Wednesday, April 02, 2014

More on tiny houses (I'm a fan)






Tiny House Resources

Over the past few months there have been some great new resources available from Tumbleweed and others. Here's a quick list...


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What type of truck do I need?
Turns out a 1942 Ford doesn't do the trick. Discover which type of trucks will do the job.

Which type of trailer should I buy?
There are 4 basic types. Learn about all 4 plus wheel ratings and more.

Where can I park my Tumbleweed?
Our friend, Steven Harrell, has started tinyhouseparking.com. If you have a need or place check it out.

How do I finance a tiny home?
Read this quick overview that outlines the basics of getting a loan for a home on a trailer.

Tumbleweed Community Forum
We've added a Forum to our website.
Take part in the discussions.

In case you missed it
Our newest floor plan, called the Vantage, features a downstairs bedroom for 2 people.


 


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After attending the Olympia Tumbleweed, Brittany now teaches others how to do it. She lived in her home for a year before turning it into a vacation rental for others to try. See inside...

Ella's home
We met Ella at the LA workshop. She followed up by building her home and now teaches others at our workshops. Read more.

Ah, we built this one.
Okay, you caught us cheating here a little bit. But this gorgeous home is worth sharing. Heather contacted us to build her home for her. More photos.

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Saturday, March 08, 2014

Sunday, February 09, 2014

On doctrinal shifts and trends

Back in the 70s I encountered the limited geography, Lehi & family as an island in a larger body of people thesis for the Book of Mormon.  Then, around 1979 I met Jack Welch at a fireside on deeper poetic structures in the Book of Mormon.  I ran into proto-FARMS when it was just a reading list, before it was photocopies on a table in Professor Welch's office.

So, for about forty years I've been aware of the limited geography interpretation.  It went hand in hand with my reading the text of the Book of Mormon rather than what people were saying about it and it fits in well with many of the historical notes that creep into the text.

Thus Alma goes to King Benjamin to discuss a religious question and the king meets with his council of priests and then gets back with Alma that Alma can control the issue of his own membership.

Early Book of Mormon geography, while they are still in Saudia, matches up clearly with specific locations, names events and geography.  It is only recently that it has begun to match up with data in the Americas (such as the three volcanoes that erupted about the time of the death of Christ).

So the question is how do I see the institutional Church's trend of accepting the broader analysis and acknowledging the trend in reading that goes back to the Church's founding (and that has been in competition with other threads)?

It is mixed.  I'm glad to see the Church acknowledging the viewpoint that many have held (and that others have argued against since the 1800s).  On the other hand, I meet people who are unhappy with that.

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Realized that I don't blog as much, at all.  So much more time on Facebook with short posts, it has changed up my attitude about how to spend time and where.  But I thought I'd put this longer thought here.

And yes, this is the week for February 12 and February 16.  I do not forget.

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Fortuitous blog post on similar points:  http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2014/02/mormon-appropriation-of-fundamentalism-and-its-outcomes

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rachel's talk at church today (2013/12/29)




Dear Brothers and Sisters, I was asked to give a talk based on President Thomas S. Monson’s talk “Believe, Obey and Endure.”  The essence of the talk is that the most important thing we can do is remain faithful to the gospel.  We stay strong by persevering.

He gives an example of a girl who remained true to the gospel and was shunned by all of her friends as a result.  For many months she was alone and it was a very hard, long and difficult time for her.  Keeping true to the gospel resulted in hardship and pain for her, but in the long run it made her life better and more true.

There is a lot of outside pressure on us that begins early, builds when you are a teenager and never really stops.  Pressure to act popular, to shun others and to not follow the standards of God.  There are always pressures to give up the celestial for the world.

We begin by believing.  It is the keystone.  You can’t do anything else if you don’t believe.  Belief is the first principle of the gospel.  If you believe it can help you in your perseverance and give you a reason to hold on.

The Article of Faith that applies is the fourth article of faith:

4 We believe that the first principles and aordinances of the Gospel are: first, bFaith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, cRepentance; third, dBaptism by eimmersion for the fremission of sins; fourth, Laying on of ghands for the hgift of the Holy Ghost.

Next, we have to keep believing:

To quote President Monson:

I have spoken over the years with many individuals who have told me, “I have so many problems, such real concerns. I’m overwhelmed with the challenges of life. What can I do?” I have offered to them, and I now offer to you, this specific suggestion: seek heavenly guidance one day at a time. Life by the yard is hard; by the inch it’s a cinch. Each of us can be true for just one day—and then one more and then one more after that—until we’ve lived a lifetime guided by the Spirit, a lifetime close to the Lord, a lifetime of good deeds and righteousness. The Savior promised, “Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.

            So, we must endure.  We preserver and we do it just one day at a time.

            What do we do one day at a time?  We obey.  To quote President Monson:

Next, young women, may you obey. Obey your parents. Obey the laws of God. They are given to us by a loving Heavenly Father. When they are obeyed, our lives will be more fulfilling, less complicated. Our challenges and problems will be easier to bear. We will receive the Lord’s promised blessings. He has said, “The Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days.”2


            In addition to obeying, we can repent.  If we miss a day, if something doesn’t go right, we can be kind to ourselves and turn to God and repent, starting over and doing the next right thing.  We look with hope to the future.  As President Monson pointed out in his talk:

If any has stumbled in her journey, I promise you that there is a way back. The process is called repentance. Our Savior died to provide you and me that blessed gift. Though the path is difficult, the promise is real. Said the Lord: “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”4 “And I will remember [them] no more.”5

            This will bring us to where we need to be, to the things that will make us truly happy and home to our heavenly parents.  To repeat what President Monson said:

I have spoken over the years with many individuals who have told me, “I have so many problems, such real concerns. I’m overwhelmed with the challenges of life. What can I do?” I have offered to them, and I now offer to you, this specific suggestion: seek heavenly guidance one day at a time. Life by the yard is hard; by the inch it’s a cinch. Each of us can be true for just one day—and then one more and then one more after that—until we’ve lived a lifetime guided by the Spirit, a lifetime close to the Lord, a lifetime of good deeds and righteousness. The Savior promised, “Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.”6


            I leave you with this message in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Dad did typing, Rachel did the writing.  She also did the editing as she has pretty strong ideas.

Honestly, I was very pleased with not only how she put the talk together, but how she presented it to the congregation after the sacrament had been passed (and with her giving me permission to share it on-line).