Sunday, November 11, 2012

Dear Sister Hendricks

To clarify.... before anyone gets super excited, I have not turned in my mission papers yet.  But this week is MISSIONARY WEEK! And I have been called to the Ireland Dublin mission.  I'm excited.
While not required to participated, it is strongly recommended for those wanting to go on missions. Throughout the week we will have different activities that help prepare us for our missions.  
It has also been suggested that we try and live like missionaries do.  This means
-dressing like missionaries
-having personal and/or companion study and prayer
-getting up and going to bed like missionaries (6:30, and 10)
-listening to mission approved music (for our sake, not just MoTab)
-not using facebook (or other social media), playing computer games, or watching movies/TV shows that are not mission approved (for school sake, we can still use the internet to study)
-following the missionary conduct with the opposite gender (ie only handshakes and high-fives)

I will keep you updated on how the week goes. My sunday school class also received a challenge from our  teachers to write in our journals this week, which also works with the missionary week.  I'm excited, but I think this week will be a challenge.  Challenges are good right?

On a different note, it snowed again! And apparently this was real snow.  Utah (and mostly the mountains) is so pretty with the snow.  I love it!  And surprisingly enough, it's fun to play in!

Hoped you had a wonderful Veteran's Day!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Things I love about BYU

1. The mountains

Going to school in such a beautiful area is great! On even the hardest days I can walk outside and look at the mountains and realize how lucky I am.

2. The practice rooms
A great way to relieve stress.  And it's in the basement so you can practice and do laundry at the same time!

3. The Foosball tables

4. My Hall

5. The people
BYU is a fiercely competitive school, but it is amazing how wonderful the people are! I was having a rough time a couple weeks ago, and one of the girls in my class made me cookies and wrote me a really sweet note.  I love going to a school where everyone is so happy!

6. The art

7. The Harold B. Lee Library
(Courtesy of BYU)
This is a room where the library took old catalog cards and hung them up as pictures and as chains.  I loved walking past and recognizing some of the items cataloged.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

General Conference

 So while this is late in the month, it's been a crazy past couple of weeks.  General Conference this past October was amazing and I'm so glad that I had to opportunity to experience it in Utah.  A group of friends and I decided to drive down to Salt Lake to try and get into a session of conference.  Our day started out early and with a surprise.

The drive to Salt Lake City was uneventful and we found parking pretty easily (a little ways off but not too bad :)).  We got there just as conference was starting so we grabbed some seats in the Joseph Smith Memorial building.  I feel so blessed to have been able to watch President Thomas S. Monson's missionary announcement on temple square.  It was amazing.  My friends and I had been talking about missionary ages before the conference session started which made the announcement even more meaningful.  (Want to watch it again?  I don't think you can watch it too many times.... link)  After the first session of conference we hurried to stand in the stand-by line to see if we could get into conference center for the afternoon session.  

Temple square was so pretty and I can't wait to see it in December with all the Christmas lights.  During the wait between sessions, a couple of us ran over to the City Creek Mall to grab food, and as it turned out lost our place in line.  So we again settle for the Joseph Smith Memorial Building to watch the afternoon session. The session was just as good as the first, but I know I was still trying to wrap by mind around the idea that I can now go on a mission.  After conference we had dinner at the aunt of one of the girls and we watched a movie.  It was a perfect girls day out! I had a great time with these lovely ladies :)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What do you do Tuesdays at 11?

One of the best things about BYU is the Tuesday devotionals.  They are simply amazing.  Today's devotional was given by Jeff Wilks, and it was wonderful.  He talked about staying positive and gave five different lessons on how to stay positive.  I know that positivity in our fast paced world today is important, but as I learned in my human development class, the more optimistic you are, the happier you will be.  And while one might respond with "well duh," how do you stay positive?   Well let's look at Brother Wilks' rules.
1) Righteous does not mean perfection.  Brother Wilks pointed out that while we have been commanded by Christ to be perfect (Matthew 5:48) we cannot obtain perfection in this life, thus making perfection the enemy of righteousness.  So rather than strive for complete perfection, strive to be righteous.
2) Keep trying always. Don't give up, as you continue to try your attitude will change making things easier and worth it in the end.  Life isn't always about overcoming challenges, but getting up again when knocked down.
3) Keep your eyes on God. He's always there, it's our job to look.
4) Heavenly Father's approval is the only approval that matters. Why are people always focused on what other's think? My nutrition teacher furthered this idea when he shared John 8:29.
5) Look for and remember Joy in your life. Take time each day and think "have I seen the hand of the God in my life today?"  When you think back over the day, you're realize things that you never would of, and  you understanding and appreciation of little miracles, coincidences and other daily incidents will increase.
I challenge you to think about you life and about how positive you are in life.  Elbert Hubbard was wise when he stated "do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."  Enjoy life by being positive, it's much more fun that way.

Other past devotionals have been thought provoking too.  I really enjoyed Sister Samuelson's a couple weeks ago (read it here) or Elder Snow's (here).  If you ever want to read or listen to the devotionals you can look them up at BYU speeches, though they take a couple weeks before the text is up.  You can also watch them live at BYU TV.  Every week at 11, take a break and be enlightened.  It makes your week better.

And on a side note...
Saturday Night

Tuesday night
Have I told you how much I LOVE the BYU art's programs?  The choir showcase was on my $2 pass and was incredible (and I had a friend in Men's Chorus which was awesome!).  The women's chorus sang a beautiful rendition of Poor Wayfaring Stranger, and then there was the unique to sing the Lord's prayer with the Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus, the BYU Singers and the Concert Chorus.  It was incredible.  That's all I can really say.  The American Piano Quartet tonight was also super cool.  Unfortunately it was not on the art's card (they should add more to be under the $2 range, haha) but watching four people play two pianos was amazing.  We also got to hear the BYU quartet and they played flight of the bumblebee, which was really cool.  I love being able to culture myself :)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Weekend Overload

So what is worse than sitting in metal chairs for conference?

Sitting in the nose-bleed sections!  Yep, today I had Regional Stake Conference in the Marriott Center.  They were broadcasting to 146 stakes.  Yes, you got that right. 146. And 15 (fifteen!) were in the Marriott.  Crazy... Conference though was amazing.  It was really cool being able to see the teleprompter from where I was sitting.  If you look super closely, it's the little black think in a wash on white (sorry, it's a phone picture).  We were privileged to listen to a myriad of speakers and topics, though my favorite has to be Sister Kristen Oaks.  Elder Oaks got up to talk and about five minutes in he turned the time over to his wife, which was amazing.  I think the wives of the general authorities should speak more often.

This week was also rivalry week.... 
All the campus statues were saran wrapped...
Yes, the big Utes vs. BYU game.  And unfortunately we lost....  If the last field goal had been made though, the game would have gone into Sunday.... so the Lord works in mysterious ways right? (Reasoning done by a friend of mine).  But my favorite part of the weekend was by far, Evidance.  The dance performances were put on by the BYU Department of Dance and they were incredible! They showcased dances from different cultures along with different styles of dances.  And the best part happened because of this little card.
I LOVE $2 tickets.  I have a feeling, I'm going to be appreciating the arts a lot this year.  Who wouldn't?
And on a political side of things, I really enjoy this picture.  Diversity is good :)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Beginning

 So I’ve had cousins tell me that I should write a blog to stay in touch.  Now that I’m at college, apparently life will now be super excited and different and I need to record it for all to see.  Well so far, it has been.  For the almost month I’ve been here, life has been the best.  Sure I’m often hungry, but honestly that’s my own fault… I have a ton of food.  And I do miss my family… but I have the feeling they might miss me more (sorry guys).  It was great to see them this weekend.  And the wedding was fabulous!  Congratulations to Drew and Jenn!
Mothers of the couple
The fabulous couple
        So I've come to the conclusion that I love flying, but hate airports.  Actually when you get to an airport at the right time they’re not too bad, you just sit and chill for a couple hours… The flight though, amazing.  It’s not every day you get to see the world the way God sees it.  I've decided that window seats are dangerous because they mean I don’t get anything done on the flight, except stare out the window.  Oh well, the hazards of flying :)