allow me to brag.

24 01 2011

This past weekend Leah and I went down to Zion National Park to meet up with my sister, Kourtney, and her fiance, Jake. Kourtney is the manager of this incredible place, Zion Ponderosa Ranch.

She has really come into her own and developed a great skill set and love for the outdoors.

The purpose of the visit was business (mixed with pleasure, as always). Leah took Kourtney and Jake’s engagement pictures.
Leah’s dad is a professional photographer.
Leah does photography/design for Utah Valley Magazine.
It is a skill she is constantly trying to improve and I’d say the hard work is paying off.
She’s taken the talent and turned it into something more.

“Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more…” (Matthew 25:20)

I’ll give you little taste of some of the unedited stuff…

Leah will probably be upset I didn’t give her final say over which photos I’m throwing up here. But I was just so impressed this weekend at how well she did.

Leah took the engagements and she is currently designing the invitations (which are amazing btw).
She can do it all.
I got lucky that I married someone so talented.

? How have you likened the scriptures to your life today?

what is your top ten?

21 01 2011

It’s no secret I’m a goalaholic.
I like goal setting and I LOVE accomplishing them.

After reading the article about the Chinese mom who produced 2 Honor Roll virtuosos I immediately wondered if it was too late for me.

I didn’t start learning a particular skill at the age of 4.
My “optimal” learning years have passed.
Or have they?

Nope, they haven’t.
I’ve got the rest of my life to continue acquiring and perfecting new skill sets.
Last Monday my cousin, Ty, and I decided we would each generate a list of 10 skills we would like to master during the course of our lives.
(Basically we want to be good enough that we feel proficient in the subject – we don’t need to be professional)

Here is my list:

Blogging (it would be nice to reach a point where I could generate some kind of revenue)
Writing (I’d like to write a book)
Design (Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign)
Carpentry (nothing too crazy)
BBQ’ing (King of the grill – haha)
Gardening (my grandparents and parents both have amazing gardens and I’d love to be able to do the same)

Obviously I can’t start working on all ten right now, so Ty and I have decided that each of us should select 2-3.
Blogging & Writing go hand in hand and I already spend a great deal of time researching and working on those, so I actually chose 2 extra ones to begin with.

Design. I chose it because I have taken some classes already and it’s a skill that has already come in handy at work, so it’s now time to take things to the next level.

Singing. Well, I have never been much of a singer. In fact, I usually just sing really softly in church to make sure I can’t be heard too well. Plus I sing the melody line – it would be nice to try and learn how to sing an actual part, most likely tenor. It all depends on what my new (as of today) vocal teacher, Johnny Ahn, suggests. Johnny is one of my really good friends who I breakdance with, but he is also teaches voice lessons, so this works out perfectly.

If you had to choose several skills to develop over the next couple of years what would you choose?

“seek ye earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given…” (D&C 46:8)

What’s keeping you from pursuing those things?

? How have you likened the scriptures to your life today?


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, “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.

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!

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:
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?

Another Testament of Christ.

11 05 2010

“And again, I exhort you, my brethren, that ye deny not the agifts of God, for they are many; and they come from the same God. And there are bdifferent ways that these gifts are administered; but it is the same God who worketh all in all; and they are given by the manifestations of the Spirit of God unto men, to profit them.
For behold, to one is given by the Spirit of God, that he may teach the word of wisdom;
And to another, that he may teach the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
And to another, exceedingly great faith; and to another, the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
And again, to another, that he may work mighty miracles;
And again, to another, that he may prophesy concerning all things;
And again, to another, the beholding of angels and ministering spirits;
And again, to another, all kinds of tongues;
And again, to another, the interpretation of languages and of divers kinds of tongues.” (Moroni 10:8-16)

And to another the gift of singing.
And to another the gift of dancing.
And to another the gift public speaking.
And to another the gift of cooking.

And to another the gift of photography.

These are gifts, right?
Are they any less than the gifts mentioned in the scripture above?

Well I guess that depends on how the gifts are used.

We have all been given gifts or talents. Our greatest challenge is to develop them and find ways to use them for righteous endeavors.

Think about your youth – did you have certain things you were drawn towards?

You may have even exhibited a natural ability in that field.

What did you do with that?
Were you diligent in developing the gift?

If not, you better believe that this could have happened:

“Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.” (Matthew 25:28)

If you developed the gift the question now is;
What are you doing with that gift?

Here’s a man who had an inclination towards photography – developed it – and then found a way to use it to change the lives of others for good.

Mark Mabry.

Thank-you Mark for touching my life with your gift.

? What gifts have you developed or are developing?

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