Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Infinite Atonement-again :)

So I am learning a ton from my book The Infinite Atonement! I am almost finished with it and though I would use this post to randomly write thoughts I've had throughout reading it! Just what I've learned or felt... Here goes nothing :)


     *Well the ultimate purpose of the Atonement was to make us like God! In other words, exalting us! And those exalting ordinances are only found in the temple! Then in the temple, there are constant symbols everywhere about the Atonement. Symbolism of Christ suffering! Thus creating a complete cirle to remind us of Christ, God, Eternity, Family, and much more!

     *I loved how Tad Callister, the author, used a quote by President Gordon B Hinckley in his book. It really pointed out that we go to church every Sunday to be reminded about Gods great love and power! So then throughout the rest of the week, we can better remember Him! Then Callister emphasizes how it is a feast, a spiritual feast every Sunday. And that it is our duty to come with a fork in hand, starving for spiritual food, in order to feel satisfied and ready for another week!

     *The Atonement makes it possible for us to receive gifts from our Heavenly Father to make us more like Him. So nobody can say they are fine with no need to progress or change. It's all about receiving the gift we need to overcome a weakness and using it wisely. Then humbly seeking to impove the next weakness! There is always room for improvement!


This is just a few cool things I've learned over the last couple of months reading this beautiful book! I again encourage you to get it yourself! It's about 300 pages and worth everyone! I love it so much and have changed because of it! I thank my Heavenly Father and older brother so much more and with deeper clearity for this wonderful plan and that I'm blessed enough to be apart of it!

Love always,
Repeat Offender haha :)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

School!

     Well another school year has begun! Now I am down at Utah Valley University to start their nursing program!! I miss good ol' Utah State, but I know I'm meant to be here!

     How blessed am I, and my fellow students to be getting higher education. I think some of us take it for granted. I think it's a bit harder for me to take it for granted... Seeing as I have to pay for tuition and books on my own. However, it still can be seen as boring or useless!

     I would just like to publically say how grateful I am for my education. For all that I have learned up to this point and all that I have yet to learn! It's amazing that I have the dream of becoming a NICU Nurse and that I am the only thing standing in my way of becoming it! If I put all my energy into it, there will be nothing that can stop me!

     Dreams come true people! And no matter how hard it may be, I will stay happy! Because mine is almost within reach!

Love always,
Student Samples

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sister Samples

Can I just say how grateful I am for this blog! It keeps me focused on Heavenly Father every Sunday and recognizing his blessings throughout the week! And I have the difficult decision of picking which one I will speak on!

I have had the pleasure to attend over a dozen farewells so far with many more to come! It's amazing for me to watch these guys that I've usually known for quite some time shape up and put those name tags on, forget themselves, and do what the Lord needs them to do! I get to hear their testimonies before they depart into strange lands to suffer unknown tribulations and to do it with absolute faith that they will change someones life forever!

I also had the great pleasure to see my cousins leave on missions and return with even stronger testimonies of this church!

Which brings me to my point!! I have less than 2 years until I can receive mission papers and turn them in and get my call!!! And boy am I excited!! Just like these Elders, I cannot wait to share this gospel message! I cannot wait to see people change because of the light this gospel brings!! I cant wait to trust in the Lord fully and watch my own life change because of it!! I CANNOT WAIT!!! I am so grateful to have the opportunity and wish it wasn't so far away. BUT I will have pacience, and I will not get married haha!! If 'the one' comes along before I leave, then great!! If we're really meant to be and if he is really 'the one' then he will wait! He'll understand the importance of me serving a full time mission! To hopefully give a small percent back to the Savior that created me and is helping me every second of every day!!!

I love this gospel and cannot wait to share it with everyone I meet! Believe me that I am trying to be a missionary now, I'm not just waiting for the name tag ;)!!!

Love always,
Sister Samples!!!