the buried life.

27 02 2011

If you had one day to live, what would you do? would you climb a mountain? would you kiss the girl of your dreams? would you tell someone how you really feel? now if you had a whole lifetime to live, would you lose that drive? or would your list just keep getting longer?… We left with a promise, for everything we crossed off our list, we’d help someone cross something off of theirs”
(The Buried Life opening credits)

This is how the show, The Buried Life begins.

The Buried Life is about four friends who buy an old bus, fix it up, name it Penelope and head out on the road to accomplish 100 different things they have put on their bucket list.

My buddy Brandon told me about this show a little while ago, but I ever got around to watching it.
Leah watched it while I was at the competition last night and loved it so much she actually blogged about it.

I’m watching my third episode right now.
I’m hooked.

In every episode they try to tackle something on their list while helping one other person accomplish something on their list.

The show is incredible.
It’s one of those shows that makes me feel anxious.
Anxious to do something similar.

Oh man.

Do you have a bucket list?
What would you do if you only had one day to live?

Here’s what I would do:
spend time with family.
eat candy all day long.
maybe eat fries as well.
watch the sunset.
go to the beach.
read a book.
connect with as many friends as possible.
take a hip-hop dance class.

Hhmm… maybe I can’t fit all that in to one day.
The point is to live every day like it’s your last.

Just in case you don’t get it all in during your life, you’ll have a little more time afterwards —
“But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.” (Mosiah 16:8)

? What things do you want to do before you die?

add friend.

9 12 2010

Ok, I had a post planned yesterday that I didn’t get to write because I got home really late last night from practice and today has been SO busy.

And now, I’ve read something so great I have to change my entire post.

This was on Mashable today:

After completing the flow chart I decided that YES, it is acceptable that Mom and I are Facebook friends!

You’re welcome Mom!

Not to mention the fact that I’m Facebook friends with tons of other family members and church leaders from the past and present.

It’s a good thing I try to stay on my best behavior!

I can think of lots of families from the scriptures where the kids might not be so keen on being Facebook friends with their parents…

“And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.” (Luke 15:13)

? Are you Facebook friends with your parents?

the social network.

5 10 2010

Leah and I went and saw The Social Network for Family Home Evening last night.


The movie is basically about the creation and domination of Facebook.
It was incredible to watch the story (perhaps a touch dramatized for effect) about something that was created in my lifetime.

I left the theater wondering what the next “big” thing could be.
Leah was probably worried I was getting WAY ahead of myself…
Oh well!

This geeky kid took an idea and made it work.

This kind of thing has happened for generations.
It is happening right now.

Somewhere, in some garage, basement, warehouse, office, car, bus, factory or even bathroom, an idea is taking shape. If the idea is good enough then it will be rewarded.

Why not me?
Why not you?

“I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Yeah, we can do it.

? Have you ever thought you had the next big thing?

* If we’re not friends on Facebook yet…. add me 🙂

frankly forgive.

15 08 2010

First let me apologize for being missing for the past six days. Things have been crazy. I got back into Orem this morning after driving all night. I kept track each day of what my post would be about and found the matching scripture for it, I just never got a chance to write the whole post. So, now there are six fresh posts finally completed!

I am exhausted!!!!
It has been a LONG weekend with VERY little sleep. I slept for a bit this morning when I got in, but then went to church and have been up ever since.

I got a phone call this morning from a friend that was very personal this morning.
She called to apologize for some things that happened between us in the past.

I was VERY touched.
In fact I can’t even express how much it meant to me that this person called to apologize. She is typically very set in her ways and doesn’t do the apology thing very often.

As we talked and I listened, I was overcome with compassion and charity.
I had NO second thoughts about immediately forgiving and forgetting the past.

What is done is done.
It reminds me of the quote from the Prophet Joseph Smith in his letter to W.W. Phelps (a man who turned from friend to BITTER enemy and then later sought forgiveness from the Prophet) Joseph Smith responded to his letter seeking forgiveness with a latter that included this line:

‘Come on, dear brother, since the war is past, for friends at first, are friends again at last.’

I have thought about it all day and have had several things come to my mind.

First, a scripture:

“And it came to pass that I did frankly forgive them all that they had done…” (1 Nephi 17:21)

Second: I think the scripture could easily have another word placed in to replace the word forgive…

We are commanded to frankly forgive. But I feel like it is just as important for us to frankly apologize. The call I received today was a call of frank apology. In turn I apologized for the things on my part I had done wrong. There were frank apologies and frank forgiveness.

That combination could save each of us much pain and suffering. When we are wrong (and even sometimes when we are right) a frank apology makes a world of difference and can be the difference between an uplifting friendship or a bitter parting.

I was reminded today of the importance of forgiveness and seeking forgiveness.

? What suggestions do you have for overcoming the pride and stubbornness that keeps you from frankly apologizing or forgiving?

For good.

18 07 2010

I used this song from Wicked to describe the difference my family has made in my life.

Today I was reminded that I need to treat others in such a way that they feel this about knowing me.

I haven’t always done a great job of this.

I’m sorry.

I’m not perfect. I’m trying to do better.

“Just look at me – Im limited
And just look at you
You can do all I couldn’t do, Glinda
So now it’s up to you
For both of us – now it’s up to you…

I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you…

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You’ll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend…

Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you

Because I knew you

I have been changed for good

And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the things I’ve done you blame me for

But then, I guess we know
There’s blame to share

And none of it seems to matter anymore

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood

Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a bird in the wood

Who can say if I’ve been
Changed for the better?
I do believe I have been
Changed for the better

And because I knew you…

Because I knew you…

Because I knew you…
I have been changed for good…”

“… they should love one another…” (Moses 7:33)

? Are you living in such a way that others can say you have touched their life for good? (you don’t have to answer on here)

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