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Wednesday, December 31, 2008



Sorry this is over a month late...I'm gettin' to it..
Here are the rules:
1. Go to your pictures
2. Upload 4th picture of 4th folder
3. Post and explain picture
4. Tag 4 friends

Well how ironic. This picture is from last year at Christmas. Janessa, Brianna, and me. My sister's-in-law!

I tag Abby S, Sara S, Tanisha and Janelle.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Kung Fu Panda

Everybody loves Kung Fu fighting!

Enthusiastic, big and a little clumsy, but who isn't? Ryan and I loved this movie. Ryan laughed so hard he even shed some tears. And who knew Dustin Hoffman, and Jackie Chan were voices in it? Be sure to rent KUNG FU PANDA.

Monday, December 29, 2008



Will Smith received an Academy Award® nominee for it, but I didn't really like it. It was a lot different than I expected and I really didn't enjoy it. It was painful to watch. What did you think?

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Snapshots of Christmas

Ryan's present to his Dad. He knows some people...and yes, that's A Rod's autograph.
Our gift to ourselves-more silverware!
Lil' P and Uncle Ryan
He LOVED the dog! He could not stop staring at it or touching it.

Friday, December 26, 2008

2008: A Historic Year for the Church

Significant events during 2008 made for a historic year for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The following are some of the more noteworthy events that transpired during the year:

Church Leadership

The year began on a somber note with the passing of 97-year-old President Gordon B. Hinckley on Sunday, 27 January. Thousands of people, both Latter-day Saints and friends of other faiths, waited for hours in the cold wintery weather to attend the viewing of this beloved prophet. His funeral was attended by approximately 20,000 people in the Conference Center.

President Hinckley served as president of the Church from 1995 to 2008. He oversaw rapid progress in the building of temples worldwide and the number of missionaries serving full-time missions. The Church grew considerably during his administration and now numbers more than 13 million members worldwide.

President Hinckley’s first counselor, Thomas S. Monson, became the 16th president of the Church on 3 February. President Monson had served as first counselor to President Hinckley since March of 1995. As President Monson noted in his address at President Hinckley’s funeral, the two had been friends for a long time. “We were friends long before either one of us was called to be a general authority of the Church, and we have served side by side for over 44 years in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and in the First Presidency.” Serving with President Monson in the new First Presidency are President Henry B. Eyring as first counselor and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf as second counselor.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson was called as a new apostle in April. Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, another member of the Quorum of the Twelve, passed away in December at the age of 91.

Publishing and Church History

In 2008 the Church launched a landmark literary project – the publishing of the inaugural volume of the “ Joseph Smith Papers.” Joseph Smith was the first prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Marlin K. Jensen, Church historian and recorder, has called the Joseph Smith Papers Project “the most significant Church history project of this generation.” This unprecedented compilation, published by The Church Historian’s Press, will eventually comprise 30 volumes, including journals, correspondence, discourses and written histories, as well as legal and business documents.

Sometime during 2008 the 140 millionth copy of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ was distributed, passing another milestone in the book’s history. Since it was first published in 1830, the Book of Mormon has been taken worldwide by over a million missionaries. It is currently available in 107 languages.


The dedication and announcement of temples continued throughout the year. The first temple dedicated by President Monson as president of the Church was the Rexburg Idaho Temple in February. Three other temples were dedicated during the year – Curitiba Brazil in May and the Panama City Panama and Twin Falls Idaho temples in August. In November, the Mexico City Mexico Temple was rededicated.

The Rome Italy Temple was among nine temples announced in 2008. Others included three in Arizona – Gila Valley, Gilbert and Phoenix – as well as Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Kansas City, Missouri; Cordoba, Argentina; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Trujillo, Peru.

Protecting Marriage

Recognizing the importance of marriage to society, the Church encouraged members in California and Arizona to support broad-based coalitions to define marriage as between and man and a woman. Both ballot measures passed in November.

Humanitarian Efforts

The Church was active in humanitarian efforts including, for example, providing relief to victims of hurricanes and other natural disasters such as the flooding in Myanmar. The Church sent dozens of semi-truck loads of supplies to the Gulf Coast to aid those affected by Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike. Many other humanitarian efforts were conducted worldwide.

Commemorating the Priesthood Revelation

On 9 June 2008, thousands packed the Salt Lake Tabernacle to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the revelation in June 1978 to extend the lay priesthood to men of all races. Church leaders and members, including many who are African American, spoke to those attending the gathering. A video was also produced to celebrate the event.

Correcting Misconceptions

In response to an address given by Elder M. Russell Ballard, many more Latter-day Saints in 2008 began using the Internet to share and discuss their faith with others. The address by Elder Ballard was published in the Church’s Ensign magazine.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

And in 2008 a new director was appointed to lead the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Dr. Mack Wilberg was named as its director in March by Mac Christensen, president of the choir. Wilberg replaced former director Dr. Craig Jessop, who led the choir for over eight years.

Courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

From the newest member of our family...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sleeping through Gethsemane

Last night we had a Relief Society dinner. The food was AMAZING and then we had a speaker come talk to us. Her name is Diana Hoelscher. I've listened to her audio cd called Sleeping through Gethsemane before, but I had no idea she was coming to speak. I learned so much from her talk about the gospel and especially about repentance. If you can, go out and find this talk. I seriously recommend it and know it will change your life. She has several other talks as well that you can get from the library and listen to.

The Outburst-Webisode #4

The misery behind the mystery of Oscar's outburst is finally revealed.

Friday, December 12, 2008

I feel Wicked!

Wicked tix go on sale now! Go get them but save a pair or two for me! It's coming April 8th-May 3rd at the Capitol Theatre.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Prince Caspian

We rented this movie the other night. We LOVED the first Chronicles of Narnia, but to be honest, this one was just O.K. Ryan almost fell asleep because it was a really slow beginning. I was confused numerous times during it. I just thought there wasn't enough details. It probably didn't help that It's been two years since I saw the last one...what did you think of it?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Economy forces more people to turn in pets

This is so sad! I would take in all the animals if I could! Plus, this cat looks just like my little guy.

Saturday, December 6, 2008


Better late than never!

Friday, December 5, 2008

"O Christmas Tree"

A special thanks to my mother-in-law for our new christmas decorations as well...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A Christmas Treat

I love Harry Connick Jr. He is so dreamy...

The Outburst - Webisode

Oscar begins to see how intrusive his co-workers can really be.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving Weekend

We got a new laptop a few weeks ago, and now our other one is completely broken. It doesn't do a thing. It's pretty frustrating. Speaking of frustrating, i failed my life insurance test again...
We drove down to St. George Wednesday afternoon, and after a whirlwind Thanksgiving with both families, drove back Thursday night to get back to work Friday morning.
Saturday night was my company's Christmas party at Grand America. They had entertainment by Andy Gross; the comedian, ventriloquist, and magician. He chose me out of the audience to help him with a magic trick. It was very embarrassing, especially when he had me keep my hand on his thigh, it was a fun night altogether though. They had performance and instruction from a Latin dance company. Ryan wouldn't dance with me, so my friend and I tore it up, but we didn't win the dance off or any raffle prizes.
Sunday we went to my best friend's homecoming and spent most the day with her. I'm so excited to have my Sydney back!


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