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Spotlight on Joy Baumgartner

November 9, 2012

This summer we had a lot of new families move into the ward and I have had so much fun getting to know many of them.  One of those families is the Baumgartner family.  I have had a few opportunities to chat with Joy and she seems to truly live up to her name because I always like talking with her and getting to know a little bit more about her.

Here is what she had to share with us about who she is.

Joy Baumgartner


I was born and raised in Davao City, Philippines. Davao City is the largest (areawise) city in the world.
The Philippines is largely a Roman Catholic country. My family joined the church when I was 7 months old.

Growing up I was teased a lot because of my religion. Catholic schools are the good schools in the Philippines so my parents sent me there. My classmates and nun teachers used to give me a hard time because of my belief. I was 13 when I made the decision to pray if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s true church. Heavenly Father answered my prayers. To show my gratitude to Him for answering my prayers I promised to serve a full-time mission. I did. I served in both the local and the Vietnamese speaking parts of the Philippines San Fernando Mission. Serving a mission helped me see better Heavenly Father’s love for His children – especially when I was serving in the Morong Vietnamese Refugee Camp.

My parents have 10 children. I am child number 8. I have 5 other siblings who served a full-time mission also. We are all eternally grateful for the two young missionaries who tracted, taught the Gospel, and baptized my family many years ago. (It is all their fault that our lives are so blessed because of the Gospel. LOL)

I have two Bachelor’s degree – in Biology and in Nursing. I went to college when I was 14. (I do not know what I was thinking then. LOL)

Joy & her Husband Chad

I married Chad 16 years ago last Friday (Oct 26th) in the Philippines Manila Temple. I moved around a lot because Chad is in the Navy. We have 3 children and we love them forever. One boy and two girls: Vicente (13), Zipporah (11) and Naomi (5). The girls were born in Japan. We lived in Japan twice – for a total of 7 years.

Naomi & Zipporah



My husband, Chad, is attached to the USS Topeka. I arrived here in New England a few months ahead of my husband so I could get my kids settled into school.

I love temples. 🙂:)
I love to run, swim, dance, talk 🙂:)
I love people.
I love learning. I love teaching.
I am very shy, NOT. LOL.
I love to smile and laugh a lot.
I love York, Maine and New England.
I love Portsmouth Ward.
I love Relief Society.

Joy Baumgartner

P.s Thank you everyone for your warm spirits. We feel very welcome because of you all. I am very excited to get to know you all.


Ward Announcements:

Don’t forget about the Veteran’s dinner at the church tonight, the Fall Fiesta dance at the Stake Center tomorrow and the scouts food drive.

-Posted by Bri Lee

Sister spotlight- Sarah Millet

June 3, 2012

Here is a sister spotlight on Sarah Millet.  It’s in her own words, enjoy-

I grew up in Eagle, Idaho, a town next to Boise, Idaho. I have two older brothers and two younger sisters. My mom is a music teacher, so she taught us all to play musical instruments. I learned the piano and violin at age three and four and later learned the flute at school. Music was a big part of our family life. My mom started orchestra programs in the Eagle and Meridian area and we were very much involved in all of the many orchestra concerts.
When I was in high school my family moved to Preston, Idaho, a small Mormon town by the Utah-Idaho border. After high school I went to Idaho State University and studied music (big surprise).  I met my husband Jon the semester before I graduated. He was a new convert in my singles ward. He is from Maine, but came ISU to study pharmacy. He had many LDS friends at ISU and ended up joining the church. I knew of him, but never met him until my roommate invited him to her birthday party. We realized we had a lot in common. We became good friends, and then had an on-off again relationship.
The next semester I moved to Las Vegas to do my student teaching. Las Vegas had a huge demand for music teachers and has a wonderful, expanding music program in the schools. I was planing on getting a teaching job there when I was finished with my student teaching, but my plans changed. The saying “absence makes the heart grow stronger”  was so true for Jon and I. We were talking on the phone constantly, and he came to visit twice. He was my biggest support. I flew back to Idaho during my spring break, and on April 6th, Jon proposed. I graduated in May, and we were married August 4, 2007 in the Logan Utah temple. Before Jon and I became serious, Jon had already made plans to move back to Maine, so when we were engaged, I decided to follow him here. The rest is history! Addison was born a little more than a year later on September 7th and  I have really learned to love New England. I now love the New England beaches just as much as the Idaho mountains.



By way of announcements-

This Saturday is the scout’s garage sale,

  • Donations are still being accepted, so if you have anything you want to donate, bring it to the church.
  • Donation items can also include baked goods.  Please have them individually wrapped in disposable packaging to make it easier on everyone involved with the sale.  (They don’t want to accidentally sell your favorite pan or serving dish.)
  • If you have a scout, he needs to be at the church this Thursday, June 7th at 6:30 to help with pricing everything for the sale.   This is a VERY big job and they will need all the help they can get.
  • Also, if you have a scout, he will need to be at the church building this Saturday, June 9th by 7:30AM to help get the items ready for the sale to open at 8:00
  • If nothing else, come to shop at the garage sale.  It is this Saturday, June 9th from 8AM-2PM
  • If there are any questions please call Sister Caramagno.  She is working really hard to make this a success.


Sister Spotlight: Joy Gleason

May 11, 2012









This week’s spotlight will be Sis. Gleason. She was kind enough to provide me with her story for this post. My apologies for the formatting, I’m afraid I need more practice with wordpress.


I grew up in Midway, Utah. I am the youngest of 8 children. I will admit to anyone, the youngest is spoiled, but they deserve to be spoiled. All my siblings have come to this understanding. One week after high school graduation, I moved to Logan, Utah to go to Utah State University. I graduated in Business and Information Technology Education.


My last year of college, I met Brian. A mutual friend tried to set us up and I wasn’t going to support anyone in school, so I wasn’t going on any dates with anyone who was still in school. (This came back to bite me.) After I graduated, I contemplated a mission. Everyone in my family had served a mission and my parents were serving a mission in Mongolia. It was a struggle to decide, but I knew it was the right thing to do. On my 22nd birthday, I left for Georgia.


I got a job teaching in Provo at an at risk high school and as luck would have it, Brian got a teaching position at my old high school and I happened to be living at home until I got enough saved up to move out. We were married after our first year of teaching. Remember how I said I wouldn’t marry someone in school? Technically, Brian wasn’t in school, but was accepted for a masters program. It came back to bite me and it was for more then the 2 year masters program.


We moved to Logan, so Brian could go to USU and I taught math and computer classes in Preston, ID at the middle school for two years. In 2007, Brian was accepted to University of Georgia for a Ph.D. program and we moved when I was 7 months pregnant. We were there 1 1/2 months and had Jocelyn the week before classes started. Perfect Timing!


After four fun and adventurous years in Athens, Georgia which we loved so much, we applied for jobs all along the east coast. All but one of the jobs were at private schools. We had offers, but nothing felt right. Brian applied at UNH and it was the only university job he applied for. We didn’t think he’d get it since the first interview didn’t go so well due to some power outages with a snow storm in Georgia. LIttle did we know, this is where we were supposed to be. It was a hard decision, but we received a clear answer to come here and it was hard to turn down the private school jobs.


Through all this adventurous times, I’ve enjoyed working as a teacher, but I’ve enjoyed staying at home more. It was a huge struggle for me at first, but I started some great hobbies. I love to sew. I am not a pattern follower when it comes to sewing. I prefer to come up with a pattern on my own. I also love to do recycle sewing. I’ve been able to create clothes for Jocelyn by using our old shirts and pants. I’ve made some fun quilts out of old mens shirts and sheets.


I also work from home for as an auditor for a company out of Utah and it’s been a great job for me. It came at the right time for me.


I enjoy exercising. It may not seem like it, but I do. I used to run in college for fun and I was told by a doctor I shouldn’t be running on my ankle, so I stopped. I have decided I may have ankle issues when I am 50 or 60, but I need to enjoy by 30’s and 40’s! We love to go for family bike rides and we’ve found some great trails around here. It’s a workout to pull Jocelyn on some of the trails, but we have fun doing it.


We love camping and we are excited to be in an area that we can actually have a fire while camping. (It’s too warm in GA to have a fire. We would take an AC instead.)


Friday Favorites–two days late

April 22, 2012

I am sure the reason this is two days late is because of my busy life, but I also think it is because I wasn’t sure what to write about.  After going to the adult session of conference last night, I think I shall write about my memories of that session.  I won’t remember all of the names but here goes.

The first speaker was a sister who talked about her “meditations”, wise sayings that she has on her refrigerator. She used those wise sayings to guide her talk about how life doesn’t always turn out the way we have planned it or envisioned it, yet, with the gospel and God in our life, we can still survive and grow. She talked about her struggles to raise her family when she suddenly found herself divorced and alone.  She said that she found her strength and guidance from listening to the prophets, whom she felt spoke directly to her.  Br. Perkes from the Somersworth Ward talked about repenting, and how repenting can bring change not only to our life but to the life of others.   He told us a story of a missionary who had a companion who wasn’t doing what he should, like refusing to get up for scripture study and resisting proselytizing.  When the first elder  went to the mission president for advice, he was told “repent”, so he did. When he changed his behavior, the companion surprisingly changed his.   We heard Br. and Sis. Wilkey talk about missionary work and its importance,  and finally Pres. Watson, who discussed the importance of growing, and that repentance is just one way to grow.    He particularly talked about the importance of going to the temple.  He reminisced about a time before we had the Boston Temple when we had  a stake goal of sending 500 people to the DC temple. I remember that goal;  I was one of those 500 people who went to the DC temple 16 years ago. Wade was a baby and I was going  for my own endowments.  What blessings we have now with the Boston Temple so close.

These are the kinds of talks that are given during the adult session of each stake conference.   I am always tired when I go because Saturdays are always so full of things to do, but I always leave the Exeter Stake building fortified.  If you haven’t gone to the adult sessions before, or haven’t in a long time, I encourage you to go in the fall. I know that parents will small children have a hard time doing this, but perhaps you can trade off so that one parent goes in the spring session and the other parent goes during the fall session.  We all need spiritual food and guidance, and the adult session of stake conference is one place to get it.  —Pam

Friday Favorites: The Original “Stop It!”

April 6, 2012

The Original “Stop It!”

The above short video link is a favorite of ours and possibly Elder Uchtdorf is also a fan, I am thinking.

I kept waiting for Elder Uchtdorf to credit Bob Newhart during his soon-to-be famous “Stop It” conference address. Enjoy!


Have a great Easter Weekend with your families and I will  see you in Church!


University of Cookie-Friday Favorites

March 30, 2012


Last year when Sam was gone a lot for work, I decided that I needed to learn a new skill to keep myself going.  I found a website made by a baker who loved to share her secrets on making great looking cookies, a few months later she joined up with other cookie makers and they launched a website together called university of cookie.  It is great, it shows you how to make AMAZING cookies and how to package them so they don’t stick together.

Here are some of the cookies I have made with what I learned from the websites

To do the technique you basically just pipe the outline of your cookie with regular consistency icing, then make your icing runny,put it back in the piping bag and fill in the outline.  leave it for 6-12 hours and it will be dry.  You can package it or add details to the top.














Here are the links to some of their great how to’s

Outlining and filling

How to make royal icing with meringue powder

Royal icing recipe without meringue powder

making cookies without a cookie cutter

easy way to fill your icing bag




Here are the home pages to the 2 websites.

University of cookie-home page to the how to videos

Bake at 350-the original website I found written by Bridget the baker



Give them a try for your next party, the great thing about them is that you can make them a week ahead of time, so you can concentrate on other things for the party.  Happy baking 🙂

Friday Favorites–Lora Lund

March 9, 2012

So I just discovered the ward blog when I was asked to do a Friday Favorites. I recall seeing it as part of the e-mails, but have never clicked on the link. (my bad) I think it will become one of my favorite blogs. :0)

This is Lora Lund – I noticed that it has been requested that when posting a blog you identify yourself. My husband and I moved here last fall from Japan. We lived there for two years.  We have three children. I am a Navy Wife so we have moved a lot.  I have lived in all four corners of the continental US and a sprinkling of states in the Middle as well as Hawaii and Japan. My current favorite is right here, where I am. I think my house is my all-time favorite.  I feel like I am living in a Jane Austen Novel. This is our fifth time to live in New England and I am seriously thinking this would be a perfect place to settle – once God lets us do that.

My favorite place in my house is my art studio.  I have wanted one for years and finally have one.  I find myself spending more and more time in there every day. I love the process of creating. My two favorite mediums are acrylics and colored pencils.

My favorite Color is Blue, every single shade of blue.  I have a hard time purchasing clothing that is not in the blue family.  I know I look good in blue it works with my coloring. This past year I have been trying to branch out and have actually purchased some greens and browns.

As a child my favorite movie was Pollyanna.  As an adult my favorite movie has been “While you were sleeping”. I am finding that I love time period BBC movies. I have always enjoyed Jane Austen movies.  I was recently introduced to “Downton Abbey” while I was in Utah and my Mom and I watched the entire second season in two days. I also enjoy some science fiction. Fringe is the one series I have watched consistently since I discovered it while living in a hotel by myself for two months in Japan.

I have two favorite hymns, “There is Sunshine in my soul today” and “Have I done any good”.

My favorite style of music varies, but there seems to be one constant – the piano.  The piano is always a prominent part be it alternative, country, classical etc.

My favorite person on earth is John Jay Lund.  I was smitten from the first time we met. After our first date I was convinced I wanted to marry him.  We were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple 59 days after we met. As the years pass I realize more and more what a great blessing he has been, and continues to be in my life. I love our story. Our three kids follow as a close second. I love spending time with them, they are my best friends.

My favorite book, that’s a tough one.  I think one that has made an impact on me that I think about during life’s trials is, “The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom.  She and her sister did their best to recognize God’s blessings even in the most of dire of circumstances.

My final favorite is Genealogy and my ancestors. I love finding them, discovering who they were and doing their temple work.  I look forward to the time when I can meet them. I have to admit that I am a little jealous of my older brother who passed away a few years ago and has been able to meet the people I have been researching for years.

Friday Favorites: MormonArtist Magazine

February 24, 2012

In the first issue, published in September 2008, Benjamin Crowder wrote,

“I see the purpose of this magazine as falling into three areas: First, to raise awareness and get the word out about what’s going on with Mormon arts. Second, to inspire and encourage artists both new and experienced alike to create new work. Third, to connect people—artists to other artists and to those who appreciate their work—and build a larger community, not just in the States but across the globe. I’m sure that among the Saints there are painters in Ghana, musicians in Russia, and writers in the Philippines who are using their artistic gifts to make the world a better place and to build the kingdom. We just don’t know about most of them, and that needs to change.”

I haven’t read many of the articles but my favorites struck a cord or something because they have stuck with me ever since.

This one by James Goldberg, Toward a Mormon Renaissance is gorgeous.  It talks about the Mormon Community -how our religion has formed us into a people and as such we have a heritage, wisdom and resources granted to anyone who wants it.  I just really love James Goldberg, too.  He wrote a response to an opinion piece in the New York Times that reaffirms my testimony in the church organization.

The next article by Jon Ogden, mormonartist: A Sign We’re Arriving has been on my mind a lot lately.  It highlights the difference between a Mormonartist and a Mormonartist -an artist who creates intentionally LDS-themed art and an artist who’s art is for the world but influenced by his or her LDS roots.

Here’s an excerpt:

“When President Kimball said that “if we strive for perfection — the best and greatest — and are never satisfied with mediocrity, we can excel,” he was likely referring to artistry. When he said, “to be an artist means hard work and patience and long-suffering,” he was likely referring to what it takes to achieve true artistic talent, not what it takes to accurately convey orthodox messages. His vision was for Mormonartists.

“I should reiterate that I’m not arguing for a retreat from Mormon themes in art. I’m thinking of the fantastic musician Sufjan Stevens, an artist who does not shy away from subtly visiting Christian themes in his songs while making innovative contributions to contemporary music (his album Illinois was deservedly on nearly every major list for the decade’s best albums.) The artists interviewed in this magazine have struck a similar balance in their respective genres. MormonArtist [Magazine] is a sign we’re arriving.”


And one last thought while we’re on the subject of LDS artists -my favorite artist ever.  I admit, it may not be for everyone but I love his art /can’t get enough of it / want to own everything he’s ever printed / hope to be wealthy enough one day to cover every wall of my house with it.  So.

Nauvoo Temple, 11 x 8.5 inches, pen & ink, acrylic, and color pencil on paper 11″ x 8.5″ pen & ink, acrylic, and color pencil on paper

Have no fear…, 52 x 42 inches, pen & ink and color pencil on paper 52″ x 42″ pen & ink, and color pencil on paper

Telestial, 11 x 8.5 inches, collage on paper

Here’s his webiste, if you’re interested:

-Kelsie B

Friday Favorites

February 16, 2012

I thought I would share two favorite things of mine. One is a TV series on PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre called  Downton Abbey. You can watch it on a weekend night on any PBS station (the second season) or online at PBS. org.   It is only on until the end of this month, but you should watch the first season first, and  you can find that on or on NetFlix.   If you love British dramas, you will love this program.

Another favorite that I will share is the singer Michael Buble.   Kelsie says his voice is smooth, like chocolate and that describes him  perfectly.  He sings the old songs of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and even more modern songs.   His sweet voice is sure to please.

Here’s an example:

Michael Buble – Feeling Good


Friday Favorites: Prezi

February 10, 2012 is a presentation software, similar to powerpoint, but with more action and more capabilities. If you’d like to see the prezi that I did for our last mid-week activity, go to, and search “children’s books” and my full name. That will bring you to the presentation. Push the play button on the bottom, and sample a prezi.