Monday, April 28, 2008

Around Town

This curious little fellow wasn't shy at all. Going up Hardscrabble to visit an old pioneer cemetery, we found a couple of young cows grazing in a field. I've always enjoyed visiting my bovine friends, so I stopped to take a picture.
Nothing says Morgan better than the M on the mountain. This is another picture when we hiked it the other day. My favorite time of year to hike the M is coming up when the wildflowers start to bloom. Hiking up to the M will yield hundreds of wildflowers that you will pass.
For Sale: Like new International. Great shape, minor bumps and scratches from normal wear and tear. Started up and ran great the last time it was ran. Only driven on the farm and an occasional trip to the grocery store and church on Sunday.

Okay, maybe this isn't for sale-- I don't even know who owns it, but it was my attempt to photograph some color. I love Morgan!

Saturday, April 26, 2008


This is a picture of my parents and me after graduation. It has been a good four years at BYU and I will miss going to this university. I won't miss, however, papers, assignments and tests that I have to study for. Elder Bednar spoke on our privilege of continuing to learn throughout our lives. Over all, the commencement and other activities were very enjoyable.
Nathan and Kristy came down with two of their kids for the graduation. Unfortunately, I graduated from the largest college and consequently the reading of everybody's names took a lot longer than was desirable.
This is my newest little nephew, Tyler, and his grandma. He is just the cutest little guy in the world!
Esplan found that he is able to climb up the little slide all by himself. He probably slid down this slide about ten times.

First hike up the M for the season. My uncle Bruce was in town for the weekend and was able to make the trek. Joseph made it all the way up with his own two feet! Sean walked a little bit, but needed a little help on the steep parts. Other than being a little cold, the hike was great as usual!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Dr. O'Neill's Team

Dr. O'Neill's Cancer Research Team. We put on a presentation to the Alumni Board of Directors a week ago. We explained our research and the advances that we have discovered. Needless to say, they were impressed. I say needless because I'm amazed at the work that is being done in the lab. A few people in this picture are graduate students, but the majority of us are undergrads with the fascination for research. Dr. O'Neill is the good looking man in the middle without the lab coat on. He is from Ireland and has been studying cancer and it's mechanisms for dozens of years now. His knowledge of cancer and the current research that is going on around the world is simply amazing. I enjoy his Irish accent especially when he is explaining the salvage pathway of DNA. I've never had a class from him, which I regret, but I have learned more about cancer from him than anyone else. He has impacted so many students lives and has believed in us what we thought was impossible. He expects nothing but the best and believes with all his soul that we can go on to medical, dental, graduate school and achieve great things. I owe a lot to Dr. O'Neill for believing in me when I doubted. We call him 'Coach' because he's not there to hold our hand during the research process, but to mentor and teach us from the sidelines while we do the work. I've become friends with many people in this picture and have nothing but the lab to thank. My only regret is that I didn't get into the research lab 4 years ago. I was only able to spend a little under a year, but have enjoyed the learning process.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Gallery of Prophets

The Salt Lake Temple from the Conference Center's Roof. It was quite the sight. I've never been up there before, but I found it pretty beautiful even though the trees and flowers haven't bloomed yet.
In the Conference Center there are a lot of rooms that I consider galleries of pictures. They are beautiful. I'm standing here in the room of all the Apostles in this dispensation. I strongly suggest going on the Conference Center tour if you are in Salt Lake City, you won't regret it!
The Y on the mountain in Provo. I'm graduating in a couple of weeks and am experiencing a sweet yet sorrowful moment. I have loved BYU and the academic adventure that I was able to go through there. No matter where my life takes me, I will always have a spot for the Y in my heart!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

McClellan & Co.

This is a picture of a clock hanging in my parents kitchen. I really liked how it turned out, there is nothing too spectacular about it, but I just like it.
My mom is going to be teaching at the new elementary school in Mountain Green. This is a picture of her and her new classroom. The school is set up in the hills of a newly subdivided section of town. It's a beautiful new school in a beautiful setting. I live in Provo, and whenever I get to go home to Morgan I am amazed by the growth that is going on. I guess the secret is out that Morgan County is a great place to live.
This is my brother and dad before we went to priesthood session. Growing up, we would get over to the church only seconds before the session started. Now we have to try to get there 15 minutes early to get a seet in the chapel.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Spring? Not quite!

The weather was getting warmer and the sun was shining with greater intensity until last Sunday when I looked out the window and saw a couple of inches on the ground. A group of us from our ward went up to Salt Lake City to see the weekly Music and the Spoken Word. I found these flowers on Temple Square with a blanket of snow still on them.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir did a great job like usual and they even sang one of my favorite songs at the end--Thou Gracious God, Whose Mercy Lends. Lloyd Newell gave the spoken word on "The Door of Opportunity" and relayed a story about Captain John Barry during the Revolutionary War. After showing Captain Barry's triumph over adversity, Lloyd Newell said, "Often the very adversity that plagues our lives is, in disguise, an opportunity for greatness." What great council and wisdom that we can gain from those words!
And again, here is the lamp post with its covering of snow. I still don't know why I like to photograph this old lamp that doesn't even work, but it catches my attention and it looked particularly beautiful that morning. The snow melted after a day or two, but the weather in Provo is still on the cold side.