Thursday, August 27, 2009

Lake Powell Trip w/Friends

Wow...we just got back from a fantastic 4 days at Lake Powell! We have never been and to be honest, I wasn't too sure if I would like it because I don't like heat. Cancel that thought!!! The weather was in the high 80's with a breeze and it was beautiful! Our friends have a timeshare in a huge houseboat w/4 bedrooms and we had a wonderful time. I tried reading, "The Undaunted" before going, so when I got to "Hole in the Rock", I would understand what had happened there. I tried climbing up the rock, but only got 1/2 way up (Chuck yelled that he didn't want to be a single mom). Larry made it to the top. We also went to Rainbow Bridge Arch. They had their ski boat so we could go through unbelievable canyons. We beached on a fantastic huge beach at Padre Bay and slept on top of the houseboat so we could look at the stars and enjoy the sounds of the water at night. I have now finished the book and have to go back so I know what to look for! It was truly a beautiful trip. We called Kristy to tell her where we were in the lake and she said to look at "Cookie Jar" and that's where they had docked. It made it more fun knowing and seeling places she had just been too.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Been thinking about this for awhile...I want to share it with you

I was sitting in Church during Sacrament last week, and the speaker was talking about Joseph Smith as a young boy and how he felt so strongly about the Church. He talked about a young person at that age changing his lifestyle and standing by his beliefs even at the peril of people who made fun of him.

I realized that at the age of 12, I too, had looked at the Church and felt strongly that this is what I had been looking for. When I told my mom, dad and grandma that this religion is what I wanted to join, they weren’t as excited as I had been.

Once they realized that I really wanted to learn more about this Church, they relented and let me take the lessons and go to Church. I was lucky enough not to have quite the opposition that Joseph did. I started taking missionary lessons at Dr. Snedaker’s house (my dentist), but was not allowed to join until I was at least 14. (I think they thought I would grow tired of this religion and not want to join).

For two years, I faithfully attended Church and the Mutual program. I fasted once a month and became very active in all activities including Roadshows, Dance Festivals and Music Festivals as a non-member. The ward welcomed me as one of them.

By the time I was 14, my family allowed me to be baptized. It was hard being there without any family around for support, but I had the support of my girlfriend, Elise, and her family, Sister Marcheschi, and Sister Diane Hansen. They were my Mutual teachers.

After being in the ward for a few years, my next “fence” was when I met and married your grandfather in the Los Angeles Temple. Because my family couldn’t witness my wedding, I think that that was the hardest decision I have ever made and it broke my heart. I was the oldest child and the only girl.

I wanted so badly to have my parents and grandmother there, but at the same time I knew it couldn’t happen. When I came out of the temple, there was my dad dressed in his suit waiting for me. He didn’t know when I would be coming out, but he waited for me and I’ll never forget that. My mother chose not to come to my reception. As the years went by, my mom told me that joining the Church was the best thing I had ever done. She saw how happy I was and realized it wasn’t a crazy venture afterall.

I am a first generation Mormon…a pioneer in my own right because I did what I believed in. I want you to know I have a strong testimony of this Church. I don’t know what I would have done without it. I can’t imagine not having the Church in my life. I am so proud of my children and grandchildren and the decisions they have made to stay in the Church. This is the right decision. The Church is true. The gospel is true. Stay true to the Church, follow its teachings, follow your heart and you’ll be happy. Our family is eternal. I’ve done temple work for my parents and grandmothers. There is still so much to do. Be diligent in your studies.

I love you so much and am so proud of you. Love, Grandma Debbie Boyack

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

California Grandkids on Va-Cay in Utah!

Kristy and her family came up for a couple of weeks. The older two kids went to Lake Powell and I took the younger two for the week. We played games, made bread, played with cousins, played in the NEW sand that grandpa bought, went to the Children's farm at Thanksgiving Point twice, went to Noah's Ark wading area, went to the Dinosaur Museum twice, went to the zoo, went to a new park/lake at Daybreak, went to the Highland Fling (where we got hosed down by the firetruck while in the SAFETY ZONE!)- Nate wasn't too happy, Jess loved it, saw fireworks a couple of times, celebrated Mary's 3rd birthday early, went to the Oquirrah Temple Open House and rode the train (twice)...of course, I left the camera in the car!

They had fun and it was fun having them around. I always enjoy my little ones (eventhough they're starting to get big). Some day it would be fun to have all 20 of them in the same place at the same time!

They were ready to go home to their friends in the last couple of days but we still had fun.