Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
I wake up in the morning and think
"What is this strange place".
I'll be sitting in class, look out the window
and be stunned to see the city before me.
I'll be in the comfort of my study spot
and then the silence is broken by the Call to Prayer.
Then I remember,
I'm on the other side of the world,
In a place said to be full of destruction and conflict.
Then again, sometimes I forget that I had a life before this.
I make friends that I feel I've known forever
I walk the streets and it feels like ive walked them my whole life.
I forget what reality TV shows are.
I forget what its like to check facebook every day.
I forget what a brownie tastes like.
I forget that I used to be waiting for this.
I forget that there are places in the world
other then this beautiful city I live in.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
As I was on Blackboard trying to find the handout for my Old Testament paper, I came across a handout that my teacher posted entitled "Motherhood Handout". I was curious so I opened it and found a plethora of quotes about women and mothers. I found it inspiring so I posted a couple that I read and liked. Enjoy!
Having looked over all of this [created earth], [God] declared it to be good. He then created man in His own likeness and image. Then as His final creation, the crowning of His glorious work, He created woman. I like to regard Eve as His masterpiece after all that had gone before, the final work before He rested from His labors (Gordon B. Hinckley "Daughters of God," Ensign, Nov. 1991, 99).
Be careful lest you make a woman cry, for God counts her tears
(Thomas S. Monson, Cottonwood Seminary Graduation, Tabernacle on Temple Square, May 2001).
And to you women . . . You too can be strong and encouraging and beautiful and helpful. We can stand for truth and goodness, and we will not stand alone. Moreover, we shall have unseen forces of heaven to assist us.
(Gordon B. Hinckley, “An Ensign to the Nations, a Light to the World,” Ensign, Nov 2003, 82)
No wonder, then, if motherhood is divine and eternal and core to the nature of every woman, that Lucifer would do everything in his considerable power to demean and undermine everything about motherhood, hoping to confuse women with worldly enticements or secular philosophies that appear more satisfying or dazzling or even more enlighten ---Sheri Dew
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people wont feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. Its not just in some of us, its in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same as we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.