“I feel that goal-setting is absolutely necessary for happy living. But the goal is only part of the desired procedures. We need to know which roads to take to reach the goal. … [People] need to make commitments with themselves by writing down their goals and keeping a record of the fulfillment of their achievements” -Bishop John H. Vandenberg
Thursday, September 22, 2011
A testimony is a spiritual witness given by the Holy Ghost. I needed that. Of course I had all these great experience before my mission that grew my testimony. But I needed a sure witness that what I was teaching was true. It didn't all come at once but my testimony is a build up of countless experiences and now I know without a shadow of doubt that this church is true! I'm so extremely grateful to have come. Because not only have I gained numerous friends, and incredible experiences, but I have a testimony. A gift that is fragile but very significant. It is amazing to see what someone can do with a testimony! Even serve a mission... Kudos to anyone who can do it. Seriously hardest thing I've ever done, but it has been incredible! Looking back I can't thank my Father in Heaven for allowing me to come here to serve a mission. It has changed who I am and what I'll be the rest of my life. I will never forsake my Father in Heaven who has given me so much! I owe Him everything.
"..he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever..." (Mosiah 2:24)
Thursday, September 8, 2011
God blesses us everyday with countless joys and countless reasons to be happy. I bet if your took five mintues you could think of a dozen blessings you've recieved today. try it. I think you'll be surprised. But the ultimate way that we can feel joy is through God's Son, Jesus Christ. He really is my joy and my song, my life and my light. An Apostle of the Lord, Elder David A. Bednar, gave a beautiful talk about tender mercies from the Lord. Blessings that we are given each day no matter our circumstances. This is a quote from his talk:
"We should not underestimate or overlook the power of the Lord’s tender mercies. The simpleness, the sweetness, and the constancy of the tender mercies of the Lord will do much to fortify and protect us in the troubled times in which we do now and will yet live. When words cannot provide the solace we need or express the joy we feel, when it is simply futile to attempt to explain that which is unexplainable, when logic and reason cannot yield adequate understanding about the injustices and inequities of life, when mortal experience and evaluation are insufficient to produce a desired outcome, and when it seems that perhaps we are so totally alone, truly we are blessed by the tender mercies of the Lord and made mighty even unto the power of deliverance"
Friday, September 2, 2011
I wanted to write a little today about change, especially because fall is coming on and summer is changing into fall... Today has been really warm. Surprisingly. But lately you can feel the crisp air coming and the tip of the leaves are changing their green colors for warmer reds and browns. It is sad to see summer leave, but it is fun to see autumn come. The longer I've lived the more I've realized the amount of changes a person has in a lifetime. There is always change. Life changes from day to day, week to week, and year to year. It is really quite incredible the constant changes that we all go through. Not only does the world change around us but we as people change. I was doing some reading this morning on repentance, and it was talking about how repentance was really a way that we can change each day. Most people look at repentance as something needed for those who commit awful crimes, but repentance really is changing our life and living closer to our Father in Heaven. I really like this quote by Elder Neil A. Anderson, it says:
Thursday, August 18, 2011
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
It clicks. Christ is the answer. He is the one who gives us peace, because of him we can recieve peace and solace in our lives. I remember feeling so alone and getting on my knees and asking God to comfort me. I couldn't believe the love that poured over me as I thought of the Savior. I have a picture in my room of a young women kneeling at the Saviors knees asking for forgiveness. I love it because I know that we can receive peace from him if we believe and if we go to him. So find peace today, seek out the Savior.
Friday, August 12, 2011
I feel like I got such a good attendance with my awkward post that it was probably time I wrote another one. I was thinking today, why did it get so many hits? And I realized who doesn't have an awkward moment in their life... Seriously all of us has have had one, at one time or another. So I decided to break down and tell you one of my awkward stories... ha ha you'll have to laugh with me and not at me please :) So I was walking home from class one day at the University that I attended. On that campus is a HUGE hill. You probably know where this is going... Well I was walking down it, midday, which meant the bulk of the students there were either coming out of class or going to class. So pretty much everyone was walking up or down the hill. For some reason I decided it would be faster to take the grass, instead of the stairs (BAD IDEA). So I was walking down with probably too much weight in my little back-pack... And one wrong step and there I go. It happened so fast I'm not exactly sure what happened all I know is that I had grass stains on my knees but landed on my rear. My books were out of my bag, strewn across the hill. I was so embarrassed I didn't even know what to do with myself... Which caused me to do something more embarrassing... I just pulled out my books and started to read!! In my shaken mind I thought that maybe, just maybe, I could make it appear that I meant to do that just so I could study. Yeah I know. Well after about three minutes of insanity I realized that I looked very dumb. So the embarrassment set in and I decided to call a good friend to maybe take away some of my embarrassment. Of course she didn't answer and I proceeded to leave a long message with all the details of the event. Which after led to a pretty hilarious recreation of the whole event... other story, for another day. So with my pride completely gone, I gathered my books and made my way down the remainder of the hill to my car. I sat in the car for a few minutes and just laughed and laughed. Well the reason I am telling you this story is because this is a good analogy to our lives.
Sometimes we have a lot on our plate or backpack, and think maybe this route will get me where I need to quicker... Which sometimes it does, but on this particular day it didn't. I ended getting myself in a very unfortunate predicament and then had to deal with an extra problem on top of my already crazy life. So moral of the story, follow the path prepared for us. The best one is the path of the Savior. That day I saw so many people taking it the stairs, but I chose to be different and look where it got me. I know that choosing to follow the Savior will ease our burdens and help us get where we need to.
"And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ.." (2 Nephi 31:21)