Sunday, September 8, 2013

Today Is My Best. Day. Ever.

Lately I've been thinking a lot about perspective and attitude.  The Lord has commanded us to be happy and stated it as our purpose in 2 Nephi 2:25. However, as part of His plan, He has given us the precious gift of agency which allows us to choose whether or not we will keep this commandment.  Some days, I struggle to smile and be positive and I consistently break one of our Lord's commandments. But in His perfect love, He continues to be patient and work with me -- sending me little reminders to be happy. 
That being said, I've recently made a goal to seek out those little reminders from Heavenly Father and search for the things in my life that testify to me that He loves and cares for me individually.  
I've decided to be happier and more positive. That means that instead of looking at the bad things and classifying my days as "worst day ever" I will do the opposite and change my life motto into
 
(Don't worry that this is legitimately a sign by my house. Heavenly Father loves me...)
 
On Pioneer Trek over the summer at our testimony meeting, a cute girl stood up and bore her testimony of how she knows that Heavenly Father loves her.  I was deeply touched by her words and refer back to the memory often. I'm paraphrasing here to fit my topic, but basically she said that whenever she saw a reminder to be happy from the Lord, she was also reminded that He loves her.  She went on to give a list of such reminders;
"I forgot my lunch today and my friend 'randomly' brought me cookies. Heavenly Father loves me." 
"While I was walking, I saw a pretty flower. Heavenly Father loves me."
"When running, I was really hot and it started to rain. Heavenly Father loves me." 
Her examples were so sweet and simple and through them, I've started to recognize Heavenly reminders in my life. Here are just a few:  

I didn't realize it, but I was confused about life and needed to talk to someone.  Taylor called and asked if I'd like to go take pictures of the temple with him.  While in the car, he bore testimony of exactly what I needed to hear. Heavenly Father loves me. 
 

There was a rainbow over the football field at our first home game. Heavenly Father loves me.

I received this snap at a stressful time. Heavenly Father loves me.

I saw a really pretty flower, Heavenly Father loves me.

The sunset was gorgeous. Heavenly Father loves me.
 
I was sad and Kenzie sent me a funny snap. Heavenly Father loves me.
I was stressed and Parker asked how he could help. Heavenly Father loves me.
My mom made my favorite food. Heavenly Father loves me.
Matthew shared a scripture I really needed to hear. Heavenly Father loves me.
The roadsides are filled with sunflowers. Heavenly Father loves me. 
My unfinished homework wasn't due. Heavenly Father loves me. 
 
These things may seem silly, but to me they are testaments that the Lord lives. He knows me and He loves me.  He wants me to be happy and He places people in my life to answer my prayers and help me be a better and more positive person. 
I hope that as I am on my quest to find happiness each day my testimony will grow and I might be a better tool in the Lord's hands.  I hope that I will be able to do something that will prove to someone that their Heavenly Father loves them. 
I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I know that our Heavenly Father loves us individually and that if we seek His hand daily, we will find it. I know that our happiness is not based on our situation, but our perspective.  I know that if you are living the principles of the gospel and are striving to be happy and make a positive impact on those around you, you will.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Senior. Senior. Senior.

Your whole High School experience, you anxiously await your senior year. Counting minutes until you get to be the oldest, the loudest, the winners, the graduates - - at least I did. Now I'm here and I find myself scared. It's not anything like I thought. Sure it's fun beyond measure (more on this later) but it's hard. At the end of this year, goodbyes will ensue. I will be forced to say goodbye to everyone and everything I know and love. I'm not ready yet.  High School has been so good for me. I've learned more about who I am and who Heavenly Father needs me to be then I ever thought I would.

First Day of Senior Year
 
I've made so many incredible friends. People who push me to be better, who show me what strength is, who teach me about dedication and the Gospel. People who stand up for me and help me through hard times. People that are graceful, tactful, classy, crazy, fun, accomplished, brilliant and exactly what I've needed. The Lord did not intend for us to go it alone. He sends "...angels round about you to bear you up." (D&C 84:88). The power of a righteous friend is incredible and I've been so blessed to continually have the best. Regardless of the fact that friendships shift, I've always had who I needed in the moment and that's because Heavenly Father loves and knows me.
 
1st Day. 
 
Especially thankful for Kaden who stopped his workout to come help me transfer 100 balloons from Pioneer Party to the High School. He and Allie really saved my life there...
 
 
1st Football Game.
I LOVE High School. I LOVE Lehi. We won. By a landslide. That's huge for us.  It was a great way to start out the season and the school year.  Lehi Pride until I die.  
 
Following the football game, we went to Culver's for some custard.
"Would that be hot or what?"
 
This year I am blessed to be on Student Council again and could not spend my last year at Lehi doing something I am more passionate about. These kids are incredible. I love every single one of them and am blessed beyond it all to work with them on a near-daily basis. They teach me so much about life and without them I would be different entirely. Aside from that, my life would be a lot more boring. It seems like we turn everything into a party.  "We don't even have to try, it's always a good time."

 
Senior Sunrise. Class of 2014

 
That being said: SENIOR YEAR IS GOING TO ROCK!!! It already does.



Sunday, August 18, 2013

Be kind. Be true. Be you.

What a glorious Sabbath day it has been. A much needed rest from the hectic and busy world we live in. Today was especially wonderful -- it was Stake Conference.

At first I wasn't too crazy about the idea of an early morning youth meeting. I complained and stayed in bed, dragging my feet. How glad I am that I chose to go. I know that I could not have been in a better place this morning (not even bed.)

The focus of the meeting was missionary work.  What really stood out to me was something that Brother Bunnell spoke of. He talked about not waiting to go on your mission to serve The Lord but do so now by serving others and sharing the Gospel. This was not a new concept. But I really loved how he spoke of us as individual Children of God with a sacred duty to share what we know and what we've been blessed with, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

He talked about how Heavenly Father has created us all differently for a reason. We are not all supposed to be the same clones. We are to be different. We are to try and live our lives the way our Savior did. He reached out to all and did not hesitate to help, teach, love openly, or speak with anyone. We are to do the same. You were made the way you are for a purpose. You can help specific people in ways that others cannot. Heed the spirit and act with faith as an instrument of God to bring to pass His holy work and your holy duty.

Be kind to those around you as the Savior would be. Be true to the person you are, a child of Heavenly Father. Be true to the duty you have as such. Share the gospel at all times, in all things and in all places. Be you. Use the personality The Lord has blessed you with to make a difference and help others along your way.

What a beautiful reminder today was of how much the Savior loves me individually as His sister. A needed reminder of what He would have me do. A gentle  reminder of how I should treat others and live my daily life.

Now as school starts again, I cannot think of a better motto but that of, "Be kind. Be true. Be you."
I tesitfy of these things and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter - Day Saints is absolutely true.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Color Orange.

While not her favorite color while she was here on earth, I'm pretty sure it is now.  :) Orange has come to be much more than a color for anyone who knew and was consequently touched by the angel that married my older brother.  It has become a reminder and symbol of a truly amazing woman, example, friend, and person I am blessed enough to call my sister.  
Also, happy birthday to my sweet niece that I have not yet had the opportunity to get to know, love, and spoil. That will happen someday sweet girl, that I know for a fact. :) 
I'm thankful for the gospel and the knowledge I have of the Plan of Salvation. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for a Savior who has love beyond comprehension~enough to die for me and everyone else to ensure that we have the chance to have the ones we love dearly forever. 
                                         

Friday, April 20, 2012

Day. Made.

While sitting in a very unproductive yearbook class - possibly filled with blog stalking with Courtney - a comment heard across the room completely made our day.

"Do you know what drives me crazy? Skinny people."
It was made even more funny by the fact that the GUY that said it is approximately 6'2" and a STICK.

Thank you dear man for making our day.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

3 Things.

I've been meaning to blog this for the past....month???? well here it is.

1) I think we could all be a little more like Jared Greer. Jared, well he's about 4 years old? I simply admire the child. Everytime I am posed with the quest of having the innocent faith of a child, I think of him. Every fast sunday, without fail, Jared gets up and bears his testimony. Unlike most children, he doesn't have somebody whispering into his ear what to say, and he doesn't say the same thing every week. This boy has a testimony of many different aspects of the gospel, and I am one of the many privileged people who get to hear what new thing he is learning about this true gospel every month. So, Jared? Thanks for your example, and for your testimony. While what you say may only be things that you learned in the last week's FHE, I'm still thankful for your striving to share what you have recently learned to be true. You're an inspiration.

2) Brother Butler. He's possible the most funny seminary teacher out there. I quite adore him too. Although I have had many wonderful seminary teachers in the past, I am very thankful for the opportunity to have Brother Butler right now. Whist making class fun, I have had some of the most impactful, and most needed lessons of my seminary experience in his little classroom. Through what he teaches, I am reminded of and taught things that I didn't even realize I needed to remember. Through his B4 class periods, I am uplifted and I remember that I am loved and cared for by a magnificent Heavenly Father. While Brother Butler will probably never read this, I thank him for answering many of my prayers.

3) Finally, I am very thankful for a loving Heavenly Father. From His simple blessings that remind me He is there and cares (like a good parking spot when I'm late to school) to the moments when I cannot deny His constant companionship with me. I am thankful for the knowledge that I have that I am indeed His daughter, and for the wonderful blessing it is that I have the gospel in my life and can see how it affects me on a day to day basis. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I couldn't be more blessed.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Norm.

The house they said couldn't be built. Huh. The lesson they learned??? Don't doubt Alesha's ability to build a house out of wheat thins and salsa. :)

The Five Fishketeers. :) Germionie, Genevive, Ginny, Gerold, and Gertrude. Skyler killed them all. Sniff. Sniff.

Yeah. That eye ball, egg sac thing was meant to be eaten. Not by me though.

Loving the looks on EVERYONE's faces :) Hehe There you go Mads. steal aways. :)

They put up with so much. :)


Yep. And this was on the day we were supposed to be acting mature...;) More about State Legislature Day later :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

An Adventurous Perspective.

In English yesterday our journal topic was to write about anything...anything that is interesting to me. I pondered for a moment, and the only thing to enter my little mind was one word: ADVENTURE. Now, for those of you who know me - and I certainly hope you know me if you're reading my blog - adventures are something I treasure. Something I breathe for, and something I try to always anticipate. As my mind wandered, I questioned what my life would be without my almost constant adventures- this is what came to mind.













Quite frankly, a life of nothingness? Sounds utterly boring to me. So although others may find it strange, i'm going to continue viewing life from an adventurous perspective. Adventures are happy, and when your searching for one...it'll come. :) Something ordinary, like a trip to the grocery store, can be riveting if taken from an adventurous standpoint. Trying to accomplish the fastest shopping experience, or avoid being seen by all those around you instantly turns something mundane into something exciting.





.... and I plan to find it :)





Now. For your viewing pleasure, some adventures :)

































On a random note...I'm want to spell out my name with blocks like these...mainly so I can tear a part a book...maybe Animal Farm. But also because they look cool to me...

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy Christmas BREAK.

We're intense puzzlers. Don't disturb. Haha I love this girl, we had some fun. :) (Dallin is somewhere playing his newly acquire DS. So don't expect to see him... :))



My Christmas present from the chillins. I love it. What 16 year old does not want to rock out to Phineas and Ferb in her car??? Well, I do...on an almost daily basis. I'm glad my brother and his kids know me so well :)


All I can say is...notice Evan's face. He did perk up, I promise. But everyone else was pretty happy from square one :)

Merry. Christmas. We were blessed to spend the night at Darbus's and be there Christmas morning like last year. :) Kenna and I got to be roomies, and it was great. Do you know what her first words were to me on Christmas morning? "Aunnalesha? Today is Jesus's birthday, huh? We are so lucky for baby Jesus." So precious. I am thankful for her example. :) and for her wonderful parents who have taught her so well so she can teach me. :) How I do love these kids (oh, and if you're wondering where Evan is, he's still sleeping cause he was "tired. Can you shut the door?" Oh boy. No one should ever try to wake that kid up. Also, I absolutely love how Dallin's personality and excitement explodes in this picture...so fantastic :)


My Favorite Nephew Braxton. He's pretty much fantastic. :) Haha, we have a special relationship that's for certain. :) Love him :)

How can you not be falling head-over-heels for this little boy??? Too precious. Too dang precious. :) :) :)

Yep. My Mom is one of those Moms. And I love her for it. :) (This was when I got my license, FYI) :)


Who knew they actually existed?? Well, now I do. :)


Giant glasses anyone????? :) For my wedding present, if you happen to stumble upon these babies, please feel free to purchase them~I'd be more than thrilled you know. (PS The giraffe hanging on my keychain in this picture? His name is George. He is my buddy who goes everywhere with me. I love him. The End.)

Car wash. Now, don't make fun of me for A) taking this picture, and B) For the fact that it was super scary by myself...super scary.


In a galaxy far, far away...we were taught of all the important things of life..namely, Star Wars. Mads and I finally get the references, thanks boys :)
An attempt of a super cool picture that kinda worked?

Jazz Bear Shopping Day. Leila. She's dang cute. My favorite was when she busted out the evil voice...yeah, she was meant to be in our group! :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Look Into My Recent Life.

Sugar...er...flour cookies :)

Rare Italian Donkey, Vladimir.

My most favorite people. Forever, and for always.

Those cool days when you and all of your friends are legit and match. Without even planning it.

All my enemies are alive.

GREATEST BOOK EVER. (I'm not joking.)

Ugly Sweater Day.