Saturday, July 21, 2012

Post Mission Life

I was reading an article on www.LDS.org about the training of new mission presidents, and I loved this:

"President Monson said missionaries represent the flower of youth and the hopes, prayers, and dreams of their parents. “They represent sacrifice. If you as mission presidents can realize the importance of their missions in the lives of these young men and young women and in the lives of your senior couples, then you will be in a better position to motivate them properly.”

It got me thinking about the importance of my mission in my life. I know that's not the context of the quote, but work with me here. I want to imagine that if my president asked me what the importance of my mission in my life is, having served already, what I would say.

I don't know why I was called to serve a mission. I don't know why the Lord wanted me to go so bad. But I'm so glad I did go. It changed my life. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Maybe that's why he wanted me to go. I wasn't living poorly. But he wanted me to change my life. He wanted me to live better. Do better. Be what He knows I can be, which was so much more than I thought. So much more than what I was doing.

We're still trying to figure it out. I'm still growing. But maybe what he did for me wasn't get me to the final destination of "I'm the best I can be!" but move the path to a more upwardly direction.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

So my roommate was talking about a friend problem.

 She wants to stop being friends with some silly people, and she's finding it to be more difficult than she bargained for. She said that other people are making it hard for her because they always bring them up, and they won't let her forget about them.
"Well, hun, you can't forget. Forgetting about them won't make it better, because you'll remember them, someday, somehow. And then you'll get upset again. The goal is to deal with it, not forget about it. That way, when someone does bring them up, because it will happen, you'll still be okay."
I believe that to be true. Stop running away from problems, they will always catch up to you. You will never out run them. Maybe for a season. Maybe for a short while. Maybe for a long while. But they will always catch up and make you trip. So stop trying to run. Stop trying to hide. Deal with it and learn from it and learn how to handle it. And you know what? When it does catch up to you, you can still keep moving forward. You won't trip like before. You'll keep moving forward with grace, poise, and strength that others will find inspiring.

Have a good one, and take care of yourself.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Joseph's testimony

So yesterday as I was leaving the temple I met a man crossing the street. His name is Joseph Kanoho Keliikoa, III. He has mild cerebral palsy and a hearing disability, but he's still very cognitive, don't be fooled. As I was crossing the street he greeted me like I was his best friend from his science class and introduced himself. In our conversation he handed me a slip of paper with his testimony on it. He said that he does it because his patriarchal blessing says that he needs to share his testimony with everyone, and I want to help him do it.
Joseph also works at Photo Poly at the PCC if you ever want to meet him :)

Dear brothers, sisters, family and friends! Aloha! I would like to share my testimony as a disciple and special witness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This true church has blessed my life as my family lives forever. I know this to be true. I know we have a great, loving Father in Heaven, and that we are all his precious children. He truly loves, cares, and prays with all his heart that we will return back in to his presence with our brothers and sisters in our loving home here upon this earth and for all eternity. That is a great blessing to know and to feel by the Holy Ghost.
      I know Jesus is the very Christ. He is my brother, my Savior, our Savior, and our Greatest Friend. We can rely on Him and return and live with Him and Father in Heaven for eternity. I know through His atonement, we can be clean before them through repentance and live. I know Jesus Christ called us friends. That is a wonderful blessing and a great joy in our lives. I truly know that He bled from every pore as He entered in the garden. That true love He has is real. That really made Him special in my life as well as yours too. I know Joseph Smith is a true Prophet of God. I know that he restored the fullness of the blessings of God back on the earth. We can bless our families forever with the Melchizedek Priesthood. In the temple, we can be sealed to our families forever. Most importantly, the Book of Mormon, that great, special witness of our  Savior Jesus Christ, is the keystone of our faith. I testify it is true. I know Joseph Smith saw our loving Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ in his very eyes in answer to his prayer. But Joseph Smith knew that no enemy then present or in the future would have sufficient power to frustrate or stop the purposes of God.
       We are all familiar with his prophetic words: "Our missionaries are going to different nations. The standard of truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independently, til it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, til the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done." I know that Prophet Thomas S. Monson is truly the Lord's servant that leads as well as guides His people to exaltation with great love in his heart, mind, spirit and that great charity. I know that he as well has seen our Savior and Heavenly Father in his experience that was so marvelous. I know, truly know, that parents, grandparents,uncles, aunties, missionaries, families, friends, brothers, sisters, ward leaders, stake leaders, home teachers, visiting teachers, seminary teachers, apostles, seventies, stake presidency, bishoprics, primary children and youth of the church, neighbors everywhere from past, present, and future has true pure testimony that they hold dear in their humble hearts. I know that be true. We are true special witnesses of the true church that lives forever. I know this church is the very true church upon this earth and the Holy Ghost bear witness thus to be true. I know that my message and my testimony I shared with you are true. I would like truly invite you all listen to the prompting of Holy Ghost that Heavenly Father gave unto you. Will you please come and share your testimony with us as Lord's representative and true friend among us all. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Joseph Kanoho Keliikoa, III

 The slip of paper Joseph gave me.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Buenos Aires Argentina Temple Open House, Cultural Celebration and Rededication Dates Announced!


News Release —  27 April 2012

Salt Lake City — The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) has announced the open house, cultural celebration and rededication dates for the Buenos Aires Argentina Temple.
The public is invited to visit the temple during an open house from Saturday, 4 August 2012, through Saturday, 25 August 2012, excluding Sundays. The temple will be formally rededicated on Sunday, 9 September 2012, in three sessions. The rededicatory sessions will be broadcast to all stakes and districts in Argentina.
In conjunction with the rededication of the temple, there will also be a cultural celebration featuring music and dance on Saturday, 8 September 2012.
Latter-day Saint temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. In the temple, Church members learn more about the purpose of life and strengthen their commitment to serve Jesus Christ and those around them.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

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Just to get some things off my chest.
I'm the new Relief Society President in my ward. I'm just afraid I won't take it seriously enough rather than being so nervous or not up to the challenge. I'm stomping down the voice that would want to stomp me down. How much I want to be a good Relief Society president for these sisters!
I am grateful for the sisters who accepted the callings to help me. I need them, and I hope they just as much need me. How much I can't do this without them!
So really, I'm okay. Just a lot to think about, you know?
I always have a lot to think about. My calling. School. Buying a car maybe soon. Boys.
How much I hate that subject right now.
Because I broke up with my boyfriend. Almost two weeks ago. And the decision was mutual. And it was a bummer, sure. I worked and flirted my booty off to be able to get to where we were. And I was crazy about him. But things weren't moving along towards marriage. Really, no. And I keep telling myself, This is better. He can't fulfill your needs. He has a bad attitude sometimes. He's not what I need. And I get to a place where I feel good. I feel great! And that I have moved on! That we can just be friends and live free and enjoy thinking about what the future may hold!
But every night I dream about him. I hate those dreams. They make me miss him and put me right back on square one. And he's such a flirt. Whenever I see him he does it. But I think he does it to a lot of girls. I dunno! And he won't leave me alone- he's always in my head. I can't concentrate because mentally I'm yelling out WWWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYY?????????????
I just want this to go away. It's dragging me down, it's bumming me out. It makes me want to cry. Because I feel so dumb. We had our first date back in August, and he would get close and then back off, get close and then back off. And I would always want to say I'm done! I'm done playing this game! I don't want to date him anymore. And then something would happen, and there he always was, with the cue card that said Date Him!!!!! And I did. I always ascribed it to Providence, because what else would it be? It happened way too many times for it to be coincidence. So is this what is happening again? Or do I just need to learn control over my romanticism? What do I need to do concerning this? I feel so lost.
And then I ask myself, If you can't even figure out this, how can you give your dedication to  your new calling and to the sisters? How can you help and sustain them when you can't even help and sustain yourself?
And I want to listen to the still small voice. I want to know what I need to do.
Brain ready to explode now.