Sunday, November 1, 2009

In my American Foundations class we watched this video of a girl from Idaho who is attending Harvard and did an interview where she answered almost all questions the public has about our church or clarified false assumptions. It was very interesting and if you haven't seen in watch it. Something that was very interesting and that we talked about in class was how she wasn't hearing these questions for the first time or it wasn't the first time she thought of these answers. She was prepared. At a time like this when our beliefs are being attacked we have to be prepared to state our beliefs and answer the common questions of the public. Elder Oaks came and gave a contraversial talk here a few weeks ago(even on campus i've heard it was contraversial which is totally unbelievable to me). He said we need to silence the religious voices in the public square, but to do it with love. I think this is what Rachel does in the video and something we all must do. As Elder Oaks said, "We must defend that right of religious freedom we have been given".

Day of Faith: Personal Quests for a Purpose - 3. Rachel Esplin from Harvard Hillel on Vimeo.

I haven't talked to everyone in awhile so here's my update. School is going great, I am so grateful to be here. It was such a difficult decision of whether to come here or go to Provo, but there isn't a day when i wish i wouldv'e gone there over here. I love that the temple is in walking distance and i can see it from my window. The other day I was eating lunch on campus, and was like I can actually say a real prayer before I eat; it's not weird here. I wish everyone could have this opportunity, but our light is needed among the world as well. I can't wait to go home for thanksgiving. See you guys soon!


AudyCamp said...

perfectly said! I saw this a couple months ago and was so proud of this girl. We have to get out of our comfort zone& she definitely did here. Sounds like byu-i is such a great experience for you! (what a great picture of you & your mom & dad it!)

Stephanie said...

Thanks for posting...great video!

Anna Goose Monster said...

Kensey this is really late, but I love this video! She definantly did not shy away from any of that, and what confidence she showed surrounded by all those religious people around her! I enjoyed this very much, thank you for sharing it!