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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Brady's Sacrament Meeting Talk May 29, 2011

Brady spoke in Sacrament Meeting on Sunday. Here is the talk he gave. 

He was assigned to give a talk on : President Hinckley's talk: The Gift of the Holy Ghost Jan. 2005 New Era
I'm sure we all have a general idea of what the Holy Ghost is. During a time of truth and peace, he will come, and we will feel his presence through that still small voice. However, what is this voice? When I'm listening and participating in a church or gospel lesson, I certainly don't hear someone whispering in my ear. To be honest, if that is really how the Holy Ghost functioned all the time, a lot of people might be creeped out a little bit.

The still small voice, though not always audible, is simply the way which the Holy Ghost communicates with us. Back before we had our bodies, we lived in the primordial plane of existence. This is also where the Holy Ghost lives, and we know this because He does not have a body of flesh and bone, for he would not be able to dwell in us. In the primordial existence, we had our own language, which is a perfect language, in which all souls will recognize, and when the Holy Ghost is present in our lives today, he has the ability to speak peace and truth unto our souls, which is why he is also labeled the first comforter.

We are so lucky to have this gift of the Holy Ghost. However, the church population is so small compared to the rest of the world. We are living in an oasis, being fed by the spirit constantly. From the time that we come down from the primordial existence, out from the presence of God, we are all born with this hunger for the Spirit. You can literally think of everyone else as if they are roaming out in the desert, and here we are, still at our oasis, feeding on the gifts of the Spirit. To not share these gifts with others is selfish. That is why leaders of our church encourage that men go on a mission, and for us to be always looking for a missionary experience, so we can welcome those starving people into a place with the sweetness and joy that can be found in no other way but by the Spirit.

Gordon B Hinckley shared a beautiful story about this, he said:

I remember the story of one of our LDS chaplains, a man of great faith, devotion, and courage. For a year or more he had been in the central highlands of South Vietnam during the war there. …

He was not always a member of this Church. As a boy in the southern U.S. he grew up in a religious home where the Bible was read and where the family attended the little church of the community. He desired the gift of the Holy Ghost of which he had read in the scriptures but was told that it was not available. The desire never left him. He grew to manhood. He served in the U.S. Army. He searched but never found the thing he most wanted. Between military enlistments, he became a prison guard. While sitting in the gun tower of a California prison, he meditated on his own deficiencies and prayed to the Lord that he might receive the Holy Ghost and satisfy the hunger which he felt in his soul. That hunger had not been fully satisfied with sermons to which he had listened.

One day two young men knocked at his door. His wife invited them to return when her husband would be at home. These two young men taught that family by the Holy Spirit and they were baptized. I have heard this man testify to the effect that as he was taught by the power of the Holy Spirit, he was edified and rejoiced with those who taught him. Out of that marvelous beginning, with the gift of the Holy Ghost, came a shedding forth of light and truth that gave peace to the dying, comfort to the bereaved, blessings to the wounded, courage to the timid, and faith to those who had scoffed.
Now when missionaries go out to serve their mission, they are told to preach by the Spirit, for a very good reason. In Moroni 10: 5 it says. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

It is interesting how Light and Truth coincide. When we receive more light, we receive more truth. Many people have lived this principle. Jesus is the first example that comes into my mind. He was able to know all things through the light in which he had. The brother of Jared is the second example that comes to my mind as well. He had so much light and faith in him, that when he placed the clear stones before God, and prayed that he would turn them into vessels of light, he was able to see the Finger of God, and because of his light, he was given so much truth that he was able to see not only God, but was able to cross over the vale uninvited. 

Here's also something to think about; if light and truth coincide, then the opposite would be darkness and lies.
Now, I know that by the fruits of our church, it has light, and with that light comes truth. Other churches have light as well, but they only have parts of the truth, and with only a fraction of the truth, comes a fraction of the light. We have the fullness of the gospel, and people will actually recognize that light and truth.

Simply do what is right, let the consequence follow. We can pray to have the Holy Ghost each morning, to help guide us through our day, leading us to ever strive to do what is right. When you do this, President Hinckley said that, "each night, before retiring, you may come before the Lord in prayer without shame or embarrassment or the need to plead for forgiveness. I do not hesitate to say that God will bless you if you will do so."

I know that the Holy Ghost is real, and we have been promised that by and through His power, we may know the truth of all things. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.


Our Cars are Patriotic

Yesterday Brady said to me, " Mom, we are Patriotic". 

I said, "what do you mean??"

Brady said, "Our cars are Patriotic"
"Red"  Our new car.
"White" My work car. 
"Blue" Our Bonneville. 

Yup... Unknowingly, we have a Red, White and Blue car. 

That was great!

I love being Patriotic!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day

 Land of the free, because of the brave.
The struggle for liberty and freedom is one of the greatest battles we are experiencing in our world today. It is imperative that our children and families grow up appreciating their freedoms and the privilege of living in this land which is “choice above all other lands.” (Ether 2:10).

Teaching our children to be patriotic, to know and understand the Constitution as the source of their freedoms, and to be willing to sacrifice to maintain their liberty is akin to hoisting our own Title of Liberty.
I am grateful for those men and women who serve or who have served in the US Military! Thank you for your sacrifice and courage which keep us safe from harm and lets us enjoy the freedoms we have in this great country.

Thank you!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

New Dodge Neon SXT Sedan Car

I purchased a new car today!!
 2005 Dodge Neon SXT Sedan
 I have been scrimping and saving for such a long time. I wanted to pay cash for a car - like Dave Ramsey says. I didn't want any car payments. When I started to look on-line for a car, I was surprised on how much used cars cost. 
 I was NOT going to purchase a car that had over 100,000 miles on it or older then 2000.
 So the cost was higher then I wanted - but didn't settle for less. I saved $6,020 for my car. Brady had saved $1,180 which I used and will pay him back. Total $7,200 saved. 

I saved every extra dollar I could find for this car. I've been very frugal about my spending ... because I've had this huge goal set for a while. It has been really fun watching that pile of cash grow. 
 Memorial weekend they were offering $500 off any new or used car. This car was selling for $7,991 and we got it for $7,491. 

I ended up having to put $1,033 on my credit card. I know Dave Ramsey would not approve, but I am sure I can pay that off next month - by continuing to be very frugal. At least I will NOT have any car payments!! Hooray!
 I was going to trade in my Pontiac Bonneville for a new car. The Check engine light came on last week. Yesterday it wouldn't start at all. So, I couldn't use it for a trade in. I thought I would send it to the dump or donate it. 

This afternoon, I went out and it started up. The check engine light is still on. I think I may just repair it, because I have a feeling this new car will end up being driven by Brady ALOT. I'll have to save for a while before I can get the Bonneville fixed though. I don't like debt. 
 Anyway, it's a cute zippy small car. 

Brady hasn't like driving because he hates my Bonneville. He doesn't feel comfortable with the bigger car. Now our focus is going to be getting him driving. I want to stop driving him around. He'll be 17 this summer and he needs to start being a little more independent. So, the new car purchase was basically for Brady to drive and get his license. 
 I also think this will be the car he will take to college next year. 
 I plan on saving like crazy to be able to trade in the Bonneville for a new car next year (maybe). It depends on how much it will cost to fix the problem it has now. But, I'd like to get a little bigger car for me and not such a small zippy car. We'll see how it goes and how much I can save. 
 I think it was a great example for Brady to see me put down all that cash to purchase a car. I'd love him to NEVER have any debt. He is pretty frugal anyway and I hope it stays that way. 
 I do have a wedding to help pay for in September ... so we'll be eating food storage (as usual) to get our savings stock pile built up again. 
 It was really hard to let go of all that saved up cash .... I loved counting it and wanted more. I kept thinking that I could get by with my Bonneville and keep all that cash - until it needed to be repaired once again. That motivated me to just do it and get a car small enough for Brady to feel confident enough to drive. 
 I am really happy to have a newer car and to really NOT have a car payment. It's a GREAT feeling!!
We are really excited! Woo HOO!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sistas in Zion Mormon Musicals

This is too cute not to pass on. 

"As Sistas In Zion".com, has come up with a few great ideas for several Mormon Musicals. 

They are great!

Wayback Wednesday - Childhood Pictures

 My oldest sister Christine and me (Sondra)
 Sondra swinging.

My older brother Lyle pushing my younger brother Richard on the swing.
 When Richard and I were little we shared this same bunk-bed. Richard slept on one end and I slept on the other, with Lyle on top. Richard loved his monkey Sam which my mother made. Sam went everywhere with Richard. This is such a sweet photo.
 Lyle, my older brother.
I loved grandpa (my Mom's dad).  He died when I was 5 years old. I loved going to visit him and sitting on his lap. He had a green chair that vibrated and I loved it!
This is Richard and Sondra on Grandpa's lap. 
Christine and Richard.
The oldest and youngest in our family. 
Richard... so cute!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Jason and Sharon are Engaged

Oh Happy Day!!

I am very excited to announce the ENGAGEMENT of 

Jason and Sharon!!!

Woo Hoo!!


I bug them every time I see them about when they are going to get married. 
Now it is official!!

They will be getting married late summer 2011. They are thinking around September.
I would like it tomorrow of course..

But, at least they are ENGAGED! I can hardly contain myself ... 
Next ... I hope I will get to be a grandma.. I'm ready for that too. 

Jason (My oldest son) will be 27 years old this summer .. It is time for him to grow up and get on with his life AND get me some grand babies .. LOL! (Not to mention they have been a couple for 3 years). 

It is official! Yippie!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Book Review: "A Far Horizon" by Anita Stansfield

The second book in the "Shadows of Brierley" series:

"A Far Horizon"

I can't believe I am saying this, but I didn't like it. I think this is the first book from Anita Stansfield that I didn't like.

It was death and tragedy. 

I had a really tough time connecting with the characters. Usually through her writing, I feel as though I am part of the book, like I am right there. This time it was like a travel log.

I know the big thing right now is to focus on the tragedy that the pioneers went through ... and I don't like to read those types of books. I read for entertainment and the story behind the characters. I don't like the direction her writing is going with this series. It's like she HAS to write for some type of commitment to a contract .. but she doesn't love the characters enough to bring them to life. 

The part where I thought I would enjoy the story at the very end of the book was rushed with no testimony or detail. I was very disappointed with the whole thing.

It actually reminded me of Mocking Jay .... the last book in the Hunger Games Series. 

I'm sad that I recommended you to the first book (The Wanderer) to start the series ... because this is ending up to be a poor series to get involved in. Sorry again. :-(
About the book:

The journey had been long and difficult and full of mishaps—even deadly ones. But the words in Ian’s mind seemed . . . as if they encompassed all they’d endured and experienced; all their losses and sorrows. . . . You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be, Ian. It was true. He knew it was true. He was exactly where God wanted him to be, and so were those who constituted his family. . . . They were where God wanted them to be; they were on the right path, in the right place at the right time, and they would soon achieve their goal and be united with God’s people.

In volume two of her compelling new Shadows of Brierley series, renowned LDS author Anita Stansfield once again weaves a rich narrative her readers can savor. Remarkably poignant and magnificently moving, this is the story of a family whose lives are anything but ordinary . . . a family whose journey takes them from the luxuries and comforts of a privileged Scottish heritage to the raw realities of a fledgling American frontier and a people who are true to their God and their faith despite relentless persecution.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Squirrels Like Carrots?

Last fall I did NOT get all of my carrots harvested out of my garden before winter.

I read that you could eat them through the winter and cold weather would make them sweeter.

However, I did NOT take into account that the ground would be frozen solid .... preventing me from getting any out to enjoy.

I guess I never even thought about the ground being rock solid. I couldn't harvest any during the winter. I feel silly.

This spring, I knew I needed to dig them up and throw them away.

When I went out to get to work I found most of them missing..... Hmmmmmm
See all those holes where carrots should have been?

Then ..... one day I saw a squirrel in my yard and I was trying to figure out what he was carrying around in his hands.
(Not a photo of mine)


Oh, the squirrels have been eating my carrots. I'm glad they didn't go totally to waste and someone or something enjoyed them.

Another lesson learned. Harvest root vegetables before winter sets in .... especially in Idaho.

Isn't that funny?

Brady's Music and stuff

During the past month, Brady has been sharing his favorite music for a 30 day challenge. He has unusual taste for a teenager. He has a very classical taste in music.

It is a talent he has had for a long time.

During movies or TV shows he will listen to the background music or credit's music and then search out his favorites. He has collected a variety of beautiful music he enjoys.

One of days in the music challenge asks for music you can play on a musical instrument, so he recorded these two piano pieces he loves to play:

 Brady playing Kakariko: 
Harry's world from Harry Potter's movies:
Brady had the opportunity to go to Wahooz, a local entertainment center, with his classmates that had a 3.5 or higher GPA. Brady's grades were brilliant this year. I'm very proud of him. These are his grades as of this morning for the year. It can't get better then that!

Especially with the Honor's English, AP Chemistry, Honor's Pre-calculous classes ... he's really done an outstanding job in keeping up with all the extra work throughout the year. ... such high "A's".
I'm really proud of him for his diligence in his school work and his goal to receive scholarships for college. 

Grades for his Junior year 2011: 
He had a great time at Wahooz with his friends. He always makes sure to get a strip of pictures.

Brady's comment on facebook: Wahooz was a blast! Go Carts were very entertaining, won a game of Lazar Tag, was able to take a good photo booth picture strip the first time, and got 525 tickets without spending any money! Oh, and I didn't know what to spend the tickets on and was rushed, so now I have 7 ginormous Pixi Sticks. I may be a really fun person the next few days.
Update of the great day Brady had today (Friday March 20th) at school (from facebook): Today was a wonderful Friday: Became National Honor Societies new Treasurer for next year. The paper I spent 5 hours on yesterday wasn't collected (which makes me a little relieved but sad), Chemistry Lab Test went fantastic, and I'm going to go on a run later, such a beautiful day for it to. :)

I'm very excited that Brady was elected to be the Treasurer next year in National Honor Society.

This year he has been the Business Manager for the Newspaper for the school. He works with many businesses in the area to secure advertising. He also makes sure bills are paid and paperwork is in order. He'll also be the Business Manager next year.

I love that he is taking advantage of all these great opportunities available to him in High School. He certainly is a great kid!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Yea! Brady and I FINALLY saw WICKED!!

I have been trying to go for several years. I couldn't get a ticket in Salt Lake City - SOLD OUT!
When it was in Portland, the cost was too high by the time I got there, stayed in a hotel and purchased a ticket for the show.

I called to get tickets when Boise announced it was coming.  The only way I was assured a ticket was to purchase a season ticket for all of the shows. I decided we would risk trying to get a ticket when they were available for Wicked only.

Then my neice Zoey Michelle called and asked if I wanted to go with them. A friend of theirs placed an order for 50 tickets and trying to find 50 people who wanted to go. "A group order before the tickets were available to the public".

I said YES! Yes!! YES!! Count us in. WOO HOO!
The tickets were great! Right in the center of the theater on the floor.

Brandon and Michelle arrived Friday night. We watched The Wizard of Oz that night, to prepare us for WICKED on Saturday.
(Brady has never watched The Wizard of Oz all the way through - I couldn't believe it)
When we arrived the stage was set up like this!
A huge dragon the length of the stage.
When the play started, the dragon came to life. The head went back and forth with smoke coming out of its mouth and glowing eyes with the wings flapping. It was AWESOME!
I listed to the soundtrack for a couple of weeks before going .... to get the music in my mind.

AFTER watching WICKED there is soooo much more clarity to the music on the soundtrack, because now I actually know what is going on in the lyrics.

Before, I was just guessing.
It was humorous, fantastic, wonderful.... we LOVED it!
The scenery was cool! The costumes were beautiful!

As the twists and turns in the story came to life .... I was shocked at how they told the background story to the Wizard of Oz movie. What you "think" is the true Wizard of Oz story - is blown to pieces as the truth comes out. Blows your mind!
I could go see it again and again! I especially loved the music along with the fantastic story line. Totally blown away at the ending. I never would have guess that!
At the end of the show, when the cast came out for the applause .... I was taken back at how small the cast was to put on this huge production. That means each actor played multiple roles. Very talented actors!

Brady said on facebook: SAW WICKED! I looooved it so much. I think I got goosebumps about 12 different times. During the break I got a shirt, which I am wearing tomorrow to rub in everyone's face at school. I didn't cry though =( I was soo expecting to cry. Everything they put in was brilliant, I was so glad to see everything come together, especially the scarecrow, and watching the Wizard of Oz the night before helped a lot.

Michelle said on facebook: Wicked was amazing! I was blessed to see it with my husband, aunt, and cousin! We all had such a good time!!!
Brady's response to Michelle: Aww ♥ I'm glad you were with us when we saw it. It wouldn't have been as fun with just me and my mom :P
I have to add that I LOVED the Morrison Center - where we watched WICKED!
It is a beautiful building.

I've lived in Boise for 13 years and have never been in it. I can't believe it has taken that long for me to attend a production in those walls.

I loved how the seats all slant down to the stage and each seat is off set, so that you see in between people and no head is blocking your view. Next year I think I need to get season tickets and take advantage of this beautiful facility we have here in Boise.

The Morrison Center sits along side the Boise River. It was quite a beautiful sight to see the green trees and watch as the Boise river rushed along the banks from the Morrison Centers court yard.


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