Wednesday, March 19, 2008

"Emma Smith: My Story"

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Tonight I feel my heart is too full to adequately express my thoughts in writing. The Church had a private premiere for the Brethren and their families and all the General Auxiliary leaders at the Jordan Commons Theater to see the film, "Emma Smith, My Story". It may be the first time a Prophet has had a congregation stand for him in a Movie Theater!

Emma Hale Smith endured more hardships, anguish, and trial in her lifetime, never once leaving Joseph's side. Many people do not know her story, and therefore judge her for falling away from the Church after the Martyrdom at Carthage Jail. When the prophet, Joseph Smith was martyred, six of 11 children had already been buried and four and half months later David Hyrum was born. During a segment when Joseph is reassuring his mother, Luck Mack Smith (another strong woman) that "Emma is a strong woman", Lucy responds, "But being strong can be a very lonely thing." I am truly amazed that Emma endured as much as she did. She truly was and is "an elect woman of God".

Present at the premiere, were about 20 of the descendants of the Smith family, none of which are members of the Church. Recently, President Hinckley and each of the Brethren asked each of us to pray for the Smith Family descendants all over the world that "they can be gathered in, brought within the power and inspiration and covenant of baptism, to participate in those sacred ordinances that were revealed to us, and to the world, by the prophet Joseph Smith."(Pres. Boyd K. Packer)

According to the producers, Mike Kennedy and Paul Savage, the main purpose in producing the film is to bring the Smith's heritage to a knowledge of their legacy. One third of Joseph and Emma's descendants live in Australia. (I never knew that!) While they had documents and diaries from Emma (some never before seen in Utah), they don't fully comprehend their place in history. Kennedy said this film is meant to help fulfill the promises made in the Doctrine and Covenants Section 109: 68-70. He is the first male descendant of Emma and Joseph's to join the LDS church.

The entire cast of the production (the same cast from "Joseph Smith, The Prophet") was in attendance. At the conclusion of this powerful production, we made our way to the exit, though I felt compelled and prompted to thank "Emma" (Katherine Nelson-Thompson). Before expressing my gratitude to her, I found myself looking up at "Joseph", shaking his hand, managing only to utter the words "Thank You" amidst the stream of tears running down my cheeks. I immediately looked over at Katherine who had separated herself momentarily from the crowd, also overcome by the incredible Spirit present. I could have let her be, but I felt so strongly I needed to thank her. As if the Spirit was moving my feet in her direction, she came towards me as well and it was though our hearts spoke to each other and we hugged for several moments, tears streaming down both of our faces. I simply whispered, "Thank You" in her ear and then turned and walked away.
I hope each of you will take the opportunity to go see this production. When I returned home tonight, I visited the darkened room of my baby girl, peacefully sleeping away in her crib, kneeling by her bedside and with heavy heart, thanking my Heavenly Father for this beautiful life I have been given.

How blessed we are to know: To know that this Church is true and that is was restored by a true Prophet of God. As mothers, we can look to Emma as a powerful example of faith unwavering, endless endurance, and immeasurable strength. Today, 13 million strong, the
Church goes forward...and so does she.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

I've Been Tagged...:-)

What were you doing 10 years ago?

Hard to believe ten years ago I was a Junior in High School, when the biggest decisions of my life included how I was going to ask that cute boy to Sweethearts and which color of eye-shadow to wear for the day! Many of you know I was head over HEELS for that boy we all know as "Superman".:-) I worked as a Matridee at the Crosslands Retirement Center all three years of high school and absolutely loved it!

5 things on my to-do list today:
1.Bring the eggs over to Natalie's house
2.Distribute handouts for Mingo Branch(Nursing Home ward in our stake)to each ward
3.Divvy out assignments for Family History Fair
4.Finish Easter baskets for piano students
5.Practice song with YW and YM at 7PM

5 snacks that I enjoy:
1.Multi Grain Cheerios
2.Chocolate Chip they qualify as a snack?
3.String Cheese
4.Frozen Yogurt
5.Apples and peanut butter

3 bad habits:
1.Lying in bed for hours just thinking about stuff before actually falling asleep
2.Snacking on chocolate chips all day long!!
3.Losing stuff...including my mind!...I feel like my brain is in a million places at once, so I put stuff places while I'm doing a ton of other things and then I can never find them! (classic lost items: keys, shoes, sunglasses)

What would you do if you were instantly a billionaire?

Do you guys remember the movie, "Sabrina"? Honestly, if we became instantly rich, I would buy a modest house with a nice yard to play in, putting the money away until the kids were grown up, using it only for practical purposes. Would I squeeze in a little time to splurge here and there?...You Bet!, but only in moderation.:-)-I've been "eyeing" a sofa set at "Audrie's Designs" in Murray for months now, but would have to forfeit about 6 years of our milk money to ever afford it!

5 places I've lived:
1.Sandy Utah
2.Hamburg, Germany
3.Logan, Utah
4.Sandy, Utah
5.Sandy, Utah
(Ha!..."One of these things just doesn't belong...")

5 things people don't know about me:
1. I am learning Swedish. I speak two other languages proficiently, German and American Sign Language and figured it's about time I learned to speak the language of my family's heritage!
2. I love to be around people, but there are many days, especially now, that I long to just be home with my family with my phone shut off and the "To Do" list tucked away for the evening.
3. I am passionate about the Deaf Culture and Deaf Education. If you ever have any questions at all, I'm your gal! You'd be surprised how many people believe that Deaf people read Braille and that Sign Language is an international language....don't worry if you are one of those people! you know!:-)
4. I can put both of my legs behind my head!...I know, such a gifted trait!
5. I love windows! I love to look out them and see the beautiful world just smiling back at me!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

After only TWO dance lessons!

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>...PS-I love how you can see my head floating and how Jordan's head is two sizes larger than mine!...I didn't really feel like taking the time to fix that!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Johnny the Bagger

Sometimes we wonder amidst the hustle and bustle of things if we are really making a difference. May I share with you a story that I hope will inspire us all to look around at the little things we can do to make our place better than we found it...because it is truly the little things that really make a difference. Have a wonderful day...and pass it on!

Friday, March 7, 2008

"Jump On It!"

If anybody wants a FUN idea for an FHE activity or an ANY day activity, I discovered an awesome place in Lindon near Orem called, "Jump On It!". This past week we've been watching our awesome little cousins in Alpine and took them there for Family Home Evening and just had a blast! The entire gym is wall to wall trampolines, including vertical ones on the walls! There are basketball hoops to play a game of jump-ball as well as a "Kiddy-Jump" area just for kids. They even have a free Mommy/Baby jump time during the week! Your "ticket" lasts one hour and believe me, you are all "jumped out" by then!

For FHE that night we had a lesson on "Patience" and for our treat we made Zip Loc Ice Cream where you throw all the ingredients into a zip-loc bag and then "patiently" shake it until it turns to yummy ice cream! I must forwarn you, if you want to try it yourself, it does take about 30 good minutes for it to churn into ice cream. I admit, we did get a little impatient(so much for the lesson!), but it was well worth the wait! Here are a couple fun pictures of our week with the kids! (Tanner, Lizzie, and Zack) Here is the yummy ice cream recipe!:

Zip Loc Ice Cream:

Give each member a STURDY sandwich size zip loc bag. Put in the bag 1 cup whole, chocolate, or strawberry milk, 1 T. sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla. Seal bag. In a large one gallon zip lock bag, put 3-4 cups of ice and 6 T. Rock Salt. Add 1-2 of the smaller zip loc bags filled with ice cream ingredients. Seal the bigger bag and take turns shaking/kneading the bags and wait "patiently" for it to turn into ice cream. Enjoy!

FYI- I am a faithful "Western Family" shopper, however for this particular recipe, you do need good sturdy "Zip Loc" bags, otherwise they break open and the salt leaks into the smaller bag.

Website for "Jump On It"-

Boulders, Thorns and Tumbleweeds...and a Few Mud Puddles

Alright, I must've missed the warning section in the instruction booklet that 'while you're "walkin' on sunshine", look out for the boulders, thorns and tumbleweeds that will inevitably impede your walking rhythm'!! I think I may have done the celebration dance WAY too soon, because now nearly every day this past week, Charly has had MAJOR pitfalls, beginning with a gigantical (yep-that's a word in my dictionary) goose egg on her forehead, then followed by another terrible fall, resulting in a mouth full of blood, swollen gums and two purple and blue scars on both cheeks, and to ice the cake...jammed little fingers from her 4th cousin (yep...4th) slamming them in his underwear drawer. *sigh* So, we're still walkin' on sunshine, but we're just running into a few mud puddles here and there.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

"I'm Walkin' On Sunshine!"

This morning before Jordan and I headed up to Alpine for the week to watch our cousins, Charly took her FIRST REAL STEPS! I will most certainly post pictures when we get home next week! She's actually had the potential for nearly a month now, but our place is so "snug", she has so many things by her to use as a "crutch". She just needed a little confidence, that's all! Hooray for you, Charly! We're ALL walkin' on sunshine today!