Monday, March 11, 2013

Peace


So I have had quite an interesting month and a half to say the least but I wanted to post about a few certain things that were going on.

I realized how important Temples are.  They are a source of peace and revelation and I am so grateful that I have been able to experience what I have experienced by just attending baptismal sessions in the temple.  They will also be a place where I can receive instruction and be sealed to an eternal companion and begin my own family, and that is such a wonderful, amazing thing.

I also have come to realize how important it is to be a Woman,
As Women we have such an important role to play, Men can't be mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, or aunts like women can,  and Women can't be fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, or uncles like men can.  As much as the world wants to fill the gaps with what is going on in the world right now, It is hard to understand the importance of our roles.  

I am really glad that I have come to realizations that after so long that I can be such a wonderful, eternal, human being, (if that make sense) and we have all been given the opportunity to experience every aspect of life, good and bad, that is only what makes us who we are and who we will become.  

For a long time I have been fearful of making big huge important steps, but I have come to understand that Heavenly Father only wants us to be closer to him and know him.  He knows us and trusts us, so we need to know him and trust him, even when he gives us revelation that we think is ridiculous.

I am so grateful that even after making mistakes Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are willing to help us through the Atonement.  He wouldn't have provided that opportunity if he didn't think that we could all work through our difficulties, our trials, and mistakes.

I am so grateful for revelation, through the scriptures, from general conference or receiving my own personal revelation.  I am so grateful that it has come at the right time, and the right place. 

I am so grateful for all my friends that I have had, that I currently have, and that I will have, they are amazing in every way, they are incredible.  I have learned so much from them, and they are huge examples to me.   The Lord has definitely put the best people into my life, when I needed them.

I am so grateful for my family.  As it has changed and developed into what it is right now. I know that every member of my family is working hard at being who they are and being happy.  I love them.

I am hopefully going to blog more frequently, I just haven't felt the right things to say and I wanted to make sure I was blogging for me, and not blogging for anyone else.  Even though I want people to read my blog.   I just didn't feel like I had the right words to say what I wanted to say.

So Happy Monday!



Thursday, January 10, 2013

Can You Feel The Love Tonight?

This is So Cute!



Thursday, January 3, 2013

Giveaway Issues

I never thought I would have so many issues with a giveaway.

So I've resolved to do this.

Leave a comment on your favourite LDS song and artist and tell me why you like it and why I should download it.

Also.  Bonus Entry If you can give me new band/song suggestions in another comment you get a bonus entry.

Prizes are the same.  I will do a random number generator thing to find out the winner.

The Giveaway Officially Closes on Thursday January 10, 2012 at 8pm!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Just A Little Odds & Ends

The Giveaway Ended with No Entries, yet my friends if you still want to enter you have until January 10, 2012



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The prizes are below two entries down

Also, I've Added My Pinterest and Instagram Accounts for Y'all To Check out!  So Please Do!

I'm looking forward to Blogging on a More Constant Basis So Please Come Back and Check Out Some Awesome things I have planned for 2013!

PEACE!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Giveaway Extended until Next Friday

I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season.

I haven't had any entries to my giveaway but I hope someone wants to win some great books to give to the mothers or soon to be mothers in your life.

Giveaway ends on Friday December 28, 2012 at 10pm [est]

So Enter Now!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Little Bit About My Love of Music and A Giveaway!

Welcome Blog readers from everywhere,

I have been given such a wonderful opportunity to provide a giveaway today through YOURLDSRADIO and YOURLDSMUSIC

But I thought first I would tell you a little bit about how I came across LDS music.

When I was sixteen years old I was finding that a lot of the music that was out there contained vulgar and suggestive lyrics.

I really thought that as a Latter Day Saint and by reading the Strength for Youth Pamphlet that I really should listen to music that is uplifting and inspiring and came across Gospel Music and Christian Music.

A year later I attended an EFY (Especially for Youth) conference in Calgary, Alberta Canada and received my very first EFY CD A Season for Courage.  I listened to that CD more times then I could count and could  sing many of the songs off by heart.  They not only became a comfort but became an inspiration and council through the lyrics.  I have since bought many EFY CD's and many other CD's by other LDS artists and have really come to love the music that has been inspired by the spirit.

I recently received an email from Your LDS Radio/Your LDS Music.  asking if I would like to do a giveaway on my blog.  It seemed like the perfect way to introduce my love of LDS music and have the opportunity to start writing again on my blog.


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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I would photograph your heart

I would look into your eyes
I would see into your soul
I would hear the beat of the drum in your heart
I would feel your warm embrace
I would examine all your beauty
I would clasp my hand in yours
I would kiss your forehead deeply

a chance to win this camera, 

HECK YA!! :D

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I Have a Song Written On my Heart Right now


I just thought I would share it with you.  

I have much to share with the blog world.

A lot of ups and downs have happened in a month

and I would love to share them with you!


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Well That's A Fine How Do You Do... Ringing in 2012

Post Numero 75!  I can't believe it.  I've known it was coming for quite a while but I wanted to wait for a "Perfect" moment to write.  2012 seems like a good opportunity to do so.  I am actually quite excited by it.  I actually really couldn't figure out what to write as post 75.  I am really excited for the year ahead.  I really want to strive to be not only a better person, but a better blogger.  I'm also really excited to know that I have some fantastic resolutions and I'm really excited about that as well.  I am really hoping that they last the entire 366 days this year. Yes my friends this year is a leap year!  I decided to write a list of goals as this post as I can go back and look at it again and again.  I might even post it on my own wall so I see it everyday!  I was aiming for 75 things, but as you can see...  there are more than that.  Funny things happen at 3:20am!!  I need to stop or I will have like 300 goals for one year.. haha!

I really want to

Spiritual Goals

* attend the temple at least once a month (receive my endowment)
* pay my tithing on a regular basis
* pray
* read my scriptures daily
* read/watch/listen to general conference talks, firesides
* be able to serve in the best capacity of my calling(s)
* be a great visiting teacher
* be an instrument in the hands of the Lord when called upon
* receive my patriarchal blessing
* fast with a purpose
* share my testimony as much as I can
* give away a copy of The Book of Mormon
* share the gospel with someone and Introduce them to the Missionaries
* write in my journal
* Love Heavenly Father More than I do now
* Notice the Small Things
* Appreciate the Big Things
* Show Gratitute for my Trials
* See My Worth
* Read the Book of Mormon in 24 hours
* Seek Repentance when Necessary
* Show Forgiveness when Necessary
* Attend Institute
* Attend As Many YSA activities as I can
* Seek Wisdom from my Leaders
* Pray for my Leaders
* Pray for my Family
* Pray for my Friends
* Pray for my Future Spouse and Family
* Read the Book of Mormon in 30 days
* Attend FHE
* Get Rid of Fear
* Have Faith


Healthy Goals


* take care of myself with daily grooming habits
* do my hair for special events
* try to put on makeup for no reason
* exercise (Wii Fit, Zumba, YMCA)
* eat more healthy (vegetables, fruit)
* learn how to cook more
* try to eat three meals a day
* prepare meals so that I don't eat late at night
* go to bed earlier

Family Goals


* tell my family how much I love them
* be able to communicate effectively
* spend more time with them
* make them proud
* write letters to them often (email & snail mail)
* do things for them without complaint
* do things for them without being asked
* ask if they would like to do something, me to do something, etc.
* share my testimony with my family

Habitat Goals

* keep a tidy environment (try to make it calming)
* organize my books
* organize my movies
* create a binder to record what I own regarding books and movies

Personal Goals

* Be the Best Friend I can be
* Show Compassion
* don't be afraid of the phone
* get a job (leads to career in my field
* read at least one book a month
* blog often
* make cards with my cricut and mail them away
* give/toss things I don't need anymore
* give service to a community organization
* Smile Always
* Laugh
* Choose the Best
* Learn to play Piano
* Buy a Violin
* Buy A Ticket to Utah
* Travel
* Phone people for no reason, just to say Hi
* Manage Money Effectively
* Pay down Debt
* Pay family back for things they have done for me
* Put Forth More Effort into things
* Find a new skill
* Learn a new skill
* Take a night course/weekend course/day course
* Beat my Mom at Boggle
* Write Letters to Everyone for no reason
* Get to know people better
* Pin on Pinterest

Career Goals


* Apply to Jobs I am qualified for (no matter where they are)
* Prepare for every interview
* Write notes of appreciation for the interview panel/person
* Work hard at the current jobs I have, do more than what I think I can do
* Work effectively and try to leave place better than I found it
* Make sure I write letters to the people I supply for so they know what I did
* Write notes of appreciation for those people I supply for so they see that I am grateful for what I do
* Follow up after the interview with a phone call no matter what
* Accept every supply call unless the weather is really bad

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Spiritual Strength


I'm really a horrible blogger, but I really have been thinking about this blog of mine (I've wanted to post, but I've wanted to be in the right mindset to write a blog post.)  At times, I wanted to blog frustration but I don't want this to be a forum of negativity.  (I don't know why the font colours are different, so bear with me so I can figure out how to change it)


However, I thought this would be a good time to post.


So I Spoke on Sunday and I thought that my fellow blog fans would like to read it.


It's quite a simple topic when it comes down to it, but we all need the spiritual strength sometimes to make the best choices in our lives,  We've got the Holy Ghost to be the conduit to receive inspiration and revelation which leads to spiritual strength.  Now that I look back on writing and giving this talk at church, there were a lot of things that I wanted to say but not enough time to say it.  So  I will post my talk in this post and then write another post (after a little more serious reflection and if you want to write your comments on the topic as well that would rock, and then I can include them in my thoughts)


So Here It Goes


Today I would like to speak about having spiritual strength. Since during times in my life I may have not inwardly felt this spiritual strength and I have felt that I have needed to work on receiving more of it. This is something that I felt an urgency to increase in my own life as I am continuing to seek more from the gospel.


I would like to begin by retelling a story from Wendy Watson Nelson, the wife of Elder Russell M. Nelson. 


“A few months prior to my marriage, I had an experience that illustrated, just how vital it is that we are prepared with the skill and understanding necessary to do what the Lord needs us to do.  I accompanied Sheri Dew to Palmyra to participate in a symposium on the Prophet Joseph Smith.


Since our obligations lasted into Saturday evening, in order to be home in time to meet our Sunday commitments, we booked an early morning Sunday flight back to Salt Lake City.  That morning we had arrived at the Rochester Airport at 4:30am.  We walked towards the terminal, when suddenly-unexplainably – I tripped and fell and did what could only be described as a cartoon face-plant right into the cement.


Sheri was walking ahead of me, heard me fall, and turned around and saw me face down on the pavement...which was quickly turning red from the blood pouring from a large gash in my forehead and nose.  She helped me to a sitting position on the sidewalk, and then began to look for something to slow down the bleeding, and began to look for someone to help us.  There were three police cars parked only a few feet away but not a policeman to be found.  It was so early in the morning that there was not one other person in sight.


I instantly knew what had to be done.  I said to Sheri, “You’ve got to pray for me.” Without hesitating, she knelt down on the pavement next to me and began to plead with the Lord.  The only way I can describe that prayer is to say that she prayed with power.  She petitioned the Lord to stop my fear, the bleeding, and the pain.  She also pleaded that she would know what to do to take care of me.


Sheri then darted off in search of help.  Minutes later an officer arrived, took one look at me, and called the paramedics.  About five minutes later a fire truck, with sirens blaring, and an EMT truck..., arrived.  After trying to bandage me up, Sheri instantly intervened: ‘‘No, I`m taking her home. ” With a flimsy bandage finally applied ... I walked with Sheri`s help through the airport.  With the injury finally protected by a bandage that covered most of my forehead and nose ... I settled back into my seat on the plane. 


As the plane took off, I mentioned that I had an appointment later that week with a dermatologist... and I should have him look at the injury.  Sheri response was careful, ‘‘Oh ... you know, after all you`ve been through this morning, you`re probably not going to feel much like going to church today,  why don`t we call ahead and see if we can find a surgeon, a plastic surgeon, in Salt Lake who will see you today”  I still had no idea just how serious my circumstance was.  Upon landing in Salt Lake City we learned that we were to go immediately to LDS Hospital.  An hour later I was in surgery, where it took countless stitches to put my face back together.  However, the surgery did not take place until after I received a priesthood blessing.  There was several reason Sheri was the right person to be with me.  She had the spiritual skill and understanding to know how to petition the Father with power in the name of the Son, so that the pain, the fear, and the bleeding would stop.  And then she knew how to hear the voice of the Lord and His directions through the Spirit to get me from the airport sidewalk to the surgical suite. 


I have often wondered how differently the story might have unfolded had Sheri not been with me.”


May I pose a question which I think we need to pause and think about whether it is now, or during this upcoming week.  “What Can I do to Increase My Spiritual Strength?” and “What is the Source of My Spiritual Strength?


Here are a few quotes that my assist in answering these questions.


Julie B. Beck has said, “The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life. Qualifying for the Lord’s Spirit begins with a desire for that Spirit and implies a certain degree of worthiness. Keeping the commandments, repenting, and renewing covenants made at baptism lead to the blessing of always having the Lord’s Spirit with us.  Making and keeping temple covenants also adds spiritual strength and power to life. Many answers to difficult questions are found by reading the scriptures because the scriptures are an aid to revelation.  Insight found in scripture accumulates over time, so it is important to spend some time in the scriptures every day. Daily prayer is also essential to having the Lord’s Spirit with us.  Those who earnestly seek help through prayer and scripture study often have a paper and pencil nearby to write questions and record impressions and ideas.”


President Henry B. Eyring has said, “Increased spiritual strength is a gift from God which He can give when we push in His service to our limits. Through the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, our natures can be changed. Then our power to carry burdens can be increased more than enough to compensate for the increased service we will be asked to give. ”


Rex W. Allred has said, “To be eligible for exaltation, a person must grow in spiritual power and be sanctified to the point that he develops a powerful and personal relationship with the Savior.”


David A Bednar said, “The very nature of the Redeemer’s Atonement and the purpose of the restored Church are intended to help us receive . . . spiritual strength.  One of the greatest indicators of our own spiritual maturity is revealed in how we respond to the weaknesses, the inexperience, and the potentially offensive actions of others.”


Thomas S. Monson, our prophet wrote an article in the Washington Post this week, about dealing with the results of September 11, 2001, however I feel that in the same way it applies to spiritual strength.  He said, “We owe it to God the same faithfulness he gives to us.  We should strive for steadfastness and for a commitment to God that does not ebb and flow with the years or the crises in our lives.  The way to be with God in every season is to strive to be near Him every week and each day. We truly “need Him every hour,” We must speak to Him, listen to Him, and serve Him. If we wish to serve Him, we should serve our fellow men. We will mourn the lives we lose, but we should also fix the lives that can be mended and heal the hearts that may yet be healed.  It is constancy that God would have from us.  Destruction allows us to rebuild our lives in the way He teaches us, and to become something different than we were. We can make Him the center of our thoughts and His Son, Jesus Christ, the pattern for our behavior. We may not only find faith in God in our sorrow. We may also become faithful to Him in times of calm.


I leave a challenge that if you are seeking spiritual strength to follow the example of Enos in 1:4, “and I kneeled down before my Maker and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens.  Enos had the desire and the faith to pray unceasingly until he had an answer and an increase of spiritual strength.


I encourage you to seek and find spiritual strength through fervent prayer, scripture study, seeking council from our leaders, attending the temple, attending institute, attending church, serving in our callings, being great Home and Visiting Teachers, fasting, and serving those who are waiting to hear the gospel.  And I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen

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