Sunday, April 3, 2011

General Conference

I love General Conference! This is really one of the most difficult things for me to describe. There is such an overwhelming feeling of self improvement that I really need and I really enjoy. I love my life - but there are always ways to fix it and make it better, more in harmony with what the Lord would want me to do. General Conference always puts that into perspective for me.

I was able to go down with my roommate Ben, and meet up with Valerie and Julie and watch Saturday afternoon in the Conference Center as well as Priesthood Session. The messages shared truly touched my heart and give me that hope that one day I'll be able to be perfected. Of all the messages, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's stuck out to me the most. He told the story of a man who saved all his money to go on a cruise and see a few coastal cities - something he had wanted his whole life. He finally had enough for the cruise, so he bought his ticket, packed a meager amount of cheap food and set out for the ship. While on the cruiseline he was envious of the people who could afford to see movies, go to the gym, eat elaborate dinners and enjoy the ships amenities. He was still grateful for the opportunity to see the coastal towns he had wanted to visit, but spent his time on the cruise ship in his room eating his meager rations. It wasn't until the last day, when a cruise worker asked him which farewell party he was planning on attending, did the man learn that all the amenities on the ship were included in the ticket price. He had been living far below his privilege while on the cruiseliner.

He proceeded to compare this mans experience to our lives, especially as priesthood holders. We are living below our privilege in many aspects, and we must find what we can do - and then do it! He was so inspiring to me and gave me the exact message I needed to hear. There were other great talks as well, but I will not go into details about those. If you want to read them, the text will be available on Thursday at lds.org I would highly recommend spending some time reading and pondering the messages of the apostles and prophets of God. You will not regret it.

Final Project

For my Comm. 499 class, my senior project, I researched about how to write grant proposals for HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness. It took me such a long time to do - but I have printed my book and given my presentation, and I feel good about how things turned out. I thought I would share a few of the things from the book, but then I realized that it is mostly just text, so I inserted the cover of the book and a quote from the inside cover.
After doing this project I have gained a greater desire to help those who suffer from HIV/AIDS. I want so badly to be in Africa right now and help those who can't help themselves. Maybe after graduation I will make it out there. Only a few more months and I'll have to figure out my life - and maybe life will take me on the path to stop AIDS. Time will only tell.

Recital

Last weekend I had my vocal recital - and although my hands went numb during my performance (I've never been so nervous in my life!) I think it went somewhat well. After a semester of preparations you would think I'd be less nervous, but my song didn't really fit me that well. I've embedded a youtube video of a professional singing the song. You can probably tell that it isn't much my style - but my vocal coach insisted I sing it. It is a life goal accomplished as well. I took voice lessons! Yay me! In this next week I shall accomplish two other life goals. I can't wait!

Field Trip

Last Friday I got to go on an amazing field trip for my Natural Disasters class. Now when I say amazing - I use that term loosely. The field trip itself was actually rather pointless, but the group of friends I was with made the trip so much better. We may have been the loudest group on the bus and in all of West Yellowstone, but I'm pretty sure the other students enjoyed our rambunctiousness. They were all bored out of their minds too.

It would've been a miserable day if it weren't for my great friends.


Some of the great things we experienced include the bear bench as seen above; watching our professor fall on some ice; freezing in the horrid wind of Montana and Wyoming; learning about rockslides and earthquakes; playing the alphabet game on the bus; sharing an i-pod between 4 people; and best of all - pizza afterwards as a "Hooray! We're done!" celebration. Needless to say, the field trip was a bust, but the friendship memories were bomb.