November 25, 2009

2009 YW in Excellence

















Sunday night was great night as the Young Women's Leaders in our ward put on their annual Young Women's in Excellence Program. The theme this year was "Preparing to Enter the Temple" and included several musical numbers, a talk by the Stake Patriarch, and an incredible video presentation highlighting the girls and their testimonies as well as pictures from some of the activities this year. All the leaders and girls dressed in white. The picture above is Maddy with her two Beehive leaders, Kim Atkin and Angela Cope, who have been true friends to her.

The first video below is the girls singing an arrangement I put together of "I Love to See the Temple." Maddy is the Young Women's Music Director in our ward so she led the girls at the beginning then joined the group. I'm playing the piano.

The second is the video presentation I mentioned above.

November 22, 2009

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving

Another great "Mormon Message." As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, I am thankful for so many things in my life; The gospel of Jesus Christ, Jeni, Maddy, Joey, my family, my job, good friends and good food! I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration this week.

November 21, 2009

Girls Nights

















The last two nights have been dedicated to the ladies of the house. On Thursday night, Jeni went with several friends to the midnight showing of "New Moon." For those of you that have read the Twilight series or have seen the first movie, you may be interested to know that she is still "Team Edward."

Last night Maddy had some friends from school over (McKenna, Kayla and Taylor) for a Girls Night of their own. With all the stress of Jr. High and Maddy's school play rehearsals, concert choir rehearsals and preparing for her voice lesson recital, this was sorely needed. I made them some yummy food and dessert and they watched a movie and more than anything just laughed non-stop and had a great time. Below are some pictures from the night.











































November 20, 2009

Manti Temple Trip






















Last Saturday I joined Maddy and Joey and nearly 40 Young Men and Women in our ward on a trip to the Manti Temple to do baptisms for the dead (1 Corinthians 15:29). It was a wonderful experience, despite having to leave Spanish Fork at 5am to arrive there by 6:30am. The youth handled it great and we were thankful to have made it home safely as it started snowing right as we left. I am so grateful for the Church and for experiences like these that help bind us closer together as families.

November 16, 2009

Second Annual LOTR Marathon

















It's that time of year! Just like we did last year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 28th we'll be hosting our second annual Lord of the Rings Marathon, extended versions of course. 9am - 9pm at our house. If you're interested in joining, bring a food item to share. We'll provide lunch and dinner. Just make sure you RSVP at least a few days in advance to (801) 870-2396. Hope to see you here!

November 15, 2009

Utah Symphony at BYU

















Last week I took Joey to a performance of the Utah Symphony at BYU. They performed Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, op 15 with Pinchas Zukerman, a world famous violist and violinist as the conductor and Jonathan Biss, 28, as the pianist. Joey is in orchestra this year at school and is learning to play the violin. One of the requirements for class is that he attend at least one concert each term so this was our first one together. Of all things, I was amazed at the talent of the pianist as this piece is nearly an hour long and he played it without any music and it was incredibly difficult. I love that Utah has so many cultural events like this to take the kids to!

November 05, 2009

What Matters Most

Here's another great "Mormon Message," this one about focusing on the things that matter most in our lives. Enjoy!