Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Day Two of My Journey is Delayed...Please Help

My post about day two is delayed...I have more pressing matters.

My friend Rachael and I had a great time this afternoon discussing Democracy In America, the first 8 chapters of Volume I. Every third Tuesday I am hosting a free online discussion of this fascinating work at dimdim.com. If you want to join us in a discussion of the next 8 chapters (Part 2 of Volume 1) on Tuesday August 17 at 2 PM MDT I would love to "see" you there. Let me know and I will send you the invitation with the URL. I am learning so many things I didn't learn in my high school U.S. history class from this book. One of the juicy tidbits that I didn't hear in high school...de Tocqueville says that the reason that democracy and self-government thrived in America, (as compared to France, where it led to tyranny) is that it found fertile soil in New England. This fertile soil came from the righteous Puritans who were dedicated to God and family. DeTocqueville contrasts this to the scalawags who founded Jamestown. These were men of low moral character, single men who were speculators looking for gold and treasure. Because of their low moral character slavery took hold when the first slave ship came to Virginia back in the 1600s. Now that's something you won't learn in today's media or public schools. I love learning about real American history! I've been learning a lot lately. My husband got to give a talk on patriotism and the gospel of Jesus Christ in sacrament meeting. I begged him to let me write the talk so I did research for that. Email me if you want a copy of the talk.

I hope you all had a great Pioneer Day. I did. Two weeks ago, the same time my hubby gave a talk, I got to give a talk in sacrament meeting about "My Pioneer Heritage." This was a fabulous opportunity. I did not grow up knowing that I had a pioneer heritage because my parents are not natural storytellers, like my mother-in-law. Consequently the stories I've been hearing for the past 19 years have been all about my husband's pioneer heritage. This was a great time to do some research and I found out about my valiant pioneer ancestors. One of them, Luman Shurtliff, my 4th great-grandfather, got to have dinner with David Whitmer in Kirtland and hear him bear testimony that he saw the plates of the Book of Mormon and the angel. He was even confirmed a member of the church by Brother Whitmer. He got to hear Joseph Smith speak in person and shake hands with Joseph. He even got to see the Egyptian papyri and the mummies that the Pearl of Great Price came from.

Another one of my 4thgreats, Zerah Pulsipher, read the Book of Mormon in the fall of 1831 in New York. He prayed to know if it was true while threshing grain in his barn. He had a vision of an angel coming to him bearing witness that it was true. He got baptized and then was ordained to the priesthood and called on a mission. He taught the gospel to Wilford Woodruff and baptized him. Zerah and Luman both came across the plains to Utah and settled in Dixie and Ogden respectively. As I did this research I felt the spirit of God bear witness to me that this work of the gospel of Jesus Christ as restored by Joseph Smith is true. Despite all of my trials in life, I find so much comfort in this truth. Jesus is the Ultimate Tree of Life and the One Sure Guide to us mothers.

Some of you may have noticed that the groups (dedicated to different womanly arts) that used to be up on the Tree of Life Mothering site are no longer there. My web site host, Ning, changed its pricing plans and I had to go with the cheapest plan which doesn't allow groups. All of the pages I had on the site under the tab "library" which were helpful handouts about homemaking systems and how to teach your kids to work are gone as well. Boo-hoo!

So here's where you can help...for every donation of $10 that you give to the Tree of Life Mothering Network (which will go towards upgrading the site so we can have the groups back) you will receive three mp3 downloads of talks given by natural LDS moms at the conference I sponsored last year. These talks are all about 45 minutes of inspiration. Listen to them while you do your exercise, housework or yardwork. They have been selling for $4 each on the site, so this is a special savings. By upgrading this site, I can also integrate it with Facebook, which will make it easier for all of you Facebook fans.

Will you please donate $10 or $20? If you do so, go to paypal and send the money to "treeoflifemothering." In the notes area let me know which talks you want sent to you. You can choose from the following talks given by well-known LDS moms who are all out in the trenches doing the hard work of mothering:

Leslie Householder on "How a Stay at Home Can attract Prosperity"
Vernie DeMille on "How to Enjoy Gardening with Little Children"
Jonell Francis on "How to Claim Your Life Back by Improving Your Diet"
Donna Goff on "How to Self Nurture a Mother Culture"
Diann Jeppson and Jodie Palmer "Mealtime Magic: Teaching and Bonding with Children over Food"
Joyce Kinmont on "Treasuring Children"
Aneladee Milne on "Getting off the Entertainment Conveyor Belt"

If you buy six, you can get the last one listed, please another one about eco-friendly funerals by my friend Joyce Mitchell, as two bonus gifts!

If you don't want to use paypal and want to arrange another payment, email me at treeoflifemothering@yahoo.com to let me know.

Enjoy the talks!

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