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Updated: 2018-03-05T22:55:27.800-08:00


One cannot sit idly


There is a darkness inside everyone. The simple thing to do would be let it overcome you. One can not sit idly as a passenger to Heaven's gate. Effort must be shown in order to be in the light, whether it's the effort to make the power like a dam on a river, or the effort to use the power like turning on your light at home. Our power source is the atonement and it is always on, The Savior acts as the dam to suffering. He holds back everything, occasionally letting us experience some, so that we can appreciate and use the energy it produces. Will we simply sit in the dark? Or will we rise from our stupor and flip the switch to power our testimonies and lighten not only our burdens, but our lives?  "If ye love me, just say so and you'll be fine" Does not exist in the scriptures "If ye love me, follow me" Is pretty much the gist of the entire canon. Christ did not walk on rose petals and red carpets, he walked on dirt, and sand, rough terrain and even the occasional thorn; Are you better than he?

Rough Day


After a long thinking over what I've come to know,
I've decided to write how I think things should go.
I rarely if ever am dismal and gray
But I could really use a silver lining today.

The walls of my Jericho are crashing around me
And I feel like the whole wide world surrounds me.
I need a reprieve from all of this care
I picture a paradise, and myself being there.

The struggles and hardships of life are all past
But I know till I face them, this feeling won't last.
It's not always,  Dare I even say never,
Never easy, the road that we all have to weather.

As much as we all wish for a blank slated start
The only thing in these times you can change is your heart.
I'm still working on molding on mine, and today
Is one of those days I would like chipped away.

It's not always easy being happy and bright
When just around the corner's a cheerless night.
The dark of the worries and fears of life
Have subtle ways of coming to light.

As I pray for the strength to make on more day
My ears strain to hear what my Father will say.
Lessons in their season are never a Flower
But a seed that is planted and blooms in it's hour.

Life is a struggle, espec'lly for those
Who follow my road, and go where I go.
If I made it easy, all would pass the test
But I don't grade on bell curves, I grade by your best.

Silence my son, thy prayers have been heard
Do not waste your breath on any more words.
Know that I have a plan just for you
I will guide and instruct you in tasks you must do.

Stay faithful for this is but a short time
And my glory shall be given you from my home on high.
I love you and let you experience life
So that you will be stronger, when you're called from the lines.

Lift up and be witness, you stand at the ready
Keep your eyes on the target, keep your heart steady.
The long night of pain will soon be ended
And blessed are you, and will be commended.

What would you see


What if we could all take just a minute,
Step back, to see the world and our place in it.

Would we be everything we wanted to be?

A husband to a sweet wife
Working hard to give her the sweet life
While being a compassionate father of five
Trying to teach his kids wrong from right

Oh, what would you see?

Life is worth nothing if it isn't tough
Living on dreams, and working on love
It's not all a bed of roses
There's just one thing I know, it's

That if we could all just stop for a minute
Step back to see the world, and our place in it

We could be everything we wanted to be.

Just don't let life overwhelm you
It's got lessons, i've learned a few
And when it throws you down, the only thing to do

Is get up again, start fighting
If you aren't living, than you're dying
There's no use in denying
You are what you chose to be

Oh, What would you see?

Unexpected Joy


I dared not think it'd come again
The feeling of contentment
For I've been hurt too many times
And bore a a slight resentment.

Life is hard enough without
Trying to hard for naught
It wasn't worth the effort I said.
Well that's what I had thought.

The Lord he tests our patience
To see if we have the worth
To earn blessings he has for us
To be more than who we were.

I admit I had my doubts
That I had something wrong
I didn't think I had a chance
That he just let me be alone.

Looking forward always seems so daunting
Looking back like no time at all
Once I felt it, there was no doubt
It took seconds for me to fall.

I still don't think I deserve this
I still have so much to learn
But I'll do my best to grow
And hope for your feelings to earn.

Lord, How was it done?


May I commune with thee Oh Lord,
Wilt thou still hear my call?
The tears of life have come to me
Wilt thou catch my fall?

The pain and sorrow caused from sin
Do they still bar the way?
Is it too late to feel again
The soothing light of day?

To break through chains that bound me,
Lord how was it done?
When I was lost thou found me
With love, I'm overcome.

I have wandered far from home
And along the path was lost.
But I find that I am not alone,
My Lord, what was the cost?

To break through chains that bound me,
Lord how was it done?
When I was lost thou found me
With love, I'm overcome.

Dear Lord, thou hast not forsaken
Even when I could not hear
Myself, from thee I'd taken
Because of worldly fear.

I thank thee for thy faith in me.
Oh Lord, for I have felt,
The path, and man, thou wouldst have me be
For this cause have I knelt.

To break through chains that bound me,
Lord how was it done?
When I was lost thou found me
With love, I'm overcome.

Weight of the world


The weight of the world, is meant for no man, to bear on his shoulders alone, 
But each man supposes, None can know what I feel, I'd rather it be on my own.
The stress and the challenge and heartache, are a burden meant to be shared.
There may have been truth to this thought, if one Man had not cared.

The weight of the world is heavy, a burd'ning, insurmountable task.
But there is hope for the wearied heart, there is one that we can ask
As a struggle we face alone, we will oft find ourselves on our knees,
The one is our Savior Jesus Christ, and we only have to say please.

Please, and we have to show action, lift the world as much as we can
For the way that he saves is not easy, that was never the plan.
After all you can do, he said to us all, That's when my mercy takes hold
We must lift the world, but he strengthens us all and gives rest to our souls.

We each have a trial to face, a hardship we must bear,
For if we did not, we'd never know, how much our Savior cared.
Love must be shown through action, and obedience shown through love
If we e'er have hope to enter, the Celestial world above.

Whispering Hearts


Every heart speaks in whispers, if we would only hear
It's possible to find a way, you can hear it clear.

If we silence all our worries, drown out all our doubt
You might just be surprised, what you'll find out.

The heart can be a mighty voice, if we just let it speak
It will tell us what to do, how to get what we seek.

Love is the answer, but what is the question?
Let me point out, one ti-ny suggestion.

If you say it like you mean it, and few rarely do
Then you can't just say the words, you have to prove they are true.

I love you, doesn't have to mean, a romantic bond you share
It just means that you show someone, that you really care.

It could be your best friend, or someone you've never met
Each of us know how to love, just some of us forget.

When you look for the good in life, you'll find it never ends
Whether in the warmth of a loved ones hand, or the hug from a friend.

Do all that you can this year, to quiet all your fears
And you might find, your own heart, has whispers for you to hear.

Thankful for


I'm thankful for the gospel
I'm thankful for the church
I'm thankful for the scriptures
I'm thankful for my mom
I'm thankful for my dad
I'm thankful for my uncle
I'm thankful for my little brother
I'm thankful for my little sisters
I'm thankful for my family
I'm thankful for my health
I'm thankful for serving a mission
I'm thankful for my mission president
I'm thankful for my mission companions
I'm thankful for all of my friends, especially Josh, Sarah, Will, Peter, Kirstin, Callie, Mickael, and Chris
I'm thankful for a place to live
I'm thankful for my car
I'm thankful for school
I'm thankful for my scholarships
I'm thankful for clothes
I'm thankful for shoes
I'm thankful for pizza
I'm thankful for music
I'm thankful for movies
I'm thankful for board games
I'm thankful for space heaters
I'm thankful for hot water
I'm thankful for toothbrushes
I'm thankful for gum
I'm thankful for journals
I'm thankful for history
I'm thankful for pioneers
I'm thankful for disney movies
I'm thankful for pencils
I'm thankful for paper
I'm thankful for computers
I'm thankful for books
I'm thankful for life Experiences
I'm thankful for learning
I'm thankful for patience
I'm thankful for my phone
I'm thankful for apps
I'm thankful for pillows
I'm thankful for stuffed animals
I'm thankful for sarcasm
I'm thankful for maps
I'm thankful for stan lee
I'm thankful for comics
I'm thankful for twinges of nostalgia
I'm thankful for Christmas
I'm thankful for Christmas music
I'm thankful for electricity
I'm thankful for wit
I'm thankful for humor
I'm thankful for prayer
I'm thankful for nature
I'm thankful for morals
I'm thankful for obedience
I'm thankful for forgiveness
I'm thankful for happiness
I'm thankful for repentance
I'm thankful for volunteering
I'm thankful for shopping
I'm thankful for hoodies
I'm thankful for pockets
I'm thankful for indoor plumbing
I'm thankful for showers
I'm thankful for deodorant
I'm thankful for scarves
I'm thankful for airplanes
I'm thankful for traveling
I'm thankful for nice cashiers
I'm thankful for polite waiters
I'm thankful for 24 hour places during emergencies
I'm thankful for the Red Cross
I'm thankful for bikes
I'm thankful for horses
I'm thankful for water
I'm thankful for sunshine
I'm thankful for rain
I'm thankful for people in general
I'm thankful for being able to be thankful

BUT! The thing I am most thankful for
Is the ability to love and be loved

And I love you all.

Go for it!


Confidence is the key to the door of life.

Easy or Hard, Depend on the Lord


Complications we face in life
are just something that I have
come to terms go together
and it makes life that much better

Nothing easy is worth all the trouble it brings
NOthing hard goes without its reward
Nothing easy is done accept done alone
Nothing hard is done without the Lord

I wish I knew every answer for all
the situations I've had to face
But it's in those times that I've had to fall
I learn to rely on God's grace

Old Faces In New Places


Nothing sounds, they say, as sweet
As cherished friends, do when they greet
each other after long retreat
When their paths will cross, and meet
at where they'd always longed to be
And reminisce of life's felicity
Once they move on to eternity

Any Last Words?


I wish that I had known the words, to say when I had felt
The final end, the hammers fall, right when the blow was dealt
I've thought of it, more times than I, would care to recollect
And now when I recall it still, I cant seem to forget

Why was it, I couldn't say, what I'd always wanted to
Why was it that I, could not, have made my dreams come true
I've thought it over time again, yet I have always still
Been grateful for what's left unsaid, because now you make me ill :)

Game Show's And The Law of Moses


an eye for an I would make wheel of fortune more suspenseful

Easter Remembrance


As I reflect, this Easter Morn
On the love my savior's shown
Both my heart, and joy are full
In gratitude I feel wonderful

He lived so that I would learn
He died so that I could return
He knew what he would have to do
He went through it for me and you

As you're with your family
Enjoy each other's company
But be careful that you Don't forget
What really matters, whose life was spent

If you think you thought so


If you didn't think you thought so, and you don't think you knew than what good is just sitting there, doing what you do. you should get up and get going that's the key to growing. To find all things unknown, which are all the things worth knowing - JM Hunsaker

The End of the would be-ginning


I tire of all the quips and quand'ries
related to, the deep dark quarries
In the mines of ignorance

The pit I speak of is romance
And I glory at the chance
to finally bid it sweet adieu

"But it's worth it" People stew
And maybe you, the reader too
But I for one, don't follow
"In the somehow I'll face tomorrow"
even though I, so full of sorrow
even now can't feel to hope

About the love that's often wrote
In written words, or music's note
Fairy tales and bedtime stories
With all the pomp, in all the glory
Which by me, I admit feel sorely
for the fantasy,lived by most

I believe in happy endings
but I've never had beginnings
I can't speak from experience
So everything, from now, hence
the ending of my eloquence
I only speak of what I know

I believe those ends for some
of who I sadly am not one
And feel it all to often

Love's labors won, the poet's say
But what, I ask's the price?
Of all the work and sadness' pay
Was it for something nice?

Did you find the lucky number
The one who's meant for you
who you dream about in slumber
and feels the same way too?

Then indeed you are the victor
but what about the rest
is there some way the Others
Can pass fate's evil test

I don't feel love is worth it
not the least in my case
I have felt and lost it
More times than I can say

Good Day


Loving your life is living in love, It helps you to be like our father above.

You're honest and faithful and ready to say, "I'm going to have the very best day."

The trick is to mean it, and few really do, But the trick is so simple, the secret is you.

Those who don't try, and just live for themselves, Rarely if ever, are happy as well.

You are the overall master of fate, Whether or not you will have a good day

Take heed that you do not let others decide, If you'll have a good day, or merely just slide.

So go face the world with a smile and a nod, Because a good day, always starts with good thoughts.



I live today, I love the feel, How everything that's good is real. And everything that's not can be, right through life's sweet felicity. - J.M. Hunsaker

Loss of Breath, Silent Screams


You don't know what it is

Its slow at first

Then Comes quickly

A plague of silent screams

You lose control

And your breath in an instant

And then just as quickly

It goes away

I hate yawning

The Has Been's and Will Be's


What has been has happened, what hasn't has not,
So like what you have and have what you've got.
Somethings will happen that make you feel good,
But some things will happen when you don't think they should.
Its all part of life, the good and the bad,
So move forward in faith and you'll get what you lack

Looking Forward


What is has been, what was can be,
What never happened,oft should be



You feel it coursing through your veins,
Yet somehow it does not feel the same
The life that's there, no longer lives
The warmth and love it used to give

Why do things have to change,
All moved around and disarranged
Its not like I did this to me
So why is it my penalty

Its odd I know to count one blessed
Who's life has now become bereft
Of feeling loss and nothing left
"What good?" I daresay comes from this

Without the pain, there is no health
Without the poor, there is no wealth
Without the trials, there is no growth
Is something that I've come to know

Strength Is had, from bowing down
Courage made, outside the crowd
Healing done, through prayers to one
Who heals all hurts of everyone

The Savior knows each bump and scrape
What wounds to heal, what lives to save
He's lived his life, for us, so we
Could be healed, eternally

You Don't Know Me!


As a precursor, I want to let everyone know I'm not depressed, I just heard this term razorblade kisses and it sounded very poetic so I went with it, I didn't experience it myself nor will I ever, I know a few extremists maybe some of my friends will be frustrated that I wrote this, but the most favorite writers in history don't get that way be necessarily always being popular.

Razorblade kisses
And cold shower hugs
I'm addicted to sadness
Instead of to drugs

You may never see me
And I hope that you don't
You wont know how I'm feeling
Cause I'm all alone

Only I feel
The inner most part
Tucked down within me
Inside of my heart

I want to be Emo
And wear all black clothes
Listen to screamo
With words no one knows

It helps with my angst
To feel so upset
Instead of join gangs
I'd rather just sit

I do not do anything
Cause everything hurts
Nothing can help me
Except angry words...


I want all my friends
Those who're concerned
To just let this pass
I'm not really hurt

I just felt like razorblade kiss
Needs to be
A poem in itself
And that all came to me

I'm really OK
No need to fret
I haven't hit bottom,
I haven't, not yet

We all have our down days
But the difference is
We all have our own ways
For dealing with it

You could be destructive
And sit there and stew
OR you could be productive
And change what you do

The Book


A tome that changes every time
to match the things I need in life
the pages speak personally
things directed straight to me

To those who know the healing words
its fills the void of daily hurt
To those who have not yet seen
they have a struggle to believe

How they say could a simple book
help so many that have took
a challenge from a prophet given
through revelation given from heav'n

If anything I would suggest
is read the book and never rest
from the opportunity
to let it bless you everyday

God's word in print will stay
day or night always the same
but your heart and what you need
will vary very much indeed



"How much longer?" Came the plea
"Why hast Thou, Forsaken me?"
Sincere pains, and aguished words
Show a real and honest hurt

Wiser men, than thee have sighed
Stronger men have often cried
Greater men, than thee have lived
Through trials that seemed undeserved

But what it is, not often seen
Is how the Great men, came to be
It doesn't happen overnight
It comes from doing what is right

Trials give us strength to grow
Ways to learn, what we don't know
They are blessings in disguise
That make us Great... That make us Wise...