sunday thoughts

Monday, February 8th, 2010

For your Sunday edification, I wanted to post a quote that is often mis-attributed to Mother Teresa. This was mentioned in our church meetings last Sunday and it really struck a chord with me:

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sometimes you just have to…

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Sometimes you just have to laugh.

Like when you’ve been in an 18-foot trailer with four people and three dogs for three days, and you find out that it will take a week longer for your hardwood floor in your house to be usable.

Sometimes you just have to laugh.

Like when you come home to said trailer to find an entire bottle of Ibuprofen broken into, chewed up, and scattered all across the bed by said three dogs.

Sometimes you just have to laugh.

Like when you get stung by a bee at Wendy’s and three days later the swelling has not gone down, but rather is spreading over your elbow and down your arm.

Sometimes you just have to laugh.

Like when you’re afraid that the three dogs will die from an Ibuprofen overdose cause you don’t have money to take them to the vet, and you’re relieved that by the end of the day, none of them has died, but then when you go to bed, you find out that the dogs have thrown up all over all the clean blankets on your bed.

Sometimes you just have to laugh.

sunday thoughts

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Just some thoughts on a Sunday afternoon as I sit here on the couch while Ne’ is resting next to me.  As many or all of you know, I have been working at the LDS Motion Picture Studio and I’ve been working on editing audio from the Seminar for New Mission Presidents.  This is where all the new mission presidents come to the MTC for four days of intense training from General Authorities before they go out to preside over their missions for three years.  It really is an amazing thing – they have only a few marathon twelve-hour days to learn how to do their calling, learning from General Authorities and drinking in their instruction firehose-style, before they are sent out across the world.  The second they arrive in their missions, they are in charge and the current mission president becomes the former mission president.  Usually within a day the former mission president is on a plane headed home.  How’s that for feeling inadequate and having to rely on the spirit? (more…)

lds criticism

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

I just read a very informative article about what members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are to do in response to HBO’s portrayal of our sacred temple ordinances, or really in response to any criticism of the Church: nothing.
From the article:

As Catholics, Jews and Muslims have known for centuries, such attention is inevitable once an institution or faith group reaches a size or prominence sufficient to attract notice. Yet Latter-day Saints – sometimes known as Mormons – still wonder whether and how they should respond when news or entertainment media insensitively trivialize or misrepresent sacred beliefs or practices.

This is the problem – what do you do when your beliefs are criticized, put down, or otherwise blown out of proportion, without your consent and without context? (more…)

conference quotes 09

Monday, April 20th, 2009

My favorite quotes from this April’s LDS General Conference:

Elder Uchtdorf:
It’s not merely enough to surround ourselves with symbols of our faith.  Ours is not a second-hand religion.  We cannot receive the benefit of the Gospel by merely observing what others do.  We must get off the couch and practice what we preach.

Be of one heart and one mind in your marriage and family.

Elder Anderson:
God shapes the back to fit the burdens placed upon it.