Saturday, August 17, 2013

The only exception.

whoever took this picture should win a prize.

Hi Lonso, it's been one year without you. Can you believe how much life I've lived in 365 days? And I haven't gone one day without thinking about you. I'm grateful for the things you taught me, and I'm grateful for the things I've learned without you. I hope more than anything that you are happy :)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

it's time to watch Tangled again

He sent me a text message about how he still needed to break up with me. The message was intended for another recipient.


And so, for the second time this summer, a boy has used his cell phone to break up with me. I don't really know what to make of it except: why can't other people see what I see in myself? I think I'm worth it. I think he's wrong. I think I need more ice cream.

Monday, August 12, 2013

I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me!

I have been called to serve in the Virginia Richmond Mission, speaking English, leaving September 25th. I am beyond excited to begin my service :) This place is perfect for me. I love the East, I spent time in Virginia last May, and I'll get there right in time to see the leaves change color. In addition, I'll enjoy both the Relief Society Broadcast and General Conference in the MTC! 

On Saturday I was endowed with power from on high in the Manti, Utah Temple. It was the best day of my life. I have never felt more complete and beautiful. I was a little anxious the few hours leading up to my endowment, but I felt overwhelming peace the second I stepped into God's holy home. No matter where you are in life, make a temple worthy life your number one goal.

I believe that sanctification is to be filled with whatever is that you need to endure to the end. I feel full. I feel happy and peaceful and beautiful. I'm not perfect, but I know how to improve.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living church on the earth. It was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet that leads our church today. The Book of Mormon is a true record of Christ's visitation to his "sheep" in the Americas. The temple is truly the house of the Lord. He is there, and He lives.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Long Story.

Welcome to my blog! :)

Here is the secret you've been dying to know ;) For months, I've told people that I need to wait to serve a mission because of "medical issues." So I'll just throw it out there: I struggled with depression between the ages of 10 and 16 as a result of being bullied. In addition, during my senior year, I had an eating disorder and lost 30 lbs. I haven't had any major problems with either in over a year.

Also, I had a hard time deciding how to share this information...people are generally curious, and I don't have a problem opening up. However, I don't want to come off as wanting attention. I'm a very happy girl and I've been given far more blessings than I deserve! (Especially my parents, who have been my biggest fans since day 1.)


When I submitted mission papers in February, I had to get a psychological evaluation from LDS Family Services. My doctor cleared me of all past challenges and said that I was ready for missionary service. After waiting for five or six weeks, the Mission Department told me that because of the eating disorder I needed to wait until January 2014 to submit mission papers. The Mission Department also advised meeting with a counselor from LDS Family Services again.

I met with a second counselor in May, and he gave me a similar recommendation, saying that I was ready to serve. I brought both recommendations before my Bishop and Stake President. We decided that the best thing to do was to resubmit my papers. They went in on July 5. On July 26, after three weeks of waiting, I was informed that I would be receiving my call. Today, August 1, I received my call in the mail!!!

I am incredibly grateful for my doctors, Bishop, and Stake President. (Right now my Bishop is in the hospital being treated for a serious motorcycle accident. Please pray for his quick recovery!) I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to serve as a missionary for the restored Church of Jesus Christ. I know that he is my Savior. I don't have to be perfect because he is. :)

And I love you all for cheering me on. :)

so much happiness.

is this really happening???


cute faces I sometimes make.