February 28, 2010

march madness!

It's that time again.... to read the Book of Mormon 
in one month
We had a lesson in Seminary that I really think brings motivation for reading this month.
Here's a tad-bit from it...

Promises from reading the Book of Mormon:
*added measure of the spirit of the Lord in your hearts
*strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to his commandments
*stronger testimony of the Savior
*greater power to resist temptation
*power to avoid deception
*power to stay on the straight and narrow
*find life in greater abundance
*help with personal problems
*ability to break bad habits
*improve relationships
*increase your spiritual capacity
*will read stories as though you've been there before
*spirit will permeate homes
*spirit of reverence will increase
*mutual respect and consideration will increase
*the spirit of contention will depart
*parents will counsel with children with greater love and wisdom
*righteousness will increase
*faith, hope, and charity - the pure love of Christ - will abound in our homes
*peace, joy, and happiness will increase in personal life

"The Book of Mormon was written for us today. God is the author of the book. It is a record of a fallen people, compiled by inspired men for our blessing today. Those people never had the book—it was meant for us. Mormon, the ancient prophet after whom the book is named, abridged centuries of records. God, who knows the end from the beginning, told him what to include in his abridgment that we would need for our day"
Ezra Taft Benson - Ensign, May 1975, 63

February 21, 2010

i am...

I AM....
I am an ocean current continually drifting along to my own beat
I am a fish, swimming my hardest away from the harsh realities of the world we live in
I am a teenager, mood swinging at times, but always with a smile
I am a deep shade of purple, hiding my true feelings so the world has to dig to see my heart
I am a hand, to hold, always trying my best to help people through their trials
I am a coin, in some ways small, but can make a big difference when you need that extra change
I am friendship, being there for friends and relying on them to also bear me up
I am a bird, sometimes shot down by others, but finding my way soaring to great heights
I am.

February 15, 2010

remember the love

Golda Criddle Parrish 
Dec 22, 1919 - Feb 15, 2010
I love you Grammy
I love the song Seasons of Love from Rent. It really makes you think about your life and realize how fortunate we are to be living and experiencing life to its fullest. That's why I titled this "remember the love."
Today at 12:30 pm my Grammy of 90 years passed on to join her sweetheart on the other side of the veil.
On Sunday we went to church, in the middle of sacrament meeting my mom got a call from my aunt Margo, next thing I know my dad (the bishop) stands up and walks off the stand and out of the room with my mom, so I follow.  We then drive up to Ogden to the care center to say our goodbyes to Grammy. It was extremely painful and heartbreaking. When we got there she was in an Acoma type of state. She kept mouthing “Monroe” (grandpa’s name) I could tell he was in the room. As I went up to her bed side to let her know I was there, I said “Hi Grammy” I watched as she mouthed “McCall.” I started balling. The whole room was filled with all her kids, her sister and quite a few grandkids all crying, especially as they removed her oxygen. As we were leaving to go home I went and whispered that I loved her in her ear and told her that I’d see her soon enough. Right as I did this her eyes opened wide. And again, I started crying, gave her a kiss on the forehead and went home. This morning my parents went back up, seeing as she hadn’t passed in the night. They were now informed that liquid had filled her lungs. I got the call around 12:45 this afternoon. Grammy passed away peacefully at 12:30. It’s so sad, and pretty sure I haven’t cried this much for a very long time, but I can’t help to think of how happy she must be to be reunited with her husband, daughter, little sister, and parents. I’m sure she is very excited. Her funeral will be this Saturday, and out of all 44 grandchildren I am one of two that has the privilege to speak. I am absolutely honored.
What an amazing lady my Grammy was, blessing the lives of all those she came in contact with. I love her very much, she will be missed.
I'll see her again... soon enough.

February 7, 2010

my craziness is hereditary...

The name’s McCall Parrish, born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have lived here all my life. First in West Valley, now I’m currently dwelling on the border of Taylorsville and Kearns.
I have 2 brothers ages nineteen and twenty-four, a twenty year old sister in-law, and an adorable 6 month old niece.  My nineteen year old brother, Jameson, sings all the time, is a life guard and all around total tease. My brother JP, his wife Britain, and my niece Gabrielle live in Logan, Utah as USU students. JP is the swim coach and activities coordinator, while Britain is in medical school.

I am the only child living at home with my parents.  My mom, Allison, teaches sixth grade at Bennion Elementary here in Taylorsville. My dad, Val, is a financial worker down town in the Gateway.

            I love photography. It is my passion; there really isn’t anything else that I enjoy more. I hope to become a professional photographer as time goes on. I enjoy dancing, swimming, singing, and doing anything that is art related. I’m involved in the Taylorsville High School Madrigals, Concert Choir, Journalism (Newspaper staff) and Seminary Council.

            My all time favorite food is Fettuccini Alfredo with shrimp. I’m pretty keen with any music as long as you can understand the words and it’s not just noise. I’m a swimmer, breaststroke is my specialty, and I’ve won many ribbons competing with it. I also enjoy Water Polo. My favorite sappy chick flick is The Notebook. She’s the Man is my favorite comedy, and The Italian Job is my favorite action flick.

            Speaking as your average high school senior, my favorite school subject is lunch, of course. Not me actually, I really enjoy my English classes, creative writing is my favorite, and any class that involves artistic style in some form is a winner in my book. The only thing that I really do not like about school is the time schedule. Do we really have to start classes at 7:30?? If it were up to me school would start and ten and end at noon. That would be swell.

February 5, 2010

you win, you lose....

Sometimes we don't get what we want. 
We may not win that game we've been working for, for a season of our lives. We may have to settle for second best. We may lose. That's life.
One of my favorite quotes says: "Sometimes giving up doesn't mean you're weak, but strong enough to let go" Around every corner is an open door for opportunity. Along every horizon there's a new sunrise or sunset. Some dreams come true, others don't, or weren't meant to be. Sorrow and change have brought much love and compassion to life.  I don't always get what I want, and realize that no one does. What a blessing it is to have one door shut in our faces, yet see even but a beam of light through a window. Change is good. Disappointments are good for you.  Eventually we'll win. That's life

life's survival guide to high school...

High school is a pain. Though at the same time i wouldn't take back any of the hard times I've had for anything. I've learned so much. Like how you can't always rely on others, at some point in your life people WILL let you down. That's why you need to find those people who love you for you and not your status.
Dedication is just a word without passion and action. You have to want it more then anything to go far. 
Change and God are the only two things that we can always rely on. Friends leave, new ones come, you get older, interests change, and new trials come along whether we like it or not. I've certainly learned the only survival tip for high school is to look for the good in everything. Performing to the best of your abilities, seeing those people who care for you and the ones that mean the most to you. Family, love, friendship, passion, and last but not least, following your dreams no matter what it takes. This my friends is a survival guide for high school and...... life.