Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Well, just wanted to take a quick couple of minutes and say how grateful I am that life is already better :D It only took a few short hours. Everything is back to normal and all is well :D :D :D I'm really grateful for it. I love you all
Hello again!!! I know I don't edit this blog enough, but here's another post while i'm thinking about it.

Can I just say that the Lord is one of the most amazing people in the world! I know that's a duh statement, but so many things have happened lately that I've been able to keep a good attitude about, and I owe it all to Him. Rachel and I have been dating and such, and life has been really good. Well, we've started to get a lot of pressure to not date. Details and such don't matter, but what does matter is I've been able to keep a good attitude and forgive the people who have been giving Rachel such a hard time.

Rachel and I were having a crappy night last night, and that ended up becoming one of the greatest experiences of our relationship. We were both feeling really down, and worried, and such, and didn't know what was going to happen. It was really crummy. Well, all of a sudden Rachel's fears were all gone and such. Instantly. I was amazed. And the whole time I had been given the strength not to freak out. In the end, it became a really cool bonding experience for us, and i'm really grateful that it happened.

There are other things that are trying me at the moment, but I rejoice in the fact that because of Christ, I can keep a positive attitude and a happy, upbeat outlook on things. I'm really grateful for this. Life will get better; and it will in fact slow down. Summer classes are almost over, and I'm so grateful for it. I'm making this final push next week, and i'm going to try and get my online classes done early as well. I am so excited!

You guys are amazing, and again, sorry for not updating this more

Michael White

Saturday, June 4, 2011

It's been way too long since I updated my blog; that changes now :D This will be an every week occurrence from now on; I promise. Well guys, life is absolutely amazing! A lot has happened since I last posted an update. Rachel Hansen, a Paysonite, came into my life, and i'm the happiest guy in the world because of it. I don't know guys ... i've never felt this way about a girl before. We ... man from the first night we actually sat down and talked to each other, it's been one amazing bonding experience after another. How did we meet? Well, church. We'd known each other as acquaintances for the whole school year before we actually got to know each other. Well, one Sunday, I sat down next to her and just gave her a compliment. Little did I know it, but that started a marvelous friendship. I ... we just started talking, and we didn't stop talking. Before we knew it, we were a couple, and before we knew it, we realized we really cared about each other. Grandpa Anderson really summed up how I feel; he mentioned to me one day that we really connect. That is definitely true. Even from day 1, it felt like I had known her my whole life. Things are now starting to get serious. I really, really care about her and I can't wait to see where the future takes us. We have so much time until anything will happen; her brother needs to get home from his mission (a year from now) before anything happens. Well, that's fine with me. I ... shoot guys, it's going to be such a fun year. I can't wait. In fact, I'm itching for her to give me the ok to drive up to Payson so I can see her :D.

In other areas, my goal to work for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is going really well. I recently emailed Todd Steadman, a recruiter who went to Utah State last semester, about what app the Church wanted me to write. I figured it'd be a really good idea to write an android app; anything to slap on my resume is a plus in my book. So yeah, that's what I decided to do. Well, Mr Steadman suggested that work on an app with him and his department. I signed up, and i'm really excited for it. I had no idea I was actually capable to help them, but I am. It's going to be a stretch and a really good learning experience. The other thing that I was pretty excited about was while I was at the Riverton Office Building, I found the email address for the intern recruiter. Well, point being, i'm going to do absolutely everything that I can to work for the Church. I really want to; what better way to spend my career? That being said, it's really not up to me, you know? I press forward with the best way I know, and things will work out the way they need to. When I graduate from Utah State, I will be able to be an institute teacher as well, so if that works out, then I would accept that job in a heart-beat. I love teaching, and a career of teaching the gospel would be absolutely amazing.

Life is just good. I'm happy where I am, and I just have to press forward. I'll learn what I need to learn, and I will grow the way I need to grow. Well, I'll face whatever comes my way. The biggest thing, I think, is I just need to have faith. I do my best, but sometimes I just need to slow down. You know? Well, that being said, I will fill you in on all of the juicy details next week!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Well, life is absolutely amazing. I don't know if I've said it already, but i'll say it again; I have like the world's best family. Same with my friends. I'm the luckiest guy in the world.

I started working finally! I am through being trained as a service missionary. I've actually started working, and it's been a humbling experience. It's a lot different than I thought it was going to be. I know my thoughts are scattered, but they'll come together; I promise :D :D :D. I thought I was busy before; I had so much to do, etc. etc. Well, after this semester ends, i'll be putting in 25 hours a week into the mission. haha, 100 Hours a month is a lot different than 30, but i'm not complaining. All i'm trying to say is the Lord really does prepare people for what he needs them to do. Besides, it's not near as bad as it sounds. When i'm not working on an email case or talking with somebody on the phone, I can work on my lessons, or read my scriptures, or whatever else i need to do. So yeah, it's going to be a blessing a lot more than some time constraint.

Haha, God works in mysterious ways. I don't understand how he works sometimes. I've been able to meet people this last week that I would have considered impossible just last week. I'm still completely blown away by it. Why on earth? I'm so grateful. Sigh, life's good.

I ... life's been going a million miles an hour, and as much as I like to complain about it, I must say, i'm really happy when i'm busy. It's ironic; I don't do good with down time; I was really lazy all day today, and it really bothered me.

I have no idea who reads this and who doesn't, but I wanted to tell you guys that I love you. I think my dad reads this, so yeah :D. You guys have all touched my life in so many ways. I know it's really easy to say something like that when you're directing it towards everybody, but I mean it. Thank you. I wouldn't be who I am today without all of the many people in my life. I hope that someday I can repay you.

Haha, I am a true nerd. I always use to tell people that I really love music, but I need a real job, and that's why i'm teaching computer science. Well, that's not true anymore. I do love music still, but that more I do computer science, the more I realize how much I enjoy it. That why teaching myself how to build web sites is really fun, and that's why I spent so much time on my software engineering presentation. I learned so much, and i'm really grateful for it. I enjoy computer science, and I really hope that I get to work for the Church. I swear to you guys, i'm earning that job! Oh holy crap, I guess I better tell you guys about that!

Well, I had no idea that the Church hires computer scientists. Well, they do, and the heads of the CIS (communication information services) department came to Utah State, not just recruiters. Well, I ended up getting the head of development's email address, and he wants me to keep in touch with him. He gave me some skills and technology to learn, and that I will do. It's amazing, the Big Man Upstairs blessed me with the opportunity of a lifetime. Now it's my turn to earn it.

Well, it's been fun. Thank for listening!!!

Michael White

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hey guys :D. The biggest thing that is on my mind is the Lord always provides a way for us to accomplish the things he wants us to accomplish. I was pretty stressed out on Friday because Conference Weekend and singing in the Priesthood Session put a serious damper on my homework time. I'm already short on time as it is, and so I have been struggling with how on earth I was supposed to stay caught up. Well, I can gladly say that no matter how stressed out life becomes, i'll always be able to accomplish the things the Lord wants me to accomplish. I know this because I'm watching it happen. I somehow was able to get all of my service mission training done just in time to watch conference. It's pretty neat :D.

I have such a great family. Talked to mom yesterday, and that really made me happy. I also had a really good talk with my dad last night. My dad is such a smart man, I love him tons :D. Every time I talk with him, he shares connections he's made about stuff he's studying in school, and I feel my own brain being stretched in the process. I love my dad more than this blog can say, and I feel the same way about mom. It was so nice to talk to her, it really made me happy.

Man, I'm probably the luckiest kid in the world. While life is stressful, as everyone's life is, I can rest easy because I know that I will be fine. Haha, I wish I could have a few more hours every day to get all of my things done that I need to get done, but I'm going to be ok :D. It's so nice to know that.

I answered some emails for the first time a few days ago! It was a lot of fun, and i'm so happy that i'm wrapping up my training and instead getting down to business. It's a whole new set of skills that I'm learning. I have discovered through my training that I know the answers, but explaining the answer clearly, and explaining it to someone who isn't the greatest with computers are challenges that will greatly benefit me. I'm so grateful for the opportunity that I have to serve.

I am a tad nervous to answer phone calls. Ok, haha, i'm VERY nervous to answer phone calls. However, that's the most important part of the Service Mission, in my opinion. Being able to effectively answer phone calls from patrons is going to teach me some very valuable communication skills.

I'm grateful that the Lord is willing to let someone like me life up His children. I had a really neat experience that I would like to share. I had a feeling to go to Smith's. That made no sense to me; I just wanted to go home. But, I've had that feeling before, so I went anyways. I ended up getting disney princess fruit snacks, which makes even less sense. But, when I got home that night, I said a prayer and asked Heavenly Father who needed them, and a friend came to mind. I went and seen her, and it turns out she really did need someone; she was having a rough time. Thanks to the Lord guiding me; giving me guidance, I was able to help someone who needed it. I'm accepting the fact that I am going to get asked to do things that may not necessarily make sense at the time, but they will make sense after, and i'll always be glad I obeyed.

I've been so blessed in my life, and I'm so excited to listen to general conference. I'm excited to sing in the Priesthood session, and I'm excited to finish the semester. That month off is going to be one of the most exciting months ever!!! I'm going to get so much done in other areas of my life while i'm not in school!!!

Love you guys! Until next week!!!

Michael White

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spring Break!!!

Oh my goodness guys, I had the best Spring Break. I have like the world's greatest family. Not even kidding. I went to see Grandma and Grandpa Anderson on Friday. Oh my gosh, the feeling that was there on Friday ... It's not something i'm going to forget any time soon. I'm really grateful for Grandpa's efforts to get his family history down on paper. I saw grandma and grandpa's pictures, or at least some of them. I got to look at pictures and such from grandpa and grandma's parents and life before they were grandma and grandpa. I don't know ... realizing my grandparents were kids just like me once ... I felt so close to them. It was so nice to just talk about life, about my dad, and about how wonderful everybody is. Saturday I seen Aunts and Uncles I haven't seen in a while, and that was fun too. I ... I don't know, just suffice it to say my family rocks. My family on both sides. I'm the luckiest guy in the world. I seen Anna and Heather and AJ too this week, and it was so nice to see them as well. I was originally going to go to Texas for Spring Break, but that didn't happen when I discovered the cheapest ticket was eight hundred bucks. I'm going to see mom in the summer, and for that i'm really grateful too. I'm really grateful for the big man upstairs, and for how good he's treated me. I really can't fathom why he's so nice to little old me, but he is. My service mission is going really good too. I was really skeptical about taking on twenty additional hours a week, and at first I was exhausted. I'm learning though, and that's the important part. Choir isn't just something that takes up time; it's a godsend of an hour and a half that just helps me chill, and I love it :D. I can already feel this mission changing me. I was way too blah about it at first. I was treating it like a part time job. The actual work ... i'm not worried about it. I'll be good at it. The thing that has hit me time and time again is that i'm an official representative of Jesus Christ now. Striving to meet that challenge has blessed my life more than I can describe, and i'm just starting. Oh my goodness, i'm so excited. I'm facing life head-on and I love it. Until next week! PS - I love you guys. A lot.


Saturday, March 5, 2011

First Post

I'm starting a blog now :D. Spring Break came, and I've learned a lot since yesterday. I ate dinner with my Uncle Maurice, and it was such a nice meal; we went to Olive Garden. We were just talking about family, and he asked me if I call mom often. I ... to be honest, I don't call her near as much as I should. That's where the blog comes in. I figured a blog would be a great way to let my family know how I am doing and what's going on in my life. I ... the only thing I can say is I love my family and friends, a lot more than I could ever possibly express. That's why I'm starting this blog; I want you guys to be involved in my life. So yeah, this is the first of many; I'll update this once a week, so adios until next week guys!!!