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Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 24, 2009


i'm just thankful for the time i'm getting
to spend with family&friends (:

My Grown Up Christmas List by Kelly Clarkson
Do you remember me?
I sat upon your knee
I wrote to you with childhood fantasies

Well I'm all grown up now
And still need help somehow
I'm not a child but my heart still can dream

So here's my lifelong wish
My grown-up Christmas list
Not for myself but for a world in need

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal the heart
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end oh,
This is my grown-up Christmas list

As children we believe
The grandest sight to see
Is something lovely wrapped beneath the tree

But heaven only knows
That packages and bows
Can never heal a hurting human soul

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
That time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end, oh
This is my grown-up Christmas list

What is this illusion called the innocence of youth
Maybe only in our blind belief can we ever find the truth

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end, oh
This is my grown up Christmas list
This is my only life-long wish
This is my grown up Christmas list
Christmas Must Be Something More by Taylor Swift
What if ribbons and bows didn't mean a thing
Would the song still survive without five golden rings
Would you still wanna kiss without mistletoe
What would happen if God never let it snow
What would happen if Christmas carols told a lie
Tell me what would you find

You'd say that today holds something special
Something holy, not superficial
So here's to the birthday boy who saved our lives
It's something we all try to ignore
And put a wreath up on your door
So here's something you should know that is for sure
Christmas must be something more

What if angels did not pay attention to
All the things that we wished they would always do
What if happiness came in a cardboard box
Then there is something I think we all forgot
What would happen if presents all went away
Tell me what would you find

You'd see that today holds something speical
Something holy, not superficial
So here's to the birthday boy who saved our lives
It's something we all try to ignore
And put a wreath up on your door
So here's something you should know for sure
Christmas must be something more

We get so caught up in all of it
Bussiness and replationships
Hundred mile an hour lives
And it's the time of year
And everybody's here
It seems the last thing on your mind

Is that the day hold something special
Something holy, not superficial
So here's to Jesus Christ who saved our lives
It's something we all try to ignore
And put a wreath up on your door
But here's something you should know that is for sure
Christmas must be something
Christmas must be something
Christmas must be something more
There's gotta be more
There's gotta be more

MERRY CHRISTMAS
(:

WHEW....

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

After 6 hours of Christmas Shopping...........




And 4 hours of Gift Wrapping.............




We were finally able to get the presents under the Christmas tree (Dec 22 at 1:40am!)

confuzzlement D:

Friday, December 11, 2009

....either way, it results with me losing .
......sigh.....


someone please remind me why i got myself into this situation ?

45 things

Thursday, December 10, 2009


this is TOO cute (: ...stolen from Maria's facebook note XD






. touch her waist ;
. talk to her ;
. share secrets ;
. give her your jacket ;
. kiss them slowly ;


[ are you remembering this? ]


. hug her ;
. hold her ;
. laugh with her ;
. invite her somewhere ;
. let her be with you when you're around your friends ;


[ keep reading ]


. smile with her ;
. take pictures with her ;
. pull her onto your lap ;
. when she says she loves you more, deny it. fight back ;
. when he friends say 'i love her more than you', deny it. fight back and hug her tight so she can't get to her friends. it makes her feel loved ;


[ are you thinking about someone? ]



. always hug her and say 'i love you' when you see her ;
. kiss her unexpectedly ;
. hug her from behind around the waist ;
. tell her she's beautiful, not sexy ;
. tell her the way you feel about her ;


[ you need to show her you mean it too ]


. kiss her on the lips ;
. don't ask her to buy you stuff. you buy her stuff ;
. tell her what feels good ;
. make her feel loved ;
. buy her things. small things can still help ;


[ we might deny it but we actually like and kinda want you to get us things ]


. don't lie to her ;
. don't cheat on her ;
. take her anywhere she wants ;
. text message her or call her in the morning and tell her to have a good day at school and how much you miss her ;
. be there whenever she needs you & even when she doesn't need you, just be there so she'll know that she can always count on you ;


[ are you still reading this? you better me. this is important . ]


. hold her close when she's cold and she can hold you too ;
. when you are alone hold her close and kiss her ;
. kiss her on the cheek (it will give her the hint that you want to kiss her) ;
. while in the movies, put your arm around her and then she will automatically put her head on your shoulder, then lean in and tilt her chin up and kiss her lightly ;


[ remember this next time you're with her ]


. when people diss her, stand up for her ;
. look deep into her eyes and tell her you love her ;
. lay down under the stars and put her head on your chest so she can listen to the steady beat of your heart. link your fingers together while you whisper to her as she rests her eyes and listens to you ;
. when walking next to each other, grab her hand ;
. when you hug her, hold her in your arms as long as possible ;


[ makes sure she knows she's loved ]


. call her at night to wish her sweet dreams ;
. comfort her when she cries and wipe away her tears ;
. take her for long walks at night ;
. always remind her how much you love her ;




[ you'll never know when she needs just a little more love ]



. never tell her
you love her
unless you truly mean it
with all your heart ;

Youth Gem #1

"No matter the burdens we face in life
as a consequence of natural conditions,
the misconduct of others,
or our own mistakes and shortcomings,
we are all
children of a loving Heavenly Father,
who sent us to earth as part of His eternal plan
for our
growth and progress.
Our unique individual experiences can help us
prepare to return to Him.
The adversity and afflictions that are ours,
however difficult to bear,
last, from heaven's perspective, for
'but a small moment;
and then, if [we] endure it well, God shall exalt [us] on high.'
We must do everything we can to
bear our burdens "well" for however long 'small moment' carrying them lasts."

--L. Whitney Clayton, "That Your Burdnes May Be Light," Ensign, Nov. 2009, 13.

Jump then Fall



Jump then Fall
by Taylor Swift


I like the way you sound in the morning,
We're on the phone and without a warning
I realize your laugh is the best thing I have ever heard

I like the way I can't keep my focus,
I watch you talk and you didn't notice
I hear the words but all I can think is we should be together

Every time you smile, I smile
And every time you shine, I'll shine for you
Woah, I'm feeling you baby
Don't be afraid to jump then fall, jump then fall into me

Baby, I'm never gonna leave you
Say that you wanna be with me too
Cause I'm gonna stay through it all
So jump then fall

Well I like the way your hair falls in your face
You got the keys to me
I love each freckle on your face, oh,
I've never been so wrapped up,
Honey, I like the way you're everything I've ever wanted
I had time to think it oh-over
And all I can say is come closer,
Take a deep breath and jump then fall into me

Everytime you smile, I smile,
And everytime you shine, I'll shine for you
Woah oh, I'm feeling you baby
Don't be afraid to jump the fall, jump then fall into me

Baby, I'm never gonna leave you,
Say that you wanna be with me too
Cause I'm gonna stay through it all so jump then fall

The bottoms gonna drop from under our feet
I'll catch you, I'll catch you
When people say things that bring you to your knees,
I'll catch you
The time is gonna come when you're so mad you could cry
But I'll hold you through the night until you smile

Whoa oh, I need you baby,
Don't be afraid please
Jump then fall, jump then fall into me

Baby, I'm never gonna leave you
Say that you wanna be with me too
Cause I'm gonna stay through it all so jump then fall

Jump then fall baby
Jump then fall into me

Every time you smile, I smile
Every time you shine, I'll shine
And every time you're here baby, I'll show you, I'll show you
You can jump then fall, jump then fall, jump then fall into me, into me

yeah

T.Swift !

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

yeyuuh Taylor Swift's Platinum CD (:

seriously, she has the BEST lines in her songs. like she may not be the best singer (Laura and I think she strains her voice a bit sometimes), but that honestly doesn't matter. She has talent when it comes to song writing. & I don't know who writes the music but they always go so well with her lyrics. Awesomeness.

& just to share a few of my favourite lines :D



The one we danced to all night long.
The moon like a spotlight on the lake.

[ Tim McGraw ]

***

Cory finds another way to be the highlight of my day.
I'm taking pictures in my mind so I can save them for a rainy day.
It's hard to make conversation when he's taking my breath away.
[ Stay Beautiful ]

***

Take me to the time we had our very first fight.
The slamming of doors instead of kissing goodnight.
You stayed outside till the morning light.
[ Mary's Song ]

***

And when I got home, before I said "amen",
Asking God if he could play it again.

[ Our Song ]

***

You and I are painting pictures in the sky.
[ I'm Only Me when I'm with You ]

***

You'd say that today holds something special,
Something holy and not superficial.
So here's to the birthday boy who saved our lives.
[ Christmas Must be Something More ]

***

Run your hands through your hair,
Absent-mindly making me want you.
[ Fearless ]

***

And I don't know why but with you I'd dance
In the storm in my best dress;
[ Fearless ]

***

Cause I can't help it if you look like an angel
Can't help it if I wanna kiss you in the rain so
Come and feel this magic
I've been feeling since I've met you
[ Hey Stephen ]

***

I can give you fifty reasons why
I should be the one you choose
All those girls, well they're beautiful
But would they ever write a song for you?
[ Hey Stephen ]

***

Cause I'm not your princess
This ain't a fairytale
I'm gonna find someone someday
Who might actually treat me well
[ White Horse ]

***

And you've got a smile that could light up this whole town
[ You Belong with Me ]

***

But I miss screamin and fighting
And kissing in the rain
It's 2am and I'm cursing your name
You're so in love that you act insane
And that's the way I loved you
Breaking down and coming undone
It's a roller coaster kinda rush
And I never knew I could feel this much
And that's the way I loved you

[ The Way I Loved You ]

***

And I love you for giving me your eyes
Staying back and watching me shine
And I don't know if you knew
But I'm taking this chance to say
That I had the best day with you today
[ The Best Day ]

***



& from my top 3 favourite songs (:

Jump and Fall
...the WHOLE song.
i can't even give you a specific line i like!
[ i'll post up the lyrics on my next post! ]

***

On the Other Side of the Door
I said "leave" but all I really want is you
To stand outside my window throwing pebbles
Screaming "I'm in love with you"

...i LOVE this whole song and the story it tells.
especially at the end when she lists specific unperfect things about him
and still realizes that she needs him =)
(the way the music gets faster at this part too is just so perfect)...

With your face and the beautiful eyes
And the conversation with the little white lies
And the faded picture of a beautiful night
You carry me from your car to the stairs
And I broke down crying, wish it weren't this mess
After everything and that little black dress
After everything I must confess
I need you

***

I'd Lie
...this is my number one fav by Taylor.
Don't know why (:
But especially this part of the song:

He looks around the room
Innocently overlooks the truth
Shouldn't a light go on?
Doesn't he know that I've had him memorized for so long?
He sees everything in black and white
Never let nobody see him cry
I don't let nobody see me
Wishin he was mine


****************




AND...just to share what she had to say at the back of her CD...

"This album is called Fearless, and I guess I'd like to clarify why we chose that as the title. To me, fearless is not the absence of fear. It's not being completely unafraid. To me, fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death. Fearless is falling madly in love again, getting back up and fighting for what you want over and over again...even though every time you've tried before, you've lost. It's fearless to have faith that someday things will change. Fearless is having the courage to say goodbye to someone who only hurts you, even if you can't breathe without them. I think it's fearless to fall for your best friend, even though he's in love with someone else. And when someone apologizes to you enough times for things they'll never stop doing, I think it's fearless to stop believing them. It's fearless to say "you're NOT sorry", and walk away. I think loving someone despite what people think is fearless. I think allowing yourself to cry on the bathroom floor is fearless. Letting go is fearless. Then, moving on and being alright...That's fearless too. But no matter what love throws at you, you have to believe in it. You have to believe in love stories and prince charming and happily ever after. That's why I write these songs. Because I think love is FEAERLESS. - Taylor Swift




....my gosh....that was BEAUTIFUL and SO well written!
im jealous.......i love english, so i love her word choices and how she said everything so deep.
i can pull off writing something like that...but how come i can't pull of my own lyrics? LOL
(okay, not that i can't come up with lyrics cause i CAN, it's the music to go along with it that's a problem! :P)


...this is why i love Taylor Swift (:



First Presidency Christmas Devotional

Monday, December 7, 2009

I sat there, watching the Christmas Devotional. It's just like any other broadcast...whoever it conducting will introduce what will happen next in the program, and whenever a speaker comes up, their name and their position as General Authority will show up.

But this time it felt different.

As President Monson approached the stand and these words appeared on the screen:


Thomas S. Monson
President
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints



...i felt a chill down my spine and a confirmation in my heart that he truly is the president of the church, making him the president of the world.

well i've always known he's the current prophet of our church today, but i never had that feeling of confirmation before. and it felt so good to have the reassurance in my testimony of sustaining the president of the church. i know that, without a doubt, that he is called of God, and is called to lead the saints in these latter-days.

first time ever !

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Okay, so if you know anything about me, you know i can bake, but i that i can't cook.
not that i can't, it just i haven't tried...alone.

but for the first time everrrrrrr i have cooked something simple by myself (:
...it's not that big of a deal, but it's an accomplishment to MOI!

my mom said it was about time that me and laura started learning how. & that we couldn't argue anymore that we're busy.
so both laura and i got a recipe we wanted to try from this American recipe set. and i chose to try
New Yorker Pasta.




well...it doesn't look exactly like what it's supposed to. but i had to make a few minor adjustments to the recipe just cuz i didn't have the stuff i needed :P


for example, my mom couldn`t get me blue cheese....so i had to use cheddar (yum yum i love cheese. i think it`s my favourite food XD). HAHA. & i used to much pasta! so compared to the pasta, there was only a little bit of broccoli D: (i LOVE broccoli btw!) & cheese was the easist thing to redo and melt again, so that`s what i made more of....OH MY...the calories on my meal just went WAY up hahaha
anywho, i learned my lesson. so i know what to do next time (not that there`s going to be a next time, cause that meal was just too fatty!!) but here`s the recipe if anyone wants to try it out (:New Yorker Pasta 3/4 lb. Thin spaghetti 1 bunch broccoli, about 1 lb. 3 tbsp butter or margarine 1/3 lb. Roquefort, Gorgonzola or your favourite blue cheese 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese Cracked pepper
Directions: 1) Bring pot of water to a boil. 2) Meantime, wash broccoli and peel stems. Place in large saucepan with 1" of water. Cover. 3) Cook about 5 minutes until tender-crisp. Drain. Set aside, uncovered. 4) Cook spaghetti according to package directions until just tender but not mushy. Drain. 5) Melt butter in skillet. Briefly saute garlic over low heat. Add cheese. Stir until melted. 6) Place hot spaghetti in serving bowl with cooked broccoli. Toss with cheese sauce. 7) Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and cracked pepper. Toss again. 8) Serve steaming hot.

Flipside practice

Saturday, December 5, 2009

&............what are you talking about?!


we were t o t a l l y having dance practice!!

it says FLIP btw...if you can't read it XD



that's purdy sick!
haha but Jezreel had to hold my hand down and everything
cause i am just physically demented like that :P



lol Laura!!


naks naman Jezreel!



& now it's time to freak-out !
dance performance is next saturday !
and the saturday following as well !
YIKES
...oh well, at least we're having FUN (:


Webcam Hackers

Friday, December 4, 2009

So yeah, to continue with my boredom of today...
as i was browsing webcam pics,
i have come to realize how awesome my friends are.

they have totally HACKED my computer
& have taken crazy pictures of themselves
when i wasn't looking.
hahahaa
i love my friends <3





I'm assuming this was taken during Cotillion Practice.
Clearly, Tichaon had better things to do....HAHAHA




what the heck? HAHA that's pretty sick, i gotta admit.
Hmm...so that's Andrew, Arielle, Holly, Rouzine
....and i have NO idea who's suited arm that is on top
Yeah...we were taking snapshots...and this was the only good one x)
Laura & Erenlee & Rouzine


This was taken while waiting for Cotillion members to arrive.
Obv, im in this picture.
But my sister made me.
This is why Laura is my bestest friend forever&eternity (:

...Mythology Tutorial?

...yeah unfortunetly.

.......but today's class is going better than expected. i usually dont participate, and when there's only 11 out of 25 people who have come, it gets pretty silent and awkward =/ but we got into pairs to do some analyzing of passages in Aeschylua' The Oresteia...which i haven't started reading yet D:

but looky, at least i made a new friend :) haha


......and as a result of this boredom....(cause apparently at the moment, my teacher is talking about FACEBOOK
LOL):
...can you SEE how tired i look?




OH YEAH (: haha .....this is my boredom
WOOT WOOT! Utah Utes
sweatshirt!!!
Evelyn called us over yesterday, and she said she had a BYU sweater for me. LIES. haha kidding! She gave the BYU sweater to Jared, and gave me the Utah Utes ones.

(SHHHHHH...her excuse was that the BYU sweater was an uglier colour hahahha "dont tell Jared" )!

Be Loyal to the Royal Within

Thursday, December 3, 2009

"you are a child of a heavenly king, who loves you. be true to your divine nature"
1 Peter 2:9
But ye are a chosen generation,
a royal priesthood,
an holy nation,
a peculiar people;
that ye should shew forth the praises of him
who hath called you out of darkness
into his marvellous light:

mon DEBUT partie

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

wow I can't believe I haven't posted this yet...
November 7, 2009


So basically, this is what happened...

Introductions



Father-Daughter Dance
Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle
Ice Cream Freeze by Hannah Montana
Malkia & Holly's Presentation
...they made a funny song for me :)


Grand Cotillion Waltz

So Close by Jon McLaughlin
Can I Have this Dance from HSM3

Jezreel&Ardale . Shaunna&William . Rouzine&Andrew . Sara&Nathan . Malkia&Dante .
. Holly&Tichaon . Natalie&Jared . Yasaman&Ross . Laura&Aron . Ariana&Daniel .



18 Candles Speeches
. Amrah . Erenlee . Rouzine . Holly . Simmin . Sara . Alice . Christine . Jezreel .
. Hababo . Alanna . Kestel . Jasmine . Shaunna . Yasaman . Malkia . Krizalyn . Laura .


18 Roses Dance
Bryan . Kenny . Daniel . Ross . Andrew . Aron . Tichaon . Jonel . William .
. Jared . Rick . Dante . Nathan . David . Ben . Kenneth . Gabriel . Ardale .




...it was a reunion for everyone.
Old friends seeing each other
Wards re-united
Garneau friends together for first time since June
Family all there
...what else could be
better?


...it wasn't just my celebration.
...it was a celebration for
ALL.



most definitely the BEST night of my l i f e (:

Happy Birthday Holly-ster!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009



To my EGG;
To my Deeks #2;
To a beautiful and talented daughter of God;
HAPPY HAPPY SWEET SIXTEEN!
'Ello Holly-ster! Just want to wish you a very happy birthday (even though you're birthday isn't for another few days). But you're birthday party has happened, so why not do this for you inbetween your party and your actual bday. Wish you all the best. You deserve it! You're party was tres fun. YEYUH....."sober Mormons burning up that dance floor!" Haha. So this is like part 2 of your gift from moi :) Part numero trois is coming the day of and will be posted on FB! Dun Dun Dunnnn! Don't worry it's nothing ALL that embarrassing. Teehee. Um, like you said, I wish we could've known each other longer than we have. But let's just be glad we did. We've become so close in the shortest amount of time! And I don't have as many inside jokes with anyone else! HAHA....i can name a LIST of things that you and some other few people will only understand. Example?
"Meow Meow"
"There's THE Meow"
"He makes the cats fo MEOW MEOW"
"Gender Confusion D:!"
....and you know there's like a billion more!

Stay beautiful .

Love yous!



.[ december 9, 2009 ].

quoted .

Friday, October 30, 2009

A man filled with the love of God,
is not content with blessing his family alone,
but ranges through the whole world,
anxious to bless the whole human race.
- Joseph Smith Jr.

it's a BITTERSWEET feeling...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

October 25th 2009 - Semi-Annual Stake Conference

"....will go down in history".


Well i think President Wong was right.
Prior to stake conference, my family heard the shocking news that our current Bishop, Bishop Racioppo, was being released, and that my dad was going to be called the new Bishop of our ward. My sister and I did not understand. But my parents knew why. Of course they couldn't tell us because no one should know until they announce it at stake conference.

So this is a summary of what went down...

1) They asked all member of the Beaches ward to stand. Then they released Bishop Brown of the Beaches ward. That was a shocker. Bishop Brown has been Bishop for 10 years! And we all thought he had many more years to go.

2) They realeased the bishop of Don Valley ward.

3) Then they asked all Don Mills ward to stand. I obviously knew what was going to happen. And I'm glad I was told before hand otherwise I would've had a mental break down right there and then. They realeased Bishop Racioppo. I almost cried. The Bishop has been bishop for 8 yrs, and I thought he was going to go longer too. In the time span that I've been in the Sunnybrook/Don Mills ward, I have only known 3 bishops. Bishop Armstrong, Bishop Rowen, and Bishop Racioppo...and Bishop Racioppo has been the longest of the three. So to my ward it was just so shocking.

4) This is where the even more shocking news comes in. They announced that they were DISCONTINUING the Beaches ward. My mouth dropped open. I think it was 2 years ago at another stake conference where they discontinued the Broadview branch and the Cedabrae ward. That was a surprise, but not as shocking as this. Cedabrae shared a chapel with Scarborough, so the church was still being used. Broadview shared a chapel with Beaches, so that was still being used. But now that Beaches ward is dis-continued, we have NO IDEA what is going to happen to that building. Oviously the stake has some plans for it because i've also heard that they've been planning this for two years. TWO YEARS. I couldn't believe it. For two years it was planned that Beaches ward was going to be discontinued. Unbelieveable. They then posted the new boudaries for the Toronto, Don Valley, and Don Mills ward.

5) So now we know why our Bishop was released. This is the most saddest thing I've ever heard in my life...the Bishop was released because they are no longer within the boudaries of our ward. I was tearing. I couldn't cry. But I was sure wiping my eyes cuz they were so wet! My sister on teh other hand was bawling behind me. Along with the Bishop, almost half my ward was leaving as well. My heart completely broke. They asked the members of the each ward to stand, including the members that were to be moving. It was so heartbreaking.


Now, as sad as it may be, it IS the Lord's will. The Stake Presidency has made this decision under the counsel of the Lord. So we must just have faith that there if a reason for all of this.

What a bittersweet feeling....

BITTER: Bishop Racioppo was released. Enough said. That's sad enough.

SWEET: My dad got called as Bishop. That's pretty awesome!

BITTER: Half my ward is leaving. It's so hard to let them go. When you've grown up learning to love these people as your family for the past 13 years, it's just so heartbreaking to have to get rid of this attachment you have with them. No more seeing them on Sundays, no more being together during ward activities. Really, these people are my family. These are the people I am used to being around. These are the people I love and am going to miss dearly. I can always see them whenever, but just not being able to be around them every week is just really sad.

SWEET: Due to half my ward being gone, we got almost the whole Beaches ward! It's new faces which is kind of scary, but it's quite exciting. Also, I used to be a member of the Beaches ward when I was younger. So this is like a childhood reunion...the Limas', Casselss', and Brown's back together. Haha, all we need are the Galangs, Davis, Clifton, and Almasi's, and we shall be complete :)

BITTER: Don Valley is getting the majority of the most awesome people they'll ever meet (people who used to be in my ward). I'm really jealous.

SWEET: Don Valley finally gets a bigger ward. Haha, they're chapel is kinda small though...I don't know how that's going to work XD


But yeah, i can go on and off about the good and bad. After stake conference, there was a whole lot of crying and hugging within my ward. Between Toronto, Don Valley, and Don Mills...we have it the worst. Toronto and Don Valley both just agined people, while Don Mills totally split. I can't imagine what the members of the Beaches ware are feeling. They aren't just split, but their ward just doesn't exist anymore. It pretty hard to take in.

After church, I couldn't really cry with everyone else. I was just sad, and said it, and expressed it. But later at night, during my prayers before I went to bed, I started sobbing. It acutally surprised me. Tears were streaming down my face and my sobs were as hard as hick-ups. It didn't hit me harder than it did that night of how much I would miss my family. You see, at church, I didn't realize how many people were leaving. But at home I over-heard my paretns talking about how many people were leaving. How many callings were going to be left empty cause most of our leaders have moved. I also over-heard my mom saying that at least we'll all see each other at my party, so it'll be like a reunion. That was just so sad. Of all people that were coming to my party, church people were the ones I would'nt have counted on as seeing them my party would be a reunion, just cuz i see them more often than family and school friends.

It really hit me hard how much I cared and loved these people, how attached I became to them. I just prayed hard that night that all those who moved would adjust to their new ward, and those of us who were left would be able to cope without them.

YLC 2009 - Day 4

during General Assembly...

Be strong
And of good courgae
Be not afraid
Stand firm in the faith
For the Lord will be with us
Wherever we go
Be strong
Be one
Be strong
i felt the spirit so strongly when we sang that. it was taught to us by a guy who was working on the new youth 2010 cd. it was going to be given to youth all over the world, to remind them, that they're not alone. cuz it's hard to be a member of the church, especially when there are not many members in the area to help you make living the Gospel easier. we sang it so many times, and each time our voices grew louder and stronger...and eyes got tearier. each time he told us to think of the youth, then of our friends, the of someone we know who is struggling, then of our families. i think that's what got a lot of people so emotional. when we were done, even our presiding leader was crying. all you could hear in the auditorium was sniffling.

it was not a sad moment, but a noble one.

all of us standing as youth, with our testimonies burning brighter than ever.


Grateful for the GOSPEL

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Yesterday as I was riding the subway home from school, an elderly lady comes up to me and offers me a small pamphlet. Right away I knew she was doing her own missionary work for her church. Being with the LDS missionaries for when tracting, I know how it feels like to not be given a chance. So politely, I took the pamphlet. Why not, she's a fellow Christian.

So I looked at the back of the pamphlet and it read...

"...you can be saved right now! It's not up to you! Just bow your head and pray to God in your own words, and admit to Him that you are a guilty sinner who deserves hell, but that with all your heart, you believe Jesus Christ can save you from hell and change your way of life."

After I read that, I had this sick gut-feeling in my stomach. When the paragraph started, I was thinking well 'yea, that's how you're supposed to repent...they're just like our church". But when it continued to say "to admit to Him that you are a guilty sinner who deserves hell"...wow, it gave me the sickest feeling ever.

Growing up in the church, i've never ever been taught that that was the way to confess to God. I know that when you've made a sin, you kneel humbly down in prayer and ask for God's forgiveness and ask Him to help you repent.....NOT to tell God you deserve hell.

I can't imagine all those people out there who have no idea what comes after this life. Also the love that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ has for them, that there is a way to find they're way to eternal life through the Atonement.

Well after that experience, I was just so grateful that I had the gospel in my life. I can't imagine my life without it....and after the realization of how little people in the world must know, then I must go out and do like what the song says, "I will not be still". I need to get out there and do some missionary work!

"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God
unto salvation to every one that believeth..."
- Romans 1:16 (scripture mastery!)

Axe Canada's Ridiculously, Ridiculously Good Summer Gig

Monday, October 19, 2009

Okay, so im sitting in the hallway blogging and some guy comes up to me to tell me about this thing called:

AXE CANADA'S RIDICULOUSLY, RIDICULOUSLY GOOD SUMMER GIG

Haha, so i thought it was just gonna be something i'd turn down, but after he told me stuff, i actually really wanna do it. only problem is you have to be between 19 to 25.

so basically, one girl and one guy is chosen to stay in a condo somewhere downtown. then they get invited to all these events happening in Toronto. all they have to do is go to all the events, blog about it on your computer, and then you get $10 000.

honestly, who wouldn't want to do that? it sounds amazing. i mean, im already jealous that i cant do it, cuz i blog anyways, and im always looking for something interesting to go to just so i can blog about it. so i suggest if you wanna do it, then GO DO IT!

Soooooo if anyone out there is interested and wants to do it, here's the website for more details:
http://axesummergig.ca/

[ yeah, the guy said to advertise, since im not old enough -_-" BOO ]

Moon Cake Party

Yeah, this post is kinda late....it was in my draft folder >_<

So 2 Saturdays ago, Daniel invited Laura, William, and I to come to his ward for their Moon Cake Party. I haven't been to anything like that before, so I wanted to go. My sister had some bio test to study for, so she was going to ditch me. After cotillion practice, I asked Jezreel if she'd want to come with me instead. So she said yes, and that got Andrew to come along, which got Rouzine to come along, which got Jared to come along. Dante, Bryan, and Hadrian all were coming too. So we all ended up going, and i was pretty sad my sister wasn't so we all made a sadface at her and we all started breaking hearts with our fingers, so ha dee ha ha, we convinced her to come.

So we headed off to Don Mills station first. Haha, we were such a large group we had to count heads just to make sure we didn't leave anyone behind (we have short people, you must always look out for them :P). We went down to the station, and i've never been on the Don Mills subway line before, so i was on the lookout. Rouzine isn't really used to riding the subway, so her and i stuck together.

When we got to Bayview and got to the staircase, we were all like WOAHHH. The staircase was HUGEEEEE. But we all ran up it. Haha, by the time i finished the 3rd set of stairs, i thought it was done, and when i looked up there was like 2 more sets to go. When we arrived at the top we're all like wooooyaaah!! *accomplisment*

We found Ting near the exit of Bayview, so we all walked with her to the Bayview chapel. I feel pretty lame saying this, but i was excited...cuz everytime i'd ever have to go to the Bayview chapel, my dad would drive me. So this was my first time going there by bus. PLUS, i've never attended another ward's party, not to mention, a party that is based around a culture tradition.

We got there a tad bit early, but Ting had told us earlier that she had to get ready for the fashion show. So while all the Bayview yw were getting ready for that, we kinda invaded the cat walk to kill time. Haha we each got of the catwalk and strut it down the isles, posed, and then took a photo.

There was still so much time to kill, so Jezreel and I started being girls and took pictures in the washroom mirror. I shall say now that it's so funny trying to find a washroom in that building. The building hallway is just one circle, so when finding something, you either go right or left. So happens, the washrooms were on the right of us, but we decided to go left, and walked all the way around before we found the washrooms XD

When we came out of the washrooms, Daniel said that I just missed a certain someone cougcough. He showed us where they went, and we kinda just chilled outside, near where they were. Jezreel, Rouzine, and I started taking model poses. LOL there was the chair rack, which we climbed on to take pictures. I took some model poses of Andrew too with him wearing my scarf and sunglasses...I gotta say they looked pretty sick...that's what you call master photographer! :)

When we got bored of taking photos, we started to walk around. We followed Daniel to where the yw were getting ready for the fashion show. He got one of them to show us theu music he was planning to play during the fashion show. Haha, everytime he clicked a song, all of us would sing along...and he kept cutting us off each time when he put a new one on.

Well we made friends at Bayview ward. I already knew some of them, like Angela (room mate at YLC 08), Michelle (girls camp!), and Marina (Daniel's sister). But i've never talked to them all that much. So we got to while we were there. I didn't even recognize Marina (I wasn't waering my glasses). She was so pretty! Her hair and makeup looked so good. I give credits to whoever did it for her. We made friends with this new member, Wendy. She's pretty cool, and really pretty. I loved the dress she was wearing during the fashion show. And apparently, she lives near Andrew, Rouzine, and Bryan, so she's techinally in our ward, but she goes to Bayview ward instead for her mom.

When we finished mingling with them, we headed back to our "waiting" area. Someone opened up the ping pong table, so we started to play. I got bored of it really quick, so i just sat and listend to whatever songs Laura was playing from Jared's cell phone. When "No One Else Comes Close" came on, I freaked, and I grabbed Rouzine and pretended to slow dance with her. And when we turned around, this missionary was looking at us. I was like 0____0 and sat down, then Laura and I were like, "uh oh AWKWARD TURTLE!!" Elder Cokrin, one of my fav missionaries, was there. I was like YAAAY!

The activity was going to start soon, so we took our seats. After the prayer, it was time to eat. Everything was said in Chinese, so we had no idea what was going on. Daniel ran over to us and told us to go line up for food, but we didn't want to go right away, just because it wasn't our ward and we didn't wan to seem like pigs. But eventually we did (man, we were so hungry and waiting for the activity to start for so long!). The food was really good. And they had Soy Bean Pudding (or "TAHO" as what we Filipinos call it)!!! Yeah, it sounds kinda gross, but it's really good. Espeically when you warm it up in the microwave and put syrup. Yummy.

After eating, the fashion show started. First the Young Women went up. Then the Young Men, then some ladies from Relief Society who wore some traditional Chinese clothing. It was pretty cool. The next presentation was Kaia. Omgdness, so the story behind her is she's this cute little girl who's like a quarter Chinese, a quarter Japanese, a quarter Russian, and like something else. She came with her grandparents to YW Camp like 2 years ago, and we tried to get her to talk to us, and eventually she did. She's the cutest thing. So yeah, she went up and sang a song from the Phantom of the Opera. It was SO CUTE! She has the highest little voice, and i thought it was so precious.

After Kaia, the missionaries went up to do their presentation. Like i said before, everything was said in Chinese, so we couldn't understand the narration of the story. But i was still laughing SO HARD. Wendy and Michelle attempted to translate for us. But even though i couldn't understand, i still found so many things SO FUNNY. Like there was this one part where all the missionaries backs were turned towards the audience, then Wendy said that the narrator said "they were the HOTTEST guys around". All of a sudden they stripped off their jackets...and on their backs were pictures of the sun. HAHAHA i found that funny. And then they turned around and started acting all cool and hot and acting like they're the hottest guy around and i was DYING from laughter. Since I knew two of them, Elder Corkin and Elder Sowards, it made it all the funnier. Then there was this scene where one of the missionaries started fighting with all the others. And he used chopsticks to fight...hahahaha...it's so Asian, i love it. And there were these other scenes with the Book of Mormon, and everytime a missionary would open it up, there'd be 4 missionaries in the background singing "Hallelujah"...HAHAHAHAHA...reminded me of "The Best Two Years", which is like an AWESOME missionary movie [ I recommend it to anyone. It's the movie that made we want to do missionary work and serve a mission ].
The next presentation was the primary kids. They were so cute. Once again everything was in Chinese, but I didn't need a translation to say AWW to how cute they were.

So yeah! That's pretty much how it went. I had a tres fun time just being there with friends and getting to see how other wards/cultures have their parties. I'm inviting everyone to our Filipino Christmas party next! Teehee. So as everyone was cleaning up, Daniel played some songs, and Jezreel and I kinda danced to it on the spot [LOL my sister got so embarrassed :P]

firestation visit !

Saturday, October 17, 2009

For Fab Friday, we had our annual Potluck, Food drive, and Firestation Visit!

We started off with devotional in the chapel. After a couple of youth speakers, Sis. Verdasca gave us the opportunity to bear our testimonies if we wanted to. After, Sara and I did our musical presentation. Before I started, I felt that I should bear my testimony about why i chose the song for the theme of Thanksgiving. I Know That My Redeemer Lives. I started crying...but YES...i feel so accomplished, i didn't sob like a maniac like i usually do.

after the devotional, we all headed to the gym for the potluck. wow, this year there wasn't as much food. usually, the youth were only in charge of bringing dessert and some things for the food drive, but this year, the youth were in charge of bringing the main dish too. so i guess that's probably why we didn't have much.

and of course, when we sat down to eat, we were that table, as Holly calls it..."the LOUD table who gets dirty looks"... ohhh yeaaaa. Hahahaha we were pulling in extra chairs (cuz we're so cool, and everyone wants to join our table :P) and we were laughing so loud! Like me and dante were explaining how some guys walks...and then i told this story about the taxi cab driver and the nun. the table was laughing so loud, then one of the other tables started mocking us my mimicking whatever me and holly did....LOL helaman XD

after eating, since there wasn't all that much food for the food drive, we skipped the group picture in front of the stage with the food and just headed straight to the firestation. we got there and the first thing we did was take a group pic (of whoever came).

after the photo, one of the firemen showed us some of their equipment. they answered q & a, and one of the firewomen slid down the pole for us! we got so excited! we all wanted to slide down the pole too, but they didn't let us. when the q & a were done, one of our leaders asked this tall (kinda cute) firefighter to slide down the pole for us. since i didn't get a better picture of the lady, i went to the front to attempt to get a better picture this time. everyone was like SHAMELESS! and all the girls were coming up too. im like oh boy, you guys, it's not what you think!!!!

so after that last slide, we all headed back to our cars. but me and holly wanted to get a picture with the firepeople...so we stayed back. me and holly started to pose with the firewoman and the (cute) fireman, and a whole bunch of girls were like "can we come in the picture too?!" Hahahahahahaha and then a few more girls started running into the picture...oh WOW


after that photo, i realized the older fireman who gave us the info about the firestation wasn't in the picture, so when he finished talking to one our leaders, we asked him if we could get a photo with him. then cute fireman guy offered to take the picture for us :) teehee

fairy makeup .

Friday, October 16, 2009

Yesterday before mutual, Jezreel, Laura, and I headed to the mall to go look for costume ideas.

A fact about me is that I love to dress up and go all out, BUT another fact is that I'm also broke, so I won't spend my money on buying an awesome costume *sadface*. So what i end up doing is looking for a whole bunch of items for cheap, look at what i already have, and try to create something out of it. For example, last year I had a tiara from a bridal shower i went to, and i had this awesome pink plaid tie with a crown on it. so i decided that i would dress up as a school girl zombie. yeah something like that. haha it turned out pretty awesome. the only thing i ended up buying to complete the outfit was some white pasty make-up and knee-high socks.

this year, i decided that i wasn't going to go trick-or-treating, therefore i didn't think of a costume. but then later on i found out that in mutual we're having a halloween party AND for ysa we're having a costume ball. so i had to think up a costume last minute (2 weeks is last minute when it comes to costume planning for me). so i said i wanted something with either ears (like a cat), or wings (like a butterfly).

so we headed to the Dollarama first to see what i could find. i did find a set of wings, but they were for a bumblebee outfit. i did find a bunch of wands. jezreel and i bought a pair of blue star wands. we then headed up to Zellers. Wow, it's weird how much of a kid i can be...cause once we got to the 2nd floor to where all the costumes were, i started freaking out when i saw the fairy wings. so i bought myself and jezreel a pair. then we got some glitter make up to go along with it...i wasn't too sure how i was going to use it though.

so im all excited about this fairy princess costume.
but im not using actual fairy clothes (no duh).
i've decided to wear the white pants i have, then wear this pink mini skirt i bought like 3 yrs ago. [no i never wore that mini skirt by itself...that's immodest!]

so all i had to worry about know was the make-up. i tried searching online for some mak-up tips and holloween makeup ideas. and i came across this website with a whole bunch of designs for different fairy types: http://www.squidoo.com/fairy-makeup-fantasy-makeup-goth-makeup.

so on the website, there was this one tutorial video of this make-up artist who showed you how to do some kind of gothic/fallen-angel look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjEJSgi8Yvw

my colours were like a bright blue and pink...and my wings were a darkish purple and green. so i thought i'd use her idea, and try to put my own kinda thing on it. cuz like i said, im broke, so i dont have the supplies i need...so i tried to use whatever i had, and came up with this:


So here are my own steps on how to get this...just incase i forget by the time i need it XD

step 1: so i bought an extra bottle of the white halloween foundation makeup. so i put that around my eye and upper cheek area, just to create a base. it sort of looked like a mask when i put it on. I wanted all the makeup i put on to seem light, so therefore the white base would work. and it's easier to draw on pencil eye-liner when you have the base on your face.

step 2: next, i worked on the eyeliner. i put black liner on my top and bottom lid. from there i went through them again, and this time, instead of ending at the corner of my eye, i continued different strokes upward and downward for those black streaks on my face.

step 3: next i worked on the eyeshadow. i used this glittery dark blue eyeshadow. when i started spreading it upwards towards my brow, i started to include blush pink and white eyeshadow, just to make the dark blue seem a little lighter. when i went towards the corner of my eye, i stopped with the dark blue eyeshadow, and used a light purple colour instead. then i faded it with the blush pink colour. when that was done, i took the light purple and brushed all over my eye. after, i brushed on top of the black strokes, just so that the black wouldn't look so bold and more soft.

step 4: next i opened up the glitter bottle i bought. i took a regular paintbrush i had and dipped it. i then started followng the black strokes of eye-liner with the paintbrush, just to make it seem less of a "dark angel" look. the dark blue eyeshadow was still too dark for me, so i painted sparkles on my eyelid and beneath my eye as well.

step 5: after all that, i thoght i was done, so i moved on to my lips. i used a dark lipstick first, then i covered it with a really really light pink lipstick (i used a brush for this part). i put extra of the light pink on the line of my lips, just to create a fading colour on my lips.

step 6: so when i compared my eyes to my lips i thought they still looked really dark to me. so i had the best idea everrrrr. i decided, why not try putting the light pink lipstick on top my eyes. i know, crazy, cuz lipstick is not for the eyes, but im like what the hey, it cant do any harm. so i took the brush, and started to outline the black eye-liner strokes with pink....and yay i totally brightened up the scene (on my face)! i continued with putting the pink lipstick over my eyeliner (above and underneath my eye). and that is when i became satified.

so a little note to self, next time i'm putting the pink before the glitter, because that would work so much better.

i also put on some mascara last, which wasn't such a great idea...i think i should've done that sooner.

then a little foundation and blush should finish it off :)

& just a note to all of you. i am no make-up artist. it's actually a house rule that i'm not allowed to wear make-up until im 18. so no nail-polish, no eye-liner, no foundation...NOTHING. so i'm pretty suckish with putting all that stuff on, cause i don't wear it at all. but i also think putting make-up on before going anywhere takes so much time...when i am allowed to start wearing it, i using it for special occassions only...anywho....so i get pretty excited with halloween and stuff, cuz i get to go all out with coming up with a make-up design for my face :D


woot woot...i am excited. hehe and i get to try this on Jezreel before i do mine, cuz this is the 2nd year we're dressing up like twins XD teehee

i`ll put up a blog post of the halloween party and the costume ball! (:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I know I'm loved because of the people I have in my life :)


Thanksgiving is the appointed time
for focusing on the good in our
lives.
In each of our days,
we can find small blessings,
but too often
we overlook them,
choosing instead to spend our time
paying attention to
problems.
We give our energy
to those who cause us trouble
instead of
those who bring peace.
Starting now,
let’s be on the lookout
for the
bits of pleasure in each hour,
and appreciate the people who
bring love
and light to everyone
who is blessed to know them.
You are one of those
people.
On Thanksgiving,
I’m thankful for you.
Happy Thanksgiving!

By Joanna Fuchs

YLC 2009 - Day 3

Saturday, October 3, 2009

.[Be an Example of the Believers].

Dun Dun Dun....today was the last full day of Conference...and the night of the Formal...the night everyone waits for. Branches and twigs usually make a big deal. Guys will ask girls if they could escort them to the formal before hand; some twig leaders will have the guys prepare a song for the girls; some have roses or corsages prepared for their girls....yeah it's a big deal.

Anywho, today started off with a General Assembly. I came outside and the usual guys weren't there: Daniel, Rick, Jonel...so I went off to join a group of girls whom I sorta made friends with the night before during variety night. When our leaders called the guys to go get an escort so we can head over to the hall for general assembly, David randomly comes through and he's like ok let's go! Whew, at least I didn't get left behind. LOL with Daniel, Rick, and Jonel not there I was wonderin who was going to escort me XD


During General Assembly, it was David, me, Daniel, Rick, and Brady sitting together. I will say now that the rest of the row were all guys. All the girls were sitting in the row behind. We started by singing the EFY Medly. Like I said before, that songs gives me chills; this time it gave me chills + I laughed. I couldn't help it! When all the guys stood up to sing Army of Helaman, I was like this dent in the row! Hahaha! But wow, their voices were so powerful. Did I mention how attractive that is? Worty young men singing Army of Helaman? Anyway...when it was the girls turn to stand up, I could barely hear myself sing since I was the only girl in the row. But still, the song was sweet as ever.

The first speaker was Caitlin Thompson, a girl who was one of my housemates last year. Today's theme was Be an Example through FAITH. She said that faith comes by righteousness and that it is kindled by other people's testimonies.

The 2nd speaker was Mark Opper, this guy in my branch. He reminded us that people are always watching what we do by saying this simple rhyme: "Someone is watching you, that's a fact. Someone is watching the way you act."

There was a musical number by this girl with a beautiful voice. I remembered her from one of last year's Genereal Assembly when she sang "Someone Needs Your Star" by Jenny Philips. This year, I'm guessing she sang a song from the new Jenny Philips CD for the theme of 2009, Light Keepers. I'm not 100% sure what the title of the song is, so I'm searching it right now...and I really don't know wich song it is...maybe it's not from that CD. But she sang the words "lantern light" a few times during the song, so yeah...if any one else cant tell we that would be great, cause it's really bugging me now that I don't know the song. But it was BEAUTIFUL. She started crying and she couldn't finish the song, so she spoke them under her tears. It was so touching. I recommend to anyone any of Jenny Philips CD's. Her songs are absolutely moving. Check our her stuff at
http://www.jennyphillips.com/

Elder W.T Murray, a member of the 70 talked as well. One of the things I had written down was a line from one of the hymns that he mentioned..."I BELIEVE IN CHRIST, COME WHAT MAY". It made an impact on me, cause I've never really viewed the hymn lyrics like that before. As long as we have faith in Christ, then we can fight anything. He put up a quote, which I attempted to copy down as quick as I could, but wasn't able to get the whole thing. Nevertheless, I shall share it: "From the parables I would like to suggest that if we are really to be a chosen generation, we have the responsibility to be prepared, to be productive, to be faithful, and to be fruitful as well. What we need as we journey along through the period known as mortality, is a compass to chart our course, a map to guide our footsteps, and a pattern whereby we might mold and shape our very livees. May I share with you a formula that in my judgement will help you." So yeah, that was a talk by President Thomas S. Monson in the Marh 1996 Ensign, if anyone wants to search up the rest. Other notes; Joseph Smith calls this work, "a Work that God and Angels have contemplated with Delight". Elder Murray also said, "Dwelling in the world is part of our moral test. The challege is to live in the world yet not partake of the world's temptation which will lead us away from our spiritual goals". He quoted Elder Robert D. Hales, "the war that started in heaven has not ended yet and we shall not end until everyone has proved the extent of his ability to resist Satan".

Our key note speaker for today was Robert Tibbs. He gave us a bunch of scriptures, if any one would like to see them: AofF3; Alma 42:4, 13, 27-28; Alma 34:15-16; Alma 19:15-16; D&C 19:15-19. He talked about baptism and how "it is so important that it is performed not only for the living but also for the dead" (Ensign, May 1998, 46).


Our first workshop today was the Morman Girl workshop by Meagan Sandor. She's a director, and she created the movie herself. It was a documentary on 3 Mormon Girls who all had different lives. The first one, Chloe, a really pretty girl who was actually in my twig, was the girl who fell away from the church, but then cam back. A few notes I took on what she said were:
- not looking for something to make her happy -> church; living the Gospel is happiness
- when you're happy you're free
- we are just kids who have found the right way to live

The 2nd girl in the video was Mallory. She was the girl who tried to live the gospel, but it was easy for her to fall. A note I took of what she said was that when someone tells you not to do something, you want to try it to see why you can't. To be honest, it's true in terms of myself. But when I know it's not, then I wouldn't.

The 3rd girl was Jessica. I don't think she was in my branch, but she was in one of the groups with us when we watched the video. Jessica is the girl that follows the gospel and has never had that point in her life where she fell away. In the video, she compared the gospel to the main trunk of a tree. She said when we go and make choices, it's like we get lead away to a branch, then a twig...and then eventually that twig stops and you're stuck. She said that she never wants to put herself in a position where you end up alone. We don't have to worry about world tings when you have an eternal perspective (I have to keep that more in mind!)

At the end of the video, we discussed things here and there...and a couple of more notes:
- it's a choice to live
- work on weakness by doing opposite of what people did
- "I know I'm not that girl who's looking for a way to be happy" (because the Gospel brings happiness)
- Look at little things to make us happy ("by small and simple thing, great things shall come to pass" YEYAH!)
- accept the Atonement into our lives

Yeah, I really enjoyed that workshop. I must remind myself to buy that Mormon Girl DVD.


Our next workshop was with Bro. Martinez and Bro. Lemon! I was excited for this one, because I've been to their workshops before, and they're so GOOD! So the topic was Rock & Rice. What the heck, right? Haha. Well, Bro. Martinez explained that the Rock is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When you put rice in a bucket first, it's hard to put rocks in afterwards. When you put the rocks first (or our foundation in Christ), then everything flows around that testimony (when the rice was poured, it went around rocks). At the beginning of the workshop, they told us to take a stone from the bucket and he told us to examine it. Near the end, he got 2 volunteers to come up. He took their stones and mixed them with a few different ones. He asked them to get their stones back. When they did, he asked them how do you know that was your stone. Each person gave a distinct description of their stone and that was how they knew. Bro. Martinez told us that our Heavenly Father knows who we are, just like how we know our stone. He knows every single bump in out lives. He told us that when he comes home, his sons always come up to him and say "yay Daddy's home". Then he said that he can't wait for the day that he gets to go to our Heavenly Father and the Father will say 'welcome home'. WOAH Chills!! He also shared a short story called "The File Room". It will give you a hit of realization of what kind of lives we live and the sacrifice that Christ has made for us. I've heard the story before cause of forwarded emails, so if you would like to see this moving story, just click this link:
http://aralimas.wordpress.com/2009/10/07/the-file-room/


When all workshops were done, we all headed back to our houses, cause it was our group's turn to do the service project. Noah (my group), Isaiah (my sister's group), and another branch all ended up doing the outdoor service project. We got changed into sports attire (yeyah bball shorts!) and then meet outside in the centre. The leaders handed out these jerseys we had to wear. OMGDNESS...I've AWLAYS wanted to wear one of those yellow "Mormon Helping Hands" jersey! AH! Like I see youth wearing them in pictures in the New Era, and now I finally got to wear one =)

So our service project was pulling weeds from the campus. I've never pulled weeds before cause I don't own a garden, so I thought this was going to be interesting. We headed to the first area of weeds, and blehhhh I found it so hard to pull out the small weeds. It was hard to grasp them and some of them had thorns. Later on we were givin gloves, which helped a lot. I found it more fun pulling out the larger weeds, cause that way we got to dramatically pull them out and fall...which was funny. I'm not too sure how long we were pulling weeds for, but it didn't feel all that long. By the time we were done, the tree areas looked so much cleaner cause we took them weeds out!


After the service project, we headed back to the houses to get ready for DUN DUN DUNNNNNNN...the FORMAL! My sister came over to my room to do my hair. Haha, me and my sister missed each other so much, we were talking non-stop the hour and a half she was at my house. When all was done and ready, my house-mates and I took photos downstairs in our dresses. When it was time to get outside and get our escorts, we were like huddling in the cornere...AWKWARD. Haha it's always really weird getting your escort for the formal. Daniel wanted to escort someone, and I wanted someone to escort me, but we both didn't get what we wanted (grr), so we ended up going together. It's so sad, he made a joke about having to escort me all the way up until November since he's my escort for my debut XD

Dinner wasn't all that good. It looked good: lasagna, garlic bread, salad, & pie for dessert....but I had NO appetite whatsoever to eat for some reason. A whole bunch of us couldn't finish the food, and we sorta hid it all when we went to throw it. Poor Sara didn't have anything good to eat for a while now, and this dinner didn't help. Man, was she ticked. After dinner, we headed outside, taking pictures with everyone in all their good-looking, formal attire. When we found my sister and whoever else she was chilling with, we decided to just chill there too. We were waiting for the dance to start, and at one point we were like "Oh! Let's practice the walktz!" (the waltz for my debut). A leader came up to us a while later and asked us if we were practicing for the dance, cause the dance was about to begin!

We headed downstairs to where the dance was being held. When we entered, there were a bunch of white pipe cleaners on the table...I shall never understand why. But right away, everyone started playing around with them, bending them into shapes to create props for themselves. Holly had a set of wings...and devil's horns...or at least I think they were devil horns. And Richard made a set of glasses....which we both wore and were officially nerdin. I really enjoyed the formal dance. YLC 07 was insanely fun. As for YLC 08, I didnt think it was all that great. I barely danced at that one cause I was uncomfortable in the dress I was wearing...like I could barely move my arms. This year, it's stats went way up high there. Aside from the dinner, and the whole "our escorts didn't get us anything this year", the formal was really fun. I LOVED my dress (my prom dress!) and so did a whole bunch of other people. It's really flowy, so it's easy to move in and it swishes prettily everywhere :) The music was good...haha they played Boom Boom Pow! I mean, I didn't know it was appropriate to play at a church dance, but I dance anyway, cause I like the beats to that song. Haha when it played we all jumped up and where everywhere dancing like crazy. During the dance, I was giving Richard dancing lessons (LOL), and congrats to him, he found out how to move his hips. I didn't get all moody like the first dance (I don't think I mentioned that in "YLC 2009 - Day 1" post). Slow dance count: 1 song with Rick; 3 songs with Richard.

By the time the night was done, I was pooped out. But I was tres happy that that was how we eneded our last night at YLC cause it was super fun. When we were being escorted back to our houses it was: Rick and I, Daniel and Krizalyn, and Holly and her escort, Larry, came to join us. We all clung on together and randomly started skipping and singing "Follow the yellow brick road" HAHA.

We got back to our houses for twig devotionals and we bore our testimonies/shared experiences. When the guys left, us girls stayed up later than usual just munching on chips and talking about the most random things. My room mates are too funny. Some random lady knocked on our windom, and she started telling my house leader that there was girl with this beautiful dress that sparkles under the lights. My leader was like yeah! She's right here! Haha, I got up, and there were like a billion sparkles all over the chair..I leave them wherever I go :P. The rest of my room mates decided to stay up and talk since it was the last night, but I was way too tired to do any of that. I went straight to bed with the biggest smile on my face.
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