Friday, July 31, 2009

The Individual

The individual, created a little lower then the angels.

Christ risked everything for our Salvation. He would have died for just one of us. He created us a little lower then the angels. We are made in His image and priceless in His sight. Our true value is established through Christ sacrifice for us. This is where our true identities are found. If Christ values us this much, we too should place the same amount of value on our fellow man. “We are all woven together in the great web of humanity, and whatever we can do to benefit and uplift others will reflect in blessing upon ourselves.”-Patriarchs and Prophets, pg. 346.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Zip is Hip!

If you’re hip, you zip because zip is hip! I have been in the college of zip lining for quit sometime now. I would dare to call myself an expert, but considering the “incident” that happened two weeks ago, it might be questionable now.

Two Sabbaths ago, we reached what at the time; I would have considered the zenith of zip lining technology. All of the elements of a great zip line were in place water, danger, extreme heights, reliable equipment, and of course a knowledgeable group of advisors.

As the afternoon progressed and the fear of the zip line decreased more and more people started to go; some people even dared to double up, going together. By this time the zip line appeared to have been tamed and domesticated, everyone was going.

For the last run of the day, Lance and I decided to double up and launch our bodies off the bridge that is of course using the zip
line. Unfortunately for us, the zip line didn’t prove to be as faithful as we first believed!

Falling through the air like a cartoon charter, I could only think to myself this is probably it, what a stupid way to die! The bridge is at least 50 feet off the ground and below the bridge there is an array of rocks, metal wreckage, and tree branches to greet any unexpecting visitor. As my feet hit the water, I thought to myself, it will only be a second now and my feet will be crushed. Entering the water my feet bent like an accordion absorbing the impact. My head went under water for a moment. Emerging from the water I started to scream! And then Lance joined me in screaming. My left foot hurt so terribly bad.

Thankfully the Lord had been looking out for us, instead of falling the full 50 feet, we only had to deal with about a 30 foot descent, since the zip line didn’t drop us instantly. And on top of that, we landed in two feet of water, which doesn’t seem like much but I am fairly confident that it helped.

Under Philip Stokes recommendation, I went to an urgent care center, which was followed up by a visit to my family physician and two visits to the wound care center. Despite the more desirable landing my doctor tells me that it is a miracle that I only had to lose all of the skin on my heel. I think that it is truly amazing that Lance and I only suffered minor injuries, I know that it more then luck.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Oh, Omaha!

Oh, Omaha! Every time I go there adventure finds me! Weather I am with the Beazley’s, Matt Turk, 0r Janna. It is always a good time, when you have friends in Omaha. There is continually something to stumble into... fashion shows, abandoned buildings, museums, the theater… There is a puppy shop, which is more like a warehouse, and then there is the world’s largest swing bridge, which is always open to exploration. Then there are the slides, Old Market, and the river walk. And when Rheu is with me, we go to the botanical gardens and take pictures of flowers. There is the zoo, Union Station, and the grounded World War II submarine. Hallock is always a fit volunteer when it comes to exploring. I like to eat at Zio’s Pizza, sometimes. I always feel greasy after eating there.There are free art galleries, street musicians, and homeless people. Omaha comes to life, when you are there with great friends. And at the end of the night if you happen to be a single lady, Lance Mishleau might just buy you an ice cream cone.