Beauty and Love

Today I loved people.
I love them everyday, but especially today.
Nearly every day on my walk home from school, I talk to my mom on the phone. Talking about my day makes me think. I think of things that have happened in my day, but have you ever noticed how conversations and thoughts linger through the rest of your day? At the end of the day I'm left with all of these wonderful ways the Lord has blessed me.

How has the Lord shown his hand in my life today?

Today it was people.
It's a fascinating concept to think that everyone has their own life, and really the world doesn't revolve around mine and my immediate surroundings. I had opportunity to interact with a lot of people today. Well, this week in general really. I went into the academic advisement office and after asking me about the things I know I like we promptly realized that Humanitarian work is what I would be happiest doing for the rest of my life. Business major? Nonprofit minor? That's the new direction I'm headed.

Speaking of directions, I used to think you had to have a life plan. An exact vision. But you don't. You have to know the important things. Priorities. And if you work towards those, everything else will fall into place. And surprise! Those "things" don't have to be tangible! They can be that you want to help people, or that you want to get married in the temple to a worthy priesthood holder, or you want to do an internship, or that you want to be happy (although remember, happiness is a choice). So choose. work toward those things. Eventually I will have to make an exact plan, but for now? I'm just moving in the right direction.

Does your heart ever feel so full it could burst? Sometimes mine does. There are just so many wonderful things. If I know anything, it's that Heavenly Father WANTS to bless us. He really does. I have the opportunity to be at BYU right now. It's incredible. Tuesday night I was able to meet and listen to this man...

Merrill Bateman

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He is wonderful! Talk about having a list of incredible accomplishments. I was one of the first to shake his hand afterward and he looked me in the eye and asked, "How are you?" there were people waiting in line to see him, but he didn't move on before he waited for my answer and honestly made me feel important among the crowd. To be completely honest, he reminded me of Santa Claus :) Really rosy cheeks and just so kind.

Then tonight, wow.....

I was there. Fourth row. The capacity for the room was said to be 1700. There were hundreds more than that. In the back, on the sides.
She was wonderful.
Favorite quote of the night?
"I came back because I wanted my body.... I didn't care what it looked like"
We really do need to understand beauty. Beauty isn't "pretty". It's not something you inherit from your Mom or Dad here. It's something you inherit from your Father in Heaven. It's that light. The light in your eyes. That spirit in you. Beauty is health and strength and confidence.

"Of all the creatures of the Almighty there is none more beautiful, none more inspiring than a lovely daughter of God."
-Gordon B. Hinckley


Sisters, sisters, and more sisters :)

First, let me state how much I love Provo.
One of the main reasons being...
sister time

My sister needed some pictures taken,
for resumes I believe... (she is going to be an elementary school teacher... can you get more pure than that?) so with my favorite camera I proceeded to drive right on over and we had a spur of the moment photo shoot!! naturally, they came out darling because well... my sister happens to be SUPER darling. but really... she is... and look at her, she can rock that red lipstick!

I only had to take about six or seven
before I found that there was never a bad picture
so I stopped there :)

This is one of my favorite things about Provo...
quality sister time
in the midst of the craziness of school and everything else.
She gives me dating advice and hugs,
we watch chickflicks and paint our toenails,
and she never fails to make me feel better.

What's on the docket for this week?
Chilean independence day and empanadas.
One year ago Jess and Steve were engaged, but still invited me to celebrate the holiday with them. Things have changed... maybe more than a little... but I'm glad I'm still invited :)

And the thought for today? Friendship.

"The Lord has touched my spirit time and again, and more often than not,
His touch has reached me through the hand of a friend."
-Kathleen H. Hughes


Welcome Back... the beginning adventures of Devonshire #20...



It was nasty. Don't worry, there's multiple cleaning hours
on my knees with a toothbrush and comet that went into making this "house" a "home"

The tools of a cleaning champ :)

I LOVE our apartment!! My roommates are wonderful. So wonderful.

And my classes?
Econ- Lots and lots of work, but I'm gonna try soo hard.
Stats- I'll work on getting the lingo
Beginning Piano- Most people in the class are NOT beginners, but I'll catch up.
New Testament- I love Christ, and studying the life of Christ. It brings Him to an even more real level :)
Church History- Sister Black is hilarious. Enough said.
Social Dance 280- Best. Class. Ever. I love dance.
Student Leadership- I will be serving in the BYUSA office again this year! Yay!

What else has been going on in Devonshire #20? Lindsay and I have been cooking up a storm. We have great friends over on the other side of what we so fondly call the "chastity wall", and we are having a house warming party this Friday! Today I invested in a sewing machine, I have TONS of Econ homework, I made us all matching blue and white bows for the football game on Saturday, and we are happy as can be.

Until Next time