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*

To Believe

Hey friends! I have had quite the eventful few days (and by eventful I mean PJs and Pinterest and cough drops) I have been home sick with bronchitis and I also discovered I had asthma. whoot! whoot! I got myself an inhaler! I am seriously the coolest kid on the block right now.

While bronchitis isn’t fun, it’s not bad at all compared to what others in this world have to deal with. All around I feel pretty dang blessed. I’ve had opportunities that are unimaginable for most people and I’ve had the support of a lifetime, I have had the chance to meet so many fantastic people, and I have had warm arms around me the entire time. I am so so thankful for these oppurtunities.

While I have been fortunate, and the majority of those around us have been fortunate to have enough, there are those around us who don’t. There are those who don’t know where there next meal will come or who don’t remember the last time they laughed.

In a world full of so much darkness and fear it is often hard to see light at the end of the tunnel. But there IS a light at the end of the tunnel. We just have to keep moving forward. He hears your prayers and someday YOUR peace shall come. Someday we shall live in peace with our Savior, The Prince of Peace.

Now I as that if you only watch one video this week let it be this one, and if your like me, hit replay a few times. It left me dead in my tracks.

 
Ya. I know. I am blown away, but even more, I am proud to say that I believe that this day shall come.
feel my sunlight
p.s. Driving in the snow is a scary thing.

pretending I’m a DIY blogger

Today I’m going to do something crazy (sorta) I’m going to pretend to be a DIY blogger for a day.

See, I’ve been wanting a scripture cover for months due to the fact that my scriptures are looking just a little too loved, and by too loved I mean the binding is being held on by bobby pins, they don’t close all the way, and my pages look like a package of highlighters exploded. But that’s exactly how I like it. They just needed a little more protection.

The only problem is the ones on etsy are just too dang expensive for my mission saving self so we went the alternative option. Pinterest.

I was thinking “Oh! I’ll make an awesome scripture cover and do a tutorial on my blog! And then I found this tutorial by delia cretes… and it’s really good. I ended up using her tutorial almost exactly so I am just going to link to her blog and skip the whole tutorial thing.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iluT0so5vgg/TWXbhRBJdeI/AAAAAAAAF1o/dd3slIS8Xj8/s1600/scripture+case-7.jpg
delia creates tutorial

Aaaaand…. my creation.

As a few of you know I am doing 30 days of Thanksgiving with my friend Hannah from The Perks of Being Happy. My day one just so happens to be a guest post on sprinklesonmyicecream.blogspot.com and you can read that post HERE.

So this is day two and I’m thankful for… can you guess it?… THE SCRIPTURES!

We as the Mormon Church “believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. {Article of Faith 8}

The Book of Mormon is not meant to replace the Bible, but it stands as “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” It tells of Christ’s dealings with the people in the Americas. It contains the fullness of the gospel and it tells men what they must do in order to gain eternal live and achieve eternal life.

I have a personal testimony of the Book of Mormon. I know know of its truthfulness and I have felt it’s power in my life. I encourage everyone to see what it’s all about.

Read more about the Book of Mormon HERE.
Request a FREE copy of the Book of Mormon HERE.

feel my sunlight

p.s. My family just told me I have blogosaurus. Whatever that means. I think it is supposed to be some kind of disease, but it sounds like some kind of dinosaur to me. Either way, I like it.
p.s.s. Notice how my scripture case matches my blog. coincidence? You decide.

ladders


The world seems to think that beauty and greatness is what’s on the magazine covers. But the Lord has another standard. 

{Picture Via Google. See original HERE}
I want you to picture yourself climbing up a ladder; at the top of the ladder both Satan and Christ have their hands outreached, they are both showing you something and are trying to get you to reach for it. Satan shows us comparisons. He shows us things that we will never be and deceives us into thinking that we have to have those things to be happy and to be beautiful. He makes us compare ourselves to the “model on the magazine”, the “36 on the ACT” and the “winner of American Idol”. What Satan shows us isn’t real. Christ shows us example. He lived a perfect life free from sin. He shows us what we should be. While both are similar in the fact that they are both holding something that is above you and that you aren’t yet they have very different tactics. Satan is sitting at the top with his hand stretched out to you just so that he can push you back down. Christ on the other hand, has his hand outstretched and is just waiting for you to grab it so that he can lift you higher. 
True happiness comes from striving to follow the example that Christ has set for us and not from trying to be what Satan and the world tell us we should be. 

You are so much more than what the world sees in you. You are a daughter of god. Reach to Christ.
 

Feel my Sunlight
p.s. You are Awesome

filter out #usetheinternetforgood

I’ve been dancing around this opened tab for a while now. I really love blogging, like, it’s right up there with food, and tumbling, and Temple Tuesday, but I don’t always love starting the blog post. You know what I mean? There. I’ve started. Things are going to get better now.

Twitter just needs to stop, and Instagram just needs to stop, and Pinterest definitely just needs to stop. Blogger is fine. The trash on the internet should really just be turned into compost and used for something good. Like, can we please use Miley Cyrus’ work as fertilizer for the flowerbeds on Temple Square?

I have an experiment for you… I want you to open Pinterest and start scrolling, stop when you see something that A. Swears, or B. shows a chick in just a bra. How long did that take? 2.7 seconds? That’s what I thought.

I’m really tired of social media and all the garbage it has on it. now days, things like immodesty are a common thing and they don’t even make us blink twice. So I’m going to take a vote… all in favor of ditching all social media for a day comment “I”. (Except for bloglovin’. It’s usually safe.) So tomorrow I am “going offline” kinda like I sometimes “go off sugar”. I’ll be back, but I need a break. Who’s in?

The things written about, video taped, and recorded in today’s social media is something that should be looked at with caution and carefulness. I agree it should be used, but in the right ways. It should be used to enlighten and uplift, not to destroy and degrade.

I was watching a video by Alex Boye earlier as I was dancing around this tab. It had nothing to do with social media, but what he said is significant,

“I believe we become 
            what we                    
             think about         
   the most.”       
        -Alex Boye

If we spend all of our time scrolling through the things on social media sites, They will become what we think about most. I believe that if we want to “keep our eye single to the glory of God” {D&C 4:5}, we must not “keep our eye single to the things tweeted about on twitter.”

Listen to Elder Bednar, he knows what he’s talking about.

 
I know that social media can be a great thing. It can bless and uplift, It can teach and it can testify, but it is something that must be used correctly. I believe that if we all try to take a few extra minutes through our day to unplug and shutdown we will be more able to filter out the negative in our lives and we will be more able to see God’s hand in our lives.
#usetheinternetforgood
Feel my Sunlight
p.s. I really need some good books so that I have something to do other than sit on Twitter. Any suggestions?
p.s.s. Did anyone catch the Hunger Games reference?

 

sweet sundaes

This week has been sweet and I have to say Sundays {or sundaes} are the sweetest. This week is the week in preparation for conference weekend. For those of you who don’t know much about conference weekend, prepare for an explosion of awesomeness from the Mormons. I personally can’t wait. I mean, a chance to watch church on TV in your pajamas while you eat food? Not to mention the fact that we get to listen to the prophets of God and learn what God wants us to know and do in our lives. Pretty cool right?

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

So pretty much conference=happiness. Yup that just about sums everything up! I could end with that, but I do have a few things I want to share.

For starters, I invite you all {regardless of weather you are a “relief society” person or not} to listen to this talk given yesterday by President Monson during the General Relief Society Meeting. It was a great talk.

 One thing that stuck out to me in this talk was when he said

          “although [our challenges]   
are different to each,         
       they are common to all.” 
I liked this because it made me remember that everyone on earth is fighting a hard fight. And I think that if we can remember that everyone is fighting a hard fight we would do better to treat people in a way that will help them fight that fight, rather than bring them down. We are all on the same team and we would do well to remember that we are only each others team mates, not each others opponents, and that if we fight together the game will be so much easier to win.
A second quote from President Thomas S. Monson that stuck out to me was when he said.
“The words of truth and inspiration,     
   found in our four standard works, 
are prized possessions to me.”      
Anyone who knows me very well knows that I almost always carry my journal around with me. It’s something I learned from my dad who always has his notebook out ready to take notes in whatever church meeting he may be in. For me you may not see it, but I always have it with me in my backpack, purse, or gym bag. I carry it with me everywhere because you never know when you are going to hear an amazing quote, or receive an answer to a prayers. For me having this journal with me allows me to record these gems of truth so I don’t forget them. The things in this journal are “words of truth and inspiration” that help aid in my understanding of the standard works and they are “prized possessions to me.” This journal is also where all of my ideas for blog posts come from and I never write without it open in front of me. (I just realized that I only have 10 pages left….ah guess its time to buy a new journal!)
Flipping through my scribblings from Church today I am reminded of something said during our 5th Sunday combined lesson taught by the bishopric. Our bishop said,
       “as soon as you take the patience to       
       observe individual stars,              
               you will begin to                 
    observe constellations.”          
The same concepts is true with scripture study. As we begin to have patience to understand what individual verses are saying, we will begin to see the big picture and realize how these versus apply to us. It is only then that we begin to receive revaluation for ourselves. It is only then that we are able to taste just how sweet the gospel is.

I love this gospel and I know just how much sweetness it has brought to me and my life. I hope you all take the opportunity to stick your tong out and taste it for yourself.

feel my sunlight

p.s. This week for Young Womens we filled our bishops office with creepy dolls and funny sayings. He loved it. My ward is so awesome.