Sunday, March 29, 2009

An Articulate Discussion about Being a Mormon

I signed up with Vimeo (free) at and then searched for "Day of Faith, Rachel Esplin."
This is the link to her part of a panel discussion of different faiths. She was amazing. I took the time to watch all of the participants. I was able to access the interview just by clicking on this link from the GMM Blog. My computer would run the video for about 15 seconds and then stop for 15 seconds, then run another 15 seconds. However, I found if I just let the computer run through the stop and starts that when I played it the second time, it ran clear through.
Rachel is a junior at Harvard and "Day of Faith" is sponsored by the University. In my opinion, she was incredible. I learned a lot about presentation and the logical beauty of our religion.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Saturday Lunch

What a great Saturday afternoon...we're going to have more of these little get-togethers. John Levesque was visiting from Maine and Nathan Schaat was in SLC for the weekend. So, Danny Dilts, Shannon Van Patten and Rachel Redman loaded them up and they all came north for a visit. Trace and Michelle Hansen and Bob Richens came over from Logan. It was a super afternoon. Watch the blog and we'll plan another Saturday afternoon GMM lunch date. You will not get an individual invitation. I'll set a date, you check your calendar and let us know (call, text, whatever) if you plan to come. I'll fix lunch, we'll visit for a few hours and just keep up with what everyone is doing. Spouses and dates are welcome.

Shannon and Rachel in front. John, Danny, Brad, Brent (aka President), and Nathan.

Rachel trying to catch up on some sleep.

John, Danny and Shannon.

Nathan, Brad and Bob.

Trace and Michelle.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Macon Get Together at the Harrisons

Brent and Brother Harold Harrison
Sister Barbara Burns

Brother Eddie Peacock!

Rachel Harrison and Brother Jack Burns.
Patty Harrison, Shirley Harris, Vickie Smith and Brother Mitch Harris.
I tried Facebook for awhile and was able to connect with several missionaries. It was good to hear about what you all are doing, but I found myself spending too much time on the computer. So, I'm back to blogging. It seems I can post and then be about all the other things that need doing. I may check Facebook occasionally, but I won't be on it much. Above are a few pictures from our Friday night (March 6, 2009) Get Together at the Harrison's in Macon. It was so good to see these Southern friends.

Alma Chapel

This is the Alma Chapel that was dedicated on March 8. See the story below (March Is Almost Over.) If anyone can get this blog site to Elder Tyler Craig, I would really appreciate it. We have been unable to make contact with him. He needs to see this building and he needs to know we love him.

March Is Almost Over!!!

It's been awhile. We were able to go to Georgia the first of the month for the Alma chapel dedication. It was an incredible weekend. We arrived in Atlanta about midnight on Thursday. Drove to Macon and stayed with Vickie and Wayne Smith. Brad was with us. On Saturday Brent and I drove down to Douglas and stayed at President Fussell and Tami's Lake House. (Brad stayed in Macon to spend time with school and church friends.) We had dinner with the Fussell's at the Flying Cowboy...a great local restaurant. I had BBQ'd meatloaf and it was delicious! They BBQ everything in the South.

Sunday morning we attended the dedication. It was...just incredible. Brent spoke briefly about the promise his Dad had made 44 years ago..."Alma would have a chapel if they remained faithful." President Fussell gave a beautiful dedicatory prayer. The chapel was filled...lots of visitors. During the Sunday School session, one of the visitors was called to the pulpit. Elder Delores Stokes (currently living in Tremonton (Bothwell), Utah) who was the first missionary in the Alma area 67 years ago. He told of having meetings in the old Rockwell School. People came from miles around in their buckboards. One family, the Boatwrights, testified to Elder Stokes that they joined the church because a member of the family had heard and seen Elder Stokes in vision before he ever came to Georgia. Brother Stokes has remained in contact with the Boatwrights and they let him know of the dedication. As he spoke, he thanked the people of the South for teaching him about service. He said, "I grew up on a farm and knew how to work, but you people taught me how to serve. My life had been full because I have served ever since my mission."

I thought a lot about his statement, "I knew how to work, but you taught me how to serve." I think work + love = service. The Southerners taught me about service as well.