Weekend Experience

 Go Fishing

A. Go on a 60 minute hike carrying a light load (camelback full of water, protein bar, apple, almonds, & book). Do this hike in the evening around 7:30 pm.


B. Read, meditate, and refuel at the top, and then work you way down. Carry thankful thoughts in your head, and even stop on occasion to appreciate the experience you are having. 


C. Do something that you used to love to do – but have lost touch with over the years. Think back to when you were young and innocent and do some kind of activity that used to be a big part of your life. Some ideas could be: Mountain Biking, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Fishing, swimming Etc. Everyone has something that they used to like to do – so get back in touch with that something, do it, and then write about it.

It could be something as simple as going out and playing catch with a football or baseball, or running around kicking a soccer ball. Go golfing on Saturday or Sunday, or go fishing. Just go do something that you used to like to do when you were young and innocent, and do it clear, and then look to live in the moment while doing so. Don’t just survive, enjoy life, and get back in touch with some of the things that may have gotten lost over the years due to your addiction. Having healthy hobbies is important to maintain, since it provides us with balance and overall wellness. Thanks…  Email me concerning your weekend experience: [email protected]

Depression is a Spiritual Disease

Depression is a Spiritual Disease

 Dustin Hawkins

Depression is a spiritual disease in that if you believe that there’s a WAR taking place behind the scenes of life between good and evil; or The Dragon and The Invisible Hand, then you will come to see that Depression is in fact a spiritual disease and disorder.

John the Revelatory wrote concerning the WAR:

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

“And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

Since the fall of Adam, man became susceptible to the Dragons ways and world, which His world happens to be this earth. A third of the hosts of men chose the Dragons prideful ways, and were cast out of heaven, being left to reside on this earth; and even bodiless. “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

We, on the other hand, agreed to participate in the Invisible Hands plan, which was to populate this earth as imperfect human beings where we would have no such remembrance of our pre-mortal existence, since a veil had been placed over our minds; therefore making life a most challenging test.

We as imperfect human beings have been put on this earth to be tested, for life is a learning experience. Just like in school we are tested; we are also tested on how we do in the game of life. Just as in our careers we are expected to perform; we are also expected to perform in the game of life. This life is a proving ground; however, we as human beings are full of holes and weaknesses, and the Dragon knows this all to well, since we live within his world. Just like the white man when first discovering the new world – when finding out that the Indians had a weakened immune system for catching their common colds and sicknesses; so to has the Dragon found out about each and every one of our personal weaknesses, and where and when we are most likely to get sick.

Depression creeps into our minds often, where we experience sadness and even hopelessness, which then causes us to think about taking or drinking something in hopes of feeling better. We could’ve been feeling great in the previous weeks, but something changes within an instant, in which our mood can be flipped upside down, then causing us to feel low and hopeless.

I believe that this is all a part of the Dragons plan in trying to steal our free agency. He and his legions surround us intensely when we start to do well, in which they fuel depressive thinking into our mind, in hopes of leading us back to our substance of choice, for they know that we as imperfect human beings don’t like to feel sad; and that if they can get us to feel sad then they know that we will crave relief through their worldly substances, which are substances that we are already familiar with, therefore – they use our memory against us.

The low mood is but an illusion, and if we can fight through this spiritual sickness that often times grabs a hold of us, then we can learn something about ourselves that is of great worth. Depressive days don’t really have to be depressive days at all, they can just be different days – where your routine and way of life is different. On these days when you crave escape due to the depressive thinking, don’t be afraid to embrace such thinking, where you search for a higher meaning of life through fervent prayer, meditation, reading, writing, and scripture study. These are powerful tools for the depressed mind in that they feed powerful concepts into the depressed mind. Because of the belief that depression is a spiritual disease, what better way to fight off the darkness, then by studying the lightness. By studying the gospel of Christ during times of low thinking – one can truly gain a testimony of Him, for when we are in our lows we are more open to receiving insight and inspiration from on high, since we are desperate at the time; and even hoping and praying that He will help us to make the right decision. Christ’s Gospel can feel that ever-present void, helping us to get our mind back on track – then leading us to feeling peaceful once again.

During days when the mind is rainy, search for answers and understanding through Christ’s gospel. There is no need to lift your mood through a quick fix, since this way is only short lived, and but temporary pleasure that will only lead to further depressive thinking. I’ve actually come to embrace my days of lowness. On these days I study the words of God with a passion, and my prayers take on a whole new meaning. My prayers on these days are with a real intent to communicate my heart and soul, since my heart and soul feel wounded. As the day progresses – then so does my mood, and when I finally come out of the darkness and back into the lightness, I have learned a great deal, not only about myself, but also concerning the healing powers and prowess of the great Invisible Hand, then leaving me with a stronger testimony and an increase in faith.

Gym Experience

Experience Quietness

A. Complete 5 rounds for time of:
Row 400 Meters + Run 400 Meters

       +rest exactly 1 minute

B. Max Pull Ups; rest 1 minute X 3


C. Click to Read “Depression is a Spiritual Disease”

NOTE: Log metcon time, and total pull ups accomplished.

We are going to be following closely OPT’s “being” program for the next little while. Should be a good experience.  



Gym Experience

Listen to Good Music

A. Perform 7 Rounds for time of:

2 Left arm KBSnatch + 10 Left Sing Arm Overhead Walking Lunges + 2 Right Arm KBSnatch + 10 Right Arm Overhead Walking Lunges.

NOTE: Use 70/53 , or scale it accordingly.  Do 2 Left Single arm KBS straight into 10 OH Left Sing Arm walking lunges (10 steps), and then do the same thing with the right arm, and that would be considered one round. Time to beat so far is: 10:08 (70)


B. Find a good song that is good for the brain; a song that will make you think happy and uplifting thoughts, and then share it with someone – or tell them to go check it out. It can be a new song, or an oldie but goody… Email me what song you choose: [email protected]

Remote Experience

Therapeutic Running

A. Perform a 400 Meter Time Trial; rest 5 minutes + And then perform 400 meters @ 75%; resting 1 minute x 4.  

NOTE: The time trial is an all out effort, and then the following four 400 meters are at 75% of what you time trial time was. Do this at a track in the evening after it cools – around 8:30. 400 Meters is 1-lap around a track. So you do the time trial, rest 5 minutes, and then begin your first of four 400 meter runs at 75%; resting one minute in between. Thanks.  


B. Study your scriptures for 10 minutes, followed by prayer and meditation. When I say study, I mean study with a real intent to learn. Think deep about the concepts and their higher meaning. 


C. Before you leave the track send out a text telling someone how much you love and appreciate them. 


D. Click to Read “The Sower went Forth to Sow”

The Sower Went Forth To Sow

The Sower Went Forth To Sow

James E. Talmage

“Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured them: some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth; and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: but other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear”

This new way of teaching, this departure from the Masters earlier method of doctrinal exposition, caused even the most devoted of the disciples to marvel. The twelve and a few others came to Jesus when He was apart from the multitude, and asked why He had spoken to the people in this manner, and what was the meaning of this particular parable. Our Lord’s reply to the first part of the inquiry we shall consider presently; concerning the second, He asked “know ye

not the parable? And how then will ye know all parables?’ Thus did He indicate the simplicity of this the first of His parables, together with its typical and fundamental character, and at the same time intimate that other parables would follow in the course of His teaching. Then He gave the interpretation:

“Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When anyone heareth the world of the kingdom, and uderstandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it: yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it: which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

“So with the seed of truth falling upon the hardened heart; ordinarily it cannot take root, and Satan, as a marauding crow, steals it away, lest a grain of it perchance find a crack in the trampled ground, send down its rootlet, and possibly develop”

Thinking Out Loud: Time to Step Up

Thinking Out Loud: Time to Step Up

You’re constantly bringing your family down by letting your disease control you, it’s time to step up. You’ve brought financial worries to your entire family, it’s time to step up. Your wife doesn’t trust you, it’s time to step up. Your wife has to control the money and be the bread winner in the family because of your lack of ability to work and stay focused, it’s time to step up. Your wife deals with all of life’s adversity clear, while she watches you hide, it’s time to step up. Your kids are more in tune with mom because you are too busy hiding all of the time, it’s time to step up.

It’s time to step up; there is no greater time than now – your family needs you. You will never become the father husband they so badly need if you’re constantly taking yourself out of reality. Step up and make a change. Step up and get clear, and then stay clear. Come to the realization that life is what it is, and that it doesn’t have to be fun all of the time. Step up and help your wife and family by being a leader, instead of a hollow human being that is driven only by the substances of this world. Be driven by your family; be motivated by your family, for it’s through your family that the greatest high of all can be achieved. You don’t need to be clouded all of the time. If your clouded all of the time you remain in a tunnel, never having the ability to see what life is all about. You’ll never come to understand pure joy, since pure joy only comes through experiencing life’s trials clear, where you then learn to be appreciative of all things, and then joy can be obtained because of this.

Help out around the house clear; do yard work clear; lead your family to church clear; take your kids to the park clear; go to work clear; pay the bills clear; go to movies clear; do everything clear, and live in the moment while doing so. Use prayer during challenging times, and learn to fight through the boredom and depression. Find other ways to get high through exercise and spirituality, for these are the best ways to get high; these are real, and even lasting ways to get high. Be creative; become a searcher; become a man of understanding; become a man of substance, who works hard, and is determined to improve himself; become a man who fights for his happiness; become a man of clarity and sound understanding concerning the big picture of life. Become the man your family needs. Make it happen cap’n.


Gym Experience

Have a Vision

A. Close Grip Bench; build to a tough double fast
B. Hang Power Clean; build to a tough double fast
C. 10-1 for time of:
    Ring Dips
    Power Clean (use 70% of 1 RM)
D. Click to Read “Time to Step Up”

Gym Experience

Bridge The Gap 

A. AMroundsAP in 15 minutes of: 

15 KBS + 15 Burpees

NOTE: Score to beat is 7rnds+15KBS+10 Burpees. KB load is: (55lb,35)


B. Click to Read “Seeking a Spiritual Life”

Seeking a Spiritual Life

Seeking a Spiritual Life

As we draw farther from the worldly things, we feel closer to God and are more able to be guided by his spirit. We call this quality of life Spirituality.

We seek spirituality through faith, hope, and righteous acts; through forgiveness of one another, through meditation and prayer; through righteous desires and pure thoughts and actions. We seek spirituality through service to our fellowmen; through worship; through feasting on the word of God. We attain spirituality through making and keeping promises, through conscientiously trying to live a clear life filled with correct choices. Spirituality is not acquired suddenly. It is the consequence of a succession of right choices. It is the harvest of a righteous life.

Beyond receiving the Spirit by our efforts to live righteously, we want to keep that Spirit with us. We do this by continuing to be obedient and diligent in all that we do. The spirit cannot be with us if we are angry in our hearts; or are continuously living a clouded life. The spirit departs when we are unclean in both mind and body; the spirit does not dwell in unclean places.

“Spirituality is the consciousness of victory over self, and of communion with the infinite. Spirituality impels one to conquer difficulties and acquire more and more strength. To feel one’s faculties unfolding and truth expanding the soul is one of life’s sublimest experiences” – David O. Mckay