Happy Sunday! xo
I am sooooo excited to watch General Conference this weekend! Every time I watch, I end up finding answers to my questions, sometimes questions I didn’t even know I had. I always end up learning what I need to do in my own life to strengthen my relationship with Christ. But most of all, I gain a stronger testimony from General Conference. A stronger testimony of living prophets and the power they are given to guide and direct us. A stronger testimony of the plan that God has for all of us, and me individually. And a stronger testimony that living the teachings of Jesus Christ brings greater happiness.
I watched (well mostly just listened) to the General Women’s Meeting last weekend, just a few days after I got a pretty nasty concussion. It’s taken a while for me to be able to look at my computer screen, but I was able to design some graphics of my favorite quotes from the meeting. I love printing out quotes from each General Conference as a way to remind me of the messages long after conference weekend.
“First of all, I want you to be proud you are a woman. I want you to feel the reality of what that means, to know who you truly are. You are literally a spirit daughter of heavenly parents with a divine nature and an eternal destiny. That surpassing truth should be fixed deep in your soul and be fundamental to every decision you make as you grow into mature womanhood. There could never be a greater authentication of your dignity, your worth, your privileges, and your promise. Your Father in Heaven knows your name and knows your circumstance. He hears your prayers. He knows your hopes and dreams, including your fears and frustrations. And He knows what you can become through faith in Him.” -Jeffrey R. Holland
During the spring semester, I was an RA (resident assistant) at BYU. I wasn’t enrolled for summer, (thank goodness because being an EFY counselor was one of the best decisions I have ever made) but I’m back at school and back to being an RA. I have been so fortunate to have the great jobs I’ve had that allow me to progress and grow while hopefully helping others to do the same.
The theme of my floor is “Welcome to Wonderland.” Using a talk from President Monson, I am focusing on the part from Alice in Wonderland when Alice asks the Cheshire Cat for directions. He asks her where she wants to go and when she replies that she isn’t sure, he tells her it doesn’t really matter which way she goes then. Each week I plan a meeting with the girls on my floor. I knew I wanted to focus on that encounter between Alice and the cat to point out that if we don’t have goals for ourselves, we won’t know where we’re headed this semester.
I have always loved making goals at the beginning of a new school year, even more than making New Year’s resolutions. I created this worksheet as a fun way to help the girls (and me) think of some new goals to work on this semester.
You can download the printable file by clicking below.
“I am filled with awe as I think about the powerful influence of women.
You women have been divinely endowed with unique discernment and strength. Your qualities don’t make you better than or inferior to men. They just make you different—wonderfully, deliberately, and everlastingly so.
Each of you must come to know what the Lord wants for you individually. While one of you may be inspired to continue your education, another of you may receive inspiration to begin a family.
We should not question each other’s choices or the inspiration behind them. We should refrain from asking hurtful and unsupportive questions. We can all be kinder and more thoughtful of the situations in which our sisters throughout the world find themselves as they seek to follow the will of our Heavenly Father in their lives.
I know that as you draw nearer to the Lord, He will guide you to become the best version of yourself and to make inspired decisions in your life. He needs you—with your unique strengths, insights, and experiences—to save souls and build the kingdom of God.
-M. Russell Ballard
A few of my friends speak Portuguese and, as a result, I have picked up a phrase or two. But really only one phrase. I’m not even going to try to spell it, but it means “who’s your daddy.” Now think about that. Who is your daddy? Your Heavenly Father is the perfect, all-knowing, divine ruler of the universe. Because we are His children, we have inherited some of that divinity and are worth far more than we can comprehend.
I am so in love with this video and the message it contains. If you haven’t seen it, then it is definitely worth a couple minutes of your time. And if you have seen it, it’s still worth watching again (: