Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Traces of Time . . . November 9-15, 2015

Traces of Time . . .
This week 
~ November 9, 2015 
November 15, 2015  
in IDAHO ~

November 9, 2015 - Monday ~ ~ 

I took a photo of Walt reading scriptures in the afternoon.

For family home evening we worked on our schedule for the week.  We read the Ensign article that Walt will use for his home teaching message--President Monson's talk.

November 10, 2015 - Tuesday 

I baked sugar cookies this morning to take to the four sisters LaRae Crane and I visit teach.

I chose "Worthy of our Promised Blessings" that Linda S. Reeves, second counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, gave at the General Women's Session on Sept. 26, 2015.  Two quotes stand out to me:

Satan has raised a Korihor-like banner
in our day with increasing success.
What are some of his tools?
Seductive romance novels, 
TV soap operas,
married women and old boyfriends
connecting on social media,
and pornography.

We must be so careful, dear sisters!
We cannot play with Satan's fiery darts
and not get burned.
I know of nothing that will
qualify us for the
constant companionship
of the Holy Ghost
as much as virtue."

And the next quote is:

"When we are involved in 
or experiencing anything
that is below our 
Heavenly Father's standards,
it weakens us.
Regardless of our age,
if what we 
look at,
listen to,
or choose to do
does not meet 
the Lord's standards
in For the Strength of Youth,
turn it off,
rip it up,
throw it out,
slam the door.

We visited Cindy, Karen, and Debbie.  Bonnie, who has been on our list for over a year moved out of our stake two weeks ago. 

Walt was working on some of our financial records.
Walt had me try to bring something up on his computer.

November 11, 2015 - Wednesday -- Veteran's Day

We love to see the flags placed by the Boy Scouts in the front yards throughout Burley.  It's a great annual fund raiser for them and makes the whole town look so patriotic!

We are thankful for all those men and women in the armed forces who have kept our country strong and free for so many years!
Veteran's Day

We drove to the temple to do the 11:00 a.m. sealing session with our Burley 3rd Ward High Priests group. We had a great turn out from our ward: Dan and LaRae Crane. [Tomorrow will be their 63rd wedding anniversary. Our sealer, Reed Starley, thanked them for the wonderful example they have been all these years to so many.]
The others were Dan Black, Gary McCall, Bud McClaws, Ken Fronk.  

Scott Bloxham had rendezvoused with his fiancé, G'lenn Hamilton for this sealing session. They will be married in ten days--Nov. 21 in the Twin Falls Ward where her son-in-law is the Bishop.  Dan Green was there from Burley 1st Ward.
   Also a Sister Hymas from Rupert was there, plus a young couple--Brother and Sister Shaw came in to have a sealing of some ancestors they had just done the endowments for. 

Then we did the 1:00 p.m. endowment session.I had a family card from Kathleen Hedberg.
   As we sat together in the Celestial Room, Walt shared a sacred experience he had during this session.  We both rejoiced at his having something resolved after many years of praying for a confirmation on this question he has had.
I forgot to take my camera, so we didn't get a photo at the temple today.

LaRae Crane had told us that since it was Veteran's Day, some of the restaurants were feeding veterans at no charge.  One of them was Golden Corral, so we went there. Walt asked them if the Coast Guard counted.  It did. So he got a free lunch.  We like to go where they have a choice of salad and fruit.
    We got home at 5:00 and I was happy to see that they had not picked up the flags yet that the Boy Scouts put on our lawns on holidays.   We are thankful for the veterans and all they have done and do to keep our country strong and free.

Then Walt took a photo of me by some of our Thanksgiving decorations in the house.

November 12, 2015 - Thursday

At the Burley Library Book Club, Marie Lambert reviewed the book Nightengale by Kristin Hannah, 2015. Loanda Manning said it is interesting that several new books this year have been about World War II.  Kathryn Hall felt it is a well-written book.  Kathleen Hedberg always has good comments. I commented that I was happy to have our children and grandchildren learn more about WWII.  
Marie Lambert always does a great job in whatever she is assigned. I enjoyed her book review.

In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.
  • Here's part of a book review online I found about this book:
  • HOLY WOW!!! This book was absolutely epic! A sweeping, breathtaking journey that captivated me from the first page with the strength and beauty of the writing. Truly an unforgettable story!
The Nightingale has a 4.8/5 rating average on Amazon (which is HUGE!!) and what that basically means is that  practically everyone who is reading it is loving it. And I’m now adding my own 5 STAR rating to that list because this book owned my heart. The ending was so powerful that I read the last 10 pages with tears pouring down my face and days after finishing my read, I still can’t stop thinking about it.
I will say upfront though that this book was a little different than the kinds I usually read and review though because it wasn’t solely focused on a love story, even though there were two love stories within it.

While men endure great hardship during war, it affects everyone. This is the often-unspoken story of women’s war. Mothers, daughter, sisters, wives… this is the story of their strength, endurance, sacrifice, and courage during the darkest part of their lives. So many of them didn’t just wait for their men to return but took many grave risks to save as many other lives as they could.

Thursday evening... Walt and I went to the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce Farmer & Businessman Appreciation Banquet.  We knew both of the recipients this year--Farmer of the Year: Mark Newcomb; and Businessman of the Year: Jose Ochoa.

We felt they were both very deserving of this award.

It was so interesting to see each year's recipients going back to 1961.  That's a lot of citizens of the Mini-Cassia area being honored over the years.

Back in 1991 when Walt received the honor, it was kept secret until it was announced that night.  It was a challenge to keep it a secret, but fun to see Walt's surprise when he was one of the businessmen of the year, and to see his Mom, sister, and all of our kids come--Janie from Champaign, Illinois; Gary from Provo; Steve from Washington D.C.; David, Julie and Brian from Provo, and Jennifer, a senior at Burley High got back from the all-star volleyball game in Twin just in time.  

We enjoyed sitting with Chet Jeppesen and his father, Rex Gerratt, Larry Gerratt, Robert and Amy Blakeslee.  The buffet served at the Burley Inn was delicious!

November 13, 2015 - Friday

 Sending this invitation via e-mail today.

                         3rd Thursday of each month
S E A S O N S . . .
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 King James Version (KJV)
3 “A…time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;”
Thursday, NOVEMBER 17, 2015
Whet Your Appetite: Karma Lambert
Book Review:  Susan Young
Killing Reagan by Bill O'Reilly
Home: Kathy Barrus
205 West 200 South
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Refreshments: June Tilley
 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Please come.

It’s always nice to 
bring a friend.

 I'm always relieved when I get this invitation finished and sent.

We went to the Oakley Valley Arts play "It's a Wonderful Life" at the historic Howell's Opera House tonight.  The 20-mile drive went really fast.

Scott and Marianne Yates did an outstanding job as George and Mary Bailey.  

John Paskett as Clarence Odbody, the angel, did a great job.  It was fun at the very end that he had a white costume with wings.
In fact, everyone was excellent.  Steve Mitton, as the mean Henry Potter, got booed by the audience for being so onery to George Bailey.  
We would recommend everyone to go see it.
When we got back, we were excited to have Parker and Katie stop in on their way to Boise from Rexburg to stay overnight.  They had called in the morning to ask if it would be okay for them to stay.  We hope any of our family and friends know that "our house is their house" as the saying the our friends south of the border live by. 

Katie and Parker had been to the Madison High School football playoff at the Idaho State Stadium in Pocatello.  Madison lost, but Parker said his brother played really well.

November 14, 2015 - Saturday

Parker helped put up the painting above our bed that we have had for years upstairs in our master bedroom.
Just having it back in our new bedroom on the main floor makes it seem more like our master bedroom now.  I had forgotten it had a little plaque on the bottom frame that says: "Romantic Rome."

Then we went to Charlie's to have breakfast.
This is Parker's first time at Charlie's.  Katie remembers going there a long time ago.  Katie order French toast; Parker order the "E.B." omlet, which stands for "Everything But the kitchen sink."  He must have liked it because he said they would have to find more excuses to come to Burley.
Jose Ochoa, former owner of Charlie's--who was honored as the Mini-Cassia "Businessman of the Year" at a banquet last week--came out to talk with Walt and we introduced him to Katie and Parker.

Jose's son, L.J. now owns Charlie's, but Jose still helps and continues to host--along Dr. Zarbinisky--serving free dinners on Thanksgiving Day.  This will be the 15th year for this.  The first year they served 75 dinners--last year 1,400.  This includes taking many dinners to shut ins.
Katie and Parker we then on their way to Boise for the wedding of a friend and also to cheer for the Boise State Bronco football team that night.  (So sad that Boise was upset.)

You can see that the Andersons have on their Boise State orange shirts.  We told Jose that Katie was expecting our first great-grandchild.  Her baby girl is due February 4--the day after Katie's birthday.
From there we drove out to the Star's Ferry Lumber Yard and got ten more rough lumber boards to finish the fence.
It was a glorious, sunny autumn day and we loved driving by the harvested fields.
When Walt got the load of lumber home and backed the pickup to the gate to the backyard on the south side of the house, our neighbor Sheila Petterson came to see if they could help unload.  Her husband Kent, who isn't home often from his truck driving, came over and they had the job done in no time.
We enjoyed talking with them for quite a while "over the back fence."  They'll be going to Rock Creek to her sister's home for Thanksgiving, and their son and family, and daughter and family will come join them from the Boise area.

Kent is Bonnie Fronk's brother.
Walt spent the rest of the afternoon working on the fence.
When I see Walt like this, it reminds me of my carpenter Dad and Walt's carpenter Dad in their carpenter clothes.
I love the way the late afternoon sun shines in through the window.  I had the windows open most of the day to let the fresh air flow throughout the house.  This is probably one of our last warm "Indian Summer" days of Autumn.

At 5:30 we went over to watch the BYU football game at Ruth Melling's home.  Ruth had to leave for a couple of hours during the game to go on splits with the Sister Missionaries, but she wanted us to stay and keep watching the same.  It was on the ESPN station SEC2 channel, which we don't get.
We kept hoping the Cougars would pull it out....but that didn't happen.


(now 7-3)  
Lost 16-20 to Missouri Tigers (now 5-5)
November 15, 2015 - Sunday

Linda Lee-Vigil, who has recently started coming to Church, said this is her first talk ever in Church.  Even though she was baptised at 8 years old, she doesn't remember it, and never really went to Church.
She read a very sweet talk that she had done much research on about the Holy Ghost.  She said the more she read about it, the more she realized how it has been the Holy Ghost that has helped her throughout her life.

Eric Pierce, the first counselor in our Bishopric, played a piano medley of hymns, and his 5-year old daughter, Kinsley, sang one of the songs. She has a very pretty voice.      

Mark Peterson, high councilor, said the best thing a speaker can do is to not take away from the spirit of what has already been said or sung.
He brought the greetings of the stake presidency.  He talked about the Prophet Joseph and others being taken to the Liberty Jail in November 1838 and spending a bitter cold winter in its unheated basement.   He said he used this as an example of adversity, but didn't want it to minimize in any way the challenges many others face today.
He quoted Elder Jeffrey R. Holland as saying: "Expecting to not have challenges because you are a good person, is like expecting a bull not to charge you because you are a vegetarian."
One may be well formed and well born, but all have adversity.
Elder Oaks said we need to figure out what we can do to be stronger.
President Eyring warned: "I cannot promise you an end to adversity in this life."
What can we do to handle our adversity?
Elder Maxwell said that an omniscent Lord shooses to challenge us so we can become stronger.
Some helps at becoming stronger are:

1. The scriptures give us help.
2. The Temple gives us help.

In Doctrine and Covenants 109:22 - the Dedicatory Prayer for the Kirtland Temple says that as we leave the temple we will go forth armed with power with the Lord's name upon us.
Brother Peterson said he and his wife Loretta have made a committment to go to the temple weekly.  It's not always easy to work this out, but they do it.

3. Never forget that the Atonement of Jesus Christ helps with afflictions of every kind.  The Atonement is not just a cleansing but a consoling and a way to find peace of soul.

He closes his talk by testifying that this is God's Church.

In Sunday School we had lesson 42: "Pure Religion" from James, Chapters 1-4.  To help u understand the characteristics we should develop to live our religion more fully.

Pure manes to be real, genuine, complete, and perfect.
Religion is the service and worship of God, a system of beliefs and practices, and a commitment or devotion to a particular wasy of life.

1. We should endure affliction patiently.
2. We should pray to God in faith.
3.We should control our tongues and be "slow to wrath."
4. We should be "doers of the word," showing our faith by our works.
          That's a lot to try to live daily.
           It reminds me of this saying: 
           "By the yard it's hard. By the inch it's a cinch."
                But I'm not sure it is a cinch...even by the inch.

Relief Society was 
Lesson 22: "Carrying the Gospel to the World"

"We are happy to be engaged in a partnership with our Heavenly Father in the great work of the salvation and exaltation of his children."

1. "The world is hungry for true religion, and we have it."

2. "We can all be missionaries, whatever our circumstances or station in life."

3. "The Book of Mormon is the great standard we are to use in our missionary work."

4. To be successful in missionary work, we must obtain the Spirit, acquire humility, love the people, and work diligently.

President Ezra Taft Benson said:
"One of the greatest secrets of missionary work is work. 
Work, work, work--there is no satisfactory substitute, especially in missionary work."

President Benson ended this lesson with:
"I know that God lives.  This is His work.  He has again spoken from the heavens with a messge for the entire world; not for a handful of Latter-day Saints only, but for all our brothers and sisters, both in and out of the Church.  May God give us strength to carry that message to the world, to live the Gospel, to maintain the standards of the Church, that we may be entitled to the promised blessings." --General Conference, Oct. 1950.

I especially was touched by this statement by President Benson:

"This is the glorious message we desire to share with the world, that 

Through God the Father 
and His Son Jesus Christ, 
the kingdom of God 
has been restored.  


We pray you have had a peaceful and restful Sabbath Day.
We also believe that
"Through God the Father 
and His Son Jesus Christ, 
the kingdom of God 
has been restored.  






In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Walt and Eileen Petersen - Burley, I D A H O
Sunday, November 15, 2015

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