September 15, 2005

The Past Few Days

I am so exhausted. I have barely enough strength left to breath let alone go to ballet tonight. It’s also my first night of pointe…and I have a new teacher. I am also a little sore from Tuesday’s ballet class and yesterday’s circuit in aerobics.

Seminary also started this week, and boy am I glad to be back. I’m in the sophomore class now (obviously), which meets in the Primary room. My teachers are Brother and Sister Fowler and they seem like they are going to be great teachers. Tomorrow, though, Sister Vakrai will be substituting for my class. It will be great to have her be our teacher for a day. This year we are studying the Book of Mormon. I am really excited for it too.

On the very first day of seminary, Sister Fowler asked us how many days it took to read the new Harry Potter book. The answers came in anywhere from a couple of days to a week and a half. She then told us that is the Book of Mormon were bound like an ordinary book, that means without the index or footnotes, that is would be less that 300 pages long. Far shorter that many of the Harry Potter books and any other volume of scripture, other than the Pearl of Great Price. This really stuck with me. I’ve always known it to be short, but I never thought about it like that. I am definitely going to finish it by the end of the year. I am in 2 Nephi right now, and there is a lot in there worth reading. With my family, we are at the very beginning of Helaman. The last part of Alma was so inspiring. Moroni was so young (25) and yet he had such great courage and faith in the Lord.

11 And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of a perfect understanding; yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery;

12 Yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God, for the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed upon his people; a man who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people.

13 Yea, and he was a man who was firm in the faith of Christ, and he had sworn with an oath to defend his people, his rights, and his country, and his religion, even to the loss of his blood.

17 Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.

That is from Alma, chapter 48. Chapters 59 though 60 are also worth checking out.

So, I guess I pretty much like school. The halls seem worse than they did last year and that stinks, but Josie and I are cooking up a pretty sweet plan. I only saw what I think is HB once and it was this morning when Josie and I were hanging out in the commons. I think I’ve pretty much narrowed it down to two people. I still need info though. Jackie said Nathan was friends with him, but he has no clue who we’re talking about. Maybe a candy bar will refresh his memory…or maybe I should just ask the kids what their names are. I could probably also ask Andre or Laura. They probably know him or have seen him around.

Right now I am downloading the new Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire trailer. The new one came out today. Yes!

Well, tomorrow is our first half-day Friday. Most of my teachers have already told us that we will get plenty of free time tomorrow and we are only doing toning in aerobics. After school sometime, I am going over to Chelsea’s to hang out. I probably won’t stay the night though due to my extreme tiredness and already soreness. On Saturday I have a dance too. I still need to talk to Jamie and see if she is coming. She says she lives a few blocks away from the Church so I don’t know if I’m picking her up or not.

I had a bad dream last night…I’ve never had a dream with my friends and other people I know from school in it before. Too bad the first one has to be so horrible.

Over and Out Folks,

“The voluntary path to cheerfulness, if out spontaneous cheerfulness be lost, is to sit up cheerfully and act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there. To feel brave, act as if we were brave, use all our will to that end, and courage will very likely replace fear. If we act as if from some better feeling, the bad feeling soon folds its tent like an Arab and silently steals away.”
-William James

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