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Preston Temple photo taken 21 Nov. 2010

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Our Mission Scriptures

Our Mission Scriptures:

"Oh, that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart . . . Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth." Alma 29:1-2 (Book of Mormon)

" . . . be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Bible)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

For the Horse Lovers & Death by Gravy

"Hast thou given the horse strength?  Hath thou clothed his neck with thunder?  Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper?  The glory of his nostrils is terrible.  He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength:  He goeth on to meet the armed men.  He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.  The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.  He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the strumpet.  He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting." (Description of a war horse).  Job 39:1

Monday night, our preparation day, we went to the stables where a member we meet with regularly for scripture study boards her 15-year-old horse named Tee Jay.  Though she has owned him for eleven years, she said she hasn't had the courage to ride him because he is so big and powerful.  She is 100% in love with Tee Jay and he is treated like a king.  He gets a visit from her every day when she stops after work to clean his stall, feed and groom him.

There is a woman training Tee Jay so he knows proper commands and gaits.  The trainer said he was bred to be a working horse, so being on grass and rarely ridden is making him rather flabby instead of having muscles.  This horse lives in horse heaven, I suppose, not doing much but eating in a lovely green pasture of clover and grass, then hay and goodies in his stall at night.   Tee Jay has a friendly temperament and anyone could ride him without a worry of him ever spooking or baulking at anything asked of him.

Before going to see Tee Jay, we ate at a carvery.  The best places to get a good meal is in pubs, which have the carveries.  It is called a carvery because there are usually three choices of freshly roasted meat available, which is carved and served when you go to the counter.  Gravy is a staple at many meals in England and it is poured on almost everything.  When we go to tea, we often have a plate already packed up for us with food and gravy.  Below you will see Elder Blain's typical plate at the carvery.  It shouts clogged arteries.

The chef comes out and takes the covers off of the vegetables.  At the far left end the meat is carved.  All the carveries look much the same.

Below are the pictures taken at the stable we visited.
Tee Jay. the Irish Cob, in his pasture heaven with feet shaved for summer.  His mane is growing out from a shave.
Tee Jay with his owner--or does he own her?  No matter, they enjoy one another.
That IS some lovely rear end.
 Here the trainer is working Tee Jay through his gaits.
He didn't particularly like his picture being taken, though he didn't make a fuss--just gave that look
Maybe if I ignore her, she'll go away

This is a real bull pen full of nothing but bulls.
This evil-eyed bull was pawing up the ground and throwing stuff over his back.  He was ready to take me on!

tails are not always bobbed on lambs
Notice the handlebar mustache on Cowboy here?
Tee Jay has a mustache too!
Irish Cob
What you looking at?
Pretty Pony

Me working with Tee Jay on his standing.  Notice the mounting platform?  The English make it so much easier to get on a horse!
This German Shepherd was watching the girls ride.
This horse kept doing this when I tried to take a picture

What a character!
Pretty is as pretty does--notice my halo?
Shiny guy

Little crusader
Had enough horses?  For you horse lovers--probably not.


  1. I LOVE that most of your pictures are of animals and flowers!! :) These pictures are great! Tee Jay is a beautiful horse! You look like a pro working with him on his standing ;-)

    Michael will be soooo jealous when I tell him everything in England is served with gravy. He puts that stuff on everything!!

    Baby update- I'm 15 weeks and I'm starting to get a little baby bump (as you saw on facebook). Hopefully soon I'll stop being vain and take a picture of my chubby belly and email it to you guys. The morning sickness is started to get a little better, but some days are still rough. We should know what we're having in early September. If its a girl we plan to name her Jane. We haven't agreed on a boys name yet, so hopefully its a girl so we don't have to discuss (argue) about it ;-)

    Sorry for leaving the longest comment ever!
    Love you guys lots!

  2. Mom on a horse! Wow, I don't think i've ever seen you on a horse!
    They are beautiful :)

  3. I love those pictures and i'm not on the gravy train at all, I would not be happy with all that goop on my food ewwwwww. The animal pics are fabulous, jaz would be itching to get on all of their backs, including the mean bull hehehehehe. Love you!!

  4. Never enough of the horses!!! Love the pictures. They have such cute horses there, and the doggies are cute too. :-) Thanks for sharing the animals. The food does look good
    but probably does clog the arteries a bit!