Sunday, March 22, 2009

Grateful Days

On this fine sabbath day I feel so grateful for what the Lord has blessed me with.  In Luke it says "to whom much is given much is required." I feel like I need to show my gratitude more than ever before at this time of my life because I feel so blessed.  So here is just five things I feel blessed to have today:
1. Sister-in-laws - This weekend my sister in law Haley came to visit her sister while Adam was out of town, and they stopped by to see me.  We ended up spending the whole Saturday night together and I just adore her.  I feel so lucky to have 3 sister in laws that are so genuine, kind, lovable and accepting of me.  They feel like best friends to me.  I cannot wait to watch these righteous women raise families with my brothers.  (hint, hint)
2. Light of Christ - I am grateful to be a literal spirit daughter of Christ.  We each have some little part of him in us, it is called the light of Christ.  When I do things to spark that light of Christ it makes me want to increase that light and rely on him more so he can impute more of his light in me to serve more faithfully in his kingdom.  It is something that helps me overcome the natural man on those really rough days.  
3. Rhythm - My mothers heart must have been really loud while I was in the womb because I feel like rhythm runs deep in my veins.  No matter where I am, whenever I hear a rhythm my body has to follow it.  The best is when I get to make the rhythm or really us my creativity to dance to the rhythm.  In my clogging class we are doing an accapella dance kind of like the Broadway musical Stomp.  I get to make as much noise as a want, and we make up our own rhythms and see how they fit together.  It makes my heart so happy!  
4. Successful but Righteous Father - I am writing a paper on wealth vs. poverty in my religion class according to Luke.  There is one particular story in Luke that really made me think how I would react.  One righteous wealthy man asks Christ how he could gain eternal life.  Christ tells him to sell all he has and follow him.  But he is sorrowed because he could not get himself to get rid of his wealth.  My father is a successful man that has provided for our family.  One thing I am grateful for is that he never put his riches or status above the work of his family or the church.  I know that if he was asked by the prophet to sell his belongings and serve the church the rest of his life, he would.  I will be very lucky if I can find a man that is like my dad.  
5. Guy Friends - I feel very blessed this month to have good Priesthood holders as friends.  I have found that I always need to have at least a couple really good guy friends around me, especially while here at school.  I grew up with brothers that I was always really close with, and I feel like I can relate to males better than the female gender.  There is nothing like a good guy friend that gives good man hugs on those days that you are feeling down and helpless.  I have made some great friends at this University that I consider to be my brothers.  It will be hard leaving them because I know once they get married our relationship will be deceased.  Ha ha, sad but true.  It has been great to have them around to realize what kind of men are still out there.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Rodeo Baby!!

So in February I did something that I think I will never have the opportunity to do again.  I rode a steer in a Rodeo.  Yes, yes, I know, it sounds ridiculous and not believable, but it was so fun!  I only stayed on for about 2 seconds, but I consider myself up there with the Rodeo Queens.  This amazing outfit shown in my picture I got at DI.  So everyone thought I was a regular, but I was just a poser.  So cowboy hats off to me, I had the adventure of a life-time!  Here is the link if you want to see the video, enjoy! 

Celestial Smiles

Today I was able to spend almost 3 hours with some of the most genuinely happy people I know.  I played basketball and went bowling with the Special Olympics students.  I have so much fun with them and notice that they always seem to bring out the best in me.  Isn't that what we are looking for in true friends?  I always find myself so accepted for who I am, and so complimented by their words.  I will never stop loving these special people.  They are Christ's chosen who were sent to make our lives more exciting and to make us happier by following their example.


I feel so blessed at this time for amazing friends.  My friends are my family away from home now, and I really feel so close to them.  I had the great opportunity to take my friends to my cabin over the long President's day weekend.  We had so much fun and I felt so much closer to all of them when I left.  Mama and Papa Kjar made it possible, and my friends fell in love with them.  I brought 8 people from Idaho and 4 friends from Centerville met us there also.  We had so much fun snowmobiling, tubing, playing games, and laughing until our tummies ached.  The seclusion of my cabin helps bring us closer together when we can't be distracted by other outside things.  I love the outdoors and I feel so rejuvenated every time I am dropped in the middle of it. I will never forget this weekend!

I hope they call me on a mission!!

Well sorry I haven't posted for a long time.  But I have some exciting news in my busy life!  The very end of January I went home to open my mission call.  I have been called to serve in the Argentina Bahia Blanca mission, speaking Spanish.  I report to the MTC April 29th and I couldn't be happier.  Everything has just worked out perfectly and I couldn't be happier with my call.  I have always had a love for Spanish and now I feel so humbled to serve the people of Argentina.  I know it will be tough.  In my favorite hymn, I'll go where you want me to go, it says: 
It may not be on a mountain height or over the stormy seas
It may not be on the battles front my Lord will have need of me
BUT if my a still small voice he calls to paths that I do not know
I'll answer dear Lord with my hand in thine
I'll go where you want me to go

It is kind of intimidating sometimes to be sent away to somewhere you have never been and you know you don't know anyone there.  The people don't understand what you have to offer and they don't even speak the same language.  But I need to go,  want to go, and he calls by a still small voice to paths I do not know.  So my job is to answer to his call with my hand in his and he will direct my paths and always be there with me.