Monday, September 7, 2015

Traces of Time - This week of September 7, 2015 to September 13, 2015

Traces of Time . . .

This week 
~ September 7, 2015 to September 13, 2015 
in IDAHO ~

September 7, 2015 - Monday ~ ~ Labor Day
We were up early to go to Charlie's Café for breakfast.
But when we got there...   Of course, it's a national holiday.

So we went to Connor's Cafe instead.  It was a great choice.
We each ordered...
Walt -- one pancake and hashbrowns, and hot chocolate.
Eileen -- Two eggs, sausage patty, hashbrowns, toast, and hot chocolate.
And David -- Two eggs, hashbrowns, toast, and hot chocolate.
Then "for everyone to share" David ordered French Toast, Biscuits 'n Gravy plus this morning as a special, Ham came with the Biscuits 'n Gravy.
You can barely see the plate of French Toast in the lower left corner...
We liked our fun waitress.  As she brought the extra orders, she asked: "Now do you have enough food?"
Needless to say, we needed some "doggie bags" to take home some of the food.
 One thing that is the same as Charlie's Cafe ... there is a table of fun "Old Cronies talking about how to solve the world's problems."
As we walked by them when we were leaving, I asked: "Have you got the world's problems solved yet?"
The fellow on the far right answered: "Not yet, but by tomorrow noon we will."
The same fun waitress took a photo of the three of us...
Next we stopped off at Walmart to get some floodlights to replace the burned out ones for the backyard.  We also got a cord to go from our iPad to our car radio speakers so we can play the next "Siblings' Book Club" audio of The Agony and the Ecstasy -- A  Life of Michelangelo, which David showed us how to download.
September 2015 Siblings’ Book Club selection—
Chosen by Dad/Grampa – Walter Petersen
The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo
·         Written by: Irving Stone in 1962
·         Narrated by: Arthur Morey
·         Length: 33 hrs and 59 mins 
·          ·         Unabridged Audiobook
·         This is Irving Stone's powerful and passionate biographical novel of Michelangelo. His time: the turbulent Renaissance, the years of poisoning princes, warring popes, the all-powerful Medici family..."

We are excited to start listening to it.  Walt had read the Reader's Digest condensed version when he was on the Coast Guard Cutter Chautauqua from August to November 1964 as part of his assignment when he was doing his military duty with the U.S. Public Health Service at an Indian Hospital in Talihina, Oklahoma (July 1964 to June 1966).    
Everyone seems to be liking it so far.  
David finished it on the drive from Draper, Utah to Burley, Idaho on Friday afternoon/evening.

When we got back home from our morning adventures, David replaced the burned out flood lights for the backyard.
I'm always relieved when Walt or the kids are finished with projects that need climbing on ladders to do. (Of course, Walt doesn't get on ladders anymore.)
You can see the Iris that Julie brought from her yard to plant in our yard.  We are excited that next Memorial Day we will have beautiful purple Iris flowers to put on the family graves.
I had them stand this direction to see the nice, new boards that everyone worked so hard to repair our fence on Saturday.
We were extra blessed to have David be able to stay extra time to be with us on Sunday and on Monday morning.
All too soon it was time for David to head back to his home and family in Draper, Utah.  We thank Julie, Josh, Anna, Sam, and William for sharing their husband and father with us for 3 1/2 days!
This family photo is from about 5 years ago, but one of my favorites of them.
Here's a more current family photo...
I got a photo of David with Walt just before he was ready to pull out.
It's fun to have a lot of our kids here....but it's also fun to have some one-on-one time with each one.
David pulled out of the driveway at 11:59.  His time frame was to be on the road before noon.  We kept him so busy this morning that he barely made it with one minute to spare.
Now, we're ready to take a nap and I'm going to get my posting on last week's blog finished.
  Walt walked around the back yard several times just looking at and touching the new fence.
...and I hung a sheet out in the sun on the new clothesline.  It's going to have that wonderful outdoor fresh smell!
I wanted to watch a movie to end Labor Day with.  The TV was on the PBS channel 25th Anniversary showing of Ken Burns' "The Civil War" documentary series started, so we watched that for FHE.   It will be on every night this week.
For more information on the broadcast and the Civil War, visit 

We hope this will be played again in 2015 on the PBS channel.
25 Years After Original Broadcast, PBS Will Air Award-winning Film over Five Consecutive Nights Beginning September 7, 2015
Arlington, VA (April 9, 2015) – As the country marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and the end of the Civil War, PBS announced today that THE CIVIL WAR, the award-winning film produced and directed by Ken Burns that first aired in September 1990, will be rebroadcast over five consecutive nights September 7-11, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings). Lincoln – the first U.S. President to be assassinated – was shot by John Wilkes Booth on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, and died the following morning, just six days after the Confederacy surrendered to the Union Army.

The broadcast, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the original broadcast of THE CIVIL WAR, will present for the first time a newly restored high definition version. House.  

September 8, 2015 - Tuesday 

(131) Walked 20 min .5 miles
Did some genealogy

Walt taught a Temple Preparation class #3 3:00-4:00

September 9, 2015 - Wednesday

Our grandson, Jackson John Peterson, turned "11" today.  We love you, Jackson!
Here is Jackson last year on his birthday this morning with his two sisters and one brother.
We did sealings at the temple at 11:00 this morning with our Burley 3rd Ward High Priests' Quorum. Then we did a 1:00 endowment session with Dale and Connie.
A friend from Paul, Max Twiss, came out of the temple the same time we did and took this photo of us.  We are so sad that his sweet wife, JayLynn passed away from cancer while we were serving in El Salvador.

David Gibbons, our friend and neighbor was just coming to do his shift. His sweet wife, Marilyn, had already gone into the temple while he parked.  I should call him "President Gibbons" during this three years while he is serving as a counselor in the Twin Falls Idaho Mission Presidency.
This late afternoon, Dale chose to eat at Maxie's Tomatoes Restaurant.  We four all chose to have their outstanding Lasagna.  Each couple split one order of it.
This is a fun restaurant.  I remember that in the year 2002, the committee for Walt's 50th Wendell High School Reunion, met here once a month while planning the June gathering. I remember Edith Dean ______, coming from Boise, and it seems like another classmate came with her each month.  Also Connie Prince _______, Ida Mae Gold ___________, Larry Stevenson, Rulon and Carolyn Nelson Chandler, and others all came.  You can see I don't remember the married names very well.
Connie and Larry have passed away.
     Walt and I are both at the age where our friends are passing away quite often.  We are both thankful to still be living.
We watched Part 3 of "The Civil War" when we got home. So sad to see so many be killed in this war of brother against brother, friend against friend.  President Lincoln is looking more and more aged and tired from the photos it has of him throughout this sad time in the United States history.

September 10, 2015 - Thursday  
 I finally got the invitation out today for the start of our new season of our Serendipity Book Club.  We meet once a month from September to May.

                         3rd Thursday of each month
S E A S O N S . . .

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 King James Version (KJV)
1 “To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven…”
SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
Book Review:  Karen Robins
Home: Bonnie Fronk
2565 Burton Avenue
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Refreshments: Bonnie Fronk
~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Welcome to our new season of book club.
Please come.
It’s always nice to bring a friend.

We went to the viewing tonight of John Egbert.  Jennie, his wife, is a member of our Serendipity Book Club.
Their daughter, Janet Hansen (wife of Gordon) is an outstanding person.  She is a great ICU nurse.  She was very instrumental in the building of the Storybook Park in Burley.
This is a great photo of John and Jennie.

September 11, 2015 - Friday

We attended the funeral of John Egbert in the morning.  
He sounded like a really good man! Wish we had known him better.  They moved here 19 years ago.  I know Jennie from our book club.
They already had their headstone in place beside two of their grandchildren.
It was very tender as Janet and Gordon looked at the headstones of their two precious children buried in the Gem Memorial Garden.
Their son, Clark, was just four. "Our Sunshine" is engraved on his headstone.
Their baby daughter, Camille, was not quite 2 months old.  "Our Angel" is engraved on her headstone.

We had not had any breakfast, so we went to the Cantun Restaurant (where Price's Café used to be) to have lunch.  It was fun that Kassie Mintun is still a waitress there. (She wrote out her full name for us, which I had not known. Kazukom.)
It was fun to see her after all these years.
The Chinese food was much better than we had anticipated.  We will definitely go back.

That morning before John's funeral we had received a message from Ross and Karen Taylor that Lucille Nielson had passed away Monday, September 7, and her funeral was that morning in Salt Lake in her son David's ward.
It had not been in the Tmes News  or any of the newspapers.
So I tried to e-mail friends to let as many know as possible.  It made us a  few minutes late for John Egbert's funeral.
The burial would be at 4:00 that afternoon in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Burley.  The oldest son Norm dedicated the grave.
All four of Norman and Lucille's children were there: Susan, Norm, Brent, and David, plus the spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

At the graveside service, Elder Nielson said their kids told them that everyone just checks online now - not in newspapers.  However, that's not true for us 70, 80, and 90 year olds.  We know many more would have been there, had they seen it in the newspaper.

It was so nice to see them.  We shared out heart-felt condolences over the loss of their outstanding mother.  Lucille was 91 and had been a widow for 37 years.
Elder Brent and Marcia Bradford Nielson stopped to let me get a photo.  Elder Nielson is currently the Director of the Missionary Department so they are living in Salt Lake now.  But he said "the globe" is his area. He was being sent to Mexico in a week or so, and then on to Russia.

 Walt's "one claim to fame" is that he was Brent's bishop when Brent was an Aaronic Priesthood young man here in Burley.  "Elder Nielson was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy April 4, 2009, at age 54. Elder and Sister Nielson have six children." Deseret News 2013 Church Almanac, p. 98.

Walt is talking with Christine Robins Funk at the graveside service.
Norman and Lucille are now buried side by side at the east end of the Pleasant View Cemetery.  But the sweet ending is that they are reunited again for eternity after 37 years being apart because they fulfilled the "new and everlasting covenant of marriage" in the Temple of the Lord.
Here they are on their wedding day--August 26, 1946, after being sealed for time and for all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple.

September 12, 2015 - Saturday

Happy Birthday to our daughter-in-law, Kathy Petersen, wife of Gary, mother of McKell, Abbey, Jacob, and Isaac.  They live in Saratoga Springs, Utah.

We puttered around the house this morning doing odds 'n ends.  This afternoon we went to the funeral of Bob Bray, who passed away September 7 at age 93.  

After Bob lost his first wife, Penny in 1979, he was a widower for 8 years, then found a widow, Vivian Dille Stanger, whom he married in 1987.  Vivian grew up in my hometown of Wendell, Idaho, and her family--Carl and Rose Dille--were friends with my Mom's family--Dave and Ella Huffaker, especially my Mom's younger sister, Lorraine.
We all loved to hear Vivian play her accordion at our ward parties.

Bob's grandson, Steven Bray, conducted the funeral at the beautiful Rasmussen Funeral Chapel. Bob's daughter, Marilyn Bray Whiting played the piano and organ.
Lewis Dille, Vivian's brother, gave the opening prayer.
Jeff Bray gave the life sketch.  He said his grandmother's name was "Wanda Bosworth" but his grandfather called her "Penny" because she was his "lucky penny."
Jeff shared how his grandfather helped many people financially--anonymously--who were down and out.
Jeff said his grandfather loved money the way it says in Jacob 2:19 "And after ye have obtained hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek  them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good--to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the 
captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted."

Jeff thanked Vivian for "making everyone smile--especially his grandfather" whom she made so happy these past 29 years.  He closed with his testimony.

Bob's grandchildren and great grandchildren sang "I Am A Child of God."

Scott Bray, another grandson, the speaker, said that when we attend a funeral we leave wanting to do better in our lives.
He cited the story of The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom.
  1. [Cornelia "Corrie" ten Boom was a Dutch Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. She was imprisoned for her actions.
  2. BornApril 15, 1892, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  3. DiedApril 15, 1983, Placentia, CA
  4. She said "Forgiveness is the key that unlocks hate."
Scott also quoted what Christ said to Joseph Smith when he had been imprisoned in the Liberty Jail for 5 months:
Doctrine and Covenants 122:7-9
 "And if thou shouldst be cast into the pitor into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deepif the billowingsurge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens   gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above   all,  if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experienceand shall be for thy good.
 The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?
 Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not benumbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for  God shall be with you forever and ever."
Scott closed by saying that just as Corrie ten Boom provided a hiding place, God provides a place for us.
The plan of our Heavenly Father is for happiness here and hereafter.
The closing hymn was "Good Be With You Till We Meet Again" conducted by Steve's wife, Claudette Bray.
The closing prayer was given by a granddaughter, Hillary Bray Woodland.
The chapel was filled with family and friends of Bob. We will miss him.

September 13, 2015 - Sunday
We were up and at-em to get a couple of roasts in the oven and then mix rolls just before heading to Church.  Our block is 10:50 to 1:50 so that Sacrament Meeting could be worked in first for our Burley Third Ward.

In Sacrament Meeting ..... the most important part, we partook of the sacrament as we remembered the Savior and all that He has done for us.

Tyler Gerratt talked about how important music is in the Church and in our life.

Wendy Weeks talked about "Spiritual Crocodiles" that Elder Boyd K. Packer warned us about in the April 1976 General Conference.
(If you want to open this, you'll have to copy and paste into the address line because I couldn't get the "link" to copy and save. Sorry.) Sister Weeks ended with a strong testimony of the Gospel, Joseph Smith as the Prophet of the Restoration, and Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer.  She said she is grateful for the principles of the Gospel and is hopeful that one day we may all return to our Heavenly Father.   
Christian Jackson spoke on "How to Magnify the Priesthood"
He quoted Marion G. Romney from the April 1973 General Conference.
Three important ways to magnify the preisthood are:
1. Motivation -- a desire to serve
2. Searching - pondering the scriptures
3. Service - 

After Sacrament Meeting we finished our preparations for four close friends coming to dinner--The Clarks from Arizona and The Thompsons from Jerome.  They were both wonderful Sr. Couple Temple Missionaries for our San Salvador El Salvador Temple.
The Clarks came to see Walt in Utah in March 2014 after his heart surgery.  So its been 18 months since we've seen them.
  It was a delight to be with these four.
We've been blessed to see the Thompsons a few times since they returned in June from their second temple mission -- this time serving in the Guatemala Temple, in the Temple Presidency and as an Assistant to the Matron of the Temple.   
They brought a delicious blackberry cobbler that they had picked the blackberries from a patch in Jerome.  They topped it off with vanilla ice cream.
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.
What a special time...
We pray you have had a peaceful and restful Sabbath Day.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true.
It was restored to the earth by Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
The Book of Mormon is true and Another Testament of Jesus Christ.  The Bible is a Testament of Jesus Christ.
The Priesthood has been restored and through the authority of the Priesthood sealing ordinance in the Holy Temple, families are sealed together for time and for all eternity.
President Thomas S. Monson is the living Prophet of God on the earth today for the entire earth.
Of this we testify at the end of this Sabbath Day - 
September 13, 2015.
Walt and Eileen Petersen - Burley, I D A H O

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