April 20, 2015 - Monday
Walt said they gave him a good workout today at physical therapy.
His right leg was a little weak after the hour plus a few minutes of exercises. Troy said they took him for quite a long walk with just his cane and he did really well.
Walt took a photo of his chauffeur.
When I picked Walt up from physical therapy we drove to the AC Drive In by the fair grounds to get a late-lunch-early-supper and took burgers, fries, 'n milk shakes to have our first picnic of the Spring/Summer.
Even though the temperature was 67 degrees, it was a bit chilly when the wind blew through the shaded Elks Patio by the river.
When we got back home we walked over to see the Mellings. Ruth said Don's been so alert this afternoon that he wanted to be up and around. She pushed him in his wheelchair throughout the house.
When we were ready to leave, she brought him out to the top of the ramp to sit out in the sunshine for a while.
Then we said our goodbyes and headed back home.
Our apple tree is in full blossom and is so beautiful to behold.
Walt had me set the sprinkler hose to water across the front of the house, but waited till I was through taking photos before he turned the water on. You can barely see him standing by the right side of the house.
We forgot to have family home evening. We were both working on our computers.
Now we're about to call it a day.
April 21, 2015 - Tuesday
Visiting Teaching Day - "The attributes of Jesus Christ chosen for April are being without guile and hypocrisy..."
I loved this painting they chose for the lesson. I have never seen this of the Savior with all these children.
Children are the best example of "being without guile."
The attributes of Jesus Christ
“Understanding that Jesus Christ is
without guile and hypocrisy
will help us faithfully strive
to follow His example.”
Of hypocrisy, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, said:
“None of us is quite as Christlike as we know we should be.
But we earnestly desire to overcome our faults and the tendency to sin.
With our heart and soul we yearn to become better with the help of
the Atonement of Jesus Christ.”
We love you…
Your Visiting Teachers,
LaRae Crane – (with phone #)
Eileen Petersen – (with phone #)
Please call us anytime you need us.
This is the photo of Walt I took as he was going to water the front and back lawns. The tulips are still looking beautiful.
Last night when I turned the sprinklers off, I noticed the tulips were all closed up. I didn't know they did that at night.
April 22, 2015 - Wednesday
Twin Falls Temple Day
We left early for Walt to exchange his new shoes for a half-size smaller. Now they feel better.
We did the 3:00 session with Dale and Connie and then had supper at a little Mom 'n Pop Cafe that's been on the west side of Twin Falls for 40 years run by the same family called "Norm's."
Here's Dale & Connie.
Here's Walt and me ready to drive back to Burley.
We didn't get back in time for the Burley 3rd Ward's Dinner honoring the seniors in our ward: Kennadee King, McKay Gerratt, Kelby Dayley, ______ Weeks, and there may have been some others. The Roskelleys told us it was a very nice evening.
April 23, 2015 - Thursday
Walt had physical therapy in the morning because he had his 2-month check up with Dr. Crane this afternoon.
Here is his 20th Physical Therapy visit to the Cassia Regional Medical Center.
They have a lot of equipment to work out with.
Dr. Crane said the x-rays of his hip show that everything is in place.
His next checkup will be in three months - Thursday, July 21.
Then we went to see Mellings.
Walt's planning to take Don for a ride in his wheelchair around the block tomorrow. (Friday it was cold and very windy so they weren't able to go. It's supposed to be warmer next week, so plan to do it then.)
April 24, 2015 - Friday
What a special day! We have 3 family birthdays today.
Gary is the big 5-0. Here he is 50 years ago in Talihina, Oklahoma with his 2-year-old sister, Mary Jane "Janie."
Here Gary is at age 7 in 1972. (I couldn't get it to let me crop when I scanned it in.)
John is 41. Here he's helping Maddie at bowling.
Cool dude in sunglasses.
Kimble is the magic "16." Here he is with his brother, Carter, last July 31st at their sister, Kelsey's wedding.
Kimble is outstanding in many ways. He is on the Swim Team at West Lake High School and has been chosen as the outstanding sophomore swimmer. Below we are with Kimble at the Utah State Swim Meet where he received a medal.
April 25, 2015 - Saturday
Another special day. Today Jerry is 41. Happy Birthday.
Saturday afternoon, Walt did some yard work. When he came in the house he was extra tired and developed an irregular heart beat so he thought he should go to the ER to get an EKG. Dr. McClain saw him. Everything is okay.
Tonight was our Saturday Evening Stake Conference session. It's always a source of inspiration.
We sat by our friends, Darrell and MaryAnn Roskelley. Walt has just been assigned as their home teacher. And I'm to go along as his partner in this assignment.
April 26, 2015 - Sunday
Stake Conference Day. One of the highlights was that Bonnie Jones, wife of the stake president; Renae Preston, wife of the first counselor, and Candace King, wife of the second counselor, were assigned to speak. They gave tender talks about motherhood, gratitude, and the Savior and His Resurrection.
Then, of course, our current stake presidency (who have served for five years) always give messages to inform, inspire, and uplift us--Chad Jones, president; Tim Preston, first counselor; Tracy King, second counselor.
Here are just brief sketches of their messages:
President King gave examples of how the Gospel changes people's lives for the better and testified that the Church is true.
President Preston shared 3Nephi 27:19021 where the Lord outlined His doctrine. Faith in Jesus Christ gives us power to do all things and His Grace is sufficient. 2 Corinthians 12:9; Ether 12:27.
President Michael Owsley, (from Hagerman) First Counselor in the Idaho Twin Falls Mission told us that more senior couple missionaries are needed. Some say they can't leave their cats.
He asked us to use the missionaries to help bring people back.
President Jones asked Paul Young to share some thoughts before he spoke. I will quote him in the closing lines of this post.
President Jones thanked everyone. He told that when he was a teenager he worked for his Dad's Construction company. One day on the job he got a sliver in a place he couldn't get it out on his own. By the time he asked his Mom to get it out, it had festered and was very painful. When his Mom pulled it out with the tweezers the pain was instantly gone.
He likened this to repenting and how the burden we feel over our wrong doings can be relieved through confession to our Priesthood leader--the Bishop. The Bishop does not do the forgiving but he can guide us as to how the Savior will forgive us.
He shared the steps of repentance--recognize, remorse, confession, forsake, resolve.
He testified of the cleansing power of repentance.
He cited these scriptures: Doctrine and Covenants 58:42-43;
He asked us to take the opportunity to lay at the Savior's feet our sins. He is our advocate with the Father.
He closed testifying of his love for The Savior.
This evening we enjoyed the 15th Annual "Celebration of Faith Through Music" at the King Fine Arts Center. There were 12 groups/solos who performed--5 were from LDS Stakes, and 7 were from other denominations....like the Rupert United Methodist Church Bell Choir below.
We pray you have had a restful and peaceful Sabbath Day.
As Paul Young, our stake patriarch, shared today. Recently in a blessing he gave he used a phrase he has never heard before: "You will experience atoning relief," which he has pondered for many days since.
He feels that some of the meanings are "relief from sin, from sorrow, from discouragement, from depression." He has asked the Lord how it is done. He keeps pondering it. He does not have an answer, but feels it can come from our faith.
He prays we will all feel "atoning relief" in our lives from our faith in Jesus Christ.
This is also our prayer. We pray we will all have a calming and reassuring feeling about the Savior's atonement.
We testify that everything revolves around the love that Heavenly Father and the Savior have for us.
In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Walt and Eileen Petersen - Burley, I D A H O