Minerva Boss (Marriage-Testimony)

M. I’ve been concerned all my life wondering what it would be like in old age. I have seen people who were pessimistic and sour and never saw any good in life, and I’ve wondered why they are like that. I have always been interested in taking classes when I went to Education Week that had anything to do with mental and psychiatric problems, and marriage problems and how to solve them. And I have found that a lot of these problems are in a person’s thinking. But I imagine one of the hardest things would be to lose your companion. A lot of those who are having problems have lost or divorced their companions. But a lot of others would probably be happy if they could lose their’s (laughter). Some have depression because they are not married and others are depressed because they are.

I have found that marriage is certainly a serious thing. Its something we have to work on every day of our lives and we have problems all the days of our lives. And we are always going to have problems and challenges. But many people are too immature. They simply cannot grow up. They are still children. From my observations, half the problems in marriage are due to immaturity. We act so much like children when we are sulking and won’t speak, and when we can’t communicate. Why are we so immature? I don’t care how mature we are in other respects. Some people might be so intellectually brilliant in some things, but so stupid and childish in others. We certainly need to take a look at ourselves. And I’m including myself. I’ve had my problems too, and am far from perfect. I have certainly come to the conclusion that we can make happiness or hell in our marriages. It has been brought up that when people are having their families, and have big families, and are under a big strain at home they have plenty to occupy themselves. Then suddenly the family is all gone and there they are alone. Then what are they going to do? We’ve got to learn to give and take and show appreciation all the days of our lives. If we don’t there is going to be a lot of heartache and unhappiness. And we must realize that as we get older we will have problems and we have got to develop empathy and understanding and realize that we are imperfect too. I think the whole thing is mental. I think if a person will try to be mentally mature they can meet a lot of these problems. Some people cannot be told anything. They know it all. And I think people who are brilliant book wise and in learning, if they cannot communicate and come down to the level of a child and take a look at themselves they are educated in one respect but very uneducated in another. So we can make a heaven or a hell for ourselves. Some people are pessimistic all the time.

The people who impress me most are those who have a sunny outlook when you know they too are having aches and troubles to solve. Many times those are the people who have the most positive outlook on life. People are not interested in our troubles. I don’t care who they are, nobody likes to hear anybody’s troubles. But I think we should be able to communicate with people and show empathy and help people where we can. I think we can look on the sunny side of life if we want to.

I have been listening to some of the tapes from Education Week and I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the most important things in our life is knowing the Savior, and learning about Him and how he taught and what he did. And I’m to the point in my life where I have to pray several times a day. And I find I can’t accomplish anything unless I do.
One of the hardest things in my life is the problem of what to keep and what to destroy. I’m going through all my files with such a fine toothed comb, that I have got to pray many times a day for wisdom to know what to destroy and what not to destroy and where to put it and how to keep it. And I find that I am getting many answers to my prayers. Sometime even in the night. They say we can pray, but half the time we don’t listen. And that is the truth. I have got so many things to sort through, many important family things I have kept. I found a history of my grandfather, Christian Kunz, that I had written that I forgot I had. So I hope as time goes on I can learn to make more right decisions.
I am very grateful for my life and heritage, to my special parents and the kind of a home I was raised in that I was taught how to work and its value in my life, for their teachings and examples they were to me, and above all for the way I was taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. All these things have been a great influence in my life. I am most thankful for my dear husband and the love we have for each other and the many rich experiences we have had together, for our special children and their mates, and all of our dear posterity.

My sincere and earnest prayers are that we will all strive to truly keep the commandments of our Lord and Savior, that we will put forth every effort to live up to the commitments we have made and will make and that we will always desire to fully follow the counsel of our Prophet and strive to love each other and have peace and harmony in each of our homes. Prayer is a powerful influence in each of our lives and I pray that we will never cease to pray. I have a sincere testimony of the gospel. I know with no doubts that we belong to the true church. I thank our Savior for his great and marvelous sacrifice in our behalf, for the power and influence of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his willingness to seal his testimony with his blood. May our dear posterity throughout the coming years be faithful and endure to the end is my sincere wish.

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Man in the Arena – Quote from Theodore Roosevelt

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

“Citizenship in a Republic,”
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

Below are additional quotations related to the more famous and later quote. These quotes taken from a cdrom – The Works of Theodore Roosevelt – National Edition, A PRODUCT OF H-BAR ENTERPRISES COPYRIGHT 1997

“…the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done.” (1891)

“Criticism is necessary and useful; it is often indispensable; but it can never take the place of action, or be even a poor substitute for it. The function of the mere critic is of very subordinate usefulness. It is the doer of deeds who actually counts in the battle for life, and not the man who looks on and says how the fight ought to be fought, without himself sharing the stress and the danger.” (1894)

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Obama’s after Power & Ego Boost – Not Liberty – Recent Gun Laws Prove it

egoYet another AP news article that supports the idea that Obama and his fellow parasites are after power, not preservation of liberty and freedom. After reading this article, I find it very hard to believe again that anyone in political office supporting the recent gun laws don’t understand that the measures Obama is passing will do NOTHING to preserve liberty. Everything Obama and his team of supports and influencers point toward boosting their egos and seeking for power, which cannot be tolerated. How can someone like our president in the position he is in, ignore the principles of liberty, violate the constitution, and be so far off base? Those who voted for him and put him in office are clearly among the worlds most uneducated about how to have conviction to preserve and prosper the principles of prosperity this very nation is based upon. So what do we do about it? I suggest first, educating yourself and others each day about the constitution and how to uphold liberty, second, gather together with like minds, and third liberate yourself financially ASAP, and fourth, take massive, focused action. The sooner all of us can do these previous four steps the better in my perspective. Don’t you think?


Source: http://m.apnews.mobi/ap/db_21292/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=cdT6bFuN

AP News  Will Obama s order lead to surge in gun research

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Thomas Edison said this is one of man’s greatest weakness to be aware of…


“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.

The most certain way to succeed is

always to try just one more time.”

— Thomas A. Edison: American inventor and businessman

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What is Sucanat Sugar and Why is it Better Than Other Sugars?

What is Sucanat Sugar

sucanat-sugar-all-natural-caneSucanat Sugar is a sweetner that is used as a substitute for regular cane sugar. It can be used for baking and other forms of cooking. It can also be used to sweeten certain drinks like coffee or tea. What makes it different than regular cane sugar is that it contains smaller particles and it is processed differently than regular cane sugar. Some benefits of Sucanat Sugar is that it retains more of its vitamins and minerals during the processing stages. This makes it more nutritous and healthier than simple cane sugar.

Sucanat Sugar simply comes from Cane sugar that has been refined. It is an organic product. The process goes something like this. Sugar cane trees are harvested in large quantities and taken to a factory to be processed. These trees are cut into smaller pieces and then crushed to extract the juice from the sugar cane tree. This Sugar Cane juice is then heated and cooled under extreme conditions. As this juice begins to cool, fine crystals will form. These crystals are harvested, and this is what is known as the Sucanat Sugar.

How does Sucanat Sugar Differ from other Sugars

The Sucanat Sugar is different from other sweeteners because it is made from the sugar cane tree. Sucanat Sugar is derived from the words sugar, cane, and natural. It’s the combination of the three words. Other benefits of Sucanat Sugar is that it contains less sucrose than many other leading sugars and sweeteners. Sucanat Sugar is not as sweet as other sugars and sweeteners.

For people looking to purchase an organic product, they should invest in Sucanat Sugar. It contains high levels of molasses. Many consumers have stated that when it comes to taste, it resembles the flavor of brown sugar. Due to its high levels of potassium and other nutrients, Sucanat Sugar is said to be the healthier choice of all sugars. These are some of the other added benefits of using Sucanat Sugar. If you are looking for a sweetner that contains less sucrose and is high in potassium and other nutrients, Try going organic by using Sucanat Sugar.

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Four Major Digestive Problems and How to Naturally Treat Them

It is estimated that approximately 62 million Americans experience digestive problems on an ongoing basis. This is due to the harmful repercussions of the standard American diet on our population coupled with the high level of stress that the average American experiences. Digestive problems can range from minor annoyances, such as gas and bloating, to life-threatening illnesses, such as crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, unremitting diarrhea, and various cancers that target digestive organs. Whatever the case, it is digestive-problemsalways worth being proactive about our digestive health. The information contained in this article on acupuncture and natural therapies should definitely get you going in the right direction, not only with your digestion but also with your health in general. Let’s take a look at a few common disorders and what can be done about them.

1. Constipation: The standard American diet can easily lead to chronic constipation. This diet is low in fiber and antioxidants and high in difficult to digest additives and refined ingredients. Many, many people are constipated and they don’t even know it. They may have regular bowel movements, but they are still not flushing their systems thoroughly, which creates intestinal toxicity that leads to a whole host of digestive problems. Intestinal cleansing is often a top priority in healing numerous chronic health problems. There are several natural herbal remedies and nutritional supplements that can relieve constipation and heal the underlying imbalances.

  • Chinese herbal formulas such as ma zi ren wan and run chang wan are gentle laxatives that are not habit forming.
  • Aloe vera juice reduces inflammation and promotes peristalsis (smooth muscle contraction in the bowel).
  • Triphala is an Ayurvedic herbal complex that gently eases constipation and removes stagnant waste from the intestines.
  • Psyllium husk is a high fiber product that alleviates constipation.
  • Flax meal and seed are excellent high fiber sources for constipation.
  • Senna leaf is useful for severe constipation.

2. Diarrhea: Chronic diarrhea can be dangerous for your health. It is still one of the leading causes of death in the world. Diarrhea is related to spleen weakness or intestinal inflammation. It is always a top treatment priority to heal this condition to avoid other digestive problems in the future. Stress and anxiety can trigger regular bouts of diarrhea, as can processed and refined foods. Here are a few basic remedies for diarrhea:

  • Chinese herbal formulas such as bu zhong yi qi tang (ginseng and astragalus), si jun qi tang (4 Gentlemen), liu jun zi tang (6 Gentlemen), and jin gui shen qi tang (rehmannia 8) are helpful for alleviating diarrhea due to deficiency. Tong xie yao feng, Isatis Cooling, and jia wei xiao yao wan are helpful for diarrhea due to heat and inflammation.
  • Western herbs such as slippery elm, chamomile, peppermint, and ginger harmonize and soothe the stomach to stop diarrhea.
  • Probiotics such as acidophilus are useful as long-term adjuncts in treating diarrhea.

3. Bloating and gas: These symptoms tend to arise from eating too much or too fast, excessive stress, refined foods, coffee and alcohol, and sugar. Aside from slowing down and eating less of these foods, here are a few herbal suggestions:

  • Chai hu shu gan wan — the quintessential Chinese formula for the combination of stress and gas.
  • Xiao yao wan — Excellent for digestive problems that arise during menses and excessive stress.
  • Liu jun zi tang — Strengthens the spleen and takes phlegm out of the gut, which is often related to gas and bloating.
  • Acidophilus and bifidus — Bloating and gas can be related to candida overgrowth, which is a pathological yeast that causes an array of physical and emotional imbalances.

4. Irritable bowel Syndrome: IBS is a very common problem that affects millions of Americans. Doctors will often diagnose IBS when the patient’s symptoms don’t seem to match up with anything else, so they call it irritable bowel. This disorder is characterized by bowels fluctuating from constipation to diarrhea with intermittent abdominal pain or distention. People with IBS tend to be sensitive to a variety of foods including high fiber foods, refined sugar, wheat, and gluten products. Symptoms can continue indefinitely and can be resistant to conventional treatments. I have treated several patients with IBS, usually with very positive results. Acupuncture theory asserts that IBS typically involves a disharmony between the liver and the spleen. The liver becomes hyperactive due to stress, anger, and frustration, which causes it to weaken the spleen, causing loose bowels and fatigue. Treatment involves relaxing the liver and strengthening the spleen.

  • Herbal formulas such as Irritease by K’An Herbals and Isatis Cooling by Health Concerns have proven helpful. In general, I recommend committing to weekly acupuncture and herbal treatment for 4-8 visits, depending upon the severity and duration of your symptoms.
  • Acidophilus and bifidus cand be helpful, as many people with IBS also have candida
  • Chamomile and peppermint have a soothing effect on the gut and can reduce irritation

Most digestive disorders respond very well to consistent acupuncture and herbal treatment. Making dietary changes that restore and detoxify the gut also enhances treatment progress. Digestion is one of the main reference points for gauging one’s overall health. If there are weaknesses or imbalances here, it is likely that one’s overall health is compromised. Maintaining healthy digestion is an essential component in our quest for optimal health.
I should mention that for those of you suffering from crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or colon cancer, it is definitely best to seek out professional alternative and allopathic medical treatment. These diseases are simply too involved to offer blanket solutions in this article. There are many powerful natural remedies for these diseases, but their application is specific to your unique needs.

Lotus Spring Acupuncture and Wellness Inc. is offering a free 15 minutes free initial consultation to see if acupuncture and herbal therapy is the right approach for your health care.  If you and someone that you know that may benefit from acupuncture, please call today to schedule your first appointment or free initial consultation at 801-756-3860.  

By Dan Clark, Acupuncturist

Acupuncturist serving American Fork, Lehi, Highland, Alpine, Pleasant Grove, Orem, Lindon, Provo, Eagle Mountain, and Saratoga and surrounding community.

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Why is Coconut Oil Good – Four Reasons to Use this Oil

With heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure on the rise, many people are looking for ways to stay healthy naturally.  Although many oils are made of  “bad” fats, coconut oil has been known to provide many health related benefits to many of its users.  Why is coconut oil good ?  Many people have asked this question; therefore, here are the five best ways to use coconut oil in your daily life.

1 – Diabetes Prevention

Why is Coconut Oil Good – Five Best Ways to Use this Oil

Although some may think coconut oil is bad, it has been proven that it can assist with regulating blood glucose levels.  Keeping your glucose levels under control can help prevent diabetes in many individuals.

2- Bone and Dental Health

Taking coconut oil improves the absorption of both calcium and magnesium in the body.  Having the right amount of calcium prevents tooth decay and helps build strong bones and teeth.  For many women, having sufficient levels of calcium and magnesium is critical for preventing osteoporosis.

3- Hair & Scalp Support

Why is coconut oil good to use for the hair and skin: Using coconut oil in the hair and on the scalp is a great nutritional supplement that provides many health benefits for the user.  Coconut oil can facilitate the elimination of lice, dandruff, and other scalp and skin irritations.  Many hair salons are adopting this same principal into many of their hair care product lines. Coconut oil, overall, can help you with maintaining and promoting a healthy head of hair and scalp.

4 – Improved Skin Care & Anti-aging properties

Many people are looking for products to prevent aging.  Using coconut oil on a regular basis can delay the formation of wrinkles.  Coconut oil has anti-aging properties.  This is not the only benefit that the skin receives from using coconut oil.  Other skin ailments such as psoriasis, eczema, and other skin infections and irritations depend on coconut oil to alleviate some of the pain and cure these illnesses.

Now that you know at least 4 major benefits of  what coconut oil is good for you start to implement it in your diet to begin reaping the benefits of it in your overall health.

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