Sunday, September 28, 2008

What a Sunday!

When I woke up this morning, I have to admit, I was a little bitter that it was Fast Sunday. The day before had been a rough day. I hadn't been in the best mood. Then to wake up early, walk downstairs, only to see Jacob eating a big bowl of cereal knowing my stomach would be growling for most of the day.

But, despite my poor attitude, my testimony grew so much today. My attitude quickly changed. We often hear that we are children of our Heavenly Father, but do we actually know this is true? I think in the back of my mind I knew this was a fact and I knew that he loves each and everyone of us. But to really sit down and think of the comfort this gives us and what amazing people we really are hit me hard.
Sister Shirley Tieman gave an amazing lesson in YW. First, Sister Dawn Tieman handed out a piece of paper with either a drawing of a boy or girl. Then, we each had to think of someone we despised. At first this was hard, but then a name popped into my head. It wasn't really that I despised this person, but more of really never let feelings go from previous incidents. As the lesson went on, she asked us how we would feel if we could throw darts at our paper. We wouldn't be actually harming the person, more so letting our feelings go. What's the harm in that? As we all talked about how great it would feel to release these hurtful feelings, she put her drawing of her "annoying person" on the board. She acted like she threw her darts at the person. Then she took her picture off the wall. Behind the picture was a picture of Christ. Wow. What an incredible feeling of the spirit that entered the room. How can we hurt people like we are? Christ loves every single one of us. The thought of piercing Christ's picture because we were wanting to get even with our enemies is awful. She then related this concept with a scripture:

Matthew 25:40: And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Sister Shirley and Dawn Tieman really did an amazing job teaching the lesson.
Another one of our leaders spoke to the class about her children. She told us each of her kids have different strenghts and weaknesses that the other does not possess. However, her love for them is so great. Her love for her children is a fraction of the love that our Heavenly Father has for us.
Last week, I was holding Logan when my mom asked me to take him into the living room, and ask him where Jesus is. Logan lifted his finger and pointed to the picture we have of Christ on the wall. No matter when you ask him, he will always point. However, if you ask him where Mom (or anyone else) is, sometimes he will point, sometimes he will not.
I know my Heavenly Father loves me. He loves me no matter how rotten or stubborn I may be. He knows my strengths and weaknesses and is here with me every ounce of the way. I know that if we ask Him to see the good in our enemies, he will do so, and our lives will be blessed for it. I know that every person in this world has divine qualities and so much good in them. I can't wait to see Him again. My heart is filled with love. I cannot put into words how truly thankful I am for the gospel. I can't wait to be with my family forever and to be sealed in the temple to my future family. We need to be more like the little children in our lives. Although they are small, they know who Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are and they can feel the love They have for us.

Pizza Night!

I know, it's a miracle! I'm on top of things! I am actually posting recent pictures :]

Tonight, Grandma and Papa along with Amber and Bret came over for pizza. We each made our own personal pizzas. It was so much fun! We mixed up the dough, rolled it out ourselves, and put the toppings we wanted on it. Unfortunately, I forgot to get the camera out until they were already in the oven. It was an easy, delicious recipe:

Pizza Crust

1 ½ C Warm Water
1 T Yeast
1 T Sugar
1 t Salt
3-4 C Flour
3 T Olive Oil

Let rise for 20 minutes

Bake at 400* for 20 minutes

Logan+Water=Entertainment for Hours

Logan has discovered a new love for water. It is so much fun to watch him play in the backyard. All we have to do is give him a hose, and he is entertained for hours, and he entertains us for hours as well :]. He loves it!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Dr. Mario

Amber and Bret have Dr. Mario on their wii. We are addicted. Once the little kids are in bed, we all stay up and have very competitive tournaments. We're usually still up when my Dad gets home from work at midnight and of course he joins in. He gets very into the game as you can tell...