Saturday, October 27, 2012

Grandma Christensen: 1937 ~ 2012

Late last night I was leaving campus and was about to go to the temple when I received one of "those" calls -  my dad telling me that my Grandma Christensen had passed away. This totally came as a surprise for me, because I had not even known that she had been so sick for the past two weeks. But, I also felt so much peace. I love Grandma so much, and I am going to miss her and visiting that house that my mom grew up in. But it just makes me so happy to think that after 13 years, Grandma is finally with Grandpa! She missed him so, so much, and I just know she must be so happy right now. On her way to the hospital yesterday, apparently she said to my aunt, "If I see the bright light, I'm going for it!" And I don't blame her.

I was just thinking today about the good memories I have of Grandma and decided to write these down as I think of them. I wish I had spent more time with her, but I am so thankful for the wonderful times we did have together. I love you Grandma!!!
Look at all that love!

Memories with Grandma:
  • riding in her/Grandpa's big van. I was always so excited to ride in that thing!
  • sitting in Caribbean water, finding pictures in the clouds while fish swam all around us
  • Grandma always coming out to graduations and weddings, even if that meant driving and flying by herself
  • going fabric shopping together
  • Grandma being there when I found out I made it into Zion Choir in high school
  • Grandma always being super supportive of me while I tried to decide what to major in
  • talking to her on the phone...and finishing with Grandma telling me she loves me
  • spending time at Karissa's house with Grandma and the boys
  • Grandma talking about Grandpa and how much she loves him

Saturday, October 6, 2012

a double-temple run

Tonight I did something I've been wanting to do for a while - go on a run to both Provo temples! Seriously, where else can you run for 5.6 miles and stop by two temples?! So blessed.

It was just what I needed. Without going into tons of details, today was one of those days that just felt like all the unfairness of the world was against me and I suddenly had no idea what I was supposed to do with my life. After having a good talk with my mom (who is so so great at understanding me and knowing exactly what to say!), I decided to go on a run. Gotta love running with some anger in you, you end up doing really well haha. Seriously though, there's no better way to clear your mind than a good, hard run. And then, there's no better way to fill it back up again with love and peace than a visit to the temple. I run up the hill to the Provo Temple first. It was so beautiful.
I love temples.

The Provo Temple with Emily a couple weeks ago. She's pretty much my best friend, and she's going to be a missionary soon. I'm going to miss her so much!...but she'll be great :)

I sat there at the top of the hill on some grass and had a nice little chat (aka prayer) with my Heavenly Father. It was so peaceful sitting across from that sign that said "The House of the Lord - Holiness to the Lord." After a while, I got up and made my way down the hill, across to University Avenue, and then down to where they are constructing the Provo City Center Temple - what I fondly call the Tabertemple. Really there wasn't much to see there, but it was still beautiful, and I loved standing there and picturing what it will be like when it is all finished.
pretty much what it looks like right now, but with the tops (the steeple things) taken off
About how it should look in a couple years :)
There were a couple things that I thought of while talking with my mom and while on my run. One was from last week's General Relief Society meeting, when Sis. Burton talked about Heavenly Father's love for each one of His children. He really is aware of each of us and cares about us individually. The other thought I had was a quote by President Packer, who said "All are part of the test, and there is more equality in this testing than sometimes we suspect." For someone like me who has a tendency to compare myself to others, that is a pretty comforting statement. 

I came home from my run pretty exhausted but feeling so much more at peace. I'm thankful for a healthy body so that I am able to go on runs like that when I need. I'm grateful for temples and the gospel. And I'm so thankful for the Atonement, a knowledge of it, and a Savior who suffered everything for us, so that He knows and understands everything we are going through. Through the Atonement, all the unfairness of the world will be made up for and made right. Sometimes it's hard for me to remember and believe that, but I have a testimony that it is true. I'm not perfect, but if I just keep trying and stay close to Jesus Christ, He will carry me through. I love Him so much!