Category Archives: My Faith

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sometimes people call us Mormons.

Faith in Adversity Talk

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This is a talk that I gave in church in March 2015.

Faith in Adversity

Family intro . . . 

Lessons That I’ve Learned as a Nurse

I’m very passionate about my work as a nurse. Nursing has opened a lot of doors for me and has taught me many important life lessons. As a nurse you are caring for people in their most vulnerable times. I see many miracles and many tragedies every single day. It’s helps me to put my life into perspective. I used to work on the Trauma Floor with Sister Moss. While working on the Trauma floor, I realized that life can change in an instant and that we must treasure each and every day. Matt worked in the ER and had the same experiences. I’d see people who would leave for work like they do every day, and then have their lives changed forever because of an accident.  

My favorite patient was a man who was severely injured due to a boating accident where he was caught in a propeller. He was in the hospital for months with a very long and painful recovery ahead of him and yet, every time I took care of him, he was so optimistic and positive. He lifted up everyone around him. When I’d enter his room, I’d feel the Holy Ghost there.

He recognized God’s hand in his life through this tragedy. The propeller was only millimeters from severing his sciatic nerve and other vital organs. He almost bled to death in a remote area of Utah while on a church sponsored youth trip. He received a priesthood blessing. The doctors didn’t understand how he could have survived such a horrific injury but he knew how. He gave credit to God and shared his story with everyone. His optimism, hope and peace came from one place, and that was Jesus Christ. His faith in Jesus Christ and his recognition of God’s hand in his life brought him and others around him much peace, hope and even joy during this difficult time.

Being with Babies and Families in the NICU

I have been there many times as babies in my unit have passed away or when a devastating diagnosis is presented to parents. I have seen the anguish of parents as they let their little one go or the exhaustion that they face from having a baby in the NICU for more than a year. Sometimes it’s hard to understand the reason that we have to pass through these difficult trials, but the knowledge that comes from the restored gospel can help us to find peace in troubling times. A knowledge of God’s plan of salvation helps us to understand the big picture.

Life Isn’t About Avoiding Trials

Life isn’t about avoiding trials. It’s about enduring them well when the do come. The Lord didn’t keep it a secret that we would test our faith and our obedience. He said “We will prove them herewith to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them.”

The Lord spoke these comforting words to the Prophet Joseph Smith:

“Know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good. The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?”

We need to view each trial as an opportunity for growth. Someday we will understand the why.

Elder Pino’s Daughter

In Elder Pino’s talk in the April 2009 General conference, he shared the story of when his little daughter drowned while playing in the ocean. He said,

“The moments that followed were extremely difficult, filled with anguish and pain for the loss of our youngest daughter. That feeling soon turned into an almost unbearable torment. However, in the midst of the confusion and uncertainty, the thought that our children had been born under the covenant came to our minds, and through that covenant, our daughter belongs to us for eternity.

“What a blessing it is to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ and to have received the ordinances of His holy temple! We now feel that we are much more committed to be faithful to the Lord and endure to the end because we want to be worthy of the blessings that the temple provides in order to see our daughter again. At times we mourn, but ‘we do not mourn as those without hope’

This faithful family came to understand that when adversity arrives in our lives, the only true source of comfort is God.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

Alma 7

In Alma 7:11-12 we learn that there is no infirmity, affliction, or adversity that Christ did not feel in Gethsemane.

11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

 12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.”

3 Nephi 17:7

“7 Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf,or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.”

Did you hear that? He said that if we are afflicted in any manner (emotionally, spiritually), we can go to him and he will heal us. I have felt his healing power in my life as I’ve repented and as I’ve been overwhelmed with sadness from difficult times. I have felt of His healing power and I know that it’s real.

Jesus Christ said,

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” He is our source for peace and strength.

Mosiah 24:13-15

The Book of Mormon talks about the people of Alma who were enslaved and persecuted by Amulon.  They prayed in their hearts to God for help.

 13 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage.

 14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.

 15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.

Heavenly Father won’t take our problems and challenges away. But he will strengthen us so that we can better endure them.

The Wise Man Built His House Upon a Rock

Do you remember the story about the wise man building his house upon a rock and the foolish man building his house upon the sand?

The Savior said:

“Therefore, whoso heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock—

“And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.

“And every one that heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them not shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand—

“And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell, and great was the fall of it” (3 Nephi 14:24–27).

Notice that the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew against both houses! Living the gospel does not mean that we will everlastingly escape adversity. Rather, it means that we will be prepared to face and endure adversity more confidently.

My Repelling Story

While working at the Utah Boys Ranch, I took a group of kids backpacking in Escalante for a week. We were backpacking Calf’s Creek and were going to repel down the 200 foot waterfall. We got to the waterfall and began to set up the anchors and ropes.

There were large boulders at the top of the waterfall. My boss jumped on them and pushed with all of his might to ensure that they were secure. We secured the 2 anchors to the boulders so that we could use them to repel down. My boss and I clipped in to the anchors and my friend began to repel. As she went over the edge of the cliff, both boulders slipped and all 3 of us almost fell to our deaths. But with extra strength from Heavenly Father, my boss and I held the ropes with our hands and with our backs, we pushed against the boulders until my friend could safely make it down to the bottom.

It was a very scary experience but I learned a great lesson. We need strong anchors in our lives. A testimony of Jesus Christ and our faith in Him is our strong anchor. When life’s storms come, we can rely on Him to help us get through. He is a sure foundation.

Helamen 5:12

 12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.

Quoting the words of the prophet Ether:

“Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men.”

Our faith in Jesus Christ will help to anchor our lives when hard times come. We need a sure anchor. A sure foundations to help us through life’s difficult times. Jesus Christ is someone who we can rely on no matter what. He will always be there. Heavenly Father will always be there for us. He will never abandon us.

He Will Never Abandon Us

When I was 19, I had the opportunity to work in the orphanages of Ecuador for 3 months. While working in a baby orphanage that was run by Catholic nuns, I had an experience that I won’t ever forget. In the room, there were 40 cribs all lined up in a white room. This orphanage was very short of help and for that reason, there were strict rules at that time that you weren’t allowed to hold or play with the babies. You could only pick them up to take them to the changing table. They would even prop the bottles up for their feedings. These amazing nuns were doing the best that they could with their limited resources. It was heartbreaking to see all of these sweet babies who were completely alone in the world.

One day, while I was in the room alone changing diapers, I noticed a group of babies that were smiling and cooing and laughing. Although I could not see any angels, I knew that they were there with those sweet babies. These babies had no earthly parents to care for them, but they have a Heavenly Father who loves them and will never abandon them. They are his children and so are we and he won’t ever abandon us either. He loves us and he wants to help us to return back to his presence.

O God, Where art thou?

The Prophet Joseph Smith, who knew a lot about the storms of life, exclaimed in anguish during one of his most difficult moments:

“O God, where art thou? And where is the pavilion that covereth thy hiding place?” (D&C 121:1).

Then, as the Prophet raised his voice, the consoling words of the Lord attended him, saying:

“My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes” (D&C 121:7–8).

Center Our Lives on Christ and Nothing Can Ever Go Permanently Wrong

President Howard W. Hunter said:

“If our lives and our faith are centered on Jesus Christ and his restored gospel, nothing can ever go permanently wrong. On the other hand, if our lives are not centered on the Savior and his teachings, no other success can ever be permanently right” (The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter,ed. Clyde J. Williams [1997], 40).

Testimony

I know that God lives. I know that he sent His Son, not only to help to redeem us from our sins but so that he could strengthen us through His Atonement. Jesus Christ has the power to help us. We must build our foundation on Him and as we do, we will be able to have joy, peace and an eternal perspective as we pass through the difficulties and challenges of this life.

I have felt His power in my life. I have been strengthened beyond my own capacity to face difficulties. I have felt Him heal my troubled heart and give me hope for a better world and a better future. I know that He lives and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Most Embarrassing Moment – Top 2

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Well, last Sunday, I had a really embarrassing moment. In fact, I think that this is my second most embarrassing moment in my life. The first being when Steven H. was spitting on me in the bubble at Oakcrest Elementary and my skirt flipped up and everyone saw my Mickey Mouse underwear and then I walked around with my skirt up and I didn’t know.

Let me just preface that I was premenstrual and my emotions were all over the place. In Relief Society, Jen gave this amazing lesson about Depression and Mormon women. It was a great lesson and I learned that I shouldn’t compare myself to others but that I should love myself for who I am, imperfections and all. Well, at the end of the lesson she asked us what resources are available to us if we struggle with depression. People talked about doctors and therapy and medication, etc. But I wanted to share an experience that I had about 2 years ago. It was during a period in my life when I was having a very difficult time and I was very sad and devestated. My heart was broken. I wanted to share that Jesus Christ was able to heal my heart. I prayed and sought His divine help. It was the lowest moment of my life. The miracle was that the next morning, after feeling the saddest that I had ever felt, I woke up renewed and I had so much peace and love in my heart. It truly was a miracle and the Savior was able to heal my broken heart. I’d never experienced anything like it. I know that God listens to our prayers and he loves us. He will help us in our time of need and he has the power to heal our broken hearts.

Well, I’m glad that I shared that experience because I felt that I needed to but the embarrassing part was that I cried uncontrollably while sharing that experience. It was a mixture of just feeling the spirit and being premenstrual. HAHA! Probably the worst time to bawl your eyes out would be during a lesson about depression. Now I’m pretty sure that my whole ward thinks that I’m really depressed. I felt so humiliated after that. I actually am so happy and things are going so well for me. I was so embarrassed about it that I went home and cried to Matt about it. Haha!

First Night Back At Work

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I’ve been dreading this day for 3 months. Don’t get me wrong. I have always loved my job as a NICU nurse, but it was very, very hard to leave my sweet baby tonight. Tonight is my first shift back at work since the baby was born. It’s been a rough shift and a difficult assignment, not to mention that it’s hard to be away from Bug. I want so much to stay home with her forever. I’m so lucky that I have family members who can help watch her. Grandma Thorup and Oma will watch her for us occasionally until she can start to crawl and walk and then we’ll have to find a daycare. I’m so grateful for their love for Lilah. Grandma Thorup and Oma are a huge help to us! Matt does so great with Lilah too. It’s not a matter of me trusting other people to take care of her, but it’s just that I want to take care of her and never leave her.

This afternoon, while holding Lilah, I was crying and praying that everything would be alright and when I opened my eyes, my adorable baby girl was smiling so sweetly at me, filled with such love for me. I was a mess and in tears but she was so happy and that was an answer to my prayer. That was the highlight of my day. I’ve never been apart from her for more than a couple of hours. It was really hard to leave her tonight and put her in the swing so I could leave for work.

I love Lilah so much and I’m very grateful for an amazing husband who takes such good care of us. He is so great with Lilah and he always wants to be involved. I’m glad that he’s taking care of her tonight. He’s jealous that I was able to stay home and bond with her for 3 months. He loves her so much. He’s been great at feeding her a bottle every night and helping bathe her and put her to bed. It’s the best part of his day. Matt has been working so hard at his job with Discover Financial. He also is taking a really hard class this semester and trying to juggle it all. He’s an amazing man and I’m grateful that he’s my husband and Lilah’s dad. Last night, I woke up because I thought that I heard someone in the house. I woke up Matt and he went to check. He’s so brave and I feel so safe with him. It turned out to be nothing. Thank goodness. But I was so amazed by Matt. He will always protect us.

I love my family more than I know how to express with words. We aren’t perfect but we sure love each other and we are trying to be our best. We fall short a lot (not Lilah . . . she’s still perfect!), but that is all part of the journey.

We took Lilah to church for the first time last Sunday. Everyone said that she was so adorable and commented on her cute petite features. Everyone thinks that she’s so small but she is really just right. She’s getting big so fast! She rolled over this week!!! From her front to her back. She did it a bunch of times. We are so proud. She’s also starting to grasp things and laugh. It’s really cute. She still loves to bat at her toys and kick her feet. She doesn’t love tummy time for too long but we try. I love having her sleep in our room. I want to always be close to her. She takes naps on me a lot when I’m carrying her in the MOBY. It’s the best.

The one good thing about working tonight is that I have time to think about how blessed I am. I’m glad that I have a husband and a healthy baby to miss. I’m so thankful to Heavenly Father for my life. It’s not always easy, but I know that God will never abandon me and that great things are to come.

I’m Grateful For . . .

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     This last Sunday was really great. The Relief Society lesson was taught by Sherise. She is my visiting teacher and I just love her. She is so amazing. She spoke about being thankful. It was an awesome lesson and I really felt the spirit. I thought that it was interesting that when Jesus did the miracle of the loaves and the fishes, he first gave thanks for them and then they were miraculously multiplied. “And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.”  (Matthew 15:36).

     I really love the scripture that says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye are little children, and ye have not as yet understood how great blessings the Father hath in his own hands and prepared for you; And ye cannot bear all things now; nevertheless, be of good cheer, for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and the riches of eternity are yours. And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.” (Doctrine and Covenants 78:17-19) I think that when we are grateful, Heavenly Father will bless us much more than when we aren’t grateful. It reminds me of when I was a little girl. I was the youngest of four kids. Everyone always says that they youngest is the spoiled one. My mom told me that she didn’t mind spoiling me as long as I didn’t act like it and as long as I was grateful. 🙂

     I have so much to be grateful for. I am so grateful for my family, especially my husband, Matt. Matt is so loving and kind. He is my best friend in the whole world and he loves me so much despite my imperfections. He always is lifting me up and encouraging me to be my best and achieve my goals. He is so supportive of what I am doing in school and work. It means a lot to me. I’m so grateful that we have a healthy baby on the way. Working in the NICU while being pregnant is difficult. 100% of the babies that I see are very sick. I worry about our girl but I’m really grateful that she and I have been so healthy so far. It’s a miracle to me.

     I am so grateful for my job. Working in the NICU is amazing. I love working with the little babies. They are so sweet and pure. They really are the perfect patients. 🙂 I am grateful that I have a stable job in this difficult economy. Matt quit his job in August to finish all of his stuff for his applications for physician assistant school. It has been great but now that he’s trying to find another job, it’s been really hard. We really feel that Heavenly Father will provide. It’s sometimes hard to pay our tithing but we always do and we have NEVER gone without, even when the numbers don’t add up. I’m so grateful to live in America and even though we don’t have tons of money, we really are so rich. We have everything that we need and we feel so grateful for that. Matt and I have both lived in South America and we have seen what real poverty looks like. We have so much here. I’m so grateful for our water, food, clothes and our home. We are so rich because we have our family and our faith. Those are the things that last forever and I’m grateful for that.

     I am grateful that I am graduating with my bachelors degree! I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to seek higher education. While I have my gripes about it, I really feel that it’s so important and that my education has greatly enriched my life and provided me with amazing opportunities. I’m so glad that I’ll be done just 3 weeks before my baby is due. I did it for her. It only took me 8 years to get my bachelors. HaHa! I worked all of the way through it and it took a LOT of sacrifice but it’s worth it.

     I’m grateful for miracles. I believe in God and I know that He knows me and that He loves me. I see His hand in my life often, whether it’s when a friend is prompted to say something to me or when He does miracles for my family that are too sacred to share. I have seen His power and I know that He is real. My life is so rich because of His love and His mercy. I’m grateful to know Him and I’m grateful that He is a part of my life.

What I learned from being the Young Women’s President

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     Today I was released from my church calling. I am so sad. I have loved being the Young Women’s President of my ward. It was such a great opportunity for me. I learned so much from my girls in the last year and a half. My counselor just had a baby and I am going to have a baby soon so our ward YW presidency was changed. The new leaders will be amazing. They are great. We only had 4 girls in our entire Ward, which is a very small amount for living in Utah. Right now, we only have 3 because one of them left for college. Even though we have such a small number of girls, they are most amazing young women.

     Before being called as the Young Women President, I had been going though the most difficult time in my life. I remember feeling like I needed help to get through that hard time. I remember feeling like Heavenly Father wanted to help me and I felt like he had a big calling coming for me to help me so that I could progress. Heavenly Father always seems to place the right people in my life at the right time. He also seems to give me the exact calling that I need to become a better person. He just knows exactly what I need and when I need it. This time, He knew that I needed help getting back on track and He knew that to help me come closer to Him, I needed a calling that would give me an opportunity to grow and serve.

     My calling in the Young Women did just that. I feel like I got more out of it than the girls did. My calling challenged me to be a good example and it helped me to rely more on God. It helped Matt and I to be better in our personal and family prayers scripture study. It helped us to become better at Family Home Evening and service. We still struggle to be perfect at those things but lately, we have really been better and had more of the Holy Ghost in our home. I’m so grateful for how God has blessed me for my imperfect service as the YW President.

     I struggle being a leader. I am not the best at delegating or organization. I have a hard time being dependable all of the time. I sometimes have a hard time putting forth the effort to get personal revelation. I want to be better and I hope that Heavenly Father will give me another chance someday to try again. Even though I’m such an imperfect person for the job, I feel like Heavenly Father saw my sacrifices and how hard I tried. I definitely felt so much love from Him and he has really blessed Matt and me for my service.

     I sometimes felt like being the YW President was a thankless job. From being the YW president, I learned the importance of expressing gratitude. I learned how much hard work goes into all of the activities and lessons. I learned how much the bishopric and other leaders and teachers do for me. I love how we have a lay clergy in my church. No one is paid at all for their countless hours of service. We do it because of love; love for God and love for the people that we serve. It is so important not to criticize leaders for their imperfect service. We should instead offer our help to them, support them and thank them for what they do. They do SO much!

     I am grateful to Heavenly Father for the opportunity that I had to be the YW President. I hope that he will someday trust me and give me the opportunity to serve in the Young Women’s organization again. I have absolutely LOVED it. It was the best calling. I really love the Young Women in my ward. They have all been through a really difficult year with their individual challenges. I wish that I would have done more for them. I hope that they know just how amazing and beautiful they are. They have blessed my life so much. I am glad that I was able to share my testimony with them. I hope that they stay strong. I hope that they will have the best lives and be so happy.

Personal History: All About Me

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Do you or did you have a nickname? What is it? How did you get it?

My family knows me as Boo Boo. It originated from Er-bear, from the care bears, one of my favorite cartoons when I was little. Then it evolved to Boo Bear because of Yogi and Boo Bear, another favorite childhood cartoon. Then finally, I became Boo Boo. My nieces and nephews know me as Aunt Boo Boo. I’m even occasionally called “Booby” by my sweet nieces and nephews who don’t know what that means. Ha! It’s funny, because my husband, Matt, was called Moo by his family growing up. Moo and Boo. It was meant to be. 

What is your favorite book?

The Book of Mormon, of course. 🙂 It’s the book that I read the most. My reading is pretty sporadic. I haven’t had tons of time for reading while I was in school but I love to find a good series to read. Some of my recent favorites are Harry Potter, the Twilight series and the Hunger Games.  

What is your favorite color?

My favorite color is green because it is the color of life in nature. 

What makes you laugh?

My husband, Matt. Everything that he says is so funny and he makes me laugh every single day. I just love to be with him. He cracks me up. It’s really fun being married to him. My nieces and nephew crack me up too.

What makes you really, really happy?

My family makes me really, really happy, especially my amazing husband, Matthew. I love to spend time with them. I love being pregnant. It’s an amazing experience and such a miracle. I love God and going to church. I love my work at the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. It is so amazing working with such precious babies. I am also going to be really, really happy when Matt and I finally graduate from College because I can’t wait for the day when I don’t have to pay any more tuition. 🙂

Why were you given your name?
 
I’ve asked my mom and she says that she just liked my name. 

How tall are you now?

5′ 7 1/2″

Did your Mom tell you what you looked like when you were born?

No. But here is a picture. 🙂

Describe something you thought was very beautiful.

Right now, I’m 20 weeks pregnant with our first baby girl. I just can’t believe how amazing it is that our baby has grown so much in the past few months. Recently, I have started to feel our baby kick. It’s such a miracle to me. It was so beautiful to see her wiggling and turning on the ultrasound. I love to feel her sweet spirit inside of me. This experience is so beautiful and it is a testimony to me that there really is a God.

What is your favorite season of the year? Why?

I really love all of the seasons. I love winter because of the snow and snowboarding. I love to cuddle up by the fire and read a book with hot cocoa or cuddle up by Matt. We go snowshoeing every year. I love Summer because everything is so green and pretty. I love to go camping and hiking. Matt and I always go on a road trip in between semesters at school in May and August. I love hiking in the Fall when all of the leaves are changing colors.

Share your favorite vacation. Why is it your favorite? Where did you go? What did you do? Who went with you?

My all time favorite vacation was probably the road trip that Matt and I took the Spring after we were married. We went to Northern California. We drove through Lake Tahoe and camped there for the night and then went to the Redwood Forest for 10 days. I had never been there before and for me it just felt like this magical place. Everything was so green and alive. It was so beautiful with the gigantic trees, ferns, animals and fog. We camped on the beach, just 50 feet from the ocean. I loved it! We had so much fun together and we went on lots and lots of hikes. There were almost no people in the park because it was early in the season. We cooked dutch oven dinners every night. It was a blast. I treasure that memory.

Where is your favorite place to visit?

I love to go to the national parks in Southern Utah. Since I was a little girl, we have always gone camping once or twice a year in Moab or Zions National Park. My husband and I still continue on with that tradition almost every year. I have such happy memories there with my family and I hope that Matt and I can make lots of memories in the future with our own little family.

What is your favorite movie?

Matt laughs at me so much because I totally love movies like Avatar, Tron, Iron Man, The Avengers, Spiderman, etc. He jokes that all he wants to do is have a nice night and watch a romantic comedy. He’s just kidding because he likes the same movies that I do. 🙂 I also really love the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. I loved the movie marathons that I’d have with my mom watching all 5 hours in a day. 🙂

Do you like sports? If so, who is your favorite team and why?

I don’t like to watch sports but I love to play sports. My favorite sports are snowboarding and hiking (if that counts). Growing up I played soccer, basketball, and softball on recreational teams. I played volleyball for one year on the highschool team.

What is your best quality?

I think that my best quality is that I’m kind. I try to be nice to everyone. Also, I never lie. I’m very honest.

Do you have memory of a time when you had to stand up for something you believed in, when everyone else seemed to be against you?

When I was a missionary in Pennsylvania and Argentina, that’s what I had to do every day. I loved being a missionary. I always have really respected other’s beliefs but sometimes people didn’t respect mine. I really loved being a missionary and being able to share the truths that I treasure with everyone. It was an awesome experience. 

Have you ever saved anyone’s life? If so, what were the circumstances?

I have the opportunity to save a life almost every day at work in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. I love it.  Also, when I was a counselor at the Utah Boys Ranch, I saved the life of one of my friends who was repelling down a 200 foot waterfall. The boulder slipped that her rope was anchored to and my Boss, Randy, and I had to hold the rope until she reached the bottom safely. It was pretty intense.

How do you choose to spend your time on the weekends?

What is a weekend? As a nurse, my schedule is different every single week and I have to work weekends, nights and holidays so I don’t have a weekend. On my days off I love to spend time with my husband, clean our house, go to the gym or on walks and catch up on my favorite TV shows. On Sundays, I love to go to church and have family dinner with my parents, grandparents, siblings and nieces and nephews. My mom is awesome and makes Sunday dinner every single week for everybody. It’s so much fun to spend time with them.

How did you decide on your career path or the life path you have chosen?

Since I was a little girl, I always loved to be the one to fix someone up if they got hurt. When I was 4 or 5 years old, I slipped on some milk when Seth was chasing me around the house and cut my leg badly on some broken glass. When we went to go and get stitches, I didn’t cry at all and I just was so fascinated watching the doctor sew up my leg. In young women, when I was a teenager, I loved the first aid camp certification so much. 

I have always had an affinity toward medicine. During high school, I got my Emergency Medical Technician certification and went to UVSC for the fire fighting program. I passed all of the tests and got in to the program but I decided that it wasn’t for me because of the way that all of the men talked. I didn’t like their language or their humor. I wanted to be a firefighter because of the medical part anyway, so I decided to become a nurse.

After my mission, I worked as a CNA and an LPN at Cottonwood Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center on the Surgical/Trauma floor during nursing school at Salt Lake Community College. I got my RN and after a few months, I transferred to the NICU where I currently am working. I never thought that I’d want to work in pediatrics or with babies, but after applying for the job and getting it, I prayed to God asking if I should take the job and if it was right for me. I felt such a strong answer in my heart that I was supposed to work  in the NICU that I took the job. Now that I have worked here for more than three years, I know why God guided me here. It is where I’m supposed to be and I’d love to work here for the rest of my career. It is a beautiful place to work and I see miracles so often. I LOVE the NICU. The babies are the best patients. 🙂

How much were you paid for your first job?

When I was young I would babysit and mow lawns. I think I got $5-10/lawn and $2-$4/hour babysitting. When I was 15 years old, I got my first real job at a Itatlian Villiage. I was a busser and was paid $5/hour plus tips from the waitresses.

Did you have someone who you admired and had a big influence on you?

My siblings have had a huge impact on my life. They have really shaped me into who I am today. I was always so much younger than they were so I always really looked up to them and I still do. They are my best friends.

April is 9 years older than I am but we were always really, really close. She was always so much fun and she would take me hiking and on shopping sprees at All-A-Dollar. 🙂 When she got married, we would have sleep overs all of the time. April taught me to be kind through her example. She was so funny because she’d apologize for being grumpy, and we had no idea that she was grumpy. We teased her that she was having grumpy thoughts. 🙂 She was always service minded. She’d have me help her with her secret service things that she’d do for our siblings or for other people. She taught me so much about having fun and how to treat people. I wanted to be just like her. I love the example that she set for me.

Angie is 8 years older than I am and I really looked up to her too. She had such a big influence on my beliefs about God and Jesus Christ. She was always so strong in her testimony of the gospel. She was always giving me advice that helped me. I remember that she would choose New Era articles for me to read. When I’d walk past her room, she’d be reading the scriptures and she’d invite me to come and sit on her bed and read with her. She was always teaching me what was right and helping me to improve. I really respected her opinion. When she went on her mission to England, she’d write me letters and talk to me about how I should look for people at school who may be lonely and need a friend. She was always such a great example to me and I love her so much.

Seth is 6 years older than I am and I was the little “brother” that he never had or at least he tried to treat me like a little brother. We shared a room when we were little and he’d teach me how to play football. When he was the cool homecoming king in high school, I was a really nerdy and lonely little 12 year old. He would take me on “dates” and make me feel so special. Before his mission, he’d sing me songs that he’d write on the guitar and he’d practice teaching me the missionary discussions. He really helped me to obtain a testimony when he taught me the missionary discussions. I missed him so much when he went on his mission to the Phillipeans. Now I am 28 and he is 34 years old and we are in the same ward. It’s so much fun. He’s in the bishopric and I’m the Young Women’s president so we get to work together a lot. Matt and I love being in Seth and Christina’s ward and neighborhood. It’s the best. I love my big brother. 🙂  

What lessons have you learned in your career?

I think that the biggest thing that I’ve taken away from working as a nurse is the realization of just how precious life is. Working on the Trauma floor, I saw how quickly and unexpectedly life can change. Matt also worked in the Emergency Department and he saw the same thing. It doesn’t matter your age or life circumstances. You need to always be prepared to meet your Maker and you need to live life without regrets. Always tell your family how much you love them every single day!! Don’t hold grudges. I just have learned to treasure every single day that I have with Matt.

As an adult, what special activities have you especially enjoyed?

I love to hike and camp with Matt. I love the mountains so much. I like to decorate special cakes for my family members on their birthday. I like to sleep. I like to play the piano and write piano music and lyrics. I love Sunday dinners at my Mom’s house. I love to go on dates and hang out with Matt.

Is there something in your life that you have always wanted to do, but haven’t done so, yet?

I have a very long dream list. That will have to be another post but one of my biggest dreams is to hold my own baby and rock her to sleep. That might be crossed off of the list soon though. 🙂 I want to go on lots of medical missions with my husband!

Of all your good friends, which have you known the longest?

Honestly, I don’t have a lot of very close friends. I have lots of great friends that I work with or go to church with but we don’t really hang out outside of those settings.  My husband and my family members are definately my best friends!

Matt Quit His Job.

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     Oh, man. Matt and I have talked a lot lately about him quitting his job and he finally did it today. He’s just so overwhelmed with school and work and his internship. It’s been hard for him because he also has the deadline coming up to apply to Physician Assistant (P.A.) school in August and September. It is really important for us that he get in to P.A. school. We can wait another year if needed, but it would be great to get in this year. We decided that it would be best for him to take a leave of absence or go PRN (pick up free shifts and not have a schedule) at work, but those things were not an option, so he had to quit his job.

     We are a little nervous. It’s scary in this economy for him not to have a job, especially because I’m going to have a baby this December, but I have a great stable job and we are just praying that Heavenly Father will help us to make it through this difficult and scary time. We have faith that this is the path that we are supposed to follow and we know that Heavenly Father will help us and bless us. He always has and we know that he always will. I support Matt 100% and I hope that he gets into P.A. school this year. He will be a great Physician Assistant.