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Only when Christ comes again. And he will come again.
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Well, there's praying with a sincere heart, going to church, studying the scriptures, and listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
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My religion. Thankfully, I don't have to wave a sign to show my support. I just have to live it.
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I probably should have written this yesterday, when the memory of it was fresh. Still, it's better than not writing it at all.

So if you didn't know already, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Yesterday I went to church without any real expectations other than maybe getting a new insight on the scriptures or something. Just to give y'all some context, Latter-Day Saint church meetings are held in three-hour blocks. Sacrament meeting is first for my ward(congregation), and is where the members give talks(sermons) on Gospel subjects. Sunday School is next, followed by classes in Relief Society and priesthood(the women's organization and the men). In family wards there is also Primary(kids ages 3-12), Young Men and Young Women(ages 12-18), and Nursery(18 months to 3 years), but since my ward is specifically for single adults ages 18 to 30, we just have priesthood and Relief Society.

Sacrament meeting went fine, though nothing really stood out to me. It was Sunday School that the experience started. The lesson was on the Jesus's parable about the Prodigal Son. That's when the Holy Ghost hit me like a ton of bricks and got the tears going. I hadn't really strayed from the church, but it certainly felt like I was spiritually lost due to sins I had committed that I don't want to go into detail about. Let's just say I had to talk to my bishop about them and leave it at that. In any case, yesterday was the first time I had felt the Spirit so strongly in quite some time.

I had so many emotions running through me at that time. Sorrow for sinning, fear of what I had to do to repent, gratitude for the opportunity to repent and for the lesson being given, but most of all, I felt like my Heavenly Father was telling me " I love you. I want you to be happy. I want you to succeed in life. I want you to repent because I love you and want these things for you." I heard no voice saying these words, but I had the same feeling in my heart that I would have if there was a voice telling me those things.

I probably got the teacher a bit worried because the tears were flowing so freely. Fortunately, my ward is so very loving and accepting of both me and my linguistically delayed younger sister who goes with me. Why, that very day several folks tried to help her understand the word "expound" when it was said to her.

I didn't cry as much in Relief Society as I did in Sunday School, though the lesson was no less meaningful to me, even if I can't quite remember the exact topic. The whole rest of the day I was feeling spiritually wonderful. I didn't even go on Lord of the Rings Online like I had planned to after church because I felt that if I did go on, my spiritual high would be ruined, and that was the last thing I wanted to do after not having experienced such a thing in so long.

Why am I sharing this with y'all? One: because I felt the need to record what I felt. Two: because I want to share with you all that I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am not afraid to say "Hey, this is what I believe to be true. This is what I stand for."

I realize that some of you will probably just dismiss this or ignore it. I know for a fact that one person on my friends list is an atheist and probably thinks this whole thing is stupid. But you know what? It really doesn't matter to me if you don't believe what I believe, or if you find this entry silly and pointless. What matters to me is that I make this entry in the first place. I can preach until I'm blue in the face, but it's your choice to use or ignore what I say.
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As you may or may not know, I am a Mormon. This past weekend was LDS General Conference, and I thoroughly enjoyed the messages shared. I think my favorite was Elder Holland's talk on how the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints make the church what it is, no matter how small their church calling may seem.

Now that the spiritual stuff is out of the way, lets talk about fanfiction. Specifically, how I should proceed. I've already got an idea for number 100, but I want to save that one for last. I'm not going in order, but I do want that one to be the finale. I will for sure crossover Maglor with my favorite shows and games(Avatar:The Last Airbender, Kingdom Hearts, etc.), but not Lord of the Rings, since they come from the same universe.

Kingdom Hearts 30 Day Meme
Day 12: Favorite FF cameo

I'll admit that I didn't have the foggiest idea what Final Fantasy was before Kingdom Hearts, so I don't really have a proper frame of reference. I will say that I enjoyed Auron's cameo immensely.
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This past Sunday I signed up for a women's basketball team in my stake. I found out last night that the first game is today at 7PM. I thought this would be a great way to get in shape and do something with all the free time on my hands. I still think that, but now I'm feeling a bit in over my head. My brother is going to give me some playing tips when he gets home from school, but I still have never played basketball in my life. I've watched a lot of basketball(and when you're parents are University of Kentucky alumni, that's mandatory), but I am still feeling very inexperienced.

I'm not expecting our team to be spectacular, though. It's not like all us single girls are champion b-ball players. It's the other teams I'm worried about. What am I saying? They're probably just as inexperienced as we are. Besides, church basketball isn't about winning. It's about... well, I don't know exactly, but I'm sure unity is one of the goals.

So wish me luck! I'm going to need it if I want to survive tonight.

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