Sunday, September 23, 2012

I Love to See the Temple, I'm going There Someday

Today my roommates and I attended the Brigham City Temple Dedication. The last dedication I went to was Nauvoo years ago so it is hard to remember. As we sat in the Marriott, it was amazing to see so many college students sitting quietly as if they were in the temple. As the ceremony progressed, I felt such a profound love for the apostles and the temple. It is amazing how different the feeling between a temple and the world is. The sense of love and peace compared to the feelings of the world is drastically different.

As I contemplated this morning's events, the lyrics of a primary song came to mind:

I love to see the temple.
I'm going there some day
to feel the Holy Spirit, 
to listen and to pray
For the temple is a house of God,
a place of love and beauty.
I'll prepare myself while I am young;
this is my sacred duty.

I love to see the temple
I'll go inside someday.
I'll covenant with my Father;
I'll promise to obey.
For the temple is a holy place
where we are sealed together.
As a child of God I've learn this truth:
A family is Forever.

I know that through the temples families can be together forever. I know I am sealed to my family for eternity and that if I live worthy of it, I can live with them forever after this life. I do not know what would have happened to me if not for this gospel. It helps me know what to do and how to live my life. I am so grateful to this gospel and for my Savior. I am so grateful for the blessings I have been given: for a wonderful family, for a chance to further my education, for music, for friends, for great roommates, for all the modern technology I enjoy, and so much more. I know that God lives and that He loves each and every person on this earth equally. The rain falls on everyone equally and the sun shines for everyone equally. He loves everyone and asks all to "Come Follow Him." I know I want to. He is "the light and the life" and makes my burdens light and I thank Him for that.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Effect of Music

Well, this past weekend I was reminded why I love music. Life had started getting a little overwhelming and I did not know where to turn to because my usual "go to items" just were not helping. Then, I spent some time with a friend listening to a ton of great music and I finally felt at peace. It's amazing the impact music can have on the soul. Since then, I've spent a lot more time listening to/singing different songs and have found my life has been a lot better and I feel more in control of the craziness around me. When my day just seems to be too overwhelming, it is nice to be able to turn on my iPod and listen to different types of music from choral to religious to pop. In my music civilization class we talked about the reason for music in religious services and it made me realize how grateful I am for the impact music is in not only my secular life but, also my religious one. I love how I can listen to music that brings me closer to my Savior as well as make my day go better. It is an amazing world when education and religion can go together to create a complete human being. I know I would not be who I am today without music. Music is such a large part of who I am and it has given me experiences that have shaped my views of the world and who I am as a person. What a wonderful world we live in.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Adventures Begin

My fortune from dinner.
It was quite the laugh due to inside jokes.
Well, the first week of school was crazy and full of a lot of homework but, the weekend was filled with a lot of great bonding moments. After having so much homework, I was scared I would not be able to spend time with human beings again! [alright... slight exaggeration there....] Well, that changed starting Thursday Night. Since I did not invest into a pass to the sports games, I thought I'd be home alone doing homework. Well, turns out, another roommate also did not make this investment and another simply did not want to go because of the late hour. This turned into pancakes&movie night. It was so much fun to laugh and get to know my roommates a little better. Since we all went for random, we were all nervous to move in. It has turned out to be such a blessing, however. We had a "Hen's Night Out" as it turned out being called, where we had dinner, went shopping at super cheap stores trying to find stuff for our apt, got dessert, and watched a movie. It was such a blast! We met random people that gave us some great quotes (such as the title of our evening) and had fun making one roommate try on a total 80's wedding dress. So much fun! After thinking back to how nervous I had been about moving in, it was such a relief to feel such a close bond with these beautiful daughters of God. We are all very different but, all share a love of Christ and of doing some pretty crazy, random things. It is wonderful.

Along with this bonding, I met up with some friends from my freshman year and did random stuff from going to a grocery store for potato chips to going to a park to crashing someone's apt and watching them break into said apt. It was great! Yes, freshman year is over but, the friendships acquired will last forever. We can still do crazy things but, we are all growing up which is important. Reflecting on our past was great but, it was also really neat to see how much we have all grown up within one year. We went from being crazy freshman to crazy sophomores.

~Life is one crazy adventure.~