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When was the last time...

March 14, 2012

...you did something for the first time?

It all started when I went to the temple this morning. I went by myself because sometimes that's just how it goes. I don't mind, I enjoy going by myself. Especially on days like today when I had so much on my mind, so many questions that needed answers.

On the way there, I ran into my brother, Ben! We passed each other on 9th East, he was headed south and I was walking north. My brother is the greatest. He's a super genius, way nice to everybody, and he works so hard all the time. He's funny, too. We're all funny.

As always, there were lots of people doing baptisms at the temple. I went early enough to be sure I had time to do both confirmations and baptisms, something that hasn't happened in a while. While I waited, I read over my Patriarchal Blessing. I sat and listened a lot. After a while, I picked up a New Era. Don't hate, I'm still a teenager. I looked at The Extra Smile and the Mormonad first, obvi. Then I read about how I can better prepare for General Conference next month. And then I read part of this. I only read the tiny excerpt printed in the magazine, and I already was in love. First of all, I'm in love with Sister Dalton. Every time she speaks, she is speaking directly to me, I swear. I could listen to her speak forever. I knew by the end of the day I would look up the entirety of what she said. I did, I love it. It's long, but please read it. It is exactly what I needed and wanted to hear, so maybe you'll get something out of it, too.

I guess at this point I just can't express how excited I am to dream big, get out of my comfort zone, and go forward with confidence relying on the Lord. Everything about life is exciting right now. I only have six weeks of school left. My sister is most likely having a baby tomorrow. My mom is coming to Utah in a week. My dad is coming next month. I dropped my morning shift at work so now I have time to go to the temple and run every week. I'm not taking classes this Spring. I'm taking dance classes this summer. I'm getting better at my job every day. I'm learning to pray more sincerely and really communicate when I do. I'm still behind in my classes, but I'm trying. I feel really good about it. Life isn't perfect, but life sure is good.

PS - that third paragraph is full of links. so.. you know what to do.

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