May 12, 2019 - The second-largest New York Amish community is found in St Lawrence County, near the town of Heuvelton, NY. (Not far from Massena.) It’s somewhere between 1,500-2,000 people in size. This Swartzentruber Amish community is home to a highly conservative group of Amish.
The community was founded in 1974. The motivation for the move, like that of many Amish migrants, was affordable farmland. The hair of the men is longer than that of other Amish, and women’s clothing is heavier. The men typically wear beards. Homes are typically sparsely decorated and follow a standard design plan. When it comes to technology, battery-powered flashlights are permitted, but most other forms of power, including hydraulic and air power, are not allowed. The homes do not have electricity and Amish farmers do not use any kind of gasoline powered farm equipment. You can see their horse and buggies all over the area – they do not drive automobiles nor trucks.
The practices and orientation of Amish can differ widely among different affiliations. Amish families can be found throughout St Lawrence County.
I found a good summary of questions that helps us focus on the lessons to be learned from President Nelson's talk: We Can Do Better and Be Better:
Questions to Ponder - (Thanks to Craig Conover for these great questions.) Why is it important for everyone to repent? Why does repentance feel like a punishment? How does repentance help us to look to Jesus Christ? How does looking at repentance as "change" cause us to look at it differently? How can we repent and change the way we love? How can we repent and change the way we think? How can we repent and change the way we serve? How can we repent and change the way we spend our time? How can we repent and change the way we treat our spouses and others? How can we repent and change the way we care for our bodies? How can we make repentance a regular, daily focus in our lives? How can we teach our children to repent daily in their lives? In what ways can we better allow the Savior to transform us into the best version of ourselves? How are purity and power connected? How does purity empower us to help in the gathering of Israel? What stands in the way of your repentance? What is one thing you will do today to eliminate what stands in the way of your repentance?
I encourage you to read and study President Nelson's talk - his message is vital to our well-being.
We hope each of you had a good Mother's Day. We both miss our Mother's so very much. We long for the day when we can embrace again and see their sweet smiling faces. I am grateful for a wife who has been and continues to be such a wonderful example and mother to our 5 children and an awesome Grammy to our 17 grandchildren. Yes, families are forever and we love our precious family.