milk before meat.

29 03 2011

I teach 2 breakdance classes:

The beginner class is filled with young kids. I think most of them are under 10-11. Don’t let their age fool you though, they know how to get down. A couple guys learned this the hard way tonight.

I had 2 teenage guys show up for the Beginner class tonight. They don’t have any experience in bboying. Their mom brought them in couple minute after class, but both boys were adamant they were too good for the kids class. Haha

Have a look at one of my five year-old students, Jewelz.

10 minutes after the 2 teens watched class through the window outside the door opened and the two teens suddenly felt like they might actually need to take the Beginner class after all.

This has happened several times over the past few years. I laugh because I know they NEED the beginner class. I know they are so wrong to assume they can skip the foundation. It’s funny to me because I know I’ve done this exact same thing multiple times in my own life.

In fact, I still do it. I tell Leah all the time I don’t need her help with the “easy” stuff. I’ll just figure it out. I’m always wrong. I need all the help I can get. But there is something about pride that always seems to trick us into thinking we are better than we really are.

We all need the foundation laid first, then we can advance.
“must receive milk because they cannot bear meat…” (D&C 19:22)

? Have you ever tried skipping ahead a few steps and then found out you were totally lost because you didn’t start at the beginning?

utah jazz autograph party.

17 03 2011

I LOVE my job.

At the most random times, my boss will say something like, “hey you wanna go sit courtside at the Jazz/Heat game?” or today’s, “hey you wanna come to a Jazz autograph party tonight?”

YES please!
It was incredible.

I got to bring my buddy Nate (a HUGE Jazz fan).
We met over at the Zions Bank Practice Arena. There was catered food and then they had tables set up where each of the players were seated. Everybody brought tons of things to have signed and we just went form table to table getting things signed.

I decided on a basketball.
If I got any kind of clothing, I’d have to frame it.
A ball is pretty easy to display.

It was an incredible experience.
These guys are HUGE. Seriously huge.

It was funny to see how they interacted with everyone.
Some of them laughed and joked.
Some of them just seemed to pass the time. (lame)

It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to be SO famous that people line up to have you sign a basketball or shirt.
I would like to think that if I ever had the chance to be famous that I would be a fun and approachable celeb.

Who were the celebrities of the scripture times?
The prophets were never really liked, so I’m pretty sure it wasn’t them…
“and they did cast him out, and he was about to return to his own land.” (Helaman 13:2)

? If you could meet any famous person, who would it be?

ray of hope.

16 03 2011

I recently picked up a new writing gig. I’m excited because it’s a different type of writing (well, the writing is similar minus the scripture references) and I’m actually being PAID! Yay!

My first paid writing gig! I’m really excited about it.
It’s for a web site called CommonRed. The founder, Derek, wants a couple posts/day that are topical, catchy and somehow business related (laced with pop-culture references).

I have been writing for about a week and a half and it has been wonderful. In fact, today one of my latest posts was picked up by YahooBuzz and for about an hour was actually the number one story! Oh yeah!

The post is called, “How to Toilet our Career“. I wrote it from the perspective of Charlie Sheen. It’s not my best writing – but since Charlie Sheen is all over the place right now, I guess it caught somebody’s eye.

This is one of those moments that motivates me to work harder and do better. Everyone needs these moments. They don’t always happen regularly in the beginning. You might work, work, work, work and see no results until one day some ray of hope shines on you. I’ve been blessed with a couple rays lately and I am so grateful. I needed one today. Thank-you.
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord…” (Psalms 92:1)

Now it’s time to kick it up a notch (as the good Chef Emerill would say)!

Keep checking out the CommonRed blog page for more posts and if they catch your eye, “like” it. Thanks!

? What are some rays of hope you have experienced lately?

a new calling.

10 03 2011

Currently I am an Elder’s Quorum instructor.
Awesome calling.

I LOVE teaching callings. They are the most fun callings in the church.

The Elder’s Quorum calling was really easy because I only taught once a month!

Well, it looks like everything is about to change.
Here’s a hint. I just finished taking the Boy Scouts of America Youth Protection Training Program.

Yes, I am now joining the young mens program as a teachers quorum assistant advisor.

Ah yes, back to the glory days.
Boy Scouts.

My dad was the Scoutmaster for awhile while I was in Scouts. It was awesome. He did such a great job planning activities and getting us to do things that really pushed us.

Hopefully I can do as well as he did.
Scouting laid the foundation for everything I have become.

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

The Scout Law reminds me of the Beatitudes.
“And blessed are all the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” (3 Nephi 12:9)

? How was your experience in Scouting?

march (candy) madness.

8 03 2011

The madness is upon us.
Selection Sunday is this weekend.

I LOVE this time of year.
March Madness!
We are about embark on a journey similar to the children of Israel.
“And they returned from searching of the land after forty days…” (Numbers 13:25)
Ok, well I guess it’s nothing like that journey.

January & February have been slow at the store.
We were brainstorming some ideas the other day during our meeting and my cousin Ty mentioned we need to do a HUGE candy sale. (it’s definitely time to get some of the candy moved out).

Last year I set up a march madness bracket with Book of Mormon characters.
This year?

Welcome to March CANDY Madness-

I broke our candy section down into 4 categories:

I chose the top 16 selling candies and seeded them 1-16 accordingly.
64 candies all vying to be the National Champion.

You can come by the store and pick up a bracket (or print this off and bring it in) and fill it out with which candy you like the best. I will then look at all of the entries and assign each candy points based on how many rounds it made it through the tourney.
The person whose bracket wins the most points (based on how close there bracket is to the general public tally) will win a prize (to be announced soon)

I love stuff like this, so it was really fun to create.
Let me know what you think!

? What candy do you think will win?

happy 1 year anniversary.

6 03 2011

1 year ago I sat at home (my parents home) trying to figure out what to do with my life.

I was clueless.
I was a college graduate with no job and an increasing load of debt.

Luckily, I was asked to teach early morning seminary as well as the Gospel Principles class. I began to remember how much I loved studying the Gospel as a missionary.

I remember how good I felt and how my life seemed to have more focus and purpose as I studied harder.

I had lost that.

There are many of us who can do great in the short run.
I can do the spiritual sprint with the best of them.
Hometeaching for a few months.
Reading the scriptures daily for a few months.
Paying attention in church for a few months.
Saying my prayers nightly for a few months.

The trick is to learn to balance your life so that you can become a spiritual marathon runner.

Our time here is not a sprint.
It’s a marathon and we need to treat it as such.
“I know by this that unless a man shall endure to the end, in following the example of the Son of the living God, he cannot be saved.” (2 Nephi 31:16)

As I thought about how far I had drifted from the individual I had become as a missionary I quickly became frustrated and decided it was time for a change.

One year ago I set a goal to liken the my life to the scriptures each day.
I started a blog and began writing.

I didn’t accomplish my goal.
Out of 365 days, I have only written 340 posts.
25 days off from accomplishing my goal.

But this experience has been a HUGE blessing in my life.
Sometimes the relationship between an activity of the day and the scriptures was a stretch, but it still helped me to at least look for a connection.

I’ve decided to try again this year.
I’ve got 365 days ahead of me to try and find connections between my life and the scriptures.

I would love to hear how you liken the scriptures to your life or stories you have along the way. I sincerely appreciate the comments and feedback I have received this past year. I am always open to criticism and welcome the opportunity to be better, so let the comments keep coming!

This past year was filled with changes and growth.
I’m excited to see even bigger changes and more growth this coming year!

? How can I make this blog better?

strangers are family too.

22 02 2011

I began reading the five people you meet in heaven tonight. Mitch Albom is a fantastic author. Tuesday’s with Morrie was filled with a wide range of great life advice and this book has already provided some wonderful insights.

The book details the journey of Eddie after he dies. The first person he meets is someone he could barely call an acquaintance while in life.

This line struck me…
“Strangers are just family you have yet to come to know.”

Have you ever met someone and just felt you knew them from some previous life?
You probably did.
We are all family.

“And I, the Lord God, had created all the children of men; and not yet a man to till the ground; for in heaven created I them…” (Moses 3:5)

It’s one of the most basic doctrines we are taught in the Church – but how often do you think about it as you are going about your day?
That doesn’t happen very often in my daily life.

Reading that quote tonight was a great reminder of how connected we all really are. Hopefully I can remember that the next time somebody cuts me off while driving!

? Have you read the five people you meet in heaven?

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