Sunday, November 27, 2016

November 27, 2016 The True Meaning of Character

"Perhaps the word "character" best describes one who is true to himself.  For character takes no account of what you are thought to be, but what you are.  Character is having an inner light and the courage to follow its dictates.

One who is true to himself develops the attributes needed to survive errors, to keep marching on a road that seems to be without end, and to rise above disappointments and distress."
Thomas S. Monson
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I recently discovered that not only am I directionally impaired, but I am sadly technology challenged as well. As a result I was unable to post on our blog recently due to a computer glitch and decided that maybe it was meant to be. (No one but me really benefited from our postings anyway.) Yet to be true to myself and to accomplish what I had originally set out to do (to share our missionary experiences with interested family and friends) I needed to rise above disappointments and distress.

November Zone Conference


It's a small world after all! 
I recently discovered that Sister Renee Keller, co-coordinator for the Idaho Boise Service Missionaries, was actually a good friend of Margaret Pratt Gordon one of my best friends forever.
 Zone Conference Special Olympics

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 Voting in Idaho
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 Only in Idaho
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 New Missionary Training Follow Up
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On the road again...

 Some of our frequent stops in Twin Falls include: 
the old Twin Falls Mission President's home, the Twin Falls Temple, 
the storage unit and a Hallmark store!!!.

  Rupert, Idaho-making deliveries from home
Albion, Idaho-closing down a missionary home

From the Home Front
 Celebrating Sienna Kate Hudson's 6th Birthday
 The Pioneer woman brine recipe-suggested by Samantha was a huge hit!
 Thanksgiving Day-a turkey craft, delicious food and a competitive round of Pictionary

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
The Idaho Boise Mission received our first order of 25,000 additional light the world pass-along cards to share. Unfortunately the cards were not bundled so we had to separate them into equal portions of 25 to provide for all 25 Stake Presidencies in our mission who had requested them to share in  their communities.

Since a new star first appeared above Bethlehem, Christmas has been a season of light, reminding us that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. Together, we can celebrate His birth by making the world a brighter place. All we have to do is follow Him—His life, His example, and His teachings. In doing so, we can help #LIGHTtheWORLD. 

 Please join us by checking out beginning December 1st to discover ways that you and your family can commit to one kind act a day throughout the month of December.  The kind acts include feeding the hungry, helping the sick, ministering to children, and clothing those in need. An advent calendar will be posted each day to help you get started.
Wishing you a great week!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Nov 6, 2016 Gratitude turns what you have into enough

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We just hated to say good bye to Halloween 2016 without sharing a few more memories...

Halloween Highlights

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On the road again...deliveries to be made in Wendell, a home to close down in Oakley, more missionary houses to find in Burley, and many more deliveries to be made in Rupert and Twin Falls

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 Grateful to be alive-thanks to the Malta Elders :)
 Grateful that the train in Rupert was stuck on the tracks 
so close to a great place to eat and wait it out.
 Grateful for obedient children who put the temple first on date night.
 Grateful that the Esslinger house is progressing 
and turning out to be just what they had hoped.
Grateful to attend grandson Cale's soccer tournament on a nice, not so cold afternoon.
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 Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation and thankfulness for blessings or benefits we have received. As we cultivate a grateful attitude, we are more likely to be happy and spiritually strong. We should regularly express our gratitude to others for the kind acts they do for us.

We should thank our Heavenly Father for His goodness to us by acknowledging His hand in all things, thanking Him for all that He gives us, keeping His commandments, and serving others. We should especially thank Him for His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, for the Savior's great example, for His teachings, for His outreaching hand to lift and help, for His infinite Atonement.
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Not only in November-but always!