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.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


What is truth?

please comment


beckyV said...

I know truth when I feel it...that's all I got, my brain is on overload!

Colin -N- Lori said...

This could actually be its own blog. Truth is something in accord with fact or reality, at least that's what Marriam Webster say. It is something we base our decisions on. It does not mean it is widely accepted though (see the Gospel). It is something that endures. It is something that shall set you free.

Leslie said...

To quote President Kimball (have I mentioned that I love President Kimball?):

The Lord has defined truth as being a “knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come” (D&C 93:24).

Your question reminded me of a talk of his I read a while ago. It's called 'Absolute Truth'. This is the link: http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=f318118dd536c010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=3fc15991d66db010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&hideNav=1

The talk definitely gives you lots ot think about.

Also, I can't remember which book, but C.S. Lewis talks about the idea of truth a lot...maybe in Mere Christianity.

David and Debby said...

i'm not sure of the definition--light, intelligence. i can only think in spiritual terms when i think about truth. lacking in our world/leaders today. it is clear, straight forward. John Taylor said he embraces truth wherever it is to be found. (not a direct quote) this is a good one for our family blog evening topic. mormon doctrine says "Christ is truth, meaning that he is the perfect embodiment of all truth." John 14:6"I am the way, the truth and the light." D& C 93:26 "I am the spirit of truth." "He is the champion of truth, the revealer of truth, the advocate of truth. His word is truth and his works conform thereto." Psalms 31:5 "Truth is an attribute of diety, of the Lord God of truth." mom and dad

David and Debby said...

More from Mormon Doctrine:
Truth is the knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come.(D&C93:24)

Truth thus conforms to reality, is centered in God, and is as enduring as Diety himself.

Truth is absolute and eternal; it endureth forever (Ps. 110:5) It never varies; what is true in on age is true in every age.

Truth never conflicts with truth. Truth is not relative; it is absolute. What is true in one eternity is true in the next.

The only field in which men have the assurance that there is any measurable knowlege of ultimate truth is in the field of revealed religion.

The Holy Ghost is a revelator. One of his great missions is to reveal truth. When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.

Those who gain exaltation will receive "a fulness of truth, yea, even all truth... (D&C 93)

And I add, If Christ is truth, then Satan is the antithesis of truth. The mysteries of the Kingdom, and the doctrines and ordinances of the temple are true, binding, and eternal.

Colin -N- Lori said...

Henry Eyring (the father of Henry B Eyring, famous chemist) said in his book that his father told him when he went to college that anything that is true is gospel. This would include things like scientific laws, medicine, engineering, etc

Crystal said...

I ask this in response to a talk I heard (and LOVED) yesterday in which the speaker told us that very question was asked on his first day of business school (no, not at BYU) and it was interesting to hear the responses of the scripture-free (some non-religious, I am sure) students. I will write more about this, but in fact, it was a question asked of Jesus. Can anyone tell me who asked it?!

Crystal said...

So it is from John 18 and the question was asked of Jesus by Pilate. Jesus's answer was that truth is not of this world. That eases my mind in terms of defining truth in my own words. It is not relative, depending on the situation or perception. It is absolute and depends on the laws of the Kingdom of Heaven, which as Colin said, puts many things in the category of truth. It has happened to me that in science I have "Felt" truth. In fact, it helped me greatly in my FGF-4 project on embryonic neurogenesis.

Thank you all for participating. Next time, I will say, What is truth? (in your own words ;-)

abbynormal said...

Interesting - they asked us that same question on my first day of my first Stats class, too (except that was actually at BYU). We got into a similar quasi-religious discussion on my first day of Business school over the question "What is ethics?" Some answers were profound...some were just sad.