Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Tongue Can Be A Sharp Sword

This sharp sword "hurts feelings, demeans others, destroys relationships, and harms self esteem." -Elder Marvin J. Ashton.

"So what is the antidote for this bashing that hurts feelings, demeans others, destroys relationships, and harms self-esteem? Bashing should be replaced with charity," Elder Ashton says.

Elder Ashton continues, "Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn’t handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other."

Elder Ashton advises, "If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care."

Please read the whole talk, it really brings things into perspective. Click Here: The Tongue Can Be A Sharp Sword, Elder Marvin J. Ashton, Ensign 1992 May

Once the Spirit moves you to become better after reading Elder Ashton's talk, read this one by Elder Joseph B. Worthlin. Click Here: The Virtue of Kindness, Elder Joseph B. Worthlin, Liahona 2005 May.

May we all strive to be as kind as our Savior, and try not to hurt the ones we love.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Cards, We're Sorry for your Loss!

It was an awesome game! We rooted for ya!

Gonna use one of those challenges?

Sorry Kurt Warner, I'm taken!

Double Agent Widow

Ok, so recently on weekends, I've become a Splinter Cell Double Agent widow. JM has been having a blast with the boys online with this old favorite. Here are some pics from the game. Actually I can't honestly say that I am a Double Agent widow, because I do enjoy watching them and get all nervous every time I see a spy hop into the screen. They are awesome mercs.

Snow Mobiles? Yes Please!!

A few weeks ago, we got to go up to Auggie's cabin in Pine Top with Aug and Meliss. It was a super snowy weekend and we had a blast! One of the days we drove out to Melissa's cabin in Alpine and sledded down the hills. The funnest part was snowmobiling. It was my first time and I was crazy fast on that thing!!! The second funnest part was sledding down the street at the Pine Top cabin! The snow was so thick, and we were so crazy going face first! The ride home was a little scary because we drove home in a blizzard...and passed a few accidents...but we made it home safely! Thanks guys, it was a blast!!

Super Sledder JM

Crazy Board Meliss

No Fear Auggie

Fell off my board and freezing Nauni

Go Speed Racer, Go!!

Snow Mobile Master!

Nauni and Meliss in the Pine Top snow!

Auggie and Nauni sledding down the street!

Our sexy 4WD truck drove us home safely!

Shotgun Shootin' Shane Visit

JM's old buddy Shane was visiting over the holidays and we had a blast taking him skeet shooting at our favorite out-door range at Usery Pass. It was Shane's first time shooting a shot gun, and my handsome Captain Awesome had a fun time showing him the ropes. We got to use the sweet automatic clay pigeon throwers and JM hit two at a time every pull that day without missing!!

The dynamic duo!

Shane rockin those clays!

Nauni Bustin it up!

Of course you can't leave the range without breaking out the sexy FS2000!

Temple Lights

We got to go see the Christmas lights at the Mesa Temple with our good friends (and neighbors) Garth, Michele, and little cutie Michaela Bell in December. It was a fun night. We have made it a fun annual tradition and even Michele's parents Joe and Florence got to join us this year. There was a sweet Christmas spirit there that keeps us going again and again. Thanks guys, it was fun!

The motley crew!

The Star!