Archive for May, 2017

Brigham Young University-Idaho Devotional November 24, 2014 – – In Our Extremities – – Lynne Anderson, Curriculum Development Managing Director

May 31, 2017

This evening, in further preparing for my stake’s pioneer trek activity, I listened to this excellent talk.

The entire talk is worthwhile, but a few excerpts:

I remember walking in the crisp North Dakota air before dawn one morning, lamenting my trials, and asking Heavenly Father why He had given me so much to bear. I felt overwhelmed and in deep despair. I couldn’t understand why—when I was trying so hard to be good—life was so difficult and seemed so hopeless. I had reached my extremity.

At that point, there came into my mind these words, “Lynne, if I gave you anything easier, you would just do it yourself, and you wouldn’t come to rely on Me.”

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Brothers and sisters, when you feel you have reached your own extremity, when you feel you can no longer pull your handcart any further, the Lord will give you courage and strength beyond your own ability as you come unto Him, obey His commandments with more exactness, serve Him first, trust Him by yielding your heart to Him and abide in Him forever. As you do these things, the cart will begin to push you. The angels will assist you and you will become better acquainted with God as a result.

“Snowmass-at-Aspen – – has very good times!” (Doug Jones) “[Snowmass-at-Aspen was] a kind of good-times machine…” (Peggy Clifford)

May 31, 2017

Background to Quote 1:  “Snowmass-at-Aspen – – has very good times!” (Doug Jones)

On a summer day in the early 1970s I was with my family in our 1965 Buick Riviera Gran Sport, westbound on I-70 in the middle of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, looking forward to what would be at least our second family vacation at the Silver Tree Inn located in Snowmass-at-Aspen.  I was in my customary seat – – back seat on the passenger side of the car.  My younger brother Doug was in his customary seat, the middle seat in the back row.  All of a sudden Doug started singing a song we had never heard before, a song he had made up himself, which went something like this:

Snowmass-at-Aspen – – has very good times!
Got skiing!  do do do do-do
Got tennis!  do do do do-do
Got swimming!  do do do do-do
Snowmass-at-Aspen, has very got very good ti-i-i-imes!

Background to Quote 2: “[Snowmass-at-Aspen was] a kind of good-times machine…” (Peggy Clifford)

“At [the center of Snowmass-at-Aspen] was a square with a clock tower and fountain. Shops and restaurants ringed the square. Beyond them were lodges and condominiums, beyond them were the playing fields – – ski slopes, golf course, tennis and paddle tennis courts . . . [Snowmass-at-Aspen] was not a town, but merely a kind of good-times machine, and the good times were organized and codified. They were also unreal. The fact that there was a real town named Snowmass with a history, residents, houses, and businesses just down the road was not seen by [its developers] as a stumbling block. Market research indicated that Snowmass was a promising name for a ski resort and that the Aspen connection was worth millions in publicity. So, Janns both built an instant town and named it after a celebrated real town…” To Aspen and Back: An American Journey Hardcover – 1980 – – by Peggy Clifford (pp. 107, 108)

Book description from

A non-fiction chronicle of Aspen, Colorado during the 1950s through the 1970s by long-time journalist and resident, Peggy Clifford. Introduction by Hunter S. Thompson, occasional resident, friend of the author, and candidate for Sheriff of Aspen.

“…fiction is the vehicle of truth.”

May 31, 2017

Bellos, David. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables (Kindle Locations 856-857). Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Kindle Edition.

The quote in context:

Hugo drew on authentic historical documentation and on the accounts of contemporaries for his reconstruction of the events of 5– 6 June 1832, but he also made many changes to the facts. Not out of sloppiness or disrespect, but because fiction is the vehicle of truth. Derealizing the actually rather sad and sordid events of that night allowed him to bring out the higher and more important meanings of ‘revolution’ for the past and future history of France.

26 Jul 2016 – BYU Idaho Devotional – Think Our Lot is Hard – Sister Linda Orchard, Nursing Faculty Member

May 30, 2017

A nice talk which includes Sister Orchard telling about experiences from when she and her husband led their’s ward’s pioneer trek activity.

“…France, the birthplace of film. “

May 29, 2017

And today I also came upon this:

France in the Nineteenth Century: A Time Line . . .

1895 Louis and Auguste Lumière capture the moving image on film

Bellos, David. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables (Kindle Locations 4568, 4624-4625). Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Kindle Edition.