Thursday, August 29, 2013

I am a Mormon

So I stumbled upon the above video after a friend posted it on her Facebook. Such a great explanation of the LDS church, what we believe, and what we do. 

I have such a deep testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I am so grateful for the blessings the church has brought to my life. 

Throughout my life I have come across people who have crazy ideas of what Mormons believe (i.e. polygamy). So, I also found this video on Mormon myths and what the reality is, it's a great video worth sharing with anyone who doesn't understand the church. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Car Struggles

This past weekend JT and I had the opportunity to go to our friends wedding in Eastern Washington. What seemed like it would be a quick trip turned into an expensive adventure. 

A week before our trip to Richland, WA our car battery died. It had been struggling for a while but it finally gave out so we had to buy and put in a new battery. We thought for sure our car would be good to go. False. Thursday night we drove to Rexburg and stayed with our newlywed friends, Josh and McKenna Naatjes, then on Friday drove with them for the 8 hour drive. About 3 hours in our tire blows. We are in the middle of no-where Idaho, 2 miles out of the smallest town ever, Bliss. 

 So JT and Josh put on the spare tire only to realize this tire is also flat. Fail. So they put the first tire back on and we drive into town for 2 miles. By the time we get to the gas station the tire is completely ruined. Literally there is no more air in it and it doesn't even look like it was ever a tire. 

Distressed I walk into the gas station and ask if there is anywhere in town we can get a tire. The sweet older lady gives me a number saying this guy is the one to call for car problems. I call it and soon this guy comes to help us, Lucky Mike. He was the perfect example of a small-town Idaho character. He had lived an interesting life and didn't mind sharing his stories with us. 

Lucky Mike really was lucky for us. He checked our tires and looking at the other front tire told us it was next to blow, another 5 minutes we would be out of two tires. He didn't have any 2 tires that would go on our car but he did have 4. Three weeks earlier another Buick Regal was driving through town and the engine went so the people just left the car with Mike. This car had just gotten brand new Michelin tires that fit our car perfectly. So for a great price we got 4 brand new tires. 

About 5 hours later, a few hundred dollars, and a fresh sunburn, we were back on the road to get to the wedding. Once we got back on the road it was smooth sailing. And we enjoyed a beautiful wedding of our friends Kyle and Kaloni. 

Columbia River Temple

Here's to having no more car troubles, for at least a couple months. And to marriage, congrats to the Udalls! 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Elder Walker

This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit my home, Washington. I felt very blessed to be able to visit and see my brother before he leaves for his LDS mission to Louisiana Baton Rouge, Spanish speaking. This upcoming Tuesday (August 6th) he will be leaving to go to the Mexico city MTC that opened in July. 

During my visit I had the opportunity to go to the temple with Jordan, which was a great experience despite his terrifying driving. I also got to listen to Jordan give his "farewell talk" in our homeward at church. He spoke with confidence, and excitement to serve the Lord and the people in Louisiana. 

For the next two years he will referred to as Elder Jordan Allen Walker.