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.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Fantastic Month of February~

We have had a marvelous month of special events and spectacular celebrations.
Our Granddaughter Gillian graduated on February 7th from Aesthetic School. She received honors and is now a Master Aesthetician.We are so proud of her. She has an exciting career ahead. 
We were able to travel to Idaho to attend the Missionary Farewell for our Grandson Austin. He gave an outstanding message in our Sacrament meeting. His younger brother Ryley also gave a talk. This made it extra special. Later that evening we participated in the ordination of our Grandson Christian. He received the Melchizedek Priesthood and was ordained to the office of an Elder. We are so pleased with these awesome grandsons of ours. This was a special day of celebration. The top left photo is of our Grandsons Austin on the Left and Christian on the Right. 

Here are some photos of friends and family members. The two pictures of the just the boys are our future missionaries grandsons. 
On February 13th, we said our goodbyes to our Grandson Austin. He entered the Mission Training Center on February 14th. We will not see him for two years as he serves his mission in the Nebraska Omaha Mission. This was kind of a happy, sad moment for us all. A few tears were shed on this one. 
Here we celebrated our Granddaughter Jadyn's 8th Birthday. We had such a good time with her. We enjoyed being with our Granddaughter in-laws family, and we had our Grandson's Jackson and Joseph there also. Our sweet little Lilly wasn't feeling well, so she spent most of her time with her Dad Jed; our grandson; middle photo below.   
Our Grandson Joseph turned 19 on February 19th. He is now out of school and working for the winter month. We love him and are proud of his accomplishments. He is a remarkable young man.  
On February 23 and 24th, the Country Park Stake held their Annual Especially For Adults event. As a Stake Relief Society, we were in charge of the dessert after the special fireside on the 23rd and the brunch for between the classes held on the 24th. We had a fantastic service project. The project was for the Jordan School Foundation, and our Stake members and friends donated food and other unique items for children in need in the school districts. We were so grateful for the many generous donations that were provided.
Our Friday night guest speaker was Bro. Scott Anderson. He is a well-known speaker, and everyone that attended could have listened to him all night. We were taught many beautiful teachings from The Book of Mormon. Our Theme was "My Soul Delighth In The Things Of The Lord."  
Our Grandson Williams turned 12 on the 23rd of February. He is such a delightful young man, and we are so pleased with him. He received the Aaronic Priesthood and ordained to the office of a Deacon. William is such a fun personality, and we always enjoy our moments with him. 
This month our Grandson Ben received the Leader of the Month and then a few days later he won the 2nd-grade spelling bee and will go on to compete with the 2nd through 4th grade. We are so proud of him. We are enjoying our moments with our grandchildren Ben, Emma, and Alyssa who are living with us. 
A dear couple that we are close with just had twin boys. They have a five-year-old son also. They are so adorable. Last night I spent some time helping with them. It was so much fun. It has been a while since I have held and fed new babies.   
Once in a while, I have to post some photos of our Sammy. This little dog of ours brings us so much joy. He is smart and does some incredible things. He is a stress reliever and always happy to be with us. 
Yesterday, I went to the Eye Foundation of Utah for an exam. Last year I was diagnosed with a Macular Puckering. Usually, this condition remains the same and or worsens and can require surgery. After a complete exam I was told that it looked like it had improved; tender mercy. In fact, the eye specialist stated that my Retina was the healthiest he had seen that day. Of course, as a specialist that may not mean that much. I did have to chuckle at that thought. I do feel blessed. 
As you can see this month has been a blessed month with family. It has been a busy one preparing for our EFA activity.  We were pleased with the attendance and great topics that were given by excellent presenters.  I do have sincere gratitude in my heart for the blessing of family, friends and the opportunity to serve, learn and grow. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

That Which I Love ~

I enjoy the month of February. There is a feeling of love in the air. I like this time of year because I wish to reflect on that which I love.
Here are some thoughts for Valentines 2018.
1. I love that I am a daughter of a Heavenly King. I love my Heavenly parents and know that we are all their spiritual children. 
2. I love our Redeemer, Jesus Christ with all my heart. I know He lives and loves you and me. His sacrifice in Gethsemane and Golgotha for all of us is God's greatest gift to us. Through Him, we will be Resurrected. We will all have the opportunity to return to our Heavenly Family through repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost and Enduring to the end. I do; "Stand All Amazed At The Love He Offers Me." 
3. I love my husband with all my heart and soul. Through our temple covenants, we can be together forever as a couple and as a family. He brings such joy into my life every day. He is such a kind and loving man. I am so grateful for his love and for his devotion to our family and me. I love most that we equally revere our Heavenly Father and Savior and desire to follow them. 
4. I love with all my heart each of my children, their spouses, our 32 grandchildren and our 5 great-grandchildren. They bring great joy to my life, and I love our family moments. I have learned so many lessons from being a mother to this beautiful posterity of mine.
5. I love all of our extended family members both those present and in the spirit world.  Our siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and our missed parents and grandparents enriched my life in countless ways.

5. I love all my friends, those I have known for years and those I have met over time. My friends bring great blessing into my life. They initiate a depth of love my life that I find incredible. I am uplifted when in their presence, reading their thoughts and or listening to one another as we share life experiences. I wish I had photos of all of my treasured friends. 
6. I love this world that was specially created for us, His Children. I enjoy the beauty and diversity of the seasons, each with a unique feeling. I love nature in all her variety and how each species care for their young, many living together as families.  Spectacular sunrises and sunsets take my breath away. The infinite landscapes bring joy to my soul. 
I especially love our dog, Sammy. He is always so happy to see us. He loves to play and brings us warm joy. 
7. I love to look at the temple, I love to be in the temple to receive more of its symbolic teachings. I especially like sitting in the Celestial room. It causes me to feel as though I am in Heavenly Father's living room. There I receive peace, revelation and beautiful moments of pure joy.
9. I love the scriptures. I especially enjoy The Book of Mormon. This is the most powerful book on the earth. It is a history of God's dealings with the people of ancient America. Its teachings are profound. It is a second testament of Jesus Christ. The chapters of Christ's visit to the Americas bring deep spiritual feelings to my heart.
10. I love various hobbies such as reading, playing the piano, crocheting,  genealogy, and family history work.

To conclude, I love the Savior's gospel which has given me so many opportunities to learn, grow, and serve others. I have had many treasured opportunities to help in many different areas of our faith. Service is a core teaching of the Savior.
My faith and testimony are precious to me. My faith has helped me through many difficulties in life. Through these experiences, I have grown even closer to my Heavenly Father and Savior. Prayer is a lifeline for me. I know my prayers are heard because I have received many answers and miracles in my life.  
Happy Valentines Day With Love From LeAnn@ Living Waters!💕


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