Thursday, February 27, 2014


President Holland came to the Washington Vancouver Mission several months ago after I had been out about six weeks. There was a lot that he talked about in that meeting that I could go ON AND ON AND ON AND ON about. I would like to focus on a certain aspect of his talk though. He said something that had a very personal effect on me. He said something along the lines of, "Do not be theatrical. Use a still small voice. Make them feel electricity." Any one who knows me, knows that when I was in high school, I did musical theater. For someone like me, who focused much energy on being "theatrical", it was hard to swallow this counsel. What he meant by this counsel is that we aren't out here to play games. We aren't here to play mind tricks in order to convince you that our message is true. I am not here to entertain. I don't need to give some elaborate lesson that catches your attention. 

While growing up, I thought that my church teachers had to entertain me in order for me to pay attention. The truth is--they didn't. We have a personal responsibility to learn from one another and learn The Gospel of Jesus Christ. The message of The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ IS true! If you want to know more about God, THIS is the message that you want to know about. We have a living prophet on the earth today who leads and guides Christs church.

The way that the Lord would have us learn his truths would be by his spirit. Only the spirit can testify of truth to our hearts. We can recognize that the Holy Ghost is testifying of truth by the thoughts and feelings that come to us. We often feel peace and a sense of calmness.

“The language of peace, as spoken by the Lord, embraces a sense of quiet confidence, comfort, and warmth. It is gentle and calm, amiable and sweet; it is temperate and kind; it is orderly and identified by happiness, joy, and feelings of love” (Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, The Holy Ghost [1989], 14).

If you are looking for truth, this is it. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the most true church on the earth today. Look for the evidence of truth as thoughts and feelings come to you. I know that this church is true!

Please enjoy these extremely embarrassing photos of me!

 Me and my friend after a show choir concert

 Playing the role of Lucy in "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown"

 I played the role of the witch in "Into The Woods"

My final role in high school as Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables.

1 comment:

  1. I love that!! "Do not be Theatrical".... I'm gonna hold on to this one!!