Sunday, July 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Rod!!!

Quiet as a deer in the wood,
unchanging as the pattern of seasons,
the years of our lives pass.
The mighty river slowly carves
a new waterway without notice.
It's course is cast.
The great mountains,
resplendant in forest foliage,
stand as sentinels of time
seemingly never to change,
but they do in every clime.
As predictable cycles of life
wax and wane in
natural majesty,
so too our lives, God's greatest work.
We shape our eternal destiny.
11 July 2010
Psalm 15:1-2
Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle?
Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
He that walketh uprightly, and worketh
righteousness, and speaketh the truth
in his heart.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETHEART!! You are ALWAYS in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Linda

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Sabbath

Today is my favorite day of the week. It is the Sabbath, the Lord's day of reflection and rest. It is the day I renew my sacred covenants with Him and promise in my heart to try harder in the coming week. When I was a very little girl I was aware of the Sabbath. My parents taught us that this day was different. My mother would play recordings of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to set the mood. Back then, Dad would go to Priesthood Mtg. in the morning, then return and take our family to Sunday School which was 1 1/2 hours. Later in the afternoon or evening we would return for Sacrament Mtg. which was also 1 1/2 hours. We did not play outside on the Sabbath. My sister and I would change from our 'Sunday-go-to-meeting' dresses into school dresses. We did not wear play clothes in respect for the Holy Day. I loved hearing the organ play in church, the soft quiet whispers of parents settling their children. We had tall gold colored glass windows in our chapel. The effect of sunlight streaming through them forever touched my soul. My best memory is of my family. My Harper grandparents, and all of their children and their grandchildren lived in the same ward in Bellflower, Calif. Sunday Meeting meant seeing and worshipping with beloved grandparents, loving aunts and uncles and cousins. I became friends with Robin Eggleston Shaker in 1953 and we remain friends to this day. Last Sunday afternoon she called from her home in San Clemente, CA. and we laughed and talked for 2 hours. I count that conversation as a bonus blessing. I needed it and Heavenly Father knew it.

Today was our last day to attend our ward block. We had a beautiful testimony meeting. The last 20 minutes Pres. Clark (BYUI) and Pres. Hallstrom (Pres. of the 70) spoke. Their talks were amazing and a perfect ending to a beautiful meeting. Pres. Clark spoke about the eternal worth of each soul and Pres. Hallstrom spoke about the symbiotic relationship of the church and the gospel. In R.S. we had a testimony mtg. instead of a lesson. I will always remember Pearl Davenport's (Rod's mother's cousin) remarks. Rodney gave a lesson in High Priests and then our sweet experience in 4th ward ended. I will be visiting teaching tomorrow & Tuesday as I continue to pack boxes. It is a rare privilege to attend church in the chapel on temple grounds. My Sabbaths here in this congregation of saints have been incredibly special. Blessings, Linda