Sunday, March 17, 2019

Week 46 - March 11-17

This week Elder Koberstein and I attempted to go to the art exhibit at the Church History Museum.  We went one day to early but were able to look at a few of the exhibits not chained off until opening.  This one is from Japan.  It is titled "Touching the Hearts of Many Generations" by Kazuko Covington.  It is a quilt made from a damaged antique kimono and obi.  The dots represent ancestors and the eternal link that connects generations.  The chrysanthemum a symbolic flower in Japan represents beauty.  The insect nest among the flowers petals represents our mortal existence protected by our ancestors blessings.
Artist, Justin Wheatley's painting is titled "The man, the tree, the rod, and the words of strangers and friends." The artist says, "When the difficulties surrounding us become seemingly overwhelming, it is prayer and meditation that bring into focus the love our Lord has for each one of us."  The artist is from Utah.
Jennifer Paget, from Utah painted the "At-one-ment."  This painting depicts the fall and the atonement.  The conjoining circles between the two represents the two becoming one creating a new shape in the middle called the visica piscis a symbol of Jesus Christ.  The Star of David stands as a symbol between the two.  "And this is my everlasting covenant, that when shall thy posterity embrace the truth, and look downward, and all the heavens shall shake with gladness, and the earth shall tremble with joy." Joseph Smith Translation, Genesis 9:22 
We need to go back another day to see the rest of the exhibits.  I am standing by the roped off area. 
Nathan has had fun with Daniel's snowman.  Earlier this week his neighbor across the street complained he had no snow left and Nathan had a pile and a duck.  Nathan packed a big snowball across the street to the neighbors yard so he had some snow too.  We had more snow and Nathan built a column again.  I called it the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
This is the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  Don't they look similar, both leaning.  Snow is not a very permanent building material.  It has already fallen over and much has melted because of the warm spring like weather.

A THOUGHT FOR YOU
Susan found some papers from mother.  I was impressed with mother's poetry collection.  This poem was memorized by a brother of my great grandmother Mercy Weston.

"Kindness to Animals"
A verse on a watering trough on Holloway Hill between Bath and Willow, England learned by Joseph Weston as a youth and repeated to Samuel Weston (brother) on 10th of November 1931 about three weeks before Joseph's death.

A man of kindness, to his beasts is kind
But brutal actions show a brutal mind,
Remember!  He who made thee, made the brute,
Who gave thee speech & reason, formed him mute, 
He can't complain, but God's all-seeing eye
Behold thy cruelty and hears his cry,
He was designed thy Servant, not thy Drudge,
Remember!  His Creator is thy Judge. 

A watering trough is a  place for animals to drink.  This watering trough is found in Florida.  The hand pump is used to pump water for the animals.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Week 45 - March 4-10

March has really come to Salt Lake City like a lion.  This picture was taken as we pulled out of the garage the first part of this past week.  I love the snow hanging on the branches of the trees.  It makes the world a winter wonderland.
Another morning this week when we arrived at the Family History Center the rain had left a design on the building that reminded us of a temple.  So many beautiful things if you look for them.
Thursday after our day at the Family History Library we drove to Logan to C's sixth birthday party.  The family meet for dinner at Pizza Pie Cafe.  It is currently my younger grandchildren's favorite place to eat out.  The roads were clear but snow on the mountain sides.
C is really into unicorns.  She even had a beautiful birthday cake with a unicorn on it.  It was great to be able to celebrate with her.
We had enough snow on Friday night for J to slide down the small hill in Aunt Susan and Uncle Nathan's backyard.
Daniel, with help from Uncle Nathan, build a snowman over six feet tall.  It was a fun morning for J.  He was able to play in the snow, sled, throw snow balls and make a snowman.  What more would you want from a March snowstorm?
We spent the rest of the day in Logan with two of our son's families.  We enjoyed, visiting, playing with cousins and dinner at Chuck-o-Rama before starting back to Bountiful.  A fun week with many shared adventures with our family.

A THOUGH FOR YOU

"Sing Your Way Home" 

from Children's Songbook

Sing your way home at the close of the day.
Sing your way home; drive the shadows away.
Smile ev’ry mile, for wherever you roam
It will brighten your road, it will lighten your load
If you sing your way home.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Week 44 - February 25 - March 3

The big event this week was RootsTech.  Monday and Tuesday the Family History Library was open from 8am to 11pm.  Attendees at RootsTech started to arrive in Salt Lake City and visiting the library.  Elder Koberstein and I worked Monday evening until eleven.  We did not see many late night visitors but the crowd earlier was a little heavier.  The week was busy as many missionaries were drafted to work at RootsTech.  There may possibly be more guests early this week as well.  This is Elder Koberstein walking to RootsTech Saturday morning.  Saturday is free day and our p-day.  We were not scheduled at the library.
We attended the Saturday morning general session with Elder and Sister Bednar.
We then stayed in the main hall and enjoyed the Jake Shimabukuro, a keynote speaker/ukulele player.  His heritage is Japanese Hawaiian for five generations, I believe he said.  We were there for the award for the professional video.  Ch'en's, missionaries on the International floor's, daughter won the contest for both categories "judged" and "peoples choice".  It is on YouTube under "My name is..." RootsTech video contest winner.
Next we visited the exhibit halls.  They were very crowded on Saturday.  We had lunch and enjoy spinning the BYU wheel before heading off to the last two sessions.
We attended "Consultants:  Serving as a Temple and Family History Consultant"
A thought by Joseph F. Smith from the presentation.
A thought from Theodore M. Burton.
 The last class of the day and one we attended was "Family History That Won't Put Your Kids to Sleep."  What do you think we learned that has to do with genealogy?  This will be a surprise for our family reunion this summer.

A THOUGHT FOR YOU
The Savior's Name
by Fran L. Brower

You got it from your Savior
It was only His to give.
A new name you must cherish
For as long as you may live.

You took His Name upon you
And entered sacred water,
Promised to remember Him
As His precious son or daughter.

If you lose the name He gave you
Through struggles sore you've faced,
Remember that each black mark
Can always be erased.

HIS Name was clean when taken,
And a worthy name to bear.
He got it from HIS Father
There was only honor there.

Make sure you guard YOURS wisely,
Endure your mortal run.
You'll rejoice YOUR NAME is spotless
When presented to the SON.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Week 43 - February 18-24

The beautiful skyline as we walk 
to the Monday morning devotional.
Friday was ski day for our son and grandson.  
They enjoy Park City for the day.
Saturday was our day at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
We spent sometime at the Family History Library.
Enjoyed a German lunch at Siegfried.  I had a 
bratwurst, sauerkraut, schnitzel and brown gravy.
In the afternoon we enjoyed the Brigham Young University Young Ambassadors.  They preformed "Welcome Home".  Salt Lake was the last stop on a tour starting in Provo, Las Vegas, Pasadena, Bakersfield, Agoura Hills, Long Beach, Poway, Riverside, Cedar City and ending in Salt Lake City at the small theater in the conference center.
After the performance our group walked over to the Church History Museum.
This Angel Moroni is the only Angel Moroni that has ever stood on top of a chapel.  It was on top of the chapel in Washington DC for many years.  The building was torn down and rebuild a few years ago.  The angel was removed and is now it is on display in the museum.
I lifted a 50 pound set of simulated gold plates.  
I can not imagine running with such a 
load as the Prophet Joseph Smith did.
We then went out to King Buffet and enjoyed Chinese, 
Japanese and Mongolian foods for dinner. 
Sunday found us heading to the Joseph Smith Memorial building for church.  On the way we stopped and took pictures of three special men from our family with the Salt Lake Temple as the background.
After church we drove to Brigham City to 
help celebrate K's sixteenth birthday.
She had an amazing torch candle that turned into
 sixteen smaller candles and played Happy 
Birthday.  It was surprising to me. 
When we got back to Bountiful K made a snowman.  
I was told the snowman has a dunce cap on. 

A THOUGHT FOR YOU

Your Family Name 
by Nelle A. Williams

You got it from your father
It was all he had to give
So it's yours to use and cherish
For as long as you may live

If you lost the watch he gave you
It can always be replaced;
But a black mark on your name 
Can never be erased

It was clean the day you took it
And a worthy name to bear
When he got it from his father
There was no dishonor there

So make sure you guard it wisely
After all is said and done
You'll be glad the name is spotless
When you give it to your son

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Week 42 - February 11-17

B1 (International Floor) had their Recognition Meeting this week.  Elder Koberstein and I had ordered some pins for B1 when the missionary complete Level 3 training.  Our first missionaries to receive this award are Elder & Sister Ekenes and Sister Rochon.
This is a group of others who still are working on our floor and have finished L3 training.
After our the Recognition Meeting we had our traditional potluck luncheon.  It is always a lot of good food, good company and good time to visit thanks to all the missionaries on B1.
 
Following the luncheon zone pictures were taken this week.  Sadly the mission photographer did not show up.  We used my little Cannon camera.  It did okay but a bigger flash would have lighted up the faces better.
This picture is the second half of the zone.  It is not possible to pull all the missionaries off the floor at one time.  We need to keep the service of guests in the library going.  We also have missionaries that do not serve on Tuesday who are not present but it is a large share of the missionaries serving on B1.
Nathan has been digitizing his many slides.  They came to the library on Friday to work on them.  We left together and went to the Discovery Center on the main  floor.  We each chose a different place to visit.  Elder Koberstein did our pioneer heritage.
Susan chose Wyoming.  This is chimney Rock Wyoming, a place that the pioneers record passing on their way to Salt Lake Valley.
I chose Mt Fuji in Japan.
Nathan chose the Stockholm, Sweden temple.
The computer was not as cooperative as one would hope it would be at allowing us to choose the background.  Where do you think we are?  I don't know.
It was raining, one night this week, and Nathan went to the South Davis Recreation Center to walk on the track.  They allow senior citizens to get passes and walk for free.  It was a fun, safe place to walk.  Elder Koberstein and I tried it out twice this week (Thursday and Saturday Morning).  Hope to be able to do it a lot more.  Winter has been a challenge to exercise for us.

THOUGHT FOR YOU  
...President Nelson asked church members to remodel their homes into sanctuaries of faith and to join efforts to alleviate suffering while President Oaks said ancient truths maintain their strength in the modern world."Right is still right, and wrong is still wrong," 
President Oaks said, "regardless of what is said or done by movie idols, TV personalities or sports stars." He repeated the church's position on avoiding tattoos, piercings, immodesty and pornography, calling such things "graffiti on your personal temple."  -from Arizona conference 2019

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Week 41 - February 4-10

I am enjoying our family calendar.  Thank you family for memories of love though out the years.  This month is especially great with Valentines Day.  I love my family.
Tuesday morning when we went into the FHL it had really snowed during the night.  We could hardly see the temple.
Many of our missionaries had a hard time getting in.  We told them to stay home.  We wanted them safe.  Those that were full time missionaries and within walking distance where wonderful to come in.  They trudged though the snow to the Family History Library to help our guests.  We are thankful for their dedication and testimonies of what they are doing.  The picture is Elder Koberstein walking on the shovel wide path from the parking lot to the back door of the FHL for 7:30 prayer meeting.  Luetta was taking pictures, surprise.
It is amazing the big piles of snow in one day. 
At least the roads were better coming home.
This week is Valentines Day.  The Joseph Smith Memorial had a beautiful display of flowers in the foyer today when we went to church.
Happy Valentine's Day Elder Koberstein.

A THOUGHT FOR YOU

To love is nothing  
To be loved is something
But to love and to be loved,
That's everything.