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It’s almost Thanksgiving break!!

You can practically smell the freedom approaching, for a short time that is.

This week as overall, been pretty good. As far as school, I’m getting used to the work load now. Just in time for the end of the semester. I haven’t quite gotten the grades I’d hoped for this semester, but I know that there is still a plan and path for me that I’ll just have to work hard and diligently and try to find.

With so many things going on all the time, I further realize the importance of keeping a positive attitude and being happy. It’s easy to worry about the little things, or big things, that can keep us from looking forward.

As the holiday season approaches, I feel like it is another great time for reflection. Of all the things that come to mind, perhaps the biggest is the relationships that come into our lives. In my religion class this past week, we had a great lesson on the testimony of the prophets in the Book of Mormon. The principle we learned was on the Atonement and our Heavenly Father’s love. While I can never remember exactly what is said, I know I felt impressed by our professor’s testimony. It struck me when, as we looked at the versed of scripture, our professor testified to us that we are enough for Him. He has worlds without number in His hands, but He holds us in His heart. For all the power and divine responsibility that I’m sure a being such as God has, the thing that matters most to Him, is us. Just like Christ and what He did. It also makes me wonder what is truly important to me and what I can do to show that same kind of love, charity, and selflessness to others. God really does live and love us. He has a plan and path for each of us to help us become what He knows we can. We have so much potential and He wants us to achieve it. All over the scriptures this truth is mentioned. it is His work and glory. He will not let us fail. All things will work out for our good. He will never forsake us. As I strive to remember this, everything seems to go smoother, despite what may actually happen throughout the week.

Nerf sales have been good and very busy this past week, also busy with school. We just took our last batch of midterms and are going to be studying up for finals. Super stressful.

Last Saturday, I had a great opportunity to join in a Nerf war in Lander, Wyoming with a Nerf group up there. It was in a large school gym with over 60 people. At the peak time, it was a crazy gym full of people and darts wizzing by everywhere. As the day went on (we Nerfed from 3-12) the numbers started to lesson and gradually became really fun in a different way. Lots of people is fun, but a smaller close knit group is fun too. We played some tournaments and had a good time. Also, Utah beat out Wyoming in the end. Yeah! I’ll try to get some video up soon.

As we are in the middle of the week, Thanksgiving is approaching and we might finally get time to rest up and catch up on sleep. Be safe over the holidays and remember to think of people to thank!

Derrikk Sun

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Baking! Spiritual Answers. Not related, possibly.

I like making things and I realized I actually do enjoy cooking a bit. I made muffins (from a box) but they were still good.

As far as Nerf goes, I’m still working on some new projects and finishing up others. There always seems to be something else to tinker with. However, sometimes, even tinkering with something I like doing can become tiresome until a clear path is defined and enthusiasm can be worked back up. To sum up:
-further adjustments to 3DP clipfed made
-3DP Mega blaster in the works
-made 3DP new pumpgrip
-reworked pupstyle homemade
–self centering seal
–studier handle 20x
–better pumpgrip
–100% reliable catch
–99% air seal
-made and bought several hundred darts
-working on new style mag for darts
-sold blasters

It’s been a good past few weeks. Still trying to sell lots of other blasters so please take a look!

I had a chance to study the plan of salvation recently and have heard of a lot of people talk about the plan of salvation from institute, my religion class, and Sunday school. The plan provides us with a big picture. The front cover of the jigsaw. All the little parts and pieces are the pieces of the jigsaw that come in the box. As we study and understand the big picture, we’re better able to put the pieces together. In Alma 12 it states that we will be given precept upon precept. A little light at a time until we are given to know the mysterious of God. We may not be at that last part yet, but as we study and examine each piece of the puzzle, we are taking in a little at a time and will be able to put together the pieces until we will fully understand the big picture. It takes time, but as we continue to strive to learn and become more like our Savior and Heavenly Father, we will be guided to know what to do. He has given us so many resources and will not let us fail. May we keep the fight and continue to press on.

Derrikk Sun

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Midterms, Nerf, and Temples.

The title sums up this past week or so pretty well. Class goes on and its feels as if life revolves entirely around tests. It’s awfully stressful, but we college students are hanging in. It takes a great deal of perseverance and dedication. It’s far too easy to let things go and not take heed to what’s important. The natural man really is lazy. The past few midterms I’ve taken, I haven’t done as well as I would have liked and it has had negative consequences. It all kind of comes down to not procrastinating and actually staying on top of the work throughout the weeks that lead up to the midterms. If we do just enough to scratch by, it isn’t enough to retain information and be adequately prepared for the tests. Life lesson learned: actually do.

Nerf has been coming okay. I’m at least putting in a little more time than in past weeks. I’ve mostly playing catch up, but am still far behind on blasters people want and on new designs. I’m making progress on finally buying supplies and then doing some small assembly. Nothing much or time consuming, but it feels good to be actually making headway. It, however, doesn’t feel particularly good to be spending additional money on parts, especially shipping which ends up being as much as, if not more, than the cost of materials. I’ll hopefully be able to sell a few in the next few weeks to make the cost back.

I finally found time to get to the temple again this past week. To be honest, it’s actually the first time in a long time that I’ve been able to go. When I went though, I was very happy. I told myself I was going to go at the first opportunity I could and get it done. After submitting my last class on Tuesday, I went straight to the temple and made it to the last session before it closed. While it’s still a challenge to stay awake, I was super glad to be able to go again. As I’ve been more diligent in scripture study and personal prayers combined with temple attendance, I’ve really noticed other aspects of my life seem to get less stressful and better too. Nothing much, but I’ve begun to feel a bit more understanding and more comfort that things were going to work out okay. Seeing as how nothing has really changed in my routine other than these things, it only leads me to further believe that putting God first really does make everything work out. It’s a lesson that is so hard to actually grasp and keep a hold onto for long and I feel like I constantly go back and forth, but the fact is that God doesn’t change. He is and will always be our caring and loving Heavenly Father who is willing to help us every time we turn to Him. It’s just on us whether or not we will. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (3 Nephi 13:33). All things will be added unto us if we just place Him first. He will lead us down the path that will be best for us for He knows what’s best, but we have to trust Him enough to ask, rely on Him, and do our part to follow him.

Derrikk Sun