Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Well This is Awkward...

Ok, so for some reason I was unable to publish this post when I actually wrote it (which was during Thanksgiving break) and I figured out that if I use Internet Explorer, things actually work! Chrome has betrayed me :( So yeah...this post is late, but whatever. DEAL WITH IT!!! :)

Also, I was just at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and I weighed myself:
I am currently 133.3 lbs. Gettin' on up there...
So yeah, here's my old post:

Here I am in the beautifully green and rainy Sammamish, Washington. And the kids are looking over my shoulder as I blog...imagine that. So yeah. Seeing as this is a blog about my weight gain, I feel that a Thanksgiving post is absolutely necessary. I'm totally planning on gaining at LEAST 5-10 lbs. TODAY. Time to make a big dent in the whole "freshman fifteen." I'm very grateful that I can be here with my wonderful sister, Lauren, and her amazing family. Yeah, the kids are still looking over my shoulder. I could make this a "I'm grateful for..." post, but if I was going to do that, I would be here for a couple of days. Seriously, I could write a book filled with all the things that I'm grateful for. And unfortunately, I don't have that kind of time. FINALS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER! OH NOES!!! Well, I don't think I'm going to worry about those right now. I'm on vacation :) 

I hope everyone has a wonderful day! Eats lots of food, spend time with your families, and watch lots of football! Love you all!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Quick Update

Main I am a slacker. I'm sorry to have kept my loyal followers waiting. I promise I'll start posting more often. Actually, I probably won't. I think it would be better if you just followed my channel: because I'm gonna be posting a lot more there. I'm currently uploading a video which pretty much explains everything.

Today, I (and 20,000 other students) had the opportunity to hear the Prophet speak, and it was incredible. I talk about a lot more stuff in the video I'm uploading...should be up shortly.

God be with you 'till we meet again.

Monday, October 17, 2011

First weigh-in

Well, seeing as this blog is entitled "Ethan's Freshman Fifteen" and is supposed to be me documenting my weight gain throughout the year, I guess I'll go ahead and give y'all a quick update.
It's actually been a few days since I've weighed myself, so I don't know how accurate this is. But, as of 10/17/11, I weigh: 130 lbs. That's like a 4 lb gain. Wow...that sure is a lot (sarcasm). Seriously, I eat like a pig every meal, how am I not gaining weight? Doesn't make any sense...

Anyway, I've got like 3 exams to study for a paper to finish so I'm gonna head out.
God be with you 'till we meet again.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mormons: Who We REALLY Are

Okay, so I'm sure most of y'all (seriously, who reads my blog?) have heard the story: a Rick Perry-endorsing pastor (Robert Jeffress) bashed Mitt Romney and claimed he was not qualified to be our president because he is part of a "cult" and "non-Christian." 

In case you missed it, here it is:

Now, this blog is in no way political. To be honest, I really don't care about politics.  That's not what this is about. I'm just here to clear the smoke. Instead of learning about Mormons from a Baptist preacher, I think it would be better if you learned it from an actual Mormon.

1. Are Mormons Christians

Jeffress: "A lot of people say they're Christians but they're not... [Mormons] do not embrace historical Christianity...[teaching faith and good works] is contrary to teachings of the New Testament."

Real name of the church: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer, our King and Master, our Leader and our Comforter. "Each of these titles points to the truth that Jesus Christ is the only way we can return to our Heavenly Father (". 

Revelation 20: 13: "...and they were judged every man according to their works."
Matthew 16: 27: "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and he shall reward every man according to his works."
 ...Last time I checked, the books of Revelation and Matthew were in the New Testament. 

2. Is Mormonism a cult?

This claim is almost as outlandish as calling Mormons "non-Christian." The definition of cult, as defined by is:

1. a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies. (you mean...ceremonies like baptism? rites like sacrament? Weren't those done in Christ's church?)
2. an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, especially as manifested by a body of admirers. (veneration? Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ? Is that supposed to be a bad thing?)
3. the object of such devotion. (devotion to our Father in Heaven and our Savior? Again, is that wrong?)
4. a group or sect bound together by veneration of the samething, person, ideal, etc. (the Church as a whole, being bound together by our love of Christ? Oh no! We're horrible people!)
5. Sociology . a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols. (sacred ideology? That does sound bad...)

Man...this "cult" stuff sure sounds bad! Wait a second...didn't that definition just describe most all religions? It basically said that a cult is: "a group of people bound together by a common set of beliefs." Isn't that what all religion is, basically? Don't Christians as a whole share a common set of beliefs? Pretty sure we do. Unfortunately, the world "cult" has taken on a very negative connotation. When we accuse other religions of being a "cult" we normally imply things like poisonous Kool-Aid or sacrificing people. Well, I've been a member of this Church for almost 18 years, and I haven't seen any of that around.
In short: Mormons are not a "cult" by the world's definition. We are a "cult" if you mean "group of people that share a set of beliefs." But is that really a bad thing?

Jeffress: "Joseph Smith is the founder of Mormonism"

The Gospel that is taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the exact same Gospel Christ himself taught when he was here on the earth. After Christ left the earth and his disciples were killed, the fullness of His gospel was lost. Joseph Smith simply restored the true gospel of Jesus Christ here on the earth. Some people believe that we worship Joseph Smith. That is false. We only worship Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. Some people believe that our Prophet is the "head of our church." That is also false. "Jesus Christ stands at the head of the Church...The Lord guides His covenant people today through the President of the Church, whom we sustain as prophet, seer, and revelator ("
In short: Jesus Christ is the head of our church, the prophet just tells us His will.

I hope y'all found this enlightening. If you have any more questions, just ask me, and I'll be happy to answer you. God be with you 'till we meet again.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

BYU: A love/hate relationship

Well, I'm sitting here in psych, and I would be paying attention, but I can't focus. Let me tell you why I can't focus. This reason is #1 on my pet peeves list.

-I cannot put into words how much this ticks me off. I mean, what are you writing that makes you type so angrily?!

2. People who talk at inappropriate times.
-This includes, but is not limited to: the library, church, class, or any other time that involves me trying to focus.

3. Babies. In. The library.
-Only at BYU. I understand that you love your little angel, but please, for the sake of my grades, DO NOT LET YOUR BABY CRY IN THE LIBRARY. IT IS A LIBRARY, NOT A NURSERY!!

4. PDA
-Pretty much goes without saying. Dear couples, stop making out and making googly eyes at each other, ESPECIALLY IN THE LIBRARY. I AM TRYING TO STUDY.

-Unfortunately, one of my close friends is one of these kind of people (won't name any names, of course...). Dude, I love you, but please stop smacking your lips. O_o

To conclude this post, I'm going to end on a positive note with a little something I like to call:
"Things That Make My Life Easier!"

1. My white-noise machine.
-Seriously, that thing is amazing. I sleep like a baby every night.

2. My sunglasses
-Utah is really sunny, and I walk everywhere, so sunglasses are definitely a must-have.

That's all for now, I'll add more if I can think of anything. I'm gonna try to pay attention to class now. God be with you 'till we meet again.

Monday, September 19, 2011


Well, despite being totally blown out by Utah, the game was actually kinda the beginning. Here's a nice little pic of me and Nathan:

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Quick Update

So today is Sunday (9/18) and to get over the devastating, demoralizing loss to Utah, I spent the day making this video to get my mind on things far more important than football...