Monday, May 2, 2016

Traces of Tme . . . May 1-7, 2016

Traces of Time . . .
This week 
~ May 1, 2016 
May 7, 2016
in IDAHO ~

May 1, 2016 - Sunday 

Today there were 15 testimonies shared in our Sacrament Meeting.  It always strengthens our testimonies to hear these testimonies.
Dan, Emily, Lanada, Kayleen, Little girl, Matt, little boy Mason, his sister Jossilyn, toddler brother Logan, mother Ashley, Diane, Young married sister who is moving soon, Amber, Elder Murphy, Elder Wade. (The last two are the new Elders who have been transferred into our ward after our ward having Sister Missionaries for several years.)  

In Sunday School Brother Watts taught Lesson 16: "Ye Shall Be Called the Children of Christ."  This encouraged us "to seek and maintain the 'mighty change of heart' that comes through exercising faith in Jesus Christ." Mosiah 4-6

Our Relief Society President, Lanada Kerbs, taught us about
Anger and Forgiveness.  She said she inherited several Church books from her father and found quotes in many of them about these two subjects.

Her father taught her  "Don't react first. Listen first."
"Check your words, keep your tongue in subjection, be obedient. Think first.
She quoted Brigham Young who taught that when you least feel like praying is when you need to make your knees bend and pray.
We need to faithfully ponder our own concerns.
Avoid Satan.
Sister Carson (new in the ward) made the comment that when you hear a person starting to talk negatively about another person, just say: "She's my best friend."

Then Sister Kerbs showed the short DVD "70 times 7" about
Geroge Albert Smith taught: "We should remember how our Heavenly Father forgives us. "Ye Ought To Forgive One Another."
Colleen commented "It hurts us more than the person we are mad at if we don't forgive them," adding from her own experience, "time and space will heal."
Kathleen added: "A person may not even know we are angry at them. We are the one being hurt by not forgiving."
Megan asked: "How does Christ see this person?"
Emily said in closing that she teaches her kids that "Getting angry is a choice."  So when she is becoming angry at her kids they say to her: "Remember, Mom, getting angry is a choice."

At 4:30 we taught Debbie the Temple Preparation Lesson #4.  There are six lessons to teach before a person goes to the temple, and Lesson #7 is taught after they go to the temple.

We pray you have had a peaceful and restful Sabbath Day.
As we end this May 1st, we bear testimony that...
Heavenly Father lives, loves us, and knows us by name.

Jesus Christ is the first-born spirit son of Elohim (Heavenly Father) and the only Begotten Son of Elohim in the flesh to come to live on this earth.  He also knows us, and knows us by name.

The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead and guides us to make right choices.

Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God and The Restoration of all truths came from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ, hand in hand with the Bible as the Testament of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Savior.

President Thomas S. Monson is the living Prophet today for the entire world.

Of this we testify, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.  

We are looking forward to this first week of May.

May 2, 2016 - Monday

Brian’s book choice for May 2016

Brian sent this e-mail on April 25:
I'm so excited to choose my first book.  Yet, I am very nervous since I am still on probation for the CPBC*.  I'm bummed that Caitlyn Jenner's memoir is not out yet...I'm kidding of course.  I have narrowed it down from six to four books.   

[*Cool People’s Book Club is what Brian asked if he was cool enough to join with his siblings.  And, of course, he is not on probation at all!  We are all excited to have him join in.]

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn
Energy by Vaclav Smil
The Muqaddimah by Ibn Khaldun
100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Let me know if too many have read any of these and I will rule them out.

Brian's e-mail Monday morning...
And the winner is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
chosen by Brian for May 2016
The Alchemist is a novel by Brazilian author
Paulo Coelho first published in 1988.
Originally written in Portuguese, it has
been translated into at least 67 languages
as of October 2009. 
GenresQuest, Drama, Fantasy
We are looking forward to listening to the audio of this book for May.  We welcome Brian to The Siblings Book Club.

Today we had no set schedule.  Bob Worthington brought some painters to give us a bid for painting the second story wood siding on our home.  It always takes our breath away when we see how much everything costs.
Walt, Bob, and David.
They could start about the end of June and estimate it would take 12 days to finish.

Then another painter. Justin, came to give us an estimate on painting the siding, soffets, and faschia.
Later in the afternoon, Algot, who came on Friday, returned with his estimate.

It all takes our breath away and is many times over what we thought these repairs and painting would cost.

A bright spot of the early evening was Kathleen Hedberg's coming over with some of her strawberry rhubarb.   
And she brought and planted a start for us on the southeast side of our yard.
Ruth Melling brought us some of the homemade chicken with homemade noodles.  What a delicious supper it was!  How kind of her!

For Family Home Evening we

May 3, 2016 - Tuesday

Today we went to the temple with Dale and Connie because she is taking her Mom to the doctor on Wednesday.
Walt and I took names through the 3:00 session for Kathleen Hedberg and her friend from SLC.      
It was good to see Susan Tuft and Sam Williams--the coordinators for Tuesday.
 Dale chose to have dinner at The Sizzler.  It's always great to have lots of choices for fruit and veggies. 
I took this photo as we were walking up to the entrance becauses their snowballs are in bloom, but they don't really show in the front left.  We hope we still have snowballs for Memorial Day to put on the graves.
We were suprised when we got back home to see that Ted Cruz has dropped out of the Presidential campaign.

May 4, 2016 - Wednesday
Today worked on the computer. Walt biked 30 minutes, I walked 30 minutes.

We had another estimate done for replacing the rain gutters. 
Then got a photo of us.
This evening we went to the Retirement Party for Garth Williams.  We saw Garth and Sam's youngest son, Brandon, who moved from California to Hailey, Idaho, last year to manage the Goode Motor there.  He, his wife, and their 6 children loved skiing this winter at Sun Valley.
We saw several friends we had not seen for a long time.  Garth's brother Marc and Kate Williams, and their daughter Heather now lives in Rupert.  Marc and Kate are enjoying having five grandchildren closer now.
Sam (Sandra) got to say a few words.
Garth was given a fishing rod for one of his retirement gifts.
Here are two of Garth's paintings that were on display.
I think Garth said the paint wasn't dry on this new painting he just finished.
We enjoyed being a part of Garth's Retirement Party.
We just missed the full sunset as we drove back home via Bedke Boulevard along the Snake River.
The lilacs are in full bloom now just south of our home.
Walt even stopped a minute by the lilacs.
Wish these would stay in bloom all summer long.
May 5, 2016 - Thursday

Today I am baking rolls to take at 6:00 p.m. to the annual Stake High Priests' Dinner for couples, widows, and single sisters.
Mark Peterson is in charge of this and always does a great job.  There is always an excellent program.  


May 6, 2016 - Friday

Today Kathleen Hedberg helps us with Family History.


May 7, 2016 - Saturday

Today we are driving to Rexburg for the Idaho Ballroom Academy Spring Concert.  This is the organization that Janie and Shawn started in 1997 which is keeping ballroom alive in Idaho.  It has grown over these 19 years.  They currently have over 400 dancers in the program.

We will stay overnight and be with them on Sunday for Mother's Day. 

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