Monday, March 29, 2010

i like this.


even if you aren't a fan of country music-
its a video of Jason Meadows singng, 100% cowboy. just watch it.

Friday, March 26, 2010

oh one more thing...

Isn't he so cute?

My very first Pot Roast.

Ok, it may not look amazing, after being partially eaten. But ya know what? i am sooo proud of myself for this! my first pot roast, i roasted some vegetables separately so that the meat could cook slower and longer and be tender, juicy, goodness. and that is exactly what it was! It was an "arm roast" thanks to my wonderful parents for donating the meat. I put lots of good seasonings and butter and yumminess in there. Just sayin- i have cooking skills. Minus the multiple times I've burnt grilled cheese sandwiches....

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spare Currency.

On Saturday night last week, I had the privilege of attending a Jazz game in Salt Lake City. I'm definitely not a city girl- and never have been. (i'm finding the truth in that more and more by living here) The part of the night that impacted me the most was walking back to the car---i saw like 6 homeless people holding up cardboard signs telling us why they need money. I can honestly say I've never seen that many in one setting, one lady didn't have a sign she just came up and asked if we had any 'spare currency.' I don't know how to explain how I felt- it broke my heart. I didn't give anyone any money because I've always heard that they are probably just normal people and they are just trying to get money the easiest way possible even if they have a job or what not. Every person we passed I wanted to give them something. I didn't actually have any cash, only my card so all I would've been able to give would have been spare change, but to one person that's just as important as any 'spare currency' right? I was really torn inside about this experience because I didn't think I'd done the right thing. Ironically enough, yesterday in my Institute class we read a scripture from the Book of Mormon,

Mosiah 4:16-25 "And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, an dturn him out to perish. Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him or my food, nor impart of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just---But I say unto you, O man, whosever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God. For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold and for silver and for all riches which we have of every kind? And behold even at this time ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a remission of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out his Spirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with joy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy." (that was only to vs 20 but i encourage all of you to read the last 5 verses of that little section)

I'm sorry this is such a long post with no pictures, but i just wanted to share with you what I learned, my teacher shared with us a good insight, and I'm not sure if he was quoting someone but its something to think about- What if 9 out of 10 of the people begging for money are doing it dishonestly? Should we continue to let them do that by giving them money? If we don't give them something though, what about the person who truly needed it? Do they miss out because of the unrighteousness of others? Here is what I found regarding the subject, John F. O'Donnel- President of the Guatemaula City temple said, "The church does much as an organization to help the needy. But what about the individuals who approach us? How do we know the difference between the truly needy, professional beggars, and the unnecessary begging that also exists...Based on scriptures and my experiences, I have decided that giving is a personal matter to be decided by each individual...In such situations, daily prayer for wisdom in all that we do can guide us to know in our hearts by the whisperings of the Spirit when and to whom we might give."
We can give through church programs, simply when we pay our tithing we can put a little extra in the Humanitarian Aid section, as much as we can. Times are hard for everyone right now, so if this post is making you feel guilty, it shouldn't. In vs 24 and 25 of chapter 4 in Mosiah it talks specifically to those who want to give but truly cannot. I just learned this weekend to put my heart in a better place- reach out to those who need it as much as possible and listen to the Spirit in order to do so. Even if all I give to someone is a little 'spare currency' it just might be the difference between that person having a meal that day or not.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

101st post. intense eh?

Pic of Beau from last year--or the year before---im not sure but its cute eh?
This lil goat now has a big giant pregnant belly and is ready to pop any second and i'm so excited i can't handle it.

Just another reason why i love Hurricane, it's beautiful.

This is the dog that accompanies me on so many walks. the adorable dog turbo, the smartest dog i've ever met.

I love Hurricane. I came to visit for a few days, i didnt get to visit everyone I would've liked to, I wanted to visit all of the lovely people i am so blessed to know but i needed a little vacation from life and needed some time to think, and walk my dog. and spend time with my mom and sissys. and it was fantastic. Life in a warm climate is fantastic. Animals are fantastic. My family is fantastic. I have to go back to provo tomorrow. did I mention hurricane is fantastic? that's because it is. Provo has some great things about it, and i've had lots of fun, but i am just happy to come back home.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Life Question...

Can you get addicted to couponing? Because I just got the biggest high from buying so much for so little. It was... amazing.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

good thing.

good thing i somehow missed the instruction to be journaling my singing lessons experience for my class. good thing its week 8. good thing i'm just starting. funny tho- my teacher goes, yeah im sure none of you have started- i was in college too--just make it up, but get it turned in!

good thing i'm attempting to learn how to read Italian (im not translating, i'm just learning how to pronounce it) and if reading it isn't hard enough, singing it is just peachy. haha no i really am excited. i'm gonna be singing Amarilli Mi Bella randomly at the top of my lungs for the rest of my life. lucky friends and family! haha jk. funny story again tho- yesterday i was showing Charles my song and i was reading her some of the Italian and she was said do you know what it means? and i started reading/explaining the english translation but she couldn't see that the english was written directly on the piece of music so her eyes were widening and she was thinkin whoa there sammy! hahaha she goes, wait are you seriously like translating that right now? for a split second she thought i was a genius i think... I just busted up and showed her the english. good times.