20 March 2014

Bear Lake

There's something magical about Bear Lake Not only is the water Bahama blue, but it's so peaceful. My parents recently finished their lake house there. The only major thing left is furniture. Mr. Schroeder and I paid the lake house a visit last weekend and it was absolutely beautiful. I couldn't stop taking pictures of the water and the scenery. It's super quiet up there and it allows me to think. I kept taking pictures and going back to look at them because they were non-edited photos from my  I'm super grateful that my parents built this super gorgeous place because it is the absolute perfect mini escape for the weekend. 


What else can you do at Bear Lake when it's cold? Well, you can snuggle adorable little babies all day long.

19 March 2014

Maui

It has taken me forever and a half to post pictures from Hawaii. Partly because I've been dreading the whole 'putting them on my computer' part. Partly because I don't want to post 100% of my photos to the interwebs. On the other hand, I need to document how amazing of a trip this was. Trevor & I celebrated our 2-year anniversary and it was absolutely amazing. We stayed in a condo on the beach called Kaanapali Ali and it was absolutely perfect. It was also whale season, which was one of my most favorite parts about the whole trip. It was unreal and something I never imagined experiencing. We did SO MUCH while we were there! It was SO dreamy and we experienced so many absolutely stunning things. 
Here were the highlights: 

-shaved ice with fruit pulp
-snorkeling and seeing turtles
-whale watching
-finding a secret place we hiked to while getting the whole dang waterfall to ourselves
-banana coconut macadamia pancakes
-boogie boarding
-learning to hold my breath.
-road to hana
-riding on a catamaran
-pina coladas
-scenery
-rambutan fruit
-so so so so much more

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18 March 2014

The Perfect Date

Miss Lehi | The Perfect Date 5K


Do you live in Utah? Do you like to help people? 
If you answered yes to the above questions, you should seriously consider this amazing 5K that's going on next month. My good friend's sister-in-law was recently crowned Miss Lehi. She's also organizing a 5K called The Perfect Date. All of the proceeds will go to the Children's Miracle Network. The contestants are required to raise at least $250; however, Dania has already surpassed that and wants to make the most out of hte opportunity she has been given! 

The 5K will be in the historic section of Lehi, Utah on the residential streets. Crossing guards will be present on the larger streets and at every turn to make sure nobody gets hurt or goes off course. The terrain is flat, which will make this an excellent race for beginners. Click here to see the route. 

Each participant will receive a T-Shirt. Prizes will be awarded in each age-group. The male and female overall winners of the race will be crowned and treated with royal deference! The cost is only $25 on or before April 15 and then $30 up to the race day. On-site registration is available from 5:30-6pm. Participants can sign in at the northwest pavilion in Wines Park beginning at 5:30 pm. See this site for more deets on this race! 

Please support this race! I'm planning on going with my lovely friend Tanika and would absolutely LOVE to see you there! 

17 March 2014

Are Jesus and Lucifer Brothers?

Q: I don’t know a lot about the Mormon belief. I’ve heard a lot of things, but I never know what’s true and what’s not true… or if all Mormon’s believe the same. I’m Baptist. I am very active in my church and I LOVE it! Do you believe in Jesus Christ? Not as a man, but as the Son of God who came to die for our sins? I’ve heard that Mormon’s don’t believe in Jesus as the Messiah. I’ve also heard that Mormon’s believe that Satan and Jesus are brothers. Is this true too? If you could clarify these rumors that would be great!

A: To answer the first question, it's super simple. We do believe in Jesus Christ. We believe in Him as the Son of God who came to die for our sins. We also believe in Him as the Messiah. As goes for me, I am eagerly awaiting The Second Coming. Click here if you're still having questions as to whether or not Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 

Mormons also believe that Satan and Jesus are brothers. When you first hear that, it kind of comes at you a surprise simply because Lucifer and Jesus Christ are SO utterly opposed. BUT both the scriptures and the prophets testify that Jesus Christ and Lucifer are indeed offspring of our Heavenly Father and, therefore, spirit brothers. Jesus Christ was with the Father from the beginning. Lucifer, too, was an angel "who was in authority in the presence of God," a "son of the morning." (See Isa. 14:12; D&C 76:25-27). Both Jesus and Lucifer were strong leaders with great knowledge and influence. BUT as the Firstborn of the Father, Jesus was Lucifer's older brother.

When I think of Jesus and Lucifer being brothers, my mind automatically shifts to the plan. When our Father in Heaven presented a plan of salvation. Jesus sustained the plan and his part in it; however, Lucifer sought power, honor and glory for only himself. (Isa. 14:13-14; Moses 4:1-2). When his modification of the Father's plan was rejected, he rebelled against God and was then cast out of heaven with those that had sided with him. (Rev. 12:7-9; D&C 29:36-37). When you look at other stories in the scriptures, you'll see that it's not completely unusual. Cain chose to serve Satan while Abel chose to serve God. (Moses 5:16-18). Esau "despised his birthright" while Jacob wanted to honor it. (Gen. 25:29-34). Joseph's brother sought to kill him; he sought to preserve them. (Gen. 37: 12-24; Gen. 45:3-11).

I hope this answers your question about Jesus and Lucifer being brothers. Though it may sound crazy at first, looking at the plan and the big picture, it all makes sense. We also believe that each and every one of us are spirit brothers and sisters and that Heavenly Father is 'the father.' 

Do YOU have any questions about Mormonism? Email me at we(n)serendipity(at)gmail.com and your question could be anonymously or publicly featured on future Mormon Monday posts!