Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Las Vegas Review Journal Frontpage
Las Vegas Review Journal second story
Dennis K Meservy, CPA can be contacted via his website.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Thursday, we stayed in Heber, UT and house sat (as opposed to baby sat) along with some of the best behaved kids I've visited with. The Wright kids are fantastic. In fact, not only did they clean the house for us in advance, cook us dinner and bake cookies for us (included setting and cleaning the table), choose a movie that we hadn't seen, and tell each other to limit their video games to like 5 min, but one of them even gave me a foot massage. Another woke himself up and made his own lunch. Ages 6, 10, 14, and 15 these were some really fun and very bright children. It made me laugh out loud at how improved the young generation is. For instance, the 10 year old had his own Netbook (provided by the school) and was about to receive his own iPad 2.
Friday, we dressed up as people from "The Capitol" (Hunger Games) and went to Noodles & Co. with J & J Harding and friends Anna and Curtis. We liked the food--not gourmet but tasty. Austin Cope, my former mission companion, called us over and filled me in on his life and times with his lovely wife Britney and his budding family. Following that reunion we went to see the film The Hunger Games. It was violent and definitely not for children, but I felt that they portrayed the book exceptionally appropriately. Aside from the shaky camera-syndrome which drove me nuts, I really like it.
Saturday, we took my sister E on a blind date with Julia's friend to the annual Festival of Colors in Spanish Fork. It was my first time attending in six years in Provo. Afterward, we had pizza at Little Caesars.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Julia is the company's Maps Specialist and helps delegate where the postcards will be mailed and to which demographics. I am an Account Manager and oversee the reporting and results of client mailings. We work with hundreds of offices and millions of postcards.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Mara is teaching Seminary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is currently teaching the Old Testament. She is also substitute teaching at an elementary school for about 5 weeks and tutors a young remedial reader who is learning to read in the evenings at her home. She is also seeking to sell her parent's home in Sun City Summerlin (following their passing).
They both became adoring grandparents to my brother W and SIL K's new baby girl in February.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
*Romney donates 14% of his income annually to charity
*He donated his CEO salary for turning around the 2002 Olympics to charity
*He donated his inheritance to charity
*He served for more than 10 years as a layman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (no pay)
*He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for two years on his or his father's own dime (no pay)
*He served as a governor for four years (no pay)
*He shut down his business and flew his volunteer employees out to search and rescue his partner's daughter in NYC after she attended a rave and ended up missing--she was found after a call in to the rescue effort asking about a reward led the police to her location
*He gave his pocket cash, $50, to a woman in need on the campaign trail and called over his campaign chairs to help her out during the middle of campaigning
*He calls his rivals (both of whom have attacked his personal integrity) by kind terms. Gingrich + wife he calls each "a friend" and Santorum he calls "a good guy"
*Despite having earned enough money to last a lifetime no matter how many Cadillacs he needs he is determined to serve and turn around the economy for other Americans
*He promotes belief in the United States of America as the greatest nation in the world
*He has been married faithfully to the same woman for more than 42 years and helped her raise a family of sons (all married and educated)
Saturday we spent mostly at home. Julia cooked an awesome dinner.
Sunday, we went to church and meetings and then watched some Psych episodes and followed Mitt Romney winning the Puerto Rico primary.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
Texas, our Texas! All hail the mighty State!
Texas, our Texas! So wonderful so great!
Boldest and grandest, Withstanding ev'ry test;
O Empire wide and glorious, You stand supremely blest.
[Refrain] God bless you Texas! And keep you brave and strong,
That you may grow in power and worth, Thro'out the ages long.
Texas, O Texas! Your freeborn single star,
Sends out its radiance to nations near and far.
Emblem of freedom! It sets our hearts aglow,
With thoughts of San Jacinto and glorious Alamo.
Texas, dear Texas! From tyrant grip now free,
Shines forth in splendor your star of destiny!
Mother of heroes! We come your children true,
Proclaiming our allegiance, our faith, our love for you.
Both of these runs simultaneously used this song. I actually think this is a coincidence and that it's really remarkable. I'd like to close this with the words of Dan Reynolds "Music--it like cuts right to the core of anyone in the quickest way I know possible--it is the quickest doorway into your deepest emotions. And to be part of that is incredible."
"Nothing you do makes much of a difference if you do not have charity. You can speak with tongues, have the gift of prophecy, understand all mysteries, and possess all knowledge; even if you have the faith to move mountains, without charity it won't profit you at all....
"Without charity—or the pure love of Christ—whatever else we accomplish matters little. With it, all else becomes vibrant and alive.
"When we inspire and teach others to fill their hearts with love, obedience flows from the inside out in voluntary acts of self-sacrifice and service" (Elder Joseph B Wirthlin, Ensign, Nov 2007, 28–31).
1. 'A Victim Treats His Mugger Right' - NPR
2. Romney gives cash to struggling supporter at rally - CNN
By the way, Mitt Romney did inherit money from his father which he then gave away entirely to various charities in honor of his father.
3. Jack Johnson announces new super-righteous live album - HitFix
4. What The IRS Could Learn From Mormons - WBUR
5. Elderly Man Proves "You're Never Too Old" - KTSM & PEOPLE
In my own community I am aware of a recently divorced man who visited with and cried with another man who also recently divorced and encouraged him to move forward.
I know a recently homeless man--he's a vegan and confused about religion and its role. He's had a hard life and one of the members of my ward welcomed him into his home for a week.
In Las Vegas I know of a couple families who received help from church members paying to turn on their lights and helping them visit the doctor's office.
My own mother helps teach a child to read during evenings at home. I read his carefully written thank you card and it was AMAZING. He called her one of his favorite people and thanked her and mentioned how fun it was to be with her. She really is fun to be around! I am not kidding.
My wife's charity is radiating and splendid. Everyone at work likes her. Our home teachers and friends all like her. My Meservy family reminds me often that I lucked out with her--she plans and humbly asks my opinion, she sweetly gives my kisses whenever I need them, she always helps me get up and get going in the morning--very patiently, she dreams of a future family and a glorious existence somewhere in the distance. She even allows me to spend or donate money when I feel things are important. It is a beautiful thing to see our love grow and our mutual respect develop.