Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Magical World of Goodbyes

I don't have a lot of time to write. But I needed to for old times sake. In just a few hours I am going to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And tomorrow I am going to leave my family and everything I know to go and serve the Lord. Yes, I am terrified. But I also know that things will be okay. With the Lord all things are possible!

Good luck to all my friends preparing to serve! It is so hard, and I haven't even left yet. But I also know it is so worth it!

I love you all! I Love the Lord! And I know this Church is True!!!

Signing out for 18 months! :)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Magical World of 4 More Days!!

So I am sitting here trying to write my Farewell talk for tomorrow, and nothing is coming. So why not write a blog post to get the creative juices flowing!

I am so much to be grateful for in my life, especially my friends. One of my best friends got her mission call today to JAPAN!! She will be amazing! And my other friend is going through the temple today in preparation for her mission to Detroit! AND yesterday I got to do a session with two of my other best friends!! And other friend is wait for his call, and the last girl in our group is just amazing! I don't know if any of that made any sense, but I am so excited for all of my friends! They are just great influences in my life and I don't know what I would do without them. And the greatest thing is that we all get to experience the temple and our missions together! :)

There are 4 days left until I enter the MTC. One, two, three, four....you can count that on one hand. It seems unreal that time has gone that fast. 5 months ago I wasn't even planning on going on a mission and now here it is. 4 days. I am excited to grow in the gospel, and into the person I'm supposed to be. But I will be completely honest, I am scared to DEATH! But like Philippians (Haha...that looks like Philippines...) 4:13 says, "I can do ALL things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

I'll probably post again before I leave, but who knows what's going to happen in the next few days. So if not, see ya in 18 months. Paalam and God Bless!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Magical World of Doctor Who

There are a few things that touch our lives and change us forever. Sometimes it's people, other times a piece of music, or maybe a story or a picture, even a feeling. Doctor Who is something that has touched mine. Sure it is a TV show, a show about time travel and aliens (yep, I'm a geek and I will completely admit it), but it has changed my life. Not in any big dramatic way, but in the little things, the little things that only people who watch the show can understand.

This other blogger said it better than I ever could, so I'm not even going to try. So here is the link http://www.itsjessicaslife.com/2012/09/9-lessons-from-doctor-who.html.

So if you ever need a new show to watch give it a try. Have an open mind and you never know where the Doctor can take you! :)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Magical World of the Book of Enos

"Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine..." (Joseph Smith History 1:12)

So my experience wasn't quite as strong as Joseph's when he read James 1:5, but I did have a powerful experience in my scripture study today. So powerful that I feel like I need to share it before I forget all of my thoughts.

I am trying to finish the Book of Mormon again before my mission (7 days!!), but as I have been very sick the past few days I haven't gotten much reading done and I am only in the Book of Enos, but I am glad that I read it today. It was one of those times when you have read something a million times but now with the new experiences you've had and the new place you are in, it suddenly means so much more. So I am just going to share some scriptures from Enos and my thoughts behind them (Sorry it's gonna be long)!

"2 And I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God, before I received a remission of my sins."   Even though he was a prophet, great man of the Book of Mormon, Lehi's Grandson and Nephi's nephew he had to struggle and work at praying with the Lord. The word wrestle describes a difficult task, something that was taxing. When I repent and want to be forgiven I need to realize that it's not going to be easy. In fact I know it's the hardest thing I've ever had to do.

"3 ...the words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life, and the joy of the saints, sunk deep into my heart.
4 And my soul hungered;..."  My soul hungers for eternal life and for joy. I know I can achieve these through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

"...and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens."  I need to make my prayers more meaningful and sincere. I doubt I will be on my knees and vocally praying all day and night, but I can always keep a prayer in my heart.

"5 And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed." What an amazing feeling. In my scriptures I have written "I wish I could hear that." But I have, every time I repent. Yeah, it's not an actual voice telling me I'm forgiven, but a feeling, a gentle whisper that things are okay.

"6 And I, Enos, knew that God could not lie; wherefore, my guilt was swept away."  It is so important to forgive yourself. This is one of my biggest struggles in life.

"8 And he said unto me: 'Because of thy faith in Christ, whom thou hast never before heard nor seen...thy faith hath made thee whole.'"  Faith is a powerful thing.

"9 Now, it came to pass that when I had heard these words I began to feel a desire for the welfare of my bretheren, the Nephites; wherefore, I did pour out my whole soul unto God for them." Love the people. I pray for my family.  I love my friends and pray for them daily as well. And I love the people of the Philippines even though I haven't actually met them yet.

"10 And while I was thus struggling in the spirit, behold, the voice of the Lord came into my mind again..." Even after he received a remission of his sins Enos was still struggling in the spirit. Yes, it was for a different purpose, but I think it is important to remember that things in the gospel don't always come easy. Just because you repent once doesn't mean things still won't be difficult, because they will be.

Next Enos prays for his enemies, the Lamanites, and at the end of verse 12 the Lord says, " I will grant unto thee according to thy desires, because of thy faith." Enos prayed for the Book of Mormon. He prayed that one day the Lamanites would get the gospel, and that the book would be kept safe and one day bring people to salvation. Think of how many people were saved because of his faith. Yes, the will of the Lord had to be the same as his, and it didn't happen immediately, and not everyone could be saved because of free agency, BUT by his faith it did occur.

"16 And I had faith, and I did cry unto God that he would preserve the records; and he covenanted with me that he would bring them forth unto the Lamanites in his own due time." God's timing is ALWAYS perfect

"17 And I, Enos, knew it would be according to the covenant which he had made; wherefore my soul did rest."  Enos turned his troubles over to the Lord and then he relaxed. He put his trust in the Lord. When there is a situation you have no control over, give the wheel to someone who does have all the controls and relax, be at peace (easier said then done, I know!).

Then skipping to the end of the chapter, " 26...And I have declared it [the gospel] in all my days, and have rejoiced in it above that of the world.
27 And I soon go to the place of my rest, which is with my Redeemer; for I know that in him I shall rest. And I rejoice in the day when my mortal shall put on immortality, and shall stand before him; then shall I see his face with pleasure, and he will say unto me: Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my father. Amen." I want to be able to say something similar at the end of my life. I want to die knowing that I gave the Lord my all, that I preached the gospel throughout my life and by my example. I want to see his face with pleasure and return to live with my Father in Heaven.

I love this gospel. I love the scriptures. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know Joseph Smith restored the Lord's Church onto the earth. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.