Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ode to a Semester Gone By

Finals were over last Friday, but I had to post a few pictures to show what the semester was all about. I couldn't get a picture for every fun activity I did, but Here's a sneak peak at Fall 2008.

A now, dear semester, may you rest in peace (because ever since my finals were over I've been sleeping peacefully, too!).


Just in case you had evil thoughts of stomping on the plants up "R" Mountain, now you have a reason not to.

The top of "R" Mountain...well, kind of. We took this picture at the summit, and then we made our way around to the R. This was a pre-missionary activity, and they asked me to come. Oh man! Those guys are stellar! They'll be amazing missionaries!


This is my friend Jodi and her mom at the Mother's Weekend Service Project. We did this as part of one of the organzations I was involved with this semester on campus. When the moms came to visit, we created newborn kits for a hospital nearby. Service definitely rocks.

The morning of the Service Project, we woke up to find 6 of these (one for each of us) taped to the mirror in the bathroom with a note inviting us to have an adventure that day. Our mission: find someone we didn't know who needed some extra cheer and give this to them. My mission: complete success. The anonymous roommate who left these out is a CHAMP! It was like being on the mission again out looking for "the one." I'd recommend this activity to anyone looking for a fun way to serve those around you!

This is the structure that greeted us when we came back. I was only home for four weeks and the open area suddenly looked like this. You should see it now. Click here or here. I can't even begin to tell you what I know of this miracle. Wait until you talk to President Monson or President Clark (President of the University--I've been in meetings where he has begun expounding on this miracle). And if President Hinckley could tell you, he'd have amazing things to say (I heard some of it straight from one of the Vice Presidents last week).
If anything, this is to me the metaphor for my life--continual growth, constant change. There's really not a time when the progression stops. A disciple's life moves forward and helps as the stone rolls forth.

And when I got back from summer break, this greeted me, too. I don't recall who it is, but some light construction in one of the buildings on campus necessitated this mystery statue be covered up, and I couldn't help but think about stories I'd heard about Brazil and Carnival (where some Catholics cover the statues of Mary and party for a week since she can't see). I had to snap this shot.

Here's to the random Christmas Carollers that came by--in October.


And Dan and Michelle celebrating the first snowfall (also in October? It only lasted one day).

And here's to the best roommates EVER! The semester was awesome, but it would not have been what it was without you. Thanks for being an awesome "family" away from family and creating a home away from home. Good luck with your adventures next semester! It just won't ever be the same!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Brotherhood 'Ties'

So we all wore matching ties to Church yesterday. The Ghost of Christmas Future stopped by our apartment and left them hanging in the vanity by the sink. Sorry no pictures. But, if anything, we have more ties (ha ha!) to keep us together wherever we go next semester.

Our Christmas tree (yes, we have a tree--a real tree. Kevin got a permit and cut it down over Thanksgiving break) with lights. we even have mini stockings by the chimney. Sorry, still no pictures.

I'm just grateful that in such a crazy finals week, we have a wonderful apartment and wonderful roommates. It's nice to have an apartment that feels like a home.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Elder Joseph B.Wirthlin


1917-2008

Here's a tribute to a man who lived great and died great. As one of Christ's special witnesses on the earth, Elder Wirthlin served as an Apostle of the Lord since 1986. You can learn more about apostles here: www.mormon.org

Elder Wirthlin's daughter, Jane, who was with him when he died, is a great friend! My mom called her this morning and Jane said that her family is doing well.

Elder Wirthlin passed away in his sleep around 11:30 pm last night.

Perhaps he'll be best remembered for his talks on charity and love, finding peace in a time of grief, and laughing despite the embarrassing or hard times. It seems his family is doing just that! And perhaps he'll be remembered for his talks giving advice from his own life. For me, it was always advice that rings true!

Most of all, he was a servant of Jesus Christ, called and annointed by Him to serve.

May the Lord bless the Wirthlin family. We love them! And may we honor the legacy of what Elder Wirthlin taught.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Just in case you were wondering...

Here's a taste of what goes on behind closed doors. Enjoy your sneak peak into "Brotherhood Night I" from a few posts ago. The thigns boys....men....will do when the camera is rolling and the front room is covered in mattresses. Yes, we got some nice hang time.
Will there be Brother hood Night II?
Thanksgiving was great, and we're all beginning to get back. It's good for the Brotherhood to be back. Let's see if we still love each other after these two weeks (finals week included). The semester flew by way too fast. Thank Heaven for good roommates!

Friday, November 14, 2008

And the winner is...

The results are in. Student Body elections were held this week. It was grueling week and I had tons of fun! I had one of the largest campaign committees in BYU-Idaho history (We were limited to 50 people and I got 43...trust me, getting 50 people to do that is not as easy as it sounds!) Gratefully, some of my great friends helped me out! I couldn't have done it without them. they are incredible examples and truly amazing people!

With 42.5 % of the student vote, I won. Thanks for your love and support. Thanks for your prayers as I begin this new adventure as the BYU-Idaho Student Body President Winter 2009.

It's gonna be fun!

Love to you all!

-Jared

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Oh How Lovely Was the Morning

I just found this through a French blog: lessaintsdesderniersjours.blogspot.com (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...all in one word, in French, on blogspot). It's about 4 1/2 minutes long. I loved it, and I thought you might, too! I got this off YouTube.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

The Brotherhood Night



I must say I've been blessed. It seems my roommates get better and better each semester (no offense to my first roomies. You guys were exactly the perfect roommates for me then and amazing friends to me now). This time, I think we've got the best.

Our first Sunday together we called an apartment meeting.

Among other things, we set a list of rules, you know, like which cupboard belongs to which guy, what time we'll read scriptures and say prayers, and (the best rule) NO STEALING ANOTHER ROOMMATE'S GIRLFRIEND.

We're quite the bunch.

And in that meeting, we declared ourselves THE BROTHERHOOD.

Well, tonight happens to be James' birthday and the night designated for our top-secret, Brotherhood-Only BIRTHDAY/MOVIE BASH!

So, please, excuse us now. Cuz tonight we are ready for fun.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Just in case you missed it...


This picture was taken a few months ago. I never realized how wide-spread it would be. I thought I was just supposed to smile. Apparently it was intended to go big.

* It's on the internet (click here)
* And if you go to the campus library, it's on the screen saver for every screen.

I guess it's nice to be a poster boy for something so awesome and something so good. I'm glad they put me on those posters. It's nice to be the poster boy for the most coveted positions in school: I-Team Leaders and I-Reps.

So....in case someone didn't already pass the word along: I'm famous....well, not really. But I can sit down at any computer and I guarantee my someone says, "Hey! You're the boy from the picture!"

By the way....if you're interested. Apply here: (click it)

It's an experience of a lifetime.

Go ahead, apply online!
You'll be grateful you did.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Videos: Proposition 8




Proposition 8: Protecting the Divine Institution of Marriage




Have you heard of Proposition 8? It's the California proposition to amend the California Constitution to protect the divine institution of marriage. The vote will occur Nov. 4.

YOU CAN HELP, TOO!

If you're from California, please register to vote, and encourage other Californians to vote, too. Oct. 20th is the last day to register to vote.

WHAT CAN I DO?
Want more info? I'll post more soon. Check the top left corner for more links.
I especially like this one. It gives background information and more links to help you understand.

http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/commentary/the-divine-institution-of-marriage


Please note that this does not in any way represent hostility or intolerance toward homosexuals or any others that may feel an inclination toward recognition of homosexual marriage. This measure will not take away any of the current rights they have, but it will protect the family and help ensure rights that are God-given. The link above explains more.

Learn more about what you can do and SPREAD THE WORD ALONG!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

My I-Life (My Life at BYU-I)


My I-Life started, well....it was an inspiration, really. Okay, my life didn't start, but the whole idea was an inspired creation, really.

Over the 2008 Summer, I started a blog for a Communications Practicum I was doing. I entitled it: "We put the I in Team" Everybody knows there is no I in team, but I was then serving as the I-Team Director on the campus at BYU-I, so I thought it only natural to give it such a title. Besides, the blog (and my class) was all about my service.
I-Team oversees BYU-Idaho's "Get Connected" (a much cooler equivalent to new student orientation). They wear orange polos and have one of the most incredible blessings of campus: serving the new students when they arrive (see below).

Since some of the content featured our retreat (and other top-secret information...) I made it private and didn't want to spoil the fun. It served its purpose and was a lot of fun to make. I even got an A in the class.

A few months later, I got to thinking....why don't I blog some more? I'll keep the I-Theme and feature other service opportunities I have on campus, as well as other activities. In any case, I can showcase what we do and keep the friends--and distant relatives--posted (no pun intended) on my adventures, experiences, and I-fun.

So, I begin my new journey, featuring the I in me...or the I (for Idaho) in my life.

Le voici: My Life at BYU-I.