The People God Sends

It’s been a few weeks since my last post. There have been so many changes lately. My family moved to a different house, and that is always a project. I started and completed my first 2 weeks teaching 7th Grade Math, and I coached my wonderful 7th grade volleyball team in their first game. It was a lot of firsts for me these last couple of weeks, and even though I have been overwhelmed at time, I have been so blessed.

I have been blessed these last couple of weeks by the people that God has sent me.

The night before August 20th, I could hardly sleep. Here I was, the night before I would start my career. Something that I have been dreaming about for years, and something that I have been working so hard to achieve. I was so excited and so grateful, but I was also extremely nervous. I had no idea what kids I would have in my class, what their personalities would be like, and if I would even be a good middle school teacher. All of these worries and questions went through my head.

That night, I got many messages on Facebook and several text messages wishing me good luck for the upcoming day. I was so shocked, and so grateful for these amazing people who were thinking of me.

The first day of school, I continued to get messages from people who knew I would need to know that there are people who love me and are cheering for me. I also didn’t even have a Prep period my first day of school because I had so many teachers popping their head in to check in on me.

I don’t know if they understood how much that meant to me.

Then, flash forward to the first volleyball game that I coached. Our down ref got our rotation wrong, and I wanted to change it back to the way it was supposed to be, but I had no idea what the rules were. We lost that game, and I was pretty upset. Luckily, I have a great administrator, who happened to be a volleyball coach. He was there when I needed him to help me feel more comfortable coaching, and he even taught me a few rules, that I had no idea existed. Turns out that even though I played volleyball, there is a lot more to coaching than I thought there would be.

Now, I continue to get people asking me how I am doing. I have people that are supporting me and cheering for me.

I have been thinking about this a lot because it meant so much to me. I realized, that God had sent those people. He inspired those people to reach out to me, to pray for me, because he knew that was what I needed.

I have been so blessed, and I am grateful for those angels that God sent me when he knew I would need them the most.

So that led me to start thinking. I have over 120 students on a daily basis that I interact with. Could I possibly be the person that God is sending to them?

I thought about it this week, as I learned from my students. Some have really hard lives, and some have disabilities that will follow them for the rest of their life. Some struggle in math, others get bored when the class is going to slow for them. Each of them are very unique. I have readers, artists, athletes, gamers, introverts, extroverts, geniuses, class clowns, and many others. How can I be an angel to them.

I think it all goes back to realizing that everyone has their own story. If Christ were teaching my class, he would love each one of those students. He would love them on his good days and on his bad. He would make sure that each one of them knew that they had the ability to be whoever and whatever they wanted to be.

Sometimes its hard to bring God into work professions. I can’t teach a lesson about how much God loves them, but I can show them through the love that I can give to them. I can be there person who will be there for them, listen to them, and help them see themselves as God would see them.

There are people in our lives that will be there right when we need them. What a great blessing that God gives to us. But, there are also people in our lives that God needs us to be there for.

I am grateful for the people that touch my life. I know that there will be people who God will need me to touch. I hope that we can all stay in tune with the Spirit so that when he needs us, we can be there.

The Gospel is so good. God is so good. He has blessed us with a wonderful Savior who I am indebted too. I know that one day, I will get to meet my God and Savior, and I hope that I would’ve done all that they needed me too.

I hope you have a great Sunday, and hope that you will find someone this week that you can reach out too, and uplift. ๐Ÿ™‚

God Sends Real

My Two Words

The other day, my family and I were asked “If you could describe Christ’s gospel in 2 words what would they be?” I don’t know why, but this question was so hard for me to answer. There are so many words to describe Christ’s gospel. My family each took turns responding to the question and my mind was still blank. It is hard to put into two words something that is so important to you.

I responded to the question by saying “a path”, but as I think about it more, I wish I would’ve responded with the two words “My life.”

My life is the gospel of Jesus Christ. I live the gospel. Even during the times that I am struggling with commandments, or doubting God, I am still living the gospel because I am exercising the gift to choose and am applying the Atonement of Jesus Christ into my life.

We each have our downfalls, our struggles, our desires, our weaknesses, but He helps us understand that we can find strength. That we can find hope. That we can find true JOY.

I wish I could’ve answered differently because “a path” is just too simple of an answer. It doesn’t describe really how much this gospel means to me. But, I think that describing the gospel as “My Life” adds so much more understanding of what the gospel means to me.

I am beginning to study more about my Savior. I am really trying to understand him better. There have been times in my life where I felt like I knew him very well, but lately I have so many questions about Him that I am trying to figure out for myself.

I am so grateful for the knowledge that I do have about Christ. Every time I learn about him, I realize how great of a person he is. How perfect, loving, caring, and selfless he is. When I think about Christ I think about how he has changed “my life” and how he has helped me want to make “my life” better.

I truly wish that I could’ve changed the two words that I chose. I wish I could’ve expressed to those missionaries what the Gospel of Jesus Christ means to me. Because, the gospel truly is my life and I am eternally grateful for it.

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HOW TO: Ponderize Scripture

What is Ponderizing?

Devin G. Durrant said “The word ponderize is not found in the dictionary, but it has found a place in my heart. So what does it mean to ponderize? I like to say itโ€™s a combination of 80 percent extended pondering and 20 percent memorization.”

When I first heard Brother Durrant’s talk, I jumped on board with the Ponderizing challenge. I have since stopped because I let life get too bus. But, as I have been thinking about what I am needing to incorporate into my life, I was reminded of Ponderizing and have decided that I need to start again.

There are two simple steps:

Durrant says “First, choose a verse of scripture each week and place it where you will see it every day.
Second, read or think of the verse several times each day and ponder the meaning of its words and key phrases throughout the week.”

I liked to put my scripture verse in my car, but you could put your scripture on the fridge, on the lock screen of your phone, on your computer desk top, on you desk, wherever you are most likely to see it the most.

I wish I would’ve stuck with Ponderizing longer than I did. I remember when I was thinking about my scriptures, and trying to apply them in my life, I remember the strength I got to fight against the Adversary and fill my mind with good versus the bad.

Ponderizing happens in those simple steps.

  1. Find a verse of scripture every week, and find a place where you will see it.
  2. Read, study, think about the verse and why it is important.

Seriously, how hard is that?

Durrant finished his talk by saying “I promise you will not regret writing a verse of scripture on your mind and heart each week. You will experience a feeling of perpetual spiritual purpose, protection, and power.
Remember the words of Jesus Christ when He said, โ€œ’Do the things which ye have seen me do.โ€’

I hope that you will take the challenge to ponderize a new scripture every week. I know that you will find spiritual strength as you do so! ๐Ÿ™‚

Devin G. Durrant “My Heart Pondereth Them Continually”ย https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/10/my-heart-pondereth-them-continually?lang=eng

PONDERIZE

The Touch of the Masters Hand

The violin has been a part of my life since I was 5 years old. I remember hours upon hours of lessons, practicing and performances. Today I was playing the familiar tunes and caught myself remembering. I thought about all of the things that I am burdened with, or stressed out about and felt myself let it go through the music.ย  When I finished, I looked at the beautiful piece of wood that makes up my violin. I thought about all the things that my violin knows. It has been there for many memories, and has felt many of my emotions. It has been there to relieve me from my stress and to collect my tears. Seriously, such a beautiful instrument.

When I was in 8th grade, my English Teacher had us memorize 2 poems a quarter. I had a hard time finding poems that I was interested in. One day I was searching for poems about a violin and I came across a poem titled The Touch of the Masters Hand. It has forever changed my life and has stuck with me all of these years. It goes like this:

“Twas battered and scarred,
And the auctioneer thought it
hardly worth his while
To waste his time on the old violin,
but he held it up with a smile.
“What am I bid, good people”, he cried,
“Who starts the bidding for me?”
“One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?”
“Two dollars, who makes it three?”
“Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three,”
But, No,

From the room far back a gray bearded man
Came forward and picked up the bow,
Then wiping the dust from the old violin
And tightening up the strings,
He played a melody, pure and sweet
As sweet as the angel sings.
The music ceased and the auctioneer
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said “What now am I bid for this old violin?”
As he held it aloft with its’ bow.
“One thousand, one thousand, Do I hear two?”
“Two thousand, Who makes it three?”
“Three thousand once, three thousand twice,
Going and gone”, said he.

The audience cheered,
But some of them cried,
“We just don’t understand.”
“What changed its’ worth?”
Swift came the reply.
“The Touch of the Masters Hand.”

“And many a man with life out of tune
All battered and bruised with hardship
Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd
Much like that old violin
A mess of pottage, a glass of wine,
A game and he travels on.
He is going once, he is going twice,
He is going and almost gone.
But the Master comes,
And the foolish crowd never can quite understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
By the Touch of the Masters’ Hand.
– Myra Brooks Welch

There are times in my life where I feel out of tune. Things just aren’t flowing right and the sound isn’t peaceful or calm. To others, I probably seem battered and bruised, tired and sad, but really the Master is working on helping me become way better than I could on my own. All we need is the Master.

The Master has come, fixed us up, and changed our lives for the better. He is always there for us and will come when we feel like we are almost gone.ย  He has made it so that our soul has an opportunity to constantly be better.

I am grateful for my Master who has made my soul worth something and has tuned my life for the better.

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Dating in a Tech Savvy World

Recently I had a dear friend express to me about her recent dating experiences. She told me ” I really tried to put myself out there. I went on so many dates. But I have found the guys are so judgmental and just have this checklist in their mind and like nobody is good enough. I know girls are probably the same way but I just see it from my point of view you know. But anyways I just got on so many first dates none of the dates turn into second dates and itโ€™s just getting really old!!”

It is so sad. I know she isn’t the only one either. A lot of the Young Adults right now ranging from 18-30 are struggling to find people that are truly interested in dating. I hear many people talking about it every week about how frustrating it is to just find somebody who cares enough to know them.

It’s difficult because of the unrealistic expectations that we put on others because of the perfectionism that we see online in our social media. Everyone is always thinking that they can have someone better and are spending more time “ghosting” than communicating. They are picky because they think that perfect male or female is somewhere out there.

Well, only Jesus Christ is perfect, and if you are trying to find his perfection you will be looking for a long time. We are humans and that is okay! It is part of Gods plan to have us be imperfect beings who can learn and experience life. He wants us to communicate and develop relationships and knowledge. We can take those things with us to the next life, but we won’t be able to take our worldly possessions.

I feel really bad for my generation. I feel bad for my kids generation. How are people going to find the one that will help them on their journey to God? How are they supposed to find the one to raise their kids with? How are they supposed to find a spouse that knows how to work hard, if they won’t even put effort into knowing you?

I hope that people realize that there are great people everywhere. You could meet someone you come to love in a place you least expect it. I hope that if someone is putting themselves out there for you, that you at least put an effort into getting to know them.

That’s what Christ would have done.

I know that as we rely on God, that he will guide us to those people who will mean the most to us. God loves all his children.

Dating in a Tech Savvy World

Hope For our Troubled Heart

O wretched man that I am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine.

I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me.

And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins”

How often is this us? How often do we feel wretched? Sorrowful? Grievous? Encompassed by temptations and sin? Do we feel like we can never rejoice because of the sins that we have committed?

Seriously, how hard and depressing is it to live like this? Pretty darn depressing. But, it is something that we know we must experience because there must be opposition in all things.

Nephi is the one who is sharing these beginning words with us. He just lost his father and he is praying to the Lord. He is experiencing all of these feelings and emotions. But, he remembers Him. His testimony of the atonement is amazing. He says:

“Nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted.
My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep.
He hath filled me with his love, even unto the consuming of my flesh.
He hath confounded mine enemies, unto the causing of them to quake before me.
Behold, he hath heard my cry by day, and he hath given me knowledge by visions in the night-time.”

Nephi testifies of Jesus Christ. He testifies that he is there for him in his afflictions. That his love is so overpowering that it feels like it consumes his flesh.

I love that. Christ’s love can truly change us.

Nephi continues to say “Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul. Do not anger again because of mine enemies. Do not slacken my strength because of mine afflictions. Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord, and say: O Lord, I will praise thee forever.”

There will be times in our life where we feel that we have gone far up the path of no return. We will feel overcome by our sins and our guilt. This is where we can choose. We can choose to continue down that path and believe that God doesn’t want us. OR we can trust in the Lord and remember what he has done for us.

There is hope for our troubled hearts. There is joy for our sad soul. We have so much greatness to experience. We just need to reach out and TRUST IN HIM!

I know that as we trust in the Lord, that we won’t have to experience so much heartache. As we trust in him and ask him for protection, he will provide it to us.

He loves us, so reach out to him!

Hope for the Troubled Hearts