Thursday, May 28, 2009
Yesterday was my first baseball game with Red Mountain High School's summer baseball league. I did really well. I was warming up doing stretches and stuff and the coach was like where's Hooper. He found e and said hey you are starting us off pitching. I was like....what!? I was happy, excited, nervous, scared all at the same time lol. I went and warmed up with the catcher and I threw ok. I started off the game throwing nothing but strikes. It was probably my best pitching I have ever done. 1st batter got out on a pop fly the second batter got out from a grounder to shortstop and the last out was a strike-out. Everyone was proud of me. I had strong at bats but got walked both times all on full counts cuz I was always swinging cuz i wanted to get on base and the coach liked that cuz he told everyone that that was a good at bat. I then sat for 2 innings after pitching my second inning. Then played some first base. Oh btw we lost that game but it dont matter.
Thats all for now!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I also had a practice for Red Mtn high schools summer baseball league. My team is alright. The outfield needs some people who have stronger arms and thats mainly why im going to go in the outfield plus im pretty fast and can judge the ball in the air pretty well. I am really excited for our first game next wednesday.
I am going to go see Angels and Demons today at 7 and I will let you know how it is.
Friday, May 15, 2009
After the pool party I will get home and get ready for father and sons.
Should be a really fun weekend.
Oh yea I guess I will post about my missionary experience yesterday.
So this tough looking kid is crying about his girlfriend who broke up with him and saying he wants revenge and to make her feelings hurt badly. I said to him, "do you really want to hurt her? It isnt going to make you feel any better. Should I get a couple scriptures to help u out with this since I have them in my bag" Now I was totally joking and I happened to bring my scriputers to school oday and he said um yea id like to here some. And I was uuhhh ok. So I pulled out my scripture mastery card and looked up some scriptures about loving one another. He started feeling bad lol and then he said I dont think i am going to do anything to her anymore. He then started talking about how he wanted a sign from God telling him to either play football or not to play football. I told him thats not really how God works. So then I pulled some scriptures about how God reveals these things (by the Holy Ghost) and then I showed him James 1:5-6 if ye lack wisdom let him ask of God. He read that and was like ok yea i understand that. Then i turned to Moroni 10:4-5 and how the Holy Ghost will reveal the answer to him. He said he understood and wasnt going to football practice instead going to seek for some guidance. Now today I am going to see how he is doing and see if he'd like to come to church since it is invitation Sunday.
Monday, May 11, 2009
My project will be benefiting Andreas Closet, which is an amazing organization that helps young children get through terrifying procedures. Kenny Brunk (President of Andreas Closet) has pre-made mobile units that he will give me and I will have to assemble a handle on the cart to push it. I will have help from my uncle Kirk Hooper welding and bolting the handle on to the cart. After the cart has been properly assembled by my scout troop, I will take it down to the graphic company. The graphic company will put the Andreas closet graphics on the cart and my name will be put on the cart.
I will be holding a toy drive at the nearest Wal-Mart to my community. Flyers, posters, toy drive containers, etc, will all be provided by Andreas Closet. Andrea Closet flyers as well as flyers I will have made giving a brief biography on myself and explain what I am doing. I will have the scouts cover different hourly shifts at the local Wal-Mart during the toy drive. Boxes for the toy drive will also be placed in the foyer of the Church.
Once the toys have all been collected, they will all be taken to my house and we will tag and record all of the toys. The toys will be put into the mobile unit and will be taken St. Joe’s Hospital and a ceremony will be held. The scouts, my family, and I are all invited to a ceremony that will be held at St. Joe’s Hospital. A big cake will be made and the press will take pictures and best of all, the sick children in that department will also be invited and will be allowed to pick out a toy of the closet.
I am very excited to get started on this and now I just need one more signature for my project to be official.
After this I went over to Grandpa Hoopers house to make another baseball bat with Kirk. This time we wanted the bat to be perfect. We used a calliper to help measure exactly also. I think the bat is legal since it is 32" and 29oz. I dont have any pictures but the barrel is Antique Red and the handle is White Oak. It looks really sharp. Kirk is going to put my name on it and stuff on Albukirkie. Thanks Kirk!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I also went to a baptism for Shane Rader, a boy who has been recently coming to church and to our other activities. He asked me to speak so I wanted to make the talk especially for him. I am very proud of myself for the way it turned out. I had a lot of people crying, as well as myself. I definitely loved looking at Shane and seeing him crying and really paying close attention to me. I also learned that Shane wanted me to baptize him. I would've have loved to do that! But since I am not a Priest I cant. It was a very busy but fun Saturday. I also have my talk at the bottom to anyone who would like to read it :).
My name is Jonathan Hooper and Shane has asked me to give a talk on baptism. When Shane asked me to give a talk I was actually quite excited. I am most excited to be part of his baptism. I’ve really enjoyed Shane being in our quorum and I want him to know that we all are happy to have you in our quorum.
First off I’d like to start with the scripture John 3:5-Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” Baptism is a holy ordinance. An ordinance is a sacred ceremony that shows that we have entered into a covenant with our Heavenly Father. We covenant with the Lord to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and to keep His commandments. In return, God promises to forgive us of our sins as we repent and to bless us with His Spirit.
Baptism is one step closer to the Celestial Kingdom. As the scripture John 3:5 said, without being baptized by water and of the spirit, we cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Being baptized by the Spirit, you are beginning a new spiritual life as a disciple or follower of Christ.
We must be baptized to become members of the restored Church—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—and to eventually enter the kingdom of heaven. This baptism ordinance is a law of God and must be performed by His authority. A bishop or mission president must give a priesthood holder permission to perform a baptism or confirmation.
After baptism we show our faith by keeping our covenants that we made when we were baptized by partaking of the sacrament. Partaking of the sacrament weekly is a commandment. It helps us remain worthy to have the spirit with us always. It is also a weekly reminder of our covenants.The covenants that we make are… that we will take upon the name of Jesus Christ, obey all of God’s commandments, and to serve Him to the end.
After we have made our covenant and have entered into the straight and narrow path God has set for us, we must always try to stay in this path by staying away from sin. Trials will happen and no one is perfect and if you ever go astray of the path, you can repent. Once you have fully repented, you will be pack in the path to the kingdom of heaven.
Shane , You will never forget being baptized. 7 years ago I was baptized and I still remember it. I remember putting on the white suit and going down into the baptismal font with my father and I held his arm and he submersed my body under the water. I came up out of the water and knew that being baptized was a good choice.