The Apocrypha

I scrolled through Formspring to find a simple question I could answer in 5 minutes or less:

Do LDS read the deuterocanonical books? (AKA the Apocrypha) Why or why not?

Some of you may not know that during his time as prophet Joseph Smith actually worked on translating the Old Testament to restore some of the truth we believe was lost over the thousands of years that the books were written out by hand and passed from one person to another. The verses he was able to finish before he was killed are known as the Joseph Smith Translation.

During this process he asked the Lord about the Apocrypha and received this revelation in return:

Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you concerning theaApocrypha—There are many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translated correctly;

2There are many things contained therein that are not true, which are ainterpolations by the hands of men.

3Verily, I say unto you, that it is not needful that the Apocrypha should be atranslated.

4Therefore, whoso readeth it, let him aunderstand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth;

5And whoso is enlightened by the aSpirit shall obtain benefit therefrom;

6And whoso receiveth not by the Spirit, cannot be benefited. Therefore it is not needful that it should be translated. Amen.

So we don’t study it churchwide, it’s not part of our lesson manuals, and a lot of members probably have never looked at it. I haven’t yet, as I would like to reach a point in my personal understanding of the Gospel where I feel like I could communicate with the Spirit and effectively understand God’s intended message.

For more information on the LDS view of the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha see here.


Sunday Evening on The Farm

We’re leaving for our family reunion at 5 am this morning, and it’s the night before and I’m not ready yet. So this post that I intended to narrate has now become caption-free. Enjoy my little collection of images depicting a Sunday evening we spent out in the peas, carrot seed, and potatoes (photos with me in them were taken by either my mom or dad).

Fashionably Modest: Thais in Pink

Thais is a brazilian blogger living in the Dallas area. She’s working toward a Bachelors in nursing and the counter she has on the righthand side of her blog, letting you know how many days/hours/mins/secs until she finishes school, is kind of how I feel about working toward a degree. You can find her blog here, and follow her on Twitter here. I’m going to bring T1 over to her house when we move back to Dallas so her dogs can lick his face. He needs some exposure to animals (we think it will help him avoid allergies).

I enjoy dressing up as much as I can. Since I’m a nurse and I work night shift (7pm – 7am) most of my time is spent in scrubs or pajamas which makes me feel pretty depressed so by the end of my work week I am ready to get gussied up. This is what I wore to church to teach Relief Society. I’m one of those people that feel like jeans and flip flops are no no’s to church so I usually dress up more than most.

White shirt – Ann Taylor Loft $25
Pink Skirt – White House, Black Market $39
Style &Co. Floral Pumps – Macy’s $29


Watch – 26th birthday gift from my mom
Pandora charm bracelet – gift to self $65. I plan on adding charms for special occasions like graduation, moving, a trip, babies. I wanted something that was nice and I could use as keepsake.
Wedding Rings
Tiffany Notes I Love You Ring – gift from husband for our 6th wedding anniversary
Compass Necklace – Target $14.99
Not picture: Tiffany Beads earrings 8mm – gift from husband for my 26th birthday

Fashionably Modest submissions are always being accepted!

Gluten-free Granola

You know Word of Wisdom living blog? My favorite blog? Skip posted a recipe for Katie’s Granola that I was so excited about, because I really wanted to provide That Husband with a breakfast option that wasn’t Cheerios or Honey Bunches of Oats. The recipe that Skip posted is delicious, and my mom and husband ate it up. My dad? He didn’t get a chance to taste it because he’s gluten-free.

My parents have a pretty amazing cupboard when it comes to gluten-free baking products, so I set about trying to figure out a gluten-free combination that my dad could enjoy. I feel I’ve sufficiently tweaked the recipe enough to post it here, and please note that you don’t have to be gluten-free to enjoy this. I’ve been serving it up to all sorts of people and everyone has given it a thumbs up so far.

Let’s do this tutorial post Pioneer Woman style, shall we?

First assemble the cast of dry ingredients. Oat flour, old fashioned oats, oat bran, unsweetened coconut (get the biggest flakes you can!), and chopped nuts of your choice (walnuts, pecans, and slivered almonds all work great). The magic ingredient I don’t have pictured here? Cocoa! Pretend like you see a container sitting there.

Mix it all up in a giant bowl.

Now the wet ingredients. Hot water, coconut oil, honey, vanilla. Another oil like grapeseed could work, but I highly recommend using coconut.

Mix all the wet ingredients together in a bowl. I microwaved it a little bit to get the coconut oil to melt completely.

Pour the wet ingredients all over the mixed-up dry ingredients.

When you’re all done mixing, it should look chocolaty and delicious like this.

Arrange the mixture on two baking sheets.

And pop them into an oven set to 250 F. You’re going to cook this for just over 2 hours. 2 hours and 10 minutes seems to be the magic number for me.

Every 20 minutes take the pans out and stir the mixture around so it cooks evenly. When it’s done, let it cool all the way and scoop it into containers of your choice. Skip suggests storing in the refrigerator, but we eat our so fast I don’t think spoilage is an issue for us. :)

I like mine best as dessert, sprinkled over a few spoonfuls of full-fat Greek yogurt.

That Wife’s Gluten-free Granola

Adapted from Katie’s Granola found on Word of Wisdom Living


10 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups oat flour
2 cups oat bran
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 cups coconut
3 cups nuts of your choice (Skip points out that cutting back to 2 cups, or even less, would be a great way to save money)

4 tablespoons vanilla
1/2 cup water
1.5 cups honey
1 cup coconut oil


1. Assemble all ingredients
2. Preheat oven to 250 F
3. Mix together dry ingredients
4. Mix together wet ingredients
5. Slowly pour wet ingredients into dry ingredient bowl and mix together
6. Spread an even layer on two baking sheets
7. Bake for approximately 2 hours, stirring thoroughly every 15-20 minutes
8. Cool completely, scoop cooled ingredients into airtight containers and store in the refrigerator

Senior Sunset Portrait (When Things Don’t Go As Planned)

Yesterday’s session was good. Really good actually. But I’m still feeling a little frustrated because I know it could have been better.

I’m not sure if it’s me, or the equipment, but yet again I’m left wondering why anyone would want to deal with the frustrations of off-camera-lighting on a regular basis. I understand the basics for where the light should go, and I do my test runs to figure out how it all works together, but it feels like every time I get out there, something don’t go as planned. I am starting to wonder if the solution is me buying my own equipment, setting a goal to use it once a week for a month, and by that time I assume I should be able to make it a much more seamless experience for my clients.

Lindy, the senior, was a dream. And the light too, the sunlight for the morning shoot was something I’d pay for if that was an option. It was the evening shoot that left me frustrated. I shot for about the same amount of time in the morning and the evening, but ended up with about 1/10 the number of images from the pm shoot because I spent so much time wrestling with the Pocket Wizards and beauty dish and flashes to come up with a working combination.

I feel better when I look at this portrait though (beauty dish to camera right for those who are wondering). There is just something about painting with light that I’m really drawn to. I just need to find the right combination of equipment that won’t leave me banging my head against the wall.

Just for fun, a combination of the before/after. I don’t usually use such a heavy hand in Photoshop, but I really wanted to make this image pop. I eliminated the power lines, and did a few other things to make the colors nice and rich.

I have a lot more to share in the next few weeks. Including some video of this session in action!