the last crusade.

30 04 2010

I love pretty much every movie I see, so it’s usually hard for me to narrow it down to a favorite.

BUT– I just watched the last 20 minutes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade!

Definitely a FAVORITE!

I find it inspirational and in my effort to liken things to the scriptures I looked at the last 20 minutes a little differently this time…

Sean Connery gets shot and Indiana is forced to go acquire the Holy Grail. (the giver of everlasting life)

The bad guy asks Indiana, “it’s time to ask yourself what do you believe?”

I’ve asked myself that question at various times in my own life.

To get the key to eternal life he has to pass through a series of tests…

The penitent man — is humble before God.

“And I will multiply blessings upon him, inasmuch as he will be humble before me.” (D&C 104:23)

The word of God — ok, so in the movie he has to spell out the name of God, but if you think about it we are asked to take the scriptures and live our lives according to His word.

“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life…” (John 5:39)

Leap of Faith — the BEST part of the movie! He comes to a ledge with an empty cavernous divide between himself and the other side. I LOVE watching him take that step into “nothing“.

“…Whatsoeverthing ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is good, in faith believing that ye shall receive, behold, it shall be done unto you.” (Moroni 7:26)

There have been so many times where I have had no answers and could not see the other side and had two options: step out or go back.

I believe these moments define the type of person we are and will become.

It’s time to step out…

?  When was the last time you stepped out into the dark?


29 04 2010

I have a lot of on my mind:

Leah’s family.
My family.
Moving back to Utah.
The sales job waiting for me.
Waiting to hear back from SUU about graduate school.
Finances. (or my lack thereof)

I’m just stressed. I don’t have much to write at the moment. My head hurts.

“…fear not; I will help thee.” (Isaiah 41:13)

I just need to stop thinking for a little bit.

? What have you found to be the best way to handle stressful situations?


28 04 2010

Remember Mariah?

She was the one with the helpful suggestions about my appearance and grooming.

Well — she got to me.

Here’s the short hair:

Before you bite my head off about changing myself because of the opinions of some people I just met, let me explain my reasoning.

I told the story to my mom — and I have to admit, each time I retell this story I probably get a little more carried away with how crazy it was : )

My mom pointed out something I didn’t see when I was in Portland. Mariah was not saying anything bad about me. In fact we got along quite well because we share VERY similar literary interests (The Tipping Point, Think and Grow Rich, Blink, Outliers, etc. etc.).

All I heard was: Kyle you need to change, change, change because you’re not good enough.

I should have heard: Kyle you need to change your outward appearance to match your personality.

It was a compliment.

Thank-you Mariah.

My mission president told me when I left that I should always look like a missionary.

President Munday would be glad to hear that 5 years and countless crazy hairstyles later I finally understand the necessity of a clean cut exterior.

If I had showed up with an exterior that resembled the interior — maybe my trip to meet the family would have gone better.

It doesn’t matter how much we say that it is what is inside that counts —

“…and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes…” (Isaiah 11:3)

EVERYONE makes some sort of judgement based on appearance:

Exhibit A:

Think of the first word that comes to mind when you see these pictures —

All 3 are JT (my not-so secret-completely hetereosexual-man crush) BUT — which JT do you bring home to Mom & Dad?

There is no way you described all 3 JT’s with the same words. EVERYONE makes snap judgements in the blink of an eye.

Still don’t believe me? Go read Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. Now.

?  Have you been judged based on your appearance? How did it go?


27 04 2010

My trip was great because I rode via buddy pass on Delta. I switched back and forth between a time zone difference of 3 hours.

I shouldn’t be too tired. But I’m exhausted.

I have done a lot of sleeping since I got home.

I wonder what it was like for the pioneers or for the children of Israel — all that walking.

Did they have to deal with time zone changes?

They were walking so I guess it was a gradual change and they eased into it.

I think I choose jet-lag over wandering in the wilderness forever…

“…and we have wandered in the wilderness for these many years; and our women have toiled, being big with child; and they have borne children in the wilderness and suffered all things, save it were death; and it would have been better that they had died before they came out of Jerusalem than to have suffered these afflictions.” (1 Nephi 17:20)

? What’s the biggest time zone gap you’ve covered in a trip?

increase of love.

26 04 2010

My Tour de Wasson has now been completed.

It was a great week, stressful at times and a little intense but overall I loved it.

I love her family and look forward to getting to know them better.

More importantly — I love Leah even more.

Man, I love her.

It’s too bad there was no way to get everyone to just see her through my eyes for a little bit. Maybe they wouldn’t worry so much about all of the little details. Maybe my hair would not have mattered so much. Maybe they would have trusted that I would never let anything bad happen to Leah. Maybe they would have seen that we are not rushing into getting married. Maybe they would have seen that she is my best friend and my life without her is incomplete.

We aren’t together anymore (physically) because I’m headed back to Washington D.C. and I can feel a difference.

It’s tangible.

Sometimes people meet the future in-laws and relatives and friends and think; “do I still want this?”  — I met everyone last week and I feel like I need her even more.

Everywhere I went, people told me how Leah is their favorite… I could see the love they felt for her and I could see the lives she has touched.

I fell more in love with her this past week.

Leah is my favorite.

There are tons of references to love in the scriptures and the purest love is often described as charity.

Charity is described as the type of love that will never let you down.

“Charity never faileth…” (1 Corinthians 13:8)

We had this thing this past week where one of us would stick our hand out in the shape of a half heart and the other would do the same to finish the heart. (cute, right?) Yeah, ridiculously cute!

I told her Dad that she is my other half. She is.

My love will never fail her. I can’t guarantee a ton of nice stuff (especially at the moment) but I can guarantee that I will do everything I can to not let a day go by where she doesn’t understand that she is the greatest blessing in my life. She will always feel how much I love her.

I need her and I will spend forever showing her that she is truly my favorite!

? Everybody has been in love at some point – what was (is) it like for you?

a cut above the rest.

25 04 2010

I’m now in Portland, Oregon for  the second leg of my Tour de Wasson.

We are visiting her grandparents, Bill and Mariah.

Before I tell this story, let me just begin by saying I LOVE this couple. SO much. I clicked with them instantly and hope to continue to build a wonderful friendship with them during the years to come.

At breakfast Mariah asked me if I enjoyed change.

I embrace it,” I replied. Haha

Then it began.

Someone doesn’t ask you about change unless they are going to follow up with what they feel you need to change, right?


We started at the top obviously, with my HAIR! Great. It was inevitable.

Then we worked through my general appearance:  Unprofessional. Unkept. Untidy.

When someone describes you using “un” words, it will never work out in your favor.

The basic summary of the critique of my appearance was that I looked “average” when in fact I should look a “cut above the rest“.

Here’s how I looked that day:

Obviously I laughed, cracked a few jokes and said of course you’re totally right…

Inside my head I said: LAME!!! You want me to look like every other cookie cutter businessman out there.

Weak! Why would I want to do that?

I wore a mohawk at one time for a reason. I don’t want to be like everybody else. Please NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know she only had good intentions – BUT, really?

Oh and did I mention she was going to call her husbands barber to come to the house that morning for an emergency hair removal?


It never happened. Thanks Leah! Although I would have gone along with it if she had called. (Let’s not forget my unyielding desire to gain approval from everyone this trip)

Do you know who stood out from the crowd with his appearance?


“Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his other children because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a coat of many colors.” (Genesis 37:3)

Do you remember what happened to Joseph next?

He was thrown in a pit and sold into slavery by his brothers!

That’s what happens when you stand out “a cut above the rest“.

Just kidding. Or am I?

?  What’s the craziest thing you have done to make yourself stand out from others in appearance?

craziness of a young family

24 04 2010

What do you get when you have a 6 kid family that ranges in age from 2 to 20?

CRAZY times!

I got all packed up this morning to leave and was ready to go about an hour before we had to leave. Leah’s mom came out and made a joke about how I was ready to get away from all of the craziness from this past week!

It’s funny because several times I have had someone comment on how I’m “such a trooper” for “surviving” this week.

Parents always seem to think they have the craziest family.

There was always something going on and people awake and sometimes the two-year old was throwing a tantrum — BUT that’s about the extent of the craziness.

Let’s not forget that I’m the oldest of 6 as well. I can definitely remember the craziness of our home growing up. I still feel like our house is crazy. Haha

Ryan (her 2 year old baby brother) threw a crazy screaming fit in the car. I wasn’t bothered by it at all — and my first thought was, at least he’s not swearing at me and trying to punch me in the face (cue: my sister, who is 17)

Crazy family? Nope. They were wonderful.

Every family has crazy moments.

Technology has made things easy. When kids scream you can hand them a toy, or give them something to suck on. But what did they do for screaming kids back in the day?

I can’t imagine wandering threw the wilderness with a bunch of toddlers. Imagine taking the Sunbeams class across the desert?

Ok – I looked. I can’t find anything about young children throwing tantrums. This seems to be the typical description of a child here in the scriptures:

“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.” (Luke 1:80)

?  Can you find an example of a scripture talking about a young child’s disobedience or craziness?

You won’t be able to. Haha So here’s another question:

?  Tell me your craziest story about a young child/children?

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