I have been absent from my blog for a couple of weeks, much to my sadness. I have been swamped with school, which I love. And I have been preparing for the Waters of Mormon. What is Waters of Mormon, you say?
About 150 years before Christ's birth, the people of America were mostly wicked. A bold prophet named Abinadi preached the Lord's gospel before a wicked king. One of his priests was a man named Alma, who believed Abinadi's preaching. After Abinadi died a martyr, Alma taught the gospel in secret and through the priesthood authority, baptized "a goodly number" who had gathered at the Waters of Mormon to hear him preach.
Our ward has prepared a spiritual feast for the youth of our ward. We do this every 4-5 years, so each youth will have an opportunity to participate at least once during their high school years. The Book of Mormon, ancient scripture, is broken down into ten parts and is taught over ten hours by ten different teachers! To break up the spiritual feast, we also give the youth a culinary feast with yummy dinner and snacks.
I have the privilege of teaching 3-4 Nephi, which is the account of the Savior's visit to this continent. I don't know how I can possible do justice to it. What would the Savior have me say if he were here. That is what I've been praying to know as I've been preparing. I am nervous, but oh, so excited! Mark is teaching the books of Mormon and Moroni - he gets to be the culminating teacher!
I will get back to my regular family picture stuff as soon as I can! In the meantime, I am grateful all my time has been devoted to learning.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Years ago we went as a family to Julian, a small town up in our mountains, to pick apples. It was one of the most fun family activities we have ever done. We tried again the next year and, for some reason, there were no apples, or we missed the picking window, we never knew. But for some reason, we never went back. Until this weekend! Jayce really wanted to go, so made the trek up there and had a blast!
We had to really commit...and get in the tree!
Jayce really got into it!
There were tons! I wish we could've picked more than two bags!
We had to get creative to reach the big ones up high.
Oh, they're so yummy! I'm gonna make me some apple crisp!
A couple of weeks ago, actually on October 1st, Jayce said, "It's October, we can go to the pumpkin patch." Even though we told him it's open for the whole month, he insisted we go that day!
He had to have a big one...and could barely carry it!
Corn stalk maze!
Token farm animals...
My boys...so fun to have them...
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Caitlin is in an entomology class at BYU. That means bugs, if you didn't know. She has to collect 300 bugs and display them by the end of the semester. Serious. So, we have been collecting bugs and I totally feel her pain because after a couple weeks of this, I am over having containers of bugs all over. She has been working hard, too.
The boys have been very helpful!
Bug finding expedition...
Bug containers all over...
Yes, even on the living room coffee table.
We're pretty much done, I think. I'm getting them all packaged up to send on Monday.
If ANY of you have bugs from your area, particularly Texas, please send a few to Caitlin. She would be so grateful and relieved!