Sunday, October 31, 2010


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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Why I do what I do...

So, in my Social Work class, I had to do a Book Review. I really love this class, and I don't really consider this 'work'... LOVE IT. I don't know why you'd want to read my book review... But here it is...

I FEEL LIKE A DORK putting my "homework" on my blog, but I want you to know that I love helping people and I love my life right now. Seriously. Awesome.

I've been through some pretty tough things in my life, but I feel one of the reasons I have is so that I can bless others.

I'll highlight a few things... So you can skim through it!

While I was reading the assigned book, Days in the Lives of Social Workers, I was drawn to certain topics, or studies of Social Work. The areas that peaked my interest were Health Care Social Work, School Social Work, particularly Elementary School Social Work, Children, Youth and Family Social Work, especially Child Protective and Child Welfare Services, Criminal Justice and working with Victim Services and the impact Social Workers have on working in communities. I will discuss my feelings and personal views on a few of these topics that grabbed my attention and made me ponder and contemplate on my own views, thoughts and experiences, as I read them.

Health Care Social Work has a very special place in my life. This is the type of Social Work I would wish to be involved in. Last year, as I was wondering what direction to take my life and what career path to use, I decided to take a job at a Hospital. I knew that the direction I wanted to take my life would greatly involve people and assisting those in need. To what capacity and what way I was to do this, was still unknown to me, I could be anything from a Nurse to Social Worker, so I figured, what better way to see compassion in action then at a hospital? I worked in all departments of the hospital, from Surgical Unit to Medical Unit, Behavioral Unit to the Women’s Center. I enjoyed Women’s Center the best, and started out working in the Mother and Baby Unit of the Hospital and occasionally working in the Labor and Delivery Unit. As time went on and as the staff got to know me, I started learning all of the inner workings that made everything possible. After a few months, I was personally selected and asked to be permanently placed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit/Labor and Delivery Unit. This shocked and scared me, because this was the hardest Unit for my position, but accepted graciously with anticipation and excitement.

As I was reading Chapter 4, ‘Social Work in an Infertility Clinic’ in, Days in the Lives of Social Workers, I was quickly brought back to my memories at the hospital. For me, working in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and L&D (Labor and Delivery Unit) was a gigantic leap from working in the Mom/Babe (Mother/Baby Unit). I was able to witness (more observation then participation because of my lack of certification for certain tasks) first hand, the pain and sorrow side of the miracle of birth. Until working in these units, I never realized how many parents lost their children, or faced drastic medical futures and trials with their newborns. Seeing young newborns in the NICU fighting for their life was a hard thing to deal with at first, and I had to change my view and understanding. Luckily for me, the nurses loved explaining procedures to me and sharing their abundance of knowledge, quickly adding to my interest and empathy for what parents had to go through.

Another area of Health Care that I found interesting in the book, Days in the Lives of Social Workers was Chapter 1, ‘Social Work in the ER’. I’m not sure if this was the best story to start the book out with, because I remember thinking, “I’m not even a portion into the book, but I already feel overwhelmed for this Social Worker.” But as I kept reading his personal account of experiences in the ER, he truly was, ‘everyone’s best friend’, like he stated. I was drawn to how much this particular Social Worker could juggle in one day. I’ve always known Social Work to be a taxing and draining position, but to have a day documented brought me to new understanding. I was particularly drawn to the cases the Social Worker described when he had to help loved ones face death. Especially, when he was helping a family cope with the loss of a young child. I am amazed by what strength he has.

I loved reading Chapter 11, ‘Elementary School Social Work’ in Days in the Lives of Social Worker. Reading this chapter made me excited about becoming a Social Worker! As I was reading her account, I could see myself doing this type of job, and doing very well at it. I’ve always loved kids, I think it is built into my genetic coding, because I also have great connection with them and very easily create a bond with them. I loved reading her account and seeing how staff and student alike trusted her completely. She was constantly running around, but you could tell she was so compassionate about what she did, which is important and vital. Because of her desire to perform well and her love for her job, you could tell that is one of the main reasons why she was able to accomplish so much with the time and resources she had.

This book, had so many stories that tugged at my heart, and made me understand how many people need this type of work, and how much good comes from Social Workers as a whole and individually.

One area the grabbed my interest, was Part 9, Criminal Justice. I found this section very interesting. I knew that it would be hard for me and very unattractive at times, because of my past and my personal experiences with different types of abuse, but I knew it would be good for me to read and better understand. I feel this type of Social Work is extremely important, but I know that I couldn’t handle many parts of it. Enough that, I know I couldn’t handle being a Social Worker in this field. But to my surprise, more compassion came than I expected. I knew some would come, but I typically feel more for the victim because I can relate, but I realized more of the depths the offenders feel.

I had the hardest time with Chapter 34, Residential Treatment for Adolescent Sexual Offenders. I know that because of my own personal experiences, and the requirements of being the representative and Social Worker for a case like this (in reference to a Social Worker for a Sex Offender), I wouldn’t be cut out for it. This made me worry and start to wonder if I could handle all of the stress and the magnitude of commitment, strength, knowledge and many other skills that are required of Social Workers. I had to put the book down. I couldn’t keep going. But then I realized, for that very reason, I could do this job. I fight for what I believe. I love mankind and human rights. I have been a victim, but I’ve turned that into a strength, and what better way to use that strength then to help others. Of course there are going to be areas that are harder for me, of course there are aspects I better relate to, but the fact is that I have talents and abilities that others can’t. As I learn to develop the special skills that are required of Social Workers, I will already have a base and foundation that can be quickly molded into a power for good and strength in this profession.

This book has helped me realize and see my strengths and my personality in different Social Work environments. I have empathy, I have inner strength, I have compassion, I have experience, I have knowledge, I have drive, I have understand that is special and unique to me, what else could be better for an early Social Worker to learn? I have learned this because of this book, because of Days in the Lives of Social Workers.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


So, you know that stage where you are half awake and half asleep... Okay... So this morning, I was in that stage and I seriously couldn't move my right leg. (My left leg is the one that's paralyzed) I started freaking out a little. Then I started imagining what my life would be like with both leg's injured, and almost started crying. Then I woke up completely and could move my right leg again. And all was well again.

Crazy huh?

So, I'm really sad, because when I woke up this morning I was really dizzy and I could hardly function, so I didn't go to church today. I felt it was safer to stay home. Plus, my body was screaming at me to take a break. (I tend to push myself farther than I should.) But, with that said, today is still awesome, because it still is Sunday.  I am currently listening/watchin', Come Thou Fount on youtube. It doesn't have to be Sunday to watch this, but it still just adds to the day. I seriously love the gospel of Jesus Christ and I feel so blessed to have it in my life.

As I was pondering my leg, after my little morning scare, I realized that having both my legs injured is probably one of my biggest fears right now. Having to deal with one is hard enough. I don't understand how some people can deal with so much, so gracefully. I'm having a hard enough time dealing with little things gracefully. I always feel silly when I feel like my life is hard. Because, honestly, I'm so very blessed. I know some of you are laughing at me because you think that I've gone through a lot, and I'm not trying to degrade what I've been through and what I've able to overcome, but in the grand scheme of things, my life isn't hard.

I just feel very blessed.

I've been Miss Little Complainy Pants lately, because I just got my 5th calling, so I thought I would stop being that and be a little better today in showing my gratitude today. I really shouldn't be sad about being busy, because it was just a few short months ago where the only thing I could do was lay in bed. I honestly was going insane, so now that I'm actually needed again, I should welcome everything and anything that people ask of me. Because, I'm very blessed that I am a) still alive and b) have the ability to still help and contribute to the world, because the harsh reality is that I should have died or been to injured to function.

So, today is the 24th, I thought I would make a list of 24 things that have blessed me this month: (in no particular order)

1. Only one leg injured
2: My cool scar from my injured leg
3. Fall colors
4. Crunchy Leaves
5. Good friends
6. My brace
7. Prayer
8. Scriptures
9. Institute
10. IWA
11. Music
12. Family
13. Callings
14.  Pictures/Memories
16. Craft Projects
17. Temples
18. Sunshine/Clouds/Rain
19.  Puppies
20. Laughter
21. Singing
22. God's hand guiding my life
23. Tender Mercies
24. Good examples around me who uplift, inspire and teach me

I wish I could write them all down, but there are so many...

Thank you everyone.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Is it Sunday yet?

Oh man, I cannot wait for Sunday. I need it to be Sunday.

I don't know what I would do without the gospel. I don't understand what I did to be so blessed...

I'm such a lucky girl. Seriously. My life is just one miracle after miracle. It's even a miracle I'm still here. And, I'm SOOO glad I am!

Oh life! How I love you!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Voldemort. Lying, cheating, mean, ugly Voldemort.

{So, just to warn you. This is going to be an interesting post}

So, I'm about to complain about Voldemort. Because, Voldermort is stupid. Voldemort is the little pet name I gave my ex... adorable, I know.

Today, was rough. I hate when memories of him pop in my head. Oh, just so you know, I DO NOT MISS HIM and I do NOT want him back. Ewe. NO. Just NO. That's important. But, Voldemort totally crushed me. He's just stupid. We dated a little over a year, and it's been a little over a year since he lied, cheated and stole money from me... I mean, it's been a little over a year since I've been single. Which, by the way has been awesome. I'm not sad he's gone, I'm not sad we didn't work out. I'm sad I dated him in the first place. He's the biggest mistake I've ever made. I was just vunerable when we started dating, and it just got out of hand. He learned quickly how to manipulate me and make me stay. (I had tried/wanted/felt like I should break up with him MANY times, but it never seemed to work) And thus started the heartbreak.

"It has been said that time heals all wounds. I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue, and the pain lessens, but it is never gone."

I've never experienced more pain, then the pain that was caused by him. I would rather go through all the pain from my accident, and the pain I'm still dealing with because of my accident then to go through what he put me through again. I'd rather be completely paralyzed then to deal with him again. Which, is saying a lot, because I still cry at night when I think about how I can't move/use my foot. It sucks and I hate it, but it's nothing compared to what Voldemort put me through.

If you are reading this, and you are a jerk, stop being a jerk. Seriously, it crushes people. Or if you are thinking about cheating on someone, don't. Or if you are thinking about lying to someone, don't.

It would take a lifetime to write down all the lies Voldermort told me. They all came unraveled after I broke up with him. (Yes, I finally did it) But, as much as I hate that I ever dated him at all, I can't deny that I gave him my heart. As much as I want this to go away, it never will. It happened. But, what doens't kill you makes you stronger. And boy, I'm pretty dang strong now. All you can do is learn from mistakes. But, Voldemort, I'm so glad you are gone now. If I believed in hating people, I would hate you. But I don't, and I hope you realise one day what you did, and I hope you never do it again... especially since you are married to the girl you cheated on me with... But, for her sake, stop being Voldemort and be the guy I thought you were and the guy you pretended to be for so long.

Anyway, the moral of the story is that anyone can defeat Voldemort.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

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So, I've been a little overwhelmed lately. I just kinda feel like I'm about to break. But, it's a good thing that I have so many blessings in my life. Like-how there just was General Conference. (Chh-yeah) I've been trying to read over them and to gain strength over the past couple of days instead of feeling sorry for myself and being a bum. (But, I've been lazy anyway... oh well... I needed it.)

I love General Conference so much. Here are some of the things that have helped me through this week:
(WARNING: A lot of reading ahead... I obviously am not good with words so I'm sharing the words of those who have helped me...)

(Because of Your Faith. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland . Oct 2010)
"... my message today is to say that we sustain you, that we return to you those same heartfelt prayers and that same expression of love. We all know there are special keys, covenants, and responsibilities given to the presiding officers of the Church, but we also know that the Church draws incomparable strength, a truly unique vitality, from the faith and devotion of every member of this Church, whoever you may be. In whatever country you live, however young or inadequate you feel, or however aged or limited you see yourself as being, I testify you are individually loved of God, you are central to the meaning of His work, and you are cherished and prayed for by the presiding officers of His Church. The personal value, the sacred splendor of every one of you, is the very reason there is a plan for salvation and exaltation. Contrary to the parlance of the day, this is about you. No, don’t turn and look at your neighbor. I am talking to you!"

"I have struggled to find an adequate way to tell you how loved of God you are and how grateful we on this stand are for you. I am trying to be voice for the very angels of heaven in thanking you for every good thing you have ever done, for every kind word you have ever said, for every sacrifice you have ever made in extending to someone—to anyone—the beauty and blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ."

"As Jesus said to the Nephites, so say I today:

'Because of your faith . . . , my joy is full.
And when he had said these words, he wept.'"

How amazing is that?! Seriously, how can you not feel of God's love and your individual worth. It's so easy to get caught up in things and to start feeling down and that you aren't doing enough. Well, at least for me. I always feel I should be able to do more but I don't have the capacity to do so.

OBVIOUSLY this was very important for us to remember... so I'm reminding myself again...

Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet. Ezra Taft Benson
“First: The prophet is the only man who speaks for the Lord in everything
Second fundamental: “The living prophet is more vital to us than the standard works”
Third fundamental: “The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet”
Fourth fundamental: “The prophet will never lead the Church astray”
Fifth fundamental: “The prophet is not required to have any particular earthly training or credentials to speak on any subject or act on any matter at any time”
Sixth: The prophet does not have to say ‘Thus saith the Lord’ to give us scripture. . . .

Seventh: The prophet tells us what we need to know, not always what we want to know
Eighth fundamental: “The prophet is not limited by men’s reasoning.
Ninth: The prophet can receive revelation on any matter—temporal or spiritual. . . .

Tenth: The prophet may be involved in civic matters. . . .
Eleventh: The two groups who have the greatest difficulty in following the prophet are the proud who are learned and the proud who are rich. . . .
Twelfth: The prophet will not necessarily be popular with the world or the worldly. . . .
Thirteenth: The prophet and his counselors make up the First Presidency—the highest quorum in the Church. . . .
Fourteenth: The prophet and the presidency—the living prophet and the first presidency—follow them and be blessed; reject them and suffer”

How blessed are we to have a Prophet. I hope that I never take for granted (or strive not to) the fact that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and all the blessings that I receive because of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Reflections on a Consecrated Life. Elder D. Todd Christofferson
True success in this life comes in consecrating our lives—that is, our time and choices—to God’s purposes.

“Life offers you two precious gifts—one is time, the other freedom of choice, the freedom to buy with your time what you will. You are free to exchange your allotment of time for thrills. You may trade it for base desires. You may invest it in greed. . . .

“Yours is the freedom to choose. But these are no bargains, for in them you find no lasting satisfaction.
“Every day, every hour, every minute of your span of mortal years must sometime be accounted for. And it is in this life that you walk by faith and prove yourself able to choose good over evil, right over wrong, enduring happiness over mere amusement. And your eternal reward will be according to your choosing.

“A prophet of God has said: ‘Men are that they might have joy’—a joy that includes a fullness of life, a life dedicated to service, to love and harmony in the home, and the fruits of honest toil—an acceptance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ—of its requirements and commandments.

“Only in these will you find true happiness, the happiness which doesn’t fade with the lights and the music and the crowds.”

These statements express the reality that our life on earth is a stewardship of time and choices granted by our Creator. The word stewardship calls to mind the Lord’s law of consecration (see, for example, D&C 42:32, 53), which has an economic role but, more than that, is an application of celestial law to life here and now (see D&C 105:5). To consecrate is to set apart or dedicate something as sacred, devoted to holy purposes. True success in this life comes in consecrating our lives—that is, our time and choices—to God’s purposes (see John 17:1, 4; D&C 19:19). In so doing, we permit Him to raise us to our highest destiny.
I would like to consider with you five of the elements of a consecrated life: purity, work, respect for one’s physical body, service, and integrity.

Integrity is not naiveté. What is naive is to suppose that we are not accountable to God. (WHAT NOW PEEPS?!  :P You better take that one seriously)

A consecrated life is a beautiful thing. Its strength and serenity are “as a very fruitful tree which is planted in a goodly land, by a pure stream, that yieldeth much precious fruit” (D&C 97:9). Of particular significance is the influence of a consecrated man or woman upon others, especially those closest and dearest. The consecration of many who have gone before us and others who live among us has helped lay the foundation for our happiness. In like manner future generations will take courage from your consecrated life, acknowledging their debt to you for the possession of all that truly matters. May we consecrate ourselves as sons and daughters of God, “that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope” (Moroni 7:48; see also 1 John 3:2)

This definitely helps me realise and reflect on the aspects of my life that I need to work on and focus better, and to more fully lean on God and to more securely anchor myself in Him.

Of Things That Matter Most. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
If life and its rushed pace and many stresses have made it difficult for you to feel like rejoicing, then perhaps now is a good time to refocus on what matters most.

“We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthen our families.”

The search for the best things inevitably leads to the foundational principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ—the simple and beautiful truths revealed to us by a caring, eternal, and all-knowing Father in Heaven. These core doctrines and principles, though simple enough for a child to understand, provide the answers to the most complex questions of life.

As we turn to our Heavenly Father and seek His wisdom regarding the things that matter most, we learn over and over again the importance of four key relationships: with our God, with our families, with our fellowman, and with ourselves. As we evaluate our own lives with a willing mind, we will see where we have drifted from the more excellent way. The eyes of our understanding will be opened, and we will recognize what needs to be done to purify our heart and refocus our life.
First, our relationship with God is most sacred and vital. We are His spirit children. He is our Father. He desires our happiness. As we seek Him, as we learn of His Son, Jesus Christ, as we open our hearts to the influence of the Holy Spirit, our lives become more stable and secure. We experience greater peace, joy, and fulfillment as we give our best to live according to God’s eternal plan and keep His commandments.
We improve our relationship with our Heavenly Father by learning of Him, by communing with Him, by repenting of our sins, and by actively following Jesus Christ, for “no man cometh unto the Father, but by [Christ].” To strengthen our relationship with God, we need some meaningful time alone with Him. Quietly focusing on daily personal prayer and scripture study, always aiming to be worthy of a current temple recommend—these will be some wise investments of our time and efforts to draw closer to our Heavenly Father. Let us heed the invitation in Psalms: “Be still, and know that I am God.”
Our second key relationship is with our families. Since “no other success can compensate for failure” here, we must place high priority on our families. We build deep and loving family relationships by doing simple things together, like family dinner and family home evening and by just having fun together. In family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e, time. Taking time for each other is the key for harmony at home. We talk with, rather than about, each other. We learn from each other, and we appreciate our differences as well as our commonalities. We establish a divine bond with each other as we approach God together through family prayer, gospel study, and Sunday worship.
The third key relationship we have is with our fellowman. We build this relationship one person at a time—by being sensitive to the needs of others, serving them, and giving of our time and talents. I was deeply impressed by one sister who was burdened with the challenges of age and illness but decided that although she couldn’t do much, she could listen. And so each week she watched for people who looked troubled or discouraged, and she spent time with them, listening. What a blessing she was in the lives of so many people.

The fourth key relationship is with ourselves. It may seem odd to think of having a relationship with ourselves, but we do. Some people can’t get along with themselves. They criticize and belittle themselves all day long until they begin to hate themselves. May I suggest that you reduce the rush and take a little extra time to get to know yourself better. Walk in nature, watch a sunrise, enjoy God’s creations, ponder the truths of the restored gospel, and find out what they mean for you personally. Learn to see yourself as Heavenly Father sees you—as His precious daughter or son with divine potential.

Seriously, could this not have come at a better time?! I think more than myself needed to hear this. What a basic, beautiful truth-SIMPLIFY. What a glorious word!

Never Leave Him. Elder Neil L. Andersen

The Lord Alerts Us to Dangers Ahead

The Lord has not left us alone in our quest to return to Him. Listen to His warning words alerting us to the dangers ahead: “Take . . . heed, watch and pray.” “Beware lest ye . . . be deceived.” “Be watchful and careful.” “Beware lest ye also . . . fall from your own stedfastness.”
No one of us is immune from the influences of the world. The Lord’s counsel keeps us on guard.
Life is no spiritual picnic.

The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes;

That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, I’ll never, no never,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!
Perfection does not come in this life, but we exercise faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and keep our covenants. President Monson has promised, “Your testimony, when constantly nourished, will keep you safe.” We push our spiritual roots deep, feasting daily on the words of Christ in the scriptures. We trust in the words of living prophets, placed before us to show us the way. We pray and pray and listen to the quiet voice of the Holy Ghost that leads us along and speaks peace to our soul. Whatever challenges arise, we never, never leave Him.
The Savior asked His Apostles, “Will ye also go away?”
Peter answered:
“Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
“ . . . We believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.”

What a blessing of safely as assurity we can recieve. I'm so grateful for the influence, protection and love of the Savior in my life. I truly can testify that you are much happier, safer and blessed when your will is aligned with God's and if you strive to follow him in all you say and do.

The Transforming Power of Faith and Character. Elder Richard G. Scott
A consistent, righteous life produces an inner power and strength that can be permanently resistant to the eroding influence of sin and transgression.

When faith is properly understood and used, it has dramatically far-reaching effects. Such faith can transform an individual’s life from maudlin, common everyday activities to a symphony of joy and happiness. The exercise of faith is vital to Father in Heaven’s plan of happiness. But true faith, faith unto salvation, is centered on the Lord Jesus Christ, faith in His doctrines and teachings, faith in the prophetic guidance of the Lord’s anointed, faith in the capacity to discover hidden characteristics and traits that can transform life. Truly, faith in the Savior is a principle of action and power.

We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day. Righteous character is a precious manifestation of what you are becoming. Righteous character is more valuable than any material object you own, any knowledge you have gained through study, or any goals you have attained no matter how well lauded by mankind. In the next life your righteous character will be evaluated to assess how well you used the privilege of mortality.

Neither Satan nor any other power can destroy or undermine your growing character. Only you could do that through disobedience. A sterling character is converted into worthless ashes when eroded by deceit or transgression.

Strong moral character results from consistent correct choices in the trials and testing of life. Such choices are made with trust in things that are believed and when acted upon are confirmed.

*Trust in God and in His willingness to provide help when needed, no matter how challenging the circumstance.

*Obedience to His commandments and a life that demonstrates that He can trust you.
*Sensitivity to the quiet promptings of the Holy Spirit.
*Courageous implementation of that prompting.
*Patience and understanding when God lets you struggle to grow and when answers come a piece at a time over an extended period.

“Faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith” (Ether 12:6). Thus, every time you try your faith—that is, act in worthiness on an impression—you will receive the confirming evidence of the Spirit. As you walk to the boundary of your understanding into the twilight of uncertainty, exercising faith, you will be led to find solutions you would not obtain otherwise. With even your strongest faith, God will not always reward you immediately according to your desires. Rather, God will respond with what in His eternal plan is best for you, when it will yield the greatest advantage. Be thankful that sometimes God lets you struggle for a long time before that answer comes. That causes your faith to increase and your character to grow.

I LOVE ELDER SCOTT! I know I'm not suppose to have a favorite... but I do anyway...
Maybe why that's why his talk helped me so much, because I like him so much, but I always feel like he says the things that I need to hear. Especially during hard and difficult times, he finds the perfect way to tell me that it's not going to get better, but it's worth it.

One of my favorite talks of all time is,  Trust in the Lord- Richard G. Scott. Nov 1995

"Just when all seems to be going right, challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more. He therefore gives you experiences that stimulate growth, understanding, and compassion which polish you for your everlasting benefit. To get you from where you are to where He wants you to be requires a lot of stretching, and that generally entails discomfort and pain."

Trust in God, Then Go and Do. President Henry B. Eyring
You show your trust in Him when you listen with the intent to learn and repent and then you go and do whatever He asks. ('nuff said)

I am just so grateful for the guidance and peace that the gospel brings. I really have been having a rough time, and the gospel always makes me happy. With the stresses of life, it's the one thing that keeps me sane as I'm trying to figure out what is required of me.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Friday, October 8, 2010

All I did today...

Today was I...?

a) Tired
b) Sick
c) Overwhelmed
d) Bored
e) Lazy

Listened to her today... You should remember her name, because one day she'll be famous!

Candace Neal- Head Over Feet

Candace Neal- Cake (soooo funny!)

Candace Neal- That Thing You Do

Candace Neal- Sherlock

and then... I don't know why... but this song always make me happy...

Plain White T's- Rhythm of Love

That's all. Life is good. I'm tired of being tired. I think I took on too much... but life is good. Grateful for all my many blessings in life.

If a handsome man is reading this, you are more than welcome to bring me flowers.

Mucho love,

Sunday, October 3, 2010


HEY FAMILY!!! (on the Allen side)

At Grandpa's Birthday Party, he gave that very touching speech. I was able to record all of it on my camera. If you would like a copy, let me know. I can email it to you for now, but I'm going to put it on CD's for those who want one. Let me know and I'll get them made, so the next time I see you, you can have it!


It would probably be best to email me what you want, and to request a CD. :) My email is, LET ME KNOW! I love you!

And family who couldn't make it, you definitely need one!

Love you more than you know,

Nichelle Lora