Monday, December 10, 2018

Week 32 - December 2-9

We enjoyed to beauty of the snow as it clung to the trees on Temple Square on Monday morning.
For lunch on Monday we drove to Sage.  We had Tonkatsu (Pork) Ramon and bought a bottle of Okonomi Sauce and made Okonomiyaki from dinner.  We treated Susan and Nathan to a fun meal from Japan.
We even had fish flakes to go on top and wiggle.  It was a fun evening together.  Okonomiyaki means what you want.  We had a variety of cheeses, shrimp and ham to choose from.  We each cooked our own dinner and visited.  It is a great activity for a group if the grill can be placed in the middle of the table.
These two cute little snowmen were greeting us as we returned to the Family History Library after lunch.
Friday morning I had the opportunity to drive our Granddaughter to high school. The GPS brought me back to temple square by the Sea Gull Gate.  It was fun to look down the street and see the Utah Capital building though the gate.
On the same corner can be seen Brigham Young's homes (Beehive house and Lion House).  What an amazing opportunity to serve in the "Utah Salt Lake City Headquarters Mission."
Saturday morning Elder Koberstein and I visited the Church History Museum.  It has on display watercolors by President Eyring and a station that allows one to try their hand at watercolors.  Some of my favorite paintings are pictured.
This is a "Fishing Village in New England".
These two watercolors are titled 
"Wyoming Scenery" and "Summer Camp" in Idaho.
These pictures are titled "Trail Ride (Mexican
 Colonies...)", "Father, Son, Mexico" 
and "Horse Riding (Border Patrol)".
Watercolors must be hard to capture people.  
What do you think of "Trudy and Kathleen"?

A THOUGHT FOR YOU

"Each of us is an innkeeper
Who decides if there is room for Jesus."
-Elder Neal A. Maxwell

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Week 31 - November 26-December 1

When Elder Koberstein and I returned to our Family History Library office after Thanksgiving, this cute little turkey was waiting for us.  It was given to us by Sister Cook.
Monday morning we drove one of our granddaughters to high school here in Salt Lake City.  It was foggy in the valley.
When we got on the bench in the Salt Lake area we could see the fog over the valley.  We were above the fog.
We drove back into the fog by the time we arrived at Temple Square.  We could hardly see the temple from the parking lot.
Winter is trying to come.  We had rain that eventually turned into snow.
On Wednesday we went to lunch with Elder and Sister Ch'en.
We were shopping for food for our B1 Christmas luncheon and they know the best places.

Sunday was our day to supervise those that enter the Joseph Smith Memorial Building during our church services.  The building is only open for church attendance.  Elder Koberstein had the one outside door that is open to watch.  I had the wheelchair door that is locked on the outside so needed to be open from the inside for those in wheelchairs or walkers.
These are the Giving Machines that are in the foyer of the JSMB.  They are available to buy a gift for someone in need.  What would you buy?  I am all for a hen.  Fresh eggs are great and a hen may help someone start a business venture!
This beautiful Christmas tree was in the center of the foyer between Elder Koberstein and I.  One can see the top of it from the second floor.
 At eye level these simple ornaments of Christ's birth were placed all around the tree.
Our replacement couple for the door watch, Elder & Sister Kaliponi, took this picture for us.
Sunday evening was the First Presidency Christmas Devotional.  Full time missionaries were given tickets for plaza level seats.  We decided to not go back to Bountiful between church meetings and the devotional because of the stormy weather.  From our car in the parking area of the Conference Center we watch the Tabernacle Choir members park their cars and enter the building.  We had about a 45 minute wait before we could enter the conference center.
After the devotional it was snowing.  A beautiful but scary drive back to Bountiful because of the road conditions.  I believe winter is here at last.

A THOUGHT FOR YOU

Sister Hawkins is from the Antioch II Ward in the Antioch Stake.  I like her thought for "Light the World" campaign this month.  She is serving as a missionary in Canada Halifax Mission.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Week 30 - November 17-25

Christmas is coming to temple square.  This week early in the morning as we walked to the Family History Library we saw the grounds crew putting up lanterns around the little log home we pass.
 
My brother-in-law's sister made 
this wooden children's Christmas puzzle.
The puzzle is fun in two ways:  
1. as a puzzle and 2.  to setup as a manger.
We took our four day holiday to return to California to spend Thanksgiving with two sons and their families and do doctor appointments.  When we arrive in Oakland on Wednesday morning the sun was just rising.  It was beautiful.
Elder Koberstein treated me to a beautiful Thanksgiving bouquet of flowers for our Thanksgiving table.  I have enjoyed them all weekend.
Friday we hiked in Black Diamond Mines and stayed dry most of the hike.  This picture is looking down Markley Canyon at the San Joaquin River.  California has not yet had enough rain to make the hills green.

This is Rose Hill Cemetery used for burial when Black Diamond coal mine was open.  The area was a bustling community between 1850-1910.  It was part of the town of Sommersville where coal and then white sand were mined.  Many of the Atlas canning jars were made from the sand mined here.  Today this graveyard is one of the few reminders of another time.
Hiking up to one of the mine openings.
An opening to one of the sand mines.  The tracks 
were used to carry the sand out of the mine in carts.
Saturday Weston and Myra treated us to a breakfast from Golden Bakery in Pittsburg.  These buns are:  l to r barbecue beef, curry and pineapple.  They pineapple buns do not have pineapple in them.  They are called pineapple because of the look of the topping which make them look like the outside of a pineapple.  Myra says they are the least expensive in China and her family had then often.  They are very much like some of the buns we found in Japan.
 
 Saturday the family went to "The Musical Scrooge" based on Dickens' well-known "A Christmas Carol" on Temple Hill.  We were able to attend the matinee and watch Lynn dance.  He was in many scenes but listed as a phantom dancer in the program.
The Oakland Temple Hill is ready for Christmas.  
The manger is up in its usual place.
One of the two fountains was running. 
 
Another shot at the new look of the fountain
 as we left the Interstake Center.
The rain cleared up the smoke from the Paradise fire.
The city of San Francisco was visible from Temple Hill.

THOUGHT FOR YOU
Therefore, my son, see that you are merciful unto your brethren; deal justly, judge righteously, and do good continually; and if ye do all these things then shall ye receive your reward; yea, ye shall have mercy restored unto you again; ye shall have justice restored unto you again; ye shall have a righteous judgment restored unto you again; and ye shall have good rewarded unto you again.

For that which ye do sent out shall return unto you again, and be restored; therefore, the word restoration more fully condemneth the sinner, and justifieth him not at all.  Alma 41: 14-15

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Week 29 - November 12-17

Monday evening was our branches "Hail and Farewell" dinner.  It is a Monday evening when all the full time missionaries in our City Creek Branch have a pot luck dinner and welcome new full time missionaries who have arrived in the mission the past two months and say goodbye to those who will be going home in the next two months.  One of the highlights of the evening is when the young Elders in the branch sing "Called to Serve" to the senior missionaries.  This is a picture of them singing.
Elder Koberstein and I had the opportunity to walk from the Family History Library to the Joseph Smith Memorial Building on Friday with a couple from Russia that are interested in serving a mission.  They have been members of the church for twenty years in Sochie, Russia.  Fun to share a few minutes with them.  On the walk back to the Family History Library the sunlight was beautiful on the Salt Lake Temple. 
Saturday we drive to Logan and attend two of our grand children's piano recital at The Red Balloon Toy Store.  I took this picture of the Brigham City Temple as we drove through Brigham City.
Our five year old grand daughter played "Old MacDonald" and Dancing Drums".  She has been playing since September.
Our eight year old Grandson played "My Best Friend" as a duet with his mother and then "Tarantula's Twist" alone.  He has played for about a year.  After the recital we were invited out to "The Pizza Place".  It was fun to sit, visit and eat together at a favorite place for the grand kids.
Sunday I was given the opportunity to cook dinner for my sister and her husband.  I chose to cook Honey-Mustard Chicken with roasted winter vegetables.  I generally do not like Brussels sprouts but his recipe has made me a believer that sometimes they are meant to be eaten.
Look what we found on the way to sacrament meeting this afternoon.  Temple square is getting ready for Christmas.  This manger scene looks like it could be from Japan using Kokeshi dolls.  Wikipedia defines "Kokeshi (こけし, 小芥子 kokeshi), are Japanese dolls, originally from northeastern region (Tōhoku-chihō) of Japan. They are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face."

A THOUGHT FOR YOU

And it came to pass that I (Nephi) said unto them (Laman & Lemuel) that I knew that I had spoken hard things against the wicked, according to the truth; and the righteous have I justified, and testified that they shall be lifted up at the last day; Wherefore, the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center.

And now my brethren, if ye were righteous and were willing to hearken to the truth, and give heed unto it, that  ye might walk uprightly before God, then ye would not murmur because of truth, and say:  Thou speakest hard things against us.  -1 Nephi 16 2-3



Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Week 28 - November 5-11 More thoughts

As I looked at the stain glass window in the Cedar City temple, it reminded me of two other temples I had visited.
What does the Provo City Center, Cedar City and Star Valley Wyoming temples have in common?
These three temple share restored antique stain glass windows from the First Presbyterian Church of Astoria in New York.
These beautiful windows were commissioned by local member for their new church building in the early 1900's and put in the historic 1920 property.  The church had six windows portrayed Christ in different Biblical scenes.  The First Presbyterian Church of Astoria in New York had to sell their historic 1920 property in 2008 because of stacking debt and low attendance.
Tom Holdman of Holdman Studios in Orem, Utah writes "Many years ago I was approached by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an art donor with the possibly of healing and resurrecting antique art glass windows of the depictions of Christ.  
The three  panels were rescued by Anthony's Antiques from a Presbyterian Church in New York that has since been demolished.  

As we studied them carefully, we found that there was incredible wear, poor restoration attempts and hundreds of broken pieces and damage from the removal of the windows.  The art donor, LDS church, and Holdman Studios, along with a bit of trepidation, agreed to move forward with hope.  We felt we could honor the original artists and make the windows testify even greater of a higher power.  We accepted the monumental challenge.

The openings that had been set aside for such pieces in various temples were drastically different from the window sizes.  Each window was also in three sections and needed to be merged into one.  We knew this meant changing many pieces that were not broken in order to lace the seams.  We even rescued glass from the Provo Tabernacle fire for replacement pieces."  -The Story of the Stained Glass Windows in three temples-posted November 14, 2017 in Temple Facts
Provo City Center Temple announced 
1 October 2011 received the window of
 Christ as a shepherd.
It is in the temple's entry 
behind the recommend desk.
The Star Valley Temple announced 
1 October 2011, received the second window.
It depicts Christ knocking at the door.
It is housed in the entryway of the 
Star Valley Wyoming temple.
The Cedar City temple was announced 6 April 2013. 
It is the home of the third glass window.
This is a beautiful depiction of 
Christ in a field of lilies.
The window is also behind the recommend desk.

This past week as Elder Koberstein and I entered this temple.  It reminded me of the two other temple's windows.  I then did research to find out if this window was also from the same collections.  I am grateful for a church that appreciates beautiful antique art.  I love these windows and the temples they are in.