My friends Burgess and Amy are entered in a video contest to see if they can get enough votes to win some money to pay for college. All you have to do is click on the link, then click on "vote" for their video, put in your email address and the "secret" code and you're done. Just un-click the box saying you want email updates sent to you and this is a pretty un-invasive process. You can use as many addresses as you have and you can vote once every 24 hours. Count it as a random act of kindness for the day. Also, you'll be doing me a favor...cause I'm pretty much counting on this kid being the next Steven Spielberg...and me his John Williams. The end:).
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
my thoughts on conference:
I probably didn't get as much out of conference as I should have. I will for sure be reading the Ensign and watching and re-watching some of the talks online. I missed a good portion of Saturday due to conflicts and only fell asleep at the end of the first session on Sunday during Pres Monson--oops. I snored so loud I woke myself up...and made everything laugh. but anyway...
I really liked Pres Uchtdorf's talk Sun morning and the one a couple after that about change. President Uchtdorf tends to be my favorite...he just always says what I need to hear...I also love Elder Holland. Uchtdorf's talk about the atonement and the plan of happiness--that the world tries to find solutions and offer theories to help us solve our problems, but the fullness of the truth about how to obtain happiness is in the gospel of Jesus Christ and through the atonement of Jesus Christ. We need to fill our hearts and minds with the light of Christ and it will "illuminate our hearts" and help us find immeasurable joy. He said that anyone can come to Christ and all we need to do is start where we are. It is never too late. We all come short because all have sinned, but atonement has the power to make us whole. We need to be active participants in the gospel and willing to follow the Lord in His will by applying and re-applying ourselves to the gospel principles. The more we're filled with the Spirit of God the more we reach out to others.
and that's what it's about, right?
I am sure that I've heard this talk or kind of talk over 100 times. So much of it was what I already know. But, something really clicked this time. There are so many people around my age, at BYU, at home, in the church, out of the church, around the world--it doesn't matter--who are unhappy, depressed, lost, unmotivated, and are searching for solutions in so many different venues: diet books, workout plans, therapy, antidepressants, magazines, cleanses...you name it. all of these things have truth to them and work...but only for a time...and never fully. I have failed to recognize along with many others, that the true source of light is in Jesus Christ. I want so badly for my heart to be illuminated and my capacity for good to be expanded. I want to find purpose and motivation and be working towards being whole myself and helping others. The true "solution" or "answer" is in being a true follower of Jesus Christ and a faithful member in his kingdom.
This is what I gained from Conference today and I can't wait for the talks to be printed so I can continue to re-read this message and remind myself how to find true happiness.
I got pampered today...cause I insisted, but still. I asked Kik today to curl my hair. The best time to do this was during conference, however, she refused cause she wanted to write notes. But, halfway through she decided she would straighten it instead. This was good news to me since I was starting to fall asleep and this would allow me to sit up and stay awake. She straightened my hair and then did my makeup. I have decided...and for a long time...that if there was one thing I would pay someone to do for me everyday it would be my hair and makeup...if I really had the money I would also have a stylist to pick out my outfits. This is partly because I'm lazy...but mostly because I don't think I have a knack for this myself..I know what looks good, but I don't feel inspired to do it. I am much too low maintenance and also REALLY slow...so I don't have the patience to spend that much time making myself look cute. After she made me up she said, "Go look in the mirror. You need to get yourself ready everyday." why..whatever could she mean...it's true...I don't have a "job" right now per say so the concept of actually getting ready for the day doesn't really cross me until about 5pm or so but then what's the point. It would probably help my self-esteem and possibly my love life a bit if I took the care to make myself look nice instead of throwing my hair in to a greasy ponytail and throwing on some sweats---go figure. I then went to Amy's where she curled my hair wither her "volumizer" straightener--I don't really know. It was slightly painful and probably would have been impossible to do myself, at least in the back. So one day when I'm rich and famous, I will have someone to do my hair and makeup and make me look pretty.
Here are my photobooth glamour shots. The serious face is kind of funny to me...I don't take myself that seriously.