Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Most Excellent Adventure

    I've been asked several times what my favorite movie is. It has to be Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. For those of you who have sadly never seen it, here's what Wikipedia has got to say about it:
 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction–comedy buddy film and the first film in the Bill & Ted franchise in which two metalhead slackers travel through time in order to assemble a menagerie of historical figures for their high school history presentation.
If it sounds awesome to you and you haven't seen it, watch it as soon as you get a chance. You won't regret it. It is so cool, they even made a breakfast cereal for it.
Told you they made a cereal

    So in the movie Bill and Ted are a couple of high school slackers, but their potential is huge. The "future dude" Rufus starts the movie off by saying Hi, welcome to the future. San Dimas, California, 2688. And I'm telling you it's great here. The air is clean, the water's clean, even the dirt, it's clean. Bowling averages are way up, mini-golf scores are way down. And we have more excellent water slides than any other planet we communicate with. I'm telling you this place is great! But it almost wasn't. You see, 700 years ago, the two great ones, ran into a few problems. So now I have to travel back in time to help them out. If I should fail to keep these two on the correct path, the basis of our society will be in danger. Don't worry, it'll all make sense. I'm a professional. 700 years in the future they are referred to as the great ones, at the time of the movie they are just a couple of kids who are about to fail out of high school. Something changed in them.
    The scriptures have many stories of people changing. Saul of Tarsus was originally dedicated to the persecution of the early Christians but after an amazing conversion he became one of the most influential missionaries of his time. In the Book of Mormon it tells the story of Alma the younger who had a similar experience to Paul's. He grew up trying to tear down the church but he later became an excellent missionary. A missionary by the name of Elder Holbrook had a similar change. You can read about his story in his blog titled Changes. One of my best friends from home had a similar experience. Its amazing to see what kind of changes can happen to someone, especially when they have God on their side. Through the cleansing power of Jesus Christ's atonement, anybody can change from not so good, to amazing. 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Papa Sabin

    Well Father's Day is coming up shortly. So its my dad's turn to hear me talk about him. He raised me to adulthood. I still have a tough time thinking that legally I am an adult, but he got me there. He was always concerned about my safety. 
    The Family: A Proclamation to the World states: Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
My dad and Caitlin,
his first granddaughter
    Well I think he's done his best. One time several years back he bought a Honda 300ex four-wheeler. Its one of those sport ones. After about a week or so I went out to go ride it and it was sitting on the four-wheeler jack with all of the wheels off of it. The lug nuts were no where to be found. I guess that was his way of protecting me from myself. He's always taught me to serve others and to work hard. He's taught me to lead by example. Whenever he asked me to do something he would be right there with me digging holes, laying bricks, or whatever he felt like working on at the time.
    I could keep going but I'm about out of time. So to sum it all up, my dad is awesome. When I have kids I hope I can do close to the job he did.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Storms of Life

Hurricane Ike from space
    So this last week in Helena I felt a little tempted to start  building an ark. But seriously it rained a lot and with that rain and the melting snow there came a lot of flooding. It reminded me of when Hurricane Ike hit Houston back in 2008. After the storm hit there was a long road of cleanup ahead. The storm caused the biggest power outage in Texas history with well over two million homes losing power. Mine was one of those. Luckily we were prepared with a generator so we were able to see some of the news Saturday night. I still remember seeing pictures of the destruction on Galveston Island. Along the beach there were many houses lost and you could see the remains of what once stood there. But occasionally you would see a lone house still standing amidst the destruction. They had a solid foundation.
The lone house after Ike hit
    The idea of having a solid foundation is a principle that my parents have taught me, especially when building something. When we built the road to our house, the driver of the concrete truck asked if we were planning on having semi-trucks run on it. The strength of the entire structure depends on the strength of the foundation. So if we are to be spiritually strong, how should we build our foundation? The answer to that comes from one of my favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon. It is a father teaching his sons.
And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall. -Helaman 5:12
    We have to have a solid foundation if we are to withstand the trials or storms that we will face in life. Its not if we will face them, but rather when we will face them. How will you weather them?
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