General Conference Notes

Hey ya’ll! With General Conference coming up I created my own page for taking notes and thought I’d share it with you too! In the spirit of General Conference I hope that you are all getting prepared and ready to receive answers to your prayers. I have seen Heavenly Father’s love and blessings in my life and can’t wait to hear the good word this weekend.

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On a side note, I also thought I would share a story of my favorite General Conference. Four years ago I moved to Rexburg, Idaho to go to BYUI (of course)! Just like many of you are doing I’m sure, you’re inviting your FHE family or the cute boys across the street to watch conference and eat delish cinnamon rolls. My apartment had a variety of friends who came over, one being my husband, Clayton.

I had been hanging out with Clayton and his roommates for about a week now. Nothing major had happened between us yet, just good ol’ friends. As the opening hymn to the Sunday afternoon session started I received some inspiration that was very unexpected, but would forever change my life. It was so life-like I thought someone had come over and whispered in my ear but when I looked no one was there. That day I learned Clayton was going to be my husband. Heavenly Father said to me, “This is your husband.”

That was is it, plain and simple. I am so glad that I had prepared myself for that conference weekend to receive that revelation. Marrying Clayton was the best decision I have ever made and my life has changed 180 percent (for the better) because of it. I am so proud to call him my husband.

If you prepare yourself for this conference, whether or not if you have pressing questions, the Lord will reveal himself to you and pour out his blessings. I hope you all have a wonderful conference! To download a PDF (which is what I suggest for printing rather than a JPEG) of my conference notes select the following link: general conference

To be an Open Book…

I use to believe I was an open book because I was surrounded by friends who shared the same beliefs and morals with me; I felt comfortable telling them my deepest secrets because I knew they would support me. But, is this really being an open book? Or is it just surrounding myself by people who will tell me what I want to hear; where is the intellectual learning and growing in that?

Last semester in a class I remember talking about the key factors in a substantial relationship, intellectual conversations being one of those factors. I found this very interesting because when I was younger I never considered having intelligent conversations as a big part of what my future husband should be. While never considering this, I managed to arrange it. Those are my favorite conversations that I have with my husband and my soul feeds off of them. I have become a better person because of this.

I think it is easy for us to fall into the pattern of surrounding ourselves by like-minded people because it is easy; it is comfortable and there are fewer chances for conflict. As humans we tend to avoid confrontation, but when it is here we meet it headstrong.

Sometimes, we can be so stuck in our own ways that we miss out on life-changing opportunities. It is important to be open to all things; be willing to listen and learn. Then search, ponder and pray. Seek out answers and follow what has been testified to you to be true.

Now, I still believe I am an open book, if someone asks me, I tell, but I am more careful about whom I voluntarily give my thoughts to.  Normally if I feel that the situation wont benefit from the conversation then I will just keep my thoughts to myself. Last night as I was reading my friend David’s blog for the first time I was in awe of his openness. It spoke to my soul, he did not just tell me who he was or about his everyday schedule but he showed me his inner thoughts. I have made a commitment to try to do this, to be an open book; to show my followers who I am.

 

 


Be not Ashamed

I’m sorry that these last couple of posts have focused on my religious beliefs. I know that there are many different beliefs in the world and I don’t want to offend any of my followers. The thing I LOVE about all the religions throughout the world is that the underline meaning to them all is to, be a good person. I think that even if you don’t “believe” in another religion because you may not agree with some teachings, you can always find something good from it.

I don’t really like to share what religion I am because I know it causes controversy. I do however enjoy sharing scriptures or quotes on my twitter about my faith in God and the Savior, Jesus Christ. If any of you have questions for me feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer.

As I was doing my religion homework here are some more thoughts that went through my head. The overall theme: Be not Ashamed. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I may not know everything about my religion, I am still learning. What I do know is that the teachings are good, respectable ways to live ones life.

We each need to remember the basics; study the scriptures, ponder and pray. Through these actions our faith will become stronger and we will learn to lean on the Lord as trials come and go. There is so much sin in the world today; some may seem more serious than others but either way they are equally challenging. In reference to Matthew 13:22, if we “choke the word” we are ignoring the guidance from Heavenly Father. To learn and understand the teachings of the Lord we must be willing, in Matthew 13:9 it says, “Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” In Matthew 13:13-15 Christ teaches that we cannot just hear or see the teachings but that we must feel them in our hearts to fully understand.

In Nephi 8:21-33 we learn of 4 types of people: Those who held tight to the word of God, those who let go of the word of God and were lost, those who accepted the word of God but were ashamed and those who followed the temptations of Satan. As we go through life fighting off temptations we may slip every once in a while, but we are so blessed to know that every time we fall Heavenly Father and Christ will be stand right beside us, arms stretched out just waiting to help us get back up again. Those 4 types of people all seem very different, when in reality, 1 person during their life time could go through phases of all 4 of those types of people.

The beautiful part about that is Heavenly Father will always forgive us.

Miracles Preformed by Faith in Christ

I am currently studying the New Testament in the Bible and have come across many stories in which Christ performs miracles from healing the sick to calming the thrashing seas. The key to each of these miracles is having faith in the Lord. Here are a few of my favorites.

 

Matthew 8:1-4

1 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Miracle Christ Preformed

Christ healed the leper.

Who Demonstrated Faith

The leper came to Christ and said that if Christ would, he knew that Christ could heal him.  To have such faith and knowing that Christ could heal him. He didn’t ask can you heal me, he said will you; two little words that make a significant difference.

Matthew 8:23-27

23 ¶And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

Miracle Christ Preformed

Calmed the thrashing sea.

Who Demonstrated Faith

The Disciples of Christ came to Christ for help during the storm and when Christ calmed the sea they were in awe.

Matthew 9:20-22

20 ¶And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

Mark 5:25-34

25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

Miracle Christ Preformed

Healed a woman who had a health problem with her blood.

Who Demonstrated Faith

The woman knew that even if she could just touch Christ’s clothing that she would be healed. When she reached out and touched the bottom of his clothing he turned to her saying, daughter you are healed because of your faith.

BYU’s Gay Mormon Panel a Huge Success, Overflow Crowds Turned Away

This is so interesting coming from a religion where homosexuality is not acceptable. I think we can all learn how to love and have compassion.

Joseph Trevor Antley

 

On Wednesday night at Brigham Young University, a panel of three self-identified homosexual students and one bisexual student talked openly regarding their struggles with their sexuality and how they have coped with their same-gender attraction along with their Mormon faith. All four students were attending BYU and had committed to living Church standards and the BYU Honor Code.

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A Ritual To Read To Each Other – William Stafford

If you don’t know the kind of person I am

And I don’t know the kind of person you are

A pattern that others made may prevail in the world

And following the wrong god home we may miss our star.

This is just a part of the poem, it is very intriguing and thought-provoking, I would recommend it to anyone.

I really like this section of the poem; ultimately it is talking about how the majority of the world blindly follows without seeking the truth. I find it very important to know for myself the things that I believe in, and this isn’t always the popular choice among peers, friends and even family. Some may see it as, I have fallen off the deep end, or that my faith isn’t strong enough. When in reality I am just becoming a stronger person by truly knowing what I believe in is right. This can be related to being accountable, from the Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics. I like to think of life as a test, and in this test we must find answers and know and believe in them. When we blindly follow another’s opinion, or test answer, without pondering why they feel that way, we are cheating. Don’t procrastinate on your test either, you must always progress, without it you will fail.

Blessings…

I have realized lately that I have been given one of the greatest blessings anyone could ever ask for. I don’t get stressed.

When I have a lot going on in my life I don’t freak out, I think. I find all possible solutions and I know how to order things from most important to least.

I am so glad that I was given this ability. I know that it is useful today while I am in school, but I believe it will be put to even better use in my future career.

“…My Lonely Days are Over…{because} You Smile…”

ORIGINALLY POSTED: 11.28.11

I have noticed a lot lately that people in general are only focused on their lives and the people who are prominent in them. I find this to lead to a very sad and lonely life because I have many acquaintances but very few people I can share my deepest thoughts or opinions with.
This semester I decided that rather than just focusing on the people in my life I tried my very best to do so with anyone I came in contact with. Friends. Family. Acquaintances. Even strangers. I know that I still need to practice with this, and haven’t perfected the concept yet but I will continue to grow with it in my life. I know that this trait will not only benefit myself but others around me too.
I love it when a person says hello sincerely or asks if you need help, ect. So why can’t I be that person? I lived in southern Virginia this summer and like they say, you just can’t replace southern hospitality. It is wonderful! Everywhere you go, people are smiling and asking, “how are you?” and the best part is…they actually mean it!
It just makes a person’s day to feel safe, loved and welcomed.
So I want to challenge YOU to give this a try, start out small and work your way up.
Good luck!