Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Power to Astonish!

 The Power to Astonish!  This was the theme of our annual seminar with the Self-Reliance Services Managers in the Europe Area.  The seminar was held this past week in Madrid, Spain.  The results of this seminar and the activities of this week were absolutely astonishing! 

Our Self-Reliance Team after completing an endowment session in the Madrid, Spain Temple

Our week began with a busy Monday before heading to Madrid.  We had last minute preparations for the managers seminar and had our second session of "My Continuing Mission" with Pedro Santos.  It is great to see the spirit of a returned missionary.  He had done all of the assignments from the previous week and has a good start to his own personal plan for his life.  We also had our monthly senior couple devotional that evening.  Elder and Sister Galbraith, Public Affairs missionaries, shared with us experiences and perspective on the Freiburg Temple Open House and dedication. 

On Tuesday morning early, we got on a plane to head to our seminar in Madrid.  We arrived early to help with last minute preparations.  However, the major efforts needed were simply to pick everyone up as they arrived from the different locations in Europe. With a little time available, we went early to the temple and completed the initiatory work for those that were baptized the previous week at The Hague Temple.  There was only about 6 or 7 names for each of us to do to complete what we began the previous week.  We were then able to sit in the peacefulness of the temple and wait for our Self-Reliance team to arrive.  

As they arrived, I gave some of our family names to several of our managers.  In total we were able to have 10 males performing an endowment for a "Rueckert" in the same temple session.  Sister Rueckert and I were asked to be the witness couple for the session, which was a special treat.  The session was held in English, since that was the predominant common language.  We had never done a temple session with our managers before.  As we were able to see each other in the celestial room after the session, many had spiritual experiences.  We all felt a strong feeling of unity and love for those we work with as we shared this special experience.  What a wonderful way to begin our astonishing week.

Full photo of the Madrid temple in the evening, after our temple session

After the temple session, we went to the Mercado de San Miguel for an evening of "Tapas".  These are small portions of all types of food.  Throughout the market, you choose and buy what ever small items you would like.  The photos below show a little of the variety:

Outside of the mercado as we left

Inside the mercado, standing room only
Sister Rueckert with our French Manager, Momo, near sea food options, including a major fish head

With members of our team (Mendonça - Cape Verde, Les - England, Thomas King - our Area manager and Ether - Italy)
 Wednesday morning we continued our seminar.  It began with a doctrinal discussion of D&C 109:22 from the Kirtland Temple dedicatory prayer. This verse promises power, His name, glory and angels  from our temple service. This was a perfect tie in to our seminar theme.

Thomas King, our Area manager, then facilitated a discussion on The Power to Astonish, including materials that had been shared in his regional training seminar a few months ago.  Thomas is an excellent manager and did a wonderful job of coordinating and organizing this seminar.  His message started with a review of the recent conference talk from President Monson "A Sacred Trust".  That set the tone perfectly.

We were privileged to have Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Europe Area Presidency join us by video conference at 11:00 am.  His message was powerful and added to the great spirit that we had felt. He shared his experience of the years that he served on the Board of Directors of the Perpetual Education Fund and his perspective on the expanded role of Self-Reliance.   We were encouraged to serve priesthood leaders by helping them with their needs and goals rather than "dumping" additional responsibilities on them.  We love the support that we are receiving from Elder Johnson, who is the Chairman of our Area Self-Reliance Committee.  It was clear to all that he understands the blessings of this initiative. His counsel is invaluable.  

After his presentation, we continued with our review of The Power to Astonish.  So many quotes and scriptures support our opportunity and privilege to access the powers of heaven in the work that we do.

After lunch, Miguel Adriano led the discussion of Power to Astonish, part 2.  Our team is very participative and they added great insight to the discussion.   Once we start sharing scriptures and insights, there is unlimited participation and the Spirit is so strong.  I finished up the day sharing ideas on how we can have the continuing momentum of the work that has begun.  The managers shared some of the experiences of the most successful stakes in the Europe Area to help us see how the culture is beginning to change.  Once again, more ideas than we had time to include.

On Thursday, the training continued, beginning with a doctrinal discussion around the quote from President Benson, "When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power."  This is so profound and once again our managers had many insights.  One of my favorites came from PAco, our Spain manager.  He shared a quote from Seneca, a Roman philosopher "I do not obey God, I am in agreement with him."  That summarizes it so simply!

The rest of the day we had break-out sessions and continued discussion about many aspects of our work.  We were privileged at 3:00 pm to have Elder Joseph Sitati of the Seventy participate with us via video conference.  Elder Sitati is the General Authority responsible to supervise the Self-Reliance efforts in Europe.  He taught us from the scriptures in the Whys and Hows of Self-Reliance.  Another Spiritual Feast.

We finished our seminar with a testimony meeting.  Most were able to share their feelings of love and appreciation for being involved in this great work.  We felt more unity and power amongst our team than ever.  We love working with them, they have become our best friends and associates during our mission.  The following are a few photos taken during the Thursday morning doctrinal discussion.  You can see that the entire seminar was facilitated, not taught.  No one standing in front, everyone participating.

On Friday morning we had time to make one more visit to the Temple before returning to Frankfurt.  Our German manager, Günter and our Area Manager, Tom King went with Sister Rueckert and I as we did some family sealings.

Photo outside of the temple.  Appeared appropriate before going in to seal children to parents.

Inside the sealing rooms, we felt the abundance of the Spirit.  There were others in the session with us.  The sealer spoke only Spanish, so all the work was done in Spanish.  The session lasted for an hour and a half and still all of the family names (ours and others) were not able to be completed.

It was a spiritual experience to kneel across the alter with my wife and participate in sealings of couples that are our relatives.  The culmination was probably when we were able to be sealed for Sister Ruecker's 5th great grandparents (Moellers) and to have her 4th great grandfather sealed to them.  Sister Rueckert had been able to complete the endowment for her 5th great grandmother on the previous Tuesday.

We were also able to have children sealed to my 8th, 9th and 10th great grandparents, including many that died as infants.  Emotions were high and many tears were shed.  We were also able to witness a brother from Spain have his parents sealed together vicariously and then be sealed to them.  We could feel that incredible power first hand as we watched this special sealing occur.

What a wonderful way to finish our "Astonishing" week.  Below is a photo of the names of the individuals whose work was done in the Madrid temple this week, either in the initiatory sessions, the endowment session or in the sealing work that was performed.  Many of these names have been discovered in our family history work last month.

Couple sealings on the left and the family work done for Sister Rueckert's great grandparents.  Also the children by family with my 10th, 9th and 8th grandparents.  Additional work done in endowments and initiatory work on the right.

On Wednesday evening, we also were able to attend a Flamenco performance in Madrid with our Self-Reliance team.  This was an astonishing cultural experience.  The following is the Wikipedia description of Flamenco:

 Flamenco (Spanish pronunciation: [flaˈmeŋko]) is an artform native to the Spanish regions of AndalusiaExtremadura and Murcia. It includes cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance), jaleo (vocalizations), palmas (handclapping) and pitos (finger snapping).

The following photos are from that evening.

In front of the Flamenco house

Photo from the stage of part of our group.  We had dinner before and during the show.

Clapping, singing and dancing

Men behind the dancer are singers with a very unique singing style

Dance includes feet stomping

Guitarrist, singers and dancers

Grand finale dance

After the performance we walked around downtown Madrid with our group.  The following are some of the photos of the walk before we returned to our hotel:

This was a hotel in the background, but we thought it looked a little like the Nauvoo Temple from the distance

The middle spot of Spain.  Equal distance from the East and West of the Iberian Peninsula.
Main plaza of Madrid

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Releasing the Captives on both sides of the Veil

This week I was was reunited with Jacqueline Lacerda 43 years after I baptized her on my mission in Brazil.  She was baptized as a young teenager and served in the Church in Brazil for many years.  Later she moved to Croatia where there was no Church and was not able to keep attending.  About six years ago, she ended up living in the Netherlands.  Some time after that she contacted me on Facebook and we have been Facebook friends ever since.  In our previous visits to the Netherlands, we were not able to meet up for different reasons.  This week during our visit to the Netherlands it finally worked out.  We were able to spend several hours with Jacqueline which was a great joy.  It was the first time for Sister Rueckert to meet her and my first time since being transferred out of Santos, Brazil 43 years ago.

Elder Rueckert and Jacqueline Lacerda in a restaurant in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Our week started out with our last family home evening Self-Reliance lesson with Jonathan Evans-Southall and his family.  We have loved visiting with them for the past 4 weeks.  This week completed all of the make up lessons for Jonathan's Completion Certificate of the My Foundations class.  They are originally from England but are now living in Frankfurt where Jonathan works in the Area Office. 

During our family home evening lesson.  Jonathan, his wife Ashley and his children Elizabeth, Noah and Thomas
We have enjoyed following all of the steps of the My Foundation group, including commitments, reporting and action partners.  Sister Rueckert and I have been the action partners for the two oldest children. We have enjoyed contacting them during the week to make sure that each of us is following up with the commitments made during our group meeting.  We testify that the My Foundation  lessons and principles work in all setting, including families.

Noah has been my action partner and his sister Beth has been Sister Rueckert's action partner.

This week we have been making final preparations for our Managers seminar in Madrid and also for a training visit to the Netherlands.  With preparations in hand, we left for the Netherlands on Wednesday, immediately after our Book of Mormon class.  We left right after 1:00 pm and arrived in time for our 6:00 pm dinner invitation in the home of a member of The Hague stake presidency.  We had a delightful evening getting to know this wonderful family, including their two sons, ages 11 and 13.  The meal was delicious!  We were so grateful to be invited.  This was the first time we had met this member of the stake presidency.  After the meal, we spend quite a bit of time discussing the principles of Self-Reliance and the steps to helping the members of his stake to participate in Self-Reliance groups.  We went to our hotel very enthused about the spirit that we felt and the love that was shown to us.

On Thursday we took time to visit The Hague Temple.  We had in hand 29 temple names that were part of my 9th, 10th and 11th great grandfathers' families.  These were some of the names that we had discovered in our visit to Ergersheim, Germany the previous month (See "Pearls of Great Price" blog entry).    We arrived as the temple was opening at 11:00 am.  They were so kind to arrange for us to do the baptisms and confirmation for these 29 names and added a few more from one of the temple workers.

I was privileged to do the baptizing of Sister Rueckert for 15 individuals.  As the first "Rueckert" name came up, I felt strong impressions from the Spirit and tears came to my eyes.  What a wonderful opportunity after just finding these names a short time ago.  The name was Sara Rueckert, born in 1656.  Most of these were born in the 1600s.  They have been waiting a long time for the opportunity to be baptized.  I know that the work of family history is primarily to prepare opportunities for these individuals to have sacred ordinances done in their behalf.  When these two opportunities come together, the feelings are amazing.

Just a little humorous experience to go along with our temple visit.  After Sister Rueckert was baptized for all of the females, one of the temple workers entered into the baptismal font to baptize me for the males.  Sister Rueckert remained sitting in a chair to observe the remaining baptisms.  After the first baptism, I realized that I had not removed my hearing aids.  I immediately took one of them out of my ear and discovered that the other was sitting on the bottom of the baptismal font.  At this point I had no option but to swim down to the bottom of the font to pick up my hearing aid.  It took several attempts but the hearing aid was retrieved.  It certainly was my first experience of swimming underwater in a baptismal font.  With the hearing aid recovered we continued on to complete the baptisms of the remaining individuals.

After we finished the baptisms, we performed the confirmations of the same individuals, completing these vital ordinances.  We then had the privilege to receive the initiatory work (washings and anointing) for many of these individuals.  With this completed, we will be able to do the endowment work for many of them this coming week as we have a special temple session with our Self-Reliance Managers in the Madrid temple.

The Hague Temple, Elder and Sister Rueckert, holding the ordinance cards of the 29 individuals for whom the baptisms and confirmations were completed. 

We returned to our hotel room before our evening meeting commitment.  I had put the hearing aids back into my ears but they did not work.  This was an obvious concern, since we had not planned on replacing hearing aids during our mission and the cost is over $4,000.  As we got to our hotel room, the hearing aids still did not work.  I took the hearing aids apart as well as I could and used a hair dryer to better dry them out.  I also replaced the batteries and then I prayed.  As I put them back into my ear I was greeted with the wonderful sound of the hearing aid booting up.  I took all the steps that I knew how and than asked the help of the Lord and my prayers were answered.  God is good and kind!

That evening we met with the entire Self-Reliance Committee of the Rotterdam Stake.  This stake has started teaching the My Foundation lessons on the first Sunday of each month in the wards of their stake.  This has been implemented better in some wards than others.  The good news is that the members of the committee have been very engaged in this process.  The meeting went very well.  The new stake specialist was very prepared and suggested that they start holding the Self-Reliance groups with the My Path Workshop and the group meetings outside of the Sunday meeting block. Sister Rueckert suggested that they set a date for January, so that they can appropriately prepare.  The Stake President, who presides in this committee, supported this plan.  They will continue with the monthly emphasis in the wards but take the next step to implement the workshops and groups as suggested.  We felt a wonderful spirit of council with this committee, much of the discussion was in Dutch, while we observed.  This included the stake president, high councilor, agent bishop, relief society president, the stake specialist and another couple that are finance specialists.   We left this meeting enthused for the future of this stake as they are led by their stake president and the stake self-reliance committee.

Our next meeting was not until Friday night with the stake presidency councilor that chairs the Self-Reliance committee of the Apeldoorn stake. Since we had some open time during the day on Friday,  we took advantage to do some work from our hotel room. We then had lunch with Jacqueline Lacerda.  This certainly was a joyous occasion.  We took several hours to catch up on the past 43 years and to share our feelings about the gospel.  We felt a great love from Jacqueline and we love her just as much.  She has retired from teaching languages in Brazil and is currently teaching languages in the Netherlands. She teaches Portuguese to business men working with companies in Brazil. She works with a local university and other schools and also teaches Dutch to foreigners.  She speaks Portuguese, English, German and Dutch, an amazing language ability.

After 3 hours together, we scheduled to get together again the next time we visit the Netherlands which we believe will be in January.

With Jacqueline Lacerda in front of the restaurant where we shared a long, wonderful lunch
After saying good bye to Jackie, we traveled for almost two hours to meet at the Appeldoorn stake.  It is in the Northeast part of the Netherlands.  The stake presidency member is so kind to spend time with us while his son attends seminary and young mens.  In this stake, the stake specialists are frequently in the U.S. visiting family. This was an opportunity to visit with the Chairman of the Self-Reliance Committee, understanding their progress and next steps. As usual, the meeting was positive and we feel that progress will continue, especially as the stake specialists return in November.

That evening after returning from Appeldoorn, we stopped at a nice Chinese restaurant for dinner.  The food was delicious and we enjoyed time to reflect on the completion of our Netherlands trip.  I love serving with my sweet wife.  She is good at feeling promptings of the Holy Ghost and contributing to our efforts.

Before leaving the Netherlands, I wanted to share a few photos of our impressions in our several visits here.

This is a photo of the hotel where we have stayed.  It is reasonably priced and located in between The Hague and the Rotterdam stakes and near the temple.  It is feeling like our home in the Netherlands.

This is our car in the parking lot of the hotel.  One thing that I have noticed in the Netherlands is that all parking spaces are clearly identified with stone outlines.  Very impressive!

Just a photo that I was able to take of a bike parking spot.  I believe that the Netherlands has the highest population of bike riders.  They are everywhere.  Bike lanes are often as large as car lanes.  I know because I have been known to dive down them. Bikes are parked in all locations, well in excess of the cars.

On Saturday morning we left to return to Frankfurt.  The ride is between 4 and 5 hours.  As we have now made this trip several times, we have developed a routine.  During this time, we spend several hours studying German.  Sister Rueckert takes us through an outlined training process and we probably do our best companion studying of German on these trips.  I believe on this trip that we are starting to better understand the Genders and Cases in German, which is one of the most difficult part of the German language.  Besides the study of language, we usually spend a few hours listening to CDs of General Conference.  We have the CDs of October 2015 and have listened to them over and over.  We were once again touched by the talks by Sister Marriot and Elder Lawrence on the Saturday Morning session.  These are amazing talks that inspire us every time we listen to them.  I really love the concept of "What Lack I Yet?" as shared by Elder Lawrence.  There is room for all of us to learn specific direction from the Holy Ghost if we follow the steps that he suggests.  In between German lessons and Spiritual talks, Sister Rueckert continues to feed me snacks, etc. so that I can remain alert and safe while we take these long drives.  I could never make these trips without her.  With her, they are a delight!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

New beginnings, sad good-byes and a whole lot more

On Monday, our week started marvelously.  We started the day with a visit and a devotional with Bishop Gérald Caussé, Presiding Bishop of the Church.  He had not been back to the Frankfurt chapel since he was called to the Presiding Bishopric four years ago.  He was serving as a member of the Europe Area Presidency previous to this calling.  Of course last year he was sustained as the Presiding Bishop of the Church.  He was so personable and down to earth in his talk.   He shared with us how his experience in the Church helped him as an employee and leader in the business world.  He said that the Church experience added much more to his work qualifications than his education.  It was a wonderful devotional.  Bishop Caussé asked everyone to remain seated after the devotional so that he could go to the back door and shake everyone's hand personally and meet them.  

I had met him on a few occasions in my work, he served on the PEF Self-Reliance Committee during part of the time that I took minutes of the meetings.  When he shook our hands, he said, "Haven't we met before?"  Of course we had, what an incredible memory.  He visited all of the employees in the other office in Frankfurt during the day.  We heard of similar experiences.  He had spent the weekend at the Freiberg Temple dedication and visited other locations in the area.

As part of his visit he participated in a meeting with all of the managers that report to the Director of Temporal Affairs.  The time was changed for the meeting to go until 5:30 pm due to other scheduled activities during the day, which created a small conflict.  Read on:

Sister Anderson (from Denmark), Sister Jenkins (from Logan) and the mother and her two daughters
The Brazilian family that we have had the privilege to help with was baptized!  This was scheduled for 5:00 pm so that it could finish before Family Home Evening for everyone.  It was scheduled for Monday because the family needs to return to Brazil.  They had a return ticket for Thursday, just a few days later.  They were not able to resolve their paperwork to stay in Germany at this time and will have to continue to work on it from Brazil though the German consulate.  This is sad for all of us, but we pray that they will have the Lord's blessings with them as they try to put their temporal life together.  At least their spiritual life will now have a better start.

Elder Axel Leimer, the Area Seventy who had first found this family, had been asked to perform the baptisms.  Elder Leimer is also the Area Physical Facilities Manager and was in the meeting with Bishop Caussé.  I went over earlier to help the missionaries prepare the baptismal recommends.  Little things like asking birthplaces, names of parents and dates of birth require a little language ability.  I had the privilege to work with the family and the missionaries to get everything ready.  Even with short notice, many members and senior missionaries came over to support this family.  All was ready for the 5:00 baptism, except for Elder Leimer.

While we were waiting for Elder Leimer, I was able to take a few photos with the family while Sister Rueckert was playing prelude music.  The photo above shows the family with the Sister Missionaries who had taught them through translators.  I also was able to get a picture of myself with the family.

The baptism finally got started and went wonderfully.  Most of the talks were given by Portuguese members of the ward and those that did not had translation.  This ward has reached out so well to this family.  What an outpouring of welcome for individuals who are in such a tough situation.  They certainly felt this outpouring of love.  After the baptism and confirmation, we had to leave for our Family Home Evening commitment but everyone else stayed for a nice reception for this family.

The next night we were asked by the young elders to meet with one of their investigators who is interested in starting a small business.  We were to share the Self-Reliance materials and invite him to get involved.  Unfortunately, he was not at home.  We went with the missionaries looking for him, but for this time it did not work out.  However, it is always good to spend time with the young missionaries.  What great spirits that they have.  This was our fourth day in a row being with young missionaries.  It is becoming a nice habit.  

We arrived home just in time for our 8:00 pm German lesson with Yvonne Peterson in Provo.  She tutors us on a weekly basis in our Zoom room.  

On Wednesday evening we participated with a Starting and Growing My Own Business self-reliance group from our Ward.  They were on lesson 8.  This was a special experience for us, seeing their ideas and plans for their own small business experience.  After the lesson, we held a video conference with the Stake Specialists from the Appeldoorn, Netherlands Stake, who are temporarily in the U.S.  After that meeting, we went to our Wednesday evening Old Testament class with Sister Stay.  She is a senior missionary who has an incredible knowledge of the Old Testament and the Hebrew language.  Her insights give us a more complete perspectives on so many topics.  This week was about "Drinking the Bitter Cup" as a result of the Garden of Eden experience.

Once again we arrived in our home late, tired but fulfilled.  On Thursday we contacted the elders in Ansbach to see how their visit with Marianne and Cristian went last Saturday.  This is the family that lives in the home that my great grandfather built.  They said that she was not too excited about a gospel discussion.  However, they said that Cristian was more interested and that they would return to him with a Romanian Book of Mormon which would be easier for him to read.

  On Thursday we fed the Sister Missionaries. They asked if we could take them to the airport to say goodbye to the Brazilians who had just gotten baptized.  Elder Leimer and the mission has helped coordinate things so that this wonderful family will be greeted at the airport by missionaries.  The local bishop is ready to help them get settled in appropriate housing.  Members here have given of their means to help this family make this transition back.

After feeding the Sister missionaries, we took them to the airport for an emotional good bye to the family.  Their communication was only through translators but love needs no translation.  Photos below show some of the love and tears that were shared.

Group photo in the airport
Tearful embraces between missionaries and new converts.  
More hugs!

That made one more late night arriving home, but it was worth it.  

Our work week was full of preparations for our upcoming managers seminar and our trip to the Netherlands this week.  We seem always to have plenty to do.  It is very fulfilling.  We feel like we do make a difference.

On our Friday night date, Sister Rueckert suggested that we clean our car, including a full vacuum effort.  It was worth it, it now looks all new again.  This was our second time in this automated car wash.  We have learned the ropes and were able to participate without glitches.  The following photos are from in the car during this car wash experience.

Our windshield with the multi-colored suds from the different cleaning agents that are applied.

Side view with Sister Rueckert, I sure do love her!

We were able to eat dinner at our favorite local restaurant that had been closed during the summer months.  They did some remodeling, but still have the same wonderful food and service.  We love the server who comes from Croatia.  Her name is Nicolina, it reminds us of our grandaughter, Nicole.  She is always so kind to us.

We did not have our missionary family home evening on Monday this week.  Instead they scheduled for a Saturday activity, including a guided tour through Windecken, a small town 30 minutes from Frankfurt.  Ralf Grünke from our Public Affairs office is from this city and was our tour guide.
Missionaries together in front of the Windecken Castle

Missionaries listening to Ralf in the city

Throughout Germany there has been an effort to honor the Jews who were victims of World War II.  Part of that is to put copper markers in the sidewalks in front of many of their former homes.  These markers below are for a family that had been deported from this city and killed.

This is the store that had been operated by the Jewish family.  The markers are on the sidewalk in front of the store.

The house below was from the Lindt family that originally lived in this city.  Their grandson left this city and moved to Switzerland.  There he discovered chocolate, which up to that time was only used as a hot drink.  By accident he kept the chocolate machine on overnight and found a creamy substance in the morning that became a staple in many of our diets.  He founded Lindt Chocolate which is one of the leading chocolate companies in the world.  Certainly it is one of our favorite brands.

Former house of the Lindt family

Sister Rueckert with a Lindt chocolate that was shared with all of the missionaries.

From the wrapper of the chocolate, the famous Lindt name.

Ralf, our tour guide and friend.

Sharing the local castle

Witch tower where suspected witches stayed.  This city punished witches even before the Salem witch trials.

Dinner with the missionaries at a local German restaurant

Ralf Grünke returning to check on us after watching his son's soccer game.  The son's team won!

When we arrived home we had some "free" time.  I was able to finish up cataloguing all of the images that we took in the MarktBergl Pastor office.  By the time I identified them to specific names, we had over 600 images to "index".  Thanks once again to our special angels in the U.S. who will do this work as I send the files to them.  Only one more pastor's office images to catalogue and then we are done with the Bavaria visits from this summer.  While I was doing this, Sister Rueckert continued to work on her German language study.  She also continued putting in some of the family history information that we received while in Erfurt into Family Search.  We are starting to accumulate quite a few temple ordinances to be done.  We will be looking to many of our family in the U.S. to help us do the temple work for their ancestors.  

As we looked at our blog this morning and saw a blog from our daughter Gina about the family activity at the Heber Valley Girls Camp cabins.  This is a tradition that we have been carrying on for several years.  We were pleased that our children continued the tradition even while we were away.  It has been a highlight for many of our grandchildren each year.  The photo below was taken during that activity.  It shows most of our children that were at the cabins.  They represented 9 of our children with their children.  Missing in the photo was Beckie who took the photo (we assume) and Jacob who was cleaning up from the meals.

Children and Grandchildren at the Heber Valley Camp cabins on the Friday and Saturday before Labor Day.