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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.
- Hearing:A Man and a Woman (Heaven On Earth) - Goodman Family
Well, I want to write down what happened yesterday afternoon before I forget it. If you wonder why I've been so distracted that I haven't been saying much online, one of the reasons why is the lady below.
First major thing I did that morning was take my car (did I mention I just got it this week? No?) and find a beautiful spot, up on Provo Canyon
(just off US-189
) about a mile north of the Sundance/Timpanogos Cave (UT-92
) turn-off. I would have need of it later that day.
(I wanted to go to Bridal Veil Falls, instead, but there was no parking there during the "winter season".)
Did that, returned to get ready to go to the Provo Temple (needed to have my church clothes on for that), then went and did my laundry for the week and got back to the house, where my girlfriend was waiting for me.
We went to the temple, and then back to my apartment to change out of church clothes. I had told her to bring walking shoes, and that was the only clue I had given as to where we were going. Then we went back up Provo Canyon, pulled over, and walked down to the river
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- Hearing:Mariah Carey - Auld Land Syne (The New Year's Anthem)
Well, it's time for those New Year's resolutions.
1. When I got to Provo, I weighed 200 pounds. My goal for this point was 180. As of today, I'm at 182.0, so I'm only off by 2 pounds, and that's because I've been holding, rather than going down, for the holiday season. This year, I want my weight to be down to sane ranges for my height (135-145) before the end of it, and if I'm down there by September, that'll be fantastic. It's a little hard to believe that less than 4 years ago, I was actually below 120.
2. Get the dental work done. I've already got some appointments for it. I went in at the beginning of December, and 3 of my wisdom teeth and one other tooth needs extracted. For not being able to afford a dentist visit since before I started this journal (10 years last September), that's doing pretty good.
3. Spiritual goals. The usual scripture reading and praying ones.
4. Writing in this journal a little more than I have been.
- Hearing:Noteworthy - When I Think About Angels
I now live less than a mile and a half from the Provo Tabernacle (I walk to it for the occasional concert), so I was quite surprised Friday morning to be texted by my girlfriend that it happened to be on fire...
My guess (and my girlfriend's) is that someone in the group that was rehearsing there the night before was careless or left too many lights plugged in, but who knows?
I got lucky I heard last night that The Sing-Off
came back for a second season - I don't have TV reception at the moment to watch it live, but I've bought all the episodes so far, and will be buying the last one once it gets on iTunes. The joke in my family is that if I like a show, it doesn't last more than 2 seasons, and I really liked it last year, despite the BYU group having had to leave early.
Speaking of the BYU group
, I'm going to one of their concerts in January. That should be fun.
Life is going pretty well.
- Hearing:Vanessa Williams - Save The Best For Last
Had a fun date and a fun class afterwards yesterday (a UVU professor was doing a class on "How Not To Marry A Jerk or Jerkette")... Been a long time since I really went out on dates (2003) so I was a little worried - no worries!
Signed up for a run tomorrow.. it's a cancer benefit run for someone in my ward. Should be fun.
My orange laptop is now working again - all it needed was a new power brick. Now all I need to do is to get it upgraded. (doing that now, starting with the operating system. It is 4 years old, so I have hopes this will work...)
Got the laundry done tonight, as well.
- Hearing:Montgomery Gentry - Daddy Won't Sell The Farm
Not feeling well the last few days - got myself a bad cold. (or maybe it should be 'some bad code?') Apparently I've been trying to burn the candle at both ends and it's catching up with me.
And I'm not sure I'm even going to be able to get a bicycle on the 20th, the way things are going.
I really need to get myself some new music - any good artists to check out that you'd think I'd like?
I like that LJ is spotlighting 65redroses
today - Sarah, have you seen the documentary they mentioned there?
- Hearing:The Chipmunks and the Chipettes - Off To See The World
Well, I now live in Provo, Utah... I can't believe it'll be 3 weeks tomorrow since I moved down here!
Had to find a place quickly, because I decided to start my job on the 15th of last month - and ended up getting some help from my ward in getting into my new apartment, instead of having to stay with somebody. Only 2/3 of my stuff is here so far, and I'm going to have to buy some bookshelves, as well as a lot of other stuff.other stuff,
I found a pretty convenient place, all things considered. The only thing that ISN'T convenient is my work - it's 4 miles walking distance away. I can take the bus and cut it down to a mile and a half - and I'm glad it doesn't rain much.
Here's how my weekday schedule is looking.
5:40 - time to get up. Washed, bathed, shaved, etcetera.
7:00 - out the door, if I want to get to work before 8.
8:00 - start work. It's a fun job..
16:30 - time to leave work. Hopefully it hasn't started raining, otherwise, I'll need a ride.
18:00 - I usually get home by this time, even if I walk it. (If I take the bus back, 5:30pm is a good guess.)
20:00 - time to start winding down - I like my sleep.
21:00 - time to go to bed.
My weekends have been varied. The weekend of the 18th, I was fried - still getting used to my schedule and all that. The 25th, I went back up to Fielding for the weekend to get more of my stuff. Last weekend was General Conference - which is always busy for me, but a restful busy, if you can believe that - especially since a screen to watch the sessions on was only 3 blocks away. I had 3 favorite talks from the 4 sessions I've seen so far (I slept through Saturday afternoon's session) - Elder Malm's talk Sunday afternoon where he mentioned the tree that looked fine from a distance, but was hollow inside, Elder Holland's talk Saturday morning on service in the Church, and Elder Kearon's talk during the Priesthood session, when he commented that we must lay down our own "weapons of rebellion." I'm thankful I haven't had to dig ice caves anytime lately (at least since I've been a Boy Scout.) I plan to get a bicycle soon - and that should tighten up the schedule quite a bit (I can get to work and back home quicker, so I can have more time for my own stuff and to get to sleep later.)
No, no car for a while - the student loan people found me already, so I've got to start paying them - and if I can save up $5,000, hopefully I can get the penalties and fees part canceled (I'll check with them on that closer to time.)