Tuesday, May 20, 2014

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things...

Today I want to share a few of my favorite things with you all. Some of these things are big deals that make all of life's trials worth going through and some of them are those little things in life that make every day a little sweeter.

Some people say life didn't come with an Instructions Manual, I would beg to differ. This is my Book of Life Instruction. Also known as The Holy Bible, The Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price. These four books of scripture make up the teachings of Jesus Christ, an account of His personal ministry, and revelation given to prophets throughout all time.

I have had this book since I was 8 years old! It was a gift to me when I was baptized. As you can see, this book has been well loved and well picked through. And I have yet to be disappointed! Whenever I have a question about anything I know I can turn to the scriptures and find doctrine to instruct me, examples from Christ's life that I can try to exemplify, and stories of prophets to inspire me to become a better disciple of Christ.

Sharing the Gospel
Have you ever recommended a favorite book or movie to someone? I know that when I discover a new favorite flavor of ice cream I want to make sure the whole world knows about it! When something brings you so much joy and so many blessings, what do you have to lose by sharing that joy with others? 

Ice Cream
Because how else am I supposed to keep cool during a hot Arizona summer day?

One of my favorite hymns is titled "Where Can I Turn for Peace?" Whenever I think about temples this song pops up in my mind. I know that temples are houses of the Lord, I know that being in the temple has given me so many opportunities for personal revelation and learning, I know that in the temple I can someday be sealed to my future husband (whoever he may be!) for time and all eternity. In the temple I can feel peace and I can feel close to the Lord.

When I need advice, revelation, peace, comfort, or just some one to be there for me, I know I can turn directly to my Heavenly Father. Being able to communicate with my Creator has gotten me through some of the hardest times in my life and has also helped me celebrate some of the best times of my life.

"But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul."
2 Nephi 32:9

Honestly, who wouldn't have this on their list of favorite things?

Last but far from least on my list of favorite things is my family. I wouldn't be anywhere near where I am today if I hadn't had my family to support me. I am so comforted knowing that we can be a family not only for this life but for eternity after this life! And I am so excited to someday have my own family, I only hope and pray that I can be half as good an example to my children as my mom and dad were to me.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

With only two days until Mother's Day, missionaries around the world are buzzing and getting ready to do something we only get to do twice a year.

Call our families!

When people find out we can only talk to our families on Christmas and Mother's Day the first question out of their mouths is... why Mother's Day? Why not on Father's Day or Easter or Birthdays?

I want to dedicate this blog post to why I'm so glad I get to call my family on Mother's Day!

My mom is AWESOME!!

We're also pretty dang cute.

Here's a short list of just a few of the things my mom has done for me:

Given me an example of pure love
Shown me how to follow promptings from the Spirit
Taught me how important being healthy is
Stayed cool when I told her about the dumb things I've done
Forgiven me countless times
Curled my hair for me when I was little
Let me curl her hair for her when I was older
Didn't make me eat the foods I didn't like (usually)
Given me an example of the kind of wife and mother I want to be someday

(I guess she always wears sunglasses?)

Anyway.... before I overwhelm you with the level of amazing that my mother has achieved, let me tell you that the best thing my mom has ever done for me is that she raised me in the church.
She gave me the example of attending church every week, living the commandments, loving Christ and the Atonement, and fulfilling every calling given to her.

This Sunday, do something to show your mom that you love her and that you appreciate everything she did and still does for you.

I love you Mom!!!

Check out this video that the church made to celebrate moms everywhere!

Sister Sparhawk