Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Tracked Sister Marah Dixon's Flight

This post is short and sweet.

I decided to track Sister Marah Dixon's flight from Brisbane Airport to Los Angeles Airport from Monday morning to Monday late evening. I stayed awake for the whole duration of the flight. Throughout this post, is the images that I screenshot while tracking her flight to Los Angeles Airport.
Less than 5 hours to go.

Less than 4 hours to go.

Less than 10 minutes to go.

Final Stage
I don't know how you feel but I felt happiness and comfort that Sister Marah Dixon has arrived to the other end safely. I am very glad that she got to Los Angeles Airport safely. She isn't too far away from Provo Missionary Training Center.

Stay tuned until next time. 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Reflecting Memories Before Sister Marah Dixon Left

Today as Day 1 without my best friend Sister Marah Dixon and it was so hard. I was rereading some text messages conversations between me and Sister Dixon had before she left and I was about to cry. I was also reflecting on all the photos of the memories that me and her had together before she left. It made me cry.
A Photo of us after our last Baptistery Session together
I don't want to think the idea that she is already gone but it is so hard. You may ask, "Why don't you want to think about the idea that she is already gone?" It is because I would rather not go to some places that me and her went together and where some greatest memories was held. It's sucks because the 2 most common places that me and her went together was the Temple and Karawartha Chapel.
One of the photos from the last YSA Ball together
I don't want to say "I want her back home already because I miss her so much already and I want to see her again already." I don't know if that relates to anyone else. I know that I should be happy that she left for her mission instead of crying and crying. I know one day eventually I will stop crying and think about the positive that she has gone for her mission because of her desire to serve Heavenly Father and invite others to come unto Christ.

However, I don't know how I would react when I get her emails and letters. I will have to wait when those times comes and I am not ready for it. I am scared that I will cry a lot when I receive an email or a letter from her.

Stay tuned to the next post. 

Monday, 27 July 2015

Final Goodbyes to Sister Marah Dixon

When I woke up this morning, I wasn't ready for the day and I knew it would be a long big day ahead of Sister Marah Dixon, her Dad, some friends and me. I mentioned in my morning prayer, "Please comfort me." 

This morning, I drove to Brisbane Airport International Terminal with a mutual friend Lilyann. You may ask "Why were you both going to Brisbane Airport?" 
Well we were going to the airport to see our close friend Sister Dixon to leave for her mission and to say our final goodbyes for 18 months. We wouldn't be seeing her for the next 18 months. When we arrived at the terminal, Lilyann, others who was also at the airport and I took a lot of photos. I think about 4 friends took heaps of photos including me. One of the things that I mentioned to Sister Dixon, "it will hit me that I will miss you." and she immediately lightly tap me on my right shoulder. 

It may seem hard to understand of how much Sister Dixon meant to me before she left for her mission. We called each other sisters, we say "I love you" to each other through text messages and phone call conversations, we say "I miss you" to each other through text messages and phone call conversations, I will miss sleeping over at her old house, I will miss taking her to places (mostly to either Young Single Adults Activities or taking her to Brisbane Airport to see her friends leave for their missions) and we talked to each other a lot. I will miss how much we talked. 

When it was about 5 minutes to go, I hugged Sister Dixon one last time for 18 months. She mentioned to me "Email me, keep updated about your life while I am away." I told her "I will email you." I noticed she was crying again and I felt bad that I wasn't crying as yet until she hugged 2 other friends after me. I cried for a little time.

After saying all final goodbyes, we all saw her walking to the airplane and we all started walking where all parked the car. I didn't cry while I was driving Lilyann home and I still wasn't crying when I was stopping at another friend's house for a short time. I didn't cry again until this evening because I heard a song called "See You Again by Carrie Underwood.
I felt that I need to do a blog to calm me down and stop crying but instead, I cried more and more. I miss Sister Dixon so much already and already feels so strange without her. I already miss looking at my phone for text messages from Sister Dixon and I already miss answering calls and making calls to Sister Dixon. I wished I could have gone with her to the Missionary Training Centre just so I can spend more time with her. 

All the best for 18 months for her and I look forward to contacting her heaps during her time in the Missionary Training Centre and her Mission through emails and hopefully lots of letters. 

Stay Tuned for the next post.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

My Talk Based On Temples

I would like to share with you about my talk that I have done for my Church this morning.

"Good morning Brothers and Sisters, I was assigned to give a talk on Temples. What is a Temple? 

The answer is mentioned in Doctrine and Covenants, Section 88 verse 119 and that reads, Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;

How do I prepare myself worthy to enter inside the Temple?
- Having a testimony of the gospel, paying tithing, 
- Reading the scriptures daily, having personal prayers,
- remembering to stand as a witness of God at all times, in all things and in all places, striving to follow the standards from the Strength of Youth Pamphlet such as Dress and Appearance, Choosing Friends Wisely, Being Honest, Keeping my thoughts clean and pure, etc 
Why do we have Temples?

The answer is mentioned in Preach My Gospel and it reads, 
The Savior loves all people and desires their salvation. Yet millions of people have died without having any opportunity to hear the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ or receive saving ordinances. Through His loving grace and mercy the Lord makes salvation possible for everyone who did not have the opportunity to receive, understand, and obey the gospel during their mortal lives. The gospel is preached to these deceased people in the spirit world. Members of the Church on earth perform the saving ordinances in behalf of their deceased ancestors and others. Deceased persons living in the spirit world have the opportunity to accept or reject the gospel and the ordinances performed in their behalf.

For this reason, Church members search for information about their ancestors. They complete pedigree charts and family group records and submit the names of deceased relatives who need to have saving ordinances performed on their behalf in sacred temples. This is family history work. Worthy members ages 12 and over, including new members, may receive from their bishop a recommend to perform baptisms for the dead.

I would like to bare my testimony that I love going to the Temple to seek spiritual guidance from Heavenly Father, receiving answers to my prayers, and I know Families Can Be Together Forever. In The Name of Jesus Christ. Amen."

I did shared my testimony about Temples and it was something like what I mentioned above. Stay tuned for the next post. 

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Overview of A Night in Venice YSA Ball

I would like to share with you about the recent Young Single Adult Ball that I attended last night. The Young Single Adult Ball was so much fun and it was great. I loved the decorations of the Ball. The Theme of the Ball was "A Night in Venice."
I loved how I was able to talk to and spend some time with some of my friends. Many thank you's again goes to my younger sister Emma for doing my hair and make-up for the Ball. I still remember going to last year's Young Single Adult Ball.
This year was better than last year's because it had more dancing space, heaps more people attended and a lot of seats to sit on. This year's Ball, I was taking more photos than last year and focused on taking heaps of photos of other people.
While reading this post, you would have notice the photos of me throughout this post and again thank you to my younger sister Emma for taking those photos. She has done a great job.

Stay tuned until next time. 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

10 Days since Qualified as a Receptionist

This post is short and sweet. Wow, it feels weird. It has been 10 days ago since I finished my Business and Administration Course. It has been almost 2 weeks ago since I graduated.

Whenever I don't check what time it is, time has been going fast. Whenever I check the time like every few minutes, time has been going slow.
I have been noticing that tine has been going too fast lately and I still remember Day 1 of doing the course. In 3 days, it will reach 4 weeks since I graduated my degree in Digital Photography. Although there are days that I would like it to go fast and other days to slow down.

Stay tuned until next time.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Shall Be Comforted

We all go through tough times. We all go through hardship times. We all go through mourning times. We all go through comfort times. We all go through struggles. tribulations and trials. Those types of times, struggles, tribulations and trails is part of life.

I love the Image below and it does applies to our everyday lives. We shouldn't expect things to be easy.
Some things are worth of taking the time to learn and applying things of what we have been taught and learnt of how to apply those things into our lives.

It would like saying "start things as a little as having it as a hobby, then take the time to learn more about the hobby or hobbies such as job outcomes and how to create a business out of it. For example, I used to like Photography as a hobby.

As growing up, I wanted to turn that hobby as a job one day. I took some of my time to study the course that is required to become a Photographer and I have my Photography Business for almost 4 years. Although, I haven't got paid of any work as yet, but I still hope that my business will become successful in the near future."

When we were young children as toddlers; most of us took the time to learn how to walk, most of us took the time to learn how to talk, most of us took the time to know the opposites (such as, Yes's and No's), etc.

I don't have much else to say, and I encourage you to try your best to remember the scripture, "Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted. - Matthew 5:4."

Stay tuned.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

I Don't Miss Perth Anymore

A few friends has been asking me a question and that is "Are you missing Perth?" I always answer "I'm not missing Perth."

If I had to give my reason why, I would have said the following,

"I missed Perth within 2 weeks of being back in Queensland. However it has been almost 2 months ago since I came back home from Perth and I don't miss Perth anymore. I do miss the Missionaries that I have met, new friends, spending time with friends, going to Perth Temple and attending the YSA activities but that's okay.
I have been too busy of focusing to finish my Business and Administration Course which I have completed since this Monday, finish my Diploma Course which I have completed almost a month ago, attending Institute often, going to the Temple often, going out with the Sister Missionaries, applying for heaps of jobs until I get contact from a employer for a job interview, and other things.

So I am not 100% sure when I will ever come back to Perth and I won't be going back next month. That is okay for me to say and I know that some friends was looking forward to see me again."
Throughout this post, it displays 2 photos of me and Emma Chapman. The photos was taken while I was in Perth. That is all from me for now. Stay tuned.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Happy Birthday Karla

I find it fun sometimes to do blog posts about wishing someone a Happy Birthday! I absolutely love the great friendship that I have with my friend Karla Arroyo. I don't think not many people would understand how great it is. I also absolutely love how me and her call each other sisters, even though we were both have different relatives, and live in a different country.
I know I am a day late to wish her a Happy Birthday, however I wished her a Happy Birthday through messages but she hasn't seen it and reply to it.

If you ever get the chance to talk to her or meeting her in person or getting to know her better or becoming her friend, you will find out yourself that she has been the following;

As you see throughout this post, there are 2 love heart shapes with our arms. It was my idea, and I thought it was an amazing idea! We love each other as sisters. She is older than me. I am like a sister to her because she has no sisters.

"Dear Karla,
If you ever get to see this post, I wish you a Happy Birthday and I hope you had a amazing day! I always love you sis and never forget that I do. Love from your one and only sister, Megan."

Stay tuned until next time.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Don't Get Discouraged, Things Will Work Out

This post is similar to a post that I have posted while I was in Perth. That post is called "Trust in God When Accepting Challenges." This post is based on a Ensign Article and I still hope you like this post.

We all have sad days, we all have tough days, we all have happy days, we all have discouraged days, we all have fun days, we all have fearful days, and we all fall short at some points in our lives.
Things Work Out
“It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. If you do your best, it will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us.  If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers” (Jordan Utah South regional conference, priesthood session, 1 Mar. 1997).

If you are interested of reading the rest of the Ensign article, here's the link below.

Stay tuned until next time. 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The Hope of God's Light

This post is based on a April 2013 General Conference talk called "The Hope of God's Light by Dieter F. Uchtdorf." This talk is one of my favourite General Conference talks.
I will share with you some highlights throughout this talk, plus a video that goes with it too.

"So how do we open our eyes to the hope of God’s light?

First, start where you are. 
The perfect place to begin is exactly where you are right now. It doesn't matter how unqualified you may think you are or how far behind others you may feel. The very moment you begin to seek your Heavenly Father, in that moment, the hope of His light will begin to awaken, enliven, and ennoble your soul. The darkness may not dissipate all at once, but as surely as night always gives way to dawn, the light will come.

Second, turn your heart toward the Lord. 
Lift up your soul in prayer and explain to your Heavenly Father what you are feeling. Acknowledge your shortcomings. Pour out your heart and express your gratitude. Let Him know of the trials you are facing. Plead with Him in Christ’s name for strength and support. Ask that your ears may be opened, that you may hear His voice. Ask that your eyes may be opened, that you may see His light.

Third, walk in the light.
Your Heavenly Father knows that you will make mistakes. He knows that you will stumble perhaps many times. This saddens Him, but He loves you. He does not wish to break your spirit. On the contrary, He desires that you rise up and become the person you were designed to be.

To that end, He sent His Son to this earth to illuminate the way and show us how to safely cross the stumbling blocks placed in our path. He has given us the gospel, which teaches the way of the disciple. It teaches us the things we must know, do, and be to walk in His light, following in the footsteps of His Beloved Son, our Savior."

In your own time, you can read the whole talk, Here's the link below, and I hope you will enjoy reading it.

There is a video that goes with the talk. It is called "The Hope of God's Light" found in Mormon Channel. You can watch the video in your own time. If you can't see the Video below, here's the link.
Readers, think about these few questions "In what way or ways do you find hope?" "Was it easy?" "Was it hard?" "Are you still finding hope?" "How can I show hope towards others?"

That's all from me for now. Stay tuned until next time.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Now Qualified as a Receptionist!!

I was studying Business and Administration Course for almost 18 months and I have completed the course today. I was very happy that I have completed the course.

Throughout the day, I reload my emails for about 5 times and I wasn't receiving any email that I wanted. During lunch time so 12pm to 12:30pm; I had lunch, I read my scriptures for 5 minutes and I kept reloading my emails. I asked myself "What am I doing wrong? Come on, I really want the email from a friend right now." It was 1:45pm or 1:57pm when I have been told "We made it, we finish the course!" 

I was feeling very happy but a little disappointed because I was getting impatient for the email. I kept thinking that friend will email me. Soon enough, it was 2pm and that friend emailed me. I said to myself "I have been waiting for this email to arrive. Finally." 

The course started with 15 students on January 27th, 2014. Throughout the time that I was doing the course; there was always new students, new teachers, there was students dropping out and by today, there was 2 other students who has finished the course with me and I was the only student who was doing the course since January 27th, last year.

I AM NOW QUALIFIED AS A RECEPTIONIST which means I will be able to work in any business reception office when I am successful of getting a job in that industry. I could be working as a receptionist in a school office.
I shared this quote by Elder Russell M. Nelson because it kept me motivated and it is so true. I also always try my best to remember this "We always learning something new each day. If you don't think that you didn't learn anything new this day, well think again and those little things can become big and better things that may impact our lives for good," 

That is all from me for now. 

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Is the Mission for me?

I fasted and prayed a few times about serving a proselyting mission, I didn't received any answer. I stopped attending Mission Prep classes, as I decided to go with the Sister Missionaries and I also decided to do my own preparations. I started to feel I was a Sister Missionary already whenever I was doing that instead of attending Mission Prep classes.

I felt very strongly about my decision to serve a mission. I worked out what date I would like the mission papers to be handed in, when I would like to enter the Missionary Training Center, etc.

For 2 years or 3 years, I kept thinking that the proselyting mission and the young church service mission will be optional for how long of service for the girls. Today, I found out that both of the missions; proselyting and young church service mission isn't optional about how long the girls get to serve for.

I must admit, I felt discouraged that I can't make the decision of how long I can serve a mission for. I can't serve none of them because 18 months is too long and also because of my 2 conditions.

You may ask "What are your 2 conditions and how would those conditions affect you serving a mission if you do go on a mission?"

Well I have asthma for almost 3 years, and I have bilateral hip dysplasia (which is 2 hips out of place) for all my life. It would have affected me by walking long distances, having stresses, the weather changing a lot, and many more. It wouldn't go well if I serve a mission.

I guess Heavenly Father has other plans in store for me to do instead of serving a mission. However I will still prepare if I was going to serve a mission, It still helps me to stronger testimony, stronger relationship with Heavenly Father, helps me with my spiritual strength and many more. 

Mission isn't for me while I am young. I will still try my best to influence others by my righteous examples and keeping high standards in the Church. I hope no one does feel upset about my decision.  
That's all from me for now until next time.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

What Faith Can Do?

This post is short and sweet. This post is based on a song called "What Faith Can Do by Kutless." It's 1 song out of the EFY songs Take It Home Album. We all need to have faith to believe. If you haven't heard the song before, I encourage you to listen to it in your own time.
If you can't see the Video, here's the link for the video below.

If you just listened to the song, what did you think about the song. What part of the song did you liked the most? Below is an Image of the Lyrics that part of the song that I liked the most.
If you don't have a fully understanding about faith, I encourage you to find out what faith is and try to gain an understanding about faith. I encourage you think about the following next questions, "What faith can do for you? What faith can do for others around you?

What does faith means to you? and What does faith means to others around you?"

I have a suggestion for you, and it is up to you to do it or not. My suggestion is, allow yourself 5 to 10 minutes to complete it.

You could write down of how you are currently using faith and what things you could improve on by using faith in your journal because it will be great when you look through your journal.

Stay Tuned. 

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Job Interview Tomorrow

This post is short and sweet. Tomorrow will be a exciting day for me. You may ask me, "What will be happening tomorrow that tomorrow will be a exciting day for you?" The title has given the answer away and that is job interview tomorrow. You may ask about the details.
Are you ready to know the details? Here is the details. 
What is it: A job interview for a Travel Sales Consultant 
Where: At a Flight Centre 
When: Tomorrow at 10AM
Position: Part-Time  

I hope I get the job because I haven't been employed for almost 2 whole years and I think I will be good at the task. I have to stay positive,  and be myself during the interview. If I don't get the job, that is okay, I will keep looking for other jobs to apply for and hope for the best. I will try my best to announce on social media if I got the job or not. 

Friday, 3 July 2015

Good, Better, Best

This post is short and sweet. I hope you will like the Image below.  
I encourage you to ask yourselves the following questions;
"What am I good at? How can I be the best person that I can be?
What am I not good at? How could I improve on those things?
What can I do for making better choices each day and night?
How can my righteous examples influence others?" 

I have a suggestion for you and it is upto you to do it or not.
In your spare time and if you have about 10 minutes to 15 minutes, you could do this suggestion. Allow yourself to have some time to write down the questions in your journal and then think about the questions. Then, I encourage you to allow to have more time to think about the answers and write down the answers in your journal.

I encourage you to take your time to read a General Conference talk called "Good, Better, Best by Dallin H. Oaks." When you click the link below, you will have the option to watch the video and the video goes for almost 15 minutes. I hope you will like the talk.

 That is all from me for now. 
Stay Tuned.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Meeting Elder Pearson and Sister Pearson

Last Thursday night was a great evening. I was privilege to meet a Quorum of the Seventy Elder Pearson and his wife Sister Pearson in person after a massive multistake Youth and Young Single Adult fireside.
Left to Right: Sister Pearson, Me and Elder Pearson
I would like to share with you about the notes that I took while listening to Sister Pearson and Elder Pearson talked to everyone at the fireside. 

Sister Pearson: 
"As long as you looking up with the Saviour, as long as you follow the footsteps to the Saviour, you will be fine. She read a scripture somewhere in Doctrine and Covenants, Section 6. 

Make sure that you are tide with the scriptures, Read the scriptures everyday. Kneel down with prayer to ask for guide and learn before scripture study. Try to remember scripture while being young. 

Ask yourselves; what will Jesus do? and do likewise. Are you facing the Temple? Have a picture of the Temple and have a picture of the Saviour in your bedroom."

Elder Pearson: 
"Chapel is a scared place. Holy Ghost is a member of the God Head, gives revelation, knows our minds, our fears, our hearts, our strengths, ways to learn (what to do next), know how we feel and teaches us one by one. 

He shared an experience that he had with a little girl. A little girl was looking through something and it was directed to him. He notices it and the little girl's Mum took away that something from her. Elder Pearson wasn't able to see that little girl again.

What lens are you looking through? 
- Look through the lens of the truth
- Eye on faith and of the Holy Ghost
- Witness by witnesses 
- Faith is a spiritual gift

What do you see through the lens of the truth? How are you doing for the spiritual lens? Do you believe enough to see? 

What do you see first for the lens? 
1. Reality of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ
2. You have a divine identity
3. Influences power of agency
Stay Tuned.