Friday, December 27, 2013

The Hardy Family

                                                       Aubrie, Landen and Ellie

The Lyons at Christmas

                                                            Russell, Melissa, and Andrew

Christmas with the Kelemens

                                                  Mark, Jessica, James and baby daughter

Keslers at Christmas

                                                               Steve, Virginia and Kathryn

Christmas with the Palmers

                                              Tiva, Abby and Ryan

The Next Generation at Christmas Time

Steve, Michelle and Jack

Friday, November 8, 2013

James Terry Marries Dawna Leigh Nelson

James Terry and Dawna Leigh Nelson were married in the Salt Lake Temple on October 19th, 2013.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Justin Watson Down on His Knee - Lani Says "Yes"

Hey this is Justin Watson. President Colton asked me at the reunion how serious Lani and me were getting. I couldn't tell him I was proposing the next day. She said yes and we plan on getting married in May.  
Sent from my iPhone

Good Times at the Florida Tampa Mission Reunion 2013

 We love our Florida Tampa Missionaries!!!  Next reunion likely to be April, 2015.  Stay in touch, dear former missionaries.  We love seeing you grow in your lives.  Thank you for your love and your example to us.  We think of you often, really we do, and talk about you with great affection.  Go forward with faith and vigor - do what's right and do your best.

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Palmers and baby Abby

Here is the most recent picture of the Palmers. Taken September 2013. 
Little Abby will be 6 months old October 8th. She is rolling around now, and smiling every chance she gets.
Tiva is teaching high school history still, she is in her third year. She is head coach of the girls varsity soccer team. They have only lost one game in their region. 
Ryan is in his final year of college at Weber State University, plans to graduate in April 2014 with a BS in Business Multimedia and Technologies.
We are living in Ogden, UT, enjoying life, and making memories.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Matthew and Lauren Mitten Welcome Jocelynne Louise

Yesterday Lauren and I welcomed into the world Jocelynne Louise Mitten. She was born at 12:26pm weighing 7lbs 4oz. We are so excited and blessed to have her join our family.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Florida Tampa Mission Reunion 2013


Friday, October 4, 2013
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.Please join us in the chapel at 6:30 p.m for a brief meeting followed by visiting in the cultural hall.
Draper Crescent View Stake Center
11626 South 300 East
Draper, Utah

We hope to see many of you at our reunion.  Please let me know if you plan to attend.  The time since our service together is passing by quickly and we would love to get the latest update on your lives.  It seems that many of you are passing through the channels of school in Utah and beginning to venture to all corners of the world.  Let us see you before you journey too far!

Please post this notice on your Facebook page and pass the information along to all the former FTM missionaries you are in touch with.  I do not have all the email addresses and so I am counting on you for your help.

You might want to send me pictures of you and your growing families to my email address -  We also love seeing those of you who have not yet made the big jump into matrimony.  Don't feel that you have to have some big life event happen before sending in an update.  We are interested in all facets of your lives.

Senior Missionaries!  We will plan to have lunch at the Chuck-A- Rama as we did last year.  We will meet there at 1:00 p.m.  on Friday, October 4th, 2013 (the afternoon of the reunion).  Please let me know by September 1, 2013 if you are planning to be there so I can reserve the appropriate space for us.  The address is:

12344 Minuteman Drive
Draper, Utah
Tele # 801-748-4850

Here is hoping to see you at the reunion.  We love you and think of you often.

The Coltons

Monday, September 2, 2013

Word from Jennifer Briscoe

I just wanted to send you an update on what is going on for me. I currently have 3 callings/ assignment. The one that I have had the longest is the Relief Society Secretary in my ward. I was also recently called to be the Employment Specialist, which is very ironic since I myself am looking for a job! Also I was asked to serve as an Ordinance Worker in the Rexburg Idaho Temple. That has been quite a challenge for me as I haven't tried to memorize anything for quite a while. But I am slowly making progress through each of the different ordinances. I am also part of a Singles Stake that encompasses 16 Family Stakes. My Stake President is Edwin Sexton,  and he told me that he remembers you, President Colton, from when he was a Stake President in Virginia. We just had an amazing Stake Conference last weekend. I am also having some fun with my Sister and her husband, and her 4 children! I hope you two are doing well and having some great adventures!
Jennifer Briscoe

Monday, August 5, 2013

David and Katie Folkner Reporting In

We are doing so well right now.  We are very happy with our decisions in the recent past.

Katie and I both graduate in May from Utah State University and absolutely loved it.  Although the 100 hour weeks of thesis grind at the end was quite taxing!  I was lucky enough to have many opportunities out of the gate, including getting full time wages from the Air force Research Lab in Edwards while getting a PhD from USU.  I turned that down though, for a fantastic lifestyle/opportunity at GE Oil and Gas in Minden Nevada.

My job is a general mechanical engineering job, but I'm already getting opportunities to use my fluid dynamics expertise here.  

Here, we live in a very small town.  The entire valley has about 30k people, but we're only about 20 minutes from Carson City and 45 from Reno.  We are also just a stones throw form Lake Tahoe, infact Katie  is working up at the lake.  It is perfect.  We get small town feel on a day to day, arts/concerts and fun activities up at the lake, and big time shopping near by.  We live about 2 miles from my work, so my bike is getting lots of use.  It is truly a great place to live.

We also bought a small house that we just love.  Our neighborhood has several members, but not too many!  Just right!  It's cute, adorable and conveniently located.  And best of all, we got super low interest!  

We have a puppy coming our way in a week.  She is adorable and named Ragnar.  She is a mini australian shepherd to match my high energy.  We are excited to have her in our house.

Between going to concerts, volunteering in backcountry ultra marathons, working, and kayaking we've been keeping busy.  We are crossing the atlantic to go on a cruise out of Venice with Katie's family this month and are extremely excited for that too.  My brother isn't too far in San Francisco, so that is going well.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Ellie Beth Hardy Arrives

I was just thinking about how I need to send a little update for the blog.  I finally have a few minutes to get on my computer while I'm not holding a baby!  HA! 
We welcomed Ellie Beth Hardy into our family on April 12, 2013.  She weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.  She is growing so fast!  We can't believe she is almost 7 weeks old already.  We are adjusting to being parents slowly but surely.  Landen is working full time as a machinist and getting ready to go back to school. Aubrie is lucky enough to stay home with little Ellie.  We just bought a house in Smithfield in January and we love having our own place to call home.  Life is good! 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Trenton Gates in Hawaii

I just wanted to let you and president know that I am here in Hawaii working for Living Scriptures selling the animated DVDs on the Book of Mormon and the other scriptures. If you want to put that on the blog that would be nice.
It's hot and humid just like Florida. But unlike Florida I can sleep every night with the windows open at night and not feel like I am suffocating in my sleep. It doesn't rain as much here as it does in Florida. I got to see Josh Graham and his lovely wife. I am going to be here all summer long. Right now I am on the island of Oahu and will be here till about the middle of June, and then I don't know which island I will be going to next maybe Maui. It's been really challenging for me to be out here; a great tax on faith for sure.

Shauna and Ryan Nokes Update

Shauna (Stewart)  and Ryan Nokes have had a very busy year with a lot of changes. We are living about an hour outside DC, in northern Virginia. Last spring I started teaching piano lessons to 2 teenagers. Since that time, my number of students has grown to 16! In early November Ryan's company moved most of their operations down to South America and they gave us a choice: move to Chile (though there's no guarantee they could ever bring us back to the states), or get laid off. We opted NOT to move to Chile. As is so often the case in life, the Lord was in the details and we had started looking several months earlier at other business opportunities.
When the day of lay offs came we already had a plan and we purchased a painting franchise called Five Star Painting. We officially bought the business in December. The past 6 months have been a whirlwind of obtaining contractor licensing in VA, hiring painting crews, networking, and for me, obtaining a hands-on business education! I have left my previous employment to work with Ryan (more) full-time (still teaching piano though). It has been a bumpy ride, and we've never worked so hard. We have talked often about how so many of the principles of missionary work apply to what we are now doing. Diligence, dedication, follow-up, committing people to a timeline, talking to people about their families and lives, etc. We've even had some missionary opportunities both with customers and also with painters we employ. This has all required an immense amount of faith and trust in the Lord, but we both see the hand of the Lord in our lives daily as we've taken on this challenge of business ownership. 

Shauna & Ryan Nokes

Monday, May 20, 2013

Debbie Conover Olsen and Husband in New Hampshire

The Debbie (Conover) and Seth Olsen family live in New Hampshire where Seth is getting a joint degree in law and an MBA.  Debbie is busy caring for two little boys and preparing to welcome their third child, a girl, in September.  Opportunities for missionary work abound in New Hampshire, especially when there are two people who love to share the gospel.  That would be Debbie and Seth!  Debbie's passions at the moment are: Family, missionary work (the gospel) and health.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Derek Kirk and McKenzie Thomas to Wed

Derek Kirk and McKenzie Thomas have chosen the 18th of May, 2013 to marry in the Manti Temple.

Abby Palmer Arrives

Ryan and Tiva Palmer welcomed Abby Kristine to their family April 8th, 2013.  She weighed in at 7 bls 3 oz. In their words, "She is perfect."

Steven Miner to Marry Brittni Foskey

Steven Miner and Brittni Foskey have chosen the 24th day of May, 2013 to marry in the Atlanta, Georgia Temple.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Grover and Fisher to Marry

Colleen Grover and Thomas Fisher have chosen Mayy ll, 2013 to mary in the Logan Temple.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Jay Hamann and Erin Mulkay Marry in the Los Angeles Temple

Over the last three years I have been studying marketing at Brigham Young University-Idaho. I have one more semester here until I finish. I am pretty excited for that. I am currently working on getting a job in Orlando once iI graduate, and hopefully be able to live in my beloved Polk County yet again. 
Some other exciting news is that I had the privilege of marrying my sweetheart Erin Mulkay in the Los Angeles Temple.  This happened on the 13th of April. We are extremely happy. She is about to finish her degree in math education here at BYUI as well. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Millers, Russ and Karen, to Serve in Fresno, California

We report to the MTC Monday, April 29 and we are going to the California Fresno Mission and will be living in Modesto, California.  We are so excited because that is just at the base of the Sierras, very close to Yosemite and other places we enjoyed over the years. 

It is very different for Senior Couples now.  The mission will be leasing our apartment and furnishing it completely (right down to the kitchen sponge.)  We will be able to move right in and start working.  In fact, we are not even going to Fresno for awhile.  Our Zone Leaders will meet us and get us oriented to the mission.  There is no way it will compare with Florida and the close friendships we made there, but we are looking forward to new experiences that will be memorable in their own way and people we will cherish.  We thnk of you often and are grateful for the time we spent working together.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sister Dorothy Erdman Contines to Inspire Us

Thank you for keeping in touch.  I have many happy memories of our Florida missions & enjoy hearing news of others we knew there.  I am enjoying my new home with daughter Lisa & her family of 8 children.  Living together required a move to a larger house, so when I sold our Oregon home I added the money to Lisa & David's & we bought a beautiful big home which fits all of us nicely.  I have my own very comfortable quiet quarters.

We've had an exciting month.  A granddaughter left for a mission in Honduras, a grandson came home from a California Spanish speaking mission & his sister left today for a mission in Seattle.  This last Sunday our son Kimball (who has 7 children) was called to be bishop of his ward in Arkansas & I was able to fly there for the weekend to share that experience.  I'm sure that Kim was looking down from above with that big smile on his face, pleased and proud of his son as I am.

I am so grateful to be a member of the true Church of Jesus Christ, for the pattern it gives us for our lives and for the knowledge we have of the eternal nature of the family.  It gives us purpose and meaning in this life and hope for the future.  Only in following this gospel plan can we have true happiness.

John Speirs Finishes M.S. in Applied Physics

I have finished a M.S. in Applied Physics from the Colorado School of Mines and am currently working as an introductory physics instructor both face-to-face at Arapahoe Community College and online at a college and a state university. I am working to go back for a Ph. D. in Physics, probably with an emphasis in Physics Education.
I'm living in a super awesome place in Wheat Ridge, CO

Trevor Andreasen Marries Jordan Cox in Orlando Temple

I just got married on March 28th in the Orlando temple to Jordan Cox. We met here at BYU and it turns out she is from Auburndale FL on the lakeland stake which is one of 2 stakes I never served in. We are living in UT and I am finishing up on finals then headed to Las Vegas for an open house. Then cruise in May and my wife's sisters wedding at the end of May. Happily married for time and all eternity. Loving life and just found out I will be a pilot in the air force as soon as I graduate which will be in Aug 2014 then headed to training. Love you Coltons! 
Elder retired Trevor Andreasen 

Isaiah Benally Studies Crimminal Justice and Forensic Science

Elder Benally (now Isaiah Benally) I thought I'd let you know what I'm up to. I've been working at the Provo temple as a veil worker for the past semester. I'm going back to Arizona on the 25th but when I come back this fall I'll be working at the temple again. I'm still in Criminal Justice with a  minor in forensic science. I was also accepted in Phi Kappa Phi honors society. I've considering going to BYU law school after I graduate. Otherwise things have been going really well. Challenging but still nice. I hope you're doing well.

The Tufts in Gdansk, Poland

We are happily serving a second mission in Gdansk, Poland (The Prussian city of Danzig).  We have a small branch here.  We love the people here and are struggling mightily to learn to speak Polish.  I have attached a few pictures, one of the senior missionaries here in Poland and one of the six missionaries in Gdansk and President and Sister Nielson.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Letter from the Coltons

                                                       President Colton's domestic side.

24 April 2013

Dear FTM Missionaries,

                  It has been some time since we communicated with you as a group.  We trust that you are progressing well in your education, life’s work and if the time is right for you, in your special relationships and your family.  It is pure joy for us to hear from you and learn first hand what you are doing.  We greatly enjoy updates, pictures, announcements;  all things relating to your lives.  Since we rarely go on Facebook, we have to use the tools of the caveman to get our information.  So be mindful of us.

                  As usual, April conference was a spiritual and directional uplift for us.  We are grateful for men and women inspired to guide us as the world is changing in many ways; some good and some not so good.  To see the faith and integrity of many like yourselves who are unmoved as right is abused and twisted to look wrong and wrong is twisted to look right, we take heart.  “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

                  We hope you will take a moment from time to time to peek into the blog.  We keep posting some information but there will be a lot more if you send your information to Sister Colton.  So many good things are happening in your lives that we are sure your former companions would love to hear about it.  And not just on Facebook!

                  Our email addresses for all of you are incomplete.  Many of our missionaries who returned home after we returned are not on my file.         The blog address is:      Please forward it to anyone you think might have an interest in the blog.  There are some recent posts, and you need to find out who is getting married and who has just paid a recent visit to Washington DC.  and a face from the past for you to identify.   Leave us a comment.  If you have an e-mail address that changes, please let us know that also.

                  The Colton’s are doing well.  President Colton is still trying to solve the country’s housing finance problems and was recently made a sealer in the Washington DC Temple.  If any of you choose this temple to be married and sealed, he would love to be part of it.  Sister Colton is also a temple worker and very busy being a grandmother and preparing to publish a children’s book about her great, great grandmother from Denmark.

We send our love to each of you,

President and Sister Colton
936 Spring Hill Rd.
McLean, Va   22102

Monday, April 22, 2013

Coltons Checking in With You

This is the front cover of the first edition of The Era of Youth.  Who do you think that handsome boy is?

Brandon Clifford and Camille Mackay to Wed

Brandon Clifford and Camille Mackay have chosen the fifteenth of June to marry in the Oquirrh Mountain Temple.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Tucker Johnson and Haley Frame to Wed

Tucker Johnson and Haley Frame have set May 11, 2013 to wed in the Los Angeles Temple.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Jessica and Mark Keleman Visit DC

Mark, Baby James and Jessica visited us at our home this month.  They were here to visit Mark's brother who is at the BYU center in DC.  They are happy and well.