I stand as Proxy

Live is best when it looks like this.

Hey lovelies!

I hope you are all having a marvelous day.

Guess what I did today! I helped 10 wonderful souls get into Heaven.

For those of you who don’t have a clue what I’m talking about I’ll explain…

Presence of God vs. World
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Before we were on this earth we lived in Heaven with our Heavenly Father (God). When we were born we passed through the veil which made it so that we would not remember anything from our life in Heaven. We were placed on this earth to be tested. We must show our faith in Christ by repenting of our sins and entering the waters of baptism. Baptism is a saving ordinance which means that it is required if we want to return to live with our Father in Heaven after this life.

Now, what about those who don’t have a chance to get baptized in this life? What about those who die as young children, or who die old, but are never taught about the gospel? Are they lost?

Peter taught in Acts 10:34-35 that  

“34 God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.”

If God is no respecter of persons, and if He loves all of His children, and if He really does want all of His children to come to live with Him again, then he would surly provide all his children with the same opportunity to receive the ordinances that are required for them to return.

What about the little children who die before they are baptized? 

Baptism is for the unclean so that they might be made clean. Children are born innocent, and therefore, don’t require baptism to make them clean. Children don’t need to be baptized until they are accountable for their actions. This comes at the age of accountability, which is at age 8. (D&C 68:25-27) If children die before age 8 they don’t require baptism. They are automatically accepted into God’s Kingdom.

Now, what about those who die at an older age, but still never got baptized?

This is where baptisms for the dead comes in. If you read my blog or follow me on any other social media sites, you might have noticed that I “go to the temple” a lot. Well, what I am doing at the temple is in fact baptisms for the dead.

Here on earth we have the opportunity to stand in as proxy for those who have passed on to the next life. In a sense we stand in and act as their bodies. [When my little brother was younger and we went to go do baptisms for the dead he thought that we were actually baptizing dead bodies. So just to make that clear we are baptized “for and in behalf of” those who have died. haha]

After their ordinances are performed for them they are then able to accept or decline them, thus allowing them to enter into Heaven if they decide to accept.

Now I want to share with you why today’s trip to the temple was special. Normally when I go to do baptisms I do “Temple names”, which are names of people that somebody else has found and given to the temple for others to do. But today I did “Family names”, which are exactly what they sound like. They are names of my family members that I found myself.

It all started HERE at FamilySearch.org where I found searched out the names of those in my family who have died without being baptized


I then took those names to the temple and was baptized for them. 


It meant so much more to me knowing that the people that I was doing work for were people I was related to, and I can honestly say that I felt their presence while in the temple.

So to the youth of the church, as well as to the “older youth”, I offer you a challenge to spend a few minutes searching your family history for names that need work done, and then go to the temple and do the work. If you don’t know how to get started shoot me an email at feelmysunlight[AT]yahoo[DOT]com! I’d love to help! (I am after all, a family history consultant. It is my calling in the church to teach people how to do this.)



I have a strong testimony of family history work, as well as temple work. I know that this gospel is true and I love it so much. All I desire is for others to have this same joy in their lives that the gospel has brought to mine.




feel my sunlight



p.s. Isn’t summer just the most wonderful thing? I think I am in love with it.

p.s.s. Shout out to Sister Hartvigsen for driving us to the temple today. You rock!

do his work

 My heart is full. I think that’s how I always feel when starting blog posts. Today it is more than true.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to go to a tumbling camp with Teri. While there, I got to catch up with some people that I had been missing dearly. Shawn, B, and Ashlie all used to be part of the Flipside team, but the Lord called them to other places. They have always been there for me and I love them all a whole lot. It was so much fun to be able to spend the day with them.

Camp was good for the most part. I hit a skill I haven’t been able to connect in over a year on trampoline (tuck barani back tuck) and I also did double fronts (front flip with two flips) off double mini onto a large crash mat for the first time in EVER. That was great fun. I didn’t accomplish the things I wanted to on floor because not long into the second session my back started to hurt and I had to stop. Have no fear, it’s nothing serious, today it’s just super tight muscles and a need for ice and stretching. The usual.

After camp and swimming and dinner we (Me, Teri, and B) headed to the Logan temple to do baptisms for the dead. The temple is so great and I have such a deep love for the temple and the peace I have received in attending the temple. 

Salt Lake LDS Temple
I mean, isn’t it the most gorgeous place you have ever seen? picture via Pinterest.

I was flipping through my journal. (Because I have an obsession with my scripture journals) And I noticed something I wrote on August 7th…

“God often does his work through other people. Make sure he can count on you to get it done.”
At the time I had been writing about doing service for those around us in this life, but looking back on it I can see that by going to do baptisms for the dead we are also doing service for those who have passed on to the next life. Baptisms for the dead can only be done on this earth and the Lord needs us to do that work so that all his children might be able to have the opportunity to live with him again. This gives me even more motivation to attend the temple and to make sure he can count on me to do his work and to get it done.
Again, my heat is full. It is full with gratitude towards my cute little brother who made me eggs this morning. It is filled with love towards those around me who have been so great to me these last few years. It is filled with joy from knowing that I have taken part in helping God get his work done. It is filled with a love for my sport and gratitude that I have been given so many wonderful opportunities to go new places, and to meet such great people through tumbling. My heart is full of prayer for our friend Kalon that he might recover. It is full from knowing that I am loved. My heart is full.
And now, on an unrelated note, yet sorta related since I have been talking about temples, and marriages happen temples, here is a picture that my aunt Stefani just posted from her wedding 8 years ago that I just adore.
My sister Miki in her blessing dress, me in my baptism dress, and my Aunt Stefani in her wedding dress. Aren’t we cute?

And before I sign off I just wanted to share with you this video about sister missionaries that I watched this morning. I myself am planning on serving a mission when I’m 19 and videos like this make me even more excited to do this work.

 

Life is so great.

Feel my Sunlight

p.s. We rearranged our front room and I can now look out the window while I blog. I kinda love it.

Pray for Kalon

Any of you remember the time I posted about that international competition in SLC that I competed at while I had a sprained ankle? AKA The Kalon Ludvigson Invitational. Or any of the other times I posted about Kalon and how awesome he is? Well this post about Kalon is a different post. It is a post to tell Kalon how much we love and appreciate him and it is a call for prayers from each of you.

For those of you who don’t know who Kalon is, Kalon Ludvigson is the USA’s most decorated tumbling athlete since being included in the FIG programme. He holds 20 World Cup and World Championships Medals as well as setting the World Record for Difficulty in 2008 and 2011.

Kalon was born in Sterling, Utah where he found gymnastics at the age of 8. He was a recreational athlete practicing 2 times a week until he decided to focus on his training at age 15 and seriously pursue elite level competition. Kalon became the youngest senior elite tumbling national team member at the age of 16, and won his first U.S. Senior National Tumbling Title in 2006 and hasn’t lost a U.S. Competition since. (Kalon’s biography on facebook)
I have known Kalon for the majority of my tumbling life. He and his coach, Justen, have done many camps and clinics that I have been to and they have been a huge help to me with my tumbling. They have both taught me so much and I always love seeing them, talking to them, and learning from them when they are around. I have been privileged to get to see Kalon tumble every month when I am at meets and I love being able to say “I know him”. 
This last week something shocking happened. Here are the posts and statements in order by both Justen, and USA Gymnastics.
It has been an eye opening week. Many prayers have been said in behalf of Kalon and Justen and I just wanted to say thank you to them for being so good to me and my team over the years. I will never forget the February meet when I hit a pretty good pass and got a Justen hug right after, or the time Kalon signed our credentials at nationals. I love and support you both and am so thankful to have been able to have you in my tumbling life.
I just want you to know that Flipside is praying for you. And to all of you out there reading this Flipside is starting a Kalon Fund to help you them medical costs. If any of you would like to donate to this either contact me, or donate directly to Kalon HERE!! Anything helps.
Kalon we are praying for you. Stay strong my friend and get better fast! You are always going to be an inspiration to many. We love you!
 

Feel my Sunlight

p.s. Um Sundays rock my socks.

Almost going to go insane

Well my friends, It has been four days since I last wrote. I know you have all been sitting at your computers waiting in suspense for me to post. Now where to start?

Lets start with the fact that we are almost done with this school year, when I say almost I mean I am almost going to go insane. I am ready for The Color Run, and mission farewells. I am oh so ready for EFY, 4th year hike, trek, girls camp and the US Power Tumbling National Championships. I am ready for summer training and I am ready to have the opportunity to sleep. These final weeks in school are just painfull. I can hardly focus on anything. Sorry Teachers.

This weekend starts the Elite Challenge. The Elite Challenge is well, just that, an elite challenge. My fab coach, Steph, is competing and is going to do fantastic! Texas had better watch out. We love you Steph! Good Luck!

On that note can anyone guess what next weekend is? That’s right! Regional Championships! Whoo! Flipside is going to Vegas! This will be our final step on our road to Kansas City Missouri for National Championships this July. Ahhh! Oh and if anyone would like to help support our team in fundraising for National Championships click HERE. {And no, I am not going to Morp, incase you were wondering, I will be in Vegas.}

I was going to post a cool video here, but I guess it will have to wait until later. I’m at school you see, and at school the fantastic thing called YouTube doesn’t exist.

So my mind is pretty much stuck on tumbling right now and I’m pretty sure it isn’t coming out. So I will end here. Enjoy this picture of my team being super awesome at City Creek. I am the one on the far left. Admire my perfect handstand.

Feel my Sunlight

p.s. Congrats to all of you out there going on missions or getting married! There are lots of you and I am excited. Congrats! I love you all.

The LWAD SQUAD

I was going through my pictures on my iTouch yesterday and I found these beauties. I’m not kidding when I say the LWAD SQUAD should be a modeling team. 
So close Lauren, So close!
my favorite

Now, modeling isn’t all we do. We are also professional mall dancer. Here is a sneak peak of Lauren’s rehearsals.
I seriously don’t know what I would do without these three in my life. They are my favorite “cousins” and my very best friends. Love you girls!
 
 
 
 
 
Feel my Sunlight
p.s. I pretty much scared the heck out of some of you with my post from yesterday. I know you all probably figured it out, but just to clarify, I’m not actually moving. 

tickets & music

 
My lovely sister is going to play Adelaide in the Jr. High production of Guys and Dolls in 3 weeks. We are in charge of tickets. We have been cutting out and labeling all day and we are finally finished. Whoo! So if any of you would like to come watch my beautiful sister kiss a boy tickets go on sell at Bowman’s Grocery Store on Monday. {There are two casts so her performances are Wednesday, Friday, and the Saturday Matinee.}
{does anybody know how to rotate this?}
{I ❤ Miki}
{TICKETS!}

This has basically been my entire day. I also went to watch an old neighbor open his mission call. That was fun. It’s kind of a short post today so I will leave you with my favorite song of the week. It has been on replay for most of the day.

Feel my Sunlight
p.s. Who else bought Les Miserables yesterday? I DID! 🙂

KLI


Computer tech blog time! I decided on Monday night that I am NOT going to scratch my meet this Saturday. I mean how can you walk away from this?
 
 {yes, I did steal Justin’s pictures.}
 
I know… So come what may, I’m competing. It may be rough but I’m not going down without a fight. I even bought a brand-spanken-new leo to wear on FRIDAY when I’m NOT AT SCHOOL and am WARMING UP with athletes from ALL OVER THE WORLD! whew! This keeps getting better! Except the whole taping/acebandaging/bracing the ankle thing. That’s not so fun. But you do what you’ve got to do.
 
 
I’m pumped. I’m excited. I’m ready. My body on the other hand, is not. But tumbling is 99% mental anyway right? So my compeditors had better watch out!
 
Have you ever been so excited about something that you just can’t even function. Ya, that’s how I feel right now. It’s a mix of relief that I am going to be able to compete, buckets and buckets of excitement, and well… nerves. (I know it’s kinda early for nerves but AHHHH!) A great gymnast once said “If you loose the nerves, you loose the sport.” And let me tell you, I haven’t lost the sport.
 
So I hope you enjoyed that little rant on my meet this Saturday. I doubt anyone but my team mates and my mom have made it all the way through. So congrats if you did! I’m excited and the bell is about to ring. Love you all!
 
 
Feel my Sunlight