Thursday, May 26, 2016

To get to the Airport

The plan: take frontrunner and trax to the airport.

The good: I noticed before I left that I didn't have my license.

The bad: Because I had to run home first, I got to get to the frontrunner station just in time to see my train leave.

Up until that point, frontrunner runs every half hour. Apparently from that point forward, it only ran every hour. So it seemed as though driving was my only option.

Ahem. I got to the airport to find out my flight got delayed an hour. Oh the lives we live.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Thoughts on God's Love for Us

John 3:17 reads "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."

I used to think that God had two messages for his children. 1) I love you come unto me. 2) Repent or you will be destroyed. The more I learn about God, however, I realize that the second message really is just a continuation of the first message. I love you so much that I really want you to be happy, and you can only be happy by following my commandments. If you do not follow my commandments, there will be consequences that are hard. I'd rather you not have to experience those, so please, come back to me. To be Christlike, we would do well to remember John 3:17. We do not need to condemn others, we simply need to love them.

On the other hand, we must not forget Isaiah 5:20 "Wo unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"We live in a world that tells us if we love someone, we will let them do whatever they want to do. To some extent, that is true. Heavenly Father gave us agency, and because he loves us, he will not take that away from us. However, that does not stop him from reaching out to us. That does not stop him from giving us his commandments. That does not stop him from trying to teach us how to how to be happy.

In the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet, it states, "Choose friends who share your values so you can strengthen and encourage each other to  live high standards." This can be tricky. We must love everyone. We must not accept sin. We must choose friends with high values. That almost sounds like we must be exclusive, but that goes against stipulation number one - we must love everyone. There is a balance between loving people, and not accepting sin. It does not mean we condemn all those that sin, because quite frankly, we'd have a lot of condemning to do. In my opinion, I think it means that we should live and be clear with what our standards are. We should be open to accepting those with opposing views, but be clear that we will not budge on some issues. Somehow we need to bring people to Christ without condemning them. Instead of calling others sinners, we can call them children of God. Both are true statements. The former, however, is only true inasmuch as you recognize the latter. what I mean by that is that if we are not children of God, then there is no sin. For the most part, being a sinner means that we are imperfect seedlings learning how to grow.

The Moral of this post: Love others so much that they want to come unto Christ.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Pinewood Derby Car

Last week for FHE we made Pinewood Derby Cars. Yesterday for FHE we raced them. This is the car that my group made. We based ours off of Clue and I think it's pretty cool. We didn't win, but I still think our car was pretty awesome.



Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Zombies are Coming

This morning, as I was walking to work, I was thinking about zombies. (Because what else would I have been thinking about?)

All of a sudden, something popped out of the ground next to my right foot and started spitting water at me! Yes, it was just a sprinkler. I'm tell you, though, the timing was absolutely perfect to effectively startle me.

Luckily there were no zombies.