Monday, September 30, 2013
ELMER ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS
We do not have a big freezer in our home for our meats although we do have a freezer in our gas refrigerator, it's not as good as an electric freezer and there isn't much room. In our town we use to have a place that would slaughter the animals, package it and store it for us, but they closed. So now we use the big freezer that is in David and Jean's barns. If we want, David and the boys, will slaughter the meat, package and store it for us. Even if we bring in meat already slaughtered and packed - they will store it. Each of us has our meat in a locked storage section with our name on it. When we need meat, we just go to their house and they will unlock our section so we can get our meat or put it in. We do call before we go and don't go on the Lord's day. They do charge a monthly fee for this, but it is a reasonable price. David, and Jean are easier to get meat from than the people that owned their farm before they did. He would set up hours that we could come and get our meat where David and Jean say if they are home, they will open for us, of course, not on the Lord's day unless it is an emergency.
Yes, we smoke some of our meats and yes, we can some of our meats. Anna smokes some of the sausage. Some she does canning and some sausage we store in the freezer at David and Jeans. Usually a group of ladies and some men get together when she is going to smoke sausage and other meats. Many hands make for light work and we do all of ours and theirs at the same time. I am not the cook in our house, so if you need more information, I will have to see if I can get Anna on here. All I do is cook chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, etc. on the charcoal grill in our back yard from time to time. Anna says that's all I need to do. Me cooking anything in the house would be a disaster.
In explaining why the Amish separated historically starts with our Ordnung. The Ordnung was written many years ago,when our religion was founded, and tells the ways we should live. It tells us spiritually, what we believe, the way we should dress, the way we should act and much more. What separated the various Amish is the their understanding or views of the Ordnung. Also what has also separated the different Amish people is the way the church is run. When we got indoor plumbing, some of the people separated because they felt this was wrong. Also some people change because they feel one church is to strict or to lax. I am telling you a short version as I could go on for sheets and sheets telling the differences between groups.
The Amish wear beards because of the passages in the Bible. " Leviticus 19:27 Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard." There are also other quotes in the bible. Why don't the Mennonite men wear beards anymore? Back in 1920's at the Mennonite Conference it was decided to be more traditional in the ways they dressed. At first men were allowed to trim their beards, but over the years, in becoming more traditional, beards were no longer required.
Why do we Amish men wear suspenders? To hold their pants up. I couldn't resist that joke. Why the color of our clothes. Really this goes back to why we don't have electric in our homes. Again it is Romans 12:2 "Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect wills of God." We dress pretty much the same way since our religion was founded. There have been some minor changes, but mostly we remain the same against the outside world. Our dress is the same - we don't have to get the latest styles or colors, etc. Our way to dress is , as I said, in the Ordnung. We are to be concerned more of being acceptable and do the perfect of God than the style or color we wear.
I hope these help you understand our way. You folks ask very interesting questions.
Trust God's Wisdom,
NEXT WEEK WILL BE OUR ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY !!!!!!!