Archive for January, 2008


We Have The Case!

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Tonight I went to an almost 3 hour meeting/presentation for mock trial teachers.  I received some training, along with the case for this year’s mock trial competition.  It is a murder case, so the youth will be happy.  You should be able to read it here by 8 am Thursday morning.  I’m nervous about forgetting something important, but I know that I have a great attorney coach, and a mentor who has done this for 4 years now.  I actually wanted to be a lawyer for a few years, but came to the realization that for now, at least, my mission lies elsewhere.  I do wish I could be in a mock trial, and not just coaching one. :)  I will just have sit back and bite my fingernails while I watch these amazing youth do it on their own.

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Big Changes

Monday, January 28th, 2008

I think the Lord must have a great sense of humor.  Within a 2 month span I committed to coach a mock trial team this year, become the new Liberty Girl Liaison, and as of one week ago I was sustained and set apart as the Primary President in my ward.  I really think the Lord was waiting for me to commit to the mock trial coach and Liberty Girl liaison positions before he called me to Primary President because he knew I wouldn’t say no to the calling, but I would have said no to mock trial, and I might not have even been offered Liberty Girl Liaison.  This has been a bit of an overwhelming time for me.  I have eaten a lot of chocolate.  :)  What can I say?  I am an emotional eater.  I’m working on it. 

I am excited about all 3 of these things, at the same time I am nervous about how well I will do the jobs needed for them.  I really hate to be flakey and I don’t want to end up dropping any balls.  Right now they are all so new that I am afraid I will drop a ball simply because I don’t know I am supposed to be juggling it.  I just keep thinking of 1 Nephi 3:7 “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he hath commanded them.”

Well, I better go and do.

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Check Out My Dad’s Blog!

Monday, January 28th, 2008

My cool dad has his own blog!  I have enjoyed reading what he has already posted.  Feel free to go check it out!

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President Hinckley

Monday, January 28th, 2008

I just heard the news of President Hinckley’s passing a little while ago.  He was an amazing man who made a great difference in millions of people’s lives.  I was just reading through his biography this past week, and was reminded again how much I still have to learn from him.  I am grateful for his service, and for his testimony.  I am also grateful for his love.  I know that he loved everyone, and you could feel it emenate from him.  I am sure he is happily reunited with his wife, whom he loved dearly.  I am sure together they are already hard at work on the other side of the veil.

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Sobering

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Last Thursday our Statesmanship Club went on a court tour in preparation for mock trial.  We started by seeing some arraignments, then followed up with trials/hearings.  I have to admit I was a little surprised at how quickly they went through cases.  There were so many heard in the time we were there.  It was very sobering to think of what a small sampling this was of the amount of cases that go through our judicial system every day here in this county.  Let alone throughout the state, or even the country.  I just kept looking at the people who were there as defendants and thinking of what choices brought them there.  I looked at all of them and thought of how they are all children of God.  I thought of the heartache and sorrow that surrounded them being there.  Not only the victim’s and their families and friends, but the defendants and their family and friends.  One man had his wife there during his hearing.  She had tears in her eyes.  I thought of how sad it was that he had caused not only pain to the victim (which he owned up to in the hearing) but also to those he loved.  I saw these people who looked so normal other than their prison outfits, and the handcuffs and shackles.  It isn’t that I thought they would have a neon sign over their head, or that they would look a specific way.  I know it doesn’t work that way.  It just stood out to me for some reason.  My heart hurt for them that they were not realizing the power they had as children of God.  They were selling their birthright for a bowl of pottage, so to speak.  Now I know that they are innocent until proven guilty, and that I don’t know the details.  I’m not trying to pass judgment on any of them personally.  I just mean generally for all of those who have started down a road of so much sorrow.  It also made me stop and count my blessings.  Perhaps I should have started this post in the following manner:

I, Penny, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father and mother; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days.

 You know the Lord has a way of humbling you and helping you find those things that you should be grateful for when you start to become too self involved.  I have been a little overwhelmed lately with my life and I had started to turn more inward and to become more self-centered, which isn’t a good thing.  This court tour helped open my eyes to blessings I take for granted a lot.  I feel more gratitude to my Savior right now, and a renewed desire to fulfill my personal missions that He has given to me to do.  To quote a wonderful primary song “My life is a gift, my life has a plan.  My life has a purpose, in heaven it began.  My choice was to come to this lovely home on earth and seek for God’s light to direct me from birth.  I can follow God’s plan for me, holding fast to His word and His love.  I will work and I will pray.  I will always walk in His way.  Then I will be happy on earth, and in my home above.” 

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Car Meets Nose

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Tevita loves cars.  He loves them so much he sleeps with them.  He also sleeps in our king sized bed with Sione, Losahina and myself most of the time.  A little less than a week ago he had fallen asleep with his cars before Losahina.  We were trying to get her asleep, but she kept popping up trying to play with us.  One of the times she popped up she had discovered one of T-Bone’s cars and was playing with it, and trying to convince us to play with her.  In her endeavors to play with us she hit the car into the bridge of my nose.  Ouch!  She quickly kissed me better when she realized she had hurt me.  Sione took the car away from her as I held me nose and waited to see how much damage my little 18 month old had done.  Not much, I determined, other than the initial rather smarting pain.  We got her to finally settle down, and we went to sleep.  The next day I noticed that I felt a little bruised, and was relieved to see that no marks were evident on my face.  For the most part I don’t notice it, but every once in a while something will touch my nose in just the right way to remind me that noses and cars should not meet.  Really, its for the best.

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Welcome 2008!

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

I hope your Christmas was a joyful one that brought you peace and happiness.  Ours was very nice.  I didn’t get to everything I had planned on, but then I never do get to everything.  I always picture an ideal December where I have plenty of time to make sugar cookies, and gingerbread houses with my children.  The home is always clean, and there is nothing but love and charity flowing through our conversations.  We go caroling to everyone’s home as we deliver our neighbor gifts, and we are never cold or off key.  :)  I sew new pajamas for everyone for Christmas Eve, and we have nice homemade presents under the tree on Christmas morning.  I do get to some of these every year, but never all of them.  And never some of them, for that matter.  I try to keep the meaning of Christmas in our hearts and our minds throughout the season, and I think we do pretty well all in all. 

We had a nice visit with Sione’s sister and her family up in Logan.  They have a nice little 2 acre farm up there.  I say little, but it seems nice and large to me.  They have cats, a dog, chickens, pigs, and cows.  My children love to help out with the animal chores.  I even helped gather eggs.  Pretty neat!  We stayed for 2 nights, and would have loved to stay longer if we could have.  It’s just so wonderful up there.  So different.  I hope that someday we can have land and raise chickens…. I’ll have to get used to the idea of anything more than that.  The price of eggs these days has me more and more friendly to the idea of chickens already, though.   

Alena has told me a few times within the past week or so that I am “The best mom (she) ever had.”  That makes me feel pretty special, let me tell you!  LOL  Ah, she just makes me laugh.  I love her so much.  I really am glad she thinks I’m so great.  I just loved the way she put it, though.  😛

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