Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Traces of Time . . . Week of November 2-8, 2015

Traces of Time . . .
This week 
~ November 2, 2015 
November 8, 2015  
in IDAHO ~

November 2, 2015 - Monday ~ ~ 

We woke to rain and only went outside to pick up the morning newspaper from the front porch. I worked on some genealogy, updating Grampa Ray Petersen's life story I had typed in 1995 for the Pedersen-Jensen Book.  

Steven, our son, has the final draft of the book he is writing-- When All Have Spoken A practical guide to increasing participation
in the LDS classroom   .  He sent the 118 pages to me to help proof read before it goes to the press.

I looked up on the online Church directory some names of new families in the ward so I can become familiar with them and connect their children with the right families.

November 3, 2015 - Tuesday

Today I had a CT scan as a follow up from one done at Mayo Clinic a couple years ago that showed some possible tiny nodules on my lung.  Could be why I have a chronic cough.
Dr. Wickern, the allergist who comes to Burley on Mondays from Twin Falls is checking it out.


November 4, 2015 - Wednesday

On our drive to the Twin Falls Temple we  finished the audio book of The Agony and the Ecstasy --A Novel of Michaelangelo by Irving Stone, Doubleday & Company, N.Y.,1961.  It was 33 hours long.  The book was 648 pages long.
   I thought it was brilliant how the author wrote what Michaelangelo may have been thinking as he was dying:
"Tommaso kissed Michelangelo on the brow, withdrew weeping.
"Dusk was falling.  Alone in the room, Michelangelo began to review the images of all the beautiful works he had created.  He saw them, one by one, as clearly as the day he had made them, the sculptures, painting and architecture succeeding each other as swiftly as had the years of his life: [they are all named] . . . and as the pictures came to a stop and stood still in his mind's eye, St. Peter's.
   "St. Peter's . . . . He enterd the church through its front portal, walked in the strong Roman sunshine down the wide nave, stood below the center of the dome, just over the tomb of St. Peter.  He felt his soul leave his body, rise upward into the dome, becoming part of it: part of space, of time, of heaven, and of God."

Portrait of Michelangelo 

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
6 March 1475
Caprese near ArezzoRepublic of Florence (present-dayTuscany, Italy)
18 February 1564 (aged 88)
RomePapal States (present-day Italy)
Known for
Sculpture, painting, architecture, and poetry
Notable work
·         David
·         Pietà
·         The Last Judgment
·         Sistine Chapel Ceiling

Here is the Pieta....I think he was barely 20 years old, if that, when he sculpted this from marble.  Walt and I saw this at St. Peter's in Rome in June 2010 when we were on our 50th Wedding Anniversary cruise (we went a year before the actual 50th because it was when D. Kelly Ogden was lecturing "In the Footsteps of Paul" during this 10-days of stopping at the countries on the Mediterranean where Paul did several missions).
Here is the famous "David" also known as the "Giant."  He wanted David to appear as he would have as he had the sling shot in his left hand and the stone in the other on his way to confront the giant enemy of the Israelites.  I believe it is ten feet tall or taller.  I'll have to recheck that.
  My Aunt Eleanor, my Mother, and I saw this in Florence in April 1992 as my mother had just finished her England London South Mission.
  Walt and I also went aboard to Florence in June 2010, but the museum is closed on Mondays, so he didn't get to see it.
 My sweet, old-fashioned mother said, as she was looking up at this masterpiece: "Well, he could have at least put a loin cloth on him."
Walt and I enjoyed this biography about Michaelangelo's life.

We got to the front door of the temple exactly the same time as Luke.
We were thrilled to rendezvous with our great-nephew, Luke Bunn, at the temple to do the three o'clock endowment session at the Twin Falls Temple.  Connie took a photo of us after with the temple in the background.

We asked Luke to choose where he would like to go to dinner.
He chose Mexican food.  Dale  and Connie have a favorite café in Twin Falls, La Casita, just across what used to be called the "swinging bridge" south of Twin Falls.
The prices are very reasonable and our tacos and enchiladas were delicious.  Connie said her fajitas were also yummy.  I ordered a fried ice cream for everyone to share.  Scrumptious!
(Figuring out how to get the photos from my cell phone.  Can't wait till I get a new camera since mine has been lost for almost a month now.)

November 5, 2015 - Thursday

next We did a catch-up day.  Got more of the papers filed on my side of the office den.
Today "It's a Wonderful Life" starts at the Howell Opera House in Oakley.  We can hardly wait to see it.  We think Scott Yates as George Bailey and his wife, Marianne as Mary Bailey will be great!  We hope to go next week, probably on Friday, Nov. 13.

November 6, 2015 - Friday

Our weekly 2-hour session with Kathleen Hedberg for help on  Today Sister Hedberg and Walt discovered...

I work on my Albertson line...and I found

We went to the local Magic Philharmonic Orchestra Fall Concert at the King Fine Arts Center.  The guest artists were the Mini-Cassia Chorale. Music included "Amdalucia Suite," "Variations on a Shaker Melody," "Medley on Duke Ellington's Songs," "Gloria iin Excelsis Deo," and Mini-Cassia Chorale performing "Star Wars Medley," "Conrades of the Legion," and "Clair De Lune."

Then we went to Ruth Melling's home to watch the football game with her.

BYU Cougars vs San Jose Spartans
Football at San Jose - 8:30 CST - 9:30 PM MST
(Walt said the game could go to 1:00 AM our time.)

This game was predicted to be a run-a-way for BYU, but only because the Spartans missed the two point attempt after their touchdown with 45 seconds left in the game the score ended up just 17-16.  We were relieved it didn't go into overtime because it was 12:45 a.m. Mtn. Standard Time when the game ended.

November 7, 2015 - Saturday

We hope to go to Twin Falls to hear the Bar J Wranglers perform at the Roper Auditorium.


November 8, 2015 - Sunday

Discussion with Gary and Colleen McCall about whether it was goose or turkey for the Cratchits' Christmas dinner.
This explains it was both, in that the Ghost of Christmas Present showed the family having a small goose for their Christmas Dinner.  Then when Scrooge awoke on Christmas morning, he had the boy in the street run to the store and buy the prize Turkey to take to the Cratchit family.

(Goose was the tradition at the time in England for Christmas Dinner, and Dickens knew that the tradition in America was turkey, which was expensive then in England.  However, from Dickens putting this in his book, turkey became more of a tradition in England from then on.)  
The reason this was brought up after Church was that we were talking about what Walt and I would serve for the FHE Empty Nesters' on November 16, and what the McCalls planned to serve for this FHE in December.

We renewed our baptismal covenants today in Sacrament Meeting as we partook of the Sacrament.
The youth speaker, Abigail Pincock, spoke about "Obedience," concluding with the 3rd Article of Faith: "We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel."

Amber Grayson talked about being happy.  She said one of her favorite quotes in a General Conference was from Elder Wirthlin: "Come What May and Love It."  Abraham Lincoln: "People are about as happy as they choose to be."
She closed with her favorite scripture: Romans 8:31 "If God be for us, who can be against us?"

Brianna Call Jones sang "Nearer, My God, to Thee."  She has a beautiful voice which added to the peaceful spirit of our meeting.

Hyrum Hibbert, who has lived in Burley a year and a half and moved to our ward a few months ago spoke about Atonement--the Amazing Power of the Atonement.  He said we all suffer something--none of us go through life unscathed.
Because of Christ's Atonement for us we can each be comforted and helped through anything.  He knows our every need.

In Sunday School lesson 41 "I Have Finished My Course" we learned from Paul in Timothy and Titus how not to be led into apostasy.  
To finish my course I must:
1. Learn and teach true doctrine.
2. Be an example of the believers.
3. Follow after righteousness and deny ungodliness.

In Relief Society Candace King tought lesson 21 "Principles of Temporal and Spiritual Welfare." In 1936 the Church Welfare Plan was begun.  So for 79 years we have been taught to have a year's supply of food and other necessities.
Teaching our children to work as our parents have taught us to work is one of the best things we can do.
Let's be prepared in all ways.

Here are friends from our ward that we were waiting with after the 3-hour block was finished.
We hope you have had a peaceful and a restful Sabbath Day.
We have.  And I am thankful that I have a new camera.
We testify that...
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true.
Heavenly Father loves each one of us.
Jesus Christ, His Son, is our Redeemer and Savior.
Joseph Smith is the Prophet of the Restoration of all things.
Thomas S. Monson is God's Prophet on the Earth today.
The Bible testifies of Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of All.
The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Walter and Eileen Petersen - Burley, I D A H O

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