Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Carrot to beat all those other carrots I showed you

Okay, I know I've shown you a lot of carrots in the past couple months. I appreciate your patience. I'm sure you don't wake up every morning with the dearest wish that I'll have posted more pictures of carrots today. But, guys, this time I have to.

Jason and I finally harvested absolutely everything from our garden last week. It was going to snow, and we wanted everything out of the ground. Plus, we wanted to take our harvest to my mom's house for Thanksgiving so that we could share all of our delicious food.

And we found it.

The biggest carrot ever.

A carrot bigger than any carrot you've ever ever seen before.

This carrot.


Here it is compared to a normal carrot and a spoon. (Think about how big a spoon is. Then think about how big this carrot right next to that spoon right there.)


Here, a normal carrot and my hand.


My leg. (I should have hiked up my pj's so you can see it better, but it goes from my knee to my ankle. And I'm a tall person and have long legs. Look at your leg. Think about a carrot going from your knee to your ankle.)


Okay, finally, think about a potato. Think about how big a potato is. Think about your hand, and how it would compare to a potato. Now think about an apple. Think about how big an apple would be in your hand, and how big a carrot would be in your hand.

Then look at this:


Biggest. Carrot. EVER.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Clothes Reclamation Project


See those clothes? Those are my clothes. I like them. In that pile there's a couple pairs of jeans, a couple skirts, and a couple dresses. The thing that they all have in common is that they all need some tweaking. The jeans just need some repair work after having been used for a couple years, while the dresses and skirts just need to be a couple inches longer for me to be comfortable wearing them. So, my clothes project has begun!

I'm excited to fix my clothes so they're how I want them. I'm excited for these pieces to actually be options when I reach in the closet, you know?


The first in the bunch I want to show you is my red skirt. It was just a little bit too short. It may look fine in that picture, but whenever I wore it it rode up so it hit me in this awkward spot just right above my knees. So, I went to the craft store and found some red fabric that was the closest red to the skirt. I went to my mom's house, got help from her and her sewing machine, and
tada!


It's long enough now. I wore it to church a couple weeks ago. :) I haven't worn it in forever, but now that it's long enough I totally will.

Next I'll show you the jeans. They're less exciting, but I'm still glad they're fixed.

I hope you're having a good Monday!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

What I'm thankful for

1. Jason


2. My family
3. The gospel
4. The temple
5. My friends
6. Food
7. Especially molten caramel cake
8. Books
9. Babies
10. Animals
11. Soil
12. Music
13. My ski pants
14. Trees
15. Toilet paper
16. Pianos
17. Brown Eggs


18. My space heater
19. My big fluffy robe
20. Bubble baths
21. Good movies
22. Sunshine
23. This poster:


24. Carpet
25. Steak
26. Seasonings
27. And seasons
28. Stars
29. Grass
30. Pictures
31. Bags
32. Hairbrushes
33. Veggie Tales
34. Indoor plumbing
35. Electricity
36. Warm Cookies
37. Pets (oh, how I love them)


38. More books
39. Board games
40. Good smells
41. Rain
42. Computers
43. Fireplaces
44. Hot chocolate
45. Watermelon
46. Pools
47. Forests
48. Blankets
49. Shoes
50. Clothes
51. Our apartment
52. Our ward
53. Caterpillars

video

54. You

Monday, November 22, 2010

Our Adorable Nieces


Jason and I have, honestly, seriously, the cutest nieces ever. If you think your nieces are the cutest, well, I'm sorry to say...our nieces are cuter.


This is Aubrey. We love her. SOOO much. We were able to play with her pretty much all last summer, and it was the absolute best. We get to see her next month for Christmas, and we are SOOO excited!!!






She has an equally cute little sister, Mikayla, but I'm sorry to say that I don't have any pictures of Mikayla yet (she was born after we came up to Utah last year). I'll have TONS after Christmas, though, I'm sure. :)


This is Violet. She is adorable. And so funny. She just turned one a couple months ago. We've been lucky to be able to see Violet a lot, too, because she and her parents, my step-sister and brother-in-law, have lived with my mom this year and we've been able to visit them all the time.



Violet loves dogs. Especially Max. She loves him. Loves him.


(This is her funny face she makes sometimes)



Awww!!! We love our nieces! We can't wait to see them soon!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Our True Identity

"How grateful we are that the heavens are indeed open, that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored, and that the Church is founded on the rock of revelation. We are a blessed people, with apostles and prophets upon the earth today."

- President Thomas S. Monson

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Grasshoppers


So, I've been debating whether to tell you this or not. On the one hand, I'm totally fine with you knowing. On the other hand, I'm worried (ha! you'll see how ironic that is in a sec) that it'll make you worried about me. Which it shouldn't.

You see, yesterday I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. What that means is that I worry about stuff too much; I worry about everything, all the time. (In a nutshell.) I always feel that something bad is going to happen.

It reminds me of the ant and the grasshopper from Aesop's fable, where the ant is working all the time, preparing for winter, and the grasshopper is singing and playing his fiddle. All that poor ant can think about is possible storms in the future; he can't stop and fully enjoy the present. I'm always worried about a winter that's never coming when everyone else realizes that it's spring, and playing fiddles is okay. Does that kind of make sense, vaguely?

I want to be the grasshopper. And I will be, soon. I will overcome this.

And don't worry about me. I don't want anyone worrying.

Everything will be all right. :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Prophets

Hi everyone! I hope you're having an awesome Sunday. Today, instead of sharing a video with you, I wanted to share one of the talks from the last General Conference. The talk is entitled "Obedience to the Prophets" and it was given by Elder Claudio R.M. Costa of the Presidency of the Seventy. It's an awesome talk.

I want to tell you that I know these things are true. There is a living prophet of God on the earth today. God loves us and will always give us guidance. Not only do we have personal prayer and the holy spirit to guide us, we have the prophet, who can see farther than we do, who is given revelation by God to guide the whole church. He speaks for God. If we follow him we will be happy. :) It really is that simple when it comes down to it. I know God lives. I know that President Thomas S. Monson is his prophet on the earth today.

If you have a minute, read this talk. It really is just so good and explains prophets so well.

And without further ado, Elder Costa. :)


"I am a convert to the Church. I am so grateful that God answered my prayer and gave me a knowledge and a strong testimony that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. Before I made the decision to be baptized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I studied extracts from the history of Joseph Smith. I prayed after carefully reading each paragraph. If you would like to do this yourself, it may take you 14 hours.

After I read, pondered, and prayed, the Lord gave me the assurance that Joseph Smith was His prophet. I testify to you that Joseph Smith is a prophet, and because I have received this answer from the Lord, I know that all of his successors are prophets too. What a great blessing it is to have prophets in our day!

Why is it important to have living prophets to guide the true Church of Jesus Christ and its members?
In the Guide to the Scriptures, we find the definition of the word prophet: “A person who has been called by and speaks for God. As a messenger of God, a prophet receives commandments, prophecies, and revelations from God”. It is a great blessing to receive the word, commandments, and guidance of the Lord in these difficult days of the earth. The prophet can be inspired to see the future in benefit of mankind.

We are told that “surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." We learn from this scripture that the Lord will reveal to His prophets absolutely anything that He feels is necessary to communicate to us. He will reveal His will to us, and He will instruct us through His prophets. The Lord promised us that if we believe in the holy prophets, we should have eternal life. In the sixth article of faith, we declare that we believe in prophets. To believe means to have faith and confidence in them and to follow and do what the prophets ask us to do.

In 1980, when President Ezra Taft Benson was serving as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, he gave a powerful message about obedience to the prophets at a BYU devotional in the Marriott Center. His great talk, titled “Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet,” touched my heart. It made me feel good that I had made the decision to follow the prophets for the rest of my life when I accepted baptism in the Lord’s true Church. I would like to share with you some of the principles that President Benson taught:

“First: The prophet is the only man who speaks for the Lord in everything” (1980 Devotional Speeches of the Year [1981], 26).

In our day the prophet of God has told us to keep the commandments, to love our fellowman, to serve, to take care of the rising generation, to rescue the inactive or less active—to do many things that we call prophetic priorities. We need to understand that these priorities are God’s priorities and the prophet is His voice in communicating them to all of the Church and the world.

We are counseled to “give heed unto all his words and commandments” (D&C 21:4). We also learn: “For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith. For by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory” (D&C 21:5–6).

Second fundamental: “The living prophet is more vital to us than the standard works.” 

The living prophet is receiving specific revelations for us. I can remember many times when I have been present to hear one of the servants of the Lord speak about a specific thing for a city or country. I remember at least three of the living prophets, seers, and revelators who have spoken about my country, Brazil. One of these servants said that Brazil would become a great economy in the world and be free of inflation. At the time, we had two-digit inflation every month. It was difficult for many people to believe what the prophet said, but I believed. Brazil has had about 5 percent inflation each year for many consecutive years now. Brazil has become eighth in the world economy, and the country is doing great!

Third fundamental: “The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet.” 

We learn a great lesson about this from the scriptures. In the times of Noah it was easier for the people to believe in the dead prophets, but it was difficult for them to believe in Noah. We know that because of their incredulity they did not survive the Flood (see Genesis 6-7).

Fourth fundamental: “The prophet will never lead the Church astray."

Again we learn from the living prophets. President Wilford Woodruff said: “The Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as President of this Church to lead you astray. It is not in the programme. It is not in the mind of God. If I were to attempt that, the Lord would remove me out of my place, and so He will any other man who attempts to lead the children of men astray from the oracles of God and from their duty” (Official Declaration 1.)

Fifth fundamental: “The prophet is not required to have any particular earthly training or credentials to speak on any subject or act on any matter at any time."

The Lord called a young man, Joseph Smith, to restore His Church. Do you think that the young Joseph Smith was a doctor in theology or science? We know that he was a humble and not academically educated young man. But he was chosen by the Lord, and he received from the Lord all that was necessary to honor and magnify the calling of a prophet of the Restoration.

President Benson continued:

“Sixth: The prophet does not have to say ‘Thus saith the Lord’ to give us scripture. . . . 

“Seventh: The prophet tells us what we need to know, not always what we want to know."

And then President Benson quoted from 1 Nephi 16:1, 3:

“And now it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had made an end of speaking to my brethren, behold they said unto me: Thou hast declared unto us hard things, more than we are able to bear. . . . And now my brethren, if ye were righteous and were willing to hearken to the truth, and give heed unto it, that ye might walk uprightly before God, then ye would not murmur because of the truth, and say: Thou speakest hard things against us.”

Eighth fundamental: “The prophet is not limited by men’s reasoning. . . . 

“ . . . Does it seem reasonable to cure leprosy by telling a man to wash seven times in a particular river? Yet this is precisely what the prophet Elisha told a leper to do, and he was healed. (See 2 Kings 5)” (“Fourteen Fundamentals,” 28).

And President Benson continued giving other principles about obedience to the prophet. I will read the last six and invite you in your next family home evening to find these principles in the words and teachings of our living prophets, seers, and revelators during this general conference.

“Ninth: The prophet can receive revelation on any matter—temporal or spiritual. . . . 

“Tenth: The prophet may be involved in civic matters. . . . 

“Eleventh: The two groups who have the greatest difficulty in following the prophet are the proud who are learned and the proud who are rich. . . . 

“Twelfth: The prophet will not necessarily be popular with the world or the worldly. . . . 

“Thirteenth: The prophet and his counselors make up the First Presidency—the highest quorum in the Church. . . . 

“Fourteenth: The prophet and the presidency—the living prophet and the first presidency—follow them and be blessed; reject them and suffer."

We are privileged to have the words of our living prophets, seers, and revelators during this wonderful general conference. They will speak the will of the Lord for us, His people. They will transmit the word of God and His counsel to us. Pay attention and follow their instruction and suggestions, and I testify to you that your life will be completely blessed.

Jesus is the Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. Thomas S. Monson is the living prophet of God, and the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are prophets, seers, and revelators. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Football

Today there is a BYU football game, and they are playing somebody, somewhere. Clearly, we are not at this game. (Jason's taking a test right now and I'm writing a paper). But we were able to go to one of their games a couple weeks ago, when Jill and Tommy gave us their tickets for the day! It was so fun to be able to go watch them at the stadium, and they won! Which is lucky for us, considering how well they've been doing this season.

It was a rainy day, so we walked to the stadium in the rain, jumped over ginormous puddles at the street corners, and just got kind of wet. Honestly, I like the rain cause it makes things more interesting. It stopped raining about when we got there, though, which was also nice cause it was less cold.


My dad actually does something on the sidelines (I don't know what his official title is. We'll call him the clipboard-holder pole man.) and we went and found him at half-time and got to talk to him. Way cool.

Walking back home, we passed this long line of parked UTA busses, which Jason noticed had this little sticker on them:


Also, really cool trees lined the sidewalk:


Fun day!

Monday, November 8, 2010

I was ready for church an hour early today

It was an accident.


A good one.

I don't know how it did it. It wasn't because of Daylight Savings (seriously). I knew we were gaining an hour; I knew my phone would automatically change an hour back at two o'clock, and so my alarms would be all fine.

I just thought church was an hour earlier than it's ever been before.

Our church starts at 11 o'clock. It has always started at 11 o'clock. But today, for some reason, my brain told me it started at 10.

I got up at 8, I got ready, I got dressed, I packed my bag, and I looked at the clock - 9:50. But Jason wasn't ready. "I'm ready to go," I told him encouragingly. Smiling, as if he were about to reveal a secret, he replied, "Church doesn't start for an hour."

"No it doesn't," I started, "It starts -" And then I stopped. Because he was absolutely right, and I had been operating under a delusion all morning. "I didn't tell you until you were all ready," he said with a mischievous smile. Oh, the love of my life. I forgive him. It was funny.

So then I had an hour on my hands. Which naturally means... pictures! We have about a billion leaves on the ground outside, and Jason's been dying to rake them, and I wanted to get some pictures before they're all gone, so I went outside and got fresh morning air and goodness.

Here's right outside our door:


And this is our sidewalk: (can you tell where the sidewalk ends and the yard begins?)


Our tree:

And some leaves:


Jason, seeing that I had finally taken a picture of our doorstep, grabbed a broom and started sweeping the leaves off in little puffy explosions.


Then he got the camera and took some pictures of me. :)


After I got the camera back, I started taking pictures of our front door, when guess who appeared taking out our trash?


Jason! Awww. He's such a good husband. :)


So, though it was an accident, I had a really pleasant hour before church. I spent most of it outside, in perfect air, in our very fall-y front yard. It was lovely.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Because Thanksgiving is in three weeks

I wanted to share this with you today.



It makes me happy. I love the guy with the skateboard.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Park City

Hellooo!!! So, a couple weeks ago our friends Becca and Trevor invited all our old roommates (us girls) and husbands up to their relative's condo in Park City. By Saturday all of us were up there, and we started off the morning by going to the Heber Bowling lanes. Awesome.


Does something about this bowling ball strike you as weird?


After various other activities of the day (including eating at the Heber Dairy Keen [yes, Keen, not King, not Queen - Keen.], walking down Park City main street, and chilling at Becca's grandma's awesome condo) we went to the Park City Outlets. It was really fun, and if you looked around the corner you ran into things like this:


We finished up the night by watching the movie Clue. Such an entertaining movie.

Okay, and this last picture, which I love, is totally my friend Lizzy's. We wanted a group picture, so she (Lizzy) gave her camera to the little old lady who ran the bowling alley and she (the old lady) took it for us.


Oh, my friends. How I love them.