Thursday, July 23, 2009

Everybody needs a Buddy

http://www.mormontimes.com/mormon_voices/orson_scott_card/?id=9680
Excellent advice for all our relationships.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Insert Your Own Caption!


Just a friendly reminder to do your home teaching this month.

Leaning

Love the message of this song. "We all need somebody to lean on."

Monday, July 20, 2009

You know what? SGA is alot like life's other challenges. It gives us a choice; get close to God or take the other route.

Random thought driving home from Logan

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Thank Heaven for the 100 Hour Board

A few people have asked what's my story. Alot of that will probably come out in a non sequential manner. Here are links to a question i asked the 100 hour board and an answer.

The Question

The Follow-up

The isolation of trying to live this life alone nearly drove me crazy. I think the isolation was worse than the temptation. Since I've found a community of Saints living life like they should while being in the middle of a temptation that's foreign, strange and feels undeserved. It has been a great support to know I'm not alone.

Well thats all for know. I'm not cryptic by nature, just necessity.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

I didn't Kill anyone (yet)



At work I have an automatic reminder set for everyday at 4:45. It says "Three things that went well" I put it up after some speaker somewhere said if I did this for 30 days straight I'd have a better outlook on life. (Come to think of it started doing it back at the end of March, and things have gotten better.) Anyways some days work seems so stressful and I feel at my wits end. On those days all I can get out is, "i didn't kill anyone." Optimistic right? Anyways today was one of those days.

Now sometimes typed words don't really convey accurate meaning. I'm not saying the day was really all that bad, its just my sarcastic sense of humor, that finds it funny if the only thing good was I didn't kill anyone.

Anyways in the spirit of the glass being a quarter full here are some things that went well today.

I only visited the vending machines 5 times.

I only made one blog post during working hours.

I skipped out on lunch basketball; turns out the group played with some BYU football players, so at least I didn't injure Dennis Pitta.

My boss may have ignored me, but he didn't yell at me either.

My cubical floor is free of clutter.

I didn't incorrectly order 80 compters, and not realize it for six weeks.(actually maybe i did. I hope not.)

I won't be charged with sexually harassing my co-workers.

I did not injure myself.

I skipped lunch.--See number one.

When I see my work pile for tomorrow I'm excited for the challenge of being the only team member in the office.

And yes. I did not kill anyone today.

Well thats it for now. Its five o'clock after all and I wouldn't want to make the university keep the lights on for me.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wind Tunnel Musings

Penny Surfing. I don't know if its a game I invented, but I remember riding shot gun going 80 MPH on Highway 93. We'd open the window and see how long we could keep a penny balanced on the tips of our fingers. If you controlled the angle of the hand just right the penny would stay there for minutes. But once you tilted just a little too far, the wind would catch your hand, fling it back and the penny would be lost--hopefully not hitting another car on its way to the Earth.

I know not the most sophisticated game, but its Idaho what do you expect. You can't really play the alphabet game when you don't have any billboards.

But wind is pretty cool. When they design sports cars, airplanes, and other vehicles, they'll put them in a wind tunnel. The purpose is to analyze how the easy it is for the wind to slip by. They'll check the placement of mirrors, windshield wipers, the design of the hood. They want to make a machine that slices though the air as easily as a purpose in a pond or a eagle to his pray. They want it to be aerodynamic.



I've been driving I-15 alot lately. As you approach the Utah/Idaho boarder between Tremonton and Malad, there is a new high capacity power transmission line going in. I'll admit being a little miffed at the scars on the landscape. (Even a staunch conservative enjoys a nice view.) But as I drove I got to see the progress of construction. From nothing at one end of the line to standing steel power pole. Its impressive how solid these polls are. First the create a flat surface, then they dig deep into the ground and poor cement. In the cement they place cris-crossing rebar.that sticks out the top. Then the bring in the steel pole. As they erect the pole, they bolt it to the cement and put the rebar up the middle, keeping it anchored. These poles must be solid, not only so the good people of Idaho will have uninterrupted power, but so they poles don't crash down in a Idaho windstorm, killing people and cooking cattle.

All right lets tie it together. Heleman 5:12
And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.


Helamen warns his sons and tells them of the storms that will come. The "mighty shafts in the whirlwind." I think all of use with same gender attraction realize the storms come. Of course its not like we have a monopoly on trial.

Think of the two things that can help us withstand a whirlwind. First the base that we build on. Do we have a rock. Is it the rock of mom, the rock of our favorite therapist, the rock of Perez Hilton? It may even be the rock of our bishop. There is only one rock that promises to keep us safe when the torrents of temptation come. It is the rock of Christ. We must choose our rock. Some will hold us through various storms, but only one through them all.

Second. We know the storm will come. even if the rock is there we don't want to snap off. Its all about aerodynamics. How much wind to we catch. Are we a kite? Or an arrow. As we live the gospel, we become more and more aerodynamic, until the wayward winds wield no power over us. God reshapes us, adjusting the parts that catches air, until we are a polished shaft, and the wind has not grip.