Thursday, December 11, 2008

Scenes from the Philippines




"Sin is waste"

It's finals week and I just have one more left, Geology 350! It has been a great semester over all. I have learned a lot this semester about myself and others. My calling has stretched me. It did not think that it would, but I learned to love it. I was taught that everything can and is a learning experience. Being a TA has helped me to be a better student. I am listening right now to my 80's music, and enjoying it. I had been looking for song for a few months and found it today on iTunes; Cutting Crew, "Dying in your Arms". It is a classic 80's song.
I was talking with Bro. Hartvigsen after class today for over half an hour about what I got out of his class. It was seriously one of my favorite classes. It stretched me in different ways. I love how he made English fun. I looked forward to reading assignments for the first time. We discussed things that went well and things that could be improved on. I took the class because of Bro. Hartvigsen. I could have taken the 316 that I was suppose to take, but I feel more educated now than if I had just taken the required class. I am here to get a degree, but more so to gain knowledge, learn, and to grow. I have no regrets on classes that I have taken.
Bro. Hartvigsen said that I should take his Fiction in Film class. We would read Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, and other classics.
I was talking with Sister Bergstrom yesterday and found out some new things about her that surprised me! She is a great teacher and I have even more respect for her. She is such a great teacher. I have 4 teachers that really have touched my life this semester. They all taught in the same manner. They focused on the individual.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Photo's from this past summer





"I'm fine and dandy with the me inside"

It is my last Sunday this semester. I'm teaching the lesson today. I hope that it all goes well. It has been a really great week though. I was able to get a lot of stuff done this past week. I have a paper to rewrite for my English final, I have a geology ID test, a geology written final, and a Biology final this week. I think that I will do well on them though. I went She Loves Me on Friday with Brynn. It was kind of last minute. I did not have tickets and so we were able to get stand by. It was a great play. At first I did not know what it was about. I was talking with Amy about it and she said that You've Got Mail is based off of it. It was a lot of fun. Saturday I was studying in the Romney with Ryan and Patrick for a little over an hour, and then I came home and did my laundry. I didn't have as much as I have in the past.
Last night though I went to the temple with the Relief Society to do baptisms. We had 7 brothers and 11 sisters. It was a fun trip to Idaho Falls. We went and ate at a little Mexican restaurant there in Idaho Falls.
We came home and Kayci, Brynn and I watched The Incredibles. It is just a good clean, fun movie.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Pics




"Its cold outside, and gets so hot in here"

What a day it has been. I was going to stay up late and write a paper, but I decided to go to bed and get up early to do it. I did and was trying to finish it up, print it off, and head to class. It was a very rough draft. That is all that I needed though. I did some scroll work and when I was done checking the Scroll racks in the Snow, I saw Brynn. We talked for a bit and she invited me over for lunch. It was the first time that I can remember having toasted peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It was very good! I then ran over to the Distribution Center and bought my a new bible. I have still been using my scriptures from when I was eight. I love them, but they are showing some wear. Mostly from the Philippines. I bought it and the price did not seem right. I looked down and it was mislabeled. I went back in and asked them to ring me up for the correct price. The cashier looked and at it and said, "Yes your right, but that is the way it is in inventory. Merry Christmas". I was surprised by that. I came home and got ready for Doctrine and Covenants. It was a good class. I really like Bro. Purse. He is a great teacher. He loves the gospel and tries to share that love with the class. I had a study group for Geology 350. Patrick, Ryan, and I met and at times we end up talking more than we should. I'm glad thought, that we are good friends. It has been a great day over all. I love BYU-Idaho. I do wish the semesters were 16 weeks though. That would help out a lot in Geology.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Goodbye to a Great Man

I can't believe that December is already here. It would be
nice to have a little bit a snow and by a little I mean a lot, or 74 degrees and a nice ocean breeze. I will take either one. It does not feel like this semester is ready to be over. I still feel like there should be at least a month left up here at Brigham Young University - Idaho. I was happy to be home over the break. I had a lot of fun. I bought new skis, boots, and poles all at a super good deal. That is the way I do things. All super good deals! I have just a few finals to get through and then I will be done for this semester. Caleb, my room-roommate talk with a brother in his home ward that is a geologist, and I am meeting with him over the Christmas break. He works for an oil company. I am going to introduce Caleb to a brother in my ward who is in the construction business. We are just helping each other out.
Brother Bergstrom talked to day in Devotional and it was really good. He talked about the GE courses or the new foundations class and how they relate to the gospel and life. Ever since President Eyring told the story about his father and how he learned so much out of every meeting he went to. I have tried that and it really does work.
I have been running off a few hours of sleep the last few days. I am
starting to feel it now.
While delivering the Scroll this morning. Jon Porter, received a phone call from his father that Elder Wirthlin had passed away last night at around 11:30 pm. He will be missed! He was a great man of faith and dedication. It is sad to see a great man like
that pass on, but he lived a great life and it was his time to move on.