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23 December 2011

Happy Holidays

I's like to start off by giving a shout out to Joanna DeRosa. She doesn't know me. I don't know her either, but there is a good chance that she will read (at least the beginning) of this blog post. Joanna, you are a great friend.


So how was your holiday break? Well, let me tell you about mine. I've been in Provo, watching Netflix and playing angry birds and words with friends. I just finished the TV show Heroes. I must admit, I'm rather disappointed now that this show has been cancelled. Not because now I'll have nothing to do, but because there is so much potential for further development. I'm going to watch the pilots of a few shows i think to see what i want to watch next.


On Christmas Eve I will be having lunch at my aunt's house and we are going to Salt Lake in the evening to see the lights at temple square. I've never been, so I hope its pretty cool.


Anyway, I wish you a Merry Christmas.

17 November 2011

"We Are His Hands"

I knew today was goin to be a long day. In fact I'm still not home. Right now I'm sitting outside a jazz concert as an usher, something I hadn't planned on doing today. I was planning on being home by now and crashing into my bed. This morning I woke up at 6:08 to go tiny Spanish class. I don't think I can think entirely rationally at that hour because I made the desicion in that moment to reset my alarm for 9:50 and went back to sleep. I woke up at nine fifty wrote a paper for a class that took about ten minutes and I got dressed for the day. I have to pack two outfits in addition to the one I was wearing because I have volleyball class and also work. So I was late to my 11am logic class by a few minutes. Today we learned how to do proofs for syllogistic logic. It was good. I love my volleyball class! We were taught how to do jump serves last week and I've been improving at them. I used to be sad when I rotated out of the front row to serve, but now I enjoy playing every position. :D So when classes were over I went to work at the box office. It was an easy night at work. My boss asked if I could stay late to help usher for a jazz concert. My desires to make money outweighed my desires to get an early night sleep. I am here now at the concert. After the concert had been going on for a while a young lady, I presume 25 or 26 years old walked out of the concert with a phone to her ear. She walked out of the lobby and was pacing around outside the door. Eventually she say down with her head in her lap. It seemed like she was upset. I sat I the lobby and had a feeling to go talk with her and see if she was okay. Don't you hate it when that inner battle starts. It's none of your business just leave her alone. But what if someone in her family just died and she is all alone. No, she'll think you're some kind of weirdo just stay and do your job. I'm not even supposed to be here, what if I'm supposed to be here for this or something. That's ridiculous... That's when the scripture came to mind: "...willing to mourn with those that mourn and comfort those that stand in need of comfort..." I decided that I would act. That hardest part... What do I say...? ... So I walked out and started with "Are you alright?" she looked up at me. Clearly she had been weeping and was distraught as she answered that she was alright. I asked if I could have a seat next to her. I told her I didn't want to intrude but items bad that she was upset and all alone. She briefly explained that a lot of different things were not quite right with her roomstes and a number of other things. On top of that She had just gotten a voicemail forma her employer who was disappointed with her. I told her. I expressed my sympathy and didn't try to offer any advice. I spoke with her for about a half hour and when she left she was smiling. At this point the concert has ended and i am walking home. I am grateful that the Lord knows His children. I know that although I had noises what to say to her that I was able to help her feel a little better. I'm grateful that the Lord put me in that position to be able to reach out to her. I'm not a perfect person and I don't know everything, but I know that God is there, and I know he is very aware of each of us. I hope that the Lord trusts me enough to be there for those who need someone to listen. My heart is full of gratitude And love for the experience I had tonight. “We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us” (President Thomas S. Monson, “What Have I Done for Someone Today?” Ensign, Nov. 2009, 86).

06 November 2011

LIfe

So sometimes I'll be walking and talking with someone and then I'll turn to go a different way from them just to end the conversation.

I'm not a fan of sleeping in public so naturally I ended up writing this blog post to stay awake.  

Have you voted for my video video today?

So last not I had a dream that I was in LOST.  It was awesome.  I was totally walking around with Jack and Hurley. Jack had to fight this giant purple spider thing.  While he did that Jacob showed up and brought Hurley and I up to see something.  I can't describe it in words, but it was epic.  It was this giant THING!  It was like the trees were like growing weird and like the light was like shining through just right and like you had to like stand like at a certain like angle.  Anyway, you could se the word LOST.  It was like the island was taunting us.  Okay, so maybe you had to be there.  Ask Hurley though, he was like "Dude..."  I don't remember what else he said.

Want to see something awesome?  I had an Enchanted party and it was really fun!  I love that movie so much. :D


04 November 2011

Hello world,

I HOPE TO FINISH THIS POST ONE DAY... SOON THAT IS

I sit here amongst a group of friends watching Cheaper by the Dozen.  I love being a part of a big family and I wish I could see my siblings more often.

On Saturday, I turned 22 years old.  What have I done with my life.  I think I want to try to identify the  things I've done each year of my life.  This is going to be harder than i thought.

From 29 October 1989 to 3 November 2011

0- I was born.  This list was made possible in part by My Existence.
1- Dude... I have no idea what i was doing. 
2- At the end of this year I became a big brother.  Love you Jessica :D
3- 
4- Started kindergarten.
5- Had my first kiss, she was black in case you were wondering.  Lost my first tooth.
6- I switched from private school to public school.
7- 
8- I got baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
9- Fourth grade I had an unmarried teacher and I was super worried about her not being married.  She was very pretty.
10- Graduated from elementary school and had a rap solo at the graduation during the song Willenium. Started middle school.
11-
12-
13- Started high school.
14- 
15- Got my first job, a lifeguard at Waterworks.
16- This is the year when I changed from being an introvert to an extrovert.  First date ever with my friend Kim.
17- Graduated from high school and started my first year of college. My favorite color changed from blue to orange.
18- College life was awesome.  
19- I spent the first half of this year losing wait to prepare for my mission.  The second half was the beginning of my mission.
20- This year I spent entirely on my mission in California serving others and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. :D
21- The first half of this year was the last half of my mission.  Starting my second semester of college has provided some of the funnest times in my life.
22- The most important thing I've done since Saturday os probably calling people and making them aware that the Dawn Upshaw performance was cancelled so they didn't waste their time coming down to the HFAC. 

What a great life. :D

05 October 2011

That's me

The other day I went to the kitchen to eat a bowl of cereal. I chose Honey Nut Cheerios. After putting the milk back in the refrigerator, as I began to pick up my bowl to carry it to the table, i realized it was a plate. I don't know how I managed that.

05 September 2011

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

*SPOILER ALERT* DO NOT CONTINUE READING IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IN MOCKINGJAY!
Last night I read Mockingjay until 3AM and I finished it. I heard lots of people say they were disappointed with this last book of the Hunger Games series.  I actually really enjoyed it.  I was team Peeta the whole time and I'm glad it worked out for him in the end.  (I'm Team Jacob in the twilight series - I think its because I relate to them the most.)  So what is it that everyone is upset about.  I felt like I could see most of the events coming.  Katniss killing Pres. Coin, that seemed so obvious because we know Katniss by now.  I was surprised that Prim got killed, and that's sad but you can't really have expected that everyone would have lived.  This book definitely isn't like the other two books in the series because there were no 'Hunger Games'.  I felt like their was a special thrill in reading the first two books that I didn't get in this book.  Even when Katniss said, it's just like we are in the games, I was like... uh no it's not.  Oh, it also surprised me when Katniss said that she was in support of the hunger games happening to the Capital's children.  I figured she would prevent them and that's when I first suspected that she was going to kill Coin.

*END SPOILER ALERT* UNLESS YOU DON"T WANT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEKEND!


Because I have been on my mission for the last two college football seasons, I was extremely excited for College Gameday this weekend.  I woke up and watched Virginia Tech stomp Appalachian St.

I never finished this blog post but I'm posting it now...



03 September 2011

College Football

Wow, what an awesome game that was. Baylor pulled off the win over TCU. I was so excited to watch the Utah game yesterday. And tomorrow is going to be the best! Appalachian St. at Virginia Tech and BYU at Ole' Miss. Don't miss either of them. So, I'm really loving my classes. I'm so glad to be back at BYU. :D I'm reading Mockingjay. I plan on finishing it this three day weekend. Have a great weekend!

01 September 2011

Need a place to watch the Utah Game tonight?

Feel free to come by Wyview park #180. Seating is limited and the TV is small, but we would be happy to have you over. :D

31 August 2011

LOST

I am fortunate that my class schedule is such that I only have classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Swag. This leave me plenty of time to read and do homework on Tuesday and Thursday. So what did I decide I'd do tonight? Watch LOST of course. Well, the last I've seen of LOST was the middle of Season 5 so instead of picking up where I left off, I'm going to start over.
So I just got on my computer and put the disc in when I have a brilliant idea. I could watch it in Spanish! So I put in the DVD and what happened? Well, everything was going great until I tried to change the language. Unfortunately the only other language besides English is French. I can't even get Spanish subtitles. Guess I have to not be productive when I watch them...

I am really excited for winter to come. You might think that is weird but my last winter was in December 2008 - February 2009. In California it doesn't really get cold... I miss wearing hoodies.

28 August 2011

Welcome to the BYU 124th Ward


Hey people that paid attention to my introduction! Surprise! There isn't much here...

So I used to use this blog and I've been looking for a reason to start it again. So I thought I'd announce it. I came home after church and put this post up. I promise I'll have some more posts coming. While you're waiting, feel free to check out my other sites:

mormon.org
You can find me on Facebook and Twitter there if you're into that stuff.
Youtube
I have a new youtube video uploading as I type this up.

I have a disco ball at my apartment. We should have a dance party. Feel free to stop by #180 whenever. (Actually my friend from my newest youtube video broke the lights in my disco ball, so it is temporarily out of order...)

Once again stop by #180 and say hi. Visitor's Welcome. :D

06 August 2011

All Set Up

New travel plans.
New haircut.
New laptop.
New Facebook fan page.
New goals.

01 August 2011

Arby's Casting Call

Check out some of the videos that I pieced together for the Arby's contest.


29 July 2011

Work Can Be Frustrating

Dear kid,
Please don't sing the spongebob squarepants theme song while I'm supposed to be preserving your life.

In my last blog post I shared a link to a discourse about moral discipline. Today at work I started to get really worried about our society. Can you really not obey the rules of a community pool? People seem to have no respect for anything. These kids are going to be monsters and the sad thing is it isn't only the kids. Many of the adults that come to the pool also need to grow up. I should probably move to Idaho or something.

Sometimes I don't think people at the pool realize that lifeguards here everything you say as hard as we try not to.

Today a co-worker found a pacifier in the pool skimmer. I wore it on my whistle all day. A lady asked me for a band-aid and made a comment about how people use pacifiers to do drugs. In that statement it seemed like she was implying that I did drugs. I told her where she could get a band-aid.

Last but not least: Dear co-workers,
After spending the whole day asking patrons to watch their language, I expect you to do the same. I hope that isn't to much to ask.

23 July 2011

Braces are a pain in the butt...

...if they have been installed incorrectly.

Today I had the opportunity to baptize my little sister. I have authority to do so. If anyone who reads this would like to be baptized, let me know. Baptism is so simple yet so beautiful and is the gate that leads to eternal life. You might think that sounds crazy, but you can cone to know it just as well as I do.

I enjoy talking with my parents when they aren't totally stressed out. It doesn't happen that often but I think that it makes my whole week worthwhile.

I have a friend who just came into town. I feel like being at home and being in college are two different worlds. I feel like my freshman year at BYU was more of a dream I had then anything. She made it all real again. I did go to school there, and I'm super excited to get back.

At work today I had one of those moments where you look around and think about how we're all connected in the big human family. I enjoyed that moment because it helped me be a lot more patient with one of my co-workers the rest of the day.

I hope that writing on my blog again helps me to feel less stressed. Also, I finished reading The Hunger Games. The other day when it was 99 degrees and I honestly had the thought: what I wouldn't give to be in the hunger games right now.

I read a talk today that I really liked. I'd like to share an excerpt with yall.

"The societies in which many of us live have for more than a generation failed to foster moral discipline. They have taught that truth is relative and that everyone decides for himself or herself what is right. Concepts such as sin and wrong have been condemned as “value judgments.” As the Lord describes it, “Every man walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own god” (D&C 1:16).

As a consequence, self-discipline has eroded and societies are left to try to maintain order and civility by compulsion. The lack of internal control by individuals breeds external control by governments. One columnist observed that “gentlemanly behavior [for example, once] protected women from coarse behavior. Today, we expect sexual harassment laws to restrain coarse behavior. …

“Policemen and laws can never replace customs, traditions and moral values as a means for regulating human behavior. At best, the police and criminal justice system are the last desperate line of defense for a civilized society. Our increased reliance on laws to regulate behavior is a measure of how uncivilized we’ve become.” 2"

full article

I have tried to be a gentleman. I feel like it's a dying breed. That sounds weird... Anyway, I just wanted to say that their are some guys who hang out with one of my sisters that are genuinely good guys. I'm glad she has good taste in guy friends because I'm pretty sure I'll never have to beat them up for doing something stupid.

Anyway, I really like this section of the talk. Hope things have been well for y'all. Does anyone I know use blogger anymore?

Thus begins the B^2 again.