Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year - 2012



Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Eve Progressive Dinner...
Course 1: Hor's Doeurvs(sp?)/Appetizers at the Kitleys Apartment 6pm
Course 2 at The Thompsons - Salad

Course 3 - Soup at The Walls - Frank & Diane...

Course 4 - Turkey 'n Fixins at Los Petersens -
Walt & Eileen

Course 5 - Dessert - Apple Nut Cake with Carmel Sauce at Los Gibbons - David & Marilyn

And then the traditional opening of one gift on Christmas Eve...

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christms 10:07p.m. December 25...

Merry, Merry Christmas
A friend took a photo of us as we came out of Church today.
We hope you have had a wondertful Christmas Day.
We miss our family but had a great day with friends.
We have skyped each of our kids, and been able
to talk with many of our grandchildren.

One of my favorite scriptures for Christmas is:
" this end was I born..."
--John 18:37

We are thankful for Jesus Christ, who is our
Savior and Redeemer because of
His perfect life and
His Atonement.

Good Night.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Yes, I had a birthday on December 15...

Even at 4:45 a.m., Walt had balloons, our traditional birthday breakfast of donuts and chocolate milk, and birthday presents.
What a guy!
And we opened the temple just a touch after 5:00 a.m.
More later....
Thanks for the calls, fb  messages, and e-mails.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Devotional for Temple Workers...

This afternoon was the first annual Christmas Devotional for the workers of the San Salvador El Salvador Temple.

Several asked us to come outside the chapel after the Devotional to get a photo with us.  We also had them take one on our camera.
Our full-time temple missionary couples ushered and then helped serve refreshments to the 350 at the conclusion of the Devotional.
We are always relieved to have another talk over with.
Walt did a great job, as always.
Now he's concerned that he talked too much about himself--which he didn't at all.
Just before he started his hands weren't ice cold as they usually are when he gives a talk, so I was nervous about it.  But I didn't need to have been.
He had me come stand beside him at the beginning--and, for our kids, can you believe he showed how I say his name "Walt" in a normal tone for normal things, in a lower tone for more serious things, and then in a really low tone for very serious things.
The congregation really laughed.
He also shared his nickname for me of "Scrumptious" or "Scrumch."
He shared that President Uchtdorf, when he set us apart for this calling, said that we would be an example of a happy marriage. "This is easy to do with my wife," he told the group.
Then he kissed me on the forehead before he had me sit down.
I had had him come up and help me say a few things in Spanish at the beginning that I hadn't planned ahead for my written out talk.
I still stayed within my time frame of 5 minutes (which was a minute more than I had in the temple dedication talk on Aug. 21.)
The counselors and assistants to the temple matron also only took about 5-8 minutes each.
So that left 20 minutes for the temple president.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Everyone loves President Petersen

Missionaries love to greet the temple president and have a photo taken with him by the temple.

Bus loads brought many to the First Presidency Devotional on Dec. 4.

Young and old, President Petersen loves to be with the people.
They love to have him tell them their babies are beautiful -- which they are.

Sunday night, Dec. 4, they greeted him after the First Presidency Devotional.

We took time out to listen to our Los Heroes Stake Choir perform outside by the temple on Dec. 3. Hermanas Petersen, Lopez, Gibbons, Kitley, and Wall.

They love to have their photo taken with him.
This is a family from Juyjua.