The Seventy

The Lord counseled the Seventy to pray, when entering a house say "peace be to this house," don't go from hose to house, eat what you are given, heal the sick, preach, if you aren't received in a city preach in the streets, they will have power from the Savior, and be blessed.

Now we still send missionaries in pairs to preach and the work is a lot but the people doing the work is few compared to what needs to be done. Our missionaries heal the sick and preach to the people of the city they are sent to. Our missionaries are given power over the enemy.

I wasn't able to find Seventy on the church website, I just found scriptures. 


Peter and Christ

Here is my post for my religion class. It's a little late since we are in the middle of moving.

Matthew 14:22–33. Walking on the Sea

In Matthew 14:26 it states the disciples saw Christ walking on the water and “they were troubled” and that is was a spirit. The apostles were frightened.
Peter’s response indicated he had faith in Christ.
Peter began to sink because he started to be afraid. He saw the sea tossing and turning and got frightened.  When Peter began to sink he called to Jesus Christ asking Christ to save him. In Matthew 14:31 it says, “immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand and caught him”

In Doctrine and Covenants 88:67 it states, “And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things.” I think this relates because Peter because he followed Christ and his desires were parallel to Heavenly Father’s and Christ’s. This made it so Peter was filled with the light of Christ. I think I be better at following the commandments and trying to make my will parallel to God’s and Christ’s will.

John 7:10–17. How to Know the Truth of the Savior’s Doctrine

In John 7:12 it states some people thought Jesus was a good man, and others thought he deceived people. I think these thoughts and reactions of people back then match up well with people now. Some people have faith and love Christ, and others mock and don’t have faith. I don’t think thoughts have really changed, which is interesting, because there are hundreds of years between then and now. The Jews asked how Jesus knew the stuff he knew, when he hadn’t been taught. Jesus explained it wasn’t his doctrine, but God’s doctrine.

Jacob 4:14 explains the Jews despised plainness and searched after things they didn’t understand. They were stiff necked. Colossians 2:8 cautions against men teaching philosophy and vain deceit after the traditions of men and the ways of the world. Doctrine and Covenants 93:11-17 explains Jesus didn’t have a full knowledge from the start. He learned and progressed. We learn and progress, just like Jesus did, although a much slower rate, I’m sure. Jesus Christ received all power from heaven and on earth and the glory of God was with him.


Apostles of Christ and John the Baptist

This is for my religion class again. I'll be posting about once a week about different things.

Apostles of Christ

The apostles of Jesus Christ:


A few facts about 3 apostles: 
- Matthew was most likely a thorough Jew with knowledge of the Old Testament scriptures and able to see Jesus Christ’s life fulfill prophecy.
- John did not die but has remained on the earth as a ministering servant until Jesus Christ’s Second Coming.
- James was chosen to be present at the raining of Jairus’s daughter, at the Transfiguration, and at Gethsemane.

Here is my definition of an apostle:
An apostle is one that is sent for to be a special witness of Jesus Christ to all the world.

Q: How did Jesus Christ’s teachings to his apostles prepare them to proclaim the gospel?
A: Jesus instructed the apostles on whom to seek and teach. He explained the apostles should take care of people’s spiritual needs. He also taught them to be wise and beware of evil men. One of my favorite things Jesus taught the disciples for teaching and proclaiming was to not think of how they would speak because the Spirit would direct them in what to say.

Q: How the apostles answered the Savior’s call. How can I apply the same things in my life?
A: They did as they were asked without question. They followed Jesus Christ. I can apply these actions by willingly doing the things I should in the gospel, such as reading my scriptures, praying, etc.

John the Baptist

If I was with the men that went and talked to Jesus for John, I think I would tell John when I got back about all the incredible miracles. There were dead raised and blind healed, along with deaf, lepers, and a lot of other people. I would tell John about the miracles.

John knew without a doubt who the Savior was. He sent his disciples to Jesus for their own edification, to strengthen their testimonies, and to gain their own testimonies of what John had been teaching about Christ.

Jesus Christ said there was no greater prophet than John the Baptist. Joseph Smith gave the following reasons for why John the Baptist is considered as one of the greatest prophets:
“First. He was entrusted with a divine mission of preparing the way before the face of the Lord. Whoever had such a trust committed to him before or since? No man.
“Secondly. He was entrusted with the important mission, and it was required at his hands, to baptize the Son of Man. Whoever had the honor of doing that? Whoever had so great a privilege and glory? …
“Thirdly. John, at that time, was the only legal administrator in the affairs of the kingdom there was then on the earth, and holding the keys of power. … These three reasons constitute him the greatest prophet born”

John the Baptist’s humility and selflessness are expressed in John 3:30. We should all strive to be humble and selfless.


John the Baptist

This is for a school assignment. I am talking about John the Baptist in this post.

Zacharias was told he would have joy in John’s birth and many would rejoice. Zacharias was promised even when Elisabeth was pregnant that John would be “great in the sight of the Lord” (Luke 1:15) and wouldn’t drink wine or strong drink, and would be filled with the Holy Ghost even in the womb. Zacharias was promised John would preach and turn the “disobedient to the wisdom of the just” (Luke 1:17). When Mary came to visit Elisabeth “the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.” (Luke 1:41) I’m sure all of this was incredible for Zacharias to hear about his unborn son.

When John was born the neighbors and cousins of Elisabeth rejoiced. Elisabeth was pretty old and barren so it was a very exciting time for her and her family. When naming him, Elisabeth said his name would be John. It seems like this is a big deal that he wasn’t named after Zacharias or a family name because the scripture says: “And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marveled all.” (Luke 1:61-63)

I didn’t know this, but Isaiah and Malachi both prophesied of John the Baptist and his mission. John was of priestly descent, which was essential to prepare the way for the Savior. The Bible Dictionary states John the Baptist baptized people some months before and after he baptized the Savior. The Bible Dictionary also states at least two of Christ’s disciples were disciples of John before they met Jesus and it is probable he may have taught other disciples. Can you imagine being taught by a prophet?

When John was in prison he sent two of his disciples to inquire of Jesus. Jesus praised John as a prophet saying none was greater. John was entrusted “with the mission of preparing the way and baptizing the Savior of the world.” (Bible Dictionary: John the Baptist). I’m really glad I looked at all these scriptures and references of John the Baptist.

About all I knew previous to this was what is taught in Primary. After reading this I can see why people would rejoice in John the Baptist’s birth and ministry. John was extremely influential in the preparation for Christ and made a difference for so many people by preaching and baptizing. I hope one day I get to meet him.


It's About Time

I can't believe the last time I posted it was before Christmas! Life has certainly picked up the pace.

Christmas was Boston's first Christmas, and that was really fun. Like all babies he really liked the wrapping paper and boxes. His very favorite presents were books. He loves reading!

We celebrated Boston's first birthday in January! We had a really fun double party with my cousin, Pryce. I made Boston a smash cake and he LOVED it. He loved eating it, squishing it, playing with it, etc. It was a hoot. Most of my pictures are on my other computer or my phone, so I don't have any to post currently.

School has been going well. I'm slowly getting it done. This semester ends next week! This semester has been hard, The content I'm learning hasn't been hard, but the amount of work that has been required has been difficult. But I'm almost done with this semester. I'm taking off the summer, so that will be nice. I'll start back in September. And then hopefully only 4 semesters left! I'm getting excited to be done even though it's over a year out.

We have been doing small house projects and I have enjoyed it. We have replaced the faucet, gotten the countertops painted, painted the cupboards, tore out some cupboards, fixed the walls, and a few other things. I really enjoy doing home improvement things.

I have also been trying to go climbing once a week on Friday nights with some friends. Mike comes sometimes (and I wish he would come more!) and it's been fun to get out and get better at climbing, even if it is in a gym. Speaking of a gym, I joined my work gym. It's really nice to be able to work out right after work and then head home. I feel like I get home just a half hour later than I usually do, so it's really nice. I also have some accountability gym buddies, and it has been working out nicely.

In May Mike and I went to Zion National Park with some friends, Jared and Alicia. My parents were nice enough to watch Boston while we hiked to our heart's content. We did quite a few hikes, including Angel's Landing and The Narrows was definitely my favorite, and I can't wait to go back and do it again. We did from the bottom up, where you go as far as you'd like then turn around. You can eventually reach some point that you aren't supposed to go past, but it's pretty far up. We didn't reach that. The next time we do The Narrows I would like to get a permit to do from the top down. That is an all day adventure and can even be split into two days. I'd also like to do the Subway. we put in for the permit but unfortunately didn't get drawn out. We had a great time with our friends and loved the views. ZNP is probably one of my favorite places to go. We sure missed our little guy, though!

A few weeks ago for the Fourth of July we drove up to Boise and spent a few days up there with my sister, Aimee, and her husband, Jarret. It was really fun to see their house and what it was like up there. Aimee took me climbing at the gym she goes to, went had a BBQ, went to the Farmer's Market, went swimming, and Aimee made a year and a half birthday cake for Boston! He loved it, again!! Boston loved Aimee's cat, Mattix and really liked to follow him around and sometimes pet him.

Boston is growing bigger and bigger, I can hardly believe it. He is in the 8th and 10th percentile for height and weight, and 14th for head circumference. Big head! ;) Boston had his first day in Nursery on Sunday! He was a champ! Mike went in with Boston for about five minutes and Boston played really well so Mike left. About 10 minutes after Mike left the teacher said Boston noticed Mike was gone and kind of just gave a little look like "hmm. Where did dad go?" and then kept playing. He didn't cry or anything the whole time! When I picked him up he showed me his stickers on his shirt. I'm so happy he had a good time. I can't believe my little baby can already go to Nursery.

Boston is really taking off with his talking! He says a lot of words now, it's really fun. He can say: Waffles, cracker, Dada, Mama, (although most the time he just says dada for this too..), go, good, hi, and diaper. I'm sure I'm forgetting some. He knows sign language for eat, drink, thank you, more, all done, and he just learned please. Boston also knows animal noises for: monkey, dog, snake, and duck. He is learning lion and sheep right now. Boston likes to go on walks, play hide and seek, and roll balls and cars across the floor. We sure love him.

Mike just recently got a new job at work! He starts training later this month. He has to get another license, I believe his Series 66. So he is busy studying for that test which is next week. I'm so proud of him! Mike works really hard at his job and has learned a lot. He is really smart and knows a lot about investments.

As a side note, my brothers got their wisdom teeth out today. This happened once we got them settled in the basement.

Nate: "Brandon, what's the best type of ship?"
Brandon: ....
Nate: "Friendship!"
Brandon: "You need to learn how to shut up!"

Hahahaha!! Brandon had some time for the meds to wear off, but Nate was still a bit loopy and had been bugging Brandon with his constant shenanigans. So funny. They are both back to normal and healing now. :)

I better wrap this up. Boston just woke up from his nap and is ready to play!


This Month

I don't blog much anymore. I need to. I want to. I just don't. I feel like it is near the bottom of my totem pole of things to do. I'll try to do better.

I finally finished my school semester. I'm really excited about that. My last final website could technically be turned in tonight at midnight, but I wanted to be done so I stayed up really late Saturday night (2 AM!) and finished that stuff up! It will be nice to have a break for a bit. And this week Mike and I are both off, so it will be even more nice to have all the family time with Mike and Boston, yay!

This weekend there was a celebration for my grandparents. They celebrated 50 years of marriage. Wowzers! That is two of my lifetimes. Anyway, we went up to the celebration, it was great. We had to leave a little early, which was too bad. Some of my siblings and cousins were showing talents, it was fun to see but I wish I could have seen them all.

We left early to go see The Hobbit. I had already gotten the tickets before I knew about the 50th anniversary celebration. So we went to The Hobbit. It was good! I really liked it. I was a bit disappointed with the second one, but I really liked this one.

A few weeks ago we had family pictures taken. It was fun! The weather was great and Boston was a happy camper. I made Christmas cards and are in the process of sending them out. I really love how our pictures turned out. So fun!

My birthday was last month, that was fun. On my cake Mike put the number 300 and then 25 candles, because I was turning 300 months. Haha! Mike and Boston got me Mario 3D World for the Wii U and Zelda Monopoly.

Mike's birthday was earlier this month. He celebrated number 31! He got a good haul of tickets to see The Hobbit and tickets to see Less Than Jake in February.

Boston's birthday is coming up soon! Less than two weeks. I can hardly believe it! I'll make sure I post on his birthday.

Here is our Christmas Card! Merry Christmas!


Good Day

Today was a good day.

It all started last night. I'm in a few health groups on Facebook, and on one of them I jokingly said something like "I've broken two Kitchen Aid blenders by trying to be healthy." Funny, right? I had a few people comment saying to get a Ninja or Magic Bullet etc etc. Someone even mentioned to check Marshalls or TJ Maxx, which is a super great idea. One person also commented and said something like I'm actually a manager at Kitchen Aid, if you want you can message me and see if we can do anything.

I was thinking, eh, why not.? I didn't think anything could be done because one blender is five years old and the other I got earlier this year in the spring. And really the blenders aren't broke, it was the blades at the bottom of the jars. So I PM'd this person, who was an acquaintance. I'd never spoken to him before but I knew of him.

Anyway, he asked for the model number and serial numbers of both and I gave it to him. He got back to me and guess what he said! He said they would give me a new pitcher for my older blender and completely replace the newer one! A whole NEW BLENDER! WHAAAAAT! And for free! I'm still completely floored by this. I just have to send my blender back to them. And that's prepaid as well. I can't even believe all this! So awesome!

So I called, gave him my address and they will be here in a few weeks!

I think I must have thanked him at least 10 times. And he was so nice on the phone and then said Kitchen Aid really likes to take care of their customers. And I agree! First, I can't believe he would reach out on a FB post, and then help me with my blenders, AND the company allows their employees to do that! I'm getting a pitcher for my blender that is 5 years old! If that doesn't say "we love our customers" I don't know what does.

I called and told my mom about this. She has also had a wonderful experience with Kitchen Aid. They replaced her pasta maker when it broke! What a great comapny! Anyway, this thing has totally made my day.

And tonight, I was able to talk to my friend in Peru, Her name is Emily and she absolutely rocks. She said sometime she wants to come to Utah, I hope she does, I would love to meet her in person one day.

Such a good day. And it doesn't even count the normal good everyday things like spending time with my boys.

Great day.



Oh man. Mike makes me laugh. Here are a few things he's said the past few weeks.

I had just looked at the news on TV and it said The Utah Pano Man had died or something like that.
Me: Mike, The Piano Man died.
Mike: Oh. The violinist probably killed him with a G-string.
Me: Uncontrollable laughter
Mike: No, the string on the violin, Emily.

Mike: I went to the store today, so I'm going to reward myself with a Kool-Aid Jammer.
Me: Nice!
Mike: It says Artificial Flavor! That's my favorite flavor!

Me: Hey honey, will you go pick up the pizzas? They are under my name.
Mike: So, is it under Emily or Will?
Me: MICHAEL! Get out!


So Close. But So Far.

If you ask Mike, I have a year left of school. If you ask me, I have two. It's somewhere between those two. I hope one day I'll be done. I really like my classes this semester, they are just time consuming. I'm taking Graphic Design and another Web Development class.

It's starting to get colder. Winter is around the corner. Egg nog is out (YUM!). It's getting close... I can't wait till spring. Get the winter over with.

Boston is 9 months old. I can't believe it. It's been so fun. I never knew having a kid would be THIS fun. Holy cow, I love it. Boston crawls so fast now. He giggle and laughs, and babbles. He loves looking in the mirror at himself. I have a mirror on the ground right now so he can play on it. So fun to watch. He has teeth coming in. Even though he's teething, he's so happy! He likes to blow raspberries and he likes to eat Cheerios.

Mike is handsome. And he is a hard worker. He is enjoying softball this fall. The season is coming to a close. He makes me laugh every day. Mike is my cheerleader and keeps me going.

I didn't really have a reason to blog. I just wanted to.

Oh! My sister Aimee got married the weekend before this last one. It was beautiful. I was able to take pictures. So fun. It was a beautiful ceremony. IT was kind of cold that day. And rainy. But it still turned out wonderful.

The other day I did crow pose for a few seconds. That was really exciting.

Well, I guess that's all. I have a lot of pics of Boston I need to upload, so expect an overload of pictures soon.


Tough Mudder 2014

Honestly I don't even know where to begin. I'll try my best to keep all of this in chronological order, but no promises.

A few months ago my friend DeWayne ran the idea by me to do a Tough Mudder course. I glanced at it quickly online and said I was in. We started to recruit people for the team. We threw it out to the SDLHC (Awesome FB health group that I'm in) and had some people respond. I was super excited. 

I started to train. I did the circuits the Tough Mudder website had listed. They were hard! But I kept at it. It was hard to juggle school, work, home life, and making time to work out. Really hard. 

As TM got closer I started to get worried. All of the obstacles looked fun to me. I don't have fears of tight spaces, falling, swimming, heights, jumping, etc. but I do have a fear of holding people back. I have a fear of needing people too much and being resented. 

I would text DeWayne at least once a week and say, "I don't think I can do this! I can't do it!" He'd reply by saying, "you're doing it." Thank goodness for friends who push you to do things. Looking back I don't know why I didn't think I could do it. I'm fit enough. I rock climb. I was working on upper body strength and running. I was scared.

Scared of what? A number of things. Failure. Holding people back. Making a fool of myself. My team not liking me. Not being a big enough contributor.

Fast forward to Mudder time. People flew in from out of state to participate in this Tough Mudder. A bunch of us got together the night before. We hadn't all met, so it would be nice to get to know each other before we went and did this thing the next day. We ate and laughed and talked. We had a great time. Eventually we all ended sitting in the living room and discussing our fears for the next day. We had a few people that had done Tough Mudders before, so it was nice to have their input on some of the obstacles. Some people in our group would be facing legitimate fears. For me, I didn't have a fear of physically doing something like climbing through a pipe or going under water.

For a minute I felt like I didn't belong. Everyone else had fears they would be battling. And me... well I just didn't want to hold people back. Anyone else I had talked to outside the group about what I was afraid of always brushed it off. "Oh you won't!" "You'll do fine!" "Don't worry about that, you'll do great!" It always seemed downplayed, but this is what I was really scared of! It got to my turn and I shared. I told everyone I was worried about holding them back.

And you know what happened? Instead of my fear being brushed aside, my group acknowledged it. Some nodded and others said they were also afraid of that. It felt nice to have others know how I felt. One person in my group voiced the exact same concern. I'm sad others had that same worry, but it's nice to know I wasn't alone. And I felt like I belonged again.

Too soon the night ended and we parted ways. I went home and went to bed. The alarm went off in the morning.....

AHHHHH IT'S TODAY. Obviously I hadn't successfully backed out of this. Gulp. But I was kind of excited.

I got up, got ready, and met with some of my teammates. We drove to Cedar Fort. Soon enough we were all there. We wrote our numbers on our arms and got ready. We warmed up and hopped over a wall. Then we were almost ready to go....

My whole team seemed so pumped and excited. All morning they all seemed SO excited. I was honestly just trying not to throw up my Cheerios from my nerves.

And then... GO.

We took off. We walked the whole course. I liked it that way. I was able to talk to my team members and try to process what we were doing. I really enjoyed each obstacle. Some I wasn't worried about. Others, I was worried. The obstacle I was most worried about was Funky Monkey. This was monkey bars, but at an incline. Only 40% of people successfully complete it. This was the obstacle I wanted to finish, but doubted myself more than ever.

We got to Funky Monkey. I was nervous. I stepped up and put my hands on the bars. My gloves were slippery. I stepped aside and took my gloves off. I kept remembering how I had done monkey bars at a playground by my house to practice and I thought they were hard to get through. In my head I kept saying "You can't do this. Save yourself the embarrassment and jump in the water or let go on the second or third rung. You can't do this."

Deep breath.

I put my hands on the first rung. I was nervous. I took my feet off the ground. I went to the second then third rung. Fourth. Fifth. "I think maybe I can do this!" Sixth. "Who am I kidding, I can't do this. I can't. I can't do it." But even with my self defeating thoughts I kept going. Finally I was three rungs from the end. "I should just drop. Just in case I don't make it to the end." "No. I made it this far, I may as well try." Two rungs to go. One. Swing to the ground.


I couldn't believe it. The one obstacle I was absolutely SURE I couldn't do, I did.

At another point on the course we had to carry bags of sand. Guys were generally taking two bags, and girls, one. The man facilitating told us that we could take as many as we wanted, but he hadn't seen a girl do more than two. "What the hell" I said to myself. And I had someone help me get three. I was going pretty slow. But I was making progress. My friend Ashley stayed with me. And I was so glad she did. I told her she could go ahead, she looked me straight in the eyes and said, "I'm not leaving you." And she didn't. She cheered me on and encouraged me the whole time. She kept telling me "you got this! You can do it!" even when the voice in my head kept saying "You took too many bags, you can't do this." But her voice was louder than the voice in my head. We rounded the last bend and I was telling myself, "just a few more steps! Just a few more steps! You can do it!"

And I made it! I carried 3 sandbags. 120 pounds. Nearly as much as I weigh. On my shoulders. I did it.


Another part of Tough Mudder that sticks out is the second to last obstacle. I had been helped and had helped strangers along the way. At the second to last obstacle there was a huge ramp. The ramp got steeper and steeper (and quickly too) until it was vertical. The goal was to get on top. Our team eventually all made it to the top. I was one of the last ones up. A few others not on our team were also trying to do the obstacle. At one point a woman fell, slid down, and sat at the bottom of the obstacle. She was crying. I knew that feeling. The feeling of defeat. No matter how hard you try and give 110% you still can't do it. I've felt like that before. A few of us at the top and some people at the bottom started talking about helping her get up to the top. A few of our team members slid down the ramp and with a few others made a human ladder up the ramp. The woman climbed up the ladder to us at the top. And she made it.

The thing I love about Tough Mudder is how highly they rank teamwork and helping others. I honestly don't know what our time was and I don't care to know. This event wasn't timed for me, it was getting everyone across the finish line. And we did it.

After digesting this event for a few days and looking at myself internally I've learned a few things. The first and biggest thing I've learned is I'm amazing. I seriously rock. I'm not trying to be cocky, but really I am awesome. I accomplished so much more than I thought I could. I had self defeating thoughts because I thought an obstacle looked hard. And I had already nearly lost the battle before I even put my hands on the rungs.

I've decided to change my outlook. I've been working on it since the end of Tough Mudder. It's not easy, but it's coming along. I feel more confident in what I do. I tell myself I CAN do things. If I'm not sure if I can do something, I try. And while I'm trying I tell myself I can do it.

Tough Mudder has helped me find self confidence I didn't have before. It's helped me find lifelong friends I didn't have before. And it helped me learn how to be a better person.

I hope I was able to contribute as much as the others did on my team. Some of my team members overcame amazing fears and doubts. It was incredible to just be a part of their story. My story, although different, is mine. And I love it.

I can't wait till Tough Mudder 2015. Who's in?