Sunday, July 6, 2008

Same Ol' Same Ol'

I love the fact that regardless of where you go in the world you're pretty likely to find a congregaton of Latter Day Saints who more or less are just like you. But regardless, they share your same beliefs and values, and you'll get the next lesson more or less from what you had last week.

My new boss was discussing how new churches get formed when a pastor of one church gets in trouble for something they do or say and simply form a new church. The commonality of new churches are that for the most part they are preaching to the crowd and giving the people they preach to what they want to hear (this is all his words, not mine.) It is a ploy to attract as many people to your brand of the Gospel with the end result of them donating to your church (See any mega church in Texas to understand this phenomena.)

When one of my new co-workers asked if I had chosen a church it was interesting to say yes and no. I don't have a home so I don't have a ward but it really doesn't matter. Unlike most churches when our congregation gets too big they just divide it in two to personalize the Gospel Of Jesus Christ and minister to the individual. I LOVE THAT!!!!

So, I've been trying to decide where to live and part of that decision was to see if I like the congregation before I moved there. So I narrowed my search down and chose to attend the San Pedro Ward because I liked the area (and their 1:00 PM start time!) When I introduced myself and told them that I was looking for a place to live I was offered my choice of several homes for sale and was told by the counselor from the pulpit in Priesthood Meeting that I needed to move into zip code 78232 so I could be a member of their ward! Talk about feeling welcomed.

This is a far cry from my last ward who when I advised I planned on staying at least 9 months because of my lease I was basically dismissed and treated as if I would not be able to contribute. (4 years later they are scrambling to find someone to fill the 4 callings I held there!)

Needless to say I really liked the San Pedro Ward and will try my best to find a place in their boundaries. One brother told me there were several single women in the ward and when word got out I was single they would be swarming (that could be good or bad!) How lucky am I? I'm so glad that in our church the "same ol' same ol' is a GREAT Thing!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Greetings from San Antonio

Okay, so Monday I got a call and a job offer and Tuesday I moved to San Antonio.

I am now the Director of Rooms at the Crowne Plaza San Antonio Airport. It feels really good to be back with Crowne Plaza and I think I'm going to like San Antonio.

I was in need of a change of scenery so this hopefully will be a really good move for me. I feel that I can really learn alot from my boss who seems to know everyone in the industry.

For right now I am living out of the hotel until I can find a place and then I'll go up and move my stuff from Euless on down here.

So, for now the Dallas Chapter #2 is closed and San Antonio chapter 1 begins.

Let's see how it goes!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Is that a trophy!?!?

I am the Primary chorister in my ward. Somethimes the children say the funniest things! Yesterday in Sharing Time we were talking about the Temple. Sister Beck asked the children if they knew what this building was:

One of the CTR 5's yelled out It looks like a trophy!!!!

His mom got a kick out of it when I told her.

Absolutely precious!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Drill Here! Drill Now!

Okay so to continue my rant on gas prices I've signed an online petition to be sent to Congress asking them to open up exploration and oil production on American soil as an alternative to purchasing oil from countries that are hostile to us. If you are interested in singing the petition there is a link on the right of my homepage or you can go to

Let's get the ball rolling and watch the price of gas go down.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Gas prices and my security

It's time to get a little political. I read this today and it got me thinking.

I wish to high heaven that people would let go of their knee-jerk reactions to our environment for just 2 seconds to think about what our inablility to do anything about finding new US Based energy resources is accomplishing. By not being proactive we are allowing the oil cartels the opportunity to tell us how much we will pay for our gas and oil.

If we are importing 5,000,000,000 barrels of oil each year due to our desire to preserve pretty places for reindeer that no one ever visits (ANWAR) at $129.00 a barrel-- We are paying the oil producing regimes $645,000,000,000 this year for that oil. News Flash! Some of these regimes (Iran, Venezuela) HATE Americans. We in effect are funding regimes that hate us if we refuse to tap into the natural resources we have right here.

I think it's time to make a smart decision that will provide us the stability we so desperately need to be successful in the future as a freedom loving nation. If said we will drill new oil I'm sure the price of oil would immediately drop even if we wouldn't see a drop of that oil for 10 years.

Okay I'll get off my soapbox for a little while.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Summers in Texas (How I hate them!)

The high temp today was 99 degrees. Uggghh!!! I loathe the 7 month long summers here in Texas. Days like today make me really miss the 4 actually distinct seasons in Utah.

Then I come across something like the video above that is just a thing of beauty to me about my beloved University of Utah.

Man how I miss that place!

Have a great day!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Here is a beautiful tribute to my mother

Off I Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder


First of all I must say that you must have a really sad life to read my random thoughts but then again, maybe you have excellent taste and will thoroughly enjoy getting a sneek peak into the inner workings of how my mind works.

I really have no major goals here other than to possibly create a better log of what's going on in my life via some sort of web based journal.

I'd like to thank my younger brothers Wade and Carl and my good friend Kiera for inspiring me to do this. (Thanks guys).

More to come shortly...