Tuesday, April 29, 2014

My Siblings

 
This was taken at a wedding for my sister's stepson this past weekend on the east coast. On the left is my brother Fred then my sister Sue and my sister Bernadette. They're a good looking bunch.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Humbling

I attended a funeral this morning for a dear man in our ward. It was a lovely funeral in every way and a fitting tribute to a very good man.

As I was leaving, I said hello to many of our ward members as I usually do. A very dear woman in our ward who lost her husband when Jim first became Bishop wanted to talk to me for a minute. She is 96 and amazingly spry and active with all her faculties about her. She is an incredibly good woman and deeply spiritual.

A few weeks ago she left a message on my answering machine about my book The Dawn of Redeeming Grace. I gave it to her two Christmas' ago. She said she was reading it again for Easter and she wanted me to know how touched she was by it. That was very humbling.

Today she grabbed both of my hands, looked me in the eyes, and told me she reads a few lines from my book every evening before she goes to sleep because it gives her great comfort. I was very touched by that comment. I said, "Not many people know I wrote that book." She said, "They should."

I am grateful that she is finding in my book what I hoped people would find. I am humbled and grateful that I can serve others in this way.
"A writer only begins a book.
 A reader finishes it." 
Samuel Johnson

Friday, April 25, 2014

Jessa's Turn

Congratulations Jessa!!
Jessa and her siblings
She graduated from BYU today
with a degree in Exercise and Wellness.
 We could use that in our family.
Jessa's family.

Next up...Elisa's gets her Master's degree
 later this year and then Ian next Spring.
Life is good. 
We are ever grateful. :)

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Very Nice Easter

Yesterday was as lovely an Easter as I can remember. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to attend church and worship with other people who love the Lord as I do. Our classes were good and our sacrament meeting was very touching. I simply had an overwhelming sense of gratitude to the Lord for all He has done for me. The commandment to "Always Remember Him" is so simple, but so important. (Sacrament covenants-Moroni Chapter 4)  Jesus did so much for us and all He asks us to do is remember Him. I try to do that daily, but I am especially grateful on Easter.

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with our family yesterday. My Mom went out of her way to make a ham and two dishes of potatoes which were very good. She brought fabulous desert and Gregory made his amazing rolls. He's very good at that. Here are some pictures, none of my Mom or Jim unfortunately, and Elisa couldn't make it.
What's Easter without a little girl
in an Easter bonnet...
 a nice Easter dinner,
and family?!
Sarah, Nathan, Hannah, and Gregory
 Jessa and Ian
Wonderful
Sarah and Gregory
 
More wonderful
 Wade and Emma
They are happy together.
Wade watching the Easter egg hunt.
Squinting is good.
It means the sun is shining. :)
 Sarah and Hannah
Can she be any cuter?
Gregory and Nathan
I have several Easter baskets...
no matter...
grocery bags work just fine I guess.
On the hunt.
Down low
Up high
Who put one in the tree?
Look up Hannah
Ian hoisted Nathan up. Whew.
They'll make good parents someday. :)
 We missed Elisa.
And of course we missed Seth.
 But he's off teaching some pretty
 serious stuff apparently.
 That's more like it. :)

They really are true messengers of the Savior. :)

"How beautiful upon the mountains 
are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings,
 that publisheth peace
that bringeth good tidings of good,
 that publisheth salvation;
 that saith unto Zion,
 Thy God reigneth!" 

Here's a little from his email home today:

"It was a good week here in Georgia. We had some good lessons, we found some solid new investigators, we have been improving our teaching and finding skills, and we have been working a little bit better with the members.

I got to the end of the a long chain of the Isaiah chapters in 2 Nephi, and then I read the last verse of chapter 24: “What shall then answer the messengers of the nations? That the Lord hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.” I felt that was symbolic of missionary work, or just our lives in general. Sometimes we go through these long periods of time where everything is confusing or hard (like the Isaiah chapters). But at the very end the Lord establishes Zion. It doesn't matter what condition we get there, just as long as we get there. Sometimes I imagine other missionaries approaching the gate of this Zion with perfect clothes, good posture, strength to spare, and amazing hair. Then I imagine myself approaching the gate covered in mud, crawling, and being completely exhausted. But the important thing is that we get there. The Lord's work gets done, and we get better in the process, even if we think we don't... 


As I have been out, I have learned that there are two things that never fall, no matter what. The Book of Mormon is one. It seriously stands up against anything! It is amazing. There is a reason it is the keystone of our religion. The second is a sincere testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ.We met a guy who was super-anti [Mormon] this week who started going off on the Book of Mormon...saying that we weren't Christian and all of that. I simply told him that I knew that Jesus Christ was my Savior. I knew that He died for my sins, and that He rose again on the third day. I knew that the Book of Mormon was true by the power of the Holy Ghost, and because as I read it I came to know my Savior better. His heart didn't soften, but he couldn't refute our testimonies. :)

Christ lives. He loves us. He is Risen. Truly He is Risen.

I love you mom!"





Saturday, April 19, 2014

Worthy Is The Lamb

"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne...and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen." Revelation 7:9-12

Last evening we attended the Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. The concert was the full performance of Handel's Messiah. It was superb in every way. It was so fitting for this Easter weekend. I always love the last song of the performance, Worthy is the Lamb That Was Slain. It is my very favorite song of the repertoire. Its text comes from the above scripture. The wording is a little different but it is perfect for this Easter weekend.
"Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, 
and hath redeemed us to God by His blood,
 to receive power, and riches, 
and wisdom, and strength, and honor,
 and glory, and blessing.
 Blessing and honor, glory and power,
 be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, 
and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever."
Handel's Messiah

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Because Of Him

                      
I love the message of this video. I love the message of Easter. With other Christians around the world, I too remember and celebrate the blessings of Easter. I am grateful that Jesus died for me. I am especially grateful for the gift of His resurrection, the single most important event in the history of the world. Because of Him, we can be blessed now and for all eternity.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Yes They Are Mine

My grandchildren that is.
Hannah
Nathan
The Duo
They were tired of me saying "say cheese" at this point.

They are also Connie's.
These are for her. :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Blossoms

I wish I knew who to attribute this picture to, but I don't. I saw it posted with a slew of other pictures after the General Women's meeting a week and a half ago. So to whoever took this picture and posted it, thanks. It's my screensaver. The trees around Temple Square are in full bloom right now and this is what they look like. It's such a pretty time of year.

Speaking of good photography, I want to give a shout out to my daughter Elisa's good friend Amy Jo. I was looking at her photography blog this afternoon. She's a very good photographer. She's got some photos of spring flowers that are excellent. http://www.amyjosphotography.com/

Earlier today I visited Emma. She's been sick, sick, SICK for days. I brought my stethoscope to listen to her lungs. I sent her to the Instacare...again-2nd or 3rd time in the last few days! Diagnosis: pneumonia. Yuck. The doctor apologized for missing the diagnosis earlier. Ugh. Get better Emma!!



Monday, April 7, 2014

Transferred Again

I haven't posted much about Seth in a while. There is not too much to post. He was transferred last week and has a new companion. The funny thing is that his new companion's Mom was looking for a missionary scripture online and came across my blog. She put two and two together and figured out that her son and Seth were companions. Small world. Here's just a little bit (really-just a little bit) from today's email.

"Dear Family,

[My companion] is an excellent missionary. He is kind, patient, diligent, persistent, and a good teacher. I really appreciate the fact that he is so persistent, and how he teaches a lot on the first contact. It is helping me learn how to be persistent as well.

Thanks for all the love and support. I know that God lives. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I bear testimony that the Priesthood was lost, and has been restored to the earth today through the prophet Joseph Smith.

Love, Elder Freeman"

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Conference

This weekend was General Conference. My family were around me a lot of the weekend. We watched Conference at home and enjoyed several meals together. My grandchildren were here. I felt surrounded by love. The gratitude I feel for these blessings is enormous.

This afternoon, Elisa and I had the great privilege of attending Conference together in the Conference Center. The brother of one of the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles lives in my ward. He and his wife were both sick this weekend and could not attend the session. He receives tickets from his brother each Conference. His wife offered them to my husband and me. Jim couldn't go so Elisa went with me. We sat next to the daughter of the Apostle, the niece of the couple in my ward. She is a lovely woman. We were overwhelmed with our seats which were on the main floor, just a few rows from center front. It was hard to hold back the tears. I sat in the presence of men of God and the Lord's prophet. The feeling of collective goodness from all of them was tangible.

The messages of Conference were beautiful, uplifting, and helpful. I listened carefully. I believe God spoke through His chosen servants. I took notes every session and felt the guidance of the Lord in my life. I am humbled to be the recipient of the Lord's love for me through the words of His servants. I know Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's prophet on the earth today. I know it. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's true church. Of this, I have no doubt. I'm so grateful for General Conference.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Are Mormons Christian?

Many people have asked this question.

The simple answer is yes.
Mormons are Christian.
 I am a Christian and I am a Mormon.
I have always loved Jesus Christ.
 I am and have always been 
devoted to His cause.

I love this new Bible video posted yesterday.   
                           
More Bible videos 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Finished

I must say, spending the last three days reading the biography of Pres. Eyring has been a wonderful experience. I learned so much and the learning seemed to go on and on and on. It is impossible to read that book without coming away with a stronger testimony of the truthfulness of this church and God's dealings with His servants. Simply amazing.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Excellent Book

I've been reading the biography of President Henry B. Eyring. I am learning so much about the way God deals with His chosen servants. President Eyring kept a faithful journal for years. Now we know why-to bless all of us. Wow. This is a very good book. I will be a better person for having read it. I should have it finished by this weekend.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Recent Pics

How I love this face!
 Mother of these wonderful kids.
Hannah, sweet Hannah.
Jim's birthday
And Nathan was opening the presents again. :)
Looks like a serious conversation to me.

General Conference is coming up this weekend. 
It's always a feast of learning and peace.