Sunday, September 28, 2014

Building up Zion

Building up Zion happens in very small ways on a daily basis.  Prayers, scripture study, service, church attendance, keeping commandments, striving for excellence, wholesome recreation.

Temple Attendance is the icing on the cake.
Libby and I went together last week.

Peter and Libby and I went this week.  Here they are looking over the top of our Impala.
Being in the Temple brings such great joy!  I am so grateful for the opportunity to feel the Spirit in such abundance.

Peter is playing competitive soccer.  Bruce is the assistant coach for his team.
And Peter is playing football too!  His "B" team had a game last week, so he got more playing time than usual.  Here he is going out on the field as one of the Captains.  (He's #7)
He is the kicker on the "B" team.

Here he is playing the running back position.

Jesse was in a concert at BYU this week, singing with the Concert Choir.  We got to hear part of her concert on a live stream on the Internet.  It was a song that I'm familiar with - Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, and it sounded so good!  Isn't she beautiful in her new Concert Choir dress?
Jesse informed us tonight over FaceTime that her future children WILL have perfect pitch and be MUSICIANS.  In the mornings, she will play a note, and if they don't name it right, they will go on half-rations.  (Bruce and I in the background laughing our heads off).

Mary answered Chet last week, after he asked her to go to Homecoming.  This is a picture his Mom posted on Facebook of him.
To answer him, Mary left a note at his house, saying that "Sir William", as she calls him, had to go on an adventure.  He had to go find his steed (at the local saddlery shop).  Libby and I met him there and gave him a small toy horse.  Then he had to go find a horseshoe for his sturdy steed at the local blacksmith (the tire shop).  Bruce met him there and gave him a small horseshoe.  Then he had to get a good nights rest at the local inn.  Libby and I met him at a nearby hotel and gave him a camp pillow.  Then he had to go and get a good breakfast (at a local bakery).  Bruce met him there and gave him a bagel.  And then he had to go and find his Princess, which was Mary, at a shop where they got some hot chocolate.  There were a few hiccups along the way when we turned and went the wrong direction a few times, but Chet was a good "adventurer" and it was fun!  Mary said Yes!

Josh has started school at BYU-Idaho!  He made the student-led a Capella group called Apollo.  He has practiced with them twice and loves it!  He can't believe how fun it is to sing with these guys that are great musicians and singers.  I'm so happy that he is in Apollo!  They practice a few hours twice a week and will perform at various occasions on campus.   Josh is full up with work and a very challenging class load.  He is also the Executive Secretary in his ward, so that is demanding of his time as well.  But he is happy and doing well!

Joseph had to say good-bye to two of the missionaries in his District this past week, as they flew home, and it about broke his heart.  He said, "Saying 'See you later' just doesn't cut it."  He asked me to help him with coming home so that he could feel like there was something as remotely important to do at home as there is in the mission field.  Bruce actually called church headquarters after he got home and asked if he could go on another mission, so it must run in the family.  Here is a picture of Joseph and some of his fellow missionaries.

They have worked so hard together for many months in a small mountain town in Argentina.  You get pretty close to people in circumstances like that!

We had a wonderful Stake Conference last week!  I had the privilege of leading the Youth Choir that sang for the evening and morning sessions.  Mary, Peter and Libby all got to sing in the Choir, so that was super fun.  The last number they sang was Carry On!  I told the choir kids about Hermana M. and I singing Carry On! in our apartment in Huanuni with our feet in a bucket of hot water to warm them up, when we were so discouraged.  The choir sang it with some great dynamics, and they are so powerful and beautiful anyway, that it turned out wonderfully!  We had every choir seat filled and had to bring in some extra chairs.

So we build up Zion, every day in small ways, and the Lord provides the miracle!  How grateful and humbled we are by His loving care in our lives!

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