We arrived in Oita early for the apartment check so decided to go see the big ferry boat (fune) on the bay. Our usual parking place was quite busy with a group of older men who were enjoying each others company and fishing. This picture shows four men, only the one on the left is fishing. Elder Koberstein had a nice nap while I watched the fishing activity out the front window of the car.
The Elders in Oita received a Celestial rating for their apartment. They even treated us with chocolate chip muffins from a mix sent to them from America. They choose to go to a Ramen shop for lunch. The reason being, one of the Elders had been in Japan for nine months and not yet had ramen. I ordered a Chinese ramen. The green on the left hand side is sea weed. It also had bamboo sprouts which are easy to see above the few kernels of corn and chopped green onions in the center of the dish. There is a slice of pork to finish the decorations of the top. Ramen noodles and broth finish the dish.
The above pictures is my family with my parents right after Elder Koberstein and I were married. I am sitting by my father on the left hand side of the picture. Elder Koberstein is standing behind me on the left.
My parents were always thoughtful and kind to each other. They never said thing to hurt each other's feeling. They did everything possible to make each other happy. Their example taught me to love one another and serve one another. They were always encouraging and supportive in things we attempted to do. I always knew that I was important to them and that what I did was important to them. I always felt loved and wanted to do those things that would bring honor to them and the HALE family name.
My parents left a legacy for me and a hope that we will be a family forever. This is conditional, I must take the steps necessary in this life to make that dream a reality. "When people are married outside the temple, the marriage ends when one of the partners dies.
When we are married in the temple by the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood, we are married for time and eternity. If we keep our covenants with the Lord, our families will be united eternally as husband, wife, and children. Death cannot separate us." Gospel Principles Chapter 36: The Family Can Be Eternal"
Scripture of the Week
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.