Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Called to Serve: Lisa Carson

Lisa Carson hadn’t planned to serve a mission . . . until she heard President Thomas S. Monson’s announcement in the October 2012 General Conference “that, effective immediately, men may now begin serving at age 18 and women at age 19.”  Upon hearing the words of a prophet of God, “I was overwhelmed by the Spirit confirming I should get ready to serve,” states the youngest daughter of Kendall and Mary Jean Carson and sister to Stephanie Bangerter.

She was originally called to serve 3 months in nearby Las Vegas, but less than a week later her plans were changed when she was informed she would be serving in the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission.  She will enter the Provo MTC on February 20 where she will spend 10 days in final preparation before leaving for her field of service.
“I am so excited for this opportunity and know I am supposed to serve in Minnesota,” states Sister Carson, who is setting a powerful example for other young women as one of more than 58,000 missionaries currently serving around the world – and as one of the very first 19-year olds to answer this historic call.  Sister Carson is also the first in her family to serve a mission.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A-bowlin' We Will Go!

The Young Men and Young Women of the Bloomington 7th Ward recently combined their high energy and spirit of fun for an evening on the lanes of Dixie Bowl.  The large group was divided into 8 smaller teams and spread out across all the bowling lanes so it was hard to keep track of everyone’s scores, but thankfully no one forgot to bring their socks.  

Toward the end of the evening Brothers Bertschi and Gwilliam faced off for an arm wrestling competition (was a winner declared?).  After bowling, the older teens went to iHop for free pancakes . . . the younger ones hit their favorite local drive-thru for ice cream on the way home.  

The entire evening was a lot of fun!!!