Monday, September 29, 2014

Bruce C. Hafen and Burning Weed

It has rained really well the past couple of days, especially up near the fire. I'm pretty sure they have it under control now. Got almost 100,000 acres though. Ironically, up north the city of Weed burned up. About two thirds of it. 

I had a profound insight on Sunday. One of the brothers in this ward shared something great. "Knowing myself as well as I do, I wouldn't do the atonement even for myself." That is very true. So the fact that Jesus did it for me as well as everybody else just adds new depth to my understanding.

Also this week, I discovered the writings of Bruce C. Hafen. I love the stuff that guy writes. I wish there was more. I want to dig back and get all of his devotionals from Ricks college. Something I particularly like: 

The purpose of our existence here is to have an opportunity to develop the skills, the capacities, that are necessary for us to live in the celestial kingdom. When my nine-year-old boy says he wants to drive the car, I must explain to him that if he goes out onto the freeway, he is going to be dangerous—he might kill himself and a lot of other people as well. He does not yet have the capacity to use the freedom offered by a freeway.
Until I can help him develop that capacity—the skill, the judgment, the maturity—going out there freely will kill him. The same would be true of our premature introduction to the freedom—and the responsibility—of living in a kingdom governed by celestial laws.
The assumption of responsibility can be liberating or crushing, depending upon one’s preparation to receive it.

I like how he teaches that the Celestial Kingdom is a lifestyle, and we would kill ourselves if went prematurely.

Monday, September 22, 2014

85000 Acres of Broken Dreams

So, the giant fire has been raining ash upon our repentant souls.
Turns out the fire was started by some homeless guy. They set his bail
at 10,000,000. I think it is interesting that there are only a couple
things that can get you that high of a bail: murdering scores of
people and starting a forest fire.

We were going to go on a hike today, but Foresthill has about twice as
much ash as Auburn, so visibility is about ten feet. We don't want
black lung, so we are staying in Auburn.

The work seems to be dying here in Auburn. Our numbers have been going down.

Elder Vielstich and I get along amazingly. We know each other's
favorite obscure bands. I am having deep conversations about religious
and political philosophy. It is nice.

- Elder Hyde

Monday, September 8, 2014

Harry, Habbukkuk and a Dash of Tchaikovsky

A lot of Harry Nilsson music has been stuck in my head this week. "One," "Sleep Late My Lady Friend," "Without Her," and, of course, "Don't Leave Me Baby." 

We have done a lot of driving around, as a lot of people are still not home. We weren't able to meet with any investigators again, but we did meet with a few less actives.

We did exchanges this week with the Colfax elders. Elder McGuffey is from Georgia and he is hilarious.

Other than that not a whole lot happened this week. Although I feel the need to share more.

I was reading in Habbukkuk yesterday, and I realized that Habbukkuk explicitly says that the second coming is going to take a lot longer than anyone expected. So I don't know why people are surprised.

Vielstich and I discovered a mutual love and appreciation for Tchaikovsky. I mean, String Quartet #1, Andante Cantabile is one of the best pieces of music I have ever heard. Not to forget the "Liturgy of St. Chrysostom." The contrast of a rock bottom bass and a falsetto tenor is ever to be appreciated. "Romeo and Juliet" ain't bad either.