Dealing with Disappointment

Dealing with Disappointment

By: Stockton I have always had a big obsession with sports, particularly basketball. I absolutely love everything about the sport of basketball. I have played on the school team for the last 5 years, beginning in 7th grade.   This year, though, is different. In my last year of high school I did not make the team. I was so disappointed. When I first found out, I cried for the first time in a long while.  It was super tough on me. It is still difficult for me to think of and talk about…Read more …
Family

Family

By: Stockton Think about the people you have the most fun with. Now think of those you have some of the hardest, most frustrating times with. For most people family will come to mind for at least one of those statements. For me personally, family comes to mind when I think of both the best and worst times I’ve experienced. I spend more time with my family than any other group of people so it is easy to see how I have so many different memories with them. There are some days where…Read more …
Feelings Around a Campfire

Feelings Around a Campfire

By: Stockton/photo credit Sam Howzit This month I had the opportunity to go to Wyoming for a youth conference with my ward.  It was a fun experience because we were able to do many enjoyable things such as white water rafting and a ropes course. We stayed in little bunking cabins and although we didn’t get much sleep, it was nice to have some form of shelter other than a tent. Our last night there we all gathered around a campfire where we shared our feelings and testimonies about the gospel of Jesus…Read more …
The Challenges of Life

The Challenges of Life

By:  Stockton Have you ever thought life was difficult? If you said no to this question, then you probably are not a human being. Everyone knows life is hard, and we all have our own difficulties and things we struggle with.  This could be focusing in school, working hard in your job, or even just having the willpower to wake up in the morning. I know I struggle with all of those things myself, especially the 3rd one! Life is hard but I think that is a good thing. Elder Robert D. Hales…Read more …
Patience

Patience

As a teenager, it can sometimes be difficult to have patience. In fact, patience is definitely not one of my strong characteristics. This is very tough because being patient can lead to some great rewards in the long run. I love the story told by Dieter F. Uchtdorf in his general conference talk titled “Continue in Patience.” He talks about an experiment by a professor at Stanford University which occurred in the 1960s.  Children at the age of 4 years old were given a giant marshmallow.  They were told that they could eat…Read more …
Thinking About Heaven

Thinking About Heaven

By: Stockton Recently, my older brother returned home from serving his 2 year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints.  Since he’s been home I've been  thinking about how a mission is similar to our earth life.  It was hard for our family to send him to Mexico City and have to go without spending time with him for so long. This is similar to how our Heavenly Father felt when he sent us to earth. Another interesting thing that comes to mind is how we are still able to…Read more …
The Importance of Education

The Importance of Education

By Stockton/Image: lds.org With school starting up I feel like it would be appropriate to share my thoughts on the importance of getting a good education. Education is going to be one of those things in life that is going to stay with us forever. In a modern-day book of scripture called the Doctrine and Covenants we learn, "Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection."  Doctrine and Covenants 130:18.   A good education will help to prepare us for any circumstance that we may stumble…Read more …
Is Attending Seminary Really That Important?

Is Attending Seminary Really That Important?

By Stockton/Photo Credit: sltrib.com The first semester of my sophomore year in high school is ending and I have been thinking back over some of the classes I have enjoyed most. This definitely leaves math, science, and a few others out of the running! However, there is one class that stands out as a favorite: Seminary. Living in Utah, I have been blessed to be able to take seminary, a four-year religion course, as an elective class during my school day. In other parts of the world, those who may not have the option to make…Read more …
Goals

Goals

By Stockton Goals are a very important part of any successful person’s life. It is important to set goals and have a plan because goals provide direction; a center from which you can base your choices. For example, if you want to one day become a doctor, you must make choices that will get you closer to that goal. You need to go to medical school, learn things that doctors do, and set up a plan for how you will get there. When you achieve a goal, especially a long term goal, you get such…Read more …
Why I Love the Temple

Why I Love the Temple

By Stockton When I think about things that are the biggest blessing to me in my life, something that instantly comes into my mind is the temple. Temples are such an important part of being able to obtain joy and everlasting happiness. They are such a huge part of my life for many reasons and I know that whenever I am troubled with anything, I can go to the temple and receive comfort. One of my favorite things about temples is the fact that we can put aside any of our worldly problems and…Read more …