Saturday, July 8, 2017

Chemical and Spiritual

While cleaning out my computer, I found this mini essay from adorable 18-year-old Catie. I wrote it for my Chem 105 class (Dr. Macedone, whom I reference, was my professor), and reading it made me cry, so I thought I would share it with y'all:


“Both things which are temporal, and things which are spiritual” (Moses 6:63)


I attended my home ward’s relief society over Thanksgiving Break and the teacher taught on how for every temporal thing, there is a spiritual parallel. As I’ve pondered on that, and as Dr. Macedone’s brought up examples in class, I’ve realized just how true that concept is. Covalent bonds require two atoms to share their electrons, integral parts of themselves. In order to form strong relationships, two people must allow each other to see parts of their personalities they wanted to keep close or hidden. Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle says that we cannot predict where a particle is and how fast it’s moving simultaneously. The gospel is the Plan of Uncertainty; we all have agency and are not forced to do anything. But it’s also the Plan of Salvation. Even if we can’t predict the movements of others or ourselves, we know that God will always be the same, ready to answer us with love and mercy. The experiments of Dalton, Rutherford and Thomson are bases for our belief in the modern atomic model. In the scriptures we hear the testimonies of those who experimented upon the word, of Nephi, Enos and Alma, which in turn strengthen our belief in things we cannot see but know to be real. In fact, most of chemistry is a test of faith, of believing what Dr. Macedone tells us to be true. But he also shows us why things are true with experiments that we experience, and so we form our own understandings. What has intrigued me about chemistry this semester is how closely connected the spiritual is to the physical. As I continue to learn more about the wonders of the world around me, I will be able to join with Alma in declaring “all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it” (Alma 30:44).

Monday, July 3, 2017

Message (Part 3/3)

Mom
Friday 9:03 AM
Good morning sweetie! :) The sun is shining
here in Dallas! Give me a call when you’ve got a
sec ok?

Jace
Friday 9:44 AM

I parked over by the tennis courts. I’ll meet you
out there in a few.

Wren
Friday 9:46 AM

Girl, where are you? Durham is passing out the
tests rn!!

Mom  Missed call
Friday 9:47 AM

Mom
Friday 9:48 AM

Becky, I just got a call from Davey’s school. They
said he was riding his skateboard at recess and
broke his arm. Please call me back!

Friday 10:00 AM

Dave’s at the hospital downtown. Can you go
down there? I can excuse the absence. I
need you to answer me sweetheart. I need
to know if you’re ok.

Wren
Friday 10:02 AM

Hey where are you? They sent a note to
precalc saying you needed to go to the office.

Mom  Missed call
Friday 10:13 AM

Mom  Missed call
Friday 10:26 AM

Mom  Missed call
Friday 10:31 AM


Wren
Friday 10:31 AM

Jace says he doesn’t know where you
are and he was super weird about it. What’s
up gfriend? Call me!!

Mom
Friday 10:33 AM

Rebecca Clearwater, if you don’t respond to me
I am missing my talk tomorrow and taking the next
plane home, you hear me? You promised to call
me if something went wrong, that was the deal.

Friday 10:39 AM

Becky, please. I know it’s hard for you to help
when you’ve got your own stuff going on,
but Davey needs you. Please get back to me.

WHERE ARE YOU?????????????????????

I’m going to change my flight. I hope you’re
safe.

hey, i’m at the hospital with dave. he’s
fine. it wasn’t too bad of a break.

Becky!!! Oh my goodness! Are you alright?!
Why didn’t you respond to my texts and calls?

sorry my phone was off. i was in the
operating room with dave.

You were?!

yeah. i came here right after i got your text.
i’m sorry i didn’t respond, it’s been a little crazy.

Oh honey I was worried sick! I called the
school and Mrs. Yankowitz checked the
house. Next time you need to let me know
where you are sweetheart.

i don’t think you should change your flight.
you need to give at least one of these talks.
;) we’ll be fine for another day.

Thanks sweetheart, but we need to talk this
over. I’ll call you once I get out of this panel
session.

ok. but mom, we can handle it. trust me.

What about sneaking out last night? How
can I trust you when you left Dave alone
and you won’t tell me why? Becky, just with
your bipolar and everything, I think I made
the wrong decision leaving you two alone.

not everything i do is because of my
bipolar.

I know sweetie, I’m sorry. But I think
it would be better if I just didn’t go to
any more conferences like this. It’s not
worth the stress for me or you.

i was with my boyfriend.

YOUR WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!????
You have a boyfriend? How long have
you had a boyfriend? Why didn’t you tell
me?!

he’s just a guy i met at school. please
don’t come home mom, i told him
i won’t go out again until you get back.

We’ll see if there’s any going out when
I get back! You think I’ll trust you now that I
know you had a secret boyfriend?! How do
I know you won’t sneak off with him again?

i came here to be with davey, didn’t
i? the only way you’ll trust me is if
you try it and it works out.

I don’t know honey. I’m not sure it’s worth it.

it’s 1 day mom. davey’s already in the
hospital, so i can’t mess him up worse.

Yeah. Ok, my session’s almost
over. I’ll call you and we’ll work it out, ok?

Jace
Friday 5:17 PM

You done babying your brother yet or
is he still too hurt for you to apologize
for ditching me?

Friday 7:48 PM

Whatever bitch

Wren
Friday 8:05 PM

Hey how is Dave doing now? Sorry I
freaked I was just worried for you.

he’s good. it’s cool, you
should’ve seen my mom’s texts ;)

Haha so what happened with Jace?

oh haha I’ll tell you tomorrow during lunch

You’re having lunch with me? 
Ok, see you then!!

yep :)

Mom
Friday 10:47 PM

How did the rest of the day go?

fine. dave and i have been drawing on his
cast. there won’t be room for you to sign
it. ;)

:) I’m glad you two are having fun
together.

you should go to bed, you’ll need to have
your A game for that presentation
tomorrow.

Just about to turn in. Give Davey my love.

ok :)

I love you, sweetheart. I’ll see you tomorrow.


i love you too