Jordan, Amber, and Mr. Milo

Jordan, Amber, and Mr. Milo

Friday, June 8, 2012

Kristan Ruby - year 3

It has been 3 years since I got the phone call.  The most terrifying call of my life.  The phone call that told me my best friend had gone back to heaven.  I remember that day exactly..  I remember falling to the ground and not being able to stand back up.  I remember crying so hard I couldn't breath, I couldn't stand, I couldn't eat or drink for days... A lot has changed since that day 3 years ago.  And today felt different than this same day the last 2 years.  Today I didn't moan and groan and stay in bed.  Today I wanted to celebrate a life that meant so much to me, and not really mourn because it was gone.  And that is exactly what I did.  I went through old pictures, read some thoughts in the book I made for her after she died, put flowers on her grave, laughed when I had to explain the reasoning behind old photos to my husband, cried while explaining others... Not a day goes by that I don't think about her.  I honestly don't think a day ever will.  And I am glad about that.  Memories use to be painful.  They reminded me of a feeling I knew I wasn't going to have anymore.  A reminder of a bond that few have felt in this world.  These same memories are now something I treasure, things I want to think about and be reminded of.  They pick me back up in my darkest times.  President Monsen once said that God gave us memories so we could have roses in the "December's" of our lives.  My memories of Kristan are roses, and if she had her choice they would be pink ones :)  I am so lucky I was able to get to know someone who was so hard to lose.  And I thank Heavenly Father everyday for the time I got to spend with her.  

Kris- you are so missed and loved.  I am so thankful for the tender mercies you, and Heavenly Father, send my way each day.  Fly high Mrs. Ruby, and always watch over me.  

Love always, Ambi

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Guatemala Day 2-3

Day 2 we (the x-ray techs) worked much faster than day 1.  We were able to get over 1 and 1/2 times as many patients / x rays done in the same amount of time as Friday.  

Here I am with one of the future missionaries :)  

Going over a unique case, he actually had 2 wisdom teeth instead of 1 in his upper left side 

Smiling once I knew a pic was being taken 

Jords and Dr. Rogers again 

Dr Hale and I doing some x rays 

 This gun weighs 15 lbs.  And after 10 hours it gets really tough

Jordan and Dr. Rogers helping a special patient.  Dr. Hale (pictured above) made a flipper (retainer with tooth on it) for her because she was missing her front tooth which Dr. Rogers and Jordan did a few fillings and pulled a tooth on her. 

Another special patient.  We are only suppose to work on pre missionaries, but this little boy almost lost his 4 front teeth :(  Luckily we were able to save them with fillings and only had to pull 1 bottom tooth.

 Before the flipper

 After the flipper.  Her life was forever changed today

 Driving almost 2 hours to attend a church.  Narrow roads??  Totally.

This was the family Jordan and I were assigned to.  Twin boys, a 14 year old who was the "man of the house" and a beautiful mother.

 So excited to each get some goodies.  We passed out blanets, aprons, toys, B.O.M. school supplies, and much more to an amazing ward.  We even took each family pic and had it printed and framed while we were there. 

 Jords translating to the kids.

The family. I went to the bathroom after they said goodbye and cried my eyes out.  They were so grateful to get such small things.  

 Fireside with 1300 people.  This entire room was PACKED.  We were even given little radios with headphones to listen to the translation of all the speakers.  SO amazing!

 Banquet night.

 Delish food!!

Ugliest pic of me ha.  I was tired, hungry, and the last thing I wanted was a pic taken of me.  
Day 2-3 have been wonderful!!  Tomorrow I will be waking up at 5am to get ready for another day in the "clinic."  

Friday, April 27, 2012

Smiles for Guatemala Day 1

Jordo and I made it to Guatemala!!!  We got in late last night, and were up and going at 7:00 am.  It has been a very long, but extremely rewarding day!  We had a little orientation meeting this morning, then boarded all 129 of us on a few buses, and went to the stake center.  We completely take over the entire building and turn it into a medical and dental office.  Patients (all pre-missionaries) would check in, get blood drawn, see medical doctors, then come get x-rays on their teeth.  I am one of the x-ray techs, and this job is so much harder than it looks.  We take a total of 8 x-rays on each person.  It is a 2 person job getting these done.  We had 8 people (4 chairs) taking x-rays.  Lets just say it is one of the only jobs that you are on your feet all day long!  (jordo said he would give me a foot massage tonight... I am holding him to it!)  After x-rays they would go to the dentist for fillings, endodonists for root canals, and then the oral surgions for their wisdom teeth.  Sadly some kids had to do ALL 3!!!!  It would take them a total of 4 hours to see all the doctors.  Day 1 was a success, and tomorrow we are seeing double the patients we saw today.  The oral surgeons even let Jordan and I come watch them take out wisdom teeth (gross!)  Jordan was in heaven haha.  
Here are some pics of Day 1!

 Orientation, in our matching scrubs (presh I know... we totally planned it!)

The 27 dentists lined up (these chairs were completely full ALL DAY!!) 

The area where I was going to work :)   

Jordan helping Dr. Bob Rogers.  Jordan was able to assist  Dr. Rogers today.

My work area 

Jordan and Dr. Rogers 

Husband and Wife 

Tanner and his dad Dr. Perry going to work! 


 The waiting area we had set up

More waiting (all these chairs were full all day) 

Super Awesome Name Tag! 

Protected by fenses and gates 

And of course by this guy :)   

 By 12:30 we had seen 91 patients

Lunch and Dinner area 

Jordan doin his thing! 

Joran at work

Check back tomorrow or Sunday for another update :)  

Friday, April 13, 2012


Jordan and I have the opportunity to go do some humanitarian work in Guatemala. We leave in just 13 days!!! (Which is also the DAY AFTER our finals end...) We are so excited to be able to go down and help 900, yep I said 900, young men and women preparing to serve an LDS mission. Some of the things our group will be doing down there is dental work (including root canals and wisdom teeth removal), medical work, hair cuts, and pictures to help get these wonderful people ready to turn in their papers. Jordan will be working and assisting one of the dentists going down. I will be helping upload x-rays and filling out patients files, and helping out wherever they need me. We are so excited about this opportunity!! So check back in a few weeks if you want to be updated on how our trip went!!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

KONY 2012

Please watch this video and get the world out.  WE are the ones who can make a difference.  Let's let them know we CARE!  And that we will stop at NOTHING!
xoxo Amber

Sunday, February 12, 2012

First "grown up" talk in church

Today marked a very big event for myself... I spoke in church for the first time as a married woman. This meant my talk needed to be about 15 minutes, instead of 3-5 mins.... Lets just say I was a NERVOUS WRECK last night and this morning. I was literally having a mini panic attack as Jordan and I were driving to church. My palms were so sweaty before I went up to give my talk. Luckily everything turned out GREAT. Jordan did absolutely WONDERFUL, and I was able to get through my talk without stuttering or laughing (kylee.. haha) Anyway, we had a lot of ward members come up to us and tell us they loved the meeting. It meant so much to both of us to know we actually did somewhat ok. I have already email my talk to about 4 different people who asked, so I thought I would post it on here so more people can see it, and so all our family who aren't in our ward (or even State) could read it. ENJOY :)

Good morning Brother’s and Sister’s. Most of you already know me, I am Bishop and Lynette Felsted’s daughter and have been in the ward since I was 8 years old- the only unfortunate thing about that is I can’t take the usual 5 minutes of my “talk” time to tell you about myself. Luckily I was married just over a year and a half ago, and you probably don’t know Jordan… So I guess I better take a few minutes to tell you about him…. Jordan is from a small town called El Dorado, located just east of Sacrament California. After serving a full time mission in Costa Rica, He came up here to Utah to play basketball at Utah Valley University in 2007. It was just before my sophomore year at UVU when my roommate and I decided to try out for the UVU cheer squad. We luckily made the team, and had a blast making new friends and being involved with school. Most college cheerleaders are about 5 feet 2 inches tall. I am not that height. Without shoes I stand about 5 feet 8 inches. So I stood out while cheering at UVU’s basketball games. During the first game Jordan turned to a teammate and said “Who is that tall cheerleader??” That teammate then told my friend that Jordan wanted to take me out on a date. I was having fun with my cheer friends and being single…So I wasn’t really interested. It took almost 3 months of persistence on his part before I decided to give him a chance. We officially met on my birthday and have been together ever since. We were married in the Timpanogos Temple on July 8, 2010.

Jordan finished playing basketball at UVU last year, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. He is now finishing his pre requisites for dental school and I have 2 semesters left in my Community Health Education major at UVU.

I want to start out my talk with a little story a friend told me:

When I was growing up my dad worked on the mountain, and lots of times he would take the whole family to work with him. We had tons of fun playing and exploring, and one day, my brother and I found the BEST and coolest meadow. It had ponds and a stream, lots of rocks we could climb on, animals to try to make friends with . . . all kinds of neat things to see and do. But there was a problem. To get there we either had to cross a small ravine, which took about an hour of hard climbing, or we had to walk around the ravine, which took about an hour of hard walking. So to make things easier and quicker for ourselves, we built a bridge. It was a VERY cool bridge, if I do say so myself! My dad wanted to make sure the bridge was safe though, so he checked it out. He decided we had done a fine job of building the bridge, but he warned us – and told us that because of the climate up there we had to be very careful. Each day before using the bridge we would need to inspect it. We would need to be sure the ropes had not frayed, the nails had not rusted, and the boards had not started to rot. So, we did as he said. Every day we carefully inspected the bridge. And it was always fine. So after a while we began to be less diligent. If the bridge was fine yesterday surely it would be fine today, right? And if the bridge was fine last week then surely it will be fine this week, right? And before long it had been months since our last inspection. Then one day we were crossing the bridge and sure enough, the wood had started to rot. The bridge gave way while my brother was in the middle of it. He fell into the ravine and broke his ankle. I was unable to get him out so we started calling for help. The entire work crew lost half a days work trying to help us. We had been VERY happy as long as we were diligently inspecting the bridge, but once we stopped being diligent and became lazy, our happiness ended!

The topic I chose for my talk is Happiness. I want to focus on 3 things; What is happiness, Where is it found, and How can we obtain it.

First, what is happiness? Elder W. Eugene Hansen said:

“One of the most critical challenges mankind faces today is to recognize the difference between happiness and mere pleasure. Satan and his forces have become extremely effective in their effort to convince people that pleasure should be the most sought-after objective. He slyly promises that wherever found, pleasure will bring happiness.”

What is happiness then? How does it differ from mere pleasure? I go to the words of Elder Talmage:

“Happiness leaves no bad aftertaste, it is followed by no depressing reaction; it calls for no repentance, brings no regret, entails no remorse; pleasure too often makes necessary repentance, contrition, and suffering; and, if indulged to the extreme, it brings degradation and destruction.” End quote

I really enjoyed the examples Elder Talmage used- true happiness is not followed by depressing reaction, repentance, regret or remorse. We want to strive for True Happiness. Well to strive for something we need to know where we can find it. So where can we find true happiness? And what really makes us happy?

Elder Richard G Scott said:

“Do you take time to discover each day how beautiful your life can be? How long has it been since you watched the sun set? The departing rays kissing the clouds, trees, hills, and lowlands good night, sometimes tranquilly, sometimes with exuberant bursts of color and form. What of the wonder of a cloudless night when the Lord unveils the marvels of His heavens…He goes on to say…..”You are one of the noblest of God’s creations. His intent is that your life be gloriously beautiful regardless of your circumstances. As you are grateful and obedient, you can become all that God intends you to be.”

Life can be extremely busy. I know mine is. Jordan and I both go to school full time. I work a very tiring, but rewarding, job, and I try to be a good wife that cooks, cleans, and does laundry. There are not enough hours in the day for me to get done what I feel I should.

But all of that is ok. We don’t need to be perfect. But we do need to be grateful and obedient. We also need to remember that we are one of the noblest of God’s creations. Heavenly Father has some pretty amazing creations, and the fact that we are one of his greatest is something we shouldn’t forget.

And because we are so great, what does Heavenly Father want us to do? I go to Mosiah 2:41 which reads

41 And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and ahappy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are bblessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out cfaithful to the end they are received into dheaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.

Heavenly Father wants us to keep the commandments. Plain and Simple. If we keep the commandments we will be blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual. And we will dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness.

Wow, never ending happiness. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want that.

But to get to that state we must also go through trials and challenges… Elder Richard G Scott quoted:

“Sadness, disappointment, and severe challenge are events in life, not life itself. I do not minimize how hard some of these events are. They can extend over a long period of time, but they should not be allowed to become the confining center of everything you do.” End quote.

I am sure everyone in here has had his or her own sadness, disappointments, and challenges in life. My biggest trial happened just 2 and a half years ago. My best friend passed away unexpectedly. At the time I had a lot of mixed feelings and emotions. I was mad for awhile, then I was extremely sad. I missed her, and I wanted nothing more that to drive over to her house and just talk for hours like we always use to. Then I became very lonely. I honestly thought I was going to feel like this for the rest of my life.

That is why this quote from Elder Scott is so important to me:

“Your joy in life depends upon your trust in Heavenly Father and His holy Son, your conviction that their plan of happiness truly can bring you joy. “

I had to trust Heavenly Father. I had to completely give myself unto Him, and put all my Faith in Him. And once I did that, I was able to start being happy. I started to notice all the tender mercies He had just for me. I was able to recall my favorite memories I had with my best friend. I had to put a lot of effort into it, but because I did I am now able to enjoy my life, and I can say I am truly happy.

I want to share with you a really great analogy about our trials, obstacles, and problems in life:

“A pebble held close to the eye appears to be a gigantic obstacle. Cast on the ground, it is seen in perspective. Likewise, problems or trials in our lives need to be viewed in the perspective of scriptural doctrine. Otherwise they can easily overtake our vision, absorb our energy, and deprive us of the joy and beauty the Lord intends us to receive here on earth. Some people are like rocks thrown into a sea of problems. They are drowned by them. Be a cork. When submerged in a problem, fight to be free to bob up to serve again with happiness.”

So when those problems come, don’t drown in them. Don’t let them take over your life. Be a cork, and fight to be free and bob up to serve again with happiness.” Take the advice Bishop Felsted gave- if you wake up every morning and think of 3 things you are grateful for, your trials and problems will start to seem smaller and smaller. And you will become happier.

So far we have talked about how happiness differs from pleasure, and that we can find happiness in keeping the commandments, even when challenges and trials come our way. Lastly, I want to focus on how we can obtain true happiness.

The Prophet Joseph stated, “Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God.”

Make a list of things you can do for happiness, such as:

• Ponder the scriptures to understand the plan of happiness.

• Pray with faith in Jesus Christ.

• Receive the temple ordinances. Return to bless others.

• Listen to the prophet and obey his counsel.

• Be grateful for what you have.

• Smile more.

Your list will provide keys to contentment and joy.

But one of the greatest things we can do to obtain happiness is to serve others. Willing service to others is a key to enduring happiness. President Kimball said:

“God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another mortal that he meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other.”

And one of the greatest acts of service we can do is to be a good example and have Christlike attributes. I can’t think of a better example of this than my husband. While playing basketball at Utah Valley University, Jordan was always a great example to everyone he came in contact with. He was loving, patient, honest, and obedient. Most of you know our good friend Rory. (And if you don’t, your kids in primary sure do..) Rory came to Utah to go to school after getting a scholarship for basketball. Jordan had always been a good example to Rory. And I know Rory has always looked up to Jordan . Rory had met with the missionaries a few times, but it wasn’t until after his trip to China where he played on the New Zealand National Team for basketball this last summer, that everything really fell into place. Jordan and I had the opportunity to pick Rory up from the airport. We were so excited to hear about his adventures in China, but we didn’t know how exciting that car ride home would be. While driving southbound on I 15, we could see the Jordan River Temple off to the right. Rory made a comment about how beautiful the temple looked. Jordan light heartedly said to Rory, “When will you be joining me and Amber inside the temple…” Rory’s mood changed, and immediately he became more serious. He said to Jordan “I need to talk to you about something important…” Jordan looked at me and said ok, what is it. Rory then proceeded to tell Jordan he had been reading the Book of Mormon while he was in China, and he knew everything about it was true. He had a testimony about Joseph Smith, and then asked Jordan if he would do him the honor of baptizing him. I couldn’t contain my excitement. I literally clapped my hands together and shouted. Of course Jordan accepted, and after a few more missionary discussions, Rory was baptized on November 12, 2011.

True happiness comes from following Christ’s example and developing Christlike attributes such as obedience, goodness, honesty, gratitude, humility, love, charity, and forgiveness. It comes from serving others and helping them to follow Jesus Christ.

I have a testimony of this gospel, and I know it is true. I know Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God. And I know President Thomas S Monsen is the Lords prophet on the earth today. I know that by losing ourselves in service, we can find true happiness. Always check your ropes to make sure they haven’t frayed, your nails that they haven’t rusted, and your wood that it hasn’t started to rot. If you diligently inspect your bridge and keep the commandments, you will be happy. I say these things in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Thanksgiving in Cali- 2011

Im way behind, but life has gotten to me. Work, school, (anatomy class ugh), and of course being sick.... honestly, who gets sick on the FIRST day of school?!?!?! I would have rather been sick over Christmas break :( anyway- here's what Jordo and I did over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Hung out with these awesome people (not pictured, Jared and Amy)

Spent awesome time with the hubs

ate LOTS of yummy food

Got to see these peeps :) -don't ask me why Jordan and Jared are hard core in all their pics....

Walked around

Spent time on the beach!!

haha love this little guy

smile :)

me and jordan before he went surfing

Jords and Jared about to hit the waves

Nice butt

Yay for family and for having time off of school and work to celebrate with them!!