Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year Greeting and message.

Have a great wonderful New Year's Day!  Let us bid farewell to 2011 and welcome in 2012 and as a result that we will be a better person to ourselves and to each other!  Be safe and love you!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Day Greeting.

Today is Christmas Day!   The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings this song so great! What a wonderful way to celebrate the day of song.

 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.























Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Interesting facts about Christmas.

Today is Christmas Day!   The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings this song so great! What a wonderful way to celebrate the day of song.
I just thought it would be interesting to post some facts about Christmas down.
  • That Christmas is the only holiday that gets a lot of controversy over.  About saying Seasons Greetings instead of Merry Christmas, wither the carols should be sung or not, calling it a Holiday tree instead of Christmas tree. 
  • That it’s the only holiday that is celebrated over 3 months. 
  • The only holiday that we say Merry Christmas instead of Happy Christmas.
  • Attached to Happy New Year as well as Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.
  • The one holiday that has carols attached to it instead of saying Christmas songs and the most of any holiday that I know of.
  • That celebrates a day of birth of the Lord.
  • That has a plant that we decorate inside the house.
  • That the event actually happened in spring time not winter time, though we celebrate it in a month different than the month it actually happened. 
  • The only holiday that uses the phrase "Peace on Earth, Goodwill towards Men"
  • The only holiday that we are told to keep throughout the coming year and not just at the end of the year when we are thinking about it the most.
Feel free to let me know if you can think of any more that I haven't already listed.  Thanks.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The symbols and meaning of Christmas.

I was looking for something to tell the meaning of the symbols that we use at Christmas time and came across this site that looked really good to use.  The author is unknown.  Its called Teach the Children.

                                                                  TEACH THE CHILDREN

I just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise in the front of the house.  I opened the door to the front room and to my surprise saw Santa himself stepped out from behind the Christmas tree.  He placed his finger over his mouth so I would not cry out. 

"What are you doing?" I started to ask.  The words choked up in my throat, and I saw he had a tears in his eyes.  His usual joy manner was gone.  Gone was the eager, boisterous character we all know.

He then answered me with a simple statement, "TEACH THE CHILDREN!"

I was puzzled; what did he mean? He guessed my question, and with one quick movement pulled a miniature toy bag from behind the tree.  As I stood puzzled, Santa said,  "Teach the children! Teach them the old meaning of Christmas.  The meaning now-a-days Christmas has forgotten."

Santa then reached into his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it in front of the fireplace.  "Teach the children that the pure green color of the stately fir tree green all year round, representing the everlasting hope of mankind, all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man's thoughts turning toward heaven."


He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant STAR.   "Teach the children the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago.  God promised a Saviour for the world, and the star was the sign of fulfillment of His promise."



He then reached into his bag and pulled out a CANDLE.   "Teach the children that the candle symbolises that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great light we are reminded of Jesus who fills our lives with light."



Once again he reached into his bag and pulled out a WREATH and placed it on the tree.  "Teach the children that the wreath symbolises the real nature of love.  Real love never ceases, like Gods love which has no beginning or end."



He then pulled from his bag an ornament of HIMSELF.  "Teach the children that I, Santa Claus symbolise the generosity and kindness we feel during the month of December."


He then brought out a HOLLY LEAF.  "Teach the children that the holly plant represents immortality.  It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Saviour.  The red holly represents the blood shed by Him." 

Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT.  "Teach the children that God so loved the world that HE gave HIS only SON...We thank God for his very special gift."  "Teach the children that the wise men bowed before the Holy Baby and gave HIM gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  We should always give gifts in the same spirit of the wise men."

Santa then reached into his bag and pulled out a CANDY CANE and hung it on the tree.  "Teach the children that the candy cane represents the shepherd's crook.  The crook on the staff helps to bring back the lost sheep to the flock."



He reached in again and pulled out an ANGEL.  "Teach the children that it was the angels that announced the glorious news of the Saviour's birth.  The angels sang 'Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth goodwill to men."



Suddenly, I heard a soft tinkling sound, and from his bag he pulled out a BELL.  "Teach the children that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of the bell, it should ring to guide us to God.  The bell symbolises guidance and return.  It reminds us that we are all precious in the eyes of God."


Santa looked back and was pleased.  I saw the twinkle in his eyes as he said, "Remember, teach the children the true meaning of Christmas and do not put me in the center for I am, but a humble servant of the One that is, and I bow down to worship HIM, our LORD, our GOD."



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Thoughts of Christmas from "SHREK THE HALLS" "CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS"

Last Sunday was able to go to listen to the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints give the Christmas Devotional.  One of the speakers was President Uchtdorf, to where part of his talk was on about not trying to have a perfect Christmas.  That to plan a perfect Christmas is not going to happen.  That there will be problems along the way to make it not possible: The food dish burnt, the wrong size of clothes given as a present, the tree losing its needles all over the floor, and even trying to recreate the memories from long ago.  Trying to recreate a perfect Christmas is not going to happen and will cause more stress on you and others around you.  Just go with the flow and knowing the real meaning is about Christ and his gift to us.
Later that night I was thinking of  "Shrek the Halls".  It’s about Shrek trying to have the perfect Christmas for his wife and kids.  Though as the movie goes along it goes far from being perfect Christmas.  Everything goes wrong that could possibly go wrong.  At the end, Shrek learns from Fiona that being with family, and friends and having a good time in each other’s company is what spending time for the holidays is about. 
It would also coincide along with "A Charlie Brown Christmas".  Charlie Brown is trying to have a good Christmas by putting on a play of the first Nativity put on by the cast of his friends.  When nothing goes as it should, he gets frustrated and feels that it’s hopeless to celebrate the Christmas holiday.  This is when Linus reminds Charlie Brown of the true meaning of Christmas:
  "Charlie Brown: I guess I don’t really know what Christmas is about. Isn’t there anyone who understands what Christmas is all about?"
Linus: "Sure, I can tell you what Christmas is all about."
“And there were in the same country Sheppard’s abiding in
the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the
angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone
round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said
unto them, ‘fear not, for behold, I bring you tidings of great
joy which will be to all people. For unto you is born this day in
the city of David a savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this
shall be a sign unto you. Ye shall find the babe wrapped in
swaddling clothes lying in the manger.’ And suddenly, there was
with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and
saying, ‘glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good
will towards men."  
          "That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."

Monday, December 12, 2011

A few thoughts from CHRISTMAS CAROL.

On a side note I did do a posting about "Christmas Carol" posted on September 28, 2010 and "Its a Wonderful Life" on July 30, 2010. 

Jennie and I went to watch a play version of Christmas Carol being done at Centerpoint Theatre.  As I was watching it I was thinking of what Ebenezer Scrooge said at the beginning:
"What else can I be, when I live in such a world of fools as this? Merry Christmas! Out upon merry Christmas! What's Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and having every item in `em through a round dozen of months presented dead against you? If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with "Merry Christmas" on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!"

Hopefully we are more of what Fred would say and less than what Ebenezer Scrooge said.
"There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say, Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round -- apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that -- as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!"
Do we find ourselves saying this at times.  Just thinking of ourselves and not others? Or should we be more like what Fred says:

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Christmas carol that is commericalized.

This is just a random thought that I've been thinking of for a bit.  Not to be down and a Grinch or Scrooge about Christmas songs.  I've been thinking that a couple of Christmas songs to be in itself a song about trying to sell stuff.  For example:

It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in ev'ry store
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door.


A pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben;
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen;

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Big Storm the came in and left destruction in its path.

To anyone who hasn't heard there was a big huge wind storm last week Thursday.  Wind gusts were up to 108 in Centerville, UT, which is about hurricane wind symptoms.  I had to trek through the wind to get to the bus stop, which was freezing cold and felt like I was going against a wind machine.  Later that night and the next day found out of how much damage was done.  There was uprooted trees, fences broken, trash everywhere, some cars smashed, some roofs off of houses, and few businesses lost part of their signs.  A Front runner Station in Farmington was badly damaged along with the camping site of Lagoon.  As we went through the trash there was a sign that we found which said, "Come and celebrate the Handcart Day Brunch on July 23, 2011. Property of Dick's Market".   Thank goodness there was no fatality or death of anyone.
The National Guard came to help out on Sunday to pick up the derbies.  There was a second storm that came on Sunday night, but wasn't as bad as was the first storm.  It took 5 days for power to come all the way back on in Bountiful.  We got our electricity back on Friday morning. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Christmas Carol to start off the Christmas "Oh Holy Night"

Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving!  Now to look forward to Christmas! 

I like to start out with this Christmas carol Oh Holy Night!  This version is John Sullivan Dwight's.  The carol we usually hear the most. 

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
'Til He appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! O hear the angels' voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O night, O night Divine.
Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.
He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend!
Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

My gratefuls for Thanksgiving

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving dinner!  Hopefully you don't have to eat this particular turkey.





What am I grateful for this Thanksgiving:
  • Life
  • Home to live in
  • Clothes to wear
  • Food to eat
  • Job to work at
  • Enhancing my education
  • Able to have children one day
  • Being a member of The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • Served a LDS mission in Houston, East Texas
  • Having this blog
  • Living here in Utah, United States of America
  • Have Freedom of religion, speech, press,
  • Having a cell phone to talk to friends and family
  • Being a brother to my siblings and friends
  • Being called "The Bomb"
  • Able to be grateful for what I have
  • Sharing Thanksgiving with my family
  • Thinking of my friends on Thanksgiving Day
  • Celebrating all the holidays in fun and enjoyment.
  • YOU MY FRIEND!
What are you grateful for?
                                   
                   Have a great
             Thanksgiving Day!                               

Monday, November 21, 2011

My 100 post and Remembering Thanksgiving

Wow!  I've published 100 posts since I started this blog!  Its amazing of how much I've done since I've started.   I've great followers who read my post.  I get great comments back from my readers!  I hope to continue on with another 100 to make it to 200! 

I'm sure you know what a turkey is, who the pilgrims were, what Plymouth Rock is?  These questions are about why we celebrate Thanksgiving.  It seems that as soon as Halloween is over all the stores and decorations for Christmas comes out.  We are going to answer those questions and hopefully make you remember why we celebrate Thanksgiving!

  • What is a turkey?  A turkey is a bird that is a native animal to the United States.  When natives from Europe came here to America and saw the bird they called it guinea fowl (turkey fowl) since they were imported from Turkey.  Over time the name got stuck with the bird Turkey.  Today we eat it with everything else at the meal of Thanksgiving.  Amazing note that Benjamin Franklin was wanting to name the turkey the national bird instead of the bald eagle.  I'm glad that we have the bald eagle as the national bird.  I can't picture myself eating an eagle versus the turkey.

  • Who are the pilgrims? They are people who left parts of Europe to escape the ruling of a leader that gave no freedoms (religion).  They were wanting to find a place to where they could worship they want to worship without having any fear of being imprisoned or death.  They came over on the ship called the Mayflower and settled in Plymouth, MA.  When they arrived here they noticed that they were not alone.  They noticed Indians (Native Americans) lived here.  The Indians and the Pilgrims did not get a long very well.  They were some hardships between the two.  It then came a time that they realized for them to be able to survive the winter storms they are going to have to get along with the Indians.  The Indians knew what herbs, vegetables, grains etc.  to grow.  Some food was new to the Pilgrims, but they were in time able to come to an understanding.  Which that eventually became the Thanksgiving feast.

  • What is Plymouth Rock? Is the supposed place that the Pilgrims landed on when they arrived here in America in the year 1620.  It is an important part of America history.  Though there is no proof that Mayflower Pilgrims actually landed here on this spot or not.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving let us not forget the reason why we celebrate it before it gets lost and forgotten.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

An American Folk hymn of "Come, Thou Fount" by Mormon Tabernacle Choir

This song is one that I like singing and hearing from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing.  Since its Thanksgiving time I figure it would be nice to read the words to this song. 

1. Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

2. Here I raise my Ebenezer
Hither by Thy help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above.

3. Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above.

4. O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above.

Friday, November 11, 2011

A tribute to those who are a Veteran.

This Friday is Veterans Day.  It is where we celebrate those who have fought for this great country of ours wither they be alive or dead.  May we remember those people who have taken up the decision to fight for our freedom and many others.

"Do You Hear the People Sing"

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?

Then join in the fight
That will give you the right to be free!!

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Will you give all you can give
So that our banner may advance
Some will fall and some will live
Will you stand up and take your chance?
The blood of the martyrs
Will water the meadows of France!

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween Message.


I hope you had a safe Halloween.   The top picture is from today.  I decided to dress up as a Secret Agent.  The bottom picture is from Oct. 31 dressed up as a lawyer. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A request for your input.

Sorry for not writing in here for a while.  I've had a lots on my mind school, work, and homework.  I've been wanting to know from you as my audience a couple of questions.  Please reply back by way of email or text, thanks.  If you have any friends or family that you know would be interested in reading this please let me know. 
  • Which of the postings do you like the most? 
  • Which of the postings did you not like at all?  
 Thanks.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I song I like called Lean on Me.

I really like this song.  It just means that at times we need each other for help.  I'm willing to help you and in return if you can help me when I need help.

Lean on Me.

Sometime in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise we know that there's
Always tomorrow

Lean on me when you're not strong and
I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long till I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

Please swallow your pride if I have things
You need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
that you won't let show

Just call on me brother when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you'd understand
We all need somebody to lean on

Lean on me when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long till 'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

Just call on me brother when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you'd understand
We all need somebody to lean on

If there is a load you have to bear
That you can't carry
I'm right up the road, I'll share your load
if you just call me

Just call me when you need a friend
Just call me when you need a friend.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

God be with you till we meet again.

This weekend was General Conference for us that are Latter-Day Saints.  Every first weekend in April and October we get to hear from our church leaders to give us council, advice, and any else they need to tell us about.  I enjoy listening to them speak to us.  I picked this hymn to share because we don't know when we will see each other again.  Especially those that are out of Utah state.  This is not the end of the postings or the blog just figured to say that I'm thinking of you and wish for the Lords comfort to you.      


God be with you till we meet again;
By his counsels guide, uphold you;
With his sheep securely fold you.
God be with you till we meet again.

[Chorus]
Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus’ feet,
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

2. God be with you till we meet again;
When life’s perils thick confound you,
Put his arms unfailing round you.
God be with you till we meet again.

3. God be with you till we meet again;
Keep love’s banner floating o’er you;
Smite death’s threat’ning wave before you.
God be with you till we meet again.

Text: Jeremiah E. Rankin, 1828–1904
Music: William G. Tomer, 1833–1896

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My final thoughts on 10th Anniversary of 9/11.

I just want to end with some last few comments on 9/11 that just came to my mind these last few days.

Flight 93-  They had the courage to stand up to the terrorists from reaching their destination.  They knew from what they learned, that we down here on the American soil was depending on them up there in the sky.  As Todd put it "Lets Go!"  From what happened they saved millions of other lives here on the ground being killed.  They were heroes and died for what they did.  From that deal now we know that if a passenger is acting weird or in a threatening way they will get the notion that we will not let whatever they have planned happen.  We as the traveling public are more noticeable of what happens instead of just sitting back and relaxing back. 

     How things have changed over the 10 years:
  • More security at airports, by taking off shoes and having pat downs, not being able to walk to the gate to pick someone up or drop someone off, liquids to a 5 oz. bottle or less, for a time shortly after military presence with F-16 guns, having the federal government take over Airport Screening by hiring TSA Agents and making a new department (Homeland Security).
  • Being searched when entering Conference Center, City/Federal Courthouses, Attending any sporting events or any other big event to draw a big crowd.  Walking through a magnetometer and hoping it doesn't go off on you. 
  • A lot of patriotism shortly after the event and then went away a few months to a few years later. 
  • Had the Security Color Code from Blue being All Clear and then Red being Danger is imminent, but never quite got to Blue or Red only stayed in the middle Orange or Yellow.  Since it wasn't as effective as thought it would be they ended the Security Code and replaced it with something else instead.
  • For those who are Muslim or Muslim belief have been targeted as hate crimes.
  • We haven't had another 9/11 attack since then.
  • Osama Bin Laden been killed. 
  • Patriot Act is formed.Federal Government wanting to have more power and as the citizens of the US we have given up some of our rights and freedoms just to be safe. 
  • Terror attacks still happen around the world.   
In another 10 years it will be the year 2021, I'll be 46 years old then and I will remember what happened on that day.  Most of the young children will be in the middle adult lives and will want to know what happened on that day.  For those who were born after 9/11 won't really have a concept on why 9/11 is so important to us.  We will have to tell our children and their children of what happened on that day.  Its already in one of my school books.  This is an important event that happened to us, yes we need to move on, but we must never forget what happened on that day.  Make sure that the memories of those who died will live on in our lives!

     Will you still remember what happened on that day when it will be 20 year anniversary of 9/11/01? 


GOD BLESS AMERICA, MY HOME SWEET HOME!



Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 Year Anniversary of 9/11.

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of what happened on 9/11.  I can't believe that its been 10 years from that horrible incident.  Yesterday, Jennie and I went to visit the Memorial Park over in Sandy, UT.  They have the statue of three firefighters holding up the American flag.  Across the street they have over 3000 American flags representing the victims from the WTCs, Pentagon, and the Philadelphia.  Its just amazing and shocking of seeing how many flags represent all those people. 

As I was reading some of the descriptions of some of the victims that had died I felt that I got to know them more as a person who lived just like I am.  That these were real people who had no choice and died.  To walk there felt like a cemetery. 

As a nation shortly after the 9/11 attack we became united as a whole and cared for each other as brothers and sisters and not separated of race, color, sex, age, political status, etc.  and patriotism was everywhere and you could feel it.  Now that its 10 years later, some have forgotten of what happened on 9/11, we have got back to drawing lines of race, color, sex, age, political status, etc., there is some patriotism just not as much as it was then.  There is not as much American flags on display from peoples houses and business.  Yes, we are no longer the same since 9/11, but our attitude has changed back before 9/11.  Sad to say, in the next 5-10 years more people will forget what happened on 9/11/01.



Friday, September 9, 2011

Taking time to remember 9/11 for the final time?

This year will count as 10 years of that horrific day.  I'm amazed that its been 10 years already since that event happened on that day.   I was just thinking that we've had such other big deals that have happened to this country in the past besides 9/11.  We've had the Oklahoma Building get partly destroyed, Pear Harbor attack that started before WWII. (I'm sure it was before that war).  Yet we focus on this tragic event since it happened way back in 2001.  I even thought they would cancel the Winter Olympics due to the terrorism in the world.  Though it went still went on, though with higher security.
         
I read the opinion page in the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper today and the author figured it was long enough to grief over this incident that happened 10 years ago.  That it was time to move on with our lives, that we won't forget but to accept what happened on that day and think of more positive ways to celebrate Patriot Day besides watching the reenactment of the events and the people that day were looking.  Do you agree with the author that we should accept what happened on that day as part of the grieving process and still remember, but not focus so much of the tragedy still as if it still happened that day?

This photo below is about a tragic day that happened on September 11, 2001. It was on top of an enormous building called the World Trade Center (WTC). The reason why it ended up on the ground is because, one of two commercial airplanes crashed into the building, the building then caught on fire, stood for a short time and then came falling straight down to the ground. Several days later the rescue team, which consisted of firefighters, found the American flag still in one piece and still on the flag pole.

This picture means a great deal to me because it shows that even though the World Trade Center in the background is gone, the three firefighters are glad to have found the flag, to be proud to be Americans, that we are still here, and to remember those who have died on that horrific day.


MAY WE NEVER FORGET WHAT HAPPENED ON 9/11
Have a great Patriot Day!!!


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Labor Day greeting and using our senses.

Tomorrow we get to celebrate Labor Day here in America.  For that holiday I get to have a three day weekend, with no school or work.  YEAH!  So far my schooling has been good. 

We all know our senses, touch, taste, sight, etc.  There is an old saying that goes "See no evil, Speak no evil and Hear no evil"  we might as well add, "Touch no evil and Smell no evil."  Instead we should change it around to be more positive instead of negative.  "See that is good, Speak that is good, Hear that is good, Touch that is good and Smell that is good". 
  • See wholesome entertainment, good books, beauty of the Earth, good websites. 
  • Speak positive words, words of love, forgiving,
  • Hear uplifting music, hymns, holiday music, children laughing,
  • Touch good books, holding hands,
  • Smell home cooking, flowers,
This is all I could think of.  Its not a complete listing of course but enough to let you know what I'm trying to say. 

                               Have a great holiday weekend and lets uses our senses for good.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Which path will you take?

At one time I was thinking if I came to a intersection in my life and was wandering what path should I take?  Should I take the path that has been traveled much and with a guide who doesn't know what lies a head or take the path that the guide knows a lot about what lies a head but, that the path has been traveled very little? 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Taking time to educate myself.

I will be heading back to school on Aug. 24 for further education.  Because of my classes that I will be taking, more time will be spent doing homework.  In my spare time I will try to keep this blog updated. 

Thanks.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Coming out of comfort zone and talking a bit about UP.

I would like to continue on with the posting I did earlier about comfort zone that was posted on August 8.

We all have comfort zones in life.  We use it for social, work, church, family, etc.  The comfort zone is a nice haven to which we know we can do and still be safe.  Though every once a while we need to get out of our comfort zone.  If we stay in our comfort zone throughout life we will not get anything out of life.

     Dating- Asking a girl or boy out on a date or proposing to get married to that person.
     Work- Asking for a raise or a promotion, being unemployed and going out looking for a job. 
     Social- Asking to be friends with that person, asking a question about something.
     Church- Sharing the gospel, standing up for your beliefs.

I myself can be a timid and shy person to my friends.  At times I can by vocal because I know they are my friends and won't ridicule with what I have to say.  I enjoy my comfort zone but, at times I know I need to get out of my comfort zone so I can grow and be happier about myself.

In the movie UP a senior man goes out of his comfort zone and helps a young boy on a wonderful adventure.  He could have stayed in his comfort zone and gone to the retirement place and lived with the rest of his life there but instead he didn't.  The deal of coming out of his comfort zone was knocking on his door.  In result he got a new friend after his adventure and glad he took the opportunity to get out of his comfort zone.  We should learn from that movie and realize the great adventure we have of coming out of our comfort zone.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Advice about money.

I will keep it short and I know that we've heard this over and over again, is that we stay out of debt!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Have a strong foundation.

Do you have a strong foundation of the gospel in your life?  I know that this is just a question that I put on this posting.  For me it means that you have to have a strong foundation of the gospel.  That is what will keep your faith in tact.  If you think your foundation is shaking and not quite sturdy then it needs to be worked on before it falls and shatters. 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Two songs to celebrate this Pioneer Day.

One is Faith in Every Footstep.  Its a great song.  The other one is Come, Come Ye Saints.

Faith In Every Footstep

1. A marvelous work has begun to come forth among all the children of men.
O ye that embark in the service of God, give heart, mind and strength unto him,
For prophets have spoken and angels have come to lift the world from sin,
That Christ may reign over all the earth and bless his gathered kin.

2. Those marvelous Saints who embraced this great work and shared it in lands far and near,
Who gave all their heart, mind, and strength to the Lord with wisdom and vision so clear,
Now stand as examples of virtue and faith, of souls prepared to hear,
Of knowledge sure, born of humble heart, and love that banished fear.

3. If we now desire to assist in this work and thrust in our sickle with might,
If we will embark in the service of God and harvest in fields that are white,
Our souls may receive the salvation of God—the fulness of his light,
That we may stand, free of sin and blame, God’s glory in our sight.

Chorus:

With faith in ev’ry footstep, we follow Christ, the Lord,
And filled with hope through his pure love, we sing with one accord.

Text and music: K. Newell Dayley, born 1939
© 1996 LDS. All rights reserved. This music may be copied for incidental noncommercial church or home use. This notice must be included on each copy made.

     Come, Come Ye Saints

Come, come, ye saints, no toil nor labor fear;
But with joy wend your way.
Though hard to you this journey may appear,
Grace shall be as your day.
Tis better far for us to strive
Our useless cares from us to drive;
Do this, and joy your hearts will swell -
All is well! All is well!

Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard?
'Tis not so; all is right.
Why should we think to earn a great reward
If we now shun the fight?
Gird up your loins; fresh courage take.
Our God will never us forsake;
And soon we'll have this tale to tell-
All is well! All is well!

We'll find the place which God for us prepared,
Far away, in the West ,
Where none shall come to hurt or make afraid;
There the saints, will be blessed.
We'll make the air, with music ring,
Shout praises to our God and King;
Above the rest these words we'll tell -
All is well! All is well!

And should we die before our journey's through,
Happy day! All is well!
We then are free from toil and sorrow, too;
With the just we shall dwell!
But if our lives are spared again
To see the Saints their rest obtain,
Oh, how we'll make this chorus swell-
All is well! All is well!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pioneer Day Remembrance

     This coming Sunday is Pioneer Day, a state holiday celebrated here in Utah, which usually falls on the 24 of each year but, because of a holiday being on a Sunday we get to have a Monday off also.  YEAH!!! 

     Anyway what is a pioneer?  A pioneer is a person who is one of the first to explore a new region or subject as a noun; be the first to explore, use, or develop as a verb.  This is from the Oxford dictionary.

     So with that definition does that mean there are no more pioneers? No, that doesn't.  Yes, we think about those mostly of those who traveled long time ago in covered wagons and went through a lot of trials and hardships to get here to a new land which was later called Utah. 

     Not only are there pioneers from way back then in that time period but, also now we have pioneers today.  It may be a family member that you know of that has decided to take the step of being a pioneer.  They should get the same respect as the pioneers from way back then.  Some have risked their lives, been shunned from their families, friends, neighbors, etc.  just because they wanted to take a change in their life and be a pioneer.  Congratulations to those who have taken that step in a new way of their life.

     Take the time to thank those who have ventured out to be a pioneer if you know of anyone.   I'm sure we will have pioneers in the future as well.    

Happy Pioneer Day!!!

     If you haven't seen "17 Miracles" I would encourage you to do so.  Its a true story about a trek of pioneers along the trail to Utah and of how miracles were to shown to them along the way.  It made me cry when it was showing all the ways that several of them died.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The deal on Families. THE FAMILY PROCLAMATION.

I know I have talked about families a lot over these several postings.  The families is what keeps us nation together.  You mess up the families and everything else will fall apart.  That is what is happening to our country.  Its sad that our nation is different then what it was I was a teenager and it will get tougher for those who haven't been born yet down the road.  This document is a powerful document and is needed today then ever.  It was read by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints back in 1995 but, its true to everyone who lives on this earth regardless what religion you are. 
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                                                       THE FAMILY  

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                                        A PROCLAMATION TO THE WORLD

The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

     WE, THE FIRST PRESIDENCY and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.

     ALL HUMAN BEINGS—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

     IN THE PREMORTAL REALM, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

     THE FIRST COMMANDMENT that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.

     WE DECLARE the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.

     HUSBAND AND WIFE have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.

     THE FAMILY is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.

     WE WARN that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

     WE CALL UPON responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.


     This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The games we played as children.

I remember the games that we used to play when we were growing up.
  • Kick the can
  • Red Rover
  • Mother, May I?
  • Red light, green light
  • Heads up 7up
  • Freeze tag
  • Capture the flag
Now that I'm grown up as an adult I don't play those games as much anymore.  Though children now are more into playing computers, cell phones, watching tv, etc. than playing these type of games.  I even played some of them when I was in elementary school in my class or with my cousins or with my friends out at the park.  These games will help them to get the exercise they need and to have fun outside while they are young.  They are easy to play and not hard to understand how to play.  I'm not saying that the electronics are bad but, it would be nice to see the young children playing these games so that these games don't get lost in the shuffle of life and that they can teach their kids these games when us adults are gone.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A bloody war and spiritual war.

A war that started when Abraham Lincoln was president of the USA.  It was fought over slavery rights and freedoms.  The North was free of slaves and the South was where slaves was legal to have.  This caused a war to start and has become the bloodiest war on the America soil to this day.  Brothers fighting against brothers, sons against sons, etc. just because they thought they were thinking there viewpoint was the right choice.   It was also the case that some of the smaller states wanted to leave the rest of the bigger states and form their own union.  Which also didn't make many people happy with. 

If you were to go back in time to the era just before the Civil War started and knew what the result was going to be, would you still have fought in the war, even if your brother, son, father, uncle, etc. was on the opposing side?

There was another type of war that started way long time ago way before any of us came here to Earth.  This was a war that started up in heaven.  There was a plan on who would come down to Earth and live the life they needed to and be able to help us return to heaven.  There were two people that chose to accept the plan.  One was the Lord and the other was Lucifer.  After they gave their reasons on why they should be the one chosen to follow the plan, the Lord was chosen to do so.  Lucifer was angry that he wasn't chosen and he was not alone for their some other of our brothers and sisters that felt the same way as he did and followed Lucifer as their commander.  As a result of this decision there was a war that erupted.  This was was not fought with weapons of guns, knives, tanks, etc. that is used in modern war.  This type of war was fought with words, thoughts and ideas.  The side that won was the Lords side and we cheered for we won and as a result 1/3 of the hosts of heaven went with Lucifer.

To the present day we are on here on Earth living our day to day trying to do what is right.  The side that went with Lucifer has not gone away for there are here on Earth along with us and they are trying so hard to make us not be happy, joyful, but, miserable, awful, sad and despair.   For this type of war is going to be on going and will never leave us.  What we need to do to fight this type of war is to do what is right.  We must be diligent in obey the word of the Lord and following his commandments.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

A patriotic song for the 4th of July.

This song I've watched on the tv while I was in Japan and have grown to love the song since then.  We all have our differences of what songs we like and that some may not like this one but, I like it so I'm going to share it.

God Bless The USA
by Lee Greenwood

If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I'd worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.

I'd thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can't take that away.

And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota,
to the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.
From Detroit down to Houston,
and New York to L.A.
Well there's pride in every American heart,
and its time we stand up and say.

That I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Celebrating Independence Day!

     This coming up Monday is July 4th, Independence Day for us here in the United States of America! I'm so proud for the patriots who fought for their Independence from Great Britain in 1776.  They didn't know what was going to be in store for them.  They knew they were taking a big risk of fighting against the mother country, Great Britain, and knew they wanted to be free.  To live in a place that they could live the religion they wanted to follow and not the Church of England, to talk about what was on their mind about the king without having to worry about being thrown into prison or being executed.  They prayed about where to go and they went to a place, now known as America, that was unknown to many countries and knew that those who wanted to be free people and serve the Lord in their own way.
After the war ended and George Washington was up for President of the United States of America, the people wanted him to be a king.  George Washington was telling them that they lost many lives to live in this land and fought a great battle to get away from having a king be their ruler.  If they did have a king then everything they just fought for would have been in vain.  Though George Washington was willing to take the reign of being a ruler but instead of being a king, a president.

What I am grateful for as we celebrate this Independence Day:
  • Free to live where I want to live.
  • Free to raise my future children in a good place.
  • Free to do this blog.
  • Free to have friends who are willing to give their opinion on this blog.
  • Free to have a cell phone to talk to friends and family.
  • Free to praise those who are defending this country and willing to die to protect this country.
Lots of countries are willing to be like us here in America to have the freedoms we have.  For over in their country they are lead by a dictator who will not allow such freedoms to take place.  I would not be able to have any of the above things listed given to me if I lived in that type of country.  If a king were to take a place instead of what we have now as a president, we would lose our freedoms fast and would be in bondage and be treated like slaves.  We would cry and morn everyday because we took our freedoms so lightly.  I hope that day will never come.  For I would rather live in a free country, then in a place ruled by a king or a dictator. 

               GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

HAPPY 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!

 Its been one year since I've started this blog.  I would like to post some of the comments that have been given to me over the year since I started. 

     I just read your email on Marriage, not bad.

     Wow! I loved your post:D You really transmitted the message very clearly.

     You're right: we have to be strong for our country and our families.

     Very nice kdog. Keep up the good work.

     I just read your post about being yourself. You made a good point, and it was very timely for me.

Thanks for being so diligent in reading my posts over this year since I started it.  I know it has a great effect on me and my ability to share some of my own experiences that I've had in my life when I was a young boy and realized that I'm not as perfect, that I have trials and mistakes like everyone else.  It has helped me to improve one of my talents of writing this blog to help my fellow brothers and sisters to look at something postive in this world.  I will continue to post more on this blog and see how it has been in the next year of June 29, 2012. 

Please leave a comment on which of the postings you liked the most.  You can either post it here or you can email me at kadin_30@yahoo.com.

Monday, June 27, 2011

A great prophet of God died as a martyr.

     I am grateful for the prophet Joseph Smith and what he did here on earth. He did see God the Father and Jesus Christ appear to him. He knew that his name would be used in good and evil but, that he did what the Lord commanded him to do knowing that he would be die one day for his belief.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

To those who have had a close friend die on them.

If you have known someone that has been real close to you as a friend, mentor, buddy, etc.  I hope that this hymn will help you in this difficult time you are facing.

This hymn is called "O My Father"

O my Father, Thou that dwellest in the high and
glorious place, when shall I regain thy presence
and again behold Thy face?  In Thy holy
habitation, did my spirit once reside?  In my
first primeval childhood was I nurtured near Thy side?

For a wise and glorious purpose Thou hast placed me
here on earth And withheld the recollection
of my former friends and birth; yet oft times a
secret something whispered, "You're a stranger here," and I
felt that I had wandered from a more exalted sphere.

I had learned to call thee Father, thru the Spirit
from on high, but, until the key of knowledge
was restored, I knew not why.  In the heaven's are
parents single?  No, the thought makes reason stare!  Truth is
reason; truth eternal tells me I've a mother there.

When I leave this frail existence, When I lay this
mortal by, Father, Mother, may I meet you
in your royal courts on high?  Then, at length, when
I've completed all you sent me forth to do, with your
mutual approbation let me come and dwell with you.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fathers Day message.

Today is Fathers Day.  A day to remember all those fathers who have lived here and are currently living here.  As for me, I am not a father yet but, one day hopefully I will be to my wonderful children. 

To be a Father you need these great qualities to be one:
  • Loving
  • Caring
  • Providing a house, clothes and food
  • Playful
  • Understanding
  • Helpful
  • Kind
  • Brave
  • Courageous
  • Working hard
I hope that fathers have these great qualities in them.  It would be sad if they are mean, demanding, forceful, and controlling.  That is not what the Lord wants and will cause great trouble in the family if the father is that way to his family.  I know that there are no perfect fathers but at least try to do the best that you can in loving your family with kindness and loving.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Don't read unless you've watched or read LORD OF THE RINGS.

I just finished watching Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Its a great movie if you haven't watched it.  The evil is of horrible creatures that only care about death and good is dwarfs, elfs, hobbits, wizards, and humans.   The main thing to this whole quest and the reason of the title of the trilogy is a ring.  Its gold with writing on it that can only be seen in the proper light.  With this ring it rules all of the other rings given to various groups of creatures.  The deal is that this ring is evil and cares for nothing of life only death. 

With evil they destroy anything that is good and love to work in darkness.  They hate the light and the sun that gives warmth to everyone that is good. 

The Ring of Power is the main ring controls everything and of how creatures live their life.  Now in reality there is no true Ring of Power that rules over other rings.  Though in contrast, the devil and his followers like to work in darkness and secret.  They only care about is death and evil.  They don't know love or care for life.  When there is light from God they fear and tremble and leave for they can not stand to be in his presence.  The Lord is all good and no evil in him.  He cares for life and loves everyone and everything.  His power is stronger then evil.  He also has followers that work in light and is open and not in secret.  The followers work to let life live and knows the meaning of love. 

We are all on the Lords side of light, life and love to do what is right and conquer the evil.  Though at times we are human and fall short of this quest and do something that is evil.  It is up to us to decide on what path we will on, the good or the evil? 

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day message of rememberance.

I hope that you are all enjoying this wonderful day, Memorial Day, with your families.  A day to relax from work and spend quality fun time with your family.

I hope that you take some time today to remember those who have died and can no longer see them here on Earth.  They lived great and wonderful lives and will be missed.  For we can go and visit them at the cemetary and offer them flowers and good cheer that we will think of them often and will be happy to see them again one day. 

                      HAVE A GREAT MEMORIAL DAY!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Various types of families.

A family is of parents and usually having a brother, sister or being the only sibling.  Then we have cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.  Being in this family is by blood. 

Now on the same topic but down a different road.  We have more than just one family.  There is multi families.  I have a family at church, work, friends, enemies, community, national and world.  A family is of a group of people that love each other.  They look after each other, take care of each other, teach each other, play with each other, help each other, be there for each other, etc.  When a national disaster happens do we say to ourselves sorry we can't help you, you are not family.  No, we help them regardless if they are family or not.  Do you treat your neighbors and friends as family or simply as neighbors and friends?  We can have families that are not blood related.  How are we going to cope with the things of this world if we can not help each other? 

In my church family I call everyone by brother or sister for that is what we are taught to call each other.  To me it doesn't have to stop there at the point and just be a title we give each other.  When I call up a friend and say to them I love you brother or I love you sister.  I'm not just saying it for the title of being a brother or sister to them in spiritual sense but,  I want to get beyond that title that we give each other at church.  That I want to actually call them literally brother or sister. 

For we all came down from heaven to this Earth as brothers and sisters wither they be related by blood or not.  For those who have lived on this Earth and died and if they have been good or evil they are my brothers and sisters and they are your brothers and sisters as well. 

I know its a concept hard to grasp at times.  I myself at times forget that concept and judge them and don't see them as a brother or sister.  That is part of being human and the natural man.  If we put off the natural man and see through our new eyes we can see that we are all brothers and sisters trying for the same goal to return to live with our Lord and be eternal with our families.  For I am your brother for eternity. 

Here is a quote that I made up and used it in my posting back in November of last year.  I added a few words at the end that I didn't add earlier. 

In the eternal perspective, we have known each other for eternity and meeting each other here on Earth is a reunion and continuation of our relationship as a brother or sister.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Thanks to the Armed Forces.

For those who are currently serving and who have served in the Armed Forces, thanks!

      Have a great ARMED FORCES DAY!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I am not an Eagle Scout.

Once I was in Boy Scouts and had a great time being in that organization.  I got to be in various leadership positions such as Chaplin's Aid, Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.  I got to deal with those boys who had a hard time being in the patrol.  For it would seem like they were always being picked on.  I would try my best to comfort them and make them feel like they are part of the troop.  I also got to go on a lot of camping trips throughout the year dealing with rain, snow and the heat of the sun.  I was close to being qualified for Order of the Arrow. 

With all this great talk about being in Boy Scouts I didn't become an Eagle Scout.  I was just one rank away from getting that done.  I still had to do a few more merit badges, an Eagle project and a Board of Review for deciding if I should receive that rank. 

I enjoyed being in the Boy Scouts.  It was a great fun for me.  Even though I was never that Eagle rank I have been told on occasion when I was on my mission and after my mission, that I am an Eagle Scout to them.  Which in that aspect makes me feel good. 

Being an Eagle Scout may give you a great job in the work force but, it won't keep you from going to heaven.  I am sure when the day of judgment comes to face the Lord and review of your life of the things you did in your life, I'm positive that you will not get any less thought of for nor getting that Eagle rank.  For the Lord knows that I tried my best in what I did. 

For those who didn't get that rank of Eagle, don't feel bad about it and if Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts wasn't for you then that is okay.  I still consider you as a great friend to me.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mothers Day is a special day!

Mothers are a great gift from the Lord.  They do numerous things for us here on Earth.
  • Give us birth.
  • Nurture us. 
  • Feed us.
  • Give us love.
  • Care for us especially when we are sick.
  • Worry abut us.
  • Teach us.
  • Pray for us.
  • Cry with us.
  • Rejoice with us.
So this day tell your grandmother, mother and/or wife that you love them and wish them a Happy Mothers Day!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

National Prayer Day observance

This day, Thursday, is considered by the US government a National Day of Prayer.  No matter what religion you follow please take a moment out of your day and say a prayer! This was almost taken away by those who don't want to allow it to happen but, those who wanted to keep it won!  For the Lord gave us this land for a reason.  If we stopped believing and praying to the Lord then our enemies will take us over and use as slaves and torture us. 

Pray for our country, leaders, health, friends, enemies, and anything else you can think of. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Two memorials to remember.

The first memorial I want to talk about is the Titanic.  They were so many people on that ship that died on April 15, 1912.  They were told that it was considered the Unsinkable ship.  That nothing can sink that ship.  Now that I think is a bit prideful that nothing of nature could sink that ship.  Little did they know that on that cold and frightful night when they hit an iceberg that caused great damage to the ship.  They were lacking in life vests and life boats for they thought they were not needed.  Lot of innocent lives died on that day.  I did once a tour that they had in the store several years ago about what it would be like to live on the Titanic.  Then the one room where the Titanic hit the iceberg was a very cold room.  I don't think I would survived in that cold conditions unless I was on one of the life boats.   We should remember that nothing is incapable of nature attacking and bringing death and destruction along its way when us humans fail to realize that.

The second memorial is the Holocaust Memorial remembrance day earlier this week.  Lots of Jews (men, women, and children) during World War II were taken to gas chambers thinking that they were there to get cleaned up and take a shower only realizing that it was their death sentence and they perished for just being different than anyone else.  I went to the Holocaust museum in Washington DC several years ago and yes its a sad place to go just as the memorial of 9/11.  That looking at the pictures and realizing that this cruelty was happening at that time in the world to a group of people just like us Americans to just get on with daily life and be put to death in a cruel way.   We should remember those who have died in this awful way. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My birthday!

Today is my 36th birthday! I am getting closer to 40! WOW!

Thanks for all the wonderful friendships and relationships I have made over the years.  Thanks for the time to cheer me up when I'm down, for being able to text you on your cell, call you up and talk to you for a while, being able to help you in your life, calling me a brother, for your understanding me even when I can be weird at times, understanding my humor and still being my friend even when others have left me for whatever reason. 

I know that I can't talk to all of you in person or on the phone.  So I want to say thanks for the years you have got to know me so far and that you will continue to be my friend and brother for many years to come! 

I know I have been around for this long so I can help those around me to feel better about themselves and if it weren't for me then they could have been on a different path then they are now.  The Lord knows that I am needed still here on Earth to help my fellow brothers and sisters!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Easter message.

This year Easter falls on April 24.  The week preceding up to Easter Sunday was Jesus Christ last week here on Earth to live a mortal/immortal life.  He knew that this week would be the hardest for him to endure.  Jesus Christ knew his time was short here on Earth, he cleansed the temple the second time saying it was His house and not a den of thieves.  Today is called Palm Sunday for Jesus riding along on a donkey for symbol of peace that he brings and not of war.  That the people would lay down Palm leaves, blankets down for him and should Hosanna to the Lord and King. 

On Friday evening Jesus met with his disciples at an upstairs room and started the sacrament the first time.  The bread to represent his body and the wine to represent is blood.  They sang a hymn as well.  After that they walked over to Gethsemane and where the Lord went to a tree and did a solemn prayer.  After Jesus was done praying and went back to the disciples who were sleeping, woke them up and knew that the time had come to end His life.  He was confronted with some men with torches and swords and asked Judah who was the Christ.  Judah then went up the Lord and gave him a kiss on the cheek which showed the bad men who the Christ was.  They took him and showed him to Annas, Caiaphas, and then Pilate.  Pilate had asked the people that had gathered there to decide what to do and the people said they should let Barabbas go and crucify Jesus instead.  So they went up to Golgotha (the place of a skull) and put nails in his hands, wrists, and feet.  They put a sign up above Him saying JESUS OF NAZARETH KING OF THE JEWS in Hebrew, Latin and Greek.  The Lord then knew his work was done and commenced is spirit up to heaven and with that the world shook with such tournmal and grief that there had never been such a destruction in all the land.  Over in the America there was tempests, earthquakes, fires, whirlwinds, and physical upheavals and then after that was done there was three days of darkness in all the land.  No light, no matter how hard would not happen, was seen for all of three days.  On the third day is when they got to see the Savior of the Lord visit them.

While over on the other side of the world, where Jesus had lived rose on the third day which is known as Sunday and was resurrected for he had whole body and spirit reunited together never to be separated again.  He visited Mary in the garden where he was in the tomb, his disciples and then to the people here in America. 

Easter is a great celebration to celebrate for He has risen and is not dead but alive.  I know that Jesus Christ is a live.  He loves me and all of us.  He knows what we have been through (sad, heartbreak, losing a loved one, mistrust, etc.) I am glad that He listens to my prayers and knows when I am feeling.  That He will always be there for me.  He will never leave me.  He is my Savior, Lord and brother. Jesus Christ died for me so I can live again and be resurrected with my body and spirit never to be separated.  That he has taken up my sins upon him.  To be my advocate with the Father when my judgment comes.  

This week think about all what the Savior has done for you and then come Easter morning that you will rejoice along with everyone else that the Savior lives and loves you. 

HAVE A GREAT AND SAFE EASTER!