With the fall season upon us, I've been finding the most delicious fall treats all over the Internet. While I'm not a fan of pumpkin pie, doesn't mean I dislike pumpkin all together. I have to share some of these great finds in hopes that you'll make them and then share with me. Seriously, I can't cook. But I've told my mother that this weekend we've gotta try one of these... or all of them. Its church in your PJs weekend, which means we can eat whatever we want... right...?
Warning: you might start to salivate on your keyboard when you see these. But at least I warned you.
This talk was inspiring, comforting, and uplifting. I went to the General Relief Society meeting on Saturday night & I was so happy I did. All of the talks were amazing, but President Uchtdorf blew me away. This message was exactly what I needed. I know I'm so blessed to be able to hear our latter day leaders speak and am looking forward to General Conference next week to recieve more inspiration and instruction.
I was reading the Daybook this morning & came across her post about the LDS religion & its correlation to style, blogging, design, the world, etc. I began to realize that I've never really discussed religion on my blog. The way I dress, speak, blog, & carry myself all stem from my upbringing in the LDS church. It is such a huge part of my life & I've never really mentioned it. I started to think about what I'm like on a daily basis from someone else's perspective. Do I dress modestly everyday? Do I say kind words to & about others? Am I a happy & positive person? Am I trying my best to be more christlike? All of these questions popped into my head.
On the Daybook, Sydney quoted the 13th article of faith, which says: "If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praise worthy we seek after these things." In our religion we are encouraged to seek after beautiful things in life. Things that are virtuous & lovely. I thought to myself... am I doing that? Am I striving to be a beautiful person spiritually, are my relationships with others virtuous, do I surround myself with good people & in good places???
I made a challenge for myself to let my faith more strongly influence my everyday life. Often it is easy to push aside my priorities because of school, work, & homework. But in a world where families, relationships, morals, & beautiful things are torn down, it is crucial for me to live the gospel more perfectly. So whether you are religious or not, I hope you'll strive to seek the beauty in this life.
Its hard to believe that it was 10 years ago our nation came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. It changed they way we valued our freedom & our country. I bet everyone can remember exactly where they were that morning. It was devasting & horrible, but we have become a better people because of it.
I was glued to my tv yesterday watching all of the tributes & memorials on September 11th. It still is so hard for me to watch. I continue to pray for those who have been directly effected by the attacks and for those who fight for our freedom each day.
I hope we can all remember to be more patient, more kind, more giving, & more united.
"A great people has been moved to defend a great nation.
Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings,
but they cannot touch the foundation of America."
-President George W. Bush (9/11 address to the Nation)
My schedule has been jam packed with school & work which means I've only caught small glimpses of the outside world. How I would kill to go shopping, take a long run outside, play with my nephew, or finish the Vampire Diaries season 2. (I know.....really pathetic). But its true.
The cool weather this morning made me CRAVE fall! I walked out in jeans & a long sleeve & about died of heat by noon. Suckyy. But its coming soon & I can't wait. I got on Pinterest today & drooled over all of the beautiful fall inspired clothing & treats.