Sunday, May 31, 2015

This week in Burley, IDAHO - May 25-31, 2015

This week in Burley, IDAHO - May 25-31, 2015

(I had several photos and days done on this, but it got swept into cyberspace somehow, so I'm starting from scratch.)
We came to Utah on Fri, May 29 for a granddaughter's high school graduation and are staying the week to be here for next Saturday, June 6 when Maddie is baptized.   I will finish this week's post in the next few days (I hope).

May 25, 2015 - Monday - Memorial Day
My sister Janice and Jeff came over this morning to sort through our Mom's things that have been stored in our basement. They had put flowers on our Wendell family graves on Sunday, with two of her daughters' and families.

Her two daughters planning to come from their weekend in Gooding where Vickie, Jasmine, Hailey Hunter; 
Sarah, Kenny, Emily, Ashley, and Tyler put flowers on their Dad's grave.
This is the first time they had seen Don's headstone which was put on recently after his burial last August.
Our daughter and husband and two of their kids came to put flowers on Shawn's mother's and grandparents' graves in the Burley Pleasant View grave.

Janice and Jeff went to the Marriott about 6pm and we drove out to put flowers on the Albertson graves in Albion.

May 26, 2015 - Tuesday

May 27, 2015 - Wednesday

May 28, 2015 - Thursday

May 29, 2015 - Friday
Good Morning...
We've been to the city in Honduras several times during our Central America Mission.

We're on day 5 or our 9 days here and having a great time.
We are enjoying everything we've been doing: McKell's graduation on Friday May 29;
then fire pit that evening with John & Julie, family and friends.

Saturday the 30th we talked and talked with Gary, Julie, and John then we all and the
kids went to their Saratoga Springs natural hot springs pool.

Sunday, the last day of May, at Julie & John's ward, heard Julie teach her Gospel
Doctrine class where she shared a short video of highlights of Elder Perry's life;
then we went to Steve & Natalie's sacrament meeting where Steve spoke about
the temple and temple work.  That evening we had a good Gospel discussion with
Gary, Julie, and John.

Monday, "♫♪June is Bustin' Out All Over♪♫" day Julie cooked us waffles for breakfast,
then we rendezvoused with David after his morning surgery at the Cancun 'homemade
Mexican cooking' restaurant, followed by eye examinations by David.
That evening we joined Steve & Natalie, Kimble and Carter for supper, then had a
family home evening about patriarchal blessings, ending with S'mores over the campfire.

Today—Tuesday, June 2, we may do a temple session, and tonight or tomorrow
night we may take over to Elberta, around Utah Lake and see the new Payson Temple.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are still open.  We have Maddie’s baptism on
Saturday morning and that afternoon we head home.

Summertime is family time!
Con amor,

Filed: Petersen – Walt and Eileen’s week in Utah – May 29 to June 6, 2015

May 30, 2015 - Saturday

May 31, 2015 - Sunday

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Starting this post about our neighbors
to keep up on Don's post-stroke updates.

Don had a stroke on February 27.  His left side is paralyzed and he is blind in his left eye.  He was life flighted to the University of Utah Medical Center, where he was treated for three days, then transferred to the UofU Rehabilitation Center for four weeks.

Don was released from there on March 28 and they returned to their home in Burley where Ruth took care of him day and night and was becoming exhausted.  Home Health was coming in three times a week for physical therapy and other needs.

Don was on a Holter Heart Monitor for a month which picked up artirial afibrilation (?sp) and so he was put Coumadin for that. 

Several times Don was too tired to walk when his physical therapist came.  He was losing a lot of weight because he had no appetite.

May 8, Kaye and David (their oldest daughter and oldest son) came to be with Ruth for Mother's Day, and help plant her flowers.  They also were here to help take Don to his scheduled appointment of May 11 with Dr. Edgley, head of the UofU Rehab Center.

Don's bloodtest at this appointment showed dehydration, pre-kidney failure, and something with his liver.  He was admitted to the Huntsman Medical Center because there were no beds available at the UofU.  Within three days those three 

Monday, May 18, 2015

This week in Burley, IDAHO - May 18-24, 2015

This week in Burley, IDAHO - May 18 to May 24, 2013
   I wanted to post about today's emergency trip to my dentist here in Burley, then his referring me to Twin Falls to get a root canal TODAY!  At least I didn't have overnight to dread it because last night I didn't know it would happen.

May 18, 2015 - Monday 
Last night when I was flossing my teeth (the last thing I do before turning out the lights), my crown on the bottom left side popped off.  This morning when I called, Dr. Kevin Stock had an opening at 10:35, so I dashed over.
He said it was tooth #18, and needed a root canal because it was severley abscessed and that it needed to be done by a root canal specialist in Twin Falls today.

They called Dr. Cameron Oler in Twin and he said he would work me in at noon.  It was 11:00 then.  First he assured me that I would still be able to help Walt give the presentation tonight for the Burley 9th Ward family home evening.

We got to Twin at 12:05, were in the area of his office by 12:10, but it took several more minutes after going into the wrong dentist's office to find Dr. Oler's suite.

He asked about the presentation we were giving tonight so found out we had been in El Salvador for 3 years.  After he examined my tooth and deadened my mouth in about 5 or 6 places, he had the root canal done in 30 minutes.

He said that I must have had guardian angels watching over me, because it looked like it had been abscessed for a long time, and it should have been hurting, then added "hurting a lot!"

He prescribed an antibiotic--4 pills a day.  He also sent me with a prescription for pain pills.  He said it might hurt and it might not.  It's been 4 hours now and as the deadening is coming out, it is starting to hurt.

I just hope I will be able to talk by 7:00 tonight.

Because we had just a moment's notice to get to my dentist here, and then had to head right from there to Twin Falls, below is how I looked--no shower, no shampooing, no make up, and no fussing with my hair.  

No wonder he didn't give me an appointment to come back again.
I do have to have a crown put back on it by Dr. Stock.
Walt kept telling me to smile for the photo.
"I don't feel like smiling," I said.
  Walt drove on the way back from Twin Falls.  He said he did okay but didn't feel very secure driving after not having driven since his hip surgery on February 20.  He did smile a little for his photo, after he raised his eyebrows that I wanted a picture of him.

Love, Mom & Dad

Same day....Monday evening 6:30.  We headed over to Luke's home to be there to set up our power point projector and computer.  We went to the home they had lived in for over 30 years--the red brick one on 27th Street.  They don't live there anymore.
We drove around to what we thought we had heard Brother Luke say they lived. I had it all mixed up.

So we drove back to our home to see if I had LynAnn's phone number written down.  I didn't.  I looked in our phone book for "Hal Luke" and it had 2545 Normal Avenue.  Walt called him and he gave us directions to where they live.

Finally we got there by 6:45.  They told us they built this home 24 years ago.  Are we ever out of their loop!  But we had everything set up okay by 7:02.  Sister Monson brought a wonderful fold up table just the right size for the projector and the computer. (She said she's been trying to find another like it at Costco--where she got this one--but they don't have this kind any more.)

Susan Tuft brought the screen--so we were all set.
After the prayer and their announcing for June, July, and August gatherings, and some kind words about us from LynAnn, we got started about 7:15, and finished at 8:13, so we were about 15 minutes longer than we thought we'd be.
We had set some of our El Salvador souvenirs out on their table.  Everyone was amazed--as we still are-- at the "art embroidery" framed picture that Hna. Eugenia Maria Padilla, our Thursday morning Temple Coordinadora from Santa Ana (an hour's drive from the temple) had taken 8 months to complete.
Then they served delicious homemade brownies topped with ice cream and homemade chocolate sauce.  
We thank Guy Arnell (he is in this photo dishing up the ice cream) for carrying in our box of souvenirs and the projector, then carrying it all back to our car, plus the computer. 
LynAnn had called us to speak, and helped arrange for the things we needed.  We were especially thankful we didn't have to load our big screen which doesn't fit in the car or the trunk. Has to be in the back of the pickup. (This is why Walt had come to get it at the home on Feb. 19 after I finished my presentation on El Salvador there.  That's when he tripped on the curb and fell onto the driveway and broke his hip.)
Susan brought the refreshments.
I got this group photo of the 15 there before everyone started leaving.  We missed Steve Tuft who was on an assignment in Boise.  Two more couples who are in this FHE group are currently serving missions: Keith and Beverly Ramsey in Nauvoo, Gary and Glenna Turner in the Palmyra Temple.
Walt took this photo so I could be in it.  In the foreground you can see the framed art embroidery picture.
Hal and Barbara Luke's home is beautiful--inside and outside. In the photo above they are sitting in the right front.
They have 5 children, 30 grandchildren, and I think they said 56 great grand-children, with two more on the way.  What a great posterity!  I think she said there are 102 in their family.
They have a wonderful photo of 72 of them standing on the bank of the Snake River.
The spirit was very strong in their beautiful home.  They are a wonderful host and hostess.
We thank all those who brought the screen, the table, and arranged everything for us.  Thank you for inviting us to come and share some of our experiences during our three years serving in the San Salvador El Salvador Temple.  
We wish we could have shared some of the sacred experiences that happened in the temple.  We should have shared that the families there have the same hopes and dreams of being families together forever.
Many do not have cars, and some areas of the city where they live are dangerous (because of gangs), so most cannot stay until closing time of the temple (9:30p.m. on weekdays (the afternoon shift begins at 1:15p.m. for the preparation meeting) and closes at 6:30p.m. on Saturdays when the "afternoon" preparation meeting is at 10:15 a.m.
The morning preparation meetings on Tue-Fri begin at 6:15 a.m., first session at 7:00 a.m. - then every hour and a half with the last session beginning at 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday mornings at 4:45 a.m. with the session beginning at 5:30 a.m.  and the last session at 4:00 p.m.  
The member of the temple presidency who is on that shift opens the temple at 5:15 a.m. Tues-Fri; then at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday.
  My favorite quote about the temple endowment is from Brigham Young.
            Temple Endowment
ENDOWMENT: "a gift.”
“A Celestial Course of Instruction”

Brigham Young said:
              “Your endowment is, to receive all those ordinances in the House of the Lord which are necessary for you, after you have departed this life, to enable you to walk back to the presence of the Father, passing the angels who stand as sentinels being enabled to give them the key words, the signs and tokens, pertaining to the Holy Priesthood, and gain your eternal exaltation…”                  

 Another favorite is... 
            President Harold B. Lee added this dimension to our understanding of the endowment:  "The temple ceremonies are designed by a wise Heavenly Father who has revealed them to us in these last days as a guide and protection throughout our lives that you and I might not fail of an exaltation in the Celestial kingdom where God and Christ dwell."  --Through Temple Doors, John K. Edmunds, p. 141--Harold B. Lee, Decisions for Successful Living (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1978), p. 141. 
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May 19,  2015 - Tuesday

May 20,  2015 - Wednesday

May 21,  2015 - Thursday

May 22,  2015 - Friday

May 23,  2015 - Saturday
Have snowballs an 10 pots of mums...on our way to Wendell...

May 24,  2015 - Sunday

Sunday, May 17, 2015

This week in Burley, IDAHO - Monday, May 11 to Sunday, May 17, 2015

This week in Burley, IDAHO - May 11 to May 17, 2013
   I never did get last week's post completely finished.
   But I'm going to try to finish this week's post.
May 11, 2015 - Monday 
We had Family Home Evening by studying our lesson for our temple preparation the next evening.  We have worked on the lesson throughout the week.
May 12, 2015 - Tuesday
We met with Jose & Crystal for the second time.  There is a lot to learn from these Temple Preparation lessons.

May 13, 2015 - Wednesday 
We had a wonderful visit with Don and Virginia Cazier who live in Florida.  They were in Guatemala serving a CES mission when we arrived there in March 2005; then they served in Panama, worked a lot with the Temple Open House and Dedication there.
Then they served in Guatemala again as Executive Secretary to the Area President--Elder Don Clark and Elder James Martino.
Then they were ready to serve again in Guatemala, but instead were called to serve in the Temple Presidency of the new Honduras Tegucigalpa Temple in March 2012 (or was it 2013? have to check). They are now serving in the Florida Fort Lauderdale Temple.  It was just great to see them!  We're so thankful they took time to come see us during their 2-week break while the Florida Temple is closed for its semi-annual maintenance and cleaning.
That afternoon we drove to Twin Falls to do our weekly Wednesday 3:00 temple session.  Dale & Connie were not able to come because they were waiting for word from Connie's youngest daughter who was in Arco in the hospital given birth to a baby girl.
We love to see Zion grow.
WIn the three o'clock temple session were Elder Devar and Sister Burton who were with missionaries from the Idaho Twin Falls Mission being released that evening from having completed their missions.
Walt said: "I feel like having Chinese food tonight." So we went to the Mandarin House.
The buffet is delicious there.  We remember when it used to be on the main section of downtown.  Now it's by Fred Meyer and Sizzler...forget what that little mall is called.  You can just barely see the sign on top.

May 14, 2015 - Thursday 
This was a busy day.  Walt had his #23 and final session at the Burley Physical Therapy Department.  He even got a diploma signed by all the physical therapists who worked with him.
Then I got my haircut at 4:00.  When I got back, Scott Bell was there looking at our home to give an estimate on redoing the siding, painting, adding new shutters, and several other repairs.
  We had a fun closing social for our Serendipity Book Club at Bonnie's home.  Here are the beautiful table settings that Bonnie always has for special events.
Here is the other table.
We enjoyed delicious hot dishes of Scalloped Corn--Kathy Barrus said it's an old Okie recipe that her Grandmother made in Oklahoma, and hot delicious funeral potatoes brought by Linda. (I read a story once that a non-member from the East called Church headquarters to see if she could get the recipe for funeral potatoes, or if it was a secret.) Several delicious salads, hot homemade rolls from Susan Young, and then yummy desserts.
We got a photo of most of those who were able to come.
June, Linda, Bonnie, Jennie, Susan, Ilene, Delores, and Karma.
Pat had to drive back to Twin Falls earlier, and we didn't get the photo taken before Kathy, Terri, Gladys, and Marilyn left.
New officers chosen alphabetically are: Susan Young, president; Kathy Barrus, vice president; and Eileen Petersen, secretary. (Kathy had gone before we had this photo taken.)

May 15, 2015 - Friday
As I was getting ready to go visiting teaching, Walt came into the bedroom and said: "I just fell."  It was in the front yard when he was cutting the tulips (which the blooms have all dropped off) to load into the big black trash can, he said he tripped on something and went down.
He scooted himself up to the front door and rang the doorbell, but I didn't hear it ring.
   Our new neighbor, David Nilsson (in Frank Bauman's home) saw him and came over to help him up.   Then he came a few minutes later to make sure that Walt was okay.

He promised me he would not work in the yard while I was gone visiting teaching.
 After I got back from visiting teaching, we walked over to Mellings to talk to David who had come up to drive his Mom's car down to her in St. George.  As we walked back from that, Steve Ormond came across the street to see how Walt was. (News travels fast when Walt falls.)
Steve told Walt he would gather up the tulip stems and put them in the trash can.

May 16, 2015 - Saturday
We got to Rexburg about six o'clock and went with the family to Applebees where Michael chose for his birthday dinner.
Applebees has been in Rexburg about four years.
Later that evening Janie showed us how to find ancestors' photos.  That is how they found some of the photos for this ancestor wall of photos that Aimee has designed for their living room.
They are finishing putting the photos into the frames.
I count 40 frames.
That's a lot of Fisher-Robins-Petersen-Albertson photos.
To top off the evening we watched "When the Game Stands Tall" about a great high school football coach.
May 17, 2015 - Sunday
We attended the Rexburg 14th Ward with Janie & Shawn and their family.  Our grandson, Michael Fisher, was presented to the congregation by Bishop Kenneth L. Jackson as receiving his Faith in God requirements as he leaves primary and being worthy to have the Aaronic Priesthood conferred upon him.  The sustaining vote was unanimous. 

In Sacrament meeting this morning we renewed our baptismal covenants by partaking of the Sacrament.  Then we heard messages about the Sabbath Day from Conner Kennedy, who is the son of Bryon and Jennifer Kennedy, who is the daughter of Darrell and MaryAnn Roskelley; and from Joseph Jones who is the son of Bryan and Mary Jones.  Then Victoria Jones spoke about her British Vancouver Mission.  They each did an excellent job.

In Sunday School we studied about Sacrificing and being true to our covenants. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and Another Testament of Jesus Christ was what we discussed in Relief Society.  

Our testimonies were strengthened today as we opened our heart and mind to all these teachings.

Following these meetings Michael had the Aaronic Priesthood conferred upon him and being ordained to the office of a Deacon with his father, Shawn, performing this ordinance for his son.There were 8 other priesthood holders in the circle.

Here is Michael standing by the painting of The Savior which is in the foyer of their chapel.
I got a photo of Aimee (who is here from Florida visiting for two weeks), Heidi visiting from her BYU-I ward, and Janie, who will be an empty nester in just 6 years.  They now have only 3 of their seven living at home.
Then we had a traditional Mormon Sunday Dinner: roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, hot veggie (corn and carrots today), Jell-o with fruit salad, and hot, homemade rolls.
There were 11 at dinner: above, clockwise--Walt--grampa, Shawn, Michael, Heidi and Aimee.
Below are: Ashley, Janie, Daniel, Kelly, and Grampa.
Here are: Heidi, Aimee, Samuel, and Ashley.
And here are Grampa and I.
Here are the three brothers together: Sam, Daniel, and Michael.  They are all standing on their toes to try to look taller than they are.  (It must be a guy thing.)
Here's a good photo of Aimee and Heidi at the end of Relief Society this morning.
After Sunday naps, Michael's birthday cake was served. 
He almost got all his candles blown out.
This it was time for us to say goodbye.  
They always take such good care of us when we are with them.
We always love being with our children and their children.

We pray you have had a restful and peaceful Sabbath Day.
Heavenly Father knows and loves each one of us with a love beyond compare.
His Son, Jesus Christ, also knows and loves each one of us beyond compare.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true and the Priesthood Temple Ordinances seal us as husband & wife, and children together as a family forever!

Of this we testify in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.
Walt & Eileen Petersen - Burley, I D A H O