Tuesday, June 17, 2014

An FHE in China

"Only one who has fought against these ominous waves is justified in telling us--as well as the sea--to "be still." Only one who has taken the full brunt of such adversity could ever be justified in telling us in such times to "be of good cheer." Such council is not a jaunty pep talk about positive thinking though positive thinking is much needed in the world. No, Christ knows better than all others that the trails of life can be very deep and we are not shallow people if we struggle in them. But even as the Lord avoids sugary rhetoric, he rebukes faithlessness and he deplores pessimism. He expects us to believe."
--Jeffery R. Holland

Faith can move mountains...but don't be         surprised if God hands you a  shovel.       
--Jeffery R. Holland

"Yeah, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yeah behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land for which we will praise his name forever...Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel. Who could have supposed that our God would have been so merciful as to have snatched us from our awful, sinful, and polluted state?...yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all power, all wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name. Now if this is boasting, even so will I boast; for this is my life and my light , my joy and my salvation, and my redemption from everlasting wo."

--Alma 26: 12, 16-17, 35-36

Well, these quotes, though separate, are all connected for me. It only makes sense to me, that my loving Father in Heaven, would expect me believe. He would expect me to believe, and seize that shovel to move my mountains. And in doing so, find joy in the work, because I'm on the path He wants me to be on. The path of happiness. The path where I will struggle until my brains fry out but be so much stronger because of it. The path where I can smile through the pain because I know there is always hope for me and for the future. For the people I love and for all those I don't even know. There is hope for us all. Because Christ has saved us from our "awful, sinful, polluted state." Which is a beautiful thing. He has it all under control. And that is why I want to praise Him. That is why I could never say too much of how wonderful my God and Savior are. There aren't enough words in any language to properly convey the miraculous nature and phenomenality of this truth. Even when I make up words like phenomenality it's not enough. It's never enough. He has done too much and I am grateful. I have been reduced to tears of pure gratitude because of his merciful hand. 
So if we cannot say even the smallest part of what we feel toward Him--if we cannot speak too much of His glory--why waste our breath on those words with unkind nature. The words expressed without love, in vengeance, anger, or jealousy. The words that uplift no one and hinder all involved. Would we not be better off to abandon those conversations for ones that would make our Father up above proud of us?  

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

He Was a Boy, She was a Girl

Can I make it any more obvious? <------ True words from my girl, Avril.

Once upon a time I ended up going to college at BYU. And pretty much, you can fill in the story from there. :)
Just kidding, you totally can't. Ha!
But here some photos that are just...just great. :)

These are definitely not my most attractive photos, but even I can't deny how happy I am in them. 
His smile is my favorite thing.
He's just so attractive. Goodness. 

Those are my feelings. So have that.

Saturday, March 8, 2014


Tell me what's wrong,
            Tell me why you're broken.
Come here for a moment, 
                       I'll wrap you up in my arms.

So talk. I'll only listen. 
            And should you lose control of that lump in your throat...
Just go on and cry. 
    Let it all out. 
                      Hold on to me tight,
Surrender your pride,
               Go on and cry. 

the hurt is taking over...
So bring on those teardrops, 
And I'll be the shoulder. 

Strength comes only after the storm's gone, 
There's no use in hiding the thunder and lightning.
                 Oh, go on and cry. 
Let it all out. 
                 Hold on to me tight,
      Surrender your pride. 

It's funny how you realize after it's over the one thing you needed was to lose your composure...
hold on real tight, go on and cry. 

Sometimes you just need to cry. And sometimes, you just need someone to let you.
There are times when I don't want advice.
I don't always want to talk about it.
I don't even want someone to tell me it's all going to be okay.
I just need someone to hold me while I cry.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Jacks are Wild

Let the bough break, let it come down crashing.
Let the sun fade out to a dark sky.
Can't say I'd even notice it was absent,
'Cause I could live by the light in your eyes
Unfold before you what I've strung together:
the very first words of a lifelong love letter

Tell the world that we finally got it all right. I choose you. 
I will become yours and you will become mine
I choose...you.
I choose you. 

There was a time when I would have believed them if they told me you could not come true-just loves illusion
But then you found me and everything changed
And I believe in something again

My whole heart will be yours forever
This is a beautiful start to lifelong love letter

Tell the world that we finally got it all right: I choose you. (I do)
I will become yours and you will become mine.
I choose you. (I do)

We are not perfect we learn from our mistakes and as long as it takes I will prove my love to you. I am not scared of the elements--I am under prepared, but I am willing...
And even better, I get to be the other half of you.
Tell the world that we finally got it all right. I choose you.
I will become yours and you will become mine.
I choose you. 

Wise men say, "Only fools rush in."
But, I can't help falling in love with you...
Shall I stay?  Would it be a sin?
Oh, but I can't help falling in love with you. 

Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling, so it goes--some things are meant to be.
So, take my hand.
Take my whole life, too. 
'Cause I can't help falling in love with you. 

Like a river flows so surely to the sea,
Oh, my darling, so it goes--Some things are meant to be. 
So won't you please just take my hand? and take my whole life, too. 
'Cause I can't helping falling in love with you. I can't help falling in love with you. 

You told me to play my cards right, and I'm trying...Jacks are wild.