DIY Birthday Surprise

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

It is Alex's birthday tomorrow! 

I wanted to do something special for him to show him how much I love him. 
Sooooooo I went to Cambridge to surprise him and sent him on a little scavenger hunt :)

 It started off with a little note on his front door.
Each note had an explanation of why I got him a certain gift +
a clue to where his next gift was.

He said he needed new clothes but didn't want me to get any for him because he can get discounts.
This was my next solution.
It's not much, but it's the least I can do when he is always buying me new clothes.
(Geez, he spoils me so much!)

A couple weeks ago I did the Colour Run. I was so sore afterwards! Gah. It was awful.
Alex asked me if I wanted a blessing, but realized he didn't have any consecrated oil on him.
I wanted to get him his own canister
(since he will soon be the only Priesthood holder in my household)
but I knew it wouldn't come in the mail on time.
So I decided to personalize one for him instead :)

Reese's Pieces are one of his favourite chocolates.
This pretty much speaks for itself.

Blue is Alex's favourite colour.
I thought why not get him a tie in his fave colour +bonus: one of the colours of our wedding?
I may have mentioned how ties remind me of fathers...

I am the cheesiest person. Oh gash. 
This is one side of his pillow case.

Here's the other side...

And above it I left him 100 sticky notes; each one stating what I loved about him.
My MTC Branch President committed us to write a list of 50 things I love about each companion.
I did it faithfully as a missionary.
I figured Alex is going to be my eternal companion;
I might as well list 100 :)

His last stop was outside by the pool with me.
And this deliciousness.

Mucho Lovin'
Ariana Rae Limas (soon-to-be del Mundo!)

'How did you know to get married to Alex sooner than later?'

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

One of my dear friends, Eloise Bucais, texted me said question this afternoon. After responding to her question, she suggested I post it up on le blog. So here it is :)

General Conference (April 2015). We were planning on getting married the following summer, so we went to General Conference with thoughts and questions regarding the matter. For me, it was L. Whitney Clayton's talk on faith. The Spirit was very clear in saying, "you just need to do it." I didn't know what the Spirit meant because we were already planning, so I was a little confused.  
The next day after conference, Alex said his parents asked if we were planning to get married and that maybe we should think about doing it this year. This was out of the blue because up until this point, his parents were telling him he needed to date around before getting too serious with me (fun fact: I am Alex's first girlfriend!) I told my sister this and she said, "yeah Alex told me yesterday he was thinking you guys should get married this year instead. I think something from the Priesthood session really hit him."  
(TBH, I think that was the hint from the Spirit of what He meant by "just do it".) 
So we talked about it and listed all the pros and cons. My main concern was that it was too fast and that we didn't have enough money. But the Spirit telling me I "just need[ed] to do it" was the confirmation I needed to have a little faith in the situation even if I didn't know Alex as long or as well as I would have liked. 
Alex said that if finances were my only concern, then we won't have a problem if we continue to keep the commandments. The more we talked about it, the more right August felt. We finally took it to the temple at the end of the week to make our final decision. And just like every other time I went to the temple with marriage and Alex as my question, I got a good feeling inside. Alex said he felt like he needed to take this step of faith even though he didn't feel completely ready. 
Both sides of our family have expressed their concerns, especially with it being too fast/not finishing school yet, but the Spirit has helped us answer their questions. Alex says, "if I had to make a decision of making the next covenant (promise) with God and you this summer or next, why would I wait?"

I know. I write essay texts, okay? Haha.

Now that I've reminisced through typing that (twice), I want to tell you my thoughts now.

Choosing Alex is one of the best decisions I have ever made (the other being my decision to go on and stay on my mission).

What were the words of L. Whitney Clayton that sent the prompting from the Spirit? THIS:
"Over time you will come to see that you have made the best choice you could possibly have made. Your courageous decision to believe in Him will bless you immeasurably forever".
The first thing that popped into my head was my mission--how it took me 5 years to figure out if I should and when I should go. And then when the time was finally nearing for me to leave, I was debating whether or not it was still the right choice. I struggled my first couple areas trying to understand why I was there, especially when there were other decisions I could have gone with.


over time, the Lord had shown me (and had helped me be sensitive enough to recognize) all the reasons why I was supposed to be there. Choosing the mission over what I thought I should have chose was undeniably the best choice I could have possibly made. The Lord knows better.

Right after this flashback of the mission was when the Spirit said "just do it". In my journal I wrote:
"I know eternal marriage is a huge step of faith. It's comforting to know that in time I will see it's the best decision I make [...] So I need to go forward in faith and trust the prompting I've received through prayer and in the temple." 
So here we are, 2 months after general conference, planning a wedding and preparing to start an eternal marriage in 53 more days! 

The past 2 months I have had worries, anxiety attacks, overwhelming stress, and non-stop tears. But I also want you to know that despite all that, I know choosing to be with Alex is the best decision I could make. Is it too early to say that? Heck no. Since making our decision to choose each other for eternity, I have become so much closer to my eternal companion-to-be! Every day we grow together. Day by day Heavenly Father unfolds another layer of why Alex is my best choice. I love him so very much! If the past 2 months have been filled with overwhelming emotions, I can definitely count on the fact that marriage is going to be hard.

But you know what? It's going to be okay. I am so excited for this new adventure! I look forward to those experiences (whether they be fun or hard) that will give Alex and I opportunities to continue to grow as a companionship and strengthen our relationship.  I know what Elder L. Whitney Clayton said is true! I know that when our lives are centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we need not fear. I know that our Saviour is the perfect example of love. I know that the more we seek Him, He will teach us to love as He does.

Mucho Lovin'
Ariana Rae Limas (soon-to-be del Mundo!)

One of my journal pages from General Conference :)

Why Marriage?

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Last night at Institute, in commemoration of our dear Elder L. Tom Perry, we studied his talk from April's general conference talk, Why Marriage and Family Matter--Everywhere in the World.

Brother McMullen started the class by asking us, "why marriage?"

Being the only one in our study group who was engaged, everyone turned to me to answer first. I knew the answer, but I almost felt hesitant to.

"I am marrying Alex, not only because we love each other, but because marriage is about more than just us". 

I stumbled explaining myself (you guys, I'm the worst at presenting my thoughts to people. This is why I am a blogger and not a public speaker haha). After I said it and attempted (and failed) to explain myself, the group gave me a look and carried on with the discussion.

I asked myself if I really meant what I said. I have been so stressed the past few weeks that sometimes I forget the reasons behind what I am doing.

As the class went on, my friend Sammi Padron made the following comment in relation to last week's lesson on The Music of the Gospel:
We need a dance partner. We need someone who will go through the steps with us. Our partner is the one who helps strengthen us when we are weak."
I then started bawling my eyes out. As she said that I thought about how hard it was coming home from my mission and not having a companion. It wasn't until I no longer had a companion that I realized how important it was to have one to progress. For a whole month I felt stagnant, trying to figure out myself without a partner and without companion goals.

And then I met Alex. As we got to know each other, all of a sudden pieces of my life started falling into place. Work, school, name it! We weren't even officially dating, yet things were finally making sense.

I got emotional for two reasons:

1. I felt an overwhelmingly amount of gratitude for Alex. I don't know how to express how much of a blessing he has been since coming into my life. Alex and I may have opposite personalities, but we compliment each other. I thought about all the times when I have been weak or have showed a lack of faith. Alex has been there to encourage, uplift, and strengthen me, and put me in my place when needs be.

2. I was extremely grateful to Heavenly Father for giving me Alex. There is not a morning or evening prayer I say where I don't start out thanking my Father in heaven for the man I am about to spend eternity with. This gratitude came to the extent of tears because I know how much I don't deserve this.Throughout my mission I was very stubborn about my choice of who I was going to marry. I was stubborn even though the Spirit had clearly said and shown me time and time again that who I wanted was not the right one. And when the time came that I finally let go, I showed a lack of faith and trust in my Father's promises of my patriarchal blessing being fulfilled.

Yet here I am, preparing to marry this incredible man in 56 days.

It is a huge testimony to me of my Father's love.

No matter how stubborn, how unfaithful, how rebellious, or how doubtful I can be sometimes, He still loves me. He blesses me in ways that I can't even begin to think how to give back.

And so, I want to take this opportunity to expand on what I have originally said:

I am marrying Alex, not only because I love him, but because marriage is about more than just us. Together, I know we can reach a potential that Heavenly Father wants for us. There is nothing I desire more than to raise children in the gospel and help build the kingdom of God. I know with Alex as my eternal companion, we can get that done. Why? Because we have the same eternal goals. Eighteen months dedicated to the Lord as a missionary does not mean the rest of my life's time isn't. This is still His time, it is still His work. I am forever indebted to my Saviour. I choose the path of making the next covenant (promise) with my Heavenly Father. I choose the path of dedicating all my efforts to building the kingdom of God. This is how I give back to Him. That is why eternal marriage has always been my goal. It is another important step in the process of becoming more like the Saviour--for myself, for my spouse, and most importantly, for our children. Embarking on this journey with someone I love with my whole heart, and I know loves me the same, is a huge blessing added on to something already incredible.

So why marriage?
Because marriage is not only about our love for each other, but a duty to the One who loves us more.

Mucho Lovin'

Ariana Rae Limas (soon-to-be del Mundo).
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