Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Entering Nowhere

First thing that popped into my head when I saw this picture,
Montana and Wyoming. But getting to my point...

We all get into situations where we feel completely lost and without direction. Ever feel like things never get better? Is there any hope for us to get out of "nowhere", and back where we should be? Is there anyone we can turn to in those situations? Well, in our lives, it would be Jesus Christ. You have heard of the parable of the lost sheep, and how the shepherd left the rest of his flock to go find the one that went missing. I mean think about it. There were 99 other sheep, that's a lot of sheep! And he left them all to go looking for just one that had gone astray. Well that's exactly what Christ is doing for us. It doesn't matter where we are, who we are, or what we have done; Christ will come searching. The Savior cares for each of us the same, and wants us all to return to him. I know it. 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Push or Pull?

 Sometimes I tend to overlook the obvious. Lets say you walk into a building, and all you are thinking about is getting in and doing whatever you're there for, making things quick and easy. But have you ever run into those doors that aren't the usual "Push" kind? Sometimes there are those "Pull" kinds, and they sort of throw you out of your rhythm, and make you slow down. They make you take a step back and look at whats around you. Sometimes we can get a little impatient, irritated, and even a little upset. But when you take that step back, you realize that you are just missing so much of what is going on around you. And a lot of times it's right there in front of our faces.
 So why am I saying all this stuff? Well recently I've been reading the words of Isaiah, and everyone knows what you do when you get to Isaiah, you plow through them and don't stop until you finish. But for me, THEY are those "pull" doors.  They are just full of stuff that slows me down. And sometimes they do make me a little irritated, especially when I sit down and read for an hour and don't get anything out of what he has just said. But it has made a difference when I take the time to slow down my reading and really look around at what he is trying to teach me. I guess what I am just trying to say is, SLOW DOWN and smell the roses (or the words of Isaiah).

Saturday, August 20, 2011

My brain is full!

This is how school felt sometimes. You had so much going on. You had your schedule to memorize, teachers names, class rooms to find, way too many assignments, and the list just never seemed to run out. But it never stops does it. Your brain is going to get full everyday, probably several times a day. And you don't have to be in high school to have these experiences, they are all around us. We all have those nerve wrecking situations, deadlines, appointments, jobs, family, friends, etc.
 And one reason that list never ends is because we are all different, unique. The things that fry my brain, may not even be a thought to you. That's how we were created, we all go through challenges that will test us, and push us to our limits. But there is one thing that we can all rely on, and that would be God. When we rely on Him, we realize how it all works.
 Take this scripture in 1 Corinthians 10:13... "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." Now it's talking about being tempted, but you can apply it to your situation. God will never suffer us to be put through anything we can't handle. He won't let it happen because He is our Heavenly Father and loves us. 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Resto Project

Okay, so I have been trying to come up with a way to talk a little more about the restoration of the gospel, and I think I finally came up with an idea. Lets take the idea of a restoration, the dictionary answer is...
1. the act of restoring; renewal, revival, or reestablishment.
2. the state or fact of being restored.

Me, pre-mission... obviously
3. a return of something to a former, original, normal, or unimpaired condition. So some things that are restored on a normal basis, and something I love, are cars. And not just any cars, but the classic muscle cars. Before I came out on my mission, my dad and I had started working on a car, a '72 Mustang. Man I love that car. Everyone likes them, and if you don't you can stop reading, because you probably wont like my analogy. But restoring a car means doing a lot. You have to restore the whole car, bring it back "to a former, original, normal, or unimpaired condition."  That means everything, the body, paint, engine, interior, wheels, rims, and the list goes on. To make it a true restoration and make it worth something, it has to be done right, and it has to have everything that it originally had. Just like a car, things were changed over time. People added extras, they changed the interior, tried to make the engine bigger and better, and just couldn't keep it the same. But what needed to happen was a full blown re-do. That is exactly what the restoration of Christ's church is. Joseph Smith acted as the prophet, or mechanic, to bring back the fullness of what was lost over time. And that's what we have today, a beautiful, shiny, tuned Church that has the same value and quality it did when it was first made.
I know that this is true, that through Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ restored the fullness of His gospel to the earth. And that we have prophets here today that work constantly to keep it in good, working condition so that it can bless us all.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Far Side of Happiness

 Ever hear someone say, "you can't buy happiness"? What do they mean? To me they are saying is that no matter what your worldly status is, happiness isn't something you can go out and get in a gift wrapped box. It's something you work for. So ask yourself, "Am I happy?"
If you are, think about how you came to be that way. If you are not, well, the same question applies. To me it seems like both paths usually stem from one trail, choices. The things we choose to do now will not only have an immediate effect on us, but most likely a lasting one too. Who do you want to be in your future, someone like Mr. Crawley, having to go buy his happiness? (I wouldn't suggest it, because like everything else we buy it will eventually wear out and break. It's not made to last a life time, only to satisfy you until you get bored or find something better.) Or do you want to find that true, lasting happiness? Well from what I have seen, the only way we can gain that lasting joy is by doing the things we know are right, even if the rest of the world doesn't agree. I bet you Mr. Crawley wouldn't be looking for a store to buy his happiness if he was making the right choices. But he knew that what he was doing would not give him what he wanted, so he took the world's advice and went for what seemed like the next best thing. Don't be a Mr. Crawley. Decide right now what path you are on, and what path you want to be on. Then act, and choose what is right. There are people out there doing it right now, so make a difference in your own life and choose now who you will be in the future.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Ever feel like this chicken? Ever been thrown into a situation that was obviously not going to turn out for the better? We all do, but unlike this chicken, we have control over those situations. No one grabs us, ties us onto a balloon, and sends us to our doom. In a sense the only person who does that is us. We do it to ourselves by the things we do and the people we hang out with. And even when we get into those situations, we can grab our stuff and book it out of there whenever we want. So make the right choices now, so that you don't have to worry about these situations in the future. Do as Joshua councils and "choose you this day whom ye will serve... as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Do that and I can promise you that you won't have to be this chicken, and life will be a whole lot easier. Don't you think?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Jesus Loves You

Many people have struggles, trials, and hard times in their lives. We all have times of doubt and distress. So if we have these, how are we supposed to overcome them? With all the confusion and just plain hypocrisy that goes on today there aren't many people we can all trust in.
But God is always there to hear our prayers and to comfort us when we are going through hard times. God loves us. He is our Heavenly Father and wants to bless us. And the most significant way He has blessed us is through His Son Jesus Christ. Do you remember what it was that Jesus did for us all? I am not talking about helping old ladies cross the road, or picking up someones papers that they had just dropped. No, I am talking about a gift that Christ gave to each and every one of us, something that we can use in our lives, this is called the Atonement.
When Christ performed the Atonement he not only died on the cross for us, but suffered for all the pains and trials we would go through. He knows the hurt we feel and the guilt we all carry around with us. But it is up to us to take those feelings and seek His help in overcoming them. He wants us to come to Him and be freed from those burdens. I know that God loves us, He loves us enough to send His own son to die for us. And I know that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, and that His sacrifice for us is real.