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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Love is the Motive, Christ is the Reason.

today was a great day. so great, that it can't go undocumented. we had a stake relief society meeting today. i admittedly was not exactly looking forward to it. i had to be there at 8:30 to "greet" and hand out programs, which meant i needed to be up by 7:30 that's the reason why i wasn't too excited. i don't do early mornings. 
buuuuut had i known what i was in store for, i would have willingly gotten up at 5:30 am to be there. it was the best 4 hours and i even wish that i could do it again because i would have taken more notes! the meeting was amazing. my heart and soul were spiritually overflowing. the theme was about service: 
"Love is the motive, Christ is the reason". 
i was touched by everything i heard. the meeting started off with the hymn Come Follow Me. we sang all 6 versus, which i don't think i've actually ever done. the 6th verse of that song really stuck out to me:

For thrones, dominions, kingdoms, pow'rs,
And glory great and bliss are ours,
If we, throughout eternity,
Obey his words, "Come, follow me

what a simple message. come follow me. our Savior is asking us to follow in his footsteps. and what better way than to serve others. Jesus was obviously the epitome of selfless service. his life was just that. selfless service. he lived to serve others. he is the perfect example of what we should all strive to be. we should all strive to serve those around us. those we love. those that are in need. we should strive to be like Him.

the stake R.S presidency all spoke. the first talk was about service and what service means. serving others on a daily basis. she mentioned how she recently read an article that was 6 steps to making your day good. the first step was when you wake up in the morning, think of something you can do for yourself. HA! isn't that just ridiculous and sad! the world has it all wrong. what if we all just lived for ourselves. there would be no good in the world. she also talked about how the smallest acts of kindness can be great ways to serve others.

we then watched a beautiful slide show on Christ and all of the amazing things that he did in his life, and how we can do those same things in our lives. i was so touched by the slide show put together by sister Moosman. she did an amazing job. following the slideshow sister Moosman spoke. her talk was so touching. she talked about serving our husbands. i realize i don't have a husband, but in the brief time that she spoke, there were so many things that i will cherish and use when i do have a husband that i can serve, and serve with. she talked about how when she decided that she would serve her husband, many many things in her life became that much better. i must say, she is an amazing woman. i admire and look up to her in so many ways. being in the relief society presidency has given me the opportunity to work with her and truly have learned so much from her in the little times that we have spent together. i always tell michelle how much i love her mom and it's true. she is an amazing person and an amazing example of a wife and mother. i loved her talk, and what she had to share with us. i don't think there was a dry eye in the chapel and the spirit was felt so strongly.

the last talk was by our dear stake relief society president. she had so much to share about service and making ourselves available to serve. a few points that stood out to me from her talk:

i can do many good things, but i can't do every good thing.
visiting teaching is the most important stewardship you can have outside the home.and it is never finished.
true joy is found in serving others. when you lose yourself in service, you lift your soul.

i wish that i could really convey here, what i heard this morning. there were so many amazing messages that were shared. i was truly spiritually fed and i wish that everyone could feel the spirit that was felt there today.
for the last 6 months, i have made it a goal in my life to be available for service opportunities, to look for service opportunities, and to take those opportunities. i have found that i am truly happy when i am serving others and when i make myself available to serve others. this goal has helped me realize that i do have time to serve when i strive to make myself available and to strive to find those opportunities to serve those around me. i am so grateful for the example of our savior and for the example of those around me who selflessly serve others.

Savior, may I learn to love thee,
Walk the path that thou hast shown,
Pause to help and lift another,
Finding strength beyond my own.
Savior, may I learn to love thee

-"Lord I Would Follow Thee" hymn #220





Tuesday, January 25, 2011

discouraged

i have many people in my life who have very amazing qualities.
talented, witty, pretty, giving, people that make a difference in the world.
i have always wondered what my "thing" is.
somethng special about me.
you know, the thing that we see in others and we're like
"thats their thing"
some of the trials in my life that i have had, have led me to find my "thing".
i personally feel that i have been given the great ability to look at the bright side in most situations. even if there doesn't seem to be a bright side to the situation, i will remember the brightside of other situations to get me through the current one. (if that makes any sense)
there are not alot of things that will truly bring me down, (like to the point of depression)
and i owe that to my Heavenly Father, who i know has given me this quality to get me through the trials that i have had and will have to face in life.
BUT...
this isn't to say that i don't get discouraged every now and then.
cause i do.
today is one of those days.
according to
thefreedictionary.com
this is the definition of discouraged:

To deprive of confidence, hope, or spirit.

this is EXACTLY how i feel today.
and i am not even sure why.
i guess we all have our bad days.
today is one of mine.

luckily there is always tomorrow!

don't ask me why i felt the need to make this a blog post.
sorry for my random woe is me post.

maybe i should just go home and dive into the ice cream.
isn't that what girls are supposed to do?
too bad i dont really like the stuff.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

confessions..

Since I don't have internet at home right now, I'm going to try this blogging thing from my phone.
We will see how it goes. I hate not being able to blog lately. But I haven't had much to say either
So whatev.

I have some confessions to make :)


Last month I sent/received 5500 texts! Sick :(


I turned my tv on the other day for the first time in MONTHS.
I haven't had cable for 7 months now, and I don't miss it AT ALL


I have been "borrowing" my neighbors internet :) the perks of apartment living and close proximity! Until they decide to make it secure :( hence the lack of blogging recently.


I'm a.d.d.I.c.t.e.d to my phone. I feel insecure when its not within 2 feet of me. Sad but true.
I need to change this. NOW


My fridge is always empty. Unless I have take out leftovers in there.


I have lived in my apartment for 7 months and just last week unpacked 2 more boxes..


Being in front of multiple people, speaking, teaching or introducing myself to people I don't know scares me to death. I have been told I hide my fear well, so that's good. (But its s.l.o.w.l.y getting easier)


I have "made the first move" on multiple occasions : / shameful. I know.


I'm often attracted to people that are completely opposite of me (not just looks wise). Ones that after a first, second, or even a third glance I would never initially consider dating, and that people close to me would be/have been/ and are shocked to find out. Something happens during that fourth glance. I don't know what it is but I have come to the conclusion that whoever I end up with, people will probably look at us and wonder how we got together and peg us as the odd couple that doesn't match.
And I'm ok with that.


I day dream a lot.


I have turned into a person who has 'questioned' my want for children in the future. Don't worry, I'm not THAT selfish, so as long as I get married, I will have them. But still... The thought has arised.


Along those same lines.. I don't want to have a 'big' wedding.
Just me. And him. And the temple.
(And maybe a photographer for after to get a few of us on OUR special day)
Hopefully I can find someone whose mother will allow a wedding that she can't make all about her.
We will send you our address so you know where to send gifts.


I choose/prefer to write in blue ink. And blue ink only.


My "rebelious teen years" happened when I was 24. (It was luckily just one year)


I'm a skeptical person. And I'm not proud of that.


THE END.

Monday, January 10, 2011

GET OUT AND LIVE


it's that time of year again.
the DEW TOUR is making its way through Utah
i volunteered last year through the GOAL foundation:
 "get out and live"
and want to do it again
anyone want to join me?!!?
here is the link.
check out the dates and let me know if you are interested in volunteering with me.
you know you want to!