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Never Alone

I think it’s really easy for us to feel alone. I feel that way often, even if I know that I’m not.

Sunday’s can be really hard for me. I’m not sure why, but I can experience really bad anxiety when it comes to going to Church. It’s not because I don’t want to go, or using it as an excuse. All I know is it gets hard for me to breath and I cannot relax. This past Sunday, we had a baby blessing. With that comes what feels like a billion people. We already have a big ward as it is, so it was a full house! We were all dying of heat. I just felt like I was sweating to death and being sick just doesn’t mix well.

I got up after the Sacrament and left to the foyer where it was much cooler!! I remained there all of Sacrament meeting and it was really nice. It was just me and nobody else, which I was really surprised. While I was sitting out there, I saw this picture of Jesus Christ hanging on the wall. Now, Brady and I have been in many different wards during our four years of marriage, so I’ve seen this picture in this building, for probably 95% of my life. I thought to myself, why is this wall so bare? Why don’t they get a new image of Christ to hangup? It’s so outdated. It’s as old as I am! But then I decided to take a picture of it because I was quickly reminded that all we need in life is Jesus Christ. Yes, cheesy symbolism. But it’s so true.

Christ may be the only thing on this wall, but that’s okay. Because the only thing we need in life is our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is so easy to get distracted and forget who we really want to be. I know that I want to be like my Savior. I am faaaaar from being like Him, but I do my best every day. I can’t tell you most scripture stories, but I can bear my testimony on Christ. I can’t tell you much of His life, but I know that it was incredible.

Remember, the next time you might feel lonely. Christ is there. He is always there. Even if He is the only one, He is still there.

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.John 14:18, KJV

Watching #ldsconf

Twice a year, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gather for a meeting called General Conference. We watch, and listen to our Prophet, his counselors, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and many other General Authorities of the Church. They give amazing talks, and it’s always a great time of year! Many members meet inside the General Conference Center if they have tickets, and many members watch live online, on TV, or the radio from wherever they are! I’ve been blessed to be able to attend General Conference in the General Conference Center many times but I also love staying home and watching it on TV!

Because of his health, our Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, stayed home to watch General Conference and we missed seeing him on the stand! We also had an Apostle of the Quorum of the Twelve absent from General Conference for his health as well. This Apostle was Elder Robert D. Hales, and sadly, he passed away just 15 minutes after the first session of General Conference ended. We will miss him dearly and we thank him for his incredible service!!

Brady and I stayed home together and it was really nice. I took a ton of photos of Scooter so, bear with me. We heard some amazing talks and you can watch/listen/read all of them by click here! I promise you won’t regret it! Hearing the words of our leaders in such a difficult time is so comforting. Our Father in Heaven is truly watching over us and I know that because of the testimonies shared by our leaders. I made some conference quotes for the General Women’s session of conference so I’ll definitely be making some for the remaining sessions. Be on the lookout! Also, in the title of my post is the hashtag, #ldsconf. This is the official hashtag the LDS Church uses for their social media during General Conference. You can view the hashtag on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and probably many more websites!

We were out with Brady’s mom and step-dad when the first session was going so I missed that. I missed the second session because I had to get ready for work, so I’ll be catching up on the Saturday session’s today! I’m so excited :)

I have had many notebooks over the years for General Conference. I just recently purchased the Conference Notes notebook from Deseret Book before this fall’s session of #ldsconf. They have tiny ones, and then ones about the size of my hand. They are the PERFECT little notebook to write down thoughts, quotes from the talks and it just is so perfect. Haha, I’m definitely getting more of these for next conference!!

 

What did you love most about General Conference? What was your favorite talk?

#collaboreads: A Brand New Book

The brand new book I chose to read this month is called Seek This Jesus by Neill Marriott. The cover surely caught my attention and I knew I had to read it for myself.

It’s phenomenal. It’s absolutely amazing! Neill shares so much of her life in this book. She shares the life she had while attending a Methodist church in the south, to feeling forgotten by God, to joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). I just am in awe at her journey!

My favorite part of the book are pages 69 – 73. She shares the story of her daughter who passed away from getting hit by a car. But it’s the way she talks about staying connected to God, grieving and what each year felt like when it came to connecting with God and grieving her loss.

I think it left an impression on me, obviously because my dad passed away and I’m still grieving so bad. But I don’t think I’ve ever had someone describe grieving the way she does in those pages. The transitions and how each year passing is different but she grew closer to God each year.

I am just certain that everyone needs to own this book. I wouldn’t necessarily say anybody who isn’t LDS wouldn’t enjoy it, but it is centered around God, and Jesus Christ. Their love for us and a woman’s story. I give it 5 stars! 

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When Elder Holland Comes to Town…

Just kidding. He doesn’t always come to town. But a couple of weeks ago, he did.

We had our Stake Conference on June 11th. We found out in May that Elder Jeffrey R. Holland would be visiting us and I literally couldn’t even contain my excitement!!!! Not only was an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ coming to visit, but ELDER HOLLAND was coming. 

I have this weird thing that I bring upon myself, it’s called social anxiety. I literally get so anxious that I end up having a panic attack and start crying pretty hard. It often keeps me from going to social events like meeting up with friends, going to stake conference, etc. It’s really hard on me and I absolutely hate it but it’s just something I have to work through. :/

ANYWAY.

We arrived at 8:30 AM (more like 8:15) to get good seats. We were on the 5th row from the front where Elder Holland would speak to us. It was incredible. The meeting didn’t even start until 10:00 AM! Haha, but it was so worth it. I got to sit by my babe and my bff Abby. ANNNND my mom and Jess :) It was just a wonderful experience. Absolutely incredible. Abby and I always find ourselves doing everything together and this was one of them!

I wish I could remember everything he said, I really do. It was so good. We were getting a new stake presidency that day so, he spoke a lot on supporting and accepting those who are called to certain positions in the Church that we, as members, feel like it could have been filled by someone else. It’s kind of silly but people do! I always wondered why my dad was never in the bishopric like my friends’ dad. Or why my mom wasn’t in a super cool stake calling. You just do, it’s just apart of being within the Church. But the way he spoke about sustaining them anyway, and supporting them and promising with the Lord that you will serve alongside them. It was very powerful and probably something we needed to hear.

He then started talking about a few other things and incorporated the Book of Mormon. I say “things” because I literally just can’t really say all that he said. You just had to be there. Also, he speaks exactly the same in person/in the chapel as he does in General Conference. HAHA like woah… we can hear you loud and clear through the microphone ;) ;) ;) I kid I kid. But it was powerful and amazing and a complete testimony builder. God loves his Apostles. They are the same person both on TV and in your church building. They love us. They want to serve and help us. Some things I do remember him saying are:

  • “You can stay in the church. You can leave the church. But you cannot deny the evidence!”
  • “I read this book every year. I am not me without this book.”
  • “YOU CANNOT DENY THE EVIDENCE!”

A little bit of emphasis on that last one because we all know Elder Holland. Haha, anyway, the “evidence” that he speaks of is the proof that God lives, Jesus Christ atoned for our sins and the Book of Mormon is the most correct book on the earth today. The evidence that Angels are real, Heaven exists and this is the true-living Church of God, the ONLY true church on the earth today. I cried. I cried through his entire talk. surprise surprise. It was exactly what I needed, what my friends needed, my family… our stake. It was everything and more. I need to read the Book of Mormon. Every year, every day.


I know, without a doubt, that my Heavenly Father loves me. I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know that the Prophet and President of the Church today, is Thomas S. Monson. I know that Apostles are real, and that they are just like us. I know, that after hearing him speak to us, God is ever-mindful of us individuals and what we need to hear and when we need to hear it. This church is true. It is the truest of the truest. It is life-saving, life-changing, and eternal. I would not be who I am today without it. I would not be able to live, breathe, love, or enjoy life without the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am thankful for the many Pioneers and ancestors who trekked across the country to bring this light. My family is eternal. My marriage is eternal. I don’t understand, and I might not ever, some of the doctrine, the policies or any other decisions the Church makes. AND THAT’S OKAY. It’s okay that I have questions, and it’s most definitely okay that I wrestle while working through that. Nothing in this world, no alcohol, drugs, partying, stealing, etc. would EVER be more worth it. NOTHING. I know what I know because of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I have had way too many sacred experiences, and too many witnesses to deny it.