Springing Forward At BYU-Idaho!

Hello, Dear Friends!

I hope that your week was amazing! Mine was too and I am looking forward to this week! Things certainly have been warming up here in Idaho and spring is just around the corner! How are you all adjusting to Daylight Savings Time? Pretty weird right? I heard an ancient Native American proverb that says only a fool thinks that he can cut a piece of a blanket from the top and sew it to the bottom to make the blanket longer. Yeah, that doesn’t work! Anyway, I can’t wait to wear t-shirts and hoodies more often than heavy jackets. Well, today I have a lot of graphic design homework I need to do and so I will make this week’s letter brief. (I always say that, but those of you who know me know that I always write a novel. Haha!) Here are a couple highlights I wish to share!

This past Tuesday there was an LDSFace2Face live broadcast with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Sister Carole M. Stephens, and Elder Donald L. Hallstrom directed specifically to the young single adults of the Church. In the past, these events have been directed towards the youth but this was the first that was for an older generation. It was great and was two hours long like a session of General Conference or Stake Conference, but they were talking directly to the young adults about specific questions sent in via social media. If you haven’t seen it check it out on LDS.org or on the Gospel Library app. It was amazing because there were so many answers to my personal questions that I prayed and asked God if they would be inspired to give all of us an answer too. It’s a troubling thing sometimes being a young adult in the world today, but how grateful I am that we have leaders who have been called of God to guide and direct us and keep us safe from the wilds of the world.

This week was incredible as far as getting homework done early! I could definitely see how God was helping me again and again because I know my strengths and weaknesses and He is helping me so much with exercising my strengths. He is helping me to focus more on my work, prioritize my homework and assignments, and just recently this morning register for classes for next semester. Oh my gosh, this is so hilarious. Yesterday my roommate and I review my plan for graduation, essentially planning out every class that you will need to take in order to graduate on time or even early. After finishing planning it out I was going to wake up at 5:30 to register for classes at 6, but when I woke up at 5:30 I fell back asleep. Thankfully I had another alarm set at 5:45, but then I fell asleep again! This time, I didn’t wake up till 6:20! If you have registered for classes before you know that every minute counts! When I woke up I grabbed my laptop and started looking for my courses I needed. I found all of them but two were already full! Even though they were not full last night! Crazy right?! 20 minutes can change your whole semester! Thankfully since I had my graduation plan I was able to switch those two courses with ones I was planning on taking next year, which were thankfully still available! So now everything is in place and I have a couple courses waitlisted for me to see if they open up. I felt accomplished afterwards and I think it’s this whole ordeal of “first come first serve with no mercy” between students that is stressful. Haha! It reminded me of the Hunger Games! “May the odds be ever in your favor!” Seriously.

The last thing I wanted to share was that I had an incredible day with Madalyn Stucki after we did a Temple session together. Afterwards, we went to get frozen yogurt with a friend from Eugene who is attending BYU-Idaho right now. Then after that, I helped her with transferring all of her MyLDSMail emails to a different email so it will save all of them from the mission. (Which by the way, today my old mission email, adam.harper@myldsmail.net, officially became inactive, so I won’t get your emails if you send them there. Just FYI.) Then after that, she didn’t have any dinner plans and neither did I and so I took her to the Pizza Pie Cafe and we had a wonderful time talking and sharing life experiences and remembering everything about the mission. Needless to say, I met up with her at 12:30 that afternoon, and we didn’t part ways till about 10:00 that night. You do the math. ;)

Well, I hope that you have an amazing week!

Adam Harper

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