Thursday, March 31, 2016

Todd and Rylie's wedding day

 Oquirrh Mountain Temple
 Family and Friends come together to share on Rylie and Todd's day!
 Family and we are truly blessed to be family!
Special people came to share on this day. Grandpa Merrill and Jill Dastrup to name a few.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Some of Todd's and Rylie's Wedding Reception June 26, 2014

Todd and Rylie were married on June 27, 2014 In the Oquirrh Mountain Temple. The had their reception the night before. With the best food and a great DJ for some fun dancing!! What a wonderful celebration of such an amazing couple who love each other and God. We love Todd and so glad he is a part of our family.

Saint George March 4th to the 7th

 First day Scott and I went on a bike ride in Snow Canyon

 Then to Veyo Pies in Veyo Utah. We got a amazing Apple Pie and shared it with NO ONE!! 
 Todd and Scott went mountain biking on Saturday

 So Rylie and I went to the St. George Temple and then to Judd's for some good yummy taffy. Its tradition. 
 Lunch at Mad Pita. Mmmmmm Best fries ever!!
 Hot Tubing 

 Summer and Andrew came for a wedding. They stayed the weekend with us.

 Scott and I enjoy playing Skip Bo. Summer joined us for a game.
Summer shared her testimony at church on the temple. 
Carlie came on Sunday and went mounting bike with Scott. They are good buddies. It was a great weekend. We enjoy have a town home in Washington.

I believe in Christ!

I believe in Christ! I want everlasting happiness! In a blessing I was given when I was 17 I was told that "there would be many trials tribulations and hardship that would come into my life. I was also told that there would be help along the way that would strengthen and support me in my trials that would come to me. The memory of all this has been withheld from me and I am required to walk by faith." I have had my trials and my heart has not just been broken but shattered! 
True, enduring happiness, with the accompanying strength, courage, and capacity to overcome the greatest difficulties, will come as you center your life in Jesus Christ. Obedience to His teachings provides a secure ascent in the journey of life. That takes effort. While there is no guarantee of overnight results, there is the assurance that, in the Lord's time, solutions will come, peace will prevail, and happiness will be yours....
"The Lord is intent on your personal growth and development. Your progress is accelerated when you willingly allow Him to lead you through every growth experience you encounter, whether you welcome the experience or not. Trust in the Lord. Ask to be led by the Spirit to know His will. Be willing to accept it. You will then qualify for the greatest happiness and the heights of attainment from this mortal experience.
"Peace and happiness are the precious fruits of a righteous life. They are only possible because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ."
- Richard G. Scott, "The Atonement Can Secure Your Peace and Happiness," Ensign, Nov. 2006, pp. 40-42
I know through my experience and my journey to Christ everything is going to be 👌đŸģI love him with all my heart and will follow him. He has healed my wounded heart and has always been there for me.

Oh sweet boy, if you only know one thing in life I hope that it's you have the most powerful being in existence on your side-whose WHOLE purpose is to help and love you! He is yours to keep if you CHOOSE. And with him, you can conquer the world! 

Merrill Family Reunion March 18-19 2016

 Debbie, Me, Cousin Sheryl and Bryan  
Mark, Jon and Scott
 Looking at Judy's amazing display 

 On Saturday we went to the SLC Cemetery. This is my Great Great Grandpa Sam Merrill's grave. 

Scott Norah Clayton and I by President Hinckley's grave. 

Debbie put together a fun small family reunion for my Grandpa and Grandma Merrill's descendants. Friday night we had a yummy dinner and some games to get to know our family history better. (Judy put a lot of this together.) We talked about our heroes in our family. Tyson Gray and I had a special moment talking about our heroes. Then on Saturday we went up to SLC to the Cemetery. We took Norah and Clayton with us. It was a fun weekend. I love my family and glad I have the Gospel in my life and the sacrifices that have been made so I can enjoy the blessings.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Owen Douglas Evans Fresh From Heaven

 Beautiful Parents 
Jason stayed in the hospital the entire time with Jessie and Owen 
 Norah Clayton and Ian meet Owen for the first time
 She is the best big sister ever!!
Clayton can't get enough of Owen

Owen was born on March 17th Saint Patrick's  Day. He was 3 week and 3 days early. Jessie is just like her mom and has fast labors and a fast delivery. I was watching Norah, Clayton and Ian and Rylie came over to take over so I could go to the hospital. I was 7 minutes late. When I walked in the delivery room Jessie said it's a boy!! I was sad I missed it but so grateful he was healthy. Owen was born at 9:20. He weighed 5lb 8oz and 19 inches. We are smitten!!  

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Stacy's birthday! 3/12/16

Happiest Birthday to the most perfect daughter-in-law ever!! Stacy is kind, forgiving, courageous and can do hard things. In my eyes she is perfect and deserves all the happiness and joy this world has to offer. she is self-sacrificing and serves her family with all her heart. Best wife and mother Stacy takes care of her mind and body. Best cook and eats healthy. I adore her! God is good and has blessed me with her friendship that will last throughout all eternity! I love riding the carousel of life with her!!

Kendall and Temple Square

Best day ever! I LOVE the gospel so much!! Spent the day on temple square with my friend Kendall newly baptized member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Enjoyed a lesson from the sister missionaries. So powerful and the spirit was so strong! God is good! I can't wait to serve again!! Spend more time--much more time--in places where the Spirit is present. That means more time with friends who are seeking to have the Spirit with them. Spend more time on your knees in prayer, more time in the scriptures, more time in family history work, more time in the temple. I promise you that as you consistently give the Lord a generous portion of your time, He will multiply the remainder. Elder Nelson 3.11.15

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Celebrating 42 years of Scott being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Today I want to just hug the amazing Primary boy who shared his testimony of The Book of Mormon with my husband! For giving Scott a book to take home. I am grateful Scott took the book and read it, prayed about it and that the spirit bore witness to Scott the truthfulness of this great book. God is good! 
Today Scott and I are celebrating his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! 42 years ago today he was baptized and he says he could never imagined his life so full of joy and peace. We are not without our hard but we know where to turn for peace. He loves the Lord and is an amazing husband and father! I am grateful for the priesthood that he holds and the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our life!

We went to lunch at Malawi's and then shopping in River Woods. Scott picked out a cute summer dress for me. It wasn't in the plan but he liked it so I bought it.