Sunday, September 30, 2018

His Love

We have potato harvest in Rexburg this week. In YW, the teacher used the below potatoes to make an important point. She actually found a potato in the shape of a heart. That is quite interesting I thought. But, most potatoes we see in the stores are nice and smooth and have a standard shape. We rarely see potatoes with strange shapes (especially like that potato that looks like a deformed guy. 

Everyone makes us all feel like we should have a nice figure and be good looking and fit the mold that is out there. No matter what we look like, we are loved by our Father in Heaven. 

And we each are different...we don't look the same and we don't talk the same sometimes. But, we are all brothers and sisters. We should respect and love one another. Even those we don't know.

As I have translated some talks for general conference I am amazed at how good the talks are. I encourage you all to listen/watch. I feel so blessed to have such amazing leaders.

This can't be long. I need to go visit someone soon. I had the chance to go pick some apples and then make apple juice at the Andersons. Fresh apple juice is the best thing I have ever tasted! I just love it and am so grateful that the Andersons are willing to share their apples. It is amazing how many apples it takes to make a little bit of juice. 

My friend's son was having the time of his life with his apples...

My ear is still healing. Still have a hole in it, but at least I don't feel deaf anymore. My hip pain is better at least I can sleep without taking pain medications and it is really not bothering me a lot. Slight pain is all that I have and I am hoping it will go away completely.
I am enjoying the semester and my student. It will be a fun semester...

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Revelation for our own lives...

I don't really have much to say this week, except that God is good. He is loving, kind, merciful and, well, perfect. I think the word "perfect" says it all. He has blessed me so much...

Even during the few health challenges I have had (still have), I feel really blessed.  I went to see a chiropractor last week. He said the reason for my hip issue is because I have one leg longer than the other. Then he 'stretched' it and told me I should have no more pains after a few days. As much as I would like to believe him, it seems unreal. How could a 5-year pain problem be fixed in 5 minutes? But, then again I have to hope that there may be some truth to what he said. Having one leg longer surely explains long lasting hip pain. I am going to go see him again a few times and see if maybe he really could help me feel better.

The pain did not go away, and I didn't expect it to go away fast even if that doctor is right. I gave up finally and I took my old medicine yesterday and had a day where I felt like a normal person. I could lie down and sit and do anything without pain and it was amazing. You know sometimes we don't appreciate little things in life until we don't have them anymore. I have resolved that if my hip issue is not resolved I am going back to taking Meloxicam for the rest of my life. It is having an effect on my stomach, but I guess I will deal with the ulcer when it happens. I'd rather have a normal life for a while.

I am looking forward to general conference. I have been listening over and over to Pres. Nelson's talk about Personal Revelation from last conference. I invite you all to go back and listen to it. I testify that God does speak to us and that He lives and that He loves us. President Nelson really is the Lord's prophet and he does receive revelation, but so can we.  Here is a link to the talk:
Click Here to read or listen to Pres. Nelson's talk 

Here is something he said that I am thinking of applying in my life...
"Pray in the name of Jesus Christ about your concerns, your fears, your weaknesses—yes, the very longings of your heart. And then listen! Write the thoughts that come to your mind. Record your feelings and follow through with actions that you are prompted to take. As you repeat this process day after day, month after month, year after year, you will “grow into the principle of revelation.” Does God really want to speak to you? Yes!" - President Nelson

People keep talking about what changes will happen in this coming conference. I can't wait...I get to know about the changes before everyone else, so the Lord is certainly teaching me to keep secrets. He knows I am not good at that, but I am getting some practice. I have translated 3 talks, and no major changes are mentioned yet. Who knows what will happen...I do believe though that the Lord is hastening His work and these are really the last days. From the number of natural disasters and issues I see all around me, I believe the Lord's coming is at the doors. 

The changes we have seen and will see in the way the Lord is doing His work on the earth are inspired and are for our benefit and for the salvation of the human family.

If you don't know that Jesus is your savior, I invite you to seek your own witness. If you are not sure if God loves you, pray to Him and ask Him to manifest His love to you. You are a literal son or daughter of God. What you do matters to Him, what you say matters to Him, YOU matter to Him.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

I am the painter...

had a week of meetings...Those are usually great, but I struggled with being able to sit that long. I think the past week just made my hip pain increase. I did not sleep last night from pain. I tried everything to avoid medicine, but finally gave up at 2 am and took something.  I am doing my best to avoid pain medications, but I am so sick of pain! Whatever I am supposed to learn from this trial, I hope I learn fast...
I think it started with the river float trip that we did on Monday. I think sitting that long in an uncomfortable boat was not good for me. the trip was fun though and totally worth the pain. Then a whole week of meetings and sitting on hard chairs. I think that is what caused the inflammation to increase.

I'm still deaf, and it is frustrating...the fact that my hearing has not improved tells me that the hole in my ear is not going to heal on its own and will probably need surgery. My doctor is going to put something in my ear tomorrow to help me hear better, but it is temporary. I'm still hopeful and still think the hole may heal without surgery, but I guess we will see.
We had sister Cordon (from the YW general presidency) come to campus and she gave two talks both of which were amazing! 
I have reflected on the second talk she gave during our all-employee banquet on Tuesday. It was a short talk, but amazing. I can't attempt to do it without her visual images and the painting...But, I will try.
In her talk she talked about the painting that was painted behind the Christus in the Italy Temple Visitors' Center. She said the artist had other people paint on the canvas. Then he asked her, sister Cordon, if she wanted to paint. She said she was reluctant and said: "I'm not an artist, what if I mess it up?" He said: "It's ok, it won't be messed up because I am the artist." She likened that to the Savior and said that often times we stress about our service and think we are not good enough. But, we should remember that He is the artist and He is in charge and no matter what contribution we make, even if it is small and insignificant, He completes the picture and creates a magnificent creation from our little piece.

So, I received a new calling in church. I am the Mia Maids advisor. I am excited about it although it will probably be challenging.  I taught today and I must say I like teaching a small class of YW more than I like teaching a big class. The girls actually participated for which I am grateful. They are amazing girls. My lesson was about being in the world but not of the world and I shared with them how Christ is the light of the world and we can reflect His light as we follow Him. We can be good examples to others and stand up for what we believe in.

We start classes tomorrow and I must say I am not as ready as I would like, but I am ready and excited for a new semester. I am going to really focus on getting to know my students this semester because I don't think I will have this few ever again. I only have 100 students which is unusual for me. I normally have 200. So, I should have no excuse not to learn names.

I am really grateful I teach at this amazing university. We were fed exceedingly last week, spiritually, mentally and physically. I always love the pre-semester meetings. They give me motivation and help me learn how to be a better teacher. 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

New Semester

The summer vacation is over and we will start a week of meetings and then start classes next week. I actually feel ready and excited for the semester to start. I think I was more tired during the vacation than I ever was during the semester. I tried to do a lot this summer and it was great, but I am tired and I need to go back to work so I can rest. Yes, I know it does not make sense. But, I am weird that way.

I just got back from spending a week in Salt Lake City and it was nice to spend time with some friends and enjoy beautiful temple square. I had the chance to go to the Salt Lake Temple while there. I have not been there in over 10 years I believe (I honestly don't remember the last time I went). As I walk through this beautiful house of the Lord, I am amazed at how beautiful it is. I am amazed at the dedication of those saints in the 1800's who labored to cut stone and carve stone and wood and make this building this beautiful. Their faith inspires me.

My ear started hurting while in Utah. I went to see a friend of mine who is a doctor and he referred me to a specialist who was willing to meet with me after hours at no charge!! There are so many good people in the world. Anyway, what I thought was an ear infection and lots of wax in my ear, was not. It was fungus and lots of it. He sucked most of it out (with a vacuum) and gave me some medication. But, sadly that was not my main problem. 

The problem is that I had a hole in my ear drum. Where did it come from? and how did it happen? I have no clue. So, for the last week or so I have not been able to hear well, and hear a constant buzzing in my ear which is starting to drive me crazy.  I am hoping it will go away soon. The doctor says that the hole may heal on its own. If not, I may need surgery. Really? I mean can we be done with all the health challenges already? I've already spent $2500 already for my hernia surgery and other stuff.

I should not be complaining. My health challenges are minor. I am grateful for what I have. I visited a friend yesterday who has cancer.  I admire her strength and faith. Despite all that she is going through she manages to stay positive and go out and serve. I have been thinking that I need to complain less and be more grateful. I can't thank Heavenly Father enough for His goodness, for His trust in me (I don't even trust myself, yet He somehow does), and for His love and support. 

I am looking forward to our pre-semester meetings. Those are always so uplifting and so inspiring.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Short Post

My ear pain is gone, but I still can't hear well and still have ringing in my ear. Hopefully that will go away.  I took a lot of pain killers which really didn't make my ear pain go away completely, but it made my hip pain go away. It was nice to be able to sit in any position and not have pain. But, taking pain medications all my life is not what I want to do.

I decided to try and figure out what is aggravating this pain. It may be the chair I sit on, or the type of activities (?) For example, it seemed like the pain was better when my sister was here. My sister was not letting me do any physical labor and was helping a lot. I was also not sitting a lot. But, I am not sure that is the reason. Friday night the pain was so severe I could not sleep. I'm not sure why because I have not had severe pain from my hip in a while. I am starting to believe that maybe something in my back is causing it.

I prepared for my classes this past week. I won't say I am 100% ready, but it is a start and I can improve it throughout the semester.

We went camping on Friday and it was nice to go on a last camping trip before school starts. The weather was perfect, no thunderstorms or anything...But it was cold at night.

I am heading to Utah this week and will be working on a special project with the church. I am excited to be doing that. I will be working all day, but if any of my friends wants to get together for dinner, just give me a ring.

I had lunch at a friend's house on Thursday. It is nice to know that there are some Arabs around. Rasha and her family have been a blessing. I am grateful for a little touch of home.  

I miss Palestine so much and I would really like to go home soon...I ask for your prayers so that I will get my green card soon and be able to go home. I am not worried, I think it will work out. I just don't like the waiting game and wish it would pass by quickly!