November 24, 2014


I’m sick! 🙂 Yesterday was sooo boring. We went home after Sacrament Meeting, I forgot how boring it is to do nothing all day. And I’m a lil better today so hopefully by Thanksgiving I’ll be able to taste food. We have 2 dinner appointments that day so we’ll get taken care of 🙂

One day, a few weeks ago, we went to McDonald’s to try to talk to someone, so we used our leaky tire as a conversation starter. We met "June-bug" and Una, an older couple who eat at McDonald’s literally every night…but June-bug happened to have a brother who owns J.R. Tires (we later went there and got our tire fixed for free!). That first night with June-bug and Una, we just kinda talked to them for half an hour and gave them a card, and when we came back a week later, they waved us over with huge grins and told us to sit with them, and said they’d been telling their friends about us and that we’d been on their minds. June-bug loved the card we gave him, the one of Christ coming to ancient America, so we gave him a Book of Mormon and he invited us to come by their house anytime. We’ve taught them the Restoration and read from the Book of Mormon a lot…June-bug said he’d read and pray about it! It was hard for him to say that, he’s been Baptist his whole life.

We had an awesome dinner at the Elams with Judge Herman! Judge is a big Abraham Lincoln fan, he has books and souvenirs and Lincoln stuff all over his house, so when he saw a book at the Elams with that name on it he got excited…haha it was "Abraham Lincoln and Joseph Smith." He must’ve been scratchin his head about it because halfway through dinner he said, "I wonder why there’s a book about Abraham Lincoln and Joseph Smith." Brother Elam offered to lend it to him and he said "If you don’t mind!" and took the book. The heavens have aligned! haha. I remembered how Elder Ruth gave Judge a blessing a week before Evelyn died, saying that as he listened to the message the Sisters had, he’d come to know his potential as a child of God and have greater peace. So I’ve been reminded how we need to be brave and teach Judge!

Too congested to remember what else happened this week…I’ve been thinking about energy. Like, my biggest excuse in life that allows me to be lazy is that I don’t have energy. I’m too tired to get anything out of my studies, I’m too tired to pray, I’m too tired to be obedient, etc. Then I wondered….is energy a choice? So my goal for the week/month/life is to choose energy over apathy! boom.

Okay hope you all have a good Thanksgiving! Play basketball! and football! and chess!

– Sister Victoria Hale


One thought on “November 24, 2014

  1. Interesting thought about energy. I’ll have to think more about that but there is some doctrinal evidence of energy being a choice.

    I searched “energy, power” here ( and found:

    “The Light of Christ is the divine energy, power, or influence that proceeds from God through Christ and gives life and light to all things. The Light of Christ influences people for good and prepares them to receive the Holy Ghost. One manifestation of the Light of Christ is what we call a conscience.”

    “The Light of Christ “proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space.” It is “the light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed” (D&C 88:12-13; see also D&C 88:6-11). This power is an influence for good in the lives of all people (see John 1:9; D&C 93:2).”

    Also, the atonement gives us the power to tap into that energy and not be a powerless victim to the forces of the universe:

    “And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given (2 Nephi 2:26).”

    From personal experience, I believe we can tap into this energy more effectively when we are keeping our physical bodies healthy through diet, sleep, and exercise. I know I am more vulnerable to temptation or apathy when I am tired, sick, hungry, or physically lazy.

    I think fasting is interesting because it teaches us how to master the mortal/physical impediments to spiritual energy.

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