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Homecoming Talk

Thanks to my good friend Steve, I have a recording of the talk I gave upon arriving home from my mission! Nothing groundbreaking, but I thought some of you might like to hear it 🙂


I Know Who I Am

This has always been one of my favorite songs, but my favorite part of this video is the testimonies of the youth who were involved! When I was their age, I would have been way too worried about what people think to do something like this. But, in the words of my mission president, Jack R. Christianson, “I’d rather be a happy nerd than an unhappy cool dude!”

Sparkly on the Inside!

When was the last time you felt like a princess? (Or a prince?) When was the last time you believed in your own divine nature, your ethereal beauty (or dashing good looks),  and your enchanting talents? When was the last time you gave yourself the veneration you deserve?

There are merits that our peers would have us believe are of cardinal import, and the world often calls us to live up to this code- developed by man. We are under much stronger obligation to remember our worth as children of God, children of royal and divine birth; this considered, the estimation of mankind is far outweighed by the expectations our Father in Heaven has regarding our potential here on earth, which does not exclude His eternal perspective concerning those blessings to come. 

Elaine S. Dalton reminds you to, “remember who you are! You are elect. You are daughters [and sons] of God. You cannot be a generation of young women [or young men] who are content to fit in. You must have the courage to stand out, to “arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations.” 10 The world would have you believe that you are not significant—that you are out of fashion and out of touch. The world calls to you with unrelenting, noisy voices to “live it up,” “try everything,” “experiment and be happy.” Conversely, the Holy Ghost whispers and the Lord invites you to “walk in the paths of virtue,” “lay aside the things of this world,” “and cleave unto [your] covenants. ” 11

Along with Sister Dalton, we encourage you to remember that you are children of a Heavenly King, and that He didn’t send you here to wear rags. And the next time someone tries to tell you that you’re anything less than royal, please inform them, like Sarah Crewe in A Little Princess:

“I am a princess [or prince]. All girls [and boys] are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses [and princes]. All of us. Didn’t your father ever tell you that? Didn’t he?”

Our Father in Heaven has told us, clearly, what treasures we are:

1 Thessalonians 5:5 Ye are all the achildrenof light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 9 For God hath not appointed us to awrath, but to obtain bsalvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should alive together with him.

Infinite Love

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Teach an Egg to Fly

As missionaries, we are limited in what dangerous pastimes we can indulge, but recently we discovered that over-thinking can be an incredibly destructive hobby…let us explain…

We got to talking about how it’s rather daunting to learn to love people, as deeply as necessary to be effective in this work, in the short amount of time that we have with them. Whether it’s your companion, or an investigator, or the ward members, you can’t accomplish anything until you learn to truly love them. The aspect of our assignment that makes this particularly difficult is the fact that we have the potential to be transferred every six weeks.

People come in a variety of packages – usually, very individual ones that cannot be fully compared to another, thus it can require time (sometimes years!) to develop even the most basic of relationships.  In being called and assigned as representatives of Jesus Christ, we have but 18months – 2 years in which to develop these relationships with as many desire to come to Christ. Often, we have but a few minutes in which to trust and be considered trust-worthy in the eyes of those we speak with. 

How daunting and discouraging it seemed to us for a moment as we pondered on our inadequacy to be so vulnerable, to be so open. With such an urgent and glorious message to share, we stumbled upon a period of desperation as we concluded that we were not able to share it without this ability to be accessible. 

We convinced ourselves that we are like eggs- we decided that we have the ability to love, but our natural defense mechanisms, or shells, keep us from connecting with those around us. Elder Jeffery R. Holland says, “You cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary egg. You must either be hatched or go bad… While it is hard for an egg to turn into a bird, it is impossible for an egg to learn to fly.”

Even though it’s uncomfortable at first, we’ve learned that it’s up to us to break through these shells and reach the people around us. As we work through our hardships, we will become much stronger than we were before- with an inner strength that goes far beyond a fragile exterior shell. The strength that comes from within can only be channeled as we place our center on our Savior, Jesus Christ. By allowing Him to be our foundation, there’ll be a helping hand waiting when that egg is ready to hatch.