Sunday, June 27, 2010

swimming lessons!

okay, so i am really doing them!

here's the info:
  • a session will be 5 days of private lessons for $90.
  • you can choose your time and sign-up by simply commenting on this blog post. it will be first come, first serve. so just note the comments left for availability. 
  • the lessons will be held here at the snyder home. :)
July 19-23
9:00 am
9:30 am   
10:00 am  Sariah Davis
10:30 am  Sariah Davis
11:00 am
11:30 am
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
1:00 pm   Tina Hyer
1:30 pm   Tina Hyer

July 26-30
9:00 am
9:30 am     Mindy Robbins
10:00 am   Sariah Davis
10:30 am   Sariah Davis
11:00 am
11:30 am
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
1:00 pm   Tina Hyer
1:30 pm   Tina Hyer


there is a possible 3rd session that may open up for august 9-13.
let me know if you have any questions!!
--em

Saturday, June 26, 2010

just my thoughts . . .


CONVERSION
  
2 Nephi 16:10    Make the heart of His people fat lest they be converted and healed.
Alma 23:14          Only one Amalekite is converted.
3 Nephi 1:22       Notwithstanding Satan’s lying, most Nephites are converted unto the Lord.
Title Page            Book of Mormon written to the Convince of Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ/
3 Nephi 1:25       Those who preached to no longer observe law of Moses are convince of error.
3 Nephi 19:13    Be converted that the Lord may heal you (versus our hearts being fat so we won’t be   converted. Thus, our hearts have to be lean to be converted. WHY?)

BD CONVERSION
Denotes changing one’s views, in a conscious acceptance of the will of God (Acts 3: 19). If followed by continued faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism in water for the remission of sins, and the reception of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, conversion will become complete, and will change a natural man into a sanctified, born again, purified person - a new creature in Christ Jesus (see 2 Cor. 5: 17). Complete conversion comes after many trials and much testing (see Luke 22: 32; D&C 112: 12-13). To labor for the conversion of one’s self and others is a noble task, as in Ps. 51: 13; Dan. 12: 3; James 5: 19-20; D&C 18: 15-16. Cf. Alma 26.

Richard G. Scott, “Full Conversion Brings Happiness,” Liahona, Jul 2002, 26–28
“ Your happiness now and forever is conditioned on your degree of conversion and the transformation that it brings to your life. How then can you become truly converted?

Stated simply, true conversion is the fruit of faith, repentance, and consistent obedience. Faith comes by hearing the word of God and responding to it. You will receive from the Holy Ghost a confirming witness of things you accept on faith by willingly doing them. You will be led to repent of errors resulting from wrong things done or right things not done. As a consequence, your capacity to consistently obey will be strengthened. This cycle of faith, repentance, and consistent obedience will lead you to greater conversion with its attendant blessings. True conversion will strengthen your capacity to do what you know you should do, when you should do it, regardless of the circumstances.

How completely you willingly embrace the teachings of the Savior determines how much fruit, as blessings, you will harvest in your life. This parable illustrates that the degree to which you willingly obey those things you know you should do, resisting the rationalization to do otherwise, will determine how truly converted you are, therefore, how fully the Lord can bless you.

D. Todd Christofferson, “When Thou Art Converted,” Liahona, May 2004, 11–13
That means you will study it. When I say “study,” I mean something more than reading. It is a good thing sometimes to read a book of scripture within a set period of time to get an overall sense of its message, but for conversion, you should care more about the amount of time you spend in the scriptures than about the amount you read in that time. . . .  You will know that the gospel is being written in your heart, that your conversion is happening, as the word of the Lord from His prophets, past and present, feels more and more delicious to your soul.
1. Jer. 31:33. Ezekiel said conversion is like the Lord taking away our “stony heart” and giving us a heart that loves Him and His gospel (see Ezek. 11:19–20). Surely this is what happened to the people of King Benjamin when they said their hearts had been changed and they didn’t even want to do evil anymore “but to do good continually” (Mosiah 5:2).
James E. Faust, “The Power to Change,” Liahona, Nov 2007, 122–24
Each one of us has been given the power to change his or her life. As part of the Lord’s great plan of happiness, we have individual agency to make decisions. We can decide to do better and to be better. In some ways all of us need to change; that is, some of us need to be more kind at home, less selfish, better listeners, and more considerate in the way we treat others. Some of us have habits that need to be changed, habits that harm us and others around us. Sometimes we may need a jolt to propel us into changing.

Doubtless you have not had such an experience happen to you, and neither have I! Conversion for most of us is much less dramatic but should be as compelling and meaningful. New converts to the Church usually experience a spiritual feeling at the time of their baptism. One described it this way: “I will never forget the emotion inside my soul; to be clean, to start fresh as a child of God. … It was such a special feeling!

True conversion changes lives.


Characteristics of Conversion
I have thought lots about the “issues” with singles. It seems to come to 2 points: not converted deep enough to endure the hard things, or the speed bumps in life; and not getting and staying married. But then I wondered if these aren’t the issues with ALL members, and they are just highlighted with the large numbers of singles.

With that, I started studying Conversion again. The TG and BD refer to the story of Ruth. So I went there and reread the few chapters. Who knows all the meaning in chapter 3 and 4 when Ruth lies and Boaz’s feet in order for them to get married – I’ll have to study more. BUT I came away in awe that Boaz recognized Ruth’s characteristics of personal conversion. Ruth’s first husband, Naomi’s son, died just after 10 years of marriage. Ruth was converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the time. So converted that when Naomi told her to go home to her family, Ruth chose not to. I am sure that Ruth was aware of the life that Naomi would have as a older widowed woman. She would have no income, it would be hard to make ends meet, etc. I can image Ruth knowing this and choosing to take care of Naomi because of her depth of conversion. Robert J. Whetten, in “Strengthen Thy Brethren”, Liahona, May 2005, 91-93 said, “Isn’t the measure of the level of your conversion how you treat others? . . . Your continued spiritual growth and eternal progress are very much wrapped up in your relationships – in how you treat others.”
Ruth went and worked in the fields, gathering the left over barley grains from the early morning all day long. Boaz saw her and thought she was beautiful. Working in the fields that long, I can only image what she physically looked like. I know what I look like when I am out working in the yard – haven’t showered, no makeup, not cute hair, clothes than are grubby. I am guessing Ruth looked just about the same – no expensive make up, not clothes that flattered her figure, no yummy smelling hair products, no cute shoes. Boaz must have seen something through all that that was truly beautiful. I am sure that when he was a deacon or teacher or elder thinking about the girl they would marry, Boaz wasn’t thinking that she would be the poor girl gathering the left-over grains from his field. Ruth’s purity, her sanctification (BD: Conversion) had made her beautiful. Maybe all the prophets and leaders were right when they talk about beauty being a purity. The magic was that Boaz – my new boyfriend of life! – had developed an ability to recognize characteristics of personal conversion. He saw who Ruth was (not saying that she let herself go and just was going to be who she was the guy would have to see through LOTS of things to her “sweet spirit”) and knew exactly what he needed in order to form the eternal righteous family he was to create.
And that is huge! Ruth and Boaz were the great, great, great, grandparents of the Savior. Their depth of conversion was passed through their children and their children’s children. It was deep enough to last countless generations and be able to mold and guide the man and woman who would raise the Son of God.

It blows my mind to ponder what things the Lord could do with us – His people – if we truly CHOSE to develop characteristics of conversion and then truly and decidedly saw these characteristics in the people around us. If we were honestly seeking for those who have decided and proved their conversion and married them – WOW!!! Boaz knew he needed to form an eternal righteous family, and he sought out a woman, recognized her behaviors as proof of her conversion and formed that eternal family.

"oh what do you do in the summer time . . . ??"

if you are me, you:
  • finally sleep. the blood-shot eyes still won't go away though. the eye doctor that is on the curriculum committee with me, asked why my eyes were so red. i suggested i wanted more sleep?? i don't think he was satisfied with my answer.
  • weed!! i already know i am weird. duh. but i think i have realized just to what level. i really love weeding. i don't love my back hurting. but, i love the rhythm while i work, satisfaction when i look at what i have accomplished, and getting dirty. i have thought of various life lessons i have learned and that can be demonstrated through weeding. love it! i have even started singing along with my ipod while i work. i bet the neighbors love it!!
  • youth talks. in preparation for efy at the beginning of august (yes, during my birthday! i think i can kind of excited :)), i have been speaking at a few youth gatherings. last week was a girls camp in kamas. last night i shared some thoughts about conversion with youth from Oregon. this sunday, i get to be with my ward - young men and young women. hooray!!
  • lake powell! becca and i baked and cooked all afternoon getting some things ready. caramel brownies. rice krispy treats. chocolate chip cookies. fajita meat seasoned and cooked. kitchen cleaned. OOHH, it's going to be so good. we haven't gone to powell with the wheadon's for a long long time. we are soo excited!
  • re-decorating my room. i have a beautiful new white bedspread. and white pillows. i bought a white slipcover for my red couch and am going to make pillow cases for the couch pillows out of a lovely white fabric, with white cursive lettering!! DREAM. i have also created a stitchery for a pillow as well. i'll work on those picture things. i sooo don't like it when people write about things they could and should have a picture about. so sorry!
  • figuring out life. love it. where am i going? what do i want to do? what are my 5 year goals? if you have any answers or suggestions about my life, i'm ALL ears!!

until then, i'm off to bed!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

wolverine

a couple thoughts about the wolverine:
  • hugh jackman is great.
  • and i am going to be one. 

i am pretty pumped that green has been my favorite color for many many many years. because i will be bleeding green for the next two years! why you ask?? i will be beginning a master's degree at UVU asap!

the program officially begins on the 7th, but i am still teaching until the 15th. so first thing - literally, 7:45am - on the 16th, i will become an official wolverine. HOORAY!! i will be studying models of instruction and basically learning how to teach teachers. i have lots and lots of dreams and goals along these lines. and i am thrilled that the program works around teaching life so that i can actually be the teacher i really am the next few years (it's been a HaRd adjustment into jr. high. it's sooo different than 6th. especially when i don't have shelley.  next year will be sooo much better! i know what to do and what not to do. )

i have always been massively impressed with the student teachers and cohort students we had at geneva that were from UVU. it's fun to think that i have explored the entire spectrum of schools - ivy league to local - and feel really good about UVU. 

things happened soo soo fast that part of me wonders if the heavens helped and had things orchestrated all along: two weeks ago i had one of those huge, life-altering, life-defining moments. of course lots and lots of tears were involved. and thankfully, a best friend was there to listen and catch them - and run into coldstone and borrow a large handful of napkins for tissues for me (THAT is a true friend if you ask me!). the next morning, i was in bed pondering where i really want to be right now. i realized and was honest with myself and admitted that i am not ready, emotionally, to leave family - at least the state. i need to be close for a bit to heal some more. 

so i started looking at all the master's programs at the utah schools. nothing was fitting. i finally looked at a list of education programs all over the country. on the list of programs in utah, there was UVU. i had totally forgotten about the wonderful wolverines! so, i hopefully started looking around their site and programs. the models of instruction program was PERFECT!! thus, right then, i applied!!! who does that?? me. what a dork!

i was over 2 months late with my application so i figured it was an early start for next year. there was a bit of hope that maybe someone would drop out and i could start asap. but i didn't even look up to see when classes started, what tuition was, etc. 

thus, imagine my complete and excited surprise to receive an email on TUESDAY (just 3.5 days later) saying there were openings and i could start june 7th!! the adviser has been soo great to work with in getting things in line. 

needlesstosay, i am going to be very proud to be green!! :) GOOO WOLVERINES!