“In your morning prayer each new day, ask Heavenly Father to guide you to recognize an opportunity to serve one of His precious children. Then go throughout the day with your heart full of faith and love, looking for someone to help.” -M. Russell Ballard
“Each of us has a part to play in the plan, and each of us is equally valued in the eyes of the Lord. We should remember that a loving Heavenly Father is aware of our righteous desires and will honor His promises that nothing will be withheld from those who faithfully keep their covenants. Heavenly Father has a mission and plan for each of us, but He also has His own timetable. One of the hardest challenges in this life is to have faith in the Lord’s timing.” -Bonnie L. Oscarson
My freshman year, I did an internship as a product designer with a scrapbooking company called American Crafts. It was such a good experience and I learned a lot of skills that have helped me to be able to design a lot of different things. But the most important lesson I learned had nothing to do with design.
One time before a meeting, a co-worker named Shane told me who we would be meeting with and that I was going to love him. The whole time we were walking to the meeting room, Shane went on and on about how great this guy was and how talented he was. Because of what Shane had told me, I was paying attention and throughout the meeting, I found that this guy was just as awesome and talented as Shane had said. What I learned is this: You find what you’re looking for. I also learned is this: I want to be in the habit of letting people know how awesome other people are.
In order to do that, I need to be looking for the awesome in other people. In other words, I need to treat every person I meet as a child of God. One of my 2016 goals is to compliment more. I’m really good at seeing awesome things in other people, not so awesome at sharing that.
I can’t say it enough—YOU FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR. That includes what you find in yourself. Unfortunately I think we’re much too good at looking for our flaws, and not nearly good enough at seeing just how awesome we are.
So here’s my challenge (and it’s something I’m working on too!): try to see yourself and others as God sees you. He sees you as you really are, His precious child. Try to find what it is that He knows to be awesome about you. Look for that awesome in other people and then tell them why they’re awesome!
“There may be some among you who feel darkness encroaching upon you. You may feel burdened by worry, fear, or doubt. To you and to all of us, I repeat a wonderful and certain truth: God’s light is real. It is available to all! It gives life to all things. It has the power to soften the sting of the deepest wound. It can be a healing balm for the loneliness and sickness of our souls. In the furrows of despair, it can plant the seeds of a brighter hope. It can enlighten the deepest valleys of sorrow. It can illuminate the path before us and lead us through the darkest night into the promise of a new dawn.” -Dieter F. Uchtdorf
It’s that time of year! That time when we start thinking about our goals for the new year and are suddenly flooded with all the ways in which we want to improve and then become overwhelmed because there’s no way we can possibly do it all.
I created this printable to keep things simple this year and to keep me from setting too many goals. Choosing just a couple of things has caused me to think about what goals are really the most important right now. I really like the bottom question because making resolutions tends to bring up all the areas where I’m falling short, but by thinking about something to continue doing, I get a chance to think about the things I’m doing well, something we definitely don’t do enough.
I’m really good at making weekly or monthly goals, but sticking with something for a year is not my forte. This year I’ve decided to keep it simple and also make sure that my new year’s resolutions are somewhere I can see them often.
I’ve found that even just writing down a goal increases the likelihood that I will stick with it.
What are your goals for the new year? I usually try to make one silly goal that I know I’ll accomplish. This year it’s hold lots of babies (:
If December taught me nothing else, it’s that God will give you more than you can handle.
The last couple of weeks of the semester were nearly the end of me. I had a lot of plans for this semester and speaking at one of my best friend’s funeral certainly wasn’t one of them. I’ve been behind this entire semester because of getting a concussion and other things, but this was the final straw, the point where I knew I couldn’t handle any more. I was operating at more than 100% and for far too long. Quite simply, God had given me more than I could handle.
The scriptures contain a lot of promises, but no where do they say that you won’t be given more than you can bear.
But the key is, God will never give you more than you can handle alone.
What the scriptures do say is this: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” -Matthew 11:28-29
God will give us more than we can handle because we are not meant to carry the load alone. Trials and burdens are meant to teach us to reach out to our Savior, to allow Him to help you carry the weight you were never meant to carry on your own.
“Healing blessings come in many ways, each suited to our individual needs, as known to Him who loves us best. Sometimes a “healing” cures our illness or lifts our burden. But sometimes we are “healed” by being given strength or understanding or patience to bear the burdens placed upon us.” -Dallin H. Oaks
In Mosiah 24, the Lord did “strengthen up [Alma and his brethren] that they could bear up their burdens with ease.
Sometimes God takes away our pain or trials, but I think more often he gives us the strength to get through them.
We grow, not despite our trials, but because of them.
The struggles of this semester caused me to rely even greater on my Savior. I cried and prayed every day to be able to do what I needed to. It’s kind of like how you’re always grateful for the ability to breathe, but you suddenly become a whole lot more grateful when you get a cold. I’m always grateful for a Savior to rely on, but trials make me rely on Him a whole lot more.
2015 was a year of an incredible amount of learning and growth, largely due to the trials that I experienced. I don’t know what 2016 holds in store, but I sure am excited for the lessons and growth that are sure to come.
You know those incredibly happy people who you just can’t get enough of? Yep. That’s Al. We’ve never met, but after reading her new book, More Than the Tattooed Mormon, I honestly feel like her friend. Al has the most positive attitude and it rubs off on everyone around her. Her book is just so genuine and honest. Even though it is her story, this book is for you and me. I promise you this book will leave you feeling uplifted, loved, and motivated to do incredible things.
This book is a super quick read (I read it in less than a day), but it is so good. I was highlighting like it was my job. I love Al’s honesty throughout the whole book, especially when she relayed her conversion story, but most of all, I loved reading about her determination to do whatever God asked of her.
There were so many parts I loved and so I decided to letter some of my favorite quotes to hang up. You can view the gallery below and save each image because I know you are going to appreciate Al’s words as much as me.
Or you can download the images in color here
or in black and white here
Now that it is past Thanksgiving, I believe we are in safe from all those grinches and safe to freely and fully celebrate Christmas!
I’ve been building these playlists since July (I just couldn’t help it!) and I want to share them with you!
Instrumental Christmas is pretty self explanatory, a bunch of favorites sans words.
Christmas Party features some more favorites, but mostly pop versions.
Soothing Christmas is all of those songs that make you want to curl up in a blanket with some hot chocolate.
Christmas Classics is, well, the classics!
And Indie Christmas is my favorite playlist of them all! Enjoy!