Doctrine and Covenants 50:23-25
25 And again, verily I say unto you, and I say it that you may know the atruth, that you may chase darkness from among you;
(The order of the verses is rearranged)
If I were to have a perfect day what would it look like?
Happy Birthday to my brother Daniel Morley. I am not sure where you are or what you are up to but I just want you to know that I am thinking about you. I hope that you are happy. Today I am reminiscing about the times together in our historic home in Ferron, Utah. I don’t know but one memory came to mind of when we where cleaning the house to get ready to move in. I remember you working hard sweeping and painting and helping me as such a young kid learn how to paint.
I know that we have not seen each other in a long time but I want you to know that I am grateful you are my brother.
Thanks Dan. I hope for your happiness.
I get shin splints. I have ever since I was on the San Rafael Junior High track team launching into the sand pit over and over again as a long jumper. Recently, my cousin Vaughn Jensen talked me into doing the original distance relay race Hood2Coast. So I have been running. I have been running pretty consistently. Even though I hated distance in high school and college I am really learning to love it. It is very therapeutic listening to the rhythm of my feet and feeling the air reach the very bottom of my bronchi as my lungs expand fully. Although I started to feel big improvements in most areas of my health, the more I ran the more my right shin hurt. It was getting worse with each run. The pain was bearable but consistently was getting worse with each consecutive run. I had to get an answer quick before the issue became to much. I asked everyone I knew that was into running and received some great answers. Here is what I have done to control and even get rid of my shin splints.
- Compression socks – This has been the best thing for my shin splints. No longer does my condition worsen when I run. They really feel good when I put them on. I haven’t tried compression sleeves but some people prefer the compression sleeves to the compression socks. The sales person that I spoke with said that for long runs compression sleeves tend to cause the blood to pool in your foot where compression sleeves eliminate this issue. I purchased Swiftwick Men’s Twelve Aspire Socks. Not only do these ones feel great but they have a cool logo on the calf. The store recommended(slightly more expensive) socks are CEP Men’s Compression Running O2 Socks I have linked to both below as well as a pair of 2XU Compression Calf Sleeves.
- Ice – After each run, long or short, I ice my shins. This instantly reduces shin splint pain and helps long term with the constant aches. I ice for 10 minutes after each run.
- Alleve – If I am doing a long run I take an Alleve before the run to reduce inflammation. This serves the same purpose as #2 but in a preventative way. I never take drugs or medication but this has been so helpful in reducing the inflammation and preventing the shin splint pain.
- I also stopped running on my toes. I focused on my form and tried to have a proper foot placement.
Make sure to watch the video. It is amazingly informative. Some of the info listed is:
- Find the right fit in shoe. Look for a shoe that has arch support.
- Take it easy. Don’t go to hard to soon.
- Bone density. Eat food high in calcium and vitamin D to strengthen your bones.
- Shorten your stride. Make sure to take 85-90 steps per foot per minute. This puts less load on the feet.
Thank you President Monson. This message touched everyone in our family.
…you are never alone when you stand with God.
“Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die.”
Today I am in Denver, and in Elders Quorum we reviewed Elder Uchtdorf’s talk entitled “The Merciful Obtain Mercy” which talks about forgiveness of others and ourselves. What a beautiful talk.
Some of the golden nuggets of thought that really stuck out to me are after the break.
“Years ago there was a little one-room schoolhouse in the mountains of Virginia where the boys were so rough that no teacher had been able to handle them.
“A young, inexperienced teacher applied, and the old director scanned him and asked: ‘Young fellow, do you know that you are asking for an awful beating? Every teacher that we have had here for years has had to take one.’
“‘I will risk it,’ he replied.
“The first day of school came, and the teacher appeared for duty. One big fellow named Tom whispered: ‘I won’t need any help with this one. I can lick him myself.’
“The teacher said, ‘Good morning, boys, we have come to conduct school.’ They yelled and made fun at the top of their voices. ‘Now, I want a good school, but I confess that I do not know how unless you help me. Suppose we have a few rules. You tell me, and I will write them on the blackboard.’
“One fellow yelled, ‘No stealing!’ Another yelled, ‘On time.’ Finally, ten rules appeared on the blackboard.
“‘Now,’ said the teacher, ‘a law is not good unless there is a penalty attached. What shall we do with one who breaks the rules?’
“‘Beat him across the back ten times without his coat on,’ came the response from the class.
“‘That is pretty severe, boys. Are you sure that you are ready to stand by it?’ Another yelled, ‘I second the motion,’ and the teacher said, ‘All right, we will live by them! Class, come to order!’
“In a day or so, ‘Big Tom’ found that his lunch had been stolen. The thief was located—a little hungry fellow, about ten years old. ‘We have found the thief and he must be punished according to your rule—ten stripes across the back. Jim, come up here!’ the teacher said.
“The little fellow, trembling, came up slowly with a big coat fastened up to his neck and pleaded, ‘Teacher, you can lick me as hard as you like, but please, don’t take my coat off!’
“‘Take your coat off,’ the teacher said. ‘You helped make the rules!’
“‘Oh, teacher, don’t make me!’ He began to unbutton, and what did the teacher see? The boy had no shirt on, and revealed a bony little crippled body.
“‘How can I whip this child?’ he thought. ‘But I must, I must do something if I am to keep this school.’ Everything was quiet as death.
“‘How come you aren’t wearing a shirt, Jim?’
“He replied, ‘My father died and my mother is very poor. I have only one shirt and she is washing it today, and I wore my brother’s big coat to keep me warm.’
“The teacher, with rod in hand, hesitated. Just then ‘Big Tom’ jumped to his feet and said, ‘Teacher, if you don’t object, I will take Jim’s licking for him.’
“‘Very well, there is a certain law that one can become a substitute for another. Are you all agreed?’
“Off came Tom’s coat, and after five strokes the rod broke! The teacher bowed his head in his hands and thought, ‘How can I finish this awful task?’ Then he heard the class sobbing, and what did he see? Little Jim had reached up and caught Tom with both arms around his neck. ‘Tom, I’m sorry that I stole your lunch, but I was awful hungry. Tom, I will love you till I die for taking my licking for me! Yes, I will love you forever!’”
To lift a phrase from this simple story, Jesus, my Redeemer, has taken “my licking for me” and yours for you.
Declared the prophet Isaiah:
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: …
“… He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isa. 53:4–5).
This is re-posted from the following address – Talk by President Hinckley