Monday, January 26, 2009

Missionary Experience

Last week, Kingston and Chase had an incredible time experiencing what sacrifices full-time missionaries go through each day. They had to live by mission rules, learn more about the country they were called to serve in and bear testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Kingston was called to the Apia Samoa Mission and Chase was called to serve in the St. Petersburg Russia mission.

One of the activities for missionary week was doing baptisms for the dead and they were also asked to teach the first lesson from Preach My Gospel in a member home. To top it all off, they attended the mission farewell for Elder and Sister Satori, our former Stake President in the Granger West Stake in West Valley.

Its hard to believe that in just five more years, we will actually be bidding farewell to our very first missionary. We will cherish and enjoy each moment with each of our boys as they prepare today to serve the Lord in the future.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Welcome 2009

We have finally recovered fully from our Christmas holiday. We had a wonderful time with Kassie, Jose and Jackson Abarca who stayed with us during their visit from Iowa.

We had Christmas Eve with the Matua family at our home. We haven't had that much fun in a long time and of course, Seti's white elephant gift was the highlight of the evening.

We hosted the Kolowich family (and Heath's) on Christmas day. We had the Filiaga's from Idaho staying with us too. And at one point, John, Ava and Ricky. So the extra space is really paying off for us now.

There was lot's of snow, stuck cars and cold noses but through it all, we had a wonderful (white) Christmas. Thank you so much for spending the holidays with us. Now, we're looking forward to a wonderful, blessed new year! We can't wait to make more memories.