Thursday, December 30, 2010

Faith - The Choice is Yours

There is much that I do not know. I do not know the details of the organization of matter into the beautiful world we live in. I do not understand the intricacies of the Atonement, how the Savior’s sacrifice can cleanse all repentant people, or how the Savior could suffer “the pain of all men” (D&C 18:11). I do not know where the city of Zarahemla was, as referred to in the Book of Mormon. I do not know why my beliefs sometimes conflict with assumed scientific or secular knowledge. Perhaps these are matters our Father in Heaven described as the “mysteries … of heaven” (D&C 107:19) that will be revealed at a later date.

But while I don’t know everything, I know the important. I know the plain and simple gospel truths that lead to salvation and exaltation. I know that the Savior did suffer the pain of all men and that all repentant people can be cleansed from sin. And what I don’t know or don’t completely understand, with the powerful aid of my faith, I bridge the gap and move on, partaking of the promises and blessings of the gospel. And then, as Alma teaches, our faith brings us to a perfect knowledge (see Alma 32:34). By moving forward into the unknown, armed only with hope and desire, we show evidence of our faith and our devotion to the Lord.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It's been raining for 7 days... and counting :)

What I love about the Rain:
The taste,

the way it looks when it falls,

playing in it,

because there is slight grammatical error)

the colours.

Other things:
-splashing sounds
-cuddling on my chair, with hot cocoa,
and a blanket. And a book.
-not cold, but still jacket weather
-flood street
-cool looking sky
-the smell (with the sagebrush of course)
-no need to do my hair
-getting wet

What I don't love so much about the rain:

What I love about After the Rain:
The colours,
it's clean,
the air is clear,
and rainbows.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Why - Miss Montessori! And Mr. Einstein! It's a pleasure!

So. Once upon a time I stumbled upon this beautiful Quote:

It is the supreme art of the teacher
to awaken joy
in creative expression
and knowledge.
-Albert Einstein

It has been a favourite for some time.

Then I came upon this quote:

Children are a driving force
that can bring new hope
to people
engulfed in darkness.
-Maria Montessori

New added favourite.

Also. My dear friend Maren shared this video of a little girl telling the story of Jonah.
It is so great!
I highly recommend you take 7 minutes and 44 seconds out of your Finals study time (that is. if you actually study) to watch this joyous thing!

p.s. my mission papers are officially initiated!

Monday, December 6, 2010

guess. what!

missionary: \'mi-she-ner-e\ noun;
a person who leaves their families
for a short time
so others can be with their families
for eternity.

that's me.
just so you know.
so... that Mexico plan is kerput.

I start my papers on Sunday!
(Which also happens to be my 21st birthday.)
I had my first Temple preparation class this past Sunday.

I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
I love my family.
I love Jesus Christ.
I love my Heavenly Father.
That is why I am serving!
But, I hope you already know these things about me.
(If not - my fault. Not yours.)