Traditional Life – Traditional Faith

I don’t think that I have seen finer-looking farms and fine-looking land than those farms owned by the Amish. In a world where tech seems to absorb everything, there is a peace that comes in knowing that there are places where it doesn’t matter. There is a lot of criticism of traditional life and faith and large families who drink raw milk from their dairy herd. The woke believe that it’s a cancer… But all of those marvelous farms are worked by hand, by people who rise with the sun and know the value of a day’s work.

It would be difficult for me (certainly at my current age) to be Amish, but as with them, I have chosen to live apart from the mainstream world, here on the White Wolf Mine atop Arizona’s Mogollon Rim. So I relate, and I’m not woke in the least.

I don’t have a dairy herd, but there is a den of foxes, and the bobcats expect their saucer of milk with an egg broken in it.

That’s the sermonette.


Amish and Latter-Day Saint Population Projection

It’s how much the Amish have spread. The map is a prediction for 80 years from not, but the point is still taken. Who knows what the country will be like in 2100?


Belogorsk Monastery, Russia

Winter is…here.


The Four Quarters in the Old City



Even if no archaeological evidence confirms the biblical account of the exit from Egypt under the leadership of Moses, the routes of the Exodus are sought after by many archaeologists.

Many believe that there were as many as 4 exodus events from Egypt with the one undertaken by Moses being the last.


  1. Here it is the Mennonite farms that are prosperous. The Amish farms are a bit rough but I am glad they are here.

      • I married into a Mennonite family. Their particular branch might as well be Methodists, but some are seemingly very close to Amish, and several stages in between. I could make no sense of it, so I sat my mother-in-law down one day and asked her to ‘splain all this, and bottom line, she wasn’t quite sure either.

        Stopped into a local sporting goods store one day. There were several Amish buggies in the parking lot but it’s kind of like background noise around here so I didn’t pay much attention. But there were 4 or 5 of them at the gun counter, having a spirited discussion about the relative merits of various brands of automatic shotguns. An argument, actually. I guess some modern technology is acceptable after all.

        • There are several Mennonite farms in the San Luis Valley.

          Several years ago I shared the DIA subway train to baggage claim with some Mennonites. Amusing to see the prim and proper young Mennonite girl standing next to the plump black girl in skimpy clothing two sizes too small and full jewelry, etc. We do have vast cultural differences in this country.

  2. Here in Western Canada we also have the followers of Menno and of Jacob Hutter. Mennonites and Hutterites. Both (for the most part) hard working industrious and above all, credits to their communities. I do not know or understand the differences, think of the rest of the Christian sects. Not much of a difference but important to them. All three are pacifistic in their beliefs, but I have seen a few things settled the old-fashioned way, a few handfuls of knuckles.

  3. I started my existence in Lancaster County Pennsylvania before transplanting to Kansas at age 14. The county is famous for its Amish population and one of the best things about them is the food. IMHO, Lebanon sweet bologna, which in no way resembles that travesty that passes for bologna at the grocer, is the finest cold cut on the planet, and shoe-fly pie is a favorite desert. The wife orders me some of both every Christmas and that keeps me happy a while longer.

    • +1…heading out to York or Lancaster, stopping at road side stands chock full of goodies and fresh produce, watching for buggies on the road…nice folks and a sense of real-ness. “Witness” was bith a drama and documentary.

  4. Having recently moved to a a rural location and an area with a plentiful Amish population, I find them friendly in passing.
    I have yet to get to know any personally, but I am aiming to as the chance arises.

  5. Love this Sermonette LL…memories.

    Turned out MrsPaulM lived in the greater Philly area for a time (before we met here in Colorado, but I swear I saw her once). For “fun” she was a ring rider at the New Holland horse auction outside of Lancaster, so she knows your thoughts as well. Life is interesting to say the least, and God does have a sense of humor. A few years back decided we were doing too much, always on the go with our respective work and pastoring our little ranch church, and, and…which was okay for fifteen years. But regrouped and simplified, found the gumption to say “no” without guilt. Embracing simpler in this stage of life has allowed less frenzy and more joy (despite the chaos being thrust at us daily).

    Thanks for the memory jolt.

  6. The only difference I know of between the two are, Mennonite women can wear colored clothes (though long and covered like the Amish) vs Amish women who wear black only. And the Mennonites do use some devices like electricity and some power equipment. But they both are industrious and a benefit to the community.

  7. The lifestyle has ‘many’ benefits in this day and age. The best is lack of TV and media! Industrious and hardworking, they do allow the children ‘time out’ to go into the real world as teens to decide whether they want to continue the Amish life, or a more secular one.

  8. I read where an Amish couple was asked why their community had no covid cases ?
    Their response “ we don’t have Television”
    John Wesley , the founder of the Methodist Church, was great friends with Meno , they found much to agree on. It seems Meno was able to keep his flock closer to the truth.

    In the North Carolina mountains recently I was told of a fellow who lived so far back in the woods, even the Methodist’s were snake handlers.

  9. My outsider understanding is that Mennonites eschew the trivial and fripperies of modern tech and life while making use of the useful portions. Amish are a breakaway set of sects that turn down even most labor saving and multiplying tech, preferring to do things as they were done 200 years ago. A key indicator is that a Mennonite may have a cell phone or drive a car, while Amish may have a community phone and possibly a communal pickup.
    Looking at their theology from the outside, the biggest quibble I have is the absolute prohibition on violence, even defensive violence. There may well be other issues, but I am not well versed enough to know them.

  10. I like the look of that monastery.

    We were talking about the Amish today after Mass — one of the larger tack companies (ProRider?) gets their leatherwork made by them. All by hand, of course.

    I like that. When everything collapses they’ll be standing.

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