Thursday, October 15, 2015

Traces of Time...October 5-11, 2015

Traces of Time . . .

This week 
~ October 5, 2015 
October 11, 2015  
in IDAHO ~

October 5, 2015 - Monday ~ ~

This morning was the funeral for Delano Greener.  His four sons, Ben, Bryce, Barney, and Brent did a fine job speaking.  Brent was the Bishop presiding and conducting the funeral.  The granddaughters sang "♪♫When Grandpa Comes♫♪".  The grandsons were casket bearers.
It was a comforting funeral and was just an hour long, finishing at 1:20 p.m. because they were 20 minutes late in starting.

Mary and their kids and grandkids are going to miss Delano so much.  Delano and Mary were the coordinators on the Wednesday mid-shift at the Twin Falls Idaho Temple.
After the funeral we went to lunch at the Canton Buffet with Ruth Melling. Kassie was our waitress again.

The sign says: "Asian Buffet" and it is where Price's Café used to be.   We miss Price's, but the Chinese food is good there and the price is reasonable.
Walt worked on the vanity drawer some more.
For FHE we either read the Sunday School lesson or the Priesthood/Relief Society lesson for the next week, or discuss something we are planning to do for the week.
   I didn't record what we did this evening, and since I'm posting this a couple of weeks later...I can't remember the specifics of what we did tonight.  (I think it's called "my old age of 76 years.")

October 6, 2015 - Tuesday  
We taught a Temple Preparation Class this afternoon to a couple we started teaching the end of June whose summer scheduled got so busy and they were gone a lot.  We love being with them.  We're on lesson 3 of the 7.

Then I worked at getting my blog caught up and Walt worked at his computer.

October 7, 2015 - Wednesday
We drove to Twin Falls and rendezvoused with Dale.  Connie was not able to come today.  We did the 1:00 session because some friends had given them tickets for the Oktober Fest dinner in Twin Falls for tonight.

So Walt and I went to eat by ourselves. 
We had a combined lunch-and-supper at Idaho Joe's.  We usually love their food, but today he didn't like the loaded potato soup he ordered.  On further inquiry I discovered it was because "it isn't like my Mom used to make."
Wish she were still with us so I could ask her how she made it.

I had the Quiche Lorraine and fruit. 
We got home just in time for Jeopardy.  It's been fun watching the current champion--Matt Jackson--win so many days in a row.

October 8, 2015 - Thursday
This morning Walt got the vanity repairs almost finished.
This afternoon I was invited to the Friends of the Library Book Club gathering. Loanda Manning gave the book review on The Lincoln Hypothesis by Timothy Ballard published in 2014. The subtitle is DAY A MODERN-DAY ABOLITIONIST INESTIGATES THE POSSIBLE CONNECTION BETWEEN JOSEPH SMITH, THE BOOK OF MORMON, AND ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

The book review was well done with interesting discussion. It's a whole area I had not heard about before.  I checked out the book to peruse it further.

This evening we've been looking forward to since David Gibbons told us about Elder Enrique Falabella coming on Oct. 8.  Elder Enrique R. Falabella was called to serve as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 31, 2007, at age 56. He served previously as an Area Seventy in the Central America Area.

Elder Falabella, of the First Quorum of the Seventy, was assigned to do the mission tour of the Twin Falls Idaho Mission.  President Gibbons, the first counselor in the Mission Presidency was asked to show him something this afternoon about Idaho, then serve him dinner in their home here in Burley.

They took him out to see the potato harvest at the Pickett Farm in Oakley.  They toured the big new potato storage facility and then the head of the potato digging crew had Elder Falabella go right up into the cab with the driver of the big tractor that was going down the long row of potatoes being harvested.  David said Elder Falabella had a big grin as he enjoyed this Idaho farm experience first hand.

We were invited to join them at 6:30 at the Gibbons'd home to have dinner with Elder Falabella, President and Sister Curtis, the mission president and wife, and the Gibbons.
President Gibbons knew we had worked with Elder Falabella in Guatemala at the MTC before he had been called to the Seventy, and also that Elder Falabella had been our Area President during our first year as Temple President and Matron of the San Salvador El Salvador Temple (August 2011 to August 2012).

The home-cooked roast beef dinner was perfect! 
Here is a photo of everyone after dinner.  Elder Falabella helped me get my camera on "timer mode" then set up the camera so we could all be in the group photo.
Left to right: President and Sister Gibbons, Sister and President Curtis, Elder Falabella, Walt and Eileen Petersen.
Dave and Marilyn are such excellent hosts.
What a delightful evening!  We enjoyed seeing Elder Falabella again.

October 9, 2015 - Friday
Kathleen Hedberg, our Ward Family History specialist, came to help Walt work on the Swedish ancestors of his grandmother, Nellie Katie Olson.  They got another name to print out for the work to be done at the temple.
 "...turn the hearts of the children to their fathers..."
This evening was an open house for Rachelle Young and Christopher Hiltbrand at the home of her parents, Brent and Cindy Young.  LaRae and I are Cindy's visiting teachers.
Walt had some words of wisdom for the happy newlyweds.

October 10, 2015 - Saturday
Ken Weeks came to mow our lawn--probably the last time for this season of green-lawn time.  It has been such a blessing to us for him to mow our lawn all summer.  And our lawn has never looked better!  
  Thank you, Ken!
I baked some zucchini bread to take tomorrow for Luke Bunn's mission report and lunch.  It didn't raise, so I didn't take it.

Walt worked some more on the fence.
At 5:30 we went to Ruth Melling's to watch the BYU vs E. Carolina football game.  What an exciting game it turned out to be...with BYU doing a come-back in the 4th quarter to win 45-38.

October 11, 2015 - Sunday
We were up early to leave at 7:30 to drive to our hometown of Wendell for the 9:00 a.m. Sacrament Meeting for the mission report of Luke Bunn - son of Mitch and Karen Bunn - who are Walt's nephew and wife.
Well, it's not officially called a "mission report" anymore.  Our nephew, Luke Bunn, was speaking in Sacrament Meeting after returning home from his two-year mission to the Micronesia Guam Mission.

He learned to rely on the Spirit of the Lord in learning a difficult new language and of knowing where to go to find those ready to listen and how to teach them of the Great Restored Gospel.  

Elder Bunn was full of optimism and willing to work very hard.  He taught many and helped them feel the spirit of the Lord and accept these truths. He taught and the Holy Ghost testified the truth to his miriad of investigators.  Many will call his name blessed and speak his name with reverence for years to come.
What a blessing he has been to the people in the Islands of Micronesia.
It has been a joy to follow Elder Bunn's weekly e-mails home about his work in the Micronesia Guam Mission.  
Can you tell that his Mom and Dad--Mitch and Karen--are so happy to have him safely home!
The bishopric had Luke leave Sacrament Meeting first so he could go to the cultural hall and the members could greet him there.  Here his Great Uncle Dale Petersen talked with him.
(Dale's wife, Connie, was also taking a photo of them.)
President and Sister Owsley from Hagerman greet him.  They are the second counselor and wife in the Idaho Twin Falls Mission.
His Uncle Don and Aunt Jeanine Bunn, and his cousin Donna greet him.
And these Wendell brethren congratulate him.
Mitch and Karen hosted a luncheon for family and friends at their home.  His sister, Becky, husband Justin, and children Audrey and David came from Portland, Oregon.  
I got a photo of Becky with her Grandfather Dale Bunn. 
Luke's sister, Beth, her husband Justin  and daughter Natalie came from up by Rexburg, Idaho.
Here I got a photo of Beth with her Mom, Karen, and sister, Becky.
And here's a photo of Mitch with his Dad, Dale.
And Mitch's brother, Matt and wife Brenda.
Luke's Grandmother--Karen's Mom, Margene Anderson--was here from Delta, Utah.
Here's Karen with one of her sisters.
Luke's Aunt and niece from Utah.
Some more of Karen's siblings and their children--Luke's aunts and uncles and cousins also came from Utah.
More family from Idaho, Utah, and Oregon.
Also Mitch's sister came from the Tri-Cities--Brenda and Jerry Tagestad.
 ...and Beverly and son Andrew came from Boise.
l didn't get names and photos of everyone there, but there were a lot of family and friends who came 
to welcome Luke home.
Here's some more of Mitch's family who came to honor Luke.
Luke's cousin Brittany and a friend are in 
this photo with Luke and his grandfather.
Here's his cousin Jacob, son of Don and Jeanine.
And Dale and Laura, Don and Jeanine's oldest son and his wife.  Dale Bunn is blessed to have so many of his family living right in Wendell!
And friends were still coming as we were leaving.  Here are the Lancasters.
We we so happy be related to this great missionary -- 
Elder Luke Bunn who served so valiantly in the
Micronesia Guam Mission.
Here's Mitch and Karen Bunn's family two years ago in October 2013 just before Luke left on his mission.
And here is the immediate family with spouses and grandchildren.
Here is the beautiful home in the Idaho desert 
on the northside of Wendell's city limits 
that Luke has returned home to.
We pray you have had a peaceful and restful Sabbath Day.
We testify that the Church of Jesus Christ 
of Latter-day Saints is true.
There was a great Apostasy 
after the Apostles of Jesus Christ died.
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ determined that
They would restore all things to the earth in 1820.
The United States of America became a free country
for God's purpose to have a place where His Truths 
could be restored.

Joseph Smith was foreordained in heaven to become 
the Prophet of this restoration.
That is why missionaries go throughout the world--
at their own expense--
to teach of this Great Restoration and
the Plan of Salvation.
Of this we testify and bear our witness.
In the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen

Walt and Eileen Petersen - October 11, 2015 - Burley, Idaho

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