Thursday, January 28, 2016

Happy 70th Birthday To My Amazing Husband, Roger~

     Wishing my awesome husband Roger a very Happy Birthday Celebration. He turns 70 today and I consider that a milestone; a big one. I have been waiting patiently for my dear husband to be my same age. He is a baby boomer, I missed this popular age by 2 months. Since we are both 70 years old now; we are considered Elderly. I like the term older people better. I seriously can't figure out how we became old. We think and act pretty much the same as when we were young; but just a bit slower. Well, perhaps quite a bit slower. 
     I feel so blessed to be this very good man's wife for eternity. We met in High School and dated. He left on a mission for our church to Northern California and I waited for him while I finished Nursing School. He came home, we got engaged; 2 weeks later and married within 2 months. He graduated from Pharmacy School. We have lived in the following states, Utah, California, Nevada, Washington and now back to our roots in Utah. We have had 6 children, three boys and then three girls. We now have 32 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. It doesn't get better than that.
I am married to an extremely wonderful man. Roger is kind, considerate, very intelligent, wise, a hard worker, the best of fathers, my best friend and most of all a devoted disciple of Christ. He has had some life threatening illnesses through the years but has always gone through them with grace and with great  faith. We have had our ups and downs as we all do; but together we have weathered the storms of life and will continue to do so. 
We are committed to our faith. We love our Savior Jesus Christ with all our heart. We know we have a loving Heavenly Father who loves us and all of His Children. We have loved serving in the our church through the years in various assignments. We have especially loved serving in the temple. We are now fulfilling a dream of serving our Heavenly Father and Savior on a full time mission for The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We are serving in the Utah Salt Lake South Mission as Member Leadership Support Missionaries. 

Since starting our mission three months ago, we have grown even closer than ever. We are enjoying studying the scriptures and other assigned reading together. We are having a sweet time visiting with various individuals and families that are less active in our church but have some interest in returning  and or do not know anything about our church. We have had many very spiritual moments thus far on our mission.  Our missionary purpose is to invite others unto Christ. I am so grateful to stand by this loving man of mine in doing this work. 
Today is a very special day because my King was born on this day and I am so thankful to be his Queen forever. 

Happy Birthday To My Wondrous Husband Roger ~
I love you so much and you are and will always be at the center of my Eternity! 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Our Visit To The Provo City Center Temple~

We attended the  Provo City Center Temple Open house today with our dear friend's Steve and Debbie. We enjoyed the tour and are very excited for the dedication in March of this magnificent building. There is a intriguing  story behind this temple. 
On Dec. 17th 2010 in the early morning a fire engulfed the Provo Tabernacle. The firemen fought this fire for hours until all that was left was just the outside shell. It was all in rubble. It took months before they learned the cause of the fire and a year before new plans for this historic building were announced. 

 Here is the history behind this burned down tabernacle. 
This Provo meeting house was constructed starting in 1856 and completed in 1867~
Due to the need for a larger building to accommodate the needs of the saints in Provo the meeting house was taken down and the tabernacle was started in 1882 and completed 16 years later. It stood as a landmark building for over 100 years. 
During the October 2011 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints our Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, announced that the Provo Tabernacle walls would be preserved and the building would be rebuilt to become a holy temple. 
 Here are some photos of this beautiful new temple exterior and interior. 
 Here is a photo take recently of the front of the temple~
This is an exquisite fountain in the front of the temple~
 The Celestial Room of the temple~
  The Bride's room~use for new brides and those going through for the first time~
 Here is one of the sealing rooms of this spectacular temple~
The Provo City Temple grounds~
This beautiful edifice will serve as a place where Latter-Day Saints can participate in sacred ordinances that will bless them and their ancestors. 
You can learn more about this special temple here. 
You can learn about why Mormon's build temples here
We had such an enjoyable day doing this tour and then having a wonderful lunch afterwards. It was truly a sacred experience and we felt the peaceful feelings of the spirit as we were able to walk through this lovely treasured building. 
The end of a perfect day~ 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Our Special Christmas 2015 and New Year 2016 Moments~

The month of December and the first part of January have been busy but delightful moments. We have been very involved in missionary endeavors and also have had some sweet moments with family. 
Here is a photo of our missionary district. This was at the first of December and it is always an inspiring meeting. I am especially impressed with the Zone Leaders. These young men are 19-20 year olds and they conduct and run the meetings. The meetings are always inspiring and fun too. One of my favorite parts of the meeting is when we share miracles for the week. It is so incredible to see how the Lord is hastening his work and there are always miracles to share. 
Here is a photo of a few of our Christmas Decorations. I love everything about the Christmas season. I do love the decorations because they bring such a warmth to our home as we celebrate the Birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. 
Our Grandson Jacob and his wife Dana and their little Sagan our Great Grandson came over for a visit. We had a great evening with them. 
We did get some beautiful snow during the Christmas Holiday. I love to look at it but not necessarily be out in it. No snowball fights or snow angels for us this year.The snow was deep and we almost lost our dog Sammy in it. He actually doesn't want to go out at all but when you encourage him to go out; he likes to romp in it. 
Some of these pictures are from our Christmas morning. We loved watching Sammy get into his Christmas Sock. He really liked his new toy. One of my favorite gifts was a painting of the Savior that we first saw at the MTC. My husband got it for us. It is a picture of our dear Savior with tears in his eyes. I know that he sometimes weeps for us. The rest of the photos are from our Family Christmas Dinner that we had on the Sunday after Christmas. 
This is my oldest son Sean and his wife Mary with all of their children; plus my middle daughter Jenni and her husband Michael and their children. 
This is photos of our New Year's Eve Celebration with our Daughter Jenni and Michael and their children Alyssa, Emma and Benjamin. We rang in the new year with the children banging pots and pans. We had lots of goodies to eat and we watched the ball drop and then it was 2016. 
Here is pictures of our family on the Sunday after New Years. It was so awesome to have two families share some sweet moments with us for Christmas and New Years.
We feel so blessed this past year to have all of our children and their families healthy and doing well. 
We look forward to a New Year with more missionary experiences and a few moments of family fun. We are so grateful for our Savior Jesus Christ and continue to worship his birth, life, atonement and resurrection. We know that through Christ, Families Can Be Forever. We are spreading the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that know Him not. We are very thankful to have this unique and special calling as Senior Missionaries.  

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Value Of Keeping A Journal~

As the year of 2015 ended and the New Year of 2016 came in; I realized how grateful I am that I have kept a journal for almost 40 years. I have written about many different events in my life, family times, sacred moments, and day to day activities. I have also written about the events in our World, the United States and our Church.
 Looking back on writing in a journal, I have realized that it was very therapeutic for me. During difficult times I would record my struggles and then in a month or two I would see that I had grown through those trials. Writing about the things that I am grateful for permeate my journal entries. This has helped me have a positive attitude towards life. I have had so many sweet spiritual experiences that I have recorded that I am grateful for. My children through the years have called and asked for dates of various events that they know that I have recorded. I have also shared with my grandchildren a few of my recorded observations about life on my blog entitled: Grandpa and Grandma's Twitterings.
I have had the special opportunity to write my Parent's histories and my Aunts. I felt so blessed to have the time to do this great work. I learned so much about my parents and my aunt that I would not have known if I hadn't undertaken those projects. 
 I plan at some point to do my own history and that of my husbands. I want our lives to be shared because we have had such rich blessings through the years and special life changing moments. The minutes of our lives as recorded in journals will be the basis for our histories. 
My testimony of The Gospel of Jesus Christ is weaved throughout my journals. I know that I have a purpose on this earth. I know where I came from, why I am here and where I am going. You will find in my journals those answers to life questions and my testimony of Jesus Christ, The Book of Mormon,The Restoration of the Gospel. The Prophet Joseph Smith and Living Prophets for our day.

 This past year when working in Family History on;  I have discovered the histories of several of my ancestors. Some of those histories were taken from my ancestors journals. I now know them more intimately  and I appreciate their lives and the sacrifices that they made for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My testimony has grown from getting to know those ancestors of mine. Their stories give me courage to go on when times are difficult. I can truly say that if my Grandmother Peterson Ogden can do it I can do it. 
I feel that we should share our life stories with our families. I can testify that it does help pull the generations together in a unique way. 
In doing journals you can do it in so many different ways. I have tried various ones. The traditional journal is the one that I am doing right now. This is a handwritten one. However, I have had years when I have typed them, put them on the computer, used an on-line format and had a blog journal. Since starting our mission both my husband and I decided to go back to a hand written journal. We have had many wonderful experiences in the 2 plus months we have been serving that I am already on my third journal. 
I love the thoughts expressed in this following message by Lloyd D. Newell the narrator for The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Music and The Spoken Word. 
"Some call it journaling. Others call it expressive writing or creating a personal mission statement. Whatever it’s called, something happens when we take time to seriously ponder our life and then write about who we are, what direction we want our life to take—what our goals and aspirations are for the future. Studies have shown that writing about our personal experiences can improve our mood and even our physical health. 
But perhaps one of the greatest benefits of writing about our lives is expressed in this statement attributed to author Bernard de Voto: “The best reason for putting anything down on paper is that one may then change it.” Writing our personal story not only helps us understand that story better, it can also impel us to make the story better. After all, as any good English teacher will tell you, the most important part of the writing process is rewriting.
For example, married couples who wrote about a conflict in their marriage were able to better identify what they could do to make positive changes and strengthen their relationship. Similarly, struggling college students who were invited to write an essay or make a video to explain the rigors of college life to future students ended up with better grades the next semester than those who did not take part in documenting their experiences. Examples like these have led researchers to conclude that “by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.”
Nobody’s book of life is quite ready for publication yet. We’re all rough drafts for now. The process of writing and revising our life story, one that is authentic and real, gives us a chance to reframe the past even as we look forward to a brighter future. 

I would challenge everyone to keep a journal; it will bless your lives in so many different ways! Let the year of 2016 be full of your life experiences through journal keeping.  


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