Sunday, April 29, 2012


I finished Personal Progress! It's been an amazing journey through young womens!

I am going to start going through the values and writing about the and I will just start and the beginning (which is also the end).

Me last project was the one for faith, which happens to be this blog. I would just like to say "thank you" to all those reading my blog and letting me share with you my testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Putting down in words my thoughts and feelings has brought great clarity to my life. Thank you for supporting me.

I sang a song today....yay... Everyone told me I did well, but still. I love singing, but I definitely sing better in the shower. That's not really what I wanted to talk about. The song I sang was all about how Christ is there for you. You never have to be alone and be afraid, because he is always there. You can always be strong.

Now let's be honest- who is ever strong all the time? Well, I'm not. (Three thumbs up for you guys who are!)

It's a hard thing to be strong in the church, school, sports, pretty much anything. It's hard not to be afraid. Let's face it- life is hard. Even when it seems that you are doing everything right bad things still happen, but that is life and we can't stop it. All we can do is deal with what we are given.

INTERRUPTION: That's even hard! It is so easy to slip up. It's so easy to make the wrong choice. Someone recently said that making mistakes is only human. Which is correct, but remember this - being human may be the reason, but it should never be the excuse. We should never do something that we know is bad and be all "Well, I am only human". That's not how I feel that it should work.

I'm getting ready for college. Things are so not turning out how I wanted them to. I'm struggling with the fact that it's probably never going to be the way I planned it to go. I have felt closer to my heavenly father through these times because of it. I have prayed that even though it's not according to little old me, that it will turn out good in the end. Even though in this moment I feel like a feather in the wind I know that at some point that I will land exactly where I need to be.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Be as Little Children

This is "I want to brag about me family" post. :)

I currently have six nieces: (in age order) Lara (5), Lilli (5), Vivi(3), Gracie(3), Kaelyn(2), and Mariella (10mths). I would like to share with you what they have taught me over the years.

Lara- (This story was told to me by my brother-in-law) At the breakfast table Lara and my brother-in-law were just talking when the conversation came to the subject of her younger sister, Vivi. Lara then told her dad "You know what? I love Vivi". Reed then asked her why she loved Vivi. This is haw she answered "I don't know. Sometimes she really bugs me, but I just love her."

I just loved that story! Why do we need a reason to love somebody? Why can't we just love them? Isn't that a good enough reason?

Lilli- Lilli is my niece who has down syndrome. She is the most loving and excited kid ever! She always is excited to see you and is ready with a hug. Everybody loves Lilli! Whenever I see her she has the biggest smile on her face! You can't be in a bad mood around her. She is one of the oldest nieces and has been around quit a few babies. She is a very high energy child, but when she is around babies she is so gentle. She will be so still when she's holding one and she'll give them soft kisses on the head.

Lilli has taught me how to love life. To love those around me and not to be controlled by prejudices.

Vivi-  For Vivi I have to use her curiosity. She is constantly checking things out and asking questions, which mostly consist of "why?". I watched Vivi over the summer a few years ago. She was all over the place all at one time. She is one of those kids who are always getting into trouble. She is a little girl with some attitude. She will not let anyone boss her around. Which is something we all need to learn-- when  to speak up and say "no".

Gracie- Now Gracie monster is full of energy! She is very petite, but has the spirit of a horse-porky pine-bear cub. Gracie is very sweet. She will ask you, after she has just finished jumping on you, if your ok. When she sits on someones lap she likes to play with their earlobes. It's relaxing when she doesn't use her nails. She also does this thing where she takes your face in her two hands and gets up real close and starts whispering sweet nothings to you.

Kaelyn- She is very smart. She is always showing and telling me things that she has learned. Her vocabulary is pretty big for only being two. She sometimes acts much older then she is, but is quick to remind you she is only two. She is starting to learn the concepts of choices. Her mom always gives her choices and she loves it. Even though it may not matter which choice she makes it's very important to know that you have that power.

Mariella- Mariella is the newest niece and I have not been able to spend as much time with her. When I do see her she always wants to be with her mommy (go figure). She is very dependent of her mother right now. IT makes me realize how dependent I am still on my parents, both my earthly parents and heavenly parents.

All my nieces have taught me various lessons that I will never forget. I just can't wait until they are old enough to read this for themselves and just maybe they will be an example to themselves.

Monday, April 9, 2012

For My Real Hero I Will Rise

Happy Easter! I love Easter, don't you? My life has been getting hectic and stressful of late. Sunday has always been welcome in my schedule, but this Easter was very special. Having a day that is focused on the resurrection and atonement of Jesus Christ brings clarity to my life. I am able to look at my life and see if what I am doing, on a daily basis, is worthy of Christ and his sacrifice. It always brings me peace.

Easter is a time for joy! Singing is one way that I feel the spirit and that joy. It is also one of the best ways I have found to praise the  Lord when I can't find my own words.

Some of my sibs and I sang this is church. It is not the best quality, but it is still a very sweet song. With this song I would like you to make a list of your heroes. Everyone you have ever looked up to. See if Christ makes it on your list. I find myself forgetting the one person who always loves me no matter what, understands my pain and my joy. 

This song was shown to me by my best friends mom and I fell in love with it! In the latest General Conference Dallin H. Oaks said:

 "Prior to the rededication of one of our temples, a Christian minister asked President Gordon B. Hinckley why it did not contain any representation of the cross, the most common symbol of the Christian faith. President Hinckley replied that the symbols of our Christian faith are “the lives of our people.” Truly, our lives of service and sacrifice are the most appropriate expressions of our commitment to serve the Master and our fellowmen."

You can see from these two very different songs that it doesn't matter the quality of the song or the singers. Any song can touch your heart and be a testimony of Christ if you let it be. 

Sunday was also a special day because I finished the Book of Mormon. At the end of the Book of Mormon I found this scripture. Moroni 10: 32-33

"Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.
And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot."

Remember Christ and bring him into your lives. Without him we are nothing. We owe him everything and can never show enough gratitude for it.

I know that Jesus is our Savior, that he atoned for our sins. He loves us and is waiting to take us in his arms. I know that he knows us personally. I cannot describe the happiness I feel when the spirit testifies to me that he was, is, and always will be.

Monday, April 2, 2012

"She needs to sort out her priorities" - RON WEASLY

I have missed the mark two weeks in a row. I had this grandiose plan. It was going to be cool. I was going to have a guest writer. Something I learned this week is that not everyone has the same priorities as I do and if they choose to play games that is there choice.

This last weekend was General Conference. It was amazing! I have plans to share my deeper thoughts (ha! I know didn't know I had those) about it later. For now I would like to share a random mixture of thoughts about priorities and some of the ones I have made.

I have made it a priority in my life to share my testimony of the gospel. I chose this blog as a way to share that with the world, even though few read this. Sometime I loose sight of my priorities and a slip up, but we all do that sometimes. It's one of the reasons I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have a firm testimony that the atonement has give us the chance to repent of ALL our sins and short comings. I know that one day I can be made perfect and live with him. That is if I can keep my priorities straight.

I find myself looking at others all the time and judging what they are doing. I always complain about how my siblings aren't doing all the right things at all the right time. As I said before, who are we to judge?

As President Uchtdorf just spoke this weekend "The moment we judge someone else we condemn ourselves, for no one is without sin." or something to that affect. :)

I chalenge you to look at your life and see who and what you are putting first.