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It's been a while... [16 Sep 2008|09:32pm]
Okay, so I was just going through an old binder from last year and found this quote I wrote to myself during Precalculus (I had a lot of free time in there, hehe):

"There are parts of my life that I would like to forget, but what would they be worth if I couldn't remember?"
-November 5, 2007

I just realized how nerdy I am that I took time to write this epiphany down, AND put the date, hahaha. I just thought it was kinda cool and that I would post it since I haven't in a while. It's true though... We all have our personal experiences for a reason and while there are some that produce black spots in our memory, they still make it so we can compare them to the ones that contrast with their light. I am so grateful for an opposition in all things and the opportunity to choose for myself. I am so glad that Heavenly Father trusted me enough to come down here and eventually return to him and I want to live up to and keep that trust as best I can.

Much love, always.
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[04 Dec 2007|08:42pm]
[ mood | overwhelmed ]

I'm sick of being disappointed.
I hate being easily frustrated.
I know exactly what Oscar Shell means by heavy boots.

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[03 Nov 2007|09:58pm]
[ mood | pensive ]

At EFY, our session director told us to picture this, "You are standing on a beach and there is someone in the water drowning. You do not have the training or equipment of a lifeguard. Do you go in after that person?" Of course everyone murmured a distinct, "No." Then he said, "Then why would you date them?" Wow. I don't think he could have been more insulting in a pleasant way if he had tried. Have we not been properly trained? Do we not carry the right equipment? No offense to our session director, but I have to disagree with him on this matter. If we don't save drowning people, then who will? That's why we've been called to put on the Armor of God. We must prepare ourselves so that when we need to save someone that is spiritually drowning, we will be able to stay afloat. I see where he was coming from in the fact that there are several people who are unrealistic in their hopes to "change" someone. You can't make someone change, you can only show them how to stay afloat and hope that they catch on. Love the person you know they can become and hopefully they will change into that person. Hate the sin, not the sinner.


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[31 Oct 2007|11:10pm]
[ mood | thoughtful ]

While the sun sets on one place, it rises anew on another...

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Limits... [29 Oct 2007|10:00pm]
[ mood | cynical ]

Today I discovered the limits of every kind of person; myself, family, close friends, acquaintances, and even people I've never met. Humans can have the darkest nature about them at times. And honestly, it can really scare me. Why do people let Satan play such a huge role in their choice-making? Why, when you came here to gain a body and the agency to do what you want with that body, would you give that agency to the one man whose only goal is to make men miserable? I don't get it...

This morning I pictured how I wanted this day to go and this was not it. This morning I "zipped myself up" against negative energies but they still broke through. I think being in our natural state of happiness can take some practice. I also think I need to "zip" myself up more than once in a day. At least at first.

So yeah, my phone got stolen by a bunch of gaymos during the haunted house. Seriously, who does that? They wouldn't return it either. Quite honestly I'm sick of the story already and I just hope people don't bug me about it tomorrow at school.

Strength. Wisdom. Responsibility.

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[27 Oct 2007|11:38pm]
[ mood | calm ]

Life is amazing... Make every second count.

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[15 Sep 2007|06:22pm]
[ mood | frustrated ]

Actions speak louder than words... And your actions are screaming, "I'm a BGH!"

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doolahp! (no it has nothing to do with dogs...) [12 Sep 2007|03:07pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

So I have to be one of the weirdest people ever... but we knew that. Ü Anyway, at school today I had a test in English as well as physics, and you know what? I kind of liked taking them... How weird is that? I love my physics class. It's great. Yeah, I'm crazy, I know.
My seminary teacher was sick the last 4 days of seminary, but was back today. Her name is Sis. Lunn. I love her! I'm really glad she's back...
It's kind of funny how all my guy friends are asking girls to Homecoming and stuff. They're all asking me for creative ideas and whatnot, it cracks me up.
Today kind of feels like it should be Friday because of the tests I had. Tests are usually on Fridays so I feel like it should be Friday.
I am rambling quite a lot... haha. I shall stop now.

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[06 Sep 2007|08:26pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

School has been pretty easy so far and I'm definitely not complaining... My precalculus teacher is slightly nuts though. Oh well.

Going to Utah this weekend... I get to see Eden!! I'm so excited. It's been forever.

My parents are so funny. I can hear them watching Scrubs. They crack me up.

I feel like I'm slowly drifting away from my friends as high school goes on. Chelsea has Brian. Shelby's been hanging out with Desirae. Angela goes to CCHS, (i misssss her...) Katie and I really don't have any classes together except Mads. I only see Gianna in Spectrum. It just sucks because I've been really close to each of them at one point and now not so much... Yeah I still talk to most of them on a daily basis (except Angela) but I just don't feel like we're as close anymore. What do you do?

I love you all.

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The Swing of Things [04 Sep 2007|03:37pm]
[ mood | sore ]

So sore it's not even funny... I woke up this morning all stiff and my back sounded sick when I popped it. It's kind of sad that I'm this sore, but on the other hand I don't use those muscles very often. I'll get over it though.

People at school today kept telling me I looked tired. I was like gee, thanks. I was probably kind of out of it, but still.

I think this school year is going to be a good one. I'm starting to really get a feel for my classes and whatnot and it feels good. As Elyssa said on the way home from school, "Life is good." I couldn't agree more...

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All you need is love... [03 Sep 2007|07:54pm]
[ mood | grateful ]

I love my family. Last night during family prayer I was squinting my eyes and looking around (sinner, I know... haha) and I saw a roomful of amazing people that were put into my life. While I was looking, I saw Byron get up from kneeling and go to Steve and snuggle up against him for the rest of the prayer. At that moment I felt an overwhelming amount of unconditional love for all of them. I caught a glimpse of just how much our Heavenly Father loves and cares about us. It even made my eyes get watery. After the prayer was over, my Grandma Jean shared a thought from Harold B. Lee, "'Who are you?' You are all the sons and daughters of God. Your spirits were created and lived as organized intelligences before the world was. You have been blessed to have a physical body because of your obedience to certain commandments in that premortal state. You are now born into a family to which you have come, into the nations through which you have come, as a reward for the kind of lives you lived before you came here and at a time in the world's history, as the apostle Paul taught the men of Athens and as the Lord revealed to Moses, determined by the faithfulness of each of those who lived before this world was created." It's a really cool thing to think about and I think my grandma was inspired when she shared it with us.

I went to the lake this morning with Sean and his family. It was a lot of fun. I got up on the wakeboard my second try (not too shabby) and it was fun seeing Sean show off his skills. I can tell I'm going to be sore though...

Thank you, everyone, for everything you do. I don't know what I would do without my friends and family to be there for me. I love you all.

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"Procrastinators: The Leaders of Tomorrow" hahaha i love it... [29 Aug 2007|06:01pm]
[ mood | complacent ]

getting schedule fixed- frustrating
writing pointless essays for school- boring
not getting to hang out with people as much because of school- depressing
beginning of a new school year- exciting
having a cool seminary teacher- refreshing
eating delicious pasta salad- satisfying
having people to talk to- comforting

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start now and make a brand new ending."
--Carl Bard

"Whenever you see darkness, there is extraordinary opportunity for the light to burn brighter."

"Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible."
--Doug Larson

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open for interpretation: [23 Aug 2007|02:36pm]
[ mood | bitter ]

yeah, i guess you could say so... but what difference would it make?

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Everything Changes [30 Jul 2007|07:09am]
[ mood | thoughtful ]

Home for < 48 hours
Off to EFY for a week
Another week of living in a dorm and eating cafeteria food
New York was fun, but exhausting
My new niece is beautiful and perfect
My family is crazy and hilarious, I missed them
Life never ceases to surprise me...

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[17 Jul 2007|12:04pm]
Who's the bomb? I am! I knew Janelle was going to have her baby today... Even ask my mom, I told her. I'm kind of sad that I wasn't there, but it's ok. I better get to see some pictures soon though!!
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[15 Jul 2007|05:11pm]
[ mood | busy (as always) ]

The baseball game was awesome!!! Gotta love the Green Monster...! (Just for you, Sean :D) Red Sox won 9-4. They came back from being tied 4-4. Yeah, it rocked.

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[14 Jul 2007|11:57am]
[ mood | busy ]

Who's going to Fenway Park tonight? Oh yeah, that would be me! So excited!! Since all of you are having fun without me, I thought I would just rub it in. Haha.
I haven't heard from anyone in a while... :( Call me dangit!
Well I must go immerse myself in a research paper (goody!...not). I miss and love you all!

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[10 Jul 2007|01:19am]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

I passed my AP exam!! Woohoo! I took my midterm today as well. It was okay... I don't really like the way it was set up, but what can ya do?
The weather here is so weird. It'll be all hot and humid one day and the next it's chilly and raining. The rain I don't mind, that's for sure. It's just so random. At least it isn't 115 degrees, right?
Other than that, life here is pretty boring. It gets kind of repetitive during the week. Study, go to class, chill.
Once again, I miss you all. Write more!!! I feel like I'm missing out when you guys don't keep me posted... Much love.

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[08 Jul 2007|03:19am]
[ mood | content ]

Every day there is something to remind me that I'm supposed to be here. It's unlike anything I've ever experienced before and I LOVE it.
I miss you all infinitely! Much love!!!!

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[02 Jul 2007|12:07am]
The weather is beautiful again and so is being here! I love it... I'm really glad I came. Everyone needs to start updating their journals so I can have some idea of what I'm missing while I'm here. I'm not excited about class starting again tomorrow. Eww. I have reading to catch up on too. Double eww. Laters! Send me some snail-mail at:

Harvard Summer School
2165 Harvard Yard Mail Center
Cambridge, MA 02138

I'd love to get some mail from you!! Byee.
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