Saturday, November 5, 2016

Traces of Time . . . Week of October 31 to November 6, 2016

Traces of Time . . .
This week 
~ October 31, 2016 
November 6, 2016

Monday - October 31, 2016
  H A L L O W E E N

We got ready for trick or treaters, but we didn’t have very many come.
Walt treated the first trick or treaters.
 These are our Bishop’s darling children.
These are our Bishopric Counselor's darling daughters...
This little girl really liked our witch trick-or-treat bowl.
  And the rest of the trick or treaters we didn't really know...
Fun night to have and to have over...

Tuesday – November 1, 2016
Walt and I wanted to go to the temple on the first day that President Paul and Sister Susan Young began their three years as our new Temple President and Temple Matron.
I took a photo of Walt...
Then he took a photo of me. . .
It was very touching to be with them on one of the highlight days of their lives.  Paul Young has been Bishop of the Seventh Ward, the Stake President who followed Walt, and then Patriarch.  He is the great grandson of Brigham Young.  He is very humble and very spiritual, as is his wife, Susan.  They are both perfect for this calling.
Paul Young, Temple President 
of the Twin Falls Idaho Temple
Susan Pearson Young, Temple Matron 
of the Twin Falls Idaho Temple
November 1, 2016 to November 1, 2019
The First Counselor and Assistant to the Temple Matron are
President Steve Tuft and Sister Susan Tuft, Burley
The Second Counselor and Assistant to the Temple Matron are
President Hendrickson and Sister Hendrickson, Jerome
(I don't have their first names.  But I think it is President Hendrickson's father who was in the Jerome Stake Presidency when we grew up in that Stake (some of the time called the Gooding Stake, and now we have a Wendell Stake).
Maybe we will have a photo of the new Temple Presidency and the Temple Matron and her Assistants soon.

Wednesday – November 2, 2016

Elizabeth “Lizzy”
“7”     November 2, 2016
Lizzy is behind Adam 
who is in the orange shirt.

We still went to the temple on our regular day of Wednesday to rendezvous with Dale and Connie.
Today the instruction film was my favorite of the four, even though they are all wonderful.  Quoting from the official Church statement to the Deseret News about these temple films:
SALT LAKE CITY — July 2014 - A year after the LDS Church began using a new film for temple instruction for the first time in 20 years, and six months after introducing a second, a third new film is in rotation.
The latest film presentation began showing Tuesday in 30 of the 143 operating temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a church spokesman confirmed.
The new film is only in English for now. Like the others, its use will expand to other temples around the world over time and as translations are prepared.
 The script in each of the films is the same. The films are shown in a rotation to provide variety to temple instruction.
The church released the first of the three new films in July 2013. That version also was released on a smaller scale, but it is now widely used in temples around the world in multiple languages.
The second new film entered the temple rotation in January 2014.
A portion of LDS temple instruction has been provided through pre-recorded media, including film, since the 1970s.
Mormon temple worship occurs in 143 dedicated temples around the world. LDS temple worship differs from regular Sunday worship services held by 29,253 congregations in buildings called chapels or meetinghouses.
Temples are reserved for the faith's highest and most sacred ordinances, such as marriage, and making covenants with God to be more like Jesus Christ. Because of the sacred nature of temples, they are reserved for active church members who are observing the basic principles of the faith, whereas weekly Sunday services in meetinghouses are open to people of all ages and faiths.
Latter-day Saints consider temple worship sacred, so they do not publicly share the details of temple instruction.
The church dedicated and opened new temples in March 2014 in Gilbert, Arizona, and in May 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The public is invited to tour temples before they are dedicated. The renovation of the Ogden Utah Temple is nearly complete, and a public open house is scheduled to run from Aug. 1 to Sept. 6, 2 014 except for Sundays.
The temple will be rededicated on Sept. 21, 2014.
Several new temples are under construction and could have open houses in the next 18 months, including the Phoenix Arizona Temple, the Rome Italy Temple, the Payson Utah Temple, the Cordoba Argentina Temple and the Provo City Center Temple.
More information about LDS temples is available at
Eileen's note: I didn't know that by copying this article, it would also copy the link to more information about temples and what is done in them. I had seen it once before, but just watched it again.  It's a great 15-minutes worth of your time if you would like to know more. Just click the link right above this paragraph.  Elder Robert Walker who narrates it was the Executive Director of the Temple Department a few years ago when this video was made.  He is now an emeritus General Authority and I think he and his wife are living back in Boise.
(Into the film just before 5:30 minutes it shows the instruction room of the Twin Falls Temple with the beautiful full wall mural of Shoshone Falls.)

Eileen's additional note: Currently there are 4 films rotated in temple instruction. Each temple presidency chooses how to rotate them.  In the Twin Falls Temple, a different film is shown each day: A-the 1990 film; B-the July 2013 film; C-the Jan. 2014 film, and D-the July 2014 film.  As stated in the above article:
"The script in each of the films is the same. The films are shown in a rotation to provide variety to temple instruction."
Then I was in the photo...
It was my turn to choose where to have dinner. I felt like just having a steak and baked potato.  I asked Dale and Connie which restaurant in Twin had the best steaks.  They felt like it was Jacker’s.  Jaker's also has great trout.
That’s where we went.  Walt and I had a delicious 6 ounce sirloin steak. 
Thursday – November 3, 2016

This was a stay-at-home day for me.  Walt was able to get a great hair cut from Bob Beaver, then he got the oil changed in the car getting it ready for the drive to Utah tomorrow.
We realized that we needed to leave earlier than we thought for driving to Utah, so we called Kathleen to cancel our two-hour family history session tomorrow.

Friday – November 4, 2016
We were able to be packed and on our way to Utah by 11:20, but after we got a few blocks we had to turn around and get a couple of things we forgot, so we were actually on the road by about 11:45.

We pulled in to Julie and John’s at 3:30.  The kids were home from school.  We got to talk with Julie and John a while before Jackson went to his karate class.
This evening was their ward Fall Festival.  It was chili and soups, rolls ‘n breads, plus dessert.  All was delicious.  There was a carnival in the side rooms for the kids, run by the Young Men and Young Women.

For entertainment in the cultural hall  ‘50s songs were played, plus a big karaoke was set up.

We drove from there over to Gary’s to stay overnight.
Gary had gone to the opening night of McKell’s Utah Valley University’s theater department play.
His ten-year-old son, Isaac, is also in the play “The Trojan Women.”
Saturday – November 5, 2016
Today was the big day for William Joseph Petersen.  He was baptized by his Dad, David.

Here is their family...David and Julie, Josh, Anna, Samuel, and William.
William with his two Grandfathers--Walt Petersen and Brent Black...
William with those from the Petersen and the Black families...
I'll add more photos when I get them from Julie, and David and Julie...

And I’ll try to scan in the beautiful printed program.
Bishop Nathan Savage was very complimentary to David and Julie and their family.

Ten-year-old Sam felt the spirit so strongly when he was giving his talk about baptism that he had a hard time keeping the tears back.   That set the great spiritual tone for the entire time of the baptism.

William, we are so proud of your choosing to be baptized!
Everyone was wanting to stand by William for a photo, so 2-y-o Rigdon ran over to be by his cousin, too.
A delicious luncheon was served at their home following the baptism.
David and Gary did a careful job of getting the fruit tray turned out of its top cover and positioned just right.
Fun desserts were sugar cookies in the shape of "8" and "CTR" designs.
Everyone pitched in and helped.
It was very colorful with Autumn oranges, greens, and yellows...
We took Isaac home, changed clothes, then headed over to John and Julie’s to watch the BYU football game.

After this we went to Jackson’s karate demonstration. 

While Julie and John went to dinner to celebrate their 17th anniversary, we went with Gary to a new Chuck-a-rama.

We spent the rest of the evening with Gary at his home and enjoyed talking with him for a couple of hours.  When we talked about Einstein's theory of relativity E = mc2, plus our universe and the billions of other universes my mind was spinning. 
We also talked about what David had said that the parables of Christ being mostly symbolic, plus a lot of other symbolic references.  It makes me sad that there probably wasn't an actual "apple" that Eve ate, and there really isn't an "actual" Tree of Life with actual fruit--it's all symbolic.  I want it to all be real.
  At least we know there is a real live Heavenly Father and His
Son Jesus Christ...which Walt and I will testify of at the end of the Sabbath Day.

Sunday, November 6, 2016  -  
Julie and John's Wedding Anniversary
"Choose Your Love
Love Your Choice"

and Julie
November 6, 2016
   “17 years”
This is the photo Julie put 
on face book today.
Here's what Julie said to John on her fb post:
"Happy 17th wedding anniversary and 10th temple-versary! From "flipping around", scaring me constantly, crying through commercials, sharing that special smile while watching our children, debating, discussing, dancing (oh the dancing!), role playing different scenarios (being blind) and all the rest. Thanks for all the wonderful love and memories and to all that is yet to come. 
With you, I just knew...still do. Me too honey, me too. Lover you."

Julie and John, 
We hope you have had a great day.
We love you!
For the Sabbath Day, we left Pleasant Grove at 6:03 this morning and pulled in to our driveway at 9:21. 
We listened to the Tabernacle Choir special Patriotic broadcast while we were getting ready for our 10:50 to 1:50 Church block.
It is always an honor and responsibility to partake of the Sacrament in remembrance of the Savior, and to renew our baptismal covenants each Sunday.

We had 11 bear fervent testimonies during our Fast and Testimony meeting--
Eric Pierce, 1C in the Bishopric, got us off to a spiritual start, followed by Lynda Lee, Ken Weeks, Sherry Ormond, Kathleen Hedberg, Lanada Kerbs, LaRae Crane, Blair Carnahan, Amber Green, Samantha Heiner, Jeremiah Grayson, and Matthew Grayson.
Our great Gospel Doctrine teacher, Ken Weeks, and our marvelous Relief Society President Lanada Kerbs, added their testimonies with their spiritual lessons, to which we add ours...

We believe that Heavenly Father lives and loves each one of us. 

We believe that Jesus Christ is His Only Begotten Son who came to earth to become our Redeemer and Savior.  He, too, lives and loves each one of us.

We believe that Joseph Smith is the Prophet of the Great Restoration.

We believe with all our heart that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true, restored Gospel on the earth today.

We believe that the Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and is true.

We believe that the Bible is true as far as it is translated correctly.

We believe that President Thomas S. Monson is the Living Prophet for the whole world.

Of these truths we testify, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Walt and Eileen Petersen
Burley, I D A H O

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