Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Letter from the MTC -

Our dear friends the Dishmans took great care of Sister Musick when she landed in Utah. Little Mom, Bethlyn, made sure she was fed, scriptures studied, rested and delivered right on time to the MTC. The MTC is a well-oiled machine with two missionaries ready to unload and hustle her off without time for pictures and barely time for a hug. We did get the following email from the MTC President tonight with her MTC email address. And so the adventure begins ...

Dear family of Katie Elizabeth Musick,

We are pleased to inform you that your missionary has been safely checked in at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. We thank you for supporting your missionary and know that your family will be blessed as a result.

Your missionary's mailing address while at the MTC is:
Katie Elizabeth Musick
MTC Mailbox # 164
ID-BOI 1020
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604-1793

Provo MTC Presidency

She's off... and In the MTC!

It seemed like we were sending her off on a "grand adventure". There were no tears only happy faces. We checked her luggage in and sat for about 5 minutes when she asked if she could go through security - she was ready to go. We got a couple of pictures and she was off.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Meet Sister Musick ...

Katie was set apart as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Sunday, September 27, 2009. Prior to her setting apart, she spoke in Sacrament meeting on the topic of service and did great. The whole family had gathered and all were there except for Sam in Guatemala, a worthy excuse.

With Parents

With siblings

With Grandparents

With Brody and Brock

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Thought from Farewell Talk on Service

President Kimball said, “I have learned that it is by serving that we learn how to serve. When we are engaged in the service of our fellow men, not only do our deeds assist them, but we put our own problems in a fresher perspective. When we concern ourselves more with others, there is less time to be concerned with ourselves. In the mist of the miracle of serving, there is the promise of Jesus, that by losing ourselves, we find ourselves. Not only do we find ourselves in terms of acknowledging guidance in our lives, but the more we serve our fellow men in appropriate ways, the more substance there is to our souls … indeed it is easier to find ourselves because there is so much more of us to find.”

Thursday, September 24, 2009

At the Los Angeles Temple

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ With Dad and Mom ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~~~~~~~~~~~ Bethany, Jared, Brody, Dad and Me ~~~~~~~~~~~

~~~~~~~~~~~~ With Brody looking at Angel Moroni ~~~~~~~~~~

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Meet My Mission President

John Wallace Yardley, 55, Panguitch 1st Ward, Panguitch Utah Stake; Area Seventy; former stake president, bishop, Aaronic Priesthood adviser, and missionary in the California South Mission. Owner of Yardley Insurance Agency. Born in Panguitch, Utah, to James Frederick and Alta Hatch Yardley. Married Pamela Riggs, five children.

A ward Young Women secretary, Sister Yardley is a former counselor in a stake Young Women presidency, ward Relief Society president, Relief Society enrichment leader and ward music chairman. Born in Panguitch, Utah, to Jay Angus and Myrtle Gardiner Riggs.

Idaho Boise Mission History

The Idaho Boise Mission came about by way of the Idaho Pocatello Mission. On 1 July 1974 the Idaho Pocatello Mission was formed from the Montana Billings Mission. On 1 July 1979 the mission home was moved to Boise and the name changed to the Idaho Boise Mission. On 1 July 1991, the Idaho Boise mission split to Idaho Boise & Idaho Pocatello missions.

The Idaho Boise Mission includes 30 stakes in South Western Idaho and Eastern Oregon. Most of the population resides in the Snake River Valley in Southern Idaho and the Oregon population is in a narrow band a few miles wide which follows Interstate 84 from Ontario to LaGrande, Oregon.

The Mission extends from Twin Falls, Kimberly, and Carey on the East to Ontario, and Lagrande, Oregon on the West. The Northern boundary extends in Idaho to McCall and Riggins and also includes Sun Valley on the Northeast. All of Idaho East of Twin Falls is in the Idaho Pocatello Mission and the Northern Panhandle is in the Washington Spokane Mission.

Idaho's population is approximately 1,250,000. Boise is the largest city with approximately 250,000 residents and is the only city in Idaho with more than 50,000 people. For the most part, the state is very rural and sparsely populated.

A rapidly increasing Hispanic element, representing 5.3% of the state's population, constitutes Idaho's largest ethnic minority. Among religious groups, the Mormons make up about 29% of the state's population and are the largest, followed by Roman Catholics and Methodists. For more than a century, Idaho has ranked second after Utah in concentration of Mormon population.

Some cities in Eastern Idaho have a Mormon population of 50% to 60%. The Idaho Boise Mission which includes South Western Idaho and Eastern Oregon is closer to 15% to 20%Mormon. Idaho has three Mormon temples, one in Idaho Falls, one in Boise and the third in Rexburg.

On a personal note, Katie's grandparents served in the Portland Oregon Mission in a small town called John Day, Oregon. It has sinced been absorbed into the Idaho Boise Mission. She could possibly serve where her grandparents served!