Today is considered the day of love, when we show others that we care and we appreciate having them in our lives. Valentine’s Day tends to be a little commercialized, when it becomes all about gifts, dinners, outfits, outings etc. But today and this week I wanted to focus on making it a little more meaningful for me. I want to focus on that word LOVE.❤
Waking up this morning and seeing the face of my loved ones, looking out and seeing the sun, the sky, the trees and all that surrounds us. I decided to take a moment to sit outside and feel the air and to take a few deep breaths before starting my day. Sitting there I felt this immense gratitude to God for all of His gifts & after thinking about my blessings and all that I could see around me, I realized that WE REALLY ARE SURROUNDED BY GOD’S LOVE! ☀??Every day is another day that He fills us with His love, but it is only up to us to really focus on seeing it.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) 
God has given us so much more than we realize. We can show our gratitude and our love for God for all that He does for us, for ALL that he has given us and continues to give us. He wants us to really truly come to LOVE HIM ❤
He has said,
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (Deuteronomy 6: 5)
Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. (Moroni 10: 32)
He wants us to come closer to Him daily. He has already provided ways for us to do that; Through prayer, reading His words, sitting in silence or in nature, and trying to listen to what He wants to bring into our hearts. His love is so amazing for us that He hears every single one of our prayers. He answers, He is there during the good and the difficult times of our lives. He wants us to see our potential as His children and to LOVE OURSELVES for all that we are. He wants us to have gratitude for our bodies, and to be able to look inward to see that beautiful God given soul that makes us who we are in His eyes. A soul that’s filled with peace, love and goodness.?
When we can love ourselves and see ourselves in the way that God sees us, we will be better able to love others even more, to have more compassion and to see them as God sees them.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. 
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. (Mathew 22: 37-39)
When we love our neighbor we will be better able to feel the love of God around us. We are not here to judge others but to love them. The only judge will be God and our only focus should be on making ourselves a little more Christlike each day. By doing so, we will begin to love others more purely, seeing the good in them and having love and charity for them exactly as the quote for the week states.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
God has taught us that we not only need to show love to those whom we love. Thats the easy thing to do. The true test comes when we have to love those whom we have a hard time loving. 
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Mathew 5: 43-44)
That means that we can have LOVE for all men. Even our enemies as hard as that may sound. When we Love God, it’s easier for us to love ourselves, when we love ourselves we are able to love others and that makes it easier for us to rise above the differences or what others may have done to us. If we really love God then we should be ok with doing what he has asked us to do. If He’s asking us to love our enemies, It’s because He knows that we CAN do it! He knows that it can FREE us from holding on to things that we shouldn’t have in our hearts. And because he knows that we can rise above anger, frustration, contention  and all of those negative emotions. These are things that will only help us to better ourselves and to have true inner strength. God will help us as we seek to LOVE HIM, to LOVE  OURSELVES AND to LOVE ALL MEN! Even our enemies. He will help us! <3 We can ask for help and prove to God that we are able to do it. We are spirits of peace, of love and of light.?
As we pray and ask God for His help to love all, and as we serve and help each other. He will help us to see the love that He has for all of His children.? As we continue to show more love in our daily lives, our relationships will improve, our families will be strengthened and we will feel the peace of knowing that God is pleased wth our efforts. We will be blessed for the love that we give to God, to ourselves and to others ✨ ?
The goal for the week is to focus on LOVE. Love for God ❤ Love for ourselves <3 Love for our others and even our enemies. We can choose ways in which we can share that love with others even something as simple as praying for someone is a huge act of love. Let’s show others how much we care and love them. True love changes everything!!! ❤
Our physical goal for the week is to: Love ourselves enough to make time to exercise and eat healthy meals. The goal is to exercise at least 2 days this week. And to notice the difference in our energy when we eat healthy meals. let’s do this! ? Tonight our focus will be on strengthening ourselves. We will burn calories, tone and feel strong! & our meditation will leave us feeling mentally and spiritually strengthened for the rest of the week. Hope that you can set this goal for yourself and MAKE IT HAPPEN! ? See you tonight! 🙂 ?
Have a blessed and wonderful day,

Life’s Challenges

We all have to experience challenges and difficulties in our lives. Some things may be harder to go through than others. But it is always up to us to decide how we will react to each situation. Our reactions will determine our consequences and we will either feel our spirit rising above the situations or getting knocked down depending on what we do. The choice is always ours.
God has given us that gift of agency to allow us to choose for ourselves. In each situation we can either choose to come closer to Him or to draw ourselves further away from Him. I think that most of us have had these experiences in our lives, where we’ve had moments of stepping closer to God and moments where we have stepped away from him. I have discovered in my own life that stepping away from God has never brought me anything positive. If anything I’ve seen things get worse. My patience would begin to fail me and things would make me upset and frustrated a lot easier. I noticed that I was a lot more depressed and I realized how unhappy I was when I kept trying to go through things on my own. Until I would reach a point in which I would hit rock bottom and had no other choice but to pray. It was during those times that I began to feel things change, I started to realize that I was foolish all along for trying to do things on my own. I began to realize that God had been there for me all along and that it was up to me to step towards HIM. He wasn’t gonna force me to come close to Him. He was anxiously waiting for ME to WANT to do that for myself. And when I did, I was able to feel incredible joy and peace. Feeling close to God began to be my new favorite feeling! ?Everything began to change and I realized that from that point on wether it was the best time of my life or the hardest moments of my life I want to experience it all with God by my side. <3
Its when we have those contrasts in our lives, that we’re able to see things more clearly. That’s when we realize that there really are only two paths in life. &  when we realize that we would rather travel life through the path that brings peace and joy then it becomes easier to follow God. We begin to have a desire to just stay close to Him and to go through the good, the bad and the terrible if we have to…But to go through it all with HIM by our side. ??
His words say;
And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up. (D&C 84:88)

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 

(Isaiah 41:10)
Trusting in His words, knowing that He speaks all truth, will bring power into our lives. Power to say no to bad influences, Power to choose those things that will bring us closer to God. Power to not fear or be embarrassed but instead to know who our God is and the incredible POWER that He has to do amazing things with our lives. Even during the hardest times, His influences will be felt. So, Lets surround ourselves with GOODNESS! with people that will be positive in our lives. with friends that will help us to better ourselves. Lets listen to, watch and read all of those things that will bring even more of God’s light and power into our lives. Lets choose to be positive because that’s exactly what God wants us to do! He loves us! We are His children and He wants nothing but THE BEST FOR US!!! ?
Our spiritual goal for the week is To not let the earthly circumstances affect us spiritually. But to instead allow ourselves to be strengthened by accessing the power of God in our lives this week. when in doubt, remind yourself of how amazing and powerful your God is!!! <3 
Our physical goal for the week is to: Eat foods that will strengthen our inmune system so that you guys don’t get sick like I did! 😉 haha Having antioxidants, good soups, garlic, broccoli, watermelon, ginger etc. Lots of stuff that will keep us healthy. We will also try to exercise 3 times this week to do something great for ourselves physically. & This also help our inmune system. 🙂
Hope to see you tonight in class! We’re gonna focus on toning and mediating to get rid of stress. 🙂 The hardest thing is always showing up to class. But I know that if you make it happen for yourself you will feel so positive and great, your week will feel a lot different! 🙂 I hope that you can come feel how great this will be for yourself. Have a blessed and wonderful day and rest of the week and keep that little message that God wants you to feel in your heart. ? 
With lots of love,