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LDS.org – Whom Shall I Marry?

I was searching for this quote:

When the time for decision arrives,
the time for preparation is past.

and came across this article:

LDS.org – New Era Article – Whom Shall I Marry?.

I thought it was good reading and wanted to share it, obviously. I love the story where he uses the above quote, about needing to decide to do something and it being too late to be prepared. I guess it is true that we can’t put off the day of preparation, or the day of repentance for that matter.

I also like this line from Come, Come, Ye Saints: “Fresh courage take. Our God will never us forsake.” I’m not sure I had ever pondered it in the context to give you courage, but I’m sure that’s why it was written. I bet a lot of life could be made better with some fresh courage.

Elder Nelson Encourages Young Adults to Embrace Worthy Music


PROVO, Utah – Young adults need to value the power of worthy and uplifting music and “delete the rubbish from your minds and your iPods,” said Elder Russell M. Nelson at the Church Educational System fireside on Sunday. Elder Nelson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said that “music provides power for us to express prayerful thoughts and bear testimony of sacred truths.”

May I just quickly add my testimony to what is said here, and what was said last night. Music can have a tremendous impact on all of our lives. Everything from as simple as the tempo of the song affecting our mood to the lyrics of the music subconsciously motivating us to do things (maybe not quite on that level, but pretty seriously at times). Many stores and restaurants put a lot of time and effort into choosing the right music to create the appropriate atmosphere for their customers. Some restaurants choose more upbeat music at lunch to get customers in and out and then later in the day switch to something more soothing for those coming in after a long day at work. Stores want to play music which will keep you in the store, slow you down and cause you to look at items and ideally purchase. There is a whole science to it which is pretty incredible.

In any event, we tend to do what we think. Rather, we act on the thoughts we develop. The music we listen to can and will foster the thoughts that will lead to our actions. It may not be an immediate impact, yet it will impact us all over time. I have struggled with choosing appropriate music, and have even learned that there are times when no music is needed. I used to surround myself constantly with music and discovered that I had no time to think. If I was listening to the music, I would be thinking in tune with the songs lyrics instead of pondering  those things which I need to put my own thoughts into.

I’ve totally gotten off subject here, let me see if I can bring any level of sanity back into this. Take a step back and look at the effect that music has on your life. Consider the lyrics of the songs you are listening to, their intentions and motivations. If they are not uplifting, maybe you should consider if they have any positive impact in your life. I’m not saying we need to listen to church hymns all day long. On the other hand, I think we need to remember what’s good, what’s better and what is ultimately best.

Quickest Route to a Heavy Heart

Well, just in case it wasn’t already official, I’m old. I’m getting older as we speak.

Ryan and I went for a ride this morning. It didn’t almost kill me like it did last week, so we’re making improvements. Now, if we could just get a schedule and stick to it we might be able to make some progress. Work went fairly well. I ended up having to run out at 5 when a customer called and I had to drive something to FedEx to get it shipped for him, so that got me home early and ended the debate of what I was going to do tonight. Since I was already in my car and basically at the freeway, I decided to drive on home.

I actually found another live person on the GTARC repeater this evening. I recently decided that I was going to set out to find someone else on there, so I’ve started calling out when I’m in the area. I found a guy, John, today who was thinking the same thing – that no one ever uses the repeater and we needed to make it more active.

I had a real quiet evening at home. Matt got his new DVR today, so he was happy. I spent some time on facebook, ate some cake and sat down to watch a movie. I watched Sky High. I wasn’t expecting too much from it, but I enjoyed it. As usual, the main character was such an idiot and couldn’t see what was right in front of him until it was made blatantly obvious to him. I wonder if we do the same thing. Are we characters in a movie and people are sitting at home watching us on the screen saying hey idiot, can’t you see such or don’t you realize that? I guess you just have to love how hindsight is 20/20. I’m sure I do similar stupid things on a regular basis – how come you all aren’t telling me what an idiot I am and how I can’t see what is right in front of me?

Warren Peace says to Layla at one point: “to let true love remain unspoken is the quickest route to a heavy heart.” It was quickly followed by, “and your lucky numbers are…” It may not always work out well for us when we tell people how we really feel, but what’s the point in hiding it? Many people will see it, but the one that it matters to may be blind. Sure, it may be awkward, but do some critical analysis, what do you really have to loose? At most, maybe something you never had and were only dreaming of. What do you have to gain? Pretty much, just, the world. You’ll never know if you don’t come out and say it.

I typically hate birthdays because I’m just not one for the attention and I hate giving and/or receiving gifts just because it is one of those times. I must admit though that Bouse generally comes up with great ideas. The Apple stock was classic a few years ago. Today he had an edible bouquet delivered – of fruit! It was quite good. I enjoyed some chocolate covered strawberries this afternoon and am looking forward to working through it some more tomorrow. Batch also brought me some new chocolate which was quite good. And, no birthday could be complete without an ice cream cake which Nathaniel got while picking up lunch.

Where I was trying to go with that last paragraph was that what I do like about birthdays (and other holidays) is it gives us an excuse to talk to people we don’t get to talk to on a regular basis. I got all sorts of random text messages, phone calls, emails, etc from people today who I haven’t heard from in a while. I got to talk to Dale Buzza the other day on his birthday. It’s probably the only time we talk each and every year, but it gives us a few minutes to catch up. That much I do like, and I got to hear from Ashley who I haven’t talked to in a few months.

Well, seeing as how I need to help hold the fort down the rest of the week, I’d better get my old self to sleep. I’m getting too old to stay up late and make it to the office on-time. Oh wait, I’ve always had a problem with that!

Keep Moving Forward

I just finished watching Meet the Robinsons. I really liked the theme of keep moving forward. I feel that is what we always need to be doing. It is so easy to be content with the same old stuff day to day. We always need to be trying to come up with better ways to do something and improving ourselves. None of us are going to be perfect, but as long as we keep trucking down the road striving for perfection I think we are doing good.

I spent almost the entire day working on our DSL or our network in general at home. We hooked the DSL modem up straight to the POP without any other devices on the network to ensure that there was not a wiring problem in the house. After another call to tech support and finally being elevated to tier two we were able to determine that the problem was some idiot had put us on a lower plan that what we should have been on. We were able to get our account upgraded to the 3 mbps connection and suddenly we had real internet back. I was able to put away my Verizon card and go back to using the DSL – it was very nice.

I convinced my dad that it would be well worth the effort to run cable in the house to replace most of the wireless connections we have. Either we could do it ourselves or hire an electrician to come in and do it, but we have spent well more time making it work than it ever would have cost to run cable. Even after that, he was determined to make sure he had the best wireless connection he could in the meantime. That lead me to thinking about updating the firmware in the units which set me on this plan of basically starting from scratch. I couldn’t figure out the ip addresses for some of the units, so I just started wiping them. I couldn’t get the repeater we had in the kitchen working again, so I decided just to try connecting my dad without the repeater. It worked and was way faster than anything we had ever seen before. I ended up having to setup an access point in his office to feed the replay in the master bedroom, but we got it all working again and everything seems to be happy.

I just found out I don’t have to be at our branch council meeting tomorrow morning. I guess it’s a good thing that my meeting earlier in the morning got cancelled. This means it’s going to be a long fast morning at home, but I’m sure that will be good for me. Maybe I can actually spend some time doing what I should be doing instead of rushing to get things done for church.

I think I found the new home theater receiver I’m going to get. It’s a decently priced Sony unit that has 3 HDMI’s and some opticals, which seems to do everything I need it to today. I could argue to get a higher priced one that might last longer (as in do whatever I want it to do next year), but I think that I have no clue what next year may bring so there is no reason to plan for expansion and just get what I need and save the money in the bank for the future. It’s a Sony STR-DG910 7.1 receiver. It is missing S-Video, but I can’t actually figure out what I would use that for at this point and I could always go straight to my TV if necessary for something. I found it for $350 at B&H or $425 at Circuit City. It seems that I will be ordering it from B&H once they allow customers to place orders again. I seriously would think about boycotting them just because they are such a pain (B&H), but price gets the better of me and I’m just looking that I can save $75 and I have no need to have it right away. It will be nice to be able to watch HD DVDs again and I’m really looking forward to having the optical hookup for AirTunes to get rid of the hum that is in it now. I’m guessing from the discounts I’m seeing on this unit that it is about to be replaced, but I’m ok with that. We’ll save the high quality stuff for someone who has a real theater and not just my bedroom.

Joel Dehlin: Internet Activity Around President Hinckley

Joel Dehlin, CIO of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, posted an interesting summary of some of the recent happenings regarding President Gordon B. Hinckley’s passing. Many of them were things I probably already knew, but hadn’t realized and I hadn’t seen some of the links he presented.

Joel Dehlin: Internet Activity Around President Hinckley

In the video of the youth dressing in their Sunday best and speaking about President Hinckley,  one of the girls quoted him saying, “See the sunlight through the clouds.” First off, this is an interesting tie in with the weather we had in the surrounding days. It is also one of those phrases that almost encapsulates President Hinckley. I think he saw the good in everything. If we could find the good in all things we would be much happier people and that in turn would improve the world.

Glenn Beck – President Hinckley

“We can all learn a lot…”

Glenn Beck – Faith & Inspiration – Glenn’s Tribute to the late LDS President Hinckley

I must be honest and say that I don’t even know who Glenn Beck is, but this two minute segment from his show was very touching. We can all learn a lot from the life of President Gordon B. Hinckley and the impressions he has left with us.

Proving God Correct

President Smith said in conference Saturday night that we don’t need to live our lives wrong to prove that God is correct, we could live our lives in accordance with his plan to prove him right. I know I don’t have the exact words, so maybe someone can tell me specifically what he said.

I was pondering this over breakfast this morning and thinking that sometimes I live as if I know everything is true, but I don’t press forward as such. It’s almost like it will come out in the end, no need to verify it now.

I’ve told people before that even though I now the Church is true, I also know that it wouldn’t hurt to follow the guidance of the Church even if it wasn’t true. We’re good people, teaching good morals and standards, learning to be more Christlike. If it isn’t true, are we doing anything that hurts us? I certainly don’t think so.

I don’t know where I was going with this, nor do I know if any of this makes any sense whatsoever, but I hope that we can press forward proving ourselves and our God right, not following the hypothesis test that it hasn’t been proven yet.

Thoughts on Elder Ballard: Using New Media

Sister Dowden pointed out to me the other day this talk given at BYU-Hawaii’s graduation last month. I had heard about it, and read excerpts, but never taken the time to read and ponder it in full.

Elder M. Russel Ballard: Using New Media to Support the Work of the Church

LDS Newsroom Article: Apostle Urges Students to Use New Media (excerpts and commentary)

He asks, “How will you use these marvelous inventions? More to the point, how will you use them to further the work of the Lord?” The easiest thing to do with these marvelous inventions is to have fun and enjoy using them, but couldn’t we try to be mindful of the good news that we could be sharing at the same time? Maybe the easiest thing to do is just be thoughtful of how our actions may affect others and the example that we are setting for others to follow. Like some of the email fowards say, it is easy to forward on a joke, but will you forward something testifying of Christ? I don’t think you need to try and shame anyone into sending that message forward, but let’s be open about it.

Do you represent yourself to be a Christian, even a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Do you hide things that could be faith or testimony builders to others? I know I have had problems with some if not all of these. Today I’m proud to post on facebook and other sites that I am a member of Christ’s Church restored in these latter days. I am thrilled to post pictures from trips to Salt Lake and church activities. I know that people see pictures and things that I write and at least desire sometimes to be part of that fun. If someone reading this is interested in joining us, please know that you are always welcome, even if you don’t explicitly get an invitation.

Brooke setup an event on Facebook this morning (or late last night) promoting a trip to the temple to do baptisms. Sister Dowden beat me to saying it, but what a great use of the Internet and social networking (facebook). She took the extra time to put information on the event page about the reason we do baptisms which could prove useful to someone who stumbles across the page. Wouldn’t it be great for our friends to look at what events we are going to, wonder what this baptisms/temple trip is about and then read to find out why we are going? I don’t know what Brooke’s motivations were for putting that on there, but I commend her for her efforts and hope I am inundated with event requests for things like that! Maybe we need to do an event for each activity we have in the branch and try to invite everyone, even non members friends to join us. I know it could be good, but would there be something better?

Elder Ballard tells that one member shares his efforts of missionary work on his blog daily. Maybe in addition to thinking of where we have seen the work of the Lord in our day we can give examples of the missionary service we participated in. Maybe these examples will help others of our faith find a way to share with others. Maybe something in our text will help someone find the Church when they are searching Google. Maybe sharing a brief testimony everyday will help some reader to learn of the Truth.

I know I for one don’t like talking about my weaknesses, but maybe I need to more often discuss how I have been able to overcome them with the help of the restored gospel: the Church, priesthood, blessings, etc.

Eldar Ballard says:

Use stories and words that they will understand. Talk honestly and sincerely about the impact the gospel has had in your life, how has it helped you overcome weaknesses or challenges, and helped define your values. The audiences for these and other New Media tools may often be small, but the cumulative effect of thousands of such stories can be great. The combined effort is certainly worth the outcome if but a few are influenced by your words of faith and love of God and His son Jesus Christ.

I can tell you that my blog and it’s readers had something to do with me joining the Church. I’m sure it’s happened elsewhere as well. Look back to April-May-June 2004 and I’m sure you’ll find some interesting tidbits. Maybe my blog can have the opportunity to do good work again with someone else reaping the benefits.

I know that I could help demystify the work of the church to non member through my blog. Too often I write about things in my personal journal but then delete them before posting for reasons I don’t necessarily understand. I will try from this day forward to promote the things we actually do so that readers can understand and have a clearer picture. I would love to clear up the confusion between temples and chapels/meetinghouses.

Sister Dowden, thank you for reminding me to read this article and to ponder it in more depth than I previously had when I caught a glimpse of it through the Church news bulletin.

If anyone has questions about the Church or some activity, please don’t hesitate to post a comment or email me directly. If you don’t want to discuss it with me, call the Church where someone would be happy to discuss it with you. And if you want more information about joining us, please let me know as well.

I do testify that this is the True Church of Christ, restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. President Gordon B. Hinkley directs and guides some 13 million members of the Church today here on earth as a prophet of the Lord. We have the priesthood authority and the ordinances necessary to bring us back to our Father in Heaven, all we need to do is Ask and follow his counsel. The Book of Mormon is true and blessings will come to those who follow it’s teachings and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Quotes from Og Mandino

Myspace.com Blogs – Quotes from Og Mandino – Megan MySpace Blog

Three of these stood out to me:

I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts.

Setting goals is great, but moving forward with them is so much better. I fear that I am guilty of spending too much time setting goals or making to do lists, but then I never accomplish them. Then I sink into the feeling that since nothing ever gets done, why bother. That feeling is obviously wrong. It needs to be done and it needs to start with an example from me!

Love doesn’t sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread: remade all the time, made new.

I like to think of love as a verb – it needs work.

There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late.

So the real question now comes: Am I just late or too late for work each morning? Seriously now, that is profound. I don’t think I’ve considered the difference between those enough. I’m definitely guilty of being late to many things – and I’m referring here to late to act or late to praise, not being late to work, but it is generally better late than never. On the other side, there is a time when the opportunity has passed and never comes because one was too late.

May we all act with love before it is too late, is my prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Be Careful What You Think

I’ve found a couple varieties of the following quotes. I see them quoted frequently, but I can’t seem to find a good source of what actually said what. If anyone has any useful information about what was originally said and who said it, I would appreciate learning from you.

Be careful what you think…
Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions
Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your character
Your character is everything

Be careful what you think, for your thoughts become your words.
Be careful what you say, for your words become your actions.
Be careful what you do, for your actions become your habits.
Be careful what becomes habitual, for your habits become your destiny.

Be careful what you think, for your thoughts become your words.
Be careful what you say, for your words become your actions.
Be careful what you do, for your actions become your character.
And character is everything.


Leave it to Dove and my passion for their little dark chocolate squares…

Be the change you hope to see.

A profound statement from a piece of chocolate. After all, if we expect change, where better for it to start than with us and who better to implement it?

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s been nice to have a relaxing morning. I got to sleep in to a reasonable time (9), took my time eating breakfast, reading and getting ready. I went for a bikeride and then blew off the driveway so it looks much better now. It was covered in ash from the fires along with the normal dose of leaves and such. Many weeks I don’t enjoy doing that chore, but it seemed like I was making progress and pushing away bad days to usher in more good. Matthew and I played Mancala and we even started discussing putting up the Christmas lights – something must be wrong with me! I’ve spent the last bit of time reading and pondering.

I’ve had so many people send me text messages today wishing me a happy Thanksgiving. Some that I probably would have expected, but then some others that seemed more out of the blue. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how grateful I am to have so many friends – and from different walks of life – in my life. I have truly been blessed with some amazing people. This has been one amazing year.

According to the author, the only animal that doesn’t have to work for a living is a dog. “A dog makes his living by giving you nothing but love” (Carnegie 51).

That makes me think about how there are so many different levels of amazing. I also think back to a thought Brother Rigby shared months ago about being full and then more full. I totally understand it now. …

What an amazing plan. The opportunities we have here are tremendous. I can’t even fathom what joy could be ahead. …

If You Wish

This African proverb was quoted at the Bosch/EV dinner the other night:

If you wish to go quickly, go alone.
If you wish to go far, go together.

I think there is a lot to ponder there. One can certainly travel faster alone, but for distance to be covered teamwork tends to work better. Life’s travels are so much better when you have someone else to help lift you and even to carry you when necessary.

You’re all smarter than me, so how about you tell me what you get from this?

Things for Granted

I’m reposting these from Melissa’s facebook. I don’t know the original source, so if you do, please post so we will all know.

never take someone for granted. hold every person close to your hear because you might wake up one day and realize that you lost a diamond while you were to busy collecting stones…

some people walk in the rain, others just get wet

like a tree needs the earth,
like the night needs the moon,
like the stars need the sky,
like the guitar needs the tune,
my world needs you.

sometimes people put up walls not to keep others out but to see who cares enough to tear them down.

never regret something that once made you smile

pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means that they are two steps behind.