Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The start of a new Stake adventure!

These boys had NO idea what was ahead of them :)

A couple of weeks ago Michelle Christensen and I threw a surprise party for our outgoing Stake Presidency. We wish it could have been with the whole stake as they are loved by everyone, but was decided to include all those serving with them in some capacity right now. There was a wonderful attendance and there were sweet words by Brother Peter Larson, a cute song by the Mortensens and an amazing video put together by the Micah and Whitney Slade (I have a copy) These three couples along with some great clerks have served for about 10 years and have made tons of wards and even split stakes. President Russ Richardson is such an optimistic leader, full of life stories that always go back to his testimony of something to do with the Gospel. He's an outdoors man and has alot of hunting, fishing, hiking experiences that help us get to know he and Sheilas family better. President Dan Riggs is in our ward and I have got to know him personally. He and Karen feel like family to me (Karen reminds me of my mom and I love serving with her. In the RS presidency and then as a VT companion) President Rod Matheson is known for his vast knowledge of pretty much everything and his amazing memory and quick mind blowing facts of the past - his wife is funny and a perfect support to him.
Yep, this is the new Stake Presidency. I didnt have a feeling Bill would be the President, and as people would say the comments like "We think Bill will be our new Stake President" or "We will be sad if Bishop gets made the Stake President" - I never got a feeling that he would be the President, so I was resting easy.
President Holmes talked about visiting with Elder Jensen about recommendations for counselors and he told him the two names that were mentioned the most were Bishop Christensen and Bishop Guttery. He and Maggie talked and those where the names they felt good about too and took it to prayer. Brian said after the prayer Maggie said she felt at peace with those names.
I know the drill with interviewing all them men all morning and knew that Bill was one of the later interviews and if he were to be called as President it would happen before 2ish. So as 2 came and left I thought we dodged a bullet :) But at about 3, Bills cell went off and I saw Bro. Mortensens number on it and reluctantly answered and gave the phone to Bill, knowing what was up. Headed to the Stake Center and while in the waiting area saw Clynn and Michele walk out of President Richardsons office. When we met with Elder Jensen he extended the call to serve as the 2nd Councilor to Brian Holmes. Hearing Brians name, there was a second of shock only to be followed by yep, thats the one.

It was so great having the family there. Mom and Dad didnt find out til about 5 the day before and made it down that morning. SO glad to have them there that day. Kristal and Jason and Garrett and Amy also came to the setting apart. Stratton was exhausted with the whole thing.

Sister Riggs has always had a sweet connection with Breea - we love her.

Some of the things I want to remember were after Stake Conference Breea went up to dad and said "Can you ever say no?" and when I went in to Tessa and Shaynas bed to tell them their dad would be in the new Stake Presidency tomorrow Tessa started REALLY crying. So much that she couldnt talk and I kept asking her why she was so sad and finally she said "Dad is going to be so sad, he loves being the Bishop" Bill got the cutest note from a little ward member where she wrote a song during S.C. called "Sadness" (It went something like "sadness, sadness everywhere, I am sad because you wont be my bishop" etc...) It will be a bit sad, but change is good.
As Elder Jensen and Elder Webb were visiting with me Elder Webb said "I know you will lead this stake with compassion, kindness (a few other words) and then he threw in dignity and refinement (and I started getting a nervous look on my face I guess) and then he said, "and you will doing it having fun". Thank goodness...... those two words I doubt will ever describe me.

Sweet note from Michele Christensen:
What a day…nothing so exhausting
as the spirit…it ZAPS ya’, huh?! We’re tired, but, Clynn is trying to return a
zillion texts to ward members tonight.
Wasn’t that closing musical
number incredible? Mikki was amazing in her direction…Clynn called her tonight
to thank her. (Cami is their stake’s music chairman, and she was just so
impressed with that number, too). AND – Elders Jensen and Webb…what spiritual
giants, and what a blessing to be included in so much of their teaching.
Well – I’ve always wanted to
serve in some capacity with you…this is PERFECT – we don’t have a
calling, but, will have such close interaction….a real blessing for
Take care…and can I just say your
husband is one of our heroes. – He has been, and continues to be a perfect
example for Cannon…and Cannon’s parents.
Love ya - Michele
(How I love Michele, such an example to me, as is Maggie - THIS WILL BE FUN!)

1 comment:

Tamee said...

I didn't know you still blog. I feel like the only one who still blogs and doesn't facebook. Your life is so busy, I don't know how you do it all. I have a new found respect for the sacrifics you've made through Bill's service. It's not always easy or fun. But it's getting easier and I'm sure it's for our good.


  • 4/12 Shayna - I said "I really want to buy that table but I dont know where I would put it" (been buying used furniture that I want to redo and its been cluttering up the garage. Shayna said in her sweet inocent voice "you can put it in the garage?"
  • 4/12 - Tessa "Mom, you know what I dont like about mornings? - the sun!"
  • 4/12 - Shayna got her braces a couple of weeks ago and her teeth are starting to go together and she said "Im gonna miss my gap" and she was seriously sad - she wont get to squirt water through her teeth.
  • 3/12 Breea again..... "Mom, I thought it was Lack toesintolerant and I was lacking the toesintolerant, until I read the label"
  • 3/12 Breea was talking about college and she said "In my siriculum (curriculum), I have to take physicology (psychology)"
  • 3/12 - Tessa said - I want to take the "long cut" (instead of the short cut)
  • 3/12 When tucking Shayna and Tessa in Shayna said "You dont have to worry, I set out all your clothes for school tomorrow" - Very Shayna
  • 11/10 When Kayla was little she should always cover her eyes when we went by a graveyard.
  • 4/10 Dont want to forget that Shayna calls the pools water fall a waderfoddle. She also called Aunt Kay, Uncle Kay??? McKenna got grandpa mixed up when she was little and called him "Bunka"
  • 3/10 For some reason, our family forgets the rules to Mexican rummy, shang hi and ALOT of card games, so last Sunday we just delt cards and everyone played whatever rule they wanted. The game lasted about 4 minutes, but we all won!
  • 2/10 I was going to work in Tessas class and she said "Mom, what if you mess up" and I told her I would try not to, but the next thing I know she is asking me if I will pray with her and ask Heavenly Father to help me not mess up. She prayed, and I didnt mess up! (all papers were copied a colated correctly)
  • 3/10 McKenna saying what she liked about Brennon on his Birthday "I like your style and your swager"
  • 12/09 Tessa went to the girls play and said "Willy wonka is hot"
  • 12/09 Kayla has a slight ring worm problem and if you try to hug her she says "OK, but your gonna get all wormy"
  • 12/09 Tessa has been adding Sophia in every prayer including the blessing and this is what she says "Please bless that Sophia will feel better in no time" and her blessing tonight was "Please bless that none of the kids singing on the truck will fall out" - Shes a great prayer
  • 12/09 Tessa said "Mom, I think Im on Santas Bad list" I said "probably not, why are you worried about it?" Tessa "I really dont like coal"
  • 02/09 I asked McKenna if she had taken a shower and she said "I took one, but it didnt work"
  • 11/08 Shayna said "I wish we could have quads like the Poulsens and Jensens, but were too unrich"
  • 10/08 I was bringing Breea home from school and she asked "Can I do my jobs tomorrow? I asked why and she said "If you were to take all the headaches in the world and put them together - thats my headache" DRAMA
  • 10/08 Tessa hands me the camera as we are walking out the door and says "You better take this in case I do something cute"
  • 9/08 Shayna was about 5 and she was giving dad a message and he said "thats a deep tissue message" she said "hold on" and left and came back with toilet paper and stuffed it down his shirt and said "I want to give you a deep tissue message"
  • 8/08 Tessa after hearing some of Kaylas guy friends talk has picked up a new saying "Girls are the devil" - nice.
  • 8/08 As I was carpooling I asked Bailee who she wanted to marry, she said Dallin. Shayna said "Well he is cute mom, no offense"
  • Kayla - She says almost on a daily basis "This will be the last time........" Whether its someone moving, leaving on a mission, the last two weeks before graduation, etc.....
  • Brennon - Whenever he does something he knows we dont like or accidently steps on a toe or runs into someone, he just puts his hand up, smiles and says "high five" You gotta love it
  • Danica - Classic saying "Asians are geneous's"
  • Tessa - 6/08 At the doctors office he was looking in her sore ear and noticed there was still a stitch left in her eyebrow and proceeded to take it out while I was holding her down. She screamed really loud, looked at the doctor and said "I am NOT loving this"
  • Shayna 4/08 She came running in the house, grabed a dress and started heading back out the door to go to Nathaniels baptism. I said "Hey, come back we have to do your hair" She said "No, I dont want to be pretty for Nathaniel" Sure enough, when Bailee and Taryn came over they had their hair perfectly curled, cutest dresses and their shoes matched their dresses (unlike Shaynas)
  • McKenna 4/08 - I had the best dream last night. Mom: What about? McKenna: Snickerdoodles.
  • McKenna and Brennon - 4/08 McKenna: I want to put light blue hightlights in my hair like Klowd 9 - Brennon: I want Lypo.
  • Breea - 4/08 (In a very dramatic manner) "My coach almost killed us today, a few of us threw up, some passed out, she wanted to kill us. I almost threw up."
  • Tessa - 4/08 Talking to Grandma said "The Easter Monster leaves me lipstick under my pillow"
  • Shayna = 4/08 Kayla called from a show but couldnt talk. She said she would call at intermission. Shayna heard me say this and said "Kaylas in her mission?"
  • McKenna - 4/08 "Mom your not fashionable, but you can grow into fashion. It just takes about a month"
  • Kayla - 4/08 Mom said "Its crazy how I have two batches of girls, the older set and the younger" Kayla - "Im glad we could be your test batch"
  • Tessa 4/08 "Brodey - Lets get this party started"
  • Shayna 3/08 I asked her what she did at the gym daycare center she said "I just cleaned things and organized them"
  • Breea 3/08 While saying a prayer at Grandma and Grandpa Hatchs, she says "Bless the Hatchs". Her grandparents were wondering if she even knew she was their granddaughter.
  • McKenna 2/08 Mom, dont buy meat or sugar, Im turning vetrenarian.
  • Tessa 2/08 Mom: Tessa, your such a good girl. Tessa: I dont say stupid or do bad sings.
  • Tessa 1/08 - She was getting chewed on by the puppy and she was half-laughing saying "Are you evil or not evil?"
  • Shayna (6 years old) - She was mesaging dads back and he said "little harder, I need a deep tissue rub" So she went into the bathroom and got a handfull of toilet paper and stuffed down his shirt (deep tissue)
  • Shayna, 11/12/07 Mom: Shayna, say your prayers and thank Heavenly Father for all your blessings. Shayna (super tired): Thats so much. Do I have to thank him for ALL of them right now?
  • Some of our favorite word to call each other when gas is passed: POOPER MCGOOPER, FARTER MCGARTER, FLUFFER MCGUFFER, CRAPPER MCGRAPPER, AND TOOTER MCGOOTER
  • Danica (2) Yepadottado
  • Tessa (3) "Mom, I luz you and you luz me - weez luverz"
  • Tessa (3) - "Youz fweekn naughty" Mom "Who taught you that?" Tess "yo mom" (Thanks older sisters)
  • Breea 3 years - We have lots of gerds in our famie.
  • Tessa 2 years - Yoooz funny!
  • Tessa would often take off her shoes at church and when we asked her why she kept taking them off she said "my feet are grumpy". I guess it was better than Shayna at that age not wearing underwear to church (many times) We finally had to start doing panty checks before church.
  • Tessa (3) thirteen, fourteen, five-teen
  • McKenna (10 in a couple of weeks) - Mom, please let me go in with you. Mom - why. Mckenna - I saw a sign that said "criminal on the loose" Mom - I promise not to go in, I'll just talk to her at the door. McKenna - Im gonna roll down my window and watch you *tears bubbling up in her eyes. Mom to friend - Is there a sign that says "criminal on the loose" in your neighborhood? Friend - No, just "crime watch" neighborhood sign.
  • Kip, Kip, Kurray!
  • Tessa said "Can you take my brain off" and I asked her why, and she said "Its really so tight" 8/9/07
  • "sorry your such a looser" *pointer finger used as a puppet - McKenna (5)
  • Grandma Guttery was showing Shayna (4) a picture of me pregnant with her and Grandma said "Thats you inside your mamas belly" and Shayna said "She ate me?"
  • I need some Wotion on my Weggs - Tessa 3
  • Guess what guys? If you put the milk back in the refrigerator it will stay cold. - Kayla 17
  • Kayla - 4/08 Mom said "Its crazy how I have two batches of girls, the older set and the younger" Kayla - "Im glad we could be your test batch"