Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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 :)

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