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Living a life guided by revelation

Today marks five years since I got baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was one of the most difficult but life changing decisions I have ever made. I was never a religious person. My family wasn’t religious either. I didn’t know if there was a God nor did I care to find out. Whenever I saw missionaries I would run and hide behind the couch. I was an epitome of the “disappointing investigator”.

Growing up in Utah, most of my friends were “Mormons“. They invited me to church, activities, dances and camps. The social part of church was fun and all but I was never interested in learning religion. Most of my friends tried once or twice to teach me the gospel but usually left me alone after I told them I wasn’t interested. Some of them were more persistant than others. šŸ™‚

Yet, like most people I went through a series of hard times in my life. I was plain miserable and depressed. No matter how hard I try to pick myself up, I felt hopeless and my life was falling apart.

I could go on with details of my conversion but the details don’t matter as much as how it happened. Eventually after years and years of people inviting me to read the Book of Mormon, I was finally ready and willing to read the book. Along with reading the Book of Mormon, I started to pray everyday to ask God if He exist and if the Book of Mormon is true.

It was March of 2008 when I started reading the Book of Mormon and I got baptized on April 19, 2008. I didn’t know very much doctrine and I didn’t have a sure knowledge of God when I got baptized. I just knew that I felt the Holy Ghost a few distinct instances during the time I was truly investigating the Church. However, the feelings always left me and I had to act on pure faith. It was not an easy decision! I felt very criticized and doubtful at times but that just lead me back to my knees to pray to ask God again. On my baptism day, I felt dark and lonely but all the darkness went away when I made it to my baptism andĀ receivedĀ the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Now after five years, I can truly say that I know without a doubt that God lives and that He does answer prayers. I know without a doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church on the earth and is lead by apostles and prophets that are called by God. I also know that Jesus Christ is the foundation of this Church. I know all this because I have lived the last five years of my life being guided by revelation from God through the gift of the Holy Ghost.

My Original Plans

  • Graduate from high school, go to the University of Utah
  • Graduate in 4 years in Electrical Engineering
  • Get a nice job and make lots of money
  • Get a MBA and be promoted
  • Become successful!
  • And hopefully get married sometime around 30 if the right guy comes
  • And may be have kids sometime

God’s Plans for Me

  • 2008 – Get baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints

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  • 2008 – Move to Logan, go to Utah State University on a scholarship and meet lotsĀ of new friends. Attend church, institute, read scriptures and pray everyday, be part of lots of clubs, and here have the best roommates in the world!

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  • 2008 – Grow spiritually so here are some callings: Family Home Evening Mom, Primary Teacher, Ward Missionary, Bulletin Board Specialist

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  • 2009 – Meet Dallin, your future husband

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  • 2009 – Be an EFY counselor

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  • 2010 – Get engaged, go to the temple and get married in the temple

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  • 2010 – Transfer to the University of Utah and study Computer Science

  • 2010 – Live in the University Village and meet lots of happy families.

  • 2010 – Have some more church callings: Relief Society Presidency, Stake Primary Presidency and Ward Missionary

  • 2011- Have a baby and name him Micah!

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  • 2012 – Graduate from college and be a full time mom

  • 2013 – Take your family to Ireland and serve in the Bray Branch.

Has my life been easy the last five years? No. I still have lots of trials and problems. Were the decisions I’ve made easy? Not really. But has it been worth it? MostĀ definitely! I know by experience that because theĀ atonement of Jesus ChristĀ my burdens can be made light.Ā Living a life following God’s plan is not always the easiest but it hasĀ definitely been full of joy, blessings, fulfillment, and miracles.

Can you believe what I would’ve missed out on if I never decided to get baptized five years ago?! I would not be the person I am today or have my family or be in Ireland for that matter. I would be completely lost in my own world.

I love the quote by Presiden Hinkley that says “When you save a girl, you save generations.” It’s so true!!

I like to look for rainbows

It’s 50 degrees f (10 c) outside and the sun finally came out! I canĀ definitelyĀ understand why Ireland is famous for their rainbows. It’s because it rains so much here! It rains pretty much everyday.

This is the mostĀ magnificentĀ and brilliant rainbow we have ever seen! It reminds me of the primary song When I am Baptized.

I like to look for rainbows whenever there is rain
And ponder on the beauty of an earth made clean again.

I want my life to be as clean as earth right after rain.
I want to be the best I can and live with God again.

I know when I am baptized my wrongs are washed away,
And I can be forgiven and improve myself each day.

I want my life to be as clean as earth right after rain.
I want to be the best I can and live with God again.

My husband came home from work busting through the door. He told us to go outside quick! Micah was going to the potty. We ran outside and Micah had no pants on but at least I remember to grab my camera. šŸ™‚

Why I only support marriage between man and women

I claim full responsibility for this post. These are my beliefs. I do not speak behalf of anyone else or any organization.Ā 

Where do you draw the line between church and state? Was America founded by the hand of God and His laws? If so, what are His laws? Are there a universal defined morals that can not be changed? I’ve heard a lot of your beliefs and debates. Here is my beliefs (you don’t have to read if you don’t want to… it’s very religious and it most likely be different than yours):

I don’t believe this is an issue on equality rather an issue of is there a God? I believe there is a God and He has defined laws/morals. I believe that God’s laws will always be decided by God Himself and cannot be changed by majority vote or democracy. Just like I believe that God has said sex before marriage is immoral and adultery is immoral. I believe that a relationship between two same-genders is defined by God as immoral. I believe that by allowing same-gender marriage is similar to if we all voted in the right for us to run red lights, to steal or to murder. I believe that as a nation will have to face the consequences of what ever laws are put in place whether those consequences are good or bad. I believe that when we obey God’s laws we are blessed and when we don’t we eventually have to face negative consequences. It may seem unfair that God doesn’t want same-gender relationships but it’s may also seem unfair to people who want to have sex before marriage or people who want to have multiple partners or people who want to steal to get things for free. I believe that these acts all the equivalent in God’s eyes but the good news is that God has the power to help us overcome our temptations to sin. We can also repent for the mistakes we make. I also believe that it’s easier to avoid sins rather than repair sins.

I believe that ideally children should be born to a mother and a father who are married. Now, because the world is not perfect, I believe that the government should have laws that support traditional family values and help families that do not have both a mother and a father for the betterment of our society.

This is why I believe that marriage should only be between a man and a women. I believe that our government laws should uphold good moral principles that are established by God himself.

I also believe that God has given us a choice to choose for ourselves what to believe and how we want to live our lives. He can only give us guidelines. He can never force us to believe what He wants us to. I believe that God loves everyone and He will allow us to make choices for ourselves even if those choices are not aligned to His will.

So weather or not the supreme court decides on Prop 8 is now up to the supreme court. The voice of the people have already spoken and the issue is equally divided even within different religious congregations. I will accept what the supreme court chooses but I won’t change my beliefs. Everyone can and will continue to live their lives the way they want.

I believe the future is as bright as I can make it be. The best thing I can do is live by what I believe. Our society needs to work together to love, to vote and to compromise because all our individual choices will affect the future of our world.

It always brings me peace to know that no matter what happens God will be the final judge and everything will turn out the way He wants it to.

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If you want to know what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsĀ believes on this topic you can look on their website:

http://www.lds.org/topics/same-gender-attraction?lang=eng

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-responds-to-same-sex-marriage-votes

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-mormon-responds-to-human-rights-campaign-petition-same-sex-attraction

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Feel free to express your beliefs, opinions and comments. Please keep it nice and kind.

Glendalough

Lough (pronouncedĀ lock) in Irish means “lake”. Ā This is such a pretty tourist site. Ā We picked the perfect day to go see this area. Ā It was partly cloudy and around 45 degrees f (~8 degrees c) that day. Ā We toured theĀ cemeteryĀ and the old watch tower. Ā I was surprised to see real mountains in Ireland! It reminded me a lot like Utah. Ā The hike is easy half mile to the first lake and then one mile to the second lake. Ā Glen in Irish means the number two so Glendalough means “of the two lakes”.

I’m not much of a landscape photographer but Dallin really likes scenic photography so I decided to give it a try.

Here are pictures of theĀ cemetery:

Happy 18 Months Micah!

I can’t believe Micah is now 18 months.Ā Woot! He is old enough to go to Nursery at church now. How exciting! Now we just need a bunch of nursery aged kids to move into the branch so there can actually be a nursery. šŸ™‚

At 18 months Micah likes:

  • Lasagna, Ham Fried Rice, Pesto, Eggs, Sandwiches and Cold Cereal (He could live off of cereal)
  • European Chocolate, Ice Cream, and Cheesecake
  • Push Cars, Buggies and Trolleys (aka Shopping Cart in the USA)
  • Knock on doors on our street like a missionary
  • Chasing theĀ seagullsĀ and pigeons
  • Go down the slide and be on the swing
  • Conduct music in church and FHE
  • Ipad (he’s a little obsessed)
  • Gigglebellies and Other YouTube videos
  • To read books (sometimes we have to read all his books before he goes to bed)
  • To pray!

Micah can say:

  • In English: Mama, Dad,Ā Ball, Car, Dog, Baby, Whee!, No, Oh oh, Temple, Jesus, Ipad, Moo, Quack Quack, Oink Oink
  • InĀ Portuguese: Agua, Orar, Pexies

Micah can sign:

  • Milk, Airplane, Teddy, Bus, Pray, Book, Spider, Telephone, Hello/Bye, “Yay!”
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Wheels on the Bus
  • Popcorn Popping
  • Jesus Wants me for a Sunbeam
  • Patty Cake
  • Hop you Bunnies
  • Do you Ears Hang Low
  • This Little Piggy
  • Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
  • When You’re Happy and You Know It

Micah can point out:

  • Bellybutton, Ears, Nose, Head, Shoulder, Knee, Fingers (he thinks his fingers bunnies), Toes (he thinks his toes are piggies)

Micah can follow instructions:

  • Set the table
  • Put groceries in the fridge
  • Find his shoes, socks, and jacket
  • Put laundry in the washer
  • Put something in the trash
  • Go wash your hands
  • Go to the potty
  • Go brush your teeth (He loves brushing his teeth!)
  • Clean up
  • Blow on the food, it’s hot
  • It’s time to say “Bye Bye”
  • It’s “Night Night” time

Micah can answer:

  • Are you hungry?
  • Do you want some juice?
  • Are you tired?
  • Do you want to take a bath? (In Chinese)
  • Do you want some milk? (In Chinese)

Here is are the pictures I took of at 18 months photo shoot. I’m very please by how these pictures turned out!

Bray Ireland Pictures

Here’s some random pictures on our weekend adventures to the city Bray outside the border of Dublin. It was a really really cold day! In fact, it snowed right after we took these pictures. That’s why we all look likeĀ eskimosĀ because we wore four layers of clothes that day. We actually starting walking from Dun Laoghaire to Dalkey. Then took the train called the Dart to Bray.

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There are a bunch of Catholic churches here so we stopped by when they were having their mass on Saturday.

I thought these washing basins are similar to the ones in King Soloman’s Tabernacle. Way cool!

TheĀ architectureĀ of the churches are so neat! I can’t believe how old they are.