Thursday, April 25, 2013

This is Michael.



Here are some facts about Michael. Written exclusively for you by Michael in his own words.



First and foremost, Michael loves Marr-Rhyzle.

Second, when Michael is in any public setting, he will always talk about Marr-Rhyzle.

Michael served an LDS mission in Bolivia and Peru.

Michael sings off-tune. A lot. He does it on purpose to annoy Marr-Rhyzle.

Michael enjoys cooking.

Making homemade sauces are the bane of his existence.

His hair used to be an army of hair like this: abundant and impressive,


Now it’s starting to looking a little like this: sparse and fake looking,


Michael is tickled (insert: tortured) by his wife occasionally.

Michael insists that the original Power Rangers was one of the best written shows of all time.

Michael enjoys playing games on his phone a little TOO much.

Michael enjoys Dr. Pepper.

He has a Bachelor’s in Advertising and a minor in Spanish.

His favorite word in Spanish is crocante. {Which means crunchy, for all you English speakers.}

He enjoys learning and then sharing.

Michael wishes basketball shorts were considered “semi-formal."

Michael plays guitar and ukulele.

He knows things you don’t know.

At the age of 11, Michael composed the musical entitled “Pickle-Eye-Joe."

Someday Michael wishes to be buff.

Michael has no shame and does not feel rude when asking for large sums of money.

He drives a Tiburon which means shark in Spanish. He takes great pride in that.

His favorite current shows are Sports Nation, Bones, and Master Chef (Variety!)

Don’t ask him to cook. He will cook Pasta.

He’s currently working at the Tribune News as an advertising representative.

Michael also enjoys reading books.

Michael likes kissing a little TOO much.

He puts the Swede in Swedapino. {Refer to upcoming post about our Swedapino baby for more info.}

Michael is a storyteller.

Michael has a weird blonde spot on the back of his head. 


And each of these things makes me love him that much more :) 

Love, Marr-Rhyzle. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

One day....

I WILL be better at keeping a blog. *heavy sigh* Until then, I will always be trying to catch up on what has happened in my life. SO, instead, here's the quickest summary ever of the recent events in my life.


Summer: Spent it being an EFY Counselor. Pretty much the best job of my life ever.

Post-summer: Hired as a Teller at Wells Fargo.


Yep, that's pretty much it. My life is pretty exciting. Actually, it is. If you really want to know more about it all, you'll have to come and talk to me :) Cause social skills are important.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Violin.


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Last semester in mission prep, we watched a video about this violin maker and this beautiful, intricate violin he had made. (Apparently, this video is based on a poem called, "The Touch of the Master's Hand." http://www.tapestrynvelvet.com/index.php?p=1_15_The-Touch-Of-The-Master-s-Hand <---HERE'S THE LINK IN CASE YOU WANT TO READ IT.) It showed his meticulous work and his close attention to detail and design. As the video went on, it showed the violin being bought by a mother for a young boy who had received the violin as a present. The video continues and shows the violin being neglected by the young boy then being passed down to other people who continue to neglect and batter the once beautiful instrument. 

Near the end, it shows an auction in which the now torn and battered violin is in terrible condition. It's once polished surface is covered in scratches and nicks. It's strings that haven't been played in years are out of tune and loose and out of place. It's bow is tattered and it's strings are all over the place and unkempt. To all the people in the audience, the violin is of no worth and the auctioneer puts a low price on the violin. An elderly man amongst the silence stands up and walks to the front of the room where he takes the violin from the auctioneer and tunes the strings and removes the loose horsehairs from the bow. 

With confidence and concentration, he places the violin upon his shoulder and starts to play beautiful, melodic music. The audience watches him in silence as he plays his heart felt song. As the song ends, the violinist quietly hands the violin back to the auctioneer and walks out of the room. As if prompted by his exit, the audience suddenly reacts and start to place high bids on the violin, now recognizing the great worth of the tattered violin. 

So, what do you say am I taking from this story? Well, let me tell you.

These past couple of days, I've thought a lot about "the worth of souls," and trying to understand how our Heavenly Father sees us. I know that for me, I've prayed night after night pleading with my Father to see others as He does. It has been difficult, but with much work on my part, I've TRIED my best to truly recognize the potential that lies in other people, and it reminded me of this story.

Well, the video is derived from the poem known as, "The Touch of the Master's Hand." 


Let us think how the violin relates to us. And I'm going to take this on a couple tangents.

When we were born, we were brought to the earth, small children who didn't really understand the world. We were beautiful, we were polished. We were clean from sin because we did not know what sin was. We had little to no scratches because we weren't at an age of accountability where we knew right from wrong. From the scriptures, we continually learn,

"And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." -Matthew 18: 2-4

We learn, that those who humble themselves even as little children shall inherit the Kingdom of God

At this time in our lives, we were fragile, we were easily "nickable" and for some of us growing up, we were the opposite of the violin in the story. We were taken care of with great love and great detail. We had a soft, padded case that hugged our bodies with just the right amount of shape. We were continually polished and primped and were taken out and played with continuously to make beautiful music, to feel the power of what music had. Some of us understood from the beginning what would be expected of us with our life, and we KNEW who we were. We were glorious violins, made from the loving hands of a Creator who cared about us. We knew that in life, our purpose was to make music, to bring that music to others, and we understood what was expected of us. 

Not to say that those violins who understood from the very beginning what their expectation was didn't experience nicks and scratches along the way, but they understood from a far younger age, who the "Master" was, and what the Touch of His Hands were capable of doing...healing and repairing those nicks and scratches; allowing us to be whole and beautiful once again. 

Now let's relate that to the other side of the story, those violins who hit the bumpy road along the way. In comparison to those violins who's early life consisted of padded cases and constant play, there were those violins who experienced a different road. Perhaps those violins were bought and didn't get to experience the same things. 


*A violin who was scratched and nicked and dropped a few times. 

*A violin who was left on the shelf and wasn't played as often as it could have been. 

*A violin that longed to play beautiful music, but didn't know how. 

*A violin that didn't understand how it's role played in the world and how it longed for a reason, for understanding. 



This violin still had the same worth as a violin that was intricately taken care of, it just didn't have the opportunity yet to know of it's worth. It didn't have an understanding of who "the Great Master" was. The violin had felt the power of music coming from it, but it came in small dosages, small feelings that came and went. Well, even though it wasn't like some of the other violins who didn't understand, didn't mean it wasn't seen of high value. 

Let's now take this and relate it to the story.

So, here we have a violin, beautifully cherished, and another violin, battered and a bit on the down side. Well, in the video, a Master of the violin comes forth and with a bit of fine tuning and clean up, the violin, although scratched and nicked plays beautiful music. 

Jesus Christ, our Master sees us for what we're worth. He knows and understands the things we have gone through, He sees us for the great potential that we have, and with Him and through his Atonement, we too can experience this "fine tuning and clean up" and know and understand what our purpose is.  

"Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God." -D&C 18:10

The Savior knows who we are. He knows us better than we know ourselves and He loves ALL his violins. Whether they're in "high-quality condition" or whether they've "weathered the storms." He knows our hearts, and He knows that no matter what we've been through, we all are capable of producing the same beautiful music. He is aware that our worth is not dependent just on face value, but our worth is something much deeper. We are His violins and He cares for us and loves us, no matter what we've gone through and the mistakes we've made. HE has the ability to fine tune us, to fix us, to make us whole again. 

So, in conclusion... 

For those of you violins who may have felt or are feeling battered and lost...HE UNDERSTANDS. He knows you. He knows what you are capable of. He sees your worth and through Him you can understand truly what your purpose is. In the Book of Mormon, we learn, 

"And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities." -Alma 7:11-12.

And for those violins who don't yet understand or have questions...I KNOW that it is through the Master, through Jesus Christ that we can understand what our potential is. That all the questions and blanks that we've had, that they can be answered and filled as we allow the Savior to be a part of our lives. 

No matter what kind of violin you are, YOU ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING BEAUTIFUL, MELODIC MUSIC. He knows what you're worth is. 

This poem touches my heart and allows me to realize many things. I have realized the beauty that I have. (And I mean that in a non-prideful way.) The Lord and my Heavenly Father have recognized who I am and what I can be. With faithful action on my part, I have been able to be re-polished and fine tuned and for 2 years now, have been able to produce the music I was once not as capable as doing. 

-Is my varnish just newly put on? Yes. 

-Do some of my dings and dents still show? Absolutely. 

-Am I still slowly learning how to read the music I'm capable of playing? True facts.

-Do I still make mistakes and need constant care from the Master? YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT.

It's a long and trying road, but with the Touch of the Master's Hand, any violin, can endure the longest concert. Any violin can make it past broken strings, out of tune-ness, being dropped and bumped, broken bows or neglect. 

I hope that you're aware of everything you're capable of. And if you're not, I invite you to ask your Heavenly Father and to see for yourself. 


For all those who may be reading, I know that my life has changed since I've come to understand of what my potential is, what my worth is, and what I can be. I know that I am a Daughter of my Heavenly Father and it is through my Savior that I am able to return to live with my Father once again. I used to not understand where I was going and my life was full of unanswered questions and blanks that didn't make sense, but as much as I'm still learning...I have an idea. I know what I have to do. I know that Christ loves me for exactly who I am. That in His eyes, I am worth more than any worldly possession. 

I love my Savior. I love my Heavenly Father. I love Them for believing in me. 


*January 17, 2009. BEST DAY OF MY LIFE.

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PLEASE DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE. WHETHER THOSE QUESTIONS MAY BE DIRECTED TOWARD ME OR TOWARD HEAVENLY FATHER.

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." -James 1:5

May we all play the music we are fully capable of...

Love, Marr-Rhyzle. 




Sunday, February 20, 2011

I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus.



I'm trying to be like Jesus,
I'm following in His ways.
I'm trying to love as He did, in all that I do and say.
At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice;
but I try to listen as the still, small voice whispers,

"Love one another as Jesus loves you.
Try to show kindness in all that you do.
Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought,
for these are the things that Jesus taught."

I'm trying to love my neighbor,
I'm learning to serve my friends. 
I watch for the day of gladness when Jesus will come again.
I try to remember the lessons He taught.
Then the Holy Spirit enters into my heart saying,

"Love one another as Jesus loves you.
Try to show kindness in all that you do.
Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought,
for these are the things Jesus taught."

"Love one another as Jesus loves you.
Try to show kindness in all that you do.
Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought,
for these are the things Jesus taught."




In Relief Society, we have a tendency to sing primary songs as our practice hymns because I LOVE primary songs. Well, one Sunday we sang this and I couldn't help but feel so overwhelmed with my emotions and how listening to the sisters in my ward sing this song made me feel. Since then, I concluded that this is my favorite primary song. I wanted to share some thoughts about it.

As you may have noticed, I highlighted a few key words that I found of great importance. (Not that the rest of the words aren't silly gooses!) As we look and read over the words and even just starting with the title, it states, "I'm TRYING to Be Like Jesus." A title and song that denotes that we are doing our best to become LIKE Him. The words I highlighted show that we are working at achieving that goal or denote that we are imperfect, and being humans fall short. 

In the scriptures we read, 
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" -Romans 3:23

We also are constantly taught that it is ONLY through the Savior and His Atonement that we can reach and attain eternal perfection. Although, we ALSO learn:
"...that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." -2 Nephi 25:23

In all, I think that's why I love this song so much. Because it takes these two eternal truths and combines them into one. This song not only teaches us to be more like the Savior and to apply the principles that He taught, but teaches us that WE must do our part in order to obtain the characteristics of Christ. 
Let me go a little further. As you can see, many of the words highlighted are, "try" or forms of the word. This denotes that our Heavenly Father and Savior are aware that we are imperfect beings and that they recognize that we are TRYING our best. I think this song has touched me time and time again because it allows me to realize the love that our Heavenly Father and Savior have for us. 

I know for me personally folks, that there are days where I feel like I'm not good enough, that I'm not "perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect." (3 Nephi 12:48) Many times where I recognize that I am falling short...but this songs gives me hope. It allows me to recognize that I am only human, and that I am promised GREAT blessings as I DO MY PART.

"Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life." -2 Nephi 31:20.

Isn't that a FANTASTIC blessing? A FANTASTIC promise? A promise that if we (first, apply the principles and ordinances of the Gospel, including, 1) Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, 2) Repentance, 3) Baptism by Immersion, and 4) Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost) then we apply the last principle of the Gospel, which is 5) Enduring to the End, then we too may have and enjoy the blessings of eternal life!! 

This song is SO beautiful and it amazes me more and more each time I hear it. I realize each and every time how much my Heavenly Father and Savior love me. I realize that I AM trying to be like Jesus...and although it's hard, it IS possible. I know that I'm not perfect, but He recognizes when we are trying. And my friends, as we try, I KNOW that we will be able to feel the love of our Heavenly Father and Savior in our lives, and that His spirit will be more abundant with us. 

ISN'T THAT AMAZING TO KNOW?

I think so. And sometimes I fail to recognize that. But I'm working on recognizing it much better in my life. I'm TRYING. I'M TRYING TO BE LIKE JESUS. 

Well my friends...that's my thought for you today. If you'd like to know more...

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I know that my explanations to things could have gone WAY more into depth...but here's your chance that if you'd like to find out more...that you are invited to do so :) Friends, I love the Gospel. I love my Savior. I love my Heavenly Father. Life is good. And I'm trying. I hope you are too.




Love, Marr-Rhyzle. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Michael Post.

Here ya go folks. I know you've all been waiting anxiously for this...the story behind...THE STORY. 


*BTW, this is a picture of Michael and I as depicted by Michael :) 


Once upon a time, a young fair lass and a young fair lad both lived in a quaint little town known as Flagstaff, Arizona. Therein lived many hippies and the smell of pine trees always filled the air. The young lass, who we'll call Marr-Rhyzle, and the young lad, who we'll call Michael lived in the same apartment complex and thus lived in the same ward boundaries. One day...another young lad, who was friends with this Marr-Rhyzle had an idea to make a music video for the Institute's Got Talent show. 

(According to Ryan, he was inspired to ask Michael to play the male role in the video, and thus received revelation....he takes MUCH credit to the putting together of our relationship. I agree. To Ryan, I say...thank you :D)

And so, with a video to make, Michael became the male role in a video set to the song "Hey, Soul Sister," by Train :) PLEASE, by all means...watch it :)  Here is the video: 






This inevitably started a budding romance...that no one saw...or at least I didn't...
To continue, Michael was our across the way neighbor, and he frequently came over...because that's just what he did. He visited all the girl's apartments and would sing random songs on his guitar, tell random stories, just be awkward...IDK you name it, he probably did it :) But either way, I'm not going to lie...I thought he was the most awkward boy I had ever met. At this point, I had decided that I was sick of "the dating scene" and that I would just let things be as they would be. Little did I know that something was about to happen just around the corner...:)

Well, Michael continued to come over. And in all actuality, I thought he liked someone else. That and the fact that I didn't like him like that. I enjoyed his company, I thought he was funny...but I didn't think too much of it. I guess you could say it was very, very gradual. He spent a good deal of time at our apartment and for the most part, I didn't know we had so much in common. There was a week where he spent 3 out of the 7 days at our apartment until almost 3am talking about...stuff. 

There was even a night where he had brought up dating. To my disgust, he had talked about going on dates with "40 girls" and according to him, he thought he had lost my interest. Apparently, he was trying to hint at me, that EYE could possibly be one of those girls. (Psh...only a boy would see that as a compliment...) 

Well, it was only a week or so later that he asked  me on a date. Quite literally, sitting down in front of me and saying, "We should go on a date." I agreed and we swung dance that night with some friends from the ward and had a good time. From that night on, we spent time together learning more about each other and just having a good time. Our friendship had created a stronger relationship for us, and I can truly call him one of my best friends. 



*MWAHAHA...this is definitely my FAVORITE picture of him :) Proof that he secretly loves the Spurs :) 

Since then, we find more and more commonalities between us...whether they are life goals...or things such as our favorite gatorade flavor. (Yes, we are cool like that.) It's interesting for me to see how alike we are, when my first and everlasting impression of him was, "Wow, you are awkward." 


(*Here's one of our first pictures. We're such classy people.) 



That's right folks....happiness comes from where you least expect it! And right now, I couldn't be any happier :) He makes me happy in a way that I don't think I could truly describe to you :) It's about the small things my friends...I'm telling you! So, for a moment, I'm going to brag about my lovely boyfriend...so if you're reading this Michael...I hope I don't embarrass you :)



THE SMALL THINGS THAT MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.

-Like when he opens the car door for me....oh how I LOVE chivalry :)

-Like when he buys me Oreos and Symphony Bars when Aunt Dot decides to visit each month.

-Like when he watches High School Musical with me to make me feel better...;D

-Like when he will take me to places I've never eaten to bring "adventure" in my life.

-Like when he'll put on tiara's in Michael's (the craft store) because I ask him to :)

-Like when he drives me to Mesa, just so I can see the temple lights.

-Like when he'll cheer for the Spurs instead of the Suns because I hate the Suns. (Oh wait...no he hasn't done that...I guess that's just me having wishful thinking ;D)

-Like when he let's me cry on his shoulder, so I can let everything out.

-Like when he gives me piggy-back rides because I don't feel good...or because I'm lazy...haha :)

-Like when he'll teach me how to drive a stick shift...even though I almost kill him. 

-Like when he makes me "Weekend Survival Kits," so I can occupy myself while he's gone.

-Like when he calls me beautiful or gives me little compliments. 

-Like when he brings me orange juice and ibuprofen when I'm not feeling so well. 

-Like when he lets me win at bowling to make me feel good about myself. (Oh wait, he didn't let me win...I just win cause I'm good like that...;D)

-Like when he treats me the way I'm supposed to be treated and recognizes me as a Daughter of God :)
Yep my friends. I AM LUCKY. I'm just saying ;) I've pretty much found myself the cream of the crop....WOOOOOOP! :)



 *Awww! Isn't he adorable?? :D


BUT, you can be just as successful as he is as well :)
 Just as a little hint to the gents who  may read this...here are some tips! ;)


TIPS ON HOW TO DO THE SMALL THINGS THAT MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.


1) BE A GENTLEMAN. Prove that chivalry is not dead. There is NOTHING wrong with opening the door for the young lass you may have your eye on!

2) Girls like to talk. I know...sometimes it's hard for you to keep your focus, but I PROMISE, that relationships built around trust and communication will prove to be lasting.

3) There is nothing wrong with watching a chick flick. Yes gentleman, you enjoy all that gun shooting and face punching and crazy ninja kicks and blowing up building stuff...but FOR THE MOST PART (not that we don't enjoy a good action flick every once in a while.) we enjoy the romantic comedies...the "fairy tale ending" movies that make us cry :) 

4) Be yourself. We don't like you to pretend to be someone else. It should be obvious that we fell for who you are. Don't try to be anyone else but you :)

5) Recognize their potential. I.E. gentleman, SHE is a Daughter of God, TREAT HER THAT WAY. Same goes for the ladies, that good lookin' fella you're after is a Son of God :) Help him honor his priesthood. Know that you both have great potential!

6) Some of the easiest ways to have a good time requires little to no money at all. Sure, us chicas enjoy being splurged on every once in awhile...but some of my most enjoyable times with Michael have been the simple things. Just getting to hang out, watching a movie...doing something that didn't require an arm and a leg. A lot of times gentlemen, a date that is service oriented is the most fun...and rewarding!  :) (And considering we're all poor college kids anyway...let's not empty their already empty bank account!) 

7) SMELL GOOD. This is more of a preference on my behalf, but gentlemen...good hygiene = happy lady! Remember...if you wear cologne...2 sprays is MORE than enough. TYVM! :)

8) Have confidence in yourself. Nothing is more attractive than a guy who knows what he wants. It makes the girl feel more secure...;)



SO ANYWHO. Those were just some random tidbits that came to my mind. Hopefully they helped you some :)




 *These are just random pictures of one time when we went bowling :) My score is on the top, Michael's on the bottom...hmm....;)



GAME 1, Marr-Rhyzle wins!! :D

  



GAME 2, Marr-Rhyzle wins AGAIN! :)













GAME 3, Michael wins! (FINALLY!)



*Psh, by this time...my wrist hurt...I had to let him win at LEAST once >:)




Anyway!


To go on with the current story...so far, life is going really well :) We've met the family...and I LOVE his family :) They are sooo awesome! I'm just saying :) But things are going great...we're living life and having fun :) He makes me happy and I couldn't ask for anymore than that!! 

So, to you ladies that think, "it's never going to happen." WELL, think again :) Sometimes, it comes when you least expect it! You never know where you'll find you knight in shining armor....but for now...I've found mine! <3




That's all for now folks! I'll let you know how things go...but for now, I'm happy :) Until next time...


Love, Marr-Rhyzle 

Dear Readers,

I have easily concluded that I am HORRIBLE at keeping a blog. *Deep, heavy sigh*

FORTUNATELY, I made it a goal to do my absolute best at being better at it :) Aren't ya super excited for that?? :)

Anywho, it's 2011 folks! Yep....I'm that bad...it's a new year, haha ;) Well, seeing as how the last time I wrote was September...looks like it's flashback time....here we GOOOOO!

OCTOBER.

Oh October. In Flagstaff the leaves change colors and it's quite a beautiful sight. The weather also gets a little bit chillier and the cold wind rolls in. It's one of those months where you look forward to the annual Institute Halloween Dance!! :) This year, my friends and I dressed up as the characters from Clue....


Yep, we're pretty much LEGIT :) From left to right: ME, as Miss Scarlet, TANNER, as Professor Plum, RACHEL, as Mrs. White, ANDREW, as Colonel Mustard, LIESEL, as Mrs. Peacock, and MICHAEL, as Mr. Green :)


ALSO, during the month of October is...GENERAL CONFERENCE!! :) Twice a year...in the LDS world, we have General Conference :) For 2 days, the Prophet and General Authorities of the Church speak to us about the Gospel, ways we can improve, the things of the Church, and it's just a spirit filled fun fest!! :) It happens in Salt Lake City, and so, my friends and I drove 9 hours to Provo, Utah. (Home of the BYU Cougars!) And stayed there traveling to and from Salt Lake to sit inside the amazingly beautiful and immaculate Conference Center to hear the Men of God speak! :) AND WE HAD GREAT SEATS!! Thanks to Ashley's Home Teachers...:)


Aren't we so lovely??? ;)



NOVEMBER.


Mmm, November usually means one thing. THANKSGIVING. Yep folks, the one day we can stuff ourselves silly, and not have to feel guilty AT ALL. Shoot, at least that's what I do ;) But before we get there....let's see what else happened during the lovely month of November...


Yep, Winter Formal. And not just that...but GIRL ASK GUY DANCE. GAH. (If I could express my full frustration out in words....you may get offended.) Every LDS girl who lives here in Flagstaff knows why "GAGD" (as I will call them...no pun intended.) are so frustrating. When you live in a place where the ratio is 10 girls to every 1 guy...things can get a LITTLE crazy. Meaning:

1) Guys get asked to formal MONTHS in advance.
2) By the time you get around to asking someone...there's no one left to ask.
3) You feel like you're on a hunt to beat every other girl wanting to ask that ONE guy you want to ask.

It's pretty much crazy. You outsource guys from different cities...or you just don't go. Either way....it brings out the vulnerable side in most girls...having to make the first move. NOT ONLY THAT. But being Mormon in a way obligates you to ask in some crazy creative way...yep. We're just cool like that :) Take for example the picture of me on the left. That's right...that was how I asked Matt to the dance.

My sign most eloquently reads....
"You'd be a DUM-DUM to not go to winter formal with me! Escort me on Nov. 19th to CANDYLAND and I promise GOOD & PLENTY of fun! You'd be a SUCKER to not come with me!"

And of course the things that are in all caps are where I so creatively put candy and candy wrappers and then draped the frame of his door with endless amounts of suckers. Do us mormons go a little overboard sometime? YES. Do we love it? ABSOLUTELY. 

On the bright side...I got to wear what I like to call..."the Princess Dress." You know. The billowy, dress that makes you feel nothing short of a princess....LOVE IT.





Oh yes. For a Relief Society Meeting, we had a Missionary Work Workshop :) Complete with missionary attire....can you say HAPPINESS??!? HOLLA!! :) Let's just say, I was one happy little miss this night :D 

ALMA 29, Book of Mormon.

If you haven't read it folks. Go do it. NOW.


And of course THANKSGIVING! Oh how blessed am I :) A day with lots of food and lots of fun :) Plus my family and I decided to be cool people and all match. YEP, PLAID SHIRTS FOR EVERYONE!!! :D




DECEMBER.


I'm pretty sure Christmas-time is the greatest time of year! Everyone is usually happy and it's just full of good thoughts :) This year, I promised myself to focus on what Christmas was really about. It was a great blessing to focus on my Savior, Jesus Christ, and all that He has done for me. It truly made this Christmas time special...:)



My friends and I decided to have a huge group date....:) I planned most of the festivities for the night, but let me tell you what was included :D

1) It started off with a picture scavenger hunt, where the gents had to find each clue with the last one leading to the dinner destination. This time, meant the top of the NAU parking garage :) Complete with blankets, candles, and the beautiful night sky of Flagstaff :)

2) Banana splits at one of the apartments and UNO. Psh, what's better than that?!

3) The last was, each couple was given a bag of Christmas goodies. Knick knacks, cards, a Book of Mormon, and we all traveled to downtown Flagstaff where each couple was given 30 minutes to give away all of their presents....I guess like Secret "Ding Dong Ditch" Santa :) The couples weren't allowed to explain, but simply to give the gift and walk away :) Gotta love giving!! :)

Anywho...from this, you may conclude. I LOVE PLANNING THINGS. The end. :)


OH....this boy<3 And how happy he makes me :) Well, pretty much, the story is. We are in the same ward. We live in the same apartment complex. It all started with a video project my friend Ryan wanted to do for an Institute's Got Talent show :) (I will post video in the next post.) Chemistry happened and WHA-BAM. We're dating :) I have never been happier. And how is he sweet? He drove me down to Mesa...just so I could see the Mesa Temple Christmas Lights :D Cause I had never seen them before...:) I will tell you a little bit more about him my next post. I will call it, "the Michael Post."



And of course...we can't forget...THE GIRLS :) Minus Bree...who at the time was in California. Here's the story. In high school, we were inseparable. We spent our lives together. Whether in class, sports, clubs, study groups, or just hanging out. We were all together :) BUT, then life came upon us and we had to grow up. College faced us and were forced to grow up and move on. On to our separate ways. Lucky for us, time and distance hasn't changed the strong bond we have, and even when we only see each other on breaks and holidays...we make the most of it :)



*Schools in attendance* From left to right.
Mo: NAU
Emily: BYU Provo
Joce: Brown
Ash: BYU Provo
Me: NAU

I LOVE THESE GIRLS. I'M JUST SAYING.


JANUARY.


2011. Wow, where on earth has time gone? WHO KNOWS. It seems as if when you're having fun...time flies! But here it came, 2011. A new year. A good time to reflect upon the things that need to change and how to improve yourself better as a person. 








Spent the New Year's in Bullhead :) With good friends and good company...what better way to start off a New Year...right? RIGHT. :) Thank you for agreeing. 





MY TWO YEAR MARK!!!! AHHHH :D


Yep, on January 17th, 2011 I hit my 2 year mark. Meaning, 2 years ago on the day, I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints :) Let me tell you folks, I have never been MORE BLESSED in my life than I have in the past two years!! I have come to know of the plan that our Heavenly Father has for each and everyone of us. I know that I am of "royalty." That I am a Daughter of  God and that I have great potential. I know that I have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who suffered it all so that I could one day return to live with my Heavenly Father again. I know that the church today is led by a TRUE prophet of God, Thomas S. Monson, and that the church was restored ALSO by a TRUE prophet of God, Joseph Smith. I KNOW, that if you read the Book of Mormon, and that if you sincerely pray to know the truth of it's divinity, that God will answer your prayer. I know that the Book of Mormon will change you life. I know that because I have experienced it. I have seen how allowing Christ to be a part of my life has added meaning and understanding to where I was before I came here, why I'm here now, and where I'm going after I die. I KNOW and testify that the things I say are true. AND YOU can know too, if you have that desire. All you have to do is ASK. Ask and test our Heavenly Father. PRAY to know the truth. HE WILL ANSWER YOU. 


ANY QUESTIONS?? 
FEEL FREE TO CHECK OUT THIS WEBSITE! THEY WILL EVEN SEND YOU A FREE COPY OF THE BOOK OF MORMON!

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OR, IF YOU SO DESIRE, CONTACT THE LOCAL MISSIONARIES IN YOUR AREA. THEY ARE ALWAYS WILLING TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE! PLUS THEY'RE AWESOME! :)







Anywho...that's the just of what has happened in the last couple of months. I'm sure I missed a whole bunch...but that's what the next blogs are for right?? :) I hope you enjoyed my random spiel of words. I'll try to better at writing more often. Until then. Remember...to be happy! SMILE :) Life's full of blessings...you just have to learn to recognize them :)


Love, Marr-Rhyzle :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hmm, if I can't keep a journal very well....

I happened to be inspired to try to keep up a blog better....BUT, we all know that this is a long shot...;) I'm absolutely terrible when it comes to keeping a journal, but HEY, might as well try right? :)

HMMM...how to sum up the summer in ONE blog? Well...I say, let's go to the pictures! WOO!


Ready? Set? GO!


1) Discovered how I have awesome roommates! AND...jumping into Lake Mary at night, is quite an exciting way to end a night :)


2) Dated a boy, not just a boy. He's pretty much awesome :) We've moved on, BUT, we learned a lot. I'm grateful for experiences like that :)


3) Went to Paris, France!!!! .......NOT! I wish...:( BUT, hey the one in Vegas is the best I could do...:D


4) Was a good citizen with my roommate and picked up trash near our apartment complex...GO SERVICE!


5) Got stuck in 115 degree weather, 12 miles outside of Bullhead City, for about an hour. Good times? Eh, maybe not so much. But at least we know how to fix an overheated car!

6) Hung out with the coolest people I know...MISSIONARIES! Which btw...I miss Sister Bowles :(


7) Got my trash kicked in bowling...though 2nd place isn't bad! ;) Props to Sister Kilgrow and her amazing bowling skills...I'm just saying.


8) Discovered the happiness that yellow minions are RIDICULOUSLY cute. AND...that wearing 3D glasses over regular glasses...stinks.


9) Picked up a guitar and realized how easy Taylor Swift songs are to play :) Happiness for songs that have the D, A, Em, G chords!! :D



10) How AWESOME the game of Quelf is :) AND, how Nick is like the coolest person/friend ever!! :)


11) How wearing a name tag just makes you feel like a COOL kid B) Emphasis on cool.


12) That one of the easiest ways to make Marr-Rhyzle happy...is to place her in a situation where there are a bunch of missionaries around!! :D


13) That not only are Snuggies AWESOME (I don't care what anyone says...they're AWESOME!)...but they double as jedi/monk robes!


14) Playing "King of the Rock" on the Colorado River, with a little floaty mattress and 4 people...equals a great couple hours of fun!


15) Two words. MUSTACHE PARTY. Nuff said fool.


16) Going to lava tubes with good friends....good times. COLD? Yes. DARK? Yes. FUN TIMES? Abso-stinking-LUTELY.


ANYWAY. That's just a little insight into the shenanigans of my summer. Quite eventful in my opinion. If you want to know more...guess you'll have to facebook stalk me...haha. JK. Seriously, don't creep on me. That's weird :) Anywho, have a fantastic day. I have institute class soon anyhow :) Tally ho for now.

Love, Marr-Rhyzle.