I went to court to support Matt in his hearing. It hurt to see him in scrubs and shackles. I hope the court will do the right thing and get him the help he needs. He was diagnosed with PTSD after two tours in Irag, and for whatever reason didn’t get the counseling he needs. He ended up in custody after a standoff with SWAT last week. The Matt that was arrested is not the Matt I know. I will continue to pray for him and do all I can to help him and his family, which doesn’t feel like much.
Today Mom showed me how to index records from www.familysearchindexing.com. I indexed 42 names in just a few minutes. This is something that I’ve wanted to do for several months, and I finally took the time to learn. I felt like what I was doing will make an impact on someone’s life soon. I want to continue doing this to help the genealogy cause.
We played in the snow cave again before we crushed it. Our yard isn’t fenced and Mom gave me a hard time about the access to the cave. We let everyone take a turn and jumping on top to try and crush it. The cave was stronger than I expected. Raven’s friend Mikah did the most damage. I’m sure this will become an annual event.
I hate cold weather, and I’m sick of the snow. This is the most snow we’ve had in the last 10 years. Snow is beautiful, but I hate shoveling it and I hate driving in it. Last night Mason informed me that our neighbor made a snow cave so we needed one too. I created a snow pile against the retaining wall and started carving. Mason, Jaxon and I couldn’t all sleep in the cave, but the boys could. This was my first attempt at a snow cave and I think it turned out well. We finished our adventure with hot chocolate. It was a great way to spend the morning on a day off.
Today the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced the new President of the Church and his counselors. Thomas S. Monson is the new Prophet and President of the Church, with Henry B. Eyring as First Counselor and Dieter F. Uchtdorf as Second Counselor. President Hinckley was a great prophet and leader, and we are excited to follow and support President Monson. He has been my favorite speaker among the Quorum of the Twelve since I was a teenager, and I’m excited to see where he leads the Church. Henry B. Eyring is half a step behind Thomas S. Monson for me, so I’m excited to hear from him and President Uchtdorf. I attended a Regional Conference in California after my mission where Henry B. Eyring spoke as a member of the Quorum of The Seventy. I was so impressed with him, and I remembered him by name when he was called to The Quorum of The Twelve. I think this new calling will give President Eyring and President Uchtdorf valuable experience and exposure. They are junior members of the Quorum of The Twelve, and no doubt will be here for decades. We look forward to watching them mature in the leadership of the Church. We are also anxious to see who will be the next member of the Quorum of The Twelve.