Sunday Best!

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“It is soul-satisfying to know that God is mindful of us and ready to respond when we place our trust in Him and do that which is right. There is no place for fear among men and women who place their trust in the Almighty and who do not hesitate to humble themselves in seeking divine guidance through prayer. Though persecutions arise, though reverses come, in prayer we can find reassurance, for God will speak peace to the soul. That peace, that spirit of serenity, is life’s greatest blessing” -Ezra Taft Benson

Hope your Sunday is the Best! Love, Joy

Out on a WIM #67




Hey yo!!!! How are you my favorite people??

YAY!!!!!!!!! You got a job! Good luck. You will do awesome 🙂
Sounds like everything is balling. Or rolling. Sounds like all is well.
I am going to miss the daycare kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh man.
Ok so flip. This week was absolutely crazy.
After we got home last P-day my ankle got real swollen and I couldn’t walk on it! And I got a rash all over my body…. I GOT CHIKUNGUNYA which is this illness that is going around the carib. Most of the week I slept and I was on some serious pain meds! But after a blessing, meds, sleep, water and ice on my ankle. Both my ankle and my illness are all better!!
This week while I was sick I had a lot of time to think and I found that my thoughts were wandering far away. So I spent any spare second reading my scriptures and talks and praying. Still I just felt idle and yucky. I am so glad to be back to normal. I am still a little tired and off but I am good 🙂
Funny moment of the week: One of our investigators gave us a huge framed picture of a Black Jesus Rasta man Last Supper… It is hanging in our house right as we speak.
I called Sister M. this week because I was in need of some counsel and guidance. She helped me so much. I told Sister W. “I miss my mom, I used to talk to her about everything” I missed you for a moment but I knew what advice you’d give me and it made me feel better.
I was feeling a little bit weighed down at the end of the week and kinda putting myself down. Like I do sometimes……. But there are so many blessings that Heavenly Father is giving us. I need to have an increase of faith and to rely on God more. I felt much better after we just went out and got to work! We had an awesome lesson at A.’s (members) house. We were talking about what we learned at church and the spirit was so strong and right in the middle her Nephew walked in the house and joined in the lesson and we had a solid first lesson with him, He is golden!!!! What a blessing.
Also this week we visited a Methodist church. It was nice. They sang some good songs and I think it opened up our investigator to coming to church 🙂
Oh by the way I can’t remember if I told you but my camera is broken…………. It got wet……..
All is well though! Ya know? Life goes on.
Something that I have been pondering a lot on is how short life is. Honestly Life is too short to sit around and waste time. We need to be doing our best all the time. We are capable of so much. Also it is pointless to sit there and worry about something that has happened in the past. We can’t change the past but we can learn from it. So we should all stop stressing and fussing about things we can’t change, and just move forward.
So that is pretty much my week!!! It was nice. I am still learning so much and am humbled and grateful every day. Thank you for your love and support and kindness for me.
I love you so much!
Love always, Sister Emily

Sunday Best!

photo 5 (5)       “Love is the very essence of the gospel, and Jesus Christ is our Exemplar. His life was a legacy of love. The sick He healed; the downtrodden He lifted; the sinner He saved. At the end the angry mob took His life. And yet there rings from Golgotha’s hill the words: ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do’—a crowning expression in mortality of compassion and love.” -Thomas S. Monson

Hope your Sunday is the Best! Love, Joy

Family History Friday: Great Grandpa Emil!

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I snapped this picture on my phone of a picture my dad has hanging in his home. It is a picture of my great grandparents and their children on the day of their 50th wedding anniversary. What a nice photo, and very handsome people.

I called my dad to ask him about his uncles and aunts and he said he didn’t really know them. His dad is the 3rd from the right on the back row. They moved across the country when he was about 8 years old, and they didn’t stay close to his dad’s family. At least not the aunts and uncles. I know he wrote and received letters from his grandpa Emil.

Thankfully I was able to do a search on and found this:


There they are! My grandpa is Otto in the middle on the front row. They’re all a little younger in this picture, but still very handsome! Now I can write to the person who uploaded this picture and see if he has any other information about this family. Maybe he is a long lost cousin (twice removed).

I love!

Happy Family History Friday! Love, Joy


photo 2 (6)Tayzie has discovered that she can drink out of the fountain! It is the cutest thing to watch!

Another funny thing she does is that she barks for an ice cube whenever we get ice for a drink. What a cute dog.

When we come home after being gone for a while, she is always very noisy. Crying and barking. You would think we’d been gone for years. Flexy says she an “Emotional basket case!” Funny!

We sure love our furry friend!!!

30 Years Ago!

photo 1 (5)This is a picture of me and my mission president and his wonderful wife. It was taken the day I flew home. It was August 17th 1984, 30 years ago.

On Sunday the 17th of August 2014 I spoke in church. I was asked to speak about my beautiful and darling daughter Emily who is serving a mission in the West Indies. It was so fun talking about her and I kept thinking about how life goes in cycles.

I had no idea on the day I came home from my mission that 30 years later I would be happily married to my sweetheart, and have 4 wonderful children, and that the last of those 4 children would be getting ready to come home from her own mission.

Isn’t life wonderful? I believe it is, and I’m so grateful to be living it!

Out on a WIM #66



Welp it sounds like you guys are just kicking life’s bum. (In a good way)
MAHM you gave a talk about ME?? A whole talk about Sister Emily? How can this be? Well that is great! I hope nice words flew from your lips 😉 Thank you for that quote. That is very true.
Ok so as for me….. I am doing absolutely marvelous! This week was wild.
On Tuesday The ZL’s (Zone Leaders) and I taught Zone Meeting! We taught about Flooding the West Indies with the Book of Mormon! The missionaries in our Zone are stellar. On Wednesday morning I flew out to St. Lucia. My mind is all intermingled with the thoughts and people of both islands. The new Sisters there are sister studs. Real excellent missionaries. Honestly I feel like I was the one being taught by them. I showed them around St. Lucia and helped them a lot (or so they said) And I was SO happy to see all of my investigators and members!! They missed me too. What joyful reunions after a couple of weeks!
We are doing swell in our area! Just working hard and focusing more on member work. Honestly there is an angel member named A. and she comes out with us. She came with us to see this family that we teach and they are most of time real goofy and don’t take the lessons real serious and she came and bore POWERFUL testimony and they completely were enthralled. It was so awesome. There are lots of great things about to come forth and I am grateful and humbled every day of my life as I teach people and as the Lord teaches me, through the spirit, scriptures, people and many other ways.
Today we had a fun P-day and went on an adventure! I actually fell into a little stream and got my camera wet, and my planner….. and messed up my ankle a little…… Hahaha oh man. Story of my life. Anyway I am doing great! I have been keeping a thought journal and writing down questions of my soul and then linking my thoughts and studying to answer questions. It is very great. My mind is very deep. I like to think things over and observe things around me. I am so glad to be alive and to be so blessed!
I just want to thank one and all for your love and support and prayers!
I will try and send some pictures soon!
LOVE, Sister Emily

Sunday Best!

DSC02000“There is no physical pain, no spiritual wound, no anguish of soul or heartache, no infirmity or weakness you or I ever confront in mortality that the Savior did not experience first. In a moment of weakness we may cry out, “No one knows what it is like. No one understands.” But the Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He has felt and borne our individual burdens. And because of His infinite and eternal sacrifice, He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy. He can reach out, touch, succor, heal, and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do relying only upon our own power. Indeed, His yoke is easy and His burden is light.”-David A. Bednar

Hope your Sunday is the Best! Love, Joy

Temple Trip and Selfies!

photo 2 (5)This is our selfie coming out of the Logan Temple!

We had a wonderful temple visit. I love when my children can come with me and my darlin to the temple. It is like heaven to me! This is Alex (aka, Flexy, Elder Flexy, Most Quoted) and Kelsey (aka, Dream Come True, Totally “Fort Worth” it), my darlinest and me.

You’re wondering what’s up with me and my nostrils, right? Well… is the explanation. I am a grandma, and you may not be aware that I wear bifocals. This is the only way for me to see the view. So, you get to see my nostrils, almost as if it was part of the plan.

Next time we do a selfie outside the temple, I will not be the one taking the picture!

You’re welcome.