Me and my family, minus my sister and her family.
Me and my brother, Darren :) I'm so glad he could make it!
Me and one of my friends from my major :) we were
soooo ready to graduate!!
Graduation has now come and gone :( It was a blast and I would love to go back to that day, but I have other things in store for me and I just need to continue pushing forward. Now that I'm home for the summer it has been pretty difficult to adjust and to understand where I need to focus my efforts next. I haven't been able to get a full time job because I can't commit to the whole summer due to my prior commitment to being an EFY Counselor for 3 weeks. I've been working for my uncle part time, but that will end soon and I will be picking up jobs here and there until July 12th when I go to Santa Barbara and Vegas for EFY. I have had a lot of down time which has allowed me time to think about a lot of things and to evaluate where I am at in my life; physically, spiritually, emotionally, socially etc... There are many things I've learned about myself, and I know I have many things to work on. Each day is a work in progress and I am trying to better myself each day.
Spiritually, I know that I have a foundation in the gospel and that no one's opinion of my beliefs can change that. I know that without my knowledge and testimony of God's church and His love for me, I would be lost. I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon work hand in hand and provide strength for me in my life when I feel lost. Fasting and prayer are essential in helping me understand what path is best for me, and is God's way of allowing us to communicate with Him. It is my desire to always cultivate my relationship with my Heavenly Father because it is ultimately my strength and shield against the world we live in today. I love Him and am ever so greatful for his selfless sacrifice for me. I am blessed to know Him through prayer and my own personal revelation.
Prayer has been able to provide guidance and reassurance in my life, especially this last semester and in the lst couple of weeks. If not for my knowledge and faith in the power of prayer I would be confused, and lost in this huge world we live in today. I know my Heavenly Father loves me and cares about me individually. My happieness stems from my foundation in His gospel and through my knowledge of the fact that there is never a day in my life that I walk alone.
Since being home I have had the opportunity to attend many weddings, meet many new people, and continue to hold dear the friendships I have been so blessed to have. I have been able to spend precious time with my family who I love very much and who I look up to on a daily basis. Also, I have found much joy in simply talking and getting to know different people. Listening to others tell their story is facinating to me, and there is much to be learned from others if we just open our ears. To make a difference in this world it takes opening your mind and your heart to understand and to give of yourself.
side note- i love Airports simply for the opportunity I have to people watch and to talk with others as well. wierd? maybe, but no one is normal. :)
my thoughts have been flowing all night, and I wish I could continue, but i need sleep :)