to failure. Maybe by turning on one light at a time – there might be a difference made to protect someone – somewhere in the future. Maybe there’s a caravan which will carry ‘letters’ to others who care and share a similar interest as in the days when ‘letters’ were the only means of transmission of information – and the information valuable enough to influence culture and lives in a positive way. Deep thinking is needful in each and every person – to know what’s right and what’s wrong for them! Going under the surface – digging deep – not accepting generalities in place of true information of value is needed for each individual. Turning off the TV, Video Game, going to the Mall – or whatever – to take a serious look at who one is – and what positive effect they can and should have on others.
My conclusions are only right for me – not for another – I can express how I achieved my knowledge and why and how I did my homework and continue to do so, but the other still has to do their own. I’ve friends (many of them) who don’t believe as I do but respect my understandings. I respect theirs – and their ability to come to the conclusions they’ve arrived at. We find what we see the same – and then look at what the other sees – sometimes finding a melding and sometimes the differences continue. Each has to be able to do this with confidence in their life – and not the lack of confidence of a surface person – who’s lacking even the basic clues of ethics and values.


Copyright © 2011 – cji
[1] H. Idris Bell and T.C. Skeat, 1935. "Papyrus and its uses" (British Museum pamphlet).
[2] from Greek ἰδέα idea "idea" + γράφω grafo "to write"

[3] Catherine Soanes; Angus Stevenson; Sara Hawker, ed (29 March 2006). Concise Oxford English Dictionary (Computer Software) (11th ed.). Oxford University Press. pp. Entry mnemonic

[4] Many have a problem with this finding or conclusion in that without a belief in eternal things or that of a Heavenly Father or his Son Jesus Christ – much of the early Theological writings accorded to the Prophets is usually dismissed. Personally I know writings which go back to at least 3000BC and information on others which were already a thousand years old at the time of the Shabako Stone’s discovery. Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon testify of early writings and records which were kept from the time of Adam.
[5] Common sense has always been the most important aspect of understand truth. If it doesn’t make common sense most likely it isn’t true. Common sense is simply and not complicated and everything which is true can be broken down to its simplest parts.
[6] Sexual abuse goes with a person as long as they live – each time a news event uncovers another such event – the events of their life flash back in reality.