Friday, September 27, 2013

Just One Prayer Away!

"As the road keeps getting longer,
And you're far away from Home, 
Remember someone loves you more,
Than you could ever know.
Every night and every morning,
In sunshine or in rain.
No matter where,
He's ALWAYS there,
Just one Prayer away!"

These lyrics over the last few months have gained more and more value to me.  Sometimes it's easy to feel like our Heavenly Father is far away and hard to reach, but in our deepest trials we find that he is closer than we think.  I have had times where I can almost literally feel Him behind me, cheering me on!!  He will ALWAYS be there when I need Him.

The word ALWAYS has really grown to mean something to me too.  When I say He is ALWAYS there, it doesn't mean He occasionally checks up on me.  It means that He is there when I am happy, when I am crying, and having a stressed day.  All I have to do is think for a moment that He is standing right beside me and I am NEVER truly alone in this life.  Really, try it!! If there is ever a time in your life, maybe now, when you feel like crying, screaming, or shouting for joy, pretend He is standing beside you, because He is!  What would He say to you in those times.  

"Life is a test.  
But in this test, all you have to do is ask the Teacher for help and answers! 
And if you listen to the Teacher, and do as He says, you will pass this test triumphantly!!!"

I truly KNOW that my Heavenly Father hears me no matter where I am, or why.  He understands. He listens.  He comforts. He sees every aspect of my life far better than I do.  I love Him with all of my heart and more.  We are far away from our Home, and this road does keep getting longer, with more twists and turns than we can count.  I know that my Father loves me.  I am His daughter.  And I hope I can be worthy to enter His presence again someday.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

My Fellow Sisters :)

These are my amazing sisters that I met at Temple Square last Thursday :) The one on the end with the scarf is Sister Briggs, who made more of a difference in my life than she will ever know :) follow her blog here!! She is INCREDIBLE!!!!!!

You Know Enough

I know I know... two posts in one day, I'm ridiculous I know :) But I went to Relief Society today and we had an INCREDIBLE lesson that really touched my heart.  The lesson focused on sharing the gospel with those around us and not being afraid of what others might think of us.  It was based on a talk by Neil L. Andersen called "It's a Miracle" see full talk here!.  During the entire lesson, there was a platter of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (MY FAVORITE!!!) sitting on the table.  The lady giving the lesson didn't ever acknowledge them for the whole lesson, but of course, everyone in the room had most definitely noticed them.

AS she was closing her lesson she said something along the lines of, "Now, I have these cookies.  I really love them, and they certainly bless my life, but I'm too scared to share them with you.  What if some of you don't like them?  I'm not the best cook,  someone else could probably make better cookies for you.  So I think I'll just take these back home and share them with my family.  After all, they know me and it will be much less awkward if I share them with people that have already had them.  or maybe I'll just keep them all to myself"  She then related that to the gospel.

We as Latter Day Saints have this AMAZING blessing in our lives and we are asked to share it with those around us.  Sometimes it can be scary and even awkward, but in the end, think of how many lives will be blessed and how many people will be saved. We may think sometimes, I don't know everything about the gospel, what if i don't say the right thing?  Well, as Elder Andersen says, "YOU KNOW ENOUGH".  We can always go back to what we DO know when faced with questions about what we DON'T know.  As long as we have a foundation and testimony built on Jesus Christ, we know enough to share what we know.

Temple Day!!!

Hello!!!! It's been a while since I wrote anything because lately I have been going through quite the rough time... But don't we all???  These past few weeks have made me so grateful for my Heavenly Father and the comfort and peace that this gospel brings into my life.  I know that there isn't a single trial that I can't get through with the His help.  I know that He gives us trials to help us become better and stronger people.

I started my first semester at Weber State University about a month ago, and I had no idea how hard it would be.  I am a full time student taking 15 credits in Math, Psychology, Nutrition, Microbiology, and Medical Terminology.  So needless to say, homework has not been kind. On top of that, my two best friends are miles and miles away.  One in Logan Ut, and one on a mission in Piura, Peru.  Caught up in all of this stress, I asked my friend Katy if we could go to the temple soon.  I knew that if I needed to feel peace, that was the place to feel it.

We left Ogden on Thursday at about 3:00 p.m. with plans to go to the Bountiful Temple and perform a few baptisms and confirmations.  We got there, did the work, and we were out in about a half hour.  I love that temple and had an incredible experience there that day.  As I was getting confirmed for a lady in Hungary, I just felt this OVERWHELMING feeling of comfort, and I realized how truly lucky I am to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  As my friend and I got back in the car, we had a feeling that we weren't done quite yet.  For us, that was over WAY too quickly.  So we decided to keep going and drive down to the Salt Lake Temple and do a few more.  The Spirit in that building was so strong, and we both had another amazing experience there.  I could feel God's love that he has for each of His children and the joy that He feels when they comeback into His arms again.

We walked out of the temple with wet hair and make-up gone, and ran into two sister missionaries who asked if we had just done baptisms.  We said yes and continued to talk to them for about a half hour.   One of the sisters in particular, Sister Briggs had this amazing smile on her face while she was talking about the joy that comes when we do temple work.  She asked me if I was planning on going on a mission, and I said OF COURSE!!!  Then I asked her for advice on how to best prepare for a mission, and she told me something I'll never forget.  She told me that just by living every moment of my life the way Christ would have me live it, I would learn more and more about being a missionary everyday.  She told me that She and her companion remind themselves everyday that they are representing Christ in everything that they say and do.  She said that the best missionary work that I can do right now is temple work.

After a while of talking to these sisters, I was just about in tears.  I knew that there was a reason we needed to go to Salt Lake.  Talking to Sister Briggs was an answer to my prayers.  Heavenly Father knew exactly what I needed that day, and I know that he answers prayers though others.  I know that My Father in Heaven loves me and truly cares about me.  I know that my Savior Jesus Christ lives and that through Him and His Atonement, we can live with our Heavenly Father once again.  I know that this Church is the true church upon the earth today.  It is the only place that I can find true peace on this earth. I'm proud to be a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!!! <3