Friday, May 16, 2014

Farewell talk

I am going on a mission I will enter the MTC on the 21st. I will be going to the Nevada Las Vegas west mission English speaking.
As I entered young women, I learned the young women theme just like everybody else who enters. Since the young women say it every Sunday we learn it pretty fast. The theme is
WE ARE DAUGHTERS of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him. WE WILL “STAND as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9) as we strive to live the Young Women values, which are:
Faith • Divine Nature • Individual Worth • Knowledge • Choice and Accountability • Good Works • Integrity • and Virtue
WE BELIEVE as we come to accept and act upon these values, WE WILL BE PREPARED to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.
But soon it will be just another thing that we say, we usually say it fast because we know it but sometimes we don’t think about the words. We need to take it to heart and think about the words because Heavenly father does love each and every individual. Everything in the young women’s program builds upon the theme sometimes you don’t think about how it builds upon but it does. While I was in young women I worked on my personal progress, I would work on it every once in a while. Then one day my mom came up to me and asked if I would like to finish it by my 16 birthday then have two years to work on my honor bee. I agreed and with my mom’s help all along the process I finished it at least close to my 16 birthday then by the time graduation came around I had finished all the things I need to get my honor bee. There was sometimes that I was not sure if I would finish all the things that I needed to do for my honor bee but my mom always came up with different solution to my problems. I don’t think that I would of gotten my honor bee without my mom and I probably would of pushed finishing my personal progress off till later.
The young women program has taught me how little things that we do in our lives can change how people look and think about the church. We all “have the power to bless people by our words and smiles and [our] sincere interest in them”  I have learned that you never know who is watching what you do or say. Depending on your words and action you might be bring someone closer to heavenly father or you might push them away. “we should not bow down or give in or be persuaded to do anything contrary to God’s will.” My leaders and parents have taught me to follow this. Lucky I have never been persuaded or have done anything against the commandments and the teaching of God.
Growing up I always thought that if I was not married by the time I was 21 I would go on a mission but that all changed when Pres. Thomas S. Monson changed the aged. “I am pleased to announce that effective immediately, all worthy and able young men who have graduated from high school or its equivalent, regardless of where they live, will have the option of being recommended for missionary service beginning at the age of 18, instead of age 19. . . .”
I was freaking out, and talking at the TV saying that If they change the boys age then they should change the girls age too.  
Then he kept going “As we have prayerfully pondered the age at which young men may begin their missionary service, we have also given consideration to the age at which a young woman might serve. Today I am pleased to announce that able, worthy young women who have the desire to serve may be recommended for missionary service beginning at age 19, instead of age 21”   I was not expecting the young women age to drop down so far. I was thinking maybe age 20, but I knew that I wanted to go and I did not have a long time to prepare anymore.
When I was starting to  write my letter to the First Presidency to accept my mission, I started feeling like I was not prepared to teach people about the gospel. I was beating myself up and I knew that I needed help from someone because as time went by I was getting more sad and feel inadequate, so I called my mom and talked her for awhile. My mom made me feel so much better about myself.  My mom has help me with so many things in my life but as my mission as grew close she has help me a little more then she has in the past. She always knows what to do and say to make me feel better about what I am doing or going to do
I know sometimes that the path is not easy but if we get off the path and follow our own path it is a whole lot harder then the path that the LORD has laid out for us.
I went on a hike with my dad, on our hike we thought we were on the trail but we got to a point and couldn't go any more so we left the trail and tried to find the trail again. finally we find it, on are way back down we thought that we could find where we went wrong but we never could find were we went wrong. Sometimes life is like that we think that we are on the LORD's path but we make little choose that makes us leave the path but we think that we are still on the LORD's plan until we are not and we look back and don't understand where we went wrong. But we have the atonement, so we can repent and get back on the LORD's plan.
         I have had the chance to visit different wards in different states and all the wards teach of the same thing. I have felt the spirit in all the wards, I know that the church is the same no matter where you go. I have had the opportunity to be close to a temple for close to a year now.  I have felt the spirit in the temple so strongly, I also went to the temple yesterday it was amazing. I felt so welcomed and loved in the temple. I was really glad to have so many people come to be with me when I went through the temple. I know that this church is true and I have felt the love and spirit every time I great the chances to listen to the prophet and the apostles. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ Amen

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