Wednesday, December 12, 2012

We know it. We live it. We love it.

Have you ever been to  
Or maybe you've seen some Mormon Messages on YouTube?  
If not, click on the links and check it out!

Well, my stake at BYU-Idaho is starting their very own campaign to spread the gospel through the internet :) and I have the privelege of giving this project a little kick start!    
It is going to be amazing. 
So far, I've been able to meet with a few students to hear their testimonies and take videos of them.
It is so fun! Just look at how cute they are!! Honestly, everytime I have met with them, it has made me SO incredibly happy. I loving hearing my peers' stories and testimonies!    
It makes me happy to hear them talk about their belief in Jesus Christ.
After only a few minutes with each one of them, I felt like I knew them and already loved them so much.
I know, I are probably pretty jealous of this cool assignment I have! And for good reason!  
What a blessing.
You can watch their stories here.

Monday, December 10, 2012

me time

Ya just doesn't happen very often that photos are taken of ME. It's probably good for me. It reminds me of how totally awkward it is to be the one in front of the camera and not hiding behind it! Anyway, my good friend and mission companion, Bailey took photos of me this past week. We had so much fun doing it! Even though it was soooo cold and Bailey's fingers froze :) It was in preperation for my new website! I'm so excited for it to be ready! But as for right now...I have a lot to learn about CSS, HTML, PHP, XHOSA (ok just kidding on the last one) but for real, making websites is learning a new language.  
I'm sure I'll get the hang of it.

Monday, December 3, 2012

PowerPoint Power

I've been studying a book called slide:ology this semester. 
Ever heard of it? Well it is by Nancy Duarte. She is powerful.  
I've also learned A LOT about PowerPoint in the process. Actually, I have learned that I love it!  
But it must be used with great care.
I probably sound so silly to you. But I honestly am so passionate about PowerPoint right now! It's the best! My Professional Presentations class has taught me so much. It has been an adventure. And, on Thursday, I give my very last presentation! Yay! And it just happens to be about cognitive overload in slide design. I bet you are just dying to see it...huh? :)

If you want to watch Duarte's TED it is! It just might change your life.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

what really happened

on my photo blog...I posted my "my view today" photo about the rain and hail we got...but let's be honest, this is the reality of my life today. homework. papers. projects. math problems. law books.

oh yeah


happy december! I'm so excited for Christmas!
I'm going to celebrate with this - - - 
so check out the photo blog! :)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thanksgiving in America

It was good to be with my family for Thanksgiving again :)
I missed them.
In fact...I really missed them a lot! I was so looking forward to Thanksgiving time.
I just haven't had nearly enough fam time since I've been home!
 This Thanksgiving we all went St. George to stay at Curtis and Whitney's house. Grandma and Grandpa Limberg came down too :) It was fun and crazy being all in one big house together! I loved it! I loved being able to hug and kiss my nephews and niece as much as I wanted all day! :)

Whitney was a great hostess...she even took care of the details of the table. So fun!

I'm thankful for my family.
even though they are crazy :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

coolest nephews ever

I got to play with my cute nephews so much this past week and I loved every minute of it. 
If you haven't met my nephews definitely should. They are like the coolest people I know :) 

They have a trampoline in their back yard...but not just any trampoline. This one has a net around it and a basketball hoop hanging over the inside.  
AKA Michael Jordan time.

i love these little boys.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

favorite fall treat

candy corn+peanuts 
it is a delicious combination
(this particular bowl happens to have pumpkin seeds in there as well....also a nice addition)

This is so yummy. You should try it.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Trust in the Lord

I am taking a New Testament class this semester. We are studying the epistles right now...and this week it was Peter.

I've read Peter before. But this time it meant more to me.

So this is what happened - Tuesday was kind of a rough day for me. Ok, it was just all together terrible.
I even made banana bread that day just to give my hands something to do.

But of course, Heavenly Father always answers my prayers and when it seems like I am feeling the lowest...that is when He steps in. On Wednesday morning, I was reading 1 Peter to get ready for class and I loved it! It made me so happy and I felt/read so many things that I needed to hear.
I decided in that moment that 1 Peter is one of my most favorite books of scripture of all time.
In class that day, Brother Wightman was asking us about what we read and I made a comment but I started out by saying that the way Peter writes is pretty and Bro Wightman, when I was done, said,
"First off, don't ever refer to what a man writes as 'pretty.'" hahaha fair enough.

"Peter pinned the most sublime language of any of the apostles." 
                                                          - Joseph Smith

I guess sublime really is the better word.
When Joseph was in Liberty Jail, and things couldn't get any worse, Peter's words comforted his soul and gave him perspective in his trials.
His words did the same for me this week.

We read parts of a talk by Elder Richard G. Scott from not long after his wife passed away.
Elder Scott's talks have a way of changing my life.

I'm going to paste in some pretty good sized chunks of his talk. Just a few parts that I loved...but I only do this to refrain from just pasting in the whole thing. I highly suggest you go read it here.

"Just when all seems to be going right, challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more. He therefore gives you experiences that stimulate growth, understanding, and compassion which polish you for your everlasting benefit. To get you from where you are to where He wants you to be requires a lot of stretching, and that generally entails discomfort and pain.
When you face adversity, you can be led to ask many questions. Some serve a useful purpose; others do not. To ask, Why does this have to happen to me? Why do I have to suffer this, now? What have I done to cause this? will lead you into blind alleys. It really does no good to ask questions that reflect opposition to the will of God. Rather ask, What am I to do? What am I to learn from this experience? What am I to change? Whom am I to help? How can I remember my many blessings in times of trial? Willing sacrifice of deeply held personal desires in favor of the will of God is very hard to do. Yet, when you pray with real conviction, “Please let me know Thy will” and “May Thy will be done,” you are in the strongest position to receive the maximum help from your loving Father."

" To produce fruit, your trust in the Lord must be more powerful and enduring than your confidence in your own personal feelings and experience."

"Your willingness to accept the will of the Father will not change what in His wisdom He has chosen to do. However, it will certainly change the effect of those decisions on you personally. That evidence of the proper exercise of agency allows His decisions to produce far greater blessings in your life."

"I testify that when the Lord closes one important door in your life, He shows His continuing love and compassion by opening many other compensating doors through your exercise of faith. He will place in your path packets of spiritual sunlight to brighten your way. They often come after the trial has been the greatest, as evidence of the compassion and love of an all-knowing Father. They point the way to greater happiness, more understanding, and strengthen your determination to accept and be obedient to His will."

"True enduring happiness with the accompanying strength, courage, and capacity to overcome the most challenging difficulties comes from a life centered in Jesus Christ."

Through the course of that day, everything was resolved.
I felt so much peace. It is the kind of peace that can only come from whole-hearted acceptance of the will of the Lord. It is such a good feeling.

And seriously, this class was only one of the blessings that was poured upon me Wednesday.
He lets us suffer and feel the sorrow for a little bit...because that is how we grow. But in my experience, when He comes to succor me, all the hard feelings are completely washed away and replaced with hope and joy.

I guess I'm sharing this because I just feel so reverenced. In awe of the way the Lord works. He knows what I need. Letting him take the reins is the only happy way to live. I felt this week the power of the Atonement. It is so so real.

Casting all your care upon him; 
for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Friday, November 9, 2012

10 lessons I've learned...

...about smiling :)

I like smiling. Smiling's my favorite :)

This was a project for one of my was made totally in powerpoint and all of the photos are mine

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Obama won

Fine, I guess I should post about something real and relevant.

This election was really pretty intense. But, I wasn't really that worried about it.
I just feel like whoever God wanted to win....would win.

Turns out that it was Obama.

I love the way the church responded.
I don't think I could say it better than the First Presidency so I'll just quote them:

"We congratulate President Obama on winning a second term as President of the United States.
After a long campaign, this is now a time for Americans to come together. It is a long tradition among Latter-day Saints to pray for our national leaders in our personal prayers and in our congregations.  
We invite Americans everywhere, whatever their political persuasion, to pray for the President, for his administration and the new Congress as they lead us through difficult and turbulent times.  
May our national leaders reflect the best in wisdom and judgment as they fulfill the great trust afforded to them by the American people.
We also commend Governor Romney for engaging at the highest level of our democratic process, which, by its nature, demands so much of those who offer themselves for public service. We wish him and his family every success in their future endeavors."
(click here to see the article)

This man is our president. So, let's just pray for him.

All I know is, I voted.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pinterest Koalas

so...I discovered yesterday that Pinterest has animals on it!
(I'm new to Pinterest...I've been in Spain for a year and a half. Don't judge)
And that knowledge pretty much changed my life. And took up a good 30 minutes of my time.
Why have I been wasting my time with recipes when I can pin pictures of baby animals?
I've been pinning puppies like you wouldn't believe.

Anyway, in my pinning escapades I found THIS
A baby koala...that someone keeps in their office. It's even sitting on her laptop!!
She feeds it from that little bottle in the background. 
Don't even try to tell me that isn't the cutest thing you've seen all week! (it's only Tuesday)

I realize that blogging this gives no value to society...I just think it is SO cute.

and I want one.

if you want you can follow me on Pinterest, click here.

Saturday, November 3, 2012


It is just as cowardly to judge an absent person as it is wicked to strike a defenseless one. Only the ignorant and narrow-minded gossip, for they speak of persons instead of things.  
Lawrence G. Lovasik 

I am working on a presentation for one of my classes. My topic=gossip.
So...I've been thinking a lot about gossip lately: what it is, what it does, why it matters.
I've also been thinking about how much GOOD can be done by saying nice things about people. 
The power of a kind word.
But, I would so love to hear your opinions too!

What is gossip really?
How has it affected you?
How has it affected your friends/family/acquaintances?
How do you deal with gossip?
What experiences have you had with gossip?
Is gossip always a bad thing?
How have you seen kind words affect you or others?

Your input will totally help with my project so...please feel free to share stories!

runnin runnin and runnin runnin

today I ran a half marathon.
my roommate Katie ran it with me (she is so wonderful!!)
it was so fun to have someone to run with and talk to...and stay motivated!
it was my first race and it won't be my last!!

the race we ran is called the Pocatello "Just Cuz" half marathon
it was kind of crazy town.
it is like a fun-run for all of the hard core runners
so for them, it was a party. In fact, at mile 11 there is "temptation table" where they have hostess snacks, candy and...alcohol. 
no joke. 
we got there and they were like, "do you want a shot of Jack Daniel's?" I wanted to be like, 
"are you kidding me? do you see my sweater? I'm a BYU-Idaho DAD!!!" haha
but I just politely declined, grabbed a couple red vines and was on my way again

it was great.
and boy do I feel great!

suddenly, i love running.

p.s. shout out to my awesome aunt and uncle who let us spend the night at their house the night before!! Yay for family! :)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

i missed it.

I recently took pictures these two girls. 
On the left, is Baily. She was my mission companion. (i love her) 
On the right, is Megan, Bailey's friend. (and mine too)

Can I just say how much I LOVED doing this photo shoot?
It was super short but so great! It made me excited for photography again. I've been feeling pretty rusty after a year and a half of not picking up my camera. And to be honest, a little hesitant too.
But, while I was taking their photos and editing them...I couldn't stop smiling! It made me so happy.
It was partially because these two are so stinkin cute and funny but also because now I remember.
I remember now...that I love taking pictures.
It's so fun. 
It's my favorite thing.

I missed it.

Basically, thank you Bailey and Megan for reminding me of my love for photography and
I would just like to let everyone know...
I'm back!  :)

if you want to see more of the photos you can go here or you can just look at facebook

Sunday, October 28, 2012

zombie boy

welcome to my saturday night.

Alex called me up randomly and said, "what are you doing right now?"
nothing. duh.

so, here you have the trial run for his "zombie boy" costume.
this was my first time painting someone's face...and it was a blast!
so naturally we went to Broulim's afterwards just to show off!

i'm considering a career change.
what do you think? :)

don't worry. Halloween he is going to look crazy.
i'll post the update.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Thanks Jedi

I go to BYU-Idaho and I love it!

But from time to time, other people don't share my enthusiasm.
For example, here you can read the opinion of this blessed soul.

This article was in our school newspaper the Scroll last week. He is a student.
Maybe he was being sarcastic?
Either is highly offensive.
But the only reason I am blogging about this is beause of one of the responses that was printed this week.
It was written by Jedi, who happens to be in my New Testament class.
This makes me laugh so hard! :) 
Perhaps we aren't the smartest kids in the world...but at least we are DANG funny! hahaha

So thank you Jedi for making my day.

"Those graduates of BYU-Idaho will become - and this is a prophecy that I am prepared to make and make solemnly - those graduates of BYU-Idaho will become legendary for their capacity to build the people around them and to add value wherever they serve." 
                                                                           - President Henry B. Eyring

Thursday, October 25, 2012

a new look

so listen.

sometimes i just need a change, ya know?

my blog has been a little neglected in the past 18 months...but i'm ready to be a real person again :)
entonces, i would love to present my new blog.
there will probably be some other changes around here be excited!!
i know i am

Monday, October 15, 2012

sorry for the mess

this blog is currently under construction.

so for the time being, you'll have to excuse the look/lack of posts :)

thanks for your patience.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


sometimes i think about the clothes that i wear...and then i look at other girls' clothes...and i wonder how i got to be the way that i am.

i'm not really sure.

it's like i'm a 7 year-old boy/girl.
but i kinda like it.

for example, is it weird that i think these lego earrings are the best? i saw them yesterday....and i want them. they even had dinosaur ones. awesome!
i love them

Hot Pink LEGO Stud Earrings

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


 so...i don't normally think of myself as very emotionally patriotic all the time. i mean, i'm the normal kind of patriotic. i love my country. But, something about being out of the country for the past 18 months has made me very 
grateful for America

and seeing this today was pretty darn special.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

have you seen these?

be sure to watch all 3

Thursday, August 30, 2012


i'm back from my mission.
is that weird?

anyway, here i am.
i am sure that i will tell alllll about my mission bit by bit...
but essentially i had the time of my life.
i loved it. A LOT.

basically everytime i try to truly describe how i feel about my mission...all i can do is cry.
it's pathetic.
but i just can't find the words!
it has meant the world to me to serve the Lord
it made me so happy
even more than usual :)

i loved everything about it.
for a year and a half i got to dedicate every living moment to my Heavenly Father and to Jesus Christ
i served Him by serving His children....
and helping them find salvation
it amazes me that He lets us do something SO important.
i've been humbled and i feel so grateful.

and man am i going to miss it!! i already do.

let me also say, that i know my mission was a lot bigger than just those 18 months. it is only the beginning of a lot more. and the mission helps to prepare me for that "more" that will come in my life. the experiences i had will continue to influence my decisions.
not to mention, there is more to come in the lives of the people that i worked with, taught and helped.

and, this isn't the end to my service to the Lord. i still have everyday for the rest of my life for that :)

but i thought i would give a small summary of what i learned....
like, really small.

1. the Atonement is real.
2. God loves His children.
3. i can't live without the priesthood in my life
4. planning is essential
5. obedience. obedience. obedience.

part of me feels silly putting the millions of things i learned into just a few bullet points....but that really about sums it up.
and words can do it justice.

what i'm trying to say is,

i loved my mission
i love the Lord
the Church is true

and life is good.