Sunday, September 28, 2008

Richmond, VA

Forgive me for the lack of postings over the last month. I have been quite busy with the start of school and my trip to Richmond, VA. The best part of my Richmond trip was becoming friends with Frank Di Gong and visiting the state capitol building. Frank is a Chinese MPA student who is in some of my classes. I haven’t really had a chance to talk to him much until this trip. It was fun to get to know him and his culture. I spent more time with him than anyone else on the trip.

Also, the state capitol building was amazing. As far as architecture and beauty, the Utah state capitol building far exceeded the Virginia one, but when it comes to history I don’t think that there is a state capitol building in the country that can outdo this one. It was humbling to stand in the same rooms where many of the founding fathers spent a lot of their time. I couldn’t help but think that many of those men were sent by God to help establish a free country in preparation for the restoration of the gospel.

Here are this week’s numbers:

Weight Loss –
Cecilia – Total: 24.5 pounds
Ryan – Total: 23.0 pounds
Cecilia has overtaken me on the race to 35. I had better pick up the pace because if I don’t lose 12 more pounds by Nov. 28th, then I can’t go to the first KU basketball game.

Morning & Evening Prayer and Scripture Study –
We have been doing pretty well, although we took a week off while I was vacationing.

Exercise –
Cecilia – She started exercising again. She did 5 out of 6 days this week.
Ryan – Ran 20 miles this week. I ran 3.0 miles in 19:59 on the treadmill.

Missionary Work –
Frank came to church with Joey (another LDS MPA student) and me on Sunday in Richmond. On Monday night we spent 3 or 4 hours talking about the gospel. He had some great questions and observations and seems very prepared to receive the gospel!

Temple –

There is no place like the temple anywhere on earth. We have made it all nine months so far this year!