When All is Said and Done…

Life is a journey; it is not achieved in one giant leap, but merely in the tiny steps we take each and every day. And when all is said and done will I, and more importantly will He, be pleased with my journey?

 When all is said and done

As the season slips away,

November 1994


I open my eyes for the first time. I feel the warmth of an embrace. It’s my mom. I would know her anywhere! My life is full of firsts: first bottle, first car ride, first Christmas. I’m surrounded by a loving family. I waited so long to come down to them. Now I am here.

When I’ve taken steps beyond my sight

Will I find my strength in greater light?

Now I’m a toddler


A time of curiosity, activity, and restlessness. Dashing across the street and getting into cabinets keeps me and Mom busy. Sitting still in the pews at church is just too much to bear, and I’ve had just about enough of this whole “big sister” thing. I sit through seemingly endless Family Home Evenings, but I’m learning. I am learning about Jesus. I am learning that He lives. And I am learning that He loves me.

Will my courage grow with every passing day?

And will my faith be constant as the setting sun

When all is said and done?

It’s GREAT to be EIGHT!

I’m so excited! My whole eight years has been leading up to this moment. I’m going to be baptized! My whole family has comeuntitled to support me in this decision. My white clothing makes me feel so clean and happy. I don’t know everything about Jesus yet, but I know this is what is right. I feel good about being baptized, and my parents say that’s the Holy Ghost confirming to me that I am making the right decision. I like that feeling. And I get to have this feeling with me all the time after I am baptized. I think I’m going to like that.

When all is said and done,

And the years have turned to gold,

Will my life become a legacy

of the things that matter most to me?

An early teen…Heaven help us!

I am so nervous! I just got my first job! I’m working at an amusement park selling games…what was I 296070_2059476532809_589324865_nthinking applying for this job?! I am so shy! After my whole brain surgery I felt like I was regaining my confidence. But a job?! In sales? Man…I’m, like, crazy. But, ya know, I’ve done some pretty crazy things to push my confidence recently, like singing in a competition and traveling the world…

2434_1087452073696_4800372_n 10392074_1193964216433_4151989_n This shouldn’t be so hard right? And I earned my Young Women Medallion from church and strengthened my testimony of the Savior. I can do this job. With Christ, I can do hard things. Right?

 Will the fire of faith burn bright as I grow old?

And will I want to be the person I’ve become

When all is said and done?

High School = Confidence

Man, I just love high school! Friends, clubs, work, choir…everything is so different than I imagined! Choir president, DECA Business club national competitor, promoted to management at work, National Honor Society President…


What a turn around from Junior High! Am I still shy? You bet I am. But I overcome it each and every day by relying on my Savior and His love for me. He is with me always, and because I know that, I can make it past every hurdle thrown in my path. I know that everything I have achieved so far in life is because He is watching over me. Seeing all these blessings in my life makes me want to help others find these blessings. I hope…ah snap…I have a paper to write that’s due tomorrow…TTYL!!

 When all is said and done,

When my eyes can finally see,

Will I glory in the sweet release

and will mercy fill my soul with peace?

Moving Up and Moving On

947392_10201274665495842_1583503899_nThe car’s unloaded, my parents have kissed me goodbye…I’m all alone in my new dorm room. It seems like just yesterday I was graduating from High School! Now I’m about to start college…man I’m old! I have no idea what I’m going to major in or how I’m going to make new friends, but I’m excited to begin this new adventure! My new singles ward at church seems really nice, and now that I’m on my own, I am in charge of my spiritual education as well. I’ve been praying and studying the scriptures, and I really feel like the Lord wants me to go serve Him on a mission. I’m nervous but excited to go spread the gospel to some place in the world that is unknown to me! In a few weeks I’m going to find out when and where I will be serving for a year and a half…EEP!!!  But until then…I really should figure out where all my classes are… 🙂

Will I kneel and wonder at the Savior’s feet?

Will I hear Him say “well done,”

when He sees who I’ve become?

The Present is a Present to Me

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I am now 19 going on 20. In my short twenty years, it astounds me how much I have grown and how much I still have to grow! My call from the Lord came, and I am now serving Him in Chicago, Illinois. Looking back, I am able to see all the small miracles that happened in my everyday life that got me to where I am now, and now I am able to witness miracles all around me here in Illinois. This time I have right now to serve the Lord with all my heart and energy is precious to me. Through the ups and the downs, the smiles and the frowns, I am becoming who He wants me to become. It’s through the everyday decisions that we make that we become the person we will be in eternity. We cannot just sit stagnant. We must ACT.  So here’s the big question–

Are YOU willing working towards Christ–for eternity?

It’ll be worth it.

🙂 🙂 🙂

Will I live with Him

When all is said and done?


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