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June 10, 2015 | Brady Field

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First off. Most of you are probably wondering: where the heck are you? And that’s a good question too, because that was the exact same question I was asking myself as I passed a flashing sign on UT-276 saying “BEWARE OF COWS! NEXT 10 MILES!” As many of you know, I drove in from Kansas City (staying the night in Denver to break the trip up) Overall, it was a very scenic drive but a long one nonetheless. Getting to Bullfrog wasn’t that hard, but it was surprising. On several occasions, I passed signs alerting me that there would be no services for over 100 miles. I passed “towns” that consisted nothing more than a storage facility and a gas station. As I closed in on Bullfrog, I began to realize just how remote this place was. Closest Walmart? 200 miles. Closest bus station? 120 miles. Closest movie theater? 140 miles. Luckily the incredibly scenery, hiking opportunities, and lake are right outside your door. 

It's like a Nature Valley commercial everywhere you go!It's like a Nature Valley commercial everywhere you go!"

Not only is the scenery nice but the people here are as well. Within minutes of arriving, a woman named Marcia, who was born in Brazil, told me not to hesitate to ask her any questions. She was just one of the several people who have gone out of their way to make sure I felt welcomed. The first time I ate dinner in the employee dining room without knowing anyone, a middle aged man named Tim invited me to play darts with him. While I was a miserable dart player (A few times I didn’t even hit the target…), I enjoyed talking to him and getting to know his story a bit more.

The opportunities for exploring are incredible here. I’ve had the opportunity to go on hikes on the stunning Burr Trail, explore Arches national park, and go kayaking on Lake Powell, all the while, meeting new people to take with me on these adventures.

Another thing I’ve realized being here is that everyone has a story. Outside my dorm there are cars with license plates from Florida, Oregon, California, and several others states. I’ve also met international students working here for the summer from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Russia, and Moldova. It certainly is “a tossed salad” of cultures here in Bullfrog. However, cultural backgrounds aren’t the only things that are diverse here - religion is too. I’ve met several people of LDS background, Catholic background, Charismatic background, and no background at all.

One thing that saddens me about working here is I notice a kind of complacent spirit among some of the employees. It seems like they are only living to go to work during the day, drink at night, and sleep on their days off. Many of the people here have never even left the front gates to go exploring in the nearby parks and scenic drives. 

What is even more sad though is that some of these people don't know Jesus. At the end of the day that’s all that matters. It’s amazing how in the span of a few weeks I have begun to care deeply about these people I rub shoulders with in the cafeteria. I want them to know how amazing a personal relationship with God can be. I want them to know that “this,” the world we see before us, isn’t it. It may be nice at times, but it will ultimately disappoint us. In my free time, (which can be limited with my bizarre work schedule at times), I have been reading Man’s Search for Meaning. It’s a book about a Victor Frankl, a Jewish psychiatrist who was captured and sent to a string of concentration camps during WWII. As I was reading the other day this quote stuck out to me:

At Arches National Park. Fun story: We almost ran out of water while hiking to this arch. (Always bring tons of water when hiking friends!)
“A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth - that love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire.”

While I agree with Frankl, I would take his point even farther. I think a love for God and people is the highest goal one can aspire to. Those simple commandments are what drive us a disciples and kingdom workers, and while simple, living those commandments out to the extent that Jesus did is no easy task. Too often we are judgmental, self-centered, and insensitive. Luckily we have the Holy Spirit to empower us through it all. 

I’ll leave you with this verse:

John 16:33

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

P.S. The WiFi is terrible here so I don’t know how often I will be able to post to my blog, but I will try friends! Also, this sounds really trivial but I miss the conveniences of the city. What I wouldn’t do for a chipotle burrito right now! If anyone of you would like to ship one to me (or just send me awesome mail), you can send it to Brady Field, PO Box 4213, Bullfrog, Utah 84533. Peace my friends!

"This experience deepened my assurance of calling to the ministry and sharpened the skills I will need for congregational leadership."
– Kam, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond 2011

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