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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!