Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last birthday at home for two years!

Nineteen has never felt so wonderful. I probably feel that way because I've never been nineteen before, but now I'm officially eligible to enter the Lord's mission field as a representative of Him! I couldn't be more thrilled! My sister-in-law, Katie, bought this for me at the LDS bookstore to give to me on my birthday. I absolutely LOVE it! As a missionary in preparation, I really can't have too many "guides" to help me better understand life in the mission field. After all, I'll be in the field for eighteen months. Tips and tricks will do me more than good. Preach My Gospel is the big one, but this is more catered towards sister missionaries. Well obviously that's a bit redundant considering the title of the book. Oops. Anyways, I'm just really grateful for those who have been supporting me throughout my preparation! Thank you all!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Are you willing to "Go the Distance"?

The scene right before Hercules' "Go the Distance" and the song itself directly correlates to our journey back to God. Zeus told Hercules exactly what he needed to do to have the ability to live in his presence among the other gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. Likewise, Heavenly Father has laid out every step for us to return to Him and live in His presence again someday. If you're willing to go the distance, you will find your hero's welcome waiting in His arms.

"I have often dreamed, of a far off place
Where a hero's welcome, would be waiting for me
Where the crowds will cheer, when they see my face
And a voice keeps saying, this is where I'm meant to be

I'll be there someday, I can go the distance
I will find my way, if I can be strong
I know ev'ry mile, will be worth my while
When I go the distance, I'll be right where I belong

Down an unknown road, to embrace my fate
Though that road may wander, it will lead me to you
And a thousand years, would be worth the wait
It might take a lifetime, but somehow I'll see it through

And I won't look back, I can go the distance
And I'll stay on track, no, I won't accept defeat
It's an uphill slope, but I won't lose hope
Till I go the distance, and my journey is complete

But to look beyond the glory is the hardest part
For a hero's strength is measured by his heart

Like a shooting star, I will go the distance
I will search the world, I will face its' harms
I don't care how far, I can go the distance
Till I find my hero's welcome, waiting in your arms

I will search the world, I will face its harms
Till I find my hero's welcome, waiting in your arms"

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Doubting ourselves is one way the adversary takes advantage of us. Don’t let him. Defend your divinity by tuning him out and remembering you’re a son or daughter of a King who loves you no matter what.
Satan gets a better grip on us each time we think poorly of ourselves. If we allow him the pleasure of taking away our individual worth, we grant him the power to essentially take over our lives and direct our paths.
He wants us to think we're not good enough to progress eternally when we commit sins, no matter the size. He wants us to sink so low that we cannot pick ourselves back up. He wants us to let him win. 
Whether you're going through a particularly hard time in your life or you're just struggling with a simple trial, remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Good ALWAYS Wins

My journal has been sitting on my desk, untouched, for months and months. So, I figured I’d pick it up and get a kick out of some of the entries. I had forgotten, however, that this particular journal was set aside for spiritual promptings and general conference notes. So I read anyways.
Ten minutes and two paper-cuts later, I came to the notes I had taken on President Uchtdorf’s talk regarding the light of Christ in his conference address earlier this year. So incredibly moving.
I feel that we are forgetful that God is purposefully throwing us curve balls while, however, not leaving us completely alone to fight through the trial at hand. The trials I typically think of are small; ones blamed on allowing the adversary to grab hold of me from time to time.
President Uchtdorf gave a brilliant reminder in his address: “We will make mistakes. We will falter, but the darkness will fade because it cannot dwell in the presence of light.” He went on to say that, “Christ is the ultimate entrance into divine light. Even after the darkest night, God will lead you to the brightest dawn.”
That rings true to my heart. We’ve been given the gift of the Atonement to allow us to repent of the things we do that are not in harmony with the teachings of the Savior, as well as to be comforted by His spirit when no one else can. Remember, He knows how you feel when trouble comes over you.
Satan will get us from time to time because we are imperfect beings. He carries out his plan of attack when we are at our weakest. Whether it be a moment of despair, a moment of weakness, a moment of agony, remember it can be overcome by the power of our Savior through the Atonement. Light and darkness cannot coexist. Good will always triumph over evil. So long as you choose the Lord’s side, the darkness will fade and light will fill your heart.

Thursday, December 12, 2013


I can’t believe I leave in seven weeks. It feels like just yesterday I opened up my mission call. Honestly, although I joked about getting called to Idaho or Utah, I never imagined I’d literally be called to one of the two states. Crazy, right?
BYU-Idaho is where I’ll be attending when I return home from the Nampa mission. I find it intriguing that Heavenly Father would call me somewhere I’d be spending four years post-mission. I’m guessing Idaho is where I belong and because of that, I’m grateful I’ve been called to the land of potatoes.
I’ve taken the next step in my eternal progression; taking out my endowments in the Lord’s house. That was such a blessing and a really great experience to be able to feel the spirit like I’ve never felt prior to the temple. There was no way I could doubt anything I had felt that evening. That’s what I love about His Spirit. The spirit is undeniable.
February is approaching more quickly than I’d thought, to be quite honest. Both October and November went by in the blink of an eye. December is already almost over, and who knows how fast or slow January will go?
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that He is pleased with my decision to serve in His vineyard for eighteen months. Eighteen months. Wow. What a humbling feeling it is to know that a perfect man, the Son of God, and even Heavenly Father are pleased that I, an imperfect and flawed daughter of a King, have the desire to dedicate my life to Him and His children for a span of 18 months. What an incredible knowledge to have of the love my Father and Elder Brother have for me.
That’s why I’m venturing out on the Lord’s errand–to share that with the people of Idaho and Oregon.