Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Three returned Missionaries

April 19, 2017

These three returned missionaries came to the Monticello Temple from Grand Junction and one of them forgot her recommend.  President Harris checked on her and she had a active recommend so he let her in.  She was so thrilled that she could enter the temple.  After the session the three girls were spending a long time in the celestrial  room so I went and relieved the sister that was there so she could go home with her car group and not keep them waiting any longer.  I picked up the scriptures and started to read and two of the sisters came to the door to go out and I spoke to them and told them that it was great to have them there. They hugged me and said that they love the temple.   The third sister ask me what I was reading and started talking to me.  She was a returned missionary from Brazil and is waiting to go to BYU this fall.  I found out later that the other two girls were also returned missionaries, one from Brazil and the other one from Italy.  It was special because this girl I was talking to just hugged me and said that she works with taxes and she had the day off and the one girl said to her, "Come and go to the temple with us." She was thrilled to be there and all three girls were so special with the light in their eyes. It brought back memorizes from our Nauvoo mission with the young missionaries that we were invalid with.  We felt like we were their grandparents. I hope I get to see these girls again before the go to college.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

My talk in 8th Ward.

21 March 2017

Tuesday night I went and talked to the 8th ward Relief Society's Birthday party.  I spoke on "Covenant Keeping women."  This is one quote that I gave that I love.

   I don't want to drive up to the pearly
gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully,
      tailored clothes, my hair expertly
coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured
     fingernails.  I want to drive up in a
         station wagon that has mud on
the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.
I want to be there with grass stains on my
      shoes from mowing Sisters Schenk's lawn.  I
         want to be there with a smudge of
peanut butter on my skirt from
    making sandwiches for a sick neighbors
children.   I want to be there with a little dirt
   under my fingernails from helping to
weed someone's garden.  I want to be there
     with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks
and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.
      I want the Lord to know I was
        really here and that I REALLY LIVED.
                                 -Marjorie Hinckley-

The sisters said they really enjoyed my talk and I hope they felt the spirit that I felt as I gave the talk.  I was a special speaker representing the Temple Presidency and most of the 8th ward knew me. It was good because at the end of May I will be moving into our new home which will be in that ward. It was good for me to meet the sisters early and I felt so loved  by all of them.  David Brown was awesome to help me get my Power Point  ready on the TV screen. It turned out to be a beautiful night thanks to every ones help.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Kerby Doris McDougall

December 1, 2016

This Sister that came to receive her Own Endowment was a joy to be with.  Her name is Kerby Doris McDougall.  Her light in her eyes just lite up the world.  she is a special daughter of God and it was a Joy to be with her and to give her the instructions about the garments.  You could feel her happiness and the spirit that was with her.  I felt the spirit with me and I felt like we were spirit to spirit. Later on she became a Temple Ordinance Worker in the Monticello Temple.  She has now received her mission call and is in the MTC on this date- April 18, 2017. She will be serving in the States.  She served in the temple for months and knows all the parts in the temple.  The young have quick brains and learn a lot faster then us old people.  She will be an awesome missionary and we are proud of her as if we were are parents.

Friday, August 5, 2016

A touching story

Thursday- 5 August 2016,

Kimberly Alexander Young  came to the Monticello Utah Temple to receive her own Endowment on Thursday Night. She will do this with her maiden name, Alexander.   Here is her story she had been Baptized two months before her husband died.  She wasn't very active and her husbands parents were not active at that time so it was really hard on all the family when he passed away.  Her husband died on Oct. 8, 2015 and one year later will be the day when she will be sealed in the temple to her husband.   Her father-in-law will be  proxy for her husband to receive his own Endowment that day then she will be sealed on her husband's death date and their two children 14 and 12 or might be different ages will be sealed to their parents. Her husband's father fell away from the church when his son died but as the year has past they all have become very close to Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven.

 It was a special day on this Thursday night as Kimberly was so thrilled to be at the temple.  I could feel how strong her spirit was as I gave her the instruction about wearing her garments night and date. She cried a lot as she received her own Endowment and loved every minute of it. She never showed she was frightened or panic at any time as she was in the session.  She was so touched that she didn't want to leave the Celestial Room.  She didn't leave until 10:00 pm because she stayed in the Celestial Room for along time.  She was the last one out of the temple.  What a special feeling it was and I am sure she felt her husband near her. She said that she can't wait for Oct. 8, 2016 date to come so she can feel him near her again and be sealed to him and the children sealed to them both. What a blessing it is to serve in the Monticello Utah Temple and so many special experiences strengthen my testimony.

Monday, August 1, 2016

A Tender Moment

August 2016,

This spiritual experience happened in the summer of 2016 and I can't remember the exact date.  That is why you need to write these moments down when they are fresh in your mind.

I kept walking past this mother and her two daughters several times before I stopped and talked with her.  They were waiting on the cough to go into do baptisms and conformations.  She told me that her oldest daughter got cancer and she had made a goal to go to every temple in Utah before she dies. After her funereal the mother and two daughters drove to Monticello Temple because that was the only temple her daughter didn't make it to.  So the completion of her daughters goal was done by her two sisters. With tears in all our eyes we could feel her daughter's presents.  What a building of testimonies that day and those two sisters were so thrilled to be here for their sister. These are stories that build my testimony and how close we all feel to the spirits on the other side.  This calling is a wonderful calling and many experiences that strengthen me.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Kylor and Misty Cosby Perkins special day

Saturday- 2 July 2016- 1:30 pm

Kylor and Misty Perkins had two sons about 16 and 14 years old and then got the opportunity to adopted a baby girl. This was Milen Munson's  brother's daughter baby girl.  She had beautiful black hair and dark eyes and she looked like she was Kylor and Misty's child.   I couldn't believe how much  she looked just liked them.  They had this little girl for 6 Months  and received the adoption papers and was coming this day to have this little girl sealed to them.  They asked President Jim Harris to do the Sealing and he felt so honored to do this.  Their two sons sat in the sealing room where they could see the baby being sealed to Kylor and Misty their parents.   They were touched because the tears just rolled down their checks. It was a special day again in the Monticello Utah Temple.  I thank Heaven Father and Jesus Christ for these special experiences.

 The same day- 10:15 am- Own Endowment- Madison Jane Jones came and  Sister Harris had the opportunity to give her the instructions about wearing her garments and how to take care of the garments.  I really love giving this instructions and to feel the special moment we have together.  The spirit is strong and I just love feeling His spirit in the temple.

The Monticello Utah Temple will be closed for two weeks starting Tuesday August 5th, 2016 to Tuesday August 19, 2016.   The church are doing a lot of new wall paper through out the temple so Jim has to stay and go serve in the temple while it is closed.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Special Own Endowment from Moab

Saturday- 25 June 2016

Alexis Marie Kim Risenhoover was from Moab and was receiving her own Endowment.  When her and her mother came into the Monticello Utah Temple Alexis said," this is the one that spoke in conference recently you were so good."   It was such an honor to be the one to be with her this day.   Alexis is Sister Cook's Granddaughter what an experience with her.  Sister Cook is an Ordinance Worker in the Monticello Utah Temple.  Alexis and her mother where so close to the spirit receiving her own endowment.  She just cried and cried they tell me that all the Cook's family were in the prayer circle but two couples. This experience really strengthens my testimony and the spirit is so very close it brings such joy!!  When  I gave the Garment Instruction she was so happy and trilled to hear the spiritual message and to wear her garments. I just love these special experience as I serve as assistant to the Matron, what an honor and blessing.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Missionaries receiving their own Endowment

Tuesday Night- 21 June 2016

Their were two Missionaries that came to receive their own Endowment this night at 5:45 pm.  They were to go on the 7:15 session.  Here are their names, Michael Connor de Rosiers and Preston Redd Mac donald.  We knew the families of Preston Redd Mac donald and it was great to see Jessie and Ken Mac donald.  We are such good friends and we hadn't seen them for a long time because they live with their son Paul Mac donald's home now.  We had a very large session and was a special time with the missionaries and their families.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Blake/Nielson's Wedding

Friday- 10 June 2016

At 11:00 am Dylan Blake and Generra Nielson were sealed in the Monticello Utah Temple by President James J. Harris.  It was a beautiful wedding and the message President Harris gave them was touching to my heart.   I am sure that Calvin Blake who was Dylan's grandfather had past away several years ago was there for that special occasion.  Dylan loved his grandfather and was over to his home all the time.  Our back yards are together and we always saw Dylan at Calvin and VerDonne Blake's home.  Now another touching situation was that Generra's mother died of cancer a few years  ago also and I'm sure she was there also.  Generra was her only daughter and had been married before and was divored  but now she has found a wonderful young man to be sealed too.   The couple stayed strong until they left the sealing room and then they broke down so Sister Yabrough took them to the Celestial Room to get controlled before they went back to walk outside of the temple. Generra had a boy and girl by her first husband but when Dylan walked outside the temple that little boy, Brayz ran to Dylan and said, "Your my daddy now".  Generra's daughter, Armanii was with her aunt and had a beautiful white dress that was out of the same material that Generra's wedding dress was made out of.   I will always remember the joy in their eyes, such a happy couple. Dylan had gone on a mission before his grandpa Calvin died of cancer.  He had a hard time and came home early from his mission and he fell away from the church for  a while.  We were so proud of him to come back to Blanding and changed his life and became active in the church again. That is when he met Generra and the two have just hit it off.  What a wonderful couple they are and her two children look just like they are Dylan's children in there announcement pictures they both have his blue eyes.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Missionary Tristan Cole DeWitt- Temple

Saturday- 4 June 2016

At 10:15 am Tristan Cole DeWitt came to the Monticello Utah Temple to receive his own endowment and President Harris met with him and got all the paper work done.  His father Brother DeWitt was there with him as his escort.  Tristan is going on a mission so this was his special day to receive his own endowment.  I was surprised because his father had an affair with another women when he was married but he had repented and was here by his son's side.  I was very happy that he was worthy to come back to the temple.  His new wife was there which I was surprised also but she had repented also and it was great to have them both in the temple.  Sister Christine DeWitt his mother was there and I was proud of her because it had to be hard on her.   Tristan has been living with his dad up north  for about a year or so and his mother lives in Blanding with the other brothers.  President Harris met with Tristan and his escort, his father and talked with him about wearing his garments and the instructions that we teach those who come and get their own endowment.  Christine is in our ward and so I have a special feeling for that great example of a women, she is awesome, love this women.