Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Update from the Weekend

I have this week and next week left of school for this semester. Wow, life has been hectic the last few months. I have two texts tomorrow and then finals next week. I can't believe how busy one person can be. I just got done with my Geo 112 lab. Well I got done early with the lab and so I came home and started to clean my room up. I went to Christmas in the Snow which was a choir concert that was fun. I was asked out by Amber. She is one of Konrad's friends who I met at the beginning of the semester. We went to that and then came back to my apartment and had Steven's hot coco. We then watched U571 with Konrad and Mikalyn. We had our closing social last night. We ate food and then played a few games. I came home, did my homework and then when to the gym and ran on the elliptical for 45 minutes. I only burned about 500 calories and ran 4 miles. It was a good work out. That is about it for now. GO BYU number 17 in the BCS!

Friday, November 30, 2007

I was doing well for a while with the whole blogging thing but not so much now. Well It snowed Tuesday and yesterday mornings so that was a nice treat for all of us up here in Rexburg. I went out last night to start the Jeep and it didn't want to turn over, since it was so cold. I think that it is bitter cold right now because I am still not use to this cold. I am still not adjusted from the warm climate of the Philippines. I remember one morning when I got up it was so cold. I thought that it was in the 50's of something. Then I looked at my companions clock with a thermometer on it and it said 72 degrees. I knew then I that I was use to the Philippines. Then I came home and froze in Utah.
I found out that my Editor doesn't like me on scroll. I knew this but it was still a little bit of a shock since I do what I am told and get it done well. He doesn't like a few people on the staff. My new editor for next semester comforted him. Not a lot of people on staff liked him. He ripped one of my photos apart and then the next week gave all of these complements to a photographer that he likes when the photo wasn't that great. It was out of focus, not composed well and the lighting wasn't that great. I'm glad that he won't be there next semester on photo.
I got a call on Wednesday from Mark Morris. He was up in Rexburg for some urban planning. He was off taking some photos when he saw me driving the Gold Scroll van. I was off doing deliveries. It would have been nice to see him and talk, but I was busy and so was he. Next time na lang!
I went and worked out Wednesday night and that was fun. I haven't had time to go and do that but it was enjoyable. I road a bike for 3.8 miles. It was a nice warm up then I ran for while. Then new running shoes are nice. I like the arch support a lot.
I have been studying about Evolution the last week or so and I have found out a lot about it. The most helpful info that I have found out about it was in the February 2002 Ensign.
Nathan and I were talking about it yesterday morning and discussed how because of how we were brought up we need to not be so critical of others. That we have been blessed with great parents who taught us the doctrine of the kingdom. I mentioned to him about my Book of Mormon class that I had just come from. We were talking about Grace and coming to know the Savior. I mentioned about a talk that Elder Holland gave about Missionary Work and the the Atonement. He talks about using the Atonement in missionary work, but I find it useful in many more things. Since the Atonement is in all of the doctrine. About how we need to take a few steps in Gethsemane. Not doing what the Savior did. Only he could do that, but to know a part of the price that He paid for us. Then will we know who He is and why he did it for us. So we can start to understand His love for us.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

I'm back in Rexburg. I drove up with two of my roommates, Scott and Konrad. It was a nice trip. I didn't see a whole lot but that is ok. Thanksgiving was nice. Thomas pick up some clothes for me on Black Friday. Thanks Thomas! I worked at BMW of Murray for the week which was nice since I bought 4 new tires for the Jeep. It ran well on the way up.
It was a good week to think about things that I have done since the mission. I know some of you can relate to this. There is life before the mission, mission life and then life after the mission. The last week or so I have felt kulang or lacking inside. Just that spiritual high that you always have while out in the field and I have been think of what it is that I have been missing. It came to me one night while praying. It was an amazing feeling. It was pretty much spelled out for me. One of those tender mercies. I can't believe how many people asked me if I was dating someone. Even the family was asking me. I haven't talk to my family as much this semester as I did last. I guess I am just busier. Although next semester I don't think that I will be. I was cut from Scroll. They didn't offer me my scholarship or paid position like in the last year. I don't know why either.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Mark Morris and I were up at Pete's Rock in Salt Lake and I was dealing with some issues that came up at work. I was married to BMW of Murray for the summer. It was a time consuming relationship. The climbing was pretty good that day. Mark made some new friends while climbing up the first time. He sure felt there presents that day.

New Pics

Lopez, Quezon, Philippines
This is a rice field in our Zone. This was taken in December of 2005. I miss that topical weather.
Well It has been about a month since I have last posted a blog. I covered the Peter Breinholt and Sam Payne Concert and was approached by Sam and a another member of the band for my photos. I was happy since I can charge for my pictures. I just registered for my Winter Classes and wow, Chemistry at 745 in the morning. I have a good teacher so that should be good. I got into one Geology class which I need for my career which was nice.
My jeep is running well. For those of you who know me very well I love my Jeep. It was Amelia's then Breanne/Nathan's then mine as of March 1, 2006. It didn't start when I got it from Nathan. It had to do with the Alarm that was on it. It was going off and Nathan cut a wire to turn it off. Well that made it so it wouldn't start. Then the window motor was bad. In the almost 2 years that I have had it I have replaced the following-
Battery, Drivers window motor, Alternator, fuel regulator, control module, idle pulley, surpintine belt 3 times, rear hatch hydraulic bars, u-joint, universal joint, ignition electrical cuplinks, paint job, and a few things I can't think of at this time. So for a Jeep with 316700 miles on it, I think it doing well. More work on it tomorrow. Thanks Dave!
My year old Dell computer would not connect to the internet so I called Dell and they said they could troubleshoot it for $40. I said no and saved my files and reformatted it. Thanks Konrad! I found out that the internet here requires you to register your IP address. It was good to get things clean up on the laptop though.
I had tithing settlement last night and Bishop Moore, who is also the Geology Dept. head, and asked the tithing questions, then we talked about geology the rest of the time. It was an interesting interview to say the least.
That is a little bit of what has been happening in my life the last month. I'm leaving today for Utah and hope to go skiing in the GREATEST SNOW ON EARTH! None of this Targee stuff that people brag about up here. Where were the Olympics yeah, not in Idaho but Utah. Targee is nice, but Alta, Snowbird, Snow Basin, Park City just to name a few?

Monday, October 15, 2007

I returned home from my trip on Sunday morning about 12:10 am. Wow, it was a lot of fun. I was amazed at how much I enjoyed myself looking for fossils, rocks and the Geology of the areas that we were in. Know what happened in the area where you are standing millions of years ago made me realize how great of creator God really is. For Him to allow the earth to change until what we see now is amazing. I loved the fact the the South eastern part of Utah was like the Bahamas at one time, but you couldn't tell know unless you study the rocks.
We left Rexburg on Thursday and traveled down the Thanksgiving point and went through the Museum of Ancient Life. It was enjoyable to see the different Eras of the Earth. We camped that night at Little Sahara Sand Dunes. We got up the next morning and looked at the Sand Dunes and then went and dug for Trilobites for 4 hours. I found some good ones. We then went and had Dr. Gahn's friend Jake take us to a place were the Geology was unusual. He and I talked about climbing, backpacking and he was a scout at Camp Loll in 1995.
We camped in some cedars and made camp. I rained a little bit that night. I got a little wet from sleeping out under the stars. I wish I had my bivi sac that night. We hiked up Fossil Mtn. and were up there for several hours. We drove out on a Playa Lake and had lunch.
I drove down from Rexburg with the trailer and then drove a van back since the other driver was gettin tired. I loved it! I got to know Bro. Gahn this trip. He is the worlds leading expert on Crinod's. He has been studying them since high school.
I had a date yesterday with a girl form one of my classes. I the date didn't go as well I as I had planned but we had fun. I made dinner and cookies and we talked for awhile. It was a cheap date. It was about $6. I walked and picked her up. It had to be the most casual date I have been on. Congrats David and Emily on the new addition to the family. I will talk to you all later.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

I read an article that was in the Deseret Morning News on the Relief Society Conference and then I read through the comments that people made. They were made by members and non-members. I found it to be interesting how some people reacted to the statements made by leaders of the church. Some felt that is was great and taught/reminded women of what brings joy and happiness to them. Others said that it was a horrible thing. The church is doing more harm and how LDS people are worst off listening to our leaders. There is high rate of bankruptcy, depression, and suicide. The people who said these things didn't listen to the report when it came out earlier this year or last year. The report also said that more non-LDS people had these problems verses LDS. While being up here at school I have been able to see how other LDS young adults act and live. I am shocked to say that I can see Satan's influence here. I'm not saying that these people are bad. I saw several young women out, going to guys apartments during the conference. It made me realize who and what I am looking for in a wife. One who attends here meetings, supports the church and leaders.
While in the temple Friday night I realized some things about myself about how I can be better. Sticking to the basics is the best way. I remember having a doctrinal discussion with the parents before I came up to school and wow, it really made me think about me and my testimony. Where am I at? We were reading in a book from Elder McConkie on God and His Characteristics and His attributes and I got a taste of how much Dad really knows about the gospel. It felt like when your on your mission hearing from an apostle or someone like Hugh Nibley. He started talking and not just your gospel doctrine type answers but deeper more fruitful answers. The mysteries of God. It was one of those experiences that you just won't forget.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Friday, September 28, 2007

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Another Beautiful at BYU-Idaho!
What a week it has been. I wrote my first Comm 350 paper last night and wow! It was interesting. We don't have a text book. We get out info from Harvard Business School. So, yes I am getting a Harvard Education for the price of my BYUI one. Life is grand! I went rock climbing up near Kelly Canyon. For those who don't know much about the area this is the cheap place to ski up here. While I was leading a climb that I thought was a 5.9 I soon realized that it was a 5.10c. Then it started to rain. I didn't finish the climb but Mike Walton, one of my good friends on Scroll did. He did an amazing job at doing it. While climbing I found that there were a lot of wasps that lived in the rock. It brought back to my memory a time when Mark and I were climbing up at Pete's rock and I asked him several times if he wanted the wasps nest removed from where we were climbing. Well I had no trouble with them since I avoided them. Mark climbing right in front and got bit several times . It's not funny, but I was laughing when it happened. He was alright though.
We came back from our wet experience and ate at Jack in the Box. It brought back some other memories of a white Toyota's trunks not closing and a great trip this summer. The trunk did get fix though. Scroll is interesting to say the least. Not to many assignments so far, but I can't wait until we get into full swing. They want us to start learning to shoot Video. We watched a video how Google is going to take over mass media and tailor it each person. Very interesting to say the least. I have a 5k run that I am shooting tonight at mid-night that should be fun. Konrad and I are thinking of having a Karate Kid party and dress up and all. We got the idea from a group called Rooney. They have a song that has the same type of music.
I am planning on coming down for conference. I need to get a few things for my backpacking class and to pick up a few things for my apartment.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Hello, hello

Hello everyone!
It was suggested to by a good friend to start a photo blog. Well I only know of this link so this will do for now. I have spoken with some of you over the last few days. I am up at school in Rexburg. While having a group meeting for one of my classes, I asked one of the group members who is from the Ukraine and has lived in Siberia that Rexburg is colder. Maybe not temp. wise, but what you feel. It has become cold the last several days up here. It feels great though, this means that I can use my new Marmot Jacket. Great Investment! The soft shell has made a world of difference with the wind that is always blowing here in "Nosebleed". My classes are going well. I am no longer on Scroll. I am part of the I-comm photo group. It is different but Things look promising though.
My Jeep Cherokee is no longer the Spinnaker Blue but more of a grayish blue. It looks good and yes it is still running strong at 316000 miles. This has to be one of the best built engines made. Knock on wood.
When I returned home from my mission to the Philippines San Pablo Mission last year I heard Breanne be asked if she was dating anyone and she said no, but I'm happy and then the person looked puzzled at how someone could be happy and not have someone. I use to be one of those puzzled people. This week I realized that I was happy not dating anyone. I have felt very stress free and peaceful this week in regards to dating. It will happen when it is suppose too. Now don't get me wrong I am still looking but I just don't worry so much about it.
Well that is all that comes to my mind right now and I don't want to type anymore right now. Plus I need to go study the lessons for later today since Church is at 1:30pm. Darating ang mga ibang karanasan susuod.