I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know who I am. I know God's plan. I'll follow him in faith. I believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ. I'll honor his name. I'll do what is right; I'll follow his light. His truth I will proclaim.

I Know that My Redeemer Lives!

I Know that My Redeemer Lives!

Saturday, January 25, 2014


I posted this on my family website tonight, but I wanted to post it here as well because of the personal and spiritual significance that it holds for me:

I didn't even know that "selfies" had a name until about a month ago. If you don't know, it's
when you take a picture of yourself. I wasn't a big fan of those, mostly because the people I saw
doing them took them because they were so full of themselves, and used the selfies to brag or
beg for compliments.

But I saw this video tonight, and I really liked the points that were made. I wanted to share,
especially with the women in our family. I know what it's like to have personal insecurities, most
particularly where it comes to my beauty (both inside and out). I think the women in our family
are beautiful, and I wanted to share something to help in case any of you may struggle at times
as I do.

Because I realized as I watched this video, that over the last few years, I have taken more
pictures of myself. Of course, it's with my actual camera since I have a dumb phone. And for 3
years the only way I would let myself in front of a camera without a human was to have a
stuffed turtle present. But in the last couple of years, I have been able to take more of just me,
sans Bob. As a single person, I don't feel my life shouldn't be documented of all the fun,
wonderful experiences I get to have just because 1/2 the time it's just me experiencing them. I
still have self-conscious, worried-I'm-getting-full-of-myself moments when I'm not comfortable
having a picture of me taken (alone or with others). But there are now times that I don't mind
it. And I have slowly been able to look at the pictures and I see one of the things I learned early
on in the temple that I've spent years trying to bring outside of it: seeing myself as God sees
me. And I really am a beautiful Daughter of God.

Each one of us is a Child of God. Always remember that He doesn't just think you're beautiful.
He knows you are. So it can't hurt for us to do a little more to help us know that for ourselves.

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