Marching On

Amanda and I are dating. You could say it’s been a good week!

Sunday night I had dinner with her, her roommates, and the members of her ward who minister to them. Dinner was delicious; chicken pot pie, rolls, and cheesecake for dessert.

After that, I picked up Abby and Michael and we headed to Kayla’s for a game night. She had prepared lots of food, and it was great to see Stevie, Kevin and Kaleb again.

Wednesday, after my classes ended at 2 pm, I met up with Amanda and we got ice cream at the creamery and then played people watching bingo. This was the first time for both of us. We filled out bingo sheets with characteristics like someone with pink hair, someone pushing a stroller, someone carrying a guitar, etc. and then tried to find people matching the description. She won.

Thursday I caught up on some reading and then went to a game night at the invitation of Jordan Pearson. He was in my ward last year, and we ran into each other on campus a few weeks ago and decided to get together. We played a few rounds of telestrations, and catchphrase, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Friday was a night to remember. I went bowling at BYU with Amanda. Lawson, his date Libby; Kimball and his fiance Aubrey joined us. We all goofed around the first game trying new techniques and attempting to spin the ball like Kimball. The second game everyone tried their best. Except for me. Amanda challenged me to bowl through my legs, so I took her up on the challenge, and what was intended to be a one-frame joke lasted the whole game. Incredibly I nailed two strikes, and finished with a 113.

Saturday morning I cooked for an EQ/RS combined activity. Which means a ward activity. I cooked fried dough and had help prepare a fruit bowl. The activity had changed from a yoga session to a murder mystery breakfast, which I was less than thrilled about, but it exceeded my expectations.

After completing some mundane tasks, I went over to Amanda’s and helped deep-clean her new car. It was an unexpected gift from her aunt and uncle, and had not been cleaned in three years. After nearly two hours on that, I headed off to finish some homework and eat dinner. And we decided to go to the Fishkiss Spa that opened one year ago in Provo. Neither of us like the idea of fish touching us, but that made it more interesting. The wait time was close to an hour, so we had time to walk around downtown a little bit. We visited Pioneer book and perused their offerings. She spotted a little poster of the President’s and challenged me to name them all in order. Of course no.’s 11-14 wreaked havoc on me, but overall I did well. After a good while looking around, we headed back to the spa. They cleaned our feet, and then we went to the tanks and plopped our feet in. It was the weirdest sensation at first! The fish nibbled and nibbled on the dead skin. The employees say that it feels like putting your feet in something carbonated, but I have to disagree and say that it feels exactly like little fish nibbling on your feet. Nevertheless, after the first few minutes, it was actually a tad relaxing.  

Tuesday I had again attended with Amanda the weekly devotional. This one was by Elder Randall Bennett of the 70. He spoke about following the prophets and how that will lead us to success. Here are the six prophetic invitations that Elder Bennett again invited us to complete:

1. An individual must ask Heavenly Father how He feels about him or her and what their mission is on earth, and then follow those impressions with exactness.
2. Learn ‘all you can’ about Jesus Christ and follow Him.
3. Spend more time where the Spirit is present.
4. Learn how to hear and follow the whisperings of the Holy Ghost.
5. Prayerfully study the Book of Mormon every day.
6. Serve your ancestors and others in the temple.

I know that by following God’s prophet on the earth, we will not be led astray. Through the fulfillment of these six challenges, we will draw closer to our Savior, and have the chance to change not just the world, but to be born again, and be changed ourselves.

“Now you may not come from perfect circumstances either but  I promise that if you will act with faith in your heavenly father and his plan and in Jesus Christ and his Atonement and follow God’s prophets, I promise that you will be given power to do whatever the Lord needs you to do, and to become whatever he needs you to become, despite  your circumstances.” Elder Bennett


One thought on “Marching On”

  1. Good morning, Hunter

    What an awesome letter to read this morning. It sounds like you’ve found a lovely girl to date and have fun with. Amanda sounds awesome, not that I know anything about her, but you seem to be happy. I love the idea of the fish tank. I can see all the little fish around Amanda’s feet but not yours. Nice pictures of the both of you and then the one of all of you together. Glad you are enjoying life and doing many things together. I love reading your letters anyway, as they are always interesting and full of events that you are participating in.

    I am up early this morning–feeding Annabelle, of course. She has me up at 6:00 or so. I decided not to go back to bed but sit in my relaxing chair. Yesterday morning, I got up at 6:00 to feed the cat and then went back to bed. When I got up two hours later, the room was swimming and my dresser was moving–I had quite a dizzy spell. I was able to “straighten” out and took a shower, which probably wasn’t the smartest thing in the world to do but I had to do it.

    I’ve been monitoring my blood pressure, and yesterday was not a good day. I relaxed all day and just moved around enough to get my meals. I had company last night, and just sat and talked. He was having an issue all day. He had picked up something heavy and then had a pain over his heart all day. He doesn’t have any heart issues, has great blood pressure readings, and feels that he must have strained a muscle, which could be true. But he will go to Urgent Care today if that pain is still there. I told him I would go to the ER if my dizziness was still present and my BP reading were up. l took my BP this morning, and they are up but not as bad as yesterday. I am on BP medication, so I don’t know what is going on. I will go to the local ER, as I don’t want to go all the way to Burlington where my doctors are located. I’ll see what they have to say at Norwood. By the way, no one knows about my friend and I want to keep it that way, so please don’t say anything and no questions. O.K.?

    I’ll have to figure out how to attach pictures so you can see them or else send them to your email. Did I send you a picture of me taken on St. Patty’s Day celebration here? I know I sent one to your Uncle Ben.

    By the way, how come Kaleb was in Utah? I thought he was in Colorado going to school. Spring break perhaps? It’s so nice that you can get together with all of your cousins, aunt and uncle. That is so special. I know all of you are very close and that is wonderful. It’s also great that you have Tanner, AnneMarie, and Nora there as well.

    We also had a Mardi Gras party and a hoola hoop contest–I won that contest and won a bottle of wine. I’m going to try to attach a picture of the group with the best costumes and me, the winner of the hoola hoop contest. I tried–it won’t work. I’ll send it to you in an email instead.

    I’ll end for now and get dressed. Take care and continue having fun.

    Lots of love,

    Aunt Shirley

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