Monday, December 29, 2008
It was neat to get together with Mike's other close mission friends...
and their wives! Jeff was the last to get married, and Maria definitely completes the group.
We stayed with Rose, DeLorne, and Grace in Lehi. They are the sweetest little family, and we love Grace! Mike and I already miss her...
Rose and DeLorne are doing a fantastic job of raising a sweet sweet girl.
I think she started getting a little weirded out with Mike and I in the car...
They got married in Salt Lake, and temple square was beautiful but freezing!!!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
and I was still at BYU....and now she has served a full-time mission in Taiwan!!! We were roommates for a year up in Provo right before she left, and it was unbelievable how much fun we had on a daily basis.
In our high school days...
A couple Summers ago we went and saw Celine in Vegas! One of the greatest shows (prob the greatest) I have ever been to.
Whit is such an amazing person and has served an incredible mission! She has one of the strongest testimonies of anyone I know, and she taught me how to have confidence in myself through having confidence in Christ. She is kind and considerate, and at the same time will not take crap from anyone.
In Provo our last 20 or so days as roommates we thought it would be funny to take a picture together every single day. I know we are nerds, but it was quite entertaining.
Another reason I am grateful for Whit is she's the reason I am married to the man of my dreams! If it weren't for her daring me to give my phone number to a perfect stranger (Mike) at that BYU football game, I wouldn't have him! I can't wait to see you tomorrow Whit! 不久见
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Our very first picture together...on our first "date" It was a group bonfire thing on November 17th believe it or not!!! It's been exactly two years since our first date. You know, it would've been too 'awkward' to just take a picture with me and him so we had to make it a 'group' picture. Thanks Whit and Tarryn!
Growing up when I would make "my future husband" criteria lists, among MANY other things I always wrote "I want to be crazy about my husband". If any of you know me, you know that I once had a fear of not being able to fall in love. But today I am happy to say that I have been crazy about Mike from the start and it just keeps getting better. He is such an amazing person and I am lucky to have him as my eternal companion.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
"Do you believe that Barack Obama is a centrist? No. The fact is he is the farthest left of anyone in congress. He is the most liberal in congress. But that's not the center. Al, that's not the center. You are right. America is the center and I said Barack Obama people are saying that he's going to govern from the center. And if that is true, that's great. Great. And I will support him. Without betraying my own values, I will support him. I will support him as the President, I will support every policy that he forwards that doesn't force me to betray my values. You can label it any way you want. I do label it Marxism when you are talking about the redistribution of wealth. Now, you may say that's hate mongering, you may say, well, how are you going to unite. I cannot unite around Marxism. And redistribution of wealth is Marxism. Look it up. Anyone who is saying we're going to redistribute the wealth and anyone who says they want the Constitution changed to take those blocks away is a Marxist. I don't believe that's where America is.
We're not the country of Jerry Falwell and we're not the country of Barack Obama, or I should say Nancy Pelosi because Barack Obama appears to be somebody who he's never been before. Let's take him at his face value that he's going to be a uniter, that he's going to rule from the center. Great. That's fantastic. I hope it's true. We're not Nancy Pelosi, we're not, you know, Jimmy Swaggart or anybody like that. We're in the center. We're center-right. Right now we're afraid. And when people are afraid, they panic. We have also raised a generation of people who have given trophies to their kids who came in 18th place. We have told them that there's nothing to strive for. You get it anyway, just by showing up, kid. "Look at you, you're special." No, you're not. No, you're not. Everybody is the same. It's what you do with your life. It's the choices that you make. We're all given the same kind of opportunity. We don't have the same skills. We don't have the same work ethic. We don't get the same results, but we have the same opportunity. That we can all agree on."
I guess we'll see...
If you go to his website he's got all of his interviews and articles in text form. I really like his comments on "The real Sarah Palin", and this interview with Senator Orrin Hatch is kind of scary because it's true: 'Constitution is Hanging by a Thread'.
Anyway, I'm not bitter about Obama winning the election. Yes I agree that he can woo people with his speeches and has good intentions for the American people. However I disagree with just about all of his policies. Sooooo....ya. There's not much you can do. I vote we just split the country in half and have the conservatives lead by a conservative presidency, and the liberals lead by liberals.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Palmyra Temple in the background (walking from the Log Home to the Frame Home)
Frame Home (the home Alvin was building for his parents when he died. Just a matter of yards from the Log Home.)
Looking out from the houses towards the Sacred Grove
The Sacred Grove
The Hill Cumorah where Joseph retrieved the plates
Trudging through the forest to find the remnants of Emma's parents home, but this is all they found... a couple of intense walking sticksSusquehanna River (where the Melchizedek and Aaronic Priesthood were restored to Joseph and Oliver)
There were perfect skipping rocks everywhere!
Fayette Whitmer Farm (where the church was officially established)
The Newel K. Whitney Store
The upper room of the N. K. Whitney store where D&C 89 was revealed. (The Word of Wisdom)
The Kirtland Temple (The Community of Christ owns this great building...I was taking pictures inside quickly because I was unsure if I was allowed...)
Inside the roof of Historic Kirtland Temple!
Where the Savior appeared to Joseph and Sidney Rigdon saying He accepts this house.
We got to go up to the bell tower!
The view from up on top of the Kirtland TempleThe E.B. Grandin printing press (where the first 5,000 copies of the BoM were printed.)
One of the first 5,000 original Books of Mormon printed
The steps where Joseph was dragged out to be tarred and feathered, and where he preached from the next day.Some gorgeous trees and leaves! I couldn't believe my eyes!!! Maybe just because I have grown up in the desert, but my goodness. We were so lucky to go this time of year because the weather was perfect, and it was beautiful!This was such an amazing trip! I want to thank Larry and Diane so much for this opportunity to go and learn! My testimony of this gospel has grown so much because of these experiences.
One of my favorite quotes by Joseph Smith is, "Patience is heavenly, obedience is noble, forgiveness is merciful, and exaltation is godly; and he that holds out faithful to the end shall in no wise lose his reward. A good man will endure all things to honor Christ, and even dispose of the whole world, and all in it, to save his soul." Joseph was such an example to all of us and it was incredible to learn more about him and the early saints.