Saturday, June 16, 2018

Here's the basic agenda for the upcoming reunion. Be sure to read to the bottom of the page so we are all on the same page about the sleeping arrangements. More details to follow, like address and driving instructions!
     Gathering activity:     Ice Cream at Gossner's Dairy?  Pepperidge Farms Factory?  Fat Boys?
        3:00 pm  Check in at Paradise  (12 miles to Paradise from Logan)
        Meet and greet, camp set up   Graham Cracker art
        Organize and prep dinner. Taco Bar  Linda and Bob Family
        6:00 pm  Dinner served.  Clean up.
        7:00 pm   FHE  Paul - Lesson and Linda -activity - Treats - Smores? Brownies?
         8:00 am    Breakfast:  Pancakes, Bacon, eggs, yogurt, cereal   Dave and Brenda Family
         Morning activities   Games, Playhouse, trampoline, sandbox play area   Laura and Grace
         12:30 pm    Lunch   BBQ Mariner Dogs, corn chips, watermelon, potato salad    Al and Karen Family
         Afternoon activities:  outdoor water sports, Paintball, Slip and slide, birthday party with Cake  April
         Organize and prep dinner    Paul and Diann Family
         5:30 pm    Dinner:    Baked Potato Bar  chili, sour cream, broccoli, bacon, cheese,  green salad
         7:00 pm     Talent show - Treats -  Ice cream bars/sandwiches?   Carla  
         8:00 am  Breakfast  Baked Strata, yogurt, fruit, cereal    Carla and Barry Family
         Make Your Own lunches to go.   Sandwiches, chips, juice box, cookie Laura and Richard Family
       Brief Family meeting   Dave conduct
       Clean up
        11:00 am    Check out.

1.  Queen Bedroom in Guest House - queen bed, bunk bed with trundle, porta-crib -     sleeps 5 plus baby     Paul and Diann/ Jayann and Paul
2.  King Bedroom in Guest House - king bed, twin bed, floor mattress, porta-crib - sleeps 4 plus baby     Michele and Taylor
3.  Living Room in Guest House -  queen sofa bed, daybed with trundle –sleeps 4
                         Dave and Brenda
4.  Beach House -  three bunk beds, two daybeds with trundles – Sleeps 10      
                                       Rhonda and Bryce Ramona and Rob
                                       Brenda and Josh Eric and Shelene
                                                                     *two empty twin beds

Camping:  (I’m not sure I got all the campsites listed correctly from my notes :)
Campsites Campers
Shady Hollows - 1 tent - Rachel    Ruth and Clayton
Two Sisters  #1 and #2 - many tents - Kristina and Bryce
Swingset Campsite  - 3 or 4 tents - April and Tom
100 Hammocks Trina and Robert
Garden View - 2 small tents or 1 large Carla and Barry, Aubrey, Jennae (Camper)
Erin and Trevor
Other than Rachel, who made a special request,             Laura and Richard, Grace
I’m not assigning campsites.  I think you can decide Colin and Abby
where you are most comfortable. Karen and Al, Lauren and Carlos  (tent trailer)                Rob and Juliann

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Now remember, it's been really hard to find ANY PLACE that would have room for as many as we expect!  We are hoping you will be kind and understanding as you consider our options at this property.   Carla and Linda are going to go see the site first hand and may add to this description when they are done.  Hopefully you will understand the task before us in finding the right bed for everyone!!

Let me see if I can explain the available beds:
Guest house:
1.  1 queen bed  (2)
     1 bunk with a trundle bed (3)
     1 porta crib
    There is a closet big enough for floor sleeper    
2.  1 king bed (2)
     2 twin beds  (2)
     1 floor mattress  (1)
     1 Porta crib
3.  Living room
     1 queen sofa bed (2)
     1 daybed with trundle (2)
     2 extra mattress to use on the sofa bed but could go on     floor  (2)

Beach house
  3 bunk beds  (6)
  2 daybeds with trundles  (4)
  Lots of floor space for floor sleepers

Play house 
   There is room for air mattresses
Club house
    There is room for air mattresses

There are several separate spaces for camping:
  1.  Shady hollows -   room for 1 tent
  2.  Two Sisters -   Room for many tents
  3.  Swingset campsite -  3 or 4 tents
  4.  Circle Dr. - 2 small tents or 1 large one
  5. Hammocks - there are trees to hold 100 hammocks in the shade.  Bring your own or she rents them for $5.

No tents on the main lawn - sprinklers at 6 am!


Here are some of the details about the location in the hills southwest of Logan.  What we need to know is who all can come, who needs a bed, and who is ready to camp at this beautiful place.  I can give you a price for the location after we figure out how many are coming.  You see all the pictures here.

"A spacious clubhouse gives you the room you need for a large gathering. It has a 1200 square foot kitchen/gathering room with two stoves and two refrigerators, one full bathroom, 2 shower rooms, and 3 toilet rooms. The comfortable guest house also has a full kitchen, a Jack-n-Jill bathroom, and sleeps 12 in beds. It connects to an adorable beach house that sleeps another 10 in beds. There are 6 beautiful campsites that can accommodate another 98 campers plus many trees that are perfect for those who want to sleep under the stars in hammocks.
We also have a private paintball course where our guests can play, a 200 foot water slide, and children's playhouse and sandbox.
If you love to be outdoors, you'll love this area. If you like to hike, there is nothing between the home and the mountains. There are many places to explore on and off the property. Enjoy the scenic drive up the canyon to the Porcupine Dam (7-8 miles). If you don't have water toys, we have a canoe and kayaks for rent so you can enjoy kayaking, swimming, cliff jumping, and fishing at this absolutely stunning water retreat. It is not open to motorized watercraft (except small fishing boats), but if you travel the other direction for 10 minutes, you can enjoy all your motorized watercraft at the Hyrum Dam.
This is one of the most beautiful peaceful places on earth. Up against the mountains in the middle of thousands of trees, you'll find yourself wanting to come back again and again."

Saturday, April 07, 2018


Just outside of Logan in Eden, UT

Please put this on your calendar and plan on coming to have a great time.  Please note, there is lots of camping options at this property.  When the snow is gone, Linda and Carla will try to go check it out for us in person.

Friday, January 05, 2018


This is a possibility that I think we can get into for a reasonable price on Sunday July 1st, 2nd, 3rd up to the morning of the 4th.  Look at the site.  The last photo shows a video.  Check it out.  It would mean some of us would be camping but in a beautiful hammocks if you wanted.  100 trees planted 10 feet apart specifically done for hammocks! They do allow tent trailers and motorhomes but they don't have hook ups for them. 

So how do you feel about this location?
How do you feel about the dates? 

We may have an option at a YW's camp in southern Idaho also.  Waiting for a possible opening the same week in July.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Colin's last words from his mission:

I think the Apostle John said it best in third john,
13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:
14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name

-Elder White

Monday, October 16, 2017

Colin's last letter!

Well, Elder Morris’ bike is now totally fixed, but then I got really sick, and then Elder Norwood got pink eye, but now we are healed.  .  . Well, kinda. Elder Morris might have the flu. We decided it sounds more serious when we call it “influenza,” but that makes it sound like he's going to die. Really, we are fine now. Being sick did, however, put a bit of a dampener on our week.
         On Tuesday Elder Norwood woke up and his eye was pink. We kind of jokingly made him call the mission nurse and she said it probably wasn't pink eye, but in the morning the next day, he woke up and it was most definitely pink eye. We made him call the mission nurse again, and we were stuck inside all day. I am proud to say that neither Elder Morris, nor I, contracted pink eye because we followed the Lord's instruction to Moses. In Leviticus chapter 15 in the Bible, they are taught how to treat sick people. Here are a few selected verses from that:
         “2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them,   When any man hath a running issue out of his flesh, because of his issue he is unclean.

         3 And this shall be his uncleanness in his issue: whether his flesh run with his issue, or his flesh be stopped from his issue, it is his uncleanness.

         4 Every bed, whereon he lieth that hath the issue, is unclean: and every thing, whereon he sitteth, shall be unclean.

         5 And whosoever toucheth his bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
         11 And whomsoever he toucheth that hath the issue, and hath   not rinsed his hands in water, he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.”
 Pretty incredible how it took science over 2,000 years to catch up with God's direction. God told the children of Israel thousands of years ago how to treat sick people, and the World didn't figure out this simple information until almost 1900!
         So we sanitized everything Elder Norwood touched, which I think he got tired of really fast, but we just followed him around and wiped down all surfaces that he came in contact with, even the wall map that he touched. You may say that is ‘over-the-top,’ but neither of us got pink eye--so hey, it worked!
         On Thursday Elder Norwood had a doctor's appointment, but his eye was healed, so the doctor didn't do anything, but then Friday morning he woke up and his eye was infected again!! --and it was way worse.  While I stayed inside, quarantined with Elder Norwood, Elder Morris went on splits with the 1st counselor in the stake presidency  to go teach people, and they had much success, including a less-active sister we teach has decided to come back to church this week!
         After the whole being-sick-fiasco we got back hard to work, and it rained, and rained, and rained a little more, and so for three days we rode around soaking wet on our bikes. No matter what you do, you get drenched when you ride bikes in the rain out here. The water finds its way through all of the clothing you have on. 
         While riding around, Elder Norwood saw a man throw his phone at the ground so he stopped and asked if everything was alright. The man said, "You always show up at the right time. How did you know?" Turns out he was a less-active member from a different ward who was in a really bad spot. You would be amazed how many times we hear that, though. So often people tell us things like, "How did you know to come right now?  How did you know I need y'all?" or "How did you know to say that?" We had an investigator ask us, "Do y'all have a gps tracker on me? Cuz y'all always show up exactly when I need you." And I would respond to all of those people, "The Holy Ghost: it will show unto you all things what ye should do." If we are obedient to the commandments of God, are baptized, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, we can say what God needs us to say, and be where God needs us to be, and that is why so often we just, "Happen to say the right thing," and just "Happen to be in the right place at the right time."  Certainly God will place people in our path each day that need our help, and we must not overlook each opportunity to serve one another.
         There are birds all over the place here in Virginia Beach. Last week we saw several Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Canvas Back Ducks, Black Ring Neck Ducks, Mallards, and even a Muscovy Duck, which happily took a pass-a-long card we handed to it.  I assume the duck thought we were giving it food, but who knows where that card will end up! All the time we have to avoid hitting geese on our bikes. Last week on P-day we went down to the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge and saw Virginia Rails, and Glossy Ibis, and beautiful Ospreys and I think a Northern Hairier. With all the birds come a problem: it means we are dodging bird poop all the time as we ride our bikes, but we like the birds.
         Last night as we were riding our bikes home from an appointment, we saw this 20 year-old kid riding his BMX bike all over the road (he was obviously high on something). He was singing a Lady Gaga song at the top of his lungs and when he pulled up alongside of us he pointed to us and yelled, "GOOD EVENING MORMON DUDES!!!  and then continued singing and riding past us in the other direction.
         In that same neighborhood we passed a young black guy sitting on his porch who yelled when we passed with his fist to the air, "These my Nig*#@S!! They out day and night!!" Every time we pass him which is pretty frequently actually he puts his fist in the air and yells, "my NIG$#@S!" he's the only black man out here who has ever called us the N word. He doesn't say it offensively, but he seems excited, and thinks it's cool that we are missionaries out here serving the Lord. Maybe we will try to teach him one of these days.
         On my mission I have met the wealthiest of people (like millionaires) and the poorest of the poor (homeless people with no money to their name). I have met people in both situations, who are miserable--absolutely miserable. I have also met people in both of those circumstances who are as happy as could be. Your situation in life does not determine your happiness. It is your attitude, which is mostly the result of the way you live (mind you, things like clinical depression are another story, but a lady in this ward who suffers from that, told me that studying the Book of Mormon is the only thing that makes her feel happy--so just a thought). True happiness only comes through living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I only have one more week, so I will see you all soon. I hope that Y'all have a blessed week, my friends.
--Elder White