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How I made 20 healthy dinners

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Turns out it's a lot easier (and therefor more likely to happen) to make a bunch of healthy dinners at once than it is to cook for one person every night.

The cost of the food ended up to be about $3/meal. That's a lot less than I'm used to spending on dinner. It took me about 3 hours (9 minutes per meal), but I had some "learning experiences" that would drastically cut down on that time if I did this again. For example, now I know about how much rice to make (I had to do multiple batches to get this right.) I really hope I do this again.

Here's what I used:

Plastic trays (Amazon - these are the ones I got, but there are lots to choose from)

Salmon fillet
Rotisserie chicken
Frozen mixed vegetables
Fresh brussels sprouts
Frozen green beans
Wild rice/quinoa blend

And here is the result:


These keep well in the freezer. Once I've used 5 or so of them, I can make a batch of something new to replenish and mix it up a bit.  Subscribe to future posts

Bless them that curse you

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Jesus taught:
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:44-45) I don't know that I have any real enemies. At least I hope not! I have, however, been used. I've experienced meanness from others. And I've used and been mean to others, as much as I hate to admit it. Those kinds of experiences lead me to "like" some people less than others, even if only out of self-preservation.

Recently, an unfortunate turn of events impacted someone whom I have avoided and toward whom I have felt less-than-friendly. I decided to pray for him. I prayed that he would be blessed during this difficult time and that he would be able to overcome his circumstances soon.

It was a small act. Much smaller and less im…

Volume wins

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Volume wins.

I heard this phrase for the first time today. Actually, I read it in an article called 20 Brutal Truths All 20-Somethings Need to Hear.
Whatever you love doing, whatever you want to do most in life, do it every single day. The people who do only what they enjoy when they feel like it aren't the ones who end up being thought leaders. They aren't the ones who achieve true success. To actually become someone influential, and build yourself to be one of the greats, in anything, you have to devote yourself to a daily practice. Volume wins. Seems like good enough advice to live by. My twenties have already slipped by, but I feel the idea of "volume wins" can be applied at any age. It's never too late to start.

What I do every day that I like
PrayRead the newsEat a healthy breakfastWhat I do every day that I don't like Watch YouTubeStay up too lateCheck my phone first thing in the morningWhat I'd like to do every day ExerciseRead a bookWrite publiclyStud…

Red alert! Spiritual self-destruction initiated

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I have a burning question. I've had it for a long time.

What is the difference between someone whose faith strengthens when faced with adversity and someone whose faith weakens when faced with adversity? The question takes on an even more mystifying air when I realize that I myself have fallen into both camps at various points in my life.

After years of pondering this question, I may have reached an answer that satisfies my curiosity.

A person whose faith strengthens when faced with adversity wants their faith to strengthen, so they choose to tell themselves a faith-strengthening story about what they experience.

A person whose faith weakens when faced with adversity wants their faith to weaken, so they choose to tell themselves a faith-destroying story about what they experience.

What do I mean by adversity?
Well, anything that introduces discomfort into a person's life. It doesn't have to be cancer. It could be something as simple as getting fired from a job or as stupid …

Fasting...am I getting the point?

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I'll never forget the first powerful experience I had with fasting. I was sitting in a big meeting of missionaries as a 19-year-old kid. I don't remember a lot of details. Someone played the piano. It was summertime. I was hungry.

But instead of feeling hunger, I felt humility. I felt close to God, and I knew I was experiencing the point of fasting. At least part of it.

Skip ahead to today. This morning I read a few verses of scriptures about fasting. This bled into scriptures and thoughts about the Sabbath Day, and eventually the Word of Wisdom. I noticed a pattern.

humility
yielding
whole soul
to be obedient to the commandments of God

As a 19-year-old kid, did I even get the point of it all? I guess I'd started to, because I recognized that taking a specific action caused me to feel close to God. But at that time, I'm pretty sure the point of the gospel in my mind was to convince other people to join the Church.

Since then, and today's study reminded me of this, …

How to track spiritual progress over time

Read about the tool I created to be the "Fitbit for my soul" on Mormon Life Hacker.

Aftermath

Last night... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVbzQCTPcEQ

I've never really posted videos before. Not serious ones, anyway. And I'm not saying this one is serious, because it's just a flower floating in a fountain.

But this little flower intrigued me. As did the blossom petals churning in the water. Cherry blossoms are so gorgeous, but they are also so very short lived. They are all gone now, though only a day or so ago their blooming added a dreamlike quality to the grounds at Temple Square. Now a current of water is dragging them down the drain.