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I Know it. I Live it. I Love it.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide gather twice yearly for what they call “general conference.” During this conference, which is available to anyone interested in attending or watching live via the internet, we have the opportunity to listen to Church leaders speak on a variety of spiritual topics.

These talks are addressed not only to Latter-day Saints, but also to government, faith and community representatives and other conference guests. Speakers include the worldwide leader of the Church, President Thomas S. Monson, and his counselors in the First Presidency, the Quorum of Twelve Apostles and other church leaders.

One of my favorite talks, which has had a lasting impact on me, was given in the October 2012 General Conference by Sister Ann M. Dibb, second counselor in the Young Women General Presidency. Her talk was titled I know it. I Live it. I Love it, and focused on the importance of possessing and developing confidence in our identity as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

One of the things I loved about her talk was how she reminded me that when we live faithful, obedient, Christ-like lives, the blessings we receive not only affect our own lives, but also the lives of countless others in profound and often unknown ways.

When I heard this talk, I was in the last stages of serving the Lord as a full-time missionary in the England London South Mission, and this was a lesson Heavenly Father was already helping me to learn and to develop a testimony of. Through the experiences and examples of the faithful members of the ward I was serving in, I was learning that our Heavenly Father has a purpose for placing us in the different life situations we are in.

Where we live, and where we work, and where we go to school and what places we frequent are not by chance. The people who are our neighbors, and those who are our coworkers and schoolmates-they don’t happen to be in our lives just because-we are in each other’s  lives for a reason. I believe that we have been placed where we are for purposes that are often unknown to us, and whether those purposes are ever fulfilled depends on us and on our courage to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things and in all places. Being reminded of this often helps me because it encourages me to find the reason and purpose for being wherever I am in life. By being aware of this truth, I find myself being more aware of situations where I am presented with opportunities to fulfill those purposes.

The motto Sister Dibb coined in her talk has stayed with me since then, and is something that I’ve often repeated to myself when I have been hesitant or timid about doing a good deed, choosing the right, sharing who I am, what I stand for or what I know to be true. It has been during these moments that I have repeated Sister Dibb’s words; I am a Mormon. I know it. I live it. And I LOVE it! On more than one occasion I have been inspired by this phrase.

I Know it. I Live it. I Love it.

This week I had the opportunity to participate in a career night hosted for the Young Women in our ward. As the day for the activity drew nearer I felt a desire to make something for the girls to take home. I wanted to make something  they would appreciate while still embodying what I do for a living.

I decided to make them a bracelet since this is something that would be a simple and time-efficient item to make for 15 girls. Also, I had some awesome scraps of natural tanned leather waiting to be transformed into something useful. As I thought about what design, logo or phrase I wanted to put on their bracelets, I thought of Sister Dibb’s conference talk, and right away, I KNEW what their bracelets would say.

I Know it. I Live it. I Love it. Leather bracelets

I intentionally left out the first part of Sister Dibb’s motto; I am a Mormon. I hope that as the girls wear their bracelet, someone will ask them what it means and they will be the ones to explain that the words refer to their sentiment regarding their membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

General Conference is upon us once more. In two short weeks we will once again be blessed to hear the words of a living prophet of God. I testify that conference has something to offer to each and every one of us. I invite you to come and see and to listen and hear what messages God has for you.


Karma is a bitch?

Karma: Through the law of karma, the effects of all deeds actively create past, present and future experiences, thus making one responsible for one’s own life, and the pain and joy it brings to them and others.

Even though karma is a concept belonging to Indian religions, such as hinduism, I am still a strong believer in it. It’s a topic my mind often lingers on and it’s a topic of discussion frequently held with my dad, especially as of recently. Alejandro would say it’s the California hippie in me talking… “kiki y sus teorias fumadas”. LOL. Nevertheless… I stick to it: life is a cycle and the things you do to others eventually make a full circle and come back to you.

Why do I bring this up? Quite simple. I’m on the receiving end of my karma right now.

Any human being over the age of 12 can testify to the universal truth that relationships are hard and often times, rather painful. Each relationship is different, from each one we learn but since there is no manual or rule book , most of the learning is done through trial and error. Lots and lots of errors. When we enter our young adult stage in life and the relationships we maintain with those around us increase in complexity, things tend to get messy. Especially when it comes to dating.

And I am no exeption.

I must admit, I have done some pretty stupid things; I’ve acted selfishly. I’ve Lied. I’ve given false hope. I’ve been mean, rude, nonchalant, and everything in between. On several occasions I’ve even been guilty of LITERALLY running away from certain people in order to avoid uncomfortable conversations.

However silly, dumb or immature my actions have been, the number one spot goes to the following err: opening up my heart to the wrong person. That’s definitely the biggie, and oddly enough, I think its a faux pas that many of us make. The number two spot goes to: moving forward in a relationship with someone you care about but know you don’t love. And guess what? I’m guilty of that one too.

A few years ago, I  met this great guy. He had all the qualities a good mormon girl (such as myself) was looking for. I really couldn’t find anything wrong with him. And even better.. man was he head over heels in l.o.v.e with me. I liked him well enough, but would not take that step forward with him and formalize our relationship. I played dumb with him and with ME for months! The truth is, I was waiting to feel that spark… that BOOOM! that “something” for him. But I didn’t feel it, and I knew I never would… no matter how great he was and how much I really wanted to feel that “something” for him- it just wasn’t happening.

Long story short. I know I really hurt him. Fast forward to now… and I’m suffering from my top two mistakes. I opened up my heart to the wrong person and in return the wrong person dropped a big, cold bucket of water on my by saying, ” I really like you, but you just don’t inspire a “spark” in me. There’s nothing wrong with you, you’re such a great girl… I don’t know why I feel this way, but I do.”

Karma. Ain’t it grand?