Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Family Get-Togethers Always Include Food, Photos, Visiting and Dessert

The occasion was the Blessing of our great nephew Justin
(known as Great Grandson Justin for Great and Great Papa) 

Don't you just love ALL of the squirming and changing facial expressions!!

Below is Auntie Carolyn with her grandsons

And here we have Uncle Kim demonstrating the feeding cycle with one his grandsons:

Holding her newest Great Grandson Justin is a joyful Great in the sequence below:

The Atkinson side of baby Justin's 4 generations is displayed with unsyncronized blinking:

Now you see him and then you don't!

Lots of Visiting and always an abundance of great food with Dark Fudgy Mint Brownies for Dessert!

 Our INSPIRATION FAMILY FOCUS for this Special Day of Feasting and attending our Sabbath Day Meetings together, where we unitedly partook of the Sacrament and participated in the Priesthood Blessing of baby Justin, prompts us to remember the talk "Feasting at the Lord’s Table"  by Elder M Russell Ballard
"We should, therefore, feel compelled to share our spiritual knowledge with all of our Father’s children by inviting them to pull a chair up to the Lord’s table and feast on the words of Christ.

“Come unto the Holy One of Israel,” wrote the great Book of Mormon prophet Jacob, “and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness.” 1 Later Nephi urged his followers to “feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.” 2

"....We must fortify ourselves before we can ever hope to offer spiritual nourishment to others. Once we have nourished ourselves with the good word of Christ and feasted personally at His table so that our testimony is strong and vibrant, we are obligated to join with the missionaries in a balanced effort to invite others—beginning with our families—to the spiritual banquet.

"...Feeding the Lord’s sheep requires each of us to awaken our interest in others. The duty to invite others to partake of the gospel feast does not rest only on the shoulders of the missionaries.

"...The family is where the foundation of personal, spiritual growth is built and nurtured; the Church, then, is the scaffolding that helps support and strengthen the family. While the Church is secondary to the family in teaching gospel principles, much spiritual learning and growth come through the Church. For example, carefully planned sacrament meetings should be a spiritual feast in which we worship and learn of our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

For our family, this day was a Joyful Spiritual Feast!


Felicia said...

So glad we got that picture of me bopping Caleb on the head. :o)

Adam and Aubrey said...

I love all the pictures and the photo montage of people eating! I'm so glad we got to see you guys!

bevanmission said...

Just wish we had more photos of the other family members. (I think they were upstairs with kiddies while the rest of us dug right in to the eating.) We'll have to give Great Papa a map and check-off list for the photos that we want at the next big family gathering! (And I was going to 'feature' Caleb getting bopped but decided against it and made it small, wondering if anybody would notice the action in that photo. I did! We get such enjoyment from their young personalities!!!) And we wish we would have been able to visit more with everyone!! It was nice getting to see everyone!

That's about it for today said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures and memories. It was such a fun weekend and good to see everyone!

bevanmission said...

It's a good thing that you were able to post the shower photos to show who else was there...since a.) some were gone before we got there and b.) the others weren't in front of the camera when it was being clicked! It takes a combined collection of photos from ALL of our cameras to document the family gatherings!

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