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Doesn’t he look happy? Everyone, I’d like you to meet my roommate Justin. Not too long ago Justin wrote a very insightful blog post that I would like to re-post here to my blog. But before posting his thoughts I would just like to say that Justin has become one of my best friends. Although he is still a young buck, behind that huge smile lies some wisdom. I’m always impressed with his ability to listen and to ask the right questions to create understanding. Although he has been going through a rough time, he has handled his situation extremely well. Although what he writes is just words, they really reflect the type of person he really is. Love ya brother! Read directly from his blog here or just keep reading below:
“What I thought I knew and what I’ve learned”
“It is hard to believe it, but one month ago I was engaged to be married to the girl of my dreams. I’ve decided I can’t dwell on what might have been, that would make this an exceptionally boring blog post! Rather I’d like to share what I feel like I have learned through all of this craziness and I hope that some of it will help the nine people who will actually read this. Ready? ok let’s go….”
“First of all, I have learned that I cannot always control whether or not the situation I am in is what will bring me the greatest measure of peace, but that it is not the situation I am in that will ultimately bring peace, but the way I choose to react to it. This is the first of many things I have always intellectually known, but that I have never had to apply in my life until very recently. It is amazing to me the power the Lord gives each of us to decide to have a positive attitude and to learn in every situation in which we are placed; it is not always easy, but it is always the path that will lead to the greatest good. I keep remembering what a Sister in my mission once said, she encouraged a congregation of people to “follow the peace.” I have come to learn that that does not mean I can always be in a peaceful situation, but that in every situation I have the opportunity to follow the Prince of Peace who I worship with all my heart.”
“The next important thing I thought I always knew and now have discovered I really do is that I have amazing friends. God has put some the best people in the world into my life and they will never understand the incredible, salvific influence they have had on my life. In this category I include my current roommates, my dear friends from the mission who have always inspired me to be the very best, my dear pre-mission friends from high school who have allowed me to grow with them, and of course the best family a person could ever have. In particular in this crazy circumstance I have gained an appreciation for my dear parents who have supported me in all of my dreams and pursuits and who continue to trust me to learn from all that I have been given. Chances are if you took the time to read this you are one of those people, so thank you!”
“The final and most important lesson I have learned from all of this is the incredible power forgiveness has to heal and lift. I have been painted as vile and evil (I also have fallen in love with palindromes) by people who meant a lot to me and it has been difficult for me to let that go, but as I have, I have found such a tremendous feeling of comfort and empowerment to move forward with faith in the love of Christ. I have preached the doctrine of forgiveness on countless occasion, and I’ve always wondered why I have been so drawn to that principle until this month when I have finally had a need to really apply it in my everyday living. I’m so glad that I have spent time studying opposition and forgiveness, without it I don’t know where I would be. The freedom and release that comes is real, I have experienced it and for that I will always be grateful!”
“Sorry this wasn’t very funny and I don’t blame anyone for not reading the whole thing, but it feels so good to write it all down.”
3 Great quotes from Norman Vincent Peale to start the day:
“Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture… Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.”
“Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.”
“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.”
Education at it’s finest! Every child needs to know these things. I’m sure this was part of the No Child Left Behind Act. They just forgot one thing, I love to shampoo and condition my mustache… makes it soft and kissable.
“Guys are lucky because they get to grow mustaches. I wish I could. Its like having a little pet for your face.”
-Anita Wise (She was wise)
“Do not expect that all will go smoothly throughout your life, even those who are living as they should. Sometimes, we’ll find it just the opposite. It won’t go smoothly. Meet each of life’s challenges with the optimism and surety that you will have peace and faith to sustain you now and in the future. For those who do not yet have all the blessings you feel you want, if your life is empty in one reason or another, I firmly believe that no experience, no opportunity essential for redemption and salvation will be denied you who live faithfully.
Remain worthy. Be hopeful, patient and prayerful. Things have a way of working out. The gift of the Holy Ghost will guide you and direct your actions.”
– President Boyd K Packer
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My Harry Potter devotion continues to grow… I watched Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix the other day. It just keeps getting better. I loved the theme of being alone that was carried out through the entire movie. The first reference that I caught was during the first real conversation between Harry and Luna Lovegood.
Luna Lovegood: [about her father] We believe you, by the way. That He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is back, and you fought him, and the Ministry and the Prophet are conspiring against you and Dumbledore.
Harry Potter: Thanks. Seems you’re about the only ones that do.
Luna Lovegood: I don’t think that’s true. But I suppose that’s how he wants you to feel.
Harry Potter: What do you mean?
Luna Lovegood: Well if I were You-Know-Who, I’d want you to feel cut off from everyone else. Because if it’s just you alone you’re not as much of a threat.
There is so much truth to this! Let’s take “You-Know-Who” and replace that with Satan for a minute. He wants us to feel ALONE! He wants us to feel like no one really cares. If he can convince us of this, he has won half the battle. If you feel alone, take courage! Stand up to the adversary. Don’t let him in! Don’t let him put thoughts of doubt or fear into your mind!” You are never really alone! In the words of our beloved prophet, “May we ever be courageous and prepared to stand for what we believe, and if we must stand alone in the process, may we do so courageously, strengthened by the knowledge that in reality we are never alone when we stand with our Father in Heaven.” (Found here
I love one of the final scenes in the movie where Harry is having an internal battle with Voldemort. His friends are all standing by, cheering him on, not about to leave. How often do we have personal battles or struggles that really only we can fight? But I assure you that your friends are standing by! God is always lifting, helping, and encouraging. He loves you! You are never alone!
Thanks to all my wonderful friends and family who continue to stand by my side and cheer me on, even though their problems often far outweigh my own. Cheers to you!
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Doesn’t this place sound fun? I first discovered this restaurant while lost somewhere on the highway between Springville and Mapleton. A friend and I were looking for a party and passed this place several times before finding our way. I was sure at that time that the real party was going down here. We got a good laugh about how the name, T-bone, fit the location, on a random corner on the outskirts of two towns. I think their were even a group of sweet motorcycles parked out front. The amusement continued when we read the fine print, “Chinese-American Cuisine” and noticed the bright dragon lights above the door. The name didn’t seem to match the food classification. T-bones Chinese? From that day, I knew that sooner or later my destiny would again lead me back to this junction.
Just yesterday my dear mother needed a ride to an appointment in Springville. I obliged to be chauffeur and as we neared the destination my stomach started to grumble. Once I dropped her off, I knew exactly where I was going to go… T-bone! I was in the mood for a little adventure. As I walked into the little cafe I felt as if I were being transported into another world. It was nice to get away from my own for while. With no one to greet me, I debated between sitting at the charcoal counter top near the kitchen or in the booths separated from the rest of the eatery by Lattice fencing. The formal seating looked more crowded with a few groups already seated so I chose the bar…
The little old lady absentmindedly staring into space at the end of the bar relieved all my apprehensions about this establishment. No workers were readily in sight except for a little Asian boy with a lazy eye of about 11 years meandering behind the bar. I wasn’t sure if he was just hanging out with mom at work or whether he was working himself. My question was soon answered as he handed me a menu and asked what I would be drinking. Resisting the temptation to tell him I wanted a scotch, I asked for a water with lemon. He awkwardly grabbed a glass, robotically filled it FULL of ice, and briskly threw in a lemon. Before I knew it, I had my water and he was equipped with a rag to wipe off tables. A petite Asian woman with a matching lazy eye made her way to me and asked what I wanted. At this point, life couldn’t get any better and I was ready to throw down any amount of money. I asked for her recommendation, fully intending to order whatever it was that she suggested. “Do you do spicy?” “I do.” Pointing to the menu she said, “This is good” “Done!” Nothing but business… that’s how we do. My trust in her paid off! The egg drop soup really hit the spot on such a shockingly cold day and the main dish was not only tasty but very well-proportioned.
I sat for some time in silence just taking in the atmosphere and observing the proceedings happening around me. The elderly woman at the end of the bar was continually called, “grandma” by the boy although I couldn’t tell if there was any real biological connection between them. A young girl came out from the back to help her mom take payments at the register and help with customers. The majority of the clientele knew the working-family members by name and carried out very pleasant conversations. I enjoyed the friendly local climate. About half-way through my meal I had some time to kill so I grabbed a book from my car. Slowly, I continued to munch on my meal while absorbing the content. As the time passed, the bar filled and I was frequently distracted from my reading. Soon enough, it was time to leave.
Someday, I will return to this place to study. Highly recommend it. I mean check out the decoration!
Thank you T-bone Restaurant! I was momentarily able to forget life. This was a refreshing experience that reminded me how much I love exploring new places and travelling. I needed reminding…
“Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.”
Michel de Montaigne
Remember that time I started watching the third Harry Potter movie at 11:30 last night? I was only planning on watching a little bit, to be finished another time, but from the moment I started I was spellbound, tricked, enchanted by it’s charms. Here’s another Dumbledore quote worth some pondering
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light”