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Dixon Ward

Dixon Ward

Elizabethe and I attended the Dixon Ward today.  Elizabethe’s brother-in-law Dennis is the bishop.  It was fun seeing him function in this calling.

Some people I saw there…

  • John Stone – a kid I knew in high school,
  • Rob Kersey – one of Elizabethe’s cousins,
  • and a whole host of Elizabethe’s relatives.

After church I took a nap, and after the nap we had a Mother’s Day BBQ.  Brad and Marie, Dennis and Dorrie and their girls, JJ and Ge and their family, Brenda and Jeff, and a few others came.

A Good Movie

After the BBQ, Elizabethe and I watched a good movie.  It is A Box of Faith.  While the movie has some superstitious elements, which I didn’t care for, it is a clean G-RATED movie.  Yes, it is G-Rated!!!

The premise is a young girl ends up homeless after her dad is framed.  It goes through her resourcefulness, but under it all, she trusts God will take care of things.  Because of her trust in God, things go directions she can’t control, but it all comes out good.

Plans for Tomorrow

Our plans for tomorrow are to return the rental car, get See’s Candy, and spend some time with Elizabethe’s mom.

More Small World Stuff

I get a message from a friend who was visiting Temple Square in Salt Lake City. He was talking to some people from Salt Lake who said they were going to Palmyra this summer. One of the couples mentioned they have a daughter serving in Palmyra. It turns out, their daughter is serving in our ward.

Again… it’s a small world.

I taught priesthood meeting today. Because it was the Sunday for the group leadership to choose the lesson, I chose to teach it about the atonement. I felt it went well, and I personally learned a lot. In fact, the reason I chose the topic was to learn more about the atonement. We often hear about it being the aspect of the gospel where mercy and justice can both be satisfied, however, we don’t often hear about how it can resolve sickness and other types of suffering.

Elizabethe is still under the weather, so dinner consisted of me and the elders. I fixed tacos and the three of us ate tacos and had ice cream for dessert.

Elizabethe’s uncle and her cousins arrived, but I was so beat it was all I could do to say, “Hi”. They are taking off tomorrow, so I don’t know how much I will see of them since I have a busy day scheduled.

By the way, if you’re planning to visit Palmyra, make sure you check us out at www.beckwithmansion.com .

Wedding Preparations

My studio is located here at the Beckwith Estate. Aside from offering rooms to travelers (note, we are not a B&B – we simply rent rooms in the mansion), I also operate a photography studio.

When weddings come along, there is a lot of preparation that goes on behind the scene. I clean my lenses, camera sensors, charge batteries, reformat flash memory cards, organize my camera bag, and more. I often find it funny when someone says, “Why so much to photograph a wedding?” What they don’t see is for every hour I’m out photographing, behind the scenes I may work an additional 1-2 hours before and after the wedding.

As I tell people, being a full-time studio owner equates to about 10% behind the camera, and the other 90% is other stuff like marketing, bookkeeping, sales, etc. If I wanted to be taking pictures 100% of the time, I would have to go on welfare.

My cousins left this morning. They are heading to Kirtland, Ohio. It was sure nice to see them.

Todd Knowles and Family

Todd Knowles and Family

On my mom’s side, there was a generation split. Both my grandparents were married previously, and the children from their first marriage had children older than me. Of the children shared by my grandparents, I was the eldest. It kind of went like this….

Brent & Mark (me and my brother)
Jeff & John & Becky (cousins from my mom’s sister Shirley)
Todd & Eric (cousins from my mom’s brother Allen)

Yup, there were these pairs of boys. It was like me, Jeff and Todd, and then Mark, John and Eric. (Becky came along later and was younger than all the boys.)

My grandparents left a good legacy. All us boys served missions, as did our grandpa, and Uncle Allen. We’re now just starting to come in to the 4th generation of missionary age children. I believe my daughter Rebecca might have been the first in generation 4. (Cousins: You’re welcome to comment. It would be nice to hear who all has served missions and where.)

Of the rest of my grandparent’s children, my grandpa’s daughter Gwen had several children, but they were closer to my mom’s age. It was their children who are closer to my age. My cousin Keith’s kids were the one’s we played with, as Keith and his siblings were my mom’s age and OLDER!

On grandma’s side, there was Lorna and Virginia. Their kids were about older, and when I was little, I felt like they were a lot older. They were teenagers when I was a kid, and to a kid, that seems really old. My cousin Barbara watched (babysat) Mark and me when our parents would do things. The other kids, Ann and Allen (Lorna), and Frank and Greg (Virginia) seemed soooo much older when I was kid.

I have no doubt that Grandma and Grandpa K are smiling down upon us.