Thursday, May 24, 2012

Money Can't Buy Everything.

The Truth Is...Money can't buy everything. Especially not Eternal Families.

   Gina Rinehart just became the world's richest woman. In MSN news it states that although she has just reached 29 Billion dollars, she is in a court battle with 3 of her 4 children, debating whether they are suitable to manage the family trust or not. From an outsiders perspective they seem to be more estranged business partners than family. Sadly, even with all the money in the world she still cannot buy her family happiness.

  Families are ordained of God and need to be handled with the utmost care and concern. We are all part of a bigger family. A spiritual one. But to help us achieve our main goal in this life, we have been broken up into smaller, earthly families that have the potential of becoming Eternal.

  I'm going to leave it up the Elder Robert D. Hales to more fully expound on this subject, (he can say it better than me anyways).

"While our individual salvation is based on our individual obedience, it is equally important that we understand that we are each an important and integral part of a family and the highest blessings can be received only within an eternal family. When families are functioning as designed by God, the relationships found therein are the most valued of mortality. The plan of the Father is that family love and companionship will continue into the eternities. Being one in a family carries a great responsibility of caring, loving, lifting, and strengthening each member of the family so that all can righteously endure to the end in mortality and dwell together throughout eternity. It is not enough just to save ourselves. It is equally important that parents, brothers, and sisters are saved in our families. If we return home alone to our Heavenly Father, we will be asked, “Where is the rest of the family?” This is why we teach that families are forever. The eternal nature of an individual becomes the eternal nature of the family."

I know from experience that families are not perfect, but together we can become perfect. My family is still in the process and I expect we will be on that road for a while. Families that are struggling now can become better. Families that only have one parent are still a family.  Families that include only you, please know that you are still loved.

The things that are most important in this life do not come buy way of money, but by time, effort, caring and sacrificing the world for something greater.

   Gina and her family are struggling but I pray that one day they will realize (as well as for the rest of us) that the thing they have that is of the most each other.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Truth Is...This IS the greatest speach ever given.

'The Greatest Speech Ever Made'
-Charlie Chaplin
The Great Dictator

I'm sorry but I don't want to be an Emperor, that's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that. We all want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate;
has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.
We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in:
machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.
Our knowledge has made us cynical,
our cleverness hard and unkind.
We think too much and feel too little:
More than machinery we need humanity;
More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness.
Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say "Do not despair".
The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress: the hate of men will pass and dictators die and the power they took from the people, will return to the people and so long as men die [now] liberty will never perish. . .
Soldiers: don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you, who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder.
Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men. You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate, only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers: don't fight for slavery, fight for liberty.
In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written:
- "The kingdom of God is within man"
Not one man, nor a group of men, but in all men; in you, the people.
You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let's use that power, let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfill their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness.
Soldiers! In the name of democracy: let us all unite! 
(Taken from

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Williams Cheese Grater

     We all go through the cheese grater of life. Our lives are those blocks of cheese, shaped just the way we want them. We are satisfied with our block, but sometimes the Lord finds it needful to send us through the cheese grater. Piece by piece we feel our life is getting shredded, but those trials, the cheese grater, shapes us into some one completely different. Through those challenges the Lord changes us so that we can be instruments in His hands in another cause, just as important, but different than before.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I've Found A Friend

I've found a friend, oh, such a friend
So kind and true and tender
So wise a counselor and guide
So mighty a defender.

I've found a friend, oh, such a friend
He bled, He died to save me
And not alone the gift of life
But His own self He gave me.

I've found a friend, oh, such a friend
All power to Him is given
To guide me on my onward course
And bring me safe to heaven.

J.G. Small

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Saw this online. I thought it was very interesting.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Washer and Dryer Effect

Baptism is like a washer and dryer.

 Have you ever washed a pair of jeans and didn’t put them in the dryer? Putting on wet jeans is next to impossible. But if you do manage to put them on…they are far from comfortable. We wash our clothes to make them clean and then put them in the dryer to finish the job.
Baptism is just the same.
There is no point is getting wet if we are not going to get dry later.
Christ said that if we want to enter the Kingdom of Heaven we must 'be born of the water AND of the Spirit'. John 3:5
What does the Spirit do? It is the finisher. The dryer. It sanctifies. The Spirit is what cleanses you.

But as you know, everything eventually breaks down and will need to be repaired. The Lord doesn't leave anything out in His great plan and He knows that we will need to eventually repair our spiritual 'Washer and Dryer'. 

How can this be done?

The Sacrament.

God has given us the best maintenance shop, with the perfect repair man. The Lord knows that we will not be perfect after we are baptized so he has given us the Sacrament to maintain the washing we have done at baptism, and to keep our dryer in check throughout the week. He really is amazing, and loves you so much! Don't give up when you realize you are not perfect, God always has a plan for you and THE way you can make it back to Him.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusades

Faith is probably the most discussed topic throughout the world. Whether it's a casual question to a friend of what their faith is, or a deep conversation about what makes someone believe in a higher power. 
Faith can be used in many different topics. You may have faith that you will get to work on time despite how bad rush hour is. Or you might have faith that you will pass your final exams because of how you prepared. Or you might even have faith that someone is listening to you when you are pouring you heart out in a silent but fervent prayer. However broad or narrow the topic of 'Faith' might be, we all have it.
When teaching someone about faith I love to use one of my favorite movies to illustrate my point. 
Indiana Jones: At the end of the Indiana Jones saga Dr. Jones is faced with a life or death decision as he stands at the edge of a sheer cliff staring into what seems to be a never ending black pit. Not only is his life at stake but his father's life is in his hands with every step he takes. Dr. Jones is not only know for his book smarts but for knowing how to get out of sticky situations. But this time it seems that he is faced with no other option but to keep moving forward. If he goes back to where he was before, his father dies. If he takes one more step he falls in to the deep abyss. When all seems hopeless he remembers the book that his father had given to him. A book that his father held very dear, and studied often. Indiana had studied it as well and knew that his answer lie within it's stained and worn pages. He reviews it one last time and knows exactly what he must do.

He must take a leap of faith.
 As illustrated in the picture above it requires a lot more than just walking forward. You have to have a goal. Something you are reaching for. Something you desire. Then you must have faith. 
And it was with that faith that Indiana Jones takes his infamous LEAP OF FAITH. He puts one foot his surprise a bridge appears and his weight is supported. He is then able to run to his destination.

Just like us, we all come to a cliff where we know we must move forward but we see no bridge, just the ever expanding blackness beneath us. We know we can't go back to where we were before, but we don't see a way to make it across. It's too wide to jump across, so we must take our own leap of faith. 
Just like Indiana Jones, we too have the tools to give us the faith. We are not asked to step blindly. We have the Spirit. The scriptures. More specifically the Book of Mormon. It gives us what we are to do when we all come to our 'cliffs'. But ultimately it is us that must take that first step.
If you are at a cliff in your life now and you feel you are at a stand still, don't look back. Take the tools you have and decide to take that Leap of Faith. I promise you and the Lord has promised,  that WHEN you do there WILL be a bridge to support you. Weigh your options and then 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I Will Rest in You

Lord I´m in the dark
Seems to me the line
is dead when I come calling
No one there, the sky is falling
Lord I need to know
My mind is playing games again
You´re right where you have always been
Take me back to you
The place that I once knew
As a little child
Constantly the eyes of
God watched over me
Oh, I want to be
In the place that I once knew
As a little child
Fall into the bed of faith
prepared for me
I will rest in you
I wiil rest in you
I will rest in you
Tell me I´m a fool
Tell me that you love
me for the fool I am
And comfort me
like only you can
Tell me there´s a place
Where I can feel your breath
Like sweet caresses
on my face again
Take me back to you
the place that I once knew
As a little child
Constantly the eyes of
God watched over me
Oh, I want to be
In the place that I once knew
As a little child
Fall into the bed of faith
prepared for me
I will rest in you
I will rest in you
I will rest in you

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Native American Blessings

For a very long time I have had the Native Americans on my mind. What are their traditions? Who are they really? What are the blessing that have been promised to them, and when are they going to receive them?
I was thinking about this last question today right before my personal study. I prayed to know the answer to this and then I started reading in Alma chapter 9 of the Book of Mormon.

 16 For there are many promises which are extended to the Lamanites; for it is because of the traditions of their fathers that caused them to remain in their state of ignorance; therefore the Lord will be merciful unto them and prolong their existence in the land.
17 And at some period of time they will be brought to believe in his word, and to know of the incorrectness of the traditions of their fathers; and many of them will be saved, for the Lord will be merciful unto all who call on his name.

I have prayed very hard since I have been here in Ronan to know how to help the Natives. I feel that it is a very important part of why I am here. I know that one day they will come to know Christ and His gospel again. I know that they are God's children and he loves them very much. I know that he is preparing for the day when they shall call on His name and He will hear them!

Sister Berry and I tracted into a Native man today. We knew that we had a small window of time where we could talk to him, so we got right to the point. We told him that the Book of Mormon is for him. That he is a son of God and that blessings were waiting for him. The Spirit was so strong.

I know that this is the true church of Jesus Christ, and the day is soon at hand that the Native Americans will rise up to their potential and claim the eternal blessings that are theirs.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Ronan, MT


I am here in beautiful Ronan! Life is good. Sister Berry is my new companera, (whoops I'm not a Spanish speaking missionary, oh well) she's pretty much awesome. I will keep y'all posted!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Shepherds

"On the eve of Christ’s birth in the stable at Bethlehem, shepherds watched over their flocks in fields not far distant. These were not ordinary shepherds, for it had been prophesied among the Nephites that angels would declare the glad tidings of the Messiah’s birth to “just and holy men” (Alma 13:26).
In the Americas, Samuel the Lamanite prophesied of the signs of the Savior’s coming. (See Hel. 14:3–6.) And Alma wrote that Christ’s birth would be heralded by angels to those who were “just and holy” (Alma 13:26). In the nation of Christ’s birth, the testimony of his coming went forth in ever-widening circles—especially among those who were keeping the commandments and ordinances of the Lord and were filled with the Holy Ghost."
Who are the Shepherds? There names are not given, yet they are one of the 12 witnesses to Christ's birth. They were 'Holy men', who kept the commandments of God. They watched over their flocks dutifully. They were not distracted by worldly things. In the still of the night the angel Gabriel appeared to them and told them of the miraculous birth of the Christ child. They were ready.
Luke: 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
They ran to the Savior. Then they went to tell everyone else. They had found Him and felt a probably overwhelming desire to share this wondrous news with others. They were missionaries who, when they had become converted themselves, couldn't bare to keep the news hidden.
I am grateful that we have the story of the shepherds. I am grateful to know that the Lord calls those who are in a humble station in this life to be witnesses of Him.
I ask you to think of the shepherds this Christmas and why they were chosen and how we can become more like them, so that we too may be witnesses of Christ.

Friday, December 16, 2011

God's Time

When we sync our watch with God's, we will always be on time.
In my life, I think quite a bit, that my time is God's time, when in fact I am the one that needs to be keeping my time with His. I want things now. But that is because my view is very limited.
A box of pasta says that you need to wait till the water boils. But I'm hungry now. So if I put my pan of water on the stove, but never let it boil, my macaroni is not going to taste very good. I went against the instructions to what I thought would be best, because I wanted it now. God needs time to work for our benefit, not His. He could give everything to us when we want it, but then we would get uncooked macaroni.
One of my favorite scriptures: D&C 50:40
'Behold, ye are little children and ye cannot bear all things now; Ye must grow in grace and in the knowledge of truth.'
Another: Jacob 4:8
'Behold, great and marvelous are the works of the Lord. How unsearchable are the depths of the mysteries of him; and it is impossible that man should find out all his ways. And no man knoweth of his ways save it be revealed unto him; wherefore, brethren, despise not the revelations of God.'
I know that as I 'sync' my watch with the God's, things go a lot smoother, I am happier and that I never have to wait for the Lord cause I know that he will be on time.

Friday, November 25, 2011


'Instinctively we strive to win— No matter what the race, A still small voice within us says, “Don’t slacken off the pace.” Not all of us can come in first, There must be also-rans. He wins a special vict’ry though, Who does the best he can. And when it’s run, the question’s posed, Who really won the race, He who did the best he could, Or he who took first place?' George T. Johannesen Sr We all want to win. Some of us start off with the best shoes, some start with holes, some have none at all. The Lord only asks us to do what we can, he will make up the rest. Have a goal and go for it. The Lord never compares your best to anyone else's best. Neither should you.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Spiritual Resuscitation

Are you in need of some Spiritual resuscitation? Then ... DO-CPR! Diligence: Merriam-Webster definition: the attention and care legally expected or required of a person (as a party to a contract). The Lord expects our Diligence. We have made covenants with Him, and we are to use all Diligence in keeping those promises. Alma 32:43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you. Obedience: "One of the sneaky ploys of the adversary is to have us believe that unquestioning obedience to the principles and commandments of God is blind obedience. His goal is to have us believe that we should be following our own worldly ways and selfish ambitions. This he does by persuading us that “blindly” following the prophets and obeying the commandments is not thinking for ourselves. He teaches that it is not intelligent to do something just because we are told to do so by a living prophet or by prophets who speak to us from the scriptures. Our unquestioning obedience to the Lord’s commandments is not blind obedience. President Boyd K. Packer in the April conference of 1983 taught us about this: “Latter-day Saints are not obedient because they are compelled to be obedient. They are obedient because they know certain spiritual truths and have decided, as an expression of their own individual agency, to obey the commandments of God. … We are not obedient because we are blind, we are obedient because we can see” R. Conrad Schultz Charity: 1Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Moroni 10:20 Wherefore, there must be faith; and if there must be faith there must also be hope; and if there must be hope there must also be charity. 21 And except ye have charity ye can in nowise be saved in the kingdom of God; neither can ye be saved in the kingdom of God if ye have not faith; neither can ye if ye have no hope. Patience: "The ability to put our desires on hold for a time—is a precious and rare virtue. We want what we want, and we want it now. Therefore, the very idea of patience may seem unpleasant and, at times, bitter. Nevertheless, without patience, we cannot please God; we cannot become perfect. Indeed, patience is a purifying process that refines understanding, deepens happiness, focuses action, and offers hope for peace." President Dieter F. Uchtdorf Repentance & Responsibility: Repentance is a divine gift, and there should be a smile on our faces when we speak of it. It points us to freedom, confidence, and peace. Rather than interrupting the celebration, the gift of repentance is the cause for true celebration. Responsibility is so essential to all of the above. Do we realize that we will be held accountable, or responsible for everything we do? Are we are diligent, obedient, have charity and patience? We are responsible for all that the Lord has given us. Even our time. I pray that WHEN we are all in need of 'Spiritual Rescusitaion' we will turn to the Savior and apply these principles to living a happier, more peaceful life.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Let's Get Real

For the past few months I have been trying to figure out why I don't like writing blogs. I love reading them and trying to think of new ones, but when I get to the keyboard and I'm staring at a blank screen, my mind becomes just that...blank. I believe that I have found my answer! As I was getting ready today my epiphany came to me. I have been faking it the whole time. I have not been myself. I have tried to be the 'perfect' missionary, and they just don't exist. (Except in the District 2)
I am Not a Barbie! I am not a Stepford Missionary!
When I first set out to write a missionary blog I had an idea of what it would be: I would be real. It would be me.
But then I started looking at other blogs and tried to be like them. Not that those other blogs are bad by any means, they are just not me. And anytime I try to be like someone else, I get depressed because I move farther and farther away from the person/missionary that Heavenly Father wants 'ME' to be. I put on a facade and failed.
So this is my attempt to apologize to my readers and rectify my mistake. From now on this blog is me. My life. My mission. My story.

What has been happening in my life: I just found out that I have a Gluten Intolerance. My life has turned upside down! Just when I thought I had every thing under control...I get this thrown into the loop. I have been praying for years to be able to be healthier, I just didn't expect the answer to come this way.

I have been gluten free for about 3 weeks. It is really hard! I feel so much better when I don't eat gluten and I can feel like a human again, but see there is one tiny, little problem...This new found diagnosis takes a lot of time and effort to make the treatment work. I'm a missionary. I don't really have time for anything else. So then this wonderful test came along to make me realize that I don't have everything under control as I would like. Plus I feel like such a burden to the members that we eat dinner with every night, becuase they have to tell me exactly what they are cooking and read all the ingredients to me and if there is anything that I can't eat they either have to start from scratch or make me a seperate meal. I'M SORRY! :(

Life is interesting. And I'm greatful that Heavenly Father doesn't allow me to beome complacent in my day to day routine. I'm thankful that he throws in a few sour skittles to let me realize how sweet life can be.

To be continued...

Friday, October 7, 2011


For the main reason that they make me feel like the baby in the picture to the right. I don't get them. My brain feels like it's going to ooz out of me when I even think of rubix cu...nope I can't even write it that's how sick they make me. BUT I had a companion that LOVED them and she could pick any cube up and have it done in 10 minutes.
Apparently if you can finish one it's a sign of intelligence and I would marvel how she could do it, then she finally told me the long awaited secret...She read the Directions. Hmmm. Whatever. I don't need to read the directions. Besides if I do then I will be cheating. And I am no cheater!
Why do I think this way? The directions are there for a reason. To help. But it's my choice to use them. But the prideful me says 'No way, Jose!'.
Raise your hand if you read the directions...
All of them?
That's what I thought.
I don't read all of them either, and then I think, hmmm where is this bolt suppose to go, then it all comes crashing down. Now this is the point where I apply it to life.
'What directions could there be,' you ask? Simple, the Book of Mormon. It really is that easy. But because of the easiness we don't do it? What?!
It's like the Israelites that needed to only LOOK at the staff and they would be healed, but because it was so simple...they perished! (Tsk, Tsk.)
'There MUST be a harder way,' you say! No. But you will have to sacrifice some of your precious, but useless t.v. time but 'the pain of sacrifice lasts only one moment. It is the fear of the pain of sacrifce that makes you hesitate to do it.' F. Enzio Busche
The scriptures are hear to be our directions. So why do most of us not read them...all the way? I bet you a million rubix cubes that if you do read them that God will not call you a cheater at life. You will not have any missing bolts. And you won't perish! Don't be scared at how easy it is. Love the easiness of it. There are too many other things in this life that are difficult, reading your 'Directions manual' doesn't have to be. I promise that if you do, what ever you are trying to build in this life will be a masterpiece.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Tortoise and the Hare

Does slow and steady really win the race? Does it seem at times that you are battling an up hill climb with people passing you on every side? SO DO I!
I get so frustrated when I stumble over tiny pebbles and the guy next to me is clearing his boulder in one leap. I think to myself, 'why are they so different then me? Why must I struggle when they can hurry over them and then sit in the shade and wait for the next one to come?' Like the Tortoise I feel as if I am carrying a load on my back that doesn't allow me to move as quick. Some times I just want to give up!
HOWEVER...through my deepest, darkest, steepest climb; when my brow is covered with endless sweat and my knees are scraped and dirty, I choose to look up and there is always a light. This light is different at different spots in the journey. The light for me can be the knowledge and wisdom that I find in the scriptures, or knowing that someone else has climbed this mountain before me and is waiting on the other side.
When I finally make it over my mountain and look back I will see this person that I was allowed to become because of the things that I struggled through. I will have muscles! Spiritual muscles that cannot be taken away. I will see those hares sitting in the shade and realize that they didn't leap over their boulders, they went around them. And they will have endless things to go around unless they look up, and take one step at a time. Because that is how we make it back to our Heavenly Father. That makes the 'slow and steady' part all worth while.