Saturday, November 23, 2013

CHANGE is a GOOD thing...

Wow! It's been almost a year since my last post and SO much has changed that I should publicly document it right?! For the very few who follow this blog, you might be shocked that I'm writing, so here we go. My mission taught me many things. One was the POWER of CHANGE. People change. Places change. Circumstances change. Change is a good thing.

Now I was not always a believer in change. Being the baby girl of my family, I grew attached to things and people very quickly and it was hard to let them go.

I have the best friends in the world. That doesn't change.
Example #1: Our family van was the van that we used to take on ALL of our trips. It was the van that we would all fall asleep in at 3 a.m. in the morning when my parents drove all day to take my sisters down to school at BYU. It was the van that I drove down my parents' driveway when I was 3 years old and they caught me just in time before I ran into something or someone. I LOVED that van. I remember the day we sold it. I cried and cried and vowed to my parents that I would never ride in the new stupid van that could never give me the same memories / experiences that my beloved brown van could.

Dad & I before he was set apart as Mission President.
I love him too much.
Example #2: Being the youngest of six kids is great. Between the oldest and myself there is a 13 year difference. So when I was five, my oldest sister went down to BYU. I remember being so sad when they left home, one by one, for school, missions, marriage...I counted down the days they would come home for the holidays and summers where I knew we would ALL pile on the hide-a-bed, eat chips and melted Velvetta cheese, and watch ALL the original Star Wars movies. As their families grew with exceptionally beautiful and brilliant children (I'm biased, but it's true), I couldn't wait to have princess parties, Star Wars parties and dance / sing to songs from Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star to One Direction.

Then it was my turn to change. BYU. Boyfriends. Mission. Boyfriends. Graduation. Finding the first job. Boyfriends. I've learned that from every experience, we gain insight, knowledge, maturity (hopefully) and wisdom...and in the long-run we change for the better (again, hopefully).

Mom & I before being set apart. I am her. She is me.
Last Thanksgiving, my parents announced to us that they had been asked to serve as a Mission President & Wife in Russia for my church. Both having taken one quarter each of Spanish in high school (over 40 years ago), it was both humbling and inspiring to see them accept this call, learn an extremely difficult language and leave their children, grandchildren, extended family, friends, career, house, cars, etc. for three years. They accepted this change with a heart full of faith, a little trepidation for this new task ahead of them and a love for one another and the Lord that grows daily. At the end of June, they left for Moscow, Russia. It was and has been a surreal experience. It is beautiful for many reasons, some reasons which words can't describe.

Now I'd be lying to say that I don't miss them. At times I still feel like that little girl who is crying over a sold van. But having left and served a mission, my joy and happiness for them to serve the Lord overwhelms those feelings and swallows them whole. It's been amazing to see them change and our family change because of it.

Some friends never change. Kindred spirits.
At the beginning of the year and honestly before that, I kept on feeling that I needed change. I love and will always love Spokane, but I kept on feeling the need to leave...which for a long time, I fought against those feelings. Things were familiar. Safe. I've never been one to take crazy risks. I get my adrenaline rush from performing on a stage, not bungee jumping. I like to be in control, who doesn't to some point, right?! I'm the girl who had a day planner at age 10...ridiculous, I know, but I like to plan, so shoot me (not literally though because I like my life).

Quotes that have helped me change.

So I took a step and started my job search. New York. Boston. D.C. Phoenix. Salt Lake City. London. Madrid. Months and months of searching, trying to figure out where to go to next. A couple of interviews. Several e-mails of rejection. Then August happened. My bro-in-law told me his work, a market research / consultant firm was hiring located in: not New York, Boston, San Fran, or Madrid, but Richland, WA. Two hours away from home. Talk about a risk, right?! Sometimes the biggest adventures in life happen in the most unlikely of places. The job however terrified me. When I was in school and after I graduated, I never wanted to work for an agency or marketing firm. It was not my style. But I applied. Got an interview. Got an offer. All in a matter of two weeks which was WAY faster than I had "planned". Then it actually hit me. I accepted this change in my life, now I needed to follow through with it.
My faith grows stronger. I fail at faith sometimes.
It sustains me to know that failure is a part of the process.
Sometimes what may be perceived as failure, is actually victory.

Since moving here two months ago, it's all been a whirlwind of crazy. Packing. Moving. Flying for business trips. But I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it! My job is AMAZING. It pushes me daily. Keeps me on my toes and the work is exciting. I'm near two of my sisters, which I love. They are my angels. Meeting new friends. Serving as the choir director at church, which is a blast. Change is GOOD. Hard at times, but GOOD.

Doing hard things can lead to great things and great people.
So lessons I've learned since coming home from my mission (it'll be 3.5 years next month), my time in Spokane and now with my new job and living in a new place. Change is good. People change: when and if they want to change and if you don't want them in your life or if they are not helping you change for the better or vice versa, you can or they can change and leave, that's a hard one to accept at times. Places change: where one place was the right place at one point in life, can also not be the right place at another point in life. Circumstances change: there are times when something makes sense at one point, and then at another point, that something doesn't make sense anymore, and that's okay. I change: this is the biggest one --> I can become better or not (it's my choice) learn from mistakes, repent, move on, make more mistakes, apply, rinse, repeat.

However, there are a few constants that don't change, which I'm so glad for because it keeps me sane. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are the same yesterday, today and forever. Isn't that incredible?! Their love and grace anchor me. They are aware of me. They love me. I can change for the better daily because their promise to me that I can, does. not. change.

So life is good. It changes. Thank goodness for that.
The end. Blab to you next year.

1st Business Trip: Miami Beach. I was meant to live by the beach.

Heaven on Earth. I miss our Heavenly Home.
It's here that I'm reminded why I'm here.

There is always good in life. Always.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Blogging is not my forte...hence the lack of blog posts...but since today I'm home not feeling that great, I thought that I should update friends and fam about the exciting happenings in my life for 2013!!! :)
Super old picture, but it's adorable! LOVE THESE people!! :)
So...MOST exciting news for 2013 is that my Dad got called to be a MISSION PRESIDENT!!! :) I'm super excited for him and my mom and I have complete confidence that they are going to be fantastic!! We've received permission to let people know that they've been asked to learn RUSSIAN! Which is SUPER exciting! They'll find out where they're going in the end of February/early we're all excited/nervous/ecstatic to see where they will go! I told them to watch Rocky IV and Anastasia to help them embrace the culture and enjoy Dimitri (let's be honest, who doesn't LOVE him?!). Jokes aside, it's been the best to see my parents receive this call and learn a new language. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the knowledge that where much is given, much is required and the Lord will always be there to be your strength, courage, rock and Redeemer. Who knows...maybe next Christmas, I'll be in Siberia?!?! :)

Work is going really well! I love the babies and toddlers who I work with. My greatest joy every day is to see one of these kiddos learn how to speak, walk, pick up a fork or use a wheelchair. Update: I work as an event planner/marketing/PR guru for a non-profit that helps provide therapy for kiddos 0-3 years of age who have developmental delays and disabilities. Right now, we have our two largest fundraisers coming up in the next couple of to say that it is a little crazy would be an understatement. :) But I keep on trucking along and learning daily of ways that I can improve and become better at what I need to do. It's such a blessing to have a job that I still get excited to go to everyday. :)

Church is great! The Gospel is TRUE! Serving in the Relief Society presidency and I LOVE it because I LOVE the girlies in our ward! They are so fantastic and I learn SO much from all of them. :) Family and friends are fabulous and I love spending time with them! Havin' a BLAST!! :)

Fabulous news for 2013: I FEEL FANTASTIC!!! For those who know me really well, knows that I have kind of a screwed up body (don't we all right?!). Since I was 12, I've been getting sick by a lot of different foods, starting with milk and then as time went just got worse. :) A lot of trips to the doctor, natural medicine doctors, nutritionists, dieticians, etc. etc. etc...I finally found a doctor/naturopath who is fabulous! I started seeing him in September and the past four/five months, I haven't felt as good as I do now for the past 10 years! I feel in some ways, that I got my life back...such a blessing! :) He ran a lot of tests and trials and came up with a couple of things. One...everyone needs to get their Vitamin D levels were SUPER low, I was super deficient and especially for those who live up in the beautiful NW know that during the winter months, you don't see the sun as often as you would like. So I swear I started taking Vitamin D on steroids because of the crazy amount that I was taking, but I started feeling so much better. I also began an elimination diet...again.
Merry Christmas Morning 2012!
In March, it'll be SIX YEARS since I stopped eating all dairy products and refined sugars. That seemed to help some, but let me tell September I went off all gluten products...and voila...I started feeling so much better! I introduced it back again and started feeling crummy again, so I became completely gluten free and my life is starting to feel normal again! :) My saving grace: Pamela's Chunky Chocolate Chip cookies (gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free)...this goodness is one of my many weaknesses. I go through...hmmm...probably 4 boxes of these a week...and the best part, I feel no guilt whatsoever eating them. :)
Order this here:!prettyPhoto
Since eating porkchops, rice and beans and the goodness of my mission, I gained tons of weight on the mission, but since it has been 2.6 years since I've been home (AHH!! :( ) I've lost about 30 lbs. (crazy, huh?!). Life is grand! I've turned into one of those granolas who I would always joke about...but it's such a great life. Yoga, Tai Chi anyone?! LOVE it! :) So I'm just so grateful for gluten free menus and sweet potato fries and my cookies...I could go on and on about the blessing/frustration that my body has been for me for the past 14 years, but all I can say is I'm so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who knows me, my needs and who sends me people in my life who are somehow perfectly tailored to strengthen and uplift me, correct me and help me see how I can improve and who absolutely love me and I can't help but LOVE them! So I'm excited for 2013! It'll be a crazy, new year and I can't wait to see what it brings!! :)

I'm done blabbing now. LOVE LOVE LOVE!


Thursday, August 9, 2012

It Passes All My Understanding

And that's when it happens, when you least expect it, when it feels like the storm will never end...light cuts through the darkness, and heaven surprises you...when you least expect it.
- Hilary Weeks, "When You Least Expect It" 

I love this song by Hilary Weeks. I think so many times, during the most difficult times of our lives, we tend to forget our purpose here. To learn, to grow, to become like our Heavenly Father. I am SO grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life and His Atonement. His love and my Father in Heaven's love passes all my understanding. It's incomprehensible, yet so tangible. 

Update on life: 

- LOVE my job! Learning so many new skills and feeling like I'm starting to understand what I'm doing...haha! But seriously...
- LOVE my family! It keeps on getting bigger. BABIES and MORE BABIES!! How can you not love babies?! So excited for the two little ones coming soon! :) 
- LOVE my life!!!! It's incredible to see how the Lord blesses you everyday and things that you thought would be the biggest tragedies in your life, turn out to be the biggest blessings! 
- LOVE my friends!! I am SO blessed with incredible friends! :) 


Ooh hair is getting LONGER!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist...

When I decided to start this blog, I thought that I would be super good and write weekly...PSYCH! That hasn't happened...and I'm okay with that. But for some reason, I can't sleep and I was like, oh here's another time to here I go.

At BYU, I interned with a group called the Women's Services and Resources (WSR) office (check out their blog to your's fantastic). I loved this experience because I was able to see how wonderful and great women and men are!! It kills me when people beat themselves up. Growing up, I had a lot of friends who would just rip themselves apart because they didn't like themselves for one reason or another. Some would starve themselves or throw up because they wanted to be thin, others would think that there was no purpose to their lives and tried to end their lives, others would throw away their virtue and honor by thinking that the only way to prove their love to their significant others was through engaging in immoral acts. Do I blame them for having these feelings? Definitely not. The world is a crazy place, with so many confusing messages about self-worth, body image, etc. that these feelings are valid. Satan is real and es un PUERCO!! My mission companion would always tell me this and I LOVED it! Satan is a PIG! He will do EVERYTHING to rip someone apart! I think the greatest attack that he has on people is by influencing them to forget who they are, which are divine Children of God.

I believe that we lived before this life as spiritual sons and daughters of our Heavenly Parents. For more information about this: click here. It's true. No doubt about it!

So I have to ask myself daily: How am I or what am I doing that helps me forget who I am?

1) Negative self-talk and thinking: This is hard for me. Why? Because I am a perfectionist. Correction: I like to call myself a recovering perfectionist because I believe that I am a lot better than I used to be and that I can get a lot better...haha. It's true. So often when people compliment me, I think of at least 10 reasons why that compliment isn't true or how I can improve. Why? I'm human. Get over it. :) this is definitely one way that I forget who I am.

My remedy: When I look in the mirror, I try to laugh. Laughter is the best medicine because it makes us get over ourselves and stop thinking about ourselves and I just have to laugh because, unlike the adversary, at least I have a body. Beat that. :)

2) Yes-woman: I am the QUEEN of saying "YES." It's really hard for me to say no. Especially if people call me, "Emmy," or "Em" or flatter me in any way...tempting me with rolls and jam (not chocolate...I love bread)...or just laying on a thick slab of guilt on my conscience. Being a yes-woman is not what it is all cracked up to be. For the most part, I love saying yes to things, because I love to help! But there are times when I say, "yes" when I really should say, "no." This makes me forget who I am: an imperfect person that can't be superwoman and do EVERYTHING! How grateful I am for that.

My remedy: I live by my planner. If it's not written down, I won't do I try to schedule my time well and just say, "No" sometimes. It's quite liberating. Try it. :)

3) Thinking I'm the exception: Is this a way that Satan uses to help people forget who they are? DING DING DING!! :) Are there ever times when you think that something doesn't apply to you because you are "different" or you have a different "situation"? I have used this excuse many times in my life and I don't do all the things that I could be doing to be better. I'm a TON better than I used to be...but still there is a ton of room for improvement! :) This frustrates me to no end when people think that they are an exception to prophets' counsel, guidance and direction. Wake up! Satan wants us to feel alone, that we are the only ones that are going through a certain experience, trial, heartache, stress, all of the above. When in reality...we are NOT alone.
The Savior's Atonement covers all infirmities, sicknesses, pains, FEARS and heartaches. When we feel alone, we can know with a surety that at least one person, Jesus Christ, knows how we feel.
My remedy: I have found in my own life, that when I feel that I am an exception, it is because I am scared out of my mind to live up to my responsibilities. One issue that I have talked with many of my LDS friends (men AND women) about is: the fear of getting married. How many times do LDS young single adults joke about this and yet, why do they? Because they are, for the most part, ALWAYS thinking about it, at least once a week, maybe twice? Don't lie. You've done it. :) There's always an excuse to feel like an exception: Men that won't commit because of other important things like school, career, lack of money, travel, fear of heartache, etc. Women that won't commit because of school, career, lack of money, travel, fear of heartache, etc. I for one, will admit that I am terrified of making the wrong choice in an eternal companion and when those moments come up, which come up often, I try my hardest to pray hard, work hard and suck it up. :) Satan wants us to feel fear. After Adam and Eve partook of the fruit, what did they feel? FEAR. The Lord ALWAYS provides a way to obey His commandments. In His timing, in His way. I know of SO many good and righteous people who strive daily to live the commandments, especially this one and don't receive this blessing quite yet. Why? I honestly don't know. But what I do know, is that the Lord will bless us and that He will provide for us. But we cannot progress if we don't work and give our all to obey His commandments.

How grateful I am to not be perfect. I wouldn't want to be. How boring. I am grateful that I am a spaz who talks too much, laughs too loud, has childbearing hips and has the tendency to want to save the world. I love my imperfections and I am proud to say that they make me who I am. I am grateful for the many times that my heart has been broken by loved ones, ex-boyfriends, friends, family members and the times when my eyes couldn't dry because of my endless tears and sobs. It isn't until we are broken that we can be made whole.

Once again, I am blabbing and on a soapbox...but to my good friends who read this blog, you're used to it by now. :) I love the Lord. He is SO good to me. It is through my understanding of Him and learning of His divinity that I learn of my divinity as a literal daughter of God. How grateful I am for this opportunity to be here on the earth.I am blessed.

Have a good night! I think I can go to bed now. :) Til next time, remember who you are and who you can become! :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Turning, Turning, Turning through the years...

Les Miserables has to be my FAVORITE musical of all time! Why? Well the music is AMAZING...but mainly I love it because the characters are incredible and the way that they are portrayed in the musical is truly brilliant. Val Jean is the epitome of what it means to make mistakes, learn from them and improve your life and that of others because of the lessons that you have learned. Fantine and her dedication to her daughter and learning to live with a life that she never dreamed of, which I think the majority of people have these experiences often, where something unexpected happens and they think, "Why Me?" I know I have felt that. But if I had to choose my favorite character, it would have to be Monsieur Thenardier...he has SUCH a deep character! Okay, just jokes...he's a pig, BUT I just adore Javert. I LOVE him. His character is such a pivotal character in the play. He is a great example of someone who at first had the right intentions, but then became SO obsessed with it, that it consumed him and changed him into this bitter, obsessed, half-crazed man who eventually took his own life because what he thought was truth and justice, turned out to be wrong and he couldn't handle it. His character teaches me a lot about how it is so important to see people for who they truly are and not judge them by past errors, flaws and try to see them as the Savior would see them.

Now...when I decided to blog tonight, I didn't mean to write about Les Mis...but as I decided that this blog shouldn't be called a "blog" but actually a "blab" because that's what I do every time I write on this all works out right? The purpose of this blab was to update my sweet friends and fantab fam about my life. So here we go!

I moved back to the great state of Washington! It's SO great to be back! I am SUCH a fan! It's so nice to be around trees! It is also a huge blessing to be back around the majority of my family. I adore my family. They are SO fantastic! I love being reminded of that everyday! They are so good to me too...too good to me, but they are pretty great!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my job! It stresses me out at times...meaning all the time...BUT it's exciting stress, so that makes me happy! I love the little kids that I work with. They remind everyday about the importance of living each day to the fullest! These little kids have so many challenges and yet they come into my office, flash a huge smile, give me a high five and giggle. I LOVE the sound of kids' giggles. It has to be the sweetest sound on earth and in heaven! The greatest thing that these kids have taught me is the importance of endurance, patience and the true meaning of faith. Whenever I see a little kid let go of his/her walker and attempt to walk, I can't help but be amazed. Here I am, a healthy 25-year-old, complaining about silly little things and this three-year-old is trying to take his first step. Children are the greatest blessing on the earth because their examples of faith, obedience and love teach us how to become more like the Savior. SO my job is great! I love it!

Church is great! The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true! There's NO doubt in my mind about that. I feel like I just run around with my head cut off all the time...but I love being productively busy. In my 25 years of knowledge and wisdom (which isn't much), I keep on learning that everyday I need to focus on finding balance in my life. I am horrible at this at times, meaning all the time...maybe it's because I'm a Blue/Yellow personality and my deep emotional/business-minded side has a hard time gelling with my crazy/always looking for fun side. Being productively busy is important...meaning filling our lives with the best things in life. Taking time to ponder, think, work, pray, laugh, love, etc. is crucial to finding balance in life. Especially the laughing would not be worth it if we didn't laugh once in a while...or at least 12 times a day. :)

Exciting news from the summer! One of my best friends, Chris got married to her man, Spencer. JOY! I adore these two people, especially Chris. She is such an amazing example to me. True friendship is a rare thing to find and once you find it, it's important to cherish it and never let go (I should write for Hallmark...I've got the cheese to do it...or I was inspired by Titantic's dialogue, I mean who wasn't inspired by that piece of goodness...). It's true though. God blesses us with people in our lives to bring us joy. I am grateful for Miss Chris. Here are some pics from the reception with some of my other dear, dear and crazy friends.

OH! I forgot! I got a CAR! It's fantastic!! He's a white Corolla...bringing me back to the mission (I drove a Corolla my whole mission...what can I say, it's a good car.) :) His name is White Knight...and he's a keeper. :) Not only is he reliable, dependable, takes me places, gives me freedom and is classy (all characteristics that I look for in a guy)...he has a great sense of humor (another important attribute)! After only owning him for three days, he just thought it would be funny to get hit in the parking lot by another car...he didn't even get the car's number who did it...he's kind of shy.

That's a WHOLE other story...but he's a keeper, dent and all. :)

OKAY! There's an update. I'm done blabbing now...


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I GOT THE JOB!!!! :)


I am SUPER stoked!! Honestly, can I just say that I feel so blessed. Okay...I feel so blessed! This past summer has been an interesting one. Full of confusion, frustration, sadness, happiness, joy and finally, at last, peace.

The past two weeks I've been studying A LOT about this:

Faith is such a funny thing.
Not literally funny...although, I did know this
girl named Faith who was quite funny,
but I digress...
Why is faith such a funny principle?
Because we say that we have it so often,
but yet I don't think we really understand what faith is.
So how can we have something that we don't understand?

At least at times, I feel that I don't truly understand w
hat faith is...maybe it's just me?
I've been pondering a lot about this lately. I've been trying to figure out
if I truly understand the concept of faith.

On my way to discover about faith, here are three inst
rumental scriptures that have helped me:

"Wherefore, the Lord hath commanded me to make these plates
for a WISE PURPOSE in him, which purpose I know not.
But the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning; wherefore, he prepareth
a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men; for behold,
he hath all power unto the ful
filling of all his words."

~ 1 Nephi 9:5-6 ~

"But behold, all things have been done in the WISDOM of him who knoweth all things."

~ 2 Nephi 2:24 ~

"Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things,
both in heaven and in earth; b
elieve that he has all
WISDOM, and all power, both in heaven and in earth;
believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the
Lord can comprehend."

~ Mosiah 4:9 ~

All of these scriptures come The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

What I love about these scriptures is that all of th
em have to do with the WISDOM
that God has and that as we put our faith (trust and confidence) in Him
things will work out. Whe
n they need to.

All of these SCRIPTURES were given by ancient prophets named:



King Benjamin

Haven't heard about these prophets before? They are GREAT, some of my favorites. Click the scriptures references above (scroll up just a titch...there ya go) or click on
The Book of Mormon link and feel free to read more.
It will change your life.
It changed mine.


Here is an exam

In April 2011, I was just finishing up with classes at BYU. Trying to figure out my future and I was STRESSED. I didn't feel right about leaving Provo yet and there were
things that I needed to figure out. So I went with it. Found an AMAZING
internship at
aw School
and just pushed forward.

This summer, which I thought would be smooth sailing,
ended up being
Really rough, tiring, frustrating, humiliating and...I'll just spare the details! :)
It wasn't what I expected to happen in my life at the time
but I'm grateful for the time and that I had AMAZING people ar
ound me to help me through it!
Like THESE crazies:

My fantastic roomies (L to R): Cakes, Nae Nae & Miss Chris
(We're too LEGIT to quit)

SO...this summer has been an interesting one...but YET such a GrEaT one!!
But I was feeling overwhelmed with trying to decide what I was going to do after I officially

Then one day, after months (and I mean MONTHS) of looking...I found a little gem

The Spokane Guilds' School & Neuromuscular Center

had a position open for an Assistant Events Manager

I was STOKED when I saw this because I have always loved this organization
and knew of the great work that they had done for children in the community.
The Guilds' School is a non-profit organization that helps children ages birth to three
who have developmental disabilities achieve their full potential
by providing physical, occupational, speech, sensory, etc. types of therapy to help them progress in life...ANYWAY...AWESOME organization!

So I saw that ad one night and the next day I talked with my Dad
about different jobs that I was looking at and told him
how excited I was about the Guilds' School job
Then a little bit later that day my brother called me and told me that he
was colleagues with the Development Director at the school
and told him about me
My bro told me that I needed to get my resume and cover letter in THAT DAY
because it was going to close that day

So I did that
Heard back the next day and they wanted to set up an interview
Luckily (but I don't think it was luck), I was going to Spokane in the next week for a family reunion
So they let me come and interview and a couple of days later they called me
and said that they liked me and wanted to run a background and reference check
I passed...WHEW :)

Then TODAY I heard back and they offered me the JOB
Great benefits
Great organization

SO going back to those scriptures up there (you still have time to read them ;) )
I learned this summer that even though I didn't have any clue where
my life would lead or how things, I acted and things worked out the way they were
supposed to be and WHEN they were supposed to

So what I've learned
in Heavenly Father and His plan
and things WILL work out

I feel blessed and humbled to have this opportunity
I pray that I can help families and children understand their great worth and potential
I am SO SO SO excited to the new
Assistant Events Manager
for SUCH a great organization


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Time is a dear friend also...

So as I mentioned in my previous post, on June 24th I hit my year mark of being home from my mission. Can I just say that I LOVED my mission!! I did! It was fantastic. I learned so much and I can't imagine my life without my experiences there and the lessons that I learned.

One of the greatest lessons that I learned was that there is nothing as constant as change. :) I had the great opportunity to serve with A LOT of missionary companions! :) The MTC should've been a good indicator of how many companions I was going to have on my mission (I had 4 companions in the MTC…most missionaries usually have one, two at the most.) I'm just SO hard to get along with. ;)
I am so grateful for all of the lessons that I learned with each one.

1) Hermana Barnhurst (MTC):
She taught me about having charity. She is such a sweetheart and cares so much about people. I really appreciated her and what she taught me about seeing others as Christ would see them. Love this girl and she is just my little Starburst! :) More to come about her…she's great!

2) Hermana Wilder (MTC):
She taught me about teaching by the Spirit and following the Spirit in all that I do. She had such a passion for teaching and I just truly respect her. She cracked me up as well. Such an optimistic spirit and I just adored her to pieces.

3) Hermana Roberts
Holy Cow! This girl killed me! We had such a blast together. She just cracked me up all the time. We would eat a lot of bread (like good Dominican bread) together and always promise each other that we would cut down because we were starting to pack on the weight…haha…we never did though. The bread was just too dang good! On the serious side though, Hermana Roberts taught me SO much about faith and trusting in the Lord. I was so grateful for her example to me.

See that loaf of bread above…that's what I'm talking about…SWEET bread! SO good…oh good Dominican food…I miss it.

4) Hermana Altan (MTC):
She is probably one of the sweetest people that I know. She taught me about quiet humility and respect for everyone. She was such a great companion and I learned so much from her. She was convicted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I just adore her for it. She was an anchor to all those around her. What a great person. Love that girl!

5) Hermana Santos (Trainer-1st transfer:Aguas Buenas):
She taught people by the Spirit and she just was rockin' awesome. She taught me the importance of obedience and taking time to serve others. She also taught me how to plan with a purpose. I was SO grateful that she taught me those things. She had a rock solid testimony and she was hilarious! Very passionate about missionary work! :)

6) Hermana Fuentes (2nd companion-2nd transfer:Aguas Buenas):
She was such a good teacher. She taught me about finding balance in the mission life and how to serve others with love and compassion. She was such a good example to me about the importance of order, organization and cleanliness in all that we do. She is just such a sweetheart and good friend.

7) Hermana Lespin (3rd companion-3rd transfer:Aguas Buenas):
She is a rockstar! Just so full of the Spirit and knew how to help the people that we were teaching! We had a lot of fun together and became such good friends. It was fun to teach with her and we just had so many great experiences together. We taught a lot of interesting people together, especially one man who looked like Santa Claus. He was great…

8) Hermana Archila (4th companion-4th transfer:Aguas Buenas):
LOVED this girl! She is so smart and just SO hardworking. We were able to see a lot of miracles together. She taught me a lot about humility, forgiveness, charity, patience, virtue and strength. She was always full of great ideas and of ways that we could improve our teaching and serving those around us. I learned SO much from her. She is AMAZING! :)

9) Hermana Lucas (5th companion-5th transfer: St. Thomas)
I ADORE THIS GIRL!!! We had a BLAST together. It was such a great experience to work with one another. We shared so many amazing experiences together serving people on the island of St. Thomas. She is such an amazing teacher and friend to everyone that she meets. Her sense of humor kills me. She's married now and is pregnant…which is CRAZY to me…but she deserves every good thing that's possible. :)

10) Hermana Mijangos (6th companion-6th & 7th transfer: St. Thomas)
She is AMAZING! Not only is she a master chef…BUT just a master teacher and loved to serve everyone that we met. I cherish the time that we spent together as companions. She taught me a lot about teaching, learning and growing from my mistakes. She was always so encouraging and strived for her best effort to serve. She helped so many people in ways that I don't think she realized. She's fantastic!

11) Hermana Calderon (7th companion-8th & 9th transfer: San Lorenzo y Gurabo)
LOVED this girl! She is just such a powerful teacher and good friend. I loved to watch her teach because she had such conviction, power and love when she taught others. She was also a kick in the pants, very fun and funny. I loved all of our in-depth conversations that we had and how we were able to see many miracles together as well.

12) Hermana Castillo (8th companion-10th transfer: San Lorenzo y Gurabo)
This girl is SO crazy fun!! She is so energetic, passionate, talkative, happy and caring to other people! She taught me a lot about enthusiasm, energy, goodness and charity. She was always so much fun to talk to and I just learned something new from her each day. I am grateful for her example in humility, patience and diligence. She is fantastic!

13) Hermana Barnhurst (9th companion-11th and last transfer: Barbados) Yep we got the opportunity to serve twice together!
It was fun to serve with her a little bit longer than I did in the MTC. She taught me about having a lot of love for other people. Honestly, she is such a sweetheart and is always looking for opportunities to show her love to others and serve them. She is a champ, through and through and I was SO glad that I had an opportunity to serve with her twice.

14) Hermana Guzman (10th companion-11th and last transfer: Barbados)
I LOVE this girl. We were in the MTC together and we just bonded from the first day. We wrote each other a lot on the mission and were each other's confidants and friends throughout the whole mission. She taught me a lot about humility, patience, faith and putting complete trust in the Lord. She is a ROCKSTAR because she taught me about the simple things in life: like serving and loving other people.

Honestly the BEST part of my mission was developing relationships with people. Most importantly, I am so grateful for the relationship that I developed with my Father in Heaven, the Savior and the Holy Ghost. I am grateful for the things that They taught me and for Their patience, love, understanding and that the fact that They never give up on me. I am SO grateful for the wonderful people that I taught and served. I adore them. I love and miss the people of the Caribbean. They are a loving people who serve constantly. I am grateful for my companions and a Mission President and his wife who taught me SO much. I just adore them.

Every important mission in our lives involves developing quality and loving relationships with people. I am so grateful for the amazing people in my life and especially for the relationships and lessons I learned on my mission.

It kills me that it's been a year…but I've learned that time is a dear friend also.