Monday, July 30, 2007

Called to Serve

Kameron got his mission call yesterday! : Independence Missouri It covers most of Kansas too. He'll be speaking english and he leaves November 7. He will only have to spend about 3 weeks in the MTC. He is the first one in his family to serve in the United States and to speak English! 4 of his siblings served in South America-ish, all speaking spanish. He has one sister-in-law who served at Temple Squre though ,so I guess he's not really alone. He is so excited and he knows that Independence is exactly where the Lord needs him. I'm happy because it won't take letters a million years to get to him and his mom is excited that she can send all the packages she wants. I'm so proud of him and grateful that he gets the opportunity to preach the gospel in Independence, and I'll miss him like crazy.
This is us with his call. My hair is straight.

These are some giant faces that used to be on a billboard. Now they are leaning against a building near the Exxon gas Station by the freeway. I'm
picking his nose. That is Morgan McAllister with me.

At the Park with an Icee.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Family Reunion

Today we went to the Dickson family reunion. It was pretty cool. There were a lot of people that I didn't know but who are apparently related to me. It was held at the Dickson Family Farm, kind of in the backyard of my grandma's brothers sons house. Man, the area was beautiful. It was surrounded by huge trees that offered shade, there was a slight breeze and an awesome creek. Even better than the creek was the hand made bridge that went across it. The bridge was just barely wide enough to allow two people to stand right next to each other (of course depending on the size of the two people.) The only thing to hold on to was a thick piece of telephone line type wire that went from one side to the other. What would a creek and a bridge be with out a rope swing? All the kids were in their swimming suits swinging off the bridge and in to the creek. I didn't have a swimming suit but decided to try it anyway.
Luckily the creek was shallow so I didn't get too wet. The little boys thought I was pretty tough. And I guess I am pretty tough, what can I say?

The best part of the reunion was that we got to hear my Grandma and her siblings read a short autobiography that each of them took the time to write. They included memories they had of their parents, my great-grandparents. My grandparents won the prize for having the most decendants out of all my grandma's other siblings. Crazy how that happened considering they only had 3 kids themselves. I love my grandparents. They are the best!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

The Mountain

I hiked Mt. Timpanogos today. We started at 5:00 AM and finished at 12:30 PM. The hike up to the top was nice but on the way down I wanted to die. My feet are blistered and my rear-end is sore. I finally got my camera so here are the first pictures I ever took on my new camera!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Crime in Provo

In case anyone has ever thought that nothing bad ever happens in Provo Utah, Here is a copy of the Police Beat from the Daily Universe:

Criminal Mischief

July 3: A 47-year-old man was reported to be sleeping in Riverside Park. When police arrived, they found him to be intoxicated from drinking listerine and upset at the disturbance. No further action was taken.

July 3: An individual was reported to be arguing with a Wendy's employee late Tuesday night. The individual was upset because the employee would not accept his walk-up order. The officer backed up the employee and sent the individual home.

July 6: A man was reported soliciting females in the BYU Bookstore to be models. The man said he was an artist for the art museum in Springville. Police found that the man was who he said he was, but still questioned the actual intent of the soliciting.

Traffic Offense

July 6: BYU police were called out to assist Provo police who had pulled over a man for a traffic offense who did not speak English. Upon arrival of the Spanish-speaking officer, the man realized he was getting a ticket despite the language barrier and was able to speak english fluently.

Boy am I glad the BYU and Provo police departments are watching out for me.

Monday, July 2, 2007

The No Camera Blues

It's hard to have a blog and not have a digital camera. No worries, I'm going to use any money I get for my b-day and purchase a digital camera. It's about time. I need one especially for New Zealand, but it will be nice to have now too. Then my blog will be happenin' with all kinds of pictures. Deep down inside I am one of those camera happy people who like to take a thousand pictures of every outing. Unfortunately I have never had the right kind of camera to be camera happy on the outside. I tend to forget to bring my camera with me when I go places, which is another obstacle to becoming outwardly camera happy. I'll figure it out eventually.

I AM PECULIAR (this is a permanent post. If you have already read it, scroll down to see my latest)

Those of you who read my blog could probably make a list of all the reasons that you think I am a bit peculiar. No worries, I would be the first to shout an amen to everything you could think of. I know I’m peculiar; but let me tell you the number one thing on my list that I think makes me a peculiar person.

I know where I come from, why I am here and where I am going. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of you will know me as a “Mormon” although that is just a nickname. The word ‘Saint’ just means ‘member’ in this context. I believe in God the Eternal Father, that I am a daughter of God, and that He loves me and wants me to be happy. I believe in my Savior Jesus Christ who lived a perfect life, atoned for my sins, died and was resurrected all that I might enjoy the blessing of being forgiven of my sins, and having my body and spirit reunited after death. I know that just as God called prophets in the Old and New Testament times that He has in fact called a prophet to lead and guide us today. I believe that families can live together for eternity; death does not have to be the end of our relationships with the ones we love. Some of you may wonder how on earth I can know these things. As I learn more and more from the Bible and other scriptures and actually live what I learn I see the promises the Lord has made being fulfilled in my life, and I feel the Holy Spirit bear witness that these things are true.

I know, I’m peculiar, but thankfully there are over 13 million other peculiar members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and with each year that number grows. I feel so much joy and happiness in my life because of this knowledge. If you want to know more depth about anything I have said that makes me peculiar, visit This website explains in detail much of what I have just professed to believe and more.