Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Christmas Light Display of This Year

I've been praying for this moment to come and then my prayer had been answered. I finally figured out what was wrong with that new circuit that I received from an expert electrician. He told me and my Mom that I needed to press the reset button for a few seconds before assuming that it won't work anymore. He also explained that the brown and white cords that I'm using outside are supposed to be indoor use only. 

Since the new circuit turned out to be GFI, it means that it won't electrocute or shock anybody in the process, but if it ever rains or snows, the water would go into the outlets and it would cause the GFI circuit to trip, meaning to shorten out and not work, unless it has been reset. He also said that I need to replace the brown and white cords into the green cords that are waterproof. 

Even through all that stress, I finally can let the lights keep going on with the neighbors until the day after Christmas. I've taken these pictures before the Circuit issue occurred. I hope that you like it so much. It's been up since the day before Thanksgiving. It might be close to a Disney display (I wish I had almost a lot more Disney characters in the display so that I can make it Disneyland Christmas Light styled), but there are other things that are added to the display, like the nativity, Gingerbread house and gingerbread man and gingerbread woman, and then Santa Paws. You may have noticed that we don't have snow on our lawn or on our house this year, probably because my Mom has been praying for no snow until the day before Christmas, so she won't be stressed through all the fuss to get things ready before the last minute of Christmas and before the last minute of getting my brother, The Beast, to get married in the Salt Lake temple with Beauty. I bet you would all think that's romantic and sweet. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I'm still glad that I have a new circuit and figured out how to solve the problem if it ever happens again, so that I can be less stressed of putting up holiday displays every year. I hope you enjoyed this. Thank you. :) 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Stressed with Christmas Lights.

I'm sorry that it took me a very long time ever since I got to write a blogpost on mine. The reason it's been a long time is because I've been busy trying to catch up with the rest of the semester to go through the hard math, especially talking about inequalities, square roots, quadratic formulas, and graphing. I've been stressed out for about five years griping about putting up lights for Christmas every year. Every time, I plug in the lights in one circuit, they just go out. For this year, we got a new circuit that would hopefully not shorten out anymore. The new circuit seemed to be working very well at first, and it was working in the first week after Halloween. We had some rain for last weeks, and only a little bit of snow, because my Mom is getting very busy trying to get things ready for Christmas and another event called my brother, The Beast, (which used to be Gym Rat, but he never liked it) getting married to a nice girl named Beauty. The rain kept falling down and then it would stop and some lights on the house would keep on. Then suddenly that new circuit that was bought for the display on Halloween stopped working for me, my Mom and my sister, Bossy, kept telling me that I'm using inside extension cords that aren't good for outdoor use. I kept checking to see if it was true. I unplugged the cords and try to dry the cords out with a blow dryer because rain could go through them, I checked to see if it solved the problem, but it never did. I noticed that I saw a yellow light from the new circuit and saw words saying "Wet Locations with tab closed" I thought it meant that it needed to rest a bit from the wet grass and see if it solved the problem. I waited for a couple of days, but it still didn't fix. Before my Dad left for Boston for his job, he suggested I duct tape the empty outlets from the cords to see if it helped to keep the rain from going in. I tried that, but nothing ever helped the circuit to operate again.

My sister Bossy, kept saying that the brown and white extension cords instead of the green ones are indoor use instead of both. I believed her, but I doubted it. I unplugged one cord that was operated from the circuit and then plugged it into the power-strip that was on our porch operating the other lights perfectly. I noticed that the lights that were from the new circuit worked from the outlet on the porch. I started to have a feeling that it's not the cords that are causing the problem, but it's the circuit itself. I've tried almost every attempt to reset that circuit, but I'll it kept showing was a yellow light right by the outlets. I kept trying to prove to Bossy and Mom that it's the circuit itself, but they kept thinking it's the cords. I've kept trying and trying and trying to see if it solved anything. Unfortunately, nothing happened. I wanted to prove to my Mom that it's the circuit that isn't working, not the cords, but she kept insisting that it's the cords.

I even prayed to figure out if there would be anyway to get the circuit fixed before Christmas comes next week. I wanted to impress my neighbors again, but I feel embarrassed to even face the neighbors. It may be hard to explain to them about what happened. I feel like I'm the boy who cried wolf and nobody believed me. I'm just going to have to keep praying to see if the new circuit will be able to work again before next Thursday. Hopefully. :) :(

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Scripture Mastery #8 Some People Are Worth Melting For

I know it's been a long time since I put up the last post, but it's because it's been a busy summer with my mission and college. Also, I couldn't figure out what scripture mastery I could also show you, until it got to me that I can tell you a scripture reference that I read in Isaiah 19: 1. It explains a very good quote that reminds me of one of the most hilarious characters of all time...Olaf from Frozen. Actually, it's something I've told you before, but this is a totally different scripture reference I read in the Old Testament.

 "The burden of Egypt. Behold, the Lord rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it."

It's explaining that almost exactly like what Olaf said from Frozen. "Some People Are Worth Melting For." It reminds me it's just like we are all worth melting for happiness. It may sound like an implied idea to think about, but to me it reminds me that we are all melting in happiness as long as we listen with our hearts and know that we are here on earth and we know that if we follow the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we'll all live with Him again for time and all eternity.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Scripture Mastery #7 Education

I never came up with this scripture reference, because it was already mentioned. And besides whenever I read this scripture, it reminds that education is very important. Even though there are a lot of kids around the world who complain about homework, they should learn that homework is part of life and it'll help them to overcome trials and troubles, even if they find it too hard for them. When I was in college, which I still am, I never like the trial of having so much to do and every assignment having so much requirements to complete.

However, with this scripture mastery that I've learned from it helps me to know that education was created for all of us to try to learn how to be like another person and how we can have skills and to know how we can manage our lives. This scripture is on Alma 37: 35.

O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God.

It helps me to know that we need education, otherwise, we'll never learn about the world and why we live in it right now. And if Heavenly Father never created education than we would never be able to go back to heaven to live with him again. We should be glad that education has been created so that if we live righteously and faithfully, and be with our families together forever, we'll be able to create our own worlds by the end of the millennium.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

First Book of Mormon given

I haven't been blogging much about my mission. There is something amazing that happened that may not be related to helping with the students in the seminaries, but this will be like the best one you'll hear. I'm almost done with the Spring semester of college and I'm looking forward for a break from that craziness. If it'll make you cry with happiness, I suggest you prepare a tissue for that.

Anyway, I just wanted to tell you what happened on Monday last week. I was in my reading class and a classmate named Stephanie and I were doing our book interviews on the Book of Mormon. One African American student named Satiq felt very interested to hear about what Stephanie and I believed in. He was asking questions about how the Book of Mormon was compared to the Holy Bible.

We then told him about it and he then asked for a copy of the Book of Mormon. I had six copies in my backpack, because Mom challenged me and Sister Teach to try to meet somebody who would feel seriously interested in the Book of Mormon and the church.

I was feeling a bit excited to give him the first copy of the Book of Mormon with the picture of the family and the testimony that we said in it. I've been praying for Satiq to learn and know that the church is true. I was hoping by the Monday of this week, Stephanie and I would see him and see if he'll testify to us that he knows that the church is true. Unfortunately, he never came. I was a bit disappointed that he didn't show up, but I'm still having faith and praying that he will understand and know that this church is true.

I'm hoping that will happen, because it makes me feel like I want to know Satiq understands the church more and how it can change his life and help him live it happily. I've learned that it takes patience to find a person who feels seriously interested in the church. I'm hoping I'll still continue to do that, even if it'll take a while to find a good person.

Sister Teach's doing the same thing as I've been trying to do. Help a few groups of families to see if the church will change their lives. About Sister Teach, there's only sixteen weeks left for her to come home from her mission, and I'm planning to wear my name badge and suit and she and I will take a picture of the both of us wearing our missionary name tags.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Scripture Mastery #6 Be A Delightsome People

This may sound like it's not part of it, but I think it does. I've learned a lot about discrimination against a certain group of people. There's sometimes, racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, and much more that we may face in life. But with those people in the 20th century who stopped discrimination has made a very big difference in our today world. According to a scripture mastery that I found in the Words of Mormon on 1: 8 it explains about it.

                                                                 Words of Mormon 1: 8

 And my prayer to God is concerning my brethren, that they may once again come to the knowledge of God, yea, the redemption of Christ; that they may once again be a delightsome people.

I think what that means is that everyone in this world and in the entire millennium will become a delightsome people unto Heavenly Father, especially those who are different like these two girls in the picture. They look like they're a delightsome couple anyway. This scripture reminds me that we treat everybody equally, and that we can become good people and we'll make a difference in every part of life until the end of our life. If we continue for equality, we'll live happier lives.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Scripture Mastery #5: Let It Go

Here's a new scripture reference that I came up with. Have you ever seen the movie Frozen? If you have then that's great, because I found a good scripture reference to that. It'son Mosiah 10: 12-18. Even if you read it, it may not make sense at first, but if you think about watching Elsa in Frozen and reading the reference, you'll find out that it does make sense.

Even though I've used the title for Let It Go, you may think it may say that in the scriptures, but I couldn't another scripture reference that says "Let It Go" in it.

Here's the reference that I'm putting on here. I hope that you understand it better and think that you can find movies that are related to the scriptures.

                                                           Mosiah 10: 12-18

"12. They were a wild, and ferocious, and a blood-thirsty people, believing in the tradition of their fathers, which is this—Believing that they were driven out of the land of Jerusalem because of the iniquities of their fathers, and that they were wronged in the wilderness by their brethren, and they were also wronged while crossing the sea;

 13 And again, that they were wronged while in the land of their first inheritance, after they had crossed the sea, and all this because that Nephi was more faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord—therefore he was favored of the Lord, for the Lord heard his prayers and answered them, and he took the lead of their journey in the wilderness.

 14 And his brethren were wroth with him because they understood not the dealings of the Lord; they were also wroth with him upon the waters because they hardened their hearts against the Lord.

 15 And again, they were wroth with him when they had arrived in the promised land, because they said that he had taken the ruling of the people out of their hands; and they sought to kill him.

 16 And again, they were wroth with him because he departed into the wilderness as the Lord had commanded him, and took the records which were engraven on the plates of brass, for they said that he robbed them.

 17 And thus they have taught their children that they should hate them, and that they should murder them, and that they should rob and plunder them, and do all they could to destroy them; therefore they have an eternal hatred towards the children of Nephi.

 18 For this very cause has king Laman, by his cunning, and lying craftiness, and his fair promises, deceived me, that I have brought this my people up into this land, that they may destroy them; yea, and we have suffered these many years in the land."

If you think about it, The Children of Nephi is like the people of Arendelle and that King Laman is like Prince Hans. It does make sense if you have critical thinking skills. If you understand it, then that makes it sound like you know what it's teaching you from the movie to the scriptures. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Scripture Mastery #4: No Tobacco!

Here's the fourth Scripture Mastery of the day. No Tobacco! Some of you may be addicted to tobacco, but here's a scripture mastery that would help you stay safe from them. I used this picture from a movie called The Sandlot as an example. I hope you understand it.

                                                   Doctrine and Covenants 89: 8

"And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill."

To my opinion, I think it's inspiring, because it helps me to have a healthy life by staying away from tobacco and other drugs. I'm not much of a alcohol or drug person, because those items are very cruddy and dangerous to my personality. I hope it helps you all too.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Scripture Mastery 3: Some People are Worth Melting For

Here's one where I thought about Olaf the Snowman from Frozen. I found a good scripture mastery in 2 Nephi 23: 7. I think it's a great example that Olaf had said in the movie. "Some people are worth melting for."

                                                                  2 Nephi 23: 7

                           "Therefore shall all hands be faint; every man's heart shall melt."

It may not make sense to you at first, but I think it's a good scripture mastery that relates to Olaf, the snowman. "Every man's heart shall melt," is a good inspiration for Olaf's quote. I'm sure that is worth something, like a lifetime. Our hearts will melt with happiness. That's why some people are worth melting for. It's worth melting for happiness and love.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Scripture Mastery 2: Bethany Hamilton having Faith

I thought about this scripture mastery from one movie called Soul Surfer, the true story of Bethany Hamilton. One of my brothers doesn't think Bethany Hamilton is said in the scripture mastery, but I just used her as an example of having faith. If you read the scripture mastery, it'll make sense of what you think of it.

                                                               Ether 12: 6

"And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith."

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Scripture Mastery 1: Remember Who You Are

Here's the first scripture mastery that I came up with that I hope it all makes sense to any of you.

                                                       Helaman 5: 12

"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

That scripture mastery reminds me a lot about how we should always remember who we are and that we shouldn't always feel miserable about our troubled pasts and overcome the future, just like Simba did in The Lion King.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Scripture Mastery Plan

I know I haven't been blogging for a while because I've been busy with school and my mission. I was thinking of a missionary plan that I came up in my. I was thinking everyday, I should make a blogpost of scripture mastery pictures. If you're LDS and are interested in seeing them, then that it'll be awesome! Right now I'm just reminding you of what I'm planning to do. Starting tomorrow I'll give you the first scripture mastery. It'll show a picture that may be something that you would've seen before or not. If you read the scripture that I put underneath the picture, and look at it at the same time, it'll make sense of what that has to do with the picture and how the scriptures can make sense. I promise you I'll give you the first scripture mastery tomorrow and you'll read what it says and it'll make sense. Love you all!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Descriptive Paragraph

I wasn't quite sure if it was okay to put on my blog, because some people have been telling me that there may be someone online that can plagiarize people's ideas. I just wanted to share a descriptive paragraph with this amazing thing I did for one writing class and this picture I drew in pain. I hope that you enjoy it.

I was skimming along on a rusty old-fashioned rowboat with two of my best buddies. We then encountered five multicolored babes reclining on huge boulders staring at us. Their long rainbow-colored hair, curled softly around their perfectly shaped shoulders. My two buddies panting like dogs, stared at the young ladies. As our tug drifted closer, the ladies glitched like a virus and bared their perfectly polished nails into terrible claws. I gasped when I discovered my buddies were entranced. I tried to calm my rapidly beating heart. We desperately paddled away from the sirens,  squeezing our eyes to avoid their terrible image.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Writing Technique

My writing always starts when I'm working on a chore and then suddenly: I get an amazing idea! I share the idea with my Mom. Everyone's writing technique is different, but what makes my technique special is that my awesome ideas come to me, like an envelope from the mail and I always share it with awesome people I trust. Sometimes, I start by picturing a character, like the horse named Treasure in my story "Horse Amok." I help create descriptions by first drawing or painting a picture of the character. I then picture a legit scenery of where that character lives, like a paddock in a countryside full of horses. In my stories there is always some sort of big trouble called a conflict. The conflict I come up with is usually a mystery. For example, the conflict of Horse Amok is mysterious, people want to know why a horse is named Treasure. Treasure's story is all about discrimination and why it's a bad thing. Lots of my stories have a theme or lesson like this. I absolutely love sharing my ideas with my family, because they all would love to hear about what I like to talk about in my future stories. When a new idea comes to my mind,  I get so excited! I have to think about all the characters and dialogue, but once I finally write it down, I share it immediately.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Missionary Talk

’m so excited to give this talk about my mission, because I am looking forward to serving Heavenly Father and the special needs students at a seminary in Taylorsville and at another one in Riverton. Since most of you know that I’m autistic, and I’ve been writing to my sister, Teach, while she is on her mission, I’ve been worrying a lot about having to try to teach the Church to people at other places. I wasn’t excited about getting a front door slammed at me, or having people yell angry things at me like sometimes they do to her. Everyone near me has been telling me that a full time mission wouldn’t suit me, even the people downtown who do all the testing. They said it would be best to serve a mission near home, a church service mission.

    The Bishop asked me to talk about service and why it’s important. There has always been a lot of service in our world. Parents serve their children by providing a home and food for them. Children serve their parents by being obedient, doing their chores and helping at home. Our greatest example of service is Jesus Christ. His whole life and mission was about service. And with his example, he wanted to teach us to love and serve each other. In Matthew 25:34-36 in the New Testament we read “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison and ye came unto me.” He wanted us to know that if we are serving others, we are serving Him and Heavenly Father.

We should all want to serve, even if it is something that we think we don't want to do like pulling weeds for a neighbor or babysitting someone's grumpy 1-year-old. Do you know what’s making you think and say that you don’t want to serve others? It’s Satan that wants you to think that serving others is not worth your time and hard work. But Jesus teaches us to serve and love everyone whether they are members of the church or not. I would like to tell a story that talks about what true service really is when people were doing it after a natural disaster that occurred in Austin, Texas, last fall. (I like stories about Texas because that is where Sister Teach is serving.)

A torrential rainstorm that brought 6 to 10 inches of rain stalled over a watershed in southeast Austin prone to flash flooding on October 31. As a result, nearby Onion Creek rose 11 feet in 15 minutes and crested at a record 41 feet, leaving more than 600 homes flooded.
While no members of the Church or Church buildings experienced flooding, members in the area quickly went to work to help those impacted by what is being called the “Halloween Flood.”
One volunteer, Kevin Christensen of the Austin Texas Stake, showed up at the Dove Springs Recreation Center to lend a hand. He used his Spanish-speaking skills to translate for flood victims trying to communicate their needs to relief workers.

According to Brother Stewart Dickson, “Our response to this natural disaster is centered on our belief in Jesus Christ and in His teachings. Jesus Christ taught that we all have a responsibility to our neighbor. He taught the parable of the Good Samaritan. Simply stated, we follow Jesus Christ by reaching out to those in need.” That means that we should always try to be more like Jesus by serving those in need, not just people who are poor, homeless, sick, or injured, but everyone around us, even our families and friends.
There are so many choices for Church Service missionaries and lots of people have asked me why I chose to do a service mission at a special needs seminary instead of somewhere else. The reason is that I’ve been taking a bunch of Special Education classes at Salt Lake Community College that remind me of all those things I’ve been experiencing in my life while being autistic. Whenever I’m reading a textbook that says the differences between being people with disabilities and people without disabilities, I remember that Jesus loved all of us. He served all of us. He died for all of us even if we are not perfect. And none of us are perfect.

For each of the special education classes, I had to do a service project by volunteering at schools that have students with special needs and different disabilities. For one class I went to a special high school called South Valley School. It had a bunch of friends that I recognized from my educational life in elementary all the way through high school. Those people were the friends I remember from my cluster class. I was able to serve them by teaching them at a Home Service Center how to do housework, like setting up a meal and even cleaning it up after. It was fun to help my old friends learn how to do things and it reminded me how grateful I am that I can do things by myself.

In a different special education class I took I learned about every child’s special needs and struggles on different things. I was able to do another service for kids with special needs. This time I went to South Jordan Elementary, the school I went to when I was a child where I did cluster classes. I enjoyed serving those special needs kids in their cluster classes. I helped the kids learn how to read and how to share their wonderful talents. I’m sure they all have a very good future planned.

    Right when I was doing my service at those schools for my assignments at SLCC, it helped me decide the future that would best suit me once I accomplish other things, like doing my mission, and graduating from college. My future career would be a Special Ed teacher maybe at South Jordan Elementary, as long as I get the degree and know how I can teach kids who are different that they can be whatever they want to be. Jesus and Heavenly Father love them and they care about their hopes and dreams. They love all of us, even those with special needs. I’m sure that being a Special Ed teacher will be part of Heavenly Father and Jesus’ plan of service for me. I am excited to get to know about their special talents and struggles that they may have and need help with. I am so grateful for everyone around me who has been serving me and teaching me how to have a good and happy life.

    I just want to bear my testimony. I wish Sister Teach were here. she would be in tears of happiness to know that I am being set apart for my mission just like she is a missionary. I want you to know that everything about this gospel is true! I’m so glad that some members of my family have been baptized and joined the church, like my brother-in-law, Gamer, and my niece, Fajita, and my sister, Scout. They are so happy to know that they are part of the only true church.

I also know that Joseph Smith and the other prophets were real prophets and so is President Monson. I also know that Jesus and Heavenly Father exist, that they love us and they want us to love and serve each other. I know that missionary work is so important and we can all be missionaries to people around us so that they can learn the truth and be baptized.

I know that this may be a farewell talk, but I’m pretty sure that I’ll still be around, and some of you may ask me some questions about how my mission is going. I hope you do ask me some questions because I’m so excited to be a missionary! Thank you so much for coming today to support me and my family. We love you all. You are a great ward. We can already see so much service and love here. You are all doing such a good job trying to be more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.