Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day finishings...

Aunt Betty's father "Andy" from Scotland whom she buried her baby by.

Bobby Dean Prescott, Dean & Betty's baby who died at age ___of sudden infant syndrome or crib death. We shared some of Bonnie's pansies for his little grave.

Grama A thinking about her brother, Morris. She did many wonderful things to help make his life better.

My Cousin, Lucy. Great tribute on her headstone: "She taught us how to take time to smell the roses." Only child of Morris & Hazel.

nMy Uncle Morris & Aunt Hazel...both deaf. I'm happy they can hear all the wonderful music and sounds now.

My Uncle David--a WWII bomber pilot; My Aunt Enid, loved her, she had the funnest laugh.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend...

Remembering our loved ones...

Our family:

We are thankful for their lives and the legacy they have given to us. We pray we will show our gratitude through the lives and legacy we pass on to our children, grandchildren, and on and on....

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Our Sabbath in Burley, Idaho

We were taught so well today...I in Relief Society, (I'm sure Walt feels this, too, about his High Priest class), both of us in Sunday School and in Sacrament Meeting had great talks by Molly Heiner, Creighton King, Mark Peterson--High Councilor--and by our Bishop David Hansen.

And, of course, renewed our baptismal covenants by partaking of the Sacrament in remembrance of our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ.

Walt left at 5:20 for Boise Friday morning for the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting. He needs 40 credit hours every 2 years, and this 2-day event gave him 12.

He was looking at his schedule as he was walking into the conference rooms and didn't see there was one step down. He fell and has re-injured his right shoulder that has had rotator cuff problems for years.

Back to Sunday: Walt gave his three last patriarchal blessings for our stake and the 15-stakes' Spanish Wards/Branches. He's feeling somewhat blue over this.

I finished typing the 2 English ones from last Sunday, and the English one from today. We have always tried to have a spiritual home, but as he is giving each patriarchal blessing, the Spirit engulfs our home. It's an amazing experience with each blessing.

We love having Grama A here. Thursday I drove her to Gooding to the grave side service of her 91-y-o friend, Pearl Robertson. The family and ward members were very loving and kind with Mom. One gal said: "Verna Albertson, I'm Nancy Anderson and loved you as my Beehive teacher." Mom loved also talking with Karma, Ed, Vaunda, Lewis, and Sis. Durfee.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mission Miracles have begun already...

Taylor, in the photo above, at her baptism April 9 represents each of our 32 precious grandchildren.

I am thankful for my eternal sweetheart, Walt Petersen, who presides with his priesthood in righteousness over our family.

In the photo above, Jacee, at her baptism, also represents each of our wonderful 32 grandchildren.

Lest we forget...we have started recording mission miracles from April 19, 2011...the day we entered President Eyring's office and received a call from the Prophet, thus the Lord, to go to the San Salvador El Salvador Temple for three years.

We can only speak in general generic terms here, but we know these mission miracles will continue on from the youngest grandchild in our family up the the eldest--my mother.

We had a wonderful Mother's Day with my wonderful Mother here with us. Below is her photo in 1962, at the age of 42.

Below is my sweet mother with our family in 1957 when I had just graduated from Wendell High School. We are in front of our home in Wendell that my Mom designed and Daddy remodeled and built on to. This is the Fall before they moved to Gooding at Christmastime.
My Mom, "Grama 'A' " has come to live with us. We are so happy to have her here with us until we leave for this call. Janice, Julie & John, Steve, David, Brian, and Janie helped with various details of her move from Highland Cove.

We are so thankful for all that my sister, Janice, has done for Mom all these years, and especially on an almost daily basis this past two years while Mom was living in Salt Lake City.

Our precious 91-y-o mother, known to our children as "Grama 'A' " will be tenderly and lovingly taken care of while we are gone. This is among the greatest of the mission miracles that has taken place.

Yes, every temple wedding is a Royal Wedding!

We are so surprised by this call. However, since we had already promised in our Endowment covenants to do all the Lord asks, the answer had been made years ago. The Lord is in charge, and we have already received several mission miracles.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

New calling...

Walt & Eileen Petersen - April 2011

Photo by Cherie Peterson - Peterson Photography - Oakley, Idaho

Walt has been called as president of the San Salvador El Salvador Temple. I have been called to be the temple matron.

For the official announcement in the Church News you can Google "ldschurchnews," then hit "callings," then "temple presidents."

We are in shock, humbled, and nervous all at the same time.

We were asked to meet with President Henry B. Eyring in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, April 19, where this call was issued.

This new temple will be dedicated August 21 and we have been asked to be there a month before the dedication, so we may be leaving July 20 or 21. A temple president's call is for three years.

Missionaries teach the Gospel truths so many can and may come unto Christ, repent and be baptised, confirmed to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and then receive eternal blessings in a Holy Temple--the House of the Lord.

We have been blessed to serve three missions together.

Walt is currently serving as a sealer in the Twin Falls Temple, and as a patriarch--Spanish speaking for 15 stakes, English for our Burley Idaho West Stake, and as a home teacher.

I have just finished this year as a co-teacher for Institute for singles 31 and over, serve in the Twin Falls Temple two evenings a week, and am a visiting teacher.

So we thought we were back home in Burley, Idaho for good...getting back into our comfort zone "snug as a bug in a rug" as the saying goes.

We believe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true, restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith. Jesus Christ leads the Church through His living prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson.

We are thankful for the Atonement of the Savior and pray we may show our gratitude through the lives we live.

As our 8th Article of Faith states: "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God."

We share this testimony in confirming why we can leave our family of 7 wonderful children, their 7 great spouses, and our 32 precious grandchildren for 3 more years.

In closing, here are the entire 13 Articles of Faith:

"The Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.

3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

4. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

5. We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.

7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.

8. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

9. We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

10. We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

11. 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.

12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

13. 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. "
--Joseph Smith