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June 2009

Temple Openhouse

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full_templeIn just about 2 months the Oquire Mountain Temple will open. Since we live very close the new temple our stake has the opportunity to volunteer our time to assist in the open house of the temple. A few weeks ago I was asked to direct traffic as it was coming into the parking lot. They assigned me as the crew captain. I’m confident the title came as a random chance, but that didn’t stop me from flaunting my title. My team was assigned to the Special Needs/VIP section. This meant that we didn’t have ton of traffic coming in. Our team was split by 3 people headed up the entrance where the cars would come in. Their responsibility was to stop the cars to make sure they were coming in the right entrance.

The other team, which I was on, was made up of Bother Bishop and myself. Brother Bishop is one of the people in this ward I really respect, so this was a really nice chance to get to know him a bit better. The two of us spent 4 hours talking and directing traffic. The only cars that got to us, first had to make it past the entrance team. If they got past them then we knew that they could park in our area. Matt_templeThe only thing to do then was to see if they were Special Needs (handicap) or if they were VIP’s. Special Needs was easy since they all had the handicap sign hanging in their window. The rest were VIP’s (except the one car that was Special Needs, but he didn’t have the sign up – I felt only a little sad that I directed him to the wrong spots, but he was well enough to get around). I’ve no idea who the VIP’s were, but they certainly carried a strong presence with them. When they spoke it was absolutely in authority, and they weren’t even moving mountains. Though I don’t know the name, one of the VIP’s simply told us that were were doing a great job. I’ve been told that I was doing a good job before, but it never felt as ‘meant’ as it did this time. Other than church leaders a VIP that made it through was David Archuleta. My entire relationship as of this moment with David was to point to where the parking spots were. On his way out I also pointed towards the exit.

Yesterday Natalie had the same opportunity to serve in the temple. She was assigned to be an usher to push people around the temple. Natalie’s experience is one that can best be described by her. Maybe I’ll convince her to get a blog. To sum this all up, the temple is incredible. I have another opportunity to work the parking lot again this coming August 22. This will be the weekend that they are dedicating the building. That should be a busy weekend. After that weekend this will be our temple, I only hope they have an early morning (5am) schedule planned.

Yellowstone 2009

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It’s been a few weeks since our trip but in my admittedly week attempts to make up for lost time I’m writing about out trip to Yellowstone. Last May my family and the parents went on a trip to Yellowstone. The trip started on Thursday morning as we left Salt Lake around 8:30am. The first stop on the trip was a place called Bear World in Idaho. Bear world is a nice place that allows you to drive in a circle looking at bears. If you don’t see enough of them the first time you get to do it again. The bears completely ignore the car. It’s a nice enough place to see the bears and they have a little area with rides that the kids really liked. They have another area where you can see the bear cubs. Overall the place is a good place to go if you have small kids, but it’s a bit pricey for what you get.

Our next stop was in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I have no pictures of Idaho Falls. I’ll just sum up Idaho. The less time I spend in Idaho the better. I had the wife get me a lottery ticket. I lost, or at least I was not one of the winners. I’ve bought about 3 lottery tickets in my life. I’ve not won on any of them. We left Idaho Falls as quickly as I could get the family out of there. My mother likes the Idaho Falls because her grandmother is from there. I remember visiting there when I was a kid. In fact my grandmother had a sword in her basement that I really wanted. I still want it. She died a long time ago: it must have been at least 14 years ago. I never saw that sword again. Enough with Idaho Falls.

Our next stop was, at last, Yellowstone. Actually it was West Yellowstone, Montana. We stayed at the Days Inn. When we got there we had plenty of time to visit the park that same day, so naturally we got dinner, played in the pool and fell asleep. The next morning we had breakfast at their restaurant, which was complimentary of the hotel. The food was great – there was no shortage of bacon. We hit the North Loop of Yellowstone first thing on Friday. We saw the Mammoth Hot Springs, which was more of a drive-by. On the way we saw lots of Buffalo and a lot of elk as well. The North Loop is great, but all the action is in the South Loop, which we saw on Saturday – when everyone else decided to visit Yellowstone. We saw all the big spots that you would expect, including Old Faithful… and the other stuff. What I didn’t get to see was something that I guess I just imagined. I remember an area with water pouring out of it. It was a cave that would suck a bunch of water into it then heat the water up and spit it all back out. The last time I saw this I must have been much younger because I remember something much more dramatic than the cave that was there this visit. We did get to see the mud pots that I was so excited about and they were perfect. It was just cold enough to keep them thick and ploppy as I remembered as a kid. ‘Ploppy’, by the way, is the name Aubrey gave for the paint pots. That ended the North and South Loops. The final day was Sunday. Sunday my mother led a guilt trip to make me attend the local church they have. The ward is actually nice – and packed. I believe it would be really interesting to be a member of that ward. New people would be there every Sunday. It could be fun though, and I believe it would drive the members together even more. After that we headed home. Again we stopped off at the Idaho Falls for lunch. We went to the IHOP. They made no attempt to change my mind of Idaho. I choose to never visit Idaho again unless they can promise that I’ll win the lottery.

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History in the making

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Aubrey and Mackenzie

I’ve recently been told, once again, that I need to be keeping a journal of my life. I’ve had a journal since I was 8 years old. It’s been in a box that I never look in since that time so I know it’s safe. Last week during a family history class they mentioned that I would need to write in this journal every so often because my family might want to know who I am. Rather than write my thoughts down in my own private journal I’ve decided to keep a public journal that everyone can read. My life is not that private any way. As you can see it’s been over 6 months since my last real post. This is because I simply feel that I have nothing worth mentioning in my life. Now that I say that I have flashes of my family going through my head, so I should probably mention them. My wife, Natalie, and I have been married just over 11 years now. In that time we’ve managed to produce 2 kids and that will be the extent of the kids – despite my mothers wishes. My kids are the greatest curse to ever come into my life. They are the cutest, nicest, meanest, dirtiest, honest, adorable kids I know. My wife spends her days with the kids. This is an act that I know would drive me out the window. I’m fortunate enough to have a job that lets Natalieme afford my lifestyle that gets me out of the house.

Right now it’s Saturday morning. I’m waiting for the kids to wake up. I’m thinking I’ll make a nice breakfast than we’ll go shopping for some gifts we need to get. Monday will be a birthday party for Steve and my mother. I’m at a loss as to what I should be getting either of them. I know that I would prefer to get the cash, but that’s because I have very specific tastes in what I get. Today I would also like to go see a movie that came out a few weeks ago. The movie is called UP. It’s a Pixar/ Disney movie. This will be the first movie that I take Mackenzie to. To my knowledge this is the first movie that she will have gone to in a theatre. Other than this I’ve nothing to add for this post.