Monday, January 11, 2016

Traces of Time . . . January 11-17, 2016

Traces of Time . . .
This week 
~ January 11, 2016 
January 17, 2016
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January 11, 2016 - Monday ~ ~ Family Home Evening

After I saw my allergist, Dr. Gregory Wickern, we drove down to see the river.  We were surprised to see it mostly frozen over.
It looked sunny and warm...but the wind was cold on our faces.  Walt drove over to Goode Motors to get the car washed. When you buy a car at Goode, they wash it free forever.  Then we got some fruit that I want to give our sisters when we go visiting teaching tomorrow. 
My allergist thinks he has found the reason I have had a chronic cough for years: acid reflux.  He has had me on two different meds for this and my coughing is decreasing a lot.
When we got home we watched Jeopardy, then the CBS Evening News, then our local Magic Valley News.  Walt heard them announce it was the College Championship Football Game tonight, so that's what we're doing right now for FHE.

At half-time it's tied 14-14, so I'm looking up some info about each team.  I think it shows that Clemson hasn't won a National Championship since 1981.  So I'm going to cheer for them.
They announced that Alabama has won four of the last seven I don't think it's their turn!
Here's what I found about the teams...

University of Alabama
The University of Alabama is a public research university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States, and the flagship of the University of Alabama System. Founded in 1831, UA is one of the oldest and the largest of the universities in Alabama.Wikipedia
AddressTuscaloosa, AL 35487
Acceptance rate51% (2014)
Enrollment36,155 (2014)
MascotBig Al
ColorsWhite, Crimson

How the Crimson Tide Got its Name
In early newspaper accounts of Alabama football, the team was simply listed as the "varsity" or the "Crimson White" after the school colors.
The first nickname to become popular and used by headline writers was the "Thin Red Line." The nickname was used until 1906.
The name "Crimson Tide" is supposed to have first been used by Hugh Roberts, former sports editor of the Birmingham Age-Herald. He used "Crimson Tide" in describing an Alabama-Auburn game played in Birmingham in 1907, the last football contest between the two schools until 1948 when the series was resumed. The game was played in a sea of mud and Auburn was a heavy favorite to win.
But, evidently, the "Thin Red Line" played a great game in the red mud and held Auburn to a 6-6 tie, thus gaining the name "Crimson Tide." Zipp Newman, former sports editor of the Birmingham News, probably popularized the name more than any other writer.
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College Championship Football Game
Jan. 11, 2016
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Clemson University

Clemson Success Crowned
 with 1981 National Championship

An 1896 contest against Furman marked Clemson's first football effort, however it was the second game of 
their inaugural season, against in-state foe South Carolina, that first pitted these heated rivals. South 
Carolina won the first game, but Clemson has consistently roasted the Gamecocks since.

John Heisman, whose name adorns college football's top award, shared his coaching genius with Clemson 
by leading the program to superpower status in the early 1900s. Despite Clemson, South Carolina's small 
town stature, the university's on-the-field success has helped it loom large on college football maps. It's great 
American bowling tour has included stops at venues such as the Sugar, Cotton, Orange, Gator, and Citrus 
and Peach Bowls. Clemson's last trip to the Orange Bowl resulted in Danny Ford's squad posting a 22-15 
victory over Nebraska and culminated the schools 1981 undefeated national championship drive.

Besides winning, Clemson possesses some of football's great traditions. Whether it's rubbing Howard's 
Rock or running down the hill, few moments surpass the excitement generated at a Clemson game day.
Clemson Tigers
Clemson University
Athletic director
ClemsonSouth Carolina

The Tiger
Fight song
     Clemson Orange      Regalia[1]

Clemson University Nickname: Tigers

The roots of Clemson's nickname are said to have first sprouted at the turn of the 20th century. In those days 
many of the football players wore long hair as a form of protection since there were no helmets. The long 
manes might have led to the name lions, had it not been for the orange and purple striped jerseys and 
stockings that the players donned. Because of these stripes, the natural nickname selection was "Tigers."

Another nickname theory focused on Clemson's first football coach, Walter Merrit Riggs. He arrived at the 
helm after leaving the Auburn "Tiger" football team. By 1900, John Heisman's 1900 team was called the Tigers and the team's motto, "Eat Em Up Clemson," was displayed on an insignia of a Tigers head. While there are still some clouds of doubt about how the nickname surfaced, the Tiger name has shown brightly for many great years at Clemson.


We're going to study our Sunday School lesson during the rest of half-time.

End of game . . . Well, the Clemson Tigers scared the Alabama Crimson Tide by scoring 40 to Alabama's 45.  They were ahead for a while, but Alabama Football Team is now the National Champion for the 2015 Season.

January 12, 2016 - Tuesday ~ ~ 

Today we had an early breakfast.  Walt just wanted cocoa and toast.  I try to make "homemade cocoa."  Aimee, our oldest granddaughter asked me once if I would share my "secret recipe" for such delicious home-made cocoa."
"Sure, Aimee," I said, "it's right here on the side of Hershey's Cocoa box."
Since it was my turn to give the lesson for visiting teaching, I decided I would take a fruit plate after all the sweets during December.
LaRae and I were thankful we had a sunny day and not a snowy one to go.  Karen showed us some of her daughter's art work.  
If I understood correctly, Karen's daughter also wrote the poem "Love Multiplies" that explains the art work.
This quilt piece called "Hands" has the hands of Karen's daughter's children - some of Karen's grandchildren.
Karen explained that these are the actual handprints of each child.  Each hand has the child's name on it.
As we were leaving, the sun was hitting Karen just right, so I got out of the car and went back to take her photo.  We enjoy going to see Karen, plus the other sisters on our beat.
Messages from "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" are always timely!  The quote from Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president, also sums up my feelings about this valuable proclamation:
"We were grateful for and valued the clarity, simplicity, and truth of this revelatory document. . . . The proclamation on the family has become our benchmark for judging the philosophies of the world, and I testify that the principles set forth . . . are as true today as they were when they were given to us by a prophet of God...20 years ago."
(You can Google this to be able to read it.)

President Gordon B. Hinckley introduced this at the General Women's Session in March 1995.


January 13, 2016 - Wednesday
Dale and Connie drove over from Twin and we drove them to the Brigham City Temple with us.
We got there plenty early, which is better than being short of time to get ready.  We did the 11:00 session.
 Then we rendezvoused with Walt and Dale's cousin, Audrey Petersen Hibler, at Maddox to have lunch.  Audrey's sister Lareen had a special lunch date with her son or she would have come, too.
It's great to be together.
Audrey's dad Stan Petersen is a brother to Walt and Dale's dad Ray Petersen.
January 14, 2016 - Thursday

We got most of our Christmas decorations wrapped in paper towels to keep them from breaking, put into the big plastic storage containers, and taken out to the storage room.  We had a hard time getting the huge nativity put back in the boxes that have specific compartments for each piece.
Walt has an infection in his toes, so we went to his podiatrist today - Dr. Matthew Wettstein.  They take good care of him.
We ran into a friend in the outer office when we left and she took a photo of us.  Walt rolls his eyes and I just ask him to smile.
January 15, 2016 - Friday
Kathleen Hedberg came and helped us from 10:00-12:00 to do some genealogy.  She is so expert at this and is teaching us a lot.  Currently she has Walt in direct records from Sweden for the family line of his grandmother Nellie Katie Oberg Petersen.
I didn't take one photo today, but we did go Home Teaching this afternoon to Dan Black, and then Ruth Melling.  We will do our other ones another day.
The January message is a great one: "Happiness For Those We Love," by President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency.

President Eyring starts out "All of us want happiness for those we love, and we want as little pain for them as possible.  As we read the accounts of happiness--and of pain--in the Book of Mormon, our hearts are stirred as we think of our loved ones.  Here is a true account of a time of happiness [in the Book of Mormon that happened during the 100 years after the Savior visited the Nephites in the Americas after His crucifixion]:
"And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people.
"And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God."'
   The message ends by teaching us to have " on the Lord; having a hope that ye shall receive eternal life; having the love of God always in your hearts, that ye may be lifted up at the last day and enter into his rest..." (Alma 13:28-39)

January 16, 2016 - Saturday
The last of the Christmas decorations got put away today.
Before and after we watched Lawrence Welk, Walt was  preparing for teaching a Temple Preparation Class tomorrow.

January 1, 2016 - Sunday
It's a blessing each Sabbath day to renew our covenants by partaking of the Sacrament.
Tyler Gerratt was the youth speaker who spoke about obedience. He quoted from President Monson's talk on "Decisions Determine Destiny," and he also used Queen Esther's example from the Bible as being obedient.
G'lenn Bloxham told a little bit about herself since she has recently moved into our ward after marrying Scott. She was raised on the southwest side of Twin Falls on a farm.  The Bishop had asked her to talk about "What Lack I Yet"

The full-time sister missionaries assigned to our ward--Sisters Bell and Cartwright sang a duet "We Will Bring the World His Truth." Walt and I love that hymn.

Scott Bloxham shared how he was led to the right choice in dating and choosing G'lenn to marry two years after his wife died.  [Linda had been an invalid for over 30 years after surgery for a brain tumor.  It was so tender to see how lovingly Scott cared for her all that time.]
He shared about his Church Service Mission in teaching at the Deseret Industries here in Burley.  He also shared an experience with a 'leader dog' guiding him when he was blindfolded and in total darkness.  The trainer told him to "trust the dog."
He then asked "Who do we put our trust in?"
We put our trust in 15 individuals: the First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles. He said David B. Haight was with some deacons somewhere in the United States who knew the names of the baseball players perfectly, but who couldn't name the First Presidency nor the Apostles. We need to know the names of these 15 men. Elder Neil Andersen says we need to know (to be continued -- we're both tired and calling it a day.)

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