Friday, September 17, 2010

A whole lot of this and a little of that . . . .and that . . .

I had plans to blog more last week.

But life got in the way.

And a whole lot of worry.

My daughter in law was in the hospital for two days. She is 20 weeks pregnant with a little baby boy. We are so excited for the baby to come we can hardly stand the wait. But this past week she developed some health issues, unrelated to the pregnancy, and that has had us all worrying and praying a little more fervently as she cannot be treated until after the baby is born. I think the next four months are going to be very long ones.

But there have been some positives as well.

Yesterday our stake had a special meeting (it was not stake conference) and Elder Richard Hinckley of the First Quorum of Seventy presided. It was fun to have him visit. He told several stories about growing up with his father and lessons he learned from him.

One of my favorites was he told how soon before President Hinckley passed away he performed a sealing for one of his grandchildren. There at the sealing, President Hinckley commented that he just realized he had performed the sealings for all five of his children and all of his grandchildren. He went on to say that he felt having his family all sealed together was his greatest accomplishment. Elder Hinckley emphasized that his father had accomplished a lot during his many years of church service, including the unprecedented building of temples, yet having his family all sealed is what he thought was the best thing he ever did. I loved that.

Another story he told was about Mike Wallace and the 60 Minutes interview. He said Wallace was amazed when he learned about the missionary program and especially how mission presidents were called. He asked President Hinckley how the church was able to get men, many in the prime of their careers, to give up their jobs, or put their career on hold, and leave their families to serve for three years. President Hinckley answered, "We ask them." I got a kick out of that. So simple, yet so true.

It was a great meeting and I feel so blessed we were able to have him speak to us. He was in town for training meetings with the bishops and stake presidency and stayed over an extra day to speak to our stake as well. What a great blessing that was!!

And lastly . . . Here are a few pictures from our ward activity a week ago. We had a competition between the men and the women in fashion design, musical performance and coordination skills. It was a ton of fun!! And we were amazed at the talent in our ward!

This first picture was fashion design. Don't you just love the outfits?!

This was one of the coordination challenges. They had to keep three balloons in the air for one minute.

And lastly here is musical performance. This is one of the groups of women.

And here is a group of the men. Too funny. And cute legs. :-)


Rebecca Irvine said...

I love the story about President Hinckley. It shows how sometimes the "big" things are not so important. I hope everyone is still recovering and on the mend.

Cherie said...

I still miss President Hinckley so much! I love those stories - thanks for sharing. With all that he accomplished in his life it really IS neat that he expressed that having his family sealed together was so important. So true!
Your Activity looks like a Blast!! I love the fashion design part especially - What a GREAT idea!! Fun fun fun!!
Did I tell you they released me a few weeks sad but now I have a bunch of cute little 4 year old boys :-D

Cherie said...

P.S. So sorry to hear about your DIL - that is scary. I hope everything will be OK with the baby and that she is able to recover with whatever she is dealing with.

Lisa @ Pulsipher Page said...

Scary about your DIL. Hope she recovers and can enjoy her pregnancy. I loved the stories too. What a fun activity. It's always great when people can let loose and just have fun.

Handsfullmom said...

You have such a cool ward -- how fun! Thanks for sharing the thoughts from Elder Hinckley. I'm sending up a prayer for your daughter-in-law.

Sue said...

I love President Hinckley...and President Hinckley stories.

Those photos were pretty fun, too!


Momza said...

I miss President Hinckley. Conference is coming up, and I still miss his smiles, his sweet stories, and always always his optimism.
So neat that you got to visit with his son, and that he shared those family stories with you.
Your ward activity looked way fun!

The Crazy Coxes said...

I hope the rest of your daughter in law's pregnancy goes quickly and smoothly!

I agree that President Hinckley's gretest accomplishment was having all of his children be sealed. Love the story. Thanks for sharing!