Sunday, August 10, 2008

Entropy

Jason taught gospel doctrine today, and talked about one of the most interesting topics--the essence of mortality in one word--entropy. For those who don't know what it means, here's the Webster definition:

entropy 1: a measure of the unavailable energy in a closed thermodynamic system that is also usually considered to be a measure of the system's disorder, that is a property of the system's state, and that varies directly with any reversible change in heat in the system and inversely with the temperature of the system; broadly : the degree of disorder or uncertainty in a system
2 a
: the degradation of the matter and energy in the universe to an ultimate state of inert uniformity b: a process of degradation or running down or a trend to disorder

This truly is the measure of mortality, isn't it? Constant decay. We reach cleanliness, but with time, that cleanliness decays into disorder. This applies to our spiritual lives as well as our physical lives. If we are not constantly keeping up, nurturing, encouraging, taking care of our selves, our homes, our children, our skills, our testimonies, it all decays. Why does the pride cycle exist? Because we are in a constant state of entropy, and we don't keep our testimonies where they should be. We slack off. We rest. We take a break, and before we know it, entropy has disorganized our minds or our spirits.

Kind of a depressing thought until you think about our Heavenly Father's Eternal nature. He knows how to stop entropy. Even reverse it and restore us to happiness and perfection. Immortality. So, to be decayed is to be unorganized and in a state of disorder. To be in a perfect state is to be organized and created. Pretty deep, but pretty cool concept. To learn how to create is to learn how to take something that is unorganized and organize it.

That's something to think about.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Projects

So, I'm neck deep in projects again. Sewing 16 musette bags for South Pacific, which opens on the 15th. Sewing two pairs of red polka-dotted shorts for South Pacific, one for Jason and one to be used only as a prop. I'm also sewing book bags for the Humanitarian Center. I'm either sewing constantly or not at all. Right now, it's constant. I'm also trying to keep up the good work on organization. Still busy shredding years of paperwork, but I'm checking and shredding my mail every day now so it doesn't build up like it has for the past seven years. As soon as I can, I'll get more paint and finish the rest of the kitchen. I'm also planning on doing something with the cupboard doors--a cute, bright-colored daisy motif. I'm going to stencil the daisies from a wall quilt pattern I've got. I love doing stuff like that--taking something that would typically be used in one type of craft and using it in something else.

I also went to DI last week and found a few baskets I can use. One will be for umbrellas. I need to figure out a way to line it with plastic in case it ever rains again and our umbrellas have a chance to get wet... Plus, I'll go back to work on the 25th. Hopefully I'll spend the first few weeks of school getting familiar with our new lab. I still haven't heard anything about coming to tear down the old one. That's worrisome. I hope we don't have another school year with antiquated computers that can't even download flash plugins!

No rest for the weary. But I'd rather be busy than bored!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

A Thought

History does not repeat itself. We repeat history.