Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

I had an amazing weekend.

Just wanted to throw that out there.

I will have to tell more later.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


For the past few days I have been sick. Sore throat, stuffy nose the usual cold. But this morning when I woke up, my voice was like 4 octaves lower than normal. I sound like Louis Armstrong or something. Not my best. To make it worse, I need to call places in DC to set up appointments for internship interviews etc. and I have to prepare my vocal chords for singing in Guitar’s Unplugged. This had better all go away real quick.

Monday, May 24, 2010

False Alarm?

So today I was all about studying in the Spori, and by studying I mean searching for the perfect internship. My class started at 2:00 and I had a perfect 30 minutes to get things figured out before heading to class. Internship search proved to be unproductive and I reluctantly headed to class at 1:50. No joke, 15 minutes into class the fire alarm went off. Then entire class sat hesitantly waiting, wondering if it would cease in a matter of seconds. When the piercing noise persisted, we dragged ourselves outside into the bleak Rexburg weather.

Who would pull a fire alarm at 2:15 on a Monday when it wasn’t even sunny outside? I mean, I could understand it if there were some sort of temptation of a tan, but no. We stood freezing our butts off until Sister Hansen decided to lead our entire class to the Kirkham to finish out the remaining 20 minutes.

I can’t wait until the next issue of the Scroll so I can figure out the mystery of the fire alarm. Maybe I should just form my own cast of Scooby Doo and solve the mystery myself. Besides, I’ve always had a HUGE crush on Velma.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Judges 4

Today in Sunday School, we learned about Deborah in Judges 4. I hadn’t really studied the story of Deborah, or the underlying principles contained in Judges, but I am really happy we did today. To sum things up: Deborah was a prophetess and she helped Barak to deliver Israel. Our teacher (who is also my FHE mom) asked us who in our lives were Deborahs to us, who had been a friend and helped guide us? Well I wanted to take this time and devote a bit of my blog to these friends.

Lacy Duncan. Lacy is practically my sister. We were so close before I went on my mission, and once I got back we realized that our lives led us in different directions, but she is still one of the greatest influences in my life. She helped me develop my personality, confidence and love for others. She really helped me develop into Devin. I cannot thank her enough for the role she has played as best friend, sister and platonic life-partner.

Stuart Spieth. Stu is and will always be one of those people you can rely on. It is so strange to me that we’re friends after all these years. We seem to be so different, yet so compatible. He was and is the friend who helped me grow in the gospel. Without him, I don’t know if I’d be at school at BYU-Idaho, and I don’t know if I would be as well versed in gospel subjects. He is a Deborah.

Rick Roper. Rick is my best college friend. I don’t know how we became friends, but through all our childishness and playful fights, I grew to love this kid. He has really made such an impact on my life, how I look at things and how I attack challenges. He is always there for me uplifting me, making fun of me, calling me out on my laziness and making me a more fun individual. I’m convinced that we need to live next to each other once we’re married, now I just have to convince him to move to Africa.

Julie Larson. Julie is one of a kind. She has the biggest heart and is always striving to be the best person in every aspect. Her devotion to the Lord is unbelievable. She has really taught me how to handle my life, and to look beyond the surface of problems. She is the best person to talk to about life as well. She is so understanding and never judgmental.

Marisa Hansen. Marisa is incredible. She is so positive and supportive. I don’t know if I would’ve been able to make it through winter semester without her. She knows just what you need, and is such a dedicated friend. I know that I can ALWAYS rely on her, no matter what.

Kami Oliver & Kira Middleton. Kami and Kira share a line because they are inseparable in my mind. They are two of the San Diego greats. I am so blessed to know them. Kami keeps things lively, and Kira (when hopped up on sugar) gets her going. They are so much fun to be around, but can also be serious and are always willing to help out a friend.

Dave Borchardt. I never would’ve thought that Dave and I would become friends, but we have and I can’t imagine my life without him. He is such a great kid, and really knows how to keep you laughing. He has such a positive outlook on life, and his relaxed lifestyle shows me that I don’t need to be so stressed out.

Caitlin Hendrickson. Caitlin has changed my life in so many ways. She has opened my eyes to the world and shown me the important things in life. She knows who she is and will not allow her standards to be compromised, and I really admire her in that. She is also very adaptable and accommodating, something I need to work on, but she exemplifies it so well.

Winter semester Lifeline group. Angie, Tashina and Matt helped me develop a college personality all my own. They are some of the greatest people I have met up here at school, and will always be an influence in my life.

There are so many more roommates, wardmates, classmates, and other mates that have played an integral roll in who I am and are continually helping me become a better person. I just don’t have time to mention everyone. If you’re reading this, it is probably because I love you, or you’re stalking me. Either way, you’re an amazing person for sitting through this. Look for the Deborahs in your life. They’re there and they’re amazing.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Things That Make Me Think

Tonight I went to the Nashville Tribute Band concert, and it was great. I went to their concert in the fall and it was amazing then too. It gave me a lot to think about. First thing I couldn't stop think about was how different my life was in the fall, and how I never expected to be where I am at right now. I was planning on spending my summer in El Salvador, but here I am stuck in Rexburg for another semester of school. The Lord is so funny with the way he puts our lives together.

This has been a difficult semester for me. I love everything about my life...well almost everything. Yet I constantly get the feeling as if I'm missing out on something more. But really looking at my life from the outside, it is perfect. I don't have problems, I don't have drama, I don't have financial issues, I'm not starving to death. Really my life is amazing. So then why is there something missing?

The concert also put me right back in Houston. I miss it there so much, yet with it being so close I haven't gone back. I'm pretty sure that's because I'm terrified to go back there. I know I will have a great time with the people I taught, and I will enjoy the heat and humidity. Heck - I might even regain some of the Spanish skills I lost over the past two years. Mostly what I'm scared of is the fact that I wont be a missionary. I'll go to places where I spent hours teaching about the restored gospel, but I will not have that sacred calling any longer. I miss it. I love teaching the gospel and being immersed in it 24/7. One day, with my wife, I will be able to serve the Lord in that capacity again. Until then, I'll just have to jam out to my Nashville Tribute CD's.

Friday, May 7, 2010


These are some things I'm loving about my life right now:

Creative Pictures
It has been a long time since I've taken pictures. Part of that is the fact that I'm insanely busy, but the other part is that my camera broke last year and I still haven't bought a new one. My own fault really, but I really love seeing new creative type pictures and it makes me want to take a vacation and shoot everything.

Talking on the phone with my mom
It seems like all I want to do lately is talk to my mom on the phone. Maybe it's because mother's day is right around the corner, or maybe it's because I haven't seen her in forever. Either way, every day I think I try and call her (although she hardly answers her phone). It's basically my favorite part of owning a phone.

My FHE Family
My family is amazing. I love all of my roommates, and all of my sisters. I feel really blessed this semester. My classes are full of stress, but my family makes up for it. I can understand what it's like to be old and have a place to call home. You're always looking forward to being there.

My text message ringtone is Dwight, and it makes me smile every time I hear it. It is just the best thing ever!


In my advanced visual media class we have to redesign a product, and I chose nutella. Luckily that meant I had to buy some. So now not only do I love re-designing it, but I also love eating it.

Hall & Oates
It's not just Hall & Oates that I love, but all good morning music. I am loving mornings with great jams and fun dance moves. What a great way to start off the day!
Service Activities (and service in general)
I have always loved serving, but now I'm loving every aspect of service, especially service activities. It is my favorite organization. Really and truly I love it.

Other things I love:
Practicing for Guitar's
English Department
My classes
Brushing my teeth
Going to the temple
My car

My life is basically amazing.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


I think I've finally realized that being a guy means being a stalker. My roommates are the best guys in the world, but they are slowly teaching me this principle - but not in a bad way. Look at it this way: Guy meets girl. Guy thinks girl is cute. Guy finds out the girls friends or apartment number so he can ask her out. Guy shows up uninvited to get her number/date. Guy wins in this endeavor and has a fun time on a Saturday night. Maybe it's not to the extreme that we think stalkers to be, but it is a slight version of the creepy phenomenon that is sweeping the BYU-Idaho campus. So basically that is now my life as a single person. Stalking people. Good grief. Never thought I'd say that.