Monday, July 13, 2015

Sunday Evening

After a great lunch and a wonderful Sunday Nap, I went to my favorite chair downstairs and watched TV. Since it was Sunday, I selected some appropriate programs on Netflix and enjoyed a pleasant evening. The Last thing I watched was a movie from Netflix titled Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration. 

I was deeply moved by this movie. I wished that I had someone to testify to of what I felt tonight. When I prayed in the evening I mentioned this to God, and he said clearly, "You do. Testify to your family." So even though this might seem a little strange, I am doing so right now.

As I watched the first part of the film depicting Joseph's young life I was moved as deeply by the Spirit as strongly as I ever have. Remember, I once ran the Joseph Smith farm and the Hill Cumorah Farm. I have been in the sacred grove many times, once even logging. I have cut hay in what is now the area where the Temple is standing. I have ridden my horse up the hill Cumorah and all over its fields, and have even plowed and seeded a large field on the top of the hill.

That was a wonderful experience for Chris and I, and confirming feeling came to us many times from the Holy Ghost while we were there.

But, last night I had such a strong spiritual experience watching the film that I need to pass on my feelings to all of you who read this blog.

God is real, and as Alma says about faith, it is real and discernible. Joseph saw the Father and the Son. It is as real to me as if I had been there instead of Joseph. Believe me and be blessed. That knowledge gives motivation to live the commandments better and better as each day goes on. Continue to confirm that knowledge for yourself. It was confirmed to me in the strongest manner last night.

Joseph Smith was and is a true prophet of God. I long to meet him and feel his loving spirit. He was the most important prophet to live since the days of Adam, Noah, and Christ himself. We know much about him historically and intellectually, and I want you to know that I know of his prophetic calling. It is real and discernible to me, as real as my own life right now.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the authoritative representative of the Godhead hear on this earth. Service in it brings happiness and sometimes overwhelming joy. Being part of that Kingdom of God on earth is the most significant thing we can do on this earth. There the true Gospel is taught, the ordinances administered, and the official saving covenants offered. Even the ultimate ordinance of Eternal Marriage is mine through this Church. Chris and I have all there is to offer in eternity because of our knowledge of and our participation in this Church. It is known by me to be God's true Church.

I give you this testimony of these things in all humilty, knowing that it may seem strange in this format, but I want you all to know that I am doing what the Holy Ghost told me to do last night as I prayed and thanked God for his testifying to me with such power.

I am not powerful in any sence, but I know that God will back me up,

I love you all, Dad Clark

Friday, July 03, 2015

New contact information for our children

Alyssa and Brenden now have their own phones.  They are very excited.  If you want their number please go to the family spreadsheet OR personal message me on Facebook.   I will add Dan's address and phone as well this way you can call and write him.

Here are some recent pictures:

Monday, June 29, 2015

Senior Pictures, Birthday Party and Mission Stuff

We have been busy this past week. On Wednesday, Jim, Ammon and I met with Bro. Shelton at the DI facility with the LDS Employment system. Ammon began the process of getting ready to serve a Young Church Service Mission by having a 3 hour assessment. Bro. Shelton interviewed Ammon for an hour, asking us questions as well. And then Ammon took a 2 hour computer assessment. Ammon said it was "challenging." It may take some time to find a good match and it may end up being quick. It will depend on whether or not they can find something that Ammon can actually do using some skill sets so he will have developed an opportunity to find some kind of employment at the end of the 2-year mission.

There are so many opportunities where young people can serve now. It used to be mainly in the welfare areas but now it's in the Family History Centers, the LDS Motion Picture Studio, working with seminaries and institutes, doing digital research, working in the temples, etc.

We are waiting to hear from the missionary couple (who I went to high school with) to see when they want to meet Ammon. I think they are waiting on the results of the assessment. We have no idea where Ammon will serve. We don't know if it will be all day, five days a week or 2-3 days a week. You can pretty much dictate how much you want to work. Ammon said, "Bring it on! I'll work as much as I can." He is getting more and more excited as are we. If I didn't have to work, Jim and I would probably put our papers in as well and serve at the same time in the general vicinity.

This means Ammon will not attend the vocational rehab school as planned. The church meets with these young kids before the mission starts, during the mission and after it has completed to help them with future employment. It seems like the best of both worlds.

Kaitlin's in-laws came up to celebrate Kathrynne's first birthday over the weekend. They asked if I would be willing to take some senior pictures of Morgan. Sheesh..... I was so nervous. I learned a lot. I especially learned what NOT to do. We got some good ones during two different sessions - one in the morning and one in the evening. We took about 400 pictures.  You'd think I would learn something!  I absolutely must take some classes.........

Here are a few samples. First two were taken on the campus of BYU.

 Evening picture taken at Gladstan Golf Course.

 At the top of Loafer Canyon.

This little cutie is one year old! She loved her little cake.

Kaitlin made this very yummy cake - triple chocolate with a chocolate whipped cream frosting. It was sooooo good!

And here's the little mess when she finally got through decimating her cake. I was glad somebody else got her out of that high chair!  Happy birthday, Kathrynne.
As an after thought --- we really like Chad's family. They are so much fun! They are good people, too. It's always fun to get together with them. They have "bonded"with us - ask Gillian and Lindsey about that. They might tell you the reason we have bonded with the Lanhams.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New address for Jared again

Jared just got transferred to Casper, WY. Here is his new address:

Elder Jared A Clark
1180 South Locust #1
Casper, WY  82601

Please write him

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Reunion of Friends

We had the opportunity to go to Chelsey and Brent's last night to spend the evening with Brent's family. Not only were Charlie and Yolanda there, but so was Lynn and Joe Thurman and some of their kids. These are forever friends that we love. It was a great evening full of laughter.

 Brent's cousins.
 Charlies Angels (on the front row).
 Goofball Brent, who will turn 40 tomorrow!
 We spent a lot of time laughing.
 The month of June is a special one for Brent & Chelsey - Brent's birthday, Chelsey's birthday and their 18th anniversary will all be celebrated.
Thanks for inviting us! We had a wonderful time.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Cultural Celebration

The Payson Temple Celebration is finished. Last night 14,000 youth performed for Elder Erying, Elder Russell M. Nelson, Elder Cook  and Elder Anderson of the Quorum of the Twelve were there. 
The stands were filling rapidly by 5:15 p.m. The performance was scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The day had been wonderful -not too hot with some clouds that kept things relatively cool. All of a sudden, Satan unleashed his fury and it began to hail. An announcement instructed all people to leave the stands and seek shelter due to severe weather. It poured for almost an hour.I don't think I've ever seen rain that hard in Utah. But just after 7:00 p.m., it stopped and everybody filed back in to sit on drenched benches and a drenched stadium. The program didn't start until about 7:45 p.m.

 The theme was "Fill the World with Love."

 Rain -looking out into the stadium from where we took shelter. We were all drenched and so, so cold.
 Elder Eyring gave a few remarks and said, "Let the celebration begin."

 A release of doves got things started.

 Each stake carried a flag to show their representation. Ammon got to be part of that. It was at the beginning of the program.
 Happy Feet dance. It was a lot of fun. The kids on the trampolines were really good!

 Note Nathan Millington next to Ammon really getting into the Happy Feet Dance.

 The bagpipes from a Payson Stake played "Amazing Grace." It was so beautiful!
 2,000 Stripling Warriors. Ammon was somewhere in the crush of boys.
Ah, we finally saw him and the boys are helping him rush off the field.

Finale - a release of balloons amidst the rainbow of shirts.
We were really grateful for Nathan Millington because he took care of Ammon all day long. They left at 8:30 a.m. and we all got home about midnight. It was a very long, wonderful day. What a great experience for these young people. I think they will remember it their entire lives.
Satan may have wanted to thwart this event, but I'm sure 40,000 prayers to God overrode Satan. It was one more evident event that showed this Temple is here and ready to go.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Graduation and Girl's Weekend

Well, Ammon finally graduated from high school earning high honors! It was a scramble to get him all put together, find the gown and cords, but we got it done and he is a proud graduate.

 The graduation ceremony took place outside on the football field. We have had rain every day in the month of May but we were all hoping and praying it wouldn't rain. We could see a small cell of rain working its way towards us and we hoped it wouldn't come. It just clipped us as the graduates started their walk around the track field. Ammon went straight to where he was sitting rather than around the track and he had an umbrella so he didn't get wet. The rain only lasted a few minutes, but we got a little wet from all the rain dripping off our neighbors' umbrellas. It quickly became sunny and ended up being a beautiful day.
 Sarah and rain drops.
 David flew in and surprised Ammon. I took David down to the school with me the day before graduation and had him go in and tap Ammon on the shoulder. Ammon had no idea David was coming. He about jumped out of his skin and was sooooo happy! And later that evening, Lindsey and Gillian showed up and surprised me because I didn't know Lindsey was coming. It was awesome even though it was 11:00 p.m.  (I don't think Gillian had has much sleep in the past week.) Lindsey came out for the graduation and for a "girl's weekend" to celebrate my birthday. The rest of the girls kept it really quiet.
 Cute little McKay wasn't thrilled with graduation.
 Ammon coming off the stand after receiving his diploma. Principal Bart Peery is looking and him and watching him leave. Ammon and Mr. Peery are good friends. We will miss him.
 Devin Minson on the left - Garrett on the right. Both boys were on the student council and good friends to Ammon. Devin and Ammon grew up together. Devin will be leaving on a mission to Finland in September.

 So the gang came.....and Ammon was thrilled to see all of them. We certainly appreciated the support!
Friday afternoon the girls all took off for Park City. Lindsey has a friend whose parents own a condo in Park City and let us use the room. The view (below) was pretty cool - from the room's window.

 Gillian, Lindsey and Kaitlin loving the sun and the woodsy smell. It was gorgeous up there.
 Sexy girls goofing off before Chelsey and Jen got up there.
 All the girls together one last time before Gillian moved. Gillian stayed until about 8:30 Friday evening and then we had to say our sad goodbyes. They have to be in Henderson by 6:00 tonight when their new ward will greet them and help them unload. It was so sad to say goodbye to one more child. We all wish them well in their new ward, new state, and with new adventures!
I had a great time relaxing and just hanging out. We are already planning another one next year with ALL the girls in Las Vegas! So be prepared. Thank you to all these fabulous ladies for treating me to a great weekend! I love you all - and we definitely missed those who couldn't be there.