Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Letters to God

I used to think YSA was incredibly lame. How dumb of me. I love it! It's one of the things I most look forward to each week. Last night some buddies and I decided to go over to a friend's house afterwards and my incredibly impressive new friend talked about how cool the spirit is. We both agree that someone with the spirit is 10x more attractive than someone without it. He was telling me about how he prays to Heavenly Father at night and then writes a letter to God. The next morning he reads his letter, prays, and then does his best to answer his own prayers. After doing this for a while he felt like he knew what God was trying to say to him as he prayed and his letters became conversations. Now, it's his favorite.
IT IS AMAZING how good it felt to talk about cool, inspirational, uplifting things like prayer and journaling in my little car for 20 minutes. I love how my new friend completely opened my heart to better understanding the wonderful blessing of the spirit in my life. If it wasn't for YSA we wouldn't be buddies and I wouldn't be trying this new way of communicating with my Father in heaven. So far I really like it. I challenge you to try it too. Lets all be pen pals with our Dad!

Monday, July 18, 2011

totally pooped and lovin it

ive decided that being in provo is expensive. college is expensive. being a reckless driver is expensive. accidentally ramming your mascara into the shoulder of your new white shirt is expensive. buying breakfast for you and your sister is expensive. not working for an entire week is expensive. ive thought this before and i will always think this, but why cant we just live on the barter system?? for example, you wash my clothes and ill give your kid voice lessons. easy, right!? i think so.

im in utah for the week visiting my friends and taking my cute sister audrey to YASE camp. it's nice to see my friends and have the opportunity to sing with my music buddies, chill with my chill buddies and play with my active buddies. i really reallllyyy want to be at work though. i feel so un-useful right now. im glad that ill have a full schedule when i get back home and especially when ill be in california. i like being busy and when im not busy its odd. what am i supposed to do? i have no money and no way of earning money when im by myself on vacation. for the past year ive been busy busy and i cant wait to go have another adventure!!

i need some service in my life i think. it keeps my mind off myself and encourages some heart growth so i dont forget to love other people.

heres SOME of the highlights of my life since last summer. lots of service and spending time with people i love. theres no way i could upload every happy moment ive had in the past 12 months though. you can go check out my old blog if you want to catch up on a majority of it.

 FOL family - camp councelor/mom
20th birthday dinner at pf changs with the girls 
 byusa retreats
 supporting my roommates in their sports games
 nap time in the office (that couch is amazing)
 temple trips with my bestie
friends' birthday parties 
 jamming with the bishop
presidency meetings with BYU admin
laughing w/ sweet sweet jennie rae
 mission call!!!!!!
family vacation to the east coast

(ps: i purposely failed to include stuff from school. like actually doing homework and papers. ick. rest asured that they were a HUGE part of my life though. just not the part that needs to be photographed haha)

Monday, July 11, 2011

my eternal family

When I Get Where Im Going
I love this song by Brad Paisley. It makes me feel good to know that I can be with my family forever! Death doesn't stop us from loving those who have gone on and shouldn't prevent us from doing our best to be worthy to be with them again some day.