Monday, March 26, 2012

Tanner's Ordination and Jan's Farewell

 Sunday the 18th we were privileged to attend Tanner's ordination.  He was ordained a Teacher in the Aaronic Priesthood.  Tanner is a fine young man who honors his Priesthood.  He tries to always do the right and we are so pleased and happy with his progress.  We are so happy to be his grandparents.  Here he is with his friends and his younger brother Spencer.

 Here we all are on this important day.

 Not only is he a great guy, he is smart and handsome too.  :)  Tanner has an awesome family.  They all support each other in all of their activities.  They try to live righteously and they also have a lot of fun.   I'm so blessed and happy that they are mine.

 Today was also the day that Jan Christensen had her farewell.  Jan is going on a mission.  Jan told us this story about her life:
When she was a little girl, Jan attended any church that they lived near.  Her Mom moved them around very often and so they would attend the nearest church to their house.  Sometimes they were Presbyterians.  Sometimes they were Methodists or Lutherans.  Sometimes her Mom would get mad at the Preacher and so they would go to a different church.  When she was about 9 years old, she wanted to know what God looked like.  She knew all about Jesus, but didn't really know much about God.  And so, she asked her Priest.  He couldn't answer her.  She continued to ask many different Preachers, Ministers, and Pastors.  None of them could give her an answer.
When she graduated she became a nurse in the United States Air Force.  One day her aunt invited her to go to the 1965 New York World Fair.  Jan was happy to go and when she got leave she flew up there to go to the fair with her aunt.  At the fair there were over 200 Protestant booths. They all spoke of Jesus, but knew nothing about God the Father.  Then she went to the Catholic booth.  It played beautiful music and was quiet and serene, but she didn't feel much of the spirit there.  Then she went into the booth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  There she saw a movie called Mans Search for Happiness, which she loved and which told her about God and Jesus Christ.  It touched her heart.  Two young missionaries were working there and they told her about Joseph Smith and his vision, how he saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  Finally, finally she found the answer to the question she had been seeking all of her life.  She knew what God the Father looked like. The missionary asked her if she wanted to know more.  She did.  Then he asked her to fill out a card with her name and address on it and asked her if 2 missionaries could come and teach her more about the church.  She said sure and filled out the card.  After her visit to the fair she went back to her base and continued her life.
Several weeks passed and life went on, but one evening, after work, she heard a knock at her door.  She was dressed in her old, comfy scrubs. The shirt was so big on her that it hung down to her knees.  She also had on a large pink cap kind of like the surgical caps that they wear now.  In those days the girls had large bouffant hair-dos and so they wore big caps like that to keep their hair in place while they slept.  (Ha ha, I remember wearing those wonderful and so attractive caps too. ) She answered the door and it was 2 young men dressed in white shirts and suits.  It was the missionaries.  They asked if she was the girl who had filled out the card and wanted to meet with them.  She replied that she was, but not tonight.  She was not exactly dressed to receive company.  They set up a date to see her later in the week.
When the appointed time arrived, the 2 young men came and began teaching her the gospel.  They asked her to read the Book of Mormon and to put to a test the promise that is written at the end of the book in Moroni chapter 10 verses 4 and 5 "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.    And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."   Jan read the entire book in 2 days because as she says, "I am a fast reader."  She prayed and asked God if the book was true and she received her answer that yes the book is true.
Jan studied for several weeks longer and then became baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Her room-mate also studied along with Jan and also got baptized.  In fact about 10 of the young Air Force women got baptized also.
All these years Jan has been a faithful member of the church.  She got married to a man with 2 little girls and then had 2 girls.  She raised them all together.  Now she is a widow and is about to leave on her mission for 18 months.
 As a surprise to Jan, the missionary who baptized her and lives in Arizona came to Jan's farewell with  his wife, who just happens to be Jan's ex room-mate.  Yes, the missionary who taught the girls ended up marrying one.  They have 8 children.
 A nice luncheon was held after church.
Here is a photo of Jan.  I love her story and I think it's so great that she is going to serve the Lord.  I know she will love her mission.

1 comment:

Yvonne said...

What a special day. Congratulations to Tanner.

And loved the story about Jan. She sounds like a very special woman. I hope she has a wonderful mission.