I slept well last night. I don't know what changed. I awoke at 1:00 and got up and took my thyroid med then went back to bed. I wasn't sure that I could get back to sleep but when I next asked Alexa the time, she said it was 4:57. I had slept the rest of the night. I feel good today. In about an hour I will load up the cakes in the trunk of my car. Then I will leave for Independence at 8:20.
Alaskans are evacuating like mad for higher ground to try to avoid the tsunami they have forecast. A 7.9 earthquake happened off the coast of Alaska last night.
Juanita called me while I was at the Red Cross blood drive last night. She got her bank statement and wants me to come by after I leave the beauty shop to balance her checkbook. If Bob goes with me, he will visit his sister, Betty, while I do that.
On the 17th of this month, the First Presidency of our church issured this statement:
January 17, 2018
To our sisters and brothers in the Africa Field, Haiti, and El Salvador:
We greet you in the name of Christ and in the peace that Christ seeks for all human life.
Recently, the US president allegedly made derogatory comments about people from Africa, Haiti, and El Salvador. The reported comments are hurtful to many people around the world and in the church.
We are deeply sorry and distressed by any statement that devalues another human life and creates division. We also are greatly concerned about any attitude that implies that some lives are of less value than others because of one’s nation of origin. This simply is not true.
As a worldwide faith community formed by the gospel of Christ and our Enduring Principles, we are saddened by the continued racism and injustice in the world. It is not God’s will when humans are diminished based on where people live, the color of their skin, or by other categories used to divide and devalue. Our Enduring Principles in Community of Christ speak clearly of the Worth of All Persons. And we proclaim the Sacredness of Creation, which includes each human life as created by God, who then said “it was very good” (Genesis 1:31 NRSV).
As Community of Christ we uphold the principle of Unity in Diversity. We stand in solidarity with you as members of the church and citizens of the world. We offer our voices and our lives to speak against acts of hatred expressed in racial, gender, and religious injustice that demean human life. Jesus tore down dividing walls (Ephesians 2:14), and God has called the church to uphold the welfare of all human life (Doctrine and Covenants 163:4).
We join all of you as we pray for peace and the end of racism in our world. We pray all world leaders will encounter the peace of Christ that makes all things new. And we hold all of you in prayer as we live with hope and determination to make God’s peaceable reign—Zion—reality throughout the world.
In the spirit of peace and love,
The First Presidency
Perhaps other worldwide churches will also issue such statements.
I got Juanita's checkbook balanced and visited with her briefly. Then I picked up Bob and we went to Great China for lunch. When I took him home, I took my car to the car wash and washed it and even dried it. It looks a lot better.
Now I will probably lie down with Missy and take a nap.
So more later...
Marilyn called me with a problem with her e-mail. I went over to her apartment and tried to help her but the instructions in her letter were too vague for either of us so we called Cox for help. The woman that tried to help us went too fast with her instructions and also had a very heavy accent and we only got one part of the e-mail programmed fixed before we were lost. I brought her and her computer over to my apartment and contacted my service from Cox and Rick helped us get it fixed. She also had me make the Cox site with the news her home page.
While she was here Bob came to watch the news but we were distracting to him and he read the paper instead. Then he left.
After she left I took my bath and Missy and I watched Karan's video called "The Case for God". It was interesting.
At 10:15, we went to bed.