Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Traces of Time...September 21-27, 2015

Traces of Time . . .

This week 
~ September 21, 2015 
September 27, 2015  
in IDAHO ~

September 21, 2015 - Monday ~ ~ 

Today I took one photo--Walt working on the vanity.
September 22, 2015 - Tuesday

"The Mind of a Scientist, the Soul of an Apostle of God"
“Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died Tuesday at 1:45 p.m. MDT from causes incident to age, while surrounded by his family at his home in Salt Lake City. He was 86.

“Elder Scott was sustained as an apostle on October 1, 1988. He was called as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 2, 1977, and served as a member of the presidency of that quorum from October 1983 until he was called as an apostle in 1988.

“Elder Richard G. Scott spent his life in the pursuit of truth. He had the mind of a scientist but the soul of an apostle of God. He bore testimony that while scientific truths are relative, God’s truths are absolute and will ultimately bring joy to those who follow them.http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article...

We will miss Elder Scott...

Our friends took a photo of us.

Then we took a photo of them...
Then I took a photo of Walt working some more on the vanity...
September 23, 2015 - Wednesday

We rendezvoused with Dale and Connie at the Twin Falls Temple to do the 3:00 session.  We were happy to take names through that Kathleen Hedberg had given us from her family line.

We then enjoyed having dinner with them at Johnny Carino's Restaurant.  Dale chose to have Italian food and I said we had never been to Johnny Carino's.  I chose lasagne, which was good but not as good as Maxie's Tomatoes where we went two weeks ago.

September 24, 2015 - Thursday

We did some grocery shopping. Almost every time Walt goes shopping with me, he sees someone he knows.  We walked by this family and the young man said: "Dr. Petersen?" adding "Do you remember me?"  Walt had to ask his name, then he remembered h.  Walt had delivered him, then the whole family were his patients for all the rest of his growing up years.
Then we drove out to the Woodland Mill and Cabinet shop that is run by Dean Woodland -- Heather Fronk's husband.  Walt asked him if he repaired furniture and showed him the short leg that had broken from our coffee table in the living room. Dean said he didn't like doing repairs but would drop by and take a look at it.
[Actually as I post this on Oct. 8, Walt glued the leg back on today, so we hope it will hold.]

Dean's shop is at 1357 East Main, which is where the Y-Dell Bowl was.  I thought he had converted his shop from that building but he told us that building was completely torn down and he had this new one built.  It's very impressive!
And I had just figured out and said as we drove up to it: "Oh, that's why it was called the Y-Dell....the road forms a "Y" here." [duh]

September 25, 2015 - Friday
Today I got my hair cut by Jenny.
This evening we went to the wedding reception of J.W. Sagers and Saedryn (goes by Saedie I think they said) Patterson.  They were married in the Salt Lake Temple yesterday.
Joe and Sherre were excited to have all their children and grandchildren there.
The newlyweds are a darling couple and looked so happy.
It's always fun to greet these happy newlyweds and talk with them and their family.  Most of you know that President and Sister Sagers had six daughters--Jesse, Sarah, Erin, Lacie, Liza, Emma-- then a son, J.W.
It was fun catching up with them since they served as mission president and wife of the Texas Ft. Worth Mission for three years (I think 2010-2013, then he was transferred to finish his CES career teaching Institute in California.  He has just retired this summer and they are getting their papers ready to serve a mission early in 2016.
They are back in Idaho now.   
President Sagers was one of Walt's counselors when Walt was stake president of the Burley Idaho West Stake May 1983 to Nov 1992.  Then Pres. Sagers was called as a bishop and was our stake president I think about 2001 to 2010.
We enjoyed seeing other friends, too.  Here are Ray and Cheryl Koyle.
It's nice to be back in I D A H O and renewing old acquaintances.
There was a beautiful sunset from this outdoor gathering at the Unity Ward.  It's like coming to the end of a perfect day.

September 26, 2015 - Saturday

BYU vs Michigan football game....10:00 a.m. MDT
What a sad game.  We were sorry to see the Cougars shut out 31-0 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  We watched the game at Ruth Melling's home along with Bishop Steve and Michelle Gerratt, Tyler, Clara, Ryan, and Dallin.  Five-year old Dallin amazes us with how much he knows about football!  

In the afternoon we went to a baptism of  Marty...here President Gibbons, the First Counselor in the Mission Presidency congratulates him.
...and his little sister Shanelle, who was with a friend after.

The General Women's Session of General Conference
We had a wonderful soup and salad luncheon before this session.
I rode over with Ruth Melling and Pat Williams and we sat by Michelle Gerratt and Amanda.

We also sat by Jacque Kay and Donna Westergard.
How fun it was to see mothers and daughters together, and other friends... here is Kenna Durfee and Debra Jones.
And I am here with Laura Nielson, Kathleen Hedberg, and Kenna Durfee.
What wonderful and timely messages we heard from our selected speakers of our General Presidencies of Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary.  The chapel was much fuller than it had been last March.
Here is the introduction from a summary of the
It is now officially called "the first session of each Semiannual General Conference." (See in the first two lines below in the quote.)
I can't remember that it was called that at the April 2015 General Conference.  I will have to look it up and post it on my blog later.
The following is quoted from an official Church site: September 26, 2015.
"Thousands of Latter-day Saint women across the globe gathered for the first session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference.
A capacity congregation of 21,000 women and girls age 8 and older filled the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City for the session.
The meeting was translated and sent to more than 7,400 church buildings in 100 countries via television, radio, satellite and Internet broadcasts.
President Thomas S. Monson presided at the women’s session — which was conducted by Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president — and attended by members of Relief Society, Young Women and Primary general presidencies and boards and many General Authorities."
I will quote from one of the four speakers during the next posts on my blog.
I came away feeling happy I'm a woman, a wife, a mother and grandmother (and soon to be great-grandmother) in Zion.

September 27, 2015 - Sunday
In Sacrament Meeting, the first speaker was a new convert to the Church.  Bernadine Francisco told us she was a full-blooded Navajo Indian. She moved to Burley 17 months ago, and was baptized 3 1/2 months ago. Her daughter, Shantelle, was baptized yesterday.
   She shared how she grew up so poor after her father left her mother with 5 children to raise alone.  She doesn't like to look back on it because life was so hard.
   Now her life is happy because she has found the true Gospel.
She was assigned to talk about the "Atonement" today. Her grandparents and mother always taught her to pray, which has helped her prepare her talk today.
   In all her 35 years, she said she has never been so happy as now with all the blessings from the Lord since she has been baptized. She testified that the Atonement of the Savior helps us all go forward.

Diane Prescott, our ward primary president, was called out of the audience to share her testimony.  

The ward choir sang and then Rob Oakes, our high councilor, spoke. He also spoke about the great Atonement.  

My comment: I wonder how many talks and how much study it will take before I can ever understand the Atonement and how it works?  But I do know how thankful I am for it.

We had lesson #36 in Sunday School "Beloved of God, Called to be Saints" from Romans in the Old Testament. It was to remind us that we are all children of God and to encourage us to live worthy of our divine inheritance.

In Relief Society Crystal Herrera taught a very good lesson...and since I didn't record it on that Sunday, now I can't remember the main point.  She had three gift boxes beautifully wrapped with the three main points of the lesson.
   That's why I take notes because I can no longer remember like I used to.  But I didn't take notes today because a less active gal whom LaRae and I visit teach came.  She works at Bonanza Motors with Crystal who was teaching, and I sat by her to help her feel more comfortable.  I was so tickled she came, and she said she was happy to be there.

This afternoon we drove over to Twin Falls to the Reynolds Funeral Home for the viewing of our friend Del Traveller.
There was an hour's line or more.  I went to sit on the benches but Walt stood in line....until our friends Karl Nelson and Paul Young saw us.  President Nelson and President Young decided we needed to be by them.  Paul went way back to have Walt come up.  They had us sit in the benches until they got to the front.

President Traveller was a sealer at the Twin Falls Temple.  When we got to the front, the first son in line, Tony, exclaimed: "Dr. Petersen! You delivered me when my parents lived in Burley."
   Another fun note about the family:  When they lived in Burley, their second oldest daughter, Ruth Ann was Gary's "girlfriend" in first grade.  They moved away the next year to Twin Falls.
Ruth Ann said the family chose flowers for his casket that showed how he loved to grow a garden.
Del was an agronomist and had worked at the Sugar Factory--both in Burley and then in Twin Falls.  We thought this flower arrangement with sugar beets in it.
It was a tender Sabbath day to help comfort a sorrowing widow, Shirleen, and their grieving children.
Here is Walt as we were leaving the Funeral Home.
Then Walt took a photo of me.
On this Sunday evening, we pray you have had a peaceful and restful Sabbath Day.

We testify of the infinity of life. That death is not the end of us. Our spirit passes from our body but goes on to another realm in heaven where we still live and progress.

This is possible because of the Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Great Plan of Salvation, which is the universal plan of our loving Heavenly Father.

Because of the Restoration of the Gospel we can know of these truths.

We are thankful for the Prophet, Joseph Smith, who was told by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ of all truths.

The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ, the Savior.

The Bible is the Testament of Jesus Christ, the Savior.

We have a living Prophet for the whole earth today--Thomas S. Monson--who is the President of the restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The head of the Church is Jesus Christ.

We look forward to life after death and living as families together forever because of the restored Priesthood temple sealing ordinances--binding in heaven that which is bound on earth.

Of these truths we testify, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Walt and Eileen Petersen - Burley, I D A H O

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