23 January 2009
13. Well folks, today is Thursday and I had an epiphany this morning right after work. This epiphany deserves its own post (which will be coming later, I promise) but for now I will say that I have gained a testimony of my patriarchal blessing. Five years ago, I had no idea how some of the experiences promised me would come to pass. And now, I do! Ah! It's all very exciting. Moral of the story: if you have your patriarchal blessing, read it more often. If you don't have yours yet, get it! Your blessing will impact your life in ways you could not even imagine.
12. While watching "Hook" with my roomies and friends I figured that the moral of this movie should be the moral of my day. Stay young at heart. Remember that family is the most important possession a person can have. If you make a promise, keep it. Have faith in yourself and in others to make the right decisions. Huzzah. "You're playing with us Peter!"
20 January 2009
17. Yay for Church meetings! I was in meetings from 8-12pm, then had ward choir at 1:30pm, my music council meeting at 2:30pm, friends over for dinner at 6pm, ward prayer at 8pm, then home-teachers came over until about 10:30pm. Phew...busy day. In my ward I serve as the Music Council chair and I have the most wonderful, talented council ever! My co-chair, Matt, is also my hometeacher so I see him an awful lot. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. Matt is one of the most talented individuals I have had the pleasure of working with and I'm thrilled that he is going to not only be working with me on our council, but also teaching and uplifting me spiritually as my hometeacher and my friend. Something we discussed in our council meeting really touched me. Elder Oaks has said that some people may have a hard time expressing spiritual feelings through speech. The hymns allow those individuals to express their deep conviction for the gospel. This is totally me! On Sunday on of my council members, Tobin, played a beautiful piano arrangement of "Abide With Me" that he made up on the spot. Serious talent. Anyways, I have learned to be more appreciative of the hymns and the quickness with which the Spirit comes into my heart when I sing those hymns.
16. Fulfill your church callings! Attend FHE and make an effort to reach out to those who are lesser known in the ward. I have the most wonderful hometeachers a girl away from home could ask for. After sharing a very well delivered message on the importance of the scriptures, our hometeachers hung around for an hour and a half discussing the joy and craziness brought on by dating and the prospect of marriage. In a singles ward, I think it is especially important for hometeachers to become friends with those they teach. That will increase the likelihood of us women-folk calling our hometeachers for a blessing or in some other emergency. If we only see you once a month, we won't feel comfortable asking you to take us to the emergency room or come give us a blessing at some ridiculous hour of the morning. Yay for Priesthood responsibilities!
15. I got to see my friend, Sister Jacque Johnson, tonight for about an hour. She flew in from Connecticut because she goes into the MTC tomorrow at noon. She will be serving in the Arizona Tempe Mission for the next 18 months, English speaking. (Shout out to my AZ family: if you meet Sister Johnson take her to Elmer's!) While I was being her surrogate companion for the evening I had the privilege of asking her how her preparations had been going. She confided to me that not everything was easy but now that it was so close, she could not wait to get going. Walking around without a name tag, she said, was weird. I know that missions change lives and that missionaries are blessed beyond measure for their faithfulness while they serve.
15 January 2009
(From top to bottom: Britt Curtis, Chelsea Griffiths, me, and Steph Anderson)
After eight months at BYU I am finally starting to feel like I belong and I attribute that to the wonderful and uplifting influence I see in my dear roommates and friends. My calling is amazing, I LOVE my classes (especially Grammar) and I love my roomies. Britt, Chelsea, and I ate dinner together last night and ended up having a very enlightening conversation about Christ and the Atonement. That's the first time I've had a conversation with my peers in just a casual setting about something spiritual. It was so amazing. It's great having roommates that I am friends with. We plan things to do together and spend a lot of time just chillin' in our apartment doing homework or talking and it's such a bonding experience.
Something we discussed at our dinner-time talk was receiving answers to prayers. I was thinking about my whole transition to BYU and how awful it has been for eight months. And now suddenly, things are wonderful. The Lord works on His own timetable. I may have set plans for myself but as long as I keep myself spiritually in tune to the Spirit I will be guided to the correct path the Lord wants for me. I have learned that my life isn't directed by drastic change but led by small adjustments to my path.
Also, I got a card-board cut yesterday in my attempt to clean up the living room and my thumb is still sore. I was then contemplating the joy of having opposable thumbs and remembering that Olive the Other Reindeer asked for such a gift. So, let us remember that life can't be all that bad. Try buttoning a button without using your thumb and then let's discuss trials in life.
13 January 2009
Often, the things we want to the most turn out to be the most difficult to obtain (or be patient enough to receive). I have found that as I continually turn to the Lord with my concerns and cares, my prayers are answered and my soul is comforted. Even though I was not thrilled about the direction my life was taking, I can honestly say that faith and patience (which is not a strong point for me) have allowed me to open my heart to the will of the Lord so that He can lead and guide me. Looking back over the past eight months I am surprised at how much my life has changed for the better. The journey was probably NOT one I would want to repeat but I'm grateful I survived.
If at all possible, go to devotional every week. At BYU-Idaho I went faithfully every week and since being at BYU I have not gone once. In my defense, I have been physically unable to attend as work has kept me far from the Marriott center or any other broadcasting location. Today's BYU Devotional was given by Jefferey R. Holland, member of the Quorum of the Twelve. My grammar teacher had our class discuss the Spirit during the devotional and from what I can gather, it was quite the experience. I am sad that I missed out on listening to one of the Lord's servants but I am deeply grateful for my job and for modern technology which will allow me to read the devotional sometime within the next week or so. Huzzah for the internet!
11 January 2009
23. The hymn "Come, Come Ye Saints" was explained in Relief Society in a way that opened my eyes to the meaning of this hymn. Instead of viewing it as a hymn of perseverance for the early Saints, think of it as a beckoning call. Those pioneers are speaking to us through this hymn, encouraging us to endure our trials of life as we strive to become more like our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
09 January 2009
Perfection, as we know, is not something easily acquired. It is a state of self that is developed with small adjustments along the road of life. So, what is this illustrious goal I have set for myself? Get on with it, you say? Well, alright.
Ta-da! Isn't that a marvelous goal? Okay, maybe a bit simple but for me it is something I don't think I did ONCE this year and I like looking at my pretty comforter from Target. In order to make my bed as aesthetically pleasing as it is warm and cozy, I commit to making my bed.