Archive for April, 2006


Nephi and Immigration

   Posted by: John    in Older Posts, Scriptures

Yesterday was our high council Sunday.  Brother Ingersoll was the high council speaker, and we had the pleasure of hearing his wife as well.  The Ingersolls are members of our ward, so it was nice to have speakers we know.

Both of them spoke about scripture study.  This is something we have been trying to do as a family.  We don’t seem to be able to do it every night, but have been making it a few nights of the week.  Last week we didn’t seem to do it at all, and here were the speakers in church emphasizing that it needs to be done!  Funny how the Lord knows what you need to hear and delivers.

I just finished 1st Nephi (again) and was thinking about what he said concerning this land.  Nephi mentions that this promised land had been hidden from the world because if it was known, it would be overrun.  Of course, his people were meant to inherit it, but they ended up blowing it big time.  Then, the “gentiles” came and received the land for their inheritance.

I got to thinking about the current immigration issues facing this country.  There are a lot of people who are righteous, both in and out of the church, and I think these people are largely what’s keeping this land from utter destruction.  But, seeing as how we are being overrun by illegal immigrants, I have to wonder if this is the kind of thing Nephi was referring to.  We have others who have greed and envy in their hearts and there doesn’t seem to be much preventing them from making their way here.  I fear that if we are not careful, we will lose our land of inheritance to others.  Food for thought.


Bean Recipe

   Posted by: John    in Food Storage, Recipes

Mmmm…had these for dinner tonight. This recipe is well suited for food storage items, except for the meat, which is not really needed. I used dry beans and black-eyed peas. I put all of them in the pressure cooker for 15 minutes. You could soak them overnight and cook them the next day. If you use canned beans, put the juice from the can in the crock pot and don’t add water. This makes about four 1-cup servings. Weight Watchers points: 4 per 1/2 cup

  • ½ cup black beans
  • ½ cup kidney beans
  • ½ cup great northern or white beans
  • ½ cup black-eyed peas
  • 1 medium onion, minced (could use dried onions)
  • 1 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp prepared mustard
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 – 1 ½ cups water


  • 8 oz finely cubed ham, or
  • 8 oz cooked ground beef

Cook beans by either pressure cooking or soaking overnight and cooking the next day on the stove.

Place cooked (or canned) beans and all other ingredients in crock pot. Stir well and cook on low for 6 hours, stirring once every other hour.

You may need to adjust brown sugar amounts to taste.