Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Day 1...

...of the most awesome internship in the world.

Did I tell you I work here...

...for him...

photo courtesy kued.com

...and him...

photo courtesy utahgop.com

...and their staff?

Oh, and this has added some fun and coolness to the experience, too:

photo courtesy deseretnews.com

President Obama named Governor Huntsman to be the U.S. Ambassador to China--pending Senate approval.

Day One of the coolest internship in the world was awesome. I am so blessed. And I get to learn so much. I pretty much have the most amazing internship in the world.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

General Conference Choir

In April, I sang in General Conference in the Priesthood Session Choir. What an incredible experience! The three songs we sang were arranged by Brother Randall Kempton, one of our conductors. In the last song, I'm in a close shot at 4:38 in the top left corner.

For those of you who weren't able to see it, here are the three songs we sang:

Sing Praise to Him

Father in Heaven

I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go

Friday, May 1, 2009

Life as I knew it...

Here's a quick re-cap:

In January, the semester began. It was by far the craziest, busiest, BEST semester ever.

For three and a half months, I served with these two in the Student Representative Council (SRC) Presidency. Joseph (left) and Neil (right) are awesome. I loved gleaning from their insight and counseling with them several times each week. If you want to experience Zion, work with them.

Highlights of my service includ: meeting Elder D. Todd Christofferson and other Devotional speakers, weekly presidency meetings, weekly one-on-one stewardship reviews, working in the governing councils of the university, working with the university president and vice presidents, and working with an awesome Student Representative Council.

We had an AWESOME council this semester. It has been an awesome experience. I wish I could put it all into words.

(Sorry, I don't have a picture of our council. As soon as I can get my hands on one, I'll post it.)

We also got a new Bishopric (the second week of school). I loved serving for nine months with Bishop Smith and his counselors: Brother Parker and Brother Blacker. This picture was taken the day before they were released. (L to R) Me, Sister & Bro. Parker, Sis. and Bishop Smith, Sis. and Bro. Blacker.

I balanced the schedule of our new bishop, Bishop Johnson for three months, and I loved working with him. I feel blessed for the time I got to work with him.

In March, I helped plan and host Business Summit, an annual event hosted by the College of Business and Communication.

I got some good practice in PR, events planning, and hosting. I was also the student host for James H. Quigley, Global CEO of Deloitte Touche Tomahtsu. Wow! What an incredible experience that was. The man is very talented and very smart. It was an honor to be his guide for the day he was on campus.

April brought on finals and an onslaught of fun. I sang in the General Cenference choir from BYU-Idaho, and finished the semester with some great grades.

Then the fun began with a two week trip to Alaska with BYU-Idaho Collegiate Singers. Pictures to come SOON. But I'll tease you with this one (above) of Homer, AK on an overcast morning. It's still gorgeous!

In the meantime, you can watch us on YouTube: "Collegiate Singers Alaska Tour 2009" by YouTube user "naturallearning." (***Note: because it was recorded on a camcorder, the sound and sight has been compressed and appears less incredible than the live performance)

Then my brother came home. Life is good.

He's home!

My younger brother, Ammon, came home today after serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was faithful and strong from beginning to end.

The best part is having us all back together again!
Welcome home little (ahem, BIG) brother! We're glad you served faithfully, and we're glad you're back again!