Thursday, April 18, 2013

Jordan's Mission Call

So today my brother Jordan got his mission call! He has been called to serve in the Louisiana, Baton Rouge mission, Spanish speaking! He reports to the Provo MTC on August 7th!


We are so excited for him! Jordan has always been such a good, faithful person. It's also fun that he got Spanish speaking, he took 2 years of Spanish his first two years of high school. Of course it will be a whole new experience learning to speak it fluently for two years! Especially with the Southern accents. 

We felt so blessed to be able to Skype with him while he opened his call. We are also excited that he will be going to the Provo MTC while JT and I will be living in Utah this summer, so we will get to see him one last time before he serves the Lord for two years. 

If you want to learn more about why the LDS church has so many missionaries, you can learn more here.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Graduate

I am now officially an Alumni from Brigham Young University-Idaho! Graduating with my Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, minoring in Marriage and Family Studies.

The last couple months I have been reflecting a lot on BYU-Idaho and the education I have received. I have felt very blessed to go to a university that is so affordable but also great in quality. I have loved my classes and professors. This school is great for so many reasons, first it is a place to increase our faith in the Savior and His gospel, but it is also a great place to learn about your field of study. My whole time here I only had two classes that were over 50 people, Psych 111 and American Foundations (History). Otherwise the max class size was 40 and I even had a class with 8 students. The teachers truly did care about each student and their ability to be successful.

I have also loved going to BYU-Idaho because it has instilled in me a love for learning. This last year I have decided I won't be going to graduate school immediately. I am willingly sacrificing what I want so that my husband can pursue his career, after he graduates in December. So I started developing interests in other skills, like cooking and sewing so I took my Practical Homemaking class my last semester and started to develop those skills. I have also gained interest in learning piano and reading music, knowing this my in-laws got me a full-sized keyboard for my graduation/birthday gift! I am also interested in learning French because my husband and most of my dad's side of the family speaks it. So although I am now graduated, I am still learning something new everyday!

I was so blessed to have so much of my family visit for my graduation. Here are a few pictures from graduation day:



Me with the Ricks building. I basically spent more time here than my apartment my last two years. 








With one of my favorite professors, Dr. Richard Cluff
Another one of my favorite professors, Dr. Samuel Clay, Department Chair of the Psychology Department
Turns out I'm related to one of my fellow classmates! Michael is son to my mother-in-laws cousin, only in the Mormon community right?! He also talked in our colleges convocation and did a great job! 



Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sewing 101

So my third rotation in my Homemaking class was sewing. 
What did I learn?
Sewing is HARD. Especially when you want everything to be perfect but you have no idea what you are doing. But I have learned some things and enjoyed it, even though it took more time than I would like for an elective course.

We had two projects for this rotation, a pillow and a jean apron.

The pillow was harder than it sounds. We had to get the fabric, prewash it, measure it, sew the front together, embroider it, sew in an invisible zipper, then put it all together. It was hard but it was very satisfying to have something look right after spending 1 hour after class working on it!


It says "All because two people fell in LOVE". Sadly the machines I was using kept messing up so the "two" and "fell" are messed up, when I get the materials I plan to fix them by hand stitching them.



The jean apron. Weird right? Who wants to have a jean apron?
I think my teacher decided to do jean because it gives us the chance to sew with different fabric, since our pillows were cotton. I just kept it simple so I could finish earlier and focus on finals for my other classes. So all I did was cut it up, sew on the bias, and sew on a pocket! Pretty easy!


After learning some of the basics of sewing I decided I want to learn more!  Especially if I'm going to be a homemaker now. So for a graduation gift my amazing Grandma Walker gave me one of her sewing machines! She only used it for button holes, so it is her lightly used sewing machine :)


I'm excited to keep learning! Maybe someday I can be as good as my mom!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

General Conference

So this past weekend was the 183rd General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For those of you who don't know, General Conference happens twice a year and we get the chance to hear from the leaders in our church. It is a great opportunity to feel the Lord's love through the messages given. 

If you are interested in watching the talks given by our leaders, you can go here to view the highlights.

JT and I spent most of this weekend together watching conference in bed and it was a great experience listening to our leaders together. 

Some of my favorite talks from this session were:

These Things I Know - President Boyd K. Packer
To start his talk he shared an adorable poem about how he has learned so much as he has aged (now in his early 90's). I loved his talk because it was a great reminder that with age comes knowledge of the truth. He also emphasized that our most important work here on earth is in the home, and that our greatest power is the power of prayer. 

On a blog I follow there were some printables made for this conference, here is a link to a printable that is great from President Packer's talk saying: "faith is a real power not just a belief".

Elder Clayton (of the Seventy)
I'm not sure what his talk was titled, but I loved the messages her shared. He primarily focused on how to have the best marriage. I think this was one of my favorites. He gave 5 principles essential to achieve  a happy marriage:
1) Happy marriages are priceless.
2) Marriages require having faith, which includes being obedient to the Lord's commandments. Having faith in the Lord is powerful because strengthening faith strengthens our marriage. 
3) Repentance is necessary because we are not perfect in our marriages. In order to do this we must have humility and exhibit selflessness.
4) We must have respect for our spouse, as we are to be equal partners. This means decisions must be made unanimously and cooperation is better than negotiation. This also includes that our first focus must always be on the home, and we must be loyal to one another at all times.
5) Love. Without love there isn't much hope for a happy marriage. 

Obedience Brings Blessings - President Thomas S. Monson
President Monson, our prophet, emphasized that truth equals knowledge and that we can receive the fullness of His plan from keeping the commandments. So with knowledge we must obey, which is essential to our salvation. As members of the church we are held accountable for what we know to be true, but this also brings great blessings as long as we don't go against what we know to be true.

Lord, I Believe - Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Elder Holland always has awesome talks, mostly because he is so passionate about the Gospel. The main message I got from him was that we need to be true to the faith we hold. He also said that we don't know everything, so in situations we are unsure we should always remember that what we know trumps what we don't know. 

Followers of Christ - Elder Dallin H. Oaks
Elder Oaks is my other favorite speaker, I am always personally inspired by his words. I loved that he pointed out that the Gospel should be followed at all times. So again there was an emphasis on obedience. He pointed out that the Gospel is not theoretical and so we must stick to what we believe. 


I hope all those that were able to listen to conference were able to learn and feel inspired as we did. For those of you who didn't get to listen, the talks will be published in our church's magazine, the Ensign, for the month of May!