Friday, October 31, 2008

Why Support Traditional Marriage?

1) Marriage is first and foremost about children. Traditional strong healthy families reduce social ills and the need for government social programs such as child welfare and child-support enforcement. The government is most intrusive in personal lives when marriages fail. Thus traditional marriage needs strengthening, not abandoning.

2) Gender is not interchangeable. Nature determines a male and a female are needed to produce a child. Parenthood has always been tied to biological parenthood unless a biological parent releases his right to another parent of the same gender through adoption. Children need both a male and a female influence in their rearing.

3) A nation has an interest in the birth and education of children. When males and females do not value marriage and children, more and more children are born out of wedlock and there is a decline in the births of children resulting in a demographic death spiral. EU countries such as Austria, Germany, Italy, and Spain are in the death spiral, demographically and culturally, which threatens their economies and social stability.

- Joan

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Yes on Prop 8 Ads

FIRST AD - "Whether You Like It or Not"

SECOND AD - "It's Already Happened"

THIRD AD - "Everything To Do with Schools"

FOURTH AD - "Truth"

FIFTH AD - "Have You Thought about It?"

Friday, October 17, 2008

Mitt on FoxNews after Debate

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Cheryl and Jim's Wedding October 11, 2008

Cheryl and Jim’s wedding was a special occasion. Cheryl looked wonderful in her white dress in the temple. It was great her sisters were able to help her dress in her temple clothes for the wedding ceremony and then help her dress in her wedding gown for the pictures afterwards. Elder Lamar Heslop, first counselor in the Los Angeles Temple presidency, performed the ceremony. Being united in the temple as a family, for Cheryl and Jim’s wedding, was a sacred experience.

Afterwards the usual wedding pictures were taken. Cheryl and Jim looked so happy, and the photographer took many great pictures. We are happy to have Jim as our new son-in-law. One picture I particularly liked was Cheryl with her nieces; she looked like Cinderella with the nieces admiring her.

In the evening a reception was held on a patio outside a Los Angeles stake center. The patio had appeal with arches and was surrounded by lights. Cheryl’s colors were dark red and brown. Go to to see pictures of the wedding and reception so you can appreciate the beauty created by Cheryl and Jim for the reception.

Wedding Pictures

Sunday, October 5, 2008

President Monson

I’ve been listening to the Sunday morning special between conference sessions about President Monson. I’m amazed at all the detail; President Monson must keep a detailed journal. If you recall, when we attended Aspen Grove I told him about the lady I sat next to on an airplane who talked about Tommy, with whom she’d attended high school, and what a good boy he was. President Monson got out a pad of paper to record the name of the lady, but I didn’t know her name.

From the 9/13/08 Church News I believe the name of the lady must have been Jane Beppu Sakashita. Quoting her, “He is the kindest, most compassionate person.” Also, “He was always friendly, and helped others. There wasn’t a person he would leave out. He was always close to people. You could see the friendship in his eyes.”,1721,500006892,00.html