Saturday, February 2, 2008

Tribute to President Hinckley

Tonya and I just finished watching President Hinckley's funeral on BYU TV. As was said of him, he truly was a giant among men. Sometimes it doesn't sink in how much someone has done until their accomplishments are enumerated as his were today. I really liked the fact that after the funeral as the cortege was making its way to the cemetery they talked about what a greatly humble man President Hinckley was. All that was said of him really makes me think that there is the man who should be at the top of our list of those we want to emulate. Tonya told me that he's always going to be "her prophet" since she was the prophet when she was baptized 9 1/2 years ago. What a special man. He will be greatly missed.


Saturday, October 27, 2007

It's still in me

It feels really good to think that there's still some poetry in me. I've hardly written any poetry over the past several years and it's something that I miss. Thinking of the how the Bible says that if we don't use our talents we can lose them I have sometimes thought that when I have more time to think and write poetically maybe that won't be there any more. I'm happy to say this talent has not completely left me!

This week I had an assignment in one of my classes to write an artistic statement, kind of like my mission statement as a musician. I think the fact that pretty much everyone--even families--should have their own mission statement is kind of dumb and wasn't looking forward to this assignment but then when Dr. Rothkopf said that he wanted this to be something that would really jump out at him and said to be creative it kind of piqued my interest. I thought, "ok, I'll write my statement as a poem!" So here it is. I'm pretty pleased with the result and think it will be something I use on my website if I ever set one up to promote myself musically. I hope you like it.

I want to talk to you. I want to communicate the universe to you. When I perform and hit that precise plane where my rhythm is right in time with you I want you to be there. When I’m not playing merely notes on the page but pure music--when it flows through my fingertips and out to you--that’s when I want you to be listening.

Music touches me. Music moves me. I want to take you where I’ve been, feel the pulsing, driving rhythms I’ve felt. I want you to hear the beautiful celestial sounds I have heard. I’m going to keep moving. If you come with me, I’ll take you there. Let’s go.

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Friday, June 8, 2007

A portent of the future?

In his blog Last of Iraqis Mohommed wrote about people being killed and left in the streets for days. Another blogger named Zeyad Kasim also has mentioned this. When reading the Bible about the two prophets that will be killed and left in the streets of Jerusalem I have thought how could that happen? How terrible can people be? Well, it's already happening in Iraq. If you read these blogs you can see what terrible kind of people would let something like that happen. And to imagine there are so many people just trying to lead normal lives among all of this violence. Sometimes we think our lives may be difficult. This is definitely another perspective that should make our lives in America look like a walk in the park.


Monday, June 4, 2007

Lather, Rinse and Obey!

I could really use some of Dr. D’s brainwashing shampoo and cranium rinse for the next time our kids take a bath! Tonya was not feeling well today so I came home early to help take care of the Nicholas and Madeleine. All I asked was to clean up the toy room which should have taken 15-20 minutes. An hour and a half later it was still not completely done and I was super frustrated with the children. Tonya keeps telling me I come home at the worst time of the day for the children--when they're tired and hungry (which leads to cranky). Everytime I take care of the children though, my appreciation for mothers deepens. It's a hard job!

On a second note, as I was telling Nicholas about how unhappy it makes me when he doesn't follow directions the phrase "If you love me keep my commandments" came to mind. I really can understand that now. If you want to show respect and love to someone, you show that by doing what they ask. It's a pretty simple concept but as far as the scriptural reference it never sunk in until tonight. It makes me think, how much do I show my love for God by keeping his commandments? It also kind of makes sense anyway, since most of us don't interract with God on a face to face level, how else can we demonstrate love towards God? Basically everything good that we do can probably be linked to some kind of commandment so on a basic level keeping the commandments shouldn't be that hard. What would show a deeper love for God would be following those commandments that individually we each have a hard time following. This is what I love about the Gospel, its cyclical nature: God gives us commandments to be better people and as we realize they are not hindrances to our freedom and actually follow them we rise to a higher plateau of peace and happiness. As we continue this cycle of receiving and following we are then able to let God lead us to becoming enlightened and exalted beings. And this all comes from the simplest of things: keeping his commandments.

Being a consistent disciplinarian is tough and it's something I need to work on. In the mean time I think I need to find some of that shampoo--for me and my kids!

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Monday, February 5, 2007

Who's are you?

In Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince Harry tells Professor Dumbledore that he's Dumbledore's man, through and through. I think it was such a wonderful thing to say--such a great tribute to a person. You could tell in the book that Dumbledore was very moved.

In church this year we're studying the teachings of (past) church President Spencer W. Kimball. In the book we're using there is a quote by Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles: "President Kimball was the Lord's man and nobody else's. His deepest desires were to serve the Lord, and he refused to be compromised by other considerations." This is so inspiring to me, something to aspire to. I'm sure that our Lord Jesus Christ would be just as moved any time one of us would say "I'm the Lord's man". I've heard the phrase "He's his own man" but never thought what it really meant until now. Who's man or woman are you?

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