Stake Missionary Correlation Meeting: Yakima/Yakima Valley

2017-5-21 Yakima Stake Correlation (1)Two+ hours later we were back in Yakima, for our next correlation meeting with the Yakima Stake Presidency.  We have such amazing leaders here in this mission.  They are really good men (and women).  We love being with them.2017-5-21 Yakima Stake Correlation (3)Elders Hoskins and Hughes (above) represented the Yakima Zone and Elder Wunderlich and Favilla (below) represented the Yakima Valley Zone.2017-5-21 Yakima Stake Correlation (4)2017-5-21 Yakima Stake Correlation (5)2017-5-21 Yakima Stake Correlation (6)2017-5-21 Yakima Stake Correlation (8)2017-5-21 Yakima Stake Correlation (9)President Hendricks is the one in the middle where I was sitting.2017-5-21 Yakima Stake Correlation (11)2017-5-21 Yakima Stake Correlation (12)2017-5-21 Yakima Stake Correlation (13)2017-5-21 Yakima Stake Correlation (14)2017-5-21 Yakima Stake Correlation (15)2017-5-21 Yakima Stake Correlation (16)

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Stake Missionary Correlation Meeting: The Dalles

2017-5-21 The Dalles Stake Correlation (1)Here we are meeting with The Dalles Stake leaders in our monthly missionary correlation meeting.  Elders Poloncic and Bird represent their zone so well.2017-5-21 The Dalles Stake Correlation (4)Stake President Bischoff (in the middle):2017-5-21 The Dalles Stake Correlation (5)2017-5-21 The Dalles Stake Correlation (6)

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Stake Conference with The Dalles Stake 20-21 May 2017

2017-5-20 Stake Conf The Dalles (5)When we go to Stake Conferences, it’s a little tricky to get photos of these beautiful missionaries with their friends and investigators (because I have to behave and sit on the stand and all that fol-de-rol).  I do my best to get a few photos, like these, from our weekend in The Dalles:2017-5-20 Stake Conf The Dalles (6)2017-5-20 Stake Conf The Dalles (7)2017-5-20 Stake Conf The Dalles (8)2017-5-20 Stake Conf The Dalles (10)Sunday morning:2017-5-21 Stake Conf The Dalles (1)Matching!2017-5-21 Stake Conf The Dalles (2)2017-5-21 Stake Conf The Dalles (3)2017-5-21 Stake Conf The Dalles (4)2017-5-21 Stake Conf The Dalles (5)These Elders found a guest book in their apartment with all the missionaries who had served there from 1978 until a few years ago when the book was filled.  Yes, I borrowed it and yes, I’ll be digitizing it.  Stay tuned.2017-5-21 Stake Conf The Dalles (6)2017-5-21 Stake Conf The Dalles (7)2017-5-21 Stake Conf The Dalles (8)2017-5-21 Stake Conf The Dalles (9)

Meet Steve Peshl, who was baptized in January and will be going with these Elders to the Portland Temple with family names this week!2017-5-21 Stake Conf The Dalles (10)2017-5-21 Stake Conf The Dalles (11)2017-5-21 Stake Conf The Dalles (12)

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“to be held in remembrance”

2017-5-20 Stake Conf The Dalles (1)This afternoon I tore myself away from the DfG Events in Yakima and Pres Lewis and I drove 2 hours south to The Dalles for Stake Conference there.  During the 4:00 Priesthood Leadership Meeting, I sat in the foyer, preparing my talk for the evening session.  I couldn’t help but notice a grandma near me writing in what looked like a journal.

The talk I was preparing was on Family history and preserving our family stories, so I watched this lovely lady intently as she wrote, and smiled and wrote more.  I loved what I was seeing.  After the meeting ended, I introduced myself and made a new friend–Harriett Madden, grandma to a lucky 23-year-old granddaughter who will receive this book, this gift for her birthday in a few months.

We had a delightful visit about what she was writing and sharing, her stories.  What I watched reminded me of 3 scriptures I’ve been thinking about:

D&C 127:9 talks about records and how things like histories, stories and testimonies should be “held in remembrance from generation to generation.”  What does it mean to be held in remembrance?  If it’s not recorded, it won’t be remembered.

2 Nephi 25:22 also talks about records and says “these things shall go from generation to generation, as Nephi describes what and why we should write.  In verse 26 he says that we write “that our children may know.”   How will they know if we don’t record our experiences?

In Jacob 4:2-3, Jacob writes (about 500 BC):

1 Now behold, it came to pass that I, Jacob, having ministered much unto my people in word, (and I cannot write but a little of my words, because of the difficulty of engraving our words upon plates) and we know that the things which we write upon plates must remain;

2 But whatsoever things we write upon anything save it be upon plates must perish and vanish away; but we can write a few words upon plates, which will give our children, and also our beloved brethren, a small degree of knowledge concerning us, or concerning their fathers—

3 Now in this thing we do rejoice; and we labor diligently to engraven these words upon plates, hoping that our beloved brethren and our children will receive them with thankful hearts, and look upon them that they may learn with joy and not with sorrow, neither with contempt, concerning their first parents.

4 For, for this intent have we written these things, that they may know that we knew of Christ, and we had a hope of his glory many hundred years before his coming; and not only we ourselves had a hope of his glory, but also all the holy prophets which were before us.

I loved watching Sister Madden as I thought about the reasons we write and record.

2017-5-20 Stake Conf The Dalles (4)The thoughts I shared tonight in my talk were some I’ve thought about for a long time.  I put them on paper once here:

Stop obliteration. Write. Record. Preserve. Share.

Writing

I’ve been thinking lately about the prophet Malachi, who ended his record with these words:  “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:  And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

These words have been repeated in every dispensation of time, to every people.  They are Epic.  I love the definition of The Spirit of Elijah given by Russell M. Nelson:  “The Spirit of Elijah is the Holy Ghost bearing witness of the divine nature of the family.”  We often talk about the Spirit of Elijah in relation to Family History work.  I feel it.  I feel my heart turning to my fathers and ancestors and I feel that they are aware of me when I notice them.

Today I am thinking about Malachi’s words, repeated in this dispensation, where he concludes:   “. . . and he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers.  If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming.” (D&C 2)

Utterly Wasted.”  “Leaving neither root nor branch.”  “Smitten with a curse.”  Hmmm.  Yesterday in my Family History class we talked about finding and recording the histories of other family members.  Sid Lieberman, a nationally-acclaimed storyteller came to the Roots Tech Conference in Salt Lake last March.  He said, “Everyone has a right to exist.”  Then he encouraged us to “Be a witness for someone who otherwise would not be known.”   To me this means: SAVE A LIFE BY PRESERVING A MEMORY OF SOMEONE.  To paraphrase Donald Davis, “If we don’t remember someone, it’s as if they never lived.”   (See Nov. 2 post.)

This reminds me of a statement made by Ronald O. Barney, of the Church History Department:  If you do not write your story, your name will be obliterated from the human record and you will not speak from the grave. You will not have any influence on those who come after you. Those who write about the things they have done and learned in life have a huge impact on posterity.  Write your story. You have overcome things your children need to know about.”

So, today I am stewing on all these thoughts, wondering if the “utter waste” the prophets speak of might be lives lived and not learned from.  If I were to live and die, and a generation or two from now, influence no loved one for good, my life would be a waste.  I can do something about that every day.  I can write and record and preserve my thoughts and experiences.  AND I can do the same for others in my family whose lives I’m discovering and learning about.  Their lives are not wasted on me.

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Days for Girls Events in Yakima

2017-5-20 DfG Yakima (7)We’ve had another successful DfG Work day in Yakima!  Today was a big day with 3 large events here:  one in town for the community, the booth at the quilt show at the convention center, and an event for about 100 YSA this afternoon at the Tree’s home.  We were spread a little thin, but all the bases were covered and many learned about Days for Girls for the first time.  We are happy to share the joy!2017-5-20 DfG Yakima (8)2017-5-20 DfG Yakima (4)2017-5-20 DfG Yakima (5)2017-5-20 DfG Yakima (6)2017-5-20 DfG Yakima (9)2017-5-20 DfG Yakima (10)2017-5-20 DfG Yakima (11)2017-5-20 DfG Yakima (12)2017-5-20 DfG Yakima (13)2017-5-20 DfG Yakima (14)2017-5-20 DfG Yakima (15)Another serger has been donated.  THANKS to the fairy who left it on a doorstep for us!!2017-5-20 DfG Yakima (21)2017-5-20 DfG Yakima (22)We assembled 80 more kits today!2017-5-20 DfG Yakima (24)2017-5-20 DfG Yakima (25)I especially enjoy teaching our Sister Missionaries more about the needs of girls out in the world, in places they’ve never been.  The world is so much smaller when we come together to help others.2017-5-20 DfG Yakima (27)

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Quilts and Days for Girls in Yakima

2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (1)Today and tomorrow in Yakima, quilters from around the state are coming for a wonderful quilt show with vendors.  On our way home from Sunnyside, we stopped by the convention center to see the fun.  Toni McBean prepared and manned a beautiful Days for Girls booth there for all to learn about what we are doing to help young girls stay in school.  What we do is not only Good–it’s Beautiful!2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (3)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (4)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (5)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (6)Here is our local Yakima Valley Quilters’ Guild:2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (7)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (8)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (9)This is Sis. Christensen, our Yakima 2nd Ward Bishop’s wife!2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (10)Here are a few photos of some of the 400 or so quilts hanging in the show:2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (11)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (12)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (13)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (14)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (15)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (16)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (17)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (18)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (19)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (20)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (21)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (22)Only in Washington!2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (23)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (24)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (25)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (26)These two are the owners of B&C Sewing & Vacuum.  They are loyal supporters of our Days for Girls work.  We are so grateful to them.  Please support their shop!2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (27)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (28)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (29)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (30)This is Sheree Nelson, who interviewed me for an article she’s writing for a Christian magazine about our Days for Girls work:2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (31)The welcoming committee!2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (32)And Pres Lewis, patiently waiting:2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (33)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (34)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (35)2017-5-19 DfG and Quilt Show (36)

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Interviews in Sunnyside

2017-5-19 Interviews Toppenish, Sunnyside (20)It was a warm sunny afternoon in Sunnyside.  Oh, how I love the SUN!!  And oh, how I love these missionaries!

Elder Hansen and Elder Allen, serving in the Yakima Zone, Sunnyside Ward2017-5-19 Interviews Toppenish, Sunnyside (21)Elder Hansen:  I’m not fake.  I don’t try to change my behavior to fit who I’m with.  I’m here to be myself and to use my own personality.   Elder Allen is down to earth.  He has tons of charity.  He’ll talk to anybody, and try to get to know them.

Elder Allen:  people would say the most likeable thing about me is my willingness to help people in need.  My mom set a great example of helping others.  When I asked her why she always helped others she said because she loved them.  I’m learning to do the same.  Elder Hansen always has a smile.  He’s a funny guy and he knows how to stay positive.

Writing notes to moms:2017-5-19 Interviews Toppenish, Sunnyside (23)2017-5-19 Interviews Toppenish, Sunnyside (25)2017-5-19 Interviews Toppenish, Sunnyside (28)Hermana Faulk and Hermana Hurst, serving in the Yakima Valley Zone, Sunnyside East area:2017-5-19 Interviews Toppenish, Sunnyside (29)Hermana Faulk:  I smile a lot!  I try to be real and understand people.  I try to put myself in their shoes–the divorced, the addict, the single mom, the unloved daughter– and then I listen for the Spirit to teach me what to do to help them.  I try to feel what they feel. Then I pray to know what gospel principle would help them now.  I’ve learned to do this on my mission.    Hna Hurst is funny, open, she smiles all the time, and she waves at everyone!  She’s observant and remembers the little things.  She learns about someone, then does all she can to help them.

Hermana Hurst:  I’m always happy.  I always feel happy.  I always look happy.    Hna Faulk is very compassionate.  She takes people’s feelings into account and tries to uplift them.  She has good ideas and she shares them freely.  She’s not afraid to be in charge.

I had to capture the rest of this priceless poster.  This must be a room where the little scouts meet!  Pocket Knife Safety:2017-5-19 Interviews Toppenish, Sunnyside (30)2017-5-19 Interviews Toppenish, Sunnyside (32)2017-5-19 Interviews Toppenish, Sunnyside (33)I don’t usually post the notes each missionary writes to his or her mother–as you all know, we do this every time we meet for interviews.  100s of notes get texted out from here to moms every few weeks.  I just want to capture this memory with a couple of them here.  You’ve got to love these missionaries!!

It also seems I missed taking a photo of their companionship, so here are Elder Tapia and Elder Hibbard, serving in the Yakima Valley, Sunnyside Ward.

Elder Tapia:  I am good at including others, or those who might feel left out.  I’m observant.  In social settings, I notice people, needs, emotions, and go help where I can.  Elder Hibbard is really good at talking to kids.  He’s very friendly with the children.  He has a good attitude.  I love it when he always exclaims, “YAY!!!”

Elder Hibbard:  I am obedient.  I try to have good desires all the time.  I always smile.  I feel happy, so I smile.  I also try to remember people’s names.   Elder Tapia is good at getting to know people, casually making friends.  He’s comfortable and doesn’t force things.  He easily becomes a friend you can trust.2017-5-19 Interviews Toppenish, Sunnyside (34)2017-5-19 Interviews Toppenish, Sunnyside (35)

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