Saturday, May 12, 2018

Happy Mother's Day To All Women Everywhere~

Happy Mother's Day to you all!
I believe that all women are mother's regardless of their present circumstances. Whether you are single, married, have children, do not have children; you are and can be an example of a nurturing mother. Because you are a woman, you have unique gifts given you at the time of your birth to bring goodness to the world. You can lift, love, care for, nurture, teach, be an example, and most of all have a charitable heart for all. You have the God-given capacity to influence with love all children and families, within your present realm of responsibilities.

Our moments in the Pre-Existence with our Father and Mother in Heaven
Each of you is a spirit child of loving Heavenly Parents. I know that I have a Heavenly Mother. I like to imagine what she might be like. I know in my heart that she is a magnificent being. I feel that she taught us in the Spirit world in preparation for coming here. I think that her example left an imprint on each of us of her divine traits. I have the thought that she is often near us when we need her; but unseen for now. Someday we will meet her in the Heavenly courts on high.
Lucile Johnson, a well-known author, and speaker stated the following: "My Beloved sister in the gospel, whatever your circumstances in life, please remember that you come from a pair of perfect celestial parents. They have perfect integrity, perfect self-control, perfect love. And the laws of heredity make it possible for you to become like them."
Our first parents - Adam and Eve 
A thank you to our Mother Eve, the first woman and mother on earth. She paved the way for all of us to be here. President Gordan B. Hinckley declared that when our Father created woman, it was "the crowning of His glorious work." Said he, "I like to regard Eve as His masterpiece after all that had gone on before.
I love these thoughts from Sheri Dew in a pamphlet entitled "Oh, How We Need Each Other:" As modern-day daughters of Eve, as inheritors of her majesty and her potential, we have work to do and influence to wield. Precisely because of our unprecedented access to both knowledge and technology, we can help advance the cause of Jesus Christ more than any women have ever been able to help."
Through our own efforts and love for others, we can help invite others to come unto Christ. We minister with love as the Savior would in our homes, families, workplaces, and community.
We all have a mother. Perhaps, we have had complicated relationships with our moms. Maybe, we lost our mother at a young age and didn't have her influence. You may have been raised by someone other than your own earthly mother.
I do hope all of you have had some beautiful women that have lifted you and blessed your life and been an example of mothering to you.
My Mother and I - My Precious Mother~
I was blessed with a loving, kind and nurturing mother.  I would love to go talk to her right this minute. Since her passing in 2005, I have actually gone towards the phone thinking; I need to call my Mom. I miss her more than words can express. I still have moments like today when I shed tears and want to feel her near. I can say that I have felt her close during my trials. I feel strongly that our loved ones from the spirit world are around us and are near when needed. I do know that my mother is near me.
I could write an essay on the qualities and gifts that my Mom had. I would say that she was always there for me and loved me with all her heart. She would and did do everything within her power to be an excellent example to me. She was a loving and caring mother and went about doing good. She had the gift of charity.
Thank you, dear Mother, for all you did for me. I do wish I could part the veil and see you for just a moment. I hope that I am the kind of mother and grandmother that you were. I pray that you know exactly how I feel. It was a privilege beyond measure to care for you in your last days. I love and miss you, Mom. Happy Mother's Day!
I know that someday, I will be reunited with my parents and brothers who now reside in the spirit world. I know this because we have been sealed as a family forever in the temple. This brings me great comfort when missing you all overwhelms me.
My Mother, Nyal
I am very grateful for my dearest Mother in law, Nyal Williams. She was a fantastic mother, and I was very close to her. She was terrific at ministering and showing loving concern for all. She taught school and her pupils loved her because of her kind and caring nature. She served with her husband on more than one mission. She was the wife of a Mission President. In fulfilling that calling she was a mother to over a hundred Elders and Sisters in the mission field. She would have been the one that would receive calls for all of their needs and emergencies. I know she was much loved by those beautiful missionaries during the three years they served. I miss and love you sweet mother too!
I want to express a Happy Mother's Day wish to all my magnificent three Daughters, Christina, Jenni-Marie, and Tiffani; my marvelous Daughters-in-law; Mary, Amanda and Amber and my two precious  Granddaughter in-laws; Jessica and Dana. I love you all and hope you have an extra special Mother's Day. You are all spectacular nurturing, loving Mothers. I am so proud of you and the brilliant grandchildren that are my posterity.  
Here is one of my favorite Mother's Day songs; enjoy!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Celebrating Spring 2018

Wow, more family fun and extra special moments for April of 2018 

We continued to enjoy the blessing of having our youngest daughter Tiffani, Dave and their children; Michael, Sarah, Kaitlyn and William. They were able to get tickets to attend The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints General Conference. They had a lot of fun with their family going to the Conference center and enjoying the atmosphere of Temple Square. There were over 21,000 people that attended this conference and many more in other buildings in the area. The meeting was also broadcast on Television and at Stake Centers throughout the world. We were able to watch all sessions in our home. 
It was enjoyable to have both of our daughter's families with us for Easter Weekend and the following week. We did several fun activities. We went out to eat a few times.Their families went swimming and to movies.They enjoyed playing games together. They love being on their devices, but sometimes they played an actual game on their Kindles together. I didn't know you could do that. I loved when I saw them playing board games. All the cousins got a long well and enjoyed being with each other. The grandchildren that were the same age bonded together and were pretty much inseparable. 
This is our daughter Jenni, Michael and their children; Alyssa, Emma, and Benjamin. We are having a delightful time with them living in our home for now. There's never a dull moment around here.

Roger and I had the opportunity to be ushers during the Jordan River Temple open house more than once. We were also able to take some choice friends with us through the Temple open house. The temple is magnificent and being prepared for the temple re-dedication on May 20th, 2018. My husband and I will then return to work as ordinance workers on May 21st. We plan to work every Saturday morning shift from 5am to 11:30pm. 
On Tuesday, April 10th, we had our Stake Relief Society Dinner. It was a fantastic event and took many hands to make it all happen. We had approximately 300 sisters that came. There was a delightful dinner and then a great program. Our speaker was Sister Lansing from the Utah Salt Lake South Mission. She gave a beautiful message on the temple. There was a lovely musical number and then closing remarks from our Stake President, Tim McCoy. 

On April 14th, we said goodbye to our Adamson family. It was hard to see them go. We had such a good time with them all. The cousins had great bonding moments, and it was fun to have the sisters together again. 

Yup, this was a memorable moment. It's the aftermath of having 11 people staying with us.
We attended a temple session at the Bountiful Utah Temple. Our Grandson Jackson, Mary our Daughter in law and our two daughters Tiffani and Jenni came with us. It was really a sweet day. After our session, we had dinner in the temple dining room. 
 We had a priceless moment with our 97-year-old Aunt Alene. We drove down to Monroe to visit her. We had a wonderful time with her. She is amazing. She always shares excellent stories with us. She has a fantastic memory. She had my Great Grandfather's violin there. I was overcome with emotion when I saw it. I found out for the first time that she used to play the violin and was very good at. I tried to get her to play again. We had such a great time being down there in my hometown area and spending quality time with her. 
This was Grandpa and Grandma day with the kids. Grandpa took Benjamin to his 2nd ever Soccer game. I tagged along with a little later. He played really well, and we were so proud of him. I had fun taking pictures. They won 2-1, and he had some great saves as the goalie and later as a player on the field. 
The Grandma took the two girls; Alyssa and Emma shopping at the mall. We had a fabulous time. The girls tried on some party dresses for the fun of it. They loved dressing up and feeling like princesses. We ended up finding a couple of Sunday dresses. We had lunch together and shopped until we dropped. Of course, at my age, this didn't take long. 

On April 23rd, our Grandson Michael received his mission call to serve in the Texas Lubbock Mission; Spanish speaking. He will be entering the Mission Training Center in Provo, Utah on July 18th. We are so excited for him. The map in the photo above has marks where friend and family guessed that he would go. His Grandpa guessed Spanish speaking Texas and or Florida. 

I had fun going with three friends; Betty, Helen and Tina from my ward to the Jordan River Temple open house. Being with these beautiful sisters was awesome. We had such a good time. We went out for a bunch after to Kneaders; so that was yummy. 
Later on, I was able to take two other dear friends, Jane and Kami through the open house too. 

A Happy Birthday shouts out to two of my dear daughter, Tiffani, and Granddaughter, April. Tiffani presently lives in Spokane, Washington. April lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
This ended our spectacular month of April. It's been a fun month with family, church activities and friends. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Bursting Into Spring - March 2018

We have had some unusual weather patterns. It can be 70 degrees and sunny and the next day windy and in the 40's. I am anxiously waiting for spring to burst. 

 This blustery month of March has flown by quickly with many activities. I started out the month with a beautiful luncheon with my High School friends. We usually try to meet monthly, but I don't always get to go so this was an extra sweet moment. These are my close friends for over 55 years. It's amazing how we still are just the same, and if you were with us, you would see that we haven't changed a bit except for age and size. 
 Our Jordan River Temple now has an open house. It started on March 17th and will go to April 28th. Here anyone can come and go through and view this beautiful sacred building. We have been serving as volunteer ushers at this open house. It has been a particular extra moment for us. 
 On Sunday, May 20th this building will be dedicated and set apart for temple ordinances and marriage sealings. This is an exceptional work that we do for our ancestors. We feel that this marvelous edifice is the Lord's house. When we enter this building after the dedication, we are walking where our Savior has walked. It is His house. You can read my thoughts on this beautiful temple here. 
On Saturday, March 10th we were assigned to provide a Stake Presidency dinner for 22 individuals. We only had a few days to get this dinner together. We had our incredible Stake Presidency and staff and their wives along with two General Authorities of our Church. This year we had an Elder Brian K. Taylor and Elder Hansen. It was a privilege to put this dinner on.  Three glitches concerned us, but overall it went very well. It was delightful to serve them dinner. 
The next day our beloved Stake Presidency was released; President Terry R. Sorenson, President Scott Beech, and President Craig Martin. Our new Stake Presidency is the following: President Timothy McCoy, 1st Councilor, President Craig Martin, 2nd Councilor,  President Glen Walbeck. 

 During this month, our Relief Society organization holds a Birthday celebration to commemorate it's beginning. We are one of the largest women's organizations in the world. Each of our ward or units holds a special dinner and program. As the Stake Relief Society Presidency, we attend as many of these programs as we can. Here are just a few photos of two of these events. Each ward chooses their own theme and decorates and has a plan around these ideas. 
 On March 21st, our son James, Amber and their two daughters; Taylor Jo and Averi came down from Idaho to spend some time with us. It was extra special because our Granddaughter Alyssa, whose family are living with us turned 14 years old. We were able to celebrate her birthday while they were here. The children all went swimming and then later on in the evening we had a Birthday dinner, presents, and cake. It was such a fun night of celebrating. 
We had an excellent visit with them all. All of the adults spent time just talking with one another. There was no technology interfering with good old fashion conversations. 

Next, on our list of fun activities, we celebrated the 1st birthday of our youngest Great Granddaughter, Katalina.  We went to her home and observed this spectacular moment with her family and their friends. Our oldest son Sean, Mary and their children; Gillian, Jackson, Joseph, Jonathan, Jeffery, and Joshua were there, also. Our little Katalina was so cute and had a great time opening presents with her mother's help and getting into the cake idea. We took tons of photos of this special event. 

On Saturday, March 31st our youngest daughter, Tiffani, Dave and their children; Michael, Sarah, Kaitlyn, and William came to stay for two weeks. I will share the details on this one in a few days. We did have an excellent April start. 
Saturday started our Easter Weekend with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 188th Semi-annual General Conference. Saturday we watched the conference proceedings from our own family room. It was a historical conference with some significant changes. We sustained a new Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson and his two councilors, President Dallen H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring. We also sustained two new Apostles. Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares. It was a very spiritual moment of time, and then we were much edified by many beautiful messages from our leader. You can read more about it here. And here.
It has been a spectacular month of activities. We love all of our family get to gathers and the other events that we have been involved with. It's been a lovely start to our spring. 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Remembering Easter On A Conference Weekend ~

In celebration of Easter, I thought I would share a poem written by my dear granddaughter, Sariah. She is presently serving a mission for The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the California Sacramento Mission. 
His Hands
His hands healed, and they raised the dead
His are hands, that loved and comforted
These hands were clasped in prayer
These hands washed feet with care

Hands that taught and broke the bread
In Gethsemane, they wept, as He fervently plead
His loving hands were then tightly bound
Nailed to a cross, then raised above the ground

A testament of His willingness to obey
These powerful hands are now scarred
Our Creator's hands, still outstretched this day
The embrace is from no creature barred

His hands will wipe away your tears
His gentle fingers are steadfastly reaching out
His humble hands will calm your fears
His hands are strong and unfailing, without doubt
By Sariah Workman

Thoughts by Elder Jefferey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of 12 Apostles as found in a message given in April General Conference 2015 entitled: Where Justice, Love and Mercy Meet. 
"So today we celebrate the gift of victory over every fall we have ever experienced, every sorrow we have ever known, every discouragement we have ever had, every fear we have ever faced - to say nothing of our resurrection from death and forgiveness for our sins. That victory is available to us because of events that transpired on the weekend precisely like this nearly two millennia ago in Jerusalem. Beginning in the spiritual anguish of the Garden of Gethsemane, moving to the Crucifixion on a cross at Calvary, and concluding on a beautiful Sunday morning inside a donated tomb, a sinless, pure, and holy man, the very Son of God Himself, did what no other deceased person had ever done nor ever could do. Under His own power, He rose from death, never to have His body separated from His spirit again. Of His own volition, He shed the burial linen with which He had been bound, carefully putting the burial napkin that had been placed over his face "in a place by itself," the scripture says. 
.....That first Easter sequence of Atonement and Resurrection constitutes the most consequential moment, the most generous gift, the most excruciating pain, and the most majestic manifestation of pure love ever to be demonstrated in the history of this world. Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, suffered, died, and rose from death in order that He could, like lightning in a summer storm, grasp us as we fall, hold us with His might, and through our obedience to His commandments, lift us to eternal life.

I do know our Savior, and Redeemer lives and loves us all and gave His life that we might live. And, as we obey His commandments, we can return to live with Him and our Heavenly Parents again.  

Sharing with you some links to our Semi-annual General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which will be held this Easter Weekend. On Saturday, as members of the church, we will sustain our new Prophet and First Presidency and will also learn of and sustain our two new Apostles. These men will replace two of our beloved Apostles that passed away this past year. This will make up the Quorum of 12 apostles.
We believe in present day Prophets and Apostles. Here is one of our Articles of Faith. 
6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophetspastorsteachersevangelists, and so forth. 
Here is our Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson and the First Presidency, President Russell M. Nelson, !st Councilor, President Dallen H.Oaks, and 2nd Councilor, President Henry B. Eyring. 

Live viewing options
All sessions will be streamed live on the home page of Sessions are also available via the Church satellite system, Mormon Channel, radio, television, satellite, and other digital channels. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Our Jordan River Temple Past and Present~

My dear eternal companion and I are so excited for the Jordan River Utah Temple rededication on May 20th, 2018 which will then open for temple work on May 22nd. We consider this temple to be our temple. We have a history of this temple that I want to share. 
Several years ago in 1979, my husband and I moved back to Utah from Paradise, California and settled in Midvale. It was a hard move. We had loved living in California, especially Paradise city. It will always be one of our favorite places to live. 
While living in Midvale, we sold our home in Paradise and were looking for a home to build or buy in the Salt Lake Area. 
My husband and I have always loved attending the temples in the areas we have lived. While in San Jose and Paradise California we traveled to the Oakland temple, so it was a long drive. We were thrilled to be back in Utah closer to a temple. We were only 20 minutes away from the Salt Lake Temple. 

The Salt Lake Temple~
Oakland California Temple~
On June 9th, 1979, there was a groundbreaking for the new Jordan River Utah Temple. Living in Midvale we would be closer than the Salt Lake Temple.

Orginal Jordan River Temple - Dedicated On November 16th, 1981 By President Marion J. Romeny 
Here are some photos of the open house in 1981

One day we drove out by the Jordan River Temple site and noticed a new development of homes just to the west. The street was named Y worry Lane. 

We found a piece of property and felt strongly that this was where we wanted to live. Through a miracle we were able to buy this property with the proceeds from the home we sold in Paradise. The house faced the South East corner of the new temple. 
For the next year, we visited the property frequently as we made plans to build a home. Through some unforeseen circumstances, we had to leave our dreams and move to Richmond, Utah. 
We were there for about 6 months when we found a home and decided that we should sell our property. We were devastated because we still had the dream of building a house near that temple. While in Richmond, we frequently attended the Logan Utah Temple. 

Logan Utah Temple~
Our lives led us to many additional adventures. We were in Richmond for 3 years and then relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada for 7 years and later on to Spokane, Washington for 15 years. Throughout those years we continued to enjoy opportunities to attend each of the temples that were near us. 
The first few years in Las Vegas, we had to travel to the St. George Utah Temple, which was a 2 1/2 hours away. Later on, we were able to be part of the open house and dedication of the Las Vegas Nevada Temple. We loved attending that beautiful temple and have lovely memories of some of those moments. 

St. George Utah Temple and Las Vegas Nevada Temple~
Our next move took us to Spokane, Washington. For the first several years we were in the Seattle Temple district. Once again we had about a 4-hour drive. It is a beautiful temple, and we have many fond memories of our attendance there. 
Another memorable moment was being part of the open house and then later serving as ordinance workers in the new Spokane Washington Temple. We were only about 10 minutes from this lovely temple. We worked there for about 7 years and had some unique assignments. 

Seattle Washington Temple and Spokane Washington Temple~
Returning to Utah in was hard because we had loved Spokane and had such memorable experiences with our teenage children and a variety of opportunities serving in the church. As we bid farewell to beautiful Spokane, our hearts were troubled to have to move once again. However, we were coming home in a way because most of our younger years were spent in the Salt Lake Valley. It was comforting to return, where we could once again be near to our families.
As we looked for a home, we concentrated our efforts in the South Jordan area. If that home had been for sale on Y Worry Lane, we would have bought it on the spot. We found a lovely home near the temple and soon after began working in the Jordan River Utah Temple where we served for 8 years before it was closed for renovation. We enjoyed many assignments and learned more than we ever imagined we might. 
It was while the temple was closed for renovation that we served our full-time mission for the Utah Salt Lake South Mission.  
The new Draper Utah Temple, dedicated in March of 2009  and the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple dedicated in August of 2009 were great additions to the area. We have 4 temples now in the Salt Lake Valley.

Jordan River Utah Temple - Draper Utah Temple and Oquirri Mountain Utah Temple~
One day we took a quick drive to the Oquirrah Mountain Temple, and we were precisely 2.6 miles from that temple. We then drove to ou Jordan River Temple and found that we were 2.4 miles from that temple. Our hearts are full of gratitude for being brought back to this area to fulfill a dream we had nearly 30 years ago. We have been very blessed. 
We are presently serving as ushers for the open house for the Jordan River Temple. It's a sweet experience. We had the opportunity to take a tour, just the two of us, and experienced such joy in walking through this newly renovated temple. We are excited to begin working there again when it re-opens. 

Photo of  us as we finished our tour ~

Entry area and various photos of decor~
Temple Chapel~
Bridal Room and Marriage and Sealing Room~
Instruction Rooms~
Baptistry ~
Celestial Room ~

To me, the temple is our Heavenly Father's University. Here we go to learn more about His Plan of Happiness. Here we make covenants with our Father in Heaven. The focus is on our Savior Jesus Christ and His infinite Atonement. We provide temple work for our ancestors. Temples are the most sacred places on our earth. If we come prepared, we can receive revelation and direction for our own lives. It is a place of peace, comfort, and beauty. I love the temples and the exquisite joy that I find within. 
If you are in the area come and take advantage of the open house. It is a spectacular temple.


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