Wow, what a blessed week. The week started out with a spiritual high from conference. After watching eight hours of conference, I wanted to go run a marathon from sitting for so long, but I was too full from the Easter goodness we had. A group of us YSA's from my local branch got together and we were invited to watch conference at a high council leader's house.
I was super excited all week because I got a concert ticket to see my all-time favorite band, Hillsong Worship, in concert, so I was counting down to Saturday night. I went with a good guy friend and we had a total blast. It was at our Verizon Theatre, and I guess since my phone is AT&T serviced, I had no service. So I turned my phone off at 50% battery (after maybe 15 minutes of use) so that my phone wouldn't die if we got separated, before we made it back to my car. So I don't have any HQ photos or videos from the concert. But maybe that's good because I was really in the present moment. Several of my favorite songs were sung, including "Who You Say I Am."
Who the Son sets free, oh, is free indeed
\This song particularly resonated with me because I had been thinking about Elder Brian Taylor's General Conference talk. When He talked about Satan tempting Moses, and Moses said to Satan, "Who art thou? I am a son of God." His identity was strong enough within him to know who He was and not to be shaken in his faith when he was confronted by the devil himself.
I also went to the Temple this week. On Wednesday night, I was sitting on the couch reading my biology chapter, when I got the prompting to drop everything and go to the Temple after work the next night. It was a clear, strong prompting, and I've learned to trust those, so I went straight to the Temple after work, about a 30 minute drive. I went to an endowment session, anxious to see why Heavenly Father wanted me to go.
Hopefully I don't tear up writing this... so this week I felt pretty good. I'm on a really good diet regulated by my PCP and hematologist and I felt better than I've felt in weeks. Very minimal vertigo, no lightheadedness. Just very blessed overall. But since I have a plethora of diagnoses, just because I feel well in one aspect, doesn't mean I feel great all over. Another one of my diagnoses is obsessive thinking. It's basically where you can't stop thinking about something, no matter how hard you try.
About 6 weeks ago, I came dangerously close to having to drop my Biology class--my very last class to graduate with my Associate's degree in one month--because my iron levels dropped so dangerously low, I lost the ability to concentrate. It was very scary and I had to have an iron infusion to revive my system (praise God for great health insurance that approved this infusion in LESS THAN 24 HOURS!!!). Well, since I was so sick, I had a failing grade in my class. The test after that, I passed, but I didn't get the A or B I wanted to get my grade back up to a good place. So my brain has been non-stop obsessing over anything and everything I can do to boost my grade up. AND I MEAN NON-STOP. If I'm awake and not occupied, it's on my mind. And you can only study so hard for so long, or it has a reverse effect, and you don't do as well as you want to.
So I've been studiously reading my chapters, writing down important vocabulary, and turning in my homework. I have a solid C in the class. There's no question of whether or nor I'll pass. And finishing with a C will lock in my GPA at a 3.77 and I will graduate magna cum laude. The reason I will graduate with honors with a C on my transcript is because I have made all A's and only ever gotten 2 B's for my Associate's degree. I wanted to get into BYUI, so I worked really hard, and I achieved that goal, so I'm not worried about it now, but I don't want to lose my honors right before graduating, you know?
So now that you have that back story, back to the Temple. I didn't even really pay attention during the session. I have it memorized from doing it so many times, and it's the same every time you go. But Heavenly Father wanted me to go to give me peace. He enveloped me in peace. I didn't have any obsessive thoughts during the session. I was just so at peace as I went through the motions of the sacred ordinance work we were doing. A woman was taking out her endowments for the first time and those sessions are always really special. My favorite part was going to the Celestial room at the end of the session. Everything we do in the Temple is symbolic, and going to the Celestial room is symbolic for entering back into Heavenly Father's presence after this life. For anyone reading this post, who may not be familiar with the Temple or the sacred things we do in the Temple, click HERE to learn more.
It was so special to me that Heavenly Father gave me a specific prompting to go to His house to feel his peace there. It had been a couple months since I'd gone to a session, so it was special. As I drove home from the Temple, the lyrics of the song I quoted earlier were going through my mind. "In my Father's House, there's a place for me." There's no where in the world where I feel more at home and more at peace than in my Father's House.
So here's to a good week. I have my next Biology test this Friday, but I have no homework due this week, so I can just focus on studying the parts I don't understand yet. Wish me luck! Thanks for reading my blog, I'll talk to y'all next week!