Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It's Worth It

Kim DeRyke (now Stapely)
& her family have been really good family friends of ours for years.
My family had the opportunity to watch her get
Married for Time & All Eternity in the St. George Temple.
I didn't actually get to watch with everyone else,
I waited outside.



It's ironic that the night before I waited outside at the temple
I spent hours defending it.
I've stood up for what I believe in before, but nothing like this.
This discussion pushed me toe to toe on everything I know to be true.
It was hard.
especially since it was 3:00 am
and the conversation was over text messaging
(where you just can't explain such special thing over)
with someone that I really care about.
I'm not sure that this person even heard my testimony
but hopefully something was planted.
Watching Kim and Kyle walk out of the Temple
so happy and so in love was a strong confirmation
that that is what I want someday.
I might not have been inside the Temple
(well, not including the baptistery)
but I do have a testimony that it is the House of the Lord
where sacred covenants are made so that we can live with Him
and our families Forever.
It might be hard to stand up for our beliefs, but it's definitely worth it.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Reading Time

I stole this picture from my sister's blog,
it was just too cute to resist.
(Thanks Kathryn)
We love story time :)


Light

so..
I've been thinking of light lately.

Not the kind that brightens up the room,
but the Light of Christ.

(never before told story)
I remember when I was baptized I didn't understand
the Light of Christ.

People kept telling me that as members of the
Church we have a "light about us."
Psshhh, ya.
Talk about confusing for an 8 year old.

So,
as illogical as it might seem...
When I got baptised,
I fully expected to be able to see this "light".

After my baptism,
I remember going into the church bathroom and turning off the light.
Nothing.
I didn't see this "light" that everyone had promised.

I guess that I should've taken notice when I hadn't seen any
other baptised members "glowing".
But hey, I was 8.

I knew that I felt different on the inside,
but secretly I thought that I had missed a step or something.

And then I thought,
"Well, maybe the 'light' was accumulative..."
You know like those glow in the dark stars that you hang on your ceiling?
How they soak up the light and shine really bright right after it becomes dark?
Well, it made sense at the time.


So for the next few days I tried to stay in any form of light that I could find.
I tried to soak up every ounce possible.
I even moved my night light closer to my bed
and hung my arm off the side
in order to soak up some extra light while sleeping.

It didn't work.

I finally had to ask my parents what it meant to have the "light" about you, and learned that it wasn't a literal light.
Who'd a thought?


But these past few weeks I've been thinking about the other kind of Light.
The Light of Christ and how we obtain it in our lives.

Am I doing everything that I can to soak up that Light?
What makes me loose the Light?


Moroni 7:19
Wherefore, I beseech of you, brethren, that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from evil; and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ.


I am not perfect by any means.
I let little things annoy me.
I procrastinate more that anyone I know.
My room is usually a mess.
I am not always the friend that I wish everyone was to me.
I have a hard time forgiving those that hurt my feelings.
I am lazy.
I have to guilt trip myself to make it to my institute class every Thursday night.
(even though I am always grateful afterwards.)



BUT,
I want so badly to be a "Child of Christ" and "lay hold of every good thing."
So I will continue to repent and try to do good so that
I can always have a "Light" about me. ;)


This week
I am grateful for the good things in my life,
particularly
my family and friends.
I'm also grateful for the gift of the Holy Ghost
and that I was baptised into the only true church on the Earth.