Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Life is very stressful right now, much more than I had anticipated. When I get very stressed I often do lots of things that I hope will help me de-stress, none of which is the stuff that I'm actually supposed to be doing -- probably not very effective. One of those things was looking at despair.com last night with my roommates. There is a new one: "Challenges: I expected times like this -- but I never thought they'd be so bad, so long, and so frequent." If only it weren't so true.


There are some really great things going on in my life, too. i.e. Another thing I do to procrastinate is read. I finished My Antonia by Willa Cather and Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball this weekend. I enjoyed My Antonia for the most part. I thought it was well written and there were some beautiful passages. (I would share what I thought were it's weaknesses, but I don't want to give away the story.) This may be too sappy for some, but it is one of my favorite passages on love from the book.

"Since I've been away, I think of you more often than of anyone else in this part of the world. I'd have liked to have you for a sweetheart, or a wife, or my mother or my sister -- anything that a woman can be to a man. The idea of you is a part of my mind; you influence my likes and dislikes, all my tastes, hundreds of times when I don't realize it. You really are a part of me."

I love this description of love. It mirrors my own feelings.

Miracle of Forgiveness was very good. President Kimball doesn't sugarcoat anything in the book, and I think that's for the best. If you can make it to the end it's a wonderful book about hope and redemption. I am grateful for the prophets of God in our dispensation. I'm grateful and humbled by Christ's mercy and the healing power of the atonement.


Ruth Petersen said...

When I'm stressed there's nothing like a shot of the Book of Mormon. It brings solace to my soul. It helps keep me grounded and focused. Good luck on your challenges.I'll be thinking of you.