T-T-T- Temple

09 september 201312 copyTuesday – letter T – Temple – Turtle – Truman – Truck – Tiger – Triangle. Also the All about Me theme. Weight & height was fun to do. Write down a few facts. Draw a picture of my fam (I love Truman’s drawing!). Peaches and Conference Mix for snack. Lily broke her arm yesterday. Aaaak – she was a trooper trying to color with her left hand. I’m grateful for Wendi who encouraged me to do preschool. It helps me have fun with the kiddos!

Orchard, Temple, & Friends

IMG_3328 copyField Trip to Burgess Orchard in Alpine today.  We took neighbor Lily along.  She is a great pal for Truman.  Tru, Lily, and Eliza enjoyed a slice of free peach, a baby gala to enjoy, and the best apple cider sample from Big Red Barn. Liza ate through most of her apple. She was overjoyed! We’re sad to see peach season end, but we also enjoy apple season! Apples with caramel… apple crisp… apple dumplings… yum!IMG_20130920_111015This lady is so darling. Her name is Vanay (as in the feminine form of Van). Her dad, Van Burgess, ran the farm. She was telling me about what a great athlete he was and played basketball at BYU. She is a delight. She used to teach kindergarten so she showed us the star inside the apple. She let the kids see how the apples were shined by bouncing along a soft roller. She gave Tru the hugest apple pick from the day… honey crisp!
IMG_20130920_134543On our drive home, we went the back way by the temple. “Bemple” Liza shouted from the back seat. The kids love to see the temple!

Faith in Every Footstep

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So hey… I was so glad to get to attend the temple on Thursday. Jimmy stayed home with the tots as he had gone to the temple early in the week during work (so cool to be right by the Salt Lake Temple!). He had a busy night picking up Abe, making dinner, taking 5 tots to the pediatrician while 2 got flu shots, got kids in bed, and helped Abe with his last-minute county report start to finish! Phew. He’s cooler than I am to do that alone.

The Temple was great… and not too crowded this time. I love that we can be taught and inspired there. These were a few thoughts that came to mind.

strengthen thee help thee

choose faith over fear

I saw this one by Winston Churchill a few weeks ago. I love the principle of moving forward in FAITH together as a couple, as a family, as friends, as a church or community. So grateful for good people around me who help my faith grow!
let us go forward together

Undaunted

IMG_20130830_101131This morning we took a field trip to the peach orchard. They were few in peaches (their pickers didn’t show up for work this morning). We walked up to the orchard and watched Clark pick a few boxes. Tru loved walking on fresh gravel piles. We picked up some Diamond Princess Peaches while we were there. On our way home we drove by the temple. We stopped to walk around and enjoy the beautiful building & grounds. Isn’t morning light the best.

A sweet friend of mine shared some neat inspiration she had in the celestial room at the Mt. Timpanogas temple early in the morning. The celestial room is on the east side so the sunrise was shining through the stain glass windows. She remembered the hymn, “Oh, how lovely was the morning.” and the words “Undaunted still he trusted” struck her as an important message. I was so grateful she shared this with me.

undaunted she trustedSee the imagery from these lines:

Oh, how lovely was the morning!
Radiant beamed the sun above…
When the pow’rs of sin assailing
Filled his soul with deep despair;
But undaunted still he trusted
In his Heav’nly Father’s care. …

(Hymns, 1985, no. 26)

I love that.
We have light… hope… faith…
then Satan tries to bombard us with all sorts of discouragement and fear…
but we trust…
un·daunt·ed  :  adjective
1. not intimidated or discouraged by difficulty, danger, or disappointment.

Despite Satan’s temptations, we can undauntedly trust in our Heavenly Father.
He watches over us and has a plan for us.
So blessed to have this knowledge.

I love morning light. Since we’ve been getting up earlier, I’ve seen some glorious sunrises over the mountains. I love light rays shining down on us. Reminds me of the tender mercies from a loving Heavenly Father.

Yesterday we took a field trip to BYU to get something laminated. The Sun! The mountains! The fun memories of BYU. Tru enjoyed the icecream & donuts.IMG_20130829_105414

Love these two little ones who accompany me on our morning adventures.
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God’s plan

I went to visit a sweet sister around the corner who is soon to pass into the next phase of her life. She has cancer throughout her entire body. She is the sweet sister who when in the midst of breast cancer, went with her sweet 80-year-old arthritic friend to clean the church on Monday mornings with our R.S. Always thinking of others. Bless her heart! I’ve been thinking so much of her and her husband lately. “Sustained by Covenants” comes to mind as they were recently sealed in the temple. Another principle that has been in the forefront of my mind is life after mortality. I believe she is in for quite a new marvelous adventure when free from the pain of her physical body.spirit paradiseOn Sunday a brother in our ward talked about prayer and miracles. One miracle he shared was similar to the miracle in this situation with Patricia… the miracle is though she will die soon, we are able to have this sweet angel near us for a little bit longer.

It is so amazing to think of our Spirit… that it lives… that we keep learning… and we continue to bless the lives of others by teaching of Jesus Christ. My testimony has been reaffirmed of this, especially from conversations I’ve had with Jimmy recently. Isn’t TRUTH marvelous!4462217147_9312140b40_z

TEMPLE LIGHT

mount-timpanogos-utah-808x480-CWD_436f96b6Jimmy and I went to the temple today. It was so great. The Mt. Timp temple was so busy. This is good, I know… but it’s the only temple open in Utah County so it was super busy. I’ve never had to wait in a line in the hall just to get into the chapel. Anyhoo… it all worked out and we were able to attend an endowment session. I went for my final family name from Tricia: Vera Pearl Snider. Now – onto the sealings!

Today was the first time we’ve seen the new temple film. (Just so ya know – I liked it. Eve is cheerful and sincere.) The change gave me an opportunity to ponder more on what this ordinance is about.

“The primary purpose of the temple is to provide the ordinances necessary for our exaltation in the celestial kingdom. Temple ordinances guide us to our Savior and give us the blessings that come to us through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The meaning of the word endowment is “gift.” The ordinance consists of a series of instructions on how we should live and covenants we make to live righteously by following our Savior.” Elder Robert D. Hales (November 2005 – BYU)

It was good to learn new things… and ponder. And hearing Jimmy’s thoughts in the celestial room enlightened my mind as well. The TEMPLE is GREAT! Really great!

“There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated — And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated” (D&C 130:20–21).

My friend Steph mentioned the principle of the pioneers being sustained on their journey by covenants made in the Nauvoo temple. This is a fabulous reminder of how temple attendance strengthens us.sustained by covenants

Day 9: Boise Temple

07 july 2013 seattle trip38Friday, July 12, 2013. Day 9. Phew… we live! We still love each other! This temple was across the freeway from the hotel. It turned out to feel like a scorching hot morning with no shade on the temple grounds. I think our bodies were in shock coming back from pleasant Seattle weather. This temple is a different style from what my kids are used to seeing. I’m glad we walked around. And of course, we were grateful for the church next door and the bathroom facilities. Wow – so many potty breaks for this family! Anyhoo…. We love to see Temples!

Day 4: Seattle Temple

Sunday, July 7, 2013
Seattle Temple
We were missing home … so the temple was a good place to be.
“In addition to temples, surely another holy place on earth ought to be our homes.
The feelings of holiness in my home prepared me for feelings of holiness in the temple.”
—James E. Faust
IMG_1719 copyA morning at the temple.
beautiful grounds.
lovely flowers.
sweet spirit.
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We had a mini primary.
Abe & Hannah gave talks.07-july-2013-seattle-trip17One of 5 temples featuring an angel Moroni statue holding the gold plates.
The last temple dedicated by President Spencer W. Kimball (1980).
19th Operating Temple

07-july-2013-seattle-trip16“Within the sound of my voice are many young women, young men, and children.
I plead with you to be worthy, to be steadfast,
and to look forward with great anticipation to the day
you will receive the ordinances and blessings of the temple.”
—David A. Bednar

Day 3: Columbia River Temple

07 july 2013 seattle trip10The favorite part of the Columbia River Temple for the kids was the fountain. Water in a hot place is always awesome. My favorite part was the pretty stain-glass windows. Most of all – the temple is just a great place to be.

Day 1: Twin Falls Idaho Temple

07-july-2013-seattle-trip2-copyThough the gates were closed for Independence day, it was neat for me to stop and see a lovely Idaho temple. The kids were hot & tired. This was 1 of 4 temples we visited on our trip.