Archive | September 2012

Morning Inspiration

So, been walking a few times a week now. Basically I don’t walk in the mornings on the days I work and sometimes the day after. My husband has been great about taking Dylan to seminary on the days I work and the day after I work when I ask him too. It’s nice to get to sleep in a couple of hours at least once a week.

So, on my walks I think about different things, a lot of the time they’re church related in some way. Today started off about the same, but then suddenly, inspiration hit me! I’ve been wanting to try my hand at writing for awhile now, but have really struggled coming up with ideas. But this morning I had one hit me, and it was so exciting. Now I can’t wait to write down the idea before I forget. And for once, the urge to write has hit me when I don’t work the next day. For some reason it seems like I always think about writing the day before I go back to work so then I don’t feel like I can really get into it. So, I’m excited about possibly doing some writing soon.

I’ve also been considering trying to write an article about my conversion story and how I met my husband. My mother-in-law tried to get me to write it back when we got married, but I put it off and it never got done. But something tells me that it could possibly touch someone in some way so that’s a goal of mine to try to finish by the end of the year. I got 3 months, should be able to make it, right?

I can’t remember if I’ve written about my new calling. It’s to teach in Relief Society on the 4th Sunday of the month. Which is the week we do Teaching for Our Times and teach from our General Conference talks. At first I was not thrilled about it. The thought of teaching a bunch of women who probably know a lot more than I do about the Gospel scared me. But now that I’ve done it a couple of times I at least know that I’m capable of doing it and feel accepted by the women. And it’s also a great motivator to read the General Conference talks. I admit we’ve been pretty bad about not watching the last few like we should have, so I’m excited to read and learn from them. Perhaps that’s why I received this calling, so that I will learn from them.

Part of me wishes they would release me from my Activity Day calling. But at the same time I would feel like I was abandoning my co-leader and friend and I would hate to feel that way. So, I’m just going to try to do my best. Luckily I only have to do one lesson and one activity each month, so it shouldn’t be too bad. But this does mean that I now have 3 callings, 4 if you count Visiting Teaching. And maybe the problem with having so many callings, even if they aren’t all heavy time consuming ones, is that then it’s hard to give each one 100%. So my fear is that I won’t do well at any of them. I already feel like I could do better at them. But maybe this new one will renew my desire to magnify my callings and I’ll do better. I can tell that I’m going to be relying a lot more on prayer with this calling. I think I’ve prayed more in the last week than the last few months, so if nothing else, it’s helping me to pray more!

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Morning Adventure

Looking at my history I average about 1 post a month, so maybe if I do it earlier in the month I’ll manage to get more than one in. The walking has been going well (at least when I’m the one that takes him). Shaun has been great about taking him not only on the days I work, but he’ll take him the day after I work a lot of the time which is really nice. Although I’m hoping to get to the point where I don’t want him to because I want the walking time. I do enjoy it once I get there and get going. Especially now that the weather is so nice!

Although, today was a little scary. As I was walking my usual route along the sidewalk outside the church I noticed that one of the doors on the back side of the church was propped open. I debated about what to do for a lap or so, then decided to go take a closer look. It was propped open with a box and the light was on in the little room. It was a room I never even knew existed and it led to some stairs (had no clue we had stairs in the church). I heard a noise so I got freaked out and quickly headed back to the sidewalk. I was going to go in the church to tell someone immediately, but then decided maybe it would be best to wait till after Seminary because I didn’t want to disrupt the class and I also felt like the fewer people that knew the better. So I continued my walk but now instead of thinking productive or spiritual thoughts I played out different scenarios in my head, like what would happen if someone came out of the door while I was walking. When it got to be close to time for the kids to be done I headed in and waited on the teacher to be available so I could tell her. So then we decided to go check it out. We went and closed the door and then headed upstairs to peek and see if anyone was hiding out up there. Thankfully we didn’t see anyone or even any signs of someone up there because I’m not sure what we would’ve done had there been someone! So, that was my little adventure for the day!

As far as how Seminary is going for Dylan, I think it’s going great! I’m honestly so proud of him. He never complains about getting up before 5am, he’s been doing really well with reading his scriptures at least every night that he’s at home, and he says he enjoys it. I was feeling a little guilty at first for making him get up so early and go to it. But now I feel like he really likes it and I think it helps his day go better. He’s definitely a lot more dedicated than I was at that age, and probably more so than the average Freshman in high school, at least around here where we don’t have a large population of LDS. Although our youth is growing. We almost have enough active young men to have only them blessing and passing the sacrament, which is really cool to see.

I received a new calling at church. It’s as a Relief Society Instructor. I believe I’ll be teaching on the 4th Sunday usually. Which will be good for me, but I am nervous about it. I taught last month as a favor and then they decided to call me to the position. Should’ve seen that one coming! But I actually enjoyed preparing the lesson. Teaching it not so much mostly because I hate speaking in front of people and get super nervous. But hopefully that will improve the more I do it. It was definitely a different experience from teaching Primary children! I didn’t get through my lesson because of all the discussion that went on. The good news is, they just want me to finish my lesson this month, so don’t have to do much preparation. Although I do plan on doing some in case it’s too short this time so I’ll have something to add at the end if needed.

Well, I’d better get moving if I don’t want to fall asleep. The goal is to stay awake all day so hopefully I can sleep well tonight since I work tomorrow.