Tuesday, December 22, 2015


While studying the scriptures this morning, I had an insight that I wanted to share from Mosiah 21-22.  This applies to anyone struggling with any sort of trial that they feel is restricting their freedom.  I highly recommend you read these chapters!

 And it came to pass that they [the people of Limhi] could find no way to deliver themselves out of bondage, except it were to take their women and children, and their flocks, and their herds, and their tents, and depart into the wilderness; for the Lamanites being so numerous, it was impossible for the people of Limhi to contend with them, thinking to deliver themselves out of bondage by the sword.
{Mosiah 22:2}

Have you ever experienced a trial that you felt bound by?
Have you tried to fight it, only to find that you are too weak to do it on your own?

We can learn from the people of Limhi.   When they faced such a trial, they found that fighting was not the answer.  It only hurt them.  But this verse points out that the only way they could deliver themselves was to "depart into the wilderness."

What could that mean?

To me, it means instead of fighting against my big trials, I am better off departing from them.  Departing does not mean giving into them--it means diverting your energy to somewhere/something good.  Mentally, this could mean diverting my thoughts away from whatever temptation I'm struggling with and losing myself in a good cause (e.g. working on my research, finding someone I can serve, reading something uplifting, exercising, etc.)  Mentally departing into a new and good place.

Anyways, those are my thoughts.  I hope it helps someone out there!  


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Body and Soul

(image from leadershiptraq.com)

I've read that the way we treat our bodies is a reflection of the way we treat our spirits.
That's an inspiring thought.
Do you think that's true?  To what extent?  Can you think of any examples?

If this is true, that would mean there's a connection between the good habits you may have of daily feeding your body nutritious foods, and daily feeding your spirit with the things that nourish it.

It might also mean there's a connection between picking at your zits, and "picking at" or criticizing your personality flaws.

But just as the body can heal itself from anything as small as zit-picking or as large as a broken bone, so too can the spirit recover from any wound, whether it be as "small" as a self-critical thought or as large as a major sin.

Some wounds we can heal on our own.  But some may need professional aid, often from multiple sources.

Jesus Christ is the ultimate source of all healing.
Because of Him, we can heal from any wound, physical or spiritual.

For more on the Savior's healing power, see mormon.org/beliefs/jesus-christ.

Peace out.

Saturday, May 30, 2015


This hit deep in my soul, and brought tears to my eyes.
Religious or not, this video is a good reminder of what really matters in life.  And how to be happy. 


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Hello again!

So, it's been almost a month since my last post.  I guess that's what school will do to ya!

Since the theme of this blog is finding the beauty in life, I thought this video was very applicable.
Elizabeth Smart, a voice for abuse prevention, learned to find beauty in the ugliest of circumstances.

She's not the only one trying to prevent abuse.

I read an early version of this book, CIA Street Smarts, by a retired CIA operations officer, and found it to be a very insightful and applicable guide to being street smart.  Girls, whether you live in the city or in your parents' suburban neighborhood, I highly recommend this book.  The smallest decisions can sometimes prevent the biggest tragedies.  
You are worth it.

Beautiful thing:
People like Elizabeth Smart and B.D. Foley who work to empower women!

Peace out.