Friday, August 5, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
When my brother Nathan was about two years old, my parents adopted him from a Korean orphanage. He became a citizen of the United States soon after that and following graduation from high school, he joined the army and served his adopted country with all of his heart. In January 2007, soon after finishing medic school, Nathan was deployed to Iraq.
As I think about the tragic death of my brother, it helps me, in some small way, comprehend the atonement of the Savior. Jesus Christ is our older brother. Though we may not know him personally, he knows us, and loves us. He gave his precious life for our freedom, not the freedom that our soldiers have fought and died for, but a greater freedom from death and sin. Because of the Savior, I know that I will be able to see my brother again. In Alma 7:11-13 it says
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Got off the plane- cried.
Was introduced to my new soon-to-be-sister-in-law aka, my best friend
Joined the army
Got a nano
Grew a mustache
Rejoiced in my jeans
Wore cowboy boots to my talk in church
Played the guitar
Ok so I made some of those things up. It has been so cool to catch up with everyone. My mission has truly shaped me so you should check out some of the older posts to see what I did as a missionary.
So I think I'll keep this blog going..and try to keep it somewhat spiritually oriented. Any suggestions? Anything you'd like to hear about?
Thursday, April 14, 2011
-President David O. McKay
Here are just a few experiences that have shaped me.
Dad taking time for me-shooting hoops, reading to us at night when i was really little. Mom calling us together for family prayer. Brian picking me up from a curb after I'd bombed a test and taking me to ice cream. Kevin, growing nasty mustaches. Yearly birthday letters from my Grandparents wishing me happy birthday and sharing their testimony of the Savior. Working in Grandma and Grandpa Stubbs yard. Yeah, wasn't a fan of that one at the time but it taught me a lot :)
The kind that make you laugh at yourself. The ones who challenge you to be more than you are but accept you where you're at.
Making mistakes, overcoming grief, standing up when everyone else is sitting down, pulling out of stagnation. Giving it to Jesus Christ and applying the gospel teachings to my life. There always seems someone to turn to when I'm at a low. One time, my mission president's wife just called me up out of the blue and asked how I was doing. Little did she know, I had been praying all morning for an angel.
Being converted as I help convert others. Just one example, being able to see Steven accept the gospel of Jesus Christ just months prior to his death. He accepted the truth so quickly and happily. His strong and simple faith was a great example to me. I know that I will see Steven again as will his family.
I realize that the greatest gifts in life truly come from family and dear friends. All centering in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that this is the way to things that are real and true. Herein lies true and lasting happiness.
"Learning to endure times of disappointment, suffering, and sorrow is part of our on-the-job training. These experiences, while often difficult to bear at the time, are precisely the kinds of experiences that stretch our understanding, build our character, and increase our compassion for others."
I know that living the gospel of Jesus Christ allows God to sculpt us into the best we can possibly be-even as He is (Moroni 7:48). Because of Him, life is good. It is beautiful. We can have joy even as we carry great burdens.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
I love this video because of her personality and testimony! The gospel is for everyone and it helps us take on our individual goals. I know that the gospel helps me be my best self and live the dream!
Yesterday, we had the opportunity to help one of our friends quit smoking. She is so determined, she even let me film her crushing her cigarette! I know that she will succeed and that it is through her faith in Jesus Christ that it will happen. I'm grateful that I have the opportunity to be a part of her adventure.
Please share how God has helped you live happily!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
- Give up addictions or habits
- Quit my job in order to keep the sabbath day holy
- Face rejection from loved ones
- Develop a good habit of church attendance
- Move out of my boyfriend's house
- Pay a ten percent tithe that I can't afford
The message I want to share is that it is in the midst of these trials that we develop our personal faith in and relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Only He perfectly understands. He is the one who has overcome ALL things and knows how to help you to do the same.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
What went through my mind was first, Why is someone shouting? My second thought was What does she mean? Either she thought we didn't believe in Jesus Christ so it was a quick attempt to save our souls, or she was really excited to see us 'youngins' out spreading the word about Jesus Christ and wanted to add her witness to our own unsung sermon.
We assumed the latter and shouted after her "Yes ma'am! Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior!"
We do believe in Jesus Christ. In fact, that is what our message is all about. We teach people how to come unto Jesus Christ. The same Christ spoken of by the mouth of the apostles in the Bible. The same Christ who died on the cross and was risen three days later. The Christ who atoned for the sins of the world. I know that He lives. I know He is here for us today. Because of that faith in Jesus Christ I know that the heavens are still open. Jesus Christ's church is here today functioning under His direction through a living prophet Thomas S. Monson. That is our message to the world. I have prayed for myself to know. Will you pray to know that the Church of Jesus Christ is on the earth today?
Exciting things happen in Walmart when you're Mormon.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
How I use my time now will affect my future-
How does God want us to use our time? In Alma 34:32 we are taught that now is the time for us to prepare to meet our Heavenly Father, which gives us a purpose to life. If we spend our time doing what God wants, will we eventually be blessed? There are countless scriptures and testimonies of prophets that help us understand that if we keep the commandments, we will prosper in the land (see 1 Nephi 2:20, Alma 37:13, Alma 50:20, 2 Nephi 1:9, and for a longer list, click here). Our job is to exercise faith and experiment on their words. This is how we gain our own testimony (or knowledge Christ's gospel).
It's our tesimony to you that if you use your time the way God commands, you will be blessed. Greater happiness comes as we live the commandments and follow the living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. Pray and ask Heavenly Father his will concerning your life, and He will answer. God loves you. You are His child and He wants you to be happy.
Picture taken while on our travels - (c) February 16, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
... The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
So there I was, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, laying in the middle of an icy parking lot. Yep, I'm totally graceful!
Here are some of my deep thoughts since the incident.
Why am I really here?
Why are we here? I don't mean, Why are we here in Hopkinsville?, or What are we doing here in this parking lot? What I want to know is, What is the purpose of life? Life is full of hard experiences that cause us to pose these questions. Where can we turn for answers? The scriptures are a great source of information and truth. In John 15:11 Jesus Christ teaches us that we are to have joy, the same is taught in 2 Nephi 2:25 - men are that they might have joy. What brings us true joy?
True joy comes from how we spend our time. Often we get caught up in our day to day. We get "too busy"; going to work, the gym, the grocery store, school, and dealing with kids. Sometimes we feel like all we can do is survive. But when we take a step back, we realize there is something more. True and lasting happiness comes from our Savior Jesus Christ and following Him.
I know that through faith in Jesus Christ, we can stay focused on what is truly important. He gives us the courage to change our lives for the better, and as we do our best, there is a strength beyond our own that helps us retain this true happiness.
There is so much more to God's plan for us. To learn more about this Plan of Happiness visit http://mormon.org/plan-of-happiness/#e.
Turns out, there is more to learn than to just walk carefully on ice.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
We hope that through our experiences and the things we share, you too can grow closer to the Savior, Jesus Christ, and enjoy the blessings of the gospel.
If you have any questions, you can find us on facebook - Sister Stubbs, Sister Nielsen , and Sister Winder. Or, you can visit http://www.mormon.org/.
Ya'll come back now, ya hear!