Monday, February 23, 2015

The hearts we touch

Well in Utah sometimes we have a snow day but here in TX they have ice day & today was one of them. We were to be in Heath TX at 8 am to listen to another Seventy, Elder & Sister Foster but it was canceled along with school, family home evening, institute, I did see the mail truck & one other truck but no one dares to walk to the mailbox to get the mail so we'll wait till tomorrow.  The zone leaders text bright & early to begin a Ice Day Olympic project for the first half of the day. How many pages you read in 1 hr, number of pages filled out in "My Family" minutes of role play, many minutes of exercise, companion study, how many calls to members or non members so needless to say we helped them on some but then we was getting weak & had to stop to eat. I think they may have been trying to keep the young ones busy but it gave the old ones out. We've spent most of our day getting our reports organized & getting all the stuff Elder Foster ask us to do along with stuff Pres. Taylor ask us to do to sanctify ourselves to be ready for the conference. It feels good to kind of get caught up a bit. Got our wash done too.  Hope you all enjoyed your day & was able to accomplish what you had planned. My companion & I have been walking early in the mornings & it sure feels great to be out in the fresh air. This week we've seen a lot of ducks in a little man made pond but it sure is fun to watch them. They have their mates by their side as they go about doing whatever ducks do. I walked alone one day & sat down on a little ledge, I heard a woodpecker, looked around & to my amazement it was the littlest woodpecker I've ever seen. Everything is bigger in TX except their woodpeckers. The moon is getting a little fuller & I always love that time of the month. The Daffodils are poking their heads up but they better not get to brave yet. It's a beautiful time of year here except for the last few days. The people are great & I'm just about that good. My thought for the week, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."   Sir Winston Churchill.  "It's not the things we get but the hearts we touch that will determine our success in life."  Mac Anderson. Scripture: 1John 1:5, Moroni 7:47. Please have a great week & enjoy, remember someone in Texas loves you. Sister Putnam    

Monday, February 16, 2015

Temple is God's University

Hope you all had a wonderful Valentines weekend. Hope you all was able to think of all your loved ones & could tell them how much you love them. I'm telling you all now that I love you & appreciate all you do for me. I think how different my life would be without everyone of you. To my family you've made my life so wonderful I couldn't even begin to repay you for the love & help you've given me throughout my life. I do know I was not the easiest child to raise so I thank everyone for your patience. I'm still a work in progress but I've come a long ways. Most of all I thank my Savior for His patience with me & I'm thankful for the learning experiences throughout my life that's  helped me to get to know Him better it seems I'm a slow learner or a hands on kind of person so that takes a little more time. We've had stake conference this past weekend so I've had my cup filled a little more & enjoyed the talks. Today we're loading up my companion's stuff & tomorrow I will take her to Mesquite & bring my new companion back. She has her own car so she'll just follow me home. It reminds me of a song Putter used to sing "look what followed me home, I thought I was alone" it's so funny but just about everyday something reminds me of a song, he or we used to sing, I'm so thankful for them memories. Last night my companion & I was listening to music which we always do just before prayer I ask her to play "Why Me Lord?" which is the song that Danny told me a couple of weeks before he died was his new song. We played it at the cemetery & I remember looking up at the sky & seeing one lone vulture flying high above the trees, it brought a smile to my face & a few more memories of days gone by. Thanks Putter for all the great memories you left behind with me & lots of other people. Sorry I'm rambling but it doesn't matter to me. My new companion is from Canada so it's fun to learn new things. I've truly loved Sister Horsburgh & we've had some great times & she's taught me a lot in the scriptures so I thank her for that. Some nights when we'd get home we'd just sit in the car, watch the sky & all the airplanes  flying overhead & talk. I'm going to miss her but onward & upward I've learned each new companion teaches me something that I needed to learn. My thought for the week. "The temple is God's university" told to us by Elder Greer from the seventies who spoke at conference. He also told us that he & his wife have read the scriptures every night together for the past 12 years & how much it will help our marriages if we would do it. He's gone a lot from home but they will read together over the phone. He said it will strengthen your marriage more than anything else. My scripture Mark 8:35-36, have a great week I'm going to. Sister Putnam