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Midterms, Nerf, and Temples.

The title sums up this past week or so pretty well. Class goes on and its feels as if life revolves entirely around tests. It’s awfully stressful, but we college students are hanging in. It takes a great deal of perseverance and dedication. It’s far too easy to let things go and not take heed to what’s important. The natural man really is lazy. The past few midterms I’ve taken, I haven’t done as well as I would have liked and it has had negative consequences. It all kind of comes down to not procrastinating and actually staying on top of the work throughout the weeks that lead up to the midterms. If we do just enough to scratch by, it isn’t enough to retain information and be adequately prepared for the tests. Life lesson learned: actually do.

Nerf has been coming okay. I’m at least putting in a little more time than in past weeks. I’ve mostly playing catch up, but am still far behind on blasters people want and on new designs. I’m making progress on finally buying supplies and then doing some small assembly. Nothing much or time consuming, but it feels good to be actually making headway. It, however, doesn’t feel particularly good to be spending additional money on parts, especially shipping which ends up being as much as, if not more, than the cost of materials. I’ll hopefully be able to sell a few in the next few weeks to make the cost back.

I finally found time to get to the temple again this past week. To be honest, it’s actually the first time in a long time that I’ve been able to go. When I went though, I was very happy. I told myself I was going to go at the first opportunity I could and get it done. After submitting my last class on Tuesday, I went straight to the temple and made it to the last session before it closed. While it’s still a challenge to stay awake, I was super glad to be able to go again. As I’ve been more diligent in scripture study and personal prayers combined with temple attendance, I’ve really noticed other aspects of my life seem to get less stressful and better too. Nothing much, but I’ve begun to feel a bit more understanding and more comfort that things were going to work out okay. Seeing as how nothing has really changed in my routine other than these things, it only leads me to further believe that putting God first really does make everything work out. It’s a lesson that is so hard to actually grasp and keep a hold onto for long and I feel like I constantly go back and forth, but the fact is that God doesn’t change. He is and will always be our caring and loving Heavenly Father who is willing to help us every time we turn to Him. It’s just on us whether or not we will. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (3 Nephi 13:33). All things will be added unto us if we just place Him first. He will lead us down the path that will be best for us for He knows what’s best, but we have to trust Him enough to ask, rely on Him, and do our part to follow him.

Derrikk Sun

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