Saturday, April 11, 2009

Mike and Adam's visit and General Conference

We don’t know how much of general conference you were able to listen to. We set up/ took down the projector for the broadcast both days in our chapel. So we were able to soak it all up.
Last Friday night was a ward temple night for me. It was the first time in ages that I was just a back seat passenger and not the driver. I napped on the way and it was the best temple worship I have had in a long, long time. It really helps to be rested. Sister Judy Kerman, with whom I worked in cub scouting for years several years ago, sat beside me during the sessiion and afterwards we talked. Her husband had been on kidney dialysis for seven years and was drawing very close to death when a donor kidney was found for him last October. He is a new man in that one part but seems a new man all round. Judy was so happy.
Adam arrived in Bellingham that evening. Michael picked him up and drove him to Bremerton after the Saturday morning session of conference. Daddy B.J., David, Adam, Michael and Patrick attended the Priesthood session together. What a treat!
All the talks both days were wonderful. Jeffrey Holland’s tearful remarks impressed me, ”…that the supreme sacrifice of His Son might be as complete as it was voluntary and solitary, the Father briefly withdrew from Jesus the comfort of His Spirit, the support of His personal presence. It was required; indeed it was central to the significance of the Atonement, that this perfect Son who had never spoken ill nor done wrong nor touched an unclean thing had to know how the rest of humankind—us, all of us—would feel when we did commit such sins. For His Atonement to be infinite and eternal, He had to feel what it was like to die not only physically but spiritually, to sense what it was like to have the divine Spirit withdraw, leaving one feeling totally, abjectly, hopelessly alone.” This rings true to me.
During the week he was in town Adam did a lot of visiting with our family and David’s and at Bremerton High School among former teachers and coaches and with friends from his high school days. Nate Gillam, who was a close friend of Joe Gent, is now the head football coach for Bremerton HS. Imagine Adam’s surprise to walk into the coach’s classroom and find a large picture of himself with the UNLV head football coach on the bulletin board at the front of the room. Adam knew that Coach Sanford mailed out copies of his players to their former high schools and junior colleges, but Adam didn’t know it would end up being displayed so prominently. Mr. Gillam said it was to encourage his high school players, letting them see that former BHS students could make it onto outstanding college teams.
From the wrestling coach’s library of past year’s video tapes Adam gleaned several to borrow. He used them to make a DVD of his own matches. He shared some of the DVD with us. It was a lot more casual to watch a nice movie than it was to watch a match in person! This morning I hopped on the Internet to pre-purchase a ticket for him with his credit card to catch the AmTrak train from Seattle to Bellingham this evening. Michael will pick him up and enjoy him for another night and get him to the airport tomorrow evening for his flight to Las Vegas.
I checked back with Nathan about his Sri Lanka guests and he was able to give a Book of Mormon in English to Shamir before he flew home. Nathan said that since they were bedding down in the living room and since the TV is in that room too, they heard a good bit of General Conference while Nathan watched it there. He was sowing seeds.
Nathan applied for a summer internship in Pahrump, but the county would have to find funds to pay for it, so the chances are pretty small. He may just stay in Las Vegas over the summer and ask Adam’s help in getting work. Nathan’s second year of law school will finish up in less than a month now. It’s not all fun -that is for sure. But, working hard and not just fun makes time fly fast.
Debbie emailed me a cute picture of Amy. Debbie looked through the house for her daughter and found her in the toy closet ready to make an imaginary meal.
Last Monday Fatima almost hit a dog in the middle of the highway near the Red Apple Grocery. She opened her car door to call to the dog to get him to get off the road and he jumped in her car. Adryann, who has a really soft heart for dogs took a real shine to “Scrambles” as she nick-named him but Daja, their big old pit bull, did not. So we brought the newly found dog home, posted a picture of him at the Red Apple and called in for a free pet found ad in the Sun newspaper. Patrick feels much like Adryann when it comes to dogs. When the dog ran away up the road a couple of times Patrick tracked him down. The owner caught sight of Patrick as he looked. She offered the dog to him saying they were going to take him to the humane society anyway because they simply didn’t have time for him. Well, with his wonder-lust I don’t know how long this canine will be around but for now Skagit is here. It is interesting that the nick-name Adryann picked isn’t all that different from the county he is named after.
Happy Easter!

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