Monday, April 25, 2011

Quest for Christ in "The Book of Mormon"

Over the past 6 months Matt and I have been reading The Book of Mormon together every day. This book -- an amazing testament of Jesus Christ--showed us in each chapter how many times our Savior is referenced.  I personally did not count how many times Christ was reverenced, but a professor at BYU did.  Donald W. Parry counted "101 different names for Christ in The Book of Mormon. 
These are some of the names that can be found:

Lord God
Redeemer of Israel
Son of the Living God
The names/titles are each found twice;
True Messiah
Mighty One of Jacob
 and Great Creator
The names/titles each appear 10 or more time
Holy One of Israel
Lamb of God
 Lord Jesus Christ
 and Messiah
 The names/titles are each found at least 100 times in the book
and Lord God
 Christ Jesus
 Christ the Son
 Eternal Father
 Everlasting Father
 Father of Heaven
Holy Messiah
 Jesus Christ
 Lamb of God
Lord Jesus Christ
Only Begotten of the Father
Only Begotten Son
Redeemer of Israel
Savior of the World

 and True Redeemer.

“In all, the 101 names/titles of Christ are collectively presented 3,925 times in 6,607 Book of Mormon verses…Christ appears once every 1.7 verses. 

 The Book of Mormon is in fact a testament of Jesus Christ.  It is a true record of the people of the America's.  I have prayed and received an answer multiple times about the truthfulness of this spectacular book.  And because this book is true, the prophet Joseph Smith is a true prophet, and he did translate this book from the golden plates that were given to him.
The church is true.
 I will stand as a daughter of God knowing that Christ is MY Redeemer for the rest of eternity.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Once in a Life Time Oportunity

This evening we took the chance to go help clean the Lord's House.  Right after entering in some special doors, the worker at the temple told us how different the temple is going to be because of cleaning.  Stuff will being laying around, there will be ladders, paint cans, and stuff out of place.  Boy was he right! There were many things out of place which made it really weird to be around.  

The custodian that was in charge of our group was super awesome.  She first took us to these beautiful stair cases in the east tower of our temple.  Gave us our jobs cleaning the staircases and dusting the hand rails.  My friend Suzi and I decided--due to the serious lack of dust in the temple--that if our house ever becomes dust free like the temple was after 6 months of not being dusted, that our home has become as holy as a temple.  :)  We had a good giggle. 

Cool part about our jobs, was that we were on the same level as the Priesthood room.  The walls were about 30 or 40 feet tall with a ceiling that was immaculate.  The hard work that the pioneers put in was absolutely breath taking. The wood work was indescribable.   So perfect and exact. Beautiful paint and velvet covered seats.  I just stood there looking around in awe at where I was standing.  I was in a room that so many important people had been.  The Spirit was so strong, I was then reminded about how true our church is.  I later at random said, "Matthew, the church is true."  He just looked at me and laughed.  But my thought is how could anybody come into the temple and see the beautiful workman ship, the organization of the church, the Spirit that is felt with in the temple walls, and then not have your faith strengthened about the truthfulness of the gospel.  

After working super hard on the stairs our group director took us into the up stairs attic area.   This is super cool because the men who build the top of the temple were Scandinavian men who only knew how to build boats.  So they put their skills to work by building a boat up side down creating a very sturdy roof that lasted far over 100 years.  I felt extremely blessed to see this amazing sight.  I looked around studying everything around me, so I could tell my Mom all about it.  We have always had a particular closeness with this temple.  We had so much of my Dad's family help with the creation of this temple.  This was truly an honor to see these parts of the temple.
Our next job was to go into the baptistry to help clean around the font.  This was super cool too.  

There were so many times that I would try to hurry and get my work done, but then I'd look at a history professor from school as he worked slowing, cleaning his absolute best.  I was impressed by him and his diligence.  This immediately reminded me of the pioneers that worked throughout their lives to make this temple their best job.  They worked slowly, doing the best they could do.  I told myself many times.  "Slow down.  Quick work is not the best work.  This should be the best cleaning of your whole life.  This is THE house of the Lord.  Do your best at cleaning these oxen."

Some things I always want to remember:

The Priesthood room 
Secret door 
The beautiful ceiling of the Priesthood Room
The old original glass in the windows
The huge awesome rocking chair, by the Priesthood room.

The up side down boat.
The thick walls and awesome stone work
The super old chandelier up in the same room as the roof.
The hoists for the chandeliers

The heating and AC rooms that were built for a reason that the pioneers didn't understand.
The space built for the elevator, even though they had not been invented yet.
The old organ by the spiral stair case
The fixed horn of the ox

 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true.  Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet of God, who translated The Book of Mormon.   I know we currently have a prophet now, President Monson.  I believe with every part of me that he is our latter day prophet, and is a very special witness of our Savior.  I know that he leads and guides us today. His apostles are men of God who are also witnesses of Jesus Christ.  They are true messengers.
Temples are such a great blessing to our lives here on Earth as well as those that are waiting on the other side.  I feel such peace in the temple, I know that the covenants that I made their are everlasting. 
I love the gospel and I know that without the organization of this church I would not be the driven and motivated individual that I am today, striving to always be progressing.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Looking Back on the year

As much as Matt and I have been anticipating the end
of this school year, it has still snuck up on us.  Just about three weeks ago we laid in bed thinking,
 “Holy cow!! We only have a few more weeks until we’re done!”
Now we are to the end with only
two more activities for me to do on campus,
five more days of classes,
and well about two weeks until we are down in California.  
It was insane to think today in our last formal Student Body meeting,
 that we are to the very end of
Something that we have been working so hard on ALL year!

It blows me away at all that has happened since I have moved here to Utah.
Just about a year and a half ago I moved here to beautiful Utah, when my parents dropped me off to start a new life at a great school.
 Just 1 month after that, I found my eternal companion down stairs from where I was living in the Marry Nielson dorms. 
Just 1 month and 23 days after dating he asked me to marry him. 
And without ANY hesitation we got married in July. 3 months after being engaged. 
I knew then, like I know now that he is the most perfect man that I have ever met,
and I love him more than anything.

My position as a SBO has been a very big learning experience
that has pushed me to my limits as an individual. 
I have better skillsnot num-chuck skills motherbut skills like
·         Time management
·         Organization
·         Delegation
·         Trying to be more professional
·         Working with others
·         Creating lasting friendships
·         Relying on help from others
·         Trusting that other people will do their job
·         Budgeting money
·         Plan sweet activities
·         And so much more

I am so so so thankful that I took this opportunity to serve the students of Snow College,
 and to be a part of the best team that has ever lead the students of this amazing college.
This next year has many new and exciting opportunities for us.  Like our sweet summer job and working as Community Leaders in a new dorm for next school year.  
I can honestly say I am excited for the new chapter in our life!