Trunk or Treat

>> Saturday, October 25, 2014

Last night was our Ward Trunk or Treat! Alayna and Eli were very excited!!

Eli the Magician!

Alayna the Robber!

Someone who was less thrilled but tried his best to appease his mother....

Walker "Bat" Man! :P

Funny kids..

Alayna wanted to make sure everyone knew who she was. She made this sign and taped it to her super fancy Walmart trick or treating bag! LOL! 

The kids had a great time running around all night eating, playing games, and trunk or treating. :)


Monkeying Around!

>> Friday, October 24, 2014

Alayna and her class went to the Zoo today! :)

It's a little hard to make out but, that ape is just cuddling up so close to the window. He looks so sweet. :)

One of Alayna's best friends, Emmy,  from church is also in her class this year. They are so cute together! :)

I guess she might be part mermaid. lol!
Some beautiful flowers for my beautiful girl!! 

She had a great time with her class. It was a bit hot and her shoes apparently were 3 sizes too small overnight so her feet were pretty sore when she got home. She was a trooper though!!


Walker's 1st Shave

>> Monday, October 20, 2014

For the past year Walker has been rockin' the 'stache! He swore he was never going to shave it. He wants to grow a giant beard. However, recently some of his buddies have told him if you shave will grow back even darker and thicker. So, last night Jared took him in the bathroom and gave him his 1st shaving lesson! :)

I begged him to let me video it but he refused. He did allow me to take pictures, and I'm grateful for that! :D

Here he is in his "before"....but lets get a better look at that manly mustache!

Jared walked him through each step.

A good lather is important! 

Only move the razor up and down..never side to side! That will end very badly!! :P

And there you have it! I freshly shaved face! And he didn't even cut himself! :D

Now we wait and see if it comes back looking like Tom Selleck!! LOL!


Phoenix Arizona Temple Open House

>> Sunday, October 19, 2014

Friday night we went to the Phoenix Temple Open House. It is quite a drive out there. It's off of Pinnacle Peak & just passed 51st Ave. 

The original design of the temple was for a two-story building. However, in responding to neighborhood concerns, plans were redrawn and now the building does not exceed the 30-foot zoning limit. I think they did a wonderful job creating this beautiful new temple and working with the community by addressing their concerns. Our faith always encourages all members to show love and respect to all we come to meet. This was just one more example. :) 

The kids have decided that they liked this temple even more than the Gilbert Temple. As we were leaving we asked the kids what there favorite part was and why they liked this one more. Eli's response was,"I felt the Spirit here more." can't argue with that!!! :D

It's much smaller, and seems to have more paintings, which the kids loved looking at each one. The decorating style seemed to lean towards a Native American theme through out. Not too much, but tastefully so. There is a theme of aloe stalk and blossom and desert tree leaves. The temple is earth-toned with terracotta and turquoise embellishments. Interior stones include marble and granite and the wood is sapele from Africa.

The Phoenix temple is set to be dedicated on Nov. 16th, 2014. Once it's dedicated it will be the 5th temple in Arizona and the 144th operating temple in the world. There is a 6th temple announced to be built in Tucson. 

It's amazing how much the gospel is growing here. It is changing families and blessing lives for the better. We are blessed to be a part of this missionary effort!


Camp Raymond

Last weekend Walker and Jared went up to Camp Raymond for Scouts. Thankfully the weather held out and and there wasn't the forecasted rain.

Walker got to try his hand at several feats of skill. His favorite was shooting. He was the best of the group! A new talent he never knew he had! :) 

I'll just let you look through the photos to tell the rest of the story....

A mosquito bit Walker's left eye and it was swollen shut. This is what i looked like a little while later. Poor kid...

Walker said he had a really great time. So happy for all the awesome things the Scout organization teaches my boys. :)


Christlike Attributes

Walker gave a talk on Sunday. I wanted to share it. It was really good. :)

Hello my name is Walker Kitch. Today I was asked to speak on the lesson I had in teacher’s quorum a last week on being Christlike.The basic categories of being Christlike are: Faith, Hope, Charity, Love, Virtue, Knowledge, Patience, Humility, Diligence, and Obedience. As you can see there are many amazing traits of Christ. Today, though, I’d like to focus mainly on Knowledge.

I would like to focus on this because during the lesson, Brother Hawk had us fill out a Christlike attributes sheet from Preach My Gospel. My personal low was in the Knowledge category. I realized that even though I know the gospel, I don’t truly know it. When you look up knowledge in the Bible Dictionary, it says “One of the attributes of God. Knowledge of Divine and Spiritual things is essential for one’s salvation…” It says it is attained over time not all at once. I always hear people talking about and citing scriptures from memory all the time and people recognizing scriptures and being able to tell where they are in which book. I’ve always found that amazing, because it is just so impressive to me to have read the scriptures so often and with such depth that they know all these things within them. Sure I read the scriptures for seminary and such, but I don’t truly study them. There is a difference between reading and studying.

A lot of the time we may just look to others for answers. I know I personally do this. I just find someone else who knows whatever you are trying to find out rather than finding it out for myself. If you look through the scriptures, study, cross reference, and pray, it will have a much deeper impact. I know that seems like a lot of hard work, but two of the other Christlike attributes are Diligence and Patience. So if you are truly trying to be like Jesus, then it is worth the time and effort. Finding out for yourself is so much more impactful. It strengthens you so much more than just using other people’s knowledge.

Recently this week, when reading, I noticed a change. I was more than just processing the words on the page. I was understanding them and their importance to our church. We must use all the traits while praying or studying the scriptures or when preparing to study or pray. If you live more Christlike, finding truth and knowledge will be much easier as these attributes help us listen to the Spirit.

First Samuel Ch 2 states, “the Lord is a God of knowledge”. One way to judge where you are in this attribute is to think, “Would I feel comfortable if someone asked me teach them the gospel. Would I feel comfortable if I had to be a missionary to someone today.” I personally have reflected on that recently, because some of the people at my school have been asking questions, and I’ve felt a little uncomfortable, and I’ve been struggling a bit to answer their specific and odd questions.

It is important to keep in mind that the 10 Christlike attributes that I mentioned are all interlinked. They are symbiotic. They use each other. Being weak in one can lead to weakness in others. Strengthening these attributes will not only make you stronger in the church, but an overall better person who people will want to learn from. I’d like to challenge you to look up this test in Preach My Gospel, fill it out, analyze your results and improve the lower scores slowly week by week focus on small parts and improve them bit by bit. It will make an amazing difference in your life. Truly study the scriptures and what they are saying. In Doctrine and Covenants 46 it says "To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world." Try to be one of those few. I’d like to bear my testimony that I truly believe that this church is true, that Thomas S Monson is the true current prophet, that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and that Jesus Christ died for me and everyone else individually. I know He was perfect, and if we strive to be like Him we can join Him in heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.


So Proud!

>> Friday, October 17, 2014

Jared has been working hard going back to school at the Church's college program called Pathways. Once he's done with this 1st year he will be able to matriculate into BYU-I to their regular online college program and earn his degree. 

I've seen Jared over the passed year since losing his job at Coppersmith, grow and become the man the Lord wants him to be. His faith and testimony have grown leaps and bounds and has blown me away! I watch him in awe as he juggles our family, his calling with the Bishopric as Ward Clerk, a full time job, and school. I love him so much!

This week's assignment for school was to write up a few paragraphs about where he wants to go with his education. This is what he wrote:

My original motivations for participating in the Pathway program were strictly to get that piece of paper. I have taken some community college or University of Phoenix classes here and there, but I saw this affordable opportunity to finally lock myself in and just get it done. I have been relatively successful without a college degree, and I felt that I had the solid experience to go further, but the lack of that silly piece of paper was holding me back.
My motivations have changed in these short 4 weeks. These lessons have motivated me to gain knowledge, to grow spiritually, to become a leader. I still want that piece of paper, as I know that I will have that sense of accomplishment and pride at completing something I have wished for for the past decade, but there is now more to it. I love inviting the Spirit to join me each time I sit down to study. I love seeing how the gospel can affect every aspect of life no matter if it is spiritual or secular. I am motivated to strengthen my relationship with God.


Fall Concert

>> Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Walker had his Fall Band Concert last night. The jazz, concert (that's his band), and wind ensemble bands played. The program was titled, "Across the Atlantic". 

Jared and the kids patiently waiting...

Jared and I were so thrilled that Walker is now tall enough to be seen behind the rest of the band!!! :) We like being able to see him and hear him at the same time! 

We can see just his head on this number. :P 

We've been to a lot of band concerts over the years. Each time his group gets better and better!! 

He's growin' up!

Eli is so goofy...I was trying to take pictures of Walker and he jumped in and started being a! Pretty typical Eli! Hahaha!!!


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