Friday, June 24, 2011

The Dependable Pen

I have been using Zebra pen's for a couple 18 months now. I refuse to use any other pen. One word explains my reasoning: dependable. I call it "the dependable pen". Catchy phrase huh? Every time I put the pen on the paper, it writes. EVERY stinkin' time! It never fails. If I need to write a phone number down, it's ready. If I need to write a note for someone really quick, it's ready. My Zebra pen is never "not ready". I don't have to worry about it not being ready to go, at the drop of a pin. I would definitely recommend this pen to anyone.

By recommending this pen to you, I obviously think pretty highly of it right? I wouldn't recommend something to you if I didn't have full confidence in it that it would perform to perfection every time. There is an example of this in the Book of Mormon. Mormon is describing the "horrible scene" of the wickedness of the Nephites to his son Moroni. He tells Moroni that he can not recommend them [Nephites] to God because of their wickedness and perversion of all that is good. And in verse 22 he says something that has so much meaning to me, "..I recommend thee unto God.."(Moroni 9:20-22). This one little sentence made me think to myself, "Am I good enough to be recommended to God when he needs me?" Are we doing the things that allow God to call on us when he needs us the most. Will we be ready? We need to be like "the dependable pen" and be ready for use when we are called to serve, in any way!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


So any of you who know me know I am NOT musically inclined in any way, shape, or form. I "attempted" the trumpet in 4-6 grade and failed miserably. Mom said I was good, but she's mom. She has to say that. I've tried to branch out and be somewhat musical while out here on my mission. I have learned how to play the top hand on the piano, but not fast enough for anyone to sing along with. I'm getting better though. I've had a lot of companions on my mission that have been extremely musical. Elder Garcia was in a band before he came out, Butler can sing, Willey can play guitar, and Unga can sing too. But he's Tongan so he doesn't count. All Tongans can sing. Any who, when I was with E. Garcia we joked around about making a band after the mission was over. E. Garcia would be lead guitar, I would play bass, and E. Barney would be on the vocals. The only song title we came up with was "This Book Is True", referring to the Book of Mormon. This would be one of those screaming songs, at least when you said, "This book is true!"

Those four words could not be any more correct. The Book of Mormon has been attacked maybe more than any other book in religious history, but it has stood it's ground. In Joseph Smith's final hours before he was martyred in the Carthage jail, he found solace in the pages of THAT..VERY...BOOK! If he would have written that book himself, would it have been able to calm his soul like it did?? I think not. The Book of Mormon contains the fullness of the everlasting Gospel and is here for us to read and learn from. It testifies of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and his divine mission to save the souls of men.

You can learn about anything on the Internet now. By reading this blog you might have learned a little bit about the Book of Mormon. But you can not know it is true for yourself without putting it to the test. To know for yourself, you must read the Book of Mormon, and then if you "...ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost" (Moroni 10:4). I challenge all who have ever heard anything about the Book of Mormon to not take any one's word for it. Find out for yourself. God will tell you the truth. He can not lie.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


We've had some pretty crazy weather coming through Montana lately. For instance, last night we had some pretty impressive clouds, wind, and lightning. It was pretty amazing.

 It was also very obvious. I think you would have to be blind, deaf, and pretty much a vegetable to not see these weather phenomenons around us. But even though they are present, we still receive warnings from the news stations on the television and radio letting us know that they are here and that there is potential danger.
Sometimes we hear about the people who heard the sirens go off, saw the warnings, had ample time to get to shelter or out of harms way, but didn't. When I hear this I think to myself, "What in the world were they doing?" I think this is how Heavenly Father feels when he sends us so many different kinds of warnings and news updates, and we shrug them off. Next thing you know we're in harms way, or we've dug ourselves a pretty big hole that we need help getting out of. If we would have read those warnings (the scriptures) and heeded the news anchor's (the prophets) message, we could have been safe! It seems too simple doesn't it. Alma 37:44 reads "For behold, it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ, which will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss, as it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass, which would point unto them a straight course to the promised land." We have everything we need to prepare and be led to safety, happiness, and eternal life.