Sunday, September 23, 2012
Monday, January 17, 2011
I cannot wait to see the Spirit work miracles in my life in the next 18 months and in the lives of those I am now preparing teach. As I have been preparing to serve, I have had concerns about how very little I know. How could I ever teach the gospel when I know so little? Just after I received my call I remembered a talk given by Elder Neil L. Anderson in which he stated, “You don’t know everything, but you know enough.” I certainly don’t know everything, but I know enough. I know this is the true church of Christ. I have a testimony of the Savior’s atonement. I know He lived and died for us. I know Heavenly Father knows us each by name and He loves us beyond belief. I know the power of prayer and the power of the Priesthood are real. I have seen these powers work miracles in my life. I am so excited to share the gospel with those whose hearts long for the happiness that the gospel brings. I know that the Spirit will direct my steps towards these people and guide my words so that I may teach and serve them. I love this gospel, and I love my Savior. Again, I am so very blessed to have this knowledge that it leaves me in tears. I am so, so happy!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
as i've taken a good look at my life, i have been more inclined to examine those around me in a similar way- personally, not generally.
so why are we less compassionate than we often should be? do we really mourn with those who mourn; comfort those who stand in need of comfort?
i think we often presume we're not making much of an impact in the lives of others unless we're doing something big- something monumental that will change their lives. i believe, however, that most change comes line by line, bit by bit.
there have been countless people who have made me who i am, without even realizing what they have done. the friends from grade school whom i have since lost contact with, the professor who left a kind note on my paper, the young women leader who brought me flowers when my heart was breaking with sorrow, the nice old couple down the street who made me feel like their very own granddaughter, the neighbor who put her slippers on one winter morning and drove me to school when i missed the school bus, the girl in my freshman ward who brought be cookies after i had surgery, the girl at the testing center who genuinely wished me good luck before a test, the professor who remembered my name and waved to me while walking across campus, my very best friends who make me laugh until i cry even when i'm sad, the friend whom i consider a sister after this summer, the "aunt" who surprised me with a sweet note in the mail, the friend who wrote a note in the dirt on my car & the friend who wrote a note with ketchup on my car (haha), my mother who pushed my hair aside this morning and asked if i was okay after i came home sick last night, the friend who always creates the most random adventures, the boss who invites me into his office regularly to talk as friends and in whom i can confide, the old man at the creamery who shared with me his secret to a long & happy life, someone i hardly know calling me by my name.
i hope, with all my heart, you know that i see you too. and i love you.