Saturday, October 14, 2017

Chip on our shoulder

This past weekend I participated in my very first Ranger Challenge competition. 
It was hands down THE HARDEST THING I'VE EVER DONE. Physically, that is.
And it felt so good to cross the finish line. 
Because a) it was over. And b) WE WOOOOOOOOOON!!!
It was one of those races where we were neck-and-neck at the end, even though we had a substantial lead going in to the second-to-last event. But due to some poor planning on the part of the people in charge of the Functional Fitness Test, we were just behind UC Boulder on our way to the last station (poncho rafts). Thankfully, we had practiced a lot for this and weren't even phased when they told us we had to construct 4 waterproof poncho rafts and carry them to the bridge without them coming undone. After a slight set-back, we got the go-ahead while UC Boulder was still getting "no-gos." We booked it over to the bridge, they inspected our ponchos, and then we slashed the ropes, stuffed our ponchos in our rucks and took off up the super steep incline to the finish. 
As we walked across the finish line, my heart burned within me. Tears came to my eyes as I thought about all we had just gone through together. And we had reached our goal. In case you're wondering, we had just rucked 25 miles with 40 pound packs on our backs. We started at 3am and only stopped for the skill stations which included land navigation, TCCC (first aid), hand grenade throwing, weapons assembly/disassembly, call for fire, radio operations, and the functional fitness test. 
I am so proud of the team and so grateful for the opportunity I had to share that experience with them. Everything worth it in life is like that. It's so hard, but so rewarding.
Thanks, Josh, for recruiting me to be on this team and for constantly inspiring me.
Thanks, Allen, for being an amazing team leader and constantly encouraging us.
And thank you to all my teammates for carrying my ruck for the majority of the way, for pushing me and helping me every step of the way.
You all are my heroes.



I could not have made it across the finish line were it not for the dedication and perseverance, the strength and selflessness of these men.

Monday, October 2, 2017


Starting off with some favorite conference quotes (well, I'm actually paraphrasing) because it was General Conference weekend and I am so grateful for the opportunity we had to listen to the apostles of the Lord.

I am grateful at least God is perfect. He loves His enemies, which sometimes means me because of the natural man in me. Be a little more godlike, in little things. - Jeffrey R. Holland
Sometimes we obscure our view of heaven by pulling other things too close. Look at life through the lens of the gospel. Add LIGHT to other's lives. - Gary E. Stevenson
Quoting a poem: "The test of greatness is how one meets the eternal every day." - Quentin L. Cook
Coincidence? I think not. Divine design. - Ronald A. Rasband
Something powerful happens when a child of God seeks to know more about Him and His Beloved Son. - Russell M. Nelson
It's not enough to just attend church and go to the temple. We must bring that Spirit back with us and let it serve as our catalyst." - David A. Bednar
Hope and peace are always available through Christ's atoning sacrifice. He has been where we are; He has perfect empathy for me and for you. - W. Christopher Waddell
D&C 6:33-34 - Henry B. Eyring
The Lord trusts me. Hard is good. We come to know God in our extremities. Go forward with faith. - Stanley G. Ellis
Always act when the living prophet speaks. - Adilson de Paula Parrella
The greater the light, the fewer the shadows. Hold fast to what you already know and wait for additional knowledge to come. - Ian S. Ardern
Being taught from on high requires great spiritual climbing. You don't know everything, but you know enough. When we choose to have faith, we are prepared to stand in the presence of God. - Neil L. Andersen

Some good introspection questions:
"Who needs me today?"
"Am I living in such a way that God can work through me?"
"Do I have a willingness to repent and a desire for increased righteousness?"
"How precious is the Book of Mormon to you?"
"What would you not know and not have if it weren't for the Book of Mormon?"
Do you have the faith to trust God?

Joshy and Taylor listen to me and give me good counsel and feed me ice cream. They're my favorite.
Josh's shirt is also my favorite.

Monday, September 25, 2017

My people

I have good people in my life...

After mixing and pouring the brownie mix into the pan, Brittany came over and asked me, "Want to come eat the batter?" No need to ask twice.

And seriously, my brothers are the best. After our 12 mile ruck on Saturday, Joshy bought us Krispy Kreme donuts for our post-ruck-march fuel.
AND he filled the truck with gas.

He thought I wouldn't even notice, cuz I'm not very observant. But I did and I thanked him. He is so kind.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

He will lift you up

General women's conference 23 Sept 2017

Sharon Eubank
Share what Jesus Christ means to you.
Be articulate. Be ready.
Have an answer for the reason of the hope that is in you. (1 Peter 3:15)

Neill F. Marriott
When we give our heart to the Father and the Son, we change our world even if circumstances around us do not change.

Joy D. Jones
"LEARN OF ME" - My Savior, whom I so dearly love
We are worth worlds.
Don't be spiritually passive. Embrace your divine identity. I AM A CHILD OF GOD.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Remember who you are.
You are His precious child.
Fear not.
The Good Shepherd will lift you up, carry you on His shoulders, and take you Home.
You have an eternal destiny to fulfill. Make that destiny a REALITY.
??? Do you have doubts, do you have questions, are you struggling?
Hold to the rod. Stay on the path. Remember Lehi's dream.
God's promises are sure, true, and joyful. That's the opposite of what the world has to offer.

Now for a few pictures of my life lately.