Tuesday, December 29, 2015

"Ashamed of Me" by Isidro Zapata on the #mormonysablogs

Turn away
Do not look at me
For you shall be ashamed of
What you see
So turn away, do not look at me
For you shall be ashamed of
What you see
I have not broken free
  from my own chains
still bound by my own habit
do not look at me
for you shall be ashamed of
what you see
I am unable to break free
From my chains
Still bound by my own habit
As you shake your head, as
You walk past by me
Silent looks of disappointment is all
I ever hear
So do not look at me
You will be ashamed of me
I am still bound by my own habit
Unable to break free
Silent looks of disappointment is all
I ever hear
I lost the fight and now
I walk day and night unable to find rest
For my tried soul
So do not look at me
For you shall be ashamed of me
Chat Conversation End

Sunday, December 27, 2015

"Missing me" by Isidro Zapata on the #mormonysablogs

I know you will miss me
It will cause you some misery
But believe me when I say
Do not look back, I know
U will be missing me
if you take
a look around the
Corner
take a step back
when you do not see me
hold on to my memory
i know you will be missing me
cause you some misery
Know that
I am still in your corner
this is no mystery
I know
That u will be
Missing me
Cause you some misery
Do not look around the corner where I use
To be
Believe me this is the way
it has to be
I know you will be missing me
This will cause you some misery
Hold on to my memory
I know u will be missing me

"You have taken away my depression" by Isidro Zapata on the #mormonysablogs

After I ask
you to forgive me
for the bad things in my heart
you have taken away my depression
and give me a new
chance for a new life
that can not ever compare
to what this world has for me
so as I open my heart
to you during my nightly
prayer
you come to rescue me and
give me hope
to continue on this road
that you laid before me
I am no longer alone
and hope that you know
I am sincere
when I ask you to come into my heart
their is no other way
for me to walk down this journey
unless i turn away
from everything that
is dark
so i will let your love and light guide me
on my way to
be with you again and
live forever in your peace
and grace
I love you for dying for me
and changing my heart

Thursday, December 10, 2015

'My routine is killing me' by Isidro Zapata

I fall into my same routine even 
Though it is killing me. 
I just cannot stop for the life of me 
in the end it will cost me more then what I get out of it 
wish I had never gone down this road guess that is just 
life the things we do not want to do: we become a pro at them.

'You create someone else's reality.' by Isidro Zapata

When you close that door, be mindful of your decorum because the world you create is someone else reality. Their eyes need to see: civility, charity, decency, tolerance, and honor.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

"First to Last Breath" by Isidro Zapata

The very first breath you take
of your life
  you are not self aware
that you are alive
as you grow
you start to understand
how frail you really are
and that one
day you will
  take your last breath
so, we fear
Death
  No one has ever defeated
Death
   Only the son of god
   has and is sitting
     At the right hand of our father
  proclaiming we are his beloved
so that
we can spend the
rest of time with our beloved
father
who has perpared a place for us
so now enter in to
the joy of our lord

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"Life's Moments, Where Their Is No Need for Words" by Isidro Zapata

Their are moments
In Life
Where their is
No need for
Words
Only a simple
innocent Embrace
Is, all it takes to
Give hope to your loved one
That you will give them

Warmth
(When, the world had turned their back on them)

Tenderness and loving
(After they been hurt too many times to count)

Caring
for their well being
(To replace all those lonely nights when it seemed like
The world had forgotten them)

No words need to be spoken
you, are here to give them
Unconditional
Love
You will always be there for them
When they need you the most
to wipe every
Tear from their eye
and replace
The painful memories
With joy and happiness
Just a simple
Innocent embrace
Speaks, louder
Then any words
only the sound of
Love
Can be heard
From your embrace
these moments
in life are
here for you to
Hold unto
when life becomes much to dark
Jesus is here
To embrace you and
Never let you go
to bring you warmth from
this cold world
we live in
to give you the strength
To continue living
On the right path
That leads to
Everlasting life

Saturday, November 7, 2015

"this other one is for my friend, who passed away" by Isidro Zapata

I really, do not know where
To beginI feel so lost and unable
To understand
All of life’s hurts and pains
the circle of life and death
As we mourn the lost
Of a good friend, husband, brother, and father
Around the other side or just four hours away
A happy couple is celebrating the
Birth of a baby boy or girl
To the family:
I truly wish I could have done more
So I hope you can forgive me
I did not know that he was
Going down the road of despair
Throughout my life I have been to many of these
Solemn occasions
lost a good friend or a family member
Which makes me feel even more alone in this
Upside world that we live in
I know how it feels the pain and feeling
Like you are no good to anyone because
the lost of our physical ability is not what it use to be
I wonder at times where did that other me
Has gone to and I hope that someday he comes back home
he has been gone for way to long
So come back home my friend
You will continue to live on forever
Not just in the next life but in this life
When you showed your children lessons to live by
You showed them love and tenderness to your whole family
You were in a lot of pain, I know that path
it is a path of wrath and set on replay because it keeps on repeating
I really respected you in how you handle this path
You gave me hope that I could have a normal ife!!
Just want to tell you thank you, like so many of us
You got lost and unable to find your own way out
as we mourn you leaving this world
There is a celebration in the next world
Because you are finally home
We will all miss you some days will be harder for your family
Because you are no longer their
so just whisper to them that
You truly love them and U care for them
For those who are left behind
I know it is really hard
And feelings like you are all alone Is just to common
In a flash our Savior Can easily transform your heart
because our father does it want you to be in pain
God wants
To guide you and show you the path
To take
so keep up the faith
I know some day you will be reunited
With your loved ones

"Playing this Game" by Isidro Zapata

As we sit across from each other the room is filled with
Lies that we
Keep telling each other
Y do we keep
playing this
Game when we
Both know that
I have already
Lost U
Is it because
Neither of us
is brave
Enough to take
That last step
and our lives
Will never be the
Same again
I remember that very day
when I look into your
eye's
and all I could
see was
a stranger
Looking back at me
When U Speak
I go deaf
& your love
turn to hate
I just do not know
where to turn
then you spoke
to the both of us
so we
Look up and
let you restore
our love for one another
Your cold heart starts to melt
my ear opens up
now we are
on a new path
laid before us in the book
we are so thankful that
the both of us
got a second chance
due to the
one from above
who help us remember
the taste of our love
so thank you
Lord for your saving grace

Friday, October 2, 2015

'So in the world of today: 2 October 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-A report was released saying the NYC doesn’t do much to discipline its bad police officers.
-Arnie Duncan is stepping down as secretary of education. John B King will replace him.
-the ship El Faro and its 33 crew members is missing near hurricane Joaquin.
-a shooter targeted Christians at Umpqua community college. 9 were killed and 9 were injured.
-The Vatican made a point of saying that the pope’s meeting with Kim Davis was not a sign of support.
-6 states declared a state of emergency in preparation for hurricane Joaquin.
-Canada plans to make a phone line so people can call in on Muslims using ‘barbaric cultural practices’.
-South Africa is losing a minimum of one person a day to Isis recruitment.
-The US told Russia to fight Isis instead of Syrian rebels.
- Someone set A California Planned Parenthood clinic on fire.
-Obamacare costs went up 50% in Minnesota.
- North Korea called for a peace treaty with the US.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

'So in the world of today: 1 October 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-A package containing an Isis threat, involving a child’s alleged kidnapping was found in New York.
-New Zealand laid claim to a giant portion of the ocean for environmental reasons.
-Russia was found to have tried 5 times to hack Clinton’s emails.
-Afghanistan got Kunduz back.
-Argentina’s president announced that the US suggested that they send nuclear materials to Iran in 2010. The White House confirmed.
-A Chinese woman found a spider had spun a web in her ear and was living there.
-9/11 responders are losing their benefits.
-The secret service admitted to violating rep. Jason Chavez’s privacy.
-A Chicago suburb is not letting a Muslim community build a worship center. The federal government is suing.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

'So in the world of today: 29 September 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
• Warren Jeff’s kids told the press that he sexually molested them.
• Cecile Richards (president for Planned Parenthood) had to go before congress. She admitted that none of the centers do mammograms.
• A study found that the US and Europe have been largely unsuccessful in stopping people from joining Isis.
• Cuba wants Guantanamo back.
• The DA in Nassau New York told employees they were not permitted to own guns, even at home.

Friday, September 25, 2015

'So in the world of today:25 September 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Boehner resigned from congress.
-The Pope called for protection of the environment, housing and labor groups, and criticized uneven wealth distribution. He also came out in favor of the Iran Deal.
-Syrian rebels was caught giving US arms to Al Qaeda.
-The Obama administration found a chain of work emails Clinton failed to turn over.
-A Saudi Prince was arrested in California for sexual assault.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

'So in the world of today: 24 September 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-New home sales are at their highest since 2008.
-at least 717 people were killed and near 800 injured in a stampede near Mecca.
-An elementary school in Ithaca NY invited a convicted terrorist to speak to its third graders.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

'So in the world of today: 23 September 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-LDS Apostle Richard G Scott died.
-LA declared a state of emergency over homelessness.
-The FBI recovered Clinton’s deleted e-mails.
-a judge ruled that the happy birthday song is now public domain.
-Volkswagen admitted to lying to EPA inspectors. The CEO resigned.
-The NSA spied on Iran’s UN delegation.
-Turing Pharmaceuticals bought out Daraprim and raised the price significantly. They have since lowered it again.
-Russia promised countermeasures if the US moves Nukes to its new base in Germany.

Friday, September 18, 2015

"So in the world of today: 18 September 2015" by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-GM has to pay 900 million for a design flaw that killed 124.
-China has deported so many escaped North Korean women back that North Korea is expanding its women’s prison camp to house them all.
-The US and Russia are talking about teaming up to fight Isis.
- In India 2.3 million showed up to apply for only 368 job openings.
-Croatia closed its border to migrants.
-Japan voted to have a larger military role overseas.
-Obama and Castro spoke to one another.
-Volkswagen was busted for cheating on the Clean Air Act.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

'So in the world of today: 2 September 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Iran told the US to stop trying to free Americans imprisoned there.
-Guatemala’s congress voted to prosecute President Molina.
-150 of Clinton's most recently released emails contained classified information.
-The US will pay a defense contractor’s legal bills in Iraq (30 million).

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

'So in the world of today: 1 September 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-244 illegal immigrants with criminal records are being deported in California.
-Radioactive materials are still missing from Texas A&M.
-200 students at Hillsborough High (Missouri) protested having the girls share a locker room with a male cross-dresser. Around 35 protested to show their support. The student in question refused to use a private bathroom.
-Egypt found gas reserves of its shoreline.
-Hungry is not letting Migrants board the trains to take them to west Europe.
-Iran announced that it still considers the US its enemy.

Monday, August 31, 2015

'So in the world of today: 31 August 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-The Governor of Alaska refused to meet with President Obama.
-Obama is renaming Alaska’s Mt. McKinley to Denali.
-North Dakota legalized armed drones.
-Two western Journalist were arrested in Turkey on Terror charges.
-A Saudi Airstrike in Yemen killed 34 civilians.
-Iran is constructing something at a site where they were recently suspected of developing nuclear arms.
-South Korea’s President met with the Chinese.

Friday, August 28, 2015

'So in the world of today: 28 August 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-A Wyoming man was fined over 16 million by the EPA for having a pond on his property.
-A Chicago Principal is about to lose his job for speaking against common core.
-A federal appeals court said that it’s ok for the Government to collect people’s phone data.
-Florida declared a state of emergency in anticipation of tropical storm Erica.
-at least 200 migrants were found dead off Libya’s coast.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

'So in the world of today: (long one) 27 August 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today: (long one)
-South Sudan signed a peace deal.
-Vultures in Africa are becoming endangered.
-Bodies of at least 50 migrants were found in a Hungarian truck.
-China sentenced 45 people for terror and terror related activities.
-Flooding in North Korea killed 40, and stranded thousands.
-Ukraine and its creditors agreed on a plan to restructure 18 million$ of its debt.
-Iran accused the US of holding 19 Iranians.
-One of the newly born Panda twins at the National Zoo died.
-Walmart is taking high powered rifles off the shelves.
-experts fear that televised shootings will become more common.
-Colorado is dissatisfied with the way the Animas river scandal is being investigated.
-Solandra mislead the Government to get 535 million$ loan.
-The Government released a plan to protect the sage grouse. The plan will cost 200 million and impact 11 states.
-Kazakhstan signed a deal with the International Atomic Energy Agency to start a Uranium Bank.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

'So in the world of today: 25 August 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Thousands in Nepal protested the proposals for a new constitution.
-The stock market recovered from recent losses.
-The UN told South Sudan to sign a peace deal or face the consequences.
-China was found to have sold weapons to South Sudan during the recent conflict.
-a Judge in Ferguson suspended all warrants made before 2015.

Monday, August 24, 2015

'So in the world of today: 24 August 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today: (heads up it's a big news day)
-So far 9 opposition candidates are being blocked from running for office in Venezuela.
-Washington is experiencing the largest wildfires in its history.
-The LDS church opened a temple in Indiana.
-South Korea agreed to turn off its propaganda loudspeakers so that North Korea would not declare war.
-Economists are pessimistic about possible economic growth.
-The Obama administration proposed investing a billion dollars to promote the use of solar energy.
-A new Hampshire Court ruled that taking a voting booth selfie is protected speech.
-Ghana’s Doctors returned to work.
-Representative Cruz accused President Obama of withholding information about Russia violating a nuclear treaty.
-Isis killed 30 people charged with sodomy.
-The UN’s estimate for monitoring Iran’s nuclear processing came to 1.5 million yearly.
-Two Panda Cubs were born at the Smithsonian National Zoo.

Friday, August 21, 2015

'So in the world of today: 21 August 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-A US aid worker was made to be al-Baghadadi (Isis’ leader)’s sex slave before being murdered.
-The US is denying entry to Christian refuges from the Middle East.
-Isis’ number 2 guy was killed by the US.
-A CNN poll found a majority of Americans were unhappy with the president’s Iran Nuclear Deal.
-Women in Saudi Arabia registered to vote.
-the DOW took a 900 point dive.
-Kim Jong Un said that his troops were prepared for war.
-Whales near Alaska are dying at a ridiculous rate.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

'So in the world of today: 20 August 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Slovakia announced that it would only accept Christian migrants.
-A Rasmussen poll of Black Voters found that almost 80% preferred the phrase ‘all lives matter’ over the phrase ‘black lives matter’.
-the US said that Turkey should do more against Isis.
-North and South Korea fired shots at one another.
-Last July was the hottest month on record.
-Greece’s Prime Minister is resigning.

'So in the world of today: 19 August 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-over 200 murders have occurred in Baltimore this year.
-Three women have been called to priesthood leadership councils in the LDS church.
-125 have been murdered in El Salvador since Monday.
-Iran made a deal with the UN to be its own nuclear site inspector.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

'So in the world of today: 18 August 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-800 people attended a funeral for a veteran who had no family.
-Iran is buying missiles from Russia.
-Pornography will no longer be available at any of The Hilton Hotels.
-The US and UK criticized South Sudan for not signing a peace deal.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

'So in the world of today: 13 August 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Sesame Street is moving to HBO
-Al Qaeda’s leader agreed to work under the Taliban.
-The Connecticut Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional in the state.
-Isis killed 67 in Baghdad.
-a chemical explosion in Tianjin China killed 50.
-Hundreds in Quito Equator went on strike to protest president Correa’s actions.
-Seattle said that all bathrooms open to the public must be gender neutral.
-a Colorado court ruled that religious beliefs could not be grounds on which to refuse service.
-John Kerry said that the US dollar may cease to be the world’s reserve currency if the Iran Nuclear deal does not go through.

Neptune Pine Smart Watch Review

The Neptune Pine is basically the only stand alone smart watch today. I decided to finally get rid of the smartphone, when the screen broke. I was tired of keeping track of it, and I don't like it in my pocket.
The Neptune Pine met all my expectations, for I knew what I was getting by the specs. The hardware is very weak. It can barely run Facebook, so I downloaded the app Facebook Lite. The weak hardware makes me ashamed to share the photographs that I have.
I have shared the 5 MP pictures, and people say that it is blurry. I shared some photos with my brother over Bluetooth, and they were fine. I got a new camera app yesterday, but I have not tried it much yet.
I would recommend using a Bluetooth headset to receiving calls. The cord is a little annoying. It is not convenient to pull out the wire headset, when you are out and about.
The person who sold the Neptune Pine to me rooted it, so I don't know the stock rom. It is basically a watch android device, running most of the apps that I am used to on my previous smartphone.
I like the design. The landscape layout is my preference. I like how it detaches from the wristband because I can look at it more comfortable. It's nice at the airport because I can detach the device, and have it easily scanned as my boarding pass.
The initial getting use to it is a little weird because the way that you put the Sim card in it is not what I am used to. It is hard to get used to detaching the phone from the wristband to charge it and so forth. Support online to figure these things out are not official, but you can find it, and it is helpful.
People think that the device is really cool, and they compliment me. People also say that it is really big, but it is a big real cool fashion statement.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

'So in the world of today: 11 August 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-a prosecutor for the DA’s office assigned to the Planned Parenthood case was found to also be on its board of directors.
-Seattle is putting a tax on guns and bullets.
-Steve Maman is using his fortune and contacts to liberate children from Isis.
-China devalued its currency. The dollar and euro both lost value as well.
-The US coalition launched 30 airstrikes against Isis.
-Japan turned on one of its nuclear reactors.
-Coke is in hot water for releasing misleading commercials.
-Greece and its creditors agreed on another bailout.

"So in the world of today: 10 August 2015" by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
- 56 in Ferguson were arrested for violent actions.
- The EPA dumped over 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the Animas River.
- California agreed to pay for a prisoner’s sex surgery.
-bombings in Iraq killed 75.
-over 250 kids in a Pakistani village were sexually abused.
-Fighting in Burundi has killed 94 so far.
-a judge ordered the state department not to destroy documents on a pair of Clinton aids.
-a report found that Chinese hackers have had access to top us government officials’ emails since 2010.
-The US embassy in Istanbul was attacked.
-50 people were killed in Afghanistan.
-The House of Representatives is investigating Planned Parenthood.

Friday, July 31, 2015

'So in the world of today: 31 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-A Judge suspended the center for medical progress’s right to release new videos.
-Zimbabwe is seeking to extradite Walter Palmer (the lion hunter) for questioning.
-The Indiana investigation of Planned Parenthood produced nothing out of the ordinary.
-India and Bangladesh FINALLY settled their border dispute.
-A Bin Laden family plane crashed and killed four in the UK.
-Puerto Rico says it can’t pay the 58 million it owes.
-Baltimore killings hit a 43 year high.
-Congress hid the renewal of the export import bank in a highway bill.
-the IRS pledged not to go target Christian schools that oppose gay marriage.
-The state department is limiting the number of Clinton emails released, and censoring the content of some.
-Clinton emails released show the Clinton clearly knew about the Benghazi attacks.

Friday, July 24, 2015

'So in the world of today: 24 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Thailand busted over a hundred people in human trafficking.
-The Pentagon is asking that citizens stop guarding recruitment stations.
-Moroccan journalists are protesting treatment of an editor by their government.
-West Africa is moving an unprecedented amount of Meth.
-Clinton was found to have sent at least four emails with classified information from her personal account according to the Wall Street Journal.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

'So in the world of today: 23 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Turkey is letting the US use an airbase to attack Isis.
-The US killed a high ranking Al Qaeda operative.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

'So in the world of today: 22 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Protesting Bolivian miners clashed with police.
-a study found that in one decade over 30 million women will have to deal with genital mutilation.
-the white house flew its flag at half-mast after the marine killings.

Monday, July 20, 2015

'So in the world of today: 20 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-The US opened its embassy in Cuba
-Greece reopened its banks.
-The white house has yet to fly flags at half-mast following the marine murders.
-Isis is using chemical weapons.
-Ireland passed bill to allow everyone to decide their own gender.
-Wisconsin Banned abortions after 20 weeks, with the exception of rape.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

'So in the world of today: 16 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-The Colorado theater shooter was found guilty.
-Isis may be having problems internally.
-The UN found that at least 25% of Guatemala’s politicians were funded by organized crime.
-The House is investigating Planned Parenthood.

How should man depend on God?

      This essay is a reflection on the revelations from Brother Peck’s Book of Mormon class from the spring semester of 2015, which covered the second half of the book of scripture. The composer of this essay is Alexander Hicken. There is a theme within the insights written about in this document. It is our dependence on God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. There are four doctrines or principles addressed within this composition in relation to the forgoing mentioned nature of our relationship with God. The first is based on the fall of Adam. Second is a reflection on our weaknesses, comparing it to rebellion. Third is the example of the prophets, who give their will to God, depending on his word for their life’s pursuits. Lastly, our dependence on Christ’s atonement is the concluding topic.
     The first doctrine addressed in this document comes from an article that was written by the composer of this essay, when Brother Peck was in Israel. During this time as Brother Peck was in Israel, his students wrote a short report on their revelations between each scheduled class. The doctrine that Alex wrote about is that man is dependent on God for their salvation. All man lost their innocence because of the fall of Adam. All mankind are dead either physically or spiritually in mortality; however, Christ was foreordained to save humanity from their death. This doctrine means that there was always hope even in the beginning. It is vital that we understand and teach our reliance on the Godhead for life and everything.
     Another principle that is impressive that we understand that falling into sin and transgression can come by weakness or rebellion. God understands this, and he is merciful to those who are weak. One thing that we have to do about our weaknesses is understand that our weaknesses are not permanent. Heavenly Father expects us to overcome them. The atonement alone has enabling power to exalt man to become perfect, receiving grace for grace from him. Man needs to rely on the Gospel of Jesus Christ to overcome the natural man. God is not as merciful, when it comes to rebellion. We need to subject ourselves to godly sorrow and become meek and lowly in heart to receive the mercy of these offenses.
     Prophets are an example of service of God. These man have given themselves to God; thus, the Savior Jesus Christ can lead his work on Earth through them. The Book of Mormon is special because the student of the book reads the perspective of the writers, who are prophets. These people are most selfless, devoting themselves to God. They seem to have his will as the focus of their life because they have the right priorities. They learn to hearken to the Spirit of God. Everything else other than the worship of God is not a prerogative. Men of God depend on the will of the Godhead as revealed by modern revelation for their direction.
     Finally, the topic of the atonement will be addressed. Some people try to apply the atonement too much to themselves. For example, one might believe that their pain is suffering for their own sin. This belief is false because no one can atone for their sins in mortality. Man is like the following scripture: “if [man] have not faith, hope, and charity, [he] can do nothing.” All good things are given to man by God even faith, hope, and charity according to man’s prayers and desire. The only thing that we can do is give our will to God; then, he will give us all things. The meek and lowly in heart seeks to follow God in spirit and truth, for this person will be led to follow the Gospel of Christ, learning that an assurance of truth comes from God, which assurance requires repentance and the endowments of the ordinances of Priesthood. Christ gave his life, suffering death and the will of God unto enduring without reservation the pains of man unto their salvation and exaltation. God has the highest expectations for us not because we can do it, but his expectations for us are based on the doctrine that Christ’s atonement enables man to do the things that God commands.
     In conclusion, let us understand that we all are fallen, and we depend on Christ for our deliverance from death both spiritually and physically. His atonement enables us to overcome our weaknesses unto accomplishing the will of God for us. Prophets lead us to God for they are the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the representative of Jesus Christ and man directed by God, governing the affairs of the Kingdom of God on Earth. They have given their will to God, doing no action on behalf of God without his guidance. Lastly, let us seek to understand the truths within the atonement of Christ. Seek revelation from God to learn them, so we don’t misunderstand the word, mind, and will of God.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

'So in the world of today: 15 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-The Federal government shut down the Darkhode Malware website.
-Obama announced plans to provide free internet to poorer homes.
-according to snopes.com Planned Parenthood may not be guilty of selling the organs of aborted kids.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

'So in the world of today: 14 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Planned Parenthood was busted for selling organs taken in abortions.
-The US agreed to lift sanctions on Iran, in exchange for Iran promising to stop working towards nuclear weapons.
-The Oklahoma republicans compared food stamp recipients to animals.
-a NASA satellite reached Pluto.

Monday, July 13, 2015

'So in the world of today: 13 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Obama commuted the sentence of 46 federal inmates.
-Joaquin Guzman (infamous drug dealer) escaped from a Mexican prison. He threatened to kill Donald Trump.
-China arrested over a hundred human rights lawyers and supporters.
-The pentagon plans to allow transvestites to serve in the military.
-Greece accepted a bailout from Europe.

Friday, July 10, 2015

'So in the world of today: 10 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Thousands in Saskatchewan have fled wildfires.
- Hackers obtained information on 21.5 million people from the federal government.
-Honduras’s opposition parties are calling for outside help investigating judicial corruption.
-The US asked the UN to help find who’s responsible for chemical attacks in Syria.
-the UN warned of violence that could erupt in Burundi.
-a new bill was proposed to remove the words ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ from all federal laws.
-The US intercepted Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska and California.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

'So in the world of today: 8 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Greece asked for another bailout.
-China’s stock market crashed and still hasn’t quite recovered.
-The Benghazi house committee chair accused Clinton of holding back emails relating to the event. He stated that she had been subpoenaed at least once.
-The Taliban entered peace talks.
-Boko Harem offered to trade some of the women and girls it’s taken in exchange for militants captured by the Nigerian Government.

'So in the world of today: 7 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Isis’s number two man was killed.
-45 Isis fighters were poisoned.
-a study found that electric cars were just as harmful as regular cars due to emissions from power plants needed to fuel them.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

'So in the world of today: 6 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Greece rejected a possible bailout.
-Boko Harem killed 60 Christians and Muslims.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

'So in the world of today: 4 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-The most recent black church to catch fire was the result of lightning.
-The US has been spying on Brazil.
-Dozens were killed by Boko Haram.
-North Korea is suffering from drought.
-Greece’s finance minister called the nations creditors terrorists.
-Cuba has almost entirely eliminated mother to child HIV transference.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

'So in the world of today: 2 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Phoenix accidently threw away 70,000$
-a couple in Oregon were fined 135000$ for not baking a cake for a lesbian wedding.
-Isis killed 74 children.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

'So in the world of today: 1 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-People caught with marijuana in Miami can get fines instead of jail.
-Greece defaulted on its debt.
-The US and Cuba opened up embassies with one another.
-Pot smoking is legal in Oregon.
-Illinois’ government had to partially shut down due to money problems.
-Puerto Rico managed to pay a fair amount of the cash it owes.
-Isis pulled off attacked in Egypt.
-a record number of migrants have been coming across the Mediterranean to Europe.
-a study found one in five Americans believe that clergy should be required by law to preform same sex weddings.
-a Montana man applied for a license to permit a polygamous union.

Monday, June 29, 2015

'So in the world of today: June 29, 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-The second escaped con was captured.
-Washington has a massive fire going on
-The Supreme Court ruled that Texas could not enforce its new harsher abortion policies.
-the state department refused to release the details of a phone conversation between Obama and Clinton the day of the Benghazi attacks.
-Obama proposed having the federal governments force employers to raise wages.
-several black churches across the south have been set ablaze.
-Greece’s financial crisis escalated.
-Greece’s financial crisis hurt the world economy.
-Puerto Rico is 73 billion dollars in debt. (not so rico now are they?)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

My Opinion of Pixar's "Inside Out"

     My opinion of Pixar's "Inside Out" is pretty low. Pixar most of the time bases their movies on something other than human relations. The concept is fun, but the story of "Inside Out" was very weak. The human characters were not built much. The only thing that I can think of at the end of the movie is that it ended too quickly. I think that Pixar should have developed the human characters more after the conclusion of the dilemma.

Attending the Rexburg Temple

     Jessica and I went to the temple for the first time of the semester yesterday because we have been too busy. We tried to go earlier in the semester, but the Idaho Falls temple was closed for renovations; plus, people from Wyoming was attending the baptistery too. The baptistery experience went too fast, but it was good. I did four names. It is not much, but it is worth it.

How My Semester is Concluding

     My grades so far for my accounting tests are As for three of four, and a classmate wants to study for me. My teacher has a very good study guide for his tests, going overall the subjects on the exams, so I just go over that. My tests this semester are very far, and I am happy about that. I have another Statics test on Wednesday, so I have a lot to do for that. I have been neglecting a group project for my safety class that I need to do research on. I have a lot to do for that. My semester is concluding well, but I still have a lot of work to do. Jessica and I can't fathom that we only have a few weeks felt. 

Leadership Roles are grown into.

  I did not go to Table Rock, but I took the opportunity to help host the Idaho High School Track and Field State Championship Meet. I have to get twelve volunteers. I don't know exactly what we are doing, but I have a meeting with a guy tomorrow. It is interesting how people naturally develop to be a leader after a little effort. I started my leadership by my desire to raise the standard for the competition for cross country by winning the championship in 2013. I was a cross country coach in 2014, and that season was one of the best in a while from my experience. I was offered the opportunity to be the Track and Field Coordinator, and I have been asked to help organize the Idaho State Championship meet after concluding the Track and Field season. Leadership roles come naturally and by choice. Jesse has a natural role to be the leader of our core group of friends, and I can't take his role; therefore, he needs to fulfill it like I need to fulfill my role. I was thinking of not continuing being a coordinator, but a role of a coordinator is to inspire the next generation of coordinators. I have three of my coaches lined up for the next few weeks to participate in coordinator meetings.

Logan's Birthday at Frostop and the Dunes

     Sterling Starks’ birthday was chill. The groups of the party was tight until we went to the dunes. We went out to eat at Frostop. They have good food, but it is not too special. It's just a burger joint. It's good to have Logan back at school to enjoy his presence and a more whole group. The core group at Frostop was Logan Starks, Rachel Zeller, Jesse Kaupert, Rachel Dunlap, Joe Cox, Jessica Palmer, and I. Kathrine’s friends join us at the dunes. When we went to the dunes, Jesse got stuck in the sand, driving his car into the parking lot. We have a classic game called glow in the dark Stick ball, which a combination of golf and baseball. Jesse pitched a ball to himself, and he would hit it out into the dunes; then, someone else would throw it back into the bucket of balls. Everyone would pitch  hit the ball out for another person, going from many rounds until everyone hit the ball for everyone else, and the person that had the least amount of throws to get the ball into the bucket would win. We were unable to finish the game on the night of Logan's birthday.

The BYU Idaho Track and Field of 2015

     The Track and Field Banquet was excellent. We had the conference room at Pizza Pie Café packed. I estimated that we would have forty-five to fifty people come, but only about thirty-five came. The environment was nice. Everyone was having a good time. After things settled down a little bit, I went up and started the closing ceremonies. I thanked everyone for enduring to the end, breaking school records, working towards personal records, making the season a success, making friends, and so forth; then, I invited the coaches up to give out the championship t shirt tokens. After I let the coaches do their thing, Brother Stutz asked for feedback on their decision to make Track and Field an event sport. Most people liked the idea. We had a good discussion.

June 28, 2015



     This week was good. The Track and Field Competitive Sport hosted their banquet on Tuesday night. On Thursday night we celebrated Logan (Sterling) Starks birthday. I aced another accounting test Friday night. I seem to have become a reference from leadership for activities because I was asked to help lead a crew to hike up Table Rock and help lead an Idaho State Championship Meet on July 11th. I thought that I was done being a Track and Field Coordinator. I could be done, but I don't want to be selfish. This is where I am needed. I watched 'Inside Out' on Friday night in celebration of my A. Jessica and I finally made it to the temple yesterday. This semester has been so busy.
     The Track and Field Banquet was excellent. We had the conference room at Pizza Pie Café packed. I estimated that we would have forty-five to fifty people come, but only about thirty-five came. The environment was nice. Everyone was having a good time. After things settled down a little bit, I went up and started the closing ceremonies. I thanked everyone for enduring to the end, breaking school records, working towards personal records, making the season a success, making friends, and so forth; then, I invited the coaches up to give out the championship t shirt tokens. After I let the coaches do their thing, Brother Stutz asked for feedback on their decision to make Track and Field an event sport. Most people liked the idea. We had a good discussion.
     Sterling Starks’ birthday was chill. The groups of the party was tight until we went to the dunes. We went out to eat at Frostop. They have good food, but it is not too special. It's just a burger joint. It's good to have Logan back at school to enjoy his presence and a more whole group. The core group at Frostop was Logan Starks, Rachel Zeller, Jesse Kaupert, Rachel Dunlap, Joe Cox, Jessica Palmer, and I. Kathrine’s friends join us at the dunes. When we went to the dunes, Jesse got stuck in the sand, driving his car into the parking lot. We have a classic game called glow in the dark Stick ball, which a combination of golf and baseball. Jesse pitched a ball to himself, and he would hit it out into the dunes; then, someone else would throw it back into the bucket of balls. Everyone would pitch  hit the ball out for another person, going from many rounds until everyone hit the ball for everyone else, and the person that had the least amount of throws to get the ball into the bucket would win. We were unable to finish the game on the night of Logan's birthday.
     I did not go to Table Rock, but I took the opportunity to help host the Idaho High School Track and Field State Championship Meet. I have to get twelve volunteers. I don't know exactly what we are doing, but I have a meeting with a guy tomorrow. It is interesting how people naturally develop to be a leader after a little effort. I started my leadership by my desire to raise the standard for the competition for cross country by winning the championship in 2013. I was a cross country coach in 2014, and that season was one of the best in a while from my experience. I was offered the opportunity to be the Track and Field Coordinator, and I have been asked to help organize the Idaho State Championship meet after concluding the Track and Field season. Leadership roles come naturally and by choice. Jesse has a natural role to be the leader of our core group of friends, and I can't take his role; therefore, he needs to fulfill it like I need to fulfill my role. I was thinking of not continuing being a coordinator, but a role of a coordinator is to inspire the next generation of coordinators. I have three of my coaches lined up for the next few weeks to participate in coordinator meetings.
     My grades so far for my accounting tests are As for three of four, and a classmate wants to study for me. My teacher has a very good study guide for his tests, going overall the subjects on the exams, so I just go over that. My tests this semester are very far, and I am happy about that. I have another Statics test on Wednesday, so I have a lot to do for that. I have been neglecting a group project for my safety class that I need to do research on. I have a lot to do for that. My semester is concluding well, but I still have a lot of work to do. Jessica and I can't fathom that we only have a few weeks felt. She has a lot a lot of work to do, since she is behind on her assignments. There is a possibility that she may fail a few of her classes. She is still learning study skills. I try to encourage her, but she has to do her own work.
     Jessica and I went to the temple for the first time of the semester yesterday because we have been too busy. We tried to go earlier in the semester, but the Idaho Falls temple was closed for renovations; plus, people from Wyoming was attending the baptistery too. The baptistery experience went too fast, but it was good. I did four names. It is not much, but it is worth it. 
     My opinion of Pixar's "Inside Out" is pretty low. Pixar most of the time bases their movies on something other than human relations. T
The concept is fun, but the story of "Inside Out" was very weak. The human characters were not built much. The only thing that I can think of at the end of the movie is that it ended too quickly. I think that Pixar should have developed the human characters more after the conclusion of the dilemma.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

'So in the world of today: 25 June 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-The Boston Bomber will be executed.
-The Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare coverage must be respected in all states.
-Isis captured a portion of the city of Hassakeah.
-A clerical error by the IRS cost a couple their business, valuables and retirement savings.
-According to the state department 15 additions Clinton’s emails are still missing.
-24000 IRS emails, relating to the IRS targeting of conservative groups, have gone missing.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

'so in the world of today: 23 June 2015' by Sam Orr

so in the world of today:
-Freddie Grey’s autopsy found that the cause of death was a car accident (the officers didn’t buckle his belt properly).
-A heat wave in Pakistan killed 600.
-The NSA may have spied on the last 3 French presidents.
-A huge portion of Alaska is suffering from wildfires.

June 21, 2015



This past week felt relaxed, but I may have relaxed too much because I missed a couple assignments. Jessica finally finished her essay. I would like to share my opinion on the tutoring lab for my statics class. An architect asked for my resume and my schedule this summer personally on Linkedin! I hope that I get to work with him. It would be hard, but it would be such a great blessing to practice a skill that I want to pursue. There is a lot to being an architect, and I want to practice it. Friday night was the P2B Power to Become Alumni Conference. I got an alumni mentor. Jessica and I met at this conference last semester, so it is special to us. The championship meet went well. Inside out, a new Pixar film, came out this weekend, and Jessica and I rounded up friends to go it yesterday. It was sold out though. A group went to play laser tag, but I don't really like it. It was hard to decide a good united activity. We decided to watch Jupiter Ascending.
     My statics tutoring lab is funny because it is full of extroverts, and the following topic comes up often in our discussions: How is it possible that everyone else in the class that does not come to these sessions understands what is being taught, and how it is possible to complete the homework well without attending these sessions? I personally think that learning a material is good alone. I think that extroverts are interesting because they think out loud, relying on others to think things through. This is why the tutoring sessions are full of the same people. It's how they learn. I mainly use tutors if I need to learn something faster.
     On Thursday night, I got a message from an architect from J.W. Architecture, and I am excited about the opportunity because I always wanted to intern with an architecture firm. I am also excited because I recognized the architectural firm from a task that I had with Delta Stone Products to create a list of all the architectural firms in Utah in order for them to invite them to a design education session, and I recognized the firm. I checked out the website to learn about the company, but there was not much there, so I called the company. I was surprised that I was transferred to talk to the architect himself, and he was the person that send me the message. One thing that I think is weird is that companies always contact BYU Idaho with opportunities for work, but they want them to be available to work within the month or week.

     P2B was great. The alumni that came to this conference were just as amazing as the previous P2B. It is amazing the great people that have come from BYU Idaho and Ricks College. I am going to list the revelations and points that they made. I live tweeted the event. Counsel with the Lord in prayer, but we should not counsel God.
     Kim Flynn was the first alumni that addressed us. Her website describes her as the following quote: "Kim Flynn is passionate about playing big in business. She is a bestselling author, speaker, trainer, and workshop leader for entrepreneurs and small business owners. She has four kids, is the founder of five businesses, and the creator of the Plug & Play Business System. Kim teaches business owners how to automate, systematize, and grow their businesses to their potential.
After several years as a school teacher, Kim started her first tutoring business when she was 23 years old. She grew that business to employ over 30 people while working 3 hours per week. She went on to build and sell three more service businesses before creating Kim Flynn Consulting.
Kim now hosts monthly Business Intensive Retreats at her lodge in Park City, where women and a few brave men fly in from across the country to learn the Plug & Play Business System and overhaul their systems and operations in three intense days. Kim is a frequent guest on national radio and TV programs outlets like Fox Business News, and Forbes, and was recognized in the Top 40 under 40 in Business Q Magazine."
The following are my notes on her speech: Don't let anyone tell you this. You are out of alignment. Mothers can't do big things. Will I be sacrificing my family, if I do big things? I can do whatever I want to do because I see you do whatever you want. - her daughter, the most rewarding part of her career
We don't have to follow the mold. You are not sacrificing your family, being a businesswoman. You are blessing your family. The mold is education, get married, have children, grandchildren, & die. It is not the calling and purpose of women.  Don't let the box limit you. It is okay to rock the boat. Your family and friends will still love you. You don't have to figure out your life. Just move forward. Look at the threads in your life for purpose. We've dreams to achieve, but we don't. Giants, fighting against us, aren't physical or financial limits. They're social pressures. Playing it safe is a lack of faith.
    "In 2007, a BYU – Idaho student wanted to learn internet marketing. There was one class available to him – a course that offered one credit, lasted one month, and focused on how to use Google ads.
     The student, Stuart Draper, didn’t let a lack of coursework deter him from his goal. He bought books, attended seminars, and learned the skills he needed by way of independent study – and he did that while continuing to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree in traditional marketing." (http://www.stukent.com/our-story/)
     Stu Draper was the next speaker, and the following notes were the live tweeting on the Mormon YSA Blog Spot's Twitter page.
     A BIG FAT LIE: Success is about who you know, not what you know. Use @LinkedIn The connections can get you places, if you have skill. You can make up for not being outgoing with skill. The networkers will find you. Rich people can't help you; unless, you have skills. Our networks can change our lives in unforseen ways. Let your network grow and change you positively.  Learn the principle of networking with the right people.  Show me your friends, and I'll show you your future. We are the average of the five people that we spend the most time with. (the twist) or aspire to be, follow, read, and so forth. Smart cuts: Progress in your career faster than you can dream with the skills and networks that you develop in school.
     I am happy to say that Logan Starks has returned to BYU Idaho after a brief hiatus, and I was able to enjoy dinner with him and his girlfriend Rachel Zeller. We had a good time at dinner, and Art Rascon from ABC news addressed us. He is an Emmy award winning Reporter, joining ABC-13 in September 1998 to serve as anchor of the five o'clock news. The following tweets were my notes on his speech: Realize your tremendous dependence on God; furthermore, he will to grant to you your righteous desires. Trust him. The Lord can do better with your life than you can do without him. Depend on his love for you. Let your roots grow so deep into the earth & the Gospel that the people, who look to you for survival, can live. Don't follow the world's ways. It is without integrity. This is why anarchy breaks out without rule; looting, riots, and so forth. The keys to Sam Walton's success are hard work, the love of others, and the understanding that God is in control.
     "Emily McQueen is a stay-at-home mother of five children and a volunteer. Emily is a well-known speaker on the topic of overcoming disabilities. At BYU-Idaho she was involved in an accident that left her a paraplegic. She has tackled competitive wheelchair racing finishing with three first place finishes." (http://www.byui.edu/p2b/p2b-speakers) The following notes were the live tweeting of her speech: In the trenches of life, I found a real friend, & my previous friendships were mostly superficial. I didn't want superficiality. What is your childhood dream? I didn't go back to it until many years past. Will you #p2become your childhood aspirations? Multiply your joy with your children by cherishing them. Learn the skill of clarity. It will open your mind to what is important. Skills from the trenches are drive, sensitivity, clarity, and hope.
     "Randy Garn is the Co-Founder of Hero Partners, a group helping entrepreneur partners lift and reach their vision. He is a New York Times bestselling author and has been awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young. He is an alumnus of BYU-Idaho and a graduate of the Owner Management Program at Harvard University." (http://www.byui.edu/p2b/p2b-speakers) The next series of sentences are my notes on his presentation. Little Things means everything. Question the culture of separating personal from business life. The three Bs are believe, #p2become, and belong. What do you believe in? Do you believe in yourself? If you treat people including yourself as if they ought become, they will become it.
The possibility mind set is more productive.  Stop complaining. What is the solution? The probability or possibility mind set. What do you embrace more? Probability fills in the gaps of the possibility mind set. Don't be afraid to express your personal Gospel desires. You can't separate business from personal life.  Seek the path to the future of your desire. Don't fall away from your righteous desires. Always keep yourself in the path.  If you keep your home life right, business life will most likely be right. The most important thing in life is family.  99% faith is not faith. 1% fear is actually 100%. Faith is an assurance of things that are true. The Gospel has no half-truths. Define to your what is success. To me, it is too achieve your righteous desires.
     Ryan Hamilton spoke last, and he is a great comedian with clean humor. It is incredible to listen to a Mormon Comedian that is actually good. I don't know any good Mormon standup comedians.


     My alumni mentor is a man named Sterling Graham. I met him at the Capitola Beach in California as I was watching over two Japanese English language students. As I was walking around, looking for them, I ran in to him. He was open about helping me find an internship, but I am not bold enough to ask about that yet. I first sent him a message on Linkedin, and he didn't answer. I found an email address on his Linkedin, so I asked there. He replied graciously, but I have not heard from him after answering his questions. I hope that I hear from him soon.
    The championship meet started a little rough because the scoreboard and the sound system didn't work. The program is so small that it worked well without it. No one broke records. The environment was good. We actually ran the 300 and 100/110 meter hurdles. We didn't run the 300 hurdles until the last meet. Tuesday is our banquet, and I still have work to do as a coordinator. I am happy that it will be over. I need to focus more in my classes. We had more participants in the championship, and the stadium did not seem empty.
     Jupiter Ascending is a movie that I would not recommend anyone to watch. There is no meaningful message in the movie. The story is better than most, but it is told very poorly. It is very hard to comprehend, and I am usually one who is easily understand movies. The worlds are gorgeous, and the pictures are amazing. Some themes of the movie is extreme corruption; therefore, I do not recommend that you corrupt your soul with their thought processes. The movie is based on the shallow philosophy of man that the Earth cannot sustain the population of humanity. "For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things, and have given unto the children of men to be agents unto themselves." D&C 104:17