Tuesday, December 30, 2008


We had a wonderful Christmas. Bonnie, Greg, Jacob, Austin and Cheryl and Jim joined us for Christmas. I love having family with us. We had plenty of food and goodies. We also played many games. It was sad to see everyone leave. For pictures of Christmas go to Bonnie’s blog: http://bonnie-dancingintherain.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-2008.html

Bonnie left the morning of Monday Dec. 29th, Dad’s birthday. Dad appreciated receiving phone calls, but after that not much happened for his birthday. We went to the store and found him an angel food cake with strawberries and cool whip. I sang happy birthday to him, but I forgot to give him the birthday card I’d bought for him.

We were planning to leave for Utah at 4 am on Tuesday morning, but Monday night we decided we were tired and around 9 o'clock that night we bought tickets to fly to Utah the next morning.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Photoshop Class

Today was the last day of my Photoshop class. I am still a beginner, but this is an image of the web page I created for my last assignment. (Doubleclick on the picture to enlarge it.)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Brianne's Baptism

Last weekend we enjoyed Thanksgiving with Suzanne’s family. A special event was Brianne’s baptism on Saturday Nov. 29th. Brianne was so excited and had a beautiful smile on her face. Brianne’s grandmother Sandra gave a talk on baptism, and I gave the talk on the gift of the Holy Ghost. Caitlin and Brianne have lovely voices and sang Baptism together, accompanied by their mother. Brianne was baptized and confirmed by her father. There was a wonderful feeling in the room in which we could feel the Spirit. I’m grateful for the gospel and the choices our grandchildren are making to be baptized and live the gospel.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

WE ALL ARE MORMONS....by Rabbi Shifren

We are living in an era of insanity! Witness the latest attempt to remake the nature of our country, founded and established on certain principles that have been the envy of the entire world. The latest assault on our country and its values comes in the form of vicious and criminal violence against the Mormon church in Westwood, California.

Interesting how the selective self-righteous indignation on the part of the radical Gay activists is played out here: they bewail the blow to freedom and justice! But I thought we just had elections, where the majority of Californians expressed their views in a free and open manner. Are we not a nation of laws? Dare we relive the McCarthy era, where Americans were harassed and threatened with the loss of their jobs for believing in a certain way? If the Gay radicals should have their way, untold numbers of Americans would live under the threat of the Gay-Lesbian "thought police," where individuals that reject the Gay lifestyle would be sought out and have sanctions brought against them.

It's bad enough for those working in the entertainment industry here in Los Angeles, where a fog of political correctness and a bending over backwards to accommodate, even promote Gay lifestyle is in full gear. Let none dare say that this type of activity is anathema to our country, our morality, and the debauchery of our young people.

Let it be stated unequivocally: The radical Gay attack on the Mormons is the shot over the bow against the United States of America. There was a time when what a man did in his bedroom was sanctified between himself and G-d. Now we are being served an "in-your-face" smorgasbord of smut and licentiousness as being between people who only "want their civil rights."

Hogwash! We are dealing with the equivalent of a moral takeover of the country that has as its bedrock a belief in G-d and His promise for humanity. They don't want civil rights! What they desire is quasi Gay/Lesbian hegemony, where a huge "bookburning," reminiscent of the Nazis, will purge any remnants of the "Christian, White, mainstream America" that has given ALL AMERICANS the most profound scope of freedom, liberty, and justice that Mankind has yet to experience.

People have perhaps wondered: why the Mormons? Answer: they are a small, yet vocal Christian minority. They have been selected by the mobs as vulnerable, a group that might not have such massive support among America's Christians.

We who are friends of the Mormons, their patriotism, their family values, will not falter in our continued support of these dear Americans. Let us recall the Christian minister Niemoller, whose admonition during those dark years of Nazi Germany moved us to our core:

"When they came for the gypsies, I said nothing, because I wasn't a gypsy. When they came for the homosexuals, I said nothing, because I wasn't a homosexual. When they came for the Jews, I said nothing, because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I said nothing, because I wasn't a Catholic......then they came for me, and there was no one left to defend me."

My fellow Americans, in the coming battle for the heart and soul of America and everything we cherish, may this call to arms be the mantra of every concerned patriot: