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Forum and Member News / Re: Baby Boy
« on: March 18, 2018, 06:47:33 pm »
His nadir weight was 4 lbs 9 ounces. Last weigh in was a week ago and he was 6 lbs 10 ounces. I am guessing he is over 7 lbs now. He is gaining weight faster than my daughter did. But, if he wants to be 6'4" like me, he'll need to get a move on.

I have noticed definite differences. My daughter never liked to be held or snuggled. To calm her (aside from feeding and changing the diaper), I would hold her away from my body with her head in my hand and bounce her. For my daughter, it wasn't until she got her first real cold at about a year old that she really snuggled, and from then on that was a sign that she was sick. To calm my new baby boy, he wants to be held close to the body. My wife is certainly happy with the snuggling.

He was turning from tummy to back at 2 weeks. But that might have been because his head was so much heavier than his body, that once he got going, it was easy to do. He did that for a week, and then gained weight and has not been turning over anymore.

I have yet to be peed on, unlike my wife, multiple times.

We brought him to church today. We will wait to bless him until we move to Washington.
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Mormon Life / Re: Don't you love it...
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:57:54 pm »
The last couple of years we lived in Texas, we kept getting having inklings to get ready to move to Utah to be closer to family. It never seemed the right time.  Then last April...BAM! It was one of the very few times in my life that I've received unmistakable inspiration.  We knew it was time to move.  So last summer, we sold our home in Texas and moved to Utah.  Three months later, my father passed away.  I don't know how we would have managed everything from Texas if we had stayed there. Since we were already here in Utah, we were able to help my mom get through everything.  Then my brother-in-law ended up in and out of the hospital for a while. On top of all that, our kids absolutely love it here. They have really good friends who share the same values. I'm so glad we followed the inspiration and moved when we did.
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Mormon Life / Don't you love it...
« on: March 17, 2018, 02:45:20 pm »
... when you actually know for sure it was the Spirit that told you something?

Do you ever wonder if you're as good as you think in hearing the Spirit?  I feel quite comfortable where I'm at. I feel I receive guidance through the Holy Ghost and I feel I understand it quite well. Of course, I can be totally wrong, because I wouldn't know which promptings I've missed and when I've misunderstood.

Yesterday I agreed to teach an investigator with the sisters. They were a bit late and he arrived at the church on time, so we had a little chat and he seemed a pleasant fellow and interested in the gospel. Having an atheist background coming from Russia, he seemed eager to learn.

We started the discussion when the sisters eventually came and very soon I got the feeling that after the meeting I should suggest the sisters the ask the Elders teach him. I got the feeling it was the Spirit telling me to do that. I did pray about it, because he seemed pretty good investigator. Strong feeling I should. In the very end of the lesson the sisters did say something that the Elders have many interesting things to teach him too, that he could sometime meet with them.

Afterwards I asked if they planned to move him to the Elders. They did. I told them very good, because I had felt that I needed to tell them they should.

They were grateful for the confirmation. I was also grateful for the confirmation that yes, I felt I knew it was the Spirit telling and I was right it was the Spirit. They did share their reasons and having heard them I knew it was absolutely the right decision.

Isn't it wonderful when you know it truly was the Holy Ghost. What experiences do you have of that, please share  :)

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General Discussion / Re: Iggy's Ramblings
« on: March 17, 2018, 09:31:42 am »
February was one busy medical month. Both Hubby and I filled the month with lots of Medical & Dental appointments.

Hubby did get the taxes filed, and we got money back from Oregon [first in 7 years] and IRS. We thought that with the combined amount we could finally pay off the small credit card and put a healthy dent in the large one.

Not happening. My car started making grating and chugging noises, and the front right bright beam died. Can't drive around here at night without the brights, and if a cop discovers you - sigh. We stopped at our mechanics, and he took a listen. Told us this was a job for the dealership. So Hubby got us an appointment two days later. Three days after that the car is humming, has bright eyes and dented our pocketbook by 998.79$

Then our gardeners showed up, mowed our pitiful lawn, then cleaned out our extremely full gutters. That should run us around 90.00$ Plus they will be back in about two weeks to put moss killer on the roof - they said it looks like a holey quilt up there. When they do that they will also wash all the windows and clean off the spiders & their webs under the eaves.

My Handy-Woman will be coming next week to make and put shelves up in my laundry room, kitchen and one small one in the main bathroom. That will be the end of the Tax Money.

Oh, we both went to the Eye Dr. Me for my Diabetic Well Woman yearly check up. I need glasses. Good news is, from a diabetic stand point my eyes are GREAT. Hubby needs new glasses, and his cataracts have not returned, and the floaters he had for the past three years are gone - or hiding behind his eyeball. So, we got glasses. Good news, Hubby's Tri-Focals were free. My, bi-focals were not.

Oh how I wish our Mineral Rights Well would come in. We need to replace all the siding on the house, preferably with something better than the T1-11 that is now on it. Man, when that stuff goes it drops off like an over saturated sponge.

On the 25th I am giving a talk in Sacrament - Serving With Love. I am about half way through with it.
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General Discussion / Re: Judgmental
« on: March 16, 2018, 11:38:24 am »
I thinking of being judgmental and judging as 2 different things. Judgmental is when I hold something against someone or assuming tings about them. Judging is being realistic about a person.

For example: I am obese. A person who is judging me will recognize that I am obese and that there is something at the root of it, but accepts as God's child and supports me. Can see around my weight for my strengths. A judgmental person may treat me or think of me as stupid, lazy etc. Won't see my strengths and may not even think or want to look for them.
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RIP Stephen Hawking.
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Mormon Life / Re: The Tender Mercies/Answered Prayers Thread
« on: March 12, 2018, 01:43:27 pm »
Jason, if I seemed in any way to be dismissive of your trials, I wasn't trying to be.  Killer hours, a stressful job, new baby, moving, looking for a new job - any one of those by itself is an extreme trial. To have them all, I cannot imagine the stress you are under. I do hope that in some future date you will be able to look back and find one or two tender mercy during this time period.
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General Discussion / Re: Question about your talents
« on: March 10, 2018, 12:45:38 pm »
In learning I believe that knowing the right question to ask is harder than finding the answer. In that case, identifying is more important.

However, with talents I do not believe that you can identify them until you have given it enough hard work, diligence, and discipline to see if you have that talent or can disqualify it. To become a master at something the commonly held belief is 10,000 hours spent working at it. We cannot all spend 10,000 hours at every task to see if we have a talent for it. For most tasks a few hundred to several thousand hours may be enough to see if you will develop it well enough to continue it on. So for talents, you need to do it to know how to identify it.

If you are speaking about Gifts of the Spirit, then that is something different entirely. But again, I do not think you can identify which one you may possess unless you try.
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General Discussion / Re: Question about your talents
« on: March 09, 2018, 10:56:06 pm »
I think we can sometimes be a hindrance or a limit on other people using their talents, especially if we are in a position of authority. For example: I might be the Sunday School president, and have an extremely talented and dedicated teacher, but I may limit that teacher by insisting on a certain lesson format or style of teaching. I think one of the most important responsibilities of leadership is to empower others to engage and develop their talents.
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General Discussion / Re: Question about your talents
« on: March 09, 2018, 08:48:04 pm »
What if some of our talents were given to us just because He knew they would bring us joy? What if one of our purposes IS to feel joy?
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General Discussion / Re: Question about your talents
« on: March 09, 2018, 03:39:27 pm »
For me, the hard part isn't so much figuring out what they are, but recognizing the worth of them.  Too many of us, because we literally never really know a time without our talents, struggle to see them as special.  Some examples:
-people really feel comfortable talking to you, but you don't recognize you're doing anything different. 
-you are not tempted by sexually explicit images or ideas.  You may not see this as an unusual strength in yourself, but a weakness in others.
-you stand out in a crowd, and have a personality that people notice.  You see this as exposing and embarrassing, instead of a powerful tool for good. 
-you have the ability to focus on a task and just get it done, and don't understand or appreciate how rare and valuable that is. 
-you have had a lot of struggles, and keep on getting up.  You see this as nothing; as just something you were forced into.

I don't need to repeat that we all have talents, because the scriptures and prophets say it enough.  But these talents are given to us for our specific assignments, which may not be what we think they should be.  Some notes on that:
-belittling our talents as 'common' or 'anyone can do that' not only makes it difficult to magnify the talent and use it for good, but it can make others feel bad because this thing which is easy for you may be outrageously difficult for them.  Not to mention making us judgmental because others can't do the same things as easily.
-recognizing our talents can help us magnify them, note how they can be used for good, and help us to have empathy by recognizing not everyone has that skill.
-MOST talents do NOT make us leaders or 'stars.'  God doesn't need as many of those.  God needs good people who love and help others.  Remember the value of the One?  Our talent may only be designed to save one--but it may be the ONLY thing that could save that one.  And since that worth is INFINITE, we should never belittle it. 
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Mormon Life / Re: PRAYER LIST
« on: March 07, 2018, 09:36:22 am »
I am with you. do not go out.  that poor boy.  I would be scared witless.   be careful you sure don't want sick on top of everything
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Mormon Life / Re: PRAYER LIST
« on: March 07, 2018, 01:32:48 am »
Prayers going forth. Every religion has a version of the Golden Rule. May those folks remember theirs.
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General Discussion / Re: Judgmental
« on: March 04, 2018, 08:42:46 pm »
I think our judgements are often clouded by small sample size.
  I've never thought about it that way, Jason.  Thanks for that.  I suppose it follows, then, that God would be a much better judge because his sample size is the whole human family.
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General Discussion / Re: Judgmental
« on: March 04, 2018, 08:13:30 pm »
I think our judgements are often clouded by small sample size. Knowing someone of a particular race, religion, gender, etcetera, and seeing how they behave is not enough sample size to let us judge wisely. Experience can give one wisdom to make better judgements, but that must be true experience. I have placed over 1100 epidurals for labor pain. I am starting to get a good sample size to know how women laboring will respond to what I say and do. What I have learned is there is a wide variety of responses to stress and pain, but they do fall within typical patterns. The more I do, the more I will be able to tailor the experience to the individual. Also the more forgiving I am of everyone's frailties.
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