Monday, June 3, 2013


So Wednesday is Elder Hurts birthday and I couldn't be more excited!! I sent off a birthday package and it should get there any day!! Putting together packages is one of my favorite things to do! They are so fun and I love to try and make Dill's day whenever I can! Clifton Forge is still doing awesome! Unfortunately Elder Linde's visa arrived so that means he is on his way to Argentina. Elder Hurt and Elder Proctor reached the standard of excellence..again. This week was a big week for Dill..he got called to be a district leader over his area. He is the first 18 year old district leader in his mission! 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Catchin' Up

This Oh my my has been way too long! I have a lot of catching up to do!! Well first things first Dill is LOVING Clifton Forge! And he can't get enough of the Crawfords! They are so sweet to him, and have welcomed him and Elder Proctor Into their home with open arms..and FOOD. Elder Hurt and Elder Proctor have been together for 3 whole transfers! They work wonderful together. And Elder Hurt had his first of many baptisms! They baptized Stephen. And are now working very hard on the rest of his family. 
Elder Hurt and Stephen before the hair cut. 
Elder Hurt and Stephen after his hair cut 
Elder Hurt, Stephen, and Elder Proctor 
The after baptism party. Elder Hurt Elder Proctor Elder Linde, Stephen, And another Elder, who I'm not sure what his name is. You might be wondering what Elder Linde is doing in West Virginia??! Well, Elder Brayden Linde was one of Dillon's very beat friends from high school and he got called to serve his mission in Argentina, and with the big rush of missionaries going out right now he got assigned to Dills mission while he is waiting for his Visa! And what's even more crazy is that Dillon got assigned to be his trainer!! They work so good together! 
They are working so hard and even though some times can be frustrating they keep working hard because The Lord has a plan and will lead them to those who are ready and willing to seek the gospel. 

Alright so a little catching up on my life... I started working at Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory and I absolutely love it! Working with some of my best friends surrounded by can you go wrong? Yeah I don't know either? Another big thing is that I graduated high school and seminary! It's crazy to thinly that it is all over. I still can't believe I am old enough to be graduated! I still feel so young. After the summer I have decided to go to Dixie State University for a semester before I hopefully go to Russia through ILP (international Language Program) and teach little kids English and explore a little but over there! I am so lucky, I get two senior trips to Powell! I was able to go to Powell this past week with all my favorite people! We went with some of the boys my age before they all leave to go serve all over the world! It was a blast! I am so blessed to be surrounded by such great people and such great examples! 

Friday, March 8, 2013

A little Payback.

LOkay, so just a little funny story that happened to us awhile back. While Dillon was attending Utah State University, we wrote letters once a week preparing each other the the Mish. one particular week Dillons letter was REALLY long and he may have included a few extra things in the envelope (as much as it could possibly hold) When I got his letter in the mail, it had a note on it saying I owed the post office 20 cents for the little extra weight in the envelope and don't worry, I NEVER let him live that one down. I was always teaseing him for making me spend my whole life savings just for his letter. But this week.. He had to pay 20 cents for my letter because it was a little now were even! I love this cute boy with all my heart. 

March 3, 2013

"This week has been very spiritual for me and I have really felt the Lord working through me. I have had the opportunity to give numerous blessings this week, and the Holy Ghost literally put words into my mouth for me to say. Ihave never worked so hard in my life than I did this past week. Elder Proctorand I were determined to double the standard and be the first ones to do it. Wewere very obedient and diligent in all that we did and we got all of our goalsexcept for getting our investigators to church. We were three short ofdoubling the standard... It was upset sitting at church knowing that for somereason we weren’t able to accomplish it, but I also know that there is a reasonfor all things and maybe we need to learn a lesson from that. On the other handwe kicked butt in everything else and had some of the highest numbers thatElder Proctor had ever seen. It is amazing how many blessings you receive fromdoing the small things that you don’t think matter. I wish I wouldhave known that back at home. But the Lord does bless us for keeping hiscommandments. I have been so blessed to feel the spirit so much this week, ithas been amazing."

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

February 25, 2013

"Hopefullyone day I will figure out how time works out here in the mission field. Everyday goes by so fast and it is hard to remember individual days, it all kind ofjust blends together. Wedo service for people, we do a lot of chopping wood because everyone lives in whatwe would call cabins and use wood to heat their homes.  Me and Elder Proctor always joke around thatwe are serving in a third world town ha-ha. It is sad, but true. Thispast week we went tracting in an apartment complex and we got into one personshouse and had the Restoration lesson with her and her husband.   It went really well. The spirit was superstrong and everyone in the room could feel it. They had us schedule anappointment to come back. When we came back the second time after the lesson weasked for referrals and they gave us a couple that were in the apartmentcomplex as well. We went and knocked their doors and they let us right in andthe lessons went well there also. So, because of tracting one house we now areteaching 13 people in the same apartment complex. We hope to be able to getthem on date for baptism this week if all goes according to plan. We alwaysjoke that we are going to translate that apartment complex because we teach alesson to one family or couple and then they refer us to their friends nextdoor and it just cascades down from that. We set some high goals this week and are going to work really hard to reachthem.  Next week Elder Proctor and I haveit planned that we are going to double the standard that is set for our mission.If we accomplish it we would be the first companionship in the mission to dothat.  That would be cool because itwould be in my first transfer of my mission which is unheard of.  We honestly think we have the ability to it sothat’s our goal. We just got a text message from our zone leadersthat said because of the creation of the new 58 missions everything ischanging. We just got this like 10 seconds ago.   That could mean that I get switched eitherout of Clifton Forge and into West Virginia or I get switched to a completelydifferent mission: the Virginia Chesapeake Mission which was just formed. Thatwould be really cool because Virginia Beach is in that which is really prettyand I would be able to stay in Clifton Forge.  I am not really sure what is going on. Hopefully,by next week I will know for sure. Crazy how much is going on it freaks me outa little... pray for me and pray for President Pitt!!"

Sunday, February 24, 2013

State Basketball.

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Snow Canyon girls basketball team took its first step toward defending its 3A championship from a year ago.The Warriors defeated host Judge Memorial, 61-57, in the opening round of the 2013 3A state tournament Saturday evening.
“That’s as intense as they get,” Snow Canyon coach Wade Jensen said after the foul-filled game. “That’s two good teams going to battle until the very end.”
Ultimately, it wasn’t until the final seconds that the Warriors secured the win.
With the score tied 55-55 and just 2:40 remaining, Snow Canyon took the lead behind two free throws by Grace Walton. On the ensuing possession, however, Walton dove after a loose ball, banged her forehead on the court, and left the game with a bloody cut. She was restricted from returning due to a suspected concussion.
The next 45 seconds involved a succession of Snow Canyon errors, including turnovers and fouls, giving the Bulldogs plenty of opportunities to potentially take control.
However, while Judge guard Emily Smith hit two foul shots with 1:09 remaining to re-tie the game at 57-57, Snow Canyon's Ashlee Nyborg and Amy Harris put the game out of reach with two freebies apiece in the final seconds.
“We had about three or four girls that went down with injuries or cuts or other things,” Jensen said. “We had a lot of girls step up that made plays for us.”.
Senior Megan Leavitt was a difference-maker for the Warriors. The 6-foot-1 forward scored just six points in the entire first half before catching fire for 12 points in the third. She finished the game with a game-high 21 points and 17 rebounds.
“We thought we had an advantage in the post, and that’s what our game plan coming in was,” Jensen said, adding that the Bulldogs could not stay with Leavitt down low. “She played well. She played great for us.”
Harris, meanwhile, finished with 13 points and Nyborg added 10. Walton scored all nine of her points for Snow Canyon in the second half before leaving the game due to the injury.
The Bulldogs were led by Smith’s 20 points, while Kailie Quinn contributed 17 points.
“I thought our girls stepped up and played D, and we made some plays down the stretch that we needed to make,” Jensen said. “We have a lot of these girls that went through it last year for us. We’re thrilled with their performance and they played hard.”
The Warriors advance to the second round of the tournament, which will be played at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Dee Events Center.

      OGDEN — Snow Canyon’s girls basketball team needed a pick-me-up.Although the Warriors did lead Delta by one at the half of Thursday’s 3A quarterfinal, they had trounced the Rabbits by 21 back in the preseason and were expected to roll again in the playoffs.
A little motivational speech at halftime put the Warriors back on track.
“We talked about just wanting it and heart, doing it for the love of the game and each other,” said Snow Canyon center Megan Leavitt.Snow Canyon did just that in the second half at the Dee Events Center, and quickly put an end to any upset chatter. The defending state champion Warriors held Delta to 24 percent shooting in the second half and built a 20-point lead at one point on their way to a routine 53-36 victory.Amy Harris and Ashlee Nyborg scored 12 each for Snow Canyon, with Leavitt chipping in with seven points and 10 rebounds.Snow Canyon advances to Friday’s 3A semifinals against rival Desert Hills at 2:30 p.m.“We know each other really well. We have quite a history,” said Snow Canyon coach Wade Jensen.The two 3A finalists last year split their regular-season meetings this season, with Snow Canyon winning 53-46 on Jan. 8 and Desert Hills returning the favor emphatically with a 54-33 win on Jan. 31.Early on Thursday, it looked like sluggish Snow Canyon might play its way into the consolation bracket, as the Warriors only led 22-21 at the half. Jensen attributed a lot of the struggles to rebounding.“We focus a lot on rebounds, and I thought they out rebounded us there. And when we give up two or three shots, we struggled,” said Jensen.
Even though Snow Canyon still had a 22-18 edge in rebounding in the first half, Jensen still wasn’t happy and his players made a much more concerted effort to keep the Rabbits off the boards in the second half.

       OGDEN — Unfinished business.Those words are written on plastic bracelets being worn by the Desert Hills High School girls basketball players and coaches this season, reminding them that in last year's state tournament, they came up one win short of taking home the coveted championship.
Well, the Thunder will get a chance to finish their business and earn some redemption today. They punched their ticket to a second straight state title game with a sweet revenge victory over Snow Canyon — the same team that knocked off Desert Hills for the 3A girls championship a year ago — in their state semifinal match up at the Dee Events Center.Friday's 40-30 win sends Region 9 champion Desert Hills (22-2) into today's tourney title game against league rival Dixie (17-7), which earned its berth in the finals with a gritty 33-31 win over Cedar in Friday's other semifinal showdown."That's kind of been our motto this season — unfinished business," said bright-eyed Desert Hills junior guard Blair Bliss, who scored a game-high 20 points and also grabbed five rebounds. "It's a good reminder about last year, and we don't want it to happen again.
"Getting back there has been our goal. Last year it was good for us to get that experience, but this year we're experienced so I think it should do better this year. I think we know what to expect now. We're still going to be a little nervous. I mean, we can't overlook Dixie; they're a great team and we know that, even though we've beaten them twice this year (by scores of 40-30 and 42-40). They still could surprise us so we've still got to go out and play our game."That's what we play basketball for is for these state games," she said. "That's why we go to practice every day and work so hard is for this (championship) game."Haley Bodnar, the Thunder's 6-foot-3 junior center and season-long leading scorer, managed just four points in Friday's game against Snow Canyon, but she swatted away nine enemy shots, pulled down eight rebounds and swiped two steals on the defensive end of the floor. Whitni Atkin added seven points and Emily Seifert chipped in with seven boards and a couple of steals for Desert Hills."All season long, she's made it possible for us to pressure a little bit more on the perimeter and take some chances," Desert Hills coach Chris Allred said of Bodnar's towering presence, "because if they get past our guards, they have to run into her. So she alters a lot of shots and blocks a lot of shots, and a lot of times that leads to us getting some transition baskets."
The Thunder's defense was definitely the difference-maker in this game. Snow Canyon shot just 18 percent (9 of 50) from the field, and the Warriors' star guard Amy Harris — who had 20 points in last year's championship-game victory — managed 10 points this time, but struggled through a rough 2-of-23 shooting day from the field. Harris also had six rebounds."We're the No. 1 scoring defense in the state," Allred said, "so we do take a lot of pride and we work really hard on our defense. And for two years now, the girls have bought into being a defensive team. It's not real glamorous, but they take great pride in playing good defense and keeping teams from scoring and making it tough for 'em.
"That second half, more than anything, we were just focusing on not allowing them to get any easy looks and easy baskets. I got a little bit concerned down the stretch there when they started attacking the basket and we put 'em on the free-throw line a few times. But I felt like as long as we could keep that eight- to nine-point lead, then even if we were trading baskets I felt pretty good about it.
"But they made it difficult for us to execute some of our sets; they pushed us off the block a little bit; they double-teamed Haley. So we were having kind of a rough go and down the stretch it was a little chaotic. But we hung on and found a way to win," he said. Grace Walton and Madie Gubler added seven points apiece for Snow Canyon (17-7), the third-place team from Region 9. It will face region rival Cedar in today's third-place game at 1:15 p.m.Desert Hills led just 5-3 after the first quarter, but Bliss fueled a 7-0 second-quarter spurt that helped the Thunder open up a 17-9 halftime lead. Desert Hills extended its lead to 26-14 at the third stop, and despite missing eight fourth-quarter free throws, the Thunder never led by less than seven the rest of the way."See these gray hairs? I didn't have half these before today," Allred said of his team's shaky 10-of-18 foul shooting in the final period. "We're a pretty good free-throw shooting team when we have to make them. I knew that if they had to keep fouling us that we'd make some shots."It's good to get back to the championship game again; we just don't want to finish second back-to-back. We're hoping. We're hoping ..."Hoping that their unfinished business gets done the right way — with a glorious state title victory — this time.

Even though this season didn't end or turn out the way I hoped or was planning on I still am so proud of my team mates. I loved every second spent with them. Whether it was battling on the court, laughing off the court, or the dance parties we had in the locker room before games. I have learned so many life lesson throughout my years with Coach Jensen. He is an amazing man, and by far my favorite Coach. I will never forget him. Also Coach Kelsch, Coach Matua, Coach Baggaley, and Coach Rerrick have been great examples to me as well. These girls will always be my team mates, and my best friends. Also my family has always been there supporting me. Through the ups and downs. I am so grateful for them and also for my grandparents who have been with me every step of the way.


Monday, February 18, 2013

February 18, 2013

President Pitt and his Wife.

"The WVCM (West Virginia Charleston Mission) is 3 things.
        1). A baptizing mission. President Pitt said "if we follow the rules and work hard, we will baptize."
        2). We are a "Preach My Gospel" mission because Preach My Gospel was written by the Apostles which makes it scripture because it is inspired by God.
        3). We are a weight crazy workout mission. Every apartment has tons of protein powder and weights and all the Elders are crazy into working out and getting big. It fits me perfectly. I have already learned more since I have been out here than my whole 18 years of life. Before every meeting we start it off by reciting the mission theme and D&C 4. I was the one in charge of D&C 4, so I now have that memorized. Missionary work is very hard work with not very much success. It is easy to get down on yourself but then I just remember how blessed I am in my life and how much I want to share that blessing with others. Another thing that is kind of sketchy about this area is that people like to mess with dark spirits and voodoo. That stuff is very real and can be very dangerous. At first it scared the crap out of me and I was scared to go outside when it’s dark. But now I know that I have the Priesthood and I have the power to protect me and others if needed. Life in Clifton Forge is a really layed back, small town. Everyone know everyone and seems to be related. Lately I have a lot of cool experienced with the priesthood. I have come to know that the priesthood is real and is really is the power of god and I have the opportunity to have that and have it as a protection."
Elder Proctor and Elder Hurt
The Crawford's Home.
"This pretty much sums op my new life"