Sunday, July 31, 2011

Keeping promises

Today at church was one of those days that just fills your spirit to over-flowing!
It was just what I needed :) I was reminded numerous time of my Heavenly Father's individual love for me.

During sacrament meeting a young man in our ward gave his farewell talk before leaving to serve on a mission. He'll be serving the beautiful people of Brazil for 2 years. He shared a story that touched me deeply. It is a fictional story...but an inspiring one at that. It was about a man and his friend...before this life, and they were about ready to come down to Earth. The man received a "call"...with sweet anticipation they both opened and read the letter. It said that he was being called to come down to Earth into a loving family who had the Gospel in their lives. The priesthood would be in his home, and his family would be monetarily stable. The land would be plentiful and the country would have many freedoms. He was called to come down and be born in the United States of America. They both hugged out of happiness for the man. His friend also got a letter, and they read it together as well. It said that he was called to be born into poverty. Hardships and trials would be frequent in their family. His country's government would be corrupt. He was called to come and be born in the country of Costa Rica. The man's heart sunk as he heard his friend's call...and the friend looked up and said, "Please, promise you'll come find me." ... ... Later on in the man's life, when he was just 19 years old, he got his mission call to serve in the lush country of Costa Rica. He was going to fulfill his promise...find his friend...and bring him the hope and light of the gospel.

I just love that story!! It's nothing against anyone from Costa Rica or those not of our faith...but it just shows that we are ALL brothers and sisters...we were all friends before this life...and I have no doubt that many of us made promises to come find each other. What a blessing missionary work is. It is such a labor of love that men and women do to share the hope of the Gospel of Christ. And what an honor it is to know that Adam and I are raising our son Brooks who, I pray, will someday have the opportunity to choose to serve a mission.

Missionary work isn't done just by missionaries who leave their home for 18 months to 2 years. It is done by anyone who is serving those around them and who is sharing the light of Christ. Our Heavenly Father knows each one of us...He knows our hearts...He knows our desires...and He ultimately wants us to be truly Happy.

I first saw the video below last year, and it shares an amazing story of a young man named Brandon who follows his heart and chooses to serve at an orphanage in Honduras. The video is awesome! Brandon is an incredible example of following the Savior's footsteps of service...and of sharing the light of Christ, and the love of God for all His children. Makes me smile to wonder if Brandon had previously made promises to those boy in the orphanage to come and help them...if he did, he sure is keeping those promises :)

Hope everyone is enjoying a beautiful Sunday spent with those you love!

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Friday, July 29, 2011

last weekend

Last weekend was pretty fantastic. It was a 3-day weekend which definitely brought it up a notch.
It involved delish frozen yogurt with cousins (Landon & Alyse), a trip to the cabin with the Kjars, and a spontaneous sushi date night. I'm excited for another great weekend!! Life is good :)


{ above: homemade french fries, burgers, and chocolate ice-cream made with Reed's Dairy chocolate milk
below: our little guys "wrestling"...starting 'em early! }
{ above: fun jumping on the mattresses on the back deck (meant for sleeping under the stars:)
below: Brooks and Samson chilling on the famous ski-bench }

{ above: the Lollipop roll at Happy Sumo...YUM. No rice, and it's wrapped in cucumber instead of seaweed }
{ above: Brooks' new OOOOOhhhhh-face with his "sushi" (aka gold fish crackers). And the most delicious tempura banana split for dessert }

A great weekend does the body good :)

Spiritual Health:
Read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” (see page 101); 2 Peter 1; Alma 7:23–24; andDoctrine and Covenants 121:45
Physical Health:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man"

Last night for youth group our Young Women got together for a wonderful time of horseback riding! Two men in our ward were so generous to provide the stunning horses (and even a pony!) and the beautiful riding grounds. To say the weather was perfect is an understatement. It started out a bit toasty, but as the sun went down it cooled a bit and left us with a beautiful sunset. The girls were all naturals!! Only a few had ridden before. And we were even lucky enough to have super sweet chocolate cupcakes the YW President made...created to look like horses! Awesome, right? :)

Winston Churchill wrote the quote that I used for this post's title...and boy is he right. Riding those majestic animals is soothing...I could've rode mine all night! And as you can see, I could've taken photos of those gorgeous horses all night too...I guess I did ;)

{ that's me above and below...all saddled up! }

Spiritual Health:
Personal Progress Integrity - Value Experience #5
Read Mosiah 18:9 (one of my very favorite scriptures)
Physical Health:
Mowed the front and back lawns (and the back lawn may or may not have been a jungle;)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Stum Family Reunion ** 2011

Our Stum reunion (my parents on down) was up in Island Park, ID. We're all spread out around Washington, Utah, Arizona, and California so getting together is always looked forward to!

Among the fun activities pictured favorite parts of the reunion were seeing Brooks play with his cousins, and then late at night (after the kids were in dreamland) when the adults would stay up late and visit, play games, and laugh 'til we cried :) Just being together.

S'MORES over the FIRE
We love you family!!!
Miss you already...and can't wait 'til we're all together again in 2013!

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