Gary’s father, Donald N. Young, on horseback in front of the family’s one-room cabin with a dirt roof.
This is where it began for me. I was born in 1949 and this picture was taken in 1951. I lived in this cabin, a one-room cabin, with my parents and older sister Nancy, until I was 4 years old.
This picture is of my father sitting on his horse. It might give you an idea of where I got my love for horses. But that was our log cabin. It had a dirt roof and a board floor; and when we ate, the dust would sift down through the cardboard on the ceiling onto our plates. Mother would cover the table with a tablecloth to keep the dust from sifting onto our food. Then we’d just pull it back enough so that we could put food on our plates, and the pans with food would go back under the tablecloth.
We should go back to those days. You see, I didn’t drink chlorinated water. I drank the water that melted from the glaciers and ran off the mountain from the snowcaps. We ate only food that we grew, because my father said, “If we don’t grow it or shoot it, we don’t eat it.” While we were eating, we got minerals from the dust coming down from the dirt ceiling; and that’s what gave us a strong immunity, right, Sis? [Gary said this to his sister, Nancy Sanderson.] Absolutely.
From two pressure cookers Gary welded together to make a distiller in 1991, to the first distillery going up at St. Maries, Idaho, in 1993, to the new Young Living distillers in Croatia going online June 19, 2015—Gary and Mary made their dreams come true!
I’d like to take a few minutes now and give you an overview of the last 38 years of my life in preparation for where we are today. I was asked a few years ago and again just three weeks ago, “Gary, did you ever imagine Young Living being this big?”
I replied, “No, not really. I imagined it being bigger.”
This is just a piece of the puzzle as we grow, but this is not what I saw it being. Because whatever I see it being would be it, and I don’t want it to be it; I want it to be forever growing and growing and growing. When we have 150,000 members in a stadium, then I will share with you the next phase of my dream from 20 years ago. I don’t want to give you too much now because some of you might think that it’s not possible, and we don’t want that energy out there. All things are possible for those who believe.
Not only is it important to believe in your dream, but it is also most important to believe in yourself. If you believe in yourself, then you can believe in your dreams; and if you can believe in yourself and you can believe in your dreams, you can fulfill them and grow them, as we are growing. All of you who are part of Young Living who are here this day are part of that collective dream of taking essential oils to every home in the world.
Gary onstage at the 20th Anniversary Grand Convention in June 2014, where he celebrated his dream that was not too big to be lived!
Oh, what an amazing, amazing time. Thank you to everyone who has believed in my dream and who has helped and supported me and been part of it, as each of you are here today.
There is never a dream too big that can’t be lived. I learned years ago that people have a tendency to dream proportionately to their pocketbook. So you have to start thinking about what your pocketbook looks like now, not yesterday; and then your dreams will start expanding and growing proportionately with your financial dreams as well. We limit ourselves to what we do because we’re afraid to dream; and we’re afraid to tell somebody because if we do dream or think of something and it doesn’t happen right away, we think they’ll think less of us. Maybe they’ll even think that we’re just a daydreamer.
No. If you have a dream and you share it with people who say you’re crazy and you can’t do it, they’re people you don’t want for friends. Or introduce them to the oil blend called Awakening and put a little Forgiveness on yourself for being upset. Then after they have awakened out of their deep sleep of limitation, you can hand them Transformation and Motivation. If this doesn’t work, then give them a big dose of Believe
At last! A yummy syrup with berry juices and essential oils.
Spelt, kamut, and there’s another name that I almost forgot to mention, farro. It’s all explained in my book, Ancient Einkorn: Today’s Staff of Life. These are also ancient grains but were some of the first hybridized grains through nature’s cross pollination. They have 28 chromosomes, double the chromosomes of einkorn. Are they a better source? They’re a better source than wheat for sure, but they’re still double the chromosomes.
If you think you can order einkorn online, the websites will tell you they’ve got it; and they’ll send it to you and collect your money. I’ve done it, from a farm in Idaho, one in Montana, and three in Washington. I received kamut or spelt from all of them.
I went all the way to Italy last year because a farm was advertising it was growing einkorn. So I flew to Italy to see the fields. They were growing spelt and selling it as einkorn. A big difference. So beware. I explain it in my book.
Love your spaghetti, love your pancake mix, and more will be coming.
Then you’ve got the beautiful NingXia Berry Syrup, which makes these pancakes even more delicious. It has the juices of blueberry, pomegranate, apricot, and raspberry. It also has orange and lemon essential oils and wolfberry seed oil.
Enjoy the wonderful, new Ningxia Berry Syrup and the delicious, healthful einkorn pancakes and spaghetti.
Editor’s Note: This is the final entry of Gary’s Einkorn Blog. Next week we begin sharing Gary’s inspiring 20th Anniversary Convention Address.
This gluten chart shows the low-gluten content of Gary’s True Grit Pancake and Waffle Mix in comparison with other grains.
Dhokla flour. I like cooking with it. It can be made of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and other beans found in India. The one we bring in is an organic chickpea flour from India. It’s an excellent source of molybdenum and magnesium and a very good source of folate and copper, as well as a good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, protein, iron, and zinc. The fiber is mostly insoluble, which benefits intestinal health. It supports proper digestion, normal weight, and healthy cholesterol.
Einkorn: tasty, nutritious, more protein than regular wheat, and it’s a great antioxidant. In fact the einkorn grain has been shown in a study in Italy to be two to four times higher in antioxidants than our modern wheat today.
It’s a beautiful product. It’s fun to replace with it; and stand by, because there might be some other things coming along. This is the beginning. You have your oils to take care of all of the issues out there, but you need food, good food. Young Living is about serving you what you need, so you can be strong and healthy and be examples in the world to be ambassadors of God’s great work out there in helping make this planet a better place to live for our children. We have to be healthy to do it; and if Young Living has to become a grocery store for you to give you the nutrition you need, then that’s what it’s going to be. I want you buying your food from your own store and getting paid for it. Do you like that? Okay. So you stand by, because I’ve got some other fun things in the works.
Look at the gluten comparison in this graph: whole wheat, 9.92 percent gluten. All-purpose baking flour, 9.20 percent. Kamut, 1.62 percent; einkorn, 1.21 percent; and Gary’s True Grit Pancake and Waffle Mix is just 0.53 percent gluten. I added those other grains to bring the gluten down but still left enough in there that it tastes good and balances very well.