Hands for Cosmas

Hands for Cosmas

http://happiestfacesonearth.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Cosmas-Appeal.mp4 This story began in January 2015 in Jinja, Uganda, and was started by Elder Kim and Sister Nancy Squire, who served as senior missionaries in the Jinja are. It was later turned over to us when the Squires completed their service in July. After a few failed attempts at getting prosthetic hands from charitable organizations, we started our efforts afresh on August 14, 2015 in Gulu, northern Uganda. Meet Cosmas Opedmoth, age 23. His life changed in an instant the night of January 12, 2015 while working with a grinding machine. His hand was caught by the blades, and before he could pull it free using his other hand, it too was sucked in. The horrific result was the loss of both hands, leaving only thumb-like stubs. It’s a miracle he didn’t lose his life. After posting his story here on our website, we were contacted by friends and other concerned people in Utah, asking how they could help. What ensued was heart-warming and miraculous to us. With the help of these friends, here is how the campaign came to be: Medical practitioners were found in Utah who specialize in prosthetic hands. Three different types of hands will be created for Cosmas. A Sunday pair (lifelike hands for social meetings and light duty), a work pair (pinching hooks which are durable for every-day use), and a plastic pair (mechanical hands which look like robot hands) for light duty work. An organization called Hands for Cosmas was formed to raise funds for Cosmas and his older brother Reagan to come to Utah for his hands. Reagan will accompany Cosmas to aid...
Human Beans

Human Beans

We’re all just beans in the same pot, trying to become something good. Print out this mini poster to remind you to be a little kinder and more compassionate today. It’ll make you happier and those around you as well. Human Beans Mini Poster 1.17 MB Download Click here for more Free...
Healthbeat

Healthbeat

I don’t expect people to follow me, but here’s where I’m marching for the next 130 days. As I age, I’ve become educated and earnest about my health. RaNae and I want to celebrate our 80th wedding anniversary together and in good health. RaNae has always been health conscious, but I’ve often struggled with my weight. Lately I’ve determined to march my way back to where I want to be. The purpose of this blog is not an ego trip. I already know what I can do and have done it many times before. But I would love to share with anyone with health or weight challenges to consider this as an alternative to crash diets, pills, or magic dust. A march is a set duration of time, during which I will strictly abide by some pretty strict orders, as follows: Rokit Fuel Breakfast shake every day (not yet on the market). Rokit Fuel cereal or Rokit Fuel NutriBites (not yet on the market) for lunch. Healthy, plant-based dinner. No meat, dairy or eggs. No snacks or desserts. Cardio exercise 6 days per week, resting on Sunday. Each day I’ll score myself on how completely I achieved these five daily goals. I will march for 130 days, ending on July 19, 2016, when we leave Uganda to return home to Utah. My objective is not weight loss, but better quality of health and fitness so I can live long, serve well, and give all I’ve got to building the Kingdom of God on the earth. I will photograph everything I eat for just one week so you can see what goes down the ol’...
Help from Nexdor

Help from Nexdor

Having our feet on the ground here in Uganda has provided countless opportunities to reach out and help. The degree of poverty, violence and corruption here is among the most challenging in the world. When we first arrived as missionaries, it was suggested that we not offer financial or material support because of concerns that people would flock to the Church for a handout, or perhaps join for welfare purposes. Gradually we discovered ways to help that were discreet and not simply charity. We have found that we can help people become self-reliant by offering the kind of assistance that puts them to work in their own business, get married, or get education. There are some who have taken advantage, but for the most part, we feel very good about the results. We call our efforts Help from Nexdor, closing the gap between Uganda and our friends in the U.S. who have stepped forward to help. We created an accounting system, like a check register, to track donations and how monies are used. In most cases we keep the donor anonymous so the recipient does not contact them for unnecessary help, and so they can feel good about a secret act of kindness. Here is a collection of projects that donors have sponsored. Many other projects could not be shown for privacy reasons. The feature image at the top shows how a family is set up in business making and selling American pancakes. We’ve done this for two families so far. The pancake is rolled and sold on the street . It is very unique here, and the customers love them even without syrup or other...
The Happiness Triangle

The Happiness Triangle

Serving our mission in Uganda, and looking deep into the lives of these amazing people, has given us time to consider where happiness lies and how to find it. Among all the stories we have gathered, we have identified three elements that are common in those who seem truly happy. The Happiness Triangle Those who exhibit a balance between discipline, gratitude and charity seem to be the happiest and most content with their lives compared with those with only one or two of these elements. Discipline Contrary to the beliefs of our self-indulgent world, those who lead a disciplined life are far happier than the gluttons who eat and drink and make merry all the time. The words discipline and disciple come from the same Latin root word; discipulus, which means apprentice, student or pupil. A person who is disciplined surrenders himself to something or someone to achieve a greater good. He sometimes gives up something now for something better, but not always. A true disciple does not sacrifice now just for blessings later. He sacrifices now because he loves the cause more than he loves himself, and blessings become an ancillary bonus. Physical discipline makes you sweat, increases healthy muscle mass, reduces unwanted fat, and enlivens the entire body. For example, consistently being on the hungry side makes a person feel more alive, while always having a full belly just makes you lazy and want to sleep. Spiritual discipline drives you to your knees where you supplicate God for guidance, establish direction and pursue a worthy mission. It sharpens your view of heavenly purposes and makes you more determined to be a...