Posts Tagged "Travel"

Elder Dallin McEwen

This is a letter written to Dallin’s family just before he got home from his mission.  We went out to New York and worked along side him.  His sister is my sister-in-law, Allison. Hey everyone! I can not believe how fast the mission has gone by. I know that is what every missionary says, but every returned missionary thinks that exact same thing. It is incredible, in these short two years, how much my testimony and me as a person have grown. Now that I am at the end of my mission, I have been trying to reflect on what I have learned. Sadly, I haven’t had too much time to think about it so I look forward to my plane ride home and time to just be able to ponder on the past two years. I have thought of some things recently that in particular have stuck out over these past few weeks that have really blessed me. Some of the most important things I have learned since being out here on a mission is to love everyone, how to love them, and the power in prayer. When it comes to loving people, I have encountered hundreds of people who have not felt the love of Christ in their life and often because of the people they are around. It has been such an amazing blessing to show them the love Christ would show them. To see their hearts be touched and sometimes being able to witness them make a lifelong change has been some of the most rewarding things to me. Also, my experiences with companions on the missionhave taught me how to have Christ-like love for others. I have learned to really care about them for who they are. I have been blessed to have such great companions. Some of them had their struggles, but those were the ones where I was able to grow the most, and I am sure I gave them their share of opportunities to grow with me as well. I absolutely love all the companions I have had in the mission and I know that the Lord put me with each one for a reason. I can pin point multiple things I have learned from each one. Now, the power of prayer is one of the things that I have continually learned about throughout my mission. Sometimes when it seems I forget the lessons I have learned the Lord reminds me and teaches me more. The latest reminder and lesson I have learned with the power of prayer is through the Hurricane clean up we have had here. We have had the opportunity to not only work in the homes of these people who were hit so hard, but to actually hear their stories, to let them vent about what happened, and to help them feel loved through their hard situation. Multiple times while talking to an individual that was effected by the storm they would tell us that they have never prayed in their life or that they haven’t prayed in years and after the storm when they saw all the devastation they didn’t know what to do so it brought them on their knees in prayer and the next thing they knew there was a group of people in yellow vest walking up their street and asking them if they needed help. So many people said we were a God send and answer to their prayers. I feel honored that the Lord would use us as tools to answer their prayers. I learned alot about prayer from the people’s stories and one of the things I learned is that God loves ALL of his children no matter who you are, what you have done, or even if you don’t love Him. Many of these people...

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Anniversary in Arizona

I bought a deal for a night stay and 4 tickets to a waterpark at the Arizona Grand Resort in Pheonix. It had to be used before October and it had to fall on a Friday night and the only available night to work was our actual 11th year anniversary. We decided to take just the girls with us since we just did a trip last week alone and so we headed out and stayed with our great friends we met in Carlsbad, Buddy and Sara Haws, the first night. We stopped for dinner at Joes Farm Grill because of the reviews on Yelp and boy it did not disappoint! Yummy food and great atmosphere and outdoor seating. The next day we went and took a look at the new Gilbert LDS temple in which Buddy is supervising for his work. Gilbert is a beautiful city and this temple will surely add to it. After viewing the temple we went down the street to the SanTan mall and there we meet up with Stephany and Carter. My SIL Erynne placed her baby for adoption last November to this wonderful family and we got to see Carter! Boy he is something to look at and will be a very gorgeous boy. His eyelashes and color are amazing! That evening we got to the resort and settled in and took the girls to experience their first Thai food! Reeghan ate shrimp and loved it however Paetan was quite comfortable with her fried rice. I don’t enjoy going to the movie theaters at all but I have in this trip. The girls have been talking about “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” for quite some time. The movie ended up being my favorite movie and I can’t wait to buy it because of its message and that’s it’s a very clean show. I balled the last 15 minutes of it. Very touching and made me appreciate motherhood and realized that I take it too lightly. Saturday morning we meet up with Trent’s buddies Brian and Kevin at their Crossfit gym. They are hardcores and I’ve noticed that about most people I find who do Crossfit. It’s all they talk about and it’s like a family to them. It’s kind of serious business but what they produce is amazing with what I witnessed that morning. I wonder if San Marcos has a great one? Trent’s wanting to start it and I think it will be good for him. I’m not sure if I quite ready but we shall see I do enjoy changing up my workout routines. The waterpark ended up being not at all what I expected however with it being a resort waterpark and not for the public I guess it was fine. They had 3 slides with a height restriction of 45″ that Paetan passed up thank goodness. I guess it was good that we didn’t take Easton and Stratton. They wouldn’t have enjoyed it except for the lazy river and wave pool. Trent and I practically stayed in the lazy river the whole 3 hours we were there. That night we traveled down to Tucson to see Trent’s cousins and we stayed with Mitch & Mandy which they have girls so my kids had a blast with them. The dads took them to play soccer while Mandy and I went to the RS broadcast. When we returned we played Compatability a couples game in which you find out just how comparable you are. It was so fun and an old school game. Sunday morning we went to Aunt Teresa’s...

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Owl City in Austin

Trent found these tickets for us to go to while we are here in Austin.  He knew I liked the band and was so thoughtful to make it happen for us to go.  They were so much fun to watch as all bands are in person.  However I was hoping to see how they do all their electric techno sounds but they just used a audio file for it.  Bummer! Nothing fancy to see just strobe lights but their music just sings to my soul and the crowd was pretty calm and not all crazy.  Not alot of dancing either. They are headed to my town Saturday maybe I’ll sneak in...

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The Green Door in Austin

We stayed at the beautiful “Green Door” while in Austin.  I love when I find a cute stylish home while on vacation instead of a hotel room.  The place is fully furnished and its a boutique guest homes located in vibrant South Congress (SoCo) / Travis Heights area. The neighborhood is amazing with lots of craftsman style homes that I am in love with.  The trees all line the street and its not at all flat like I pictured Texas to be. Next time your in Austin this is the place to...

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Utah Camping Trip

First on the agenda visit G&G Peterson.  Grandparents are the best because they love unconditionally and just love your presence.  You don’t have to say anything just sit by their side and just “be there” Day’s of 47 parade in SLC.  We stayed the night at Leah’s house and then went with her and her kids to the parade.  The children got to see Pres. Eyring.  Afterward we went up to Ryan’s office to check out his sweet green couch.  We always have a great visit with the Millers. Love Utah summer skies Setting up camp, Trent finding worms for fishing, playing in the creek, and the view from the top of Manti National Forest This is my families annual camping trip we do each July.  Each of the siblings will have an opportunity to plan where the camp site will be.  I already told my family when its my turn which will be in the year 2016 we are BEACH camping and they are all coming to CA! We really enjoyed the area where we stayed.  We were the only ones in the area which was nice because of all the children we had.  ATV trails were alot of fun as well and Dave came up with his awesome 70’s bus/trailer thing.  It’s surprising that it made it up the mountain.  We had no cell phone reception which was heavenly.  We were checked out! My kids miss hanging out with the Peterson cousins and really enjoy their time together.  Walking to and from the creek, playing and throwing rocks, going fishing in the lake, numerous ATV rides! We did have a bear alert too to add to the fun! On our drive out of town the beautiful temple of...

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