Friday, January 28, 2011

27 Gospel Principles- Work and Personal Responsibility

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6 New Testament - They Straightway Left Their Nets

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26 Gospel Principles - Sacrifice

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

FAMILY Recap End of 2010

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Daddy and Son / Michael and Dre
 Here’s a collection of more family photos from our recent Holiday gatherings:

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Mom and her girl / Aubrey & Kayloni

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Super Kai

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Cousins! / Kai and Caitlin

Bo 25 dec 2010
Oldest Son / Bo

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Newest Teen / Chelsea

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Cousins / Caitlin, Kai, Cody & Dre

Cass and Hollie 24 dec 2010
Cassandra & Nana

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Cousins / Jayden and Dre

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Multi Generations: Caitlin, Kayloni & Great Papa

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Feet up / Dre, Papa & Cody

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The Greats!!

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Great with Great Granddaughter Jayden

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Christmas Jayden

Kayloni in Hollies rocking chair 25 dec 2010
Granddau Kayloni in Nana's Rocker
Kai n Dre 25 dec 2010
Super Bros:  Kai & Dre

Cam n Errol 25 dec 2010
Like Father, Like Son / Cam & Papa

Greats Christmas Bday dinner 24 Dec 2010
Great's Christmas Birthday Dinner

Nana's Angel Christmas Tree
The Greats at Christmas

Our INSPIRATIONAL FAMILY FOCUS is found in thoughts by Elder Larry R Lawrence:

“What the world really needs is courageous parenting from mothers and fathers who are not afraid to speak up and take a stand..”
Courageous Parenting
Larry R. Lawrence
Elder Larry R Lawrence
“Courageous parenting does not always involve saying no. Parents also need courage to say yes to the counsel of modern-day prophets. Our Church leaders have counseled us to establish righteous patterns in our homes. Consider five fundamental practices that have the power to fortify our youth: family prayer, family scripture study, family home evening, family dinner together, and regular one-on-one interviews with each child.
It takes courage to gather children from whatever they’re doing and kneel together as a family. It takes courage to turn off the television and the computer and to guide your family through the pages of the scriptures every day. It takes courage to turn down other invitations on Monday night so that you can reserve that evening for your family. It takes courage and willpower to avoid overscheduling so that your family can be home for dinner.”   

[....or in our case, just simply being together for dinner!!]

Great’s Christmas Birthday 2010

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Great was definitely surprised when the mariachi’s started to rattle to the tune of Happy Birthday!
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 Our family tradition is dinner and a movie (or two) on Christmas Eve to celebrate's Great's Christmas Birthday.  It started when the kids were small and funds were sparse. Disney dollar movies and 99 cent burgers were an anticipated delectable treat! Over the years, as funds allowed, we expanded to various establishments of fine dining with linen napkins and the works.

Now, with grandchildren (and great-grandkids for Great), we've compromised to all eating together and then those that can to continue on to the movie.  We've had great years with Bond and Narnia and countless Disney Princesses.

This year, for Great Papa, we opted for the IMAX 3-D TRON.  However, though we ALL enjoy the 3-D, we'll let Great choose her own movie choice for next year.
And, it's a safe bet that the fiesta dinner will be a repeat:  Our family LOVES Mexican for our family dinners!

Our INSPIRATIONAL FAMILY FOCUS is from an address by Elder L Tom Perry: 
The Importance of the Family
In a world of turmoil and uncertainty, it is more important than ever to make our families the center of our lives and the top of our priorities.
Families lie at the center of our Heavenly Father’s plan.”

New Year’s Testimonies Jan 2011

So here’s the deal.  Over 13 Million people, and growing at an exponential rate, so far have come to know that God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ are real, are two separate beings, and have tangible bodies of flesh and bones.  Also, we know, not just believe, that Joseph Smith was and is a true Prophet, Seer and Revelator who has restored the true Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Earth in these latter days, which was taken away in the early days of Christianity when all of the Original Apostles were killed off.
Just because we have said all this, doesn’t make it true.  The Gospel plan of Salvation and the Exaltation of Man to live forever in the Celestial Kingdom, can only be obtained by receiving the blessings Jerry and Gloria 2 jan 2011 happyof the Priesthood Ordnances by those who have been given the proper authority to do so.
Now, to make a long story short, you too can come to know of these truths by study and prayer.
If I am right, and you as a non-believer are wrong (in your beliefs), it will have Eternal consequences for you.  If you are right  and there is nothing true in what I have told you, then nothing is lost.  Therefore, you must at least talk to the Missionaries and let them explain how all of this came about.  Then, after you pray about it and ask if these things are true, I will have done my part.  I don’t want for you to come to me after we have all passed thru the veil into Heaven and say “why didn’t you tell me these things”.
This is my Testimony, that these things are true. --Jerry Atkinson

Gloria 2 Jan 2011

I know God lives and answers our prayers and I would like all my children to know this.
Sometimes it may seem like He doesn’t hear us, But He does and answers our prayers in a different way that is for our own good.

I KNOW Joseph Smith was a true Prophet. And I KNOW that the Church is true and I would ask my children and grandchildren to pray until they know it is true, too.

I know He has been with me all my life, through sickness and health.

And I can’t express my gratitude enough to HGloria and Hollie 2 Jan 2011im. --Gloria Atkinson

I know that God the Father and Jesus Christ are resurrected beings of flesh and bone and that they did appear to the Prophet Joseph Smith in the year 1820 in the Sacred Grove in Palmyra, New York. I know that John the Baptist is a resurrected being and that he conferred the Aaronic Priesthood to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in May of 1829. I know that Peter, James and John, who are also resurrected beings of flesh and bones, conferred the Melchizedek Priesthood on Joseph Smith and Olive Cowdery in June of 1829.
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I know that Jesus Christ, Elijah and Elias conferred the Sealing Keys of the Priesthood on Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple in 1836. I know that Book of Mormon is the true Word of God, translated from Gold Plates from the Prophets who lived on the American Continents from 600 BC to 400 AD, and the Angel Moroni is the Prophet who buried the plates in 400 AD and then as a resurrected being, he showed Joseph Smith where he had buried them in the Hill Cumorah in New York.
I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Restored Church of Jesus Christ on the earth today. I know we will all be resurrected and then receive the kingdom of Glory that we have earned. I know Husbands and Wives can be married for ALL eternity by being Sealed in the Lord’s House (the Holy Temples) by Priesthood authority. I know God Lives. Jesus Christ Lives. And we have a true and living Prophet today, Pres. Thomas S. Monson. Joseph Smith was and is a true Prophet. I know if we keep the commandments and endure to the end we will have Eternal Life – the same that our Heavenly Father has. --Errol Bevan

The Spirit has touched my heart and borne witness to my soul that Jesus is the Christ; the Son of God, the Only Begotten of our Heavenly Father. I know that He is my Elder Brother and that I lived with Him and my Heavenly Parents before I was born on earth and that because of His Great Atoning Sacrifice I will live with them again.

 Jesus is the name of My Savior. He is the Messiah, the Creator, even Jehovah of the Old Testament. He is Wonderful, the Counselor and my Advocate with my Heavenly Father. He is the Prince of Peace, the King of Kings and my heart sings that I know My Redeemer Lives.
Errol and Hollie 2 Jan 2011 smirkHollie 2 Jan 2011 new year I have an eternal companion because of Him. I have a forever family because of His Loving Ordinances and Covenants that He has given us in His Holy Temples. His Gospel offers us the only sure way to know Him and come unto Him. I have followed Him into Baptism into His Church and received the Gift of the Holy Ghost. I can’t imagine being born into this world and not having the knowledge and blessings of His Restored Gospel and Church. With all my heart, I give Him my life, my devotion, and my adherence to walk in footsteps, to order my life in such a manner that I do what He would do. I will follow His Prophet, Pres.Thomas S. Monson and revere all of His Prophets, especially the Prophet Joseph Smith. I love ALL of the Holy Scriptures and have tried to assign my favorite verses to memory. But, I keep getting side tracked by reading and re-reading again and again the powerful witness of our Savior, that He is the Christ in the verses of the Book of Mormon. It is true. I know it and can say so in His name. Amen. --Hollie Bevan