Sunday, January 31, 2016
It has been a nice week. Monday morning I went to Zumba. That afternoon Spencer had a basketball game and did awesome. He didn’t get put in until the end of the 2nd quarter, but he came out aggressive and made some great shots and so he got to stay in the rest of the game. It was a close game and Spencer’s team pulled out the win.
Tuesday seemed like a busy day but looking back at my calendar it wasn’t really that bad. It was my turn to host Tilly’s friends Emma and Jane Wamsley. Spencer had an orthodontist appointment that lasted about 20 seconds and things are still looking good since he’s gotten his braces off. Spencer had another game that afternoon and his team won again. He got to start, but I was late and didn’t get to see it. He said he didn’t play very well and got pulled out quickly. When he got put in later during the game I was there and he did a good job. I had to leave Spencer’s game early to go with the Laurels to a special fireside chat at ASU with Elder Neil L. Andersen and Pres. Crow, ASU’s President. It was a neat experience. It made me quite impressed with ASU and it would be a great place for my children to go to college if they so choose. They talked about the importance of education and that education is not to just get a job, but it is important for whom we want to become and that it is important to get as much education as we can. Here are some of the messages I got from the evening:
- Pres. Crow- The human mind is a great endowment and so is our identity. We need to take those two things and use them to communicate and praise God. What do we do with those gifts? Education is essential in our ability to adapt. A person’s family and faith are important at ASU. They have worked hard so that LDS can attain a religious and technical education seamlessly.
- Elder Robert C. Gay – It is a great myth that you don’t need a college education. A college education keeps your options maximized. If you don’t get a college degree about 85% of doors are closed to you.
- Elder Andersen – Talked about going to ASU vs. BYU because an ASU student wrote to him and asked him about that. He said that when the church was small BYU had a big purpose in order for young single adults to be able to meet each other. BYU used to be the one place where you could put yourself around lots of YSA. But in our area there is no longer a need to go to a church school to meet lds youth. The Lord will direct our humble prayers of where we should go to school. One person’s answer and choice isn’t the same for everyone. You don’t have to make a decision once and for all. You can spend a semester elsewhere. Don’t take on too much debt especially as an undergraduate. Work while you go to school.
All of the people on the panel were asked how to make a decision of which road to choose and feel good about it? (ie which college to go to, which major to choose, etc.) Here are their answers to that question:
- Sis. Gay – merge passions, emotion and intelligence. Just start. Start somewhere. It’s ok if you decide to change paths. Put your life in order and you’ll get direction.
- Elder Gay – There is no shame in changing paths. Don’t wander. No shame in failure, just don’t give up.
- Pres. Crow – What do you want your life to mean? Get on the track of the thing that makes you smile and excites your brain.
- Elder Andersen – Stay humble, stay prayerful. Sometimes you have to start down a direction before you feel a direction. Make a mature decision.
It has been cool to have been taught by two Apostles of the Lord this month in our area!! Such a rare experience and our youth got it twice in one month.
Wednesday Tilly had her music class and then she went to play at Grant and Ryan Sorenson’s house. I cleaned and cleaned that day. Our house needed it. Bryant and Spencer got to go to code club at the library again that evening. I decided to get serious about losing weight on Wednesday. I posted this on Facebook: Ok. I have taken far too long to come to this resolution but it's time. I have resolved to lose 20 pounds. I'm sharing it here for accountability purposes. Exercising has never been the problem, but eating healthy has. I know how to do it so I'm going to make it happen. P.S. I don't want to buy your products. I have already lost 4 pounds and still have a firm resolve to reach my goal of losing 20 points.
Thursday Tilly got to go to Grammy days and I went visiting teaching. Bryant had basketball practice that evening, I had a meeting with the stake YW presidency in preparation for ward conference that I almost missed because I didn’t put it in my phone and Chad and the kids helped Heather (Chad’s sister) get moved into her house. We’re so glad that Heather and Elliot are moving back to this side of the US. Elliot is still in North Carolina for a few more weeks finishing up a prep course to take the AZ and surrounding states bar exam, but he is finished with law school now. They aren’t sure where they’ll end up, but they want to stay on this side of the US where the church is strong. They’ll be in Queen Creek until he takes the bar and finds out his results.
Friday I went visiting teaching to another sister and that evening Chad and I went to the temple. We barely made it into the 6:15 session; we were the second to last couple. They had to do two extra sessions that evening since the Mesa temple is closed and it was so busy. Normally 7:00pm is the last session, but that night they added a 7:45pm session and an 8:30pm session so they wouldn’t have to turn anyone away. That is wonderful!!
Yesterday I took the girls to build-a-bear to use the gift cards they got from Santa. Since I had an extra gift card (they come in a 4 pack at Costco) Bryant came too. It was a neat experience, but wow it is SO expensive. My kids were sad they didn’t get to pick out more than one of the cheapest accessories, but I didn’t want to spend $10-$15 for each teddy bear clothe item. I don’t even spend that much on my kids outfits. Chad did a lot of things around the house that needed doing yesterday and then he and I went to Bryant’s basketball game and took a gift to Puring in her new care home for her birthday. Her birthday is actually today, but since I planned to get her favorite Chinese food for her gift we took it to her yesterday.
Today has been a wonderful Sabbath day. It was our ward conference. Our bishop talked about having a shatterproof testimony. He said life will happen. Will our testimonies withstand a “drop off the counter” or a “fall down the stairs”? He prefaced those questions with a story about how he tried those things with the Heinz shatterproof ketchup bottle when it was new. His message was about continually renewing our testimonies. President Derrick also spoke about testimonies. (He is an engineer so his analogies relate to that.) He said that when things are hard they tend to be brittle, like a ceramic plate. He said that Corelle dinnerware is made so that the exterior is cooled very quickly but the inner layer doesn’t cool as quickly so it is more flexible. He asked us if our testimonies were too hard set. They need to be strong, but strength and toughness are too different things. We need to be tough so we need to have a fire within us so that we cool more quickly. We also heard a lot about the Sabbath Day in our messages from the stake today. We were challenged to go from a good Sabbath day to a better or best Sabbath Day and that we need to avoid regimentation. We give room for the Holy Ghost by avoiding regimentation.
I felt the hand of the Lord this week as he answered my prayer of how to fix a relationship with someone who is important to me that I had soured. I kind of made a mess of things so I had been praying for several days of a way to make peace and make it right. On Tuesday I felt the Lord making me more aware of what I had done wrong and I was prompted to text that individual and apologize for what the Lord had shown me I had done wrong. I followed that prompting and I feel it has brought peace between us and started the path for that individual to trust me again. It was a neat experience. I love how when the Lord shows you something you have done wrong you feel love and a way to make it better. When the devil points out your mistakes you feel like a lousy, total screw up.