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It’s been an interesting week. It’s been busy too. We’re getting moved in and new roommates. New roommates means maybe it’s time for a new room. We’ve rearranged the living room and now it’s much more roomy and ready to receive guests! The kitchen is spruced up, and we’re getting things ready for next semester. It’s going to be a doozie! It’ll be the last semester before I submit my application to the Mechanical Engineering program and be starting all sorts of things.

In other news, it’s been pretty laid back with a lot of free time. With free time comes the issue of filling it. There’s one more week before the semester starts and other than work, there’s not very many activities going on yet. There’s plenty of time to get things settled in and figured out.

This past week I’ve felt very stressed with re-adapting to life before school starts. It’s always a big change and I have a habit of over worrying. I apologize if that has caused anyone any grief. Hopefully I’ll be able to adapt quickly and get back into the swing of things. Sometimes change is hard. Despite the overwhelming feelings of stress and worry, I’m incredibly grateful for the guidance and comfort that God give us access too. He sends help in many ways – often times in the form of people. I’m thankful for the people in my life. Through all that happens, it’s people that really matter. Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved. I’m going to work on this especially this semester.

I still have so much to learn in the coming future, more than I even realize, and I hope to be able to live up to the potential that has been given me.

I’ve felt so many answers and comfort come from prayer, scripture study, and church. With feeling overwhelmed and stressed, I didn’t know what to do. I came across several talks that were great answers to my questions. We’re here for a specific reason. Now is the time to become the person we want to be. Now. We most certainly WILL fail, at least in the short run. But it’s okay because every time we repent, we have a fresh start. No matter what trials we are faced with or mistakes we have made, God is still with us. If we really desire to have the strength and power into the trials of our lives, we absolutely need the ordinances and covenants from God. When God calls us, He prepares. Along the trail of life, we need to remember why we’re doing it. God’s plan for us is to grow and to become. Not just a list of accomplishments. God seeks to change our hearts and help us to become. Not just change our behaviors/actions, but change ourselves through faith and repentance. And the best time to start is NOW. (The Best Time to Plant a Tree)

Regarding prayer, I was impressed that many times we pray for strength, or courage, or the ability to endure. What would be the change if we prayed to have the Lord with us. We often ask for things, but how often do we ask for the Lord. After all, isn’t the gift giver greater than the gifts?

To add a little about when God calls us: When He calls, He prepares us. I thought of it as He has called us to live on this Earth now. He has called us at this time for a purpose. We may not know it precisely, but He has given us many callings. As Priesthood holders he calls missionaries, church leaders, and fathers. I never thought of it like this before, but hasn’t He called us to become fathers? Isn’t that an essential part of His plan? Then why wouldn’t He enable us and prepare us to become such? He does. He has. He is. This knowledge has brought me great comfort.

We receive so many blessings, but sometimes there comes for a time of trial. May we keep strong and keep the faith to endure optimistically.

Derrikk Sun

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