Saturday, December 13, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
This cute picture was found when my grandparents home was robbed. The robbers had thrown it out of my Grandpa's drawer. My uncles found it on the floor when they were cleaning up and gave it to me. So touching that my grandpa loved it so much, he kept it in his drawer. I know Lauren misses him as much as I do!
Happy Birthday, Lauren!!! The big 25! You've made in 1/4 of the way!! Love you, Sis!!
Dear Prop 102 Supporter:
It was interesting to see that while you were trying to make rules for other people, you chose to ignore the rules and law regarding displaying your signs. Surely you are aware that there are laws and city ordinances against using public property (the wall which is city property adjqcent to your property)for campaign signs. Perhaps you feel you are granted special status and don't have to follow the la3w while you spread your message of hate, fear, intolerance and ignorance. The God I am familiar with loves all everyone, tolerates everyone, and forgives us for our poor choices. Perhaps you a different God, or a warped view of the same God. Fortunately, God also gives us the ability to think of ourselves...it is a good thing to do. Try it.
Oh, by the way, this from a heterosexual who is happily married. Gays and lesbians, even Mormons and zealots, don't threaten my marriage. Too bad your isn't as sound.
Wow---just when you think they have all gone away, another one surfaces! It's interesting to see that their "God" only forgives those people they want forgiven! Everyone but those Mormons!!!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I normally don't enjoy the satellite too much but today it was awesome. One of my favorite parts happened while we were singing the rest hymn. As we were singing, the words came into my mind that all members of the church in AZ we standing at the same time, singing together as one united body, as one united force for good! A tear began to fall as I felt the strength and power of all 88 stakes united together. The royal army was assembled today.
All talks were good. Elder Hafen talked about consecration. He said we have 3 types in the church: the inactive, the active and the consecrated. He said that the church would drastically change if only 3 or 4 families per ward would consecrate themselves to the gospel. Wow! He also talked about the honor we have in AZ of being blessed with 3 more temples. He said we need to take this time to prepare those members of our families and our friends to be able to attend the temple dedication and the temple after that. Some referred to Prop 102 and Prop 8 and why we should vote for marriage. Elder Packer did a great job talking simply about why marriage is important. As he closed he said that things were going to change and change drastically as we know them. He instructed that we stay close to family and not fear.
Coincidentally, I received a call yesterday from our Stake PR person asking if I would stay after the adult meeting and talk to a new member that was having problems with the marriage prop. I was happy to do so and after the meeting, the McClures were standing with us when asked to begin the discussion. It was so awesome to do missionary work again! The spirit was so strong as Bishop McClure started related stories from his life that perfectly aligned with hers. It was just a coincidence that he was standing there. He was the bishop of the ward that she is in and he invited her to come to him anytime. I just bore testimony to her that God is real and that he knows her and that she just needs to pour her heart out to him. I told her she must strengthen her testimony and her relationship with God so as times get tough, she will be solid. She began to cry and we all began to cry and it was a beautiful special moment. I am grateful that I was invited to help.
Keifer and Justin hanging the sign back on the wall
Justin and the sign--it's a big one!
Because the signs were stolen, I wrote a letter to the editor to our 2 major papers. I was informed on Friday at the Halloween party that one of the papers published my comments! Awesome, I didn't even know!
Also, I called the City of Mesa in response to an ordinance violation notice--someone complained about the giant banner we put on the wall on side of our house--explaining that someone had pulled it down before I could remove it. The inspector told me he would come out and take a picture of the banner down(because they pulled it down!) and close the case. He then told me I could put a banner back up the following day and even if someone complained, the election would be over and the banner would be down before he could come back! Awesome!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Although Rich and Lisa moved away, we still keep contact and try to get together whenever we can....................enough of the background....last night as we were visiting, laughing and picking up where we left off, (as if we had not been apart) we were catching up on the kids and jobs and everything. We talked about family and our great ancestry that had brought us together. Rich, who has been an avid genealogist following his mission, began telling us another story that had happened many years ago as he felt prompted to work on more genealogy. He said they were preparing to move from Mesa to Italy. They had about 3 weeks to get everything ready and he had a prompting to work on genealogy on the Macdonald line. He followed the prompting and called a few relatives to see if he could gather more research on a line where he had come to a stand still. He was referred to a relative named Lyal Millet who also shared his love of family history. Rich called the man and they conversed and then agreed to meet at the genealogy library across from the Mesa temple on Friday night where he would give Rich some information he had gathered. They had talked about their frustration in this particular spot and how to their best efforts the pieces weren't coming together. They met at the genealogy library, had a pleasant meeting where Lyal Millet shared with Rich his recent heartache due to the passing of his wife and they talked about the research they shared. Lyal gave Rich a box of information that he had been gathering for some time in hopes Rich would have more luck in putting the pieces together than he had been having. Their meeting ended and they both went on their way. The following Monday, as Rich and Lisa were exiting the temple some one posted a eulogy of Lyal Millet (who was a temple worker) at the exit door of the temple. He died a couple of days after his meeting with Rich.
This story has deeply touched me. It reminds me of stories from the Book of Mormon where the records were passed from one to another. It reconfirms to me that the heavens are open and this work is real. I'm grateful that Rich is so dedicated to genealogy and finds such love and passion for it. What a blessing he is to our family and I'm so grateful my Grandma wanted me to meet him! We love him and Lisa and the kids and grand kids and look forward to many fun memories with them!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Reece and Mark Scurr, me and Bob and Justin, Jared, Jean and Thane Smith
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
We went to church and saw all the friends we've made over the 20 years we've been going to Pacific Beach. Sunday school was again taught by Brother Wallace (who married Mike and Adrienne is Jan!)(he was a seventy and I think he also served as temple president for the San Diego temple) and once again what a great teacher. We were talking about Samuel the Lamanite and he said something that has stuck with me. He said "inspiration" is an idea that comes into your mind but when you receive "revelation" the words will come to you. All the words or the sentence will come into your mind. It struck me because Lauren and I had just been talking about an experience I had in the temple where the words I was to speak came to my mind and to this day I remember them exactly. WOW!! It's amazing how we learn-line upon line!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
My lesson in RS was on Revelation. It was fun. I was covering for a friend that went out of town. I wouldn't recommend doing both in 1 day but I lived through it!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Apparently one of the leaders, (maybe JR Price) came into their priesthood meeting and told them their were 10 lots surrounding the church and they weren't leaving the meeting until all 10 lots had been purchased. Grandpa bought one and they were all sold before everyone left. She went on to tell me that her father served as JR Price's executive secretary when he was the Phoenix Stake President. Now who is this JR Price some of you ask? He is Trevor's great grandfather. He is also a man I heard about my entire life. My grandparents loved him very much. He was mission president in the Eastern Stake Mission (Grandpa Dana, Uncle George, Uncle Joe and Uncle Doug's mission). I believe Grandpa served on his high council, then followed him a few years later as the Stake President. I had always heard his name in the highest regard.
When we found out he was Trevor's great grandfather, I was so pleased to know that Grandpa would be absolutely thrilled to have that connection in his family line.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
After all the gas ran out of the wave runners, we took our usual course to Kirk's favorite dinner-Serrano's. I think they want to close the doors and run when the see him coming. He can pack away more chips, salsa and bean dip than anyone I have ever seen!! We told them it was his birthday, so the waiter appeared with hat, camera and fried ice cream! He loved it and posed for the camera!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Robert's turn. This gift was so original and cute. (The photographer is still waiting for her copy of the little messages!)
Saturday, August 2, 2008
They look at each other deep into their eyes--it's something to see!
Natalie and her mom, Cindy with Robert waiting in the background.
Natalie's grandma Sigie begged Natalie for one final massage before the reception.