Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Traces of Time . . . October 19-25, 2015

Traces of Time . . .

[Above: "TIME spent with FAMILY 
is worth every SECOND.]

This week 
~ October 19, 2015 
October 25, 2015  
in IDAHO ~

October 19, 2015 - Monday ~ ~ 
Dr. Wickern for allergies

Abby for instruction

For FHE we talked about what to do about our home. It needs to be painted and some other upgrades.  We got an estimate last May but cannot afford to do all that was needed to be done.  We will down scale and try to get the siding, for sure, painted.  The soffits on the front porch and back patio need replacing. 

October 20, 2015 - Tuesday
For Serendipity Book Club this month we met at the Chamber of Commerce where Kae Darrington Cameron told us all the exciting things that are going on in our South Central Idaho area.

In Relief Society tonight, Bonnie Fronk, our new evening meeting leader talked to us about stages of our lives by showing different cups.  

The paper cup typified when we have little children and a glass cup could be broken.
A regular glass mug was symbolic of daily life as we are growing up.
A big mug would be used by our hungry teenagers.
Another regular mug we could use for grandchildren.
A delicate China cup would be used by us as we become empty nesters and have more time to pamper ourselves.

Sherry Ormond, Marilyn Gibbons, and Bonnie Fronk showed us how to make 7 different hors'd'ouevers, which were later served for refreshments along with 7 varieties of hot chocolate.

October 21, 2015 - Wednesday
We used the day to catch up on things at home.  I started to get my side of the office den more organized.

This evening was our Burley Idaho West Stake Talent Night at the King Fine Arts Center.  A delightful program was directed by Deborah Jones.

October 22, 2015 - Thursday

We went to the temple with Dale and Connie, then had dinner at Shari's.  We enjoy being with Walt's brother and his wife each week as we attend the temple together.

October 23, 2015 - Friday

Kathleen Hedberg helped us with some more genealogy. I got a haircut at noon.
We met with Todd Phillips, our CPA about our home.
Then we headed to Utah to join three of our families for the annual "cousins pumpkin carving night."

October 24, 2015 - Saturday

Julie cooked a yummy hot breakfast of waffles, link sausage, and bacon.  It was fun to have three of David and Julie's kids stay overnight with John and Julie's kids--Anna, Sam, William.
David came and picked them up at 11:30.

We watched some of the blow-out BYU vs Wagner game.  We were so happy when the small university of Wagner (1,900 enrollment we heard the announcer say) scored one touch down at least to the total 70 points that BYU got--even with the second string in.

Then we went to a movie with Julie and John "Bridge of Spies."
My sister, Janice, had e-mailed us that she and Jeff had seen it this week and it was excellent.
There was some language we did not appreciate toward the start, but it was an excellent movie of a historical fact we remember from the 1950s when Gary Powers was shot down over Russia and the USA negotiated with them to exchange him for one of their spies we had in prison.

Gary picked us up at 7:00 to go see Abbey in the band and color guard competitions being held at Pleasant Grove High School--there were bands/color guards from all over Utah and some from Idaho--seemed like a hundred of them or so.
It had started early in the day and Abbey's West Lake High School didn't have their turn until 8:00 that night.

They did a representation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941.  Their backdrop was a huge cardboard replica of the navy battleship Arizona, that became the Arizona Memorial.  They did an outstanding job.

It was great to see how excellent Abbey is at spinning and catching her sword and rifle from so high up in the sky.

The huge football stadium was filled.  Gary got us some hot chocolate on the way home to get warmed up.  It wasn't a really cold evening, but we did get chilled.

October 25, 2015 - Sunday

We got up early and were on our way back to Idaho by 6:45, arriving home at 10:15.  It went fast since we were listening to The Agony and the Ecstasy.  We only have 13 hours left.  It has 648 pages...the book is larger than normal.

We were delighted to be back in time for our Sacrament Meeting which was the primary program today.  We didn't know it was also the primary program for our 10-y-0 grandson Isaac's ward today.  We had not taken Sunday clothes with us to Utah.

How tender it is to see the children do their parts and sing the primary songs about the Savior.  No wonder the Savior is quoted as saying: "Suffer the little children to come unto me for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven."

In Sunday School Lesson #39 “For the Perfecting of the Saints”
  1.  Ephesians 1:9–10. Paul teaches that the purpose of the dispensation of the fulness of times is to “gather together in one all things in Christ."
To help class members understand that the process of “perfecting … the saints” (Ephesians 4:12) requires us to increase our faith in Christ, follow the teachings of the apostles and prophets, and protect ourselves from the wickedness of the world.
That's a tall order for us to do in order to fulfill the purpose of this lesson!
Sister Sutton had a marvelous manner in teaching the Relief Society lesson on "Strengthened by the Atonement," the October General Conference talk by Elder Dallin H. Oaks. 
Christ went through pain and suffering so he could know how we feel s we go through our trials and heartaches.  He wanted to know how to succor us. "Succor" = give relief or aid to those who suffer.  
Now if I can just do my part to repent and ask for forgiveness, I can be succored by this great Atonement of our Redeemer and Savior.  
We pray you have had a restful and peaceful Sabbath Day.
We testify that Heavenly Father cares about every single thing in our life.
He sent His Only Begotten Son to fulfill His foreordination to become our Savior and Redeemer.  He stands ready to succor us through every problem.
The Prophet Joseph Smith was foreordained to restore The Gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth again after it was taken from the earth shortly after the Apostles of Jesus Christ died--many of them my martyrdom.  It was the Great Apostasy.
We have Prophets and Apostles again on the earth today.  The living Prophet is Thomas S. Monson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ.  The Bible is the Testament of this same Savior, Jesus Christ.
Of this we testify on this Sabbath evening of October 25, 2015, as we heard the testimony of so many primary children this day.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Walt and Eileen Petersen,
Burley, I D A H O

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