Tommy's girlfriend, Ariel, has been called on a mission. We're so excited for her. She'll be entering the MTC (Missionary Training Center) May 9th. Amazingly, she's going to the same mission my niece is serving in - Utah Salt Lake City Temple Square. Who knows, maybe they'll even get to be companions.
And Sister Reynders is now on Temple Square. In her last letter she shared her testimony. She is so excited and happy to be serving. I'm so proud of her. Look for her picture on my sidebar. Give it a click to check out her blog.
Being that I've mentioned these two young women and their missions, I wanted to post this little video of Elder Neil L. Andersen telling about Syd Going (rugby superstar) and his missionary experience. I love it!
It's my anniversary - 36 years Hugh and I. Make it 42 including all the dating years. But I'm sick today and have been since Thursday night. It's been a bummer long weekend. We went out to lunch Friday trying to revive me. Happily Hughie taught my Sunday School lesson today and thankfully others intervened for my other Sunday commitments. So what am I doing? Sitting around in my pajamas blogging. Here's hoping for a better week of health and more years of happiness with my husband.
"One comes to realize very soon after marriage that the spouse has weaknesses not previously revealed or discovered. The virtues which were constantly magnified during courtship now grow relatively smaller, and the weaknesses which seemed so small and insignificant during courtship now grow to sizable proportions. The hour has come for understanding hearts, for self-appraisal, and for good common sense, reasoning, and planning."
Check out the date on this quote - 1976. Hugh and I had been married a little over six months. I was working full-time at BYU in the Transfer Office as a computer operator. I couldn't attend the devotionals, but they would always pipe them in for us to hear.
Hugh was enrolled for Fall semester and starting up at BYU again. He had to drop out over the Spring/Summer term because he had injured his knee playing softball with the ward team just six weeks after we moved to Provo. With surgery and physical therapy, he was literally just getting back on his feet. It had been a reflective time for him and he decided to change his major from Speech Therapy to Geography during his convalescence.
At this time, Hugh was also working early morning janitorial at BYU's Movie Studios during the week and on Sunday's he cranked up the heat in one of the buildings on campus. Interestingly, his BYU job has been the only job where Hugh had to work on Sunday. Of course, the reason he was readying the building was so students could attend church.
We were both 23-years old and newly married, now, 36 years later - AMAZING!
For some reason I never posted this collection of pictures I assembled last December. I think I was in search of more pictures to add to it. I obviously forgot about it, but here it is, late, and with some food for thought. Look at the date on that quote! I was Janna's age going to AVC just like she is now.
"We need not feel that we must be without fault in order to receive the blessings of God. He will take us from where we now stand if we will come to him. He will build us up, spiritually, and he will build us up with confidence in ourselves."
I was reviewing our pictures and I have tons of undocumented stuff that happened in 2011. Anyway, I just thought I'd post some photos that I hadn't used earlier to wrap up the year.
Tommy and Joseph
The Big Guns
Jeremiah and Janna
A little trip to the Indian Museum
before he left for Puerto Rico.
Cassie and Tom
Saying "good-bye" as Cassie
heads out to Puerto Rico.
We LOVE our COUSINS!
Emma and her family came visiting over Thanksgiving.
Janna and Emma went on a photo shoot.
I thought this was such a great picture of Emma.
She's a beautiful girl.
Scenery from Tom's Mountain Trip
Uncle Mark and Tom
Hiking on Thorley Mountain
Janna and Janet last summer
Elder Norton and Elder McMullin
Sierra Ward Activity
I don't make a habit of taking pictures of our local missionaries, but I wanted to get one specifically of Elder McMullin because he has my mother's maiden name. When I meet a McMullin I just gravitate and figure we're related. There are McMullins in the world, but not all with the M-c-M-u-l-l-i-n spelling.
58 years and counting!
July 4, 2011
I paid of visit to my cousin Cassie in September.
I got to see her new house and her family,
and I got lucky and saw her oldest daughter, Perri,
who was also visiting.
Sam, waterlogged in Cassie's pool,
but happy to be on a bit of a vacation.
We spent the summer watching Poppy
and dealing with his house.
We were happy to spend some time
visiting family in Clovis, CA.
Dani and Janna
Janna would like to claim Dani is her clone,
"Why didn't they name her Janna Nell?"
Hello! I'm Martha, welcome to my blog. You'll find some highlights posted here of my family, religion, art, photos, music, musing, whatever. These pieces of my daily living are "THE BOOK OF MARTHA", a glimpse of me.
Martha Reynders Blair Lancaster, California
"I thank God that I live in this day and age of the world, when my ears have heard the sound of the fulness of the gospel of Christ."
Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
“Search the scriptures—search the revelations … and ask your Heavenly Father, in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, to manifest the truth unto you, and if you do it with an eye single to His glory nothing doubting, He will answer you by the power of His Holy Spirit. You will then know for yourselves and not for another. You will not then be dependent on man for the knowledge of God; nor will there be any room for speculation.”
"It is the Holy Ghost who testifies that Jesus Christ is the Beloved Son of a Heavenly Father who loves us and wants us to have eternal life with Him in families. With even the beginning of that testimony, we feel a desire to serve Him and to keep His commandments. When we persist in doing that, we receive the gifts of the Holy Ghost to give us power in our service. We come to see the hand of God more clearly, so clearly that in time we not only remember Him, but we come to love Him and, through the power of the Atonement, become more like Him."
My brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness—be they family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us.
". . .I beseech of thee that thou wilt hear my words and learn of me; for I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day."