Monday, August 19, 2013


Last Friday, I had the amazing opportunity to tour the BRAND NEW University of Utah Football Facility!
3 Words.


The Student Alumni Board and the MUSS Board were both invited to tour the facility and then chat with Coach Whittingham about the team and the upcoming season. It was amazing! I was so star struck! Then, we got to eat lunch in the cafeteria of the facility with the football team! Again, Star Struck! 

Here are some pics from the day!

Bottom Left: That was just 1 aisle of their shoes! 
Majority of the other pics are from the state of the art gym!

Top Center: The wall of NFL helmets where Utah players have gone on to play at.
Top Left, Center, and Middle Right: In the press room.
Middle Left and Bottom Right: Where Coach Whit does his podcasts and other videos.
Top Right: Coach Whit's Office name plate.
Bottom Left: Practice Field
Bottom Center: The view of Rice Eccles from Coach Whit's Office.

Bottom Left, Middle Left, and Center: In the Quarterback's Room
Middle Right: Alex Smith's Picture (collage maker cut the head off).
All the Rest: The NFL Helmet walls, and trying (and succeeding!) to put our heads in the helmets.

Middle Left: Our SAB Advisor, John, chattin' with Coach Whit.
All the Rest: Various places in the facility.

This seriously was the best day ever. I don't know if I can emphasize that enough! 
I am so excited for Utah Football to start! 

10 DAYS! 

Get pumped with me with this pump-up video!


Sunday, August 18, 2013

What does your "BUSY" mean?

This story was told in sacrament meeting today and it really makes me think and want to sort out my priorities.

Satan called a worldwide convention of demons. In his opening address he said, "We can't keep Christians from going to church. We can't keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. We can't even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their Savior. Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken. So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish dinners, but steal their time, so they don't have time to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. This is what I want you to do," said the devil: "Distract them from gaining hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!"

"How shall we do this?" his demons shouted. "Keep them busy in the nonessentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds," he answered. "Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow. Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles. Keep them from spending time with their children. As their families fragment, soon their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work!"

"Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice. Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive. To keep the TV, VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical music constantly. This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ. Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day. Invade their driving moments with billboards. Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services and false hopes."

"Give them Santa Claus to distract them from teaching their children the real meaning of Christmas. Give them an Easter bunny so they won't talk about his resurrection and power over sin and death. Even in their recreation, let them be excessive. Have them return from their recreation exhausted. Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God's creation. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead. Keep them busy, busy, busy!"

"And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences. Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Jesus. Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause. It will work! It will work!"

It was quite a plan! The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get busier and more rushed, going here and there, having little time for their God or their families and friends. Having no time to tell others about the power of Jesus to change lives. I guess the question is, has the devil been successful at his scheme? You be the judge!

Does "busy" mean:
B-eing U-nder S-atan's Y-oke?

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While this summer hasn't been busy really at all for me, I think my non-busyness has almost had the same effect. I didn't know what to do with myself, so I just didn't do a whole lot of anything. 

There is a fine balance of staying occupied, but still having enough time for the Lord. School starts in a week, and I still need a job, so I think that my life will most likely get a whole-lot busier. I just need to always remember to make time for the Lord and make sure that it is my most important relationship.

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Summer of Books

With the end of summer looming near, I have started to reflect on all that I have done this summer. The thing that stands out the most is the amount of reading I have been able to do. And not just any reading, FUN reading that I won't be able to do again until probably next summer. 

Some people might not think this is a great way to spend summer, but I have loved it. I don't get to do any fun reading during the school year, so I've been able to catch up on everything I've wanted to read from the past year!

Because I haven't been consistent about doing a book review for each read, I will not try to do them all in this one post. Instead, I will link each title with a webpage containing the synopsis for the book. But know, each book has given me a little bit of a new perspective to how I think, act, and live. 

The Matched Series (Matched, Crossed, and Reached) by Ally Condie

I think the books that have impacted me the most this summer have been West of Independence, Matched, and Daisy. 

West of Independence taught me about having love for everyone, no matter their beliefs.
Matched taught me to think for myself and to make my own choices.
Daisy taught me that my life really is blessed, and that some of your best friends can come from the most unlikely places. 

What books have you read lately? :)


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