“A missionary, called to serve for a period of 18 to 24 months as a representative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, returns home with well-used clothes, a hole or two in the soles of the shoes and a set of well-studied scriptures.
“Returning missionaries carry home a wealth of knowledge and experiences that set the course of their life: firm faith in God; an increased knowledge of the teachings of Jesus Christ and the restored gospel; an exposure to cultural diversity, even when serving in their homeland; a new language competence, possibly with a foreign language, but often with an improvement in their communication skills; an increase in confidence; and an overwhelming love for the people with whom they have served.”
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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…
Continue reading Everything I Need to Know… (part 7)
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.
Continue reading Everything I Need to Know… (part 6)
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)
“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)
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