Sunday, June 24, 2012


No one likes to stand alone.  No one likes to be alone.  It's really hard to do what's right, especially when the alternative isn't really all that bad.

I wasn't originally going to tell the whole story, but I guess I've changed my mind.  Actually, you can probably blame my roommate.  We got into one of our loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong discussions in which I used this story to point something else out to her.  She told me it was a great story about sacrifice and needed to be shared.

So here's the short version.  Once upon a time I worked at the MTC during the Mission President Seminar.  There's always one Sunday that you can't go to church because you have to work.  When I asked my boss this morning about taking the Sacrament, she said that it was likely that I would not be able to take it.  Well, that's NOT what I wanted to hear.  I knew from sources that the missionaries were having a Sacrament Meeting at the same time that we would go to breakfast.  I mentioned to a co-worker that I would be willing to give up breakfast in order to go get the Sacrament.  With his support, I got the courage to get permission from my boss so that we could both go.  When we got back, breakfast wasn't over yet.  So my boss had us go into the Cafeteria and get breakfast.  You can relate that to sacrificing for the Lord, but in the end he blesses you more than you could ever sacrifice.  (I got both, the Sacrament and breakfast).

THAT, however, is not the point of this post.  My point is that I never would have gone if my co-worker didn't go with me.  I felt like I was being ridiculous in trying so hard.  You can miss one week of church without feeling like a sinner.  Besides, I was cleaning for the Lord's servants.  However, there's just something about knowing that you can stand a little taller and wanting to do so.  It's just, it's really hard to do it alone.

I've thought a lot about the type of guy I want to marry.  He has to be strong in the church.  He has to be willing to take a stand with me.  I don't know if my co-worker would have gone alone.  Knowing him, I actually think he might have.  (He seemed pretty adamant about getting the Sacrament when we talked about it earlier in the week).  But I, personally, am so weak.  I am grateful for the people in my life who lift me up because of who they are.  I'm grateful that the way back to Heaven isn't a race.  Instead it's more like a quest - as in that the best way to get there is with a team.  We are all a team.  The point isn't to beat out anyone.  The point is to lift each other so that you can, in turn, be lifted by them.

And I'm just really grateful for my co-worker for going with me today and supporting me in my desire.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Dishwasher Hair

Right now my friends are playing frisbee.  I should be with them.  However, I told myself I couldn't go unless I took four quizzes today.  So far I haven't taken any.  So I guess that means I'm on time-out right now.  Sad.

Once upon a time our dishwasher broke.  We told management.  The maintenance guy looked at it.  He came and showed us how our dishwasher was working just fine.  It made us feel like silly girls who couldn't run a simple dishwasher.

A couple days later (today, when it was full again) I decided it was time to run the dishwasher.  It didn't work.  Sometimes I think someone has placed a hidden camera in my apartment so that they can watch me scream because only certain people get to hear me scream.  They're probably jealous.

Once upon a time I wore a headband to a wedding reception.  My cousin was blown away.  She challenged me to wear a different hairstyle everyday to work for a week.  So that's what I've been doing.  The same cousin suggested that I wear pigtails today because I only had one shift today.  I'd wear it around the sisters' building.  I wouldn't have to be seen by as many people as a normal day.  So I did.  Ironically, I had to make a surprise run to 2M and I saw all my friends there.  Then there was a meeting in 1M that I had to go so I saw all my friends there (including the ones I don't normally see).  Basically I saw more people today then I normally do.  The end.