Sunday, December 28, 2014


Fun visits from family and friends!! The Smith's arrived via Amtrak and we had a fun 4 days. Tombstone, Old Tucson Studios, Why I Believe Fireside, Waffle Tuesday, just to name a few.  A highlight of the Dove Girls visit was a trip to Kartchner Caverns, and Gila Valley where we found the home where Mom was born.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Visit to the Ranch

We were so excited to get to see Austin at the Welcome Home Ranch.  He looked so good.  We got a tour and were able to meet about 14 of the Young Men and even stayed for dinner.  Right now Austin's reponsibilities are to take care of the chickens and cook the meals.  He seems very happy and recognizes the Lord's hand in his life.  We are so blessed.  

October 2014

What a great birthday week at the Institute.  I have been so lucky to teach classes and also present the devotional on Friday.  I chose the topic " Seeking Goodness"  and had 2 musical numbers Shantell Petty and Elder Petrungaro and role playing.  Then I was surprised as they opened the back doors for everyone to go to Dollar Lunch and saw it was all decorated to celebrate my birthday.  Sister Nymeyer made brownies and the tables were all arranged to spell out Stout.  I felt loved.  We also had a great opportunity at the end of the month to visit the Lewis Family in Scotsdale for the annual Father /Son Baseball tournament.  Scottie was pretty excited about Halloween and dressed up as LaBron James.

August 2014

We enjoyed a great Mission Conference with Elder Malm and his wife.  Some great insights:
  Success is measured by your ability to love.
 Grow up unto the Lord: Serve Him and walk in the light
 Our purpose is to invite.
 Everyone on earth chose Christ once , so see all people as "Yes sayers".
 What has the Holy Ghost taught you?
Matt: 14:14- The Lord says Come with what you have-- let me bless it-- I'll give it back and it will grow.  When you bring your capacity to the Lord, he will bless and empower you.
Here is a picture of Sister Passey, Sister Malm and Myself.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Seeing the Sights

At the Mormon Battalion Monument in downtown Tucson
At the Gilbert Temple Open House.

Birthday Party

We celebrated the birthday's of Sister Stewart, Sister Rockwell and Kaylin. We played a fun game and Dax lost and had to find the penny in the flour.  Lots of fun.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Visit from the Stout's

The Stout's arrived on July 16th and we had a whirlwind week.  First stop was the Gilbert Temple. Other highlights were the Desert Museum where they got to pet a snake and hold Stick insects.  We also enjoyed climbing rocks and the Cookie Cabin at Mt. Lemmon.  Another great outing was going on the Monster Truck at the Ostrich Farm. The Lorikeet's thought Brody's head made a great perch. Pinnacle Pete's for dinner, Magic show, rides and the Wild West show brought giggles from everyone.We also celebrated Kaylin's birthday with the Missionaries and played fun games. Swimming in the pool brought smiles to all the kids. Roller Coaster roads, Mormon Messages, Invisible notes, Institute visit, piano,lizards, tarantulas, Grandma camp,  and the movies Planes and Forever Strong rounded out the week.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

June 19
  We have been in Tucson for over 6 months now.  The spring semester is over and we are a month into summer.  In the spring, the Institute was bustling and we were busy with activities, classes, cooking, and choir. The summer is much more laid back.  Elder Stout is busy helping with finances in the Mission Office and I am running between the Institute and the office, helping where needed.  We still have choir and volleyball on Tuesday Night  and on Wednesday we host a Family History Group.
    Staring next week we will have Friday Night Fever, which will feature different styles of dance instruction.  Last Friday the activity was paint wars-- pretty fun.