Sunday, May 24, 2009

Things That Make Me Happy

I have been going through a bit of not generally being satisified with my station in life. I don't know if it is because I am getting older...but I have been questioning all of my choices lately. I am sure most here can relate to such insanity.

Anyhoot, I decided to make a list. I needed to figure out what makes me happy. So here it is:

1. Beverli...The light of my life. My beautiful girlfriend. She is my heart and soul.
2. My family...There is alot of chaos in my family, Then again what family does not have chaos. In the end they are always there for me.
3. My job...Ok my job does not always make me happy, but in the end in this economy I am still grateful to have a job.
4. Writing...Letting it all hang out, good, bad. Novels...short stories...poetry.
5. Church. ..I truly love The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, As I know it is the gospel restored on this earth.
6. My friends...Ellen and Brian are my 2 best friends on this earth. They have always been there for me and I can never tell them how grateful I am to have them in my life.
7. Reading...I love reading. It calms me down. Right now I am currently reading about 4 different books. It is hard to find time to read them all. I should focus on 1 book at a time.
8. My nephews...Bradley and Dylan. I love them with all of my heart. They are the greatest nephews anyone could ever ask for.
9. Watching tv...Once again, watching tv helps soothe me after a hard day.
10. My future...My future with Beverli is what keeps me going.

These are just a few things that make me happy. They are in no particular order.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Keeping The Savior In My Life

The atonement can be an amazing thing, for me it has helped me to set my life back on the course it needed to be. I am so grateful to my Savior for what he has done for me. For so long I had been living without his presence. I had kept the Savior out of my life. I didn't realize how empty I was. It is wonderful to have the Savior with me to help and inspire me. I have noticed that as long as I am willing to listen to his promptings he will guide me in the right direction. This has become ever more clear to me as time has passed.

Because I had grown lax and because I was not keeping the standards to where they should have been I allowed certain things to come inside my life. Certain tv shows that used foul language and crude behavior in an effort to be funny. Certain movies(Rated R). These things have had an effect on me, My language changed. My behavior changed. I grew desensitized to crude and offensive things.

Since deciding to change myself and bring the Savior back into my life and returning to the lord's true church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I have found my sensitivity to those things returning. I am once again shocked to hear foul language, and offensive behavior on and off television has once again begun to bother me.

I have thought about asking my family to remove those things from our home. But that is much like trying to force my ideals on them. So instead, I have asked them to watch them when I am not around or not at home. They have to let the Savior guide them to what they feel is right just as I have to do the same thing.

I cannot truly focus on repentance and on trying my hardest to return to God if I allow things in my life to drive him away. Keeping the Savior strong in my life is what helps me resist temptation and any urge that may come along to return to old bad habits.