Simple Things

In light of the fourth of July coming up next week, I wrote a poem to give thanks to our veterans for all the many things that they do.  As far as one stanza of the poem, the simple gift we’re giving back: our ward is bringing this poem and picnic baskets around to the veterans within ward boundaries, so that’s the gift we’re giving

Simple Things


Simple gifts, simple things

all that you have preserved for us

Maybe we’ll never truly comprehend

the sacrifice you have made


There is never enough thanks

we can give

for the life that you have won

for all of us

Giving us simple gifts of simple things


Through your loyalty and strength

despite those showing less gratitude and grace

Means more than any other gift you could have given

by putting yourself on the line

you’ve preserved our simple things


So here’s a simple thing we give to you

simple thanks, not adequate enough

to fully express our gratitude

for the soldier you have become


Thank you, soldier, for your part

doing more than we ever could

sacrificing a sure future for yourself

so we could have a future for our country


May God bless you forever on

for everything you have done

Sacrificing yourself, as he sacrificed his Son

for our safety and our freedom to choose


May Life, Liberty and Happiness

follow you wherever you be

until you are again

welcomed home


Priesthood “Family Tree” so to speak

So, I had a friend ask about the set-up of the Priesthood, and I decided to post it here.  The Priesthood has two parts, the Aaronic and the Melchizedek Priesthoods.  The Aaronic Priesthood has less authority than the Melchizidek and differ in their duties.  Once you are ordained to an office, then you still have the authorty to perform the duty of the offices you have already filled, for example, a teacher can perform the duties of both a teacher and a deacon.

The Priesthood is largely in place for service, and these are strictly the basics.  If you want to know more about this, visit and for great resources and information.  Many of this is also stated in D&C 20 – here’s a link

Aaronic Priesthood:


Deacons:  Pass the Sacrament, Collect Fast Offerings

Teachers:  Prepare the Sacrament table, including the bread and water

Priests:  Have the authority to baptize.  Bless the Sacrament.


Melchizedek Priesthood:


Elder: conduct meetings, give blessings, administer in spiritual things, have all the authority of deacons, teachers, and priests

High Priest: Preside and hold the authority of Elders.




I’m disgusted

So, I guess a bunch of eleven year olds were shown some pretty… lovely photos in school, and I’m just … I’m done. This was something put together by a bunch of medical professionals, and honestly? I look up to the medical profession a lot. I hope to join their ranks someday and help out both medically and from a psychiatric point of view. But there are people who are give people a very bad name. The people that put this together, the whole situation in the Boston Hospital keeping Justina there, and REFUSES to give her back to her parents… in case you didn’t know about that, Justina had been being treated for a mitochondrial disease, she was medicated, she had documentation, everything, and she was hurting and so her parents brought her into the hospital. They decided that she didn’t have a mitochondrial disease, she had a somataform disease, so now she’s being treated psychiatrically, and they have taken away her medication for the mitochondrial disease. Now she can’t even walk. Her parents were given a gag rule and cannot regain custody of their daughter. Pray for Justina and pray for this country.


sorry it’s been a while, things have been really busy, and they’re just now starting to wind down.  Still struggling with depression, I’ve started writing here and there, though maybe not as much as a “real” writer would actually make the time for.