Sunday, December 21, 2008

Driving home from Salt Lake...

First of all I want to say that I am glad my camera was in my car yesterday...The drive home from Salt Lake was so beautiful and a typical day of Utah weather. You can see the changing weather in these pictures.

The mountains in Salt Lake.

The Sunset in Kaysville with the mountains and Great Salt Lake.

This next picture is just a few minutes after the sunset...heading down I-89.
It had just started snowing.

This is on I-84 in Morgan about 15 minutes after the last picture...definitely more snow.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Temple Square.

So this weekend I was able to go to see the lights on Temple Square twice. Yes twice. My friends from college and I all met down there on Saturday. I don't have any pictures from then because I left my camera in the car...and I didn't want to walk all the way back and get it. On Sunday my friend Heather (and her baby Isaac) and her friend Whitney came and spent the night. Whitney had never seen the lights on Temple Square so we drove down there Sunday night. I have plenty of pictures of this time around... oh and in case you were wondering Heather forgot the baby carrier so that is why she is carrying him around in her coat like that...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Probationary Test of Mortality.

In my Doctrines of the Gospel institute class we were talking about immortality and exaltation on Friday. This is a quote that our teacher gave us and I really liked it so I thought I would share...

by Elder Bruce R. McConkie:

"We don't need to get a complex or get a feeling that you have to be perfect to be saved. You don't There's only been one perfect person, and that's the Lord Jesus, but in order to be saved in the Kingdom of God and in order to pass the test of mortality, what you have to do is get on the straight and narrow path--thus charting a course leading to eternal life--and then, being on that path, pass out of this life in full fellowship. I'm not saying you don't have to be perfect to be saved. If you did, no one would be saved. The way it operates is this you get on the path that's named the "straight and narrow." You do it by entering the gate of repentance and baptism. The straight and narrow path leads from the gate of repentance and baptism, a very great distance, to a reward that's called eternal life. If you're on that path and pressing forward, and you die, you'll never get off the path. There is no such thing as falling off the straight and narrow path in the life to come, and the reason is that this life is the time that is given to men to prepare for eternity. Now is the time and the day of your salvation, so if you're working zealously in this life--though you haven't fully overcome the world and you haven't done all you hope you might do--you're still going to be saved. You don't have to do what Jacob said, 'Go beyond the mark.' You don't have to live a life that's truer than true. You don't have to have an excessive zeal that becomes fanatical and becomes unbalancing. What you have to do is stay in the mainstream of the Church and live as upright and decent people live in the Church--keeping the commandments, paying your tithing, serving in the organizations of the Church, loving the Lord, staying on the straight and narrow path. If you're on that path when death comes--because this is the time and the day appointed, this the probationary estate--you'll never fall of from it, and, for all practical purposes your calling and election is made sure. Now, that isn't the definition of that term, but the end result will be the same. ("The Probationary Test of Mortality," address delivered at the University of Utah Institute of Religion, 10 Jan. 1982)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The adventures of bambi.

On Wednesday morning when I went outside I saw a sight that was very unusual. There was a little deer stuck in the fence between my house and my aunts. Of course when I went near, the poor little thing started freaking out and trying to get away...but it was definitely stuck. I didn't take a picture of it before I helped it, mostly because my first reaction was to save it not to document it. Here are some pictures of the poor little deer.

This is right after I figured out how to get it's leg out of the fence.

This is the part of the fence where its leg was caught. Its leg was over the top part and under the vertical part of the kind of weaved through the fence. You can see the blood on the fence from the deer.

And this is the blood of the little deer on my hand....gross!

I don't know if you can see this one very well, but this is to show how high the fence is that the little deer was jumping over and got caught in.

This is the little deer after a few minutes. It even let me pet it...obviously still in shock.

The sad part is that when I came back out a few minutes later it tried to run away and because its leg was obviously hurt it kept falling. I called my uncle to see if he could do something with the little deer because it was now stuck in the field and I needed to get to class. He couldn't find it so I have no idea if it found its way out or even if the leg was broken. Hopefully the little guy is ok.