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I’m now a quarter of a century old!!! My mom and sister came to New York to help me celebrate and it was amazing. Below are some photos from the weekend.

Jeff Koons inflated ballerina at 30 Rock! If you’re in NYC go see this!

When Dallin and I started talking about moving to New York my mom couldn’t stop talking about how she was dying to visit Coney Island. So we made her dreams come true with a 2 night stay in Coney Island!

Nathans Famous 🙂

The art walls

Luna Park is the theme park located on the board walk at Coney Island! It’s so fun and makes for some GREAT people watching!

  

I love them!

On Saturday we went to the NYCFC game! I mixed up the kickoff time so we we’re pretty late but we made the most of it. Annnnd they won! 2-1 🙂 My crush on Jack Harrison keeps growing each game.

Canal Street Market

Brooklyn Bridge
Dallin got me a little camera for my birthday – one of my favorite gifts to date. We’ve had so much fun playing with it!
I miss them already!!

 

It was a great weekend and I’m sad it had to end! COME BACK!! Counting down the days until we get to play and laugh again!! Also – how badass is Tracy? She is fearless and challenges me to be the same in every way – she’s the only reason I was able to hop on the Slingshot ride!! Thanks for coming to see me.

Where I’m at

https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/this-is-what-a-mormon-feminist-looks-like

I recently came across the above article whilst perusing my Twitter feed and simultaneously stuffing my face with popcorn.

I’ve posted religious / political posts before, and looking back on them I often cringe because my opinions and views are constantly evolving, as they should be. So let me start this post off by saying, the above article accurately depicts where I’m at right now. Who knows how I’ll feel in weeks, months, years from now.

Last week I was pretty upset over Utah GOP official’s public letter criticizing the equal pay bill. So upset, that I witch cackled with glee when I heard he had resigned due to the push back. There is no denying that Green’s response is cultivated by Mormon culture. A culture in which I’m deeply connected and love.

When interviewed about the public’s reaction to his letter, Green’s response was, “I still feel government should not dictate to private establishments what they must do. I guess people don’t want to understand these basic issues.” I guess I understand what he’s getting at here. However, I’m having a hard time understanding why he feels government shouldn’t dictate private establishments but religion can?

Honestly, this is all probably a little too fresh for me to be publicly sharing my thoughts on because they aren’t fully formed yet, but the Broadly article has me feeling unusually empowered.

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Dominican Republic

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I haven’t stopped thinking about the DR since the day we left. We had such a blast and it was such a wonderful way for Mel to finish out her time there.

Day 1: My family does not travel internationally very often so this was bound to get interesting. We stepped off the flight and were greeted by a Dominican band! We proceeded through customs, where Dallin was pulled into a back room. We are still unsure of why Dallin needed to be screened separately because of the whole language barrier thing, but he made it out alive!

We were welcomed at our airbnb by Noemi, the house manager. She spoke no english and we weren’t going to pick up Mel until the next day so our only way to communicate with her was by using our cell phones. She took us to the grocery store to get some food where I had a major meltdown because HANGRY!! We finally made it back to the house, made some dinner and went to bed! Traveling is tiring.

Day 2: We went to pick up Mel in Santiago. Driving in the DR was always an adventure. My Dad handled the pressure very well. He even proclaimed himself the Designated Adventure Drive AKA DAD. You can see a video from picking up Mel and the rest of our trip {here}.

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Day 3: Melanie took us to Monte Cristi, her very first area. We visited a few of her members and then she took us on a boat tour!

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Day 4: We drove to Puerto Plata and hung out on the beach, had an amazing lunch and relaxed!

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Day 5: Mel took us to church in Navarette, her 2nd area. We met with the members there. It was so cool to see how loved Melanie was! Everyone was so excited to see her. Dominicans are so affectionate. I loved it! We took some family pics after church 🙂

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PRETTIEST MOM!!!!

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Day 7: Jarabacoa and La Vega! We drove to the Jimenoa Waterfalls in the morning, the drive was such an adventure. Such pretty views from the top of the mountains down into the valleys! The mountains started to make me pretty homesick for Utah.

The hike to the waterfall was so green and beautiful! Once we got down there my dad made friends with a group of teens from Utah! So we bonded with our fellow Utahn’s and then headed out to go visit some of Melanie’s friends.

After we left Jarabacoa, we visited with one of Melanie’s members in La Vega. She and Melanie made us some amazing Domincan food. So good!! Once the sun set we headed to the town square to see the lights. While we were there we were approached by the Police and given body guards! haha!! Which kind of freaked us out so Mel asked if we had any reason to be nervous. They said they just wanted us to have great time (see pics below of our body guards)!

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a bug flew in my face!!

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Day 8: On our final day we drove through the canyons to the beach! It was a long, but beautiful/totally worth it drive. The water was amazing! So warm and definitely not what us New Yorkers are used to. The beach we went to is renowned for it’s wind surfing! It was a beautiful day.

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This trip was definitely unforgettable! If you haven’t watched our video from the trip you can see it {here}.

Hermana Ririe is HOME

After 1.5 years of serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Melanie is finally home!!!

For those who don’t know much about what serving a mission is like, here’s some info:

  • Melanie was sent to Santiago, Dominican Republic to teach the people there about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • In order to help missionaries stay focused on their ‘mission’ they are asked to leave everything behind for a period of time. This means, family, friends, cell phone, social media… life as most 18 and 19 year olds know it.
  • Melanie was only able to write home once a week (Mondays were the best day of my life for the last 1.5 years)
  • Mel had the opportunity to learn Spanish, meet lots of cool people and serve the people of the DR! She loved it!

My family had the rare opportunity to go and pick our missionary up. Generally missionaries return to their home where family and friends greet them at the airport. We worked with local and Dominican church leaders to receive permission to have Melanie released as a missionary while in the DR. I’m so glad everything worked out the way it did. It was an unforgettable experience.

Check out the video I made below (Don’t mind my insane happy cry face when I reunite with my sissy)! Pictures and more details about our trip to come. Enjoy. xoxoxo

megan

 

 

Curious Alice

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For those who know me well, know my deep obsession with Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I have always connected with Alice, I love her unwavering curiosity and dedication to the impossible.

Now you might be wondering why I have decided to share this strange fact about myself with you, but I promise I have a point. As many of you know Dallin and I recently moved to Brooklyn, NY. The decision making process for this giant change took almost a year. I knew that moving to New York City was something I would always want to do, I just didn’t know if it was something that I should do. A lot of prayer, study and personal pondering took place in order for me to feel confident that this was the right thing for us to do right now in our lives.

In April, just before the Semi-Annual LDS General Conference I said a quick prayer. I told God that I felt like I was faced with many choices at this time in my life. I felt a little uneasy about the choices I wanted to make and I prayed that I would be able to receive some comfort and confirmation about these choices. As I finished my prayer, President Monson began to speak and after announcing several new Temples (Zimbabwe :):):):):):)), he said, ‘I have been thinking recently about choices’. I thought, ‘what the heck dude? Me too!!!!!’ I started to tear up as President Monson relayed a tiny scene from Alice’s story. I felt God hearing my prayer and answering it immediately. I’m sure there are others who feel this way too, but this talk was just for me. My testimony of how Heavenly Father knows each of us so deeply was strengthened. The comfort I felt from receiving this answer is a feeling I will never forget. I’m so happy that God gave me the answer I was searching for, I would have been truly heartbroken over receiving the alternative answer. I have loved every bit of Brooklyn that we’ve been able to explore.

As my first Sunday at my new ward arrived I began to feel nervous. I have some social anxiety about meeting new people. Two wrong trains later, I arrived about 20 minutes late to sacrament meeting. Not exactly how I was wanting to start my first week… The first speaker got up and started to tell the story of Alice. I immediately felt a wave of comfort. I knew this was where I was supposed to be.

I love that I was able to have such a personal experience that strengthened my relationship with God. I felt that I needed to share this experience here because it would have been too emotional to share in testimony meeting. Andddd if you made it through this entire post you deserve a pat on the back and some chocolate.

megan