Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book of Mormon Week 5

One thing that I have learned in my life is that I think and speak in metaphors. I think that maybe it's because I have so many emotions and emotions are the most easily described by using symbols and stories. 
One of my favorite symbols to use when teaching others and myself is light. I think that light is the epitome of truth when we say that all things denote that there is a Christ.  
This week, I was reading in 2 Nephi 19:2, which says:
"The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined."
I really thought about this verse and found that it is true. Because we live on Earth, we really do walk in darkness, and we really do dwell in the land of the shadow of death. God does not live on a world where there is death, that is a state of this Earth and this probationary period. This part of the verse is true.
However, we do not only walk in darkness, we also have the light of the Savior in our lives. He is our great light and he has shined down on us, as the scripture said.
This knowledge guided me this week. I know that God has asked us to live in a world with death and sin and sorrow and trials. But he has not left us alone. He has provided a Savior for us to be our light.
The best part about this symbol and metaphor is that we are surrounded by light every day. We can simply turn on the lamp in our bedroom or the light in the hallway or watch the sun rise in the morning to remember that God did not leave us alone here on Earth. He provided a Savior--just as he provided light--and there is a reason why the big ball of flaming light above us is called the Sun
May we look for the light this week and throughout our lives and simultaneously remember wherein lies our true light--the Son of God. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Book of Mormon Week 3

So here's the thing. I've been so crazy stressed at the moment. I have to maintain good grades in school so that I can keep my scholarship. I have to get in hours at work and work hard so that our research project is successful. I have to try to keep my head above water with stress and depression. And I want to enjoy planning my wedding to the most wonderful man I know. So, I've had to make some tough choices about what it is that I want to put as a priority in my life. With all the stress, some of the only comfort that I have had is from Cameron and from the scriptures. This week it was in 2 Nephi 4: 19-30.

"Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard...Why should my heart weep and my soul linger in the valley of sorrow, and my flesh waste away, and my strength slacken, because of mine afflictions...Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord, and say: O Lord, I will praise thee forever; yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, my God, and the rock of my salvation."

To me, this means a lot because it speaks to my spirit and tells me that everything is going to be okay. There is an important principle to be learned, which is that God is in charge and that he is all powerful. He cares about our lives and will help and strengthen us in our trials and challenges. We will have challenges, but he cares and he is there for me. And for you too.

Remember this week as trials bear down on you and your heart gets heavy that things are going to be okay. You have God on your side and he loves you. Though our strength may "slacken", God's will not. He's got us, safe and sound.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Book of Mormon Week 1

I am excited to begin studying the Book of Mormon again in more detail and depth. Right now is probably one of the most pivotal and stressful times in my life. I am making life-altering decisions and choosing fundamental paths that will surely impact not only my Earthly life, but also my eternal progression. 

This week especially I have been faced with one of the most important decisions I will ever make. So, in an effort to gain an added measure of the spirit, I went to the temple to do service there. While I was there, I had the opportunity to sit in the Celestial Room. I picked up a Book of Mormon and turned to one of my favorite verses. 

1 Nephi 4:6 -- And I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do.

Although I didn't feel the rush of new insight that you sometimes receive when reading the scriptures, I did feel a deep sense of comfort from the words that Nephi wrote to me. This scripture was one of comfort and direction in my life. The principle that it teaches is one that has guided me this week. We may not always receive clear answers when we seek personal revelation from God. In fact, He often asks us to walk forward without knowing exactly what we should do. Like Nephi, I was not entirely sure what I should do. But I felt that I was being led by the Spirit and I knew that the path I was on was one where Heavenly Father would direct me.

Just like Nephi, you and I can both know that in times of darkness and confusion--when we don't know what to do and the path seems unclear before us--that the Spirit will direct us. All we have to do is live worthy of it's influence and we will never walk alone.

Till next time,


Wednesday, August 13, 2014


*Disclaimer, This was written 10/6/13 and does not necessarily represent my feelings now. However, I thought it still relevant enough to preserve on the blog.

“You can’t force your boys, nor your girls into heaven.  You may force them to hell, by using harsh means in the efforts to make them good… Our children are like we are; we couldn’t be driven; we can’t be driven now…  We won’t be driven.  Men are not in the habit of being driven; they are not made that way.”

Teachings of the Presidents of the Church
Joseph F. Smith, p.253 

So, here we are! Who knows if anyone will ever really read this. But that doesn't matter. If someone needs it, they will find it.   For the record, I'm just gonna talk about the things that inspire me--the things on my mind.   Without any more ado--  PARENTS:

Relationships in general are tricky. The relationship with your parents is downright hard.

I love my mom. I love her to death. But it wasn't always that way. And I'll be honest, my dad and I have a hard time getting along sometimes. But our relationship is good.

I could probably give you a list on how to help your relationship with your parents. But today, my thoughts are more on what their job is.

Let me tell you a secret.

Your mom and dad have only a slight idea of what they are doing the first time. And if they tell you that by the time they get to you, they "have it down," they are lying.

Because no one is perfect. And I know plenty of parents who have had lots of experience. They're still not perfect.  

My best friend is one of the most amazing people I know. Let's call him Peter (he will probably show up quite a bit).   Let's paint a picture of my best friend Peter.

He's one of those kids that has a shining personality. He truly cares about you. The only problem is that it is often on his terms. I'll have to admit--he's waging a battle against selfishness.

But THAT is my point. He is FIGHTING a battle. His parents often make the mistake of pushing him too hard. Yes, this is something that he should learn. But maybe if you believed more in his good qualities and focused more on his ability to GROW, then he would live up to your expectations. And I don't think he knows true love, because he is so rarely shown it. This is an amazing son of God. He deserves better.

"You really shouldn't think I'm so amazing," he said to me a week ago.   I shook my head, "Men [speaking of humanity in general] live up to the expectation those closest to them hold." My heart broke a bit that his own parents couldn't show that they believe in him. I know they do. But why couldn't they show it?

"So no, Peter," I continued, "I'm going to keep believing you're amazing, and hopefully you will live up to that belief."

Please, begin thinking NOW about how you are going to treat your kids. Make a list. Because these are important things. And I'm 18 now and hardly know what's ahead of me. But I could have a family in the next 10 years. I want to do it right.

Here's mine.
  • ·      Show them I believe in them in my words and actions. 
  • ·      TRUST them. Yeah, sometimes they will let me down. But if you communicate your disappointment and have predetermined, appropriate discipline in place, it will get better. But always let them know you believe in their abilities.   
  • ·      Praise their good qualities. Don't let your praise be a segway into a "what you can do better" speech all the time. Sometimes. But not the majority of the time.   
  • ·      Reward behavior I want to see repeated. In a meaningful way, I might add.   
  • ·      Be their biggest cheerleader.    
  • ·      Never raise your voice. If you are angry, your discipline will be unfair and they WILL lose respect for you. No matter how upset you are, you always have a responsibility to treat others with respect.   
  • ·      Read to them.   
  • ·      Teach them to understand true principles of kindness and love. 
  • ·      Don't ever use your anger as an excuse to physically discipline them. Ever. 

“Sometimes discipline, which means ‘to teach,’ is confused with criticism. Children—as well as people of all ages—improve behavior from love and encouragement more than from fault-finding.”

Susan W. Tanner
Young Women General President
2003 General Conference

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Read this

It will make your day better. I promise. :)
"Worst Analogies Ever Written in a HighSchool Essay" 

And if you don't want to take the time to push down on your finger, click the link, read ALL the amazing quotes, and laugh your head off, then here's a few of my favorites:

Her date was pleasant enough, but she knew that if her life was a
movie this guy would be buried in the credits as something like
"Second Tall Man." (Russell Beland, Springfield)

From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie,
surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and
"Jeopardy" comes on at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30. (Roy Ashley,

John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had
also never met. (Russell Beland, Springfield)


Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever. (Unknown)