Monday, March 31, 2008

A Latter-day Saint Perspective on the Constitution

For family night I was inspired to review the importance of the Constitution of the United States. I thought I'd put it into a slide show so I could share what I learned with others. I compiled the majority of it from my American Heritage reading, Just and Holy Principles, specifically from a discourse by President Ezra Taft Benson on the 200th anniversary of the Constitution.

We've set some goals to read through it and make an outline that will be easy to commit to memory, as well as to make sure we help our children to learn and know it. The Constitution is an inspired document given to us by the hand of God, it is our responsibility to make sure righteous men and women are elected to represent us and defend it. We, too, must be able to defend it and understand how it blesses our lives.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Make Your Own Quality Ringtones


A couple of weeks ago I was thinking of the possibility of getting actual song bits onto my phone without cranking the stereo and using the horrible recording device on my phone. I did a bit of research and found that it wasn't possible for the software I had.

Then yesterday I ran across a site called 3guppies. I decided I'd try it out even though they said they can only do polyphonic ringtones with my phone. I uploaded a song, chose the clip I wanted for my ringer and sent it to my phone. Once I saved the sound file I could assign it as a ringtone. Pretty straightforward. Even if it is only polyphonic, I don't know that I would be able to tell the difference between that and a truetone, unless it really did download it as a truetone ringtone. The fact of the matter is it sounds pretty good.

The site can also be used to blog from your phone to your MySpace account...social networking sites, that's a topic for another post, what a waste of time...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Sealing Power of the Atonement

We decided to study the Atonement this week for family night. I was in charge and assigned us to read the article by Elder Holland in the April Ensign on the Atonement. In addition to that I read "Why the Atonement was necessary?" from The First 2000 Years by Brother Skousen.

When we were sealed in the temple (and in other occasions) I've heard that as long as parents keep the covenants that they make to God in the temple, their children will be with them in the Celestial Kingdom no matter how far they may seem to stray in this life. I accepted that explanation purely on faith because I wasn't sure how that could be possible. I thought that only Christ's holiness could guarantee our salvation. As I thought more about this the following thoughts began to formulate in my brain.

It is only through Christ that we can obtain Celestial glory. Christ compares himself to the Bridegroom and the Church (disciples) as his bride. He came to earth among his brethren to establish His church and teach His followers what they must do in order to return to live with Him. He suffered all things even unto death to prove to His Father how much He loves us and desires us to return to his presence. In light of our fallen state, the Father would not be able to admit us into His kingdom were it not that we had been purchased through the atoning blood of His Son.

In a similar way we as parents, by proving to God how much we love our children, by keeping the sacred covenants we have made to Him in His holy temples, by not giving up on our children, and by pressing forward with a steadfastness in Christ, we can be assured that our example will be seen by our children and they will have the desire to remain or return to Christ's fold through the sealing power of His holy Priesthood.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Security on a Budget

I found an article on personal security that has a good list of some things we can do to better secure our homes/possessions. I have thought about self installed security systems or ample motion lights and security cameras, but this list is a good start before you start dolling out the hundred dollar bills. Here are a few of the ones I found helpful:
  • Trim overgrown shrubs away from the window (eliminate hiding places for crooks)
  • Invest in window pins
  • Lock door that leads from house to garage
  • Separate home address from garage door opener (not sure how this works if you keep your insurance/registration in car)
  • Unmonitored alarm system (x10.com has a pretty nice one)
  • The key fob trick
Any other ideas you'd recommend?