Archive for February, 2009

These are my impressions from choppy notes… the true source was wonderful
I would love comments

We’ve been given guidance to accept and follow
That we might stand closer within a divine circle
Thus, to feel faith upon our heads come aglow
That we might continually grow in a commitment cycle

May we assist each other in righteousness and truth
As each soul and heart needs constant nourishment
Let us not be hesitant, but stand tall and do
That hearts are stirred unto good, as they are meant

Who will recapture their testimony
And avoid the pitfalls of Satan?
Who will grow in brightness and certainty
To be ever present to say amen?

Each of us can come to know the truth of all things
And recognize confirmations through the Holy Ghost
To the convincing unto warm tender feelings
For strength to remain faithful come pillar and post

May we ever have a desire to receive and to keep
That with eyes we’ll see heaven’s windows open
May our celestial pedigree ever run deep
That we ever feel there is so much to hope in

Then, through hard times we will be stronger
We will be committed unto God’s will
Then to hold on a little bit longer
That His good works we can fulfill

FROM PILLAR TO POST ( a new phrase to me was actually used by Elder Wickman )

found in http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-pil1.htm
[Q] From Rice Mixon: “Please shed light on the origin and meaning of From pillar to post. I recently came across the version from pile to pillar.”

[A] An interesting variation, showing how little the idiom is now understood. A lot of people are unsure even of the meaning, which is to be forced to go from one place to another in an unceremonious or fruitless manner, occasioning much frustration and anger in the process.

There are two theories about its origin among the experts. (You didn’t think you were going to get a straightforwardly simple answer, did you?)

One suggests that the post was a whipping post and that pillar actually refers to the pillory. The suggestion is that a criminal being punished in medieval times would first be tied to the post to be whipped and then put in the pillory for public amusement. One thing in favour of this idea is that the original version of our idiom, which first appeared around 1420, was the other way around: from post to pillar. But if it were true, you’d expect to get at least one recorded usage of from post to pillory and none are known. I count this a folk etymology of an especially ingenious type.

However, the alternative — the one that most dictionaries rather cautiously subscribe to — sounds even more outlandish. It is said that it derives from the ancient game of tennis, the version that is now called real tennis (court tennis in the USA) to distinguish it from its upstart successor, lawn tennis. The original game was played by personages of high status in rather complex indoor courts and it is supposed that the pillars and posts were parts of it.

World Wide Words subscribers have since suggested yet a third possible source, based on similar idioms in other languages, that is more plausible than either.

Pepijn Hendriks pointed out that Dutch has a very similar metaphor, van het kastje naar de muur (“from cupboard to wall”), which is mainly used in the expression van het kastje naar de muur gestuurd worden (“to be sent from cupboard to wall”). Because cupboards are usually attached to walls, the expression evokes an image of not getting very far towards the resolution of a problem. He suggests that as cupboard and wall are virtually equivalent in terms of their perceived position, so pillar and post similarly suggest two objects of similar kind that are likely to be close together.

Dominik Weber commented that a German expression refers to being sent von Pontius zu Pilatus. (Pepijn Hendriks tells me this is also known in Dutch.) Pontius and Pilatus were of course the same person: in English Pontius Pilate, the Roman procurator of Judea. Again, we have the idea of two closely equivalent or even identical references as the two halves of the idiom. Maria Escobar tells me that Spanish has the closely similar idiom ir de Herodes a Pilatos, to go from Herod to Pilate, as Jesus was before the Crucifixion.

These Dutch, German and Spanish idioms certainly suggest a model for the English phrase.

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From my own thoughts and notes

When we’re teaching the Lord’s Way
We are empowered with words to say
There is less anxiety and fear
As we’ve the Holy Ghost that is near

As we focus on others needs and learning
We gain a sense for what they are yearning
There is less pride, less need to impress
As our greatest desire is to share and to bless

When we surrender our agency unto God
We discover a confidence that is broad
We become a conduit for the holy spirit
Which channels warmth to those who come near it

This is what it means to be on the Lord’s errand
Unto our divine commission experienced first hand
In word and in spirit we become an agent
To prepare the world for the Savior’s advent

A. Roger Merrill
North California Regional Conference 2009

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so they can see what attending church is like.
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my impressions from regional conference and my limited notetaking:

In the quiet hour
I look for inner strength
That when I face affliction,
I might find peace at length

When I put my trust in God
And His knowledge that is sure
Hope is born for comfort
That I might more endure

Then in my times of doubt
Anguish holds no power
For I know that God’s about
To guide me in that hour

Am I really living as I should?
Do I let small events guide me?
Am I doing as the Savior would?
Am I repenting unto what I can be?

I know that I am free to act
And that good and evil abounds
Thus, I give care to what I attract
So on the Lord’s side I am found

Shall I justify a lifestyle
That yields no peace or inner joy?
Or look for doctrinal loopholes while
I chase after what the world enjoys?

No, I will look unto all that’s great
And let Jesus be at the helm
I will hearken Him and choose the holy life
And look forward to the celestial realm

Elder Ballard February 22, 2009

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purely from my notes and thoughts from his talk:

Pioneers, on the their quest for Zion
Caravanned t’wards peace and freedom
And those when asked, joined the battalion
Which, thus, did expand God’s kingdom

Six months this force of infantry
Walked the shifting tedious sand
And as such they marched valiantly
To spread the American land

Their legacy of faith and devotion
Planted Saints on California’s soil
Despite prior privations and expulsions
The government needed the Saints for toil

And beneath the discoverers feet
Lay gold for the world to rush upon
Thus through the Salt Lake valley,
The railways did meet and travel on

This eased the pioneer journey
To gather in Deseret
Thus our thanks to the State that’s sunny
That God smiles upon you, we’ll not forget

May heaven’s angels protect you always
May we remember that first infantry
May we with spiritual eyes look for ways
To remain here with our family tree

Elder Lance B. Wickman
North California stake conference
Sunday February 22, 2009

The Fight Song
Used by Stanford, University of California, Irvine, and UC Davis.

On our rugged Eastern foothills,
Stands our symbol clear and bold,
Big “C” means to fight and strive
And win for blue and Gold.
Golden Bear is ever watching;
Day by day he prowls,
And when he hears the tread
Of lowly Stanfurd red,
From his Lair he fiercely growls.

What’s he say? He says:
Grrrrrah, Grrrrrrah!
Grrrr, Rrrr, Rrrrrah!

We are Sons of California,
Fighting for the Gold and Blue.
Palms of glory we will win
for Alma Mater true.
Stanfurd’s men will soon be routed
By our dazzling “C”,
And when we serpentine,
Their red will turn to green,
In our hour of victory!

What’s he say? He says:
Grrrrrah, Grrrrrrah!
Grrrr, Rrrr, Rrrrrah!

(Unofficial Third Verse)

Down our rugged Eastern foothills,
Slides our symbol through the trees;
Big “C” means look out below
And stand back if you please.
Stanfurd’s men will soon be routed
As it slips and falls,
And when you hear the crash
Of something getting smashed,
Then you’ll know it hit Bowles Hall!

Big Game Titration Verse

We are Sons of California,
Fighting for the Gold and Blue.
Psalms and story and titration
Soon will be all through.
Stanford’s men will soon be routed
By Lab-ra-tory
And when we stir this goo,
The red will turn to blue,
In this hour of Chemistry

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To speak or write of Jesus
Who is the author of good news
Is always timely, for anyone of us
For it’s the best message one can choose

Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge
February 10, 2009

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The battle cry has been given
For a standard of righteousness
Who in purity can be proven?
Who can avoid permissiveness?

The seas of peer pressure causes
Forfeited blessings and shattered dreams
As onto jagged rocks it tosses
Those who ignore the lights strong beams

Who will commit without hesitation?
To their heritage, and stand to honor it?

Who will hold at bay all worldly temptation?
While their example lets good news transmit?

When life’s goals become shallow
A gospel upbringing is forgotten
And opportunities soon narrow
When codes for conduct falter and soften

May the words of Mount Sinai
Come to thunder on those with ears
The commandments are our allies
Wherein a celestial glimpse appears

Who will open their heart to remember
That day of confirmation?
And how the Holy Ghost in ember
Was gifted without reservation?

Who’ll be influenced by that sweet voice
Which testifies and whispers of truth?
Who’ll be alert and make the good choice
When temptations prey on the dreams of youth?

Who will be known among the believers?
Those with charity and purity of thought!
Those who in example are the achievers
For in spirit and in faith they have fought

1 Tim 4:12
Be thou an example of the believers,
in word, in conversation, in charity,
in spirit, in faith, in purity

Be Thou An Example
Thomas S. Monson
Ensign, May 2005, 112

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