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31 May 2011

Future Missionary

Can I start by saying how excited and happy I am!! I officially submitted my mission papers on Sunday! It almost feels unreal that it's all happening but I could not be more thrilled and yet so at peace with this decision. In about 2 weeks I will get to find out where I will be serving for 18 months. It feels great to not really have to worry about where I will be called because I know that wherever I am sent, it is where the Lord wants me. As I was filling out my paperwork it was fun to hear the reactions of my doctor, dentist, and school counselor as they ask where I'm going and I just have to say, "I don't know yet... in a few weeks I will find out!" Then they just look at me puzzled and I explain that I am going on a religious mission and that I can be sent to mostly anywhere in the world, wherever I am needed. That's a crazy thought but I am comforted to know that anywhere I go I will be watched over and given the help I need.

So on that note... Here's a question for you:
Where in the world is Sister Jones going on her mission??
Feel free to leave a comment and let me know your guess!  
The winner might just get a prize!

I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to serve a mission and teach people the simple truth that we have a Heavenly Father who loves each of us and that He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins. I know that as we are obedient, keep the commandments, and repent of our sins we will truly be happy in this life and in the next. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an incredible blessing and is my foundation. Living the gospel brings so much joy and peace into my life and I cannot wait to share that with others!

10 May 2011

A little about me

Hello there!!
Ok, totally random side note: Guess what movie...
Stan: What is the one most important thing our society needs?
Gracie Hart:  That would be harsher punishment for parole violators, Stan.
(Long silence)
Gracie Hart: And world peace!
{Oh man, I love that movie. This picture just reminded me of that quote and I couldn't resist sharing.}
So anyways, back to the main purpose of this post...

 Here are 25 random things about me:
  1. I love picnics.
  2. I've been eating lots and lots of yogurt and granola lately.
  3. I am going to serve a mission.
  4. I loved my calling on institute council. I learned and grew so much this past year!
  5. I prefer tennis shoes over flip flops. 
  6. I just took a typing test and got 75 WPM (adjusted speed). BAM! Try and beat that!
  7. I sing "Kumbaya My Lord" when I get stressed. 
  8. When I get super anxious/ stressed I sing, "I Think I'm Turning Japanese." Don't ask why, I have no idea. 
  9. Someday soon I am going to crochet an entire afghan. My amazing Grandma sent me a ton of yarn to finish a blanket I started with her... so I can't let her down!
  10. After this school year I think I'm starting to become a morning person. (Thank you 6am meetings and 7:30am classes!)
  11. I have a very random movie collection because most of the movies I own cost me $5 or less. Beggars can't be choosers!
  12. I'm a social person, but sometimes I enjoy doing things by myself. Let's just say I'm not the kind of girl who takes a flock of friends with them to the bathroom and needs people with them constantly to feel comfortable in life. 
  13. I won 1st place in a singles tennis tournament last week in Sedona. 
  14. The only things I've collected in life are stickers and smashed pennies.
  15. I hate cats. They are yucky animals that this world could do without.
  16. I can play a few songs on the harmonica and am working on building my repertoire.
  17. I am definitely a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl.
  18. The only thing that truly grosses me out are dead pet fish. It seriously makes me gag!
  19. Lucky for me, Jeevan and I are really good at killing our fish without even trying. We seriously give them all the food, love, and attention fish could ask for and they just go and die on us. So inconsiderate!
  20. I have asthma. Which makes running super fun! (totally kidding.)
  21. I can have a pretty good conversation in sign language now. Just finished my 2nd semester of ASL and am calling it good. 
  22. I can lick my elbow.
  23. Country western dancing is so much fun! In that class I was able to learn a very valuable skill while being with some great friends! (A big thanks to Lex, Jon, Ryan, Kasey, Brittney, Sarah, and Melissa for making it a great time! I'm sure only Lex and Jon will read this, but oh well. lol)
  24. I love learning about my family history.
  25. I have the best family and friends EVER.
Back in the day I did a another post that said 25 things about me... if you want to check it out click HERE. Just be careful, knowing 50 random things about me could be a bit overwhelming!
Tennis Tournament:
So did I mention I played in a tennis tournament in Sedona a little over a week ago? Well I did and it was a blast. Me, Lex, and my step-dad all participated and all went home with trophies! Lex and I played doubles and fought hard but lost with some super-duper close games. BUT we both did well in singles and met each other in the women's singles, 3.5 division finals! We hadn't played each other competitively in a very long time and knowing how consistent she is, I was a bit nervous. We played an intense and close game and I beat her in a tie-breaker. It was an awesome and fun match! Dave, my step-dad, won first in his division too! It was a fun weekend with the family doing what we all love! Unfortunately my mom has a shoulder injury so she didn't get to play and had the wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with Anna, my little trouble-making sister. 

This is one of my favorite pictures. Dave has a KILLER serve. ACE!
P.S. So if you've read this far then I'll let you in on a little secret... I plan on serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and have started my mission papers!! I couldn't be happier and more excited about it. Everything is lining up beautifully and it simply feels right. I know that the Lord is looking out for me and I can't wait to see what He has in store for me. :)

08 May 2011

Mother's Day

Here are a few words that describe my mom, Nancy Bennett:

Nearly perfect


I love my mom!! She is the most hilarious, loving, beautiful, and wonderful person in the WORLD. I am so grateful for everything she has given me and all of the sacrifices she has made for my family. She is somebody who I can look up to and can call one of my best friends. My mom is truly amazing and I am so happy to know that she is stuck with me forever... muahaha!!

To my dearest mother:
Thanks for all you do. Your efforts are definitely recognized and much appreciated. Just know I am always here for you. I love you very much!!

"Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind. It places her who honors its holy calling and service next to the angels." (First Presidency, Oct. 1942 Conference).