Sunday, June 1, 2014

" ♫♪ June is bustin' out all over... ♪♫

IT'S JUNE. . . 2 0 1 4
♪♫June is bustin’ out all over♫♪♫♪
       …all over the meadows and the hills,
         …buds are bustin’ outa bushes and
           …the rompin’ river pushes all the
              …little wheels that wheel beside the mill.
JUNE 1, 2014
A little closer up...
This is last year:
June 1, 2013
And this is
June 1, 2012
We were in Utah after Walt's back surgery.
We returned to El Salvador on June 7, 2012.
We were invited to dinner at the home of
D. Kelly and Marcia Ogden in Provo.
Here we are with Gilbert and Michelle Sandberg, who
had been the president and matron of the Guatemala City Guatemala Temple when we were on our medical mission there.  The Ogden were president and wife of the CCM (MTC) in Guatemala at the same time.
We were there Mar 2005 to Feb 2007.
Here are the Ogdens on June 1, 2012, with her darling mother, "Granny" who is now 99.
On June 1, 2011, we were at the funeral of Polly Degler Bradshaw, in Gooding, Idaho. 
Here we are with Walt's brother, Dale, and his wife, Connie.

On that June 1 of 2011 we also got to be with
Kevin Degler, and Andrea Degler,
our nephews and nieces, and the grandchildren
of Polly Degler Bradshaw.
It seems like Bonnie Ann and Brent Smith were there, but I can't find photos with them.
Kevin lives in Alaska; Andrea in Boise, so we hardly ever get to be with them.  They are the children of Walt's sister, Bonnie, whom we lost way too early to colon cancer when she had just turned 60.
We were also with Walt's sister Phyllis, her husband Dale, and their sons, Matthew and Don.  And my darling mother, Verna Albertson was with us.
This has been a fun walk down memory lane for today and the past three  
"June 1st's" in our life.

Just found a photo with Brent standing between Dale and Andrea.
On the way back we took Grama A to see Calderon Falls...
well something like that, we can't remember the right name.
It's below Milner Dam on the Snake River.

We "googled" it:

Caldron Linn (Idaho) 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cauldron Linn
Coordinates42.49576°N 114.12959°WCoordinates42.49576°N 114.12959°W
Elevation3,945 feet (1,202 m)
Total height25 feet (8 m)
WatercourseSnake River
Cauldron Linn, or Caldron Linn, also known as Star Falls, is a waterfall on the Snake River in southern Idaho.[1][2] [Six miles west of Milner Dam]
Caldron Linn was a key site on the Astor Expedition, an expedition to the Pacific Ocean led by Wilson Price Hunt. The expedition attempted to canoe down the Snake River and had already lost one of their party to the river when they encountered the waterfall. The churning waters of the falls inspired the expedition to abandon the river and continue on land to the Pacific.[3][4] The waterfall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 for its role in the expedition.[5]
Our week in San Salvador...May  26 to June 1, 2014.
Monday...May 26 was Memorial Day. I did a post earlier in the week about my Uncle David Huffaker who was a pilot in World War II.
Here on our Preparation Day...
    We drove Daniel and Kelly to the orphanage for their first official day of volunteering. Photo is with Tuesday.
After Rosy Estrada guided us to Price Smart the back way because our direct route has the road closed as they work on the Pan American highway, we (the three temple missionary couples, Rosy, and us) went to lunch at The Royal--which has the best Chinese food we've found here.
We posed for a photo at the entrance on our way out.
Left to right: Haroldsens, Walt, Udalls, Caballeros, Rosy.
Our weekly Family Home Evening--
President y Hna. Alas gave the lesson from Luke 18:10-13 "Pride vs Humility." He asked each one to give a basic law of Jesus Christ.  Answers are in the order we were sitting.
Roberto Caballero: "Love God with all your heart, might, mind, and strength."
Irma Caballero: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
Eileen Petersen: "Forgive everyone."
Walt Petersen: "Serve others."

Michael Udall: "Golden Rule--treat others as you would like them to treat you."
Jeanne Udall: "Not only forgive, but forget."
Aida Majano: "Give without needing to receive credit."
Rafael Majano: "Don't let the left hand know what the right hand is doing."
Sharon Haroldsen: "Pray for your enemies."
DeVar Haroldsen: "Always be honest--especially in your business dealings."  
 The Alas served those delicious sweet pastries filled with baked apples from San Martin's Bakery, and Jamiaca to drink.
It was a great lesson taught by Eduardo Alas from the scriptures.
Consuelo Alas always has sincere comments to add.
We love Walt's counselors and their wives.  
As we also love our temples missionaries.
It's a joy to be together.
Tuesday, May 27...
We drove Daniel and Kelly to the orphanage for their first offical day of volunteering. They are cooking for two weeks while the regular cook in on vacation.
  Monday night Herbert y Daniella took them out to have Sushi.  

   We did our temple shift from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 28, Daniel and Kelly took a taxi to the orphanage because we needed to be at the temple by 8:30 for the weekly Temple Presidency meeting.
So we were there 5 1/2 hours...which is helping us build up to our regular 9-hour shifts.
Thursday, May 29...  The service center had Ricky and another worker wash our apartment windows inside and out--sparkling clean!
Friday, May 30...
It was the birthday of Consuelo Alas. She is such a sweetheart.
It was fun to leave surprise birthday cupcakes by her door. They had the morning shift so left at 5:15 to open the temple for the temple workers who arrive at 5:30 for the 6:15 preparation meeting, then be ready for the first session at 7:00.
Also had a few balloons...
We drove Daniel & Kelly over to the orphanage.  It was raining like crazy, but I didn't get a picture because we were just trying to keep dry.  Here's a photo from the day before.
Then we had our semi-monthly meeting at 10:00 Friday morning with my assistants.  Walt translates.  We don't have a photo because we don't take pictures in the temple.
  But here's photo taken last November of Walt and me with his counselors, their wives who are my assistants, and the full-time temple missioanries.
Friday night, Daniel and Kelly went to the new movie "X-Men" with Herbert and Daniela, and Guillermo y Patricia Funes.  They said it was very intense!
Saturday, May 31...
Our 4-hour shift was 9:30a.m. to 1:30p.m. However, we didn't get home till 2:30. Daniel and Kelly had gotten sick during the night.
From their symptoms, it seems they may have gotten Salmonella from having their hands in raw eggs as they mixed ground chicken to cook 60 chicken patties.
   They didn't feel like coming to the ward celebration at 4:00 to honor Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day.  Here are some photos that
Karina Artiga, our Relief Society President, took.
The program was centered around music.  For the opening, Bishop Figueroa played his viola and some of the other members of the National Symphonic Orchestra joined him.
While the dinner was being served, Daniela Hernandez sang for an hour.  It was out-of-this-world wonderful! They told us she was a famous singer in the country when she was baptized in March 2013, but this is the first time we have heard her.
She sang in Spanish, she sang in English--high notes, low notes...she was wonderful. ♫♪Carpenters' songs "Close to You," Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," and many others. ♫♪  We could have listened to her for another hour or more...
It was fun to watch Herbert watch her. I wish I had taken a photo of him, but I didn't want to walk over during her singing.  It doesn't look like a big turnout from this photo, but there were many table behind us that were full.
They started out with chips, then fruit cups...
...then this was cooked for sandwiches...
Then the hot sandwiches were served.
It was delightful to be together.
That was our goodbye to May 2014.
And now, Sunday, JUNE 1...
Today was the last Sunday for the Aaron & Janis Nielsen family to be here.  He finishes his two-year assignment here at the U.S. Embassy and they leave June 6. They will be in the Washington D.C. area for a year while he learns the language for his next assignment. Then they will be off to that country for two years.
    Here are a few photos of the ward's farewell to them when the 3-hour block ended at noon today.
Picture this plus a hundred more members who came into the cultural hall...
...with signs like this:
and this...
...and this...
...and this...
Everyone wanted to give them a "goodbye abrazo."
and their three darling daughters...
We love them and will miss them.
The fast breaker dinner this evening was at the Haroldsen's.
...which photos I haven't loaded yet. ....tomorrow.  
We pray you have had a peaceful and restful Sabbath Day.
We pray whatever you have fasted for will become a reality in your life.
Heavenly Father loves each one of us and knows us by name.
Jesus Christ is our Advocate with The Father.
Of this we testify, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Walt and Eileen Petersen

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