Monday, November 28, 2011

The Christ Book: The Birth In a Manger

The Birth in the Manger

Once Within a Lowly Stable

Luke 2: 6-7

6. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Away in a Manger

Once Within a Lowly Stable

Silent Night


When Mary and Joseph reached Bethlehem, the city was crowded with people who had come to pay taxes. There was not room for Joseph and Mary in the inns, but they were finally allowed to stay in a stable where Mary “brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger”
Birth in Bethlehem

He chose to the born in Bethlehem, adjoining Jerusalem. Why Bethlehem? Is there symbolic significance in the meaning of the name Bethlehem,which in Hebrew means “house of bread”? The Great Provider declared Himself to be the “bread of life.” (See John 6:48.) How appropriate it was that He, the “bread of life,” was to come from the “house of bread.”
But why among the animals? He, who John declared to be the “Lamb of God” (John 1:29), was born during the season of Passover amongst the animals, as were other lambs being prepared for Paschal sacrifice.
At the birth of Him who is called the “good shepherd” (John 10:14), shepherds were the first to receive the announcement of His holy birth. (See Luke 2:8–16.)
At the birth of Him who once identified himself as the “bright and morning star” (Rev. 22:16), a new star appeared in the heavens. (See Matt. 2:2; 3 Ne. 1:21.) Shining brightly over Bethlehem, that star had been placed in orbit far in advance of the foretold event in order that its light could coincide in time and place with His blessed birth.
At the arrival of Him who is called “the light of the world” (John 8:12), darkness was banished as a sign of His holy birth. (See 3 Ne. 1:15, 19.) He was born the Son of God and the son of a virgin mother, as foretold by Isaiah (see Isa. 7:14) and other prophets. (See 1 Ne. 11:13–21; Alma 7:9–10.)
As a child I had thought manger was a synonym for crib. I remembered my surprise at learning that a manger is a box made to hold food for animals, a feeding trough! Now, as I sat in Bethlehem, I imagined a manger filled with oats that beasts of burden hungrily devoured. They, like me, would eat and in a few hours want more. No matter how nutritious earthly fare is, it is never enough. The next day, even the next hour, the stomach growls for more.

In my mind’s eye I saw hands brushing away the last few oats. The same hands filled the manger with fresh straw and placed the Babe in the feeding trough. Words leaped to mind: “He that cometh to me shall never hunger” and “He that eateth of this bread shall live for ever” (John 6:35, 58). The heavenly fare offered in the manger was not only eternal but capable of lifting us to God. How fitting that Mary should cradle her son, the Bread of Life, in a manger.

shadow box and silhouette figures

The 17 day diet?


I have been looking for some kind of regimen to be a lot less curvy, Oh did I say curvy I meant ROUND. While looking at cook books that are suppose to have lower calorie foods I stumbled across ebook called the 17 day diet. I guess it really is 4 stages of 17 days. I am thinking I want to try it but since my husband refuses to  let me do the grocery shopping I am not sure how well it would really go, especially since he refuses to buy fresh produce. I have been discussing with him that I have been wanting for us to do some kind of diet change for a while now. Vegan or Gluten free.He absolutely refused the vegan diet and said the Gluten free would be too costly to replace all the cooking supplies. When I brought this diet up he complained about loosing food he loves to eat but I reminded it basically said it was all you can eat as long as you stuck to the meats on the list. He still has not given me a definite answer but I am pretty determined. I am sick of feeling  like.....Hey whats that? Oh I did not know  beluga whales typed on computers....They don't you only feel like it.
So from what I understand these are the foods you are allowed to have the first 17 day cycle:

 Salmon, canned or fresh
 Canned light tuna (in water)

Chicken breasts
 Turkey breasts
 Ground turkey,
 lean Eggs (2 eggs = 1 serving)
 Egg whites (4 egg whites = 1 serving)

 Artichoke hearts
 Bell peppers, green, orange, red, yellow
Brussels sprouts
 Green beans
 Green leafy vegetables(including beet greens, turnip greens, collard greens)
 all varieties Mushrooms
2 servings only__________________________________________
 all types Grapefruit
 Prickly pear cactus
 Prunes Red grapes

Yogurt, any type,
Low-fat acidophilus milk
 Breakstone LiveActive cottage cheese
 Reduced salt miso dissolved in low-fat, low-sodium broth

Olive oil
Flaxseed oil

 low-carb marinara sauce,
 lite soy sauce,
low-carb ketchup,
fat-free sour cream,
 low-fat, low-sodium broth,
 sugar-free jams and jellies,
 vegetable cooking spray,
 fat-free cheeses (i.e. Parmesan),
 fat-free salad dressing,
herbs and spices.

Whats awesome is they made a forum where people can share recipes using these ingredients, However they do warn you they are not approved by the author (Doctor)of the book so they may not fit exactly to the diet requirements so use at your discretion and common judgement.
You are also suppose to increase your water intake because they warn you that these foods could turn into rocks in your colon if you are not hydrated and they recommend 17 minutes of exercise or physical activity. You have to eat the fruit before 2 PM.
The Docs writing skills are atrocious. He repeats stuff over and over and tells you things you will be doing over and over when all you want to know is what do I need to do for this cycle. I skipped read a lot because if this man were talking he would be doing only to hear his own voice.
Just got caught up reading more stuff on this diet and I think I am really determined to do it and I think I want to do the P90x exercise with it as well. I know P90x works but it was too extreme for me and painful but I find myself avoiding mirrors and need to do something. NOW!

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Christ Book: Journey to Bethlehem

Journey To Bethlehem

Luke 2: 1, 3-5

1. And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

3. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5. To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

When Joseph Went to Bethlehem

Caesar Augustus, the Roman emperor, sent out a decree that everyone in his empire had to be taxed. Each man was to pay taxes in the city of his ancestors, so Joseph and Mary had to travel from their home in Nazareth to Bethlehem. It was a difficult trip for Mary because her baby was about to be born.

They would probably have made the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem by one of two routes. One would have taken them south across the Jezreel Valley, then through the hills of Samaria into Judaea. This is the more direct route in straight-line distance—but there are two reasons it probably was not the way Joseph and Mary went: It is physically demanding, with constant ups and downs through the hills—and it took the traveler directly through Samaritan country, and “the Jews [had] no dealings with the Samaritans” (John 4:9).

The other possible route is the one Joseph and Mary more likely traveled. It would have taken them southeast across the Jezreel Valley, connecting with the Jordan Valley, then level or slightly down in elevation all the way to Jericho, then up through the Judaean Desert to Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Both routes are about ninety-two miles long. Normal walking pace, even with a camel or donkey, is three miles per hour. So a traveler can usually walk between seventeen and twenty-four miles each day. Each route took about thirty hours to walk—seventeen to twenty miles a day for five days.

At that rate, the journey would have taken Joseph and Mary at least four to five days. We wonder where they stayed each night, where and with whom they camped along the way. It would have been a wearying journey for anyone, but especially for a pregnant woman soon to give birth. It was early spring, which can still be very chilly at night in the hill country. However, in the Jordan Valley—which is below sea level—the temperatures would have been mild and pleasant.

The last leg of the eastern route would have been the hardest of all. Jericho is the lowest city on the globe, and Jerusalem and Bethlehem are situated right in the top of the hills. From Jericho’s desert to Bethlehem is an uphill hike of 3,500 feet. How exhausted Mary must have been! How anxious Joseph must have been to find a comfortable room at the inn! Desperate to find adequate shelter, they may have resorted at last to a limestone cave used for a stable.

When Joseph Went to Bethlehem

Bethlehem. The name Bethlehem means “house of bread.” In fulfillment of ancient prophecy, Jesus, who is the “bread of life” (John 6:35, 48), was born in Bethlehem (see Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:4–6; Luke 2:15–16).

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

some notes for Thanksgiving Dinner

Recipes, Serving dishes, Cooking dishes, Fine paper china,cups, beverage, utensils, Serving untinsels, Set up and sitting. Grocery list, cooking and cleaning, All buzzin away on my mind.

This Thanksgiving I have invited my friend over for Thanksgiving and she is allergic to practically everything Gluten and has some other allergies and sensitivities. So this Thanksgiving will probably be a bit different.

Here is what I am wanting to fix:
Turkey- I want to brine it I have large white platter


2 quarts vegetable stock
1/2 cup salt (3/4 cup Kosher or coarse salt)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried sage
1 tablespoon dried thyme
2 quarts cold water

In a large pot combine vegetable stock, salt, sugar, and herbs over a medium heat. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the salt is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add cold water.
Place turkey in a large plastic container. Pour brine over top, cover and refrigerate. Brine for 1 hour per pound.
Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey before cooking. Otherwise there will be a salty flavor to the turkey.

Dinner rolls Basket with special towel
Makes: about 20 rolls
Ingredients for Jeanne's gluten-free all-purpose flour mix:
1 1/4 cup brown rice flour
1 1/4 cup white rice flour
1 cup tapioca flour
1 cup sweet rice flour
2 scant teaspoons xanthan gum
Prepare the flour mix:
1. Sift ingredients together and store in the refrigerator.
Ingredients for dinner rolls:
Melted butter for pan and brushing tops of rolls
Tapioca flour for coating pan
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups warm (not hot) milk
2 tablespoons active dry yeast, such as Red Star
3 cups Jeanne's gluten-free all-purpose flour mix (recipe above)
1 tablespoon xanthan gum
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Prepare the gluten-free dinner rolls:
1. Butter muffin tins well and dust with flour.
2. In a small bowl, whisk sugar into warm milk. Add yeast and whisk to dissolve. Set aside to allow the yeast time to proof -- you'll know this is happening when it starts to get foamy on top.
3. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
4. In bowl of stand mixer, beat together eggs, apple cider vinegar and oil. Add yeast mixture, beat well, then add flour mixture, beating on high with paddle attachment for 3 minutes.
5. Spoon dough into prepared muffin tins, filling to 3/4 of each cup. With a butter knife that has been dipped in tapioca flour, cut a deep slash in the top of each roll. Don't worry if there's a little extra tapioca flour left on the rolls.
6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put muffin tins on top of stove to rise in close proximity to warmth of the preheating stove. Let rise until they have just about doubled in bulk, about 40 minutes. Once rolls have risen, brush the top of each with melted butter and bake in preheated oven until the tops are a nice golden brown, about 20 minutes.
7. Remove rolls from tins and place them in a towel-lined basket to keep warm. These rolls keep well, although you'll probably eat them all the day you bake them!

Gravy Ladle it from the pot
2 1/4 c chicken broth (or homemade chicken stock), divided
2 Tbsp millet flour or white rice flour, plus more if necessary
3-4 sprigs fresh thyme, or 1 Tbsp dried
several leaves fresh sage, or 1 tsp dried
salt and pepper

Pumpkin Pie Glass pie dishes
Gluten-Free Pie Crust 
1 1/4 cup (5 ounces) almond flour (this is not the same as almond meal)
2/3 cup (2 ounces) gluten-free oat flour
2/3 cup (2 ounces) tapioca flour
1/2 cup (2 ounces) teff flour
1/2 cup (3 ounces) potato starch
1/4 cup (2 ounces) sweet rice flour
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1/4 teaspoon guar gum
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
5 tablespoons butter, cold (or non-dairy butter sticks)
4 tablespoons leaf lard, cold (see note below)
1 large egg
6 to 8 tablespoons ice-cold water

LIBBY'S® Famous Pumpkin Pie


Stuffing Glass pan

2 loaves gluten-free bread, diced into one-inch cubes, toasted and cooled
2 large ribs celery, medium diced
1 large yellow onion, medium diced
2 tablespoons good olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh sage, finely chopped
1 cup chicken stock
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Cranberry Relish Glass sea bowl
Open can and smush in pretty bowl

Green bean casserole Glass pan 
One Gluten free and one with Fried Onions and a can opener

20 oz. (4 c.) Green beans
1 recipe of Mary’s Condensed Cream of Soup with Mushroom
½ c. milk (non-dairy milk is fine)2 c. toasted pecans, chopped
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup gluten free flour*
1/2 cup stock-veggie or chicken
1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup of mushrooms, finely chopped
This recipe equals 1 can of Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Soup
Melt butter in a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until soft, not just tender. Add flour and butter and whisk together. Slowly add stock while stirring or whisking. Bring to a simmer and cook a few minutes until thickened. Add milk and salt and pepper and stir until combined and thick.
*Rice flour or a gluten free flour mix that does not contain xanthan gum.

Sweet potatoes/yams Small glass pan or red glass pie plate 
umm I have always just had two cans. Drained one and left the liquid in the other. Add a Tablespoon of Orange Juice concetrate. Sprinkle in Brown Sugar and when they are hot Melt marshmallows on top till they brown.

Punch White pitcher
Hawaiian punch 
Sprite or 7-up ( I prefer 7-up)
Container of sherbert Icecream Never had a flavor yet that does not taste good but then again I think I have only tried berry and orange.

Chinet the best Paper China ever
3 Serving spoons
1 pie server
small plate for Butter dish and butter knife
Icecream spoon
Rubber Made/ Ziplock/ Syran wrap/ aluminum foil

Sunday, November 13, 2011

FRI SAT LivingRoom Laundry

Use basket technique in Living room, Start with your hotspots first. Sweep everything on floors into piles and sort in your baskets

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Yes, Start with the kitchen sink you can not clean anything in your kitchen without it. When its all clean and the dishes are done Fill one side or big bowl with Super hot sudsy water. I always find more stuff that needs to be washed or I use it to dip my wrag in while wiping stuff down.

From the kitchen sink I work my way out of the counters wiping them down the stuff on the counters and putting stuff away Not scrubbing or cleaning heavy yet. You see I am super short and there is no step stool high enough for me to wipe down cabinets which means I will be standing on these counters to wipe grease finger prints and goody batter from my hubby's surprise baking.
 Now my cabinets have a space on the top of them and my once a holiday season and summer only items get stationed up there. If its real bad up there I will place the vacuum up on the counter and vacuum the top of the cabinets. If its real bad and greasy I will place both my shampooer and Fortunately I have a steamer and will steam while sucking up the moisture ( I lived in Apt once where this did not work and had to use simple green which I just add a little bit to the shampooer tank...Shhh don't tell as this could ruin the rubber sealers in your machine but I rinse mine real good afterwards.)
Put in a jar or bowl of hot water and set microwave for 5 minutes  and let sit till steamy and wipe down after spraying with your vinegar.
Sweep normally then I spray floors with a diluted cleaner depending on my mood that day.Then take my plastic broom and scrub all the sticky spots rinsing my broom in mop bucket. When scrubbed I mop normally Then rinse the mop and floor really well by mopping with just plain water.
Those are my tips for the kitchen now. The rest I think I do pretty normal like.

Wednesday is Hallway, stairs,porches, Storage areas

Hey its Wednesday, You had two days of go go go. You are probably burnt out. I know I usually am. So I made Wednesdays days to vacuum stairs, Hallways, Sweep porches. and clean my storage areas or Hall closets.
Use the Closet cleaning method for closet.
Start up high wiping down or dusting things till you worked your way to vacuuming or mopping. in Hallways and stairs 

And Entry ways

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday is Bedroom cleaning here

My daughter has some extreme allergies to animal dander and dust mites. So every Tuesday I am suppose to change her sheets and vacuum her bedroom floor. I say suppose to but have you ever seen a 1st grader with a 3rd grade reading ability and a love for books room? She also has ADHD so in order for her room to get clean you have to be in there with her getting nothing else done.Ok now this post is not on discipline. My family has tried giving me so many ideas on this and they just need to come over and try it for themselves because I will be honest I am not calm enough or do not have enough patience to do some of the things they tell me to try and they seem to forget if it was not a safety issue it would probably not bug me so bad and would work,but they do not stay up with her all night at the hospital as she is monitored how much oxygen she is getting while waiting for the benadryl to kick in.
So I clean my room and my daughters room two different ways. In my room I start with closet in my daughters room I start with the floor.
now when I finally get to my daughters closet I do it the same way as I do my own. All items are hung in my closet ROY G BIV Brown Black grey White- Coats, dresses,sweaters, then T-shirts and usually as many tank tops on one hanger as I can or under the shirt they are meant to go under. All my tops are hung.Things that are not precious to me (like special occasion dresses) that have not been worn over a year are put in the get rid of bag, unless of course it was something I loved that just re-appeared behind the dresser, bed or wash machines.
Laundry and Bedding
Now that most of my clothes are put away  and gone through, I strip the bed and pick up dirty clothes to have going in the wash while working on the rest room.
Since what ever is on the floor is still on the floor most likely does not have much value to you meaning it was not important enough for you put somewhere safe.Keeping that in mind grab your trusty broom and start sweeping everything in piles or on one side of the room. Then you can grab bins or baskets and sort through your piles, Garbage- give away- put away- If its been broken for over a year and you have not fixed it yet ITS GARBAGE. If you do not absolutely love it which most likely you do not since it was on the floor except for those few instances it gets covered up by something or you kids decided to play in your room, Give it away. Those things that you need or Adore put it in the put away bucket- Continue to use this method through out your entire room and house.
 sweep up little pieces of garbage so not clog your vacuum or use up a lot of your bag into a dustpan and throw away. Then vacuum the floor or mop. If its super clean time Shampoo the carpet.

The rest of the list I think I follow pretty common cleaning tactics.
Do not forget to remake your bed or you will be pretty grumpy when you realize you didn't later on in the night.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday is Bathroom cleaning

This is a genaric cleaning list I partially use but since then have added several items like, Clean ventaliation fan, wash shower curtain, and pickle mold or mildew.

The first thing I do when I go into my bathroom is move everything out of it I am person who cleans quickly not nicely.
I find my spray bottle of vinegar and douse everything with it, Especially the shower head. Its going to stink really bad so start inside and work your way to the door, flip on your fan and back out for a bit. This is going to pickle any mold or mildew spores in bathroom. While waiting for it to air I find either my plastic broom or a scrub brush ( preferable one on a stick)
Now I like the Flyladys motto of Soap is Soap. You know when you get to that bottom of that old shampoo bottle or you find out you do not like that shampoo- Do Not throw it out it cleans tubs and toilets most excellent, so does shaving cream and leaves a nice smell.
Rinse the dirt and mud from your plastic broom squeeze shampoo on both sides and begin smearing that soap all over your tub and walls. The vinegar earlier should of helped break down hard water but if not do not fear you can make a paste of  baking soda soda and use your trusty broom to smear it and spray with vinegar again.If that does not work you will need lemons cut them in half and rub hard water spots with a lemon till they are gone and rinse with water and towel, rubber banded on your broom to use a washing cloth.
When your tub and walls get the cleanest you can get them  and you are very sure they can not get any cleaner and they are dry, its time to take liquid wax to them. I use mop and glo but never use it on your floor. I do not do this every time I clean only enough to fill in any abrasions that have occurred over the years ( we rent so its pretty scratched up from priors)If you find a better product, PLEASE share.
Shower curtain
Now I have a clear plastic shower curtain, so I can not take the broom to it. I have thrown it in the tub and tried. Then one day I saw someone say they threw it in the wash machine with towels and it came out like new, and I tried it, sure enough, it did! So stop soaking that thing and just wash it.
Put back all items you store in the tub area. if your bathroom is as small as mine once you hang that curtain back up you will have 1/4 or more of your bathroom clean and done.
Now you probably squirted some of that shampoo in there already if not you can do so now UNLESS you have hard water and unfortunately you are going to need a bucket of water and poor it in the toilet till the water is gone so you can treat the hard water spots. Now if above treatments are not going to work on your toilet and CLR is not working I have been told  that a pumice stone ( the kind used on feet)works, but I have never tried it myself.
Scrub the inside with toilet brush the outside with your trusty plastic broom again. by dipping it in a mop bucket of your cleaning choice. The bristle get into nooks like under the water tank and the bottom where it is bolted to the floor ( mine gets really grungy there for some reason, "blahk") just wipe and rinse with cleaning towel or cloth the bottom you can get later with mop. Replace deco on back of toilet.
Now that there is no more chance of rinsing pee pee rags in the sink you can begin to clean it. Dont forget the handles and the area around the faucet and the over flow drainage area.
The drawers in my sink cabinet were pretty old and yucky and so was under my sink. I did not think the land lord would mind that I painted the inside of the cabinet with killz paint it looked so much nicer when it was done and I did not have to worry about my stuff getting dirty. The outside I did have to rub down with rubbing alcohol because it had some marker stains or lipstick and other stuff that was not washing off and that rubbing alcohol made it really faint. On the top of the sink someone had gotten finger nail polish and My husband about had a fit when I told him I was going to take finger nail polish remover to it. He said if it needed to be done to make sure it was NON-ACETONE. I know this is safe because I use it to remove ink from daughters plastic baby doll faces.I guess the other kind eats the plastic or something and never stops.
I use vinegar and water  and a squeegee on tough days because my daughter decided to kiss the mirror with lip gloss or color on the mirror I pull out the Windex and a paper towel or newspaper crumpled up and give it some elbow grease. Sometimes its best to wipe the mirror dry with a dry paper towel to get liquid repellent things off then use Windex. Rubbing alcohol will remove just about anything that Windex did not except for paint which I use a good old fashioned razor blade for scraping it off.
Believe it or not I remove as much of the hair I can by coming the brush with a comb or another brush and I gather up all the brushes combs and toothbrushes and run them through the dishwasher( along with bath toys). This Sanitizes them from all the toilet flushing with the lid up when my daughter forgets to put them back in there drawer. If you do not have a dishwasher soak hairbrushes and combs in bleach water over night and boil your toothrushes in pot  or jar of water from microwave
Ventalation fan

I have not done this yet and called my rental agency to see if this is something they are required to do. Its looks furry and scary.

Everything else I have no special way of cleaning except starting at the top and working my way down making sure I have a garbage bag close by for expired stuff and wrappers.

The Christ Book: Mary Visits Elisabeth

Mary Visits Elisabeth

The angel of the Lord told Mary that her cousin, Elisabeth, who was old and had never had children was also with child and about 6 months along. Elisabeth was married to Zacharias. Mary went to visit Elisabeth. She stayed about three months.


Luke 1:39-42, 46-48, 56

39. And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
40. And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
41. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
42. And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

46. And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call be blessed.

56. And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

Mary Being in her teens Needed Elizabeth as an example and someone she could talk to who would not cut her down for being pregnant. Most likely when the Angel shared that Elizabeth was pregnant Mary strongly felt she could take comfort there.
After Mary left, Elisabeth had her child. It was a son, which they named John. John was to prepare the people for the ministering and teachings of Jesus. He became known as John the Baptist.