I'm Back:)

>> Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hello lovely people! I'm home after serving my 18-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It was amazing! Very hard, but the hardest thing I've ever loved to do. I got to meet so many wonderful people and serve alongside people of other religions, and share the good news of Jesus. Anyway, to celebrate, I give you an uplifting video:)
Enjoy!



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He is the Gift

>> Saturday, November 29, 2014

Time to remember what it's all about. Have an early Merry Christmas.

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David Archuleta: GLORIOUS

>> Thursday, October 9, 2014

I haven't posted something since February 2013. The thing is, I just finished listening to this beautiful song, and I thought to myself, This just deserves to be shared.

"It's like a symphony,
Just keep listening
And pretty soon you'll start
To figure out your part.
Everyone plays a piece
And there are melodies
In each one of us.
It's glorious."

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Online II

>> Monday, February 11, 2013

Some more shameless advertising for a few good webcomics.

Bird Boy
Beautiful world-building, gorgeous art, and a lovable unlikely hero. What more can you ask for?

Gronk: A Monster's Story
The story of an adorable, mischievous little monster being raised by a human (and a geek at that!)

Cucumber Quest
With rabbits as characters, it's like the spoof of every epic quest you've ever read.

I Am Otter
Not technically a web-comic. The delightful adventures of an otter and his teddy are hilarious.

My Milk Toof
Not "technically" a web-comic either. The charming misadventures of two teeth are always sure to brighten my day.


Beyond the Western Deep
I saved the best for last. I've long been a fan of Rachel Bennett's work, but even I didn't she was this talented! Incredible artwork, brilliant characters and a ripping good story.

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I Love People

>> Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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Fire with Fire

>> Monday, January 14, 2013

Remember back when books had struggles between light and dark, not grey with black?
It is a curious trend I notice springing up in most literature, especially YA. The "good guys" are grey and fighting against a even worse threat.
I'm not saying antiheroes are bad, but at least there was a time when these anti-heroes learned their lesson and changed themselves and their world for the better. That is becoming increasingly rare.

Nowadays books are not so strict on the distinction between light and dark.
What are they telling us?

"It's okay to kill fellow children if you're trying to survive."
"Doomed souls like vampires and fallen angels make good romantic companions."

Now, many good books I know have characters that do take a brief walk on the dark side. But once the lesson is learned they turn towards the light and abandon the dark--they even defeat the dark with their new-found light.
Where did that all go?

You remember the old books? I mean, look at The Dark is Rising! The entire series is a literal Light vs. Dark!
Believe me, if Tolkien had never written The Lord of the Rings, and if it were written today, it's be some story of how a hobbit fought evil with the aid a possessive ring. It'd be grey vs. black.
Tolkien avoided that. The ring cannot be used by anyone. It is evil and cannot be used for good in any manner, shape, or form.

I suppose what I'm saying is that I wish that books nowadays didn't focus so much on fighting fire with fire (although I do see the need to defend yourself from evil by fighting.)
I just wish there were books nowadays where love, compassion, and truth could conquer overwhelming darkness.

Give me less darkness. I want light.

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The Hobbit Quotes II

>> Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Picture by Justin Gerard
"We may meet again before all is over, and then again of course we may not. That depends on your luck and on your courage and sense; and I am sending Mr Baggins with you."

The others laughed. "You were quite right," they said, "the meat's alive and kicking!"
"I'll soon put an end to that," hissed the angry spider climbing back onto the branch.

Under sunlight, under day!/South away! and South away!/Down the swift dark stream you go/Back to lands you once did know!

They knew that they were drawing near to the end of their journey, and that it might be a very horrible end.

"You have nice manners for a thief and a liar," said the dragon.

"I am the clue-finder, the web-cutter, the sting fly. I was chosen for the lucky number."
"Lovely titles!" sneered the dragon. "But lucky numbers don't always come off."
"I am he that buries his friends alive and drowns them and draws them alive again from the water. I came from the end of a bag, but no bag went over me."
"These don't sound so creditable," scoffed Smaug.
"I am the friend of bears and the guest of eagles. I am Ring-winner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider," went on Bilbo beginning to be pleased with his riddling.
"That's better!" said Smaug. "But don't let your imagination run away with you!"

"I kill where I wish and none dare resist."

The fire is more shining/On hearth in the gloaming/Than gold won by mining/So why go a-roaming?

"But our back is to legends and we are coming home. I suppose this is the first taste of it."
"There is a long road yet," said Gandalf.
"But it is the last road," said Bilbo.

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I Am An Otter

You're an otter, mate! Another good friend of Redwall, you are a natural swimmer and a deadly fighter especially with a long bow or javellin. Camp Willow is your home, just as Redwall is your second home. You have a good heart and a strong sense of loyalty. You absolutely love Shrimp and Hotroot soup, living by the motto "Ain't nothing 'otter for an Otter!".

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