Monday, January 31, 2011

The Other Side of Down - David Archuleta FULL SONG W/ LYRICS!

I don't know if all pop songs have a great message. But I LOVE this one. Hope you do too! :)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sacrament Talk

This is it. No more flying under the radar. My turn to talk! And...who came to sacrament meeting today? The Stake Presidency, and Bishop Wood and his wife, coincidence? Wow. No Pressure! It was good to prepare, but I breathe a huge sigh of relief now. Hope I don't get called for a couple of years, LOL. Hope you enjoy reading.

Good morning. Its been a long time since I've been up here on the pulpit. "According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two! Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy"- Jerry Seinfeld

There are some out there that don't know me, so let me introduce myself. I'm Cindy. Some words to describe me are friend, sister, listener, patient, a learner, a reader, fun, procrastinator, native capricorn, student, orphan, Daughter of God. I have a mantra. For those that wonder what a mantra is, its a phrase or motto you live by. Mine is from President Hinckley. "You are doing the best you can, and that best results in doing good to yourself and others. Do not nag yourself with a sense of failure. Get on your knees and ask for the blessings of the Lord; then stand on your feet and do what you are asked to do."

My mantra ties in with my topic that is close to my heart, service. Did you get an opportunity to serve on Monday? It was Martin Luther Kind Day, a national day of service. I love good quotes. One that I shared this week came from Dr. King "Everybody can be great..because anybody can serve. You don't need a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." Why do we serve? It makes us feel good. But I like to think of the sacrament. " That they do always remember him, that they may have His spirit to be with them." We may have His spirit with us when we serve. It doesn't take much to serve. I'm pretty sure we have all said one time or another, I would like to,, but I don't have time. Too busy with the family....there is so much to do!

Service can be great or small but it all counts.

President Monson shared a story from the 1989 Oct General Conference. He shares: "While driving to the office one morning, I passed a dry cleaning establishment, which had a sign by the side of the front door. It read, "Its the service that counts". I suppose in a highly competitve field such as the dry cleaning business and many others, the differentiating factor which distinguishes one store from another, is , in fact service. The message from the small sign simply would not leave my mind. Suddenly, I realized why. In actual fact it IS the service that counts- the Lord's service."

Someone I think about in the Book of Mormon is King Benjamin. How respected he was that multitudes of people came and pitched their tents around the temple to hear him. He recounted his desire to serve his people and lead them in paths of righteousness. In Mosiah 2:16-17 it reads

"Behold I say unto you that because I said that I had spent my days in your service, I do not
desire to boast, for I have only been in service of God. And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God."

" Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need? Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad? If not, I have failed indeed."

As it is important to serve, it is important to allow people to serve you. When I was taking care of my mother, I was juggling so many things. And during that time, I was known to say I'm fine..I'm ok...I've got this, I don't need help. But there was a time that I realized finally that I needed help. It was here that I had the help of so many ward members during that difficult time for me. While I was insisting that I was ok, is when I really wasn't. At the same time while I was denying the service of those around a way, I was denying people the blessings they would receive by serving others. So remember that next time, when someone offers to help. ..Say yes!
Its ok! You don't need to conquer your problems on your own. And when we are asking for blessings of help through personal trials, well maybe the Lord put these people in place for a reason.

I've discovered that I really enjoy blogging. If you don't know what a blog is, its basically an online journal. Which is really funny because I am terrible about keeping a journal. Anyway, there is a story that I will share with you. 'Someone I wish that I got a picture of was of me and Judy Steed. I loved Judy so much. I wrote an earlier post about laughing, I do admit, it started at her house. Judy had offered to help me to do homeade highlights, not neccessarily homeade, but out of a box and at home. Judy was such a popular person. I got there, and she continually got phone calls from Anthony , Brooke and Cher. Then Saundra had come by. Meanwhile I'm sitting there with Judy at the kitchen table with a cap on my head. As she continues to pluck strands of my hair while all of the commotion is going on...its Christmastime, and my mother passed away a little over a month ago. We started at 11 am. It was now 5 pm. And we weren't done! And I said to her..."umm Judy?" I need to go to the Nativity. I'll go now, and I will just wear one of my mom's hats. And I did. I don't usually wear hats because they usually don't fit my big head. But, this one did, and it covered up my dreadlocks. I'm laughing so hard, I was crying. So, I come home to my house, with the hat on. My neighbors are standing outside chit chatting. They say hi..and look at my hat. "What a cute hat Cindy, I've never seen you in a hat. I whip off my hat which shows my dreadlocks, not to mention the highlighting goo in my hair.!
Their expressions were priceless.

Judy didn't know it at the time, but she helped me so much that Christmas. I was so numb and I felt lost. It was there in her home that I felt joy. Even as ridiculous as that was. Judy was always serving. It was just something you did. The title of my blog is As My World Turns, finding joy in my journey. And that day, Judy's act of service, even though how little it seemed to her, was the first step to finding joy.

"Has anyone's burden been lighter today. Because I was willing to share? Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way? When they needed my help was I there?"

In John 21:15 it says "Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou more than these? Yea Lord; thou knowest I love thee." Then, the Savior taught a lesson to all of us through Peter. "Feed my lambs" He repeated two more times with a change "Feed my sheep." Robert D. Hales explained this in his book Return- "What do the references to lambs and sheep mean? Feeding the lambs can be taken to mean serving those who are new to the gospel, such as newly baptized members, who must be nurtured and given warmth and fellowship in the family of saints. It may also remind us that we are all called to teach and lead the youngest members of the church- the children. Feeding the sheep may refer to serving the long-time members of church, some less active, who need to be loved and safe guarded in the flock through individual ministering, including home and visiting teaching. The Savior's inclusion of both lambs and sheep suggests that our responsibility is to feed everyone."

President Monson had asked us the following-"How many times has your heart been touched as you witnessed the need of another. How ofen have you intended to be the one to help, and yet how often has day to day living interfered and you left it for others to help?"

We are the Lord's hands. When we serve, we are not only blessing those who are in need. We are blessing our own lives when we serve. As a nurse, I get to serve everyday. It gives me joy as I serve others. Its funny, as much as it petrifies me to speak to hundreds of people, I really love to talk one on one. I take the time to listen to my patients concerns or complaints and reassure the best I know how.

"Never lose faith in your opportunity to lift those who are in need, to give strength to those who are weak, to give encouragement to those who falter by the way."- President Hinckley

It is my testimony that as we strive to serve others, whether it be as simple as a phone call or
visit, that we will receive blessings as we do so. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Birthday Blowouts '11...And conquering the Bucket List!

Early present.

I just love this pic!! About time....dam it! :)

Some random people I don't know...but I was here, without a helmet!

We walked through tunnels.....

And some more....good thing i'm not claustrophobic.

Power Plant, pretty impressive.

I love the fishtank.

The Chocolate Volcano at Rainforest...complete with sparklers!

Cha Cha Cha!

aka tiny pic....what happened?!

Lilly and Joeleene with her loot!

At the Rainforest with Lilly, someday our prince will come!

Me and Alison at Shark Reef

Another surprise, I love my blanket

Melissa, Lilly My coworkers are the best Rachel, Barbara ,Vachelle and Nicole. Surprise bday party for me. I worked for the first time on my bday eve. I felt so loved. :)

Me and Joelenne!

Hoover Dam, Pat Tillman Bridge....and some tourists!

It started with an early birthday present....SNOW!! That was a fun surprise. The last few years, it snows at least once a year. I love it. When I'm warm and cozy inside. Got an 1.5". So beautiful. I worked birthday eve for the first time. And it was ok. But, I had another surprise. My coworkers threw me a surprise birthday party. Complete with presents and cake! I felt so loved. And sad part of my bday eve, I was hoping to see a baby born while I worked. And well, it just didn't happen. Oh well. So, after working, I came home and started looking at Facebook. Is it just me, or do you feel all warm and fuzzy seeing all the birthday posts on your wall?! It seriously makes my day so much. And its so funny because, most of these people prob wouldn't send a card, I think its just the saying of Happy Birthday that makes me happy. Sappy, I know. After reading all my birthday greetings, that kept on rolling, I was just so excited. But I finally slept a few hours. Then we went to Shark Reef. Which I love. Its been awhile since I've been, but I always enjoy going. We had some drama, Lilly had flushed her keys down the toilet! And she was upset, not for losing keys down the toilet...but for her frog keychain. :) I hope you have your chain replaced by now, Lil. We went to dinner later at Golden China and back to Ali's where I had another surprise cake party. :) I just felt so loved this day.

The following day, I decided to conquer my bucket list. Did you ever watch the movie, Jack Nicholson's character is dying and they start doing crazy stuff never done before. The first one I'm going to tackle is probably one that most people that visit Nevada go do. I'm finally going to take the dam tour! ;) At first me and Joelenne were just going to walk on the Pat Tillman Bridge, which was pretty amazing in itself. But then, I thought to myself...when am I ever finally going to take the tour? Because no one invited me yet. So, I took us. It was everything I thought. I really did enjoy it. People that worked their had laughed that I lived here for so long, and never took the tour. But I am sure i'm not the only one. It was a great day!

This post is a combined post. My friend Lilly had her birthday too! We celebrated at the Rainforest Cafe. So much fun. Lilly I hope you had a great time, I know I did. It was so much fun! One of the funny stories from this night would have to be the photobooth. Does anyone ever take good pictures in there? No, probably not. I was trying to get each of us with lilly, since we couldn't all fit in the booth, you could here me say "Get out, Get out!!" ;) I guess you had to be there. Also, that volcano cake was something to were the waiters singing, Happy Birthday to you....cha cha cha!!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

December 2007...Homeade Highlites with Judy, a little book called Twilight..and a trip with Grandma :) not all in order

Judy Steed....I love this lady!! :)
Yep..homeade hilites, what do you do? ;)

Me and her!!

I love love love this pic I took!

Snow in cedar!! We weren't ready for snow, not at all.

A detour before my the darkside!

Twilight?! Really? Yeah. I'm writing a blog entry...about Twilight..and other things, and I'll share why. Since this is my blog and I share things abt my life, well..this was a big part, LOL. I graduated from Nursing School in 2006. I used to love to read. But as any nursing student will tell, you don't want to pick up another book after you graduated nursing school, its true! Discovering Twilight, was funny. I had heard about it a little bit after Mom died. Like I said before, I was in a fog. Christmas of 2007, My Grandma and me took a really quick trip to Salt Lake to see the lights on Temple Square. The night before, I had a gift card to Target that was burning a hole in my pocket. So I decided to load up on goodies for the trip. And I paused at the book section. Sitting front and center was a stack of Twilight paperbacks. I had always told people, yeah maybe I'll read one day. Its just I'm not into vampires. Then I went home. I started reading...and reading... I was ashamed to admit, I was so enthralled with the book. I managed to keep the book at home while I went on vacation. But, I quickly finished..eating was even a chore, LOL. I couldn't believe how quicklly I resumed my love of reading again! It awakened me, it was something that me and my friends, coworkers...and even perfect strangers talked about. .

Someone I wish that I got a picture of or an event was of me and my friend Judy Steed. I loved Judy so much. I wrote an earlier post about laughing, I do started at her house. Judy had offered to help me to do homeade highlights, not necesarily homeade, but out of the box and at home. Judy was such a popular person. I got there and she continually got phone calls from both of her daughters...and her son...and Saundra came by. Meanwhile, I am sitting there at her kitchen table with a cap with holes on my head. She continues to pluck strands of my hair while all of the commotion is going on. We started at was now coming up 5 pm. And we weren't done!! And I said to her..umm Judy? I need to go the Nativity. I'll just wear one of my Mom's hats. And I did. I don't usually wear hats because they usually don't fit my big head. But my moms did..and it was cute. So I come home, I look like I have dreadlocks..and I have a hat over my head. Me and Judy would finish tomorrow. My neighbors are just outside standing around and chitchatting. They say hi...and look at my hat. What a cute hat Cindy, I 've never seen you in a hat. I whip off my hat..and say wanna see why? :) I laugh now thinking about it.

Lastly, the trip was so quick. And fun. And cold. We hit a blizzard in Springville all the way to Salt Lake. I turned on my GPS on my cell phone to get us there. I'm driving along, can't see..and Gabby (I named my GPS) told me to turn this way and that. I got to downtown but barely. I couldn't even see the buildingsor street signs. And Gabby told me I arrived at my Destination...where, where?! LOL. I had my lovely birki's with me, I wasn't very prepared, and on top of that trying to push a wheelchair through snow. Yeah, it was hilarious. :)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Old School Mishmash!!

Goofin off in the car.....

And again......

Service project, I must talk abt this!

Yay trash!

The gang at Bishop Coon's Ranch

These two are hams! :)

Start of a beautiful friendship!!

Joeleene and Melissa

I can't wait to see Andrea's future out!
(She gets married in February!! :D)

Fireworks!! :)
Elise, Holly, Donnalyn and Christene!

Oh April! :P

Crystal and Teizi...graduation day from CSN!

August 2009 we had Young Single Adult Conference at Bishop Coon's ranch. He owns Anderson Dairy. We started off the morning doing a service project. It was hilarious. We were led to believe that we were going to a park that was underneath the US 95 at Bonanaza. Little did we know...we were walking into a service project in the hood!! ;) We picked up trash, some painted curbs...we did have a fun time! I remember we were wiped out...and jumped in the pool. Later that afternoon we went to the Coon's ranch which was not too far from Glendale. It was outside and so nice. Some of the things I remember...and I can't believe that I do. Andrea standing in line with me...looking at someone that was in a electric scooter...she says"you remember that commercial 'Now I can see the world?' you know, the old lady on the scooter at the Grand Canyon? What if the scooter shorted out? " And I am just laughing so hard, it was terrible. But I was. We had such a blast! They did a video competion. The one that won will, be on my next post. The song is so good, Ms Brown and Baby J from the Willow Springs Ward. :) And lastly, another fun part of the story. After it was over, we were super thirsty. So I drive to Logandale..which is super dark. I go down a hill, and then I get pulled over for going too slow. Only because I couldn't see. The police officer, thought I was drunk. Much to my dismay when Lilly replies "She's not drunk....she's mormon!" I duck my head. Hahahaha!!