Monday, April 27, 2009
I thought I'd quickly throw this out for you.
Aubrey has been assigned to say the 9th Article of Faith in Primary next Sunday, so we are going to learn about it tonight for family home evening. Here's a good lesson I found, in case you still need an idea- I know it's already late Monday afternoon.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, the Articles of Faith are a summary of the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The 9th Article of Faith states: "We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. "
This is important because the Lord has provided a prophet in our day just as He did in the days of the Old and New Testament prophets. We are continually blessed as we learn from our latter-day prophets and study the words of ancient prophets as we study the scriptures. I am thankful to live in a day when I can know God's plan for me through my own study and prayer as well as the words of our prophet, Thomas S. Monson!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Sunday was a gorgeous day! I am running out of words to describe the weather during our trip!
We attended church at the chapel across the street from the St. George Temple, where we were warmly welcomed by everyone. I think people may have been hoping these cute little girls were here to stay. The population in that ward was slightly older than ours- by an average of fifty years or so. It was nice to attend church with lots of old people again! Ü We were just going to go to Sacrament meeting and then head to the temple visitor's center, but the girls weren't going to stand for that!
"Don't they have Primary here?" "We can't just leave now!" So, we stayed and loved it!
After church, we went and walked around the temple grounds and visitor's center. This was always one of my favorite escaped when I lived in St George. It is so peaceful and beautiful. I never stop thinking about the sacrifices that the pioneers made to build this beautiful temple in a barren desert. What a legacy!
After some lunch and quiet time, we drove out to the Jacob Hamblin home for a tour. (Our tour guide was from the Willow Creek area and her son graduated from Brighton the year before me. Small world!) The girls loved the tour! They impressed Sister Easton with their knowledge of farm implements, grinding stones, and chamber pots.
We got back in the car and continued the loop through the Shivwits Indian reservation, past Gunlock Res, and out through Veyo. I don't think I'd been out there since I was 12. It is such an amazing contrast of geology, vegetation, and lifestyles!
Back into St. George, we went to a tour at the Brigham Young winter home. This time our missionary guide lived over the fence from Tim's cousin in Perry. Smaller world! Again, the girls found multiple chamber pots, wash basins, and Jenna enjoyed her task of counting certain chairs. My favorite part is seeing how the pioneer craftsmen took regular pine from Pine Valley and expertly painted and finished it to look like so many fine woods! Amazing!
We got out to stretch at Worthen Park, another favorite. (Cousins, remember the Easter Egg hunts there, that were really a mad dash for salt water taffy?)
We also found a strange place where people had built a chimney between two rocks and made kind of a house in the rocks. Does anyone know what this is? Let me know if you do.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
While waiting for the museum to open, we found a really cool park that had two big climbing boulders and a walking trail that took us over a bridge, past a waterfall, and through some beautiful red rocks and hills. I am a sucker for red rocks!
St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm
We took the camera into the hotel room to show Tim what we had been doing and I forgot to bring it back with us. Lydia LOVED it, too, I just don't have a picture of her there.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Further down Hwy 89 we stopped to inspect Big Rock Candy Mountain, which was not as impressive to the girls as we thought it might be. Guess you have to know the song...
We were listening to The Little Princess on this leg of the journey and the girls were so good! We drove TO Bryce Canyon to take some pictures. We didn't go into Bryce once we saw that it is $25 to enter. We knew we would have to pay, but that was more than we wanted to pay for a quick trip and photo op and it was snowing again. We enjoyed the scenery leading up to the park. I forgot how brilliantly orange the rocks are! Time and memory must dull the colors a bit.
We headed back past Panguitch and to I-15 for the rest of the way to St. George. This part made me remember my Snow roomies so much- the trailer park with Becky & Val, Parowan with all y-all- and Summit, too, Lacie! The get-together at Jana's family cabin. I love Southern Utah and all my great friends from the area!
Hank, the Cowdog got us the rest of the way to St George in the charming way that only those stories can, and finally, WE WERE WARM!!!
We checked into our family suite and the Coronada (not as crappy as it used to be- also a great deal on priceline.com) and soon we were enjoying the Pizza Factory. Ahhh...home at last!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This was originally to be the state capital and Capitol of Utah. Only one of the four wings of the building was ever completed and now it is a museum that shows different uses of the building through the years and houses many pioneer-era relics. Some of the uses included a school to combat polygamy, a hotel, a courthouse, and jail. The kids were intrigued by the room that was the jail because the shackles were still chained to the floor.
Aubrey also found chamber pot quite amusing and looked for them in every other pioneer-era place we went.
The top floor is a large open room where the Legislature met for only one full session in 1855. Lydia is trying to open one of the original door knobs to escape!
After making some peanut butter sandwiches in the parking lot, we loaded back up and headed out. We turned East on I-70 and our next stop was the Fremont Indian Museum in Sevier. The slide show has some of the highlights. You can see thousands of petroglyphs and pictographs very easily from the road. We walked/hiked around the area for a little while and looked through the museum.
It was a fun trip down. The girls were so good and Aubrey was nearly giddy when we arrived in here beloved Richfield! She's only been there one other time- for about 36 hours- but as we drove into town from a direction she'd never been, she started patting the window ledge excitedly.
"I know where we are! I recognize it! MY! HEART! IS! BEATING! SO FAST! IT! MUST! BE! RICHFIELD!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Here are way too many pictures of a lovely day with the Arveseth women.
adobe houses to investigate,
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
The Reverend William John Henry Boetcker originally published the Ten Cannots in 1916 in a leaflet entitled "Lincoln on private property." One side had words by Abraham Lincoln, the other side had the "Cannots" that Rev. Boetcker wrote. It was republished by the Inside Publishing Company in 1917 and 1938. Rev. Boetcker lived from 1873 to 1962, was raised in Erie, PA and ordained in Brooklyn, NY.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
(Not an actual photograph, sadly)
Monday, April 6, 2009
I would have liked to go to the Topaz Museum, too, but that is probably a bit much for my little ones. Questions about man's inhumanity to man that I don't want my tender little ones to entertain in their pure minds yet!
Lydia and Mommy on the big rock. I had to stay right with her because she wanted to slide. If the bottom of the rock wasn't a pile of boulders, I might have let her.
This is where we (Tim) found all of the crystals. You are free to break up the rocks with your hammer and pick ax and there are lots of crystals inside. There were even some just lying in the dirt. I kept thinking that if we were smashing rocks like that in Big Cottonwood Canyon we would be in big trouble! Not to mention hate mail from environmentalists!