When We Received Our Endowments

Aly: I received my endowment in 2010 when I was 21, three months before I went on my mission to NYC. I spent a lot of time preparing spiritually for it by studying and attending a temple prep class on Sundays. My mom had just received her endowment earlier that year, mostly because she wanted... Continue Reading →


Trip to the Holy City

Summary of our five amazing days in and around Jerusalem in November 2017: We stayed at the New Imperial Hotel just inside the Jaffa Gate in Old Jerusalem. It was old, filled with relics and antiques, and had a Christian theme. Our room was tiny, but just big enough for what we needed. The bathroom... Continue Reading →

My Tests of Tithing

 When my mom passed away in 2014, my step dad gave me his 1/2 interest in the condo that they had purchased. They bought it for $70,000 in 2010. It appraised for $124,000 in 2014. It was the best real estate return they had. He gave me the money to buy out my little siblings,... Continue Reading →

When we went to marriage counseling

March 2017 Sean had seen a counselor that he really liked in 2016 during one of our several breakups. When I said that I wanted to go to premarital counseling, he recommended Chris. We went for the first time a week before the wedding. Sean went out of fear that I wouldn't marry him if... Continue Reading →

Camping: Freeze-Dried Dinners

We love food - especially when we've been adventuring all day and are famished. When you're camping, cooking a good meal can require a lot of heavy equipment (camping stove, cooking utensils, pots, pans, cutting boards, cooler). There is an easier way: Freeze-dried meals. All you need is your tiny backpacking stove burner and canister to... Continue Reading →

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