Lucy July 1 - turning four!
Jewel July 2 - turning 29 ... and holding!
Janeil July 2 - turning 74!
Raygen July 6 - turning three!
(And there are others, of course, in my sisters' families.)
My testimony of the atonement (continued):
Part of the atonement is the acceptance of vulnerability. We ought not and cannot hide from nor deny the hard part. He suffered, not for any sin of His, but for obedience. It is an honor to do likewise, in small measure; to accept that life can be hard but there is purpose in it. Only when we are submissive does the atonement work, purifying us. Not only does the atonement become functional, His rewards for our obedience help us override ongoing weaknesses. The challenge is to find strength in Him instead of ourselves. We may never fully understand all the things that happen in our lives but we can be sure God will use even the worst situations for His glory and our weaknesses as His strengths. The story of Joseph sold into Egypt, case in point. So what is the key? obeDIEnce. Dying to our own will. Doing that, daily, helps keep our humility on the warming burner, enabling the fire of the Holy Ghost to come into our lives.
[Jewel and I were talking about favorite scriptures ... I think I'll report a few of mine in future.]
Utah is burning. Not that we are alone, or even the worst, but it's the worst for us!
(Provo Thursday @ Freedom Blvd & University Diagonal)
As of last night:
Herriman Fire - 15% contained, several homes lost. Caused by a burning car which spread to dry grass. Had another area fire in 2010 caused by machine gun fire at nearby Camp Williams.
Clay Springs Fire (east of Delta): 68,309 acres, 15% contained. Unknown cause.
Wood Hollow Fire (Birdseye and surrounding): 46,402 acres, 35% contained. Suspect copper stripping thieves caused this fire.
Seeley Fire (Huntington/Fairview area): 15,790 acres, 0% contained. Lightning-caused.
Church Camp Fire 9NE of Price): 5,600 acres, 10% contained. Unknown cause.
Pole Creek Fire (NW of Vernal): 1,868 acres, 0% contained. Human-caused: fireworks.
New Harmony Fire (NE of St. George): 1,826 acres, 90% contained. Human-caused: water pump malfunction.
Wolf Den Fire (in the middle of nowhere, eastern border): 1,000 acres, 0% containment. Lightning caused.
Prior to that, and has been contained:
Dump Fire (Saratoga Springs/Eagle Mountain): burned over 6,000 acres, caused by target practicing, 2,500 were evacuated.
Others, before that. It has been reported that 20 fires this year so far were caused by target practicing.
Fireworks have been banned in P.G. @ Murdock Canal and above. (Also only on limited days pre/post the 4th/24th, but so far has been ignored by many.)
Humm. Maybe we should add to the list, "You know you are a Utah redneck if ....)
On a lighter note: Got my new keyboard. Mac stuff is worth buying ... just for the super cool packaging! Also happy to see Norma's flowers blooming each year!