Monday, December 19, 2016

Traces of Time . . . December 19-25, 2016 Merry Christmas

Traces of Time . . .
This week 
~ December 19, 2016 
December 25, 2016

W I N T E R 
December - January - February
C H R I S T M A S   W E E K

Monday - December 19, 2016

Today I did some final typing on Grama Jane's Life Sketch and began printing it for the Book of Remembrance 2016 additions.

We also have Grama A's story to print.  I have 450 pages typed for we'll just do a decade at a time for her Life Story.

And we're assembling the 30-some legal-size pages of "Dave and Ella" the Life Story of my Huffaker grandparents that I had printed at the Reminder in 1969.

Had to pick up some Rx's (prescriptions) at Smith's then picked up a couple of things at Wal-Mart and two stores near there.

We got some home teaching in

Tonight was the marvelous local Magic Philharmonic Christmas Concert at the King Fine Arts Center.

Tuesday - December 20, 2016

next Today is the 109th Birthday Remembrance of Walt's father - Raymond O. Petersen.  We lost him way too soon on February 17, 1970, at age 62.  So he has been gone for almost 46 years.

Tonight I had an inspirational Relief Society Activity Night headed by Bonnie Fronk and her committee.

Wednesday - December 21, 2016

next Today we headed to the Twin Falls Temple at 7:30 so we could do the nine o'clock session.
Then we had our Petersen siblings' Christmas lunch at Depot Grill with Dale Bunn, Dale and Connie.

Tonight we watched the Poinsetta Bowl with Ruth Melling. BYU vs Wyoming

Thursday - December 22, 2016

Today is Jacee's 14th birthday.  Happy Birthday, Jacee.  She is happy to move on from being a Beehive girl in Young Women to a Mia Maid.

Today was the annual Christmas luncheon for the gals we visit teach - Cindy Young, Karen Taylor, and Debbie Harrell.
LaRae always hosts it at her beautiful home and she served 

I gave the lesson on


Friday - December 23, 2016



Saturday - December 24, 2016

 C H R I S T M A S    E V E
We got to Rexburg at noon, after a 2 1/2 hour drive from Burley.  Fishers tradition is a matinee...this year they went to "Fantastic Beast."

When they got home they delivered the rest of the banana bread.  They take the bread to a lot of their neighbors and friends during the week before Christmas.
On Christmas Eve each person selects one friend's home to go to and sing "We wish you a Merry Christmas..."
They wear fun red Santa hats.

Sunday - December 25, 2016

M E R R Y   C H R I S T M A S

This morning we had a joyous Christmas morning in Rexburg with the Fisher Family - Janie and Shawn, Aimee and Michael Mecham, Katie and Parker Anderson, (Daniel and Kelly are in Cancun with her parents and grandparents), (Heidi and Jordan--the newlyweds--married December 10th were at Jordan's parents this morning after spending Christmas Eve with Heidi's family last night),
Samuel, Ashley, and Michael -- so 9 of their family were with them.  This made 13 of us altogether.

We left at 10:15 for the 5-hour drive to Saratoga Springs to be with Julie and John who had a delious Christmas dinner at 3:45  for Brian who flew in yesterday from Tennessee. He was able to get his four daughters--Emma, Taylor, Avery, and Lizzy-Beth at noon on this Christmas day.  This is the first Christmas they have had since the divorce was finalized in September.

Also at the dinner were Gary and two of his kids--McKell, and Isaac.  Steve and Natalie came with Cortney, Kimble and Carter. Kelsey and Josh were at his parents' home. Steve had also gone to Provo to bring their handicapped friend, Jared.

Along with Julie and John's Jacee, Jackson, Maddie, and Rigdon that made 19.
We got there about 4:20, so the food was still out. We made 21 total.
Cortney helped Grampa dish up his plate,
and we enjoyed turkey and ham and all the trimmings. Gary even brought mince meat pie...which only he and Grampa ate.

We enjoyed being with the three families who are in Utah County, plus Brian and his four girls who are here from Tennessee.

We'll be with David & Julie and their kids Wednesday at the "Cousins' Party."

Jen & Jerry and family are all in Guatemala on a 10-day or 2-week service project.

Tonight we played a game that Lizzy Brewer has named "unga bunga" or something like that.  Julie had everyone write three words that have to do with Chritmas.  Then all the words were put into a bowl. We divided into two teams. 

The first round someone on Team 1 draws out a name and describes it with any words except the word itself. This is done with as many names in 30 seconds and his or her team guesses.  The highest # drawn and guessed was by John on the third round that was the charade part (or maybe it was the second round when you can just say one word).

Score is counted as to how many were guessed from each team members after their 30 seconds.

We all had fun with that game.  Some of the words or phrases were: Baby Jesus in the Stable; Wisemen; Jingle Bells; Ornaments; Christmas lights; Santa; Joy; Candy cane; Presents; Stockings; Toys; Shepherds; Star; Kissing under the Mistletoe, Caroling...and some others Walt nor I can remember.

I  am overwhelmed that Dad arranged with our sons to help him get me a new computer.  It's an HP Notebook 15.6" HD display.  It's beyond my fondest dreams.

We also got  a beautiful pre-lit white tree from Julie & John. A Shark vacuum from the daughters, along with this computer for me.

And there's always some boxes of chocolates and fun things.

From Fishers Walt received a wonderful book about each temple, and I received a genuine Nut Cracker from the German Black Forest.

We cannot say "thank you" enough for each one making our Christmas so wonderful.

At the end of this Sabbath Christmas Day we testify that...

Jesus said "...unto this was I born..." John 17:3
   ...meaning He was commissioned to be born of the Virgin Mary as the Only Begotten Son of God, the Father.
Jesus was the first-born Spirit of Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother, and thus was His birthright to become our Redeemer and Savior when we each came to the earth to gain our mortal body, to be tested in this life to see where we were worthy to spend Eternity.

We can only show our gratitude to the Savior by repenting of those things we do wrong and enduring with joy to the end of our life on this earth.

Because of the Savior, we have hope of being resurrected as He is the first-fruits of the Resurrection because He fulfilled all the requirements of His foreordination.

On this celebration of His Holy Birth we do give thanks to Him and to His and Our Father in Heaven...and Our Mother in Heaven.

Because of the Bible we know of these things.

Because of the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, we know more about these things.  A great goal for 2017 would be to read this book.  It will change your life for the better.

Joseph Smith is the Prophet of the Great Restoration who was foreordained to bring forth the Book of Mormon and to Restore the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true and Thomas S. Monson is the Living Prophet who guides the Kingdom of God for the entire earth today.

Of these truths we testify on this Christmas Sabbath Day.  
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Walter and Eileen Petersen - Today in Utah...

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