Was not Jesus an extremist for love: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." Was not Amos an extremist for justice: "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." Was not Paul an extremist for the Christian gospel: "I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." Was not Martin Luther an extremist: "Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God." And John Bunyan: "I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience." And Abraham Lincoln: "This nation cannot survive half slave and half free." And Thomas Jefferson: "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal ..." So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremist for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary's hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime---the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment.

 - Marthin Luther King

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"Excuse me?" I turned around "Yes?" I replied. "Are you a Kodia?" " Yeah, I am."

There are 30 000 students on campus and today, a girl stopped me to ask if I was a Kodia. I was so confused, how did she know my last name? She had served her mission in Sweden, in my family ward, but I had already moved to the States. She said that she had seen a picture of me and that she recognized me when I opened the door for on campus. She told me that she missed my family a lot. Many returned Swedish missionary I meet ALWAYS say that they miss my family, haha and I just don't understand why haha. But this girl told me that on December 23rd, 2015, had been a very rough day as a missionary and that everything had just gone wrong. It was freezing cold, no one wanted to talk to them and yeah.. a rough day. They had a dinner at my parent's house that night, and as soonest they walked in, she was overwhelmed by this enormous feeling of love and warmth. She said that my parents would always make her feel like she was home and would always serve good homemade dinner.

When she told me this, I couldn't help getting a bit emotional. Though I wouldn't always feel at home in my own home, people that visited us would always say that there was a special spirit in our house. I love my parents for always making our guests feel like their home. I love how they've taught me to always love our neighbors and to look beyond their flaws. I love how the love missionaries and how we would always have them over for dinner. I love how I know have a younger brother, whom I so dearly love,  just because of my mom's long life passion to take care of the poor and needy. 


Since I moved out and started to really analyze my childhood and what we went through, I started to see how God's hands were in our lives, even though I had the hardest time to believe that God even cared about us.

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It doesn't matter how many times I have experienced fall, it still amazes me how beautiful our nature is and how great our Heavenly Father is. It clearly takes a broad imagination to create a world like ours.

A lot of changes happened this week, comfortable and uncomfortable ones. One that I can share is that my education plan has changed. Dum dum duuuum.. Don't worry I am still doing News Media. However, I'll probably be minoring in two other majors... one that I know for sure will be, International Development. Why? Well, the journalism program I am applying for only offers their classes, Fall and Winter semester. Which leaves me with an empty spring semester and whole lots of credits I have to take in order for me to be a full-time student. Also, due to me being done with all my Generals, I have a lot of "spare time" in school. So... It's very complicated and stressful. I have so many options to choose from. I could either go home and work during Spring/Summer semester, I could do two minors and major, OR I could double major. How sick is that..! I figured out that majoring in News Media, have two minors in different fields and an associate in applied communication would be the ideal thing to do. So this being said, I won't graduate in 2019 as planned but in 2020.

Something I've realized this past year is the way you plan your life is not the way God plans it. Some uncomfortable or unplanned changes are meant to happen and there is a reason behind it. You just have to accept it, embrace it and see what's next to come. This change was not something I had planned and it made me worried about my future and finances and stuff cause being international IS NOT easy and cheap. But with God on my side, I really believe that everything will work out. 

"Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good;" - Alma 37:37 



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How is it possible that it's already October? Fall is officially here. The leaves are making their way down, covering the asphalt in beautiful colors. The crispy air is as thin as nothing and it is so easy to breathe. I love fall; oversized sweaters, rainy days, boots, hot chocolate, movie nights, books and so much more. I can't wait to enjoy this upcoming season. 

This weekend was the semi annual general conference for my church and I just felt God's love for me and all of his children, as I was partaking of his words through the apostles and elders that spoke. It amazes me how great his work is and how happy this gospel makes me. God is real, people. I just know it. deep in my heart, he has blessed me in so many different ways and seeing his hand in my life brings me peace. I try to worry less cause you know, he has a plan for me, and for all of us. 

" Look beyond what you see. " - The Lion King 

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Life's good. I'm breathing. I'm smiling. School is hard, but it's going. I won't lie to you, being in such a professional environment, aka BYU, makes you feel very small and I'm not really used to feel this way. I feel like people around me are so intelligent, smart and knows their stuff ... It is overwhelming but it also makes you more humble. I heard that it is common to feel this way but I honestly didn't think it would hit me like it did. It forced me to take a step back, take a deep breath, remember who I am and what my goals are. Don't get me wrong, I love being here and I love BYU. It is very very different from anywhere else I have lived, but it's different in a good way. I've met so many amazing people here. I just love how this institution brings me closer to my Heavenly Father. So, what I gotta do tomorrow is to get involved in the campus life and get my game going. This was a messy, short post. I just wanna say that I'm alive. I don't update very often anymore and I need to change that. School and friends are just keeping me very busy and I liiike it.

Peace out.

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The funny thing is, I wrote in my last post that I wasn't planning on working this semester, due to my full schoolwork load. However, I kinda didn't live up to that statement. So the day after I posted my blogpost, a woman from the university, contacted me and asked me if I wanted to work. I had no idea how she knew who I was but someone had told her about me. So yeah, I was offered a position as the Swedish Language Café Coordinator . So basically, I'll be talking Swedish and helping students that are taking the Swedish classes on campus. I'm super stoked, to help them out and just talk Swedish haha. Today I went to out to the different classes and introduced myself which felt SO weird haha, I just started this new uni. and I'm already visiting classes. I feel super blessed though! 


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Today marks my last day of summer. School kicks off tomorrow and my guts are telling me that this semester will be fun but a hard one. I am signed up to take 6 classes but I'm considering to drop my Political Science class. It would just be too stressful to take 17 units, and also, my POLI class isn't necessary at the moment. Interested in what classes I'm enrolled in? Well, I'll be taking "Intro to News Media," "Mass Communication and Society," "Writing and Rhetoric," "American Heritage," "Doctrine and Covenant" and "Political Science." I decided not to work this semester so that I can focus 110% on school. The second week of January is when I'm gonna have to apply for the School och Communication Broadcasting Program, and I'd have to have good grades in my Comms classes and also take a grammar test, write essays and go on interviews just to make it to the program. I'm so nervous but excited as well. So that's why I have to give my all on school.

However, I want to join the BYUSA, BYU student association and involve in service events in our community. So I might stop by their office tomorrow.

Well, that's it for me right now. I'm about to head out to spend the night at Kaiya's new place. I hope you all have a good Labor Day!


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OH MAN. What a week. I have had so much fun this week. Wedding reception for Kaiya, NSO orientation, new friends, food exploring, music festival, salt lake city, baking the Y and so much more. I couldn't end summer in a better way honestly. It just so awesome that there is so much to do in this town, there's always something going on which is fun! I can't wait to get to know the place better.

Happy labor day weekend!

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Its official! I'm officially a proud Utah resident! I got here on Friday but I've been too busy to be active on the blog. So yeah, I drove all the way from California to Utah, mind you it's a 12 hour drive, by myself. I woke up at 4:30 am and hit the road around 5:30 am Friday morning. I did three stops. The first one in Baker, then Las Vegas and a last stop in Nephi. I believe the highest heat wave a reached was 105 degrees (40 C) in Nevada. I was so scared my car would over heat and I'd have to pull over but thank goodness everything went well. There were so many cars on the side of the road with cars that had broken down.. Thanks to some good music and good food, I was able to drive 12 hours straight without getting tired.

Utah has been treating me good. We stayed at Yajaira's new house the first couple of nights which was so nice hence to being homeless. But we moved into our new apartment on Monday and I'm sooo satisfy with it. I have my own room, my own vanity and entrance to the restroom in my room. When I'm done decorating my room I'll snap some pictures!

So school doesn't start until sep 5th but my Political Science professor already gave us readings to do.. 100 pages a week and that's only for one of my five classes.. haha imma die this semester..so I have to do some reading before I go to bed tonight 😂

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