Tuesday, July 27, 2010

clarifying

so i was with some of my dearest girl friends last night. it was a catch-up night. in which we all realized that we need to be better communicators via blogs so that there aren't so many missing pieces.

for example, miss needed to explain why she was going to girls' camp - - she forgot to post on her blog that she was called to be the Young Women president! such a minor detail. but, i was informed that i haven't clearly stated that i am not going, nor did i begin at UVU. by the time school ended for the year and i was suppose to start classes as a wolverine, i was wasted. i realized just how zapped i was from the school year. so, i didn't even begin. 


which has been a blessing. because in case i didn't clarify, i am moving to BOSTON!! why? because i want to!! =)
okay, i do feel like i am being very guided and directed and that this is the best place for me to be right now. the relationship i was in a few months ago didn't work out, i have been living with my parents for lots longer than a year (which i am very okay to come back to! just fyi, i did pay full rent, just maybe helped eat their food . . . ;-) ), so, i'm feeling like it's time for an adventure!!


it's been about 4 years since my adventure out to new york to work at Girls Quest, and then had the cancer summer. so, it's time to attempt something grand again - and hope and pray another crazy health thing doesn't happen!


my mom and i are are leaving on august 17th. we are driving my car out and then she will fly home. it seems like that is plenty of time . . . HAHA!! it would be if i wasn't leaving on monday (my 32nd birthday!!!) to fly to san antonio to speak at efy. i am with the kids until wednesday afternoon. then my sis melissa is coming to get me (remember how she lives in san antonio?? i know, i am sooo lucky!!) and i get to play with her and her family until the night of the 12th. on friday, the 13th, it's lizzy's dance recital (free at the Covey Center in provo if you wanted to stop by). saturday is alpine days and a swim party for any friends that can stop by so i can give them a hug good-bye. sunday is the last time i get to teach my favorite gospel essentials class. and then that evening, as the ward family is out on our sunday strolls, we'll have popsicles at the holding pond.

monday, the 16th is dad's company work party at our house, which we cater. and then we will drop lizzy off at the airport bright and early on the 17th and keep driving east!!!

so everything needs to be ready to go by this friday!! ugh. stressing. but soooo excited!!!

hope that clarifies my world. =)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Today's Lesson

so i get a little into my lessons. 
i get to teach the Gospel Essentials class each week (which i know is VERY rare in Utah family wards to get to teach each week). and i LoVe all those that voluntarily come and participate. we have had incredible discussions. 

the next two week's lessons are on families. i really really really like this topic. so, i thought i'd share: 
 
The Family Can be Eternal

Julie B. Beck, Teaching the Doctrine of the Family, Seminaries and Institutes of Religion Satellite Broadcast, August 4, 2009
As I’ve met with young single adults around the world, I ask these questions: Why does the First Presidency care so much about the youth of the Church, and why do they invest so much? In their focus groups and their firesides, these are the answers I get, and you should be interested in these answers. You might ask your own students these questions. They say: “Well, we are the future Church leaders.” “Education is the key to success.” “We need training so we can stay strong.” “Our testimonies are strengthened in our
classes.” “We need to meet other great Latter-day Saint youth.” “We are the hope of the future.” One said, “We appreciate it.” Another one said, “Well, they spend so much money on us because we’re worth it.”
 
I was very interested in those answers. You have to know that after pushing hard and receiving response after response, I have rarely heard, “So I will someday be a better father, or a better mother, or a better family leader.” Family is rarely on their minds. Their responses are generally about self, and of course we know this is the time of life they’re in. They’re living in a very self-interested time of life, but they aren’t thinking about family.
 
The Creation of the earth was the creation of an earth where a family could live. It was a creation of a man and a woman who were the two essential halves of a family. It was not about a creation of a man and a woman who happened to have a family. It was intentional all along that Adam and Eve form an eternal family. It was part of the plan that these two be sealed and form an eternal family unit. That was the plan of happiness.
 
The Fall provided a way for the family to grow. Through the leadership of Eve and Adam, they chose to have a mortal experience. The Fall made it possible for Adam and Eve to have a family, to have sons and daughters. They needed to grow in numbers and grow in experience. The Fall provided that for the family.
The Atonement allows for the family to be sealed together eternally. It allows for families to have eternal growth and perfection. The plan of happiness and the plan of salvation was a plan created for families. I don’t think very many of the rising generation understand that the main pillars of our theology are centered in the family.
 
Without the family, there is no plan; there is no reason for it.
 
Korihor was an anti-Christ. Anti-Christ is antifamily. Any doctrine or principle our youth hear from the world that is antifamily is also anti-Christ. It’s that clear. They need to know that if it’s antifamily, it’s anti-Christ. An anti- Christ is antifamily. We are in danger of getting a generation like we see described in Mosiah 26, where many of the rising generation don’t believe in the traditions of their fathers, and they become a separate people as to their faith and remain so ever after. Despite all the money, all the effort you put in, they could be led away if they don’t understand their part in the plan.

From the Manual
  • The family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children
  • Parents are partners with our Heavenly Father.
  • President David O. McKay said, “With all my heart I believe that the best place to prepare for … eternal life is in the home” (“Blueprint for Family Living,” Improvement Era, Apr. 1963, 252). At home, with our families, we can learn self-control, sacrifice,loyalty, and the value of work. We can learn to love, to share, and to serve one another.
  • If we keep our covenants with the Lord, our families will be united eternally as husband, wife, and children.
  • As family members we can help each other feel confident by giving encouragement and sincere praise. Each child should feel important. Parents need to show they are interested in what their children do and express love and concern for their children. Children should likewise show their love for their parents. They should be obedient and try to live the kind of life that will bring honor to their parents and to their family name.

2 Ne. 25: 26
And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission their sins.
Jacob 3: 7 
Behold, their husbands love their wives and their wives love their husbands; and their husbands and their wives love their children;
and their unbelief and their hatred towards you is because of the iniquity of their fathers; wherefore, how much better are you than they, in the sight of your great Creator?
Enos 1: 1 
Behold, it came to pass that I, Enos, knowing my father that he was a just man—for he taught me in his language, and also in the nurture and admonition of the Lord—and blessed be the name of my God for it—

  • Why did our Heavenly Father send us to earth in families?
    • Why is the home the best place to prepare for eternal life?
  • What is a successful family?
    • What can parents do to encourage their children to be each other’s best friends?
    • What has helped your family get through difficult times?
    • How has family prayer, family scripture study, family councils, family meal times, and family home evening made a difference in your home?

Friday, July 16, 2010

"happy july 16th", becca cheerfully shouted from the car window . . .


we may have gotten a little hyper. maybe it was the heat. maybe it was the wonderful singing of the mo tab (betehema and the choir's perfectly in-sync dancing). maybe it was just because it was us girls. whatever it was, after the Tabernacle Choir Pioneer Celebration tonight, while getting drinks on 1L in the parking garage, becca and sarah and kelly and sarah jane all started singing "Go go go Joseph".

yes people were still coming down into the parking garage. but, it didn't matter. the singing took over. and stayed as we drove down state street - windows down - volume at max. i am sure we entertained hundreds of people. and we were even recorded by the visitor with the video camera!

before all this, however, we captured. mostly kyle kindly captured for us.
we grabbed jimmy johns and ate our sandwiches on the plaza of temple square. it was lovely. then partook of dear lizzy cupcakes. walked to the south visitor's center to see the incredible cut-out of the Salt Lake Temple. and then off to the show. it was incredible. did i mention that? who knew that the mo tab has basically been at the cutting edge of all musical recording - ever!! moments like this i think, of COURSE the Church is true. 


it was fun to have kyle around . . he and i have had lots of lunch discussions on temple square. we took these to remember that we were friends once upon a time. this one in the window was where we had a very not fun discussion. it got pretty heated. just wanted to have a reminder that we still smile and like our friendship even after no fun discussions. :)  i think that's when you know you have a treasured friend. 

i think you know you have treasured friends when they sing and dance with you at the top of their lungs driving down state street. yup, i love that becca lets me tag-along with her and her friends, cuzz i like them. a lot.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

updates from the past little while

a couple fun things from the last few weeks:

30th wedding anniversary for dan and shelley!! em did an incredible job of organizing everything. it was a ward party for dan's byu married ward too.


then, just days later (after a crazy sunday in which i taught a combined gospel essentials and gospel doctrine lesson and then ran to teach a combined young men/young women lesson in the chapel! i asked to do the young men/young women lesson so that i could practice for efy which will be the fist week of august. turned a little crazy of a day. BUT, seeing as it is my incredible ward, it was a wonderful day. ), we headed to lake powell!

we went with a family we hadn't been with for years. we soo love them and it was a wonderful vacation. lots of sun, lots of water, lots of talking, lots of food.  yes, that was a real sunset. talk about stunning. becca and lizzy and i also did lots of reading. i think i read two and a half books. liz went and raided my apartment and found about 10 books she wanted to read (i was sooo excited!!!!), and becca has been on a malcom gladwell kick and finished one of his and started another.

speaking of tipping point, i had a changing point after lake powell. i had been doing lots of thinking and pondering and self-analysis. lake powell helped lots too with oodles of time to really just be (another topic for another day: the necessity of just being). and i decided to leave my teaching job and move to boston!! whoa. mama. huge deal. 

i don't have a job yet. so if you know anyone that needs me to so anything in the boston area, holller!! i have a wonderful place to stay in lexington (just moments away from the boston temple). if i don't find a job within a few months, i'll come back home and substitute, etc. both options are very very okay with me. i feel like what is suppose to happen will happen. the entire thinking process has been hard as i have thought about the hundreds of students and teachers and parents i will dearly miss at early light. but i know that i need to follow my gut/heart. thank GOODNESS facebook and email allows for instant communication to keep in touch with all those i adore.  (this means i am hoping and expecting my students to write!!)


a few months ago, i was needing an uplift. usually at these times, i go on a shopping spree - creating a bit of a new image. :) this time, i did a bedding new image. my mom was buying new quilts and bedding for st. george and i feel in love with an all white quilt and pillow cases. so, the re-doing of my apartment began. 

my mom and i made a quilt for me the summer of cancer. i've had a beautiful black, red and green (proimse it didn't look Christmasy) since 2006. i have LOVED it!! i have now rearranged the apartment and bought a white slip cover for my red couch. i wanted to cover the pillows and make a new nap "blankey". so when mom, becca, and i headed to the bear lake quilt retreat this past sunday, i knew exactly what i wanted to do!

it was sooo fun! we worked until 1 or 2 am each day. we talked and talked. ate and ate. and created and created! remember how my sisters have the fabulously beautiful fabric of rainy days and mondays?? mom's goal was to make miss tillie mae her first "big girl bed" quilts out of it! a beautiful strip quilt and a fabulous nap quilt!!

the stakes have been raised, however, at the retreat. because jayme and wendy used the snyder girl's fabric and made us bags!!
this is wendy, the host, poising with her TOAST apron! she is sooo good to us! part of the tradition is getting shakes at La Bode's (have no idea if i spelled that right. but Ryan's Special is lizzy's favorite flavor ever, and the raspberry's fresh and make the most divine shakes!!). becca made kim bradshaw's caramel brownies and we she figured we needed to have them WITH our shakes. yum yum yum!!

becca - as the designer - was requested to sign quilt blocks. she went over the top and stitched on them! she also went pendant crazy and decided that making headbands will be her future. :) my nap quilt is going to be backed with the cuddly MINKEY!! the pillows i made have cute cursive letters on the white fabric. thus, the close ups. :)

okay, if you lasted through all of this, you will the grand prize of being my favorite friend. but if you are like me and just looked through the pictures, then you are a heart mate friend! regardless, come visit me - or find me a job!!! - in BOSTON!!!!