Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Master's Voice

 Here it is 10:08pm on a Sunday evening August 28,2011 and it's been a very eventful day. I started it out kind of emotional but ending it on a very stable note. Today was the last Sunday I spent as a YSA
 
in our Salt Lake 2nd Ysa Ward. I was given the opportunity to bare my testimony & it was shorter than most times I've been given the task to do so. I used D&C 64:9-11 focused on forgiveness as a kick off. Then went onto speak about using our free agency more wisely in D&C 64:29.

 In order to help our ysa's to understand that we're all imperfect but we need to be more forgiving. Than to end off my testimony w/D&C 64:33-34 given to me by a friend. Moana Hafoka in which he'll be using as an ongoing theme for our ward. And it was than I realize looking into the crowd just how far I've grown in the last five years.  I couldn't have had a more perfect day than to end that meeting with great musical numbers. Heamasi M Mataele, Deisha Pasi, Tesa Moe acccompanied by Lisa Folau singing "The Master Voice" and it just sounded so beautifully their harmonies & conviction.. I was so grateful that they got to sing after baring testimony to our ward.

Just a few of the many things about Salt Lake 2nd that I will miss is the music. Not only in English but covering different languages. For instance Samoan,Tongan,Spanish through music. But added  
 languages offered in prayer. Like African, Portugese,Fijian etc. Just proof of how diverse we are as a human race. And the blessing it is to meet & learn from different cultures and people from all walks of life.
Well as the hour continued on & more testimonies were borne. The next musical number was a solo by Mr. Hans Joseph Fonoimona. He's the one to the left   <<<<<<<<< in the red coat.. And he sang "Never a better Hero" accompanied by Tania Brunt on piano.. Wow it was amazing not just because Hans a.k.a Chubby did a great job & that Tania is a terrific pianist. But when I first joined the church back in 90's. than later joined Divine Heritage Choir. I fell in love with "Never a better Hero" because at that time so much was going on in my personal life. I was searching for a real living human hero & failed in that search. But came to learn that Christ & Heavenly Father are & were always my hero's. Way before I joined the church that when Chubby sang that today. I knew for a fact Heavenly Father was saying "It's going to be alright Ova I'm still here." So growing up in a family of entertainers I really appreciated the music today.

   

Next class taught by Tevita Stevens came from 1Cor Chapter 2 in the Bible. Leading us into the fact that as a gospel we need to be united. One mind,heart and purpose & President Osborne shared Joshua 1:9 & that was just more edifying than anything. To be totally cheerful no matter the circumstance.
Then Manu Fifita below right picture in the cream shirt taught Relief Society. Her testimony was based off Elder Bednar's talk "Receiving Personal Revealation" it was an emotional hour. Being that it was my last hour & I had a dinner scheduled right after.

  
Leaving   no time to mingle with everyone. Which I was fine because I had done enough crying to last week or more. And if any of you have ever had a real good cry. The aftermath of it is exhaustion & all you want to do is sleep for days. So it kind of felt like how as I'm blogging & there is an ongoing thunderstorm going on out side.
Manu's 10 steps of receving personal revealation. Meaning personal direction & action from Heavenly hit like lightening  & just made sense.

  1. Prepare to ask for it.
  2. Exercise Faith in what your asking for at all times.
  3. Search the scriptures you won't know him unless you do. And because you don't know him you wouldn't be comfortable in asking for anything cause you don't know him. So now is the time to search after him & claim what he has promised for you.
  4. Ponder don't be impulsive when you receive your answer. But make sure you study it out.
  5. Be obedient-Use repentance as a outlet to be better so you can be effective
  6. Covenant- is a promise you keep w/the Lord & don't go back on your word
  7. Fast- Which shows Discipline Humility & keeps the focus on others not you
  8. Sacrifice- it's not to given so you can tally what you think you earned. But done to show true discipleship
  9. Paying attention to Church & Temple attendance going & not overlooking the importance of why you should.
  10. And pray.. whatever you do just pray & keep the lines open to God. He loves you no matter what you do. He just wants you to do the right thing in order to return to him.
Doraleen Levao is second from the right and has been one of my best friends. And I say best because even when I turned out to be less than that she's never wavered in the love she has for me. Or at least never to my knowledge has she but again it wouldn't be any of my business if she was so in ending out Relief Society. She bore her testimony & she's the Relief Society President & it was the cherry on top of a perfect ice cream banana split. I loved it & love her with the rest of our Relief Society sisters of Salt Lake 2nd.
Some of our sisters after F.H.E
Our Shirts from our Baseball Team
Our Ward @ "Love Season is In Progress" Ball
Jessica & I @ RS combined Birthday w/So Stk YSA
And John & I off to the dance ....


So these were just a few memorable moments of my YSA life in Salt Lake 2nd. The evening ended up spending time w/Brother & Sister John & Jackie Sudbury. Feeling of their love over dinner & their constant reminder not to dust them under the rug & forgetting them. And I told them just like Salt Lake 2nd that would never happen ever. I hear the Master's Voice, I will take on the call & waiting for Prince charming is no longer a drag. Because I know he's taking care of me because I'm his daughter my loving Heavenly Father knows best for sure. I hear the Master's Voice :)



Friday, August 26, 2011

I'll keep it Hot Like Fire


Hotter than anyone you've ever met
Conversation smooth as a flame
Never too heated surely never any complaints
 Just heightened temptures you wouldn't usually expect

Joyfully lit to keep your glow
Friendship to fuel a spark
Your heart contained
 A burning fire
That not even a cloud of smoke
Would be able to retain
Cause I keep it hot like fire
Even through the stormy rain
You mean all the world
My soul's desire inner flame
You are hot like fiyah
For sure I'd be honored
to inherit your last name!

by Overland

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Poetic Justice

I love writing hence is why I started blogging. But my outlet from the world has always been journal writing & poetry. I've come along way & try not to drag out my poems. But through my blogging expect to find random or blogs of blogs of poetry. Again it's my outlet but most of the time it's just me trying to express myself. Their copyrighted so don't be stealing my creations claiming their yours. Cause one I will sue you lol and two your welcomed to jot them & share them. But again don't be tryna say you were the writer when in reality you were just a sideline spectator. Aightie here we go!


          Dream Lover

Ask for what you want
Never settle for less
Your being a bit picky sister
Your aging like wine
Above all there's no doubt
Your the sweetest but of course
But don't you think your time is running out?
You'll soon be all alone
Is it really wise to pass every suitor
And sweat over mackroons!
He will Profess His Love


My man he's out there
There's no need to worry or fret
I know he's coming soon sis
Loneliness is no longer my fear.
I know you want me to have what you have
Children to care for
Children of my own
A spouse to greet in & out 
Each passing moment day & night.

But I tell you he's coming
This man I've dreamnt of since our youth
He's preparing carefully
Making sure everythings in place
That when we are both ready
We will soon after be introduced.


Protect our Family

I'm sure of it
More than ever before
It's best if I wait patiently
Soon enough my dream lover
He'll arrive and when he does
We'll all know his delay
Wasn't a form of neglect
But rather of time put
Towards preparation he used.

By Overland

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   Searching out to Provide a Union that only God could complete in perfect harmony creating a dream to become one reality. My eternal mate is near & soon over the horizon shall find me.



Fountain of Youth

2010 was the year right before Christmas. I started a new job as an afterschool group leader. Employed by SLC Recreation however work location was @ Lincoln Elementary. Coming into an environment that I was kind of nervous about. I almost didn't take the job. Just because we were raised with a "No Ask Policy" in our home. Meaning if mom & dad say it, you better do it zero tolerance for asking "But why mom? "Why dad?." Funny when we think back to it. But not funny if we got caught slipping. So working with kids meant I'd have to learn to listen better & learn not to be demanding. Which up to this day I'm still working hard at :)

Well by time the first week ended & I got to work with this amazing staff. I fell in love with the kids & my co-workers. Mon-Fri  each day beginning at 2:30pm-6:30pm unless there was a city event or field trip. In a short amount of time they taught me so much about myself. How I communicate with my fellowmen/women, what approaches to take to be more effective in communicating & they taught me how to love more. Sounds kind of weird maybe. However it's true! At the beginning of this journey I was reminded daily of how to work by love. Because many of these kids needed someone to not only be there leader but express appropriate forms of love. For instance words of encouragement, patience, goal-setting and follow through. Which meant as leader if your going to say your going to do something. That child would count on you to do it. Our word had to be our bond.

                                                                                   

Talent Show Pearly Shells :)

Gateway Discovery Center 1st Field Trip

      
It never felt like work with the kids but didn't mean we didn't have our fair share of hard days. Kids crying, whining about activities, girls arguring of who's friend was who's, boys roughing each other up, parents getting loud over nothing etc etc. But the upside of that we got through it all because we work together, had each other's back & didn't sweat the small stuff. If we did sweat anything we'd help each other to get over it quick. Plus we got to visit a lot of neat  places here in Salt Lake City. That otherwise I probably wouldn't have ever gone to just because.


Ice Skating @ the U w/Edwin Jr


Clark Planterium with Breanna & Katelynn


Hogle Zoo w/the Zoo Keepers :)


Sarah chilling w/the kids @ Classic Skating

My experience with working this past year & during our Lincoln/Woodrow Summer Program has left me more educated. Just as I've had to come to terms with leaving our Ward YSA Adult program. Resigning from Lincoln Elementary has only better prepared me for the future. I've always wanted to be a teacher. And through these amazing young youth. I know their examples & live personalities will remind me invest in our youth today. And they will grow to take care of us in their adulthood. Words could never express the impact they've been in my life. That I will forever carry them in my heart. So when I have children of my own. I will apply what they taught me in this place that will stand as my fountain of youth to constantly revisit when needed. 





                                       

Monday, August 22, 2011

Farewell Young Single Adult Life



Hello Mid-Single Adulthood.. lol So I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints based here in Slc,Utah. Otherwise known to the world as "Mormons" and just a brief history on that for those who care to know. Mormon is actually an ancient prophet in the Book of Mormon. That before the Book of Mormon was restored he existed in ancient record. So the world decided to nickname us "Mormons" because of convience for their sake to easily remember. But to be clear we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints & Mormon was our prophet. For more info & FAQ's please visit http://www.lds.org/ to learn more. Alrightie on with my post now that we've had a brief history of Mormonism.


In our church we have certain programs & for my age group I've come to Mid-Single Adulthood. Prior I was a part of what is called Young Single Adults who strengthen each other in various ways. Age group starts from 18yrs-31yrs old. During this time we come to know ourselves,make friends that if lucky turn into bf/gf's that may lead up to eternal marriage. During this time period ysa's are in school, have careers, plan to serve missions or don't and many return from their service. But all in all we do our best to come to know Christ more fully, study the restoration of the gospel and serve our fellowmen & women to the best of our ability. So why talk about this now? Why am I still in this ward when clearly I will be 33yrs old in a couple of weeks?

Well in thinking about it now and looking over this past year. I can honestly say I never felt that I had a reason to leave. Because alot of it had to do with that I never looked at myself as old. And trust me a lot of people would comment hmmmm ova your old hello get out of that ward. Or eewwww you like younger men? What the? Your dating someone who is your cousins age? So many side comments like that that really didn't phase me. Because I NEVER follow or allow myself to listen to the crowd. Because it causes to much confusion & unneeded stress. And so I always know where my heart is & know that God knows me very well. That when I do make my choices. That may revolve into mistakes he & I work it out. Not me and anyone else. But the only who really loves me Heavenly Father who is my only source of happiness. We work it out & five years later I've found myself here in young adult life.

So with all that T.M.I(extra info)lol of why I've remained in one of the best wards ever Salt Lake 2nd Ward.
Yesterday marked my last time teaching in Relief Society. A class filled with women of our faith that help one another to get through life. It was bittersweet because everything I've gained over the 5 yrs I've been attending SLC 2nd. I discovered that I'm  leaving with so much more than I could've ever given. And it was most rewarding to think about that and I was grateful to get through my lesson. Without becoming a total emotional nutcase.. Cause that wouldn't have been good for anyone.. Crying ugly isn't the business or best look. And I'm far from crying a beautiful cry like J-lo off of "Wedding Planner" lol so I again was very grateful that I could testify one last time as a teacher to these wonderful sisters.
And I reflected on how I've grown and with all the knowledge I've gain how much more I will grow. As I prepare to apply everything in my new ward. Preparing me for the rest of my life of how to be more confident as a teacher. More willing to serve as a member of the church and one day when it's time. How to be a worthy spouse, loving mother & sister to all who will enter or re-enter my life. Bidding farewell to the best five years of my life and saying Talofa, Aloooooooha, Bula vinaka, Malo'e lelei, Hola & Hello to Adulthood. Will surely be an adventure in itself. But well worth taking on as now I know even more clearly my purpose. Fist pump in the air, right fist across my chest and head bent over exclaiming For the 2nd Strength & Honor.. ;) Blessed Assurance :) Forever grateful for such great people that I will never forget. For the 2nd!



Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ever Changing World

My name is Overland Aimiti Afo and I am recomitting myself to blogging today. For a lot of reasons but the main one being the simple word of "change" and how it's impacted me recently. I'm about to turn 33 years old this Sept. 1, 2011 and I've come to a point in my life where I've found myself. I know what I want, definitely what I DON'T WANT and through it all how I've changed as a person & will change daily to become a better person. What I want through these random postings is to uplift & help all readers to be open to change. Why? Because I don't believe anyone can be truly happy in remaining the same or downgrading to a lesser person of who they really are & can become. Someone who is the best because they know they can be.

Is it easy to change? Nope! or more people would as we speak. But here's the beauty of it all or at least what I've discovered through the years. Change challenges you to see how strong you are to resist what's popular. Going against the crowd in order to pave your own road to success. The experience gives you a natural  adrenaline rush. Proving if you set a goal, aline your heart & mind to that goal & work at it with mighty faith in God. There isn't anything that can't be overcome or become yours  as an end result. If and when you decide to stop making the same stupid mistakes that can delay your change from Negative Bias into Positive Greatness.

  Never has  "CHANGE" meant so much to me before than it has today. Due to heartache but also the excitement of seeing others and myself triumph over daily weaknesses. That has last over more then half of my life. Giving me the gumption :) to express what's on mind.  That there was no way I could pass up this opportunity to start blogging again. I guarantee you my anxious readers lol aiga and friends. You will find grammaical errors, mispelt words and maybe an occassional angry post through my blogging. I'm imperfect like that as you will soon find out for yourselves. But past all that you will always discover honesty, realness (is that a word)lol and my heart through what I share. It's been said "You will discover a person's mind by what comes out of their mouths as they speak."  It's my hope that through my blogging you won't only discover my mind and my heart through what you read. But as flawed as I am you discovered that each of you at one point in my life inspired my change and still do. Because you love me I've always saught to be my best self to inspire you to reach your own goals. And with that said here is my beautiful family that I love with all of my heart. If your my follower there is no need for name details. Just know that these are the people who mold me into who I am & make me the person that you all love,respect and I'd have to say adore. lol@adore but credit truly goes to them No doubt.
















MY LORD & CHRIST MY SURE FOUNDATION