Sunday, December 30, 2007

+New Clothing+

These are some new clothes that I've bought recently: (I wore the shirt to Preference)

And I got these for Christmas:

This orange top is from Gina! I love you!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Preference 2007

I was so excited when my pictures from the preference dance in November came!!! My 4th date, 2nd dance. Grant was the most preferred senior, Nolan was the most preferred junior, and Jumbo was the most preferred over all! Yay Jumbo!
It was girl's choice, and Jarom, Gina and MaConnell all had an upward bound reunion to go to on the day of the dance so Gina asked Jarom and I asked Mac.
We had to buy matching t-shirts for our dates.

And since the dance had an island theme, we bought shirts from Hollister. But both of the guys don't wear brand name clothing so I don't think that they really liked their shirts. But the shirts went with the background!

It was a very fun date. I was very satisfied. I love dates. You stress and stay up the night before all nervous and then it ends up just being fun and you're so exhausted by the time they get you home. I love the feeling before, during, and after a date.
Waiting for the guy to open the car door, your hands bumping into eachother, having him pay for you and so you always get the cheapest thing possible, having him pull your chair out for you and walking you to the door and giving you hug. Yeah, I'm luvin' the dating life!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Day 2007

Well Christmas Day is here. It came so fast. It's weird how time goes by faster and faster the older you get. Counting down the 25 days until Christmas when I was little made me so frustrated. Now it's like I had to pray for more days this month to get ready for Christmas.

  • I was sad that Gina and Sam left me to go be down in St. George with their famlies,
  • And at first we had some mishaps with our Christmas presents this morning.

  • But Gina got to talk on the phone with her brother BJ who's on a mission today,
  • I got to return the jacket from American Eagle that my mom thought was a coat with a coat from Hollister that I really want that's half-off,
  • Return the Pirates 3 DVD that was blu-ray so it doesn't work on our DVD player and for a normal one...
  • and Mia and Noah are happy with their gifts.

And back to the story about Michelle. Donating that money during advisory everyday and having to pay when I snuck into Mrs. Paxton's advisory with Gina was all really annoying. But when I actually got to see how she reacted to the present that she's been needing but her family didn't have enough money made you want to squee for joy. Love really does make the world go round. Just knowing the people around me are happy makes me happy. I have to go read the books I got for Christmas now...hope you all got what you wanted and hope you know that I'm thinking about you today. Love ya!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve 2007

I'm sorry I've been neglecting my blog. I've been having a very fun but busy christmas season. Making pinatas in Spanish class, having cookies and milk in advisory, watching movies in English and Geometry, the amaza-zing assembly on the last day of school with Rendon and Brendon playing Crazy Train on their electrical guitar and drums, and Jumbo and Mike dressing up as girls and singing Santa Baby. Oh and all the money we've been donating for the special bathtub for Michelle. We got over 1000 dollars. When we presented the money to her, he just kept saying how much she loves us all. That made my Christmas. Winter Formal was amazing, I'll do a big post on that later. There's been family parties every weekend, parties for youth court, our ward, and caroling for mutual, basketball games, wrestling, and drill team competitions, all of them we're doing really well in but made school really busy. Sleepovers, game nights, filming for the fourguysinprogress movies, dad's bithday, Gina's birthday and her surprise party, Berna coming to visit and going to Park City, missing school for Christmas shopping, etc...So I've been having lots of fun but I've been super busy. Now I'm just excited that it's Christmas Eve and I finally get to relax at home with family, and we'll get to relax until New Years. I can't wait to see what I get tomorrow! But we have to do our Christmas Eve family stuff, so I gotta go. I will post tomorrow!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Happy Birthday, Joseph Smith

On December 23, 1825, a handsome, six-foot, young American, with blue eyes and light brown hair, celebrated his twentieth birthday. His name was Joseph Smith, Jr.

For a young man of twenty, it was a fascinating time to be alive. In the United States, General Andrew Jackson, whom Joseph later admired as one of America’s
greatest leaders, lost his first bid for the presidency. The Erie Canal was opened, ready to become the most important economic development in America since the invention of the cotton gin.

In South America, the last republics to win separation from Spain were celebrating their first year of independence. In Russia, Nicholas I became czar, and in Japan, the government, alarmed at the unwanted influence of outsiders, was trying to expel nearly all foreigners.

Joseph’s world was different. However, many of his personal activities and problems were similar to those of young Latter-day Saints in the now.

By the time he was twenty, the Prophet had already done many things that few people, before or since, have done. He had seen and conversed with the Father and the Son; he had talked with angels; he had viewed and handled the ancient records that would become the Book of Mormon.

But Joseph Smith had not achieved perfection. He had faults to overcome. One of them was his writing—his mother said his spelling habits were the worst in the family. As a teenager, he was often observed in deep thought—daydreaming, to most people—so he had the reputation of being somewhat idle.

Nor was young Joseph above temptation. In his writings he later mentioned that even after his first spiritual manifestation, he mingled with all kinds of society and “frequently fell into many foolish errors, and displayed the weakness of youth, and the foibles of human nature; which, I am sorry to say, led me into divers temptations offensive in the sight of God.” Not that he committed any “great or malignant sins,” because, as he said, “a disposition to commit such was never in my nature.” But being of a jovial, cheery nature and full of fun, he was “guilty of levity.” He often felt condemned, he said, for his “weakness and imperfections,” but by the time he was seventeen, he had found the inner strength necessary to overcome his most serious imperfections and the courage to fervently seek, with success, the forgiveness of God.

Even though he was to become a prophet, young Joseph experienced many of the problems, temptations, and concerns of youth. In the process he learned repentance and forgiveness, principles of vital importance to people in any age.

Unfortunately, young Joseph did not keep a diary; his name did not appear in any of the newspapers of the time; and contemporary letters of journals contain no information about him. So we have to reconstruct his young manhood from the reminiscences of his mother and other people who knew him and from our knowledge of the general conditions of the time.

He was only nine when his family moved from Vermont to western New York. The Smiths had become New Yorkers, along with thousands of other New Englanders, in order to seek a better farm and improve their economic lot. Their new farm (about a hundred acres) was covered with trees. At least the first year was spent clearing timber.

The Smiths had eight children, and times were difficult for them. Young Joseph knew what it meant for his parents to be in debt. He also knew what it meant to be depended on, for he had to work to help support the family.

Joseph learned woodcutting on his father’s farm in New York as he and his brothers helped clear the heavily timbered land. Trees were “girdled”; that is, the men cut a ring of bark around each tree so it would die. The dead timber was then burned, and the pioneer family could sometimes sell the hardwood ashes or the potash and pearl ash made from them. If trees were not girdled, they were cut while still green, and in the maple-timbered land of western New York, this was no easy task.

The Smith farm was well suited for raising wheat, and if the Smiths were typical settlers, they began doing so as soon as possible.

The new farm could not immediately provide a livelihood for a household of ten, and Joseph and his brothers soon found themselves helping with all kinds of small enterprises. Their mother painted oilcloth, which the family peddled from door to door.

In Palmyra, before they moved to the farm, Joseph’s father opened a cake and root beer shop and sold gingerbread, pies, boiled eggs, and other items, sometimes peddling them from door to door in a homemade handcart. Joseph probably assisted.

Later he sold firewood, as well as such homemade products as chairs, baskets, birch brooms, and maple syrup. The Smiths peddled their cake and root beer at public occasions, including revivals and holiday celebrations.

As he grew older, Joseph found opportunities for employment away from home, hoeing corn, digging wells, and removing rock. One neighbor who employed him said of Joseph: “His noble deportment, his faithfulness, and his kind address could not fail to win the esteem of those who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. In all his boyish sports and amusements, I never knew anyone to gain advantage over him, and yet he was always kind and kept the good will of others.”

Joseph Smith’s young life was not all work and hardship. His mother said he spent much time in contemplation. He was also curious about the things around him—perhaps even to the point of sometimes making a nuisance of himself. He got his face blackened with ink by a young prankster when he got too close to a printing press. On the other hand, he had a cheerful nature and a good sense of humor; and it was not uncommon, even in adult life, for him to indulge in a few harmless jokes of his own.

Young Joseph also loved sports and the great outdoors. He found time to excel at several games and amusements. In America’s frontier communities, tests of skill and strength, such as wrestling, footracing, jumping, and stick-pulling, were popular among the young men, and Joseph was good at all of these.

Being large in stature as well as skillfully coordinated, Joseph seldom lost in stick-pulling or in wrestling. He also liked fishing, especially in Durfee’s Millpond near Palmyra; and he was fond of hunting. Even as an adult he spent many hours in the woods with his dog and gun.

Like many other farm youths of the time, Joseph had little opportunity to go to school. As a child he may have attended the elementary grades in Vermont, where the law required public schools in every community. In New York, there were no public schools, and the Smiths did not have the money to send their children to private schools.

According to some of their neighbors, the Smiths conducted a school in their own home during the winter evenings and discussed the Bible. Joseph did learn the rudiments of reading, writing, and arithmetic. He also learned to be an effective speaker and was an active member of a local debating club. In later years he greatly augmented his education by studying languages, history, sciences, and government.

Like all normal and well-rounded young men, Joseph eventually reached the age where he was also interested in the opposite sex. Two of the young ladies whom he courted were daughters of Josiah Stoal, who lived forty miles from Palmyra. Joseph went to work for their father just before he turned twenty. There is no direct information available concerning what they did on their dates, but if they followed the pattern of most western settlers, there was no form of amusement more popular than dancing.

The most common dance was the famous Virginia reel, with its fast, whirling sets that kept everyone moving. Parties at home were also common. Here groups of young people got together for good meals, dancing, and various parlor games. As one frontier historian has written, “Since many of these games had kissing as a main objective, they were most efficient in helping courtship along.”

Young Joseph undoubtedly enjoyed his courting days, but it also seems clear that his conduct toward the girls he courted was exemplary. A few years later certain people who were intent on finding something evil in Joseph’s background brought the Stoal sisters into court to try to draw something from them. Both, however, declared that his behavior toward them, both in public and in private, was of the highest order.

Cheerful, good-natured, and fun-loving, but at the same time mindful of his responsibilities toward the character of himself and others, Joseph Smith gave no young lady any cause for regret at having kept company with him.

While Joseph was still working for Josiah Stoal, he met a very special young lady, who soon became his wife. Emma Hale was the daughter of Isaac Hale, a local hunter, and Joseph boarded in their home. Emma was seventeen months older than the handsome young man who had come to the town of Bainbridge. Before long, the two young people were deeply in love.

But their romance met with some problems, as Emma’s father became concerned over the stories of Joseph’s having had visions and revelations. Not knowing Joseph very well, Mr. Hale’s suspicions were naturally aroused, and he refused to consent to the marriage. The two young people were genuinely in love, however, and decided that their only recourse was to elope. They were fully of age, Joseph being twenty-one and his bride twenty-two, and they were married on January 18, 1827.

In one respect, Joseph Smith’s youth resembles that of the young men and women of today. In high schools and colleges all over the world, students are expressing their concern not only for their own future, but also for the future of the world around them. War, crime, and the destruction of their environment have caused thoughtful students to search for meaning in life. What is it all about and where may ultimate truth be found?

The issues and problems in Joseph Smith’s day were different, but the spirit of his quest was the same. Joseph’s contemplative nature, his curiosity, and his interest in reading stimulated him, as did the turmoil around him. As he was entering his teens, the most dramatic event in western New York concerned religion. The “second great awakening” was sweeping the country, especially the West, and even though most people were not members of churches, many showed an interest in the revivals that were held in hundreds of communities.

Joseph was more than curious. He became a seeker for meaning in life—and a seeker for truth. At the age of twelve he was so profoundly influenced that he became concerned for the welfare of his soul. During the next few years he studied the Bible diligently enough that he became concerned also for the welfare of mankind in general. The outcome was his decision to seek the Lord in prayer, and the result of that was his first vision.

Joseph Smith’s youth was many-sided, and it is comparable in many ways with the experiences and problems of the youth of today. He lived in a smaller world than ours. Yet his world influenced him just as directly. He worked and he played, and sometimes he just sat and thought. He had high aspirations, but he also made mistakes. He had little learning, but he saw the need for more.

He suffered the temptations of most young men and yet he learned the reality of forgiveness. Even as a young man, Joseph Smith set the pattern for young adults of the Church by the wholesome, well-rounded life that he lived and by his overcoming problems and obstacles.

If he did it, the rest of us can also.

Sunday, December 16, 2007


This is another good book I read. Not anywhere near as good as The Secret Journal of Brett Colton by Kay Lynn Mangum, but it is still a good book. It's called YEARBOOK by Allyson B. Condie. The author did a very good job describing relationships, heartaches, fears, ideas, doubts, and testimonies of teenagers. Each chapter is from a different person's point of view at this high school including a few students, two of the student's grandma, 2 teachers and the principal.

It was the first day of school at Lakeview High School, and everyone was afraid of something.

Michaela Choi was afraid that Ethan Beckett was never going to ask her out on a date.

David Sherman was afraid that someone had discovered that he was the one who had "streaked" through the seniors' graduation party last summer-wearing running shorts, gigantic sunglasses, a rainbow clown wig, and his father's old moon boots. Worse, he was afraid that someone else might try to take the credit.

Andrea Beckett was afraid that someone would find her weak spot, the chink in her armor, her Achilles heel. She was afraid of knowing what it was herself.

Principal Downing was afraid that she was going to die.

Mr. Thomas, an English teacher, was afraid that he simply might not have the energy to care about his students this final year before he retired. He wrote his name on the board and looked out at his empty classroom. He took a deep breath.

In another part of the school, his son, Owen Thomas, first-year teacher in the music department, was also looking out at his classroom. He felt that he had stopped breathing altogether. He was afraid that the students were going to eat him alive.

Avery Matthews was afraid that she wasn't going to make the volleyball team. She was also afraid of spending too much time by herself. She turned the corner by the gym to look at the final cut list for the team and felt her heart accelerate.

Ethan Beckett, the fastest runner on the boys' cross-country team this year--so far--was afraid of being caught unprepared.

Julie Reid was afraid that no one would notice her. She was more afraid that someone would.

The doors to the school swung open and closed, once, twice, a thousand times, and all the students came in, bumping into each other and walking down the hall together and passing one another. They brought backpacks and watches and notebooks and ideas and heartbreaks and earphones and aspirin and makeup and mirrors and memories and testimonies and doubts and questions. Stories were everywhere.
The bell rang, and the school year began.

I only put books on my blog that I recommend, so you can trust me that this is a good enough one to read. and this one has so many real situations and doesn't necessarily have a golden happy ending. It's real life from many different points of view and shows how they all tie together. You relate to all of the characters because they're so real. Let's go the library right now! go Go GO!!!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Deep Thanks to kElLY

THANK YOU KELLY!!!!!!!!!!!
We got family pictures taken 2 weeks ago, and I've been checking the mail everyday for the CD of photos from Kelly. She takes the mostest
amaza-zing pics.

Sisterly affection

She makes me look Bee-yu-tee-ful!

You'll have to look at us close-up

Awwww All of us beautiful squishies happened because of these two

Noah is definitely a squishy

Haha Mia's always in the back
I wish I would have curled my hair but aw well

Look at that cute squish

3 Stout women

She shall be mine, and I will call her squishy

She's learning to pout from me (good girl!)

Look at our fat legs! Yummy!

My lips look really weird aha

Kelly loves this series, so of course I got her to take a pic of it