Sunday, June 15, 2014

Week 71 - June 9-15, 2014

At the International Center a new center piece beautifully done was on display.  I enjoy these simple flower statements by the Japanese people. 
This week found Elder Koberstein and I once again in Beppu inspecting missionary apartments.  In the afternoon we enjoy the view from B-Con Plaza, Global Tower in Beppu. 
The tower is an observation deck 100 meter from ground level and gives a 300 degree view of Beppu.  This is the view as we drive into Beppu of the tower.  The observations deck is a interesting structure looming over the road.  We have wondered what it was since our first visit.
Our next adventure in Beppu was the Beppu rope way. 
It took us up into the clouds to the top of the mountain where there was a shrine.
We hiked to the highest point of the mountain.  We found a marker for the top of the mountain with a microwave tower almost not visible in the background. 
Sunday is Father's Day.  It seems so long ago when this picture was taken with my father.  The teaching I learned under his tutoring care have lasted a life time.  Many of them have been shared with my children.  I was so blessed to have had the opportunity to grow up on a small dairy farm in Wyoming where there was work for all, yet time to play.  We never traveled as a family but always had cousins come to spend their holidays with us.  When they visited, we had help feeding calves, getting/taking milk cows to the pasture, hauling hay or what every we were doing and then slept outside under the wonderful stars together.  If mother was not home when we came home from school we could find dad some where on the farm.  I love animals and learned to care for them and enjoy their company.  We had bum pigs and lambs to feed at different times during the summer months. Thank you dad for being my dad and giving me siblings to share my life on earth.
I have been blessed by another father.  He is the father of my children.  Thank you for being there for us.  Thank you for the hours spent providing for our needs.  Thank you for getting an education which allowed you the time to go with our sons on scout outings etc.  Thank you for having a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and taking me to the Logan Temple to be married so that we can be a forever family.  Thank you for loving the gospel enough to share it with others as we serve together in the Fukuoka Japan Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I love you forever!
I have another father who is the father of my spirit.  He loves me.  He loves each of his spirit children and wants them all to return to live with him.  Because he loves us so much he has provided a way for us to live with him. 
Scripture of the Week
Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go:  and when he is old, he will not depart from it. 

1 comment:

Delirious said...

Asians really do know how to arrange flowers. I need to learn!