22 09 2010

Pride comes before the fall.
This is a popular phrase not just in the church – but in mainstream culture.

I remember hearing it as a kid and having it drilled into my mind that moment I began to get a little arrogant/prideful/complacent/uppity my world would come crashing down (unless I first chose to humble myself)

Have you read President Benson’s talk on pride?
Scary stuff.
Basically pride comes in forms you didn’t even think possible. (ultimately this makes all of us very guilty of pride in some way, shape or form)

“…but beware of pride, lest ye become as the Nephites of old.” (D&C 38:39)
Nephites of old? Yeah, a FALLEN people.

I was reminded of my own struggles with the subject this morning.
We have an outside company that handles a lot of our “creative work”.
Graphic Designs.

They’re a touch pricey. So we were discussing the option of moving some of it in-house.
Great idea!

But who should do it?
Of course I volunteered. For some reason I just love volunteering for more projects at work. I was really excited about this one because i’ve always had a desire to really improve my skills in this realm.

I came home so excited and told my wife. She smiled and remarked that it is more challenging to do these things than I think. (she would know – she did graduate with a degree in a very similar field)

Of course I got immediately defensive and exclaimed that I would not only be able to accomplish the projects i just took on but that I would show her I could do just as good as anyone else. (even her)
Yes. Of course.

Leah is So patient with me that even after all of my babble about my “skills’ she even volunteered to help me out.
Can you guess my response?
If you guessed a resounding NO, then you are correct.

Yeah – somebody needs to just pop my head right now.
Well, don’t worry. I popped my own head this morning after I went into the store and took a bunch of pictures. (and wasn’t too thrilled on any of them)

I was wrong.
It is harder than I thought.
I will give credit and respect to those who have studied and worked hard to develop those talents.

However – having said that, there is no reason why I can’t LEARN how to do these things better. Obviously it is not a natural gift, but I will definitely now be putting in some extra time in order to develop these skills.

Maybe I’ll even ask my wife for some help…. (if the offer is still on the table)

? Have you ever thought you could do something and then failed?



27 07 2010

Ok – so we got more of our engagement pictures in!

Decisions decisions, decisions…

“And every decision made … must be by the unanimous voice of the same…” (D&C 107:27)

We don’t need a unanimous voice to decide on a picture here (it’s the only scripture that seemed to work at the moment)

I’d love to know everyone’s opinion if there is one that really pops out to them!

My vote is with the breakdancing one (at least to be sent out to the people on my side). It’s a unique picture that I feel captures my personality!

Here’s our top 5:

? Which ones should we use?


19 06 2010

Leah’s parents got into town very early this morning. They are here to do dress shopping with leah and take the engagement photos. Leah’s dad is an incredible photographer – so we’re lucky to be able to have him do these for us.

I’m NOT a camera poser.
I’ve never been.

Look at my Facebook – most of my pics look like this:

Maybe I can do one or two pictures – but multiple shots for an extended period of time…
My smile is forced and I squint my eyes.
All these things were made very clear yesterday.

I feel bad because Leah is actually really good at the whole smile for the camera thing.

She asked me at the end of the night if I was nervous being around her parents. Nope.
I’m nervous about the pictures.

And we have a whole day ahead of ourselves tomorrow. Oh man.

Well, hopefully I get better at smiling for the camera – or Leah becomes more accepting of my non-camera demeanor.
She’s probably hoping more for the first.

The scriptures mention the word in regards to the Lord “smiling upon something” – I bet His smile would work in front of the camera. I wonder if you can pray for that gift.

“…that the Lord smiled upon it…” (Moses 7:43)

? How do you fair in front of a camera?

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