Friday, April 25, 2014

Mission Memoires: Retun With Honor #8

I realized when Matthew called me and asked me about my last post on my mission, that I mentioned being a zone leader, this was something that I had not told him or my family. I hope that this does not come across as flaunting or boasting. I had a lot to learn and that gave the opportunity to serve and develop new talents that were unknown to me. I know that our Heavenly Father knows us better than we know ourselves, for He knew us before we came to this earth. He wants us to discover that and have faith in Him that the life circumstances that are ours will maximize our potential if we do.

When I got to Tocapilla, I met Luis Ossandon who picked me up from the train station. I love this man and his family, hermana Yenny, Diego, and Barbarita. They became my Family in Chile.
I also became a trainer in Tocapilla, in my mission lingo I had a son, Elder Torriani, more my brother that I still keep in contact with and give a hard time.He has taught me so much, first and foremost to love life and those you get to share it with. I thought that I would be able to teach him quite a bit about being a missionary. I still remember the first time that we went out tracting and he wasn't afraid to talk to anybody. The other Elders in the zone picked up on his fearlessness and asked him to come with them when we had a booth in the monthly market.When it was time for transfers, I would tell my mission president that I would love to stay in a companionship with Elder Torriani, but understood if he was needed elsewhere. I was able to finish out my mission with him.
one of the last discussions that we had was with a couple that he had met in the market. We had met them once before in their home, but were still getting to know them, we had not been there very long, when the husband remarked that he loved getting to know us, but would we pleas help them have the same feeling that they experienced the last time we were with them.They were beginning to recognize the Spirit in their life and wanted to have it with them as often as they could.
We were also able to tech our Mamita and one of her sons. she approached us after our lunch and asked us what was different about us? She said that she could tell that we loved what we were doing and that we loved eachother too. she wanted that for her family.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

#I don't want to . . .

Inset whatever your particular "erk" in your life right now.
for me it is change, I get comfortable and want to stay that way. A universal law of physics is, "a body in motion . . ." I wasn't smart enough to even attempt Physics in college, but I do watch The Big Bang Theory. I laugh at how OCD Sheldon is and that makes me realize how ridiculous I am being about my comfort zone, although I do have a valid excuse for not driving, but then again, I find myself at times just as narcissistic. For example at Neuroworx I was working with Brad, a PT student from the U, whose students up at the U coincidently gave him the nickname "Sheldon," and walking around the halls without the use of my hiking pole, when he asked me where my poster was -They have started to put posters up of their clients, I told him that "we" were moving buildings this year and I was shooting for a broze statue of me in the entryway of the new building, at the very least a bust, but now I am thinking about having a fountain. Just at that moment Jan rounded the corner and Brad told her, "Curtis was just telling me how upset he was that he did not have a poster up yet." I quickly told her what I had in mind, to which she smiled and told me that she would be sure to get" right on that."
Life is change. In order to become what my Heavenly Father wants me to be, I still have a long way to go. My plan is to stop fighting against it  and live with the faith that He knows best and requires me to do my best, as little as that is.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Top Ten Things to Remember as a Stay at Home Parent:

  1. there is nothing wrong with survival mode
  2. Your kids won't live at home forever, you hope and fear at the same time
  3. That panic feeling that you feel when you close the door to go to the bathroom is normal.
  4. What you do will be remembered over what you say
  5. Every child is unique, so there is no one technique or right way to parent.
  6. Laugh at yourself and your children 
  7. take care of yourself, so that you have something to give to your family. 
  8. Boring people have clean homes. :) 
  9. You will do no greater eternal work than within the walls of your own home.  (Pres. Boyd K. Packer, These Things I know, April 2013 )
  10. your kids where His before they were yours

Thursday, April 3, 2014


That is what life is doing right now as we are getting our home up for sale and looking for one to buy. I apologize that my blogging has taken the brunt of the chaos in life right now.-To everything there is a season/phase-I mentioned to my mother in law that if we could get through this and come out on top things, should settle down. She laughed and replied that "you could spend your life waiting for that day, because there is always something."
How low can you go? or how high and low in my case? UNCLE!