Tuesday, March 25, 2008


I went to the Temple to do a sealing assignment for our stake at 6am. As most of you probably know, I'm not a morning person. Yet this was so easy for me to get up and go. (Actually I didn't sleep. I just laid in bed for about 30 minutes and just could not sleep. So I just did things until it was time to get ready to go to the temple.)
It was great. That's all I can say. I was impressed with one of the couples there. They held hands the entire time we were there. I was touched. They really love each other and the meaning of what we were doing became much more evident.

Since it is daylight savings now, when I got out of the temple, the sun hadn't quite come over the mountains yet and I was able to watch the sunrise. One of my two most favorite things is watching the sun rise and set. I know the pictures aren't the best, but I tried to get it while I could and all I had handy was the camera on my phone. It was really beautiful!

Joseph Smith Movie

Last night for FHE, my ward trecked up to Salt Lake City to see the Joseph Smith Movie.

Since we were in different cars, so of us got there earlier than others, and some didn't even make it out of American Fork. But when we got there we all were able to find each other and make our way up to the theater.

I am a big crier so as we were walking up the stairs into the theater I saw a box of Kleenex on every corner of the railings and so I grabbed a whole box. Unbeknownst to me, everyone had been talking about getting some Kleenex to prepare for the out pooring of our fountains, when I did this. There was a big laugh and I put the box back. (After pulling out 4 for myself!)

I've seen the movie before, but I didn't remember everything. It was so great to see the life of Joseph Smith from the time he was a young boy to his death. I was overcome with emotion and those Kleenex came in handy.

I remember when I distinctly felt the truthfulness of the restoration. I was a missionary and my companion was teaching in the MTC about Joseph Smith. I have always known that he was a prophet of God and that he was the prophet of the restoration because I knew the Book of Mormon to be true and I felt that it was true, but I never really had that powerful feeling about Joseph Smith. I figured he was part of that package, so I must know all of the above.
So in the MTC my companion told us (I was in a three-some) that she didn't have a testimony of Joseph Smith. She really wanted one. How do you go about gaining a testimony of a gospel principle? Well fasting and prayer are always a good choice. But this sister did everything she could do. She bound her discussions with pictures of Joseph Smith on the cover. She would sing the hymns about him. She would pray constantly about knowing how to bear a testimony of him. She would not bear a vocal testimony until she felt like she knew it to be true, so she never taught that principle when we would teach it in the TRC, or even to each other.
Then one day, when we were walking up to the TRC (we had all the companions in one room), she asked if she could teach it. We knew what that meant, but I didn't know how much I needed it. Her testimony was simple. I gasped for air because of the power of the Spirit in the room. I even remember looking up and all of the other companionships had stopped to listen. That is when I first recognized that I knew too. Seeing this movie helped me remember that. I hope that you all will be able to see it someday. It's worth it!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

My cute nieces...

Are they cute or what?

Laurel Photography

My sister and her family moved to Michigan at the end of January and I haven't had a good chance to see them for a couple of months. It was still hard to get up to see them when they were in Ogden, but I was still able to see them. Now there isn't even the option and I've been feeling the emptiness of them being so far away. Luckily we have Skype and I've been able to talk to them through the net, with video feed. I turned it off right before Lynn reached up and grabbed the camera and tried to eat it. Wish I would have seen that!

So one of my sister's friends from HS lives close to her in Michigan and she is a photographer. Here are just a couple of great shots she took in a session she did on Monday.
Please go take a look at her site and leave comments on what you think, in her blog. I know none of you can take advantage of using her skills, but at least you can see what she does and be able to comment about her site on her blog. Please do so!! Please, please, please!

Look at how grown up Alyssa is getting. Crazy, huh? I was talking to her on the phone and she sounded like a grown up. She's getting to the point where she knows more than her Aunt Jenny. (Not hard!) She should totally be a child model!
And little Lynn is so big. Can you believe that she's tried to take some steps in the past few days?

When you go look at Laurel's site, on her blog she has posted a few more pictures of the girls and there is one of Lynn with her tongue sticking out. So cute. I just wish that I could me there to make her laugh.

Enjoy the photos. Hope to hear from you soon!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Which Cullen Family member are you?

I'm Jasper.
It fits, really. Only I'm not a vampire. Nor did I live back during the mexican war and have a million personal problems. (I'm sure some could argue the latter!)
I took the quiz on Facebook, so if you'd like to know who you are, then you'll have to visit my facebook page and take it there.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Sudoku Challenge - Puzzle 1:Easy

Rules to play:
-Each row must contain the numbers 1-9.
-Each column must contain the numbers 1-9.
-Each box of 9 squares (Bold outline) must contain the numbers 1-9.
-NO box, column, or row can contain any duplicate numbers.
Got it?

I've been solving Sudoku puzzles for the past few years, but it wasn't until the last couple of weeks that I've found they have been a bit more constant in my life. Certain aspects at work caused me to play all-day.... Don't ask. But I found it a bit more addictive.

Now here is the challenge:
1. Solve
No more.

I'm going to post them at random. I have a lot of variety. We can work on them together. I hope you have fun. I hope you'll let me know how you're solving quests go.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Life is a great big surprise sometimes. And then other times life gives you exactly what you were hoping for.
As most of you know. I started a business with a couple of my friends and we just got our logo done. Isn't it great? My partner did such a great job on it. I'm so excited to get it on everything we have. It turned out even better than I had hoped! Great job to Summer for doing it! The time she spent doing it was well worth it!

Laughing Yet?

Laughing Yet?