Showing posts from July, 2014

July 29, 2014

Hey Mom!  Well I'm staying. I can't say how excited or happy that makes me. The only super sad thing about it is that Elder Clarke is leaving. I'm going to miss that kid. He's awesome. We've a lot in common and it has been a lot of fun going on exchanges with him. We've had some really good times together. But, it's the way of the mission, eh?  I'm happy I get to stay here though. I think it would be sad to have to go to a new area and only have 6 weeks there. But I get to finish here with the people I love and we've had a really good week. We found a man named Rodney, and he walked up to us while we were tracting, and he told us that when we were done he really wanted us to come visit him at his house, and we did, and he's been taught before, and wanted to be baptized, but got called away for work, and it never happened. He said he's ready now to finish the process though. We've only taught him once, but we're pretty excited. I fee…

July 21, 2014

Dear Mom,

Sister Lang brought us cookies last night too haha. We actually don't serve in her ward, but the Elders were asked to speak, but then they couldn't go because they wanted to go to the confirmation of their convert, so they asked if we'd be willing to speak for them. The counselor who conducted the meeting said that all the bishopric wives should be grateful, because if we hadn't covered for the Elders, then they'd be the ones speaking. That brought a good laugh, but then I told Elder Call to say that chocolate chip cookies are a great way to express appreciation and gratitude, and that also got a good laugh. I think the talks went really well. I think that was the 4th talk I've given here in this area. I enjoy it though.
This week has been good. I have tonsillitis. haha. I finally broke down and went to the doctor. A few weeks of feeling pretty miserable is all it took. But I'm on some antibiotics, and I'm slowly beginning to feel better. It d…

Sunday Thoughts

At church today, during Relief Society (the women's class), I came across this quote by President Joseph Fielding Smith: "We must shelter [children] from the sins and evils of the world as much as we can so they will not be led away from paths of truth and righteousness." This really stood out to me because we homeschool, and I have always felt that homeschooling is a huge way I protect my children from the evil influences of the world.

Another quote by President Joseph Fielding Smith reminded me of why Zachary is on a mission right now:
"Our young people are among the most blessed and favored of our Father's children. They are the nobility of heaven, a choice and chosen generation who have a divine destiny. Their spirits have been reserved to come forth in this day when the gospel is on earth, and when the Lord needs valiant servants to carry on his great latter-day work."
Then I came home from church and found a sweet email, sent just today, from a sister …

The Awesome Liahona Academy

Liahona Academy is a private school located in Pleasant Grove, Utah, which offers an amazing distance program for 3rd-12th grades.
I love Liahona because it offers restoration education. It's the gospel woven into the secular and the secular taught from an LDS perspective. It's Bruce R. McConkie's advice "to view all things through the lens of the restored gospel."

Click HERE to go to Liahona's home page. From there you can navigate through their site to learn more about Liahona. Last year Marcus participated in Liahona's Junior class for 5th and 6th graders. I was so impressed with his teacher, Sister Rowley, and with the whole experience. I'm so excited that Marcus gets to be back in her class this upcoming year.

July 14, 2014

Hey Mom !

Well, this week has been interesting. We met with Jonathan, and he was wasted.. so we told him if he really wanted to meet wiht us he had to change, and he said he would and told us to come back the next day, and he'd be sober. So, we came by, and he was sober, but his brother was drunk beyond belief, and he told us to come back after a couple of hours so his brother wouldn't be there, and we did, and then he was high again! So I told him that we didn't want to waste his time or him waste our time if he wasn't going to listen, and then he got really angry, and threw us off his property screaming obscenities at us the whole time. It was pretty bad. So we didn't see him again until a few days ago, when he showed up at the Lighthouse (a bakery where we were eating lunch), and he was buzzed (his word) but he told us he was really mad at me, and that I had insulted him, but that he really did want to change, and that he felt bad he threw us out of his house, an…

Saturday in Huacachina

Marcus and I got to ride in a dune buggy over Huacachina's dunes. We also went sand boarding or dune surfing. It was so much fun. Here are some pictures and I'll post a video or two later.

Home and Family

"Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration."
~Charles Dickens "There's no place like home!"  ~Dorothy; Wizard of Oz

’Ohana means family — no one gets left behind, and no one is ever forgotten. ~Lilo & Stitch “Love one another; as I have loved you” (John 13:34). On this simple phrase hangs the success of every marriage and family. In the light of Christ’s love we see our family’s divine potential. We love them with all our heart, soul, and mind. And as we do, our ordinary family is transformed into an extraordinary one.

July 7, 2014

Hey Mom!
I'm doing great! My allergies haven't been as bad lately, and I've been on a different allergy medicine which I think has really been helping. And the air has been clearing up, so there's not as much stuff flying around in the air. Besides all that though, I was sick for like 3 days this last week. I know strep has been going around down here, but I don't think that's what I had, at least I hope not. I never went to a doctor. But I'm feeling better now, so that's all that counts, right? It made for a slower week though, even though we got out and did quite a bit of work still. It was one of those weeks where everything just falls apart, every single lesson we had set up for the week and tried to get set up for the week just fell through. But I'm not worried about that, those weeks happen, and it just means people were busy with the holidays.  Canada Day! was pretty sweet. We had stuff to go to all day that kept us very busy and very well fe…

Happy 4th of July!

Marcus created this awesome flag out of magazine clippings!  "Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed — else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die." ~Dwight D. Eisenhower"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves." ~Abraham Lincoln"We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls." ~Robert J. McCracken"For what avail the plough or sail,
Or land or life, if freedom fail?"
~Ralph Waldo Emerson"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." ~Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759 "I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violen…

Pics of our Lima apartment

We moved here in Lima, from the house we were renting, into a very nice apartment. Here are the pictures I've been promising:

Our front door, which is also the elevator door. 
Living room  Dining room 
Upper patio. The room behind is the master bedroom.  Lower patio. We are leaving the furniture covers on because it's winter here and damp outside.
The kitchen, which also has a back door (unseen in the picture) leading to a stairwell. This is an outside space between the kitchen and the laundry room/maid's quarters. (We're still waiting for the movers to pick up the boxes and packing paper.)  Looking up in the outside space. It's kind of weird to have an open space in the middle of the apartment. It means if it rains, the tile floor gets wet. It also means that smells from the upstairs apartments waft down to us. Family room. Down the hall is Marissa's room on the left, outside space on the right and a small office/den at the end. Past the family room is the mas…