Monday, November 26, 2012

A Year Ago Today...

A year ago today I went through the temple for the first time. 
I can honestly say it was one of the most powerful experiences in my life, and here's why:

This was Thanksgiving weekend, so Saturday night was when my session was scheduled. 
Friday came and I was feeling awful. I was sick through my bridal shower and I kept feeling worse. 
Friday night we were finalizing the wedding announcements to be sent and I couldn't help, I was so miserable. My dad got home and was asking how I felt with the session being the next day, I felt so bad inside thinking I would have to post-pone it. 
Then my dad and fiance offered to give me a priesthood blessing. 
I was blessed that I would be able to go to the session the next day, with good health and ability to feel the spirit. The spirit was so strong with me at this experience. 
So Saturday morning comes and I'm feeling OK. We had appointments to plan the wedding, like cake testing and such so I stayed busy all day. 
We finally get to the temple and I feel fine. Of course I have a little cough here and there, but I was good. 
Throughout the session I kept a prayer in my heart, thanking the Lord but also asking to keep the spirit with me. Because of this I had one of my most powerful experiences. The spirit was so strong with me and although I didn't fully retain everything I knew that it was true because of the confirmation I received from the spirit. 
The next day was Sunday, and JT and I were flying back to Rexburg to finish the semester before our wedding. I woke up that morning and felt just as bad as I did Friday. But I wasn't upset, I was grateful. I know that the Lord blessed me and helped me have good health in order to fully be present at the temple the day before. 

Sadly it was dark & rainy when we came out so I didn't get a picture on this special day

This experience has strengthened my testimony so much. I'm so grateful for the priesthood and that my husband is a worthy priesthood holder. I'm also grateful for the temples we have today, that make it possible for worthy members to participate in the sacred ordinances and covenants. But most importantly, I'm grateful for the Savior and Heavenly Father, for all they do for me in answering my prayers and guiding me in life. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving in Montana

This year was my first time EVER having Thanksgiving away from home. 

I was a little depressed leading up to it, thinking I wouldn't be surrounded by the Walker family with the loud chatter and Grandma's amazing meal that always has her homemade rolls and a great selection of cheese and crackers. 

But we were blessed to be able to spend Thanksgiving with our friend Kyle Udall and his family in Bozeman, Montana.



Settlers of Catan with the extensions

Phase 10! Always get 1-10 when you needs sets

Kyle was on drugs...

And when we went to downtown Bozeman...



Great candy shop! 





Day after Thanksgiving we joined the Udall family in search for a Christmas tree




Sunday, November 18, 2012

Gratitude

With Thanksgiving coming up, here are some things I am grateful for:
  • My loving husband
  • Our families that are supportive and loving
  • The Gospel- the faith it gives me and the eternal perspective I have developed in life
  • Temples- I'm beyond grateful for temples, being married in the temple to JT is my greatest blessing in life 
  • BYU-Idaho and the high quality of education it has provided me
  • Government money- for paying for our education and Christmas presents
  • Our jobs-JT and I both have great jobs on campus, I especially love mine because I work with great people and I get to work on homework during slow times
  • Modern day technology and medicine
  • Pictures-that have recorded the important moments in our lives, from our wedding to holiday celebrations
There are so many more things for us to be grateful. I just hope that I will always remember to have an attitude of gratitude, for all the things the Lord has blessed us with. 

"Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family."
-President Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Chicken Rolls

Those of you who know me, know that I am not famous for my cooking skills. But since we got married I have tried harder to make good meals, and this one JT would say I have perfected.

Chicken Rolls - Walker Family Favorite

The Recipe:

4 chicken breasts, cooked then shredded
1 8oz. package of cream cheese
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
A pinch of pepper
Mix these together, then

Put in a crescent roll, fold it roll up with the chicken mixture inside,
Cover outside in melted butter,
then cover in bread crumbs

Heat the over to 350 and cook for about 25-30 minutes

The mixture makes about 2 packages of crescent rolls,
I freeze half the mix to make later because it's too many to eat at once for the two of us.
Best served over rice.

And if you like gravy like JT, this goes perfect with the meal:

1 can of cream of chicken
1 cup of chicken broth
1/2 cup of sour cream



Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Democracy

This year was the first time both JT and I were able to vote for our president. 
In 2008 I was a senior in high school and still 17 years-old. 
JT was on his mission in Belgium/France and wasn't able to vote. 



Since I had previously registered to vote in Washington state when I was 18, I got to vote there! And JT voted in our county here in Idaho, Fremont county. 

Although we were both saddened that the person we wanted as president, Mitt Romney, wasn't elected. We weren't to surprised Obama won because he was already our president and generally people will get reelected. 

But the viewpoint we're trying to keep is that we won't die because Obama will be president for 4 more years. It's only 4 years right? Life could get harder...or things could change. I guess we'll have to wait to see. But it doesn't do any good to complain or make threats because the elections are over. 

It was sad though, the feeling that our votes don't count. With the outcome of how things are going in Washington, it feels to me as though my vote didn't matter. Nothing I voted for went the way I voted. Including the president, legalizing pot, and legalizing same-sex marriage. I'm mostly disappointed in the legalizing pot. Like really people? Although the results aren't final because it takes a couple days to count all the absentee ballots, that's how the results are looking. But in times like this I just need to remember to rely on the Lord. 

In the end, we're grateful we could vote. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Touch Barrier


It was about 2 years ago that I shaved JT's head. 

Why? At our ward halloween party JT was Tobias Funke from Arrested Development:

{Tobias}
{JT 2 Halloween's ago}

But after halloween he decided it would look funny to keep that hair style, so he had to shave it all off. At the halloween party he promised me I could shave it (we were just friends at the time).
Sunday comes and he already shaved it. 
I told him I was upset with him. 
He didn't like that. He told me wait a couple days for it to grow a little then he'll come to my apartment and I can re-shave it. 

So Tuesday (11/2/10) he came over and I shaved his already shaven head. But I was surprised by how much hair he had grown in the small amount of time. 

Looking back JT says he wanted me to shave his head to break the "touch barrier." 
Haha. 
Makes me laugh every time. 

But it obviously worked because we're married now....

So conclusion. 
All you single men: if you like a girl but she's not showing interest, let her shave your head and a year later you'll get married.