Monday, April 18, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Well Plotted Life Event

In the realm in which God allows us to exist by our choice, He would not let us journey to an unknown place without some form of communication nor direction.  Life as we know it, has opposition in all things.  Whether good or bad, there is a consequence for all actions that take place and provide a path that is always being traveled.  As many choices come in all forms, it ultimately comes down to us, what we want and where we want to go.  This past November, I had two close friends take their next step into their progressional state in which God intends for all of us.  
An outline of what we believe, being The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there was a pre-earth life state as to where we lived prior to receiving a physical body and begin our probational stage here on earth.  In order to obtain the privilege of having a body, we had to choose for our selves what we believed in.  When we decided that we believed that Jesus is the Christ, accepted His offer and would be the one to sacrifice all for us, we then were granted the blessing of getting a body to house our spirit.
With this life being full of choices and obligations mandating our actions, we must learn to understand the curve of taming our natural man tendencies.  Any natural man tendencies are inclinations that are easy decisions to make or take little to no effort in doing.  Intentions to become successful are always easy to think about but when it comes to execution upon that desire of success, it becomes a lot harder.  It takes little to no effort in thought or actions when the natural man takes control.
When both Matt Rothey and Grandpa Wendall Hansen passed away, more comfort was present because of the knowledge I have of the Plan of Salvation in which our Father in heaven provided us in order to have a way to return to Him.  In Gods plan and timing all things come together.  At    certain times we may not have the best ken of why what is happening or the principles that are to be learned, but all in due time, we will succeed at knowing that God loves us and we are His child.  Not only that, but we will also come to know our purpose in which we will know why we are here, and what we need to accomplish.  Some of those things are steward ships, others may be leadership or following those called to serve.  
The reason I bring all this up is that we are all apart of something far more greater that some of us may understand at certain times.  World War II was from 1941 to 1945.  In those four years, Grandpa Hansen served in the military as a radar reader.  The all seeing eye as some would say that would give them a leg up on the enemy was an interesting way to hear someone put gospel terms in the military.  I’m sure that that happens but it was one of the first times it had clicked in my mind.  
Hear TAPS being played as Grandpa laid to rest, the first and second note weren’t that bad, but the third caused me to weep in my cold, worn shoes.  At that very moment, I recalled what went through my mind when Grandpa heard where I was called for my mission.  I proudly took my letter from the prophet where it stated that I was called to serve in the Philippines Baguio Mission and will speak Tagalog.  He said to me, “how great is that. . .?! I liberated them so you could go and teach them.”  Out of 65 grandchildren, I am the only one thus far to serve where Grandpa served all for one great cause. . . to free the children of God from bondage.  With wet eyes while typing this leads me to believe that there will always be a desire to serve those around me, recognize the past that permits my progression and everything has a purpose.  
The Plan of Salvation is so perfect.  I love it.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

You must take "it" at times...

Meekness ranks so low on the mortal scale of things, yet so high on God's quoted Elder Maxwell in a talk given about being Meek and Lowly.  I have always loved this topic of study by this man because of the experiences I've had in life that portray a glimpse of what I've experienced at times.  Because I will be quoting Elder Maxwell so often in this entry I just want the reader to know I will put it in parentheses.  He speaks of the life in which we must live in order to obtain this Christ-like attribute which is hard to obtain but yet its sweetness is like none other.  Even though at times, the pathway to be meek and lowly cause pain, the end result is far above those praises of mankind.  (Meekness is needed, therefore, in order for us to be spiritually in "thanksgiving daily" is actually possible even in life's stern seasons).  An experience that happened to my wife and I the other night, we were coming home from the store driving about 30mph in a 25mph zone.  This man is standing out in the parking strip of his property flashing a light at our vehicle as we drive by.  I tell Cars, he may need some help and flip around.  As I approach this old man in his 50's, I roll down my window and ask, "do you need some help sir?" "YES! You need to slow down!" he replied.  I share with him that I was going 30mph and understand it's a residential area.  He then proceeded, "Yes, it's 5 mph faster than the speed limit!"  I have no idea of this gentleman's motive but whatever it may be, simple we must take it at times.  So often, I wondered to myself, when Elder Maxwell stated, "He or she will have to "take it" at times."  

I always asked myself...what does it mean to "take it" at times?

My definition:  To swallow any pride while in the midst of an undeserved comeuppance. 

Such experiences of mine when having to "take it" was at a young age.  Late 1980's, my sister and I were playing with matches and caused a house fire.  At the age of Four, the blame was put on me even thought I did not do the act of starting the fire.  My father being patient with me, took me by the hand, walked down the stairs to the basement and with a room full of black charcoal and ash every said to me, "look what you did."

Another time, I was on my way home from a Jr. Jazz game.  I was getting a ride from some friends of mine and as we stopped at the light, we saw a kid whom we just played and won, was getting physically abused.  In the misted of the yelling of the mom of my friends, while my friends were pointing and laughing and I just sat there sad for this boy, next week I found this Mom pushing us in the direction to apologize for laughing and pointing and unsportsman-like conduct.  As a 10 year old boy, I asked myself why I needed to apologize for pointing and laughing that wasn't done by me.  

When I read the talks by Elder Maxwell, I know that he has suffered such experiences that helped him understand the pathways to discipleship.  

Often I know that we experiences hardships and misery to help us grow but how else will we know what God wants us to become if we don't walk his paths.  The very act of choosing to have a valid source of integrity comes within yourself.  Integrity is the act of doing 'it', because 'it' is the right thing to do, all the time.  Being able to make decisions that change the course of our lives gives us the better opportunity to refine our characters that once came from a more exalted sphere.  The glimpse of heaven can be seen here on earth as Elder Kimball once said, "heaven can be in a hogan or a tent...for heaven is of our own making."  I would add that it's up to us to ensure that we choose to see with the eyes of faith, to see how our Father in heaven sees us, not as the world gauges reputation.

Sometimes, we just have to 'take it' at times.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Rekindling the Fire.

My wonderful wife has been helping me get back in the habit of reading regularly.  So far I've tackled 3-4 books this year and right now I'm reading the Bio of Elder Neal A. Maxwell.  When I listen to this Disciple of Christ speak on many occasions, I can't help but to think of the refining moments that he went through in order to get where he ended up.  Starting off at such a young age, he served time in the military before his mission.  The deferring moment in his life when he knelt in prayer both in solace and selfishness for his life to be spared.  When bomb shells should have landed on top of him because the exactness that the enemy had solved where his whereabouts where, he knelt in a fox hole just big enough for him to be protected, that very moment he dedicated his life to God, if He would spare him.   I often think of how many times I have offered prayer in pleading cases where if I would get help, I too would change my ways and make better habits come about.  One of the big differences between Elder Maxwell and myself, is he was genuine when he offered such a prayer.  I've been striving to make changes in my life and dedicate more of my time, talents and interest to the Lord and He has seen fit to bless me with.  I know that I am being prepared for those blessings to come and I can only strive to prepare myself so when He is willing to take a chance with me, I'll be ready.

When someone takes for granted, the simple beauties of life, they miss out on understanding the love God has for them and fails to understand the meaning of being a Child of God.  When one comes to understand that he or she is a Child of God, and the take that understand with them as they pray with fervent minds, they become closer to being one with God as He is with his Son.  As it states in the Bible Dictionary, " Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking for them."  I am reminded of the scripture found in Luke 13:34 as it states, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!"  Just maybe this verse applies to us speaking in the manner of gathering together (being you and your heavenly Father) for a meliorated conversation that becomes bilateral.  I personally feel at times that I forget that prayer is a two-way conversation.  Oft, I speak in prayer...but am still training to listen.  I also even pray that I will recognize the voice of the spirit and not only hear it, but act accordingly to do so.  It may be a hard feat to try but asking heavenly Father for ultimate submission.  Ask Him if there is anything in your life that you have done wrong and if so, bring it to your attention so that you make fix it and make things right.  I know it's not an easy feat, but the growth is ineffable.

One large problem of most people comes from the deviation of time allotment.  People aways say, "I don't have time to do that." What I hear them say is, "I choose to not use my time with that object or task." We all have enough time to do whatever we want.  However, it comes down to us choosing to use our time in such a way that is pleasing unto the demands of society, life, family, work and the various assignments we are given.

After reading part of this Bio of Elder Maxwell, I find myself doing things that I want in a book if someone were to write about me.  If someone came to me and said, "Trevor, I would love to write a book about you and what you did from the time you got married to the time you finished school." I would hope that I could give them substance and credibility.  My wife is the most helpful person in my life that helps give me more meaning to life then ever before.  She is smart, intelligent, self-sustaining, humorous, loving, care-giving and passionate.   She has helped my rekindle my fire when it comes to reading and I love her for that, plus all sorts of other things too. :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Best Things Take Priority

As many have come to know, I have recently gotten married.  It by far has been the best decision I have ever made!!!  I know that some people think it's one of the biggest decisions to make, which it is, however, it's no different than others that I have made.  I have been blessed with many unique gifts and though those gifts are sacred, I know that when it comes to communicating with my Father in heaven, it's no different than communicating with anyone else.  Of course, His timing is different than typical conversations because when you are engaged in conversing, there is instant replying, answering and question asking.  When I prayed and asked my Father in heaven if he agreed with my decision to marry Carlee, it was a conversation that was completely understood.  I've never asked Heavenly Father what to do, I've always made my choice, and then taken it to Him and ask Him if he agrees with my decision.  There have been times that I didn't know what to do and had to make a decision that I never got an answer to, however, if it wasn't the best choice for me, He provided a way for me to remedy the situation and return to modern life. 

I think about the constant nourishment I try to provide my wife in all that I do and say.  Oft times I find myself trying to critique my lexicon to ensure that it comes out the way I want it to instead of being taken the wrong way.  When I say something that can be taken two ways, I mean the for the lesser to be taken.  I never will have the heart to do evil to anyone even though I have my moments about joking to beat up some 13 year old kid that stole $3,000 worth of personal belongings.  If I ever have the chance to meet the kid, chances are I'll give him an opportunity to make things right before his life ends up in a less fortunate path. 

I've always tried to have the heart to forgive and forget because I too hope that's the case when judgement day comes for me.  I have no greater fear than to not be able to stand blameless before my Father in heaven and have to answer to Him for the unkind things I've said or done.  I've think one of the greatest gifts I've been blessed with is to be a constant forgiver.  As many people don't understand how the atonement came to fruition, I've had dreams that I can't explain but fully understand how it works and how great the purpose is when in use.  The atonement is not only for people seeking forgiveness, but also for the forgiver.  The forgiver needs the atonement just as much as the forgivee.  The application of both the forgiver and forgivee need to understand that without the atonement, neither party can be justified.  Just as any law needs to be justified, in any case, there must be opposition in all things.

As aforementioned about opposition in all things, there were times that I needed to just have a moment and muse about those deferring choices that were about to be made.  Sure at times I felt like I was at peace just as much as times the adversary was working on me telling me that I needed to stay single...forever.  That was something that I just could not swallow.  I've lived my whole life in hopes to some day share with my kids why I made the choices I did, and yes, to strut my ego, there were times I made those decisions just so I could say, well if I did it, so can you!  I won't lie, it was hard choosing some of the paths that I did, but was it worth not ever compromising my standards, you bet it was.  I know I've said it once but I'll say it again, God recognizes character, Man recognizes reputation.  On the flip side, if you validate your character with worrying more about Him and less about them, those who seek to find your reputation will only reckon that it's character they seem to find. 

I don't have much more to say other than I am loving my married life and look forward to forever with Carlee, she truly is the love of my life!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Lastest News of my Life

I couldn't help but to think of how much fun Moab, UT was going to be knowing that I was going to ask Carlee Hamblin to marry for time and all eternity in the House of the Lord.

We ended up on top of a mountain overlooking God's beautiful creation. I wrote a story book for Carlee and created the perfect moment to propose to her. Check out this custom ring my buddy made! (Aaron's Jewelry)

There isn't a more wonderful act than showing your love through Diamonds!! I'm kidding.  Carlee knows from experience that a ring can not and will not validate my love for her.  So, I am now the luckiest man alive.  Engaged Feb 12, 2010 and we have a date of March 26th, 2010...yes...six weeks later, we will be starting our own family!

Monday, December 28, 2009

A legacy to be told.


The keen sense of comfort often come from those that we love and hold close to our hearts. For many of us it's family, friends and even the Savior. Being an amateur composer, I find myself wanting to be surrounded by those who have been affected and in return want to be a causing effect.

The ripple effect in life is something that most of us, if not all of us should be challenged to live by. In this video the statements of "You are my kind of beautiful" and "you give me the feelings people write novels about" and "true love does not come by finding the perfect person but by learning to see in imperfect person perfectly" are passionate disciplinary actions that cause someone to be somebody.

Josh and Jenny are those types of people that help me see more to life than what life it self has to offer. Society is what life has to offer you, people like Josh and Jenny that contribute to society the way that society doesn't contribute shows you there is more to life...than life.

Josh, I will never forget the memories we had together and now is your time to take the next step in your progression and help those, who may not be able to help themselves.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Far too long.

I guess that it has been awhile since I have scribbled on this e-stream of life.  A lot has happened but not much to talk about and I guess that's the reason I don't write much on here.

I sure do have a lot going on in my life but I wouldn't change a thing.  I'm working a full time job, running a part time business, starting up another business, going to school and caring for a newly purchased house.  On top of that, someone has come into my life in the past couple of months and I met her in my new ward.  What an amazing individual!  The way she has lived her life makes me want to be a better person and always has a positive influence on my actions.  I was previously attending a singles ward out in West Haven but after 3 years of unsuccessful attempts at meeting someone within the ward to date, it was time for a change.  I'm now attending a singles ward in South Weber and what a positive change that has been for me.  I really like the ward and it's given me a soft break to not have so much responsibility.  Don't get me wrong, I'm dedicated to the work but it sure does wear one out when an average Sunday for a 21 year old guy, spends 5-7 hrs at church dealing with responsibilities, however, I miss the blessings that are accompanied with such an arduous path to become better than I can make myself.

I'm excited to embark on my new proliferated path of marketing my website (and doing a complete overhaul of the site).  The amazing possibilities there are when you have the right person doing their "thang" and small fascination sure do go a long ways. 

**The rest is classified**

Saturday, December 20, 2008


The first goal I can ruminate about would be at the age of 8 when I was baptized on Oct 10, 1992, in hand with my Heavenly Fathers will. I decided at that age that I would prepare myself to the best of my ability to be ready by the time I turned 19. 11 years prior, the decision had been made for me to server a mission so when I turned 19, there was no contemplating whether I was going to go or not.

I understood that I was going to need His help when preparing to do his work and it’s a life long goal that I’ll never forget setting because it was a joyful moment for him to see that I did everything in my capacity to ready myself for such a once….I say once in an eternity opportunity a mission as an Elder and have the same title as a General Authority.

A small quote I would like to pull from a talk back in 1974 from President Kimball, he states, “Every boy should have been saving money for his mission and be free from any and all entanglements so he will be worthy. When he is returned from his mission at 21, he should feel free to begin to get acquainted and to date. When he has found the right young woman, there should be a proper temple marriage. One can have all the blessings if he is in control and takes the experiences in proper turn: first some limited social get-acquainted contacts, then his mission, then his courting, then his temple marriage and his schooling and his family, then his life’s work. In any other sequence he could run into difficulty.”
I can’t help but to plan my life accordingly as He would have me do so. As I pray to Him and talk to Him as if He were standing in front of me, I see that my relationship, friendship and stewardship seamlessly grow rapidly as I see His work in my prayerful consideration to accompany my desires to into His will by bearing His burden which is spoken in Moses 1:39, for if I am not lifting His burden thru missionary work, I’m at fault for not upholding my baptismal covenants I made at the age of 8.

So, upon making my goals, I list the pro’s and con’s of each goal. After I have done that, and have weighed out my decision, I then take it to Him in mighty prayer, which is proceeded by countless hours of ruminating and musing to ensure that I’ve done all that I can do, so that I may receive revelation from Him and know that I’m doing what is right and that He agrees with me.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I'm a Democrat because I'm a Mormon

To many, it sounds like a contradiction in terms: a Mormon Democrat. People regularly ask me how I reconcile my religious beliefs with my political opinions, shocked that a good Mormon girl would throw her support behind such a scandalous party. Believe it or not, being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints doesn't automatically make one an ardent member of the GOP, even in Utah. In fact, it's my religious beliefs about compassion and generosity that have made me liberal.

The LDS Church's official position has long been one of political neutrality, endorsing neither major political party. When the church takes one of its rare official political stances, it is always on a particular issue and should not be misconstrued as support of one party or one political ideology. Mormon leaders constantly encourage all followers, regardless of party, to become involved in politics, vote and run for office when possible. Yet many believe that to be LDS, you have to be Republican. It's just not true-if anything, the Democratic Party more closely adheres to basic Christian values.

Obviously, individual Mormons hold different views about the same beliefs, just as members of the Democratic Party take a wide variety of positions. But many elements of liberal politics are principles central to the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: social welfare, the environment, the role of government, the balance between business and the community. I'm not a Democrat in spite of my religion-I'm a Democrat because of my religion.

A core principle of most religions is a basic sense of compassion for the poor. In fact, most religions view poverty as a symbol of humility and strength, while wealth is seen as a moral failing vice that brings pride and unrighteousness. Yet many on the far right treat the poor as lazy, regarding wealth as a sign of character. Mormons are counseled to work toward a society in which "there are no poor among us." Democrats make social assistance a priority in a way that other parties do not. In many ways, liberals see the government as a useful tool that, when used correctly, can improve life for everyone.

One reason many people assume Mormons must be conservative may be so-called moral issues, like abortion or same-sex marriage. But Joseph Smith taught that matters of conscience should not be regulated but instead, taught through principle by example, letting others choose whether to follow. To me, such issues become peripheral when I examine basic ideological differences about the role of government-to create opportunity and help everyone succeed.

The LDS religion teaches of a basic human responsibility to help and lift others in righteousness and knowledge. It, therefore, makes sense to support a political party that makes social programs a priority. A government that fails to provide for its weakest members is not only destined for failure-it's morally depraved.

Conservatives often maintain that anyone willing to work hard should be able to earn a decent living. But economically, the playing field has never been level. In fact, Mormon scripture emphasizes that worldly goods are gifts from God because of his generosity, not our entitlement. Consequently, my religious views teach me that I have an inherent duty to give to people around me-everything I have is not mine at all, but a gift given to share.

The United States can have a healthy economy without deserting the less fortunate, such as the sick, the poor, the elderly and the homeless. Perpetual handouts are not the answer, but there are countless underprivileged Americans who need help with everything from job training to child care to adequate health-care coverage.

Many conservatives claim social programs are inefficient, and they are right to want to curb waste. Waste can be reduced without deserting social responsibility. It's important to remember the point: we're here to help each other. One of Christ's most basic messages was about giving without thought of reward. It follows that many Christians would feel a sense of social responsibility to give for the collective good.

The most basic of religious principles is that individuals have a responsibility to take care of themselves and a responsibility to help others. Many conservatives have bizarrely distorted self reliance into selfishness, maintaining that you are only responsible for yourself. As a Mormon, it's frightening to see selfishness treated as a virtue-I believe we can take care of ourselves without abandoning those around us.

Republicans are often anti government and pro-business, which makes sense in moderation. Obviously, excessive government power must be curbed and reasonable economic growth should be encouraged. But the LDS Church has a long tradition of strength in community-Mormons know the power that comes when a committed group of people works together to lift the less fortunate. To view money or economic development as the ultimate aim of every political undertaking is grossly misguided-the mission of life and of government is much larger than that. Religion involves a basic sense of decency and social liberals adhering to the belief that it's more important to lend a helping hand than to be rich.

Another basic LDS belief is that as humans, we are stewards over the earth with a responsibility to guard and tend. From a religious perspective, it follows that we should do what we can to preserve the earth instead of exploit it. Typically, Republicans are against environmental regulations because they worry laws could hinder industry. But if I believe the earth is a sacred creation that I'm responsible to look after, it makes sense that preserving its glory would be a higher priority than shortsighted economic development.

Economically, liberals have a more balanced plan for the country than the conservative free-market-fixes-all approach. In his book, Approaching Zion, Hugh Nibley discusses how many Republicans view an ideal economy as purely capitalist, a survival of the fittest in which anything goes. In such a system, the weak, the frail, the sick and the poor will rightfully die off because they will not have the strength to flourish-a remarkable contrast to the parable of Christ seeking after one lost sheep.

Obviously, all views of Mormonism don't match up with all views of the Democratic Party. In fact, I commend the LDS Church's neutral stance that individuals should study the issues, make their own political decisions and act accordingly. Neither party will complement any church on every issue. Yet I see many liberal views directly in line with LDS principles.

I'm a Democrat because I'm a Mormon and I believe in loving our neighbors and in helping the less fortunate. I believe in a wise, balanced stewardship of the earth and that I have a responsibility to share what I have with others. I believe government can be a powerful tool for good and we can be self reliant without being selfish. To be liberal and Mormon is not only possible,it's practical, it's compassionate and it's principled.

I really don't think that this lady could have put it any other better way. I've been ridiculed for the same choice but I think she has explained it better than anyone else I've ever go Sister.