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The life of a college student…

The life of a college student, continued. I’ve been really busy with all the stuff I’m trying to do and behind on some things, but I need to just be more diligent. Use time wisely, be efficient, and rest and it’s time to rest. Work when it’s time to work.

This coming up week is also the large Nerf event. A mod party, and HvZ afterwards with a small NiC skirmish following that. I posting more information on homemade Nerf guns on the Utah Nerf Foam Flinger’s Facebook page and I have several people interested in purchasing blasters. Things just got busier. It just means I need to shape up and get off my butt more. I’ll be able to make a few hundred dollars from blasters, but I need to find the money to start up.

Things have been up and down, but overall okay.

One big piece of spiritual assurance today has really been my religion class. With all that’s happening, it’s harder and harder to find time to do what I used to, study the scriptures intently, attend the temple regularly, and have an overall balanced life. In my religion class, we dive deep into the scriptures and our professor has so many great insights into principles from the scriptures and how they apply to our lives. One such principle also came with a BYU talk from this past education week which was just a few weeks ago. It was on the example of Nephi and responsibility. It’s up to us what occurs. When Nephi broke his bow in the wilderness, he didn’t write ‘my bow broke’, he wrote ‘I broke my bow’. Whether or not Nephi was the cause of his bow breaking isn’t the point, but he took responsibility for what happened and then he took responsibility to find a solution. God has given us the ability to choose and to use our agency.
Life is full of ups and downs, but we do not want to be up and down. Don’t be a victim of your environment. It can be compared to a thermostat. A thermostat can sense the temperature and adjust it, while a thermometer can only sense the temperature but is stuck where it is enduring the environment around it. If you want to be happy, stop waiting around for it to hit you. Be happy. Act. Act like a happy person and you will be. It’s these kind of motivational, spiritual moments that really get me through the week.

ROTC isn’t as bad as it seems. I’m starting to kind of like it. We did some land navigation techniques and get to learn more about the military. I’m sure if it’s what I want to do for the years to come, but I am starting to like it a little more.

We’re going to be starting some exams next week, too. I’m super grateful for all the blessings I’ve received. When things seem rough and hard, there always seems to be a way to come out successful. I’m really going to try to keep updating regularly, maybe a few small updates here and there.

Talk to you later!
Derrikk Sun

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It’s been a while, but it’s been a blast too.

It’s been a little over two weeks since my last post, and it’s been chalk full of ups and downs and it’s been a blast. Some of the highlights have been all of the amazing devotionals and spiritual moments. It’s the overall stress and great spiritual uplifting here at BYU that I can remember the most.

We had a regional area multi-stake conference this past Sunday with speakers who gave such great revelation. I’m always amazing at what we take from meetings that may not have been what the speakers talked about, but is always definitely what I need to hear. The Spirit influences our thoughts and feelings and we’re made known the things we need to do. Needless to say there’s a lot that I need to improve, but I’ll try a little at a time. I’ve felt really out of the grove and adjusted to this new semester. Not as bad as coming home from a mission, but there’s a lot to do and worry about. I become even more and more grateful for the Spiritual rest and peace that we can find through the Gospel, the scriptures, and the Sabbath. I just need to work now on keeping the feeling of peace and assurance with me throughout the week. At the priesthood session, there was a talk on becoming real men. It made me think about who I am, who I want to become, and what I need to do to get there. It’s important to have reflection moments and I’m glad I was able to get some.

A second talk was on the principle of work. I rerealized that it’s the problems and challenges in life that make us who we are and we can choose to allow the hard things to make us better or worse. The speaker, our stake president, said that if God wanted to punish us, really make us suffer, He would answer all of our prayers in just the way we wanted. While God does want to help us and answer our prayers, He knows that it’s the challenges and difficults that we face that help us to become what He wants us to become. Often times, we pray for the strength to overcome our trials, so He sends us obstacles that we have to overcome and in so doing we become stronger. He doesn’t always answer as we want or think, but He does answer. The real worthwhile things are not always the easy things to do. It’s really not enough to just put in just enough effort to get by, but in order to become better people and to really progress, it requires a lot of work and effort and always being engaged in a good cause. Sometimes it’s easy to feel very overwhelmed and like there’s too much to do, but by always having something to do and always doing something productive and effective, we’re developing the attributes to be able to become more like our Heavenly Father.

On a similar note, our stake just started a new Self-Reliance class. It’ll be held every Sunday in the afternoon for the next 12 weeks. It’ll focus on the principles and good practices of personal finance and work. I feel excited to be able to continue to try to improve myself and one day I’ll be able to see a change between then and now.

There’s been so many eventful things this past few weeks. I love my Book of Mormon class this semester! It’s by far my favorite class. We go pretty indepth in the Book of Mormon, but our teacher emphasizes that he doesn’t give us all he knows about the book because he wants us to have the motivation and desire to go out and learn it for ourselves. I also realized that this is so true for parenting and how Heavenly Father works too. If we just push everything we know on others as truth, they and we won’t really receive any great benefit. But as we develop the desire to learn, we will seek our knowledge from the source of all truth our selves. As parents with children, it wouldn’t work if we mold children’s lives after how we think they should be because it’s essential that they learn and grow on their own, too. It’s, again, all about becoming and developing.

It really is truly a miracle. The translation of the Book of Mormon was brought by the power of God. Each and every word inspired.

We also watched the worldwide YSA devotional broadcast about becoming strong links for our future families and ancestors before us. It was such a perfect message for new members of the church, too. I’m always impressed with the faith and sacrifice of new member’s of the church.

I’ve started ROTC for the semester. I decided to try it out and see how it is. It’s not looking like I’m going to like it, but it’s a path to consider.

My Y-Serve program, Rural Housing Development, changed its name to Self Help Homes and we’re getting started up again.

The Nerf scene is going well. There are a few large events scheduled for later this month. I’m going to try to balance everything and still have time left over for my hobby.

That’s my rant for the past week or so. Sorry that it’s so very confusing.

Derrikk Sun