Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Entitlements

     This week I am grateful for my church leaders especially! They are helping make my life so much easier, better and way more spiritual!

     We've been talking in institute a lot about entitlements. Like how someone can feel entitled to someone or something. We were asked to ponder about something we feel we justify even though we shouldnt.
      I hope that made sense.
      But my entitlement was anger. For those that know me, it really takes a lot to make me angry. I just stay bottled up inside until I explode... Not healthy!!! But I always feel entitled to anger. I'd say to myself, ya know, you never get angry. So it's okay to be mad now, they deserve it!
     Man was I wrong!! What makes me entitled to such a feeling??

     So this was really short and way random, but wanted to share. If you want, you should ponder about things your do that you feel you're entitled to feel. Then ponder all that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are entitled to, seeing as they created you. And yet they are constantly giving you the freedom to make choices, loving you and blessing you. Then decide to be better and become more like Christ!

     Sorry if that didn't make any sense!!

Love always,
Not Entitled

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Unless You Let It In

     Today I wanted to share a great poem I'm sure many have heard! It's one that teaches me so much and makes me feel the spirit because of how true it is. I think of Christ and how He is trying to teach me something with this poem. I think of all of His children, and how He wishes they could hear it and understand that we have our agency. And that it means a lot more than you might think.
   
     So without further delay...

     All the Water in the World, By Jack M Lyon.

All the water in the world,
However hard it tried,
Could never sink the smallest ship
Unless it [gets] inside.
 
 
And all the evil in the world,
The blackest kind of sin,
Can never hurt you the least bit
Unless you let it in.
 
     We must remember brothers and sisters that it is our choice to sin. We could be strong and not let it inside us, but sometimes we aren't that strong. Our Heavenly Father knew that. He knew that sometimes our ships would get leaky and that we would be tossed over board. So he provided a way to seal and patch up every single whole, every single thing that needed repair could be completed resolved! That was the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He died for me. He died so I could repair the holes in my sinking ship, because they were inevitable.
 
     I know that my ship is still a float because of Christ and what He did for me! I have to thank my Heavenly Father for creating this entire plan and helping me everyday of my life become better, repair my leaky ship, and continue on in the hopes of being more and more like Him. So that I can hopefully one day live through all eternity with Him!!
 
     I love this gospel and know that it's true!! Please study it out for yourselves and come to know of the joy that it has brought me! You can have so much more peace in this life, hope in the next, and direction through it all! I love my Savior and my Father in Heaven! This church is true people, and I pray you'll study it, accept it, and go to the rescue yourselves, to all those without this light in their lives!
 
Love always,
Ship Samples
 
 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

MISSION!!!

     Well as many who have ears have heard... Haha the missionary age for young men and women have changed!!!!

     Young men can now leave at the age of 18, while young women can now leave at the age of 19!!!!!! Lucky for me I am already 19! We just found out yesterday and I already have a meeting with my bishop on Wednesday.

     Now to all you doubters who think I am just doing this because I can! Think again!!!! I have wanted to serve a mission since I was 16! My cousin Vanessa had just gotten home from her mission in Brazil! Next to go was my cousin Tina, who was called to Chile!! I knew I was meant to serve as well! I had told all my friends and family! I would wait till I was 21 and then go on a mission!

     My friends made fun of me a ton saying I would be antient by the time I'd get home! And making fun because I wouldn't date anyone who was an Return Missionary, because they are looking for a wife! And I cant get married haha!!

     I thought I still had another year and a half before I could get my papers! And 2 more years till I'd be outta here, serving a full time mission for my Heavenly Father!! But NO!! The time is already at hand and my my is it great timing! I had been saving money for a Humanitarian trip this summer to Fiji!! And was also about to sign a contract till March for an apartment!!!! Now that things have taken a 180 I no longer will sign the contract and continue living with my WONDERFUL aunt and uncle who allow me free rent, so I can keep saving!! AND will no longer go on my Humanitarian trip because that money needs to go towards my mission!!!

     Can you say perfect timing??? I think so!!!!

     Sorry this is all over the place!! I am just freaking out!!! Hopefully I can have my call before Christmas and be gone!!! I'm SO EXCITED!!!! I'll keep you updated!!

Love always,
SISTER SAMPLES!!!!