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Nooooooooooooooooooo!

It’s unofficially official: Salt Lake has given the go ahead and the ward is splitting before school starts. Arg. I was praying the whole thing would fall through after I first heard about it, but I felt guilty and all, so I started praying that everything would work out the best for our family instead. I am not looking forward to doubling my gas bill (quadrupling if we get called to leadership positions) to travel to the new ward, being with a ton of people we don’t know, having DS be the only kid in the ward in his middle school, losing nearly all our friends, and having the kids come home in a few weeks to all new classes.…

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Have a Blessed Day

There’s a lady working the checkout at Target who I call the Have a Blessed Day Lady. She must work about 100 hours a week, because I get her almost every time I come into Target. And as soon as I catch a glance at her–before she’s even said a word–I think “have a blessed day,” because that’s what she says each time she cashes you out. Today I got in line and Have a Blessed Day Lady came over to tell me her line was open. I moved over, and she told me not to get the big stuff out, zapping the dog food and cat food bags and the big comforter and mirror I picked out for DD’s…

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I’m flattered, I think

I woke up today not wanting to go to Church. I’m tired from not sleeping well and cranky from being more than a little PMS’d. The kids are making me crazy and Jared and I are fighting. I just plain didn’t want to go and have to deal with other people, ya know? I’m probably the only person who ever feels that way. *sigh* I got up and got the kids and myself to Church anyway. The topic was food storage. I have to say, I just don’t find those talks inspirational — pretty much ever. The stake knows that we live in a highly transient area with all the CIA, FBI, Marine, Army, Navy, and Air Force concentrated here.…

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Why do 18-22 year olds leave the Church?

Our stake recently began a new push to get our college-age students attending our singles branch. There are some 500+ single adults in our stake, and about 30 of those attend sacrament meeting in the branch. While some of them do hold callings in home wards, most of them have simply stopped attending church altogether. The question of how to support the young single adults comes up frequently. Kids who attended every mutual activity in high school are suddenly flaky. Some drop off completely. It’s a constant battle to contact these youth who are “just so busy” they can’t attend church or return phone calls, and yet somehow find time to spend hours on Facebook or run out with friends…

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