My darling sister recently showed me the folly of my instagram use. I just thought and used it as an app to edit my phone photos having no idea that wonderful it is to see the photos and the everyday moments of my family and friends lives.
It's the random things like a new stack of fabric that my stash does not need, but my heart did.
There are so many random moments that don't need an entire post, but that I want to share and instragram has been perfect. However not everyone has this app and/or quite frankly needs it (I do love it more than facebook). Just another thing to keep one busy so I planned to continue to post the photos here on the Monday Menageries, but then typepad posted this today about IFTTT that will create an automatic link. So in under 10 minutes I started a
and all my future instagram photos will arrive automatically. I will slowly add the others.
(EDITED 09.29.2014: The 365 blog is no longer workin due to some glitch that I can not fix. I will try and go back and update all the photos here. Sorry for the inconvience.)
(late night reading)
It was so fast and easy, love these tutorials. Now as I was skimming over the IFTTT site it looks like it would work for other platforms like blogger or wordpress. Truly I have no idea all that it can do there are so many channels and platforms and icons that I don't even recognize. So for those of your more technical than I it looks like a great place. For someone like me, thank you typepad for the step by step tutorial.
If you are on instagram I'm kimball_allison, shockingly original user name (said with great sarcasm): my instagram account. It's easy to sign up for and free, if you want to join. Besides you might miss Loaf's different hair styles. This one was courtesy of her brothers.
I've always wanted to do an extensive study of the different names of Christ found in the scriptures, so as I was preparing the give the scripture journal presentation for the YW last December, I decided to add a little handout with the names of Christ. This list, not a comprehensive list, so please don't be limited by what I have included in the handout. I have included over 100 names, but here is a list of over 200 names of Christ. The Bible Dictionary also offers an extensive list of Christ's names that are linked to the actual scriptures, which makes studying online so easy (I love that). In creating this simple booklet, I wanted to give the girls and myself a starting point. I also printed off the some of the names in a fancy font on some label stickers to help get them started. I have included those in the download as well if you want to use them.
I printed my copy off and glued it to the front of a blank Moleskine journal; I added a little washi tape just for fun. I am keeping the pages in alphabetical order as much as possible. It's meant to be printed like a book, front to back on a standard sheet of paper. I stapled the little book together, but it's only two pages so it can be glued. Along with the names, I included a simple study guide with some of these questions or suggestions.
1. Definition of His name. I included this because John studies Hebrew. I have learned a great deal from the things he has taught me and from what the Hebrew meaning of the words are. It's been very enriching.
2. List the scriptures. I have provided a single reference for each name, but for most there are many. It's very helpful to see how the different verses add to who Christ is and what He taught.
3. What does the scripture say? Now I don't plan on rewriting all the scriptures; I will write what I learn from the scripture. It might not have anything to do with the actual content of the verse. Sometimes the Spirit prompts me like that.
4. How is His name applicable in the scripture? Why is that particular name used? What does it tell me about Him? How does it give me insights into the Savior and my relationship with Him?
5. How does this name impact my everyday life? I have been thinking a great deal about this as I've contemplated this project. For me I use the name Christ when speaking, Jesus feels foreign to me. I'm not sure why something I will ponder as I study. There are other names that have become dear to me that I will share at a later date.
6. Add your favorite pictures of Christ. Include images of the representations of Christ's name: i.e., cornerstone, shepherd, bread. I love this. I have found some lovely work as I have started this that I never knew existed. Beautiful representations of the Savior. The church offers many pictures of Christ and other gospel-related images that you can download and use in your personal study and lessons. It is an excellent resource.
7. Include your favorite quotes. For the most part, the quotes I have read refer to Christ in His common names, but when doing a search for one of His names I came across this beautiful talk (I loved listening to a young President Monson) and loved this quote:
"We discover he is more than the babe in Bethlehem, more than the carpenter’s son, more than the greatest teacher ever to live. We come to know him as the Son of God. He never fashioned a statue, painted a picture, wrote a poem, or led an army. He never wore a crown or held a scepter or threw around his shoulder a purple robe. His forgiveness was unbounded, his patience inexhaustible, his courage without limit. Jesus changed men. He changed their habits, their opinions, their ambitions. He changed their tempers, their dispositions, their natures. He changed men's hearts." (Thomas S. Monson, "The Paths Jesus Walked," General Conference, April 1974)
8. How does this name impact how I view myself and who I can become? (I think this is one of the keys for me. The Lord knows who I am, who I have always been. He knows my potential and does everything He can help me realize my divine nature.)
This is not a journal that I am in a huge rush to finish. I have been thinking about one particular name for many months. This is my journey to draw closer to the Savior, so there is no time limit, only the desire for change. I also want you to understand that I will never profess to be a scholar or provide profound insights if I share some of my entries. This journal is not meant to be a reference manual or anything other than a place for me to learn and grow.
I went back and searched the blog (I love the search feature) for things that I have already written about Christ that I might want to include in my journal. I am so glad I write our stories. I had forgotten about this precious gem: RECOGNIZING CHRIST, or this post: NEVER DENY CHRIST which brings so many thoughts.
I will also include my testimony of Christ(or this one) in the opening pages. Perhaps I will write my testimony again in the final pages and see how my relationship with Christ has changed. It will become another tangible testimony not only for me but my children. I want them always to understand that I know He lives. My witness of Him is strong, even if it is small. He is the Light and the Way. He is my all.
“That man is greatest and most blessed and joyful whose life most closely approaches the pattern of the Christ. This has nothing to do with earthly wealth, power, or prestige. The only true test of greatness, blessedness, joyfulness is how close a life can come to being like the Master, Jesus Christ. He is the right way, the full truth, and the abundant life.” (Ensign, Dec. 1988, p. 2.)
John's great grand father, Dad Harry, created these beautiful stained glass windows. He was a stained glass artist that worked here in the valley. His work can be seen all over in historic buildings. I had the opportunity to sit in the Assembly Hall last month and I marveled at the workmanship as I looked around at the amazing details and craftsmanship. The photos don't do his work justice.
Thank you to my lovely sister in law who scanned all the photos and gave us each a copy. They are a treasure for our family.
One of my favorite pieces in the Salt Lake Temple, which I don't have a picture of, but if you want to see an amazing replica go to the South Visitors Center on Temple Square. It is amazing to be in such a sacred place and look around and know that your ancestors helped create this wonderful place. A place were we were married and had children sealed to us, you feel a greater connection.
Each of our lives are filled with ancestors who have forged a path for us. Perhaps the way is not always as lovely as this, but the lessons and sacrifices are equally as important.
"You are familiar with their story. You are the fruit of all of their planning and of all of their labors. Whether you have pioneer ancestry or came into the Church only yesterday, you are a part of this whole grand picture of which those men and women dreamed.
Theirs was a tremendous undertaking. Ours is a great continuing responsibility.
They laid the foundation. Ours is the duty to build on it.
I loved this quote my President Hinckley. It helps me think about my responsibility to my descendants. Someday I hope to create something beautiful and lasting. Something my children and their children and their children can look upon and say, "She magnified the talents the Lord gave her." Or as Erma Bombeck said it, "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.' "
The world is filled with brilliant people. I used to feel bad because I wasn't one of them, but now I just rejoice because I can sit back and glean from their wisdom. Our home is filled with wonderful things and thoughts from such smart people.
Now I know my children will get upset when I say I'm not one of the smart people. I know I'm intelligent and I have talents and gifts, however I don't have every gift and talent and I appreciate the complexities of other people's minds and talents.
Some brilliant person thought to put their washi tape on a thread holder. Found it on pinterest and it's the perfect solution for all of us washi users to find what we need. It looks pretty and makes me so happy to see that array of colors.
John teases us about your use of pinterest, but I regularly implement the ideas I see. Gus has a beautiful dress she is making from an pin she found. Not to mention all the delicious dishes that we have tried. Having the app makes cooking quite delightful when you can pull out your phone and have the recipe available while shopping or cooking.
Lots of people smarter than me have taught about scripture journals and writing things down as prompted. This simple practice has enriched my study and helped me draw closer to a loving Heavenly Father. I would have never thought of this on my own and I am so thankful for the things I have learned.
I am grateful for a smart doctor and surgeon who last week scrapped, cleaned, cauterized, cut, and repaired my tendon all in hopes that I can keep it long term. It is going to be a longer recovery road, but I'm on it and I'm so thankful for his knowledge and skill.
I am so thankful for a brilliant husband who knows just what to say to make my day brighter. Who brings home a beautiful surprise just because. He is an amazing man, I'm so thankful he is my friend.
This is not the best image technically, but I'm so thankful that I have been able to learn from other brilliant people who to capture the wonderful moments of my family. I would have missed this toothless grin all stuffed with pillows ready to a sumo competition. I love being able to capture the moments of our lives so that I can remember the silliness of the littles.
Smart people are awesome. Everyone has something to share and bless the lives of others, whether it's always finding the beauty and joy in things or to writing a simple essay that uplifts. We can enrich not only our own lives, but the lives of the people we associate with.
“When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses? When the surf of the centuries has made the great pyramids so much sand, the everlasting family will still be standing, because it is a celestial institution, formed outside telestial time. The women of God know this. ” (Neal A. Maxwell, The Women of God, Ensign, May 1978)
“Mortality is a precious drop in the bucket of eternity. Why not make each minute pleasant and fulfilling? We must make our own happiness. As President Spencer W. Kimball once said, ‘Happiness does not depend upon what happens outside of you, but on what happens inside of you. It is measured by the spirit with which you meet the problems of life.’ ”(President James E. Faust, “A Vision of What We Can Be,” Ensign, Mar. 1996, 10)