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Stake Conference

I got started this morning getting new lappy (darkpeanut) setup for next week. I ended up going with Vista Ultimate as it seemed like the easiest path to take. I had to spend some time re-downloading and installing drivers, and I think I still need to fix some minor issues. I’m a bit worried that the DC-One software won’t work, so i don’t know if that means I have other problems or their software just isn’t happy. I was going to try and install XP on a partition, I just haven’t gotten around to it. I’ve heard mixed reports on if it will work or not.

I had to run by the church to turn in some home teaching things, then it was off to the bank to get things going for next week and home to keep working on lappy, get ready for the trip and stake conference this evening.

We had a discussion for most of priesthood which I always like better than the lecture format. Four wards ended up with 100% home teaching which I thought was pretty impressive and all wards improved. We were at 63% which isn’t great, but I think is an improvement from normal. A method of checking on the districts week by week was suggested. At weekly PEC meetings, one should be getting (or giving) a report on about 1/4 of the membership based on their perfect home teaching district. So week 1 would be districts/groups 1 & 3. Week 2 would be 2 & 5, then 4 & 7 followed by 6 & 8. This doesn’t mean members wouldn’t be taught until those weeks, but it would be expected that it would be done by then.

I had been thinking about a similar plan and am ready to get something like that implemented. The problem I see is letting people know what district those people they home teach are in. I don’t think most members know about the ranking system and it may take work to educate them in something they don’t really need to worry about. I’m thinking maybe we could just reach out and ask each home teaching companionship to make sure certain people are reached by each week. I think there are still some more changes we need to make to the perfect districts and also to our districts in EQ. I want to get more of a hierarchy going so each supervisor is only responsible for 4 companionships or so and we have more of a tree than we have now. I’ll probably have some time to work on that next week while I’m traveling and I think I will be able to make some calls to checkup on how things are going this month. I certainly don’t want to let things falter with the few off weeks we’ve had to start off this month.

We also learned that the percentage of endowed members in the stake has gone up to I think it was 80% from 60-something 6 or 12 months ago. The focus now is to get members going to our assigned week in the temple (which of course this month is the week that I will be out of town). I think they are going to change the focus during the offering in righteousness from as many sessions as possible to as many members as possible serving at least once during the week in the temple. I think both are good.

All I remember from the adult session tonight was President Smith talking about his future son-in-law calling him on the phone to ask for his daughters hand in marriage. I thought that was funny. He said that he then flew up to BYUI and the guy asked if they could go to the temple. I guess this one President Smith’s favor and he suggested always interviewing future in-laws in the celestial room.

I was thinking about trying to watch Made of Honor tonight, but I forgot about the tradition of going to Claim Jumper. Krystal came over briefly and I showed her the setup so she could come watch The Price is Right on Thursday. I’m so bummed that I am going to miss it. I hope I’ll get to watch it when I get back next weekend. We then went to join the group at Claim Jumper, but they made us sit at our own table. It actually worked out for the best probably as we got our dessert first and were able to checkout before everyone else and get home at a reasonable time. Oh wait, it’s still going to be 1 in the morning before I get to sleep. Bad plan.

Protect Marriage, Yes on Proposition 8

We had our broadcast tonight from Salt Lake City regarding Proposition 8. We were encouraged and given more counsel regarding voting yes and doing all that we can to support Proposition 8 in order to protect the sanctity of marriage. We need to do this as a moral issue and in fact to support tolerance. The worry is that our freedoms will be taken away by the minority that are always looking to press the envelope further. We’ve been asked to continue spreading the word to educate and now to persuade voters to vote Yes on 8.

PreservingMarriage.com – an official website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
ProtectMarriage.com – the coalition of churches and other organizations working to protect marriage in California with a Yes on 8 campaign.
Church Readies Members on Proposition 8 – article from the LDS Newsroom

I just saw that Google is openly opposing Prop 8 (not sure if I should link or not). I think this just goes to show how much work in education we need to do. They say they don’t want us taking away rights, well we aren’t taking away any rights. In fact, the argument is that by allowing Prop 8 to fail, we will be taking away the rights of those that believe in traditional marriage. Shame on you Google. All that information at your fingertips and you can’t figure out what is really going on.

In other news, things were crazy at the office today. I tried to get through things to clean some things up before I leave next week, but it just wasn’t happening. I think I’m going to be spending some more extra time at work the next few days to get things ready. And stupid Dell isn’t sure if they can deliver on their promise to get me my new laptop by the weekend. I don’t think they understand that if I don’t have it by the weekend, I just don’t want it as I will have no use for it. Maybe I can twitter to get some results tomorrow. 🙂

General Conference Weekend

It’s a bit later than I would like it to be, but I want to put down a few thoughts before I drift off to sleep. The weather this weekend has been beautiful and I must express my thanks for that. I have loved having the windows open and getting some fresh air.

I really enjoyed conference this weekend. Elder Oak’s talk on the sacrament really touched me and I hope as I study it, I will be better prepared each week and will be a better instrument in serving the sacrament to others. We had another talk on this in priesthood I believe. I love Elder (President) Bednar. He spoke about prayer, and I especially liked his suggestion (borrowed) to only give thanks in an occasional prayer. I also liked when he explained that all of our prayers are like one ongoing prayer.

There were a couple today that stood out as well, but my mind is blanking unfortunately.

I was getting a little stir crazy last night, both in priesthood and then again while watching a movie at home. I had just spent too much time sitting and needed to get up and do something. I could tell it was starting to get to me today as well. I ended up baking cookies during the second session today as I couldn’t just sit on the couch any longer.

We had a good discussion about the branch tonight at the Dowden’s. It was just Greg, Diana, Michelle and me. We were really trying to brainstorm ways to improve the branch. It seems that things have gotten maybe a bit too casual. Maybe we have all gotten too comfortable and we need to shake things up a bit more. It seems that we have been focused on having fun lately instead of improving our relationship with the Savior. I hope we can all work on bringing that back and work on our unity.

Long Letter

I came home at 9 o’clock tonight with one goal before going to bed, to write to Tara. It is now almost 11 and I think that is all I did tonight. I guess I turned on the TV to setup recording of General Conference next weekend and I must admit to watching the first two minutes of Knight Rider on InDemand as well as setting up a recording for that. Other than that, I think I was writing to Tara for about an hour which seems crazy. I didn’t write her a novel or anything. I think it was just going through the pictures and commenting on each of them which took the time.

It seemed like we had a really good fast and testimony meeting today. Tara (Tata) got up and spoke, giving her thanks to the branch and expressing her appreciation to have the priesthood in her home now. I’m really glad that her and Tim having been coming back and hope that they can remain strong. Krystal’s was good too along with many others.
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Red Heifer

We had a great institute lesson tonight, as we always do. We talked about the red heifer in Numbers 19 for the most part. I really liked how we compared ourselves to the Jews and exploring how much we really are Jews with just a bit more truth and authority.

I had this massive headache this afternoon at the office and had to just come home and take a nap. I was going to go shopping with the girls tonight, but by the time I got to the point where I felt like I could go out again there wasn’t enough time to make it worthwhile. And, I’m not sure that I was ready for all that energy with my head still hurting. I’m sure it has had something to do with my weird sleep schedule this week and I think I’ve been getting a cold or fighting one off.
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Calling for Yes on Prop 8

I’m not exactly thrilled with how hot it was today. We were only one degree away from hitting 100! I guess I was just enjoying the cooler weather too much. Fortunately, I spent most of the day in the office and didn’t even know how hot it was until I was coming home.

I spent my evening making phone calls for prop 8. I called a bunch of houses in Murrieta to find out how they were planning on voting. Unfortunately, most of the calls went to voicemail Hopefully the messages I left will be well received. It seemed like there was more that expressed a strong vote for Proposition 8 and defending traditional marriage as between a man and a woman. There were some that told me it was none of my business and there were some that we totally for gay marriage. It is probably going to be a close race which is why we need to push so hard on this.

I was talking with Scott tonight about the proposition and other things in general. Again it hit me at how the division in the church over this issue is not good. I completely believe that we need to keep our mind in these things. While we don’t need to blindly follow our prophet, we do need to think if we are sustaining him and if we truly believe he is a Prophet of God. If we can’t follow his counsel on a simple thing like this, how are we going to follow it down the road. Isn’t it possible that he can see where this is going and how major of an impact this “little” definition is going to have on our society? I was talking with one lady tonight on the phone and I wanted to tell her about our Church. I chose to respect the request that we don’t proselyte while working on this. She was on the fence of how to vote and it seemed she didn’t know what could be coming or the direction we have in this matter.

I also see the argument for separation of church and state. This simply isn’t an issue of that though. Marriage has always been defined as between a man and a woman. Yes, it was defined as such in Genesis, long before our country was formed. Our country was formed with the bible in mind and also with freedom of religion. While we have freedom to practice what we please, we don’t have the authority to choose who God will choose to marry. If we want to go down the separation road, it becomes so clear as Sister Dowden pointed out how important this matter is that the Church is willing to stake the Church in this battle.

This has been an interesting week with working Monday, being off on Tuesday and now working two more days before being off again. I think I could get used to it, but I probably shouldn’t. I’m glad things have been so busy in the office, it has helped keep me out of trouble and I certainly haven’t had any time this week to cause any at home.

Five Endowments Later

Wow. Four o’clock came way too early this morning and it was not exactly what I would call fun getting up that early. Nevertheless, I did it and I would have been on time for the six o’clock session if I had recalled that Murrieta is about 15 minutes farther away than Fallbrook is from the San Diego Temple! It worked out though cause I got to hang with Bro Kowallis for the first two sessions, did one by myself and then caught up with the group after lunch and the chapel session.

The five sessions have totally wiped me out though. Or maybe it was getting up at four after going to bed around ten. Either way, I’m barely awake enough and really don’t have the energy enough to type this now.

I did get set apart tonight as the Elders Quorum President, in the temple of all places. That was kind of cool (literally, the room was freezing!) I also get set apart for another calling minutes later. I’ll be serving as an ordinance worker every Tuesday morning now. Looks like I’d better get used to getting up at four – or even earlier! What did I get myself into?

Actually, we had talked about this a long time ago and never got it started for some reason. I’m looking forward to it; I just need to figure out the logistical end of it and break the news to the office folks. I know they’re going to love me!

I was craving a strawberry lemonade as I was leaving the temple. Actually, I was craving one about 10 o’clock this morning. My throat was so dry I could barely stand to be there. I hit up Cheesecake Factory and had some amazing Orange Chicken. I think it was still hot as I devoured the last piece I ate it so fast. I was totally starving. Although, I must admit that the $3 I spent for chicken fried steak at the temple cafeteria today was totally worth it.

More to write, but I need to sleep…

Being Pulled

It was weird not having meetings this morning before church. I enjoyed some leisurely time at home and even made pancakes for breakfast this morning. I did go to church and put in close to two hours on home teaching. It is so nice now that we have the shepards in MLS so I can actually assign them to companionships instead of having to remember who goes where and hand writing them in. Now I just need to work on fixing the half-companinoships we have now and then figure out who else isn’t being home taught. Oh yeah, I need to call and see who is actually doing home teaching as well. I think we need to revamp this district thing and get some more people involved so we all have a smaller number of people to call, which would hopefully allow us to check in on them more frequently.

Church went well and so did Mehgan’s baptism. Both the talk from the high councilman and our lesson in elders quorum were about the plan of salvation. I wonder if that was planned on our part or just seemed to happen. In any event, it was pretty good and I enjoyed it. I never made it to Sunday School, i was too busy being pulled in different directions and getting things ready for the next hour. Maybe if we switched the hours I could actually attend Sunday School as well. It was great to see President & Sister Mattson at the baptism; I really miss them!
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Figuring It Out

Today was pretty good. I didn’t get all that I was hoping to with home teaching assignments done this morning, but I did clear up a lot of loose ends and worked on finding those that could home teach that have been overlooked. I’ll probably go in and spend some time this week getting some things fixed and hopefully completing many of the companionships. I’m going to try and call everyone individually this week as well to see how they are doing with the challenge.

We talked about switching 2nd and 3rd hours and I don’t think I heard anything against making the switch. I think as people have thought more about it they are liking the idea more as well. I think it would just be good to get everyone to the priesthood and relief society classes in addition to mission prep. Heck, I’d love to check out mission prep, but have never had the opportunity with callings in elders quorum.

I didn’t notice an influx of visitors today and never heard how many we had. I did enjoy the talks by Brooke and Brother Kowallis. I was almost totally sure I was going to get called up to bear my testimony and was overly concerned with thinking of something to say. Somehow I got out of it – I guess because I was preparing for it. That just goes to show that preparation is a good thing.

I went to the Dowden’s after getting things situated with the weekly email and such. After I got home I kept getting calls about home teaching and other things, so I’m thinking this is going to be a busy week. Surprisingly I don’t have much planned so this will hopefully be a mostly quiet week at home or in other people’s homes visiting them. I guess I’d better brush up on the lesson.

I finally got my letters written to the girls tonight. It seems like I was long overdue, although I think it was just a week overdue. Heck, I haven’t even check my mail essentially all week – I could have more letters, although I highly doubt it. I guess that’s why I haven’t checked the mail as that’s about the only thing I ever look forward to receiving! The rest is just junk and bills.

Wicked Trip Part 2

Wicked Trip Part 2

Let’s see if I can pick this up where I left off last night. Cheesecake. The Beverly Hills Cheesecake is quite smaller than your typical Cheesecake Factory and you almost walk through the kitchen to get through the restaurant. The surprising part was that there was no wait when we came in even though it was about 5:30. I’ll spare you the details of dinner, you can just know that Krystal felt that her chocolate raspberry cheesecake was better than mine. I actually did try something new: the 30th anniversary cheesecake which is layers of the original cheesecake with Linda’s Fudge Cake. It was pretty good in my opinion and pretty rich. We actually had to call it quits about half way through the cheesecakes and saved them for after the show.

Wicked was amazing. I had been telling Krystal not to expect much from the seats because we got them at the last minute and so forth. I was trying to build her up to expect the last row of the balcony or something. Well, I think my story got blown when they told us what door to go to – door number three, which is downstairs. Oh, maybe it’s just the back row of orchestra. As we were walking she almost nervously said “we keep walking.” I should have said something like we’re just going to check out the orchestra pit when she asked what row we were going to. She was thrilled when we stopped at row F and then slid to almost dead center.

The cast was almost entirely different from what I had seen any other time. The only main character that was the same was Madame Morrible, played by Carol Kane. We had the understudy for Galinda/Glinda. She did a good job. Fiero was pretty good as well, I’d say second best to the actor on the tour, although I wasn’t as critical of his role the first time I saw it. I still thought the sound was a bit off. Maybe the crew is just tired of the production or maybe they don’t have good fill speakers for the front. Everything considered, I’d say that everyone seemed to do a great job in the show. I enjoyed it so much that I quite literally would have come back the next night to see it again. Krystal “is in love with Wicked and wants a remote that can rewind her back to the beginning of WICKED!!!!”

So, the short of it is that I don’t know exactly what made this trip to Wicked so great. I don’t think I could put my finger on one thing in particular. I think overall though this trip tops the chart and has raised the bar for a great evening out. I enjoyed the show and appreciated the company greatly. I would totally do it again this week.

Now, on to today. As usual, I spent most of the day cleaning. As I was vacuuming downstairs near the entry I found these black spots that I hadn’t seen before. When I ran the vacuum over them, they only got bigger and bolder. The best way I can think to describe them is something like dry toner. I don’t know why I would have something like that on my floor, or what it was in reality. Since the vacuum was only making it worse, I got out the carpet cleaner and decided that pretty much everything downstairs needed a good cleaning. Well, hours later the family room, dining room and hallways had been done. The spots came out along with a lot of other dirt as I had to make many a trip to the sink to empty and refill. This was of course in addition to the other cleaning chores I did, so it took most of the day.

Lauren called me about going to some work thin with her. I told her I’d try and be there, but had to figure out some timing things. I got sidetracked with some work things that didn’t work out as they should have, so i wasn’t able to be there right on time. I could never get a hold of her to figure out where I was supposed to be going or what to wear, so it never happened. I was really sad about it as I haven’t seen her for a few weeks now.

I ended up helping out with the movie in the park or drive in movie as they like to call it. They needed some more power cables and other things to make it all work, so that got me out of the house this evening. I got things going, waited for people to show up and then took off. I called Sister Dowden on my way home to check in and ended up going over there to see the new look for her site. Of course that turned into a longer thing and it was about midnight before I got home.

I’ve got lots to do for church tomorrow, so I should probably get to sleep now that I am wound down. Good night and I hope you will join me tomorrow for church. We meet at 1 off the 215 at Los Alamos.

Early Priesthood Meeting

Early Priesthood Meeting

Getting up for the 6 am priesthood meeting this morning was no fun. I totally almost didn’t make it and certainly didn’t have the time I was hoping for. I did manage to get somewhat cleaned up for the morning, get dressed, grab some cookies and make it there on time. I guess since there weren’t any women there to impress I didn’t have to worry about looking good. 🙂

The meeting went well. There was more prop 8 stuff and a call to action to really get our forces moving. We were asked to have 100% home teaching as a stake next month, so that is going to be a major challenge. I have a feeling I’m going to be home teaching like crazy starting tomorrow, so I’d better get a copy of the message quickly. President Smith also talked about our lights being off and turned off one set of chandeliers to make his point. The two sets were identical in every way, except one. They were both made the same. They were both capable of producing light. One set just wasn’t lit.

After the meeting, I came home and made pancakes. Brother Kowallis, David Mayfield and Tyler came to join me. It was nice and kind of makes me want to do a monthly breakfast or something. I just wonder how many people would show up for breakfast before church and then with my meetings, I don’t know how well it would work or if I would have to skip them that week.

We had interesting meetings with President Clegg today. I enjoyed his thoughts and his humility in the new calling. I think things are going to work out just fine here, although I did miss President Mattson’s warm smile and handshake this morning along with the comfy chairs and Rexburg Temple portrait on the wall. We have a social on Wednesday night to get to know him and his family better.

I went to the Dowden’s tonight after getting some emails done at home and getting pictures off the camera. It was pretty quiet there, even with Krystal’s presence. I got to talk with Brother Clark for a while and then met someone new, Carla, at branch prayer. I felt like I was on a roll. Speaking of rolls, I think Krystal won the award for most pictures tonight which I think is a first. I tagged Melissa in only 8 of the ones I uploaded and Krystal in 25! Maybe she is getting more used to the camera and opening up. Shelby and Lauren were both at prayer, it was nice to see them.

I’m not sure what is going on tomorrow. Maybe I’ll work some more with Sister Dowden, maybe I’ll hang around the house and be lazy. I’m thinking about going to the zoo in the evening to see the show before it closes. Other than that, I’m looking forward to a fairly boring, relaxing day!

President Mattson Released

President Mattson was released today. It was a very emotional Sunday. When I first got to church I found his office open and empty. He had taken down all the art and the oversized comfy chairs were gone. The place was just dreary and it matched how I was feeling. I felt like a chunk of me was being taken away. President Mattson really feels like my bishop to me. He is definitely the one I have been with the longest and the only one I have gotten close with.

I was thinking back to the first time I really met him, when I interviewed him for my leadership class. I think it was then that I really determined to come back to church. I had been coming for a few weeks, but interviewing him is what got me hooked. I haven’t missed a week since. I think that is pretty remarkable coming from someone who hadn’t been in essentially a few years. I think I need to pull out a copy of that paper and give one to him. That was actually an interesting semester all around. I went through so much and learned so much. It was the only time I found LDS friends at Fullerton, both of them in the same class.

I remember taking the calling as Sunday School President and being worried about the time and having to go to meetings and so forth. I quickly learned that I never want a calling where I’m not in branch council. Even though I may not participate much, I love the insight from President Mattson and the others and the opportunity to serve with them. President Smith said today that this branch has never been about marriage; it has been about service.

President Mattson asked me what has been the most fun thing we’ve done in the branch. I wasn’t thinking spiritually and answered eventually that I’m just too busy taking pictures to really have fun. But taking the pictures is fun to me. The spiritual journey has been thrilling and really just taking it day to day has been fun. Are there things we could improve on, sure. Is this the best branch I know of, yes!

I’m happy that President Mattson and Brother Rigby are both being returned to their families. They are destined for greatness and while it will be hard for all of us to adjust, the Lords work is progressing under His direction. While I feel like I am loosing friends, I hope this just means our friendship can grow.

I’m looking forward to getting to know President Clegg and his counselors and families. This will in and of itself be an interesting and new challenge for me. Zach is leaving soon and I’ve been asked to carry forward with the elders quorum until they learn of a replacement. I guess it really is true: I was just getting comfortable, maybe too comfortable for comfort!

I went to the Dowden’s briefly this evening to make an appearance. I haven’t seen most of the Dowen clan for at least two weeks, so I felt we needed some time. Sister Dowden and I are going to work this week on getting some social networking going for CBC and I’m going to help her get a store running online for her pole vaulting tips. I came home and wrote cards to Stephanie and Tara. I really felt like writing more, but I don’t want to be a distraction. I figure smaller items more frequently are better. I do really miss Stephanie. Seeing pictures last night – and this morning in the clerks office – as well as having Chris back around have made me realize this. I hope she is doing well. Brother D and I need to make good on our threat (?) to go and see her soon.

President Mattson is being Released

President Smith talked today about how we don’t need to be perfect, we just need to have our life in order. I have the exact quote downstairs, I’m just not going down to get it now. Zach had earlier pointed out that the church isn’t a retirement community for saints, it is instead a hospital for sinners. How true both of these statements are and yet how often do we not think of it that way.

Today went pretty well. There was some disappointing news I would almost have rather not received. I know that Heavenly Father has a plan though and we just can’t see it from here. President Mattson is going to be released next week. I almost felt this was coming recently and when he said something about changes in the office during branch council this morning I almost knew it for sure. For some reason I didn’t think about that when I saw President Smith on the stand, I think I just had too much on my mind at that point.

The rest of the day went well. My family came over for dinner tonight. Well, they brought the pizza and just wanted a place to eat it. I really enjoyed walking to branch prayer tonight. I almost felt as if I was in rexburg walking down the street to prayer. That was great! I had a good time talking with Brother Lee before anyone else got there as well.

Let’s backtrack a bit here. I don’t remember much of Friday other than the girls wanted to come over for a quiet night at home. It was just Larilyn, Maegan and I to start it off. Melissa joined us and then so did Megan. They kept me up way too late and then I did not sleep well all night. Lauren says it is cause I was thinking about her, which is probably true.

Lauren came up after building cleanup on Saturday and we hung out together for most of the day. She was supposed to be coming up to go to the activity, but when we got to that point of the day, she decided she didn’t want to go. There were lots of people at the activity, although I don’t think most of them were actually doing anything on the inflatables.

The Divine Institution of Marriage

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just released a full statement on the marriage proposition (Proposition 8) which aims to amend the Constitution of the State of California to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

I don’t have much to say on the matter other than we need to do all we can to support this and I probably haven’t been doing all that I can do. California voters already voted eight years ago that marriage should be between a man and a woman and four judges from San Francisco possibly put their own interests above that of the voters and ruled that unconstitutional. We need to turn out and vote to make sure this proposition is passed so we can protect marriage.

The Church and this proposition are not against gays. This measure is not intended to attack or take away rights as some may incorrectly believe. We are simply trying to define marriage as being a union between a man and a woman, as ordained by God. Gays will still have the rights they have as far as domestic partnerships, the advantages of tax law, etc. We are worried about what will happen if marriage is not clearly defined. What will our kids be taught in school? How is the next generation going to be raised? What are they going to be learning?

Please get educated and pray about the appropriate action to take on this measure. This document from the Church is a great resource to start to understand what is at stake.

The Divine Institution of Marriage – LDS Newsroom

I only recently came to understand how serious this measure is. Some have asked about the seperation of church and state on this issue. First, I think that when government tries to interfere with a religious institution or right such as marriage, the state has already gotten things messed up. However, it was pointed out to me that even if this is as issue that should be separated, that simply shows how much this means that The Church and other churches are willing to cross that line to do all that they can to support this proposition.

Vote Yes on Proposition 8 to protect marriage in California this November.

College Road Trip

I’m kind of enjoying doing Tara’s job at work lately. It’s fun to have little projects that I have to research out constantly to find out where this order is or what is holding this up and so forth. I don’t think I’ve done any of my work though lately, so I definitely see the need for her to return at once.

I had a nice quiet evening at home tonight. Nobody came over and I just sat and watched a movie. I chose College Road Trip since it seemed like the one that no one else was interested in watching. I enjoyed it and enjoyed pondering the days of raising children and how hard it is going to be to let them go probably. It is going to be interesting raising kids and trying to incorporate all these LDS activities and so forth that I know nothing whatsoever about. I’ve never held an FHE for my family. We came close at BYUI, but it won’t be the same. I’ve never gone to seminary, so I don’t know what it will be like. What the heck is mutual and all these other random things? What if my kids don’t want to go to BYUI where I’m presumably going to want to send them? That will be far away, but I know they will be safe and be nurtured there. After being raised in an LDS family, are they going to want to rebel and go to some party school? Am I going to be disappointed when they don’t want to go to school or don’t do anything with their schooling?

Man, I’d better stop pondering this before it gets really crazy. And, since this morning went so great with being up a few minutes earlier than normal, I’m hoping to get to sleep and be able to do the same tomorrow.

P.S. It is beautiful outside. I got downstairs down to 73 before closing the windows. It might even be a tad bit chilly in the morning which will be great!