Sunday, January 27, 2013

January 21-27, 2013   I'm going to put the cutlines below the photos like Dale and Connie do in their blog. I like it better to scroll down that way.
Monday started out with our monthly Gringa Brunch at Delena's home. She is on complete bed rest because of some complications with her pregnancy with twins due July 9.
After a quick grocery shopping run, the Kitley's chose the Rustico Bistro for their last P-day lunch in El Salvador.
These are the best hamburgers we have had here. Just like the ones in the 1950s for a quarter. Yes, that was hamburger and fries for just 25 cents.  These cost $6.99 but are so big each couple split one.
The Kitleys came early for the "Farewell FHE Dinner" at our apartment.  They wanted to get some photos on our terrace in front of the temple.
An El Salvador tipica menu was planned.  The Méndez brought fried bananas (in red bowl) with cream to drizzle over them, and the white brick cheese to go with them.  The Alas's brought the quesadilla's on the right. (They are not like what we call quesadillas with the cheese melted between tortillas.)  They also brought chorizos.
The López brought rice and beans.
The Majanos had Hna. Estrada make 70 pupusas for the dinner...oh, there's a photo of the chorizos on the left. The bowl next to that has the shredded cabbage, carrots and other stuff that go on top of the pupusas, plus the red sauce is in little plastic bags there in front.
Hermanas Majano, Petersen, Méndez, and Wall.
This shows the rice bread on separate plates that Hna. Alas also made.
The Majanos also furnished the Jamiaca to drink.  The Thompsons, Walls, and we helped pay for the catering of the pupusas and the dessert .
Hna. Estrada also made this chocolate cake.
Everyone enjoyed the El Saladoranian tipica choices.
Hna. Kitley shared her feelings about serving here.
Then it was Elder Kitley's turn.
I didn't get a photo of Hna. Gibbons sharing her farewell remarks. She is to the left of Elder Gibbons as he is giving his comments about serving here for 18 months.
President Petersen gave them a collective thank you from all of us. He said that these four Sr. couple temple missionaries have been invaluable in training all the new temple workers since this temple was dedicated on Aug. 21, 2011.  
He then shared something specific about each of the temple missionaries who have finished their 18-month mission.
The Walls extended their 18-month mission by four months and will go home to Salem, Utah, the end of May.
The Thompsons are serving a 23-month mission and go home the end of June.
    We have one new couple who have been called to be here 
April 1.
Here is the group photo: Front, left to right: Dave & Marilyn Gibbons; Arlene & Trent Kitley--the four honorees.
Second row: Counselo y Eduardo Alas, 1C; Gladis y Jaime López, who is the temple recorder and is also our stake president; Walt Petersen.
Third row: Nancy & Lon Thompson, Joanne Hall with her husband behind and to the left of her, PEF missionaries; Diane & Frank Wall.  On the back far left just barely visible, Karla Méndez.
The Majanos and I are in the timed photo that Elder Kitley took on his camera.
Karla and Gabriel Méndez. He had to leave early for a university math class he has on Monday nights. He is the assistant temple recorder and is also a bishop in the Layco Stake.
Tuesday we had the afternoon/evening shift.
Wednesday my wonderful visiting teachers came.

Sheralie Broadbent is holding James with Lucy standing by her.
Traci McKay is holding Simon.
Sister Kitley received a gift from the gal who runs a frame shop. She had painted and framed it for Hna. Kitley.
The Gibbons, whose apartment is right next to ours, are in the middle of packing.
Thursday Waldo and Silvia Reyes had a farewell dinner party at their beautiful home on the mountain for the departing temple missionaries.
Hna. Reyes had Lily come to make pupusas. My camera battery gave out after this photo so I don't have anymore of this party.
Friday morning the Kitleys and Gibbons were ready to leave for the airport at 4:30 a.m.
Even with the third seat taken out of the temple van, their luggage barely fit.
As the headlights turned the corner to leave the temple complex, we tried hard to remember:
"Don't cry when it's over.  
Smile because it happened."
As we had been asked to do by the Gibbons and Kitleys, the rest of us helped save the rest of their things in their apartments to share among ourselves and also have some things for the new temple missionaries coming.
We all got some canned goods, spices, and other goodies that wouldn't fit in their suitcases.  It was like a "second Christmas."
Sunday...This morning Walt and his counselors, and Sergio Oliva (in the tan suit) who is the executive secretary to the Area 70, left at 5:30 for a Regional Correlation Council Meeting.
Walt is ready to drive the temple van the 1 1/2 hours to Santa Ana.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Today in San Salvador...

Do your weeks fly by as fast as ours do?
Today Sunday...

We had our regular Church from 9:00a.m. to Noon.

Elder Kitley taught a powerful Sunday School lesson on "I Had Seen A Vision."  Joseph, age 14, 
           I just lost an hour's worth of blogging.  Too sad to do it all over again right now.

Our great teacher, Elder Kitley, shared this about Joseph's digging for the truth at age 14.  When you dig for something you use a shovel...or a spade.

Study - Joseph Smith History 1:11
Ponder - Joseph Smith History 1:12
Alone - Joseph Smith History 1:15
Desire - Joseph Smith History 1:15
Exert - Joseph Smith History 1:16

I also typed Joseph Smith History 1:24-25.

Then I typed Doctrine and Covenants 135:3

And I quoted: Ezra Taft Benson "The appearance of God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ to the boy prophet is the greatest event that has occurred in this world since the resurrection of the Master..." Conference Report, Apr. 1971, 20."

We testified of the Prophet Smith....
     And which we will leave this post with this testimony:
"We believe the Prophet Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ as he said he did. And because of this the Gospel Truths have been restored with all the Priesthood Keys so that a husband and wife can be sealed for time and eternity and families can be together forever if we do our part in keeping our covenants and the commandments.
"We have been sent to this earth to be tested.  We pray we will pass the test of believing The Savior who said that Joseph Smith is the Prophet of the Restoration."
       -- Walt and Eileen Petersen

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

HappyBirthday, Mother
Verna Albertson
January 14, 2013

With Janice on her 93rd b-day
Still a sense of humor...
Verna – 1937 “17”                             

Verna – 2013 “93”

Mom, have a wonderful day!
 Verna - age 26 - 1946
 Jacee reading Grama A's Life Story to her.

 With Abbey May 2012
 With Lizzy July 2012
Verna Albertson 
My Mother, whom I love with all my heart!
There is a post for Jan. 13, Sunday...but it went to "Older Posts."

Arnold & Verna Albertson’s Posterity – January 2013
    “Grampa A & Grama A”
      2 children, 11 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, 1 due Mar 2013
1912 Arnold Albertson Dec 8
  Spouse: 1920 Verna Albertson 14Jan Md 29Sep1937
1938 Eileen 
   Spouse: 1934 Walter 
1949 Janice 
   Spouse: Donald 
    Grandchildren (Children of Eileen and Walt)
1963 Janie 
  Spouse: 1960 Shawn 
1965 Gary 
   Spouse: 1970 Kathy 
1966 Steven
   Spouse: 1970 Natalie 
1969 David 
  Spouse: 1972 Julie 
1971 Julie 
  Spouse: 1974 John 
1973 Brian
   Spouse: 1975 Michelle 
1974 Jennifer 
  Spouse: 1974 Jerry

Great grandchildren (Grandchildren of Eileen & Walt)
1988 (1) Aimee
    Spouse: Michael
1990 (2) Daniel
1991 (3) Kelsey 
1993 (4) Cortney 
1994 (5) Katie 
1996 (6) Mikayla 
1996 (7) Heidi 
1997 (8) McKell 
1997 (9) Joshua
1999 (10) Samuel
1999 (11) Kimble
 2000 (12) Abbey 
2000 (13) Emma 
2000 (14) Ashley 
2000 (15) Anna 
2001 (16) Carter
2002 (17) Seth
2002 (18) Sarah 
2002 (19) Jacob 
2002 (20) Jacee 
2003 (21) Taylor
2003 (22) Michael 
2004 (23) Jackson 
2005 (24) Benjamin
2005 (25) Avery
2005 (26) Isaac 
2006 (27) Samuel 
2007 (28) Maddie
2007 (29) Joshua 
2008 (30) William 
2010 (31) Elizabeth
2010 (32) Elizabeth
2012 (33) Adam

   Grandchildren (Children of Janice and Don)            
1971 Scott 
  Spouse: Melissa  
 1973 – Vickie 
   Spouse: Carl 
1976 – Sarah
   Spouse: Kenneth 
1982 – Michael
   Spouse: Candace
Great grandchildren (Grandchildren of Janice and Don)
1993 – Andrew 
1994 – Jasmine 
1995 – Matthew
1997 – Tyler 
1998 – Hailey 
1999 – Brittany   
2003 – Hunter  
2004 – Elise 
2004 – Emily  
2007 – Ashley 
2011 – Justin
2011 – Tyler 
2013 – Baby
As of  14 Jan 2013 Arnold & Verna Albertson
have 2 children, 11 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren,
with 1 more great-grandchild due in March 2013.
Filed: Posterity – Grama A – to March 2013