T-Bird Nation

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I recently graduated from Southern Utah University with two bachelors degrees. One was in Special Education, and the other was in Elementary Education. I wanted to make a post honoring SUU and my favorite memories that I made during my time in Cedar City. It seriously has been the absolute best three years of my life down here! 

  • During my freshman year, my older sister came down and we hiked Kanarra Falls and Zion National Park and got into all sorts of shenangins
  • Lord of the Rings movie nights with my roommates Carly and Kirstin
  • Kite flying for family home evening
  • Dyeing t-shirts with Tyler and almost getting murdered on a dirt road outside of town
  • 6 AM runs with my best friend
  • Spring Break 2013 with some of my best friends from the office! Jake, Alex, Jenessa, Jessica, Karin, Lance and Camille! So many memories... like roasting carrots on Huntington Beach, Camille telling ghost stories, and YOLO-ing my phone. Not to mention traipsing around Disneyland, having an awesome time at the Getty museum, and spending time with Anna at her sweet house she let us stay at!
  • Driving around with Sadie, Katie and Rebecca during Christmastime and looking at all the lights and drinking chocolate milk and eating donuts
  • Christmas with Sadie, Katie and Rebecca and opening awesome gifts (like Barbie: Swan Princess... yes)
  • Going to the Sound of Music with my family and having it rain on us during "My Favorite Things"
  • Going to Molly's wedding with Jenessa
  • Chilling with Tiffany in her room and watching movies on rainy days
  • Work barbecues and Jon cooking pancakes for us during the summer
  • Star gazing at 2 AM and watching the blood moon
  • Soda Run every night with Kirsten and Mack and Brent, and having the "drink crew"
  • True t-bird night and the most awkward kiss of my entire life
  • Spring break in Vegas with Hil, Courtney and Alex and chasing each other in the lazy river and eating cheesecake and talking late into the night
  • Trying to hike Observation Point with Jake, Alex and Chaz and running out of water and having to turn back
  • That one day that President Kendall closed campus for half the day, and the office went to hike Kanarra Falls that afternoon instead of working
  • Temple trips with Chalae and Loni
  • Hiking with my mom and doing Hidden Canyon and seeing Oklahoma
  • Casino Night with Alex, Hilary, Kelly, Beau and Jon, and winning it big the first time playing poker (with the help of Jon because I had no idea how to play at all) 
  • Molly sneaking out the door and hiding behind the counter and scaring the crap out of Jenessa
  • Watching "The Woman in Black" with work people on Friday the 13th and Lindsey screaming every two minutes
  • Working on processing an application for Indiana Jones and playing the Indiana Jones theme song while I did it 
  • Going to see The Piano Guys with my family and Kirsten
  • Making Alex's Krakenslayer birthday cake with Jenessa and Lindsey
  • Making Alex's Krakenslayer 2.0 birthday cake with 'Nessa and it being the most epic cake ever
  • Watching Jurassic Park at Molly's house with the office!
  • Hiking Hidden Canyon with Jake and Alex and getting into shenanigans
  • Hiking Zion with the office after spring break and getting twenty feet away from some crazy bighorn sheep!! 
  • Hiking Zion with my mom and dad on many occasions
  • Freezing my butt off at Cedar Breaks during the block retreat
  • Going to Bulgaria with my dad and Emma and driving for hours on end and watching the lightning storm from the hotel and going to the Black Sea in Varna and playing Durak with our Russian friends in the lobby at 2 AM
  • Banagrams on the honors retreat and playing poker for the first time by betting animal crackers and Hershey's bars
  • Going to Comic Con with Carrie and meeting Karl Urban!!!
  • Seeing a sloth at the Vienna Zoo and Emma crying about it (coolest zoo EVER!) 
  • Going to Mozart's house in Vienna and seeing that. So cool
  • Seeing BNL at the Usana amphitheater
  • Meeting BNL with Carrie in Vegas and getting pictures with them and a signed poster and then going to their awesome concert with Blues traveler!
  • Mom and me and Carrie and Cassidy's Yellowstone girls' trip and seeing wolves! 
  • Getting to go to Austria, Slovakia, and Bulgaria for model rocketry stuff and having a blast getting into trouble with the foreign boys (just kidding!) 
  • Sheep herding with Jake on a rainy day in our pseudo-quad up Brian Head
  • Cooking out on Jake's property up Brian Head and making s'mores and tin foil dinners and looking at the stars 
  • Basically every night during the summer of 2013 when we hung out at Jenessa and Camille's and played Bang! and a bajillion card games and when I accidentally kicked the door open so hard that the knob went through the wall and I cried because I felt super guilty about it
  • Voxer adventures, especially on our California trip
  • Our sweet code names (I'm Unicorn Assassin) that we used for Voxer and other various shenanigans 
  • Jake constantly teasing me about Slenderman and hiding pictures of Slenderman in the scanning piles and in various places throughout the office
  • Late night talks with Kirsten and always going to the basketball games with her
  • All those times I was super gullible... like Beau telling me he was from Canada, and Zach and Shaun lying and telling me that "stereo" in Spanish was "stereo-o"
  • Hiking all the way out to Angel's landing for the first time with Marina, Erik, Eric, Dayna and Becca
  • Picking and painting pumpkins with Katie and Sadie and Rebecca and putting them on our porch!
  • Picking pumpkins with Kirst and Caitlin and Mack and Jocelyn
  • Our two trips to see Thriller with the office and eating at Olive Garden! 
  • Staying up until 4 AM playing Bioshock with Jake
  • Being three hours late to the bonfire at Amy's because Jake had to go Parowan to get 10-inch skewers and laughing so hard about it forever
  • Kicking the ball around on the upper quad with Caitlin and Marina during the block
  • Driving to St George just to go to Olive Garden with Alex, Hil, Kelly and Fry
  • Sherlock nights at my house on Friday nights! And also movie nights
  • Roasting marshmallows on my open gas stove with Jake and Karin and Jenessa and Alex
  • Fire pit at my house when Alex, Jake and Camille and Nessa came up and stayed with me for Annlie's farewell
  • Ugly sweater parties with Kirsten and Amberli
  • Getting to sing in church with Courtney!
  • Ice skating with Nicole and Kirsten! 
  • That one time Caitlin found a spider in her room and Brad would NOT come over to kill it, no matter how much I begged him. Seth killed it later, thank goodness
  • Going to Alex's farm and holding a baby sheep with Nicole and having Bishop make my s'more for me
  • Seeing The Hobbit with Taylor and having it seriously start an hour late.. or we were there an hour early.. I'm not sure ha ha
  • Waiting for half an hour with Jake in the bookstore for this crazy lady to blow up our balloons
  • The Superbowl party at Jon's and being the only one who cheered for the Broncos... sadly.... 
  • Crepe night at Kim's and playing om the street in the rain with everyone even though it was freezing and like 10 o'clock at night
  • Graduating from SUU.... and getting to walk with some of my very best friends in the whole world
  • Finishing student teaching and having some of the best and cutest kids in the world! And flying rockets with my sweet fourth graders! 
  • Getting my mission call to Mexico! And finding out my friend Max is going to Mexico too, and that we go to the MTC on the same day! 

SUU changed my life. I met some of the most wonderful people there. I had some of the best experiences I have ever had in my entire life. I have had some of the best wards and lived in the best houses, and I had the best job ever. I would never trade my memories in Cedar for anything.

Go T-Birds!

The Call

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Dear Sister Steele,

You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the México Ciudad Juárez Mission.  It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months.

You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish language. Your assignment may be modified according to the needs of the mission president.

You have been recommended as one worthy to represent the Lord as a minister of the restored gospel. You will be an official representative of the Church. As such, you will be expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct and appearance by keeping the commandments, living mission rules, and following the counsel of your mission president. As you devote your time and attention to serving the Lord, leaving behind all other personal affairs, the Lord will bless you with increased knowledge and testimony of the Restoration and of the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Your purpose will be to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. As you serve with all your heart, might, mind and strength, the Lord will lead you to those who are prepared to be baptized.

The Lord will reward you for the goodness of your life. Greater blessings and more happiness that you have yet experienced will await you as you humbly and prayerfully serve the Lord in this labor of love among His chilren. We place our confidence in you and pray that the Lord will help you become an effective missionary.

You will be set apart as a missionary by your stake president. Please send your written acceptance promptly, endorsed by your bishop.