Saturday, December 11, 2010
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Monday, October 25, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
A 10K Race, with obstacles every mile... and a big mud pit at the end. I'll let the pictures do the talking:
Jason and I were required to go to a trek training seminar for our ward's pioneer trek next summer. We traveled 10 hours to get to Martin's Cove in Wyoming. This training is mandatory for anyone who wants to have a trek there, and there were about 150 people in our group. It was an incredible weekend! There are 55 senior missionaries serving at the pioneer sites (including the willie site). First of all, they are soo stinkin cute! And second of all, they really know how to bring the spirit. Jason and I were there for a little over 24 hours (we slept in a tent) and it was such a spiritual experience... I felt like I was practically crying the whole time :)
The "Father" spoken of on this plaque is my great-great-great grandfather who was part of the Martin Handcart Company.
Notice how baren the land looks behind us! Leaves nothing to break the wind... except for your own body! The wind was so strong that it broke our tent pole! CRAZY!
Our first day we trekked 6 miles. We went to Dan Jone's Cove, Martin's Cove, Crossed the Sweetwater River (it was freezing!), and did a Women's Pull. All along the way there were missionaries stationed at a "post" waiting for us. They would tell a story or two or tell us different things we could do with our group at that particular spot. The possibilities are endless, and the thing I loved the most- is that Jason and I agreed that whatever we choose to do would be fantastic. Meaning that there are no bad choices! All we feel like we have to do is get everybody there and the rest is taken care of because the spirit that is along the trail will do the rest. It was nice to be able to bounce ideas off of everyone and see what different things they came up with. Needless to say- some of the stress of this calling was relieved! :)
The missionaries at Martin's Cove were fantastic. They even taught us how to square dance! And if any of you know Jason, you know that that is not an easy task! (love you babe!) They had speaker after speaker teaching us about pioneers and their trek to Salt Lake. I bought a book while I was there called "Tell My Story Too". It is an incredible compilation of stories about the pioneers in the martin and willie handcart companies. It's a BIG book and will take me a while to get through it, but so far so good!
SO GET EXCITED 34th WARD! GET EXCITED!!
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Then at the begining of 2010 I was released and called to be a Relief Society teacher. A calling I did NOT feel I was worthy of. I always LOVED going to Relief Society because the teachers always did such an incredible job at inviting the spirit to be with us. I felt overwhelmed at the task that was set before me, and asked the Bishop if he was sure he had the right person... he was. I was soooooo nervous for my first lesson! But after I got over that hump, I felt more at ease each time I had to teach. Over the past 7 months, this calling has helped me to invite the spirit more into my life than any other calling has. As I have studied the topics and prayed for guidance to teach my lessons, I have become more and more greatful for the opportunity to have this calling.
In April I was given another calling in addition to being a Relief Society teacher. I was called to be the Young Women's Camp Director! Now this one I knew I could handle... after all, it was going to be my 11th year at Girls Camp!! Camp was held at the begining of June and it was (as always) an incredibly spiritual experience. I will forever LOVE girls camp!
Last Sunday, I was released from both of those callings. And my husband and I got a new calling together as the (are you ready for this??).......... MARTIN'S COVE TREK COORDINATORS!! Our Ward is inviting everyone 12yrs and up to go on a Pioneer Trek in Wyoming (10hrs away) at Martin's Cove next July. I knew our Bishop was wanting to do this, and ever since I found out, I had a feeling that I would be involved somehow. I just never thought that I would be in charge of it! I am so glad to be able to share this responsibility with Jason too, it will be a learning experience for us both I'm sure! I look forward to this next year with much anticipation of what is to come. I have so many mixed emotions about this- I'm stressed, nervous, excited, scared, happy, anxious... but most of all I am humbled at the opportunity to plan this out with everyone from the ward. I will be investing in some knee pads, as I imagine I will find myself praying to my Heavenly Father more than ever before.
I welcome any and all suggestions!!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Just wanted the world to know that I am still alive... just behind :)
Maybe I will post something useful tomorrow... maybe...