UTCH eHomestyle News May 2016 Summer Edition

Also in this Issue:

UCEI Transition

UCEI will be transitioning to a different system for the 2016-2017 school year. All current members will be notified of the details soon. We are very grateful to Carole Manning who has handled all the UCEI forms and records for the past several years. Watch your email and the summer newsletter for more information.


Sumptuous Simple Spring Berry Trifle

3 Citrus Shortcake squares or Angel food cake, each cut into 8 cubes
1 3/4 cups fat-free plain Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons sugar, divided
2 tablespoons orange juice, divided
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 cup strawberries, halved
1 cup blackberries or raspberries

1. Combine yogurt, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon juice, and rind.
2. Combine strawberries, remaining 1 tablespoon sugar, and remaining 1 tablespoon juice in a medium bowl. Gently stir in other berries.
3. Place one layer of cake cubes in bottom or large glass trifle dish or glass bowl. Top with a layer of fruit \mixture, then yogurt mixture. Repeat layers, ending with yogurt. Garnish top with a few berries and a decorative leaf or two. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 1 hour.

It’s Time to Sign up for Bible Bee!

The Summer Study Begins June 6!
The 8-week Summer Study walks students through the Discovery Journal as individuals or in family, class, team, or church group settings. You can join thousands of young people who are learning to unlock Scripture and memorize God’s Word! The different age levels allow family members to learn the same passages together.

Students (ages 7 to 18) who register for the Summer Study receive:

  • An electronic version of the Discovery Journal (available on your dashboard in May)
  • $5 off the printed edition of the Discovery Journal (available to order for $19.99 in May)
  • Ability to win hundreds of dollars in cash prizes at the local level! Learn more/
  • Access to the Online Participant Community (via Google+)
  • Opportunity to qualify for the National Bible Bee Competition and an opportunity to qualify for an audition with the National Bible Bee Game Show. Competition winners receive over $500,000 in cash prizes!

There is also a Bible study for children ages 6 and younger. All contests are optional. The true benefit is in learning, understanding and applying God’s Word to your life!

UTCH Graduation 2016

Volunteers Needed!

“Live Courageously” – 1st Corinthians 16:13-14 (NIV)

The Utah Christian Home School Association is pleased to announce the 2016 Commencement Exercises, Friday, June 3, 2016, 6:30 in the evening at Southeast Christian Church (1881 East Vine Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84121). The senior class and their families have been meeting and preparing and are looking forward to this very special event. We hope you will enjoy attending and celebrating with our seniors and their families. 

The seniors and families of the 2016 class would appreciate help at the reception immediately following the commencement exercises on the 3rd. Junior class (seniors of 2017!) members and their families are invited to serve the senior class by helping to: welcome guests, give out programs, serve cake, and service the beverage and food areas during the reception. All help offered (you do not have to be a junior or family of a junior) will be appreciated by the senior class members and families so they may visit with guests after the ceremony. Helpers do not have to set-up or prep food, just serve during the reception. Please message juliestach@comcast.net if you are available to serve. 

You Did a Good Job

by John Notgrass

If you have a child graduating from your homeschool this year, you’ve had a busy spring finishing up courses and transcripts, helping with plans for a job or college, preparing for graduation, and worrying about whether you’ve done everything on your to-do list.

As a homeschool graduate, let me give you a word of encouragement: You did a good job. No, you didn’t do a perfect job. The past year, like each of the past 18 years, has had some ups and downs. You’re a human being, just like your child. But you did a good job.

You invested yourself in teaching the heart, soul, and mind of your child. You made sacrifices. You endured hardship. You persevered. You made a difference. Now your role as parent is changing. Not ending, but changing. Your child needs a healthy relationship with you, even if he doesn’t realize or admit it.

You want the best for your child. That’s why you homeschooled. That’s why you worked so hard as a parent. As your child moves into another phase of life, whether it’s a job, the military, mission work, college, or another adventure, everything is not going to go the way you want. Don’t let that scare you. Be prepared!

You want your child to make good choices. He won’t. Not all the time anyway. If you accept that reality, you won’t be devastated when he makes a mistake. Love him through the consequences of bad choices. I didn’t say rescue him from the consequences. Be like God: gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness.

When your child makes a mistake, even if it’s a big one, treat him the way you want to be treated when you make a mistake. Remember that when you were young, you were not as wise as you are now. We don’t have to learn things the hard way, but as humans we seem drawn to the school of hard knocks. You have taught your child a lot, but he still has a lot to learn.

You want your child to be safe and happy. Life is good. We all have much to celebrate and be thankful for. But life is also full of suffering. We suffer. People we love suffer. Sometimes that suffering is brought on by our own decisions. Sometimes it happens through no fault of our own. Either way, it hurts.

When your child was young, a kiss from Mommy or Daddy made everything better. It’s not that simple when we grow up. Financial challenges, health difficulties, relationship issues, questions about faith, uncertainty about the future—all of these can cloud your child’s vision and make getting through each day hard. You won’t be able to fix all of your child’s problems or protect her from all dangers. But you can walk with her through the valleys.

You want your child to succeed. Our culture defines success in various ways. People who accumulate a lot of stuff, people who receive prestigious awards, people who rise to powerful positions—these people are considered successful. In God’s kingdom, however, a poor, humble servant may be much more successful than a rich, powerful celebrity.

Success in life means accepting the talents and opportunities God has given us and working with him to make something beautiful. That something beautiful can be a family, a ministry, a profession, a trade, or anything that brings God glory. Don’t worry if your child’s path through life looks different from that of his siblings or your friends’ children. If your child is seeking first God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, he will be a success. Let him know that you approve of him as a person and that you are well-pleased with his efforts.

Life often seems like a long journey, but we can only live one day at a time. We can’t change the past. We can’t predict the future. But we can make it through today. You did a good job. But your job is not over.

John Notgrass and his wife Audra are both homeschool graduates. They have one son, Henry, with them, and three children with Jesus. John is a speaker, singer/songwriter, and historical actor www.JohnNotgrass.com. He is also the business manager for Notgrass Company, a homeschool curriculum publisher that specializes in history, government, and economics www.notgrass.com, 1-800-211-8793. Copyright © 2013 Notgrass Company.

John Notgrass

975 Roaring River Road

Gainesboro, TN 38562




UTCH Lagoon Day

Saturday, June 11, 2016

 discounted all-day pass is $38.30 + tax. The all-day pass includes all rides (with the exception of a few pay-extra attractions), the Lagoon-a-Beach water park, Pioneer Village, and the Midway.  Parking is $10 per vehicle in the Lagoon lot. The park is open from 10 am to 11 pm.   We have the Juniper Terrace Pavilion reserved for our group all day.  You are welcome to bring food into the park. Many of us drop our picnic coolers and snacks off at the pavilion and leave them there to return to throughout the day.

Please mail a self-addressed stamped business-size envelope to Susie Jackson, 1177 Cody Circle, South Jordan, UT 84095. Please state the number of discount vouchers you would like.   You do not pay until you get to the park - do not send any money.  You will take a UTCH discount voucher for each person to the ticket window to pay when you arrive.


Class of 2016 Graduates

Rosalie Beeli, daughter of Pieder & Emily

Rosalie Beeli is the third eldest of 5 in the Beeli family. Thankfully all of the kids were home schooled, because the Beeli adventures included moving 16 times! These experiences have helped Rosalie to grow and adapt to her environment. Rosalie has never been able to fit into a personality type. She has enjoyed horseback riding in North Carolina, running, sketching, dancing, Iron Chef cooking competitions, writing, interior designing, singing, debating, makeup and fashion designing, Ultimate Frisbee in Utah, skiing since she was 5, swimming, rollerblading, cycling, hiking, NCFCA Regionals with a humorous interpretation at 12 years old, lobbying at the Salt Lake Capitol, animal husbandry including goats, rabbits and dogs in Ohio and Utah. She is also quite a tomboy (to the credit of her brothers). Her organization affiliations include, Generation Joshua, AWANA, The Bible Bee, NCFCA, Leadership Education, Teenage Republicans, Youth Court, Youth City Council, Skills USA Culinary Competition, OWATC, Girl’s State, Utah Business Week, Pioneer Bible Camp Counselor, and 4H. She may seem shy or quirky when you meet her, but with experiences this broad you can surely find some common ground to strike up a conversation!

That the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves, we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” - Psalm 100:3

Hannah Bertelsen, daughter of Brad & Shelley

Hannah Grace Bertelsen loves people and everything colorful, bright, and creative. As a child, she discovered a passion for creativity and has loved it ever since. She’s been homeschooled her entire life by her incredible parents who have encouraged and supported her in all areas since she can remember. Her two sisters have been her best friends since forever and she couldn’t imagine her life without them. In her twelve years of ballet, she has performed Nutcracker roles of Clara, Dew Drop Fairy, Spanish, Russian, Snow Queen and many more. She received a merit based scholarship to attend Ballet West’s summer intensive, has taught at her ballet studio, and in May performed her long awaited senior solo that she has dreamed of since she was six. Hannah has a passion and love for hair and makeup artistry that has become a creative outlet for her. She is also interested in event planning and intends to take courses this next year to learn all she can in these industries. Hannah is thrilled to see where God takes her in the future.

“Peace I leave with you… Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” - John 14:27

Nathaniel Buchanan, son of Steve & Stephanie

Born in San Antonio, Texas (Independence Day 1998) Nathaniel Keith Buchanan became a resident of Northern Utah before his first birthday. Prior to the Utah move, Steve and Stephanie chose home education for the family to worship, serve, learn, and play together - opening doors for Nathaniel and his sister Maeve to pursue their personal interests. He developed great enthusiasm for skiing, art, airsoft, real steel firearm shooting, video games, and doughnuts. Alongside his family, Nathaniel served various organizations like the Pregnancy Care Center of Ogden. He participated in Awana (Bible ministry) as a club member and student leader. Nathaniel also participated in UDWC (a UTCH cooperative) where he enjoyed art, creative writing, physical education, science labs, student council, and theater arts. He works evenings at McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden and summer Saturdays at the Ogden Farmer’s Market. Nathaniel is currently studying Digital Media Design at Davis Applied Technology College and plans to join the graphic design field after completing his certification.

“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” - Numbers 6:24-26 (ESV)

Lindsay Cross daughter of Joe & the late Jennie Cross

On October 10, 1997, Lindsay Ellen Cross was born in Chandler, Arizona. When she was 10, her family moved to Utah, along with close family friends. Her 12 years of education included both homeschooling and traditional public schooling. A good friend introduced her to animation/digital art around the age of 12, and she has expressed her creativity through drawing, posting online projects, and participating in cosplay events since that time. Lindsay dreams of pursuing her passion by becoming a graphic animator for a company like Disney, Pixar, or Studio Ghibli. In Lindsay’s lifetime, she has experienced both her childhood best friend and her mother passing away to cancer. Thanks to her relationship with Christ and her encouraging family, she believes God will be her guide through everything as she welcomes her awesome soon-to-be family members. As she graduates, she wishes to honor her beloved friend who would have been graduating right next to her, and her mother who inspired her to be the young woman she is today.

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” - Philippians 2:3-4

Arianna Edwards daughter of Tom & Cynthia

Arianna was born on the same day as her best friend and favorite brother – Jeremiah. Since she gave her life to Christ when she was eight, her passion has been to grow in her love for God and His word. Her favorite hobby is memorizing scripture – this explains her love for Awana, six years of competing in the National Bible Bee, and memorizing several books of the Bible. Other things she enjoyed were; visiting 49 states, climbing over 20 ‘fourteeners’ in Colorado with her amazing family, competing in speech and debate, playing piano and flute, cooking/baking, and random essay/speech contests that her beautiful mom made her enter. Lord willing, Arianna will attend Cedarville University this fall. She is considering going into nursing and is excited to live out God’s will for her life. God is SO good! Therefore, Arianna prays that whatever He does with her life, her passion will always be to “Love to live and live to love.” (Amy Carmichael)

“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.” Psalm 37:3-4

Jeremiah Edwards, son of Tom & Cynthia

Jeremiah Edwards was born and raised circa AD 1998. He is grateful to his family for their unconditional love and support and to his friends for their semi-conditional love and support. His hobbies are speech and debate, sports and anything that has guns. Jeremiah has hiked over 20 mountains over 14,000 vertical feet. He has made it to nationals in several speech and debate contests, as well as the National Bible Bee. He once had the opportunity to speak with Laura Bush to over 9,000 people. Everything He has ever done or will ever do is because of the grace of God alone. God explains it this way “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." This is very good news for Jeremiah, because at the moment, he is very weak. He has no idea where God is taking him, but at least he will get there. Because He loves the mountains, his favorite verses come from Psalm 121: “I lift up my eyes to the mountain -where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

Sam Gatlin, son of Patrick and Stacey

Samuel Gatlin was born in Phoenix, Arizona and spent the first few years of his life in California. He was adopted by Patrick and Stacey Gatlin at the age of three and moved to Utah. He is thankful for growing up in a Christian home and for the loving family that God has blessed him with. Through the years he enjoyed participating in the Lego Robotics Group, earning his Black-Belt in Martial Arts and airsoft with his buddies. Sam enrolled at SLCC at the age of 15 and began taking classes concurrently. He will be graduating with 33 units going towards his Bachelors Degree. At 16, Sam began working for Chick-Fil-A and loves his job. He is considered to be a “Social Butterfly” by his friends because he loves spending time with people. While preparing for graduation, he has taken time to reflect on the last 12 years of his life. He is encouraged to see how the Lord has led him throughout the years, how He is currently guiding his path, and is confident that the Lord will continue to direct his steps as he matures. Sam is excited about the many new challenges he will soon be facing once he graduates high school.

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. John 4:4

Caleb Jackson, son of Tom & Susie

Caleb is the third of four boys born to Tom and Susie Jackson, has lived in Utah all his life, and has been homeschooled since kindergarten. Caleb’s full name means “Faithful”and “God has shown favor.” Both elements are prominent in his life.

Caleb’s passions include music, debate, food, philosophy, politics, and making puns. He is part of a youth worship band at the Rock Church, and plays piano, electric bass, guitar, and cajon. Caleb has participated in AWANA for fifteen years, studying and memorizing God’s word. He has also led a high school Bible study the last two summers, and looks forward to doing that again this year. Caleb skis, hikes, airsofts, reads, and has spent countless hours playing Legos with his brothers. Caleb thoroughly enjoys his friends and family, and will miss them dearly if he follows his plan to attend Christian college out of state this fall.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.” - Psalm 19:14

Griffin Kent son of Don & Shanelle

Griffin Dean Kent
Born in the humidity of Gainesville Florida, Griffin holds a natural love for the beach and ocean waters; however, he did not grow up in “the swamp” due to his father’s work. At about the age of four, Griffin and his family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where they had planned on staying. However, his father took a temp assignment in Idaho for 6 months then on to Utah for 18. His family left many good friendships behind to move. Offered a permanent position here in Utah, they’ve remained ever since. Spending most of his junior year of high school in seeming isolation, due to both of his older sisters attending college, Griffin decided to spend his senior year of high school attending Utah Valley University under early enrolment. Although he is currently getting his generals out of the way and is on the path to engineering, Griffin still remains uncertain of the true career he wishes to pursue. His hobbies consist of playing piano, Calisthenics, bodyweight training, and trying to make the most of this life he’s been given.

“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and is himself destroyed or lost?” - Luke 9:25

Matthew Nadeau, son of Rick & Anne

Matthew was born on July 4, 1998, in a hovel in Kearns, Utah. He was home-made, home-born, home-fed, and home-taught, all in the nine-hundred and sixty square foot shack called home. Since a young age, he has considered many vocations: a firefighter, a cop, a castle. These ideas were rejected in favor of a profession more honorable (to some): a lawyer. He enjoys the thrill of competitive debate and spontaneous speaking, and has participated in the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA)ss for six years. He also loves the outdoors, having worked for the Boy Scouts of America as a day camp staff member for three full summers. He has developed an unhealthy passion for reading, and will read - in one sitting - any book you tell him is good. Matthew hopes to study journalism and pre-law at the University of Utah, and to later study for a degree in law.

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22 (ESV)

Caleb Norman, son of George & Laurie

Caleb was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 20, 1997 to George and Laurie Norman.  He started skiing just after he could walk and enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee or hiking with friends. He played competitive soccer for several years before switching to racing mountain bikes. He is currently racing for the nationally recognized Summit Mountain Bike Club. Caleb enjoys finding unique ways to challenge himself such as learning to solve a Rubik’s Cube or ride a unicycle. His favorite school subjects are Math, Science, and Reading. Caleb has participated in AWANA since preschool and will soon be receiving his Citation award. Through AWANA, he discovered his favorite Bible verse, 1 Peter 3:15 - “But in your hearts, revere Christ as LORD. Always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” Caleb plans to attend Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado beginning in the fall of 2016. He will be majoring in Engineering and Business while racing competitively for Fort Lewis Cycling. He hopes to utilize his degree and talents to glorify God and work in the cycling industry

Faith Nowlin, daughter of Andrew & Hannah

Thanks to her amazing dad being in the Air Force, Faith has never lived in the same house for over three and a half years. She’s lived in New Mexico, Colorado two different times, England, Virginia, and now Utah. Out of all of them, Colorado is her favorite place to be. Faith has tried out many different activities in her life including ballet, horseback riding, Irish dance, Tae Kwon Do, and skiing and snowboarding. She’s always enjoyed drawing, reading, and writing and she declares herself an official geek. Faith has two cats and three younger siblings all of which are very cute and occasionally annoying. She’s planning on sticking around for a year to take classes at Weber before heading off to Colorado for college. Currently she’s considering studying communications, graphic design, or computer science, but she’s interested in just about everything. Excited for high school to be over, Faith is looking forward to what comes next. Some of her goals include visiting England again, getting a book published, and opening her own business. She is very grateful to her friends, family, and most importantly God for always being there for her and supporting her. No matter what happens she will always remember her favorite verse:

“I can do anything through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:1

Rachelle Peltier, daughter of Andrew & Hannah

Rachelle Christine Peltier was born on December 23, 1998.  She spent her first nine years in Southern California and still loves the beach.  The year her family lived in Northern California gave Rachelle an opportunity to experience horseback riding, and she fell in love with horses.  Rachelle moved to Utah in 2009 and was able to share her love of horses through volunteering at Courage Reins, a therapeutic riding center. Home educated since birth, in tenth grade Rachelle also began taking classes at Riverton High.  She competed two seasons on the Riverton track team in sprints, hurdles and long jump.  In her free time Rachelle enjoys developing her photography skills, taking pictures of creation and friends, or scaling a mountain face while rock climbing. As a senior, Rachelle has successfully completed concurrent enrollment classes at Salt Lake Community College. She has been accepted to the University of Utah where she plans to continue her education, pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

Jaeden Phillips

Jaeden Phillips was born on March 11, 1998 in Vancouver, Washington. He is blessed with 2 younger siblings, Rachel and Josh, who support, challenge and torment him as only siblings can! From early on in life Jaeden has loved books and is especially passionate about action and mystery thrillers. Jaeden has played baseball, acted in the Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, is learning the guitar, and has tried his hand at fencing. Jaeden enjoys youth group at church, especially summer camp, and going on road trips with his family to visit relatives. He loves to relax at the beach, downhill ski, create animation videos, and camp out in the mountains! Jaeden very much loves the Lord and came to a saving faith in Christ as a young child. He enjoys helping usher at church and is in charge of the 'church sign' ministry. Jaeden has been home-schooled part-time for the past two years and is very excited about finally graduating! He really likes movies and filmmaking, and may pursue a BS in Digital Cinema at UVU, yet is excited to see where God will lead him.

”Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” - 1 Corinthians 10:31B

James Sandlin, son of Steve & Sharon

James Nathan Sandlin was born on March 22, 1998. He was raised in a Christian home and proudly acknowledges and confesses his faith in Christ. From a young age James has played golf and won third in a local tournament. He was involved with speech and debate since his 7th grade year. He has competed in numerous speech and debate tournaments, this year going on to regional level competition. James has a love of Legos and video games that has been a big part of his life since his early age. This is exemplified in his creativity and problem solving. His favorite T.V. show is Doctor Who, and his favorite movie series is the Lord of the Rings. He enjoys adventure and sci-fi films and books. A recent read James recommends is the Ranger’s Apprentice series. He started playing the cello at age 15, and loves playing Bach. James currently does not have any plans for going to college, instead he is going to work full time once he turns18, and build experience and reputation in the workplace.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13 NKJV

Joshua Stachowicz, son of Joel & Julie

Joshua is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, where he began homeschooling in the 5th Grade. While there, he became heavily involved in scouting and leadership activities, eventually earning his Eagle Scout along the way. Roughly two years ago, he moved to Utah, continuing to homeschool and to finish his high school years. His current plan is to attend Utah Valley University (UVU) to complete his general studies, with the goal to eventually major in Psychology at a Christian university to be decided. In his free time, Joshua loves hiking, camping and being outdoors. His passions include art, reading, messing around with the guitar, working with kids, and being an occasional history junky. Leadership is something that he deeply enjoys, and he plans to enroll in Utah Valley University's L.E.A.D. program. Joshua's prayer is that God would use him for His glory, and help him be a light to others, no matter what road life leads him down.

"...But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.". - Philippians 3:13b-14

Philip Thomas, son of David & Jeanitta

Philip Thomas is the youngest of four boys born to David & Jeanitta Thomas in Santa Maria, California on April 12, 1999. He has homeschooled in three states availing him many opportunities in sports, education, and music. His greatest joy has been found in playing the violin (which began at the Hochstein School of Music in New York). He currently plays in the Utah Youth Symphony Orchestra at the University of Utah and studies music theory, improvisation and composition. Upon graduation he will attend college with a double major in music and Audio Engineering.

“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!” Philippians 4:1(NIV)

Brenna Verboncoeur, daughter of Ken & Marianne

Brenna Michelle Verboncoeur is the eldest child and only daughter of Ken and Marianne Verboncoeur. She was born March 12, 1998 in Honolulu, Hawaii and likes to think she has the ocean in her blood. Her family moved to Utah in October 2000. Brenna has been homeschooled since kindergarten along with her two brothers, Benjamin (16) and Nathaniel (8), both of whom she counts as the biggest blessings in her life. She started piano at age eight and continued her love of music by taking violin, voice, and guitar lessons, and she currently co-leads worship at her church. She loves working out at CrossFit Multiply, and is a CrossFit Trainer. Her favorite things in life are people, music, laughter, CrossFit, the outdoors, and her loving Savior. Her love for God started at a young age and has grown stronger, thanks to her 13 years of involvement in AWANA. Brenna has always known she wanted to be a nurse, and mixed with her love for the military, God led her to decide to be an Army Nurse! She received an Army ROTC scholarship and plans to attend Westminster College for Nursing and University of Utah for Army ROTC in the Fall of 2016.

“Then I said: “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth. ”But the LORD said to me: “Do not say ‘I am a youth’, For you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver,” says the LORD.” - Jeremiah 1:6-8 NKJV ~

Naomi Wang, daughter of Daniel & Connie

Naomi Noelle Wang was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on December 25th, 1997. Her family moved to Utah when she was only six years old, and she's lived here ever since. She has been homeschooled her entire life, and she has immensely enjoyed every minute of it (if you ignore the fact that it's still school). She loves the freedom and flexibility that homeschooling has given her, allowing her the time she needs to pursue her interests. Naomi plays both the piano and flute, and has been doing so for eleven and nine years, respectively. She loves making music, and has been part of the Utah Youth Orchestra for the past two years. She immensely enjoys reading and writing, and it is a dream of hers to one day be a published author. She also has a love of cats, photography, and graphic design. She isn't quite sure what she wants to do after she graduates from high school, though she hopes to pursue a career in music. But wherever she goes and whatever she does, she hopes that she will be able to follow God's plan for her life and continue to grow in Christ.

“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” - 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (The Message)

Matthew Wyant, son of Dave & Desiree

Matthew Wyant was born in Southern Oregon in a city named Ashland. His father was in the Army until he was three. During that time he lived with his mother and grandparents. As he grew older he found he had a passion for music and being a giant nerd who plays way too many video games. At the age of 13 his Uncle Jim started to teach him how to play the drums. He’s always struggled with anxiety and depression, and music and God were always how he coped. At the age of 16 his father got a job promotion and his family had to pack their things and move to Utah. It was super strange at first. He was used to it being so vibrant and green, and leaving his family and friends behind was rough for a long time. He was homeschooled in sixth through seventh grade and then started again for his freshman to senior year. Matt enjoys being homeschooled because he doesn’t have to deal with high school drama or the sometimes toxic people. He can also work at his own pace and use Biblical materials in his studies. Matt wants to do something involving music to help others and glorify God.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1

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