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Good Morning, Good Start

I can’t really think of anything to report today. It was just your typical fairly boring day. I was in the office early this morning and got a fair amount done. I found some new Christmas music to use as our music on hold and took care of some other odds and ends. I came home tonight and have been lazy – surfing facebook and watching TV. I watched Cold Case and Fringe.

That’s about the extent of it. Oh, it was nice to get up a bit closer to regular time (i.e. earlier than I have the past few weeks) and I actually had some time to sit and read in the living room. I really enjoyed that and was able to get to work early on top of it. Getting the morning off to a good start can have such a big impact on the rest of the day.

I’m looking forward to going to the temple tomorrow morning even if I was just there Friday. I wonder if my stalker sister will be there again or what they may have me doing since this is a new month. I kind of liked my schedule last month, and I still need to get a watch. (Not that those two items really go together in a sentence, I must be getting tired.)

Working with Pictures

It seems like I didn’t accomplish much today. I worked with my pictures from Maui for a while this afternoon and eventually got so frustrated with iPhoto that I decided to search for an alternative. I’d love to have something free or that I already have, but I’d rather pay for something that is going to work right. I started using a trial of Aperture and while the workflow is different and taking some getting used to, it seems that the process can be done much faster and it doesn’t choke with my 6 mb pictures like iPhoto does. Really I think my computer needs a faster hard drive and more ram, i.e. I should be doing this on a Mac Pro instead of a MacBook Pro. I wonder if it would be economical to upgrade the RAM in my mbp.

I wrote to the one and only Sister Caldwell this morning. I feel like we’re always writing, but not much information is being conveyed. Maybe I need to switch to a larger medium than the note cards. I really want to get back to writing her more inspiring things or talking about things I have learned. I actually had a hard time keeping some of the drama out of this one, but I don’t want to bore or distract her with that useless information.

We went to the temple tonight to do baptisms for the dead. Apparently the trip got canceled as I was getting ready to go. I called the temple and they said they would rather have some of us than none of us, so I told everyone I could that the temple trip was still happening and we went down. We had 6 brothers and 6 sisters which was pretty good for a cancelled trip. We did things in a kind of weird order tonight, but it got done and that’s what matters in my book.

I don’t really have anything exciting to report today. Maybe I should have gotten the mail. Or maybe I should just go to sleep!

Stalking Sister

I’ll make this short, or at least try, for better or for worse tonight cause I’m so tired. I had a good time serving in the temple today. I was trained on the recommend desk so I’m quickly getting more versatile. We had a packed session at 10 when I officiated with a few own endowments which was great to officiate for.

It was a little awkward when I felt like I was stalking one of the sisters from my session. I wanted to spend some time sitting in the celestial room after the session so after we wrapped things up I went in there and happened to try and go for the exact same spot. Then she left after a while and I stayed to ponder, then took my time getting back downstairs. As I was walking out she was right behind me. I almost wanted to say something, but I didn’t want to ruin the spirit. She didn’t show up at Krispy Kreme or Cheesecake Factory, so it wasn’t like this went on all day, it just seemed awkward to me for some reason.

I came home and did some work from home and then started trying to actually process the bills and receipts that have been piling up on my kitchen table. i didn’t make it very far, but I have made some improvements. Larilyn came over to make a cheesecake, but then we ended up going over to the Dowden’s for dinner and then ended up watching the 24 Redemption between season episode.

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Complaining?

Today seemed like it was dragging on in the office. I was so ready to get out of there long before 4:30. The phones were pretty quiet and I was doing boring work most of the day along with a few more interesting projects.

Somehow or another I got out of taking Maegan to the airport in the morning. She had suggested coming up to Murrieta tonight to save time in the morning. I explained that I’d rather not drive to Fallbrook tonight to get her and would rather just get her in the morning. Soon after I was told Larilyn was going to take her so I must have offended her somehow. I guess that seems to be the theme for this week, which isn’t much good since this is supposed to be the week of Thanksgiving. What am I doing wrong? I am in that bad of a mood over Christmas that I can’t see my own actions?

I was thankful to go home teaching tonight with Kenny. I enjoyed the preparation time to ponder President/Elder Bednar’s talk on effective prayer from this past conference. I love his talks and feel so strongly connected to him. I probably got more out of it than Chris did, but I felt it was the one we were supposed to share. Hopefully it will help him as well.

Now I have to ask the question: Where is the line between complaining and critiquing? I’m worried some feel that I have been complaining when I have nearly been trying to improve situations. There are certainly times I complain, like about the way some things went down Saturday, but with regards to tomorrow morning, this correlation meeting and cheesecake, I haven’t been trying to complain, merely share my opinion in an attempt to arrive at a better product, use time more effective or waste less resources.

I hung out with the Dowden’s for a while tonight. I even called Sister Dowden at work this morning just to hassle her and she did such a good job with the phones I didn’t even know it was her!

I’m anxious to go to the temple tomorrow. I feel like I need that sanctuary from everything that has been going on lately. I don’t think I’m going to work after, so I may stay for a while after my shift just to enjoy. I think I got some cool sunset shots on the way home from work tonight. I stopped in the office complex by Exit Realty and took shots with the American flag there and the sunset in the background. The sunset was actually pretty good tonight, but one that would have been hard to capture without being in the right spot and so forth. I was content enjoying it in person and not worrying about getting perfect pictures, so that’s a plus.

On Edge

Today was interesting. I made blueberry muffins this morning for PEC, but they came out burned. I need to put a thermometer in this oven as I think it is cooking too hot or something. Everything seems to come out in way less time than has been required in the past. They were still OK, but they smelled way better than they tasted.

Things went fairly well at church today, but it just seemed like a day for things to go wrong or at least for people to be on the edge. It seemed that we got into it about having a meeting. We were just trying to purpose an alternate meeting date and venue, but people started to take things personally. I guess I’ll go try this meeting this week and see what it is all about and maybe I can talk some sense into people that we should be having all of our necessary meetings on Sunday and not waste time driving around and meeting during the week. If we have too many meetings, let’s eliminate them, not hold them on different days. I can’t understand why anyone would propose taking the missionaries away from their prime time of meeting with investigators or members to talk about how we are going to do the work. Let’s just get out there and do it!

I had dinner with the missionaries and the Lee’s tonight. The Lee’s made some amazing steak, probably the best non restaurant steak I’ve ever had. I’m looking forward to the left overs tomorrow or later in the week. I think I may have to finish off Maegan’s leftovers in the fridge first, before they go bad. This is going to be a short week at the office with only going in two days.

I was talking with the Lee’s today about various things and we got to my dilemma that I need to get married before I turn thirty so I can continue to work in the temple. It seems like so long from now, but also seems so soon. It’s only three years away. Brother Lee said that when he was being released from his mission he was essentially told that they expected him to be married within six months. As crazy as I think that is, I almost understand it. I guess things have changed a lot since then, but yet we still have these written or unwritten rules about ages we need to be married by. Maybe that would also help with my Christmas spirit which I can tell is already getting tried.

May Our Efforts Have Been Enough

Well, it is going to be too close to call tonight. As of 10:25 p.m. we’re looking at 29% of precincts reporting with 52.3% supporting a YES vote on Proposition 8 to protect marriage. I truly hope that our efforts will have been enough. I pray that the difference will be made up for us. I think we made our best efforts on this and I hope we emerge victorious in the morning and the coming days.

The fight has gotten really nasty in the last day. The home invasion video was so absurd. I called most of the Los Angeles and San Diego television stations on my way to the temple at 5 o’clock this morning and left messages for the advertising directors imploring them not to air the video. Since I wasn’t watching TV most of the day, I couldn’t tell you if they played them or not.

I had a good time at the temple this morning and was happy I was there and not somewhere else stressing about this proposition. I got to go through a session and then officiated for one. It was kind of nerve-wracking to officiate, but I heard I was a winner. Of course I have some things to work on, but I’m sure I can get it down shortly. I’m really bummed to be missing my shift next week. Sadly, I’m not looking forward to this vacation, but I’m sure after a few days I’ll be able to enjoy myself. It’s been a while since I’ve had some real time to myself I guess. I even looked at flights again tonight and they are too expensive now to consider bringing someone along. Actually, I guess that is just my flight. There are some other ones with a stop in Honolulu that could work I guess and maybe even some from SAN. I need to figure out that game-plan tomorrow. This may be your last chance, so speak now or forever hold your peace!

I also need to get to sleep. Didn’t I say i was going to get some sleep once this prop 8 thing was over? Well, I guess it isn’t over quite yet, so I haven’t broken any promises.

Powerful Sunday

I can’t remember the last time that I had so much time in the morning before church. We set our clocks back an hour today, so I got an extra hour of sleep kind of and then didn’t have any meetings before church. I spent some time working on church things and also was blessed to be able to spend some time just pondering. I felt impressed to review my patriarcharcal blessing this morning and spent some time reminiscing the trip to Punta Cana last year with Tara. I remember how excited I was and how we totally had the time of our lives there. I leave for Maui this week and I am not looking forward to it. I can’t believe that I’m going to go to Hawaii for my first time all alone. I’m sure I will still be able to enjoy myself somewhat, but there is just no way of it comparing to the week that Tara and I had last year.

I’ve found myself really missing Tara this week actually. I’ve been pondering on her a lot. I think Cynthia reminds me a lot of her. They have a similar physical appearance and share many great qualities. I’ve also been feeling guilty about not writing her since before general conference. I did send her the postcard not from Minneapolis, but that doesn’t count much. I was planning on sending her a gift a few weeks ago and haven’t done that yet either, so I’m getting myself down and frustrated with that. Hopefully I can call this week and schedule something for Friday morning. I did write to her this morning which was great. I need to do that more for myself than I think I do for her. There is just something about writing a letter – or even a card – that I can’t seem to capture any other way.

I hadn’t looked at those pictures from the DR for some time now and am so happy that I took the time to make the book. I really need to do that more often. It also made me think of all the great pictures of friends that I need to print and hang.

I cried today when Andrea spoke during fast and testimony meeting and am doing it again now. She said that she had lost friendships over this prop 8 thing, but that she had learned so much and her love for the Lord had grown because of it, at least in my paraphrased version. What a fight this has been. I still can’t get over that 9% of our population is causing so much turmoil for the other 91%. A heavy price has been paid for this – our freedoms – just as it has been done so many times before. Was the war in Heaven something like this? I don’t think I’ve lost any friends over this matter, but that just makes me think that I have been too coward to act. I’ve been too afraid to really stand up for what is needed and need to learn from her. She also shared that her two best friends were her mom and dad and that touched me so much.

I had been thinking this weekend about sharing my testimony. Much like Andrea, I had kind of secretly been wanting to be called up in the last few weeks when people have been called to the stand. I had been thinking about what to say and trying to come up with something to share that could help someone else. I’d even rehearsed things in my head, but when I got to church it was all gone and while I felt that I could get up, I didn’t feel the need to. Maybe I’ll have the opportunity soon. This week really has been very spiritual for me. I feel like I was on the right track a lot of the time and I learned so much. Maybe it was the lack of sleep that brought me closer to my Heavenly Father, maybe it is the election drawing near, I don’t know. What I do know, now especially more than I did before, is that Proposition 8 needs to be passed or this fight is only going to get worse. What I don’t know is what the agenda is from the other side. I discovered last night that all the married rights they say they are getting from being married versus a civil union don’t transfer to other states and aren’t acknowledged by the federal government. They won’t say that they want to teach this in school and many people say that they don’t want anything about marriage taught in schools. So what is their agenda? I don’t know. I know that we can’t let 9% of America take away the rights of the remaining 91%. I know that temple marriage is ordained of God. Families can be sealed there together forever, not just for their mortal time on this earth. If prop 8 fails, this right to marry in God’s temple could be challenged. I know that the gospel is true, that Jesus Christ did atone for our sins, that he does live and reign today. His church is run by His prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson. President Monson is supported by his counselors in the first presidency and the twelve apostles of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. These men have spoken as the mouthpiece of the Lord that we need to do all we can to make sure this measure passes. We may not know what is to come if it doesn’t, but I can assure you that they are aware of the dark and dreary place that we will be in if we continue down the slippery slope we are already falling down.

I really wanted to watch the CES fireside tonight. I was ready for the spiritual uplifting from it and was ready to learn even though I knew we were supposed to cancel all activities until after the election. I was fine with watching it by myself and then doing a public performance later. Clearly, my thinking was wrong because for whatever reason I was called in to the Dowden’s for tech support before even leaving the stake center today. They were having problems with their wireless and I was stuck there the entire time supporting people in making calls and getting computers running to do so. I’m sure now that is where I needed to be today; I just had to conform my will to that of the Father’s.

I just turned off about an hour ago in branch prayer. Megan even asked me if I was about to fall asleep and I had to say yes. I am so exhausted. This fight is starting to take it’s toll on me in the final hours and I need to stay strong. I’m anxious to see what this week will bring and looking forward to hopefully being victorious on Tuesday. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

Makeup Session at the Temple

I spent the morning at home today. I was supposed to go to Disneyland, but Melissa had something come up and since I had the day already scheduled off of work I figured I could get some things done around the house. I did get some laundry done, cleaned out the car, got the mail and got through some bills.

I ended up going to the temple tonight with the Mayfield’s and Cynthia. David has been telling me for weeks to come on his shift, but since we normally have institute which I don’t want to miss, I don’t go. Since we cancelled all activities this week and I had a shift I needed to make up, I decided to go. Having the day off helped since we had to leave at 3. It was weird working on a different shift, but was good to see things a bit differently. I was busy most of the night and I did get to go through a session which I was hoping to have the opportunity for.

We ended up having President and Sister Sorensen in the session. After the session I went back to initiatories for a while and then went up to work the veil. I heard a familiar voice come through the veil, and then saw Maegan. We ended up talking for a while – maybe a bit too long in the celestial room. I guess we were done after that veil and the Mayfield’s were waiting for me and had been searching all over the temple trying to find me. Oops. I blame Maegan, but I should have checked in with them much sooner.

Amazing Day at the Temple

I had an amazing time at the temple this morning. I was stopped in my tracks twice today by things that seemed especially beautiful. The light coming into the celestial room was amazing for at least an hour. I totally just had to stop and ponder. I looked at the designs being made on the floor from the light shining through the windows and so much more. The flowers up on the fourth floor atrium also caught me today. They just looked especially beautiful.

We had a meeting about Prop 8 tonight. The church wants us to make 500,000 calls between now and the election to try and gather more voters. It seems like a large task and I am starting to get burnt out on it.

I really tried to get to bed by 10 tonight, but Batch had me look into some things on the webserver that aren’t working quite right. I really don’t understand why this is so much work – every other server I’ve ever seen has been configured essentially the same with all the apache pieces put together. It seems like everyday that is something new that needs to be installed.

Protests at Oakland Temple

Protests at Oakland Temple

I just got this message on facebook. I have not confirmed any facts, but if it is true, I believe this is another sign of the persecution that will continue if prop 8 were to fail. We need to pass prop 8 to ensure religious freedoms and not open another can of worms.

I just received an email about protests outside the Oakland Temple that are interfering with and intimidating temple patrons. The local police are not responding well, so we need to appeal to a higher authority.

The protests are regarding California’s Proposition 8, which would define marriage as between one man and one woman.

Regardless of where you stand on the gay marriage issue, no one should be able to interfere with our temple privileges though disruption and intimidation. Please join us in praying for an end to the protests and the strengthening of the Church members in the Oakland Temple District.

Please spread the word by passing this on…

Happy Birthday Mandi

I have been so exhausted lately I haven’t had a chance to write. Monday night I went to dinner and FHE at the Lee’s and was there until after 9. I was up early on Tuesday for the temple and then decided to ditch work. I just wasn’t feeling like going into the office Tuesday afternoon for some reason. After I stopped to get Pumpkin Spice doughnuts (Krispy Kreme) and some strawberry lemonade (Cheesecake Factory) there wasn’t going to be much time spent in the office anyway.

The temple was interesting Tuesday morning. I continued demonstrating at the veil for the most part of the day. I served as a patron in initiatories for a while as well. I felt really close to the people I was serving as proxy for this time. It was really touching. When we had some sisters from Idaho show up who wanted to do baptisms, I got to officiate in those ordinances as well. They didn’t bring any priesthood with them, so I was able to baptize them and I was happy to have had the opportunity to assist them.

I spent some time around the house and then went over to the Dowden’s. Maegan and I went and got some Pinkberry with Megan and then ran into Lauren S. Well, actually, Lauren nearly ran Maegan and I over as we were walking around trying to find a mailbox. After that I had a meeting to go over perfect home teaching districts. We were at the church until after midnight, but I feel that we were getting good work done.

I spent most of the day today playing behind computer monitors. I had six of them going for most of the day installing software on new machines and so forth. We went to Claim Jumper for Mandi’s birthday and then had cake at the Dowden’s. Melissa had a little problem with the candles, but the cake was delicious.

Maegan’s little black cat has been around a lot lately. This morning he wouldn’t let me leave at all and I was nearly late to work. He jumped in my car and when I would put him out he wouldn’t get out of the way. I was so nervous I was going to run him over so this went on for almost ten minutes! He’s been running up to me every-time I come and go lately. I’m trying to convince Maegan that is because he misses her and she needs to come around more.

Stake Conference

I got started this morning getting new lappy (darkpeanut) setup for next week. I ended up going with Vista Ultimate as it seemed like the easiest path to take. I had to spend some time re-downloading and installing drivers, and I think I still need to fix some minor issues. I’m a bit worried that the DC-One software won’t work, so i don’t know if that means I have other problems or their software just isn’t happy. I was going to try and install XP on a partition, I just haven’t gotten around to it. I’ve heard mixed reports on if it will work or not.

I had to run by the church to turn in some home teaching things, then it was off to the bank to get things going for next week and home to keep working on lappy, get ready for the trip and stake conference this evening.

We had a discussion for most of priesthood which I always like better than the lecture format. Four wards ended up with 100% home teaching which I thought was pretty impressive and all wards improved. We were at 63% which isn’t great, but I think is an improvement from normal. A method of checking on the districts week by week was suggested. At weekly PEC meetings, one should be getting (or giving) a report on about 1/4 of the membership based on their perfect home teaching district. So week 1 would be districts/groups 1 & 3. Week 2 would be 2 & 5, then 4 & 7 followed by 6 & 8. This doesn’t mean members wouldn’t be taught until those weeks, but it would be expected that it would be done by then.

I had been thinking about a similar plan and am ready to get something like that implemented. The problem I see is letting people know what district those people they home teach are in. I don’t think most members know about the ranking system and it may take work to educate them in something they don’t really need to worry about. I’m thinking maybe we could just reach out and ask each home teaching companionship to make sure certain people are reached by each week. I think there are still some more changes we need to make to the perfect districts and also to our districts in EQ. I want to get more of a hierarchy going so each supervisor is only responsible for 4 companionships or so and we have more of a tree than we have now. I’ll probably have some time to work on that next week while I’m traveling and I think I will be able to make some calls to checkup on how things are going this month. I certainly don’t want to let things falter with the few off weeks we’ve had to start off this month.

We also learned that the percentage of endowed members in the stake has gone up to I think it was 80% from 60-something 6 or 12 months ago. The focus now is to get members going to our assigned week in the temple (which of course this month is the week that I will be out of town). I think they are going to change the focus during the offering in righteousness from as many sessions as possible to as many members as possible serving at least once during the week in the temple. I think both are good.

All I remember from the adult session tonight was President Smith talking about his future son-in-law calling him on the phone to ask for his daughters hand in marriage. I thought that was funny. He said that he then flew up to BYUI and the guy asked if they could go to the temple. I guess this one President Smith’s favor and he suggested always interviewing future in-laws in the celestial room.

I was thinking about trying to watch Made of Honor tonight, but I forgot about the tradition of going to Claim Jumper. Krystal came over briefly and I showed her the setup so she could come watch The Price is Right on Thursday. I’m so bummed that I am going to miss it. I hope I’ll get to watch it when I get back next weekend. We then went to join the group at Claim Jumper, but they made us sit at our own table. It actually worked out for the best probably as we got our dessert first and were able to checkout before everyone else and get home at a reasonable time. Oh wait, it’s still going to be 1 in the morning before I get to sleep. Bad plan.

Second Week

My second week as a temple ordinance worker went well. I even got there a bit earlier this week which was cool. I think I did a better job getting to sleep last night which certainly helped with getting up this morning. Maybe it was just cause I didn’t blog!

I decided on Cheesecake for lunch today. The strawberry lemonade sounded really good. Come to think of it, I only drank two though! What’s up with that? I was thinking as I was driving to work if it really makes sense to go into work on Tuesdays. I think the real advantage is that I can get through some of the stuff so i don’t feel like I’m behind when I come in on Wednesday. I could probably do that just as well from home though too. That could let me take my time returning, i.e. I could go shopping (no more Crate & Barrel).

Alison came over and we made dinner. Actually, I was making dinner and then she took over as she didn’t approve of how I was going to make it. That’s fine by me! I watched some Without a Trace and now I’m going to sleep.

Grand Central Station

Today was super crazy in the office. I don’t even think I have anything to report cause that was my entire day. I didn’t get anything done on my to do list, only added things like crazy. I even stayed till 6 o’clock tonight at work just trying to figure out what needed to be done that I had missed. I’m still thinking of things, so I’m afraid tomorrow may be more of the same. Bring it on!

Institute tonight was really good. I’m debating about going to the temple tomorrow night, but I’m also thinking a night at home sounds good. I guess we’ll just have to see how I’m feeling after work tomorrow since no one has volunteered that they really want to go and I’ll be back there on Tuesday morning.