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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

In which...the blog comes back

It's time to bring back the blog. This page was followed in earnest a couple years ago in the wake of my accident, but time, as it so often does, has passed. A lot has changed for me since April 14, 2011 (I broke my neck in a gymnastics accident and became paralyzed from the chest down). As you might imagine, not all of it has been happy and beautiful. There have been times that were outright miserable - the darkest of nights that seemed without an impending dawn, heartache similar to what the prophet Joseph Smith felt as he lay abandoned in Liberty Jail and mournfully, desperately, questioned, "O God, where art thou? And where is the pavilion that covereth thy hiding place?" Yet despite the hard times, which will inevitably come to all, I've found solace in the parts of my life that can be described by the Lord's response to his suffering servant. "My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes."

There has been pain. Suffering. Despair even. But through it all, when the trials were hardest, peace and comfort came. Somehow trials were overcome - things just worked out, time and time again. So that's what the resuscitation of this blog is going to be focused on. How things just work out. Not in the way we expect, or even want sometimes, but they do. God has a plan for each of us. Mine is crazy, but somehow I get it done, even if I don't always know what trials the next day will bring, or how I'll get through them!

Anyways, I'm going to try to post about various challenges and the unusual ways I deal with them. Anecdotes included. And I'll keep posts concise for reading purposes. Hopefully people enjoy the comeback of the blog!