A letter to the apartment across the street

This post is dedicated to the apartment of girls across the street. I have only gotten to know you in the past couple months. But, you have all taught me so much about the blessings of being united, pure, and showing me how a group of true friends act. I think there are a lot of lessons to learn from your example, and I hope to write them out and add some of my own words.

The greatest lessons I have learned from your apartment are those from unity. You are so united as an apartment. That really is a blessing to have.

Mosiah 18:21 “And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another.”

I’ve watched you all work together through this past semester. As I’ve stopped by and seen you interact with each other I have seen the love and support you unquestionably give to one another. That love has become six supportive columns within the apartment. None of you take that support for granted or expect it, but you are always deeply grateful and readily open to receive it when it is offered. That trust and unity keeps the friendships within the apartment strong. And the assurance of peace of mind and comfort of soul strengthens your ability to work through problems together.

I have also learned the reason for your lasting unity and trust is due to the absence of malice and backbiting between the six of you women. When one roommate turns on another and starts speaking ill, it instantly destroys the trust within the apartment. Imperceptibly and inexplicably everyone in the apartment realizes they can’t share their truest feelings with the apartment. The openness and trust, with it the support and love, are frustrated, and will take notable time to repair. The love will still be present, but as the quote states, “To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” Therefore the greatest threat to the unity of yours, or any apartment is one seeking ill to another both in word or deed.

But, your apartment has prevailed the temptations of vindictiveness through its purity. This is the other great strength of the six of you. Your purity is a shield from temptations that hold pride, judgment, comparison, and vanity at bay. It has also nurtured each of you towards guile and innocence. None of you seek to be the better of the other five in anyway. Your purity in thought and judgment have kept each of you from breaking the trust your apartment has sustained. And it will continue to help you become stronger best of friends into the future.

So I ask that you protect what you have built. It is rare to see six adults harbor such purity and trust with each other. It is something I want, and something from now on I will work towards. I have seen its beauty and its fruits firsthand from the charity and friendship your apartment has freely offered me. Lastly, I promise that united you will be stronger, and united you will become better than you could have ever accomplished alone. I have personally been taught that as a promise of the priesthood and I extend that same promise to you.

Moses 7:18 “And the Lord called his people ZION, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.”


Giving with Christ’s Spirit

I have truly felt and learned the Lord gives us all things.  When you learn that everything you have is from God, and everything you receive in excess is just so you can be put into a position to give it to someone else, when that happens then you truly understand the role of money in the world. And you understand that God just wants you to take care of His children. Even as a starving college student.

I’m so grateful I’ve learned this lesson today.

“God gave me my money. I believe the power to make money is a gift from God to be developed and used to the best of our ability for the good of mankind. Having been endowed with the gift I possess, I believe it is my duty to make money and still more money and to use the money I make for the good of my fellow man according to the dictates of my conscience.”   – John D. Rockefeller

Mosiah 18:27 “And again Alma commanded that the people of the church should impart of their substance, every one according to that which he had; if he have more abundantly he should impart more abundantly; and of him that had but little, but little should be required; and to him that had not should be given.”

Invictus by William Ernest Henley

I just got back from watching Clint Eastwood’s (he directed) new movie, Invictus.  It was pretty good! I give it a B+/A-.  The title comes from a poem Nelson Mandela had while in prison for 27 years.  According to the movie Invictus gave him motivation to keep going without letting his own soul darken in feelings of revenge .  I couldn’t catch all the words in the movie (partly due to sitting on the second row!) so I looked it up and it is really good! The last two lines are especially amazing and so I share it with you. Enjoy!


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

Still awake..

It’s 3 a.m. and I’m still awake. I get up in 4 hours, and I still have a couple pages more to write for my research paper before sleep. Yay for the week before finals…

A bedtime video for you

I absolutely LOVE this video. Everything about it. The photography, the astronomy, the mountains, the Beethoven, the serenity is all perfect. If I could somehow take the feeling I get from this video and make it permanent in my life I would feel like I was living with the kind of peace God wants me to have. Watch these, go straight to your bed and relish in the peace it appeals to.

And just as amazing is the first part with just as much Beethoven:

I’m a sucker for art and the emotions it evokes.. and this almost makes me want to cry from humility and beauty.

Update (Dec. 7): I can’t tell you how much I love these videos! I just keep watching them! I’ve watched them at least once almost every day since I found them. Sometimes I’ll end up watching them 3 or 4 times a day! I LOVE them! I even wrote the photographer and thanked him for his work, and he was kind enough to write back! This art just makes me want to shout to the world, “Look! And deny not the wonders of our God!”

Isaiah 40:9 “O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!