30 July 2010

The Salt of the Earth

So the other day I made some potato soup. And because I made some soup, I decided to make some homemade French bread. As usually happens during cooking, I was distracted by who knows what--oh yeah, it was my kids--and I forgot to add an ingredient to the bread.  I had no idea it was omitted as the bread rose and baked perfectly. The smell was delicious and I couldn't wait to taste it. When it came time to eat dinner I snuck a bit of bread.

It had absolutely no taste.

T-Bone had the same idea and snuck a piece too. But he made a "hmmm" sound after eating it. I said, "It tastes like water, doesn't it?" He agreed and I was a little confused. French bread is not hard to make. I mentally went down the recipe: flour, check; yeast, check; water, check; honey, check; salt....

I forgot to add the salt. 

I had heard that not adding salt to bread could have pretty tasteless results and whoever said that was right. Boy was it bland. T-Bone commented that he now understood better the scripture where the Savior talks about the salt of the earth. In Matthew: 
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Matt. 5: 13
And a little clearer in Doctrine and Covenants: 
When men are called unto mine everlasting gospel, and covenant with an everlasting covenant, they are accounted as the salt of the earth and the savor of men; They are called to be the savor of men; therefore, if that salt of the earth lose its savor, behold, it is thenceforth good for nothing only to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men. D&C 101: 39-40
I've never really understood these scriptures. But I think I'm getting a little more glimpse into what they mean. Without salt, bread has absolutely no flavor. Who wants to eat bland, watery tasting bread? 

A funny thing happened after we found out the bread was tasteless. I took a slice and put some butter on it. It tasted a little better. But T-Bone added to it by sprinkling some salt on the buttered bread. It actually tasted like bread a little more but the blandness was just masked. The next day though, I made French toast out of it. I figured that the tastelessness would be masked enough by the egg and milk (with a little salt added), syrup and fruit that would be put on top of the toast. The funny thing was I could still taste the bland bread. It didn't matter what we added on top of the bread, unless the salt was inside, the bread it still had no flavor. 

I've been thinking about this in terms of myself. If I truly don't have the flavor of the gospel all through me, but just sprinkled on top then what good is the gospel to me? Or if we don't have the salt at all.  This is kind of like what life could be without the Gospel. When we have the Gospel in our lives and are living it righteously we are the salt--or the substance that bring out the flavor. This is the best thing in the world. It brings the most joy, the most satisfaction, and is the source of the strongest love. We have the best thing on earth and because of that we can be the yummiest bread ever eaten.

21 July 2010

Camping Trip

A couple weeks ago we went camping wit T-Bone's family. We got some sites in Carpinteria--not Carpeteria (they just sell carpets)--near Santa Barbara. We had a great time! It seemed like I became the camp photographer which I was totally okay with so here are a bunch of pictures.

And apparently you have to pay now to have captions under the pictures so you'll just have to insert your own witty comments because I ain't forking out cash for that.


16 July 2010

Things on my brain

I'm laying in bed thinking about going to sleep but I thought I'd put a post up before I do of the random thoughts jostling around in my brain.

Number 1: I am so tired of deleting stupid spam comments once or twice a day from my posts. Really?? Do people still do that? Why???

Number 2: I knitted this baby hat for my friend that just had a baby--go figure--and it was so labor intensive. I had to start over four times because I kept making stupid mistakes. Plus the stitch pattern was really tight and it did a number on my hands. They are shaking and kinda crampy. It's worse when I'm on my iPhone too. But does that stop me from writing this from my iPhone or starting a new knitting project? Nope. Yeah, I'm not too smart.

Number 3: We went to the beach today and it was gorgeous. My kids had a ball and were totally wiped out. Daily mission accomplished.

Number 4: My kids are dang cute.

Number 5: We went camping at the beach last weekend--pictures to come--with some family and it was great fun. I have to agree with Cheryl that camping vacations are the best family vacations ou there. I wouldn't have believed it before last weekend but I do now. Everyone had a great time.

Number 6: Big Sister's new favorite song is "Whataya you want from me?" by Adam Lambert. She made me play it twice the other day in the car and then we listened to it at least three times while I was making dinner tonight. She said he looks a little weird (from the picture on his album cover) but she loves his song. Totally cracks me up! I never was a huge Adam fan but I gotta say the girl has good taste in music. That is one catchy tune.

03 July 2010

Prayers Needed

Recently a friend of mine, Janelle, gave birth to her fourth child a month early through emergency c-section. They don't know what's wrong with her but she may have a blood disorder, been exposed to a rare virus in utero or had a reaction to Janelle's arthritis medicine. She has already had to have numerous blood transfusions in her short life already.

They are having a fast for her tomorrow so that this sweet angel does not have a blood disorder. Will you join in that and keep her and her family in your prayers?