Monday, October 18, 2010

Cyber Missionaries

So my good friend Elder Spendlove is now writing a blog and has a Facebook account as efforts to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ using the Internet. How cool is that.

Here's a link to his blog:http://spendthelove.blogspot.com/

Sunday, October 10, 2010

My burdens

I read this passage today in Matthew 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

"Why does God allow his choldren to suffer?". This is a question I'm not sure anyone can fully answer. Why does someone struggle with addiction to drugs, alcohol, tobacco,same gender attraction, pornography? How can a loving god allow his children to be abused, neglected, and exploited?

Why did he allow his son to suffer in the Garden of Gethsemane and then again on the cross? He who has all power could have caused it all to end and save his beloved son from unspeakable suffring. But he didn't.

As I struggle with my burdens I need to rely on the fact that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son as a willing sacrifice. Were it not for that sacrifice none of us would be saved. He did not remove the trial from his Son so why would he remove my trials?

Instead because of the Savior's prayer God the Father sent an angel to strnengthen him in his trial. Perhaps I need to change my prayer to make me equal to my trial and not to have it removed.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Update from the road

Day one. 7:25 PM. I'm 40 miles outside of Childress, TX. Should have enough gas to get there but I hope there's gas in the little town 6 miles from here. I have about an hour and 45 minutes left on day one's drive.

These are some long straight roads. The rise in elevation is constant. (I imagine I'm around 2700-3000 feet above sea level and am needing my ears to pop!

The sun's just gone down behind the ridge to my left so no more squinting for now.

There's a beautiful nearly full moon to my right. After 6 1/2 hours in the car it will be good to stretch my legs.

Yikes! Gas is $2.75 a gallon ($2.49 in San Antonio!). Oh well, it's better to pay now than chance running out!

Thankfully I'm getting a weak signal out of Lubbuck to hear Mark Levin. I love his rants!

Amarillo By Morning

What a day. Packing, packing, packing. What to take? What won't fit? What can I live without?

It felt like 120% humidity. Is that possible? There were so many boxes and bags. Take them down 2 flights of stairs. Put them in the car. Take them out and re-arrange them. Cram each nook and empty space.

The goal was to leave by 9 AM. That came and went. New goal: 10 AM. Nope not a chance. How about 11 AM? Fat chance. Noon! Dream on! Finally 1 PM and the car is stuffed to the gills. Everything I hoped to bring fit! It's the Packing Day Miracle!

Now to get the keys to my dear friend Jennifer. She's my angel who's helping to get the last few items to their new owners. Thanks Jen!

Of course it's raining! Now to begin the 8 hour journey to Clarendon to see my sister Eddi!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Last Day

Tomorrow is my last day at work. I have learned so much about myself, about others and am really grateful for the time that I have spent at Crowne Plaza San Antonio Airport Hotel.

I have worked with some incredibly awesome people and am looking forward to new adventures!

Happy Last Day at Work Eve!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Be Not Afraid Only Believe

http://byub.org/talks/Talk.aspx?id=2202

This talk, given by Gordon B Hinkley two days before 9/11 was very meaningful to me. I was there at the Conference Center when he gave it and I remember thinking to myself, "This man really gets it". Little did we realize at that time how important the title would be when two days later our nation was attacked here on American soil, rocking the very core of some people.

The lack of belief in anything will be the downfall of our great nation. We have so many people who have an "Anything goes" mentality that instead of standing for something we end up standing for nothing. Standing for nothing will not create the kind of passion necessary for greatness.

The adversary knows this and uses this tool to create an apathy towards anything that will point one towards God. This is and will continue to be one of his greatest tools.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Movin' Out Part II

So today I packed up the washer/dryer, table and chairs and a big mirror onto the truck that's going to take them to Utah! I guess this thing is for real now. I now need to figure out what to ship via UPS and what to try and cram into the car.

There is a big empty space where the table used to be. I guess I'll use it to dance around in! Or maybe do some yoga!

Now to find the laundry mat......

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wow I love Food

I've got to get rid of all this food in my freezer. Tonight I decided that my friends frozen chicken breast, red peppers, onions, shallots, olive oil and butter needed to meet each other in my skillet!

I simply cubed up some frozen chicken breast then sauteed them in olive oil and butter once they had cooked I added chopped onions, red peppers, shallots, some dry mustard powder, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Then I let those babies just saute until they were nice and carmelized.

Served with a side of mashed potatoes.

Soooooo good. I should do this more often!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

When I think of home...

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I wonder why all of the music that I am really connecting with is about home?

I really love the line from this song, "Maybe there's a chance for me to go back there, now that I have some direction."

I really feel like I have grown in my 6 years spent in Texas. My heart has always, ALWAYS, been in Salt Lake, but the timing wasn't right. Hopefully now it is!

Mobile Posts

I'm testing this thing out to see how a post from my phone works out. If I like it this may make posting a lot wasier as I ALWAYS have the phone with me but may not be in front of the computer.

Movin' Out!

Okay so I am a horrible blogger.

I just posted my "I'm a Mormon" page on Mormon.org and it allows you to put a link on your blog to your profile. I think to myself, "Hey, I have one of those blog things." So I log on and what do you know? It's been over 2 years since I posted anything and I'm moving from San Antonio. My last blog was me moving TO San Antonio.

It has been a great 2 years and I will miss all the wonderful people I have met and all the friends I have made. But the call of the Mountains are just too great and there are things on my bucket list that I simply can't do anywhere else (see join Tabernacle Choir."

September 21 will see me packing up what few posessions I have not sold or given away into my car and making the 3 day drive to Clinton, Ut where I will become brother and uncle extrodinaire.