Sunday, August 07, 2011

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah August 8-7-2011

I was sick today.  One of those summer colds.  I stayed home from church.  I took some Nyquil, thinking it would knock me out and I would have to go take a nap.  Instead it made the cold bearable.  I watched some of the Joseph Smith Papers and got through several episodes of season 2.  I was also able to work on some genealogy and go through some old records.

I found a newspaper article announcing that me and five classmates were graduating from seminary.  We had two classes in our ward.  I was the only one in my class in Middlebury, Indiana that was graduating.  The other five were from the other class that met in Elkhart, Indiana.

I also found an article from USA Today from a similar time frame that announced “Mormon lifestyle is healthiest”

That was the headline for the article and the article was by Tim Friend.  The article had the following information.

“The lowest death rates ever reported from heart disease and cancer have been found in a group of 10,000 Mormons, a new study suggests.
Researcher James Enstrom of the University of California, Los Angeles, says key factors for longevity in the study were:
Never having smoked.
Regular physical activity.
Regular sleep habits.
‘The study demonstrates that it's possible to achieve extremely low death rates by adhering to a well-defined lifestyle,’ says Enstrom.
Not smoking was the most important factor. Also important: weekly churchgoing —probably a marker for good social and family support, linked previously to long life.
Other religious groups that embrace the three health factors appear to have similar death rates as the Mormons, even though they consume moderate amounts of alcohol and caffeine, Enstrom says.
Mormons generally avoid alcohol, caffeine and drugs.
Other findings, in today's Journal of the National Cancer Institute, show middle-aged Mormon men who adhered to all three factors had only:
34 percent the cancer death rate as non-Mormon middle-aged white men. Mormon women had 55 percent the rate as non-Mormon white women.
14 percent the heart disease death rate; Mormon women had 34 percent the rate.
22 percent the overall death rate; Mormon women had 47 percent the rate.
Average life expectancy for a 25-year-old Mormon man is 85; other men, 74. For Mormon women, 86; other women, 80.”

My wife brought me home the bulletin from church, so I can include the quote from the cover here.

From the Bulletin
"I want to give you my testimony. I know that God our Eternal Father lives, that He is the great Governor of the universe, and that we are His children, and that somehow He hears and answers the prayers of His children. I want you to know that I know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, that He left His royal home on high and came down among men — hated and abused of men — and that He went about doing good. He was crucified out of the hatred of the people; He rose the third day — 'the firstfruits of them that slept' (1 Corinthians 15:20). I want you to know that the Father and the Son appeared to the boy Joseph Smith and ushered in this marvelous dispensation the greatest
dispensation in the history of the entire world."
President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Inspirational Thoughts," Ensign, Feb. 2007, 4

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