Always Looking Forwards

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is one that looks forwards. That’s such a great way to live life. Which each day and experience that passes, the future is even brighter. Every week, so much happens, changes, grows, and advances. The birth of a new baby boy, the brainstorming of ideas, new friends meeting in a park to have fun, the growth of new friendships, cooking new things, each day is filled with new experiences. The future is as bright as your faith.

This past week my roommate and I have started talking more about Nerf. Maybe trying to form a Nerf club here at BYU. The biggest issues are legal liability, but if people can come play lazer tag, maybe Nerf is similar. There seems to be some interest out there. We had our three day weekend for spring break and my roommate and I used the time to get some Nerfing done. I’ve reorganized the storage room and it’s big enough for a workbench and quite spacious. I anticipate I’ll spend quite some time there over coming spring. We threw together an impromptu Nerf war this past Friday and will hopefully be able to build up some sort of excitement amongst these college goers.

Just yesterday, my sister had her baby! It’s a boy! She was due in April, but I guess the little tike couldn’t wait. Being able to see a new born in my immediate family was such an incredible experience. It’s so life changing. I’m sure it’s even more so for her and her husband, but I can’t help but feel like heaven has gotten just a little closer. Like a small piece of heaven has just entered their lives, and it has. It’s so incredible.

This Friday is a special Bi-Ward dance that I’m in charge of making flyers for. I’m not too artsy, but luckily the dance isn’t too fancy. The theme will be dress up as if you were in your favorite decade. I don’t think there’s a decade I like more than this one, but maybe I’ll find some neon colors I like.

I had my second interview for the MTC this past week, too. I found out a few days later that I didn’t get the position. I was actually really disappointed. However, I figure it just means there’s something better out there that I need to be doing. Now to just find that. The options are many.

This past Tuesday for club night there was a special club showcase night where we got to see various people’s talents. It’s so cool to see what people are able to do from dancing, to singing, to magic tricks. I was really impressed. God has really blessed us with such diverse abilities.

As far as developing abilities, I tried my hand at making some Pad Thai. It turned out better than I actually thought it would. It took several times longer than expected and had several really interesting experiences along the way, but it ended up being okay. I can confidently say that I now know how to actually cook. Maybe not the most efficient way or the way that most people would cook, but I can survive!

There was no RHD this week because of spring break, but Under Water Robotics (UUR) is coming along nicely. We might be done by the competition next week. We just need to find a good sized pool to test run them in. The middle school kids we help are so cool. I was told a lot about them. A lot of them come from less than ideal circumstances and what not. Middle school often is a hard time for some kids. I’d hear about kids who suffer from really low self esteem or poor conditions at home. I find great joy in helping these kids just have a few moments of fun with us as they apply themselves to robotics. They have a good time and are really setting them selves up for a good future. They just don’t know it yet. I find it crazy for kids as young as they are to be worried about and stressed over problems in the future that are so far away. It makes me realize just how over-worried and unfaithful we are sometimes. These kids are brighter than the average middle schooler. I had no idea what soldering even was when I was their age, and yet here they are being involved.

This past Saturday and Sunday we had our stake conference, too. It was so filled with the Spirit. We had a member of the 70 come and visit. They did a Q & A that was quite insightful. The theme was to come unto Christ and there were some great talks about recognizing and following the Spirit. One of the greatest messages that I got out of it was that while we might not know everything, we know enough. Sister Neilson shared how she rarely knows what she’s going to talk about when assigned to give a talk, but every time, the Spirit gives to her what she needs to say. It’s our task to learn how the Spirit works with us in our lives and to learn to recognize and follow the Spirit. It’s like how well can the Spirit of the Lord trust us to follow those promptings. As we learn to follow them more, we’ll be able to receive and recognize them more. The biggest obstacle to this process is fear. If you have fear, you have no faith. If you have faith, you can have no fear. Imagine the freedom of living your life without fear. We can’t have faith and fear. We need to move forward with faith in Jesus Christ. Many times I think I’m faced with all kinds of fears about the future, but as we take courage and trust that everything will work out, we can just face the trials we have with optimism and overcome them. Have faith! And trust the Lord.

Aside from the usual mischief that we get into, not much has happened. There are still regular exams, lots of homework, and plenty of things to keep ourselves busy. BYU is still my favorite school for the combination of spiritual and temporal.


Derrikk Sun
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