I worked with a Catholic woman in Washington D.C. who did Lent every year. I think one year she gave up caffeine, and then sugar the other year. I remember my roommates and I thinking of things that we could, or would be able to give up for 40 days. Although we do not celebrate Lent, I thought it would be neat to carry on my tradition of going without something for 40 days.
I did some research on Lent, and I found it to be pretty interesting. It is a time for people to fast, cleanse, repent, pray and become closer to Christ. It is said to be a season of 40 days for the preparation of the Savior's death and Resurrection. I thought it was neat that different religions celebrate it differently, and that people are devoted to following it.
I wanted to give myself a challenge, and I decided for the next 40 days I am going to give up "All things sweet".
Since Preslie has died all I want is chocolate and sweets. I figured that since I can't drink or smoke, my crutch has become sweets. NOT GOOD! When I feel extra down or sad the first thing I do is grab the nearest treat. This has not helped myself in losing the baby weight. I have decided to give up physical sweets, and focus on spiritual sweets. I would love to become closer to my savior this year, and there is no better time then now.
I found this quote that I really liked:
"We have something wonderful and sweet, something much more vital than a chocolate bar, something that affects everyone for all eternity. We have tasted the gospel, and we know it is good. We cannot and we must not ignore the opportunity to help others taste it, too." --Elder Monte J. Brough
Wish me luck!