Peace on Earth, if Only for the Day

Based on a true story, soldiers during World War I pause on Christmas day to enjoy a little Peace on Earth.

If you have been following Mormon Hippie from our beginning at Thanksgiving 2014, you know that our Christmas celebrations embrace many cultures and traditions.  Having served our missions in southern Germany and Austria, singing “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night) is always the culminating highlight of our 4th and final Advent celebration each year.

This year (2014), Sainbury’s of Great Britain has produced a beautiful Christmas message bringing cultures, human emotion, and good will together in a way that will swell your heart with joy and hope, even 100 years after the event took place.  The Spirit of Christmas works miracles, then and now.

Wishing you a season of peace and good will toward all men, and may gratitude and happiness grace your Christmas!

The Mormon Hippie Duo

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

(This article was originally posted in December, 2014)

I love Christmas in the Primary Nursery! Every Sunday in December we would teach the story of Christmas by dressing up the children as characters of the Nativity. We taped yellow paper stars along the walls of the church and one very large yellow star over the place where the baby Jesus (a doll) slept in a manger (a shoebox lined with straw). Mary and Joseph led the procession, the Shepherds carried stuffed lambs, the Wise Men carried small shiny gifts, and the Angels twirled their pretty white dresses as we all followed the stars to find the Baby Jesus.

One December in particular will forever stand out to me. As our adorable class of 2 and 3-year- olds excitedly discovered the stars and almost raced down the halls to find the Baby Jesus, a number of curious adults joined the joyful throng. When the children located the large star, they gathered around the small box with the baby inside, and instinctively knelt down beside it. Without a word from any of the Nursery leaders or bystanders, the Wise Men gently placed their little gifts beside the baby inside the shoebox bed. The spontaneous reverence from these tiny children was awe-inspiring.

After a moment of gathering my emotions so that I could speak, I quietly suggested to the children that we sing a song to the Baby Jesus. I asked what they would like to sing to him, fully expecting that they would choose “Away in a Manger” or “Silent Night”, as we had practiced those songs in class. My 3-year-old grandson jumped up and excitedly said, “I know!” A pause while he thought about it. Then again, in that breathy excited voice, “I know!” Another pause. His little body was vibrating – something uncontrollable that happened when he was excited! We all waited in anxious anticipation. Finally, almost bursting with excitement, he exclaimed: “I know! How about? (a pause). How about? (another pause). How about Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah?!” He was so proud that he had come up with the perfect song! There was a long moment of silence, and a few giggles, then one of the bystanders said, “I think that would make Jesus very happy.”

So we sang Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah to Baby Jesus right there in the hallway of the church. And all the bystanders sang along. And more gathered around. And surprisingly, most everyone knew the words. And even more surprising, the words were perfect for the occasion of the birth of the Son of God, the Savior of the World, the Prince of Peace.

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
Zip-A-Dee-A
My oh my, what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine heading my way
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
Zip-A-Dee-A

Mister bluebird on my shoulder
It’s the truth
It’s actual
Everything is satisfactual

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
Zip-A-Dee-A
Wonderful feeling !
Wonderful day !

Music by Allie Wrubel and Lyrics by Ray Gilbert

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GMO Yeast & the Gluten Problem

  • Why are people “gluten intolerant” now but weren’t 100 years ago?
  • Is the bread you are eating completely natural?

In this episode of Forgotten Skills Radio, Caleb Warnock, Janiel Miller and Lori Henderson discuss genetically modified yeast and how it is affecting your health. (Audio 29 min.)

  • Find out how to get your own free natural, non-GMO yeast.

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GMOs — Genetically Modified Yeast

  • Why are $o many companie$ genetically modifying our food$?
  • How long has this been going on?
  • Why are so many people today suffering from gluten intolerance?

In this episode of Forgotten Skills Radio, authors Caleb Warnock and Janiel Miller and video & broadcast producer Lori Henderson discuss genetically modified yeast. (Audio 28 min)

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Autumn Recipes

Mormon-Hippie-Forgotten-Skills-Pumpkin-Soup“Come, ye thankful people come, raise a song of harvest home; all is safeIy gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.”

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio”, video and internet producer Lori Henderson joins authors Caleb Warnock and Janiel Miller to discuss and share autumn recipes. (Audio – 27 min.)

Get recipes for:

  • Wicked Good Over-night Carmel French Toast
  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • Chilled Pumpkin Soup
  • Stevia Apple Cider
  • Seasoned Zucchini Chips
  • Spiced Nuts
  • Lightly-sweetened Popcorn

For more holiday ideas, listen to the Mormon Tea episode Fill My Cup with Tradition. (Audio – 27 min.)

Learn to make an authentic German Apple Strudel. Lori teaches you how in this step-by-step video.

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In Memory of Thanksgiving — That Holiday We Used to Have Before Christmas

Every year it seems that Christmas sales, promotions and decorations show up earlier and earlier. Thanksgiving is being pushed back into the dark corners of America’s holiday storehouse.

One man is on a personal crusade to rectify that. “The Pilgrim” is determined to bring back Thanksgiving.

Visit The Pilgrim’s Facebook page.

“The Pilgrim” is not a creation of Mormon Hippie (but is a really good friend).

The Health Benefits of Natural Yeast

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio” Caleb Warnock talks about the hot topic of gluten.

Natural yeast to the rescue!

Learn the bread baking skills your great-grandparents relied on.

Caleb also offers a free yeast start to all of his listeners. (Audio 29:00)

 

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The Sound of Silence

GETTING AWAY FROM IT ALL

In February 1968, the Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India to attend an advanced Transcendental Meditation training session at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This much-publicized event was instrumental in introducing meditation to the western world.  The approximately 7 weeks spent in India was the most productive in the Beatles’ tenure.  John Lennon said,  “We wrote about thirty new songs between us. Paul must have done about a dozen. George says he’s got six, and I wrote fifteen”.

It would be hard to argue that the environment had little to do with the Beatles’ productivity. Getting away from the clamor of normal life can open avenues of creativity and productivity in each of us.

A QUIET PLACE

Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist. He records the sounds of nature all over the world. In a recent interview with Krista Tippett on her radio program, “On Being”, he warns that silence is becoming a rare commodity. It wasn’t long ago that keeping earth’s waters clean was not all that important, and being able to see the stars was not something that should concern us. Today, when those things are nearly gone, we see the importance of them. Now we are in danger of losing silence.

Silence is not the absence of sound, but rather the absence of noise. A forest can be silent even with the chirping of birds and the rustling of leaves, but noise is something different. We are awash in noise everyday. From cars on the highway, to the beeping of a smart phone, noise is a part of our lives. When we are surrounded by noise our minds are being pulled in many directions. Noise makes it difficult to concentrate, to control our thoughts, or to simply rest our minds in meditation.

Meditation is an important part of our physical, emotional and spiritual health.  The Lord has counseled us to not run faster than we have strength. When we are bombarded by noise, our minds are running faster than they have strength. When we turn off the noise and rest our minds in meditation, we are able to “let the solemnities of eternity rest upon [our] minds.” (Doctrine and Covenants 43:34) Meditation clears our minds and welcomes insight and inspiration.

President David O. McKay said, “We don’t take sufficient time to meditate. It’s a great thing to be responsive to the whisperings of the Spirit and we know that when these whisperings come it is a gift and our privilege to have them. They come when we are relaxed and not under pressure of appointments.”

Take 60 seconds right now and listen to the birds in the Sacred Grove as you watch this video of sunrise on the Joseph Smith farm.

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Afternoon Tea and the Word of Wisdom

Mormon-Hippie-Brigham-YoungBrigham Young taught that the Lord revealed the Word of Wisdom to improve the quality of our mortal lives, to make us more effective workers in God’s earthly kingdom, and to help us to fill the full measure of our creation. (Teachings of Presidents of the Church:  Brigham Young, Introduction, Chapter 29, p. 211)

Joseph F. Smith said, “Observance of the Word of Wisdom will strengthen our bodies, ennoble our souls, and bring us nearer to God.”  (Teachings of Presidents of the Church:  Joseph F. Smith, Introduction, Chapter 36, p. 323)

Mormon-Hippie-section-89“The Word of Wisdom was ‘given for a principle with promise’ (see D&C 89:3).  That word principle in the revelation is a very important one. A principle is an enduring truth, a law, a rule you can adopt to guide you in making decisions.  Generally, principles are not spelled out in detail. That leaves you free to find your way with an enduring truth, a principle, as your anchor.”  (Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, May 1996 p. 17)

As we read and ponder and practice our “Health Code”, we come to understand it is a profound gift with a profound purpose:  1) to protect the physical well being of the faithful and to extend their lives so that they will live longer and have more opportunity to learn and understand and contribute to what happens in the earth; and 2) to open the door to spiritual blessings and spiritual guidance.

Mormon-Hippie---Strong-Drink---Obraz-788-Morgue-File---tomaszlachThe Word of Wisdom, found in the Doctrine & Covenants, Section 89, states:

Verse 5:  “That inasmuch as any drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him.”

Verse 6:  “And behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make.”

Verse 7:  “And, again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies.”

Verse 8:  “And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.”

Verse 9:  “And again hot drinks are not for the body or belly.”

These are the “DON’Ts” of the Word of Wisdom.  Latter-day Prophets have explained these verses this way:

Mormon-Hippie-David-O.-McKayDavid O. McKay taught “I must tell you that our people do not believe in drinking stimulants, and we think tea is a stimulant . . . There is a substance in tea and coffee which when taken into the human system, tends to increase the beating of the heart; which in turn increases the rapidity of the circulation of the blood and of breathing.  This causes the body to become warmer and more exhilarated.  After a time, however, this temporary enlivenment passes off, and the body is really in a greater need of rest and recuperation than it was before the beverage was taken . . . The habitual use of strong drink, tobacco, tea, and coffee, only tends to make the body weaker and more dependent upon the stimulants to which it is addicted.”  (Teachings of Presidents of the Church:  David O. McKay, p 103, 105)

Brigham Young said, “The constitution that a person has should be nourished and cherished; and whenever we take anything into the system to force and stimulate it beyond its natural capacity, it shortens life.  I am physician enough to know that . . . If you will follow this counsel, you will be full of life and health, and you will increase your intelligence, your joy, and comfort.”  (Teachings of Presidents of the Church:  Brigham Young, p. 212)

Mormon-Hippie-Joseph-F-SmithJoseph F. Smith explained, “If the pure intelligence of the Spirit of God were substituted for the stimulating influence of the tea and the liquor; if we could by some means get a sufficient portion of the Spirit of the Lord within us that would cause us to know just what to do when we felt weariness and faintness coming upon us, without resorting to the aid of stimulants and drugs that go far to injure our systems and make us slaves to an acquired appetite, it would be a great deal better for us.  I would rather feel tired and exhausted by labor, and let nature have a chance to restore itself, than I would attempt to doctor myself by the use of narcotics and drugs that would sap the foundation of my physical and spiritual health . . . The young man who would cope with the world, who would be full of vigor, and fresh for the battle of life, will find his strength in living according to the word of the Lord.”  (Teachings of Presidents of the Church:  Joseph F. Smith, p. 327-328)

The late Dr. John R. Christopher, Master Herbalist and Founder of Dr. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing in Springville, Utah, addressed the elements of the Word of Wisdom in his concise 24-page booklet  titled Just What is the Word of Wisdom?  in this way:

Strong drink “This has generally been accepted as referring to intoxicating liquors, but a strong drink is any drink, hot or cold, which is a habit forming drink.” He goes on to explain that it was many years after this revelation was given before Man and Science understood the phrase “for the washing of your bodies”.   It was discovered that alcohol could be used for the cleansing of wounds and for the killing of germs.

Herb to be used with judgment and skill Dr. Christopher suggests that if tobacco is such a strong and dangerous herb to require a caution for its use even on the outside of the body, “what will it do to the delicate tissues and membranes inside the body?”

Hot drinks “The common conception of hot drinks is tea and coffee . . . Medical Science has discovered  . . . that any hot liquid taken into the body is harmful . . .”  He clarifies that hot chocolate, postum and even soup—if too hot—can be very injurious to the delicate tissues of the body.   (Just What is the Word of Wisdom? By Dr. John R. Christopher, MH, p.5-7)

Now for some “DO’s”!

Verse 10:  “And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs* God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man—

Verse 11:  “Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.”

*A footnote here defines “herbs” as “plants”, which would include plants, vines, trees, bushes, roots – all of which produce food and herbs for human nutrition.

Dr. Christopher stated that wholesome herbs “is used collectively, wherein an edible food from plants of any type, not under the fruit classification, are included.  Wholesome means healthy, whole . . . [entire, complete].”  (Ibid.)

Many other verses of scripture, both ancient and modern-day, support these verses with greater teaching:

Genesis 1:29, 31 and Moses 2:29, 31 (The Creation) – “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. . . . And I God, saw everything that I had made, and, behold, all things which I had made were very good; and the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” (bold, italics added)

Alma 46:40 – “And there were some who died with fevers, which at some seasons of the year were very frequent in the land—but not so much so with fevers, because of the excellent qualities of the many plants and roots which God had prepared to remove the cause of diseases, to which men were subject by the nature of the climate.”

D&C 42:43 (Section 42 is “The Law of the Lord to the Church”; verses 40-52 instruct that the sick are to be healed through administrations and by faith.) – “And whosoever among you are sick, and have not faith to be healed, but believe, shall be nourished with all tenderness with herbs and mild food, and that not by the hand of an enemy.”

D&C 59:17-19 – “Yea and the herb, and the good things which come of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens or for vineyards;

“Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart; “Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.”

Is there a difference between “tea” and “herb tea”?  YES!

True teas, from the tea plant (Camellia sinensis), are naturally caffeinated and include black, green, white, yellow, oolong, etc.  The concentration of caffeine depends on when the leaves are harvested.  For example, white tea has the least caffeine because it comes from the youngest leaves; green tea is the next harvest and is still significantly less than a black tea which has had time to grow to its fullness.  De-caffeinated teas come from the same plant; the tea has been processed to remove the caffeine. **

“Herbal tea” is a catch-all term for any naturally non-caffeinated beverage made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices, or other plant material in water.  “Tisane” is another word for herbal tea.  Tisanes have been used for nearly as long as written history extends, dating back to Ancient Egypt and Ancient China.  The word “tisane” originates from the Greek, meaning a drink made from pearl barley.  Tisanes/Herbal Teas are commonly used for their perceived medicinal benefits.  — Source:  Herbal tea, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I learned to drink herb tea on my mission in Bavaria.  As it was common practice to serve guests tea and cake, our mission president encouraged us to graciously accept the offering, but to politely request an herb tea.  It was never a problem as they always had a variety of herb teas on hand.

I have been studying herbs and their uses and health benefits, and thoroughly enjoy creating my own blends for health and wellness, or simply a pleasurable moment by the fire with a good book, or a good friend and some good conversation!

Some people are anxious about the word “tea” – that we should “avoid the appearance of evil.”  All I can say to that is, herb tea is not evil.   The scriptures teach us that herbs are a gift from a loving Heavenly Father.  The simplest way to get the benefits of the herbs is to cover them with hot water and allow them to steep so that the beneficial properties and the exquisite flavors are infused into the water.  It’s no different than putting herbs in water and calling it broth or soup!

Herb Tea is to Tea what Root Beer is to Beer. They are NOT the same. It’s that simple. And YOU control the temperature!

— Lori Henderson, Producer/Host of “Mormon Tea” on the Mormon Media Network.

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