Sunday, September 23, 2012

A New Temple of the Lord

Today is a special day for rejoicing!  A new temple has been dedicated in Brigham City, UT.  There are now 139 temples in use across the globe.  Temples are a very special places that feel like a little bit of heaven on earth.  I always get a special feeling when I attend the temple.  I feel peaceful and closer to God.  I come away feeling brighter and more dedicated and able to face the challenges of daily life.

In a holy temple of God, we can be sealed together with our families for forever.  "'Til death do we part" need no longer apply!

I was able to attend one of the sessions of the dedication ceremony today.  An apostle of Jesus Christ, Boyd K. Packer, spoke about how this particular temple is special to him since he grew up and raised his own family in Brigham City.

If you want to learn more about temples and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, visit, or  If you are not a member of the Church and would like to visit a temple open house before it is dedicated, be quick about it and you can visit Calgary Alberta or Boise Idaho.  See

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Money Tree

If money could just grow on trees, I would plant an orchard.
I created this money tree to give to my brother-in-law for his birthday.  To make one, you need one piece of
craft wire for each dollar.  This one has 15.

For the leaves, fold the corners in like how you start a paper airplane.
 Now fold the new corners in a bit.  Repeat on the other side.
Pinch up the middle.
Poof out the leaves to give them a nice rounded shape, so that the folded corners are on the concave side.  Alternate which side you fold in on your dollar bills so that you have a variety in your shades of green.

My wire was already cut in a package, so I didn't have to measure, but I'm guessing it was about 14 inches.  Put all the wires together, and then twist them together at the middle about four inches.  For the branches, divide the wires into two or three sections, twist a bit, then divide again and twist again.  Use pliers to bend the ends into a small loop around the middle of one of the dollar leaves.
For the roots, spread all the wires out so they each point in a different direction, then gather a few together and twist.  Use pliers to roll up the sharp ends.  Adjust the roots so the tree stands up, and each "foot" touches the ground.

To add coin "fruit/nuts," use scissors to cut thin strips of clear tape.  Fold a strip of tape over a branch, and attach to both sides of the coin.