Sunday, March 12, 2017

Work Hard, Play Hard, Study Hard, Pray Hard

Kia Ora Whanau!!!

Spring has sprung in "Tropical Provo" as Desi calls it.  We are so, so happy about that.  This was a good week of working, playing, studying, and praying.  First, work is good.  I like the creamery unless it's crazy busy.  But we always survive.  And I love seeing fun people I know come through.  I've seen the Williams from my home stake, Brother Mullen (my freshman mission prep teacher), Damon from the Nauvoo Pageant, McCrae the other week, some random Tongans that I made friends with, so many people in my ward, and this girl from Whaketane, New Zealand which is in the Tauranga stake!

As for studying, I've doing a lot of that.  Monday was paper writing day, Tuesday was family history assignment day, and Wednesday was reading day.  Every week my English class assigns us a book to read.  I thought I had bought all of them at the being of the semester but somehow I didn't have the one for this week.  So I got it on audiobook but I didn't really want to just sit and listen to it for hours so I decided to walk to the temple while I listened.  Well then Kayla Ryan called me and we talked for  quite awhile so I just kept walking.  I went through all these rich houses up above the temple.  I just went and went until I got to the Y trailhead.  I was surprised to see it and on a very impulsive decision, I decided to hike the Y.  I just listened to my book the whole time and the sunset was SO beautiful!  I loved it.  I finally got home like three and half hours after I left.  It was quite the adventure.

Next is play!  I didn't do too much playing until Friday, but I did have my EFY interview, which was exciting.  It was a very official ordeal.  We were interviewed and then we had to teach the group a two minute lesson about a principle from the Strength of Youth.  I so hope I get the job.  I would just love it so much, I'm sure!  Friday Hannah and I had to walk to the other side of the earth where her car was parked by the stadium.  Then she dropped me off at the Wilk to look for my lost wallet (which has since been found).  But walking back from campus I met this group from my ward standing around.  I ended up staying there for almost an hour as all these ward members would come back and forth.  I have a good ward.  Friday night I went with some girls on my floor to Slab Pizza, which I'd never had before and is SOOO good.  Then Hillary on my floor came with me to Divine Comedy.  Oh my goodness!  It was so funny! :D  We had the best time.  It was funny this weekend.  Desi and I kind of led parallel lives.  Like both nights we did the same things, but with different people.

Saturday, Hannah and I got up at the crack of dawn and went to the temple.  It was SO crazy busy and we almost didn't get on the session, but we were two of the last three people they let on.  It was good. Then we rushed back for work, which was crazy!  It was the BYU Scout Powwow and a dance competition and a million people at the Creamery.  Then we went to Target with Desi and Miranda.  I got some jeans, a shirt, and some shoes.  We got In and Out which was great and then went to stand in line for Ben Rector.  Ben Rector is a singer that came to BYU.  Hannah has LOVED him for like five years and has been having me listen to him since the beginning of the semester.  Of course when we saw he was coming to BYU, we didn't wait around.  It was a sold-out, PACKED, standing room only Wilk Ballroom.  But it was SO good.  I really like his music and he sounds the same in real life. He was a really nice, great guy too.  Then I saw these two from my mission who are now home: Elder Meek and Sister Hazelet.  They are dating and they are SOOO cute.  Finally we came home and watched another one of Hannah's chick flicks, Letters to Juliet.  It was really good.  All chick flicks have a fairly similar plot line, so I feel like I can predict them pretty well, but they are still so fun to watch.

This morning I slept in and then went to church.  They had me lead the music.  I should be the official music sub in our ward.  After church I went and tried on this dress of my blessed Relief Society president.  It's purple and exactly what I'm supposed to wear in General Conference.  It fit me really well and she's going to let me wear it.  I'm so happy about that! #tendermercy We went to the Davises, which always feels like home.  I missed it last week.  It's always my favorite thing.

Finally, as for praying hard this week:  I've been trying to make big decisions.  If you didn't know, I am NOT a good decision maker. (Well, I usually end up making pretty good decisions, but I'm not good at the process, you know?)  Any way, first I'm just trying to figure out where to live next year.  I'm applying to be an RA, so we'll work out.  Also, I feel like I've had a prompting to look into BYU Hawaii.  It just kept coming into my head a bunch of times and so I've been really thinking about.  I've researched a lot and talked a lot of people who know about BYU Hawaii.  I am thinking I might transfer there next Winter Semester (that's if I get accepted).  It's such a big choice so I've been stressing about it and going back and forth every day!  I just feel like Moana. "It calls me!"  Also I think it would be really great to study music there because it's still a good program but not nearly as crazy competitive as BYU.  I want to study music but I don't want it to take my whole life.  It just seems good for me.  The hard things would be being so far away from my family, which would be so hard for me, and I wouldn't be able to teach with my degree there.  They don't have it.  I'd just do Vocal Performance.  I've prayed about it at the temple twice and fasted.  Right now, Heavenly Father's answer is to just keep learning about it and working towards it.  It's just such a huge choice.  I want to make the right one!

But it's been a really good week.  Love you all heaps!

Arohanui!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

School, Temple, Life Choices, and a Flapper Dance

Kia Ora!!!!

It's March.  I can't believe it! :D  I will be 21 years old in less than a month.  I feel like when you turn 18 it's like practice adulthood, but then when you get to be 21, it's like completely real.  I've been feeling that this week.  Haha I'm such a planner and all of a sudden I have to choose where to live next year, who to live with, what classes to take, if I want to be crazy and transfer to BYU Hawaii for a semester or what?  The other day Carolina called me in such a dither.  She said that she just couldn't decide if she should go to the church ball game at the church and play with Raven there or if she should stay home and be with Dad and watch a movie with Raven.  It was a huge, hard question in her life.  I don't remember what she decided, but it hit me to see how she is so much like me . . . worried about making the wrong decision.  But now my decisions matter a lot more than going to a church ball game or not.

This Wednesday, Hannah had to work and I just was just dying to go to the temple.  I decided to walk there myself and just go.  It was a beautiful day and it was nice to walk.  Then standing outside the temple was this kid from my family history.  He wasn't going in, but just thinking.  He said he was trying to figure out what music major he wanted to try to be.  We talked about the joys and discomforts of being grown up and making decisions and then I went in and did initiatory, then I was able to go sit in the celestial room and pray.  For some reason, maybe because I was just so eager to have a spiritual experience and willing to listen, I had the most wonderful experience in the temple.  I was in tears most of the time (which doesn't usually happen) and I just felt God's love so strongly!  I just knew that he was there for me and so real.  Even if I don't know the answers to all my questions in life, I just felt Heavenly Father telling me it was going to be alright.  I was so grateful as I came out  the temple doors.  The sunset was still faintly visible in darkening Provo and I felt so much peace as I walked home.

This week was also another good old school week.  Lots of studying, classes, and such.  Something that was really exciting was my singing.  When I was at my voice language lab, it was my turn to sing for everyone.  Then Dr. Babidge (who is a wonderful, blessed soul and a voice teacher at BYU from England) will critique us just like my normal voice teacher (Mindy Ammons) does at my voice lesson and my group voice lesson.  We get lots of opportunities to sing around here. ;D  Anyway, Dr. Babidge told me I just need to open my mouth more, especially in the back between my molars.  He said that I have a lot bigger of a voice that I'm not letting out as much as I could.  So I tried it a couple of times and finally got it!  It just all clicked and just floated and was so great.  Everyone freaked out and got all excited.  Then these two guys who major in vocal performance came up to me after and told me that I just have to try for vocal performance because I could make it!  They said that I would be one of the very best of the first year vocal performance kids and that I have so much potential and could make it as a singer and whatnot.  I don't know if I will do that but it was still really exciting to hear that.  After the class I went straight home to practice and open my mouth more.  I'm excited though because I finally have all my songs completely memorized for juries-- one in German, one in French, one in Italian, and four in English.  Juries is where the whole voice faculty listens to you sing two of your songs and grades you on them.  So that's exciting!

This weekend was really fun!  Desi and I went to the Music Dance Theater show together and then I went to a movie night at Hannah's friend from home's apartment.  Then yesterday I went to the Heritage 20s Flapper Dance with some girls on my floor.  We had a good group from our ward and it was so fun!  It was really, really fancy and well done.  There was a limo ride, all this food, crafts to make a flapper headband, and a photo booth.  It was great!

Then today was wonderful.  I wore my puletasi and everyone loved it! :D  I have a really good ward. Then Hannah and I went on an adventure to Layton.  We went to her great aunt and uncle's house.  They are so cute!  They told us his conversion story/how they met and they were so funny!  Then it was a blizzard coming home and it took us like almost two hours to get back to BYU.  And we begged blessed Deseret to come pick us up because all the parking by the Marriott Center was full and I didn't even have a coat.  So we had to park at the outer reaches of the stadium parking lot and ride with Desi.  So now we are here working on our family history.

Life is good!  And I can't believe it's March!

Arohanui!