Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Breakfast Club of 18B

My post this week is all about my "family" and our Breakfast Club. My group of friends and I will occasionally get together on Saturday mornings and have breakfast together.  It is so much fun and a wonderful way to spend time together.   My friends are so totally awesome and I love them so much! I was looking back at my journal for this past week to see what exciting happened, and every night I wrote, I wrote about my friends and how amazingly fantastic they are :)

Let's start with my girlies

First in this picture we have Alex.  Alex is such an amazing person.  She was my first friend that I made at BYU.  I met her during Late Summer Honors and we were pretty much inseparable.  Alex has such a strong spirit and I love being around her.  She always says the sweetest things and helps me put my life back into perspective.  Alex has one of the strongest testimonies that I have ever seen: she puts it into action.  Her testimony helps me strengthen my own and I am so grateful to her for that. :)

Next we have Heather.  Heather is pretty much the best roommate in the entire world! She's not really a new friend (we met and became fast friends when we were 14 at Girls Camp) but she still sort of is since now I get to see her every day instead of every few months.  Heather is a very determined person.  She has a plan and knows how to accomplish it.  She is such a role model to me because I want to be a decisive person with goals and plans on how to accomplish those goals.  Heather is so dedicated and passionate about many different things.  She makes me want to find something that I am passionate about too.  It is so amazing to see the effort she puts into the things that she loves.  I want to be able to do that.

After Heather we have Emily.  I met Emily at a dance my first week of the fall semester.  She was so bubbly and happy, you couldn't not like her :) We became great friends very quickly.  I go to devotional with her every week and we have girl talks probably every few weeks.  She has been a HUGE help to me this semester.  If I ever need something I can always go to her.  Emily is one of the sweetest, nicest, most down to earth people you have ever met in your entire life.  She is an amazing photographer and I love what she captures with her camera.  Her pictures have such emotion and thought in them, it is amazing.  She is doing this thing where she takes a picture every day for a year and posts them with some sort of quote that goes along with the photograph.  It is such a neat idea that I am stealing it and will begin on January 1, 2011 I love Emily so much and am so glad that she is a part of my life.

Last, but most definitely not least, we have Sydney.  Sydney is roommates with Alex and I met her at Late Summer Honors as well.  Her, Alex, and I were inseparable during that week and made some pretty fantastic memories.  I love Sydney so much! We are so similar that whenever I am having a rough time or something is going on in my life, I know that I can talk to her because she is going through or has gone through the exact same thing.  We are so similar that I swear we had to have been separated at birth or something.  Sydney is such a caring individual and can always make me smile.  Wether it's one of her stories or her singing to me, she knows just what to do.  Probably my favorite thing about Sydney is that when she sits next to me in any sort of meeting, she will take my notebook and write sweet little notes to me.  They really do mean a lot.  One of my favorite notes that she has written to me was a day after I was feeling pretty sick.   "Meagan! I hope you are feeling better :) I love talking to you.  Never forget you are a daughter of God.  He loves you. (and I love you too)"

My girls are fantastic.  I can talk to any one of them about anything and they always know just what to say.  I love them so much and we most definitely have a special bond.  I am so glad for their examples; they make me want to be better every day.

My girls are so amazing but my guys are pretty awesome too :)

First up we have Alec.  Alec was my first guy friend that I met at BYU.  He is friends with Alex and one night when she and Sydney came over they brought Alec and we have been friends ever since.  Alec is awesome and is always willing to help.  There have been many times when either Heather or I have called him for help and he is always right over and willing to do whatever.  Alec is a lot of fun to be around.  I enjoy sitting next to him in my American Heritage class.  I am very entertained whenever that happens and he makes the class go by way faster :)

David is probably one of my closest friends at BYU.  We met at the same dance that I met Emily at.  One of the first things I noticed about David was that he was such a gentleman.  He opens doors for all of us girls and is always very nice to all of us :) He is also super smart.  It makes me happy that I have someone who appreciates geeky humor as much as I do.  David is also one of the most helpful people I have ever met.  I can't even count the number of times that he has walked me home from the library when it is dark (it's a long scary walk by yourself from the library to the dorms)  David also goes to devotional every week with Emily and I.  One of the greatest things us girls like to do is sandwich David.  It's pretty much the best thing ever ;)

Oh, Jordan.  That pretty much describes him.  Jordan is one of my favorite people in the entire world.  He is roommates/cousins with Alec and he was the second guy friend I made at BYU.  We met when Heather and I invited Alex, Sydney, Alec and "his roommate" over for dinner our first Sunday at the Y.  Jordan is such an amazing guy.  I talk to him about anything and everything.  He is always willing to come over if Heather or I need someone to talk to.  Jordan is crazy and goofy but is still serious when he needs to be.  He is such a wonderful friend and I don't know what I would do without him.

The best thing about all of my guys is that they hold the Priesthood and are planning on serving missions.  Both of which are so amazing to me.  I love how they worthily hold the Priesthood and are willing to use it.  They are able to do things for me that I cannot do for myself.  I love how they are willing to serve the Lord for two years.  I'm so proud of them and the three of them are such an example to me.  I do not know what I would do if I hadn't met a single one of them.  My life would be much different and I would have gone home a long time ago.

I have also made other friends at the Y too but these seven people that I have written about I spend the most time with and have the most memories with.  We have a very special friendship and I am so grateful to call them my friends.  

Sunday, November 14, 2010

"It's Times Like These That You Need a Good Umbrella or a Boyfriend"

This is the advice that I got from my Book of Mormon professor on Monday after Heather and I walked into class dripping wet from the lovely rain :P In addition to the rain, I had a minor heart attack on Monday when I realized that an hour before my class, I had forgotten to print my 8 page paper that was due that day.  Heather was in class so I could not get her printer to work so I tried using the campus printer.  I downloaded the program but I could not get it to print.  I tried Heather's printer again and got it to work! It printed at 3:47 pm and I need to leave my dorm at 3:40 to get to class and still be early enough to get a good seat...I think others were having problems with their papers because I got there with 3 minutes until class started and I still sat in my regular seat :D Later that night for FHE our "family" went to the Bean Museum. 
Heather and our brother Tyler and Sasha the Liger

Me with my favorite animal :)

This is a Black Bear in the Brown Phase

Yes, I really was as grossed out as I look in this picture

Tuesday at Devotional I was told by David that I should practice the piano.  I actually listened to him because it has literally been a month at least since I last played.  I always forget how much I love the piano.  I actually played 3 or 4 times this week! I was pretty proud of myself :)  I also tutored again at the local high school.  It made me even more sure that I want to teach elementary school and not high school.  It also snowed in the middle of the day while it was blue skies and sunny.  It sort of reminded me of the randomness of the weather back in Marquette...Later that night I helped my friend Meagan with her math homework via Skype.  It was fun, as dorky as that sounds.  It made me consider taking a math class for a minute, and ONLY for a minute ;)

Wednesday nothing much happened.  It was Fiesta Night at the Central Building so Heather and I went over to Snow Hall and grabbed David and Alec to head over for food and salsa dancing...we only ate because we are lame xD After we ate, David went with Heather and I to the Creamery for Heather to do her grocery shopping.  David walked us back to our dorm and on the way over there were two guys that were running past us.  As they ran by, one of them did a front handspring thing and continued running.  David said, "That was for you ladies." Thanks for the clarification ;) Hahaha

Thursday I had a lovely date with Harold (aka I spent a good chunk of the afternoon in the Harold B. Lee Library on campus) followed by an RA meeting.  I'm considering being an RA next year.  I think it would be a great job for me.  I'm even thinking about being an RA for Spring/Summer terms followed by Fall/Winter semesters.  Since I don't have any other plans for a summer job, I might as well stay here and go to school along with working.  The new application comes out tomorrow so we'll see what happens.

Friday night Heather and I along with her friend Robert went to the Men's basketball opener.  It was super fun and I really got into the game but I warned Heather beforehand that that is what I tend to do.  We totally dominated and it was awesome :)  While we were there we saw Jordan working so we stopped to say hi.

Saturday was quite the day.  We started out by sleeping in very late (10:00 for me and 11:00 for Heather) Once we finally got up, we got ready and went to our Relief Society activity.  It was a musical program called "Women at the Well" It was really good and I quite enjoyed it.  Following that Heather and I went back to the dorm to clean.  We have cleaning checks on Monday so we decided we better get a head start on them now.  After we cleaned as much as we could, we sort of sat around and ate dinner while watching Harry Potter movies on TV.  At about 8:30 we decided we were bored and wanted to leave our apartment.  So we threw on some jackets and tall socks, grabbed keys, phones and a camera and set about wandering campus.  We took lots of pictures, jumped off lots of walls and benches and had a blast! At a little bit before 10:00 we got a hold of David and he came to join us.  Once we were super cold (about 11:00) we headed back to our dorm for hot cocoa.  On our way back we found Jimmy from our ward and invited him over too.  They left at about 11:30 so Heather and I started a movie.  At about 12:30 we called it a night and went to bed.  Then at 1:30 I got a call from Jordan returning my call from earlier.  When I woke up in the morning I thought the call was a dream and then Heather told me that she heard me talking to him.  I have NO idea what I said except for that when he asked if I was still awake I lied and said yes...When I talked to him today he told me that I made no sense last night, but he just went along with it because he could tell that I was completely out of it.  
Here are some pictures of our crazy shenanigans :D
Let the craziness begin!



Heather in her awesome hot pink shoes

In the Tree of Life sculpture outside of the McKay Building.  We were sad because last time we were there Heather's friend Aaron was there and this time he wasn't :(

Just chillin' outside the Testing Center

Epic piggy-back ride FTW!!

Failed jumping picture with David :(

The look on Heather's face right after David jumped over the post she is sitting behind and almost took off her head xD

Sunday was today! Heather and I went to Sacrament Meeting followed by going over to my grandma and grandpa's for dinner and birthday celebrations for my baby cousin and uncle.  We then came back and I went to our ward's musical fireside.  It was sooo good! I loved it :) Now I'm just hanging out talking to my friend Brittony on Skype :) But it is definitely time for bed

This upcoming week is my last week of classes before a weeklong break for Thanksgiving!! I can't wait :D

Sunday, November 7, 2010

"Is Your Name Google? Because You're Everything I'm Searching For"

So that is one of my new favorite cheesy pick-up lines.  It makes me laugh, a lot.

It is sort of applicable to this week I believe because I have searched a lot and have gotten a lot of answers this week.  Some of them I didn't really want but others I'm glad I figured out :)

Since it was missionary week this last week, we were encouraged to participate in a fast on Thursday.  We were supposed to fast for something missionary related.  I had been wondering all week if I was meant to serve a mission when I am 21.  So, for my fast, I had the question "Do I need to serve a mission when I'm 21?" I was thinking about it all day and after my afternoon classes, I packed a bag with my scriptures, journal, Conference talks, my patriarchal blessing and tissues and I went up to the Provo Temple to sit outside (it was a BEAUTIFUL day) and think, study, pray and ponder what to do.  I got my answer :) As soon as I got it, I felt so much lighter.  I was smiling the whole way home and for the rest of the night.  I felt amazing knowing what I need to do with my life.  Prayer and fasting and studying and pondering really are the ways to personal revelation.  What an awesome thing!

Also this week, I figured out (and got answers to) things and situations that were going on between me and various friends.  Some of the answers I got were not the greatest but I'm glad that I got them and am coming around.  In one situation, the answer I got was for the better for the both of us.  Deep down, I knew it was always the answer, but actually hearing it was still sort of a punch in the face.  But that's ok. It's been four or five days and things are going well :)

Sorry this post is so vague...if you really want to know more just ask. I'll tell you.  I like sharing the AWESOME and sometimes crazy experiences that I've had.  But, for some of them, writing about what happened for the world to see just isn't very good.  They're my very personal experiences that are much better told in person :)

I also discovered this week that I've grown so much spiritually this semester.  Being totally immersed 24/7 in the gospel is such a wonderful thing! I do need a break every once in a while but it really is the best thing that's happened to me in my life so far :) I say this so much but it's so true: I'm in the right place at the right time.  I cannot imagine being anywhere else.  I would not be happy.  I have such wonderful friends who make everything better.  I have a Father in Heaven who loves me so much and has blessed me with these great friends and this wonderful opportunity to be here at His university to learn as much as I can.  I'm so lucky to be so close to the Temple.  It's such a refuge and a wonderful place to be.  During testimony meeting today someone said a quote from a general authority (I'm sad I can't remember who said it...).  It said "We see who we really are when we are in the Temple."  It is so true.  Every time I go, I think about the previous week and think about what I could have done to make it better and try to fix my mistakes and be better the next week.  I think the greatest thing I've learned about and come to appreciate more this semester has been the Priesthood.  It is such an awesome gift and I would have gone home a LONG time ago if I wasn't surrounded by young men who worthily hold the Priesthood.  There have been many times where I've called my guy friends or my FHE brothers to come give me a blessing.   They are always over in five minutes, willing and able to give me a blessing.  The Gospel is such an amazing thing.  I feel so sad for those who do not have it, I want to share it with them! I've got such a wonderful life because of it and I want everyone else's lives to be just as amazing as mine :)