Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Have a very merry happy safe Christmas!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
So, I blog about shopping. Seriously. If you haven't stopped by my other blog and added it to your list of blogs to check, you should. I really try to post about relevant, incredible stuff. Sometimes I even give stuff away, like right now. Head on over to my blog, My Favorite Things, and follow the instructions on this post to enter my Winter Weekend Giveaway (I know, I'm so clever).
My blog is so awesome that my friend Becky asked me to be a guest blogger on her blog, Project Domestication. Check out that post with some great last-minute holiday gift ideas here.
Friday, December 5, 2008
So who eats this stuff? We know you're out there, oh closeted grape-flavored candy eaters! It is time to be heard! It is time to proudly stand up and say, "I enjoy that artificial flavor that passes itself off as grape." That way, we know who to blame.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
my favorite quotes:
- SNL obama
"wait, there's not a talent portion?" - SNL sarah palin
who also played Clinton and Gore on SNL (lockbox?)
If you live in California, I don't think any of us really understand how important your vote is when it comes to Proposition 8. Marriage isn't just a civil union; in many religions, it's a sacrament. Do we want the government interfering in our religions? Any of them? Do we want the judicial branch overturning votes of the people? (Don't we live in a democracy?) Do we want our children to be taught in school that marriage is between two consenting adults? I don't.
The outrageous thing is that in 2000 61% of Californians voted to preserve a traditional definition of marriage. 4 judges were able to overturn that. How do you overturn a vote? Like I said, don't we live in a democracy?
In case you're wondering, voting No on Prop 8 wouldn't give same-sex couples more "rights" like being able to visit each other in the hospital or whatever. Those rights are protected already.
Obviously, I support Proposition 8; if you want to learn more, visit preservingmarriage.org and whatisprop8.com.
He says it better. Kudos to my friends and family who are working so tirelessly to make a difference in their state. I only recently realized that the outcome of this election in another state could affect MY life, and MY future and MY country so much.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Anyway, today has been no different. I had an interview scheduled with a local store that caters to soon-to-be missionaries (men and women). i still really wanted the position with Down East, but felt I should go on the interview since I hadn't heard for sure. The interview went okay considering I had to wait 30 minutes for the interview to start and I could tell the guy wasn't the best interviewer in the world. I left the interview, checked my voice mail and called Down East back to find out that I got the job as the kiosk manager!
I could not be happier. This is something I really wanted and it felt really right. The timing is even perfect. After the good news, Kevin took me out to lunch and to Costco to buy me one of my birthday presents. And next week I get to spend a week with my family! I am seriously the luckiest girl in the world and can't believe how much my Heavenly Father has blessed me. Thanks for all your prayers and good wishes during the past couple of months that I've been looking for a job. Couldn't have done it without you!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
My sweet Kevin finally asked for some time off for my birthday. He didn't even ask off for his own birthday. I'm still deciding where to go when he takes me out for my birthday lunch. Any suggestions? I'm thinking the Spaghetti Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, or Chili's... But maybe if I get the job we'll head up to SLC for some Texas Roadhouse or even Cheesecake Factory to celebrate!
I totally cannot concentrate right now because I am so anxious to hear back. If it isn't good news, it will definitely be ok. I have an interview with another company scheduled for tomorrow, but I really hope I get this position with Down East. Here's hoping!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Top 10 reasons why the Dollar Theatre will only cost you a dollar yet still manages to stay in business
10. Sticky floors. Stickier than the usual sticky-theater-floor.
9. Velvet-upholstered seats that have been in need of a good steam-cleaning since the 90s.
8. The tickets are printed on receipt paper so there's a good chance you'll accidentally throw them out when you clean out your wallet.
7. The theater can't afford a ticket-taker so you wonder how many people actually paid to see the movie you are watching.
6. The fire alarm goes off intermittently before the movie even starts, but it's so quiet that it stops before anybody really figures out what's happening.
5. You avoid sitting in the seat that is completely ripped and end up sitting in the seat that is missing the top of the armrest. You end up with a bruised left elbow.
4. Stale, oversalted popcorn. At $4 it's still a rip-off but not as badly as the regular-priced theaters.
3. There's only one trailer. And unfortunately that trailer is for Twilight.
2. The top of the screen is dark and you can't really tell what's happening in that part of the screen.
And the number 1 reason why the Dollar Theatre will only cost you a dollar yet still manages to stay in business is...
1. You miss the post-credits ending because they turn the movie off and close the curtains after about 40 seconds of credits.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
I had a lovely visit with my friend Annette and her two darling little girls on Saturday afternoon. It was so nice to see her again; it's been a long time! I could tell she is a great Mom just from the couple of hours I was able to see her. She is so fun and so sweet; I miss hearing her quote all of those plays and movies all the time!
The highlight had to be our late-Saturday-night trip to Smith's (riiight). We were the only ones not wearing BYU Blue shirts and I forgot how crowded the Utah grocery stores are on Sat night. Kevin let me buy a bag of Red Vines so it was all good (they lasted until Sunday night so there).
Sunday was fairly relaxing; we had a very interesting lesson about our Church's 12-step Addiction Recovery program (they adapted AA's program with permission). Our church offers group meetings to addicts and family members. I was moved by the personal stories of the missionaries who strive to help others overcome addiction and heartache. I think this is an inspired program and I couldn't help but wish this program had been around when my Grandfather joined the church in the 1970s (he was an alcoholic before he joined). I was reminded that Satan is trying so hard to torture our families and keep us from reaching our eternal goals. During our lesson, I was shocked to find out that 20% of BYU male students are addicted to pornography. If that is not proof that Satan is trying to enter our homes and hearts than I do not know what is. At any rate, I'm glad that I have no need of the program but I'm so glad it's there; who knows when someone I love will need help with an addiction to alcohol, drugs, pornography, gambling or anything that keeps them away from the love of their family and Heavenly Father.
Monday was nice; Nate and Mary came down for a visit! Nate, Kevin and Ayden (3) went to Cabela's while Mary, Hailey (1 1/2) and I went to the mall. I found a ladies' sized Cinderella shirt at the Disney Store. Score! We ate dinner at Goodwood and had a great time. It's funny to watch the kids eat and interact with each other and of course we always laugh a lot with Nate and Mary.
Kevin starts school tomorrow early at 9 a.m., poor kid. I'm still looking for a job and have sent in a few applications. I'm still not sure what direction I want to go in, but I'm sure I will find the right job at the right time... now if I just knew what those were!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Last Friday we made crepes and it was pretty fun.
I have scary devil eyes in this picture but I'm too lazy to fix it.
This We played lots of games, watched lots of Burn Notice on DVD and ate A LOT of food. I got Katie to try and like salmon and some other foods she was skeptical of. Thanks, Katie!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I remember talking to my freshman roommate Kara before we met up at college; we both planned to have blue comforters (good thing we would coordinate!), discussed that we both liked Nelly and that I didn't have a problem with her liking the Yankees. I remember that Wal-Mart trip once we got to Utah where I bought hangers, peanut butter and other necessities. I learned a lot that year; there were a few things I bought on those back-to-school shopping trips that I didn't end up needing. But it's better safe to be sorry, right? At least if you're a girl...
Sarah, Emma and Kara enjoying some Haagen-Daas bought w/Dining Plus
Kara, Biggie (Mark Bigelow, BYU Bball team) and Sarah after a BYU Basketball game
Kara, Sarah and Emily at a BYU Football Game
Monday, August 25, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Jared making a mess of the meal as usual
Aunt Ashley holding Hailey
Grandma holding Emily's SECOND birthday cake. Teresa, my birthday is in October and I would also like a barbie birthday cake with delicious cream cheese frosting. Thank you :).
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Kevin and I watched Ayden and Hailey during the wedding and Friday night for the bride and groom. Unfortunately, Hailey (age 1) slept through the entire ceremony, AND we never got a picture of her cute little sleeping face. The food was great (Sarah's Spinach Salad was served, so you can't go wrong there), the dancing was fun, the place looked great and Joanie's cake tasted amazing!
Saturday we tried to sleep in, went to Jake's Over the Top for some great burgers, fries and ice cream with the other Cook siblings, spent some time at Kevin's mother's house. I went shopping with my other SIL Heather while Kevin took a beating from his nieces and nephews at the park. We ended the night by watching Drillbit Taylor with the newlyweds; I was pleasantly surprised to find the movie was pretty funny and wasn't as geared to 13-year-old boys as I thought it was going to be.
Sunday we were able to attend the blessing of our niece, Oriah Taylor Cook. She is so cute and so tiny! She fell right to sleep when I held her; aren't sleeping babies perfect babies? Kevin was able to stand in the circle for the blessing and I was able to eat cheerios during sacrament because I sat next to little kids! I also got to take my first trip to the Barker's fish farm in North Ogden.
All in all, it was a pretty fun if exhausting weekend that reminded us we're just not ready to be parents just yet. You have to keep your eye on those little suckers! We'll head back up this weekend for Emily's baptism, and hopefully this time I will remember to charge my camera!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
We spent some time with the Heitman clan on Thursday night; I love my grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins. I really miss being far apart from them here in Utah! Even though Miranda accidentally gouged a hole in my shin with her toenail, it was pretty fun (I love you girl, but there's a scar now). Some of the family went to TGIF for lunch the next day; this was where Emma painted our fingernails at the table. She painted mine and Katie's with straight sparkle nail polish. She was actually pretty good for a five-year-old. The trip to the zoo was pretty funny. We watched a giraffe pee on another giraffe's head and watched monkeys pick each other's bottoms. Typical zoo entertainment. The best entertainment would have to be my cousins:
I'm not sure how Emma got a hold of him, but it was pretty funny. I guess Logan likes to run away. I think eventually my Dad got to take a turn trying to keep up with him.
The highlight of the trip came the day we left: Ruth Ann Kraemer, or Grandma Ruth Ann, was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 30 years after meeting the missionaries and going to church off an on, she has finally decided to take that leap of faith. I couldn't be more proud of her; I know her decision wasn't easy but I know she will always be so grateful that she did. Of course my sweet mother volunteered her entire family to help out :). Mom, Grandma's oldest daughter, gave the baptism talk. I gave the talk on the Holy Ghost, I was the pianist and I accompanied Katie during her beautiful vocal solo. Kevin gave one of the prayers and my father also participated. Grandma was baptized in the Washington chapel, the same building that Dad, Katie and I were baptized in!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
See? Perfect match!!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Here's my Mother's Day present from Kevin: a tanzanite and diamond necklace. Isn't it pretty?
He also got me a DVD of Enchanted and a beautiful bouqet of flowers.
What did I get Kevin? A tie, what else? This kid has more than 100 ties but he can never have enough. Usually he doesn't like the ties I like, but this one was a winner - and it even matched his new green shirt. Doesn't he look so cute? I'm pretty sure I also took him to Red Robin for Father's Day, even though we do that almost every weekend.
We're so grateful for our parents and everything they've done for us. For mother's day I got my mom a black bra from Victoria's Secret and for Father's Day I found Dad Season 1 of M*A*S*H at Costco. We got Kevin's mom some flowers and we're still waiting to hear what restaurant she wants to be taken to (hint, hint).
Friday, July 18, 2008
But mostly, there's been nothing to blog about. One of my friends complains about her job on her blog, but she is very clever and makes all of her stories very funny and entertaining. We decided to spare all of you reading about our boring lives and frustrating jobs.
But as of yesterday, I am no longer employed by the largest specialty retailer of lingerie and beauty products. I love the company and their products and have no complaints about the company as a whole. However, I have never been so unhappy at a job in my life as I have been the last couple of months. When you spend 40 hours a week (or more) someplace where you are unhappy, it starts to affect you. Also, when you're busy working 40 hours a week, it's very hard to find something better! So, I've decided to look for something that will help me use some of the skills I learned in college; hopefully things will go well!
So, I'll be looking for a job, blogging more often, keeping up with the laundry and dishes, eating less takeout food, cooking more often, going to church every Sunday, over the next little while. It's a little scary but mostly liberating. I'm excited for the new adventure around the corner!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
5 years ago: I had just finished my freshman year at BYU, started working at the local GAPkids (my first real job), complaining to my parents about having a curfew again, and bought a cell phone on my OWN plan.
5 Months Ago: I had just been promoted to be a Sales Leader with Victoria's Secret - I now make more money than I ever have before in my life, which feels pretty good.
5 Things on my to-do list : (disclaimer: today is my day off so my to-do list is longer than work, eat, sleep, like it usually is)
1. Clean up the living room some more
2. Clean the kitchen -- dishes!
3. Do the laundry
4. Go to campus with Kevin -- he has the day off, too!
5. Buy a dresser - my underwear is in a big Victoria's Secret bag on the floor and half of my clothes are sitting in a cardboard box. Isn't that so sad?
5 Snacks I enjoy:
1. Licorice - Twizzlers or Red Vines
2. Chips and Salsa - HAS to be Tostitos chips
3. Popcorn - mostly because both my husband and father make it all the time
4. Pizza Rolls
5. Anything with peanut butter. Oh and Caramel Apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Yum!
5 Things I would do if I were suddenly a billionaire:
1. Pay off all debt
2. Buy a house
3. Start contributing to a Roth IRA fund, in bonds, in CDs, stashing money under my mattress....
4. Take a trip with Kevin to Hawaii
5. Take a trip with the family (whoever wants to go!) to Europe
5 of my BAD habits:
2. Not parking very well
3. Forgetting to close kitchen cabinet doors
4. Forgetting to unplug my hair irons
5. Being too lazy to brush my teeth at night
5 Places I have lived:
1. Provo, Utah
2. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
3. Pacific, Missouri
yep, that's not 5. oh well!
5 things people don't know about me:
1. The ringtone I hear when Kevin calls is Depeche Mode's Precious -- which is a song about Divorce.
2. I know I'm not supposed to believe in having a "soulmate" or whatever, but I have no doubt that my Heavenly Father brought Kevin and I together because we are perfect for each other.
3. I got a D in Biology my freshman year of college.
4. I sometimes talk to myself when I'm alone -- although Emma knows this because she caught me once!
5. My favorite vegetable is the cucumber (or water-sacs, according to Muscle Mike).
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Last Saturday we went and finally got Costco cards. That place is so cool. I think I have found the one place Kevin likes to "shop". Not just buy stuff he needs, but look around and buy something that is cool. We now have an amazing high-tech fan in our living room. Kevin is mesmerized because, well, it comes with a remote and you just can't beat that. It's a tower fan that oscillates, has several speed and variation settings, and yes, it comes with a remote. It also came with a mini-oscillating fan that has kept our bedroom a little cooler at night.
What we REALLY were hoping to find was a way to buy pizza rolls in bulk, but alas, they were not to be found. We consoled ourselves with the trilogy set of Indiana Jones for $35. I bought it because I thought my Dad would love it for Father's Day, but I've decided to watch them instead :). (Don't worry Dad, I'll find you something even better. Remember I'm the daughter who got you the special edition of Diehard for Christmas?)
In other news, Kevin is campaigning to be the Provo City employee of the month (ask him about it), and one of my best friends is having a baby in the fall. Congrats, Emma and Adam!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Mom would be proud, I put up some curtains in our bedroom. Unfortunately I have neither her talent nor enthusiasm for sewing, so I paid $18 for my curtains and rod at Wal-Mart (gotta hate and love that place at the same time). Hopefully those will keep the sun out of our eyes in the morning a little longer. I'm tired of waking up before my alarm goes off.
Even though I cooked the occasional dinner (ok, seldom) at our old place, our new kitchen and newly-unpacked appliances have inspired me to make dinner four times since we moved (not counting the 2 times I made DiGiorno last week). I made my amazing chicken fajitas in my new nonstick skillet, made my infamous chicken cheesy rice casserole (from the back of the campbell's cream of chicken soup can, and this time the rice was fully cooked, katie!), rachael ray's chili mac (yum-o!) and today I made pork chops on the stove top (I prefer the taste when they bake, but who has time for that?)
we also went to our new ward yesterday. it was interesting. it's kind of like a BYU singles ward, but everybody's married. i think they want us to have family home evening with other couples or something. isn't that why i got married - so i didn't have to go to singles wards family home evening? isn't that why i have my own family now? for now kevin makes me go to sunday school and relief society; isn't he so nice? and i make him read the scriptures to me because i'm too tired to at night!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I think now we are up to 12 boxes... our tiny apartment is basically covered in cardboard and sterilite containers.
Today Kevin and I got out of bed early enough to try Kneader's French Toast. So delicious. It's bottomless, but we both struggled to finish one plate of the super-thick, decadent breakfast. If you live in Provo, you've definitely got to head over to Kneader's for breakfast!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Place desired amount of tortilla chips on a microwave-safe plate.
- You could even make your own by frying cut-up tortillas.
Shred desired amount of cheese and sprinkle on top of chips.
- I usually use cheddar, but we had Colby/Monterey Jack, and that was pretty tasty.
Microwave plate for 20-30 seconds to melt cheese.
Spread desired meat or protein on top of cheese.
- I sauteed one diced chicken breast in a little olive oil, and seasoned with lemon juice, chili powder and lemon pepper. However, you could shred any leftover chicken, cook some ground beef, steak, or whatever you wanted.
- Top with desired toppings. We just used salsa, but I also love diced green peppers, avocado and sour cream.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
So when we were kids we got a small allowance every other week on Dad's pay day. He was nice enough to usually make sure he had cash in his wallet by the time he got home. One Friday afternoon, my sister burst out of the front door and ran toward our father, who must have been happy at this sweet greeting. "Daddy, Daddy!! ... It's allowance day!" Leave it to little kids to make you feel so good and so insignificant at the same time.
Even though I've been putting in a lot of stressful hours at work lately, I decided when I saw my direct deposit today that it ended up being a good thing! I love my job because it IS so different every day and it definitely challenges me in ways I'm not used to. I just found out who my new Store Manager is, and I was so glad it was her. I was nervous about who they would send us, but Amy is amazing and will fit perfectly with our team.
Besides, if you know me, I LOVE change and thrive on it. I think Kevin has noticed that I like to throw things out (namely his old ratty shirts) and buy new things (ok that list could go on forever). Just like my mother, I love to rearrange furniture, take a different route to work, change the paint color on the walls and generally just change things up.
Monday, March 10, 2008
One thing that is cool about US is that our friend is the apartment manager there so she can give us the sweet hookup. Actually if it weren't for her we'd probably still be wondering where we were going to live. Thanks, Crystal!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
I saw that my freshman dorm-mate Annie had posted this on her blog and called it "Hubby Tag", so I decided to do one, too.
What is his name? Kevin Jay Cook
How long have you been married? 6 months.
How long did you date? About a year.
How old is he? Same as me, 23.
Who eats more sweets? Kevin eats more candy but I eat more cookies and treats.
Who said I love you first? Ummm I think Kevin but it was kind of a sneaky way of saying it.
Who is taller? Kevin unless I'm wearing stilettos.
Who can sing better? Sarah (But he's much better than he thinks)
Who is smarter? I think we are pretty equal in intelligence. I wouldn't have married him otherwise!
Who does the laundry? ME!
Who mows the lawn? Yeah if we had one I'm pretty sure I'd make Kevin do it.
Who pays the bills? Yeah me.
Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Right now me because the left side is next to the freezing wall and window. We don't always sleep in the same spot though.
Who cooks dinner? Me and Red Robin.
Who is more stubborn? Good question.
Who kissed who first? He kissed me first FINALLY!
Who asked who out first? Kevin after I sent him my phone number in a note.
Who proposed? Kevin. "How about a fall wedding?"
Who has more siblings? Kevin! He has 6 and I have 1.
Who wears the pants? What kind of question is that we are supposed to be a team.
I tag all the wives out there: Emma, Jessica, Claire, Britt, Emily, Jenny, Annette, Lyndsey, Becky, Lesley, Lauren and anyone I have forgotten.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
2) GapKids Cashier
3) PR Assistant/Office Slave
4) Sales Associate then Sales Leader @ Victoria's Secret (in 3 different states)
Four movies I could watch over and over and over again:
1) Pride and Prejudice
2) Anything from the Bourne series (gotta love Matt Damon)
3) Princess Diaries
4) My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Four places I have lived:
1) Eureka, Missouri
2) Pacific, Missouri
3) Provo, Utah
4) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Four TV shows I watch:
1) Colbert Report
2) The View (I'm slightly ashamed to admit it
3) Rachael Ray (I'm REALLY ashamed to admit it)
4) The Soup (This show ROCKS --it's on E!)
Four places I have been:
1) Las Vegas
2) Washington D.C.
3) San Francisco
Four people who e-mail me regularly:
1) My mother
2) Victoria's Secret (i love the coupons and sales and all, but do they have to send so dang many?!)
3) My father
4) ummmmm well it used to be all the PR majors but now I just get the occasional PRSSA e-mail
Four of my favorite foods:
1) Domino's thin crust pizza with mushroom and sausage
2) Oreos and Milk
4) Chips and Salsa
Four places I would rather be:
1) a warmer climate
2) a larger living arrangment
3) a better city than provo
4) with you!
Four things I'm looking forward to next year:
1) Hopefully a promotion
2) Hopefully Grandma's baptism
3) 2 nieces or nephews plus 3 cousins born in 2008
4) Kevin starting school full-time again
Four jobs I have had in my life:
1) worked as a baler at Deseret Industries with a drug addict and a schizophrenic
2) worked as an automotive parts sorter to make sure people don't die :)
3) worked as a gopher for a guy, where I wrote a Policy & Procedures manual for a new company, helped draw up plans for buildings, helped with taxes, delivered time-sensitive documents, and swept the parking lot, among other things
4) work currently as a clerk/coach at Provo City Library
Four movies I would watch over and over and over and over and over and over and over again:
1) the Star Wars trilogy (the classic, of course)
2) The Princess Bride (my guilty little secret)
3) the Indiana Jones movies
4) a good epic war movie, i.e. Glory or Braveheart or Saving Private Ryan or something along those lines plus a whole lot more--there are some really good movies out there that just get better the more I watch them
so...in my "four movies" I packed in 10....
Four places I have lived:
1) born in Houston, TX
2) Harrisville, UT
3) Crowley, LA
4) Atlanta, GA
Four TV shows I watch:
1) The Colbert Report
2) um....that's about it
Here's four that I would watch if they were still on the air or on at a decent time
1) The Pretender
4) Burn Notice
Four places I have been:
1) St. Louis, MO
2) King's Peak, highest point in UT
3) NASA's Johnson Space Center
4) Las Vegas, NV People who email me regularly:
1) Cheryl, a woman who retired from the library. She forwards at least 10 things I don't open each week. I mean, wow.
2) Chase Wallis, the only friend from home I really keep in any sort of regular contact with. And by regular I mean once a month.
3) Sarah and I used to email and g'chat each other like mad, and then we got married. We talk now. It's awkward.
4) The "other" Heitman women.
Four of my favorite foods:
2) Hawaiian pizza
3) chicken. it rocks.
4) any food someone else makes for me. it just tastes better when it's someone else's labor
Four places I would rather be:
1) my gosh I hate this apartment
2) I think being in space would be amazing
3) the Uinta mountains on a backpacking trip (in summer, of course)
Four friends who I think will respond:
1) um....I'm only sending it to you
2) see above
3) seriously, look at number 1
4) I'm not kidding--I didn't send it to anyone else!
Four things I'm looking forward to this year:
1) leaving this piss-pot apartment
2) being a year closer to being done with school
4) NOT having a birthday (I've decided against getting any older)
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Now 5 of the 6 "Original Roommates" are married. I think Brianna might catch up shortly after she returns from her mission in San Francisco.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
President Hinckley was really the first Prophet I have ever known in my lifetime. He became prophet in 1995 - I was 10 and had just finished elementary school. I have many memories of him and I have felt the spirit witness to me many many many times that he is a true prophet of God and that he was prepared for this role by our Heavenly Father.
I'm going to copy of Sara again, and list my memories of President Hinckley. I know that we have all gained our personal testimonies of the gospel and the role of a prophet in different ways and we must remember those ways if we are to "keep the faith" -- even after President Hinckley is no longer with us.
- President Hinckley came to St. Louis for regional conference shortly after he became prophet. Thousands of Church members came to downtown St. Louis to see a prophet. There were license plates from surrounding states in the parking lot. Many of us had never seen a prophet in person, and I think many in attendance never had the opportunity again.
- When I was still in our Church's Young Women's program, President Hinckley hosted a fireside for young single adults and teenagers in the Church. I can remember the 6 Be's that he gave us - but more importantly I remember the tears streaming down my face as a Prophet of God prayed for me. He prayed to his Heavenly Father on the behalf of the young people of the Church. I can distinctly remember that sacred experience that I had that night sitting in the Stake Center watching President Hinckley via Satellite.
- Attending BYU spoiled me! President Hinckley came to BYU my freshman AND sophomore year because BYU announced a new University President. Each time he waved his cane at the students, gave us encouragement and reminded us how loved we really are. His wit, humor, wisdom and love will forever remain with me.
- A couple of years ago President Hinckely issued the challenge to the members of the church to finish the Book of Mormon by Dec. 23 (that gave us approximately 4 months to complete the BOM in time for Joseph Smith's 200th birthday). The response of the Church was quite amazing to such a simple challenge. Even though I often struggle to read my scriptures every day, I was able to complete the challenge, and I remember the great spirit I felt as I watched President Hinckley speak about the power of the Book of Mormon from Joseph's boyhood home in New York.
- When President Hinckley walks into the room, everyone stands up and becomes quiet. Sometimes you can feel his presence before that happens - the spirit of God was definitely with him. I was so fortunate to be able to see and hear a prophet in person several times during my lifetime. Even though I was not able to see my Savior in person, I know that President Hinckley was one of the most Christ-like people the world has ever seen.
We will miss President Hinckley more than anything. However, we are so happy that he is reunited with his beloved wife, Marjorie. President Hinckley was a true prophet. I know that our next Prophet will also be a true prophet and he will lead the Church in this amazing era. I know that I will have just as many amazing memories of President Monson and I have full faith in him - and that my Heavenly Father will guide him.