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Everything I Need to Know… (part 8)

We will always be here for you.

This is one of the most important things that I’ve learned in my life. Not just because it’s about my parents always being there, but about Heavenly Father.

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Everything I Need to Know… (part 7)

Watch your step!

This is a lesson I had to learn early in life. They called me “Crash” for a little while thanks to my adventures in knocking out my three front teeth by falling down the stairs and breaking my arm not long after. I looked a bit like this little girl on the left…

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Everything I Need to Know… (part 6)

I get it from my dad.

Until I’d been a missionary for some time, I never quite realized just how much I have in common with my dad. My ridiculous sense of humor? Yeah. I get it from my dad… And I love it.

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Everything I Need to Know… (part 5)

Put a little windex on it!

It may have started off as a quote from a movie, but when your dad (who doesn’t like movies) quotes My Big Fat Greek Wedding at you, there’s got to be something else behind it.

There can’t be one giant fix-all for your problems… Can there? Continue reading Everything I Need to Know… (part 5)

Everything I Need to Know… (part 4)

“It’s part of growing up.”

I’ve got three words for you:

Life. Is. Hard.

If you’re anywhere from 8 to 888 years old, you’re probably well aware of this fact. And if you’re not yet, you will be soon. Continue reading Everything I Need to Know… (part 4)

Everything I Need to Know… (part 3)

Be yourself!

So this one isn’t exactly a direct quote from Mom and Dad, but it’s a combination of many things that all add together into one. In my own words, I’ve always been sort of an odd duck. The whole belonging thing is one I couldn’t really wrap my head around. I mean, I understood why belonging is important, but how the popularity thing worked has always been a bit beyond me. That made life in school a little bit difficult for me.

College wasn’t any different. I tried making friends and being who I thought I needed to be to make friends. I wasn’t happy but I didn’t know that, hey, it might actually be ok to be myself. Until I finally decided that I was tired of trying to be someone I really wasn’t and just stopped. I decided to do what I wanted to do and liked to do, even if it was a bit different from what everyone else was doing, and hope I found someone to join me along the way.

Fortunately, I did. I found my best friend. And though my parents don’t always agree with my choices in what movies I watch, I’ve explained my thinking and the way I see it, and they’ve accepted it and accept me for the way I am. I can feel their love for me and their desire that I reach the dreams that are so important to me. Continue reading Everything I Need to Know… (part 3)

Everything I Need to Know… (part 2 of many)

“When you wash one dish, wash them all.”

I’m sure my companions and former roommates and future spouse all thank you for the cleaning things you’ve taught me. But I was thinking about it as I did the dishes the other day. It’s just nice and common sense, if you think about it. If you’re going to wash one dish, you might as well get the rest of them as well. Otherwise it’s just plain rude to everyone else in the house/apartment, don’t you think?

I think so.

In other words… Don’t leave anyone out.

I wish I had been better at this one when I was younger. Growing up is impossibly hard sometimes and it’s easy to get lost out there in all the confusion, trying to find yourself and fit in (though eventually you find out “fitting in” isn’t all it’s made out to be)… But I recently learned just how important it is to remember how each and everyone one of us is a child of God and to treat everyone as such. Continue reading Everything I Need to Know… (part 2 of many)