The Beauty of Mother Earth

This past Saturday was the perfect day to take a quick drive to nature. It was cool, but there was still enough warmth from the suns rays to enjoy the outdoors. We went to a beautiful waterfall not too far from our home called Mesa Falls.

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I wish I had words to describe my love for Mother Earth and the beauty she holds. I feel like I am at a season of my life where my relationship with Mother Earth is becoming more sacred. All that we are and have, all that keeps us alive and well, we own to her. She is alive and divine. Like a mother she gives all that she is and all that she has for the well-being of us who live on her beauty.

I really love reading about the American Indians relationship with Mother Earth. They so respected her, and so much of their spirituality had a connection to the earth. I was recently reading in a book called “Mother Earth Spirituality” when this passage really struck me.

“Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods… Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself.

The earth is precious to God and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its Creator.”

Mother Earth Spirituality – A Letter of Chief Seathl to Franklin Pierce 1854

I wish we though that way today. I wish we lived in accordance to this truth. I wish I did better to respect Mother Earth, to live in a manner that was more in harmony with nature.

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Being in nature reminds me of my sacred duty to care better for the Earth. This trip to Mesa Falls was no exception. Glorious Mother Earth is worth every sacrifice we make to take care of her. May we each do our part on our strand of the web of life to care for the precious Earth God loves and created for us.

The Word of Wisdom

Besides a cross country move for a new job we have experienced a few other life changes recently. One of which is our choice of nourishment. I thought I would write a bit about this change since it has been quite the experience.

This summer, before we knew we were going to move across the country, we planned a cross country road trip for a big family reunion in Montana. In preparation for the 70 + hours we would be in the car, I checked out a few books from the library. I don’t remember how I ended up with the books that I did, but when we left I had The China Study, Forks Over Knives, and How Not To Die. I don’t think I even knew anything about the books, but on the drive I read all about a Whole Food Plant Based diet for the first time. I was so skeptical about the whole thing, thought it might be interesting to try, but didn’t really think it would change me all that much.

On the drive home I decided to see if there was anything about Mormon Vegans, and found a series of articles Jane Birch had written for Meridian Magazine. This lead me to her site Discovering the Word of Wisdom. During those quiet moments learning about the Word of Wisdom in the car, I felt a deep impression, this is how you need to eat. It was so clear that we changed our way of eating almost instantly, and we really haven’t looked back.

So many times while sitting in a church class the following quote has come into the lesson.

“True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.”

-Boyd K. Packer

I love the quote, but until I started studying the Word of Wisdom, I had never truly experienced true doctrine changing my behavior. In my continuous study of the Word of Wisdom, this quote has come to mind time and time again. The change to a more Whole Food Plant Based Diet has been simple because I have come to more fully understand the doctrine of the Word of Wisdom, and with that understanding, my behavior has changed accordingly.

I knew it would be challenging, especially the social aspect of eating Whole Food Plant Based. Basically everyone I knew and associated with ate meat, dairy, eggs and oil as the main part of their diet, hey three days before that was the main part of my meals. But I felt that it was right for me and my family, and a whole food plant based diet continued to be our reality.

Fast forward a few weeks and we moved in with my parents as we try to sell our home in Maryland, so I knew we would be having dinner together every night. Since everyone else works and I would be making meals for our family anyway, I invited my parents to eat with us. After a few weeks of meals my mom recently noted that “we hadn’t had anything weird yet.”

So we will continue to eat herbs, fruit, and all the lovely grains. I will eat meat sparingly and truly save it for times of winter, cold, and famine. I will do my best to eat with prudence and thanksgiving.

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Delicious, colorful plants. I have learned to love them!

If you want to learn more about the Word of Wisdom, you can study it here. I also recommend checking out Jane Birch’s website Discovering the Word of Wisdom. I will continue to document this journey for our family and would love to hear your experiences of making the change to a Whole Food Plant Based Diet.

The Winds of Change

At this moment I am sitting in Idaho, our new home. A recent change has taken us over a 1000 miles from our home in Maryland, and brought me back to my roots. Over the last five years of being married, I feel like Daniel and I have had a Chocolat kind of experience. Have you seen the movie? A women and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a little village and by so doing, change the people. Once they have fulfilled their purpose of that season in their lives, the winds blow and they move to the next village. Eventually they choose to stay in a particular French village, despite the winds blowing them to their next destination.

Since the our beginning 5 years ago we have lived in 4 states, two in the Mountain West and two on the east coast. We have never been in any home for two years. We have had a purpose in each place, and fulfilled it.

We thought we would stay in Maryland for a while. But around February I had a distinct feeling that we needed to make our way back to Idaho, and with a bit of divine guidance, we made it to our windy new home.

Each time we go outside, and the wind blows, I think about that feeling, that deep knowing that we needed to make the change, that the winds of the universe blew us to this place, to build our life here, to build our home here.

We are loving our new Idahome.

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