Monday, March 15, 2010

scripture bracket 2010

Ok -- so this post comes from my other blog Justified By the Scriptures -- but I loved it so much I'm throwing it on here! Haha

The top 3 events each year:

4th of July (and all of the summer vacation)
March Madness

I love March Madness!

The brackets were announced yesterday. I have goosebumps!

March Madness = Gambling

Straight bets, Parlays and Teasers! Oh the excitement!

Last year I tried to not make any plays -- it didn't work.

It won't happen this year for several reasons:
I promised Leah I wouldn't : )
The Church says we shouldn't gamble
I'm completely broke -- actually broker than broke is more accurate.

Despite the lack of gambling excitement this year I found something else to add a new element to things.

Last year Colin Cowherd of "The Herd" on ESPN added a twist to March Madness -- he set up a bracket that involved cereal. Honey Nut Cheerios defeated Frosted Flakes in the finals!

This year he has proposed superhero/villain bracket.

It's a great addition to the excitement of the standard March Madness!

As I listened to Cowherd talk about his superhero/villain bracket my mind immediately thought of the scriptures and a potential scripture bracket!!!

I decided to stick with this years CES book of scripture: Book of Mormon

Let's take a look at the field of 32 in this years bracket:

*Let's not forget that I have no job, no life and my girlfriend lives 2000 miles away -- time is plentiful.

I have set up two regions; the righteous and the wicked.

At the end of the first round of the real tournament I will post the results from my first round of the Book of Mormon Madness bracket!

Let me know who you think should make it through the first round!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

something new.

Ok - so I started another blog earlier this week. In our church institute class we were challenged to read the Book of Mormon during the month of March. It has been an incredible experience so far. One more experience I've had while here in Virginia that has helped me move in the right direction. Teaching my Gospel Principles class and seminary has brought back this fire for studying the Gospel. I decided to take things a step further. In order to keep the fire going I challenged myself to look every day for a connection to the events and musings in my life to the scriptures.

Check it out:


My brother recently posted a video that was done by a variety of musicians to help out with the recovery in Haiti. I enjoyed the video so much I'm reposting it. And of course because I'm never able to just sit and watch one video on YouTube I watched some others that were similar and I'm going to post those here as well!

It's easy to get caught up in all the things celebrities do wrong-- in fact that's usually what the media likes to focus on. It tends to draw bigger viewership. But they're pretty much like the rest of us-- they've got some great qualities and of course some personal struggles.

Here's some of them caught in one of those wonderful moments of good.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


So it's been awhile since I last wrote so here's what you missed:

Submitted BYU graduate school application
GRE done. Recommendations written. Application turned in. I'm not sure how long I'll be waiting. My buddy said he heard back within a month--that would be nice. I am putting all my eggs in this basket. I really want to get my Master's.

Survived Snowmageddon 2010
I never saw snow like this in Utah Valley. We had no church for 2 straight weeks. School shut down for almost 2 weeks. I spent more time shoveling than ever before. We lost power for a bit and didn't leave the house for days. I have renewed my personal vow to live somewhere warm.

Battled @ Unbreakable 3
This jam was so dope. Some big name bboys showed up. Nasty Ray was a judge and the Squadron came out to battle. The Squadron killed it. I didn't make it past the prelims. Weak. I was quickly reminded why you have to practice hard every day. I know part of the reason I moved out here was to help turn this into more of a hobby but I really want to practice hard again.

Attended 1st YSA dance in VA
We drove an hour into Maryland and arrived half an hour late to see this :
About 20 people
A cd player dj turned up to the max and super scratchy
Weak food
Overall I'd say it was a wonderful event

Began subbing for Frederick County Public Schools
Great way to make some money. Just kickin' it with some kids. Typically I just hand out worksheets and talk with the students. Easiest money I've ever made.

Leah came to visit me
What an amazing weekend. She is my best friend/girlfriend! We talk on the phone all the time--but seeing her is the BEST! I love her so much. We know each other so well and every time I am with her everything feels right.