I don't know if you guys are aware of this or not but Utah State pretty much turns into something out of a movie in the fall. I guess it's the price to pay for the (so I hear) bone chilling winter that's on it's way. I had to bring my camera to class one day to film a project and couldn't help but snap these little gems on my way home.
Also, one of my favorite parts about fall: General Conference.
I always try to go into conference with a few questions I hope to receive answers to but this past session in particular I had some pretty heavy questions. It must be because I'm still in that decision time of life (I thought it ended after I picked which college to go to. Update: it doesn't). I tried to take notes on my impressions rather than the speaker's exact words. If you care to hear, these were a few of the things that stood out to me:
-What will you give in return for so much?
-The most important work we do is that which is through the Holy Ghost
-A loving Heavenly Father is literally one prayer away
-The answer to your own prayers often comes when you silence what you want and ask what Heavenly Father's will for you is
-Don't falsely judge yourself by comparison to others
-YES! You're going to make it. Heavenly Father intends for us to make it
-All the Lord expects of us is to really try but we have to really try
-Christ is already helping you. Recognize it.
-Pray often and sincerely to serve
-It is not by chance that you are where you are
-Don't worry about what Heavenly Father doesn't want you to know right now. Focus on the plain and simple truths that are in front of you. Sometimes He just wants you to use your faith and that's why he withholds answers
-Have faith, focus, and a strong ambition for Christ
-Spiritual experiences have little to do with what's happening on the outside
-repetitive, but you have to actually act on prayers
-joy is what comes from intentionally trying to live a righteous life
-whether we are scared to death or bored to death we should serve diligently where we are called
I had planned on being a lot of places over conference weekend including Salt Lake City, a cabin in Idaho, my grandparent's apartment, home in Las Vegas, and home with a friend in South Jordan but me and Caroline somehow ended up being the only two staying in the Logan bubble. I'm not even mad about it. Serious room mate bonding occurred.
Drives through the canyon are a delight. I highly recommend it.
There's also the cutest little pumpkin patch right across from my apartment so me & Cait went to take pics there one day
One of my favorite things about college is Friday mornings at the temple. 3/4 of the girls in our apartment don't have class so we try to take advantage. I had the most tender little experience on this day too. It has always bothered me that the temple workers don't hand you your slip of paper with names at any point. You simply go into the font and they put them up for whoever is baptizing to read. I loved getting to read the year they were born, their first and last name, and where they're from. Randomly on this day one of the temple workers (without asking anybody else if they wanted to) handed me my name list before I was baptized. What a little tender mercy.
bonfires are pretty much a weekly thing here
I love being an aggie in the fall. Life is sweeter than all the pumpkin spice candles my room mates and I have gone through the past month