#013 – Happy Valentines Day


Wednesday, 14 February 2007, 10:15 am


Hey Guys & Gals,


Happy Valentines Day!  Things have warmed up here in Utah.  It is quite nice outside and I have started riding my bike to school everyday.  This week I have a few test and some interviews for internships but I am looking forward to the weekend.


I am coming to California!  We are leaving Thursday night or early Friday morning.  My roommate Mike and I are driving out to enjoy the weekend.  We will then come back Monday.  It will be fun.  I hope to go into Oakland and visit the Temple and then maybe get some food at Zackary’s in Berkeley and then enjoy the sights of San Francisco.


It will be fun.  If you want to hang out, let me know!  I should get back to paying attention to my Chemistry lecture.  Later,



#012 – Therapeutic Recreation

Sunday, 4 February 2007, 9:55 pm


Hey Friends,


I have returned to good health once again.  Minus the minor “post-flu” cough that I have.  But to aid me in my recovery I have discovered “therapeutic recreation.”  This is a major offered at BYU for those of you who would like to study it further.


My schedule has been basically dedicated to making up homework and preparing for the many mid-terms that I have had.  Surprisingly I missed a week of school and still managed to pull an 82% on my chemistry test and I am still waiting on the results of my calculus and engineering tests.


The highlight of last week would definitely be the Fray concert that I took my sister to for her birthday (which happens to be tomorrow).  My roommate Mike also took his little sister and we had a big brothers and little sisters activity.


This weekend we had stake conference and I was able to attend several meetings with Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Quorum of the Seventy and President Lamb, the Provo Temple President.  It was a great conference.


Here are some pictures that I have taken.  Due to the fact that I take picture everywhere that I go, I have decided to “document” Mike’s life for him.  (Just because it is easier to take picture of other people and not so easy to include myself.)


Bowling – Mike’s Love-is-Blind Activity was a blast.  We went bowling.



Concert – Farook, Yasmin, Cole (my apartment-mate), Mike (my roommate), & Lana (Mike’s sister) at the Fray concert.


Dinner – Monday night is great.  We have Family Home Evening (FHE) and the girls made breakfast for us. The couple hugging are engaged and Scott will be leaving for Iraq in a few weeks.



Fashion – Mike’s “personal designer” preparing him for the 80’s roller skating activity.



The Fray – Just a picture from the concert.


The Fray 

Yasmin & Date – This is at Love-is-Blind activity.  My sister and her date. I think he plays football for the U. of Utah.


Yasmin & Date 

That is all I have for the moment.  The Super Bowl was good.  My roommates are doing very well and keep me well entertained and occupied.  Mike is constantly dating and always inviting me to join him, for example he went on four dates on Saturday.  Yes I said four… One in the morning then one in the early afternoon, then the later afternoon leaving one more for the later evening.


I have been approved to work 25 hours starting next week.  I also have some more interviews with engineering firms to see if I can work for them over the summer.  Chat with you later. 










#011 – Surviving the New Year


Sunday, 28 January 2007, 10:53 pm


Hey Guys & Gals,


Happy New Year!  I guess that is a little late.  I guess this email is a little late also.  The last time I wrote was back during the first week of December and so many things have happened since December.  Be assured that I will NOT go into explicit details concerning my whereabouts over the last two months! But here are some high lights:


  • Finals went well: I passed all my classes! 

  • California was a warm and pleasant break from Utah  

  • Made some great friends up at the University of Utah  

  • Read some good books over Christmas break  

  • Did some major cleaning at Home: yard work and deep cleaning 

  • Spent well over a quarter tuition on Books for winter semester  

  • Interviewed with some Engineering Firms  

  • My roommate started a VERY SUCCESSFUL business  

  • Got violently sick for over 9 days: flu, fever, & vomiting 

I guess I could go much more in-depth on any of these things but I am getting better from my sickness and hopefully will take this next week and get caught up on everything that I missed.


These pictures were taken sometime in the last two months:


San Francisco:  During Christmas break went into the city.


San Francisco 

Snow: A great picture looking out of my door of my apartment at the snow covered landscape.



Skyline:  Picture that was taken with my humble yet powerful Canon SD 600 of our trip in San Francisco.  There was NO Photoshop work done to this picture.



Mountains:  My apartment complex on a clear but cold day.



Friends:  Two of my great friends, Carolyn and Kristin live across the street from me.  The picture of the “Mountains”

was taken while I was walking to their apartment.



Have a great night and hopefully I will get to expound sometime on the fun activities that have been keeping me very busy.  Later…


Farook Khan

#010 – Thanksgiving, Dating & Snow


Sunday, 3 December 2006, 11:28 pm


Hey Guys & Gals,


Happy Thanksgiving!  I guess that is a little late.  Thanksgiving was really fun.  My mom flew out Utah and we spent it in Midway Utah.  There were at least 50 people at the dinner table on Thursday!  We ate tons of food, played games and enjoyed the time away from school.


This last week was also pretty busy with the snow storm that we had and then the multiple dates I went on.  Where should I start?  Tuesday night I went to see Liz perform with the Philharmonic Orchestra.  It was amazing and then we got some food.  Then Thursday we went to this party at 10pm and I met some cool people there.  It is called Thirsty Thursdays.  It sounds like a drinking party.


Friday I went on a way cool date with Rebekah.  We ate some great food and did some random activities and we visited that “Build-A-Bear” company and made a way cool bear with overalls.  After hanging out with Rebekah, I went with Kristin to the movies.  The movie was very entertaining and I made it home around 3am.


Saturday morning I jumped in our swimming pool to get a free Polar Bear shirt from King Henry.  The pool was only 55 degrees and then we jumped into the hot tub to warm back up.  They also gave us a great breakfast.  After that we made some purchases and got ready for a blind date.  Mike managed to hook us up with twins!  We also managed to get another six couples making 16 people on this group date.  We went to eat and then went to a comedy show on campus.  The acts were pretty good and we then played games at our apartment.  We ended the date with some cookies and ice-cream.


Sunday morning came really quickly as I had meetings to attend and also a lesson to prepare.  Church was great and then we got tickets to go to tonight’s Christmas Devotional in Salt Lake City.  So we came home and basically left.  We had fantastic seats in the Conference Center and enjoyed a wonderful devotional with beautiful Christmas music and the spoken word.  We came home and have pretty much enjoyed the evening.  


There are always the minor excitements during the week that I don’t normally talk about, like walking in on friends making out, or (basically) failing a midterm test.  All those things get forgotten in the long run anyway.


So now for the PICTURES:


Heber –  A great picture from the Gordon Residence looking towards the city of Heber. 




Midway – Another great picture from the same home but looking towards the mountains to the north.  Basically this is what Heaven should look like. 

Thanksgiving: A small group of us kids sitting at the table waiting for our turn to get some delicious food. 



Snow – Right after thanksgiving a snow storm hit and this is my everlasting Volvo wagon enduring the elements. 



Liz – This is Liz, you should have seen her before! But this is after her performance. 



Rebekah – This when we went and made Cody Benjamin (our bear) and got him some some little overalls! 



Polar Bear – That is me swimming, mike and I were the first guys in the pool and the first ones out!  This is me swimming with my coke can that I got from the botto
m of the pool to win. 


Polar Bear 

Karli – This is my twin, Karli.  We had a great date also.  She is from Idaho and has already graduated from college. 



Kristi & Karli – These are the twin sisters.  Mike, my roommate took Kristi.  It was definitely a fun time for all of us.


Kristi & Karli 

So those are my pictures for this week.  Remember that I took a few hundred just to get those few right!  Finals are coming up pretty soon and then I will be home for Christmas.  We almost got tickets to got to the Fiesta Bowl in Las Vegas but the tickets sold out.  So, oh well.  We are planning a few more activities, dates and parties for this week.  Along with some serious study time for those finals that are coming up.  Life is going great and hope that you are doing well!  Talk to you guys soon.



#009 – Post Halloween Activities


Sunday, November 19, 2006, 10:41 pm


Hey Guys and Gals,


Life is pretty fantastic.  Over the last couple weeks I have taken several midterms, gone on a few dates and managed to keep myself alive.


This weekend we did a “super date.”  It pretty much started on Friday night and ended Sunday night.  Friday we went to Divine Comedy and did some activities after the performance.  Saturday was another great football game.  BYU won the Mountain West Conference.  Our tickets were on the first row right behind the end-zone.  Following the game we came to our apartment and make breakfast for dinner and played games like “uno,” “mao,” and “bigger or better.” We also visited the hot tubs and enjoyed the movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean.”  Sunday was full of meetings, but then we went out to eat in the afternoon and enjoy some more games back at our apartment.  Then everyone pretty much went their separate ways.


There are millions of other things going on, but I will have to talk about those some other time.




Coworkers – Andrew & Lindsey are two great friends who I work with at BYU. 



Dating – This was taken Saturday night. Please notice the TV that was received from “bigger or better.” 



Dessert – The girls love us! 



Drinks – More girls that love us!  Not only did they give us the coolest lemonade we have had, they made us a great dinner. 



Elaine – That is the name of my bike.  (Long story)  But she takes me to school and work everyday.  I love her.  She also complements my beautiful tie. 



Football – A great day to play football, especially since we are in the first row!  The only people who got in our way were the cheerleaders. 



Houses – On another one of my dates we went to a gingerbread house competition and this is the BYU vs. U. of Utah gingerbread house. 



Natalie – This is probably the picture you guys were all looking for.  She is Mike’s cousin and we met when I visited Idaho a few weeks ago.  She came down and we dated.  It was fun. And even more fun.



Hope that everyone is getting excited for Thanksgiving break and getting all their plans together.  This year I will be in Utah and it looks like it is going to
be another fantastic break.   Drive safely everyone and enjoy your travels.


Farook Khan

#008 – Goodin’, Glasses & Gals


Tuesday,  October 31, 2006, 12:24 am


Hey Guys and Gals,


Happy Halloween!  These last couple of days have been a HOOT!  Mike and I went to his home town of Gooding Idaho which is “in-between (more or less)” the cities of Twin Falls and Boise.


So, to prepare for my weekend of fun I had to work some extra hours at the office.  That kept me busy until Thursday.  I only went to one of my classes and then left work around 2pm.  Came home and got my stuff together and we hit the road.


Before we could leave, we had to stop by Costco so I could pick up my new glasses.  I am really glad I ordered those because I was having trouble in my classes because I couldn’t see what my professors where writing down.  They look really great and you can give all the thanks to my personal stylist Mike.


We drove toward Idaho, we made a quick stop in Ogden to pick up a new car that Mike’s father had purchased.  That quick stop lasted an hour and a half.


We drove and arrived at Mike’s house in Gooding.  It is actually more than a house, it is a home and not just any home, a good American home with horses and barn in the backyard and farmland all around.  Mike’s parents came out to greet us and it was really fun.  Deby, Mike’s mom, made us an absolutely delicious all-American meal.  They grew their own corn and had mashed potatoes with some salmon that they had caught.  It was amazing.  We visited for a while and ended the night with scripture reading and a family prayer in the living room.


Friday morning we drove an hour and a half to Sun Valley, Idaho to check out the rich and famous of Idaho.  It is a pretty valley and hopefully one day I will get to go a little further to Stanley, Idaho which I am told is probably one of the most beautiful valleys in the world.


We went to Boise that afternoon to witness the wedding of Mike’s cousin and that was really exciting because the Father of the bride asked if anyone knew how to operate a camera and the Infanger’s (Mike’s family) said I did and thus they got me to videotape their wedding! It was a really nice ceremony they held at a church building.  After eating some food and visiting we drove to Jerome, Idaho where Mike’s sister Jill lives.  I ended up playing video games late into the night with Jill’s husband Jim. Mike’s sister Lisa cut my hair that night also and she did a great job!


Saturday morning we drove to Twin Falls and took family pictures!  It was tons of fun to watch the Infanger’s gather together and take these pictures.  We then went back to Gooding and went to work.  Mike taught me how to drive a tractor and we did some work around the farm.  We cleaned out the barn and burned all the garbage that was in there.  We went back to the home and had a great evening visiting with all the family that was in town.


Sunday morning we woke up and had a great breakfast.  We then all took our turns taking showers to get ready to go to church.  The time changes was really nice also.


Note:  I am really sorry that this is very long and probably not making any sense.  My story is about to get a whole lot more confusing because I am introducing more people.


My economics professor at BYU grew up in Gooding.  His parents live around the corner from Mike’s parents.  So I went with Mike’s father and visited Brother Pope, the father of my college professor.  It was really fun as we sat down, visited, and asked questions.  Brother Pope asked me to speak in Church for twenty minutes!  This happened less than a half-an-hour before Church started.  The Church services went really well and my little talk was well received.


After I was done speaking at Church we ran home and ate some food and started our way back to Utah.  We stopped in Centerville to visit one of Mike’s companions who had just finished his mission this week.  We got some more food and drove back to Provo.


This is already to long, but we did a whole bunch of things at home and went to a Halloween party tonight and this week will be very exciting.  Here are some pictures:


Halloween – Monday Night, tonight, these are our costumes that we wore to the Halloween party tonight.



Stud – This is me wearing a way nic
e black shirt with my favorite red flower tie!



Rachel – Rachel is a pretty girl in my ward and this was taken at our family home evening activity we had last week.



Glasses – These are my new glasses that I got at Costco.  Mike choose them for me and said they looked really good.



Cowboy – This is Mike’s pumpkin that we made at our family home evening last week.  It is a cowboy.  It looks like a pioneer, but Mike told us it is a cowboy.



Idaho – This is our fire that we made as we were cleaning out the barn.  Notice the big tractor to the left and Mike’s sister working hard on the farm!



I wish I could explain all the cool things that have been going on!  There are many interesting things that I have learned and some things that are just fascinating!  Mike’s family is a very special family and they were extremely nice to me.  I could go on for hours!  It is late and I have class early tomorrow.  Lets not forget that I have three midterms this week also!


I love you guys much and hope that all is well.  Life is keeping me pretty busy so catch you guys around. 


P.S. I am also sorry for any grammar or spelling errors – feel free to correct me. Night!


Farook Khan

#007 – Homecoming Week


Sunday, October 22, 2006, 4:10 pm


Hey Guys,


Homecoming Week!  This whole week has been fun with all the many activities surrounding homecoming.  Weather has been fantastic with sunny skies and a bright warm sun.  Everything else has been exciting also.


Other quick news: I went to Costco and ordered some glasses so I can see the whiteboard in my classes and also for distance viewing.  They should be here his next week.  Hopefully my grades will improve now that I can see what my professors are writing down.  


My roommate and I prepared for homecoming by selecting which dance we wanted to go to.  There were at least four different dances to choose from, so we went with the Hoe Down dance in American Fork.  We went to a western store to by a cowboy shirt, belt with a cool buckle and a hat.  It was fun.


Saturday morning we (Mike and I) went and played water polo for about two hours which was great, but made us super exhausted.  We then met up with our dates and went to the football game.  BYU beat UNLV 52 to 7.  We then separated to get ready for the dance.  Mike and I ate some food, then went to the mall and then went to the Toyota dealership.  We came home, got dressed and then picked up our dates.


The dance was way cool.  They had straw all over the dirt ground and it was maybe 40 degrees outside.  We dressed warmly and also went on a haunted hay ride through a scary haunted farm.  We went through the corn maze and pretty much spent the rest of the time at the dance.  Everyone was decked out in their country best with boots, holsters, and hats.  Our dates were stunning!  After the dance got over, we came back to our apartment and made some hot chocolate and danced to some music.  We then went hot tubing for a while and enjoyed the evening and took the girls to their apartment.


Today, we woke up tired.  But we woke up!  And now I am enjoying the nice afternoon writing you folks a little letter.  Here are some pictures:


Football – Us and our dates at the BYU football game.



Homecoming – Mike and I looking like cowboys. Please notice the matching belt buckles.




Hunting – Mike owns a nice hunting jacket that we got at Cabela’s.



Work – This is a little card and a root beer that I got for being a “terrific employee.”



Hope everyone is having a great weekend and getting ready for an exciting week of school, work, and even more play!  Next weekend I should be in good ol’ Goodin’ Idaho!


Farook Khan

#006 – Movies, Midterms & Meetings

Sunday, October 15, 2006, 10:03 PM


Hey Guys, 


Happy Fall Season!  These last two weeks have been exciting and maybe you can use the word stressful.  My roommate, Mike, went and bought twelve movies for forty-eight dollars. So we have been watching movies.  We also had some midterms and I got 86% on my Economics test which made me really happy.  I got a 100% on my chemistry test.  I probably got something like 90% on my New Testament test also.  With midterms over, I have been able to get a jump start on the next sections that we will be coving.  


Today was pretty crazy.  My schedule:


7am – Stake President Meeting with Elders Presidents

9am – Choir – Quartet Practice

10am –  Presidency Meeting

11am – Ward Council Meeting

12 noon – Sacrament Meeting – I spoke during the services

3pm – Special Meeting

4:45pm – Stake Leadership Training Workshops

6:30pm – Dinner invitation to girls apartment #13

7:30pm – Ward Prayer

8pm – Michelle’s mini farewell party


Tonight has not ended yet, but it has been a very fun, productive and exciting day for me.  A small group of guys got together and we sang in church today which was really fun, plus the music was fantastic.


Some other highlights from the week include:


I got to talk with Mrs. Lisa Wilson who was my ninth grade English teacher who has been such an inspiration for me.  She was one of the coolest instructors I have ever had.  She sends her love to our little groups of students who had her freshman year of high school and I propose that we go and visit her during Christmas break.


Saturday, I watched part of the Florida vs. Auburn game and that was some great football.  


The pressures of society forced me to explore the FaceBook.com website and I gave in and subscribed.  It is actually a pretty cool website.


My roommates are fantastic scholars and gentlemen!  We have been having too much fun.  Mike and I went hot tubing the other night and we have made some interesting trips to places like Costco and to a random Mexican restaurant.


Some Pictures:


Cool Girls – These girls invited me over to dinner tonight and made some very delicious food like chicken, dinner rolls (homemade) and some great brownies.  We played some games and then took this picture at Ward Prayer.


Cool Girls 

Costco Trip – We went to Costco to make some purchases and had a fun time taking pictures of random people and shopping on a busy Saturday.


Costco Trip 

Fall Time – Pretty Mountains.


Fall Time 

Heading to Work – This is me right before leaving for work.  They have changed the dress code for my office.  NO more ties and No more dress pants.  I have to wear a collared shirt and… Drum roll please…jeans are now okay!


Heading to Work 

Home Baked Pizza – I went to Yasmin’s apartment they fed me some food and I wanted more, so they gave me a frozen pizza which I took home and devoured.


Home Baked Pizza 

More Fall Time – The same mountains but later in the afternoon on the same day.


More Fall Time 

My Roommates – I love these guys.  We were at a Family Home Evening when this picture was taken.  From left to right: Jaime, myself (wearing a way nice ITALIAN white tie), Bryce and Mike.


My Roommates 

My Studying Desk – This was my desk for a few nights as I studied for midterms.  Yes Mom and Dad, I do study.  Actually, my studying actually is paying off with some decent grades this time too!


My Studying Desk 

So everything is pretty much going great!  There are millions of little things I would love to share that contribute to this enjoyable semester.  Have fun with all that is going on and hope to catch you all later. 


P.S. I apologize for any grammatical or spelling errors, or for any terms or phrases that you might not understand. (is that grammatically correct?)


Farook Khan

#005 – Blindness, Parties & General Conference

Monday, October 2, 2006, 10:39pm


Hey Guys,


Each week seems to be getting better and better.  I am learning a little more about myself and about everything around me.  For example, I learned that I am partially color blind.  Full Story:  I was was work and I thought I was wearing green pants to work and they were really brown.  This was not the first time I had messed up with my color coordination, so we “googled-it” and I found this website:




One my co-workers asked me what numbers I saw in each circle.  Well… I failed.  There are some circles that did not have numbers in them.  After some review, I learned that I am partially “red-green” colorblind.  I have also gone to other websites to test myself.  Sad day.


I’m not really sad, because it has been a fun week.  It was nice and sunny everyday until today when it started raining.  Quick overview of last week:


Tuesday – Date: we went and saw Disney’s Cars.  I was very impressed with the movie and hope to purchase a copy of it. Four girls with two guys.  Fun stuff.


Wednesday – Sports:  I got a whole bunch of people together and we played Ultimate Frisbee for a few hours in the beautiful fall afternoon.


Thursday – BYU Football game party at our apartment.  BYU won which was amazing and then we watched a popular TV show called “the Office.”  Then we hiked the Y and then came back and watched more of “the office” but Season 2, which was downloaded using iTunes.  I managed to do some homework that night also.


Friday – Mission Reunion in Provo.  Many people from the Honduras San Pedro Sula (and previously) Belize Mission got together and we had a great time visiting.


Saturday – General Conference.  I went to Salt Lake City to attend General Conference with Liz.  We had fantastic seats and then we went out for a great Italian lunch.  Came back to Provo for the afternoon and evening sessions and then we went to the BYU girls soccer game and we got some girls to go with us and then we went out to eat afterward.


Sunday – General Conference.  I went to Salt Lake City with Kristin and we got fantastic tickets once again and enjoyed some inspiring discourses from leaders of the Church.  Came back to Provo and enjoyed the evening with some friends.


Monday – Family Home Evening.  We got together tonight and played a really fun name type game and Mike, my roommate, made some really good peach cobbler to share.  ( He also made some really good stake burritos for dinner for the two of us.)


There are a million other things that are also going on like midterms and studying, but I will save those for an other day.  I have three midterms this week and one more next week in economics.  School is going well at the moment and I will report after the tests are graded.  


There are some cool pictures I want to share:


Soccer Game – a date to the soccer game 


Soccer Game 

Soccer Girl – throwing the ball 


Soccer Girl 

Pizza – food after the soccer game 



Temple – the Salt Lake LDS Temple 




Clean Apartment – we had cleaning checks today and our apartment was the cleanest. 


Clean Apartment 

Activity – We watched the BYU football game, watched the Office and then hiked the Y. 



General Conference – Liz and I after general conference with the temple in the background. 


General Conference 

Hiking – another fun trip to the top of the Y.  We got attacked by a military helicopter.



Quick note about taking pictures.  Many of my friends have been making fun of my excessive photo taking.  I want to add the fact that they make fun of me and then at the end of the night they ask if I can email them copies!  Go take your own pictures! (I’m not that mean though)


Have a great week and hope that everyone is doing well.  I think of you often and hope to hear from you soon. (If you don’t want to get these little updates… Please tell me.)


Farook Khan

#004 – Reunions, Balance & Good Times

Tuesday, September 26, 2006, 12:20 am


Good Morning Guys,


The clouds went away and it has warmed up to 48 degrees at night and about 70 degrees during the day.  This weekend was really busy and very fulfilling.  This weekend really got me excited.  Friday I went to Salt Lake city with my sister and we went to the very nice Gateway Mall.  Saturday was well overbooked and I had to make some decisions.  I ended up doing service for about three hours in the morning and then I went to the football game.


Riding your bicycle to football games allows you leave later and come back quicker.  Plus you get fantastic parking right next to the stadium.  After the game was fun to relax and enjoy the beautiful day.  Sunday was also pretty busy.  Sunday afternoon we held a 17th Ward Reunion.  The 17th Ward was my church group during my freshman year of college and since most of the guys have returned from their missions we got together and held a potluck.  It was fun to meet with many friends who have been all over the planet and also to meet up with many of the girls who went off and got married and brought their husbands and babies to the reunion.  It was a great gathering.


Then after the reunion we left and went to what is called Ward Prayer.  It is an activity where the ward (my church group) will get together in the lodge (the club house located at our apartment complex) and we will have a spiritual thought, get-to-know-you activity and a prayer.


My classes are going very well at the moment and I don’t want to brag, but I have gotten 100% on my calculus test and quizzes that I have taken.  My other classes are going well also.  I hope to have a successful semester.


I was so full of energy and excitement today.  Everything seems to be finding its balance.  Things have been difficult but some how everything has just worked out.  My classes and work seem to be working out.   I have gotten into a routine and all I am trying to do now is maximize my efficiency   (for those in math or economics, can you can make me an equation?). Things are good.  There are a ton of things that I am going to try to do here in the future.   I am full thanks to my friends and family who have been very helpful and insightful.  I am keeping a very positive attitude and just charging forward like normal.


Two Pictures:


Football – this was taken Saturday at the football game.  I was seated on the 7th row.  The game was fantastic and here are some of our cheerleaders.  BYU sent Utah State home without a single point.




Activity – this was actually the ward prayer.  I shouldn’t be called a party, but it was a good activity to socialize and meet more people.  You can see my roommate Mike talking with a nice girl (Carolyn) in the back of the picture.



Have a great night.  Please keep in touch and hope that my letters are not an annoyance.  Suggestions are appreciated.  Love you guys much and hope talk with you soon.


Farook Khan