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.
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.
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 - SundayWe 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.
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.
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