Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Living Christ

Last week, Susan Tanner, the Young Women’s General President, came and spoke at Young Women in Excellence. It was an incredible experience to listen to her live and in such a small setting. All of us had been challenged to memorize the document, The Living Christ, to recite and have as the topic of the meeting. I didn’t think I’d be able to do it, but miracles never cease and I did! It has honestly changed me.

First—a couple of things from the meeting:
*Christ’s gospel was a message of peace and goodwill. If those two words were all we knew of the gospel, do we act that way?
*What if we saw each other as nothing but good?
*Be worthy of having the Lord send His tender mercies to you
*”Prove me now herewith”

I wanted to do some sort of Thanksgiving post, but decided to just focus on Him—the Living Christ. He is the reason I have everything that I do anyway—family, friends, a home, a car, a job, and my life.

My favorite line from the document is, “He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His path is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.” I know He lives. I know He died for all of us and was resurrected and lives today. He is the Messiah, the Jehovah, the Healer, the Teacher, the Only Begotten, the Redeemer, the Cornerstone, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Judge, and the Immortal Son of God. I know that I am happiest when I follow His teachings. I am so grateful for The Living Christ; He has blessed me so much.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Roadtrip!

This past weekend was an IDAHO roadtrip! Three words: I love roadtrips!

I met Wes while in Nauvoo two and a half years ago and we became the best of friends. Yes, he did break my heart a couple times, but at the same time, has been there through the hardest times in my life. He has been the best guy friend I’ve had thus far in my life. And now he’s married so we can’t be friends anymore. :)

We (Aaron, Nina, and I—all Nauvooites) started our trek on Saturday. We drove up to Rexburg and met Kristen (another Nauvooite) and her hubby Jared and then all went to Newdale for the reception. I must put my respects in for Newdale here. That town of 358 people is the most amazing town in all of Idaho. I LOVE it. Respects paid. :) We had a great time at the reception, went and saw the house he is going to live in (I helped him rip down walls in it a couple years ago, so he told me to go see it finished!), and then came back and helped to trash his car. I was nice and only tied cans to the back, but somehow a live rooster ended up in the back of his car! We went back to see them off and I met this adorable little girl who thought that bubbles were the best thing ever. Every time I would blow them, she would open her mouth like in the picture and let out this huge grin. This entertained her for at least fifteen minutes. :) After seeing them off, we headed back to Rexburg and enjoyed fondue at Kristen’s while talking until really late. Then we girls spent the next three or four hours chatting like the old times back as roommates. I’m pretty sure I didn’t sleep that night!, but it was SO much fun!

Sunday morning we got up, snarfed the most amazing cake that Jared made, and then headed off to find a church. We tried to find a regular ward, but after the three tries and finding Stake Conference each time, we just stayed for it! We ended up in a couple’s ward and I have never seen so many kids in my life!! It was actually really funny to watch a screaming child be taken out at least every five seconds! It was actually a really good conference that focused on making time to go to the temple because we aren’t going enough. While waiting for the traffic to clear out, we walked around the new Rexburg Temple. It’s SO beautiful.


And then we headed for home. I guess the lack of sleep caught up to Nina and Aaron…

But I was just fine as long as I had my Skittles to eat! (check out my stash in my skirt?!)






In the middle of Nowhere, Idaho we saw a dead car on the side of the road and then a mile later two guys walking. I pulled over and we asked if we could help and they informed us their car had run out of gas and they were walking to McCammon (six miles down!) to get some. We asked if they would like a ride and they thanked us immensely. They got their gas and we drove them back. Thank goodness Aaron was there because the one dude had quite the hard time getting the gas can to work! And the other guy just sat in the car the whole time! These guys were complete punks, studded earrings and punk clothes, smelled like drugs, and talked about weird things, but were REALLY nice to us. We were proud to do be able to do our good turn for the day!

It was such a great trip. I loved catching up with my Nauvoo peeps and seeing Wes and his family. I love roadtrips! And although it was dang cold, I love Idaho!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Tagged

This “tagged” forward that is going around kind of makes me laff… email forwards have been a menace for years, but now blog forwards?! :) Anyway, I was tagged by a friend to list 7 random facts about myself and considering that I love random things, I’ll participate in this one.

Here goes:
1. I severely dislike cops. I honestly get sick to my stomach every time I see one.
2. I love holidays! I love to decorate for them and soaking up the uniqueness each one brings. And I really love seeing what awesome stuff I can get at the after-holiday sales!
3. I love and need to be outside. I would prefer to be outside almost any day compared to being cooped up inside. In fact, I slept in my backyard all summer a couple years ago. (I still would, but my neighborhood got scary!)
4. I am obsessed with learning. I want to know everything and I want people to share their knowledge with me.
5. I pretty much never watch TV. My favorite show is probably the news... :)
6. The chunks in yogurt make me gag. I suck the yogurt off the fruit chunk and then spit the chunk into a napkin. This doesn’t make much sense to me because I LOVE fruit. (And sorry if that one made any of you gag!)
7. I don’t think my body produces much heat. I’m pretty much always cold. And as awkward as this is, my stomach shivers. Dead serious.

Well now you all know how truly weird I am. :) And that’s only 7 things!

Now I'm supposed to tag some of you to now "be it". I think I’ll let you use your free agency and chose if you want to do it yourself!

Monday, November 5, 2007

For Sale

I was in Provo this weekend and was driving in a residential neighborhood. As I turned a corner, I saw two little girls jump up from where they had been sitting on the sidewalk and frantically begin waving an 8.5" x 11" paper sign at me. My first thought was "Lemonade in November!?", but as I slowed down and read the sign I laffed out loud. "PAINTED ROCKS, 50 CENTS." I stopped at the curb, looked at the selection of painted rocks lined up on the sidewalk, decided I really didn't have a preference for painted rocks, and told them to pick me the prettiest one. They picked me a really ugly one so I looked and said, "OOOOhhhh! How about that pretty pink one on the end?!" They picked it up, let me admire it for a moment and I told them that was the one I wanted. They said together, very professionally, "That will be 50 cents, please." I'm not going to lie--I showed off that rock for the rest of the evening bragging about my incredible purchase of the day! I'm seriously considering stealing their idea and selling painted rocks myself... it sounds like a booming business! :)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Monday night I carved pumpkins with a few of my siblings.


As you can tell, my family is incredibly photogenic. :)
(Please note that those three didn't have school that day which is why they look like trash!)
I'd like you to know that this was one of the first times I think I've attempted something other than triangle eyes and a toothy grin and I don't think it turned out too terrible.

I did the sweet witch, Jenny carved all four sides of hers, Brad did the wolf, and Daniel carved the Jordan School District logo hoping to cause some controversy about an issue on the ballot next week of WJ becoming it's own school district! Afterwards, we were looking through the costume box and probably enjoyed ourselves too much...


As for the wonderful tradition of dressing up, I decided to be an Arab! (said A-Rab, like in 'Huck Finn') :) After the most amazing trip to Egypt and Israel this summer, I had to show off a few of my purchases! I got the headress for "one dallah" at the pyramids of Giza and the sequined yellow shirt from the Suez Canal and I had on my Jerusalem Cruiser sandals. I've worn the yellow shirt a couple times and gotten everything from 'that's awesome' to 'that's retarded'. (I regret to say that I haven't worn the headress in public much...) :) And, of course, I went trick-or-treating. (You're only young once, but you can be immature forever!) I had five houses on my list and made it to four and had some great chats with some neighborhood friends. Then I waited in my sincere pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin to show up. :) "Three things you don't bring up in polite conversations: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin."