Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Crafty Project

I just got over bronchitis and laryngitis. While I was struggling with those, there were so many amazing friends who helped me out along the way. Honestly, I cannot even imagine what I would have done without them. During conference I felt impressed to serve those who had served me, make sure I am making time for those I love, and take care of myself. I decided that the only way I would take it easy would be if I found a little project to work on while sitting at home. So, I combined these three things and here is what I came up with:

It was pretty fun to put together! It wasn't anything major but it was something fun to show my gratitude. There were made with 4 oz canning jars, Harvest M&Ms (Reeses Pieces would have been fun too), Lemonade KoolAid, Raffia, and card stock. The most time consuming was making the cards. I am not the most crafty person in the world, so this is pretty exciting for me.

That was my craftiness for the week.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Missionary Announcement

Wow! My heart is so completely full right now. When President Monson started speaking on Saturday morning, my heart filled with peace. It was a peace that I had been lacking for a little while. Then came the big announcement.

Young men who have graduated high school (or its equivalent) can now serve a mission at 18 year of age. That was an amazing announcement. To see the faces of the young men in the congregation was so moving. Some could not wipe smiles off of their faces. Then came the announcement that young women could serve at the age of 19. At first, a twinge of jealousy hit. However, I would not have changed anything with my process or when I served. Honestly, I needed the experiences that I had before the mission to put my life where it is now.

Sister missionaries are amazing and with them able to serve at younger ages, I believe more young women will serve missions. Sister missionaries have a wonderful way of touching people and bringing people to the truth. This is going to make a wonderful advancement in missionary work. I believe the force will be larger, stronger and more humble. I believe more young men will serve missions now. They will be able to leave right after high school and not get focused in the drive of schooling, careers, sports, etc. This is huge!

I was elated with this announcement and my dear, sweet young women came to mind. Some of these girls could be serving missions in the next couple years and we have the responsibility for preparing them. One in particular came to mind. I have been so impressed with her testimony and her example to the other young women and how well she relates to others, both old and young. She, along with others, has a testimony that needs to be heard. During the rest of President Monson's talk, I could see her as a missionary teaching, serving, helping and loving others.

The mission was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. There have been wonderful experiences since. The mission helped to mold me into who I am now, as each new experience has since. It took a quiet, insecure, and somewhat hesitant girl and gave her more confidence in her testimony and more faith in the love of her Heavenly Father. It has given me more compassion to other and more love for my Savior. It has made him a more central figure in my life.

Since this announcement, my heart has been full and the rest of the session was amazing. I am anxiously awaiting the rest of the session to get the rest of this spiritual uplift.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Once Again

About a week ago, I noticed a scratchy throat but didn't think much of it. I kept running with the crazy, crazy life that I lead. So, after all that running my body decided it needed to take action to make sure I rested. I wasn't feeling to great on Thursday but I figured it was because Wednesday has been a super-stressful day. However, when I woke up on Friday, I knew that wasn't the case. I had a cold. I went to work thinking that keeping busy would make things better. Nope! I ended up leaving early and resting the rest of the day.

I was pretty determined to make it to the temple the next morning, which wasn't the greatest idea. I didn't make it the whole time there. Under instruction from a co-worker there, who is a nurse, I went home and tried to stay down as much as possible. I even canceled the plans that I had. Sunday was very similar. Needless to say, this has yet to go away and it seems to be getting a little worse each day. 

I tried to work this morning for a couple hours, but not was I tired but in some pain. Basically without all the details that I am sure would bore you all to death, it was time to go to the doctor and get some help so I can feel better and get back to normal, especially before conference.

So, I just got back and was told I have bronchitis and laryngitis. Oh fun. He said that it is not to the pneumonia stage, which is a huge relief. I will take some steroids to get my voice back and the will be taking the Z-Pac (I think that is how it is spelled but not sure). I was told to rest my voice for the next couple days and get some rest too.

The problem is, I'm not sure what rest is. Ha Ha. Here it goes!