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It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you with a dope rhyme to step too!

I’m sorry to my 4 followers! But these last few months have been crazy! Although there have been some major bumps in the road, I am starting to come back from those tough moments. God, family, friends, and faith have got me through and I don’t know where I would be without all those people in my life and the knowledge I have been given.

A few updates: Work with AND1 Live Streetball and we are starting to blow up again! I have a number of duties within the company and I’m stoked!

I do P.R. and Event Consulting for the team that did BYU’s New Spice video. There new YouTube series is working with Antoine Dodson (Hide yo kids, Hide yo wife dude).

Jimmer and the Fredettes aka BYU made it to the Sweet 16 which hadn’t been done since 1981 with Danny Ainge! Jimmer will make the NBA and will be a great sixth man I believe!

I’ve hit about 5 Padres Spring Training games here in Arizona and I LOVE IT!

Continuously on my mind is this lady who I had a crush on back before I graduated at BYU-Idaho. Eventually in my visits back to Rexburg, we finally connected through friends and Facebook! Oh 21st Century dating ahah! Anyways we talked a little last year throughout parts of the year, but for awhile I didnt think she was interested and we both got busy! The last time I went to Rexburg, we had been talking here and there a little more, and so I decided to surprise her again! This time it seems to be moving forward. We haven’t stopped talking the last month and she makes me feel alive! I am really so happy because she is the sweetest, cutest, adorable lady! I really want to do everything I can right, to see where this goes. Leaving Provo Sunday afternoon was tough, and I haven’t felt that way with someone in a long time. This time was different from others!

I feel more connected to who I am and I know what I want out of life! Seeing the recent tragedy of Japan’s earthquake and tsumani, my beloved and dearest Grandma Turner passing on, losing my job, a good friend of my dying in an ATV accident, hearing one of my best friends brother dying in a car accident, and just feeling the need to do better – have all giving me reason to raise my bar and become the son my Heavenly Father needs. I want to share that with someone special who will be there for me through these experiences and I can be there for her experiences. Highs, lows, happiness, and pain!

More to be said in the future blogs and days!

What is the truth about weakness or adversity? Why is there so much opposition not just to our lives but sometimes in daily routine? Why is it so difficult sometimes to get out of bed or to stay focused on that which is tough to accomplish?

Lately, I have been finishing up the Book of Mormon (Another Testament of Jesus Christ) in the Book of Ether. Section 12 and specifically verses 27-41 have hit me a little harder than other ones have. These verses are solely about why we have weaknesses and opposition in our lives. Verse 27 the Lord speaks to Moroni, “And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.” Some POWERFUL WORDS!

So I started thinking of some people in this world who have overcome weaknesses and made them strengths. One of the first ones I thought of was Lance Armstrong winning 7 Tour De France’s after beating cancer. I thought, WOW-what a great accomplishment! There’s more to this story, that is more on the negative side which I will not share. But I think what a great accomplishment. I also think of Michael Jordan winning 6 NBA Championships to which one of those game in the NBA Finals, Jordan played through having the flu! There are thousands upon thousands of examples of weak things becoming stronger.

What I mean to focus on is more of humbling ourselves before God, understanding that we are His creation and He knows us better than we do ourselves. The oppositions we face can seem like a mountain to climb, and sometimes they are really only just bumps in our path of life. Maybe we’re barely crawling in our soul and that bump seems like a mountain! Maybe we are so hungry and thirsty that we can’t see there is a feast and a cup in front of us! I think of the many Pioneer men, women, and children who crossed the ocean or who crossed America’s frontier because they had faith of a better life, one that would be bring them a new life, give them liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

In our walk through life, let us never forget that our weaknesses have been given to us so that we may learn some lesson. We cannot taste the sweet without the bitter, as my friend Filip brought to my mind this morning. Our humility not just to God or Higher Being, but to serve each other, to show charity and compassion on those that need it, to work hard with strong morals and ethical standards – these are all things we can do to help become what we are to become.

I’ll continue this more in the future, but I leave with you a few things below this. One is a favorite commercial of mine with Michael Jordan in it! Very Powerful! The second is the one thing EVERYONE should know about me! It is the one thing that if I did not have this special knowledge I would not be writing this at this moment. Its who I am, and I want to share it with you. If you would like to learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints aka Mormons  then click on the link and learn more.

Clayton C-Bass Ashcraft

 

 

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