In 1942, the U.S. Department of Agriculture created a film to urge farmers to grow more hemp since it was needed in many war-time and civilian products.
Utah, the state that should better, the majority still Mormon and well aware of the Mormon doctrines that God made everything for the use of man, probably under pressure from dog food competitors, banned hemp for dog food.
Our son Andrew who is graduating with his MBA from UVU this Friday and lives in BYU off-campus housing, told me scripture reading is rare and he doesn’t know anyone who reads them consistently. From the many Elder’s Quorums I continue to visit and the discussions and lessons I hear, he may be right that it is rare.
Andrew is only 26 and yet most of my his friends who married are already divorced. With the mind-blowing high cost of living, the cards are stacked against them. Compare the high salary and down payment they must have to get into a home with the requirements to begin a homestead in previous generations.
To see just how much things have changed and the emphasis to prove doctrines using scriptures, re-read Apostle LeGrand Richard’s, “A Marvelous Work and a Wonder” which was written for missionary work, and compare it to today’s Sunday School and quorum manuals.
Consider the attention members today give to their scriptures, the high divorce rate, the abandonment of constitutional principles which include the emphasis on free agency to buy property and develop homesteads without government intervention which I know a great deal about in Utah County, social media (especially Facebook) etc., what can be done?
The solution may require a re-awakening to return to these basic, core principles. What do you see happening to reverse the trend?
Maybe a solution can be found in or related to the trust George Müller placed in God and the orphanages God and he created and sustained. Watch this video with your wife and entire family. There is a message here that needs to be re-introduced everywhere:
If you’re in the market for a home, the first thing you should do is figure out how much you can afford.
Here are two down-and-dirty formulas you can use to get a quick ballpark number:
1) Multiply your annual salary by 2.5. For instance, a family with a household income of $75,000 could afford to purchase a home for up to approximately $187,500. Of course, this figure will vary based on factors that include how much money you can put down and your current debt.
2) Multiply your monthly gross income by 31%. If you make $7,000 a month ($84,000 annual salary),then your total maximum monthly payment would be $2,170*. This includes mortgage principle, interest, taxes, and insurance.