Jackson Beauty and Fun…….

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We had an incredible time in Jackson with Ty and his family.  I am so glad that I take the time to take pictures and document our life experiences.  It takes me so much time to create each blog post because I am not a natural photographer or writer.  I edit a post multiple times before it is posted.  You would think it would become easier for me but I have to work long and hard to create each blog post.  My hope is that future generations of our family will know how we lived and loved.

There is a history throughout time of those who have been record keepers because what has happened in each and every generation is important.  We can definitely learn from the past and I personally want to improve my own life as well as honor those who have gone before.  It would be a tragedy to only think of our own generation and that we are all that matters in the ions of history.

I remember when our girls graduated from high school we went on a 5 week trip to different countries throughout Europe.  Milt and I had been to Germany before and visited some of the prison camps that are now memorials to the Holocaust victims. I knew I wanted the girls to visit Dachau because we must never forget or repeat what happened in history.  It was so difficult to go through the death camp.  There were feelings of horror, grief, solemn contemplation, tragedy and I personally had nightmares for weeks after our visit.  I want to remember this quote that is written in many languages at the Dachau Memorial Site.

“May the example of those who were exterminated here between 1933 and 1945 because of their fight against National Socialism unite the living in their defense of peace and freedom and in reverence of human dignity inter”

There is great article written about record keeping entitled,  Keeping a Journal Your Way by Tara Walker.

“What could you do better for your children and your children’s children than to record the story of your life, your triumphs over adversity, your recovery after a fall, your progress when all seemed black, your rejoicing when you had finally achieved? ”President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985), “President Kimball Speaks Out on Personal Journals,” Ensign, Dec. 1980, 61.

If you have time to read the entire article it might give you ideas on how you might want to record your own story.  Your history is important not because of great accomplishments or grandiose events during your lifetime.  It is important because you are an integral party of history.

Nature’s Beauty…..

 

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It is so wonderful to be able to travel and enjoy this amazing, beautiful world that has been created for us.  Nothing rivals the spectacular views of Yellowstone and the sense of being “alone” in nature.  Okay, there a lot of other visitors and it seems really busy in the summertime but you can still find areas that are very isolated, peaceful, quiet and that stir your soul.

I can’t look at the beautiful outdoors without thanking my God for creating the earth and making it a splendor for each of us to enjoy. We attended church on Sunday in Jackson and the closing hymn was “How Great Thou Art.” The beautiful words and music have been in the back of my mind all week especially as we have been traveling through this pristine area of the world.
I love the lines from the hymn, “How Great Thou Art.”

When thru the woods and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze,
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee,
How great thou art! How great thou art!
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder

Consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy pow’r thruout the universe displayed;
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee,
How great thou art! How great thou art!

The following words are from a talk by M. Russell Ballard entitled, “God’s Love for His Children,” which was given in April 1988.

I wish I could express myself as well as the author of this talk and the author of the hymn.  The words certainly explain how I feel about the beautiful world that has been created for me.

“I felt a deep reverence for both the creation and the Creator. Reverence may be defined as a profound respect mingled with love and awe. Other words that add to our understanding of reverence include gratitude, honor, veneration, and admiration. The root word revere also implies an element of fear. Thus, reverence might be understood to mean an attitude of profound respect and love with a desire to honor and show gratitude, with a fear of breaking faith or offending.”

“…And when I think that God, his Son not sparing,
Sent him to die, I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross my burden gladly bearing
He bled and died to take away my sin,
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee,
How great thou art! How great thou art!”

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings the hymn, How Great Thou Art:

Here is one more rendition of the hymn by one of my favorite groups which is The Piano Guys:

Mission Accomplished!

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As each missionary returns home from a mission they will question their ability to “fit” back into a “regular,” temporal, everyday life.  I found an interesting article about a return missionary that might give us some insight into what might a newly returned missionary might be thinking.  The article is called, “Returned Missionaries Need a Friend, a Responsibility, and Spiritual Nourishment.”

“As missionaries apply the skills and counsel given to them on their missions, they are able to stay faithful as they make the transition home and establish habits for the rest of their lives.

My mission isn’t the most spiritual point of my life,” Wayne Owens said. “It is a springboard. … More than anything it helped me understand what life is really all about and that real joy comes from helping others. It’s not about yourself, and … there is joy in pursuing holiness and discipleship.”

We are thankful for each missionary and the time they take out of their young lives to serve Our Heavenly Father.  Each missionary and those they love are truly blessed during this process.

Welcome home Collin Bearnson!

Back from 2 Years of Service…….

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It was a pleasure to spend the evening with Lisa Bearnson and her amazing family.  I love them as if they were my own family.  Collin has been serving in Wellington, New Zealand Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It was fun to see the other missionary moms who were also waiting for their loved ones to return from their missionary service

I know that Lisa and Steve were beaming with pure joy as they waited for Collin to walk from the secured area of the Salt Lake City Airport.  Collin walked from the corridor holding a case that held a typewriter.  He said, “I got a typewriter!”  I will have to learn the complete story from him when I have time for a visit.

Lisa asked me to take photographs of Collin’s arrival.  I have made a couple of Project Life pages to document the evening.  Each of us that were there were so happy to share in the celebration of the safe return of all the missionaries that arrived that evening.  Two years is a very long time to be away from your family but we are so thankful for their service to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

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