11/30/15

Thankful

Today is the last day of November and I am shocked! 
I can't even believe this month is already over. December starts TOMORROW!
This semester has gone by soooo fast! It's been filled with so much fun, but I sure am happy to be moving on, almost graduating, and other exciting things that will be happening soon... ;)

Better late than never! Here are some things I'm thankful for this month/year.

I love love love this church with all my heart. I learn new things every week. I have the best experiences. I've never been happier in my entire life! I blogged about what it's been like to be a Mormon for the past 6 months here. I spoke in sacrament this month, and Hunter and I went and did baptisms at the Gilbert temple for the first time. It was beautiful, peaceful, and amazing. I love the spirit that I can feel in there! I'm so excited to go through in about 6 months!


2. My family.
I have LOVED having my family here this month. Two of my older sisters came out from California for Thanksgiving, and it was so fun. We played games, went dress shopping, got our nails done, shopped, and laughed a lot! It's fun having all the nieces and nephews in town too. I have 3 nephews, and 1 niece, and 1 on the way (we don't know if it's a boy or girl because my sister doesn't want to find out!!) It's crazy having everyone here, but so amazing. I miss them as soon as they leave. I am so thankful for my family! This month we also went out for my dad's birthday. We also saw a movie, and it was a fun little date night. 




3. Wonderful friends.
This month has been a little catch up for me. October was crazy, and we were out of the country, so I wasn't in contact with a lot of people. This month, I was able to text and call friends that I've missed and was able to hang out with a few! One of the sweet sisters that taught me came down to AZ for Thanksgiving so I got to see her for a little bit. I also went out to breakfast with two lovely ladies. School consumes us all, but getting a few hours to catch up in person makes me so happy! 




4. My cute fiance. 
Obviously, sweet Hunter makes this list. He keeps me sane and also drives me insane sometimes ;) He has been working so hard (he had to work on Thanksgiving) and is now working full time at the hospital as a scribe. He has guaranteed hours, paid time off, and benefits. It's such a blessing in our lives to know he has guaranteed full time hours every single week! My internship is ending soon, so I'm grateful for every hour that he works to help us out! We went on a few fun dates this month and I loved it. I love when he's around my family, and I love spending time with him. I sure love him more and more as each day passes and I can't wait to be his wife! This will be our first Christmas together in 2 years and I am stoked! 




Some other things I am grateful for:
-When I get 8 hours of sleep
-Anything and everything pumpkin
-Christmas decorations
-Being able to wear a scarf and boots every day
-The fact that this is the last week of classes!!!
-Health & safety 
(I haven't gotten sick... yet... and I am so grateful I am watched over and protected. My heart still hurts for all of the Paris attacks and tragedies all over the world. I pray for safety every night!)

I have SOOO much to be grateful for.
December will be amazing, like it always is.
(December really is a magical month!)
And then it'll be 2016.
THE BEST YEAR EVER.

:)



11/17/15

Six Months as a Latter-Day Saint

Yesterday marked 6 months since I was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day SaintsHalf of a year already?! Where has time gone? This truly has been the best 6 months of my life. I have seen SO MANY blessings since that wonderful day!


It’s been a crazy 6 months. It has gone by so fast, and I feel like I’ve done so much. Here are a few of my adventures since! I got a calling as a ward missionary (the day of my confirmation, super fast!). I spoke at stake conference a few weeks after that. I got my temple recommend and have done baptisms at the Mesa  temple, Snowflake temple, and San Diego temple. (I’ll be hitting up Gilbert and Phoenix soon.) I got my patriarchal blessing in July and it was AMAZINGGGG. I’ve served with the sisters many times! And most recently, I gave my first talk in sacrament. It’s been such a spirit-filled 6 months, and I can’t wait to see all the adventures that’ll happen in the next 6 months;)

Most of you know that I had investigated the church for YEARS. I read the Book of Mormon countless times before I was baptized. I attended church regularly, and lived most of the principles of the gospel. I really was just so scared of choosing the wrong path, so I didn’t choose one at all. (That is not the right mindset to have, by the way.) It's crazy that the moment I decided I was going to have faith and an open heart, my life changed immediately. 

I look back on May 16th as one of the happiest days of my life. I was surrounded by people who loved and supported me. I was worried the room would be mostly empty, but it was packed full of people that I love so much! One of my favorite parts was being able to stand at the front and give my testimony, and look and see so many amazing people supporting me. I truly have been blessed with the best friends and family. Heavenly Father definitely knows who I need and when I need them. I am grateful for that!


I have not doubted this decision for one second since my baptism day. I KNOW this was Heavenly Father’s plan for me. (I think I’ve known it all along, but I didn’t want to admit it at first). I have learned SO DANG MUCH since then. I’ve been able to feel God’s love for me more than ever. I’ve had SOOOO many answers to prayers, and so many moments of pure peace.  I know that a lot of people disagree with my decision. I know that people have so many bad things to say about this church, but I also KNOW that this is Jesus Christ’s church. I have never been happier, and I have never felt more confident/sure of myself and who I am becoming. I have a whole new perspective of this life, and eternity.



That being said, I am not perfect. I sin daily. I make mistakes. I say the wrong things at the wrong times. I stress out over nothing. And I still struggle with placing all of my faith in God every single day. But what I can tell you is that I love this church. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. I love my life and I am SO grateful for May 16th.  


Happy 6 month-baptisaversary to me!

If you want to chat with the LDS missionaries, click here! It'll change your life ;)
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions about the church, my conversion story, or anything else! 

11/2/15

Being engaged isn't what I thought it'd be...

IT'S BETTER.

It's only been like two weeks, but seriously. They have been the best.
I just feel like we've been 100X's happier than we were before!
Which is actually pretty difficult because we were EXTREMELY happy and in love to begin with. We're already super dorky, cheesy, and mushy gush, but now?
It's soooo bad.
The other night I was just thanking Hunter for something nice he did, and we both ended up crying because we felt so lucky, blessed, and happy to have each other.
Reality is: we’re getting married!
We’ll be together for all of eternity.
We’ll be able to kiss each other good night every single day.
We will have a family together, we’ll raise kids together.
 We’ll be equal partners, parents, and best friends.
We’ll have hard times, and go through rough patches, but we’ll be able to do it together.
I seriously can’t even explain how happy these words make me.

I love being engaged to my sweet Hunter &
I’m sure I’ll enjoy being married to him even more ;)

So here’s to the start of the madness. We’ve already been making plans like crazy. Everything has been GREAT so far!

We sure are lucky.

Well, that’s it for now! 
I’ll work on a detailed post about our adventures in France and Hunt’s proposal story J