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September, 2008

  1. I am a Spiritual Being having a Mortal Experience

    September 20, 2008 by Ryan

    I heard a phrase once that I’ve really liked. It says, “I am a spiritual being having a mortal experience.”

    Today I went to visit Utah’s Hogle Zoo. It was fun to see a mix of various animals, from all around the world, safely collected in one location and presented behind fences, bars, glass, or other appropriate barriers. I was glad to know that human beings are on the “top of the chain” and can master the world and tame the animals (even though that idea is not entirely accurate).

    In a couple of different places, I saw zoo workers inside the cages, spreading food or repairing some of climbing tree branches. That was funny to see the rare sight of a person behind the glass. But then the thought occurred that there are some people in the world who believe that humans are only just another species of animal – highly evolved, but still just a mammal. That is the base, biological, psychological, and other -ological traits that define the species, and perhaps that is technically true. But I’m glad to know a little bit more than that.

    I’m glad to have a knowledge, born of the whisperings of the Holy Ghost and sent from God, that there is much more. That my existence and being is patterned after our Eternal, Heavenly Father. I know that “God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:26, emphasis added).

    Some people may argue that we don’t really know what that phrase means, “in our image, after our likeness.” What if that is just a metaphor for some great mystery that we don’t understand? But the same phrase shows up again, five chapters later, when describing Adam’s son, Seth. “And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth” (Genesis 5:3, emphasis added). The same author wrote the same inspired language in those two instances, and I don’t think by accident. For it is clear to us how a son inherits traits from his father.

    Our spirit beings, and the pattern of our bodies, come from Heavenly Parentage. That is a very comforting thought to me. It is a basic concept that the enemy of all righteousness would like to make confusing for us. For if we cannot understand our parentage, we cannot grasp our true worth and potential.

    I am a spiritual being, and I am experiencing mortality. Yes, I do like that thought.

  2. The Funilley Family Newsletter

    September 9, 2008 by Ryan

    Back in 1992, after reading one-too-many of those Christmastime newsletters – you know, the ones where the neighbors brag about all their accomplishments, and everything has a positive spin – I was inspired to go and create my own. Enjoy!

    The Funilley Family Newsletter
    January – December 1992

    Merry Christmas!

    Greetings, friends! It is that wonderful time of year again! And as usual, we wanted to let you know how our year went.

    You may have noticed that first of all, this year’s newsletter is only one page long. This is because of the little house-fire lawsuit that took place last December. It seems that our 17 page newsletter we passed out ended up getting to close to the Fruiteleo’s fire place and it caused that 3 alarm fire in their living room. The jury found in the Fruiteleo’s favor and fined us an arm and a leg. Just because the Fruiteleo’s run an antique shop out of their front room, they think that it is worth a couple million more that the rest of us. Huh! Well, anyway, it has certainly been tricky for Jim to learn to get around with the artificial leg, though he did recently get his drivers licence! We were so thrilled, that we sent cards to everyone we know (except the Fruiteleos. The jury ordered us to not give them any non-legal paper documents).

    Last February, our daughter Marcie won the Humane Society Bake-Offs! She entered her famous “Fruit Loop and Apple Jacks Soup-Flay”. The competition was rather easy though, because someone accidentally let the dogs out of the left wing, and Marcie’s and Thelma Glover’s dishes were the only ones that didn’t get eaten. Thelma Glover made a Charbroiled candy cane thing, using the candy canes leftover from their family Christmas tree. The judges didn’t want to try that, because the dogs had licked a little bit of the candy canes and so Marcie’s won by default. Marcie’s prize was a full set of the Encyclopedia Britannica, donated by the police chief. She used it to get an A on her college report “Why Cirrus Clouds Don’t Ever Look Like Elvis”.

    Our life was not always peachy. Our family was devastated when Jim’s Great Uncle’s Sister passed away, the same week that my third cousin had her wedding shower. Jim got the news while I was gone, and so I came home and found he had wept so hard the tears soaked through his pants and started to rust his artificial leg! We got a big dry cleaning bill out of that episode.

    We have been looking at getting a new computer. The one we have now is getting old and it sometimes goofs up and adds extra things we don’t want on our papers. Document to be saved: A:HISTORY.92 – Replace A:HISTORY.92? (Y/N) y – Saving A:HISTORY.92

    There is so much more I would like to tell you, but there is just not enough room. If you will give me a call, we’ll set up a time and I’ll put on a pot of orange juice. Once again, have a happy and safe holiday season (Yes, even the Fruiteleo’s). See you next year!

    All of the Funilley Family.

  3. Baaaaaaaaad Traffic

    September 4, 2008 by Nate and Michelle

    Shortly after moving here, the community thought it would be nice to welcome us with a little taste of home. Of course, being surrounded by sheep in a traffic jam is not quite the same as being surrounded by other cars. Nevertheless, the effort was greatly appreciated.

    I can’t believe it’s been a year this month! I think I’ll have a Freezie to commemorate.

    A Baaaaaad Traffic Baaaaack-Up.

    A Baaaaaad Traffic Baaaaack-Up.

  4. Movie + Karaoke = . . .

    September 3, 2008 by Nate and Michelle

    I am not at all opposed to Karaoke.  Okay, I only like it in small groups where nobody else is any good, but I have to say that this completely caught my attention.

    Yes, that’s right.  Mamma Mia Sing Along Edition.  I guess the only difference is that the audience is actually SUPPOSED to sing along this time.  Although they did anyway.  On the up side, Pierce Brosnan can’t sound any worse with the extra help!