Sunday, August 30, 2015

Elder James E. Talmage - "The Parable of Two Lamps"

The Parable of Two Lamps

Among the material things of the past—things that I treasure for sweet memory’s sake and because of pleasant association in bygone days—is a lamp. …
The lamp of which I speak, the student lamp of my school and college days, was one of the best of its kind. I had bought it with hard-earned savings; it was counted among my most cherished possessions. …
One summer evening I sat musing studiously and withal restfully in the open air outside the door of the room in which I lodged and studied. A stranger approached. I noticed that he carried a satchel. He was affable and entertaining. I brought another chair from within, and we chatted together till the twilight had deepened into dusk, the dusk into darkness.
Then he said: “You are a student and doubtless have much work to do of nights. What kind of lamp do you use?” And without waiting for a reply, he continued, “I have a superior kind of lamp I should like to show you, a lamp designed and constructed according to the latest achievements of applied science, far surpassing anything heretofore produced as a means of artificial lighting.”
I replied with confidence, and I confess, not without some exultation: “My friend, I have a lamp, one that has been tested and proved. It has been to me a companion through many a long night. It is an Argand lamp, and one of the best. I have trimmed and cleaned it today; it is ready for the lighting. Step inside; I will show you my lamp; then you may tell me whether yours can possibly be better.”
We entered my study room, and with a feeling which I assume is akin to that of the athlete about to enter a contest with one whom he regards as a pitiably inferior opponent, I put the match to my well-trimmed Argand.
My visitor was voluble in his praise. It was the best lamp of its kind, he said. He averred that he had never seen a lamp in better trim. He turned the wick up and down and pronounced the adjustment perfect. He declared that never before had he realized how satisfactory a student lamp could be.
I liked the man; he seemed to me wise, and he assuredly was ingratiating. “Love me, love my lamp,” I thought, mentally paraphrasing a common expression of the period.
“Now,” said he, “with your permission I’ll light my lamp.” He took from his satchel a lamp then known as the “Rochester.” It had a chimney which, compared with mine, was as a factory smokestack alongside a house flue. Its hollow wick was wide enough to admit my four fingers. Its light made bright the remotest corner of my room. In its brilliant blaze my own little Argand wick burned a weak, pale yellow. Until that moment of convincing demonstration, I had never known the dim obscurity in which I had lived and labored, studied and struggled.
“I’ll buy your lamp,” said I; “you need neither explain nor argue further.” I took my new acquisition to the laboratory that same night and determined its capacity. It turned at over 48 candlepower—fully four times the intensity of my student lamp.
Two days after purchasing, I met the lamp peddler on the street about noontime. To my inquiry he replied that business was good; the demand for his lamps was greater than the factory supply. “But,” said I, “you are not working today?” His rejoinder was a lesson. “Do you think that I would be so foolish as to go around trying to sell lamps in the daytime? Would you have bought one if I had lighted it for you when the sun was shining? I chose the time to show the superiority of my lamp over yours, and you were eager to own the better one I offered, were you not?”
Such is the story. Now consider the application of a part, a very small part, thereof.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” [Matt. 5:16].
The man who would sell me a lamp did not disparage mine. He placed his greater light alongside my feebler flame, and I hasted to obtain the better.
The missionary servants of the Church of Jesus Christ today are sent forth, not to assail or ridicule the beliefs of men, but to set before the world a superior light, by which the smoky dimness of the flickering flames of man-made creeds shall be apparent. The work of the Church is constructive, not destructive.
As to the further meaning of the parable, let him that hath eyes and a heart see and understand.

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Book of Mormon is true!

In our email we received from Elder Bradley Hintze today, he invited our family to record our testimony of The Book of Mormon, place it in the back of a few books, and send them to him to give to individuals and families. We are excited for this opportunity. As I thought about my feelings I have regarding The Book of Mormon, I thought of this video I saw a few months ago and wanted to share it with you. Elder Holland provides an wonderful introduction to the book. The Book of Mormon is true!

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year! 

Our family is well. Elder Bradley Hintze continues to serve in the mission field. He is currently in Tallahassee, Florida. Please take time to stop by and visit his blog at: You will find his address and email address there as well as weekly updates to his life and times. Don't be alarmed if I am a couple of weeks behind. I'll get caught up!

Chantel and TJ are still is West Bountiful with their two boys Buster and Mack. Madison and Eddie moved a few months ago to Lehi. They are enjoying their three kids Dylan, Claire, and Davis. Hadley and Cameron live near us here in Centerville. You can find other family blogs on the right side of the page. Looks to me like they don't blog very much either!

We hope you all enjoyed a very Merry Christmas and have a prosperous New Year. We wish for you every success and much happiness.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Elder Hintze in Alabama!

On Tuesday, June 25th, Elder Bradley Hintze traveled across the country to the Florida Tallahassee Mission. After dinner and a night in the mission home, he has been assigned to an area in Dothan, Alabama. His companion is Elder Alec Stubbs and we are looking forward to Monday! At least we hope to get an email on Monday?? His new address in Dothan is:

    200 Sweetwater Drive #A-8
Dothan, Alabama 36305

Very exciting ttime to be a missionary!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Elder Bradley B. Hintze - Enters the MTC

On Wednesday, June 12th, Bradley entered the MTC to begin his missionary service. We anticipate he will fly to Tallahassee on Tuesday, June 25th. Please see our blog "Preaching in the Panhandle" for letters, photos, and regular updates. We love you Bradley!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Bradley's Mission to Florida

I am just not a very good blogger. But, maybe that's a good thing. I did want to update a couple of things. On February 27th, Bradley received his mission call to the Florida Tallahassee Mission, entering the MTC in Provo on June 12th. He is very excited for this opportunity. Yesterday, Sunday, June 9th, he spoke in Sacrament Meeting in our Ward prior to leaving. He did a fabulous job. He spoke with confidence. He is ready to serve. We want to thank everyone who attended with us and came to the house afterward. Also, thanks to so many who shared their goodies and chairs and other stuff. We are blessed with a great family and many friends. Stay tuned for addition updates after the curbside drop off at the MTC on Wednesday!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Update on Some Things

Previously, I mentioned that Madison & Eddie were expecting their second baby. We first knew of this at Christmas time. Well, the ultrasound has revealed that the little baby is a girl! Everyone is very excited. Allison will soon be here (that's what I call her, but her parents have a different name). Allison is due June 15th. Another girl in the family. Could be a big nightmare!

Also, the wedding of 2012 is scheduled for April 28th. That is the day that Hadley & Cameron will tie the knot! Plans are moving forward with all haste! Stay tuned for a very fun reception!