Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Elder Emmett

Elder Mikey is celebrating a birthday tomorrow!! How lucky is that to have a birthday on P-day? He is representing the Lord, himself and his family well. His enthusiasm for the work is inspiring and infectious. His smile alone makes investigators of the gospel want to learn why he is so happy. We are very proud of him.

Update: Kristin's tribute to her baby brother is here

Monday, January 28, 2008

President Gordon B. Hinckley

Paige posted this video on her blog and I thought I would follow her lead and post it here also.

UPDATE: John's tribute to President Hinckley is here

Kristin's thoughts are here
Melissa's post is here

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Lonely No Longer


Sadly tonight we learned of the passing of our Prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley. He passed away at about 7:00pm MST. Two weeks ago, President Hinckley spoke via satellite at our Stake Conference which was broadcast to all of southern California. I'm not sure if his talk was live, or a tape of an earlier talk. Either way, he was showing the signs of his age. He mentioned, as he has on several occasions recently, that his has been lonely since the passing of his wife, Marjorie, in 2004.

Tonight I was in a multi-stake Young Single Adult planning meeting with Priesthood and youth leaders from neighboring stakes. Following our meeting, I was waiting for the prayer meeting of the YSA fireside to begin. Elder Joe J. Christensen, former member of the 1st Quorum of the Seventy, San Diego Temple President and Provo MTC President was scheduled to be the speaker. Just before our meeting at 7:00PM, President Clayton of the Newport Beach Stake stopped by to tell us the sad news. Since I was presiding at the YSA fireside that was about to begin, it was decided that I would make the announcement prior to the start of the fireside. As I walked to the chapel, I called mom and dad to confirm the news, which they did. As the meeting was about to begin, I could see several in the audience checking text messages as the news began to spread. The chapel and over flow were filled with about 500 young adults when I stood up to make the announcement. It was very difficult to make the announcement because there were already many faces with tear filled eyes looking up at me.

The fireside was great. Elder Christensen adapted his remarks to share some touching experiences. I'll always remember the great spirit I felt the few times I fortunate enough to be in the presence of President Hinckley - the most special of which was seeing President Hinckley stop and wave to us with his cane as he walked down the hallway of the Newport Beach Temple during the dedication.

We will all miss him.

January Skiing - Sam, Mac & Alex

Alex dropping the rock on the Back-Side of Beaver

Mac looking over the race list.

Mac on the Back-Side of Beaver, steep and deep!

Both Sam and Mac are #1

In the Needles Express Gondola

Alex taking a break waiting for Sam to race.

Sam letting them run....

Sam finished 3rd in her age group (ages 14-16) at the Snowbasin Super-G
with teams from Park City to Sun Valley....

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Nao pode escecer das fotos

Ben at the baptism of Rose who he and his companion, Elder Preston, taught and two brothers who he can't remember their names but were taught by Elder Neilson (his MTC companion) and Elder Mello.

Ben and Elder Mello who has a huge crush on Molly.

Monday, January 21, 2008

J & L Dr. Pepper Pub

Of course, you recognize the picture on the wall. The Dr. Pepper was given to us by Jake's first counselor. It's bottled in Dublin, TX with Imperial Sugar rather than corn syrup. It's extra yummy! J & L Dr. Pepper Pub is only open at 10:00, 2:00 and 4:00 to relatives and very close friends. Reservations are recommended but not necessary.

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Proposal: Brian and Jackie

This was the original place I wanted to do it but it turns out there was already a guy asking a girl to marry him down there. The area was blocked off and we got their limo driver to take this picture. You can see the other couple hogging the space just next to my elbow. I was getting nervous because my plan wasn't working but I decided to go and try to find another place.
We asked a lady to take some pictures for us and she willing did. She kept asking me questions on how I wanted to the pictures and I was just so nervous that I wasn't really answering her questions. We then switched spots and I got her to take this video, even though she didn't know she was going to be filming.

She said she would marry me! It might be hard to hear on the video but she said it.

After the proposal we went to Mozambique, a restaurant in Laguna Beach. It was a lot nicer than the Mozambique Jackie and I came to know and love.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Bob growing up

Bob and Norda in apple orchard at Harvard, Massechusettes 1955

Bob in stroller on the porch of the Harvard Inn 1955

Bob in back yard of Stratford Avenue home in Salt Lake City 1957

Bob in snow storm with chipped temporary front teeth 1958

Bob relaxing in leather chair in Providence 1961

Bob marching with Jr. High band 1972

Bob as photographer about 1969

Bob with new hair dryer at Christmas 1972

Bob as high school graduate 1973

Bob skiing at Sun Valley 1969

Bob hiding behind mike as charter member of the Crimson Colony 1973

Bob water skiing at Lake Powell 1978
Norda decided no one would dare make fun of her little boy so be sure you honor her decision!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBERT FIFE EMMETT! Thank you for being a great example and bringing so much joy to everyone you meet.