Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Christian Courage~


I love this quote above and hope that I can be an  example of a true Christian and especially a courageous one. Sometimes it is difficult to have the courage to not engage in an issue. 
Lately, I have noted that there is a lot of debating going on in the workplace, in the political arena and over religious beliefs. 
Our Prophet and Apostles have counseled us to stand for truth but at the same time to love all others regardless of their beliefs. 
A few months ago I was having a conversation with someone over an issue that was bothering us both. I could sense their anger was building and I realized then that the Christ like way was not a way of anger. I do believe with all my heart that it is always best to listen with kindness, stand for truth but not argue the differences in thoughts and beliefs. We are to love one another regardless of what we each believe. We are to be tolerant and kind to one another. We should never bash other's political or religious beliefs.  
In our faith we have 13 Articles of Faith that describe our beliefs. When it comes to religious tolerance this is one that we live by. 
The 11th Article of Faith - "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
My very favorite Article of Faith is the 13th - We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things. 
You can find all of the Articles of Faith here

Just recently my sweet husband retired and we are presently on a trip visiting our daughter, Jenni and her awesome family. We are then having some of our children visiting us; kind of coming and going. We are then traveling to visit our youngest daughter, Tiffani and her family. August has become a very busy month. I will do a family pictorial at the end of August of our fun moments. Therefore, if I don't get by to read some of your blogs posts as often, I will be back. Plus, I may not be able to do a blog post as often. 
My husband and I have an exciting announcement to make in the next few weeks that I will soon share. 
I truly love you all and have always enjoyed reading about your days. I treasure our blogging friendships. 
You can follow my  brief updates on Facebook here or my Living Water's Facebook Page here
Blessings and hugs for all~

Monday, August 3, 2015

Time Flies By Through July 2015~

Here a few photos from our trip to Fish Lake , Utah on July 3rd ~
The month of July seemed to be a whirl wind of family activities. We enjoyed it all. 
We started the month out by going to my home town for the 4th of July Celebration. You can read more about our trip here. We had such a good time and I enjoyed visiting with family and especially  having some time with my Uncle Keith and Aunt Alene. 
Photos at the softball game  - Middle picture, Taylor Jo and Me - Lower middle pictures are two of my grandsons - Austin and Christian~
We drove up to Idaho to see the softball game for our granddaughter, Taylor Jo on July 8th. She is such a good player and we enjoyed watching the game. They won which was even better. We had a great time with our son James & Amber and family~
Here are a few photos from the funeral and luncheon ~
Our Nephew Callahan and his sweet wife Nikki lost their dear daughter Eliza - We attended her funeral and luncheon. You can read more about Eliza's story here.  here.
Our Great Granddaughter, Myah's 1st birthday~
We next attended the Birthday Celebration for our Great Granddaughter, Myah on July 16th.
She turned 1 year old and we loved watching her open presents, and enjoy her cake. She loved her gifts and wanted to play with each one after she opened it. 
Here is a few spontaneous pictures of this awesome family. 
On July 19th our son James and Amber came down for a couple of days. It was fun to have them. They had some fun events to attend and we enjoyed our moments with them. 

Here we are at the concert~
On July 29th James and Amber came down to attend the Lady Antebellum concert. We went with him. It was fun and we enjoyed watching the crowd and listening to the music. It was a bit loud for our older ears; but it was great just being with family. Averi, our special needs granddaughter loves music and always responds to it by dancing or moving around. she was so adorable. 
Here is our grandson, Joshua. He played the position of Goalie~
On July 30th we attended three soccer games for our grandchildren here in Utah. It was a tournament playoff. We enjoyed all the games. All three boys are very good soccer players. 
Jeffery playing in his soccer game~
Here is our Grandson, Jeffery~ He plays on both the offense and defense. He has a great kick and usually makes a goal or two. 
Here are the picture of Jonathan's game~
The last game we watched was our Grandson, Jonathan. He just turned 14 years old. He usually plays goalie and offense. He is a very talented player and we always enjoy watching his games. 
We had a wonderful time together with some of our families during the fun month of July. We believe that families are forever and we love our family very much. We are so graterful for all of our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We feel very blessed to have a large posterity of great individuals. We are very pleased with the lives that they are living. 

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