So everyone around me seems to be writing on their blog on a regular basis, and I tend to be bored at work a lot. What a great combination! So here's an update on my life and brain.
I really love changes, because change brings progress. Sadly it is really hard to progress when you're doing the exact same lazy thing every day of your life. Just like my violin teacher told me about violin and my Sunday School teacher told me about testimony -- it's the same thing. If you aren't constantly striving to better yourself and increase your talents/testimony, your talents and testimony are going to be taken away. This brings to mind a few scriptures:
D&C 60:3 "And it shall come to pass if they are not more faithful unto me, it shall be taken away, even that which they have."
And as with the man with one talent in the parable of the talents, he buried his talent, and it was taken away. That is something that scares me so much -- I have great talents that I love to exercise, but I worry that I don't do so enough, and that the Lord will take them away.
So getting back to my awesome original idea/point of this post. CHANGES! I have spent the last three years in the same ward in the same house with the same job living with my siblings. Seeing as I am a Senior now and graduating in two semesters, I figured I should PROBABLY move out of the family home and try living in a real life apartment with with real live roommates. So in January I did a very big kid thing and I started looking for an apartment to live and I signed a contract.
I moved in April. I have five loooovely roommates. I LOVE my new ward -- not because I'm super social and am having a blast (stillll working on that...) but because this change and move has helped increase my desire to strengthen my testimony and start preparing for a mission. Basically I have just felt a BOOST of the spirit and the new ward is SO good for me. I feel like I'm finally making progress again spiritually after three years of just becoming more and more of a spiritual potato.
Other changes in the past few months include--
1) My sister is expecting her first baby. We're all enjoying the changes (emotional, physical, etc) SHE is experiencing. We're all excited to have our first grandbaby/niece/nephew. A new LIFE! What a HUGE change! One of the biggest of our lives (ha. pun.)!
2) My uncle passed away. It was my first experience with death so close. It was hard. But it has strengthened my faith and love for the Lord so much, because he has given me peace throughout, even while I cry and mourn.
3) My sister MOVED! My mother figures are all far away! Now I feel like a big independent person who has to keep my rules by myself without having someone to report to every day.
So basically changes are awesome...
Also, I have to go to the dentist tomorrow. I'm freaking out a little bit. Some things never change.