Sunday, January 29, 2012

Questions 3&4

I finished The Book of Mormon! I reached my goal and finished before the new year, I was just too busy to post about it! Today, I'll post questions 3 and 4, then we'll finish up the last 3 throughout the week.

Question 3 Who else saw the golden plates?

In addition to Joseph Smith, several other men and women saw the plates and testified of their existence. Eleven men in particular, known as the Three Witnesses and the Eight Witnesses, recorded their testimonies of seeing the plates and , in the case of the Eight Witnesses, of holding the plates. Their testimonies are included at the front of each copy of the Book of Mormon.

These men stand as powerful witnesses of the Book of Mormon, perhaps even more so because some of them became "for a time hotile to Joseph," affirms Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Nevertheless, they "testified to their death that they had seen an angel and had handled the plates. They have been shown unto us by the power of God, and not of man," they declared. "Wherefore we know of a surety that the work is true."

Question 4 Is there physical evidence that the Book of Mormon is true?

Although we don't base our faith on physical evidence, there is linguistic, historical, and archaeological evidence for the Book of Mormon. For example, the idea of writing on metal plates was once ridiculed, but in recent years numerous examples of sacred writings on metal plates-some hidden in stone boxes-have been found.

Linguists have noted Book of Mormon words and phrases that sound awkward in English but make perfect sense in Hebrew and related languages that would have been known by the people of the Book of Mormon-languages young Joseph Smith did not know.

But these kinds of evidences are not what convince us of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. It is a matter of faith and personal revelation.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Christmas Eve with Woodburn

We spent Christmas Eve with our wonderful, awesome, amazing neighbors! Have I mentioned how much we love our neighborhood? Along with the Palomarez fam, the Partridges, the Pugmires and the Juniers, we ate (there is never a shortage of good food here), we played..well, okay we let the kids play while we relaxed and of course the kids acted out the Nativity.

The Prices 2011

Danny won the dollar in the right left game

So did Rylie!

Alison became 5 bucks richer!

Boys on one side

Girls on the other

Lukie lasted about an hour into the part

Danny, Ryan, Grayson, Treygan

Rylie, Taylee, Emily, Brooklyn

Beautiful girls: Annie, Miranda, Alison, Lissa

All the kids (Lacey is in this one)

Brooklyn as Mary

Taylee as the Angel, boys as shepherds

Brooklyn Dawn turns 7!

Whoa! 7 years?! I can't believe how time has flown since Brooklyn joined our family on December 22, 2004. Looking through her pictures, Ihad forgotten that she was the stinkin' cutest baby ever, especially with all of her dark, crazy hair. Even now, I often whisper to Justin about how we are in trouble with her because she is just so pretty...but enough of that because we all know Brooklyn has many more wonderful qualities, like being the biggest helper with Luke and sometimes Taylee (when they aren't fighting). Or when she looks at me with those pouty, big brown eyes and asks, "Will you cuddle with me?" The list goes on and I hope it continues to grow as she does. We love you Brooklyn!
3 months old

This is what Grandma Hardie calls "kickin' hair."

2 years old

And now......

Big 7 year old in her special birthday chair

I made her dreams come true at Build A Bear Workshop

I don't do cakes, so I bought it but still ruined it trying to write Happy Birthday.

Brooklyn and her friend Baylee at Pojos

Happy 7th sweet girl!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Seasons Dance Recital

Seasons Dance recital- "Broadway" December 2011

Miss Angie and Miss Rachel...yep, we danced too, my favorite!

mom and her dancing girls


Brooklyn with Miss Angie

Taylee was in two dances...

Work that costume girl!

Threes Class: "Anything You can do I can do Better"

preschool class: "Broadway Baby"

Kinderclass: "I Enjoy Being a Girl"

1st/2nd grade class: "My Strongest Suit"

Third grade class: "Popular"

4th/5th class: "We Go Together"

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Luke-9 months old

Luke (aka Lukie, Lukie-Schmookie, Lukie-Schmoo) turned 9 months old. He's a Mr. cutie pants who loves mom and dad and pretty much no one else. Just started crawling over Thanksgiving break, makes us smile and always wants to be held, that all pretty much sums up Lukie.

Thanksgiving 2011

This year for Thanksgiving, we had a par-tay with the Parry's, Stevenson's and Scheaffer's and threw a couple of missionaries into the mix too. I only got pics of the kiddos making their apple turkeys. It was an awesome dinner made by 4 awesome women! How thankful I am for good friends who take us in just like family!