All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Concepcion, Chile

Talk about a emotional roller coaster.... at 1:30 AM mtn. time I was woken up by the ringing of my phone. I immediately thought, no good calls come at 1 in the morning. It was my mom and she was very upset, she said "are you awake, honey are you awake?" "yes mom" I replied and she said listen...I heard a CNN reporter reporting that Chile had been hit by an 8.3 earthquake! I started to sob as my heart pounded and my mom and I both screamed into the phone "where is Christopher!!" over and over. My baby brother Christopher is serving an LDS mission in the Bio Bio region of Concepcion, Chile. I ran downstairs and turned on CNN sobbing as the only images coming in were of fires since it was still dark. I dropped to my knees to pray for my little brothers safety and to find the strength to inform my siblings and comfort my mom and little sister who were in shock.

I was glued to CNN for hours, looking for any information on Facebook and Twitter. My mom and sister have "friended" some of Christopher's acquaintances in Chile on FB and they frantically sent out messages for any information about his safety, but there still has been no response. The Church HQ knew nothing for hours and it was agonizing. What should I do? I wanted to jump on a plane and go find him but how so I did the only thing I could, I prayed. I Tweeted back and forth with a corespondent at CNN and 2 of my Tweets went National but we still received no news. No one had any information about the Bio Bio region.

Around noon someone at Church headquarters said that all the missionaries were accounted for but then retracted the statement, so frustrating! It has been a very emotional day to say the least. There has been no power, no Internet, no cell service in most areas of Chile and they don't expect it any time soon. At 5:30 tonight we finally got confirmation that Christopher has been accounted for! But we still want to talk to him or at least have a message from someone that has seen him and I am hoping that will happen sooner than later.

I am still praying for his safety and that he may find peace and comfort during this very difficult time. I still can't pry myself away from CNN and am always searching the web for any bit of information that I can find. Please keep him and the Chilean people in your thoughts and prayers and I will post updates when I get them. I love you Christopher and I am praying for you and hope to hear from you very very soon!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

a daddy, a husband, a son, a brother , a friend but most of all a superhero

You are my hero, Dad
You're my secure foundation.
When I think of you, I'm filled with love
And fond appreciation.

You make me feel protected;
I'm sheltered by your care.
You're always my true friend; and Dad,
When I need you, you're always there.

You have a place of honor
Deep within my heart.
You've been my superhero, Dad,
Right from the very start.

~Joanna Fuchs

Monday, February 15, 2010

letter from Christopher :)

Hola Renee and familia!

How are you!? I am great here! we are having a lot of success in the youth here in chile. We are goign to baptize a group of 8 friends the 28th. its awesome! This coming sunday we are going to baptize a young mother in the ocean and a little boy that just accedentally found us an told us that he wanted to get baptzed. I am safe and well. we found out that there was a deadly scorpion infestation in out house so we have to move again. Crazy! I am glad to hear that everything is good over there in utah. All except for eat a burger. I'll miss that place.

Thank you so much for the valentine package. I spent the day without a valentine. Thats ok haha. I loved the stickers. The little boy that's getting baptized this sunday loves them. This sunday we are going to do sharing time with them. I love it when you send me things but I hate telling you what I need. I need socks and maybe you can help mom with my ipod and camera. Other than that I love the cookies that you make.

I love you so much hermana. Thank you so much for everything and especially for your love and prayers. I can tell you that this time in my mission is the best time ever, but at the same time the worst. there are a lot of trials here and satan is really trying to get us and get us down. But because of your prayers and love and more than anything the love of God, I am thriving here. I love you. I have to go. Say your prayers and send my love to the boys. Give em a big hug!

Elder Christopher Mogan

Thursday, February 4, 2010

uniquely Landon

Me I Am !

I am the only Me I Am
Who qualifies as me,
no Me I AM has been before,
and none will ever be
No other Me I Am can feel
the feelings I' ve within,
no other Me I Am can fit
precisely in my skin
There is no other Me I Am
who thinks the thoughts I do,
the world contains one Me I Am
this earth shall ever see,
that Me I Am I always am
is no one else but Me!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


If I can endure for this minute
Whatever is happening to me,
No matter how heavy my heart is
Or how dark the moment may be~

If I can remain calm and quiet
With all the world crashing about me,
Secure in the knowledge God loves me
When everyone else seems to doubt me~

If I can but keep on believing
What I know in my heart to be true,
That darkness will fade with the morning
And that this will pass away, too~

Then nothing in life can defeat me
For as long as this knowledge remains
I can suffer whatever is happening
For I know God will break all of the chains

That are binding me tight in the darkness
And trying to fill me with fear~
For there is no night without dawning
And I know that my morning is near.

~Helen Steiner Rice

Monday, February 1, 2010

BuSy BiRtHdAy WeEkEnD

Friday was Ryan's birthday so the boys and I surprised him with a trip up to Ogden to experience i fly! Ryan, Jackson and Ayden suited up and had a great time and can't wait to go back. After i fly we went bowling , had pizza and played arcade games at Fat Cats, it was so much fun.

Saturday all the Cundick boys bundled up for a day on the slopes at Brighton. It was a sunny beautiful day and they were all excited. Landon and Ayden had their first ski school classes and both did excellent job and can't wait to go back this Saturday. Ryan broke in his new ski boots that Santa brought him and he and Jackson ripped down the mountain together. We all had a wonderful day together as a family enjoying being together, the beautiful mountains and fresh air. We are so thankful for our many blessings.