Life continues to go on. Things are going very well here in Provo, Utah. Amanda and I are enjoying life and keeping busy. I am working full time at Meier and Frank and enjoying my time there. I look forward to each day and every day is different. Amanda has just switched from DownEast Outfitters to Dillards. I agree with many things at Dillards but admit we are much more human at Meier and Frank. Macy’s Regional Representatives visited the store yesterday and they were very kind, willing to listen, and easy to get along with. It was an enjoyable experience. Things are laid back and good at M&F. Dillards has this rule that if you are tardy 8 times in 6 months, you are fired. Ouch! Aren’t we humans? not machines? Amanda keeps busy with school. She had a chemistry test today that she was not very excited about. On the way home, she doesn’t feel she did very well. I am continuing with my LSAT Course. I am feeling more confident in the possibilities with the test, but still am not showing the improvements I would like to see. Soon enough, I hope. We finished Numbers just a day or two ago. We are now reading on in Deuteronomy, which is one of my favorite books of the entire Bible. I love how personable Moses is and feel like I am sitting in a General Conference talk with it. We are ahead of the reading for Sunday School, but will lose ground as the year goes on. We will finish in November, but at some points will even be behind where the Gospel Doctrine class is. Oh well. Tonight we finish 2 Nephi. We will finish the Book of Mormon in September. It will be good to finish that early. We will have an opportunity to read some other books that we agree on. I would like to read the history of Joseph Smith by his mother together. We will see what books Amanda has in mind. Jesus the Christ sounds good, or Articles of Faith, or perhaps some of the manuals for Priesthood/Relief Society.
Anyhow, I am rambling on about what is happening in life. Thought you would all like to know a few things and what is going on in my head and with Amanda.
One question that I am researching lately is this. In a conversation with a friend, we had talked about capital punishment and the comment was brought up, “That is part of the Mosaic Law” and no longer applies. Ringing in my mind was the line about the savior fulfilling, not destroying or removing. The whole law was to point us to Christ, so is it all bad. Is the entire Spirit of the Law void? I do not believe so. It seems to me that if the Mosaic Law were all void and null, then the 10 commandments would not have been repeated over and over in every other book of scripture. Other than their performances and ordinances, it seems that it all still applies. I keep reading and wondering. That is one thing I am pondering about. We shall see. If it is still applicable, then that changes my view of government in a couple of ways. The setup and functioning of government is changed in some ways. It does not change or alter anything in the church, in fact, to me it seems to fortify it a great number of times. I believe the Book of Mormon is vital to the church, but I believe the same of the Bible. One is a restoration scripture, and vital to our times, but the other is vital to providing background and foundation on which the Book of Mormon builds. Knowing and reading the Old Testament fortifies the teachings and application of the Book of Mormon. Anyhow, this is one current subject of learning.
Lately I have also been wondering about family history. There are many aspects of it that seem to strike me a little more forcefully. Especially as I stumbled upon several albums which belonged to my Great Grandmother and Great Great Grandmother. It has been very revealing. It is amazing the power of a picture. I have gone around and visited a load of family members, especially older members, to find out who some of the photos are. There are probably two dozen photos which nobody is old enough to recognize. Which I find is really sad. These are interesting photos. I have gone through and scanned all of them and have been e-mailing them out to family members. I hope they are valuing what I am sending. I may at some later point when I am done with them, post them all here on the blog. We will see. There are quite a few and it may take too much time. We will see.
Well, I have to be going. Life is great. We are very abundantly blessed. We are very fortunate. I hope it continues. Oh, Amanda has been accepted to University of Maryland-Baltimore. We await word from Virginia Commonwealth University. Also, Amanda and I have accepted a calling to team teach in primary. The 5-6 years old if I remember right.