Well hey! It has been a while since I have written but life is soo crazy right now. I am so happy up here although it is getting colder and colder as the days go on.. and I am not really prepared for winter. Darn you Oklahoma. Where to begin… I am working hard in all my classes and I am pleased to say that I am not failing and that I don’t even have a C! WOOHOO! Well lets us start with what has been taking over my life. My FHE brothers. I love these boys so much, they are hilarious and super sweet. There is Nathan Allen from Phoenix, Arizona. He is 18 and has perfectly quaff, blonde hair. He is a super skinny guy and likes the same music I do and everyone says that he is the cutest kid in the apartment. Then there is Reed Lyon and he is also from Arizona and he is quiet and does Par-core which is jumping off of everything. haha he also has red hair and wears a trench coat, but don’t get me wrong he is sweet and fun. Next is Christian Rahman and he is from California. He is 18 and is a little stud muffin. He has taken 4 or 5 girls on a date so far this semester. He is fun to be around, and we have a brother and sister relationship pretty much. We can yell at each other and still talk about personal things. Then the rest of the brothers are RMs. J First there is Justin Klumker, he is from Olympia, Washington and went on a mission in Canada. He plays baseball and is hilarious. He also is the missionary prep teacher. This kid is awesome. I love hanging out with him and he just broke up with his girlfriend, and some girls in my apartment are pretty happy about that. ;) He is cousins with Nate (Nathan Allen) although they look nothing a like; you can still tell they are relatives. Next there is Michael Snell. He is amazing. I love this guy. (I cant call him kid cause he is 23 haha) He is from Colorado Springs, Colorado. He served his mission in Canada also (that’s how Mike and Justin met) and we are constantly hanging out with him. He is off track right now so he has nothing better to do but I love hanging out with him. He is very sweet and friendly and is very observant. He makes the funniest jokes also. And last, but not least is Taylor Kirkham. He is from Blackfoot, Idaho and served his mission in Brazil. He speaks Portuguese anytime he can and he thinks he is pretty cool. Haha He is fun to be around and loves to get involved with everyone. He plays Frisbee and we come to his games sometimes. Well since we have met we see each other literally every day. I kid you not. Monday- FHE Tuesday- Devotional; we all go together Wednesday- We usually get together for something… last week we went swimming together! That was soo fun! We threw balls at each other the whole time and played chicken and had a dunk off haha Thursday- Kenzie, Christian, and Nate all play on the 62nd ward soccer team, so we all go out to support them. Friday- Well Friday is Friday. We watch movies, eat food, play games, and go places. Saturday- We try not to see each other but that never works. Lately we have been going to the boys apartment and play rockband and we even played Capture the flag last week! Sunday- Church, then Sunday night after our apartment makes a delicious dinner we make ice cream or cookies and invite the boys over haha this Sunday we invited a bunch of people over to watch The Best Two Years. There were so many people there. Our FHE brothers, Kaylee invited Tyler Christensen’s apartment over and two friends from her home stake and our friends that we met at Get Connected (orientation). It was so fun. Also I have become obsessed with morphing people, on Friday night I stayed up till 4 in the morning morphing our faces with our FHE brothers faces, and morphing them into babies and morphing them with celebrities. Haha It was hilarious and everyone got a good laugh out of it. Well Its official, it snowed yesterday in Rexburg and I am NOT happy about it. It is October for Pete’s sake! Apparently its normal here.. whatever.
The Whole FHE family! We went to the Corn Maze.
Well for General Conference weekend, Kaylee, Mike, Taylor, Christian, and I all went to Provo for the game. First we dropped of Taylor at a mission reunion in Salt Lake and then we dropped of Christian at a friends house then Mike, Kaylee, and I all drove to Provo which took 2 ½ hours to get there from Brigham City. Stupid traffic.
(front) Taylor Kaylee (back) Mike me
Taylor and Mike
Then we got to Provo, Mike met up with a friend and Kaylee and I went to Aunt Michelle’s house grabbed something to eat then headed for the game…. 1 quarter in. When we got to our seat it was like a little family reunion! There was Uncle Larry, Uncle Roger, Brady, Deardens, Benny, Emily, Corianne, Wesley, Vaughn and his wife, and others that have slipped my mind. It was so fun to see everyone!
I felt so blessed to be in a wonderful family that loves each other and want to be with each other and I loved that. I talked to Wesley about college life for him. He loves it up there… playing basketball 24/7 and not going to class. Haha ooohh Wesley. Then at half time Aunt Michelle and I went down and talked to the Flake side of the family. I saw Hyrum, Ryan and his wife, Carson and his wife, and other people that have slipped my mind. When Ryan saw me, he just over looked me like I was Michelles friend haha then Aunt Michelle was like do you remember Shantelle? And he was like WHAT? Your Shantelle? Holy crap. You were tiny last time I saw you! How old are you now? Haha it was really funny. Then we went to get back in our seat when we saw this tall tall dude and everyone around him was taking picture with him and stuff, turns out it was Brandon Davies. Haha Pretty cool. Then we watched the rest of the game, we won! J Then we headed home and the next day we were going to watch Taken 2 and Kaylee had never seen Taken and Aunt Michelle had it so we invited Mike and his friend, Dan, and Taylor over to watch it. After the movie, we all told funny stories about missions and animals and other stuff till 3 in the morning. After they left, we went to bed. The next morning conference was starting and I wanted to go shopping but Kaylee wanted to watch conference so we all were watching conference when President Monson was talking about missionary work. Turns out that talk changed everyone’s lives.
After he announced the change in age for missionary work, I kind of lost it. I was thinking about Wesley and Lyndon and my roommates that were 19, and kids at home having the opportunity to go on a mission. And then it hit me. I, Shantelle Christensen, could go on a mission, in 8 months! Wesley, Lyndon, and I could all be in the same MTC! My mind was blown to say the least. I was texting a bunch of people and Lyndon was talking to me about going on a mission and he was saying things that I could go on a mission and that I should go on a mission. I was thinking about that a lot and I went to the bathroom and got down on my knees and prayed that I would know the right thing to do in my life, and if I would go on a mission that I would know that it was the right decision and know how to prep for it. I was praying and I was filled with the spirit and then I heard a knock on the front door and it was Mike and Taylor ready to watch Taken 2. I got up and talked to Aunt Michelle about missions and told her to have Kaylee and the boys go on without me. So they left and I talked to Aunt Michelle and Uncle Brian about going on a mission and then Aunt Michelle and I went shopping and talked about everything. haha I love having an amazing aunt like Aunt Michelle. She has helped me with everything and has confidence in me, she is my best friend. After that we got in the car and headed back to Rexburg. On the way back however, we stopped at Blackfoot and stayed at The Kirkham Event Center. Haha AKA Taylor’s grandparent house. Haha at his house we watched tv, jumped on the tramp, and stargazed. It was super cold but it was a blast. J I am so grateful for the great roommates and great FHE brothers that I was blessed with. I am so happy this semester.