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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 I Learned from Mom and Dad (part 1 of many)

“Turn off the lights when you leave the room.”

This is probably one of the biggest battles my parents had with me when I was growing up. I had a horrible habit of leaving the lights on when I left the room. I just remember Mom and Dad telling me time and time again to turn the lights off.

Or, in other words, don’t waste your energy on something that’s not going to be useful. Lights are there when you need them but if they’re just turned on and serving no purpose? That’s a waste of everyone’s energy. It’s not doing anyone good, least of all yourself. Yeah, maybe leaving them on means they’ll be on when you go back into the room, but while you’re gone?

So what are you spending your time and energy on? Something that’s of little to no worth? Something that you won’t be able to take with you? Or are you spending time on your family, your intelligence, and the important things in life? Where are your priorities? On things of the world or things of real importance? Continue reading Everything I need to Know I Learned from Mom and Dad (part 1 of many)

Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Mom and Dad…

… And applied on my mission. (:

My parents are incredible, as are many other parents around the world. I was giving it some thought the other day and I realized that many of the things I learned from my parents as I was growing up were things that I’ve been applying in real life all without realizing it. I will be writing a series about the things that I’ve learned from Mom and Dad and just what I’ve learned since then about those things.

Thanks Mom and Dad. I couldn’t have done it without you. (:

Be true to the royal within

I know I’ve been talking a lot about family history recently, but it really is important to me. And I realized something the other day…

While looking back through several generations of my relatives, I’ve found that you don’t get very far back with records… Until you find royalty. It’s the royals from way back when that have really good records. The common people didn’t really have many records kept about them, which sometimes makes it difficult to find family. But that’s a topic for a whole other day.

I was thinking about royalty. Lots of little girls want to be princesses and marry princes and live in castles. While there’s nothing wrong with reaching high for your goals, I was wondering just how many of us have royal blood without realizing it. Because I, for one, have a lot of royal blood and I didn’t even know. It made me wonder… Am I being true to that? To the kings and queens of my past? Continue reading Be true to the royal within

“Roots and Branches”

In April, we had the opportunity to watch the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It’s an amazing opportunity we have every six months to listen to our living prophet and the twelve apostles and other general authorities of the church. I’ve very recently learned to love General Conference more than I did before my mission. I know that the messages are truly inspired and can speak directly to us if we let them.

I bring this up because it’s where the story begins. On Saturday afternoon, Elder Quentin L Cook of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles spoke and it was all about family history. Roots and Branches was the title of his talk, and at first it wasn’t really anything new. I’ve heard the whole “family history is important” thing before. I’ve also been one to say “my family has been in the church for years so my family history is pretty much done as much as it’s going to be.” 

Well. That was before I listened to Elder Cook.  Continue reading “Roots and Branches”