Friday, June 25, 2010

They just look like babies to me.

Do you think they look alike?
(don't let the gangster bangs distract you)








Do you think they look more like each other or like one of their parents?

I wish I could tell. They just look like babies to me.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

my spiritual sons?

We read the Book of Mormon with jr every night. We just read a verse or maybe a few verses together, and we ask jr to repeat some of the words.

He always wants his turn to read, and, holding the book on his lap while pointing at the words, often studiously reads the word "obapass" and asks us to repeat it. Can you guess what "obapass" means? (Josh Sr and I have recently started saying it, too. It's just such a good word.)

Lately I have been reading with a lot of feeling, emphasizing words that jr knows, and acting sad or mad as I read about Nephi and his brothers and their adventures so that jr can understand a little bit of what is going on. We got to a part talking about someone dying (I think it was the Egyptians in the Red Sea), and I made sure to act very sad. The funny thing is, the only way jr understands the word "died" is because when my ipod goes black, I say, "It died. We need to plug it in."

So tonight jr. took his turn reading the Book of Mormon in a very mad voice and talked about dying. I don't know what kind of book he thinks it is, but I guess he's enjoying it!

Speaking of being spiritual, the following 5-second video is Bennett's reaction to my visiting teacher the other day.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Why I am a Mormon - Josh

This is the response I gave on the new profiles on mormon.org:

I think the faith and example of my parents played a large role in why I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints today. I grew up being taught from both the Bible and the Book of Mormon hand-in-hand.

From the pages of the Bible I was able to learn of Christ's life as he healed the sick, and taught his gospel both openly and though stories called parables. From the pages of the Book of Mormon I was able to learn that Heavenly Father doesn't just speak to one group of people about his son Jesus Christ, he uses his prophets to speak to as many groups as will listen.

From both books I learned that Jesus Christ is indeed the savior of my soul. I learned that God does speak to his children here upon the earth, and that he gives us his gospel most purely through revelation to his prophets, which pattern started with Adam and continues today. From both books I learned that in order to act in God's name you must have authority given to you by someone who has the authority to give it.

I am a Mormon because I prayed with all my heart to know if God lived, if Jesus really was the savior of my soul, if God's word really was found in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and from my pleadings to God I felt the strongest confirmation of truth I have ever experienced in my life. I felt a peace that warmed my soul.

I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the church of Christ.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

the benny and junes show


hello everyone. this is my new co-host, ben....


and we'd like to welcome you out to the benny and junes show!


ok, so today's episode deals with the following ever-useful topic:
how to manipulate your parents.


don't look so nervous, benny. it's a piece of cake.


first, you've got to put a smile on those cheeks.


there you go.


yep. with a smile like that, you can get candy, toys, or anything else you want.


laugh a little, and ice cream is guaranteed.


i know what you're thinking, though--
what if they're trying to make you do something you don't want to?
you know, like those stretches they're always trying to get you to do, ben.


yeah, I know. you hate those.
anyway, all you need to do is lie down,


pretend you're going to stretch,


and then scream as loud as--


oh, hi Mom.


oh, we're just innocently playing with our toys. thanks for asking.
k, see ya.


*is she gone, ben?*


great!
well, thanks for comin' out to the benny and junes show!


tune in next time for
the benny and junes show: how to seem innocent when you're really not.