Sarah + Tim

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EFY = Good Times March 7, 2009

n604700144_892901_8408Anyone who has ever attended an EFY session (Especially for Youth) can attest that they’re some of the best times ever. EFY is synonymous for the cutest boys, little or no sleep and the most fun you’ve ever had… in addition to being a huge testimony booster. At EFY chivalry is alive – boys open doors for girls, carry cafeteria trays and serenade them on a regular basis. It’s amazing.

scan0005In 2004 I had a chance to be an EFY counselor in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta – and had time of my life. Several of my kids from EFY have gone on missions and gotten married in the temple. It’s incredible to see how the gospel sticks in their lives.

scan0008I always had HUGE crushes on my EFY counselors – always the older, hotter guys – and it was interesting to have the tables turn 🙂 One of the kids from EFY Calgary had a big crush on me. So cute!

Did you go to EFY? What were some of your favorite memories? Here are some of mine…

scan0006bChivalry is alive!

scan0005bEFY dances.  There’s no going back.

scan0008bMarking up brand new scriptures

n604700144_892917_6345Maren Ord came to perform at our EFY talent show. Michael proposed. Maren played along.

n604700144_892865_4267My Edmonton girls

scan0016being randomly serenaded by the boys

scan0012bthe poster contest – Ezra on the left has gone on to major in art!

scan0009bheart attacks

scan0010bthe Asian invasion


scan00091awesome fellow counsellors

n604700144_892886_2978scan0015the lost and found fashion show

scan0014utter and complete exhaustion

Let’s hear it for EFY.


A Brand New Year January 18, 2009

a-brand-new-year-wordsThis Wednesday, the youth in our stake had a huge joint activity where we all watched a broadcast from the Conference Center in Salt Lake City featuring Elder Jeffrey R. Holland & Elaine S. Dalton. The 2009 worldwide theme for the youth of the church is to be an example of the believers. The youth have been encouraged by the First Presidency of the church to do 3 things: read the Book of Mormon for five minutes every day, pray daily and to smile. At this same activity, each of us was assigned a page or two to read from the Book of Mormon. We all collectively read the entire Book or Mormon in seven minutes!  🙂  Beat that!

And the biggest shock this week – I was released from my calling in the Young Women’s presidency! In fact, our entire presidency was released. You know when you can feel it coming?  It’s still so strange and I feel somewhat directionless.  The girls are blessed to have an awesome prez coming in w/Kim, Mindi and Jamie.  We all had opportunities to bear our testimonies in Sacrament Meeting today and I’m so glad we did – I had really wanted to.  It’s been an absolute privilege to serve the amazing girls in our ward – I have needed them as much as they’ve needed me.  I really have thought twice about what type of example I’d be setting for them, so they’ve helped me be a better version of myself.  We really have had awesome memories together.  I love you, girls!!!

Okay, so what do you do with yourself once you’re released from a momentous dream calling?  Advice, please!

Photos by Alexei

Photos by Alexei



New Young Women’s Value – Virtue December 7, 2008

new-young-women-value-virtueThe First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recently announced a new value to the Young Women’s theme – virtue.  For the official letter dated November 28, 2008, click here.

From the official church website, ‘”Virtue is a pattern of thought and behavior based on high moral standards. It encompasses chastity and moral purity.” The time has come for the young women of the Church to lead the world in a return to virtue. This is the time to be pure and to qualify for the guidance of the Holy Ghost.’

The Young Women’s theme is recited by Latter-day Saint girls aged 12-18 each Sunday across the world.  Here is the updated version:

“We are daughters of our Heavenly Father who loves us, and we love Him.  We will stand as witnesses of God, at all times, and in all things, and in all places, as we strive to live the Young Women Values, which are:

Divine Nature
Individual Worth
Choice and Accountability
Good Works
Integrity and

We believe as we come to accept and act upon these values, we will be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.”

For the official press release, visit


General Conference October 5, 2008

The first weekend in October, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all over the world gather to hear the words of the General Authorities of the church, living prophets and apostles, at General Conference. Conference is held at the magnificent Conference Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah and brings people from far and wide to worship – a Mormon Mecca of sorts.

If you’d like a breath of fresh air and much needed perspective with all that’s going on in the world, you’re welcome to watch Conference online at So far we have been spiritually nourished by messages of Christ, gratitude, living now, unity, faith and encouragement. Transcripts will be available next week at


Church History Museum August 17, 2008

This week, Tim and I had a chance to be chaperons at Youth Conference.  Our first day, we had a National Treasure hunt that started at the Church History Museum on Temple Square in Salt Lake City.  Here are some of our favorite memories:

Holding onto the Iron Rod on the path to the Tree of Life.  L to R: Candice, Tim, Quinton, Brady, Liz & our resident Brazilian, Manuel.

Brady standing next to a replica of the framing of the Salt Lake City tabernacle supporting the impressive roof without any pillar support – a whopping 9 feet across!

One of the highlights of the visit was spent in the kids area.  Here they are rubbing the CTR symbol in multiple languages including Arabic, Korean and Cambodian.

My impressive rubbing skills.

Liz, me & Candice sitting in chairs intended for littler people.

An impressive three dimensional painting of the prophet Joseph Smith.  The real-live arches added a lot!


“I Kissed a Girl and I Liked It” August 9, 2008

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Driving home, I heard “I Kissed a Girl and I Liked it” by Katy Perry on the radio. If you haven’t heard the song yet, here are some of the racy lyrics:

“I got so brave, drink in hand / Lost my discretion / Just wanna try u on / I’m curious for you
I kissed a girl and I liked it / I kissed a girl just to try it / It felt so wrong / It felt so right
No I don’t even know your name / It doesn’t matter / You’re my expiramental game / Just human nature
Us girls we are so magical / Soft skin, red lips, so kissable / Hard to resist so touchable / Too good to deny it / Ain’t no big deal, it’s innocent”

Before I say anything, please know I have a tremendous amount of respect for individuals who choose alternative lifestyles. It is everyone’s choice and prerogative which I respect. I have also been blessed to know many such people who are remarkable, talented and dear friends.

Here were the messages I heard in this song:

  1. If you’re bored or curious, go for it.
  2. Feel free to experiment on strangers
  3. It’s innocent and human nature, why not?

This song plays on radio stations that are listened to by young, impressionable girls, many of whom don’t listen to the lyrics and just like the beat. This is a catchy song. Have you ever noticed that you’ll hear a song on the radio a few times and realize you know all the words? These things are internalized by the subconscious mind whether we realize it or not.

I am earnestly concerned for young people who listen to this song and accept the messages being fed to them that it’s okay to do whatever you want and that there are no consequences for your actions.

What do you think?


Rob and Stacy’s Wedding July 13, 2008

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Last week, we drove to San Francisco for our good friends’ Rob Arao and Stacy Evanson’s wedding. We have known Rob for years, ever since he was baptized in Vancouver. He moved to Utah within the last year, having felt like he should be there. After going through several bad relationships, he hit the jackpot with Stacy. They both have such tender hearts and are a perfect match! They were married at the Oakland temple.

Stacy lived in Oakland for several years and before she’d even met Rob, knew exactly where she would have her wedding reception – a beautiful place at the top of a mountain called the Brazilian Room. We had the honor of sitting at the table next to theirs with Rob’s aweome family from Canada – we were the proud Canadian Corner! (Tim being an honorary Canadian of course)

After the ring exchange, Stacy had prepared some beautiful thoughts to share with Rob which moved him to tears.

Rob’s father had some excellent marriage advice for the new couple, including “falling in love many times – with the same person.”