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Abbey Kyhl

It may have all started with me, but I believe things got truly amazing when we became a team. Most everyone would say I am the “mom boss” around here. I feel so blessed to be in this moment. And I look forward to hearing all about your love story, whatever chapter you may be on, whether its being a bride, a new mommy, or just celebrating life as love grows.


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They say it better than we ever could..

For a bride, weddings are mostly just trusting that everything will go as planned and that people will come through for you. The entire experience can obviously be a bit stressful and taxing. However, Abbey Kyhl and Bianca Madsen made my wedding experiences dreamlike. My decision to chose AK Studio & Design was easy because both of my brother’s used Abbey for their weddings. I knew she was great but I had no idea how wonderful she would be through all the wedding planning. Even before our engagement photos Abbey and I were texting back and forth about reception venues, florists, and cakes. She knows the Utah wedding space inside and out and every suggestion she gave me was perfect. Our engagement shoot was flawless and Abbey made us feel relaxed and comfortable enough to be ourselves in front of the camera. Our bridal shoot was even more perfect because Abbey and Bianca worked together to capture every detail. I’ve never seen a more dynamic duo than Abbey and Bianca – their energies feed off of one another and make the perfect environment for a photo-shoot. They are both incredibly talented and I felt lucky to have both of them at my bridal shoot and my reception. I never had to worry about either Bianca or Abbey missing an important moment because they were always there and always consulting me on what I wanted captured. The pictures they took and edited for me will forever be my favorite memories of my wedding!
Having Abbey be apart of our wedding was one of the best decisions we made. Not only is she organized and can run a full day of wedding photography flawlessly, she is was also so fun to work with!! Abbey took the time to get to know us, and the vision we had for our wedding. Not one detail was left undone. I like Zeke's description of working with Abbey best I think, :) " Having Abbey around was like having my mom around! On the morning of the wedding, when I got out of the shower to get ready, Abbey already had my tux, shoes, socks, and everything I needed all laid out for me! She eliminated so much stress of the day for us. She was so much more than our photographer." Abbey and her team work so well together, and each of them were easy going, professional and charismatic. We feel lucky to have landed such an awesome team for our big day! Thank you so much!!
When we got engaged, one of the first things I wanted to focus on was choosing an amazing photographer. When we first met Abbey, she connected with us immediately and saw the vision we wanted! She was spunky, fun and outgoing.When you're not thinking she is watching, she will take the most treasured candids. She has a way of showing true love through the camera! She let us be ourselves. She truly cares about each photo by getting the perfect lighting and location. She cares about making everyone feel comfortable, while having fun and laughing along the way. She cares about every detail. She cares about communication throughout the process. She takes time to get your love story. She will do whatever it takes to be positive the bride and groom are satisfied. She is there for you and your fiance to make sure you feel stress-free knowing your photos will turn out beautiful. 
Abbey Kyhl... where to even begin? She is a ray of sunshine, a breath of fresh air, and a level head amidst the chaos! I first stalked her blog and immediately fell in love. What talent! I loved her photographs, they expressed so much emotion. It is so important to feel comfortable with your photographer, you don't want to look forced in your photos! Comfort was not even a question the moment I met Abbey, she truly is a people person! I could tell she had a strong desire to connect with Carter and I, and to become our friend. I felt all nerves melt away, and I knew we were in good hands. I felt so relaxed at our shoots and on my wedding day knowing that Abbey would take stunning photos of the moments I wanted to remember most. She is an absolute joy to work with and you will come away from your sessions with not only out-of-this-world photographs, but with a new friend! Honestly, I could go on forever about Abbey, but if you take away one thing from reading this, it should be that you will never regret having Abbey capture the special moments in your life.
Abbey was just as important to me as my bridesmaids! When it comes to weddings she has basically become part of the family! When we talk about weddings everyone knows Abbey will be involved! Not only is she extremely talented with photography, but she is an amazing business woman and has the perfect balance of being professional and relatable. She gave helpful advice on planning the day, she was flexible throughout the whole set of events, she was reliable, but most of all she was FUN! There are a couple guys in my family who don’t like pictures. It made a world of difference to have Abbey there because she makes it so much fun, even the guys were relaxed and enjoyed it! It does wonders for your pictures when the photographer is able to connect with people so they look their most natural in the photos. And that is exactly why I chose Abbey! I feel like my pictures perfectly captured WHO we are as people and not just a wedding we planned. That means everything to me!
When it comes to picking a photographer, it is always a no brainer to pick Abbey. She has been there to capture my engagements, bridals, wedding day, and even pictures of my newborn. I wanted her to take our newborn pictures and didn't hesitate for one minute even though before she has primarily been a wedding photographer. I knew she would do the best job making us feel comfortable and capturing the pictures I would cherish forever. There's something so special about having a photographer there for all of the most important parts of your life. Abbey has a way of feeling more like family than a photographer. Plus- my husband doesn't really like getting family pictures taken and he has never once complained when it's Abbey taking them. And that alone worth it to book Abbey in my book! She is just the best!
I loved working with Abbey because she just made us feel comfortable. I remember when we were arriving for our engagements Chase was so nervous because he hates taking pictures, but Abbey made it such a casual, fun experience for him. I was also impressed on our wedding day that Abbey was able to just get things done. Having a large family on both sides can be hard to get all the group photos you want, but she just took control and got it done so fast, and the pictures still looked so so amazing! Abbey definitely has a way of capturing beautiful moments, and making them even more beautiful than you remembered.
Abbey is absolutely amazing! My husband and I were both nervous, but Abbey made it so easy! She helped us feel comfortable and gave us  direction so we could feel more natural in front of the camera. It really felt like we were just hanging out with a friend.We both have large families and I have seen family pictures outside of the temple take a really long time with other photographers. Abbey had no fear about working with the large group and took control comfortably and quickly. She knew the pictures I wanted and others that she knew I would want, and got it done efficiently without making it feel rushed. Abbey was also really helpful during the whole event and went above and beyond the responsibilities of a photographer in many ways. She helped me throughout the entire night and was there to keep me on track with the timeline I wanted. I can’t say enough about Abbey. She is so friendly, efficient, kind, talented, and willing to help in any way she can.  The whole AK Studio & Design team was the same. I never felt like a burden when I had questions and I always felt important when I contacted them. They were always so willing to help in any way they could. We gained some friends and can’t wait to keep going back as our family grows!
We love Abbey! Working with her was the absolute best decision we made.  Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, but Abbey truly was our saving grace! She took the time to organize and plan each detail to know what was important to us.  On such a whirlwind day, Abbey was so much more than our wedding photographer.  She ensured the flow and organization of the day so each minute was as smooth as possible....Abbey was by far the MVP of our wedding! Most importantly, we love our photos! Ryan and I were both nervous and reserved in front of a camera, but she helped us relax and we truly enjoyed every session with her. Abbey has a gift of capturing images that show the emotion we felt on our magical day.  We can't thank her enough for those beautiful moments we can now cherish forever.
Abbey is everything I wanted in a Wedding photographer & became my everything photographer!! She never fails to capture everything so perfectly! I love knowing my pictures will come back amazing & couldn't imagine having anyone else. I always look forward to our next session!
The wedding day was amazing for us! We had so many guests come up to us and say, "Who is your photographer? She is great! She is so good at getting everyone's attention and she is hilarious!" We loved that Abbey was an entertainer to our guests and captured ALL of our day. It has been a blast going back and reliving our day through the pictures she captured. Seriously, we LOVE our pictures. They are classic and will stay in style for many years to come.
Abbey was there from the beginning to end! She was able to see my vision for what I wanted and totally made it happen! Both me and my husband loved working with her because she was so fun to shoot with and helped us act completely natural and relaxed.
I've known Abbey since I was a freshman in high school and always knew I wanted her to photograph my wedding. She is such a genuine person, and makes taking photos a breeze. My husband, who doesn't necessarily LOVE pictures, really appreciated her coaching to make sure he was looking his best....because let's face it, no one wants to look bad in a photo, and Abbey makes sure that doesn't happen. I also love her ability to catch all those perfect moments between you and your favorite people so beautifully on camera. When I got my photos back from our wedding, all my thoughts and feelings about having Abbey be apart of our wedding were confirmed. She is the best of the best, and I couldn't have picked a more perfect photographer.
We first met Abbey when she did our engagements, bridals, and wedding photos four years ago; we became instant friends. It never ceases to amaze me how she can so effortlessly capture such precious moments in time. Thanks to her dedication for perfection, I now have many wonderfully captured memories that I will cherish for a lifetime.
I was so nervous before our engagements, because I am always so self conscious in front of the camera, but Abbey was great at helping us focus more on enjoying each other and just having fun than focusing on the actual picture taking. We got our first session images back and we were beyond pleased. They were perfect! And so many options! We had a hard time picking favorites because so many were wonderful. What we worried and stressed about for weeks turned out to be so great even though we didn't expect that because of our own issues. From there we had full confidence that Abbey would deliver more than we expected. She isn't only great at taking photos, but also was so helpful with keeping to the schedule we had planned and making sure we got everything we wanted and more. Though she was out of our price range, it was more than worth it to have such beautiful images that will last a lifetime. And it was truly a much better experience than I ever imagined. We love Abbey! Trenten is convinced we'll be hanging out  at Lagoon and Disneyland in the future with her :)
I loved working with Abbey!  I  appreciated that she took time from the very beginning to get to know us.  Even at our first meeting, she was very personable and helpful.  She asked great questions that helped me think about my expectations for the wedding photography.  She thoroughly answered all questions I had about how the wedding session.  It made my wedding day less stressful to know I was in good hands. Abbey was so great about making a schedule with us.  Trent and I wanted to start our wedding in the later afternoon.  This made our photography schedule really tight between our wedding and reception.  On our wedding day, Abbey Kyhl was so helpful in all the chaos.  She got the pictures that we wanted to save the memory of our special day.  I have such a large family that it can be tricky to get everyone’s attention and keep things moving smoothly but Abbey was prepared with the knowledge of the pictures I really wanted and she was so kind and fun through the whole process.  I had several friends and family member mention how impressed they felt with our photographer.   I  love each photo from my wedding.  I really appreciate the impressive skill and emotions that shine through our faces. I happily recommend Abbey to anyone!
Abbey Kyhl is the way to go no doubt. I value talent and Abbey is exactly that. She is very personable and fun to work with. She takes stress off the brides' shoulders and is much more than a photographer, but a friend!
I knew I wanted family pictures after our newborn arrived, and I was so excited to know that Abbey had an beautiful indoor studio where my kids, especially my newborn would be warm and comfortable. Family pictures can feel like such a daunting task with kids, especially when they are little. Within minutes of our session Abbey, put my mind at ease, she was so great with my kids and had them laughing. She is such a talented photographer. She was able to capture such precious moments of my little ones, their personalities show through in every photo. I am so happy with how they turned out.
Abbey is a dream! I can honestly say that there is no one else I would have rather shared this special time in my life with. Hiring her to shoot our wedding was hands down the best decision we have made. She is so much more than an amazing wedding photographer. She made sure everything was perfect and captured every little thing down to the last detail! All of our photos were absolutely stunning and she captured everything I could have ever imagined. I have gained a lifelong friend and I am so incredibly thankful that I had the privilege of working with her. I cannot recommend her enough! She is honestly, my absolute favorite!
Working with Abbey was fun, laid-back, and exciting all at the same time! My favorite part about working with Abbey was knowing that I was going to love the images she would capture. Her talent for making a connection with brides on a personal level and photographing beautifully makes her brand incredibly unique. Looking back through our wedding photos is like re-living our special day and it is priceless. I will recommend her to all future brides I come into contact with because I can trust that they will love their photos as much as I love mine.
I loved having Abbey as our photographer! In every session she made us feel so comfortable, so we were able to get shots that really showed who we were as a couple. And her edits are beautiful! We were so happy we chose someone who was able to capture every detail of our wedding day with such talent. The photos are priceless. If we had to do it over again, we would choose Abbey in a second!
I always dread getting my picture taken because I'm the worst at posing. I always feel awkward trying to look natural! Abbey was able to guide me with simple suggestions for shifting my weight, moving my head oh so slightly, or positioning my hands just so. It made all the difference! She also captured many photos that I actually liked, which I usually don't, in a very short amount of time. Professional and efficient...that's my kind of photo shoot!
We loved working with Abbey! My fiance was not looking forward to taking pictures, but she made it so fun and he really enjoyed our sessions with her! She took the time to figure out what style I was imagining, looked through my Pinterest wedding boards and got every photo I wanted! I love her clean photography style, and I love how our wedding photos will look timeless for years to come. After the wedding day, we got several comments from friends and relatives about how impressed they were with how she handled the wedding day. I've heard of group pictures being really stressful with so many people at the temple, but I was never stressed! She was organized, orderly, and knew the most efficient ways to get all of the group pictures done quickly without confusion. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience!
These ladies know what they are doing. It was so easy from start to finish.  We felt very comfortable with Abbey.  She is so likable and gets the job done! She has a great eye and attention to detail! Thank you so much!
From all the wedding advice I received upon my engagement the best by far was to be selective about your wedding photographer. While some things only last for the 'big day' your pictures will last forever. My husband and I could not have been more thrilled working with Abbey and the memories we received. She was a blast to work with and set our minds at ease during stressful moments. We knew we could count on her. We had some newly blended families at our wedding and we were so impressed with Abbey and the time she took before hand to know who was who and not make anything awkward. We love her and can't wait to work with her again!
I love Abbey's style of photography - so full of light and happy couples! So when she was available for my wedding, I was so excited! I was very impressed by how organized she was from the beginning to the end, and how she took the time to make sure we were prepared for pictures so everything would run smoothly. She was great to work with and even made it enjoyable for my husband, who doesn't love pictures. Our engagements and bridals turned out beautifully. On our wedding day, it rained and snowed hard. Abbey got everyone in and out of pictures quickly. She let me borrow her gloves and umbrella, and even had her husband pull up our car for us after so that we wouldn't have to walk to it in the rain. At the reception, she helped make sure we got to each activity in a timely manner, and captured them all. I love how she takes beautiful pictures to capture your best memories, but she is so much more than just a photographer.
When I was trying to decide on a wedding photographer, all I had to do was look at Abbey's pictures to know that there was something special about her. As the day of our first shoot approached, I was nervous because I'm not an experienced picture taker and I didn't want that to show. My worrying was pointless though! Abbey has an incredible gift of making you feel so comfortable and beautiful while she's working. Our pictures captured our true relationship because it was so easy to instantly open up to her. That's the magic behind Abbey's talent. When she takes a picture, she captures the emotion behind it. That is a priceless gift and I will forever be grateful to Abbey for giving us such clear memories of how we felt before and during our wedding, not just the things we did. She is incredible!
I have used Abbey as my photographer for 10 years and I love every session more than the last. I love that my photos are both current and timeless. Abbey makes the sessions seem stress free, but her attention to detail is unparalleled.
Wow, Abbey did it again! And to be honest, I'm not surprised at all. I have been using Abbey as my photographer since I got married, 4 years ago. I am NEVER disappointed in her, her company, or the quality of the pictures. I absolutely love that she offers mini-sessions. My last 3 photo-shoots (Newborn pictures, my family pictures, and my in-law family pictures) have all been mini-shoots and all of them turned out wonderfully! It was the perfect amount of time; I mean lets be honest, husbands & kids do not do well on picture day! Abbey is great about managing her time and getting the job done! Basically, all I need to say is, HIRE ABBEY! You will not be disappointed and I can promise you that you'll hire her again.
Abbey and her team are so organized and were so attentive to how I envisioned my photos to turn out.  Abbey made it very easy to be ourselves in front of the camera. On top of it, the editing is beautiful. Thank you! We love our pictures so much.
Abbey was the best photographer we’ve ever had!  It was such a treat to have her take our family pictures! She made a normally stressful day so fun! We will definitely have her take our pictures again!
I absolutely love the laid back nature of our family photos and how comfortable Abbey made us feel. Nothing about our photos came back looking still or posed and I am so excited about every image! I was so nervous that our little ones wouldn't cooperate but Abbey used the rambunctious energy to her advantage and captured their personalities perfectly. I was able to totally relax and let my toddler participate when he felt like it and as a result we got more amazing images than I ever expected.


Months ago, when I was in the midst of my own faith trial, a friend said something to me that I have thought about so much since. She said,
Are you still hanging in there for our service challenge? I have to admit, I have been less than stellar in posting about all the things that have been happening around me as I have been trying to serve. And there have been plenty of times when things haven't gone as I had hoped or planned. Times when I didn't rise to the occasion. But I started to realize, that ministering, serving others, its a learning process. And it isn't going to be perfect. But I look at how my life has grown and blossomed in these last sixty-five days and I am so happy with all that is happening around me. I have created deeper friendships and connections, our kids are learning the importance of serving others, and I feel a joy and peace in my life that I needed. I am learning the importance of ministering and simple service to those around us. Its not too late to join us (our free guide is in the link in my profile). And I would love to hear how participating in the challenge has gone for you! #lds #latterdaysaint #100dayservicechallenge #sharegoodness
Do you ever just feel like a huge loser? 🙋🏼‍♀️
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I’ve had some situations this year where I have tried to help someone in someway or friend certain people and I just get the cold shoulder, the brush off, the passive aggressive “no thanks”.
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Of course, I then find myself in the downward spiral of wondering why? Why don’t they want my help? Why don’t they want to be friends? What is wrong with me that makes me not good enough to be in their circle? Why am I not included?
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I was writing last night and I came across the quote from R.H. Sin that says “I hope you learn to let go of all the things not meant for you.”
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I think truthfully and painfully sometimes that applies to people.
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We aren’t meant for everyone. Could you imagine how chaotic and noisy and distracting our lives would be if we stayed friends or became friends with every person that ever crosses our path? We wouldn’t have time for anything that mattered.
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I love the book Essentialism by @gregorymckeown and his entire idea of “Less, But Better.” And I’m starting to realize that can also in some ways apply to people. When we have fewer people in our lives we are able to develop stronger, closer, more impactful relationships. And ultimately our lives become more rich. Quality over quantity.
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Now don’t get me wrong, I think there are better ways to preserve our circle and kinder ways to respond and really we should show love and kindness to everyone. But just because we should always be friendly, doesn’t mean we have to be best friends.
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#peptalkstomyself
One of the questions that I was seeking an answer to in #generalconference was what should be the direction that She That Seeks should go? What was our purpose? For months we have been trying to figure out what we were doing and where we were going and how we could bring this project to life.

Within the first 30 minutes I received the answer. 
She That Seeks needs to be here to enlighten women with perspective and power to be present and prepared for their families. And as the next two days unfolded, I understood why.

Throughout general conference, there were so many revelations shared with the women of our church. Home centered spirituality supported by the Church. The two-hour block and the introduction of the new Come Follow Me curriculum for families. Then in the womens session it became very clear that we as mothers need to step up to guide this nurturing and this teaching in our homes. Henry B. Eyring reminded us that in the Proclamation To The Family it tells mothers that this is our primary responsibility.

As I was listening I felt so empowered and also so overwhelmed. Would I be enough? Do I know enough? Will I be able to do this? Will I measure up? 
I watched online as many other women and mothers expressed similar concerns and realized that this was what She That Seeks needed to be. A guide by the side. A hand to help. A place to get answers and guidance. A resource for fulfilling this sacred work. 
Alone it may be too much to bear, but together we can do it. I am so excited for what is unfolding in She That Seeks and I can't wait to share so many things with you!

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We are starting today with our study and discussion, if you want to join us the main discussion will be happening in the She That Seeks Facebook group. The link is in my profile. I am so excited to hear all the things that everyone shares. 💛💛💛
How many of you have joined President Nelsons challenge to read The Book of Mormon by the end of the year?

I have been wanting to do this for awhile now already and was excited to have this nudge to get started. I just got my @lineuponline journaling edition of #thebookofmormon and it felt like the perfect time to put it to use.

As I was beginning my reading, I felt really strongly that I didn't just want to read, I wanted to study.

So I have decided to follow the chapter layout of The Book of Mormon student manual (got it from @deseretbook for less than $5) and to read with The Book Of Mormon Made Easier books by David J. Ridges. They make it like having a true scriptorian reading along with you.

Do you want to join me? 
There are 56 chapters of the student manual and 75 days left in the year (which means you can have 19 free days in case life happens). I am going to be posting daily in the She That Seeks facebook group my thoughts and hope others will share their thoughts as well! The link to the facebook group is in my profile if you want to join us!
Morning everyone! I am so excited to be coming off my 10-Day Social Media Fast. It was exactly what my heart and my mind needed.

There is this part of me that wanted to just stay off of social media forever. But another part of me is so excited to be back because I have had so many amazing thoughts and feelings flood me that I can't wait to share.

During this social media fast one of the greatest
Walking into this #generalconference, I had a very specific list of questions that I was seeking answers to. I wrote them down and prayed over them and have been listening for the answers I am needing in my life. As the day has unfolded I have received more personal revelation than I could have expected.
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Tonight our dear prophet, Russell M. Nelson challenged all the women of our church to take a 10-day fast from social media and all types of media that does not uplift us in our divine duties.
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When you own a business, taking a break from social media can seem scary. It can seem as though something will fall through the cracks or be missed. Like we will be forgotten, momentum will be lost, and all our hard work will go down the drain. But I also believe so strongly in the power of obedience.
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In 2013, before he was ordained the president of our church, President Nelson also promised us that while “obedience can bring blessings; exact obedience brings miracles.”
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I have seen the power of exact obedience and so I am heeding the call. I believe that taking this ten days off has the power to do so much for the women, mothers, daughters and female leaders of our church.
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I know it will help me find clarity in the paths I am seeking. I’m excited to see what unfolds. I know it will make me a better wife, a better mother, a better woman, and a better daughter of God.
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But as I log off, I have one prompting for anyone who sees this...if you didn’t watch the Womens Conference DO IT! I gained so much insight and guidance and personal revelation and I know you will too 💛💛💛 #tendayfast #socialmediafast #obedience #lds #latterdaysaints #exactobedience (email me if you need me)
Throughout just this first session of #generalconference, I know that all the changes that are coming to our church are modern-day revelation to help us in preparation of the coming of Christ. I kept thinking of the parable of the ten virgins and how much this applies to the exact place we are in right now in our church.
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Are we the five wise virgins? or the five foolish virgins? Are we preparing for the coming of Christ?
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“Wherefore, be faithful, praying always, having your lamps trimmed and burning, and oil with you, that you may be ready at the coming of the Bridegroom.
see each other 💛 love each other 💛 serve each other
One minute she talks about Jesus and the next minute she’s the stinkiest stubbornest stinker that you’ve ever met.
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The last few weeks this girl has been giving us a run for our money. She is the queen of “no” and wants to do everything her own way. She has more energy than any person I’ve ever met. She has so much personality and so much strength and so much stubborn in her tiny little body. She’s too smart for her own good and I’m pretty sure her ears are glued on.
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Once when I was struggling with her in a grocery store a cute older woman said to me, “Just imagine what she will do in life if you can harness all of that for good.”
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I’ve reminded myself of that more times than I can count. And today it’s become a chant I’m saying to myself as I try not to go completely crazy with her. #prayforme #imsotired
Earlier today she was coloring a scripture coloring page and asked me what the scripture on the page said.
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“I can do all things through Christ,” I told her.
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“I like that mommy. Did you know Jesus loves me?”, she asked me.
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I smiled and nodded.
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These last few months, as I’ve tried to put my faith forward more, I’ve watched the affect it has had on my kids as well. Instead of just scripture stories that they read about in the Bible, I’m watching how they are slowly but surely developing a true relationship with Christ.
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I especially love watching Ivy. She talks about the Savior the same way she talks about other people in her life. People she loves and knows well. She has always loved to share facts and tidbits of people she loves with me. She loves discovering new things about people that she can share with me. “Mommy, did you know @biancamadsen_ loves pineapples? Mommy, did you know Grandma is Daddy’s mommy? Mommy did you know Hal has a dog?”
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And I’m loving hearing the things she shares with me about Jesus. “Mommy, did you know that Jesus wants us to wear sunscreen because He loves us? Mommy did you know that Jesus and Grandma Cinderella are together in heaven? Mommy, did you know we can step in Jesus’ footsteps?”
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Listening to her has been a reminder of how simple a growing faith can be. And even the smallest and simplest understanding of the gospel can bless our lives. We don’t have to be any more than we are right now, we don’t have to know any more than we do in this moment. We can be close to Christ and strong in the gospel no matter how big our faith or our knowledge is. We can start where we are and come unto Him. And He will grow our understanding. He will be our teacher. And He will help us find the confidence to share what we know about Him and share His goodness with others. #sharegoodness
✌🏻Two Days
⚾️ Eight Games
📷 Ten Thousand Photos
🙌🏻 It’s Tournament Time
I’m going to be a bit morbid here for just a minute...bear with me. I think all the time what life would be like for my family if I died. Maybe it’s because my mom died younger than she should of and I know the hole that leaves behind.
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So I think about that. Did I do enough? Did I teach enough? Did I prepare them enough to live in a world without me?
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I also think about the things we leave behind when we’re gone. The things our loves ones will cling to when we are no longer here....photos, words, thoughts, memories, the things we share that really matter. The things they will use to feel close to us.
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My mom didn’t leave enough. Her entire life’s legacy came down to a single box. One box.
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And as I was thinking about the things we cling to I heard a whisper in my ear, “And social media.” I have a dear friend who unexpectedly lost her husband and I know that social media has become something she clings to. I know she and her children pour over his pictures, his videos, and the words he shared when he was here.
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I realized in that moment that our posts have power. More than I had ever realized before. They may someday be the way that the people we love connect with us. And we can’t forget that.
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And I started to think, if my kids sat down to pour over my social media would it help them feel close to me? What would it show them was important in my life? What were the things that I thought were important enough to share with the entire world and ultimately put out there forever? Did I talk about products I loved or people I loved? Did I share my heart or did I just share my art? Did I use my accounts to shine light to the world or put a spotlight on myself? Am I leaving online just a business legacy or a life legacy too? Now I understand people use social media for business, but is that all we use it for? Are we missing the point of what these platforms are really for?
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Our time is so fleeting and we just never know and I want to leave behind a feed full of memories, and thoughts, and love, and testimony, and guidance. Something they can cling to and truly connect with. Something that matters.
⚾️ GRAND SLAM ⚾️ I am so incredibly proud of this boy. This season has pushed him and stretched him and I just love these moments when he can see how all his hard work is paying off!!!!
This is my friend Peggy (who is probably going to hate that I’m posting this 😂) but I just have to share some thoughts she shared with me the other day. 
We were chatting about how much power we have to influence people in our social media circles and how we need to remember that and not lose site of the importance of it.
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Here’s what she sent to me...
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“Thirty-six years ago, in 1979, President Spencer W. Kimball made a profound prophecy about the impact that covenant-keeping women would have on the future of the Lord’s Church.
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He prophesied: “Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world … will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world.” ❤️ this last line!!!”
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She also shared this with me...
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“The last days are not for the faint of heart or the spiritually out of shape. There will be days when you feel defeated, exhausted, and plain old beat-up by life’s whiplash. People you love will disappoint you—and you will disappoint them. You’ll probably struggle with some kind of mortal appetite. Some days it will feel as though the veil between heaven and earth is made of reinforced concrete. And you may even face a crisis of faith. In fact, you can count on trials that test your testimony and your faith.
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The simple fact is that our Father did not recommend Eve or Moses or Nephi or countless other magnificent exemplars for this dispensation—He recommended you and me. Do you think God would have left the last days to chance by sending men and women He couldn’t count on? A common theme of patriarchal blessings given to men and women your age is that you were sent now because our Father’s most trustworthy children would be needed in the final, decisive battle for righteousness. That is who you are, and it is who you have always been.
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God wants a powerful people. No one better understands that Satan is real and that he has power. (see comments)...
Made it to Texas! First stop Denton!
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So excited for the next five days of speaking to youth and families about how we can be more time wise with our technology ❤️💙
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Oh and I thought I understood heat because Utah is a Deseret but yeah, no. Utah has nothing on Texas 🔥🙅🏼‍♀️
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I still have a few dates open in Utah and Arizona if you want me to come speak to your group ✌🏻Just message me.