Wednesday, January 17, 2018

CHRISTMAS FUDGE

My favorite Christmas book this year was:


Christmas Fudge was written by one of my favorite authors,
Gerald Lund (Work and Glory series is a favorite!)

The book is about a World War II pilot/POW.
It is taken from his journal, and from his children.

The reason I love this book so much, is that I
know the main character!
Wendell Terry was in the bishopric when I was
growing up!

American Fork 10th Ward
Evan Brady, Bishop
Bill Ellison, 1st Counselor
Wendell Terry, 2nd Counselor

(He was later a bishop, but our ward had been split)

Brother Terry would talk a little bit about his experiences
during World War II.
Loved it!!!


I loved that they included his original illustrations!



I was also able to teach 2 of Brother Terry's granddaughters
in 5th grade!
Jennifer & Lisa Terry

Their mother, Judy, was one of my all time favorite room mothers!
She made me the most darling pumpkin!
Every Halloween, I set it on my sectional!
It is now 35 years old!!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

MEET THE NEW LDS CHURCH FIRST PRESIDENCY


Meet the new LDS Church 1st Presidency
Left to right:  Dallin H. Oaks, 1st Counselor   Russell M. Nelson, President  
 Henry B. Eyring, 2nd Counselor

And, in a roundabout way, I have a connection to all.
(Yes, it's a stretch with President Eyring)

With the death of President Thomas S. Monson, the
first presidency must be reorganized.
There is no secret who the next prophet will be.
When President Monson passed away, he was the last of
the general authorities of my youth.
(Pre-teaching days)

Meet the new First Presidency
(The First Presidency consists of the president, a 1st & 2nd counselor.
There have been occasions where there were more than two counselors.)

Russell Marion Nelson, Sr., President
Prophet, Seer, Revelator

Age:  93
Birthplace:  Salt Lake City

Education:  University of Utah (BA) (MD)
University of Minnesota (PhD)

Military Service:  US Army, Captain   Army Medical Corps, Korean War
Occupation:  Heart Surgeon

Family:  Married Dantzel White (passed away February 12, 2005)
10 children, 9 daughters (1 deceased), 1 son
Married Wendy Watson . . . RN, Professor at BYU, Chair of BYU's
Women's Conference, Author

Little known fact:  Besides English, speaks French, German, Spanish, 
Portuguese, and Mandarin Chinese.
President Nelson is a skier!  He skied
last year, at age 92.  Hasn't gone this season because of lack of snow.

My connection:  He performed open heart surgery on my dad, 1979


1st Counselor
Dallin Harris Oaks

Age: 85
Birthplace:  Provo, Utah

Education:  Brigham Young University (BS)
University of Chicago Law School (JD)

Military Service:  Utah National Guard

Occupation:  Lawyer
 Faculty at University of Chicago Law School
Clerked for Chief Justice Earl Warren
Board of Directors at PBS
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Polynesian Cultural Center at BYU-Hawaii
President, Brigham Young University
Justice of the Utah Supreme Court

Family:  Married June Dixon (passed away July 21, 1998)
6 children:  2 sons, 4 daughters . . . including violinist, Jenny Oaks Baker
Married Kristin McCain, University of Utah (BA) (MA)
Brigham Young University, Doctorate of Educational Instruction

Little known fact:  Play by play announcer at high school
basketball games while a student at BYU

My connection:  President of BYU when I attended. 


2nd Counselor
Henry Bennion Eyring

Age:  84
Birthplace:  Princeton, New Jersey

Education:  University of Utah (BS)
Harvard University (MBA) (DBA)

Military Service:  United States Air Force

Occupation:  Professor at Stanford University
Visiting Faculty Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Commissioner of Church Education System
President, Ricks College

Family:  Married Kathleen Johnson
6 children:  2 daughters and 4 sons . . . including Henry J. Eyring, President
of Brigham Young University-Idaho (formerly Ricks College)

Little known fact:  His father, Henry Eyring, was a professor at
Princeton University, Dean at the University of Utah, Chemist.  
His sister, (President Eyring's aunt)  Camilla, is the wife of former
LDS Church President, Spencer W. Kimball (I met him at Dixie).

My connection:  He became Commissioner of Church
Education System following Rolfe Kerr, the president of
Dixie Jr. College when I attended (yes, a stretch).

It's amazing that all 3 men have doctorate degrees!!!

 The Quorum of the 12 Apostles
(10 currently.  2 vacancies upon the deaths of 
President Thomas S. Monson and Robert D. Hales.  Will probably
be filled at the upcoming April General Conference)

Upon the death of a church president, the First Presidency is
dissolved, and the surviving counselors resume their position
in the Quorum of the 12.  The The new president picks his counselors
(usually from the apostles)
Because the president of the church is based on seniority,
there is a President of the Quorum of 12 Apostles.
This president becomes the new LDS Church President
upon the death of the current president.
If the President of the Quorum of 12 Apostles is named
a counselor, then the man next in line is named
Acting President of the quorum. 
(Thomas S. Monson was a counselor when he became prophet.)

President Dallin H. Oaks will be the next President of
the Church (unless he passes away before President Nelson).
Since he is in the 1st Presidency, there is an
Acting President.

My connection to the Quorum of 12 Apostles:
Left, Acting Quorum President, M. Russell Ballard:
I taught his grandson, Tommy Ballard, in 5th grade.
Another former student, Samantha Raven, married his
grandson last year.
Elder Ballard has served on the National Board of
Directors of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.
I am currently on the Utah Board, education committee.

Next in photo:  Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.
He had been installed as President
of BYU 2 weeks before I graduated.  My dad taught
Elder Holland in several classes at Dixie . . . as a junior and senior 
in high school, and as a freshman and sophomore in college.

Next to Elder Holland is former 2nd Counselor to 
President Thomas S. Monson, Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
He resumes his place in the Quorum.  


President Nelson is the 17th president of the LDS Church.
(The LDS Church was founded April 6, 1830)

1.  Joseph Smith  1830-1844

2.  Brigham Young  1847-1877
(Led the pioneers to Utah.  From the time of Joseph Smith's assassination
 in 1844, the Church was led by the Quorum of 12 Apostles, with 
Brigham Young as its president.  This happened frequently
at the beginning of the Church)

3.  John Taylor  1880-1887

4.  Wilford Woodruff  1889-1898
(President when Utah became a state)

5.  Lorenzo Snow  1898-1901

6. Joseph F. Smith  1901-1918
(President during World War I)

7.  Heber J. Grant  1918-1945
(My dad used to always say:  FDR was always the president
of the United States and Heber J. Grant was always president
of the Church.  President during Great Depression and
World War II)

8.  George Albert Smith  1945-1951

9.  David O. McKay  1951-1970
(president when I was born - 6th grade)

10.  Joseph Fielding Smith  1970-1972
Son of 6th president, Joseph F. Smith
(6th grade-9th grade)

11.  Harold B. Lee  1972-1973
(9th grade-sophomore)

12.  Spencer W. Kimball 1973-1985
(sophomore-year #5 teaching)

13.  Ezra Taft Benson  1985-1994
(Secretary of Agriculture to President Dwight Eisenhower
for 8 years while an apostle)
(year #5-14 teaching)

14.  Howard W. Hunter  1994-1995
(year #14-15 teaching)

15.  Gordon B. Hinckley  1995-2008
(year #15-28 teaching)

16.  Thomas S. Monson  2008-2018
(year #28 teaching - year #5 retirement)

17.  Russell M. Nelson  2018 -
(year #5 retirement - )


Monday, January 15, 2018

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY







MONUMENTS BY MOONLIGHT 
TROLLEY TOUR
WASHINGTON D.C.
JULY 7, 2012

Sunday, January 14, 2018

ISABEL . . . AN EARLY MISSIONARY


From Isabel's mom on Facebook:
Izzy will be graduating early from high school because she’s leaving 
May 4 to serve in Nauvoo, Illinois as a performing missionary! 
She’s going to miss her graduation and her dance nationals in NYC, but she 
doesn’t even mind because she gets to sing and dance about the gospel, Jesus Christ, 
and God’s love for each of His children. We think she’s pretty neat, and we are proud 
of her! Love you Sister Isaacson!


Here is a blogpost from almost 4 years ago.
Isabel's mission will last for 4 months . . . the summer/tourist
season for Nauvoo.  She had to audition.
She will be 19 the day after I hit that big birthday of mine!

I love how the last thing I wrote on this post was:
Watch for Isabel to go places!
After all, she's only in 8th grade!!!



Saturday, March 15, 2014


ISABEL



As a teacher, every year I would have about
10-12 really great students!
These were the ones that were not only good students,
but leaders in the class!
The type that all the kids want to sit by in class,
and play with at recess.

But, about every 3 or 4 years, you get one student
that is head and shoulders above the rest!
These are the students who not only excel in school,
but they are the "golden child" in their life outside of school.

These students really "have it together!"
They are smart...but more importantly, they are kind,
courteous, friendly, and helpful to all!
They are OUTSTANDING in everything they do!!!
They are also EXTREMELY organized, because
they know when the 3:30 bell rings, they are off to
"Part 3" of their day!
(Usually they do a lot before the school day begins!")

One of my last of these "golden childs" was Isabel.
Isabel was just a FABULOUS student!
Her father, and aunts attended Alpine Elementary
while they were growing up!
I also taught 2 of her dad's cousins!
They were all "golden childs", too!

This picture was in my classroom.
This is me with Isabel and her Grandpa Waddoups.
He was the president of the senate in the Utah legislature!
He came and taught about the government to the class.
Isabel's grandparents are currently presiding over the Rome, Italy mission!


Isabel is an outstanding dancer!!!
And she works hard at it!
Here are some pictures from her Facebook photos
of this exceptional girl!

 On the movie set of "Dear Dumb Diary!"




 The Joffrey Ballet School is one of THE most
prestigious schools in the country!


 Lovin' the Christmas card!



 Isabel won a Superstar medal.
These go to the top 5 dancers overall!

 Isabel won platinum overall!
1st in contemporary dance
1st in duo
1st in both team dances!

 Hmmmmm...
Not too sure if I could do this!!!


 Isabel wins scholarships to attend these dance camps.
She recently won a cash prize to perform with the
faculty in the faculty show at the 
national competition in Anaheim!

 This was a competition on March 22-23.
It was the LA Dance Magic Convention.
Isabel won
"Teen Performer of the Weekend"
received a couple of scholarships, and won this jacket!
Watch for Isabel to go places!
After all, she's only in 8th grade!!!

CHURCH TIME



On December 31, we attended church from
9:00-12:00 
in our regular church building.

On January 7, we attended church from
11:00-2:00
in our regular church building.
(Our regular church building is actually
annexed into Pleasant Grove)

Today, January 14, we attended church from
1:00-4:00
in our NEW church building!

3 weeks.
3 church times.
2 buildings.

Our new building was built over the last year.
You go south on 500 East, over I-15,
past Ken Garff auto dealership,
turn right.  And there, in a field by 
itself, is a brand spanking new church building!
New smell, new hymn books, new furnishings, etc.
The two most interesting things???
We don't have permanent wifi, some type of
card thing till they can get one.  They have to go 
through UTA, cuz it has to go under the Frontrunner tracks.
Also, since we are basically in the middle of nowhere,
in a field, near Utah Lake, any food brought in, 
like snacks for kids, etc., must be carried out!
The field mice will become church mice!

This is my 4th brand spanking new building
to attend in my life!
(Plus 3 new stake centers.)
The interesting thing about this building,
is it is located close to Utah Lake, and is
on the exact property that was my stake's welfare farm!
I picked beans there every summer for years and years!
(Trivia:  when we lived in St. George through my
1st grade year, we went to church in the
St. George Tabernacle!)


Every January, most LDS wards go through the dreaded
TIME CHANGE!
The purpose of the time change, is to let everyone have a chance
at the different church times.

Pros and Cons 

9:00-12:00  
Get up, get going!  When it's over, you basically have an entire day ahead of you!
Hard with little ones to get up...or teenagers.

11:00-2:00
Sleep in.  Can do a few things before.
Middle of lunch.

1:00-4:00
Sleep in...A LOT!
Nap time for little ones...and not so little!
Long morning waiting to go.
Almost dark when you get home.

If you live in a place like my Aunt Pat did,
in Woodruff, Utah,
there is only 1 ward.
Church time was always 10:00-1:00.
EVERY YEAR!
 No stress about changing.

When our "Retirement Branch" was created, a few years ago,
 our church schedule was
8:30-11:30

WHAT????
This was the BEST!
Old people are up...might as well get going!
(We're back in a regular ward now.)

My favorite schedule is 9:00-12:00...then you're done!
When I was Stake Relief Society Secretary for 4 years,
I attended ward/branch conferences for 13 units. 
I experiences all of the times...and sometimes,
two times in one day! (9:00 & 1:00). This lasted for 6 months!
(Off on Fast Sundays, General Conference, Stake Conference,
 Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day.)

Anyway...here's my solution for all of us that enjoy the early time!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

WHAT A DIFFERENCE 2 YEARS MAKES

2 YEARS
24 MONTHS
731 DAYS

A TIME MY ENTIRE FAMILY STRUGGLED THROUGH,
BUT, CAME OUT EVEN STRONGER.

3-4 MONTH RECAP:

1.  I HAD TO TAKE MY MOM TO TONS AND TONS
OF DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS.
SHE THEN HAD SURGERY.
HER STOMACH HAD BROKEN THROUGH HER DIAPHRAGM.

2.  CAMILLE GAVE BIRTH TO McKENZIE ON JANUARY 17.
HER SECOND CHILD . . . BUT, HER FIRST CHILD WAS 9 YEARS OLD.

3.  HEIDI WAS PREGNANT WITH CHILD #4.
JACOB WAS BORN APRIL 6.
OAKLEY WAS 4 1/2.
ALLYSON & BROOKLYN WERE 2.
HEIDI IS AN RN FOR A HOME HEALTH CARE AND HOSPICE COMPANY.
WHEN SHE WAS ON CALL AND CALLED OUT,
HER MOTHER ALWAYS TENDED THE KIDS.
SHE HAD TO BRING THE KIDS OVER FOR ME TO WATCH,
AS I COULDN'T LEAVE MY MOM.

4.  I WAS GETTING SHOTS IN MY KNEE.

AND THE HARDEST ONE OF ALL:

5.  ASHLEY HAD BRAIN ANEURYSM CLIPPING SURGERY!
THEY CUT YOUR HEAD OPEN, MOVE YOUR BRAIN OVER,
AND CLIP THE ANEURYSM.
JAYCIE WAS 10 1/2, 5TH GRADE.
PRESTON WAS 8, 2ND GRADE.
ADDISON WAS 5 1/2, KINDERGARTEN.
AND, RYKER TURNED 1 ON JANUARY 23.

LAUREL (ASHLEY'S MOM) STAYED WITH ASHLEY'S FAMILY TO HELP.
THEN, KATIE (RN) CAME TO STAY WITH ASHLEY WHILE
LAUREL WENT TO STAY WITH CAMILLE AND NEW BABY
WHEN MARK HAD TO GO BACK TO WORK AT THE
LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

LAUREL THEN STAYED A COUPLE OF MONTHS
TO HELP ASHLEY.  

MY MOM'S SURGERY WAS MARCH 10 AT THE U.
REID STAYED UP AT THE HOSPITAL.
AFTER 5 DAYS IN HOSPITAL, IT WAS 3 WEEKS IN A 
REHAB UNIT IN OUR STAKE.
(WHICH MADE MY KNEE WORSE.  OF COURSE,
SHE WAS THE FARTHEST ROOM AWAY!)
CHRIS & KIM AND McKAY & LORI ALSO HELPED OUT,
AS WELL AS ALL THE GREAT NIECES AND NEPHEWS.

PICTURES OF ASHLEY RIGHT AFTER SURGERY,
AND NOW.
(I COULDN'T VISIT AT ALL BECAUSE OF STAYING WITH MY MOM!)

SOOO GLAD WE MADE IT THROUGH THOSE
3-4 MONTHS!