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Aumberly + Trekthruconference  Trekking my way through General Conference starting the year I was born. ▪️LDS ▪️Anxiety Advocate

One of my new favorite quotes. I have been reading Gail Miller’s new book, and if you haven’t read it yet, I would highly recommend it! ❤️

Once in awhile I come across talks that are gems in their own right. They are timeless, inspired, and pertain more to us now than perhaps they did then. “Take Especial Care of Your Family” by Neal A Maxwell is one of those talks for me. I studied this one hard, I wrote down things I can do better, and things I do well. (I am learning with every critique I give myself to throw in something good I’m doing too😉) One of my favorite quotes was this, “In the healthy family, first and best, we can learn to listen, forgive, praise, and to rejoice in the achievements of others. There also we can learn to tame our egos, work, repent, and love. In families with spiritual perspective, yesterday need not hold tomorrow hostage. If we sometimes act the fool, loving families know this is not our last act; the curtain is not rung down.“ Especially the part where it talks about learning to rejoice in the achievements of others, and tame our egos. ❤️ I would highly recommend taking a minute to read or listen to this one today. Link in Bio 👆🏽I would love to hear what you liked! 👇🏽👇🏽

Any thoughts on this? I love it! ❤️

Today’s talk is called “Light” by Ted E. Brewerton from October 1991 Conference.
He begins by talking about the benefits of physical light on our bodies, and how it can benefit us mentally. “Light does have a profound effect on human mood and behavior. Mounting evidence indicates that people who are feeling a little down and need a lift can get it by going outside in daylight. Walking in the light is a natural mood booster. Many who simply walk for half an hour or more during the daylight hours receive a distinct benefit.” He goes on to compare this to spiritual light. When we walk in the light of Christ, and gather spiritual light in our lives we can also boost our moods. We can receive distinct benefits.
So how do we receive light? How does it enter into us? Elder Bruce R. McConkie said, “Christ is the light; the gospel is the light; the plan of salvation is the light; that which of God is light; and he that receiveth light and continueth in God, receiveth more light, and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day. As the light of the sun enters the body through our natural eyes, so the light of heaven, the light of the Spirit which illuminates our souls enters through our spiritual eyes.”
President Joseph F. Smith said, “One fault to be avoided by the Saints, young and old, is the tendency to live on borrowed light, with their own hidden under a bushel; to permit the savor of their salt of knowledge to be lost; and the light within them to be reflected, rather than original.”
We cannot rely on the light of others to carry us through this life. We must gain a testimony for ourselves, we must make decisions that will help us follow the Savior. The gray area of testimony and followers is past. There is no time to eat drink and be merry and then quickly repent. The time has come for us to gain as much light as we can and shine it. “We can be like a mirror and direct light even into dark places. We are not the sources of light; nevertheless, through us light can be reflected to others.”
This is a great talk! What are some ways that you gather light into your life? Can you think of the moment that you began to shine your own light?

Sometimes God places certain people in our paths unexpectedly to help us through something He knows is coming. The past month has been one of my darkest and hardest. But God prepared me with two beautiful women in my life that He knew would help me through. When I started my trek I didn’t know why I kept feeling prompted to share what I was reading. I just kept feeling a pressing feeling so I listened. Early on I was blessed with @pamsieb and @polkadot_twelve, two amazing women who I just felt I had known my entire life. I had the opportunity to meet and see both in the last two days and it completely brightened me. Both brought joy and things I needed to hear, and love I needed to feel. They say I’ve blessed them, but what they don’t know, is that they’ve blessed me much more. I love you sweet sisters. I cant help but hear President Monson, “never postpone a prompting.” You never know what’s in store when you listen. ❤️

What a powerful way to live life. Be strong. 👊🏽

Heeeeyyyyyy there everyone! Yep that’s me 👆🏽👆🏽😆 🤦🏼‍♀️ That is the face of pure discouragement. The last six months of my mission were a living hell. Really. I was tired, confused, angry, and frustrated at the situation I was in. I asked God so many times why He wanted this to be my mission. I didn’t understand His reasoning, and it took me a long time to know why. One day, someone suggested I read this talk. I printed it out and highlighted almost every line. It spoke to me. It taught me how to overcome discouragement, to have faith during difficult times, and helped me realize that even the most amazing men of God had hard and discouraging times. My heart was touched and I began to realize that maybe what I was going through was for something. Looking back, I see that God’s hand was in every hard day. That even though I have to suffer with mental illness because of my service, that it’s not for nothing. He’s developing me into who He needs me to be. Take a minute and read this talk. It changed my life. I am pretty confident it can change yours, or at least give you perspective on the hard days. ❤️ Link to talk in Bio. 👆🏽 As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Elder Hugh B. Brown told of purchasing a rundown farm in Canada many years ago. As he went about cleaning up and repairing his property, he came across a currant bush that had grown over six feet high and was yielding no berries, so he pruned it back drastically, leaving only small stumps. Then he saw a drop like a tear on each of these little stumps, as if the currant bush were crying, and thought he heard it say:
“How could you do this to me? I was making such wonderful growth… And now you have cut me down. Every plant in the garden will look down on me….How could you do this to me? I thought you were the gardener here?”
President Brown replied, “Look, little currant bush, I am the gardener here, and I know what I want you to be. I didn’t intend you to be a fruit tree or a shade tree. I want you to b a currant bush, and someday, little currant bush, when you are laden with fruit, you are going to say, ‘Thank you, Mr. Gardener, for loving me enough to cut me down.”
God knows what we need. He knows what trials to send our way to make us into the people that He knows we can be. Sometimes He sees fit to cut us down in a different way than we expected so that we may grown into the beautiful sons and daughters He needs us to be to accomplish His work here on the earth. ❤️

Aaron and I both served LDS missions in Mesa, Arizona. He was serving in the same area as me as I faced struggles there that would change my life forever. He knew what I had been through, and when we started dating, he was my biggest advocate as I went through some very hard things figuring out how to deal with a newly diagnosed mental illness. Over the last 6 years he has stood by me as I’ve ebbed and flowed through good days and bad days, happy days, and sad days. He’s loved me when I haven’t always been able to love myself, and I’ve done the same through things he’s struggled with too. “True love blooms when we care more about another person than we care about ourselves.” Aaron lives this principle, and teaches me about selfless Christlike love every day. I hope I can keep working to do the same in my marriage and in other relationships in my life! What do you love most about your spouse? Let them know! 👇🏽❤️

Growing up Easter was something that I always looked forward to. My parents did a great job making it a very Christ-centered holiday. We would talk about the story of Easter and receive a church-related basket that contained a new Sunday outfit, and a book or music that helped us celebrate the Resurrection. Aaron and I have wanted to continue that tradition in our home and help our kids remember the real meaning of Easter. @emilybellefreeman and @mrdavebutler have created the perfect book to help my little family celebrate, and my favorite part?? The most adorable "Easter Nativity!" This book and nativity tell the story of the people who were closest to the Savior during that Easter week. Book is available for purchase on Amazon or Deseret Book. Nativity can be purchased at christcenteredcelebrations.com. Link to shop in bio 👆🏽What traditions do you have in your family to make Easter Christ-centered? I'd love to hear! 👇🏽

Friday Thoughts. ❤️ Remember Whose You Are 😘

Grief is a funny thing. One minute you're fine, and the next it's like it's raw and real, and like you have been hit by a ton of bricks. Loss is something you never really get over, but time passes, and it gets a little easier. You still have moments where memories come, along with a flood of emotions, but for the most part, living each day without a loved one gets a little easier. Some of the most comforting instances come when you get little signs, or messages from Heaven telling you that they are okay, that they see you, and that you are always watched over with love. While it's devastating to lose a loved one on this side, many rejoice at their return on the other side, and proclaim with joy that they made it, that they endured, and that they conquered life's challenges and can be at peace. This picture touches my heart because angels do watch over us. They preside when one passes, and they deliver when a new soul experiences the miracle of birth. We are never alone. We are always watched over, loved, and cheered on by those who have passed from this life. The veil is so very thin. This summer I had my sweet baby Navy. I had some complications the day we returned from the hospital, and my parents took my new sweet baby while we went back to the doctor. Upon our return, my dad asked if he could share something with us. He said he was holding Navy, and looked up and could feel both sets of his grandparents standing over him, and other family members in the room. He knew they had brought this sweet precious soul to our family, and were rejoicing that she had made it. It comforted me to know Navy was known and loved by so many who had come before her before she entered into our family. She probably learned her sassiness from her grandma-great, and her mischievousness from her Grandpa Rowbury. The veil is so thin. Life is so good, and grief can be healed and comforted by the One who knows us best. Heaven isn't far away. ❤️

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