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Hazy

Hazy

I can’t tell if I’m hazy because I’m fatigued, or I’m fatigued because my brain is hazy.   I’m counting the days before my next appointment.  It will be nice if the doctor can pinpoint the cause of my symptoms.

Church today went okay, but late in the afternoon, I was standing talking to my wife when I just lost all energy.  It was as though someone unplugged my power source.  I didn’t feel dizzy or faint, just zapped of all energy.

Christ Centered

We had a wonderful Christ centered Sacrament meeting today.  President and Sister Evans were our speakers.  They have amazing testimonies and their talks were amazing.

I shared with them afterwards how bad I felt when I had brought a friend to church.  The first speaker talked about the “atonement” without mentioning Christ.  I felt sad that the speaker didn’t talk about how Heavenly Father provided a Savior who would atone for our sins.  Instead, it was more like the “atonement” was some mystical thing.  It’s not.  It is a plan our Heavenly Father had and it was fulfilled by Jesus Christ.

Priesthood Meeting

Today was my first Sunday teaching Elder’s Quorum on the 4th Sunday.  Our lesson was about ministering and how ministering means serving others and not ourselves.  The men in the class gave some wonderful examples from the scriptures.  I felt very good about how the lesson went.

Easter 2017

Easter 2017

It’s Easter 2017, and we had a very nice Sacrament Meeting.  The Primary Children sang and a sextet of sisters from the ward.  They sang the Crusader’s Hymn (Beautiful Savior) arranged by Rivkah Wright.  It was very impressive.

They stationed a lot of sisters in our ward.  We have several sets who are dedicated to working at the sites.

One of the new sisters went to Lone Peak in Highland.  I showed her a picture of Eric.  She recognized all of his friends, but not Eric.  That’s funny because you’d think she’d recognize Eric too.  I graduated from a large high school (about 2,400 students at the time I graduated), and I would have recognized most of the kids I went to school with.

Easter Dinner

Easter Dinner consisted of cliches:  ham, asparagus, deviled eggs, scalloped potatoes.  As a result, I couldn’t have been more cliche.

I found several recipes where asparagus was cooked with a 1:1:1 ratio of butter, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar.  Consequently, that is how I prepared the asparagus.  Most of all, it was different than hollandaise sauce or simply butter.

Best Ham

The ham we got from Wegmans is the best ham I’ve ever tasted.  I know Elizabethe thought it was too sweet, but it was sure good.  Therefore I’d call it ‘meat candy.’

 

Christmas Day 2016

Christmas Day 2016

It’s Christmas Day 2016 and I’m up early to fix breakfast for the full-time missionaries.  I’m creating a breakfast sandwich bar with eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, hash browns, 3 types of cheeses, various sauces, and 4 types of bread (including San Francisco Sour Dough).  No surprise, but the Elders were on time. (There’s food involved.)

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Missionaries: Elders Smith and Mills, Sisters Larson, Ingersoll, Crofts and Barrett

After breakfast we retired to the sitting room.  Each missionary was given a stocking full of goodies that missionaries can use (and not a bunch of candy.)  A hair comb, toothbrush, mittens, stocking cap, socks, hand sanitizer, and more filled their stockings.

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Sisters Crofts and Barrett ready to open their stockings

Church

They moved church to 11am today because it is Christmas.  It was soooo noisy before church started I couldn’t hear the organ.  I guess it was all the Christmas excitement.

They choir sang and they had several special musical numbers.  Of course, the hymns all had to do with the birth of the Savior — including the Sacrament Hymn – Jesus Once of Humble Birth (my favorite sacrament hymn).

After Church

After church we came home and took a nap.  When we woke, Elizabethe and I exchanged presents.  I gave her her lap desk I made.  She was very excited about it.

Elizabeth gave me a tiny LED camera on the end of a 16 foot cord.  I plan to use it when doing repairs in hard to see places.  She also gave me a speed light for my Fujifilm cameras, however, it isn’t here yet so she gave me a picture of it.  In addition, she gave me some Cokin filters with wallets to hold them.

 

Baked Beans

Baked Beans

When Elizabethe cleaned the freezer the other day she found a bunch of cubed turkey ham.  The stuff is a little salty, like Spam, and so I want to mask the taste.  I decided it will taste best in baked beans.  I took that and a ham bone and threw them in the crock pot with a mixture of red and black beans.

Elizabethe joked that the elders will eat anything.  I made some broiled chicken breasts wrapped in bacon, greens from the garden, and the baked beans.  The beans were pretty decent in spite of the salty turkey ham.

Today at Church

Today at church we had a lot of visitors.  There were not as many as last week, but there were still a lot.  The High Priest Group was packed.  (Last week, many took off after Sacrament Meeting.  This week, a large group stayed for all the meetings.)

I find it interesting since Sacrament and Priesthood/Relief Society are both commanded meetings to attend why so many people, when traveling, take off right after Sacrament Meeting.  The same is true with General Conference.  We’re commanded to attend conferences, but so many find it a “vacation” from church and go do something else.  I don’t understand it.

Speaking of High Priest Group, Chuck Collie was teaching.  He had the visitors laughing.  I bet they went away thinking we are the most lively High Priest Group in the church.  Well, they’re right.

Easter Morn

Easter Morn

That Easter morn a grave that burst
Proclaimed to man that “Last and First”
Had ris’n again
And conquered pain.

This morn renews for us that day
When Jesus cast the bonds away,
Took living breath
And conquered death.

Thus we in gratitude recall
And give our love and pledge our all,
Shed grateful tear
And conquer fear.

Marion D. Hanks

 

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My Rendition of the Tomb Before Jesus’ Body was Placed Inside

One of my favorite hymns and one appropriate on this Easter Morn.  Of course, I played it for prelude and we also sang it as one of the hymns in Sacrament Meeting.

Jennifer and her family were coming to dinner, but they got delayed in their travels.  So, we fed the sister missionaries and just as they were about to leave, Jennifer’s family showed up.

After they ate dinner, it was so nice outside, we decided to go to Hill Cumorah for a walk.

 

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Hiking the Hill

We got up to the top of the hill and Texas found the RAMEUMPTUM!  (Okay, not really, but it was fun pretending.)

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The Rameumptum

By the time we got home I was ready to call it a day.  It was a lovely ending to this sacred day.

Beef Curry

Beef Curry

Beef curry seems like a dish you would not find in India.  You’re probably right in thinking that because this was a Thai Curry that I made for dinner.

The missionaries are coming for dinner and I made a beef Thai curry, curried ribs and a sesame dressing over a salad.  Tonight was a Thai theme for dinner.


It was Fast Sunday today and we had a good Fast and Testimony Meeting.  After church, Brother Amsden and I took the Sacrament to Sister and Sarah Baker.  (Matt was out of town working.)

Bob Ingold taught Priesthood and the lesson was about adversity.  I don’t think anyone else could have taught that subject so well.  Bob has been through a lot in the last 5 years or so.  We’ve also got a lot of people in our ward who have faced, or are facing a lot of adversity in their lives.  Perhaps it is because all of us baby-boomers are coming of age.

Tomorrow is the First Monday Event and I’m so tired today.  I’m hoping I get a good rest so I won’t feel like it’s a burden and a drag.  At least I think I’ll sleep well tonight.

 

 

Penn Yan

Penn Yan

Today I spoke in Penn Yan.  Gary Lau asked me to talk with him and so he picked me up early this morning and off we went to Penn Yan.

I had never been to the chapel in Penn Yan, but as we pulled up I said, “This building reminds me of the chapel in Garden City, Kansas.”

Gary, very surprised asked, “You lived in Garden City, Kansas?”

I told him it was the last area of my mission and he told me he lived there in the 1970s.  As we talked we realized with both had mutual acquaintances there.  He knew the Albers’, the Bernacki’s and he even knew JERRY DUVAL!  We talked a lot before the meeting started about our love of Garden City and the people there.

Sacrament meeting started and of course, I was the first speaker.  I gave my 10 minutes and then Gary talked.  After the services, Gary suggested we stick around for Sunday School and then return home.

It was a nice experience.  If you are ever visiting Pen Yann, drop in for church at the Pen Yann Branch.  Visitors are always welcome.

I came home and took a very long nap.  After the nap, Elizabethe made a salad and I made omelets for the sister missionaries.

We later watched the most recent episode of Blue Bloods.  I think it is the ONLY decent drama on TV.  It stresses integrity (something that is greatly missing in the world today), honesty (another missing component), and it shows the family functioning as a family and worshiping God.

In this episode, Frank Reagan (the lead character played by Tom Selleck) is faced with a conflict.  His daughter, the ADA is out to catch a killer and close a cold-case.  She finds out the suspect may be a cop.  The man killed was a very bad man and she is conflicted as to whether his killing was justified and whether she should pursue catching this possible bad-cop.

What does she do?

She goes and talks to her dad.  She tells him the two sides.   Side A – does she let it go because this guy was a bad guy who got killed?  Or, Side B – does she pursue it and catch this bad cop who may have murdered this guy in cold blood.  She puts it in her dad’s hands and his reply was basically for her to do what is right.

I think Frank Reagan’s moto should be Choose the Right When a Choice is Placed Before You.  That’s why I love this show.  There’s no thin-blue-line when it comes to Frank Reagan.  It all boils down to make the right choice and let the consequences follow.

 

West Point

West Point

We had a bunch of West Point Cadets at church today.  There was a sea of white uniforms.  Several of them helped pass the sacrament.

After church I was just exhausted.  I think this heat and the computer issues have just drained me.  Part of my wanted to take the grandchildren for a walk and take some pictures, but the other half said, “You need to rest.”

I took a long nap, got up, dug up some potatoes for dinner, and shoved them in the oven.  I have forgotten how good fresh potatoes taste.  Creamy, and the flavor can’t be beat.

For dinner we had a potato bar with baked potatoes, bacon, ground beef, cheese, gravy, sour cream, chopped onions, chopped jalapeños, and more.  Those home grown potatoes were GOOD.  I’m glad we’re getting decent potatoes.  Grass clippings and loose soil did the trick.

We had Sisters Stoddard and Rogers for dinner, and I think they enjoyed our potato bar.  We also had fresh Swiss chard from the garden too, as well as most of the produce on the table was from our garden.

After dinner we went to the Harmer’s home for Root Beer Floats.  It was a nice social evening.  They had about 10 families over and it was nice for Jennifer to get to know some of the people in the ward too.

 

No Dinner

No Dinner

No dinner for the missionaries tonight.  Well, I mean, we aren’t feeding them tonight.  Someone else is.  Somewhere along the line someone took one of the Sundays so we’re feeding them mid-week this week.

Our new site directors spoke in Sacrament Meeting today.  They were serving as mission president in Sierra Leon and the mission was closed due to the Ebola outbreak.

Matt taught both Sunday School and Priesthood today.  He does a great job and sure knows how to present using is Mac and iPhone.

I decided to watch a few episodes of Chopped.  I like chopped because of the out-of-the-box thinking that takes place.  And… sometimes the lack of creativity too can be learned from.

For example, one episode they had lobster and they had vegetable cream cheese.  To me, I’d be combining the two, transforming both in to something new.  Yet, nobody thought of that.

I would have fun on Chopped.  Elizabethe tried to apply for me, but at the end of the process, their web site crashed.  Weeks later, I attempted to apply for Chopped.  Again, at the end of the process their web site crashed.  I can now see why they keep re-using some of the contestants.  It is difficult to apply.

We woke to 3″ of snow this morning.  Yes, it is supposed to be spring, but the snow is still coming.

Who’s Perfect

The question came up in priesthood meeting today, “Is there anyone here who is perfect?”  (I believe the question was asked in reference to, “Who is sinless?”)

Jesus Christ was the only sinless person.  By that, he was the only person to walk the earth who never sinned.  He was that “spotless lamb”.  None of us have achieved that level of perfection, and we only can through an infinite atonement.

One brother, who is always joking raised his hand, while another who was just baptized, raised his hand.  The second one said, “I’m probably closer than anyone else.”

He didn’t do it in a boastful sense.  In fact, he had kind of a sheepish look on his face.  And, I would absolutely agree with him.  In the last 18 hours since his baptism, I’m pretty sure he’s been living a good righteous life.  In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe baptism is a rebirth.  All the sins of one’s past are washed away when someone is baptized.

At the same time, I would imagine most of the men in that room had partaken of the sacrament two hours earlier.  Partaking of the sacrament worthily does the same as baptism.  So, I guess, for that brief moment, everyone should have raised their hands.  After all, how much sinning are you going to do during Sunday School?

Perhaps the question should have been, “Who is going to remain perfect throughout this week?”

Ah, now that’s a different story.  We come home, one of our kids makes a mess and we get angry, or we watch the news and make a disparaging remark.  Whatever the case may be, it becomes difficult to maintain that level of perfection, granted us by grace, through the entire week, or even the rest of the day.

Comes Sunday, we all get the opportunity to renew our baptismal covenants through the sacrament.  That’s why Sunday’s are an important and sacred day for me.