For those who don't know, I really like Starcraft. I'm not particularly good, but I really like the game. I recently got turned on to a coach/player who recently took a year off of college to stream and coach Starcraft 2. He is a masters level player who somehow keeps a good attitude and such even coaching lowly bronze players (like me, not that I've done coaching with him yet). But he coaches on stream where everyone can learn. I've even gone back through his youtube channel and found good tips on how to do a couple of things that I've wondered about for a while.
This past Wednesday, the young men in our ward met with the missionaries who asked why they wanted to serve missions. Their answers ranged greatly: some aren't sure they want to, some because we have to, some just want a way out of the house, and others want to share truth. As I sat listening, I though about why I served. I loved Guatemala but I didn't know that is where I was going when I decided to serve. If I had to guess it was probably most motivated by wanting to set a good example and not let people or God down. That was my reason, at least when I left.
First off, I have been told many times that I should not write. Okay, that was specifically not to write at work, but I have never felt that I'm a particularly good writer. I enjoy the creative process of writing, I just lack any natural talent for it. This is the message that I feel I have been told since grade school. I was a math person, only I learned in college that I really wasn't a math person, I was just an analytical person.
I was listening to These things I know by Boyd K. Packer this evening. You might remember the talk, like I did, for the poem that be recited having written bits of it at 68, 78, and 88 years old. You might even remember the story about the finches in his backyard and the snakes that suddenly showed up one week.
Among his comments there was an interesting quote:
Keeping menus open can be an important indication of where a person is in a site. The problem is that in Drupal that usually means putting every page into the menu. At work we have so overloaded our menu system before that we had to up our php memory limit. Not saying it wasn't a full menu, but it was lower than I would like. Because of that, I tend to be hesitant on anything that requires putting lots of items into menus.
Today I find that I'm in a rather reflective mood. I blame NPR. You see, about 6 months ago I started listening to NPR and it makes me think while I drive to an from work. However, the increased awareness of what is going on in the world and government has left me with many and varied thoughts. This is not meant to be a telling of well organized and deeply held feeling evolved over much pondering and reflection, but rather a dump of scattered and hap hazard thoughts that have occupied my thought recently.
Today is as my son's 5th birthday. He is autistic and it is hard to tell how much he understands or doesn't understand. We are glad to see that he remembers present opening since last year.
I really like this message given by Elder Bednar a while ago now. It holds true and is something I think everyone needs to remember every now and again.
Today I learned that one of my bosses is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but not currently attending a ward. Though I live in the Salt Lake Valley, I didn't make this assumption as she recently moved here from out of state. In talking with her she about going to church, she made the comment, "I need to be a grown-up". It was in reference to her feeling that she should start going again and the struggle those feelings have with her desire to just have a second Saturday.
My experience with scouting began some years ago as a boy going through a pretty standard dysfunctional scout group. I say standard because that has been my experience much more often than running the program the way it was designed. I went through my wolf and bear advancements in Cub Scouts without incident but didn't finish my Arrow of Light because the ward I was in didn't have a very good program at the time I was in it. It has always bothered my that I didn't earn that terminal ranking in the Cub Scouts. I'm not joking, you can ask my parents or my wife.