Wednesday, July 28, 2010

BYU-Idaho Education Week Schedule

It's Off to BYU-Idaho for Education Week. Come one, come all! Here is a look at our schedule...

Music "For Such A Time As This"
Thursday: "Having A Perfect Brightness Of Hope" (1 Nephi 31:20)
Friday: "He Hath Heard My Cry" (2 Nephi 4:23)
Saturday: "Arise, And Shine Forth" (D&C 115:5)

All Things Shall Work Together For Good (D&C 100:15)
Thursday: "Cheer Up Your Hearts" (2 Nephi 10:23)
Friday: "Burdens Were Made Light" (Mosiah 24:15)
Saturday: "Give Thanks In All Things" (Mosiah 26:39)

We are also doing a concert Thursday night- July 29th at 7:30 at the Snow Drama Theater. You can order tickets online at

For more information on attending, registering, class schedules, times and locations etc, you can go to

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

In the Church News...

We are still in awe of the youth from the Arise event...such incredible young people! Check out the article that was in the Church News this week:

(Just click on the above link
and it will bring up the article)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Pioneer Day

With Pioneer Day being tomorrow, we wanted to share this video with you as a tribute to those Saints who sacrificed so much, many their own lives, so that we might fully enjoy and be free to live the Gospel.

The following words were spoken by a brother in the Martin Handcart Company:
"We suffered beyond anything you can imagine and many died of exposure and starvation, but did you ever hear a survivor of that company utter a word of criticism?…

“I have pulled my handcart when I was so weak and weary from illness and lack of food that I could hardly put one foot ahead of the other. I have looked ahead and seen a patch of sand or a hill slope and I have said, I can go only that far and there I must give up, for I cannot pull the load through it.
“I have gone on to that sand and when I reached it, the cart began pushing me. I have looked back many times to see who was pushing my cart, but my eyes saw no one. I knew then that the angels of God were there.
“Was I sorry that I chose to come by handcart? No. Neither then nor any minute of my life since. The price we paid to become acquainted with God was a privilege to pay, and I am thankful that I was privileged to come in the Martin Handcart Company."

With those humbling words in mind, we found it fitting to put these images to How Great Thou Art. For with all the suffering these Saints endured, they still praised their God, acknowledged His power and glory, never doubting His constant love and awareness of them.

In humble conclusion, consider these words from President Hinckley, "Should we be surprised if we are called upon to endure a little criticism, to make some small sacrifice for our faith, when our forbears paid so great a price for theirs?”

This song can be found on our 'Arise' cd,
available on our website
as well
as Deseret Book and Seagull Book and Tape

(this video was made by our friend Shannon Harton)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Me'Chel's Shining Shimmering Splendid Specs...

Me'Chel recently went to New York with her husband. While there, she purchased some new reading glasses. They were a total baragain...only $2.00!

Later as she was trying them out she realized that she had received a wonderful bonus...they not only help her read but THEY LIGHT UP! Yeah, that's right, they illuminate!

They have quickly become the envy of everyone...

Just look at the awe and wonder in Debbie's face, these glasses are mesmerizing...

So friends, if you are lucky and ask pretty pretty please, you just might get to see these lovely spectacles for yourself, at oh maybe Education Week?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Youth Spectacular...Spectacular Youth!



On July 16th and 17th, 2010- 30 Ogden area stakes combined their efforts to produce the Arise Youth Spectacular...and spectacular it was!

With over 3,500 youth, 170 full time missionaries, and the Weber State Institute all coming together to present one of the most incredible productions Ogden has ever seen. An estimated 45,000 people came to see them in the two nights, and set an all time attendance record at Weber State University. The event was stunning from start to finish.

Here are some of the pictures...

(The beginning of the program, singing "Arise")

(I Am A Child Of God...)

(A Glimpse Into The Pre-Existence...)

(Celebrating The Light...)

(Part of the finale...)

We, Heartbound, are blessed beyond measure to have been able to rub shoulders with these amazing youth over the last year. They have touched our hearts and inspired us to be better. We had the privilege of writing the song that was chosen as the theme..."Arise." What an honor it was to be able to stand on the same field and sing this song with such incredible youth. Our lives will be forever changed by participating in this event.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Arise Youth Spectacular Rehearsals...

We are so humbled to be included in an incredible event like the Arise Youth Spectacular that will be going on this Friday and Saturday at Weber State University. Over 3,500 youth will be participating.

We thought it would be fun to share with you some of the pictures that have been taken (by Melissa Seamons) at some of the rehearsals to give you an idea of what an amazing thing it is to see what these youth have spent so much time practicing for and to see them in action...

Arise...Shine Forth...Be A Light Unto The World...

We will go forth...We will march on...

We will not fear..We will be strong...

(To see more pictures and for more details, go to

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Debbie!

Happy Happy Birthday Debbie!

Wishing you a most wonderful day...

Lori and Me'Chel

Monday, July 12, 2010

Ogden Amphitheater

Come see us tonight @ the Ogden Amphitheater (343 E. 25th St) The Show starts @ 7:30.

Headlining the event is the Nashville Tribute Band. They are the ones who did "Joseph: A Nashville Tribute To The Prophet" as well as "Trek: A Nashville Tribute To The Pioneers."

Also performing is Kim Smith, who is the great great great granddaughter of Joseph and Emma Smith. (Here is a link to read an article that was written about her last week in the Ogden Standard Examiner: )

Should be a wonderful evening. Would love to see you there!...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunday Thought...

"I testify of God's love and the Savior's power to calm the storm. Always remember in that biblical story [of Peter walking on the water] that [Christ] was out there on the water also...Only one who has fought against these ominous waves is justified in telling us - as well as the sea - to 'be still' [Mark 4:39].
Only one who has taken the full brunt of such adversity could
ever be justified in telling us in such times to
'be of good cheer' [John 16:33]."

~Jeffrey R Holland (Ensign Nov 1999)

The storms we speak of are figurative, though the trials we experience are very real and they test us to our very limits. So as the 'winds and waves' of adversity rage around us, we must try our best to be still and trust the One who knows and loves and aids us perfectly. Believe Him. He is who He says He is, and He will do all that He says He will do for us. He will see you safely through the storm. Take His hand, hold on tight, be of good cheer, and know that you could be in no better hands.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

A Choice Land

Today we celebrate America, the land of the free. What a gift we have...freedom! Too often we take this gift for granted, and don't realize all that we have, and are able to do, because we are free. Not just today, but everyday, we should offer up prayers of gratitude to God for the blessing of living in such a choice land. Gratitude for the gift of freedom. Gratitude for those who founded this great country, and for those who continue to fight to protect it.

Consider these words spoken by President Ezra Taft Benson:

"I reverence the Constitution of the United States as a sacred document.
To me its words are akin to the revelations of God,
for God has placed His stamp of approval upon it.

"I testify that the God of heaven sent some of His choicest spirits
to lay the foundation of this government,
and He has now sent other choice spirits to help preserve it.

"We, the blessed beneficiaries of the Constitution,
face difficult days in America,
"a land which is choice above all other lands." (Ether 2:10)

"May God give us the faith and the courage
exhibited by those patriots who pledged their lives,
their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

"May we be equally as valiant and as free,
I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, amen."

"Stand tall and proud...
Hand in hand, and side by side...

One nation under God, We are America!"