Monday, November 17, 2014

Utah State University

I can't believe it is already the middle of November. Time is going by so fast. I wish I could say that I had some good leads on jobs, but still nothing. I have an interview this week, and we will see how that goes.

I drove up to Logan today. It was a nice drive actually although I had trouble finding the hotel. There is so much snow here! there is none in Provo. It is a lot higher than Provo and I felt the elevation as I drove up. It was really pretty though with the mountains and snow. I have a meeting with someone in Utah State University tomorrow. I hope it will go well. The hotel is right on campus which is convenient.

I gave a fireside yesterday. I spent some time preparing for it. I think it went ok except that it was too long. I tried to give everyone a glimpse of what is going on in Palestine and it took a while. We finally had to leave because they wanted to lock up the building. It was poor planning on my side because I ran out of time and so I didn't have time to eat nor take my medicine. So, I was in a lot of pain (hip)...My sweet friend Emily brought me grape leaves to the fireside. She felt prompted to bring me food and she listened. It is great to know that Heavenly Father cares about me that much.

During the fireside, my friend Rebekah sang I am a child of God in Arabic, Hebrew and English. It was so perfect!

I am giving a fireside next week as well. I need to be more prepared for that one because it is going to be for 3 stakes and there may be a lot of people. I will have to make sure I make it shorter so I am not speaking for 2 hours!

On Saturday I got to go to the Jordan River Temple and act as an escort and translator to a woman from Sudan who was there receiving her own endowment. Her son was going on a mission and they both went to the temple together for the first time. It was an amazing experience to be with those sweet people. They left Sudan and came to the US and here found the church. Sometimes we wonder how the gospel will reach people in the Middle East, but I think it already has! I mean this whole family are now members of the church and their children are serving missions. It is amazing!  Translation did not go very well because of the differences in her Arabic and mine, but at least she knew what was happening and felt special. The sisters in the temple were very helpful and sweet.

I have a lot to do this week, so I should get busy doing it. I have a lot of jobs to follow up on.  It is supposed to snow next weekend. I think I have come to realize that I need to live somewhere warmer. Utah is nice, but I am a desert girl. I really need warmth! It is not fun to have a frozen car, frozen water bottle in your car, and frozen windshield fluid...Maybe I'll get used to it who knows. Maybe my roommate's excitement for snow will rub off on me. She just loves the snow (she's from Canada). I mean I love the snow too, but love it more if I am watching it on TV from a warm room!

It's fine, after all it is only -5 or -10 C outside...could be much worse, right?
I just got back from dinner. Wow they have a nice all-you-can eat buffet here at Utah State University. They would prepare food right in front of you and it is so fresh and good. Especially the fruit smoothies!

Don't mean to complain about the has really been great to be here in Utah. To have freedom to travel and drive for distances (like coming to Logan) without having to stop at a checkpoint! It has been nice to be able to have heat (for really cheap) when I want it. To have a hot shower every day! to have constant running water every day! It is really nice not to have many trials. I am grateful for all that I have been given. I feel that I need to be more grateful for what I do have and not complain too much about my situation. Things will work out, and really if I don't find a job here, it won't be the end of the world. I still have a home and a family to go back to.

Life is good! I am a child of God and He loves me and that is the only thing that matters!


  1. Great reminder! Thanks for sharing! Best of luck with your interview!!

  2. It was great to see you at the glad it worked out with your new friends from Sudan! Best wishes with the interview(s) and Happy Thanksgiving! Love, Chris

  3. Yes, it's good to be reminded to appreciate the little things we so easily take for granted. Thank you for your testimony, it strengthens all of us. We are looking forward to the fireside you will give to our Stake on Sunday. No worries. I promise you will have all the time you need, and we will feed you first. :)

  4. I should say fireside to our "Stakes" since we have invited our neighbor Stakes, too.

  5. I loved the message you gave at the fireside in Sandy. I was so touched, encouraged and inspired. Will you be speaking again in the near future anywhere in Utah County?
    Sandy Rawle

  6. Sandy Rawle, Thank you! I am not sure if I will give another fireside. If I do, I will make sure and post the info on my blog and on my facebook page. So, just keep checking those. If you can find a ward or stake willing to host a fireside, I'd be more than happy to speak there. Sahar