Wednesday, October 27, 2010


....Sunshine is something that I love.
Sometimes I wish I could lay in the grass and close my eyes and feel the hot sun.....

My life has been noteworthy good!

I have a wonderful family!

I have wonderful friends.

I am very blessed.

Today, I had a good experience at work. Anna and I were at this large career fair for high school students. We were next to several Texas Tech booths. Towards the end of the event, Jennifer ( the lady next to us), started to talk to us. Some how it came up that I would be leaving and she asked where I would be going and why. So I told her about my mission. She then proceeded to ask "can I ask you some questions?" - OF COURSE (I didn't say it that excited, but I was this excited). She asked me if Mormons hated black people (this is what she heard when her and her family were thinking of moving to SLC). So I of course told her we do not. She then asked me some other things. Anna chimed in and said that she was not a member but loved the church. She said that there are a lot of misconceptions about the LDS people. After, the conversation with Jennifer, I invited her to come to church. It felt completely natural, simple. She said that she was not interested in coming to church, mainly because her husband would not agree. She was so glad that she asked me these questions. She said that she felt so glad knowing that LDS people did not feel/act that way.

This was a testimony builder to me that we need to speak up more. We are not weird. We are normal people that happen to believe in Jesus Christ and Prophets!

I really do love the gospel --> love, peace, truth, happiness and joy!
The gospel helps me feel sunshine.

This past weekend, I was able to go to the temple. It was an amazing experience. I felt so loved - from Heavenly Father, Family, and Friends.

I am so glad that I am surrounded by amazing people.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Flood of 2010

So Thursday..... Lubbock Flooded....I was supposed to be on my way to H-O-B-B-S, for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Little did I know....

Flood from last year - Walmart Parking Lot
I ended up like this....

but stuck....

I laughed....cried....laughed again....worried.....felt the waves of water coming close to the car

Luckily, I had one of these....
My Big Brother Josh
He came and rescued me from the ferocious H2O! He literally rescued me. I couldn't open my driver's side door. We had to push the car to safety. It was so cold. 

My engine is now being rebuilt! Fun times. 

The moral of the story is - go to institute....or move from Lubbock. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


So I do not know what to do for Halloween at all....

I like to keep my costumes some what secretive, but I need some help. This costume has to be great because Halloween next year will be spent as Hermana Spencer!

Here are some ideas:

  • Flo - the progressive girl
  • Alien Host - have an alien coming out of my midsection lol.
  • Prom Queen Reject - basically look ugly in a prom dress and have a sash that says reject...
  • Kissing booth - not likely for me to do it
  • Just got dumped - you wear slippers a bath robe and have lots of tissues from crying, messy hair and mascara running down your cheeks. You also have an empty Ben and Jerry's container and a picture of your "ex" torn up!
  • Old school house wife

I really want it to be awesome or make me look cute....
Those are some online examples....
What should I be?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fear not, I am with thee; O be not dismayed!

I need to remember these words more...
1. How firm a foundation ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in his excellent word;
What more can he say than to you he hath said?
You, who unto Jesus, for refuge have fled.
2. In ev'ry condition - in sickness in health,
In poverty's vale, or abounding in wealth,
At home and abroad, on the land, on the sea,
As thy days may demand, so thy succor shall be.
3. “Fear not, I am with thee; O be not dismayed!
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
4. “When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not thee o'erflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
5. “When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace all-sufficient shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design,
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.
6. “E'en down to old age, all my people shall prove
My sov'reign eternal, unchangeable love;
And then, when grey hairs shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs they shall still in my bosom be borne.
7. “The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes:
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never - no, never, no, never forsake!”

Now to make this weekend great...

Because life is great!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


So Its....late (meaning after 11:00)

For months I have wondered if I should post my blog on:

Where you find out what they were up to this weekend...
If someone is upset....
Or most importantly engaged lol!
That scares me....
But, I want to eventually have tales from missionary me on here.

So here goes nothing.

Welcome new stalkers! I hope what I write about it at least worth a small fraction of your time!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cheddar Potato Soup

Purpose: To make something that is fit for the human digestive system and satiates hunger.

Introduction: After carefully considering the desired food product for consumption, it was necessary to construct a balanced meal. One respected colleague, C. Curtis, and I observed a sound scientific idea in Relish Magazine. After reviewing the literature, there was found to be a lack of investigation into this subject. This led to modification of an experimental method (Allrecipies et al., 2005). 

Hypothesis: Potato soup may become tastier if cheese, ham and other fresh ingredients are added.

Materials and Methods: 
4 large Red Potatoes
3 large stalks of celery
1/2 medium onion
3 medium cloves of garlic
1 1/2 cups of black forest ham
Desired amount of cheese
4 Tbs. of butter
4 Tbs. flour
1 can of chicken broth
4 cups of milk

Chop up potatoes into cubes and cook in chicken broth covered until potatoes are soft.
Drain chicken broth and keep it in reserve. Add butter, flour and salt and pepper. Then add milk (more if desired), chopped celery, chopped ham, chopped onion, minced garlic, cheese and reserve chicken stock. Cook covered simmering for 20-30 minutes. 

Results: Soup consistency was more chowder like. Celery was slightly chruchy. Flavors smelled like one's grandmother's homemade soup on a wintery day. 

Discussion: Due to the amount of potatoes and other ingredients, the flavors combined quite nicely. The soup increased the "internal" temperature of mouth and soul by 5 oF. Flow of soup was smooth. Observations of the human digestive tract imply that this method utilized the optimal amount of space in the stomach cavity. This study suggests, cheddar potato soup needs to be consumed on a regular basis. 

Future Studies: Impact would have been greater had more cheese been involved. Human satisfaction could be increased if homemade biscuits were added to the experiment. 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

10:10 10/10/10 its like 10:40 now, but I just wanted to share somethings. 

At the real 10:10 10/10/10, my roommates, Bro. and Sis. Curtis, and I celebrated. 
  • This consisted of turning on the dishwasher at the exact time.
  • Checking the news stations to find out if anything special was going on.
  • AND a half spirited Wahoo! 

But, it was fun and funny. I really am so glad that they are fantastic. We played Ticket to Ride tonight! I really do like that game. 

The Sabbath is always a wonderful day. It is really my favorite. I had some wonderful experiences today.

One - I got my temple recommend to go to the temple to get my endowments. 
I knew one day that this would happen, but it always seemed so far off and now its fast approaching. 
I was struck by one of the temple recommend questions, which I had heard several times. The second one asks if you have a testimony of the Atonement of Christ and His role as Savior and Redeemer. 
To buy back, to free from what distresses or harms, to free from capitivity by payment of ransom, to extricate from or help to overcome something detrimental, to release from blame or debt, to free from the consequences of sin, to make good,to atone.
one that saves from danger or destruction, one who brings salvation!

I just thought that was interesting that the question used two different roles of the savior :)

Also today I taught in Sunday School. I really was not
 prepared like I should have been, but the Spirit was there and the lesson was good. The lesson was on taking the name of Jesus Christ when we are baptized. 
In Relief Society, Amy B. ( a recent convert) gave a lesson on baptism. She was so great. I was so amazed by her lesson. She really showed what the gospel is about. I felt like her humble experiences helped so much in seeing the point. She said that when she learned certain things about the gospel that she thought "GENIUS!" I really loved what she had to say and really felt the point of the gospel. It is times like these that I really know that its true, that it matters!
There were differences in our lessons. We were speaking on the same topic, but I felt like Amy's lesson went straight to the heart. I really hope that I can better get to the heart, or better yet that I can invite the Spirit to get to the heart.
I have also been able to read some blogs about Spanish speaking Sis. Missionaries and am quite enjoying them. I really feel like life is about to get AMAZING!

Well its time for this Sweet Spirit's bed time :)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

What I need for the Mission Part 1

What do you need to be a sister missionary?
4-5 Outfits
2-3 Jackets/Blazers
2 Shoes - Water Resistant
1 Water Resistant Boots
Gym Clothes
Winter Coat
Winter Hat
2 Sweaters

I want to look like this everyday! And I really need a mustard yellow cardigan.

Here are some examples of the clothes that I want to buy:

Shirts and sweaters

So if anyone sees anything like this let me know!

Day off - not really.

So I haven't felt well this week, but today of all days - SATURDAY - I feel rotten. 
So I am in my Pj's lying on my bed and have been most of the day. 

So I updated my blog header:
Which is meant to be funny!

And then I made one for Sallie:
Now I am trying to decide what I can do while lying in bed. 

Being sick is really yucky. I feel like we need to be sick sometimes to feel gratitude for being healthy. 
I am now going to post about sister missionary clothes - because I have to start getting some things :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Book of Mormon

I love the Book of Mormon. 
I love the simplicity of the words.
I love the principles it teaches. 
I love how it teaches of Jesus Christ
I love how it shows God's love for His children.
I love how it shows the Plan of Happiness. 
I love how it changes my life. 

531 pages, 239 chapters, 60 days! 

Tonight I met with the Bishop and he challenged me to read the Book of Mormon again before I left for my mission. I am going to do it. I expect my life to be filled with more. I also know that my testimony will grow. 

"Without reservation I promise you that if each of you will observe this simple program, regardless of how many times you previously may have read the Book of Mormon, there will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God."
~Gordon B. Hinckley

I'm taking the challenge!

4 chapters a day!

Awesome talks about the Book of Mormon: