- Fri, 12:08: RT @doswaldcal: Thanks #perl track speakers 1st day #openwest @doswaldcal, @danapettit, Russel Fisher, Scott Wiersdorf. Next, @YAPCNA http:…
- Fri, 12:42: The line for lunch at #openwest ... It could be longer! @openwestconf http://t.co/SoSZjX6n5g
- Fri, 12:44: RT @JayceHall: #OpenWest is teaching Costa Vida was scalability means
- Fri, 12:45: The talks at #openwest have been great, however!
- Fri, 13:30: RT @openwestconf: Giving 2 Tux keyboards! Retweet our giveaway tweet earlier to enter! Winners selected in 1 hour #ZaReason #OpenWest http:…
- Fri, 13:30: RT @openwestconf: Hello Day 2! Starting this morning with a TUX keyboard giveaway. Follow @openwestconf and retweet for a chance to win. #o…
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- Sun, 13:13: RT @ddlywckmorm: Living the gospel faithfully is NOT a burden #ldsconf
- Sun, 14:12: Moral agency is a part of God's plan for all his children #ElderHales #LDSConf
- Sun, 14:15: RT @TheRealTWiM: You might notice no one says "free agency" anymore. Now it's all about "moral agency." #ldsconf #elderhales
- Sun, 14:15: It is not too late to make that same choice again and follow Him #ElderHales #LDSConf
- Sun, 14:25: We are responsible to safeguard religious liberty for ourselves and our posterity. #ElderHales #LDSConf
- Sun, 14:25: RT @brewerr: 4 cornerstones of religious freedom: -Believe -Share -Meet -Live As we believe #LDSconf http://t.co/3pfuvmdJeu
- Sun, 14:25: RT @Crentzer: "The people who insist their viewpoints and actions be tolerated are often very slow to give the same tolerance" #ldsconf #El…
- Sun, 14:29: RT @786Joel: The Church can and should get involved with politics when it affects religious freedom. #ElderHales #LDSConf #TwitterStake
- Sun, 14:29: RT @MonicaFranco3: How we live our religion is far more important than what we say about our religion. #ElderHales #ldsconf #twitterstake
- Sun, 14:29: RT @Missellejay0902: To hang in there is not a gospel principal. Endure to the end! #ldsconf
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- Sat, 14:20: RT @BeckyTPorter: My stake president husband chuckled at the direction given to those who oppose. 😊 #ldsconf #twitterstake
- Sat, 15:22: RT @nicoley128: The church is like a big hospital & we're all sick in our own way. We come to #church to be helped. Dale G. Renlund #ldsco…
- Sat, 15:23: RT @GanelLyn: Church like a big hospital, and we’re all sick in our own way #ElderRenlund #ldsconf love that we are addressing forgiveness …
- Sat, 15:24: RT @Emmymom2: "Evaluate our lives, repent and keep on trying." #LDSConf #ElderRenlund
- Sat, 15:25: Had power out for about 45 mins during #ldsconf. Tried not to get cranky and impatient.
- Sat, 15:26: RT @corbinallred: If we don't try, we're just Latter Day Sinners. Don't persevere, Latter Day Quitters. Don't let others try, Latter Day hy…
- Sat, 15:29: RT @towerofmatt: Great women and men are always more anxious to serve than to have dominion. #ElderRingwood #ldsconf
- Sat, 15:34: God and Christ succor us so we can succor those who stand in need of our succor #ldsconf #ElderRingwood
- Sat, 15:34: RT @rominauceda: “@GuyRichey: Am I a saint or just a sinner? #ldsconf http://t.co/XgrCvMcyIM”
- Sat, 15:40: We can thrive and bloom if we are rooted in the love of the Savior #ElderCook #ldsconf
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- Sat, 10:02: Time for #ldsconf. Be prepared for the flood (in more than one way!)
- Sat, 10:09: RT @TheNormons: The opening prayer at #LDSConf is like a blessing on the food for this two day feast of EPIC proportions #STOKED
- Sat, 10:12: RT @Emmymom2: When we help and serve anyone, the Savior feels it is as we served Him. #ldsconf #PresEyring
- Sat, 10:12: RT @Loving_Life_LDS: To keep the law of charity the Lord gave us the fast! Do we really know what it is to fast & the use of the offerings?…
- Sat, 10:13: The lord has given us a simple commandment with a wonderful promise (the law of the fast) #ldsconf
- Sat, 10:16: RT @brittanybullen: Great reminder from @PresidentEyring @ldsconf #ldsconf #ldsconf2015 http://t.co/64G1ezTT47
- Sat, 10:18: RT @mormonneighbor: Your fast offering will do more than feed or clothe bodies, it will help and heal hearts. #ldsconf #PresEyring
- Sat, 10:19: Your fast offering will do more than feed or clothe bodies, it will heal and change hearts. #ldsconf #PresEyring
- Sat, 10:19: RT @RMWWorldwide: some may not be able to fast for medical reasons, but we can still contribute a generous offering to help others. #ldsc…
- Sat, 10:22: RT @786Joel: How many of the different fields on the tithing slip do you take advantage of? #PresEyring #Charity #LDSConf #TwitterStake
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- Sun, 14:08: RT @jelaliam: I want my strength faithend. #ldsconf #TwitterStake
- Sun, 14:15: RT @AnnArborStake: Brigham Young: “We are on the old ship Zion…[God] is at the helm, and will stay there….All is right.” #ElderBallard | #l…
- Sun, 14:16: RT @mormontimes: “We need to experience a continuing conversion...not just once, but regularly.” #ElderBallard | #ldsconf
- Sun, 14:18: RT @ByCommonConsent: Ballard: “You will realize that we live less in a ‘bubble’ than most people.” #ldsconf
- Sun, 14:21: RT @sayitlikereagan: Scriptural council, when followed, acts like a spiritual life jacket. #ElderBallard #ldsconf
- Sun, 14:21: RT @dteeps: The Prophets and Apostles are in touch with the Lord, that means they are not out of touch with our lives. #ldsconf #twittersta…
- Sun, 14:23: RT @mhebboy1: “If we keep our focus on the Lord, we're promised a blessing beyond comparison.” -M Russell Ballard #LDSconf
- Sun, 14:23: RT @iMattBrooks: #ElderBallard Focus on the Atonement, not the appendages. #ldsconf
- Sun, 14:27: We are blessed to be accountable for [our] decisions. #LDSConf
- Sun, 14:28: Our purpose in coming to this world is to be tested, tried, and STRETCHED! #LDSConf
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- Sat, 13:31: At #LDSConf and in our seats now...
- Sat, 13:34: RT @MiriamFranson: "I know of no sign on the doors of our meetinghouses that says, 'Your testimony must be this tall to enter.'" #PresUchtd…
- Sun, 10:31: How do we sustain the authorities of the church? Not just by the raising of the hand, but in deed and in truth! #LDSConf
- Sun, 10:34: RT @ByCommonConsent: Nelson: common consent give us "confidence and faith as we strive... to heed the Lord's voice... through his servants.…
- Sun, 10:36: Our sustaining of prophets is a personal committment [to follow their prophetic counsel] #LDSConf
- Sun, 10:36: RT @fewill: "Restoration shattered the age old myth that God stopped talking to His children." #ldsconf #ElderNelson
- Sun, 10:37: RT @txaggieheather: When we sustain someone, we pledge to stand behind them, pray for them, and carry out their instructions. #ldsconf #E…
- Sun, 10:39: RT @leejhinkle: Fifteen men provides incredible protection for The Church. Very different men. Very different opinions. #GodGuides #ldsconf
- Sun, 10:39: The Lord's system provides for ... backup! #LDSConf #twitterstake
- Sun, 10:41: RT @Chase_Observes: kinda hard to imagine any of the apostles arguing about anything ever. #ldsconf
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- Sat, 10:02: Time for another wonderful #LDSConf!
- Sat, 10:10: 65th year that #LDSConf has been on TV.
- Sat, 10:11: RT @Kenny_Larson: Got my #ldsconf column up in Tweetdeck. It's like a firehose. #twitterstake
- Sat, 10:16: RT @RileighDye: 15 million strong and 88,000 missionaries. #ldsconf
- Sat, 10:17: We'll be leaving at 11 to head to the afternoon session.
- Sat, 10:17: RT @ChuckCastleton: Maybe in the future they'll announce how many years it's been since the first broadcast of #ldsconf on the intrrnet.
- Sat, 10:21: RT @bekiweki: We're only 19 minutes into Conference and I get a smackdown: I need to do my family history. #ldsconf #twitterstake
- Sat, 10:21: So do I - I need to get started, and bad.
- Sat, 10:23: We may not live perfect lives, but before we came here, we accepted the rules. #ldsconf
- Sat, 10:24: RT @SISTASinZION: If you want to be cleansed from sin you gotta take a bath in LIVING WATER! #ElderPacker #LDSconf #TwitterStake
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- Sun, 14:19: RT @dendenwen: Elder Boyd K. Packer: Knowledge and intelligence is gained through diligence and obedience. #ldsconf
- Sun, 14:20: RT @LDSquotable: “Knowledge which is of eternal value comes only through personal prayer and pondering.” - #PresPacker #LDSconf
- Sun, 14:23: RT @LDSConfNotes: Pres Packer: I wanted a personal Testimony. I wanted to KNOW! #ldsconf
- Sun, 14:36: We must not forget what you and I experienced in the Temple of the Lord #ElderWalker #ldsconf
- Sun, 14:37: No sacrifice is too great in order to receive the blessings of the Temple. #ldsconf
- Sun, 14:43: RT @chmsant: Families may be spread out, but families are an eternal unit #LDSConf #TwitterStake
- Sun, 14:45: RT @EmaPen: Out of respect for our agency, God directs us with a "gentle tug." #ldsconf
- Sun, 14:45: RT @Kandeegp: Are we obedient and following the driver's lead? Follow the Lord, know His will, follow the spirit. #ldsconf
- Sun, 14:51: RT @Emmymom2: "Each of us is a son or daughter of God and has a unique premortal story" #ldsconf #ElderPerry
- Sun, 14:52: RT @didymustweets: Too often we think of obedience as passive and thoughtless. #ldsconf
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- Sat, 14:10: Glad to see Bro. Ryan Eggett there conducting the music today (my son is in another of his choirs) #ldsconf
- Sat, 14:12: RT @TeresaHirst: Do you raise your hand at home for the sustaining of Church leaders? We do! #ldsconf
- Sat, 14:25: RT @shanna_barrett: "Faith is the antidote for fear" #ElderNielson #ldsconf
- Sat, 14:27: Even teams can fail... there is only One in which your faith is always safe #ldsconf
- Sat, 14:28: RT @WOFFilm: "Are we securely tied to God, so that our faith shows, or, are we actually tied to something else?" #ldsconf
- Sat, 14:34: Evil, error, and darkness will NEVER be truth, even if popular - Elder Nelson #ldsconf
- Sat, 14:35: Fifty million people CAN be wrong - immorality is still immorality #ElderNelson #ldsconf
- Sat, 14:44: RT @786Joel: If the Lord isn't first in your life, what is? #ElderScott #Idols #LDSConf #TwitterStake
- Sat, 14:48: Teach the importance of families being sealed in the temple #ElderScott #ldsconf
- Sat, 14:49: RT @rzamor1: "Always seek to strengthen families. Teach with the vision of seeing families sealed in the temple." #ElderScott #ldsconf
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- Sat, 10:14: RT @corbinallred: We are a family of 15 Million strong, bound by our faith. #LDSConf
- Sat, 10:14: Yes, it's time for #ldsconf
- Sat, 10:16: RT @andrewsproctor: President Monson's "State of the Kingdom Address." #ldsconf
- Sat, 10:17: No temple announcement??? :( #twitterstake
- Sat, 10:21: RT @Bigtex129: Defend your faith with courage and courtesy. -Elder Holland #ldsconf
- Sat, 10:24: RT @GardenofEnid: I think being a Mormon is worth it...#ldsconf #twitterstake
- Sat, 10:29: "What would Jesus do" will not always bring a popular response #ldsconf
- Sat, 10:30: Christlike love, flowing from true righteousness, can change the world. #ElderHolland #ldsconf
- Sat, 10:35: We all have the opportunity of blessing the lives of others - Elder Rasband #ldsconf #twitterstake
- Sat, 10:37: RT @nicknewman801: Wow. 317 Seventies to help the Apostles with the work of the Church worldwide. #ldsconf
- Hearing:Chris Tomlin - I Will Follow
I found this one blog entry
I really like the quote from:
At the end of my previous post (“Recession and Missionary Service”), I set an agenda for developing a supply function for missionaries. I say supply function, but a supply function for labor involves a wage. The earthly wage is negative, and the eternal wage is... difficult to quantify.
(accent my own)
I also got my grades yesterday - both A's.
Today is General Conference - which means I'll be busy.
The mortgage is now on my bank's online account... didn't seem real until it showed up there. Now I KNOW we own the house (or at least, the bank owns it in our name.) It's nice to know that at least we're paying on it now, instead of throwing the money away.
- Hearing:Little Big Town - Bring It On Home
Well, we just closed on the house today - one more stress off my list. Now I've just got to do my self-review for work soon (hopefully tomorrow night) and start school again next week...
Thankfully, we won't have to move - we bought the house we're currently living in. Quite a nice deal. I told my wife two years ago that I did not intend to move again - I've had more than enough of it. Had to have a big check written (a cashier's check) to do the closing. I don't LIKE spending that much money, but it had to be done. Now, instead of paying rent, we're paying on the mortgage. Signed my life away for the next 30 years, but having our OWN place to live (starting tomorrow) is definitely a good thing.
- Hearing:OneRepublic - Counting Stars
Well, second final is done - that instructor takes 3 weeks to grade tests. The first class is already graded - I got a 95 on the final, and therefore a 96 in the course!
Got all 3 of my books now. Have to make a phone call about the house tomorrow.
Rough day at work today... time to go to bed.
- Hearing:Pitbull - Back In Time
Well, all I have left now is the finals on my classes. Got all the homework done and submitted Thursday night.
Let me explain how the school I go to works.
They start classes every month (on the 1st of the month most months), most classes take 12 weeks to complete. Midterms are scheduled during week 7, finals during week 12. To keep financial aid (to be 'half-time' - which is really '3/4 time' compared to a normal semester school because of the short class schedule) you have to be taking 2 classes every 3 months. That's what I'm doing.
Weeks without midterms or finals have a written assignment that has to be completed, and you have the choice of a more 'conversational' class study or a 'hands-off' class. I took hands-off classes the first semester, because they were basically 'updated repeats' - one was literally the 'This is a mouse. This is a keyboard' class that you would think they'd let computer science majors do without (at least for the first half of the semester - the second half was basic Visual Basic programming) and the other was a data structures class.
October's classes should be more interesting.
- Hearing:Demi Lovato - Give Your Heart A Break
It's been a long time - and this journal is about to become a teenager tomorrow - LiveJournal's been around that long. Yes, this journal was 'born' September 3rd, 2000!
I'm back in school - doing online courses through Thomas Edison State College.
(their web site
) By this time next year, I should have my Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
- I only have 18 credits to go. I started in July, and I'm registered for my next 2 courses that start October first. Schoolbooks are STILL expensive
. Thankfully I can rent them.
Kind of surprising that I started this journal when I started school the LAST time, and what has happened since then.
Yes, I'm still in Utah - TESC is a completely-online school. Unfortunately, I still have to pay out-of-state rates, since I'm not a New Jersey resident, but with that few credits to go, I can wiggle it into the budget with student loans.
Unfortunately, the Crohn's is back. Came back last October with a 4 day full-intestinal-obstruction hospitalization, and have had one more (last April) since then. I'm back on Imuran and vitamins - no other pills yet, thank goodness.
Still working, however - the job is great! I plan on working there for as long as I can. It's moved to northern Orem, so it's a little longer drive, but I can deal with it most of the time now.
Have not been doing choirs other than my church choir - Doing the equivalent of three-quarter-time school (two courses every 3 months) and a full-time job means I don't have much in the way of time for other things. Maybe next year.
Speaking of musical stuff - I'm also my ward's chorister. It was a little nervous at first, but now I'm fine with it.
Did go to a movie
this Labor Day - I liked it, at any rate - it'll be on my Amazon wish list when it comes out on Blu-Ray.
Had a busy week. Friday before last, I went to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower
, which was not as bad as I was expecting it to be. (I actually liked it. I've put it on my list of movies to buy when it comes out.)
Last Tuesday was two concerts for my son's choir up in Salt Lake. (Yes, I can call him that, I adopted him last September.)
Wednesday night, went to see Skyfall
, which was pretty good.
I got my Christmas bonus Thursday and my dear wife decides she wants to give me a heart attack by spending too much - we have bills to pay off ($40k of them, between everything that needs paid off! But it used to be $45k, so we're working on them!) and stuff to save up for. Did get a few small ones paid off, however, and we'll get another one paid off today so I can pick up my new prescription glasses.
Friday night, we did the Festival of Lights.
Saturday, all I wanted to do is sleep. At least the schedule is lighter next week, just a doctor's appointment on Tuesday and a Christmas party on Friday.
I've got my tickets for The Hobbit
on Saturday, as well.
Well, just got back from the Stadium of Fire... was fun. Scotty McCreery was the opening act, they had the talent show, the flyover, the Beach Boys, and then the big fireworks show, with a 007 motif this year. More tomorrow, if I remember to post it.
Well, it's been a long time since I posted here... what's going on? Well, my 6-month anniversary was last month.
I ended up moving down to Spanish Fork last August - had to have a bigger place.
Yes, the wedding happened! All the pictures (engagement, bridals, wedding, and reception) are at http://wedding-pictures.curtisjewell.name/
, but here are a few.
I've been in the Nebo Chorale
this last year. It's hectic, but I'll probably do it again next year. Especially around Christmas (think of my new son being in one choir, me in another, and we have our big concerts on consecutive days!)
As part of that choir, I got to sing with my son at Spanish Fork's annual 4-choir Community Easter Concert
last week (He's in the Utah Valley Children's Choir
. He'll be on tour in the South during the summer.)
We're currently up in Wyoming visiting her father - I realized yesterday just as we hit the border that I should have brought the videos of the Easter concert on a USB stick! Oh, well! Heck, let me see if I can get them up on YouTube to post here once I get back home! Probably be a good idea.
(Video for the song - unfortunately un-embeddable - is at http://youtu.be/t1Rd1AsyRl4
- It's one I played at the reception.)
- Hearing:Abba - Waterloo
I've done a number of fun things over the last few days that I want to write about.
Wednesday the 15th, I was interviewed for a podcast
about Strawberry Perl
. I liked doing it, and hope I can get some help with it.
Thursday evening the 16th was a hour-long bell concert
at BYU at the Centennial Carillon Tower. They had a very good selection of songs, including the Star Spangled Banner to begin the concert, the Stars and Stripes Forever to end it, and Climb Every Mountain and Joshua at the Battle of Jericho (correct me if I'm wrong on the name) during it, as well as some classical pieces. Afterwards we got shown the practice keyboard for the carillon and an explanation about how one operates. Quite the interesting instrument.
Saturday Liz and I got the wedding invitation pictures taken. We took them at a few different places, in a few different sets of clothing. We'll see how they look over the next few weeks. After that, we took two of her sisters up to the airport to leave on a two-week vacation. Was a busy day.
Sunday was Father's Day... Next year, I'll qualify! *grin*
Tuesday night was the Republican Liberty Caucus of Utah
convention, where they elected officers for the past year, and had speakers to inspire us to help get leaders elected (and to be those leaders) that will get government out of our lives as much as possible and get out of our way and let us enjoy the freedoms.
Friday night Liz and I went down to Manti to go to the Mormon Miracle pageant
. It was very good, as expected. Didn't get home until 2am, and didn't get up until 11am.
Now it's time to relax today.