Today I taught Relief Society, and it was just such a great lesson for me to learn, I had to blog about it! Destiny and I based our lesson off of a devotional recently given called "Nevertheless I went forth" by Anthony Perkins. I'm at a time in my life when I am making SO many decisions. What to major in, where to live, whether or not to serve a mission, before I know it marriage. And sometimes it's hard to know whether or not you're making the decisions Heavenly Father wants you to. We talked about how God isn't going to lay out every decision we need to make for us. He isn't going to give us every step of our journey. He expects us to act in faith and take a step into the dark before He leads us with His light. Elder Scott said, "When you are living righteously and acting with trust, God will not let you proceed too far without a warning impression if you have made the wrong decision."
I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for me that is better than any plan I could possibly devise for myself. I remember one Saturday on the way home from a temple trip, I was talking to one of my youth leaders, David Foutz. We were talking about my plans for college and my future. He told me that if Heavenly Father let him decide what his life would be like, he wouldn't be nearly as happy as he would be now because he has let Heavenly Father help guide him in the choices he was supposed to make. He said that Heavenly Father knows me better than I know myself and has a plan that will make me happier than I could ever imagine.
Well, I learned for myself this week that he was so right. Before I got my mission call, I was sure that I would be going Spanish speaking. Both of my parents served Spanish speaking, latin america missions, and I had taken 4 years of Spanish. I thought that out of everywhere in the world, that is where I would be the happiest. I was sure that if that letter didn't read somewhere like Mexico or Guatemala or Honduras, I just would not love my call as much as I could have. Well, it turns out Heavenly Father knows me better. That letter read the Philippines, Manila mission. I cannot tell you how much joy and peace and happiness and excitement and love for Filipino people I already feel. Every time I talk about the Philippines I feel the spirit so strongly and I just feel so happy! I KNOW that I am supposed to go the Philippines. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father didn't give me what I THOUGHT I wanted, but what He knew was best for me and would make me the most happy.
Just as I know that I'm supposed to go to the Philippines, I know that I was put at BYU in my ward in my hall for a reason. God knew that we were all supposed to be together and that we would become great friends and learn from each other. This picture is from this weekend. A group of my friends went to see Comedy Sportz, it was hilarious! It was a comedy club that was completely clean and so funny. Then afterwords we went to Sammy's for pie shakes. I am just so thankful for the group of friends I made this year. Nobody in this picture knew each other before coming to BYU, and know I can't imagine what life would be like without them.
God knows us, and He loves us so much. Even though sometimes it seems like we don't get answers to prayers, He is always there guiding us. He has a hand in my life, and I know it because I see it everyday.
Life is good when I have faith in God's plan for me.