Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Red Vs. Blue

I have always considered myself a Ute fan. Always. Mostly because Zane Taylor plays there, it bugs some of my cousins, and they're colors are red, white, and black, which means I don't have to buy a new outfit to support them. I know, lame reasons, but they work.


But I am currently facing a dilemma...




I'm planning on transferring next year to Utah or BYU because both have my programs and aren't located in Logan (sorry USU). If I go to the U, then I could get a full tuition scholarship and my Associates degree would transfer right over. But if I go to BYU then I'd know more people right off and be in an environment more similar to SUU. And BYU's just a good school. I haven't decided where I want to go yet, so I don't know who to root for anymore! It's kind of a problem.



So as for now I am my own house divided! Go Coutes! or....Go Uters!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Story of My Life

Life has been interesting lately. Very interesting. I just feel like the world keeps trying to push me down and tell me that I can't have what I want and that I can't follow through with my plans. Everyday has been such a battle for me because I have no idea what to expect. I like having my life planned out, but when your plans keep getting shut down, it's hard to make more plans. It's driving me nuts!

But I'm beginning to learn some things...

Sometimes God has better plans for you. Even though your plans are well thought out, logical, and good they may need to be tweaked because you can't see the big picture. Sometimes you might even have the right plans, just not the right timetable. Sometimes your plans are just selfish and you need to be humbled. Most importantly, all the time you need to be willing to do as God would have you do, even if you can't see exactly where His path will leave you. What you can see is that His carefully guided path for you will lead you to the most happiness you could ever have. This path may be hard and it may not make any sense whatsoever right now, but it'll only make you stronger and more prepared for whatever life throws at you.

In my institute class (which I love ever so much) we discussed the importance of living your life knowing that you are an eternal being and that your choices effect so many peoples' lives. We need to stand for what is right and do those things which will make us eternally happy, not just happy for the moment.

Other good news....

  • After Monday, the only things I have to worry about are finals! (And I'm only worried about one or two of them!)
  • It hasn't snowed for a while (knock on wood)
  • This semester is almost over
  • I'm having a good hair day!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Liberty Jail

This morning, I was flipping through my institute journal and reviewing the lessons we've had thus far. On the bottom of one page, I left a not for myself that said, "Look up Elder Holland's talk from a CES broadcast in 2008." I don't remember why I wrote that, but I'm sure glad I did today. It discusses Joseph Smith's experience in Liberty Jail and how he was able to turn that difficult place into a would-be temple and was able to draw a lot of strength from that experience. Elder Holland then related that to our lives:

Every one of us, in one way or another, great or small, dramatic or incidental, is going to spend a little time in Liberty Jail—spiritually speaking. We will face things we do not want to face for reasons that may not have been our fault. Indeed, we may face difficult circumstances for reasons that were absolutely right and proper, reasons that came because we were trying to keep the commandments of the Lord. We may face persecution; we may endure heartache and separation from loved ones; we may be hungry and cold and forlorn. Yes, before our lives are over we may all be given a little taste of what the prophets faced often in their lives. But the lessons of the winter of 1838–39 teach us that every experience can become a redemptive experience if we remain bonded to our Father in Heaven through that difficulty. These difficult lessons teach us that man’s extremity is God’s opportunity, and if we will be humble and faithful, if we will be believing and not curse God for our problems, He can turn the unfair and inhumane and debilitating prisons of our lives into temples—or at least into a circumstance that can bring comfort and revelation, divine companionship and peace.

The talk continues on by teaching us that: (1) everyone faces trying times, (2) even the worthy will suffer, (3) remain calm, patient, charitable, and forgiving, and (4) do all things cheerfully.

I'm so grateful that I read this talk this morning. It really helped a lot. Here's the link:

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Feminism

I should be studying for my Sociology exam right now, but I was reading over the text book and got so bugged by this quote:

"Many women at the nation's most elite colleges say they have already decided that they will put aside their careers in favor of raising children." (Louise Story) This lead a columnist from the New York Times to ask: "So was the feminist movement some sort of cruel hoax?"

Both of these quotes were under a section entitled 'Opting Out'. I felt like this whole section was a little slanted and that it looked down upon women who are stay at home mothers by choice. The radical feminist movement is all about making women more like men. But, men are different from women and it's those differences that make men and women unique. So if women are "supposed" to be just like men, they wouldn't be women anymore, right?

How can it be "bad" and "non-femininistic" (yes I just made up this word) to be a mother? As The Family: A Proclamation to the World teaches, it is a sacred responsibility for mothers to be mothers and nurture. (No this is not a direct quote, but the Proclamation clearly teaches this principle). Being a mother is the most femine thing a woman can do because, to put it simply, men cannot give birth.

As President Uchtdorf says in his book, The Remarkable Soul of A Woman, "The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before... If you are a mother, you particitpate with God in His work of creation - not only by providing physical bodies for your children but also by teaching and nurturing them. If you are not a mother now, the creative talents you develop will prepare you for that day, in this life or the next."

I understand that some women cannot be stay at home mothers, even though they truly want to in their hearts. Everyone has their own family situation and each family has to do whatever works best for them. My argument is that it should not be looked down upon to exercise femine power to take on the responsibility to do everything you can to create a family and nurish the members of that family to be strong, happy, productive people.

I also know that it is necessary for woment to be treated with respect and equality in the sense that women are just as important as men in the world, which feminism in it's pure form. This doesn't have to mean that women have to become like men. But women should demand respect and be treated as equal. They should recognize their special, womanly talents empower them to gain that respect and equality.

I think being a loving mother is the most prestigious thing a woman can do, whether it's in this life or the next. I am so excited for the day that I get to raise my own family and nurture special Spirits throughout this earth life. I am so grateful for all of the examples of mothers in my life and especially my own mother.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fall Fantastic

Well this fall has just been the BESTEST EVER!

I got engaged to the most amazing boy in the world...aka Cort Wright

We took extremely attractive pictures with the sun in our eyesAnd we were the best hillibillies the world has ever seen.