It has been SO long since I posted on my blog. It seems like COVID has stopped life the way we know it! I don't leave my house, and seem to have nothing interesting to say. So, I simply did not write.
I have lost a few family members from COVID recently. I know many of you have as well. It has been bad in Palestine. Hospitals are full and people die every day. I think this sacred time of Easter helps us realize that there is hope. Hope that comes because of Christ. Since the tomb is empty, then everyone who died will rise again! I am so grateful for my Savior and His atonement.
Finally, and through the help of my church and other organizations, some vaccines arrived in Palestine. My mom and sisters received vaccines for which I am grateful.
I have been exceedingly busy this semester. On Tuesday this past week, I looked at what I had to do that week and just cried for half an hour. I had to translate and record 3 conference talks, attend over 20 meetings for work, teach classes, write exams, answer students' emails, prepare for next semester....etc.
I got on my knees and asked Heavenly Father for help. Somehow it all got done...I still have two major things to do, but I survived that week. I have been working 14 hours on many of the days this semester. In a way, I am grateful I have a job. With this pandemic, if I didn't have so much work I would be bored to death anyway.
It was really nice to get out of Rexburg and go to Utah this past weekend! On Monday I had an interview with BYU-TV. It was an amazing experience. I can't even begin to express my gratitude for the BYU-TV staff. They were so kind and professional. I was treated so kindly. I felt so important as they did my makeup and hair and tried to make me look pretty (they had an impossible task!).
After every question, we had to pause for the staff to come fix our hair, or shirt or something. It was strange to be in front of that many cameras! I felt famous!
The show I will be on is called "Hello Sunday". It will air in August probably, so not for a while. I will certainly share a link and give more information as it gets closer.
I have been giving a few talks this semester in different wards.
To add to my stress I have been asked to speak at Devotional. It is a talk for all BYU students and faculty. Luckily I will be speaking to an empty auditorium. In a normal semester I would have stood in front of at least ten thousand people. Now, those listening will be listening online. So, it is less stressful. My talk will be recorded and you would be able to listen to it online. I'll share the link when it is time. I will speak on May 11th.
Happy Easter! I look forward to general conference next weekend. I am so grateful that I am able to translate for general conference. It is such a blessing. I really get to understand the talks I translate. I know these talks are inspired and a lot of prayer goes into them.
I hope we all can focus on the Savior and his atonement this week and always. When an investigator of our church asked "Why do you all focus so much on Christ?" She gave me a chance to focus more on Christ as I contemplated how to explain His importance to her. Everything we have is because of Him. Our sins are forgiven because of Him, we have this beautiful earth because of Him, we can live again because of Him, we can have eternal life because of Him.
He is my Savior, my redeemer and my king! He lives! Indeed He does!