Wow what a whirlwind of a weekend! I can now officially say I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I guess I'll start on Saturday, my baptism. The missionaries came over the night before so I could try on my jumpsuit and they left me with a message. I looked like Elvis when I tried it on which was pretty great!
Salt Lake City Temple + busy days
Hey there! I am seriously the worst at being consistent. These last few days James has been on my laptop nonstop working on his math. The semester is almost over and he is just now starting it! He has had a very busy summer and he's already halfway through with an entire semester of math which is pretty impressive!
We had our first ever FHE alone yesterday. For those who don't know, FHE is Family Home Evening. It is a time for families to spend time together, do an activity, and/or share a message together. I bought a book a few weeks ago that has different fun activities in it which has been super helpful! Although some of the suggestions are a bit weird, there are some great ideas in it. If you aren't wanting to spend money on an activity book, Pinterest has awesome suggestions! The link to my Pinterest is in the top left corner of my blog, you can check out my board titled "LDS Things". I baked us some cookies, got the activity set up, and I also chose a message from this month’s issue of the Ensign. It was a great time to just sit down and have fun with James, I don’t know how we went so long without doing this!
Anyways, I had been wanting to go down to the mall in Salt Lake City [to hit up the Lush store of course!] so my mister and I went about 2 weeks ago. I got my Lush fix and we walked over to Temple Square and had a great time! We first went into the South Visitor’s Center first and I was approached by a missionary all the way from Brazil! She was so sweet and it was amazing to talk about the temple with her. We walked around some more and wandered into the Tabernacle. While the entire Temple Square is beautiful, I was most anxious to go to the temple itself. I obviously cannot go inside just yet but the outside is gorgeous enough to fulfill my desire [for now!]. We took a few pictures and I got cool shots of the temple, so my day had been made.
As for now, we are just hanging out and enjoying our summer. James is almost done with all of his school work and we will hopefully be leaving for Texas in a few weeks. This Saturday is also a big day, because I will be baptized and the majority of James’ family and our friends from church will be able to make it. I was pretty nervous at the beginning but now I’m just excited and want to just do it already! I will have to bear my testimony which makes me feel all sorts of emotions, because I am so nervous to speak in front of everyone but thank goodness it does not have to be too long.
I am sorry this post is a bit jumbled, I just have a lot of little things to touch on! My iPhone pictures will be posted below, because even though I’ve been slacking on my blog I take plenty of pictures to keep you guys updated!
Well, that title just speaks volumes doesn't it? I decided for this blog post I would make a vlog instead. I felt sitting down and actually talking to you guys would be more appropriate and helpful. I definitely need a better video set up, but this will do! I was extremely nervous to film this for obvious reasons + I am sure my number of "um's" can show that! Nonetheless, enjoy my rambling on of my experience thus far in the LDS church. I might be doing updates throughout this process, maybe some of you can relate or maybe some are just interested in the church like I was! I will leave a link to the LDS website here (it is a great source for FAQ's!) and alas; enjoy my video!
Wow! Has it really been almost a month since my last blog post? Guess I need to do a little update. James had AT for two weeks and during that time I went down to Texas! I had a great time with all of my family and my friends, I'm surprised I was able to get in a visit with almost everyone. I have awful anxiety in airports, but this time around I did a lot better.
James was able to drop me off and he got a gate pass; which allowed him to sit and wait with me at my gate. I am very grateful I have him to help me through that! Anyhow, I was able to attend my little sister's dance recital, my friend's high school graduation, and I even got pictures done in my wedding dress! It was a very eventful ten days and I cannot wait to go back in July, this time James will finally be able to as well. Now we are both back home, he is still working hard in school and working at the school. As for me, I am sitting at home trying to find a good summer job that I would be good at and allows me to take off for my trips to Texas this summer.
Yesterday, I was just feeling blue. James went back into work and I was all alone and just feeling a bit antsy. So, James surprised me and came home early, telling me to put on my running shoes. I was a bit confused, but I obliged. He packed my backpack I take with me for walking and grabbed my camera bag. (Bring on more confusion!) He drove us up through the canyon that led to a walking trail on the side of the mountain. I was absolutely mesmerized by the beauty of nature and by the wonderful man who spoils me so! We walked along the creek and then walked up the trail, and you better bet I took some amazing pictures! I feel so blessed to have a man who took off work just to make me feel better. Those moments of us just walking, holding hands, and talking will forever remind me of how lucky I am. During our talk we discussed our futures, but mainly discussed religion. No, I am not converting to LDS just yet, but I want to learn more of the lessons and I'm becoming more and more interested in converting. I know it seems crazy, but just talking about Mormonism, somehow instantly made me feel happiness. I don't know what it was, maybe being amongst the beautiful nature God created, or just speaking about his word; I felt so much closer to our Lord. When we got home, James grabbed his old binders from his Missionary days. He read some of the verses to me and all I could do was look at him in awe. Not only did God give me this wonderful man, but he gave me a man who could relay His words and message with such truth. While I feel ready to dive into the LDS religion and beliefs, I'm still fearful of what other's will think. At the same time, it seems silly to be afraid to fall in love with a religion because of the fear of others, because religion is such a personal thing. It is between you and the Lord, not between you and your peers. I don't mean to make this into a religious spiel, I just want to share my journey with you guys and will conclude with some pictures. See ya'll next blog post, hopefully it won't be too long of a wait!
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