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Monday, October 16, 2017


I am a huge fan of Spiderman and I've always thought about Uncle Ben´s famous last quote to Peter Parker.... "With great Power comes great Responsibility."

Well, I guess Ben is correct here, but, I think the other way around is even more true.


YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE.  Don't blame other people and let them take that from you. 

If you make yourself personally responsible for everything that happens around you... Your love life, your job, your success, you will be in control.

You will have your free agency, and even if you make a few mistakes, you will become better and happier.  

I highly recommend this talk by Lynn Robbins:

In it he tells a story of a part of a company that was doing a poor job.  They kept doing poorly and were blaming everyone but themselves until their boss got fed up.  He told them they needed to be 100% percent responsible in order to receive their raise.  This meant making phone calls to ensure other parts of the process were doing their job.  And what resulted was something amazing... They took 100% responsibility and the company as a whole benefited.

We have 100% control over our lives, our loves, our anger.... Do not give anyone a part of your agency by not forgiving.



Monday, October 9, 2017


Last week during General Conference, we heard how a little girl followed up on the Prophet´s challenge to learn "The Living Christ" by memorizing it. 

I took that challenge and I highly recommend you do too.  Above is my version... take it easy on me, I tried doing it in less than a week.  I will continue to perfect it.




Monday, October 2, 2017

My FAVORITE place in Utah

 I said goodbye to my friend Elder Christensen

My very best friend, Sophie, goes to the MTC next week, and to get her excited, I wanted to write a little about arguably my favorite place in Utah.

The MTC is the greatest place in Utah because it represents something HUGE.

The MTC IS a school.  But it is the greatest school. I mean this. I am going to explain by relating the MTC to traditional school.

The MTC is a center that teaches its students the language of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the purpose of bettering the world.  

The students going to the MTC are not there to gain great jobs.  They are not there to gain any money.  They are there because they want to better the world, and follow Jesus.

The MTC is a short term training center that BELIEVES IN THE FUTURE.  They take any student and believe they will be great.  The goal is not to weed out the weak, but to uplift all.  And the goal is to get them out in the world as quickly as possible, instead of  semesters of textbook training, they believe in the reality of training experience, after missionaries leave.

All students who come to the MTC are equally great, though they are made better by their choices... which is what a school should do.

Using a quote from Saturday's General Conference Session;

President Uchtdorf stated that ,"blessings are based more on choices than on ability."

This is a HUGE truth.  And the thing about traditional school, is that a lot of times, success is based on ABILITY.  I have seen kids roll out of bed late, without breakfast, WITHOUT STUDYING, ace tests, scholarly exams, etc. while other kids, who make choices to study, and study hard, still score less, or achieve less "success."  

But by changing the end goal, the MTC makes all its students better than who they were.  It does not divide students, but it brings them together.  I have felt a stronger sense of unity and almighty force there, then I have ever felt.  I have felt more hope for our future, for my generation, then I have ever felt before just by walking its halls.  

The MTC is the greatest school because it is removed from this world.  Its purpose does not have anything to do with this world.  It only has to do with greater, higher things.  It's on another level than any college.

I leave you with a quote from C.S. Lewis.
It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship. . . . There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. . . . It is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit.

I love the MTC and it is God´s training institution.

Sophie, I am so happy for you.  








Tuesday, September 26, 2017


As the church of Jesus Christ, we have received revelation concerning the substances we should and should not put in our bodies called the Word of Wisdom.  

It was made, as revelation from God, in 1833.  It stated that we should NOT smoke.

Since then, the world has seen a huge incline and then decline in smoking usage.

It was once good and fun to smoke.  We now know what the prophets knew in 1833.  

A great talk from Elder Cook:

The Word of Wisdom revelation was received in 1833. In 1921 President Heber J. Grant, inspired by the Lord, called on all Saints to more fully live the Word of Wisdom. At the time, mass marketing and glamorization in the movies made cigarette smoking appear fashionable, sophisticated, and fun. It wasn't until 1964, forty-three years later, that the surgeon general of the United States concluded, "Cigarette smoking is a health hazard of sufficient importance in the United States to warrant appropriate remedial action."

The statistics today with respect to cigarette smoking are not in dispute. Smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. It is estimated to increase the risk of lung cancer by twenty-five times.

So what the adversary portrayed as fashionable, sophisticated, and fun has in fact resulted in misery and untimely death for millions of people.

Over many years I have followed a research project that commenced in the 1940s. Initially there were 268 men attending Harvard University who were periodically studied over their entire lives. Later, others, including women, became part of the study. The goal of the original study was to find out about success and happiness. The study showed that college entrance scores and grade averages did not predict either success or ­happiness in later life.

This study contains three significant insights for me. First, adult happiness has a high correlation with childhood family happiness, especially love and affection from parents. Second is the importance of a healthy, stable marriage to lifelong happiness. Third is the negative effects of alcohol on marital and lifetime success and happiness. Alcohol abuse touches one-third of families and is involved in one-fourth of hospital admissions. It plays a major role in death, bad health, and ­diminished accomplishment.

In "Wine, Women and Danger," a recent Washington Post front-page article based on U.S. federal health data, it was reported that "women in America are drinking far more, and far more frequently, than their mothers or grandmothers did, and alcohol consumption is killing them in record numbers." The article concluded with comments by Robert D. Brewer that "the current and emerging science does not support the purported benefits of moderate drinking" and that "the risk of death from cancer appears to go up with any level of alcohol consumption."

In the last two or three years, many universities across the world have been trying to diminish alcohol use because of its connection to serious antisocial behaviors, including sexual assault and serious health concerns, especially from binge drinking. The terrible impact of alcohol on young brains is now medically established.

We need to give heed to the prophets.  

Listen to General Conference this weekend.  Pray beforehand with a question. Know God is working hard and what he wants you to hear will be said during conference.




A sweet water fall in a place called the Jewel

AND OUR DAY AT SCHOOL!!! We taught 5th graders about the USA and about the importance of taking care of our bodies! 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Curiosity and a poem

Last week I read a children´s story about a little boy who´s friend shows him an inappropriate photo on his phone.

        This week a friend showed me something inappropriate on her phone.  She showed me a song that a clasemate sent her.  It was easily the most destructive, direct from satan song Ive EVER heard.    It immediately sucked it all out of me. 

 ..But she kinda liked it.  Of course she did... maybe it seems silly to talk about the devil like this, but he is real, and he uses attractive things.. Things that gnaw at us, things that make us curious, things that make us look for more when no one is around.

       And although I immediately deleted it, I saw the name of it, and something has keeping it in my brain too, been pushing me to look it up when I got to a computer... Or in other words... right now.  Its been gnawing at me... Ive been so curious. 

But what good would that serve?

 Its been bad enough knowing that this song exists... its hurt me enough already..  

So I´m not going to look it up, despite the curiosity.  I´m not used to denying curiosity so firmly, but I now understand.  I write this letter to help instill the same thing the Liahona instilled in me.  To REJECT the adversary as soon as he wiggles his way into your ears, and to tell someone.  Especially parents.

Satan uses attractive things.  He knows what makes us curious, what makes us want to discover more when no one is looking.  Music is so very special to me, and for satan to use it makes me so sad.  His attack on young adults is insane.  He uses pretty things, a special formula of opposites, a fake sanitized by chemicals clean, instead of the full fire cleansing that God offers us.

God gives us help, he gives us families.  We must stay with them, we must work together.  We must do everything we can to not be alone.  Because we are never alone, though the adversary will do everything to make us think so.

heres a poem

I preach peace,
but I am not a pacifist.
Because we are at war,
We are on the front lines
and he is hurting 
the ones I love.
I preach peace,
but I cannot be a pacifist.


Elder Amann



photos of a very beautiful baptism that was held in La Punta by my good friend ELDER MENDONÇA

Monday, September 11, 2017



This comes from a talk by Neil A. Maxwell:  Meeting the Challenges of Today, and Becometh as a Child

Although I am far away, I have become aware of the various natural disasters that are affecting all over the world.  These events are horrible and the people affected need our love and our prayers.

I am reminded of a talk by Neil A Maxwell, about the confusion of the world.  He write many wonderful things about how we need to rely on God.

First, brothers and sisters, some brief samples illustrating the challenge of making our way through today’s Sinai of secularism, and then a focus on how inspired children help in that trek.

All about us we see the bitter and abundant harvest from permissiveness. A perceptive person has acknowledged: “The struggle to live ethically without God has left us not with the just and moral order we imagined but with disorder and confusion.

“Something has gone radically wrong with secularism. The problem has more than its share of irony, for secularism, in the end, has converted itself into a kind of religion. …

“… Now the transition is complete: the state has become the church” (Peter Marin, “Secularism’s Blind Faith,” Harper’s Magazine, Sept. 1995, 20).

The more what is politically correct seeks to replace what God has declared correct, the more ineffective approaches to human problems there will be, all reminding us of C. S. Lewis’s metaphor about those who run around with fire extinguishers in times of flood.

The more ineffective approaches to human problems there will be.

I love this metaphor of people running around with fire extinguishers in times of flood.  We need to remember this metaphor as people are suffering in various parts of the world.

We need to remember what effective approaches will be.  We need to constantly remember what saves people, where they are home, where and how they feel love.

We need to remember the children, who seemingly are closer.

Benjamin Ballam is the special spina bifida child of Michael and Laurie Ballam. He has been such a blessing to them and many others. Also spiritually precocious, Benjamin is a constant source of love and reassurance. Having had 17 surgeries, resilient Benjamin knows all about hospitals and doctors. Once, when an overwhelmed attendant became vocally upset—not at Benjamin, but over stressful circumstances—little three-year-old Benjamin exemplified the words of another Benjamin about our need to be childlike and “full of love” (Mosiah 3:19). Little Benjamin reached out, tenderly patted the irritated attendant, and said, “I love you anyway.” A similar episode occurred recently in an Israeli hospital, where little Benjamin, going through a necessary but very painful procedure, used the same loving words to reassure a physician. No wonder, brothers and sisters, in certain moments we feel children are our spiritual superiors.
Brothers and sisters, no wonder the divine direction is for each of us to “becometh as a child” (Mosiah 3:19). 

Please put down your fire extinguishers and pull out the buckets.  We´ve got a lot of work to do.  But the good news is, we´ve got ALL the solutions.  Or rather, We´ve got faith in God, a faith that moves mountains and isnt detained by mortal death.




My (now famous) Banana bread

Cute dog on my lap

 as we went back to Mendoza to get Elder Starley official in Argentina!

Hearts and Love and . . .


Monday, September 4, 2017


Our wonderful friend Melina was baptized last Saturday.   She is a soldier and it was so wonderful to see her faith, and the spirit that she brings to those around her. 

I honestly cant explain it, but I know these things, baptism, temples... Bring us closer to a spiritual self that we really are.  You can see it.  You can see it when you look in the eyes of someone.

I know this church is true, and I am so glad to be a part of something that brings people so much peace and happiness.  

Along with Melina, a man who turned 78 years the same day was baptized, Antolino.  I got the chance to talk to him and interview him, and the humility and faith that this man has are tremendous.  This gospel is for everyone and of course it is.

Elder Amann

Melina and her family!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Enhanced penalties for the use of frozen fowl.

All of this comes from a talk by President Hinckley
A time back, I clipped a column from the Deseret Morning News, written by Jay Evensen. With his permission, I quote from a part of it. He wrote:

“How would you feel toward a teenager who decided to toss a 20-pound frozen turkey from a speeding car headlong into the windshield of the car you were driving? How would you feel after enduring six hours of surgery using metal plates and other hardware to piece your face together, and after learning you still face years of therapy before returning to normal—and that you ought to feel lucky you didn’t die or suffer permanent brain damage?

“And how would you feel after learning that your assailant and his buddies had the turkey in the first place because they had stolen a credit card and gone on a senseless shopping spree, just for kicks? …

“This is the kind of hideous crime that propels politicians to office on promises of getting tough on crime. It’s the kind of thing that prompts legislators to climb all over each other in a struggle to be the first to introduce a bill that would add enhanced penalties for the use of frozen fowl in the commission of a crime.

“The New York Times quoted the district attorney as saying this is the sort of crime for which victims feel no punishment is harsh enough. ‘Death doesn’t even satisfy them,’ he said.

“Which is what makes what really happened so unusual. The victim, Victoria Ruvolo, a 44-year-old former manager of a collections agency, was more interested in salvaging the life of her 19-year-old assailant, Ryan Cushing, than in exacting any sort of revenge. She pestered prosecutors for information about him, his life, how he was raised, etc. Then she insisted on offering him a plea deal. Cushing could serve six months in the county jail and be on probation for 5 years if he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault.

“Had he been convicted of first-degree assault—the charge most fitting for the crime—he could have served 25 years in prison, finally thrown back into society as a middle-aged man with no skills or prospects.

“But this is only half the story. The rest of it, what happened the day this all played out in court, is the truly remarkable part.

“According to an account in the New York Post, Cushing carefully and tentatively made his way to where Ruvolo sat in the courtroom and tearfully whispered an apology. ‘I’m so sorry for what I did to you.’

“Ruvolo then stood, and the victim and her assailant embraced, weeping. She stroked his head and patted his back as he sobbed, and witnesses, including a Times reporter, heard her say, ‘It’s OK. I just want you to make your life the best it can be.’ According to accounts, hardened prosecutors, and even reporters, were choking back tears” (“Forgiveness Has Power to Change Future,” Deseret Morning News, Aug. 21, 2005, p. AA3).

Forgiveness is love.

I think it may be the greatest virtue on earth, and certainly the most needed. There is so much of meanness and abuse, of intolerance and hatred. There is so great a need for repentance and forgiveness. It is the great principle emphasized in all of scripture, both ancient and modern. 
-Pte. Hinkley

I love our prophets.  I know they say what we need to hear.  And any man who talks about forgiveness like this is a man I desire to follow.  I invite you all to do the same.

"The ice cream store doesnt lie... The TV does"

Shout out Elder Starley for bringing me some Lucky Charms! It's been over a year!

The bus over here was LUXURY

My good friend Elder Christensen being a clown ♥

Monday, August 21, 2017

Amppya, San Luis

So, Im new in an area, with a new companion, with a cellphone.  

and thats about it.

We´ve had to find our way around, figure out (kinda) how buses work.... find our church...

my new companion, Elder Starley, is fresh out of the MTC, and though he is a great guy, he definitely cant help with talking to people to try to figure stuff out.

Its an adventure.  Please pray for us.  hahaha

due to a new computer deleting some things.... I dont have too many photos to send :(


Tuesday, August 15, 2017


SO I just got transferred from the greatest area of the mission, LA FAVORITA ...

to the new greatest area of the mission... Ampyyra in Villa Mercedes in San Luis.  I got transferred out of Mendoza! 

I'm going to miss La Favorita like crazy.  I learned about myself, about real priorities, about what I want to do in life (help others), and about LOVE.

I am an old pro in the mission now, and I feel great.  Being able to talk to people, make phone calls, etc... really progresses the work.  

And I don't care bout all the diamond rings
They don't mean a thing
All these fancy things

Family Business:

Probably the most important thing I learned from being in La Favorita, is the importance of families.  There are a lot of broken homes in La Favorita.  A lot of people that are torn and sad because of their families.  A lot of forgiveness is needed. But besides all the hardship families have, pretty much everyone in La Favorita says, without a doubt, the most important thing on earth is family.  They have fought and find love in their families.  Families truly are everything, even when broken and seemingly lost...They are still the best gift God gives us.

Everybody´s somebody´s everything.  

"I wish today to speak of forgiveness. I think it may be the greatest virtue on earth, and certainly the most needed. There is so much of meanness and abuse, of intolerance and hatred. There is so great a need for repentance and forgiveness. It is the great principle emphasized in all of scripture, both ancient and modern." - President Hinckley

See you next week from BEAUTIFUL SAN LUIS


A few pictures of baby bunnies and people I love with my whole heart


Monday, August 7, 2017


We have a prophet. He talks to God and he loves us.

I listened to a talk of his, called See Others as they May Become. 

During the 1940s and 1950s, an American prison warden, Clinton Duffy, was well known for his efforts to rehabilitate the men in his prison. Said one critic, "You should know that leopards don't change their spots!"
Replied Warden Duffy, "You should know I don't work with leopards. I work with men, and men change every day."

I know people change.  It is so important to realize that YOU change EVERYDAY and that ANY ONE CAN.

 I know miracles exist. 

Rabbi Ronnie Cahana had a stroke affecting his brain stem in 2011. The effect of the stroke was slow enough that he was aware as his body gradually became paralyzed, starting from his legs and traveling up to just below his eyes. The condition is known as locked-in syndrome. Family and friends learned to communicate by saying the alphabet and then having him blink when they got to the right letter, thereby spelling out any message.
Rabbi Cahana's reaction to this experience was incredible. He spent hours pondering the beauty of God and life, wondering that he could experience such an exceptional state. He said that at night his mind would soar and he would be in motion, "swirling and twirling" above the ground. By blinking his eyes he wrote letters and sermons sharing his experience. He declared, "I want you to know that this too, is healige (holy in Yiddish). I am in a broken place, but there is holy work to be done." His willingness to search for truths in this trial helped him to transcend his misery.
In a TEDMED talk his daughter said that the family cocooned him in love. He imagined moving his fingers while his loving family physically moved them in therapy. And then his body rekindled. Slowly he began to feel electrical sensations in his arms. He eventually regained enough feeling to be able to breathe on his own and then to talk with his own voice. Every day he witnessed another miracle. His body developed like a baby's, but he observed it with all the experience of a fifty-seven-year-old mind and felt wonder and gratitude. He used his new understanding of truth to grow and was, remarkably, not afraid. The truth had set him free.

 I love this life.

Please squeeze the ones you love.  Cocoon them in love.



I started painting on rocks and leaving them around town!

Monday, July 31, 2017


We should begin by recognizing the reality that just because something is good is not a sufficient reason for doing it. The number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them. Some things are better than good, and these are the things that should command priority attention in our lives.   - Dallin H. Oaks

I hope you all take the time to analize and question what is most important in your lives.

This week I read one of my favorite talks on DESIRE.  Our desires shape us hugely, and its very important to know what we REALLY want... to give our lives direction, and to cut out the stuff thats just "good" and replace it with the grea:   

have chosen to talk about the importance of desire. I hope each of us will search our hearts to determine what we really desire and how we rank our most important desires.
Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions. The desires we act on determine our changing, our achieving, and our becoming.  - Dallin H. Oaks


We should remember that righteous desires cannot be superficial, impulsive, or temporary. They must be heartfelt, unwavering, and permanent. So motivated, we will seek for that condition described by the Prophet Joseph Smith, where we have "overcome the evils of [our lives] and lost every desire for sin."5 That is very personal decision. As Elder Neal A. Maxwell said:
"When people are described as 'having lost their desire for sin,' it is they, and they only, who deliberately decided to lose those wrong desires by being willing to 'give away all [their] sins' in order to know God."
"Therefore, what we insistently desire, over time, is what we will eventually become and what we will receive in eternity."6
As important as it is to lose every desire for sin, eternal life requires more. To achieve our eternal destiny, we will desire and work for the qualities required to become an eternal being. For example, eternal beings forgive all who have wronged them. They put the welfare of others ahead of themselves. And they love all of God's children. If this seems too difficult—and surely it is not easy for any of us—then we should begin with desire for such qualities and call upon our loving Heavenly Father for help with our feelings. The Book of Mormon teaches us that we should "pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that [we] may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ" (Moroni 7:48).
close with final example of desire that should be paramount for all men and women—those who are currently married and those who are single. All should desire and seriously work to secure marriage for eternity. Those who already have temple marriage should do all they can to preserve it. Those who are single should desire temple marriage and exert priority efforts to obtain it. Youth and young singles should resist the politically correct but eternally false concept that discredits the importance of marrying and having children.7

actually just read the whole talk...

This talk is responsible for helping me focus less on people, and more on BUILDING FAMILIES.


FAMILIES ARE OF GOD... Eternal families are my priority.



heres a picture of my seminary class with ELDER BEDNAR