Happy Sunday From Cedar City

What’s the point of social media if you don’t use it to tell the world what’s most important to you? Lately this has been on my mind because I was wondering how many people I bother when I post my favorite conference quotes on Twitter, or pictures of my family. That’s a ridiculous thought because the best part about social media is I can share what I love, and the world can choose to read it/see it, or not.

So for those who want to know what I love, read on.

– Side note, my thoughts are everywhere. Pretend they’re organized.

#1. I love The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I’ve always been the type of person who believed right off what I learned in Primary and Young Women’s, etc. Of course, that’s not good enough, especially as I get older. Working hard to be a disciple of Christ takes more than just believing what someone tells you. I know that my Heavenly Father blesses me for my efforts to understand and convert to the gospel whether they’re big or small. I love this gospel because it’s real. Because I have an understanding of eternal life, although it may be a small understanding, I can make important choices now that will carry on into the next life and forever. I have the opportunity to be with my family forever! What could be better than that? I get to see everyone I love again.

Not only am I thankful for the eternal blessings I receive, (which are most important) I am blessed every day. I love that I can ask anything I need through prayer and I will always get an answer. I know that Heavenly Father answers my prayers because I’ve felt it. I love that I can read scriptures any time of the day for inspiration. I’m grateful for the Holy Ghost who testifies to me that the scriptures are true, and the inspiration I receive is good.

The last reason I love the gospel (that I want to share on here anyways) is because it gives me motivation and a reason to do things such as wake up every day. I’m not sure how people can go to school every day, make a career or even get married for that matter. Maybe I’m crazy, but an eternal perspective is the only thing that helps me get through school, figure out how to make my talents a career in a way that they can help people, and make me not scared to have a family.

There is nothing greater than knowing Christ loves me enough to Atone for my sins and sacrifice His life so I can live again. My life is easier because I have this knowledge. In D&C 45:3 it says, “Listen to him who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him” My Savior didn’t suffer and die for me then leave me, He is still pleading for me to return to Him. And that is why I love this gospel.

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(photo by Mark Mabry)

#2. I love my family.

Sorry but I have a really cool family. It always bugs me when people say, “I have the best family.” I want to yell back “I know that’s 100% a lie because I have the best family!” I never do though. FYI. But really, I have the best family for me. I’ve gotten along with my family always. It shows they have a lot of patience because I definitely am not the easiest sister or daughter. I’m super thankful for my strong, unique relationships with every single one of them.

They’ve taught me  through example how to be original, to try to be kind to people, to find what I’m passionate about and work hard for it, to be a daughter of God, to work hard on my talents, to gain a testimony, to love kids, to serve others, to get educated, to be virtuous, to cook and clean (yeah dad, I know how to clean!) to have a sense of humor, and a trillion other things. Now let me say that I definitely haven’t learned to be the best at all those things. But my parents and siblings definitely are the best at those things and I can see how happy they are, so I’m working to be the best at those things.

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#3. I love where I’m at, and what I’m doing with my life.

Surprising, right? I’m coming to terms with the fact that studying art at SUU is where I’m supposed to be. As much as I love St. George and being around my family every day, I know that I would not love living there right now. (Although I might change my mind when it snows tomorrow.. This is my journal, I’m allowed to change my mind.) I love that I can work on art every single day. I love that I can learn about art. Man, there is a 20% chance I’ll pass my art history test with even a B, but I’m learning so much. Even though I still am a little confused on what I’ll do for a career, I love that I can do what I love right now until I figure it out.

Thinking about being 19 ish 20, living on my own in a place that is surprisingly different from my home town, going to my 4th semester of college studying something I enjoy, living with one of my best friends and my cousin makes me STOKED. My friends have been scattered around the U.S doing what they want and love, I’m in little Cedar just keeping in contact with them and their adventures and it’s the coolest thing ever. Life is so amazing.

I might not be the worlds greatest artist ever. Heck, I might not even be good enough to make it a career. But knowing one day I can be a mom with even photography and art as a hobby is the coolest thing to look forward to. Also I want to state I’m not even close to being a mom, let alone a wife. I just love that in each stage of my life, something great happens. And in this stage, I’m just loving it. Plus, let’s be real.. I saw the Killers live in December and I can’t do that when I’m 38 so bring on 20.

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Oh yeah, Happy Sunday from Cedar City.

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