Tuesday, February 21, 2012

So, Arizona has been a blast so far! I love being able to see my family for a while. Plus, I was here just in time for my little brother to open his mission call to the Peru Trujillo Mission. He leaves May 23rd.

I also talked to my old bishop and got some of my mission paperwork so that I can finish my papers up in Utah. A week from today, I pretty much only need my wisdom teeth pulled and the interviews with my bishop and stake president, and then I can turn in my papers. I'M SO EXCITED!!! All the rest of my dental work is getting done down here, thanks to a family friend.

With all this excitement, my favorite spiritual song right now is "All Times, All Things, All Places" by Chad Neth. This song reminds me that you can't just go on a mission and magically be spiritually in tune and familiar with the scriptures. The lyrics for this song are below.
It's not in the letter, I can't wait to open.It's not in the badge that will carry his name.It's not gonna grow in just three weeks of studyOr magically come when I get on a plane,So today I'm becoming who I'm meant to be,The worthy, unshakeable witness he needs
At all Times, All things, All places,I will sing and shout His praises,I will tell the whole world that I know what his Grace isAt all times, in all things, in all places...
It comes as I study the words of the prophets,And think about all that those words meant for me,As Abraham's son I am part of the promise,That all of the earth would be blessed by his seed,I know what my Savior expects me to bethe faithful, unchangeable witness he needs 
At all times, all things, all places...I will sing and shout His praises,I will tell the whole world that I know what his Grace isAt all times, in all things, in all places...
All eyes, All ears, All hearts,All faces, All rich, All poor,All lives, All ages, All roads. All doors,All lands, All nations, All Earth, All kin.All Tongues, All races 
At all times, all things, all places...I will sing and shout His praises,I will tell the whole world that I know what his Grace isAt all times, in all things, in all places...At all times, in all things, in all places...
 Such a wonderful song and message! I'm so excited to go on a mission!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Arizona, Here I come!

Scripture of the Week: 2 Nephi 28:21 and 24
We can never become complacent. We have to keep moving forward and trying to improve.

I have been working on moving forward on my mission papers. So, I am headed down to Arizona tomorrow! Ms. Rachel Schlappi, a good friend, is getting married next weekend, and I'm going to reception. While I am down there, I should be getting the last of my dental work done, with the exception of my wisdom teeth. That's another large step towards a mission!

Anyway, I'll be in Arizona for two weeks of partying and visiting my amazing family. I haven't been gone that long, but I'm ready to be home!

Oh, by the way, Happy Centennial Birthday Arizona! Happy Valentine's/Single's-Awareness Day to the rest of you. Hope you all have a great a wonderful day!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Loving the Dentist and my Scriptures!

It's been a pretty weird week up here in oh-not-so-snowy Utah. I started out the week with two root canals. This would be a way bigger deal if my dentist wasn't so AMAZING! He made sure that no only was I not feeling any pain, but that I also wasn't freaking out. The biggest surprise: I didn't really freak out at all! So, I got that done, and then on Wednesday, I went in to have two more root canals done. The biggest surprise: I didn't have to get any done! They found out that those two teeth looked much worse on the x-rays than they actually were. Talk about saving some money.

Another really exciting thing that started this week is that our ward started a Book of Mormon Challenge. In Mesa, our single ward did this every summer in the space of about two months. It takes A LOT of reading, but I love reading and I want to do everything that I can to prepare for my mission, so I usually participate. Anyway, I have a brand new set of scriptures to read from this time (THANKS MOM!!!), so it's even more exciting to go through and be able to pick out new things since there are no marks in them yet. I also have decided to go through and write down different scriptures that I find that would give me strength. I want to try to memorize these scriptures as I prepare for my mission (which I really want to go on but still don't know what is in the Lord's plan for me).

I was thinking about posting the scriptures that I'm working on when I start on them, but didn't know if anyone would be interested. Any comments? (By the way, if you don't know how to post a comment, you can either click the title of the post then scroll down to after the post, or click on the number of comments and that'll take you right to it. Hope to hear from you guys!)

Thanks for reading!