~ August 17 to August 23, 2015 ~August 17, 2015 - Monday
Took our 2007 Lucern Buick to Goode Motor because the "Service Seat Belt" sign keeps coming on. They found a lose wire, so all is well now.
Then before our FHE we went to the Fair grounds to enter Grama A's antique wash bowl and pitcher from the 1800's. They told us they don't do antiques because they don't have a secure enough building, so we had it for "display only" in our Burley West Stake Relief Society Booth.
We were surprised that so many people were there already milling around the fair grounds.
We called this our
"First Day at the 2015 Cassia County Fair and Rodeo."
For FHE we read the April 2015 General Conference talk by Elder Russell M. Nelson entitled "The Sabbath Is a Delight," which Bishop Gerratt had asked us all to read at the end of Sacrament Meeting last Sunday. This will be the Priesthood/Relief Society lesson for Sunday, August 23.
August 18, 2015 - Tuesday
Today "Second Day at the 2015 Cassia County Fair and Rodeo."
We took photos of the Zone Conference held this morning at the Burley Idaho West Stake Center. ♪♫♪"Called to Serve...."♫♪♫
Then we went to breakfast at the fair grounds.
.....from here, skip down to Sunday. I will have to finish the rest of the days later. We have had a wonderful week at the County Fair seeing many friends we haven't seen since we left in July 2011 for 3 years and 3 months in El Salvador. (So we have missed four Fairs...I've been telling everyone we just missed three Fairs.)
I think the Baptist Church booth gets the blue ribbon for the most colorfully decorated eating booth with their red and white checkered covered table tops. (This was still early morning so the crowds had not arrived yet.)
Here's a closer picture of their tables...including colorful flowers.
We did stop by the Declo Stake Booth for one of their famous yummy Maple Bars--which can boast of the longest lines during fair week. Everyone wants one of theire maple bars.
You see that I couldn't even wait to take the photo before I had a bite.d
In the afternoon we had some friends from our ward over to our home--Jan Peccerilli and Charlene Smith.
That evening we went to the Sorting Event to see Kirt Melling carry on his Dad's tradition. Also, our neighbor and good friend, Tom Blayney was competing. I'm not sure if the full name is "Sorting" or "Sorting and Penning."
Ten cows are put into a pen, with each cow having a big number hooked to both sides from "0 to 9." Three horseback riders have one minute to get them sorted out of the pen in numerical order. One sorts out the right number while the other two guard the outlet so that no wrong number cow can get out of numerical order.
At the beginning of the one minute, the announcer calls out the number they are to begin with.
I think in Kirt's first team Tom Blayney and Myra Beck were with him. And they got 4 out in the correct order.
Someone told us that sometimes a 3 or 4 will win. But tonight one team got 9 out in order, which is very rare!
I think on Kirt's second team, they also got 4 out in order.
A lot of teams were disqualified because often a cow gets out in the wrong order.
We didn't stay for Kirt's third and fourth teams that he competed with.
It's a lively event and moves along quickly even though there were a lot of teams. There is no charge to attend this event.
Here are the Melling family who were cheering in the stands for Kirt--Ruth, David, Scott, John and his three children--Janelle, Don, and William.
Scott had someone take a photo from Kirt's cell phone of all of us.
As we were leaving we talked with Tracy King and two of his beautiful daughters--Kennadee and Kia.
We had seen Candace come in with them, while President King was at his Tuesday night stake presidency meeting...but I didn't get a photo.
Kennadee leaves soon for her first year at Utah State. Kia is a cheerleader--I think in 9th grade...or it could be 8th. Cambree, their oldest daughter will be home in December from her 18-month mission to the Honduras Comayugela Mission.
August 19, 2015 - Wednesday
Today "Third Day at the 2015 Cassia County Fair and Rodeo."
August 20, 2015 - Thursday
Today "Fourth Day at the 2015 Cassia County Fair and Rodeo."
August 21, 2015 - Friday
"Fifth Day at the 2015 Cassia County Fair and Rodeo."
August 22, 2015 - Saturday
"Sixth Day at the 2015 Cassia County Fair and Rodeo."
August 23, 2015 - Sunday
"Seventh Day at the Cassia County Fair Grounds."
...notice not the "Fari & Rodeo" just the "Fair Grounds" to pick up the antique old-fashioned wash basin and pitcher of Grama A's that I put in the Burley West Stake Relief Society Booth.
Then we went to church with two good youth talks, two called up to share their testimonies and a high councilor speaking about the Sabbath Day and priesthood blessings,
Our new Gospel Doctrine teacher, Brother Watts, taught us about Paul and Timothy's teachings from Acts in the New Testament.
Bonnie Fronk taught the Relief Society Lesson on "Make the Sabbath a Delight," from Elder Russell M. Nelson's April 2015 General Conference message.
Here's the e-mail I just sent to our kids letting them know that we are home safely from Utah.
"Sunday, August 23, 2015
Our Church block goes from 10:50 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Then we were on the road at 2:17p.m. on our way to
Carter's Eagle Court of Honor. Got to Steve 'n Nat's at 5:25.
We were planning to stay overnight but the 7pm special event was only 45 minutes long, and after photos and refreshments it was just 8:25 and was still light, so we decided to head on home and not have to cancel our meeting that was scheduled with our accountant early Monday morning.
We pulled into our driveway at 11:50 p.m., so we are back home.
We're praying that Janie & Shawn are still safe on the road on their way back to Rexburg with Sam, Ashley, and Michael.
When we were passing Brigham City, Walt called Fishers and they were just passing Ogden. They'd gotten Katie to a motel by the airport for her 7am flight to Albuquerque to be with Parker for the next 3 weeks until he finishes his summer job. Then they will be back in Rexburg resuming their BYU-Idaho classes.
Shawn had flown in this afternoon from Paris where he'd been working on new dance programs with the head person in Slovenia.
Katie was to fly out early afternoon, but her ticket had gotten
mixed up. She's just happy they could get her on an early-morning flight tomorrow.
We're so proud of Carter earning his Eagle Scout at age 14.
Steve & Natalie now have two Eagle Scouts!
And in Carter and Taylor Roth's Eagle Court of Honor tonight,
the Eagle's Nest had close to 20 Eagle's, with 5 being related to Carter: Steve, Kimble, Shawn, Sam, and John, (I may have missed some from Natalie's family that I didn't connect.)
Way to go STEVEN CARTER PETERSEN!
Love, Dad & Mom / Grampa 'n Grama"
We pray you all have had a peaceful and restful Sabbath Day.
We pray that we will keep the Sabbath Day holy, all Sunday long.
Included in Elder Nelson's list of areas of importance on the Sabbath Day was visiting family members, and that's what we did.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true.
Heavenly Father knows and loves each one of us by name. We are His Spirit Children.
Jesus Christ, His First-born Son in the Spirit and only Mortal-born son on this earth, also knows us by name and loves each one of us.
The Prophet Joseph Smith was chosen in the Spirit World to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth after the Apostasy.
The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ, as is the Bible, testifying that Jesus Christ is our Redeemer and Savior.
President Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet now, and is the Prophet for the whole earth.
Of this we testify at the end of this Sabbath Day.
In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Walt & Eileen Petersen - Burley, I D A H O