I promised you that I would keep you updated on my school journey and I am going to stick to that promise! My hope is that I will be able to do a weekly post reflecting on the things that I have learned, or more accurately, the few things that my mom-brain, chemo-brain, and crafting-diseased brain is actually able to retain.
Here is what I want to reflect on for this week...
*In my General Studies class we focused most of our time on learning BYU-Idaho's 5 Principles of Learning which are:
I love how a simple class like General Studies which will teach me how to be a successful student begins with instructions that include concepts like faith, the word of God, Love, and Service. All things denote that there is a God and that includes education. When we leave this earth, we will not be able to take worldly wealth or things that we have acquired, but we will be able to take whatever knowledge we have attained. What a blessing it is to have opportunities to learn, grow, and educate my tired little brain.
We also focused a lot on BYU-I's Honor Code which includes being honest in your academics, using clean language, respecting others, living a chaste and honest life, and adhering to the university's dress code. I am thankful for the opportunity to follow this honor code because it is an opportunity for me to show that I can be obedient to things that are important to God. They may seem like rules that take away freedom or fun, but I do not see them in that light. I see them as guidelines that are there to help me be successful and safe and I am committed to following them.
*In my religion class we are studying about the divinity of the Book of Mormon and all I can say is W-O-W. Only 3 weeks into this school thing and my brain and spirit are already overflowing with information. There are so many instances that have happened that testify of the divinity of the Book of Mormon and a lot of those have been summed up beautifully in this video clip. If you have ever been curious as to why I talk so much about this gospel and about the Book of Mormon, please watch this video. And not only watch it, but watch it with an open heart, not looking to criticize or belittle. As you do that, I hope that you will feel the beautiful spirit of the video and have your mind open to the knowledge that this book is truly from God.
I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I also know that as you read it, study it, and learn from it, you will be filled with power and testimony of Christ and His mission. If you don't have your own copy, please! Let me send you one! You can always read it at www.lds.org as well. If you choose to read it, I would love to get feedback from you. I am always up for a friendly, polite, and respectful conversation about Christ and the Book of Mormon. :)
Well, I guess it's time to get back to work. Thank you for following me on my journey back to school. Here's to learning, loving, and growing...and doing hard things.
One by One
(If you look closely at the cello section, you can see Josh and his "I am in my cello zone" cute face. :)
1. One by one, one by one.
I testify that Jesus Christ does minister to us as individuals. He loves each and every one of us. If you choose to follow Him, to come to Him, then he can erase your mistakes, calm all of your sorrows, carry you through illness and tragedy, and be YOUR light in the darkness. The choice is yours. Will you choose Christ?
If you liked today's song, make sure you check out this video.
I CANNOT wait for this album.
I have now been a college student for 2 weeks and there is only one word I have to describe my experience so far...YIKES. This is going to be much more intense than I imagined. With that said, I feel like it's going to be much more rewarding than I imagined as well. I have had a bit of a challenging start as I was out of town for the first class gathering so I felt a little discombobulated. I have also already totally missed an assignment because I am still learning how to navigate the online courses.
BUT! I can do hard things, right?
Guess who started school this week?
I am now officially a college student. Wow. Thirty-eight years old and jumping into the college world. Isn't it exciting? I am starting with the Pathway program through BYU-Idaho. It is super awesome and such a blessing for me. So...here's to writing papers, doing math problems, group projects, and tests. Gulp...what have I done? :)
This post will be short and sweet because I am T-I-R-E-D. We woke up at 4:30 am so that we could drive home from Southern Utah because we wanted to be able to attend our Regional Conference today. I am so glad that we did. It was Ah-mazing. To be taught by an apostle of the Lord is not something that you want to miss out on. Elder Ballard hit the nail right on the head with everything that he said. Here are some of my favorite parts...
"There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking questions."
And one more thing...
There were many wonderful words spoken by all of the speakers, but Elder Ballard's words just spoke to my heart and set it on fire. I have a lot to ponder on this week and beyond.
For today's song, I have decided to use the one that we sang as the intermediate hymn, "How Firm a Foundation." I have always loved this song, but again, today I was just struck by the words and felt emboldened to move forward in the cause of Christ.
How Firm a Foundation- Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Why do we build temples?
I could spent an hour trying to explain why the Mormon church (AKA the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) builds temples, but why would I do that when there is already a FANTASTIC video that explains the reason in less than 4 minutes? And before you turn away and say,
"Well, of course she puts a video up that was made by the Mormon church. It's going to give me a one-sided view that won't be accurate", just hold your horses.
This video not only has a modern day prophet and apostles talking about why we build temples, but it also has scholars who are not of the LDS faith explaining why Mormon's build temples. Please watch it. If this is the one thing that you watch from any of my posts, it will make me the happiest girl on planet earth.
Hopefully that wasn't too painful for you to watch. ;) But seriously, I hope that you understand a little more the "why" in the question, "WHY we build temples." Temples were build anciently; we read so in both the Old and the New Testament. So it makes complete sense to me that we should have temples today.
Why do we need temples?
Besides the fact that we need temples because it was something done anciently, (see Exodus 26-27, 40:35, 2 Chronicles 5:1-14, 7:1-2, Ezra 3:1-13, 6:3) if we claim to be the church of Jesus Christ that has been restored to the earth, then we need temples because Christ himself spent a lot of his time at the temple. (See Luke 2:40-49, Matthew 21:10-14)
I know that Christ walks in the temples that we have built in our day as well. I cannot fully explain to you how I know this, but I do.
I also know that we need temples because it is only through the ordinances we receive and the covenants that we make in the temples that we will fully qualify for exaltation. Notice I said "exaltation" not "salvation." You can be a good person, you can fill your life doing good things and following the Savior and His teachings and yes, you will have a wonderful place in the kingdom of God. There is no disputing that fact. However, if you want to truly become like God and receive all that is His, then He requires more effort on your part. He requires you to become worthy to go to the temple, receive your endowments (click here to learn more about that), and be sealed to your family for time and all eternity. The sealing power is something Christ bestowed upon his apostle Peter (see Matthew 16:13-19) and we have that same sealing power on earth today, but it can only happen in the temple.
Why is it important to make AND keep the covenants we make in the temple?
For me, this reason is simple.
Satan, AKA "the devil", AKA "the adversary", knows the power that comes from making AND keeping your sacred temple covenants. Why do I keep typing the word "and" in all caps? Because it's not enough to just go to the temple once and make those covenants with your Father in Heaven. YOU HAVE TO WORK YOUR WHOLE LIFE TO KEEP THOSE COVENANTS. But wait, you say, doesn't that take away my freedom to choose for myself if I have to keep covenants in order to receive exaltation? No. It does not. You always have the choice, but just like any other choice in this life, you don't get to choose the consequences of the choice.
What happens if you choose to not refill your tank with gas? You are going to run out of gas and be stranded. You made the choice, but you don't get to choose or change the consequence.
What happens if you choose to not drink water or eat food for a month? You will be dead. You made the choice, but you don't get to choose or change the consequence.
The same applies to making the choice to make AND keep your covenants with God. God will not be mocked. (See D&C 63:58) And if you feel that the Doctrine and Covenants is not an accurate or true book of scripture to use as a reference then I recommend that you read, from the Bible, the story of when Christ overturned tables in the temple. (See John 2:14-16, Mark 11:15-17) So I say it again, God will not be mocked. A covenant is a 2-way promise with God. He makes promises to you and you make promises to Him. I guarantee you that God will keep His promises to you. Can He say the same about you? Can He trust that you are going to keep the promises you made with Him?
The only way that you will accurately remember those promises is by attending the temple, and attending it often. When you are trying to learn a new song, do you know if perfectly after only hearing it one time? No. You have to hear it multiple times and practice it often in order to know it in your mind and your heart. The same applies to the covenants that you make in the temple. In order to fully know and appreciate the covenants and promises you make and receive in the temple, you need to go often.
Whew! Did you make it this far in the post? I hope so. The temple is such an important place to me and my greatest desire with this post is to hopefully get you thinking about the temple, but more importantly, praying about the temple. It will only be through prayer to our Heavenly Father that YOU will be able to receive answers about it.
I Love to See the Temple
And just for fun, I want to share this other version of the song with you that was recorded by a group of the cutest little munchkins you ever did see. They are from Korea and are singing the song in Korean. I dare you to watch it without smiling.
I love to see the temple.
Wait! One more! This acoustic guitar version is AMAZING!!!
So now, the real questions are...
Do you love to see the temple?
I am loving my second chance at life.
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