Monday, September 27, 2010

MTV Campus Takeover, staring Thirty Seconds to Mars

I had the opportunity to go to Utah Valley University and see my favorite band of all time live in concert.  Chelsie, Malcolm, and I were about three rows back, if that, from the stage.  We were so close, we could SEE how blue Jared Leto's eyes really are.

It was, without a doubt, one of the best concerts I have ever been to!  It was a wonderful weekend, from start to finish.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Joseph Smith

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since I was born.  Ever since I was a young girl, starting in nursery, I learned about Joseph Smith.  I learned about who he was, and why he was so important.  But, I never took the chance to research about him myself.  So, I chose to do that for my class, just to re-learn things, find out new information if possible, and increase my testimony in him.

Joseph Smith was born on December 23, 1805 in Sharon, Vermont.  He was the son of Lucy Mack Smith and Joseph Smith, Sen.  He had eight brothers and siblings.  Their names were Alvin, Hyrum, Samuel Harrison, William, Don Carlos, Sophronia, Catherine, and Lucy.  During his childhood, he lived in Sharon, Vermont, Palmyra, New York, and Manchester, New York.  At the age of six or seven, while living in Sharon, VT, Joseph and his siblings got typhus fever.  While all his siblings that got the sickness healed, Joseph had a sore on his leg.  The doctors operated on his leg, all while he was being held by his father.  The doctors had offered him some brandy to drink in order to help dull the pain, but he didn’t take any.  Although he was lame for a little while afterwards, he was healed.  He was a hard worker, even at a young age.

At the age of fifteen, Joseph was being bombarded by many different religious sects.  His mother was part of one, his father another, and he didn’t have any clue as to which religion to join.  While studying the scriptures late one evening, he came across James 1:5, which reads, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”  After reading this, he decided to pray unto Heavenly Father to see which church to join.  He went to a grove of trees, now known as the Sacred Grove, and prayed.  While praying, he was overcome by an evil spirit, but he continued to pray.  After some time, he had a vision, where he was visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ.  They were separate beings.  During this vision, he was told to join none of the sects, because they didn’t have the whole truth.  Because of this vision, known as the Frist Vision, Joseph was able to prepare himself to bring the Lord’s church back onto the earth.

Joseph Smith became the first prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days.  He translated the Book of Mormon, was baptized, and got the keys of the priesthood in order to restore the true church to the Earth, and to bless the lives of those who would listen.

While doing my project, I knew I wanted to find out about Joseph, his life as a child, and how his faith led to the restoration of the church that I am now a part of.  By doing this research, my testimony of him has grown.  I know, without a doubt, that his story really happened.  I know that, without praying, Joseph wouldn’t have brought the church about.  I am thankful for all the things Joseph did, and for being the man God knew him to be.  Since I know these things, I want to share them with others I know.  Yes, they may not understand and believe, but at least they will be able to know a little more about Joseph Smith from me.

If you have any questions, or just want to know more about him, just ask in the comments on the bottom.  I promise I will get back to you. J

The information I got on Joseph Smith was from Joseph Smith History in the Pearl of Great Price, and the talk “The Prophet Joseph Smith: Teacher by Example” by President Thomas S. Monson in the November 2005 Liahona.  Both of these can be found using the search tool on Image found at

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

You know what?

I don't feel guilty.  I am the happiest I have been in a long time.

I love this.

Just thought I would let you guys know :)


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Don't give up, because YOU ARE LOVED!

Things have been kinda difficult this last weekend into this week.  Lots of thoughts, memories, and emotions piling up on one another, making it hard to concentrate or do what I am supposed to do.  Some days, I don't feel like doing much of anything, except lie down.  My homework routine has been lost, and I am trying to get it back, but it isn't working.  Yes, I am having a blast and doing wonderful things here with my roommates, and trying to make new friends, but something just feels off.

On the days where I just want to call it quits, I remember the line from Josh Groban's song.  "Don't give up, because you are loved."  There will be days where I, and you, might not feel all that loved.  You might feel alone, unwanted, under-appreciated, things like that.  But, don't forget, you are loved.  Family, friends, random people that you don't really know, they are all here to love you and support you through the tough times.  And if you don't think that they really are there for you, there is a Father in Heaven that will always love you, no matter what, and He is there for you when you don't feel like there is anyone.  He knows and understands what you are going through, and always has a way to help.  This is something that I am slowly but surely starting to understand.

Don't give up.  I know things are hard right now, but they will get better.  God has a plan for all of us, and we just need to trust in His power to make everything work out in the end.

And don't forget, you really are loved.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Wanna know one of the things I find beautiful?

Having friendships you never knew you needed.  Finding those people who won't judge you, and will love you no matter what has happened in your life.  I never thought I would find friends like that, and I am living with four of them.  Honestly, I have no idea where I would be without the friends I have made, not only in the last two years, but throughout my entire life.  They lift me up and know what to say to make sure that I remember that I am not alone in life.  They, along with my family, have always been my rock, and they really know what to do in order to make me feel better.

Thanks.  I can't tell you enough how much you all mean to me.  I love you all.


Friday, September 17, 2010

Random Thoughts

I am sitting here, watching Glee with my amazing roommates, and I can't seem to make my mind clear.  There is so much going on in my mind, and I wish there wasn't so many things to think about.

While sitting here, I realized something.  I have made mistakes.  Some mistakes have been so much bigger than the others, and I chose to make them.  But, as bad as they may have been, I can't be mad about making them.  No matter what, I am a better person because of them.  I realized that I needed to drift away to find what is the most important in my life.

I realize, now, that I don't want to be just another girl.  I don't want to settle in life.  I want my life to be better, full.  I want to be with my family FOREVER, even after death.  I want to find someone who will truly love me for me, and not try to change me because I am not their ideal person.  I want to be a stronger member of my faith, and I want to work on getting a better relationship with my Heavenly Father.

Yes, I have made mistakes.  Yes, I have done wrong.  But, all that is behind me now.  I will be a better person.  I will become stronger in my faith, and I will be with my family forever.

Right now, I just need to work on it.  All will be okay in the end.

On a lighter note, my classes seem to be going well.  I have been attempting to find a job, and have applied online to some places, but there has been no success.  I need to work a little more on getting a job.  It's difficult living in a college town, though.  Especially since I have no car.  But I am sure that, if I am meant to get a job, I will.

I miss my family, a lot.  But I can't wait until next weekend.  I get to see my younger brother, who is at UVU.  I also get to see my grandparents, and possibly some aunts and uncles.  I seriously can't wait.  It should be a great weekend.  Don't get me wrong, I am so happy to be here in Rexburg with my roommates, I just wish my family lived a little closer.

Things will get better.  I just have to remember that.


I love them.

Thirty Seconds to Mars is my all time favorite band.  Seriously, every time I listen to them, I am so happy.  Their music may not be the happiest music of all time, but it sure is great to me.

My mom got me tickets to see them next weekend, and I can't wait.  I'm also going to spend time with Chelsie and Malcolm, which really will be one of the greatest things ever.

Thirty Seconds to Mars, you are amazing, and I seriously cannot wait to be in the same room with you, watching you perform those songs that I love so much.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Disappointments are just God's way of saying: "I've got something better"' Be patient, live life, have faith.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Okay, for reals?!

My life is so super confusing!  UGH!!


I realized yesterday that, this semester, I will be spending a lot of my time just thinking about things.  And, because of that, I will make a lot of relizations about my life and things that I would like to happen.

Yesterday, I figured some things out, and they both scare me and give me comfort.  Is that even possible?  I don't know, but it did happen.  Now, I just need to figure out what I want to do about the things I figured out.

I know, this blog post is very vague, but I don't want to delve into the things I figured out QUITE yet.  I am still trying to figure out if they are good or not.

Ugh, I am so confused about my life and what to do.  I hope that clarity will come sooner rather than later.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

You know what?

You can lie and say things that aren't true to everyone, but there are two sides to every story.  So, until you hear my side, you can't say you know the truth.

I can't wait to be back in Idaho with my roommates.  I need them more than anything.

PS... Sorry about not writing.  I just haven't had a lot to say.  But I promise to change that asap.