Thursday, July 30, 2015

Something I appreciate in my bff:)

Clarissa and I met as roommates at BYU about 3 years ago. We became instant friends:) we served missions at the same time in Virginia and North Carolina and now Clarissa is getting married!

One thing I admire about Clarissa is that she can look at situations objectively, especially in dating and relationships. When I tell her about something that's going on, she doesn't immediately jump to my side. She evaluates the situation from both perspectives. Then, of course, she tells me that she trusts my judgment. I love that!

I wish more people were like Clarissa. I love you and you will always be my #eternalroommate ♡

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Feeling lonely?


So I've been reflecting on relationships and people and dating, which is something that just kind of happens to singles living in Provo, especially when they teach marriage and family prep in Sunday School. I don't particularly feel lonely, though it was a challenge when I first returned from my mission. I do, however, feel that lack-of-eternal-companion-ness haha. ANYWAY, it will happen when it happens:) and that's what I felt like writing about today.

I had a little "almost relationship" when I was VERY fresh-off-the-mish. It obviously didn't work out and the break off left me feeling confused about God's timing for me. I kept praying and asking: when?? And who???

After a while, I asked to be able to see it from my Heavenly Father's perspective. I can't really remember what it feels like to fall in love, but I like to imagine how God will feel when I meet the right guy. I am confident that at the precise moment, He'll put someone wonderful in my path. I imagine that He'll be so excited and happy for me! He'll say, "I told you so! I told you it'd be worth it!" And I will be so grateful for every other time it didn't work out.

Yes, cheesy, I know. But I truly believe that. I know that Heavenly Father is loving. I know Him. He wants us to be happy and has created a perfect plan with that end in mind!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Thoughts on the war in heaven, political correctness, and a Modest Proposal.

I remember being told in high school by friends or other debaters that we needed to legalize gay marriage or recreational drugs so that people had agency. Because if I didn't feel that way, I was supporting "Satan's plan," which was to force God's children to be righteous.

This interpretation of "Satan's plan" is not founded in the scriptures or words of the Prophets.

What we learn from Moses 4:3 is that Satan "sought to destroy the agency of man." Agency exists because there are varying consequences to our actions. (Opposition in all things.) Satan continues the war in this life. When public opinion or legislation seeks to eliminate negative consequences to immoral choices, agency is limited.

For a relevant example, calling abortion the termination of a fetus does not change what it really is: the taking of a human life. James Johnson said, "human depravity is such that men will attempt to justify their own cruelty by accusing their victims of being lower than human." When public opinion (or the "loud minority" as Elder Perry called them) can succeed in this political correctness, Satan rejoices. And scripturally speaking, he probably actually just laughs.

I listened to a woman on the radio today explain that abortion was okay because of Roe v Wade. Let's be clear...we cannot legislate morality! God is the source of all truth and light and no law can determine what is or isn't right.

So Planned Parenthood. If you haven't seen the video yet, it is revolting. In many ways it has made me think of the famous satire "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift, in which he recommends that the poor Irish sell their children as food in order to sustain themselves. No, I don't think Planned Parenthood sells infant organs to be eaten. The point is, the ends don't justify the means if the means involve taking and exploiting the life of a helpless human being.

Why am I pro-life? Because I believe in God and He has taught me that His children matter.

Links of note:

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

Baby born at 24 weeks (abortion is legal up to 24 weeks.)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

For the days I miss my little sister.

We love the beach:)
I I love dancing with Millie!
she ALWAYS wins.
When I moved out.
D.C. temple:)
my sister is kind of brown.
When we went on a road trip with Unlce Jase!
when we were moving.


 Millie and I missed each other by 6 weeks. I'm so grateful she chose to serve a mission! The Japanese are so blessed to have her:)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

arise and shine forth!

so much #shiny
Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to hear from one of my heroes--Sister Elaine Dalton! Her message centered around being saved for the final days (#chosengeneration) and living virtuously to fulfill that calling. She also said some cute things like "I'd love to hug you because you are my people and I adore you" and "by mile 17 all I want is a cheeseburger."

One thing Sister Dalton shared that really impressed me comes from Doctrine & Covenants 138:53-56, where the Prophet Joseph F. Smith saw a vision of the Spirit World. Among the leaders of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the latter days, the Prophet saw "other choice spirits who were reserved to come forth in the fulness of times...[He] observed that they were also among the noble and great ones who were chosen in the beginning." Wow!:) It's humbling to think that I was once in a position among such faithful people! I hope I will always live up to that potential!

I love Sister Dalton and I'm so grateful for the influence she has on my personal commitment to virtue! "I believe that one virtuous young man or young woman, led by the Spirit, can change the world! And the world needs to be changed."

Sunday, July 5, 2015

If he only knew...

I often find myself wishing that people just knew. Because if they did, I believe they would treat me better. But this shouldn't be exclusively about me. What if we treated others assuming that they have something that they wish we would just know, believing that if we did know we would treat them better? Shouldn't we just treat people better anyway?

I have come to understand that the only thing that should justify who I am and how I treat others is my faith. I'm not who I am because of what it is that I wish others would just know. I'm who I am because I believe in Jesus Christ and I act daily on that faith. So it doesn't really matter if they don't know because it can't justify me anyway. The only approval I seek to obtain comes from he who not only understands me perfectly, but has the power to change me.

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed."

Friday, July 3, 2015

So this one time I hiked to the top of Mount Timpanogos, slid down a glacier, and jumped into a freezing cold lake:)

Whenever I spend time in nature, I feel closer to God. One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament comes from Joshua 14. Because of Caleb's faithfulness, he was allowed to choose whatever portion of the promised land he desired most. He selected Hebron, knowing that he'd have to fight off enemies to obtain it. Caleb chose a mountain:)

It's my earnest desire to always seek and receive opportunities to be close to my Heavenly Father, even if it requires climbing a mountain!

What are men compared to rocks and mountains?