Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Today my brother entered the Provo MTC to prepare to go to Mongolia.  He will be in the MTC until the middle of January including:  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve.  My family is not one that gets to emotional and it was the same today, we are going to miss him like crazy, but he is where he is supposed to be and he will be a great missionary.  

It brought back a lot of good memories, I wanted to follow him out the right side of the room where the missionaries get to go.  Not just because he is my favorite person in the world, but because I miss my mission.  I would go back in a heartbeat.  But my two years are up, I can't get a minute of it back or have a minute more.  

It really made me appreciate the time we have on this earth.  We don't get it back, we need to make the most of it.  Looking forward to the future, living in the present, and learning from the past.  What things am I putting off that I should do today?  What blessings am I, and those around me, missing because I stop short or put something off.  

As my brother is out serving, it inspires me to look within myself and see the divine potential that I have.  The potential to do great things, to work hard, and to do my best.  Hopefully I can keep this motivation and turn it into action.  I know he will be doing that, he is my hero.

Brothers by Chance,
Friends by Choice!

My brother has blessed my life, now he will get to bless many more.  I miss him...

Thursday, October 23, 2008


There is a quote I received at UVSC while I was in the Education program. Since that time it has meant a lot to me. I have had another hard week and this quote has been on my mind today. I thought instead of dwelling on my problems, I would try to focus on living up to my potential. I want to be someone who inspires those around me to be better. It is hard to be constantly motivated, especially when you feel your efforts aren't noticed. Even harder when you are trying so hard and you feel like you can see where you want to be, but you can't quite get there. I don't care what one or two vocal naysayers say, I am a son of God and have endless potential. I can inspire and lead, I can do anything I set my mind to. Watch out world, here I come! Anyway, here is the quote.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?" Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence, automatically liberates others." -Nelson Mandella