Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Preston Temple

Everyone have a wonderful month. We love you, Henry and Ada

I just read my blog and
realized that that last item
I typed comes up first so
please go down to the
beginning where it says 'Dear Family and Friends' to begin reading
this blog.

I promise that next month I will get it right.

Two weeks before leaving on our mission we were asked to change missions

We received a second letter from President Monson inviting us to go to the Manchester, England Mission instead of the London South Mission. We are happy to serve anywhere.
Yesterday we received an e-mail telling us where we will be living. Our new address is
37 Lady Bower Close
Upton Wirral CH42 9PJ
United Kingdom
We checked on the computer and found out that we are living close to Liverpool where many of my Swedish and English ancesters came to get on a ship to come to America
and cross the plains to Utah. We also found out that we live in the Liverpool Stake and are in the Preston Temple District.

We were 'Set Apart as Missionaries' by President Bragg

It was a very spiritual experience to be set apart as missionary companions. We are so looking forward to being companions in the mission field. David and Heidi were there with us and that made the experience even better.
We have enjoyed being on Temple Hill for five years where Henry has served five, seven hour shifts a week for five years. I have cherished serving Thursday nights in the Baptistry with him. Every Thursday our patrons were Young Adults from all over Southern California. It was Heaven on Earth!
We have become so attached to our Westwood First Ward family that it is very difficult to start
a new chapter in our lives but this is the best time to serve a mission. We will never forget our memories here.

On July 19th we flew to Arizona for Brandon's Eagle Court of Honor.

We were so impressed with all the effort that Brandon put into his Eagle Project and in earning all of his Merit Badges.
The Eagle Court proceedings were terrific. There was a detailed display of scrapbooks, pictures and artifacts showing Brandon's years in Scouting. There was a whole wall of pictures of Brandon super imposed on magazine covers. There was a wonderful video of his Scouting Days.
He gave each Grandmother a neckerchief with the names of all of her children and grandchildren who had received their Eagle, embroidered on the neckerchief. For dessert his mom served all of his favorite snacks. We were so glad that we could be there.

We hired our grandchildren to help us move out of our apartment.

After our farewell the Relief Society sisters put on a wonderful luncheon for our ward family, our friends who came from other places to wish us well, and our wonderful family.
After everyone left but family our children packed up everything and put our belongings in a U-Haul. On Monday Steve and our grandson, Taylor, took the truck out to our home in Romoland and unloaded it into two of our garages. Wow, what a job and done so quickly and smoothly by all of our great help.

Sunday morning before church with the family

Here we are all ready for church. What a wonderful supportive group!!

Swimming Party

After we finished at the temple we practiced the songs that the children and grandchildren were going to sing at the farewell on Sunday.
We then went to In and Out and bought lunch and headed for the LaBrea Tar Pits. Everyone loved the dinosaurs.
We came back to Los Angeles and enjoyed a relaxing swim and barbeque at the Wallace home.
In the evening we had a birthday party for all the July and August birthdays.

Baptisms for the Dead

Dear Family and Friends,

Welcome to our first blog as missionaries.

We were excited on the Saturday before our farewell when our Grandchildren who were twelve or older went to the Los Angeles Temple at 6:00am to do Baptisms for the Dead. Each child's father baptized his children. It was such an uplifting time. After the baptisms the adults did endowments. Hank and I were so happy.