"You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand." ~Irene C. Kassorla

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My Missionary Address

I'm serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Write me a letter :) If you are curious of what I will be teaching people, visit lds.org or contact me at the Missionary Training Center (mtc).

Sister Sara Cottrell
MTC Mailbox #308
AZ-Mesa 0306
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

2nd extra credit article- Writing For the Media

Utah Valley University Ballroom Dance Tryouts

Many potential ballroom dancers anticipate Utah Valley University’s auditions for the Ballroom Dance Bronze, Silver, Gold and Tour Teams Saturday, Aug. 28, at 8 a.m. in the Grande Ballroom.

The dancers will be required to perform the waltz and cha cha for the judges but are free to choose to demonstrate them in the International or American style of dance.

Although the dancers are able to choose which style they will perform, some experienced dancers such as Johnny Ahn think it is better to dance the routines in the International style.

“I think the scoring goes higher to those doing International routine's as opposed to American routines, which is unfortunate for those who don't know other dances and have to sort of wing it on the spot. But conversely, if girls meet up with a good dancer and practice some International routine's beforehand, then they stand a better chance of scoring higher,” he said.

Ahn went on to say that although ultimately he believes the judging is fair, the director of the company has the final say on who makes his team.

He also stated, “Ultimately all the better dancers are better because they have taken a lot of private lessons and have worked on their technique.”

Although nerves run high, there are many dancers who are very excited about the upcoming tryouts.

“It makes me nervous because I want to do my best,” says Jessica Carlson, a hopeful returning ballroom dancer at UVU. “But I love to dance and perform so I am really excited.”

All dancers must tryout whether or not they have previously been on the team in the past.

A potential returning ballroom member,18-year-old Makayla Hopkins expressed her excitement about the tryouts, “I am trying out because I love to dance.”

For more information about the upcoming auditions contact Scott Asbell at 801-863-8754 or Chris Witt 801-863-6757. There is also more information at http://www.uvu.edu/dance/scholarships/auditions.html.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Extra Credit: What Utah Valley University Students can do to help the devastation in Georgia

Over one month after several EF-4 and EF-5 twisters nearly destroyed the Southern states, the rebuilding of towns is still underway. In desperate need of donations and clean up crews, the people of the small Georgian towns are hopeful that someone will hear their cries for help.

Originally from Riggold, Georgia, Twenty-two-year-old Christopher Owens, attends college here in Utah. He traveled back home for the summer to see a completely different surrounding area than he had known before the tornados.

“Seeing my hometown like this really tears me up inside and each time I see it I don’t believe it. It just makes you appreciate what you got and I am thankful that we were not hit because the damage is just 3 miles away,” he said.

Many Utah Valley University students want to help those suffering from the devastation of these natural disasters, but don’t know how they can contribute because they live so far away.

“I feel bad for the people in the south, I actually have a friend that lives over there and his hometown was destroyed. I just don’t know how to help him,” said Brittany Peay, a sophomore at UVU.

Owens, however, knows just how students and people from other states can help. He said, “I think the biggest way for people of Utah and others can help, is to send whatever extra things they have and to send care packages. We still need food, water, hygiene supplies, clothes, shoes, etc.”

Another Utah college student, Kelcie Ogden, is facing the same reality as Owens. Her home is also in the South and agrees that while there isn’t much that people in other states can do from afar, there is plenty they can do from their own homes.

“People in Utah can offer prayers for those in need and can offer thanks for their blessings. They can also give donations to organizations such as the red cross,” she said.

While many outside of the affected areas believe that the government will step in and take control of the clean up efforts, Owens admits that he hasn’t seen the assistance that most would expect.

“I know the government will play a big role in helping out the tornado victims and to rebuild businesses, but the only people I’ve seen on site so far is regular people just wanting to help in what ever way they can,” he said.

For more information on how to volunteer, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.uvu.edu/volunteer" www.uvu.edu/volunteer or HYPERLINK "http://www.atlandaredcross.org"

Monday, April 4, 2011

181st General Conference Gems

Absolutely LOVED General conference! I was able to take notes on the Saturday morning session and the Sunday morning session. I listened to the afternoon sessions on the radio while I was basking in the sun in Grandma Crandall's pool in St. George and driving home during the Sunday session. WOW! I enjoyed every second listening to the leaders of the church. I am so lucky to be apart of this amazing gospel. What a miracle it is. These are what I like to call "General Conference Gem's" that I picked out during the morning sessions.

General Conference Gems :)

  • President Monson: Colorado, Idaho, Canada- new temples! yay :)
  • L. Tom Perry: Keep ourselves unspotted from the world and rest from our labors. Keep His sabbath day holy. Come to the sacrament table to self-inspect. My cup runneth over.
  • Jean A Stevens 1st counselor Primary Presidency: Children are usually the first to love and the first to forgive. Those who are the greatest in the kingdom are the ones who look for ways to serve. Meet adversity with hope. Behold them(children): embrace them with our eyes and our hearts.
  • Walter F. Gonzalez: What is the extent to being a believer? 1. They are a loving people 2. They make and keep covenants. Attend the temple often= avoid divorce. Exercise faith, repent and keep your covenants.
  • Kent Richardson:The savior is not a silent observer.
  • Quentin L. Cook: Women are incredible. (read talk)
  • Henry B. Eyring: Message: Celebrate what the Lord is doing to help those in need. Renew and strengthen your commitment to ACT. We feel sympathy for those we don’t even know. Include your children in service and giving (like Heavenly Father does). “Pull weeds at your Fathers invitation.” 76th anniversary of the welfare program. It really is better to give than to receive. He is so generous to me. I love his work, and it IS work :) You can know as I know.
  • Sunday Morning

  • President Uchdorf: Preach the gospel constantly and when necessary, use words. Move forward with faith, hope and charity. eived
  • Paul V. Johnson: One reason of hardships is because it’s a trial of our faith. No trial that we experience is not worth the experience. The furnace of affliction purifies us all. It burns away imperfections. Sometimes the most difficult times come right before something magnificent. (a mission?) Sometimes we want growth without challenges. Not gonna happen. Just like an athlete. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Guardian angels will attend us. We want the Lord to say “well done thy good and faithful servant.
  • David Burton: This gospel has a special emphasis on personal and self-reliance. Avoid debt. Distinguish between needs and wants. Retain a remission of OUR sins. Relief Society- fly to the relief of people. “Be kind to the poor” Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, take care of the sick. “Go and do though likewise”
  • Silvia H. Allred: Care for those in need. Apparently we need to hear this. Hooray for visiting and home teachers!
  • David A. Bednar: The spirit of revelation is available to every person who is baptized and is worthy of it ask with a pure heart BELIEVING that you will receive. 2 types of revelation: 1. a light turned on in a dark room (more rare) 2. gradual light like the sun. (more common)- line upon line precept upon precept. like Nephi going to get the plates from Laban. People question the power of their testimony because we don’t have striking answers and revelations. You are quite normal. Be steadfast and you can’t go amiss. we receive revelation sometimes without knowing how or when we received it. Act and don’t be acted upon and trust Him that He will guide our steps and utterances.
  • President Thomas S. Monson: Make the temple receptacle and memorable. 22 temples are under construction right now. Temples are built and sealed with faith and sacrifice. We will know as we go to the temple that we have done the work for those beyond the vail that they could not do for themselves. Have a picture of the temple in every room in your house.

Friday, April 1, 2011

March 31, 2011 I Saw His Hand Today...

  • Did very well at work
  • Had an awesome time in the mountains at a ward activity. I am lucky to have such a great ward.
  • I spontaneously went country dancing in salt lake at 10:30 tonight. No regrets. I needed that. It was so fun. Turns out there ARE normal people that country dance. They all just go to SLC! ;)
  • I fell in love like 8 times today. I love the single life.
  • Today was a good/fun/wholesome day.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

March 30, 2011 I Saw His Hand Today...

  • Had a new day to start over
  • I was able to write my nutrition paper before class today plus take a twenty minute power nap.
  • I cooked today! I made chicken and green beans. I can't even remember the last time I have cooked. Usually it's a granola bar on the go or mac n cheese.
  • I live in a really nice apartment with amazing roommates
  • I get to go to college and continue my education and learn
  • I have a job that gives me extra money
  • I have opportunities that I never have even dared to dream about
  • I am on a college dance team. Who would have ever thought of that.. I do sports.
  • I have an amazing ward with an amazing calling and amazing women that I learn so much from every day.
  • I am able to manage my time
  • I am able to live in a place where I can talk about what I believe every day and no one blinks an eye.
  • I have a healthy body that carries me throughout my day
  • I have clothes to wear and food to eat
  • I have goals
  • I have scriptures that guide me through my life
  • I can pray whenever I want
  • I have a clear understanding of why I am on this earth, where I was before I was here and where I am going after this life.
  • I am able to repent
  • I have parents, friends, teachers and peers that love and care about my well being
  • I am happy.
What more could a girl ask for?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

March 29, 2011 I Saw His Hand Today...

  • Figured out a lot about myself today.
  • A friend told me that "to get a good guy, you have to be able to be alone first and be okay with it" I'm sooo glad I'm realllly independent and okay with being alone. (for now at least).
  • I got a good grade on my sociology test with a little help from my prayers.
  • Did puurrty good at my last performance tonight. K, no for reals.. this was the last one.
  • Had a deep conversation about life with a friend. Those are always nice. They keep me in check by reestablishing what I want and keeping my goals set in stone.
  • Realized how bad I wanna be a mom. Shouldn't I wanna get married first? Little backwards.
  • Was able to laugh at myself when I did many things today that made me look like a moron.
  • Sold a few things at work today. Commission :)
  • Had a thought of, "wow, Heavenly Father really loves me" more than once today.

Monday, March 28, 2011

March 28, 2011 I Saw His Hand Today...

  • My alarm didn't go off today but i still got up at the exact time that I needed to.. I may or may not have gone back to sleep after that though :/
  • last concert went well! pictures are coming soon!
  • So many friends and family came to watch me tonight! so sweet of them :) I had 16 tickets reserved! I feel so loved.
  • grateful for my safety. apparently alpine village has been experiencing some scary activity with robbery and people coming into apartments and stuff. ahh..
  • today was a good day. I'm so happy.
  • I know He has a plan for me and I'm excited to live it ;)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

March 27, 2011 I Saw His Hand Today...

  • Last week I got a prompting to tell the girls in my relief society while conducting, that we need to pray for each other. This week during testimony meeting, almost everyone got up and said they were going through some sort of trial. Coincidence? I think not.
  • Had a really successful time visiting teaching who I am assigned to plus some girls I thought needed some extra encouragement.
  • I had a lot of good solid conversations today.
  • Realized exactly what I want in a husband, which is a big deal for me because i've never really had a "type" My roommates make fun of me because they say I bring home all shapes and sizes. HA
  • Although people shove "marriage" down my throat, I am SO content with my life and what I'm doing.
  • I know that He knows me.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

March 26, 2011 I Saw His Hand Today...

  • I got to sleep in for the first time in weeeeeks! wow, heaven.
  • Both performances went well :)- except one thing... one of the girls skirts fell down to her ankles during the performance! She made the best of it and not a whole lot of people noticed, but it was SOO funny. She'll look back and laugh too I'm sure. We all kinda felt bad though because it's her birthday today :/ at least she wont forget this one.
  • Mah mamma and papa came to see me dance today! Always fun to see them. Entertaining characters. I can tell they love me and are proud of me and they are always interested/fascinated with my life. I'm a lucky girl, a lot of people can't say that about their parental units.
  • Realized I'll probably never fully grow up. I'm wearing sponge curlers tonight :) Ohhhh the little things that make me smile.
  • I can honestly say that life is wonderful. I am soooo blessed.

Friday, March 25, 2011

March 25, 2011 I Saw His Hand Today...

  • I had two whole hours to relax today! Although it doesn't seem much, it was bliss compared to what my crazy schedule has been.
  • I did well in my concert tonight
  • Hung out with my awesome friends, Jake and Forrest.
  • Felt love and compassion for people that I have struggled to in the past.
  • I was positive for most of the day :)
  • Made some new friends
  • My bun stayed in for my performance.
  • I was happy today :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

March 24, 2011 I Saw His Hand Today...

  • Woke up with energy! Don't know how that happened.
  • Sold my first lotion at work worth $73. Hello commission.
  • Made it work when I had to work in Provo at 4 and also had to be at ballroom practice in Orem on the other side of town with hair and make-up done at the same exact time, Don't know how that worked. Oooh yeah, this is when I see His hand in my life. Gratitude.
  • Got through my first 8 hour shift at my new job surprisingly well.
  • Opening night for our UVU ballroom concert was a pretty good hit. Didn't mess up! My coach said she would have given me best performance but I stopped smiling for a second when my bun came loose, oops. :/
  • Although there are non-members on my team, we, as a team said a prayer before going on stage. This made me happy. The girl that suggested that we say a prayer did the best out of everyone and my coach even crowned her "best performer" for the night even though she had been struggling a lot earlier in practice. I'm so proud of her. I love when people aren't ashamed or embarrassed to suggest praying in a non-religious atmosphere. Goes to show that it pays off and prayer really does work :) You go girl.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March 23, 2011 I Saw His Hand Today...

  • I survived being at school from 8:45 AM to 8:45 PM
  • Had a good attitude almost ALL day (this really is an accomplishment for me)
  • Self esteem was risen :)
  • Didn't get yelled at for being 20 min late for nutrition when my coach kept me late.
  • Had some awesome boys help me through a few routines
  • Overcame the temptation to turn the radio station several times when my favorite song came on after I realized it was... pretty naughty.
  • I laughed a few times :)
Definitely NOT my best... but... this is our waltz this semester.

There ya go Cami and Laci

So I realize this is a really crappy version of our cha cha but it's better than nothing I guess, right? I had a partner change at the last second, so little Patrick was nice enough to fill in! :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

March 22, 2011: I Saw His Hand Today...

  • Woke up excited about life, which I prayed for last night
  • He helped me stay calm and collected at work when I was not only left alone after working only 2 weeks, but also training someone else on top of that.
  • He helped me realize what awesome friends and roommates I have and how blessed and lucky I am to have them in my life. What a difference it is to have friends that lift you up.
  • My spray tan for my dance performances this week didn't make me come out looking like an oompa-loompa. fewf..
  • Not only did I attend my biology study group but I learned a lot. Prayer works.
  • Felt the spirit in institute tonight even though the topic was "How to find an eternal companion and how to be an eternal companion" He helped me see it in a different light and perspective.
  • I found a new friend that inspires me.
  • I went on a date with a friend that makes me have hope for the boys in this world. Ya know, although slow and dangerous behind the wheel (dumb and dummer) some really do have a good head on their shoulder.
  • I have been so overwhelmed with my schedule but when I make time for Him, He makes time for me :)

I Saw His Hand Today...

Wow, it's been a long time since i've blogged huh? Well.. now I actually have something to write about. For the passed month and a half or so I have been writing in my journal every night and having the heading say "I saw His hand today ..." in front of ever entry I then think about everything I did that day and realize how much the Lord really does for me. Then I write it down. Seriously, it gets easier and easier to find His hand in my life. I literally find Him in everything I do. It's humbling. It makes me think, honestly how do I deserve all of this? It's an awesome way to have a guaranteed feeling of love that He has for all of us. Can I just tell you what a difference this has made in my life? I end my day feeling just so..... happy ya know? There's not even a way to describe it. Every night I think to myself, how can my life get any more awesome? Does it really get any better than that? The "count your many blessings" song definitely takes on a whole new meaning for me now. Not only that, but more so and more importantly I feel like I have a closer relationship with Heavenly Father when I specifically think of what HE did for me today. It puts things in perspective and makes me feel like He has been with me to help me throughout my entire day. Anyway, I can't say enough of how big of an impact it has had on me, so if anyone ever has a bad day or even if they're having a good one, recognize it and write it down! You'll see a big difference in your attitude and suddenly your life becomes awesome instantaneously. I highly recommend this.
This is the intro to what I will be basing my blog on now. Since my journal space is all filled up, I will be trying to write on my blog every night entitling "I Saw His Hand Today.." so sorry if you get sick of it, but I guess no one forces you to read it, right? ;) I suppose it's more of something I wanna do for myself. Anyway... give it a try, I promise you wont regret it.