Friday, October 31, 2008

Larned time...

I went with the Sisters to Larned on Sunday and we did some tracting and had a few laughs. We found the newest "most ghetto" planter. It was a toilet, Hna Madsen and I thought we found it last week when we saw old tires inverted and used as planters, until we saw the toilet! It was AWESOME! Then we found a tree overtaking the sidewalk, so Hna Madsen started climbing on it...and took some photos! It was honestly one of the best days I have had out doing the work. It was a good last memory together!







So, this has nothing to do with Larned. Last Saturday the girls came over to help me clean off the table so I could cook dinner for them all the following evening. Well, when we got home my mom and dad had already done it! So I put on my awesome Ninja mask and surprised the girls, and of course they wanted a picture of it!


This photo, goes a little like this I work at BMI, and we have a secret pal program and well my secret pal hooked me up with a Halloween present that consisted of candy and a Elvis Presley mask, so I knew I had to go get the girls in Hoisington to take them to a supper appointment, and so I decided to put it on while I pulled up to get them in downtown Hoisington, they laughed so hard. It was awesome! So they grabbed my camera and took a picture....

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Artsy Fartsy

I have moments of "artsy fartsy" that come out. Here is an instance of that. Last week my friend Debby P. left BMI (my work place) and she bought us all yellow roses well kind of white-ish, anyways I thought perfect time to have a photoshoot, plus I was home sick after the weekend and so I had nothing else to do! I had fun with the rose and my scritpures, I personally think it is an awesome beautiful thing, especially in the black & white. I hope you all enjoy!






Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sad Day...

Well, I was having like the best day on Earth yesterday, work went extremely well, got my 90 day eval and was given a raise finally! Just was having a good day for once, and then I went to Hoisington after work to pick up the Sister Missioanries and take them to an investigators house for supper. That went well too. Then as we were on the way home, Sister Madsen showed me the phone and was like look who we missed a call from today. It said "President VanKomen" for you non-LDS people out there and some of you LDS that still don't know he is the Missouri Independence Mission President, and well Transfers are tomorrow, and well usually when he calls it means someone is training. So I got excited and thought WOOHOO Sis. Madsen is training a new one and is staying, and she goes "nope" I am getting transferred to Liberty Jail to be the Leader there. I lost it, I cried the whole way home, what an awkward ride, but seriously I just hate that I get a good friend and really start to get to know a person and let her know who I really am and she gets pulled. It happens everytime, but this time is different. So I went from the best day ever to the worst night I could think of. The ease was lifted a bit when I found out Sister Labass is coming to Great Bend, but still, my heart hurts. It sucks.

So, I had to get this out to someone, and this was the only way I could think to do it, my Mom just doesn't understand nor anyone in my family, so anyone who reads this is subject to this. Sorry.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Montage time...

Well, a couple of weeks ago I went over to the Cheney's, and well there was a ton of video being taken of me which some I was not aware of. And well I already posted the Kung Fu video, well Dedra my good buddy made a montage for my German friend, and well for my public humiliation, and I think it does quite well, so I thought why not post it on my own blog because personally I think it is great work! I hope you all get a good laugh like I do every time I watch it!

What a "Tripp"

I went with the girls last week on my day off to Hoisington and then to Claflin, and the last stop was Lorraine to go see Brother Tripp and Sister Hoddy. They are this awesome married couple that moved into our ward and made it very energetic. One main reason for me to go out there was so I could fix their computer, it had a malfunction and they learned that I was computer savy, so they invited me out, and of course the Missionaries too, which in turn we invited both Carbajal families out for dinner and a lesson. We had a very very good time like always. I mean who can go to a school house with a full basketball court and trampoline not have fun? Well, we did, I talked Sister Madsen onto the trampoline, which we shot a video of it and so I will post that! Then we took a group shot before we all left, I was the photographer so don't look for me. Oh oh oh and in the tour of the schoolhouse for Sister Ayala we found some wicked sweet glasses of Sister Hoddy's and so they took a picture with them on! Enjoy!





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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Random Signs...

I love randomness, it is my life! Well, while with the girls at Rush Center a couple weeks ago, I pull up to the gas station and it said "Self Service" then below that it said "Gasohol". Well me being the clever person I can often be I said "I can self serve myself gas anytime, but eating beans and cheese!" I know funny right? Or not so much but at the time it was so I took a picture of the really old sign!


Now for the explaination of this awesome sign! I was with the girls out knocking some doors and contacting a referral I had given them, and then I saw this on a trailer. Now the awesome part is most of you know my last name is indeed "Zink" and so I got really uber excited and just had to have a picture! Someone related to me or maybe not had made a business and it holds our name. WOOHOO!

District Meeting

Once again I suck at updating this thing, nothing new there. But this happened forever and a day ago or so it seems. I had the chance to attend a District Meeting and see all the wonderful missionaries and enjoy their Spirit! Here are some pictures that we took!





This is the whole Salina District, it is amazing we almost doubled in size. Wow I just said "we" like I am one of them, I guess in heart I am! But it goes like this
back row: Sister Madsen (Great Bend), Elder Powell(Concordia), Elder Caviness (Zone Leader), Elder Barnes (ZL), Elder Dodds (Salina), Elder Vivas (Salina) Elder Mendoza (Salina) Elder Reta (Salina DL) Front row: Sister Powell (Concordia), Sister Ayala (Great Bend), Me, Sister Gundersen (Hays), Sister Rigbee (Hays)
After the meeting we went to a little Mexican restraunt in Salina, and we all had this really long table and had us a good time. Elder Caviness here wanted his "napkin", at first the waitress told him $3 dollars, so he picked the one he wanted and finally at the end of the lunch she let him have it! Oh and the reason he wanted one so bad was because his last companion Elder Blanchard had him one, and well it was like a watch this Elder Blanchard!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Kung Fu Fighting

So I am a bit ashamed to be posting this, but I think it is quite funny myself. Yes someone caught me on tape, which is hard to do I avoid cameras all together unless I am behind it. But I was over at the Cheney's and Dedra and I had gone to Wal-Mart and I found this awesome Ninja ski cap for Halloween, and Dedra talked me into purchasing it. And then she was videoing me and I had no clue and well here is the true me!

Michael Jackson?


So, out comes Sister Rigbee from the "ladies room" and she says, "I feel like Michael Jackson!" Naturally we all said "why?" and she pulled up her skirt to show off her sweet get up!

She will probably kill me if she knew this was on here, so please don't tell her! Thanks!

Feeling "Trunky"

Yes yes I have more of the exchange switch-off. The girls wanted to take pictures together so while Sister Rigbee was using the "ladies room" we had some fun in the trunk!





Exchange Switch-off

Well, the previous blog explains why we went to Rush Center (a town with a 4 way stop and 1 bar, 1 liqour store, and only 1 running gas station, that is never actually "staffed") So we stopped and switched back with the girls from Hays! And well we had a surprise lunch in my trunk of a roasted chicken, rolls, grapes and cookies. Here is the end result, a bunch of laughs and a few great memories!

We needed plates of course, so we found these really rather awesome Arthur and Friends plates, and well there were 4 designs so naturally I stood behind the scenes and took the pictures!


Now you see them! This was what they really looked like behind those awesome plates!

Getting the chicken cut in the trunk, I am so glad the juice didn't get in my trunk!

Sister Gundersen, Sister Rigbee, and Hermana Madsen enjoying the chicken, rolls and grapes!

Here comes the cookies, this was Sister Rigbee and Hna Madsen showing their District Leader that they do indeed eat "healthy" hince the grapes, but I guess Sis. Madsen didn't get the memo!

Sister Ayala drinking her favorite Life Water, she tends to hide from me when I have the camera out, I can't figure out why as of yet...

So, this is what happens when you open a water bottle with one hand an armpit, it comes flying out with force and soaks your shirt. Good times but yet rather chilly!

This is how it went I said "Sister Rigbee will you do me a favor and put two grapes up your nose?" She responds with, "My nose is not big enough." I said "oh yes it is, it will stretch!" She turned around and claims to "have stage freight", but this was the end result, and I am totally going to print this off and send it as a postcard through the mission office so they see what kind of fun we have been having out here!

HAHA, everyone has a little capt'n in them! What makes me laugh is Sister Rigbee totally understood what I was making them do this for, and Sister Gundersen being a sheltered Utard had no idea, so I had to explain after much convincing to get the to do this!

She is the cookie monster!

Cookie Monster!

She is at it again. So it was a Saturday afternoon, overcast, windy and well down right chilly. It was my day off and I get this call. "Jessica, we love you, do you want to come out with us?" I said "sure, where we going?" They said "well, we have a couple appointments then we have the switch back in Rush Center!" So, naturally since I Love Missionaries! I said "of course!"

So, the girls wanted to buy the other Sisters in whom we were meeting up with for the switch (they were on exchanges) lunch, so we ate out of my trunk at a gas station, it was quite fun. Sis. Madsen/Gundersen bought cookies and this was the end result!


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Friday, October 10, 2008

How many pieces?

Well, the Cheney family came down from Washington to visit. So I went over for a hang out session, and all the sudden the idea of buying some bubble yum and seeing how many pieces we can chew came into mind, not only that I wanted to shoot a video of a bunch of non-sense going on. So here it is!

(okay so it was pointed out to me that it was the Anderson family that came in from Washington not the "Cheney's"



Old Men!

Here we go again! Sister Madsen at her best! It was P-day fun again for us, and this time we actually got to play sports for an hour or so. And this was a nice little immitation Sister Madsen brought up! Enjoy!


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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Greater Kansas City (2)

Well, it wasn't quite where I thought it would be, but pretty darn close. I am so excited. It will really boost the Visits to the Liberty Jail and the Visitors Center, and will help the Sister missionaries whom give the tours to stay on their toes.

Have I told you all that I am very very very excited about this?

SALT LAKE CITY 7 October 2008 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today gave more details about the locations of the five new temples announced by President Thomas S. Monson at the Church’s general conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday.

The Philadelphia temple will be built in downtown Philadelphia, at Spring Street and Broad Street. Several other temples occupy urban sites, including those in Manhattan and Hong Kong. No designs have been completed for this temple or the others announced on Saturday.

For the temple serving the greater Kansas City area, the site will be in Clay County, Missouri, on residential land within the Kansas City limits that is already being developed by the Church. The development is known as Shoal Creek.

The temple in Córdoba, Argentina, will be situated on the Belgrano meetinghouse site, next to the present mission home of the Church, and the Calgary temple will be built on Church-owned land next to an existing chapel in the northwest part of the city, at the intersection of Rocky Ridge Road and Royal Oak Road.

In Rome, the temple will occupy part of a 15-acre Church-owned site near the ring road skirting the northeast section of Rome.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Greater Kansas City

I am so stinking excited I can hardly contain myself. This weekend was General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Which means that we have the chance to listen to our leaders and our current Prophet. And usually during the first session on Saturday mornings the Prophet will announce if any new temples are going to be built. Amazingly this time around he announced 5 new ones.

Here is how he started the list:
1. Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2. Cordoba, Argentina
3. Greater Kansas City area!
4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
5. Rome, Italy

I must say when I heard KANSAS CITY I almost stopped listening. I know I let out a big sigh and a bit "AHHHHH yeah" but I had to contain myself due to being in the chapel. But my heart was full with joy and anticipation. Knowing that the temple was announced means that we will have an hour less to travel as a Ward in Great Bend, and also that the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is just that much closer to happening.

I am overjoyed, and so I thought I would share the article that was posted on the lds.org website! I will definitetly keep you all posted as to where the specific location is and when the groundbreaking and all that good stuff will take place.

One of five new temples announced this weekend by Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be built in the greater Kansas City area.

Since the early 1830s, Missouri has played an important role in Church history when the Latter-day Saints established communities in Independence and Far West. Kansas also saw early pioneer settlements, but these were abandoned when members of the Church moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, and eventually Utah.

The Church maintains visitors’ centers and commemorative markers in Independence, Liberty, Far West and other historic locations.

As the Church has spread throughout the United States congregations have been established in every major city in the Midwest. In Missouri and Kansas there are approximately 100,000 members. The first Latter-day Saint stake (a stake is similar to a diocese) was established in Kansas City in 1956. In Kansas, the first stake was organized in Wichita in 1962. Today there are also Stakes in Independence, Liberty, Springfield, St. Louis, Platte, Topeka, Salina, Derby, Lenexa, and elsewhere.

More details concerning architectural design and the exact location of the temple will be announced as they are available.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Chins...

"I have an idea...all I need is 2 blankets, black eyeliner, and missionary approved music and your camera." That is how the phone call went on Monday, you see me and the girls were going to play some sports on their P-day since I was off, well turns out time ran out and we were tired or they were so I got this call and that was what Sister Madsen told me. So I said you have all that at your place and my camera is in my back pocket, so off to their apartment I went. And it didn't take much persuading on their part to get me to participate, I didn't want to but well here you go. This is rather fun to do and I think I will do it often if the mood is right!


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Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Cheney's

I love this family....they recently moved to Great Bend from Larned (which they lived in WA before that) and well I go to church with them, but I must say I am uber happy they live in GB now! I have gone over and enjoyed dinner and some good laughs with them in the oh week or so they have lived here! They have some animals they recently got so I took some photos and then we took some awesome video's for FHE one night...so here you go!

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Matthew doing his thing!

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Nichole doing her thing to "Dancing Queen", funny thing is we didn't finish shooting b/c right at the end you see a bit of a shadow coming in, and well it was their puppy Animal coming in to lay on the blanket, well he caused it to fall ruining the whole concept...good stuff right there!

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All I have to say is "Silence, I KILL YOU...."

Chubba Bubba B-day..

Again, I suck at updating, yadda yadda yadda, but here it goes. Little (well actually kinda "big") Bryce turned 7 a couple of weeks ago and we (myself and the missionaries) were invited over for a bbq and what not...and here is the result. I must say I LOVE this family and there is NEVER a dull moment with the boys around! So this is just a "normal" day over at Alex's house!


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Get in my Belly! Gosh I love these kids!





The boys always wrestle..and you guessed it, Bryce always wins too!




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Sponge Bob "chant"