Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Say "Hello" to the Spanglers

"Frank and Jen Spangler have been married for nearly 22 years.  They admit to being very different from one another which is also why they are the best of friends and are so good for each other!  They have four children who mean everything to them!

Frank is a molecular biologist/chemist.  He is very analytical and logical, and incredibly good natured.  He is the world's most enthusiastic Disney fan and loves to take his family to Disneyland at least every couple of years!  He has a secret love of screenwriting, building computers, cooking and politics.  He is one of the smartest, kindest people you will ever meet.

Jen is an outdoors kind of girl.  She loves to hike, camp, fish, garden and do yard work!  She feels like she is still a kid at heart and wishes her body could feel as limber and strong as when she was 20!  She has been a psychotherapist for 18 years and enjoys giving firesides and teaching seminars as well.  Most of all, she is a homebody who loves hanging out with her family!

Joseph, who is 20, is serving a mission in South Korea and will return in early June of 2012.  He is an amazing artist, has a sharp wit, and has a gift for making everyone around him feel comfortable.  He plays the trumpet, loves fencing, and other types of swordplay, and wants to work for Pixar as an animator.  He has a tender, compassionate heart and an ever present smile!

Natalie, our 18 year old, is bubbly, smart, ambitious, and fun!  She attends Tuacahn High School and is preparing to start at SUU in the fall.  She always has a million things on her plate, is super-organized, and has a love for life and new experiences.  She is quirky, happy and spreads sunshine wherever she goes!

Savannah, who is nearly 15, also attends Tuacahn High School, and has found a deep love of acting and being a part of the choral group, "Radiante."  She is an avid reader, a wiz in the kitchen (especially with baking), loves math, and loves to garden.  She is more timid than her siblings, but when she is around her friends, she can be a real firecracker!  She also has an incredible gift with animals and shares her most tender side with any living creature she sees.

Christian, who is about to turn 13, is the athlete of the group.  He loves basketball, rock climbing, swimming, riding bikes and scooters, and jumping on the tramp.  He is busy working on getting through all the levels in scouting so he can achieve Eagle!  He is very smart, is a great friend and always wants to be on the move!  He is gifted with his hands and can figure out how to build or fix things in a jiffy!  He is fun to be around and can usually get the whole family laughing with his jokes or silly impersonations!"

Thank you to the Spanglers for giving us a great look into your family! 

We are excited to have them in our ward.....Welcome!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Till Meet Again, Sis. Dunn Olsen

This from Sis. Linda Sappington:

Former Bloomington 7th Ward member Mary Dunn Olsen succumbed in Heber City on April 20, 2011 at the age of 77.  To those of us who knew and loved her, she was a larger-than-life, one-of-a-kind friend who had a big infectious laugh and a bigger testimony. She loved serving in the Church and weaving rag rugs (and not necessarily in that order).  Her little business - Persnikity Rugs - supported her hobby...and nearly all of us have some of her beautiful handiwork in our homes.  The world has lost one of its best and brightest.


From the St. George Spectrum:
Mary Ellen Tregeagle Dunn Olsen, 77, of Heber City, passed away Wednesday.  Funeral services will be noon, Monday, at the Cobblestone Heber Ward, 980 South 1661 East, Heber City.  Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, Sunday from 6 until 8 p.m. and at the church Monday from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. prior to services.  Interment, Heber City Cemetery.  Condolences may be emailed to info@bergmortuary.com

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Adam's Turn to Soar

Adam Clarke became an Eagle Scout during his Court of Honor last Saturday, the 16th of April.  Adam is a member of the Clarke Family, Mom and Dad are Lee and Denise, who moved into our ward last Fall.

Some facts about Eagle Scouts:
•The Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scout program.
•In 2010, 56,176 Scouts earned the rank of Eagle Scout
•Around 5 percent of all Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank in 2010.
•in 2010, the average age of boys earning the Eagle Scout rank was 17 years of age.
•From 1912 to 2010, more than 2 million Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank.

Congratulations on Soaring with the Eagles, Adam!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Meet the Meikle's

Dan, Lisa and son, Justin Meikle have moved here from Napa, California.

There are actually 5 children in the Meikle family, including 11 year old Justin.
Megan who is married and living with her family of 3 children in Houston, TX.
Damon is also married and attending graduate school in California.
Dylan is a student at BYU-Provo.
Austin, who is engaged to be married on May 28th, is also a student at BYU-Provo.

Bro. Meikle enjoys cycling on recumbent trikes, family history, gardening, traveling, scouting, and tinkering of all types.

Sis. Meikle loves to read, traveling, family history, and organizing herself and others.

Justin, living at home, enjoys playing the piano, swimming, Karate, soccer, playing the drums, general exploration and rock climbing.

Welcome to Bloomington 7th Ward, Meikle Family!!  We look forward to getting to know you better.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Meet Our Newest Member

Congratulations to Tayler Stephensen!  He entered the Waters of Baptism Saturday, April 16th and was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today in Sacrament by Bro. Jake Green, the YM's President. He was also ordained a Priest in the Aaronic Priesthood as well.  

We are blessed to have Tayler in the Bloomington 7th Ward.  He is a great example and we welcome him!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Welcome to the Spangler Family and Their Missionary

Recently the Spangler Family moved into our ward.  Frank and Jennifer have two daughters, Savannah and Natalie, who attend Tuacahn High School and a son, Chris, who is almost 13 years old.  They also have a son, Elder Joseph M. Spangler who is currently serving the Lord in the South Korea, Seoul Mission.

Elder Spangler left in June of 2010, so he is nearly halfway through his mission.  He spent the first seven months in Bucheon and was then transferred to Seongnam where he is now.  Previous to his mission, Joseph had taken five years of Spanish and two and a half years of Japanese so he was definitely surprised with his call!  He is having an amazing time serving, learning the language and of course, trying all the different foods there!

We look forward to getting to know the Spangler Family and their son when he returns.

Welcome Spangler's!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Fundraiser for Ashton Gardner

A garage sale is being held to raise funds for a critical surgery required for Ashton Gardner, a child in our ward. They are looking for donations of items to use at the sale.

Please contact Sis. Shauna Gardner at:  680-2626 for more info.

Friday, April 8, 2011

An interview with Elder Schall

Elder Bryce Schall returned home recently from serving the Lord in the Tuxtla Gutierrez Mexico Mission.  His love for the gospel and the people of that country is apparent.  He has been able to speak in Sacrament meeting as well as bear his testimony...something our ward has enjoyed.

Some questions for Bryce:

Tell us what cities or areas you served in while on your mission:
"Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas; Villahermosa, Tabasco; Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz and Cardenas, Tabasco"

What is your favorite passage of scripture, or the scripture that inspires you most?
"My favorite passage is Chapter 5 of Alma.  It makes me think about what my life is like and where it should be."

What was the hardest part of your mission?
"Seeing the people I teach fall in sin and lose the correct path that I taught them, or basically watching someone drop the promptings and whispers of the Spirit."

Share a highlight moment with us.
"Arriving in Mexico, I found the language to be somewhat different to what they had taught me (in the MTC).  After a short period, I had the desire to speak, offered up everything I had (to the Lord), and in one week I went from a few words to full sentences."

What advice would you give to youth as they prepare to serve a mission?
"Start now.  Don't wait a moment to live like a missionary.  Read the Book of Mormon daily.  Find knowledge and wisdom in the Atonement of Christ. Repent."

Thank you for your valiant testimony and service to the Lord, Elder Schall!  And, Welcome Home!!