I have been so busy getting ready for my mission. I think that i have been stressing quite a lot. I got most of my mission stuff. I hate shopping but Mom, Dani and I have made the most of it. Again I leave January 28th and I give my 'talk,' 'farewell,' 'dinner party' on January 25th. That will be fun to see everyone before I leave. Tim has been such an amazing support to me, I can not complain. I will be moving home soon and work finishes on the 17th. I guess when life changes you realize how much fun you really have had. Life is amazing and I have been loving every moment of it...Especially hanging out with my family that has been great!!!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I am so excited I got my MISSION CALL to EL Salvador, San Salvador West. Belize.
That is a mouthful if you ever heard one. It is Spanish speaking and I am so excited. Also
I have been called as the Mission health care specialist. I am so excited and Grateful for this
opportunity. I leave January 28Th and I am so excited!!! I applied for my pass port today!!
It will go fast!!!
Posted by Michelle at 2:51 AM
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Church Responds to Same-Sex Marriage Votes
SALT LAKE CITY 5 November 2008 COMMENTARY Since Proposition 8 was placed on the ballot in June of this year, the citizens of California have considered the arguments for and against same-sex marriage. After extensive debate between those of different persuasions, voters have chosen to amend the California State Constitution to state that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
The Church teaches of the importance of the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman. © 2008 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Voters in Arizona and Florida took the same course and amended their constitutions to establish that marriage will continue to be between a man and a woman.
Such an emotionally charged issue concerning the most personal and cherished aspects of life — family, identity, intimacy and equality — stirs fervent and deep feelings.
Most likely, the election results for these constitutional amendments will not mean an end to the debate over same-sex marriage in this country.
We hope that now and in the future all parties involved in this issue will be well informed and act in a spirit of mutual respect and civility toward those with a different position. No one on any side of the question should be vilified, intimidated, harassed or subject to erroneous information.
It is important to understand that this issue for the Church has always been about the sacred and divine institution of marriage — a union between a man and a woman.
Allegations of bigotry or persecution made against the Church were and are simply wrong. The Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage neither constitutes nor condones any kind of hostility toward gays and lesbians. Even more, the Church does not object to rights for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights, so long as these do not infringe on the integrity of the traditional family or the constitutional rights of churches.
Some, however, have mistakenly asserted that churches should not ever be involved in politics when moral issues are involved. In fact, churches and religious organizations are well within their constitutional rights to speak out and be engaged in the many moral and ethical problems facing society. While the Church does not endorse candidates or platforms, it does reserve the right to speak out on important issues.
Before it accepted the invitation to join broad-based coalitions for the amendments, the Church knew that some of its members would choose not to support its position. Voting choices by Latter-day Saints, like all other people, are influenced by their own unique experiences and circumstances. As we move forward from the election, Church members need to be understanding and accepting of each other and work together for a better society.
Even though the democratic process can be demanding and difficult, Latter-day Saints are profoundly grateful for and respect the ideals of a true democracy.
The Church expresses deep appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the many Latter-day Saints and others who supported the coalitions in efforts regarding these amendments. Style guide note:
When reporting about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please use the complete name of the Church in the first reference. For more information on the use of the name of the Church, go to our online Official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © 2008 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
Posted by Michelle at 3:01 AM
Well Third time is always the charm so maybe my mission papers will be here on November 20Th!! Well I will open them in Twin Falls and I am not sure the time but if you want to be there than keep me posted. PARTY!!! I am learning to accept that I can be more patient!!!
Posted by Michelle at 2:46 AM
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Well my mission papers got lost or not submitted and due to these unforeseen events Michelle's papers 'Sister Schmidt' has NOT received her call and as of yesterday they were not submitted...but once again she has been reassured that they are in. She has been waiting for her call for over 6 weeks now. To anyone that is reading this please pray for dear Michelle 'Sister Schmidt' to have more patience. I have to laugh at this or I would cry...I will keep you all posted Love Michelle
Posted by Michelle at 12:36 PM
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Hooray Proposition 8 for as far as I can tell passed!!! YA!!!
What a blessing it is that we are able to, thanks to our friends in California, defend our rights to sustain marriage between a man and a women!!! How amazing!! I am so very excited here are the results I found online and I am so very excited!!! Thanks every Californian for taking the time to encourage many to vote for this proposition!!!
Proposition 8: Right to same-sex marriage
Amends the California constitution to specify that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.
|Votes||% of votes|
|92% of precincts reporting|
Posted by Michelle at 6:14 AM