in Perspective-

Posted by Machete , Thursday, July 29, 2010 10:49 PM

God is love.

World Record

Posted by Machete , Saturday, July 24, 2010 4:43 PM

Starring me:

Driver's Burn

Posted by Machete , Saturday, July 17, 2010 10:16 PM

I took a trek to Brigham City and back today to transport Stev back to Provo. Air conditioning is a blessed invention. Too bad I'm not that blessed. Anyway I benefited both from Stev's good company and a cool Driver's sunburn:


Posted by Machete , Friday, July 16, 2010 10:35 PM

(from left) Thom (featured), Bonesaw

Thom's Residence

In his natural habitat: Smoking Meats

Fearlessly do good!

Posted by Machete , Thursday, July 15, 2010 2:32 PM

I watched this little video today and loved it.

There are so many good things at our disposal. I find that when we fill our time with good things, there is no room for evil, and those good things grow and multiply:

"Fear not to do good, my sons, for whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap; therefore, if ye sow good ye shall reap good for your reward"   D&C 6:33

I've wondered why we would be afraid of doing good things. I think that the analogy of reaping what we sow helps explain. When I'm holding a little seed of goodness, sometimes I wonder to myself if in planting, nourishing, tending to and caring for it, it will yield good fruit. Maybe I fear that all of my work will be wasted, or that I will be disappointed. Indeed, it can be hard to see the tree from the seed. But when I have faith in Christ when He says that I will reap good, the fear leaves.

It is also comforting that God has given us each very real power to do actual good. At another time He said:

"The power is in them, wherin they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward."    D&C 58:28 (italics from me)

Thus He gives a commandment:

"Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness."     D&C 58:27 (italics again from me)

The commandment seems to be in force because where there is good to be done, and seeds to be sown, God expects us to "bring [it] to pass." I have some great incentive to do and be good, and I'm really impressed at the power of the words of a dead prophet. Thanks for the important lesson today, President Hinkley!

Magic Carpets

Posted by Machete , Tuesday, July 13, 2010 11:22 AM

Pleasant Mysteries

Posted by Machete , Monday, July 12, 2010 10:48 PM

God moves in a mysterious way. It's a good way, and the right way, but if we don't understand His ways, it can be frustrating when we hit a wall resulting from an unexpected turn in the maze of life. It is wise and proper to move steadily and confidently, trusting in Him completely, but also knowing that He trusts us. The ever popular "Footprints" poem is sometimes wrong: often when it gets hard, God won't rush in and baby us. I think that He has no interest in having weak, dependent children who wait for Daddy to carry them whenever the sand gets hot. Rather, He gives us the strength to put our feet in places where we never thought we'd have the strength to go, and when we look up and see where we are, where we ourselves have walked by His grace, we drop to our knees in amazement and gratitude.

in Perspective-

Posted by Machete , Saturday, July 10, 2010 8:33 PM

"I don't know how many people have lived on the earth for sure, but demographers say between 30 and 67 billion. If you were to collect the agony for your own sins and I for mine, and multiply it by that number, we can only shudder at what the sensitive, divine soul of Jesus must have experienced in taking upon himself the awful arithmetic of the sins of all of us-- an act which he did selflessly and voluntarily. If it is also true (in some way we don't understand) that the cavity which suffering carves into our souls will one day also be the receptacle of joy, how infinitely greater Jesus' capacity for joy, when he said, after his resurrection, "Behold, my joy is full." How very, very full, indeed, his joy must have been."

Neal A. Maxwell

No. 1

Posted by Machete , Friday, July 9, 2010 10:14 AM

I think that the Battlefront Chronicle is a good idea. I'm living away from a lot of people that I love, and assuming that they love me too, and want to know about my battles and thoughts and goings-on and whatnot, the Chronicle was born. I'd read the Chronicle expecting things funny and serious, spiritual and secular, good and... well, let's stick with good. And especially funny.