Monday, March 31, 2014

OOTD and Farewells!

Today was bittersweet. It was not only my last sunday here in MN for a while, but it was also one of my good friend Natalie's last Sunday here. I met her last year at my Baptism and we have been really close ever since. That's the thing about the Church. When you meet friends, they are most likely forever friends. Even if you don't see them for a few years you will still be as close as ever!
So we went to her farewell talk. It was amazing! She made so many amazing and useful scriptural references and conference talks from Apostles. It was such a spiritual morning! Rachel and I went, and though we missed Sunday School and Relief Society at the YSA Ward it was so worth it. I think my favorite scripture she shared would have to be Mormon 5:23:

"23 Know ye not that ye are in the hands of God? Know ye not that he hath all power, and at his great command the earth shall be rolled together as a scroll?"

So powerful. She is going to be an AMAZING missionary. I know it!! 

Natalie in the middle (and me!) Rachel on the right.
And to end, our outfits:

{Natalie D}

I didn't get a pic of her shoes but they were SO CUTE.
Head to toe: Anthropologie. This girl wears it well!! :)


{Me}

Top: Old Navy, found on clearance
Skirt: J.CREW (similar here
Necklace (courtesy of Kasey's Kitchen Instagram store!) 

I love this necklace. I bought it from Kasey's (of Kasey's Kitchen) Instagram. She had them for sale this week and I have been DYING to find them. I had never heard of Kasey before finding her on Instagram. The foodie in me immediately fell in love with all of her food posts. So addictive! And recently I have been getting into her blog! It's pretty neat. Anywho! She shipped out the necklace in an extremely timely manner, as I was worried about not getting it in time since I was leaving. Like I said: I love it!



It has been a great Sunday. I hope it has been for you as well!


Peace,


Natalie

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Race and The Priesthood: The truth behind the Priesthood ban

About a year ago, I had a family member attack the church (and me) because they felt that it was a church rooted in hate (say what?). They were, of course speaking about the deep history the church had with African Americans. Now, being African American myself, I hadn't heard about any hatred within the church until others had brought it up. We have some great African American's within our own church history, and also have some history of racial prejudice as well. This new topic article put out by the church called Race and The Priesthood pretty much states that it began with Brigham Young. I urge you to read through it if you haven't already, it's really great.

Now, to clarify, not only has the church ALWAYS accepted, baptized and welcomed blacks into the Church. It was the Priesthood (the most important part..duh) that was held from them as well as the ability to receive their endowments in the Temple (at one time). Furthermore, Joseph Smith was against slavery as we know, and also even helped slaves. It was merely a blindness-not to be confused with a revelation-caused by hatred. Some LDS leaders were said to believe that Blacks didn't have souls which Joseph Smith was not in agreement with.The blindness continued with each prophet until 1978 when the Priesthood Ban was released by way of "revelation". In all honesty, it makes it hard for me to heed some of the previous Prophets' words when I know that they were mis-led in their revelations year after year. That worries me a little. However, I have come to know and understand the reason behind the error which is what we should all do before we judge!

Another important fact: If you had been a member in any other church in that time, you would have experienced a heck of a lot more hatred and segregation than in the LDS church. Just 5 years prior to the first vision in 1820 the A.M.E.church (African Methodist Episcopal Church, which I actually attended as a child for years with my family) was formed after African Americans in the Methodist church were pulled off their knees while praying.

As I have attended church, institute and other church related activities I have not experienced one ounce of hate. I have received nothing but smiling faces, helping hands and loving friends. This is the church I have come to know and love. So when people tell me that the church is full of racists, I have to disagree. With that being said," the Church is perfect, the people are not". One of my favorite quotes by Brother Matheson (an excellent institute teacher at the Twin Cities YSA Institute). Not everyone is going to have a heart full of love. I'm sure eventually I will experience some sort of hatred towards me or a friend. But I can honestly say that I feel 100% comfortable in my church! I love the diversity that we have and the amazing people I meet and cultures that I get to experience. We have so many new resources available to us as a people of color to help with family history work that we can continue to find our ancestors! ALSO! Check out this AWESOME Black LDS History timeline I found on blacklds.org which is a great site as well.

some ladies from Ghana at the Temple there. #1

What are your thoughts? How have you felt as you've attended your local church ward/branch as a person of color? For those who aren't, have you witnessed any hatred? What do you love about the diversity in the church?


Sources:
#1: http://www.blacklds.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/ghana-temple-african-women.jpg

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Single? Stop Complaining.

So I just found this brilliant beyond brilliant blog post from the lovely Lizzy over at www.yourcupofcake.com. I really love this blog already, because I can tell she's a free thinker/speaker like yours truly. I'm so sorry guys. I'm just honestly tired of hearing friends and acquaintances (at work and church) who complain about not being married. Sure, the post is a little old but the words ring very true:

You could be married right now if you wanted to be. I love how she delves into the fact that there are billions of people in this world, hundreds of men who would marry you for a variety of reasons: your looks, socioeconomic status, heck even a green card.

Marriage doesn't equal happiness. There are a variety of things you can be doing with your time, not including moping about not having a ring. You honestly have to go and read her post folks. It's a great one!! This photo though, sums it up pretty well:


via a cup of cake


Check out her awesome food blog and follow her on bloglovin!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

{Listicle}: Going Green in 2014

So I found a post on Facebook that made me literally yell out: "BOOYAH!!" 

I was so giddy after reading this, I would have been embarrassed if anyone was around me when I was reading it. It's a cute little story that involves an elderly woman putting the smack down on all of the self proclaimed "tree huggers" of our era whilst at the grocery store. Most of whom don't even realize are some of the major contributors to the issues we are facing! (read the whole thing, or don't, but it's pretty good stuff.)


It begins:


"Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days."
The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations." 


She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.


Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were truly recycled.
But we didn't have the green thing back in our day. (1) 


Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.
But too bad we didn't do the green thing back then. (2)


We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day. (3)


Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. (4)


But that young lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.


But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn't have the green thing back then.


Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?


Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartass young person"


Okay. That part just made me laugh. But didn't she nail it HEAD ON!??

If you know me, you know that Environmental Conservation is something that I am VERY aware of and interested in. Fun fact about me: I was going to go into Agronomy after I learned the horrific story behind Monsanto. I studied Environmental Science throughout High School and it was my absolute favorite class. I didn't make it to EnviSci in college..but that's a story for another day! 


1. If we look at that first statement the woman made (let's cal her Mauve. Yes. That name suits her well), the clerk was criticizing her non use of a reusable bag. I love my reusable bags, BUT: she also makes the point that back then they reused all of their brown paper bags for other thing--something that you will rarely find today! I can even remember covering my books with paper bags. It was fun. I remember my very best friend in elementary school Olivia used to make her book covers EVERY year, and would use this awesome beyond awesome typeface to write out the subject. I was always envious of her handwriting! It was amazing. Now, kids just go out and buy the stretchy covers from the store..BLECH.




2. Next, she talks about how back then they would return their bottles (milk, beer, soda etc.) so that they could be sterilized and reused. Today, most people recycle them. They either take them to Walmart and sell them for 5 cents, or they recycle them and let the city decide where they end up. I think what they used to do is brilliant!




3. Elevators: I will be the first to admit that I use the escalator for some of the most mundane trips. But then again, I don't really go anywhere where I would NEED one. When I can, I do use the stairs! No lie!


4. Cloth diapers, Handwashed/Dried clothes, and Secondhand clothing: I am an advocate of ALL THREE!! I don't have any kids yet, but let me tell you: Cloth diapers are the EASIEST way to save money, save diapers, and save your child from diaper rash reactions! I don't have any kids and even I have looked into this. There are dozens of blogs and tips on Pinterest that can help assist you in the best brands and methods for cloth diapering. I'm all for it! I hand dry my clothes (i.e. put them on hangers and hang them on my shower curtain) as much as I can. Not only does it save on energy, but it makes my clothes last so much longer! I remember the last time I purchased clothes from an actual clothing store. It was Target, and I found some sweet dresses and shirts there on 70% off clearance. Before then? I can't remember. I'm a HUGE fan of Ebay, and second hand stores. Not only can you find perfectly good clothes, but they are so much cheaper!!! DOUBLE WIN!!




5. Electricity!! How many of us have more than one TV in our home? I'm guessing the answer

(in most homes) would be a majority of us. Add our computers, stereo systems, etc...think about how much money we would save if we cut back on our "beloved" electronics!? Even I just heard myself say last week that I need a new laptop. I have a measly Netbook right now. I love it, but it doesn't have all of the capabilities popular today. Do I want a new laptop? Yes. Do I need one? HECK NO. It's all about priorities, people. They didn't have electric mowers. The lawns were cut by non-electric motors..no gas! Did they have health clubs back then?? NO! And look: I just signed up at Lifetime. I mean, in Minnesota, we do kind of have an excuse...Exercising outside isn't always fun. And they DID have YMCA's back then. So, I'm justifying that one. Everyone loves sending and receiving handmade gifts, but just say NO to all the packing peanuts!!! Old Newspaper works just fine! Mixing by hand in the kitchen?? Sign me up! I never use my mixers anyways. That one's easy for me! 



6. Drinking fountains instead of water bottles, refilling things instead of buying new ones (razor's, pens, etc) are both smart ways to cut back as well. Firstly, DON'T BUY PLASTIC! Plastic water bottles contain nasty chemicals that are linked to cancers, especially breast cancer and ovarian cancer in women. It can cause infertility and worse. Just don't do it. Buy glass or go stainless steel :) Refillable razors are the way to go! 

glass bottles. SO cute. 


7. Planes, trains, and automobiles. So many cars today! So many people used to commute via streetcar, bus, or subway. It seems like today all people are doing is refill their gas tank!! I don't drive. Which sometimes sucks, but then I think about how much MONEY I'm saving. Then, I don't really care! Our electricity bills are through the roof. If we unplugged (I said UNPLUG, not just turn off) our electronics when they are not in use, we would save so much of everything. Your electronics continue to draw out electricity when plugged in, even when they are turned off. I try my best to do this, though sometimes I forget. 


our lovely minneapolis metrotransit hybrid buses

These are just some really simple ways we can save money and electricity!! SO EASY! ALSO! Take this test to see your Carbon Footprint!



What's My Carbon Footprint

"Inevitably, in going about our daily lives — commuting, sheltering our families, eating — each of us contributes to the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change. Yet, there are many things each of us, as individuals, can do to reduce our carbon emissions. The choices we make in our homes, our travel, the food we eat, and what we buy and throw away all influence our carbon footprint and can help ensure a stable climate for future generations." 
- found at: http://www.nature.org/greenliving/carboncalculator/#sthash.auE79gGD.dpuf

I got 17 tons of Co2 per year while the average American emits 27 tons per year. This is mainly because I don't drive, buy used clothing, eat/buy organic when I can afford to, and save immensely on my electric bill in various ways. What us young folks have to remember is that we really are the future. Just by making small changes in our own personal behavior, we can change what happens for the future generations. We as a society have bought into the "green living" thing, yet we don't really understand what needs to happen to truly live green. Learn the facts. Read some books.

One of my favorites is:




It's a super fun book. I highly recommend it :)

Well folks, that's all for today!! I would love to hear your comments! How do you stay "truly"green??


Laters, 


Nat







{Missionary Moment}: how to share the Gospel, naturally!

We all love the Gospel. Obviously. And we all want to share it! But how do we do it without looking like salesmen? We can't all be awesome 100%  of the time like these gals:


Or...can we?

I'm convinced that there are so many people who are genuinely curious about the Church, and more importantly the restored Gospel. It just gets a little bit tricky when you don't know if they are coming from the right place. In the end, it's not our place to judge! The best thing to do is just to share how you feel and pray for the best! 

A reoccurring experience that I have had is at work. I've had coworkers mention that one of their friends is getting baptized, then of course I stop what I'm doing and begin asking 20 questions, just because I'm nosy and happy and excited and curious all at the same time. They don't understand why of course...haha 
The first time it happened was two weeks ago and then again tonight. Because everyone knows I'm LDS they make it a point to mention it to me (which I'm grateful for because I love hearing about baptism stories)!

The biggest thing to remember is that we all have the potential to be a missionary in the tinniest of ways.

 This list (below) was found in the New Era (March 2014):


"Need some suggestions for how to bring up the gospel in everyday conversations? Here are 10 simple ideas:
  •  Ask your friend what he thinks about God, and really listen. Then share your thoughts.
  •  Talk about what you did at Mutual this week. If your friend asks what “Mutual"Institute" is, then it’s an easy way to say what Church you belong to.
  • • Ask around for jobs or ideas to earn money and let others know you’re saving to pay for a mission.
  •  Share a scripture you read in the Book of Mormon that touched you.
  •  Tell about a skill you learned at a ward activity or family home evening—and talk about what a “ward” or “FHE” is. (SIDE NOTE: I did this tonight!)
  •  When you’re outside, share your thoughts about all the beautiful things Heavenly Father made for us.
  •  Ask your friends where their names came from. If they’re family names, you can bring up family history and share how it connects us to our past and to our future through temples.
  •  Talk about seminary—about getting up early to go or about something you learned there.
  •  When talking about what you did over the weekend, tell about an experience at church.
  •  When anyone talks about media, share what you like and why you have your standards."
I like all of these! They are do able, TRUST ME. It shouldn't be forced, but natural. My big thing is social media. SHARE your faith! Post your favorite scripture. Create a cool Instagram photo of your favorite conference quotes. Start a blog! :)  Do whatever is within your reach. It is up to you to help your friends and others come unto Christ, becase they might never hear it from anyone else. Be the best example of the Gospel you can be. I have come a LONG way from who I was. Haven't we all? I still have so far to go, but the point is that I'm getting there! We all are. But by being an example of Christ (even if we have a few hiccups) people truly see the light in us.


The Church is true, ya'll.


Nat

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Baptists at our Barbeque: Converting to The Church from a Different Faith

I laughed when I created this title. Not because I thought it was witty, but because after I named it, I had a friend tell me that it is actually the name of an LDS family film. Shocker there!

#1
I have yet to see this gem of a film, but I'm sure it's a great one. This topic is of course something that Missionaries are always interested in hearing about (I'm sure), but also as a convert who DID come from a strong Christian faith, it is something that interests me as well. I have searched high and low for a graphic that would show the faiths that converts come from but I couldn't find any. The point is, a majority (85% according to this Google search, which by the way, brings some negative articles..) come from a Christian faith, or general belief in God, whether Catholic, Protestant or Jewish. 

I have a friend that I met about a year ago, who was investigating the Church. I didn't really get to know her extremely well but she was a perfect example of Christ. So kind, caring and loving. Plus, I would have never guessed she wasn't a member! It seemed like she knew EVERYTHING. Anyways, I found out last week that she was getting baptized, and yesterday was the day that it happened! I was so happy when I found out, because it was a long time coming!! She had come from a different faith, and I can only imagine how hard it would have been (though so rewarding) to give up all of the traditions, and customs that come with her faith. Not only is she brave but she is such a great example to others who will hear her story and gain the strength to follow in her (and the Savior's) footsteps. 

So how do we overcome that initial fear of the unknown? How do we go about making that first step in this amazingly wonderful everlasting covenant with Jesus Christ? I could sit here and tell you that it will be all peaches and strawberries, but I would be lying. It won't be easy for all of you out there to turn your back on the faith/religions you once knew to be true. 

One of the things I love about the church is that we preach religious tolerance. I believe a huge reason is because of what Joseph and the original settlers of the faith had to go through all those many years ago. They were persecuted and treated horribly simply for what they believed in. I love that the Church makes it an effort (even with missionary work) to not validate the ordinances that we know to be vital as a church to be the only way back to Heavenly Father. I mean, we all know that it is, but we don't go around flaunting it and taunting it. 

Just look at the 11th Article of Faith..

“We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may” (Articles of Faith 1:11).

Our leaders are such a huge part of the way religions meet and work together, and it is amazing. I loved the documentary I once watched on BYUtv about how the LDS and Muslim leaders were working together to provide relief for countries in need. I didn't know that the Islamic faith was as into humanitarian efforts as we were. I thought it was pretty neat. I wish I could remember the name, because it was pretty amazing. 

There are churches, and people of other faiths who hate Mormons. They spread lies because they don't know, and don't care enough to learn. I myself attended one of those churches. They hated Mormons and the Pastor himself had no problem sharing his opinions. What I think is so wrong is that a Pastor could go up in front of a congregation and belittle a people group, for whatever reason. It just isn't moral at all in my humble opinion. There will be people who attack your faith, and you personally. It has happened to me for sure, even by family! 

So the questions is posed: How do you overcome the adversity that comes with joining the church from a previous faith (those who converted from Atheism might not have the same barriers, but this could still be useful)?

1. Read your scriptures. You are literally promised blessings from studying the scriptures. They will help you!

2. Journal. Blog. Get your feelings outta that head! That way, when good things that strengthen your testimony happen in life, you won't have the excuse down the road that it didn't happen, and you won't try to chalk it up to "chance" or "good luck"

3. Find a great support group! Friends in the church are the best friends to have. Missionaries are awesome too! If you are struggling with something, odds are someone close to you has also struggled with it too. And because they love you, they will most likely be more than willing to share their experiences, things that helped them, and give some advice for you too!

4. Be mindful of the Spirit. When you get placed in a sticky situation, the Spirit is there, trying to help you from second one. It's up to us to be the discern-er and to decide if we will let the Spirit guide our conversation or not. Trust me, when placed in a tough situation it's super easy to check out and get a little feisty. But I can promise you that you will feel eons better if you respond to adversity with the Spirit in mind. 

5. Find the light of Christ within you, and never let your testimony grow dim! When your testimony dims out, you won't have that shield to protect you from negative thoughts people may try to put into your head. 


Just remember that God is love. If someone is exuding anything other than that which is kind, good, Christ like and pure, you know that they aren't true disciples of Christ! I love the phrase "kill them with kindness", because it is what the Saviour did. He was ridiculed his entire life until death, but never batted an eye. Nothing phased him. Life will be tough. But if we keep our eye on the eternal rewards, realizing we have so much to gain, we will go about life with a whole new attitude. 


Happy Sabbath Everyone.



Nat.






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Friday, March 7, 2014

Hair hair HAIR!

Ok. So I'm pretty much OBSESSED with these Senegalese twists. There are countless hair styles to choose from! It's pretty neat.





I got this cute headband bow from one of my go to stores for cheap accessories: Love Culture. They have the feel of forever 21 in regards to pricing, but their selection is a little bit more "boutique"ish than F21 in my humble opinion. I love their bow headbands and they last forever. I bought one for a dance in High School and still have it (and wear it) to this day. 




The great thing about these twists is that they actually have the potential to help your hair grow, by isolating the hair from damage. As long as your hair stylist doesn't braid them too tight, you're good to go!







I chose a funky looking crown twist in the front, and then a twisty low bun in the back. I'm all about the volume. All about it. 








Like I said I'm loving these twists. They are all about functionality and style. There literally isn't a way that you can wear them without looking uber cute. 

The method I will be using is the "Crown and Glory" method. It combines putting the hair up in protective styles such as braids, twists, or box braids and also leaving it "wild and free"/natural for a week in between. I was introduced to this hair growth method by my friends Gabby and Rochelle. I have envied their Senegalese twists and braids since we were little and they were a huge reason I went ahead and got them! Anywhoo. I'm happy I got them, and there's more styles to come! ALSO. I'm finally starting my vlog, so stay tuned for more info about that!



Peace and love. 



Nat



Photo Cred: @lonadine <follow her on Instagram!>

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

30 days of curly: Review

So as most of you know, I was doing a hair challenge that I called "30 Days Of Curly". It lasted more like 40 days...because I got lazy...haha. The whole purpose of this challenge was for me to find natural hair styles that don't require heat or chemicals, that are easy to maintain. I pretty much did the SAME hairstyle the entire month; a crown braid at the front and a clip on the back. Always with a cute headband. Always.

But Saturday I decided to spice things up! I went and got my hair done at a traditional african hair shop on Lake street. It's called Safari Hair and Accessories. They did an awesome job. I got the Senegalese twists, not to be confused with the Havana twists. 

Senegalese twists use straight hair (for length) and Havana twists use kinky hair (for length). I chose to do mid back mid back length...just because I don't like wearing my hair down...it is bothersome to me. Side note: I have an EXTREMELY sensitive neck. Like I can't even have my seat belt touching it. It bugs the crap out of me. It's that serious. 

So anyways I got the twists and so far am LOVING them! The lovely Rachel gave me a bow bun  for a concert we went to and I got more than a few compliments.
So cute right?? 

my favorite style by far! Thanks Rachel!


oh, you know..just me being sarcastically preppy for a snapchat...
I apologize for the quality!


I have only gotten my hair professionally braided one other time..in the 3rd grade. I will NEVER forget it. It was towards the end of the summer and we were going on a trip to the Wisconsin Dells. So my mom makes us all get braids in so that she doesn't have to worry about it while we are at the various water parks that summer. They HURT so badly. My hair is extremely soft and fine, so cornrows (no matter how cute people thought they were) are NOT a good thing for my hair. My head hurts even now with the Senegalese twists in, but that's normal. Plus I just didn't like the look of the braids. PLUS she made me get beads too, which rubbed on my neck and irritated the CRAP out of me (as I mentioned I hate that..). So you catch my drift why I never got them again until now! 

Anyways, I love this hair style. I have a lot of versatility in it. I will say that it's funny when people ask me if its my real hair...um, no. My hair didn't magically grow overnight. Come on now people. Come on. Overall, natural IS better. My hair already feels healthier. Maintenance is simple, I've heard wash once a week (which I will be doing) even though my stylist told me not to my entire term because my hair is so fine, and that you should get them redone about every 2-3 (4 at the latest) months. I will be using the Crown and Glory method..It pretty much allows you to protect your hair and let it grow by using braids/twists (installed) and keeping it moisturized. We shall see how it goes! 

This week has been incredibly cold which is fine now that I have my twists...INSTANT HAT. It was handy going contacting with the Sister missionaries Sunday night and needless to say although it was cold, I was warm! Sister Pao is the greatest! SO classy. Always. Plus she's Canadian and speaks 3 languages which makes her SUPER smart and cool..


Well, that's all for today! Have a great week everyone :)


Stay Frosty,



Nat

Monday, March 3, 2014

Come Unto Christ.

 39 "For behold, this is my awork and my bglory—to bring to pass the cimmortality and deternal elife of man."- Moses 1:39

This verse. This single verse is what keeps me going. I found this gem eons ago, and it just randomly popped up in Sunday school yesterday. The lovely Erin was teaching our gospel doctrine class and it was a good one if I do say so myself! We were learning all about Abrahamic Covenant. What is it? Why, I would love to share!

Definition: 

Abraham first received the gospel by baptism (which is the covenant of salvation). Then he had conferred upon him the higher priesthood, and he entered into celestial marriage (which is the covenant of exaltation), gaining assurance thereby that he would have eternal increase. Finally he received a promise that all of these blessings would be offered to all of his mortal posterity (D&C 132:29–50Abr. 2:6–11). Included in the divine promises to Abraham were the assurances that (1) Christ would come through his lineage, and that (2) Abraham’s posterity would receive certain lands as an eternal inheritance (Gen. 17;22:15–18Gal. 3Abr. 2). These promises taken together are called the “Abrahamic covenant.” It was renewed with Isaac (Gen. 26:1–4, 24) and again with Jacob (Gen. 2835:9–1348:3–4).-(https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bd/abraham-covenant-of)


Blessings and Responsibilities of the Abrahamic Covenant

Earthly Blessings:
A promised land to live in (Abraham 2:6, 19;Genesis 12:7;17:8)
The gospel of Jesus Christ and the priesthood for Abraham and his posterity (Abraham 2:9–11Genesis 17:7)
Eternal Parallels:
The celestial kingdom (D&C 88:17–20)
Eternal marriage and eternal increase (D&C 132:19–22)
Exaltation and eternal life (D&C 132:23–24)
I'm so thankful for the Priesthood in my life.

We are promised so many, many blessings from Heavenly Father. Here, he has promised us the Gospel, a great posterity, eternal marriage, and exaltation and eternal life. We have so MANY things waiting for us not only here, but in the eternities. What is holding us back from these amazing blessings? What can we do to insure that we can obtain them? The simple answer is to live life in accordance to the Gospel. But life isn't simple, is it? *NOTE: although many of us don't have the Priesthood in our homes, we have wonderful brothers and Elders in our wards and stakes who do and who are willing and more than glad to help us in whatever way that they can. If you feel that you need a priesthood blessing, ASK! I promise you will be glad you did. :)

Life likes to throw us curve balls, and the devil likes to try and sneak into our life, whether it be through our personal relationships, friends we have, activities we are involved in, commandments we aren't keeping etc. We can pray and pray and read our scriptures but unless we are being receptive to the Holy Ghost, along with doing these other things, we won't have the power to fight that temptation. We all have struggles, and know what they are. They're different for all of us! But we have so much to look forward to!!


all of the blessings of the Temple! (Pictured: SLC Temple {lds.org/media})

being reunited with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.


So that's what I had on my heart this morning. The fact is: Heavenly Father wants us to return to him one day. He wants to give us all of the blessings that we are promised. We just have to do our best to show him that we want them as well. And who doesn't like blessings?? :)

On a different note, I went out with the Sisters last night and did some contacting. It was FREEZING. We didn't find a lot of people. But the Spirit was there and I was happy that I went. It's so much fun. I urge all of you out there to try it sometime! They LOVE it! 

Until later,


Nat



BTW: Shout out to a lovely blog follower from Washington D.C. who knows my friend Alex! You mentioned to him that you read this blog, and word got back to Minnesota (to me!) I just want to give a huge THANK YOU! You guys rock. And if you want to share your story/become a blogger on this blog, CONTACT ME!!! I don't bite. Promise. :)