Saturday, December 18, 2010

Tabernacle Teaches Thinking

I learned a great lesson from the news that the Provo Tabernacle burned yesterday (December 17, 2010) morning...  Allow me to share my insight.

For the past block (1/2 of semester) I drove by the Provo Tabernacle EVERY day while driving to student teaching--twice a day.  It seemed like it would always be there.  It is a beautiful building but many a times on my early morning drive I was so tired, the building was often overlooked.  I thought it would never change... it wasn't something to pay attention to but rather just something to look beyond.

As I learned about the terrible news of it burning (thanks to a former BYU teacher on facebook), I couldn't believe it.  How could this amazing building be gone?  I really thought it would be something that would be there forever... not something that would be there one day and gone the next.

As we turned on the news, I was really struck with not taking things for granted.  Last springtime, our stake had stake conference in there.  I think I have been in the building before but this time is really the only time I remember.  Casey and I took the opportunity to wander around the WHOLE building and read EVERY caption below EVERY picture.  (Unfortunately, I don't think we have any pictures...)  We arrived very early for conference and decided to enjoy the deep heritage of the building.  There were fascinating stories to be told.  The pictures portrayed the legacy.  The craftsmanship was detailed.  The benches were hard.  The organ was impressive.  The windows were stunning.  The structure was castle-like.  The spirit present was touching.  I truly am grateful for these beautiful memories that I will cherish and look back on with fondness.

But as I was pondering about not taking things for granted... if I would have known that Thursday was the last night, I would have taken more time to walk around and enjoy the moment.  I would have taken pictures to last a lifetime.  I would have looked at the building instead of looking past as I rush on with life.  It was a simple reminder to live each day to the fullest, spend a little more time with the ones you love, capture the beauty of the moment, make memories happen....

Thankfully the building is not something I will have eternal relationships with but the lessons it taught me will be applied to those whom I deeply love and treasure as family and friends.

(Photos courtesy of my dear friend, "Pepper" and her hubby--and their blog.  They were taken on Dec 12, 2010.  I used hers because we don't have any pictures...)
P.S. Warning for my mom... Pepper's blog has pictures of the burning building too... I personally don't suggest you (Mom or anyone that has nightmares of burning buildings) click on it.  But everyone else, PLEASE do!  She is the reason I have a nickname of "Salt."

"And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count.  It is the life in your years."  --Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Graduation Celebration

Yesterday morning, I worked hard to finish scanning in a few worksheets/ handouts.  I had to have an electronic copy of everything I used while student teaching so I could burn it all to a CD.  Once that was done, relief was written all over my face and my smile began to glow.  I was so excited to wear my brand new t-shirt.  It said "BYU Alumni 2010--Go forth to Serve".  I have been waiting to wear this!  I was so excited to take it out of the package! :D 

Casey and I went to campus together and shared a picnic.  This was such a wonderful "last day" experience!  He made tuna fish sandwiches--he really is amazing!  Then the celebrating began.  We went to the bookstore and bought the new ornament for our tree this year in celebration of my graduation.  It is a beautiful (really the color is very pretty!) blue ball with the BYU logo and cougar stamped on it.  That was not exactly what I wanted (I dreamed of a graduation cap ornament with BYU and the year on it--but that obviously does not exist) but will fulfill its purpose in the years to come.

Casey headed off to the library and I went to the final Seminar.  I turned in everything and that was a *WONDERFUL* feeling.  I am seriously done! :)  It is kind of funny how many acronyms the education department has.  I still don't even know what most of them stand for but we uploaded all of the information online.  Several of the forms to complete were like long "facebook" surveys.  Well, finally everything was done and my Teacher Work Sample handed in.  It is still hard to believe that everything is done.

Fortunately, seminar went quickly (they did it on purpose for me!).  Casey came to pick me up and we drove north.  We met my parents at Wendy's.  Sidenote--I just have to say their grilled chicken wraps are DELICIOUS!!!  Anyway, Wendy's was not the destination--just a pit stop to fill our hungry tummies.  

We went and watched "The Forgotten Carols."  I love that play/ musical!  This was the perfect graduation celebration for me!  On my left, I was sitting by my number one best friend (Casey) and on my right my second best friend (my mom).  My dad, sister-in-law and brother were there too.  My whole family-minus my little sister because she is up in Logan finishing up her finals.  It was Casey's first time seeing it.  I love watching him laugh so much.  He cracks up over the silliest little jokes and it is so cute!  That play is so touching.  I definitely recommend it to everyone!  And the music is amazing!  I own the sheet music and CD and I think it is time to bring them out of storage! :)  While we were there, some people saw my shirt and congratulated me for it.  I love being Alumni!!!  I have worked so hard for this and now it is really here!
See my totally *awesome* shirt! :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

City Girl

Today my kiddos (ok... they are really not that much younger than me but for some reason, I still like to call them kiddos--but never to there face... that would likely be a disaster!  Anyway....) were making chicken nuggets.  It turned all right.  The kids followed the recipe pretty well but unfortunately the recipe was not the greatest.  (It was the one my mentor teacher used.)  I don't think I am going to jump right up and make them.

Anyway, one of the guys in my class comes up and asks why I didn't buy fresh chicken.  "Um... well because I don't know how to buy fresh chicken," was the best response I could come up with.  He was SHOCKED!  He then wanted to know if I had ever eaten a fresh chicken (meaning never been frozen and not from a supermarket).  I thought this answer was obvious but he clearly didn't think so.  No.  If I don't know where to buy it from, how could I have eaten it???  This student was so puzzled that I had never experienced any of that.  I grew up in a city... a big city!  We bought all of our food from the store.  I have never killed or defeathered or skinned or etc any meat--ever (yes even on Trek... I didn't have to do this).  

We were both intrigued by the other's lifestyle.  He wears cowboy boots and work jeans everyday.  He gets up early and helps with farm chores.  I wear church shoes and teacher pants.  I stay up late and write lesson plans everyday.  We have completely different lifestyles.  But it is SO interesting for me to learn so much from watching my "country" students.  

It was also an eye opener moment for me when I learned what the "FFA" class stood for--Future Farmers of America.  In the class, they raise their own pigs and then sell them for people to buy (and eat).  They learn how to give farm animals shots and etc.  I had never even heard of such a class.  I am learning so much about culture and lifestyle and fashion while teaching at my high school.

Monday, October 25, 2010

a pair of mittens

I never thought that I could learn so much about my faith, my testimony, my role from a pair of mittens.  A PAIR OF MITTENS...  but I will never be the same.  The mittens changed me.

I have learned of knits (type of fabric).  I have talked of knits.  I have touched knits.  I have watched others sew knits.  I have never personally sewn a knit before.  It frays.  It twists.  It unravels.  It stretches.

I realized Saturday, how difficult sewing mittens are.  First of all the pattern was not perfect.  I have small hands and the mittens were too small for me.  I was frustrated and redesigned the pattern and eventually ended up with something that would fit my hand.  I thought of how grateful I am that in life there is a perfect pattern.  I don't have to worry about Heavenly Father's pattern not fitting my hand or life because it is a perfect fit.  He designed it and knows what He is doing.  

When I was looking at the pattern (even the one I designed) I could not figure out how it would actually create a mitten.  It was awkward looking (the one I downloaded was super confusing).  The pieces didn't seem to ever fit together.  As I kept a larger perspective though, I could see how it would all fit together.  This is just like life.  It is SO easy to become caught up in having a narrow focus.  You only see the one seam you are sewing and even that is wobbly.  Focus out.  It will all work out because He really does see the bigger picture and know how each piece of the mitten will fit together.

As I finished each step of the mitten, I eagerly showed it to my husband.  I was so thrilled when I finally had a pattern that would fit my hand.  I loved being able to show him the lining was done.  I rushed to his side to show him the wool mitten.  I placed them on my hands time and time again once the button was in place.  I didn't just celebrate the final product; I enjoyed each step of the journey.  We celebrated together.  My success became Casey's victory.  I am so grateful that I have an eternal companion by my side that will always celebrate each step of our journey.  

Finally the last thing I learned was a quote from Elder Scott.  This quote showed up in the lesson we were teaching yesterday and the mittens changed the meaning.
"As a mother guided by the Lord, you WEAVE A FABRIC of character in your children from THREADS of truth through careful instruction and worthy example.  You imbue the traits of honesty, faith in God, duty, respect for others, kindness, self-confidence, and the desire to contribute, to learn, and to give in your trusting children's minds and hearts.  No day-care center can do that.  It is your sacred right and privilege." (emphasis added.  Ensign, Nov. 1996, 74).
Just like all of the threads are weaved together in a knit, my influence will be weaved together on my (future) children.  Each trait is a different thread and if one unravels, the rest is sure to follow.  I don't know what it is like to be a mother but just as I had success with sewing a knit for a first time, I hope (someday) I will have success in weaving the patterns into my children's lives by teaching and being an example.

My Beautiful Creation...
just like each of us--God's beautiful creation!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Blessings of the Temple

Yesterday afternoon, Casey and I had the opportunity to attend the temple.  I realized that it was about a year ago when I went through the temple for the first time.  We love going to the temple together!!!  It is a wonderful experience to be with the one I love the most in the place I love the most!  

I love this message shared by Pres. Monson.  "In the holy temple the precious plan of God is taught.  It is here that eternal covenants are made.  The temple lifts us, it exalts us, it stands as a beacon for all to see.  It points us to celestial glory.  It is the house of God.  All that occurs within the walls of the temple is uplifting and ennobling.  The temple is a place of tranquility, it is a place of kindness and love and light."  (Note:  this quote is from the Mormon Messages, "Why Mormons Build Temples" at 2:20.)

Recently, my mom was doing family history and she found some of our ancestors that desperately wanted their temple work done, one woman in particular.  Her husband's work had already been done.  She wanted to be with him again.  It was a choice opportunity to take her all the way through and have her sealed to her beloved husband.  The spirit was so strong.  I would cry at times and try to choke down emotions.  The temple workers that were helping me experienced the same wonderful feelings.  

I am so thankful for the blessings that come through the temple.  Life really does continue after death and families really are forever through the sealing power.  I will forever be grateful that Casey and I made the decision when we were young to live worthy to one day enter the temple so we could be married for time and all eternity.  The blessings are still conditional upon our worthiness.  But day by day, we keep working on it and together we will make it!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Apple for the Teacher

My 7th grade class learned all about childcare and preschool for the past week.  Yesterday and today were the capstone experience for each class as they had preschool day.  I wasn't sure what to expect with most of the 7th graders bringing a preschooler.  That is A LOT of kids for me to be responsible for!  I was very pleased with how well it went though!  I only had to deal with one 7th grade behavior problem!!!  The 7th graders planned some great lessons and all of the preschoolers loved going to the "big kids school."  It was a great experience for everyone involved.  (And I LOVE preschool--for sure on my top favorite list of classes to teach!)

Anyway, yesterday in preschool, I see one kid hanging out by his dad.  I go over to him thinking I am going to have to pry the preschooler away from his dad and convince him to stay at preschool.  When I notice he is holding an apple.  My first thought is that this kid has a strange attachment (like holds on to an apple instead of a blankie) and then my next thought is the kid must have some medical problem that requires him to eat more often.  So I squat down to his level and am about to inquire what his name is followed by what is going on but the preschooler shoots the first question.  
"Are you the teacher?"
"Yes I am."
"Here this is for you.  An apple for the teacher."
Shock.  Smile!  "Thank you that is so sweet!!"

That preschooler seriously made my day!  It was the cutest thing ever.  And even if preschool had been a bad experience, (which it wasn't) that would have made it all worth it! :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Great Quote...

My mentor teacher told me this quote the other day and I totally thought it was worth sharing!

"You can tell a lot about a person's character by how they handle these three things:

  1. Tangled Christmas Lights,
  2. Lost Luggage and
  3. Rainy Days."

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Great Newlywed Advice!

Today is our 9 Month "Anniversary"!!!! :D  I love that each month is better than the one previous--not because our life is easy or problem free but because we continually work to make it better.  To celebrate this momentous occasion (it is our last single digit month anniversary), we are going to the temple and then later to the fair.  For breakfast this morning, I made Egyptian Eggs (I have heard them called SO many different things) with the center cut out into a heart! <3

Well, I thought I would share some excellent advice we heard about marriage.  I have heard a lot but this was probably some of my favorite and it really helps...  

Advice to the Newlyweds:
1. Divorce is NOT an option!  Never even mention the "D-Word" in your home or toward each other.
2. Drive to the temple!  Solve your problems there together.
3. Date your spouse every week!  Keep the love and excitement alive!

Happy 9 Month Anniversary!  I love you FOREVER!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It Still Exists


chiv-al-ry [shiv-uhl-ree]
the sum of the ideal qualifications of a knight, includingcourtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms or gallant gentlemen

I thought chivalry was going out of style but I have been proven wrong.  I am used to my husband and very grateful for his generous and thoughtful actions but I didn't really think I would see many others using it anymore.  While we were riding the bus up to visit my grandparents and help them with yard work and vacuuming, a man left his seat for 3 women entering the bus so they could sit together.  I thought it was very gracious but then I realized that one of the women was blind and I kind of just blew off his noble action because of the disability.  Later on the same bus, two other men gave up their seats when a group of three teenage girls entered the bus.  This time really was impressive because their was no disability to involved--just the kindness of two strangers.  Later on TRAX, I watched a similar thing happen.  There were still some seats on the train but one lady was standing in the middle.  The gentleman sitting near her gave up his seat and then stood.  I thought this was so thoughtful because their were still some seats at the far ends of the train.

Yesterday at my first day of Education Week for this year, I walked into a class and it was very full.  I saw my husband and was trying to find a seat near him or two together so we could enjoy the class by each other.  (He is my best friend after all and I *love* spending time with him!!!)  Well, there was a seat behind him and that was about all I could find.  I told him I Love You in sign language and was sad that I would have to sit a row behind (but still grateful for a seat!).  Well, the person sitting next to Casey stood up and climbed over everyone so he could sit in the seat behind us.  It was so thoughtful of him and meant so much to me!

So thank you to the chivalrous men in the world.  It means a lot to me and I notice your  gallant efforts.

My Knight in Shining Armor! <3

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Price to Pay

Recently, I was pondering about the price you have to pay in order to gain anything.  When shopping at a store, the price is (hopefully) listed obviously on the shelf.  When going out to eat, the price of the food is listed on the menu.  But I'm not just talking about a physical price and spending money.  If you want to become a skilled seamstress then you have to sew.  If you want to become a master pianist then you have to practice.  If you want a rock solid testimony then you have to study.

When the May 2010 Ensign arrived at our apartment in the mail, I made a goal to read through every talk.  In the past, I would skim the talks and pick out my favorites to read and then kind of set it aside and use it as a great reference.  I have always listened to all of conference and I may have ended up reading the majority of past Conference issues.  This time though, I decided to do something different--I was going to read it "cover to cover."  (And by "cover to cover" I simply mean read every talk... I read them out of order and would jump all around the magazine.)

Some days I would read a couple of talks, others only a small section of one talk.  But, I did it! :D  I read through the entire magazine and just finished the last talk this morning.  The cover fell off--I repaired it with masking tape.  The pages are water stained--I smoothed it out the best I could.  The green highlighter is now dull--I learned to press hard so the color would show.

The stories and precious words became a part of my life.  It has changed me for the better and strengthened my marriage.  I feel so blessed and uplifted.  Listed below are some examples of how the words from the living apostles and prophets has touched my life.  (Warning: My favorite quote list is long but I will try to pick only the very best!)

I have reflected on the blessing given from President Thomas S. Monson, "Thank you, [Lisa,] for your faith and devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Thank you for all that you do in your ward... and in your stake....  You serve willingly and well and accomplish great good.  May the Lord bless you as you strive to follow Him and to obey His commandments" (paragraph 3).  Wow!!!  I feel like he talked to me directly and am now ready to conquer the world.

I love the gentle reminder from Sis. Julie B. Beck, "A good woman knows that she does not have enough time, energy, or opportunity to take care of all of the people or do all of the worthy things her heart yearns to do....  But with personal revelation, she can prioritize correctly and navigate this life confidently" (paragraph 4).  Um, talk about needing to hear that!!!  I always feel like I should be doing more.  This was great reassurance to just do my best!

I am grateful for the advice from Elder M. Russell Ballard, "Look to your mother.  Learn from her strengths, her courage, and her faithfulness.  Listen to her.  She may not be a whiz at texting; she may not even have a Facebook page (side note: my mom has figured out both!!).  But when it comes to matters of the heart and the things of the Lord, she has a wealth of knowledge.  As you approach the time the time for marriage and young motherhood, she will be your greatest source of wisdom" (paragraph 8).  Wow!  My mom is more valuable than books or even the internet!!!  I am so grateful she is one of my best friends!

I learned an important key from Elder David A. Bednar, "Regular reading of and talking about the Book of Mormon invite the power to resist temptation and to produce feelings of love within our families" (paragraph 12).  We could always use more love and protection in our lives.

I made a goal to become more like Elder Jefferey R. Holland.  He said, "True love must include the idea of permanence.  True love endures....  True love we are absolutely giddy about--as I am about Sister Holland; we shout it from the housetops" (paragraph 6).  This is 100% my dream!  I want to live to be a ripe old age and still feel giddy about my darling husband! :D

I think I might have a better understanding on patience now from Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf.  "...Patience was far more than simply waiting for something to happen--patience requires actively working toward worthwhile goals and not getting discouraged when results didn't appear instantly or without effort" (paragraph 13).  Still easier said than done but at least I know that patience does not mean I am merely waiting!

I have a better vision of what I want my home to be like thanks to Elder Richard G. Scott.  "...Resolved to make the Lord Jesus Christ the living center of your home.  Be sure that every decision you make, whether it be of a spiritual or physical nature, be guided by the thought, 'What would the Lord Jesus Christ have me do?' (side note: I totally like this question better than WWJD?!!!!)  When the Savior is the center of your home, it is filled with peace and serenity.  There is a spirit of calm assurance that pervades the home that is felt by the children and adults alike" (paragraph 22).  This is my top goal!  And something I work at everyday and could still greatly improve.  I really do want to make Christ the center of our home!!

I was reminded how to face opposition from Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf in the Young Women General Broadcast.  "My dear young [Lisa,] you need to know that you will experience your own adversity.  None is exempt.  You will suffer, be tempted, and make mistakes.  You will learn for yourself what every heroine has learned: through overcoming challenges come growth and strength.  It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life's story will develop" (paragraph 26-27).  Such a great reminder!  There are so many different and trying situations that we face.  It really isn't the trial but how I react to it.

The price to pay to have a testimony of the Living Prophet and Apostles is PRICELESS!!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

a simple reminder

While sitting down to our romantic dinner tonight, I was reminded of why I fell madly in love with Casey from the time we first met in Jr. High.  (Although, while we were in Jr. & Sr. High, I would never have said I loved him--"we were just best friends!")  Casey was willing to go the extra mile and set the table with our romantic cups and fancy napkins.  And dinner was delicious!  We had pork steaks, loaded sweet potatoes, green beans and fresh bread.  Although the table was beautiful and the food was great, my love reminder is much deeper than this.  It came from listening to him talk!  He is such a spiritual giant and I *love* that!!!  He was telling me of his conviction to keep the Sabbath Day holy, even while he was young.  I am so blessed to be sealed to such an amazing man for eternity!!! :D

AND... after our romantic dinner finished (it becomes romantic if we get out a certain cup... LoL!), Casey danced with me in the living room even though he greatly dislikes it!  I love it though and because he loves me, we "go" dancing every once in a while.
This was our first date--Sadie Hopkins, sophomore year!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

one decision = eternal happiness

Just a little over a year ago, I made one of the best decisions of my life when Casey asked me to be his bride.  I always said that I wanted to marry my best friend but I never dreamed that it would be as wonderful as this.  One decision changed my life forever... literally, forever!  We are now working together towards Eternity! :)

Today, we taught the first lesson in the Sunday School manual.  It was interesting for us trying to come up with something different to teach because it was the same lesson that we taught earlier this summer.  We are teaching the Marriage and Family relations class and since there are only 16 lessons, it repeats rather often.  This week, I have been thinking a lot about D&C 132 and it fit so perfectly with the lesson.  I am pretty sure this section is on my top favorite list now of scriptures, especially verse 20 (but 19 is needed for a basic understanding of the blessings and promises found in 20).  It is wonderful and filled with so much hope and potential.  We talked in class today about how it is not enough to be worthy to go to the temple on just your wedding day but something you need to be worthy of everyday of your life.  We both keep working hard at life and dealing with the challenges.  The trials are not easy but the reward is great and worth any sacrifice.

I am really grateful for the opportunity that Casey and I have had to teach together to begin our marriage.  We have learned so much from the experience.  We have such different teaching styles and ideas but this has really taught us how to cooperate and adapt.  I have really learned that there is not a right way to teach a lesson, just countless different ways.  I am very grateful to have Casey's support and to be able to hold his hand during our lessons while we are teaching.  I don't know if we will ever have this opportunity again so we try to take advantage of it while we can.

Returning to the Provo Temple yesterday was lovely.  There is new carpet and color scheme and I personally think it looks more heavenly.  It was also nice resting on the brand new furniture!  It was so comfortable yet kind of strange not having well worn cushions.

I love the pink roses!!!  They are gorgeous and line the sidewalk!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

the simpleness of yesterday...err, yesterdecade

While I was attending training to work as Gate Security for Stadium of Fire, we had a fairly long presentation on how to use...
...the police radio.  I thought it was the funniest thing when the officer kept emphasizing that you have to hold the button to talk and then you have to let go.  And also, the key pad on the front, does not text--you have to actually communicate through speaking while pressing the button and then let go.  
This presentation went on for probably 15 minutes and I kept laughing (quietly!) for most of that time because it was so funny hearing the officer explain how to push the button and let go.  Really... has our generation forgotten how to use walkie-talkies/ radios now because of the convenience of a cell phone?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Manti & Miracles

This past weekend Casey and I decided to go watch the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti, Utah.  He had never seen the production before and I am pretty sure the last time I saw it, I was in high school with my ward's youth conference. 
We were able to go inside and do work for some of our ancestors.  I have decided the biggest blessing in my life is to be worthy to attend the temple, no matter where we are traveling.  All of the temples perform the same work inside however, they do not all look the same.  This temple was built by the pioneers and is *GORGEOUS*!!!!  Seriously!  It still looks like pioneer times too.  If anyone reading my blog has not been to this temple, highly recommended!!!
For dinner, we went back to Ephraim and ate at Fat Jack's Pizza.  Probably some of the best pizza I have ever had.  Unfortunately, because it is so delicious (and greasy--the real reason!) Casey had heartburn.  I am truly grateful to live in a day with modern conveniences (such as medicine and air conditioning!)  I was nervous going back down to Sanpete Valley because I hadn't been there for a while but it worked out very well.
We forgot our camera inside the temple.  In any other temple, we would have simply gone back in, shown them our recommend and gotten it.  However, the temple closed as we were leaving in order to prepare for the pageant.  So we called and arranged to have the camera taken to the east side so we could pick it up after dinner.  We had problems convincing the security guard of this because by the time we arrived back in Manti, only people performing in the pageant were allowed on the upper part of the temple grounds.  Finally after insisting (and begging) we were granted access to get our camera back.  This in and of itself was a miracle for us.  I really did not want to have to drive back down there this week to go get it!!
While we were waiting for the pageant to start, Casey worked on writing his English paper.  But we were also able to meet some of the cast members.  I have no idea who any of these people are but all of them agreed for me to post their pictures to our blog! :)
The Lamanite (on my right) has super cool makeup!  But since it was dark and they were up on the temple hill (we even had close seats) we couldn't see any of the painting details during the show.
Ignore the "sun" glow.  As soon as it began to get dark, they turned on these super bright spotlights.  The temple was still beautiful though! :)  And while we were waiting for it to start, the kids both in front and behind us were very comical!!!  The ones in front were wild, crazy and violent--made me question the parenting style.  The ones behind were trying desperately hard to see and kept kicking our chairs.
This was right before the pageant started and after the spotlight was dimmed.  I *love* it!  
We really enjoyed going together and experiencing our own many miracles!  I even learned that Casey's lap makes a great pillow! LoL!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

So Worth the Drive!! (SLC Temple Model)

On May 28th, the LDS newsroom announced a "Scaled Model Provides Salt Lake Temple Open House Experience" and I have been anxiously awaiting until the day when we could go see it! :)  Yesterday we went up to Salt Lake for Casey to sign a paper and the rode TRAX downtown.  The model is *amazing* and there is also a video behind it briefly explaining the rooms.  I would highly recommend this to everyone--including those who are not LDS.  It is a great learning opportunity to see into the building and to understand briefly about the special purpose of it.  The model is located in the South Visitor Center on Temple Square.  The pictures we took are not the best but more for our memory!  Please see the link above to view excellent pictures!

(This is the West side of the model.  
The "alcove" above my shoulder is where we stood to have several wedding pictures taken!)
(Gotta love the reflection...  The temple is so gorgeous and the detail is extremely accurate!  
I loved being able to see the 4th & 5th (I think...) floors because I have never seen it...)
(The walking around the rest of the visitor center right now, there are exhibits 
explaining how the temple was built and showing drafts and blue-prints and also 
cutting the granite, etc.  I loved this picture of the temple--although the picture 
isn't the greatest because it was at an awkward angle to take.)
(Of course we had to go take a picture in front of the real thing now!  
We were slightly in a hurry and having problems trying to take a 
self-portrait picture while using my camera phone. 
 I just love being here... especially with my sweetheart!)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Blessings of Service!

Yesterday and today, BYU is hosting the State FACS Conference.  Teachers from the entire state come and go to workshops and hear speakers.  Next summer, I will be attending it for reals because it is one way that I can help to renew my teaching license....  (Crazy that I don't even have that thing yet but I am still figuring out ways how I can keep it current!)

Anyway, I volunteered to take a group of teachers to the BYU Preschool where someone would meet us and then take us on a tour of the preschool.  Well, the lady in charge of the entire conference saw me volunteering and decided that she wanted to give me a meal card for my efforts.  I was very grateful and completely surprised.  

So, I took all of the teachers over to the JFSB and learned some interesting things--like the carpet can peel away so it is super easy to wash and the building is made of this really expensive Italian stone.  Unfortunately, the 5 year old building is already beginning to crumbled because the stones are really porous and when water/ ice get in there, it then makes them crack.

The girl who was supposed to do the afternoon tour to the BYU clothing preservation never showed up.  So I went on that one as well.  It was really cool because we had to travel off main campus in the BYU vans and I finally learned what the mystery building was near University Ave. and 2300 N.  We were able to see a wedding dress that was from 1805 and tons of hats from the 1900s-1950s.  I wish there would have been more time to open up lots of the boxes and see more items.

Last night, Casey and I shared my generous reward by going out to eat at the Creamery on 9th.  We both had bacon, cheeseburgers and shared spicy fries and only paid 7 CENTS!!  I know normally the blessings from service are not normally so obvious but last night, we were both deeply grateful.  (And BTW: the hamburgers and fries were delicious!!  I think we might go back in the future sometime and definitely recommend it to others!!!)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Things I Have Learned to Share...

I was thinking about the things I have learned to share since getting married 4 months ago.

  • The bed (though Casey might suggest that I still have a lot to learn)
  • The closet (but I'm pretty sure that I have way more clothes and definitely more shoes...)
  • The best leftovers (I heard a quote once from a little kid that said that he knew his mommy loved his daddy because mommy always gave daddy the best piece of chicken... I have tried to implement this!)
  • The hot water (this always proves to be interesting when I shower after Casey has)
  • The checking account (its interesting trying to create a budget together
  • The Wii Fit (so easy to hog in the morning because it is so fun but...)
  • The chores (never realized how much work goes into running a house!)
  • The blame (if something goes wrong, it is normally not just one person's fault...)
  • The planning (definitely needed if you want to get anything done!) 
  • The Success (coming home to your best friend every night is the best)
  • The list goes on...
So obviously neither of us are perfect sharers yet but we are learning together one day at a time!  And really when I think about it... the thing that I have learned to share the most is LOVE!  It is amazing to watch this grow everyday and our marriage/ friendship/ love is so much stronger now than it was 4 months ago!  (And that is the goal for the future too!!) <3