Friday, March 19, 2010

Birthday

I turned 23 last week. I can honestly say it was the best birthday I've ever had. March 10 was on a Wednesday this year, which is my busiest day schoolwise this semester. I have work from 7am to noon, and then class from 1pm to 9pm.

As I prepared to leave for my work, Garrett drove me, so that I wouldnt have to ride my bike like usual. Pete picked me up. Throughout the day, I recieved messages on facebook and texts. All of them were wonderful. I came home and opened my presents in front of my webcam with my parents and Ben. They gave me some nice new shirts. Chelesa made me a cake that had a picture of me made out of M&Ms. Rachelle made me a cake out of funfetti. I got sang happy birthday to twice. Garrett and Stan both got me super cool shirts. It was awesome.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

May We Be Men

I saw this video a couple weeks ago, and I have spent considerable time thinking about it.

Take a second and watch it.

This is the kind of man I would like to be. I love his challenge that he extends to each of us to be men like unto Jesus.
" Though he will make some sacrifices and deny himself some pleasures in the course of honoring his commitments, the true man leads a rewarding life. He gives much, but he receives more, and he lives content in the approval of his Heavenly Father. The life of true manhood is the good life. Most importantly, when we consider the admonition to be men, we must think of Jesus Christ. The Lord asked His disciples what manner of men they should be and then answered, “Verily I say unto you, even as I am” That is our ultimate quest. "

Today I shared this video and my thoughts in Elder's quorum. I felt the spirit testify to me that God has a great work to do, and that the elders I was looking at would become instruments in His hands to bring to pass many great things. The lesson to be learned is a simple one. It is personified in the account of the Savior as He went about doing good, serving others, and teaching those around Him. We can be men, like unto the Savior, through love and service to those around us.

God lives and loves everyone. Christ gave His perfect life so that all mankind could be saved. Surely, we can accept and accomplish the task to care for those He has entrusted us with, whoever or whatever the circumstance. May we all strive to be better men.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Road of Life

In an effort to update my blog more, here are some of my thoughts for this week. Because of my homework load, I was unable to attend this weeks devotional on campus, but I was able to listen to parts of it while doing my work. A professor named Barbara Heise, one of the nursing teachers spoke about trials. She has experienced trials that seem beyond me. Her son David was born with Downs, and only lived 22 years before dying of leukemia. Her husband died a slow and painful death from a prolonged sickness. She didn't dwell on her problems. Instead she chose to explain how she has been able to overcome them, and continue with her life.
“You can choose to let your trials drive a wedge between you and your savior. Others faced with the same trial allow it to stretch them.”

I really liked her attitude. So many people choose to let their trials define them. Instead of accepting what has happened and tying to make things better, so many will decide to let this difficulty control their life. I understand that you can't just turn off your emotions and not feel a certain way, but this is the point I'm trying to get at.

We are on the earth to learn and to grow. The best way to do that is to experience the good and the bad and learn from it. Through my trials, I have learned to seek the Lord first, and to trust His advice. It is during those darkest of times that I have learned who I really am.
When we are working through our problems, it seems like we are alone and that God has abandoned us. I like to think of is like this. Its not God who is moving away from us, it is you and me moving away from Him.Instead of moving away from Him, we need to embrace Him during these times of difficulty. As we trust in the Lord and follow His divine help, any trial or problem can be solved. Most of the time it will take time to heal, but we never have to be alone. God is always there for us.

I know God lives and loves us. And even though my trials cause me pain and suffering, I am glad that I can learn from them as I put my trust in God and not in the flesh. I conclude with the closing remarks of Sister Heise: “Our choices define who we are. When Christ says to the poor in spirit, come unto me, it is because he knows the way out, he knows the way up."

He is the way up. Let us always strive to follow Him and His example is my prayer.