Monday, December 14, 2009
...so basically, life is GOOD! Just these pesky finals, some last wedding plans to finish up (flowers, decorations, the dress alterations), and my work here is DONE!
And life can return to normal in about three weeks!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
1) How awesome Kyle is (divided into two subgroups)
2) Adopting animals
First, I'll be really brief, but I'd just like to point out how much I love Kyle and how amazing he is. Two instances (okay, more than that, but two that really struck me lately) that really stand out in my mind: my birthday--yes, that was last week!--and how great he is at speaking Spanish to little kids.
My birthday was great, and all because of Kyle! Not only did he get me roses and jewelry (a DOZEN yellow roses and an Algerian love knot necklace....think Vesper from Casino Royale), but he also let me take a HUGE nap, made me pizza, and watched Napoleon Dynamite with me. An amazing day!
Next....Kyle is amazing with little kids! The other day we went over to Dutsika's to discuss the cake decorating process for our reception, and Kyle played with Dutsikita while her mother and I talked. Dutsikita spent the entire hour playing with Kyle and her Dora castle and coloring pictures, all while speaking rapid-fire Spanish. Kyle, being the amazing guy that he is, not only understood (he's fluent) but used his grown-up man imagination to humor Dutsikita's games. It was precious, I tell you!
Okay...I would have expounded more on those things, but this is what's really been bothering me today: Muncie is closing its Animal Shelter!
The mayor has decided to cut the jobs of the animals' caretakers, so as a result, the shelter is understaffed and can't stay open. There are about 70 animals in the shelter right now, and they have to find homes by the end of the month or they'll be euthanized. I wish we had room (and money) to adopt more cats or even a dog, but Tiger has proved to be enough as it is, and we've only had him a few weeks--and we still haven't gotten his shots or taken him to be neutered yet!
So, we can't change the fact the shelter is closing. I get that. But these animals need HOMES! They didn't do anything to anyone except exist. They shouldn't be killed just so we can make a small cut in budget that could easily be covered by everyone in Muncie donating like a dollar or something. Please help if you can!
I'm so glad we decided to keep Tiger. He's a fat lazy turd, but Kyle and I love him to pieces and we can't imagine living here without him now! Please do the same in your life if you have the means and the space and the love!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
So on my wedding website (www.mywedding.com/megankyle, if you're interested) I've recently noted the preparation that Kyle and I have made to be able to go to the temple to be married for time and all eternity. I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and even though I try not to talk too much about the wedding on this blog (that's what the wedding blog is for!), I want to make an exception! Worthiness has been on my mind a lot over the past few months--and it should be, seeing as if we want to be worthy to be sealed, time is running out to sufficiently repent if there is something amiss!
When Latter-day Saints go to the temple, they must hold a temple recommend, obtained by an interview with the bishop and stake president (our local church leaders). Kyle and I have scheduled a meeting with our bishop for our temple recommend interview this Sunday and have now finished the pre-endowment section of the temple prep classes (the final class happens after the wedding). I'm actually very, very, very happy to be going to see the bishop and have a worthiness interview--it's such a good thing to be worthy to go to the temple. In the past, I've had interviews with the bishop for a temple recommend that is good for a year--these recommends are for doing baptisms in the temple ONLY. Since we will be getting endowed and married, the temple recommend will expire every two years, but the process of obtaining this one is a little bit different...we have to go not only to our bishop (the leader of our local church unit) but also to the Stake President (the leader of our stake, which is a cluster of local units). We must have a worthiness interview with both of them in order to obtain a temple recommend that would gain us entrance for the endowment and sealing (marriage) ordinances. For those who are unfamiliar with what's all involved in a worthiness interview, here are a few basic facts about worthiness, recommends, etc.:
1) You must have a temple recommend to be able to go to the temple, which means that contrary to what everyone thinks, not every Latter-day Saint is automatically able to go there. We believe that when the Lord gives much, much is expected in turn, meaning that if you have a testimony of the truths of the gospel, the Lord holds you in higher accountability to follow those truths than those who do not have a testimony of the gospel. Would you punish a four-year-old child and a fourteen-year-old child in the same way if they committed the same offense? Any typical parent or guardian would not. Neither would the Lord hold those responsible for a lack of knowledge. Latter-day Saints have knowledge of the restored gospel, and it is their duty to adhere to the commandments given by God. This is why it's not enough to just be a member of the church to be able to enter the temple--the Lord's house is about more than just "belonging" to a certain religion.
2) In order to determine whether or not a Latter-day Saint is worthy to enter into the House of the Lord, he or she is "asked searching questions about his or her personal conduct, worthiness, and loyalty to the Church and its officers. The person must certify that he or she is morally clean and is keeping the Word of Wisdom (no drugs, alcohol, coffee, tobacco), paying a full tithing (10% of annual income), living in harmony with the teachings of the Church (Law of Chastity is a big one), and not maintaining any affiliation or sympathy with apostate groups. The bishop is instructed that confidentiality in handling these matters with each interviewee is of the utmost importance" (Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple--my comments added in parentheses).
3) I've been asked how the bishop (or stake president) would really know if I'm being truthful about my responses to obtain a temple recommend. Couldn't I just lie if I wanted? I could. But what good would that do? I might be able to deceive the bishop, a person who is human and imperfect, like me. The Lord, however, knows all things and will not be mocked. If I obtained a temple recommend and used it without being worthy, I will not receive any blessings from the covenants I've made until I am worthy. Covenants must be kept to receive blessings from the Lord--if we disregard our promises, the Lord is not bound to uphold His. At baptism, we covenant to follow the principles of the gospel, and if we do not, then we receive considerably less blessings from the Lord.
4) You don't just get one shot at the interview! If something is amiss in the patterns of your life, the bishop will help you resolve it. This is what he has been called to do! After you have sufficiently repented and prayed, you may return for another interview. Just because you might be kept from a recommend once does not mean you can't get one a little later. This also works in reverse--just because you have a temple recommend does not mean that it cannot be taken away if your actions are not in accordance with gospel standards. Recommends must be renewed every two years, so regardless of whether you have had reason to not use your recommend, it can expire, and you must submit to an interview again.
Kyle and I pray for strength everyday to make righteous choices so that we'll be able to enter the temple confident that we are worthy to make covenants therein. It's not always easy--when you become engaged, it's easy to be tempted in more ways than one! It's very important to us to be worthy in every way before entering the temple, or else we know the blessings promised to married couples will not come to us. As for worthiness interviews, they aren't scary (if everything is as it should be!)...when I'm following the commandments and obeying the Lord, worthiness interviews are a blessing because I receive encouragement and confirmation that I am doing the right thing.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
That keep my mind away from you.
No more love and no more pride
And thoughts are all I have to do.
Oh...Remember when it rained?
Felt the ground and looked up high
And called your name.
Oh...Remember when it rained.
In the darkness I remain.
Tears of hope run down my skin.
Tears for you that will not dry.
They magnify the one within
And let the outside slowly die.
Oh...Remember when it rained?
I felt the ground and looked up high
And called your name.
Oh...Remember when it rained.
In the water I remain...
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009