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?





the hobbit.

6 12 2010

I started reading The Hobbit recently and this time I plan on finishing it.

Dad got me to start reading it when I was in high school, but I never quite finished it (which really means I never really made it past the first couple of chapters)

It’s a classic and I need to read it. I’d like to try and have the book done before the movie comes out. (Yes, there’s a movie… and yes, Peter Jackson will be directing)

My usual reading list is filled with lots of non-fiction books. (ie. Outliers, Freakonomics, Nudge) It’s nice to sit back and lose myself in a world that is completely different.

And there is no better world to lose yourself in than a Tolkein world.
Except perhaps the Book of Mormon – a world that contains a:
“a record of a fallen people…” (D&C 20:9)

Plus the Book of Mormon is real.
Sadly, Gandalf the wizard is not.

My goal this year was to read 20 different books.
This is only book 13.

I’m slacking, I know.
But I know I will at least get in a another 3-4 books before the year ends because I’ve got Christmas Break coming up!
Oh yeah!

I wish there was more time in the day so that I could just lay in bed reading.

? What’s the best book you’ve read this year?





bookshelf.

18 10 2010

When you are single you can roam from place to place not worrying about furniture.
Most student housing comes furnished.
You show up with your clothes and some decor and you are ready to go.

Married life is different. You show up and they want you to bring your own stuff.
Currently, we have no bed. Just a mattress on the floor. (which I’m actually cool with)

We have a coffee table as a kitchen table – a kitchen table that acts as a desk – and a loveseat that has been through more than I want to know.

Here is something we actually purchased, thanks in large part to the thoughtful gift card to Ikea from Kailynn & Dallas!

A bookshelf.
I LOVE bookshelves.

I’ve had all of my books in boxes for a long time now.

I love looking at the shelf and seeing all of these books I’ve read. Each book triggers unique memories. I remember things I’ve learned, but each book is associated with different parts of my life, some with multiple parts.

I love reading.
I wish I had more time to read. (actually I should just MAKE more time)

I’m currently reading Smokejumpers and A Thomas Jefferson Education. I’ve got more books lined up, but I just have to finish these first.

Someday, all of us are going to have a vested interest in books…. (well, one book in particular)

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15)
Hahaha.

? What’s the best book you’ve read recently?





media fast.

30 05 2010

I had dinner last night with my friend Jeremy up in Salt Lake – we are both avid media enthusiasts.

Facebook.
YouTube.
TV. (I have roughly 60 different TV seasons – that is growing at an alarming rate)
Movies. (I have around 400 movies – also a number that is on the rise)
Twitter.
Gmail.
Internet.

Having an iPhone makes things worse because I am checking all of these things constantly throughout the day.

I work 5 days a week – pretty much full time.

But I have a second job, it’s called “media addict“.

I spend an absurd amount of time watching TV shows and movies, checking my Facebook, watching YouTube videos, etc. etc.

I’m going to try something this week called a media fast. (although it’s probably more of a media diet – but will still be really challenging)

I will not get on Facebook once this week.
I will not get on Twitter once this week.
I will check my email ONCE a day at a prescribed hour (10:00 pm).
I will only get on my computer ONCE a day in order to write my daily blog.
I will not watch any YouTube videos.
I will not watch ANY TV shows this week.
I will allow myself 3 movies to watch this week (only one time per movie) Haha.

Ok- there it is.
The fact that I’m a little sick looking at this list tells me that I really need to do this.

What am I hoping to accomplish?
Well, I’d really like to just see if there is a different feeling that comes from removing ALL the distractions…

Will I finish reading the book I started?
Will I feel the Spirit more?
Will my mind become less clouded and able to focus more clearly?
Will I get bored?

I’m not sure what’s going to happen – but I want to know.

“…nevertheless they are to be used sparingly.” (D&C 89:12)

I know it’s the Word of Wisdom scripture – but I feel like it’s very applicable to anything that we do that goes beyond moderation.

? What would be hard for you to give up for one week?








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