Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Doing Our Best Work
Roles of Support
While some people are best suited to be conductors, their work would be impossible without the musicians.

In the great symphony of life, we all have important parts to play. While some people are best suited to be conductors or soloists, their contributions would be diminished considerably without the individual musicians that lend their artistry to the fullness of an orchestra. The magical accents of the percussion section might sound random and out of place without the music they accompany. But any one member of an orchestra, doing less than their best at their particular part, can destroy the harmony of the whole piece, such is their importance. So although we may not receive the same amount or quality of attention as another, all of our contributions are valuable and integral to the success of the whole.

When we do our tasks well, we infuse them with our unique energy, making each act a gift. Each of our personalities and talents are suited to different roles of support. Even leaders and star performers support others in their own way. We can look around us at any moment to see that while we nurture some people with our work, others are supporting us with their gifts. Doing any job from this place within us allows us to do our part with humility and gratitude, while also learning lessons that move us steadily toward our goals.

When we can be fully present in every job that we do, we bring the fullness of our bodies, minds and spirits to the moment. Our contribution is enhanced by the infusion of our talents and abilities, and when we give them willingly, they attract the right people and circumstances into our experience. Anything we do begrudgingly limits the flow of our energy and closes us off from the good that is available to us in every situation. But by giving the best in us to make the world around us better, we open ourselves to receive the best from the universe in return.

Monday, November 8, 2010


I'm doing a really bad job of keeping up with the family blog.  But here's a great video we created at work. 

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Hamilton and Asa did some recycle training over the summer. We produced this commercial at CMI


I guess I have way too many blogs and the family blog gets left out.  But I thought I'd post the first day of school photos.  Hamilton - Grade 6 Asa - Grade 9 Ammon - Grade 12.

Monday, June 7, 2010

For all the boys.

I know you guys aren't big Beckham fans, but this is still pretty funny!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

All Creatures of Our God and King


All Creatures Of Our God And King Hymn

All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam!

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong
Ye clouds that sail in Heaven along,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening, find a voice!

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest man both warmth and light

Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them His glory also show.

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Gorilla Reunion.

Sunday, May 2, 2010


The first annual Ironman St. George is in the history books and we were there to watch it happen.  Ra, Ammon, Rakai and me spent Saturday night at the finish line.  Well, Ammon and Rakai lost interest and left to hang out with friends but Ra and I were there to experience the exhilaration of the countdown to the finish.

With only a few minutes left to go they announced there were 6 runners left.  Volunteers, spectators and event athletes who had finished earlier cheered them across the finish line.  It was the hour of 17:02 when the final finisher crossed under the sparkle of the fireworks.  They bent the rules just  a little and declared the 57 year old man an Ironman.  It was spectacular.

The Ironman St. George website is already scheduled and the clock is counting down...only 364 days to go.        

Sunday, March 14, 2010


It's that time of life when I go back in time and remember the "birth" days of Rakai and Asa.  Rakai, my firstborn child and the many hours of labor.  Asa, my 5th child and the fright of premature delivery.  We are all still here.

Rakai was ordained a Deacon the Sunday after Asa was born.  Asa and I couldn't go to church so the Bishop and Grandparents came to the house.  It was a wonderful opportunity for Rakai.

So we celebrate Asa and Rakai during March.  This year we had to take pictures in separate locations.  Asa was wishing Rakai was home for a photo together but we had to do a collage instead.  Hamilton tried to feed Rakai his cupcake through the computer.  Silly boys!

Asa was ordained a Teacher today.  He bore a wonderful testimony and talked about a scripture Isaac sent to him.  D&C 103: 36 - "All victory and glory is brought to pass unto you through your diligence, faithfulness, and prayers of faith."

This is good advice from our missionary.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


It's the first of March and soccer season is in full swing at the Puriri house.  Yesterday was a day filled with soccer.  Nothing else was done but watching soccer and eating food to keep the soccer boys energized.  

The first game of the day was Hamilton's at 10:00am.  The skies were slightly overcast but the sunshine made me feel warm.  Hamilton's game was exciting.  Except this time Hamilton didn't score any goals.  Fire FC won this game.  

We came home long enough to pack a lunch and head over to Hansen Stadium where Asa was playing.  This game did not go well.  Asa didn't get much playing time and Fire FC lost by a lot.  The weather was beginning to get windy and cold and we still had 2 games to go.

Pre-season is currently happening at Dixie High School.  Friday night they played Park City.  Ammon played JV and Varsity.  They won both games.  Saturday afternoon they played Delta.  Ammon starts JV and is an amazing leader on the field.  He scored 2 goals during that game.  The weather is windy and miserable but we still have Varsity to watch.  Ammon does not start varsity but he played most of the second half and scored a really awesome goal.  

The soccer was great but the weather was terrible.  At days end four games had been played, three games had been won the migraine I have been suffering from 4 10 days was enhanced to agonizing pain.  

This Saturday was a special day but we definitely did not prepare for Sunday.  So today we have laundry and house cleaning to do. 

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Finally a new post!  Asa has been saying, "Mom it's been more than a month."  He's right.

Last weekend was beautiful.  It was Valentine's Day, Presidents Day and Soccer Tournament!  Mother nature cooperated with blue skies, sunshine and sixty degree temperatures.  We had visitors!

The Bailey Family came for the weekend.  Cameron, Terina, Hayden, Karenza and Tyla Jade.  The kids had fun playing together.  We walked up to Petroglyph Rock and hiked around the Red Hills.  Karenza wanted to climb through the slice in the rock a couple of times.  Asa went with her.  We had Family Home Evening on Monday night with Michael, Kristina and their family.  Lots of food!  Terina taught the children a maori song.  

We missed Rakai, Karamea and Isaac with us.  But we will always miss the times when we are all not here.  

Asa played his soccer games at the new Mesquite Regional Park.  It was built by the PGA Long Drive Association and will be used for Long Drives, Soccer and Football.  It's a beautiful place.  After the games were over we stayed to have lunch at the park.  I couldn't resist taking a few photos.  Soccer is the love of our lives!


Sunday, January 10, 2010


Something simple yet profound.  Hamilton had us writing stick poems tonight.  He introduced the concept to us by sharing one that he found in the Friend magazine.

Father in Heaven Lives
Always believe in Christ
Imagine God's blessing
Trust the Holy Ghost
Hope for the second coming

Then we each choose a word and created a stick poem.  This was the outcome.

Love of God
Illuminating our path
Grows from within
Harmony makes it brighter
Testimony of the Savior

Christ showed the way
Heaven is our target
Aware of what is happening around us
Respect the culture of those you serve
Informed and educated
Trust your heart
Yield to your pride


Cool dude
Rich in wisdom
Stopping Satan
Teaching us