i’m a little peeved.

9 03 2011

I went to practice at BYU last night with a couple of the kids I teach. Every Tuesday from 8:30-10:00 the BYU Breakdance Club meets.

I have participated in the club in one way or another since 2002 (minus the 2 years I spent on my mission). The club has been the focus of some negative attention from BYUSA the group that oversees all of the club activity on campus.

During my first year back from my mission (2005) the club hosted an incredible event. It was a breakdance battle held in the BYU Wilkinson Center. There was a terrific turnout – lots of spectators as well as the best bboys in the state.

That was the last event we were allowed to throw.

Fast forward several years when I helped Chris Sullivan run the club and I planned out another event. I took the plan to Adrian, the man who oversees BYUSA on the faculty side. I told him we wanted to invite nationally recognized crews to the event and that we were confident we could produce an event that would be both entertaining, fun and financially beneficial.
One of his first questions was, “what will these guys look like?
I told him that there would be guys with tattoos, beards, long hair and possibly piercings.

I didn’t get to say much more about the event.
He said the only way we could throw the event was if we could guarantee that everyone who showed up would look like a BYU student.
He said, “what would the alumni think if they saw people who looked like that on this campus?

By then my patience had pretty much gone and I asked him about the athletic program or about devotional speakers that are invited.

At the time we had athletes with tattoos and we obviously have athletes from across the country who are not forced to remove piercings, cover tattoos, cut hair or shave beards. In fact I remember during that semester, we actually had a devotional speaker who had a beard.

Adrian said that athletics generates there own revenue so we shouldn’t worry about them.

One of the main tenants of our church is to: “proclaim the gospel”.
“And also gave commandments to others, that they should proclaim these things unto the world…” (D&C 1:18)

In fact I love it so much I spent 5 years getting my undergraduate degree. Haha
I have written 3 posts recently about how great BYU was for the integrity they have shown with the Brandon Davies situation.
The school has done so much good and is filled with great individuals. doing the best they can.

I think that is why I am a little peeved.
I don’t understand why Adrian was so negative.
Last night the club president, Shunta, announced that only BYU students/alumni could come. BYUSA sent Shunta a letter stating that they were receiving complaints about the dress/grooming of people attending the club.
Everything I felt in my meeting with Adrian came back when I heard that.

Breakdancing can be used as a missionary tool. I know that the interaction between LDS and non-LDS at the club meetings has been positive. Everyone has benefitted form the things they have learned from each other. It’s sad that they want to take away the opportunity for some of the local bboys to come to the campus and feel the great spirit there.

Whew. Ok, I’ve vented. I feel better.
The new rules don’t really affect me anyways, I’m alumni. Haha
I’ve already had the chance to learn from the guys who can’t come anymore…
Too bad others won’t get that chance.

? Thoughts on the new rule?

art of the close.

21 04 2010


Always Be Closing.

The motto every sales rep lives and dies by.

You live by closing — you die by not closing.

If you cannot close sales consistently you will never make the real money.

I’ve done door-to-door as well as phone sales. 2 summers of selling security systems and 1 summer of Dish Network.

Closing was never my strong suit. Definitely not great news for my bank account. I was never at the bottom or the top — always just floated around somewhere in the middle.

That needs to change… quickly.

Kory talked with Frankie (my old security sales boss) and they are gonna let me come in and do phone security sales over the summer. I’m grateful for the opportunity. But with a purely commission based job the pressure is on to close, close, close.

With all of the wedding talk the pressure escalates. Leah and I were talking this morning about the wedding and getting started and she looked at me and said, “looks like you better learn how to close.”

At first I thought she meant that I need to do a better job on her parents to get them to feel comfortable with us getting married this summer. (no pressure there, right?) Turns out she was actually talking financially. (and the pressure continued to rise)

Looks like I better become a closing machine — NOW!

I started thinking about what it means to close and remembered the mission. Anyone who has served a mission knows that you are basically a well-trained, nicely dressed, spiritually guided, SALESMAN.

You are always asking people to make different commitments. One of the most important commitments someone makes is to read and pray about the Book of Mormon so that they can gain a testimony for themselves.

“And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Moroni 10:4)

One of my buddies, Anthony Ambriz, had a great idea for this blog. He suggested I start including a question of some kind in each post. Love the idea, so keep an eye out and if you feel so inclined post up a comment!

? What was the last thing you closed on ?


30 03 2010

With an unlimited supply of money I would travel. Everywhere!

I went to the bookstore with Leah tonight and we were talking about all the places we want to travel. There’s too many to count.

Some couples decide to wait to travel till they are more established and financially secure. Others are a little more adventurous.

I’d say we fit into the middle. We would like to take a couple trips before having kids… (oh man, did I just mention kids?)

As I perused the travel books in Borders I thought about the people in the scriptures…

Did any of them think about traveling?
Did they want to get away to experience new cultures?

It seems that when people traveled back then there was specific reasons (that did not involve sightseeing)

Here’s the top 2 reasons for travel in the scriptures:
Missionary work.


“And it came to pass that we did travel for the space of many days…” (1 Nephi — actually there’s like 7 different verses that say this)

Nephi left Jerusalem. Went back to Jerusalem. Left Jerusalem. Went back to Jerusalem. Built boats and came to Promised land. Left his brethren and went into the wilderness.

Missionary Work
“…notwithstanding my many travels round about the land to declare the word of God unto my people.” (Alma 30:32)

Alma and the sons of Mosiah pretty much traveled for years… But they were always preaching the Gospel.

Leah and I want to serve missions together someday — but we’d also like to be able to just do some recreational traveling. We narrowed things down to our top 3 trips (she chose 2, I chose 1):


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