gentle rebuke.

30 06 2010

“Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved…” (D&C 121:43)

Yep – I’ve been reproved.

I got back this morning and Grandpa inquired when my last visit to the temple was…

Hhhmm…
This is sad – because off the top of my head, I actually cannot remember the last time I went.

That can’t be good. It’s actually quite bad.

I was reminded this morning that if there is enough time to go to the driving range multiple times a week then there is surely enough time to go to the temple.

I stand corrected and I am grateful for the reminder. (Mom actually made me promise several weeks ago that I would start going once a week- sorry Mom)

I am so happy with how this scripture blog is going and the daily effect it has had on my own personal testimony – but it is interesting that complacency has still managed to creep into my life.

It is a daily struggle – no matter how good you feel about where you’re headed it is important to realize that there are no breaks in the race.
There is no room for complacency and the only way to avoid that is to be CONSTANTLY on guard.

I’m glad grandpa said something.
I needed to hear it.

As a whole, we all have good intentions BUT;
the road to hell is paved with good intentions, right? Yeah.

Sometimes we need someone on the road to tell us to straighten up and keep moving forward.

The key is to make sure we listen to those individuals Heavenly Father sends our way – and to not be afraid to be that person for someone else.

? How do you overcome complacency?

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registry.

29 06 2010

It seems like every time I go into Target there is some sappy couple registering for a toaster.

Today I was one half of that sappy couple. (and yes we registered for a toaster)

There is a lot to think about when registering for gifts.

Can I register for a plasma tv?
According to Brides.com, “Your wedding is one of the few opportunities you’ll have for receiving elaborate presents. Sign up for high-quality gifts the two of you will love and use for the long haul.
Thank-you.

We didn’t. But there were definitely a couple items on our registry I thought were higher priced (of course I think anything over $100 is up there- haha).

I loved being the sappy couple walking around with the laser bar code gun talking excitedly about how we definitely needed a George Foreman Grill (I grew to love the Foreman while living in the Slate Canyon house with the guys).

It was surreal to think that the items were for US.
I loved it.

My buddy Mike was saying how he thought it would be great to be able to register at Wells Fargo!
Genius.

You start an account and have people just deposit whatever they want into it. My mind is racing with all the fun things we could pay for with that money like:
rent.
utilities.
internet.
insurance.
car payment.

Yeah… I guess if I just got money I would probably be TOO frugal and not want to buy some of the fun things we could possibly get as gifts.

Guess it’s a good thing we just went scan crazy in that place! Haha

I’d still like to see some gift cards trickle in though…

I’m trying to think of the equivalent of a registry back in Jerusalem or Nephite times, but nothing comes to my mind.

The description of weddings typically looks like this;

“And Abram took Sarai his wife…” (Genesis 12:5)

It seems that times have changed a touch. If customs were the same, Leah and I might already be married – no hoopla.

Hhmmm, I like it.

? To my married friends, PLEASE tell me what you would recommend registering for now that you have the privilege of retrospect?





monday.

28 06 2010

Mondays have a bad reputation.
And, rightfully so – they typically mark the end of fun and the beginning of work.

What’s to like about Mondays?
There are about 4 months of the year where Mondays are not so bad:
September-December.
Why?

Of course there is FHE to look forward to as well, right? (Depending on the activity)

I usually ride the “I hate Monday” bandwagon.

But this Monday is different.

It’s only 12:00 but here’s what I’ve done:
Work meeting.
Golf.
Gym.
Laundry.

Productivity feels good.

The driving range is always relaxing (even when it’s stressful)
Working out releases those endorphins that just make you feel better!
And there is something great about knowing you will have fresh clean clothes soon!

I also have a feeling that something great is going to happen this week.
It’s a hard feeling to explain – I woke up and all morning I have not been able to shake this overwhelming feeling that something this week is just going to go really well. (I’ll keep you posted when it does)

To all of you lamenting the fact you are only half-way through the worst day of the week, I would remind you that next Monday you don’t have work. You won’t be doing Monday again for 2 weeks.

Thank-you Independence Day!

Even our scriptural counterparts got the weekend off, well at least part of it:

“and on the seventh┬áday thou shalt rest…” (Exodus 23:12)

? Whats your least favorite day of the week?





manti pageant.

27 06 2010

Yesterday’s was composed of the following:
Whining. Complaining. Bemoaning. Frustration. Anger. Self-pity.

Oh and probably a hint of resentment.

Well, that was my general attitude throughout most of the day.
When I got off work I hurried out and Amy made some comment about how I eager I was to leave. (Duh, I was eager)

I spent last night with Leah.

Have you ever been with someone whose presence somehow is able to diffuse your bad mood?
What amazes me is that she has been doing exactly that since we first became friends.

My bad mood disappeared when I saw her (after she let me take 5 minutes to just vent and get it all out).

We went to the Manti pageant last night down on the grounds of the Manti temple.

I had never been before but heard it was kind of chessy (only partially true).

It tells the story of the restoration of the Gospel and incorporates stories of Joseph Smith, the Nephites/Lamanites and the pioneers.

As we laid on our blanket watching I got that same feeling I had as a missionary when they recounted the First Vision story.
Every single time I got to tell that story as a missionary I felt a confirmation that the story was true.

I haven’t told the story in years.
But as I sat there last night and saw the story I got that same feeling.

Even just thinking about it right now brought a brief reminder of that wonderful feeling.

The story is true.
And because his story is true the church is true.
There is nothing else to worry about.

I have a million and one things I struggle with –
BUT my shortcomings and lack of knowledge can NEVER negate the truthfulness of the Church.

It is true.
I know it.

“For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to judge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night.” (Moroni 7:15)

? When was the last time you got that confirming feeling of the truthfulness of the Gospel?





not in the mood.

26 06 2010

I don’t ask for much around this place (Blickenstaff’s) …

Sooooo, when I do, part of me feels like I should get it. (That sounds bratty, I know)

I’m here, writing this at the front cash register while the USA world cup game is on and my boss is on her break!

The store is EMPTY. (Maybe others are watching the game – or maybe my silent prayer that business crashes today because I don’t get to watch the game was heard and answered)

Haha

Ok – so it’s not life or death – I’m being dramatic.

I’m just bummed that I gotta work during this 2 hour window.

I’ve been looking forward to this game ever since we won the last game. I requested my lunch break during this time frame the moment I knew the USA was playing. Now it looks as though there will be no lunch for me today.

Weak.

It sucks when you look forward to something and then it’s taken away.

“That they may be disappointed also, and their hopes may be cut off…” (D&C 121:14)

Looking back at what I’ve just written I realize how petty it looks – but I don’t even care! Haha

? When was the last time you looked forward to something that didn’t come to pass?





pay it forward.

25 06 2010

I have been going to the driving range over the past few weeks and seen only slight improvements in my swing… until today.

Typically I show up with Kory and we just hit a couple buckets of balls and hope for the best. Since Kory busted his ankle I’ve been showing up alone. I plug my iPod in and just start hitting.

Today I did the usual – but after my second or third shot I got a tap on the shoulder from an older gentleman.
He was not there to tell me how impressed he was with my swing.

For the next hour and a half he proceeded to basically give me a free golf lesson.

He corrected things, we talked about his golfing experience (which involves more years than I’ve been alive).

It was a great experience.

What prompts a stranger to stop his own practice and come help out an obviously struggling beginner.

There are several things;

Kindness (it’s just in your nature to do nice things)
Desire to share (you’ve learned a lot over the years and feel a sense of duty to help others)
Hope to ignite a flame (you want to help light the fire of passion for the subject in someone that you have)
Pay it forward (you remember when someone took time out for you in the beginning and now you want to do the same for someone else)

“And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” (2 Peter 1:7)

ALL are great reasons. You might experience one or all of them.

I’ve done it with breakdancing.

Thousands of young men do it with missionary work.
You have been blessed with the Gospel, something you cherish dearly and you want to light the flame in someone else and give them the opportunity to see how great their life can be with it.

Think about what you have to pay forward.

The gospel, a talent or a passion for something. Whatever the case may be, you can have a direct influence on the life of another.

Thank you old man at the driving range for making my golf swing a little better and reminding me that the knowledge, experience and passions we have are not meant to be kept to ourselves.

? What have you paid forward lately?





apartment hunting.

24 06 2010

Today Leah and I began an important part of our relationship…

Apartment hunting!

We need to find a place for us to live after we get married in September.
Utah Valley is interesting because the competition for housing is fierce and you need to be aggressive.

I scoped out KSL and Craigslist yesterday afternoon and found some places (within our budget).

There are a variety of places to choose from. There are:
basements
apartments
mother-in-law rooms
condos

We looked at basements BUT Leah wasn’t sure she could live in darkness – especially in the winter. I don’t blame her. Grandmas basement is pretty dark at times- but I’m pretty used to it by now.

Despite the craziness involved in finding a place to live I’m glad it’s so easy.

I got online and my options were there.

Mary and Joseph just walked around Bethlehem till they found something – a stable. Their son was born in a stable.

How many Westernized women would be down for that today?

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7)

I’m not sure how I feel about my first place being a stable.

On my mission I spent the last 11 months living in a glorified closet. Our clothes hung above us, our beds practically touched and in order to avoid touching each other we would have to kneel at different angles.

I would gladly live in a place like that again if I was with Leah.

I’m so excited for our first place together. I don’t care how small or somewhat “vintage” it is.

It will be ours.

? How did your search for married housing go?








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