Katie Evans Price.... Can I just explain my love for her right now? She is so awesome. She doesn't deserve to go through what she has been through the past couple of months. She means so much to me. Her and her little family. I don't know where I would be without her and Travis. They are the toughest people I know. I know I always ramble about how much they mean to me, but I mean every word. Katie and me were at the grocery store (Wal-Mart) and as we were walking to get milk, she said, "I still have a hard time walking past the baby stuff." I teared up. I didn't know it was still this hard for her. I can't imagine what she is going through and I wish I could help more. I don't know what to do for her. Any thoughts? Anyone who has been through it? I guess I could take her kids... but I do that all the time! I want to do something for HER. I love her. With all of my heart.
Chris Price (Travis' mom) had her farewell this week. It was so awesome. I haven't been to that powerful of a sacrament meeting in a long time. Melanie Wellman is awesome. She gave the best talk. Oh, and did I mention Tyson Price's singing abilities? WOW. Carissa and I were crying like little babies. Chris said something very interesting: "Faith is a choice." How simple, but how true? I love going off about how we CHOOSE our lives.... we all know that. I'll spare you today though. Mainly because the President of Weber State just walked in and he probably didn't appreciate that I am blogging.
So I googled "Faith is a choice," And this is what came up:
Because of the conflicts and challenges we face in today's world, I wish to suggest a single choice — a choice of peace, protection, and a choice that is appropriate for all. That choice is faith. ... Choose faith over doubt, choose faith over fear, choose faith over the unknown and the unseen and choose faith over pessimism."
Faith is a choice that must be sought after and developed, Bishop Edgley said. Because faith is a choice, individuals are responsible for their own faith — or lack thereof.
"While I don't know everything, I know the important," he said. "I know the plain and simple gospel truths that lead to salvation and exaltation. I know that the Savior did suffer the pain of all men and that all repentant men and people can be cleansed from sin. And what I don't know or don't completely understand, with the powerful aid of my faith, I bridge the gap and move on, partaking of the promises and blessings of the gospel. And then, as Alma teaches, our faith brings us to a perfect knowledge. Moving forward into the unknown, armed only with hope and desire, is evidence of our faith and our devotion to the Lord."
Drawing from Alma 32:34 in the Book of Mormon, Bishop Edgley shared ways individuals can choose faith. Bishop Edgley taught that when confusion and hopelessness weigh on an individual's mind, they can choose to awake and arouse their faculties. When one's testimony is immature, untested and insecure, individual's can choose to "experiment upon His word." When logic, reason or personal intellect come into conflict with sacred teachings and doctrine, individuals can choose to not cast the seed out of their heart by unbelief.
It is through choosing faith, Bishop Edgley said, individuals are able to move mountains.
"I have never witnessed the removal of an actual mountain," he said. "But, because of faith I have seen a mountain of doubt and despair removed and replaced with optimism and hope. Because of faith I have personally witnessed a mountain of sin replaced with repentance and forgiveness. And because of faith I have personally witnessed a mountain of pain replaced with peace, hope and gratitude. Yes, I have seen mountains removed. ...
"When we choose faith and then nurture that faith to a 'perfect knowledge' of the things of the Lord, then we use the words 'I testify' or 'I know'" he said. "I have personally planted the seed in my own heart and throughout my life I have attempted to nurture that seed to a 'perfect knowledge.' "