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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

This is my new Facebook Profile Pic:

So apparently I've always been into moustaches.
At the age of 2 you got me stripping Mr. Potato Head.
At the age of 15 you got me dressed as Papa Mini.
And at the age of 19 is what I do on November 1, 2011 
when I can't grow a moustache for MOVEMBER on behalf of someone I love♥ 
and has watched me grow as quick as these pictures show.
http://ca.movember.com/about/


This is for my Lolo, Mariano Celestial Limas.
He's been in the hospital since October 1, 2011.
He wishes he'd be out by his birthday on November 11.




This is the man who has watched me grow;
who traveled all the way to our apartment to babysit Laura and I, 
whether the weather be rain, snow, or shine;
who took us to the park every single summer morning at 8:00am,

and made our daily summer lunch routine ice cream, hot dogs, and french fries;
who waddles along with his walker, 

who spends everyday at the mall with his old filipino friends, 
who dances in his seat when music plays...
And even though he lies in his hospital bed he always: 

tells us to eat some cookies they keep in the room,
boxes my hands with great strength when I tell him to, 
thanks every single nurse that comes to help him,
lights up when someone comes to visit,
and sings along when Laura and I sing him his favourite song,
How Great Thou Art
...And I'm praying he'll get out soon.






- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
1.11.11

Is it weird this gives me chills?

Monday, October 31, 2011

Soooooo by 20th birthday is in about 26 days and it's about time I ask my mom to order my birthday present. Can you guess?

Call me nerdy, but back in the summer I, being totally completely obsessed with The Work and the Glory Series (Post link: Work and the Glory OBSESSED.) have asked that she buy me volume #6. But ho ho ho, AbeBooks.com is wonderful and has the books for cheap, so I get #6 AND #7. Yes, I feel lucky :)

So I'm sitting here during my short break in Children's Lit searching up the books and reading the synopsis:
Praise to the Man follows the story of the restored Church and the Steed family from the summer of 1841 to the summer of 1844. Some momentous events take place during this period in Church history: Nauvoo becomes an established city; the Relief Society is founded; the endowment is administered for the first time; Joseph Smith becomes a candidate for president of the United States and delivers his monumental King Follett Discourse. Meanwhile, dark forces outside and inside the Church are at work to destroy Joseph and the Restoration. Before the story ends, the powers of evil will have swept across the Church, taking out some in very high places, making some others waver, and taking Joseph and his brother Hyrum to their date with destiny in Carthage. Woven throughout these events are the lives of the Steeds. As Joshua sees the Mormons gaining more influence with his wife and children, his patience finally reaches the breaking point. Will must resolve his feelings for Jenny Pottsworth and his desire to know if the Church is true. New hope is born in Jessica's life when she is offered a new teaching position. Mary Ann and other Steed women participate in the beginnings of the Relief Society. But before long, whisperings reach the ears of some of the Steeds about curious teachings and practices going on in Nauvoo - specifically it is rumored that God may have restored the ancient practice of plural marriage. How will they respond when they find out that at least some of the rumors are true? The issue becomes a trial of faith that shakes the Steed family to its very roots. At the center of this volume are the final days of the life and mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Though heart-wrenching in its depiction of the Prophet's last hours on earth, it inspires admiration and affection for the man who communed with Jehovah and will fill readers with anticipation for that glorious time when, in the words of the hymn, millions shall know 'Brother Joseph' again.

 

IS IT WEIRD THAT THE LAST PART GIVES ME INTENSE CHILLS?!?!?!?!?!
I don't know why, but it totally does. Maybe it's because I'm sad Joseph Smith is about to die?

IS IT WEIRD THAT I SUDDENLY FEEL SAD THAT JOSEPH SMITH IS ABOUT TO DISAPPEAR FROM THE SERIES?!
I am probably not that weird for feeling this way. I have seriously gained such an attachment to the Prophet Joseph Smith. I've always had a respect for this man and the glorious work he was able to do for the Lord but I didn't gain my deeper respect and intense love for this man until after I've read through the Work and the Glory series. They really portray him well. He is just so wonderful....and I'm SO SAD he is about to get martyred (look, I'm getting all worked up and I haven't even read this book yet!). It reminds me of my trip to Nauvoo with the stake youth in 2006. Oh my goodness, the feeling I got when I was in Carthage Jail was intense. There's a reason why "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" is one of my favourite hymns.


I love Joseph Smith so much and I know that he is a true prophet of God. Think about it, if Joseph Smith didn't take the initiative to pray and ask God which church was true then we wouldn't have the restored Gospel today. If Joseph Smith gave up during all his persecutions, then what kind of church would we have now? I LOVE THIS MAN. He is truly a wonderful example of unwavering faith and undying love for the Lord. He is someone I definitely want to meet and shake hands with (and obviously hug) in the millennium.



- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
31.10.11

Gratitude.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Here it is: the talk I gave during the adult session of Stake Conference on Saturday night.

It's a little different from the original. One of my friends has suggested that I bring only jot notes when I speak that way the Spirit could really be felt. Yes, I did follow his advice...but I was too nervous to even look down at the notes, so I babbled. Down below is my talk, slightly tweaked from what I originally had to suit what I basically said.

...And in case you're wondering, I bawled my eyes out. You'd think that after crying while practicing it multiple times would dry me up. Nope. I cried earlier than I intended. In fact, I started to tear during the opening hymn, so I didn't stand a chance.

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Good evening brothers and sisters,

For those of you who don't know me I'm Ariana Limas. I'm in the Don Mills ward. I'm a 3rd year English major at York University and next year I'm going to start a minor in music. I'm currently the primary pianist, ward bulletin co-ordinator, and VP of Communications in the Institute of Religion Council.

When Pres. Moore told me the topic was on gratitude, right away, I knew I had to talk about perspective. I feel so strongly that perspective is such an essential factor to how we express our gratitude. As I was preparing I came up with a few points of how we can keep that perspective; the first: being thankful and happy for the little things we have.

Another fact about me: I love Veggietales. I grew up watching them and they’re basically vegetables with faces. They rein act Bible stories or teach certain morals. One of my favourite stories growing up was of Madame Blueberry, the very blue berry. She would sing and cry about how she was so blue because her things weren't good enough. She would complain and covet the things her neighbours had because she thought they were better than hers. At one point of the movie she bounces by a little girl and her parents who look very poor and they're celebrating her birthday with one slice of apple pie. And then little girl sings the following:
I thank God for this day, for the sun in the skyFor my mom and my dad, For my piece of apple pie, For our home on the ground, For His love that's all around; That's why I say thanks everyday. Because a thankful heart is a happy heart. I'm glad for what I have That's an easy way to start. For the love that He shares Cause He listens to my prayers; That's why I say thanks everyday.

Sis. Bonnie D. Parkin, former General Primary President, says this about gratitude which I thought was very interesting,
Gratitude is a Spirit-filled principle. It opens our minds to a universe permeated with the richness of a living God. Through it, we become spiritually aware of the wonder of the smallest things, which gladden our hearts with their messages of God’s love. This grateful awareness heightens our sensitivity to divine direction. When we communicate gratitude, we can be filled with the Spirit and connected to those around us and the Lord. Gratitude inspires happiness and carries divine influence. Gratitude is our sweet acknowledgment of the Lord’s hand in our lives; it is an expression of our faith.
It takes a certain perspective to be able to thankful for the little things that a lot of us take for granted daily. This little girl was grateful for even just the sun that was shining that day. One thing that really touches me about this song was that she's grateful for God's love and the fact that she recognizes that he does share that love because he listens to her prayers.

As members of the church we know that there is a Father in Heaven who loves each and every one of us and that we're his children. But there's a difference between knowing because we were told that He loves us and knowing because we can actually feel that love from our Heavenly Father. But what happens when trials and tribulations start to come? Do we continue to say I know Heavenly Father loves me or do we ask Him why we are given these trials?

There's this LDS author, John Bytheway, and I’m in love with him. He's amazing because after listening to him you feel the need to change. He always gives a certain perspective of the gospel that makes you want to live it better. He has this book called How to Be Totally Miserable and it basically gives you step-by-step instructions on what you have to do in your life to make you a miserable person, but the actual purpose is to do the opposite of what you’re told so you can be happier.

One of his steps to becoming miserable is to Think About Your Problems: 
In order to be miserable, you’re going to have to spend a lot of time thinking about your problems. Sure, there are lots of much more interesting things to think about, like your plans, your goals, your dreams—and, like the song says, when you are worried and you can’t sleep, you might even count your blessing instead of sheep. But that will only lead to excitement, anticipation, and gratitude. The happiest people think their thoughts according to a plan, and in order to be miserable, you’ve got to have a plan too—plan to ignore all your wonderful opportunities and ponder only your problems. People eventually become what they think about, so to be miserable, think about your problems, your failures, and your disappointments until you become nothing but a lumbering blob of depression with legs.
He says that the happiest people think their thoughts according to a plan. As members of the church we are fortunate to have the knowledge of the Plan of Salvation, or also known as the Plan of Happiness. Knowing that God has given a plan to make us happy is something to be extremely grateful for. Going back to perspective, it takes a whole lot of faith and trust in Heavenly Father to know that the trials and tribulations we experience in life are things He knows that will benefit us later on. This brings me to my second point: keeping an eternal perspective and seeking out what the Lord has planned for us.  

Sometime in my life, I was going through something that didn't turn out exactly how I expected it would. It was very upsetting so I was praying and asking Heavenly Father to show me the next step I should take because I didn't want to regret later on that I took one path when I should've taken another. I was so desperate for an answer that I was constantly praying and doing really deep scripture study and paying attention to General Conference to find an answer. I'm always taught that I should do my scripture study and go to General Conference with a question in mind, and I'm terrible because I've never really felt the need to, but it was definitely something in my sub-conscious mind that I knew I needed to learn how to do and this was my moment to learn it. When I'm looking back at this experience now, even though I didn't get what I wanted at that moment, I got something out of it that's going to bless me for the rest of my life. And that's something I am so grateful for. Heavenly Father knows what I need and He's able to provide to me. I may have had to go through something difficult to learn it but it's all worth it in the end. Because putting my trust in Heavenly Father and recognizing the promptings of the Spirit and acknowledging personal revelation is something I'm going to need to know how to do for the more difficult things in life.

Knowing that Heavenly Father has a plan for us gives us a lot more motivation to endure.
There's a song by Margo Edgeworth and it is called Just a Moment in Eternity and the chorus says:
But this life is only a moment Just a blink of an eye and then it's through. It's a time for us to find out exactly who we are, A chance to discover what is true. When the things of this world begin to tempt me And i struggle to decided my destiny, I will remember this life is just a moment Just a moment in eternity.
He sent us here not because He wanted to, but because we wanted to. We wanted to prove to Heavenly Father that we could come to this earth and endure and make it back to Him someday. All He wants for us is to learn and grow. Heavenly Father already knows the divine potential of each and every one of us, but He has to make something happen so that we can see that divine potential in ourselves. That's why I think perspective is so important because you can take a bad situation and ask why did this happen to me, or you can look at it with an Eternal perspective and say, ok, I needed to go through that to learn something, now what is it that Heavenly Father wants me to learn? He does this all out of love, which brings me to my next point.

Knowing alone that I am a daughter of a Heavenly King is enough for me to know that I can get through whatever life throws at me. Another fact about me: I have a blog. We're always being counselled to write in our journals about life and seeking out our blessings so later on we can reflect and feel gratitude for it. I just want to share with you part of what I wrote to my viewers, which aren't many. But I quote myself when I say this:
Well i recognize that life is crazy. There's a whole lot going on. And like I said, with "church", there comes a lot more, physically, mentally, and spiritually. So the only way to deal with it is for me to share my life with you. And by doing so, share with you how everything I come across in life IS a blessing. Yes, it's hard to recognize situations as blessings, especially when it's a trial of adversity, but I'm here to show you how I recognize the things in life, both big and small, are each a blessing to me. And by recognizing my blessings in life, I hope you too will be able to recognize all the blessing in yours. And by recognizing that, I hope you understand and share the knowledge with me that we are both children of God and that He loves you and has blessed your life with much more that you can think of.  Life is crazy. But life is also beautiful. Learn to love it.I know my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me and with valiant faith, they will help me through everything. Like the hymn says, "I believe in Christ, so come what may!" Life-- bring it on.
There's a cute analogy I really like: Life is kind of like climbing a mountain. There’s a goal we have to reach at the very top but there’s going to be obstacles in the way...there are many rocks to climb over, streams with no bridge, boulders that can’t be moved...it would be a lot easier if all that stuff wasn’t in the way, right? But do you think we could climb a mountain if it’s smooth? God gives us these obstacles to help us reach the top. Without them, we’d stay at the bottom. Like life, we won’t be able to reach our highest goal if the way is easy. We wouldn’t learn the things we need to to qualify ourselves to reach our Father in heaven.

I don't know how else to express how important it is to know how much our Father in Heaven loves each and every one of you. Going back to perspective and gratitude, I don't think I could be grateful for the things in my life, both good and bad, without first having that knowledge that Heavenly Father loves me and is watching over me. As I have come to know of His love for me, I willingly put my trust in whatever He has planned. In the last General Relief Society broadcast, I thought President Uchtdorf said in the most beautiful way. He says,
Forget not that the Lord loves you. You are not forgotten. Wherever you are, whatever your circumstances may be, you are not forgotten. No matter how dark your days may seem, no matter how insignificant you may feel, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you. In fact, He loves you with an infinite love. Just think of it: You are known and remembered by the most majestic, powerful, and glorious Being in the universe! You are loved by the King of infinite space and everlasting time! He who created and knows the stars knows you and your name. God loves you because you are His child. He loves you even though at times you may feel lonely or make mistakes. The love of God and the power of the restored gospel are redemptive and saving. If you will only allow His divine love into your life, it can dress any wound, heal any hurt, and soften any sorrow.
Brothers and sisters, I don’t know what your lives are like, and you don’t know mine. But what I do know is how fortunate we are as Latter-day Saints to have what we have. There is so much to be grateful for and the list can go on forever. We have a prophet on the earth today to guide us, we have temples where we can perform ordinances that allow us to be sealed to our family forever, we have the Bible and the Book of Mormon, we have the fullness of the restored gospel and all the blessings that come from it and it’s such a beautiful thing.

I know without a doubt that I am a child of a Heavenly Father who loves me and loves all His spirit children. When it comes to our lives, the Lord doesn't just role dice and gives us whatever. He knows each and every one of us very well and gives us these challenges according to what He knows best. All we need to do is recognize those blessings and opportunities.

I just want to bear my testimony that I know, without a doubt in my heart, that this gospel is true. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and I’m grateful for his example of unwavering faith when it came to restoring the gospel. I know that my Heavenly Father loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die for us so that we can have that chance to live with Him again someday. And I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


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There you have it! Feel free to let me know what you think. 



- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
22.10.11

IRC Stuff, say what?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


I was invited to attend the Institute of Religion Council (IRC) meeting today. Dun dun dun. Well, only because I’m working on the Institute kick-off video...and they want me to be in charge of one of the stations for activity. I also did a whole bunch of interviews for the video today as well. WOOT WOOT! I interviewed Jasmine Rodziewicz, John Kay, Michael Ojelade, and Scott Davenport. Mmm, they had some REALLY deep things to say. I can’t wait to put this thing together!! If you have NO clue what I'm talking about, read the last paragraph of this post

Ahaaa and then after I asked Michael to randomly rap for me...you know, just in case I want to put something fun in the video. He said he needed a beat, so I got my sister to do it LOLOLOLOL!





Coolest thing ever!

Sunday, August 28, 2011


So there’s a picture I found on Tumblr way back in July and I really wanted to make one just like it. 
I spent a few minutes this evening trying it out. 


MWAHAHAHAHA!  SUCCESS!




We finally went to Kensington!!!

Friday, August 26, 2011


...kinda.
We’ve putting it off week after week because we’ve just been so busy. This was one of my only chances to chill with Stefanie Chen. She’s a good friend of mine from when we were both in the youth program, but she goes to school at BYU Hawaii so I rarely get to see her. We finally decided that we’d do photo shooting at Kensington Market.

Talk about fail trip. 
We got so lost!!!!! And when we finally got there, we walked around Kensington Market. We didn’t even walk within it, so we didn’t see all that much!! AGH. It was getting dark and none of us liked being downtown in the dark, so we kept it safe by quickly walking along the border then taking the streetcar back home. LOL. But at least we got some good pictures! We’re going to have to make another trip back there, for shopping and photography. 



 From Stefanie's really cool fish-eye lens!



Me and Stef :)






Entourage After-Party!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Today is the day! Entourage after-party, say whaaaat?!

We started the day off with Laura and I doing a seminary visit for Clint (Jared was at driving school and couldn’t make it). The visit went pretty well. I wish his sister was home...I miss her so bad. I was guessing she would’ve been still asleep in bed so I was going to jump on her...But she was babysitting her niece. Sigh. Next time. 

Then we headed to the Dapats. Ok, so you know how it takes girls a super long time to get ready? Bahahaha, this was not the case at the Dapats! We stayed at the Dapats apartment for soooo long because Andrew took forever to get ready. LAWL. We had to change our reservations to 2:00 because we took so flipping long. We headed across the street to the Zibins and then we did our seminary visit....IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD! Haha! The Zibins met up with us part way so we were standing in a circle on the road and I just bore my testimony about seminary and how important it was to go. We ended with a prayer to bless us before we go off for the reunion, so there was 8 of us huddled in a circle, arms folded and eyes closed, praying in the middle of the road. WOW, I wonder what the cars passing us were thinking.

We got to Woo’s. The place is SO NICE.




A toast to our very successful performance :)


It has such a great view of downtown Toronto from the window. But the place looked pretty fancy. The food isn’t as good as Mandarin though, not gonna lie. There wasn’t a huge variety, so I suggest if you want to go eat somewhere with lots of food, go somewhere else.

     






 Next, we headed over to Shirin’s for swimming. Swimming brings such joy to my face, you don’t even know.


And thennnn it was Elder Dewey’s goodbye party at the church. Tehehe his dad loved my cupcakes so much.
Meet Elder Dewey's sister, Annalee!


- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
25.o8.11

Err'where.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

So today Jared and I started our seminary visits, first with Sebastian. Hoooooly, he lives so far. Jared and I bused it alllll the way there, stayed for like 10 mins, then bused it alllll the way back. But it’s ok. We got talk time so Jared could tell me his stories from Nauvoo. SOOO I was super nervous when we were challenging Sebastian...I guess it’s just because he’s the first we did and I wasn’t quite sure what to say. But we challenged him and he said “of course”. These kids are too good!

We got home and Eulah was at my place, WHAT WHAAAAT! I love that chick. She and my sister have been friends since grade 4 and she’s leaving for Ottawa for university so she paid us a visit. Man, this girl practically lived with us back in the day. Laura and Eulah got super close in middle school and then her family ended up moving...but she still had to attend her last year in middle school. So her parents would drive her over every single morning and stay with us till the evening when her parents could pick her mom. I AM GOING TO MISS HER. She is the definition of AWESOME. And she used to be such a tomboy when we were younger...and now she’s a BABE. No creeper move intended. Ahaa, I just love her.

 

Then Grandma, Laura, and I went to Ate Leah and Tita Portia’s place for visiting teaching. I let grandma take the reins on this one since it was the first time I was doing it with a companion. Surprisingly I found myself talking out fore than usual. And everything I said was inspired from something I learned from Institute or YSA conference. See, these programs are God-inspired. So I really enjoyed the lesson. Afterwards they fed us. They don’t have to, but they did, and boy it was YUMMY. And we had milkshakes and cheesecake for dessert...TWO OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS. Man, today is just going so well for me. But the reason we stayed longer was because Laura and I were going to help Ate Leah plan Ezra’s 1st birthday party. My job: photographer, obviously. Laura’s: emcee. Ezra is going to have the cutest decorations and tiara...OH MY GOODNESS, my little princess is turning 1!!


- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
24.o8.11


Good-bye Elder Dewey!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Shooooo. Last night after FHE, Elder Dewey called about getting an investigator to talk to dad. Laura and I, obviously eavesdropping, thought that he was calling to set up a dinner appointment, so we start calling out time we’re free so he can come over and eat. Ha-ha-ha, when we found out that wasn’t the reason he called we got sad. But because Elder Dewey is THE MAN, he said he could come over with his family. WOOT WOOT! We pretty much showed them Laura’s debut since we invited them all to come (but they couldn’t make it because Elder Dewey’s mission was extended). His mom is so awesome and so much fun. His dad, awww, too cute. He was getting my dad to demonstrate how to make the cupcake boxes.



Lookie what Elder Dewey left for us in the washroom:


Dang, we’re gonna miss him. He was a greenie in our ward and stayed for 9 months. Then he came back as an assistant! He is the bombdiggity!

- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
23.o8.11

Best Sacrament Meeting EVERRRRR.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

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What a wonderful Sunday. The Sprit was sooo strong during sacrament meeting, I don't think there was one dry eye present. Thank you to all the youth and leaders for bearing your testimonies and sharing with us that sweet Spirit you've felt at Nauvoo. T-DOT Stake is where it's at ;) You guys are all amazing ♥ Laura Kae LimasJezreel MilloraJared MilloraJohn ZibinNicole ZibinBen HynynenSebastian Gelvez

Legit, today we had the best Sacrament Meeting EVER. I was so excited for today. All the youth were back from Nauvoo and they were all going to bear their testimonies. Let me tell you, the night before I was pretty envious, yet at the same time fairly touched, that all the youth in the stake had become a whole lot closer. It made me envious just because I wish I could’ve gotten that time to get close to all of them too, but it put the biggest smile on my face that they were getting close. Anyway, the whole Sacrament meeting I was in tears. I was so touched by each and every one of the youth and leader’s testimony. Felipe spoke first and he choked up near the end of his talk, which got us all started. I was very impressed with hearing everyone’s testimonies. Jezreel’s testimony made me cry the hardest. I know what she’s been through and I was so touched and so proud of her for working so hard so she could be able to make it to the Nauvoo trip. I could see her growth throughout the year and I could see how firm and strong and how willing she was when she got back to continue living righteously. Each youth bore their testimony about something different so we pretty much got their experience as a whole. I am so proud of these youth and I love each and every one of them with all my heart: Laura, Jezreel, Jared, Nicole, John, Sebastian, Ben, Miguel, and Felipe. I felt envious before? NOT ANYMORE. The Spirit was so strong and I couldn’t feel anything but happy for each of them and that they were able to gain that experience when they did. The Gospel is truly an incredible thing.

As I was sitting there crying a waterfall I looked around and honestly there was not a dry eye in the congregation. That’s how strong the spirit was. It was such an amazing feeling. I looked up at the youth and I silently wished that Holly, Andres, and Jason were in our ward so I could hear them bear their testimony as well. [Side note: Seriously, if the Deeks, Burns, and Bernals moved out of Scarborough ward and into the Don Mills ward, MY LIFE WOULD BE COMPLETE.] After the meeting I went up to the front and gave each of them a HUGE hug. Haha, I treat them like my babies...that’s why I’m called the Ate ;)

After church was the seminary kick-off. We were on the 3rd floor as Melissa prepped the students and their parents up for the new seminary year. WOO! I did some doodling, of course:




Ha, and Nicole came running to us afterwards to show us this:

LOLOLOLOL Apparently she got close to Ben during their trip. Ahahahahahhahaa. She calls him Pookie. Ahahahahahahahahaha!! TOO FUNNY!

Andrew left the meeting for a while and came back holding an Air Mormon sweatshirt. WHERE IN THE WORLD DID HE GET ONE?!?!?! (All the youth agreed to buy Air Mormon clothing to match each other, but Andrew couldn’t go because they didn’t get their visa on time). He said that Andres was here to drop it off for him. YO MAN, HOW COME I DON’T GET ONE?!


While we were eating the refreshments Andres randomly appeared and he was talking to John in a corner. Boy, did I jump on him! When it comes to Laura’s cotillion members, I feel the need to get excited when I see them since I don’t see them twice a week anymore haha.

Anyway, so we’re all sitting and eating refreshments then Aryana Rush comes to talk to me about the Fall semester kick-off for Institute. She said that Maybell wanted a kick-off video done and she was wondering if I could do it. HOLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!! OF COURSE I WILL DO IT!!!!! She didn’t even finish asking and I was already freaking out on her because I was so excited. The catch? It had to be ready to present the night of the kick-off...which was a little more than two weeks away. DUN DUN DUN. But hey, what’s a better way to end my summer than busying myself with a super awesome project? DUH. I am sooooooooo psyched for this!

- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
21.o8.11

Sports Fest!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

So yesterday Tita Mindy picked me so I could sleep over at her place before we go to her church's Sports Fest. I was supposed to bring Andrew and Jonathan to come play basketball but Jonathan has another basketball game so I invited Shanelle to come to replace him.

At Tita Mindy's place Shanelle, Andrew, and I went straight to the swimming pool. Mmmm finally!! I haven't gone swimming all summer! What is this?! We had the whole pool to ourselves and we were just playing around. It was so much fun and so relaxing! I kept saying I wish Jared, Andres, and Jonathan could have come because I know they all really wanted to play basketball for the sports fest thing but couldn't make it.

HAHAHAHA, so the pool closes at 10 and we were still in there at 10:30. Oh my goodness, we got yelled at from the guy locking up. He was telling us that my aunt was supposed to be there with me. And then he barged in on Andrew while he was showering naked HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

We got to my aunt's apt and the moon was so bright and beautiful! I played around with the camera :)



We had hotdogs and then got ready for bed. The three of us were just having bed-talk time and then I texted Jonathan to tease that he was missing out on the fun. Surprisingly he decided that he was gonna come then and there to join us LOOOOOL. So he came like past midnight and the 4 of us were up sooooo late talking! And we had to leave the apartment at 6am too!! Ayaaaaaa!





I didn't play any sports, but I definitely cheered the 3 of them on. That's all I'm good for...cheerleading -.-"
The other teams were so legit compared to ours. Hahaha fail on our part.





It was definitely different from the way we have our activities. I always think it's interesting to watch how other sects of Christianity practice their faith, and I'm not saying that there's was wrong, but it was definitely different. I thought some things were pretty cool but it's amazing how you can actually deeply feel the difference. I love being LDS, enough said. 

All three of them playing :)


By the time I got home, Laura and dad had already arrived from Nauvoo.
I barged in the house excited to see my sister, and what did she do?
She was lying on the couch sleeping and when I tugged on her foot to wake her up so I could hug her she told me to go away. HOW RUDE. But they did get me a really nice sweater that said Old Nauvoo as a mock Old Navy logo. I love it! Especially coz it's gray...Laura knows we oh too well.

- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
20.o8.11


Funny how two hours gets you on a spiritual-high.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Man today was busaaaay (meh, what else is new?)

We woke up at 5:45am to start our ride to the University of Toronto Mississauga campus at 6:30. It was our special ladies' day out: Sis Deeks, Sis Burns, Maria, Sara, and moi. Sara was asked to do a Modesty presentation for YLC again this year :)

...and I was her technical assistant.

The Toronto stake is in Nauvoo but i'm thinking "whateves, I'll still know people".

PFFFFT. I saw a few familiar faces and a whooooole bunch of unknown ones. Odd. I've only been out of youth for a year.

Sara's presentation went SOOOOO WELL!!! I am so excited for her! She has so many opportunities coming her way and I'm so happy for her because she's working her way towards her goal: to be able to work with the youth. Yeah, she's amazing.

We finally got a short version of our modesty video done because Sara wanted it for her presentation (history: we were going to enter the Mormon Messages contest but didn't make the deadline). The long one will be coming soon, but here's the short one for now:



Sara's presentation went longer than it was supposed to, but the key note speaker laid out his message loud and strong in like 20 mins. I was so impressed. And it was SO GOOD. He really knows how to make a presentation. And after his talk I found it more important to wait patiently for a worthy Priesthood holder and the importance of being worthy of someone else : )

(See, this is YLC is so amazing. You know these things already, but the world just makes you forget so easily sometimes. It's so refreshing to remember what I'm actually waiting for.)

Later on we had our lunch and walked around the field to see if we could find any friends. Julia and Kenny are cool because they ditched their sports to come hang with us for a while.


When we got back to Sara's place we watched Chasing Liberty

Daaaaaaaaaang, MATTHEW GOODE!

I thought he was a little attractive in Leap Year when he looked and acted slightly like a slob and was totally sarcastic but still charismatic with his (fake) Irish accent:



...How much more attractive do you think I thought he was when he was clean cut, determined, responsible, dark-haired, has his regular English accent, built, and a photographer and undercover agent:


He's the one on the left. See the camera? Hot daaaaaaaang.

Then I was at my grandma's because my visiting teachers were coming: Aryana & Melissa. Those two are the bomb. I was paying extra close attention so I know what to do when I go visiting teaching on my own with my grandma next week.

Lesson was on Holy Women. I really liked what Melissa said how being holy is a partnership with Christ. I remember back in the 12th grade when I told my friend what LDS stood for, he said "but you're not a Saint". Me being me, I didn't wanna make it sound like we were the most holiest people on earth in a boasting way. 


But if he were to ask me again now, I would say that being a saint doesn't mean we're perfect and doesn't mean that we constantly focus on church all the time. But what we DO do is have that constant relationship with our Heavenly Father. We strive to have the Spirit with us and communicate with our Heavenly Father to create a relationship with him. We do things to the best of our ability, and He does the rest...and even then, he's still helping us while we're doing our best. Us being "holy women" is to always have that constant companionship of the Holy Ghost and that relationship with God so we know how to be better. We aren't perfect, but he knows our potential as His sons and daughters, and he's helping us to become like Him.


- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
18.08.11

I feel so ditched.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

So super early this morning I went along with dad and Laura to the Stake Centre.

Why?

BECAUSE THEY'RE LEAVING FOR NAUVOO!!!

I love love love the youth. 
I love being around them.
I love hanging out with them.
(Wonder why I feel like such an odd one in YSA?)

Oh how I wish I could go with them!
When I went to Nauvoo I was 14 and I didn't exactly have the same appreciation for the gospel as I do now.
I was young and didn't have such a mature mind.
It was also my first Leadership conference so I felt really little compared to everyone else.
But if I could go now.......
I love all the youth that are going. That's where my closest group of friends are!
I would have had such a more amazing time with them!
And now that I have a deeper love and understanding of the Gospel
I think it would have benefited me more now than it did then.

BUT, I can't go because Pres. Burns said so.
BUT, that doesn't mean I can't help out and support :)

I took their pre-departure photos
(But they got deleted because my SD card was being dumb)

And Rod got me help check them out. 
I was in charge of checking off the youth from 
Don Mills, Don Valley, Scarborough, and Bayview wards 
Along with their passports before they got onto the bus.
Hoorah, because those are my wards :)
Those are where most of my friends are.

And then when I finally watched them board the bus;
I saw the Cotillion get on and all sit near each other.
Laura, John, Jared, Andres, Jezreel, Holly, Jason.
Yes, I was touched that they were all hanging together.
And yes, I did feel left out. LOLLLL.
I love them so much. 
I WANNA BE CALLED AS A LEADER IN THE YOUTH PROGRAM!!!!!
I'm excited for them to come back because I can't wait to hear their testimonies on Sunday :)

- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
16.o8.11

Seminary promo! WOOT!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

After church Melissa Popiel, the new seminary teacher (and my visiting teacher), wanted to speak to me and a few others about seminary. She felt that she wanted to reach out to every seminary student by sending some of the seminary graduates to challenge them to come to seminary every morning. 

Guess who I`m companions with?

....JARED. 

Hahahaha, oh this is going to be interesting.

Melissa let us choose who we should visit. 
Jared and I were the only companionship with no access to a car
so I made sure we picked the ones that would be easy to reach and easy to contact.

Andrew & Rouzine Dapat
John & Nicole Zibin
Clint Cassells
Sebastian Gelvez

Melissa had picked up some stones from a river while she was vacationing in Italy.
She had written their initials under each one and labelled it their prayer rock.
With each rock came a quote about prayer.


Our job was to give it to them and testify about seminary and encourage them to go.

I'm grateful for this opportunity because I LOVE SEMINARY! Seminary is one of the major things that has helped me gain my own testimony. It has been such a blessing in my life and I'm grateful for this chance to let the other youth know that and encourage them to make it a big part of their lives as well. 

HOORAY FOR SEMINARY!

Get into seminary.
Learn the things that can
make you happy now and forever.
(See Alma 37:35)

Ameeeeen to that!

- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
14.o8.11


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