New York and a sweet reunion

Todays post has three pieces and they all happen to relate to the State of New York. How that happened, I don’t know, but I think it’s kinda fun.

NY #1
Remember when I said I had a big decision to make regarding this summer? (aka the P.S.S. of THiS POST.) Well, I made a decision, and I made it official. I am officially registered to attend EFY in Palmyra New York this summer!!! I am SO excited about this and it feels so right. This does; however, mean I probably won’t be able to compete at the US Power Tumbling National Championships this year in Louisville, KY due to the fact that bank accounts aren’t bottomless. I am super bummed about this, but I have prayed about this and NY is where the Lord wants me to be. I can’t wait for this adventure!

NY #2
The second piece of this blog post is simply a link to something awesome. I don’t know about you but I get sick of listening to stuff that is on the radio at times and I just need something else to fill the sound waves in the air around me. CLICK HERE to listen to some awesome recorded blog posts by the incredible Al Caraway {aka Al Fox}! I have been listening to them today and they are probably my favorite thing. How is this related to New York you ask? Al lived in New York before she moved to Utah. It’s a big part of her awesome story. Go check it out!

NY #3
Number 3 is the main bulk of what I wanted this post to be about and it is related to New York due to the fact that my current scripture/seminary journal looks like this…

This thought originated from my seminary teacher but I thought it was so powerful that it needed to be shared.
This comes from Alma 17
This is the part in the book of Mormon where Alma is reunited with the sons of Mosiah.
It had been 14 years since he had last seen these friends (Alma 17:4). And these sons of Mosiah had not only been his friends, but they had shared a conversion story. They were there when Alma was first visited by an angel.
Now, Alma hadn’t seen them for 14 years. And not had he not seen them, he hadn’t heard any word from them. After 14 years of no word it could have easily been thought that they had perished in the land and that they would never return. Imagine how sweet this reunion would have been.
Alma 17:2 says “Therefore Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren; and what added more to his joy, they were still is brethren in the Lord.”
Think of the longest time you have been away from someone you love. How sweet was the moment when you were finally reunited?
Now, imagine what the reunion will the reunion be like when we go back to our heavenly home? What will it be like to go to heaven and see those you haven’t seen in years, to see those who you thought wouldn’t make it.
How will it be to see your Heavenly Father again?
I ask you, is this not motivation to live your life in such a way that this sweet reunion will be made possible in your life?
Have hope in this reunion.
Feel my sunlight
p.s. Seminary is a very good thing. Go to seminary.
p.s.s. Here is an awesome Mormon Message about being Strengthened in the Lord. Can you guess were the youth are from in this video? That’s right! New York!!!

4 thoughts on “New York and a sweet reunion

  1. Sarah K. says:

    EFY in Palymyra sounds amazing! I went there a couple of years ago and it was wonderful! I hope you have lots of fun! And I love your thoughts on Alma 17. That has always been one of my favorite scripture stores, but I had never thought about it that way before. Thank you for helping me see it in an awesome new light!


  2. WhitneySue says:

    I'm so excited! I've never been there before, It should be fun! I love Alma 17 its one of my favorite chapters as well! Such a good missionary chapter. You are welcome and thank you! 🙂


  3. Shelby says:

    Going to New York for EFY sounds super fun! I think you made a great decision:) I haven't gotten to go to any EFYs yet- I'm not 14, but I am counting down the days! I also love the new light you put on Alma 17!


  4. WhitneySue says:

    I think I made the right decision too. I'm super excited. EFY is the BEST I would deafeningly recommend going as soon as you get the chance! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment! You rock!
    -Whit 🙂


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