Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Philmont Hymn

Silver on the sage,
Starlit skies above,
Aspen covered hills,
Country that I love.
Philmont, here's to thee,
Scouting Paradise,
Out in God's country, tonight

Wind in whispering pines,
Eagles soaring high,
Purple mountains rise,
Against an azure sky.
Philmont, here's to thee,
Scouting Paradise,
Out in God's country, tonight

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Friends


Do you ever remember the term "BFF" back in grade school? Well I must admit I have never had a friend that I would refer to as a "BFF". Except one. One Holly Henrich. Almost 8 years ago, when I was eleven, an awkward eleven year old girl walked into my sixth grade classroom. Her cumbersome braces and oval-rimmed glasses were a sight to behold. Then several days later on Sunday, she walked into my primary class, and the rest was history. She sat next to me, and we instantly became friends. That's my first memory of my "BFF". She's gotten me through her embarrassing juke of me on the soccer field, to coping with my move to Utah two years later. Even being 614 miles apart, couldn't stop Miss Henrich from being my friend. Gotta love your best friends right? Mine's pretty great.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Kronk




Kronk's Shoulder Devil: Listen up, big guy. I got three good reasons why you should just walk away. Number one. Look at that guy! He's got that sissy stringy music thing.
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: We've been through this. It's a harp, and you know it.
Kronk's Shoulder Devil: Oh, right. That's a harp, and that's a dress.
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: Robe!
Kronk's Shoulder Devil: Reason number two. Look what I can do. Ha-ha, ha!
[does one-armed handstand]
Kronk: But what does that have to do with anything?
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: No, no. He's got a point.

Enjoy :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

mission calls

Dear Elder Daniel:

You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Texas Fort Worth Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 24 months.

You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, August 10, 2011. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the English language.

Sincerely,

-President Monson.

My dream has finally come. A dream to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I cannot believe that the call to serve is fainlly here. I have even been called to serve in the best mission ever! The Texas, Fort Worth mission. I will spend two years of my life there, serving and preaching the gospel. I don't know that there has been another man more excited for his mission, than I am

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Shotgun!

Among the many wars and strifes we have in the world today, a common argument arises; Who receives the front seat of a car ride? There are many different rules and regulations, that varies from person to person. However I would like to suggest a set of rules that everybody should follow, so that everybody can stop the arguing!

1. One MUST say the word shotgun in order to claim the ownership of the shotgun. The shotgun call must be loud enough so that everyone involved in the race to the car can hear it. No word, other than shotgun, will be tolerated. If all these steps are performed then the person gets the shotgun and gets to sit in the front passenger seat.

2. The shotgunner must be in clear sight of the car for the shotgun call to be considered valid. The shotgun can be called regardless of whether the driver is in the sight of the car.

3.In order to decide who gets the shotgun when simultaneous shotgun calls are made, a foot race to the passenger side door determines who will get the shotgun. This race involves all the people who called shotgun at the same time. The first one to get to the door is given the shotgun.

4.Shotgun cannot be called whilst inside a building, except if you are in a multistory or underground parking lot

5.Once shotgun has been called, the driver has the option of a re-load. The driver yells out "re-load" and this means that all previous call of shotgun are void. The first person to call shotgun again gets the front seat. This is helpful if the driver really does not like the person who first called shotgun. It can also be used when the shotgun call is simultaneous and the driver is unsure of the outcome. Note: a shotgun only has two barrels, so a re-load can only be called once.

6. Because everyone is created equal, men have the same right to front seat of the car as women do!

7. Once the journey has begun, the driver is the obvious controller of the tunes. However, if they feel that the road requires their full attention, it becomes the shotgunner's duty to control the tunes. Nevertheless, putting on a bad song or allowing for silence when the iPod finishes a song, or ANY other variation of this will result in a demotion to the middle back seat.

8.Shotgun overrules every other call. It is more powerful than dibs, baggsies, and any other call.

9.If someone has successfully called shotgun, they have the right to the front seat. They do not have the right to correct the driver on their navigation skills, (take a left here!!) or Driving ability (I would be in third gear if I was driving). If the passenger does this, they are forced to forfeit their position as the shotgun holder.

10. If the shotgunner attempts to open the door just as the driver is unlocking it and it jams the lock half open, making the driver have to unlock it again, the person has to forfeit their possession of the shotgun.

11.The holder of the shotgun assumes the responsibility for all gate openings, drive through ordering and question asking. He/she is, in essence, the copilot and therefore the enforcer of the behavior in the vehicle.

12.If the driver is the boyfriend/girlfriend/date of a passenger in the car, this person has the right to the seat of their choice.

13.If one of the potential occupants of the vehicle is convincingly dressed as a pirate, then they are given the shotgun automatically. In the event of more than one pirate being present, a sword fight to the death shall determine who will get the shotgun.

14.If an occupant of the car sees a Volkswagen Beetle they are allowed to punch the closes person while saying slug bug. Since riding shotgun is a benefit, people in the back seat are allowed to punch the shotgunner, but he/she isn't allowed to punch them back.

15.When riding in a 2 or 3 door car, it is the responsibility of the shotgunner to allow rear passengers in an out of the back of the car. This is in no way the driver's job, regardless of the weather conditions.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Missionary

Since I've been here in college, life moves fast! This Wednesday one of my life long dreams will open in a quiet meeting with my bishop. I will begin my missionary papers for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I suppose my impatience with waiting until my 19th birthday will be put on hold while I fill out my paperwork, but the impatience will probably be focused until April 7th when my papers are eligible to be sent into Salt Lake City. I have been so excited to serve a mission, and I hate waiting. I've been counting down since my 18th birthday for this occasion, and it is 3 days away, and my papers are can be sent in 39 days! I've even found my missionary scripture I would like on my plaque! Alma 29: 9

-"I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hat commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy."

39 days until my papers get sent in! I'll keep everyone posted on the missionary process!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

English

I'm sitting here in English pretending to pay attention, but it's just not happening. My English professor has the most intense tangents. I thought my 12th grade English teacher was bad when she went on a tangent about Tiger Woods and gang bangers. We are currently reading the book, "The Lucifer Effect," which is about the Stanford prison experiment put on my Dr. Phillip Zimbardo (It's a pretty interesting book, I would recommend it). Anyway we were discussing about one of the "prisoners" in the book and went off on a tangent of President Obama's latest screw up in his presidency. Then suddenly he threw a wrench in the process and changed topics completely by discussing the end of the world in 2012. 5 minutes later he brought up a new topic: Female athletes in romantic relationships with sociopaths. Finally he brought up his latest topic: Evil babies are born more on Tuesdays than any other day of the week! Needless to say I don't ever have a dull moment in my English 1010 class... oh wait... It's a hour and 20 minutes of pure dullness. You'd think these random tangents could be something exciting to talk about right? Nope... Also here is the latest update in his thought process: Having the impulses to throw your clothes at random people. In specifics your underwear.....

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Gifts

I have been given a gift. It has been one of the greatest gifts that I have ever received. It isn't tangible, nor can you see it. You can only hear it, and feel it. I have been given the gift of music. I don't wish this to be a post about how talented I am with music, but rather how grateful I am that I have been blessed with music in my life.
One of the greatest joys in my life, has been feeling the friction between my fingers and the piano keys as my fingers run up and down the piano. The feeling of guitar strings burning callouses into my fingers. The feeling of musical notes pouring out of my hands and floating into the ears of innocent bystanders. The feeling of solving a musical puzzle, and looking at the beautiful rewards that come from solving that puzzle.
Music has been a wonderful to express myself throughout my life. It has always been my closest friend, it has always been something with whom I could vent and share my darkest feelings.
As I have grown older, I have unlocked mysteries of music, and have been able to apply them to my own musical studies. I have been able to learn different instruments, and take instrumental theories and apply them to other instruments. This is one of my favorite aspects of music. Musical theory is universal, it applies to everything!
Hopefully I have the sense to use my talent to serve my fellow human beings. Music isn't something that should be used for selfish reasons, it should be used to bring beauty and fulfillment into the lives of others.