Thursday, October 30, 2008

i slept over at home last night. with mom gone to her quilting show in houston, i have gone down to be around to help with dinner and lizzy's costume for tomorrow!!

i "stole" this ribbon from a friends wedding last year and wore it around my waist last halloween. i liked the look and decided to do it again in preparation for tomorrow. with becca in jerusalem, i am sleeping in her big bed instead of the twin bed that i typically sleep in while i am at home. as i walked out of her this morning, i saw a flower in her jewelrey bowl. i figured it was close enough and thought i'd do something with it. it seemed a little more formal if i wore it on my blouse itself, so i threw it on the ribbon.

and can we talk about compliments!!! wow. a beautiful lady with blonde hair whose large office is just down from mine LoVeD it and said we were going to be twins! and the cafeteria lady thought it was great and the board did too!

so thanks becca!! hope you are okay that i didn't get a chance to ask you first!! ;-)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

so i got to give a talk in the emc 19th ward on sunday. i have had a number of thought lately and it was fun to gather them together. i didn't share things the way they were formed in my mind, but oh well. i was sharing some of my gathered thinkings with a friend and she asked that i email the thoughts. HA! if you know me, you know that when i gather thoughts, they are in an outline form, so i hurried and typed things up.

here's where a few of my thinkings have been the last two weeks:

Characteristics of Conversion

I have thought lots about the “issues” with singles. It seems to come to 2 points: not converted deep enough to endure the hard things, or the speed bumps in life; and not getting and staying married. But then I wondered if these aren’t the issues with ALL members, and they are just highlighted with the large numbers of singles.

With that, I started studying Conversion again. The TG and BD refer to the story of Ruth. So I went there and reread the few chapters. Who knows all the meaning in chapter 3 and 4 when Ruth lies and Boaz’s feet in order for them to get married – I’ll have to study more. BUT I came away in awe that Boaz recognized Ruth’s characteristics of personal conversion. Ruth’s first husband, Naomi’s son, died just after 10 years of marriage. Ruth was converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the time. So converted that when Naomi told her to go home to her family, Ruth chose not to. I am sure that Ruth was aware of the life that Naomi would have as a older widowed woman. She would have no income, it would be hard to make ends meet, etc. I can image Ruth knowing this and choosing to take care of Naomi because of her depth of conversion. Robert J. Whetten, in “Strengthen Thy Brethren”, Liahona, May 2005, 91-93 said, “Isn’t the measure of the level of your conversion how you treat others? . . . Your continued spiritual growth and eternal progress are very much wrapped up in your relationships – in how you treat others.”

Ruth went and worked in the fields, gathering the left over barley grains from the early morning all day long. Boaz saw her and thought she was beautiful. Working in the fields that long, I can only image what she physically looked like. I know what I look like when I am out working in the yard – haven’t showered, no makeup, not cute hair, clothes than are grubby. I am guessing Ruth looked just about the same – no expensive make up, not clothes that flattered her figure, no yummy smelling hair products, no cute shoes. Boaz must have seen something through all that that was truly beautiful. I am sure that when he was a deacon or teacher or elder thinking about the girl they would marry, Boaz wasn’t thinking that she would be the poor girl gathering the left-over grains from his field. Ruth’s purity, her sanctification (BD: Conversion) had made her beautiful. Maybe all the prophets and leaders were right when they talk about beauty being a purity. The magic was that Boaz – my new boyfriend of life! – had developed an ability to recognize characteristics of personal conversion. He saw who Ruth was (not saying that she let herself go and just was going to be who she was the guy would have to see through LOTS of things to her “sweet spirit”) and knew exactly what he needed in order to form the eternal righteous family he was to create.

love that Boaz notices Ruth - even amidst the craziness around him, he saw her!

this picture is SOO not accurate! no way did Ruth look so good!

And that is huge! Ruth and Boaz were the great, great, great, grandparents of the Savior. Their depth of conversion was passed through their children and their children’s children. It was deep enough to last countless generations and be able to mold and guide the man and woman who would raise the Son of God.

It blows my mind to ponder what things the Lord could do with us – His people – if we truly CHOSE to develop characteristics of conversion and then truly and decidedly saw these characteristics in the people around us. If we were honestly seeking for those who have decided and proved their conversion and married them – WOW!!! Boaz knew he needed to form an eternal righteous family, and he sought out a woman, recognized her behaviors as proof of her conversion and formed that eternal family.

SOO many other examples in Issac and Rebekah, Jacob and Rachel. Wow!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

no idea of what to write an entry about, but because i have been checking melissa and aaron's about boston updates and becca's about life updates, i figured if there was anyone checking mine, i should write something about something!!

this weekend is miss chalk's annual HARVEST FEST!! it is truly one of my all-time favorite events! she and i decided long ago and the fall is the best season ever. so, she being martha stewart's more righteous twin (you'll never see miss with that "prison anklet"!)
i am sure miss and courtney's displays will look ten times better than this - no creepy faces on their pumpkins!! they always have a fabulous gift to make and take. AND the most divine food EVER! my goal is to make homemade rolls and grab Lehi bakery orange rolls for it. I'll make the rolls when i help dad pass out halloween candy friday night.

Liz is going to be a fairy. She and mom made a tutu on the way to cedar city last weekend. incredible hailee mae is home from milan and we went to see her and hear her speak at church. she in wonderful! dad is now sick and tired of the tutu. it has found it's way to most every room in the house and last night, he was ready to toss it! ;-0

the trip to cedar was fun. jesse drove down and saved me. i was so tired and he helped keep me awake on the way down and on the way home, he drove!!! love that! we talked lots and he shared lots of music that he loved. we are hoping to find a place to live together in a few months.

it's low income housing for poor people - that's me!! but it's in good sections of town. i have seen this building, and had no idea what it was. interesting. we'll see if anything can happen there. we'll see if jess can wait for me.

i go to san antonio a week from TODAY!!!!!!!! i get to play with miss and aaron and tillie!!! hooray!!! hopefully it will be full of seaworld, outlets, sleeping, holding tillie so miss can get whatever she wants done, and just FUN! miss said there is a single's conference, so if i feel comforatble, i might go. =)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

i need to apologize to becca - i know this is the main source of updates that you get in jerusalem, so for it to have been a month and a half since i did anything on here is not very nice. but i don't know if there has really be lots to report about - at least nothing to exciting . . .

i made a shirt like you!! i decided a few days before dad and i went to the BYU vs. UCLA game. Dad was wonderful because as i started, he came into the kitchen and said we were suppose to wear blue - but i was so excited about the shirt that day of, he wore a white shirt too so that i wouldn't stand out too bad. yep, he's the best. we rode the harley to the game and he bought the last car flag at the bookstore - he might have taken the one tapped with packaging tape to the shelf that was the display one . . .

sorry it's fuzzy! it's on the back in the top-middle.
it was my attempt to blanket stitch after i woner-undered the Y on.

i had a body scan to make sure thyroid cancer is still gone. it was an ordeal - note to self: don't try to be your own oncologist, the radiologists don't think you have the credentials. ;-) After finding a new oncologist and a few trips to provo for special shots, i had the scan and i am clear. i also had an ultrasound which showed freckles on my liver!!!!! don't ask me how in the world that happens. but i think that the newly married boyce campbell said it well when he told me, "you need to stop having weird things grow in your body!! They never know what's wrong with you!" :)

the greatest movie is out - Forever Strong. it has all that a girl wants - beautiful boys, inspiring story, tears, and a stipling warrior T-shirt!
it's good and clean and just makes your heart and eyes happy :) (AND it's based on a true story . . . the coach was a seminary teacher and truly coaches as Salt Lake's Highland High!!)

i am playing with the idea of going back to teaching - Junior High, in Texas.
Aaron, Melissa, and Tillie will be out there for one more year and i have been in utah for the last 12 years . . . i think a breather is a good idea. i am going out to visit the wood family the beginning of november. miss said we could go around to schools in san antonio and austin. i just spent $200 for the texas office of education to reveiw my utah teaching certificate and decide if i am qualified . . . i'll keep ya posted on the results.

other than that, life is pretty much the same old story. i don't get to be gospel doctrine teacher anymore because my last sunday in the EMC 19th ward is this week. i am pretty sure i will go to the university 41st - they take in the Brigham Apartments where i live on south temple. always interesting to start a new ward.

peace out.

ps becca!! great engagement photos of the couple in jerusalem!!!!!!! isn't there another couple too? do you get to do their photos also???