Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mother Daughter Moments

        I want to dedicate this blog to my mom.  I just love her.  She is fun, sweet, caring, funny, my friend, and the best mom I could ask her.
        Today I had a silly but cute thought in my head.  I pictured my mom and I in ten years visiting and having lunch, giggling and talking as always.  I called my mom and told her about it and she just laughed, but I look forward to all the future moments I will have with her.  I really appreciate this woman in my life.
        My favorite things about my mom is our ability to laugh about everything.  She and I make fools of ourselves all the time, whether it is because we are clumsy or I am dyslexic; either way, we can always find a way to laugh about it.  Also, whenever either of us are having a moment from the stress of school or her everyday frustrations at the house, I love having her there to talk to.  She is comforting and supportive when I need it, but I like hearing about her stresses sometimes too.  I think it brings us closer.  Some of my
strongest memories are of my mom and I eating ice cream (with are cats harassing us to get a bite) late as night as we watched tv shows together of CSI, Law and Order, Survivor, and of course, Bachelor.  We would stay up quite late together and my dad was always bothered when he wanted to go to bed and I was in his spot. :)  I miss those good old days.
So, pretty much all I want to say is "Mom, I love you!"

Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Spiritual Sabbath Day

        Being at BYU, the most amazing situations and experiences can happen.  I am so thankful that I am at the Lord's University where I can have general authorities come and speak to us.  Today was stake conference and we had a pleasure to hear from Elder Russell M. Nelson, Steven J. Lund, and Julie B. Beck. The were a lot of incredible things mentioned today, but there were a few things that hit me hard. 
        When Elder Nelson came up, he was talking about our whole purpose on earth is to find a eternal companion.  He then said, the man is not without the woman and neither is the woman without the man.  Now, we have all hear this quote numerous times, but this time, I truly understood it.  As he continued to talk about marriage for a few more minutes, I realized the church's view on Prop 8.  My view before today was that I would support the prophet because he knows more than me, but I didn't totally agree with it.  To me, they are still great people but making different lifestyle choices than us.  Although, they are not making the right choices, we shouldn't treat them any differently when it comes to a unity like marriage.  That is for God to judge at the next life, not for us to retrain them from something we so strongly encourage.  However, as Elder Nelson bore his testimony on marriage, not mentioning anything on the gay marriage issue, I started to see their point of view.  I realized the sacredness of this divine gift we have given and this alone is why we support Prop 8.  It's kinda like the Temple, no unclean thing may enter. I now know it is the same with marriage; no unrighteous thing may touch it or take upon its name. 
        Later in Elder Nelson's talk, he spoke of judgment.  On that day, we will have a bright recollection of our life.  We will remember all our memories; they'll come flooding in. He emphasized having those clean thoughts and memories; they are all we will have.  I want mine to be clean, as he had stated.  I think I should get more strict with the movies I watch and the music I listen to.  Although I get the edited version, watch it on clearplay, or just fast forward, I shouldn't be supporting anything evil.  That's just my thoughts on the matter. 
        At the Relief Society fireside, there were three main ideas Sis. Beck continued to emphasize.  The points were 1) Faith 2) Family 3) Relief (or to seek out for those who are in need.)  At first I thought, the basics: easy and typically.  As she continually came back to it, she mentioned that as long as you are in accordance with the Lord, you should not fear, stress, or feel inadequate.  This became to mean more and more to me.  These are some of the most important things to build the righteous character of a woman.  Although they are basic, they are essential and I should pay more attention to them then I am doing right now.
        This stake conference was a great eye opener to me and I am filled with gratitude for this opportunity I had to hear their beliefs/testimonies and messages they had prepared for us.   I have a testimony of this Gospel and of its truthfulness.  I know we are lead by true, strong disciples of Christ.  I know God allows things to happen for a reason so we can learn and grow line upon line and precept upon precept and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.    

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

First day!

       Well, this is my first blog.  Ironically, I am making it because I am sick and am not in the mood for school work.  I promised myself I would study chemistry after this though.  I might just make this an extra long blog so I don't have to get to my homework as quickly.  (Good thinkin' Heather!)
       Due to my illness (a nasty cold) my desk is a sight to see.  I have 4 different drinks on my right: Sprite (because I was feeling nauseous earlier), Orange juice, water and good old Airborne. On my left, I have a tissue box, my pink bowl that previously had Chicken Noodle Soup in it, and a trash can at my feet, filled with all the wonderful tissues that has made my nose so raw. With all of these things around me, I admit, it is quite a task to type.  Nevertheless, here I am.
       Now, a quick update.  I am currently in my second semester at BYU and it is a blast!  I am working towards the dietetics program, which I hope to be able to graduate in with a Masters one day.  I am 19 years old and single.  Isn't being single a joy?!  Well, I guess some wouldn't agree, but I truly love it.  I am enjoying my freshman year as much as I can.  I can happily say, I have been truly blessed.  I know the Lord loves me because of this wonderful life he has given me.  I just hope I can do my best to live it the way He would like me to. 
        Also, my friends and I signed up for Glenwood housing for next fall.  There are apartments on the North side of campus and the are best ones we could find for the cost.  I feel like I am kinda following Layne and Breanne's footsteps by staying there.  It'll be lots of fun though.  I can feel it!  All I have to say is I love life!