Sunday, April 4, 2010

180th Annual General Conference Part 3

"Make your eyes His eyes, make your hands His hands, make your heart His heart." President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

Happy Easter, everyone! This is such a beautiful and wonderful day! I am so grateful that we have a holiday that celebrates the resurrection of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ! I am also very grateful for the Annual General Conference weekend! So many lessons have been learned and new goals are being made at this time. The talk that stuck out to me the most this morning was President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's talk! I thoroughly enjoyed his talk and appreciated everything he taught us today!

Today is a beautiful day! I am not surprised about that. Every Easter that I can remember has always been sunny and beautiful with birds chirping and singing everywhere. It feels and looks like a heavenly day and it is a heavenly day because of our Savior's resurrection! I hope everyone enjoys this beautiful Easter day! I also hope that everyone will remember our wonderful Savior, not only today, but every day of your lives! HE IS RISEN!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

180th Annual General Conference Part 2

"One of the most effective ways to improve teaching in the church is by improving teaching in the home. Improved teaching in the church, improves teaching in the home." L. Tom Perry.

What a wonderful, touching, and inspiring day! Some of these talks almost made me cry! This day should be named, "Inspiration Day"! I really, really LOVED L. Tom Perry's talk and Jeffrey R. Holland's talk! All the talks given during these last 2 hours were wonderful and inspiring, but the 2 that I just mentioned touched me the most. I don't know how to express my gratitude to have such wonderful speakers in our church. Now is a great time to set some new goals for our lives while the talks and inspirations are still fresh in our hearts and minds, and the tears are still fresh in our eyes.

I am really looking forward to tomorrow. Tomorrow is going to be especially wonderful as it marks the anniversary of the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ! We are extremely blessed to have Him in our lives!

180th Annual General Conference Part 1

Wow! I really loved the first session of General Conference! I especially loved Sister Julie B. Beck's talk about women and Elder M. Russell Ballard's talk about mothers and their daughters! I'm glad I take notes whenever there's a conference! I never want to forget these things! I hope no one ever forgets the things they learn from General Conference! Thankfully, we have the Ensign, our notes, and journals to help us remember what we've learned. :)

Friday, April 2, 2010

Definitely worth the long, bumpy road

On January 31, 2006, a handsome young man was on his way to Institute in Mission Viejo, CA. He had been home from his mission for only 6 days and was looking forward to seeing his friends again.

Catching a ride from Laguna Hills with her good friend, Jackie, Marie was on her way to Institute also.

Little did these 2 people know their lives were going to change forever that very night. Joey watched Marie talk to her friends until the Institute teacher, Brother Greiner, began teaching.

Brother Greiner liked to pick on the returned missionaries and encourage them to share their testimonies in the language they spoke on their missions. So, when Joey got picked on, Marie admired him while he shared his testimony with the class.

After class, something gave very shy Marie courage to go up front and introduce Jackie and herself to Joey and welcome him home. To Marie's relief, Joey was very polite and sweet ( thanks to his sweet parents who raised him VERY well). In a few minutes, the 3 new friends were talking as if they've known each other for a long time.

When Jackie and Marie left that night, Marie talked Jackie's ears off, talking about Joey and how happy she was to have been able to get the courage to approach someone she didn't know and introduce herself first instead of waiting and hoping the other person would do it first.

A heart full of thanks to Heavenly Father and Jackie, Marie met her husband that night. :)

1 month and 14 days later(March 14th)... Joey and Marie are on their first date. It started at about 9:00am (too early for Marie, but definitely worth waking up early for). Marie's sweet new roommate and good friend, Allisan (pron. Allison), braided Marie's hair that morning and the day before the date, gave Marie a small bottle of perfume for her to wear on her first date with Joey.

After spending a few fun hours at the beach, they headed off to the Irvine Spectrum. They used the 2 free movie tickets that they won playing Bingo at Institute on Nothin' Night (game night) and were the only 2 people in the entire room during the whole movie! They rode on the ferris wheel and Joey took more pictures of them.

As 7:00pm drew nearer, Joey and Marie headed off to Institute. Once there, Joey realized he left his camera in the movie theater so, after class they went back to the Irvine Spectrum to get it. Thankfully, his camera was still there and had not been stolen! Joey took Marie back home and even though it was after 11:00pm, Marie cooked Joey dinner. After dinner, Joey headed back home, both of them really happy.

The next day, Joey was chatting with Marie online and asked her out again. So, March 16th was the 2nd date at another beach and dinner at his home. March 17th, Joey picked Marie up from work and in the parking lot, their relationship became official and Joey gave Marie a framed picture of the 2 of them from the day before, and a little stuffed animal (a bunny) as a gift. After that, they drove off to visit Marie's mom and step-dad. Marie's mom had been wanting to meet this young man. The visit went very well.

Three very fun and happy months went by and on June 20th Joey took Marie back to the San Clemente Beach where they had their first date and proposed to her at the end of the pierre over the ocean. It was a long walk along the beach to get to the pierre and Joey kept stopping Marie to take pictures of her.

At the beginning of July, Joey's family went to Utah for a few family reunions, and Joey and Marie followed them. Marie stayed and lived with Joey's sister for a month in South Jordan and at the end of August, when Joey's family moved to Orem, Marie moved in with them. This whole time, Joey had been living in Orem with his aunt and the drive to South Jordan was kind of long so, Marie moving to Orem and living just down the street from each other made it easier for them to see each other more often.

On December 21, 2006, Joey and Marie were married and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple, a romantic Christmas wedding :) What a joy it is to be married for time and all eternity!!!!!!!