Sacrament Talk

>> Sunday, July 8, 2018

Walker gave a talk in Sacrament today. He was preparing up until we left for church. We were all on pins and needles about it since he likes to wait until last minute to do things like this! 

He was nervous but you couldn't really tell. His talk turned out great! I had a lot of people come up to me afterwards and told me they enjoyed it. 

Walker sells himself short too often. He is very talented in so many ways. 

I will say that this talk was the very last talk of April's conference and it was less so a talk as it was a summary of conference. When I read it I thought...this is going to be TOUGH to run with. But he found his own spin on it and what touched him and he did a great job! :) 

Here is his talk if you are interested.

"Hello my name is Walker Kitch, and I was asked to talk on President Russell M. Nelson’s talk Let Us All Press On. This talk was the final talk of the April 2018 conference. The first part of this talk touches on music, specifically the song the talk is titled after. Let us all press on in the work of the Lord. The Lord alone we will obey. These are the central messages of the conference.

Being able to sum up a conference in a song is not a coincidence. Music really is an important part of, not only spirituality, but human culture. Music can express so much emotion and can convey messages and ideas so well and so personally. It touches people in ways most other mediums can’t hope to achieve. The preface of our hymnal says that “Hymns can lift our spirits, give us courage, and move us to righteous action. They can fill our souls with heavenly thoughts and bring us a spirit of peace.” Music is omnipresent from ancient times until now, every culture has used music to unite and entertain. Each culture has added to or created their own genres and styles. Music has a profound emotional and biological effect on us. You can innately tell how a song feels which, while it seems weird to hear, I’m sure many of you know exactly what I’m talking about. And while it may seem that I’ve gone off on a tangent, the point I’m trying to get across is the power of music. In every church they use music. Monk chants, gospel, christian rock, hymns. It brings the spirit, it helps convey ideas. It is pure emotion. There is a reason Joseph Smith, knowing of his coming death, had John Taylor sing him a song. Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief. It can unite such as when slaves would work in the fields. It was something that couldn’t be taken away and could unite them and remind them of where they came from. Music is very important to me if you couldn’t tell. It has been innately tied to who I am for as long as I can remember. From listening to Weird Al with my dad on the way to elementary school. Developing that wacky sensibility. To the many novelty, though thoroughly enjoyable, genres that I have found such as Chap Hop, Ska, and Pirate Metal. And the eventual maturation of my tastes with a focus on bands and sounds rather than trivial genres. Music has carried me through tough times and enhanced the good times. However it can have ill effects. Such as country music which just ruins everything, always. Just kidding. But just like anything we have to be careful in what we consume. Balance in all things including the good and bad sides of music. But there is a reason we incorporate hymns in most every church activity.

The talk then goes on to express the importance of the messages of conference. A solemn assembly was held for a new First Presidency, temples were announced, High Priests were thrown back in with the Elders, and many talks explain and express the importance and power of things such as ministering. President Nelson wants us talking about and acting on the things mentioned in this conference. It is the only time everyone, everywhere gets to hear from church officials, so this is important stuff. Ministering was a big shift in our approach to things. The way it was described we are supposed to almost constantly be in the act. Unlike home teaching that was a dedicated and somewhat forced ordeal. Ministering is almost more of a way of living the gospel rather than an activity. But it can be that too.

He also talks about sharing “our [simple and sincere] message” with others “to come unto their Savior, receive the blessings of the holy temple, have enduring joy, and qualify for eternal life”. But I like the way he describes the manner that we’re supposed to share. He says with love. You can’t run someone down shouting at them, Hey listen there’s this message I want to give you that’ll show you everything you’ve been doing in your life has been wrong. You have to do it with the intention of helping them, but also lifting them up, not bashing what they are currently doing or how they are currently living, but instead show them the truths and let those things fade through their desire not yours. I really do appreciate the emphasis on sharing outside the church though, but it’s unfortunate that it’s necessary and that we need instruction to do it with love. That should be a default. We should really try not to think mormon and non mormon and instead think people, children of God. And treat all of them with love. I don’t want to sound like a hippie, but it is the ideal. Not to say it isn’t hard but it’s necessary especially when trying to teach or explain the gospel.

He then moves on to express the importance of temples and the blessing of so many current temples and those being constructed. Temples, being God’s house and all, hold immense power and recently I had an opportunity to experience that power. You see I was going through a bit of a rough patch. So my loving mother told me to grab a journal and we drove to the temple. And so we sat in the heat journaling and praying and I have to say it surprised me how much it helped. Even just on the grounds you can feel the power of the temple.

As the talk winds down he gives an apostolic blessing. And the first part is to aid in us identifying what we can drop in order to get to the temple more. The phrasing of this was interesting. A blessing to help us identify it. That means we still have a part there and that is to actually identify what it is and to actually drop whatever it is. One of the other parts of the blessing is harmony and love in the home, which really can help with virtually everything in our lives as family is so important. Rough family life means most things will be harder, however situations are what we make of them and we have to play our part in bringing that harmony. It can be hard for sure, but setting the example while not guaranteed to work is the only way to get the desired results. He finishes with a blessing to share our testimonies so I guess I will share mine. I know this church is true. I know that Jesus Christ died on the cross for me and every other person that has and will ever live and that by doing so we can be forgiven for our sins and due to this we can return to heaven to be with our Father. And that this is unconditional much like His love for us. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ amen."


Volleyball Game- Go Ice!

>> Saturday, July 7, 2018

#6 is our favorite player! 💜 

It was another exciting game! 

Look at those hops!!!! 

Team Ice has won every match this season and has only lost one set!! 
Next week is the playoffs! 
Hopefully they can bring home 1st place and finish out undefeated! 🤞🙏🏐 
Go Ice!!

Our #1 player for sure! Don't you love her new haircut too? 

One of the mom's sent me this pic after the game. All of these kids are in our ward. There is actually another girl too. Not sure why she didn't get in the pic? I'll try to get one of everyone next week. :) 

After their game Alayna's coach invited some of the kids from her team to stay and play with the next age group bracket up. Of course she begged to stay! She held her own out there and looked great! She loves it! 



>> Thursday, July 5, 2018

Had a blast at at Sunsplash! 

The older guys are missing. Walker, Chase and Jacob, were too cool for us. 😉😎 

It brought back tons of memories from when I was in Jr High and High School! ☀️⛱️

Eli brought Ashley.

Alayna brought Morgan.

We ran over to Burger King around 2pm for lunch. We didn't want to pay or eat the food at the park. It's super expensive and doesn't taste very good. As long as you have your wristband on you can enter/exit as often as you like for the day.

The night before I had a bit of a breakdown. I was nervous about being at the water park with all those people and swimming in the pools. I prayed and prayed I'd be ok the next day. I did pretty well. There were certainly times I was having to do some serious self-talk and reassure myself I was going to be safe. I'm grateful I was able to manage the day with out any major panic attacks. I've missed going on fun family outings like this! <3 Grateful to my Heavenly Father for blessing me with the courage and healing to be able to! <3 <3 


Happy 4th of July!

>> Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Our family had a low key 4th of July. We hung out around the house and grilled burgers and hot dogs and watched movies. Nice to have a relaxing day together. 

Eli went on an early morning hike up South Mountain with his friend Ashley and her family and his friend Brynne. 


Original Artwork

Alayna's been taking Art lessons from her cousin Hollie this summer. She has natural talent but has never taken any classes. It's sparked her creativity to branch out and try new things. This drawing she did from her imagination. Typically she needs to look a picture and can draw it pretty darn close. She's struggled doing things from her own mind. She showed this to me today and I loved it! 


Happy 18th Birthday Walker!!!!!

>> Sunday, July 1, 2018

We've been in birthday mode for about a week celebrating this son of ours! Turning 18 is a pretty big deal after all! 

 We took the family to see the newest installment of the Star Wars movies, Solo. It's one of the funnier ones, even though the box office ratings and reviews weren't that great, we loved it! 

Walker wanted to try some authentic sushi. The rest of us were a little leery but the birthday gets what he wants. :) 

He ordered something called the "Hot Mess". He said it was really good! 

Alayna jumped in with both feet and ordered the sushi lunch. She didn't like it. LOL!!! The rest of us played it safe with sweet n' sour chicken, Asian BBQ ribs, and honey chicken. :P 

He scored a free dessert which was a deep fried cheesecake type thing. It was good!

 Love our boy!

 Today is his actual birthday. Unfortunately, he was sick. :( There should be a rule about not getting sick on your birthday. It's just not fair! 

The day before we stopped a new bakery we haven't tried yet and bought a silly amount of baked goods! LOL! This fruit eclair was one he picked. Never mind the fact we'd already bought him his favorite strawberry rhubarb pie, several 1/2 gallons of ice cream, and a razzleberry pie to try earlier in the week! :D 

And just like that.....He's an adult!!!!! <3 

I can't believe it's been 18 years since you came into our lives. You make us proud to be your parents. I hope you are also proud to be called our son. ❤️

I think most parents feel mixed emotions. It's bittersweet because we are saying goodbye to the child we've raised and embracing the young adult you are becoming.

I hope you will take advantage of all the opportunities that will be presented to you. I wish that you will have the strength, determination, & courage to live your life the way you want to. I pray you will always be inspired to make your dreams come true!

Now that you are an adult you have the power to control your life. Remember with great power comes great responsibility. Your choices are now your own & the consequences of your choices are now your own. Facing them, for better or worse, will shape you into a great man.

You will find life gets more complicated the older you get. Sometimes it's very easy to figure out & sometimes it will take you years to find the answer. Remember it is your life & only you have the final say. Don't let others live your life for you. Keep Heavenly Father at the center of your life & He will guide you through whatever you face. 🙏😇

Don't be disheartened when things don't go your way all the time or when people let you down. Don't be discouraged when you fail the first try. Don't let anyone tell you that your dreams are too big or impossible to achieve.

Remember if you need advice about life & adulting Dad & I are just a message away. You are never too old to need a helping hand (or two). No matter what the future brings we will always be here for you.

I wish you nothing but love & happiness. I pray for your success, safety & peace. I wish you all the best things in this world! You deserve them all!! Happy 18th Birthday!🎉🎂🎈🎁🎉


Volleyball Game- You Can't Stop 'Em

>> Saturday, June 30, 2018

 Team Ice is unstoppable! They had another amazing week!

Number 6 is our favorite player! <3 Love it when she turns and give us a smile! :) 

Her height is coming in real handy too! Her jumps and sets are scoring magic!

Look at that air! LOL! 

Still undefeated!! We were a little nervous this week since the other team was almost all boys. They had height and power on their side however, they had no control over the ball. 

Way to go Alayna!


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