Archive for February, 2009

Prayer in School

Since “The Pledge of Allegiance” and “The Lord’s Prayer” are not allowed in most public schools anymore because the word ‘God’ is mentioned…
A 15 year old kid in Arizona wrote the following:

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites, It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all
In silence alone we must meditate,
God’s name is prohibited by the state.

We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks..
They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.
It’s ‘inappropriate’ to teach right from wrong,
We’re taught that such ‘judgments’ do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It’s scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!

~Posted to the internet by an unknown author.

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Secret to Life

  Submitted by ~A Woman’s Place~


                One of the main goals our teacher has in mind for us in our drawing classes is to learn how to see.  To go beyond what we think we know about the object or scene that we are trying to draw.  It has been kind of an interesting exercise to do this because it takes both seeing things on face value and getting almost intimate with the subject at hand. 

A connection is formed and an understanding begins.  With the understanding comes an “Ah, Ha” moment with what it is you are seeing. And then the best part is when the beauty of it starts to unveil itself. The secrets of our creator whispered in the moment.  Be it nature, be it architecture, inanimate objects, animate objects, or life. The design, the creation, the purpose has a purity and a beauty, but also a story latent with value, a reason to be told and a cause to be heard.  Life should never be merely replicated, it should be understood, as should each one of us.


                                        Hui Neng   500 CE


                                         Quotes from my teacher



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The Principle Rights Coalition sponsored a Legislative Education Day today at the Utah State Capitol.  We had short presentations  by Ric Cantrell – Chief Deputy of the Utah State Senate, Mark Shurtleff – Utah Attorney General, Paul Murphy – Director of Communications for the A.G.’s office, and Mary Batchelor.

Ric Cantrell gave a great speech about how important it is for us to get involved in our government.  He said “the only safety lies in engagement.”  And he gave us some way to become “engaged.” 

  • All Senate debates are live streamed
  • They do pod casts
  • The Utah Senate has its own YouTube channel
  • And, of course, Email

Mark Shurtleff  agreed with everything Ric said and then reminded us that polygamy is a felony and is against the constitution of Utah.  He told us that if we want to change that fact we are going to have to get involved.  He also assured us that what happened in Texas will not happen here (in Utah)

Paul Murphy told is that Mark Shurtleff if a tough guy but he has a tender heart.  Paul is concerned about the stories he hears of people in polygamous communities not daring to get help when they need it.  He reminded us that the Amish people were not always seen in a good light, but now they are known for their forgiveness and furniture.  Paul hopes that one day we will be known for our strength and hard work.

Mary Batchelor gave us a quick overview of how to lobby our legislators.  The first rule is be courteous, polite, and respectful.   The second rule is to keep it short and simple (KISS) because the legislators don’t have time to read lengthy letters.  She also told us that the last thing we want to do is get in an argument with them because that will just close doors and shut down the lines of communication.

We ended our time there with a tour of the Capitol.

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A Little Bit of Heaven


          I have to admit I have had an abundant season this past little while. I’ve been able to welcome into my arms three new little granddaughters over the last several months. In my humble opinion they are simply the most beautiful little creatures I have ever seen (at least for the present).
But it is a little more than that; I was able to have the privilege of witnessing the transformation each little girl brought with them. Behind each one is a unique and weighty story marking their arrival in history and in our own story. They were greatly sought after and true blessings in the lives of their families. We all know the feelings that come with these occasions, kind of a mixed bag of emotion and anticipation strewn with “three deep breaths and we’re in it”, all that warmly sewn up with tender sentiment.
          I had these sensations as I witnessed their parents in their yearning for them, and then at each of their arrivals how deeply in love everyone felt for them. The glow on the mother’s face, tired and crying as she stroked the cheek of the newborn, the glisten of their daddy’s eye moist with emotion, and oh, the softness of the other mother, cooing over this tiny bundle.
          Yet even more than that I think this time around I have had a heightened feeling of their potential in life. The promises given, laced with the experiences to be faced, all the hope that rides forward when a baby graces our lives. I felt these things along with the love God feels towards such innocents and the hope He has for them. I felt so strongly with each bitty angel a lingering of Heaven in the room. Each little sister brought with her a glimpse of what we are to each other. How much she needs the family she is in, and how so very much they need her.
          It truly is a plan to work together, to be together and share in this wonderful life as a family—Heaven’s blessings to you all.

Submitted by  ~A Woman’s Place~

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Such a Colorful Life


             Hello and Happy New year to everyone. I’ve been so busy lately that I’m not quite sure I’m here. But I am and even have a few minutes to spend writing. The soup is on the stove simmering and being Wednesday and all, one of the other ladies has a fresh batch of bread in the oven ready to come out about the time our kids are walking through the door to have lunch. How great is that? I’d say we’re pretty spoiled.
Things have been snowy, cold, frozen, sunny, muddy and wet, sometimes all in the same morning, but they’ve been great. I’ve registered for my Drawing II class and homework is underway once again. I have this idea that I would like to get an art degree and sharpen my skill with writing at the same time. We have such a colorful life before us that I would love to capture it and share it forward. I have a niggling of an idea that wants to come out…and that is to write and illustrate short stories of what life is like through the eyes of a polygamous child. I know what it was like for me growing up in Salt Lake City, what it was like for my husband and his siblings growing up in Hildale. I have rich stories from my mothers-in-law growing up in Short Creek, from our own children growing up in Colorado City, and our grandchildren breaking in their generation’s “happenings”.
To revisit these experiences, examine them and ponder over them, for me, would be very satisfying in deed. It would almost be like getting away with being a kid twice. Now how spoiled is that?

 Submitted by ~A Woman’s Place~

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