Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Captain of my soul...

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance,
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

INVICTUS by William E. Henley

Art thou in truth? Then what of him
Who bought thee with his blood?
Who plunged into devouring seas
And snatched thee from the flood?

Who bore for all our fallen race
What none but him could bear. –
The God who died that man might live,
And endless glory share?

Of what avail thy vaunted strength,
Apart from his vast might?
Pray that his Light may pierce the gloom,
That thou mayest see aright.

Men are as bubbles on the wave,
As leaves upon the tree.
Thou, captain of thy soul, forsooth
Who gave that place to thee?

Free will is thine -- free agency
To wield for right or wrong;
But thou must answer unto him
To whom all souls belong.

Bend to the dust that head "unbowed,"
Small part of Life's great whole!
And see in him, and him alone,
The Captain of thy soul.

by Elder Orson F. Whitney of the Quorum of the Twelve


  1. Wow...Good job Gates...
    You look so good. What a hero you are,& a team cheering you on. Keep up the good work your so awesome. Do you still get sprite? Everytime I see sprite I think of you...Have another great day & keep up the wonderful work, you sure have moved mountains. We love you so much & pray for you daily!!!

  2. What an inspiration you are to me. Your words, "Do it again" will forever inspire me to not quit and to just keep working when the task before me seems hard or when I feel like quitting because I didn't get it right the first, second, or even 20th time. You are an amazing young man. Thank you for sharing a piece of who you are with all of us. We are all cheering for you and look forward to the next post.

  3. Thank you for making my day! Your strength and perseverance really are inspiring. I know you are making better people out of many of us...just watching you makes us want to try harder to work through our challenges. Just awesome! Alane White

  4. Way to Go Gates!! You truly are one of the strongest individuals I have ever met. Keep up the positive attitude, we all love you and are wishing you the best. Hope to see you soon!!!

  5. Yay Gates look at you... and reppin an awesome headband! You look great! youre doing such a great job! You are such an inspiration. Thanks for uploading this video Love to see how well you're doing!
    Love you!

  6. What an inspiration you are!!! I live in GA and continue to pray for you. Keep up the progress....you look great!

  7. Very inspirational! You have been in our families prayers since we heard of your accident. You are a strong young man, and you have a family who loves you so much. I was at the Bountiful Temple last week, with a friend who knows you, and she was about to put your name on the prayer list. Someone already had, two lines up from where she was going to write your name. I hope the prayers of everyone are lifting you, and will continue to lift you as you have lifted others.

  8. Wow gates your doing great keep it up!!! Your improving so fast you can do anything!! :)

  9. this was so cute! i love tracking his progress i look forward to reading it everyday. this post was extra great. You made me smile today gates keep up the good work. i posted this on his facebook but i will leave it here too.
    "do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not at all. do not let the HERO in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you have deserved, but have never been able to reach. check your road and the nature of your battle. the world you desire can be won. it exists. it is real. it is possible. it is yours." -ayn rand

  10. WOW I am so amazed at how far you have gotten in your recovery!!!! Gates you are one amazing young man! I was thinking about something that was said on your blog about this accident being the start of your mission and all I can think of is how many lives you have touched and the many more you will touch through this experience! Your family is amazing!! :) I have a little brother on a mission right now in Washington state and reading this makes me think of him and how much I truly love him! Life is so short and shouldn't be taken for granted. If I were to loose him now I would be heart broken!!!! Thank you for your example to me!!!!! I am praying for you and I hope that the Lord will bless you and your family!!!! You are a AMAZING young man Gates!!!!!!!! :)

  11. Gates!
    Your happy and positive attitude is an inspiration to me. I know everyone is using that word, "inspiration"....but truly you are. I hope one day I can face my trials with half of the positivity and strength you do. You are such an example to me and to others.

    Keep up the hard work, you are still in my prayers.

  12. Still wishing you the best in your recovery.
    You deserve another Sprite.

    D&C 121:7-9

  13. Gates, this is so awesome! Way to go buddy. You are doing great! We continue to pray for you daily:)Thank you for touching my life in such a positive way. Tears still threaten every time I read of your strength and courage.
    -Jenelyn Perry Summers

  14. Gates, you are amazing! Your attitude is so positive and it will help you so much throughout your difficult recovery. I can only imagine everything you have been through and you are doing so well. You have made tremendous progress and I hope things continue to go well!

  15. my name is nina. i live in the elk hollow ward. i have followed your blog every day since the blog was started. i work at wx with special ed. there is nothing i can say that hasnt been said already. i "ditto" everything. i love your attitude and spunk. when you go home i would love to help with your rehab if you still needed it. keep it up. you will be great.

  16. Gates we are cheering for you daily. It was so inspiring watching your video today.

  17. You are so incredibly strong... You give me huge inspiration with all that you've achomplished. Your positive outlook and determination will take you far. Keep it up... I'm rooting for you everyday!!!
    ~Kylie Rakes