Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Miracles Come By Faith And Action"~

"Miracles Come By Faith And Action"~<br /> by LeAnn | #miracles, #faith, #action
Recently, a daughter called to talk with me about a struggle she was having. After listening to her concerns, I felt impressed to share with her some of my thoughts regarding faith. Several years ago President Spencer W. Kimball wrote a book entitled: "Faith Precedes The Miracle". Since reading that book I have often pondered on the concepts he taught. I frequently reflect on the title "faith precedes the miracle" whenever I find myself in a difficult situation. There have been countless times when I have worked hard at exercising my faith in order to receive answers to prayer and and to seek blessings upon my family. Sometimes, blessings seem to come by prayer alone but more often they take additional effort. I find that Faith requires work. I have found that when you pray for a blessing you must then do your part in helping the blessing to come about. 
Within a few hours of that call from my daughter, I was reading a book and came across an enlightening story. I called her  back and shared it with her. My hope was that it would strengthen her and she would know exactly what she needed to do to get the help that she needed. 
The story is found in the book entitled: "Power From On High - Gaining Spiritual Strength" by C. Max Caldwell. Here is the story and a few of his thoughts:
"Many years ago, a bishop friend of mine took a group of Scouts on a camping trip to Yellowstone Park for several days. They traveled by canoes across a very large lake to get to their camp area on its far shore. After being there a few days, they heard a radio message warning campers of an early-season storm moving into the area. It would bring snow and cold temperatures. The Bishop decided they should cut their camping trip short and prepare to leave for home the next morning. However, by morning, the winds preceding the storm had already come and were creating very dangerous water conditions on the lake, especially for young boys in canoes.
The bishop delayed their departure, hoping the wind would calm down. He went into the woods two or three times to plead for the Lord to calm the winds. While pleading for this blessing, the bishop received a very distinct impression from the Lord. It was simply,"Bishop, what are you waiting for?"
He knew what to do. He loaded the boys and their camp equipment into the canoes and pushed the canoes out into the wind-whipped water. As they left the safety of the shore, the wind ceased to blow, the air was still, and the water became calm. After crossing the lake and arriving safely on the other side, they all knelt to thank the Lord for His miraculous assistance. Each of them learned a valuable lesson. Through we trust in the Lord, He expects us to move ahead and take steps in the right direction before His blessing is bestowed. There wasn't any reason for the Lord to calm the wind on the lake while they were still sitting on the shore. The power from on high that controlled the elements was predicted on the faith and works of the petitioners. 
As I reflect on my own experiences with faith I  realize that miracles do come by faith accompanied by action. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Simple Woman's Daybook Entry - A Lovely Day~

For Today
October 16th - 2014
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Outside my window....it is a very beautiful fall day. The fall colors are spectacular. The temperatures today are in the 60's. We are having a lovely Indian summer. 

I am thinking...It is time for blogging. I haven't read any blog posts for about a week and I am missing all of you that I follow. I am wondering how each of you are doing. I think of you as such good friends and so you are often in my daily thoughts. I will be reading your posts tomorrow.
I am thankful...that my husband and I were able to take a mini vacation to Idaho to have a couple of days together and then some time with family. We attended 5 football games in 4 days that our grandchildren were playing in. I will post some pictures later. It was fun to see them play; we have some talented football players. 
My Hubby and my Sammy
In the kitchen...I will be grilling Pork Chops and making a Salad dinner. No dessert for us tonight. My husband was recently diagnosed with Diabetes. It is not bad so we think it can be controlled by diet. It means of course giving up sugars as much as possible so I am learning how to cook in a different way. Thus far we have both lost some weight; which is a real bonus. I think we are going to do OK with it all. Of course, I haven't been able to give up chocolate; I don't think that will happen for me. I have cut back however; so that is good. 
chocoholic bag
I am wearing.....A pink tee shirt, light blue Levis, pink socks and black slippers.
I am creating...a mess right now. I have been trying to go through some old files that I haven't looked at for a very long time. I am trying to decide what to toss and what to keep. My files are a mess. Now that we have the computer I can look up subjects that I want to read and I don't need to put them in a file. I am sure there are priceless items in my files so I have to look at everything, which will probably take a year. 
I am going... with my husband to the temple tonight to do some temple work. I love going with him. It is always a sweet spiritual moment for us both. Wow, I just thought maybe I won't make a dinner I will have him take me to dinner at the temple. There is a Cafeteria there. Brilliant idea, I think!
Photograph of the Jordan River Utah Mormon Temple
I am wondering...how to organize my time. I think I am always trying to do this but I am not accomplishing very much. It seems like every time I have a plan something interrupts it. I then end up not finishing the project I am working on. I need to have better priorities but it isn't happening yet. If any of you out there have a good suggestion; let me know. My time management skills are the pits right now
I am reading...The Book of Mormon with the study guide This has been a slow go recently.
 I am also reading the Doctrine and Covenants. This book of scripture is revelations that were received by the Prophet Joseph Smith and other prophets in the Latter-days. 
Doctrine and Covenants - Rachel Bruner
It is one of my favorite book of scriptures and I haven't read it for a while. I am trying to read at least a section a day.
 I am finally in the 3rd book of the series; "Come To Zion - Fresh Courage Take" by Dean Hughes
 Fresh_courage_take

This is an amazing book. I am astounded sometimes at what all of the early saints of our church went through for their beliefs. This book is centered around their time in Nauvoo when the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith were killed at Carthage Jail. After their martyrdom the lives of the people in Nauvoo were threatened and many of their homes were burned by mobs. Eventually they had to leave this beautiful city and temple that they had sacrificed to build and come west where they could live in peace. The story is sad but the saints of that day were so resilient, courageous, and stalwart in their faith. They have left a great legacy for us to follow. Their stories are truly inspirational.We have ancestors that lived at that time in Nauvoo. We visited Nauvoo a few years ago and reflected on the great sacrifices that they made for their faith. Times were difficult but they were blessed in miraculous way. These series of books have been such an eye opener to the lives of those blessed pioneers. I have shed many tears while reading this excellent series. 
I am hoping...to be able to do some family history research tomorrow; at least that is the plan. I have found several histories of my ancestors on Family Search so it has been exciting to read them. I marvel at their faith and the many miracles that occurred in their lives.  It has given me strength to face some of the obstacles in my own life. I have often used the mantra if my great great grandparents can do what they had to do; I can too. Go to the Family Search site and look up some of your ancestors and perhaps you will find a story or two. 
I am looking forward to.......less stressful days; if that is possible. It seems like that time is speeding by and I am actually accomplishing less. How did I ever raise 6 children; it's a wonderment to me.
I am learning trying to learn...believe it or not Spanish. My husband and I have decided to try and learn Spanish. Not only will it be good to stimulate our brains therefore possibly preventing or at least slowing down future dementia. We bought the Rosetta Stone course, so I will keep you posted on how I am doing. My biggest problem is that I don't know how to pronounce many English words so Spanish will be a challenge for me. 
Around the house...I have been cleaning it. I worked on the downstairs today and the upstairs tomorrow. I have had a sweet neighbor girl help me for a while due to back problems. I am now taking on the care of my home without help. My sweet husband does help me when he can. I need to do fall cleaning so that is in the plan also.  
I am pondering...how to go to bed earlier and get up earlier. You would think that one can just do it. However, it seems like each night we just never seem to get to bed until at least 11 pm. My husband get's up at 7 am for work and I am grateful he works at home. I then struggle to get up around 8 am. I need an extra hour in my day and it will only happen if I can just manage to get to bed at 10 pm. and then get up earlier. I will let you know when and if I accomplish that goal. 
A favorite quote……

One of my favorite things... is to talk on the phone with my friends. However, with emails, texting, Facebook and etc.; that doesn't happen very often. I think that is kind of sad. I really am worried about how our grandchildren are going to learn to have a real face to face conversation. Most of their parents now request that they not use media when we are visiting so that we can actually have a good verbal visit with them. It has been sweet to just relax and enjoy our grandchildren without them holding their phones and texting friends. 
A few plans for this week: To the temple tonight - Family History work tomorrow - To bed early for the temple on Friday - To our temple shift on Saturday and possibly a movie in the afternoon. We want to see the movie; "Meet The Mormons" and/or "16 Stones". We are looking forward to viewing both these two movies. "Meet The Mormon" actually was # 10 over the opening weekend; which was awesome. It would be so wonderful if those of other faiths would see this movie and realize that we truly are Christians.
A peek into one of my days from this week... 
Another Grandson's football game on Tuesday~

Friday, October 10, 2014

"Meet The Mormons" A Movie~


I am a Mormon. I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A brief history of the church can be found here. The Church was restored and organized on April 6th 1830. You can read about the restored church here.
In the beginning days of the church there was great opposition and persecution. Today we still have some persecution but more misunderstandings of what we believe and who as a people we really are. Many do not think we are Christians. The church has recently made a film entitled; "Meet The Mormons" to clarify who we are. All proceeds from this movie will be given to the Red Cross organization. If it comes in your area take some time and find out more about the Mormons. The stories are about a few Mormon families throughout the world.


Just wanted all of you who follow my blog to know that I am presently in Idaho visiting with our two sons and their families. We are having a good time attending 4 football games of our grandchildren. I will be blogging more about these family events later.
 I am trying to pop in and out to read your posts. You are all dear friends so if I miss any; it is because I am on family time. Hugs to all!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Come Listen; Feel The Spirit and Receive Answers To Your Prayers~

Come Listen To A Prophet's Voice~ | #sharegoodness, #ldsconference, #livingwatersbyleann

I really love fall. There is a unique feeling that comes into my heart and soul when the weather changes and the beautiful fall colors roll into view. It is also a very special time of year for the sweet opportunity of a weekend of messages given at our Semi-annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 
After the two day conference that is held twice a year; I spend time reading the Conference messages over. I always find answers to prayers, guidance for my life, and uplifting thoughts to help me when dealing with the struggles of life. 
We believe in a modern day Prophet like the Prophets of old. Here is the Prophet.
Prophet and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; 
Thomas S. Monson
 We also have 12 Apostles just like in the time when the Savior was here on earth.
The Twelve Apostles~
 During this coming weekend we will have the opportunity to hear from our Prophet as well as members of the quorum of 12 Apostles, as they deliver powerful messages for our time. Like Peter, James and John, who led the Church after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have a modern First Presidency.
First Counselor, Henry B. Eyring - President, Thomas S. Monson  -
 2nd Counselor, Dieter F. Uchtdorf
I am very excited to listen to their messages. My prayer is that no matter your faith that you might take a moment and listen to our Prophet. We believe he is a Prophet for the world. 
Topics will include: Our Heavenly Father, Our Savior, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, Eternal Life, the Holy Ghost, the Restoration of the Gospel, Service, Love, Kindness, and many other timely subjects.
You can find the information for viewing this conference here
LDS Church Shares facts about conferences here.
You can find You Tube videos of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir here.
Find out more about Living Prophets and Apostles of our day here. 

" Listen to a Prophets Voice" by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir~

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Precious Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ~

                                         The Book of Mormon<br />. Is the keystone of our religion.<br />. Testifies of Jesus Christ.<br />. Supports the Bible.<br />. Answers questions of the soul.<br />. Draws people nearer to God. By Elder Russell M. Nelson | #livingwatersbyleann, #thebookofmormon, #ldsorg, #preachmygospel
graphic by LeAnn
I loved to read, and I do a lot of reading. If I were to tell you my favorite book of all; it would be The Book of Mormon. I have read, pondered and studied this book of scriptures many times throughout my life. It has answered questions about life and has given me answers to prayers. I have had the privilege of teaching from it's pages to both family and classrooms. This is a powerful book and if read, will bless your life. 
First of all, I should tell you what The Book of Mormon is. Quoting from the introductory page of this book: "The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible, the fullness of the everlasting gospel. 
The Book was written by many  ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation their words, written on gold plates, were quoted and abridged by a prophet-historian, named Mormon. The record gives an account of two great civilizations. One came from Jerusalem in 600 B.C., and afterwards separated into two nations, known as the Nephites and the Lamanites. The other came much earlier when the Lord confounded the tongues at the Tower of Babel. This group is known as the Jaredites. After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are the principal ancestors of the American Indians. 
The crowning event recorded in the Book of Mormon is the personal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ among the Nephites soon after his resurrection. It puts forth the doctrines of the gospel, outlines the plan of salvation, and tells men what they must do to gain peace in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come. 
After Mormon completed his writing. he delivered the account to his son Moroni, who added a few words of his own and hid up the plates in the Hill Cumorah. On September 21, 1823, the same Moroni, then a glorified, resurrected being, appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith and instructed him relative to the ancient record and its destined translation into the English language."
I have a fervent belief in and testimony of The Book of Mormon. I have had many sacred experiences while turning the pages of this wonderful book. The stories are ever relevant and have helped me in my marriage relationships, teaching children and other significant circumstances. 
If I were to suggest a book to inspire your marriage, raise your families or heal your soul; this would be the first that I would point to, followed by the Holy Bible. 
Many years ago I was struggling with how to help one of my children. They were having some deep struggles. I prayed and fasted mightily for them. I wanted to know how to help them. I took my Book of Mormon and headed for the temple grounds. While sitting in my car by the side of the temple I prayed and as I opened up the scriptures; the answer was right there. This has occurred countless times throughout my life when I have had deeply concerning questions. I know that this book of scriptures is true. I have tested it's principles and doctrines; they are sound. This book goes hand in hand with the Old Testament,  New Testament, and other sacred writings.
Here are just a few of the scriptures that I have loved and enjoyed. To me the most overwhelming chapters in The Book of Mormon are found in 3 Nephi. Here the Savior visited the ancient people of this land, following his resurrection. 
                                               3 Nephi 17: 23<br />".....Behold Your Little One" By Our Savior Jesus Christ~ | #thebookofmormon, #ldsorg, #jesuschrist
In 3 Nephi 17: 21-23; 
21."And when he had said these words, he wept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them. 
22. And when he had done this he wept again;
23. And he spake unto the multitude, and said unto them; Behold your little ones. 
24. And as they looked to behold they cast their eyes towards heaven, and they saw the heavens open, and they saw angels descending out of heaven as it were in the midst of fire; and they came down and encircled those little ones about, and they were encircled about with fire; and the angels did minister unto them........ "
Twelve years ago an infant granddaughter, Averi was fighting for her life in the Primary Children's Intensive Care. During those five months of not knowing whether she would live or die; The words from The Book of Mormon gave me great comfort. She is a living miracle through faith, the prayers of many, and priesthood blessings. She is blind but has continued to learn and to grow. We are grateful for her presence in our lives. I pray daily that I might someday witness her total healing through Christ. When the Savior appeared to these people He healed them. 
3 Nephi 17: 7 the Savior said; "Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy. 
                                     
I look forward to that day when the Savior of the World comes and my sweet Averi and so many others like her, are healed. This compelling book gives me that hope. 

Here are some questions it will answer;
. Is there life after death? (Alma 40)
. What is the purpose of life? (Alma 34)
. Does God know me? (Alma 5:38, 58)
. Does God answer prayers? (Enos 1)
. How can I find peace and joy? (Mosiah 2,4)
. How can my family be happier and more united? (Mosiah 2)
. How can I strengthen my relationship with my spouse? (3Nephi 14)
. How can I avoid the evils that threaten my family? (Alma 39)

From the introduction in the Book of Mormon comes this invitation;
"We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. (see Moroni 10:3-5).
It is my testimony that The Book of Mormon is a true book of scripture for our latter days. Come and see!

                              

Here you can order a free Book of Mormon -
 Here you can learn more about The Book of Mormon -
Here is a link to a message given by President Ezra Taft Benson entitled; "Flood The Earth With The Book of Mormon. He married us in the Salt Lake Temple many years ago. One of my favorite Prophets and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 
Join in a week of the Book of Mormon here. Flood The Earth With The Book of Mormon~

Friday, September 19, 2014

"Patience - A Heavenly Virtue"~

"Patience - A Heavenly Virtue"~ Just Hang on! By Thomas S. Monson | #livingwatersbyleann, #patience
 Photo by Debbie @ It's All About Purple - graphic by LeAnn

Patience is a virtue that leads to Charity. To me this particular attribute of Christ is a difficult one. I find in my own life that to be patient is hard. As a young mother I struggled with being patient with my children. I am often impatient with myself; expecting that I can do more than I realistically can. 
I think I am safe to say that everyone struggles with being patient in various circumstances. I know that my husband is impatient when driving of which sometimes so am I. I am often impatient when having to wait for something or someone. 
Waiting for things for me is always hard. We do live in a fast paced world with  instant messaging, fast food, long lines, difficult traffic and etc.  I get really impatient on the computer some days. I want to know how to do various things and I don't want to wait to learn them. I want everything to come easily with out a struggle. 
I can say that as I have become older and I hope wiser that I am also more patient. I can say for sure that I am more patient with grandchildren than I was with my own children. 
Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf in a talk entitled; "Continue In Patience" stated the following: "Patience -the ability to put our desires on hold for a time - is a precious and rare virtue. We want what we want, and we want it now. Therefore, the very idea of patience may seem unpleasant and, at times, bitter.
Nevertheless, without patience, we cannot please God; we cannot become perfect. Indeed, patience is a purifying process that refines understanding, deepens happiness, focuses action, and offers hope for peace".
Pres. Uchtdorf further states; ".......I learned patience was far more than simply waiting for something to happen - patience required actively working toward worthwhile goals and not
getting discouraged when results didn't appear instantly or without effort.
I remember when taking piano that I had a very difficult time being patient with myself. I wanted to play really well; but even with practice it didn't come easily for me. Perhaps, it isn't one of my gifts. However, because I like to play I have determined to play the best I know how too. This takes patience and practice. I don't believe I will ever be a great pianist but I would love to someday just be able to play the hymns fairly well. I continue to struggle with time to put this desire into practice; therefore testing my patience further. 
Pres. Uchtdorf further states: "There is an other concept here: patience is not passive resignation, nor is it failing to act because of our fears. Patience means active waiting and enduring. It means staying with something and doing all that we can -working, hoping, and exercising faith; bearing hardship with fortitude, even when the desires of our hears are delayed. Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!
We need to remember that the Lord's timetable may not be our own time table. 
Another thought by Pres. Uchtdorf in relationship to this is; "Everyone of us is called to wait in our own way. We wait for answers to prayers. We wait for things which at the time may appear so right and so good to us that we can't possible imagine why Heavenly Father would delay the answer". 
My husband and I had a moment when we had to wait for a period of time for him to find a new job. He had worked for a company for 17 years. It had been bought out by another company. In the midst of this change; he was let go. It was devastating to us. He was given a small severance package and we had hopes that he would find a good job quickly. That was not to be. He was out of work for 9 months. We prayed mightily, fasted, attended the temple and did everything that we thought we needed to for us to receive the blessing of a job. It seemed so right and yet this desired for blessing did not come. 
At the end of the 9 months he received three job offers all in one day. There was pressure to make a quick decision. We really wanted to go where the Lord would want us to go. We were in Utah and decided to walk around the Salt Lake Temple grounds. While walking and praying the answer came. It was so very clear that we were to move back to Salt Lake where we would be nearer more of our family and extended family. This particular job was the lowest pay and the highest cost of living. The answer was so profound that we just knew that if we came we would be blessed. We have been greatly blessed by this move. The answer to why we were to be here didn't come into full fruition until about two years later. Now we know exactly why we are here. This particular test took a leap of faith and a great deal of patience. We were so grateful for this answer to our prayers and the lesson we learned through patiently waiting upon the Lord. 
My challenge to us all is to learn to be more patient with ourselves, with others and especially to be patient in learning the path we are to be on. The Lord is aware of each of us. He has a plan for us and if we patiently wait upon him we will know the direction to take. 
I love this old Sunday School Hymn:
If the way be full trial; Weary not?
If it's one of sore denial, Weary not!
IF it now be one weeping,
There will come a joyous greeting,
When the Harvest we are reaping--Weary Not!

Do not weary by the way,
Whatever be thy lot;
There awaits a brighter day
To all, to all who weary not!

"The lessons we learn from patience will cultivate our character, lift our lives, and heighten our happiness." By Dieter F. Uchtdorf | #livingwatersbyleann, #patience, #sharegoodness
 Photo by Debbie @ It's All About Purple - graphic by LeAnn

One final thought that perhaps the next time you have to wait a long time in a grocery line; stop and observe those around you and see if someone needs to go ahead of you. Maybe you can be pleasant and extra kind to the checker. Next time let a car go ahead of you when leaving a busy parking lot.  Do a kind deed in your impatient moment; you will be so happy you did. This will be one more step towards gaining Patience - A Heavenly Virtue.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Precious Family Moments~

Enjoy All The Precious Moments Of Your Life ~  | #livingwatersbyleann, #eternalfamilies
Quote and Photo by LeAnn


Here is the celebration of our Grandson, Jonathan's 13th Birthday - 
Oh dear, another teenager~
Upper picture; Mary, our daughter in law, our Grandson's Jonathan, Joshua and Jeffery
Lower left; Jonathan opening presents.
Right middle picture; Our Great Granddaughter Lilly, LeAnn (me) and Great Granddaughter, baby Myah;  Our Granddaughter,
Gillian with arms around our Granddaughter in law, Jessica
Right lower picture; a group of family. 
My dear husband's family reunion with his siblings - Upper picture: His brother Steve and Laddy; on the bench, Toni, our Niece. In the background; sister in law, Kaylene. 
Left lower picture; Toni with her daughter and LeAnn (me)
We took a trip to Ogden Utah for a Tour of the new Ogden Temple.
Left middle picture;  Michael our son in law with our daughter Jenni. 

Lower left picture; our grandchildren, Emma, Benjamin and Alyssa. 
Upper right picture; all of us. 
Another Happy Birthday moment for our Grandson, Jeffery. Upper left picture; my husband, Roger; on the couch my son
Sean and Daughter in law, Mary.
Upper right picture, Jeffery opening presents.Lower picture; Mary and our Grandson's; Joshua, Jeffery and Jonathan.

Here is Sammy, he had to stay home during most of these events. 
He is never happy to be left. He loves to go for rides and he is such a fun little pet.
 He is really a big part of our family~
We went on a family event to Temple Square in Salt lake City, Utah.
We had such a good time walking through the beautiful temple grounds. At the top is our Grandchildren; Emma, Benjamin and Alyssa - 

This picture was taken the top of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
Left middle picture; Jenni, Alyssa, Emma, Benjamin and Michael.
Left Lower picture; Alyssa, LeAnn and Benjamin, Roger and Emma. 
Right middle picture; the Salt Lake Temple.
Right Lower Picture; our Grandchildren; Emma, Alyssa and Benjamin
 It was a lovely day and the weather was perfect. 


While at temple square our oldest son Sean, his wife Mary with her mother Virginia,
 plus their four boys came for part of the time. 
Upper left corner picture; a group of us. Left middle picture is Virginia. 
Right upper picture; Sean and Mary. 
Right middle picture;Joseph, Jonathan, Joshua and Jeffery. 
These boys are sometimes difficult to take a picture of. 
Lower picture; Sean, Mary with Virginia. Back ground Jeffery 
and foreground Joshua and Jonathan
On This day 12 years ago minus a day; our daughter Jenni was married for Time and All Eternity to Michael in the Salt Lake Temple. At that time Michael and Jenni had wedding pictures taken on the steps of the temple. 12 years later we are back with the addition of
Benjamin, Emma and Alyssa! A sweet precious moment~

After touring the temple grounds we returned home to celebrate Virginia's 79th Birthday. 
Two more families came to the celebration. 
Upper Left corner; Jacob, our grandson, his wife Dana, Virginia and Mary on the couch.
Left Middle picture; our Great Granddaughter, Lilly; Granddaughter, Alyssa, Great Granddaughter, Jadyn; Grandson, Benjamin and Granddaughter, Emma.
Upper Right picture; Grandson, Joshua; Granddaughter, Alyssa and Grandson, Jeffery.
Right Middle picture; Granddaughter in law, Dana; background; Granddaughter in law, Jessica with new Great Granddaughter, Myah. 
Mary, our daughter in law with our Great Grandson, Sagan.
Lower picture; LeAnn, Jacob and Jed our Grandson's in the background; 
and Virginia, Dana with Sagan. 

We had such a delightful time with part of our #family during the month of August. We truly enjoyed every precious moment with these families. 

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