Saturday, September 29, 2007
Tonight, I attended the LDS Relief Society broadcast at the Conference Center with some dear friends. It was amazing!!! I had never been inside this incredibly beautiful building. Let me just add...it was FABULOUS!!! Even though this building is structurally beautiful, the spirit inside was more incredible than I can describe.
As I think of the all things that I could & would have been doing on this particular Saturday evening, I am grateful to know that I was in a place where I was suppose to be. I am grateful to be in the same builiding as our Prophet, President Gordan B. Hinckley and other amazing leaders. The words that were spoken by our General Relief Society Presidency and by President Thomas S. Monson were exactly what I needed to hear. In fact, I felt that the things that were spoken were directed in my behalf. Isn't it fabulous when you feel that way? I am grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint. I know without a shadow of doubt that this is the only true church upon this earth.
Even thought it was cold and stormy outside today....Today was a beautiful day and a great way to start a new beginning!!!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
So,it happened on one Easter weekend. This particular weekend, I am sure that I will never forget. I had been in the hospital fighting a .6 millimeter Kidney stone. It had been a rough week full of pain meds. Anyway, I had just been released and was staying at my parents home. I was bored and wanted to get out of the house but had to be careful not to over do it. My mom suggested that Crystal (my fabulous best friend at the time) and I should take my grandmother’s car to the gas station and fill it up with gasoline. We thought that would be an adventure worth taking.
We pulled up to the gas station and waited in line to get gasoline. The lines were especially long since it was Easter weekend. So, picture in your mind-lots and lots of people at the gas station. People filling their boats, 4-wheelers, trucks, cars, and so on up with gas. Inside the gas station were even more people purchasing drinks, ice, treats, and so on for their Easter weekend adventures. This particular gas station has a huge window in the front of it. (This is a very important detail). People are watching others as they pull in and out of the gas station. Finally, it was our turn. We get out and fill Grandma’s car up with gas. Then, I ran (okay, I walked slowly due my recent hosptial stay) into the gas station to pay for the gas. As I turned and was walking out of the gas station, I tripped over something. As I looked down, I was completely mortified to see that my pants had fallen completely off of me and what I tripped over was....yes, you are right...MY PANTS. I start to hear the laughter coming from inside the gas station and then, the laughter from the people outside filling their vehicles up with gas. So, I picked up my pants and ran. No, I would say that I SPRINTED to the car. I opened the car door and dove into the back seat. I was completely mortified.
Well, that is not the end of the story. I had grabbed a 10 dollar bill out of my purse instead of the 20 dollar bill. So, I needed to go back into the gas station to pay the remaining amount of money. I was laughing so hard because I knew if I did not laugh, I would start crying hysterically. I begged and begged Crystal to go pay for it. By this time, she is laughing hysterically in the front seat of the car. Finally, after bribing her with everything that I owned, she went to pay for it.
As she approached the gas station, she could hear the outrageous laughter coming from within. The clerk was laughing so hard she had to run to the bathroom, people in line were hysterically laughing and all Crystal could say–"this kind of thing happens to her all of the time."
Well, time has passed since that embarrassing moment and I never thought in a million years that I would have to relive such an event. It happened again....TODAY....at CHURCH.
Once again...another story to laugh with me begins...I checked my clothing calendar (yes, I do have a clothing calendar) and today’s outfit was my blue sweater and my white with blue, red & green polka-dots skirt. Since, I have been visiting the gym quite frequently, my skirt is a little big around the waist. I thought to myself. WOW!!! It will be quite a comfortable Sunday if I wear this skirt.
So, as I was walking out of the church, my roommate, Melanie screams. I looked down as I trip over my skirt. It has fallen to my ankles and once again, I am completely mortified. I pick up my skirt and run for the car. All I can say is I hope and pray that no one was able to witness this embarrassing moment and thank goodness I wore a slip. My mom had always enforced the importance of wearing a slip. Now many years later, I am thankful that I did heed to that advice–ESPECIALLY TODAY. Thanks MOM!!!
Thanks for laughing with me!!! Have a great day and always wear a SLIP!!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Okay, back my story. I was going through my scriptures when I came upon my list of things that I want to accomplish before I pass on from this life. I started this list about 4 years ago when Jen, one of the most incredible people I have ever met, spoke to our Young Women about setting goals. Let me tell you a little bit about Jen. Jen was attending BYU when she came upon an ad in the newspaper. It was about the USA Bobsled team. They were holding try-outs. Jen had never been in a bobsled, but decided to take the plunge and attempt the try-out. Well, she made it!!! Oh, my, she is FABULOUS!!!! She is such an incredible inspiration to me!!!
Anyway, she encouraged us to make a list of things that we wanted to accomplish before we died. That night, I started my list...4 years later, I am still adding to my list. I have accomplished a couple of things that were listed. I just love the thrill of crossing things off my list. As I was re-reading my list, it reminded me that I needed to be more focused in life and have more adventures. So, friends, here is my list:
- learn to plant tulips
- visit Nauvoo
- finish my bachelors degree
- get married in the temple
- Read the whole series of "The Work and the Glory"
- Run in the St. George Marathon and FINISH IT!
- Learn how to make bread
- Learn how to make pies
- become Debt FREE
- Become a millionaire
- Ski the Swiss Alps
- Tour Italy
- Visit & tour Russia
- Own a Jeep
- Buy a house
- Learn how to play the piano
- Plant a garden
- have a baby, or two, or three...
- Have a scrapbook lay-out published
- have a card published
- Write a book
- Have a book published
- Tour New York
- Have $5000 in Savings
- Have $1000 in Checking at all times
- own a Nissan Moreno
- graduate from Law School
- Plant roses
- visit the Church History Sites
- drive a jeep at "Jeep Week" in Moab
- Take a photography class
- Run in the 4th of July Parade
- Serve a Mission
- Try Yoga (really try-not pretend)
- Tour Europe
- learn to Snowboard
- Read Jesus the Christ
- visit Central Park
- go River-Rafting
- climb Mt. Timpanogaus from front to back
- eat ice cream in Switzerland
- Ride in a Horse-drawn carriage
- drive a Jet ski
- Learn to wind sail
- Speak at the pulpit in the Conference Center
- own a scrapbook store
- ride on a sail boat
- learn to quilt
- decorate a tree for the Festival of Trees
- Go to Disney World in Florida
- Go Para-sailing
- eat a danish in a Denmark bakery
- Be a stay at home mom...okay stay at home working mom (Gerb made a comment the other day...that when her sweet husband goes off to work, her work day begins...I really liked that comment. Thanks Gerb for putting it all into perspective!
There is no rhyme or reason for the sequence of my list...I just sat down one day and started a list. I love how it continues to grow, but I even love it more when I mark things off.
My question to you is...."what do you want to accomplish in life...?"