Sunday, November 19, 2017

Eternal Marriage

Eternal Marriage
 The Proclamation to the World

Eternal marriage doesn't really mean much to the average person, but to the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints,  its an ongoing commitment to this life and to the life to come.

In these modern times, many marriages lose their desire to make their union last forever. Most of them lose their romance before the first year of their union.

Many years ago I stopped at a rummage sale in the nicest part of town here in Lorain. This sale was not advertised as a rummage sale, it was advertised as a "Divorce Sale." Curious to see what was waiting for me there I quickly got myself dressed and when I arrived there I found an incredible amount of people who were also seeking some good buys from this divorce sale. After being there for a short time I discovered that the girl who was having the sale had only been married for 2 months. I began to think about this marriage and I wondered if they could have worked it out somehow before coming to this final stage...divorce.

Preserving those marriage vows have become meaningless to many and seeking the easy way out has become the norm. "Live In" partners have now increased by 35% from the last 5 years, putting the marriage license almost out of existence.

God made Adam and Eve...He united these two souls in holy matrimony to be fruitful and multiply. Since ancient times apostles and prophets have confirmed the importance of marital relationships in society. 

"God-sanctioned marriage between a man and a woman and has been the basis of civilization for thousands of years. The Family is a divine institution. You will know no greater happiness than that found in your home. The truest mark of your success in life will be the quality of your marriage."
President Gordon B. Hincley.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Freedom Of Choice

Before coming to earth, Heavenly Father gave us a very special gift..
"The freedom of choice".

In the pre-existing there was a war in heaven (REV.12). In this war we had the freedom of choice to choose whether to stay with Heavenly Father to follow His plan of salvation or to follow Satan's plan. 3/4's of the heavens chose to stay with Heavenly Father and to follow His plan, so we could someday return to our heavenly home.  

At birth we are blessed with parents to guide us along the way through this life by teaching us right from wrong and how to make good choices. But sometimes we take another road completely different from the one we were taught to follow. This new road makes us choose the wrong instead of the right.

In the Proclamation to the World, it allows us to understand why the freedom of choice is so important to guide us back into God's presence.

"In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize his or her divine destiny as an heir of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.

We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets."

This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

8 Bean Chunky Tomato Soup

Out of all the soups, I have made in the past, this soup was and will always be my favorite. This soup came out so good that my son and I had seconds.
 This soup is super filling and you will not be hungry again for at least 6 hours.
I hope you like it...Enjoy!!!

My recipe:

(1) 8 bean blended bag from Goya
(1) 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. dried chopped onion
1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1 T. garlic powder
1 T. of onion powder
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 T. olive oil
6 garlic cloves (minced)
5 cilantro sprigs (chopped finely)
3 envelopes of Jamon (artificial ham flavoring)
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 can of tomato sauce
1/2 container of vegetable broth
4 glasses of water
extra regular salt if needed to fit your taste

In a large or medium size cooking pot mix in all ingredients, then boil the soup until soup creates a nice sauce.  Always check to see if more salt or additional spices may be needed to savor your desires.  Serve with your favorite toasted bread smeared with some non-dairy butter...enjoy. I am still savoring this soup and I ate the last bowl of it today for lunch. I did the happy dance...oh yeah!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Me Yesterday and Today

Yes, this photo is sad to see. I was overweight, I had a bad short haircut, I had bad eating habits and I wasn't caring for myself at was a sad time in my life...BUT...

Look at me now.

I am at peace, I am a vegan now, I eat so much healthier foods and I feel great with much of that weight off. It has been a while since I've photographed myself. One thing I have noticed from this photo is how quickly the years have passed by since the previous photo. It seems like I was 15 years old yesterday and now I am 60. Life sure goes by quickly, but one thing for sure, I am happy and looking forward to what tomorrow may bring. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

October 2017 Emergency Preparedness

2017 October 
Emergency Preparedness Newsletter

As the leaves start falling off the trees, we begin to see an array of colors being displayed with gorgeous hues and intensive tones. But this change of season also reminds us that a very cold Winter is just around the corner. With that being said, let us remember that preparing for what is to come requires some work on our part. 

Due to all the disasters that have occurred in nearby countries, states and islands, we need to consider these disasters as a warning. We need to begin to prepare ourselves for a Winter we have no idea what may bring. We feel that by starting small we could eventually grow bigger. Let’s start by clean out our medicine cabinets. Here are some ideas we could consider in stocking our medicine cabinets for this upcoming Winter.

Items needed:

Chest, sinus, & headache cold medications
Vick’s vapor rub
 Headaches & sinus sprays
A household vaporizer
A heating pad
Pain patches
Allergy medications
Eye & nose drops
Alka Seltzer
Pepto Bismol
Diarrhea medication
Constipation medication
& your own health medications

These are essential medications that may be needed throughout the Winter.  Allergies are going crazy right now and making sure you have allergy medications and allergy sprays on hand allows us to function throughout the day. So try to stock up on these medications as soon as possible before November.

Another thing we need to also remember is making sure our Shingles, Pneumonia and flu shots are up to date. Many Pharmacies are there to give you any of these shots as well as your personal doctor.  And most of these shots are covered by your health insurance. 

Emergency Preparedness is so crucial. God gives us all the tools and He only asks that we prepare and take care of ourselves.

God Bless, Millie Torres

Monday, October 9, 2017

Black Bean-Lentil Burger

My plant-based diet is very healthy and very delicious.
And as a vegan, one high protein and high fiber foods that I consume a lot of are grains. So this last week I made 18 black bean-lentil burgers served with tomatoes, spinach, bbq sauce and homemade thin gluten-free bread. Here is my delicious burger.

Here's my Recipe: 

1/2 lb. of black beans & 1/2 lb. lentils 
(rinsed and drained well after cooking)
1 tsp. garlic & onion powder
3/4 tsp. salt & black pepper
2 c. of chopped fresh spinach
1 c. chopped yellow onions
1 c. chopped red peppers
1 c. fresh chopped cilantro
1/2 c. gluten-free garbanzo flour
mix well
2 T. of your favorite bbq sauce
 ( 1 T. for each side of the burger)

sliced tomatoes and fresh spinach or lettuce

after making your burgers, grill them until golden brown, then add bbq sauce on each side of the burger and re-grill them for about 3 to 5 more minutes, serve on a hamburger bun or homemade bread topped with tomatoes and lettuce...enjoy!!!!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Great Uses of Old Furniture

Decorating a home can be expensive, but when creativity arises, the job can be a frugal one.

Here are some thoughts in saving some money when decorating a home.

1. Be creative.

You know what you need and you know what to do.

2. Paint it

Give your old home furnishings a new look with paint.
A little paint can change a dull 80's dining room cabinet into a current and modern one.

3. Create

Making your own furniture by recycling many items can be done for hardly no cost.

This is a great idea.

4. Re-purpose.

Old furniture can be re-purposed in a creative way...this old piano becomes a bookshelf to play a key role in this is not only creative but genius.

So when decorating, don't throw it out, recycle, re-purpose and create...
...Remember it's all in your hands.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Accepting Others As They Are

Each day that rises is often an unexpected one, since we are not sure if we are going to rise from our beds the next morning. But each day that is here is a day of rejoicing and of learning. Most of us are currently living on the moment, but it would be great if we were to live each moment as our last. Cherishing and learning from our balanced life.

Above is the title of my post. There are many words written on it and each word has beauty and character.  As we go through this valley of life, we should introduce our hearts and our mind's to these words that create a person's characteristics and acceptance.

So ask yourself, am I installing any of these words into my life so I can accept other people's decisions in life. We may not agree with their decisions but we cannot throw the first stone either. We are all different but we are all children of God.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Beauty of the Kirtland Temple

 Hi everyone,

My good friend Keri came down from Utah to visit her Mom & Dad and as she was here she took a day to visit Kirtland. One of the things to visit in Kirtland is the Kirtland Temple. This temple doesn't have high spheres or stained windows to make it beautiful, because its humble structure is beautiful in it's self. So if you're ever in Ohio, try to visit the little town of Kirtland Ohio. This small but amazing town has the Kirtland Temple, The Whitney Store and The Johnson Farm that can easily  recite the truthfulness of a restored church...the LDS church.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Little Balcony Market

I may not have land to plant a mega amount of flowers and vegetables but, I do grow some great fresh veggies on my balcony. I live in apartment on the 4th floor and I get all the afternoon sun. The sun provides all the nourishment my plants need to grow. 

Here is my little balcony full of plants.

I have a succulent plant that grow every spring until late Fall.

I plated 4 o' clocks that are very hearty throughout the Summer. I love when all the flowers are open with their vibrant pink, lavender and red blooms..

I harvested 3 batches of basil, it adds a great taste to my tomato sauce.

Alyssiums in hot pink and pale pink colors...lovely.

Here are my 3 pots full of cauliflower.




A large pot of fresh's amazingly large & beautiful.

My 4 pepper plants in one large pot is full of peppers.

They look great, I counted 13 of them so far.

One side of my balcony

Freshly picked basil

Lots of cilantro, I've picked 5 batches so far.

a nice pick of fresh cilantro.

I may have a small balcony, but I sure grow some great herbs, veggies & beautiful hearty flower's been a good Summer. I hope you all continue to enjoy it.