Saturday, April 12, 2014

Let Me Tell You a Secret: I am Happy!

First, I want to commend the OW movement for using their free agency. Free agency, or the ability to choose, is God's greatest gift to us. We all have the opportunity to choose for ourselves our daily decisions. They have chosen a different decision and way of accomplishing this goal that I would have taken and that is their choice. What a great blessing it is that we have this great blessing. 

My goal in this post is not to condemn their choices, but to establish my feelings and choices regarding woman holding the priesthood. These are my opinions and not facts, meant to be enjoyed and to try to highlight a different thought process. 

The Ordain Woman movement is a popular movement. Their cause is to Ordain Woman to the priesthood, giving women new callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, new responsibilities, and more power. They have pushed their issue through the media and by trying to be accepted into the General Priesthood Meeting during the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' General Conference, despite having a woman's only meeting the week earlier. They have gained support for their cause in this liberal based nation where feminists are pushing for sameness for men and women. But, what OW has failed to answer is the question that some women on the Church have: What if I don't want the Priesthood? 

This question has been on my mind lately as I have pondered the OW movement and it's gaining traction. Let me explain why. I don't feel the need to be a leader. I don't feel the need to have power. I, also, don't feel the need to have more responsibilities. I don't want to go to church for 7 hours on Sunday or be in charge of all church functions. I don't want to be the one to set up all of the chairs in the church. Now, these are mostly satirical, but you get my meaning. My responsibilities are not based on my holding the priesthood. Mine are based on my membership in this wonderful church and sharing the priesthood with my husband. I have many responsibilities including teaching the Gospel, loving my fellow men, reading my scriptures daily, developing a strong relationship with Jesus Christ, my savior, serving the people around me, attending the temple to perform saving ordinances, and many others. I have been given plenty of power and abilities and am, sometimes, overwhelmed with what I have. 

The OW movement has assumed that all women feel the same as them and have begun dragging my name, as a Latter-Day Saint woman through the mud. And frankly, I'm over it. And the biggest reason is because I'm happy. Yes, let me repeat. 

I am happy with my life as a Latter Day Saint woman.

I am happy with my ability to gain a personal relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for me and my sins, granting me the opportunity of eternal life.

I am happy with my role as a wife of a preisthood bearing male member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 

I am happy with the opportunity I have the raise my hand in General Conference and sustain the members of the First Presidency, The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and the Prophet himself, President Thimas S. Monson and all Church leaders, male and female.

I am happy in this church where I am given the opportunity to be sealed to my husband and family forever.

I am happy in this church where I am able to have the gift of free agency and accept the responsibilities of my actions.

I am happy in this church where I am given the opportunity to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ every Sunday. 

I am happy in this church where I am able to enter God's holy temples and perform sacred ordinances performed by priesthood bearing men to help the salvation of others and myself. 

I am happy in this church where I feel my Savior's love everyday through the actions of others and through my service in His name. 

The biggest reason I am happy is because I am able to use the priesthood on a daily basis in my home. As a child, I knew my father held the preisthood and could use it to help me everyday. Now that I am married to my wonderful preisthood- bearing husband, I still have full access to the power of God. I, also, have many worthy friends and home teachers that would gladly give me the blessings I needed during times of trouble or unrest in my life or if I were not married. 

The priesthood is a gift that allows worthy male members the ability to use God's power to help others.  They cannot use it to further their own power or their own personal worth in God's eye. They cannot use it on themselves. It cannot be used for evil or for unworthy purposes. The priesthood is for all to use. It has never been restrained from use to those righteously seeking God's power in their life. 

While men are able to use the power of the priesthood, I and my fellow members of this wonderful church are the ones directly empowered by its blessings. I already possess the power I need. As, a woman,  I have the ability to give birth to human being(s) and I have the power to be blessed by priesthood ordinances. Luckily, I have been blessed with these in my life. Thankfully, I have a husband who shares these responsibilities and blessings with me. And most importantly, I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and has provided me with more blessings than I can count. 

What more could I ask for?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March 2014…A Blur

How do I describe March? 
March was a blur of airplanes, Western states, and exciting news.
Jared visited Colorado and Washington State and I visited Idaho. 
Which meant a lot of nights alone for both of us. 
But absence makes the heart grow fonder. 

So, Jared's trip. 
He visited Colorado and Washington in hopes of finding himself a job and us a home.
It was a good trip and he did find a job. 
We're still looking for an apartment, but are excited for Jared to have a career and an income. :)

I visited Idaho for my Grandmother's funeral. 
My mother's mom has had alzheimer's for a year and a half. 
Her disease progressed quickly. 
The memorial service was beautiful and wonderful. 
I'm so grateful to have been able to be there to celebrate her life. 

I really enjoyed seeing all of my Beck family and to spend time with my family as well.
It was the first time since Megan got married that we have all been home without spouses.
I learned that we are all extremely sarcastic, funny, and wonderful, if I do say so myself. 

Well, here's to April and only having 6 weeks to graduation. Scary!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

And I Would Drive 500 Miles...

That is an understatement. 
This last week, we drove a lot. 
I mean, a lot, a lot. 
We drove from Virginia to Indiana and back.
Then I drove to South Carolina and back. 

I spent over 34 hours in a car. 


Super burned out after being in a car for so long.

But I got to see some of the best people in the world! 

My little niece, Myla, had her blessing day. 

We got to see her and her cute family. 
They have all grown up SO much. 
Carter can talk like crazy.
Gavin has grown up so much. He can read! 
Rylee is growing into a such a beautiful young lady.
 Jonathan and Lindsay have built a beautiful house and live in such a fun area.

Little Myla with

Carter with His Trains.
He loved playing trains!

Little Myla

FHE: Very serious about writing

Pops was the best friend of
all the kids

Such sweet smiles

Fun in the Snow
Awesome Snowman!!

Cute Family

Then, I drove to SC to see Meggo! 
I got to spend time with my sis and her hilarious hubby, her fun in-laws, see Frozen again, and explore downtown Greenville. 
It was so nice to be with family. 
I've been getting homesick and missing everyone. 

Sunset on the way to SC

Yummy ice cream with a scoop of Travis

Such good ice cream!
Raspberry, Cookie dough, and caramel!


Downtown Greenville.
We're such fatties, with our ice cream.

Finally back in Richmond!

It has been a fun week, but reality will hit me horribly hard tomorrow! 
Wish me luck.

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Very Foodie Weekend

We are not foodies.
We enjoy food and trying new restaurants.
We love to cook new food.
This weekend we had our fill of food.

Saturday, we were lucky enough to go to lunch with some great friends, the Waters.
We are at one of our favorite Indian places, called Anokha.
Such a great lunch menu.
It includes soup or salad, your main course, and rice pudding for dessert.
We ate way too much.

Then a few hours later, we went to Panera with Jared's parents.

Our stomachs couldn't have taken any more. I was even full until the next morning.

But we had such a great time!

It was SO fun to be with friends and family and enjoy our wonderful day.

I've been postponing writing because our life hasn't been too exciting.
After DisneyWorld and our Caribbean Cruise, our life has cooled off.
Jared is busy researching, planning, and preparing for a new job.
I'm trying to be extremely supportive.
But, I'm nervous for it.
We have such great friends and have really enjoyed Richmond.
I've finally figured out the roads, the best grocery stores, and the best times to go to said places.
We have great friends, a wonderful neighborhood, and a wonderful ward.
It will be hard to go.

But exciting to have Jared out of school, a real income, and maybe a permanent address.

I'll keep you updated when we find out more about our big move!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Snow - Pacolypse and the Discovery of Hogshead Cafe!

The End is near! 
Everyone run to the grocery stores, stock up on supplies, get your generators ready, and hunker down!
It the Snow-Pacolypse! 
Are you Ready for the Snow-pacolypse?

You would think it was.
Schools were closed this week. 
The news kept saying things like "polar-vortex" and "frost-bite" and "freezing temperatures."
This all meant one very LONG week at work. 
The kids were bored with me, their toys, and each other. 
Whoo! That combination spells fights and lots of bored faces.
But we survived, only to have school cancelled once again on Monday.  

Bunny Ears

Trying to stay entertained by
 snowboarding in the backyard.

It was very interesting to see how Virginians handle snow. 
Snow comes twice many 3 times a year. 
One inch of snow and cold weather spells disaster. 
I get it. 
They don't have to deal with it, so when snow arrives in all its cold and glorious splendor, things get bad really quickly. 
But we survived and can't wait for some warm weather. 

Some good news from last week is that Jared finished his last away rotation for school! 
This means he will remain by my side for the next couple of months until we move to our new home in…..Well we are still figuring that part out. 
As soon as I know, you'll know. 

Also, we discovered a fabulous restaurant right down the street from us. 
Its called Hogshead Cafe. 
My sandwich!
The pretzel bun was amazing!

We found BBQ heaven. 
Homemade limeades, delicious pulled pork, and mile high sandwiches made this restaurant a must try. 
Heck, it made it onto the regular routine! 
We love local restaurants. 
You get to try so many new foods and the service is typically better. 

Come visit and I'll take you there!! :)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Date Nights

Do you still date your spouse? 
It is my favorite! 
Jared and I make a point to date each other. 
We plan fun activities every week.
We either single date or go out with friends.
I love it!
We get to spend time together doing different activities (mostly trying new restaurants) and continue to get to know each other. 
I don't know about you, but there is still so much I can learn about what makes Jared tick. 
He's very complex (Hee Hee Hee). 
Some of our dates recently have included:

Dinner at Panera and Seeing the Movie Frozen

This move is adorable!
One of my favorites in a long time.
The Movie was great and we enjoyed going to a theater every once in a while! 

We Rent a lot of movies. Its fun to see how different our taste in movies is. 
Redbox is our best friend!

We try out a lot of restaurants. We usually use coupons from Living Social or Groupon or This helps us to save a little and try out some super yummy places.
Some favorites include: Buz and Ned's BBQ, The Black Sheep, and so many others. 
We try to eat at local restaurants instead of at chains. This is mostly because of Jared, but I love it too. Chain restaurants have good food to but it is nice to try food that we can't get just anywhere.

We, also, gotten into game nights. Jared hates strategy and fast paced games, both of which I love. 
We, usually, just compromise. And I, usually, win! 

Dating your spouse is wonderful. Just because we are married doesn't mean the fun stops. 
So, Date your spouse. You won't regret it. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

2013 Book List

76 books in a year. Here they are. In no particular order. The ones with *'s next to them are books I enjoyed but need some explaining. But most of the books I loved. They are mostly YA because I feel like they are mostly cleaner. 
And Away we go!

Death Cure - James Dashner
The Kill Order - James Dashner
Princess of the Midnight Ball - Jessica Day

Princess of the Silver Woods - Jessica Day
Princess of Glass - Jessica Day
Skylark - Meagan Spooner * (This book was ok. It is a first in a YA Utopian Series that was hard to get into)
The Choice - Nicholas Sparks
Tiger Lily - Jodi Lynn Anderson
Bend in the Road - Nicholas Sparks
The Other Countess - Eve Edwards* (These three by Edwards were a little racy, not anything crazy, but a little)

The Queen's Lady - Eve Edwards*
The Rogue's Princess - Eve Edwards* 
Matched - Ally Condie
City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare
City of Glass - Cassandra Clare
City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare
City of Lost Souls - Cassandra Clare
Harry potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets- J.K. Rowling
Tale of Beedle the Bard.- J.K. Rowling
Harry potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban- J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire- J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix- J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince- J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- J.K. Rowling
Tiger's Curse - Colleen Houck
Tiger's Quest - Colleen Houck
Tiger's Voyage - Colleen Houck
Tiger's Destiny - Colleen Houck
The Road to Grace - Nicholas Sparks

A Step of Faith - Nicholas Sparks
A Winter's Dream - Nicholas Sparks
The Selection - Keira Cass
The Elite - Keira Cass
The Prince - Keira Cass

A Tale of Two Castles - Gail Carson Levine* (Loved it, but it is meant for a very young audience)
The Two Princesses of Bamarre - Gail Carson Levine
The Silver Bowl - Diane Stanley

The Cup and The Crown - Diane Stanley
Entwined - Heather Dixon 
Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Prince - Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare
The DaVinci Code - Dan Brown
Angles and Demons - Dan Brown
The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
Inferno - Dan Brown

Cross My Heart - Sasha Gould
Heart of Glass - Sasha Could
Pivot Point - Kasie West
Falling Kingdoms - Morgan Rhodes* (I enjoyed this, but there were a lot of names to remember and they became hard to follow)
Of Beast and Beauty - Stacey Jay
The Incredible Charlotte Sycamore - Kate Maddison
Spellcaster - Claudia Gray
Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl: the Arctic Incident - Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl: the Eternity Code - Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception - Eoin Colfer
Artemis fowl: The Lost Colony - Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox- Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex - Eoin Colfer
Artemis fowl: the last guardian - Eoin Colfer

My Story - Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
Virals - Kathy Reichs, Brendan Reichs
Seizure - Kathy Reichs, Brendan Reichs
Code - Kathy Reichs, Brendan Reichs

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
The Hobbit - JRR Tolken
The Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks
Killing Jesus - Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson: The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson: The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson: The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
The Book Thief - Mark Zusak

Some of my favorite included The Book Thief, Dan Brown Series, Percy Jackson Series, Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter, Jessica Day Series, and pretty much all of them. 
While I was looking through the books getting all of the authors written down, I realized that a lot of these were series that I need to finish. Also, I tried to put the series in order if you wanted to read them. 
Mostly, this is just so I can remember what I have read and try to read more. I've already finished one book this year and am three chapters into another. 
Happy Reading!