called to serve.

ryan lavering was called to serve as a missionary in the democratic republic of the congo mission speaking french tonight!

some of the pictures are quite blurry due to all the jumping and screaming. nevertheless, i love them! it was awesome to be there and see the whole moment unfold. he’s going to make a great missionary! so proud of him!


today in church, a girl in a spicy cheetah-print top shared her thoughts about the importance of finding our own personal faults and personality-flaws and trying to improve. she talked about how she knows her faults but she actually kind of, sort of likes them–she feels like her faults are apart of her and make up her personality.

i was running on two hours of sleep, but that caught my attention. there are so many faults that i have and generally like (…making endless fun of my siblings, cursing when i drop things, dirty jokes…) that are so inextricably apart of me and my personality that it would be hard to change them. i feel like those things are what make me me…you know? amen, sister girl! who would i be without these quirks? i bet you guys wouldn’t even like me, right?! (wrong!)

she went on to say that while we should cherish our imperfections (…ugly laughs, overactive bladders, fat hands…) and accept the fact that having faults in our personalities and selves is basically, practically inevitable BUT we should refrain from making these quirks a central part of our identity because it is better to have character than to be a character.

profound! and i bet you guys would still like me fine sans dirty jokes about sailors and pirates! right? (RIGHT!)

food for thought? i’m running on two hours of sleep?

and for that, i thank you dear girl in the spicy cheetah-print top.

sundayness: it’s a new year!

i really liked this. i like the idea that the best is yet to come and the future is crazy bright. like the lime green dress i wore today type bright. we just have to look forward! hello, forward! you look bright!

i like that god has this plan all worked out for me (PLEASE let it include some scruffy-man-deliciousness!) and you and that “…what god has for me is bigger and better than what i have going on right now.” it’s comforting, no?

p.s. how good does the food they’re eating look? grilled cheese craving: ready, go!

farewells from elder josh gill.

josh drinks a lot of milk (seriously about 567 gallons per day). he is from colorado but now lives in provo. he has a scooter that’s fun to play around on named hidalgo and he introduced me to the tasty chick fil a. he has a fancy job for byu sports and likes to wear his dress clothes on campus to make that known. he really likes tim tebow, harry potter, and bean and cheese burritos from rancheritos.

…and he enters the mtc tomorrow. and we are so, so proud of him and the decision he has made to serve for two years and leave chick fil a, tim tebow, and his fancy job behind.

i am so proud of you joshy! see you in two years!

p.s. if anyone would like anything like this done, let us know! we loved making it!

p.p.s. we cut out the 5643 times he said “this is so corny…”; ally is a video editing wizard!

more sundayness.

today in a lovely moment of pure luck, my friend landon scored an extra ticket to the first presidency’s christmas message at the salt lake conference center and i was the recipient! yippity pippity!¬† the perks of knowing an iranian (irrelevant…but he is iranian!)! i was planning on watching it on the computer in dorm while eating a full jar of peanut butter, but seeing¬† it live was extra special (and saved me about 1,393 calories…double yes!).

president uchtdorf, eyring, and presidnet monson all spoke about the true meaning of christmas and what we should try and focus on this holiday season. president monson talked about how christmas is such a time of happiness and cheer and remembering all things that are good and important in life and how we should not simply spend christmas once a year, but we should keep christmas in our lives and in our souls all year long.

afterwards, we walked around temple square (accidently…we were actually lost and looking for our other friends) and ate graham cracker ice cream (…and string cheese with sugary bbq sauce, oddly delicious?) at josh’s house. the whole night was well worth the crammed car ride and potential speeding tickets.

hope your sundays were swell.

p.s. i took that picture with my new camera that i’m sort of in love with.