HISTORY

A Little History:
Our story begins in Pocatello, Idaho, circa 1972, when the lovely Debby Christensen agreed to a first, though fateful date with admirer, David Croshaw. Long story-short, he bade her follow him, and they went arm-in-arm to the Logan, Utah temple for establishment of an eternal family unit, Generation 1, on May 23 1973.

From their first blissful summer in Salt Lake City, educational pursuits took them to Provo/Orem, Utah, birthplace of Leslie and Rebecca, and to San Francisco/Oakland California, birthplace of Colin and Matt. Then, for establishment of livelihood, expansion of the tribe with Abby and Dana, and for raising/unifying of Generation 2, it was back to the roots in Pocatello for a rewarding sojourn.

In time, driven by a raging, but commonly shared sense of adventure and independence, one-by-one, Generation 2 escaped the homeland to distant regions of the country and the world, each ultimately developing their own tribal expansions by pairing with worthy mates and initiating Generation 3.

Now sensing fulfillment of their purpose in Pocatello, Generation 1 has also left those roots and transplanted to Cascade Idaho, from which base, they anticipate more abundant contact with The Posterity, Generations 2 and 3, in the future. That contact however, awaits fulfillment of a call to LDS missionary service in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, wherein they hope to help the state of the world by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.

So now, including Generation 0 (Grandma and Grandpa Christensen) home base includes Yuma, Arizona, Pocatello, Idaho, Cascade, Idaho, Vancouver, BC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Spokane, Washington, Boise, Idaho, Los Angeles, California, back to Boise, Idaho, and on and on (Generation 3+) to infinity.

Our Mission Statement:
This is the blog of our eternal family unit. Initiated years ago, it served well as a journal, but even more so, as an archive of our personal interaction. It was a gathering place, a confabulation instrument, a unifying force for four generations of widely dispersed and progressively prolific posterity, and their valued associates. Though it served these purposes well for many years, it eventually took a back seat to new-kids-on-the-block, Facebook, and Instagram, and was sadly forgotten.

We now move to resurrect this blog with an added functional purpose of archiving the missionary experiences of Generation 1, of their movements and activities as they participate with The Gathering of Israel in the land northward. In so doing, we hope that via their own comments and posts, this blog will again serve to gather and unify the posterity and their friends.

As in the past, that the young and vibrant may know the old and tired, that enduring bonds may be fostered and maintained, that experience and encouragement may be openly shared, that posterity may embrace truth, and that hearts may be knit together, we must resist detachment despite our geographic divergence. We shall do so here.
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Changes...

Dad will probably kill me for putting this photo in, but.... It is from a trip we took to Lake Powell many years ago with our Highland friends. Just wanted to let everyone know that Dad has been called to the University Second Stake high council. He has been assigned to the 6th ward, coincidentally the ward Scotty Christensen and his wife Stephanie belong to. Everyone keeps telling us how much we will love it. I am sure we will. Dan Hegsted is the guy who called to make our interview appointment. He was our kind of back yard neighbor when we lived up by Highland. Dad knows a number of people serving up there. Mike McHugh's wife, who was at the same meeting last night, or at least for part of it said, "yes, mike and tony go way back." hahaha Tony gets set apart on Sunday. We will start attending the ward that same day. As a result, I will be released in the next week or two. Sad, sad for me. I have loved this calling. We have so many incredible, spiritual women in our stake, and I have been privileged to meet a few of them. I will really miss our ward and the stake. But, I know it is the right thing. I have had some inspiration about the new Stake Relief Society Pres., so I know things are happening as they should. I will love it, I am sure. Anyway, the distinguished man in the photo will be working with ISU students now. One other bit of news, Eldon and Marcia have been called the the Eugene Oregon mission, and will report Jan 12. Mike and Dana will be moving into their home. Their home is for sale. I am not rereading this for errors, so if there are errors, correct them in your head. love you all. xoxoxo mom

9 comments:

abbynormal said...

I'm having such mixed feelings about this. I'm so sad you'll be leaving the 2nd ward, East stake. Mom, just the other day I was thinking about how sad it would be when you get released from your calling because it just suits you and you thrive in it. Little did I know it was a sign of things to come... Will I be there the Sunday you get released?

But while I'm sad for what you're walking away from, at the same time it gave me a jolt of excitement. You'll be among my demographic. If I've learned anything over the last several years, it's that the church is so attentively tuned in to its young adults. This seems to be just another sign of that for me. You will be so great with the University kids. There is an important niche there that only you two can fill, I just know it. (I know I would be thrilled to have a couple like you serving in the high council over my ward!) It's going to be a big adjustment, but it'll give you experiences you just couldn't get in the 2nd ward. That's exciting to me.

Leslie said...

I agree 100% with Abby. Having spent 15 years in singles' wards, I should know! Leadership is so important in young adults' lives. You'll never know how you affect them. You and dad are so young-at-heart that you're absolutely perfect for the job!

All of the meetings are so quiet and almost everyone listens so attentively to all of the talks and lessons. It's very spiritual...and very special. I miss that part.

And besides you and dad got married young and never had the chance to suffer through...I mean feel the joys of a singles' ward. ;-) (Did they even have singles' wards then?) Now's your chance!

P.S. I love that pic of dad! It reminds me of something he'd do with Carl.

notthecroshaws said...

Thanks for the encouragement re: student wards, but the ward we are assigned to is a married ward with lots of babies. So much for peace and quiet. But the little ones are what it's all about, right?
Dad

P.S. Mom didn't clear the photo with me before publishing. You all know how sensitive I am about my ponderous body, so keep the crude comments to yourselves, Colin, Matt, Jason, Ray.

Colin -N- Lori said...

I wasn't planning on posting any comments like that, but now that you mention it....
I'm on call today, so if I have some free time maybe I'll think of something.
Colin

Jason and Dana said...

Ya, not much room to talk here either. I had to grow a gotee(sp?) to hide the double chin.

When I think of my high council advisors in the Elders Quorum of my student wards I think of some of the greatest examples and most nobel people that influenced me. I think you share that same charisma and attitude that can really help.
And maybe you can help my testimony of the purpose of a student "marrieds" ward. Why is there such a thing?
Jason

notthecroshaws said...

Jason,
Thanks for the kudos. You're making points. Since those guys influenced you, and you are now the husband of my daughter and father of my grandchildren, then I too am grateful for them. I hope I can be as effective as they were.

I've wondered the same thing about married student wards. The most probable answer is that these students will graduate and go out into the world, and in many of the missionfield areas, they will essentially run the Church, or at least provide an example of how it is supposed to run. The married student wards will help prepare them for that by giving them, men and women, broader opportunities to serve in leadership positions than they would get in regular family wards. In the ward we're assigned to, both the bishop's counselors are students. Other than the bishop, the whole ward is staffed by students, and they turn over often enough that almost anyone who is active will serve in a presidency sometime before they leave here. It's a good theory. I'll tell you later if I buy it, once I've had a chance to observe the process for a while. For now, as long as they can leave here knowing how to dig a good hole, I'll be happy.
David

Jason and Dana said...

I never wanted to go to the student married ward, but if you had been in the ward I totally would have! You guys are going to be great and everyone is going to love you, of course.

Jason and Dana said...

Good point about the holes. Maybe the ward can help you keep the back yard clean enough to keep the neighboors from calling the cops on you about your huge mess back there.
Let me know how that theory goes about the student married wards, It is a good theory. In a way our first ward married was also like a student ward, because we were so close to the school we had lots of young married couples.

David, you need to give me some input on my remodel project on the delgadillo blog. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Jason

Matthew said...

Nice photo Dad. I still remember the day I took it. All I said was "Strike a pose!" and that picture is the result. Dad I'll always be able to say you have a good sense of humor. First of all to strike that pose and then to let mom keep that picture up.

I know you'll enjoy working in the University stake. I still have mixed feelings about the ISU singles wards but I do know you and mom will enjoy being there. Then again if it hadn't been for the singles wards at ISU maybe I wouldn't be so fortunate to have moved to the Old Dominion and have met the woman of my dreams and my wonderful step-daughter.