December 13, 2015

Weekend In Review

I can't believe it is Sunday night already, this past week has gone by in what feels like the blink of an eye. I really wish I could have just one extra day to relax and rejuvenate.


Oregon is currently in a state of emergency. The weather has been pretty crazy as of late. With pounding rain, +40 mile an hour winds, thunder and lightening. Did I mention rain? It has been raining so much it is crazy! I don't remember the last time I saw so much rain. The rivers are flooding and all of the highways out to the coast are closed because of water being over the roadways. It's just a little intense.

Despite the rain, the Boy Scouts still had their monthly camp out and you can guess where Andy was. He was camping out in the rain- he was not excited at all. When he got to camp another leader invited him to pitch his tent inside a building with a cement floor. Andy said he stayed dry, but he didn't sleep.

While Andy was out camping, I was at a Young Women's sleepover. It was a lot of fun hanging out and visiting with the girls. I stayed at the sleepover until midnight, then headed home to sleep in my own bed. Lame, I know. I found out later the girls stayed up until 3:00 am. I think I made a good choice in going home to sleep.


I worked on getting somethings done around the house. Andy got home around noon and we headed to the gym. Abs, planks, push-up, and +4 miles later, we called it quits.

When we got home Andy has a voicemail on his phone from a member of the High Council. Andy called him back and he asked to meet with Andy an hour later. Dun! Dun! Dun!

We we got home from Andy's meeting, I got a text asking if we could help chaperone the stake dance as the other chaperone's weren't able to make it. So a few hours later we headed over to the church to chaperone the dance.

Even though we were both incredibly tired, we had a great time at the dance! The music selection and the lights were awesome! They even had a smoke machine. Andy and I whipped and neigh neighed with the youth out on the dance floor. Talk about a good time!

By the time we got home and crawled in bed it was after midnight.


Sunday morning came early with a 7:00 am meeting for Andy.

I know I say it just about every week, but church was really good! They asked a recently returned missionary to come visit our ward today and share his testimony. He talked about how he was a professional swimmer and the decision to go on a mission was really hard for him to make but it was worth the sacrifice. He said the time he was out on his mission was the longest time in his that he had gone without swimming since he started swimming.

He went on to say that while on his mission he learned to recognize prompting from the Holy Ghost. He shared an experience where he followed a prompting and an experience where he didn't. The experience where he didn't follow the prompting was very powerful.

He said he was out on splits one day with a member and he had made a list of people he wanted to visit. He and the member went and visited everyone on his list. He said a friend's name came to mind and he felt like he should go visit this person, but they weren't on his list so they didn't stop by. The next morning he received a phone call, informing him that his friend had committed suicide. He said that was the hardest day on the mission. He almost asked to be sent home.

I can only imagine the regret this young missionary must have felt, at learning that his friend had committed suicide. If he had only listened to the prompting, his friend might still be alive. My heart goes out to him.

The moral of the story is that it is really important to be in tune with the Spirit. When the Spirit speaks, listen and act accordingly. You may not be able to see the result of your actions, but you may end up saving someone's life.

In other news Andy was called to the Elder's Quorum Presidency, that's why he had to go meet with the High Councilmen yesterday. We are feeling a bit overwhelmed by this call. This new call means, no more Young Men's and no more teaching Sunday School. We really love our Sunday School Class and not being with them every Sunday will be a big change for us. We know the Lord is mindful of us and great things lay ahead.