Saturday, October 22, 2011


In the mists of this stage called life we are faced with trials, tribulations, fears, distractions, questions, concerns, disappointments, misunderstandings, anger, pain, hurt, despair, loneliness...
Moments come that bring questions if what we are facing is worth it. If what we are experiencing is truly for our good. We cannot see the end from where we stand. We cannot see that which we have been promised. So we are faced with a choice. Do we continue in faith and believe in that which we want, hope, desire, long to be true?
OR do we not?
Every day we are faced with opportunities to live in faith. To live according to what we KNOW for ourselves to be true. No other person will be able to justify our actions. Calm our fears. Or convince us of what we should do. It becomes our choice to follow what we know we should do and what we know we can do.
There comes a point where we force ourselves to be more.
Love more.
Care more.
Listen more.
Believe more.
Lift more.
Smile more.
Believe longer.
Wait longer.
Be stronger.
Do what we have not done before.
No longer convinced that the way we think about ourselves and the way we treat others is permanent.


An Apostle of God said...
"... it ought to be a matter of great doctrinal consolation to us that Jesus, in the course of the Atonement, experienced all of the heartache and sorrow, all of the disappointments and injustices that the entire family of man had experienced and would experience from Adam and Eve to the end of the world in order that we would not have to face them so severely or so deeply. However heavy our load might be, it would be a lot heavier if the Savior had not gone that way before us and carried that burden with us and for us.

Very early in the Prophet Joseph’s ministry, the Savior taught him this doctrine. After speaking of sufferings so exquisite to feel and so hard to bear, Jesus said, “I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they [and that means you and I and everyone] might not suffer if they would repent” (D&C 19:16). In our moments of pain and trial, I guess we would shudder to think it could be worse, but the answer to that is clearly that it could be worse and it would be worse. Only through our faith and repentance and obedience to the gospel that provided the sacred Atonement is it kept from being worse.

Furthermore, we note that not only has the Savior suffered, in His case entirely innocently, but so have most of the prophets and other great men and women recorded in the scriptures. Name an Old Testament or Book of Mormon prophet, name a New Testament Apostle, name virtually any of the leaders in any dispensation, including our own, and you name someone who has had trouble.
My point? If you are having a bad day, you’ve got a lot of company—very, very good company. The best company that has ever lived.

Now, don’t misunderstand. We don’t have to look for sorrow. We don’t have to seek to be martyrs. Trouble has a way of finding us even without our looking for it...But remember, first, God has not forgotten you, and second, the Savior has been where you have been, allowing Him to provide for your deliverance and your comfort." - Elder Jeffrey R. Holland 9.7.2008 (The whole talk is worth the time to read it. Or you can watch it.)

Friday, October 21, 2011


Students need to know where they are going and what they are expected to accomplish (Childre, Sands & Pope, 2009).
I read this statement in an article I was assigned to read for grad school, and I thought how I hope to be that type of teacher. Clear with expectations, and support for how to reach those expectations.

I quickly realized that 'students' is too narrow for this statement.


EVERYONE needs to know where they are going and what they are expected to accomplish.

Which brings me to two things.

Because the gospel of Jesus Christ has been fully restored these two things provide me with the knowledge of where I am going and what is expected of me to get there.

Friday, October 14, 2011


Meet Henry Cavill
You may remember him like this...

Next year you will see him like this...
And here is where I prove that I found him first! Before he graces the screen as our beloved Superman/Clark Kent.

Keep making movies Henry. You're a joy to look at!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


So I've been pretty blessed the past year to have a strange patience for people. I rarely would find myself getting annoyed or frustrated with others. I loved it. It was so nice to not think about it and have those thoughts fill my mind.
Well lately, that hasn't been the case. I hate it. I find myself focusing on little things that are so annoying and making them into something that is important. It's contagious too... So it's time to do better, before it gets worse! I don't want to care about the little dumb things that people do. I am just going to let them role off of me and let people be who they are! Because let's face it. There is no way in... that people don't find things annoying about me. I mean come on! Have you heard my laugh? And how loud my voice can get? It's pretty crazy sometimes.
So here is to positive thinking, or not even that. Just not negative thinking about others. Because I could really do fine with just not thinking about little stupid things that people do.
Here's to doing better! (CHEERS!)


So... If you read my blog at all you'll notice a decline in posts. There are a few reasons for this.
1. I blog while at work. My job has been CRAZY busy lately. If you know of anyone that needs part time work please contact me! We are slammed!
2. While at work when I have time I am doing homework. Because if I don't do it at work, it wont get done in the time I have outside of school.
3. I usually blog about things that have been on my mind... Well not much aside from Education Reforms have been on my mind as of late. So if y'all are interested in that... comment here and I'll fill you in.

wait I just thought of something to blog about! A thought!

Friday, October 7, 2011


Why is it that the one person you try not to think about is the one that the universe throws constant reminders about... Irony? Fate? Subliminal messages? Coincidence? AND Does the universe throw reminders of you their way? That seems only fair!! I mean seriously!
Alas... something we may never get to the bottom of. Sort of like a delicious bag of M&M's.