Thoughts to Change Your Life From Education Week

Being at BYU Education Week this year has been a great way for me to stimulate my mind and explore campus in preparation for the upcoming fall semester. More importantly, it has prepared me spiritually for this transition in my life.
Here are the best thoughts I took way from the plethora of information I ingested:

“The morning has gold in its mouth.” The key to success is as simple as getting up early.

Don’t let anybody obtain your knowledge for you. Be a truth seeker unto yourself.

It is never too late for you because there is always somebody out there needing to be served.

Don’t focus on what you can’t do. Do and concentrate on what you can do.

“Our spirit and our body are combined in such a way that our body becomes an instrument of our mind and the foundation of our character.”- Boyd K. Packer

“The nearer a person approaches the Lord, a greater power will be manifested by the adversary to prevent the accomplishment of his purposes.”- Heber C. Kimball. The greater your testimony, the larger force Satan needs to bring you down. So don’t worry if you feel the inklings of darkness in everyday life. If there’s stress and strain trying to bring you down, that shows you’re going in the right direction. Weak things will not become strong without opposition.

Treating your body with respect like a temple is more important than conforming to your idea of a perfect body in this life.

Romans 8: 35 and 39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?… Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

D+C 50:23 “And that which doth not edify is not of God and is darkness.” Apparently this was President Hinkley’s favorite scripture, so I suppose it’s important to ponder.

Even Jesus didn’t shirk when He proclaimed He was the Savior. So don’t sell yourself short as a daughter of God.

God knew what He was doing when He put you in this life with these problems. It wasn’t an accident, and He still knows what will happen next.

Fueling your testimony is like fueling a gas tank. One fill up won’t get you all the way to heaven.

“Do not get caught up in the thick of thin things.”- Neal A. Maxwell

You’ve made it this far, and God has had your back in the past. Why wouldn’t He in the future? God has promised to protect you, and He wasn’t kidding.

Fear always comes from a focus on oneself and never from a focus on God. Likewise, peace always comes from looking to Christ.

You don’t have to remember to think about somebody you truly love. Therefore, God is never not thinking of you. How can you change your life so you are always thinking of Him?

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Jane Tallmadge spends her time playing tennis, reading, longboarding, and writing Ruby Girl articles instead of doing homework. She struggles with an identity disorder in which she wishes she was European but is tragically from Texas. Some of her favorite things include cheese plates, jazz music, and her family. If you offer her dark chocolate (90% cacao, please), she might make you shrimp in return.

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