Monday, March 31, 2014

Things are Gonna Get Better by David Archuleta


Since Elder...err I mean David Archuleta came home from his mission last week, it seems fitting to do a Music Monday on one of his songs.

[Random side note: I've been laughing at myself all week. All I've heard the other girls say are remarks about how they can marry him now and stuff like that, and I'm just over here with my ice cream thinking, "man, I hope he makes a new album soon. I can't wait for more music. So there you have it: My love life (or lack there of) summed up in about two sentences. :D]

Anyway, one of my favorite songs of his is Things are Gonna Get Better. I love the upbeat feel and the comforting words.

Everybody's got a time in their life
When everything hurts and nothing's right.
But you gotta walk on, yeah you gotta walk on.

Everybody's got a piece of their heart
That's been stepped on and torn apart.
But you gotta be strong, yeah you gotta walk on.

That is so true. We all have struggles and difficulties that we must face as part of this mortal journey here on earth. Even amidst all the heartache, it is so crucial that we never ever ever give up. Ever. [haha I sound like Taylor Swift.]

I'm reminded of a quote by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf:


No matter what is going on in your life or what trials may be coming your way, I hope you will always have strength to "rise up" and "dust yourself off". Things will get better as we move forward with hope in Christ.

But I know things are gonna get better,
And I know things are gonna be fine.
And I know life is gonna get better,
Standing here together
Yeah we're gonna be fine.

Give the song a listen. You'll be glad you did.

Sarah

Saturday, March 29, 2014

General Women's Meeting

All I can say is "wow". [And don't worry. It's the good kind of wow, not the sarcastic kind.]

I am completely amazed at the strength and faith carried by the women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The power felt in the General Women's Meeting tonight was so strong.

Honestly, I must say I was nervous about combining women ages eight and older for the general meeting. I have always cherished the specific counsel given to young women each April, and I rather selfishly longed to keep that spiritual awesomeness to myself. Tonight, all my worries were washed away. We are all daughters of our Heavenly Father, and as Henry B. Eyring so eloquently stated "we are more alike than different".

I loved this quote from Rosemary M. Wixom:
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How cool is that? Unstoppable. When I hear that word, I often think of super heroes like Spiderman and Wonder Woman. As cool as they are, I think we, as women of the church have even more power, for like Sister Wixom said, we have God on our side.

So how do we have access to this strength? Sister Wixom gave the answer in her talk:

Keeping our covenants is the link that gives us access to God's power. Through our faithfulness, we can become truly unstoppable. Hand in hand with each other, and with God, we can truly do amazing things.

As sisters in Zion-- daughters, sisters, mothers, friends, and children of God, let us all work together to maintain the feelings of unity we have felt this night.

Sarah

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Wee Bit of Irish Inspiration Fer Ye

Sorry....I think I had a bit too much fun with me post title. ;)

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I sure am lucky to have amazing readers like you!

To celebrate this glorious green-filled day, here is a quote from St. Patrick, himself.


I'm going to be straight up honest with you here. Missionary work stresses me out. I really admire St. Patrick's dedication to sharing his beliefs with others, even if he risked getting made fun of for it. I want to be like that, too. 

Recently, I've had the opportunity to interact with a lot of non-members through one of my leadership position at school. I have come to realize that some of the greatest missionary work that will ever be done is through the simple act of living what we know to be true, even when it is hard. I can't even count how many times somebody has commented on how I dress or what I say and then how easy it is to transition into sharing the gospel just from that tiny act.

Don't be afraid to do what you know is right. You never know who may be watching.

Happy St. Patricks Day!

Sarah

P.S. Looking for some Irish music? Try this piano piece. It's one of my favorites.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Of Two Sparrows


It's just kind of been one of those days when nothing goes right. Know what I mean? I've found this scripture to be so comforting during super hard times, so I thought I would share it with y'all today.



When compared to global starvation, world peace, or matters of life and death, it can seem like our day to day challenges are petty and unworthy of God's help. However, I have come to learn that be it a small or large problem, if it matters to us, it matters to God. Just like two tiny sparrows do not go unnoticed by Heavenly Father, we are always in His watchful care. In fact, the scriptures says that every strand of our hair is counted [and trust me, with my thick and curly locks I find that statement quite impressive.] 

Now, I don't know about you, but I think our thoughts, feelings, struggles, joy, happiness, pain, and whatever else is infinitely more important than a tiny little hair. If Heavenly Father recognizes the microscopic things, surely He is ready and willing to be there for us no matter what. Big or small. Hard or easy. Day or night. Rain or shine. Mint chocolate chip or vanilla. [Just kidding ;) ...too many ice cream jokes?]

Bottom line: Don't be afraid to ask for His help. As he was with the sparrows, so he shall be with us.

Sarah

Monday, March 3, 2014

My Sweet Sprinkles

I was looking at my calendar the other day, and suddenly the running dialogue  in my head  [please tell me that's normal] went something like this:

<Calmly>
Oh, look! It's only the 25th of February. There's still a good solid week left in the month. Plenty of time to get stuff done.

<Less calmly>
Wait a minute...5 days isn't quite an entire week. Just kidding. Work faster.

<Frantic as a cat at the edge of a swimming pool>
Holy popcorn, Batman there's only 28 days this month. That equates to approximately 72 measly hours left in February. What am I going to do?

And so there you have it, folks. Reason #34561572 not to put things off until the end of the month. Lesson learned.

Besides noticing how quickly February flew by, I also realized it has been forever since I did a My Sweet Sprinkles post, which is totally lame. So here are 5 things that have made my life sweet this week.

1. LET IT GO BY ALEX BOYE

Since it's technically Music Monday, I'll start with a favorite music video. This cover of Frozen's Let it Go by Alex Boy√© is so amazing. Of course, Let it Go is wonderful in and of itself, but let me tell you, the addition of the African chants and the children's choir make it even better [if that's even possible]. Plus, that girl's voice is totally amazing. And Frozen is one of my favorite movies. And, well, you get the idea. ;)



2. SCALLOPED POTATOES

Last night my family went to Golden Corral. [FYI: It's pretty much my favorite place ever because you can eat unlimited amounts of ice cream. Finally, someone understands my passion...] 

Anyway, I was happily scooping globs of my favorite foods onto my gently warmed plate, when suddenly a depressing sight plagued my starving eyes-- the mashed potato container was practically empty! I grabbed the plastic serving spoon and desperately attempted to retrieve the remaining morsels of creamy goodness. As I sadly sulked back to my table, from the corner of my eye I noticed a different tray next to the steaks. Upon further observation, I learned that the dish had potatoes, cheese, and some sort of creamy, buttery sauce. Count. Me. In. Moments later, my taste buds experienced the joy that is scalloped potatoes and my life was forever changed.

Now that I've experienced the awesomeness, I think I'm going to have to try this recipe from Olga's Flavor Factory

3. PIANO

Though it's not a person, my piano has become one of my very best friends. From Mozart to the Hymn book, every song I've learned has taught me an important lesson. Most of all, there's something about pouring your heart and soul into a song, whether it be through performing or simply listening, that is so relieving and rejuvenating.

4. THE BOOK OF MORMON

Honestly, there are some days when I'm just so tired, busy, or whatever else that my scripture study falls to the back burner. I've been trying really hard to be more diligent about my scripture study lately, and it has made all the difference. Even though the Book of Mormon was written by confusing grown-ups thousands of years ago, its words are true. They apply to my life. They have answers to my teenage problems and my personal struggles. They are the words of Christ. Hand in hand with the Bible, the scriptures hold the words of God. Studying them more this week has brought me so much peace. 


5. LOVE FROM AFAR BY STUDIO C

I'll wrap things up with a sketch that made my smile  laugh until I cried. Words can't even describe this. All I can say is watch it and make sure you have someone standing by in case you start hyperventilating from giggling too much. #youhavebeenwarned


What's made your life sweet this week?

Sarah
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