27 September 2008

Do No Harm BY Gregg Luke

A medical thriller, the type of which I would normally never read. As a professional wussy, I scare easy! I saw a guy reading this book last May while I was waiting and reading something else at Jiffy Lube. I was intrigued, so I looked it up and finally got around to reading this book.

I love that the main setting of this book is in a small community. For those from Salt Lake (Utah), especially the Midvale area, it was easy to picture a small old style drugstore, Vincent Drug comes to mind! I really like how the author takes a few storylines and brings them all together in the end. His characters become real and, for most of them, you just hope it works out positively. I was impressed how this author implemented the role of Paul's LDS history, without making the book all about mormonism. I was also impressed at how strongly the author made the reader understand how it is to feel all alone in the world. Gregg Luke captured some basic feelings, too, like most people hate moving more than going to the dentist (pg 151)!

Overall, if no other lesson is learned, I would say always make sure you have friends and loved ones so you won't be the next 'target'! And, above all, decide for yourself who you are going to TRUST!

A couple of other quotes that I felt really applied to certain current events in my life:
pg. 196: "Sure, they had their fair share of hardships and troubles in life, but their faith and commitment to their religion bore them through the tough times." pg 225: "Part of being charitable is allowing others the same privilege, " Paul said smoothly. "If you deny someone the chance to be charitable, they will not be blessed for following through, and the fault will be yours."

22 September 2008


There is a lot going on in my life right now...good, bad and even ugly! Ok, not so much of the good, but this is pretty normal, right?! It seems to be for me...the details aren't important to explain my current observation:

Our most recent lesson in Relief Society was The Plan of Salvation. I have been known for telling people "you don't have to DO or NOT DO anything, you just HAVE to suffer the consequences". This thought crossed my mind as we discussed the free agency with which we have been so blessed in this life. We each live our lives the best we have been taught and that should be good enough. We make all kinds of choices at any given moment, some seem to be insignificant and some seem to be monumental. I believe we tend to forget that sometimes our choices don't just affect us, but all those around us, especially in our households. As I look back on the past 12 1/2 years, I can see how my choices have led me down the path to where I am at now. From my observation, my current circumstance is a direct result of my choice to continually trust the same people over and over again. I control only myself and I have to live with the consequences of the choices I have made. Unfortunately, in my current opinion and place in life, most of us have to live with certain consequences of the choices made by those closest to us, as well, especially those in our own households.

I will leave you with the following thoughts from the above lesson: “The devil has no power over us only as we permit him; the moment we revolt at anything which comes from God, the devil takes power.” AND "...God has created man with a mind capable of instruction, and a faculty which may be enlarged..." It is my hope that I will continue to work towards obediently enlarging my mind and would encourage all of you out there to strive for the same, in the hope that we will all be able to make better choices therefore having better consequences! We must continually be learning and growing and choose for ourselves the kind of people and lives we want NOW and therefore will have, after all, "you don't have to DO or NOT DO anything, you just HAVE to suffer the consequences"!!!