“So, as a new year starts and we try to benefit from a proper view of what has gone before, I plead with you not to dwell on days now gone, nor to yearn vainly for yesterdays, however good those yesterdays may have been. The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead, we remember that faith is always pointed toward the future. Faith always has to do with blessings and truths and events that will yet be efficacious in our lives.”
-Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“Remember Lot’s Wife” BYU Devotional January 13, 2009
You can read the whole talk here. This is one of my favorite talks (in fact probably #1 talk) I have ever read/heard and a great way to start off a new year.
These are some of my “embers” of the last year and things that have been wonderful! Though there were certainly some “ashes” those aren’t what I want to focus on. I wish all of you the best in 2014 and hope we can all remember that no matter what has happened or what will happen, everything that we experience is for our good and to help us grow and become better people! With God we can do anything.
#13 Brad Paisley concert in August
#12 Having the best training partner in the world to run with [he goes with me all the time and goes at my pace/how long I need… he even did a speed workout with me before the NCAAs. Coach may or may not have been laughing because he may have been a little out of speed shape and having a harder time keeping up than before his mission :)]
|This run started out all nice and then it started POURING rain! We kept running and jumping in puddles. It was hilarious and so much fun.|
#11 Starting my last year of running and school at UVU
#10 Quitting all my jobs so I could focus on what matters most [and trusting that God would help it all work out…and it has]
#9 Finishing up my presidential internship
#8 Being in an awesome ward [click here for more information on what that is] and all the help our leaders have given us and the friends we’ve made.
#7 Taking a spur of the moment vacation to San Diego with my parents
#6 Getting to hang out with my twin at practice/meets and see him all the time
#5 Getting our cute little pet bunny [best $12 we ever spent!]
#4 Sticking through with the Jazz in some of their worst seasons in history
#3 Qualifying for the NCAAs in the steeple and being Academic All-American
#2 The support and fun times our family and friends have given us
#1 Making it through the ups and downs of life and marriage with my best friend