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Only when Christ comes again. And he will come again.
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Or gotten raped or God knows what else.

Today a complete stranger wanted my phone number after I gave him directions. I should have known something fishy was going on (my sister did), but my insensitivity to the Spirit, coupled with a blind trust and desperate need for a guy to notice me blinded me. I gave him my home address. That's how utterly stupid I was being. If I hadn't obeyed my mother and told him to not follow me home, I don't know what would have happened. He still came to my house later, but we called the cops when that happened. My fishy senses were on full blast by that point. Now I have to change my phone number so that he can't track me. Hopefully we can get the number he gave us off my sister's phone so that my father can call him. My brother also has permission to kick the dudes ass if he sees him around the neighborhood.

There's only reason I can think of that I didn't get hurt. God was watching out for me, and no one will convince me otherwise. I haven't been nearly as good as I should have, and nothing was working to get me to change my ways. I guess I'm one of those people that has to be scared into doing what's right. This is my last chance to clean up my act, and you can bet that this time I will not waste it. 

So girls, if a complete stranger comes up to you asking for your phone number, don't give it to him. Especially if he's charming. It's just trouble waiting to happen. 
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In no particular order, list ten things that make you happy and then tag six people to take this.

These are a few of my favorite things... )
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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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Hate to break it to anyone who actually believes that tomorrow the Rapture happens and the world starts to end. First off, there is no scriptural evidence a Rapture will happen. None. Second, there are several New Testament verses that state that not even the angels in heaven know when the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is. Only God himself knows.

That doesn't mean that I don't think that the end is coming soon. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I know that it's coming. Just because it takes a while on Earth doesn't mean it's not soon for God.

I don't, however, believe that God left clues in the Bible that calculate an exact date for Christ's Second Coming. Not only does that go against scripture, it also goes against common sense. Why would God tell everyone the exact date of Judgement Day? Everyone would wait until the last minute to repent, and that is not the ideal way to die. We are not only judged by our intentions, but by our actions as well. That's why we need to live every day like it's the last.

I'd probably be laughing my butt off at these people if it wasn't so sad that they were easily decieved.
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Lose 50+ pounds, for starters. Get accepted to BYU, and read the Book of Mormon cover to cover at least once this year. Also, I will have a VIP subscription to LOTRO by years end.

While I'm talking about that sort of stuff, time for a special birthdat shoutout to the one and only [livejournal.com profile] starcrossed_sky !
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I don't know how many folks on my flist actually celebrate Christmas. I just wanted to share this story that some real life friends gave my sis and I this month.

Three Little Trees )It's not really a Christmas story per se, but it doesn't really matter. What matters is that God has a plan for everyone. It may not be exactly what we had in mind, but it is always important in some fashion.
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I was feeling really down and depressed today when I found this video that a friend had posted on Facebook.


I won't go in to all the details of why I was so depressed(it involves my airheadedness and Glenn Beck, let's leave it at that), but I will say that I really needed this right at this moment. To me, it's just another proof not only of God's existence, but also his love for his children. Even me, and even you.
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Today is Veterans Day here in the USA. Today is the day where we honor those who fought to keep us free. I think it is only fitting that I share my thoughts on the subject.

In John 15:13, it says "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." It may be talking about Christ, but it applies to anyone who gives their life for another. I believe that giving one's life to the cause of keeping their fellow men free qualifies.

So today, I thank from the bottom of my heart every man, woman, and kid lying about their age who served, whether they died in battle or not. No one escapes a war without scars of some type, and I find strength in the tales of surviors who overcame them. I wish I could thank every American soldier personally, but I can't in this life. I only hope that when I meet them in the life to come, I can thank them. Then again, they probably already know my gratitude, and are equally grateful to me for honoring their sacrifice.

If there is a veteran in your life, make sure you tell them how much you appreciate them, not just today, but every day that you can.
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I take medication that causes severe birth defects, and since it keeps me sane, I couldn't go off it if I wanted to concieve because I wouldn't be able to care for the child properly. So I'm going the adoption route once I get married. LDS Family Services would be my first choice. Sure, they limit you to two kids adopted through them(don't want to encourage unmarried gals to get pregnant, after all), but that's okay with me because I'm not sure how many kids I could handle. One might very well be my limit.

Why adoption? Because it's giving a child that might otherwise be all but doomed to poverty a chance at a better life. Also, surrogacy kind of creeps me out. It just rubs me the wrong way.
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After much careful thought and prayer, I have decided that I want to become a psychotherapist. It will cost a lot of money, time, and hard work to get there, but I know that I can do it. I have also decided that I want to do my schooling at BYU, which means I need to take the ACT. Not the most fun thing in the world, but if it get's me closer to my goal, I am willing to do it. I want to help people deal with mental illness and to help them know that God will not forsake them during their particular trial. It's a way that I can use my own mental illness to help others.

Kingdom Hearts 30 Day Meme
Day 26: Favorite Princess of Heart

As much as I like Kairi, I'd have to go with Belle, mostly because she actually does stuff, like elbowing Xaldin in the ribs. Belle is just a great character period, Princess of Heart or not.
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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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So, me, my sister, and about 20 others from our singles ward went to Martin's Cove in Wyoming from the 10th to today. For those who have no idea why this is significant, in early November of 1856, the Martin Handcart Company, made up of recent Mormon converts from Europe, stayed there for 5 nights and 4 days while help arrived from the Salt Lake Valley.  The things they suffered were unimaginable. Many died from exposure or starvation or both. One woman, who's fiance had died, desperately did not want his body to be eaten by wolves. So she took her mother's shawl, wrapped the body in it, and suspended it from a tree.

As I walked silently through the cove, I could feel the Spirit in a way I hadn't ever before felt it. I also felt like every member of that company, survivor or otherwise, was encouraging me to be the person I know I can be.

We dressed up in pioneer garb and pulled handcarts. The women among us pulled the carts solo for a certain stretch called the Woman's Pull. Uphill. Man, was that a workout. A few even crossed the Sweetwater River, as in, walked in it. Four rescuers gave their lives carrying the majority of that company across that river.

It rained for a majority of the time that we were there. And it was cold. And I forgot to plan for that weather possiblity. I was soaked at the end of our trek. But it made me feel for those people all the more. After all, they were even wetter and colder. And they didn't have the option of changing their clothes.

I am so thankful that I went on this trip. It has given me a new respect for my spiritual forebearers and new motivation to live my life as my Savior would have me live it.
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Distant galaxies? I wouldn't be suprised if our own galaxy had intelligent life other than us. Mind you, they won't be Vulcans, Klingons, Na'vi, or any other sci-fi alien you've seen on TV. They will be ordinary humans, like you and me, albeit with a completely different history and language.

Why do I believe this? As a Mormon, I believe that Christ created many other worlds in addition to our own, many of which are populated. Since all men on this Earth are created in God's image, and the people on other planets are also God's children, wouldn't it make sense for said people to look like us? After all, God doesn't change his image on a whim. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Having said that, I think it's a waste of time, energy, and resources to look for these other worlds. Interstellar travel being as difficult as it is, by the time we get to another inhabited Earth, it will have probably fulfilled the measure of it's creation and be nothing but another Mars. Besides, we have better things to do, like take care of our own planet or ourselves.
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I know this a rather unseemly hour to share this, but I felt prompted to do so.

Yesterday evening I(along with the rest of my singles ward) went down to the Marriot Center at BYU to listen to the CES Fireside with speaker Neil A. Anderson of the Quorom of the Twelve Apostles. It was a great talk all around, but one particular part stood out to me. While talking about how we can be an influence in the lives of others and their posterity, Elder Anderson talked about Sister Barbara Thompson of the Relief Society General Presidency. Despite her plans for marriage and family as a young woman, she is still single after all these years. He talked about how she had served many years in the Young Women's organization of the Church, and how one of the girls she mentored wrote her some 20 years later to tell her how much of an influence Sister Thompson had been in her life, and subsequently, her children.

I really needed to hear that. There are times when it seems like I'll never get married, even though I'm only 21. I always knew that I could be an influence for good single or married, but just hearing it from the mouth of an Apostle drove it home for me. I actually got a little teary-eyed at those words. Even if I never marry and have children of my own, I can still have an impact on the coming generations, whether I'm in Young Women's, Primary, or just a great neighbor or aunt to the children my siblings may have. I am so glad I heard this message in person. It would not have impacted me nearly as much if I had seen it on BYUTV. There's just something about being there that makes the words more able to penetrate my heart.

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