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 :)