September 26, 2014

Our Bodies Are Incredible

I had the opportunity to see the "Body Worlds" exhibit at the Leonardo here in Salt Lake.  I've always been interested in the human body.  I think it is so amazing and I've enjoyed learning about our bodies and what they can do. When we first walked into the exhibit it was a little weird to think that we were looking at real people who had donated their bodies for something like this, but as we continued looking around it was a really neat experience for me.

Looking at all the different parts of the body, I was so amazed at how much detail and how complex our bodies are.  You see models of bodies all the time, but to see real models instead of plastic brought it all to life. I kept thinking about our Heavenly Father and thinking that he created our bodies and to think that everything has a purpose and works so well together.  I couldn't stop thinking "Wow! Our bodies our incredible!"

What a blessing it is to have the bodies that we have.  Being pregnant and seeing this exhibit I was amazed to see at how many organs and such are placed inside our bodies in such a way that they fit, especially when pregnant with a baby having all your organs move of the way to make room for this child.  I'm blown away by the thought that you can fit all of your vital organs and have a child inside of you at the same time.

Looking at these things and their beauty and detail, it makes you stop to think that there is so much in this world to learn.  There is so much we don't know and will constantly be learning about our whole lives as well as in the next.  Our Heavenly Father is amazing! Everything is so well put together in this life and works the way they are meant to. The trees, the flowers, the animals, the mountains, the food and so much more, but especially our bodies.

We are constantly learning about our bodies and how they work and perform and the things they can do.  I am in awe and I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for giving me the opportunity to be on this earth and to learn about my body and to help me to see what I am capable of.  What a blessing it is to be on this earth and to be a part of God's plan. What a blessing it is to have a body!

Our bodies are incredible! 

September 18, 2014

A Lesson In Prayer

The other day Emree and I were coming home from visiting family.  On our way home Emree fell asleep in my arms on the train and then we had to wait at the bus stop for the shuttle to come.  It was later in the evening and we were both exhausted. As I stood there at the stop, I realized that I had no idea what bus we were suppose to get on to get home. We didn't have a phone and there was no way I could carry her from where we were. Sweet little Emree kept asking me "what's wrong?" and I would respond "I'm okay sweet heart, I just want to get us home." Then she would smile, get close and talk to me in her language telling me that it was going to be okay. 

After a while of not knowing what to do, I asked her "should we say a prayer?" and she said "yeah." Emree moved in close, folded her arms and bowed her head ready to pray. While we prayed she stayed very still and at the end said Amen. Then she gave me a big hug and continued smiling and waving at the people who drove by.  After a few minutes the bus we needed came around the corner and we were able to make it home.

This was a very special moment for me. Emree has such a sweet spirit and is so open to the things of the spirit. After our prayer I thought about the faith of a child, her faith and how precious and strong it is. Children our so close to our Heavenly Father. They are filled with the spirit and filled with his love. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to teach Emree the importance of prayer, especially in a situation where you need help and are not sure what to do. 

Little children have a sense of the importance of the gospel and the importance of talking to our Heavenly Father.  They were there in the premortal life more recently than we were so why wouldn't we take the time to watch and listen to them.  I am so grateful to be a Mom to sweet Emree and our little boy on the way. What a blessing it is to have these sweet spirits in our lives who teach and remind us of Heavenly Father's love each and everyday.

September 2, 2014

A Beautiful Journey

What would life be like if we could just look at ourselves in the mirror and say "I am beautiful," "I am talented," "I have great potential," "My hair looks good!," and so on?  What if we looked at ourselves the way that our father in Heaven sees us... as children of God.  What if we could see ourselves the way God sees us?

I've been trying to understand who I am and my worth for quite sometime. This isn't a recent thing. It's been something I've been working on since maybe 6th grade, maybe even longer. I've been trying to learn to love and accept myself.  Looking at this and seeing that I'm not the only one in the world who feels this way and struggles with loving themselves, I want to share with you a few things I've learned over the past few months.

 I've learned that in taking time to ponder and be with the lord I am able to see more clearly and see myself as my Father in Heaven sees me.  Doing things such as studying the scriptures, praying, writing in my journal or just going out to find a quiet place to watch the sunset is time with the Lord.  In making time to be with the Lord and come closer to him we come to understand our true worth. Instead of looking at ourselves in a way that is demeaning and hurtful, we come to see ourselves the way God sees us as we come to him.

Accepting yourself isn't a chore, it's not something that is going to happen right away (as much as you would like it to).  It takes practice, patience with yourself and lot's of prayer. Over time as you come to recognize your beauty you will come to understand more of who you are as a person and see that your beauty is so much deeper than what you have been seeing in the mirror.

Another thing I've learned is that looking at the small, tender mercies the Lord has given me each and everyday, helps me to come and understand how much my Heavenly Father loves me.  By taking time to recognize these tender mercies I've grown more and more in ways that I could never have imagined.

There is something so pure and sweet about recognizing the blessings the Lord has given you.  When you see the small and simple things he does for you each day, that's where you begin to see just how much he really loves you and in turn you come to see how special and important you are and come to love and accept yourself for who you are, because of his love for you.

I've had many experiences this year that have helped me to see how much Heavenly Father loves me.  For example, when we came back from Guatemala we didn't have any furniture... literally nothing.  But over time we have gathered together furniture that is exactly what we needed and wanted and most of it was free.  This has been a great tender mercy to me, because sometimes I feel like these things I want are so small and not really that important, but that's not how the Lord sees it.  I've learned that what means a lot to me, means a lot to him.

 I've also come to truly understand how important it is to think of others. In serving others we become less focused on ourselves and in doing so we come to see ourselves more clearly.  Even recognizing and praying for the people around you who have come into your life and touched your life in someway each day, can help you to come to be more selfless and more compassionate and loving. Thinking of others helps you to feel good and brings the spirit into your heart.

Last, I've learned that it's important to be your own best friend.  You wouldn't go out and say hurtful words to a close friend or loved one, you would try to build them up and help them the best you can.  So why wouldn't you do that for yourself? 

These are just a few things I've learned and have been thinking a lot about lately. It has made all the difference in my life and on my journey in coming to love myself.  They may be things that I've known my whole life, but in coming to understand these things, it helps me to see more clearly. 

It's a process, coming to love yourself and I have come a long way from where I was.  I still have a ways to go, but it's part of learning and growing. I'm so grateful to be learning more and more about myself everyday. I'm grateful that I have a loving Heavenly Father who watches out for me and knows my potential and helps me to see for myself who I truly am.  I love this beautiful journey I'm on in my life and I hope you find that your journey is just as beautiful!