Sunday, November 3, 2013
I have been thinking about this a fair amount, but also I had an experience that solidified and backed up my frustration. I was with a couple of friends, and we were just having an everyday discussion. I don't know how this came up, but they said something along the lines of when they had first met me they didn't think I was a Mormon....
Now lets pause here and I'll say what was going through my mind. All growing up you are taught that people should know from your countenance that you are a "true believer". There is a light of Christ that shine from those who believe. So based off this thought I started thinking what am I doing wrong that makes them say such a "hurtful" thing??
I asked them what made them think I wasn't Mormon. They said I was 'too cool' or 'too accepting' to be a good Mormon. Now I'm not going to define a "good mormon" but I can say I try my best, I attend my meetings, fulfill my calling, pray and read scriptures, and other things that many would classify me as a 'good Mormon'.
So I ask this question, should not only tolerating people, but also loving them be classified as a quality among 'good Mormons'? The commandment to love one another isn't a conditional statement. There are no contingency clauses in the commandment saying love one another if and only if they share your beliefs, values, morals, opinions, lifestyle, and behaviors.
I'm not saying you have to conform to their ideal image of a person either. No one should be conforming or changing for anyone else. Either way it goes. What I'm saying is the members of the church can get accused for treating certain people certain ways (again this goes both ways). Jesus Christ came from his father to teach and touch the hearts of everyone who would listen, and performed the atonement for everyone. If we want to truly emulate the Savior our arms should be reaching, our hands should be healing, our words should be teaching, and our love should be extending to everyone. Jesus Christ paid much too high a price for us to be selective in how we treat people.
I know this experience has made me think a lot, and like Gordon B. Hinckley taught I am not only going to try and stand a little taller, but I hope we can also let our arms embrace further.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
We are blessed in so many ways in this country with a democracy, and having the right to vote, a right not other countries have. As we exercise our right and perform our civic duties I hope we can come together as a united country.
Monday, November 5, 2012
I am just intrigued with social media right now. I'm loving the constant feeds, pictures, updates, and anything you can think of, you can seriously share within seconds. Let me share some of my recent facebook status updates, tweets, and instagrams, just for an example:
Do you think Satan gets a lot of letters from dyslexic kids during Christmas?
Bustin' out the CHRISTMAS music! Love this
Almost 3 years ago I left my job at best buy because of crabby customers and their precious technology. I started work at huntsman cancer hospital and have never dealt with more kind and humble people and their fight with cancer.
Batman came to physics today. Unfortunately at this point in the semester we can't be saved.
Then instagram, I've posted pictures of my dog, brother, niece, and leaf-changing trees... Yeah things that I REALLY needed to share.
I was discussing this concept with my neighbor. Social media is a lot of work, and if you don't stay caught up you will fall behind. However if you get lost in it you will fall behind in life. I have more friends in cyberspace than I do in real life. I have been waiting for a girl to date, but then I realized... I could have walked right past her, but I was too busy looking down at my phone! (you would be looking at your phone too if you had an iphone full of friends) Awko Taco... so I really wish I could pull myself out of this trap called social media, but then I would have to have real life interactions... Problem... I forgot how. I will keep to the basics of: eye contact, genuine listening, and maybe a friendly punch in the face? I have a lot to work on, lets just say that.
...wait is this blogging considered social media...? ...crap.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Saturday, December 10, 2011
At age 14 Jennifer Capriati reached the semifinals of the
1990 French Open. The next year she became the youngest-ever women's semifinalist at Wimbledon, and in 1992 won the Olympic gold medalby beating Steffi Graf in Barcelona, Spain. Then the pressures of being a teen sensation seemed to unnerve her, and her career fell apart. She was stopped for shoplifting in a Florida mall in 1993, and the next year arrested for possession of marijuana after a party in a Florida motel. Her police mug shot was widely published and became an
enduring image of a teen idol turned tortfeasor. Later in the 1990s Capriati began a slow career comeback. In 2001 she unexpectedly won her first Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open, and followed that with a second Grand Slam victory at the 2001 French Open. In January 2002 she again won the Australian Open, defeating Martina Hingis to defend her title. She was ousted in the first round of the 2003 Australian Open, and has since been hampered by back and shoulder injuries.
Moral of the story: TAKE IT EASY
Thursday, December 8, 2011
I've neglected this blog like a Turkish neglects to obey street signs. I just wanted to post some exciting things going on in my spectrum of the world. School is going great, its been busy but in two semesters I look forward to going to THAILAND!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I heard this story today from my friend Masha and I thought it was ideal and everyone would benefit from hearing it, so here it goes. There's obviously a shepherd watching over a field of sheep. However there's one particular sheep that keeps wandering off and keeps getting lost. No matter what the shepherd does he can't figure out how to teach the sheep to stop from wandering off. Well the shepherd then breaks the sheep's legs (graphic I know, but bear with me there is a point to all of this). So this sheep has broken legs and it can't wander anymore because of the pain that it is in. The shepherd picks up the sheep and carries the sheep around everywhere. It takes a healthy amount of time for the sheep's legs to heal and by the time they are better the sheep has developed a personal relationship with the shepherd and no longer has the desire to wander.