I had a fun day yesterday, we went out to eat then went and got ice cream then we rented the movie Wonder Woman and watched it. Technology did not work well with us but we finally got it to play. I must say the movie was not what I expected, but I loved it. It has a good message too. We are all powerful and we all can make a change in the world. Even though the world seems to be in commotion and we see wickedness all over, there is goodness in the world. Satan can tempt people and push them to do bad things, but people are good deep down. There is hope, love and courage that exists in so many of our hearts. And we can't give up on helping people even if they appear to be sinners.
I was supposed to go to Utah this weekend, but will go next weekend for general conference instead. I am looking forward to it. I have enjoyed translating the talks I have for general conference, and I don't have a lot this time, which is good and bad. I really tried to free time so I can translate but I was not assigned many talks. I am worried that they will need me last minute and then I will be crazy trying to finish the talks in time. I guess we will see.
I have a Syrian student in one of my classes and hopefully we can get him trained and he can help with general conference. His English is great.
I especially loved translating my friend Sharon's talk. It is so great to see her up there speaking at the Women's session of conference. She is an amazing woman and I am glad she has been called to be the first counselor in the RS general presidency.
I got my computer fixed, I am still worried about it because a new laptop should not die at the beginning. But, now that I have all the programs that I need on it and have my files there I don't want to bother taking it back. It will be such a pain. So, I am waiting and hoping it continues to work. I like how small and light it is. It is very portable and turns to an iPad which is great for traveling.
Last week we had the inauguration of President J. Eyring. His father, President Henry B. Eyring came and so did some other apostles and general authorities. I was sad that some students chose not to come. Our BYU-I center was mostly full (but not quite). We had at least 13,000 in attendance I would say. We have 18,000 students on campus, but some chose not to come. I mean how often do we get a new president at our university? I know we just got one last year, but that was a unique case. It amazed me that one building could have that many people, and within one second of Elder Oaks standing at the pulpit to speak all the 13,000 people who were there were quiet.
In the meeting some of the presidents of BYU-I were mentioned. As I sat there, I felt so grateful to work at this university. How many universities are there out there who have had apostles lead them? We are so blessed to be here. The privilege of feeling the spirit during meetings at the university is something you can't experience other places.
Graduation is the only time I feel that I am working at a usual university. Everything else about my job is so unique and different that it really does not feel like a normal job. As I serve and teach the students I feel my job is more than teaching. Sometimes I feel students come here because they were not accepted at BYU Provo. I hope they can come here because they want to be here and for the great institution this is.
I am going to include a link below of the Inauguration if you have not seen it, please watch it. I especially encourage you to listen to the last hymn sung by the students (at the end). It is a favorite of mine, and the power in which they sung was unmistakable. You will feel the spirit as you hear they angelic voices. The link to the video of the Inauguration and the words to the hymn are below:
Click here to watch the inauguration
Come thou fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing thy grace
Streams of mercy never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
I'll praise the mount I'm fixed upon it
Mount of thy redeeming love
Here I raise my Ebenezer
Hither by thy help I come
And I hope by thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wondering from the fold of God
He, to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood
O to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be!
Let thy goodness like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee
Prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love
Here's my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above
Music: John Wyeth
Arranged By: Jenna Mosley