Sunday, March 16, 2008


I love C.S. Lewis. I am currenlty reading/listening to Narnia right now. I have learned so much from the small children's book about Christ and about being selfless. About not putting yourself before others. The whole reason they all fell into the white witches trap was because of Edmond's selfishness and natural desires. And then Aslan ended up sacrificing himself to redeem the human. What insight C.S. Lewis had. I am amazed at it. When at first he was an atheist and to do a total turn around and be so profoundly in tune with the reality of the Savior! That is beautiful. I have enjoyed the book and am excited to watch the movie again with different eyes. I'm grateful for a man who used his talent so selflessly.

Easter Week: The last week of the Savior's Earthly Ministry

This is something I got like 2 years ago at an institute class that really made the Savior's life come alive for me and Easter especially and the reason we celebrate it. I recently found it and decided that this week I was going to read these chapters and verses everday this week to help me remember what Easter is all about. I challenge you to do it too. If you need a Bible let me know! I'd be happy to help.

The Last Week of the Savior’s Mortal Ministry
Triumphal entry, Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem, Money Changer are cast out Matt 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-50

Priests challenge Christ’s Authority, Parables taught, Tribute to Ceasar what is Ceasar’s Greatest Commandment, Widow’s Mite
Matt 21:17-21, Mark 11:12, 12:40, Luke 19:45, 30:44

Nothing specific Mentioned, Review prophesies, Second Coming
Matt 24,25 Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith Matthew

Jesus prophesies the Crucifixion, Woman anoints Jesus’ feet, Judas plans betrayal
Matt 26:2, Matt 26:7-13, mark 14:3-9, Matt 26:14-16, Mark 14:10-12

Feast of the Passover, Jesus taught the disciples, Jesus prayed in Gethsamane
Matt: 26:20-75, Mark 14: 17-72, Luke 22:13-54, John 13-18

Trials before pilate and Ciaphans Matt27, Luke23, Mark 15, John 18
Jesus was scourged and mocked Matt 27: 27-31 Mark 15:15-20, John 19:1-12 The Crucifixion (approx 9am-3pm) Matt 27:32-66 Mark 15:24-47, Luke 23:32-56, John 19:19-42

Christ visits the Spirit world Doctrine and Covenants 138

Women go to the tomb- John 20:1-2
Peter and John go to the tomb- John 20:3-10
Mary sees the Savior- John 20:13-17
Jesus appears to the Disciples- Luke 2:36-49

I love my job!

We went to Texas Roadhouse for Kelsey's bday. It's tradition. We have gone there for like 3 years now i think for our birthdays or just to go out. and always get the same thing (Chicken Critters with honey mustard. a Salad with ranch and sweet potatoe with marshmellow and water with lemon.) It has been fun. Well, i loved the back of our waiter's shirt, cause i thought, "You know, I really love my job too." I have been really blessed with my job. Only Heavenly Father knew that this was exactly what i was cut out to do. I would have never thought that i would love teaching as much as i do.

I had a dream last night that i went on another mission (To Idaho of all places) and i left my classroom and kids to fend for itself. Today, i thought, where would I be able to touch more people's lives? I mean really touch them? I've been on a mission and done my work and know it was so important, but really i feel so effective in teaching. like i get to be with so many kids and get to know them on a personal basis (and even go snowboarding with them) and help them in some small way. maybe say the right words at the right time to help them. I'm not sure. But i do think i'm right where Heavenly Father wants me to be. So here I am teaching and loving it and can't even believe that school is out in 2 months. That is just crazy, but for now i'm enjoying it and loving my job and all the kids that go with matter what they think...I love them all! They are great kids.

Snowboarding day!

The drive up in the snow. The ride up there was amazing! It was snowing and look at this scenery and then the great kids in the back!

Soper and i pretty much rock! we are a tad cheesy and scary all at once, but she was driving in the snow storm and i was trying not to distract her so we didn't die. bad pic, but it's all i got

Lunch time...a well needed break for me.

Can you say defeat? I felt so defeated. This smile is a bad picture, because i had to force actually force this smile out of my mouth. It took me two hours to get down the first run. I was left alone. Soper went back up the lift scared for me and where i was wondering if the wolves had eaten me. I was just there frustrated as all get out, because there was so much powder that we couldn't move, except for the experienced people. Nick took us down an ungroomed black diamond on our first run...what the heck was he thinking? i literally could not move. so there i was sad and frustrated and later that day i cried. Lit erally cried and sobbed like a baby, because i felt so frustrated and stupid that i couldn't do it. But down my first run i just decided that the beauty was well worth it. It was snowing again. Of course i was sweaty and soaking wet from falling, eating it hard so many times that there was not an inch that snow had not touched. (this sounds really pathetic, but that's pretty much how the entire day went. i've never had a day of snowboarding so bad. This was my third time, but granted it has been 3 years since i skied or snowboarded). So there i was saying, forget this whole going down the hill part, i'll just take some pictures so that's what I did.

Brighton...not quite conquered, but plowed! with my face and whole body of course, but i think i'll come again!

Brandon at the end of the day. He held up well and was a great friend waiting for me while i cried.
At day's end...Charly happy as a clam! She really is good (but later admitted to me that she too cried her first couple of times!)

And then after lunch, Brandon and i decided to go down another one. That is where I cried, because it was so flat that i couldn't even move anywhere. i just layed on my back and sobbed like a baby. A girl rode by and said, "Are you okay?" Through my tears i just waved her on, like "Yeah, i'm just feeling like a big baby, defeated and alone and these other guys are going right past me and are flying down the ungroomed forest with the trees no problem, but I'll be okay." So after getting up and trying again and again and getting no where, i decided to take of my board and walk. It felt like the guys on cool runnings at the end where they picked up their tabagon and carried it...well i was just pathetic, not really conquering anything. and i walk around the riverbend to find Brandon sitting there patiently waiting for me. So from then on we were a team. We would both go and one of us would eat it and somehow the other would too and we just layed there for a second covered in snow. And then we'd get up and go again. It was really fun and completely exhausting. Notice the amount of snow on us. It is not from the falling snow. it is from our wipe outs!

The Twins!

My little ones! i think they're what 2 months old now. They were both hungry at the same time. All i could do was hold them and love them.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Choices to the future...

"In my quiet moments, I think of the future with all of its wonderful possibilities and with all of its terrible temptations. I wonder what willhappen to you in the next 10 years. Where will you be? What will you bedoing? That will depend on the choices you make, some of which may seemunimportant at the time but which will have tremendousconsequences."
Gordon B. Hinckley, "Stay on the High Road," Ensign, May 2004, 112-113

How true it is...where will I live? What will my major be? What should I minor in? What job will i do? Do I go on a mission or not? Who will I marry? Of all of these questions, the simplest one for that has affected me more than any other is where will I live? Every time I move it is for a reason and it's good to know that even though it's something as simple as moving five min from where i lived before, Heavenly Father cares and it does change my life a little at a time. I'm grateful for His simple guidance that ends up making a big difference. March 9, 2008

Sunday, March 2, 2008

What I learned this weekend

Basically what I learned this weekend was that we need to be content with what we have. That when we find joy in serving our Heavenly Father’s children, then we have found the purpose for our life, because in Joy comes love and peace. And really isn’t that we are all looking for anyway? So no matter what station we are at in life, married, single, widowed or struggling with whatever we are struggling with, if we give love and serve, it will come back full circle. I truly believe that, because I’ve lived it and the times I am most happy is when I live in the moment I’m in and when I’m giving what of who I am to those around me to make their life (and in turn my life) better. What a joy it is to love and give and know our purpose here; to help Heavenly Father bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of all of our brothers and sisters. It is through that process that we are refined enough to in-turn, make it back home safely as well. It’s been a good day!