it's finally here

I'm so excited about this.
I've been looking forward to it for a long time.
And it's finally here.
Come if you can.
It's going to be a party.
And then, the next morning.
I'm going to Cedar and St. George.
To party with my Music Ed peeps.
And see my little big sister.
And see my adorable cousins.
And see my amazing aunt.


finding joy in the journey

I recently reread President Monson's talk "Finding Joy in the Journey" from October 2008. It really made me think twice about a lot of things. Here are some of my favorite parts - I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

"This is our one and only chance at mortal life - here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey - now."

"Stresses in our lives come regardless of our circumstances. We must deal with them the best we can. But we should not let them get in the way of what is most important - and what is most important almost always involves the people around us. Often we assume that they must know how much we love them. But we should never assume; we should let them know."

"Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved."

"When we choose not to focus on what is missing from out lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present - love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that brings us happiness - the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth."

"The ancient Roman philosopher Horace admonished, 'Whatever hour God as blessed you with, take it with grateful hand, nor postpone your joys from year to year, so that in whatever place you have been, you may say that you have lived happily.'"

"Despite the changes which come into our lives and with gratitude in our hearts, may we fill our days - as much as we can - with those things which matter most. May we cherish those we hold dear and express our love to them in word and in deed."

"Brothers and sisters, my sincere prayer is that we may adapt to the changes in our lives, that we may realize what is most important, that we may express our gratitude always and thus find joy in the journey."