Thought...

"Something I can give to you, but still keep- My Word."

and...

"You can't shake hands with a clenched fist"

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Screw With People At The Gym

I "SO" want to do some of these things at the gym!!! Hilarious.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Grand Master Helio Gracie Oct 1 1913 - Jan 29 2009: A Tribute

The father of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Helio Gracie.
Oct 1 1913 - Jan 29 2009 You will be missed by all!!! Thank you for giving the world your amazing art.
Obrigado por tudo Helio.

Monday, December 22, 2008

A Child is born...

“The Birth of Jesus,” Friend, Dec 1982,
Adapted from Scripture Stories (Matt. 1; Luke 1 and Luke 2; Hel. 14; 3 Ne. 1.)


Mary was a beautiful young woman who had been taught to believe in God and in the words of the prophets. One day the Lord sent the angel Gabriel to Mary with this message: “Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”
Mary was troubled because she was not sure what the angel meant.
“Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God,” the angel continued.
“And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.”
Mary was still puzzled and asked the angel how she could possibly have this baby, for she was not yet married.
“With God nothing shall be impossible,” the angel answered. Then he explained that Mary’s child was to be God’s Only Begotten Son.
This was startling news, but because of Mary’s faith and humility, she believed everything the angel told her. Her heart was filled with joy. No other daughter of God had ever been so blessed. In her gentle way Mary replied, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” Mary wanted more than anything else to do the will of her Father in Heaven.

Joseph loved Mary and wanted her to be his wife, but when he found she was going to have a baby, he decided to quietly call off their marriage.
However, the angel Gabriel visited Joseph in a dream and said, “Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”
Joseph understood then and took Mary to be his wife. He was happy that the long-foretold coming of the Savior was at hand and that Mary, whom he loved, was to be the mother of the Savior.

A few months later, in the spring of the year, Caesar Augustus, ruler of the Roman Empire, sent out a decree that every man in the empire must return to the city of his ancestors to pay a tax. Joseph had to go to Bethlehem.

Because Mary was about to have the baby, she was very uncomfortable. The journey was long and hard for her. When she and Joseph reached Bethlehem, things were even worse. The city was so crowded with all the people who had come to pay their taxes that there was not one room left for Mary and Joseph. Every inn was full. Finally, they found shelter in a stable.
While they were staying in the stable, Mary’s baby was born, and they called Him Jesus. Straw was carefully arranged in a manger to make a bed for Him. Tenderly Mary wrapped her tiny Son in swaddling clothes (pieces of cloth for bundling a baby) and put Him in the manger. When she looked at Him, she realized what a miracle He was. She was His mother, and God was His father. Every child is a spirit child of our Heavenly Father, but Jesus was also an earthly child of God. He was the Only Begotten Son of God, and He would be able to do the important work that God had called Him to do in this life.

The night of Jesus’ birth shepherds near Bethlehem were tending their sheep. Suddenly the skies became bright, “and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.” An angel appeared to them, saying, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
“And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”
As the angel spoke, a multitude of the heavenly host appeared, praising God: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
After the angels left, the shepherds hurried to see this special baby. Just as the angel had said, they found Mary and Joseph in a stable and the Babe lying in a manger. Looking down at the newborn Child, they knew He was indeed the Christ, the One who would be the Savior of all mankind.
“And when they had seen [the Babe], they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.” Then the shepherds returned to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for the wonderful things they had seen and heard. Happiness and joy filled their hearts because they had seen and could testify of the Christ.

The shepherds in Bethlehem were not the only ones who knew of the birth of Jesus. On the other side of the world, where the Nephites and Lamanites lived, Samuel, a Lamanite prophet, had told the Nephites of the signs that would appear when the Son of God was born. He had said that on that glorious occasion there would be a day, a night, and a day of continuous light and that a new star would appear.
Five years later, as Samuel had prophesied, the Nephites saw that it was still light even after the sun had gone down. They also saw a new star in the sky, and they knew that Jesus Christ was born.

I know this to be true. I know Jesus lives. I know he is my Saviour.
-Dan

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Momma gave in...surprise for Daddy!

Well, the kids and I have been trying to convince katie for over a year to let us get a dog. She does not really like dogs and is allergic to a lot of animals so it was hard for her. Lizzie and Marlee really love dogs and hug and kiss them with ease. Below are pics of the surprise early Christmas present I received Monday, Dec. 1st 2008.

His name is "Optimus Prime" but we call him Prime. He is a 4 month old Yorkshire Terrier. He has papers and is a pure bred. He is very very nice and never barks. He sleeps through the night and loves to play and run. We LOVE him!!! He weighs 6.2 lbs and got his first puppy hair cut yesterday. In this last picture, he is asleep in Katie's lap. He is my new buddy.
Thanks Momma!
Dan

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Lizzie Singing

Here is my baby, singing her favorite song, "I am a child of God".

Monday, October 27, 2008

50 Cal Fun!!!

Just another Republican clinging to his guns and his religion!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Dance dance

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

4 wheeeelin......

So, the other day my buddy Chris asked me to go 4 wheelin with him up near vega lake in the mountains. We left early and came back late afternoon. It was awesome! We even got stuck in a huge mud hole, lol. A few hours of diggin and we were back on the trail. We started out at 4800 elevation and peaked out at over 10,100. We had GPS, that's how we knew. Very fun time. (BTW, pay no attn to the date on the pics, the camera was messed up, soz)
-Dan


Friday, July 18, 2008

"Doomsday seed Vault"

Have you ever heard of the "doomsday seed Vault?" Me neither. I didn't know it existed until I saw this clip. Just click the link below and you can watch it right now. It is some serious news footage. It's about 12 minutes long and immensely interesting.

http://video.aol.com/partner/cbs/saving-seeds-in-doomsday-vault/29dSbxdhw4IBYZpC2eVO_bPEjYZdvVep

How do scientists come up with this stuff? Doomsday, seeds, no rain....watch it.

Dan

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Colorado River Float

Have you ever heard of "the Daily"? It is a float trip on part of the Colorado River. It starts about half way to Moab from the turn off of I-70 at Cisco and ends near Moab, UT. It is called the daily because it takes around 5-8 hours to complete.
Last weekend we took our youth group on this float. It was awesome! (Besides the swarms of Tammy beetles, hehe) We had 6 YW and 5 YM, plus us leaders. Me, Bro. Barton, Bro. Buddeke (our guide), Sis's Roberts and Krebs. We camped out the night before on the shoreline. Friday night I gave a fireside on "Hero's". It went very well. Bro. Dillon arranged for all the kids to have letters written by their parents, for them, about how they love them and think they are the heroes. It was very nice. The YW leaders took care of all our meals and they did a great job.
Saturday morning bright and early we began our journey. The river was actually quite busy. We navigated away from the other rafts and groups and started right off with a nice cooling water fight. I had so much fun! We spent the day talking, laughing, splashing, rowing, floating and at one point picking each other out of the water. Yes, at one point we got flipped and it was quite intense for about 30 seconds. Bro. Barton was actually under water "churning" for most of that time. It was quite scary, but Heavenly Father was with us. Hehe, I lost my Oakleys and my beloved lake powell hat. So sad. But in the end, everyone was fine besides some bruised shins and egos. The river can be so calm and relaxing, but we can never underestimate the power of nature and it's water.

I think that life can be the same way. We are just drifting along, relaxing and then "splash" we are hit with some rough water. IE; hardtimes or trials. If we are not prepared we could get "flipped" or get caught in the "churning" water and that can be a horrible cycle. We hit that bad wave a little crooked with our little raft. We could have avoided flipping if our boat would have been straight. We had paddles in hand and our life jackets on tight, but the raft went in crooked. Our guide, (Bro. Buddeke) warned us about the rough water. Although somewhat prepared, we didn't heed all our guides warnings and we paid the consequences for it. This time, it just meant getting a little wet.

I pray that we can stay on the staight and narrow way, that we can listen to our prophets voice, and that we can be prepared if the rough water does come. Our faith will keep us aloat in rough water. The Church is true!
--Dan--

Monday, July 7, 2008

The 4th!!

The Fourth!

Well, we are home and well and I just wanted to take a second and write a lil. We had the most fantastic time in Hooper for the fourth! It was so fun and we actually had perty darn good weather.

The kids had SO much fun playing with all of their cousins and Aunts and Uncles.Sam, on the way home said that, "he would never forget Emma and Julia as long as he lives!" Sleeping in the tents went better then expected for us, minus Lizzie I guess. I enjoyed it and the kids actually slept great. BTW, Greg and Debi, I turned off the waterfall at 3am in the morning Friday night, because it started sounding like the creature from the black lagoon. I didn't know what else to do at 3am.

Playing softball was a blast, especially when I hit a triple. (This of course after popping out twice in a row to Kyle.) It was very competitive and fun. So was volleyball and swimming. Good times. I had a wonderful time playing golf also. I remember a few years ago when I said I would never go again, lol. With great instruction from Greg J this year and Kyle & JB last year, I have grown to really like golf. Including the nice company whilst playing. I wish I could golf with you guys all the time, I would love it then.

Thank you all for the stimulating conversation, family unity and genuine love. We love it when we all get together. My kids love all of you, kids and adults and that makes me feel so happy.

Thanks again Greg and Debi. See ya next year!

Dan and fam.