My second semester of college started on January 9th, 2017. And let me tell you, so much has happened within that amount of time. Within this past week + a few days, I have once again decided that my declared major was not for me, learned that donuts in the Wilk, + 50% off of Christmas Chocolate in the BYU bookstore are my weak spots, and that your testimony really can be strengthened IMMENSELY + RAPIDLY when you spend more time studying the teachings of Prophets, Apostles, church leaders, and other doctrinal messages. I’m in a couple classes (Eternal Families and Career Explorations in particular) ┬áthat require a lot of reading, so I’ve been spending a decent amount of time studying these texts. And because I’m a slow reader, I’ve been spending even MORE time studying these texts. And let me tell you, my testimony has been strengthened. I have felt the spirit more in my life, and it’s pretty much like I’m on an SPIRITUAL HIGH. I have had promptings + realizations, some of which have inspired me to take a step back and refocus on my overall goals, which is one of my main reasons for writing this post. Ever since I was a child, I have loved children and babies. I can’t remember a time when I haven’t always wanted to be a mother. It is one of my greatest goals, and ultimately, one of my main missions in life.

So, here’s where my realization came in. It was kind of like, “Hey Kaylee. You’re career path is important, and it’s important you choose something that you’ll like + will work for you. However, you’re losing focus on your main goal + mission. Remember? You’re here to get an education so that you can help support your family if need be, + so that you can set an example for your future children. You need to remember that one of your greatest missions in life is to be a mother. Even though you are trying to figure out your major right now, it’s important to also be strengthening your relationship with Heavenly Father, and be preparing to be a good wife and mother,”. Deep breath. Oh yes, right. Step back. Refocus.

Now, in no way am I saying that it’s not important for women to get an education. I think it’s very important, and I believe that it’s important for people to choose something that they will like, but also something that can support a family comfortably. I’m not criticizing others in any way who choose different paths. What I’m saying is that I realized sometimes it’s important to take a step back and refocus. And for me, refocusing in this instance, was reminding myself of what was really important.

Wow. I am so grateful for this wonderful gospel. I’m grateful for the relationship that I have with my Heavenly Father. I’m grateful for my homework that has helped me strengthen my testimony. I’m grateful for The Family: A Proclamation to The World and the truths within it. I’m grateful for my Savior, and for His atoning sacrifice which makes it possible for me to be with my family in heaven.

It’s never too late to start or pick up on strengthening your testimony + relationship with our Father. He really is there. He lives. He loves. He listens.


kaylee jo

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