Sunday, March 29, 2009

Suprisingly LDS?

We have been wasting time on famousmormons.net. I came across a few I knew about and a few I didn't:




Troy Dunn from "The Locator". Supposedly he is currently serving as a Bishop in his ward.

Rick Schroeder married a good little Mormon girl many years ago and converted in 2000.

Lacey Schwimmer of "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing With The Stars" fame.

Katherine Heigl from "Grey's Anatomy". She admits she is not active but admires the religion.

The Hough siblings from "Dancing With The Stars".

Aaron Eckhart. You might know him as "two-face" from the last Batman movie.


Ali from the "Biggest Loser". She was the big winner last season



Friday, March 27, 2009

Sweet SEVENth Bday Party

Fun friends, rock climbing, swimming, a cute craft, and beautiful weather = a great 7th birthday!!!!

















































Wednesday, March 25, 2009

this is how we celebrate spring....

Some of you are getting these delivered to you this week....



We are slowly making our way down a rather long list of important people in our lives (teachers, home teachers, close friends, etc) this week. It is super fast and super easy and fun to make!



Start with these ingredients:


Melt 1/2 (stick) of butter and 2 cups of marshmallows together over low heat. Add 2 cups of Fiber One cereal. Once cool, form into "nests". This recipe makes about a dozen. After about an hour stick thumb in the center and put little "MandM's" or "Robin's Eggs" candy in the center. just for fun add a "Peep".

Monday, March 16, 2009

Let US tell you about Temples - a response to HBO


Official Statement from the Church:


SALT LAKE CITY 9 March 2009 Like other large faith groups, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sometimes finds itself on the receiving end of attention from Hollywood or Broadway, television series or books, and the news media. Sometimes depictions of the Church and its people are quite accurate. Sometimes the images are false or play to stereotypes. Occasionally, they are in appallingly bad taste.

As Catholics, Jews and Muslims have known for centuries, such attention is inevitable once an institution or faith group reaches a size or prominence sufficient to attract notice. Yet Latter-day Saints – sometimes known as Mormons - still wonder whether and how they should respond when news or entertainment media insensitively trivialize or misrepresent sacred beliefs or practices.

Church members are about to face that question again. Before the first season of the HBO series Big Love aired more than two years ago, the show’s creators and HBO executives assured the Church that the series wouldn’t be about Mormons. However, Internet references to Big Love indicate that more and more Mormon themes are now being woven into the show and that the characters are often unsympathetic figures who come across as narrow and self-righteous. And according to TV Guide, it now seems the show’s writers are to depict what they understand to be sacred temple ceremonies.

Certainly Church members are offended when their most sacred practices are misrepresented or presented without context or understanding. Last week some Church members began e-mail chains calling for cancellations of subscriptions to AOL, which, like HBO, is owned by Time Warner. Certainly such a boycott by hundreds of thousands of computer-savvy Latter-day Saints could have an economic impact on the company. Individual Latter-day Saints have the right to take such actions if they choose.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an institution does not call for boycotts. Such a step would simply generate the kind of controversy that the media loves and in the end would increase audiences for the series. As Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder Robert D. Hales of the Council of the Twelve Apostles have both said recently, when expressing themselves in the public arena, Latter-day Saints should conduct themselves with dignity and thoughtfulness.

Not only is this the model that Jesus Christ taught and demonstrated in his own life, but it also reflects the reality of the strength and maturity of Church members today. As someone recently said, “This isn’t 1830, and there aren’t just six of us anymore.” In other words, with a global membership of thirteen and a half million there is no need to feel defensive when the Church is moving forward so rapidly. The Church’s strength is in its faithful members in 170-plus countries, and there is no evidence that extreme misrepresentations in the media that appeal only to a narrow audience have any long-term negative effect on the Church.

Examples:

During the Mitt Romney election campaign for the presidency of the United States, commentator Lawrence O’Donnell hurled abuse at the Church in a television moment that became known among many Church members as “the O’Donnell rant.” Today, his statements are remembered only as a testament to intolerance and ignorance. They had no effect on the Church that can be measured.
When the comedy writers for South Park produced a gross portrayal of Church history, individual Church members no doubt felt uncomfortable. But once again it inflicted no perceptible or lasting damage to a church that is growing by at least a quarter of a million new members every year.
When an independent film company produced a grossly distorted version of the Mountain Meadows Massacre two years ago, the Church ignored it. Perhaps partly as a result of that refusal to engender the controversy that the producers hoped for, the movie flopped at the box office and lost millions.
In recent months, some gay activists have barraged the media with accusations about “hateful” attitudes of Latter-day Saints in supporting Proposition 8 in California, which maintained the traditional definition of marriage. They even organized a protest march around the Salt Lake Temple. Again, the Church has refused to be goaded into a Mormons versus gays battle and has simply stated its position in tones that are reasonable and respectful. Meanwhile, missionary work and Church members in California remain as robust and vibrant as ever, and support for the Church has come from many unexpected quarters — including some former critics and other churches.
Now comes another series of Big Love, and despite earlier assurances from HBO it once again blurs the distinctions between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the show’s fictional non-Mormon characters and their practices. Such things say much more about the insensitivities of writers, producers and TV executives than they say about Latter-day Saints.

If the Church allowed critics and opponents to choose the ground on which its battles are fought, it would risk being distracted from the focus and mission it has pursued successfully for nearly 180 years. Instead, the Church itself will determine its own course as it continues to preach the restored gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.


Feeling Overwhelmed????

Here is my recommendation...



I had the chance to meet Sister Fronk last year. She is a really amazing person.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

She was an answer to my prayer

Today I had a cool experience that I thought was share-worthy. This is one of those moments that I want to write about so that I don't forget it.

We have had what has seemed like an avalanche of bad news over the last few weeks. One thing after another!!!! I am going to spare you the details because quite honestly it is not anything worse than what many of you are experiencing right now. (Maybe I will blog about it in a few days when we know more.)
Needless to say, I have had occasional moments of overwhelming anxiety and discouragement. This morning was one. I got up to get ready for church and could barely bring myself to get out of bed! I am sure some of you can relate. To make matters worse, Brent had been up the entire night with his headache. (For those of you new to my blog, my husband has a chronic condition and has had the same headache now for 2.5 years. Some days are better than others and last night was really hard for him because he was out of one of his medecines.) Anyway, it didn't help that he wasn't feeling well because I worry about him, obviously.

I pushed through my downer mood and proceeded to get everyone ready for church (daylight savings didn't help matters much, btw). As we were driving to church I said a little prayer asking Heavenly Father to PLEASE help me fill my cup a little to get me through this next week. Remembering that it was fast and testimony meeting, I asked him to penetrate someone's heart so that they might say something that would be hope-ful and helpful to me.




Low and behold but who was the one to do it but my own 14 year old daughter! Jensen does not know everything that we are going through right now. However, she got up and bore her testimony and talked about how she had gone to her room last night and opened her scriptures, looking for something to read - like she does every night. She came across the story of Job. She wasn't familiar with it. She re-told the story briefly in her testimony and talked about how she hoped she could remember Job's faith and testimony because she knew that life was hard sometimes but Heavenly Father loves us and will see us through.

I just cried because I knew her message was for me. It was EXACTLY what I needed to hear. SHE didn't know it but I did. I told her how much her words had helped me on the way home.
I asked her what it felt like to be an answer to someone's prayer and she smiled.

I am so grateful we have been teaching our children the gospel. Today I was the beneficiary of it.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

sick and tired

Tanner and I are under the weather. It's a mild flu bug, I guess. Just enough to be feeling REALLY tired and not much of an appetite. Brent has a really bad headache. We weren't able to go to conference this weekend which is a total bummer. I love Stake Conference. I always get so much out of it. Instead I have been watching Lifetime movies all weekend. This morning my angel called (aka: my aunt). Here she is in a picture with Kiki and Reagan.

She is bringing us home made chicken noodle soup tonight. MMMMMM.....I think I fell better already......