He will not let us fall

Dear blog land, oh how you are good to me.

My heart is just so full right now. I just got back from an amazing lemon-filled trip to Arizona last week, and with both Easter and General Conference last weekend as well as mission papers that I’m working on I just cant help but think of my Savior and smile at how good He has been to me.

Look how cute we are at the Grand Canyon!

Speaking of General Conference… didn’t you just LOVE IT?! I did!

I don’t think that I could write a blog post long enough or good enough to describe how I feel about General Conference and all of the thoughts, impressions, and answers to prayers that went through my mind while I was listening to these men that were called of God to guide us.

But I want to share just a piece of it.

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I feel like I am hanging all the time, and I know the rest of the world is too. I often feel the gritty texture of the rocks in my life. There is a line in the song “Beyond Me” by TobyMac that says;


That You gave me the stars, put them out of my reachCalled me to waters a little too deep
Oh, I’ve never been so aware of my need
You keep on making me see
It’s way beyond me.”


This is exactly what God has done with my life. He’s offered me everything, things even greater than I could imagine, and then he’s set them just out of my reach in a place that I couldn’t possibly get to on my own. He’s set up a ledge for me to hang on, but that I can’t climb over by myself.
But the good part of this situation is that He is the other half of the equation needed for us to reach what we need.
Have you ever lifted up a small child so that they can reach something they want? You could easily just hand it to them, but instead you decide that it would be good for them to let them grab it. So you wait for them to ask for your help, and then you lift them.
This is what God is doing with us. He has “offered us the stars and put them just out of reach” But he has promised that he will lift us up if we follow him.
He has also promised us that  He would not let us fall.
And how can we when we have hands so strong bearing us up?
So if we have the hands that run the universe holding us up, what is there for us to do?
Helaman 5:12 says;

“And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty stormshall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.”

Whenever I am tempted with something. Be it a temptation of sin, or the desire to sleep through mission prep, or some other thing that I know I shouldn’t or should be doing, the words run through my mind;

I LOVE GOD MORE THAN THAT.

This is a phrase that has changed my life. Because I know that God has given me everything. He sent His only Son to die for me. Christ already paid the entire price needed. But who am I to turn down that offer of exaltation? Who am I to turn down the hand that will not let me fall? Who am I to show God that I love sin more than him by giving in?

“I love God more than that” has kept me out of so many situations. 
Every week when we take the sacrament we promise to “Always have his spirit to be with us.”
To me that means to always love Him more than anything else.
It means to make decisions that will be in harmony with his will for us. And I know that if we do
HE WILL NEVER LET US FALL




feel my sunlight
p.s. What was your favorite talk in Conference?

Conference: called to serve

Oh how beautiful is the sunshine pouring down from the sky and oh how neglected this blog has been this week. I mean, we had conference and I have yet to blog about it… SHESH! I need to get with the program.

So…. CONFERENCE!!!! 

Conference was fantastic. Incredibly extremely entirely fantastic. I took an entire 60 pages of notes. Yes you read that right….60 PAGES! Granted, I write really BIG and I also draw a lot of pictures that take up space, but still, this should count for some kind of record. Feel free to send me any awards.

This conference brought so much peace and direction into my life just when I needed it the most. 

This conference weekend has reaffirmed my desire to serve a mission in a year and a half. I love this gospel with all my heart and I can honestly say that if the prophet called me up and asked me to leave tomorrow I would go without giving it a second thought. I don’t know how I’m going to survive the year and half wait, but I think my mom is glad the wait is there. Oh how I desire to obtain a name tag.

Thanks to this reaffirmed desire, I have spent much of my free time pouring over missionary blogs, pinning missionary things on pinterest, and scrolling through the comments on this facebook page for sisters who are preparing to serve missions. Which is probably why this blog has remained untouched.

So since I am not able to leave on a mission right now I think I’ll make this quote my new goal. Whose with me?

So you watched conference… now what? The end of conference is a time to change. It is a time to re-evaluate your life and to see the areas where you could become better. Its a time to listen to the Lord speak through the voice of prophets. The words spoken in conference are true and if we follow what they say we will become better and we will become more like Christ.
I saw a tweet about conference that said

“Day one: take notes
 Day two: take notes
     Day three: take action”
Although it may be “day six” when it comes to conference (thanks to my lack of blogging) we still have time to take action. For me it is becoming a better missionary.
I know that if we follow the words of the prophets and we apply what they say into out lives that we will notice a change in ourselves. I have a testimony of this gospel and I believe it to be true with all my heart. I found so much joy in conference and I can’t wait to take action.

What action are you going to take?
feel my sunlight
p.s. for those of you who missed conference you can watch it HERE!

p.s.s. GUYS!! My bangs are finally long enough to fit into a ponytail without being braided!
*cue happy dance music*
*proceed to happy dance*

#LDSConf

Hey everybody! It Conference weekend!!! The greatest weekend of the year! (you know, besides the other Conference weekend in October.) General Conference starts in four minutes!!! Watch it here!

Also, don’t forget to share your thoughts using the hashtag #LDSConf on your favorite social media sites!!!

Go feel the spirit my friends!  Listen to prophets speak!

feel my sunlight

p.s. Let me know your favorite parts!

General Womens Meeting!

My mother taught my brother how to prank call today… funniest thing of my life.

The conversation went like this;

*brother calls grandparents*
*grandpa picks up*

Grandpa- “hello”

Little brother- “hello, this is a message from Davis High School, to listen to the message, press one.”

*Grandpa presses one* {obviously it wasn’t someone from Davis high school. So we all died when he actually pressed 1.}

Little brother- “hello, it has been recorded that your son, Mike (my dad. Obviously not in HS), has been abducted by aliens. Bye!”

Ay, I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breath and I thought I was going to pass out. I like my family. I think I’ll keep them.

So today was the General Women’s Meeting. I don’t want to take a long time typing because I want you to take the time to watch the broadcast. I do however, want to say that the spirit that was felt while watching this broadcast was powerful. An undeniable witness to me that this church is true. I will also provide you with some photographs of the notes I took because let’s face it, I love taking notes. Enjoy!

(yes, I know I misspelled covenants.)

What were you’re favorite quotes from the broadcast?

feel my sunlight

p.s. I am SO excited for conference next week I can not even stand it!

Of One Fold and One Shepherd

Whoa! Blogging two days in a row? I’m on a roll guys.

I want to share with you a video. This video is put on a playlist in seven parts. This video speaks of the coming of Christ to the Americas as written about in the Book of Mormon. This is something unique to the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints in the sense that we other religions do not have this record or do not teach that it is true. I testify to you that it is true.

In John 10:16 in the New Testament, Christ spoke saying;

“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”

In saying this he was speaking about those in the Americas. After he was resurrected he visited these people. These people were the ancestors of the Native Americans. The Book of Mormon is a record of these people and Christ’s ministry to them. The Book of Mormon is not meant to replace the Bible, but to serve as “another testament of Jesus Christ.”

This video is a depiction of Christ’s coming to the Americas. I encourage you to take the time to watch it and to read The Book of Mormon and gain a testimony for yourself that it is true.

I have a testimony of The Book of Mormon. I have read it and I know for myself that it is true and that Christ really did minister to his children in the Americas. He has come before and he will come again.

feel my sunlight

p.s. Another HUGE shout out to Dallin for being elected into office! Way to be awesome!

Tumbling stuff and also conference stuff.

They told me Jr. Year was the hardest year.


They told me third term was the hardest term.

They wonder why third term of Jr. Year makes me cry.

So, I started writing this post a while ago, but due to the above statement it never got finished.

Ah blogging world, oh how I wish I had adequate time to interact with you more often.

So…. meet results.

For those of you who don’t know about this meet (you must be new, welcome) click here and here to get the prewrap (see what I did there gymnasts?!) on what went down this weekend two weekends ago. Anyways, I competed at the KLI this last weekend on the 14th and 15th and it went not as expected.

Unfortunately, I had a minor mistake that was sadly unfortunate. It was unfortunate because this kind of mistake discredits the rest of that pass giving you zeroes for the rest of the skills. I finished my first pass okay, and did a pretty good second pass, but unfortunately found myself at the bottom of the totem pole when it came to awards. Last place bites, but you know what? I was okay.

I was okay because of the experience I had at the meet. I had the chance to talk to the one and only Kalon Ludvigson a few times as well as give him a couple hugs. He said that the statement I made about him in THIS BLOG POST mad him “cry for like a week.” I hate to make people cry, but in this case I am quite happy about it. Thanks for being the incredible person that you are and for inspiring so many people both inside this sport and outside of it. I will forever feel privileged to be able to say “I know him” when talking about you.

I enjoyed this meet so much thanks to the incredible people I had around me. I must say that I love my coaches so much. Not every coach can make you laugh moments after you make a mistake, but I promise you mine can. I couldn’t do it without you.
I also thoroughly enjoyed running around the arena as well as city creek with this fun chick. Teri had been there for just about everything the past few years and I am so lucky to be able to call her my teammate. Love you Teriyaki!!

So, this blog is in need for a return to the gospel don’t you think? I haven’t written a good solid church topic post in a while. It’s time.

I have a few things to talk about. First off, I’d just like to say that temples are the best. They are seriously the greatest thing. I feel so blessed to be able to live so close to so many temples and to have opportunity to perform God’s work within the walls.

Secondly, let’s talk about conference for a minute.

I love conference.

Last week we had a seminary assembly and I had the opportunity to team teach a short lesson about conference with the incredible Adam Dummer. This topic has been on my mind quite a bit since then and can I just say that I am SO excited for conference.

I want you all to take a second to watch this video. It speaks so clearly the words that I wish to portray to you through my blog

Conference is truly my favorite time of year. Conference morning just about edges out every holiday morning in its greatness. I love it so much because it is a time when we get to hear from real and living prophets.

In the times of the Bible the Lord spoke to his people through prophets. (Think… Adam, Moses, remember those guys? Thought you might) The Lord spoke to prophets in the bible, it would only make sense to me that he would continue to speak to his children through modern day prophets, and HE DOES!

Conference is a time where we are addressed by modern day Prophets, Seers, and Revalators. The Lord speaks through them just as he did in times of old. He speaks through prophets to talk to his people. He speaks through prophets to talk to you.

I have a strong testimony that the words spoken in General Conference are the words of the Lord.

The Lord has declared that…

“whether by mine   
own voice     
             or by the voice 
of my servants,        
      it is the same.”
         -Doctrine and Covenants 1:38
Conference is a time of Joy, a time of rejoicing, a time of worship, and a time to turn to the Lord for council. I invite all, whether you are LDS or are not, to tune in on April 5th and 6th to see what this “conference thing” is all about and I promise you that if you sincerely listen, you will be changed in some way.
And to all women ages 8 and up I have another invitation to you.

I have a very strong testimony of conference. I know that these are true and living prophets that are speaking straight from the Lord. I have received answers to questions and comfort in times of trial countless times just through listening to these conference talks. I love conference and I want to share this love of mine with those around me so I ask you to tune in and to partake of this goodness.

feel my sunlight

p.s. Did I mention you can watch conference in your pajamas? Church in your pj’s? Greatest thing ever.
p.s.s. This whole “blog post thing” needs to happen more. Don’t you think?
p.s.s.s. Shout out to Dallin Checkets who is running for SBO! Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

get your rod on

Two things.
This,

 and this.

Your life is better now. 
I am in a ridiculously good mood right now. Conference was fantastic and I am finally registered for EFY express and I just can’t wait! It’s been a good day.
As any of you with a twitter know that the twitter overload that happens during conference is pretty crazy. Basically everybody on twitter tweets everything any of the speakers say included with there thoughts on just about everything. Its kinda fun. Out of all of the tweets I read to day my favorite by far had to be this one by Alex Boye
I thought it was an awesome tweet and it is going on a sticky note on my bathroom mirror as a reminder to live everything said during conference. It is a reminder to hold fast to the rod and to follow the teachings of God. I also like how by saying “get your rod on” it as if you are putting on an outfit for everyone to see. We aren’t just supposed to keep the commandments quietly, but we should be standing up to our beliefs and being an example to everyone around us. We are the Later Day Army. We are fighting for him and we want the whole world to see us that they might join us. So don’t be afraid to “GET YOUR ROD ON!!”
For the rest of my spiritual message for this post all I am going to say is I want you to watch any session or talk that you may have missed (first video), and let Michael Mclean’s music (2nd video) play sometime thought the next few days and really listen to what is being sung. Also, “GET YOUR ROD ON!!
feel my sunlight
p.s.  Isn’t conference the best?