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Thursday, December 14, 2017
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

There’s a lot of people with the surname Shumway here at BYU and in Utah in general. Is there some huge polygamist cult from the 1860s that was named Shumway? Or is there some other reason it’s such a common name?

Mike Shumway Lee, US Senate
Talon Shumway
Clayson Shumway
Etc.

A:

Dear The Way of Shums,

This is something I'd been wondering about lately, because I'm from Illinois and I have an acquaintance who has the last name Shumway. I thought it was a really uncommon name, but then I met/heard of a bunch of people with the last name Shumway and for a little bit I thought they were all this acquaintance of mine. Then I realized it's a really common name here.

It doesn't look like there was any kind of polygamist cult, it just looks like a classic case of a Mormon colonizer who started a town, and then has a lot of descendants. This is just like the last name Flake, which is common because of William Flake, who settled Snowflake, Arizona. (He settled it with Erastus Snow and they combined their last names!) 

Here's the town of Shumway, Arizona, and here's some geneaological information about Charles Shumway, the man that settled the town. To be fair, it's not currently even a town, but it's proof that he was a settler of Utah. He crossed the plains and had a total of 10 sons that married, so he had a lot of descendants right off the bat.

So no cult, just looks like a Mormon colonizer.

Keep it real,
Sherpa Dave


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Question #90741 posted on 12/14/2017 4:30 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Can you guys go on an adventure with me to find this engagement ring?

https://imgur.com/a/PHCm2

I saw it in an Instagram post from my sister's friend's sister(I know, I have no idea how I ended up on her page lol) and I immediately fell in love with it. I really don't know the person whose ring this is so it would be pretty weird to ask. Also, it would be kind of weird to have matching engagement rings so I would rather try to find it without contacting them.

Some things I love about it is that it is in the circle shape, the little geometric vintage details on the side, that the center diamond isn't too extravagant or overpowering, and also the mix of gold and silver.

I don't know much about cuts or styles so if you don't think it would be possible to find this exact one maybe if I knew some details about the ring I could try to customize one to look like it.

I really hope you guys can help me with this. I've seen you guys somehow find the most obscure, random things so hopefully that can be the case here too.

Thank you!!!

-Not getting married yet but seriously thinking...

A:

Dear Thinker,

I've spent several hours poring over thousands of engagement rings and unfortunately I haven't been able to locate this particular one. Googling "geometric engagement rings" did turn up some really beautiful pieces, but if you specifically want the one from your picture, that leaves two options that unfortunately I'm unable to help with.

First, you could summon the courage to ask your sister's friend's sister, because I don't know how else to locate such a unique ring. It might be weird, but I'm sure people wearing engagement rings are asked all the time where they got it.

Second, it's possible that you could take the picture of the ring into a jeweler and see if it would be possible to custom-make it. Even if they aren't able to make that exact ring, they would probably be able to come up with something you'd really like. I would imagine every jeweler is different, but if you're in Utah, Tally M. recommends Sierra West as being "pretty good about customization stuff."

I'm sorry I couldn't be of more help.

Love,

Luciana


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Q:

Dear Board,

I recently was looking for an entertaining first kiss story that I had heard/read somewhere, and couldn't recall where. I thought it might have been on the Board, so I searched the archives for it. While I didn't find the one I had in mind, I also had the most entertaining (both funny and sweet) hour of Board reading that I have ever had while reading all these great first-kiss stories from many different writers.

I also noticed that the last time someone asked for those stories was back in 2016. I know that there have been many writers who have joined since then (including a couple who aren't so new anymore), and so, for anyone who has not yet shared,

What are your first kiss stories?

Thanks!

-A Fan

A:

Dear wind blowing device,

Looking for first kiss stories from total strangers? You have come to the right place, my friend. I've been a writer for a week and I'm already telling my first kiss to the internet. Luckily for you, I'm telling two stories. One of them is totally adorable and the other is a disaster. The crazy thing is that they're actual the same story.

Cute story: Once there was a lass we shall call Leinster. Our families had long been friends, and for quite some time she had admired me. Despite her feelings, she had never acted upon them. Then in my junior year of high school she asked me to her Junior Prom. I went to the prom with her, and for the first time had noticed her beauty. During the dance the DJ put on the song "Are You Going to Kiss Me or Not". I looked at her, and she at me, and then, we kissed. Then 5 seconds later—confused as to whether or not said kiss actually happened—I leaned in and kissed her again. Yep. It actually happened. 

So, that's the cute story of my first kiss. Now I'm going to tell the rest of the story.

Here's where the story goes south: so the story was all cute for about 1-2 days. So, at the time I was kinda dating-not-dating a girl that we shall call Londonderry. Our prom was the week after Leinster's prom, and I felt like since I kissed Leinster, I should kiss Londonderry cause we were doing the whole Mormon 17 year old dating-not-dating thing (I was 17 okay?). So during our prom I attempted to kiss Miss Londonderry. I say attempted because she totally ducked out of it ...yeah. So the date finishes, I'm asleep, and then at 1 AM she starts messaging me on Facebook and we have a DTR/break up. This is pretty bad, but don't worry, it gets worse.

So despite having kissed Miss Leinster, I quickly realized that I didn't really like her a lot. I kinda just kissed her because she was cute and I was a stupid 17 year old. What I didn't count on when I kissed her is something called "consequences of my actions." I decided not to pursue a relationship, but she still really liked me. The thing about kissing family friends is that no matter how much you want to avoid them, you end up seeing them once a month anyways. It has been long and awkward having to see her every few months. 

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed my cute first kiss and the ensuing train wreck! If you ever need funny/bad date stories I have plenty. Sigh...

Peace,

Tipperary

PS. Dont kiss people you aren't interested in dating. So not worth it in the long run.

A:

Dear Fan,

Yeah, it's been a long time; three generations of new writers (including me) have come aboard since that question was last asked. I haven't kept it a secret that I have no story to tell, but now no one can ever say I haven't answered this question.

-The Entomophagist

A:

Dear fan,

I met minnow, the giver of my first kiss, on my mission while I served in a YSA ward. While we were good friends, it took us a year until after my mission to get back in contact. We started talking a lot, I realized just how incredible he was, and a month later I told him I had a crush on him. He told me he felt the same! Our first kiss would definitely have been that day—except he was living in the South and I was in Utah. So we spent a few months dating long-distance, coming up with plans on where we'd have our first kiss. At the beginning we decided on the top of a tall building with a view of the city lights. Then it was watching the sunset from the top of a mountain. We finally just agreed that we wouldn't be able to wait that long, and our first kiss would probably just end up happening in the airport when I finally came to visit.

Unfortunately, our first kiss took a slight turn for the worse. I didn't realize just how confused I would feel when I saw him in the airport. I discovered that people look slightly different in real life than through the internet, and so, while I loved minnow, I associated that with Skype minnow, not real life minnow. Real life minnow, I discovered, looked exactly like that member on my mission, so seeing him threw me back to my mission days. Suddenly I felt apostate for my romantic feelings, and the newly awakened missionary in me revolted against the idea of kissing anyone. I later discovered that minnow was having those exact same feelings, so what we had always pictured as a romantic meeting turned into a rather awkward one.

We briefly hugged, stood around uncomfortably to wait for my luggage, then held hands and talked while walking to his car. I was starting to calm down until we got to a secluded area, where he turned to face me. I stood frozen to the spot, eyes wide open, while he leaned down and kissed me. 

Thankfully, after that the awkwardness faded pretty quickly. We were able to create new memories of each other, so when he came a month later to visit me in Utah we didn't relive that whole uncomfortable ordeal. 

-guppy of doom

A:

Dear A Fan,

I shared my actual first kiss story in the last round, I think, but this seems like the perfect opportunity to brag that Yossarian kissed me for the first time while we were arguing about Harry Potter, and if that's not a sign that we were meant to be together, I don't know what is.

Love,

Luciana

P.S. Yossarian's favorite book is also Catch-22 and that's also a pretty good sign, and especially fortuitous considering his Board 'nym.

A:

Dear you,

My first kiss was at the conclusion of my junior year of high school. That year, I had the opportunity to perform in a musical that two of the high schools in my hometown area put on together. Anyone who has had similar opportunities can tell you that spending 10 hours a week with the same group of people can lead to some interesting relationships. One such relationship happened between myself and my dance partner. Throughout the practices, we became better and better friends. When the musical ended we started seeing each other in that weird, high school, not really committed kind of way. However, said dance partner was rather cute, and I was very stressed about kissing her. 

That June, we attended the graduation party of a mutual friend. I had given a ride to two other friends, and she had arrived in her own car. At the end of the party, my two friends quickly headed to my car, which was parked across the street from hers. I, wanting to talk with her for a minute, walked her to her car, sensing that this would be an excellent time to kiss her.

However, I failed to account for the amount of time that it would take me to build up the nerve. After about 20 minutes, I finally felt confident enough to go for it. Just as I was starting to lean in, one of my friends rolled down the window of my car and loudly shouted, "JUST KISS HER ALREADY! I HAVE TO POOP!" That definitely killed the mood. Embarrassed, I gave my dance partner a quick peck on the cheek and started walking towards my car. She then yelled, "Hey! I want a real kiss!", walked up to me, and kissed me. 

Moral of the story? Friends are always there for you. Unless nature calls.

-Mitty

A:

Dear all my fans,

My first kiss story is almost as secret as my true identity. It's that embarrassing. But I like you guys, so I guess I'll finally share.

My freshman year at BYU, I started dating this girl. I was brand new to dating. Holding hands was still sensory overload, and I was scared to death of doing anything disrespectful or presumptuous. All that meant I was very slow with the physical touch side of things.

Two weeks after we were official it was Valentine's day, and we went to Olive Garden. We still hadn't kissed yet. After dinner we were talking in the car, and then all of a sudden we were just staring at each other. She was looking at my lips. I was feeling things I'd never felt before. This went on for about two full minutes, no joke. Finally, I croaked out, "What's going on?" She said, "You're not ready yet."

A few days later we had another staring contest. The next day, she was finally like, "You need to kiss me or this isn't going to work." So I did it.

As I always say, kissing doesn't make any sense until you give it a try. It's pretty great.

-Kirito

A:

Dear Aziraphale,

Quite honestly, I can't even remember his name (if I ever knew it in the first place). He kept putting his hand on my knee for an hour, and doing things like running around the room disruptively before giving me a peck on my cheek.

Should I mention that this was a three year old in my mom's primary class that I was substituting for?

~Anathema doesn't actually have a real first kiss story

A:

Dear you,

Why do I answer this question when I've never kissed anyone? I DON'T KNOW. I guess these have just always been my favorite questions to read. Plus it always makes me feel better when writers say they have also never been kissed. My favorite first kiss story I've ever heard I found cruising the board one night trying to work up the courage to kiss the guy I was dating at the time. Obviously, I never quite got there (for the best really) but Black Sheep's answer to question #57183 totally killed me. It is too precious for this world and we don't deserve it. 

Babalugats

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Question #90740 posted on 12/13/2017 11:49 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Please rate the BYU building twitters! So far the ones I am aware of are @hbll, @BYU_MARB, @byu_brmb, @byu_hfac, @byu_fb, @BYUESC, @byu_mb, @BYU_SWKT, @byujkb, @BYU_LSB, @byusfh, @byujsb, @byujfsb, @ByuTanner, and @byutesting. Also, do you think they're all run by the same person? (apart from @hbll of course)

-marb is the best one

A:

Dear thank you im flattered,

I am proud to say that I was the original BYU building parody twitter account. It's niche, but it's my niche.

I can definitely say that they're not all run by the same person. They all started making accounts about a month ago, and a lot of people followed suit. Honestly, I'm not very impressed by any of the other accounts, I was really hoping that they would come up with novel personalities that would reflect the building they chose, but honestly, they mostly just copied my jokes. I'm flattered, but I was very disappointed for comedy's sake. I chat with most of the accounts, and encouraged them to be original, and I think some of them will get better if they actually keep going.

Also, I think that the SWKT, HFAC, and JKB accounts are my favorite.

- The MARB (Who is amused at the fact that I'm using a different anonymous identity on a webpage where I already have an anonymous identity)

A:

Dear You,

You're correct, the MARB twitter is the best. I am frankly disappointed in everyone else, as I feel that they all just jumped on board because they saw the story in the Universe and thought "hey, I could be funny pretending to be a building on Twitter, too!" That's rather rash, in my opinion, because the humor behind the MARB account is much deeper than just "what if BYU buildings could tweet though."

But that's a rant for another day.

-Frère Rubik, whom engages with the MARB on twitter fairly regularly. You might have been reading his tweets without even noticing.

A:

Dear the marb really is the best,

I just wanted to thank you for introducing me to these most incredible twitter accounts. They are now the best things in my life. Family, friends, good grades, food, sleep...nothing can compare.

I add my wholehearted support to the MARB being the most fantastic.

I would also like to add this to the list: @nihilistbyufood. Not as good as the MARB, but still pretty awesome.

-guppy of doom


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Question #90723 posted on 12/13/2017 11:49 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I once went into a tunnel located on the side of Squaw Mountain off the Lake Bonneville Shoreline trail. It is located around 40.273398, -111.632069 behind a bush. I am wondering why that tunnel exists because it is not very long so it does not seem to be a mine. The portal has been filled in a bit with gravel but last time I went there it was still accessible.

-Grove Karl Gilbert

A:

Dear GKG,

I really really really wanted to use your question as an excuse to go hiking, but with finals fast approaching and the temperature dropping I don't think I'll be able to.

I did a bit of researching though, and it looks like Rock Canyon has been the area of some mining disputes, though those supporting the mining lost. There are abandoned mines in the area from that time, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was a mine, or at least an attempt of one that was stopped. If you ask again in the spring I'll do my best to get up there!

-guppy of doom

A:

Dear Adventurer,

As someone who grew up in a mining town, I feel like it's my responsibility to post the following warning. PLEASE BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WHEN EXPLORING POSSIBLE ABANDONED MINES. They are extremely dangerous. 

Thank you. That is all. Happy adventuring!

Mitty


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Question #90707 posted on 12/13/2017 6:36 p.m.
Q:

Dear friends,

Any favorite Christmas songs from around the world?

Thanks!
-El-ahrairah

A:

Dear El-Ahrairah

My favorite Christmas hymn in Spanish is "Noche de Luz" (Silent Night)

Noche de luz, noche de paz;
Reina ya gran solaz 
Do el niño dormido está,
Mensajero del Dios de verdad.
Duerme, niño, en paz;
Duerme, niño, en paz. 

Noche de luz, noche de paz;
Al pastor mostrarás
Luz celeste en gran plenitud,
Santos coros que cantan salud.
Hoy nació el Señor;
hoy nació el Señor.
 
Noche de luz, noche de paz;
Ved la luz de Su faz.
Es el alba de la redención;
Dios, por Él, nos dará salvación.
¡Oh bendito Jesús!
¡Oh bendito Jesús!
 
The Spanish translation is really close to the English lyrics, but I like it more in Spanish. It brings back so many fond memories for me. Hope you like it!
 
Peace,
Tipperary
A:

Dear El,

Because of my mission I'm certainly fond of the Polish Christmas songs. There are a lot of original Polish Christmas songs, but my favorite is probably "W Żłobie Leży", which is the tune that "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" and "Stars Were Gleaming" are sung to.

Other than that I really like "Lulajże Jezuniu".

Keep it real,
Sherpa Dave

A:

Dear friend,

Thanks to my Germany-loving dad, "Kling, Glöckchen, Klingelingeling." It's just so bright and happy.

-Van Goff

A:

Dear Trickster Rabbit,

"The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy," which came from the West Indies (possibly Trinidad). 

IS IT NOT GROOVY?!

-Frère Rubik, wearing a red Hawaiian shirt with pine trees on it and shakin' a mean maraca. 

A:

Dear El-ahrairah,

I absolutely love "Es ist ein Ros entsprungen." ("Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming") It's originally German, and I became familiar with it on my mission since it's in the Swedish hymnbook. It's absolutely captivating.

-Kirito


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Question #90739 posted on 12/13/2017 3:24 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My question has to do with bird decorations similar to this. How do the makers of these birds acquire the feathers (I'm not talking specifically about Etsy sellers, more about big retail stores)? Are they used from birds killed to eat? Are the birds killed for their feathers? Or, are feathers obtained from someone who breeds birds and collects dropped feathers?

M E O W
I
X

A:

Dear M&M,

Birds are not specifically killed for their feathers. Different types of feathers are gathered in different types of ways.

Rooster feathers and turkey feathers are a by-product of meat production for example. Peacocks shed their trains of feathers which can be easily gathered. Pheasant is a popular bird to hunt, and many hunters sell the feathers of the birds they hunt. Pheasants are also raised specifically for feather collection. Some birds such as geese, ducks, or ostriches are raised specifically for their feathers, which are either plucked or gathered. It's worth noting here that while many establishments are humane to their animals and only collect dropped feathers or pluck loose feathers, there are companies that pluck feathers before they are ready which is harmful to the birds. If you are worried about how the feathers are being collected I'd recommend doing some background research on the specific company that you are buying from.

Hope this helps!

Peace,

Tipperary


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Question #90696 posted on 12/13/2017 3:17 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are you grateful for this year?

-Daisy

A:

Dear Daisy,

Well, this has been a really eventful year, and I couldn't possibly recount every single thing that I'm grateful. But I'll give some of the first things that come to mind for me.

 - Friends that will drop anything and come to my aid, friends that will support me in my crazy endeavors, and friends that will listen to me and sincerely care about me.
 - Music. I would not have made it through most of this year without music. I'm grateful that I can listen to so many different types of music and that I have nice instruments that I have the opportunity to play.
 - I'm grateful for Twitter, even though it is a trash fire I love it and it is my home.
 - I'm grateful for Brené Brown. She has fantastic books, and The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly have really been formative and have given me a lot to think about recently.
 - My opportunities to travel this summer were amazing, and I'm really grateful to have had the opportunity to go to Ghana and Poland this year.
 - I'm so thankful for creators, musicians, writers, poets, and artists that inspire me and create meaning.
 - I'll be forever grateful for my counselor at the CAPS center here at BYU for helping me express a lot about myself and face a lot of things I didn't want to face.
 - The gospel is something that's been massively important to me, but every year coming to understand the gospel means more and more to me.

Keep it real,
Sherpa Dave

A:

Dear Princess Peach,

Thanks for asking this question! I have received more tender mercies than I could possibly deserve. Here are some of my favorite tender mercies as of late:

  • Thanksgiving Break: Honestly the break could not have come at a better time. I was running on empty physically, mentally, and emotionally. It was so nice to just chill with family, watch football, nap, and eat good food all week.
  • School: This semester has been my toughest but most rewarding semester yet. I got wrecked by my classes, but I'm learning so much and becoming involved in amazing things. My classes just keep getting cooler and I'm growing so much. Also, BYU is so full of concerts, sporting events, clubs, teams, and awesome people that it's ridiculous. 
  • Friends: My first year at BYU I had zero interaction with my roommates and had few friends. This time my roommates are normal, fun, cool, active in the church, and we actually do stuff together! I had no idea what I was missing out on. I have also made so many friends, especially in my program. It's so great that at pretty much anytime there's someone around me I can ask for homework help, or vent to, or tell jokes with. I couldn't do it without them.
  • Family: My family is just so awesome. I don't know what lottery I won to have them but I hit the jackpot. I don't know what I would do without my parents, siblings and cousins. Extra big shout outs to my cousins here at BYU, Auto Surf and my other cousin who I shall dub Manchester, you guys are the greatest. Also shout out to my siblings who live far away but are always there for me. Love y'all!

Hope everyone else had as amazing of a Thanksgiving as I did!

Peace,

Tipperary

A:

Dear friend,

Thank you so much for asking this question! It's always good to have a reason to step back and think about what you're thankful for. Hope you have a lot of blessings in your life, too, and that you're able to see/appreciate them.

  • My family, how lucky we are to have each other. I'm really grateful that they live close and that we have a loving, healthy relationship. Without my family, life would be so lonely. Many times, their love has been the only thing that's kept me going. Of all things in life, this is what I am most grateful for.
  • The Gospel and how, the older I get, the more intricate and mysterious it seems to be. Sometimes that can be a frustrating thing but it's also beautiful how complex life is and how, even if we don't understand it now, the Gospel provides an ultimate meaning in life.
  • My friends—for their example, their kindness, and their support. Most of all, the little moments. I believe that God works through other people and that He's definitely guided me to people who have made me a better person and who, I hope, I've been able to help in return somehow. They have made my life worthwhile.
  • My job, which feels fulfilling even though it's stressful at times. When you feel fulfilled in your work, other aspects of life become so much easier. That has been quite the blessing. Plus, all my life I've wanted to be a legit writer and now, even though it's just content writing, I technically am! Twelve year old me would be disappointed and proud simultaneously, and I feel like that's what adulthood is all about!
  • How my baby sister is growing up so quickly—it's adorable! Makes me excited to be a parent someday. Though she's also a destructive little monster so hopefully that's still a ways off.
  • Good health—both my own decent health and my family's health.
  • c a f f e i n e
  • That Star Trek is back on the air and that it's pretty decent so far!
  • Encircle/USGA—for giving me and so many others in Utah County a place to find understanding, acceptance, and resources while figuring out their identities. It's been almost a year exactly since I started attending USGA. For so long, I never felt like I belonged anywhere but the people I've met through USGA and through Encircle have made me feel loved and at peace for the first time in a long time. I am just so grateful for their friendship and for their examples as strong, compassionate people.
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky, whose works have rescued me from faith crises more times than I can count and has probably bolstered my testimony more than anything, barring, y'know... scriptural canon. Is that blasphemous? But Dostoevsky, man... the guy could write.
  • Also Rough Stone Rolling, for similar reasons though it was a less enjoyable read than Dostoevsky's books. It has also given me so much perspective on seeing prophets as divinely inspired yet flawed. Recommended if you struggle with that dynamic and some elements of church history. I felt like it was fairly written for both a Mormon and non-Mormon perspective.
  • And to make the list of books/writers I'm grateful for an even three, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. If you haven't read the actual book, I really recommend it! The older I get while reading it, the more it speaks to me and makes me think about how much our relationships and the way we treat others matter. I appreciate its message more every year.
  • Jesus Christ's example and the promise that He has taken on not just our sins but all of our burdens—our pain and emotional struggles as well. Lately I have felt a lot of comfort in realizing that even if it feels like nobody understands what I'm going through in terms of being trans or struggling with anxiety, He does. He understands exactly what it is like to be me as well as everyone else. I am very grateful that, even though I am a difficult enough person to not always warrant that kind of compassion and mercy, He is our Savior no matter what and will never abandon us.
-Van Goff
A:

Dear Gatsby,

I have some truly exceptional people in my life whom I am deeply grateful for. I'm so grateful for my wonderful, loving parents who are always there to support me, give wise counsel, and just take care of me in so many different ways. I'm grateful for my amazing oldest sister, who has always been such a great role model to me (I can honestly say I've always looked up to her in every sense of the phrase), and who has sent me the gift of love and encouragement, which I absolutely treasure. I'm grateful for my brother who pops in randomly to give me a break from my crazy academic life, bearing pumpkin shakes late at night, guessing (extremely correctly) I would appreciate it. I'm grateful for my oldest brother who can always make me laugh. I'm grateful to Alta for convincing me that my world really isn't going to end when I don't perform as well as I want to, and for consistently being the sibling to give me rides everywhere.

I also am extremely thankful for my fantastic roommates (which would be all of them--like, I'm not just making some vacuous statement being like, "Well, I don't have any fantastic roommates--I just have average ones, so I can say whatever I want about the mythical, fantastic ones"). I love having random dance parties in my apartment, or even in the car in the parking lot after going grocery shopping. Most of all, I love, and am grateful for how they all genuinely care.

I am so very, very grateful for the people in ACME. I'm grateful for the deep friendships I've made, and how everyone is always there to help everyone else. Particularly, I'm grateful for one especially great friend I've made, and I thank my lucky stars we somehow ended up starting ACME at the same time. I'm grateful for the people who have stayed late with me to explain how to do certain problems. I'm grateful for the guy who took me to hospital when I needed to. 

I'm grateful to my current Bishop who has helped me better bear all that I've set myself to do.

I'm grateful to my absolutely amazing friend--whom I've previously referenced under the 'nym Black Forest Cake--who is one of the strongest people I know, and is a better friend than I ever thought anyone could be.

I'm grateful to all the wonderful people here on the Board, who make my life a more funny, interesting place. In particular, I'm grateful for writers like Auto Surf (and Alta, but I already mentioned her) who are there to lift me up when I need it most.

Finally, I want to say that I'm grateful for Jesus Christ and God. I can quite confidently state that it's only by their power that I've been able to get where I want to be.

~Anathema

A:

Dear Daisy,

There are so many things.

I'm really grateful for the people I've met this year, because I have met countless people who are wonderful and amazing and who bless my life every day. Likewise, I'm grateful that I'm in a place where I have the chance to meet so many incredible people.

I'm grateful for Yossarian, because even though being in a relationship isn't always easy, he makes me happy and being with him has been a really formative experience for me.

I'm grateful for my family, because I know they'll love and support me no matter what.

But overall I'm grateful for the many opportunities for growth that I've faced this year. Since last Thanksgiving I've graduated from college, moved across the country, started two new jobs, started dating Yossarian, and had many other life-changing experiences. While I definitely have a lot more room to grow and improve, this year has taught me to be a wiser and more caring person, and I've gained some perspective that I needed. I can still be a much better person, and I'm still trying to be better, but I feel as though I've made steps towards who I want to be, and I'm grateful for those chances.

Love,

Luciana

A:

Dear reader,

I'm grateful for:

  1. The Atonement of Jesus Christ
  2. The gospel of Jesus Christ
  3. My wife (she's literally the best)
  4. Our upcoming baby
  5. BYU
  6. My job
  7. My phone
  8. Modern medicine & technology
  9. Living Apostles and Prophets
  10. My other family members!

-Sunday Night Banter

A:

Dear Rey,

I'm grateful for my wife, Tally M., who takes care of me when I'm sick even when she is also sick and pregnant. Also I'm grateful that I get to be a father next year!

-Spectre

A:

Dear Daisy,

Ooh, there's quite a list, but I'll shorten it so you don't spend the next five minutes reading everything I'm thankful for.

  • My parents and siblings are living in Idaho this fall and winter instead of their usual 2,000+ miles away, so I've been able to do a number of activities with them this semester. Even better, we were able to celebrate Thanksgiving as a complete family for the first time in four years! Pretty dang fantastic!
  • It wasn't just my immediate family this Thanksgiving—it was MY ENTIRE EXTENDED FAMILY! Well, besides three cousins. But it was a family reunion with two turkeys, ten pies, and a baby!! (I probably shouldn't have listed the baby with the food. He was my newest cousin and not part of the menu. Just to make that clear.)
  • I have a somewhat comprehensive and decent plan of what I'm going to do with my life. Normally I'm completely lost and stressed out about what I'm going to do, so I'm incredibly grateful that I now have a life plan I'm happy with.
  • The office I share with my coworkers has the most incredible view of campus, I've collected a large stash of food there, and my coworkers are hilarious and an absolute joy to be around. 
  • I didn't think I'd be in a relationship this year, much less a long-distance one, but minnow makes it all worth it.
  • I couldn't be more grateful for Jesus Christ. I've been reading John with minnow lately and it just constantly amazes me what God and Jesus did for us—for me. I owe everything I am to them.

-guppy of doom

A:

Dear Daisy,

Currently I'm feeling pretty grateful for Kleenex and cough drops, but I'll do a more general list than that.

I'm grateful for...

  • A job that I love. I'm also grateful for my coworkers, who never cease to amaze me with their intelligence and kindness and coolness.
  • Christmas! Yeah yeah, maybe I should have mentioned how grateful I am for Thanksgiving break first, but I just decorated my apartment this week and we have a cute tiny Christmas tree and I love planning what gifts to get for people and Christmas is just the best.
  • Family. My parents and siblings are all great, as are my in-laws, and I have such cute nieces and nephews, and my husband is the greatest. I am truly so blessed to have the family I do.
  • Service. I've been trying to "light the world" this year, and as I consciously think of and look for ways to serve others every day, I'm so amazed by the opportunities that surround me to do good, and by the joy it brings me.
  • School. Even when deadlines are approaching and everything feels like it's falling apart, at least I get to be in cool classes with cool people, learning useful new things.
  • The gospel. It shapes the way I think about myself, others, and the world in ways that I don't even recognize, but I'm thankful for the ways it has helped me become a better person, and for the light that it brings to my life.

I could keep adding to this list forever, but in the interest of finishing this answer, I think I'll be done for now.

-Alta


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