Monthly Archives: April 2014

My Plan to Change the World

I strongly feel that I have two major purposes in this life. One is to
be my sister’s keeper. I am here to look after my little Hailey. To
keep her protected. The second is to change the world. To make this
place a better place than it once was.

In middle school, my history teacher asked us all to make a life goal.
He asked us to ponder on what we wanted our life to be. He proposed
the question of if you could look back at your life when you die, what
one major thing do you to accomplish? Never has a question caused me
to put so much thought and perception in. As we met the following day,
I waited as everyone else took their time to share their answer to the
class. There were many that expressed they wanted to be successful
with lots of money. Others expressed things that dealt with a happy
family. As it became my turn, I stood up and gave my answer: I want to
change the world! Many of my peers began to laugh and ridicule me as
they felt my answer was a joke or unattainable. However, ever since
that day, that has been a driving factor for my life. I want to change
the world! Every thing I have done has been centered on that right
there. Many people to this day still tell me that I am never going to
do such a thing but sadly they don’t realize their lack of faith in me
is a motivation. Many of my friends have come to see my true desire
and have begun to encourage me more to do just that.

As a sophomore in college, my friend Cullen proposed another question
to me: how are you going to do it? That was one question I had never
given much thought to. I had been doing things to help many people but
never did I ever given thought to the plans of going about this goal.
Being in a Catholic college, I was blessed to have the privilege of
being in a religious class. Usually, those classes bored me and I
never paid any attention in them. However, that day, my professor had
us read Matthew 22: 39. “…. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself.” It hit me that that was how I was going to change the world.
To pay it forward. This world is lacking the love that everyone so
depressingly needs. Plan number one was drawn, to love everyone. To
see others for who they really are and not for how the world sees
them. To give them the unconditional love that their father in heaven
has given. To view people for who they can become and not for who they
are.

As a senior in college, I was feeling very content with myself. I felt
myself lacking much drive. So I named my senior year Humanitarian
Year. I planned to serve others as much as possible and to have at
least one major service project each month. I did all sorts of things
that year: soup kitchens, reading to under privilege children,
building homes in New Orleans for Katrina victims, coaching for the
Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, and the list goes on. This
year of service helped me realize my second plan: do service for all.
My heart began to grow deeper as I realized that we need to do our
part to help others. The savior was the greatest example as he gave
serve to all, regardless of who they are. We need to give a little
love if we want to get a little love of our own. The golden rule
always sticks out in heart, “do unto others as you would have the do
unto you.” The greatest way we can show are love for others is to
serve them. When we give service, the world becomes a little bit
better.

After college, I was lost and lacked the direction that I needed in
life. I didn’t know what I wanted and their was a component in my life
that was lacking. I had failed to build up the spiritual aspect of
life. I had failed to give credit to the person that had given me so
much. Coming on my mission, I realized my third plan: to bring others
unto Christ. The greatest blessing one can have is to have a
relationship with their Heavenly Father. As we bring others to Christ,
we are giving them the best thing ever. We are allowing for others to
receive the true happiness, joy, and peace they could ever experience
in this life. Christ has the power to heal all things. We all need to
build that trust in our Savior. As more turn to their creator, their
will be much more love in this world. I realize how important the
worth of souls is to our father. The world needs Christ in order for
it to be changed. Part of coming unto Christ is more than just going
to church each week and saying that you are saved. Rather, its being
able to live your life the way Christ lived his. When we come unto
Christ, we covent with The Lord that we will abide by his precepts and
be a representative of Christ. In order to represent him, we must live
the same way he lived. We need to be humble, meek, submissive, lovely
in heart, willing to mourn with those that mourn, kind, gentle,
loving, and the list goes on. We need to be god fearing people.

I am still creating more plans for how I will change the world. I
realize that it is a gradual process but if we can all do our part,
this world will become a better place. Let us all learn to love
others, to serve others, and bring others unto Christ. Help me change
the world! Help me make this place a better place to live in. As I
have applied these principles, I have seen so much more joy and peace
in others. I know that this place and truly have world peace through
the savior.

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True Happiness

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It seems in life that no matter where we are headed and where we are going we all have one common goal: we all want to be happy. We all yearn for that desire to be happy with the things we are doing. We all want to have that smile on our face. There is not a soul in the world that can be ok with feeling depressed, lonely, or sad. Granted there are things that each enjoys that others would cause to think are sad. For example, I love the rain. The minute it starts to drizzle my heart skips a beat and I am beyond excited to be in it. Others look at rain as depressing and cold.

The question in life seems more often then none is how can I find more happiness? How can I become happy? These simple but real questions can be found as we study and apply the gospel of Jesus Christ into our lives. Jesus Christ is the source of real happiness. The worldly things in life can only bring a temporary happiness. The affects of the world have one seeking for more happiness because they have an expiration date on them. Once the event has ended so has the happiness in one’s life. Leaving one to be back at square one. However, the gospel of Jesus Christ is different. Our true happiness is found as we apply the teaching of Christ in our life. Life will take on a whole new meaning and one will findĀ a happiness that will last much longer than just a few hours. The happiness that one finds in Christ is a happiness that will last for eternity. Granted there will be trials and hardship but when one exercises their faith and trust in Christ, happiness can still be found in the smaller things of life. Life begins to take on a whole new meaning and one finds them self being able to endure rather than looking for a new source of happiness.

As a 23 year old man, I find the greatest source of happiness to come from the Book of Mormon. As I study the teaching of Jesus Christ, my spirit taps my soul every day to reassure the love of the savior to me. My spirit taps my soul to tell me to smile because I have been given so much. My spirit taps my heart to tell me the things I need so that I can carry on the journey. These spiritual taps give me the happiness I needed in this life. I wouldn’t have these spiritual taps if it wasn’t for the Book of Mormon. It’s the best gift that the Father has given me.

We can all find that source of true happiness in our lives as we take the time to study and then apply the teachings of our savior. I am so grateful for Jesus Christ and all that he has done for me. He is my light in this world and the source of true happiness. May we all be willing to put him in our life

 


Change for the better (Goodbye Arlington, Hello Hendricks)

In life, there are times where things seem so final. Where we come to the end of a project and it is done. For example, high school graduation. After one walks across that stage and throws their hat in the air, it is done. There will never be that opportunity again. A feeling of completion takes hold and one knows that he or she will never be walking through those doors again with the same purpose or feel. A new change begins as that individual takes on the challenges that life brings to them. As a missionary, I have experienced this feeling of completion multiple times. Recently, I was transferred out of Arlington to Hendricks Ave. As change as taken place, the feeling of finalization took place as I closed a stage of my life. I am grateful for the blessing that I received to be a part of such an amazing place. It was a bit sad to say goodbye to what was my life for a period of time. However, I move forward in faith as I know this change is for the better. Change is essential for our progression. We can not grow if we do not have change. With each new phase, we get the opportunity to grow. We learn new insights about ourselves that we never thought we could know. More importantly, change allows us to grow closer to our Heavenly Father. As we put our trust in him, we get to see the purpose in all things. We get a glimpse of divine purpose, of who we really are.

In my early college days, I use to reject change. I use to hate the thought of new things. I was happy with the way things were and yet I was content. However, I realized that change was needed. I was holding myself back from getting to experience the fullness that change brings with it. Now, I love change. I love the things that change brings with it. It’s like a fresh start each time. Change came to me at a time that I needed it the most. As I move forward in this new area with a new companion, I realize I don’t know what is going to be brought my way. I don’t know what good or bad experiences are in store for me. However, I do know that the Lord has a purpose. That there is a reason for this change. I trust my Heavenly Father will be there with me every step of the way. I embrace this change and hope for the adventures. I look forward to the struggles that will present themselves to me, to help me become a better disciple of Jesus Christ, now and forever. As we go forward in faith, we must accept the change that is given to us. We must acknowledge the love that our Heavenly Father has for us and continue to hold fast to the trust we have in. All things are possible through the Lord. Embrace the change that comes your way.