Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Traces of time... This week September 14-20, 2015...

Traces of Time . . .

This week 
~ September 14, 2015 
September 20, 2015  
in IDAHO ~

September 14, 2015 - Monday ~ ~ 

Walt took one of our scrawny pink petunias out to ask the Evergreen Nursery's owner, Mike Sandman, why they haven't done well in our front flower bed for the past several years.
Mike asked how long we'd been planting them in that spot.
"Forty-four years," I said.
"The soil can get a bacteria in it that's hard to get rid of.  Next spring build it up with some compost and fertilizer and see if that helps," he added.
  Here's a photo of some bright sunflowers they have in the front. He said they'd be open through most of September and October on Mon and Fri from 9-5pm, then Sat 9-3pm.
For Family Home Evening, I was so focused in getting the blog caught up, that I really didn't emerge from the computer/office/den until it was about time to go to bed.  
I did offer Walt an FHE treat....but he said he'd already gotten one.  But he did have a sugar-free ice cream bar with me, as I sat down to watch the History Channel with him.
    (I guess we'll count our blog as our FHE for this week.)

September 15, 2015 - Tuesday
(look for photo of them)
Joe and Marilee Clark have come to Idaho from Arizona to be at the Inauguration on Tuesday of the new BYU-Idaho President.  He is the nephew of Joe--Dr. Clark G. Gilbert.

I know they got some wonderful photos at the Inauguration on Tuesday.  
I'll post some photos from Tuesday, September 15 that Janie sent.  She said as BYU-I faculty members Shawn and she were on the 10th row.

  President Dieter F. Uchtdorf presided.  He was accompanied by four of the Apostles from the Quorum of the Twelve: Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, and Elder David B. Bednar.

Here is the new President, Dr. Clark G. Gilbert with President Uchtdorf.

  The BYU-Idaho Center was filled to its 15,000 seat capacity. 
And here is the printed program.

Meanwhile in Burley...
Here is our sunset on Tuesday, September 15 as we drove to the King Fine Arts Center for the first Community Concert for the 2015-2016 season...
If you like music you'll want to skim through this.
If you don't, just skip to the next day.

We loved the  ♪♫piano playing of Ronnie Kole♫♪. His theme was "Around the World on 88 Keys."  Starting in New Orleans...his hometown and birth of Jazz...he opened with jazz, then on to Liberal, Kansas for the Wizard of Oz ♫♪Over the Rainbow♫♪ then up to Chicago for ♫Boogie♪. Then it was over to Vegas and a ♪Sinatra Medley♫.
     "Crossing the Pacific to Sendai, Japan with ♫The Moon Over The Ruined Castle♫ followed by Russia and ♪Dark Eyes♪, Germany ♫Zur Traube♫, Austria ♫Mozart's Turkish March♫ and to the vineyards of France ♫Chateau Gloria♪. Crossing the English Channel to ♪♪Phantom of The Opera Overture♪♪ followed by ♫Music of the Night♫."
    "Back to the States and NYC for ♪♪Take the A Train♪♪, then returning to New Orleans to end the first half of the program with ♫Amazing Grace♫."
      It was a fascinating hour of music.
     When he returned for the second half, he took requests as he walked up the aisle and then down the other aisle.  He wasn't writing anything down, so we wondered how he was going to remember them.  When he finished, there had been 29 requests, which he said he did not remember hardly any.....but his wife had been in the audience writing them down.
     He looked at the list for just a few minutes, made about 5 marks and said he would weave all 29 requests around the theme of 3 or 4 that stood out to him that I will put in bold
   Then the music began and went uninterrupted for the next 30 glorious minutes.....all out of his head...♪Laura's Theme♪, ♫Sound of Music♫, ♪Moon River,♪, ♫Battle Hymn of the Republic♫, ♪The Entertainer♪, ♫Malaguena♫, ♪My Wild Irish Rose♪, ♫Clair de lune♫, ♪Mack the Knife♪, ♫Flight of the Bumble Bee♫, ♪Rhapsody in Blue♪, ♫The Shadow of Your Smile♫, ♪My Sweet Embraceable You♪, ♫Georgia♫, ♪Military Themes--Over Hill, Over Dale, Anchors Away, Halls of Montezuma♪, ♫In the Mood♫, ♪Danny Boy♪, ♫Red Sails in the Sunset♫, ♪Let Me Call you Sweetheart♪, ♫Beer Barrell Poka♫, ♪Unforgettable♪, ♫Smile♫. and ♪Sentimental Over You.♪
    The audience was mesmerized. 
“Born in Chicago in 1931, Kole was stricken with rheumatic fever as a youngster. He was unable to take part in sports and other strenuous activities like most of his friends so he turned his attention to piano.
We are so happy we were able to attend this Community Concert.
Susan Tuft and others have done a lot of work to keep this going for so many years in Burley.
Susan announced that only 450 tickets have been sold for this season's concerts.  Community Concerts have gone by the wayside in Twin Falls, Boise, and Idaho Falls.  She hopes it can keep going in Burley.

September 16, 2015 - Wednesday
Walt cracked me up this morning when he put his hat on backyards. I don't think I've ever seen him do this before.  He was just teasing and didn't wear it that way very long.
LaRae and I went visiting teaching.  It's great to share the visiting teaching messages this year which are all on "The Divine Attributes of Jesus Christ."  September's message focuses on "The Power and Glory" of the Savior.
Karen Taylor shared some of her huge peaches from the tree in her back yard.  We love the four sisters we get to visit: Karen, Cindy, Bonnie, and Debi.
Walt and I had postponed our day at the temple until tomorrow because we needed to be here for our ward's service project that began at 6:00 p.m.  
Clara Gerratt, the darling daughter of our Bishop, came first to collect canned goods for The Helping Hands Mission.  Her cute little brother, Dallin, was with her.
Then the Elders' Quorum came and organized our wood pile so that we could repair the fence at the back of it.
Josh Burgess is the Elders' Quorum President.  And the bishop was among these men helping.  Sorry, I don't know all of their names.
What a great job they did.  They really worked hard!  We were amazed at all they got done.  And appreciate it so much!  Thanks to each one who helped.
Then everyone gathered at the Senior Center for pie and ice cream.  Earlier that evening, the youth had done some entertaining there for senior citizens.
After giving service, it's like "...coming to the end of a perfect day."
When I got home I got a photo of "the last daisy of summer" I thought.  But later another new one popped open.

September 17, 2015 - Thursday
Kathleen Hedberg came over to help us with family history on and we were able to print out a name of Nellie Katie Olsen Petersen's line to have his temple work done.
We love to do...

We did a 1:00 session so we could get back for a viewing for a friend, then my literary book club. 
We love our tradition of rendezvousing with Walt's brother and his wife--Dale and Connie.
We did get to the viewing okay of our friend Theda, who will have a graveside service Friday in Malad, Idaho, then be buried by her husband, Bud.  Our parents and we were friends with Bun and Theda Fink from our days together in Wendell, Idaho.
 It was good to see LeRoy and Janie Fink, and LeRoy's sister Suzanne and her family.  We also got to talk with Leslie Stoddard, Janie's sister.  They said it's been 8 years since their mother, Fae Stoddard passed away and 3 years since they lost their Dad, Keith.

Tonight was our first gathering for the 2015-2016 season of our Serendipity Book Club at the home of Bonnie Fronk.  Susan Young is president, with Kathy Barrus as vice president.  I get to be the secretary.
Karen Robins gave a delightful report on the life of Margaret Mitchell who wrote Gone With the Wind.
Karen was on a tour last April that went to Atlanta and she got to go to the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum.  She passed around some photos as she talked about different parts of the author's life.
 Margaret Mitchell (November 8, 1900 – August 16, 1949) was an American author and journalist. One novel by Mitchell was published during her lifetime, the American Civil War-era novel, Gone with the Wind, [published when she was 35] for which she won the National Book Award for Most Distinguished Novel of 1936[1] and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937.
Margaret was struck by a speeding car driving on the wrong side of the road when she and her husband were crossing the street to go to a movie.  She died five days later, at the age of 49.
Karen brought some fun memorabilia to display.
Bonnie served a delicious heavenly pumpkin pie for the refreshments, plus she had dishes of candy placed throughout the rooms.
We were thrilled to have 18 in attendance, 15 members and 3 guests brought by Bonnie Hansen.
Front row, seated on the floor: Karen Robins, Susan Young, Linda Petersen. 
Next row: Ilene Mai; Lorna Arbogast, a guest; Carol Cheney, Jennie Egbert, Karma Lambert, Delores Green, June Tilley.
Next row: Kathy Barrus, Bonnie Hansen, Cheryl Hansen Fillmore, Bonnie's daughter visiting here from Loveland, Ohio; Dawn Jiang, visiting here from Shenyang, China; Gladys Harrison.
Last row: Bonnie Fronk, Marilyn Gibbons.
Ilene Mai took a photo so I could be in it, but it didn't take.  
After our great book reviews, it is nice to mingle and talk with each other.
We thank our "hostest with the mostest," Bonnie Fronk.
Here is a recent photo of Ken & Bonnie's outstanding family.
We are looking forward to October when we hope to visit the Burley Chamber of Commerce, being arranged by June Tilley.

September 18, 2015 - Friday
We had delicious and sweet fresh peaches for breakfast.  They were the ones Karen Taylor gave us this week.  
Then we went to look at the fence behind the woodpile for Walt to figure out how he's going to take down the old boards that need to be replaced.
So we went to the hardware store to get a tool to remove nails so he could remove the broken down boards from the fence behind the wood pile.
It was hard for him to decide on just the right one...which turned out to be the red one.
    Walt drove the pickup because it hardly gets used.

 Walt is still amazed at how neatly the men from the Elders' Quorum stacked the wood during their service project here Wednesday.
 This is showing some of the coal that was at the back of the wood pile.
In the middle of our snowball bush, a tree is growing that needs to be taken out.
It's so convenient to have the back gate working easily.  Thanks again to our kids and grandkids for that Labor Day Weekend project!
Walt took a photo of my sitting on my Dad's old saw horse that he must have made in the it's about 65 years old.
We love to have the flag flying in front of our home.
Then it was back to working on the fence.
And the nail remover worked well!
Friday evening we were going to watch a movie, but I kept working on our blog till it was too late.

September 19, 2015 - Saturday 
Walt has been working on this little vanity for several days.  It was a surprise Christmas gift from Walt to me several years ago.  The light plastic strip that held the drawer in place broke.  
Walt has four things on his "to-do" list to get done today.
1. Exercise. 
2. Finish tearing down the broken parts of the fence behind the wood pile.
3. Finish this vanity.
4. Watch the BYU vs UCLA football game.
I have four things on my "To Do" list:
1. Exercise.
2. Hang up the clean clothes.
3. Get my blog caught up.
4. Watch the BYU-UCLA football game.

We love being invited to watch the football games with Ruth Melling and Steve and Michelle Gerratt and Tyler, Clara, Ryan, and Dallin.
BYU at least scared UCLA.
"Two-way BYU standout Harvey Langi intercepted two of those passes in the first half, with the first killing a UCLA drive that had taken the Bruins just nine yards from pay dirt."
We thought the Cougars played really well, even tho they lost in the last few minutes.

BYU COUGARS=23 were ranked 19 this week.

UCLA BRUINS = 24     were ranked 10 this week.
Next Week in the college football world...

The Cougars’ difficult schedule continues with a trip to the Big House to face Michigan on Saturday, September 26. (We think the game is 12:00 noon EDT?)
. UCLA will have a chance to rise further up the rankings when it opens conference play in the desert with a road contest against No. 20 Arizona.

September 20, 2015 - Sunday
We are grateful for the opportunity to renew our baptismal covenants by partaking of the Sacrament in Sacrament Meeting.
Our block is from 10:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Sammy (Samantha) Heiner gave a very good talk on revelation. Ending by saying she believes in revelation and is thankful for it.

Sister Philippa Sutton, who was married in April, said she and Lloyd moved to Burley in June.  She taught us well about the Plan of Salvation. Without the great gift of the Atonement we could not repent...need sadness so we can know joy...weakness to know strength. When we have trials we need to ask God for help.

Alma 14:11-12 explains that Christ died to be resurrected. Death is another part of the Plan of Salvation. Knowledge and experience are what we take with us to heaven.

For all the inventions that have happened on this earth, God already had made all the necessary components on earth.  Like for cars, there was everything necessary for the fuel here.

This earth is where we learn to be like God and to become Christ-like.  She closed with testimony and that she is grateful for the beautiful earth God created for us to live on and work through the Plan of Salvation.

Jessica Gee played a nice violin solo of "A Child's Prayer."

Russ Hale spoke about "How God Answers Prayers."  He said we need to know how to pray in order to have answers come.
1. Address Heavenly Father correctly.
2. Pray from the heart
3. Wait for an answer
4. Remember to thank Heavenly Father

He shared a story about a woman who was sick and only felt like having some homemade bread to eat.  Her friend was at her home, but they did not have the ingredients to make homemade bread.  Her friend had to leave.  Later that afternoon, a member of her ward came with a new loaf of homemade bread.
The sick woman thought her friend had called that woman.
She had not.
This member of the ward told her that she was about to bake a loaf of bread that morning when she was impressed that she needed to bake two loaves and to take one to this other member, whom she hardly knew, and did not know that she was sick.
She drove 30 minutes across the city to take her the bread.

The Lord uses people on earth to answer prayers.

On his mission, Russ and his companion were not having much success, but they kept going out to find people.  They saw a man at his mailbox.  He let them come into his apartment and teach him.  

He told them: "I don't know why I went back out to my mailbox today.  I had already gotten my mail."
The missionaries told him: "You went back to your mailbox because the Lord wanted us to teach you today.  It was an answer to our prayer...and to your prayer."

President Tracy King was called on by the Bishop to give some remarks.  He said the Proclamation to the World: The Family presented from the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is revelation from God. 
President King says he prays each morning to meet someone to teach. One day this past week he was late coming home for lunch, about 2:30 in the afternoon.  A salesman came to the door selling rugs.
He was ready to turn him away, then he thought: "I prayed for someone to teach today."  So he said to the man, "I'm not going to buy a rug, but there's a reason you rang my door bell.  I laid out the Plan of Salvation and talked with him about 30 minutes."

The salesman said he and his wife had just said that week that they needed to change things in their life.  He left with a commitment that he would listen to the missionaries.  
President King testified that Jesus Christ loves each one of us. Our relationships are so important here on earth.  That is why Heavenly Father put us in families.
We sustain the Prophet and the Apostles. President King testified tht if we listen with our heart and approach General Conference with a prayer in our hearts, we will say 'That's just what I needed."

Sunday School was Gospel Doctrine Lesson #34 "Be Reconciled to God" was given by David Hansen because our teacher, Robert Watts was out of town.

Brother (Bishop) established what "reconcile" means as taught in 2 Corinthians

In Relief Society the lesson was "Beware of Pride" -- Lesson 18 from Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014) 229-40.
 “Pride is the universal sin, the great vice. 
The antidote for pride is humility.”
Amanda Hernández taught the lesson and had us divide into groups to come up with some of our ideas of what pride is.

"President Benson said: 'Pride is characterized by 'What do I want out of life?' rather than by 'What would God have me do with my life?'  It is self-will as opposed to God's will.  It is the fear of man over the fear of God..."

"In the words of C.S. Lewis: 'Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. . . . It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition has gone, pride has gone." (Mere Christianity, New York: Macmillan, 1952, pp. 109-10.)
Sister Hernández closed her lesson with this poem, and with her testimony for the need to give up pride in our lives.

 “My Name is Pride” by Beth Moore
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
I cheat you of your God-given destiny…
because you demand your own way.
I cheat you of contentment…
because you “deserve better than this.”
I cheat you of knowledge…
because you already know it all.
I cheat you of healing…
because you are too full of you to forgive.
I cheat you of holiness…
because you refuse to admit when you are wrong.
I cheat you of vision…
because you’d rather look in the mirror
than out a window.
I cheat you of genuine friendship…
because nobody’s going to know the real you.
I cheat you of love…
because real romance demands sacrifice.
I cheat you of greatness in heaven…
because you refuse to wash another’s feet on earth.
I cheat you of God’s glory…
because I convinced you to seek your own.
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
You like me because you think I’m always looking out for you.
I’m looking to make a fool of you.
God has so much for you, I admit, but don’t worry…
If you stick with me you’ll never know.

Let's remember what President Benson taught:
"Humility responds to God's will--to the fear of His judgments and to the needs of those around us.  To the proud, the applause of the world rings in their ears; to the humble, the applause of heaven warms their hearts." ("Cleansing the Inner Vessel," Ensign, May 1986, 6-7.)

Alma 5:27-28 says this about pride:
"Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble?  That your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ, who will come to redeem his people from their sins?
"Behold, are ye stripped of pride?  I say unto you, if ye are not ye are not prepared to meet God. Behold ye must prepare quickly; for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand, and such an one hath not eternal life."

President Benson's great talk on pride was given in the April 1989 General Conference and is found in the Ensign, May 1989, 4.

"The Savior, who is 'meek and lowly in heart' (Matthew 11:29), is our great example of humility."
We pray you have had a restful and peaceful Sabbath Day.
On this Sabbath evening, we testify that...
1 - Heavenly Father lives and loves us and knows us by name.
2 - Jesus Christ is His Son, our Savior and Redeemer.
3 - Joseph Smith is the Prophet of the Restoration of all things.
4 - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was restored to the earth in 1830 by Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ.
5 - The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ, as the Bible is the Testament of Jesus Christ.
6 - President Thomas S. Monson is the living Prophet of God for the whole earth today.
In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Walt and Eileen Petersen - Burley, I D A H O

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