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Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.
~ H.L. Mencken

Eagles may soar in the clouds, but weasels never get sucked into jet engines. ~Attributed to both Jason Hutchison and John Benfield

Sometimes you're the windshield; sometimes you're the bug. - Mark Knopfler


An Extraordinary Life

An Extraordinary Life covers both gospel and practical topics that focus on three very important questions:

Featured Poems

Poem 101: In the Morning Dew

...By James Spruell

The darkest night
where no light shines,
is but birth
to morning’s light.

From within this pit
reaches out morning's dew,
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Poem 102: A Moment's Breath

...By James Spruell   (Version 1.1)

Before another night
shares her madness true
Each day's treasure
clothed in golden hue
shall say with tender kiss
I love you, but adieu

© 2012 by James Spruell All rights reserved


Monthly Feature

The Priesthood of God

...Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Elder David Bednar in the April 2012 Priesthood session (LDS General Conference) addressed the principles upon which the ' Powers of Heaven' are founded -- including the permission and spiritual capacity to represent God the Father. The first relates to the divine authority and receipt of the priesthood. The latter, well, relates to the individual, their righteousness and righteous use of that authority.

To call down the very powers of heaven in behalf of your friends and family is a wonderful blessing. And, it's a blessing that doesn't come from wishing to be righteous, but being righteous. As President Spencer Kimball related:
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Monthly Feature

Just Tumling Along

...Posted: Monday, June 1, 2012

One of the fun things that we did while growing up was to build homemade tumblers to polish the gemstones and rocks that we found on our many trips. We often went out with the Boy Scouts at least once a month and usually a second or third time on our own.

During our trips we would look for arrowheads, gemstones (agates, obsidian), etc. When we returned home we would polish these treasures in a homemade tumbler that consisted of a baby food jar (sans food) and electric motor that used either a rheostat or pulleys' to set the speed.

The cap would be fastened to the motor; the gemstones along with rocks (or other gemstones), sand, and water added to the jar; the jar fastened back to the cap; and everything set to tumbling... In a day or two, what was once the raw & dull was transformed into the polished.

Spiritual Tumbling

A tumbler is alot like life, except that instead of agate, flint, etc., we have people rocks, along with challenges, the need to forgive others (NTFO), and godly sorrow rocks:
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