I recently started a new blog called ?¢‚Ç¨?ìHow to Clean Like a Man?¢‚Ç¨¬ù.
I started this weekly blog after growing tired of women accusing men (and men self-deprecating themselves) of not knowing how to clean. I was raised in a home with four boys and a girl, and each of us performed every household chore in our home.
I was doing dishes when I was 7. I was doing laundry when I was 8. I was cooking supper when I was 12.
I?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢ve cleaned the washroom, wash floors, cleaned counters, swept, vacuumed, washed walls, washed counter, organized cupboards, folded clothes, washed windows, and, well, you get the idea.
I will post weekly about a specific cleaning topic with instructions and step-by-step photos.
I saw a person I know use the bottom of his garment top to clean his glasses, as someone would do with his/her t-shirt.
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While working on my lesson for next Sunday, I was studying two scriptures that led me to similarly interesting thoughts.
Consider D&C 50:3
Satan hath sought to deceive you, that he might overthrow you.
and D&C 52:16
He that speaketh, whose spirit is contrite, whose language is meek and edifieth, the same is of God if he obey mine ordinances.
One of the things I like doing to better understand scriptures I am supposed to teach is researching the etymological evolution of key words in those scriptures.
The key word in the first scripture was deceive. On the surface, this verse seems to tell us that Satan wants to trick us or make us see things that aren’t really there. Upon reading the entry for deceive in the 1828 Webster?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s Dictionary, I found out that deceive in Joseph Smith?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s time meant ?¢‚Ç¨?ìto ensnare?¢‚Ç¨¬ù.
It seems then that according to the first scripture, Satan isn’t just trying to trick us; he’s trying to trap us.
Going to the 1828 Webster?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s didn’t make much difference for edify, but I did find something equally interesting when I researched the root of the word. Edify comes from the Latin word aedificare, which means ?¢‚Ç¨?ìto build a house or temple?¢‚Ç¨¬ù.
I think this brings a different perspective to the second scripture other than our traditional understanding of ?¢‚Ç¨?ìlanguage which is meek and uplifting?¢‚Ç¨¬ù.
I miss my old elders quorum lessons.
There. I said it.