Sunday, March 20, 2016

March 20, 2016 Happy First Day of Spring

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Sorry, just a quick trip down memory lane. 
Cracker Barrel restaurants were on every corner in Florida and so when we happened to see one in Boise we just couldn't resist. So after dropping off our oldest daughter, Andi, to catch an early flight to Sacramento, we decided to stop for breakfast before heading to the Mission Office. Definitely a great way to start the day!

Dax and Elder Busath aka "Grandpa" enjoying some corned beef and cabbage.
Laddies, William, Thomas and Charles
                Lassies, Shelby, Marianne and Sienna                Wee one Wade

It seems that our little leprechauns enjoyed St. Patrick's Day as much as we did!
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As we patiently waited for our daffodils to make an appearance we almost missed seeing a fabulous spring flower extravaganza  in our own backyard at the 
Idaho Boise Temple. 

 Leadership Exchanges in the Mission. Never a dull moment. 
 The infamous storage unit.
 Saturday was a special day it's the day we got ready for...missionaries having to move temporarily to a new location due to spring vacation. With many of our missionaries being housed by members, when their kids come home from college or their grandchildren stop by for a visit we need to find the missionaries a new home; 
sometimes temporarily and oftentimes immediately.
                   Temporary housing thanks to a dedicated High Councilor and his wife.

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As Easter approaches, let me share with you one of my favorite Easter stories to help set the mood for the coming week.

It is the tender story of an eleven-year-old boy named Philip, a Down’s syndrome child who was in a Sunday School class with eight other children.
Easter Sunday the teacher brought an empty plastic egg for each child. They were instructed to go out of the church building onto the grounds and put into the egg something that would remind them of the meaning of Easter.
All returned joyfully. As each egg was opened there were exclamations of delight at a butterfly, a twig, a flower, a blade of grass. Then the last egg was opened. It was Philip’s, and it was empty!
Some of the children made fun of Philip. “But, teacher,” he said, “teacher, the tomb was empty.”
A newspaper article announcing Philip’s death a few months later noted that at the conclusion of the funeral eight children marched forward and put a large empty egg on the small casket. On it was a banner that said, “The tomb was empty.”
With John of old, we bear especial witness and testify that “the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world” (1 John 4:14) and that a major purpose of his sacred mission was to teach us how to love and serve one another.

Portrait of Christ and the rich young ruler by Heirich Hofman
Easter is a time to remember all that Jesus Christ has done for us. It's also a time to consider His simple invitation that has the power to transform us forever: "Come, follow me."

If you haven't done so already I would invite you to log on to and listen to an amazing virtual choir #Hallelujah, or watch one of the many videos of the Savior's ministry that will be available beginning Monday and ending on Easter Sunday.

Wishing you a wonderful week filled with the joys of spring and a celebration of Easter!

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