Friday, March 25, 2011

Another Great Day to Serve

    I am so grateful to be here on a mission. As some of you know today is my 20th birthday. I've always enjoyed my birthday. For most people it is a day to celebrate how awesome they are and a day to focus on themselves. For me though, today will continue to be a day to focus on others just like every other day while a missionary. Service to me has become something that I enjoy and look forward to rather than something that I just do for a random youth activity.

And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom: that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow being ye are only in the service of your God. -Mosiah 2:17

    Mohanda Ghandi once said The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Through doing service projects while growing up I've seen a little truth of that but for the past 10 months that I've been in Montana I have seen how much has come from serving others. Ghandi also said: Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy. Truly, when we perform service out of desire to serve rather than being forced into we gain more than we put into it. I am lucky to have this opportunity to set aside the 24 months to serve other people because in serving other people we serve God.
  

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sledding

    In life we are making decisions constantly. When we make a decision there always comes a consequence. Whether its a good one or a bad one, we don't get to choose. Well, actually we do choose the consequences when we make the choice that leads to the consequences.
    A few weeks back I got a letter from a friend and she reminded me of a fun trip we took about a year ago. I was going to BYU and the weekend of Valentine's day we went to Rexburg, Idaho. Saturday we went out to the sand dunes. Being the middle of February they were covered in snow which made some excellent sledding hills. We were having a great day sledding until someone came up with a great idea to go doubles. So we did. You can watch the video and see the results for yourself.
      
video
    The next few days I was very sore and didn't sleep all that well. We made a decision to ride doubles down a hill and go for a jump. We hit the jump and went in the air. My friend Tyler landed on me and we both hurt pretty bad. Sometimes we make a bad decision that sends us sliding down a steep slippery slope. You get going faster and faster and then realize your decision wasn't such a great idea because you see the consequences in store for you. We need to remember that when we make a decision there are consequences that follow.
   

Friday, March 11, 2011

Tow Trucks



My favorite tow truck.
    When I was in high school I always had a bad habit of getting things stuck in places. One of the worst was when I was a senior in high school. A buddy of mine wanted to go on some trails in his jeep so we went out to the forest behind my house and just rode on the trails for a while until the jeep stopped moving. We got out and it was sitting on its axles and wouldn't move anywhere. Well without thinking about it much I said "I'll go get my truck and pull you out." We walked the mile back to my house and as I was getting my keys my dad said "You better not get that truck stuck." I should've listened better because ten minutes later my truck was in the same predicament as the jeep, all four wheels buried up to the axles.
    The next couple days after school were spent with shovels and the tractor trying to pull it out but it wouldn't budge. I needed it to go on a trip that Friday, so Thursday night after another unsuccesful afternoon I broke down and called a wrecker to come pull me out. It wasn't until the tow truck came out that I realized how bad it was stuck. With the right equipment it took him several hours but finally the truck was free. I could've spent the next month digging and maybe moved it three feet.
    I realized that sometimes we have to let go of our pride and call on somebody for help. The ultimate help comes from Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. With His atonement, Christ can pull us out from any sticky situation. We just have to humble ourselves and ask.   

Friday, March 4, 2011

Big Puddles

    Well I am so glad that it is finally warming up a bit here in Montana. I still remember getting my mission call and saying to myself, "It gets cold there doesn't it?" But that's a problem I've survived with so far and now were on the upswing... Hopefully.
    Question. How big of a puddle can you have when you have 3 months of snow piled up and 50 degree weather? Well, I have an answer. A lot of really big ones. Trying to keep our feet dry is something that has become a normal task for us when we walk. And yes I said trying, one of us is not doing to great at it. That's me! A few weeks ago we were walking through town talking about stuff. Then sploosh. I ended up stepping in a puddle that was more like a lake. I had a decision to make there, I could get mad or just laugh it off. Elder George helped me out with that decision when he started laughing.



    Everybody has moments in life when we are faced with a similar choice. We can laugh about it or get mad about it. Personally, my favorite choice is to laugh about it. The rest of that day was actually really good. My shoes eventually dried out and the puddles will eventually dry up. Things eventually get better and like President Gordon B. Hinckley said "Life is to be enjoyed, not endured."
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