Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Wednesday things to share . . .

  photo 998028_494198110655332_1334723152_n_zps6d9043a1.jpg

What a wonderful evening we had here with the missionaries last night.  They really had great appetites and it always does my heart good to see them enjoying their meals.  I had done milk braised pork and a mixed potato gratin, which I served with carrots and cabbage and then for dessert I had made a pumpkin pie, specifically for one of the elders who ended up not being there anyways!  He was on exchange with an Elder from Runcorn, which they do sometimes.   (Runcorn is not far from here.  We have lovely friends in Runcorn too!)  Anyways, looks like I will have to make Elder Peterson a pumpkin pie another time!

I always love the special spirit the missionaries bring with them, as you know.  One of our Elders here is from Tahiti!  We were looking at photos of Tahiti last night.  Boy, oh boy, what a beautiful place to come from.  I am sure he must really miss it, having exchanged palm trees, sunlight, brilliant blue water and coconuts for the grey, dismal and cold UK!  He is a cheerful lad though.  A bit hard to understand at times as English is not his first language, but we manage somehow!  He has a brilliant smile too!

 photo SAM_1805_zps0c514935.jpg 

I wanted to tell you about the beautiful book I was sent last week, entitled The Mormons, an illustrated history of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, edited by Roy A Prete, and published by Merrell Publishers.  Todd and I have been devouring it since it fell through the letter box and so has anyone who has popped by the house.

 photo SAM_1806_zps3e1fe322.jpg  

It is the very first book I have seen of it's kind, absolutely loaded with beautiful photographs and tons of information about our church and all very accurate as well!

 photo SAM_1807_zpsf77d4f34.jpg

Set out into 14 different chapters ranging from a pictoral visit to Temple Square in Salt Lake City (I was there a few years back and it was so nice to see photos of familiar places!) and all of the historical buildings there, as well as the new ones.   Very detailed information on each.  Absoultely fascinating whether you are a member of the church or not!

 photo SAM_1809_zps51d8cd3c.jpg

As one would expect, the fascinating history of the Saints is included . . . their early days, the journey West, etc. This lovely book traces the faith from its foundation by Joseph Smith and the early days of intense persecution to the building of Salt Lake City under the leadership of Brigham Young and the massive expansion of the Church in the second half of the twentieth century.

 photo SAM_1811_zps7ab24e43.jpg

 The book offers perspectives on the Church’s core values by those who practise the faith every day. Contributions from a range of Mormon experts consider a variety of topics . . . including the origins, beliefs and practices of the religion, its phenomenal success in recent decades as the Church has become increasingly international, its relationship to other churches, and the lifestyle of its members  . . .  making this the perfect introduction to Mormonism, which is one of the fastest-growing Christian churches in the world.

 photo SAM_1812_zpscfb1ed3f.jpg

It covers our love of education and our desire as a whole to better ourselves through education and learning . . . skills, sport, science, dance, etc.  We believe that we are never to old and it's never too late to learn a new skill or idea!

 photo SAM_1813_zps4def45b9.jpg

There is a chapter on our very large Humanitarian Aid program, and all that the church does to reach out to those in need, not only at home, but throughout the world.

  photo SAM_1814_zps89195bf5.jpg

The importance of our Temples . . . why we have them, why we need them, what we do in them . . .

 photo SAM_1815_zps84ca46ac.jpg

The value of our Family History Work and where it is stored.  Did you know that all of our records are available to anyone?   You don't have to be a member of the church to access and use them.  Invaluable when it comes to doing family history and geneology.  And free.  Everything our church offers is free . . . seriously.

  photo SAM_1816_zps77e57f70.jpg

Our Missionary Program . . . why it's done, how it's done, where it's done.  (Was so happy to read yesterday that all of our missionaries in the Phillippines are safe and accounted for!)

 photo SAM_1817_zps6cc38625.jpg

Mormons who have made a difference . . . in the arts, politics, education, sport, etc.   You would be amazed!  Did you know Gladys Knight was a member of the church?  

 With it's magnificent photographs, and chapters written by foremost scholars, this has to be the best historical and pictorial introduction to the church that I have ever seen.  I think it is a beautiful book and I would highly recommend it to anyone . . . whether you are just curious about the church and wanting to know more and even if you are already a member of the church and wanting a brilliant pictorical way of introducing the church to others who are interested.   In any case it is sure to become a valued part of anyone's home library and I am so greatful that we were sent it to read and review!!

The Mormons
An Illustrated History of
The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints
Published by Merrell Publishing

  • The only pictorial introduction of its kind on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Insightful contributions by Mormon scholars on the origins of the Church, its core beliefs and the lifestyle of its members
  • With more than 250 colour photographs and drawings  
ISBN 978-1-8589-4620-7

Suggested Price £24.95 UK, $34.95 US, $38.95 Canadian

Amazon UK
Amazon US

Many thanks to Helena and Merrell Publishing for sending it to us!

  photo index_zpsc6e8d509.jpg

Great news.  They called me from the hospital yesterday to say that they have another heart test for me tonight at 7:30.  Not sure which type of scan this will be, but it is a step forward and I am pleased.  I am really anxious to get things sorted as soon as possible and as you know have been quite distressed about what seems like the dragging of feet.   I would have thought that anything to do with the heart would have been dealt with a lot quicker, although I am grateful for a health care system which allows for equal treatment for all, irregardless of income or stature.  (Although I do think if I was the Queen, I'd have been seen to a lot quicker.  Rank does have it's priviledges.  Ha ha!)

 photo SAM_1908_zps5c51aa88.jpg

Sock Monkey hat, a fait accomplie!

 photo SAM_1906_zpsb8d502a5.jpg

Bunny Doll, toute finis!

 photo ed42d02e937dd7b364dea92192504e98_zps517dab3b.jpg

A thought to carry with you through today . . .

"Don't postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons.
Joy is the lesson."
~Alan Cohen

 photo SAM_0902_zps2e10e1ae.jpg

Cooking in The English Kitchen today . . . a delicious Creamy Gnocchi Gratin!

Have a great day people!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Your comments mean the world to me, and while I may not be able to address each one individually, each one is important to me and each one counts. Thanks so much!