Thursday, March 29, 2012
We made a quick stop so I could buy some crocs, because I didn't pack mine, and then we went to Clark's landing for lunch. Lana and I shared fish and chips and sea scallops. Mmmmmmm. So delicious. John had a Colossal Burger. He is a burger man.
Lana made a yum-mo dinner of pork chops with sauce, mashed potatoes and broccoli. Later Rob got home and after he ate we had apple pie with ice cream. After talking for a while we had scripture study and then fell into bed.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
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.
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.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
A couple of week-ends ago we celebrated Valerie's (our 4th child and 2nd daughter) and her son (our 1st grandson) Tanner's birthdays. Valerie and I spent 2 afternoons making Pelmeni. Then I spent one afternoon finishing them up. It is a lot of work, but everyone in our family loves them. Pelmeni are a Russian dish that I learned how to make with my dear Grandmother Katya. They are little rounds of dough that are filled with a mixture of beef and pork. The rounds a sealed and then frozen. When one want to eat them, it is simple matter of putting a pot of water or bouillon to boil and plopping the little morsels in to cook.
Here he is cracking up on the floor.
Here we are enjoying Pelmeni. It was JaNee's first time having them and I was so happy that she liked them too. She brought the desserts which were so good that they were gone before I could even take a picture of them. She made Apple Charlotte and also brownies. I thought it was so thoughtful that she looked up a Russian dessert to go with the Russian meal.
We had a nice little family party. I'm only so sad that some of my kids and their families live too far away. I really hate that. I wish they all lived right next door to me.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
I am at a loss as to what to do or say to Connie. There are no words I just hope that she knows how much I care about her. I hope she will be consoled and comforted and I pray that Grady's family will also be consoled and comforted. I pray that Heavenly Father will send his loving arms to surround them in this most difficult of times. I pray that they will all be able to heal and to remember that our Heavenly Father does love them.
Meanwhile, good bye sweet, little Grady. Until we meet again.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Now on to Virginie's (sketchy) story:
By the age of 8 Virginie went to live with her Grandmother because her parents left her. The Grandmother was very old and Virginie ended up doing all of the housework, shopping and cooking for both of them. She lived with the Grandmother for several years. Meanwhile Grandmother's neighbors and friends became very fond of Virginie. As the Grandmother was failing in her health, one family asked to have Virginie come to live with them. She did and the family and Virginie grew to love each other very much. The family were faithful Latter-day Saints who loved the Lord and taught the gospel to Virginie. When she was a teen-ager, Virginie studied the gospel very carefully and she got baptized and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some years passed and both the Grandmother and the Father died. Virginie continued to grow in the gospel doing all the things she should, going to school, and serving the Lord. As she got older and being such a pretty girl, all the boys wanted to date her and to have her for their girlfriend.
Now Alexandre comes into the picture. I wrote about him a while back. Alexandre, a wonderful, handsome young man learns of the church and gets baptized. He begins to attend our Young Adult Center in France and quickly get positions of responsibility. Everyone likes him and all of the girls want to date him and to have him for a boyfriend.
The story continues as Virginie and Alexandre meet and like each other right away. They continue with their own lives, continue attending church and the Center. They go to many activities together and develop a friendship which soon turns to love. However, Alexandre says that he cannot become too serious because he wants to serve a mission first. He loves the Lord so much that he wants to teach others of Him and of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. When he tells Virginie, she is so happy for him and the next day she goes out and buys him the book Preach My Gospel so that he can study and become a good missionary. She totally supports him in wanting to serve the Lord.
Their plans to be together always develop and they decide that Alexandre will submit his papers to serve his mission which is for 2 years. He gets his call to serve in Australia. Virginie waits and finishes up her schooling at the University. She submits her papers to serve a mission also, which is for 18 months for girls. She will finish up her mission just about the same time that Alexandre will finish up his mission. Virginie gets called to the London South Mission.
As soon as they come home from their missions, they will become officially engaged and will marry for time and all eternity in the Temple. For now she is wearing a pretty ring that he gave her to remind them that they are promised to each other. They are both serving the Lord with all their heart, mind, and strength. I know He will bless them for this sacrifice for Him.
I love this love story. What a legacy this young couple will leave to their children.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Oh my goodness we had a good time. Elder Kudelka is just crazy and so funny. He kept us laughing the entire day. He never quit with his antics, his jokes, his voices in telling stories etc. He would sometimes act out people we all knew or were acquainted with on our missions and tell their stories.
Tomorrow I will write about Virginie's story.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
When I got home, this little sweetie was ready to great me at the door. She said, "You're home Grandma. I missed you. Don't leave again because I will cry." I sure love my little side kick. She is adorable. Then she asked me to take her picture which I was so happy to do since she hardly ever wants to pose for me.