"The most important covenant we prepare for is being sealed in the temple"

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Everyone has different talents and how fun is it to be able to share those talents with others?? Over the last little while I've been working on developing some new talents. Mostly ones that will be useful to me. I've taken up calligraphy! It has been so fun to work on and see the improvements I make. It is a good time filler. To go along with learning calligraphy I purchased a stationary kit and also a wax letter seal to make my letters a little more exciting (after-all, I do write a bunch.). Let me tell you, Stationary is not easy to find these days. Apparently no one writes letters anymore. Besides Missionary Girlfriends of course ;) 

If you just happen to be one of those missionary girlfriends, I HIGHLY recommend getting into this. It has become a hobby of mine and one that isn't such a waste of time! ;) 


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Dating Lesson

I love my calling a lot. I love my Young Women. Today I taught a lesson on "The Church Standards on Dating." To say the least... it was a huge success. It was fun to be able to answer questions my girls had and to give them advice. These are the treats and handouts I made for them. Feel free to use any of my ideas. 

I didn't realize all the ugly ones were on top. oops!!

I didn't actually use this one, but I still thought it was a good one. 

I couldn't figure out how to put this in the right format,
so if you want this one I can email it to you. I used this one for the
girls to write down the qualities they want their future husband to have.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

One Word: Sacrifice

In the eternal perspective, the blessings obtained by sacrifice are greater than anything that is given up

Christ Sacrificed his life for us and he is our ultimate example; therefor, we should be willing to sacrifice.

Who do we Sacrifice for?

What do we Sacrifice?

When should we sacrifice?

Where does the Sacrifice begin?

Why should we Sacrifice?

How can understanding what it means to Sacrifice benefit you?

The dictionary defines Sacrifice as "the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim." Although this is an accurate definition; Sacrifice has a much deeper meaning.  In ancient days, sacrifice meant to make something or someone holy. It has now come to mean to give up or suffer the loss of worldly things for the Lord and his kingdom. Members of the Lord’s Church should be willing to sacrifice all things for the Lord. Joseph Smith taught that “a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has the power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation.” In the eternal perspective, the blessings obtained by sacrifice are greater than anything that is given up.(the guide to the scriptures)

An example of a Sacrifice would be fasting. Fasting means "To voluntarily refrain from eating or drinking for the purpose of drawing closer to the Lord and requesting his blessings. When individuals and groups fast, they should also pray to understand God’s will and to develop greater spiritual strength. Fasting has always been practiced by true believers."

To me, Sacrificing is giving up something of value for something of greater worth.
We sacrifice to show Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ that we love them and to prove to them that the things we are asking for are true wants and desires of our hearts.

Sacrificing is something we do on a daily basis. We sacrifice "popularity" by choosing to follow Gods commandments. We sacrifice watching certain movies to keep our minds clean. We sacrifice friend time for family time. Our life is full of sacrifice.


Here are some examples of sacrifices from members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from around the world:

A member of the Church in Germany saved his tithing for years until someone with priesthood authority could come and accept it.

A Relief Society visiting teacher served for 30 years without missing an assignment.

A group of Saints in South Africa rode for three days, standing up, to be able to hear and see the prophet of the Lord.

At an area conference in Mexico, members of the Church slept on the ground and fasted during the days of the conference. They had used all their money just to get to the conference and had nothing left for food and shelter.

One family sold their car to get the money they wanted to contribute to a temple building fund.

Another family sold their home to get money to go to the temple.

Many faithful Latter-day Saints have very little to live on, yet they pay their tithes and offerings.

One brother sacrificed his job because he refused to work on Sunday.

In one branch, the youth gave freely and willingly of their time to care for the young children while their parents helped build the meetinghouse.

Young men and women give up or postpone good job opportunities, education, or sports to serve as missionaries.

Many more examples could be given of those who sacrifice for the Lord. Yet a place in our Heavenly Father’s kingdom is worth any sacrifice we have to make of our time, talents, energy, money, and lives. Through sacrifice we can obtain a knowledge from the Lord that we are acceptable to Him (see D&C 97:8).

Only through sacrifice can we become worthy to live in the presence of God. Only through sacrifice can we enjoy eternal life. Many who have lived before us have sacrificed all they had. We must be willing to do the same if we would earn the rich reward they enjoy.

We may not be asked to sacrifice all things. But like Abraham, we should be willing to sacrifice everything to become worthy to live in the presence of the Lord.

The Lord’s people have always sacrificed greatly and in many different ways. Some have suffered hardship and ridicule for the gospel. Some new converts to the Church have been cut off from their families. Lifetime friends have turned away. Some members have lost their jobs; some have lost their lives. But the Lord notices our sacrifices; He promises, “Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life” (Matthew 19:29).

Sunday, August 18, 2013

It's Days Like Today... A-Z

Sunday always seems to be a day when I am reminded of the wonderful life that I live. Sundays are the days when I feel so much appreciation for everything that I have and everything I have ever been given. These are just a few of the things I am thankful for today.

It is days like today when I am thankful for the Atonement...

It is days like today when I am thankful for Baptisms and Blessings...

It is days like today when I am thankful for Celestial Marriages...

It is days like today when I am appreciative of my fun and loving Dad...

It is days like today when I am thankful for...

It is days like today when I am thankful for Elder Easton Walker...

It is days like today when I am thankful for Forever Families...

It is days like today when I am thankful for the Godhead...

It is days like today when I am thankful for Hymns...

It is days like today when I am thankful for Indexing and family history...
It is days like today when I am thankful for Joseph Smith...
It is days like today when I am thankful to have so much Knowledge and to be able to gain more Knowledge...
It is days like today when I am thankful for the Laying on of hands...
It is days like today when I am appreciative of my fun and loving Mother...
It is days like today when I am thankful for the Nativity...
It is days like today when I am thankful for priesthood Ordinances...
It is days like today when I am thankful for Prophets...
It is days like today when I am thankful for Quotes...
It is days like today when I am thankful for the ability to Repent of my sins and shortcomings... 
It is days like today when I am thankful for the Sacrament...
and Scriptures...
It is days like today when I am thankful for the Temple...
It is days like today when I am thankful for the US constitution... 
It is days like today when I am thankful to have Virtue in a world of turmoil... 
It is days like today when I am thankful for the Word of Wisdom...
It is days like today when I am thankful for Young woman values that help me keep my standards high...
It is days like today when I am thankful for sister in Zion...
What are some things you are thankful for today?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

It's a Small World After All

The Lord prepares the way for us, but it is always our job to work at getting to the way. 

After Easton had his first baptism I had a cool experience that involved the Man Easton helped baptize. I wrote an email explaining what had happened to Easton and the way I worded it to him makes the most sense so here is the email I sent him with the experience I had. 

 I normally wouldn't post Emails I send to Easton but I just can't get this story out of my mind and I really feel the need to share it. 
This following email was sent on Wednesday July 31st 

"Easton!! Okay, so I know you won't see this till Monday but this is way to important and cool to wait to write this till later!! If I was to write it down it wouldn't  get to you fast enough!! Again, I know you won't see this till Monday, but this is something that just can't wait!!

 Okay, so here is the big cool important stuff!!!


I'll stop torturing you and get on with my story!:)

So my phone buzzed and I looked down at my phone and I saw that this guy in my old ward named Stephen Erickson who is a returned missionary messaged me on facebook, and I thought it was kind of weird because we had never really talked that much. Anyway, so I look at my message and here Is what it said word for word, copy and pasted!!

'Hey Savanna! I couldn't help but notice from your instagrams and blogs that Easton is in Fort Worth, Texas! That's where I served my mission. Here is the crazy part...your most recent Instagram pic of Easton is with Omar who my companion and I originally ran into on the streets over a year ago! I am beyond excited to see him getting baptized! :) I served as a district leader for 2 transfers in the area where Easton is at. Thank you for your posts! They're uplifting!"

How cool is that??? Easton!!! If the only reason why everything with your Visa was delayed was so that you could help be a part of Omar's baptism then it was all worth it!!:) I mean it was worth it anyway, but you seriously were sent to Fort Worth for a reason. By direct inspiration from God. This whole situation blows my mind! I am so excited for you to read this and I can't wait to hear back on your thoughts about the whole thing! When Elder Erickson was on his mission he planted a seed In Omar's heart but it wasn’t quite ready to sprout, and you were one of the ones who watered the seed and finally was able to get it to sprout. I seriously can't get over this!! I love the work that you are doing!!! I see miracles happening all around me! I see the miracles that you are helping to make happen. It really is so cool. You are such a light to me and all those around you!! I’m proud of you Elder Walker! Keep up the good work!:) 
Savanna W :)"

I felt extremely honored to be the middle man in this situation between Elder Walker and Elder Erickson. God works in mysterious ways. I feel blessed to have the fullness of the gospel and to recognize the miracles that are happening all around. We meet the people we do in our lives for a purpose, and sometimes that purpose you don't notice until years down the road. If I hadn't been in Elder Ericksons ward a few years back he never would have known that Omar was baptized, and because I knew Easton I was able to share that experience he had.  Elder Erickson found out Omar was baptized because of a picture I posted and Elder Walker was able to feel at peace  knowing he was exactly where the Lord needed him at that time so that he could take place in Omar's baptism. 

I have a testimony of being in the right place, at the right time, and for the right reasons. I know the Lord sends us where he wants us to go, and I know he puts us in situations for a reason. Everything that happens to us is in preparation for our eternity. The Lord uses us in ways we would have never thought. As you go about this week look for ways that God uses you to help others. You have a purpose in this life. Trust God, and know that YOU are an instrument in the hands of the Lord! 

I am NOT a believer in coincidences, only a believer in there being a purpose for everything that happens to us.

-Preparing, not waiting. 

Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

One of my fellow Waiters posted this the other day I couldn't help but re-post it because the way she explains why we put ourselves through "this" is perfect. Check it out! 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Goodbye Texas!

With much patience Easton received  his Visa and he will now be in PERU!!! I am so excited for him! Updates from him can now be found on his missionary blog at the follow link...
His link can also be found on the right column of my blog :)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Is this real life???

Is this real life?!?!?! Yesterday my best friend and cousin received his mission call. I can not believe we are at that age when it is time to say goodbye for two years. It seems like only yesterday that he was chasing me around the house and making me scream till everyone's ears started to bleed. He sure does love to tease me.  Oh wait... that was yesterday.  Matthew and I have always had a close relationship and I am so proud of the choice he made to go out and serve a mission. The people of Spokane Washington are lucky people. He reports on October 9, 2013 to the Provo MTC . I sure will miss him, even all the teasing. He has always been one of my best friends and I know he will do great things! I LOVE YOU ELDER WAITE! 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

I Believe In Being Honest

I believe in being honest. Being honest is the number one key to happiness.
When you get caught in a lie all your trust from your parents gets lots and your agency from your Heavenly Parents get's taken away. In Luke 8:15 it says, "But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience." This scripture brings forth truth and helps us to understand how extremely important is it to be honest in ALL our doings. especially in keeping our word.  Honesty is a huge part of integrity because integrity is doing what's right even when no one is watching. Be honest even when no one is listening. Even though you think no one is listening, someone ALWAYS is; that someone is our Heavenly Father. If you are always doing what's right you will never worry about getting caught up in a web of lies because there will never be a reason for it. 
I have a testimony of being honest. I once got myself caught into a web of lies and it was a lot easier to get into than it was to get out. It would have been much easier in the first place if I had just done what was right and been honest. I'm so thankful for repentance and the wonderful blessings you can receive. I know that if we are always honest in everything we do and say we will be able to return to Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ.  

Monday, August 5, 2013

Obedience Brings Blessings

How many experiences have you had with obedience?
I can't even count the number of times where I have had to choose between being obedient and not being obedient. A typical day requires you to constantly make decisions. You make over 30 decisions a day. Little and big. Choices of what to wear, what to eat, which street to take, which commandments you are going to follow, if you are going to obey your parents council, so on and so forth. There will never be a time where you don't have to make a decision. A lot of the times we have to choose between right and wrong. 

Thomas S. Monson said: 
 "A loving Heavenly Father has plotted our course and provided an unfailing guide—even obedience. A knowledge of truth and the answers to our greatest questions come to us as we are obedient to the commandments of God.

We learn obedience throughout our lives. Beginning when we are very young, those responsible for our care set forth guidelines and rules to ensure our safety. Life would be simpler for all of us if we would obey such rules completely. Many of us, however, learn through experience the wisdom of being obedient."

Obedience doesn't come naturally to everyone, obedience is a principal you learn over time! Obedience is a key factor in our happiness as individuals. 
As you get older you learn how important obedience is and in time it becomes something you do naturally. You learn that obedience truly does bring blessings. 

Being obedient isn't always easy. A lot of the time we think that some of the rules we are asked to follow are stupid or that the commandments we are given don't make sense, but I promise that as we follow and keep the commandments in faith that we will be blessed beyond measure. 

"There are rules and laws to help ensure our physical safety. Likewise, the Lord has provided guidelines and commandments to help ensure our spiritual safety so that we might successfully navigate this often-treacherous mortal existence and return eventually to our Heavenly Father.
All prophets, ancient and modern, have known that obedience is essential to our salvation. Nephi declared, 'I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded.' Though others faltered in their faith and their obedience, never once did Nephi fail to do that which the Lord asked of him. Untold generations have been blessed as a result.
A soul-stirring account of obedience is that of Abraham and Isaac. How painfully difficult it must have been for Abraham, in obedience to God’s command, to take his beloved Isaac into the land of Moriah to offer him as a sacrifice. Can we imagine the heaviness of Abraham’s heart as he journeyed to the appointed place? Surely anguish must have racked his body and tortured his mind as he bound Isaac, laid him on the altar, and took the knife to slay him. With unwavering faith and implicit trust in the Lord, he responded to the Lord’s command. How glorious was the pronouncement, and with what wondered welcome did it come: 'Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.'
Abraham had been tried and tested, and for his faithfulness and obedience the Lord gave him this glorious promise: 'In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.'"

Although we are not asked to prove our obedience in such a dramatic and heart-wrenching way, obedience is required of us as well.

Declared President Joseph F. Smith in October 1873, “Obedience is the first law of heaven.”

Said President Gordon B. Hinckley, “The happiness of the Latter-day Saints, the peace of the Latter-day Saints, the progress of the Latter-day Saints, the prosperity of the Latter-day Saints, and the eternal salvation and exaltation of this people lie in walking in obedience to the counsels of … God.”

No greater example of obedience exists than that of our Savior. Of Him, Paul observed:

“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

“And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.”

"The Savior demonstrated genuine love of God by living the perfect life, by honoring the sacred mission that was His. Never was He haughty. Never was He puffed up with pride. Never was He disloyal. Ever was He humble. Ever was He sincere. Ever was He obedient.

Though He was tempted by that master of deceit, even the devil, though He was physically weakened from fasting 40 days and 40 nights and was an hungered, yet when the evil one proffered Jesus the most alluring and tempting proposals, He gave to us a divine example of obedience by refusing to deviate from what He knew was right.

When faced with the agony of Gethsemane, where He endured such pain that “his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground,”14 He exemplified the obedient Son by saying, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

As the Savior instructed His early Apostles, so He instructs you and me, “Follow thou me.”

The knowledge which we seek, the answers for which we yearn, and the strength which we desire today to meet the challenges of a complex and changing world can be ours when we willingly obey the Lord’s commandments. I quote once again the words of the Lord: “He that keepeth [God’s] commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things.”