Friday, May 22, 2009

Spring Creations

Being inspired by spring/summer time (and also not having any work...) I have been working on some crafts. One of the most exciting, I finally scrapbooked our wedding! I only took one picture, but it's really awesome, you should come visit and see!

Also, some may remember my ever fabulous Ariel purse, but being almost 21 and after having taken it everywhere, it was pretty dirty and WNTW host Stacey would say that I had out grown the "disney purse" thing. So I made this!

And I finally painted our kitchen/laundry area ... yellow. We're in a basement so I figured it'd brighten it up. I was right!

And just for fun:

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ice, Water, Air

I have been studying a lot recently on topics of the Gospel that to some are very hard to grasp. Things like Pre mortal life, Eternal progression, and the nature of God. I don't write this post with the intent to convince, but really to find out how and why people do not belive God and Christ are seperate beings. I have been reading the Gospels recently and I have made it to John and it seems so obvious that Jesus and God or Heavenly Father are two seperate beings.

John 5:19-20 "Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel"

John 7:16 "Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me."

John 8:29 "And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him"

Obviously these are only a few of references Jesus makes to him being the Son of God, but these especially have been getting me thinking. Jesus speaks of him being obedient to God's will, that it is His Father's gospel, His Father's work. To me, if Jesus and God are the same person, then Jesus is lying. He is speaking about himself when He refers to His Father. I've heard the comparison of the trinity being like water. Water has different forms but it's all still water. I can understand how this can ease some people's minds but for me it doesn't work. All three forms cannot eternally dwell together. The water will either freeze and no longer exist. The ice will melt and become water. Or both will melt and become air.

Besides the fact that Jesus constantly speaks of His Father, and claims to be the Son of God, there's the fact that Jesus has a body. But from what I understand about the "trinity" God doesn't have a body. Wouldn't that limit God? It wouldn't seem so until you really think about it. Why would Jesus have a body and God wouldn't? If they're on the same playing field that gives Jesus something God doesn't have. Also, if we were created in God's image, which can understandably be a vague statement, what does God look like? If He doesn't have a body, how did he know how to create ours and after what to model it after? And then there's the life long question; why are we here? Why would God give us bodies if he didn't have one himself, just so that we would be resurrected to live with... what exactly? Once again, I'm not writing this in an attempt to put down any theologies, I just simply don't get it. Any further explination would be much appreciated.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Food for Thought

With this last Sunday being fast and testimony meeting, I do what probably most people do and sit there thinking about if I have anything to say. Someone encouraged me to say what the kids say, the simple "I know the church is true, I know Thomas S. Monson is a prophet, name of Jesus Christ Amen." but I've always thought that was too simple and un-inspired. But really, simplicity is the basis of Christ's message. I don't have to have some inspiring story or clever whit in order to get up in front of 400 people and simply state what I know to be true. I do need nerves... but that will come in time. Actually, I have recently sung one of my favorite songs "Oh Lord My Redeemer" and that is my testimony. I find it easier to take what other people have written and sing it from my heart than to try to actually put into words how I feel. Just to put it on paper: I do know firstly that Jesus is the Christ. I know that Heavenly Father loves all of us and He sent His son to save all of us from the begining to the end. It saddens me to know that there are some who believe Jesus only died for a few people, that His grace doesn't extend to everyone. The more I read the scriptures the more I see the plainness of God and how easy the Gospel is to follow. I am so thankful for the commandments and laws God provides us to live by and especially for missionary work. I have been afriad of the missionaries for a long time , so having them over in our apt. to teach PJ wasn't just scary for PJ. But seeing the change the Lord has wrought in PJ over the past 4-5 months since he's been baptized is amazing. I have even had people ask me when I joined the church because they thought PJ was a life-long member. :\ Woops.

So with this new focus of missionary work, and with PJ and I being ward missionaries, I have decided to use facebook to further our missionary outreach. Every morning I have decided to post a BOM scripture and (I just started yesterday) already I have received positive feedback from some of the strongest opposers of the Church. My hope is that these scripture bits will spawn more and more of an interest to where PJ and I can invite them to our little basement home and begin to share the love that we feel and have received. As my mom always would say: "We'll see".