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Dishwasher for Dehydrator?

Dear Editor,

This is for JB. I haven’t converted a stove into a dehydrator, but I have converted a portable dishwasher into a great one.

I had to dispose of it when I moved or I could have sent along some pictures. In essence, I used a portable dishwasher because it had a porcelain tub which would permit easy cleaning after drying juicy fruits like plums. The drain in the bottom was handy—I could easily empty the cleaning water. 

I removed the hinged top and cut a hole in the side into which I mounted a fan. Inside the tub I mounted an electric heater element with its main axis vertical so the fan would blow through it and it was minimally exposed to dripping juice. I would expect that a porcelain oven from a range could be similarly adapted very readily.

The actual dryer frames stacked in the open top of the dishwasher. They were made of 2”x2” stock material with screen stretched over the top. They were built to rest on the top of the dishwasher tub and could be stacked several frames on top of each other. I used to dry 100 pounds of bananas at a time.

Since the dishwasher already had wheels, it was easy to move it around.

Good Luck,

Al

 

Dear Al,

Thanks for writing in about your dishwasher dehydrator! I appreciate the feedback of our readers, and am thankful you’re willing to share your experiences with us all.

God bless!

The Editor

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GMO-Free Pet Food?

Dear Editor,

With all the GMOs, I fear my dogs when I go to purchase dog food for them not knowing what is in that bag.

Is there some way to get a few dog food recipes that would reassure we dog owners that our animals (dogs and cats) are receiving the food good for them, even if we cook it ourselves?

Thank you,

Linda

 

Dear Linda,

We’ve done several articles on feeding our four-legged family members a healthy diet.

I hope these give you some good ideas on feeding your pets naturally!

Thanks for writing,

The Editor

 

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2 comments

  1. April 18, 2013

    Members of the House and Congress of these United States of America. I’m but a man of simple means. I know not of the finer ways in which to address this council of men and women on the higher scale of order, but I am somewhat understanding and knowledgeable of the issues I bring before you. These issues are some of the very ones you are bringing before you, and are in contentious debate before one with another without irresolution.
    I know you are doing the very best that you can to bring resolutions to these problems that face this great nation of ours, I only come forth before you to help with all wisdom, understanding and knowledge using pureness of logic to guide my thoughts to bring the light of truth to you in hopes that what I can give you this day will give you the answers to those pressing problems that are of such great concern to you, the people of this nation, and myself.
    I know that it is quit presumptuous of me to take on these problems, and think that you don’t know what to do to solve the problems that face this great nation, however , the facts as seen by almost all Americans outside Washington, remain the same. The time in which it has taken, for the bodies of the house and senate of this nation to resolve the issues and problems, is not producing acceptable results fast enough to stem the ever increasing tide of issues and problems facing this nation. I must point out that I only speak to you as a result of this lack of progress in the very issues addressed to you.
    It is not my intention to belittle, degrade or insult any one in either of these great bodies of the house or the senate, rather only to enlighten as to a new outside the box reflection into a logical approach to those issues and problems that face you, this nation, and the people of this nation, and the world. For as you know we are in a world global economy without question. What happens in America effects the world, and what happen in the world effects America.
    Therefore it is my intention to lighten your burden by enlightening your minds with both basic fundamental principles as a foundation to my thoughts and solutions to you. And then adding new ways of thinking upon those basic principles that have served this nation so well from the beginning of what we enjoy this day, from the hard work to preserve the Constitution of these United States of America established from former years.
    Einstein had it pegged when he posed the definition of insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.
    Human nature is such that when man is uncertain, unsure, not understanding, lacks knowledge of, or is afraid of something, procrastination becomes, most likely the end resulting answer as a solution to the problem there in.
    And it never fails, in almost EVERY case without proper preparedness and preparation in times of crises when the power goes out or some manner of a natural or man made disaster that strikes, most people just sit back and wait for the lights to come back on or for the government to come to the rescue. As we have seen in many examples such as most recently as Sandy, Katrina, and many others in our nation, Japan’s tsunami, or Hatti’s earthquake, and many others world wide.
    I humbly ask your patience as I set these foundation principles so as to establish a firm understanding for you to acquire the knowledge I wish to convey. For, any time that mankind ventures into uncharted waters, FEAR, UNCERTAINTY, OR THE LACK OF UNDERSTANDING, AND KNOWLEDGE must be abated to venture further with clarity and confidence. Of which these are truths that can not be denied in EVERY case in recorded history. For what man fears or does not understand, there can be no knowledge of obtained, and therefore if there is a loss of knowledge do to the lack of understanding there is a lack of wisdom to achieve a final accelerated result, thus facilitating the natural state of mans procrastination towards the unknown. And in all cases in recorded history this scenario brings the down fall of all civilize culture. Therein resulting in the collapses of all human histories greatest and most powerful nations and empires.

    Principles of Integrity
    I would like first to address seven principles of integrity that I hope will inspire us all to make this Christlike attribute a fundamental character trait in our personal and professional lives, as did our founding fathers in the creation of this nation.

    1. Integrity is the foundation of our character and all other virtues and the back bone of the founding fathers vision in the creation of this union of people called the United States of America. It is this very creation of the Constitution of these United States of America that gives you the positions you hold and the duties and responsibilities to its people of whom you serve this day.
    As an example of the first of these basic principles of integrity I take the liberty to site a historical event that will illustrate this principle.
    In 1853 the Saints of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints commenced the construction of the Salt Lake Temple. For the better part of two long, hard years the Saints dug the excavations and laid the foundation: over eight feet (2.4 m) deep, made of sandstone. One day the foreman came to President Brigham Young with this devastating news: there were cracks in the blocks of sandstone. Brigham Young was faced with this dilemma: (1) do the best they could to patch up the cracks and build a temple of much less weight and grandeur than anticipated or (2) rip out two years of work and replace it with a granite foundation that could support the magnificent temple God envisioned for them. Fortunately, President Young chose the latter course.

    Integrity is the foundation upon which character and a Christlike life are built and the backbone of our founding fathers vision for America. We say there must be a separation of church and state. Yet before every session of the House and Congress there is a moment of prayer. The very success of our nation has been an attributing factor of many religious principles and to some part the very nature of mankind’s being. Therefore, if there are cracks of inconvenience in that foundation, then it will not support the weight of other Christlike attributes of which this nation was built, and that must be built upon it again.

    How can we be humble if we lack the integrity to acknowledge our own weaknesses, or inability to have the answers to the very problems that face us if we are unable to step back away and see, or even acknowledge the another side as an equal?

    How can we develop charity for others if we are not totally honest in our dealings with them or ourselves?

    How can we repent and be clean if we only partially disclose the truth to our bishop, clergy, pastor or even our fellow man? At the root of every virtue is integrity. And the lack of a virtuous soul is the destruction of integrity.

    How can we bring clear, correct, timely, lasting and logical resolution to the problems that face this nation without a clear understanding, knowledgeable reasoning, and timely execution of ideas to bring forth answers without integrity being at the root of our being and the foundation of our actions?

    Christian author C. S. Lewis noted that once we make a mistake in a mathematical equation, we cannot just keep on going: “When I have started a sum the wrong way, the sooner I admit this and go back and start over again, the faster I shall get on.”

    Likewise, we cannot continue to fully acquire other Christlike virtues or the answers to this nations present problems until we first make integrity the granite foundation of our lives and the decisions pertaining to the forward growth of these nation and its people as a civilized culture. In some cases this may require us to go through the painful process of ripping out an existing foundation that was built without integrity and truth, but built upon deceit, greed, lust, and procrastination, and replacing it stone by stone with a foundation of integrity upon ethical, moral, and righteous ground.

    But it can be done. We can do it together. As a nation and as a people university, “united as one nation under God. Indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.

    Agriculturally based understanding and knowledgeable reasoning has been of a true intellectually bound integrity throughout our nations historical background and one of the beginning foundations materials. It is for this cause I address you this day with greater clarity. With all hopes that you will understand the means by which we as a nation can over come these issues and problems that face us as a nation; We have the greatest of all technologies in Agricultural services in the world today. By using this technologies wisely we can bring a prosperous solution the the economic failures along with the reinstitution of the basic ethical, moral, and legal principles this United States of America were founded upon.

    My name is Kenneth Warren Higby Sr. I am 58 years of age and was born in Riverton, Wyoming of goodly parents. I am a Future Farmer of America, and I do believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds – achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.

    I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.

    I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.

    I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so–for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.

    Congressmen and women: I believe what is written and said in this creed, as my fathers did before me, and I have a great respect for you and the position you hold. It is for these reasons I am writing you this day.
    As you are well aware I am sure, the crises that face this nation are real indeed, and need to be addressed with swift and sure measures. Being a Future Farmer of America it is my duty, obligation, and responsibility to step up to the table with reasonable, and accurate knowledge, understanding, and wisdom of the solutions, and answers to the problems that face us as a nation in this time of crises. ,

    Advancements into 21st Century technologies in artificial environmental agricultural production of food is the next major role of and the introduction of Drake Global Inc. a world wide 21st agricultural technologies leader. In conjunction with other major agricultural advancement companies around the world the latest in agricultural technologies will bring rural self sustainability to communities of this nation and around the world. Advanced Biosphere Controlled Developmental Environmental Farming (ABCDEF) bring assurance of food crop production, water resource management, and energy creation management success to rural communities in an ever adversely changing world climate. Using a closed- loop system in which renewable bio-fuels, solar, and stellar energy recovery, hydroponic and acquaponic agricultural technologies. and embryonic natural management of water resources, using gamma wave biol-cellure energy transference, and biological energy management, will bring rural sustainability to food production, energy management, waste management and resource management, within reach of mankind in this present world climate change of the 21st century.

    2. Integrity is not doing just that which is legal but that which is ethical, moral, or Christlike. It may be legal to commit adultery, it may be legal to have premarital physical relations, it may be legal to gossip or sling mud or demean your opponent in a campaign. It may even be legal to take campaign contributions from outside sources, political packs, specialized interest groups, that bid for political favoritisms, but none of those actions is ethical, moral or Christlike if they are put before the good of the American tax paying people as a whole first. Integrity is not just adherence to the legal code; it is also adherence to the higher ethical and moral code. It is as U.S. president Abraham Lincoln suggested: living in accord with “the better angels of our nature.”

    Every man young or old has the moral duty to protect and preserve the virtue of his date, his life or professional duties, and every woman young or old has the reciprocal moral duty for her date, her life or professional duties. It is a test of his or her integrity. The man or woman who is striving for integrity will develop a resolve and a discipline that transcends even the powerful passions of physical emotions, their lust for power, their greed for material or monetary wealth. Or the innate powers given when elected to the service of our nation and its people.

    There is a danger of our being satisfied with a superficial advancement, with merely advancing on the surface. We talk of walking in the light of the Spirit and of feeling it upon us, but do we do these things? We ought to dig deep into the things of God, lay our foundation upon that rock, until we come to that water which shall be in us an everlasting fountain of eternal life.

    There are men among us upon whom the Spirit of the Almighty once rested mightily, whose intentions were once as good and pure as those of angels, and who made covenants with God that they would serve Him and keep His commandments under every and all circumstances. … But how is it now with some of those Elders? They do not feel so to-day. Their affections are set upon the things of this world which the Lord has enabled them to acquire, that they wait now until they are called, and in many instances when called, they obey more out of a desire to retain their standing and position, than a real heart-felt love of the labor to which they may have been called.

    This is the condition of all men, no matter how well they start out, who allow their thoughts and affections to run after the world and its ways, and it is a plain and indisputable proof that when this is the case with men they love the world more than they love the Lord and His work upon the earth. Having received the light of the everlasting Gospel, and partaken of the good things of the kingdom, and being of the seed of Israel and heirs to great and glorious promises, we should labor with fidelity and diligence to accomplish what God has designed to do through us; we should be men and women of faith and power as well as good works, and when we discover ourselves careless or indifferent in the least, it should be sufficient for us to know it in order to mend our ways and return to the path of duty.

    Nothing can be more foolish than the idea of a man laying off his religion like a cloak or garment. There is no such thing as a man laying off his religion unless he lays off himself. Our religion should be incorporated within ourselves, a part of our being that cannot be laid off. If there can be such a thing as a man laying off his religion, the moment he does so he gets on to ground he knows nothing about, he gives himself over to the powers of darkness, he is not on his own ground, he has no business there. The idea of Elders in Israel swearing, lying and giving way to intoxication is far beneath them; they ought to be above such things. Let us put from us every evil and live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Let us lay hold of every duty assigned to us with ambition and energy that we may have the spirit of our God, the light of truth and the revelations of Jesus Christ within us continually,

    You are the men and women who have the duty and responsibility to take the higher road of integrity, as being a shining example to the people of this nation, and show with above average resolve righteous character and judgment in all things to bring about good for the welfare and wellbeing of the citizens of this nation. It is that integrity to God and to self and to others, and to country that sustains them and empowers them even when Satan unleashes his arsenal of moral temptations upon them. To this generation the Lord said, “I will raise up unto myself a pure and righteous people, and will destroy those who are not”. We are witness to that saving and destruction of mankind on a daily bases. God is counting on us to be that generation of those who make the right decisions.

    The massive losses referenced in the 2012 worldwide drought, and other disasters, and the looming outlook for 2013 global political, and economic, upheavel natural disasters, continued drought show compelling evidence as proof of the need for artificial environmental controlled biospheres to maintain food source reliability in the decades to come. Closed loop environmental systems are available technologies today. The only hold-up is acceptability for the need to build them and the investment capital needed for construction and start-up. These projected systems are proactive in natural and will bring added revenue to local, country, state, and federal budgets.

    The Arctic ice cap has shrank to its smallest size in human recorded history in 2012. At the rate the ice is disappearing, the Arctic Ocean will be completely ice free during the summer months with in just a few decades-almost a half century sooner than climate models predicted only five years ago. This shows an acceleration of world climate change beyond that which was expected.

    World climate change is warming the Arctic almost twice as rapidly as the rest of the globe. And since the Arctic ice cools polar regions and influences climate patterns for the rest of the planet. Its decline will rapidly accelerate the rise of global temperatures. This will cause extending and ever increasing drought conditions world wide for the next unknown decades-almost without exception to all present climate models today.

    Though politically challenging to execute, the solutions the problems that face us are fairly straightforward if we dump the need for being continuously politically correct: Investments in appropriately scaled agricultural technologies projects nation wide at the rural community level, better government participation, corporate governance, rural communities involvement, proper water, and waste management, proper resource management, and training in areas of emergency preparedness local, county, state, regional, and federal, will being economic stability to this nation. In regions facing shortages of energy, water and food during during crises, there are plans and work that needs done without question, but in addressing these very issues we will bring jobs and economic recovery in hundreds of areas nation wide.

    Knowing this is hardly the first time in history that natural and man made disasters have created environmental refugees and empire collapses. One example being; A thousand years ago, less that 120 miles from modern Santa Fe, the inhabitants of Chaco Canyon built rock lined ditches, head gates, damns to create management of a cultural society of high technologies for it’s time in the history of North American man. Then, starting around 1130 AD a prolonged drought set in. A lack of organized governance and agricultural management within a couple of decades Chaco Canyon had been abandoned. We hardly need reminding that nature can be unforgiving. Lets not forget the lessons we have learned from the past mistakes that have been made by man made disasters and the lust for power and greed for material and monetary wealth that has almost destroyed the economy of this great nation. We learn to live within her increasingly unpredictable means man and nature made, we move elsewhere, change our present course, and prepare for future adversity, or we will perish.

    Data Reports from the USDA:
    U.S. Drought 2012: Farm and Food Impacts
    The current USDA report estimates of weather impacts on the farm sector are still reflected in the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report and the Crop Production report.
    ERS’s November 27 farm income forecast reflects information in the November WASDE report and will be updated in February 2013.
    Food Prices and Consumers:
    The ongoing drought has destroyed or damaged portions of the major field crops in the Midwest, particularly field corn and soybeans.
    This has led to increases in the farm prices of corn, soybeans, and other field crops and, in turn, led to price increases for other inputs in the food supply such as animal feed.
    Though we have already seen some price increases for meats and animal-based products in the fourth quarter of 2012, most of the impacts on retail food prices are expected to occur in 2013.
    We will likely see the largest impacts for beef, pork, poultry and dairy (especially fluid milk).
    The full effects of the increase in corn prices for packaged and processed foods (cereal, corn flour, etc.) will likely take 10-12 months to move through to retail food prices.

    The drought has the potential to increase retail prices for beef, pork, poultry, and dairy products throughout 2013.
    Drought conditions led to herd culling in response to higher expected feed costs, and this liquidation led to temporarily reduced prices for beef and pork in the months of August and September.
    However, the October CPI report indicated that the impact of the liquidation has ended and prices for beef and pork are now expected to increase through 2013.
    Of the major categories expected to reflect the largest increases due to the drought–beef, pork, poultry, other meats, eggs, and dairy (especially fluid milk)–all have increased steadily since September 2012 except for pork.
    This likely indicates that we are seeing price impacts of the drought, given that many other food price categories have been flat over that same time period and the all-items CPI has fallen.
    Farms:
    About 80 percent of agricultural land experienced drought in 2012, which made the 2012 drought more extensive than any since the 1920 -1930s.
    USDA’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report reflects current estimates of weather impacts. ERS’s November 27 farm income forecast reflects information in the November WASDE report and will be updated in February.
    Highlights:
    The drought rapidly increased in severity from June to July and persisted into August.
    As of September 12, over 2,000 U.S. counties had been designated as disaster areas by USDA in 2012, mainly due to drought.
    Like I said in the previous email; 597 counties this 2013 year have ALREADY been declared a natural disaster area and it hasn’t even begun to warm up yet.
    All of the above items only account for the drought and don’t even begin to factor in wild fires, severe storms or any one of the hundreds of disasters that will in the future instantly cripple our food supply.

    Ladies and gentlemen of these chambers I besiege you to look within yourselves and seek the righteous man and woman and seek that which is right and good for all Americans, and not just an elect few. You are servants of the people of this United States of America, they are not your servants. You are paid to be in the service of this nations whole, not your self-driven interests, or the interests of a few in positions of power and wealth.

    Trillions of dollars were spent on bail outs of the banks, lending institutions, and governmental agencies that caused the mortgage crises and little of that has been recovered. And the American people not only picked up the bill for that, but they lost billions in retirement assets invested in those companies, banks, institutions, and agencies. What has been done to assure the main street American people who are suffering because of this, it will not happen again?

    Billions of dollars were spent by companies and men of power and wealth, on re- election campaigns to debase, insult, demean, reticule, and lie about who did what to who, and all manner of inappropriate actions to climb the way to the top in these last elections. While small main street companies and poor people fought to survive job lay offs and keep food on the tables for their families.
    What has been done to assure the main street American people that this was ethical, moral, and legal behavior?

    Millions of dollars were spent on the inaugural ball in a pompous display of adulation, when there are million of American people out of work and looking for jobs and again fighting to keep food on the table for their children. What has been done to assure the main street American that this was an appropriate way to spend tax payers dollars?

    I am but asking for a small portion of what has been spent thus far by you and the present administration, in efforts to stem the ever increasing debt and economic crises that is upon this nation.

    I know that the project that I propose to you will work because there are already similar projects working world wide at this time. There are added materials from many other owners of companies that support this statement. All that is needed is for you to understand and allocate the funds and I will show you how to create jobs and bring this country into the 21st century in agricultural technologies. And help in this time of crises..

    The project I propose will cost 1.2 million for the first prototype to show you not just tell you, that the technologies we have today are workable and the feasibility studies of this project are sound and correct.

    The cloning of this project nation wide will bring trillions of dollars in revenues. This is a very small investment on such a large return. I tell you now the truth so that you can see for yourselves and have knowledgeable assuredness to the out come of this project.

    It is for the good of this nation that I do this and ask of this thing. I am not looking for a hand out. Nor am I begging. I give you correct, and sound knowledgeable information on a way, for this nation to bring economic stabilization to a failing foundational financial structure.

    Think not to yourselves that I am not knowledgeable in the ways to be in the service of mankind. Being a Latter day Saint in the Church of Jesus Christ. It is my duty and responsibility as a servant of our Lord and Saviour to be a servant unto all mankind. As you are in the service of all the people of this nation within your elected posts you too must be acknowledgeable and be held accountable for the service of the people and be held accountable to a higher standard of integrity.

    ARE YOU LIVING UP TO THIS HIGHER STANDARD?

    As one general authority in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints recalled. “Some years ago my business partner and I needed to terminate an employee. After some discussions we reached a settlement to compensate him for his services. I felt that the settlement was more than fair, but some strained relationships resulted from the negotiations nonetheless. That night I felt a gloom come over me. I tried to dispel it by reasoning within myself that I had been fair, but the feeling would not leave.” Then this impression came: “It’s not enough to be fair; you must also strive to be Christlike.”

    Adherence to the highest ethical, and moral code is a hallmark of a man or a woman of integrity. America was founded on the equality of all men living with integrity towards one another in all things.

    3. Integrity makes decisions based on eternal implications. The general authority goes on to say; “One of the young women in our ward was taking a test at the local high school. As she looked up, she saw one of her friends cheating. Their eyes made contact. Embarrassed, the friend shrugged her shoulders and mouthed the words “I need the grade.” Somehow this young lady had lost her eternal vision—it is not grades but godhood that is our destination. What good does it do to be accepted to the most prestigious university but forfeit our exaltation in the process? Every time someone cheats, he trades his spiritual birthright for a mess of pottage. In his shortsightedness he has opted for a dollar today rather than infinite wealth in the life to come.”

    A disappointed father once told me that his teenage daughter wanted to “live it up” and then, three months before her intended marriage, clean up her act so she could receive a temple recommend. I do not know of any stake president who would give a recommend under such circumstances. But even if it were given, it would be a curse, not a blessing. Integrity is not shortsighted—it is not just a temporary change of behavior; it is a permanent change of nature.

    King Benjamin told us how we might change our natures from a natural man to a spiritual man: “For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and puts off the natural man and become a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and become as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord sees fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father”

    Changing our natures, not just our behaviors, is facilitated by an eternal perspective that we are the children of God, that we have His spark of divinity within us, and that through the Atonement we can become like Him—the perfect model of integrity.

    4. Integrity is disclosing the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I believe the Lord can live with our weaknesses and mistakes, provided we demonstrate a desire and effort to repent. That is what the Atonement is all about. But I do not believe He can easily tolerate a deceitful heart or a lying tongue.

    A few years ago I conducted a mission tour. Some of the missionaries were struggling with obedience. That evening the mission president and I conducted interviews with some of the missionaries. The next morning the mission president commenced our zone conference by giving a masterful talk on integrity. I felt impressed to speak further on that subject. We observed that in a few moments we would be conducting additional interviews. We requested that the missionaries not play the game in which someone only discloses the truth if he is asked the perfect, pointed question.

    The Spirit was there, and four missionaries from the night before privately stepped forward and said, “We have something else to disclose.” One of them said, “I want to be an honest man.” That day he changed his foundation of sandstone for a granite foundation of integrity.

    5. Integrity knows no alibis or excuses. There is something ennobling about the man or woman who admits his or her weaknesses and takes the blame square on without excuse or alibi. On multiple occasions Joseph Smith recorded his weaknesses in the Doctrine and Covenants for all to read. This tells us he was not perfect, but it also tells us he had nothing to hide—he was a man of integrity.

    What does this do for his credibility when he tells the story of the First Vision or the account of Moroni’s visitations? It tells us that we can trust him, that we can believe his every word because he is, indeed, a man of integrity.

    What does this tell you about your actions to serve the American people. Are you serving your fellow Americans with integrity? Or are you, yourselves thinking, acting, and serving in the interests of yourselves and those who have bought your favor?
    6. Integrity is keeping our covenants and our commitments, even in times of inconvenience. Integrity is the courage to do right regardless of the consequences and the inconvenience. President N. Eldon Tanner (1898–1982), former First Counselor in the First Presidency, told the following experience:
    “A young man came to me not long ago and said, ‘I made an agreement with a man that requires me to make certain payments each year. I am in arrears, and I can’t make those payments, for if I do, it is going to cause me to lose my home. What shall I do?’
    “I looked at him and said, ‘Keep your agreement.’
    “‘Even if it costs me my home?’
    “I said, ‘I am not talking about your home. I am talking about your agreement; and I think your wife would rather have a husband who would keep his word, meet his obligations, keep his pledges or his covenants, and have to rent a home than to have a home with a husband who will not keep his covenants and his pledges.’”

    He had a difficult choice: his home or his integrity. A man or woman of integrity does not yield or succumb merely because it is hard or expensive or inconvenient. In this respect the Lord has a perfect sense of integrity. He has said, “Who am I … that have promised and have not fulfilled?”
    One of the acid tests of our integrity is whether we keep the commitments and promises we have made or whether there are loopholes in our word.

    7. Integrity is not governed by the presence of others. It is internally, not externally, driven. Elder Marion D. Hanks (1921–2011) of the Seventy told of the man and his small son who “stopped at an isolated cornfield on a remote country road” and eyed the delicious corn beyond the fence.
    The father, after looking in front of him, behind him, to the left of him, and to the right of him, “started to climb the fence” to take some ears of corn. His son looked at him and said reproachfully, “Dad, you forgot to look up.”

    In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Polonius says to his son Laertes:

    To thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man.
    What wonderful counsel! We have a choice. We can either seize the moment and take control of our lives or become mere puppets to our environment and our peers.

    Would you watch pornography in front of your mother, your date, your spouse, or your bishop? If it is wrong in the presence of others, it is just as wrong in their absence. The man of integrity who is true to self and to God will choose the right whether or not anyone is looking because he is self-driven, not externally controlled.

    May the integrity of our souls have a sign that reads in bold black letters “NOT FOR SALE AT ANY PRICE” so that it might be said of us, as it was of Hyrum Smith, “Blessed is my servant Hyrum Smith; for I, the Lord, love him because of the integrity of his heart”.

    May we all become men and women of integrity—not because we have to but because we want to. The Lord announced the reward for those who do so: “Verily I say unto you, all among them who know their hearts are honest … and are willing to observe their covenants by sacrifice … are accepted of me”.

    I give you this knowledge and understanding so you will not have uncertainty or fear or lack in confidence as to the out come of this project. It is for the good of this nation and its people that I do this and you should be of sound mind and political correctness as you, yourselves search out these things in your own mind,

    I humbly thank you for you time and understanding in this grave matter that faces us all as Americans of one nation under God indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

    I am in the service of our God, our nation, our world, and its people. Our goal at Drake Global Inc. is to feed mankind spiritually, Intellectually, and physically, one rural community at a time worldwide..

    May we all be accepted of God because we are striving to become men and women of integrity.

    Kenneth Warren Higby Sr. President/owner
    Drake Global Inc.
    276 North Fork Road
    Lander, Wyoming 82520
    801-458-3281

  2. March 26, 2013

    Dear Mr. President;

    My name is Kenneth Warren Higby Sr. I am 58 years of age and was born in Riverton, Wyoming of goodly parents. I am a Future Farmer of America, and I do believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds – achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.

    I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.

    I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.

    I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so–for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.

    Mr. President, I believe what is written and said in this creed, as my father and fore fathers did before me, and I have a great respect for you and the position you hold. It is for these reasons I am writing you this day.

    We as a nation of wealth beyond measure need to feed all people spiritually, intellectually, and physically one community at a time by building bio-greenhouses using 21st century technologies for disabled vets and unemployed Americans.

    I’m a disabled vet who works with disabled clients who need jobs to support themselves. I built a company Drake Global Inc. that will build 10,000 bio-greenhouses nation wide in rural communities to grow organic food in controlled environments, to supply local business with green produce 365 days a year in any climate.

    We need Fed funding to match local private funds to put the disabled to work nation wide at the rural level. This project will help feed the people of America spiritually, intellectually, and physically, using 21st century agricultural, biofuel, wind, and solar technologies.

    Putting other business to work supplying the materials and support needed to operate the bio-greenhouses is the goal of this project.

    I am committed to bringing economic change and job creation for all Americans and feed all men who are in need of shelter and jobs.

    As you are well aware I am sure, the crises that face this nation are real indeed, and need to be addressed with swift and sure measures. Being a Future Farmer of America it is my duty, obligation, and responsibility to step up to the table with reasonable, and accurate knowledge, understanding, and wisdom of the solutions, and answers to the problems that face us as a nation in this time of crises.

    May we all be accepted of God because we are striving to become men and women of integrity.
    And “it was as though the Lord had said [to him]: ‘Look, son. You don’t need any other organization. I have given you the greatest organization there is on the face of the earth. Nothing is greater than the priesthood organization. All in the world you need to do is to put the priesthood to work. That’s all.

    Once you have studied the doctrines and principles of the Church wide welfare plan, seek to apply what you have learned to the needs of those within your stewardship. What this means is that, in large measure, you’re going to have to figure it out for yourself. Every family, every congregation, every area of the world is different. There is no one-size-fits-all answer in Church welfare. It is a self-help program where individuals are responsible for personal self-reliance. Our resources include personal prayer, our own God-given talents and abilities, the assets available to us through our own families and extended family members, various community resources, and of course the caring support of priesthood quorums and the Relief Society. This will lead us through the inspired pattern of self-reliance.
    You’re going to have to chart a course that is consistent with the Lord’s doctrine and matches the circumstances of your geographic area. To implement divine welfare principles, you need not look always to Salt Lake City. Instead you need to look into the handbooks, into your heart, and into heaven. Trust the Lord’s inspiration and follow His way.
    In the end you must do in your area what disciples of Christ have done in every dispensation: counsel together, use all resources available, seek the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, ask the Lord for His confirmation, and then roll up your sleeves and go to work.
    The prophetic promises and blessings of Church welfare, of providing in the Lord’s way, are some of the most magnificent and sublime the Lord has pronounced upon His children. He said, “If thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday: and the Lord shall guide thee continually.”
    Whether we are rich or poor, regardless of where we live on this globe, we all need each other, for it is in sacrificing our time, talents, and resources that our spirits mature and become refined.
    This work of providing in the Lord’s way is not simply another item in the catalog of programs of the Church. It cannot be neglected or set aside. It is central to our doctrine; it is the essence of our religion. Brethren, it is our great and special privilege as priesthood holders to put the priesthood to work. We must not turn aside our hearts or our heads from becoming more self-reliant, caring better for the needy, and rendering compassionate service.
    The temporal is intertwined with the spiritual. God has given us this mortal experience and the temporal challenges that attend it as a laboratory where we can grow into the beings Heavenly Father wants us to become. May we understand the great duty and blessing that come from following and providing in the Lord’s way is my prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

    Sometimes we see welfare as simply another gospel topic—one of the many branches on the gospel tree. But I believe that in the Lord’s plan, our commitment to welfare principles should be at the very root of our faith and devotion to Him.
    Since the beginning of time, our Heavenly Father has spoken with great clarity on this subject: from the gentle plea, “If thou lovest me … thou wilt remember the poor, and consecrate of thy properties for their support”; to the direct command, “Remember in all things the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted, for he that doeth not these things, the same is not my disciple”; to the forceful warning, “If any man shall take of the abundance which I have made, and impart not his portion, according to the law of my gospel, unto the poor and the needy, he shall, with the wicked, lift up his eyes in hell, being in torment.
    The two great commandments—to love God and our neighbor—are a joining of the temporal and the spiritual. It is important to note that these two commandments are called “great” because every other commandment hangs upon them. In other words, our personal, family, and Church priorities must begin here. All other goals and actions should spring from the fountain of these two great commandments—from our love for God and for our neighbor.
    Like two sides of a coin, the temporal and spiritual are inseparable.
    The Giver of all life has proclaimed, “All things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal.” This means to me that “spiritual life is first of all a life. It is not merely something to be known and studied, it is to be lived.”
    Unfortunately, there are those who overlook the temporal because they consider it less important. They treasure the spiritual while minimizing the temporal. While it is important to have our thoughts inclined toward heaven, we miss the essence of our religion if our hands are not also inclined toward our fellowman.
    For example, Enoch built a Zion society through the spiritual process of creating a people of one heart and one mind and the temporal work of ensuring that there were “no poor among them.”
    As always, we can look to our perfect example, Jesus Christ, for a pattern. “When the Savior came upon the earth he had two great missions; one was to work out the Messiah-ship, the atonement for the fall, and the fulfillment of the law; the other was the work which he did among his brethren and sisters in the flesh by way of relieving their suffering.”
    In a similar way, our spiritual progress is inseparably bound together with the temporal service we give to others.
    The one complements the other. The one without the other is a counterfeit of God’s plan of happiness.
    This very hour there are many members of the Church, and non members alike who are suffering. They are hungry, stretched financially, and struggling with all manner of physical, emotional, and spiritual distress. They pray with all the energy of their souls for succor, for relief.
    My brethren, and sisters, Barack and all peoples of this nation and the world, please do not think that this is someone else’s responsibility. It is mine, and it is yours. We are all enlisted. “All” means all—every Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood holder,every person world wide, rich and poor, in every nation. In the Lord’s plan, there is something everyone can contribute.

    The lesson we learn generation after generation is that rich and poor alike are all under the same sacred obligation to help their neighbor. It will take all of us working together to successfully apply the principles of welfare and self-reliance within this nation and the world. However I do believe that if given a chance I can show you, this nations people, and the people of the world a new way to find and use the solutions that are available to us through the 21st century technologies already established and working now.
    Too often we notice the needs around us, hoping that someone from far away will magically appear to meet those needs. Perhaps we wait for experts with specialized knowledge to solve specific problems. When we do this, we deprive our world, our nation, our neighbor, and our family of the service we could render, and we deprive ourselves of the opportunity to serve. While there is nothing wrong with experts, let’s face it: there will never be enough of them to solve all the problems. Instead, the Lord has placed His priesthood and its organization at our doorsteps in every nation of the world, where the Church is established. And, right by its side, He has placed the Relief Society. As we priesthood holders know, no welfare effort is successful if it fails to make use of the remarkable gifts and talents of our sisters and brothers in the service of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
    The Lord’s way is not to sit at the side of the stream and wait for the water to pass before we cross. It is to come together, roll up our sleeves, go to work, and build a bridge or a boat to cross the waters of our challenges. We are men of Zion, priesthood holders, and are the ones who can lead out and bring relief to the Saints and all men of this world, by applying the inspired principles of the welfare program! It is our mission to open your eyes, use our priesthood, and go to work in the Lord’s way.
    There are many good people and organizations in the world that are trying to meet the pressing needs of the poor and needy everywhere. We are grateful for this, but the Lord’s way of caring for the needy is different from the world’s way. The Lord has said, “It must needs be done in mine own way.” He is not only interested in our immediate needs; He is also concerned about our eternal progression. For this reason, the Lord’s way has always included self-reliance and service to our neighbors in addition to caring for the poor.
    In 1941 the Gila River overflowed and flooded the Duncan Valley in Arizona. A young stake president by the name of Spencer W. Kimball met with his counselors, assessed the damage, and sent a telegram to Salt Lake City asking for a large sum of money.
    Instead of sending money, President Heber J. Grant sent three men: Henry D. Moyle, Marion G. Romney, and Harold B. Lee. They visited with President Kimball and taught him an important lesson: “This isn’t a program of ‘give me,’” they said. “This is a program of ‘self-help.’”
    Many years later, President Kimball said: “It would have been an easy thing, I think, for the Brethren to have sent us [the money,] and it wouldn’t have been too hard to sit in my office and distribute it; but what a lot of good came to us as we had hundreds of [our own] go to Duncan and build fences and haul the hay and level the ground and do all the things that needed doing. That is self-help.”
    By following the Lord’s way, the members of President Kimball’s stake not only had their immediate needs met, but they also developed self-reliance, alleviated suffering, and grew in love and unity as they served each other.

    Drake Global Inc. was founded on the creed written by E. M. Tiffany, and shall use what so ever knowledge, understanding, and wisdom obtained past and present day within all the sciences combined with those of agricultural technologies that will be needed to bring about solutions and answers to the problems that face us. Drake Global Incorporates. creed to feed mankind spiritually, intellectually, and physically, through emergency preparedness and rural self sustainability, with all sciences being combined with the agricultural technologies past, present, and future will insure success of the projects that I am proposing to you.

    Rural emergency preparedness; Rural waste recovery: Rural self sustainability: Rural to national out reach:

    Rural to county out reach: Rural to state out reach: Rural to international out reach:

    I humbly request a conference with you on these matters that I believe will greatly profit this nation and the world.

    Kenneth Warren Higby Sr.

    President/owner Drake Global Inc.

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