The Beginnings of Fall

Hello, my dear Friends!

I am so excited to write you today! I feel like I’m writing you every six weeks or something.

Goodness, I don’t even know where to start with how things have been these past few weeks. It’s been quite the wild ride getting back into gear with school. I had been away from school for about seven weeks, so about a missionary six-week transfer. Let’s just say I was super excited to come back to school that the energy was just pumping me up and I was just as giddy as ever to be back in Rexburg. Yes, it’s a remote location in Idaho, it’s getting bigger and I know that some people just can’t wait to get out if they’ve lived here forever, but honestly I love Rexburg. It’s just perfect for me. I am a city boy myself because I love walking in pedestrian malls and being around large buildings, but there is just something special about Rexburg that resonates with my soul. It was super awesome though on the way up, though, I’m not sure if I already shared this or not, but I made some new friends, me and three other girls, on the five-six hour bus ride from Salt Lake City Airport to Rexburg. We talked about everything nerdy that you could think of. Star Trek, Star Wars, and all the other universes you could imagine. Needless to say, we became fast friends and we all exchanged numbers and promised each other we would hang out sometime during the semester.

Getting back to Rexburg I have to say was a very surreal feeling because I was just overwhelmed with all the memories and feelings I had left here in Rexburg before the break. I had changed so much over the break and Rexburg had too a little bit. Thankfully I had an amazing friend who showed up at the bus stop and helped me get my things up to my apartment and even helped me unpack everything. It’s awesome when you have good friends to help you when you need them.

This semester is a little bit different for me because I am working about 30 hours and I am only allowed to take 6 credits since I am working for the school. I am loving my job though because I am a Teaching Assistant (TA) for five classes and I am still functioning as a tutor for three classes. It’s been such a great experience for me because I am working with students and with professional professors and I am learning so much along the way. Making connections is so important too because you are able to have people you can ask for a reference for a future job, or even more amazing they could refer you to someone for a position! It really pays off to be professional in your work and be to courteous and genuine to everyone no matter the circumstance. It’s been incredible to see how so many people have started to recognize my professional skills and are asking me to take on more assignments. It’s literally a dream come true because these are people who are legit professionals and I am so excited to be joining their ranks as a fellow graphic/website designer and photographer. I am also the social media manager for the Visual Society and so I am essentially the pep rally for the Communication Department for getting people excited about design. I’m just having a blast. This semester is going to be incredible.

Okay, so you’ve heard about work and a little bit about my social life. Well, I forgot to mention that I love my roommates, I am not sure if I included a picture last time I emailed you, but we were bored on a Sunday afternoon and we took pictures of ourselves and photoshopped them, yeah, just wait till you see it. I’ll attach a copy. :) But yeah my roommates are pretty awesome. The ward is great and I love my bishopric who I have had for the past two semesters.

Speaking of my spiritual life, you have no idea how hard Satan wants to drag down the Lord’s return missionaries and bring them back to a mental state of where they were before the mission. Granted I have changed quite a bit since the mission for the better, a lot better actually. But Satan is always there trying to tempt you. I have found that for me reading my scriptures each morning is the only thing that is keeping me afloat some days when life get’s hard or distracting. Sometimes it can be a struggle to read your scriptures as a returned missionary because you’re not being held accountable to it each morning. But trust me I have seen a night and day difference in my whole day when I do or don’t read my scriptures. Also, Temple Attendance. It’s so crucial to go to the Temple. That’s what I crave every single day and it’s so interesting to see how Satan tries to distract us with little things so that we don’t feel like we have the time to go to the Temple regularly. Lastly, I’m super pumped it’s General Conference time, like, for real. I can’t wait for this weekend. I hope that the questions I have had will be answered through our Living Prophet and Apostles. I know that they are inspired leaders of this Church. Honestly, no matter what anyone else says, they are so kind and caring and loving and want the best for each of us. I don’t listen to people who falsely accuse the Church leaders. Those people don’t understand and some never will. I love the verse in the song, “We Thank Thee O God For A Prophet” which states, “The wicked who fight against Zion, shall never such happiness know.” It’s so true. This is true happiness folks and it’s found through believing and acting on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Nothing else this world has to offer can compare. Do not be deceived by carnal desires or lusts of the flesh that you become blind to the things that matter most.

Well, I hope you all enjoy your week! Enjoy your conference weekend!

Love,

Adam Harper

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