Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
And then I remembered an I SYS class I took two years ago and....... I made a flowchart. Haha.
But it makes it easy to understand how reading the Book of Mormon can help anyone know if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is really Christ's church (and therefore they could know that the current propeht, Thomas S. Monson, is God's spokesperson on the earth today).
Behold my nerdyness...
(You'll have to click to make it bigger. Sorry, flowcharts are the limit of my computer savvy-ness)
So there you have it. A logical process to help you resolve any doubts you have about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In the end, all you have to do is read the Book of Mormon and ask God if it's true. :)
For a brief intro about the Book of Mormon, watch this neat video, or just request a free copy.
To learn more about Joseph Smith and the restoration of the true church of Jesus Christ, watch this one:
Or visit this link to read about it.
Monday, August 1, 2011
|Liz and I at the beginning of spring term|
|Sara and Allison at the beginning of spring term|
|Sara and I :)|
Thursday, July 21, 2011
really feel a close connection with them all. -- even the ones I
haven't met yet. These are my people. There are people here the Lord sent me to find. I will miss them, but I know that the work of the Lord will go forward here. It's the work of the Lord -- He always keeps his promises.
I know that Jesus is my Savior. I have an understanding of the Fall, and my sins, which teaches me the necessity of Christ. I need Him. And I know that He receives my soul as I live the doctrine of Christ. I love Christ, and I will continue to be a disciple of Christ the remainder of my life.
I love you all and look forward to all the tears and hugs and smiles. See you shortly. Life is good.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
"You wanted this, remember? You wanted to be stretched."
"Yeah but not like this," my inside voice always says. Spiritual growing pains again.
Can I just share some beautiful words with you? They're not mine, they're from my eloquent Southern friend Lyndsi Shae, but I love them and they help me find clarity. She's on a mission in California right now but I don't think she'd mind.
"When I grow older, I promise to never have a job in accounting.
(No offense accountakids, I think ya’ll make great dads. Not because of the hours or the nature of your work, but because every time I meet a dad who is also an accountant, he is honorable, kinda goofy, and gentle.)
Regardless, I promise to never join you in the field of numbers and money.
I am disenchanted with my own predictions—a loss of faith in all things once hopefully deemed “Obvious. Natural. Coming Soon.”
I am by no means obliterated, only silent for a while—telling myself to relinquish control. And then, relinquish the idea that I have any knowledge of what is to come.
“But I am not that girl!” I say to myself.
“I am not the girl with the 5 year plan who refuses to deviate. I’ve always been okay not knowing the answers.”
“Oh please. You’re NOT the girl with the 5 year plan and the permanent mascara, but you ARE the girl who is thrown by all these twisting outcomes at once. It’s okay that you’re that girl, but you have to change your perspective now: You make choices. God makes outcomes.”
He is the only relationship I can predict as Obvious. Natural. Coming Soon.
As my stories with these people take exits I could not see from the driver’s seat—I realize that I am not wholly driving this thing—that the map I’ve got across the dashboard is drawn by my own narrow predictions.
“That’s a nice map you’ve worked on,” God says to me.
“But in the past I’ve always navigated by my own omniscient vision, and I think we should stick with that.”
I tell him it’s okay, and slip out of his seat. I think I was cramping him a little bit.
See how he talks to me like he’s just my Dad?
The truth is: I am thankful, even desperate to believe in something beyond my human limitations—even if I have no idea where He’s going with all of this.
“Fine. But do I have to be an accountant?” I ask.
I think he said no, but he probably just laughed."
Isn't she great? You should read the whole post.
So yeah, that's pretty much the story of my life lately. Yesterday I went to the Draper temple with the lovely Allison Lew and it was soooo nice. In the celestial room the only thought that kept coming to me was, "You're taking steps in the dark right now, but soon enough the Lord will light up your way."
"Just trust me," He said. Again. You'd think it'd be easier to do since He has repeatedly proven that His map is way better than mine, but I still struggle sometimes. I don't know how all of this is going to end, but I know it's going to be ok when it does.
No, more than ok. It's going to be so much better than everything I had planned.