Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Traces of Time . . . January 25-31, 2016

Traces of Time . . .
This week 
~ January 25, 2016 
January 31, 2016
in IDAHO ~

January 25, 2016 - Monday ~ ~ Family Home Evening
Walt and I went to dinner with Dave and Marilyn Gibbons for the monthly neighborhood Empty Nesters' Family Home Evening. 

January 26, 2016 - Tuesday
Karen Taylor called to tell us that D Taylor had a heart attack last night. When he was taken to the Emergency Room they also diagnosed him with pneumonia.  We went to see him this afternoon in the ICU at the Regional Medical Center here in Burley.  He was in good spirits.   [After tests and EKG's it was determined that it was not a heart attack, but instead it was the pneumonia that caused his chest pain that mimicked a heart attack.  D was discharged Thursday and we went to his home to see him and Karen on Friday.]

January 27, 2016 - Wednesday
Today we drove to Twin Falls for the weekly temple session we do. We called Dale and Connie as we were crossing the Hansen Bridge, which we do every Wednesday to tell them when we're about to arrive at the temple.
After 4-5 rings, "No answer," I said.  Then I remembered and said to Walt: "Oh, they drove to St. George Monday to spend a few days there." [Their Christmas present to each other.]
In the 11:00 session we did there were 43 sisters and 17 brothers.  It's the biggest session we've been in at the Twin Falls Temple.

After the session, we had lunch at Wendy's. A pretty blond gal said to us: "I bet I know where you've been.
Hugh Mortenson, his wife and daughter moved to Twin Falls a couple of years ago from Grand Junction.  They are friends with Steve and Connie Kelly. Connie is Uncle Tom and Aunt Marge Prescott's daughter.  Small world!

As Walt was looking at The Voice, a local, weekly newspaper, he saw the movies listed for the Century Stadium 5 here in Burley and asked: "Do you want to go see Star Wars tonight?"
So we went to the movies. The last movie we saw here was last June with Steve when he came to see Walt in the hospital and we saw "The Coleville Incident."

"a long time ago in a galaxy 

far, far away..." I liked it a lot.  Walt kinda liked it, but since he hasn't really followed Star Wars that much, he didn't understand the significance of the appearances of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and [very brief appearance of]Mark Hamill 38 years after their first appearance in the original Star Wars in 1977.

And the search for Luke Skywalker...
Star Wars History
·         Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
·         Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
·         Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
·         Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
·         Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
·         Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
·         Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
 Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise, centered on a film series created by George Lucas. It depicts the adventures of various characters "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..."
I have liked the Star Wars series from the start because of the theme of Good triumphing over Evil.

January 28, 2016 - Thursday
I almost forgot the highlight of this week and this year:
Introducing Taitum Eileen Anderson

We became great-grandparents.  
Taitum Eileen Anderson was born to Katie and Parker Anderson in Rexburg, Idaho.
Taitum is the first grandchild of Janie & Shawn Fisher, Rexburg.
Katie Eileen Fisher Anderson is the third child, second daughter of Janie & Shawn.  
Taitum weighed 6 lbs 11 oz, 19 inches long.  She was born at 2:00 p.m. on this Thursday, January 28, 2016.
We welcome this precious new baby into our family with open arms.
Children: 7 -- check
Grandchildren: 35 -- check
Great-grandcildren: 1 -- check
We are happy to be great-grandparents.
Walt & Eileen Petersen -- Excited to have this new generation come forth in our family!

Walt worked most of the morning on budget financial plans but by about 1:00 I found him having a nap on the carpet between the living room and the dining room.

That evening we had some much needed help with some furniture in the family room.
Our home teacher, Eric Pierce, and Steve Ormond helped switch the coach and the love seat around after they had helped move them in December to make room for the Christmas tree in the corner of the family room.
January 29, 2016 - Friday
Kathleen Hedberg comes almost every Friday morning to help us for two hours with family history.  She has helped Walt find Walt's Grandmother Nellie Katie Olson Petersen's family names in Sweden back to the 1700's.
January 30, 2016 - Saturday
We went to the graveside service for Robert "Bob" H. Hinkley. He and Barbara had lived in Burley many years. During those years Barbara was a nurse at the Burley Hospital. I always liked to have her on duty when I went in for colonoscopies.

She said Bob had had dementia for three years and she had been at his side helping all that time.  Some days he knew who she was and some days he didn't.

I thought I got a photo at the cemetery, but I guess I didn't. Susan Young sent me these two photos she took of us talking to Barbara.

Our good friends Neal and Kenna Wyatt were there, too.
We four had lunch together at the Upper Crust just across the Heyburn Bridge.  Their potato soup was delicious. Walt and Neal liked their BLT's, but Kenna said she liked the turkey avocado sandwich better than the turkey cranberry one she got today.
                                               We had a great time talking to each other for an hour or more.

I took this picture so we could remember their hours.
And I took this photo because this is how I feel about Walter Ray Petersen--my eternal sweetheart.
We finished out Saturday evening by watching Lawrence Welk...a show first broadcast in 1975 called "Masterpiece songs."

January 31, 2016 - Sunday
Of course, the focus of Sacrament Meeting is to partake of the sacrament in remembrance of our Savior and His Atonement for each of us.  We do want to "always remember Him."

There were three excellent talks today.  Craig Helms was asked by the Bishop to share his testimony about the blessings of the temple.  
Sister Stephanie Haynes was given the topic

Sister Ruth Melling's topic was "The First Vision and Faith."

In Sunday School Lesson 5-- "Hearken to the Truth, and Give Heed Unto It," the purpose was to inspire us to follow Nephi's example of faith and willing obedience."

The Priesthood and Relief Society combined for the fifth Sunday where the Bishop shared the Burley 3rd Ward Goals for this year, and the Idaho Area Priorities.   Some of which are: 
Sacrament meeting attendance, Sabbath day observance, Temple ordinances.  

We taught a very knowledgeable couple their 4th lesson in the Temple Preparation Seminar.

Ruth Melling had invited us to dinner, along with her son Kirt, 

the two missionary sisters for our ward, Sister Lima and Sister Cartwright.
James and Lizzy Lara.
and Ruth.
The dinner was delicious--chicken casserole, green beans, tossed green salad, along with red gelatin salad with raspberries in it topped with whipped cream, and lime gelatin whipped with cool whip with cottage and crushed pineapple in it.  I forgot to take a photo of all that, but did get a picture of dessert: chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream.
We enjoyed getting to know the missionaries and the Lara's.
Kirt drove up last night as a surprise for his Mom.  He came to listen to her talk in Sacrament Meeting and also to spend a couple of days with her.  Kirt and all of her kids have been very attentive to Ruth, always, and especially since Don passed away last August.
Ruth is a very Elect Lady and we have loved having her and Don and family as our neighbors for over 40 years.
We pray that you have each had a restful and peaceful Sabbath Day.  We leave our Testimony with you that we along with the testimonies this day of Brother Helms, Sister Haynes, Sister Melling, Brother Watts, and Bishop Gerratt that we know that:

Heavenly Father lives and loves each one of us.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God and fulfilled his foreordination to come to earth to become our Redeemer and Savior by His Atonement for each one of us.

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ did appear to Joseph Smith to have him restore all of Their Truths to the Earth.

Joseph Smith fulfilled his foreordination to fulfill his calling to do as he was asked by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, becoming the Restorer of All Truth.

The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ and is true, as is the Bible "as far as it is translated correctly."

Thomas S. Monson is the Living Prophet on the Earth today.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true.

The Temple Priesthood Ordinances have been restored to the Earth as part of The Great Restoration.  These ordinances seal families together forever.

Of these truths we testify on this Sabbath Day - January 31, 2016.
In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Walt and Eileen Petersen - Burley, I D A H O

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