Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Waterton Ride

Today was another ladies' ride and this time we rode a trail in Waterton. It was spectacular! The temperature was warm with a slight breeze.  We started at the trail head at 9:15 and arrived at our destination to Lower Rowe 1 hour and 15 minutes later.  

 Just getting ready putting the bridles and saddlebags on. 

 You know me and the horse ear pictures. 

 See?  Spectacular!

 Hali took this photo, but she will show up in another group picture.

 I know you can't really see Clint, but he is the boy in the white t-shirt. He happened to be up there so he took some pictures of us.  Just a side note: Clint just graduated from high school and is in our ward.  He is a team roper and just got back from Wyoming where they hold the National High School Rodeo every year.  He pretty much went to the top with his roping partner.  They took 4th in the world for high school team roping.  Just wanted to give him a "shout out".  

 I made Clint zero in on me for this picture. 
See the saddle and the saddle bag?  My father made them both and I ride with them every chance I get. 

These ladies are the cream of the crop. 
Bottom L-R
Barb Salmon, Hali Lieshman, Kaylynn Nunn,
Top L-R
Myself, Dixie Bevans, Shauna Smith, Colynda Duce
Dixie is always so nice to hook me up with a great horse for these fun rides.  Today I rode Tiffy for the first time and she was perfect. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Pioneer Day Fun

Brad and Jordan & Michelle took the day off so we could celebrate Pioneer Day.  We thought we might go to the Days of 47 parade in downtown SLC but decided that a parade is a parade.  We watched it on TV and felt pretty good about our decision. 

There was a celebration right down the street at Pioneer Park in downtown Provo so we stopped by for the festivities.  

The pictures are out of order and I don't know why. After the park we decided to go on a hike in Provo Canyon at Sundance.  Stewart Falls. 

The boys got crazy catching air.....

and so did the girls!

Michelle loved catching little frogs when she was little but decided not to get one as it is not the same at catching one yourself and besides, what do you do with a little frog? 

In Alberta we call them natives and in Utah they call them indians.  
Just an observation, that's all. They had a neat little museum in the park and I found pictures of very distant relatives on my side and on Mark's side.  
Lafayette Holbrook ( a past mayor of Provo), Nathaniel Leavitt and his wife, Mary Horrocks Leavitt. 

Michelle was the source of fun for Brad and Jordan.  They had the best time pushing her on this tree swing as she was squealing to get off.  

She quickly recovered. 

Brad knew a short cut to Stewart Falls so the hike was just right, especially since we got a late start and it was already pretty hot.  

Another fun day with the big kids minus Clark. and Neal and Mark and Laurel........

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bowling at BYU

While Neal is at volleyball camp I get to play with the big kids this week.  Monday's fun was a meal at Zuppas for lunch, errands, bowling, Costco pizza for dinner and a kalooding party (Brad's idea) for FHE.  

Jordan just took charge and put our names in the system while Michelle just attached herself to him like she does. 

Man this boy Clark gets that ball high. 

This looks like the typical bowling style doncha think?  Nice Brad, so profesh.

Not sure what Jordan is doing here. Maybe dancing? I really shouldn't make fun because you just wait. 

Michelle bowls for money.  If she beats Jordan then he owes her a belt that she really wants from J Crew.

Michelle asked me if I was sore this morning.  

Very straight and focused. 

Michelle needs to figure out a different way to get that belt.  
I have fun with my kids.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Wall Lake

I walked into the province of British Columbia on Wednesday.  Waterton Park also neighbors Glacier National Park in Montana so I can realistically walk to a foreign country and a Canadian province in one day without getting caught. MMmmm, maybe not walk into the US.  I wouldn't want to cross a fence because maybe a helicopter will swoop up from behind the trees and pluck me from the ground.  I could canoe to the US though which I did a couple of years ago.  

When I heard that the annual Relief Society hike this year was going to Wall Lake I was pretty excited.  My father's middle name is Wall so I googled it to see what "Wall" the lake was named after.  Nothing.

 Wall Lake is named Wall Lake because it is next to a wall! The mystery was solved pretty quickly.  The hike was 3 hours round trip and was so so pretty.   

 I carry a flower twitcher card that has the names and pictures of wildflowers in this area of the Rocky Mountains, and I was able to add two new flowers to my discoveries.  Different trails during the different spring and summer months have different flowers so it makes carrying my card fun. Between my camera and the flower twitcher sometimes the hikes take a wee bit longer.  My friends and family and husband are super patient with me.

Each beargrass plant only blooms every 5- 7 years so I definitely want to take more pictures.  These are not fully bloomed yet so I guess that means more hikes in Waterton.  

 Yep, saw this too, although not on the hike. This was taken from inside the car with a zoom lens.  

I love living so close to Waterton and really need to go every week this summer. Our yearly pass is totally worth every penny!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Moroni's Quest 2012

It has been 4 years since the last Moroni's Quest.  Last time we were tribe leaders and this year we were at the right place at the right time.  Mark's assignment on the High Council was to be over photography and help with sound and since I am the wife of a guy in charge I was able to "partake" another time.  Not only was I able to go, but I was one of the main (I say that lightly) photographers and ended up taking over 1000 pictures. I only have 57 posted here.  There were close to 43 re-enactments and I have focused on some of the main ones. 

This first picture was taken on Sunday after church just minutes before it rained.  
I thought this picture was a good beginning for this wonderful journey and opportunity of a lifetime. 

Everybody met at the Mountain View church to gather in their tribes, take a few tribe pictures and eat breakfast before heading to this picturesque spot to begin their journey. 

Tribes consisted of tribe leader (husband & wife) along with 8 tribe members from various wards.  Here they had to build  travois to carry their belongings for the day while traveling to the promised land (camp site).

The first re-enactment also took place here. Nephi speaking before embarking on their journey.
" I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance." 
" And we did take our family and our provisions and did journey into the wilderness".

There were close to 250 youth and over 100 adults participating this year from tribe leaders to photographers to cooks to ward camp specialists to costumes and props to make-up and sound to directors of the re-enactments....the list goes on and on. 

After each re-enactment everybody met with their tribe to discuss what they learned and how they could apply it to their lives. 

Onward they go!
"And I, Nephi, and my brethren, took our journey back to the land of Jerusalem."

Trying to get the Brass Plates. 
"And behold, Laban was angry and thrust Laman out from his presence: "Thou art a robber, and I will slay thee". 
    At this point the kids will receive their journals and leather covered Book of Mormon. 

There were different combinations of youth singing songs they had learned in previous weeks that went along with some re-enactments.  This is a group of young men from one of the wards singing, "I Will Go and Do". 

Behold I have dreamed a dream; or in other words I have seen a vision. 

Will you be tempted by the worldly things for temporary happiness or....

partake of the Tree of Life which leads to eternal happiness? 
In this Tree of Life are all the Bishops dressed in white. 

"And it came to pass that as my father arose in the morning, and went forth to the tent door, to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship; and it was of fine brass.  And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointing the way wither we should go into the wilderness."

"And....I Nephi, did go up into the top of the mountain, according to the directions which were given upon the ball". 
"And it came to pass that I did slay wild beasts, insomuch that I did obtain food for our families."

"Thou shalt construct a ship, after the manner which I shall show thee, that I may carry thy people across these waters."

"And it came to pass that after my father, Lehi, had spoken unto all his household, according to the feelings of his heart and the spirit of the Lord which was in him, he waxed old. And it came to pass that he died, and was buried."

There were quite a few "battles'. The kids loved these. 
My favorite one from last time was the Anti-Nephi-Lehi battle. This is not that battle but when that re-enactment happened this is how it was orchestrated :   Lamanites fall upon the Anti-Nephi-Lehi's and slay many before they become softened and repent.  The Lamanites will not be told that their opponents are Anti-Nephi-Lehi's- just that these are enemies and they must kill as many as possible in the time given.  The Anti-Nephi-Lehi's will have no weapons (because they are buried) and will not fight, but when the Lamanites "fall upon them" they will fall to their knees and pray. The beating of a drum begins.
Emotional to say the least when you are participating. 

King Benjamin
"Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast and immoveable, always abounding in good works, the Christ, the Lord Omnipotent, may seal you his, that ye may be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life, through the wisdom, and power, and justice, and mercy of him who created all things, in heaven and earth, who is God above all. Amen."

"Touch me not, for God shall smite you if ye lay your hands upon me, for I have not delivered the message which the Lord sent me to deliver; therefore, God will not suffer that I should be destroyed at this time". 

Speaking to King Noah...
"And in that day ye shall be hunted, and ye shall be taken by the hand of your enemies, and ye shall suffer, as I suffer, the pains of death by fire."

" Thus God executeth vengeance upon those that destroy his people. O God, receive my soul."

The props were great. Look at those arms from the story of Ammon and King Lamoni.

" In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, our peace, our wives and our children."

Amalackiah and Lamanites try to attack the Nephites behind the fortification.  The Nephites are attacking with water.  This is a favorite activity when it is hot, which it was.  

Ok, this was a favorite re-enactment. See me?  I am in the blue/green outfit.  This is how it played out.  There were 18 mothers I believe that were at Moroni's Quest in some capacity that had sons who were there as well.  We, the mothers, were given a song to learn that was written just for this scene as we send off our Strippling Warriors to battle. We were behind the stage while the boys were called up one by one to participate in this scene, not knowing what would happen.  
"Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them."
"And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it."
At that point us, the mothers, enter the stage and sing the song we had memorized.  After we finished the song we put a headband on our son's head before "going to battle" and gave them a letter that we wrote them. There were lots of tears and emotion on that stage.   

 Here is Neal reading his letter. 

 After the battle with the Strippling Warriors.


 Tribe gathering time to discuss the re-enactment that just occurred.  

 If you only knew what these two boys were feeling and seeing. 
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 " Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world".
He walked among us for over 2 hours while we all had the opportunity to embrace Him. 
No words can explain what we all felt. 

 "And it came to pass that when Jesus had made and end of these sayings, he touched with his hand the disciples whom he had chosen, one by one, even until he had touched them all, and spake unto them as he touched them."
"And the multitude heard not the words which he spake, therefore they did not bear record; but the disciples bare record that he gave them power to give the Holy Ghost, And I will show unto you hereafter that this record is true."

 Randy and Jana.  They headed up Moroni's Quest under the direction of the Stake Presidency and did a great job which is an understatement.  They have spent the last year and half totally consumed by this endeavor.   

  The 24 tribe leader couples kneeling in prayer. Everybody knelt in prayer before each meal and the beginning & ending of each day. You say the word prayer and everybody drops to their knees. One of the many sweet moments over the 3 1/2 days spent together. 

 The last battle where many more of the Lamanites and Nephites were killed except a few including Mormon and Moroni.

 "Behold, I Moroni, do finish the record of my father Mormon."

 "Therefore I will write and hide up these records in the earth."
" For I am alone.  My father and all my kinsfolk hath been slain in battle, and I have not friends nor whither to go." .....and I, Moroni, will not deny Christ."

 " He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni: that God had a work for me to do: and that my name should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, or that it should be both good and evil spoken of all people."

 "The Book of Mormon is the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man will get nearer to God by abiding by it's precepts, than by any other book."

 Leavitt Ward youth and leaders. 
I really do love the Leavitt Ward!

Our ward had 7 of the 24 tribe leader couples at Moroni's Quest and you would love to have any of these great people teach your children.  

Mark, Michelle, and I  were together for the last Moroni's Quest and this year we were able to spend it with Neal.
We will never forget, ever, what we felt at Moroni's Quest. 
Love, Marilee