The Ministering of Angels

When John the Baptist restored the Aaronic Priesthood in this dispensation, he said it holds the keys of the ministering of angels. I plan to tell you about some of those ministering angels.

Elizabethe and I have both been fighting some sort of respiratory problems. We both seem to feel pretty good in the morning, but by evening, we feel congested and run-down. It has made it quite hard to keep up with the yard the last couple of weeks.

Today, the young men from Augusta, Georgia, took a list of things we need done in the yard and they went to work. At one point, two of them were sing Red and Black (from Les Miserables). At other times, I heard other songs being sung as these young men chopped at bushes, pulled weeds, hauled rock, dug holes and moved dirt.

On several occasions, various young men came and thanked me for letting them stay here. I thought to myself, watching them work, he has it backwards. I’m the grateful one. I expressed my verbal gratitude to each one and their adult advisors. I not only appreciated the service they gave helping clean up the yard, but I also appreciated the spirit they brought in to my home. I know, a lot of people would think Elizabethe and I are crazy letting a couple dozen teenage boys stay in our home, but these young men are exceptional and I’d welcome them back over and over again.

One of the projects they helped with is the old truck door.  (This is a posing prop for my studio.)  After they dug the hole, I asked the two who did the digging to pose for a picture by the door.

The Hole Diggers
The Hole Diggers

 

I was showing one of them where a stack of rocks were located. I asked if he was still in high school. He said he had just graduated. I asked if he was 18 yet. He informed me he was 19. I asked if he’s turned in his mission papers yet. He said he had not, that he only joined the church 3 months ago. He briefly shared his conversion story with me. Impressive! He said, “I am so happy I got to come see Palmyra after having just joined the church.”

Part of the Working Crew
Part of the Working Crew

They even got a good portion of the walk to the studio laid…

Laying Stones
Laying Stones
They Called Him The Puzzle Master
They Called Him The Puzzle Master
Young Men Laying Stones
Young Men Laying Stones

They cleaned up very quickly, put all the tools away, and then cleaned themselves and changed, and then they hit the road. But, before they left, I watched as they circled around, sang a hymn, and said a prayer. It was an honor having them visit Palmyra and stay at our home.

Their "serious" Look
Their “Serious” Look

Yes, you’ve just seen photos of ministering angels. They are all over, you just have to know how to recognize when they’ve ministered to you. To these young men from Augusta, Georgia, I say, “Thank You!” You were a godsend.

Beechwood Camp

It’s the First Monday and so that means taking a group of people to photograph something. Today’s venture was to Beechwood Camp State Park near Sodus Point. This is an abandoned Girl Scout Camp on Lake Ontario. We had nice weather, but the sun made things kind of contrasty.

Here are some photos…

Camp Dining Room
Camp Dining Room
Camp Kitchen
Camp Kitchen
Pool Equipment Room
Pool Equipment Room
Lake Ontario
Lake Ontario

1/3rd Done

It is hard to believe that 2013 is 1/3rd of the way over. 4 months have passed, and it seems like the year just started.

We went to the temple this morning and noticed all of the new temple missionaries. I think the temple president said 15 new couples have arrived in Palmyra. That’s like adding 1% to the population of our little village.

One of the new couples are from St. Louis and they know a family I taught when I was on my mission. The funny thing is, the couple I taught on my mission are coming here next month. When I told this new missionary that, he was quite excited that he would get to see them.

It is a small world.

Our flowers are blooming and the yard now looks like spring. Here’s a little peek…

Trees Blooming
Trees Blooming
Magnolia Blossoms
Magnolia Blossoms
Magnolia from the Back
Magnolia from the Back

A Very Nice Spring Day

It is a very nice spring day.  I took a walk down to the Village Hall to get some papers notarized.  It was a little cool, but the sun was shining and the skies are blue.

The lawn has patches of purple… just like this…

Glories of the Snow
Glories of the Snow

 

White Crocus
White Crocus
Tulips by the Gnome
Tulips by the Gnome

 

So, I’ve been reading the Constitution.  I do not think there is a coincidence regarding the order of the Bill of Rights.

Starting with the first, it needs to be the most important.  The second is obviously there to protect the third and forth amendments.   The fifth through eighth are there to protect us when arrested.  Finally, the 9th and 10th is there to cover things not mentioned in the Constitution.

The problem is, what do you do when these are not followed by the people who are supposed to uphold the Constitution?

I just watched a news report where I guy got a letter asking him to turn in his guns.  (Violation of the 4th Amendment.)  But, he did anyway.  There was not trial.  (Violation of the 5th & 6th Amendments.)  It turns out, the state made a mistake.

I think people need to watch the movies The Patriot and A More Perfect Union if they are not going to actually read the Constitution.  If more people understood about states’ rights and the Bill of Rights, they would stop voting for these people who put us in this awful situation.

Snow? Really?

I got up this morning and not only was their snow on the ground, it was snowing. This is crazy. Last year, we were worried about not having a winter, this year, it keeps holding on.

Around 4:45pm I looked outside, and it was near white-out conditions. Nothing was sticking to the ground, but the snow flakes were swirling around in such density that it was like a thick fog.

Turning in to the weather report, I hear the announcer saying that this will be the last storm of the season. He claims that once this storm passes, spring will be here and we won’t get any more of these cold fronts moving in.

But then, when have weather men ever known to be right?

Sunny and Melting

I headed to the temple early this morning. It was sunny outside and all the snow was starting to melt.

After a very busy morning in the temple, I headed home in this spring-like weather. I pulled in the driveway and we must have had 5 cars parked in the circle. There was a group of young couples from Ithica there watching their kids while their spouses were at the temple.

Having a lot of work to do, I headed out to the studio to work. Next week I have a big commercial shoot and it is time to pack up the lights, backdrops and stands. It is also time to re-format the memory cards and charge the batteries. (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been with other PROFESSIONAL photographers who have dead batteries or no flash cards. I’m to obsessive to do that… or at least I hope I am.)

The cards arrived for the networking group. It’s now time to get them out to the public.

Rainbow Trout

I pulled some items out of the freezer for dinner with the sister missionaries tonight. I found a pack with two large rainbow trout flanks. After cutting them in half, they were about the right size for each person. The trout went nicely with some rice pilaf and summer squash. Dessert consisted of some apples Elizabethe canned and I turned them in to an apple cobbler.

I kick myself that I keep forgetting to take pictures of the meals. Perhaps a reminder in my phone would help.

There were lots of visitors at church today. Given it is still winter, we’re getting more and more winter guests in Palmyra. That’s good. I think people miss a lot by only coming here in the summer. Granted, you can walk around in the summer (most of the time) without a jacket, you can’t see the beauty if the snow and ice. (Last year, you wouldn’t have seen much snow and ice, but this year has been a different story.)

Cold Winds

Today there was a very slight dusting of ice. Not snow, but ice crystals. We don’t have a word for the stuff, but think of very tiny hail stones. The wind kept blowing which polished the ice making very slipper spots.

I had to drive to Geneva for a professional photography meeting. For me, the roads were okay. One of our members said where she lives, things were very icy.

Before and after my meeting, I was busy working on Print Competition images. My goal is to blitz the competition this year. I would be nice to get 8 merits (4 open, and 4 master artist).

From Rain to Ice

This morning things were pretty wet with some patches of ice.  As the day progressed, it got colder and colder, more icy and more icy.

Between sessions at the temple, I came home and did some more cleaning.  I really hate cleaning my office.  I guess my ability to memorize is a crutch.  I remember, for the most part, where things are.  Then, after cleaning, I’m in a tizzy because I can’t find things.  Hence, I hate cleaning my office.

When we got home tonight, the cobblestone path to the door was covered with ice.  In contrast to yesterday, we’re back to freezing weather again.

 

Is it Spring Already?

I walked outside this afternoon and asked, “Is it spring already?”

Mid-60s and nice outside today.  Just last week (while I was in the southern states) it was bitter cold (so I’m told).  You wouldn’t know it today.

People are funny.  I get an e-mail from a guy who felt I was targeting the “wrong audience” with my photographic workshop.  Hmmm… I wonder what he thinks the right audience is.  Basically, I target photographers.  (Maybe he doesn’t consider himself a photographer.)

Speaking of workshops…

Here at the Beckwith Mansion, we offer a variety of photographic workshops (see www.palmyra-ny.com).  They range from the beginner to the professional.  If you, or someone you know, likes taking photographs, they will like our workshops.