Christian music brings such peace in a very tumultuous world. I love playing Christian hymns and posting them on YouTube. If you’re looking for a bit more solace in your life, then you’ll find my YouTube Christian Music uplifting.

Hop on over to YouTube and enjoy, or take a look at these links to go to the individual hymns. These are all taken from the hymn book of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They’re listed in order of current popularity in reference to the number of views they’ve received as of November 2019.

YouTube Christian Music: The Best Hymns

‘Tis Sweet to Sing the Matchless Love – LDS Hymn #177

Testimony – LDS Hymn #137

How Gentle God’s Commands – LDS Hymn #125

God Moves in a Mysterious Way – LDS Hymn #285

Nearer, My God, to Thee – LDS Hymn #100

Secret Prayer – LDS Hymn #144

Where Can I Turn For Peace? – LDS Hymn #129

Come, Follow Me – LDS Hymn #116

When Faith Endures – LDS Hymn #128

Should You Feel Inclined to Censure – LDS Hymn #235

As the Dew from Heaven Distilling – LDS Hymn #149

Prayer Is the Soul’s Sincere Desire – LDS Hymn #145

I Believe in Christ – LDS Hymn #134

Does the Journey Seem Long? – LDS Hymn #127

Our Mountain Home So Dear – LDS Hymn #33

Come Unto Jesus – LDS Hymn #117

A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief – LDS Hymn #29

Jesus, Lover of My Soul – LDS Hymn #102

Truth Reflects upon Our Senses – LDS Hymn #273

Be Still, My Soul – LDS Hymn #124

In Humility, Our Savior – LDS Hymn #172

Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd – LDS Hymn #221

Lord, Accept Our True Devotion – LDS Hymn #107

Israel, Israel, God Is Calling – LDS Hymn #7

He is Risen – LDS Hymn #199

Here I am again. Thought I’d get this out of the way at the beginning of the day. Some cool stuff:

  1. Andrew Bird has a new EP called Hark! that has some Christmas songs on it.
  2. Coldplay will be releasing a new album on the 22nd, and they’ve already dropped three and a half songs: Orphans, Arabesque, Everyday Life, and a snippet of Guns.

Also, the Jazz play tonight. The Bucks seem to always beat us. We will see if we can hold our own against Giannis. It would be nice if we could score a bit more.

My knee really hurts. They both just kinda started randomly hurting. Must be getting old.

Welp, there’s my writing for the day, for now at least. If anything really cool pops into my head, maybe I’ll write a bit more.

I’ve heard that in order to become a better writer, you need to write everyday. So, that’s what I’m gonna try.

I’ve heard it doesn’t matter what you write about or how long you write, but just that you establish a consistent habit of doing it. I think I can do that. I’m really trying to figure out what this blog should be about, but maybe I’m thinking too hard. Maybe it doesn’t have to be about anything. Maybe it can just be a place for me to cement the habit of writing daily.

Creativity is a cool thing. It’s something that just oozes out of you. I feel that way when I play the piano. What I put out goes into the keys and just feels good. I want my writing to feel that way also. First, I want to have something inside of me worth sharing, and then I want to be able to share it. In simplicity. In power. In an emotionally moving way. In a way that sticks with people.

What to talk about. Well, I love the Utah Jazz and they’re doing decently well. Offense has a ways to go until it fully clicks, but when it does, it’ll be something to behold. Our defense is already killer, so when everything comes together, we could be a scary team to deal with. I was too young and didn’t live in Utah when the Jazz went to the NBA Finals. Could they get there again soon? Even this season? We will see.

I just got an antique upright Steinway piano for only a few thousand bucks. It has beautiful tone and plays really well. I really want to get back into the habit of playing more. I want to use my time to develop my talents instead of just surf social media and watch TV. It’s possible, and it’ll make me feel a lot happier and more fulfilled. And maybe in the process I can share some beauty and positivity with the world in some way like I’ve tried to do with my hymns here.

Well, there’s one day of writing down, and infinity more to go. I think I can write each day just about whatever is in my head. Hopefully sooner or later I’ll have something interesting to share that might lead me into a more focused piece that could be exciting for people to read. For now, this blog is more for me than other people. Who knows? Maybe it could morph into something bigger. Here’s to hoping.

As I’ve thought about my goal to write on my blog 5 times per week, I’ve realized a few things:

  • It’s doable
  • But, making the posts as robust and well thought-out as I’d like is proving difficult at that cadence.

I haven’t been perfect in posting 5 times per week, but I’ve been at least somewhat close. I feel I’ve just been throwing stuff out there without any rhyme or reason. I think one of my focuses was to see if I could capitalize on any current Google trends. That was how I have been picking posts up to this point.

I might change it up a bit.

As far as recording hymns and sharing them, I’m off to a good start there. I’ve recorded 4 more and I’m posting them gradually. I plan to record some new ones every Friday and then post them periodically in the next week.

I also plan to make this site look better and gradually make it more targeted. I haven’t landed on exactly what I want the niche to be, but I trust that I will soon. For now, I’ve kind of been writing on a bunch of different things to see what I like and also to see what sticks.

I’d like to have one section of this site be dedicated to my music. Still trying to figure out how best to showcase it. I’ve also thought about doing song parodies and maybe even starting some kind of little business where I can make parodies for businesses. Might be a long shot, but I’m fairly good with words.

 

Everyone seems to be talking about Mysterio in the new Spider-Man: Far from Home trailer. It might be partly because he’s played by Jake Gyllenhaal, and I mean, what kind of woman isn’t gonna be at least a little bit interested in that fact?

So who is the Mysterious Mysterio?

Mysterio, according to the comics, is one of the Spider-Man villains. Mysterio is said to have made his first appearance in June 1964 in The Amazing Spider-Man #13 comic. Quentin Beck is the fictitious man who became Mysterio. Beck was a skilled special effects wizard and Hollywood stunt man. When his dream of pushing to the top and making it big as an actor in the film industry collapsed, he turned elsewhere. Quentin Beck’s skill with illusions, he realized, could help him become a powerful super-villain.

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Mysterio is also a villain in the Daredevil comics.

Is Mysterio good or bad?

According to the old comics, it would seem that Mysterio is bad. However, some are now questioning that as the new trailer seems somewhat vague on that fact. Peter Parker’s friends are in trouble, and Mysterio appears to say to Peter, “you don’t want any part of this” almost as if to say he is handling things and protecting his friends. That said, it is certainly vague. So is Mysterio good or bad? Watch the trailer and decide for yourself. Ultimately, we might need to wait until the movie comes out to know just exactly who Mysterio is and what his role will be.

 

 

Writing well can be tough. I like writing because it enables me to say what I want to say in a thought-out, more elegant way. Before writing a sentence, I have to first think about it in my head, visualize it, and then write it down. I often feel I sound more polished and professional through writing. Speaking (verbally) in a way that inspires confidence seems to involve a lot, and it’s a real challenge for me.

To become a master at verbal communication, you need to hone your tone of voice, focus on eye contact, and be concise, yet thorough. I guess it is similar to writing in many ways, but the difference is that it all happens much faster. When I write something, I can take a minute to go back and review what I’ve written. I can revise, tweak, and wordsmith until things sound the way I’d like them to (I have even done that with this post). When someone asks me a question, on the other hand, and I am forced to respond verbally, I have to respond quickly and I don’t have time to edit.

I would like to be a better verbal communicator. People who don’t know me might say I sound disinterested when I talk to them. This is where tone of voice comes into play. Even if I am excited, I sometimes sound bored because of how low and monotonous my voice can be. Improving the way I speak will take some concerted effort. Maybe it’ll take recording myself and listening to how I actually sound. I think improving my spoken communication really could help me come across more professional. It would certainly help in business communication and potential job interviews and what not.

I like writing. It allows me to express myself more eloquently. Now it’s time to work on speaking. 😉

Where is Villanova University?

Villanova University is located in Pennsylvania. The university is actually located in a city called Villanova that sits about 12 miles west of Philadelphia. It seems a lot of people wonder where Villanova University is, as it was one of the most searched things of 2018.

Perhaps people became curious about where Villanova is located after the team’s recent success in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Villanova has had a great team over the last while with Jay Wright as the head coach. The Villanova Wildcats won the NCAA tournament in 2016 and 2018.

 

 

Kliff Kingsbury got hired as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals after being just recently let go by Texas Tech. Pretty interesting move, and crazy that it happened so fast. Doesn’t seem too often that you lose your job at the college level and then almost immediately get a promotion. But hey, more power to the guy. If Kliff Kingsbury can swing it, why can’t the rest of us? Maybe we can. I encourage anyone to try.

In other news, it’s Elvis Presley’s 84th birthday today. Apparently every year there is an annual Elvis Birthday Proclamation at Graceland in Memphis. We had a blue Christmas (or several, in fact) without him. Celebrating his birthday is a great way to start the new year.

It’s also David Bowie’s birthday. He would have been 71, but died two years ago Thursday. Crazy how two of the most iconic artists were born on the same day. Anyway, his widow paid tribute to him with an Instagram post that read: “My memory loves you. It asks about you all the time.” Rest in peace, Mr. Bowie, while the rest of us freak out in a moonage daydream just to imagine what you’re doing now in the world beyond.

My goal this year is to write 5 articles each week. I wasn’t sure what to write about, so I popped over to Google Trends to see what people have been wanting to read about. As I examined Google Trends, I discovered that over the last few days (and probably the last long while), people have been searching about Kim Kardashian. The recent hype seems due to her expecting baby number four, a boy via surrogate, around May. Chicago West, their third child, was also a surrogate kid. North is 5, and Saint is 3. The new baby will make 4.

This is all great and all, but my real question is, why is Kim Kardashian famous?

Why is Kim Kardashian famous?

Kim has been blowing up news feeds and search engine results pages for over a decade it seems. But how did she get so famous? Well, a lot of it seems to stem originally from her father, Robert. This Robert Kardashian rose to fame as one of O.J. Simpson’s defense attorneys in that infamous 1995 murder trial. He was a close friend of Simpson and also sat by him during the long trial. He was married to Kris Jenner Kardashian, with whom he had daughters Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and a son, Rob. Kim’s father, Robert, died of esophageal cancer in September of 2003 at only 59 years old.

What does that have to do with Kim Kardashian’s fame?

It’s fairly safe to say that Kim Kardashian already came from a well-off family with at least some notoriety at least in “rich people circles,” given that her father was involved in the O.J. trial and all. Another reason Kim is famous is that she was a friend and stylist of Paris Hilton. One of the biggest things that seemed to spring Kim into the media spotlight, however, was when a sex tape she made with her boyfriend, Ray J, leaked in 2007. After that, the Keeping up With The Kardashians series began. Often, people say Kim Kardashian is one of those people that is famous for being famous. It seems it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how or why she rose to such fame and popularity, but she’s certainly famous and has been recognized by magazine’s like Vogue as being one of the 100 most influential people from the likes of Vogue.

Could famous family members have anything to do with why Kim Kardashian is famous?

It’s interesting to note that Kim does have some pretty famous family members. Her mother, Kris (now Kris Jenner), married Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn) in her second marriage. Kris and Bruce gave birth to Kendall and Kylie Jenner. That makes Bruce (Caitlyn), Kim’s step father, and Kendall and Kylie her step sisters. In other words, Kim is one big piece in an even bigger circle of famous people.

Conclusion: Why is Kim Kardashian Famous?

To me, it seems Kim is famous for a few reasons. One is that she already had a decent head start in that she came from a somewhat wealthy and well-known family. Next is because of her link to the Jenners. And third, she just does a good job of showing herself off online. She already had some things going for her, and then she posted some pics of herself and her body, and it seems to have worked for her. A reality TV show also certainly helped. I do feel it’s one of those Lavar and Lonzo Ball type situations in at least some small way. She just kinda seems like one of those people who we all know is famous and we accept and follow without really knowing why. Kinda weird how that happens in today’s day and age.

Kim is famous. Why? We’re not exactly sure, but we have our guesses. As long as we keep liking her posts and buying her stuff, she’ll keep being famous. Who is there to stop us? And why does it even matter? These are questions that may never have answers, but maybe they don’t need them.

Happy New Year! I have a number of New Year’s Resolutions for 2019. It seems I often have similar resolutions each year, but I sometimes struggle to achieve them. This year, I want to make my New Year’s resolutions public so that I can hold myself accountable. Here are my 5 top New Year’s Resolutions for 2019. I’m going to write them as general themes. See these as my top vision items. More specifics might come later on.

1. Be Healthier Physically

My 2019 new year’s resolution to be healthier centers primarily around two things: exercise and healthy eating. I’ve found that consistency is key here. There have been many times where I’ve exercised religiously for periods of time and then stopped. My aim this year is to be consistent. As far as healthy eating is concerned, for me it comes down to healthy choices and portion control. I’ve found that simply paying attention to what I eat and how much can be very beneficial.

When I exercise and eat well, I simply feel better and other things in life just seem to go more smoothly. Another thing I might add to my “be healthier” 2019 New Year’s resolution is to get more sleep and wake up earlier. I’ve found that when I get at least 8 hours, I am able to function and focus better.

2. Be Healthier Spiritually

My 2019 New Year’s resolution to be healthier spiritually involves communing with my Father in Heaven. I know there is a God and I know that he knows me personally. I know that as I actively spend time seeking him, he does guide me. He’ll do the same for you. My seeking consists of studying his word in the scriptures, and writing down my desires, thoughts, and impressions.

I find peace in the Bible, The Book of Mormon, and the words of living prophets. As I take time to record my thoughts, I find my mind is calmed and clear and I feel focused throughout my day. My 2019 New Year’s resolution this year is to be more consistent when it comes to feeding myself spiritually. In addition to prayer, meditation, and scripture study, I desire to serve well in my church responsibilities. I also find peace and direction when I visit the temple and connect with my Heavenly Father there.

3. Be Healthier Mentally

To me, mental health means keeping my mind fresh, full of positive thoughts, and full and excited about new ideas. Maintaining mental health means filling my mind with good things and throwing out the bad. One of the biggest things that will go into this for me this year is reading good books. My company has a book club where we read one book each month. In the past, I’ve been hit and miss on these. This year, I aim to read every book (either in print or via audiobook). I want to read a minimum of 12 books, with a stretch goal of 25 and a mega stretch goal of 50.

4. Share my Musical Talents More

I really like playing the piano. It’s fulfilling and soothing. One of my recent side projects has been recording soothing piano hymns and uploading them on YouTube. I’ve had a goal for quite some time to record all of the hymns in the LDS Hymnbook. For some reason, I’ve been slow in doing so. I feel that writing this out and committing to finishing the goal this year will really help. I know a lot of peace is found in listening to the hymns and I am excited to be able to share that peace with others.

4. Share my Writing More

I write for my profession. I want to expand that talent even more. In order to improve my writing, I plan to write on this blog at least 5 times each week. Some posts may be shorter than others, but I do aim to do at least some sort of post each day.

5. Progress Financially

I want to continue to progress financially. I want to have long-term stability for my family and feel financially free. Progressing financially to me means giving my all at work, possibly pushing a side venture like an Amazon business, and being smart with spending and investments.

So there you have my 2019 New Year’s Resolutions. I see them as guide posts and inspiring things. I don’t see them as rigid rules to beat myself up against. I’ll check in periodically and let you know how I’m doing on them. Here’s to a wonderful 2019!

 

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton