Tuesday, June 23, 2009
This past month I've had A LOT of things happen, mostly to my family, but it effects me too right? So my sister, her sweet husband and darling daughter moved to Michigan for Cordell to attend Michigan state for residency and to finish specializing in dentistry. So we had them come over to our house for dinner. It was great fun! We gave them a tour of our house, bbq'd, ate some delicious dinner, went for a walk, and ate cherry cobbler, yum-yum! They moved two weeks ago and it was a very emotional goodbye :( But they are very happy and are enjoying a more relaxing environment, with a cute home and a backyard!
Also, on June 8th my baby nephew was born, yeah! His name is Davis Ryan Jesperson and he looks exactly like his older brother. He's a good little eater and is so sweet and snuggly! We went to San Diego over a week ago to go visit him and my family and had a wonderful relaxing weekend.
Now for us, Ryan coordinated a manager's conference for all of the plasma center managers and they are all here this week. So I've been helping to get things set up, and delivering food, and going to lunch and dinner which will continue through out this week. And in ten days we leave for a cruise with Ryan's family to the caribbean! Yeah I'm so excited and have been hitting the gym most everyday to be ready to live in a bathing suit for ten days :) Oh also, I've decided to get my personal training license, so I'll hopefully be certified by the end of summer! Yeah!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
So anyways, this spring semester I took philosophy, public speaking, and political science (a requirement for cal state schools). They were all pretty ok classes, fun somedays and just a drag others. But in my philosophy class we really discussed constrovesrial issues and openly shared our thoughts and ideas. My teacher was really good at making a respectful environment where we could share our opinions. He's really knowledgeable about all religions and cultures, but my classmates were for the most part crazy liberals who wanted the government to legalize basically everything. This class at times was difficult because I felt so alone in my values, but I also enjoyed being exposed to others opinions. The idea of marriage and families and morals were so foreign to them. Marriage should basically be obsolete as far as they were concerned. And for the first time in my life I felt really "peculiar" like I didn't identify with anyone in the class, it was really a poignant feeling. But I don't mind being different.
Through out the class my teacher would call on each class member specifically, but I noticed he often asked me what I thought. Now, I decided I wasn't going to bring my religion into the classroom, I was just going to let people accept me for me instead of judging me right off, based on stereotypes and rumors, but I also wasn't going to hide it either. I had a paper in his class where I expressed my worldview. Every single aspect I explained, from how I looked at nature, to myself, to others, to objects, I said it all. So obviously, my religion was threaded through out the essay. And in one of my teacher's lectures he asked my opinion on why i thought some people who are deeply religious condemn other religions to hell. He said, "Cait what do you think?" I thought, wow, does he think I'm one of these people? So I answered, 'I think people do this because they have so much vested into their religion, and they are worried about what would happen if they ended up being wrong, so they sometimes try to eliminate that possibility." He asked, "and what religion are you?" And clearly he knew the answer to this. So, I said I was mormon and he asked me, what does my religion feel about other religions, are they going to hell? I said, we don't believe that we are automatically sent to heaven just because we're mormon, it's based on the lives we lead, the choices we make. And I said there is truth in everything, all religion's have something to bring to the table, and we don't eliminate other's just because they aren't mormon. I also said, we don't believe in just a heaven, or just a hell, we believe that we will be rewarded with glory based upon our choices. And he complimented mormons for that fact, that we are very accepting of others and we don't shun other religions. And I came to the conclusion that he was trying to help shed a positive light on our church (I think).
So today I took my final. I did really well and I ended up getting an "A" in the class (he graded my test right away and gave me my overall score). So as I was leaving he said, "Cait, I just wanted to say that I know we argued about things in class, but I really enjoyed arguing with you. And I want to you to know that I really appreciated your presence in class." I felt so great! I know that he respected me, but when he said this I realized that my thoughts and ideas didn't go on deaf ears. Sometimes we think that the little things we say or do don't matter, but someone is always watching and is influenced by your example. And before I walked away I noticed he was reading a talk by Elder Holland. Wow!
So I ended this semester with all A's and the cherry on top of today was getting book buyback money! Yeah! And later I'm going to the temple, what an awesome day!