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School has been…bearable for the most part. Homework is manageable with the help of study groups, online resources, and some late nights.

I’ve decided to try to actually take selling Nerf blasters a bit more seriously and am looking into an etsy shop and really spreading the word. I’ve added a new page to my blog, this blog, with a little online store. Take a look! I’m going to try to really keep on top of updating it regularly.

I think the only thing I write about is how stressful life can be and that we need to stay calm and focus on what’s important, but I can hardly seem to be able to do that. Haha.

One big highlight this week and the reason why this post is so late is that this weekend we had a Field Training Exercise with ROTC. We went out to Camp Williamson and lived life in the shoes of soldiers. We ran practice runs of formations and lanes. We practice iterations of ambushes, crossing linear danger zones, platoon attacks, sleeping outside in the cold in patrol bases, established objective rally points, ate Meals Ready to Eat, repelled, shot M16s, got instruction from some sergeants, rucked, and a whole bunch of other stuff. It was a great experience. When we got back, the wives of some of the soldiers, cadre, and cadets made a whole bunch of chili for us. We had rolls, cookies, pumpkin bread, and tons of chili. Despite just being able to eat free food, what was really touching was seeing the reaction of all of the people who were excited to see each other after a day or two of being apart. You could really see and feel the friendship, bonds, and love that they had. I am of course talking about the families, wives, and girlfriends of other cadets. While waiting in line to turn in some gear, some cadets were talking about how sometimes it’s awesome to go out with the guys on a great trip, do fun things, have freedom and not have anyone else to worry about, but they accepted and said after wards that, “but it’s times like these that make you kind of want a good relationship. Coming home and having someone waiting for you, someone to come back to and have someone there is just such a great feeling.” It reminds me of the lesson we had in relationships and dating class in Sunday school. It’s not that we can’t be happy if we don’t have someone else, it’s not that we can’t live alone and be happy, but having someone else to share our feelings and experiences with will help add to what we have now. We take our happiness and add it to someone else’s.

In life of relationship or marriage, we need to endure and have patience. Sometimes a lot of patience. Day by day, we have a lot we have to endure whether it be missing each other, disagreements, keeping commandments works through other problems, family, school, work, learning, living, finances, careers, children, etc, etc, etc the list goes on an on, but I love how the Gospel applies to everything. No matte work, school, relationships. We have to faith and believe, but if we make a mistake in something, we repent and try to earnestly do better. We make covenants with ourselves and others, and receive guidance from our Heavenly Father, we are patient and endure to the end, keep building up our faith and continue in this cycle as we strive to improve our selves. I love how much reassurance and support we receive from the scriptures. Alma 26:27 “Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.” D&C 24:8 “Be patient in afflictions, for thou shalt have many; but endure them, for, lo, I am with thee, even unto the end of thy days.” God is always with us and will always give us strength if we place Him first and seek His help. As we read our scriptures, pray, fulfill our callings, and strive to become more Christlike everyday, we’ll be able to see more of His help in our lives.

Sorry for cutting this week short. I’ll try to make up for it later in the week.

Love you!
Derrikk Sun