Monday, June 30, 2008
It has been such fun to look at all the pictures of our 4th of July Celebrations. It has created a lot of smiles, a few tears and some laughs out loud. I also read through my files of Patriotism, and wish I could put it all into a blog. The one thing I want to share with you is the Invocation of the 2004 Republican National Convention given by Sheri Dew. I had forgotten about this and the honor that was hers to be asked to give. "Heavenly Father, we come before you as citizens who care about this nation to express our gratitude for this land of liberty, where we have the freedom to live, vote and worship as we choose. We are grateful for the evidence of thy hand in the founding of this nation. We are grateful for every man and woman in uniform and ask thee to bless them and their families. We pray for the wisdom to protect and defend all families for our nation is only as strong as it's homes. We are grateful for a commander in chief who seeks thy guidance. Wilt thou bless him with wisdom and courage. We plead with thee for peace and continued freedom, not only from those who would terrorize us and encroach upon our piece of mind, but also freedom from acrimony. We pray that thy spirit will be with us today, that we may be wise and discerning. We love thee Father and we thank thee for loving us. We worship thee in many ways. But as followers of Jesus Christ and in behalf of all who believe likewise, we offer this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
Friday, June 27, 2008
HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU TWO! How quickly time passes. It seems like their mothers were just being advanced to Young Women. Hold on to your hats leaders, for Emma and Lindsey are in! And....you two are representing our whole family as Beehives, and the buzziest Beehives ever! We had a sunny day for a whole day last week, so I took my camera to see what I could see in our yard, and then we have had rain at least once a day or night since. A few years ago, Martha Jones gave us a little cherry tree. Last year we had enough for a couple of pies. Now Martha is on the other side of the veil and we had buckets full this year! So caught Grampa picking cherries, and Bailey supervising and eating. Mmm good pies and cobbler! Enjoy some of my favorite flowers and a little Missouri moonshine!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
For those of you who do not get the Church News, there was a sweet story I want to share with you. President Monson and Elder Nelson were in Curitiba, Brazil for the new Temple dedication. To get the dedication underway, President Monson presided over and conducted the symbolic sealing of the cornerstone. After the General Authorities and their wives participated, President Monson looked around and saw a group of children who had been invited to stand on the platform erected for the ceremony. Among them was a 6 year-old, Lincoln Vieira Corderio, who appeared to be very cold; he was wearing a winter coat and a hat with flaps that covered his ears. President Monson invited him to place some mortar on the cornorstone. Lincoln's hat was removed so that his face could be seen in photos and video footage recording the historic event. His head had no hair. President Monson guided Lincoln in placing the mortar around the cornerstone and then invited several people to participate. Then he announced it was time to conclude that part of the ceremony. However, he paused, looked around the crowd of onlookers and said that there was someone else who needed to be called upon. He walked around the platform. He looked to his left, and said he wondered who that person might be. He turned to his right. Several people stood on the ground between him and a choir that performed at the outside ceremony. He kept looking saying he knew that there was one particular person who ought to be invited to place mortar on the stone. Finally his eyes rested upon a woman. He pointed to her, and invited her to come join the ceremony. Later President Monson was told that the woman whom he had never met was Odilene Cordeiro, Lincoln's mother. "Of all the people he could have called upon to participate, it was that boy's mother," said Elder Nelson. "That said to me that Heavenly Father is communicating to his prophet and that President Monson is responding. That was not just Thomas S. Monson standing there. That was the prophet responding to a revelation as it flowed from heaven through him to bless that mother who has gone through so much in caring for her son who is so sick. President Monson had no way of knowing who that woman was, or that the little boy he called upon has cancer. But the Lord knew."