Monday, November 23, 2015

letter from Alyssa - 11-23-15

Casan, you and all the family are in my prayers daily. All 172 (currently) missionaries in the Irvine mission stop what their doing at 10am everyday and pray for families. We will pray to find families to teach and baptize, families in our wards, part-member families, and families back home (that's you!) but I still pray for you aside from that too:)

Yeah last week when one of you mentioned Skyping on Christmas I must admit I had totally forgotten about that. The handbook says 30-40 minutes though to answer your question. Christmas is a normal day for missionaries besides that, I'm not sure how that'll work though because, at least in this area, I've found it more difficult to proselyte on holidays. But we'll figure out something!

I have so much to tell you, and I wish I could talk all day long about all these awesome things you're telling me about! Especially about you setting up discussions with the missionaries, Dad!! You are all incredible examples and truly a great strength to me, and especially this week I really do have every reason to be grateful because of each of you.

Speaking of packages (you guys are so thoughtful for sending those, I'm excited! I haven't received them yet but here is a hug for you  \(^-^)/  ) Rod and Alli actually sent me a package too, which surprised me! It was PERFECT timing too because the day I got it was actually a really tough day (as far as the work goes). It came with a chocolate cake mix, a 3-D puzzle of a castle, 4 things of playdough, a bunch of starburst, a shower scrubby thingy, chapstick, and notes from each of them. I feel so loved! Not just from getting packages of course, but it reminded me of all the people that mean so much to me. And the puzzle was so fun, I'll send a picture of it sometimes. I use the playdough while I study, it helps me think haha. And of course all the other stuff. :)

Ponderizing scripture - same one as last week, only added onto "And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw? And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things. And he spake unto me, saying: Yea, and the most joyous to the soul."

Jean came to do family history on Tuesday, she loves it! She printed 3 family names for the temple. She's having a friend do it for now, but hasn't shut the door on receiving her own recommend sometime.

We have about 4 different families that want us for Thanksgiving this week, one of them being Racquel. And I'm so excited for that one because she's making Filipino food! Isn't that so awesome? Can't wait. She wants 4 other Elders to come too.

We taught Jennifer for the first time, I think it went well. We taught the restoration and we had a great discussion. She still hasn't read from the Book of Mormon, but she said she would this week. She is one that believes in simply being spiritual and a good person, and doesn't like the idea of all power being given to one man, like a prophet. She talked most the time, which was really good because we weren't off topic or anything. She also believes Jesus Christ was simply a "good man." I'm not really sure why she said she was interested though, something we will find out as we continue teaching her.

Inci (pronounced Angie) has become our good friend. We see her several times a week as we pass by her apartment, and we are going to try teaching her this afternoon. She is living here in America with her son to try and help him get into school, while her husband and daughter are in Turkey (she's Turkish). She's staying here for about 10 months and said "it would be good for me to learn about the Christian religion." We gave her an English copy and a Turkish copy of the Book of Mormon. She also speaks German, but said she's only barely fluent. She skypes her family every morning, and we've had conversations about our families back home.

We taught Nora and her 3 sons last night, started by showing them BecauseHeLives in Spanish (though they speak English and Spanish fluently) and taught the restoration. Her boys, 6, 7, and 9, asked us to come back, so we're teaching them again Sunday. They are traditionally Catholic, but they have the Book of Mormon so as long as they read it. The boys held the book like it was precious, and were excited to read it with their mom. It was really neat.

We saw Samantha (less-active) at seminary Wednesday when we went to help teach. That was really cool, we led discussions about what non-members need to do in order to be baptized. Sammi attends seminary 100% and church/activities 0%, both her parents are RMs and I've never met either because they're never at church.

We gave Van a Book of Mormon, we see him all the time as we walk past him on the way between our car/apt. So we talked to him for a while, turns out he dated a Mormon girl in junior high long time ago. But he said he'd read it before we could even ask him to.

We're going to try to teach Carrie this afternoon. Tracted into her, she has an awesome family. I would've thought they were Mormon already. Don't know much more about her though yet.

Liz's baptism date is off the table. Turns out there have been some complications we were unaware of and some concerns that have turned her interest away from the church. It took 2 and 1/2 weeks to even get a response from her, now she'll be out of town 'til the end of the week or so. I can't send confidential info, but we are working with the mission presidency and seeking counsel from them as we prepare to meet with her again.

Hollie Mauss got her mission call on Monday to serve in the El Salvador/Belize mission! Spanish Speaking! Reports to the Provo MTC January 27th (exactly one year from the day I received my call)! She was endowed Saturday morning, and we had permission to go. When we got to the temple, the person that scanned my recommend had the name 'Andrew Mortensen' (I hope I spelled it right) on his white suit coat. I wouldn't have taken note of it, but he asked me "Sister Shumway, do you know Shumways in..." And I thought, Oh, here we go again haha. "...Idaho?" I responded that I did, but expected the first names to be unfamiliar as they always are (except Eric Shumway, who I've heard much of but never actually met). He said "My sister is married to a Laron Shumway, her name is Lou Anne (spelling again?)" I almost didn't catch it but them I realized that's my grandpa's brother!! :D I asked if they were currently on a mission and he responded that they were in Ukraine, that's them! I love unexpected temple reunions.

I'm sure there's a lot more that happened, but these are the biggest things, if I remember more I'll write it down for next week. Love and miss you all!!

- Sister Shumway

Monday, November 16, 2015

letter from Alyssa - Nov. 16, 2015

This week I have been ponderizing 1 Nephi 11:21-22, "And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw? And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things." I love that the first thing taught once Nephi beholds the Lamb of God is the love of God, it teaches me that His greatest act of love was to send His son to us and accomplish His mission.

Our investigator, Liz, the one we committed to be baptized, hasn't responded to us trying to contact her in two weeks. It's been a little rough. But we have plans to help her! Her baptism date will need to be moved though.

Paul and Sydney are Liz's parents. They have the mindset that she can do whatever she chooses and learn from experience, so they are totally supportive but seemingly a little careless. But very friendly! So we went by hoping to start teaching them, they said it was great we were teaching Liz but they were content with their beliefs themselves. So, we gave them each their own copy of the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet and said, "this is basically what we are teaching Liz, will you read it? We would like you to let us know if you find anything you don't want us teaching her, and we will be sure to honor your requests." They greatly appreciated that and said they would, and Sydney actually said, "I'm sure there isn't anything I need to be concerned about, but I would like to look through for her." We will see what happens.

Linda is out of town. We didn't know, but we found out by going by to see her. A man (who I momentarily assume to be her husband) answered the door and was not very respectful towards us. He said it was none of our business when Linda came back and closed the door. We texted her and haven't gotten a response, so we will try again after giving her a little time this week.

Jennifer and Ken set a time for us to come start teaching them about the Book of Mormon this Friday! They are so sweet to us, and they are going to 'at least start' the book before we see them.

We found Carrie Saturday while tracting. She seemed hesitant, but interested in what we had to share about the Book of Mormon, but wasn't available at the time. So, we gave her a copy, bore testimony of it, and she asked us to come back this weekend.

Nora lives in the apartment complex that the Elders who are ward sharing with us live in. They've been tracting around in there and found her, but she was busy. She has 3 little boys and a husband she lives with, and she speaks English as a second language next to Spanish. She speaks and understands English very very well, but can't read it easily, so we went by (the Elders passed her to us) and gave her a Spanish copy of the Book of Mormon, and we are coming back to teach her and hopefully her family sunday evening. She was concerned about us being out in the cold (it's been in the low 50s and 40s at nights), and was very friendly besides accepting our invitation, and her boys love us. They won't stop talking to us and telling us their names over and over haha!

Raquel (less-active) was FINALLY home when we went by. She travels a lot, her husband is not a member and is negative towards the Church and missionaries, I've never seen her at sacrament meeting but her whole family is LDS. This was Saturday night, she and her 3-year-old cute son visited with us for almost an hour! And, before we even thought of it, she asked what time church was the next day. She said if she's not taking her husband to the airport she'll come, but she wasn't there yesterday. She's Filipino and she wants Elder Medina (over the Tagalog work in the entire mission) to visit her this Saturday. She also asked if we had plans for Thanksgiving, and she's the 3rd person to invite us over. 

Kathleen (less-active) is extremely shy, to the point when she can seem negative or aggressive. But we are having dinner with her sister who is active, and she invited Kathleen as well. We don't know if she'll come, but she did agree to come with us to visit Leslie and see how she's doing since she's trying to recover from the surgery and all that's going on with her cancer recently. She responds more when the focus is on her, and hopefully we will finally meet her this week.

The Carpenter family answered the door! They have a lot of kids ranging from around my age down to elementary school I believe, but I don't know details because we haven't been able to get in and meet with them for almost 4 months (including missionaries before me). The parents are extremely busy with a weird work schedule, but we found that we could likely catch them sundays so we're going to invite them to allow us to do a family night with them soon.

The ward members are fantastic. Fantastic! We met Patrick (nonmember) walking his dog, gave him a Book of Mormon, he says he loves Mormons and knows Brother Pingree. We visited with Brother Pingree and he's calling Patrick today to set up the missionary discussions with us. Camille is 15 and wants to start teaching a friend of hers with us. Mallorie turns 16 Wednesday and is working with 2 of her friends to start taking the lessons, and her family is having Joanie and Charlotte (2 of our current investigators) over for dinner when they have us over again. Sister Koelliker asked for our help to know how to talk to her friend next door about taking the lessons, so we're going over to see her and help encourage and prepare her to talk to them. The Ortiz family had us for dinner and committed to prayerfully choose someone as a family to give a Book of Mormon to after we gave a spiritual thought. They come up and talk to us about it before we have the chance to even follow up! At dinner last night, we were planning on asking the Jaramillos to do the same as we committed to the Ortiz family, and before we even introduced the spiritual thought Sister Jaramillo asked us randomly, "do you have a few copies of the Book of Mormon I could have? I have 4 or 5 friends I've been thinking a lot about lately that I want to share them with." After continuing in discussing that (because OF COURSE WE HAVE A FEW COPIES OF THE BOOK OF MORMON SHE COULD HAVE!) she expressed that she always avoided missionary work and has never done it at all before, so she's not just a super outgoing superstar missionary. We are following up with her at the end of the week. We taught Sunday School to the youth and challenged them to write their testimonies in a copy of the Book of Mormon and prayerfully select someone to give it to. They all accepted, and a few said, "could I have another one actually?" We are following up with them sunday, and even have a few names they've given us to help them with. When it comes to finding in this area, the greatest success I've had (and truly the greatest joy in the work I have experienced) is when we help members do missionary work, instead of just going out and trying to do things by myself my way. We have placed 20 copies of the Book of Mormon through members, rather than no more than 6 in the same amount of time on our own.

The mission is having me work on 6 different piano pieces for missionary purposes. I practice at a less-active's home because they got a new piano and love when I play. I still only get an hour or two a week (and more recently it's been tough to find that time, and I almost don't want to stop and practice). But it's been good.

Sister Ortiz found out I love popcorn. Last week she randomly got me brown sugar cinnamon popcorn for fun. This week was pumpkin spice. yum:)

I put up all the pics you sent me! That was sooooooooo fun!! My wall is covered. It make me happy.

Funny story: the Elders (and really all the missionaries) and us are good friends. We texted them Saturday before last (night of transfer calls) and said we wouldn't be at dinner the next day because we had to be in Newport for a music devotional I was over, they responded "yes!!!!!" as if excited we wouldn't be there and they could have dinner without us. Confused at first, but knowing they were joking, we went to the devotional and they went to dinner without us. After reporting numbers that week, and knowing that neither of the Elders were being transferred but that our district leader was being transferred, I had the random though and texted them "have the assistants invited you to transfer meeting?" (if they do, they are most likely going to call you to leadership position) they said "no, why?" I just said, "I just wonder if maybe you'll be the next district leader." A few minutes later they called us, I had it on speaker, and the first thing Elder Forthman (the one from Dallas) said, "First of all, I hate y'all. Right as we read your text the assistants called and invited us to transfer meeting." I responded, "that's what you get for being excited about not having us sisters with you at dinner tonight!" They'd better be careful with us sisters. B)

I've said it before and I'll say it again (and again, and again, and again), you guys are all awesome. More than I could say!:) Talk to you soon.

- Sister Shumway

Monday, November 9, 2015

letter from Alyssa - Nov. 9, 2015

First, I must say I am proud of Aubrey and Mom for sending their ponderizing scriptures (btw that was Joshua 1:9 if you haven't found it already Aubrey). Here is mine for the week, I might as well start of with it so I don't forget again: "Seek to bring forth and establish my Zion. Keep my commandments in all things. And, if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God." - D&C 14:6-7.

Landon, we have a lot of fancy food. Something different every night, but not really exotic (which I must say I appreciate...). But one of the members, Brother Taylor, was saying next time we come we have to try his favorite dessert: apple pie with sharp cheddar cheese melted on top. (...?..ummm.........).

Casan, I showed my companion your part of the email because I love all the exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For a moment though she thought when you said "I also won Ty in a video game" that you meant to say Thai as in Thai food (she loves Thai food). But I didn't understand at first and thought "Ty food-?" Also my GPS has issues because it says there are several Papa Murphy's places in the mission but it lies. Oh well.

Kynsie - That's fun. Cali's good. I'm sure you're doing awesome, especially from what Mom and Dad are telling me, keep up the great work!

Landon and Ty - sometimes I wonder how we are related because you guys are superheroes! For real.

[4 out of 8 missionaries from our ward are serving in CA]
Whoa. So 50% chance Landon and Ty are going to California to serve? I knew one would go stateside and one foreign. (California is the foreign one of the 2).

A couple things this week:
I don't have my planner from last transfer (since this week marks the next one) with me, so I'll have to try to remember stuff, but I may be playing catch up next week since I rely on it so much.

Last Monday, right after emailing you, we had a lesson with Liz. We taught her the Gospel of Jesus Christ and committed her to be baptized the first week of December. She likes it all and has a believing heart, but I'm afraid she doesn't recognize the importance of it all because our next appointment fell through and she didn't come to church again. We are staying hopeful though and doing our best to help her.

Lori came to dinner Friday at the Hobbins home, with her brother Dennis. The 6 of us had a wonderful night, and they had me play a few piano pieces. Lori loved it. This week we are arranging to bring her to the temple grounds and give her a tour, which should help to spark starting the lessons again with her. She's been really responsive too.

Jean (less-active into family history) responded to a call. We had called and left a message inviting her to the ward indexing party, she called back and said she wasn't able to make it but thanked us for thinking of her and asked if we'd come over the next day to help her set up her familysearch account. We did and we brought a family history specialist with us. We did a lot with her over that hour and she's going to start coming to the weekly family history hours on Tuesday mornings with us to build her tree. And she gave us cookies.

Sean texted us, we're meeting with him this weekend sometime soon.

We met with Rosanna finally (less-active), and we set up weekly meetings to come visit with her continually from now.

Ainsley is healing from her concussion, but can't do a lot. We went over and found some piano books she plays from like the books I would teach out of. We spent time just flipping through songs and playing simple duets. It was fun for both of us! And her mom loved it.

Found Steve again, got his number, going to meet with him sometime and talk more about the B of M with him and his wife.

Kathleen is a very shy shy shy person (less-active) but she comes across as negative or defensive. We found this out from her sister, no wonder she hasn't been answering. We called and asked if she'd come with us to visit Leslie Collins as a service, she agreed and we're setting up a time this week!

The Collins family - Leslie went in for surgery last week unexpectedly. What was supposed to take an hour lasted for 3. BUT it was a miracle, because the surgeoun took his time and did it right. It was to put a stint in her colon. She's home now and their family is being well taken care of by the ward. AND it solved a lot of problems with how she's been feeling! They also got a hold of the drug they needed to help her through chemo! So after this week she should literally be pretty much normal, even after chemo appointments. wow. We're going to start their family on the lessons probably next week.

There's probably other stuff, but I'll update you guys still. By the way, almost forgot, transfer calls were Saturday and Sister Ward and I are both staying here in Live Oak Canyon (yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). If they planned to transfer either of us they'd have to drag us out kicking and screaming. It's going to be a good week! Even though a lot of "results" we're working towards probably won't come to pass this week, we have a lot of work to do, so much to look forward to, and every reason to enjoy every minute of it.

- Sister Shumway

Friday, November 6, 2015

From the Hobbins family - Nov. 6, 2015

From a family in Rancho Santa Margariata: Your daughter is at our home to teach our friend Lori.  Sister Shumway is an incredible missionary. Her and Sister Ward are powerful missionaries. We love her!  Brother and Sister Hobbins

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Report on Sister Shumway from a ward member

Dave Mauss is our home teacher here in Frisco, TX. His cousin lives in the ward Alyssa is serving in. Dave sent the following email, with the following clip from his cousin:

I thought I would give you a clip of what my cousin just sent me in an email.  I had just thanked him for hosting us and showing us around his ranch.  He had this to say about Sister Shumway as part of his response.  Just so you know, my Cousin has high expectations and doesn’t usually give high praise.  He isn’t easily impressed and Sister Shumway has impressed him J

Please let Sister Shumway’s parents know that she gave a very sweet testimony on Sunday.  Several members of our Ward had spoken in their testimonies about the blessings that had come to their families from having a missionary in the field.  That touched Sister Shumway and she spoke of how it comforted her to know that she was drawing even closer to her family even though she could not see them or speak with them.  The Elders and Sisters in our Ward are tearing it up right now.  They are really hard workers and have made contact with so many less active people who have not had contact with the Church in years.  Sister Shumway is honoring her family in a big way!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Missionary Jack-O-Lantern


Halloween in Rancho Santa Margarita

Halloween "costumes"

"This was our 5 minutes of Halloween. That's Sister Ortiz in the middle, she takes care of nights we don't have dinners, lets us use her washer and dryer on p-days, and is a super good friend whenever we need :) She also loves Hawaiian culture and the hula if you can't tell..."

letter from Alyssa - Nov. 2, 2015

Some random stuff from the week, it may be a little scattered because it wasn't so eventful as the week before but there was still some pretty great stuff.

Monday we carved pumpkins with the zone, I got creative and so this is what I did (see pic attached). I have the seeds to roast soon.

We taught Liz for the first time Monday night, the Restoration lesson went so so well. She accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon and said she would read it and pray about it. We asked her if she had any questions at the end, she said the only one she had was "do you believe in some sort of after life?" I was blown away by the question. We explained that the next thing we have to teach her is the Plan of Salvation, and that we didn't know her schedule but we could either teach her about it then and there or set another time. She said "could we please talk about it now?" So we taught her the first 2 lessons all in one. And it was wonderful. She prayed aloud at the end and we are teaching her in about an hour and a half after we email. Her friend is coming to join in, we're waiting to hear back. She (Liz) also said she would teach her parents what we taught her so they could sit in on this lesson today! We are hoping to commit her to baptism.

Sandy (one of our potentials) moved, but we helped her and she's in contact with that ward and the missionaries there now. But the Elders may start teaching another guy that helped who was a friend of Sandy's! He was really nice and interested in what missionaries do.

It was Allie's birthday Friday (less-active, part-member family) so we stopped by and brought her flowers. She loved it, we visited for just a few minutes and met her dad who was visiting (he's very active in the church still). It was really good.

We helped the Collins family's kids get into their Halloween costumes Friday and they all came to the trunk-or-treat! Even Leslie! Her oldest son told her that he wants her to be Mormon. He's also registered in scouting now and all sorts of great things are happening. She's getting a new medicine today that will help tremendously with her chemo so we will start teaching her family probably next week or so. They had sooo much fun.

Tiffany also came with her kids and her husband to the trunk-or-treat. She has been less-active for a long time and had a few word of wisdom problems, but she came to church yesterday and bore her testimony in sacrament meeting! The ward has wrapped their arms around her and she is coming back into activity with her family.

The Trunk-or-Treat was so fun. SO FUN! There were quite a few non-member friends we get to follow up with, and the night was an overall success. Sister Ward and I went around practicing names and helping the best we could with all of it.

Sister Spice (YW Pres) is taking us out for breakfast on Friday with Cambria. I haven't met Cambria, but I know she has cancer and can't come to church because she can't be in certain public places (is what I've been told) but she loves food and so Sister Spice is helping us get to know her this way.

Sister Pingree is the new Relief Society President, and we LOVE her! RS Presidents and Sister Missionaries are like peanut butter and jelly. But she is so so awesome, she had surgery on her ankle and leg and knee so she is on crutches and that's not stopping her at all. The 3 of us are working together and we're seeing a lot of sisters coming back or responding who haven't in so long.

Several members, especialy those we know well, have come to us excited about the missionary work and astounded at the returning less-actives and the opportunities to teach in many ways. We have a bunch of referrals, appointments, and continue to work hard. It's one thing to see miracles, it's another to see that the members see them too and recognize how it is all according to their faith!

I have opportunity after opportunity to use the piano. Last week we went to visit Eileen and Bernice. Bernice is 90 and Eileen is her less-active daughter who is married to a non-member. They just got a brand new medium grand black Steinway and sons piano, it is gorgeous. After visiting a little with Bernice, I started playing for her and Max (Eileen's husband) came around the corner to listen (I didn't see him at first, and he never sits in on messages or visits really). Eileen and Shafiq (their son) eventually came out on their own too and we ended up having a really enjoyable conversation altogether!
Bishop Hobbins has set up a dinner at his place with him, his wife, Lori, Dennis, and Sister Ward and I. He said no lesson but wants me to play piano for them after dinner, hopefully this will open doors and help Lori with her anxiety.
I've been asked to continue doing a lot for the music committee, and I have 4 different missionaries to accompany with about 2-3hrs a week to practice (and it's usually about 1-2 because we get so busy). The Lord has been enhancing my abilities and teaching me many lessons through this experience, even in small ways, especially when it comes to how I decide to prepare with the little time I have.
Many people ask me to play, and oftentimes I turn it into a missionary opportunity for them, it's been really neat to see how The Lord can work through me specifically, just like He does with other specific individuals in extraordinary ways.

This ward is amazing. I wish I could spend my entire mission here. But I don't have to think about leaving this ward yet! Still got time. Anyway, about the ward, I'm finding myself getting excited for every single dinner. Not because I know it'll be good food (it always is) but because I see the name and I know them, and they are aweomse. Every one of them! And not only those that sign up on the calendar. But I've come to realize that I've come to know and love being with everyone in this ward. It is so fun and gets me excited to go work hard and serve. Speaking of which, I've said it a few times and I'll say it again, we are so so busy. :D Sometimes it's rough but overall it's the best feeling ever. We got a text saying it was daylight savings the other night, but I couldn't sleep past 5:30 (mostly because I've been so used to the schedule I'm on) and I still had a lot to do in that extra hour.

Yesterday we sat in Sunday School with the youth, and we'll probably do that more often when we don't have investigators in gospel principles since they have most of the referrals and they're also just so amazing and awesome and amazing. It's a lot of fun to work with them honestly. And we got stuck teaching their class next sunday.

On Halloween we had an early curfew since we can't be out past dark that night. People will dress like us and there's a lot of things that can go wrong if we're out. So the zone had a movie party in our p-day clothes at the Stake Center, we watched the Best 2 Years. I picked up on a lot more jokes haha. And half the missionaries there hadn't seen it so it was like watching it for the first time again, so fun. And now it's November! whoa.

Ty this is for you... it's not the best but it's pretty good.
There's an Elder (Elder Benton) who has the same birthday as me but he's exactly a year older. As one of my music committee assignments, I had to call a bunch of missionaries and have them prepare a piece for a rehearsal for stuff. After leaving messages I told them to text me if they needed an arrangement to use because I have several options. Elder Benton texted me Wednesday after that and said -
- Sister Shumway!!! Happy half Birthday! :D Do you happen to have the song I Stand All Amazed?
- Haha happy half birthday Elder Benton!! Yes I have a really good one... [gave him info]
[figured out how to correlate music stuff and yeah]
-Okay thanks again! We'll work it out! Til then Happy Halloween!!! P.S. Why couldn't the skeleton go to the dance? Because had no body to go with! It's okay though he only spent a little time skullking :D
- Or he didn't have the guts to ask any of the girls to dance! Happy Halloween!!!
- Hahahahahahaha that's pretty good! You get to wear the pun-kin crown.

.........get it?
I thought of you :]

Here is my ponderizing scripture this week, I got it from my roommate Virginia from last Fall semester at BYUI (she's been emailing me:)
"Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for The Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest."