scripture bracket 2010

Ok — so this post comes from my other blog Justified By the Scriptures — but I loved it so much I’m throwing it on here! Haha

The top 3 events each year:

4th of July (and all of the summer vacation)
March Madness

I love March Madness!

The brackets were announced yesterday. I have goosebumps!

March Madness = Gambling

Straight bets, Parlays and Teasers! Oh the excitement!

Last year I tried to not make any plays — it didn’t work.

It won’t happen this year for several reasons:
I promised Leah I wouldn’t : )
The Church says we shouldn’t gamble
I’m completely broke — actually broker than broke is more accurate.

Despite the lack of gambling excitement this year I found something else to add a new element to things.

Last year Colin Cowherd of “The Herd” on ESPN added a twist to March Madness — he set up a bracket that involved cereal. Honey Nut Cheerios defeated Frosted Flakes in the finals!

This year he has proposed superhero/villain bracket.

It’s a great addition to the excitement of the standard March Madness!

As I listened to Cowherd talk about his superhero/villain bracket my mind immediately thought of the scriptures and a potential scripture bracket!!!

I decided to stick with this years CES book of scripture: Book of Mormon

Let’s take a look at the field of 32 in this years bracket:

*Let’s not forget that I have no job, no life and my girlfriend lives 2000 miles away — time is plentiful.

I have set up two regions; the righteous and the wicked.

At the end of the first round of the real tournament I will post the results from my first round of the Book of Mormon Madness bracket!

Let me know who you think should make it through the first round!

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something new.

Ok – so I started another blog earlier this week. In our church institute class we were challenged to read the Book of Mormon during the month of March. It has been an incredible experience so far. One more experience I’ve had while here in Virginia that has helped me move in the right direction. Teaching my Gospel Principles class and seminary has brought back this fire for studying the Gospel. I decided to take things a step further. In order to keep the fire going I challenged myself to look every day for a connection to the events and musings in my life to the scriptures.

Check it out:

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My brother recently posted a video that was done by a variety of musicians to help out with the recovery in Haiti. I enjoyed the video so much I’m reposting it. And of course because I’m never able to just sit and watch one video on YouTube I watched some others that were similar and I’m going to post those here as well!

It’s easy to get caught up in all the things celebrities do wrong– in fact that’s usually what the media likes to focus on. It tends to draw bigger viewership. But they’re pretty much like the rest of us– they’ve got some great qualities and of course some personal struggles.
Here’s some of them caught in one of those wonderful moments of good.

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So it’s been awhile since I last wrote so here’s what you missed:

Submitted BYU graduate school application
GRE done. Recommendations written. Application turned in. I’m not sure how long I’ll be waiting. My buddy said he heard back within a month–that would be nice. I am putting all my eggs in this basket. I really want to get my Master’s.

Survived Snowmageddon 2010
I never saw snow like this in Utah Valley. We had no church for 2 straight weeks. School shut down for almost 2 weeks. I spent more time shoveling than ever before. We lost power for a bit and didn’t leave the house for days. I have renewed my personal vow to live somewhere warm.

Battled @ Unbreakable 3
This jam was so dope. Some big name bboys showed up. Nasty Ray was a judge and the Squadron came out to battle. The Squadron killed it. I didn’t make it past the prelims. Weak. I was quickly reminded why you have to practice hard every day. I know part of the reason I moved out here was to help turn this into more of a hobby but I really want to practice hard again.

Attended 1st YSA dance in VA
We drove an hour into Maryland and arrived half an hour late to see this :
About 20 people
A cd player dj turned up to the max and super scratchy
Weak food
Overall I’d say it was a wonderful event

Began subbing for Frederick County Public Schools
Great way to make some money. Just kickin’ it with some kids. Typically I just hand out worksheets and talk with the students. Easiest money I’ve ever made.

Leah came to visit me
What an amazing weekend. She is my best friend/girlfriend! We talk on the phone all the time–but seeing her is the BEST! I love her so much. We know each other so well and every time I am with her everything feels right.

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first blood.

they drew first blood. . . “

Do you know where this quote comes from?

This little bit of wisdom comes courtesy of John Rambo.

Thank-you Rambo for giving me much needed insight into the path I should follow.

How could this phrase guide anyone in any direction? To understand this you must first understand that it is a sort of motto by which Rambo lives. The Rambo movies are known for their over-the-top scenes depicting Rambo pretty much killing everything he sees. Most scenes involve him holding some gun that could probably stop a tank with no shirt on.

Exhibit A:

But let’s not jump to conclusions and call him a mindless killer. Rambo lives by this phrase, “they drew first blood.” He never attacks unless first provoked personally, or indirectly through the abuse of innocent people or close friends.

And how is this applicable in my life? Great question – here’s my response:

she drew first blood. . .

I have sat idly by for several months watching theft, drugs, drinking, and abuses of every type : verbal, physical and emotional. I have tried playing the role of “UN peacekeeper” amidst this war. My ability to persuade and reason with people is something I have worked hard to develop over the years. I feel like I can step into most situations and help diffuse potential problems. The past three months have been the biggest challenge of my life because whatever skills of negotiation I thought I had have proved useless. In fact the effects of my efforts can be summed up by what I was told yesterday;

“You think you can just show up here and try to fix things and tell me that you just want everybody to be happy. Whatever, Kyle. I don’t trust you. You’re such a d*ck. You’re annoying me.”

The funniest part is that all of this anger stemmed from the fact that I wouldn’t take her tanning.


What a joke. You hit mom. You stole money right out of my wallet. You lay into me with a string of obscenities and then you get upset with me because I said one word, No.

Well, the time for peace has past. I’m not gonna go Rambo on anyone over here -so don’t worry. Haha She’s a girl. You don’t hit girls — ever.
(Unless they are trying to kill you. But that’s a different topic.)

“she drew first blood” – but I will be the last man standing.

Haha – wow. I just reread this post. Maybe it’s a little intense. Definitely cathartic though, so I’m publishing.

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GRE – a.k.a. Graduate Record Examination.

This is the ultimate test. Apparently it’s meant to be something akin to the SAT or ACT on steroids.

This is the test you take once you’ve already finished with college so you can show a group of strangers (Admissions Committee) that you are worthy of attending more school.

I’m scheduled to square off with this beast on February 12 and it will probably be the single most important test of – MY LIFE. (no pressure)

Now, technically the test isn’t the only thing the committee looks at. I’ve got a couple other ways to distinguish myself:

GRE scores
3 Letters of Recommendation
College GPA
Letter of intent

It doesn’t look so bad at first glance. The GRE is only 1/4 of the items the committee will get to peruse. However, I should probably interject a quick story:

I went to visit the head of the graduate department for the BYU Communications program last Summer. Our conversation went something like this:

Me: “So, I’m a little concerned my GPA might be a little low. How important is it?”
Dept. Head: “Well what’s your GPA?”
Me: “2.9”
Dept. Head: (face of concern) “uumm, wow. Well it’s not impossible to overcome that – but you will have to score really well on the GRE.”

Ok, before anyone decides to comment on the 2.9, let me just say something in my defense. The GPA only takes into account the last 60 hours of courses. And I don’t think taking Mandarin 101 was my best idea. When you fail a 4 credit class it seems to have a bigger effect than you first think. And as for some of my other classes; well let’s just say I didn’t think some of them were very important at the time and I was probably practicing flares, windmills and reverse handspins when I could have been studying. (It’s too bad that I can’t battle my way into the program. I’d smoke all those fools – no, but seriously)

Back to the GRE – Well, I’ve never been much of a test taker. My college years will attest to that and should further evidence be needed, my 2 practice tests will lay to rest any doubt. In fact somehow I managed to score better on the math section than the verbal section. Good grief. I’m not even sure how that is possible.

The next 3 weeks are going to be intense.

But I’m hopeful. I feel like I can pull this off. I’m going to score “well” (and by well I mean at least equal to or greater than the 2009 average score for students accepted into the program) I’ll get my application looking sharp and turned in on time.

AND – by nothing short of a miracle (and we’re talking the grand spectacle type – like Moses parting the Red Sea, or Elijah calling down fire from heaven) I WILL get into the BYU Communications Graduate Program for the Fall 2010 Semester!

Besides -the testing center I’m supposed to take the test at is located on TIMBERLAKE lane.

Coincidence? I think not.
Good omen? I think SO!

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tribute to suits.

I am a little obsessed with the show ‘How I Met Your Mother‘.

In the event that you’re as old or older than I am you will totally recognize one of the main characters, Barney Stinson, as the former teen doctor – Doogie Howser.

Barney has now spent 5 seasons extolling the qualities of the suit and I’m a believer.

Anyone who says “image isn’t everything— people should look for what’s on the inside” is an IDIOT.

Think about why you dress up for a job interview. Before that potential employer knows anything about you – they see you. Think about what you are telling them before you even open your mouth.

It’s unfortunate but many times the only reason people take the opportunity to get to know the real you is because they liked what they saw on the outside.
*don’t confuse this with attraction*

Anyways – back to the suits.

You might be asking yourself, “but Kyle there are so many options for suits; pin stripe, 2-button, 3-button, 3 piece, fitted, loose etc. etc. – where do I start?”

Great question. And who better to answer that question than the individual who helped bring suits back while bringing sexybackJustin Timberlake.

Here’s 2 options that will give you a look for any occassion:

The formal 3 piece fitted suit with dress shoes says:
“I’m the business — Literally. I can handle your stocks, close a deal, lead a sermon, date a supermodel, and should the occassion require it; accept an MTV VMA.”

The more casual 3 piece loose fitting suit with white tennis shoes says:
“I’m the business–BUT I know how to party. One minute I will attending a formal affair and the next I will be keeping things fresh on the dance floor.”

Obviously I’m a little biased towards 3-piece suits. And let’s be honest the white tennis shoes? Well, they’re freaking awesome.

Just in case you haven’t had enough over-the-top suit promotion, I will leave you with the ultimate musical tribute to this deserving piece of dress clothing.

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