A Different Type of Spring Cleaning

A Different Type of Spring Cleaning

Throughout the springtime, we see new life. Isn't it amazing? The grass becomes green. The flowers begin to sprout. The trees form buds. Life is given. Baby ducks are seen waddling and nests the of baby birds are snuggled in trees. After a cold winter the world rejuvenates, renews, and refreshes. Likewise, the Easter season provides us with the same opportunity. We reflect upon and rejoice in the redemption provided by our Savior, Jesus Christ. Many years ago, He gave us hope. After fulfilling the incomprehensible sacrifice for each and every one of…Read more …
Where Can I Turn for Peace?

Where Can I Turn for Peace?

By Rachel Three years ago, when I was in 9th grade, a tragedy happened at my junior high school. A boy my age took his life. The following day was full of grief. The mood of the entire school was shock and sorrow. I remember feeling confused, lost and angry. We would attend each class only to be surrounded by counselors and therapists who were doing their best to help. I appreciated their efforts, however I didn't feel like they did much. I felt dark inside and asking me questions, trying to get me…Read more …
What’s Your Part?

What’s Your Part?

By Rachel/ Image credit: cbmusic.com One of the ways I am able to invite the Christmas Spirit into my life is through music. I love the traditional Christmas songs that remind us of the Savior and His purpose on earth. However, there is one not-so-traditional Christmas song I feel perfectly explains our part in Christmas. It may not be a typical Christmas song, but it is powerful! The lyrics read: “There are times when you might feel aimless And can't see the places, where you belong. But you will find that there is a…Read more …
The Tree

The Tree

By Rachel About three years ago, my mom and I set out to trim a tree in our back yard.  A Weeping Mulberry is an interesting tree.  Instead of branches that grow upward, it has long, spindly branches that cascade toward the ground.   It looks pretty from the outside, but when it is left unpruned it begins to conceal a precarious secret.  As the branches die, they become sharp and knotted together making them very difficult and even dangerous to remove.  In the spring, new growth appears and camouflages the ugly dead branches underneath.  Year…Read more …
A Reverent Excitement

A Reverent Excitement

By Rachel A couple of weeks ago I was able to cheer at one of my school’s volleyball games.  The gym was buzzing with students and athletes. We got in our lines to cheer and the game started. Bump, serve, spike. Bump, serve, spike. Bump, serve, spike. Suddenly,  my teammate nudged me and whispered in my ear, “Isn’t that Elder Holland?” I quickly turned around to see Elder Holland and his lovely wife scurrying up the bleachers to find their seats next to this family. As  people began to notice his presence, the…Read more …
Change

Change

By Rachel Change. Everyone goes through it. There's no way to avoid it. Life is a series of decisions and with many decisions we experience change. Sometimes change is simple, like taking a new class at school. Sometimes a serious change comes along, like moving, going away to school, serving a mission or getting a new job. Things change and change can be hard. However, the Lord does not change. The other day during church I read the words to, "Be Still My Soul."(Hymn #124) The first verse reads, "Be still, my soul:…Read more …
Changed

Changed

By Rachel In June, I had the wonderful opportunity of going to Bolivia for a humanitarian trip.  There were 16 youth in our group and three leaders. We stayed for three weeks with only two, two-minute emails home and no other communication with our family or the world. It was pretty much a mini mission. Our main focus was to serve the people in a small village.  We began work on a daycare.  Many mothers in the town must work and they have very few options for childcare.  Our goal was to give them…Read more …
Even When No One is Watching

Even When No One is Watching

By Rachel A couple of weeks ago, I missed my AP English vocabulary test because I was absent. This test included 60 terms that had to be memorized. The twist was that the test would be a word search. We would be given the definitions, but we had to remember the word and how it was spelled.  For some, this would come easy, but for others it would take hard work. For me, it was hard work. AP English is not an easy class and the words were not simple, everyday words. With words like idiosyncrasy,…Read more …
Three Life Lessons My Great Grandmother Wants You to Know

Three Life Lessons My Great Grandmother Wants You to Know

I would like to introduce you to my great grandmother, Mildred.  She was born August 23, 1921 in a small town in Georgia.  Grandma lived in this same general area until her 90th birthday when she packed up a few things and moved across the country to live with my grandparents (who happen to live right next door to me). Over the last 3.5 years, it has been a special experience for me to have my great grandma so close by.  She is truly a remarkable, amazing, beautiful person and I want to share a…Read more …
March Madness Promises

March Madness Promises

Last week in seminary my teacher challenged us to do what we call, "March Madness." Most people think of March Madness as the college basketball championship where you fill out a bracket predicting which team will take it all, and then watch as many games as possible. Well this March Madness is different. Our seminary teacher challenged us to read the entire Book of Mormon within the month. Now asking a 17 year old to read 17 pages of the Book of Mormon each day isn't easy; but there are some great blessings promised!…Read more …