Missions are Fun

Preston Temple photo taken 21 Nov. 2010

A missionary is someone who leaves his or her home for a little while so others can have their families forever.

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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)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Tiptoe Through the . . .ah . . . Flowers and Who is Poorly?

 "For man is spirit.  The elements are eternal, and spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fullness of joy."  Doctrine and Covenants 93:33

I realize I've gotten behind in deluging all of you with more flowers.  Soooo, if you are not a fan, you need only to close the blog.  That is the nice thing about the Internet.  No one is forced to read or see anything the sender is fanatic about and you could care less.  You don't even have to pretend to be interested as in a face-to-face conversation.  I get to indulge in the delights and details of my life and selfishly pretend it means something to someone else. Ha, ha.

Now that I have let everyone off the hook for following my blog, just know that I do find your lives extremely interesting, so do not stop posting your stuff.  I love it!

He's "poorly."  Yesterday, Elder Blain and I visited the children in Primary to talk in first person, as if we'd been there, relating stories from the scriptures demonstrating Christ has power to overcome death.  We had to adjust our language so the children understood clearly.  For instance, I was talking about Lazarus and how he'd gotten sick before he died.  Martha and Mary were worried and sent a man to tell Jesus that Lazarus was poorly.  No one here says that someone is ill or sick.  No matter the seriousness of an illness or its nature it is, "__name_______ is poorly."  It isn't doing poorly--just poorly.  All of the people we talked about were poorly and they died, but Christ brought them back to life.  I thought what a special knowledge to gain at such a young age--to know we all live after death.  It is a comfort for children and adults to know that if we get poorly and die, there is hope.

The biggest problem I have getting good flower pictures is the wind--always blowing here.  Often the shots are blurred, so patience is a virtue and they get caught when the wind takes a breath to blow again.  Aha!

What a nice home.
Mommy and baby Gypsy Cob update.
Simply clover.
A bouquet given to us by a loving ward member and a figurine to remember another very sweet person.
Our flat has "favorite-cheer-us-up-stuff" around the room.  This is our living room window sill.
The young man on the left went to South Africa on his mission.  He is currently working on a degree at a local university.  The young man on the right keeps reminding everyone he is going to soon be "three quarters of a century old."  I think he is working on being translated.  They both look still ready for battle in the army of God.
This is the darling newlyweds in one of our wards.  They invited us to tea and she came up with a really creative dessert when they realized they hadn't had time to prepare dessert.  Here you see the creation (I should have taken a close up) displayed very artistically with some bananas and drizzled with honey.  It is a chocolate marshmallow turned into something quite yummy and elegant!  Just behind them, you can see part of a painting the wife did that is of a beautiful canyon in South Africa.
Both husband and wife are very artistic.  The wall hanging is the work of the wife.  She researched American Indian art before creating this piece.  African art items are on the mantle.  She is a native of South Africa and he is from England.
This is for Summer.  We thought of her when we saw it.
Easy Daisy it.  (Oh, how goofy can I get?)

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