31 December 2011

Men's Hearts Shall Fail Them

"Be patient with yourself, perfection comes not in this life, but in the next life.  Don't demand things that are unreasonable, but demand of yourself improvement.  As you let the Lord help you through that, He will make the difference." 

Elder Russell M. Nelson
Luke 21:36

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

27 December 2011

15 December 2011

the best year of your life should be the last one you lived if you're doing things right

13 December 2011

Luke 11

34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

10 December 2011

Suffering – Elder Neal A. Maxwell

“Some things happen to us because of our own mistakes and our own sins.  Still other trials and tribulations come to us merely as a part of living.  We are not immunized against all inconvenience and difficulties nor against aging.  There is another dimension of suffering, and other challenges that come to us even though we seem to be innocent.  These come to us because an omniscient Lord deliberately chooses to school us.  ‘Nevertheless, the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith’ (Mosiah 23:21)” (ATTSGTE, pp. 29-30)

05 December 2011

Waiting is painful
Forgetting is painful
But not knowing which to do is
the worst kind of suffering

Paulo Coelho

03 December 2011

You’re stronger than you think you are.
Mistakes teach you important lessons.  Every time you make one, you’re one step closer to your goal.
There is nothing to hold you back except you.
You can press forward long after you can’t.  It’s a matter of wanting it bad enough.
No matter how much progress you make there will always be the people who insist that whatever you’re trying to do is impossible.
You are limited only by your own imagination. Let it fly.
Perception is reality.
Your instincts can be trusted.
There is only one question to ask yourself: “What would you do if you were not afraid?”
It’s often hard to tell just how close you are to success.
The only mistake that can truly hurt you is choosing to do nothing simply because you’re too scared to make a mistake.
Never let success get to your head, and never let failure get to your heart.
You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
Do what you love, not what you think you’re supposed to do.
Laughter is the best medicine for stress.  Laugh at yourself often.
If you want to feel rich, just count all the great things you have that money can’t buy.
Forgiving yourself is far more important than getting others to forgive you.
If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, you’ll often find that you’re right.
Be nice to yourself.
For the most part, it doesn’t matter what people think.  Follow your own truth.
No education is wasted. Drink in as many new experiences as you can.
Making one person smile can change the world.
Don’t forget to enjoy your journey!
You never know how strong you really are until being strong is the only choice you have.
Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
You cannot change what you refuse to confront.
Crying doesn’t indicate that you’re weak.  It doesn’t always solve your problems either.
No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them.
Give up worrying about what others think of you.
When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.
You have to accept that some things will never be yours, and learn to appreciate the things that are only yours.
As Henry Ford put it, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.”
Don’t be afraid to move out of your comfort zone.  Some of your best life experiences and opportunities will transpire only after you dare to lose.
Giving up doesn’t always mean you’re weak, sometimes it means you are strong enough and smart enough to let go.
You’ll rarely be 100% sure it will work.  But you can always be 100% sure doing nothing won’t work.
Don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future for too long.  Right now is life.  Live it.
No matter how cautiously you choose your words, someone will always twist them around and misinterpret what you say.  Just say what you need to say.
Not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of good luck.
If you are passionate about something, pursue it, no matter what anyone else thinks.  That’s how dreams are achieved.
If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.
What lies before us and behind us are tiny matters when compared to what lies within us.
Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.
It’s not about getting a chance, it’s about taking a chance.
If it were easy everyone would do it.
Be vulnerable.
A problem is a chance for you to learn.
Regardless of the situation, life goes on.

29 November 2011

The Importance of a Name

"Through the years as I have filled assignments around the world, I have been asked many times if I belong to the Mormon Church. My response has been, “I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. Because we believe in the Book of Mormon, which is named after an ancient American prophet-leader and is another testament of Jesus Christ, we are sometimes called Mormons.” In every instance this response has been well received and in fact has opened up opportunities for me to explain the Restoration of the fulness of the gospel in these latter days."

M. Russell Ballard, October 2011 General Conference, "The Importance of a Name"

28 November 2011

Dodge Journey Commerical

I love this. No more internet! I don't like some of the effects the internet has had on society.
 Plus, it would have been really sweet to find one.  (don't go looking...they have all been found, California, Oklahoma, and Maine)

Revelation 3:5

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

23 November 2011

Something to think about

My mission president posted this on his blog 

I find it worth repeating on my blog.

The Fable of the Porcupine

I am grateful to my friend Sister Marie Hartmann for sharing this fable with me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions. After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth. Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

The moral of the story is: The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person's good qualities.  http://kbrentsomers.blogspot.com/2011/11/fable-of-porcupine.html?m=0

22 November 2011


I am so thankful for thanksgiving!!! This year has gone by super quick, I can't believe how fast it has gone by. I am thankful to get away from Idaho and everything, not like things in my life are necessarily bad or anything, but I am ready for a change of scenery and most importantly to see my family. I am so blessed!

16 November 2011

Mormon Messages

So can I just say- I love Mormon Messages! I love what the Church has done with the technology we have today.  This particular video made a profound impact on me the first time I saw it and has done a lot for me since, especially with recent happenings in my life...

26 October 2011

‎"If you understood the ordinances of the House of the Lord, you would crawl on your hands and feet for thousands of miles in order to receive them!" (Spencer W. Kimball as quoted in Temples of the Ancient World: Ritual and Symbolism, p. 58-59)

24 September 2011


"Charity is having patience with someone who has let us down. It is resisting the impulse to become offended easily. It is accepting weaknesses and shortcomings. It is accepting people as they truly are. It is looking beyond physical appearances to attributes that will not dim through time. It is resisting the impulse to categorize others." -President Thomas S. Monson


10 May 2011


Sometimes I complain.

Today I looked at some pictures on my computer, some from Eastern, some from St. Louis and a couple from my mission.  A few from some vacations.  I miss these times. I was a little sad.  I could wallow in self-pity.  But, at least I had these times!  And although there are a couple things that don't excite me about my life, I have a million and a half things to be grateful and thankful for.  I will name 5. (in no order)

1. Jesus loves me.
2. I have a roof over my head.
3. I have the opportunity to attend college.
4. I'm healthy.
5. The Lakers are out of the playoff (RIP Phil J)

01 May 2011

"It is not a sacrifice to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is never a sacrifice when you get back more than you give. It is an investment. And the living of the gospel of Jesus Christ becomes a greater investment than any of which we know because its dividends are eternal and everlasting" (Gordon B. Hinckley, Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley [1997], 567-68)

23 April 2011

17 April 2011

John F. Kennedy quoted the 11th Article of Faith in his Tabernacle Address. Also, “Tonight I speak for all Americans in expressing our gratitude to the Mormon people — for their pioneer spirit, their devotion to culture and learning, their example of industry and self-reliance. But I am particularly in their debt tonight for their successful battle to make religious liberty a living reality — for having proven to the world that different faiths of different views could flourish harmoniously in our midst.”

03 January 2011