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Which Foods Have Been Genetically Modified and Why?

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You won’t believe why some of your foods are being genetically modified.

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio”, Caleb Warnock, Janiel Miller and Lori Henderson talk about which common foods have been genetically modified and why. (Audio 30 min)

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Happy Earth Day!

Mormon-Hippie---Earth-Day-So-CA-Clean-upWhen the Lord placed Adam and Eve on earth, He commanded them to take care of the earth. That is a responsibility we have each inherited. The earth provides everything we need, but it is our job to nurture and protect it.

Environmental issues are a hot political topic in any arena, but no matter what your political leanings, if you believe in God and that he is the creator of heaven and earth, you have to believe that our home is more than simply a planet spinning on its axis. If nothing else, you have to see earth as one of God’s creations, and that should be enough to make you want to do your best to take care of it.


In the winter of 1969-70, Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin developed the idea of a day to bring awareness to environmental problems facing the planet. On April 22, 1970, the first “Earth Day” was observed. A surprisingly large number of people – 20 million – participated across the country. Today over a billion people participate each year. Some attend rallies. Some plant trees. Others clean up rivers and lakes. Whatever the participants do, they are taking seriously the charge from the Lord that we take care of the planet.

There are many things we can do. The important thing is that we each do something, and that we do something on more than just April 22.

Mormon-Hippie---Earth-Day---Use-it-upREASONS TO RECYCLE

Recycling saves trees. In Colonial America, before the expansion West, it was said forests were so thick that a person could walk from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific on the treetops. Today 95 percent of those forests have been cut down, and 50% of the world’s forests are gone.
Recycling reduces water pollution. Turning trees into paper uses more water than any other industrial process in America. Paper recycling mills use much less water and don’t pollute nearly as much.
Recycling reduces the need for incinerators and landfills to deal with discarded paper. This helps reduce air pollution.
Recycling creates jobs and promotes economic development. For every job in a landfill, there are 10 jobs in a recycling facility and 25 jobs in recycling-based manufacturing. Every year Americans generate more than 230 million tons of solid waste. If we recycled 30% of our waste every year, Americans would save the energy equivalent of 11.9 billion gallons of gasoline. This would also reduce the greenhouse gas equivalent of taking 25 million cars off the road. We can all be a little more frugal in what we throw away. Brigham Young was known for saying:

Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do, or do without.


Obviously some of us can do more than others, but if we each do a little it adds up to a lot. Below are some links to recycling ideas.

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I’m a Mormon Profile: I’m Martin. I’m addicted to saving energy and recycling trash. (Source:

New Era Article: “This is Ace” (Source:

Ensign Article: Using Earth’s Resources Well (Source:



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Webpage: 37 Ways to Make Something New out of Something Old (Source:


This article was originally published on in 2013.

Fly Right

One of the sure signs of autumn and spring in North America is a “V” of geese flying south or returning north.  Although it is esthetically pleasing, there is much more to the “V” pattern than you might realize.


As each bird flaps its wings, it forces a movement of air that creates an uplift for the bird immediately behind. By flying in a “V” formation, the flock is able to travel more than 70% further than a goose flying alone could.

When we work together as a group moving in a common direction, we can get there quicker and easier if we cooperate and help lighten the load for others. Working together and supporting each other creates an environment of trust and unity, which leads to joy in our work, and a greater sense of fulfillment.

The Chinese philosopher Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

When we feel we are valued members of a group we enjoy the work we do as part of that group, and in turn, we become a much more productive worker.


When the lead goose gets tired, it drops back into the formation and another goose moves up to take the lead.

The Lord has counseled us to use wisdom and not run faster than we have strength.

“…It is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength.” – The Book of Mormon, Mosiah 4:27

It’s important to take a break occasionally. In an organization, it is beneficial to change leadership now and then and get fresh wings in the lead. Not only does that keep people rested physically, but also creativity is increased, and enthusiasm is heightened.

Mormon-Media-Network-fly-right-image-by-morguefile-snowbear-blogTHE BUDDY SYSTEM

When a goose gets sick or injured and has to drop out of formation, at least two geese drop out with it. Those two geese remain with the injured goose until it is ready to fly again. The three then either start out in their own small formation, or join another larger flock, until they are able to catch up with their original group.

No one should be left behind.  We should always be aware of those around us who are struggling. There is no better exercise than reaching down and lifting people up.

Maya Angelou said, “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”

Nobel Prize winning author Rabindranath Tagore wrote, “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I woke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”

If we believe, as the Book of Mormon teaches, that the purpose of life is joy, then we should live lives of service.

Mormon-Media-Network-Fly-Right-image-by-Morguefile-gracey-blogATTA BOY

When you hear the honks of geese overhead, you’re hearing the geese in the rear of the “V”.  They honk encouragement to those in the lead who, for the moment, are bearing the brunt of the work. We all need that kind of encouragement.

In study after study, it has been found that the biggest motivator for employees in any work environment is not money, but rather being appreciated. Money is usually in the top five, and moves around from study to study, but being appreciated is consistently number one.

Geese seem to instinctively understand what Horace Mann meant when he said, “Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.”

Life can be difficult, but we can each make the journey lighter with words of encouragement . . . Honk if you agree.


This article was originally published on in 2015.

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“Hide not your talents, they for use were made, What’s a sundial in the shade?” – Benjamin Franklin

Work without love is slavery. – Mother Teresa

“If you care about what you do and work hard at it, there isn’t anything you can’t do if you want to.” – Jim Henson

“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.” – Horace Mann