Blog Entry: Old Testament - Love the Lord

As children of God, we should love the Lord with all our might, mind, and strength. (Moroni 10:32). It is only fair that we serve Him and show our gratitude to Him.
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Serving the Lord, obeying His commandments, reading our scriptures, praying to Him sincerely, and serving our fellow men, are all ways that we can show Heavenly father that we love Him.

Being obedient is one of the greatest ways we can do this. Obedience to the Lord also helps the spirit to abide in our lives.

Deuteronomy 11:1 "Therefore, thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, always."

Obeying commandments isn't the only way we can show the Lord that we love Him. Finding and experiencing joy is another way we can please our Heavenly Father. He created us to have joy! He doesn't want us to think that if we're obeying Him, that we have to live sad, boring lives. That is just not true.

2 Nephi 2:25 "Adam fell that men might be; and men are that they might have joy."

We must find what brings us joy in our everyday lives. We will be more likely to increase our happiness if we find joy in the little things. Learn to recognize things that make you happy and continually seek things that bring you joy and bring you closer to Heavenly Father and Christ. You will be greatly blessed as you seek after virtuous and lovely things.

Article of Faith 13
We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.


Look up. Please look up...

   As Albert Einstein once said, "It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity." Even before this present time, the 21st century, Einstein knew (or knew the day would come) technology would evolve so greatly, that it would be used in place of (or more often than) human socialization. He also had said, "I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots."
   Well, he wasn't very far off at all.  Do you see us now? Do you see what has happened to society? Everywhere you look, people are looking down at their phones. It seems that hardly anyone notices what is going on in the world around them. They are more absorbed into what is on their screens rather than living in the moment and cherishing this life they were given. 
It's funny that we call it social media when, in all honesty, it's anything but social. A better way to phrase it would be 'social deprivation'. We're "interacting" with each other over screens instead of face to face. It makes me sad. Sad to know that this is what the world has come to. 
 Of course, there are those few who don't desire to be a part of the this technological calamity. I, myself being one of them. I learned for myself about 6 months ago that I did not want to be a part of it- that I didn't want to be like the rest of the world. I wanted a change.
I wish that more people would realize what they're missing.

"Look up, please. Feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair. The soft grass beneath your bare feet. Listen to laughter and watch for smiles. Express your love more often to family and show them that you care. Dance and sing to your favourite song without caring what anyone else thinks. Take a picture for the sake of the memory- not to update people on what is going on in your life. Find a place that's perfect for stargazing and share it with those you love. Pay attention to the small things: like how your little brother's hand fits inside of your hand, how the springtime breeze sounds as it blows through the trees, the look your mother gives you when you know that she's proud of you, the way the rain feels on your skin.......
Think of this one precious life that you have. Our lives are very short, and will pass quicker than we know it. Will you waste it on some device?"

You decide.


Home from college

 I came back home from college on April 12th, and I can honestly say that it felt strange to be home after being gone for about three and half months. I had missed my family so much and I gave my mom and all of my siblings backbreaking hugs as soon as I came back. I was hoping I wasn't suffocating them.
My siblings seem like they have grown a lot when I was gone. I guess when you live with your family and you see a person every day, you don't realize how much they have changed.

It's good to be back. I miss my little brothers and sisters sleeping in my bed, reading books to them, hearing their laughter, seeing them smile. Listening to them talk about how their day was at school, or what they are learning. I had missed them giving me hugs every day, and having them jump on my back or climbing me like a tree. I love that.
But as much as I enjoy being home, I really love college life. And I am going to miss my roommates and all of the different people I had met during my first semester. 
My first semester was such an excellent experience. I feel as though I have grown so much and I am becoming a better version of myself than I once was. I loved the feeling of being productive! That is probably one of the things I love most about college. Being productive. Progressing and moving forward with my life.

I have so many good times to add to my memory collection now. I'm grateful for the people who were involved in the fun and hilarious moments at college. Regardless if I keep in contact with all of them, they will forever be a part of my life. 
Playing in the snow, watching movies late at night in our "couch nest", dancing like we didn't have a care in the world at Party in the Hart, pretending that we were British in public (and people believing that we were), giving people nicknames (I got stuck with Hippie Grandma after wearing a ridiculous outfit that I had thrown on in a hurry. Thank you, Olivia), walking to the temple at night and taking pictures while it was snowing, impromtu late night car rides to get fast food, running at the track and going to the gym with our bodies feeling so sore that we wanted to stop, voluntarily plunging our faces into the snow and laughing with our snow beards, planning pranks and never actually doing them, baking cookies and delivering them to people on Valentine's Day, for all the times we ever baked brownies in our apartment, making snow angels, talking about our future lives and where we hope to be and who we hope to become, the late nights when we were so exhausted that we turned loopy and we didn't quite act like our normal selves, practicing to swing dance and to waltz, praying together as roommates on the floor of our living room, for making friends and meeting new people, going stargazing and saying our goodbyes, giving really tight and really long hugs, teaching one another and giving each other advice, hiking up a mountain and standing at the tallest point looking out over the land, inspiring one another, living in the moment.............there are many more fantastic memories that I could list, but it's not completely necessary for me to do so. They are not entirely capable of being shared. These memories and moments are in my heart. And I will never forget them.
Thank you to everyone that has been (and is) a part of my life.

These were my wonderful roommates. Oh, am I going to miss them


I am thankful...

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As the years pass and the older I get, the more thankful I become. I realize that I am thankful over some of the smallest things. And every Thanksgiving, I reflect on the things I am grateful for (more than usual). And that each year, Thanksgiving seems to have a new meaning to me, and I understand what being truly thankful is.

I am thankful...

for my family
for love
the colours red and yellow
music that speaks to the heart
good books
flannel sheets
the sea
for heartfelt words
for scrumptious food
wool socks
for people who make me laugh and smile
salted caramel hot chocolate
for the people who inspire us
my home
second chances
for the free country that we live in
for having shoes on my feet
for getting letters in the mail
sincere hugs
for the opportunity of education
dreams and aspirations
for mothers
those moments when saying nothing says it all

What are you thankful for?
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